"Pre-wrathers" believe that "God's Wrath" comes only in the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation--erroneously believing that the first 3 1/2 years are not actually "God's Wrath."
That is, of course, ridiculous! The entire seven year tribulation period is called "The time of Jacob's Trouble."Good grief, in the first 3 1/2 years there's world-wide economic collapse, famine and one-half of the earth dies... sure sounds like "God's Wrath" to me!
"Pre-wrathers believe they should plan for the worst-case scenario because if they're wrong, they conclude it won't matter. But if they're right, they'll be prepared.
This is a horrible way to live. Instead of living boldly for the Lord, knowing He is coming to take us home, the pre-wrathers worry about the Antichrist coming!
But, in fact, if you live to see the Antichrist you've missed the Rapture!
One of the cornerstones of Bible prophecy doctrine is that we're to keep our eyes looking up to heaven, to our future home, not down on this earth. We are to look for Jesus, not the Antichrist!
I eventually moved on from my first church, which also tended to border on legalism--common among pre-wrathers. And as I continued to read my Bible through the years, the more I could not scripturally defend the mid-trib position, or its close cousin, "pre-wrath."
We've shown many times in past articles that the Bible declares that the time before the Rapture would be "JUST LIKE" the days before Noah's flood. "Just like"! And then scripture lists the characteristics of that day that our day will be "just like." It couldn't be any clearer.
Before the flood it was "business as usual" with parties, food, building... until God shut the door, which is the symbolic equivalent of the Rapture. This Biblical truth has to be patently ignored by those holding to a "pre-wrath" position.
To accept "pre-wrath" you have to say the first 3 1/2 years of the 70th Week of Daniel is no different than today. Really?
In the first 3 1/2 years of tribulation, Revelation 6 says the earth is in chaos, the worldwide economy collapses and inflation is so rampant it takes a day's wage just to buy food. Not to mention all this causes 1/4 of the earth to die from war and wild beasts! Does that sound like Jesus' description of the Days of Noah? Hardly!
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The biggest problem with anything but pre-tribulational Rapture is that you have to abandon using Biblical Dispensations to interpret scripture. This is the purest of all doctrines because it's rooted in using a literal hermeneutic to interpret scripture.
It seems like every day we get an email or call from someone who is confused about how to apply a certain scripture. But once the basics of dispensational theology is explained, they are no longer confused. Understanding and applying dispensations when you study your Bible clears up so much.
The Bible is meant to be read literally, in context. Jesus took the Old Testament literally when He talked about Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark and Jonah being swallowed by the great fish. And all past prophecies were fulfilled literally, not figuratively. Therefore we should also take the Bible literally, in context. Applying dispensations gives us that context.
For instance, the Bible says four times that the Millennial Reign of Christ on earth lasts 1000 years (Rev 20:4-7). That doesn't mean the 1000 years is symbolic for a "long period of time." It means what it says... it will last 1000 years. If you try to make it symbolic for a long period time, you're injecting man's sinfully tainted understanding into the interpretation.
The Bible also says that in the millennium, the wolf and the lamb will lie in the grass together. Things will change and there will be no carnivorous instincts of animals (Isa. 11:6). This is another proof we're NOT in the millennium today! Yet the official doctrines of the Presbyterian, Lutheran, Church of Christ and Catholic denominations (and many others) promote that heresy.
God doesn't change, but He certainly does change how He deals with people through the different ages or time periods throughout history.
|God never changes, He just changes how He deals with people on the earth.|
You can't argue that God didn't change through time how he dealt with people on the earth because He did:
1) before and after the fall of man;
2) before and after the Flood;
I challenge anyone who holds a "Pre-wrath" view of eschatology to find something Biblically wrong with the Lie #5 Bible study. And if you can't, you have no choice but to rethink your "pre-wrath" position.
The title alone, purporting you should NOT do everything Jesus says to do, raises eyebrows because most people don't understand dispensations. They ASSUME we're SUPPOSE to do what Jesus says to do in the Gospels.
Millions have worn bracelets that proclaim "WWJD" ... meaning that most of life's answers can be found by applying "What Would Jesus Do" to all of life's questions.
|Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are about events prior to the cross.|
One key characteristic of dispensational theology is that the dispensational time periods can't overlap. A dispensation, by definition, must end before the next time dispensation can begin on God's calendar.
But the pre-wrath view has the Church Age crossing over into the Tribulation, into a new dispensation. That's absurd! You can't have two dispensations going on concurrently!!
And lastly, here's one more problem with pre-wrath that is laughable. The "pre-wrath" Rapture view says that we, the Bride of Christ, will go through the first 3 1/2 years of tribulation, meaning, we'll be severely persecuted before our wedding day with the Lord.
Really? Do you actually believe the Lord will unload on the Church, the Bride of Christ, death and destruction, tearing us apart limb from limb, just before He marries us? Oh good grief! Not much to look forward to there!
No, we, the "Bride of Christ," are to look forward to our marriage to the God of Love.
These are just a few of the problems with the "pre-wrath" theory. There are many more--too many to write about.
Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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