The rapture/harpazo or catching away is a clearly illustrated event that is going to occur. The only debate is the timing of the event.
I, like many, was brought up on the pre-trib idea. After years of reading scripture and chewing on what it says (not what I want it to say) I'm not sure if the pre-trib is accurate. Many people develop preconceived beliefs or ideas that were typically taught to them by people they deem more knowledgeable than themselves. They are mentally lazy and look for others to do the work and tell them what scripture means, rather than figure it out themselves, because that would take work and mental effort. They want the easy way.
Then they look for scripture to support their belief or what they've been told, rather than allow scripture to create the belief. They often discard scripture that contradicts their dogmatic views or understandings of what they have been taught. Making doctrines of men doctrines of God. Times haven't changed and people haven't changed. We, as people, have been doing this forever.
The only scripture I can find that alludes to the idea of a pre-trib event is Rev. 3:10. This however is only being spoken to the church of Philadelphia ONLY. I am familiar with the illustration of the 7 churches representing "eras" of the church over the last 2000 years although no can point out when these supposed eras began and ended. Laodicea being the current church era. There is a plausible argument for this illustration. As to whether it is accurate is debatable. The messages to the churches are more important than trying to overlay some contrived "hidden message" timeline over the seven churches. All the same, it's an interesting mental exercise and possibility so I don't discount it outright.
Who, and if the timeline idea is correct, when is/was the church of Philadelphia? When did it start and end to give way to the Laodicean church? These are questions I haven't found answers to.
There are also scriptures that say "we are not appointed to wrath". The wrath of God and the tribulation are not the same thing as many seem to think it is. The tribulation is the period of the anti-christ and satan running amok on the earth. And is it 7 years or 3.5 years? Even that is scripturally debatable. The wrath of God and the wrath of the lamb are Devine judgements. and are not the tribulation. The wrath of God seems to be the vial judgements. The seals and trumpets are more inline with the tribulation period.
I've studied end time prophecies for 40 years and listened everyone and their dog give their explanations. I've heard it all. The truth is because of the metaphorical and allegorical nature of the passages in the book of the Revelation we can't say with 100% certainty what these things mean. It's best guess in much of it. Many times prophecy cannot be understood until after it happens.
We can look back at the prophecies of the first coming and Jesus and say, "SEE!". But that proves my point, we are looking BACK AFTER it occurred. The people of the time, especially the religious types, couldn't see it. The same is going to happen in the future regarding the unfolding of end time events.
Be aware of what's going on today, but don't interpret scripture or your understanding of scripture using modern headlines and say, "See, this is it!" Many in the past have done the same and have been wrong. It's tempting to do. Be mindful of it.
For the record, the 2030 date, based on my understanding of everything you pointed out in this video, is what I've been looking at since the 1990's. I was bouncing back and fourth between 2030 and 2033, but was more on the 2030 side of things. You pointed out several allusions I didn't consider. The menorah prophecy was interesting.
Any honest bible reader will eventually come to the 7 day/7 thousand year timeline understanding. I'm surprised how many don't understand this still. Very good job on this video. I found it more edifying as opposed to revelatory. That's just me though. I hope it opens a lot of eyes.
So is there a pre-trib rapture? I'm not sure anymore. Or is it pre-wrath? Time will tell. WE DON'T KNOW the day or the hour. That said, it says we will know the season.
I find the alignment of current events and this 6000 year timeline quite alarming. I've never seen so many things lining up like we do today. As I've studied history, I can't go back in history and see what we are seeing happening today on such a grand scale affecting the entire world like we do today.
I know this, according to Titus 2:11-13 and 1Thess 4:16-18, we are waiting for the appearing of Jesus in the sky. The bible doesn't say this happens twice. It happens once. According to Matthew this is at the END of the time of tribulation "after those days".
Mat 24:29 Immediately "after the tribulation" of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a "great sound of a trumpet", and they shall "gather together his elect" from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
I'm starting to lean more towards a pre-wrath timing (whenever that begins). It seems a rapture is more likely happening at the second coming.
The pre-trib is a very seductive proposition. Thinking we will not suffer for the sake of Christ, but scripture says otherwise. I think like at the beginning of the church age where there was much persecution, the end of the church age will be similar.
It's also possibly very deceptive because so many dogmatically think the tribulation can't start until AFTER the rapture. In order to believe this, you have to engage in a level of mental gymnastics with scripture to come to that conclusion, which I have watched many popular "bible teachers" do. Especially with 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 saying the "falling away" (apostisa - defecting from the faith) and turning that into the "catching away" which is not a proper understanding of that scripture.
So if the tribulation begins and we are still here many won't recognize it or accept it as being the tribulation because they will be saying "this can't be it, the rapture hasn't happened yet." Causing a form of scriptural cognitive dissonance.
I'm open to the idea of a pre-trib rapture. Who wouldn't be. I don't want to endure the suffering outlined in scripture just as much as the next guy. It's normal to not want to suffer. But I'm not holding on to it with all that I have. I am mentally prepared to endure if I have to. Just because it's become popular over the last 100 years and has the appeal of "I won't have to endure until the end", doesn't mean it's the correct interpretation.
I find that attitude very much in alignment with the lukewarm, easy life mentality Jesus rebukes the Laodiceans for exhibiting. Interesting point to ponder. But after his rebuke he tells them, "To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame," We are told to overcome and not fall into lukewarmness or get caught up in the idea of we are rich and have need of nothing. This is very much reflected in the mentality of today's idolatry of wealth, riches, and luxury. It has spread like a mental and spiritual cancer throughout much of the church, especially in America and other western nations.
I think to be wise, we have to be open to the possibility we may be here through the tribulation and learn to recognize it when it starts. If the pre-trib is the way it goes down, GREAT! Nothing to worry about. But I would advise to not be dogmatic and unwavering in that interpretation of the the timing of the event.
The pre-trib rapture has become a type of dogma. Dogma's can hinder our understanding. There was much dogma in the days of Jesus in which he rebuked and corrected the people and leaders for their erroneous interpretations. We would be wise and should also be flexible in our understanding of the "timing" of these events.
If the tribulation starts and there hasn't been a rapture there will be millions caught off guard and unprepared and refusing to believe "they were wrong." Just like in the days of Jesus, they couldn't admit they were wrong. Sin #1 PRIDE.