Thomas Ice, Why The Bible Teaches A Pre Tribulation Rapture
The rapture is not an escape. The rapture is for the removal of the saints before the seventieth (70th) week of Daniel. It is the translation of living believers. People will be saved between the rapture and the Great Tribulation period.
The word “rapture” comes from the Greek word “harpazo” which means caught up. I Thessalonians 4:17 “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.” The Greek word literally means caught up quickly like a pick pocket or a quick snatch. The Latin Vulgate uses the word “rapio” which is literally Latin for rapture.
Raptures of History and Prophecy-
1)Enoch, 2)Elijah, 3)Isaiah, 4)Jesus (Acts 1:11), 5)Philip (Acts 8), 6)Paul (II Corinthians 12), 7)John (Revelation 4), 8)The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11). *** I do not entirely agree with Thomas Ice and his listings of “raptures” throughout the Bible. In order to properly represent the rapture of the church, an event MUST be a predecessor to judgment. The translations of Jesus, Elijah, Philip and Paul have nothing to do with judgment. Many translations of people in the Bible do not represent the rapture of the church. *** Pastor Steve
Thomas Ice shared that 30% of New Testament Jews became believers.
The rapture ends the church age. Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”
The rapture and the tribulation period do not mix. The rapture deals with the church and the tribulation period is focused on Israel. Jesus introduces the rapture- 1) John 14:1-4. The Upper Room Discourse- 2)John 13-16. 3)I Thessalonians 4:13-18. 4)I Corinthians 15:50-53. [A “mystery” is not in the Old Testament]. ***II Thessalonians 2:1-8. The Antichrist who opposes God will rule when the church is removed. *** (Synagogue=gather) The Holy Spirit (Church) is removed, and the man of lawlessness will be revealed.
Contrasts Between The Rapture And The Second Coming-
Rapture Second Coming
Translation No Translation
Go To Heaven Return To Earth
No Judgment Judgment
Not In Old Testament In Old Testament
Believers Taken Pertains To All Men
Before Wrath Concluding Wrath (Post Wrath)
For His Own With His Own
The rapture is immanent. Immanence means impending. It is the next eschatological event to happen on the Lord’s calendar. It does not necessarily mean soon. Here are some passages that stress the immanence of the rapture:
I Corinthians 1:7 “so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Philippians 3:20 “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 4:5 “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”
I Thessalonians 1:10 “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
James 5:7-9 “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.”
I Peter 1:13 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”
Jude 21 “keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”
*** We are saved FROM WRATH TO HIM. Romans 5:9 “Much more then, having now been justified [a]by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” ***
Only the Church is mentioned in Revelation chapters 1-3. Only wrath, and the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments are observed in Revelation chapters 6-18. The Church and God’s wrath/Tribulation Period do not mix.