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I've long thought that the rapture and the resurrection are the same thing, I guess I'm a post-trib. I don't have a problem with us being on the earth at the time of God's wrath. I know He says we are not appointed to His wrath, but it doesn't say we will not be here. Considering that the Israelites were there at the time of God's wrath against Pharaoh but were not harmed by it.

You have some very good points and there are many who agree with you.  In essence, I too, agree with you.  I see Jesus' return as one coming - is it just that He will be here awhile and several events will take place at and during His coming. 
I have three reasons for believing that the rapture will initiate the Lord's coming.  First, as you have stated, I believe the scripture is clear that God's people will not endure His wrath.  In the book of Revelation it uses the word "escape" - so I believe it is more than keeping us safe while the wrath is going on.  Second, the passages that compare the return of Jesus to Noah and Lot (like Luke 17:26-30) indicate that on a single day God's people were rescued and then the judgment fell.  In Luke it says, "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed."  Third, the whole concept of Jesus' return is tied to the prophecy of the Day of the Lord.  There is a sign of that day when the sun will be darkened and the moon turned to blood (red) and the stars fall from the sky.  In the chronology of Revelation this happens at the sixth seal and THEN the judgments of the trumpets begin. 
I will be the first to admit that I could be wrong, this is just the time frame that I see the scriptures teach.

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