|The 50 Days Between Rapture and the Great
Bill Perkins – www.compass.org
The arrival and departure of the Holy
Spirit on the earth are the bookends of the Church Age.
The Church Age begins with the arrival of
God's Holy Spirit (Acts 2). It is the only time God's Holy Spirit
permanently indwells living/breathing humans, who by faith, trust in
God's Messiah's shed blood for their salvation. The Rapture (the
departure of the Holy Spirit from earth) signifies the end of the
Prior to the Church Age, the time between
Jesus' death on the cross and the arrival of God's Holy Spirit, was 50
days. As balanced as God's Word always is, and understanding the
incredible importance of the meaning of numbers in scripture, we
theorize that there will be another 50 days between Rapture and the
beginning of the Tribulation.
In that brief, 50 day, post Church Age
period, here is what we think has to happen:
• First God suddenly removes the Holy
Spirit Restrainer from the earth (the Rapture, 1Cor 15:50-53; 1Thes
• A coalition of countries (Ezek 38:5,6)
led by Russia (Gog) and Iran (Persia) "think an evil thought" (Ezek
38:10) and invade Israel for her riches (Ezek 38:12).
• Israel defeats the invading armies in
what sounds like an atomic exchange (Ezek 39:12; Zech 14:12).
• Israel then takes it a step further. In
an attempt to rid herself of those who have continuously been at war
with her, she takes the opportunity to begin systematically wiping out
the rest of her enemies surrounding her borders (Zech 12:6).
• This brings humanity to the brink of
disaster as the whole world realizes that Israel has God with her.
"And My holy name I shall make known in
the midst of My people Israel; and I shall not let My holy name be
profaned anymore. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, the
Holy One in Israel." Ezek. 39:7
• Out of the smoke and confusion comes the
bold voice of a mortal man, a man who will eventually become the
Satan-indwelled Antichrist. He outlines a grand plan that will save the
world. He will entice Israel to stop the wholesale destruction of her
enemies by guaranteeing her peace and safety. He even includes in the
framework of the peace treaty the right for her to rebuild the Jewish
Temple (Dan 9:27).
• At the moment Israel inks her signature
on the treaty, the last seven years of the 70 Week of Daniel
That will be one wild 50 day period!
Isn't Bible prophecy great?