Question 6: Those who believe in the Pre-Trib Rapture seem to be able to find scripture to support their views. How can two totally opposite views come from the same scriptures?
Answer 6: It comes down to a difference of interpretation—a big difference. There is a reason for that. In each of my books, I place the “5 Major Rules for Bible Interpretation” up front, can’t miss them. I abide by these rules in what I write; it’s important for everyone to know that. If you want to attack my view, do it on the basis of the rules. These aren’t my rules. They are time honored rules developed by those who love the Bible. If only one is following the rules, then the one who doesn’t is free to say or do anything.
On the subject of the rapture there is no reason for reasonable and committed Christians to have any differences. One of the principles guiding sound interpretation is “That we have not arrived at the truth until all the relevant passages on the subject are harmonized.”
We hear PTR preachers giving lip service to the Word of God but we don’t see the same pastors, teachers, professors and supporters teaching this principle of harmonization (hermeneutics) with regard to prophecy. If they did, they could not remain Pre-tribbers. Period. There are Pre-trib zealots and defenders, but if they were harmonizing all the relevant Scriptures they would be faced with a decision—continue defending the indefensible or yield to the truth. This group remains Pre-trib because they go to the Scriptures with that mindset and look for anything confirming their view while dismissing anything that doesn’t. That is not interpretation according to the rule.