1 There are basically three branches of premillennial theory: (a) dispensational [pre-tribulation] premillennialism (the rapture occurs before the 7-years’ tribulation); (b) mid-tribulation (the rapture occurs in the midst of the 7-years’ tribulation); and (c) historic [post-tribulation] premillennialism (the rapture occurs at the end of the 7-years’ tribulation). G. D. Fee, in response to the rapturist interpretation of 1 Thess. 4:17, candidly observes, “Paul himself could hardly have intended such a meaning here …. How could [the Thessalonians] have known about such an ‘event’ otherwise unknown in the church until the mid-nineteenth century?” (Thessalonians 179-80).
2 Unless otherwise noted, scripture quotations are the author’s own translation.
3 The future passive form rapiemur appears in the Latin Vulgate translation of 1 Thess. 4:17.
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