...but examine everything carefully... I Thessalonians 5:21
The Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine teaches that Jesus Christ will return invisibly
before the Tribulation to gather the Church up into heaven by a sudden disappearance
of Christians. This Rapture doctrine is the most widely accepted Rapture theory among
pre-millennial evangelical churches and seminaries. Among many evangelical scholars
and prophecy teachers, this theory is considered exclusively Scriptural and all other
teachings are considered false; sometimes even heretical and dangerous. Most Christians
who are taught this doctrine in their churches or seminaries seem to embrace it without
question. The percentage of pre-millennial evangelicals who believe in a Pre-Tribulation
Rapture may be as high as 90% or more.
Why not just go along?
So why not just go along with the Pre-Tribulation doctrine? After all, how can the
vast majority of good pastors, churches and ministries be wrong about this? Well,
frankly it may not make a lot of difference which rapture theory you believe if you
are not in the generation that is here when it takes place, but if you are among
the Final Period generation, then the consequences are immense. Imagine the majority
of Christians, millions and millions, believing that they will be taken into heaven
before any of the ominous events of the Tribulation begin to occur, but instead finding
themselves in the middle of it like everyone else. What will that shock do to the
faith of so many? Will all those disillusioned believers be especially vulnerable
to deception from false prophets or even from the Antichrist? Will they be as oblivious
and unprepared as the Jews who were herded into the boxcars to be shipped to the
Nazi death camps? Daniel Says of the Beast, “He will destroy the unsuspecting.” Daniel
8:25 NBV. The stakes are very high for getting this doctrine correct.
A secret, invisible return of Jesus?
Our first challenge is to find where a invisible return of Jesus is taught in the
Scripture. I’ll save you some time; there is no Scripture that says there will be
an invisible return of Christ. Not even one that might be interpreted that way. The
return of Christ is only described as glorious, loud, and witnessed by all the world.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Luke
For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, with the trumpet of God... I Thessalonians 4:16
...the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming
fire... II Thessalonians 1:7
...looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and
Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13
In fact, the Scriptures actually warn Christians about being fooled by false rumors
of a secret coming that is not visible to everyone.
“Behold I have told you in advance. So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the
wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe
them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west,
so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:25-27
The sudden disappearance of Christians?
Not in the Bible either. The Scriptures describing the Rapture never mention that
believers are suddenly going to disappear without the rest of the world seeing them
or realizing what is happening. There is no Scriptural reason to not assume that
the Rapture will be seen by everyone on earth just as the appearing of Christ on
the clouds will be.
Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who
pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Revelation 1:7
Every single person in the world will see Jesus when He comes on the clouds and will
realize exactly what that means in terms of impending judgment.
...and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus
will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire...when He comes
to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who believe.
II Thessalonians 1:7,10.
It is clear that Paul is telling the Church to expect relief from their afflictions
when the Lord Jesus is revealed with His mighty angels, not secretly coming without
visible glory. If this Scripture were referring to a post-rapture return, then the
Church would have long been in heaven with Christ and certainly would not need relief
from any afflictions. How can Jesus be glorified in His saints on that day if the
saints are invisible to the world as they joint Him in the air?
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him
in glory. Colossians 3:4
The Church will also be revealed when Christ is revealed in glory, because every
will eye will see Him and obviously see the raptured Church as well.
There is absolutely nothing that must occur before Jesus returns?
The Apostle Paul must not have gotten that memo:
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure
or be disturbed by either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to
the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you,
for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness
is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called
god ad object of worship so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying
himself as being God. II Thessalonians 2:1-4
Clearly stated by Paul here is the fact that the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our gathering together to Him will not come until the apostasy comes first and
the man of lawlessness is revealed, exalts himself above all gods and takes his seat
in the Temple as God. It just cannot get any more clear than this. This is a simple,
straightforward statement of Scripture that the coming of Christ and the Rapture
will not take place until the apostasy occurs and the Antichrist is revealed and
seats himself in the Temple to declare himself God. No one has to speculate or read
anything into this Scripture; it is stated very plainly.
A list of some of the events that were prophesied to take place before the Appearing
Peter would live into old age (John 21:18)
Paul would take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15) and witness in Rome (Acts
The Church at Smyrna (in 95 A.D.) would have tribulation for ten days (Revelation
The Gospel would be preached to all the world, (Matthew 24:14, Acts 1:8) which means
the whole planet would have to be explored and evangelized, which wasn’t completed
until the late 20th century
The birth pains of the Tribulation would begin (Matthew 24:8)
The Antichrist would appear (Matthew 24:15, II Thessalonians 2:1-4)
The Great Apostasy would occur (Matthew 24:10, II Thessalonians 2:1-4)
The world wide persecution of the Church would become severe (Matthew 24:9)
The Abomination of Desolation would occur (Matthew 24:15, II Thessalonians 2:1-4)
The Temple will have to be rebuilt for the Abomination of Desolation to take place,
which means that the Jews will have to be in control of the Temple Mount, which means
that the Jews would have to return to the land of Israel and secure sovereignty over
Jerusalem (Matthew 24:15), which didn’t happen until 1967.
Earthquakes, famines, plagues and great signs from the heavens (Luke 21:11)
Christians will be kept from tribulation and suffering?
Those who teach a Pre-Tribulation Rapture are usually adamant that Christ would never
allow His Bride to go through such such trouble and suffering as the Tribulation.
But is this teaching Biblical at all?
“In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated
by all nations because of My name. Matthew 24:9
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For you sake
we are being put to death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you
have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of you faith, being more
precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found
to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I Peter
Beloved do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for
your testing, as though something strange were happening to you; but to the degree
that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation
of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. I Peter 4:12-13.
Therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance
and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.
This is a plain indication of God’ righteous judgment so that you will be considered
worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. II Thessalonians
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold the devil is going to cast some
of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for
10 days. Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation
Some of the purposes of tribulation, persecution and suffering for believers are:
1. To prove our faith
2. To glorify and honor Christ
3. To be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God
4. To test us
5. To cause us to bear more fruit
6. To make us more like Christ
7. To give us an opportunity to testify
The Great Multitude in Revelation 7 is not the Church?
Another common teaching among pre-tribulationists is denying that the Great Multitude
of Gentile believers in Revelation 7, who come out of the Great Tribulation, are
the Church. There is nothing in the text that states this or even suggests that this
is the case, nor is there any other Scripture that says Gentile believers in Christ
living during the Tribulation are not the Church.
...a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and
peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb...”These are
the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”Revelation 7:9,14
It is clear from these verses that the Great Multitude who come out of the Great
Tribulation are Gentile believers in Jesus Christ from all over the world. What can
you call such a body of believers except the Church? Explaining away such an obvious
contradiction of the pre-tribulation rapture seems to require some nomenclature slight
of hand: “Lets not call these Gentile Tribulation believers in Christ the “Church;”
that will solve this apparent contradiction.” A rose is still a rose by any other
name or even no name at all.
Pre-Tribulation teachers are fond of saying that the Church is not mentioned by name
after the third chapter of Revelation, therefore the Church is entirely absent from
that point on, but they don’t apply that same logic to Israel, which isn’t mentioned
at all by name anywhere in Revelation. Does that mean that nothing in Revelation
is about Israel?
The Second Coming and Rapture can only happen in absolute imminence?
Imminence is another of the cornerstones of the Pre-Tribulation teaching. This is
the theory that from the day of Pentecost, there is no event that is prophesied to
precede the return of the Lord; that He could appear literally on any day and the
Rapture could also take place at any moment from the first century until now.
It is clear that the arrival of the Lord Jesus will, as He tells us, be like a thief
in the night, suddenly and unexpectedly, but these warnings are largely meant for
unbelievers, not for believers and refer to the day and hour, not the season or year.
While they are saying “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly
like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you brethren,
are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief. I Thessalonians
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,
but the Father alone.Mark 14:37
We see from Luke 21 that all the events preceding the coming of Christ - earthquakes,
plagues, persecution, famines and great signs from heaven, are to be a signal to
get ready because He is near.
But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28
Matthew 24 is not talking about the Church?
Extreme Dispensationalists as well as most pre-tribulation teachers insist that Matthew
24, in which Jesus describes the Tribulation, His coming in the clouds, and the gathering
of His elect from one end of the sky to the other, is not talking to or about the
Church or the Rapture at all. Yet Jesus is speaking directly to his twelve disciples,
who are soon to become the Church, the authors of the New Testament Scriptures written
to the Church, as well as the foundation and Apostolic authority of the Church.
His disciples came to Him privately... Matthew 24:3 The Mount of Olive prophecies
were not spoken to Israel publicly but privately to the Christ’s disciples, the foundation
of the Church.
“See to it that no one misleads you... You will be hearing of wars and rumors of
wars...they will deliver you to tribulation...when you see the Abomination of Desolation...
Behold I have told you in advance...”Matthew 24:1-25.
The Last Days Church is the Philadelphia church promised to escape the Tribulation?
Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the
hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those
who dwell on the earth.Revelation 3:10.
That is another assumption that is not supported by the text but comes only from
pre-tribulation rapture theory. Nowhere does the passage say or even suggest that
the Philadelphia church is the universal Church the Last Days. The text never states
that the Philadelphia church is anything but the Philadelphia church. The Philadelphia
church is described as having little strength. You could hardly say that about the
Church today. All of the Seven Churches are addressed as if they are all about to
experience the Last Days events. There is no reason to single out the Philadelphia
church and assume that they alone represent the Last Days Church.
The Mystery of God is not yet finished at the Second Coming and the Rapture?
According to Revelation 10, the Mystery of God, which is Christ and the Church (Ephesians
3:3-9), is finished at the Seventh Trumpet. The Mystery of God is finished because,
“every eye will see Him.” When the Lord appears on the clouds and the Rapture takes
place, every person on the planet will witness the event. Who Christ really is and
who His people really are will no longer be a mystery to anyone in the world. If
the coming of the Lord and the Rapture occurred before the Tribulation, then the
Mystery of God would be finished then, not at the Seventh Trumpet as clearly stated.
When the Apostle John went up into heaven in the Spirit, that was a type of the Pre
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the
first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said,”Come
up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things, Immediately
I was in the Spirit...”Revelation 4:1-2.
Sounds a little like the Rapture but John is taken up only in the Spirit, not bodily.
There is no sound of a trumpet; only a voice like a trumpet. There is another rapture-like
event that takes place at the end of the Tribulation, but this one is clearly a bodily
resurrection and rapture:
“But after three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them. And
they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.
And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they
went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.Revelation 11:11-12.
Like the Rapture of the Church, this is a bodily resurrection and rapture, clearly
visible to unbelievers as they went up into heaven. This event is followed “quickly”
by the Seventh Trumpet; a literal last trumpet. Of these two different events, only
the rapture of the Two Witnesses is a genuinely literal description of a rapture
and could be legitimately tied to the universal rapture of the Church.
The Tribulation is the wrath and judgment of God?
Pre-tribulationists insist that God will not allow us to experience His wrath, which
is certainly true.
For God has not destined us for wrath... I Thessalonians 5:9
The wrath of God does not begin until after Christ appears and the Church is gathered
into heaven but this does not occur until the Seventh Trumpet. The Tribulation is
not the wrath of God, but is the, “...hour of testing, that hour which is about to
come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:10).
The Seven Golden Bowls of God’s Wrath (notice the exact same language is used: the
wrath of God) officially begins the judgment of God on the world and this occurs
after Christ appears, the Rapture happens, and the Tribulation is over. Testing is
not wrath or judgment. Believers will certainly be tested (I Peter 4:12) but wrath
and judgment are for unbelievers only.
“...but in those days, after that tribulation...they will see the Son of Man coming
in clouds with great power and glory...and will gather together His elect from the
four winds...Mark 13:24-26
Dispensational theology demands that the Church be gathered up before Daniel’s 70th
Dispensational theology teaches that Israel and the Church are of two distinct dispensations.
The Church did not replace Israel and God will turn back to deal exclusively with
Israel once the Church is gathered up. While it is certainly true that Israel and
the Church are distinct dispensations in God’s plan, there is nothing in the Scripture
that states the Church cannot still be here during Daniel’s seventh week (the Tribulation).
Once the Church is gathered at the Seventh Trumpet, the Lord will indeed deal exclusively
with Israel again. There is nothing in Scripture that demands that the Church and
Israel cannot coexist during the Tribulation as they did during the first century
when the Temple and Temple worship were still intact. We also see in Revelation 12
that Israel and the Church are mentioned as being on earth together when Israel flees
to her prepared retreat in the wilderness for 3 ½ years: “So the dragon was enraged
with the woman (Israel), and went off to make war against the rest of her children
(the Church) who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”
Only obedient Christians will be considered worthy of the Pre-Tribulation rapture?
Some Pre-Tribulation rapture advocates insist that only obedient, worthy Christians
will be taken up before the Tribulation. According to them, other born-again Christians
who are not considered worthy will be left behind to endure the Tribulation. This
erroneous doctrine contradicts their own teaching that the Tribulation is a period
of the wrath and judgment of God, and by their own admission, born-again Christians
will never experience the wrath of God.
This false teaching really comes from an inaccurate translation by the King James,
which reads: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to
escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:36. But the NASB says: “that you may have strength to escape,” and even the
margin notes of the NKJV says, “have strength to.” This more accurate translation
of the Greek to “have strength” changes the whole meaning of the verse. If believers
are not even going to be here during the Tribulation, why would they need to pray
for strength to escape “all these things?”
It is clear that all believers, no matter what their personal situation will never
come under the judgment or wrath of God.
“Truly, Truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me, has
eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
Paul make no such distinction between caught up and “left behind” Christians in any
of his descriptions of the Rapture. If this doctrine were true, wouldn’t he make
it clear that any true believer not living an exemplary life will be left behind
at the Rapture? This doctrine also flies in the face of grace through faith, and
the power of Christ’s blood to completely atone for sin, suggesting a two class system
for born-again believers: those who are worthy and those who will be “punished” by
In their efforts to try and satisfy some the the Biblical contradictions of a Pre-Tribulation
Rapture, some prophecy teachers propose multiple rapture events or even “partial”
raptures. The Scriptures teach only one rapture event and every single, born-again
believer without exception will join the Lord in the air on that day. The Church
age will be completely over at the Rapture: “Partial hardening has happened to Israel
until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved...”
Romans 11:25-26. Only Jews will be saved after the Rapture occurs.
The Holy Spirit is the Restrainer who will be taken out of the way before the Tribulation?
And you know what restrains him (the Beast) now so that in his time he will be revealed...he
who restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. II Thessalonians 2:6-7.
The Holy Spirit is absolutely not the Restrainer. This is another assumption that
is unsupported by the text. Nowhere do these Scriptures say or even suggest that
the Restrainer is either the Holy Spirit or the Church or that the Restrainer will
not be still be here during the Tribulation period. This assumption was specifically
crafted to fit the pre-tribulation rapture theory. The restrainer is clearly identified
in the text and it is neither the Holy Spirit nor the Church. Who is the Restrainer
of II Thessalonians 2? See The Restrainer.
“Evangelists” is a common label that the most popular prophecy teachers affix to
the 144,000. The problem with this characterization is that nowhere in the text are
they called evangelists or anything similar, neither are they ever described as doing
evangelism. Even though many seem to be absolutely convinced about this assumption,
this must be categorized as pure speculation. It is another of those teachings by
pre-tribulation advocates which cannot be found anywhere in Scripture. The Church
being raptured before the Tribulation leaves them with a problem: Who is left to
evangelize the Great Multitude of Gentile believers who come out of the Tribulation?
Well, apparently you can just call the 144,000 “evangelists” and that will solve
the problem, but who evangelizes the 144,000? Also according to most pre-tribulationists,
the Holy Spirit is the Restrainer who will be “taken out of the way” when the Church
is raptured. But how can evangelism and conversion occur without the Holy Spirit?
It obviously cannot. The real evidence is that the 144,000 do not produce the Great
Multitude, but the Great Multitude produces the 144,000. Read the 144000.
The last trumpet cannot be the Seventh Trumpet of Revelation?
This is another assumption as an attempt to solve an obvious Scriptural contradiction
to the pre-tribulation rapture theory. The answer of course is, why not? The Seventh
Trumpet is the last trumpet mentioned in all of the Bible. If the Rapture occurred
with seven more trumpets to sound, then Paul couldn’t possibly state that it will
happen at the last trumpet. It is clear that the Rapture will occur at the very last
trumpet and there is no real reason to doubt that Paul is referring to the Seventh
God completes His purposes in sevens: the seven days of Creation, the Seventh day
of rest, the seven lights of the Menorah, the seven Churches, the seven seals, trumpets,
and bowls of Revelation, etc; so by definition the last trumpet can be none other
than the Seventh Trumpet.
Behold I tell you a mystery, we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet... I Corinthians 15:52.
The Tribulation is the Day of the Lord?
According to most Pre-Tribulation advocates, the Tribulation is the Day of the Lord
so all references to the Day of the Lord in the Hebrew Prophets are referring to
the Tribulation. But according to Joel, the heavenly signs will occur before the
Day of the Lord.
“I will display display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood and fire and columns
of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon into blood before the great
and awesome day of the Lord comes.” Joel 2:30-31
The same basic description is used in Revelation 6 which occurs at the end of the
I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the
sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;
and the stars of the sky fell to earth... Revelation 6:12.
Matthew 24 tells us that these heavenly signs will occur immediately after the Tribulation
and so would also place the Day of the Lord right after the end of the Tribulation.
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and
the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky...and they
will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
These Scriptures clearly shows that the Day of the Lord does not begin until after
the heavenly signs occur and Jesus appears on the clouds and so the Tribulation cannot
be the Day of the Lord as taught by Pre-Tribulation Rapture advocates.
The Prophetic Types of the Hebrew Scriptures teach a Pre-Tribulation Rapture?
The story of the battle of Jericho puts the last nail in the coffin of the pre-tribulation
rapture theory. When is Rahab, a prophetic type of the Church, taken safely out of
the city of Jericho as a preview of the Rapture? After the great shout and the seventh
trumpet on the seventh day; an exact pattern of the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets
...when the people heard the sound of the trumpet (the seventh trumpet on the seventh
day - the last trumpet), the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell
flat. Joshua 6:20.
Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the harlot’s house
and bring the woman and all that she has out of there, as you have sworn to her.”
Can anyone come to believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture and Invisible Coming just
by reading the Bible?
No. A Pre-Tribulation Rapture and invisible Coming of Christ must be taught from
an extra-Biblical system of theology called Dispensationalim. It was invented in
the mid-nineteenth century by one man: John Nelson Darby. No one in the Evangelical
Church believed these doctrines as they are widely taught today before Darby. None
of the great Evangelical teachers and preachers ever saw these doctrines in the Scriptures
before this; not Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, George Whitfield, Charles
Finney, George Mueller or Charles Spurgeon. Darby singlehandidly brought them into
the Evangelical Church by very aggressively pushing them on some of the most prominent
ministers of his time like the influential founders of Moody Bible Institute and
the Dallas Theological Seminary. Dispensationalism was then popularized by C.I. Scofield,
who created a Bible that taught it within its pages, right below the text. While
Darby and Scofield brought many important Scriptural teaching to light, especially
in the areas of systematic study and eschatology, they too often went beyond clear
Biblical teaching to contrive dogmas that neither Christ, nor the Apostles, nor the
Prophets ever taught.
Once the dominos of unbiblical claims start to fall from the false Pre-Tribulation
rapture theory, they seem to go on and on. These are just some of the contradictions
and problems with pre-tribulation rapture theory.
The popular Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory is unsupported by any direct Scripture
references and should be considered an erroneous doctrine. There is no Scripture
which describes either an invisible coming of Christ or an invisible Rapture; they
are always described as visible and glorious. The Apostle Paul gives a clear, direct
statement that the coming of the Lord and our gathering to Him will not take place
until first the apostasy happens, the Antichrist is revealed, and the Abomination
of Desolation occurs. The Great Multitude of Revelation 7 makes it clear that the
Gentile Church is still here during the Great Tribulation. The Scriptures also make
it clear that the Church can expect to experience tribulation and suffering in this
world, and is not exempt from being tested and refined. Imminence is descriptive
only of the day and hour, not the season or year. Extreme Dispensational theology
is not a legitimate basis to deny that the Lord is talking about the Church in Matthew
24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. All born-again believers will be gathered in the one and
only rapture event. The Mystery of God is finished only at the Seventh Trumpet, not
before the Tribulation as would be the case if a pre-tribulation rapture brought
an end to the Church age. The wrath of God does not begin until the Seven Bowls of
God’s Wrath. Neither the Holy Spirit nor the Church is the Restrainer. The Tribulation
is not the Day of the Lord. The 144,000 are nowhere described as evangelists. The
story of Rahab and the battle of Jericho is a clear prophetic type of the Seventh
Trumpet rapture of the Church.
Disclaimer: There are many good evangelical ministries and schools that teach a pre-tribulation
rapture doctrine. This in not a condemnation of any doctrinally sound ministry of
the Gospel of Christ, but an appeal for a more responsible study of the rapture doctrine
taken directly from clear statements of Scripture instead of numerous assumptions
which are not stated anywhere in the Bible.