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The Length Of The Last Tribulation

It is widely assumed by dispensationalists and others that some future great tribulation period is coming that must last for seven years. Nowhere in the New Testament, however, is there any evidence that any such seven year future period of time actually exists. From a Wesleyan perspective, John Wesley never mentioned such a concept. So where does this idea really come from, and how has it gained such tremendous popularity these days, so as to have become a household assumption and foregone conclusion among the masses?

The school of end-time Bible prophecy interpretation that pushes the future seven year great tribulation assumption, as we mentioned, is called dispensational premillennialism. The idea of the future seven years, itself, is derived from the nineteenth century English Plymouth Brethren celebrity, Sir Robert Anderson's, novel theory of interpreting Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.

Logic clearly dictates that if Sir Robert Anderson was wrong in his assessment of the controlling features of Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks, then dispensational premillennialism is a completely misguided system of end-time Bible prophecy thinking. Many do not fully grasp the profundity of this evaluation, but, logically speaking it holds water, nevertheless.

So here is the deal. What we do in this web site is to academically debunk Sir Robert Anderson's theory of interpreting Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks. There is a method in this madness, as they say, and logic supports both our process and its conclusions. Thus, we urge you to consider the evidence we provide that Christ, and not Sir Robert Anderson's future Roman Antichrist idea, is the divinely-intended "covenant-maker" of Daniel 9:27.

The New Testament never once mentions the existence of any future seven year tribulation period, but here is what it does say about the idea of "tribulation."

1. Tribulation is the lot of all true believers during the course of this whole Christian age. Please read John 16:33; Acts 14:21-22; II Corinthians 1:4; Ephesians 3:13; Philippians 1:29; I Thessalonians 3:4; II Timothy 3:12; Revelation 1:9; 2:10; 7:13-14.2

2. A special season of great tribulation was pronounced upon first century Judaism because of its rejection of the new-covenant-confirming Messiah. Please read Daniel 9:27; Matthew 23:37-39; Luke 19:41-44.

(A) That great tribulation pronounced on Judaism began with the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, and will last unto the second coming of Jesus Christ. Please read Luke 21:22-24 and Revelation 11:1-2.

(B) This great tribulation of Judaism was prophesied as the time of Jacob's trouble. The new Israel, the true Christian church, was promised to be delivered from it. Please read Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:1; and Mark 13:14-19.

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