Some teachers claim the bride of Christ will be taken away before the trouble of the Great tribulation.
The Prosperity gospel claims the Church will not suffer agony and pain, but walk in victory and always be successful. Many teachers tell us that there are new seasons coming, and everyone with perfect faith can enjoy health and wealth in the last days.
The teachers of a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church, use the bride of the book of Revelation as a picture on the Church. The message is that the Church has be presented beautiful, happy and spotless when she face the Messiah coming to take her home.
There are many problem with this message.
A Christian who in 2010 become a martyr, was not necessarily a pretty site. Its easy to conclude that a beaten, bloody and headless saint must have misunderstood the gospel of “fame, perfect health and wealth”.
The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.
Not even priceless amount of make-up could have made such a perfect bride of Christ fit into a false “beauty queen doctrine”.
For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me.
In regards to focus, commitment, faithfulness to the persecuted Messiah, the martyr’s seems to have understood the Gospel. They have correctly rejected the false “beauty parlor gospel”, and become a living sacrifice for Jesus our Lord. Surely Blameless, and without spots.
What kind of worldly pleasure have the bide of Christ renounced?
Basically the bride has refused to become a “good looking prostitute”. Be aware that just before the wedding feast, the great prostitute, the Whore of Babylon will be exposed. She will surely be both rich and adored.
The exposure of both the bride of Christ and the great prostitute will take place inside the Great Tribulation, the very season of wrath from God.
After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” And again they shouted:
The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”
The bride of Christ has not corrupted her self.
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
(end of this scripture).
Its also worth to take notice of another bride, the New Heavenly Jerusalem:
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
Another problems with the “Bride in the sky” doctrine, is the Church being separated from Israel, who alone will suffer in the Great Tribulation.
That is a doctrine of true replacement theology. Israel alone will have to deal with the final antichrist.
The third problem with such doctrines, is that the Book of Revelation teach that there will be saints coming out of the Great Tribulation, that have been washed in the blood the Lamb. So obviously, both Israel and the Holy Spirit have been left behind when the Church was “taken away”.
The third question, is related to the need to take the bride away from the Earth. She will be separated for a wedding feast in Heaven, and later brought back to the Planet for the final judgment and separation.
If the Church is not coming back again from Heaven, Jesus has to take the goats with him to Heaven as well. This is neither in accordance with the scripture, nor is it logic. Since the separation of the righteous and the wicked will take place on Earth at the very end, the Church have to be present where the Holy Spirit has called her to be. With Him.
The doctrine of the pre tribulation rapture of a perfected and spotless bride, do require three comings of the Lord. One as the Lamb of God, one as the bridegroom, and one as the Lion of Judah.
In my Bible I can only read about two comings of the Messiah. I believe the coming of the Messiah as the bridegroom and the Lion of Judah will be one and the same.
We have to keep our oil burning, and keep enough oil. From the Apostolic age up towards our days, all Christians have been called to be ready for both a sudden coming of the Lord and a bumpy and painful ride ahead.
Lets take a deeper look, and use more scriptures from the book of Revelation. Please consider my objections based on the scripture.
Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.
To those who proclaim that the book of Revelation must be read in chronological order, it must be noticed that the rapture is not taking place at the beginning of the book of Revelation. It comes after a lot of exposure, wrath and persecution in Chapter 11.
But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
In Revelation chapter 12, the story of the people of Israel is also revealed. Many of those events explained her, is linked to the preparation of the first coming of Jesus.
The doctrine of the pre Great tribulation rapture of “the Church” and her wedding fest in Heaven, while another Church is formed inside the Great Tribulation, does not make sense.
First published: 19.10.2010
Written by Ivar