An essential Christian doctrine is the timing of when Jesus will gather together and transform His Elect. The Word of God clearly teaches that this will occur at the last trump (1 Cor 15:52).
Many Christian teachers declare that the truth regarding the rapture is not an essential Christian doctrine; this is simply false.
The gathering of Christ’s church, commonly referred to as the Rapture, is one of the most significant end times prophecies.
Rev 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Essential Christian Doctrine
Many profess to fully understand the book of Revelations, but without the teaching of the Holy Spirit, mans wisdom will only result in faulty interpretations and deception.
Matt 15:8-9 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
An essential Christian doctrine is that we must endure until the end to be Saved. Most who claim that their Salvation has already occurred, also believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, as they are unable and or unwilling to endure tribulations for Christ.
The Redemption for true believers is destined to be revealed at Christ’s Second Coming. An essential Christian doctrine is that Christ will return a second time, and this will transpire at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation. A secret gathering of the church and then a third advent is not mentioned anywhere in Scripture.
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
The infilling of the Holy Spirit is Christ dwelling within us. His Spirit teaches, guides and shows us things which must come to pass. The true followers of Christ, that are Spirit-filled, will not accept lies such as the pre-tribulation rapture fairy tale.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
An Essential Christian Doctrine is that with Christ’s Holy Spirit we are able to Endure until the End
Another essential Christian doctrine is that we must, through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).
Rev 6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
We all will experience tribulations if we faithfully carry our cross and are a true witness for our Lord and Savior.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy
Apparently, this group of people that are supposedly raptured away before this time of trouble, have special privileges that the rest of the body of Christ did not possess.
John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Christ Himself dispelled the myth of taking us out of the world before the appointed time. There are several promises hidden to most in the Lord’s Prayer. And none of them allude to a pre tribulation rapture.
- Deliver us from all evil.
- Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
- We are not taken up to Heaven, but Christ brings the Kingdom to us.
Christ clearly explains that one shall be taken and the other shall be left behind. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son of Man returns.
An essential Christian doctrine is to understand that the ones taken are to be destroyed. Christians most definitely want to be left behind, to inherit the kingdom at Christ’s second coming.
Mark 13:24-27 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
After the great tribulation, the elect will be gathered together. Is this not an essential Christian doctrine to comprehend? It would be unnecessary to gather the heavenly host if it were not for the fact that they also were to reign on earth with Christ.
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Throughout history men and women have become martyrs for Christ. All day long the followers of Jesus are counted as sheep for the slaughter (Psa 44:22, Rom 8:36).
Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Many will also become martyrs for Christ, during the three and a half years of the Great Tribulation.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Matt 24:39-40 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
An Essential Christian Doctrine is that Christians are the ones who are Left Behind
When Christ returns a second time, one shall be taken away, but it is not to heaven. They are actually taken to Hell, to await the final judgment after the 1000 year reign of Christ.
The elect are left behind to remain on earth. This is the exact opposite of the pre-tribulation rapture teaching and is an essential Christian doctrine.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The apostle Paul clearly points out that he will receive his crown of righteousness, at the same time as those who are left behind receive theirs (2 Tim 4:1). This also is an essential Christian doctrine.
To imagine that one shall be taken to receive the reward of eternal life before the tribulation, while Paul waits until the end of the tribulation for his is beyond ludicrous.
2 Tim 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Christ judges the living and the dead at His appearing and His earthly kingdom. If there is a pre-tribulation rapture then this group escapes the judgment. This is impossible, as it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment (2 Tim 4:1; Heb 9:27-28).
Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
The Prophets, Saints and servants of Christ are all rewarded at this time, which is at the end of the great tribulation period.
This verse in Rev 11:18, also completely destroys the possibility of a pre-tribulation rapture.
A rapture or gathering of the church before this time is quite impossible, how could the prophets not be worthy of the same rewards of the church, that is supposedly taken away and transformed years before they are. An essential Christian doctrine is that Salvation can’t occur at any time other than that of the second coming of Jesus.
The reward for the righteous is Salvation, which just happens to occur when Christ returns (Isa 62:11; Col 3:24; Rev 22:12).
2 Thess 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
The day of Christ is in fact when He returns to gather his Elect.
2 Thess 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
It is evident that the day in which we are gathered, or caught up in Christ, does not occur until after the Beast or man of sin is revealed. There goes the possibility of escaping the Great Tribulation.
2 Thess 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming
And finally, this all happens at the end of the Great Tribulation, as this is when Christ returns and throws the Beast and False prophet into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).
The Great Tribulation is not the wrath of God. This is most definitely an essential Christian doctrine to comprehend.
2 Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us
All day long true believers are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
But this is not God’s wrath, nor is the suffering during the time of the Great Tribulation.
Salvation is received by those who are sealed with the promise of Christ.
Hell and finally the Lake of Fire are reserved for the unbeliever. This is Christ’s wrath, which is the eternal separation from Him.