Gerry Almond (13 Apr 2011)
"TO ALL: MY PERSPECTIVE FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH"
I apologize for sounding dogmatic in my last post. I did not mean
to do so. It occurred to me that this post should be done.
To God be the Glory Always
I believe it is a mistake to think of the 70th week of Daniel’s
prophecy as the same exact time as the so-called “tribulation
period”. Scholars have debated over this at length, arguing
whether the rapture event is pre-tribulational, mid-tribulational or
post-tribulational. Some even think there will be no millennial
program, and these are called a-millennialists. I am in the first
camp, a pre-trib, pre-millenial believer in the inerrant Word of
God. I am a literalist, meaning I take the Word of God as literal
wherever it is not specifically symbolic. God says what He means,
and means what He says is my motto.
Having said that, there are some points made by mid-tribbers that are
valid. Maybe a melding of the two positions is the correct
approach. It may be that both are right as far as their ideas go,
and the reality may be that the rapture event occurs somewhere in the
first half of the 70th week but before the mid-point. It is
certainly looking that way now.
I have always been a pre-tribber. I do not think that we will be
raptured at the same time that the antichrist proclaims himself to be
God, sitting in the temple of God, in Jerusalem as mid tribbers
believe. I am now satisfied however, that this pre-trib position
is not the same as pre-seventieth week. They seem to overlap, but
maybe not day for day???
I believe that we have just a year remaining, before antichrist is
revealed. Sometime in that year we will be taken home. I
want it to be now, but evidently that is not to be. I, like you,
must await the perfect plan of God in this matter.
Today, April 13, is the last possible day of the seven day warning
based on the Noahic picture found in Genesis 7 and 8. That is
because 2012 is a leap year which adds a day to February. If
nothing happens on this day April 13, then I concede that this may have
no meaning for the rapture event. That’s o. k. though as it is as
always in God’s capable hands.
But now is the time to keep looking up. As for me and mine, that
is what we plan to do. I am praying for opportunities to witness
to someone in the hope of snatching some person out of this world, and
into the glorious kingdom of light.
I do believe that we are 2 ½ years into the 70th week of
Daniel’s prophecy and the temple building should begin very
shortly. It may already be underway, as a matter of fact. I
suspect that it is. When I stood on the temple grounds in 1967, I
could not have imagined the temple being built. The city floor
was only 9 feet below the top of the wall. All beneath it was
soil…and debris of 17 destructions of the city of Jerusalem. In
the years since, the entire area has been archeologically dug out and
it is now possible to open the eastern gate because of it. The
position of the eastern gate is indicative of where the temple’s holy
place stood. It was on the northern end of the area, north of the
Dome of the Rock mosque. I think a temple could be built there
without interfering at all with the Dome. Whatever the case, soon
the world will see. And, one day Jesus will come through it as
Israel’s King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We’ll be with him
then. What a day that will be.