The Mid-Tribulation Viewpoint



What is the Mid-tribulation view?

The Mid-tribulation view says that the rapture occurs in the middle of the seven-year tribulation of the last days.

Although the whole book (The Last Days: Let Scripture Be Your Guide) develops the mid-trib view, the following brief list gives a few of the points that are discussed in Part I of the book.

1) Both Jesus and Paul said the church would see the abomination of desolation.

Paul tells the believers in Thessalonica that the rapture would not happen until an apostasy takes place and the man of lawlessness is revealed (as he exalts himself over everything that is called God and sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God).

Jesus also told his disciples, "When you see the abomination of desolation…" Since Jesus is speaking to his disciples when he says "you," and we know his disciples were believers, we know what Jesus means "you" - the church.

Both Jesus and Paul said the church would see this event that takes place at the midpoint of the tribulation.

Since most agree that the abomination of desolation takes place at the mid-point of the seven-year tribulation, we can conclude that the church will be on earth through the first 3½ years of the tribulation. The Last Days: Let Scripture Be Your Guide then discusses how we can know that the rapture occurs right after the abomination of desolation.

2) Revelation 4 and 5 describe who is before the throne before the seals are broken. The church is not found before the throne prior to Revelation 6, the chapter which describes the first six seals. The church is found in heaven in Revelation 7, the chapter after the first six seals.

3) The gospel accounts list the distresses that correspond to the seals; they do not list distresses that correspond to the trumpets and the bowls. Jesus tells his disciples only what they will face.

4) At the time of the signs in the sky in the Gospels, Jesus gathers his saints. The signs in the sky in the Gospels are the same signs in the sky as in Revelation 6, which is at the sixth seal.

5) Jesus says that the days will be cut short for the sake of the elect. The church will enter the seven-year tribulation, but the days of distress and persecution will be cut short for the church by the rapture, which is 3½ years into the tribulation.

6) Immediately after Jesus tells about the gathering of the saints in Matthew 24, he gives several examples of the rapture, but no mention of the distresses from the trumpets and bowls.