Daniel 11 and 12 are two of the most amazing chapters in the Bible. Through a careful reading, we can discover the geographic location of the kingdom of the Antichrist, whose wrath the Tribulation really is and the timing of the gathering of the Church to Christ upon His return (the rapture).
The timing of the gathering (the rapture): pre or post?
There’s this idea circulating in the Church that the Church will be gathered to Christ (raptured) before the Tribulation begins. However, Daniel says otherwise.
Daniel 12:1-3 NASB “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time;
At what time? It tells us right in the first verse “a time of distress” as in the Tribulation. The previous chapter tells us as well.
and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.
Rescued by who? By Jesus Christ who is returning!
Who is being rescued? Everyone who is found written in the Book as in believers as in the Church!
 “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.  “Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
And here in verse 2 we have the resurrection of the Saints, which the gathering of those who are alive on the earth at this time (the rapture), is a part of [1 Corinthians 15]. The rapture is the part of the resurrection for those who will be alive at the time of Christ’s return to be gathered to Him. Those who are dead in Him are already with Him [1 Thessalonians 4:13-18].
Christ is returning to abolish the Antichrist’s tyrannical rule
It is of utmost importance to note that when Christ returns the Tribulation ends. That’s why He’s returning! He’s returning to put an end to the most tyrannical regime in history and rescue His Church!
I’d also like to add, and this is just my hunch, that this idea of a pre-Tribulation rapture is only prevalent in areas of the world where the Church suffers no persecution. There are many thousands of Christians in the Middle East right now being tortured and killed for their belief in Jesus Christ by the religion of the coming Antichrist, Islam. This is tribulation and a snaphot of what the Tribulation will be like. Would anyone say these people are suffering God’s wrath? I hope not. The only difference between what is happening to these people now and what will happen during the Tribulation is that it will be so much more intense because the Antichrist will be in charge of it, hence the Great
Tribulation [Matthew 24:21].
Every place in the Bible that addresses these things always confirms what Christ has told us in the Olivet Discourse and rightly so. His words are the plumb line by which we measure all others.
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. [Matthew 24:29-31 NASB]
Jesus places the gathering (rapture) within the context of His Coming after the Tribulation [Matthew 24:29-31, 37-42].
- Daniel calls the Tribulation Satan’s wrath against the Church not God’s wrath against an unbelieving world [Daniel 11:36]