By Pam Sheppard
Where it comes to this subject, the Lord Himself makes reference to Daniel’s prophecies in Matthew 24. My main issue is that if bible scholars are correct in their assumption that Daniel’s “week” is referring to 7 years of tribulation according to a year for a day interpretation of that week,( Daniel 9: 27) why did’t the Lord also confirm that the tribulation would be for 7 years?. For not only does He refer to Daniel’s revelation, He also uses the term “tribulation.”
Could it be that the bible is referring to more than one tribulation? I pose this question because I wonder how could the prophets of bible days not predict to the Jews the worst time of their history on earth thus far, the time of the Holocaust?
A Jew Himself, as recorded by Matthew, the Lord spoke to Jews about Jews. Daniel also had the Hebrews on his heart. We read that Daniel sought God to reveal to him what would happen to the Hebrew people, THE JEWS. So if the tribulation of the Jewish people was the same as the tribulation the Lord was speaking of just before His return to earth, then why did He not tell us that THAT tribulation would be for 7 years?
I suspect the reason why He did not is because the tribulation of the Jews and end-time tribulation are two different periods of history. Historically, 1941 to 1945 were the active years of genocide called the Holocaust. however, for 3 1/2 years prior, the Third Reich periodically enacted various racist laws in in the 30’s. Was it a 7 year period? Could be. Check this out:
The persecution and genocide were carried out in stages. Initially the German government passed laws to exclude Jews from civil society, most prominently the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. A network of concentration camps was established starting in 1933 and ghettos were established following the outbreak of World War II in 1939. In 1941, as Germany conquered new territory in eastern Europe, specialized paramilitary units called Einsatzgruppen were used to murder around two million Jews and “partisans”, often in mass shootings. By the end of 1942, victims were being regularly transported by freight train to specially built extermination camps where, if they survived the journey, most were systematically killed in gas chambers. The campaign of murder continued until the end of World War II in Europe in April–May 1945. (Wikipedia)
I am not a historicist or a futurist. I simply see this generation as being extremely egotistical to assume that EVERY bible prophecy was written to and for people of our time, as if no other generation had any significance. The current debate over pre-trib, mid-trib and post trib is really a smokescreen of the enemy to hide the truth. For example, there is a scripture that is assumed to be about the Anti-Christ that could be about the Lord. If it is about the Lord, then it was fulfilled 2000 years ago yet its a major end-time scripture. .
So much error prevails.
Are we in error about the 7 years of tribulation? The truth is that many are assuming that Endtime tribulation is a 7 year period when neither the Lord or Daniel actually said so. The entire Christian world has based its end-time assumptions on the interpretation of others. From a historical perspective, somewhere in scripture, both Daniel and the Lord must have predicted the most horrendous tribulation the Jews have ever endured.
A related point is this. Clearly the Lord did not know how long endtime tribulation would be for if He did, why would He say these words:
” For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be. AND EXCEPT THOSE DAYS BE SHORTENED, THERE SHALL BE NO FLESH SAVED.
BUT FOR THE ELECT’s SAKE, THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED.(Matthew 24:21-22)
Is the Lord referring to “Daniel’s week?” Seven years is seven years. How could such an exact period of time be shortened? The Lord suggest that the tribulation is an indeterminate number of years that God will shorten. Another question to ask is “if there is a rapture for the elect, then why would God shorten the tribulation for our sakes, if we who are born again do not go through it? Seems there is an oxymoron in play. We either escape or we go through.
So if the scholars have infiltrated religious minds to assume that the tribulation is 7 years AND that the elect will escape it, then what ELSE did they get wrong?
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