Readers - this post of mine- http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/sep2012/clay922.htm has produced many replies on this forum, more than any other post of mine - which is itself interesting. This will be a hotly debated topic until Jesus Descends. I will say that this is a good read, which was included in one reply: http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/09/is-rapture-in-2-thessalonians-23.html and it is pretty informative. ***** I have no predisposition on this topic, I'm only interested in the truth as God sees it. Christians are being terribly persecuted worldwide. any readers can get educated here: http://www.persecution.com/ .. and they always were. The Great Tribulation is different. It is a unique time frame in God's plan, and it is for the judgment and punishment of both people and devils on the earth who refuse to repent. It is the wine press of God's Wrath. God is resolving two conflicts at once. Genesis 18:23 "Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?" The Resurrection of the Dead and the Catching Away of the Living (The Bride) is not just about removing the Living from danger. notice, the dead in Christ ARE NOT IN DANGER. Neither with righteous Noah (Genesis 7:1) nor righteous Lot (2 Peter 2:7) did God sweep away the righteous and the wicked together when His Judgment fell. The earth is a house afire and the Bride is in the house. Is the Bridegroom going to let the Bride burn up in the house? ... would you?