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According to the pretrib doctrine the Church is no longer mentioned from chapter 4 to chapter 19 of the book of Revelation because she is already raptured in chapter four verse one. They added that in that verse the apostle John is used as the model or representation for the said rapture.
Is it really what the Bible says?
To expose their misconception, let us read the famous rapture passage in 1 Thessalonians 4 and let us see if the elements of the rapture there are also present in Revelation 4:1. Let us compare Scripture with Scripture and let the Bible expose the truth.
Note:All CAPS in the verses below are mine for emphasis only.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
16 For the LORD HIMSELF shall DESCEND from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the DEAD in Christ SHALL RISE first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the CLOUDS, to meet the Lord in the AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened IN HEAVEN: and the first VOICE which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I WAS IN THE SPIRIT: and, behold, a THRONE was set IN HEAVEN, and one sat on the throne.
*1 Thess 4 (the LORD himself shall descend from heaven)
*Rev. 4 (the heaven was only opened and no one descended)
*1 Thess. 4 (with a shout and with the voice of the archangel)
*Rev. 4 (No archangel and no shout... only a voice which sounded like a trumpet)
*1 Thess. 4 (with the trump of God)
*Rev. 4 (no trumpet... only a voice that sounded like a trumpet)
*1 Thess. 4 (the dead rise first... glorified body resurrection)
*Rev. 4 (no resurrection... instead John was ONLY in SPIRIT when he ascended. He was not in a glorified body!)
*1 Thess. 4 (meet in the CLOUDS together with the resurrected dead believers)
*Rev. 4 (NONE... it is only John who ascended and he did not even ascended in the CLOUDS! Instead he went directly to Heaven as evident in verse 2 where he said that he saw a throne IN HEAVEN)
*1 Thess. 4 (meet the Lord in the air)
*Rev. 4 (John went directly to heaven and the LORD was never mentioned waiting in the AIR... instead there is somebody whom I strongly believe is the Lord Himself sitting on the throne in Heaven)
There you have it, the comparison itself speaks for the truth that the account in Rev. 4 is totally a different story. There is never a clue in the entire book of Revelation that would suggest that Revelation 4:1 is about the rapture! Let us stand for what the Bible really says.
And by the way, if the church was already raptured in Revelation 4, how come she was never mentioned from chapter 4 to chapter 19? Please read those chapters and you will find out that for many times they talk and describe the scene in Heaven but the word "church" was completely absent from those heavenly scenes.
Messing up with the Scriptures is a very serious offence. BEWARE!