Q. My younger brother is local church Pastor. But he is an avowed post-tribulationist. No matter how much I try to share with him, that the scriptures clearly teach a pre-tribulation rapture, it does no good. He gets very angry and aggressive. It seems like I am coming up against a Pharisaical spirit.
But my question is this. If someone is so doggedly determined that the church will go through the tribulation, do you think that that person might endanger their own escape, even if they belong to the Lord? I am just observing what happened to Lot’s wife, who was clearly looking for the destruction, and not towards the escape, and suffered as a result, even though she escaped the city, but not to safety.
A. Usually when someone gets angry or aggressive in a discussion, it means that they’re not really secure in their position but don’t want to be pushed into admitting it.
As far as using Lot’s wife as an example of believers being left behind in the Rapture, it’s an interesting point. But the Bible says we who are alive at the time will all be changed from mortal to immortal in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:51-52) and caught up to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thes 4:16-17). Neither of these rapture passages mention any exceptions, such as our position on the timing of the rapture or even how “good” a Christian we’ve been. So don’t worry about winning a pre-Trib debate with your brother. You can explain it to him on the way up.