“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” (James 5:7–8, KJV)
One of the books I’m reading right now in Logos is What you need to know about the Rapture, by Charles Ryrie. It actually uses a lot of the same arguments I have used in favor of a pre-tribulational rapture.
Only Pre-tribulation believers can say they believe in the imminence of a pre-trib rapture. Everyone else must wait for specific dates.
“Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.” (James 5:9, KJV)
Only a Pre-trib believer can say this. Nobody else. Otherwise, the Bible would say, “The judge will come at the end of days”. But we’re told the Judge standeth at the door. He can enter at ANY TIME.
Only a pre-trib believer believse that. Mid trib, post trib, pre-wrath… all do not believe the Bible, or they’ve studied someone’s book but not the Bible. The Pre-Trib doctrine was firmly established in me the very first time I read through the Bible – and THEN I found Tim LaHeye!
5:9. James called for the believers to stop groaning lest they be judged, because Jesus the Judge is standing at the door! In view of the hope of Christ’s soon return, believers should cease the petty conflicts to which James alluded in chapter 4. As children in a school classroom look out for their teacher’s soon return, God’s children should be on guard for Christ’s return. In so doing, good behavior and mutual harmony are essential.
J. Ronald Blue, “James,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 833.