My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: Hosea 4:6
"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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, (the Antichrist); Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." 2 Thess. 2:1-4
"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears." Acts 20:29-31
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, (who will stealthily introduce destructive heresies." 2 Peter 2:1
"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: false brothers who came in by stealth to spy on us and the freedom we have in Christ in order to enslave us." Galatians 2:4
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple, (by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive." Romans 16:17-18
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables, (myths)." 2 Timothy 4:3-4
"For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake, (for the sake of base gain)." Titus 1:10-11
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Mathew 7:15-16
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears." Acts 20:29-31
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." Mathew 23:27-28
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." :And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." Mathew 24:4-5 & 11.
FIFTEEN: ORIGIN OF THE COUNTERFEIT RAPTURE
The Word of God is explicit in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, the rapture of the Church does not take place until the Antichrist proclaims himself as god while he is siting in the temple of God. There is no historical record in the Church nor outside the Church of this event taking place at any time from this message being put forth in 52 AD to the the present date of 2015.
Coupling 2 Thessalonians with Mathew 24:15 and Daniel 8:9-12, 9:25-27 & 11:30-31 cements the fact that the rapture of the Church occurs after tribulation.
There is no misunderstanding Paul's message to the Thessalonians for he was clearing up confusion and falsehood that had been sown into the Church by false teachers. This falsehood was a "counterfeit rapture." This "counterfeit rapture" has now reappeared at the end of the age. No doubt this falsehood had a significant and negative impact on the believers in Thessalonica. Imagine for a moment that you are a professed believer in Jesus Christ expecting to be raptured and then are told that you missed it by biblical scholars and leaders in the Church. Imagine the impact that would have on your understanding of Christ's return. This one lie, this one deception, unless summarily dealt with would easily enable the deceivers to foist an ever increasing number of lies and falsehoods upon the deceived to the point they are believing something that is completely contrary to basic truths of God's Word.
The power of the deceivers over the deceived becomes so immense that if the deceivers were to direct the sheep to jump off a bridge the sheep would do so. The extremists in Islam use this tactic of indoctrinating falsehood into people which results in suicide bombers in exchange for heavenly treasure. The Japanese kamikazes of WW ll motivated by the samurai honor code perpetrated the same. The Christians who joined the Popes' armies were granted absolution of all their sins, guaranteed entrance into heaven, emboldening the soldiers to not only join the armies but freeing their conscience to commit unconscionable acts and sins.
All lies originate with Satan the Devil. He deceives the whole world. Those who are not of Christ are held captive to perform Satan's will without even realizing that they are doing so. Satan's agenda is to steal, kill and destroy. The purpose of the counterfeit rapture is to steal, kill and destroy. Satan deceives people into doing things they would not ordinarily do if they were aware of the complete truth. Satan's goal is to use the counterfeit rapture to deceive people into performing his will which is to steal, kill and destroy other people. Once the deceived individual has finished the works of the devil or has no longer become useful to Satan the devil, Satan destroys him too. Deceive/steal, exploit,/kill, throw away/destroy soul.
Not only is there the general purpose of the counterfeit rapture but there is also a specific goal to be had by using the counterfeiter rapture to mislead a good portion of the Church and millions of people who not a part of the Church. Having been mislead by this lie, what else is Satan deceiving members of the Church into doing?
Just as it was possible for falsehood to creep into the Church during the first century so too can it be secretly sown in during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Here are some links with information regarding possible sources of modern day Pretribulationalism coming from John Nelson Darby and the Scofield Reference Bible:
Regardless of whether these theories are accurate is irrelevant as to whether Pretribulationalism is biblical truth. Darby could be the most sincerely honest man in the world and could have ignorantly spread a falsehood throughout the Church or Darby could have been the biggest liar in the world espousing a truth and yet neither would affect the validity of Pretribulatioalism. Pretribulationalism is validated or disproved by the Word of God alone independent of the character of the messenger.