Pre-tribulationists are just “escapists” is often the cry. Yes! In Luke 21:36 Jesus in fact admonishes us,
Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:36)
Jesus is telling us to pray to escape the tribulation, which He had just described. Why would He tell us to do this if in fact we could not escape it? He would not! So it is possible to escape the tribulation period.