Here is my response from John Hagee Ministries regarding Pastor Hagee's position of the Rapture and timeline. I hope this clears up and wondering of what his position is. .....Patty Hayes
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From: John Hagee Ministries <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Inquiry-Rapture, timeline
March 1, 2011
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On behalf of John Hagee Ministries we thank you for sharing your thoughts with Pastor Hagee.
You ask about the Rapture. You are certainly right that many sincere Christians throughout the centuries have believed wholeheartedly in the post-Tribulation rapture of the saints, as is evidenced by a reading of the early church fathers. Others, however, have believed in the pre-Tribulation rapture. Still others, as I am sure you are aware, believe in a mid-Tribulation rapture. Finally, there are some who believe the rapture is nothing more than symbolic of the protection the Lord provides believers in this life, shielding them through the grace of God from the attacks of the devil and/or wicked men and situations.
Pastor Hagee firmly believes in a PRE-tribulation rapture followed by the marriage supper of the Lamb (a 7-year feast in Heaven while the tribulation occurs on the earth), then Armageddon, the Millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment. Though the word "rapture" is never used in the Bible (neither is the word "trinity" used in the Bible, but of course we do believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) the concept of the rapture is clearly taught in the Word of God.
I Thess. 4:16-18 says "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the cloud, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." We believe that Jesus will literally descend from heaven; there literally will be the shout of an angel and the blast of a trumpet. The dead will literally rise first, and those who are alive at the time of Christ's return and believe in Him for their salvation will literally be caught up together with Him to meet Him in the air, "and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
Also read Luke 12:35-40, 21:25 -27, Matt. 24:27.
The Bible does not call it rapture, but a "catching away." The catching away and Jesus returning in His glory are TWO DIFFERENT facets of the same event of Jesus' second coming. They do not contradict, but OCCUR AT DIFFERENT TIMES.
Pretribulationists hold that Christ will return for His Church (1 Cor. 15:51 ; 1 Thess. 4:13 -18), glorify it and take it to heaven before a seven-year period known as the Great Tribulation. (Jer. 30:15: Dan. 9:27, etc.).
The Rapture is not to be confused with the Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation Period. At the end of this cataclysmic seven-year period Christ will return in power and glory to judge the nations and set up His millennial Kingdom.
We at John Hagee Ministries pray for you and your family in the name of our Lord. May God bless you and guide you in all your ways. Isaiah 26:3 reminds us, “And He will keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee”.
John Hagee Ministries