Most evangelical Christians believe that the Bible teaches that the Jews will convert to Christianity by accepting Jesus as their Messiah when Christ returns at the end of the Great Tribulation.
Well, it will come as a shock to you, but the Bible actually says in direct language, that they must convert before Christ will return. Yes, it really says it.
There are actually three verses that make such a reference. The first one is Jesus himself saying, that before the Jews will see him again, they will say, "blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." Here is the whole verse: “you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’” (Matt. 23:39). This means they will not see Christ until they convert. The common belief is that they will not convert until they see Christ; this is the exact opposite of what Christ literally said. This is also seen in a prophecy by Hosea:
I [Jesus] will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me.” (Hosea 5:15)
This verse says that when the Jews are suffering during the Great Tribulation, then they will turn to Christ. The prophet Zechariah said that during the final war, Israel will be invaded, the women raped, and one-third of them will die, one-third will go into captivity, and one-third remain. These are the ones who will convert near the end of the Great Tribulation.
Probably the most clear verse is one we Christians have all read many times, yet we have not seen what it actually says because it does not fit what we have been taught. It is filtered out because we have been basically brainwashed into believing the Jews will convert when Christ returns.
When Peter preached to the Jews, as recorded in the book of Acts, he said that they will need to convert before Christ will return:
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, . . . and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you— even Jesus. (Acts 3:19-20)
Did you see it? Peter urged the Jews to convert so that God will send the Messiah! Even though I read this verse while writing my book, Discoveries in Bible Prophecy, I did not see what it says until the book was nearly published. I had to add it in at the last minute. When it dawned on me what it says, it was like, "slap me in the face!" Whack! Whack!
Similarly, Paul said when the Jews convert, it will result in the resurrection of the dead, “For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:15). So the Rapture cannot happen before they convert. But it does not have to be all of them, just a significant number.
This information has not been seen or taught because it does not fit the prevailing beliefs about the end times. This information, by itself, destroys the pretribulation Rapture theory.
By correctly interpreting Scripture, my book destroys the pretrib theory, many times throughout the book. The correct interpretation proves that the pretrib Rapture is false.
The correct view is prewrath, yet postrib.
(This article was adapted from the book, Discoveries in Bible Prophecy, by Michael D. Fortner.)