“For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
Many interpret this to mean that God will Rapture the saints before His wrath comes upon the world. But this is not what Paul was saying. The context reveals that God’s “wrath” is the same as the “sudden destruction” (vs. 3) that falls upon the lost when “the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night” (vs. 2). “God has not appointed us to wrath” in verse nine simply means that His wrath will not fall on true Christians when Jesus Christ returns.
Prior to Christ’s return, the 7 last plagues of God’s wrath will fall upon the world (Rev. 16). These plagues are very similar to the 10 plagues that fell upon the Egyptians in the time of Moses. Were the Isralites taken out of Egypt at the time of the plagues? No, they were in Egypt but were protected from it (Ex. 8:22; 9:6; etc.).
The major issue is not “pre-trib vs. post-trib,” but whether we are among the OBEDIENT OR DISOBEDIENT. Paul wrote that “the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 5:6). When God’s wrath falls, the disobedient will experience it to the fullest, no matter whether they claim to be Christians or not. Profession is worthless (Mat. 7:21-23). Those who think they will disappear in the Rapture before the tribulation, and yet who are now living in disobedience to God’s word, will experience God’s wrath unless they repent. Jesus will judge them “with the hypocrites” (Mat. 24:51).
Peter exhorts the believers to act “as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance” (1 Peter 1:14). Profession is not enough, but a life must show the fruits of faithfulness of God. “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:16). Those who truly love the Lord and are fully surrendered to His will have no fear of being led astray in the times of trouble and tribulation if they obey the voice of God speaking to their souls day by day through His Word.
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