Here are a couple of very good posts about  ‘The Rapture’:

http://filesfromtoni.blogspot.com/2010/07/corrie-ten-boom-warns-against-pre.html

http://filesfromtoni.blogspot.com/2007/12/pre-tribulation-rapture.html#links (you will probably need to scroll to the top of the page)

These two posts say most of what I would say, but I would add a bit more:

“But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his [seventh/last] trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”  Revelation 10:  7

” Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

I Corinthians 15: 51-55

“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:   The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 11: 15

Also,  notice the parallel wording of the passages:

“The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying,  ‘It is done!‘ ”   Revelation 16: 17

” But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished . . . ”   Revelation 10: 7

” The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘ The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.’ ”  Revelation 11: 15

At the seventh trumpet, the mystery of God’s grace towards the Gentiles, through Jesus’ death, will be complete.  At the seventh trumpet,  the body of/bride of Christ will go up to meet Him, as He arrives.  At the seventh trumpet, Jesus returns.

The day of His return is also referred to as The Day of the Lord.  When He returns, He will 1. do battle with the wicked, who have gathered to fight against Him (against His people) in the Valley of Armageddon.  After defeating them, He will 2. take the throne and rule over the Earth for a thousand years.

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!”   Revelation 16: 12-17

Right there, sandwiched in between the sixth and seventh bowls (after the sixth and just before the seventh) is Jesus telling us to be ready, that He is coming like a thief!  (Notice how out of place this verse is, in the context of the rest of the passage!)

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to [1] strike down the nations. [2] “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,  so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”

Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”  Revelation 19: 11-21

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
The nations were angry; and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your saints and those who reverence your name,
both small and great–
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
Revelation 11: 17-18

The Bible is pretty clear that we will be here (those of us who survive) through all but the very end of the Tribulation.  The pre-Tribulation Rapture teaching is a dangerous fallacy that will strip many Americans of their faith when persecution arrives.  It will also cause great blindness regarding The Antichrist, because those who believe in a pre-Tribulation Rapture will dismiss the Antichrist as ‘impossible that he’s the one’  because  ‘we are still here’.

Lastly: beware of people, and doctrines, that make things difficult to understand.  The Bible is pretty straightforward, if you take it literally.  It is God’s intention for every sincere seeker of truth to be able to comprehend His word.  Beware of people who make you feel like you must have a special education or degree to be able to understand it.  PRAY–and God will show you!!

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