The Tribulation Period is coming soon! The Rapture is Close at Hand!

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Commentary By:  Gordon King

Tis’ the season, and I’m not talking about Christmas or the New Year.  It’s the season that all Christians should be aware of, the season we should be watching for before the second coming of Christ!

Jesus Christ told us to be watching and be ready, He gave us the signs to watch for before His second coming, but also for the rapture of the church.

As most of you already know I am a believer in the “pre-Tribulation” rapture of the church.  I am not writing this to argue or to condemn anyone with a different view, however, I strongly believe that the scriptures tell us that there will be a rapture of the church and that it will be “pre-Tribulation”.  Like I said, I am not here to condemn, but to speak the truth as I know it from scripture.

If we do not hold a pre-Tribulation view then we would not be looking for Jesus Christ but for the Anti-Christ, we would be looking for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, we would be waiting for the abomination of desolation to occur in the Holy of Holies, we would be waiting for the implementation of the Mark of the Beast, and we would be waiting for Armageddon to take place!  None of these things must occur before the rapture of the church, none!  We are not to be looking for any of these things, but for Jesus Christ!

If the rapture is post-Tribulation, then how is it that we will come back with Christ during His second coming?  Revelation 19 speaks of the marriage supper of the Lamb before His coming, how would there then be any time for this to occur? 

Revelation 19:7-8

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

This chapter also talks about His armies dressed in white linen coming with Him riding on white horses.  Who do you think His armies in heaven are?  I believe them to be the church, dressed in fine linen, white and clean, as spoken of in Revelation 19:8.

Revelation 19:14

And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

The armies of heaven, the church, “in heaven” with Christ, not on the earth and then going to meet Him in the air in clean linens riding on white horses!

We are not appointed to wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9).  The seven-year Tribulation period is about the wrath of God upon the world, not upon the church!  It’s also a time when He will reconcile a remnant of Jewish believers and restore His covenant that He made with them thousands of years ago.

The prophet Daniel spoke of the end time and of the people written in the book who will be delivered.

Daniel 12:1-3

At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble,
Such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.
And at that time your people shall be delivered,
Every one who is found written in the book.
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
Some to everlasting life,
Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.”

Just what are these people found written in the book delivered from?  From the time of trouble, the time of Jacob’s trouble, not the churches trouble!

Daniel prophesied the rebuilding of the Jewish temple twenty-five hundred years ago as well as the coming of the Messiah and the Tribulation period.

Daniel 9:24-27

“Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.

25 “Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.

26 “And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”

The weeks spoken of by the prophet Daniel are not actually weeks at all, but weeks of years.  The first sixty-nine weeks are from the time of the command to rebuild the Jewish Temple to the announcement of Christ as Lord, which He officially did when He rode into Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey during the Passover celebration in 32 A.D. .  This time period of 69 weeks or weeks of years was fulfilled to the very day (per 360 days of the Jewish calendar)!

Chuck Missler gives a good explanation of this here (Daniels 70 Weeks).

The last week or the seventieth week has yet to be fulfilled, as it will be when the Anti-Christ is revealed and confirms a covenant with the Jews for the last week or seven years (The Time of Jacob’s Trouble).

This seven-year period commences once the Anti-Christ has been revealed and confirms a covenant with the Jews, yet the Anti-Christ cannot be revealed until “He who restrains” is taken out of the way first.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

I truly believe that “He who now restrains” is the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ.  We are the ones restraining, the body of Christ filled with the Holy Spirit!  When we are taken out of this world there will be a great falling away, of both the true believers and those who are not truly believers.  He who now restrains is a person, who else could it possibly be if not the Holy Spirit filled church?!  It couldn’t be merely be the Holy Spirit, for He will still be here on earth since God is everywhere at all times, and the 144,000 Jewish believers will also be filled with the Holy Spirit.  And God told us that He would never leave us nor forsake us, His Spirit is always with us!  If this is true then it must be the church that is removed before the seven-year Tribulation period begins, think about it!  Who else could be restraining the Anti-Christ?

The only logical view for the rapture of the church is “pre-Tribulation” according to scripture.  We are not to be occupied with looking for the Anti-Christ, but for Jesus Christ!  Not for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, but for the building of God’s Holy temples, His children, saving the lost.

There are many signs which the good Lord gave us to be watching for, however, I also believe that there are many other signs not mentioned in scripture which also show us the season that we are now in.  For instance, the election of Donald Trump as the President elect of the United States of America.  How in the world did Donald Trump even come close to winning the election?!  By the hand of God Almighty!  He represents what is now standing in the way of the One World Government, and He also represents everything that President Obama is not!  I truly believe that the election of Donald Trump is just one sign of the closeness of Christ’s return for His bride!  A wake-up call!

The progressive movement in America and the world is all for a One World Government and dictator.  The values that they represent are socialist and dictatorial in nature.  Most of these people probably are not even aware of just what they are doing in pushing their agenda upon others.

The rise of Islam upon the world is another sign which we should not take lightly!  Their hatred of anyone not aligning themselves with Allah is frightening.  Their rise to power and terror around the world is a sign that the rapture is close at hand!  World leaders and governments have given Islam a pass, they have given them a green light to continue on with their hatred and violence in the world, even going so far as to support them in their efforts to conquer the world!

The increase in the persecution of both Christians and Jews is another sign that the rapture is close and the Tribulation period is close at hand.

The current Pope and his ways of thinking are yet another sign that the end is near.  Pope Francis has an agenda to unite all religions of the world.  His speeches of tolerance and unity, of peace and security, all focus on the melding of religions, of the formation of a One World Religion as spoken of in the book of Revelation!  He has even gone so far as to invite the religious leaders of the world to come to the Vatican and pray together, under the supposition that we all worship the same God!

The push towards a cashless society and the talk of a One World Currency is also a sign that the world is closing in on the end of itself.  Along with a One World Government, a One World Religion, there will also be a One World Economy!

All of this leads me to believe that the rapture of the church is near, very near!  We must all sit up and take notice.  We must be ready at all times!  God has given us warning, He has told us to watch and be ready, to know the season.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

God did not appoint us to wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ!  Let us not sleep, but let us watch and be sober.  Comfort each other!  How can we possibly do that if we have to go through the Tribulation period?!  However, we can comfort each other knowing that Jesus is coming soon to deliver us from that terrible time!

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

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11 comments

  1. Mike Gibson

    Do you believe there is a gap between the rapture and the beginning of the 7 year tribulation period? If so, how long?

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your question Mike Gibson!

      I don’t really know Mike. I do believe that the rapture of the church will happen before the beginning of the Tribulation period, however, just how long will it be before the Tribulation period begins? I don’t believe that it will be long though, perhaps even simultaneously, I don’t believe that anyone really knows. Maybe just enough time for the world to freak out and be willing to accept the Anti-Christ as their leader. Once the church is gone I don’t think that it will take much time for things to really fall to pieces.

      God bless!

      • Mike Gibson

        Thanks, Gordon, for your quick response! One of the things that makes me think that there will be some sort of ‘gap’ is the fact that I anticipate the rapture happening at any moment…and during the tribulation period, no one will be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast…and from what my mortal eyes see as of right now, that system is not in place. But I will never know the answer to that question…because I won’t be here! Praise the Lord, and Maranatha!

      • Gordon King

        Thanks Mike!

        First of all the Tribulation period (seven years) includes the “Great Tribulation” (last 3 1/2 years) which is the last half of the Tribulation period, this is when the abomination of desolation takes place and the Mark of the Beast is implemented. However, with the technology that we now have, this could be accomplished quite easily, we already use plastic cards for transactions everyday and most now come with microchips implanted, in fact microchips are even being implanted into humans as we speak.

        God bless! Maranatha!

  2. youngearth

    I’m in agreement with the general principles of your posts with a few of my observations to follow:

    1. John Darby invented the pre-trib rapture theory in 1830. This is not a proven fact.

    2. Darby said the the great tribulation should be 7 years. However this contradicts Revelation which only speaks of 3 1/2 years. The other 3 1/2 years has already been fully expended by the 3 1/2 year earthly ministry of Jesus which began with John the
    Baptist. I have two proofs to demonstrate that the final 7 is split into two halves beyond a shadow of doubt.
    http://www.4145bc.org/year_of_creation.html
    https://truthlife.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/daniel-chapter-9-201608011.pdf

    3. Your big picture is in need of a minor adjustment really – it should depict 3 1/2 years on each side of the church age!

    4. During the great tribulation which is limited to 3 1/2 years the Two Witnesses in Israel will give testimony and until this happens we haven’t reached the end game.

    5. The entire church will be lifted up prior to the 7 trumpets and 7 bowls of wrath. It is so obviously in Revelation that the whole church is elevated to heaven during the sixth seal. Whether this is slightly before or after the 2 witnesses show up I
    don’t know. However once the church is lifted up then this unbelieving earth, with the exception of Israel, will become fully available for the wrath of God to be poured out.
    https://truthlife.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-sixth-seal-rapture-of-all-christians/
    https://truthlife.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/wrath-of-god-follows-sixth-seal-rapture-of-all-christians/

    6. And finally there is no need for Hebrews to build a third Jewish Temple because the Muslim Dome of the Rock, an Abomination, already stands on the Temple Mount. Most likely this Abomination already stands upon the wing of where the holy Second Temple once stood whose exact dimensions and location would be visible like a hologram to the King of Heaven.

    2016-Dec-23 The Sword
    UN Draft resolution for the division of Israel which President Obama could have blocked.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_2334.pdf
    Approved by the UN Security council because the harlot abstained. The UN Security Counsel has 5 Permanent Members: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States; and 10 non-permanent members: Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela.

    2016-Oct-12 The Sword
    UNESCO document declaring the Temple Mount holy to Muslims only –
    http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002462/246215e.pdf

    7. So yes I agree that both the rapture and great tribulation are imminent.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment youngearth!

      I disagree with most of what you have said.

      1) John Darby did not invent the rapture, it was written in scripture thousands of years ago, you can read it yourself!

      2) I have already given you proof of the seven year Tribulation period, the last 3 1/2 is the Great Tribulation contained within this last seven year period. Again, read scripture and you will see this, and the Anti-Christ shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (seven years), the beginning of the Tribulation period.

      3) Once again read number 2. And just who do you suppose “He who now restrains” is? Please explain this to me.

      4) Great Tribulation, last half of the Tribulation period.

      5) I agree that the church will be raptured before any wrath, however as I have already stated, before the Tribulation period (last seven years) begins, look at Revelation 4:1, John was taken up to heaven in the spirit, this represents the church, as in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, and 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.

      6) Sorry, but the “Holy place” is not in a Muslim Mosque! What in the world does that have to do with the Jews or Christians for that matter?! The Mosque is not Holy to God Almighty!

      Matthew 24:15
      “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),”

      7) So you believe that we are already in the Tribulation period? Then who is the Anti-Christ? When has the covenant between him and Israel been confirmed? Or do you not believe what the prophet Daniel told us about it? What about the last seven years, the 70th week, this did not already occur.

      God bless! Maranatha!

      • youngearth

        2a) “the last 3 1/2 is the Great Tribulation” – I agree!

        2b) “the Anti-Christ shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (seven years), the beginning of the Tribulation period” – The root of this error originated with Darby and Scofield and continues to be propagated by almost all the popular teachers of our day.

        3) “And just who do you suppose “He who now restrains” is? Please explain this to me.”
        One possible explanation is the Archangel Michael who is the guardian angel of Israel who is capable to defend against and defeat Satan. (2 Thes 2:6-7, Dan 12:1, Rev 12:7-8). Michael moves at the command of Yahweh/Yeshua who controls the battlefield and we have witnessed in the year 2016 war against the Temple Mount itself.
        2016-Dec-23 UN Draft resolution for the division of Israel which the President Obama could have blocked.
        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_2334.pdf
        2016-Oct-12 UNESCO document declaring the Temple Mount holy to Muslims only
        http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002462/246215e.pdf

        6) “Sorry, but the “Holy place” is not in a Muslim Mosque!” – Where do you suppose the Muslims obtained the fine stones used to construct the Dome of the Rock? In all likelihood many of the stones used to construct the Dome of the Rock were recycled stones from the Second Temple rather than virgin stones mined from a quarry. The holy was made profane by Mohammed and upon Yahweh’s consecrated stones all kinds of blasphemy against the Lord of Heaven were written and this Abomination has been standing more or less since 692. “Christians and Muslims in the Middle Ages believed the Dome of the Rock to be the Temple of Solomon (Templum Domini).”
        https://www.britannica.com/topic/Dome-of-the-Rock

  3. annime5

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    DO YOU KNOW JESUS ??
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    GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS NOW TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE..
    GOD BLESS MARANATHA SPEED THE DAY

  4. Joe Lynch

    TIME IS VERY SHORT,,,,,,,,
    Christ will come in the clouds, to Rapture all BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS by 2019.04
    Or should I say, all born again Christians who are looking for Him to come
    + the SON will come the second time, to set His Foot on earth by 2025.94
    to wipe out all evil spirits,(fallen angels + their offspring)
    + START HIS MILLINIUM

    (WE HAVE A LITTLE MORE THAN 2 YEARS LEFT)
    We are told that we can not only “KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR”
    But we are even allowed to know when it’s “EVEN AT THE DOORS”
    Where Doors sound to me like deadlines,,, WHEN THE GENERATION ENDS

    THE 7 YEAR PEACE TREATY MUST BE SIGNED BEFORE
    The first Door closes, on 2019.04 = (January 15th) = .04 * 365.25
    ,,,,,, remember we are allowed to know when it is near + even at the doors

    1st door will soon close, on the 1st Return of Christ, in the air

    in Mathew 24:33 we are told that we can “know that it is near, even at the doors”
    when talking about the “end of the world”, where “world” is “age” mistranslated
    this 1st door will close = date the 7 year peace treaty MUST be signed by
    + the pre-Trib Rapture must happen before this door closes

    A date which we are allowed to know, will be on 2019.04
    http://doorschristmustpassthrough.yolasite.com/
    + http://2020-vision.yolasite.com/
    because the bible says “know that it is near” (near to what? = the 1st door)
    “even at the doors”” Mat 24:33 + door = deadline = last day possible
    that it will happen within the same generation that say Jerusalem in Israeli hands

    We are warned that no one knows the day nor hour… (Mat 24:36) but it says that we will know when it is near… near to what? maybe the door…. as we can know when it’s “even at the doors” (Mat 24:33)

    I heard that in the original Greek it was worded like a command “know that it is near”
    With this technology the Tribulation Saints can keep warm in our cold Canadian winters
    even off the power grid. (remember the heat + light of fires would easily give away your position visually… as well as via satellites)

    notice that Doors are plural – because He is coming twice =
    1) – Rapture = “caught up together with the in the clouds”-(I Thes 4:17)
    2) – “Glorious Appearing” = at end of Tribulation -(Titus 2:13)

    here is GEM of a simple free energy technology for the Tribulation Saints
    http://free-energy.yolasite.com/

    if you attach a 100cm circumference pulley to a DC motor it only takes one spark of DC current to rotate a DC motor one full rotation. this would give you 100cm of moving belt to work with now if you run this length of moving belt past 1to10 mini -pulleys. of one centimeter circumference with AC generators attached to each pulley then you would get 100-1000 units or cycles of AC electricity. these are free running AC generators=(as no load is on them) – all of these generators are running with zero load = no electricity being used just the fluid friction of the bearings is your only wear or load-type but you could use magnetic bearings + have zero friction so all of these AC generators are just winding up massive voltage which can be accessed as potential = ability to do work = available current in load you have just made your first self powered set of running AC + DC generators that you could tap power off of + the more mini-pulleys with AC generators attached the greater amount of current you should be able to do work with

    (now…. don’t you think that you could be able to get one spark of DC current) ( out of the 1000 units of AC electricity that you have for an output) (this would make this unit a self powering mechanism = perpetual motion) (+ this could be producing an unknown amount of AC + DC electricity)

    http://free-energy.yolasite.com/ = PUBLISHED 2001 OR 2002
    (YET THERE IS SUCH A SPIRITUAL WARFARE GOING ON AGAINST IT)
    ((( evil spirits were hiding this tech = lies about torque being a problem )))

    Now comes the bad + scary part of this awesome free energy technology discovery You can easily see just how super simple this AC multiplication technology is so why could not any one of the millions of above average intelligence have discovered this long ago… as soon as AC electricity was discovered. Well this is hard positive proof of there being powerful spiritual warfare going on all around us… + they were winning I would say that these powerful evil forces were winning – if they could hide this from us

    I happen to be Born Again-(28-11-88) + want this super simple free energy technology known long before the first Door closes for Christ’s return in the clouds by or before 2019.04 http://doorschristmustpassthrough.yolasite.com/
    + http://2020-vision.yolasite.com

    This technology is in the Holy Bible = in Ezekiel 1:16 where he is describing what a UFO motor looks like while it’s running so this technology will eventually lead us to anti-gravity as well as not only speeds approaching the speed of light but also the ability to do 1000 kph vectoring

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Joe Lynch!

      I am not a date setter, therefore I cannot say just when Christ will rapture the church. However, I do believe that it is close at hand.

      God bless!

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