It (the rapture) does not appear in The Bible.
Consider the previous verse, Revelation 14:13-15
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are
the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit,
that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow
them. And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat > like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden, and in his hand a
sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud > voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe [overripe]."
This is describing harvesting which is always synonymous with the end (the second advent).
“The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the angels.”
Jesus Christs' return means rewards for the righteous and their works do follow them.
The tribulation woe of the 6th Trump has concluded by that description.
And the Final Woe, That Christ brings will begin.
Contrast that with the following verses
Rev 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power
over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle,
saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the
vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
Grapes are not harvested with a sickle. It results in mess.
This is a reality for people that Satan deceived into his worship.
And Christ returns to find them so doing.
Often people will refer to Revelation passages where John is the person in question; while the church has no article. John is being given the prophecy for our foreknowledge of The Truth and benefit, So that we're not deceived. That really being the nature of Satan's Tribulation.
1 Thessalonians 4 is referenced a lot; however you might have noticed many times people fail to begin at the subject. Verse 13 (the subject) is often conveniently neglected; "where are the dead".
Paul offers insight into life after death, and comfort for those who remain. That subject carries to the end of the chapter with the added bonus that at The Trump of God, that whether present or absent; Jesus Christ reunites us all at His return.
Tribulation and its timing is not the subject for 1 Thessalonians 4.
Paul was so concerned this letter caused confusion on this, he wrote 2 Thessalonians 2.
There's only one Trump taught in Revelation for The second advent, that's The Last, The 7th .
1 Corinthians 15:52
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and
we shall be changed.”
1 Corinthians 15:52 should be considered carefully for understanding what Paul meant in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. Because I believe it is the same description given the subjects are The return. The change is initiated at Jesus's return .We gather in great clouds of Christian witnesses towards Christ the Author and Finisher of our Faith. As we change into spirit bodies(air).
Clouds is often used figuratively for a great number of something. Like, Locusts. Or an army like in Joel 2 (Revelation 9).
Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud
to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
They enemies have armies. Jesus also returns with an army from heaven. The many people He brings with Him, as Paul so aptly reminds us
1 Thessalonians 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also
which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses,
clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven,
saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our
Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Matthew 24 often gets the same treatment, the subject is overlooked.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall
shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect.”
Matthew 24:40-42 KJV
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the
other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall
be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what
hour your Lord doth come.
The False Christ is the subject here.
The example given was Noah's flood. Those aboard The Ark remained on the earth . While those swept away of the wicked; were taken off the earth.
“And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the
woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.”
The believer has article in this case showing there must be a stand and testing .God is so good to us, He told us before the fact what happens.
The question for me is, are people listening to The Bible, or to man?
Consider the opening addresses to the churches in Revelation.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall
fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And
then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall
all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man
coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he
shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall
gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven
to the other.
Paul does explain that its their knowledge of the events of the end times, that saves them from being taken as a thief would its victims, by surprise at an hour they'd least expect it. Mainly those with child and travail spiritually speaking with a child that is not Christs; no longer virgin brides fit for His arrival.
(1 Thessalonians 5). Its by means of The Truth of the matter ; that they make their "escape". Not from the testing expected of them, but from the wrath of God poured out on the wicked who believed not the love of the Truth. The nature of the tribulation is one of deception resulting apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2) . That maybe a woe easily overcome with Christ and God. However the Woe Jesus brings on those who accepted the "mark in" their foreheads poses a dire reality for those who fall victim to lies and deception of these end times.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Strong's meaning: "falling away"
Feminine of the same as G647; defection from truth (properly the state), (“apostasy”): - falling away, forsake.
Total KJV occurrences: 2
“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it
not, then cometh the wicked one, and "catcheth away" that which was
sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.”
“But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.”