Tribulation Martyrs

Q.  The saints “under the altar” in Rev 6 are clearly identified as those who had been slain for the Word of God and the testimony they maintained, and yet they do not have their resurrection bodies.  It sounds like Christians will be martyred during the seal judgments.  Doesn’t that indicate the rapture hasn’t happened yet?

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Time Span Of The Four Seals

Q. I was re-reading your essay on Revelation, and I wonder…when the first four seals are to be opened, is there any indication that it will happen in rapid succession, or will there be a space of time to allow the realization of each event to sink in?

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Pre Or Post Doesn’t Bother Me

Q.   I’ve been watching a pastor on TV who is obviously post-trib and goes so far to claim we have been in the Tribulation for several years.  I have no quarrel with his teaching since I feel he is on target with his basic tenets of OSAS and it doesn’t bother me about “pre” or “post”.  However, I note in John 6:37-40 that Christ says He will raise us up on the last day.  Doesn’t that sound like “post-trib” to you?

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Tribulation Martyrs

Q.  In Revelation 4 there are the 24 elders, who seem to be the raptured church.  Then, in chapter 6, there are martyred souls under the altar who are given white robes and told to wait until their fellow servants are martyred on earth as well.  And in chapter 7, there is a vast crowd from all nations and provinces before the Lamb, clothed in white with palm branches in hand, who are believers as well, “coming out of the Great Tribulation.”  Who are these different groups?

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How Many Days Equal Seven Years?

Q.  Have you calculated what 7 year period has 2550 days in it where there is the month of Adar in the 2nd half?  I have heard time and time again by Hebrew scholars that 2014 fits the bill.  Also, a neighbor was told by an ex ambassador to Israel to watch for 2014. It’s like no one will say for sure, but they say “Keep an eye on 2014.”

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How Frequent And How Intense?

Q.  As we watch worldwide earthquakes not only get stronger but more frequent all the time, do you think its plausible that we have to wait til we frequently see 8.0’s and 9.0’s as common place before we can hope that the Rapture is imminent?  I watch the USGS site every day, and have definitely noticed more 6’s and 7’s occurring more frequently, but just wonder if we shouldn’t hope for the Rapture til we are constantly seeing 8’s, 9’s and even 10’s. What are your thoughts?

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What Is God’s Purpose?

Q.  Recently I talked with my Mom about eschatology and looming prophetic events.  When we discussed the final 7 dreadful years of judgment before Christ’s return she asked me a question I couldn’t answer properly. I said although Satan is in charge here God is restraining evil. But He’ll stop restraining it during the final 7 years.  My Mom’s question is: why will God stop restraining evil at all ? I couldn’t really answer it. I heard that evil has to unfold fully and absolutely but I don’t know what God’s real purpose with it is. Could you please help me with this question?

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How Long Will The False Peace Last?

Q.  I understand the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel will be a time of peace.  According to Revelation 6, the 4 horsemen show up before the beginning of the Great Tribulation in Revelation 13.  Do you have an idea of how much time of peace there is before the calamities of the horsemen begin?

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What Was Jesus Warning Them About?

Q.  In Matt; 24:15 Jesus warned those in Judea to flee into the wilderness when they see the Abomination of Desolation.  This will be in  the middle of the 70th Week and begins the Great Tribulation.  Two questions come to mind regarding this urgency. Why just those in Judea and what are they fleeing from?

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