Corrie Ten Boom: Beware of False Teaching of Pre-Tribulation Rapture
During World War 2 Corrie Ten Boom and her family were arrested by the Germans for the crime of helping Jewish people hide. She was sent to a concentration camp and endured great hardships, but she survived.
In 1974 Corrie Ten Boom wrote the letter shown below to warn Christians about the false teaching of the pre-tribulation rapture. This teaching is very popular in America, even though there is no scriptural basis for it. Many believers have bought into it because they have heard it taught by their pastor or by other Christian leaders. Many have made the mistake of trusting more in the teachings of men rather than the Bible.
We must take time to study the Bible for ourselves to find out what it says. I studied every scripture that I could find concerning the rapture of the church. The Bible has a lot to say about it, but it says nothing about a rapture coming before the seven-year tribulation period. I summarized my findings in an article, “Ten Things that Must Happen Before the Rapture.” If you read that article, you will see that I backed up each of my points with lots of scriptures.
God has promised to deliver His people from the wrath of God, which will be poured out near the end of the seven-year tribulation period. However, there is a big difference between the persecution of Christians and the wrath of God. God never promised us that we would be protected from persecution. In fact, He promised us we would be persecuted just as Jesus was also persecuted. So the rapture must come before the wrath of God is poured out, but not before then. That is why Jesus said, “For the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short.” Please see my other article, “Rapture Comes Before the Wrath of God.”
Based on the scriptures shown in those two articles, I can state with confidence that the church will be here for all of the first half of the seven year tribulation period and part of the second half. The idea that we will be raptured before the start of the seven-year tribulation contradicts many scriptures, which are documented in those two articles. If anyone wants to take a different view, they must explain all of these scriptures.
The pre-tribulation rapture is a dangerous teaching because it will cause believers to be confused and even abandon their faith when they see tremendous persecution coming upon them during the tribulation period and wonder why they have not been raptured yet. Many will fall away at that time, which is also foretold in the Bible. It is called the apostasy and it happens during the first half of the tribulation period.
I am posting Corrie Ten Boom’s letter to help warn people now while there is still time to study the scriptures.
CORRIE TEN BOOM’S RAPTURE WARNING:
The world is deathly ill. It is dying. The Great Physician has already signed the death certificate. Yet there is still a great work for Christians to do. They are to be streams of living water, channels of mercy to those who are still in the world. It is possible for them to do this because they are overcomers.
Christians are ambassadors for Christ. They are representatives from Heaven to this dying world. And because of our presence here, things will change.
My sister, Betsy, and I were in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck because we committed the crime of loving Jews. Seven hundred of us from Holland, France, Russia, Poland and Belgium were herded into a room built for two hundred. As far as I knew, Betsy and I were the only two representatives of Heaven in that room.
We may have been the Lord’s only representatives in that place of hatred, yet because of our presence there, things changed. Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33) We too, are to be overcomers – bringing the light of Jesus into a world filled with darkness and hate.
Sometimes I get frightened as I read the Bible, and as I look in this world and see all of the tribulation and persecution promised by the Bible coming true. Now I can tell you, though, if you too are afraid, that I have just read the last pages. I can now come to shouting “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” for I have found where it is written that Jesus said,
“He that overcomes shall inherit all things: and I will be His God, and he shall be My son.” (Revelation 21:7)
This is the future and hope of this world. Not that the world will survive – but that we shall be overcomers in the midst of a dying world.
Betsy and I, in the concentration camp, prayed that God would heal Betsy who was so weak and sick.
“Yes, the Lord will heal me,” Betsy said with confidence.
She died the next day and I could not understand it. They laid her thin body on the concrete floor along with all the other corpses of the women who died that day.
It was hard for me to understand, to believe that God had a purpose for all that. Yet because of Betsy’s death, today I am traveling all over the world telling people about Jesus.
There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days. Most of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution.
In China, the Christians were told, “Don’t worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured.” Then came a terrible persecution. Millions of Christians were tortured to death.