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2 Thessalonians and the timing of the Rapture

Even 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 clearly teaches a post-tribulation rapture (the Church has to see the Antichrist sitting in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem). According to pre-tribulation teachers, they teach that the Rapture will take place some time before the start of the 7 year peace treaty. This contradicts Scripture because the Church has to see the Antichrist sitting in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, which will only occur after the 3 and a half years of peace (the 7 year peace treaty is divided into 2 segments- the first 3 and a half years has peace while the last segment, the remaining 3 and a half years has a time of great anguish, or a.k.a. The Great Tribulation). That means, it (the Antichrist taking over the Temple) would be at midway of the 7 years peace treaty. Like the author below says, once the Antichrist betrays Israel and sets himself in the Temple, that marks the start of the 3 and a half years of Tribulation (the final 3 and a half years of the originally intended 7 years peace treaty). When did Christ tell His disciples that He would return? Look at Matthew 24.

Matthew 24:15-31 (NLT):
 “The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) 16 “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. 17 A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. 18 A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat. 19 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. 20 And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. 22 In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones. “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. 25 See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.

26 “So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! 27 For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 28 Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.

29 “Immediately after the anguish of those days,

the sun will be darkened,
    the moon will give no light,
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the worldfrom the farthest ends of the earth and heaven." (end quote)

Verses 15-22 indicate that the Tribulation (time of great anguish) will start when everyone sees "the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place" of the rebuilt Temple (the Third Temple).

Verses 23-26 indicate that false messiahs and false prophets like the Antichrist and False Prophet at that time (during the Tribulation/final 3 and a half years) will have the power to perform great signs and wonders to deceive people. Refer to Revelation 13:11-15 also.

Verses 29-31 clearly indicate the timing of the Rapture/first resurrection/Second Coming of Christ. They are the same event, not separate events separated by a span of 7 years as taught with the pre-trib rapture theory. Verse 29 clearly states that it is "immediately AFTER the anguish of those days (not before or during the anguish of those days, but after it!). So don't be deceived by false teachers and their doctrines.

I believe Revelation chapters 15 and 16 further indicate that the Rapture/First Resurrection will take place before the final seven plagues of God's wrath. Rev. 15:2 show that the saints who were victorious over the Antichrist during the Tribulation- are all standing on top of a glass sea mixed with fire. This is clearly in the spiritual realm. Then you see the subsequent unleashing of the last 7 plagues. The last 7 plagues (Seven Bowls) will be the most destructive and only the Antichrist and his followers will be present on the earth to witness and suffer through them. However, I believe that during the plagues of the 7 seals and 7 trumpets, both Jewish and Gentile believers will be on the earth to witness them. However, they will not face God's wrath (those who have God's seal on their foreheads), as God will pass over them. The Jewish and Gentile believers will instead be facing Satan's wrath- his persecution against them.

Coming to the article (The Third Temple: When Will It Be Built?),
Ken Raggio teaches, "The Church of Jesus Christ will witness the Antichrist's stand in the Third Temple, according to 2 Thessalonians 2. That event will precipitate the final three-and-a-half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week. Why do I say that? Look at those verses from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4:

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

NOTICE CAREFULLY what is in those verses. Paul is addressing these subjects:

    1. The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2. Our gathering together unto Him (The Rapture and First Resurrection).
    3. Called here, "the Day of Christ."

Paul says "THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME..." until

    1. there comes a Great Falling Away
    2. the Man of Sin is revealed, the Son of Perdition
    3. he opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God
    4. he, as God, sits in the THIRD TEMPLE, showing himself that he is God.

What do we learn from these statements?

    1. The Rapture will NOT take place until there is a Great Falling Away.
    2. The Rapture will NOT take place until the Man of Sin (Antichrist) is revealed.
    3. The Rapture will NOT take place until the Antichrist sits in the Third Temple.
    4. The Church WILL SEE the Antichrist.
    5. The Church WILL SEE the Third Temple built.
    6. The Church WILL SEE the Abomination of Desolation (see Daniel 9:27).

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

This gives us the MOST IMPORTANT CLUE about how much time we have left."

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