[[God didnt spare the first century Christians from facing terrible times, why should we be any different?]]
Because we’re special- seriously htough- the first persecutions were not end timesd related- nor are current persecutions- in only just a few short decades a couple hundred million CHristians have been murdered for their faith or tortured-
I personally don’t know what position to take- I beleive in pretrib, but am resigned to the idea that I could be wrong- I’ve heard strogn arguments for all three positions ‘pre-mid-post’ trib. I’ve coem to a fairly certain conclusion that the trib is meant for the Jewish nation- Whiel Christians are adopted Jews/children of God, (there’s soem evidence that we may even be descendents of htel ost tribe of Ephraim, making westerners mostly jewish anyways- but there’s also some evidence that this isn’t true- not sure what to beleive hteir either) but the end tiems are to brign hte nation of Israel back under God- not the gentiles-
Marv Rosenthal teaches mid trib I beleive, and he’s got soem strogn points- however, post trib also has soem strong points too-
A rapture would absolutely collapse the United States. There are Christians every-where in all positions of power, technology, and business and their sudden disappearance(yes with a multitude of Godly very surprised Catholics) would be like kicking out all the support studs in a house that keep the walls and roof up!
The sudden loss of the US could create the power vacuums necessary for the “BEAST system to go full on live”. It could happen pre to mid trib. Or perhaps because of our national sins,we fall well before any rapture at all with Christians in the Balkanized areas of the former US trying to pick up the pieces of our national folly just prior to any rapture or 7 years tribulation.
Sorry, it's utterly false
By "westerners" I take it you mean people of European descent. The vast majority of Europeans are Indo-Europeans, of the same racial group as Iranis and northern Indians. These Aryanic peoples are not Semites as the tribe of Ephraim
There are smaller blood types of Magyar/Finn -- Finno-Ugric and Samoyed and Turkic and of course Semitic as Jews have lived there for a long time
But the "lost tribes" are not really lost --
the merging of Semitic groups isn't that difficult -- it happened centuries later when Islam conquered the jewish cities of Medina and of Yemen (there were Jewish kings in Yemen, converts) and many converted to Islam.