There is a heretical doctrine taught in Church's today which say that Christians must go through the tribulation and will be raptured at the end of it. Very often, there is some form of truth in every lie. A lie is just a twisted distortion of the truth and we see Satan twisting and distorting the truth (God's word) right in the very beginning. The truth is Christians are raptured before the tribulation and there is also a post-tribulation rapture and this pertains only to the Israelites. When studying scripture it is absolutely mandatory to separate the Jews from the Gentiles and study which group of people God is speaking to.
The old testament spoke of this post-tribulation Jewish Rapture in Ezekiel Chapter 37
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
Careful examination of this portion of scripture will find this is obviously a post-tribulation Jewish Rapture ONLY. Notice in verse 9 it says "breathe upon these slain". This is because in the great tribulation a massive amount of Jews will be slaughtered by the Antichrist.
It is called an exceeding great army (verse 10) which is alluding to the battle of Armageddon at the end of the tribulation. The highlighted phrases in verses 11,12 and 14 prove this message is directed towards the Jewish people.
Jesus taught a post-tribulation Jewish Rapture (resurrection)
23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
27 And last of all the woman died also.
28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Remember, this was all spoken of by Jesus before God moved from the Jews to the Gentiles (The Church Age). This saying of Jesus is directed at the Jewish people.
Abraham also believed in a resurrection
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
So now we have established that the Jewish Old Testament saints were well aware of a resurrection of the Jewish people. Jesus spoke of this Jewish post-tribulation rapture also in Matthew 24
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Now lets study what group of people Jesus is speaking to in Matthew 24
Matthew 24:15-16, 20
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
The abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet takes place in Jerusalem and God tells his Jewish people to stand in the holy place. Verse 16 is clearly addressed to the Jews as it is speaking of an area in Israel known as Judaea. God is telling his people to flee from this area. In verse 20 God says to pray that your flight be not on the sabbath day. Christians do not need to worry about keeping the Sabbath. 7th Day Adventists use this verse to support their belief that Christians must keep the Sabbath. This is just one of many heresies you will get yourself into if you don't know how to separate the Jews from the Gentiles in the Bible. When studying the Tribulation period you will notice the Bible alway speaks about the Jewish people such as the 144,000 in the book of Revelation.
Jews in the tribulation will be saved by faith and works (Rev. 12:17,14:12) just like they were in the Old Testament (See Ezekiel 18:20-28) This again proves that there must be a Rapture before the tribulation as Christians will never need to worry about works for salvation.
If you still have doubts. Remember, I shown you before how it was well known to the Jews that there must be a resurrection (Rapture) of the Jews. Now, lets see what Paul says when he first spoke of a Christian Rapture
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal mustput on immortality.
Paul the Apostle told the Christians the Rapture was a mystery! If it were a mystery then why did the Jews understand it? It's because Paul is speaking of a different Rapture. Paul was inspired by God to write the book of 1 corinthians (2 Tim. 3:16) So we know this is not a fault of Paul and we know the word Mystery means exactly what it means. It what a Mystery!
Many Christians will use 1 Corinthians 15 to teach a post-tribulation Rapture because it says at the "last trump". They will then correlate this with the 7th Trumpet in Revelation 11:15-19. However, if you study the trump and trumpet in 1 Corinthians 15 it actually correlates with 1 Thes. 4:16 and not the 7th Trumpet. Here are the verses in comparison to another
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Notice the trump (which is a loud voice) is from God. Notice also Paul says to comfort one another regarding this rapture. A post-tribulation Rapture of Christians would not be comforting at all.
Here is the verse where the 7th Trumpet of Revelation is sounded
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Now we see a stark contrast between Paul's Rapture in comparison with the 7th Trumpet. Paul's rapture has a trump sounded by GOD almighty himself. Yet, the 7th Trumpet of Revelation is sounded by an ordinary angel. Things that are different are not the same. This is just common sense logic. Revelation 4:1 and 1:10 also correlate well with the Rapture spoken of by Paul.
The Bible itself teaches a 3 fold Rapture. The first Rapture was right after Jesus died
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
The 2nd Rapture is the Rapture of Church Age Saints before the Tribulation (spoken of by Paul)
The 3rd Rapture is the Rapture of the Jews after the Tribulation (spoken of by Jesus)
This is a type of harvest meant to represent the 3 harvest feasts spoken of in the Bible. For more information I recommend you read the following link (click here)
Most of what is said in the above link is truth.
If you are still having doubts regarding the pre-tribulation Rapture of Christians and post-tribulation Jewish Rapture then I suggest you read the following link which gives information regarding Church Fathers which taught a pre-tribulation Rapture of Christians (click here)
Irenaues who was the Apostle of Polycarp who was the Apostle of John also believed in a pre-tribulation Christian Rapture
May the love of God abound in your heart always, Amen.