Here are four more important reasons for a pre-Tribulation rapture—points 11 through 14.
11. Important events for the church must transpire in heaven before the Second Advent of Christ. Two important events, the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:11-16; Rev. 4:4; 19:8, 14), and the consummation of the marriage union between Christ and the church (Rev. 19:7-9), takes place before the Second Advent. I suppose it is conceivable, by the miracle of God, that these events could take place very quickly (within minutes) after the Tribulation, thus making possible the Post-tribulation view of the rapture (that the church would be raptured after the tribulation, only to immediately return again with the Lord to the earth); however, it is hard to conceive of these two important events as taking place without the passing of some time. It is more probable that these events would transpire during the Tribulation, thus to make the pre-Tribulation rapture view more likely.
12. The bible gives no instructions to the church on how to prepare for the Tribulation. Bible passages that are particularly written to Israel have included teachings and warnings in regard to the Tribulation; however, all the scriptures that were written to the church, including all the Epistles, have not included any such teachings. There are numerous teachings in the Epistles on how to endure hardship, persecution, and false teaching; but that can hardly compare to the wrath of the Tribulation. This lack of teach would argue strongly that the church will not need to be prepared for this time—because she will be absent, raptured.
13. The rapture and the Second Advent are two separate events or two phases of His coming. As I have shown in the previous chapter, there is ample evidence that there are two phases of His coming. In the first phase He comes in the air to claim His bride, to take her to His Father’s house, and to give her rewards. And in the second phase He comes to the earth with His bride (and all the saints), to judge the world and to establish His kingdom. These facts are indisputable according to the biblical evidence.
There is also much evidence that there is a gap of time between the two phases; that after the church has been raptured to the Father’s house, the church will stay there for a period of time to receive her rewards and to consummate her marriage union with Christ. This evidence must lead us to believe in a pre-Tribulation rapture.
14. The appearance of the 24 elders in heaven (Rev. 4:4; 19:4). The 24 elders in heaven represent the church. They appear in heaven before the seals were opened (Rev. 4:4) and they appear again at the close of the Tribulation (Rev. 19:4), after which they are seen (in Rev. 19:7-11) ready to go with Christ into the millennial kingdom to eat the marriage supper. This appearance in heaven at the beginning and end of the Tribulation on earth, shows us that they will be in heaven during the entire 7-year span of the Tribulation, and likewise proves the pre-Tribulation theory.