Although there are not a great number of writings on the end times from the early centuries of the church there is no question that there was a belief in the rapture among the church fathers and they taught it with strong language and scriptural support in terms of the timing of the rapture the early church fathers placed it before the end times day of the lord great tribulation the . Even though the early church was under heavy persecution these teachers believed there would still come a distinct time of great tribulation in the future two pretribulational teachings in the medieval church. End times theology in the early church the pre tribulation rapture doctrine and early church beliefs various beliefs about eschatology end times the rapture and . The pre tribulation rapture was taught by the early church obviously the truth about the timing of the rapture will ultimately be found only in scripture the protestant reformation was based essentially on this return to the authority of the bible. The pre tribulation rapture is a johnny come lately idea that is too new to be true this is the most common argument that i encounter against the concept of the rapture of the church occurring before the tribulation begins
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