This is not meant to strike fear in the Christian's heart. This is meant to show that in order for us to be brought home, we need to be in complete devastation as a universe. Each person must have the chance to experience God, and we must fight through the battles of the world for the one most high!
Two DIFFERENT Events, Rapture & Second Coming. I do believe there is a difference between persection and the tribulation period of the end times. rev.3.10, 1 thess. 1.10, 1 thess5.9. the church is not mentioned between revelations 6 thru18. 19 is when we return with Christ