The Mid-Tribulation Rapture

Those who believe in a Mid-Tribulation Rapture do so because of whose wrath will be involved during the Tribulation Period. The Antichrist, a wicked human world ruler, will dominate the first part of that seven-year period. He will eventually persecute and destroy many people by his own personal wrath. According to this belief, it will then be during the second half of the Tribulation Period that God will supernaturally bring His wrath down on the world.

Mid-Tribulation Christians make a distinction between God's wrath and man's wrath. They believe that since Christians have always suffered persecution from mankind they would not be experiencing anything different under the reign of an evil world leader. However, they also believe that God would not pour down His wrath on His people so He will remove them before the second half of the Tribulation Period begins.

Mid-Tribulationists base this belief on the fact that Paul said the Rapture would take place at the "last trump". They believe that this refers to the last trumpet sounded in the Bible when the seventh angel blew his trumpet in Revelation:

"51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11:15-19)

This teaching came into prominence around the middle of the twentieth Century.

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