Than you for welcoming my participation and my point of
view, and you are correct - I absolutely am sincere.
With all due respect to you, the Scriptures I am quoting
are describing the rapture of the Church, and you are right, I
do have a point. The gathering of "the elect" described
in Matthew 24:29 is "IMMEDIATELY AFTER" the tribulation is
"shortened" to a few days in duration for
the Church and then "cut short" by the rapture.of
the Church. Matthew 24 IS NOT describing a rapture at the
end of the 70th Week of Daniel, but rather near the beginning
of the great tribulation a few days after it begins at the
mid-point of the 70th Week.
The "hour of temptation" we are kept from is the period of
time that the 'wrath of God' is upon the earth which
begins IMMEDIATELY AFTER the rapture of the Church.
Nowhere in Scripture are we promised to be saved from or kept
from tribulation, not even great tribulation. We are not
appointed to God's wrath which is not the same as tribulation.
"Through many tribulations we enter the kingdom of God" and
"glory in tribulation because it produces perseverance".
The confusion occurs because:
There is no Scriptural justification to call the entire
70th Week of Daniel "the tribulation". The "great tribulation"
does not begin until the abomination is set up at mid-week.
Then "the tribulation" also known as "the great tribulation"
begins. This is NOT the same as the "wrath of God".which
begins after the number of days of the tribulation
is shortened for the elect and cut short by the rapture of the
Church. The great tribulation continues on with the addition
of God's wrath upon the earth for the unbelieving left-behind
to experience "the hour of temptation". which the Church is
I do not subscribe to the pre-tribulation rapture theory
because there is NO Scriptural justification for it. I
believe in what Scripture tells us that the rapture happens
immediately before the wrath of God comes upon the earth.
There is no Scriptural justification for Christians to be
afraid of or avoid tribulation at all.
Here is how I believe the end-time timeline is scheduled:
The seven-year 70th week of Daniel begins....
3 1/2 years later, at the mid-week point, the
abomination is set-up and the anti-Christ declares himself to
be God which begins the great tribulation in Jerusalem....
A few days later, probably ten days later, the
rapture happens which "cuts short" and "shortens" the great
tribulation for only the Church.....
The Church is now in heaven standing before the throne
and in front of the Lamb waiting for the wedding of
Back on earth the great tribulation continues on for 3 1/2
years with the addition of Satan and the wrath of God now upon
The wrath of God comes upon the earth immediatelt after the
rapture for the duration of the 70th Week of Daniel...
The 70th Week of Daniel ends with the Second Coming
of the Lord.
YBIC, Bruce Warner