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“Jacob’s Trouble”

 

Anybody who places the NT Church in the Tribulation (either mid or post) needs to explain how the NT Church fits anywhere in Daniel’s Prophetic 70th Week, when it is obvious from scripture that the entire 70 Weeks of Years apply ONLY to the nation of Israel (Daniel’s people) and Jerusalem (Daniel’s holy city).

 

Daniel 9

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

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.

 

The first 69 Weeks of Years (483 years) were consummated by the coming of Jesus the Christ. The NT Church comes into existence in the “gap” [unspecified period of time] between the first 69 Weeks and the 70th Week. The Final Week, Daniel’s 70th Week, is known as the Tribulation or the Day of the Lord and is designated as exclusively belonging to Jacob–the nation of Israel–in Jeremiah 30:7, i.e., “Jacob’s Trouble”.

 

Jeremiah 30:7

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

 

The Tribulation Period does not involve the NT Church; it belongs exclusively to Israel. Daniel’s prophecy is not about the NT Church.

 

Jesus’ message in Matthew 24 concerning the Second Coming is indeed referring to the post-tribulation period. But that is NOT when the NT Church is taken. Those words were directed to Israel, not to the NT Church. (See Romans 9-11 for the clear distinction made in scripture between the NT Church and the nation of Israel.) The NT Church is taken before the Tribulation at the “Secret Coming”, at which time Jesus does not come back to the earth, but we will meet Him “in the air” (1 Thess. 4:17).

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