I’ve written in previous posts on the subject of the Pre-Tribulation view of the Rapture, and the idea that many American Christians have concerning the wrath of God. “God is too loving to let us suffer through the Tribulation” they will say, and we are “not appointed to wrath”.
Well, if this is the case, why, I ask, are Christians around the Muslim world being killed and persecuted? Why are they being blown to pieces? Here’s a BBC news headline from today, Sunday 22nd September:
“PAKISTAN CHURCH BLAST KILLS DOZENS
A twin-suicide bombing outside a church in Peshawar in Pakistan has killed at
least 75 people, in one of the worst attacks on Christians in the country.”
And in many parts of the Middle East (except Israel) militant Islamists, funded and trained by the West (note 1) are killing Christians and burning down their churches:
“EGYPTS’ COPTIC CHRISTIANS FEAR EXTREMIST BACKLASH
As fears grow in Egypt that there might be more bloodshed, the country’s Coptic Christians are dreading further backlash.
Since the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi was ousted, extreme Islamists have targeted Egypt’s Christians, saying they hold them partly responsible.”
“SYRIA CRISIS: CHRISTIANS FLEE TO DAMASCUS CATHEDRAL
Rebel forces have taken control of the historic Christian town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, with Christians fleeing to the Greek Catholic Cathedral in Damascus for help.”
Is the wrath of God falling upon these Christians? Of course my rhetorical question demands a “no” answer, because God does not pour out his wrath upon his own people. But what we see happening to our brothers and sisters around the world does serve to blast out of consideration the myopic, selfish view that we are all going to be whisked away in the Rapture before anything bad will happen to us. If you will look, you will see that the prophesied “wrath of God” is not even due to fall until some time during the last three and a half years before the return of Christ. But the wrath of man, and the wrath of Satan will. Get real! Get prepared! Get informed!