The Tribulation Time Line

There  are a lot of arguments about what order things will happen during the Tribulation period just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the Earth.  The biggest question usually is related to the timing of the Rapture of the Church.

Isaiah 26:19-21, 27:1 give us the timeline for the Tribulation events.  It is a general overview, but potent in its Biblical evidence.  The Rapture will happen, the Tribulation will commence, and then the Second Coming occurs.  See below.

The Rapture

Isaiah 26:19  But your dead will live, Lord;
    their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
    wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
    the earth will give birth to her dead.
20  Go, my people, enter your rooms
    and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
    until his wrath has passed by.

As you read through this text, you see that the resurrection of the people of God occurs prior to God’s wrath being poured out.  Those who are dead rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:16), then those who are alive are changed and are caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17, John 11:25-26).

Notice what the Lord tells them in v20.  He tells them to enter their rooms and shut the doors behind them for there are many rooms in the Lord’s house, and the the Lord comes to take them to be where He resides (John 14:2-3, Matthew 25:10).  Hide yourselves for a little while.  For the people of God are not appointed to suffer His wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9).  He keeps them from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world (Revelation 3:1).  And that is the point that is made here in Isaiah.  God hides His people until His wrath has passed by.

I believe the door is important because John sees a door open in Heaven in Revelation 4:1 as well as being a key image in Matthew 25:1-13.  The door is opened and then it is closed until the Second Coming of Christ to the Earth.  The closed chamber of the groom and bride is key in the Jewish wedding tradition, and Jesus fulfills the role of the groom perfectly.  The groom and bridge are shut away and hidden for seven days.  Then the wedding feast is celebrated, which occurs just before Christ’s Second Coming in Revelation 19.

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God vs Atheism: Which is More Rational?

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Does God Exist? 4 New Arguments

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Signs of Change (July 2014)

As labor pains increase in intensity and frequency… so will the destruction.

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Wrong Again (Scientists)

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“Nearly a decade ago, researchers discovered the remains of what was thought to be a new human species and dubbed the ‘Hobbit’ human for its short stature and small skull.

While the 2004 discovery on the Indonesian island Flores was hailed as ‘the most important find in human evolution for 100 years’ at the time, more recent analysis debunks that Homo florensiensis was a distinct human species. A team of international researchers now think the 15,000-year-old bones represent someone who had Down syndrome.”

News story here.
Penn State article here.

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God Defends Israel

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It is God’s plan to bring the people of Israel back to her land, and He has done so.  He will be the one that defends her culminating with the appearance of Jesus Christ at His second coming.  We see that in multiple texts.  See Ezekiel 36 Zechariah 12 and Zechariah 14 as just a few examples.

Any nation that comes against Israel will find they are fighting God, and the nations of the Earth will be judged for their wickedness toward the Israeli people.

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Hamas: Human Shields (Proof)

Hamas has been caught red handed firing weapons from crowded civilian areas and using human shields.  I am really pleased with this Indian news crew for telling and showing the truth.

News story here.

Also, the Israelis have found a Hamas urban warfare manuel that includes information on using human shields.  News story here.

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