For God has not intended that we should experience his fury, but that we should gain deliverance through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. – 1 Thessalonians 5:9
Nearing the end of his letter to this Greek church, Paul writes to encourage his fellow brethren that in the end of this age, there is hope and peace in Jesus and that we will rise again from the dead. He even tells them to use these words of the “rapture” to build up and encourage one another. He even reiterates the idea of true disciples of Jesus rescuing his people from judgment because God had not intended for his people to experience his fury.
Theologians and scholars teach that the Bible should be interpreted in the context of the Bible. When the same author repeats a message within the confines of one writing, we can be sure of its truth and authority. Having now read the entire book of 1 Thessalonians in two days, I see and hear confirmation of believers missing the coming judgment of God. The Bible doesn’t come right out and say, “you’re missing the great tribulation,” but it does tell us that this great tribulation is God’s wrath to poured out upon mankind (see Revelation). Thus, if Paul states God didn’t intend for his children to endure his fury but that we gain deliverance through Jesus, then I can put stock in the pre-tribulation view of the rapture. It gives me encouragement that God’s love covers me and not his judgment. Paul wrote elsewhere that we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive our rewards based on our deeds. Are rewards a punishment of God’s fury? No. Doesn’t the Bible also state that we that are his disciples have already been judged and deemed innocent through the blood of Jesus? Then why the need for the saved to endure God’s fury? Think on it and pray about it.
Father, you’ve settled it forever in my heart that true believers will not endure the wrath of the great tribulation. Your servant, Paul, wrote that the dead in Jesus would rise first followed by those that are still alive at that time. The timing of this event prior to the great tribulation not only makes human sense but follows the truth of your word. Again, I’m safe in your hands and trust you to take me home whenever your appointed time for me occurs. Thank you for loving me and saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.