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No Pre-Tribulation Rapture

By R.S. Neaville

 

 

Matthew 24 & 1Thessalonians 4; A comparison. Two chapters that speak of the same event.  Paul used Matthew 24 as his guide for teaching the Thessalonians about the resurrection, Christ's return.

In the following we will compare Paulís first letter to the Thessalonians, chapters 4&5 to Jesus as he spoke in Matthew chapter 24. it quickly becomes evident that Jesus and Paul
were speaking of the exact same event, an event that many call the Rapture of the church. You will notice that Jesus places the timing of that event After the great tribulation (vs.29) . In
Fact we witness Paul following Jesusís discourse thought for thought in order.
Matthew 24:29-31;
 

29. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens shall be shaken:

30. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory.

31. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
 

1Thessalonians 4:16-17;

16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

In one we see us being caught up to meet Christ in the clouds, with the sound of the trumpet, in the other Jesus gathers us as he comes in the clouds with the sound of the
trumpet...sound like the same event to you? read on and compare. At this point we should explain this one important point. Jesus is speaking of the end of things and his return,
while Paul is trying to explain about those who are dead in Christ. Both subjects concern the resurrection and so Christís coming. Paul then proceeds to follow Jesusís teaching
thought for thought so that there is no mistake of what event he is referring to.

1Thess 5:1-11;

1. But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

8. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Now compare to Christ In Matt 24:37-51

37. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

40. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

41. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

42. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

43. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

44. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

45. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

46. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

47. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

48. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

49. And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

50. The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

51. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

See how Paul quotes thought for thought concerning the Lords return and the resurrection of the elect from Matthew 24
1.Coming of Christ
2.In the clouds
3.Trumpet sound
4.Gathering his people
5.As a thief in the night
6.Days of Noah/sudden destruction
7.Drunken servant
8.Sleeping servant
9.Paul says watch and do not sleep..be sober

And if indeed Paul wrote 1Thess 4&5 with Matthew 24 as his mental guide....then there is no pre tribulation rapture. For Matt 24:29 DECLARES :

29. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens shall be shaken:

30. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory.

31. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

AMEN