22. THE TIMES.
Throughout this book, we have already looked at the times in some detail. So this is just a brief summary of the times, to help explain the chart below.
The Days of Vengeance.
The days of vengeance refers to the time of God’s vengeance against the Jews, for their rejection of his Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer. This time began with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and will end approximately 541 days before the return of Jesus Christ.
The Times of The Gentiles.
This is a time when many Gentiles receive deliverance, and are born again into the kingdom of God. While at the same time very few Jews will receive deliverance. This time also begins with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and will end approximately 541 days before the return of Jesus Christ.
The Time of Great Distress.
Also known as the great tribulation; this time will begin with the occupation of Jerusalem by the forces of the World Empire and the setting up of the abomination in the Holy place. Three-and-a-half-years later, with the ending of the occupation of Judea, the tribulation in Jerusalem and Judea will come to an end.
For the Church, this will be a time of God dividing the wheat from the weeds, a time testing the faith of the believers, and a time when many souls will be saved. Although this time of Great distress will end three-and-a-half-years after it began, the believers in Christ throughout the world will continue to suffer trials and persecutions till the end, as we have always suffered since the beginning of the Church.
John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
The Time of Wrath.
The time of wrath begins three-and-a-half-years after the setting up of the abomination in the Holy Place, and will last for three-and-a-half-years. For the first two years of this time of wrath, God will make no difference between the believers and the non-believers and the plagues will fall on both alike. However, before the really bad plagues come upon mankind, God will make a difference between the believers and the non-believers. So that, for the next year-and-a-half, the plagues will only fall on those who are not marked in Christ with the seal of the Holy Spirit.
The Last Day.
The Last Day for the righteous will be a day of great joy, ending with the righteous being caught up to meet Jesus Christ in the air. But for the unrighteous this will be a day of great terror, ending with the Hour of Wrath, an hour in which all the wicked will be removed from the face of the earth, and shall become as ash under the feet of the righteous.
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