It’s very difficult to sway individuals regarding the matter of “the rapture” and the timing of it. I’ve felt for some time, based upon my own reading, that Christians will experience tribulation and persecution to some extent. Others believe strongly that they’ll be removed before this occurs.
I hope they’re right, but my heart and my eyes tell me otherwise.
What is also clear to me, however, is that the Church will not be present throughout. So, there is a “rapture.”
Christians can and do disagree upon this in good faith. The vehemence with which the disagreements are argued can be disturbing, though.
My wife and her family are rock-solid “pre-trib” people. I have tried and tried to decipher what the truth is, but cannot.
I am extremely afraid of going through the Tribulation. I desperately want the Rapture to occur pre-Trib. I am an admitted wimp. I would not stand up to persecution, torture, and starvation, or having to watch my wife or kids go through that. I’m probably one of those who’d end up taking the Mark in order for my wife and kids to survive, knowing it’ll send me to an eternal Hell.
That’s just me, being honest.