PROPHECY NEWS-STAND: Is the coming Mideast War the wrath of man or God? Recently, my good friend Terry James , best selling author and co-founder of Raptureready.com, sent me an email from a gentleman who wondered about my position on the Pre-Trib Rapture. Additionally, the gentlemen expressed the concerns below about concluding comments made in my article, “Mideast Wars Could Break Out Tomorrow.” The gentlemen wrote: “The Tribulation may be worse than the scenario described in Bill’s article, but frankly I do not see how much worse it could get. What Bill Salus is talking about is widespread death do to war and famine. He is talking about starvation, on a massive scale, utter societal breakdown and riots, with murder and violence sure to escalate beyond anything we could imagine due to hunger. So, if that were to happen I ask the question: How is this NOT as bad as the Tribulation. And if this is not God's Wrath, then what is it? This is the sort of suffering that would test the church. Honestly, Terry, if this were to happen I would more than likely conclude that there is no pre-trib Rapture.” “As an aside, how many folks do you know who have $20,000.00 cash on hand? I certainly do not. No one on my street is even a Christian. It would be every man for himself on my street. No one would be safe if the scenario that Salus describes were to unfold.” Here is my response to these comments: I, like Terry James, Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Dr. David Reagan, and a host of others, am so Pre-Trib that I don't even eat post toasties. Regarding the Tribulation, its commencement point is the signing of the false covenant in Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28:15, 18. The Mideast wars I'm on the lookout for are described in Psalm 83, Isaiah 17:1, and Ezekiel 38 & 39. I believe Isaiah 17:1 will either precede or occur within the Psalm 83 event. I believe all of these wars are Pre-Trib events. The Church could be Raptured before, during, or after any of these wars. The only prerequisite of the Rapture is that it will occur before or concurrent with the confirmation of the false covenant between the Antichrist and Israel. more at PROPHECY NEWS-STAND: Is the coming Mideast War the wrath of man or God?