Answers to Reader Questions

Q: I believe in the prewrath rapture, but I have a question concerning Rev. 7:13-15. "Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, `Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?' And I said to him, `Sir, you know.' So he said to me, `These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.' If we believe this is the Rapture of the Church, where are the others? Why do we see only those who came out of the Great Tribulation? Where are the saints who have died since Acts 2?

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Q: A friend of mine has shown me the following scripture, which she uses to support the pretrib position: “Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment — This honor have all His saints” (Ps 149:5-9). Specifically, she uses this to say that the “armies” mentioned in Rev 19:11 are the saints (raptured Church) coming with the Lord at Armageddon.

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Q: I have a question about Rev 16:15-16: "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame. And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon." Who do you think "they" is?

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Q: I have a question that has been on my mind for awhile. Out of the last 17 years, I have spent 15 of them in Japan. Having said this, what percentage of the church/born-again Christians in the U.S. would you say are pretribbers and what percent would you say are prewrath/posttrib? And is the pretrib position predominate only in the U.S.? Or is it the predominant view in other countries as well?

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Q: If I understand correctly, you believe that God's end-times wrath does not occur until the bowl judgments, that God's wrath does not fall immediately upon the inception of the Day of the Lord, with the trumpets. And yet, the New Testament seems to teach that Jesus' Coming/the rapture/God's wrath fall on the same day.

What about these verses?

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10: "God is just: He will PAY BACK TROUBLE to those who trouble you and GIVE RELIEF to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus...ON THE DAY He comes to be glorified in His people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed."

1 Thess. 4:15-17: "According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."

1 Thess. 5:1-2: "Now brothers, about times and dates [which Paul was just talking about in 1 Thess. 4: 13-18] we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night."

Here, Paul ties the rapture/coming in with the day of the Lord. He does this by continuing on from the rapture teaching in 1 Thess. 4:13–18 that they don't need to discuss dates concerning the rapture/coming, for they know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4: "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for THAT DAY [the day Paul was just talking about in verses 1-2] will not come until the rebellion [apostasy: see NAS or KJV] occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God."

Luke 17:28-30: "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But THE DAY Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed."

Matthew 24:38-39: "For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, UP TO THE DAY Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

In Rev. 9:3-5 (the fifth trumpet), we see that men are tormented by locusts/scorpions for five months. It just seems to me that wrath is always described as beginning on the same day as the coming/rapture, and it doesn't seem possible that the wrath could begin more than five months later when the bowls begin.

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