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Bible Study: Rapture in the End Times

Ladies, many of you have asked for an article regarding the end times. This is an extremely difficult subject to cover, but I’m going to try my best to discuss a tiny segment of it here. With respect to the end times and the second coming of Jesus Christ, I stand firm by what Jesus says in Acts 1:7:

He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.’

That said, I‘m a post-tribulation believer. For those of you who may be unclear on these terms, here are a few clarifications:

  • Rapture: This particular word doesn’t appear in the Bible. It’s said to come from the phrase “caught up” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. The word “caught” is actually the Greek word “harpazo,” which means to seize, carry off by force, claim for one’s self eagerly or snatch out or away. Therefore, it means that at some point God is going to claim us for Himself and carry us off. This is what Christians are talking about when they discuss the rapture–the time when God snatches us out of the world to be in His physical presence forever.
  • Post-tribulation: These believers, like myself, hold the belief that Christians won’t be raptured prior to or during the tribulation. We’ll be here for the whole seven years and raptured at the end.
  • Mid-tribulation: These believers hold the belief that Christians will remain on earth for approximately half of the seven years of tribulation before we’re raptured.
  • Pre-tribulation: These believers hold the belief that Christians won’t experience any part of the tribulation because we’ll be raptured prior to the start of the seven years of tribulation.

My personal hope and belief is that we’ll experience the full tribulation along with the unsaved; I’m a post-tribulationist. This is my personal opinion from both reading the Bible and my own thoughts. First, let me share with you why I choose to believe a post-tribulation scenario.

I have unsaved family. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to be hanging out with God face-to-face in eternity. However, if my family isn’t saved by the time the seven years of tribulation come around (if it were to happen in our lifetime), then my sincere hope is that we, as believers, would still be here to preach hope to those who have none.

No one, except followers of the Almighty God, can face and endure the time of tribulation with any hope. What a testimony we could be to the unsaved–a remnant of people with hope in Christ here on earth with them during the seven years of tribulation. The testimony of our hope could still cause people to turn to Christ even in that very dark time. That’s what I hope would be available to my family if they’re alive during the tribulation.

There are many arguments in favor of all three tribulation views–the thing is, many of them use exactly the same verses to argue their points. The Bible doesn’t clearly say at what point the Lord is coming back. The difficulty in understanding the end times and the book of Revelation is the amount of symbolism involved. I would love to go into that with you girls, but then this article would be about 300 pages long!

I have exactly one answer for you regarding the second coming of Jesus Christ and the rapture of His people–it’s the same answer that I gave my youth group when they asked how I could be sure that the world wasn’t going to end on December 21, 2012.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, not the Son, but the Father alone (Matthew 24:35-36).

Beautiful girls, my advice to you regarding the end times is this: Live every day like Jesus could come back tomorrow!

What are your thoughts on the rapture and tribulation?

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).

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41 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by shamaya0804 on August 2, 2015 at 11:22

    this kind of scares me . I want to see what heaven looks like but I don’t want to be tortured

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by kookybird on March 11, 2013 at 18:23

    I don’t get this. It sounds like we are going to be tortured, and why would God do that to us?

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by americangirl on January 23, 2013 at 14:54

    I generally am a pre-tribulation person, I was taught that, and also I feel like so many people disappearing will help the unsaved save themselves during the tribulation. I am scared of the post-tribulation theory, however, mainly because I’m worried I wouldn’t be strong enough to withstand it, whether I am looking towards heaven or not.

  4. jesslt

    Posted by jesslt on January 15, 2013 at 10:01

    I’m not sure when I believe the rapture is going to happen, but I do believe God is preparing us for something in these end times. I too have family that doesn’t believe but that’s what I think this time is for to reach as many people now. But I’m with applebypie 123, I personally hope the rapture is before. I’ve taken classes on the dark ages, the torture methods used, and the holocaust, people were barbaric, and if the end times are going to be worst than that, especially for Christians because we are going to represent martyrs its going to be a scary and painful place.

  5. dianochka

    Posted by dianochka on January 14, 2013 at 21:56

    Okay what about the micro chips being implanted into people?

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on January 14, 2013 at 14:34

    POST TRIBULATION!
    not all of my family is saved either…

  7. applebypie123

    Posted by applebypie123 on January 14, 2013 at 12:51

    I personally believe and pray pray pray that it is pre tribulation!!! I do not want to have to live everyday of all those years in persecution and pain! I know God IS worth it, but I hope we never have to find out.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 14, 2013 at 16:52

      I agree!! I went through a semester of learning on it, and I definitely don’t want to endure it!!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by on January 14, 2013 at 10:10

    I believe in not worrying about it. No matter what I want to wind up on God’s side, so whether pre, mid, or post, or never i’m sticking with him.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by jesusfreak792 on January 14, 2013 at 08:55

    I am definantly a post trib. Because the “rapture” as we know it today wasn’t even invented until the early 1800’s.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by tripe94 on January 14, 2013 at 06:17

    I don’t think it is post-tribulation. The reason is when the two witnesses are killed by the anti-christ, it is said that EVERYONE will celebrate the deaths. If it really means EVERYONE, then that means there are no Christians around. If there were Christians, then some would weep for the witnesses knowing that they are sent by God. Revelation 11:10 “The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on earth.” The wording is interesting. “Inhabitants of the earth” and “those who live on earth” make it sound like it is talking about those who are left on earth.

  11. _kenzie

    Posted by _kenzie on January 14, 2013 at 01:41

    I’m undecided as to when I think we will be taken up. One thing I do know though-no one knows the day or the hour but we were made to know the season. We are living in the End Times and I believe there’s an attitude of urgency that God has been and is placing on Believers as we walk out His will in these last days. I completely agree with you when you say no matter when we are taken, we should live like overcoming Christians everyday.

  12. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 13, 2013 at 23:34

    Everyone has different beliefs on the subject,but we all can agree that we can’t wait for Jesus to come and get us! 😀

  13. lauramae

    Posted by lauramae on January 13, 2013 at 19:17

    I am an undecided believer in the endtimes,as to meaning I have read it all and it makes no sence so I am just waiting for him to show us all what is going to happen! whatever it is to be,be ready!

    • Posted by JennArman on January 14, 2013 at 13:11

      lauramae – that’s a very wise way of regarding the end times 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 14, 2013 at 04:42

      I like that viewpoint, because we honestly don’t know 🙂

  14. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on January 13, 2013 at 18:56

    I’m an amillenealist, meaning that I believe that we are living through the end times now and have been since Jesus ascended to heaven. I actually don’t believe that there will be a rapture.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 14, 2013 at 04:55

      Sorry I think I replied to the wrong thing, that comment was meant for @deeblvs3

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 14, 2013 at 04:54

      Honestly we can’t chose. It’s all up to God, but down here it’s what different people believe for how they best interpret the Bible.

  15. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on January 13, 2013 at 18:10

    @Jenn Arman, I have a question about the tribulation you have posted. Is it optional to chose one of those 4 for everyone else or is it a personal belief we have with God? Does that make sense? I’ve always heard about the end times, and read couple chapters of it. But I’ve not heard of the post, pre, etc,. I do like this article by the way!

    • Posted by JennArman on January 14, 2013 at 13:10

      Deeblves3 – The Bible does say that Jesus Christ will return and that the saints (in this context “saints” means believers in Christ) will meet Him in the air. That’s the description of the Rapture. The Bible treats that event as a fact.

      The pre, mid and post-tribulation views are just a few categories that scholars have come up with over the years to organize the most common beliefs that people have regarding when the rapture will take place with regard to the tribulation. You are not required to agree with them, they’re mostly just used to organize thoughts about this subject 🙂

      I hope that answers your question <3

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 14, 2013 at 04:41

      I’m always scared I won’t have a chance to get married or become a published author, but think about it this way. Once we get to heaven, we won’t even care if we fulfilled earthly dreams. I don’t think I’ll be in God’s presence upset because I didnt marry 🙂

  16. alwaysemilie

    Posted by alwaysemilie on January 13, 2013 at 17:42

    In all honesty, I’m terrified of the Rapture and Tribulation. I know I’m saved and on my way to Heaven, but I’m afraid I’ll never really live my life before it happens.
    Anyone else feel this way, or is it just me? :\

    • applebypie123

      Posted by applebypie123 on January 14, 2013 at 12:53

      Its ok, I feel the EXACT same way! I am terrified of Jesus coming back, but I don’t really know why… I gues the surrealness of it all.. I just can;t comprehend it and have to believe that I’ll be rady when the time comes:) Like you I want to get a chance to live my life and get married have a family etc etc… Idk I guess this is selfish, but I get what you mean:)

      • alwaysemilie

        Posted by alwaysemilie on January 14, 2013 at 16:03

        Thank you! I’m not 100% sure if it’s selfish, but I’ve definitely felt guilty about wanting to make my dreams come true before the time comes. Like I’m putting Him “on hold” just for me. Idk. I’m just glad someone gets me.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by jesusfreak792 on January 14, 2013 at 09:01

      No, it’s not just you, I watched that left behind movie once an now I’m a monophobic. I am a Christian, but I used to be scared God might, you know, not want to bother with me. I know better now. The bible says in Hebrews 13:5
      “Never will I leave you;
      never will I forsake you.” Plus, the bible tells us about the treatment of Christians during the tribulation. He wouldn’t tell us that if we weren’t gonna be here for it.

    • Rachel223

      Posted by Rachel223 on January 14, 2013 at 08:51

      I also am scared of what the end times will be like. I really hope it doesn’t happen in my lifetime. However, we can take comfort in the fact that at the end of these times, we will be saved and face an eternity of happiness with Jesus and God! That’s what comforts me when I begin to get scared about the end times. I hope this helps. 🙂

      • alwaysemilie

        Posted by alwaysemilie on January 14, 2013 at 16:00

        It’s sweet of you to try to help. 🙂 But it seems like no matter how much I pray and tell God how I feel about it, I feel no comfort at all. It’s extremely discouraging.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by tripe94 on January 14, 2013 at 06:19

      What would you rather do? Stay on Earth and face the struggles of everyday life or enter heaven and be with God and have no worries?

      • alwaysemilie

        Posted by alwaysemilie on January 14, 2013 at 15:57

        I don’t think you really understand my concerns about this. Of course I believe Heaven will be a wonderful and beautiful place. I truly do. But you know what? Life is worth living, and there’s a lot in life I would like to do. I want to help people, travel the world, get married, have children, those kind of things. Can you get married in Heaven? Or have kids? No, that’s something you experience only on earth, and I want that. The struggles of everyday life here on earth make those kind of things worth it. I’m just scared God will decide to sweep us away before any of my dreams come true.

  17. kath660

    Posted by kath660 on January 13, 2013 at 17:02

    i personally don’t believe in end times. I think revelations is a story not of everyone collectively but of each person’s individual life when they go through something very hard. (go through struggles, then are delivered from them.) No one knows when something bad is going to happen to them, so we should always be mindful that anything can happen at any time, preparing by being with Jesus so He can be your strength when hard times come.

  18. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on January 13, 2013 at 16:03

    I’m pretty sure my church believes in per-tribulation (though I’m not positive). However, you have excellent points about why post-tribulation would be good(lack of a better adjective…).

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 14, 2013 at 14:24

      I’m seriously thinking about it now though 🙂 because I don’t know why I believe what I believe, so Im asking someone once she gets off the phone actually! 🙂 Ive never even thought of it before.

    • Kyla

      Posted by Kyla on January 13, 2013 at 16:04

      *pre-tribulation

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 13, 2013 at 13:35

    I totally see why you’re a post tribulationist but I’m all pre tribulation, mainly because that’s what I’ve always been taught since I was little. I personally believe this though, because in Revelation it talks about how there will be a certain number saved (dont remember the number) and they will go through horrible deaths. It seems almost unfair as saved people if we have to go into the tribulation period. But these are the little things that were talked about in Christian unity that aren’t a big deal. This is my opinion only. 🙂 I wouldn’t be very surprised if it happened any of the 3 ways. It would be great to be a light for the unsaved, I have to agree, if it does happen that way!

    • Posted by JennArman on January 14, 2013 at 13:05

      Exactly NatalieNoel13, these kinds of things are interesting to talk about but they shouldn’t affect our unity as Christians :). I was raised in a church that taught pre-tribulation so that’s what I believed growing up as well. I’m not sure when exactly my view started to change, I guess it just happened gradually over time.

  20. HollyHeart96

    Posted by HollyHeart96 on January 13, 2013 at 13:25

    What exactly is involved in the tribulation? I have never fully gotten wha it is.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by tripe94 on January 14, 2013 at 06:22

      The tribulation is going through natural disasters to the extreme, the nastiness of war, and being under the tyranny of the Anti-christ who creates a whole world government and a religion. His followers will be marked with the number of the beast: 666. Whoever doesn’t follow him will be killed. An example of the tyranny would be like Hitler only worse. Kind of hard to comprehend.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 16, 2013 at 19:29

        Mikayla, did I imply that? Oops! I was talking about the tribulation period for people who were unsaved. I fully believe that once you become a Christian, you can never “unbecome” one for lack of a much better word! Could you please tell me what made it sound like I believe that so I don’t make the same mistake? Sorry for any confusion..

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NatalieNoel13 on January 14, 2013 at 04:53

      I took a semester class at my school on this, so I’ll do my best to explain. It’s a judgment on earth for 7 years where there are bowl judgment and trumpet judgment. The world is under rule of an Antichrist who won’t be revealed until the end times. The first three and a half years are of peace, and the next of horrible judgment where people want to die, but literally can’t.
      Another big part is that to buy things, you’ll have to get the Mark of the Antichrist implanted in your forehead or hand, to kind of use like a credit card. If you get the mark, there’s no way into heaven anymore. But there will be a certain number saved, who won’t have the mark ad they will go through HORRIBLE deaths making them martyrs. They’ll ask the Lord for vengeance and He’ll give it to them.

      Hope that explains in a bit! That’s the main facts as much as I remember them. I’m glad I’m saved though, because that’ll be a horrible time!

      • onethingremains

        Posted by onethingremains on January 16, 2013 at 16:15

        Natalie, once you have given your life to Christ and accepted Him, nothing can take.away your right to heaven. If you have a verse that says otherwise, please share it with me