Mid-Tribulation Theory

Summary: The Mid-Tribulation rapture theory suggests that true believers will experience the first half of the Great Tribulation, because it is supposed to be a period of peace. Just before things get really bad, they are removed–raptured–to spare them from God’s wrath on the earth during the last three and a half years. So any Pre-Tribulation arguments that talk about avoiding the wrath of God in the Great Tribulation fit these views, only for the last half.

The Mid-Tribulation rapture theory believes that the rapture trumpet takes place in the middle of the Great Tribulation. It is distinct and different from anything related to the Second Coming.

MATTHEW 24 – Part 1
Same as Pre-Trib argument.
The rapture and Second Coming are not tied together in any way: they are completely separate events. The rapture takes place in the air, while Jesus lands on the Mount of Olives in the Second Coming, which splits in two (Zechariah 14:4). In the rapture, people get new bodies, while at Second Coming, glorified believers come from heaven with Jesus and those on earth keep their bodies. The rapture takes place before the world is judged, while at the Second Coming, Jesus judges the world, establishing righteousness. In the rapture, the Church is delivered from wrath, while at the Second Coming, Jesus saves the world from wrath. Rapture comes without signs, while the Second Coming has many. The rapture is only in the New Testament, while the Second Coming is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. Only the truest and holiest believers are raptured, while in the Second Coming, all people are saved from the end time horrors. In the rapture, the antichrist remains in power, while at the Second Coming, Jesus defeats him with a Word, then he is bound and thrown into the Abyss.

MATTHEW 24 – Part 2
Same as Pre-Trib argument.
How many times does Jesus come to earth? Three times: Birth, rapture, Second Coming. Three separate events.

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
Believers will not suffer in the Tribulation, because the coming torment is worse than anything in history. 1 Thess 5:9 says, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is important to understand that the true and most holy believers do not need to experience God’s wrath poured out on the earth; a pouring out that is more horrible than anything the world has ever experienced. Who would want to be here for that, if the rapture comes first? Do right thinking people want to experience God’s wrath? Here is a promise for true believers: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev 3:10). Just like during Noah’s flood on the earth, God spares his holiest people from wrath.

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
Like Noah and his family, true believers will not suffer God’s wrath poured out on the earth, because evil doers are being punished, not God’s people. Any believers suffering during the Great Tribulation must be unworthy people left behind after the rapture. 

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
In Rev 3:7-13 Jesus speaks to the Philadelphia Church. This is about the righteous believers who taken in the rapture. “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” After the rapture, the Great Tribulation begins and God’s judgement and wrath upon the world.

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
The Church is not mentioned after the third chapter of Revelation. The only people mentioned after chapter 3 are the left behind believers, those fallen and hopefully repentant Christians, struggling through the horrors of the Great Tribulation. They can only be saved if they are martyred.

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
If the Lord comes like a thief in the night (1 Thess 5:2) and no one knows the day or hour (Matt 24:36), then the rapture cannot happen with the Second Coming at the end of the Great Tribulation, because Daniel 12:11-13 says 1,290 days after the Abomination of Desolation appears “you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance”–a specific date on the calendar.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come” (Mat 24:42). This means that we must always be ready–constantly, because we will not know when the rapture will take place or when Jesus will return.

Same a Pre-Trib argument.
2 Thessalonians 2:7, “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.” When the Holy Spirit–the restrainer–is removed from the earth, no person will get saved or can be saved from that point on (see John 16:8-11; 1 John 5:7) . Since the Holy Spirit is removed at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, the antichrist can wreck the earth, so the rapture takes place just before the Great Tribulation. But it also may mean that the Church is the restrainer, who when removed, allows the antichrist to rise to power.

JOHN 14:1-14
Same as Pre-Trib argument.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
John 14:1-4 is a direct reference to the rapture. 

Any reference to meeting Jesus in the air is about the rapture, because in the Second Coming, Jesus lands on the Mount of Olives, which then splits in two (Zechariah 14:4).

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
Believers get a new glorified body during the rapture, not the Second Coming. In the Second Coming, living believers remain in same body.

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
Only before the Tribulation would believers need to be fully ready (Matt 24:44). No true and righteous believers will go through the Great Tribulation. So after the Tribulation starts, the people in it must hang on and survive.  

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
If people are with Jesus in Rev 14 and the Second Coming happens in Rev 19, then the rapture must have already happened before.  

The Mid-Tribulation rapture theory is not as popular as the Pre-Trib view, but more popular that the Post-Trib view.

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
Pre-Trib people teach that you may think you are going, but could be left behind, to face the horrors of God’s wrath and punishment on the earth. Some people have suggested that they would commit suicide if left behind. Others say they will fall apart. Still others say they will be angry but get it together eventually. 

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
In the first three chapters of Revelation, Jesus is speaking to the churches. Then he is done with them. He warns them, tells them how to get ready, and then he moves on to more important issues, and he does not mention the Church again until Revelation 19, where they are present during celebration. Why? Because the Church is gone in the rapture at the end of Revelation 3.

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
Another reason the Church is not here: The Great Tribulation is for the redemption of Israel, not the Church. Zechariah 13:8 says two-thirds will be struck down, and for the remaining one-third, God says: “will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call my Name and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God'” (vs 9). The antichrist and the world are against the woman in Revelation 12, who is Israel, fleeing persecution during the Great Tribulation.

Same as Pre-Trib argument.
During the Great Tribulation, the Church experiences three things. Firstly, the Church receives the judgment of God. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10; Matt 25:26-30). This is not an eternal judgment (Rev 20:11), but a separate judgment based on the works of believers in the Church. Secondly, a marriage ceremony follows, as described in Revelation 19:6-9, “…For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Thirdly, after the marriage ceremony, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb follows: “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Rev 19:9). All of this happens while God’s judgement and wrath are poured out on the earth.