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    Your best arguments for: Pret-rib, Mid-trib, Post-Trib

    I'm teaching a Sunday School class for the month of July, and I am teaching on Revelation. My source material is Revelation Four Views by Steve Gregg. I've already covered Spiritual/Idealism, Historicism, and Preterism. Since my church is a Futurist believing church as part of it's core doctrine, I am finishing up the next two Sundays with Futurism. Most of class is Pre-Trib, so I thought I would spend a little time on the arguments for and against those three views. I was curious to know what arguments for you futurist hold the most weight for your view? If I were a futurist (I am currently a Preterist but would not be opposed to a double fulfillment which would make me a bit of a hybrid), I would most likely hold to a post-trib view. But I'm certainly open to hearing what others think on the matter. I find the 1 Thessalonians 4:16 ("...for the dead in Christ will rise first...") and the passage in Rev 20:4 - 6 ("...This is the first resurrection...") to be problematic to Pre- and mid-trib views. What do you see as strengths and weaknesses of your view or others you do not hold?

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    One important text with 1 Thessalonians 4:16 is v.15, ". . . we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall *not in any way precede them which are asleep. . . ." Dead in Christ include believers who died during the persecution called the tribulation, Revelation 20:4, ". . . the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. . . ." And v.5 ". . . This [is] the first resurrection." Paul also writes of it this way, ". . . We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." -- 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. Note the order, "the dead shall rise" followed by "we shall be changed." And there are more arguments.

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    . . . the Gospel of Christ, for it is [the] power of God to salvation to every [one] believing, . . . -- Romans 1:16.

    . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: . . . -- 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4.

    Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: . . . -- 1 John 5:1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 37818 View Post
    One important text with 1 Thessalonians 4:16 is v.15, ". . . we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall *not in any way precede them which are asleep. . . ." Dead in Christ include believers who died during the persecution called the tribulation, Revelation 20:4, ". . . the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. . . ." And v.5 ". . . This [is] the first resurrection." Paul also writes of it this way, ". . . We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." -- 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. Note the order, "the dead shall rise" followed by "we shall be changed." And there are more arguments.

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    But you assume your conclusion here. You assume because they are beheaded for their witness, (et al) therefore there are people saved during the tribulation when there are no Christians left to witness to them and no Holy Spirit to convict or lead them to Christ. That argument is in no way conclusive and does not diminish the more likely scenario that Christians will go through the tribulation with the rest of the world.
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    I either read that book (4 views) or a similar one many years ago, that went through the various end-time views. I started as a futurist and then after reading that book and being exposed to various other views on tweb, I came to the conclusion that I am agnostic about the end-times. All of the views seem to have good reasoning behind them and are logical. Any of them could be true as far as I can tell.

    My thinking is that, either I will live to find out, or I will die and meet Jesus personally. Either way I will meet Jesus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    I either read that book (4 views) or a similar one many years ago, that went through the various end-time views. I started as a futurist and then after reading that book and being exposed to various other views on tweb, I came to the conclusion that I am agnostic about the end-times. All of the views seem to have good reasoning behind them and are logical. Any of them could be true as far as I can tell.

    My thinking is that, either I will live to find out, or I will die and meet Jesus personally. Either way I will meet Jesus.
    You're a "Pan-millennialist"...you believe it will all pan out in the end!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlejoe View Post
    But you assume your conclusion here. You assume because they are beheaded for their witness, (et al) therefore there are people saved during the tribulation when there are no Christians left to witness to them and no Holy Spirit to convict or lead them to Christ. That argument is in no way conclusive and does not diminish the more likely scenario that Christians will go through the tribulation with the rest of the world.
    One of the chief problems are the presuppositions that one already has. It clouds what one hears when one hears another's arguments. That is why it makes it so hard to even change one's own view, let alone persuading another person.

    1 Thessalonians 4:15 teaches that in no way will the living be raptured (v.16) until the dead in Christ are resurrected. That means all the dead in Christ, not just some who happen to be dead in Christ, then, more to die latter. See 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

    If one understands the gathering of the elect (Matthew 24:31) to refer to the resurrection and rapture, that takes place after the "tribulation" verse 29.

    Jesus as intercessor enters the presence of God "once for all" (Hebrews 9:12, 24) until His second coming (v.28).

    There are more arguments.
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    . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: . . . -- 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4.

    Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: . . . -- 1 John 5:1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 37818 View Post
    One of the chief problems are the presuppositions that one already has. It clouds what one hears when one hears another's arguments. That is why it makes it so hard to even change one's own view, let alone persuading another person.

    1 Thessalonians 4:15 teaches that in no way will the living be raptured (v.16) until the dead in Christ are resurrected. That means all the dead in Christ, not just some who happen to be dead in Christ, then, more to die latter. See 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

    If one understands the gathering of the elect (Matthew 24:31) to refer to the resurrection and rapture, that takes place after the "tribulation" verse 29.

    Jesus as intercessor enters the presence of God "once for all" (Hebrews 9:12, 24) until His second coming (v.28).

    There are more arguments.
    Obviously I misread your post...for that I apologize. I'm so used to (because of the church I'm in and the friends I have) to hearing the Pre-Trib viewpoint I read that into your post. You are obviously a post-trib advocate...no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlejoe View Post
    Obviously I misread your post...for that I apologize. I'm so used to (because of the church I'm in and the friends I have) to hearing the Pre-Trib viewpoint I read that into your post. You are obviously a post-trib advocate...no?
    Not to be a problem.
    Yes, I am a post-trib pre-wrath advocate. I deliberately did not say so. My intention was two fold. One is the problem of presuppositions. And that the holy scripture teachings should be the basis of our belief not our presuppositions we might read into it.
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    No Pre or Mid Trib folks here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 37818 View Post
    Not to be a problem.
    Yes, I am a post-trib pre-wrath advocate. I deliberately did not say so. My intention was two fold. One is the problem of presuppositions. And that the holy scripture teachings should be the basis of our belief not our presuppositions we might read into it.
    I was under the impression that Post-trib and pre-wrath were a bit mutually exclusive? As most scholars have the 2nd half of the Trib as the Wrath of God period. How is this different than Mid trib?
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