Most Conservative Christian believers, such as me, believe that the Rapture of the church, the body of Christ, the Bride of Christ -- will occur "like a thief in the night" (imminency, i.e., that Jesus Christ will return, but, no one except God knows the time) and, then, in a short time after the Rapture, the seven year Tribulation will begin.
I disagree. Most Conservative Christian believers I know (that would make up about 90% of the believers I know) see it as one of several possibilities, none of which have been proven to be correct. They realize that God knows the plan...so no worries.
Bill, I quoted the portion of your post that I disagreed with. You already listed the alternative theories in your post. I disagree with you that most Conservative Christians believe there will be a Rapture and then the seven year Tribulation will begin, that they believe in PreTrib Rapture/meeting him in the air. They see PreTrib as one of several possibilities, none of which have been proven to be correct. They realize that God knows the plan...so no worries. More clear?