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    Where do I start? I guess what provoked me was the way God had used a video that I had by the author Dave Hunt. While sitting down watching a video of Mr. Hunt's from the "Seduction and Beyond" series I was startled by a comment concerning a verse that was interpreted from the Olivet Discourse. After quoting the verse he proceeded to grossly explain what the verse meant through the tainted glasses of his belief in the Pre-Tribulation theory. This caused me to start reading the Bible to look into what was being interpreted. After reviewing the verse in question I was amazed that with a man of Dave Hunt's knowledge that he could honestly believe what he was saying. Well this brought about the reading of Revelation Chapters 18-22. After reading these to my wife the Lord that day enlightened me to something that would bring about a 15 month long Bible study on the book of Revelation. I that day came to the conclusion that the Bible nowhere states that anyone is saved after the resurrection which we today refer to as the rapture.

    At this point I will not assume that my readers all know what the Pre-Tribulation Theory is. For those that are not familiar with the Pre-Tribulation theory it is as follows. It is believed that there is a 7-year future period of time that will consist of some terrible events on the Earth. During this time one will arise whom the Bible refers to as Antichrist. In the midst of this seven-year period he will place what the Bible refers to as the "Abomination of Desolation". This is believed to be the image that is detailed in Revelation 13 that the Bible says those that "would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." In the Pre-Tribulation theory it is believed that the Church will be gathered (raptured) before the start of this 7 year period which the Bible says (Mat 24:21 KJV) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

    In the Pre-tribulation theory it is taught that if you do not make the rapture that there will be those that are saved afterwards. Peter and Paul Lelond put together a video that is a perfect example of what is believed by those in the Pre-Tribulation camp. It was sold with many intentions. One of which was that if these videos were in to fall into the hands of those that were left behind after the rapture it could help explain what had taken place when it came to the disappearance of the saints and possible prepare them for the tribulation. The video is called "Left Behind" and it reeks of the belief that if you have not made it in the Rapture there is still a third chance. I say third chance because your second chance is now. You see the angels never got a second chance. Hell was made for the devil and his angels. It is only by the grace of God and the gift of His Son Jesus Christ there is still hope for us. There is only one chance left and it is being ready now for Christ at His coming. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Scripture says.

    (Mat 25:10-13 KJV) And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. {11} Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. {12} But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. {13} Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

    (Luke 13:25 KJV) When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

    What I am about to say for some will be enough to convince them that the Pre-Tribulation is, at the least, a bad theory. It is a known fact that nowhere in the Bible does it say the word Rapture. Now that does not mean that there is not a rapture but what it does mean is that the Bible uses other words to label, what has become to be known as, the rapture. One of the enemy's most successful tactics is to sever us from Gods Word. Gods Word was his first target in the beginning. In Genesis the serpent asks "Yea, hath God said" questioning the validity of the Word of God. If he can just get us to start expressing biblical terms & events without using words from the Bible to define and label such events it allows him to exercise an advantage over us. I believe this is the reason the word Godhead was replaced with the word trinity. How many souls were lost to Jehovah witnesses that confronted new Christians with the fact that the word trinity was not in the Bible and caused them to question the existence of the Godhead. It would have never happened if we had stuck with the word Godhead from the very beginning. The word "rapture" is another example of a replacement that we were better off sticking with the word scripture provided originally. The rapture in scripture is actually the "resurrection of the just". The most common verse associated with the word "rapture" is

    (1 Th 4:13-18 KJV) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. {14} For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. {15} For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. {16} For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: {17} Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. {18} Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

    This is commonly used as a reference to the rapture but it is obvious that there is a resurrection with the catching up of the saints. Now if there is a resurrection here what does the Bible call this resurrection? When confronted with the death of Lazarus Martha said to Jesus (John 11:24-25 KJV) "…. I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. {25} Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live".

    All over scripture there are references to two resurrections, a resurrection of the just and one of the unjust.

    (Acts 24:14-15 KJV) But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: {15} And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

    (John 5:28-29 KJV) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, {29} And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

    (Dan 12:2 KJV) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

    (Luke 20:35-36 KJV) But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: {36} Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

    (Luke 14:14 KJV) And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

    (2 Pet 2:9 KJV) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

    Saints there is a resurrection of the just and it takes place with the catching up of the saints as stated in 1 Th 4:13-18. But this is not the only place it is detailed.

    (1 Cor 15:12-26 KJV) Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? {13} But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: {14} And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. {15} Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. {16} For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: {17} And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. {18} Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. {19} If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. {20} But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. {21} For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. {22} For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. {23} But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. {24} Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. {25} For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. {26} The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

    Which brings me to the conclusion of this section. Remember what I said at the beginning of this section that there would be some with enough in this section to convince them that the Pre-Tribulation is at the least a bad theory. Well this is my question. Revelation 20:4-6 says this

    (Rev 20:4-6 KJV) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. {5} But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. {6} Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

    Notice who is included here in what is referred to as the "first resurrection". There are those that are sitting on thrones that are in judgment (which scripture says we will do as the church)

    (1 Cor 6:2-3 KJV) Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? {3} Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

    And also there are those that were martyred during the Tribulation. Now if the first resurrection, which Rev 20:4-6 refers to, consists of the saints both in judgment and those that lived during Antichrist and the distribution of the mark, and Pre-Tribulation teaches that there was a resurrection prior to this, what is the name of the resurrection prior to the first resurrection? Is it the "zero resurrection"? How many resurrections are there? Is there a resurrection of the just, the just again, and then the unjust after that. That is not what my Bible says. Five verses after detailing this resurrection of the just (the first resurrection) in Rev 20:4-6 scripture then goes on to detail the next one.

    (Rev 20:11-15 KJV) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. {12} And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. {13} And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. {14} And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. {15} And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

    This resurrection refers to those in its attendance as "the dead". Saints, Pre-Tribulation is a lie. There are only 2 resurrections mentioned in scripture that are yet to come and you want to be in the one called the first (Rev 20:5), which consist both of the saints in judgment and the martyrs of the tribulation.

    He that hath an ear, let him hear…..

    Church this resurrection is also referred to in scripture as the "resurrection of the just" "on such the second death have no power" and "Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection"

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