Proving there is a “rapture of the church” before tribulation...
In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-9 we see that in Verse 2:1 JESUS is coming to gather the church, then the antichrist who was the son of perdition is revealed. THIS IS NOT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST–BECAUSE IN VERSE 8 JESUS COMES AND DESTROYS THE ANTICHRIST WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING AND CONSUMES HIM WITH THE SPIRIT OF HIS MOUTH…The first time we see JESUS in this passage the Antichrist moves into action and IS NOT DESTROYED–It is the Second coming in this passage that that happens–THAT CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING–THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST IN VERSE 2:1 has to be the rapture of the church and it has to be PRE-TRIBULATION, because this event pre-dates the revealing of the Antichrist….there can be NO other explanation and so to say there is no first coming of CHRIST or that the rapture takes place mid-or post-trib would be re-writing scripture….
In this amazing passage of 2 Thessalonians we see the “playbook” of the Rapture, Restrainer removed, Antichrist revealed, and then CHRIST comes again in the second coming to destroy the enemy:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-9 (KJV):
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST (THIS IS A MEETING IN THE AIR), and by our gathering together unto HIM, (THIS IS TALKING ABOUT THE COMING OF CHRIST TO GATHER HIS BRIDE–IT IS A “COMING” THAT PRECEDES TRIBULATION AND THE REVEALING OF THE ANTICHRIST TO COME ON THE SCENE)
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of CHRIST is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (THIS IS THE ANTICHRIST)
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called GOD, or that is worshipped; so that he as GOD sitteth in the temple of GOD, shewing himself that he is God. (THIS IS THE ANTICHRIST AFTER THE RAPTURE)
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. (SO SOMEONE IS WITHHOLDING THE ANTICHRIST FROM BEING IN THE WORLD–PRE-TRIB)
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE WHO now letteth will let, until HE be taken out of the way. (THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN HOLD BACK THE ANTICHRIST AND SUBSEQUENT EVIL IS GOD–BUT IN THIS CASE IT IS GOD WHO IS WITHIN THE BRIDE/CHURCH THROUGH A FULL OIL LAMP AND IT IS THE FIVE OIL LAMP BRIDESMAIDS WHO ARE TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY TO MAKE WAY FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ANTICHRIST INTO THE TRIBULATION POST-RAPTURE WORLD–IS THE HOLY SPIRIT GONE FROM THE EARTH AFTER THIS? NO, BECAUSE HE IS OMNIPRESENT “WHERE CAN I GO FROM YOUR PRESENCE…”)
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed (ANTICHRIST IS THE WICKED HERE), whom the LORD shall consume with the SPIRIT of HIS Mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of HIS coming–(AND WATCH THIS–THIS HAS TO BE THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST SEPARATE FROM THE GATHERING TOGETHER IN VERSE ONE–BECAUSE THIS COMING DESTROYS THE ANTICHRIST WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE LORD’S COMING–AND THE ANTICHRIST WE KNOW IS NOT DESTROYED AFTER VERSE 1, HE IS REVEALED AND BRINGS TRIBULATION TO THE WORLD)
9 Even HIM, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (AND HERE WE SEE IT AGAIN–CHRIST COMES THIS TIME TO DESTROY THE ENEMY BUT NOT BEFORE HE EXERTS HIS EVIL WORKS, SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS IN TRIBULATION FOLLOWING THE REMOVAL OF THE FIVE OIL LAMP BRIDESMAIDS IN VERSE ONE…)