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Various Views On The Rapture

by Dr. Paul Lee Tan (1/10/00)

I.  PRE-TRIBULATIONISM

     This is the strongest view.

     = Rapture will occur before the Tribulation period.

     (A) KEY VERSE:  Rev. 3:10

     (B) REASONS:

           (1) Nature of Tribulation and of Church different

           (2) Helps us explain the Millennium

           (3) Helps us explain the Second Coming of Christ

     (C) BENEFITS:

           (1) It emphasizes Bible prophecy

           (2) It produces Blessed Hope

           (3) It safeguards Conservative doctrines

II. POST-TRIBULATIONISM

     This is another popular view.

     =Rapture will occur after the Tribulation period.

     (A) KEY VERSE:  Matt. 24:29-31

     (B) REASONS:

           (1) Early church belief (supposed)

           (2) Imminency not mean "at any moment" but "soon"

           (3) Church will be protected through Tribulation

III. PARTIAL RAPTURE

     This belief is held by some Christians

     =Only those who are "prepared" will be raptured

     (A) KEY VERSE:  Phil. 3:10-11

     (B) REASONS:

           (1) Unfair to let all Christians be raptured

           (2) Parable of the Ten Virgins

IV. MID-TRIBULATIONISM

     This is probably the weakest position.

     =Rapture will occur at Middle of Tribulation period.

     (A) KEY VERSE:  Matt. 24:8; Rev. 11

     (B) REASONS:

           (1) Desire to mediate between Pre- and Post-Tribulation

           (2) It seems “unfair” for lukewarm Christians to be raptured with
                 overcomers.


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