Sorry, but there is not enough space to quote the longer Scripture passages. Let us get the most difficult one out of the way … 1 Thes 5:9 … "For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" Because of the other passages below, let us just NOT assume this refers to God’s wrath at the end of the age! Perhaps it means salvation is what we were created for, but sometimes people rebel and do not reach it. A general could tell a new soldier, “You have not been trained for dying, but for obtaining victory.” Yet not every soldier sees victory. But the elect will see salvation, even if they perish during the wrath. They can be protected or hidden from God’s wrath and not suffer through it. If they have not renounced God and taken the mark of the beast, the wrath is not directed at them. Luke 21:36 … “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” This might just indicate that we will all be here on earth during tribulation and wrath. John 17:15 … “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world” Matt 13:24-30 … The good wheat is not gathered first … the bad tares are burned first. Matt 13:36-43 … The wise will understand … the lawless ones are gathered for fire, then the righteous ones are rewarded. 1 Cor 15:51-52 … This last trumpet is also what the seventh angel sounds in Rev 11:15 when Christ has received His kingdom, after the tribulation. Matt 24:29-31 … The great trumpet here must be the same trumpet as in 1 Cor 15 above. Joel 2:30-32 … Surely the sun darkening, etc. in Matt 24 after the tribulation is the same event, which is before the Day of the Lord in Joel 2. 2 Thes 1:5-10 … Paul says the saints will be revealed only when Jesus is revealed in the wrath of heavenly fire with His angels. Matt 24:3,6-8 … If the tribulation is going to occur after we are raptured, why would Jesus have to warn us about such details? We know that halfway through the 7-year tribulation, the antichrist enters the rebuilt Temple and proclaims himself to be God. This passage tells us this is before the rapture … 2 Thes 2:1-4 … This indicates the Day of the Lord is not before the 7-year tribulation. Daniel 7:21-25 … These saints are NOT raptured away first, but they endure the second half of the 7-year tribulation on earth until judgment is passed. Matt 24:9 … “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” This does NOT sound like the faithful will be avoiding the tribulation. Matt 24:13 … “But he who endures (in the faith) to the end (of his life) shall be (eternally) saved.” if Jesus was referring to physical death, would He state such an obvious fact here (or any place)? Luke 21:36 … “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Rev 2:10 … “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. … Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” This clarifies that we will need strength to escape the terrible events and survive until the end. Suffering through such times will make some people think … Matt 24:48 … “But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming’ ” Evil servants think this; but those who are enlightened are not expecting Him before these tribulations. Matt 24:15 … Know what’s happening when you see the antichrist standing in the holy place. Matt 24:16-21 … These are instructions on what we need to do when we see these tribulation signs. Jesus is telling us this is the beginning of the “great” tribulation. Run to the high ground to avoid tidal waves and such. This is one week before Judgment Day. Matt 24:22-23 … The elect are still suffering on earth because it still is NOT quite time for the rapture. Matt 24:29-31 … This clearly indicates that Jesus gathers His elect after the great signs and after the tribulation. Also see Matt 16:27. John 6:39-54 … In 4 different verses, Jesus tells us the raising up (the rapture) will be on the last day. The preceding week is the “great” tribulation, which follows the 7-year tribulation period. Matt 24:19-21 … This is the last day of the 7-year tribulation period (and the first day of the pole shift). The light of the sun goes out for 3 days. Jesus was dead in the earth for parts of 3 days, and now the sun will appear to be dead for 3 days, just like the only sign we will be given … see Matt 12:39-40. These will be scary times ... when after years of famine, war, and persecution, civilization falls, the electricity and other utilities vanish, the earth is literally groaning beneath us. As everything on the crust moves, there are earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves, And for 3 of these terrible days we are in complete darkness. It will feel like the end, and for most people it will be the end. But, Almighty God is able to protect His people whenever He wishes! .