There are five views concerning the Rapture: pretribulation (pretrib), midtribulation (midtrib), posttribulation (posttrib), partial Rapture, and prewrath. Pretrib says the church will be raptured before the future, seven-year Tribulation. Midtrib believes the church will live through the first half of the Tribulation and then be raptured. Posttrib has the church living through the ntire Tribulation and enduring many of God’s judgments. Partial rapturists say some people are raptured at the beginning, some here, some there. If you’re a good Christian, you go first. If not, you’ll lan- guish in a sort of Protestant purgatory and then be raptured as you shape up. Prewrath, which is relatively new, main- tains that God will rapture the church three- quarters of the way through the Tribulation before He pours out His wrath.
Depiction of those left behind after the Rapture (Walter Homan/FOI
Image Archive). Inset: Dr. Ryrie (seated) with Friends of Israel speakers
(from left) Chris Katulka, Steve Herzig, Tim Munger, and Patrick Neff
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