To "escape" does not mean to be raptured out of this world as the pre-tribber's believe.
It means to be protected from, as one is going through.
I also don't believe the word "qualifications" has anything to do with it. Once again, either a person is born again or is not. This is a time of separating, revealing to oneself, if one is true or false. A true believer will be trusting God through it all and watching for Jesus's return. These warnings are for the self-deceiver's who are just playing or pretending or claiming to be something that they are not.
Please don't call me a "pre-tribber" in that way. Labels like this introduce strawmen arguments and other misunderstandings. You may say that I am advocating a pre-tribulation rapture. Partially, selectively, I am.
It is possible that "escape" in Luke 21:37
does not have to mean taken physically off the earth.
However, it could mean that. And if it did, to be TAKEN is itself a kind of victorious PREVAILING. " ... that you would prevail to escape all these things"
If we are not too dogmatic about it, if rapture IS meant, it is not running away with your tail between your legs. It is PREVAILING
TO ESCAPE. It would be an indication, not of defeat, but of ENOCH like victory - prevailing.
If it does mean rapture, ( and it could ), it means victoriousness, prevailing
through the Lord's bountiful grace.
In other words, Luke 21:17
in any understanding, has to mean overcoming through the grace of Christ.
Now for some years I understood "prevail to escape ... stand before the Son of Man"
as you do. Then eventually I realized that it could be either way - rapture or passing through. And here is why:
1.) If the whole church is raptured pre-tribulation, this verse implies that the whole church has prevailed to escape.
2.) If part of the church is raptured pre-tribulation, it still implies that this PART has prevailed to escape.
3.) If the part that did not prevail wakes up to notice some of their brethren, like Enoch, are no longer found, the verse still implies these unfortunate ones have to prevail to escape. They have to get with the program, so to speak.
4.) If the whole church passes through the great tribulation and there is no such thing as a pre-tribulation rapture, the verse still indicates that they had to prevail to escape.
So, just looking at the exhortation itself, it could be understood validly a number of ways. Its content is more moral than anything else.
Secondly, to stand before the Son of Man can mean stand before Him up in Heaven, near the earth in the clouds, or on the earth when He comes down.
Verse 27 said "Then they will see the sign of the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
But Revelation 19 Christ coming down to battle with an army of redeemed saints. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True etc, ... And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean." (See 19:11-13).
And this army is a bridal army. Her wedding garment is also her fighting garment: "Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean, for the fine linen is the rigtheouesnesses [sic] of the saints." (19:7,8)
The bridal army is accompanying the Lord DOWN. So it would be the case that at least some stood before the Son of Man in heaven and accompany the Son of Man coming down as His bridal army. Luke 21:37
therefore definitely could mean to be raptured to heaven, having escaped the great tribulation because of faithful watching, and standing before the Son of Man in heaven. And then accompanying Him as His bridal army at the end of the great tribulation.
And it is exceedingly logical that if Luke 21:37
is an exhortation, some will heed and some will not, or will heed late. And in that case some heeders would be SELECTED to be raptured pre-trib to stand before the Son of Man in heaven. Jude 14 - " ... behold the Lord came with myriads of His saints " "Myriads of His saints"
does not have to mean ALL of his saints. Myriads of His saints could mean a SELECTION of qualified saints from all to be a myriad.
Lastly, a selection of His saints is accompanying Him in chapter 19 is very strongly implied in Revelation 17:14
: These will make war with the Lamb;
, [at the battle of Armegeddon (Rev. 19) ] and they who are with Him, the called and chosen and faithful [will also overcome them]... "
The accompanying army with the Son of Man are not only CALLED
They have added to this "AND FAITHFUL".
To their election they have added being FAITHFUL.
IE. You who are saved by the Lord's grace, add something of your response
to this great mercy and fortune of God - "But be watchful at every time, beseeching that you would prevail to escape all these things which are about to come to pass and stand before the Son of Man".
Every exhortation to Christians implies a response of faithfulness or a possibility of neglect or tardiness.