Mid-Tribulation Rapture

The Mid-Tribulation Rapture is not a very popular view, but I guess someone had to come up with a third option for those who wanted to walk the line between the Post-Tribulation and Pretribulation stances.


Definition

This position holds that the Rapture will happen in the middle of the seven-year Tribulation period, with the first 3½ years being not too bad, and then the church escapes for the second 3½ years, which they say is much worse.

This is really a form of Pretribulation Rapture.  Our gathering to Christ still occurs before the bulk of the Tribulation.

There thinking is that the seven-year Tribulation is divided into two sections...one being more tumultuous than the other.

Since God wouldn't put us through anything we couldn't handle then He wouldn't let us go through the entire Tribulation...just part of it.  Again, this is letting our "understanding" of God dictate our theology rather than the Word Itself.

He will not let us bear more temptation than we are able...

I Corinthians 10:13

"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."

...but He promises tribulation:

Matthew 24:9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Acts 14:22 “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Romans 2:9 “There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek,”

Romans 5:3 “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;”

Romans 8:35 “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

Romans 12:12 "rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer”

Ephesians 3:13 “Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.”

1 Thessalonians 1:6 “You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit.”

Hebrews 10:33 “partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.”

Revelation 1:9 “I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”

Revelation 2:9,10 “'I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.’”

Once you understand the duration of the Tribulation you'll see that the Mid-Tribulation Rapture is the same structure and theorizing as the Pretribulation Rapture.

Therefore, for a basic understanding of the Mid-Tribulation Rapture position I will direct you to the information on that page.

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