Notice how easily that the last day rapture and the day of the Lord go hand in hand in the following versus. Pay special attention to the highlighted areas!
1st Thessalonians 4:16-17 and 5:1-2 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
This passage deals with the timing of the rapture. As you can see, it will occur at the day of the Lord. Now that brings up a question, when is the day of the Lord?
Joel 2:30-31 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Isaiah 13:9-10 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine।
I have highlighted the celestial events because our Lord uses these same events to describe the timing of his coming in Matthew 24:29-31: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The bible is our best source for truth. It clearly shows that the day of the Lord will come immediately after the tribulation.
Question: Paul is clear in speaking to the Thessalonians, the rapture will not occur until the day of the Lord. How can the day of the Lord come before the tribulation when Jesus said immediately after ?