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The Tribulation Period

This blog follows the post titled, “Erroneous Doctrine 1” dated November 2nd 2016

Family2012 015As previously established in the subsection “Within the Time Allotted” found in chapter 8 of “This Side of the Whirlwind,” the Great Consummation will only span three and a half years. While it is true the Wrath of God does take place during the Great Consummation, it will only span twelve months during its final year.[1] If the assumptions made by the Pre and Mid-tribulation rapture doctrines were correct, the Body of Christ would need to be raptured before the seventieth week of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel began. Appropriately, the division of the seventieth week has been explained and confirmed, conferring Christ’s three and a half years of ministry as the first half of the seventieth week. In this way, the blessings component for the covenant has been instituted and fulfilled. The Great Consummation then furnishes the curses component through the second half of the seventieth week. For two and a half years, a process takes place separating true Christians from pseudo-Christians. During the last year of the covenant, God confers His wrath on a yet unrepentant and disobedient world.

Family2012 133Further evidence that the Judgment Period can only span three and a half years is found in every scriptural reference to the Great Consummation’s time frame with one exception, Daniel 9:27. Every other scriptural reference related to the Great Consummation lists only a time frame of three and a half years. No other example exists throughout scripture that even suggests the Great Consummation will span seven years. To add more fuel to this blazing fire of resistance, there are only two specific references that delineate the purposes for each time frame relative to the two three-and-a-half-year segments: Revelation 12:1–10 and Revelation 12:11–17. The first three-and-a-half-year segment indicates the three and a half years of Christ’s ministry as found in Revelation 12:1–10. The second period, taken from Revelation 12:11–17, conveys a second three-and-a-half-year period designated for the Great Consummation. It would be difficult for the Great Consummation to span seven years when half of the seven-year time frame was expended during the ministry of Jesus Christ. Besides, Jesus’s ministry lasted three and a half years. The Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation spans two and a half years, and the Wrath of God spans only one year. We know these time frames are correct based on several references that convey God’s Wrath will span one year.[2] Christ said the Tribulation time would be shortened, and so it has been (Matthew 24:22). According to the Lord, the Wrath of God will last one year (Isaiah 61:2, Luke 21:22).

Bear in mind, with the Great Consummation spanning only three and a half years, a Mid-tribulation rapture doctrine just cannot be tenable or scriptural.

Detailed explanation to follow:

Revelation 12:1–10

The following section is intended to demonstrate how the seven years of the new covenant is in fact mistaken for the seven years of the Great Tribulation. Jesus began and finished His ministry during a period of three and a half years. This was not happenstance. The dividing line within Daniel’s seventieth week (the Seventy Weeks of Daniel) is intended to take place precisely at the three-and-a-half-year mark. With this in mind, Christ’s ministry provided the first period of three and a half years for the seventieth week. The Great Consummation will provide the second time frame of three and a half years, fulfilling the last half of the seventieth week. Revelation 12 conveys both the purposes and illustrations covering both halves of the seventieth week.

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: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. (Revelation 12:1–2 KJV)

Revelation 12:1–2 presents a woman thought to represent the faith of Israel, who bears the child who is Christ and thus Christianity. The crown of twelve stars on the woman identifies the nation of Israel and Israel’s royalty by faith. Jesus is the figurehead for the church, the leader and forbearer to the Body of Christ. Note how the woman cries in child bearing. The verse symbolically represents Christendom entering the world through great pain and struggle. Remember, the end result of God’s grand process is the birth of His new family. It is no small thing for the saints to be called the children of God.

 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” (Revelation 12:3 KJV).

The red dragon listed above is also known as the Beast or Satan. The fulfillment of Revelation 12:3–6 takes place during Christ’s ministry when the Beast with seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns governs the known world through Rome. The Seven Hills of Rome relates to the seven heads on which the Whore of Babylon sits, representing the government or power base of the Beast. According to the verses found in Revelation 17:7–8, the Beast is identified through the seven heads and ten horns. The elements that differentiate the governments of Christ’s ministry and of the Latter Days are depicted by the crowns. During Christ’s ministry, the Beast possesses seven crowns, representing the Seven Hills of Rome under the authority of the Beast during that era. The ten crowns for the period of the Great Consummation represents the ten rulers of the oligarchy[3] over which the Beast will reign during the Latter Days. A better description for the Whore of Babylon and the Dragon can be obtained by reading Revelation 17:1–18.

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. (Revelation 12:4 KJV)

The description in Revelation 12:4 shows a third of the angelic host, which God allowed to be cast to the earth. This was and is part of God’s perfect plan. Satan stood ready to destroy Christ and His church at its inception. Fortunately, Satan is not capable of overcoming the will of God.

 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” (Revelation 12:5 KJV).

The nation of Israel brought forth Jesus, the Christ, who will one day rule the world with a rod of iron (Revelation 19:11–16). At the end of the first three and a half years of His ministry, Christ died for sin, brought all sacrifices to an end, and fulfilled four of the six edicts mandated in the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. After finishing the first half of the seventieth week, Jesus ascended into heaven to be with His Father for a designated period of time. He will return twice near the end of the Time of the Gentiles, during which the second three-and-a-half-year segment of the seventieth week will be fulfilled. Jesus will return once in the skies over the earth to collect the Body of Christ at the time of the Rapture and a second time during the Battle of Armageddon to end the war, deliver the nation of Israel, and set the Israelites free from the laws of sin and death. After accomplishing each of these tasks, Jesus will ascend to the throne of David where He will rule the world for one thousand years.

 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” (Revelation 12:6 KJV).

As Revelation 12:6 indicates, for three and a half years, the nation of Israel received the benefit of Christ’s personal ministry. During this period of nurture, Christ delivered the gospel message throughout Israel. First, Jesus imparted divine wisdom to the Israelites, followed by the blinding in part for reasons important and profound. Recognize, 1,260 days is equal to three and a half years, according to the Hebrew calendar tabulated on a 360-day calendar year.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7–9 KJV)

The conflict between Michael and Satan mentioned in this passage was not kept a mystery. The conflict fulfilled another aspect of God’s purpose. Jesus mentions He saw Satan fall like lightning in Luke 10:18. As difficult as it may be for some to comprehend, even Satan unwillingly fulfills the will of God (Revelation 17:17). In the days before the fulfillment of this passage, humanity walked according to the nature of this world and, of course, as slaves to their human nature (Ephesians 2:2–10).

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. (Revelation 12:10 KJV)

Christ prevailed! The above verse provides a time stamp. Jesus brought salvation to the world, according to Revelation 12:10. Through the sacrifice and offering of our Savior, humans need not struggle alone.

The division between these two time stamps of the covenant and split verses are established between Revelation 12:1–10 and 11–17. The second half of the seventieth week will be completed when God protects the nation of Israel, as illustrated through the imagery of the woman who, “… fled into the wilderness where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her …” The elements in verse 6 took place during the time of Christ’s ministry. God has not and will not forsake His chosen. However, the Bride must fulfill prophecy in accordance with God’s Word before Israel can be freed from the laws of sin and death (Revelation 19:7). The division takes place in the midst of the week illustrated in chapters 5 and 12 of Revelation.

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” (Revelation 12:11 KJV).

This verse does not stipulate Christians are relieved of all struggle when it comes to sin. Rather, the passage illustrates where the battle between Satan and sin comes to an end with regards to the human soul. At this point in the Bible’s End Times message, God’s plan has moved beyond the first three and a half years of Christ’s ministry. The first half of the seventieth week has elapsed, resulting in the “saved” being able to overcome sin and Satan with the help of the Holy Spirit. Christians have the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimonies to aid in their walk with God. In fact, the Bride of Christ will be required to overcome many obstacles in order to endure to the end of the Tribulation Period (Daniel 11:32–35, Revelation 21:7).

We will continue from this spot in the next post “Biblically Supportable 1b.”

Next time we’ll uncover how Satan throws a tantrum when he learns he is about to loose.  Get-Him God…

[1] Jeremiah 23:12 NKJV, “The year of their punishment.”

[2] References for a one year time of vengeance (The Wrath of God): Isaiah 34:1–15, 61:1–2, and 63:1–6; Jeremiah 11:21–23, 23:12, and 48:44; Luke 21:22; and Revelation 9:15.  

[3] Oligarchy is a small group of leaders that rule over a kingdom, organization, or institution.

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