In Daniel we read,
"...in the first year of his [Darius] reign I,
Daniel, understood by the books the number of years specified by the
Word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish
seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem." (9:2)
It has often been said that Jerusalem is our clock to knowing when the Lord is going to move in the Church.
This is true, however, a major wrong assumption has been made.
That is, once the rapture occurs, the Lord will no longer be dealing with the Church.
This is simply not correct.
From the Word we understand the Lord intends to
establish His Church in heaven [saints in glorified] and on earth
[saints in natural bodies].
His Church must be established in heaven first before it can be established on earth - hence the reason for the rapture!
The rapture is an invitation that's gone out to all the World.
It's an invitation, that once accepted, the invitee
has to learn and do whatever is required, in the Word, to be included
on the Lord's shortlist.
For even though many want to be included on the shortlist, they are not necessarily doing things that will get them shortlisted.
That is why we must pay close attention to what the Lord is saying to us, in the Word.
Those that fail to make it on the shortlist, will form the beginnings of the Lord's Church on earth.
And this is were the conflict will arise.
For the Lord's Church on earth cannot exist side by side with the Devil running things in the World.
Either the Devil and his lawless ways rule on earth, destroying the Church in the process.
Or the Church [saints in natural bodies], through the Church in heaven, rules on earth, destroying the Devil in the process!
Who is it going to be?
The next 7 Years will decide this!
But why 7 Years?
I believe the Lord has determined that the end-time Apostate Gentile Church will exist on earth for 70 Years, starting from the 14th of May 1948.
This is why Israel was reborn as a Nation on that Day!
This is also why Israel's spiritual condition did not change towards the Messiah after they were reborn as a Nation on that Day!
For since then, up until now, they have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah.
So, we have a World wide Apostate Church that practises lawlessness.
We also have the Jewish Nation that denies the Divinity of Christ.
The Gentiles [the Apostate Church] and the Jewish Nation of Israel are both desolate!
And the Lord has determined, in these Last days, the desolation of both Jew and Gentile will last only for 70 Years!
On the 14th of May 2011[10th of Nisan] 63 Years of desolation would have been fulfilled!
From that Day, the Church will have just 7 Days to get ready for the rapture that will occur on the 20th of May 2011, the correct Day of first-fruits.
For those saints who are raptured, power to effect judgements on earth, will increase Year on Year.
They will in turn endow the Church of true believers on earth with the power of God.
For the Church on earth and in heaven are one like body and soul.
The Church on earth will need supernatural power withstand the onslaughts of the Devil and the Antichrist.
The Antichrist is a person who will be the very embodiment of the apostate Gentile Church.
He will do everything within his power to destroy true believers and Jerusalem.
The Antichrist won't be in any position to start
beheading Christian's immediately after the rapture, for he must first
establish the New World order.
This will take about 3 and 1/2 Years.
Also those Christians left behind won't be in any position to lay down their lives for Jesus.
For they've just discovered they weren't ready for the rapture!
Many will be angry, distraught and confused.
It will take them about 3 and 1/2 Years to recover and grow in knowledge, wisdom, love and power!
By October 2014, They will be ready to face the Devil and the Antichrist for the final battle of the Ages.
The Devil and the Antichrist will fight again the true Christians with hatred.
On the other hand the true Christians will "fight" with love.
By 2014, the Devil will know he has
only 3 1/2 out of 70 Years left within which to trample
Jerusalem and destroy the saints.
"...Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles [that is
the apostate Church] until the times [70 Years] of the Gentiles are
fulfilled." (Luke 21:24)
By the time martyrdom begins in October 2014, they [the true Christians] will be ready.
For many will seal their Testimony by dying for Christ.
All those that die for their faith in Christ will receive glorified bodies on the correct Day of first-fruits in 2018.
In 2018 Israel will be almost at the point of being completely destroyed by the Antichrist.
Only then will Israel call on the Lord to save them!
This is when Lord will come, with His glorified saints, to deliver His people.(Zech.14:1-9)
Then Israel, for the first time, will acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Messiah!
In 2018, the 70 Years of desolation, amongst Jews
and Gentiles, will finally come to an end, and the Lord's millennium
Reign of Peace on earth will begin!