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”
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”
It seems clear that this is ongoing evidence of another es-
cape, a mid-tribulational rapture.