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(Billy Hallowell) Will millions of Christians be “raptured” and spared from a horrific period of time on Earth known as the tribulation? That’s a central theological question and point of debate among the faithful, with various faith leaders taking divergent stands on the eschatological time line.

Christians who subscribe to dispensational premillennialism generally hold a belief in a future rapture event during which Christians will simultaneously leave Earth and ascend to heaven before the chaos of a seven-year tribulation period unfolds; it concludes, adherents claim, with the Second Coming of Christ.

Not everyone embraces this theology, though. While debate has raged for quite some time, there is very little data on where American pastors—the individuals who are in the trenches teaching scripture in churches across America—stand on the issue of the rapture. READ MORE