My Church is not Post-Trib

Question:

I'm 19 years old and will be headed off to a independent Baptist college before long. I belive its God's will for me to go into full-time ministry. Several months ago, I started studying escatology and concluded that the Bible does teach that the rapture is part of the second coming which is after the Tribulation. Here's my problem: everybody I know is against me. If I say anything in church or in college I fear that I will be "burned at the stake." Should I be bold and shout my conviction, or should I be quiet and say nothing? However, I refuse to leave the fundamental Baptist denomination. What would you suggest?

I also have a Bible question that I don't know how to answer. I hope that you can answer it. I Thess. 5:3 speaks of "peace and safety"--then sudden destruction. When does this "peace and safety" occur. How could the world cry peace and safety during or even after the tribulation? Please help me to understand.

Response:

Thank you for your feedback. I know how it can be to sit in a church where you have disagreement. However, if I would only go to a church where I agreed completely than I would have no church to go to. I am sure that there are good Baptist scholars which are Post-Trib. The rapture question is not part of the fundamentals of the Christian faith. As a Pentecostal myself, I would encourage you to try the Pentecostal experience. It will change your life! On the question of peace and safety then sudden destruction, I have pondered that much myself. I do believe that the antichrist will bring in peace to the world. Apparently the peace it is speaking about is peace between nations. However, at the end of the Tribulation, several nations will gather against Jerusalem and the Christ will return to conquer them. I believe that this will be the sudden destruction, at the battle of Armageddon.