The Rapture
Scriptures Referring to the Rapture
and Why The Rapture must take place before the Tribulation
There are three basic passages that presents the rapture of the Church.

1.   1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

2.   1 Corinthians 15:50-58

3.   John 14:1-6
Why the Rapture must take place before the Tribulation
1. There are not any specific signs for the rapture, there are plenty of signs for events after the rapture.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 He will come as a thief in the night

1 Thessalonians 5:9    He has not appointed us to wrath                                                  (The Tribulation)

2 Thessalonians 2:7    The Holy Spirit is taken out before
                                                  the antichrist be revealed

  The Holy Spirit is taken out via the rapture since He
  indwells every true believer.

2. It was mandated in Matthew 28:19-20 at the beginning Church Age that it was the job of
the Church Age saints to make disciples. Why does God switch to the two witnesses and the
144,000 Jewish witnesses during the Tribulation?   

Revelation 11 The two witness for the first 1,260 Days of
                                    the Tribulation

Revelation  7  God calls the 144,000 witnesses 12,000
                                   from each of the 12 Tribes of Israel.


God uses the two witnesses and the 144,000 witnesses because the Church Age Saints are in heaven during the Tribulation. According to  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Why do we meet the Lord in the air because he is taking us to heaven before the Tribulation. It is the only logical explanation. When Christ returns to earth to end the Tribulation the Church Age Saints return with him from heaven according to Zechariah 14 and Revelation 20.

The Rapture