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When is the Rapture going to occur in relation to the Tribulation?

Question: “When is the Rapture going to occur in relation to the Tribulation?”


The timing of the rapture in relation to the tribulation is one of the most controversial issues in the church today. The three primary views are pre-tribulational (the rapture occurs before the tribulation), mid-tribulational (the rapture occurs at or near the mid-point of the tribulation), and post-tribulational (the rapture occurs at the end of the tribulation). A fourth view, commonly known as pre-wrath, is a slight modification of the mid-tribulational position.

First, it is important to recognize the purpose of the tribulation. According to Daniel 9:27, there is a seventieth “seven” (seven years) that is still yet to come. Daniel’s entire prophecy of the seventy sevens (Daniel 9:20-27) is speaking of the nation of Israel. It is a time period in which God focuses His attention especially on Israel. The seventieth seven, the tribulation, must also be a time when God deals specifically with Israel. While this does not necessarily indicate that the church could not also be present, it does bring into question why the church would need to be on the earth during that time.

The primary Scripture passage on the rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. It states that all living believers, along with all believers who have died, will meet the Lord Jesus in the air and will be with Him forever. The rapture is God’s removing His people from the earth. A few verses later, in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Paul says, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The book of Revelation, which deals primarily with the time period of the tribulation, is a prophetic message of how God will pour out His wrath upon the earth during the tribulation. It seems inconsistent for God to promise believers that they will not suffer wrath and then leave them on the earth to suffer through the wrath of the tribulation. The fact that God promises to deliver Christians from wrath shortly after promising to remove His people from the earth seems to link those two events together.

Another crucial passage on the timing of the rapture is Revelation 3:10, in which Christ promises to deliver believers from the “hour of trial” that is going to come upon the earth. This could mean two things. Either Christ will protect believers in the midst of the trials, or He will deliver believers out of the trials. Both are valid meanings of the Greek word translated “from.” However, it is important to recognize what believers are promised to be kept from. It is not just the trial, but the “hour” of trial. Christ is promising to keep believers from the very time period that contains the trials, namely the tribulation. The purpose of the tribulation, the purpose of the rapture, the meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:9, and the interpretation of Revelation 3:10 all give clear support to the pre-tribulational position. If the Bible is interpreted literally and consistently, the pre-tribulational position is the most biblically-based interpretation.


答:与大灾难有关的被提时间是今天教会中最具争议的问题之一。三个主要观点是灾前(发生在大灾难之前),中期(发生在大灾难中点或附近),以及大灾后(发生在大灾难结束时) )。第四种观点,通常称为前怒,是对中期位置的轻微修改。

首先,重要的是要认识到灾难的目的。根据但以理书 9:27,有七十七“年”(七年)尚未到来。但以理七十七的全部预言(但以理书9:20-27)都讲的是以色列国。这是上帝专注于以色列的时间段。七十七,大灾难,也是上帝为以色列所定的时间。虽然这并不一定表明教会不能存在,但但确实会让人思想为什么教会在那段时间内需要在地上。


被提的时间的另一个重要段落是启示录 3:10,其中基督承诺将从即将到来的“审判时刻”中拯救信徒。这可能意味着两件事。基督会在审判中保护信徒,或者祂会将信徒从审判中解救出来。两者都是希腊文翻译为“from”的有效含义。然而,重要的是要认识到应该保留哪些信徒。这不仅仅是审判,而是审判的“时段”。基督承诺在包含试炼的那个时期,即灾难中保护 信徒。大灾难的目的,被提的目的,帖撒罗尼迦前书5:9的意义,以及启示录 3:10 的解释都明确支持了灾前的立场。如果按照字面和一致的方式解释圣经,那么这就是基于圣经的最基本的解释了。


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