Bruce Warner (20 Feb 2012)
"TO: Barry Amundsen RE: YOUR POST TO ME (18 Feb 2012)"

Hi Barry,
 
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 kept from.
 
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 the Lamb....
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 earth.....
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