Now what is truly 'strange' brethren, is that many like Stranger today that are on man's Pre-trib Rapture doctrine, are apparently not aware how the pre-trib rapture theory has traditionally taught that Jesus will come "as a thief in the night", and to be ready for His coming to rapture them to Heaven!!!
Let's look again brethren, to see when... that "as a thief in the night" timing is per God's Word:2 Peter 3:10
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
There it is; "the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night".
Pre-trib traditionally taught that Jesus comes to gather them "as a thief in the night", and they taught that could happen at 'any moment'. That's where they even got... that idea of any moment, i.e., from that "as a thief in the night" metaphor in God's Word! But now... they reject that traditional teaching?
Yes, they apparently now reject that Jesus comes "as a thief in the night", even when our Lord Jesus Himself declared emphatically that He comes "as a thief"!!!Rev 16:15-17
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
If their denial of that timing when Jesus comes on the "day of the Lord" "as a thief" isn't bad enough, their wicked twisting of the 1 Thess.4 Scripture is even worse.
NOWHERE in 1 Thess.4 does it declare our Lord Jesus comes to rapture us out prior to the tribulation, nowhere.
But I'll bet you didn't know brethren, that 1 Thess.4 DOES declare Jesus comes to gather His Church on the LAST DAY of this world, which is when the "day of the Lord" is to occur:
1 Thess 4:13-14
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
1 Thess 4:16-17
16 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:
17 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.
Jesus brings the "asleep" saints from Heaven with Him when He comes to gather His Church. That's when that event is of the dead in Christ rising first. That's the resurrection of those being raised on the LAST DAY of this world! That means it's impossible for that resurrection to point to any other time than the final day of this world!
Those in Christ on earth will not precede ("prevent" in verse 15) the "asleep" saints:1 Thess 4:15
15 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.
That word "prevent" there is Greek phthano
, meaning 'anticipate or precede, or go beforehand' (Strong's 5348). Check it out for yourself if you don't believe me. Look in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance.
It means those of us still alive on earth when Jesus comes cannot precede to Heaven the "asleep" saints which must be resurrected on the day of Jesus' coming! The resurrection of the dead happens first, is what He showed. Likewise in John 5:28-29 is another witness of the resurrection happening on the day of His coming when final trump (7th trumpet) sounds.