Rev 7:14 Rapture will happen during “the great tribulation”

At the time approaching Jesus second coming he will send forth his angels to gather all Christians from the earth.   This is also known as the rapture when all living Christians will be immediately translated into the presence of Jesus along with those who have previously died.  Scripture is clear, however, that Christians must first go through “the great tribulation” before Jesus returns to earth from his heavenly throne.

According to the gospels the rapture will happen:

1)      After anti-Christ is revealed (Mt 24:15, Mk 13:14)
2)      After a time of great distress (Mt 24:21,29)
3)      Sun, moon, and stars changed (Mt 24:29, Ac 2:20)
4)      Jesus will appear suddenly from above the earth (Mt 24:30, Lk 17:24)
5)      Angels will gather Christians throughout the earth (Mt 24:31, Mk 13:27)
6)      Unbelievers surprised and left behind (Mt 24:36-42)

The Apostle Paul stressed the rapture will happen:

1)      After the man of lawlessness is revealed (2Th 2:3)
2)      The Lord will return with believers who have already died (1Th 4:14-16)
3)      Living believers will be raptured (1Th 4:17)
4)      Suddenly like a thief and unbelievers will be surprised (1Th 5:2-4)

Peter said the day of the Lord will happen:

1)      Suddenly like a thief ( 2Pe 3:10)
2)      Heavens disappear ( 2Pe 3:10)
3)      Ungodly consumed by fire (2Pe 3:7,10)

According to Revelation the rapture will happen after:

1)      First seal is opened – man of lawlessness , conqueror, is revealed (Rev 6:1, 13:7)
2)      Fifth seal is opened – tribulation of the saints (Rev  6:9-11, 20:4)
3)      Sixth seal is opened – sun, moon, and stars changed (Rev 6:12-13); Jesus appears from heaven (Rev 6:16); raptured saints now standing before the throne (Rev 7:9-14)

The following 7 trumpet blasts and 7 bowls of God’s wrath are reserved as judgment on the ungodly.  In contrast the 144,000 sealed Jewish believers are divinely protected while these judgements are poured out upon the earth.  Finally at the end of Revelation there is a beautiful image of Jesus returning from heaven to take possession of the earth with the armies of heaven (saints) following behind him.

During the great tribulation Christians:

1)      Obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17).
2)      Refuse to worship the beast and refuse the mark of the beast (Rev 13:15, 14:9-12).
3)      Experience captivity (Rev 13:10).
4)      Are hungry, thirsty, and exposed to the elements (Rev 7:16).
5)      Patiently endure and remain faithful to Jesus (Rev 13:10, 14:12).
6)      Are killed by the sword or beheaded (Rev 6:11, 13:10, 20:4).

The duration of the great tribulation is approximately 3 ½ years, 42 months, or 1260 days.

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2 Responses to “Rev 7:14 Rapture will happen during “the great tribulation””

  1. I am afraid your information here, at least in part, is grossly incorrect.
    here is what I most disagree with: “Scripture is clear, however, that Christians must first go through “the great tribulation” before Jesus returns to earth from his heavenly throne.”

    The primary Scripture passage on the rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. It states that all living believers, along with all believers who have died, will meet the Lord Jesus in the air and will be with Him forever. The rapture is God’s removing His people from the earth. A few verses later, in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Paul says, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The book of Revelation, which deals primarily with the time period of the tribulation, is a prophetic message of how God will pour out His wrath upon the earth during the tribulation. It seems inconsistent for God to promise believers that they will not suffer wrath and then leave them on the earth to suffer through the wrath of the tribulation. The fact that God promises to deliver Christians from wrath shortly after promising to remove His people from the earth seems to link those two events together.

    Another crucial passage on the timing of the rapture is Revelation 3:10, in which Christ promises to deliver believers from the “hour of trial” that is going to come upon the earth. This could mean two things. Either Christ will protect believers in the midst of the trials, or He will deliver believers out of the trials. Both are valid meanings of the Greek word translated “from.” However, it is important to recognize what believers are promised to be kept from. It is not just the trial, but the “hour” of trial. Christ is promising to keep believers from the very time period that contains the trials, namely the tribulation. The purpose of the tribulation, the purpose of the rapture, the meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:9, and the interpretation of Revelation 3:10 all give clear support to the pre-tribulation position. If the Bible is interpreted literally and consistently, the pre-tribulation position is the most biblically-based interpretation.

    Additionally, The word “rapture” does not occur in the Bible. The concept of the rapture, though, is clearly taught in Scripture. The rapture of the church is the event in which God removes all believers from the earth in order to make way for His righteous judgment to be poured out on the earth during the tribulation period. The rapture is described primarily in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. God will resurrect all believers who have died, give them glorified bodies, and take them from the earth, along with those believers who are still alive and who will at that time also be given glorified bodies. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

    • I view the message of Rev 3:10 as being directed specifically to the situation of the church of Philadelphia in AD 95 which had already been patiently enduring persecution from diasporic Jews. The Kitos War between Jews and Romans happened about 20 years later (AD 115-117) throughout the whole Roman empire. Jesus said to the church of *Philadelphia* – “I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world”. So I view this literal church of Philadelphia as being spared the effects of that catastrophic war that eliminated most Jews from that region.

      The Revelation message pertaining to the distant future church age begins in Rev 4:1 “I will show you what must take place after this”.

      I agree with your definition of Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54).

      Here is how I position the “rapture” using scripture.

      (a). The rapture must happen during the reign of antichrist (see 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4).

      (b) The reign of antichrist begins when he gains control of the earth (see first seal Rev 6:1, Rev 13).

      (c) Jesus warns Christians to resist the Beast or antichrist ( Revelation 13:9-10).

      (d) Christian martyrdom increases dramatically because of the worldwide rule of antichrist (see fifth seal Rev 6:9-11) but not all
      Christians are martyred.

      (e) The Rapture happens during the Great Tribulation just prior to the Wrath of God (see sixth seal Rev 7:9,13-14)

      (f) The Wrath of God immediately follows the rapture of the church (see seventh seal, seven trumpets, seven bowls of wrath).

      So yes Christians will be in heaven while the wrath of God is being poured out on the earth. Only the 144,000 blameless Jews will remain on the earth during the seven 7 trumpets blasts. I think these sealed Christian Jewish descendents also accurately reflect the protection offered to the church of Philadelphia. Notice the persecution in Philadelphia was about who was a true Jew. Certainly Gentile Christians are also considered by the Lord as true Jews grafted into the Vine. However Israel the Jewish nation will remain in unbelief until the very end of the tribulation. Scripture supports the idea that 1/3 of all living Jews will repent during the tribulation immediately prior to the Lord’s return to Jerusalem (Zech 13:8).

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