|TRIBULATION, TRUMPET, THE RAPTURE/RESURRECTION
THE DISPENSATIONAL VIEW OF GOD’S PLAN (Dispensational Premillenialism)
The popular view of the End-Times gives the chronology of the end times as follows: The Rapture of the Church (secretly occurring), then the 7 year Tribulation, during which there is evangelism among the Jews the rise of the Antichrist, etc., the Second Coming of Christ, the millennial reign (1,000 years) from Jerusalem, then the coming of Christ in the final battle, the resurrection of the rest of the dead, the Final Judgment and the establishment of the New Heavens and New Earth.
If it can be shown from the Scriptures that the Dispensational End-Time chronology is wrong and that the last day brings the Rapture/Resurrection and the Judgment, then this popular view is seen as unbiblical and should be rejected. As Peter says: 2 Peter 3:11-13—Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
TRIBULATION THEN THE TRUMPET AND THE RAPTURE (Resurrection of the Dead)
Matthew 24:29-31--"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a Trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven unto the other."
1st Thessalonians 4:16—"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the Trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (“Rapture” comes from the Latin, “rapere” “To grab, to snatch, take away.” It is used here in this passage.)
1st Corinthians 15:51—"Behold I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at The Last Trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
AFTER THE TRUMPET SOUND THE EVERLASTING REIGN OF CHRIST IS FULLY REALIZED
Revelation 10:7—But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets."
Revelation 11:15—The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."
THE DAY WHEN BELIEVERS IS RAISED IS THE LAST DAY
John 6:39-40—And this is the will of him who sent me that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
John 6:54—Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
God’s Word makes it absolutely clear that Christ raises believers on the "last" day. Not only this, but also the Judgment of the unjust is also on the "last" day.
THE DAY OF JUDGMENT IS THE LAST DAY WHICH COMES LIKE A THIEF
John 12:48—There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.
Matthew 24:36-44— "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
2 Peter 3:10—But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-5:3—Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words. 5:1-3—Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Daniel 12:1-2—At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a
time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people--everyone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in t he dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Note: Daniel sees only one resurrection, that of the righteous and the wicked!
THE BIBLICAL PATTERN: Tribulation, Resurrection (Rapture), and then the Judgment.
Christ comes “Immediately” after the tribulation period; the Rapture occurs, and then the Judgment. All Scripture agrees that these occur on the Last Day, at the sound of the last trumpet. Again and again, God makes it clear that the "Last" Trumpet brings the end of this world, ushering in the “age to come.”
CONCLUSION: From the Word of God, comparing Scripture to Scripture, the Judgment is at the last day, and the Rapture of believers is also at the last day; after the tribulation; both the events of the Rapture (Resurrection) and the Judgment occur at the same last day, and both are confirmed by the final trumpet. Therefore, according to the Bible, the Dispensational view is deficient and not worthy of belief.