March 8, 2020
The Tribulation Period will occur right after the Church is Translated up to Heaven as recorded in 1 Thess. 4. and will last for seven years.
When Christ pull asunder the First seal from off the Scroll, the Judgments of the Tribulation Period begins. Daniel 9: 27 described the final Seven Year Period of History which will start when "The Prince that shall come" (The Anti-Christ makes a "Covenant" (some sort of peace and protection treaty" with many (Israel and others) for one week (7 years---the Hebrew reads literally "For One Seven".
Note that something startling happens in the middle of the seven years and in the midst of the week, he (the Anti-Christ) shall cause the sacrifice to cease. Thus the period of composed of two halves of 3-1/2 years each with decisive action in the middle. The time indications in the Book of Revelation (11:2-3; 12: 6-14; 13:5) will speak of one or the other of the 3-1/2 halves as Daniel 7:25 talks about.
The event of the middle of this period is the Anti-Christ entering the rebuilt temple in Palestine and claiming to be the true leader-God of the planet. This called by Christ as "The Abomination of Desolation" Matthew 24:15 and the Apostle Paul describes in 2 Thess. 2: 3-4.
After the Abomination of Desolation is committed in the middle of the 7 years, the anti-Christ begins full fury with a campaign of Satan's inspired persecution which is designed to destroy both the remnant of Israel and all of the Gentiles who reveal themselves to following Christ. The persecution of this period is so intense that in Matthew 24:21, Christ labels it as a time of "Great Tribulation". He also declares that "there should no flesh be saved. (The Anti-Christ will destroy all who turn to Christ, except those days be shortened which they are by Christ's sudden coming at Armageddon. Three and 1/2 years after the Abomination has been committed. (Matt. 24: 29-31, 25:31 & Rev. 19:11.)
These things have not yet occurred. The Abomination of Desolation d3escribed in Daniel 9:27 and written by daniel in the 6th Century B.C. was still future when Christ warned of it in Matthew 24:15.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor