Aren't you saying that shortening the Great Tribulation period is the same as shortening a 1,260-day period? How is that possible?

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On the one hand, you say that the final half of the 70th Week will last for 1,260 days. Yet, you also say that the Great Tribulation period (Matthew 24:21) will not last the full 1,260 days because it will be "cut short" (24:22). I can hardly believe that God would shorten this 1,260-day time period. I do not understand how this can be possible.

Ted's Response:

I think you may have misunderstood something I've written. I do not believe that God will shorten the 1,260-day or 3½-year period, which will be the time, times, and half a time in the scriptural passages mentioned in Daniel 7:25, 12:7 and in Revelation 11:3, 12:6,14. God will not shorten "time" itself.

What I am saying is that the Great Tribulation period, for "the elect" believers, will not last the entire 1,260 days. Technically, the Great Tribulation period will end with the opening of the Sixth Seal, at which time multitudes of believers will be removed, via the Pre-wrath Rapture, and will be translated into heaven (Revelation 7:9,10,14). This will be just prior to the opening of the Seventh Seal, when God's "day" of vengeance will begin.

In essence, the Great Tribulation will be a time of Satan's wrath and fury upon mankind (Revelation 12:12,17). However, the subsequent day of vengeance will be a time of God's wrath upon those who are left behind, following the Pre-wrath Rapture (6:17). This will be the sequence of events:

  1. Just prior to the second half of the prophesied 70th Week (Daniel 9:27), Satan and his angels will be thrown out of heaven by Michael and his angels (Revelation 12:7-9). We know this will be in the middle of that seven-year period because refugees from Judea will flee (Matthew 24:16) and will be protected, by God, for 1,260 days (Revelation 12:6) or 3½ years = time, times, and half a time (12:14).

  2. Filled with fury, Satan will know his time is short (Revelation 12:12). Since the remnant of Jews he had been pursuing will be protected (12:13-16), he will become even more enraged and will pursue "those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus" (12:17). Many of these will be the souls who will be "slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained" during the Fifth Seal events (6:9). This will take place during the Great Tribulation period.

  3. The slain souls will cry out to God, asking when He will avenge their blood by judging the inhabitants of the earth (Revelation 6:10). These wicked inhabitants of the earth are those from the nations who (presumably, due to Satan's evil influence to carry out his wrath) will afflict, persecute and kill many of the saints of God (Matthew 24:9).

  4. Soon after the opening of the Sixth Seal, the face of Him who sits on His throne (Revelation 6:16) will be the face of Jesus in the clouds. Then He will Rapture a great multitude of believers (6:11) into heaven, where they will be wearing white robes (7:9), out of the Great Tribulation (7:14). This will be the Pre-wrath Rapture (Matthew 24:30,31; Mark 13:26,27), which will cut short the days of Great Tribulation period for God's elect believers (Matthew 24:21,22; Mark 13:19,20). As described in Isaiah 26:19-21, the resurrection of the saved dead (and living) will take place at the main (Pre-wrath) Rapture event, at which time they will enter their "rooms" (imperishable, immortal bodies—1 Corinthians 15:52,53) and will be protected until the passing of God's wrath. This wrath and vengeance will take place because God will be punishing those who, during the Great Tribulation, had slain His saints and shed their blood (Revelation 6:9,10).

  5. After witnessing the extremely dreadful and terrifying events of the Sixth Seal, and the removal of God's elect saints, the degenerate, reprobate people of the world then will know that God's vengeance is about to be dispensed upon them; so they will run and hide (Revelation 6:12-17). Soon thereafter, God's "day" of vengeance will begin, at the opening of the Seventh Seal (8:1). Primarily, it will be because of the cry of God's slain saints to avenge their blood (6:9,10) that God will take vengeance upon the ungodly inhabitants of the earth during the "day" of God's wrath (6:17). This also will be known as the "day" of vengeance—which, according to Isaiah, will last for a year (Isaiah 34:8, 61:2, 63:4). The Fifth Trumpet Judgment, alone, will last for five months (Revelation 9:5,10) of that year.

  6. Thus, the period of Great Tribulation for God's elect (Matthew 24:21,22; Mark 13:19,20), plus the "day" (year) of God's vengeance and retribution (Isaiah 34:8), will be 1,260 days (that is, time, times, and half a time) in length, ending with the second advent (bodily descent) of Jesus to earth at the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet (10:7, 11:15-17). Technically speaking, the over-ripe or dried "grapes" who are harvested at the very end of the 70th week, specifically by the Son of Man (Revelation 14:14-16), will have endured both the Great Tribulation period and the "day" of vengeance period. I would not consider these people to be God's "elect" because they will not have been caught up at the primary Pre-wrath Rapture. Loosely speaking, it could be said that these "last-minute" believers, who will be raptured "in the nick of time" at the Post-tribulation Rapture (coinciding with Jesus' second advent), will have survived the great distress and tribulation of Satan's wrathful assaults for a full 3½ years (Daniel 7:25), which will include God's "day" of vengeance upon the world for the last year of that period.

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