Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! (Matthew 18:7)
Chuck Misslers Ten Reasons For A Pre-tribulation Rapture PART 1: http://bewareofthewolves.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/chuck-missler-false-teacher-pre.html
The Rapture.. Chuck Missler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1xoON5GLSw
Reason 4: "Look up" for the rapture. Redemption, not tribulation based on Luke 21:28.
This is a shameful attempt to take one isolated verse completely out of context in order to justify the false pre-tribulation rapture. Luke
21:28 follows the the signs in the sun, moon and stars, also related in
Revelation 6 and elsewhere. The extreme imminence of the Lords return
indicated here follows the great tribulation! The cosmic disturbances in Luke 21 depict the sixth seal events (Revelation 6:12), at which point the Day of God's Wrath is at hand. These verses actually confirm the pre-wrath view of the rapture, certainly not pre-trib! You simply cannot get a pre-tribulation rapture from these verses!
And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and
on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring
of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up (look up) and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28)
See also Mark 13:24-26; Matthew 24:29-31; Amos 8:9; Joel 2:30-31; Ezekiel 32:7-8; Revelation 6:12-14.
Reason 5: Ambassadors are recalled prior to a war. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through
us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Missler pushes the Apostle Paul's "ambassador" analogy too far when he says that ambassadors are recalled prior to a war. This is a ludicrous and worldly argument for the rapture of the church to occur prior to Daniel's 70th week. It should be obvious to the reader that an ambassador for Christ is already involved in a war. Paul describes himself elsewhere as an an ambassador in chains..... (Ephesians 6:20) which is completely opposite to the privileged position of a worldly ambassador (John 16:33 also Acts 14:22). The scriptures actually give us the very opposite view to that of Missler:
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9).
Also it (the beast) was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. (Revelation 13:7; Daniel 7:21-25)
Reason 6: "The restrainer" is removed before the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill
with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of
his coming. (2 Thessalonians 2: 6-8)
The Thessalonians had the advantage over us in that they were explicitly informed who the restrainer was by the Apostle Paul. Throughout history there have been various theories as to the identity of "the restrainer", who is referred to in both the neuter (what) and masculine (he) gender. John Nelson Darby, promoter of the pre-tribulation rapture theory, taught that the restrainer of 2 Thessalonians 2 was ".....the presence of the church and of the Holy Spirit on the earth." This connection with Darby makes me very uncomfortable considering that he was a cult leader and a heretic. Darby's view about pretribulationism and the restrainer was later popularised in the heretical Scofield Reference Bible. It was Darby who promoted the pre-tribulation rapture theory which was unknown prior to the nineteenth century. Darby hoped that pretribulationism would spread through the churches like "leaven" and indeed it has.
Even if we accept Darby's speculation that the restrainer is the Holy Spirit within the church on earth, we still cannot place the rapture at the beginning of Daniel's 70th week. Making the connection between Daniel and Paul, we find that the man of lawlessness will be revealed at the mid point of of Daniel's 70th week, at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. The restrainer is first taken out of the way and then or at that time (Greek tote), the
lawless one will be revealed, implying that the two events happen almost simultaneously. At this mid point of the 70th week, the man of lawlessness will drop his facade and will no longer work covertly, he will betray
Israel and set up the abomination that causes desolation (Daniel 9:27; 11:31;
12:11; Matthew 24:15).
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (5) Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-6)
Reason 7: "In the twinkling of an eye": The rapture is not an extended activity (1 Corinthians 15:52).
I fail to understand Missler's argument that "the twinkling of an eye" necessitates a pre-tribulation rapture. The post tribulation/pre-wrath view does not negate an instantaneous rapture. Missler "forgets" to explain when "the last trumpet" is sounded!!! Matthew and Paul clearly portray the rapture being heralded by the silver trumpet (sálpigks). Matthew 24 describes the sixth seal cosmic disturbances also depicted in Luke 21, with additional information regarding the gathering of the elect (episynágō = rapture). Once again, a pre-wrath view of the rapture is confirmed as against a pre-tribulation rapture!
.....in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the
trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be
changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of
God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then
we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with
the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
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 heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be
will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the
tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming
on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And
he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will
gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the
other. (Matthew 24:29-31)
Missler falsely claims that the early Church Fathers taught the pre-tribulation
rapture, and he even gives the names of several of the Fathers in the above video! Actually none of the church fathers taught a
WHY IS THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE THEORY SO DOMINANT?
adversary the devil works in ways that are confusing and intentionally
deceptive. One thing I very strongly recommend to Missler's
hearers is that on this one occasion they take his advice and check out
teaches against the scriptures with a fine toothcomb. The serious Bible
scholar will find many disturbing "errors" in Missler's
theology! The continuing dilemma for me is the dishonesty of these
pre-tribulation teachers. They not only distort the scriptures, they
also distort the historical facts to suit their agenda.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see
whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into
the world. (1 John 4:1)
TO BE CONTINUED