Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, or Post-Trib. The Rapture

United States
October 11, 2010 5:34pm CST
If you believe in the rapture, at which stage do you think we will go? I believe we will go pre-tribulation as God will not want his children suffering through that is to come (I Thessalonians 5:4 - 10 & Revelations 3:10). So, if you are a Mid or Post Trib believer, why do you think so? Before people go on about how the word rapture is not in the bible, you can substitute catching away or great gathering or coming together - all of which are in the bible.
4 responses
@1corner (744)
• Canada
12 Oct 10
I learned the same thing, pre-trib, that is. My casual reading of this part of the Bible also has me leaning towards it. Obviously, I have to go deeper in it to give a resolute answer. But for now, I back pre-tribulation, and that's due to the presence of the Holy Spirit on earth while the church is still around. When we're gone, so is the Force that keeps evil from unleashing its full potential. However, I'm not sure what happens to those who'll get saved during this time.
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• United States
12 Oct 10
I think maybe the holy spirit will still be here during the tribulation for those who are saved during that time, he is a gift from God, I don't believe God would discriminate since when we are saved we are all given an portion of the spirit, and this may be part of how they can tell the believer from the non in the end. I think the church is what will be removed first for sure. And I think the rapture will be the final straw so to speak that allows the Anti-Christ to take power and all the one world stuff to finally fall into place.
• United States
14 Oct 10
I remember years ago hearing the Jew turned Baptist, Zola Levitt, say the Rapture would be before the Tribulation because God is not going to beat up the bride before the wedding. I think that makes sense.
• United States
15 Oct 10
that is an awesome saying :) I'll have to remember it in the future.
• United States
11 Oct 10
Personally, I am a Mid-Trib believer. I studied this a long time ago so I don't remember the verses, lol, but there was some sort of number distinction in Revelation and Daniel that put an emphasis on the 31/2 year period. Also, there was a difference between the word wrath and tribulation. The first 3 1/2 years are tribulation and the last are wrath. It says we're saved from His wrath, but not His tribulation. So I think we are definitely saved from His wrath but maybe He will be using us when the tribulation comes :D It's just my belief. I'm not going to debate it, though, haha. I have been in countless debates with Pre-Trib and Mid-Trib believers that at this point I'm like: LIVE AND LET LIVE! LOL! It's not make or break salvation or anything so it's all good :)
• United States
12 Oct 10
I agree, people do get hung up on the debate of the theology of the future instead of actually focusing on serving God now. The way I look at it is this, if it happens at the beginning which I believe, then great, if it happens in the middle, well, we get to reap the benefit of the 3 1/2 years of peace. If it's at the end, God will provide a way for his people. But wouldn't it be a nice surprise for everyone if it is at the beginning :)
@icollier (90)
• United States
31 Dec 10
I believe as you believe, that God's children will be raptured or caught up before the Great Tribulation. God said that he would spare us from His wrath. God's children already accepts His Son Jesus Christ as their Savior. I have faith that I will meet the Lord in the cloud someday soon, along with all my other brothers and sisters in Christ. And that includes my sisters and brothers in Christ who have passed away.