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The Tribulation

The Tribulation is the coming 7-year period of time that precedes the 2nd coming of Jesus and His 1,000 year reign from Jerusalem. Its fullest description of events and its _____________________________ ruler is in Revelation chapters 6-18.

Its 3 purposes appear to be: the judgment of the Satanic world system; the salvation of huge numbers of Jews to Jesus; the last chance for others to be saved.

Revelation 3:10 seems to promise the church will be ‘______________________’ to Heaven before it begins.    

Daniel 9 let us know many helpful things about the Tribulation:

Other key passages related to the Antichrist and 42 months in Daniel:

And this will be the plague with which the Lord shall strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall dissolve why they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve out of their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.             -Zechariah 14:12

And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came upon Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.    -Zechariah 14:16

Adding in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21)…

Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.       -Matthew 24:15-16

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, those days will be shortened.                -Matthew 24:21-22

For as lightening comes from the east, and flashes to the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.              -Matthew 24:27-28


First and Second Thessalonians:

And to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.          -1st Thess. 1:10

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.            1st Thess. 5:9


Revelation 6-19 goes into much greater detail:

Chronology of Seals – Trumpets – Bowls…


Other items from Revelation to place somewhere in the 7 years…

The Remarkable Prophecy of Daniel Chapter 9:24-27

Allow me to walk you these verses. My notes are in italics after the actual text of Daniel.

Seventy weeks (Literally, 70 ‘sevens’) are determined for your people (Jews) and your city (Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity (Christ’s atoning death for sinners as Isaiah 53 describes), to bring in everlasting righteousness (Christ’s coming reign from Jerusalem as Zechariah 14 describes), to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy (glory of the Lord back in the Temple as Ezekiel 44 describes). 

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem (Artaxerxes, 445 BC), until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks (literally 7 sevens, 49 years), and sixty-two weeks (literally 62 sevens, 434 years);

The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times (the book of Nehemiah describes the rebuilding of Jerusalem amidst opposition within those first 7 sevens of 49 years).   

And after the sixty-two weeks (which is after the seven “weeks” so 7 + 62 = 69 “weeks.” 69 sevens of years is 483 years. So 483 LUNAR years after the decree of 445 BC) Messiah will be cut off, but not for Himself (Jesus’ death was in 30 AD, 483 LUNAR years after Artaxerxes decree. The rejection of the Messiah by Israel caused God’s ‘stopwatch’ to stop after the 483 years, before the last 7 years begin, creating a parenthesis in time we call the church age).

And the people (Roman Empire) of the prince who is to come (the End Times Antichrist) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and to the end of the war desolations are determined (In AD 70 the city and Temple were destroyed by the Romans, which Jesus predicts in Luke 21:20-24).

Then he (the End Times Antichrist) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (referred to by scholars as the 70th “week” of Daniel, the coming 7-year tribulation period described in Revelation 6-19. The implementation of this peace deal will re-start God’s prophetic stopwatch).

But in the middle of the week (3.5 years into the Tribulation), he (the End Times Antichrist) shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate (Jesus calls this the Abomination of Desolation).

Even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate (The coming of Jesus as the Son of Man and His defeat of Antichrist, described in Daniel 7, Zechariah 14, Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, and Revelation 19).