Those who believe in the pre-tribulation rapture do not understand how those who pierced Christ on the cross will see him coming on the clouds of glory. They believe that the rapture of the church leaves sinners behind to face the Anti-Christ who will rule the world harshly. The most deceptive thing about tribulation doctrine is how it fogs the mind and distorts the truth of the scriptures. Unfortunately, Christians have a better knowledge of theology than they do of scriptures.
The problem with the tribulation doctrine is that the bible does not describe the end of time and the signs of Christ’s coming with the words tribulation period. Both words are found in the bible but never in the same sentence or paragraph. Therefore God can say I never said anything about a tribulation period.
The doctrine appeals to my human instincts because I come to believe that I won’t have to go through what is described as a ugly and distasteful period of time. On the other hand, if you were to read John 5:28-29 you just may understand why the roman soldier who pierced Jesus Christ on the cross will see him coming in the clouds of glory.
Verse 28 makes a point that we need to see about raising the dead. This verse specifically declares that all who are in their graves without exception or regard to their spiritual relation to God will rise. Then verse 29 talks about the rewards given according to the good or the evil they have done. The passage above is confirmed in chapter twelve of Daniel.
No matter how we look at the scriptures regarding the resurrection of man, the scriptures are quite blunt when (at the end of the age) Christ will raise the dead. Daniel 12:1 uses the term at that time, and that term refers to the demise of the fourth beast spoken about in Daniel 11:36. This beast is the lawless one that the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
We read in Matthew that Christ gave a loud shout on the cross and a large number of people rose from their graves and went into the city. Just as the dead heard him at that time, Christ’s voice will be heard by everyone sleeping in their graves. The bible tells us that the good and the bad will rise at God’s command at the last day. In another place God’s word declares this.
The word of God is irrefutable throughout the Bible, the words may state the truth in a different way, but it is always consistent with the truth. God will make a distinction between the good and bad on that day. Rather than beat around the bush Jesus spoke of a specific day when he taught on the end times.
Martha provides the evidence that Christ taught about a specific day, but the bible offers additional evidence about raising the dead on the last day. Jesus knew that everyone was to be resurrected at the last day, even though the time and date was known only by God the Father. However Christ revealed the following.
Who was Christ speaking to in the verses above? Who are those Christ will raise at the last day? Read this sentence I will raise him up at the last day aloud and replace him with anyone of the bulleted items below to see if Christ is speaking about you.
Those the Father has given me
Those who looks to the Son and believes in him
Those the Father who sent me draws him
Jesus also said these words
It is not only feasible but practical that the last day and the end of the age to be the one and same day? When one speaks of something as being last - at the end of the line – isn’t it the final one? When Jesus comes on the last day there will be no more days that come afterwards. Jesus also spoke of the end of the age as when the resurrection would take place.
Jesus said I will raise those – the Father has given me – who look to the Son and believes in him – whom the Father draws to him
I will raise him up at the last day.
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