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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: The Tribulation (Part 2) from Dr. Tim LaHaye: a detailed chronology of the rapture.
As we will see, the events the Bible describes for this seven-year period have never occured up to this time in all of world history. Thus the Tribulation period, which occupies so much space in Scripture, must be located somewhere in the future. And because of its prominence in the Bible, locating it has generated no small amount of controversy. As a general rule of thumb, the more literally a person takes the prophetic portions of Scripture, the more prone he is to believe that the Tribulation is a literal time of future trauma when the Antichrist (a real person) will rule the world. You will find a study of life on this earth during that period both interesting and traumatic. The main point of controversy about the Tribulation is whether the church will go through the period of distress or will be raptured before it begins.
Based on Daniel’s prophetic vision in chapter 9 and verses 24-27 of the book that bears his name, the Tribulation is generally considered to be seven years in length. In this vision, the prophet was told that “seventy weeks” (or 70 “heptads,” meaning 70 times seven units of years for a total of 490 years) were “determined for your people [the Jews] and for your holy city.” He then listed 3 periods of times, beginning with “seven weeks” (or 49 years) “from the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem” (which is described in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah as the time when the walls and the temple were rebuilt).
The second period was “62 weeks” (or 434 years) until “Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself.” (This is an obvious reference to the period of time between the rededication of the temple and the crucifixion of Jesus the Messiah.) That leaves one “heptad” (or one 7-year period) of tribulation for the Jews that has not yet been fulfilled. This is usually called “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” which is described in Jeremiah 30:3-11. It is also described by our Lord in the Olivet Discourse and in the book of Revelation, where it is called “the tribulation.”
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