Anti PreTrib Rapture antagonists are in reality bearing false witness

Excerpted from Israel’s Tribulation is NOT for the Body of Christ by Dr. Mike Johnston

I began my research for this treatise about 40 years ago. In this our final analysis, I want to wholeheartedly reaffirm my conclusion that Israel’s Tribulation is NOT for the Body of Christ. Admittedly, acknowledging that first required a willingness to abandon the convention and reevaluate Scripture through the lens of right division which led to the right conclusion.

Right division encompasses two programs God designed that have existed “since the world began”: prophecy[1] for Israel and a kingdom on earth, and the mystery [2] of the church Body of Christ in heaven spiritually seated. Conflating prophecy and mystery leads to hermeneutic chaos and heresy. [3]

In this treatise, we learned that Israel is the preeminent earthly nation and God’s prophets were His messengers guarding and guiding her through 5 unilateral covenants promising perpetuity of lineage (Abrahamic Covenant), land (Land Covenant), Law (Mosaic Covenant), Lordship (Davidic covenant), and longevity (New Covenant). Prophecy – via progressive mention or revelation – reveals this kingdom under Christ the Messiah will last on Earth 1000 years (revealed in Rev. 20:2-7) in unprecedented peace (Micah 4:2-4; Isaiah 32:17-18), joy (Isaiah 61:7, 10), comfort (Isaiah 40:1-2), prosperity, and health (Amos 9:13-15; Joel 2:28-29). Its location is Jerusalem, city of David (2 Kings 14:20), the blessed Zion of God (Isa. 30:19). All of this proclaimed from the writing and preaching of God’s inspired prophets (Luke 1:68-80; Acts 3:12-26); later confirmed and offered by John the Baptist, Christ, and the twelve disciples (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 10:7; John 1:45; see Gal. 2:7-9) who preached the gospel of the Kingdom.

However, before the Kingdom begins, God decreed judgment on Israel expressly to prepare and purify her, earth, [4] and the Gentile nations supporting Israel prior to the Kingdom. Jeremiah, Daniel, and Zephaniah all called it “the time of (Jacob’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:15). We see a foreshadowing of this judgment in the Book of Judges which tells the story of a loving God retrieving a rebellious nation: “And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not” (Judges 2:20-22-bold added).

Beginning with Moses [5] the prophets through a continuing stream of progressive revelation outlined Israel’s Tribulation very clearly (study Isaiah 24-26; Jer. 30-31; Ezekiel 34-48; Dan. 12; Revelation 6-20). They defined and described it with names such as, the time of (Jacob’s) trouble (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:15); day of His wrath (Psa. 110:5; Isa. 13:9; Ezek. 7:19; Zeph. 1:15; Rev. 6:17; 11:18; 14:10);  and a number of other euphemisms which they linked to the day of the Lord (Isa. 2:12; 13:6, 9; Joel 2:1; see Isa. 13:9, 13; Ezek. 7:19). Jesus further clarified it with events he personally named “tribulation” and “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:21, 29).

As clear as this is, the enemies of contextual interpretation wrangle and rearrange inspired writ to suit their own purposes. This has produced chaos as seen in the variety of rapture positions each angrily proving the other wrong. An unbiased approach to the Bible trusts “every word of God is pure” (Prov. 30:5) and selected and inspired by God for insertion precisely within a context with a caveat against alteration. I’m sorry to say this is NOT true of rapture contrarians that modify the setting to support outcomes, which prohibit interpretations unavailable to them in any other way. I’ll give you an example.

The theme of this book is simple: Right division of Scripture proves that the Tribulation is for Israel and the Gentile nations. The church is NOT included because the prophets didn’t know about us and never mentioned us; we were a mystery hidden from them. Let’s be very clear. It would have been a simple thing for the Holy Spirit to place the word church in the Tribulation passages. Israel is there. The Gentiles nations are there, but NEVER the church Body. The fact that He didn’t identify us on earth at that time is significant. The only people including us are our adversaries taking unauthorized liberties with Scripture by placing us in Israel’s Tribulation where we don’t belong and we can’t be seen. Let me illustrate.

If you witnessed a crime that a man you never saw was charged with, would you lie under oath and claim you saw him even though you hadn’t? This isn’t merely your interpretation; it’s bearing false witness.

[1] As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: (Luke 1:70).

[2] Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, (Romans 16:25)

[3] This is what the cults do, ie SDAs, JWs, Mormons, Romanists, etc.

[4] Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (Isaiah 13:13). But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. (Jeremiah 10:10)

[5] When thou [Israel] art in tribulation and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days  (Deuteronomy 4:30- bracket comment added).

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