Does the Bible Support the Pre-Trib Rapture?
The short answer to that question, does the Bible support the pre-trib rapture, is no. The pre-trib rapture is a man-made doctrine that must be inserted into the Bible. In order to expose this teaching as false I want to address the most common arguments of the pre-trib rapture. I continue to maintain that if you were to take a brand new Christian and give him a Bible and send him to an isolated island with no access to the rest of the church world, its books, movies, and commentaries, etc., he would not come back to you believing in the pre-trib rapture after reading through the bible a few times. In fact, I’m one hundred percent certain he would come back to you and report that Jesus Christ is only going to come back once. The pre-trib rapture teaches basically that Jesus Christ will return in two stages, or in two different steps, separated by an interval of seven years. This is false.
So, this is written to refute the faulty teaching of the popular belief that Jesus Christ is coming back in two more appearances, first in a secret rapture where only the believers witness this and meet the Lord in the air, then seven years later in a visible and public Second Coming when Christ supposedly comes back to earth. Instead, this article will show that the historical view that has been held by the church since the first century, that Jesus Christ is only going to return once, is in fact the truth. We will meet the Lord in the air and return immediately with him to this earth. There will be one return and one event only! So in order to expose this teaching as non-biblical I want to use some key words and arguments that are very common to this doctrine.
Perhaps the best place to start in the Bible to try to figure out how the Lord Jesus Christ returns is to study the word trumpet. Many scriptures speak of a trumpet sound at the Second Coming of Christ. Read these verses slowly and see if you can pick up if there is going to be one or two returns.
“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.” 1Th 4:16
“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.” Mat 24:31
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” Rev 10:7
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.” Rev 11:15
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1Co 15:52
The Bible is clear. There will be a trumpet blast, and it will only happen once, and Christ will come back at the end. So these verses show that there is no time gap, nor interval of seven years between a supposed first secret appearance of Christ followed by a second and public appearance of Christ as they would have you believe. Please take your concordance and cross reference all the New Testament verses with trumpet in them and see what the Bible teaches for yourself about the Second Coming of Christ.
The second word we want to consider is escape. Many believers use this verse to suggest that Christians will be raptured out of this world before “the great tribulation” takes place. They say we will escape before the real trouble happens. But is that what this verse is teaching? Here is the verse they quote:
“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.” Luk 21:36
The pre-trib theory would have us believe that this term escape essentially means the same as rapture, that we are all going to get out of here before “the great tribulation”. But the real issue is, how is Jesus exhorting us to escape all these things? And more specifically what are we exhorted to escape, the tribulation or something else? First, is it by being removed from this world? No, we are not told that we will be removed from this world. The very thought of escaping is completely contrary to what Jesus so clearly stated in the gospel of John.
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” Joh 17:15
If we are not to escape from this world in the hard times then what is Jesus telling us? This is an exhortation to escape what Jesus is predicting is going to be a prevalent attitude among believers in the end times. Let’s read the context and see this together.
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” Luk 21:34,35
Obviously what we are exhorted to do is to escape not being caught off guard. We would be caught off guard if we allowed our hearts to be overcharged with “surfeiting, drunkenness, and cares of this life, so that day come upon you unawares”. What day? The second coming of Christ! Not “the great tribulation”! Do you see that? Read it for yourself a few times. We are not exhorted to escape the tribulation via the rapture! In other words, the only way you can escape being caught like a thief in the night is by staying awake and watching for His return because a large number of believers will fall asleep spiritually in the end times. Listen to this next verse.
“They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.” Mat 25:3-5
There is going to be a slumber party in the end times and many will not be ready, and sadly that means many in the church world. So you escape the snare by keeping oil in your lamp, staying vigilant and waiting for His return. Again, the way to escape is by “not being caught off guard”! Stay awake! Keep the flame burning! Keep your eyes peeled for the return of the Lord! This watchfulleness is also what is referred to when Jesus speaks of the time of Noah and Lot in Matthew chapter 24. They were caught off guard in those days because they were asleep spirtually! Read that for yourself and you will get the same picture. So the word escape too is totally taken out of context.
In relation to the previous word let’s now consider the small word from.
“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.” Rev. 3:10
The word “from” is “ek” in the Greek, a small preposition with many possible applications. However, it is true that a common usage is “out from” and this interpretation is read into this text to try to show that the church will be raptured out of the world before the tribulation takes place. But of the many different usages possible with this preposition, and there are many, it could mean something different than “out of” like, for example, “from” as a starting point. In other words it is indicating a starting point in time. When the tribulation begins God will keep you “from” that point on, just like the Israelites in Egypt when the plagues fell. His strength will be with you! This is consistent with the Bible. Here are some sources verifying the usage of “ek” for a starting point in time: Greek-English Lexicon, New Edition, pages 498-499, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature pages 234-236, The New Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon pages 189-192, plus many more, time and space not permitting to list them all. So we are not going to be taken out, but rather kept safe or guarded as we go through tribulation.
Moving on, another word we are going to look at is wrath. We have all heard the following verse quoted by the pre-trib teachers which is used to justify their doctrine of a secret rapture before tribulation.
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1Th 5:9
First of all let us remember that God has poured out his wrath in the past and did not rapture his people out of the world before doing it. Examples would be Noah’s flood (Noah’s ark being a picture of Christ and not a picture of the rapture), Sodom and Gomorra, the Israelites in Egypt with the ten plagues, the dispersion of the Jews in the time of the Assyrian and Babylonian Kingdoms, and the punishment of the Jewish nation in the first century when the Romans destroyed the temple, killed and dispersed the Jews all over the world, to name a few. There wasn’t a rapture prior to these events. The fact is God has poured out His wrath many times in the past and has not raptured His people out before doing so.
Moreover, there are different types of wrath mentioned in the book of Revelation. We read of Satan’s wrath (Rev.12:12), and God’s wrath (Rev. 16:2). The wrath of God is said to fall on those who receive the mark of the Beast (Rev. 16:2), is poured out on the seat of the Beast (Rev.16:10), and also poured out on Mystery Babylon, the mother of Harlots (Rev.14:8,10). While these wicked entities are being targeted with God’s wrath, we read scriptures that show the saints are on earth while this is taking place. Therefore, we cannot be raptured out of here if the saints are still on earth while this is taking place. Yes, I know what you are thinking; the church is not going to be here at that time, so I will deal with the word church too. But for now, let’s read some more verses on this topic.
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14:12
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Rev 16:15
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Rev 18:4
When reading the book of Revelation it is obvious that the context of these previous verses are during the pouring of God’s wrath on these ungodly entities, all the while mentioning the saints being present on the earth while it is taking place. Therefore the saints are going through tribulation! The church will not be raptured out during this time. The final outpouring of God’s wrath is when Christ comes back at His Second Coming! The book of Revelation covers more than just the second advent of Christ when Jesus Christ takes revenge and judged the world, which the Christians obviously will not face.
“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.” 2Th 2:8
“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.”
Again, let’s not forget that there is the wrath of Satan in the book of Revelation and not just the wrath of God. Satan’s wrath is being aimed toward the saints! He’s mad at the church! The saints need to be here if we are going to be the subjects to the wrath of Satan! If y0u are a saint you may face the wrath of Satan before the Second Coming of Christ! Millions of Christians have been tortured in the past 2000 years and many are being deceived into thinking that they will be a special class that will not face what the Bible says is going to happen to the church. Christian are currently being persecuted viciously all over the world. It is time to wake up!
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Rev 12:12
“And the dragon was wroth (angry) with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev 12:17
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” Rev 13:7
Here is the point. The ultimate wrath of God is the lake of fire, the final judgment! To suggest that “we are not appointed to wrath” means we will not face the tribulation, wrath of Satan, etc., is wishful thinking and contrary to scripture. Someone is being deceived!
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev 20:14-15
This then is no doubt the final outpouring of the wrath of God nobody wants to face! Tribulation you will face!
Moreover, another word we want to look at is the word rapture itself. First of all this word is not found in our English Bibles. It is not in the KJV, nor in any other English translation. Chuck Missler, the well known pre-trib rapture teacher, stated that those who hold post-tribulation convictions have not done their homework regarding the word rapture. He states online that the word rapture is indeed found in the Bible. He says the word rapture is in the Latin Bible! I think Chuck Missler shot himself in the foot by admitting this. Why, because that is the exact point being made by pre-trib whistle-blowers. The truth is that the source of the pre-trib rapture is the Roman Catholic Church itself. Of course the word rapture is in the Latin translations! The Latin Bibles are used by the Roman Harlot Church. History reveals that the counter-reformation movement desperately sought alternate views to counter the reformation preaching that the Pope was an anti-Christ and sought help from their Jesuits scholars. You can research for yourself the Catholic Jesuit connection and trace it back to “Francisco Ribera (1537-1591) a Jesuit doctor of theology, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, one of the best known Jesuit apologists, and Manuel De Lacunza (1731–1801), a Jesuit from Chile, who wrote a manuscript in Spanish titled La Venida del Mesias en Gloria y Magestad ("The Coming of the Messiah in Glory and Majesty"), under the pen name of Juan Josafa [Rabbi] Ben-Ezra about 1791.” You can also trace it from its Catholic origins as it flowed into the Protestant world via Edward Irving (half Catholic, half Protestant, if there is such a thing), John Nelson Darby, C.I. Scofield, and up to the present day via Hal Lindsey, Tim Lahaye, Jack Van Empe, etc. The point here is that not until 1830, when J.N. Darby put his final touches on this new doctrine that the church now had presented to it a teaching that for the first time in eighteen hundred years that Jesus Christ was now coming back twice, not once! No wonder it took years to convince, tweak, and re-package this doctrine for acceptance into Protestant circles! Tracing this in church history is an amazing study. The information is available to confirm this. Nevertheless, John Nelson Darby and C.I. Scofield, who’s final touches were successful in shaping it into our modern version of end time teaching that we know today as “dispensationalism”, had initial critics who were quick to point out that this teaching was a new and novel teaching up until that time in history. Some of Darby’s critics were the well known man of prayer George Muller and the prince of preachers Charles Spurgeon. So today, without realizing it, many Protestants and evangelicals are preaching Catholic inspired doctrine and they don’t even realize it. They haven’t checked out the sources adequately. Furthermore, Dave MacPherson, in his research links a charismatic connection to the doctrine. He claims a young fifteen year old by the name Margaret McDonald prophesied in Edward Irving’s church that Jesus Christ was going to return in a secret rapture. King Saul prophesied too in the book of Samuel but the Lord departed from him long before that.
As we move along in this exposure, another interesting word is resurrection. Since the resurrection and rapture are so interconnected, a mere study of all verses on the resurrection reveals more than one can imagine on the topic of the rapture. The simple truth is that if we assume a two-fold or two stage return of Christ, which is unbiblical, then you have to have more than one resurrection. Depending on your view of the rapture, you may require two or even three resurrections to fit your theory and make dispensationalism work. For instance, some believe in a resurrection at the pre-trib rapture, one more resurrection at the Second Coming of Christ, and possibly one more at the end of the millennial reign of Christ. So, how many resurrections do you believe in? Why is this a problem you ask? Because the Bible never mentions multiple resurrections! Every reference to resurrection in the New Testament is always and only singular, never multiple. In other words, every time Jesus Christ speaks of the resurrection He talks in terms of one general resurrection where the wicked and just will be raised to life and judged at the same time. The only exception to this is found in Revelation chapter 20 verses 5 & 6 where it speaks of the “first resurrection” making some mis-interpret this to assume there are two physical resurrections separated by a time gap. The pre-trib doctrine teaches that these two resurrections are in fact literal. But they are not! Since Jesus clearly taught only one resurrection and final judgement, then this can only mean that one is a spiritual resurrection that equals to being born of the Spirit, or the new birth. Here are three key verses confirming this spiritual resurrection.
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” Col 2:12
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Eph 2:5-6“
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection (spiritual), and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection (literal) of the dead.” Php 3:10-11
So, having established that the first resurrection is new birth in Christ, please take your concordance for yourself and check all scriptures on the resurrection in the Bible and see how many resurrections you can find. My study has clearly shown only one literal resurrection, hence, Jesus Christ is not coming back twice, but once based on the single resurrection at the last day. This is an undeniable truth that cannot be avoided by an honest Bible.
Another very important word that we want to look at is the word meet. It is a word associated with meeting the Lord in the air. It has been argued by the pre-trib theory that it would be useless if we met the Lord in the air at the rapture if we were then to do a u-turn and and come back to earth. “What would be the purpose of that”, they argue! I am not exactly sure what the waste is they are implying, weather a waste of time, energy, etc. But pre-trib people see it as a waste nonetheless. So to make this event worth while they argue that when we are raptured and meet the Lord in the air, we then proceed to heaven for the marriage supper of the Lamb and remain there for seven years. This in some way makes it worth it in their view. But a simple study of the word meet in the Bible shows that the opposite is in fact the case. Apparently there is purpose for the u-turn in the sky! We will meet the Lord in the air and then return to earth with Him! It won’t be the other way around. Let’s look at this little word meet in the Bible.
“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.” 1Th 4:17
Another revealing instance of this word is found in the Book of Acts.
“And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and the three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.” Act 28:15-16
This is showing us the Apostle Paul is being met in Rome by the church members of Rome, who then continue with Paul after meeting him at the city gates, and then continue with him to his destination which is the city of Rome. They do no return with Paul to where he began his journey from. Likewise, at the rapture, we will meet the Lord in the air, and return with iHim to the earth where Christ is travelling to. We accompany Christ on His journey! This was also a known practice in the Roman world with respect to conquering generals returning from war only to be greeted at the gates of the city and have an entourage meet him and subsequently join him on his return with the spoils of war. Similarly, we will join the Lord in the air and then come back for the marriage supper of the Lamb and to judge the world with Him! We are not going to heaven for seven years! Study the word meet and you will discover the same thing for yourself.
Now let’s look at another critical word, the word except. This is a simple little word with profound meaning. The Apostle Paul said that the Second Coming of Christ cannot happen except a couple of things happen first.
“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.” 2Th 2:3
The Apostle Paul didn’t hold to the doctrine of not being able to identify the anti-Christ before the rapture. Paul stated clearly that at least two things had to happen before Christ would come back. This places the revelation of the anti-Christ before the second coming of Christ. In other words, before we are caught up in the air to meet the Lord, Paul says the anti-Christ must be exposed and revealed for who he is. These events, the falling away, and the man of sin being revealed, must take place before the catching up of the saints! Therefore, out the window goes the theory of not being able to identify the anti-Christ, which is essential to the pre-trib rapture theory! The pre-trib theory says that the Anti-Christ is not revealed yet, and it claims that he will be exposed only after the rapture and it will be in the future. But check back in church history and read the sermons of Wycliffe, Huss, Tyndale, Ridley, Latimer, Luther, John Foxe, Cotton Mather, Thomas Cranmer, John Wesley, John Knox, Roger Williams, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Spurgon, etc., and you will discover that for centuries the church wasn’t in the dark as to the identity of the Beast system. I wonder who didn’t like their preaching. Could it be the Roman Catholic Church got tired of being exposed? Paul said he will definitely be revealed before the Second Coming of Christ!
Another little word we want to consider is let. This is a small word with a big meaning though! This word means hinder. Originally, the pre-trib theory taught that the hinderer was the Holy Spirit (because the Holy Spirit indwells the body of Christ and it will be raptured out, therefore it is claimed He will be gone). But we all know the Holy Spirit cannot be removed before the second coming of Christ! “I will be with you always” is what Jesus said. Case closed! However, now they have changed their theory and substituted other things as being the hinderer in many pre-trib circles to avoid this obvious false teaching and embarrassment. So, who is the hinderer then? Quite simply and historically accurate as well, it was the Roman Empire and the Emperor! The Empire had to be removed to make way for the new system, i.e., the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope. The Catholic goal is to rule the world and that goal has never since been changed.
Here is another power packed word we want to look at. It is the word shout. We are told by pre-trib teachers that the rapture is going to be a secret. In other words, it will be a quiet event that will only be known to the church. The world supposedly won’t know it until it is too late. But let’s read the text and see what it says.
“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.” 1Th 4:16
This is a favourite rapture verse but it teaches nothing about silence, but rather shows the opposite is the truth. Can you find silence in this event or do you find noise? Obviously not only will a shout be heard, but the voice of an archangel, and the trump of God too! Sounds like it will be so loud that people will come out of their graves, literally! No, the fact is the rapture will not be secret, but very heard and a very public event too! Everybody is going to know about it because Zachariah also says “every eye will see Him” at His coming!
One more interesting word to help us out in this study is the word taken. The pre-trib theory also suggests that this word taken can be interchanged for the word rapture.
“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Mat 24:40-41
If context is the key to understanding bible verses then the preceding verses tell us who is being taken, the godly or ungodly.
“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,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Mat 24:38-39
The preceding context shows that it was they “that were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” that were taken away. These were the sinners taken in judgement and not Noah’s family being taken into the ark being referred to. They were taken in judgement! In other words they were caught off guard and judged. The church is not being portrayed as being raptured out of this world in these verses. In fact, if you study the parables of the end of the world, and ask who is taken first, the bad fish or good, the goats or the sheep you will see the wicked are taken first in judgment. The fact is the chaff is removed before the wheat to purge this world of rebellion. The church is not being taken out in a rapture but rather the wicked are taken in judgment! Once again, this word too is taken right out of its context.
Now we want to look at the word church. Pre-trib teachers are quick to point out that from Revelation chapter four and verse one the word church is absent afterwards in the Book of Revelation. They place the rapture at Revelation chapter four, verse one, and since the word church is not used again in the rest of the Book of Revelation, they say, it must mean that the church is raptured out of the world. However, they overlook that the word church is mentioned in Revelation chapter twenty two. That surely messes things up for this theory! Listen to what John says:
“I, Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Rev 22:16
The context of this verse shows that the entire message of the book of Revelation, “these things”, was given to the churches. Just because the word church is not used doesn’t prove that the church is raptured out of the world. In fact, what the church is made up of, the saints, is mentioned throughout the entire Book of Revelation. Yes, the saints are mentioned thirteen times in the book of Revelation! Therefore, the church has to be there in the tribulation!
Finally, one last little word to look at. That is the word seven. You have heard of the seven year tribulation, haven’t you? But where in the New Testament do you find the word seven associated with tribulation? You will not find a seven year tribulation spoken of in the New Testament! In fact, you will find “great tribulation”, but you will never find “the great tribulation” in the New Testament. Again, you won’t find “the great tribulation”! The church in the past has gone through great tribulation, which simply means mega in the Greek. And there will still be great tribulation in the future for the church no doubt. Furthermore, what’s also interesting is you won’t find the word “seven year” connected with “great tribulation” either. The concept of the “seven year great tribulation” is taken from Daniel chapter nine and verse twenty seven, but it is unfortunately taken out of context in that passage also. In this text on the seventy weeks of Daniel the pre-trib theory replaces the Messiah with the anti-Christ and injects a gap theory between the sixty ninth and seventieth week of Daniel`s seventy weeks. The passage does not allow for an unnatural time stop in an otherwise consecutive time period prophesied by Daniel! This is great Biblical gymnastics. Historically, no valid commentary or scholar had seen it this way prior to the introduction of this gap theory by the Jesuits after the reformation. Today, many believers have been tricked by this gap theory insertion.
In summary of what has been said, the doctrine of the pre-trib rapture is false and forced on the Bible. Jesus is only coming back once at the end of time, not twice. This doctrine was invented by the Catholics and after lots of “seed sowing” was incorporated into the Protestant world via questionable charismatic preachers such as Edward Irving. But the story doesn’t end here. Teaching that Christ will return twice is bad enough in and of itself, but that is only the beginning of the problem with this doctrine, otherwise known as dispensationalism. This doctrine is built on an entire system that twists the Bible to no end. By default, if you accept the pre-trib doctrine you must also accept the rest of the package that it comes with. That includes, but is not limited to, the following non Biblical ideas and errors. This doctrinal system teaches that the church is an accident, a sort of plan “B” (see Scofield Reference Bible notes for ample exanples) that God never intended in the first place. It further teaches that God has two elect people, one earthly, one heavenly (like the Jehovah’s Witnesses concept of an earthly and a heavenly people). Not only does God have two elect people they say, but both groups have different ways of salvation, the Jews by the law and the church by grace. During the Great Tribulation they claim people will once again be saved by the law as the temple is rebuilt and sacrifices are resumed. But the Bible states that the blood of Christ was shed once and for all! In this unique and unbiblical system of teaching, it also says that God has seven dispensations (like covenants) through which God reveals himself to mankind, whereas the Bible teaches only two covenants, the old and the new. Furthermore, this entire package of teaching is Old Testament focused (Heb.8:13), with a soon return after the rapture to an animal sacrificial system (Heb.10:4), a departure from grace back to the law, and an emphasis on literal land in the Middle East (refuted in John 4:21; Joshua 21:43-45), and a fascination with non-saved Jewry (see John 8:37; Rom.11:28; Rev.2:9; 2 Cor.5:16). Whereas historically the Catholic Church hated the Jews, this teaching elevates unsaved natural Israel and replaces the elect with natural Israel after the flesh, meanwhile accusing non-dispensationalists of having a replacement theology. Who really has the replacement theology? A study of who the elect are (2 Peter 1:10; Acts 10:35) in the New Testament exposes this false charge of “replacement theology” real quickly. Much more can be said about this false doctrinal system, but hopefully by now you are now better equipped to study your Bible and see if this doctrine fits the Bible or is it a man made doctrine forced onto the Bible?
Lastly, let me leave you with a few questions to help you in your study. How many elect people does God have in the New Testament? How many times will Jesus Christ return? How many resurrection will there be? How many covenants or dispensations does the Bible teach? Which Jerusalem does the church belong to in Galatians chapter four? What does earthly Jerusalem symbolize in this passage? Who is the new man spoken of by Paul in Ephesians chapter two and three? Is this new man current or still future? What does the New Testament teach about the temple of God? How many temples does God have in the New Testament? Will we return to the blood of bulls and goats in the future? Is the blood of Jesus Christ sufficient for all peoples? Who is the true Israel of God in Romans 2:28-29; 9:6, Galatians 6:16, and 1 Cor. 10:18? Where in the New Testament do you find the words “seven year tribulation”? Where in the New Testament do you find a rebuild temple? Did Jesus speak of rebuilding a temple or one that would be destroyed? Where in the New Testament does it say Jesus Christ is coming back twice? Lastly, in spite of some of the church fathers quoted out of context by some desperate pre-trib teachers, why is the secret rapture not found on the pages of church history until 1830