Bruce Warner (20 Feb 2012)
"TO: Alan T RE: YOUR POST TO ME (18 Feb 2012)"

Hi Alan,
You misunderstood my point completely. Matt 24 is absolutely referring to the rapture of the Church. The point I am making is that Matthew 24 is telling us that the rapture occurs a few days after the great tribulation begins because it is "shortened" in duration and "cut short" by the rapture of "the elect" who are the Church.  
Matthew 24:21-22
"For then there will be great tribulation...    If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive. but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened."
The tribulation continues on for the unbelieving who are left-behind after the early tribulation rapture, but for the Church (the elect) the number of the days of great tribulation are shortened in number and cut short by the rapture a few days after the great tribulation begins.
Matthew 24:29
"Immediately after the  tribulation of those (shortened in number) days........." (the rapture happens)
YBIC, Bruce Warner