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Exposing once again stories about the 1830 PreTrib rapture ruse – Dr. Mike Johnston
Famous radio commentator Rush Limbaugh made a comment one time regarding the weight of a false charge leveled against an innocent person. The gist of it was this: The guilt or innocence of the accused is not nearly as important as is the severity of the charges. Believe me, this holds true in Bible discussions as well.
Enter an emotionally driven contrarian, clutching a Bible and leading a mob.
He begins by reading a verse from the Old Testament and asks: “Is this God’s Word?” I agree that it is. “If it’s in the Bible,” he retorts, “the church has to obey it.” His crowd applauds. I disagree and respond citing right division explains why it’s profitable for us, but not personally to us. He’s angry now. His face reddens, his jaw tightens, and he demands from us a verse of Scripture proving the church will escape what he’s advocating. His mind is set and none appease him. So we ask him to provide Scripture mandating these things to the church. He can’t, and he calls us liars. Finally, with his fist raised and teeth clenched, he curses us and consigns us to hell, in the Name of the Lord, then departs for home to write a blog and a book linking us to some Luciferian conspiracy to deceive God’s people for no apparent reason; simply because we wouldn’t agree with the speculative flimflam he was incapable of proving.
The above story isn’t as farfetched as you might think. The fact is, if you’ve maintained any kind of presence on the internet where the rapture is discussed, you’ve probably read the “gotcha allegations” claiming the church will go through Israel’s Tribulation and challenging anyone to provide evidence for the rapture ever being taught before 1830. Frankly, this spurious allegation popularized by the neurotic newsman Dave MacPherson has been filled with so many holes, one has to wonder why it still has legs.
One of the more foolhardy stunts associated with this came from John L. Bray, a Southern Baptist evangelist, who offered $500 to anyone who could prove that someone taught the rapture doctrine prior to the supposed 1830 vision of charismatic Margaret MacDonald. Interestingly, Bray displayed a modicum of integrity when his own research proved himself wrong. He wrote, “Then my own research indicated that it was Emmanuel Lacunza, a Jesuit Catholic priest, who in the 1812 book The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty, first taught this theory.” However, Bray – like those of his stubborn ilk – was determined to win the bet and he stuck his neck out again with another $500 offer to anyone who could provide a documented statement earlier than Lacunza’s 1812 writings which cost him another 500 bucks. He wrote: “I offered $500 to anyone who would give a documented statement earlier than Lacunza’s time which taught a two-stage coming of Christ separated by a stated period of time.” No one claimed that offer until someone found writings that forced Bray to write the following: “Now I have the Photostat copies of a book published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1788 but written in 1742-1744 in England, which taught the preTribulation rapture before Lacunza.”
Israel’s Tribulation is NOT for the Body of Christ – Dr. Mike Johnston
All Scripture is profitable for us, but all Scripture is not personally to us. This seems to be what the Apostle Paul had in mind when under Holy Spirit inspiration he wrote: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Obviously, since right division is the pathway to interpreting God’s word, we need to understand it in order to utilize it.
Right division begins with differentiating between two separate – but often conflated – programs that have both existed “since the world began”: Prophecy for Israel and an earthly kingdom (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21) and The Mystery of the church  and a heavenly inheritance (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 3:1-9).
The Prophecy Program
The Prophecy Program which God hath “spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21; see Luke 1:70), concerns earth and Israel. The goal of prophecy is the glorious appearance – aka the Revelation – of Jesus the Messiah. He follows the Tribulation  (Matt. 24:21, 29; Rev. 19:11) to establish Israel’s kingdom under Himself, the Messianic King (Isa. 9:6-7; Zech. 14:9; see Dan. 9:25) from the lineage of David in the city of Jerusalem (Isa. 24:23; Mic. 4:7) in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7:16). Keep in mind Israel’s kingdom has been in the works for thousands of years as the Lord Jesus revealed at the sheep and goat judgment prophecy: “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).
The Mystery Program
The Mystery Program concerns God’s purpose for heaven (Eph. 1:9) and the exaltation of the church Body of Christ together in Heaven with Christ (Eph. 2:4-10, 3: 1-4; Col. 3:1-6). It was hidden from and thus unknown to the prophets – or anyone else – until the Lord Jesus revealed it privately to Paul as part of “the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began” (Romans 16:25; see Gal. 2:11-12; Ephesians 2:4-10, 3:1-4).
Right Division and Tribulation Research Data
Using right division between prophecy for Israel and the mystery church, we painstakingly researched the Tribulation as found in Scripture. Essentially two groups have formed to define it: One group teaches that everyone alive will be required to endure at least a portion of it, and the other group – the one I am in – believes it is for Israel and thus the church is exempt.
The Bible teaches the Tribulation was initially revealed by Moses to Israel [First Mention Principle we’ll discuss later] as a unilateral “latter days” event expressly designed to restore her to the irrevocable Abrahamic Covenant in preparation for the coming Kingdom (Gen. 17:7-8; Deut. 4:30-31; 31:29; Isa. 24-26; Jer. 30-31; Ezek. 16:59-63; Dan. 10:14; 12:1; Zech 12-14).
Over time – through progressive revelation – we also discovered how God’s messengers the prophets defined and detailed the Tribulation by using names like “the time of (Jacob’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7; see Dan. 12:1), and “day of wrath … trouble and distress … and darkness …” (Zeph. 1:15) and many more. But the most enlightening insights came from the manner in which the Tribulation trilogy of Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and Revelation blend together to prove Israel’s Tribulation does NOT include the Body of Christ. [You can order  The Tribulation Trilogy for a full discussion]
Leading the way in this is Daniel – the Rosetta Stone of prophecy – that reveals the Tribulation as part of a 70 weeks of seven years’ timeline that must be fulfilled by Israel (Dan. 9:15, 16, 19, 24). Our study shows the Tribulation Daniel codified (Dan. 9:24-27) was abruptly halted at Christ’s rejection (Matt. 21-27) after the 69th week (Dan. 9:25-26). This leaves Israel with one final 7-year period prior that she must fulfill prior to the inauguration of the Davidic Covenant Kingdom (Dan. 9:24-27). Scholars teach this is the Tribulation, clarified and linked to Daniel’s Abomination of desolation (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15), by Christ in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25; Mark 13: Luke 21), that will culminate in Revelation 6-19.
Summary of our research: The Tribulation from the beginning has been prophecy for Israel and earth (Deut. 4:30-31; Psalm 2; Isa. 24; Jer. 30-31; Zeph. 1:15, etc). The Body of Christ has no earthly inheritance and has no prophetic purpose for being here! The prophets that revealed the Tribulation to Israel didn’t know about the Body of Christ. They never saw us, never mentioned us, and therefore could not – and did not – include us on earth for a single moment during Israel’s Tribulation! To wit, while Israel and the unsaved anti-Semitic nations of the world are clearly visible on earth in passages depicting the horrors of Israel’s Tribulation, the Body of Christ is conspicuously absent. There isn’t a verse anywhere in the Bible clearly placing the Body of Christ on earth during this time without pulling from context and redefining the words “saints” and “elect” – which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and the Revelation – specifically refer to the nation of Israel and/or her Tribulation converts.
 Unless otherwise noted, when using the term “church” in this treatise I am referring to the Body of Christ (Col. 1:18, 24)
 The Revelation of Jesus Christ is the public return of the Lord to Israel with the mystery church (1 Thess. 2:19; Rev. 19:14; Jude 1:14) already there with Him (John 14:2-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 4:1; 19:11-21).
 One of the many names God used for the Tribulation in the Bible is the “time of (Jacob’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:24-27)
 Cornelius Stam has written extensively on this. PMI also offers more on Prophecy and the Mystery.
 We have The Tribulation Trilogy available for a gift to PMI of $17 shipped anywhere in the US. Price subject to change of course.
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The kingdom of Israel reached its height at the time of David and Solomon, approximately 1,000 years before the time of Yeshua. During the reign of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, the northern ten tribes of Israel split away from Judah and Benjamin. Thus the kingdom was divided into the northern tribes of Israel and the southern tribes of Judah.
This division became the object of the messianic hope to be reunited by the future Messiah (Ezekiel 37:12ff). There is also the symbolic sense that the northern tribes represent the international church, while the tribe of Judah represents the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Yet those two viewpoints are prophetic and symbolic, not historical and genealogical.
The northern tribes of Israel were taken into captivity by the Assyrians in the eighth century BC and the southern tribes of Judah were taken into captivity in the sixth century. The Bible records that the captivity of Judah returned to the land of Israel during the fifth century BC.
Since there was no major description of the restoration of the northern tribes, much speculation and curiosity have arisen over the years as to the question, “Where are the lost ten tribes?”
An interesting yet dangerous trend is that many Christian cult groups claim to be actual descendants of the ten northern tribes. This ranges from groups in Japan to native Americans. There are some elements in Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses that make a similar claim. It has even effected parts of the Christian Zionist movement.
The truth of the matter is that there are no lost ten tribes. During the time of the kingdom division and the captivities, a certain percentage of each of the northern tribes came down and took up residence in the area of Judah. After that time the name Judah or the Jews referred not only to the specific tribe of Judah but also to the Benjaminites, the Levites and the remnant of all the northern tribes.
There are no lost ten tribes. All the tribes of Israel are included in what we call today the Jewish people. There are seven basic biblical evidences that prove this position.
Israel Remnant in Judah (II Chronicles)
The book of II Chronicles records many times that the members of the northern tribes immigrated to Judah after the kingdom division. This happened from the very moment of the division. II Chronicles 10: 16-17: “So all Israel departed to their tents. But Rehoboam reigned over THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WHO DWELT IN THE CITIES OF JUDAH.”
It couldn’t be stated more clearly that there were members of the Israeli tribes living in the territory of Judah. II Chronicles 11:3 states that Rehoboam was the king not only of Judah but to “ALL” Israel living “IN” Judah and Benjamin. II Chronicles 11:16-17 states that members of “ALL” the tribes of Israel who were loyal to God came down to Jerusalem and strengthened the kingdom of Judah.
II Chronicles 15:9 tells us that during the revival of King Assa that there were “great numbers from Israel” who came over to Judah. II Chronicles 24:5 speaks of members gathered from all the tribes of Israel. II Chronicles 30:21 and 25 speak of the children of the Israelite tribes who came to Judah during the time of King Hezekiah. II Chronicles 31:6 speaks again of the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.
II Chronicles 30:10 speaks of members of the tribes of Ephraim, Menassah, Zebulun, and Asher coming to Jerusalem. II Chronicles 30:18 mentions also the tribe of Issachar. II Chronicles 34:6 adds to that list members of the tribes of Simeon and Naphtali. II Chronicles 34:9 states clearly that there were members of “ALL THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” who were living in Jerusalem after the time of the Assyrian captivity. II Chronicles 35:3 again mentions that there were members of “all Israel” who were part of Judah.
Captivity Restored (Ezra and Nehemiah)
After the Babylonian captivity, the nation of Israel was restored under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah. In those books are extensive genealogical records. The fact that there were careful genealogical records proves that not only were the northern Israelites part of the restoration, but that they kept records of their families and they knew which tribe they were from. Ezra 2:2 starts the records of “the number of the men of the people of ISRAEL.” Ezra 2:59 states that people had specific genealogical records not only to which of the northern tribes they were part of, but even as to which household: “identify their father’s house or their genealogy, whether they were of Israel.” Those who had records but were not perfectly documented were disqualified and had to wait for supernatural verification by the urim and thumin (should they ever arise). This proves how meticulous and well documented were the great majority of the family records (Ezra 2:62-63). Ezra 2:70 again speaks of “all” Israel dwelling in Judah after the restoration of Ezra and Nehemiah.
Ezra 6:16 and 21 speaks specifically of “the children of Israel who had returned from the captivity.” Ezra 7:7, 9:1, 10:1 and 10:25 speak of the problem that the Israelites had with inter-marriage.
Nehemiah 7:7 to 73 repeat the genealogy of the Israelite tribes that were recorded in Ezra 2. Nehemiah 9:2, 11:3 and 11:20 speak of “the rest of Israel.in all the cities of Judah.” Nehemiah 13:3 speaks of separating Gentiles so as not to confuse the genealogical records of Israel.
The Testimony of Anna (Luke 2)
In Luke 2:36 the prophetess Anna is listed as coming from the tribe of Asher, one of the most northern and least populated tribes of Israel. In other words, we have a clear statement in the New Testament that people who were considered Jews in the time of Jesus included people from the northern ten tribes of Israel, and that they had genealogical documentation as to which tribe they were from.
How could the tribe of Asher, for instance, be “lost” from 700 years before Jesus, if Anna knew her descendancy from Asher during the time of the New Testament?
Yeshua and the Apostles (Gospels and Acts)
Yeshua ministered all over the land of Israel. He addressed the Jewish people there. In all of His speeches, it is assumed that He is speaking to all the descendants of Israel. Yeshua never mentioned once the possibility that there was some other group or some lost tribe of Israel floating around somewhere. In preaching to the Jews of the first century, Yeshua said that He was called to go to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 10:6).
In the same way, the apostles addressed the crowds of Jews in the first century with the assumption that they were all the descendants of Israel. In Acts 2:22 Peter turns to the “Jews” living in Jerusalem and refers to them as “men of Israel.” Peter concludes his sermon addressing his crowd as “ALL the house of Israel” (Acts 2:36). In other words, in the eyes of Peter, the Jewish people in the first century included all the tribes of Israel. Peter continued this way of addressing the people as all the house of Israel in his other speeches (Acts 3:12, 4:8, 4:10, 4:27, 5:21, 5:31, 5:35, 10:36).
Paul also addressed the Jews of the first century as “men of Israel” (Acts 13:16). He continued to address the Jews as Israelites throughout his messages (Acts 13:23-24, Acts 21:28, Acts 28:20). The twelve disciples were seen to be future leaders to “sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matt. 19:29).
The Twelve Tribes of James
The letter of James is addressed to “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1:1). He is not speaking of some lost tribes, but rather to the scattered audience of Jewish believers in Jesus of the first century.
The same argument is true as we look at the letter to the Hebrews. The group here called “Hebrews” are not some tribe of Japanese or native Americans, but rather the Jewish people of the first century.
The Remnant of Israel (Romans 9-11)
This argument has specific importance when we look to the promises of the restoration of the believing remnant of Israel, spoken of in the book of Romans, chapter 9 to 11. Here Paul expresses his prayer for the children of Israel to be saved (Romans 9:1-4, 10:1-4). This remnant that is to be restored is the biblical remnant of Israel that fulfills the prophecies. They are the same people who rejected Yeshua in the first century. It was not some lost tribe that rejected Him, but rather the Jews living in Israel at that time.
Paul states that God has not forsaken the people of Israel (Romans 11:1). There is a remnant of Israel by grace (Romans 11:5). What Israel did not achieve the elect have received (Romans 11:7). The falling away of Israel has meant the salvation of the Gentile nations (Romans 11:11). Their restoration will be the resurrection of the dead (Romans 11:12,15).
The whole drama of Romans 9-11 only makes sense if it is speaking about the people we know today as the Jewish people. If someone thinks that this is referring to Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, or to Christian Zionists, or to some other native people group, the whole meaning of the passage is lost. That viewpoint would destroy the promises of God to Israel, the purpose of evangelism in Israel, and the meaning of the reconciliation between Israel and the church in the end times.
The Cultic View
It is not a coincidence that so many cults have come to the conclusion that they are one of the “lost” ten tribes of Israel. That viewpoint is confusing to their members and incorrect according to scriptures. That theology is dangerous and deceptive as we try to understand the prophecies of the restoration of Israel leading up to the second coming of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).
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From my book, “Israel’s Tribulation is NOT for the Body of Christ”
Dr. Mike Johnston
Israel and the anti-Semitic Gentile nations of the world are mentioned often in prophecy and thus are highly visible during the horrors of this tribulation holocaust (Isa. 2; Dan. 7-12; Joel 2; Zeph. 1-2; Zech. 12-14; Rev. 6-19). However, the Body of Christ (church) is not. In fact, if the church Body is present on earth during a single moment of the time of “Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1-2) – aka Daniel’s seventieth week (Dan. 9:24-27) – the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it. There isn’t a single verse anywhere in the Bible clearly placing the Body of Christ on earth for a single moment of Israel’s tribulation, without redefining the words “saints” and “elect” which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and the Revelation contextually refer to Israel and or her tribulation converts.
Dr. C.I. Scofield and Sir Robert Anderson
Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy (Daniel 9:24).
Seventy weeks 
These are “weeks” or more accurately, sevens of years; seventy weeks of seven years each. Within these “weeks” the national chastisement must be ended and the nation re-established in everlasting righteousness (Dan_9:24). The seventy weeks are divided into seven = 49 years; sixty-two = 434 years; one = 7 years (Dan_9:25-27). In the seven weeks = 49 years, Jerusalem was to be rebuilt in “troublous times.” This was fulfilled, as Ezra and Nehemiah record. Sixty-two weeks = 434 years, thereafter Messiah was to come (Dan_9:25). This was fulfilled in the birth and manifestation of Christ. Verse 26 is obviously an indeterminate period. The date of the crucifixion is not fixed. It is only said to be “after” the threescore and two weeks. It is the first event in (Dan_9:26). The second event is the destruction of the city, fulfilled A.D. 70. Then, “unto the end,” a period not fixed, but which has already lasted nearly 2000 years. To Daniel was revealed only that wars and desolations should continue (Compare (Mat_24:6-14).
The New Testament reveals, that which was hidden from the Old Testament prophets; (Mat_13:11-17); (Eph_3:1-10) that during this period should be accomplished the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven (Mat_13:1-50) and the out-calling of the Church; (Mat_16:18); (Rom_11:25). When the Church-age will end, and the seventieth week begin, is nowhere revealed. Its duration can be but seven years. To make it more violates the principle of interpretation already confirmed by fulfillment. (Dan_9:27) deals with the last week. The “he” of (Dan_9:27) is the “prince that shall come” of (Dan_9:26); whose people (Rome) destroyed the temple, A.D. 70. He is the same with the “little horn” of chapter 7. He will covenant with the Jews to restore their temple sacrifices for one week (seven years), but in the middle of that time he will break the covenant and fulfill; (Dan_12:11); (2Th_2:3); (2Th_2:4). Between the sixty-ninth week, after which Messiah was cut off, and the seventieth week, within which the “little horn” of Daniel 7. will run his awful course, intervenes this entire Church-age. (Dan_9:27) deals with the last three and a half years of the seven, which are identical with the “great tribulation.” (Mat_24:15-28) “time of trouble” (Dan_12:1) hour of temptation” (Rev_3:10).
Time of the End
Here the prophetic foreview, having traced the history of the two parts of Alexander’s empire which had to do with Palestine and the Jews, namely, Syria and Egypt, to the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, and having described his career, overleaps the centuries to “the time of the end,” when he of whom Antiochus Epiphanes was a type, the “little horn” of (Dan_7:8) the “Beast out of the sea” of (Rev_13:4-10) shall appear (cf) (See Scofield) – (Dan_7:8). Prophecy does not concern itself with history as such, but only with history as it affects Israel and the Holy Land. Antiochus Epiphanes was insignificant as compared with historical personages whom the Bible does not mention, but he scourged the covenant people and defiled God’s altar, thus coming into prophetic light. From verse 36 (Dan_11:36), the “little horn” of (Dan_7:8); (Dan_7:24-26) fills the scene. His prosperity lasts until “the indignation” (the “time of trouble” of; (Dan_12:1); (Mat_24:21) is accomplished (Dan_11:36). This is parallel with; (Rev_17:10-14); (Rev_19:19-21). (Dan_11:37-45) supply details not mentioned in the New Testament. The expression “God of his fathers” (Dan_11:37) has been held to indicate that the “king” is an apostate Jew, but this does not accord with (Dan_9:26) which was fulfilled by the Gentile armies of Rome. The “little horn” is an apostate, but from Christianity, not Judaism (compare 1Jo_2:18); (1Jo_2:19). (Dan_11:38-45) describe his career. Substituting “the god of forces” (that is, Forces of nature) for the true God (Dan_11:38); (Dan_11:39), he soon presents himself as that god (cf) (2Th_2:3); (2Th_2:4). While his career lasts he is an irresistible conqueror (Dan_11:40-44). He established his palace in Jerusalem, probably at the time of his supreme act of blasphemous impiety; (Dan_9:27); (Dan_12:11); (Mat_24:15); (2Th_2:4). From this time begins the great tribulation; (Dan_12:1); (Mat_24:21) which runs its course during the last half of Daniel’s seventieth week, namely, three and one half years; (Dan_7:25); (Dan_12:7); (Dan_12:11); (Rev_13:5).
The “time of the end” in Daniel. The expression, or its equivalent, “in the end,” occurs, (Dan_8:17-19); (Dan_9:26); (Dan_11:35); (Dan_11:40); (Dan_11:45); (Dan_12:4); (Dan_12:6); (Dan_12:9).
(1) The time of the end in Daniel begins with the violation by “the prince that shall come” (that is, “little horn,” “man of sin,” “Beast”) of his covenant with the Jews for the restoration of the temple and sacrifice (Dan_9:27) and his presentation of himself as God; (Dan_9:27); (Dan_11:36-38); (Mat_24:15); (2Th_2:4); (Rev_13:4-6) and ends with his destruction by the appearing of the Lord in glory. (2Th_2:8); (Rev_19:19); (Rev_19:20).
(2) The duration of the “time of the end” is three and one half years, coinciding with the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. (Dan_7:25); (Dan_12:7); (Rev_13:5).
(3) This “time of the end” is the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” (Jer_30:7) “a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation” (Dan_12:1) “great tribulation such as was not from the beginning of the world. . . nor ever shall be” (Mat_24:21). The New Testament, especially the Book of the Revelation, adds many details.
Thousand Three Hundred And Five And Thirty Days
Three periods of “days” date from the “abomination” (that is, The blasphemous assumption of deity by the Beast, (Dan_12:11); (Mat_24:15); (2Th_2:4).
(1) Twelve hundred and sixty days to the destruction of the Beast (Dan_7:25); (Dan_12:7); (Rev_13:5); (Rev_19:19); (Rev_19:20). This is also the duration of the great tribulation
(See Scofield) – (Dan_12:4).
(2) Dating from the same event is a period of 1290 days, and addition of thirty days (Dan_12:11).
(3) Again forty-five days are added, and with them the promise of (Dan_12:12). No account is directly given of that which occupies the interval of seventy-five days between the end of the tribulation and the full blessing of verse 12 (Dan_12:12). It is suggested that the explanation may be found in the prophetic descriptions of the events following the battle of Armageddon. (Rev_16:14); (Rev_19:21). The Beast is destroyed, and Gentile world-dominion ended, by the smiting of the “Stone cut out without hands” at the end of the 1260 days, but the scene is, so to speak, filled with the debris of the image which the “wind” must carry away before full blessing comes in (Dan_2:35).
The great tribulation is the period of unexampled trouble predicted in the passages cited under that head from (Psa_2:5) to (Rev_7:14) and described in Revelation 11-18. Involving in a measure the whole earth (Rev_3:10) it is yet distinctly “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer_30:7) and its vortex Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It involves the people of God who will have returned to Palestine in unbelief. Its duration is three and a half years, or the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. (See Scofield) – (Dan_9:24). (Rev_11:2); (Rev_11:3)
The elements of the tribulation are:
(1) The cruel reign of the “beast out of the sea” (Rev_13:1) who at the beginning of the three and a half years, will break his covenant with the Jews (by virtue of which they will have re-established the temple worship, (Dan_9:27) and show himself in the temple, demanding that he be worshipped as God. (Mat_24:15); (2Th_2:4).
(2) The active interposition of Satan “having great wrath” (Rev_12:12) who gives his power to the Beast. (Rev_13:4); (Rev_13:5).
(3) The unprecedented activity of demons (Rev_9:2); (Rev_9:11), and
(4) The terrible “bowl” judgments of Revelation 16.
The great tribulation will be, however, a period of salvation. An election out of Israel is seen as sealed for God (Rev_7:4-8) and, with an innumerable multitude of Gentiles (Rev_7:9) are said to have come “out of the great tribulation” (Rev_7:14). They are not of the priesthood, the church, to which they seem to stand somewhat in the relation of the Levites to the priests under the Mosaic Covenant. The great tribulation is immediately followed by the return of Christ in glory, and the events associated therewith. (Mat_24:29); (Mat_24:30).
The Beast, Summary:
This “Beast” is the “little horn” of (Dan_7:24-26), and “desolator” of (Dan_9:27), the “abomination of desolation” of (Mat_24:15), the “man of sin” of (2Th_2:4-8), earth’s last and most awful tyrant, Satan’s fell instrument of wrath and hatred against God and the Jewish saints. He is, perhaps, identical with the rider on the white horse of (Rev_6:2), who begins by the peaceful conquest of three of the ten kingdoms into which the former Roman empire will then be divided, but who soon establishes the ecclesiastical and governmental tyranny described in Daniel 7, 9, 11; Revelation 13. To him, Satan gives the power which he offered to Christ. (Mat_4:8); (Mat_4:9); (Rev_13:4).
SIR ROBERT ANDERSON’S FLAWLESS CALCULATION
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined(Daniel 9:25-26).
Sir Robert Anderson was Chief Inspector for Scotland Yard, renowned for his excellent work as an investigator. Along with his writing on criminal investigation, he also wrote Christian books on devotional and prophetic subjects. His classic work The Coming Prince, still stands today as the most authoritative work on the subject of Daniel’s seventy weeks.
Sir Robert Anderson understood that the Scriptures demonstrate that God is reckoned in terms of perfect geometrical years made up of 12 months of 30 days to make a biblical year of 360 days. Sir Robert viewed this perfect 30 day Biblical month from the Genesis account of the flood (Gen 7:11 to 8:4). Five lunar months, from the 17th of the second month to the 17th of the 7th month are accounted as 150 days.
He understood the following in making his calculations:
- 3.5 years, or a time, times and a half a time, (Dan.12:7 and 12:14)
- = 42 months (Rev.11:12 and 13:5
- = 1260 days (Rev.11:3 and 12:6).
Sir Robert’s understanding of 12 x 30 day biblical/perfect cycles of the moon being equal to the biblical/perfect year of 360 days was crucial. It was a giant step of faith to count the days of the year and month as given in scripture as different from what we see in the present solar system. This was key to unlocking Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks. Anderson wrote: “The Julian date of that 10th Nisan was Sunday the 6th April, A.D. 32. What then was the length of the period intervening between the issuing of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the public advent of ‘Messiah the Prince,’ — between the 14th March, B.C. 445, and the 6th April, A.D. 32? THE INTERVAL CONTAINED EXACTLY AND TO THE VERY DAY 173,880 DAYS, OR SEVEN TIMES SIXTY-NINE PROPHETIC YEARS OF 360 DAYS, the first sixty-nine weeks of Gabriel’s prophecy.”
In his calculations, Anderson determined that these days represented the exact number from the issuing of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah was rejected at His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
The Precision of Prophecy
Dr. Chuck Missler writes: This is the only occasion that Jesus presented Himself as King. It occurred on April 6, 32 A.D. When we examine the period between March 14, 445 B.C. and April 6, 32 A.D., and correct for leap years, we discover that it is 173,880 days exactly, to the very day!
How could Daniel have known this in advance? How could anyone have contrived to have this detailed prediction documented over three centuries in advance? But there’s more.
The Interval (Dan 9:26)
There appears to be a gap between the 69th week (verse 25) and the 70th week (verse 27):
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. Daniel 9:26
The sixty-two “weeks” follow the initial seven, so verse 26 deals with events after 69th week, but before the 70th. These events include the Messiah being killed and the city and sanctuary being destroyed. As Jesus approached the city on the donkey, He also predicted the destruction of Jerusalem:
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. Luke 19:43-44
The Messiah was, of course, executed at the Crucifixion…”but not for Himself.”
The city and the sanctuary were destroyed 38 years later when the Roman legions under Titus Vespasian leveled the city of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, precisely as Daniel and Jesus had predicted. In fact, as one carefully examines Jesus’ specific words, it appears that He held them accountable to know this astonishing prophecy in Daniel 9! “Because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”
The 70th Week
There is a remaining seven-year period to be fulfilled. This period is the most documented period in the entire Bible. The Book of Revelation, Chapters 6 through 19, is essentially a detailing of that climactic period.
The interval between the 69th and 70th week continues, but it is increasingly apparent that it may soon be over. The more one is familiar with the numerous climactic themes of “end-time” prophecy, the more it seems that Daniel’s 70th Week is on our horizon.
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To Judge or not to Judge Deception and Deceivers
Dr. Mike Johnston
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? (1 Cor 6:2).
Mr. Tolerance challenged Mr. Truth to a debate. Mr. PC was moderator. All the major networks carried it except Fox which was not allowed. All went well until Truth quoted Scripture and Mr. PC accused Truth of being judgmental which sent Tolerance and his crowd into a cheering frenzy; causing Truth to throw in the towel, limp off stage, and hide his head in shame. While this encounter began centuries ago, it has only become obvious lately. Back in 1975 when I was saved, there was still a modicum of light shining through a rapidly darkening horizon. Fundamentalists were standing and truth was creating fresh hunger in many hearts. Hardly anyone paid attention to Satan’s oldest trick in the Book let alone its ramifications once published: impugn the Word of God- yea, hath God said (Gen 3:1), and then present an easier to understand translation contradicting it (Gen 3: 4-5). How my heart aches to watch many of the ramparts of Fundamentalism become defectors of the King James Bible by preaching modernist versions from Romanist manuscripts lacking thousands of words while making audacious claims that it just doesn’t matter. Is it any wonder people are so easily deceived?
Hear me friend. Playing fast and loose with the Word of God is dangerous and demonic; yet it is at the core of the end times delusion. This of course has caused right and wrong to exchange seats at the table with hardly a word from Bible believers. I received a letter from a man some time ago confirming this. He was far more upset with me for excoriating a heretic than he was with the heresies I had exposed. His reason was solely based on one quote from the Lord Jesus pulled from its context: judge not lest ye be judged (Matt 7:1). But was it the intention of the Lord Jesus to silence Christian voices in an unsavory world? I don’t believe it was. Dr. William MacDonald  agrees:
“Sometimes these words of our Lord are misconstrued by people to prohibit all forms of judgment. No matter what happens, they piously say, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” But Jesus is not teaching that we are to be undiscerning Christians. He never intended that we abandon our critical faculty or discernment. The NT has many illustrations of legitimate judgment of the condition, conduct, or teaching of others. In addition, there are several areas in which the Christian is commanded to make a decision, to discriminate between good and bad or between good and best.”
To be sure, the “judge not” quote is one of the most misrepresented verses in the Bible, and is the one unabashedly trotted out by liberals seeking a gotcha moment allowing them to label anyone who disagrees with them as “mean spirited bigots.” How disingenuous of them to jump to judge us while overlooking another of the Lord’s warnings: ye shall know them by their fruits (Mat 7:16). Is it not possible for these false accusers to understand that in order to know a person’s fruit you must first judge the actions of the person? Or are these scallywags representing something other than integrity? I’ll explain.
Serious Bible students know that the last days herald an unprecedented time of deception. The Lord Jesus warned about this at least 4 times in Matthew twenty-four (4,5,11,24). Paul reinforced Christ’s words with the following prophecy: But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2Ti 3:13). Peter called them false prophets and teachers bringing damnable heresies (2 Pet 2:1-3); and John revealed them doing all manner of well-staged miracles (Rev 16:14); all in a kind of regal preparation for the man of sin: For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist (2 John 1:7). Much to the dismay of the “judge not” crowd, each of the prophecies above require judgment in order to obey them.
Mutual exclusives: Reason and liberalism
My experience with liberals in the “quit judging me” camp tells me their entire political and religious position unravels when reason is forced upon it.
First reason: The judicial system in America is based on rendering judgment and Christians are often called as jurors. Are they disobeying the Lord Jesus by fulfilling their civic duty? Nonsense!
Second reason: Christians are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt 5:13-14) which mandates that we judge righteous judgment (John 7:24) in two arenas requiring it: the world and the church.
Third reason: Untold numbers of Scriptures challenge us to eschew evil and embrace good (Psa 34:14, etc) which requires judgment.
Fourth reason: Many more Scriptures give us mandates that are impossible without judging. I’ve listed a few with my comments in [brackets].
- Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them [take aim at] which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them [marking and avoiding them is predicated on judging them].
- Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (1 Corinthians 6:2)- [we are judges by divine appointment as born again saints of our holy, righteous God!]
- And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [blame; censure] them (Ephesians 5:11).
- For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things [Philippians 3:18-19]- [knowing and pointing out these enemies of the cross requires judgment]
- A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject [Titus 3:10]- [this requires that you first judge the person’s teachings as heretical. If they are, you must reject them]
- Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)- [again, this requires judgment of a person’s spirit]
Let’s take the tolerance vs. truth test
EXAMPLE 1. An ordained man is a San Francisco preacher. He leads a fairly large church reaching the forgotten and the downtrodden, and in his emotionally charged messages often employs quotes from Jesus and the Bible. Over time he convinces his congregants that the world is about to end but that he is their saviour. Most of them sell their belongings, give him the money, and move to the city of hope in Guyana, South America that is named after him; Jonestown.
EXAMPLE 2. A neighboring group claims to be Christian. They study the Bible, pray, evangelize, promote family values, and generally live lives above reproach. They also have canonized the teachings of a perverted polygamist named Joseph Smith who promoted a plethora of heresies including denying the trinity and deity of Christ, polytheism, baptism for the dead, the deity of man and others. They are Mormons.
EXAMPLE 3. For years major denominations have defected from orthodoxy (Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, some Baptists, etc). Growing numbers of them no longer believe the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and inspired. As such, they support abortion, teach evolution, and ordain women, and preside over sodomite “marriage” ceremonies.
Question: With what you’ve just read about the above groups- and assuming what is reported is factual- if one of your loved ones (son, daughter, sibling), or a dear friend was about to embrace the teachings of these hereticks, would you close your eyes to the truth and simply tolerate them?
If you answered no I congratulate you; you have rendered righteous judgment (John 7:24; see Lev. 19:15), which we are called to do as Christians. May I welcome you to the uncompromising world of Biblical separation (2 Cor. 6:14-17) where I live and have chosen to contend for the faith once delivered (Jude 1:3)!
And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean (Eze 44:23).
Hear me friend. There’s a clear choice to be made here but there are consequences.
First, if you choose to expose evil for what it is, you won’t be invited to preach in as many churches; you won’t win any ecumenical unity awards; you probably won’t have as many friends as you once did, and if you’re a missionary, you might even lose some of your much needed support base.
However, if you in any way accommodate the politically correct “judge not” mindset, I promise you these sneaky sniveling snakes will slither into your church via television, books, internet, and other means, where they will saturate the willing hearts of your people with so much deceit they will in time convince your friends and church members that you are the problem that must be disposed of  and they will set out to do it with a great feeling of divine justification!
That being the case isn’t it high time we started judging deceivers and their deceptions in the Biblical manner to which we’ve been called?
 Webster’s Dictionary 1828 defines judging as “hearing and determining; forming an opinion; dooming.” That being the case, judging is our heritage and our future.
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 Arnold Murray of Shepherd’s Chapel is a great example of a vile heretical wolf who turned three otherwise supportive family units against me when I tried to warn them about his heresies.
Dr. Mike Johnston
Bible students largely understand there’s a difference between Israel and the Body of Christ. However, when considering how God’s Word separates them, most possess no established rules for marking their distinction, and thus they regularly confuse and conflate them using arbitrary, agenda driven methods as need arises.
In all fairness, conventional teaching is at the root of the problem here. It convinced us that the Old Testament is for Israel – which is true, but that it ended with Malachi, which is NOT true.
The New Testament didn’t begin until “the death of [Christ] the Testator” (Hebrews 9:16) which wasn’t revealed until Matthew chapter twenty-seven.  Now some will contend this is inconsequential nonsense – and for them it obviously is. However, for those of us committed to “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15), we understand that basing our study on an improper testamental division flouts context, facilitates error, and therefore should be avoided unless the goal is to produce contrived interpretations with intended conclusions.
Here are the Facts
Fact: Since the NT didn’t begin until after the crucifixion, Jesus’ teachings are in truth a furtherance of the Old Covenant narrative extending through the Gospel of John. This includes the Sermon on the Mount, Mysteries of the Kingdom, and the often misrepresented Olivet Discourse  which provides a brief overview of Israel’s tribulation and Christ’s return to establish the Davidic Kingdom immediately following (see Appendix [A]).
Fact: From the first mention in Deuteronomy 4:30-31 (we’ll examine more carefully later) through Revelation 19, the tribulation is pictured as “the time of trouble for Jacob” (Jer. 30:7), and Jacob is Israel (Gen. 32:28; Deut. 31; Jer. 30-31; Dan. 12:1). It is prophesied to Israel (Deut. 4:30); it is primarily punishment of Israel (Zeph. 1:14-18); and it is preparation for Israel’s Kingdom and King (Jer. 30:3-11). Every Bible reference to the tribulation speaks of one of these three things.
Fact: God designed the tribulation to ultimately lead His rebellious, stubborn hearted Jewish people into repentance preparatory to the establishment of the Davidic Covenant Kingdom (2 Sam. 7:16; Rev. 20) in Jerusalem. One can be sure, “in that day” (Isa. 2:11, 17, 20; 11:11; Jer. 30:8; etc); “the day of the Lord” (Isa. 2:12; 13:6; 13:9; Jer. 46:10; etc), “a day of darkness and of gloominess” (Joel 2:2), the wayward, blind, and slumbering Israel (Rom. 11:8) will awaken to find herself once again on center stage fulfilling Daniel’s seventieth week (Dan. 9:24-27), (study Isaiah 2; 24; Joel; Zephaniah, Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; and Revelation 6-19), currently on hold. The tribulation week will be followed by the Revelation of Jesus Christ predicted for Israel “in time past” (Zech. 14:4; Matt. 24:29-31; 25:31-46; Acts 14:16; Rev. 19:11-21) to occur in the “ages to come”.
Fact: As proven in this treatise, when studied in totality, the tribulation is for Israel, God’s foremost nation on earth (Isa. 2; Jer. 30-31; Joel; Zeph; Rev. 3:10; 6-19). By prescription – written from the pen of Providence – the tribulation has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the Body of Christ – provable by Scripture studied in context.
Fact: Israel and the anti-Semitic Gentile nations of the world are mentioned often and thus highly visible during the horrors of this tribulation holocaust (Isa. 2; Dan. 7-12; Joel 2; Zeph. 1-2; Zech. 12-14; Rev. 6-19). However, the Body of Christ (church) is not.
Fact: If the church is present on earth during a single moment of the time of “Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1-2), the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it. Consider this example (not necessarily offered as exclusively conclusive): The Holy Spirit lavishly used the word “church” 19 times in Revelation 1-3, and yet He never specifically mentions the church or Body of Christ once during the tribulation which occurs between Revelation six and nineteen. Why is this?
There are only three possible explanations:
First, it was an oversight, which omniscience renders impossible.
Second, it was intentional to keep us from knowing we’re destined for the tribulation horrors of the wrath of God (Rev. 6-19) which is equally absurd.
Third, the heavenly Body of Christ, His church – promised deliverance “from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10), and “the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10; see also 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 4:1) is NOT here! This is the only choice an impartial eye can see through the objective lens. There isn’t a verse anywhere in the King James Bible clearly placing the Body of Christ on earth for a single moment of Daniel’s seventieth week (Dan. 9:24-27) without redefining the words “saints” and “elect”, which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Revelation specifically refer to Israel in the tribulation (Deut. 4:30).
The tribulation – aka “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) – is a grossly misunderstood, gravely misapplied end-time’s doctrine. From my four decades of experience, I’ve discovered discussions about the purpose, participants, and the timing of the Lord’s return are often as vicious as they are varied. The reason – although the guilty will fall on the sword denying this – is a hermeneutic  gaffe I employed early in my Christian life that patently ignores a right division God’s Word makes between Israel, the Body of Christ, and the two distinct programs separating and governing them.
The first program is for Israel and exists from prophecy “which God hath spoken by the mouth of his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21; see Luke 1:70).
The second is for the Body of Christ and exists as a mystery “which was kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25; see Eph. 3:1-9).
This right division between prophecy and mystery becomes an indispensable component for unlocking end time’s Scripture regarding Israel’s future, including the tribulation which originated and exists in the prophecy program – that agenda-driven PreTrib rapture antagonists brazenly misrepresent on several levels.
I’ll discuss three:
First, trivializing the doctrine of Israel’s tribulation by equating it with common trials every Christian faces. In this manner they can include the Body of Christ without citing Scripture to punctuate their preposterous presumptions!
The tribulation that Moses, Jesus, and John warned Israel about (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 24:21, 29; Rev. 7:14) is an epic future event progressively revealed in Scripture as “tribulation” (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 24:21, 29; Rev. 7:14); “the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:15); Daniel’s seventieth week (Dan. 9:24-27); “a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness” (Zephaniah 1:15), and “the hour of temptation” to try earth dwellers (Rev. 3:10).
Do you see anything trivial here?
Second, twisting God’s primary purpose for Israel’s tribulation, in order to shoehorn the Body of Christ into the midst of it when there is no Scriptural basis for it. The Old Testament prophets – beginning with a prediction by Moses (Deut. 4:30) revealed the tribulation for Israel. In their words,  – the tribulation is part of God’s final pre-kingdom judgment where He will punish sin and sinners (Deut. 4:30-31; Jer. 30-31; Joel, Zeph; Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; Rev. 6-19), while preparing earth and Israel for the Revelation of the Messiah (Matt. 24:29; Rev. 19:11; see Isa. 66:16), and the Jewish Davidic Kingdom immediately following (2 Sam. 7:16; Isa. 11; 65; Matt. 24:29; 25:34; Rev. 20). To teach otherwise is condemnable!
Finally, touting “Houdini hermeneutics” whereby inconvenient facts disappear with the stroke of a pen as rapidly as shamefully indefensible opinions appear to replace them.
One glaring example serves as the inspiration for this book: the slapdash inclusion of the mystery Body of Christ which was completely hidden from the Old Testament prophets (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:26) who never saw us, never mentioned us , and therefore didn’t include us for a single moment on earth during Israel’s coming tribulation (see Deut. 4:30; Dan. 12:1).
The tribulation from the beginning was given in the prophecy program for Israel. While Israel and the anti-Semitic Gentile nations can be clearly identified during “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:15) the heavenly Body of Christ – which has incidentally been promised deliverance from it (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 3:10; see also Rev. 4:1) – is conspicuously absent (Rev. 6-19).
Was this an oversight on the part of the Holy Spirit? Do PreTrib rapture antagonists possess information the Holy Spirit didn’t have? Or – even worse – did God purposely hide this from us in order to advance some secret conspiracy to deceive us?
The fact is, we aren’t mentioned because we aren’t here, and that by divine design.
There isn’t a verse or passage of prophecy anywhere in the Bible conclusively consigning or identifying on earth for a single moment of Israel’s tribulation the Body of Christ without pulling from context and redefining the words “saints” and “elect” – which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and Revelation specifically refer to Israel.
That being what it is, I will now explain briefly the process that brought me – a man once as anti-PreTrib as anyone on the planet – to this unabashed PreTrib rapture conclusion.
Satan is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44). For every truth in God’s Word, diablo the deceiver has provided a bevy of belligerent prevaricators to attack it. I know this from first hand experience as I’ll relate in the following briefing.
The fact that I didn’t believe in the PreTrib rapture was inevitable. I didn’t understand the right division God placed in Scripture between prophecy for Israel and the mystery Body of Christ and as a result, I wandered around the wilderness of Bible studies gleaning axiomatic conclusions from prophecy teachers who were just as confused as I was.
My Bible journey began in 1975 when Jesus saved me. From the onset, I had a voracious appetite for God’s word and quickly found teachers everywhere. It wasn’t long before the subject of the end times caught my attention. I learned about the Antichrist, mark of the beast, the seven-year tribulation (which originated in the prophecy program for Israel), and the return of the Lord at the conclusion of it.
However, in my naïveté I wasn’t aware there were contrary opinions until about six months into my new life. That’s when the innocence all newborn Christians are born again with – evaporated.
During one of our extended discussions, a pastor friend warned me about an “evil” group of people teaching “a satanic hoax” he claimed didn’t exist until 1830. The inherent wickedness of this teaching – so he said – surrounded the preposterous notion of an imminent return of Jesus in the air to remove the Body of Christ from earth before the tribulation bloodbath begins.
They called it the “PreTrib rapture” and from the way this subject angered my friend – who incidentally was stockpiling guns, ammo, and supplies – I figured this had to be the biggest lie in the two-thousand year history of the church.
In light of that, I dug in my heels and prepared myself for the aggressive assault I was about to encounter.
I listened to sermons condemning it, read books ostensibly disproving it, and fellowshipped with people who hated it; and all progressed virtually unimpeded until the unexpected appearance of contradictory inconsistencies that I couldn’t reconcile in my spirit or cleverly explain away.
That’s when I decided to conduct my own personal Bible study comparing information I’d been given with verses I would find, regulated by two immutable rules:
First, the basis of the study had to be Sola Scripture, and second, I would follow the evidence wherever it led.
Today I present you with my findings.
All in all, they represent thousands of hours of research spanning over 35 years resulting in an excess of 80,000 words incorporating scores of Bible verses filling several chapters – with annotations and appendices – explaining what lies ahead for Israel, the church Body, and the world according to Scripture — rightly divided, studiously catalogued, and concisely represented by a ten word synoptic title that fitly summarizes my entire thesis:
The Body of Christ WILL NOT go through Israel’s Tribulation!
 This means all narrative in Matthew is Old Testament and focused on Israel and the Kingdom which includes Matthew 24, the misapplied primary “gotcha” passage in the anti-PreTrib rapture argument.
 Pause to remember the number of times Matthew 24 is offered in proof of a post trib rapture when the fact is, the passage is Jewish and has no bearing on the Body of Christ whatsoever. We will discuss this much more in depth later in our treatise.
Biblical hermeneutics is the science of studying and interpreting the Bible by employing immutable principles for reaching conclusions based on evidence (exegesis) rather than emotion (eisegesis).
 The prophets represented God to Israel, often warning the nation about the evil in the world, and certain judgment if they didn’t remain separated to Him from it. The ultimate earthly judgment prior to the Kingdom will be the tribulation, which Moses first mentioned (Deut. 4:30) in the progressive revelation series.
 In order for the church Body to be included in Israel’s tribulation, the prophets would have to have included it. They did not! In fact, none of the OT prophets spoke about the Body of Christ anywhere at any time. Moreover, there isn’t a verse anywhere in Scripture CLEARLY placing the Body of Christ on earth during Israel’s tribulation without pulling from context and redefining the words “saints” and “elect” which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and Revelation specifically refer to Israel.
Prophecy is for Israel and the Tribulation exists purely as prophecy. Moses was the first to reveal it (Deut. 4:30). Through the years – by means of Progressive Revelation – the prophets unfolded it to Israel. However, in doing so, God never revealed His mystery Body to any of them; reserving it for Paul alone.
We would do well to study carefully the words of Zephaniah as he uses many terms for the tribulation for Israel: “The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.” (Zephaniah 1:14-18). (See: Deut. 4:30; Isa. 24; Jer. 30-31; Joel; Zephaniah; Matt. 24; Rev. 6-19)
Coinciding with Zephaniah’s prophecy, the book of Revelation delineates the tribulation as a time of “wrath” by using the word at least 10 times. It is called “the wrath of God” five times (Revelation 14:10, 19; 15:1,7; 16:1) and “the wrath of the Lamb” once (Rev. 6:16 see v 17). Opening the first seal unleashes the tribulation [A] which continues 7 years (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 11:2-3; 12:6, 14) and concludes with “the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Rev. 19:15) when Christ returns to fight the armies gathered against Israel at Armageddon (Rev. 19:11-21).
The following info is from the Old Scofield Study Bible.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. These are “weeks” or more accurately, sevens of years; seventy weeks of seven years each. Within these “weeks” the national chastisement must be ended and the nation reestablished in everlasting righteousness (Dan–9:24). The seventy weeks are divided into seven = 49 years; sixty-two = 434 years; one = 7 years (Dan – 9:25-27). In the seven weeks = 49 years, Jerusalem was to be rebuilt in “troublous times.” This was fulfilled, as Ezra and Nehemiah record. Sixty-two weeks = 434 years, thereafter Messiah was to come (Dan – 9:25). This was fulfilled in the birth and manifestation of Christ. (Dan_9:26); (Dan–9:26) is obviously an indeterminate period. The date of the crucifixion is not fixed. It is only said to be “after” the threescore and two weeks. It is the first event in (Dan 19:26). The second event is the destruction of the city, fulfilled A.D. 70. Then, “unto the end,” a period not fixed, but which has already lasted nearly 2000 years. To Daniel was revealed only that wars and desolations should continue (Compare (Mat-24:6-14).
The New Testament reveals, that which was hidden from the Old Testament prophets; (Mat – 13:11-17); (Eph–3: I – 10) that during this period should be accomplished the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven (Mat – 13:1-50) and the out-calling of the Church; (Mat – 16:18); (Rom – 11:25). When the Church-age will end, and the seventieth week be- gin, is nowhere revealed. Its duration can be but seven years. To make it more violates the principle of interpretation already confirmed by fulfillment. (Dan–9:27) deals with the last week. The “he” of (Dan – 9:27) is the “prince that shall come” of (Dan_9:26); 9:26); whose people (Rome) destroyed the temple, A.D. 70. He is the same with the “little horn” of chapter 7. He will covenant with the Jews to restore their temple sacrifices for one week (seven years), but in the middle of that time he will break the covenant and fulfill; (Dan – 12:11); (2Th – 2:3); (2Th_2:4). Between the sixty-ninth week, after which Messiah was cut off, and the seventieth week, within which the “little horn” of Daniel 7. will run his awful course, intervenes this entire Church-age. (Dan – 9:27) deals with the last three and a half years of the seven, which are identical with the “great tribulation.” (Mat–24:15-28) “time of trouble” (Dan_12:1) hour of temptation- (Rev_3: 10).
The Time of the End
Daniel 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed Here the prophetic foreview, having traced the history of the two parts of Alexander’s empire which had to do with Palestine and the Jews, namely, Syria and Egypt, to the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, and having described his career, overleaps the centuries to “the time of the end,” when he of whom Antiochus Epiphanes was a type, the “little horn” of (Dan – 7:8) the “Beast out of the sea” of (Rev – 13:4- 10) shall appear (cf) (See Scofield) – (Dan–7:8). Prophecy does not concern itself with history as such, but only with history as it affects Israel and the Holy Land. Antiochus Epiphanes was insignificant as compared with historical personages whom the Bible does not mention, but he scourged the covenant people and defiled God’s altar, thus coming into prophetic light. From verse 36 (Dan – 11:36), the “little horn” of (Dan–7:8); (Dan–7:24-26) fills the scene. His prosperity lasts until “the indignation” (the “time of trouble” of, (Dan – 12: 1); (Mat–24:2 1) is accomplished (Dan – 11:36). This is parallel with; (Rev – 17:10-14); (Rev–19:19-21). (Dan_11:37-45) supply details not mentioned in the New Testament The expression “God of his fathers” (Dan –I 1:37) has been held to indicate that the “king” is an apostate Jew, but this does not accord with (Dan_9:26) which was fulfilled by the Gentile armies of Rome. The “little horn” is an apostate, but from Christianity, not Judaism (compare Ho – 2:18); (1Jo_2:19). (Dan–I 1:38-45) describe his career. Substituting “the god of forces” (that is, Forces of nature) for the true God (Dan –I 1:38); (Dan–1 1:39), he soon presents himself as that god (cf) (2Th 2:3); (2Th–2:4). While his career lasts he is an irresistible conqueror (Dan –I 1:40-44). He established his palace in Jerusalem, probably at the time of his supreme act of blasphemous impiety; (Dan T 9:27); (Dan – 12:11); (Mat 24:15); (2Tb–2:4). From this time begins the great tribulation; (Dan_12:1); (Mat–24:21) which runs its course during the last half of Daniel’s seventieth week, namely, three and one half years; (Dan–7:25); (Dan_12:7); (Dan_12:11); (Rev_13:5).
Isaiah 10:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. “That day”: often the equivalent of “the day of the Lord” (Isa_2:10-22); (Rev–1 9:11-2 1). The prophecy here passes from the general to the particular, from historic and fulfilled judgments upon Assyria to the final destruction of all Gentile world-power at the return of the Lord in glory. (See “Armageddon,”; (Rev –16:14); (Rev – 19:21) “Times of the Gentiles,”; (Luk–21:24); (Rev–16:19); “The great tribulation,”; (Psa–2:5); (Rev_7:14)
Revelation 7:14 And 1 said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. The great tribulation is the period of unexampled trouble predicted in the passages cited under that head from (Psa_2:5) to (Rev_7:14) and described in Revelation 11-18. Involving in a measure the whole earth (Rev –3: 10) it is yet distinctly “the time of Ja- cob’s trouble” (Jer – 30:7) and its vortex Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It involves the people of God who will have returned to Palestine in unbelief. Its duration is three and a half years, or the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. (See Scofield) – (Dan – 9:24). (Rev_11:2); (Rev–1 1:3) [Editor’s note: Please never forget that the Lord Jesus promised to keep us from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth Rev. 3:10].
The elements of the tribulation are:
- The cruel reign of the “beast out of the sea” (Rev – 13: 1) who at the beginning of the three and a half years, will break his covenant with the Jews (by virtue of which they will have re-established the temple worship, (Dan –9:27) and show himself in the temple, demanding that he be worshipped as God. (Mat – 24:15); (2Th-2:4).
- The active interposition of Satan “having great wrath” (Rev–12:12) who gives his power to the Beast. (Rev – 13:4); (Rev_13:5).
- The unprecedented activity of demons (Rev – 9:2); (Rev_9:11), and
- the terrible “bowl” judgments of Revelation 16.
The great tribulation will be, however, a period of salvation. An election out of Israel is seen as sealed for God (Rev_7:4-8) and, with an innumerable multitude of Gentiles (Rev–7:9) are said to have come “out of the great tribulation” (Rev_7:14). They are not of the priesthood, the church, to which they seem to stand somewhat in the relation of the Levites to the priests under the Mosaic Covenant. The great tribulation is immediately followed by the return of Christ in glory, and the events associated therewith. (Mat 24:29); (Mat-24:30).
- The time of the end in Danielbegins with the violation by “the prince that shall come” (that is, “little horn,” “man of sin,” “Beast”) of his covenant with the Jews for the restoration of the temple and sacrifice (Dan–9:27) and his presentation of himself as God; (Dan – 9:27); (Dan_11:36-38); (Mat–24:15); (2Tb–2:4); (Rev–13:4-6) and ends with his destruction by the appearing of the Lord in glory. (2Th_2:8); (Rev 19:19); (Rev-19:20).
- The duration of the “time of the end”, is three and one half years, coinciding with the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. (Dan – 7:25); (Dan_12:7); (Rev_13:5). This “time of the end” is the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” (Jer – 30:7) “a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation” (Dan 2: 1) “great tribulation such as was not from the beginning of the world… nor ever shall be” (Mat–24:2 1). The New Testament, especially the Book of the Revelation, adds many details. [A] The churchis never mentioned- nor can it be clearly identified- in any part of the 7 year tribulation.
AntiPreTrib Problems Associated with the Tribulation
The Tribulation is a ubiquitous term that has become a well-known doctrine. Prophecy is for Israel and the Tribulation exists purely as prophecy. It was well known by the prophets (Deut. 4:30) so it was never a part of the mystery. That being said, there isn’t a prophecy or verse for that matter anywhere in Scripture: (1) clearly consigning the mystery Body of Christ to the time of Jacob’s trouble, or (2) revealing her as being on earth for a single hour during this time [unless two terms used for Israel, “elect” and “saints” are pulled from their context to prove something that simply is not provable in any other fashion].
There are several problems AntiPreTrib advocates have with the Tribulation.
- Their first problem is what to call it.
The term tribulation, which includes the great tribulation (Matt. 24:21, 29), is part of “the day of the Lord” (Isa. 2; 13; 34; Jer. 30-31; 46; etc). It is also called “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) [Jacob is Israel], “Daniel’s Seventieth Week” (Dan. 9:24-27), and the “time of trouble” (Dan. 12:1), and “the hour of temptation” (Rev. 3:10).
- Their second problem is the length of it.
The first mention of seven in the Bible tells us how it stands connected in God’s mind. “. . . on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made” (Gen. 2:2). Seven from that point on signifies something started and finished. Since Daniel’s prophecy of seventy weeks is our Rosetta Stone for interpreting the tribulation trilogy, we have one seven year period still future, dispensational Bible scholars view in connection with the beginning and ending of tribulation and great tribulation period; Scripture bearing witness. In the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24:21; 29), and the Book of Revelation, two separate three and one-half year periods form one whole seven year tribulation: 42 months (Rev. 11:3); 1260 days (Rev. 11:3, 12:6); and time, times, and half a time (Rev. 12:14).
However, in a concerted contrarian effort to thwart scholarly teaching, you’ll find antiPreTrib proponents to be of the most creative antagonists on the planet; especially those espousing the most recent – and perhaps most confusing – PreWrath rapture ruse. Their claim to fame is in arbitrarily placing the church into the time of Jacob’s trouble for most of seven year period with nothing more than bizarre calculations and misguided outcomes they arbitrarily apply to the Body of Christ without ever proving she is here during any part of the Tribulation aka Jacob’s trouble.
- Their third problem is not accepting its origin and purpose.
The Tribulation is for Israel through prophecy; Moses being the first prophet to reveal it (Deut. 4:30). The purpose of the tribulation is to punish sin and purify Israel and her supporters for the Millennial Kingdom (Jer. 30-31; Obad. 1:15; Zech. 13:9; Matt. 25:31-46; study the great catastrophes in Rev. 6-19). “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city . . . to seal up the vision and prophecy …” (Dan 9:24). Although Daniel prophesied that the seventy weeks would seal up the vision and prophesy, there appears to be a secondary reference here to a cessation of prophecy which occurred at the 69th week and will last for an unspecified time. Knowing what we now know, that happened when God moved from prophecy to mystery at the rejection of Jesus’ Kingdom offer. Interestingly, the corollary to this rejection brought about a dual blindness each leading in separate directions for distinct purposes.
- Their fourth problem is consigning the Body of Christto it.
The tribulation is a watershed for Israel given through prophecy before she ever knew about the coming kingdom (Deut. 4:30). It was later expanded upon by the prophets (Jeremiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, etc) through Progressive Revelation. When the Lord summed up Israel’s end time’s scenario in Luke 21:22, He referred to this epoch as “the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” The days of vengeance is the tribulation – aka the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7), and the “time of trouble” (Dan. 12:1), also referred to as Daniel’s Seventieth Week for Israel and Jerusalem. All things fulfilled refers to Israel’s prophets. The notion that the Body of Christ will share in the prescribed horrors of the Jewish tribulation is an invented doctrine without clear Scriptural support.
There are only three ways to place the church in the tribulation:
(1) by wresting Scripture from its context where it clearly can be found implicating Israel and the Gentiles, not the Bride of Christ (Rev. 19:9; 21:2,9; 22:17);
(2) by superimposing the church over the top of Israel, which is Satanic Replacement Theology condemned by the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 2:9; 3:9); or
(3) by a dogged determination to maintain the anti-rapture mantra even when presented with clear evidence refuting it. The tribulation is for Israel (Deut. 4:30; Jer. 30-31; Dan. 12:1, etc) and placing the Body of Christ here during that time is a manmade doctrine devoid of integrity and Biblical authority.
In summary, the tribulation – known by other names – covers Daniel’s Seventieth Week and as such is seven years in length. Its purpose is to punish sin and prepare Israel for the Revelation of the Messiah and the Davidic Kingdom on earth which the prophets applied exclusively to Israel. Any suggestion that the Body of Christ will be here for a moment of the time of Jacob’s trouble is without Scriptural authority and should be rejected out of hand with no more ink devoted to it.