The Rapture

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

It would appear that everything flows together, but actually it's two parts. When the Lord went into his home synagogue He read only the first part of a prophecy, because the rest is still to happen. Isaiah 61 Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners; (2) to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of our God's vengeance; to comfort all who mourn Notice verse two is unfulfilled so far.

Paul tells us when to expect the taking away [Harpadzo or Rapture]. First he says it will happen when the beast is revealed. If you look at Daniel you will see that the Anti-Christ will confirm a 7 year treaty with Israel, that begins the 7 year tribulation. What Paul is saying is that the "rapture"' will happen then. Not after that man sits in the temple. In verse 4 he's telling us what the beast does. Not when the rapture happens. If you look at Psalm 83 you will see that it hasn't happened yet. I personally think this is what will cause them to sign a peace treaty with Israel. Then the Anti Christ will confirm it.

The wedding feast and the Rapture:

Look at what happened during the engagement and the wedding feast it will give you an idea of how it relates to a pre-trib. 1. The groom would go and become engaged 1a Jesus came to earth and became engaged to His bride [the church]. 2. The groom would go and prepare a place for them. 2a Jesus said I go and prepare a place for you. 3. The father would tell the groom when it was time to go and get his bride. 3a Jesus said no one knows the time but the Father 4. The Groom would go in a procession and receive his bride.4a Christ will come and meet His bride in the air and we will all be changed. 5. The wedding feast lasted 7 days. 5a In biblical prophecy 1 day is a year. The wedding feast of the Lamb will last 7 years. Which is the time of the tribulation. It also gives us the date of His return to reign during the 1000 years. Rev 3:10-11

Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

You can believe that it won't happen but if it does and and a post trib person is taken up, I bet not one will tell the Lord to send them back because it's not biblical.

One thing I will say in defense of those who take a different view is this. If I have misread things and we must go through the tribulation then it only means it will be a little longer until I'm called home. Otherwise nothing has changed, the Church is still the bride. But also please keep in mind that the Tribulation period is also know as Jacobs Trouble not the Churches. Israel even though it is restored is still in somewhat of a rebellion. And they still haven't come to the Messiah. At least not all.

Also keep in mind that this isn't a salvation issue. I have seen people from both sides of the argument become very ruthless in their attacks on other "Christians". If your so sure of your position then why do you need to be like the world in your approach? Christ didn't say go and make disciples and be cruel to those in the body who disagrees with you. Or anyone for that matter. I actually had one person tell me that I needed to be placed in the lake of fire and tortured forever.

He may have been right, Jesus did say in Revelation 23:10 that he would throw anyone who didn't accept the post tribulation theory into the Lake of Fire. Look it up! It's also in the Book of Illusions Chapter 6 verse 7. A short side note: when Jesus was at the wedding feast of a friend they ran out of wine. Remember the official said most share the best first. It was because the feast lasted so long.

One last thing to consider on the side of the post tribulation argument. Daniel 7:25 “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.”

God's Peace

Revelation 3:10     Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.