Whenever you study the question of the rapture, you are bound to run into 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. In these verses Paul says, “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
Robert Dean and Mark Hitchcock (both are pre-tribbers) list 1 Corinthians 15 as one of the three foundational passages of the Rapture (and one that teaches a pre-trib interpretation). The main reason for this is that it has a clear connection with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 which is believed to be proof of a pre-trib rapture.
The similarities between these two passages are obvious. Both describe a resurrection of believers and teach that Christians will be given their resurrection bodies at the Lord’s return. Both also mention that this will happen at the sound of a trumpet. 1 Corinthians calls this the “last trumpet.”
I agree that this is the same event described in 1 Thessalonians 4 (resurrection bodies, trumpet, etc.). However, I think it is pretty clear from reading 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 that it does not teach the timing of the rapture in relationship to the Tribulation. The only way that one can see a pre-trib rapture (or any view) is by taking their interpretations of 1 Thessalonians and forcing it onto the verses in 1 Corinthians.
However, as I noted in another article, there is nothing in 1 Thessalonians 4 that proves a pre-trib rapture. In fact, 1 Thessalonians 4 does not teach the timing of the rapture at all, thus showing that any view of the rapture can be seen in that passage.
Quite frankly, 1 Corinthians and 1 Thessalonians cannot be used to prove any view of the rapture. Other passages must be brought into the debate.
What do you think?
 Robert Dean, Jr. “Three Foundational Rapture Passages.” http://pre-trib.org/articles/view/the-three-major-rapture-passages. 12-15 (this page number is where I found the referenced material when I downloaded this article onto a pdf). Mark Hitchcock. The End (Carol Stream: Tyndale, 2012). 122.
 Craig Blomberg. 1 Corinthians The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994). 319. Alan Kurschner. Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord (Pompton Lakes: Eschatos Publishing, 2013). 79. Kindle Edition.
 Robert H. Gundry interprets this passage as post-trib (The Church and the Tribulation [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1973]. 148-149.) Douglas Moo also sees these verses as post-trib (“A Case for the Posttribulation Rapture.” In Three Views on the Rapture 2nd Edition [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010] 198). Alan Hultberg sees no problem with this passage in a pre-wrath view (“A Case for the Prewrath Rapture.” In Three Views on the Rapture 2nd Edition [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010] 152-153).
 Blomberg, 319.