Resurrection of the Killed
Argument no.4. the rapture takes place at the end of the tribulation period because...
the resurrection of saints killed during the tribulation period indicates that the rapture cannot precede the tribulation
Christians killed during the reign of the Beast (Antichrist) are among the raptured:
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection."
How would these be resurrected with other saints, if the rapture, presumably, takes place before the Great Tribulation? Obviously, the Rapture doesn't take place before the Antichrist comes to the world dominance.
Some argue that the Rapture is long and "multi-stage" event and these partakers in the First Resurrection are resurrected during the Great Tribulation to join other saints raptured earlier. However, the is no Biblical support to the multi-stage rapture. The Scriptures actually tell us that the Rapture is fast and instantaneous event. (See the Supporting Argument 6: "The Rapture is instantaneous, uninterrupted event")