jshears posted in message #4 of this thread:
The Scriptures do teach watchfulness, expectancy, preparedness.
Why? Because Jesus could come back today. A post-trib rapture
attempts to teach that until certain signs occur, the Church need
not worry about the Lord returning. The pre-trib view teaches that
the Lord will return at an hour that we think not.
"42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in
what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and
would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the
Son of man cometh.
45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made
ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find
47Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his
48But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth
49And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink
with the drunken;
50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not
for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the
hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."