Rapture: Pre, Mid, Post? How Do You Know?

Jesus spoke about his return in Matthew 24:29-31. He mentioned four key elements: He will come in the air, 2) on the clouds, 3) will command his angels (with a trumpet like voice) 4) to gather his people. Paul gives the same elements in his summary in 1Thess 4:16-17). Pretrib believers assert that the two accounts are two different events separated by at least seven years. Post trib believers maintain that they are one and the same event (the second coming of Jesus in which he gathers his people). Look closely at the two passages and leave a comment as to what differences you see between them (if you are pre-trib) or similarities (if you are post-trib). If you are mid trib, tell us what you see.

Immediately after the tribulation…They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matt 24:29, 31)


For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1Thess 4:16-17)

Both passages have

  1. Jesus coming in the air,
  2. On clouds
  3. He gives a command that sounds like a trumpet (note: Jesus speaks like a trumpet in Rev 1 and when God descended on Mt Sinai there was a trumpet
  4. people are picked up and gathered together

A matter must be established by two or three witnesses according to Scripture…Are these are the two different events (pret-rib) or the same event (post-trib). Please leave your comments below.