I have been away from my computer for a few days to speak at a conference, so here is a revised and updated version of an article that I wrote several years ago.
It is a list of 45 reasons why I believe the Pre-Trib Rapture is right (save it so you can give it to Mid-Trib believers, Post-Trib believers, unsure believers, etc.).
1) There are no passages in either the Old Testament or the New Testament that say the Church will go through the Tribulation Period.
2) The Tribulation Period is called the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (The time of unbelieving Israel’s Trouble), but it is never called the time of the Church’s Trouble (Jer. 30:7).
3) Gabriel told Daniel, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people [Daniel’s people are the Jews] and upon thy holy city” (The Holy City is Jerusalem) (Dan. 9:24). There is no mention of the Church.
4) The Church had no part in the first sixty-nine weeks, and it will have no part in the seventieth week (the Tribulation Period) (Dan. 9:24).
5) In the Book of Revelation, the Rapture occurs at Rev. 4:1, which is before the Tribulation Period described in Rev. 6:1-19:21. In the sequence of events, the Rapture is before the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments.
6) The Church is mentioned more than twenty times in the first three chapters of Revelation, but the Church is never mentioned in the description of the Tribulation Period between Rev. 4:1 and Rev. 19:1.
7) The Tribulation Period is called a Day of Wrath in the Bible (Zeph 1:15), but the Bible says, “God hath not appointed us (the Church) to wrath” (1 Thess. 5:9).
8) The Tribulation Period is called a Day of Wrath in the Bible (Zeph. 1:15), but the Bible says, Jesus has “delivered us from the wrath to come” (delivered the Church from the Tribulation Period) (1 Thess. 1:10; also see Rom. 5:9, Eph. 5:6).
9) The Tribulation Period is called the Day of the Lord in the Bible (Zeph. 1:14). The Bible says, “the day of the Lord (the Tribulation Period) so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they (the unbelievers) shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them (upon the unbelievers), as travail upon a woman with child; and they (the unbelievers) shall not escape” (1 Thess. 5:2-3). It clearly teaches that the Tribulation Period will come upon unbelievers, but it does not include believers.
10) Concerning the Rapture, the Bible says, “Comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:18). There’s no comfort in the teaching that the Church will go through part or all of the Tribulation Period.
11) Jesus told the Church at Philadelphia, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (the Tribulation Period), which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev. 3:10). God promised to keep the obedient Church members out of the Tribulation Period (not through the Tribulation Period).
12) According to the Bible, the marriage of the Lamb will take place in heaven before Jesus comes back to fight the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation Period (Rev. 19:7-21). This means the Church will go to heaven (be Raptured) for the marriage of the Lamb before the Second Coming.