Purpose of this Session
This view emerged in 1941 with the publication of the book, "The End: Rethinking the Revelation" by Norman B. Harrison. They believe that the Rapture of the Church will occur at the mid-point of the seventieth week of Daniel. They see the second half of the seven year tribulation as the wrath of God and as a result the church will not be here when God pours out His wrath on the earth.
This view is largely based on the Scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5:9 that speaks of not being appointed to wrath. The thought is that the first 3 and a half years are described by Jesus as “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8), and the second three and a half years are the time when God’s wrath is poured out upon a disobedient and rebellious earth.
Others believe that a Partial rapture will take place where only those who are “looking for his coming” will be snatched from the earth, and those who are living carnal lives, although saved, will remain throughout the tribulation period and prove their devotion through martyrdom. This idea is primarily drawn from the parable of the 10 virgins, where half, who were not watching and who had neglected the oil in their lamps (speaking of unspiritual lifestyle), were shut out from the wedding feast, and could not enter in.
Mike Bickle, a prophet from Kansas City and founder of the International House of Prayer translated this parable differently, believing in a post-tribulation rapture. He points out that Matthew 24:29-31 pointedly says, “Immediately after the tribulation…he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together (rapture) his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” The parable of the 10 virgins is in this context. He considers the parables of Matthew 24 and 25 to be admonitions to prayer and preparation for these terrible days that are coming, so that we may be counted among those whom Jesus will partner with throughout the tribulation to display His glory and judgement, much as Moses was used in Exodus. Those who are unprepared will not lose their salvation, but will be disqualified from usefulness to the Lord during these days of great darkness and equally great miracles and glory.