EGW holds firm that the scriptures clearly teach a rapture, a catching up, calling out and clearing away of the spirit-filled Bride (Matt. 25) of Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4-5 together teach an event that is distinct from and different than the second advent that clearly occurs at the culmination of the tribulation (Rev. 19). This rapture is pre-tribulational, and is meant for those truly in Christ (not all Christians, not all Christ claimers, church goers, leaders, etc.) to escape the wrath of God poured out on the earth i.e. the tribulation. Revelation 3 indicates that the persevering and repentant believer will avoid the time of distress. There is so much more obvious scriptural indication of this, but that is for rapturological teaching and writings. Logically speaking, the most obvious deduction is in the question: what sense does it make for Christ to "rapture" or raise up believers at the end of the tribulation, the Day of the Lord, the time of the distress, etc.? There is no promise of hope or comfort in that. Also, the tribulation is God's wrath on earth. Does God intend to pour out wrath on true believers? We already have the guarantee that in death to be absent with the body is to be present with the Lord. Therefore, those who preceded us in death are already with Him. Besides, most believers will have long been dead through tribulational destruction and persecution, and the earth will mostly be filled with unbelievers. It will truly and unambiguously be in Satan's possession. In the end, EGW takes the simple, comfortable, natural flow of scripture and finds comfort that should the time of the end be in our time, Christ's dedicated, devoted, Spirit-filled and led Bride will be raptured.