Q. I have been reading your articles for some time on several other sites that post them and wanted to know if you believe Christ will return in the rapture before the real chaos and trouble begin, or if we will be here for it? Is there any way we can know this?
A. In several places the Bible states that we’ll be rescued from the wrath to come. Isaiah 26:19-21, 1 Thes. 1:10 and 1 Thes 5:9 are examples. God’s wrath is a specific span of time that includes the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl judgments. These judgments unfurl during the last seven years before the Lord returns to establish His Kingdom on Earth.
The Bible does not promise that we’ll escape any of the difficult times leading up to the last seven years. We know things have been getting progressively more difficult for several years now. Just how bad they’ll get before the rapture is anyone’s guess. But I think it’s safe to say that whatever we’re called upon to endure will be no where near as bad as as what will happen after we leave.