Q. After reading the Bible and your study guides, I have realized something that troubles me and I ponder at the thought. What happens to people (family and friends) who miss the rapture and then realize that they were left behind due to their unbelief or uncertainty about The Lord and salvation… for example, let’s say after the rapture, and right before, or at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week, these people accept Jesus and then die of natural causes, sickness, or in accidents, will they become saved and go to heaven?
A. First, Romans 10:13 tells us everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But I think your concerns will go away when you realize that the statement concerning those “who come out of the Great Tribulation” appears in Rev. 7:14, but the Great Tribulation doesn’t begin until Rev. 13.
The solution to this dilemma lies in the Greek word translated “out of” in Rev. 7:14. In the Greek language it means to come out of both the time and place of the event being referenced. That means these tribulation believers will show up in Heaven before the Great Tribulation begins on Earth. They will have died during the time of the seal judgments, either as a direct result or from “natural” causes, having come to faith during the early days of Daniel’s 70th Week, after the Church is gone.