The bible does not say it is a guarantee for all believers. Eternal life is for all believers, but the pre tribulation rapture is not.
If a preacher is preaching that it IS something automatic for believers, then that is the deception, not the pre tribulation rapture doctrine itself.
Scriptures show it is for those who are worthy, wise, prepared, faithful, pressing toward the mark for the prize, who have not denied the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who are loved by Him. It is not for the Churches who are lukewarm, the unprepared foolish virgins who were also looking for Christ, or the servants of the Lord who say the Lord delayeth his coming...
Not even all who preach prophecy, like myself, or who cast out demons, or who do wonderful works are guaranteed to be caught up to heaven.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Paul behaved as if he had not already attained or apprehended the resurrection & rapture, but rather, he compared it to a prize.
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The topic is the resurrection/rapture, verse 20-21 is like 1 Cor 15.
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
The rapture is for those accounted worthy.
[Luke 21:36] Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
The rapture is for those who keep the Word, have not denied his name, and who are loved by the Lord:
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
The rapture is not for the lukewarm:
[Rev 3:16] So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. [into tribulation as in Rev. 2:22] [the purpose of which is "to try them that dwell upon the earth" Rev. 3:10]
The rapture is not for the foolish virgins, who were caught unprepared:
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which
took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
The pre tribulation rapture is not for the evil servant of the Lord who says, "My lord delayeth his coming".
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The pre tribulation rapture does not appear to be for those lacking faith--the children of the kingdom, who will go through tribulation and into the millinnium.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
If some be raptured, and some be cast into tribulation, what is it to you?
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
John, the one spoken of in John 21 above, "If I will that he tarry till I come", lived after the rest of the Apostles had all died, and then he had the rapture experience in Rev. 4:1. He truly tarried until the coming of the Lord. Only one of the 12, "the disciple whom Jesus loved", was caught up in the rapture. The rest suffered tribulation unto death.
Matt 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
--this is followed by the transfiguration in Matt. 17. And John was also one of the three that saw the transfiguration of Moses and Elijah.
Who will be found worthy? A large estimate might be half of all professing Christians on the earth, even Catholics. So half of about 1.5 Billion people. A small estimate might start out only with those who are Christian Fundamentalists, about 30 million in the United States, maybe 100 million worldwide. Then, we might cut that in half with the 10 virgins parable. Or, we might cut it down to one seventh from the seven churches from Rev. 2-3. Or, we might take 1/12th of it from the experience of John, only one of the disciples raptured. That would be about 8.3 million people as one possible low estimate.
Knowing about, and believing in the pre tribulation rapture is not the same as assuming we will be caught up in it. It may be that we are not among those accounted worthy, and will go through tribulation unto death.
It cannot be a deception to believe that if we are worthy, then we will be caught up in the rapture. For if we have faith that we will be taken out of this world to heaven while we are still living, then we have no fear of death. And that is the gospel message, that all who believe will have eternal life.
Furthermore, if we are prepared for a rapture now, then we are prepared for death now. And if we are prepared for death now, then how could death at the hands of Satan during the Tribulation cause one to fear, when we have several scriptures to specifically assure those during that time? Death and beheadings are not to be feared in Tribulation.
Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw 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.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
(After I wrote this article I remembered that the Philadelphian Church
and John shared a certain characteristic, they were Loved by Jesus.
And the rapture, which is the marriage of the Bride to Jesus, is the greatest
love story of all time.)
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