End Times Series Part 7
Do or Die.
The first half of the Tribulation is a final alert to the world’s people of spiritual repentance through Jesus Christ and belief in His redemptive forgiveness. The second half of the Tribulation’s seven years will be focused on the redemption of Israel and their final recognition and declaration of Jesus as their Messiah. This is God’s last offer to all inhabitants of the world, particularly any Jews still alive, to accept Jesus as the Messiah.
Mid-Tribulation arrives and things really start to heat up. The first 3½ Tribulation years are almost too surreal to imagine, much less live through. Much of the world and many of its people will have perished by the time the seven-year Tribulation midpoint is reached. The world’s leadership will have been upended and no one will be trusted.
There will be a month long ‘interlude’ between the Tribulation’s two 3½ year time periods. During this 33½ days several notable events will transpire, and this will literally be the last chance for unbelievers to decide whether they will come to know and believe in Jesus Christ as their savior.
God’s seventh (7th) Trumpet blast from heaven will be heard at the Mid-Tribulation point. Mid-Trib Rapture believers think the Rapture is in conjunction with this 7th trumpet blast. Scripture tells us that God’s focus, in the second half of the seven-year Tribulation, is turned toward Israel and their final opportunity to believe in and accept Jesus as their Messiah.
Whether the Rapture is a ‘Pre-Trib or Mid-Trib’ event, the death and devastation wrought in its immediate wake will be truly terrifying and chaotic. At the Rapture’s occurrence, no matter when it happens, thousands upon thousands of believers in Christ will be taken out of this world, instantly turning the world into a vacuum of destruction.
I implore you and your family members and loved ones to take seriously the fallout produced in the wake of the coming Rapture event by knowing and believing in Jesus as the Christ prior to the Rapture irrespective of its timing/occurrence. Those still alive after this Mid-Trib 7th Trumpet blast will face death and destruction the world has never seen! (Mt 24)
At the 7th Trumpet blast (Mid-Trib Rapture occurs, and) the world’s new leader is imbued with the spirit of Satan himself, becoming the “Antichrist” who takes control of all world governance, armies and people. During a 33½ day period (between the two halves of the Tribulation’s seven years) a wounded but resurrected Antichrist leads his army to invade and conquer Israel.
He kills the two witnesses (Moses and Elijah) in Jerusalem and allows their bodies to lie in the street for 3½ days as the world rejoices their deaths. (Believing these ‘two witnesses’ were the ones responsible for the first 3½ years of turmoil and plagues called down from heaven there are joyous celebrations throughout the world.)
In the days after the deaths of the two witnesses, the Antichrist rescinds the treaty drawn up between Israel and the nations, abolishes Jewish Temple rituals and sacrifices, enters and takes over the Temple, declaring himself to be ‘god.’ It’s at this point he wages war against everyone who will not pledge allegiance to him and recognize him as ‘god’ by ordering the ‘Mark of the Beast’ identity be taken and administered as proof of dedication and devotion to him. It is through this ‘mark of the beast’ he will control the world’s economy.
With these acts the Antichrist’s reign over the world begins his extermination of all who refuse his authoritarian rule and position. For the next 3½ years the Antichrist rules with an iron fist over all the world. This period is known as the ‘Great Tribulation’, or ‘Day of the Lord’, or ‘Wrath of God’ because the judgments of God, together with the actions of the Antichrist will be so horrible and horrendous.
Whereas the ‘plagues’ of death in the first half of the Tribulation years were announced by ‘Trumpets’ from heaven, the ‘plagues’ of this second 3½ years are known as the ‘Bowls’ (or ‘Vials’) judgments. Their intensity and severity will be truly unbelievable.
At the end of this seven-year time period the Post Tribulation period begins. This time is marked by the Battle of Armageddon (the war between the armies of the Antichrist and Jesus), the final eviction of evil from the world, the casting of the Antichrist and false prophet into the ‘Lake of Fire’ and the ‘binding’ and imprisonment of Satan in the abyss. Those believing in a ‘Post Trib’ Rapture think it takes place here, in conjunction with the Second Coming of Jesus.
With the defeat of the Antichrist’s army at Armageddon, and the events described in the previous paragraph, the world is ready for Jesus’ Second Coming return and the establishment of His millennial kingdom reign; His new heaven and earth.
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