There three major views on the topic of the rapture:
- Pre-Tribulation Rapture: this view teaches a secret rapture of God’s people will occur before the beginning of a seven-year tribulation and that the return of Christ will happen at the end of this time.
- Mid-Tribulatioin Rapture: this view teaches a secret rapture of God’s’ people will occur three and a half years into a seven -year tribulation period, interpreting the time period in Daniel 7:25 in a literalistic way. The antichrist will commit the “abomination desolation” in a literal Jerusalem temple.
- Post-Tribulation Rapture: this view teaches that the believers are caught up (the living and the dead) to heaven at the conclusion of the great tribulation. And it holds that living Christians will go through a final tribulation period.
The last view is the correct one. Jesus taught that the saint will go through the great tribulation “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21,22).
Christ prayed for His disciples, “I don’ not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). Likewise, the apostle Paul declared, “Yes, and all who desire to live oddly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution“ (2 Timothy 3:12). And hel also told a group of disciples, “we must through many tribulation enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 13:22).
This idea that all the righteous will be raptured out of the world just before the tribulation and that the wicked will be left behind to endure seven difficult years is appealing. And that is why this view has gained such widespread acceptance. But the Bible teaches otherwise. The phrase “seven year of tribulation” does not appear in the Scripture.
And John in Revelation 7:14 confirms that the saints will go through the end time tribulation, “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” But the good news is that God will be with the saints all through the tribulation and will bring them out of it pure as gold ( Ps. 91).
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