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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Mid-Trib Rapture? (Rev 11)

Revelation 11 is one of the hardest chapters of Revelation to understand and one that is more often than not, completely misinterpreted. This chapter is the basis for the Mid-Tribulation Rapture view. But when we carefully study Scripture, does this view hold up?

In Revelation 11:3-6, we hear about two mysterious witnesses who prophesy for 1,260 days (3.5 years). Because these witnesses are clothed in sackcloth, people speculate on which major Old Testament figures they must be. But we are not going to chase that rabbit trail because God doesn't tell us who they are. So there is absolutely no need for us to fill in the blank. Instead what we want to know is when are they prophesying and when are they raptured (told to "come up here").

Since we are told these two witnesses will prophesy for 1,260 days (3.5 years) and right after they are told to "come up here," we see the 2nd woe (6th trumpet) is past and the 3rd woe (7th trumpet) is about to sound, this means they will prophesy during the first 3.5 years of the 7-year Tribulation. They will be raptured right before the 7th trumpet sounds according to Revelation 11:14-15.

But here's where people get confused. Because these two witnesses are raised right before the last trumpet judgment, they believe the rapture of the church will also happen at this point because of the following passage:

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 [51] Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, [52] in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

There are so many problems with this view, I'm not going to list them all. But here are a few:

  • 1) 1 Corinthians 15:52 says "last trumpet" not "7th trumpet judgment." They are not the same thing. Not to mention the fact that the rapture of the 2 witnesses happens before the 7th trumpet judgment not with it. But that's minor compared to the other reasons.

  • 2) The wrath of God which will rain down on those who refuse to trust in Jesus will be a 7-year period according to Daniel 9:24, Daniel 9:27, and Revelation 6:16-17. In other words, the entire 7-year Tribulation is the wrath of God. But those who believe the rapture happens in the middle of this 7-year period believe the entire 7-years is not God's wrath. That doesn't match Scripture.

  • 3) Romans 8:1 and 1 Thessalonians 5:9 tell us those who have trusted in Jesus will not experience God's wrath which again starts with the seal judgments according to Revelation 6:16-17. If followers of Jesus have to experience even a nanosecond of God's wrath, that means Jesus' death on the cross did not pay for all of our sins and Jesus lied when He said, "IT IS FINISHED!" in John 19:30. Jesus did NOT lie! He meant what He said. His followers cannot and will not experience any of the 7-year Tribulation in which Jesus, Himself, is the one unleashing each judgment starting with the seal judgments in Revelation 6.

So, as we see the world laying the framework for the One World Government which will reign during the 7-year Tribulation, followers of Jesus don't need to worry. In fact, there are just two things we need to be doing:

1) Look around you. Who is close to you and far from God? Pray for them and ask God to give you opportunities to share Jesus with them, while there is still time.

2) The more the world prepares for the Antichrist, believers need to be preparing for Jesus Christ. When Jesus returns, I want to be caught sharing the gospel with others.

Titus 2:13 "looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Dear Lord, It's hard not to be alarmed as we see the birth pangs of the Tribulation increasing all around us at an accelerated pace day by day. We see the framework being set to control buying and selling, quickly usher in the One World Government, One World Currency, and One World Religion. But as we see these things begin to take place, I will straighten up and lift up my head, trusting in your promise that our redemption is drawing near. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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