Comment: Pre-trib rapture....

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Pre-trib rapture....

...isn't in the Bible. But neither is a post-trib rapture or a one-world government.

Audience relevance: Whom was Christ speaking to when He said "you" and "this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened"?

Read Mark 13, Matthew 24, and Luke 21 in context and I believe there should be no doubt that Christ was speaking to the believers of that generation about the end of the age to come in their lifetime (which happened in 70 AD), not the end of the world.

The apocalyptic language Christ was using was the same type of language found in the Old Testament (Isaiah 19:1, judgment against Egypt; Isaiah 34:4, judgment against Edom)-- not to be taken literally.

The end of the U.S. as we know it may be near, however.