From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved

    This file is attached to from “Astronomical Events To Appear Between 2014 Through 2017 A.D.” - Chapter Eight by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved.

    The Greek Word for tribulation is ‘thlipsis’ which means pressure or squeezing (as in a winepress); in Rom. 8:35-37 it is referred to as ‘anagke’ (force or violence); ‘diogmos’ (persecution Acts 11:19; ‘stenochoria’ (narrowness of place, space; metaphorically means the distress arising from that condition, anguish).    The non-technical view -- tribulation an individual may go through.    From a technical view--a seven-year period after the translation of the church.
    TribulationThlipsis’ affliction, called “the great tribulation,” a period preceding the Lord’s Second Advent, and a period in which the Jewish nation, restored to Palestine in unbelief by Gentile instrumentality, will suffer an unprecedented outburst of fury on the part of the antichristian powers confederate under the Man of Sin (2 Thess. 2:10-12; Rev. 12:13-17).    It will be distinctly “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7).    Its beginning is signalized by the setting up of the “abomination of desolation: (Matt. 24:15; Mark 13:14, with Dan. 11:31; 12:11).
    (Also see Joel 2:11, 31; Amos 5:18; Zeph. 1:14).    Also in Dan. 12:1a time of trouble,” a downfall prefiguring the downfall of mystical Babylon in Rev. 18:19.
    To some the Seals are events of the ‘last week’ or ‘hebdomad’ a group of seven in Dan. 9:23-27, where Seventy weeks are determined to finish and seal up the vision and anoint the most Holy.    Seventy weeks of years equals 490 years, thus in verse 25 the restoration of Jerusalem 483 B.C. till the Messiah comes is Sixty-nine weeks (483 years).    In verse 26 after Sixty-two weeks the Messiah shall be cut off (33 years old), and the city and sanctuary shall be destroyed and the end shall be with a flood.    In verse 27 he (Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant (make a covenant) for one week (seven years); and in the middle of that week he will break the covenant.

   Rev. 6:1-2 1950-1962 The First group of Twelve years.
MML Revelation Six verse 1-2
   Rev. 6:3-4 1963-1974 The Second group of Twelve years.
Six World Views of Revelation Six verse 3-4
    Revelation Chapter 4 briefly states, with 11 verses, "which starts with a door opened in heaven, with a trumpet voice showing what is coming, then a description of heavenly entity on a throne, with 24 elders with crowns seated, and seven spirits of God and four beasts full of eyes, like a lion, calf, face as a man, and eagle, each with six wings, full of eyes, do not rest day and night, praising the Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come, who created all things.
    Many Tribulation predictors claim that all Christians will be raptured before the tribulations in Revelation Chapter 4, which I cannot claim to be true in just mind as you see in the above statement, Chapter Four does not mention a rapture in that anywhere.
    John was called by God to heaven to see what things were going to happen.

    In that through my studies I could see that the 6 seals of Chapter 6 were being opened when Israel became a nation again and as I show above that in Matthew 24:6 Jesus himself said they will begin to occur, "these must come, but the end is not yet, or not the signal of the end-time, or the end won't follow immediately."    So from this point of view the seals are being opened and the Rapture has not occurred yet, and if you have read my site, it was still not opened even at the end of the Sixth Seal, but we now have the statement at the end of Revelation 6:17 "For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"    Before that we heard about several horrific natural disasters that wreak havoc on the earth, a great earthquake, the sun darkened an eclipse, the moon turned blood red four of them, the stars falling which are leaders and denial of Christianity and their eartly pursuits and sinful lives all of this igniting God’s wrath.    These great occurrences reveal to the lost world that God’s wrath will shortly take place (seal 7) which causes them to desire death, hoping to escape the final judgment of God for their sins
    True believers should disappear at this time in “The Rapture,” if it is true that they are taken before the Tribulation begins.    As you know this subject is of great controversy.    Every soul on earth will face their own tribulation when this period encompasses the earth.
    The combining of the major religions becomes a tool for the False Prophet who aids the antichrist’s rise to world power.    Eventually the Antichrist will come and destroy the established Church and demand worship as world dictator.
    Our hope is in the following if we follow the Word Of God is seen in Revelation 3:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
    So if we follow the word of Jesus he will protect us from the hour of temptation, but it does not claim a rapture, but we hope that is what will happen.

The Persecution Begins
of this period will suffer intense persecution and are martyred by the thousands as the world dictates for change or desecrates the things which are holy.    If by chance the Temple has been built during this period and this desecration occurs to it then the Jews will recognize the real Messiah at this point (see Rev. 11:10-11).
Rev. 6:9-10 (Fifth Seal)
    Rev. 6:9 And when He opened the fifth seal ( One source claims that the last three seals relate to the invisible, as the first four to the visible world; the fifth, to the martyrs who have died as believers; the sixth, to those who have died, or will be found as unbelievers as Christ’s coming),
I saw (in spirit) under the altar the souls of those who had been slain (‘Sphazo or Sphatto’ to slay as victims for sacrifice, of Christ as the Lamb, persecuted and martyred possibly during the Great Tribulation) because of the word of God, and because of their testimony which they had held (pp. for being faithful in their witnessing).    Rev. 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying.
    "How long, O Lord, holy and true, do You not judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
   (These passages are not specific to some particular martyrdom’s, but have occurred, and are occurring, and shall occur until the fulfillment before the second coming. This verse states "Until when the Lord, Greek master, the holy one, will avenge the blood from them, the ungodly, that dwell on the earth, which speculates that the Church is now in its heavenly place.)
    Therefore, the early Christians had a document circulating with symbolic predictions of the overthrow of their persecutors.    Symbolism was required in order to preserve the text through Roman scrutiny.
Rev. 6:11-17 (Sixth Seal)
Matthew, Mark and Luke - Revelation Six verse 11-17
Matthew, Mark and Luke - Revelation Six verse 11-17 Continued

    Before the Seventh Seal     God will provide an opportunity for the whole world to hear the gospel of Christ (Matt. 24:14).
    This is the evangelistic activity of the Tribulation period, possibly at its beginning.    The Jews are the “chosen people” who will evangelize the world with 144,000 throughout the pagan world.    As in Romans 11:25 “For I don’t want you, brothers, to be ignorant concerning this mystery [kept secret, and now fully disclosed], lest you should become wise in your own eyes [to see in all time coming to be the family of God], that a partial blinding has come upon Israel [a portion of Israel] until the fullness of the Gentiles [not the general conversion of the world of Christ, as many take it; possibly a point when the Church is removed, Rapture] has been brought in.”    Thus, signaling the Jews to take their message to the world.    This same group is seen in Revelation 14:1-5 standing on Mount Zion with Jesus at the end of the Tribulation.

Rev. 7:13-17
Great Tribulation From The View Of The Six World Views
    In Matt. 24:21 Jesus said, “For then shall be great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be.”
    In Matt. 24:29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”

    7:12 Saying, Amen: (1) Blessing, and (2) glory, and (3) wisdom, and (4) thanksgiving, and (5) honour, and (6) power, and (7) might, (Seven items given, totality and completeness) be unto our God for ever and ever.    Amen.
    7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me (one elder is interpreter of visions of the glorified Church), What are these which are arrayed (‘Periballo’ to cast around or about, to put on, array, to cloth oneself) in white robes (‘Leukos’ symbolically bright clothing, righteousness and purity; soiled robes washed in the blood of Jesus)? and whence came they?
    7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.
    And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation (‘Thlipsis’ the tribulation, the great one, spoken of by the Lord in Matt. 24:21,29 and Mark 13:19,24 where the time mentioned as preceding His Second Advent, and as a period in which the Jewish nation, restored to Palestine in unbelief by Gentile instrumentality, will suffer an unprecedented outburst of fury on the part of the antichristian powers confederate under the Man of Sin (2 Thess. 2:10-12 and Rev. 12:13-17); some claim this tribulation is the same as the martyrs were exposed under the fifth seal, and followed by the same signs as the sixth seal, and this includes all the tribulations of all saints in all ages.    Here their number is completed and taken out of the earth before the judgments on the Antichristian apostasy.),
and have washed (‘Pluno’ washing of garments, figuratively) their robes,
and made them white (‘Leukaino’ to make white figuratively) in the blood of the Lamb.
    Rev. 8:1 opening the seventh seal a scene in heaven with seven angels and trumpets.    Then an eighth angel arrives with a golden censer to cast to earth.    Through prayer man can transcend the limitations of physical existence.
    Did Revelation 6 and 7 describe the Tribulation period, the seven-year reign of terror on earth?    The first seal the antichrist, the second seal takes peace from the earth, the third results in economic collapse, the fourth is an outbreak of famines, epidemics, civil violence and spiritual death.    The fifth seal marks the beginning of great persecution.    The sixth unleashes political, moral, economic, spiritual upheavals of every aspect of humanity as has never been seen before.    General view is the seals are events of the last ‘week’ or ‘hebdomad’ of Daniel 9:23-27, this is a group of seven.    Some believe Revelation 7 reviews the beginning of the Tribulation shortly after the Rapture.    The ‘trumpets’ refer to judgments of an extended period destined to fall upon the apostate world.

    If you would like you could continue to the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand? (pp. who can survive it?    The sixth seal brings us to the verge of the Lord’s coming.    The ungodly tremble at the signs of His immediate approach.)"

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