Why Pretribulation Rapture?

A preacher/author that I like asked the question, and I'll paraphrase a little cause I didn't write it down while listening: "If there is a pretribulation rapture, if God is going to take out His people before the tribulation, they why didn't he do so in Roman times when Christians were being burned, why not now in the Middle East when Christians are being killed?"

Resurrection

Jesus willingly suffered and died on the cross in our place -- we sinned, He paid our penalty. But Jesus dead in the grave is not the end of the story. He was raised from the dead as the first fruits of the resurrection. This is His promise to us, that those who trust in Him will also be resurrected to eternal life with Him.

1 Corinthians 15
The Resurrection of the Messiah

Original Sin

If you don't understand about original sin, I don't think you've understood anything about God, the Bible, or human history even. Adam was created perfect, and Eve out of Adam. Eve was deceived by Satan into thinking that they could be like God. (Satan is still using this deception today, in pretty much every man-made religion, that is, everything but Christ.) Adam and Eve disobeyed God, their Creator, being warned previously that such disobedience would cause them to die. Die they did, and the human race was cursed with death and all of creation cursed with them.

You don't want to miss this wedding!

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,

3 and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come.

4 Again he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them that are bidden, Behold, I have made ready my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage feast.

5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise;

Are you a good person?

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
--Genesis 6:5

Think you are the exception to this? That you're a good person? Proposal: lets take a recording of your thoughts over your lifetime and play them publically for all your family and friends. Good idea? Why or why not?

Do your good deeds - when you've helped the poor or whatever -- cancel your evil?

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