The Decimation 2
We are about to decimate the concept for a SEVEN YEAR Great Tribulation period.
That will include the Pre, Mid and Post-Tribulation doctrines/teachings/concepts.
Read on with an open mind and spirit.
Our blog, “The Decimation 1” revealed God’s version for the End Times; the “WHY” if you will for the Great Tribulation and its timeline.
Remember… it is the portion of the End Times message which was concealed by God for nearly 2,600 years (Daniel 8:11-26; 12:4-9 & Revelation 10:1-7). Even when Paul witnesses the MYSTERY, the fulfillment and purpose behind the first half of the Covenant, the Blessing’s Half (Colossians 1:25-27) he is joyfully overwhelmed by its benefit to all who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior; hence, Christ in you the hope of glory!
Let’s just start where we left off in, “The Decimation 1”.
- So, what is God’s reason for what we call the End Times or mistakenly refer to as the all-inclusive “Great Tribulation?”
To complete the seven year covenant of Jesus Christ…
- Does that mean the End Times or “Great Tribulation” will span seven years because Christ’s Covenant MUST span seven years?
NO! The Covenant of Jesus Christ does span seven years, but the first three and a half years of Christ’s Covenant were fulfilled by Jesus during his 3½ year ministry.
This is and was the Blessings half of the Covenant (Deuteronomy 11:26-28); the Gospel of the Good-News!
Isaiah calls this “The Acceptable Year of the Lord” (Isaiah 61, specifically verses 1-2). Jesus acknowledges this half of the covenant’s fulfillment at ITS beginning and end: [Beginning] Luke 4:14-21, verse 21b saying, “Today this Scripture (Isaiah 61:1-2a) is fulfilled in your hearing.” And at its [End] “John 19:28 which says, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled said…!’.” Jesus then declares in verse 30, “It is finished!”
- Then the End Times and Great Tribulation should only last 3½ years, right?
That is nearly correct; the second half of the contract, Christ’s Covenant, will span 3½ years just like the first half of the contract spanned 3½ years (Daniel 9:27a). However, the entire 3½ year fulfillment of the Great Consummation merely includes the 2½ year Great Tribulation and the 1 year Wrath of God; hence, the 3½ years.
Just to put a point on this… the Great Tribulation, as it is currently understood by most of the Christian world, DOES NOT span the full 3½ years.
Rather, the Great Tribulation is a component within the Great Consummation timeline as can be seen in the following diagram.
- So this means the Great Tribulation cannot last the seven years as depicted in the standard Great Tribulation timelines?
Absolutely correct! That portion of the End Times which is represented by the Great Tribulation will only span 2½ years. Appropriately, this is the parable Matthew 13:24-30 illustrates as a separation process for the harvest to come; separating the “Wheat from the Tares”. We’ll touch on that in a moment.
Following the Great Tribulation, the remaining year of the covenant is reserved for the Wrath of God or “The Days of Judgment” also known as “The Year of Recompense” (Isaiah 34:8; 61:2; 63:4; Luke 21:24).
- Where in the Bible can we find the seven year covenant of Jesus Christ and where does it say the two halves of the Covenant must be separated?
Well, scripture does not specifically state the two halves of the covenant must be separated; however, Daniel 9:24-27, the prophecy known as “The Seventy Weeks of Daniel” does powerfully depict a seven year period divided into two 3½ year segments.
Additionally, Daniel 9:27 is the only place within the Bible that End Times proponents can find a specific allusion to a SEVEN YEAR Contract or Covenant between God and humanity. Here is what the first half of the passage says:
Then he will confirm a covenant with many for one week, but in the midst of the week, He will bring an end to sacrifice and offering. (Daniel 9:27a NKJV)
Check out this breakdown of Daniel 9:27a:
- Then he (Jesus)
- Will confirm (strongly establish)
- A covenant (blood covenant or contract)
- With many (not everyone because wide is the way to destruction and narrow the path to salvation, Matthew 7:13-14)
- For one week (the word week representing a seven year period) or 7 years per week.
- But in the middle of the week (meaning right in the middle or 3½ years)
- He (Jesus)
- Will bring an end to (cause to cease/stop) sacrifice and offering.
This is where the first half of the covenant stops… This is where Jesus begins and ends His 3½ years of ministry… WITH, “He (Jesus) bringing an end to sacrifice and offering.”
Without a doubt, Jesus fulfilled this area of the prophecy; the first half of Christ’s Covenant. Notice, we call this first half, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ” found in the first four books of the New Testament = new covenant or new contract.
- How do we know the verse is referring to Jesus?
Many Eschatologists believe the pronoun HE in this passage (verse 27) refers to the Beast of Revelation. This assertion is absurd and laughable to say the least.
We’ll evaluate the absurdity of the pronoun “He” as the Beast in Daniel 9:27 in “The Decimation 3”.
For now, here is why we know Jesus is the “He” alluded to in Daniel 9:27!
Without question we know… Jesus – did confirm a blood covenant with humanity for one week (a week yet unfinished thus far); His ministry lasted 3½ years. Do you think 3½ years to simply be a Coincidence; really?
We know EVERYONE will not be saved. No, not everyone will receive the Grace of God. We know this because scripture declares, “…wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it” (or go in by Destruction’s Gate).
Salvation through Jesus will ONLY save many. “…Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14 NKJV)
He (Jesus) did confirm a covenant with many for seven years;
HOWEVER, in the midst of that week (or middle of 7 years = 3½ years) Jesus’ ministry came to an end with His crucifixion WHEN the veil of the Temple (during Passover) was rent in two and exposed the Most Holy Place (also called the Holy of Holies).
When the Holy of Holies was exposed (veil rent in two) all sacrifices and offering came to an abrupt halt (herein lies the purpose for THE VEIL being torn in two – it fulfilled that portion of the prophecy which required sacrifice and offering to cease at the 3½ year mark).
- Is it correct to say the second half of the Covenant is all that remains to be fulfilled?
Yes, the second half of Daniel 9:27 which begins with “And on the wings of abominations” speaks specifically to the second half of the contract which is represented by the Great Consummation’s 3½ years.
Pay attention to the meaning behind the second half of Daniel 9:27:
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who make desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate (Daniel 9:27b NKJV)
- And on the wings of abominations (when everything Godly or about God or Christianity or Judaism is abhorrent to the “desolate” people, the ruined people)
- There shall be… one who makes desolate (the Beast/Anti-Christ)
- Even until the consummation (the completion of God’s plan: or until the completion of Christ’s Covenant)
- Which is determined (determined meaning: a time set aside by God to accomplish this specific task during the forging of Christ’s Covenant or contract.)
- And this… is poured out on the desolate (will fall on the ruined people).
- The desolate, meaning, the wrath of God poured out on the ruined people… those Christians who took the Mark of the Beast, bowed before the Beast or his image and therefore broke the contract, tossing away their great gift of salvation (Daniel 11:31-35).
I bet you thought we got off the beaten path of proving there cannot exist a seven year Great Tribulation. Nope, right on track.
- If the seven years of the Great Tribulation is derived from Daniel 9:27 and you’ve just seen how the first 3½ years of the covenant was fulfilled by Jesus and His ministry or 3½ years… Then how can a 7-Year Great Tribulation exist using this same verse?
You see… it cannot exist… it cannot be a viable End Times doctrine.
The Great Tribulation proponents cannot be correct because Jesus fulfilled the first 3½ years of Christ’s Covenant nearly two thousand years ago!
The seven year element of the Seven Year Great Tribulation doctrine is incorrect!
Thus the Pre-Tribulation Rapture concept is all wet, wet, wet behind the proverbial ears because the Great Tribulation aspect of the covenant is not about God’s Wrath; rather, the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation is about separating True-Christians from Pseudo-Christians or the Lukewarm.
The Seven Year Mid-Tribulation doctrine is also incorrect because it too relies on a seven year Great Tribulation concept.
Don’t get me started on the Post-Tribulation concept. It just doesn’t work because it does not fit into God’s timeline or concept for the fulfillment of Christ’s Covenant.
Remember, until recently the world was not privy to the entire End Times message (Daniel 12:4-9). Now that we are living in the “Time of the End” God has released the balance of HIS End Times message.
With just the evidence made available in this Post… it should be obvious the current Great Tribulation concepts don’t apply. They missed the mark, if you will.
The very purpose behind God’s established Seven Year Covenant of Jesus Christ reveals why the Great Tribulation doctrines are flawed… Simply put, the Great Tribulation doctrines solely focus on God’s Judgment and Wrath and not on the fulfillment of Christ’s Covenant with humanity. God does not punish simply to punish for punishment’s sake!
The remaining 3½ years for the Great Consummation includes the proper vision behind the Great Tribulation.
Once again, check out the correct timeline in the fulfillment of Christ’s Covenant with humanity.
It is important to understand the timeline and its purpose.
The End Times are here and the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation is coming soon.
The Body of Christ is required to endure the Tribulation Period because the Tribulation Period is not the Wrath of God (Daniel 11:31-35; Revelation 19:7).
We’ll save that piece of information for another time; either that, if you are in a hurry, then get a copy of our book, “This Side of the Whirlwind” and read it for yourself. The complete End Times’ message can be found in our book.
WELL, until, “The Decimation 3”… Be wise and study to show thyself approved unto God. 2 Tim. 2:15.
And above all serve the King “Jesus” as you prepare for the coming Storm!
BTW, let me know if you have any questions of comments: firstname.lastname@example.org