Q. I have been studying the book of Daniel and came across a verse that has me puzzled. I am of the belief that Christian believers will be raptured before the tribulation (pre-trib) starts but this particular statement has me baffled. In the second half of Daniel 7:25 it says: “The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half a time.” Aren’t we (Christian believers) the saints?
If this is so, this sentence sounds like it means we are handed over to satan during the tribulation? Am I missing or misinterpreting something here? Thank you so much for opening yourself up to Gods wisdom and insight.
A. Three groups of people are called saints in the Bible. They are 1) Old Testament believers who came before the Church, 2) believers who are part of the Church, and 3) Tribulation believers who will come after the Church. Those being spoken of in Daniel 7:25 are Tribulation believers who will come to faith after the Church is gone.