Pre-Trib. Rapture theorists believe the Elect of Matt. 24 are the Jewish remnant. Pre-Wrath Rapture theorists believe they are Christians. This is not a trivial question. If they are the Jewish remnant, the Pre-Wrath Rapture theory is incorrect. If they are the Church, the Pre-Trib. Rapture theory is incorrect. So who are the elect of Matt. 24?
In Hebraic prophecies, a Jewish grammatical idiom known as the “prophetic perfect” is sometimes used that substitutes a “past tense” for what obviously should be “future tense.” This makes us ask, “When is the Past the future?”
Jesus’s walking on the water was a most unusual miracle; probably his most unusual miracle. Why did he walk on water; what was his purpose? Jesus was tempted by Satan to jump from the pinnacle of the Temple. Jesus considered this similar miracle to be sin. So was Jesus’s walking on water a picture of the Rapture when he will someday walk on clouds? This is a radical new way to look at this miracle. If this was the purpose of the miracle, what can we learn from it?
Jesus has equated the relationship between He and His Church as a marriage. Isn’t it likely that ancient Jewish marriage customs would then reflect the first and second Comings of Jesus? They do.
The Church’s current understanding of the short one verse Parable of the Vultures in the Olivet Discourse (from Matt. 24:28) requires the misapplication of no less than THREE Greek words. This must set some kind of record for a single verse. When the proper application of those words is made, this somewhat grotesque-sounding verse becomes a beautiful picture of the Rapture.
When Jesus returns will Christians be “taken or left?” Are the unrighteous “left behind” or is it the other way around?
What connection is there between the timing of the Rapture and the Great Commission?
A somewhat strange “proof” that Pre-Tribulation Rapture supporters frequently bring up is that there is no mention of the Church after Rev. 4:1. They claim the word “church” is used 18 times in Revelation, but not between Rev. 4-19 (the 70th Week of Daniel).
What end time event is the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares depicting? If its the Return of Jesus it certainly seems to negate the Rapture (as we know it). The other possibility is that it pictures the Sheep and Goat Judgment. With so much at stake, we have to have a very good understanding of what Jesus was teaching in this Parable. We need an answer to the question: “Wheat and the Tares when does it happen?”
When is it? Is it in heaven or on earth? Are there more than one? Who is the Bride? The answers require a search of all of scripture.