Gerry Almond (18 June 2011)
"Those Rapture Positions that have confused"

Many of us have been surprised that we can be so far into the 70th week of Daniel's prophecy.  We are also wondering why the majority of tv guys still hold to the position that the 70th week has NOT begun, when it is very evident that we are seeing tribulation all around us.  How much more do you want to see?  I'll say I have seen enough.  The attached is my take on the rapture position.

Those pesky positions.  They are known as PRE-TRIBULATIONAL, MID-TRIBULATIONAL, AND –POST-TRIBULATIONAL. 

Briefly, this is what each holds to:

1.    Pre-trib….rapture of the Church before the tribulation begins.  This means the rapture will occur before the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy which contains a total of 2,595 days, consisting of two periods of 1,260 days plus 75 days additional found in the 12th chapter of Daniel.  This position makes the rapture occur BEFORE any part of the 70th week.  


2.    Mid trib…rapture of the Church at the mid point of the first 2,520 days of the 70th week not including the 75 days found in Daniel 12.  This is co-incidental with the rise of the man of sin, the abomination that makes desolate in Jerusalem.

3.    Post trib…the rapture occurs when Jesus comes back as King of Kings and
Lord of Lords.  This makes the Church go through all of the 70th week of Daniel including the so-called GREAT tribulation, which is the second half of the 70th week of  Daniel.  This second part is also called “The Wrath of God”.

The third position really has no merit.  I do not at all believe in the post-trib position and I do not believe any of you do either.

But, the first two positions have real arguments favoring each of them.  So, the very best answer is that both are correct when mixed together.

The pre-trib position is correct as it is before the GREAT TRIBULATION.  Now a word of explanation.  The 70th week is divided into two 1,260 day periods, known in Bible circles as the “tribulation” and the “great tribulation”.  The first period is a gradual but sincere build-up to the second, which is called the “Wrath of God”, as opposed to the first being “tribulation”.  No one can stand, obviously, in the time of the Wrath of God Almighty, because God says they cannot.  It is an awful time, and it is apparently upon us this very hour. 

I have always been pre-trib in my own mind.  I am still pre-trib, however, I have come to realize that the “pre” part is before the GREAT TRIBULATION.  I now expect the return of Christ in the clouds for us, His redeemed, to be sometime in the  next few days, but DEFINITELY BEFORE THE MIDDLE DATE OF 4/11/12/2012.
As a matter of fact, I still hope for a Spring rapture in the next 4 or 5 days.  But if it goes to Summer, then so be it.

But I tell you truly, it would not at all surprise me if it occurred any day now!

Gerry Almond