Matt 24:13   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

When Jesus said, "only those that endured to the end, would be saved," what do you think that meant?  

Is this a statement that people must go through the tribulation time, to be saved, which would be proof that there is no rapture before the tribulation?


Absolutely not.  Many people use that text, Matthew 24:13, as evidence that we cannot be raptured before the tribulation, because the passage is interpreted as saying that we have to endure and survive all the way through to the end of the tribulation to be saved.  But what does the passage, and the Bible, really say?
Matt 24:13   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
I note that the question imparts two peculiar meanings to the text, as follows, within parentheses:  
"But he that shall endure (physically survive) unto the end (of the tribulation), the same shall be saved."
Now, did Jesus really say that, or was Jesus saying something else?  The problem is that those additions create a new doctrine that is completely contrary to scripture.  Nowhere is our physical survival listed as important and necessary for salvation in the Bible.  Here is a few great examples of true doctrine on this topic of physical survival:
Matthew 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Always, Salvation in the Bible is dependant upon our faithfulness and obedience to God.  Therefore, I read the passage another way.  I see it as saying:
"But he that shall endure (in faithfulness) unto the end (of his life), the same shall be saved."
Now, we might argue about the meaning of "end," as supplied by the context -- whether it is speaking of tribulation, or trials unto death.  And each of us might have "evidence" for our view in a verse we can find previously which says,
" Matt 24:9    Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake."
Obviously, the context is about trials unto death, which can also be seen as tribulation.  And certainly, during the tribulation, the faithful will be put to death by the antichrist.  So, we each have a "context" to support each of our view.  

However, the view that the "end" refers to survival of the time of tribulation, is contrary to the teaching that those who are faithful unto death will be saved, and resurrected.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20 conclusively proves that you can die during the tribulation, (you do not need to physically survive the trials) and you will still be saved and resurrected.  Therefore, I submit that as proof that the one interpretation MUST be wrong, and the passage must be saying absolutely NOTHING about a needing to survive to the end of the tribulation to be saved.  I suggest that the best and only valid reading of the passage is that it is speaking of enduring faithful to the end of your life, and then you will be saved.  And there are other passages in the Bible which echo this meaning such as:

1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Philippians 3
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Now, I will note that my interpretation of that passage is contrary to the doctrine of "once saved always saved".  I'm saying the Bible is clearly teaching that you must endure faithful to the end of your life.  And I disagree with the "once saved always saved" view, which you can read here:

http://www.bibleprophesy.org/alwayssaved.htm



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