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Will the Church face the Anti-Christ?

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.                                                                  Joel 2:31
 

 

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Level 1. Terms and Definitions
    Step 1. Definition of Key Words & Events

Definitions and Terms

    In order to understand end time events it is important we understand  the definitions of  terms used in the Bible referring to key events or people. Pre-trib and Post-trib agree and disagree on several of the terms used in the Bible, including the timing, the character, and they're importance. Below are a few of the most important terms, a short description, and the difference of opinion each view has of them. Each of these will be delt with in more detail in the following pages. Click on the Hyperlinks below, or if this is your first time, I suggest just scroll down the page to read the definition of each term.

Day of the Lord
Day of Christ
Tribulation
Great Tribulation
Darkening of the Sun and Moon
Daniels 70th Week & Abomination of Desolation

The 144,000
The Elect


Day of the Lord

The Day of the Lord is referenced many times throughout the Bible, both in the old and the new Testaments. The Day of the Lord is not just one day but rather a period of time, both pre-trib and post-trib agree that the Day of the Lord occurs over a span of time. The Day of the Lord is associated with God pouring out his wrath upon the ungodly, this wrath includes the seven vial and trumpet judgments, both pre-trib and post-trib agree on this fact; however, they do not agree on when the Day of the Lord begins.

 The following verse describes the nature of the Day of the Lord, there are many others which describe it with the same character.

 Isaiah 13:9-11

Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
 

 

Day of Christ

The term "Rapture" is never mentioned in the Bible, it is a term used to define what the Bible calls the Day of Christ. The Day of Christ, unlike the Day of the Lord, is described as a day of rejoicing a time of happiness. Both pre-trib and post-trib agree on this; however, they do not agree on when this day occurs.
According to pre-trib doctrine this day is the rapture occurring before the start of the tribulation; post-trib, to the contrary, says that the Day of Christ occurs just after the tribulation.

 

Tribulation

Pre-trib and post-trib have differing views of the tribulation, both agree that the tribulation is a period of time where the Anti-Christ persecutes believers. Pre-trib also teaches that God’s wrath will be poured out during this time in the form of the seven vial and trumpet judgments. Post-trib, on the other hand, believes that God’s wrath comes after the tribulation, following the darkening of the sun and moon.  Because of this, pre-trib believers have a difficult time distinguishing wrath from God, with tribulation from Satan. Also, we sometimes refer to the tribulation as lasting for seven years, this is not entirely acurate. The seventieth week of Daniel lasts for seven years, the Great Tribulation lasts for three and a half years. Both post-trib and pre-trib sometimes, out of ignorance,  call Daniels seventieth week the tribulation period.

 

Great Tribulation

The Great Tribulation is defined by both pre-trib and post-trib as occurring at the midpoint of Daniel's seventieth week when the Anti-Christ breaks the covenant he has made with Israel. At this point the Anti-Christ is aggressively attempting to put believers to death. Both pre-trib and post-trib agree with the concept and timing of the Great Tribulation, but Post-trib does not agree that God's wrath will be poured out during this time.

 

Darkening of the Sun and Moon

In Matthew chapter 24 the disciples asked Jesus what would be the sign of his coming, notice they said sign singular, not signs plural. The sign that he gives is the Darkening of the Sun and Moon, this event is central to understanding end time events.

Matthew 24:3  "what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"

Matthew 24:29   "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:"


Daniels 70th Week & Abomination of Desolation

In the following verses we see that the abomination of desolation occurs in the middle, or in the midst of the seventieth week of Daniel. This event marks the beginning of the great tribulation. According to these verses and others, the Temple will be defiled by the Anti-Christ by placing himself or some idol in the holy place.

 Daniel 9:27

"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

 Matthew 24:15,16,21

"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…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

The Ryrie study Bible says, "At the midpoint of the tribulation period the Antichrist will desecrate the rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem by placing himself there to be worshiped. See note on Matt. 24:15. This will be the climax of man's great sin of self-deification, in open defiance of God"

 

The 144,000

 Revelation 14:1  

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. 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.And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." The identity of the 144,000 are agreed upon by both pre-trib and post-trib; however, they do not agree on when the 144,000 are sealed.

 

The Elect

The identity of the "Elect" are not agreed upon by Pre-trib and Post-trib; and Pre-trib scholars are themselves divided over the identity of this group. This group of people will be discussed in more detail in later pages.

 

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