Doesn’t Daniel 12:1-3 Disprove the Pre-Tribulation Rapture?

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There are three members of the human family. Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 10), talks about a different subject other than eschatology but brings out an important principle. In 1 Corinthians 10:32, Paul says that he will not be an offense to the Gentiles, Jews, or to the Church of God, the Christians. In his statement, he laid out that there are three members of the human family. In the first 2,000 years of human history from Genesis 1-12, there were only Gentiles on the face of the Earth. There are believing and non-believing Gentiles. Seth, one of Adam’s sons, was a believing Gentile. In the days of Seth, they began to call upon the name of the Lord. Cain, his brother, was a non-believing Gentile who killed his brother Abel. There were Gentiles in the first 2,000 years of human history.

In Genesis 12, Abram (Abraham) was a Gentile and came out of Ur of the Chaldees who made his way over the fertile crescent into Canaan which is modern day Israel. In Genesis 14, God called him a Hebrew and called his grandson, Jacob, Israel (Genesis 32) and his great grandson, Judah, a Jew (2 Kings 16:6). This is the establishment of the second strand of the human family, Gentiles and Jews.

In Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost the Church is established.  The Holy Spirit comes and baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, into the Church itself. For the next 2,000 years, there are Gentiles, Jews, and Christians.

In Daniel, there are only Gentiles and Jews on the Earth. No Christians. When Daniel was writing, he was not writing to Christians and was not talking about the Rapture. The Rapture of the Church is for Christians, not for Jewish people. If a Jew trusts Jesus Christ, he is no longer a Jew (Galatians 2) but a Christian. Ephesians 2:11ff talks about two people at enmity, Gentile and Jew who had a wall of partition between them. At the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, God made one people out of two, from Gentiles and Jews who trust Christ, they become Christians.

Daniel 12 is not talking about the Rapture but about the Second Coming and the Tribulation period. In Daniel 12:1 it talks about Michael the archangel who was dispatched to take care of his people. Daniel 12:1 states, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people (the Jewish people): and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” This verse is not referring to Christians, but the Jewish people.

The rest of the chapter refers to the great Tribulation that will come into place. Jesus mentioned that in Matthew 24:21 when He was talking about the Tribulation Period. Matthew 24:29 says, “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.” He talks about the Tribulation leading up to verse 29, and that the last half of it will be called the Great Tribulation. Jeremiah 37 refers to the time of Jacob’s trouble. Daniel is told to shut up the book because it is so bad that they don’t want to tell you about it. The Lord has to dispatch Michael to protect the Jewish people from this terrible time of trouble. Verse one says that there will be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered. The Jewish people will be delivered at the return of Jesus Christ when He comes back to the Mount of Olives for the Jewish people. He comes to them and gives them the New Covenant and becomes their God, and they become His people.

Daniel 12 has nothing to do with the Rapture of the Church.

Jimmy DeYoung was a prophecy teacher and journalist who travelled the country and the world educating the Body of Christ of the future events foretold in God’s prophetic Word. His goal was to equip Christians with the knowledge and understanding of what God’s Word says will happen someday soon, so that they can make better decisions today. Dr. DeYoung went home to be with his Savior on August 15, 2021.

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