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By Craig C. White
The event known as the Rapture is the taking away of Christians into heaven. The Rapture is designed to rescue Christians from a terrible seven year period on earth called the Tribulation. I see a lot of Tribulation timelines out there but this is the only Rapture Timeline that I have seen! I’m not participating in the Tribulation anyway! The Rapture Timeline is meant to give the reader an idea of upcoming prophetic events; events that could possibly occur before the Rapture. We do not know the specific dates of these events. Nor do we know the date of the Rapture, but we can watch and see that it is approaching.
This timeline is about the Rapture. It is not about the Tribulation but the Rapture happens before the Tribulation, so when we begin to see the events of the Tribulation forming then we can be certain that the Rapture is close. In the middle of the seven year Tribulation period conditions on earth will go from bad to worse especially for Israel. The second half of the Tribulation is called Jerusalem’s great tribulation in Matthew 24:21. The revelation of the Antichrist triggers the great tribulation. The Antichrist is already identifiable but one day he will be officially revealed to the world. The Antichrist will be revealed in the following ways:
1) False Miracles and Blasphemy
2) 7 year “Peace” plan with Israel
3) Sit in the temple of God
4) Invades Syria then Israel just like the ancient Assyrian Kings did!
When we recognize him look up because your redemption is near. By the way Turkey President Erdogan is the Antichrist! The Rapture of Church age believers happens before the Tribulation period begins. The Tribulation is a terrible time of God’s wrath on earth as well as a terrible time of Satan’s wrath towards Israel.
Before and during the Tribulation a new World Empire will form. Three groups of nations or Unions will combine to form the end time World Empire. We can already see this happening.
Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
Four kings will be instrumental in creating the next World Empire. These persons will be easily identifiable by their positions over each of the kingdoms or Unions. Three Unions will combine to form a forth mega Union or World Empire. These Unions include the European Union, the new Russian Union, and a new Middle Eastern Union. Today Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Charles and Tony Blair of England are dedicated to forming the New World Order. In Russia Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Medvedev are prime candidates to be one of the four kings. Turkey is at the forefront of forming a new Islamic Union. Turkish President Erdogan is the key player in Turkey. The fourth king rules over the New World Order; he may be the Antichrist “the man of perdition”. Watching Russia absorb more nations and also watching Turkey conquer Syria and begin to form the new Islamic Union is one way to gauge where we are along the end time timeline.
I think that the Bible tells us that the Church will suffer before the Rapture. Today the Church is suffering terrible persecution. Christian persecution has been elevated since about 2005. Many countries have killed Christians and disallowed assembly.
Rev 2:10 ye shall have tribulation ten days:
I think that the current tribulation of the Church will last a relatively short period of time, perhaps on the order of ten years before the tribulation. This is not a hard and fast rule.
I added the destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17:1 and Jeremiah 49:24-27) to the Rapture Timeline. It is difficult to place a date on the destruction of Damascus from the scriptures, but looking out on world events it seems as though Damascus may be destroyed any day now.
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I made this Rapture Timeline in 2012. Since then some of the events have already begun to happen like the formation of the new Russian Union! For an updated timeline see my 2016 Bible Prophecy Timeline.