Lyle Cooper (16
to Nando (6 June 2011) ""Are the next two weeks to bring
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There are too many myths about the end times.
One of those myths is that the bride of Christ will be
here to see the start of the 70th week. Sorry, but the
scriptures are clear, the rapture will take the Bride
to heaven BEFORE the 70th week begins. So we won't be
here to see the beginning of the "tribulation" or 70th
week. Please study 1 Thes. 5, and see that we are gone
before the Day of the Lord begins.
The next myth is that the 70th week begins with the
first seal. Sorry, but this comes only from human
reasoning. If we study Rev. chapters 4 and 5, we see
that this vision of the throne room was a vision out
of history - a vision looking back in John's life to
the time Jesus was still on the earth. A careful study
will reveal that Jesus was not standing at the right
hand of the Father, when John first looked into the
throne room. Why not? Because He was on the earth.
John writes that "no man was found," in the ongoing
search for one worthy to break the seals. Why was no
man found? Because Jesus had not yet risen from the
dead to become worthy. Yet as John wept much, Jesus
rose from the dead, and was then found worthy, and
John was told to quit weeping - for a man had been
found. Then John saw the Lamb, "as it had been slain"
standing before the throne. That was Jesus the
moment He ascended - probably right after telling Mary
not to hold onto Him for He had not yet
ascended. So John got to see (in this vision of
the past) the very moment that Jesus ascended into the
throne room. And when was that? Around 32 or 33
All this is the CONTEXT of the first seal. You will
read that the FIRST THING Jesus did upon arriving
(after worship) was to get the scroll from the Father.
WHEN did Jesus take the scroll? Approximately 32
AD. So this sets the context for the first
broken seal to be right after Jesus ascended.
If you read through the seals, the first hint of a
long delay is at the 5th seal: the seal for the
martyrs of the church age. Stephen was one of the
first of this group. They are told they must wait
until the last church age martyr - which means until
the rapture. The rapture will be BEFORE the Day of the
Lord and 70th week.
So we are now waiting on the rapture, and the 6th
seal, which will be the signs for the Day of the Lord.