There are two parts to this. First, it was God who shut the door of the ark:

And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him [Noah]. And the LORD shut him in. (Genesis 7:16)

But this did take place seven days before the rain started:

And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth. (Genesis 7:7-10)

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  • Rich Jackson

    Great little detail that I had overlooked! This fits well as a type of the pre-trib rapture. Seven days before destruction came Noah and his family entered the arc of God’s safety. Seven years about before the destruction of the wicked the Church is removed to a place of safety.

  • Edmund

    Where in the Scripture is it said that the Chrurch is removed to a place of safety before the destruction of the wicked? Or where does the Bible say anything about what you call “rapture”?

  • Gigi

    The word “Rapture” is not used, but if you go to 1 Thess 4:16 it says “caught up”
    “Rapture” is used in place of “Caught Up” Bottom line is it means the same…a taking out, to be removed.
    The Greek the word is harpazo – “to seize upon by force”, “to snatch up.” The Latin translators used the word rapturo.
    Some people claim that “rapture” is not a Biblical term. That is a false statement, unless they want to say that “God” and “Jesus” are not Biblical Terms.
    The English Bible is a translations of Greek or Hebrew expressions. Therefore, it is important that we take the English word back to the Hebrew of Greek to understand the full meaning of what God is saying.
    One example: In the English language we say “Jesus”… YET His name in Hebrew is Yeshua, “Joshua,” which is “The Lord Saves”
    In the same way, the English word “rapture” which means “to be caught up” is an excellent translation for the Greek harpazo

    Hope this helped… and remember, We do not know when we will be caught up or raptured”…
    post-trib, pre-trib or mid trib… However, we do know that Jesus told us to be ready.