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    Most Christians usually have their minds made up when it comes to their views on the end times and the Tribulation. Traditionally there are three tribulation views, Pre-trib, Post-trib, and Mid-trib, and they all have some interesting aspects. Assuming that the Tribulation is a period of seven years, the views are laid out as follows. Pre-tribulation is the belief that the Rapture of the Church happens before the Tribulation period, thus the Church escapes the trouble associated with it. Post-tribulation is the belief that the Rapture happens after the Tribulation, and Mid-tribulation is the belief that the Rapture happens in the middle of the Tribulation period. Lets not forget this is all under the assumption the Tribulation is a period of seven years.

    Marvin Rosenthal in his book, "The Pre-wrath Rapture of the Church", happens to have a different perspective than the conventional concepts embraced in the past. While reading this book, it became obvious that there were numerous ideas the traditional views held that could not be substantiated with scripture. What really got my attention was the fact that scripture never mentions the Tribulation as encompassing seven years, like it is formally taught, but is described as beginning in the midst of this seven-year period and is cut short with the Rapture. Once the saints are caught up to Heaven, God immediately begins to pour out His wrath on the World. God's Wrath, consisting of months, the Rapture, and the Tribulation, were all demonstrated, through scripture, as taking place within this period of seven years, often mistakenly referred to as the Tribulation period.

    There are advantages to understanding God's Word as a whole when having a grip on this controversial subject. In this newsletter we are not going to suggest looking at prophecy through the tinted glasses of some old or new tribulation theory. But what will be encouraged is to look at the scriptures free from anything other than what they say. The teaching of prophecy, within this seven-year period, takes up a significant portion of the Bible. Being led of the Lord, Search the Scriptures will examine that percentage that is so often misunderstood and avoided.

    Pre-Trib

    The most popular tribulation view is Pre-tribulation. The dominance Pre-trib has on the Church often determines the interpretation of scripture without ever being questioned. It is amazing to see how many terms are automatically taken as fact because of the Pre-trib view. A major flaw in understanding the Bible comes from our preconceived beliefs. These preconceived beliefs bring about all sorts of distortion in the study of scripture. An example of this, is found with the misuse of (1 Th 5:9 KJV). There are those that would view this verse as referring to the tribulation, when actually, the Tribulation is not even mentioned.

    "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ".

    The misapplying of this verse is often used to justify the Church being raptured before the Tribulation. Paul did not say that God has not appointed us to tribulation, but to wrath. These words have two different meanings. Completely contrary to this false interpretation we are told all throughout scripture that we indeed will have tribulation. (Duet 4:30, John 16:33, Acts 14:22, Rom 5:3, Rom 12:12, 2 Cor 1:4, 2 Cor 7:4, 1 Thes 3:4, Rev 1:9, Rev 2:10, Rev 7:14) It is never the Tribulation but always only the Wrath that the Bible refers to us as believers as escaping.

    "(Rom 5:9 KJV) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.".

    Because of our preconceived views the Tribulation is assumed to be a two-fold event often referred to as the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation. Surprisingly, nowhere in scripture is there even a hint that there is more than one tribulation or that it is two-phased. One might wonder why, if there is no mention in scripture of this dividing of the Tribulation, was it ever taught. I believe it might have served to patch up the holes left behind as a result of the lack of scripture supporting the Tribulation being a period of seven years.

    Space prevents us from detailing the numerous examples of the misrepresenting that has been going on for a long time that seem to permeate the doctrine of Pre-Trib. Despite all of this, one of the most harmful effects with this unsupported teaching is how God's Army is being prepared for the coming Tribulation. Unlike the armed services who prepare their soldiers for the worst, God's army is told that it will never face a time that the Bible describes as "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time" (Dan 12:1). Those who teach Pre-trib, if wrong, will be responsible for a lot of unprepared soldiers. Those who teach to be ready for the Tribulation, whether right or wrong, will have prepared their soldiers for the worst.

    The 70th Week of Daniel

    The book of Daniel has the answer to how these seven years are to be construed. Our Lord, in His detailed description of Daniel's prophecy, asks that there be understanding when Daniel is read.

    (Mat 24:15-16 KJV)"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) {16} Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains".

    It is necessary when putting together this prophetic timetable to have an understanding of the 70th week. Daniel, while reading the Word of the Lord, was able to determine that the "desolation of Jerusalem" was soon to end, according to what was written in the book of Jeremiah.

    (Dan 9:2 KJV) "I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem."

    Daniel goes on to say,

    (Dan 9:3 KJV) "And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes."

    After seeking the Lord, Daniel is then confronted with a messenger of God.

    (Dan 9:21-22 KJV) "Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. {22} And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding."

    Gabriel then began to detail what all of Israel had been waiting to hear, since the fall of man.

    (Dan 9:24-27 KJV) Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. {25} Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. {26} And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. {27} And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

    Daniel was informed that God had appointed 70 weeks upon the Jewish people to finish all transgression. After this, everlasting righteousness will follow. The 70th Week is the last week in that 70 weeks. The "seventy weeks" of the prophecy are seventy weeks of years. One week was used to determine seven years. This can be verified by the numerous references to the latter half of the 70th week being variously designated as a time, and times, and half a time (Dan 12:7, Rev 12:14); forty-two months (Rev 11:2; 13:5); or 1260 days (Rev 11:3; 12:6). Therefore the "seventy weeks that are determined for thy people," as stated in (Dan 9:24), were actually 490 years. These seventy weeks were a measuring stick in time. Certain events were to take place according to this prophetic message and most of what was said did take place with Christ's first Coming.

    (Dan 9:25 KJV)"From the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem to the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks".

    This is the first sixty-nine weeks. The only decree in Scripture authorizing the rebuilding of the city and its walls is recorded in Neh 2. It is well attested that the date given in Nehemiah, "the month Nisan," from the "anointing of the most Holy," was the first sixty-nine weeks, (four hundred eighty three years).

    There was only one week left, out of the seventy, which was prophesied would bring in everlasting righteousness. This last week, spoken of in Daniel 9:27, is the last seven years in this prophetic timetable. It is the 70th week. It has been separated from the first sixty-nine by what is often referred to as the Church age. This separation in time was brought about because of Israel's rejection of their Messiah (Rom 11:15). Because of this rejection, the door was opened for the entire world to receive the gospel. God used this unspeakable event for the salvation of mankind.

    It needs to made clear that nowhere in the Bible will one find any reference to the Tribulation, or the Day of the Lord for that matter, consisting of a period of seven years. The 70th Week of Daniel when referred to as the Tribulation period is a big mistake. Pre-tibulation when implied to be the Rapture happening before the seven years of the 70th Week is a misrepresentation of the Tribulation. Pre-Trib should actually be called Pre-70th Week, because of its belief that the Rapture will happen prior to this period of time that is unfortunately referred to as the Tribulation. The name Pre-Trib was thought up under the assumption that the 70th Week, consisting of seven years, is the Tribulation period. From this point on, in this newsletter, this seven-year period will be referred to as the 70th Week of Daniel.

    We will not have this Man to Reign over us

    Israel's rejection of Christ brought about the Church age, (the space of time between the 69th and 70th week), but this wasn't the first time Israel rejected God as her King. From the very beginning of her existence, Israel has repeatedly made this same mistake. Saul, Israel's first king, was made ruler because of Israel's disapproval of God.

    (1 Sam 12:12-13 KJV) And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king. {13} Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.

    (1 Sam 12:17 KJV) Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.

    Even Jesus expounded in parables Israel's disapproval of God has her King.

    (Luke 19:12-14 KJV) He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. {13} And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. {14} But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

    This is exactly what was being told to Jesus "We will not have this man to reign over us". Throughout scripture there are similar instances of Israel's constant rejection, concerning her Messiah.

    (John 19:15 KJV) But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

    Israel's refusal to recognize Jesus as her Messiah has brought about partial blindness, (Rom 11:25). Soon, another will come, and not only Israel, but also the world will embrace him. Jesus spoke of the acceptance of this false messiah in (John 5:43 KJV).

    I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

    The Great Falling Away

    The world is even now being conditioned to embrace her soon coming king. His reign on the Earth will not be restricted to government, but will actually be a world religion, (Rev 13:8). Instead of a man like Hitler, who was obviously demented, the Bible says this god-like man will destroy many through peace (Dan 8:25). His awesome presence and beauty will actually be a diabolical delusion of the last days. Anything less would not be considered worthy of the deceitfulness of Satan.

    The worship of the world, that God alone deserves, will be subtly lured to himself. Even today's saints are not outside the grasp of this deception. Tidal waves of ecumenical movements such as Promise Keepers, and the Christian Coalition, have craftily lured their way into almost every local Church in America. Most of the people involved with these movements have no idea who is ultimately behind these advancements in scriptural tolerance. Their message of tearing down doctrinal walls of division and putting aside our differences for the sake of peace and unity might seem biblical but, despite this, Paul's letter to Timothy warns us of this very thing.

    (2 Tim 4:2-4 KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. {3} For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; {4} And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    Paul's encouraging of Timothy is a matter of life and death.

    (1 Tim 4:16 NKJV) Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

    Paul puts doctrine in the same category as life itself. Was this warning for nothing? The wickedness that is rapidly dominating society is being used to justify the compromise of doctrine. This compromise is being constructed to bring together a universal religious political power that will be forged in an attempt to suppress this wickedness. Leave it to Satan to come up with such a noble excuse to get us to put aside the only thing we should trust in these last days. The sound doctrine of God's Word.

    What makes us think that by coercing the ungodly to live right that they will? Even the world, living under the forced supremacy of Christ during the Millennium Reign (Zech 14:16-18), will turn right back to Satan after he is let loose from being chained a thousand years (Rev 20:7-8). Christians, of all people, should know that it is only through repentance and faith in Christ's finished work on the cross that one can live a life acceptable to God.

    The ecumenical movement, which is now being emphasized by a majority in the Church, will be one of the tools used to unite the world under the authority of this seemingly righteous man. His presence in the world will be seen by most as no less than God Himself. Let us never forget.

    (2 Cor 11:14-15 KJV) …for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. {15} Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

    The Bible says that he will "seduce, if it were possible, even the elect," (Mark 13:22). To deny full allegiance to him, will not even be considered an option by the world. Don't get me wrong, doctrine alone is not the answer either. Thinking that one might be familiar enough with scripture apart from being hid in Christ will only prove to be fatal. There is no hiding place other than the one God made with Christ (Col 3:3).

    The Devil incarnate is about to rise up out of the sea of humanity (Rev 13:1) and take his place in destiny. Scripture refers to him as Little Horn (Dan 7:8, 8:9), the Beast (Rev 11:7, 13:4), The man of sin (2 Thes 2:3), and the Antichrist (1 John 2:18).

    Let's Make a Deal

    This man of sin will come on the scene and make a covenant with Israel.

    (Dan 9:27 KJV). And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (seven years): and in the midst of the week (3 ½ years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

    This covenant will be so devilish, that scripture refers to it as the "Covenant with Death". Israel, because of their rejection of the truth, will be given over to believe a lie.

    (Isa 28:14-18 KJV) Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. {15} Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: {16} Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. {17} Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. {18} And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

    God's reaction to this covenant is expressed in scripture, by depicting the Lord like a jealous husband that has discovered his wife has been unfaithful.

    (Isa 57:8-9 KJV) Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it. {9} And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

    In the midst of this "Covenant with Death", Israel will realize they have been deceived. This realization will take place with the setting up of the abomination that maketh desolate, and will begin what Jesus calls, the Great Tribulation.

    (Mat 24:21 KJV) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

    Jeremiah calls this, the time of Jacob's troubles.

    (Jer 30:7 KJV) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

    Imminence

    Because of the numerous teachings associated with the Tribulation/Rapture controversy and the different directions they take, each one will all be looked at individually. This will be done to show that within all these seemingly different directions there is a simple laid out order of events within the 70th Week of Daniel.

    One of the problems with interpreting Prophecy, or all scripture for that matter, is isolation. Scripture must be interpreted in light of the rest of scripture otherwise, when isolated, scripture can be interpreted into meaning almost anything. Hopefully by looking at the different doctrines in light of the Bible and taking into consideration the whole Word of God, there will be a better understanding of this often-misunderstood prophetic course of events.

    A major foundation of Pre-tribulation is imminence. Imminence is the belief that there are no prophesied signs needed to take place prior to the Rapture, meaning the Rapture could happen immediately.

    Signs were used to authenticate the first Coming of the Lord (Isa 7:14), (Luke 2:12), and His resurrection (Matt 12:39-40) (John 2:18-19). His Second Coming will be no different. In Matt 24 the disciples asked specifically what would be the sign of thy coming and the end of the world? Jesus did not rebuke them for seeking a sign, but proceeded in detail to answer the disciple's question.

    (Mat 24:29-31 KJV) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: {30} And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

    Luke's account of this event, recorded the cosmic disturbance itself as a sign.

    (Luke 21:25 KJV) "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring".

    After Jesus detailed these various signs and what was to follow, He informed His disciples to watch for these events.

    (Mat 24:32-33 KJV) Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: {33} So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

    If there are no prophesied signs or events prior to the Rapture, then what is Jesus telling us to look for? Why would Jesus tell us to watch for something, when we are not going to be here to see it?

    Another belief taught within the Pre-trib camp is that the Rapture commences the Day of the Lord. This particular teaching just happens to be supported scripturally. The only problem is that the Day of the Lord, like their understanding of the Tribulation, is thought to start at the beginning of the 70th week. Despite their misrepresentation of these terms their belief that the Rapture commences the Day of the Lord violates their own doctrine of imminence. Imminence, with its definition of a sudden no warning return, falls apart with the numerous events that are prophesied prior to the Day of the Lord. For example, just to list a couple.

    (Joel 2:31 KJV) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

    (Mal 4:5 KJV). "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:"

    If the coming of Elijah and assorted signs in the Heavens must take place, before the great and the terrible Day of the Lord, the Rapture must not be imminent. Here we have two prophesied events, taking place prior to, if the Day of the Lord is the 70th week, this seven year period.

    A well quoted verse used to imply imminence is in Luke 21:28. Many times this verse has been utilized to describe the Rapture, but in it we are told that there are things that must take place first:

    (Luke 21:28 KJV)"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh".

    All over the Bible we are told to watch, yet if there is something to watch for, the doctrine of imminence is meaningless. With Christ's description of signs and the numerous events prophesied prior to the Day of the Lord it is almost ridiculous to think that the Rapture will take us by surprise. But, there is one group that will be taken by surprise at His coming. The Bible uses the expression "as a thief in the night" to describe the effect His coming will have on the unsaved, but we are told that that day will not overtake us as a thief.

    (1 Th 5:2-5 KJV) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. (to the unregenerate){3} For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. {4} But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. {5} Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

    The Day of the Lord

    If the Day of the Lord is not the 70th week then at this point it needs to be established that there is only one description, backed by scripture, to what the Day of the Lord entails. Simply put, it is the day God commences His wrath on the ungodly and consists of a time period of months. It does not include the Rapture and has nothing good at all associated with it. It is not the Tribulation and Antichrist is not exalted or in control during this time, but God alone is lifted up on the Day of the Lord throughout all scripture.

    (Isa 2:12 KJV) "For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:"

    (Isa 13:6 KJV) "Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty."

    (Isa 13:9 KJV) "Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it."

    (Jer 46:10 KJV) "For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates."

    (Ezek 30:3 KJV) "For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen."

    (Joel 1:15 KJV) "Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come."

    (Joel 2:1 KJV) "Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;"

    (Joel 2:11 KJV) "And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?"

    (Joel 2:31 KJV) "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come."

    (Amos 5:18-20 KJV) "Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. {19} As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. {20} Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?"

    (Oba 1:15 KJV) "For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head."

    (Zep 1:7 KJV) "Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests."

    (Zep 1:14-18 KJV) The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. {15} That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, {16} A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. {17} And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. {18} Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

    (Zep 2:1-3 KJV) Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; {2} Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. {3} Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

    (Mal 4:5 KJV) "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:"

    (2 Pet 3:10 KJV) "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

    Trumpets

    Trumpets play a significant part in identifying the order of events within the 70th week. In the Law of the Old Testament they served three purposes, the gathering of the assemblies, the journeying of the camps, and the call to war. References to this are found in (Num 10:2,9 KJV)

    "Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. "And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies".

    When it comes to the timing of the Rapture and the Day of the Lord, trumpets are one of many ways of pinpointing their location. References to these events, often have the mentioning of trumpets within their vicinity.

    (Joel 2:1 KJV) "Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;"

    (Mat 24:31 KJV) "And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."

    (1 Th 4:16-17 KJV) "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: {17} Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

    In (1 Cor 15:52) we have the exact timing of the Rapture pinpointed.

    "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

    The Last Trump is being used here to indicate the specific timing of the Rapture. To define it, is to know where the Rapture falls into place within the 70th week. Remember this because it will be defined as we go on.

     

    The Sky is Falling Down

    Far from being isolated as the only piece of evidence in verifying the order of events, cosmic disturbance again helps to place the timing of the Rapture and the Day of the Lord's Wrath. It is mentioned just as frequently as the sounding of the trumpet.

    (Joel 3:14-16 KJV) "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. {15} The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

    (Isa 13:9-10 KJV) "Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. {10} For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine."

    (Mat 24:29-31 KJV) "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: {30} And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. {31} And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."

    (Luke 21:25,27,28 KJV) "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. {28} And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

    Our redemption will not take place till the heavens are filled with cosmic disturbance and only then are we to lift our heads. The timing of the Tribulation in conjunction with these signs in Heaven should not be overlooked.

    (Mark 13:24-27 KJV) "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, {25} And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. {26} And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. {27} And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven."

    The Gospels put the timing of cosmic disturbance immediately after the Tribulation. If the Tribulation were the 70th week of Daniel, the cosmic disturbance would not happen till after the seven-year period. If, as in (Joel 2:30-31), the cosmic disturbance takes place before the great and terrible Day of the Lord, and the Day of the Lord is the 70th week, then the Tribulation, according to Matt 13:24, happens before the seven year period. Again it must be stressed the 70th week, which consists of seven years, can not be labeled "the Day of the Lord" or "the Tribulation period". When referred to as one of these names, it can be understood why there is so much confusion. The Day of the Lord Wrath and the Tribulation, which are two separate occurrences, both take place within the 70th week.

    Cosmic disturbance is the key to putting together this mysterious sequence of events. It is even mentioned within the seven seals of Revelation.

    (Rev 6:12-14,17 KJV) And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; {13} And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. {14} And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

    Immediately after the Tribulation, which starts in the midst of the 70th week (Dan 9:27), cosmic disturbance fills the skies, and with a sound of a trumpet the elect are gathered (Matt 13:24). According to (Joel 2:30-31) this cosmic disturbance happens before the great and terrible Day of the Lord judgment. This is just what we have in the sixth seal, cosmic disturbance prior to the assembling of the saints and the wrath associated with the seventh seal. With the sound of the trumpet and the signs in the Heavens, we have the Rapture and the commencing of the Day of the Lord Wrath, all in one day.

    For in the Same Day

    Because of the difficulty in explaining how scripture lines up with their doctrine, some Pretribulationists have taught that there is to be two-second Comings of the Lord. One is at the beginning of the 70th week that takes place in the clouds, consisting of the Rapture. The other is at the end of the 70th week, which concludes with the destruction of Antichrist and the ushering in of the kingdom. Christ's Coming is always portrayed throughout scripture as a singular event. It is usually associated with a definite article "the Coming of the Lord", and conveys specific incidents that are unique in their timing. (Matt 24:3,27,37,39); (1 Thes 2:19,4:15,5:23); (2 Thes 2:8); (2 Pet 1:16, 3:4,12); (1 Cor 15:23); (James 5:8); (1 John 2:28).

    Nowhere in scripture will one find a single reference to two separate second comings although His Coming does entail the Rapture and the Day of the Lord Wrath. These two events are intimately associated, yet distinctly separate throughout scripture and they in no way constitute two-second comings. In Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians he describes the coming of the Lord as entailing the Rapture.

    (1 Th 4:15-17 KJV)."For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. {16} For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: {17} Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

    In Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians his description of the Coming of the Lord and the Rapture are two separate events but both happen on the same day.

    (2 Th 2:1-4 KJV) "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him (Rapture), {2} That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. {3} Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (singular) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."

    Luke's account of Christ's Coming has the Rapture and the commencing of the Wrath of God, (or the Day of the Lord), all happening in the very same day.

    (Luke 17:26-30 KJV) And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. {27} They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. {28} Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; {29} But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. {30} Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

    When it comes to the Rapture and the commencing of the Day of the Lord happening on the same day, the sounding of the trumpet takes on special meaning. All three purposes of the trumpets, as has been explained in Numbers 10:29, would be utilized. With one blast there will be the assembling and journeying of the saints (the Rapture) and the commencing of war (in this case God's wrath).

    Jesus illustrates this day, consisting of the Rapture and the Wrath of God, to His disciples in Matt 13. In the parable of the "Tares and the Wheat". He conveys how the wheat (the children of the kingdom) are to be gathered the same day, the tares (the children of the wicked one), are to be burned.

    It is necessary to look at the explanation Jesus gave to His disciples of the parable, to understand the timing of the events within it. It is explained by the Lord in (Mat 13:36-39 KJV).

    "Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. {37} He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; {38} The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; {39} The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels".

    Now lets look at the parable in light of the interpretation that Jesus has given.

    (Mat 13:24-30 KJV). "The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: {25} But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. {26} But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. {27} So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? {28} He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? {29} But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. {30} Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them (God's wrath) but gather the wheat into my barn." (Rapture).

    So, as not to root up the wheat, these two gatherings were both done on the same day (the harvest). John the Baptist when speaking of Christ's coming used this same analogy in, (Mat 3:12 KJV).

    Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; (rapture) but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (The Day of the Lord Wrath)

    When we think of the first coming of Christ, it was not restricted to a singular event such as the virgin birth, but it consisted of His whole life, death, and resurrection prior to Him ascending up into the clouds. So too, His Second Coming will involve a continual presence in order to accomplish His will in the 70th week. It will be for the entire world to see in the Heavens, and will consist of the Rapture, the Day of the Lord Wrath, and His ushering in of the kingdom.

    While His apostles were admiring the temple, Jesus took the opportunity to make known the soon coming destruction of it. This caused the Disciples to wonder and ask "when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world"? More than just answering the disciple's question Jesus gave a detailed description of the 70th Week in chronological order. This particular teaching was given by Him on the Mount of Olives and is called the Olivet Discourse. In this section, our Lord's teaching at the Mount of Olives will be used to shed some light on the meaning of the Seven Seals of Revelation. By doing this, the order of events within 70th week will be laid out for a better understanding with Jesus as the instructor.

    · The Beginning of Sorrows

    While sitting upon the Mount of Olives, alone with His disciples, Jesus began to teach.

    (Mat 24:4b-8 KJV) Take heed that no man deceive you. {5} For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. {6} And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. {7} For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. {8} All these are the beginning of sorrows.

    The Greek word for sorrows is (odin), and it means; a pang or throe, esp. of childbirth. It is associated with the pain of giving birth. What is interesting is that the suddenness of the pain of childbirth is often used to describe the Day of the Lord judgment on the unregenerate. An example of this is found in (1 Th 5:2-3 KJV).

    For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. {3} For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

    Isaiah's account of the Day of the Lord has the same comparison.

    (Isa 13:6-9 KJV) Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. {7} Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: {8} And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. {9} Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

    Jesus called this particular set of events the Beginning of Sorrows (birth pangs). There are different stages of pain that a woman goes through when giving birth. At the beginning, the pain is not as bad as when the child is close to actually being delivered. This makes the timing of "the beginning of sorrows," the time that comes before the actual "pain as a woman that travaileth", which is used as a description for the Day of the Lord Wrath.

    The events that Jesus labeled as the Beginning of Sorrows and the order that He gave these events when compared with the first four seals of Revelation are almost identical.

    · The First Seal (Rev 6:1-2 KJV) And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. {2} And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

    · Olivet Discourse The Beginning of Sorrows

    This particular seal is believed to be Antichrist by most Bible scholars". Jesus mentions this by saying "many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. {6} And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, (Matt 24:4-6b).

    · The Second Seal (Rev 6:3-4 KJV) And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. {4} And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

    · Olivet Discourse The Beginning of Sorrows

    The very next verse in Matt 24, which is verse 7, has Jesus describing the second seal perfectly, "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom"

    · The Third Seal (Rev 6:5-6 KJV) And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. {6} And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

    · Olivet Discourse The Beginning of Sorrows

    At the time that the New Testament was written, a penny was a days wage. In this particular seal men will have to work a whole day for just one meal. Jesus refers to this in the same chronological order as famine.

    · The Fourth Seal (Rev 6:7-8 KJV) And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. {8} And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

    · Olivet Discourse The Beginning of Sorrows

    Unsanitary conditions always follow war and famine, which result in pestilence. In Matt 24:7, our Lord gives a perfect description of the pale horse, and ends this description by giving these first four seals a name.

    "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows".

    · Olivet Discourse Martyrdom/Tribulation

    After our Lord's description of the four seals, He goes on to describe what immediately follows.

    (Mat 24:9-21 KJV) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. {10} And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. {11} And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. {12} And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. {13} But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. {14} And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. {15} When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) {16} Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: {17} Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: {18} Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. {19} And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! {20} But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: {21} For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

    This is the first mention, by our Lord, of martyrdom and the Great Tribulation within the Olivet Discourse. Our next seal is no different.

    · The Fifth Seal (Rev 6:9-11 KJV) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: {10} And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? {11} And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

    In our Lord's explanation of the order of events He says "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake". The fifth seal describes this martyrdom in the same order Christ gave at the Mount of Olives.

    There are a few things that should be clarified about the fifth seal. These souls, which are under the altar, are just that, they are souls. They do not have their glorified bodies, and they are crying out for vengeance. In other words, God has yet to avenge them with the Day of the Lord Wrath. The first four seals are not God's Wrath, but the wrath of man upon man, which the Beast will have his part in (him that sat on the white horse that had the bow and a crown and power to take peace from the Earth). Jesus went on to teach:

    (Mat 24:21-22 KJV) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

    The shortening of the days is not compressing a 24-hour day into a 12-hour day. What we have here is the days of the Tribulation, which was just detailed by our Lord, being cut short for the elect's sake. For if it were not, "there should no flesh be saved".

    It is cut short with His Coming to gather the saints to Himself. This can be verified in how Christ detailed the order of these events, first tribulation, His mentioning of it being cut short, and immediately after the Rapture. (Matt 24:21-31)

    Peter reminds us that:

    (2 Pet 3:9-10 KJV) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. {10} But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

    Antichrist, with all the power of the Dragon, will attempt to destroy all flesh, and because of this Jesus will have to shorten the days of the Tribulation by coming sooner for the elects sake.

    · Olivet Discourse Cosmic Disturbance/Rapture

    (Mat 24:29-31 KJV) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: {30} And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. {31} And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

    Jesus tells us "Immediately after the tribulation of those days" that the Heavens will be filled with cosmic disturbance, prior to the Coming of the Lord. The elect are then gathered with a great sound of the trumpet.

    Before we proceed we need to look at whom the elect are that Jesus is referring to. There are some that would like to interpret the elect, as strictly the Jews. They say that this gathering will be a terrestrial gathering of Jews to Israel. Mark's Gospel does not limit this gathering to the Earth only, but includes both the Heavens and the Earth.

    (Mark 13:27 KJV) And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

    The Greek word for elect in (Matt 24:31) is eklektos. It is used 23 times in the New Testament. It means, favorite, elect or chosen. To show that this word is not limited to just Israel when interpreting it, we will examine in scripture the various examples of the Greek word eklektos as a description of the Church.

    (Col 3:11-12 KJV) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. {12} Put on therefore, as the elect (eklektos) of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

    (1 Pet 1:1-2 KJV) Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, {2} Elect (eklektos) according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

    The Greek word for strangers here is parepidemos, and it means, a resident foreigner, pilgrim, stranger.

    (1 Pet 2:9-11) But ye are a chosen (eklektos) generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: {10} Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. {11} Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

    To interpret the elect as just Israel is to put unsupported restrictions on the meaning of the word. This gathering of the elect will consist of both Israel on the Earth, to be sealed prior to the Wrath, and the Saints in Heaven before the throne. This will be gone over in-depth as we go on, but first lets look at the similarities in the sixth seal and with what Jesus said would happen immediately after the Tribulation.

    · The Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12-17 KJV) And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; {13} And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. {14} And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. {15} And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; {16} And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: {17} For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

    Throughout the first five seals there is not one mention of the word wrath. It is not until the opening of the sixth seal, and the execution of cosmic disturbance, that the word wrath is ever mentioned in Revelations. Immediately after the sixth seal there is a surprising turn of events.

    · After the Sixth Seal and Before the Seventh Seal (Rev 7:1-3 KJV) And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. {2} And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, {3} Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

    If God has not hurt the Earth yet, we have even more evidence that the first four seals are not His Wrath. The 144,000 are to be sealed so that they will not be affected by the Wrath of God. Along with the mentioning of the 144,000, there is a great multitude standing before the throne. Both gatherings, (the 144,000 to be sealed and the innumerable number of saints before the throne), take place in chapter seven. The whole chapter is dedicated to these two gatherings. They seem to almost be out of place, the way they are suddenly jumped into, between the sixth and the seventh seal. But they are indeed perfectly placed by our Lord, with the commencing of cosmic disturbance, immediately after the Tribulation, and just prior to the Wrath of God.

    (Rev 7:9-17 KJV) After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; {10} And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. {11} And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, {12} Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. {13} And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? {14} And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. {15} Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. {16} They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. {17} For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

    Notice how this great multitude of all nations, and kindred's, and people, and tongues, are clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. They are not souls crying for vengeance beneath the altar, as in the martyrs of the fifth seal, but are claiming victory and worshipping God with their glorified bodies. John was taken back by this great multitude because he did not recognize this as the same group which had originally been started with only a handful of men. And where did this great multitude of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues come from?

    (Rev 7:14) "These are they which came out of great tribulation".

    This does not mean that this great multitude will be limited only to those alive at the time of the Tribulation. What is being said is that the Church, both the dead in Christ and those that are living, will be raptured out of the Tribulation, cutting it short, (if he did not shorten the days no flesh would live). This fits so well with what was said in Jeremiah.

    (Jer 30:7 KJV) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

    Paul makes mention of this day, concerning the deliverance of the Jews happening with the Rapture of the Church, in his epistle to the Romans.

    (Rom 11:15 KJV). "For if the casting away of them (Israel) be the reconciling of the world (salvation for all mankind), what shall the receiving (sealing of the 144,000 Jews) of them be, but life from the dead (the Rapture of the innumerable number)?"

    · Olivet Discourse Judgement

    Jesus finishes off the Olivet Discourse, by describing the Day of the Lord Judgment and the similarities that it will have with the way God poured out His wrath in the past.

    (Mat 24:37-39 KJV) But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. {38} For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, {39} And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    The conclusion of the seals also ends with the judgment of God. The Wrath of God is detailed in the seven trumpet judgments, which reside within the seventh seal.

    · The Seventh Seal (Rev 8:1-2 KJV) And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. {2} And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets".

    This silence that takes place in Heaven is spoken of in (Zep 1:7 KJV).

    Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests".

    Could the guest's be the just Raptured Church? What is about to take place on the Earth will leave Heaven itself speechless. This is the only thing mentioned about this seal. The seventh seal, unlike the prior six, has no event associated with it except that within it abides the seven trumpet judgments.

    The seven trumpet judgments are a comprehensive whole within the seventh seal. They are the last trump, spoken of in (1 Cor 15:52) that pinpoints the precise day of the Rapture. It is through these seven trumpets that the Wrath of God is dispensed. And the commencing of this takes place the same day as the Rapture (the harvest). One thing that needs to be brought out is that, unlike the seals, angels initiate all the trumpet and bowl judgments. Angels play no part in the seals because the seals are not the wrath of God.

    Things to Consider

    Let's sum up this comparison of the Olivet discourse and the Seven Seals of Revelation. It is evident that there are numerous similarities. Both describe in detail the events of the 70th week in chronological order. After collating these texts, it must be understood that it is doctrinally fatal to refer to the Day of the Lord as anything but the Wrath of God. The term "the Tribulation Period," when used to describe the 70th week of Daniel also needs to be abandoned. To prevent confusion this seven year period, must be called the 70th Week of Daniel. This is necessary in understanding what it consists of, which is "the Beginning of Sorrows", "the Abomination of Desolation", "the Great Tribulation", "the Rapture", "the Sealing of the 144,000", and the "Day of the Lord" Wrath. All these events are separate, and they all have their own purpose within the 70th week.

    If the Seven seals were placed in outline form, the seven trumpet judgments would be indented all within the seventh seal.

     

    And now ye know what Withholdeth

    (2 Th 2:1-4 KJV) Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, {2} That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. {3} Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; {4} Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

    This verse clearly says that the Rapture (our gathering together unto him) will not take place till the man of sin is revealed. This revelation will be made apparent when he is seen exalting himself "above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."

    Within Pre-trib there is an attempt to overlook what is said in (2 Thes 2:1-4) by interpreting (2 Thes 2:7), the hinderer of lawlessness, as the Holy Spirit in the believer. What is taught is that the Holy Spirit in the believer restrains lawlessness on the Earth, and when the Church is raptured, lawlessness will no longer be hindered. This would bring about what is assumed to be the so-called seven-year tribulation.

    Could the Church, when raptured, be taking with it what God uses on the Earth to restrain iniquity? What must be asked is, when has the Holy Spirit in the believer ever restrained lawlessness? Iniquity has always abounded and often at the cost of the believers life. As saints we are taught to lose our lives for His sake, to turn the cheek when we are smitten, and to pray for those that despitefully use us. If the Bible says the Church is called to restrain lawlessness, then I must be using the wrong version.

    It says in (Rev 22:11 KJV)

    "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."

    This does not sound like God wants us to restrain anyone. It was the lawlessness of the world that was used to put our Lord to death, and to this day thousands of people are being martyred, despite their restraining power.

    In the same paragraph, we are told not to be deceived that the gathering together, (the Rapture), will not take place till the man of sin, who will claim to be God, is revealed. Are we supposed to forget that, three verses down, when we read:

    "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. {7} For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way"?

    If this restraining does not come about through the believer than the Bible must have the answer to who does this restraining.

    Despite what is taught in psychology, in my house, discipline is used to restrain lawlessness. Scripture has many references to God's use of angels when dispensing discipline. A good example is in Genesis 19. If it were allowed to remain, the lawlessness in that city would have spread like wild fire, but God restrained the iniquity by isolating it and having it destroyed. And this was all done through His angels.

    (Gen 19:13 KJV) For we (the two Angels) will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

    At a time when Israel was backsliden, David tested the Lord by numbering the tribes. As a result of this, one angel was used by God to destroy seventy thousand men in one day. (2 Sam 24:15-16). Angels were used in the judging of Egypt (Ps 78:49), and numerous instances in Revelation. From the looks of scripture, God's use of angels as a role in restraining lawlessness through discipline is well documented.

    The Angel, Michael, is described in the Bible as "the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people". He is often referred to as "Michael the Archangel". The word "archangel" is used only twice in the Bible. It is used once to describe Michael in (Jude 1:9), and the other instance happens to be a rapture related verse.

    (1 Th 4:16 KJV) "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:"

    Could it be that Michael the Archangel has something to do with the events of the 70th week, and possibly has a role in the restraining of lawlessness? When looking at the withholder of iniquity as described in (2 Thes 2:6-7) in light of Revelation 12, and Daniel 12, there are some striking similarities. God's use of Michael the Archangel, seems to be what Paul is referring to in his letter to the Thessalonians concerning this restrainer.

    (Dan 12:1-2 KJV) "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. {2} And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."

    One of the definitions for the word "stand up" in the Greek is to leave. No matter what it is interpreted to mean, it is interesting to note that Michael, as soon as he is said to stand up, allows "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time". This sounds exactly like our Lord's description in the Olivet Discourse of the Great Tribulation.

    (Mat 24:21 KJV) "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

    Even though Dan 12:1-2 is a comprehensive whole describing a broad aspect of the end times, what is interesting is how the sequence of events are laid out. The same way they are laid out in (Matt 24&13; Mark 13; Luke 21&17; 2 Thes 2; and Rev 6&7).

    Immediately after the time of trouble, Daniel states:

    (Dan 12:1b KJV) "and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. {2} And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."

    This sounds just like the Rapture, and it happens after "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time". "And at that time" is a very interesting statement. It is almost as if it is placing the Rapture in the heat of the Tribulation, cutting it short. This all fits perfectly with the rest of scripture:

    (Rev 7:14 KJV) ………….. These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Came out with the Rapture)

    (Mat 24:21-22 KJV) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. {22} And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. (Cut short with the Rapture)

    (Jer 30:7 KJV) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. (Saved out of it with the Rapture)

    Revelation 12 is very similar to Daniel 12 in that Michael is portrayed again, as enforcing some sort of order or restraint before a major time of devastating destruction.

    (Rev 12 KJV) "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: {2} And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. {3} And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. {4} And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. {5} And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. {6} And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. {7} And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, {8} And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. {9} And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. {10} And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. {11} And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. {12} Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. {13} And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. {14} And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. {15} And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. {16} And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. {17} And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

    Here we have Michael placed within the 70th week. The reference to "a time, times and half a time" is the latter half of the seven years. By casting Satan to the Earth, it is almost as if Michael will leave the role of restraining lawlessness, and will allow Satan (for a short time) to wreak havoc on the world. This is made evident by the proclamation that is made to all the Earth.

    "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time".

    Many people believe this reference to Satan being cast out of Heaven by Michael happened at the beginning of creation. According to Revelation 12 this does not take place till after Jesus (the man-child) is caught up to God and His throne.

    There is of course the reference that Jesus made of Satan in (Luke 10:18b KJV).

    "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven".

    Our Lord could have been referring to what John, in Revelation 12:4, described as the actual fall of Satan and his angels at the beginning.

    "And his tail (the Dragons) drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth".

    According to John this is said to happen before the deliverance of the man-child, (the First Coming of Christ). In verse 12:12-13 we read that the Devil after realizing that he is banished from Heaven forever, is filled with great wrath. The Tribulation is just that, it is not the Wrath of God, but the anger of Satan, knowing that he has but a short time. The Day of the Lord on the other hand, is the Wrath of God on the unregenerate world, which the Bible says those in Christ, are exempt from, (1 Th 1:10,5:9).

    The Devil does not waste any time at all. His first target is the woman. The description of the woman is similar to that of Joseph's dream in (Gen 37:9 KJV)

    "And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. {10} And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?"

    Joseph's father, Jacob, interpreted his son's dream as being Israel and the eleven tribes bowing down to Joseph (the twelfth). The woman in Revelation 12 is described the same way Jacob interpreted Joseph's dream.

    (Rev 12:1 KJV) "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:"

    This woman (Israel) is persecuted by the Dragon. But just as God's protection went with Israel and led her out of Egypt, to Worship in the Wilderness;

    (Exo 19:4 KJV) "Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself".

    So too, he will protect her the same way during the 70th week.

    "She is given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness," (Rev 12:14).

    The Dragons next target is the Church, because of his inability to access the Woman (Israel).

    (Rev 12:17) And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (The Saints)

    The following chapter, (13), then details the Antichrist kingdom and the Great Tribulation.

    (Rev 13:7-8 KJV) And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. {8} And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

    With these examples of the ministry of Michael the Archangel pointing to a time of suppressing lawlessness, before it actually unfolds, one might easily assume that Michael indeed plays a part in what Paul describes in (2 Thes 2:6-7).

    "And now ye know what withholdeth"

    Could it be God's use of Michael the Archangel?

    To be Kept

    (Rev 3:10 KJV) Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

    There is much confusion concerning this verse. Even though the Rapture is not mentioned here, some define this as the Church being raptured before the Tribulation commences.

    The hour of temptation mentioned in this verse, is said to be a time "that will try them that dwell upon the Earth". Nowhere in scripture does it mention that the Day of the Lord judgment, is a time of testing. The Day of the Lord is strictly God's divine wrath on an unregenerate world. God will vindicate Himself on those that loved not the truth.

    The Tribulation, on the other hand, is different, especially for believers. They will be given a chance to make known the awesome power of God in their lives, through demonstrating their unshakable faith. Remember, even the angels are watching (1 Pet 1:12b).

    The testing that will be brought about through this time is mentioned in (Dan 11:35 KJV).

    "And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed."

    The hour of temptation is the Tribulation, that will try them that dwell upon the Earth. Antichrist will be given power to make war with the saints, and to overcome them (Rev 13:7), and to make war with the remnant, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Rev 12:17 KJV).

    Now to look at what is meant by being kept from the hour of temptation. To be kept can be interpreted as either being removed, or protected in the midst of the Tribulation. Even if this verse is to be interpreted as removal, it does not have to be with the Rapture. It could mean permitted to escape and to hide through the hour of temptation. This promise could also mean that God will keep them by direct divine protection, as in the days when God kept Israel, despite the plagues that were brought upon the Egyptians.

    This particular promise was made specifically to the Church in Philadelphia, one of the seven Churches spoken of in (Rev 3). What about the Churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodiceans?

    God would not conditionally promise to rapture a fraction of the Church. The Rapture is said to encompass the whole Church and not just part of it, therefore being kept from the hour of temptation does not mean raptured.

    To use this passage to justify the Pre-tribulation position is an irresponsible representation of the text. In light of all the scripture that Pre-trib has against it, any attempt at making Rev 3:10 the one reason to ignore what the Bible says about the order of events within the 70th Week, is grasping at straws. As was mentioned earlier the teaching that the Church will be raptured before the Tribulation either has full support from scripture or else it has the whole Bible working against it.

    New Heavens and a New Earth

    "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Pet 3:10 KJV).

    The above verse is believed to be by some, a total annihilation of the Heavens and the Earth. Because of the way the elements are described as melting, it is thought that the Day of the Lord begins on the day of the Rapture and then ends with the total annihilation of everything. This would then bring about the Great white Throne Judgment. By defining the Day of the Lord this way some have included the Millennium Reign as part of the Day of the Lord.

    Dave Hunt, Scofield, and Dwight Pentecost are among many who teach that the Day of the Lord has both (judgment and blessing), (peace and destruction), and (darkness and light) associated with it. This teaching, rest solely on this one verse of scripture. What is taught is that the Day of the Lord extends through the Tribulation, beyond the Millennium Reign, and ends with the annihilation of the Heavens and the Earth.

    The description of elements being melted with a fervent heat does not mean that they will be totally annihilated. As demonstrated earlier, the Bible's description of the Day of the Lord is exclusively a time of devastating judgment. It has nothing to do with blessing and therefore could not encompass the Millennium Reign.

    (Amos 5:18-20 KJV) "Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. {19} As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. {20} Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?"

    In Peter's portrayal of the Day of the Lord, he describes the destruction that was brought about by the flood.

    "Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished,"

    We know that the Earth was not totally destroyed, but was renovated, by God's judgment, through the flood. It can be established that the dissolving of the Heavens is used as a description of the Day of the Lord throughout scripture. But in every instance there are numerous events taking place after the supposed annihilation of everything.

    Compare the similarities in the opening of the sixth seal with what was said by Isaiah.

    (Isa 34:4,8 KJV) "And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.... For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

    (Rev 6:12-14 KJV) And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; {13} And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. {14} And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. {17} For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

    Right after Peter's description of the elements melting with fervent heat, he speaks of a new Heavens and a new Earth.

    (2 Pet 3:12-13 KJV) Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? {13} Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

    The phrase, "new Heavens and a new Earth," is spoken of as a renovation of them, which takes place during the Day of the Lord wrath, in preparation of the Millennium kingdom. This is demonstrated through what was described by Isaiah in (Isa 65:17-25 KJV).

    "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. {18} But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. {19} And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. {20} There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. {21} And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. {22} They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. {23} They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. {24} And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. {25} The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD".

    Notice that the phrase "new Heavens and the new Earth" is placed just prior to the Millennium Reign. The verses that follow this renovation are the most common Millennium Reign verses used in scripture, longevity is restored (verse 20), and the wolf and the lamb shall feed together (verse 25).

    The new Heavens and the New Earth when associated with the Day of the Lord are that which are made as a result of the renovation caused by the Wrath of God. This is not a total annihilation of them. 2 Peter 3:10 can not be used to make the Millennium Reign part of the Day of the Lord Wrath. The Millennium Reign is outside the 70th week and it is an event that is distinct from the wrath associated with the Day of the Lord judgment.

    Conclusion

    Time prevents us from detailing all that the Bible provides on the last days. Scriptures that deal with prophecy take up a majority of God's Word and can sometimes be hard to understand. The rule of thumb when studying the Bible is that we are to let scripture interpret scripture. An example of this can be made when examining the "Winepress of the Wrath of God". While reading this prophecy, these are the things to keep in mind. Matthew 24:30, and the description of Jesus coming in the clouds with His angels to gather His elect. Matthew 13:30, with the parable of the "Tares & the Wheat" and how it was not until the day of the harvest that both the tares and the wheat were gathered. And last of all, the numerous references to angelic intervention when God's wrath is dispensed.

    (Rev 14:14-19 KJV) And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. {15} And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. {16} And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped (rapture). {17} And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. {18} And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. (Notice the angelic intervention) {19} And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

    When looking at the traditional tribulation theories, it is evident that something is missing, primarily scripture. Preconceived beliefs need to be abandoned if one is to interpret the Bible for what it says. Unfortunately labels are sometimes necessary to identify a particular teaching. Marvin Rosenthal just happened to be the first to coin the phrase "The Pre-Wrath Rapture" which, when presented properly, seems to have full support from scripture. We need to accept the Bible for what it literally says whenever possible and keep ourselves from being caught up in protecting denominational agendas. I encourage you to search the scriptures yourself, and by the grace of God, His Word will become clear concerning His soon return.

    "Search the Scriptures", while referring to the work of others, might not hold to all the beliefs of the individual being mentioned. Marvin Rosenthal's insights on the end times and his commitment to scriptural verification were a valuable asset to the writing of this newsletter, but that does not mean that we condone every book or belief that is held by Mr. Rosenthal.

     

    Definitions

     

    Day of the Lord, Wrath God’s Wrath, or judgment on the unregenerate
    Coming of the Lord The arrival of Christ for the rapturing of His Saints that extends through His return with them to destroy Antichrist and to usher in His kingdom.
    70th Week Seven year period that entails the beginning of Sorrows, the Tribulation, the Rapture, and the Day of the Lord Wrath
    Beginning of Sorrows The first four seals of Revelation that takes place within the first half of the 70th Week
    Abomination of desolation The image of Antichrist that is set up in the Temple to be worshiped
    Tribulation The rage of Antichrist that starts in the midst of the 70th Week and ends with the Rapture
    Rapture The deliverance of the Saints that takes place immediately after the Tribulation and will be on the same day that God commences His Wrath
    Millennium Reign Begins after the Wrath of God, and is a time when Satan is Bound 1,000 years during which Christ’s will reign with a rod of iron.
    Great White Throne The final judgment of all things.



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