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CHAPTER 7 – REVELATION CONCLUDES THE TRIBULATION

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REVELATION
CONCLUDES THE TRIBULATION

 

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:7-8).

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (Revelation 19:11-14). [Key words in bold]

Now as we open this study we do so by calling attention to the fact that . . .

The Setting for
the Revelation Concerns Jews

We are now at Revelation, the final Book in our tribulation trilogy. Before we enter our study of John’s narrative, a word of explanation is in order regarding why John’s prophecies specifically target Israel and not the church. One needs to remember that some fourteen years or more after Paul was saved, he traveled to Jerusalem and met with those who were apostles before him (study Gal. 1-2). After sharing his doctrinal insights with these Jewish men, a decision was made regarding their outreach focus henceforth:

“But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision (Gentiles) was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision (Jews) was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen (Gentiles), and they unto the circumcision” (Jews) [1](Galatians 2:7-9).

Revelation is therefore a Jewish Book, the fulfillment of Daniel in the New Testament. It expands in detail our theme that prophecy is for Israel and concerns God’s overarching plan for the earth in “the ages to come.” Just as it is unwise to draft a scheme making the Body of Christ appear from thin air in Daniel, it is likewise just as foolish to place the church on earth from Revelation six through 19.

The Holy Spirit gives us the entire outline of this final Book and the final stage in Revelation 1:19:

  • “Time past”: the things which thou hast seen,
  • “But now”: the things which are, and
  • “Ages to come”: the things which shall be hereafter

Dr. Scofield noted: “But while Christ is thus the central theme of the book, all of the events move toward one consummation, the bringing in of the covenanted kingdom.”

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people [Jews]: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people [Jews] shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Dan 12:1-3). [Bold added. My comments in brackets].

As the stage for His final arrival, earth has been carefully set for the Revelation of Jesus Christ to establish His kingdom once rejected some 2000 years ago under the Old Covenant in “time past”. All of this began in Genesis with the following prophecy made to Abraham: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). With the calling of Abraham and the seed for a powerful earthly nation – Israel – came promises of great blessing, not only for Jews obedient to God, but to Gentile nations who themselves would bless the Jew. A quick look back at history tells us God has been true to His promises.

Cleansing the earth before the Kingdom

As mentioned – and bearing repeating – while we can easily find Israel and the Gentile nations in the tribulation, we cannot find the Body of Christ. If the Body of Christ is in the tribulation, the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it and only adversarial necessity finds any reason to place us there. Consider this. We have several verses clearly telling us we will not be here during this time (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 3:10; see also Rev. 4:1) and yet there isn’t a verse anywhere in the Bible clearly placing us here for even one moment of this future Holocaust without pulling from context the words “saints” and “elect”, which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Revelation refer to Israel.

Isaiah spoke boldly that the day of the Lord would be a time when God would “shake terribly the earth” (Isa. 2:19, 21; 14:16; 24:18) as the shaking of Israel depicted as the Olive tree (Isa. 17:6).  Read this very carefully: “The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left” (Isaiah 24:4-6). As we discuss those involved in the tribulation, it is important to note that the phrase “of the earth” appears 30 times in Revelation.

We’ve stressed – for good reason – that prophecy – time past and ages to come – focuses on the nation of Israel, culminating with the glorious appearance (Revelation) of the Messiah on earth  to establish Israel’s kingdom (Dan. 2:44) under a King from the lineage of David in the city of Jerusalem (Isa. 24:23; Mic. 4:7) in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant (1 Sam. 7:16; see Dan. 2:44) following the tribulation or time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:24-27; Matt. 24-25; Rev. 19-20).

Now you can deny it, demean it, or dismiss it, but the fact is, the Lord Jesus offered a promise with a definition: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10). The emphasis in the apocalypse is God’s judgment upon the inhabitants of earth who have little if any love for Israel and no love for God. But who are these earth dwellers? While we have certainly a great promise in this verse, there is one word I’ve never heard expounded and yet provides clear definition of the tribulation. To try them that “dwell” upon the earth. [2]

Thayer’s definition adds some depth to the word “dwell”: metaphorically divine powers, influences, etc., are said to dwell in his soul, to pervade, prompt, govern it. This seems to indicate these are men and women completely consumed with the ways of the world, things of the world, and people of the world and in that state have had no desire for a relationship with God, the Lord Jesus, His elect Israel for that matter. I think this is very evident by their grief over the destruction of Babylon in Chapter eighteen.

Both Daniel and the Olivet Discourse prophesied events leading to God’s final showdown before the inauguration of His earthly Kingdom in the “ages to come”. You may find interesting to learn that while the term “of the earth” is used exactly 300 times in the Bible, Revelation – which is the culmination of all prophesy focusing on earth – uses this phrase 30 times [3].

The following chart suggests the dates written and the sequence of the Book by date. It also reveals that . . . 

The Subjects Chart in
the Revelation Concern Jews

We are concentrating on chapters 4-19 listed in our chart below. All of this, according to Ussher, was written by John about 96 AD.

Date BC Chapter Subject Synopsis
96 AD 4 Things which shall be. Vision of the throne in heaven, the enthroned elders, the four living creatures and their worship with the elders because of creation. The day is approaching when there shall be a shifting of scenes in heaven and God shall prepare to execute all His purposes toward the earth. Thundering black clouds shall gather for His last judgment upon the earth, but even in the darkness of that day a bow in the cloud will be seen reflecting the glory of God in the storm and reminding that God has not forgotten His covenants. In that day the saints in heaven will contrast the perfect rest of heaven with the troubled waters of earth and will give great glory to Him.
5 Vision of the seven sealed books. Christ seen in His Kingly character. Angels, elders and living creatures exalt the Lamb who is King. It will be none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, Who as the Lamb of God was slain and rejected of men, Who will yet be manifested as the Lion of the tribe of Judah breaking the seals of God’s wrath against sinners upon the earth. He Who alone was worthy to redeem mankind with His precious blood, is worthy to take man’s judgment in hand. Happy are they who shall in that day be with the ransomed ones in heaven joining in the new song, associating with Him in judgment and preparing to reign with Him.
6 From this point forward, the main subject is Jews and those living within a proximity of Jerusalem. The opening of the seals. Woe to those who dwell upon the earth in the days of the great Tribulation, when the wrath of God is poured forth for the final cleansing of the earth. “Except those days should be shortened no flesh should endure.” There will be terrible wars, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, disturbances in the heavens, and fear among men. (See Mat_24:1-31.)
7 Parenthetical chapter on the saved of the tribulation period. The remnant of Israel sealed. In the great time of unexampled trouble which is to fall upon the earth after the translation of the saints, there shall be a vast company of repentant Israelites sealed for preservation, and a multitude of the Gentiles, moved to repentance toward Christ, shall find salvation through His shed blood, but at the cost of martyrdom (Rev_7:14. See Rev_6:9-11).
8 Opening of the seventh seal from which seven trumpets come. Four of the trumpet judgments announced. Woe to those who, by their rejection of the Lord Jesus, will find themselves left upon the earth to taste the sufferings of the Great Tribulation. Satanic forces will be allowed abroad without restraint, bringing fear upon all men by reason of conditions in the earth and in the heavens above.
9 Judgments of the fifth and sixth trumpets. So fearful and unbearable will conditions be in the Great Tribulation days when Satanic powers are unrestrained, that men shall long for death and even try to commit suicide, but will find the power of self-destruction taken away from them. Happy are they who shall escape all these things, that shall come to pass, through true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
10 Parenthetical explanation (to Rev_11:14). The angel and the little book. The book eaten. The day is approaching when all those mysterious judgment pictures of God’s Word shall be made real in action (Rev_10:7). Apocalyptic studies are understood by those who walk in close fellowship with God and while they have their charm, to the true man of God, they have also their bitterness when really appropriated, by reason of the startling and terrible prospective they reveal (Rev_10:9).
11 Times of the Gentiles to end in a period of forty-two months. Two heavenly witnesses will prophecy on the earth. The seventh trumpet judgment. The Tribulation days which close the times of the Gentiles shall culminate in a period of intense troubles lasting 42 months (3½ years). When these days shall come, God will send two messengers to earth to give warning. They will be despitefully treated and killed as was our Lord and the prophets before Him. Woe to those who shall see these days, but happy those who through Jesus Christ are safe with Him and engaged eternally in His praises.
12 The woman clothed with the sun (Israel). Satan drawing the stars. The man-child (Christ) caught up to the throne. The arch-angel and his angels fighting Satan. Satan and Israel in the great Tribulation. Israel out of which came the Messiah Who was rejected, will in the midst of the great Tribulation suffer terrible anguish because of Him, and will be subjected to terrors of Satan himself, who will then be unrestrained and knowing that he has but a short time. However, those whom God shall seal of Israel will be brought through those terrible days, though many will suffer martyrdom, but they will then die willingly for Him, acknowledging Him their King, their sacrifice and their Lord.
13 The beast out of the sea and the beast out of the earth. In the midst of the Tribulation period there shall rise up two great world leaders, one a political leader inspired by Satan himself, the other religious leader to deceive the people with strong delusions and either lead them or force them to worship the anti-christ as the long expected world-ruler. These two Satanic deceivers shall prevail upon all except those who risk all to boldly acknowledge their belief in the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world.
14 Parenthetical vision of the Lamb and the 144,000 sealed Israelites. The angel with the everlasting gospel. Fall of Babylon. The doom of the beast worshippers. Blessedness of the holy dead. Vision of Armageddon. There shall be preserved during the great Tribulation period a great company out of Israel, who will follow the Lamb and give glory to Him at whatever cost. There will be also a multitude of Gentiles redeemed by their acceptance of the everlasting Gospel, but at the cost of martyrdom. Woe to those who worship the beast and receive his mark, for they shall be tormented in hell forever.
15 Vision of the angels of the seven last plagues and the bowls of the wrath of God. In the hours when the unexampled wrath of God is being poured out upon the earth there will be a faithful redeemed company, who in spite of all their sufferings for Christ’s sake, will be enabled to join in the great chorus exalting Jehovah their Deliverer and the Lamb, their Saviour.
16 Vials of God’s wrath poured out. There shall, in the great Tribulation period, be poured out such manifestations of the wrath of God against Satan and sinners as man has never conceived. The terrors of those days will surpass anything known in the earth before those days, and shall never be known thereafter. Woe to those who choose, by their rejection of Christ in the Gospel day, to be left to that time.
17 The doom of Babylon, the last great ecclesiastical order. There will be in the Tribulation period a great apostate ecclesiastical system headed up under a powerful religious leader, drawing after it thousands of deluded worshippers, who in reality are worshipping the devil and the beast. This enormous world-system will be brought to a fearful end and all those connected with it will share its fate.
18 Last form of apostate Christendom and the warning to God’s people. The human and the angelic views of Babylon. As there is to be an ecclesiastical Babylon (“confusion”) heading up in the great Tribulation period, so there is also a great political Babylon, the pride of the great men of the earth, which shall likewise come to a terrible and an everlasting end, when Christ shall return in glory. This great system, back of which is anti-Christ, will bitterly hate any who would glorify any god but materialism and the beast and will be guilty of the blood of many prophets and saints who have stood true to the ever-lasting Gospel.
19 Parenthetical from verses 1-10. Beginning with what has been transpiring in heaven while the Tribulation rages. The alleluias, marriage of the Lamb, all followed by (v. 11-21) the second coming of Christ (Revelation)in glory, Armageddon, doom of the beast, False Prophet, and kings. During those days when the wrath of God is poured out upon the earth, the Bride of Christ will in heaven celebrate the long looked for marriage festivities, and arrayed in her cleansed garments shall be eternally united with Him Who is to be recognized in all the universe, and for all time, as King of King and Lord of Lords. When He comes forth to make an end of all evil, His Bride shall come with Him, associated in judgment, and later to rule with Him.
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Satan bound for the Kingdom age. The first resurrection. Satan loosed at the end of the millennium, and his final doom. Judgment of the great White Throne. When the Tribulation days shall have run their course, Christ shall come with His saints, and having cast down all opposing powers, will fling Satan into the bottomless pit for a thousand years, during which time He, with the saints, shall rule over the earth. At the end of the millennium Satan will be temporarily released, but he and his quickly gathered followers will be cast into the final hell forever. At that time also the unsaved dead of all the ages will be resurrected and after being judged according to their works will be given their portion in perdition.
21-22 Eternity – New Heaven, New Earth

The following study from the Bible will reveal that . . . 

The Scriptures in
the Revelation Concern Jews

This study – which began with Daniel’s Seventy Weeks, [4] and which we faithfully followed the prophetic Progressive Revelation into the Olivet Discourse has now brought us to the prophecies found in the Revelation of Jesus Christ for the “ages to come” without a single reference to the mystery “but now” Body of Christ. In the way of review, Daniel codified the tribulation in Dan. 9:24 “Seventy weeks [5] are determined upon thy people [Jews] and upon thy holy city [Jerusalem], to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, [foretelling the sacrifice of Jesus] and to bring in everlasting righteousness, [Jews awaited the inauguration of the Davidic Covenant kingdom] and to seal up the vision and prophecy, [God moves from prophecy to mystery] and to anoint the most Holy” [Isaiah’s Immanuel (Isa 7:14), the Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant].

We are now to discover that what Daniel codified, and the Lord Jesus clarified, is concluded by John in this spectacular apocalyptic masterpiece. Subsequently we will find that dichotomy between prophecy and mystery is not only an accurate division for the Bible it is the only one leading to unbiased conclusions.

Revelation 1 – The Lord’s Purpose for Revelation

The Book opens with John – who some scholars see as a type of the church – on the remote island of banished criminals and outcasts called Patmos. Ironically, John’s only crime was that he refused to quit preaching Christ’s exclusive means of salvation. It is from here in this seclusion that the Lord Jesus gave him the most sweeping vision of the tribulation and the ultimate revelation of Himself to establish the Davidic Kingdom in Jerusalem. The unveiling begins in the first three chapters discussing things past and present.

Rev. 1:1, 19 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John … Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.”

Here we find three major time divisions of Revelation:

  1. Things past, “the things thou hast seen,” i.e. the Patmos vision, (Revelation 1:1-20).
  1. Things present, “the things which are,” i.e. things then existing–obviously the churches. The temple had been destroyed, the Jews dispersed: the testimony of God had been committed to the Churches (1Ti_3:15). Accordingly we have seven messages to seven representative churches, (Revelation 2:1 – 3:22). It is noteworthy that the churchis not mentioned in chapters 5-18.
  1. Things future, “things which shall be hereafter,” lit. “after these,” i.e. after the churchperiod ends, Revelation 4:1 – 22:21. The third major division, as Erdman (W.J.) has pointed out, falls into a series of six sevens, with parenthetical passages, making, with the churchdivision, seven sevens. (Scofield Study Bible [6])

This apocalyptic Book – totally in communion with Daniel and the Olivet Discourse – leads to the revelation of Jesus Christ and the establishment of Israel’s Kingdom on earth. “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7).

Daniel describes the Revelation: Daniel 7:13-14  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  (14)  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Jesus describes the Revelation:

Revelation 2-3 – The Lord’s Messages to 7 Churches

The focus is the church which existed at the time of John’s writing and will occupy the earth through ages beginning with the first century and ending with the rapture. Dispensational Bible scholars teach these churches hold meaning beyond the first chapters of Revelation; that they picture seven distinct periods of church history [7] beginning with the apostolic church of the first century to the apostate church in the modern era. We hasten to mention two things:

First, although we are rapidly morphing into Laodicean liberalism, the Lord Jesus made a very comforting promise to the Philadelphian church: [8] Revelation 3:10 “Because thou [the born again members of the real church alive in that era] hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from [not through, but out of[9]] the hour of temptation [specifically referencing the future tribulation], which shall come upon all the world [we aren’t members of the world], to try them [not us] that dwell upon the earth.”

Second, the phrase “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” occurs seven times in the first three chapters (2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22). However, in Revelation 13:9, the Holy Spirit augments the phrase by removing the church: “If any man have an ear, let him hear.” We believe the absence of the use of the word church by the Holy Spirit is part of the collective evidence that the church will not be here for even one moment of the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1).

Dr. Scofield add this: “The end of the church period (Revelation 2-3) is left indeterminate. It will end by the fulfilment of 1Th_4:14-17. Revelation 4-19 are believed to synchronize with Daniel’s Seventieth Week.”

Revelation 4 – John is transported from earth to heaven

Revelation 4:1: “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”

This chapter reminds us there are many spiritual truths illustrated in Scripture that go virtually unappreciated and unnoticed either because men can’t see them or because they fly in the face of their doctrinal prejudices. Chapters four and five are good examples.

In Revelation 4, John begins to see the future; not from earth where Israel is the premier nation and recipient of the tribulation judgment (Deut. 4:30; Jer. 30-31; Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24; etc.) but from heaven where the Body of Christ has been spiritually seated with Christ and in Christ (Eph. 1:20; 2:6) enjoying our inheritance. The fact that prophecy is for Israel and concerns God’s overarching plan for the earth comes into play in Revelation 4. Concerning the phrase “come up hither” Revelation chapters 4-5 offer us several indicators and illustrators – that the rapture of the Body of Christ has transpired. Although independently Revelation 4:1 doesn’t prove the PreTrib rapture, there really is no satisfactory explanation for this translation to Heaven if not to picture the rapture which for some is unacceptable truth hidden in plain sight. [10] Dr. John Walvoord writes,

“Though there is no authority for connecting the rapture with this expression, there does seem to be a typical representation of the order of events, namely, the church age first, then the rapture, then the church in heaven. Though the rapture is mentioned in letters to two of the churches (cf. 2:25; 3:11), the rapture as a doctrine is not a part of the prophetic foreview of the book of Revelation. This is in keeping with the fact that the book as a whole is not occupied primarily with God’s program for the church. Instead the primary objective is to portray the events leading up to and climaxing in the second coming of Christ and the prophetic kingdom and the eternal state which ultimately will follow.” (The Revelation of Jesus Christ, 1966, p. 103)

With the mystery church gone, the church of Rome called here “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” [11] will reign unchallenged with Antichrist. AC Gaebelein rightly observed: “When the true Church is caught up, the papal system, as we call it, the Roman Catholic “church” will see a great revival. For a time she has been stripped of the temporal power she once had, but it will be restored to her. Along with the revival of the Roman empire there will be a revival of papal Rome.”

Once in Heaven John is surrounded by the throng and song of the redeemed – where he will soon see the fulfillment of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks as it was codified by Daniel and clarified by the Lord Jesus in the Olivet Discourse. On the heels of the Lord’s promise to keep us (the church of Philadelphia) from the hour of temptation (Rev. 3:10), the following indicators tell us He kept His promise.

  1. John was looking for Christ as we should be, and he saw an open door and heard a loud trumpet and command to “come up hither” which is in keeping with Paul’s rapture verses (1 Cor. 15:51; 1 Thess. 4:16). The phrase “Come up hither” seems to be the rapture call. We will read this once again in Rev. 11:12 when the two Jewish prophets are murdered at the conclusion of their 1260 days of ministry and the Lord raises them publicly from the dead unto Heaven with the same resounding command.
  1. It fulfills a promise the Lord made to the disciples just before His betrayal and crucifixion: John 14:2-3: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3)  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
  1. It illustrates imminence. Remember, John was in that small crowd the Lord Jesuspromised His deliverance to and he was looking for Him, just as we should be looking for Him to deliver us “from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10; see Nahum 1:2).
  1. It coincides with Paul’s description of being “caught up” in First Thessalonians 4:17.
  1. It is the single event transforming Christian’s bodies from mortality to immortality (1 Cor. 15:51-52). [Nothing is mentioned about this in any Revelation passages]
  1. It removes the churchbefore the worldwide hour of temptation as the Lord promised in Revelation 3:10.
  2. It explains why the churchisn’t mentioned during the entire 7 year tribulation/great tribulation while from chapters 1-3 there are 19 specific references made to the church. [12]
  1. It harmonizes with Scripture in that when God decrees judgment, He doesn’t punish the righteous with the wicked [13], which hearkens back to the Agreement Principle in hermeneutics.

The PreTrib rapture removes the Body of Christ before the tribulation in keeping with Christ’s promises

We once draw on a well-established truth: Prophecy is for Israel and concerns God’s overarching plan for the earth. The church can’t be seen anywhere during the tribulation, neither is the word church used in any part of it. In chapters 1-3, the Lord Jesus carefully selected and used the word ecclesia twenty times. Then, from chapter 4 until the end of the Book – it isn’t used a single time.

In Dr J Vernon McGee’s commentary on Revelation, he writes: “… the church has gone off the air, because it went up in the air to meet the Lord in the air. The church has gone to heaven—that is what has happened to it. The Rapture takes place during the Philadelphian period, and the so-called church which continues on the earth is just an organization. It will go through the Great Tribulation period …” (The Prophecy Revelation, 1991, p. 125)

Notwithstanding, anti-PreTrib advocates often treat this this absence of the ecclesia as a meaningless omission or a mistaken oversight on God’s part. Let me be very clear. The Holy Spirit is omniscient; He knows that certain words are critical to exegesis so why would He intentionally mislead us? [HINT: He wouldn’t!]

The rapture is a very real doctrine that was first introduced by the Lord Jesus in John 14:2-3:

(2) “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

He tells us about His Father’s House, how it’s filled with mansions. He promises to go and prepare one for us. Now is this place somewhere on earth? NO! When Christ ascended 40 days after the resurrection, He ascended to the right hand of the Father in Heaven (Acts 2:33; 7:55; Rom. 8:34; etc) where He’s been actively building our abode some 2000 years.

But His promise doesn’t stop there.

(3)  “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

Here’s the rapture. His promise is that He will personally come to take us back to the place where the mansions await us. And where is that again? Heaven. Nowhere in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, or the Book of Revelation can you find this promise fulfilled.

As a side note, Dr. Chuck Missler [14] made a most enlightening comment about prophecy from a Jewish perspective: “Most of us are the product of the Greek mindset which believes prophecy consists of prediction and fulfillment. The Jewish mind looks at prophecy as a pattern.” What Jesus just described coincides with the pattern provided by a Jewish Wedding comprising this prophecy. We have more info on this if you write and request it.

Paul’s rapture description agrees with Christ’s pattern.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  (16)  For 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:  (17)  Then 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.

The PreTrib rapture occurs in the air and leads to Heaven, not to earth

1 Thessalonians 4:17  Then 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.

The PreTrib is accompanied by a trumpet call

John heard a sound like a trumpet and the voice to come up hither. Trumpets have great significance in in Scripture.

Easton says trumpets were blown at special festivals, and to herald the arrival of special seasons (Lev_23:24; Lev_25:9; 1Ch_15:24; 2Ch_29:27; Psa_81:3; Psa_98:6). (MG Easton, 1897). In the RA Torrey New Topical Textbook, Mr. Torrey wrote that they were used for calling assemblies [15] (Num. 10:2). Paul taught the sound of a trumpet would accompany the rapture:

1 Corinthians 15:51-52  “Behold, I shew you a mystery [remember the Body of Christ appeared as a mystery and shall disappear in a mystery]; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  (52)  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” [Please note, this trumpet is NOT the final trumpet of Revelation as anti-PreTrib advocates would have us believe. [16]]

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  (16)  “For 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:  (17)  Then 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.”

Here’s a chart comparing the three misinterpreted trumpet passages from 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4, and Revelation 11:

The use of end time’s Trumpets Chart

Of course, all of this is inconvenient for the ardent opponents of PreTrib rapture. Notwithstanding, the fact remains that from the precise moment the Lord Jesus called John – who typifies the church – to Heaven, until we return with the Lord to Armageddon (Joel 3:14; Zech. 14:1-3; Rev. 14:20; 16:16; 19:11-21), the heavenly blood bought Body of Christ cannot be found anywhere on earth even for one moment of that time.[17] Daniel didn’t mention the church; Christ didn’t mention the church, and neither does Revelation 4-19.

The PreTrib rapture explains the bodies and rewards possessed by the elders in Heaven[18]

Revelation 4:4: “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns[19] of gold.”

There are at a couple of key factors providing strong evidence that the rapture had to have occurred:

First, the elders are wearing clothing. We know from Scriptura that when we “die” in this dispensation, our spirits ascend to be with Christ but our bodies sleep, in the grave awaiting the rapture (1 Cor. 15:51; 2 Cor. 5:8; 1 Thess. 4:13-18). These elders are not mere souls or John would have revealed them as such (Rev. 6:9; 20:4). These elders are men that have overcome on earth (Rev. 3:5), have experienced the resurrection of the body [20] (1 Cor. 15:51-52), and are now wearing the clothing of the righteous redeemed.

Second, the elders are wearing crowns. [21] There is no mention in Scripture of crowns being given to the church apart from the judgment seat of Christ which means the rapture had to have happened (Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:13-15; 2 Cor. 5:10).

Revelation 5 – Preparation for Judgment, Praise of the Redeemed

The focus is in Heaven.

Revelation 5:1-7: “John saw the seven sealed book of the tribulation judgment that only One was worthy to open, the Lord, the Lamb. Up to this point, the Lamb has been redemptive toward sin and sinners, but now He prepares for retaliation against them.”

What follows after once again proves the rapture has snatched every believer from earth.

Revelation 5:8-10  “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  (9)  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  (10)  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

There are a few things to notice here. First, the vials of prayers from the saints is full. If the Body of Christ was on earth, more prayer would be ascending to the throne room and the vials would not have been complete already. Second the elders fall down to worship the Lamb as those  redeemed from every kindred, tongue, people and nation begin to sing praises unto the Lamb. Now think! Would this be a time of praise and worship if the Lord was about to unleash His judgment upon a world that still included members of the bride of Christ? Hardly!

Another indicator that the church is in Heaven is the multi-millions of angelic voices.

Revelation 5:11-13 “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels … “

The Greek word used here is “angelos” which means a messenger bringing good tidings (Strong’s). While it is often used to depict angels of Heaven, it is also used to describe men engaged in a divine mission (Matt. 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:24,27; 9:52). As inconvenient as this is for PreTrib adversaries, these angels comprise the aggregate host of the redeemed who accompanied John and the elders to Heaven at the rapture call of Christ to “come up hither.”

Chapters 4-5 focus on the church in Heaven, where she remains until after the tribulation (Rev. 19:11-21).

The Tribulation in
the Revelation Concerns Jews

Now begins the “ages to come” in Revelation.  “The time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7), Daniel’s Seventieth Week (Dan. 9:27), the time of trouble (Dan. 12:1), and the tribulation and great tribulation (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 24:21, 29; Rev. 7:14), “the hour of temptation” (Rev. 3:10), and so forth. The focus shifts from Heaven and the Body of Christ, to earth and Israel. There is no more mention of the church until Revelation 22.

With the mystery Body of Christ (Rom. 16:25) snatched from earth by means of the mystery rapture (1 Cor. 15:51; see 1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 4:1; etc), Chapter 6 of Revelation begins the unveiling of the seven year Tribulation – all of which is God’s wrath – aka the time of Jacob’s trouble.

As I’ve written previously, what most anti-PreTrib advocates avoid like a toothache is the fact that while we can easily find Israel and the Gentile nations in the tribulation, the Body of Christ is nowhere to be found. Please read this carefully. If the Body of Christ is in the tribulation, the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it and only adversarial necessity finds any reason to place us there. Consider this. We have several verses clearly telling us we will not be here during this time (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 3:10; see also Rev. 4:1) and yet there isn’t a verse anywhere in the Bible clearly placing us here for even one moment of this future Holocaust without pulling from context the words “saints” and “elect”, which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Revelation refer to Israel.

Before this epoch begins, however, Israel will place her trust in the hands of a false messiah the Bible calls Antichrist who will offer a Covenant to the covenant people (Dan. 9:27) apparently guaranteeing 7 years of peace on earth apart from God’s peace (see Dan. 11:21,24). This document will no doubt provide Israel full access to the Temple mount to rebuild the Temple and reinstitute the Levitical priesthood and the sacrificial system that’s been missing for almost two thousand years (Dan. 9:27; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 11:1-2).

Like Daniel, and the Olivet Discourse, the tribulation in Revelation implicates Israel. Daniel never knew about the Body of Christ, never mentioned her, and thus since the Olivet Discourse and Revelation are predicated on his prophecies, neither do they. The inception of the tribulation (time of Jacob’s trouble) was a Jewish prophecy from Moses (Deut 4:30). It then followed the divine path of Progressive Revelation – where it managed to travel through Israel’s 4000 year history including 5 Covenants [22] [the New Covenant ready to be ratified], where it picked up several names to identify it, now to find its consummation in the Book of Revelation from Chapter 6 through 19.

THE FIRST HALF OF THE TRIBULATION
The Wrath of God through the Lamb
(Revelation 6 – 11)

Revelation 6 – The Wrath of God Commences with the Wrath of the Lamb

This is God’s orchestrated tribulation wrath. The Body of Christ CANNOT be here (1 Thess. 1:10).

The Lord opens the six seals He introduced in the Olivet Discourse. 

  • The First Seal: (Revelation 6:1-2; Matthew 24:4-5) – Deception from False Messiahs
  • The Second and Third Seals: (Revelation 6:5-8; Matthew 24:6-8) – Wars and Sorrows
  • The Fourth and Fifth Seals: (Revelation 6:7-10; Matthew 24:9-10) – Affliction, Anti-Semitism, Mass Murders, and Betrayal
  • The Sixth Seal: (Revelation 6:12-17; Matthew 24:29-30 – Ecological Upheaval affecting the earth, sun, moon and stars 

The Jewish focus

The focus is Israel and earth from Revelation 6 through 18 and the last 11 verses of Revelation 19.  May I reiterate. We can easily find Israel and the Gentile nations in the tribulation, but not the Body of Christ. If the Body of Christ is in the tribulation, the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it and only adversarial necessity finds any reason to place us there. Consider this. We have several verses clearly telling us we will not be here during this time (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 3:10; see also Rev. 4:1) and yet there isn’t a verse anywhere in the Bible clearly placing us here for even one moment of this future Holocaust without pulling from context the words “saints” and “elect”, which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Revelation refer to Israel.

Let me open this important section with a synopsis from Bible scholar Larry Cockerham:

Revelation 6-19 is an expanded Matthew 24, which of course is an expansion of Daniel 9:27! The seven year period of Revelation 6-19 is Daniel’s “seventieth week” of seven years. The last half of three-and-one half years of Revelation corresponds to the three-and-one-half year period of Daniel 7:25. This period is called in Jeremiah 30:7 “Jacob’s trouble.” This period is forty-two months or twelve-hundred-and-sixty days long. Many refuse to see this simple explanation of prophecy. When Matthew chapter 24 and Revelation chapters 6-19 are compared, we find many remarkable comparisons. There will be false Christs (Matt. 24:4-5; Rev. 6:1-2), wars (Matt. 24:6; Rev. 6:3-4), famines (Matt. 24:7a; Rev. 6:5-6), death (Matt. 24:7b-8; Rev. 6:7-8), martyrs (Matt. 24:9; Rev. 6:9-11), worldwide chaos (Matt. 24:10-13; Rev. 6:12-17), and the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom preceded by the sealing of the 144,000 (Matt. 24:14; Rev. 7:1-8). There will be the desecration of the Temple and its worship (Matt. 24:15; Rev. 13:1-10), while persecution by the Antichrist will cause Israel to flee into the wilderness (Matt. 24:16-20; Rev. 12:6, 12-17). There will be deception by the false prophet (Matt. 24:11-12; Rev. 13:11-18), with the Second Advent terminating the seven year period (Matt. 24:27-30; Rev. 19:11-21). Therefore, Matthew 24 is a prophetic forecast of the seven year period of Revelation chapters 6-19, sometimes called Daniel’s “Seventieth Week” (Dan. 9:27). [23]

Chapter 6 reveals the beginning of God’s wrath in six seals revealed by the Lamb. With this begins the seven year tribulation, aka Daniel’s Seventieth week, aka the time of Jacob’s trouble with a rider on a white horse – the Antichrist. Chapter 19 ends the tribulation also with a figure on a white horse – the Lord Jesus Christ. The mistreatment of the Jews introduces worldwide reciprocation in the form of exponential catastrophes from God  (Gen. 12:2-3; Esther 8:6-7; Isa. 41:11-13; Obad. 1:15). Although PreWrath anti-PreTrib advocates make much about the Body of Christ escaping God’s wrath, we find them once again less than honest with the Scriptures as God’s wrath is revealed from the beginning until the end of the tribulation:

  • God’s Wrath through the Lamb opening the seals: Rev. 6:1-17; 8:1-9:21;
  • God’s Wrath through the Lamb who allows for the Devil: Rev. 12-13
  • God’s Wrath through the Lamb supervising the angels: Rev. 14-16)

The Body of Christ – is viewing this from Heaven; she is not on earth. God’s wrath is NEVER aimed at those in relationship with Him! Nahum 1:2 “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.” There isn’t a verse anywhere in Revelation (or in God’s word) clearly placing the church on earth until Chapter 19.

Enter anti-PreTrib, PreWrath advocates – which are an amalgamation of confusion and creativity gleaned from their angry mid-trib/post-trib brethren. These men – knowing Christ “hath delivered us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10) – and yet desperate to put us here during a portion of the tribulation – where we can’t be seen and we don’t belong – teach without Biblical authority that the Body of Christ is “soft” and thus we must endure the first part of Revelation which they wrongly paint as Satan’s wrath. [24] One of the problems with this theory for anyone paying attention is obvious; Satan’s wrath doesn’t begin until Revelation 12:12. Nevertheless, while ignoring the facts or being ignorant of them some have conjured up a ruse “rapture” they call PreWrath based on a reference to black sun, blood moon, and stars falling from the sky (Rev. 6:12-13). The fact is, it doesn’t matter since it refers to Jews, not the Body of Christ. If you study all references to these celestial changes as they signal the Revelation of Christ at the end of the time of Jacob’s trouble to judge the nations and inaugurate the Kingdom in Israel.

As painful as it is for PreWrath teachers to admit – from the opening verse in Chapter 6, we find it is Christ the Lamb’s wrath – not Satan’s – that is unleashed against God’s wayward elect (Israel) and the multitude of anti-Semite, Christ-rejecters on earth who are opposing her. While the Antichrist certainly can be seen in the rider on the white horse (6:2), he isn’t incarnated by Satan until about half-way through the time of Jacob’s trouble when he unleashes his own wrath (Rev. 12:12). A disingenuous chronological conundrum for PreWrath advocates to be sure.

In summary, Chapter 6 introduces the tribulation as the wrath of the Lamb, which focuses on Israel and the unsaved Gentile nations opposing her. Again, the church is not in view because she is not here.

Revelation 7 – 1st Parenthetical Passage – 144,000 Jewish Evangelists are Sealed

The focus remains Israel and earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth without redefining the words “saints” which clearly refer to Jews in Daniel and Jews and the tribulation converts in Revelation.

Here’s another instance where PostTrib postulation fails to meet the burden of proof by claiming the Body of Christ is on earth and God will safeguard her during Satan’s wrath as well as His wrath when in fact only 144,000 Jews are sealed and protected:

Revelation 7:1-8 “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  (2)  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,  (3)  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  (4)  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.  (5)  Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.  (6)  Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.  (7)  Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.  (8)  Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.”

Once again, we ask our friends on the other side of the argument to admit that the church is not here. God has sealed Jewish evangelists whom He protects during the remainder of the tribulation. They are the only recorded messengers of God [25] at this particular time, and they are absolutely tireless in their preaching and witnessing for Christ:

Multitudes (Gentiles and Jews) saved under Jewish preaching:

Revelation 7:9-14 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  (10)  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  (11)  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,  (12)  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.  (13)  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  (14)  And I 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.”

Revelation 8 – The Seventh Seal – and Four Trumpets

The focus remains Israel and earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

Woe to those who, by their rejection of the Lord Jesus, will find themselves left upon the earth to taste the sufferings of the Great Tribulation. Satanic forces will be allowed abroad without restraint, bringing fear upon all men by reason of conditions in the earth and in the heavens above. (Keith Brooks, 1919).

The mistreatment of the Jews ushering in worldwide catastrophe continues. Seven trumpets come from opening of the seventh seal Trumpets are blown by angels:

  • First Trumpet: Hail, fire, blood cast upon earth; third of trees and green grass.
  • Second Trumpet: Great mountain burning cast into the sea, third of sea becomes blood, third of sea creatures die, third of all naval fleets destroyed.
  • Third Trumpet: Star named Wormwood falls from heaven on a third part of rivers and fountains; third part of the waters became wormwood and many die as a result.
  • Fourth Trumpet: Third part of the sun smitten, third part of the moon, and a third part of the stars all darkened. Days are shortened by a third.

Three woes are now pronounced upon the earth to begin with the sounding of the final three trumpets.

Revelation 9 – Fifth – Sixth Trumpet: First – Second Woe

The focus remains Israel and earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

(1-12) Horrible conditions will prevail on earth during this exponential time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1). The fifth trumpet opens the bottomless pit which belches forth many demonic spirits, some in the form of crowned horse-like  locusts with faces like men and scorpion stinging capabilities that inflict torture lasting five months. This torture is so severe men will beg to die but will not be able. CAVEAT: This is not a place you will want to dwell. If you don’t know Christ as your Saviour, do so before the Lord returns for the church at the rapture – which from the writing of this book could happen any moment.

(13-21) The sixth trumpet sounds and the Euphrates is dried opening the way for a 200,000 man army to head to Israel for the battle of Armageddon. With every manner of pain and evil occupying the thinking of every person on earth, still these earth-dweller’s hearts are so hardened they refuse to repent.

Revelation 10 – 11 – 2nd Parenthetical Passage – The angel and the little book

The focus remains Israel and earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

According to the ever-insightful scholar Dr. Harold Willmington, this is an interlude describing three important happenings:

  1. The message of the angel of God (Rev. 10:1-11)
  2. The measuring of the temple of God (Rev. 11:1-2)
  3. The ministry of the witnesses [26] of God (Rev. 11:3-14) (Dr Harold Willmington, 1986)

The Seventh Trumpet sounds in verse 15 wherein the announcement that the Kingdoms of the world are given over to the Lord. This angers the inhabitants of earth who know judgment awaits them. The chapter closes with the temple of God appearing in heaven amidst lightening, thundering, another earthquake and hailstorms.

SECOND HALF OF THE TRIBULATION
The Wrath of God through Satan’s Wrath
(Revelation 12 – 13)

Chapter 12 – 13 – The Wrath of God Continues through Satan

This is God’s orchestrated tribulation wrath. The Body of Christ CANNOT be here (1 Thess. 1:10).
God’s wrath began with the seal judgments Christ opened. Now we find the wrath of Satan introduced; not in chapter 6 as pre-wrath advocates pretend.

Jews are targeted for fierce attacks as John reveals in Chapters 12 and 14 that Satan’s wages all out war against  Jewish converts to Christ who are also keeping the OT Law (Rev. 12:17; 14:12).

Chapter 12

The focus remains Israel and earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

We’ll discuss four personages mentioned in Chapter 12 that are very important in the history of Israel under the Old Covenant.

  1. A woman clothed with the sun (1-2)- Israel

Dr. Tim LaHaye writes:

“It should not come as a surprise that so much space is given in the book of Revelation to the nation of Israel. She dominates the pages of the Old Testament because she is God’s nation of destiny. That He is not through with her is seen in the prophetic “time of Jacob’s trouble” outlined in Chapter 13 and described in Daniel 9:24-27. The “seventieth week of Daniel” or Tribulation period is covered in Revelation 6-18. It would naturally include an extensive prediction of Israel’s part in that time that will try the whole earth.” (Revelation Unveiled, 1999, p. 196)

  1. A great red dragon (3-4)- Satan

First Peter 5:8  admonishes us to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” The book of Job tells us Satan has access to the throne of God. Rev. 12:   tells us he used it to accuse the brethren before the Lord (rev. 12:10). War breaks out in Heaven, Satan is expelled to earth and one-third of the angels come with him. Dr. Keith Brooks writes:

In the midst of the great Tribulation, Satan will be cast out of the heavenlies and will be free in the earth. This will be a happy time for those who are in heaven by the blood of the Lamb, but a time of terrible trial for Israel and eternal woe for the Gentiles who submit to the mark of the beast. The only salvation in those days will be bold confession of faith in the blood of the Lamb, which will mean martyrdom to all except those sealed for physical preservation. (Summarized Bible, 1919)

  1. A man child (5-6)- the Lord Jesus

You understand who this is by comparing what is known about the Lord Jesus after studying the verses listed above picturing His role in ruling the nations. All of His ministry was under the Old Covenant. This is evident by the way the Holy Spirit directed the prophetic timeline – which always focuses on God’s plan for Israel – bypassing the Body of Christ which we know was hidden at the time to be revealed later to Paul as a mystery. Dr. LaHaye caught this nugget in his commentary on Revelation: “The entire picture of the sun-clad woman is best understood when one keeps in mind that the Christian dispensation of almost two thousand years is entirely omitted here. This parallels the seventy weeks of Daniel, which predicts 483 years until “Messiah be cut off” (Dan. 9:26) and then, making no reference to the Gentile Church Age, goes right on to the Jewish seven-year Tribulation period., completing the seventy weeks of years. Between Revelation 12:5 and 12:6 have occurred thus far nearly two thousand years of church history.”  (Revelation Unveiled, 1999, p. 201)

  1. Michael (7-9)- the archangel

Aside from the fallen Lucifer, two other – high ranking – angels are named in Scripture: Gabriel, which means champion of God was sent to Daniel (Dan_8:16) to explain the vision of the ram and the he-goat, and to communicate the prediction of the seventy weeks (Dan_9:21-27). He announced also the birth of John the Baptist (Luk_1:11), and of the Messiah (Luk_1:26). He describes himself in the words, “I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God” (Luk_1:19). Michael, on the other hand which means who is like God, was one of the chief angels (Dan_10:13, Dan_10:21; Dan_12:1). He had special charge of Israel as a nation. He disputed with Satan (Jud_1:9) about the body of Moses. [27] He is also represented as warning against “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” (Rev_12:7-9). [Remember, deception is the platform of the Antichrist- see Dan. 11:23—Dr. Mike]

AC Gaebelein lends this to our discussion of the importance of Michael to Israel: “From the book of Revelation we learn (chapter 12) that there will be war in heaven, that is where Satan has his dominion now as the prince of the power of the air. Michael, assisted by his angels, will cast out the great dragon, the devil and his angels. They will be forced down to the earth. Then when Satan and his angels are cast out the great tribulation will be instituted Rev_12:12. Michael will stand up in another sense and take a definite part in the deliverance of Daniel’s people. It is not fully revealed what that will be.” (Annotated Bible, 1919)

This chapter closes with an all-out attack by the dragon Satan (Rev. 12:9; 20:2) against Israel pictured as the woman (12:1-2)

Rev 12:13-17

(13)  “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.”

Satan – for the first time in history has been permanently expelled from the heavenly realm where he had limited access to God (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; 1 Pet. 5:8). He fully incarnates the Antichrist, who becomes filled with wrath knowing he has but a short period of time to destroy Israel before the kingdom can begin (Rev. 12:7-12).

(14)  “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.”

Although we dare not be dogmatic, it appears airplanes may be instrumental in transporting Jews out of harm’s way just as air power may be used to protect Jerusalem: “As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it” (Isa 31:5).

(15)  “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. (16) And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.”

Antichrist pursues Israel with vengeance. This is the time when those sympathetic to her will prove they support her as well as “earning” themselves the right to enter and participate in the kingdom (Matt. 25:31-46).

(17)  “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

This not the Body of Christ; these are probably Messianic Jews who have converted to Christ and volitionally keep the commandments. We know Satan’s hatred of Israel has never concealed itself. His war is with her seed, and all those associated with her.

Chapter 13

The focus remains Israel and earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

There are several noteworthy things about the thirteenth chapter of Revelation. The bone chilling events following reveal the dragon’s agenda from the beginning as “ that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2Th 2:3-4). This is referred to as “the abomination that maketh desolate” (Dan. 9:27; 11:31; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). This wrath corresponds with the middle of Daniel’s week and the last half of the seven years (1,260 days) where an all-out war with the saints [28] finds its fruition (13:7). It also signals the beginning of “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:21) wherein Jerusalem becomes such a full “cup of trembling” (Zech. 12:2) Jesus warned Jews to flea for their lives (Matt. 24:16-20).

We also see two beasts in this chapter. The first rises out of the sea typifying the nations. The second comes out of the earth and has two horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. The first is “the prince that shall come,” the wicked leader of the revived Roman empire; the second one is the false Messiah, the antichrist, who mimics the true Christ. What will then take place is clearly stated in Rev_13:12-18. There we read of an image. “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” This, no doubt, will be the abomination, an image worshipped; as well as the second beast, “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God (not in Rome, but in Jerusalem), showing himself that he is God” (2Th_2:4). This then is the abomination which falls in the last half of the seventieth week. The result of this abomination, the revelation of Satan’s power upon the earth, will be the great tribulation. This is fully borne out by the thirteenth chapter in Revelation. Of this our Lord speaks, when he said, “for then shall there be great tribulation such as has not been from the beginning of the world, until now, nor ever shall be.” And in Daniel we likewise read of this tribulation. “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation” (12:1). The context shows that it will be at this very time of which the Lord speaks, immediately before His personal, visible and glorious Coming.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Daniel received a 490-year prophecy for Israel, “thy people” (Dan. 9:15-16, 19, 24; 10:14; etc). [29] This 70 week prophecy clock stopped about two thousand years ago at Daniel’s seventieth week (study carefully Dan. 9:24-27). It will resume when “the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25) at the conclusion of the mystery program with the disappearance of the mystery Body (1 Cor. 15:51; see also John 14:2-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10).

Revelation 13:7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” [Daniel clearly identified these saints as Israel Daniel 7:21]

Revelation 13:10 “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” [See the note above]

The Antichrist is the most antisemitic figure in the history of the world. Daniel 7:17-28 describes his incessant attacks on a group of people that were the target of Daniel’s prophecies – “thy people” – Jews. Antisemitism flourishes today in Islamic nations- see Rev 12:1-6; Rev 13:7 and around the world. [30]Jews are besmirched as “Christ killers” and as such are hated for His name – Matt 24:9. These tribulation saints hearkens back to Daniel 9:4 are identified as Jewish Law keepers who have converted to Christ: Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, [31] and the faith of Jesus.” [Jews will return to their temple worship and sacrificial system including reinstituting the 613 OT Commandments, Judgments, and Ordinances. Christians aren’t required to keep these laws]

THE END OF THE TRIBULATION
The Wrath of God through Angels and the Lamb
(Revelation 14-19)

Revelation 14 – 3rd Parenthetical Passage – Vision of the Lamb and the 144,000

This is God’s orchestrated tribulation wrath. The Body of Christ CANNOT be here (1 Thess. 1:10).

Again, the focus remains Israel and earth as I’ll continue to stress. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth without mistranslating the words saints, which in context refers to Israel.

Vision of the Lamb and the 144,000 sealed Israelites. The angel with the everlasting gospel. Fall of Babylon. The doom of the beast worshippers. Blessedness of the holy dead. Vision of Armageddon. There shall be preserved during the great Tribulation period a great company out of Israel, who will follow the Lamb and give glory to Him at whatever cost. There will be also a multitude of Gentiles redeemed by their acceptance of the everlasting Gospel, but at the cost of martyrdom. Woe to those who worship the beast and receive his mark, for they shall be tormented in hell forever. (Summarized Bible, 1919)

Revelation 15-16 – The Wrath of God Concludes through the Angels

Consider this point carefully. God’s wrath is NEVER aimed at those in relationship with Him! Nahum 1:2 “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.”

The focus remains Israel and earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

Vision of the angels of the seven last plagues and the bowls of the wrath of God. In the hours when the unexampled wrath of God is being poured out upon the earth there will be a faithful redeemed company, who in spite of all their sufferings for Christ’s sake, will be enabled to join in the great chorus exalting Jehovah their Deliverer and the Lamb, their Saviour. “King of saints” is literally “King of ages, or nations.” Jesus is never represented as King of the saints, or the Church, but as their Lord. The relationship of the Church saints in the present age is a nearer relationship than that of subjects of a King. He is the Bridegroom. These Tribulation saints, however, will be related to Him as subjects and they exalt Him as “King of Nations.”

Revelation 15:3 “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.”

Moses was one of the greatest men in the history of Israel. He has no authority over the church. This is Jewish.

The focus remains Israel and earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

Vials of God’s wrath poured out. There shall, in the great Tribulation period, be poured out such manifestations of the wrath of God against Satan and sinners as man has never conceived. The terrors of those days will surpass anything known in the earth before those days, and shall never be known thereafter. Woe to those who choose, by their rejection of Christ in the Gospel day, to be left to that time.  Even in the great Tribulation there is an advent hope held out to keep the remnant looking up. Before Christ’s first advent believers in the promises were inspired and kept by the expectation of His coming. Until the rapture of the Church, His second coming is held out as the “blessed hope.” In the great Tribulation, the one and only hope of relief will be His return in glory with the saints to cleanse the earth and to reign.

Revelation 16:6 “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” [Prophets were for Israel, these saints are probably saved Jews]

Revelation 17 – The Destruction of Mystery Babylon – the Scarlet Harlot of Rome

The focus remains on the earth. While we now see the Mystery Babylon as the Scarlet Harlot of vast false religion, there is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

This chapter pictures the doom of a ruse “church.” Since the real Body of Christ church is a mystery, this apostate organization is aptly named Mystery Babylon aka the Scarlet Harlot of Rome. She is last great ecclesiastical order that replaces the real church aka the Mystery Body after the rapture. Many believe the literal city of Babylon will be rebuilt in the end times, but the imagery here seems to indicate otherwise. Dr. Chafer agrees: “The name Babylon means ‘confusion,’ and is linked with disorder from the day of the confounding of human language as recorded in Genesis onward to the final destruction of great Babylon as recorded in Revelation. Of the theory that the ancient city will yet be rebuilt for it to be destroyed in fulfillment of prediction, little can be said in its favor. On the contrary, such a fruition directly contradicts the Scriptures (cf. Isa_13:19-22; Jer_51:61-64); however, confusion or babel continues until order is restored in the earth by Christ when He comes again.” (Systematic Theology, 1948)

It appears more likely that this is the last day’s false religious system encompassing the Laodicean church sitting atop a beast that may well be a conglomerate of the Islamic Eastern Leg of the Roman Empire. There will be in the Tribulation period a great apostate ecclesiastical system headed up under a powerful religious leader, drawing after it thousands of deluded worshippers, who in reality are worshipping the devil and the beast. This enormous world-system will be brought to a fearful end and all those connected with it will share its fate. Many Bible students believe that we have here the Roman Catholic system headed up in a fearfully apostate state. A woman is symbolical of “church” (2Co_11:12). This woman (Rev_17:5) stands in contrast to the Church of Christ, which is a “chaste virgin.” The true Church is “espoused to one husband;” this one is given up to the kings of the earth. The Church is the “mystery of godliness;” this one is “mystery Babylon.” The Church offers “the cup of Salvation;” this one offers “cup full of abominations.” Mystery Babylon is rich, and it has its seat on seven hills (Rome). Christ is seen here as the, One Who shall overcome all false systems, establishing Himself as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. (Summarized Bible, 1919, pp. -excerpted)

Revelation 17:6 “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” These saints comprise not only Jews, but converts to Christ throughout history and in the Tribulation.

Revelation 18 – The Destruction of Commercial Babylon

The focus remains on the influence of Babylon – economic and political – on earth. There is no mention of the Body of Christ anytime, anywhere on earth.

As there is to be an ecclesiastical Babylon (“confusion”) heading up in the great Tribulation period, so there is also a great commercial and political Babylon, the pride of the great men of the earth, which shall likewise come to a terrible and an everlasting end, when Christ shall return in glory. This great system, back of which is anti-Christ, will bitterly hate any who would glorify any god but materialism and the beast and will be guilty of the blood of many prophets and saints who have stood true to the ever-lasting Gospel. Revelation 18:24 “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” [See note on 16:6]

Allow me a brief observation here. During the tribulation, which was originally given to Israel, and which continued hers through progressive revelation – we find Israel on earth enduring the punishment God metes out during the tribulation along with the earth dwellers from both economic and ecclesiastical Babylon; but NEVER ONCE is the Body of Christ clearly mentioned or pictured once during this grievous time. Why?

We’re NOT HERE!

The Revelation of Christ in
the Revelation Concerns Jews

Revelation 19:1-10 – 4th Parenthetical Passage – Glorified Saints give Praise and enjoy Marriage Supper of the Lamb

By this time, the Body of Christ has been in heaven at least seven years starting with the call to “come up hither” (Rev. 4:1).

Revelation 19:1  “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God”

This is parenthetic meaning it happened at some point before this, but John was led of God to include it here as additional information. It describes the voice of much people in heaven singing and praising the Lord during the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:2  “For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.”

During the time of our rejoicing in heaven, the Lord has judged the earth and cleansed it of sin in preparation for His Revelation and reign.

Revelation 19:7-8  “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  (8)  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

Revelation 19:11-23 and the Revelation of the Lord Jesus to Israel at Armageddon

The focus is back to earth and Israel. The Body of Christ returns with the Lord to Armageddon where Satan’s armies are soundly defeated.

Revelation 19:11 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”

The day the Lord Jesus visibly ascended to Heaven and the right hand of His Father, a promise was made that He would return to earth in the same manner that He departed:

Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  (10)  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  (11)  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (See Zech. 14:4)

We see His return clearly delineated by John’s account in Revelation beginning in chapter one. Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; [32] and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

In the Believer’s Bible Commentary, William MacDonald offers an exciting insight into this glorious event:  Then the awe-struck world will see the Son of Man returning to the earth, not now as the lowly Nazarene but as the glorious Conqueror. He will come in the clouds, escorted by myriads of angelic beings and of glorified saints. It will be a scene of overwhelming power and dazzling splendor. He will dispatch His angels to gather together His elect, that is, all who have acknowledged Him as Lord and Savior during the Tribulation Period. From one end of the earth to the other—from China to Colombia—they will come to enjoy the benefits of His wonderful thousand-year reign on earth. His enemies, however, will be destroyed at the same time. (Believer’s Bible Commentary, 1995)

Revelation 14:14 “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.”

The coming of Christ with the redeemed was predicted by Paul: 1  Thessalonians 2:19  For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” And by Jude 1:14-15  “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,  (15)  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

At long last, the Revelation of Jesus will fulfill the hope of Israel summarized in a prophecy from Isaiah anticipating the King and the kingdom in the “ages to come”: Isaiah 25:8-9 “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ in its Jewish Setting.

The Kingdom in
the Revelation Concerns Jews

Revelation 20 –  Binding and Loosing Satan, Preliminary Judgment,  the Davidic Kingdom, and the Great White Throne

Revelation 20 covers an extensive amount of material spanning 1000 years. It opens with an angel descending to earth and binding Satan, followed immediately by thrones set at the first resurrection followed by the thousand year kingdom reign of Christ and His people on earth. Dr. Ironside explains this often misunderstood passage:

“Daniel prophesied of the time coming when “the saints … shall possess the kingdom” (7:18). The words of Revelation 20:4 agree with this: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast … and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” We have here, if I understand the passage correctly, the last cohort of the first resurrection. Our Lord Himself, the saints raised at the rapture of the church, and the witnessing remnant that were slain and raised up in the seventieth week of Daniel all share in the “administration of the fullness of the seasons.” This is how the late William Kelly translated the expression rendered in our Bibles “the dispensation of the fullness of times” (Ephesians 1:10). These saints appear in glory with the Lord. But we are not to understand that either He or they are to return to earth to live. Their relationship to the earth will be, I presume, very much like that of the angels in the patriarchal dispensation. They will be able to appear and disappear at will and exercise a benevolent oversight on behalf of those who live in this world. “Unto the angels hath he not put into subjection the world to come, whereof we speak” (Hebrews 2:5). That world will be subjected to the Son of man, and all who have shared with Him in His rejection will be associated with Him. These are the throne-sitters first mentioned. With them will be the rest of the tribulation saints, who will suffer death rather than deny their God in the awful days of antichrist’s ascendancy. Their rapture will be when the Lord appears for the establishment of the kingdom.” (Lectures on Revelation, 1920, pp. 336-337)

Revelation 20 concludes with the loosing of Satan on earth for a short season only to be ultimately destroyed. The Great White Throne Judgment of all the unsaved of history finishes the chapter.

This is the Jewish Kingdom in its Jewish Setting.

In closing, thus far we’ve learned that the goal of prophecy is the glorious appearance of the Messiah on earth to establish Israel’s kingdom (Dan 2:44) under a King from the lineage of David in the city of Jerusalem (Isa. 24:23; Mic. 4:7) in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant (1 Sam. 7:16; see Dan. 2:44). The Revelation of Jesus Christ is the third and final section comprising the tribulation trilogy. Although Daniel and the Olivet Discourse pointed forward to the end times, the Revelation of Jesus Christ is the culmination of all their predictions. When studied in its Jewish setting along with the entire tribulation trilogy, we believe the Revelation of Jesus Christ clearly demonstrates the Jewishness of “the time of Jacob’s trouble” leading to the Revelation of the Lord Jesus at the conclusion to inaugurate the Millennial Kingdom in Jerusalem as God promised in the Davidic Covenant. Be sure to view the Chart of Tribulation Trilogy Commonalities (see Appendix [i]) 

Final Question

Let’s be honest. Something big is brewing in the international cauldron. The Lord Jesus Christ is scheduled to return for His church at any moment. Regardless of when that occurs, one truth looms over all of us: we all will spend eternity somewhere; with Jesus and the redeemed or with the lost.

Have you made peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ?

“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:12-13).

God made His plan of salvation simple enough for anyone to understand:

First, believe that you are a Hell-bound sinner that is totally unacceptable to God in your present condition: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God . . . the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23; 6:23)

Second, believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins so you could be acceptable to God through Him:

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)

Third, believe that Jesus Christ will save you if you will simply believe in Him with your whole heart and call on His name right now: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in  thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation . . . For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9-10, 13)

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[1] While many have tried to implicate the Body of Christ in the epistles of James and Peter, study carefully who the Holy Spirit focused on: “the twelve tribes … scattered” (James 1:1, 16, 19; 2:21; etc); “the strangers scattered” (1 Pet. 1:1, 18; 2:6-9; see Ex. 19:6; etc). Keep in mind, while all Scripture is profitable for us, all Scripture is not personally to us.

[2] Once again, you will not find the Body of Christ in a single verse or scene on earth from Revelation 3:22 through Revelation 19:14.

[3] Rev. 1:5,7; 6:8,15; 7:1; 8:13; 9:3,4; 11:4; 12:12; 13:11; 14:15,18,19; 16:14; 17:2,5,18; 18:3,9,11,23; 19:19; 20:8,9; 21:24.

[4] The seventy weeks are for Israel – centered around Jerusalem where the Kingdom will be inaugurated by Israel’s Messiah. Since the Jewishness of this has been immutably instituted by God, the Body of Christ can’t be slipped in through the back door of Daniel’s Seventy weeks where she can’t be seen, is never mentioned, and doesn’t belong.

[5] 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).

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[7] Ephesus-           The Apostolic Church (A.D. 30-100). Smyrna- The Persecuted Church (by Rome) (A.D. 100 – 312). Pergamum- The Indulged Church (under Constantine) (A.D. 312-606); Thyatira- The Pagan Church of the Dark Ages (A.D. 606-1517). Sardis- The Church of the Reformation (A.D. 1517-1648). Philadelphia- The Church Christ Loved (A.D. 1648-the Rapture). Laodicea- The Church of the Apostasy (church of people’s rights ) (A.D. 1900-Present).

[8] This is the age we are currently in. How exciting the Lord chose us to be alive in these end times, just prior to His Rapture and His Revelation.

[9] Anti-PreTrib advocates want us to believe the Lord will “protect” the church during the tribulation, but that the tribulation (which is for Israel) is also meant to “perfect” the sinful church. However, neither the Greek language nor common sense agrees with this. First, the Greek word here is ek which Strong defines as: “A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out.” Look at Matt. 2:15: “Out of (ek) Egypt have I called my son.” God didn’t protect Him IN Egypt, He pulled Him OUT of it. Second, if God is to protect us in the midst of this cataclysmic period, it appears He may not have followed through since all the inhabitants of earth will suffer unspeakable catastrophes except 144,000 sealed Jews (Rev. 7), and approximately 2/3 of the world’s population will perish either through martyrdom or in natural disasters. Third inconsistency: If the tribulation is intended to perfect us, then why would the Lord event attempt to protect us from it?

[10] Most of the PreTrib agitators I’ve studied mock PreTrib advocates for citing this passage as an example of the rapture then basically offer no reasonable explanation for its existence outside of our assertion.

[11] Many believe the Scarlet Harlot pictured here with her international influence and iniquity is the Church of Rome

[12] Revelation 1:4,11,20; 2:1,7,8,11,12,17,18,23,29; 3:1,6,7,13,14,22.

[13]In a great article by Doc Marquis we blogged at https://pmicenter.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/the-pretrib-rapture-defended/  he writes this: Has God ever “punished the righteous with the unrighteous?” The answer is a very simple…no! Tear through the scriptures if you will and try to find just one righteous person who was punished along with the unrighteous. You will be wasting your time because no such event has ever occurred. And when we apply a little bit of common sense, then it wouldn’t make sense for such an event to occur. Who would want to worship a God who would unjustifiably punish a righteous person with unrighteous people who have earned such punishments?!

[14] Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z78zE3FEcY8

[15] The rapture of the Body of Christ by the Lord Jesus will certainly be a special season as it will call the ekklesia (assembly) of the Body of Christ to her heavenly inheritance.

[16] Anti-PreTrib proponents use this as a gotcha moment by linking it to the final trumpet of Revelation 11:15. You may write for our publication refuting this entitled: The Last Trumpet. The very informative ministry at http://www.gotquestions.com explains this as follows: The argument connecting them has to depend on the meaning of the word “last” in 1 Corinthians 15:52. The Greek word eschatos can mean either last in point of time or last in point of sequence. This trumpet sounds before the wrath of God descends, yet Revelation 6:17 speaks of the wrath of the Lamb as having come, and the seventh trumpet doesn’t sound until Revelation 11:15. The trumpet of 1 Thessalonians is given in a moment, whereas Revelation 10:7 indicates that the seventh trumpet will be sounded for a number of days. Even though the seventh trumpet is the last one described in Revelation, Matthew 24:31 indicates there is yet another trumpet which will sound “after the tribulation of those days,” when Christ returns to the earth, which parallels with Revelation 19.

[17] I’m not suggesting there are no conversions to Christ during this time; but simply that the dispensation of the mystery Body of Christ has ended with the evacuation of the church from earth.

[18] The 24 elders may be representative of the 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 apostles of the Lamb that were foundational in the New Jerusalem church (Revelation 21:12-14).

[19] The Greek word translated crowns is stefanos. The Bible reveals at least 5 of these which will be awarded at the judgment seat of Christ. (1) Incorruptible crown (1 Cor. 9:25); (2) Crown of rejoicing (1 Thess 2:19); (3) Crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8); (4) Crown of life (James 1:12); (5) Crown of glory 1 Pet 5:4).

[20] Notice they are sitting on thrones. Souls don’t sit, bodies do.

[21] Again, we see these men are not mere souls. They have bodies with heads in which to wear the crowns.

[22] I included the New Covenant here even though Israel hasn’t officially received and ratified it.

[23] http://www.prophecyforum.com/matthew_24_revelation_6-19.html

[24] PMI has a treasure trove of information refuting this carefully crafted ruse.

[25] If the church was on earth, there would be no need of anointing 12,000 Jews from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. The church is gone Israel is now the focus during the tribulation.

[26] Bible scholars disagree regarding the identity of these witnesses. Some believe they are Enoch and Elijah, others believe they are Moses and Elijah. Time will tell.

[27] Perhaps Satan would have used Moses’s body in some idolatrous manner.

[28] Saint(s) is the second of two “proof text” words misused most often in anti-PreTrib tirades. According to the King James Dictionary, the word saint(s) simply means “men and women of God.” The First Mention connects saints with Israel (Deut. 33:2-3) as it often does throughout the Bible. The same hold true in what’s called the NT (Matt. 27:52-53). Since the word designates either Israel or the Body of Christ, understanding its use requires a thorough grasp of its context within its setting. For example, Daniel – a prophet of Israel writing to Jews – uses saint(s) nine times in six verses – always to describe Israel. Since Daniel is the Rosetta Stone for interpreting tribulation prophecy, the 11 appearances of the word “saints” in Revelation chapters six through nineteen (the tribulation chapters) – if we are to maintain consistency in our hermeneutics – likewise refers to Israel or those saved during the time of Jacob’s trouble.

[29] Daniel refers to Jews as “saints” 6 times in Daniel 7 in relation to the coming tribulation. Revelation is the companion Book; the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. Therefore, when Revelation refers to saints, it likewise refers to Jews and their converts; NOT the Body of Christ which didn’t exist in Daniel’s mind.

[30] The most anti-Semitic countries in the world, culled from surveying 53,100 people from 100 countries worldwide: West Bank/Gaza; Iraq; Yemen; Algeria; Libya; Tunisia; Kuwait; Bahrain; Jordan; Morocco; Qatar; UAE. Notice any common thread? [HINT: They share a “prophet” named Mohammad]

[31] The 10 Commandments were part of the OT Law which included 613 ordinances, commandments, and judgments governing social, political, and religious conduct. The Body of Christ has never been under the Law and never will be.

[32] Scripture often mentions the Lord returning with clouds (Dan. 7:13; Matt. 24:27-31; 26:64; Mark 13:24-27; 14:62; Luke 21:27-28; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 14:14).

Appendix [i]
Chart of Tribulation Trilogy Commonalities

 

Subject Daniel Olivet Discourse Revelation of

Jesus Christ

Time of Jacob’s trouble Dan 12:1

a time of trouble Dan.

Matt 24:21, 29

great tribulation, tribulation

Rev 3:10; 7:14
the hour of temptation; great tribulation
Concerns Jews

(elect-saints)

Thy people
Dan. 7:19-26; 9:1-27
My brethren
Matt 24:16-20
Her seed
Rev 7:4; 12:6,17
Centers around

Jerusalem, Israel

Dan. 7:14; 9:1-27 Matt 24 Rev 11:8; 12:1-2; 14:1; 14-20; 16:16
Language relevant to Jews alone Holy covenant, sanctuary, kingdom, thy servants the prophets, Moses the servant of God, Messiah, sacrifice, oblation False prophets, kingdom, abomination of desolation, Daniel the prophet, holy place, Sabbath, Judea, elect, Son of man, sign of son and moon, Noe Temple, ark, Michael, wilderness, remnant, seed, commandments, Christ, Sion, Moses, prophets
Abomination of

desolation

Dan 8:13; 9:27; 11:31; 12:11 Matt 24:15 Rev 13:6
Antichrist Dan 7-8:23-27; 9:26-27; 11 Matt 24:4; 24:15; 24:24-26 Rev 13:1-10
Elect [i] Referred to as “saints” Matt 24:22,24,31 Referred to as “saints”
Saint(s) [i] Dan 7:18,21,22,25,27; 8:13; (Referred to as “elect”) Matt 24:22,24,31 Rev 5:8; 8:3,4; Rev 11:18; 13:7; 13:10; 14:12; 15:3; 16:6; 17:6; 18:24; 19:8; 20:9
Follows with Judgment for entering

the Kingdom

Dan. 7:9-10 Matt 25:31-46 Rev 16:16; Rev19:19-Rev 20:4
Judgment Dan 7:9-13; 12:2 Matt 25:31-46 Rev 20:11-15
Kingdom in focus Dan. 8:23-26 Matt 24:7, 14; 25:1, 14, 34 Rev 12:10; 20:1-4
Temple Dan 5:2,3; 8:13 Matt 24:1,2; 24:15 Rev 3:12; 7:15; 11:1; 11:2; 11:19; 14:15; 14:17; 15:5; 15:6; 15:8; 16:1; 16:17;  21:22
Resurrection Dan 12:2 Rev 20:6, 12-13
Culminates in the
Revelation of the
Messiah
Dan 2:44; 4:3,34;
6:26; 7:10-27 [i]; 12:1
implied
Matt 24:29-31; 25:31-40 Rev 14:14-20; Rev:19:11-16

Contents for the Tribulation Trilogy

Dr. Mike Johnston

1 THE PREMISE OF  THE TRIBULATION TRILOGY. 6

2 THE SETTING FOR THE TRIBULATION.. 10

3 THE SUBJECT IN THE TRIBULATION.. 30

4 THE SUBSTANCE OF THE TRIBULATION.. 44

5 DANIEL CODIFIED THE TRIBULATION.. 54

6 THE OLIVET DISCOURSE CLARIFIED THE TRIBULATION.. 70

7 REVELATION CONCLUDES THE TRIBULATION.. 87

BIBLIOGRAPHY. 119

INDEX.. 120

APPENDICES. 121

For those who would like to obtain a hard copy of THE TRIBULATION TRILOGY: http://pmiministries.com/Tribulation_Trilogy_excerpts.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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