GENERAL REFERENCES AND NOTES ON THE TRIBULATION

(Dan 9:27) [scripture]; 9:27 [commentary] "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering- and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate." (2 Thes 1-4) "Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him, that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God."

First 3-1/2 years
Revelation chapters 6-11 describe the Seals, Trumpets, and Witnesses (details to follow on each). Dan. 9:27 describes the seven final years as starting when the Antichrist makes a covenant (some sort of peace and protection treaty) with many (Israel and others) for one week (Hebrew "for one seven" which we believe means 7 years). The Antichrist persuades most of the world he can give everybody everything they need and want. There will be peace.

Second 3-1/2 years
Revelation chapters 12-19 describe the Persecution, Antichrist, Bowls, Babylon, and Armegeddon (details to follow on each). Something startling occurs in the middle of the "week". This something divides the seven years into two distinct parts. The Abomination of Desolation takes place. This is something detestable to God and usually has to do with idolatry. There are 43 descriptions in the Bible for an "abomination". There are four specific "Abomination of Desolation" references.

The AOD in Revelation has a special meaning as the prophesies in Daniel, Matthew, and Mark discuss. The most accepted definition of the AOD in Revelation is the abominable action taken by the Antichrist (see the underlined in the 2 Thes reference above). The Antichrist will declare himself GOD and He enters the Holiest of Holies place, the Temple. This is the signal for the believers to flee from Jerusalem. After this, the Antichrist begins with fury a campaign of satanically inspired persecution which is designed to destroy both the remnant of Israel and all the gentiles who reveal themselves to be followers of Christ. Matthew (24,21) calls this period the "Great Tribulation". He says is the period were long enough, ALL believers would be killed. However, God shortens the time to 3-1/2 years then Christ comes. This saves some of the believers.

There is a question whether the AOD took place in 70 AD when the temple was destroyed. Remember, Titus, General in Command later to become emperor, was superstitious of the Temple. He never would enter it. This is fully documented in the history of the Titus war in Josephus's Wars of the Jews history volume. Besides, Christ promised to appear personally after the Trib (Mat 24:29) but did not at this time.

Thus, it is said by some, this is the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation. The seven year judgment period is about to start with the opening of the seals.

(1 Thes 4:13-18) "But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep In Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."

Why horses for the first four seals?
The horse has always been the symbol of power and speed. The horsemen show guidance and direction to the horses. Thus, the four judgements will, during this period, come rapidly upon the earth with thought and guidance from the Antichrist.

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