6/7 Tribulation Rapture

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: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) KJV

This post is part of the WHY? daily devotional for March

The pre-tribulation rapture is pastoral fudge. Christians and the Church will be on the earth during six of the seven plagues that are part of the tribulation.

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.

(1 Corinthians 15:52) KJV

The Last Trump is After the First Six

…at the last trump (1 Corinthians 15:52). There will be seven trumpets. This means that the rapture will take place after six of the seven trumpets have sounded. Here’s a quick summary of what happens as the first six trumpets are sounded:

Tribulation 0.86 The First Six Trumpets

  1. The surface of the earth is devastated by burning hail,
    • humans and livestock are affected by burning sores in the skin,
    • the continents move together to form a contiguous landmass.
  2. The first of three extraterrestrial impacts pollutes the sea,
    • everything in the oceans dies.
  3. A second extraterrestrial impact poisons all fresh water,
    • the rivers, streams and lakes turn to blood.
  4. The sun emits solar flares and burns off most of its remaining fuel,
    • it briefly flares 7 times brighter then weakens to a dim glow.
  5. A third extraterrestrial impact ruptures the crust and mantle all around the periphery of the super-continent which has formed,
    • a swarm of horse-sized armor-plated locusts with scorpion tails come out of the depths of the earth,
    • smoke bellows out from the crack in the earth and darkens the sky,
    • the scorpions torment the people for 5 months.
  6. All the armies of the earth assemble for the battle of Armageddon.

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