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How We Escape the Great Tribulation: Faith, not a Rapture

Most Christians assume they automatically qualify to escape the Great Tribulation by an automatic pretrib rapture. But if that’s so, then who are the Christians who the Antichrist beheads? Find out why God’s end times escape plan will require something few Christians have: sacrifice and faith. Learn how to fix that, be ready for the end times and escape it with God’s help.

This article came about because a reader asked me to explain the mysterious beheading of saints in the Great Tribulation:


I was just reading Rev. 20:4 where John describes faithful followers of Christ who were beheaded in part for not worshiping the beast or taking his mark. Here's my question: If the faithful have been led to a safe place by the end-times Elijah, then who are all those that get beheaded for being faithful in the face of the Antichrist's onslaught?

- Derrel

Who is Left Behind For the Antichrist to Behead?

Revelation 20:4 — And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

It is unmistakable that this passage is talking about tribulation saints because it says they were beheaded instead of worshiping the beast (Antichrist) and taking the mark of the beast. How is this possible?

I doubt a single Christian seriously believes that God will leave believers without a way to escape from the Antichrist. Whether they believe in a pretrib rapture to heaven or the "place prepared in the wilderness" on earth (Rev 12:6), or something else, they are sure believers won't have to die in the Great Tribulation.

Therefore, this passage in Revelation about saints being beheaded in the Great Tribulation (Rev 20:4) raises a hard question:

Who are the saints who the Antichrist beheads? Or is this beheading verse misinterpreted as it does not explicitly state that the Antichrist uses beheading...?

This implication that believers are on earth for the Great Tribulation to be caught and killed by the Antichrist is consistent with what Jesus said in the Olivet Discourse about believers in the end time:

Matthew 24:9-10 - Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another..

Notice how many times Jesus says "you," making sure that his disciples know they will take part in the slaughter of the Great Tribulation, the time when all nations hate believers who the Antichrist as demonized. In fact, the way it sounds, believers are the main target of the Antichrist. This would make perfect sense, as, why does the Antichrist need to kill those who do not follow Jesus and are ready accept him as their God (2Th 2:4)?

What About the Pretrib "Left Behind" Explanation?

Jesus' statement above is problematic for the pretrib rapture position that all believers are automatically airlifted out before the tribulation. That does not mean they do not try to solve this problem. The answer they give is that Jesus was "speaking to the Jews" and "the Great Tribulation only applies to the Jews."

You have probably heard this explanation popularized in the Left Behind book and movie series. It argues that the believers who the Antichrist kills are actually non-believers, especially Jewish ones, who convert after witnessing believers go up in the rapture. In other words, for pretribbers, when Jesus says "you," he is referring to the Jewish nationality of those he was speaking to, the Jewish people, not believers.

Yet, if Jesus was talking about non-believers, then why didn't he say something like "then after you are taken out, the Jews/unbelievers left will be hated and killed"? Instead, Jesus unmistakably addressed his own followers at the time, who were believers. He did not say "you Jews;" simply "you" meaning believers regardless of race (Gal 3:28).

The only time Jesus singles out the Jews for a curse is when he speaks of the disaster that would befall that "wicked unbelieving generation." This referred to the temple destruction and exile of Jews from Judah that happened exactly 40 years later before that generation "passed" (Mt 23:36=24:34).

Although the Jews alone were the target of that local first century tribulation as Jesus said, he never singled them out for the end time Great Tribulation. That's good because if he had, it would contradict Revelation which describes the Great Tribulation as global and encompassing "all peoples, tongues, nations and races" (Rev 13:7) not just "Jews and unbelievers" as the pretrib rapture view depicts. That's a big problem for the "The Tribulation is only for the Jews" view.

The Obvious Source For Tribulation Believers

The best answer to who the Antichrist kills (by beheading or otherwise) is that there must be a sizable contingent of today's believers "left behind" who simply do not take part in God's escape plan. This is exactly what would happen if God's escape plan were not automatic but required a lot more than what most Christians are used to sacrificing (an hour away from home on Sunday).

Unfortunately, that's what end time Bible prophecy describes. Instead of an automatic, effortless escape like popular Christian pretrib rapture eschatology depicts, the Revelation describes a voluntary move over great distances to a safe place prepared to feed the saints for the entire 3½ year tribulation (Rev 12:14):

Revelation 12:13-17 — 12 When the dragon saw that he had been thrown to earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent’s presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was fed for a time, times, and half a time. 15 From his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river flowing after the woman, to sweep her away in a torrent. 16 But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 17 So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and have the testimony about Jesus.

First note that the Woman represents believers or those who "have the testimony of Jesus." (If you doubt that, see my article explaining this). Note also that there is no mention of "heaven" in God's escape plan for the saints; only earth. The plan entails helping God's saints to travel to a place prepared on "earth." Satan's tribulation forces try to attack that place, but the "earth" helps the woman by swallowing up his forces, reminiscent of how Korah was dealt with when he rebelled against Moses (Nu 16:23).

In summary, the escape plan of God for the saints revealed in the Bible is to move to a place on earth, not to heaven.

Q. Who will evangelize the lost after they leave?

A. God has a plan for that. The 144,000 will have supernatural protection to go out and witness to the world during the Great Tribulation and before that starting when Wormwood happens. Revelation 7 shows them being sealed right as Wormwood's passage begins.)

The Challenges With God's Plan

So why would some choose to stay behind and not take part in God's plan? Unlike with a hypothetical automatic pretrib rapture, there are several challenges with God's plan as follows:

  1. Not Hearing? — One challenge of God's plan is that it requires getting the word out to believers across the globe; If people do no hear about this opportunity, they cannot take part in it. Yet, it seems like God has that covered between the promised Elijah prophet (Mal 4:5-6), the 144,000 protected witnesses (Rev 7, 14) and the three angels' messages (Rev 14:6–12). Note also that the call for God's people to leave Babylon is also sent from heaven (Rev 18:4=Jer 50:8=Jer 51:45). With the Internet, the rumor of God's escape plan starting two years before it's time to go (Jer 51:46) will no doubt go viral and reach every corner of the globe.
  2. No Money? — Another challenge is the cost of transcontinental travel for a family. If God is gathering his saints to be protected in one place, he had better be able to help them quite a bit with the undertaking. Thankfully, God has that covered, too. The "eagle's wings" given to the woman are symbolic of the same kind of divine providence that enabled Israel to escape slavery in Egypt, walk across the Red Sea, get water from the rock and eat manna from heaven (Ex 19:4 = Rev 12:14). What will this "eagle's wings" help look like? People have asked me for years and I think I finally have a good answer: Just as the Israeli government has a funded "aliyah" program to help regather lost Jews scattered in other countries to immigrate to Israel, I think God will have Christian leaders set up a similar migration assistance program for getting to the prepared place. (Below I will explain why this program will be abuse-free because nobody in their "right" mind (lacking faith) would want to go where the "aliyah" program sends you.)
  3. Sacrifice — The first real cause for people to turn down God's plan would be the great sacrifice it entails. Moving to God's prepared place requires you to leave your home, country, family, friends and nearly all your possessions. This is the same great sacrifice God asked Abraham to make, in more ways than one. After Abraham left his father and country, God even asked him to give up his only son. Similarly, when God sends the command for us to leave, many of our believing and unbelieving friends and family will decide not to go, including adult grown children. Just like Abraham, we'll have to give them up for God. For some people nothing is more important than family, and this is a huge ask. The question for them at that time will be whether family is more important than God to them...

Why I Think Most Christians Will Willingly Stay Behind

Besides the difficult sacrifice God's escape plan demands, I think there is a bigger reason why so many believers will be left behind to face the Antichrist. This is hinted at in the following verse:

Luke 18:8 - I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?

Jesus would not ask about faith unless a lack of it was going to be an issue. (Just as he would not tell us not to judge unless it was not something we all have a natural tendency to do.)

While all Christians believe in God and Jesus, not all of them have learned how to rely on God and "walk through the fire" in faith, like, for example, Daniel's three friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did. If you take modern, materialistic, distracted, rich (relative to all ancient peoples) Christians and put them in the same situation, would even 10 out of 100 have the faith to choose the furnace over bowing to the idol statue? I have serious concerns about that.

Making matters worse, faithless Christians have always had their religious leaders to reassure them of what they want to hear (2Tim 4:3). The popularity of the pretrib rapture fantasy is the chief modern example of this old unhealthy dynamic. When Elijah comes telling people God says to move, most church pastors will counter with, "You're safe in Jesus wherever you are until the rapture comes. No need to move overseas like that crazy lunatic Elijah-guy is saying!"

Our "Fiery Furnace:" Nuclear Fallout

What I find fascinating is how similar the situation that Daniel's three friends went through is to the scenario of the end times that all saints will face because of the Great Tribulation of the Antichrist.

Many before me have compared the enforced idolatry under Nebuchadnezzar (who made a giant statue of himself) to the enforced idolatry of the Antichrist (using the image of the Beast, also a statue of himself, the Beast/Antichrist) (Rev 13:15). Yet the end time parallel to Daniel 3's story does not stop at the idol statue (Dan 3:5=Rev 13:15). It also includes an equivalent to the fiery furnace that God's three faithful servants had to face (Dan 3:6).

Ironically enough, the place that the Bible describes in Daniel 11 as the only country that is safe from the Antichrist and where the saints are protected (per Revelation 12:14) is slated to be nuked by Israel in the upcoming coalition attack on Israel by her Arab and Muslim neighbors. (See my book for all the verses showing this or start with my article on the M.E. nuclear war.)

But even before the Great Tribulation, we will be called to Israel which is next door to the nuclear fallout from the coming destruction of Damascus, Syria (Isaiah 17:1). There may even be nuclear fallout in Israel itself based on the severe casualties described as suffered in the north of Israel (Ephraim) bordering Syria (Isaiah 17:3,6).

In other words, when the end time prophet comes and announces to the world that Wormwood and the Antichrist are coming soon, the place he directs the faithful to go first will be near a radioactive land--or even have radioactive land itself! Just like Israel had to walk by faith through the bottom of the Red Sea with walls of water on each side, we will be called to go to a place that seems unsafe and makes no sense to our natural instincts. It will take faith to obey.

Sadly, I expect that most believers in the end times will not have the faith to both A) pick up and leave their homeland (like Abraham did) and B) go to an apparently inhospitable place (like Daniel's three friends did). At the time they will be told to abandon their homes, things will probably look just like they do today; business as usual. The tribulation will not have started yet. Wormwood will not have passed by or even become visible. So many will ask, "why leave?"

In fact, it will probably seem foolish to the natural mind and take a "leap of faith" to undertake God's plan to get out of range from the Antichrist and avoid beheading.

This is why I said above that if there is an aliyah program for believers to get to safety, it won't be abused. Only the faithful will go and further these faithful must also be able to let go of their life, country, family and friends and "stuff" for God. That's a lot to ask a rich, comfortable Laodicean Christian (Rev 3:14-22).

Update: A Reader Asks "What About Institutionalized People?"

I had this emailed question:

What about the millions  of people in medical facilities, hospitals, jails, and orphanages and institutions around the world,  let alone the helpless who cannot possibly help themselves who reside in institutions where they are taken care of? — Geraldine

What comes to mind as I read this question is the story of when Peter was "institutionalized" (Acts 12). He had been put in jail by Herod and was to be executed. The church was praying and God sent an angel to break him out. Dramatically, he then shows up at the doorstep of the group praying for him!

This is not just because Peter was an apostle on a mission that had not been completed yet. Christians have seen unlikely deliverance like this throughout history.  Christians have been healed throughout history of unhealable conditions, released from hospitals, and mental institutions. Orphans have been adopted against all odds.

My point is this: If God is going to command the righteous to flee (Rev 18:4) and some of those who are faithful and respond wanting to obey, but they are needing deliverance, then God will surely intervene. Given the death sentence for being left stuck where you are and the great faith to leave your country, God will be respond.

Really, if you think about it, God must help everyone to obey this command on some level whether it is financially, medically, legally, emotionally or what have you. It's a big ask for all that he must help us with, which he can no matter the circumstance. As Gabriel told Zechariah who scoffed at his prophecy about him having a child at his advanced age, "For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).


The mystery of why end time prophecies predict believers being hated, beheaded and killed by the Antichrist is only a problem for those believing the pretrib rapture doctrine. God's actual end time terrestrial escape plan revealed in Revelation won't be so automatic and easy leading to many Christians to reject it and miss out on God's protection.

Knowing this, how do we make sure we avoid being one of those making the wrong choice and being beheaded by the Antichrist? By focusing on developing the faith and ability to sacrifice today, we will be ready when that day comes in the future.

Jesus gave good advice on how to do that in Luke 21:36: "pray always that you may have the strength to escape all these things and stand before the son of man." What strength? Escaping to safety with God's is not a matter of physical strength, so we can rule that out. The strength required is mental faith in God and strength to leave things behind. If you fear you lack either of those attributes needed for the end time escape, then start praying every day about it. God will hear and answer that prayer.

To get good at faith and sacrifice, you also need to practice it in progressively bigger ways. He that is not faithful in little is not faithful in much (Lk 16:10). If you can't start making sacrifices today for yourself and others now, then how can you do it for God later? All the heroes of the Bible had to exercise faith and sacrifice along with being righteous. You can get there too with focus, prayer and practice.

For where the place indicated in the Bible that God will protect and call the faithful to, read Petra in Bible Prophecy.

Note: After reading this if you feel like you can use some help in recognizing the coming true prophet of God given all the false prophets we've all seen and also the False Prophet coming, check out this article where I teach on identifying Elijah.

Update: "Should We Buy Real Estate In Jordan?"

A reader emailed me some questions that I answered and told me the responses were very helpful and comforting. So I am including the exchange here.


Makes me wonder if we should buy real estate in Jordan? just wondering. looking ahead.


No need to buy! The land will be purposely cleared out of the Jordanians by the Isaiah 17 nuclear war. It's not the Jordanian's land anyway but Israel's land by birthright (from the the Nile to the Euphrates in Iraq - Gen 15:18). The saints will have squatting rights there for 3½ years until Israel is given their land back in the the Millennium when the Messiah regathers them.


That is awesome to know that we will have squatting rights...I'm not sure on the timeline what year that might begin to be available...(e.g. from what year to what year (prior to Israel getting it back). I get that there is a 3½ year window, but do you know the timeline possibilities? (years it could occur)?


Like the article says, after that area gets nuked by Israel in the Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 war, we will be told to go Israel/Judea first (Joel 2:32). Then by the time the Abomination of Desolation happens, we are to flee to Jordan (Mt 24:16).

On the timeline, the earliest that would be is 2024-2026 with WWIII/Wormwood coming around Summer, 2026—again at the earliest, assuming 2024-2030 is the Sabbath year cycle that turns out to be the 70th week/final seven years. We would be in Judea from around 2024-2027 and then in Jordan from 2027-2030

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Megan - October 28, 2016

What if this place we are called to isn’t so much a physical place as a spiritual one? What if what we are called to give up is not just home, family and friends but every single thing in our lives that takes precedence over God? That secret addiction, the need to always be right, the “security” of relying on ourselves, etc. Anything that we rely on or value (knowingly or not) more than God must be left behind. Then, when His will alone is your sole concern, no matter where you are or what He allows to happen to you, you are His. Satan can do nothing to you that God does not allow.

    Tim McHyde - October 29, 2016

    Megan, Absolutely we are called to repent and “bring every thought into captivity”, anything that is not love and faith.

    But this does not deny the plain literal meaning that says “come out of her my people” “move forth” “let Jerusalem come to mind” “Those in Judea flee to the mountains” “All who call upon the name of YHWH shall be saved for in Zion there shall be salvation among those who God has called.” See http://escapeallthesethings.com/144000-woman for more details.

Larry Cook - October 28, 2016

I purchased your book, I really think it has much wisdom, and I will read it over and over as my reading skills are about 3d grade level. Not my strong point. I do not understand what I read, and forgot a sentence once I have read it. However after reading it 20,000 times I begin to get it.

My wife has written many books, (Myra Cook) that she has on ebook or something. (I am not internet savy), I am trying to get her to read it as well. Her views are similar, but may vary, not sure. She is really into fallen angels, and how they relate to stars, sky, whats going on today etc.

Anyways, I do enjoy your book, and I believe you are on right track. Though I have limited knowledge, I have in past been been given good discernment on what to believe and not to believe.

Cab - October 28, 2016

Hi, Tim — Very interesting article, thanks. What about the scriptures in Jeremiah that tell us to flee Babylon, which we’re told is going to be destroyed, and for everyone to ‘flee to his own country.’ That seems to say to just get out, and get out NOW, and pick a country, anyplace but here. People who emigrate to Israel must promise not to proseletize, and that is denying Christ. Jesus said if we deny him, that he will deny us before the Father (which means Hell).

    Tim McHyde - October 29, 2016

    Cab, if you reread Jeremiah 50:16, you’ll notice it does not say that. It says the sowers will go back to his land. It does not command us to. To find the command for the saints, read Jeremiah 51:45-46, 50 where it says to those escaping “come out of her” (=Rev 18:4) “let Jerusalem come to mind” after the two years of “rumors in the land” followed by violence (WW3).
    You don’t get out now when you read Rev 18:4. It’s a prophecy of a future command to get out as I explain here: http://escapeallthesethings.com/america-mystery-babylon-great
    The door to emmigrate to Israel will open because they will lose many in the coming nuclear war: http://escapeallthesethings.com/damascus-israel-isaiah-nuke No need to deny Yeshua to get there. God will (must) make the way to fufill all these prophecies.

Sherrie - October 28, 2016

What about all of these safe places in the mountains, in the US, that people are being told by the Holy Spirit is moving them to prepare? It seems many “preppers” who are Christians are being told by the Holy Spirit that there are protected places being prepared by God for his believers to flee to? Do you not think that there will be safe places here in the US as well?

Francis Connolly - October 28, 2016

Love to read all of your thoughts and decisions. Save them for some of my children to read also. Thank you for your diligent study. I have bought your old book as well as your newer one.

John Lemons - October 29, 2016

I do not appreciate the post-trib or mid-trib views. May I recommend you see the Geneva Bible(1599).?
II Thes. 2:3 – We who are in the will of Jesus will not be here on earth for any of the tribulation!!

    Tim McHyde - October 29, 2016

    In every Bible I read 2Th 2:3, it says the falling away and Antichrist must come first before the day of Christ and our gathering to him = post tribulation rapture. If your doctrine requires an outdated translation of a single verse to support it and it’s not in the readings of any modern accurate version today, then I’d reconsider it. Try this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTmZHDb_sP8

Ken Cole - October 29, 2016

So those that do not have the funds will be left behind. Passports are not provided to those who owe back taxes or have not paid their child support or in some other way they owe the government monies. Most of the world will parish, those in Africa have no funds to speak of.. It is going to be a sad day.

    Tim McHyde - October 29, 2016

    Not at all. God’s plan is not so feeble as you imagine. You obviously did not read the whole article including where I talk about the promised supernatural provision for travel indicated by the woman’s “eagles wings”.

Candie Daneliuk - October 29, 2016

Hello Tim
I’ve been out of touch, There has been no reliable internet out here in the country where I reside. But hopefully yesterday we had a 16 foot pole installed to allow us to receive a clear unbroken signal. So far so good.
My question is: are there two sets of 144,000 ?
Do you believe the 144,000 in Rev.7 are a different group than the 144,000 in Rev.14?
And the scriptures say that the two witnesses will be operative at the same time the saved Christians are in the place of safety. So then will all those people that are being converted at that time be the ones that will be being beheaded? Rev.11
Will God also seal the people taken to safety? or will that not be necessary as God will be performing some supernatural miracles at that appointed time.

    Tim McHyde - October 29, 2016

    Great to hear from you, Candie.

    Although the 144,000 are mentioned in two chapters, Rev 7 and 14, they are one and the same group. Rev 7 shows them being marked right, actually taking place before the 6th seal of the previous chapter (because Rev 7 is a parenthetical chapter, see my video on that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WYhBcSBDA). Rev 14 shows them right after they have been sealed on Mt. Zion in the presence of the lamb, right before they are sent out on their mission of preaching the good news of the kingdom.

    Nobody will be converted by the Two Witnesses because they begin their mission after the figurative “door to the ark” is already closed. Remember, Jesus said everyone must flee by the time they see the abomination of desolation (http://escapeallthesethings.com/abomination-desolation). That comes 30 days before the Antichrist takes over, a short probation period to run like hell as he said in that passage. See http://escapeallthesethings.com/two-witnesses more more on them.

    Only the 144,000 need a seal of protection because only they go around the world in the Antichrist’s empire to preach as witness. The rest of us are protected in the place prepared, by the place literally. Think of the series/book “Under the Dome” for what that may be like as nothing Satan wants to do will be able to touch us.

    Hope this helps, sister.

Garay De Ryder - October 29, 2016

Congratulations, Timothy on your excellent book. I have read it 4 Times. As we know, ” all that say Lord, Lord , do not enter in.” So our preparation has to be adequate and our dedication acceptable, to the Lord , for us to be ” found worthy “. You have nailed the personal issue that will, at this most crucial time, precludes so many from being physically saved, from and away from The Tribulation. It surely is a Faith/Faithfulness issue. The Foolish Virgins are in the lack luster , lukewarm Laodicean condition. So by their freewill choice, they have precluded themselves from the miraculous ” Wings of an Eagle ” Event. My take is that there is the Remnant of True Believers, But only a subset group are the Elect of The Remnant, who are switched on , watching and awake for the Lord’s Return. They are continually praying, repenting and searching out the Truth and The Will of God. So these Elect – Called Out Ones, are found WORTHY and are airlifted to the Safety of The Wilderness Haven. God is ALL Powerful and Christ is Lord of All, So He can Still the Storm, Raise the Dead and Decontaminate a Nuclear Blast Zone. All in His Miraculous Powers. I suspect that End Time Events will escalate in rapidity. It behooves all who desire ” to Escape All These Things “, to get very serious about their Spiritual Preparation. Surely ! we are seeing all The Signs of The End, & as the Lord says in, Math 24:33 “..when you see all these things ( Signs ) that IT IS NEAR even at the doors,” I have been miraculously preserved from sure death, a number of times, so I have TOTAL confidence in God’s Miraculous Abilities. In my real experience, He has saved me to the uttermost. And He will save all those, who through faithful obedience, place their full trust in Him. This is the required quality level of Faith/Faithfulness for these Critical Times.

brent - October 29, 2016

Really well presented article . This is one viewpoint that makes the scriptures fit together .
I really appreciated that.
I think this is a gift from God to read this and take it into my heart.
God Bless Tim

juliette falzon - October 29, 2016


I sure appreciate your wisdom and courage to express your views as revealed in the Bible and it is a great pleasure to read and understand your reasoning.
There is one thing though that puzzles me .
We are on the verge of WW3 and all your explanations tend to stray on that big obstacle which will destroy total humanity.
Can you please explain how believers are going to escape and be the in the promised place of safety?


Samuel Oliver - October 29, 2016

Very clear and concise instructions to escape the coming Great Tribulation, Thanks Tim and keep up the good work, your brother in Christ. God Be you and yours.

Joan Blackwood - October 30, 2016

many of God’s people are already experiencing beheading at the hands of the likes of ISIS and persecutio of believers is certainly already hotting up in those areas.

    Tim McHyde - October 31, 2016

    Yes, believers have been beheaded for 2000 years but that’s not what the prophecy is talking about. Rev 20 is speaking of the intense global beheading by the Antichrist during the Great Tribulation.

Elizabeth Slaughter - October 31, 2016

Hi Tim, I don’t understand why God would call us to Israel – there are too many believers to live in this small state & anyway if God is God isn’t He able to protect me here in Australia? – Also, couldn’t the martyred believers be new believers – if there’s a pre-trib rapture, just looking for truth

    Tim McHyde - October 31, 2016

    Elizabeth, thank you for your comment because you just voiced the main objection regular Christians will have when Elijah comes because of which they will disobey the command to flee: “We’re safe in Jesus anywhere; my pastor reassured me of this!” Yes, he can save you in Australia or any place and he will do this for the 144,000 wherever they go, but the plan for the majority is already written in several prophecies of gathering us all to one place: first Judea then Jordan.

    Because of this, while there may be 2 billion Christians worldwide, few will be able to justify such a hard and wrong-sounding move. Perhaps there will be a 10 million or so who do. They can still fit in Judea easily. The whole world population of 7 billion could fit in Jacksonville, FL it was calculated see http://www.wiseoldgoat.com/papers-creation/hovind-seminar_part1b_2007.html for more on how the idea of overpopulation is false.

    Sure some of martyred will be new believers! But it will mostly be believers extant already today like you and I because there is no pretrib rapture and Jesus said that his warning about being hated on the whole earth and having to flee was not just for Jews but all on the face of the earth! (Mark 13:37; Luke 21:34-35).

    This is also why in the the next verse he told them to pray that they may have the strength to escape (Luke 21:36). There is no automatic pretrib rapture. It will take mental strength to escape because it’s on foot and it looks wrong to move to a nuclear zone!

Jon - December 17, 2016

(I saw these mind-blowing articles on Google. Any reactions?)

“Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Pretrib Rapture Stealth,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” and “Pretrib Rapture Pride.”

Sue - February 18, 2017

Tim, since first reading your view that it will take great faith to leave on Elijah’s instruction, I felt rather despondant about leaving any relatives or friends who have disabilities or frailties that seemingly would make it impossible for them to go too.
I would feel too guilty (or perhaps even cowardly) to leave them for my own safety.
Your update at the end of this article has lifted that burden from me.
If, as you say, even people who seem not to be able to travel for any reason at all, will be given divine help to do so, and they know that, it really levels the playing field.
If everyone who believes has the same opportunity and help to flee and they actually choose not to, then the decision for me can be based on my faith alone, not out of duty to anyone.
Thank you!

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