In this week’s episode of The Biblical Prophecy Program, I pointed out a contradiction in the posttribulation framework.
Many posttribulationists view the catching up of the two witnesses to heaven as “representing” the rapture, and they identify the blowing of the seventh trumpet in the book of Revelation as Paul’s “last trump.”
The salient problem, however, is the blowing of the seventh trumpet explicitly occurs after—not before—the catching up of the two witnesses.
And Paul clearly teaches in 1 Cor 15 and 1 Thess 4 that the “last trump” (i.e. “God’s trumpet”) signals the rapture and resurrection. Therefore, the seventh trumpet cannot be considered Paul’s “last trump.”
“Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies stared at them. Just then a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe has come and gone; the third is coming quickly. Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying” (Rev 11:12–15)