Revelation: The Fuel Project Guide Part 10 – The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory
The Fuel Project study guide to the Book of Revelation.
In this video Mark talks about the pre-tribulation rapture theory.
Mark points to John Nelson Darby as the source of the pre-tribulation rapture theory, but that’s not accurate.
During the Protestant Reformation, people like Martin Luther and John Calvin, were pointing to the Roman Catholic Church as the Beast of Revelation, the Little Horn of Daniel, and the Pope, the Son of Perdition.
As a result millions of people were coming out of the Catholic Church and being saved by the pure Gospel. They went on to form the Protestant churches.
To counter this, the Jesuits of the Roman Catholic Church created a counter-reformation plan at the Council of Trent, which started in 1545 A.D.
The Roman Catholic Church had Jesuit Priest Francisco Ribera, a brilliant man with a doctorate in theology, write a 500 page commentary with an opposing view, where he manipulated prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation, to create an end-time 7-year tribulation antichrist.
Ribera applied all of Revelation to the end time rather than to the history of the church (which is called futurism).
His explanation was that the prophecies apply only to a single sinister man who will arise up at the end of time; instead of a beast, which the Bibles says is a powerful kingdom (the Roman Catholic Church, which has existed for over 1,500 years).
He said that the Antichrist would be an infidel from outside the church of God; instead of someone inside of the church who presents himself as Christ (the Pope, who calls himself the Vicar of Christ).
He said that the Antichrist would make a 7-year peace agreement with the Jews.
The main prophecy that Ribera changed is the 70th week of Daniel. By saying that the 70th week won’t be fulfilled until after a 1,987+ year time gap, they created a supposed end-times 7-year tribulation period.
But Jesus and His disciples already fulfilled the 70th week of Daniel, right on schedule, after the 69th week. Go figure 😛
To see how the 70th week of Daniel has already been fulfilled, read The 70th Week Of Daniel Bible Study
To see the path from the Jesuits to Darby to Scofield to the Dallas Theological Seminary, where it has spread to Pastors all over the U.S, read End Times Antichrist Deception
The Jesuits control the media in the U.S., and they position the people who teach prophecy, so that all of them are teaching futurism, and not pointing to the Papal Church as the antichrist.
By doing this, Christians are programmed through repetition, as Pastors are all saying the same thing, so Christians assume that’s it true. But Paul told us to be like the Bereans, who searched the scriptures to prove what Pastor’s say is true.
As Mark said, the pre-tribulation rapture is simply not Biblical. Here’s a link to a pre-tribulation rapture Bible Study.
Mark says that the time of Great Tribulation ends with the opening of the 7th seal. That is true, but it’s not referring to an end-times Great Tribulation.
The most intense time of persecution occurred under Emperor Diocletian, who killed many Christians from 303-313 A.D.
This is what Jesus warned the church of Smyrna about in Revelation 2:10, “you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”(10 days = 10 prophetic years)
The time of Great Tribulation, the persecution of Christians in Rome, stopped in 313 A.D., when Constantine issued the Edict of Milan.
So Revelation 7:14 is referring to the 10 million Christians who had gone through Great Tribulation of being persecuted by the Roman Empire.
Another time of Great Tribulation came later, as Jesus told in the 5th seal of Revelation, for there are two groups of Christians who were martyred during two periods of Great Tribulation.
Friend, our Lord is a faithful defender of His church, and He has already poured out His wrath on the Roman Empire, and in the trumpet judgments you will see how He sent army after army to desolate the entire Roman Empire.
To understand how Jesus’ words to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 describe seven church eras, which have spanned from when Revelation was written until Jesus returns, click on The Seven Churches of Revelation
To see how the Revelation seal, trumpet and bowl judgments all fit together, and to see where we’re at on the timeline today, click on Revelation Fulfillment Timeline.
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