Q. I read your article where you explain how Matthew 24:36-50 is not about the rapture, and I have to say that what you wrote makes absolute sense. I have a question about Matt. 24:36, 42, 44, 50 and Matt. 25:13. They clearly state that the day and the hour of the 2nd coming is not known. But the length of the Great Tribulation will be known and then the Lord will return. You mention a period of time between the end of the tribulation and the 2nd coming of Christ. Is this spoken or taught in other parts of the Bible? Or is it just a conclusion you reached by analyzing the scriptures which say that nobody knows the day or the hour?
A. Daniel 12:7 is where we first learn that the Great tribulation will be 3 1/2 years long. The phrase time, times, and half a time means 1 year plus 2 years plus 1/2 a year. Later this period is described as 42 months in Rev. 11:2 and 1260 days in Rev. 12:6. On a 360 day calendar these three measurements of time are equivalent and represent the length of the Great Tribulation.
But in Daniel 12:11-12 we see measurements of 1290 days from the Abomination of desolation (1260 plus 30) and 1335 days (1260 plus 75). Since those who reach the 1335th day are called blessed, this tells us the Millennium will actually begin 75 days after the end of the Great Tribulation. Somewhere during this 75 day period, on a day previously unknown to man, Jesus will return to conduct the judgments of Matt. 24:45-25:46 and establish the Kingdom.