A Different View Of Prophecy

I recently heard a preacher say that the bible says that the rapture of the church and the second coming of Jesus are one and the same. He also said that Daniel’s 70 weeks have all been completed and the figure in Daniel’s vision is Jesus and not the the antichrist which he said was the Roman Catholic Church and not a single person.

Q. Greetings and thank you for your website. It has been and continues to be a great blessing to me.

I recently heard a preacher say that the bible says that the rapture of the church and the second coming of Jesus are one and the same. He also said that Daniel’s 70 weeks have all been completed and the figure in Daniel’s vision is Jesus and not the the antichrist which he said was the Roman Catholic Church and not a single person.

Satan, he said, was going to spend the 1000 years of the millenium here on earth alone (with no humans, I don’t know about demons) beacuse all humans would either be dead or in the New Jerusalem until the end of the millenium and the
final resurection.

He gave bible verses that seemed to support these ideas but somthing inside me said this didn’t ring true.

My question is are there any verses in the bible that proves all of this wrong? If so what/where are they? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

A. The view you’ve shared can not be supported by Scripture. Many confuse the Rapture with the 2nd Coming, but the two events couldn’t be more different. The Rapture is a secret event unknown even to believers before it happens. The 2nd Coming is something everyone on Earth will behold that anyone with a Bible can pin point as to the approximate timing at least 3 1/2 years in advance. In Revelation 12 alone the length of the Great Tribulation is given twice and in Matt. 24:29-30 the Lord Himself says that His Coming will follow it immediately.

Mistaking the anti-Christ for Jesus in Daniel 9:24-27 is not only un-Scriptural it also violates the basic rules of grammar. Pronouns modify the most recent previous noun. The closest noun to the pronoun “he” in Daniel 9:27 is the ruler who will come, not the Messiah. And the personal nature of the pronouns there indicate a person, not a thing. Literal fulfillment of events prophesied to happen in Daniel’s 70th week can not be verified anywhere in history.

The Old Testament contains many references to life on Earth during the Millennium. Isaiah 65:17-25 is one good example. In fact one of the primary purposes for the Millennium is to restore Israel to its former prominence as a nation on Earth, with God dwelling in the Land again with them.

Satan will spend those 1000 years alone, but in the Earth, not on it. And only the Church will dwell in the New Jerusalem. Rev. 21:24 says that the Kings of the Earth will bring their splendor into it but no one impure can enter, further proof of nations of people alive on Earth during the Millennium.

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