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A Secret Rapture?

Part II

History of the Rapture Teaching

Main Pillars of the Rapture Teaching

compiled by Rachel Cory-Kuehl, 2015

Most recent edit: May 2022

Scripture is from the NKJV unless otherwise noted

What is “the rapture” teaching?


The word “rapture” describes how the saints will feel, as they are “caught up” to Heaven - rapturous. Believers who talk about “the rapture” usually believe in what they term “the secret rapture.” They believe that Christ will come invisibly - “in presence” only, to “rapture” His church. Every believer will suddenly disappear at the same moment. Seven years later, Jesus will return in glory to judge the Jews and the wicked.

Those who are “left behind” (the Jews and the unsaved) will have seven years of testing and trouble before Jesus returns in glory to rule the earth in peace, for a thousand years (during the 7th millennium). When Christ returns in glory, He will return with all of the “saints” - those who were raptured, along with all of those whose spirits went directly to heaven at their deaths.


The details of the teaching get somewhat murky concerning Israel and just who will rule with Messiah. Some believe that God will eventually “save” every descendant of Jacob. Others believe that only those who were faithful to Yahweh, will be “saved.” Those who pass the 7 year testing, will be elevated to rule the world under Messiah. The role of “saved” Gentile believers is less clear.


Let’s briefly review the history of this doctrine.


Around 1830, Evangelicals in Great Britain founded a group called The Plymouth Brethren. One of their most gifted teachers was John Nelson Darby, who began to teach a new interpretation of prophecy called pre-millennialism (the teaching that Jesus will return before the millennium). Darby’s teaching was called “dispensationalism.”


Darby taught that God’s method of “saving” individual human beings, changed during progressive eras of human history. Darby called these eras “dispensations.”

Darby’s Dispensations (Several variations have been posited since Darby.)

 1. The Age of Innocence - before the Fall (no salvation needed)

 2. The Age of Conscience - from the Fall to the Flood (saved by following conscience)

 3. The Age of Human Government - from the Flood to the call of Abraham

 4. The Age of Promise - from the call of Abraham to Mt Sinai (saved by promise)

 5. The Age of Law - from Mt Sinai to the Cross (saved by works of the Law)

 6. The Age of the Church - from the Cross to the Rapture (saved by grace)

 7. The Tribulation - Seven years, from the Rapture to the Glorious Return (Jews saved by works)

 8. The Millennial Reign

 9. Eternity - the Age of the Ages



Darby taught that Israel and “the church” are two distinct and absolutely separate peoples of God. He believed that God’s method of saving Jews, was/is different from His way of saving those Gentiles who come to believe. Israelites (Jews) are saved by works of the law. Believers - both Jew and Gentile, are saved by grace, through faith.


Let me just stop here. (We’ll get right back to Darby.) I need to explain how completely I disagree with Darby on these two points.


There is only one “people of God.” That congregation is named Israel. Some lived during the Old Testament period, some since the resurrection, but they are all the “people of God,” and they are all Daniel’s people.

            Gentiles who come to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, are “grafted in” to Israel.


Jews or other DNA descendants of Jacob, who refuse to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, are “cut off” from Israel.


All those (Jew or Gentile) who never believe, never become citizens of God’s Israel. Paul said that a man is not a Jew who is only circumcised in his flesh. He must be circumcised in heart and mind, by Jesus Christ (Romans 2:28-29).


Our destination is The New Jerusalem. That City has 12 gates. Over each gate is the name of a tribe of Israel. There is no gate labeled “Gentiles Enter Here.”


Please see our study - “Who are Israel?

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I believe:

      Our God has always “saved” individuals in the same way - by grace - through faith.


Persons from the Fall to the Cross looked FORWARD to Christ as the Lamb of God, when they offered a sacrifice.


Persons since the Cross, look BACK to Jesus’ death at Calvary, when they are “baptized into His death,” and when they eat “the bread” and “drink the wine.”

John 14:6 [Jesus speaking] “No one comes to the Father except through me.


No one!

Galatians 2:16 “For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”


Paul makes it very clear. No one! Not before the cross - not since the cross, ever was (or ever will be) justified in the sight of God, by “law keeping!” It is impossible for us to keep His law, without His Spirit within.

Grace is God’s part - giving mercy and sharing His spirit - through Christ.

Faith is our response to His grace - believing in God the Father and in His Son.

We are saved by grace, through faith.

We do good works because His spirit enables.

Without Him, we can do nothing good.

      Now let’s get back to Darby.

The Prophecy of the “seventy sevens”


Daniel 9:24 "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.


We’re going to look closely at the “seventy weeks” prophecy, but first I want to explain more of Darby’s teaching, so that you will understand the prophecy - from Darby’s point of view.


The prophecy of Daniel Chapter 9, was spoken to Daniel, and allotted “seventy-sevens” to “your people.” John Darby believed that Daniel’s “people” were the Jews - the Israelites.


Upon hearing the prophecy, Daniel himself would have understood the prophecy to concern Israel. Daniel did not know that Jesus would later command the inclusion of all Gentile believers. They would be “grafted in” TO Israel. The prophecy of Daniel Chapter 9, would not be fulfilled until all those Gentiles had “come in.” The resulting “Israel” would be a composite of believing Jews and believing Gentiles.


God’s final Israel is not about race. It’s about faith. Yes. Of course, there was a kernel of race, because God chose Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to be the human ancestors of His Son, and they were Hebrew. But God’s “Israel” today is composed of faithful believers of many races, living in many nations.


KEEP IN MIND: According to Darby, the prophecy of the “seventy sevens,”

      applied only to Jews.



Daniel 9:25-28 “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself (or: “be cut off and have nothing”);

And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.” (NKJ)


Darby reasoned that the command to rebuild Jerusalem, was the one issued by King Cyrus, about 457BC. [There is some debate concerning the year of that command.] According to Darby, Jesus was put to death at the end of the 69th “week” of years, from that command, leaving 7 years of the prophecy unfulfilled. By that reckoning Jesus should return 7 years later, to set up His kingdom on the earth.

            To explain why Jesus did not return 7 years after His death, Darby said that the 70th week was       delayed. This was called “the postponement theory.”


According to Darby, the prophetic timetable was suspended when the Jews rejected their Messiah. The long “Church Age” had begun, during which time Christ would build up His “heavenly people.” Darby called this “the times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24).


According to Darby:

      69 “weeks” ended with the death of Jesus. The 70th week is delayed.

            The 70th “week” will begin with “the rapture of the Church.”

      At the rapture, the Church will be removed from this earth, to Heaven.


God will then go back to saving Jews by “works of the law.”

He will go back to the previous “dispensation,” which was left unfinished.



To be saved by “works of the Law” (if that were possible) you must have a Temple and sacrifices. Now you understand why Baptists support Israel, and want Jews to recover control of the Temple Mount.

            Only when the Jews once again have a Temple, can the prophecies of Daniel be fulfilled.


Devout Jews want control of the Mount, because they understand from the Old Testament prophecies that Messiah must come to the Temple. They must have a Temple, so their Messiah can come. They also believe they can only receive “atonement” as a nation, through animal sacrifices, offered by an Aaronic priesthood.



Some folks believe the 69th “week” ended with the anointing of Jesus at His baptism. His ministry of 3.5 years, followed by another 3.5 years (which ended with the stoning of Stephen) completed the final “week” of the prophecy. Those who hold to this view, say that probation for the Jews (as the “chosen people” of God) ended with the killing of Stephen. The Gospel then went to the Gentiles. I must disagree.


On the Mount of Olives, just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He commanded his followers, Go and teach and baptize people of all nations(Matt. 28:19). He didn’t tell them to wait for three and a half more years.


1. When was the command issued - “to restore and to build Jerusalem?”


Do we look to the command issued anciently by Cyrus and confirmed by Artaxerxes, which freed the Jews to return to their land and to rebuild, after the captivity in Babylon?


The prophet was told to “shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end(Dan 12:4). The messenger said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end(Dan 12:9). If the prophecy was for “the latter days” or “the time of the end,” why look to commands by ancient kings?


Do we look to the United Nation’s recognition of Israel as a nation in 1948? Perhaps we should look for another command in the very last days? If Iran gets a nuclear weapon and destroys the Old City of Jerusalem, then another command may be forthcoming. The entire 70 weeks may belong to the last days.


We have at least two possibilities. Maybe three.

2. How long is a “week?”


The Hebrew word translated as “week” in Daniel 9:27, is shabuwa` (Strong’s #07620). The meaning, according to Strong’s Concordance is “seven” - a period of 7 days, or of 7 years. Another more obscure meaning connects the word with the Feast of Weeks (also known as Tabernacles). This was a 7 day feast, which took place each Fall.


If one day (in prophetic time) is equal to one literal year, then “seventy sevens” would be 490 years (Exo 23:10-11, Lev 25:3-4).


If one “seven” is a week of seven literal days, then seventy of those “weeks” would total 490 literal days (1 year, 4 months, 10 days).


If one “seven” is one Feast of Tabernacles, then 70 of those feasts, would take place within a period of 70 years.

NOTE: The nation known today as Israel, celebrated 70 years of national identity in 2018.


            You can see, we have at least three possibilities.      

3. Who are Daniel’s “people” ?

a. the Jews? (just one of 12 tribes)

b. all DNA descendants of Jacob?

c. all of God’s covenant people - both Old Covenant and New Covenant?


I have already told you my belief, that all those who belong to Christ - are Israelites.

4. Who or what, is “the most holy?”


Daniel 9:24-28Seventy weeks [sevens] are determined for your people and for your holy city,     To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To     bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up (fulfill) vision and prophecy, And to anoint     the Most Holy.”

      Is this Jesus himself, anointed with the Spirit at His baptism?

Is this the Most Holy Place of the Temple at Jerusalem

                                     (anointed as part of a restoration and rededication)?

      Is this the Most Holy Place of Heaven itself -“the true Tabernacle” (Heb 8:2)

                                       (anointed with the blood of Jesus at His ascension)?

      Is this the Most Holy Place of Heaven,

                                    anointed at the final Day of Atonement, before judgment is poured out?


Again, we have several possibilities.

      Grief Rachel !!! Are you going to answer any of these questions?

Daniel’s Question


Daniel received the vision of the “four beasts” (Cpt 7) and the vision of the “four horns” (Cpt 8). The “Little Horn” - featured in both chapters as the one who will “persecute the saints.”


He asked a question. How long? How long will this period of persecution last, during which the House of God, and the saints of God will be “trampled.”

            The answer to Daniel’s question was, “seventy sevens.”


We know the Jews were not specifically persecuted for the entire 490 years, from Artexerxes decree, to the death of Christ, so we can eliminate that time period.


The Beast and the Little Horn figure, belong to the last days, therefore the prophecy of the “seventy-sevens” also belongs to the last days. (See our study: “The Little Horn.”)


I believe that clues to the meaning of this prophecy are found in the ceremonies, connected with the ancient Hebrew Tabernacle. Much of Revelation is written in Sanctuary language. If I take time to explain the meaning of all the things that are completed by the end of the “seventy sevens,” we will get off the subject of this study. I will post another study to be titled “What is finished? - The End of Daniel’s 70th Week?”

5. Who is “the prince who is to come?”

            He is “one who makes desolate.”

            He “will destroy the City and the Temple” (Dan 9:26-27).

            He will “bring an end to sacrifice and offering.”


            Rome? Islam? Antichrist? The Beast power? The Little Horn? Satan himself?


The “prince to come” will confirm a covenant with many for one “seven (Dan 9:27).


The LORD made a covenant with Israel at Mt Sinai, which was still in effect during the lifetime of Jesus. It certainly was not limited to “one week.” The “New Covenant” did not take effect until Christ died. It is still in effect today. See our study: “Two Covenants.”


I know of no covenant which God or Christ made with anyone for only 7 days, or 7 years.

      Let’s look at the passage again.


Daniel 9:27 “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate (or the desolator).” (NKJ)


The one who makes a covenant for one “seven” is the same “one who will “bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” He is the one who “will destroy the City and the Sanctuary.”

      Who is he?


Let’s look at two verses from another prophecy given to Daniel.

Daniel 11:31Forces sent by him shall occupy and profane the Temple and fortress. They shall abolish the      regular burnt offering and set up the abomination that makes desolate.” (NRS)


In this passage, the one who will abolish the regular burnt offering, is ALSO the one who will set up the abomination that causes desolation. This is definitely NOT Jesus! The abomination of desolation is set up in the Temple, in place of the regular burnt offering.


Daniel 12:11 “From the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that desolates is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred ninety days.” (NRS)


The regular sacrifice is abolished, and the abomination is set up - at the SAME time. In order to do this, the Evil One will have to break the 7 year covenant he makes with the Jewish people.



Prophecies of the coming Evil One mention something called “the daily” in the King James Version. The NRS translates it as “the regular burnt offering.” The Little Horn (on the terrible Beast power) will abolish it, or take it away (Dan. 8:11). Sounds like the Little Horn IS “the prince who is to come” - the one we’ve just been talking about.


The word translated as “the daily” or “the daily sacrifice” is the Hebrew word “tamiyd” (Strong’s # 08548). It means “the continual.” The LORD commanded that the fire on the Brazen Alter in the courtyard of the Tabernacle, was never to go out. It was to burn continuously. Every morning and every evening, a sacrifice was to be burned in that fire - symbolizing the continual covering of the atonement for Israel.

            The Antichrist “Little Horn” power will stop this continual offering.

      He will take over the Temple.


Leviticus 6:8-12 “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, . . . `This is the law of the burnt offering: The burnt offering shall be on the hearth upon the altar all night until morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it . . . . `And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings.”


The prophecy is absolutely tied to the Temple at Jerusalem, and to the continual sacrifice offered on the Brazen Alter in the courtyard of that Temple. The Antichrist power will end the sacrifices at the Temple, and will set himself up as the object of worship.

I realize that this has already happened - more than once.



Antiochus IV (175-164 BC), was the 8th ruler of the Seleucid empire. He gave himself the surname “Epiphanes” which means “the visible god” (meaning that he was Jupiter in visible form). He was determined to exterminate the Jews and their religion. Antiochus IV devastated Jerusalem in 168 BC, defiled the Temple, offered a pig on its altar, erected an altar to Jupiter, prohibited Temple worship, forbade circumcision on pain of death, sold thousands of Jewish families into slavery, destroyed every Torah Scroll that he could find, and resorted to every conceivable torture to force Jews to renounce their religion. This led to the Maccabaean revolt.


Again in 70AD, the Roman general Titus destroyed the Temple. In an effort to leave no trace of the Second Temple, the Emperor Hadrian erected a Temple to the Roman god Jupiter on the site.


Jesus predicted the Temple’s destruction when His disciples asked what “sign” would tell of the end of the age.

            Should we expect another Temple, and another destruction, before the END of the age?

      I believe so.


Matthew 24:2-3, 14-15, 21 “And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.’ . . . The disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be? [When will the Temple be destroyed?] And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?’ . . .

[Jesus answered] ‘And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. . . .

[continued] Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place . . . (Dan 11:31) then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be (Dan 12:1).’”


Do you see why I believe that a final restoration of the Temple will take place in the very last days? Do you see it?

THE DAILY - continued


Daniel 9:27 “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolator.”

Daniel 11:31Forces sent by him shall occupy and profane the Temple and fortress. They shall     abolish the regular burnt offering and set up the abomination that makes desolate.” (NRS)



2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”


I believe these prophecies concerning “the daily” will be fulfilled in the last days of this age. I believe the Old City of Jerusalem will be destroyed (probably by an Islamic bomb). A command will then be issued to rebuild Jerusalem.


The Antichrist (also known as “the little horn”) will make a 7 year covenant (treaty) with the nation of Israel, which will include the rebuilding of the Temple. Halfway thru the “week” he will break this covenant, and will set himself up in the Temple (thus defiling the Temple). He will abolish the animal sacrifices - thus taking away “the daily.”


These will be signs for those who understand, telling them that the last “time, times, and a part” have begun. This will inspire the “two witnesses” of Revelation Cpt 11, who will begin their testimony.

Rachel, are you agreeing with Darby?

Well - yes and no.


I agree that the prophecies point to a final period of 42 months (1260 days, time-times-and a part) during which the “Little Horn” figure on the “terrible Beast” (Dan. 7 & Rev. 13) will persecute the “saints” of God.


I agree that the “Man of Sin” - the “son of Perdition” (also known as the Antichrist) will “sit in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God” and is to be worshiped.


I agree that his desecration of the Temple, and his demand that the whole world worship him is “the abomination” which will cause the final “desolation.”


I do NOT believe that the saints will be raptured before these events take place.




The words of Paul, that the “man of sin” would “sit” in the Temple of God are very specific clues. The only person who was allowed to sit, in the Temple court was the anointed Son of David (the King). The fact that this coming Evil One will sit in the Temple, suggests this man will claim to be the Son of David - the Messiah! He will claim to be the Christ. THIS is the abomination which will cause the desolation of those who worship this imposter. They will be destroyed, along with him.


Let’s look again at the teaching of John Nelson Darby.


According to Darby, the “rapture” (of the church) begins the last “week” - 7 years. After the church is raptured, the Antichrist will reveal himself.

            Read the passage again.


2 Thessalonians 2:1 “Now brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him . . .”


2 Thessalonians 2:3-4Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”


- the day of Christ’s return,

the day of “our gathering together to Him,”


until the Evil One sits in the Temple of God!


This is very important!! Darby said the Antichrist comes to power AFTER the church is raptured. Paul says the Antichrist will reveal himself BEFORE the church is “gathered.”


According to Darby, the Antichrist will deceive the Jewish people for the first half of the 7 years - making a covenant with them. He will then become a dictator who demands worship during the last half of the 7 years - called the “tribulation,” or the “time of trouble.” He will persecute the Jews who refuse to worship him. God will then punish those who persecute His people (the Jews) by pouring out great plagues. At the end of the 7 years, Christ will return in glory (with all His raptured saints) to set up His earthly kingdom, when He will reign in peace for 1000 years.

I disagree!


NOTE: Once again, I believe that “Israel”is the NAME of God’s faithful people (regardless of national origin). The “Israel” who will be persecuted during the tribulation period, will be God’s people - NOT just Jews who were “left behind” at a “secret rapture.” It is tremendously important that believers understand the identity of God’s “Israel.”

See our study: “Who are Israel?

How did Darby’s teaching become so popular?


C.I. Scofield, an American follower of Darby, published “The Scofield Reference Bible” which contained the dispensationalist views. Scofield’s commentary was printed on the lower half of each page of the Bible. Scofield’s views were widely accepted, and to this day, are deeply held belief by many evangelical denominations (“Living in the Shadow of the Second Coming” by Timothy P. Weber 1979).


Charting the End Times,” a book by Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice, published by Harvest House, contains a good visual representation of the dispensationalist teaching, and of the different “ages.” The “Left Behind” movie series, is based on the secret rapture teaching.

Our belief - at


First: We believe that God’s method of saving individuals from sin, and Satan’s domination, has always been the same. All men are saved “by grace” - “through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). Abel offered a better sacrifice - by faith. Enoch walked with God - by faith. Noah built an ark - by faith. These people lived long before the Cross of Jesus.


Second: We believe that “Israel” is the name of the covenant people of God. Gentiles who come to faith in Christ as Messiah, are “grafted in” to Israel (see Romans chapter 11, and Ephesians chapter 2). The ancient Jews who refused to believe in Jesus as Savior and Son of God, were “cut off” from Israel. Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).

            NOTE: Thousands of Jews did believe, and were baptized into Christ.


The rebellious and wicked who have never believed or repented of sin, are not citizens of Israel. True Israel and “the church” (the congregation) are one and the same body of believers.

      See our study: “Who are Israel?


Third: Daniel was told to “shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end(Dan 12:4 NKJ). I have hesitated to publish a study on the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, because we have not yet reached the “time of the end.” The prophecy of the seventy-sevens has NOT YET been fully “opened” for our understanding.


The vision of Daniel Cpt 8 includes “the daily,” the Temple, and “the abomination of desolation.” The angel told Daniel concerning that vision, “Understand, son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end(Dan 8:17). “I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be” (Dan 8:19).


I have shared with you those things I believe are most likely, but let’s be clear. We do not yet fully understand this prophecy. We do not yet know the identity of the final terrible Beast power, or the identity of the “little horn.” This prophecy has NOT YET been unsealed.

Fourth: We believe that Jesus Christ will return for all His people on the same day, following “three and a part years” (1260 days, 42 months) of terrible persecution by the Antichrist power, against those who “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 14:12).


Darby said only Jews would be persecuted, for keeping the Law, but Revelation clearly says the remnant offspring of “the woman” (Israel) would “have the testimony of Jesus” (Rev 12:17).


Daniel 7:21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them UNTIL . . . the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.”


Daniel 7:25 [Speaking of the Little Horn] “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change time law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time, and times and half a time.”


The prophecy of Revelation Chapter 13 parallels the prophecy of Daniel Cpt 7.


Revelation 13:3-8 [Speaking of the Beast with seven heads and ten horns] “And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?’ And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.

It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship [serve] him, whose names have NOT been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (NKJ)


The “two witnesses” of Revelation Cpt Eleven will give their testimony, the warning trumpet plagues will be unleashed, and the people of God will be persecuted, all during this three and a half year time period.



Some have tried to convince me that the 1260 days, were actually fulfilled during the Dark Ages when the Roman Catholic Church dominated the Christian world. They say this period ended when the Pope was taken captive by Napoleon, receiving a “deadly wound.” I cannot agree.

This period of persecution comes AFTER the “deadly wound” is “healed” -

not before the “head” is wounded.


This period of persecution ENDS when the heavenly Court sits, and dominion is given to the saints of the most high (Daniel 7:21-26). This time has certainly not come. The saints of God are not yet ruling this world. And the Catholic Church did not rule over “every tribe, tongue, and nation” and “all who dwell on the earth.” Sorry. That interpretation just doesn’t fit.


Fifth: We believe that God’s people will be on the earth during the warning trumpet plagues, leading up to the return of Christ at the 7th Trumpet.


Christ will remove His people from this earth just before the seven last vial plagues (the wrath plagues) are poured out. See our study “Trumpets and Bowls.”


Sixth: We believe that all life on planet earth will be destroyed by the 7 wrath plagues, which will be unleashed on the day the people of God are removed from this planet, by Christ at His glorious return.


The earth will remain uninhabited and desolate for 1000 years while the people of God are living in the New Jerusalem - the place which Christ has prepared for them. They will prepare to serve as “priests of God and of Christ” for “the rest” who will be resurrected at the 8th millennium (Rev 20:5-6). See our studies: “Millennium,” “A Kingdom of Priests,”

      The Change of the Priesthood,” and “The 8th Day.”

Why is this study important?


1.   If you believe that you will be “raptured” before any real persecution begins, then you will not prepare your mind and heart to endure that time. If you come up to that time, and you have NOT been raptured, what will be going through your mind? What you believed - didn’t happen!!


If you have ever experienced a crisis of faith, you know what it feels like. You wonder what you can believe. Going into a period of great persecution is NOT the time for a crisis of faith. All those folks who believe they will simply be raptured out, will be in crisis.


2.        The LORD gave the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, for His people in the last days. Realizing this, we may assume these prophecies contain vital information - information that will help get us through this last period of persecution.


The prophecies tell us how long this period will last. If folks know the suffering will not last forever, that it is limited to a specific period of time, they can better steal their hearts to endure it.


3. The prophecies make it clear that this is a testing time - the last testing before Jesus returns. When the people of God see the prophecies coming to pass before their eyes, they will know that Jesus’ coming is very near. Knowing that this time was prophesied, believers will have confidence that the LORD is in control, and will soon set things right.


4. Knowing beforehand, that many will be imprisoned or martyred for their faith during this time, the faith of believers will not be unsettled when such persecution comes.


In Part III of this Rapture Series, we will go into more detail concerning the rule of the Beast power.

We pray this study will prove a blessing.

Rachel Cory

Prophecy Viewpoint

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