1. GOD HAS PROMISED TO DELIVER US
The wrath of God is not for innocent people, but for unrepentant sinners who have rejected him. Everyone who has received Jesus Christ and turned away from sin is innocent before God because the blood of Jesus the Messiah paid their debts in full. So God has promised to deliver His people from the wrath to come:
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:9)
Wait for His Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 Thess 1:10)
For God has not destined us to wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we live together with Him. (1 Thess 5:9-10)
Other scriptures reveal the way he will fulfill the above promises is through the rapture, gathering his people together to meet the Lord in the air.
For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
2. GOD PROTECTS THE 144,000 BOND-SERVANTS
During the outpouring of God’s wrath, the fifth trumpet releases locusts who are instructed to harm everyone on earth except the 144,000 who have been sealed by God. Since we know the seal is only given to the 144,000 then we also know the rest of God’s people must already be removed from the earth through the rapture. Otherwise, God would be instructing the locusts to harm his own people, which would be a violation of his promise to deliver them from his wrath. Instead we see God and his angels consistently taking actions to protect all of his people. This provides further evidence that the rapture happens before the wrath of God is poured out.
While most of his people are completely removed from the earth in the rapture, this group of 144,000 Jewish believers, called bond-servants, remain on earth during the great tribulation. 12,000 come from each of the 12 tribes of Israel. Consistent with the promises shown above, this group will also be delivered from God’s wrath by a supernatural seal placed on their foreheads.
After the rest of God’s people are delivered in the rapture, four angels are given power to harm the earth, but they are told not to release any harm until these 144,000 bond-servants are protected by the seal. Another angel with the seal of God says to them, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads” (Revelation 7:1-3).
The following instructions are given to the locusts:
They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man. And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them. (Revelation 9:4-6)
3. GOD WILL CUT SHORT THOSE DAYS
Jesus promised those days would be cut short for the sake of His people, the chosen ones, also called the elect.
Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the chosen ones those days will be cut short. (Matthew 24:22)
The Lord allows the antichrist to reign over the earth for 42 months. After that his reign is cut short, interrupted by the day of the Lord when the Lord returns to rescue his people from the wrath to come. This promise to cut short those days is further evidence the rapture happens before the wrath of God.
4. THE RAPTURED CHURCH IS BEFORE THE THRONE PRIOR TO THE WRATH
The sequence of events in Revelation 6-8 reveals God’s people are rescued by the rapture just before the wrath of God is poured out. The appearance of the raptured believers standing before the throne in Revelation 7 proves they are rescued before the wrath of God begins in Revelation 8. The first six seals are broken in Revelation 6 releasing trouble in the earth. Then John saw the raptured church standing before the throne in heaven in Revelation 7. Then in Revelation 8 the seventh seal is broken and the seven angels are given seven trumpets, which marks the beginning of the outpouring of the wrath of God. The sequence of these scriptures is not a coincidence or a mistake. This is further evidence of God’s plan to deliver His people from the coming wrath of God through the rapture.
In Revelation chapter 7, John saw the raptured church standing before the throne of God.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you know.”
And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:9-17)
We are not told specifically how this great multitude exited the earth to get to heaven, but we are told they were here during the great tribulation because the elder told John they came out of the great tribulation. We are even told the things they suffered, including hunger, thirst, exposure to heat, and the shedding of tears. Given the large number of them and the fact they all come out of the earth during the same short period of time, it is not likely they all died of natural causes. It is also not likely they were martyred because when martyrs are killed in other passages they are honored by recognition of their great sacrifice. If this great multitude also laid down their lives failing to recognize that would be disrespectful and inconsistent with other scriptures. Therefore, we can conclude this great multitude left the earth in the rapture.
5. RAPTURE HAPPENS ON THE DAY OF THE LORD
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In conclusion, there are five reasons why we know God will protect His people from the wrath to come:
- He promised us he would deliver his people from wrath.
- He releases locusts to harm everyone except for the 144,000 bond-servants, proving the rest of his people are already removed from the earth.
- He promised to cut short the tribulation for the sake of His chosen ones.
- Prior to the wrath being poured out in Revelation 8, John saw the raptured church standing before the throne of God in Revelation 7.
- The rapture happens on the day of the Lord just before the wrath of God is poured out.
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