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be raptured from all over the world as well. For there is no dis-

tinction between Jews and Gentiles in the Church, for they are

“…members together of one body, and sharers together in the

promise in Christ Jesus”

(Eph. 3:6).

It makes good sense that there will be a rapture just before

the great tribulation, which begins at the middle of the seven-

years of Jacob’s trouble. The Lord tells His Jewish brethren, the

people who have found themselves in this seven-year time of

trouble (Luke 21; Matt. 24), to be on the lookout for Him to

come. He tells them two things that would at first appear to be

a contradiction: He is to come like a thief in the night (Matt.

24:43-44; Luke 12:29-31)—yet also with very apparent signs

announcing His coming (Matt. 24:29-31).

The apparent contradiction is solved if two different com-

ings are described. Since the well announced coming is after

the great distress, the tribulation (Matt. 24:29), then another

coming before the end would solve the enigma. The Messiah

warns those who are to see Jerusalem surrounded by armies (as

it was in 70 A.D.), that its desolation is near (Luke 21:20).

They are to flee, for it is the time of the prophesied punishment

to be fulfilled. This occurs at the middle of the tribulation. He

gives them instruction and admonition:

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to

escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to

stand before the Son of Man”

(Luke 21:36).

It seems clear that this is ongoing evidence of another es-

cape, a mid-tribulational rapture.

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