Some years ago I posted several commentaries on the Five Doves website that speculated on a timeframe that would allow for the burning of the weapons of war for seven years. Ezekial 39 talks about the war of Gog and Magog and declares that the Jews will have seven years to burn the enemies weapons.
1 “Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[a] Meshek and Tubal. 2 I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. 3 Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. 4 On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. 5 You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD. 6 I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the LORD.
7 “‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel. 8 It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of.
9 “‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. 10 They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign LORD.
It has always troubled me that if the war of Armageddon and the invading armies came into Israel towards the end of a seven year tribulation, there wouldn't be a full seven year burning of the weapons left over from the Gog Magog war. How can you gather and burn these weapons for 7 years if the antichrist is invading with his army? Remember too that the seven years of tribulation is even cut short because of the Lord's concern that no flesh would be left alive. In order for ALL the prophecies to be given time to transpire, it seems that there must be be an interval between the rapture and the start of the tribulation. I haven't even mentioned that the destruction of Damascus would have to occur before the Gog Magog war! We surmise that the destruction of Damascus starts first because it is left out of the list of nations that are allied with Gog Magog.
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.
The addition of the "ten years" in the above passage may indicate a 3 year gap! A three year gap added to the seven years of tribulation after the rapture would give us ten years as pictured in Psalm 90.
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
The passage in Revelation seems to confirm that you would have a 3 year gap added to the seven years of tribulation which would be ten years after the rapture for the Second Coming! After the rapture there will have to be a realignment of nations and probably the institution of Sharia law which will usher in the the beheadings that we see in in Revelation 20:4. Setting up a global economy, Sharia law, and the mark of the beast will all take a little time.
Rev 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They[a] had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
52 When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD. 53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there.
When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.”
55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then you may go.”
56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the LORD has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”
The above passage from Genesis is another clue. It has long been pointed out by astute rapture watchers that the choosing of Rebekah to be the bride for Abraham's son is a picture of the church being chosen as Christ's bride. Note how there is a mention of waiting for ten days. Thank God the decision is to take the bride without waiting ten days!!!
I have additional thoughts about the bride and those who are left behind, but the pupose of this post is only to address the possible gap the rapture and the beginning of the tribulation. Thank you for reading this and keeping an open mind to this possible scenario.