There are 3 theories of the 'rapture' although the word rapture is not even in the Bible. The pre-trib, Mid-trib, and the taking away of all saints when Jesus returns at the end of the tribulation.
One thing to keep in mind is that the book of Revelation is not in chronological order to the exact verse and chapter. They overlap. I liken this to when you read a story and they use the word 'meanwhile', meaning along this same time. I am not making this up or just stating my opinion as you study the book of Revelation you will see it is true.
Matthew 24 is very clear that some things must happen before the Anti-Christ takes his reign, which is what many believe it be the first half of that tribulation time. The things listed there are already happening and the Bible calls them the beginning of sorrows. In the Old Testament he likens it to the labour pains a woman in travail feels before a baby is birthed.
People are wondering why we're still here since millions and millions of people believe in the rapture. Shouldn't we be gone by now? A very wise gentlemen keeps telling me to know what I believe and why I believe it. So I keep digging until I find proof of what I believe.
The noble men of Paul's time search the scriptures diligently to make sure that what he was saying was in line with scripture. We also have that same opportunity. God never intended for us to just take someone's word for it. We are a priesthood of believers who are given the same Word as anyone else.
So have you ever researched the 3 theories of the rapture to see what the Bible really says? God does not make his Word hard for us to understand, but He does give us His instructions on how to understand it.
Proverbs 2:4, "If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;"
Job 3:21, "Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;"
I have more to share, but I wanted to encourge you today to know what you believe and why you believe it. If you really want to know what God's Word says about it, pray and read.
Sisterlisa is a homeschooling mom of four children and married to a ministry leader of a Rescue mission. She is the owner of Growing in Grace Magazine and AGMinistries.