Research Paper – The Pre-Tribulation Period

Since the time when Christ came to earth to die for Adam’s fallen descendants, and rising on the third day, ascending into heaven, people have been looking for his return. The return is referred to as the rapture and it will occur according to scripture verses such as John 14:1-3, Acts 1:9-11, and Revelation 22: 7,12,20. These verses reassure believers of his coming. Whether the tribulation will come before, during or after his return to earth; is a point that theologians have wrestled with over the centuries.

In this paper one’s belief will be highlighted throughout the paper based upon the arguments and consistency of such arguments. One will also show clear evidence through examples, critiques and scriptures why pre or post tribulation makes sense and will come before/after Christ return. The purpose of this paper is to bring to light or to enlighten the readers in their spiritual darkness that pre-tribulation is the correct way to view apocalyptic arrangement of the second coming of Jesus Christ. In an attempt to effectively bring clarity to its reader’s, one will now define some key terminologies. Tribulation according to the Evangelical Dictionary for Theology is defined as, “trouble or affliction of any kind (Deuteronomy 4:30; Matthew 13:21; 2 check out 7:4). In Romans 2:9 “tribulation and anguish” are the penal sufferings that shall overtake the wicked. In Matthew 24:21 Matthew 24:29, the word denotes the calamities that were to attend the destruction of Jerusalem.” Pre-Tribulation holds that the church, the body of Christ, in its entirety, will, by resurrection and translation, be removed from the earth before any part of the seventieth week of Daniel begins.

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