Is Luke 21:36 Talking About the Rapture?

October 18, 2013   |   Category: Ask Irvin   |   Tags: , ,

Is it speaking of a pre tribulation rapture or a post tribulation rapture?

By Irvin Baxter


QUESTION: Mary from Texas had a question about Luke 21:36 where it says, “I watch therefore and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man.” Do some people think this is speaking of the rapture?


ANSWER: Yes, some people do believe that it is speaking of a pre tribulation rapture–some people will be caught away and will not be here on the earth during the great tribulation period. However, that’s a contradiction of scripture because other scriptures tell us that the first resurrection doesn’t happen until the end of the Great Tribulation period, so the question then is, what does this mean in Luke when it says that pray ye therefore that you would be counted worthy to escape these things and to stand before the Son of Man? If you go to Revelation 14:13, it tells us there what that means. “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” So since we cannot take some scripture and disannul other scripture, and the scriptures clearly teach that the first resurrection happens immediately after the tribulation, then we know there is not a pre tribulation rapture.

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    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Kenneth,

      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 worshipped 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.5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

      If you only read this scripture you could assume that to be true, however notice that it says in v. 6 those who have part of the first resurrection shall be priest of God and reign with Christ 100 years. The only other resurrection happens at the end of the 1000 years.

      However Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
      His blood has washed us and has made us priest and kings. So, everyone that has been born again will be in the first resurrection.

      Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

      The redeemed are to be kings and priest and they are from every kindred, tongue, people and nation. This is the great Multitude. Who are called to the Lamb’s marriage supper.
      Revelation 19: 6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Karen,

      That answer can be found in Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

      There will be survivors from the nations that come to Battle with Israel and they will populate the Earth during the Millennial reign. Apparently, some people who did not take the mark of the beast and who did not have salvation will survive through it all and live on into the Millennium. In light of this, there may be some sort of qualification in order for people to live on into the Millennium. For example, the children of Israel inherited the Promise Land but only those who were 20 and younger at the time Israel’s rebellion in the wilderness. All of the others had to die off before they could inherit the land. Something like that may apply at the time of the Millennium. Daniel 7:12 shows us nations will continue on into the Millennium and Isaiah 65:20 shows us people will live and die during that time. So we know mortal people will live on into the Millennium, we just don’t know who will exactly.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello David,

      What we mean is Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

      30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

      31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.