Won't the Rapture happen first?
Not for the faint of heart
I've heard many Christians say things such as, "I don't need to be a prepper because the Lord will provide" or, "Christians don't need to prep because we won't be here, the Rapture will happen before anything gets that bad". When they say these things, they are usually speaking about what preppers refer to as SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan). But, as Christians, we know that they are referring to The Great Tribulation spoken of in the Bible.
When I hear people say these things, I can't help but thinking, "have you even read the Bible?". So many of us trust our pastors and teachers enough to just take their word for it. I mean, after all, they are men/women of God, right? Yes, they are (at least most of them) but they are also human. Many of us believe something because that's the way we've always heard it or been taught. We don't take the time to research and study it for ourselves, we just trust and believe that that is the way it is. Well, pastors and teachers can be the same way. After all, what has been said about the Rapture has seemingly been backed by scripture; mostly taken out of context and used to make a point that is their/our own thinking. I know because I have done the same thing.
For years I had been doubting in my mind the teaching of a pre or mid Tribulation Rapture. But I fought it, based upon what I had been taught by pastors and teachers. I had felt the need to study the Books of Revelation, and Daniel for myself for years.. But, I fought it. I mean, who wouldn't want to be taken up in the Rapture before the world crumbles and falls apart? Who would want to live in a post-apocalyptic world when we can escape it by being Raptured? And then, about a year ago I finally gave in to that nagging thought that I needed to study it for myself and make a decision on what I believed about it based upon what the Bible actually says. You can read my findings in my article, Rapture or Resurrection?.
2 Timothy 2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that