Doves, I wanted to share with you a belief presented to me that the Book of Revelation has FOUR accounts that John the Apostle witnessed of the Great Tribulation..all occurring simultaneously, but John was allowed to witness them individually.If this is indeed the case, then it should change the way we view the unfolding events as they would occur, and not try to place the Rapture ANYWHERE within the Book of Revelation.
Rev. ch.1 -3 :Obviously occurring after the Rapture. The Lord is rebuking and admonishing the church(s) of the tribulation..not to be confused with the Church, the Body of Christ, in this Dispensation of Grace. Works are mentioned. and overcoming (Rev.2:2-11)
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
See the contrast in Paul's instruction to us :
Ro. 8 : 8-11
Rev. Ch. 4 : John's entrance and initiation into the events.
Rev. Ch. 5-6 : Tribulation Account # 1 ( The 7 Seals )
Rev. Ch. 7 : intermittent ( sealing of the 144, 000 )
Rev. Ch. 8-11 : Tribulation account # 2 ( The 7 Trumpets ) Chapter 10 is intermittent
Rev. Ch. 12-14 : Tribulation account # 3 ( reign of anti -Christ )
Rev. Ch. 15 -20 : 3 : Tribulation account # 4 ( The 7 Vials ) and the destruction of Babylon the great
Rev. Ch. 20 : 4 : Millennial Reign of Christ
Rev. 20 : 5 - 15 : Final War and White thrown judgement
Rev. Ch. 21 - 22 : 5 Dispensation of the Fulness of Times ... New heaven and new earth..New Jerusalem
Rev. Ch. 22 : 6 - 21 retrospect and instruction