Now let’s take a look at post-trib rapture. In the parable about the farmer having many weeds among the crop, Jesus was demonstrating the rapture will occur simultaneously with his return, at the end of the great tribulation. Since parables Jesus told were always truthful with a correlating topic, then as we learn what the correlating topic is, profound truth is revealed.
The farmer said not to remove the weeds until harvest time, then separate them from the wheat. Since the crop indicates people whose names are written in the book of life, and the weeds indicates those not, then according to the parable, the faithful will remain until the end.
“Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
Matthew 13:30 NLT
As per this following excerpt, an angel will actually warn people against receiving mark of the beast. But, since anyone who receives the mark will lose their salvation, this further signifies God‘s holy people will still be on earth, otherwise, to whom would this warning be given? It would do no good to warn people who have not stepped up to receive salvation, because how could they lose what they have not received?
Since the beast won’t be requiring people to receive his mark until the final 3 1/2 years, and this warning is for God‘s holy people, then we should prepare to still be here. As we endure wrath of the beast, we must stand strong in faith, continuing to trust God.
“Then a third angel followed them, shouting, “Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb.
The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.” This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.”
Revelation 14:9-12 NLT
During this time there will be plenty of opportunity for us to turn away from the Lord, this will be the goal of Satan. He will design everything so that it will be much easier for us to accept his mark, and unfortunately many will deny Jesus. You can also consider the mark as the mark of Satan, because he will be indwelling the beast at this time; when the beast sits in the temple proclaiming to be God, it will actually be Satan doing this through the man.
If we remain faithful, standing strong with Jesus, then Satan cannot touch our spirit, he can only torment or kill the body. But those who receive the mark will be subject to eternal separation from God.
“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.
And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
Matthew 24:9-13 NLT
This following excerpt confirms the return of Jesus won’t occur until after the tribulation years, which no one disputes, but also notice it indicates the rapture will happen simultaneously. The phrase “we will be gathered to meet him” must be referring to the rapture, what else could it mean? It also states the beast will claim to be God as he sits in the newly built Jewish temple, which will occur 3 1/2 years prior.
“Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say.
For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.”
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 NLT
This next excerpt also reveals the second coming and rapture will occur simultaneously, after the great tribulation. People will be gathered from all over the world, so it appears many will successfully resist worshipping the statue of the beast and receiving the mark.
“Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth.
And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world —from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.”
Matthew 24:29-31 NLT
This next excerpt confirms that when the rapture occurs, it’s the first resurrection. And, since it also reiterates the martyrs had not received mark of the beast, then John’s vision of Revelation also confirms the elect will be alive during the final 3 1/2 years, because that is the only time the mark will be applied, confirming many will stand strong in faith through it all.
“Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands.
They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection...”
Revelation 20:4-6 NLT
During the final 3 1/2 years, the beast will be allowed to ruthlessly persecute God‘s holy people, but death of our physical body is insignificant when compared to eternal life in the Kingdom. Everyone dies physically, with the exception of the faithful who are still alive when the rapture occurs, so the important matter is the destination of our eternal existence. And, since we cannot control that, we must faithfully trust our loving Father.
“...It will go on for a time, times, and half a time. When the shattering of the holy people has finally come to an end, all these things will have happened.”
Daniel 12:7 NLT
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