In order for the pretrib doctrine to have legs, the passage in Matt. 24:29-31 must be isolated for the Jews only. Matt. 24:29-31 reads:
 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other
Because this passage gives us a direct order of events that interferes with the pretrib rapture doctrine, the doctrine must find a way to segregate this order of events so that it does not include everyone.
As a result, names must be given to the segregated. One name we are told is the Jews and the other the church. There are several problems in attempting this. One is that Christ’s work on the cross has created “one new man” and eliminated this segregation of Jews and Greek see Eph. 2:11-15.
Another is the definition surrounding the saints/church/elect. The church as described in the book of Revelation includes those who are not all heaven bound. It is much like the church today. It includes the hot, and the cold, and the lukewarm. Includes those who overcome and those who do not. The parable of the sower also describes the church… the fertile soil (hot), those who love their “stuff” (weedy soil/lukewarm), those who have no heart for tribulation and persecution (stony soil/lukewarm), and those who go, just because their spouse or parents drag them to church (hardened path/cold). Only the fertile soil is rapture material. Only those who overcome are rapture material (Rev. 3:5). The lukewarm of the church or those who do not overcome in the church, are vomited out of God’s mouth, and their name is blotted out of the book of life… Rev. 3:5, 16. So here it is very clear, that the church itself is not raptured, but rather the only ones who are gathered together with Him are the saints or elect. Which are fertile soil. The church is no different than that of the 10 virgins found in Matt. 25. All were earnestly awaiting the bridegroom, however only half made it to the party. The other half were told “depart from me, I never knew you.” That is very direct message, because if they weren’t invited into the heaven, then where are they to go? The answer is Hell. There are some who believe in second chances, but that is entirely speculative.
There are several problems with eliminating certain passages of the Word in an attempt to state that the passage is for a certain group. First of all the passage must state that it is specifically speaking to a particular group, as it does when designating and isolating certain groups. This passage does not. Therefore, if one believes this passage is not for them, but points the finger at another, the door to pick and choose which Scripture is right for them is blown wide open.
For instance, if Matt. 24 is isolated for the Jews, what about the book of Acts? In Act 1:9-12 the disciples see Jesus ascend into the clouds to heaven. They are then told by heavenly beings, “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” This order of events is described in Matt. 24:29-31. in Acts Jesus departs from the Mount of Olives, to the clouds, to heaven. If He returns in like manner, then it is… heaven, clouds, Mount of Olives. This does not describe a rapture event of heaven… clouds… heaven…. clouds…. Mount of Olives as the rapture doctrine teaches, but rather it describes the order that Jesus taught in Matt. 24:29-31. If therefore Matt. 24 is for the Jews only, then Acts 1, must also be for the Jews only. And if Acts 1 is for the Jews only… why stop there…. why not the whole book of Acts being Jews only. What an absurd idea!
The pretrib doctrine teaches that Matt. 24 is for the Jews only, because they falsely believe that the time of Jacob’s trouble is the 7 year great tribulation at the time of the end. The time of Jacob’s trouble has come and gone… it was between 70 AD and 1948 AD know as the Jewish diaspora. Jer. 30:8 speaks of Jacob’s trouble, but Jer. 30, 31 is a TWO chapter prophesy that describes this time in which Israel is scattered to the ends of the earth and then gathered again (Jer. 31:8), not the time which is yet to come. Approx. 12 million Jews were killed during the Jewish diaspora… 3 Million on the onset… to 6 by 164 AD when Jerusalem was eliminated of Jews and was “trodden down of the gentiles” Luke 21:24…. fulfilling the time of the gentiles. Hitler killed a final 6 million Jews at the end of the diaspora. This is indeed the worse time ever for Israel. For more on this topic, see my previous post: