Is Luke 21:36 Talking About the Rapture?

Is it speaking of a pre tribulation rapture or a post tribulation rapture?

By Irvin Baxter


QUESTION: Mary from Texas had a question about Luke 21:36 where it says, “I watch therefore and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man.” Do some people think this is speaking of the rapture?


ANSWER: Yes, some people do believe that it is speaking of a pre tribulation rapture–some people will be caught away and will not be here on the earth during the great tribulation period. However, that’s a contradiction of scripture because other scriptures tell us that the first resurrection doesn’t happen until the end of the Great Tribulation period, so the question then is, what does this mean in Luke when it says that pray ye therefore that you would be counted worthy to escape these things and to stand before the Son of Man? If you go to Revelation 14:13, it tells us there what that means. “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” So since we cannot take some scripture and disannul other scripture, and the scriptures clearly teach that the first resurrection happens immediately after the tribulation, then we know there is not a pre tribulation rapture.

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