Here are the last three reasons for a pre-Tribulation rapture—points 17 through 19.
17. The pre-Tribulation rapture theory agrees with Old Testament Typology—that if one walks by faith he will escape God’s judgment. J. Dwight Pentecost, in his Things to Come, wrote,
While argument from analogy is a weak argument in itself, yet if a teaching is contrary to all typology it cannot be a true interpretation. Scripture abounds in types which teach that those who walked by faith were delivered from the visitation of judgment which overtook the unbelieving.
These types are seen in Noah and his family, in that they were saved from the flood while all others perished (Gen. 6-8); in Rahab and her household, being saved from the Israeli invaders while all others in that city perished (Josh. 6); in Israel as they were all rescued out of the Red Sea, while the Egyptians perished (Ex. 14). But, as Pentecost points out, the clearest illustration is of Lot (2 Pt. 2:6-9; Gen. 19:1-29). Pentecost writes,
If the presence of one righteous man prevented the outpouring of deserved judgment on the city of Sodom, how much more will the presence of the church on earth prevent the outpouring of divine wrath until her removal.
18. The church cannot submit to a Satan-controlled government. As it is now in this age of the church, the church has been instructed to pray for and submit to government authorities (1 Tim. 2:1-4), since they are appointed by God and are His representatives, who, according to His sovereign plan, will be used to carry out His will (1 Pt. 2:13-16; Titus 3:1; Rom. 13:1-7).
But during the Tribulation—especially during the second half of the Tribulation—we have an entirely different scenario. God will transfer His authority to Satan, and so the government at that time will be controlled by Satan.
Since God has already designed and commanded the church to submit to the governing authorities, with the understanding that these authorities are controlled by God, we must conclude that the church cannot be present on earth during the Tribulation; for it would be inconceivable for the church to pray for and submit to a Satan-controlled government.
Now since it seems that Satan doesn’t really take control of the government powers until the mid-point of the Tribulation, this point is not the strongest proof of the pre-Tribulation view. In fact, mid-tribbers may like this point. This is why we must examine all the evidence. Daniel 9:24-27 I think is our strongest evidence that the church will be raptured before the entire 7-year Tribulation; for here we read that seventy weeks, including the seventieth week (which is the Tribulation) has been decreed for Israel and not for the church.
19. In the Tribulation the object of Satan’s attacks is Israel not the church(Rev. 12). If the church is present in the Tribulation, it is odd that Satan will not also attack her, since it has always been the object of his attacks (Eph. 6:12). This could only mean that the church will not be present but raptured before the Tribulation. Scripture indicates that many Gentiles in the Tribulation will become believers; however, they won’t have any designation other than saints. They will either join the Jewish believers, be scattered and hidden, or be immediately martyred; a very large number will be martyred (Rev. 6:9; 7:9; 20:4).