Another reason why I do not believe that the rapture will occur at the beginning of the tribulation period, is that Daniel’s seven-year tribulation is the final period of time for everything in terms of the old world system. When the time finally comes that there are only seven years of human earthly history remaining, it would certainly be imperative and incumbent upon God to shake-up the world as described in the book of Revelation.
The reasons behind this shake-up are two-fold, and they are enormous. The first reason is that God would not want the last generation of unbelievers, with only seven years remaining on the clock, to be mistakenly focused on the non-essentials like what color to paint the kitchen, or whether to buy or lease our next automobile, or which college law school our granddaughter should apply to. These otherwise legitimate life issues would be rendered entirely superfluous by virtue of the short time remaining on the earth.
The second reason for a major shake-up by God as described in end-times biblical prophecy is to demonstrate that the Antichrist, posing as the messiah and savior of the world using fair speech, lofty promises, and intimidating threats, is in fact a worthless counterfeit god-man, and an imposter who cannot control the catastrophic natural events or the health related judgment plagues that will be occurring in the world. Only the real God can supernaturally intervene in our natural world. The catastrophic magnitude of the events occurring on the planet during the tribulation would be God’s unselfish and loving way of exposing the lie and the emptiness of the high sounding speech of the Antichrist. This would be God’s final, emphatic, and unambiguous attempt to capture the attention of the last inhabitants on this planet as to the truly fragile nature of our existence and the genuine reality of our dependence on our Creator God.
At issue is the fundamental difference between “self-made men and women” and God-made men and women, which has been at the center of the debate in God’s outreach throughout human redemptive history. The tribulation period is an environment of imposed dependence upon God for temporary physical and eternal spiritual survival, and forces a decision for or against God upon every inhabitant on the earth. When the time comes that there are only seven years of time remaining, there is no point to God holding back or moderating His final appeal to mankind.