Tuesday, September 24, 2013

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS--Re: Tribulation's Length, Rev. 12, the Scroll

QUESTION:  Where does it say in the scriptures that the Tribulation is SEVEN YEARS long?

The Tribulation is SEVEN YEARS as set up in Daniel 9:24-27 as a series of weeks. The definition is NOT explicitly stated there, but digging into the meaning of the Hebrew, it IS "shabua"--a week of seven.

Seven what?


It is a reference to the SABBATHS that Israel took in their land. Every SEVENTH year was to be set aside with no planting or tilling, so the land could have its rest. Then AFTER a series of SEVEN SEVENS (49, and then the 50th), Israel was supposed to celebrate the Jubilee, not planting or tilling in the 50th year, either.

Israel did NOT keep the Sabbaths for the land, and as a result, they spent SEVENTY years (a total of 490 years "worth" of NOT KEPT Sabbaths) in captivity in Babylon (where Daniel lived when he received the prophecy of the 70 weeks of years)  In that prophecy, Daniel was shown by God that yet another 490 years was determined upon Israel in God's plans.

Daniel KNEW the 70 year captivity (as prophesied by Jeremiah) was ending. Daniel 9:2. When he sought the face of God in prayer, he received the prophecy of the 70 weeks. 69 of those weeks (483 years--accurate to the very day) were fulfilled, and ended on the very day that Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (the only time He allowed the people to call Him King).  Jesus knew THIS DAY (see Luke 19:42). People in Israel proclaimed Jesus King, and the 69 weeks ENDED.


THAT LEAVES ONE MORE WEEK OF SEVEN YEARS TO BE FULFILLED IN GOD'S PLAN FOR ISRAEL. That WEEK begins with the covenant confirmed IN ISRAEL by the Antichrist, and that LAST week ENDS when Israel recognizes the ONE Whom they pierced (Zechariah 12:10-14)...and Jesus will return to RESCUE the believing remnant, and then establish the Millennial Kingdom upon the earth.

QUESTION:   Who is the woman of Revelation 12?  (Some people wrongly insist that she is the Church)

Woman of Revelation 12 is NOT the Church, she IS ISRAEL!
The CHURCH is a separate BODY in the eyes of God...the BODY OF CHRIST.  Israel and the Church are two different bodies in the plans of God.

Israel will be restored and redeemed AFTER the fulness of the Gentiles come into the Church. Romans 11:25 and Acts 15:14-16.

So therefore, the "woman" in Revelation 12 is NOT the Church, the called-out assembly, the ekklessia.

The "woman" of Revelation 12 IS "Israel" in the middle of "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7) The sun, moon and stars is a reference back to the dream that Joseph had (in Genesis 37:9-11) concerning the family of Jacob/Israel. Thus God's word interprets itself!

Plus "the time of Jacob's trouble" lasts SEVEN YEARS (as shown above in answer to the first question). These SEVEN YEARS are defined in Daniel 9:27 as "the 70th week".

Isaiah 28:15-18 also refers to THE SAME TIME PERIOD. It BEGINS when Israel makes a "covenant of death" and an "agreement with hell" with the Antichrist which STARTS the 70th week (seven years). Because of this "death covenant" (as God sees it), Israel will be in the midst of the "overflowing scourge" and be "trodden down" by it.

That the Jews would reject Jesus and choose another was predicted in John 1:11--"He (Jesus) came unto His own (Israel) and His own received Him not." This prophecy was repeated by Jesus Himself in John 5:43--"I am come in My Father's name, and you (Israel) receive Me NOT: if another shall come (Antichrist) in his own name, him you WILL receive."

Thus Israel will fulfill the "covenant of death" and the "agreement with hell" as prophesied by Isaiah, which sets Daniel 9:27 into motion, starting the SEVEN YEAR Tribulation Period. It all ties together.  AND the scripture INTERPRETS itself!

QUESTION:  Doesn't the WRATH of God START at the opening of the SIXTH SEAL in Revelation 6?  (That's where the people SAY, "Hide us from the Wrath of the Lamb.")

ANSWER:  ALL the seals in Revelation 6 are "the Wrath of the Lamb."  To see that, we search the scriptures and find out HOW God DEFINES the scroll.  Two parallel passages are given in the Old Testament, and these prophecies DOVETAIL with THE SCROLL which is viewed in Revelation 6. 

The scroll is primarily the the TITLE DEAD to the earth.  In that deed are written THE DETAILS (the judgments) through which the TITLE HOLDER, Jesus, will function (as He takes possession of the earth--which is RIGHTFULLY HIS).  Through these details, the enemies (who USURP Jesus' claim to the planet) are judged and driven out of the land by Jesus.
We see FIRST of all, that the whole SEVEN YEARS IS THE WRATH of God.  As SIXTH SEAL is opened in Revelation 6:12-17, that's WHEN the world's leaders "acknowledge" that it is INDEED THE WRATH OF THE LAMB.  (That's WHEN their eyes are opened to the truth, so to speak.) It IS INDEED the WRATH OF THE LAMB, because Jesus HIMSELF is at the THRONE OF GOD in heaven.  Jesus (at the Throne of God) strips the SEALS from the scroll which sends out THESE horrific JUDGMENTS:  thus the SEALS are THE WRATH OF THE LAMB.  Plus, out of the SEVENTH seal, the Trumpet judgments emerge.  In addition, out of the SEVENTH trumpet, the pouring out of the Bowls emerge.  ALL the judgments (seals, trumpets AND bowls) are contained WITHIN that scroll. 

Looking back, we see in the first 4 seals, that 1/4 of the world's population dies (1.75 BILLION).  If that is not WRATH and JUDGMENT, then WHAT is it?

Furthermore, in Ezekiel and Zechariah WE SEE PARALLEL SCROLLS OF JUDGMENTS.

In Ezkiel 2:10, God defines the SCROLL (the FLYING ROLL of judgment) as written therein (front side and back side) with LAMENTATIONS, MOURNINGS AND WOE.  Zechariah 5:1-4 describes a FLYING ROLL (scroll) of judgment being sent out: it is the same size as the Holy of Holies (The Holy of Holies IS God's Throne, AND on earth that THRONE is "represented" by the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple). Zechariah's prophesied SCROLL is defined as "the CURSE that goes FORTH over THE WHOLE EARTH." Zechariah 5:3. The SCROLL of Revelation 6 (with its seals) is ALSO written on the front and back, and when Jesus opens it, a CURSE goes forth over the whole earth, starting with the rider on the white horse, the ANTICHRIST. The Antichrist, Himself, is WRATH from God sent by Jesus from God's Throne. THE ANTICHRIST IS PART OF THE WRATH OF GOD UPON THE WORLD.
I have just one more thought before I close this post:  Something may be quoted ACCURATELY from the scripture. But if it is MISAPPLIED, then even the 100% true word of God is MADE TO BE wrong! Remember that when considering the extensive field of Bible prophecy!

1 comment:

  1. The covenant that is made is 7 years, but it is broken in the middle and then Satan is cast out of heaven and takes over the body of the "resurrected" anti-christ, and then the true time of tribulation begins. Both Daniel and Revelation speak of a period of 3 1/2 years. Daniel 9:24-27 speaks of in the midst of the week, So yes there is a last 'week' yet to be fulfilled, but clearly only the last 1/2 of that week is spoken of as the tribulation the great one.