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|NASB||Matthew 25:13 "Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.|
|Matthew 25:13 "Therefore, be on the alert [be prepared and ready], for you do not know the day nor the hour [when the Son of Man will come].|
|Subject: will the world end soon|
Bible Note: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; and Matthew 24 are a few. I don't have time to go into a deep discussion right now, but I will simply present three principles which suggest a pre-tribulational rapture of the church.
(There are more, but I will not get into them at this time.)
(1) The Tribulation is Daniel's Seventieth Week. Daniel was told that Seventy weeks were determined for HIS people, i.e., the Jews. The Tribulation is a period when God is primarily dealing with the Jews, not the church. In addition, the church is nowhere mentioned between Revelation 4 and 19 where the Tribulation is the primary focus.
(2) The Rapture is often seen in Scripture as an event that could happen at any time. If the Anitchrist had to be evidently at work before the Rapture, then this would not be the case.
(3) In 1 Thessalonians, a prophetic passage, Paul writes that God did not appoint the church to wrath. The Tribulation is the time when God's wrath is poured out upon the earth. How could Christians be present during this period?
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