There is an argument among people, and the church (the born-again believers) about the timing of the Rapture. Some say it will take place before the 7-years Tribulation, others say it will be in the middle of it, and others say it will be after.
Most people have heard the common arguments for this. But the church will be taken out before the 7-years Tribulation because this time of Tribulation is God's dealing with Israel -- Daniel's 70th week and Jacob's trouble. This time is not for the church.
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The first 3-1/2 years of the 7-years Tribulation
This time will begin as a pseudo world peace in the first 3-1/2 years, building up with the troubles seen by John in the early chapters right up until the antichrist declares himself to be God in the middle of the 7-years Tribulation, at the opening of the long-awaited 3rd Jewish Temple. That is what is called “The Abomination of Desolation”, (Matthew 24:15, Daniel 9:23, 27, 11:36, 2Thessalonians 2:4).
This is when the Jewish people will suddenly wake up from the deception. Interestingly, a lot of people also wonder who the antichrist will be. Some say he will be Jewish, some say he will be Moslem. Of course no one knows, but I have an interesting theory that is worth the thought which I describe in the guide Timing Revelation.
An interesting thought because all of these last days time-line is about the dealing with the Jewish people. From that point on, everything falls to pieces and the wrath of God begins to increase and intensify like it has never been seen before.
The second or last 3-1/2 years of the 7-years Tribulation
Then we are told about the sealing by God of the 144,000 of the Tribes of Israel, who are sent to replace the Church or the believers who were taken up in the Rapture. These are sent to preach the Gospel. The result of this is told also in this chapter.
For those who think the Rapture will take place at the midpoint into the 7-years Tribulation, or later, that cannot be, because the 144,000 are sent to preach to the Jews first, as well as all the rest of the nations, and not to the saints of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; these latter are up in heaven during the whole of the 7-years Tribulation as the bride of the groom who was called up at the beginning of the 7-years Tribulation, and who will return with Christ at His second coming at the end. There is more on that also in the guide.
It is in this second half of the 7-years Tribulation that Israel will go through its worst time of suffering, known as Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21). And the whole earth will go through it also. For those who don't know, the word “week” in the Hebrew refers to “a week of 7 years”. It's like our word “decade” which refers to 10 years.
After the preaching of the 144,000, God’s wrath will begin to be poured out in abundance. First, it will be poured out of the Trumpet Judgments, followed by the Bowl Judgments. During that time the two Witnesses will testify also. All this is discussed in the TIMING Revelation guide.
The Second coming of Jesus Christ
At the end of Daniel’s 70th Week (the 7-years Tribulation), Yeshua (Christ) will return (the Second Coming), followed by the saints who were raptured 7 years earlier (. At this time, Yeshua will destroy the enemies of Israel, and all the Jewish people who are still alive then will be saved when they look upon Him Who was pierced. (Zechariah 12:10).
According to Daniel 12:11-12, after the Second Coming, there will be an extension of days which covers the government change from the earth as we know it today to the new Kingdom of God on earth. Details of this is all in the guide.
The Millennial Kingdom
The Millennial Kingdom will last 1,000 years and when it ends, satan will be released from the abyss. Toward the end of this time, he will come out again to deceive a great multitude of those who were born during this time, and they will make war with the saints.
The Final Battle
This will be the final battle when fire comes down from Heaven and will consume all who attacked the camp of the saints. The devil, the beast and the false prophet will then be cast into the lake of fire, where they will be tormented day and night, forever.
The Great White Throne Judgment
After this final battle, Messiah will judge all the non-believers from throughout the history of the world to this time at the Great White Throne Judgment. This Great White Throne Judgment is only for the non-believers who will then also be cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, which is eternal and where conscious torment of fire will be experienced.
After the Great White Throne Judgment, God will establish the final state of His eternal Kingdom, known as The New Jerusalem.
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