Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Philosophy


Robert Talley


Rapture, pretribulation, prewrath, midtribulation, posttribulation, day of the Lord




The purpose of this dissertation is to define biblical terms related to the timing of the rapture. After defining those terms, this dissertation will make a case for a prewrath and posttribulation rapture of the Church. The primary passages this dissertation will use are Matthew 24-25, Revelation 6-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:9, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, 2 Peter 3:3-10, and Daniel 7-12. The goal of this dissertation is to show that all scholars raise difficult questions that no other theory has successfully addressed. When the terms "tribulation" and "wrath" are defined, this dissertation will argue that the biblical eschatological word "tribulation" defines what the Church must face before the rapture. The tribulation period lasts for an unspecified period of time. The day of the Lord ends the tribulation of the Church with the rapture; next, the wrath of every eschatological day of the passage (Old and New Testaments) will be unleashed on earth for an unspecified period of time until the millennial reign of Christ. The only seven-year period that Revelation mentions happens during the sixth trumpet judgment, between Revelation 12:2 and 13:5. The reason this dissertation is both posttribulational and prewrath is because the tribulation period ends during the day of the Lord, as Christians are being raptured, and God does not unleash His wrath until after the tribulation period.

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