Lyle Cooper (3 Jan 2012)
"How to recognize the 70th week"

 
To all Doves,

There are so many conflicting reports here about the 70th week. Has is started? Are we almost half way through? How can anyone be sure?

Yes,we CAN be sure, by the scriptures.

First, let's look at an Isaiah prophecy:


Isaiah 2
10Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.

  12For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

 19And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

 21To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Now, compare this prophecy about the start of the Day of the Lord, with what John wrote:

Rev. 6
12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

 16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Can there be any doubt, what John wrote at the 6th seal, is the FINAL FULFILLMENT of this prophecy in Isaiah? We have men going into caves for fear of the Lord AT THE TIME of a great earthquake.  John is telling us that these signs will be the signs of the start of the Day of the Lord. Notice verse 17 "The great day of His wrath is come."

Now, look at Joel:

Joel 2
31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.

And compare with Rev. 6:

12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Can there be any doubt that at the breaking of the 6th seal, we arrive at the final fulfillment of this prophecy of Joel? Again John is showing us that the Day of the Lord is IMMINENT at the breaking of the 6th seal.

Does it make sense, that the main event will follow right after the SIGNS of said event? John has written "the day of His wrath is come." This is written in the Greek Aorist tense,which carries no timing information, so all we can say is that the main event will follow very soon after the SIGNS for that event. So what follows the 6th seal? Of course the 7th seal. It just makes good sense that the Day will begin with the 7th seal.

Revelation 8

 1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

 2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.


What do we notice here? The 30 minutes of silence is a perfect way to begin judgment. Notice also, the seven angels are given the seven trumpets, so we know that the trumpet judgements will begin.

This now is the 1st judgment of the Day of the Lord:

Revelation 8
7The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

As further proof that this is in fact a part of the Day of the Lord: what happened at this trumpet judgement? It is written that "all the green grass was burnt up."


Joel 1
15
Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

18How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.

 19O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.

 20The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.



Why are the cattle perplexed? Because they have no grass!
Again, can there be any doubt that what John has written is the final fulfillment of this Joel prophecy? And notice that Joel tells us it is the DAY OF THE LORD.

We have then, conclusive proof that when we see the first trumpet judgment (quite likely a nuclear bomb or bombs) we will KNOW the day of the Lord had begun.

So what does this have to do with the 70th week of Daniel? Everything! For the 70th week and the Day of the Lord begin together, at the SAME TIME.

1 Thessalonians 4

16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

 10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Please note, Paul mentions the "Day of the Lord" just three verses after the classical rapture verse. In fact, Paul is making the Rapture and the Day of the Lord back-to-back events. Ron is correct, the rapture and the "sudden destruction" come at the same time. Notice also the two phrases, "So shall we ever be with the Lord," and "we should live together with him." These are saying the SAME THING, just in different words. We get "salvation" and get to "live together with Him" at the rapture, when "so shall we ever be with the Lord" comes to pass. You see, readers, Paul has never quit writing of the rapture, but is giving is the TIMING of the rapture: it will come as the TRIGGER for the Day of the Lord. The DAY and the Rapture cannot be separated, for Paul has made them back to back events. When we find the start of the Day of the Lord in Revelation, we can BE SURE the rapture will take place just before that.

But what is this "sudden destruction?" When Jesus rose from the dead, Matthew wrote: "the earth did quake...and the graves were opened." (Mat. 27) Notice that at the time the graves were opened  - think resurrection - there was a great earthquake. If you can imagine people having been dead for 5000 plus years, in one microsecond of time all the atoms that made up their bodies suddenly coming together, and reforming that body - this instant movement of atoms will cause a TREMENDOUS EARTHQUAKE. When Jesus rose, so did the elders of the Old Covenant - men who had been dead for thousands of years. It is almost a surety that the atoms that once made up their body had separated perhaps miles away from the burial site. But in one instant of time, they came back together and the resurrection body was formed.

Now, imagine when the dead in Christ rise: again many have been dead for nearly 2000 years. The atoms that made up their body could be miles away from the burial site. Again in one split second those atoms will fly together and those bodies will lift out of the grave - AND THERE WILL BE A WORLDWIDE EARTHQUAKE! This is the "sudden destruction" that comes upon those left behind. The earth begins to quake in instant the dead come up out of their graves.

If we look in Revelation at the first worldwide earthquake, we see it is the FIRST SIGN at the 6th seal. How amazing then, in the next chapter, John saw a HUGE CROWD. TOO LARGE TO NUMBER, around the throne in heaven! It was and is the raptured church.

For more proof, read the 5th seal, and notice very closely what was told to those under the altar:

Revelation 6

9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

 10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

 11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

What is John telling us here? These martyrs of the church age were killed in many different ways. John is not speaking of how they were put to death. No, John is telling us that they must wait for the FINAL CHURCH AGE MARTYR, or the last saint to be put to death as these were - as church age martyrs. In other words, they must wait until the RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH that ends the church age. You see, any martyr killed AFTER that would be a 70th week martyr, and would not be killed as they were - as church age martyrs. So they will have to wait for the NEXT EVENT John wrote about: the 6th seal.

So we have the rapture, which John did NOT SEE, then the great earthquake at the 6th seal, then the signs in the sun and moon, all pointing to the imminent start of the Day of the Lord, exactly as Paul wrote.

Therefore, the rapture will take place FIRST, then the signs in the sun and moon, then the 7th seal will be broken and then the first trumpet will be sounded.

It will be SO EASY to know when the Day of the Lord and the 70th week begin: massive amounts of trees and grass will be destroyed with fire - probably with a nuke.

Therefore, by using scripture, we can KNOW with certainty that neither the Day of the Lord NOR the 70th week have started. The bride will not be here to see the first trumpet judgment - the FIRST EVENT of the 70th week and Day of the Lord.

Lyle