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The Lord Jesus did Not believe
in an Escapist Rapture followed
by a 7-year Tribulation!
If the Gospels
are read attentively, without trying to fit them into any preconceived framework of interpretation, it will be noted that, to the Lord Jesus Christ as He expressed Himself in His Gospel teachings –
His return is the great moment of accountability, which, for those approved, is their promotion to rule with Him,
 
and not a rescue–mission–return to save His people from the Antichrist as some portray it today.
Prior to John Darby
this escapist rapture idea
is completely unknown
in all Church History.
 
Nowhere does Jesus give any form of teaching that even implies that His return is a 'rescue mission',
unless His words are twisted out of context to make them fit the popular escapist rapture teaching
which was invented by John Darby in about 1830.
Jesus
Daniel had prayed for
his nation's full restoration
on the basis of the
70-years Exile prophesied
by Jeremiah (29:10),
but God's answer through
the angel Gabriel, was that,
for what Daniel had asked,
it would take
7 times those 70-years
(490-years).
did express shocked concern that, in His time, His Jewish audience could seem to anticipate changes in weather patterns and yet not recognise the time period prophesied in Daniel Nine in which they were then living –
"You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky,
but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
"
for the last seven years of God's 7x70-years/490-years prophecy to Daniel (Chapter Nine),
concerning the full spiritual restoration of his nation (for which he had prayed),
had begun with the beginning of the ministry of Jesus at His public baptism by John
when the Holy Spirit anointed Him as Israel's Messiah.
This is why the Lord Jesus had then begun His public ministry by declaring –
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom/reign of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the gospel/good news.
"
Luke 12:56.
Jesus began His ministry
in the four hundred and eighty third year of this 490-year prophecy, and His death was at the centre of those final seven years.
See: The
Hidden Time of God

Mark 1:15
which Mark calls the
Gospel of God!
A particular point
of confusion, which has seriously hindered modern understanding is the inaccurate translation of verse 27 in Daniel Nine –
"And He shall 'make' [should read confirm] a strong covenant with many for one week, and
for half of the week
[should read in the midst of the week] He shall put an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate,
until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.
"
Daniel 9:27
The word
commonly wrongly translated as "make", is the old Hebrew word gâbar which means confirm, and cannot mean 'make'/create or begin, in any sense whatsoever! In other words, it is confirmation of an existing covenant, which was the ministry of Jesus to Israel in confirming God's word to them, and not some new contract foisted on Israel by a future Antichrist or false messiah.
See: The
Bible in English
history of translation
  Accurately translated, this can only apply to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
There has
also been an inadequate understanding of the New Testament teaching that Christ's death ended forever God's Sinai covenant with Israel (Hebrews 8:13) and that the blood of animals in temple sacrifice no longer has any significance to God for it was only anticipatory of the sacrifice of Jesus. Therefore it is Christ's own death which "put an end to sacrifice and offering".
More
accurately translated the passage reads
"in the midst of the week [the final 7-years of the 490] He causes sacrifice and offering to cease".
In other words this public ministry of the Lord Jesus, confirming God's Word to Israel, would only lasted 3½-years, being the first half of this terminal week of seven years in Daniel Nine.
 
Because at that time representative Israel in Palestine failed to repent under the preaching of the twelve apostles to Israel, after the Holy Spirit was given to all in Christ on the day of Pentecost, the previously hidden time of God began,
within which we live today, until the Body of Christ has completed its work, as Jesus foretold (Matthew 24:14).
See: The
Hidden Time of God
So,
what about the second half, the completing half,
of those last seven years of Gabriel's 470-years for the full spiritual restoration of Daniel's people?
??????
In as much as
God had instructed Israel that it required a minimum of two witnesses to convict of a crime, the measuring of the spiritual character of the people of God in this coming unique future end-time of the 3½-year completion of the final week is thus presented symbolically in the book of Revelation as the two ministries of Moses (characterised by the Ten Plagues on Egypt and turning water to blood) and Elijah (shutting off the rain for 3½-years, James 5:17, and bringing fire from the sky), this Final Witness of Christ's Church is thus symbolically described in Revelation 12:1-13,
 
when in vision
 The 3½-year witness for the prosecution which ends this present age 

3½-years =

42-months =

1,260-days =

(a year being
360-days as it
was before the
Flood of Noah,
when the
close-passing comet,
which caused it,
affected earth's orbit,
by adding 5¼-days
)
the apostle


Just as
Paul/Saul of Tarsus
struck blind
one who mocked
their gospel ministry
Acts 13:11.
John experiences it, as:
"I was told, "Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth."
These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes.
If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed.
They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying,
and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood
and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.
And when they have finished their testimony,
the Beast
[Antichrist] that rises from the bottomless pitwill make war on them
and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city
[spiritual Babylon]
[their martyrdom being part of their testimony, Philippians 1:29]
that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.
For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies
and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.
But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them,
and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here!"
And they went up to Heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.
And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell.
Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake,
and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of Heaven
."
Using the Old Testament image of Moses' ministry (who turned water to blood) and Elijah's ministry who shut off rain from Israel for 3½-years, the Bible predicts the completion of the 7-year final ministry which began with the 3½-years of Christ's ministry.
Under the symbolism of these two personalities (Elijah and Moses)
the true people of God fulfil what began in the public ministry of Jesus.
 
This is the resurrection of the righteous and their visible rapture to rule as taught in the New Testament.
As God
had taught Israel, a court cannot condemn unless it has a minimum of two witnesses,
so this final testimony of Christ's Church in this world now terminates this world's time of opportunity.
Deuteronomy 17:6.
 
Christ's return then inaugurates the full authority of the kingdom of God,
as Jesus taught His disciples in what is usually called the Lord's Prayer –
  "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven
"

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