I have already, in many blog post, shown why the rapture of the church must come before the Tribulation. Mainly it is because God’s plans for the church do not include the wrath of the Tribulation; rather the 7-year Tribulation was designed for Israel—to bring them to repentance and salvation, and also to bring judgment on all unbelievers and on the antichrist. Therefore, the church must depart this earth before the Tribulation begins and the 70 week program for Israel is resumed.
In this next few blog posts, my intention is to gather as many biblical proofs as we can regarding a pre-Tribulation rapture, thus to show that it is positively the correct view. I have put together 19 reasons why the Pre-Tribulation rapture is the correct view, and will present it to you in 7 parts. Here is the first installment.
1. The Tribulation was designed particularly for Israel. The prophet Jerimiah tells us that it is a “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7). It has also been written in the book of Daniel, through the angel Gabriel, that “seventy weeks [of years] have been decreed for your people…” (Dan. 9:24). Note that “your people” means Daniel’s people, or the Jews. Also, note from this passage that the seventieth week is the 7-year Tribulation.
This decree is according to God’s purpose for Israel: that they would be saved and made holy through many trials; consequently, that they would be His disciples and leaders in the coming millennial kingdom.
Now since the church was not even in existence yet during the first 69 weeks of Daniel (Dan. 9:25-26), it can have no part in the 70th week either; for these 70 weeks (490 years) were decreed for Israel alone.
The existence of the church came about after the first 69 weeks (483 years) when the Messiah was cut off (Dan. 9:26), and has been in existence ever since. But when the last week of Daniel (the Tribulation) resumes, the church must be gone, because this last week is meant only for Israel—for it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, not the time of the churches trouble. For these reasons, the church must be raptured before the Tribulation.
2. The church is an interruption of God’s program for Israel. Because Israel rejected Jesus and His kingdom when He came into this world (Jn. 1:11), God set up a temporary program, a mystery program called the church, to bring His salvation to both Jews and Gentiles alike (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 3:1-7; Col. 1:26-29). This program will last only until God decides that it is time to resume His program with Israel and bring them to salvation (Rom. 11:25-27)—which will be during the 7-year Tribulation. Therefore, when God makes that decision, He will remove the church by rapture.