When Jesus was explaining these things He was talking to Christians (Jew and Gentile) about what would be coming on the earth but in particular he tells those Christians that live in Judea that when they see the abomination of desolation they are to flee to the mountains. He is talking to the Christian Jews: not all Jews. The theory of the pre-trib rapture concedes that the non-Jew Christian will be raptured first and that the Jews as a whole will suffer tribulation but Paul writes in Romans 1:16—For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. A Jew who does not believe in Jesus will not know to flee because they don’t read, believe, or study the New Testament. So the theory that Jesus is talking to the average ordinary everyday “Jew” in Matt. 24 is simply not so. He is talking to all Christians (Jew and Gentile) that live in the last generation: The ones who keep his commandments, and love His Word.
Paul an Apostle and teacher to the Gentiles (1 Ti. 2:7) wrote about the coming of the Lord and our gathering together unto him in 2 Th. 2. In verse three of 2 Th. 2 he also warns the Christians not to be deceived into thinking the coming of the Lord is nigh at hand. He tells us that two things have to happen before that day comes. In the pre-trib theory it is claimed "that day shall not come" in 2 Th 2 is talking about the antichrist. That is simply not true. If you believe in the pre-trib let me ask you a question. When you read the first few sentences of the news paper don’t you usually get the main idea from the first few sentences. Well when you read the Bible the same thing happens. In 2 Th 2 Paul starts by saying: I beseech you brethren by (in behalf of) the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together unto him. There is no way that verse three is talking about anything other than the day the Lord comes.
2 Th. 2:2—Be ye not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled…as that the day of Christ is at hand
2 Th. 2:3—Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2 Th. 2:8—and then that Wicked be revealed
2 Th. 2:7—until he be taken out of the way
2 Th. 2:3—And the son of perdition be revealed
Now you should be able to see how 2 Th. 2 and Matthew 24 coincide with one another and that Christ is not coming until after the tribulation.
Please always search scripture for yourself. Never take the word of man.
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