The Post-tribulational Rapture Position
From: Answers To 200 Of Life’s Most Probing Questions by Pat Robertson, p.156.
do not find in the Bible the teaching that Christians will be “raptured” prior to the Tribulation.
The Bible teaches two comings of Jesus: the first, His birth; the second, His coming again in triumph. There is no third coming for a secret rapture. The book of Matthew specifically says, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven…and He will send His angels…and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
This is just one of many references that indicate we will be going through a time of tribulation until Jesus Christ comes back.
I do believe that Christians will be protected in the midst of tribulation, however. After all, the Israelites were protected when the plagues fell upon Egypt.
Throughout history there have been successive martyrdom’s of Christians, and it is the height of arrogance to assume that only twentieth-century Christians in the United States of America will be spared any kind of persecution. That goes against the flow of history for the last two thousand years. Jesus said, “He who endures to the end shall be saved.” Persecution is simply part of living as a Christian in this world. The saints in China, Russia, and other communist countries have been tortured, have suffered privation, have had their jobs and their families taken away from them. Many of them have already died because of their witness for Jesus. It is hard to contemplate much worse tribulation than these great men and women of faith have already endured.
29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken,
30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
31 “And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.