For years, Christians have believed in one of three views about the rapture. The rapture is when Jesus will come in the clouds and gather up His followers and take them to heaven to live there forevermore.
The pre-tribulation view states that Jesus will rapture us before the seven year tribulation. The Bible talks about a seven year tribulation period where God will pour out His wrath upon the world for those who rejected Jesus. The mid-tribulation view states that Jesus will return to gather up His people halfway through the tribulation. Therefore, Christians will be here for three and a half years of tribulation. The post-tribulation view states that Jesus will return after the tribulation, meaning that Christians will go through God’s entire wrath.
I believe that the Bible clearly teaches a pre-tribulation view. I have yet to hear good, solid teachings on a mid or post tribulation view. Some Christians confuse the rapture with the second coming but those are two separate events. Some believe that these two events happen at the same time. Another problem lies in the fact that some people do not believe that the book of Revelation was written in chronological order. We have no reason to believe that it was not.
First of all, the Bible says that we are not appointed unto wrath. Jesus also said that “He will keep us from, the hour of testing.” He didn’t say He would keep us through it. We also come back to earth to rule and reign with Jesus for 1000 years during the Millennium. So, if we come back with Jesus after seven years of being raptured, that tells me that we are in heaven already. Also the church is not mentioned after chapter 4 in the book of Revelation. Again, that is because we are in heaven.
If you believe in a post tribulation view, that rejects the concept about the rapture being imminent. Jesus said we are to watch for His coming which refers to the rapture. We can know when the second coming is because it occurs right after the seven year tribulation. Why would Jesus have said to watch for His coming if we were going to be here during the tribulation?
Once an Evangelist came to my church and he was talking about end time events. He mentioned that there are some Christians that believe we will be here for the tribulation. He said, “Well you can stay here if you want, but when that trumpet sounds, I am out of here.”
Believing in a pre-tribulation view makes me want to spread the Gospel even more because we know the time is short. I believe that the Bible clearly teaches a pre-tribulation view. The important thing is to just be ready because the Bible says that Jesus will come like a thief in the night and at an hour that you do not expect Him.