Studying the “end times” has always been a passion of mine. It is like the most complex, giant puzzle that there is. And I have always found it fascinating. Of all the issues related to the end times, the rapture has always held the most intrigue for me. And for years, I could never be really sure that a “pre-tribulation rapture” was the most biblically accurate idea. I really wanted it to be so, but I was afraid that maybe my hope had tainted my view. But I can now say that – after going through all of it over and over again – I am now fully convinced that there is indeed a rapture that happens before the tribulation starts.
Of course, I am not a scholar or theologian. And many people fall on all sides of the question. Some think pre-trib, some mid-trib, and some at the end. Some think we’re waiting for the rapture, some think we’re waiting for the Anti-christ to be revealed, some think we’re waiting for Jesus’ final coming.
But in my heart of hearts, I think there is enough biblical support to say that the rapture will happen before the tribulation starts. I talk about this in the Bible Study section (in the ISI 19: The End Times post, May 2015) where I also examine what will happen during the tribulation. But for this post – in honor of the new Left Behind movie coming out – I want to share why I think it’s pre-trib and why this is the most merciful option.