"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a departure first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." 2 Thessalonians 2:3
In the first seven English translations of the Bible (Wycliffe Bible 1384, Tyndale Bible 1526, Coverdale Bible 1535, Cranmer Bible 1539, Breeches Bible 1576, Beza Bible 1583, Geneva Bible 1608) the Greek word "apostasia" was correctly translated in context as "departure". There is no clear reason as to why the King James Version was the first to change the well-established existing translation. (http://water.cephas-news.com/rapture_apostasia_vs_departure.html)
Jesus says that in the days of the Son of man (His returning to rapture His bride, the Church) it will be as in the days of Noah and the days of Lot. Both are examsples of the righteous being taken or rescued before God’s wrath came down.
"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all." Luke 17:28-29
Some say that the harpazo (aka rapture) is not to occur until after the seven-year tribulation. This is not correct, and it’s easy to see why if you have read the book of Revelation. In this book it details how over half of the earth’s population is killed off by plagues and disasters; cities leveled; the land scorched. This is not an environment where people are going to be eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building.
In addition, how are we to expect God to pour out His wrath (the 7-year tribulation) on the righteous? Because in the days of Lot, God told Abraham that He would spare the city of Sodom if fifty righteous were found within it (Genesis 18:26).
So, if God was willing to spare Sodom from destruction if only fifty righteous were found in it, how much more will He spare the world until the righteous are taken out as Lot was? You might ask, "Who are the righteous?" Because Romans 3:10 says, "There is none righteous, no, not one." And Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God."
But God so loved the world that He sent His only Son (Jesus Christ), that all who believe in Him will not perish but have life everlasting (John 3:16).
Those who have repented and believed have been gifted the righteousness of God through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These are the righteous. And not one of these have earned it by their works, only through the work of and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. So, there are many righteous in the earth. Our righteousness is not our own and not earned by works. It is given to us freely as a gift through faith in Jesus.
We who are in Christ (like Lot) are not appointed to God’s wrath.
"For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
And similar to the days of Noah and the days of Lot, destruction will not come until the righteous are rescued. Like getting on the Ark or in the case of Lot, being taken by angles out of the city of Sodom (which was then destroyed immediately thereafter).
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." 2 Thessalonians 2:7-10
This “coming after the working of Satan” is referring to when Jesus comes back to earth with his bride (The Church) behind Him to defeat Satan.
- First, the Lord will come down and harpazo His church (all born-again believers living and dead) up to meet Him in the air.
- Destruction (tribulation) will then immediately fall upon the earth (like a trap); just as it happened in the days of Lot.
- Lastly, at the end of the tribulation (God’s wrath on the earth), Jesus comes back with His bride to defeat Satan.
Jesus is coming soon. He will come suddenly when most do not expect Him. Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ NOW while you are still able.
"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
God bless you!