A Pre-Tribulation Rapture?

 

For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  - Matthew 24:27

seekGodstruth.com 

SeekGodsTruth.com

 

The Example of Job

 - Will you be prepared when the Pre-Tribulation Rapture does not occur?

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

All believers in Christ will suffer

 

The Bible mentions in many places the fact that all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will suffer. It is expected as we are refined and purified and become worthy vessels in the Kingdom of God. We are to imitate Christ, to live and reflect Christ in all things – even suffering and death, as He did, to the glory of God. And like Christ, we leave vengeance to the Almighty. Given below are some verses that tell us all believers must suffer.

 

Matthew 5:

10   Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11   "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

12   Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets

     who were before you.   (NKJV)

 

John 15:

18   "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

19   If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world,

     but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20   Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me,

     they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

21   But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.  (NKJV)

 

Acts 14:

19   Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes,

      they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

20   However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city.

     And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21   And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,

22   strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying,

     "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."     (NKJV)

 

Romans 8:

17   And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him,

     that we may be also glorified together.

18   For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory

     which shall be revealed in us.   (AKJV)

 

2 Corinthians 1:        

3     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

4     who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble,

     with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

5     For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

6     Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings

     which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

7     And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings,

     so also you will partake of the consolation.   (NKJV)

 

2 Corinthians 4:

6     For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give

     the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

7     But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

8     we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;

9     persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

10   always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

11   For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake,

     so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.   (NASB)

 

2 Thessalonians 1:

4     so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your

     persecutions and tribulations that you endure,

5     which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God,

     for which you also suffer;

6     since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,

7     and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,

8     in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,

     and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9     These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

10   when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe,

     because our testimony among you was believed.

11   Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling,

     and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,

12   that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him,

     according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.   (NKJV)

 

2 Timothy 3:

12    Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (NKJV) 

 

1 Peter 1:

4     to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

5     who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6     In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,

7     that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire,

     may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

8     whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

9     receiving the end of your faith --- the salvation of your souls.   (NKJV)

 

1 Peter 4:

12   Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing,

     as though some strange thing were happening to you;

13   but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing,

     so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

14   If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

15   Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;

16   but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.

17   For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first,

     what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

18   And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?

19   Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust

      their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.   (NASB)

 

 

 

The deadly impact of the Pre-Tribulation rapture doctrine


Christians today believe they are “once saved, always saved”, which essentially means that once you believe in Christ, you are “guaranteed” salvation no matter what happens or what you do/how you live.  However, this is a false doctrine; the Bible teaches you are not once saved, always saved, and you can lose your salvation.


To curse or blaspheme God is the unforgivable sin:

 

Mark 3:

28   "Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;

29    but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation"    (NKJV)

 

Luke 12:

10   "And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him;

       but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.   (NKJV)

 

 

And this is exactly what the enemy wants you to do. He wants you to fall away in apostasy.

Do you think this cannot happen to you?   Are you sure….?

 

Many, many Christians do not know how dangerously close they are to such an act if the “just right” situation presents itself. To think a believer can ever blaspheme God is virtually unthinkable, but yet we are told that people do fall away from God and Christ:

 

Hebrews 6:

4     For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift,

     and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,

5     and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,

6     if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God,

     and put Him to an open shame.   (NKJV)

 

And also:

 

2 Thessalonians 2:

1     Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,

2     not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us,

     as though the day of Christ had come.

3     Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first,

     and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,   (NKJV)

 

 

In 2 Thessalonians 2, a time in the future is described when there will be a massive apostasy or falling away of believers. This will happen when the Great Tribulation begins which is when “the Beast” of Revelation is revealed. There are many ways believers can fall away from their faith, but there is one way which is the least expected and therefore is the deadliest of them all. This deception is so cunning and deep, and unfortunately will affect most believers.

 

What would be a “just right” situation that can cause someone to curse God and fall away or turn away from God?  

 

 

Let us discuss a hypothetical situation.

 

What if the greatest thing that you believe was promised to you for the future, never happens? What if you believed this promise would make you the happiest you can ever be, free from worry and suffering – even death, but instead it will not happen and you are left to face these things and all your built-up hopes disappear into thin air? What if this promised event which never happens defines who you are? What if you believed this promise came from the one you love the most?

 

There is a doctrine that many Christians believe to be true which is planting the seed for a massive falling away. It involves an event they believe will happen in the future. However, not only is it false, but when this expected event does not happen, believers will be in total shock and shaken to the core of their faith, and they will be left utterly unprepared and incapable of coping with reality. In addition to this, they will be angry and upset, to say the least. Some will even be hateful and curse God and turn away from Him.

 

What is this false doctrine that will cause all this chaos even though many Christians believe it to be true?

 

It is the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine.

 

 

The doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture has only come within the last century and a half. It supposes that God’s elect (Christians or “the Church”) will not have to endure the Great Tribulation, but they will be taken away by Christ before tribulation begins.

 

It is one of the three-pronged attacks of the enemy which arose in the 19th century, because the enemy knows his time is short. One is the evolutionary lie which seeks to deny God entirely. Another is the religion of the Jehovah’s Witnesses which seeks to deny the deity of the Lord Jesus. The third is the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine which seeks to undermine the faith of all believers during the greatest test of their faith.

 

The pre-tribulation rapture doctrine has made believers hope to escape tribulation even though the Bible says we must endure through it. This doctrine is creating believers who are not fundamentally sound in their faith, because they assume they will not have to suffer. However, the Bible says they will – everyone will. The difference is some will suffer in Christ’s name and others will suffer without Christ; some will die in Christ’s name and some will die without Christ.

 

Some people try to downplay everything and say it is not very important even if they believe in a pre-tribulation rapture and it does not happen.  They say all that counts is how strong their relationship with Christ is and it will carry them through.  They say it is fine if it does not happen and they will just find out at the time and be able to handle it.  

 

Really?

 

While this might sound good, it is really trying to avoid the subject of discussing the terrible situation of being “stuck” here amid the chaos of tribulation when all we have hoped for and are prepared for is to avoid it.  It is yet more wishful thinking and “sweeping things under the rug”.  However, as we know, ignoring something makes things even worse, as we fall deeper into denial and the problem gets magnified.

 

People who say it is not really that important are deluding themselves, because surely if it is not true then they should be preparing themselves for the tribulation to come.  However, this is not what they are doing, not how they are behaving.  Remember that the Jews also did not know the time of their visitation: they were not prepared, were not wise, behaved and chose wrongly, and ultimately paid the price:

 

Luke 19:

41   Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,

42   saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace!

         But now they are hidden from your eyes.

43   For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you,

         surround you and close you in on every side,

44   and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another,

         because you did not know the time of your visitation."    (NKJV)

 

 

This is because the believers of this doctrine actually define themselves by the doctrine; it is a proof of their identity. They believe they are the chosen ones – the body of Christ that will be taken away en masse and not suffer. They believe they are the privileged ones to avoid the Great Tribulation while all others are just “left behind”.

 

What will happen to the faith of these believers when they find out they are not raptured away during this tribulation? What will happen to them when all they have ever been taught should happen and have hoped for just does NOT happen?

 

The emotional and spiritual impact – a crushing blow, in fact, would be so devastating and indescribable. They will believe they are not one of God’s elect and they will be completely disillusioned, confused and angry. It will be completely debilitating.

 

Those who expect to be raptured will have their faith shaken and hopes dashed when they are not and will be the first to fall away, because one or any combination of the three (maybe all) will happen:

 

1)      They realize they are not raptured and therefore believe they are not one of God’s chosen.

 

2)      They have never been prepared for enduring faith through tribulation.

 

3)      They will hate and blaspheme God.

 

 

It is not just about how they will react to it, but how will they persevere through persecution if this is not what they have ever been trained or prepared for? In short, they will be completely unprepared to endure the tribulation. Their belief in a rapture doctrine has undermined the very foundation of their faith – which is to have faith and strength at all times regardless of what the enemy and the world throws at you. Their strength and faith will be lacking.

 

These rapture believers will be caught entirely off guard. They have been taught a lie. All their lives they believed God would take them away from suffering and looked forward to it, but instead they have to go through it. How will their faith stand up? What will they feel about God? This belief has essentially prepared many for a massive falling away. Many believers will blame God or Christianity for misleading them. They may even renounce God and curse him. They will not have the strength, faith and perseverance to endure – they are unprepared and will be blind-sided.

 

This doctrine lulls believers into a false sense of security that will leave them ill-prepared to confront and persevere against the greatest tribulation mankind has ever known:

 

Matthew 24:

9     "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.

10   "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.  

21   "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now,

       nor ever will.     (NASB)

 

 

Ultimately, the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine tampers with the truth of who God’s people truly are and what will happen in the future and what they should do to prepare for it. However, it does not merely tamper, but by its very existence, this doctrine will define who God’s people are, and who are NOT, by setting up these people for a fall of catastrophic proportions. In other words, it makes sure that many will NOT be part of the body of Christ, because their faith and hope have been built upon a lie which will leave them utterly helpless when they find they are not raptured away as they have always been led to believe.

 

 

The enemy, Satan hates God and hates you – and he is very clever. After all, who wants to suffer?

 

Remember the enemy’s lie to Adam and Eve.  He tricked them into not believing God’s word that they would die if they ate from the tree; the enemy tricked Adam and Eve into thinking that they will not have to die:

 

Genesis 3:

3   but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"

4   The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die!

5   "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6   When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.   (NASB)

 

 

Adam and Eve did not want to die, but they believed the enemy’s deception, which combined with the fruit, was too delightful to resist.  He tickled their ears and put in front of them something that was so pleasant, but it was anything but that. Of course, this lie with its promise of not dying if we distrust God’s word was too good to be true.  As we know, believing the enemy’s false promise actually brought about the death of which Adam and Eve thought they would be spared. Mankind has fallen for this lie in various forms ever since, and this is especially true for pre-tribulation rapture believers. 

 

How is the enemy’s lie to Adam and Eve any different than the lie of a pre-tribulation rapture doctrine? 

 

It is not.  It is the same lie packaged in a different way.

 

 

Satan is saying: “You surely will not suffer!”

 

 

And then he tickles our ears and dangles before our eyes the fantastic scenario of how the elect of God will be taken away into heaven and spared any suffering that will fall upon the world by the enemy Satan and his one world government and religion Beast/Antichrist and False Prophet.  However, by believing this, pre-tribulation rapture believers are denying God’s word which says all believers must be like Christ and also suffer, many even to death; and they also do not believe God’s word when it says we are the salt and light of the earth, who are exactly what the world in the enemy’s grasp needs the most. 

 

We are being tricked by the same lie and the same person all over again.  Surely you will not die has become surely you will not suffer (and therefore not die as well).  And it is again based on dismissing God’s word and replacing it with a lie that plays to want we want to hear and believe.  The enemy is the father of lies and sin, so he knows our fallen ways quite well; it is not just our minds that play tricks on us, but it is the enemy (the prince of the power of the air, Ephesians 2:2) who tricks us – our minds, by making us believe his lies.

 

But just like before, this lie will actually bring about what we think we will be avoiding.  While we think we will avoid suffering and death, it will lead to death, and we are not talking about the honorable death which is staying strong in God and His truth, and never denying or cursing God and Christ. Instead, the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine can bring about the death, the eternal death, that comes from denying and cursing God and Christ, because of a weak faith based on lies and false promises.

 

He has deceived millions into believing the pre-tribulation rapture. This false doctrine produces a false hope that will destroy the faith of many. Many may not have sufficient faith or no faith at all when all is said and done – and may lose everything. It is an un-Biblical doctrine whose very existence is to undermine and destroy the faith of Christians WHEN THEY NEED IT MOST. Instead of expecting and being prepared as the Lord Jesus and the Bible tells us to be, and crying out for God to see us through, we will be confused, shocked, depressed, and angry.

 

 

Do you think you will never fall away or curse God? If all you have ever been taught to believe was that the Lord Jesus would come to take you away from tribulation, but He does not, how would you react? What condition would you be in? Your faith would be seriously assaulted; you would be weakened and unprepared – perfect for the prowling lion who seeks to devour the weak in the herd.

 

1 Peter 5:

8     Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

9     Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.   (NKJV)

 

 

When unbelievers see that Christians are not raptured like they said, they will scoff even more. Christians will already be shocked and confused and a dangerous cycle will begin where they will be susceptible to the criticisms of unbelievers who will put pressure on them, asking "where is your God?", because their own faith was built on shoddy ground – sand, not rock, and is shaken:

 

2 Peter 3:

3     knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

4     and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep,

     all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."   (NKJV)

 

 

This will happen all because of a false belief that we will escape tribulation. This pre-tribulation rapture doctrine will therefore doom even more unbelievers and believers alike and set up for the great falling away; do not think you are immune, because this will be categorized as one of those things you will not know how you react until it actually happens to you, and the Bible says:

 

1 Cor 10:

12   Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.   (NASB)

 

 

Your faith must be built on a solid foundation NOW while there is still time, and not left to be dealt with as it happens or be completely blindsided when disaster strikes and your hope disappears when there is no pre-tribulation rapture of “the Church”.

 

 

 

The Example of Job

 

God has placed the Book of Job in the Bible to show us we must endure even the very worse the enemy and the world has to offer and never lose faith. We must not curse, blaspheme or blame God.

 

Although Job was self-righteous (what did I do to deserve this/I have only done good, chapters 26-32:1), he nevertheless had absolute faith in God and did not curse Him.

 

The enemy wants us to curse God:    

                                                                                                                              

Job 1:

5     When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them,

     rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said,

     "Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually.

 

8     The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth,

     a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil."

9     Then Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for nothing?

10   "Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side?

      You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

11   "But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face."   (NASB)

 

 

Even after Job lost all his possessions and his 10 children, Job did not blame God or curse Him:

 

Job 1:

20   Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

21   He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked I shall return there.

     The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD."

22   Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.   (NASB)

 

 

And again, Satan wants us to curse God and turn away from Him:

 

Job 2:

3     The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth,

     a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity,

     although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause."

4     Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.

5     "However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face."   (NASB)

 

 

But even after Job became seriously stricken with painful boils all over his body, he never cursed God (“sin with his lips”) and called his wife foolish for telling him to do so:

 

Job 2:

  7     So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD,

       and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

8     And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.

9     Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!"

10   But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God,

     and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.   (NKJV)

 

 

As we can see, Job had the correct perspective on life; he had the right knowledge of God. He knew that God was not a waiter or genie or some other servant that is supposed to cater to our wills and make life pleasant for us. Job knew that we must accept both the good and the bad in life.  He did not blame God for the bad or question His existence.

 

Job knew that everything ultimately belongs to God: his possessions, his family and also Job himself.  This is why he never cursed, blasphemed or blamed God for anything; he knew that the things of this world, even pain and suffering, are fleeting, and we are promised citizenship in the new heavens and new earth.

 

Job knew that because he belongs to God, he will never curse Him or turn away from Him and he stayed strong in faith to the God to whom he belonged.  Job knew that he was in good hands no matter what happened and how unexplainable it may be, because in the end, he knew he would see his God and be by His side forever:

 

Job 19:

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
27 Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!      (NKJV)  

 

 

Job is an example to us that no matter what happens, we must likewise stay strong in God and Christ to the very end, and never deny our faith and never curse, blaspheme or blame God.  We must know and live the Bible truth that just as Christ suffered and died, so must we be prepared to imitate Him and endure tribulation patiently, and suffer and die if need be.

 

The Bible truth that the example of Job most definitely applies to the believer in Christ can be seen when the apostle James specifically cites Job as an example of suffering and perseverance – as well as receiving God’s reward and mercy:

 

James 5:

10   My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.

11   Indeed we count them blessed who endure.

     You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord --- that the Lord is

     very compassionate and merciful.     (NKJV)

 

 

Job is the perfect example of endurance and perseverance, but it all starts with rock-solid faith that is based on the spirit and truth God seeks in us.  It is Job's faith that fueled his perseverance and his knowledge. This is what led to his full understanding and love of God – and ultimately why he did not stumble and curse his God:


2 Peter 1:

5     Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence,

     and in your moral excellence, knowledge,

6     and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,

7     and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

8     For if these qualities are yours and are increasing,

     they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9     For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

10   Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you;

     for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;   (NASB)

 

 

The suffering and perseverance of Job would easily belong in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11 where others also suffered, but kept their undying faith even unto death:

 

Hebrews 11:

35   Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance,

     that they might obtain a better resurrection.

36   Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.

37   They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword.

     They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented ---

38   of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains,

     in dens and caves of the earth.   (NKJV)

 

 

Job was rewarded for his faith and patience/endurance:

 

Hebrews 11:

6       But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is,

       and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.   (AKJV)

 

 

He received double of everything he lost.  Compare Job 1 and Job 42 and the highlights in red:

 

Job 1:

1     There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright,

     fearing God and turning away from evil.

2     Seven sons and three daughters were born to him.

3    His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants;

     and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.   (NASB)

 

Job 42:

  1     Then Job answered the LORD and said,

2     "I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

3     'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,

      Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know."

4     'Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.'

5     "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;

6     Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes."

7     It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite,

     "My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends,

      because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.

8     "Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job,

      and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you.

      For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right,

      as My servant Job has."

9     So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD told them;

     and the LORD accepted Job.

10   The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.

11   Then all his brothers and all his sisters and all who had known him before came to him,

     and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversities that

     the LORD had brought on him. And each one gave him one piece of money, and each a ring of gold.

12   The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning;

     and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.

13   He had seven sons and three daughters.

14   He named the first Jemimah, and the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.

15   In all the land no women were found so fair as Job's daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.

16   After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations.

17   And Job died, an old man and full of days.   (NASB)

 

 

 

NOTE on two things:

 

 

1)  Job repented.  God told Job to pray for his friends and He honored Job's prayers for his friends --- Job loved his friends regardless of their words, was merciful and forgave them and prayed for them.   God is merciful to those who are merciful:

 

Matthew 5:

7   Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.   (AKJV)

 

Matthew 6:

14   "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15   "But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.   (NASB)

 

 

2)  Job received a double quantity of everything he lost (verse 10). However, he lost 10 children (7 sons and 3 daughters) in the catastrophe, but he only had another 10 children (7 sons and 3 daughters) as stated in verse 13 (instead of having 14 sons and 6 daughters at this time in verse 13).  Why?  

 

Because his first 10 children will live again. Job did get double his children, because unlike animals and property which pass away, God is judge over the state of man, and Job’s first 7 sons and 3 daughters will live once more upon their resurrection. These first 7 sons and 3 daughters who died are added to the second set of 7 sons and 3 daughters, to make a total of 14 sons and 6 daughters – all will live again in the resurrection and will meet the criteria of doubling all Job had.  This and James 5:11 is telling us we must have faith that God will take care of our loved ones even if they may suffer and die as part of our tribulation. 

 

God is telling us we must imitate Job’s example of faith and perseverance and then our faith and patient endurance will likewise reap its reward as we overcome the trials of this world by our solid foundation in Christ. Faith and patience is intimately connected; indeed, faith produces patience which when we endure, we reap our reward when our glorious hope is realized:

 

Hebrews 6:                                                                                                                                                            

11   And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,

12   so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (NASB)

 

 

We must not be lazy or be deceived into doing nothing to build our faith and endurance. We must not be found lacking in our faith during persecution and tribulation which will surely come, but must build our faith and endurance to imitate Job’s faith and endurance. We must build our faith upon rock and not sand. Otherwise, the storm of persecution and tribulation will surely destroy our faith.

 

 

The time to know if our faith is founded upon the rock of truth is now and not when tribulation hits; it will be too late by then. This is why it is absolutely crucial all believers in Christ must know that the pre-tribulation rapture is a demonic lie which will leave a deadly swath of casualties in its wake. Do not let yourself and those around be a victim.

 

The Bible tells us we will suffer and must be prepared to die in our faith. We are stronger when we are prepared and knowing that the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is false is half the battle. However, it does not end here: we must strengthen and train ourselves and truly be the soldiers of Christ we are called to be. A soldier is expected to suffer and die for the one who has enlisted him:

 

2 Timothy 2:

3     You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4     No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

5     And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

6     The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.

7     Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

8     Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,

9     for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.

10   Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect,

      that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

11   This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.

12   If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us    (NKJV)

 

 

We are never stronger in our faith – in our love, when we are prepared to die for the ones we love. This is no different with the Lord Jesus.

 

The Bible tells us tribulation is coming. It is no time to put our heads in the sand or wrap ourselves in feel-good emotions of thinking we will avoid what the Bible says is unavoidable.

 

Remember what Messiah said about His return.  He said:

 

Luke 18:

7    And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?

8     I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"    (NKJV)

 

 

The answer to this question will be a resounding NO – there will be no faith on the earth IF everyone is deceived by a pre-tribulation rapture doctrine and they and their faith are destroyed by it.

 

Leave this pre-tribulation rapture lie.  It will surely bring doom to you and your loved ones.

 

Do not curse, blaspheme or blame God when things fall apart. There will be no one to blame except the false pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, Satan and yourself.   

 

 

Instead, be warned and be prepared.   The time is NOW to prepare and strengthen ourselves in God and Christ for the tribulation soon to come upon everyone.  We still have enough freedom, time and resources to do this, but not for long.  Very soon, tribulation will hit and it will hit America first.