This is on the subjects of eschatology dealing with the end times and it’s quite a broad subject.
And of course I’m aware that there are those who say that the rapture will take place before the tribulation.
By the way when we say tribulation we’re dealing with the Great Tribulation because there are different phases of tribulations throughout the Church age.
What we have to understand is that the period between the rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ has to be Daniels week that is between the 69th week and the 70th week.
Now it is important that we understand that the church age has to come to a close before the return of God’s calendar to the Israelite nation because he doesn’t deal with both at the same time.
He deals with the church and then He returns to dealing with Israel.
So evidently what happens is the rapture of the church takes place before the Great Tribulation but really the Great Tribulation doesn’t begin until the second half of the seven year period which the Bible refers to.
The rapture, evidently, would take place at the beginning of the seven year period because that’s the time that the Antichrist is revealed. And at that period, God’s timetable shifts over to dealing with the nation of Israel. So the church would have been taken away.
Well, when we say the Church, it’s important to understand that there are others that will join the Church. Now throughout that period of the seven years there are other raptures that will take place. For example, the rapture of the two witnesses will take place then later on you got the 144,000 that are all Jews and the Bible talks about them.
See, these are different ones but for the Church as it is today the rapture will take place at the beginning of the seven year period. It’s got to be so because when you study in the book of Daniel. Read Daniel chapter 9, you will get some of these facts in understanding that God deals with time even though He lives in eternity He deals with human beings who are within the framework of time and so He gives us such information. But if you read the book of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Daniel of course and then the book of Revelation all of this information is there.
In reality when you study them you wouldn’t find contradictions and you will not be in any doubt as to what will take place.
The other question here is
Will the mark of the beast be implanted on believers?
No. Those who believe in Jesus Christ knowing the purpose of the mark will reject it. They will say no.
And remember the Church by this time has already gone – I mean the Church as it is today. Because I did say there are others who will believe in Jesus Christ during the tribulation period, okay? So because they believe at the ending part of that, they’re going to be part of the Church because they believe in Jesus Christ. But they will go through the tribulation. They will not receive the mark. And because they will not receive the mark they will be persecuted.
The law in that time will be that no one will buy or sell except he has that mark. How are you going make it? You see, the laws of different countries will be imposed on you. You’ve got to accept. If you don’t accept then you cannot buy, you cannot sell. You will be prosecuted, persecuted and prosecuted.
So that’s a real problem. But in spite of that the Bible does tell us that a great multitude went through the Great Tribulation.
Those of us who don’t want to wait for the tribulation we’re working hard right now in preaching the Gospel to the nations of the earth so that we can win a whole lot of people to Christ. Hallelujah.
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by Rev. Dr. Chris. Oyakhilome PhD.