Prophecy

The 70th Week & its Relation to the Church


Purpose of the 7-year Tribulation Period:

This time of terror is mentioned throughout both the Old & New Testament books of the Bible.
We come to understand that the "hour of trial" is to "try them that dwell upon the earth"(Revelation 3:10). These are the people who have identified themselves with this world, the unsaved. The true nature of the Tribulation period is also disclosed in Isaiah 26:20-21 "Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain." In other words, the Tribulation period is the time in which God will go forth to punish a God and Christ-rejecting world.

Who Goes Through The Tribulation:

All of those people who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their ONE AND ONLY saviour. This is not to say that no one will be saved during the Tribulation period, but many will have to give their life at this time for their faith(Rev.6:9-11, 7:9-17, 13:7, 15). During the Tribulation, many people will be converted by the ministry of the two witnesses and then the ministry of 144,000 male Jewish virgins of the 12 tribes of Israel(Revelation 11:4 see also Zechariah 4:11, 14; Rev.7:3-8, 14:4). Some theologians(scholars, etc.) believe that the 5th seal in Revelation 6:9-11 is the church. But this is an incorrect assumption since these martyrs are crying out for vengeance, which proves that, unlike the church(the bride of Christ), these martyrs are not under the grace Covenant.

The Church's Whereabouts During the Judgements:

We can dogmatically establish that the church WILL NOT GO "THROUGH"(Greek: "dia") ANY PART OF the Tribulation period on the earth! The church will instead be KEPT "FROM"(Greek: "ek") the Tribulation period.
This can be firmly based on the following scripture:
  1. In Genesis 5:22,24 we find that Enoch walked with God for 300 years & begot sons & daughters, and then he was not, because God took him. A similar incident happens in 2Kings 2:11 with the prophet Elijah.
  2. We find the deliverance of the just, and the judgment of the wicked during the Great Flood in Genesis chpts. 6-8.
  3. We find it again in Lot's deliverance from God's judgment upon the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah in Genesis 19:1-29.
  4. In 1Corinthians 15:51-52, we read "...We shall not all sleep(be dead), but we shall all be changed- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet."(*NOTE: not to be confused with the 7th Trumpet, which is judgmental, not resurrection).
  5. Revelation 16:15 also proves that the church is not present during the Tribulation period when one considers that 1Thessalonians 5:4 says "But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief." Rev. 16:15 is an admonition to the Tribulation Saints to continue in their faith & walk with Jesus Christ.
Again, I want to mention that this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the subject as to where it can be found in the Scriptures. For another example which gets right to the point, we find in 2Thessalonians 2:6-7 that the antichrist will not be revealed(see Revelation 6:1-2) until He that which restraineth, is "taken out" of the way. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit which prevents the full development of lawlessness on the earth. Where is the Holy Spirit? In all Christian believers who make up the church! When the church is raptured away to meet Christ in the air, this sets the stage for antichrist to come & take his seat of power. It would be ridiculous to assume that the church will go through the 70th week(Daniel 9:24, 27) when one considers the many proofs given by the Scriptures which says otherwise.

More Indications & Proof
of the Doctrine of Pre-Millennialism

Interesting Examples:

There are incidents in both the Old Testament and New Testament which certainly point to the two-fold character of Christ's return.

"There is just gradation in sorrows of the lost as well as in
the rewards of the righteous. If there is anything in any case to
modify the guilt of sinners, or in any measure to palliate their deficiencies
and crimes, the plain intimation is that every just allowance shall be made...
But the mildest hell is nevertheless 'hell,' and quite too intolerably for any sane
being to be content to make experiment of it." -J. A. Seiss


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