I agree with you totally about there not being a "rapture". There is nothing written about a rapture in the bible. In Ezekiel, God even says that he is against those that teach his children to fly to save their soles. I guess the main thing that I disagree with you on is the destruction that you say will come before Christ returns. The mark of the beast is "in" the forehead and "in" the hand. Not on it. The only thing "in" our forehead is our brains. That is where the deception will take place. In the minds of those that don't know God's word and don't know what is supposed to happen before Christ does return at the 7th trumph. I believe that is why Christ said "woe to those that are with child when I return", "pray that your flight be not in winter", "blessed be the barren". Winter is not harvest time. Those that are harvested in the winter are harvested out of season. That is why there are two resurrections. One when Christ comes back and one after the millennium.
That is why he warns of the "second death". One for the body and one for the soul. There will be a lot of things happen before the "antichrist" appears here on earth to deceive the world, but I don't think the deception will be a lot of trouble and hard times. I believe that he is coming to play the role of Christ. That is why the whole world will be deceived. He can't deceive anyone if he is killing people and causing destruction. That is why mother will betray daughter and father son, etc. They don't betray them because of hatred.They betray them out of love. Because they are convinced that the antichrist is Christ. Satan has always wanted the seat of God. I don't think we will have much longer to wait. I believe that the time is at the door.