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By Alan Yusko

If a post tribulationists take a look at Scripture they will see there is no grounds for the post trib view of the rapture. There are many problems with the post-trib viewpoint. This article will address one such problem.

We will look at the events at the return of Jesus and the rapture of the Church. It will be very easy to see that we are looking at two separate events. First we will look at the rapture verses and will be able to clearly see that the righteous are taken to heaven while the wicked/unsaved are left behind. Next we will look at several verses that talk about the end of the age and how the wicked will be first taken and the righteous will be left behind. We either have a contradiction here or we have two separate events!

First lets look at how when the rapture occurs all God's people, the righteous, will be removed from the earth:

1 Thess 4
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 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:
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.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

In verse 17 above it is very clear to see that all God's people living on the earth at the time of the rapture will be removed as we meet the Lord in the air. By removing all God's people, this will leave the wicked/unsaved on planet earth after the rapture. Keep in mind that after the rapture there will be many, many, many people saved throughout the world!


Next lets look as how the wicked will be first removed at the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of the age:

Matt 13
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Notice how the wicked tares are first gathered. After the wheat or the righteous are gathered. The next set of verses are the overview by the Lord Jesus Himself of the parable of the wheat and tares:

Matt 13
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Notice the first job at the end of the age is for the removal of the wicked. They are gathered up and cast into fire like one would dispose of trash. Verse 38 says that this will happen at the end of the age.

Here is another description of the end of the age:

Matt 13
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Notice above the order of events at the end of the age is to first remove the wicked and cast them into fire.


As you can see the post tribulation view does not line up with Scriptures. This view teaches that as the Lord Jesus returns to earth from heaven, as described in Revelation 19, the rapture occurs. The saved are then raptured up to meet the Lord and then the whole host comes back to earth with the Lord Jesus.

I'm afraid such a viewpoint in prophecy does not line up at all with the Scriptures quoted in this article! Therefore it is easy to conclude that the post tribulation view is wrong. It is not an accurate view of Bible prophecy and the timing of the rapture.

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