1. because it says in ... 1 Thess 4:16-18 says the dead are raised FIRST.
: WHEN are the dead raised?
Use the key to see the "rapture", "our gathering" including the "alive and remain" living and the preceding dead in Christ.
"Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will ALL be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the ***LAST*** TRUMPET; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."
"ALL" are "changed" on the same day.
said He will raise ALL who have believed on Him on the last day. (John 6:39,40,44,54).
There is only ONE (first) resurrection of the saints in Christ..
Jesus is gathering His elect, His people, after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31). There is not a separate gathering for one group of Jews after a "raptured" church, because John SAW martyred saints from all tribes tongues, and nations that "came out of great tribulation".
The "pre-trib" explanations and reasonings, are all answered.
The "first resurrection" in Revelation 20:4-6.
Who is in the "first resurrection" after the tribulation?
Here is the simple truth:
=== > and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus
and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand;
and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished.
6) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection
over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
That's right, there is only ONE "first resurrection" of those "in Christ" and it includes them that refuse the mark during the tribulation. All are "raptured" together in the "first resurrection.
Therefore there simply cannot be a "pre- or mid trib rapture" because all living and dead in Christ are gathered at the same time, "in a moment, and in the twinkling of an eye..".
And that is the simple truth.