Mid-Tribulation & Pre-Wrath

1st half of 70th Week > Abomination of Desolation & Rapture > 2nd half of 70th Week > Second Coming

1st half of 70th Week > Abomination of Desolation > Great Tribulation > Pre-Wrath Rapture > Day of the Lord > Second Coming

These two views both share the assumption of the Pre-70th Week position that the 70th Week is yet future to us and that Christ will return at the end of that Week. Those who hold to this view may also support some from of Dispensationalism. Like the pre-70th Week position, those who hold to these two positions have a careful reading of the text. Similarly, these two views also uphold the idea that Christians will be preserved from God’s Wrath in the sense of Judgements on Earth, as opposed to Hell (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

The weaknesses of these views are that they will seem to some to be overly particular in their treatment of the texts and to be too much of a compromise between the poles of the pre-70th Week and post-70th Week views. Everyone agreeing that we are not appointed to Wrath/Judgement (1 Thessalonians 5:9), people then argue over what the Wrath of God is and when exactly it begins.

I direct interested readers to Alan Kurschner’s blog (http://www.alankurschner.com/) and his book, Antichrist before the Day of the Lord, which gives the finer details and arguments for the pre-Wrath position. The pre-Wrath position has gained in popularity over the years as a serious challenger to the more popular ‘pre-trib’ position, while the ‘mid-trib’ position seems to have quietly slipped away.