One of the greatest debate in eschatology must be the timing of Rapture.
Will it be:
a) Pre-Tribulation, where believers will be caught up before Tribulation?
b) Post-Tribulation, where believers will go through the entire period of Tribulation, and only be caught up at the end of it?
(There are a few other in-between views like Mid-Tribulation and Pre-Wrath, but for the sake of brevity, I will focus only on the above 2.)
While a number of respected preachers and writers (including my pastor) hold to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, I personally believe a Post-Tribulation Rapture has stronger scriptural support.
Let’s look at the 2 most oft-cited passages on Rapture:
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Notice in both passages, there is a sounding of a trumpet, called the “last trumpet” in 1 Corinthians, just before the believers are caught up.
Where else do we find a “last trumpet” mentioned?
Then the seventh angel (with the trumpet) sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
The seventh trumpet is the last trumpet to be blown before the return of Christ, and it is consistent with the description in Matthew 24.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Sound of a trumpet, Christ appears in the heaven, gathering of the His elect (believers) from different parts of the world… and Jesus said these things will happen “immediately after the tribulation”.
How clear can it get?
to be continued…