As I was listening to a popular fundamentalist Baptist preacher on the radio explaining the "Tribulation Period" in lurid detail to his listeners, the thought struck me, "Wait a minute, why would his listeners need to worry or care about any of this, if they were all going to be "raptured" away before it occurred? And then, as if to echo my concerns without really answering them, this radio preacher kept saying things like, "boy this sounds awful. I'm so glad we're not going to be around to see any of it - friends - because we will already be "caught up" with the Lord." And I again said to myself, "If that's so, then why spend so much time preaching about it? If it's not relevant to the "saved" audience that you are directing your broadcast towards, then what do they get out of learning about the "beast" and the "woman" and the "anti-Christ" and the "mark" of the beast? - Is it all just sensationalism to sell books and time-lines, which of course were heavily marketed during the commercial breaks and at the end of the radio sermon. So, here's my question to any bible-centered christians out there who believe the latest "rapture" theory: Why do you spend so much time attending bible studies about the Great Tribulation, to learn the most minute details of events that you believe you will not be around to see or take part in? I really would like to know your reasoning on this one. It just makes no sense to me.