As already mentioned, the hallmark scriptures concerning the rapture of the church are I Thessalonians 4:13-18. What I consider the best passage which validates a Pre Tribulation Rapture is the scripture immediately following— I Thessalonians 5:1-3 “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Note how Paul is telling us that the rapture (the passage immediately preceding this one and what is obviously referred to) will occur like “a thief in the night,” at the threshold of the day of the Lord (Tribulation). Note how men will be dwelling in “peace and safety,” but then “sudden destruction shall come for which there is no escape.” The setting of the rapture is BEFORE the Great Tribulation, which Jeremiah calls Jacob’s Trouble. Immediately AFTER the Blessed Hope, cataclysmic events will be unleashed, one following another, in our Christ rejecting world. Note how there are absolutely no signs or warnings before the Lord comes for His bride. How could the rapture of the church possibly occur during the Tribulation Period? It does not make any sense whatsoever. The following scripture adds further substance to our premise, and follows the verses we just looked at. I Thessalonians 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” What else can we possibly say? To believe that the Lord would punish the righteous (church) with the wicked would go against a plethora or Bible verses that we have examined from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible says “The scriptures cannot be broken.” One final passage from this same book will conclude this study: I Thessalonians 1:10 “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which DELIVERED US FROM THE WRATH TO COME.” (capitals mine) Keep in mind that the theme of I Thessalonians is the rapture. It is the rapture that delivers the church from the Tribulation Period when God unfurls His wrath upon wicked and unrepentant man! The Lord is telling the church to live holy and separated lives from sin and to “LOOK UP, FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH.” Matthew 24:44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” ……..Eschatology 6 to follow with theme of signs of Christ’s return…….