One of the great truths of the Bible is that God is in the trial, in the struggle, in the suffering, in the fiery furnace, and in the victory with us. God the Father did not remove the cup of suffering, the crucifixion as requested by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. But God the Father was in the crucifixion and in the resurrection along with Jesus the Son, for the good outcome of salvation and spiritual re-birth for all of mankind. How can God be in the fiery trial alongside the church during the end-times tribulation, if the main body of the church is not even on the earth?
Without the catastrophic events of the end-times pulling out the rug of false security from underneath the feet of the firmly entrenched contemporary world, combined with the clearly evil worldwide spectacle of the persecution of Christians by the Antichrist, the last remaining stubborn lost sheep at the end of the ages might never re-think their wayward condition, and make their final decision for salvation through Christ.
If the biblical interpretation outlined in this book is accurate, then the Christian church needs to change its mindset quickly. Preparation for spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:13), not preparation for the rapture, needs to be the order of the day. Christians need to begin an intimate walk of faith with Jesus Christ as our guide now, so that faith and trust in God has a chance to establish deep roots of experience to withstand the storms ahead.
Faith and trust in God, built upon an experiential foundation that contains a genuine element of risk, is one of the most difficult and challenging accomplishments in all of human life. If the church is not raptured pretribulation, but experiences a portion of the tribulation period working in the final harvest for a few tumultuous years, then the Matthew 7:24-27 verses about building our houses on top of solid rock, with deep foundations, applies as never before.
For the last-days Christian church, I believe the question of spiritual preparedness is one of the great issues of the age that none of us can afford to get wrong. Christians need to come to know their God on a very personal level now.