Matt M (13 Jan 2012)
"why we are not yet in tribulation"

This is taken from RITA website written by a brother in Christ, why we can't yet be in the tribulation ...
*The rapture of the church must take place.---UNFULFILLED!!!
*The anti christ must confirm a 7 year peace covenant with Israel.---UNFULFILLED!!!
*The anti christ will bring a false peace and prosperity to the first 42 months---UNFULFILLED!!!
*The anti christ will perform supernatural miracles or signs and wonders.---UNFULFILLED!!!
*The 2 witnesses (Elijah and ?) will show up to preach the gospel.---UNFULFILLED!!!
There is also a teaching that the two witnesses are the church and Israel. This is not so. The bible states that after 42 months, God allows the antichrist to kill the two witnesses and their bodies lie in the streets for three days for the entire world to see. *The wars of Psalm 83 & Ezekiel 38-39.---UNFULFILLED!!!
The bible shows that after the war of Ezekiel 38-39, Israel will be burning the weapons for a period of 7 years. To already be in tribulation means that they would be burning weapons DURING the millennial reign of Christ. I don't believe it.
*The 144.000 sealed jews from the twelve tribes will preach the gospel---UNFULFILLED!!!
*Establishment of a one world government and one world religion. Close but not there yet---UNFULFILLED!!!
*Angels will again present themselves to mankind to preach the gospel---UNFULFILLED!!!
*Elijah will sanction the rebuilding of the third temple---UNFULFILLED!!!
*NOTE: (All plans are prepared for the third temple now. The physical construction is expected to take 3-5 months. However, based on God's instructions, it takes roughly 3.5 years for the entire process of building and sanctifying the temple before it can be used and sacrifices can resume within.) Then at the midpoint of the tribulation we know the anti christ stops the daily sacrifice, declares himself to be god, enters the temple, sits in the mercy seat on the arc of the covenant and that is the Abomination that causes Desolation.

These are only a few of the points out of the many examples of why we are NOT in the tribulation now. But it will be here very soon. We are still in the birth pains, but they are now becoming very intense and closer together.
Revelation 11:7-12.......7Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
11But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

Ezekiel 39:9.......“‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. 10They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign LORD.