Views On The Rapture
Dr. Paul Lee Tan (1/10/00)
This is the strongest view.
= Rapture will occur before the Tribulation period.
(A) KEY VERSE: Rev.
Nature of Tribulation and of Church different
(2) Helps us explain the Millennium
Helps us explain the Second Coming of Christ
emphasizes Bible prophecy
produces Blessed Hope
safeguards Conservative doctrines
This is another popular view.
=Rapture will occur after the Tribulation period.
(A) KEY VERSE: Matt.
Early church belief (supposed)
Imminency not mean "at any moment" but "soon"
Church will be protected through Tribulation
This belief is held by some Christians
=Only those who are "prepared" will be raptured
KEY VERSE: Phil. 3:10-11
Unfair to let all Christians be raptured
Parable of the Ten Virgins
This is probably the weakest position.
=Rapture will occur at Middle of Tribulation period.
KEY VERSE: Matt. 24:8; Rev.
Desire to mediate between Pre- and Post-Tribulation
seems “unfair” for lukewarm Christians to be raptured with
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