Why the Pre-Wrath View of the Rapture Makes Sense Part 2

The Pre-Wrath view makes sense because the original languages support it. The study of the timing of the rapture relative to other important end time events must ultimately go to the original intent of the Bible writers. When we look at some of the important Greek words, we find great support for this view.

In this blog I will deal with the most common word used for the Lord’s second coming, “parousia”. It is found 24 times in the N.T., and 16 of those deal with the second coming. According to Greek scholars, the word means “a coming and subsequent presence”. All of the other 8 uses also support the same idea of a coming and presence. In all 16 second coming passages, parousia is a singular noun, and in many cases is preceded by the definite article, which tells us a few things about His 2nd coming.

One, it says that without some other clear indication in the context, we can’t account for multiple second comings as in the pre-tribulation view. It is the second coming. Not one of these 2nd coming passages indicates a different kind of secret coming to rapture just the church, or believers. In my book I examine each and every occurrence of this word, and there is no room for multiple second comings.

Two, because it is a singular noun, it indicates the whole event of His coming, not just the action of coming, which is indicated by a different word, “erkomai” (eg. Matt. 24:30), which we may discuss at another time, and is always used in the 2nd coming passages associated with the judgment of unbelievers. Unbelievers see him coming (erkomai) for judgment, believers see the parousia which is the whole 2nd coming event.

Three, this one second coming includes many events, just like His first coming included many events, such as His birth, ministry, death on the cross, etc. It is this whole event, “parousia” (it literally means: coming and subsequent presence) that accounts for many of the sub-events we see in the passages related to His return.

Four, according to Matthew 24, 1 Cor. 15, 1 Thess. 4-5, 2 Thess. 2, and other passages, this one parousia begins at the same time as the rapture of believers, which is after the great tribulation and the heavenly signs (Matt. 24: 29), and just before the day of the Lord wrath. This clear sequence is the plain reading of all of these prophetic texts.