wrongly believe that a pre-tribulation rapture can’t happen because Matthew says that at the Second Coming the “tares” will be gathered first.
parable of the tares Jesus said, “Allow both (wheat and tares) to grow together
until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers,
"First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn
them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matt. 13:30).He then explained that the “tares” are “sons
of the evil one” (Matt. ).
parable doesn’t mean the rapture and Second Coming are the same event. Although Jesus specifically forbade the
removal of the wicked, He did not forbid the removal of the righteous.
is the Second Coming of Christ to earth.Jesus said unbelievers will be gathered FIRST at His Second Coming.However, the apostle Paul under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit said the dead in Christ will rise first.“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and
the dead in Christ will rise first.Then we who are alive and remain will be
caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so
we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. -17).
Rapture and Second Coming are the same event, we have a contradiction in the
Bible.However, the mystery is cleared
up when we understand that the Rapture of the Church precedes the Second
will occur first, when Christ returns in the clouds to remove His church from
earth and take us to heaven.Jesus said,
"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you
to Myself, that where I am (heaven), there you may
be also. (John 14:3).Jesus will not touch
the earth at the Rapture but will stay in the heavens.At this time, the dead in Christ will be
resurrected, which is immediately followed by living Christians being caught up
Second Coming, Jesus will return to earth and His feet will land on the Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4).At this time, He will send out the angels to first
gather the tares (unbelievers) and then the wheat (those saved after the
Rapture).The wheat and tares are both
gathered, not resurrected.They are
still in their natural bodies and this is why the angels must gather them.If the wheat (sons of the kingdom) were
resurrected at this time, they wouldn’t need the angels to gather them up.These people, who were saved after the
rapture, will enter into Christ’s earthly millennial kingdom and will begin
repopulating the earth.
Rapture (1 Thess. )
Second Coming (Matt. )
in Christ will rise first
are gathered first
those alive in Christ are resurrected (v.17)
wheat (righteous) are gathered, but not resurrected.
are taken to heaven (John 14:3)
who were saved after the rapture will enter the millennial kingdom (Zech )