As some of my followers will have determined, I hold to a Prewrath Rapture position. It means that Christians will go through the tribulation period outlined by Daniel and John in Revelation, but not be subjected to the wrath of God that is poured out during the trumpet and bowl judgements.
For those of you who would like to explore this position further, I can recommend the resources produced by Alan Kurschner – Antichrist: Before the Day of the Lord and Nelson Walters – Rapture Case Closed? both who hold to the Prewrath Rapture position.
Don’t forget you can find sermons and videos relevant for these “last days” available for download on my other website http://www.powerpointsermons.net
I found the following fifteen tenets of the Prewrath position as outlined on Alan Kurschner’s website a great help and I hope you do too.
- There is a future seven-year period, and at the midpoint the Antichrist will be revealed and commit the abomination of desolation, initiating his great tribulation against the Church and Israel.
- There is a biblical distinction between the Antichrist’s great tribulation against the Church and Israel and the day of the Lord’s wrath against the ungodly. The latter event happens after the former event.
- The gathering of the elect mentioned in Matthew 24:31 refers to the rapture (cf. Mark 13:27; Luke 21:28; Rev 7:9–17; 1 Thess 4:13–18; 2 Thess 2:1).
- At an unknown day and hour during the second half of the seven-year period, the Antichrist’s great tribulation will be cut short by the Revelation of Christ to resurrect and rapture God’s people, and this will be followed immediately by the day of the Lord’s wrath with the trumpet and bowl judgements.
- On the same day the rapture happens, the onset of the day of the Lord’s wrath takes place, just as it was in the days of Noah and Lot (Luke 17:22–37; cf. 2 Thess 1:5–10).
- The second coming (parousia) is not a simple (instantaneous) event. The second coming is a complex-whole event containing various purposes of God, beginning with the Revelation of Christ in the sky displaying his Shekinah glory and power to the whole world, and resurrecting and rapturing God’s people, followed by the day of the Lord’s judgments upon the ungodly and Antichrist’s kingdom, restoring Israel to salvation, and culminating in Christ’s earthly reign.
- Although Armageddon is an element within the complex-whole second coming, Armageddon does not initiate the second coming; instead, the second coming begins between the sixth and seventh seal.
- The resurrection and rapture happens between the opening of the sixth seal and the seventh seal.
- The first six seals are not part of the day of the Lord’s wrath. The first six seals are conditional events that must happen before Christ’s return.
- The sixth seal signals the impending day of the Lord’s wrath as recorded in Joel 2:30–31; Matthew 24:29; Luke 21:25–26; Mark 13:23–25; and Revelation 6:12–17.
- The seventh seal pronounces the day of the Lord’s wrath.
- The trumpets, bowls, and Armageddon contain and execute the day of the Lord’s wrath.
- The trumpets, bowls, and Armageddon will not occur before the seventh seal is opened.
- Paul’s “last trumpet” (1 Cor 15:52) is not the seventh trumpet judgment in the book of Revelation.
- Christ’s return to resurrect and rapture God’s people is not imminent (“any moment”), since discernible prophesied events must happen first (e.g., the Antichrist’s revelation and his ensuing great tribulation; the apostasy; coming of Elijah; and a cluster of discernible celestial events). Christ can return in any generation of the Church.
—Alan Kurschner, 08/01/12
2 thoughts on “TENETS OF PREWRATH RAPTURE”
Greetings brother Ron,
I am trying to get a handle on Prewrath, but struggling with a few things. First is Matt. 24:22 where Jesus says “those days” will be cut short. In other words, the 1,260 days that are prophesied for the great tribulation. This would mean that people who get saved after they are cut short by the rapture, will be on earth for the bowl judgments and ultimate return of Jesus. But Paul reminds us that the church is not appointed to wrath. Does this mean these saints will just live through them and not experience any of the judgments?
Second, some say that after Jesus raptures the church, He takes her to heaven and then returns to earth to fight the enemies of Israel (Isa. 63:1-4). They say this could last for several months, maybe a year based on Isa. 34:8 and Isa. 63:1-4. This would place Jesus on earth for quite a long time. He then returns to heaven, retreives His bride and together they come to earth in Rev. 19.
Finally, Rev. 6:12 records a great earthquake. Is this the same as the one in Rev. 16:18?
I like some of the things I’m hearing about Prewrath, but am a bit hung up on these few things.
Thanks for anything to help me get a better grip.
Can I suggest you connect with Dr Alan Kurshner of Eschatos Ministries. He is my GO TO person for PreWrath Scriptures. Important Scriptures for me are the following “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Rev. 6:9-10 John saw the souls not people with bodies so the Rapture has not taken place at the 5th seal. Then “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” Rev. 6:16 At the end of the sixth seal the great day of His wrath has come. The Rapture happens at the trumpet blast of the seventh seal. Then “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Rev, 7:9-10. Note these people are standing before the throne they have bodies no longer souls. Then the scroll is opened and the trunmpet and bowl judgements are released. Hope these help. Ron