Q. Re: No One Knows The Day Or The Hour I have a couple of questions. I always thought that the tribulation starts with the signing of the peace treaty the anti-christ makes with Israel. Am I wrong? Second, are you saying the Church will be here for the first 3 1/2 years but be gone the last 3 1/2 years? I always thought we would be out of here for the entire 7 years.
A. What begins with the anti-Christ signing a seven year covenant with Israel is Daniel’s 70th Week (Daniel 9:27). This is incorrectly called the “tribulation period” by some, but you can’t find any Biblical support for that term. The Great Tribulation is the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week and is 3 1/2 years long.
Daniel’s 70th Week begins in Rev. 6 and is also called the time of God’s Wrath (Rev. 6:16-17). The Great Tribulation begins in Rev. 13 after Satan is expelled from Heaven and confined to Earth (Rev. 12:7-9),
In the article I said the rapture will take place before Rev.6 because Romans 5:9 and 1 Thes.1:10 promise that the Church will be rescued from the time and place of God’s Wrath. That means the rapture will precede all of the last seven years.