2 Thes 2
"1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him(The Rapture), we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for THAT DAY will not come UNLESS the falling away COMES FIRST, AND the man of sin[b] is revealed"
Every pre-trib view of this chapter that I have read is, quite frankly, embarrassing. Their exegesis is a catch 22. You either have to say that the Greek word "apostasia", (which Strong's translates as "a falling away, defection, apostasy") is really the greek word Paul used in 2 Cor 12:8 "afisthmi // aphistemi" which Strong's translates as "depart 10, draw away 1, fall away 1, refrain 1, withdraw self 1,
AND even IF you CHANGE the words around and make "apostasia" mea the rapture, you still have a HUGE context problem. Let me paraphrase this interpretation " Concerning the coming of Jesus AND us meeting Him in the air or the rapture, don't let anyone deceive you, Jesus will not come back and the rapture will not take place UNTIL two things happen. The first thing that must happen before Jesus's return and the rapture is.....the rapture.... and the anti-christ is revealed." Ya..I don't get it either.