Prewrath Rapture

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The Prewrath Rapture view (sometimes called "mid-Tribulation Rapture") is a pre-millennial rapture timing theory.

According to this theory, the rapture of the Church occurs somewhere in the second half of Daniel's 70th Week, just after the sixth seal is opened.[1], which means that it would take place after the Antichrist enters the rebuilt Jewish Temple and declares himself to be God.

The view was reintroduced to the world by Robert Van Kampen in the 1970s. This position was also held by the early Church, according to first and second century Christian writings like the Didache.[2]


The following scriptures are held as support for this view:

  • The saints are not appointed unto wrath (1 Thessalonians 3)
  • In this world, the saints shall have tribulation (Matthew 24)
  • Immediately after the Tribulation, the Sun and the moon will go dark (Matthew 24)
  • After the Sun and moon go dark, Christ will rapture the Church (Matthew 24, Revelation 6)
  • The Sun and the moon will go dark before the Day of the Lord (Joel 5)
  • At this point "the great day of his wrath is come," (Revelation 6)
  • The rapture cannot come until there is a falling away, and the Abomination of Desolation occurs (2 Thessalonians 3)
  • The seven seals cannot be God's wrath, because the fifth seal is martyrdom (Revelation 6)
  • Therefore, the Tribulation is a separate time from the Day of the Lord's Wrath, the rapture will occur after Abomination of Desolation, but before the end of the seven years, and it will only be imminent within the second half.


Supporters of this view include:


  2. Alan Kurschner, "The Earliest Christian Document Outside of the New Testament (the Didache) Explicitly Teaches that the Church Will Face the Antichrist,"
  3. Hovind had his "epiphany" while in prison, and wrote about the subject in his book, "What on Earth is About to Happen for Heaven's Sake?"