Our salvation is not dependent on whether we believe in a pretribulation or posttribulation rapture (or some other kind of rapture) but maybe we are more prepared for what is expecting us in the future if we at least make room for that we are not exempted from future tribulations. (Christians have suffered in all ages.) It’s clear that christians will be on earth at the same time as Antichrist, based on the Scriptures, but christians will be exempted from the WRATH of God. Even though christians will be here during the time of Antichrist, it’s possible that none are left in the latter part of the last “week”. So maybe christians won’t have to endure the very last part of what will take place on earth in the future.
Matthew 24:29 IMMEDIATELY AFTER the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, —: 30And THEN shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: — 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
1 Cor. 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away FIRST, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17THEN we which are ALIVE and REMAIN shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Read more about the rapture here and here.1 Comment
In order to understand a pre-trib rapture it is necessary to realize that the Lord Jesus’ appearance at the rapture is described as being ‘”imminent,” meaning that it can happen at any time. On the other hand the coming spoken of at Matthew 24 cannot be said to be imminent since certain events must happen before that appearing of the Lord, such as the setting up of the abomination of desolation in the holy place (Mt.24;15).
Therefore, it is impossible that the Scriptures speak of only one appearance of the Lord and Savior in the future. So it is evident that the appearance of the Lord which is imminent will precede the one which is spoken of the the 24th chapter of Matthew.