Nearly every established End Times doctrine mistakenly declares the Tribulation Period will span seven years. In each case, the seven-year time frame was taken from the same source, Daniel 9:24–27, which contains the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. The seven-year period is taken from the seventieth week of the prophecy. Verse 27a within the prophecy contains a reference to the seven-year period, namely:
He [Jesus] shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (seven years): and in the midst of the week (three and a half years) he [Jesus] shall cause the sacrifice and offering to cease [come to an end], [Split-versing begins here (1)] and for the overspreading of abominations [because sin now reigns in abundance] he shall make it desolate, [Jesus will judge the wicked] even until the consummation, [until the completion of the covenant] and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate [Judgment will be poured out over the ruined people of the world]. (Daniel 9:27a KJV emphasis added)
The entire prophecy represents a standard covenant concept, which contains elements of both blessings and curses. For the faithful, the prophecy includes six edicts designed to fulfill and placate all sacrifices and offerings required to bridge the gap between God and humanity, thus providing eternal salvation. In essence, sin’s debt becomes eternally paid in full, allowing for the bond between God and humanity to be established forever. For the disqualified and unfaithful, the prophecy introduces a period of destruction and ultimate desolation and separation from the Creator.
The Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine forwards the idea the Great Tribulation is the seventieth week, representing God’s Wrath and spanning the entire seven years. According to the Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine, the Rapture will take place before the Tribulation Period can begin so the raptured can avoid God’s Wrath. Although this doctrine is globally the most widely accepted, numerous contradictions within the doctrine utterly disqualify it as Biblically accurate. In essence, the doctrine is scripturally unsupportable. One of the many and significant contradictions within the Pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is this idea of a seven-year tribulation period. Once the Great Consummation revelation has been understood, its scriptural truths become obvious, causing the errors in numerous End Times teachings to be utterly exposed. Jesus’s fulfillment of the first four edicts guarantees the first half of the seven-year covenant is fulfilled. Immediately, the Tribulation Period is reduced to three and a half years.
We will continue this section with scripturally supportable evidence and prophetically confirmed text in the next post, “Scripturally Supportable Doctrine 1.”
(1) To learn about Split Versing see “This Side of the Whirlwind” pages 72-75.