Just to add to what Eric has said.
There are various views within Protestantism on
- Some believe that it will happen before a 7-year
period of tribulation
- Others believe it happens during the 7-year period
- Some believe it will happen at the end.
Most all believe that this tribulation will be
followed by a 1,000 period (which they extract from
Revelation) in which Christ rules the earth from
Jerusalem. At the end of that period, there will
supposedly be another battle with Satan and then
comes the final Judgment.
The fact is: they have so many theories that you
can't pin it down.
The Church rejects the idea of a future millennium.
When Christ returns that is it. It's all over; there
is a final judgment. The 1,000-year period discussed
in Revelation is most likely figurative speech for
the Church Age.
Some (a clear minority of) Catholic Scholars believe
that it does not refer to a future or present time
period, rather, they believe it refers to the period
in Israel's history, prior to Christ's first coming.
As Eric said, as Catholic's we do believe in a rapture,
although we don't often call it that. We certainly
don't believe that the Church will be taken out of
the world prior to the Anti-Christ or the last Tribulation.
Even the year period is on shaky ground. In many
ways, that period described in Revelation and Daniel
parallels what happened in the 7 years prior to destruction
of the Temple in 70 A.D., so much of that prophecy
may have been fulfilled.
Nevertheless, we do believe those Christians who
are still alive when Christ returns will be transformed
by the Cloud of His Glory at the resurrection of