So when will the Lord come back for His church,before,in the middle,or at the end of the Tribulation?When properly understood,the Scriptures are quite clear on this subject.I believe they teach that the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation begins. 1.THE LORD HIMSELF PROMISED TO DELIEVER US. One of the best promises guaranteeing the church's rapture before the Tribulation is found in Revelation 3;10;because you have kept My command to persevere,I also will keep you from the hour of trail which shall come upon the whole world,to test those who dwell on the earth (emphasis added).This verse is Christ's own promise to one of His seven churches,the church of Philadelphia.Adherents to the mid-and -post-Tribulation positions suggest God will keep us on earth through the Tribulation.This is difficult to reconcile,however,with other passages that teach that few,if any,believers will populate the earth when he comes with power and great glory at the end of the Tribulation.Instead,the saints who have been kept from wrath are with Him as He descends to this earth.The word from (Greek,ek)in Revelation 3;10 literally means out of.God is saying,I will keep you out of the wrath to come. CHRISTIANS ARE NOT APPOINTED TO WRATH. According to 1 Thessalonians 5;9,God did not appoint us to wrath,but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.Again,this passage which follows the strongest passage on the Rapture in the Bible,must be considered in light of its context.For our purpose here,1 thessalonians 5;9 makes it clear that God did not appoint us to wrath (the Tribulation)but to obtain salvation,or deliverance from it.Since so many saints will martyred during the Tribulation,there will be few (if any)alive at the Glorious Appearing of Christ.This promise cannot mean,then,that He deliver believers during the time of wrath,for the saints mentioned there (the Tribulation saints)will not be delievered;in fact,most will be martyred.To be delievered out of it,the church will have to be Raptuered before it begins. Since the Tribulation is especially the time of God's wrath,and since Christians are not appointed to wrath,then it follows that the church will be Raptured before the Tribulation,while the Glorious Appearing occurs after that. GOD BLESS.