Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)...” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke's Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we're supposed to "UNDERSTAND": “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ..... Let's TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem?? --clark

The Great City of Jerusalem

Opinion of Clark Callear

Here is scriptural evidence that God is going to utterly destroy Jerusalem at the beginning of the “great day of His wrath,” also called “the hour of His judgment.(Rev 6:17 & 14:7)

This desolation, at God’s hand, will take place at the end of the Great Tribulation “in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound” (Rev 10:7)  

The prophecies pertaining to God’s “two witnesses” will be fulfilled just prior to the last trump: 
"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (Rev 11:8)" 

Spiritually this great city has 3 names:
1.      Sodom
2.      Egypt
3.      Jerusalem: "the great city… where also our Lord was crucified.” 

After 3½ days God resurrects and raptures these two witnesses (Rev 11:11-12).  Then: 
Next:
At that same hour will be a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city [Jerusalem] will fall, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven (Rev 11:13).” 

Out of fear, a portion of Jerusalem’s inhabitants will turn to the Lord.  Then:

Next:  Trumpet #7 sounds (Rev 11:15) and “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” true Christians will be resurrected and raptured (1 Cor 15:51-52 & 1 Thes 4:13-18).

Next:  The great day of God’s wrath begins (Rev 11:18) starting first with Jerusalem:
...for the overspreading of abominations he["Messiah the Prince"]shall make it [Jerusalem, Daniel's "holy city"] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined ["desolations"] shall be poured upon the desolate(Dan 9:27 but start with v.24 for proper context).”

Why does the Book of Revelation reveal these three names (see above) for Jerusalem?  I believe God is showing us that the Great City of Jerusalem is about to receive the same fate as Sodom and Egypt.  These desolations were different than others!  Why?  Because these were utter desolations performed directly from God’s hand, this is “God’s wrath” not man’s or Satan’s!

                             See: Last Day Wrath of Satan vs. Last Day Wrath of God:

Egypt was warned:
"Egypt shall be a desolation... (Joe 3:19)"

"O thou daughter dwelling in Egypt, furnish thyself to go into captivity: for Noph [capital city of Egypt] shall be waste and desolate without an inhabitant. (Jer 46:19)" 

"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee.  And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD...(Eze 29:8-9)" 

"Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia. (Eze 29:10)" 

"…I will make the land of Egypt desolate... (Eze 29:12)" 

Sodom is our example for these last days: 
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire (Jude 1:7).” 

"And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.  (Gen 13:10)" 

God utterly annihilated Sodom: 
"Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. (Gen 19:24-25)" 

At the end of the great tribulation, during the sounding of the last trump, God's wrath will be poured out upon the Earth.

A careful reading of Daniel 9:27 reveals that an absolute desolation of Jerusalem will occur by the hand of “Messiah the Prince” (Jesus). 

This final desolation is in addition to the “Abomination of Desolation” (spoken of by Jesus and Daniel the prophet), which will be at the hands of man (probably nuclear weapons): 
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (Mat 24:15-16)" 

"But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:  (Mar 13:14)" 

"And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains;  (Luk 21:20-21)" 

Jesus told us “the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” of the Jerusalem temple.  The Wailing Wall still stands today. 

Once this first desolation of Jerusalem occurs, Daniel 8:13-14 reveals that there will be a 2300 day time between the Abomination of Desolation and God’s final annihilation.  This means that the Abomination of Desolation occurs about 8 1/2 months after the start of the final seven years.  During the 2300 days the Antichrist, together with religious Jews, will be at work rebuilding another Jerusalem temple. 

Temples with their rituals and sacrifices ARE NOT GOOD.  God has given us only One Way to be redeemed.  There is no salvation to be found in neither men’s hands nor by “the works of the law:”

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified (Gal 2:16).”

In Solomon's temple a veil separated the Holy of Holies from all people except and rarely the highest of the high priests. This veil represented a separation between God and man. Jesus alone has nullified this separation:
“… we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man [Jesus], after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil… (Hebr 10:10-20)”

By Jesus Christ, alone, the veil is rent and we have a new and living way:
“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain [tore apart] from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many (Mat 27:50-53).” 

In Christ Jesus we have no need for a man-made temple. We are insulting God when we turn back to these “dead works” and temple rituals. Jesus prayed that we, as believers in Christ, would “be one” with Him and the Father. Speaking to the Father, Jesus said:
“Neither pray I for these [apostles] alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one… (John 17:20-23)” 

The Bible teaches us plainly that this perfect oneness, this marriage between Israel, the Church, Jesus Christ, and the Father does not include a temple:
“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God:.. and [it] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel... And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the LambAnd I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (Rev 21: 9-22)” 

About 3800 years ago God crowned the Jews (Tribe of Judah) with the ruling authority over the World.  He also charged the Jews with the duty of being the World’s lawgivers (i.e. Judaea/Christian legal systems): 

"The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet [Judah’s posterity], until Shiloh [Jesus the King] come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be (Gen 49:10)." 

By refusing to accept Jesus as Messiah/Christ, and by teaming up with the antichrist (in an attempt to build another temple in Jerusalem), the inhabitants of Jerusalem are going to be utterly annihilated at the beginning of this great day of His wrath: 

"...in the latter days... there shall come a Star out of Jacob [Jesus The Christ/Messiah], and a Sceptre [Jesus The King] shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.  And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.  Out of Jacob shall come He that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city (Num 24:14-19)." 

“…He [Messiah the Prince] shall make it [Jerusalem] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate (Dan 9:27).” 

And this will be the hour when Shiloh takes the scepter away from Judah: 

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever (Rev 11:15).”


Here is the Patience of the Saints!

 Opinion of Clark Callear

At first I named this article "Faithful unto Death" but some were taken back by it.  It is now appropriately titled Here is the Patience of the Saints!  …and yes:  I know patience is not always a comfortable subject for Christians to discuss… but let’s face it:  We need to know what we need to know!

We previously laid some of the ground-work for this discussion in:

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Math 24: 29-31)."

…let’s look closer at this mysterious "great sound of a trumpet."  We assume this is the 7th trump... but are we right?  I think we are.  It reads (to me) that this trumpet happens during (and at the beginning of) the hour/day of God's wrath and "after the tribulation of those days."  We are into this strange "time-zone" where it appears that much is happening during the sounding of this special trumpet.  We are told this is an "hour," a "day," and "time no longer."  And now (to further my point) this time period contains:
the gathering "together of His elect from the four winds," and further:

This period appears to be happening during the sounding of the trumpet!  I am just starting to realize that “the days of the voice of the seventh angel” is again another title for the period of God’s wrath:
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Rev 10:7)”

So we are being told plainly:
·    This mystery of God reaches its finish over a period of DAYS”.  The Rapture and Resurrection of Christians, the 2nd Coming of Christ (with the 144,000 to Jerusalem), and The Desolation of Babylon all take place and are fulfilled while the angel is still sounding.  During the end of the sounding: "for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."

To summarize:

The Bible teaches us that the time-period of God’s wrath, after the tribulation of those days is called any-or-all of the following:

1.      “hour”
2.      “day”
3.      “time no longer”, and/or:
4.      “the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound”

I believe the "elect" of God are made up of both born-again Christians (adopted into Israel) and all of Israel (not just Judah, but all 12 Tribes)... even Israelites who have, up until this "hour/day," rejected Jesus as Messiah!  This includes dead Israelites.*

*Note:
Above is an excerpt from:
We recommend above site for more Bible references.

Jesus tells us, that at the end, some believers shall be hated and "put to death."  I think the following verses show us plainly that not all of "God’s elect" will be raptured.  This already makes sense to those of us who believe that the elect of God are made up of both born-again Christians (adopted into Israel) and all of Israel (as described above).  This includes dead Israelites.

The Book of Revelation makes it clear that Jesus is not happy with most of His Church.  As Last Day Christians the Lord speaks to us specifically when we read His admonitions to The Seven Churches of The Book of Revelation:

He told members of Ephesus:

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

To members of His Church of Pergamos He said:

“…I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam…  [and] the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches

Jesus spoke severely to some of the Thyatira Christians:

“…I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

To the Church in Sardis Jesus warned: 

“These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.   Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

Like the above four Churches, members of the Church of the Laodiceans are also at risk of losing their place in the First Resurrection.  Jesus says to us:

These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.   Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:   I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.    As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.   Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in his throne.   He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the CHURCHES.

So it’s plain: Some Church-members and some Israelites won’t even be included in the First Resurrection.  If these die prior to the Millennium they, even as members of God’s elect, will be in Hell during the 1000 years:

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished (Rev 20:5).”

And, even among the faithful, some who may have expected to be raptured will instead die during the Great Tribulation.  But in God’s big picture Jesus promises that they will not be harmed! :

"And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your patience possess ye your souls (Luk 21:16-19)." 

Jesus finds no fault with the Church in Smyrna, but look at His prophecy concerning their time of trouble:

"And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days**[see Note below]: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death (Rev 2:8-11)."

Yes there are many of God’s elect who will be Raptured/Resurrected when the Trumpet sounds.  And, as we have shown here, some of God’s elect, instead of being raptured, will  be greatly troubled and/or killed.  The Lord says: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.  To others He says: “In your patience possess ye your souls.   

In His own wisdom the Lord has called some of us, among His elect, to be patient without the assurance of being raptured!  Overcoming and being faithful unto death seem to be His will for some of us.  This “patience of the saints,” of the un-raptured Elect is here described:

"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth**[see Note below]: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  (Rev 14:12-13)." 

So for those Christians, who happen to be walking the earth after the Rapture, this Patience-of-the-Saints-period will be a BLESSED TIME… whether they die or not!  Above we show how the Church in Smyrna easily fits into this category.  It would be amiss if we failed to mention the Lord’s favorite:  Of His seven categorized Churches, only Philadelphia receives the Lord’s special promise that He will guard them from the hour of trial which shall come upon all the world:

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name.  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.  Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Rev 3:7-13)." 

Notice how Philadelphia is not necessarily promised to be Raptured… it doesn’t matter to them one way or the other!  God is keeping them!  I think they are just like the 144,000 once they were sealed:

These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb (Rev 14:4).”


**[Note] I wonder if this "ten day" period described (in Rev 2:10) could very well be a clue to better understand the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound” as discussed above.  We originally spoke of this time-period (aka “the days” of the sounding of the 7th Trump) as a mystery of God and how it reaches its finish over a period of “DAYS”… but we did not have any clues about how many days… perhaps until now:

Without listing any of their faults, Jesus specifically tells the Church in Smyrna: “ye shall have tribulation ten days.”  Smyrna is not even being punished for any sin yet they are further told: “be thou faithful unto death...”  This matches Jesus’ words to His elect when He said:

“…some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your PATIENCE possess ye your souls.”

Then John, in Revelation 14:12-13, builds on this:

"Here is the PATIENCE of the SAINTS: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” 

So, starting at a certain moment (“from henceforth”), a time period is being defined for us, but where does it fit into the Tribulation Timeline?  I think the next 6 verses (14-20) conclude the matter.  Paraphrasing it says:

The Lord Jesus Christ, with His angels, thrust in their sickles reaping and gathering the harvest of the earth.  The vine thereof is cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

So this Timeline seems to simply be a summary of: The Day of the LORD'S Wrath aka: The Hour of His Judgment

Using the evidence discussed above it seems reasonable to hypothesize that the time of God’s Wrath may be a 10-day period.

Faithful unto Death

 Opinion of Clark Callear

At first I named this article "Faithful unto Death" but some were taken back by it.  It is now appropriately titled Here is the Patience of the Saints!  …and yes:  I know patience is not always a comfortable subject for Christians to discuss… but let’s face it:  We need to know what we need to know!

We previously laid some of the ground-work for this discussion in:

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Math 24: 29-31)."

…let’s look closer at this mysterious "great sound of a trumpet."  We assume this is the 7th trump... but are we right?  I think we are.  It reads (to me) that this trumpet happens during (and at the beginning of) the hour/day of God's wrath and "after the tribulation of those days."  We are into this strange "time-zone" where it appears that much is happening during the sounding of this special trumpet.  We are told this is an "hour," a "day," and "time no longer."  And now (to further my point) this time period contains:
the gathering "together of His elect from the four winds," and further:

This period appears to be happening during the sounding of the trumpet!  I am just starting to realize that “the days of the voice of the seventh angel” is again another title for the period of God’s wrath:
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Rev 10:7)”

So we are being told plainly:
·    This mystery of God reaches its finish over a period of DAYS”.  The Rapture and Resurrection of Christians, the 2nd Coming of Christ (with the 144,000 to Jerusalem), and The Desolation of Babylon all take place and are fulfilled while the angel is still sounding.  During the end of the sounding: "for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."

To summarize:

The Bible teaches us that the time-period of God’s wrath, after the tribulation of those days is called any-or-all of the following:

1.      “hour”
2.      “day”
3.      “time no longer”, and/or:
4.      “the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound”

I believe the "elect" of God are made up of both born-again Christians (adopted into Israel) and all of Israel (not just Judah, but all 12 Tribes)... even Israelites who have, up until this "hour/day," rejected Jesus as Messiah!  This includes dead Israelites.*

*Note:
Above is an excerpt from:
We recommend above site for more Bible references.

Jesus tells us, that at the end, some believers shall be hated and "put to death."  I think the following verses show us plainly that not all of "God’s elect" will be raptured.  This already makes sense to those of us who believe that the elect of God are made up of both born-again Christians (adopted into Israel) and all of Israel (as described above).  This includes dead Israelites.

The Book of Revelation makes it clear that Jesus is not happy with most of His Church.  As Last Day Christians the Lord speaks to us specifically when we read His admonitions to The Seven Churches of The Book of Revelation:

He told members of Ephesus:

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

To members of His Church of Pergamos He said:

“…I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam…  [and] the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches

Jesus spoke severely to some of the Thyatira Christians:

“…I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

To the Church in Sardis Jesus warned: 

“These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.   Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

Like the above four Churches, members of the Church of the Laodiceans are also at risk of losing their place in the First Resurrection.  Jesus says to us:

These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.   Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:   I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.    As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.   Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in his throne.   He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the CHURCHES.

So it’s plain: Some Church-members and some Israelites won’t even be included in the First Resurrection.  If these die prior to the Millennium they, even as members of God’s elect, will be in Hell during the 1000 years:

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished (Rev 20:5).”

And, even among the faithful, some who may have expected to be raptured will instead die during the Great Tribulation.  But in God’s big picture Jesus promises that they will not be harmed! :

"And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your patience possess ye your souls (Luk 21:16-19)." 

Jesus finds no fault with the Church in Smyrna, but look at His prophecy concerning their time of trouble:

"And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days**[see Note below]: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death (Rev 2:8-11)."

Yes there are many of God’s elect who will be Raptured/Resurrected when the Trumpet sounds.  And, as we have shown here, some of God’s elect, instead of being raptured, will  be greatly troubled and/or killed.  The Lord says: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.  To others He says: “In your patience possess ye your souls.   

In His own wisdom the Lord has called some of us, among His elect, to be patient without the assurance of being raptured!  Overcoming and being faithful unto death seem to be His will for some of us.  This “patience of the saints,” of the un-raptured Elect is here described:

"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth**[see Note below]: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  (Rev 14:12-13)." 

So for those Christians, who happen to be walking the earth after the Rapture, this Patience-of-the-Saints-period will be a BLESSED TIME… whether they die or not!  Above we show how the Church in Smyrna easily fits into this category.  It would be amiss if we failed to mention the Lord’s favorite:  Of His seven categorized Churches, only Philadelphia receives the Lord’s special promise that He will guard them from the hour of trial which shall come upon all the world:

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name.  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.  Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Rev 3:7-13)." 

Notice how Philadelphia is not necessarily promised to be Raptured… it doesn’t matter to them one way or the other!  God is keeping them!  I think they are just like the 144,000 once they were sealed:

These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb (Rev 14:4).”


**[Note] I wonder if this "ten day" period described (in Rev 2:10) could very well be a clue to better understand the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound” as discussed above.  We originally spoke of this time-period (aka “the days” of the sounding of the 7th Trump) as a mystery of God and how it reaches its finish over a period of “DAYS”… but we did not have any clues about how many days… perhaps until now:

Without listing any of their faults, Jesus specifically tells the Church in Smyrna: “ye shall have tribulation ten days.”  Smyrna is not even being punished for any sin yet they are further told: “be thou faithful unto death...”  This matches Jesus’ words to His elect when He said:

“…some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your PATIENCE possess ye your souls.”

Then John, in Revelation 14:12-13, builds on this:

"Here is the PATIENCE of the SAINTS: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” 

So, starting at a certain moment (“from henceforth”), a time period is being defined for us, but where does it fit into the Tribulation Timeline?  I think the next 6 verses (14-20) conclude the matter.  Paraphrasing it says:

The Lord Jesus Christ, with His angels, thrust in their sickles reaping and gathering the harvest of the earth.  The vine thereof is cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

So this Timeline seems to simply be a summary of: The Day of the LORD'S Wrath aka: The Hour of His Judgment

Using the evidence discussed above it seems reasonable to hypothesize that the time of God’s Wrath may be a 10-day period.