Q. I know that God will not let us suffer through the Great Tribulation or any part of Daniel’s 70th week. But will He allow us to suffer through the fall of our nation which I see rapidly approaching? Will the Rapture occurs first and contribute to the fall of the US? How do Isaiah 17, Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 fit in? I am just glad that I have learned to have total trust in the Lord.
A. The Bible only promised to rescue the Church from the time of God’s wrath (1 Thes. 1:10) which I believe includes all of Daniel’s 70th Week. Through out the Church Age Christians have suffered the consequences of wars, famines, economic distress and the fall of nations. Jesus said things like this would happen in this world (John 16:33). The promise of protection through times like this is not to the Church as a whole but to individual believers. To those who seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, God promises to meet our needs (Matt. 6:31-33). We’re not to worry about it.
I believe the rapture will contribute greatly to the demise of the United States as a world power. It may or may not happen before Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 but will almost certainly precede Ezekiel 38.