Refuting the Post Trib Last Trumpet “Gotcha” Ruse
Dr. Thomas Ice
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
It is not unusual for some posttribulationists to think that they have fired a silver bullet which they believe destroys the possibility of the pretribulational rapture teaching. That shot is usually thought to be in the form of the argument relating to “the last trumpet” as found in 1 Corinthians 15:52. Even though some think they have found a slick and simple solution to the timing of the rapture, they fail to realize that the New Testament teaching concerning this issue is more sophisticated than that.
SCRIPTURE OR A SURVIVAL GUIDE?
I recall years ago meeting and talking with the late Jim McKeever at a Christian Book Sellers convention in the early 90s. He made the “last trumpet” argument to me at that time. Later I read his book entitled Christian Will Go Through the Tribulation.  Judging from the title, I thought it would be a biblical treatise providing thorough reasoning to support the book’s title. It was anything but that! He basically presented a single argument, (the last trumpet argument), in just a few pages and drew the following conclusion:
If a Christian will put out of his mind all of his preconceived ideas about a Rapture occurring at the beginning of the Tribulation, and will look objectively at what the Scriptures have to say, I believe he will conclude that the Rapture will occur at the end of the Tribulation. 1 Corinthians 15 tells us that we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and that the dead will be raised at the “last trumpet.” In Revelation, at the LAST trumpet we see the beginning of Christ’s reign and the FIRST resurrection. Nothing could be simpler. There are no complications, if you accept the fact that the Rapture occurs at the end of the Tribulation.