The Post-Tribulation Rapture is not a popular subject...however popularity has never been my concern. My primary concern is two-fold:
God has graciously and loving given us the History Book of the Universe...this includes the future as well.
He has also offered us insight and understanding concerning the End Times...I don't want my opinions (or others) to keep me or my family from being prepared for what He has written in His Word...especially a Post-Tribulation Rapture.
Two points before we go any further here:
But I will give you some notes to begin to gain insight and understanding concerning the Post-Tribulation Rapture. Let's begin with a...
This view holds that the believers will go through the Tribulation as a light and be gathered to/by Christ (raptured) shortly after the Tribulation
As the martyrs have a special place in heaven (Rev. 6:7-11), in my mind it will be an honor to be alive to bring the light of Christ to my sphere when the Tribulation comes.
I liken it to His special forces...those whom He chose to have alive at that time for that specific purpose.
I don't know if I'll be alive for it or not, but I would count it a privilege...we are all born to be a light for the time and place we are alive.
If I were counted among His Post-Tribulation Force...what an honor.
It’s important that we start with Scripture and not our feelings or opinions.
Remember that you learned where the Rapture is located in Scripture on the previous page...Revelation 14.
For the most part the second half of the book of Revelation is in chronological order, and God made it clear when it is not.
I have a resource available for you to see the order of the chapters in the book of Revelation in chart form, but for now here is the big picture of how the plain order of Revelation chapters 13-22 is laid out...
Chapter 13 comes chronologically before chapter 14. Chapters 15-19 occur within the larger (and chronological) picture of chapter 14.
Revelation 14 lays out a big picture of events, and then the next five chapters go into a specific aspect of an event pointed to in chapter 14. This is done just as Genesis 2 details the creation of man and woman, but chronologically that event occurred on day six in chapter 1. Chapter 2 is a blown up picture of an event in chapter 1.
So, we saw the
Rapture in Revelation 14...do you remember what was in chapters 15 and
16?...the bowls of God's wrath.
When do the bowls of wrath come in relation to chapter 14?...after! Look at the first word of the chapter…“then”. The author is saying this happens after what was just discussed. Do not make this harder than it is!
Please understand this...one of the linchpin arguments for those who hold the theory of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture is...
Their thinking is like this: the church is not going to experience the wrath of God so all the believers must be raptured before the Tribulation. That is a linchpin argument for them.
What are they doing?...they are equating God’s wrath and the Tribulation. Does the Word do that?...no! There is a clear difference between the two!
What happened in Revelation 13?...the Tribulation. Was there any mention of God’s wrath in that chapter?...no (it is the enemy's wrath being poured out in that chapter). What happened in Revelation 15 and 16?...the wrath of God was poured out. Do they appear in any way to be the same?...no.
Moreover, what is in between the Tribulation (13) and the Bowls of Wrath
Rapture (14)...its a Post-Tribulation/pre-wrath Rapture.
We go through the Tribulation and then we are raptured before God pours out His wrath! This isn’t nearly as difficult as many (as I used to) think! Can you imagine what you have to do to the book of Revelation if you don’t just take it as it was written?
That’s the plain reading of Revelation 13 through 16. Just read the Word naturally and believe
it. That’s my theory. I didn't make up the Post-Tribulation theory...I just read about it in His Word.
Now, what we’ll do is look at a couple of other passages, and I want you to see if they fit in with what we have seen in Revelation 13-22 (I added chapters 17-22 here as discussed in my book or on other pages of this site):
As we look at these other passages, we’ll receive some more information in each new passage, but see if that information confirms or disputes the chronological timeline (specifically the Post-Tribulation Rapture) we just set up in Revelation 13-22.
What do you think happens at the 1335th day? The Abomination of Desolation occurs in verse 11, and what is the next major event that people would be blessed if they wait and attain to it? Read verse 13 again...
What does, “…go to the end and enter into rest…” mean?...Daniel’s death.
What does “…rise again…” mean?...rise again.
What does “…the end of the age.” mean?...the end of the age.
What is the angel telling Daniel here?...he’s telling Daniel when he’ll rise again!
When will he rise again?...at the end of the age.
This truly was written simply, so we could understand it.
What is the only biblical event in which dead believers will be raised from the dead in the End Times (the end of the age)?...the Rapture.
The angel is telling Daniel when he will be raised from the dead/raptured! Daniel didn’t know it was going to be called the Rapture. He didn’t know the details about the Messiah, but he knew God would somehow raise him again at the end of it all to be with Him for all eternity.
Read the Word in context and let it tell you what to believe…read the Word and believe it.
Verse 11 says, “From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the Abomination of Desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.”
This is saying that the regular sacrifices will be stopped and 1290 days later the Abomination of Desolation will be set up. What happens on the 1290th day?...the Abomination of Desolation.
So, what do we see here? It seems to be so clear to me after just reading the Word and letting it speak for itself. Isn’t this amazing? The Bible tells us that Daniel is going to be raised from the dead 1335 days after the sacrifices are stopped.
Does the Bible talk about any other event where believers are raised from the dead, other than the Rapture?...no!
So what is Daniel being told here?...when the Rapture will happen!
I think it would do us good to gain some more confirmation from the Word that this passage in Daniel is describing the Rapture...
When are the dead believers going to be raised?...when Christ puts in His sickle.
Who will go first, the living or the dead Christians?...the dead.
Do the living and the dead go at the same event?...yes, “caught up together with them”.
So, when the dead are raised the living are going to be raptured right after them, and when does Paul say both these things will happen here in I Thessalonians 4?...when Christ descends from heaven (He’s not descending to the earth, but to the mid-heaven).
Does this confirm what we thought God was saying in Daniel 12:11-13? Daniel, along with all the other dead saints/Christians (if you’re reading this many years from now this will include me), will go up before those believers who are alive at that time.
The Abomination of Desolation comes before the Rapture in Daniel 12. When you understand this order (Abomination of Desolation and then the Rapture), it changes many current thinking trends about the order of the End Times and the “any-moment” theory.
If God's plan is for the Abomination of Desolation to come first, can the Rapture happen at any moment?
This page is plenty long, and will have to do to get you started understanding that the biblical chronology for the Rapture is clearly Post-Tribulation.
I'm sure you have questions and comments about the Post-Tribulation Rapture. For now you can send them through my contact form, but in the future you will be able to comment on this page and you will also be able to send them to me and I'll address them in a pod cast.
Remember, the only thing that must be LEFT BEHIND are man's theories! I had to leave a few of mine behind as well...