How Do I Share Post-Trib?

Question:

God opened my eyes to the post-tribulation catching away of the Churchseveral years ago. I could not ignore Rev 20 and the first resurrection. Reading Foxe's book of Martyrs helped. God grant us all strength for the days to come. Our American world view clouds our vision of the suffering of the saints of the early church and those around the world right now.

My question is how to talk about this 'touchy' subject within the Church I attend. I have broached the subject with several people in past and you would have thought I attacked the divinity of Christ. I do believe we should be talking about this, if these days come upon the Church without knowledge would cause enormous damage to their faith.

Response:

I do agree that this issue is extremely important and that we need to be warning people. I often think of the infamous "watchman" passage in Ezekiel 33 where the blood of the people is on the hands of the watchman who knew danger was coming and did not warn them. However, as far as finding an inoffensive way to share this with people, I wish someone would tell me one as well! ;o) There is something about pre-trib that many people defend fiercely. Part of the reason for this is because we have long used it as a way to keep people "in check" so to speak. Some people are scared that if you take away the idea that Jesus could come at any moment and catch us with our pants down that everyone would just backslide and live like the Devil. That is the major fear I have run into with pre-tribbers, especially pre-trib ministers.

Having said that, I would say that the best approach I have found (when discussing practically any topic) is to first ask the person, "Why do you believe that?" Do not start immediately on the offensive since they will immediately want to defend themselves. Tell them you want to understand where they see two comings of Christ biblically. If they go to arguments of tradition, or "that's what my pastor teaches" you can show them how many different churches teach many different things and they cant all be right. Besides, if we follow this line of thinking to its conclusion we would all still be Roman Catholic! I know this answer sounds very simplistic, but believe it or not this is the most common reason people have for believing pre-trib. If they do give you a biblical answer, kindly show them how it does not work. In chapter 6 I respond to the most common objections that I know. If you get a new one, e-mail it to me. ;o) Finally, after they begin to question their position, show them first that Jesus only said he would return "after the tribulation" Matt. 24:29. I would then show them only the strongest post-trib passages and arguments. Don't get caught up arguing over "Who is the restrainer?" The next passage I would go to is 2 Thess. 2:1-3, where Paul says that the coming AND the gathering will not happen until the antichrist is revealed. This is a very simple statement of fact that cannot be argued with. I would also point out the "last" trumpet of 1 Cor. 15:52 and the "first" resurrection of Rev. 20:5. If first means first and last means last then pre-trib completely falls apart.

Anyway, if the person seems to be changing their mind I would stop at this point unless they have any questions. If they do have some honest questions I would respond very kindly and simply. A common one you will hear is "But I thought we were not appointed unto wrath" which I deal with in chapters 3 and 5. Now if the person begins using "silly" arguments (and believe me I have heard many of them!) I would point out the silliness of the first few and if they persist I would kindly tell them that they don't want truth but simply want to believe what they want to believe and I would end the discussion there.

Also, let me say that some people will honestly take a while to change. It is not because they are close-minded, but simply because people are afraid of change. If the person is sincere you must have patience with them. I have seen some of these people become some of the strongest proponents of post-trib when they do actually see it. They get upset that they were actually deceived for so long and want to show others the light.