Views of the Rapture

PRE-TRIBULATIONISTS hold that the rapture will occur before the beginning of the Tribulation and the apostle John typifies the Church caught up to heaven prior in Revelation 4:1. The terms “church” and “churches” occur 19 times before 4:1, and not again until 22:16. The true Church is absent during wrath!

MID-TRIBULATIONISTS place the Rapture at the middle of the Tribulation; at the time, the Antichrist breaks the covenant and sets up the Image of the Beast on the west wing of the Temple, which is “the abomination that causes desolation” (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14).

POST-TRIBULATIONISTS believe the church will continue on the earth throughout the Tribulation Period and be raptured when Christ returns as described in Revelation 19:10. Hence, the church will experience wrath.

PRE-WRATH VIEW position is the Rapture will take place with the breaking of the seventh seal and blowing of the first trumpet, supposedly at the middle of second three and one-half years of the Tribulation (Revelation 8:1-7).

PARTIAL RAPTURE VIEW holds that only Spirit-filled believers will be raptured by Jesus Christ before the Tribulation Period. Carnal believers will have to go through the Tribulation.

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