Bruce Baber (15 Apr 2011)
"TO JAMES R re possible "GAP" between rature and start of tribulation"
I went to the site you referred to but didn't see the post about a
possible gap between the rapture and the start of the
tribulation. On April 4th I posted my own thoughts about that
very subject. I copied and pasted them below.
I hesitate before posing the question, but I want some thoughtful, carefully, prayerfully considered answers.
Psalm 90 vs. 10: Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our
strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for
they quickly pass, and we fly away. NIV
I have worried a little about the extra ten years that bring the span
of a generation up to eighty years. With all the signs, it doesn't seem
possible. I don't want to face the fact that the end-time generation
could linger on for those extra ten years. Yet, maybe Moses included
those words for a reason. He even added that those additional ten years
would be full of trouble and sorrow.
Then the thought occurred to me. What if there is a delay between the
rapture and the beginning of the tribulation. That could explain why we
haven't seen the destruction of Damascus yet. That could explain why
the Jews will have seven years to burn the weapons from the Gog Magog
war. I've stated before that the burning of weapons for seven years
would be a difficult feat in view of the antichrist's invasion of
Israel. (See my earlier posts on the subject).
If the rapture is followed immediately by the tribulation there is no
allowing for the destruction of Damascus and the war of Gog and Magog
with the resulting burning of the weapons of war for seven years. If
there is a delay of the tribulation, everything still fits...I think.
I am not advocating this postion. I am just pondering it in light of
the yet unfulfilled prophecies in the scriptures and trying to see all
of the puzzle pieces fit. I don't easily accept ideas that that I
haven't tested for myself. Just because a Bible scholar says something,
I don't necessarily go blindly along with it. So if someone says the
the tribulation has to immediately follow the rapture because someone
else said so, that may not be a good enough reason. I would appreciate
some well thought out feedback. Please don't attack me for asking.
We aren't at the end of seventy years from 1948. We are just at 63
years. We round it up to 70 by adding the 7 years of the tribulation.
How does this all fit if 10 years are added to the lifespan of a
generation? Could the rapture still be this spring? Or, do we have to
wait several more years? You know from my earlier posts that I strongly
advocated a spring rapture this year. I am still looking for it. Would
the destruction of Damascus followed by the war of Gog and Magog in the
interval between the rapture and the start of the seven years of
tribulation fit with Psalm 90 and bring into line all of the other
remaining prophecies? (I also wonder if Rabbi Kaduri's prediction about
the death of Ariel Sharon before the Messiah's return could happen in
I apologize for asking these questions and for adding to the confusion. That isn't my intention at all.