This is probably one of the most frustrating questions submitted to us. Because the Rapture Ready site has hundreds of articles that explain the meaning of the rapture in great detail, the real quandary here is people’s unwillingness to search for answers. When people lack the capacity to seek the truth, they are often incapable of receiving it when someone hands it to them.
Here is one of the easiest ways to present an argument for the pre-tribulation rapture: There just simply cannot be a rapture surprise if you know it’s coming at the mid-point, pre-wrath, or end of the tribulation. Matthew 24:44 states: “For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”
In order for the rapture to be a surprise, it must take place before the tribulation starts. It would absolutely silly to apply this to any other view. During the final hour of the tribulation, 2/3 of mankind will be dead from the various judgments and the Church will be under constant threat from the Antichrist. In all this carnage, I cannot imagine believers being oblivious to the nearness of the Lord’s return. This is why a pre-trib rapture is the only position that makes sense.