According to Rapture advocates (pre-trib, post-trib, mid-trib) Jesus comes back not one more time, but two more times. The FIRST time, they say, he comes down quietly and gathers the dead and living saints into the air with him, then he takes them on a vacation while all or part of Daniel’s 70th week plays out, which i some theories includes, somehow, the first Six Trumpet events and the Great Tribulation. Only then, does Jesus return for the SECOND time.
What do the scriptures say about this? Let’s look at what the Apostle Paul has to say on the subject:
1 Corithians 15:51-52 (KJV) “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Well that’s odd, Paul says “at the last trump” the dead and the living will be raised and changed. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t the “Last Trump” mean AFTER all the other trumpets have blown? Which includes the so called “Great Tribulation“. Hmmmm.
Paul goes on to tell us:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Are we to suppose the Thessalonians event and the Corinthians event are somehow different? Does Jesus come back two different times to collect the dead and living saints? Both times at the sound of a trumpet blast? Are we to suppose the trumpet blasts we’re hearing are some other trumpet blasts not mentioned anywhere in the Biblical record?