The bible does not say it is a guarantee for all believers. Eternal
life is for all believers, but the pre tribulation rapture is not.
If a preacher is preaching that it IS something automatic for believers, then
that is the deception, not the pre tribulation rapture doctrine itself.
Scriptures show it is for those who are worthy, wise, prepared, faithful,
pressing toward the mark for the prize, who have not denied the name of the Lord
Jesus Christ, and who are loved by Him. It is not for the Churches who are
lukewarm, the unprepared foolish virgins who were also looking for Christ, or
the servants of the Lord who say the Lord delayeth his coming...
Not even all who preach prophecy, like myself, or who cast out demons, or who
do wonderful works are guaranteed to be caught up to heaven.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name
done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Paul behaved as if he had not already attained or apprehended the
resurrection & rapture, but rather, he compared it to a prize.
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow
after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one
thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto
those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The topic is the resurrection/rapture, verse 20-21 is like 1 Cor 15.
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it
may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby
he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
The rapture is for those accounted worthy.
[Luke 21:36] Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before
the Son of man.
The rapture is for those who keep the Word, have not denied his name, and who
are loved by the Lord:
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These
things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he
that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut
it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say
they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and
worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the
hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell
upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast,
that no man take thy crown.
The rapture is not for the lukewarm:
[Rev 3:16] So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither
cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. [into tribulation as in Rev.
2:22] [the purpose of which is "to try them that dwell upon the earth" Rev.
The rapture is not for the foolish virgins, who were caught unprepared:
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took
their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were
wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and
took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out
to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for
us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went
in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also
the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and
said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know
neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
The pre tribulation rapture is not for the evil servant of the Lord who says,
"My lord delayeth his coming".
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,
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites:
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The pre tribulation rapture does not appear to be for those lacking
faith--the children of the kingdom, who will go through tribulation and into the
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that
followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west,
and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness:
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the
centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And
his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
If some be raptured, and some be cast into tribulation, what is it to you?
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus
loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord,
which is he that betrayeth thee?
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord,
and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry
till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
23 Then went this saying
abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not
unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is
that to thee?
John, the one spoken of in John 21 above, "If I will that he tarry till I
come", lived after the rest of the Apostles had all died, and then he had the
rapture experience in Rev. 4:1. He truly tarried until the coming of the
Lord. Only one of the 12, "the disciple whom Jesus loved", was caught up
in the rapture. The rest suffered tribulation unto death.
Matt 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall
not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
--this is followed by the transfiguration in Matt. 17. And John was
also one of the three that saw the transfiguration of Moses and Elijah.
Who will be found worthy? A large estimate might be half of all
professing Christians on the earth, even Catholics. So half of about 1.5
Billion people. A small estimate might start out only with those who are
Christian Fundamentalists, about 30 million in the United States, maybe 100
million worldwide. Then, we might cut that in half with the 10 virgins
parable. Or, we might cut it down to one seventh from the seven churches
from Rev. 2-3. Or, we might take 1/12th of it from the experience of John,
only one of the disciples raptured. That would be about 8.3 million people
as one possible low estimate.
Knowing about, and believing in the pre tribulation rapture is not the same
as assuming we will be caught up in it. It may be that we are not among
those accounted worthy, and will go through tribulation unto death.
It cannot be a deception to believe that if we are worthy, then we will be
caught up in the rapture. For if we have faith that we will be taken out
of this world to heaven while we are still living, then we have no fear of
death. And that is the gospel message, that all who believe will have
Furthermore, if we are prepared for a rapture now, then we are prepared for
death now. And if we are prepared for death now, then how could death at
the hands of Satan during the Tribulation cause one to fear, when we have
several scriptures to specifically assure those during that time? Death
and beheadings are not to be feared in Tribulation.
Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the
Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 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.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the
Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
(After I wrote this article I remembered that the Philadelphian Church and
John shared a certain characteristic, they were Loved by Jesus. And the
rapture, which is the marriage of the Bride to Jesus, is the greatest love story
of all time.)