The Rapture and The Tribulation

Will the Rapture happen at the beginning of the Tribulation, at the middle of the Tribulation or at the end of the Tribulation Period?

The Lord Promised To Deliver Us

There are those who believe that Christians will not be raptured until the end of the Tribulation Period. However, the Bible seems to be clear as to why that is not true. Rev. 3:10 (NIV) says: “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”

Some say that this promise was only to the church at Philadelphia. However, notice that it says: “I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” However, that church was completed destroyed by the Turkish invasion in 1382, and nothing that happened at that time affected the whole world.

God is telling us that He will keep His Church from “the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world.” So the next question is: “what is this hour of trial that will come upon the whole world?”

When will the Rapture happen?

Daniel (who gives us God’s timetable for the world). Says in Daniel 9:27 (NIV): “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ (week) In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

Here, Daniel is describing the 7 year Tribulation Period and he divides it into to equal sections. Very little is mentioned concerning the first half of this tribulation period (either here or in the other prophecies), but right in the middle of it, the anti-Christ takes over the Temple.

In effect, he is setting himself up as God. He is telling the world, “I am in charge. No one can challenge me.”

It is interesting to note that the earliest writing on the Rapture asserted that it was to be a mid-tribulation rapture. This was written by Ephraem of Nisbis around 350 AD.

Jesus Also Talks About This Time

The disciples had just asked Jesus about when the end of the world will happen. Jesus describes all the things that will be happening just before the end of the world happens. (Matt 24) He describes how Israel will have to flee from Jerusalem.

Jesus talks about the wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in many different places. Then He says in Matthew 24:8 (KJV): “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (or the beginning of a tribulation time.) Then He begins to describe what will happen to God’s people concluding with: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21 (KJV)

Why does Jesus call this time “the Great Tribulation?” Matthew 24:22 explains this: “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (KJV) The world has never seen what will happen during this time.

Why is that? It is because the Holy Spirit is no longer in the world. He was taken away when the Church was raptured. Remember 1 Cor. 3:16 (NIV)? “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s Temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” When born-again Christians are taken out of the world, the Holy Spirit is also removed because He was living in these born-again Christians.

The Anti-Christ Is Now Free To Do What He Wants To Do

This is why Daniel divides the Tribulation Period into two equal parts. The Holy Spirit is still present during the first half. And although he is able to deceive people and cause some terrible things to happen, he will be restrained because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the world.

However, when the Holy Spirit is removed from the world, the anti-Christ now feels free to do whatever he wants. He now sets himself up as the savior of the world and dictates the destruction of all of God’s people. He takes out his rage upon the Israelite people. But he also takes out his rage on all those who have accepted Christ after the rapture.

There Are Christians After The Rapture?

Yes. There are many right now who know what the Bible says about Jesus, but are not willing to accept Jesus or they simply don’t believe what the Bible says. I personally know many pastors who know what the Bible says, they just do not believe that it is true. Believe me, when the Rapture happens, they will be the first to proclaim the Gospel to others.

They will have missed the Rapture, but they know that they do know the Truth, and they don’t want to miss out on eternity with Jesus. They will be winning millions to Jesus. But they, and these millions, will feel the wrath of the anti-Christ.

What Do You Believe?

You know what the Bible says. Or you are searching out what the Bible says because you suspect that it IS the Word of God. The question is: “When are you going to make your decision for Christ?

Are you going to do it now, before the Rapture happens, and miss this terrible tribulation period? Or are you going to wait until after the Rapture happens and have to go through the terrible tribulation, and possibly get killed for your faith?

If you are willing to make that decision now, go to “How To Live Forever” and find out how to make that decision.

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