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Dan.2:34,35,44,45
We are saved by faith in Christ through His grace. 
Our hope is not in a future millennium, 
nor an end of all things, nor a rapture,
but in Christ Himself. 
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Seven Year Tribulation: True or False?

I. A Summary of This Theory

II. Difficulties with this theory should cause us to ask the question, "Is it true or false?"

III. If the theory is false, then what was the Tribulation?

IV. When is the second coming according to Jesus?

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I. A Summary of The Seven Year Tribulation Theory

The tribulation is a future time of world distress lasting seven years. The Antichrist will rule the world as a political and religious leader for the seven years. The first three and one half years will be a time of peace and prosperity. The Antichrist then puts an end to sacrifice and offering in the rebuilt temple. The last half of the seven years is a world holocaust never matched since the beginning of time. The Christian believers will be raptured out either in the beginning (pre-trib), middle (mid-trib) or after the seven years (post-trib). Armageddon, the last big war, will bring an end to this world as we know it. Christ will then come again with His raptured saints to establish a Kingdom of God on earth called the millennium.

II. Difficulties with this theory should cause us to ask the question, "Is it true or false?"

This tribulation scenario is not found in the Bible. This theory is created by combining interpretations of various passages from both the Old Testament and New Testament, assuming they are related, and piecing them together into this theory of prophecy. The basis of this theory is found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. Jesus told the disciples the temple would be completely torn down. The disciples asked Him when this would happen, what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. Jesus proceeded to list the signs of things to come. The events He listed showing the signs of His coming and the end of the age is known as the Olivet Discourse. Although this discourse is the foundation of the Seven Year Tribulation Theory, they show almost nothing in common. Consider:

1. Jesus never said the tribulation would be 7 years.

2. Jesus said all would happen in their generation.

3. Jesus never suggested any sizable time gaps between the signs.

4. Jesus never said the Antichrist would rule the world.

5. Jesus never said the tribulation would involve the entire world.

6. Jesus never suggested the temple would be rebuilt after it was torn down. There is no prophecy in the entire Bible that a fourth and future temple will be built.

7. Jesus never said the first half of this tribulation would be prosperous, while the second half would be the time of great distress.

8. Jesus never said Armageddon would bring an end to the entire world.

III. If this theory is false, then what was the Tribulation?

In about A.D.30, speaking of the temple building standing before them, Jesus said it would all be torn down. The disciples asked Jesus when this would be, and what would be the signs of His coming and the end of the age. In the sequence of signs, Jesus replied that Jerusalem would be laid desolate in a time of great distress. This time of great distress is the Tribulation. Known history shows the first century desolation of Jerusalem happened EXACTLY as Jesus said it would. That was the Tribulation, the time of great distress.

IV. When is the second coming according to Jesus?

An author's intent can only be determined by an evaluation of the consistency of his statements, without regard to the desired outcome. The desired outcome of the Seven Year Tribulation Theory is that Christ will come again in our near future. Curiously, Bible statements consistently show God intended that Christ would return a second time in the generation of the disciples, in their future. The disciples were not to know the day or hour, but they were given a time frame. Many biblical statements consistently confirm a time frame of the late first century. Read the time statements and reconsider! A partial listing of the time statements is found at Bible Prophecy: End Time in the First Century

Time statements indicate a time frame for the end of the age and the second coming.

The last day, the day of visitation, the end, the end of the age, and the last hour are always associated with the second coming of Christ, which the New Testament consistently says would happen in the first century in the generation of the Apostles. These are the "time statements." Though no one knew the day or hour, the disciples did know a time frame. See A Christian Dilemma: time statements for a partial list of the time statements.
 

PROPHECY PARADOX: The Case for a First Century End Time presents a literal case for the complete fulfillment of Bible Prophecy by the end of the first century. This book is documented from original sources. Every sign Jesus predicted leading to the end of the age and His second coming is historically documented in His generation. This book is supported by extant Greek and Roman history in conjunction with biblical history. Sources for this book include The Life and Works of Josephus, a history of Rome by Dio Cassius, the Dead Sea Scrolls and many others. This book is unique in that the second coming is shown to be a literal event which occurred in A.D.79 instead of A.D.70. Read the historic fulfillment of prophecy This site reviews PROPHECY PARADOX: The Case for a First Century End Time.

If you would like to order a copy of PROPHECY PARADOX: The Case for a First Century End Time, see Order Information for more information.

A Visible Second Coming: This list of New Testament verses shows consistent biblical intent that first century Christians would live to see both a literal and visible return of Christ to gather His elect.

Creative Christianity: New evidence is turning up that Jesus did indeed return for His elect, in power and glory during the first century. In our attempt to place the second coming of our Lord in OUR future, rather than the generation of the Apostles, are we creatively altering the Bible to suit our own preference?

Bible Prophecy: Faulty Assumptions Faulty assumptions distort accurate assessment of Bible prophecy. Have you made any faulty assumptions? Check out this list!

Tough Questions for Tough Christians If Jesus preached He would return a second time in the first century, perhaps we should consider He was right.

Link to other preterist pages The Preterist Archive 

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