Hi all. I believe in the pretrib rapture for many biblical reasons but a few of my friends are changing their minds. Their reason to start questioning pretrib is not because of scripture but because they say why should we be exempt from persecution. Once they hold to that premise then they begin trying to find scripture for this view. I first respond that we will not necessarily be exempt from persecution and that if the Lord tarries we will have probably will be persecuted for our faith. I believe the tribulation is not for the church but to bring Israel to the Messiah. I was wondering if my fellow Christians out their could give me a concise biblical response to my friends who are leaving the biblical view of the rapture.