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The Belief in the Pre-Wrath Theory

The Pre-wrath Rapture of the Church by Marvin Rosenthal does not teach the true facts about the Day of the Lord nor about a whole lot more. If you're a person who believes in the pre-wrath theory you cannot possibly believe that Christ can come at any moment because you would believe that Jesus cannot return until the seventh seal is broken (opened). Therefore, if you're honest with yourself and others, you will have to admit that you're not looking for the Lord's return. But you, instead, are going to be looking for the first seal to be broken. Then you'll count each one of the seals until you come to number seven, then you'll know that's where the Lord will come. The Bible tells us that we cannot know the day or the hour (Matt. 24: 36, 42 - 44) even though we can know that His coming is near (Luke 21: 28, 31). So, you cannot be waiting for The Imminent Return of Christ because if you're right, the Lord cannot come until the seventh seal has been broken.

The Pre-wrath book teaches that the Rapture will happen at the opening of the 7th seal, which takes place right before the 7 trumpet judgments. It states "...the Rapture must occur at the opening of the seventh seal...".

According to the pre-wrath book the 7th seal contains the 7 trumpet judgments, and they will take place during "the Day of the Lord" when God unleashes His wrath. But I do not see the 7 trumpet judgments being described in any of the passages where the Bible talks about the Day (day) of the Lord, which I should be able to if the 7 trumpet judgments do take place during Day of the Lord as the pre-wrath book suggests. I assure you, they do not. It is not true to think that the 7 trumpet judgments are the Day (day) of the Lord, or even suggest that they will happen during it.

The Pre-wrath book states,
"The last trump will be nothing more, nothing less, and nothing different than the final, climactic, eschatological outpouring of the wrath of God." (Page 193)

The trumpet judgments do not arise out of the 7th seal, nor does the Rapture, as the pre-wrath book suggests in the statement that is given below.

"Collectively, they (the 7 trumpet judgments) are God's Day of the Lord wrath, His final eschatological judgment- the last trump. Since the last trump arises out of the seventh seal, and the Rapture, according to Paul, occurs at the last trump: we shall be changed...at the last trump" (I Cor. 15: 51 - 52), the Rapture must occur at the opening of the seventh seal and immediately prior to the beginning of God's wrath." (Pages 193 - 194.).

The "last trump" in I Corinthians 15: 52 (and "the trump of God", in I Thessalonians 4: 16) is referring to the Rapture.

Now, the point that I am making is this, Who blows the trumpet when the Rapture happens? Well, the Bible says, "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God:..." (I Thes. 4: 16). And I Corinthians 15: 51 - 52 says, "...we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound...". I am not sure if it is God (Jesus) Himself who is blowing this trumpet or whether it is Michael, the archangel. But there is one thing of which I feel sure. It is not one of the 7 angels, who at a later time during the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel), will be blowing their trumpets one at a time.

When the trumpet is blown at the time of the Rapture something good is going to happen. When the first angel blows his trumpet an awful judgment will take place, not a joyful event such as the Rapture.

If the Christians (Church) are already in Heaven in Revelation chapters 4 and 5, and they are, then those theories concerning the phrase "at the last trump" cannot be referring to the 7 trumpet judgments (in any way shape or form.). Nor is it "the last trump" the 7th trumpet judgment as some think. Therefore, the phrase "at the last trump" is referring to the Rapture, not to something else. This makes the "last trump" theory wrong. As you can see, this theory does not agree with the Biblical account.

In the book of I Corinthians, chapter 15 verse 52 it says, "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:...". So this one verse is used by some people to build a whole doctrine that is totally false. I can assure you, "...at the last trump..." (I Cor. 15: 52) has nothing to do with the 7 trumpet judgments. And it does not mean that when the 7th and last trumpet is blown the Lord comes. Notice in I Corinthians 15: 51 and 52 the phrases "...we shall all be changed," "...at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound...". What happens when the trumpet sounds? "...the dead (that is, those who are in Christ) shall be raised incorruptible...". This is the resurrection. (Not the 7th trumpet judgment, or any of the 7 trumpets for that matter.). "...and we (that's the dead and the living in Christ) shall be changed.". That will all happen in a moment's time, in the twinkling of an eye. Now take a look at the phrases in I Thessalonians 4: 16. "...the trump of God:..." There's the sound of the trumpet. "...and the dead in Christ shall rise first:" There is the resurrection. After the dead in Christ rise from the grave then we which are alive and remain will also be changed. Then both groups (the dead and the living, in Christ) shall go up to meet the Lord (Jesus) in the clouds, in the air. Both I Corinthians 15: 51 - 54 and I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18 correspond with each other. That's because they are the same event.


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