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Hi Greg,
Church history is not scripture and its many believers will suffer martyrdom whether or not they are pre or post trib believers.
Even if the wrath of God comes at the end of the tribulation the Chronology is off way off.
Also the Tribulation is eating and drinking and marrying just as Noah did and just as Lot did .Noah and Lot endured difficult times because of sin and unbelief, even persecution but their was not any tribulation going on.
The time line and the condition the Earth is everything here.
Lot Time = GOOD Time ,Eating and Drinking and Sin .Immediate judgement
Noahs Time= Good Time ,Eating and Drinking and Sin.Immediate judgement

Your Timeline =Tribulation for the most part of the 7 yrs lets say 6 yrs and 6 months that doesnt effect eating and drinking and giving in marriage ,that doesnt effect plant growth or doesnt effect the water systems with no world wars going on ,nothing bad
Noah and Lot werent Martyred so we can rule that out too
Then for the last 6 months lets say the wrath of God is poured out but nothing happens the believers because they are protected like Noah in the Ark ,
Then why all the talk of getting ready and being prepared when the trib is really nothing for the believers ?
Why is it then called the tribulation if everything is going on just as normal?
Jesus highlighted two things clearly in his examples 1 Everything was going on just as normal and 2 Judgement came immediately after the believers were safe.

In your timeline Jesus coming and the Wrath of God would have to be the same thing or happening at the same time?
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Hi Sree.
Jesus is pointing out two clear examples both examples pointed out two things that were the same

Normality and sudden Judgement

Lot or Noah didnt lose their Jobs or homes and had plenty to eat and drink ,they worshipped God .
It was normality for all not just the unbelievers but all believers and unbelievers.Everybody was eating and drinking and planting and sowing neither examples distinguished otherwise as it was in the days of Noah and Lot .Both Lot and Noah were eating and drinking too.
One last thing the Tribulation is not persecution,we may have persecution during the tribulation but we always have persecution ,staff



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“ There shall be great tribulation. Great, indeed, when within the city plague and famine raged, and (worse than either) faction and division, so that every man's sword was against his fellow; then and there it was that the hands of the pitiful women flayed their own children. Without the city was the Roman army ready to swallow them up, with a particular rage against them, not only as Jews, but as rebellious Jews. War was the only one of the three sore judgments that David excepted against; but that was it by which the Jews were ruined; and there were famine and pestilence in extremity besides. Josephus's History of the Wars of the Jews, has in it more tragical passages than perhaps any history whatsoever.

(1.) It was a desolation unparalleled, such as was not since the beginning of the world, nor ever shall be. Many a city and kingdom has been made desolate, but never any with a desolation like this. Let not daring sinners think that God has done his worst, he can heat the furnace seven times and yet seven times hotter, and will, when he sees greater and still greater abominations. The Romans, when they destroyed Jerusalem, were degenerated from the honour and virtue of their ancestors, which had made even their victories easy to the vanquished. And the wilfulness and obstinacy of the Jews themselves contributed much to the increase of the tribulation. No wonder that the ruin of Jerusalem was an unparalleled ruin, when the sin of Jerusalem was an unparalleled sin—even their crucifying Christ. The nearer any people are to God in profession and privileges, the greater and heavier will his judgments be upon them, if they abuse those privileges, and be false to that profession, Amos 3:2.

(2.) It was a desolation which, if it should continue long, would be intolerable, so that no flesh should be saved, v. 22. So triumphantly would death ride, in so many dismal shapes, and with such attendants, that there would be no escaping, but, first or last, all would be cut off. He that escaped one sword, would fall by another, Isa. 24:17, 18. The computation which Josephus makes of those that were slain in several places, amounts to above two millions. No flesh shall be saved; he doth not say, "No soul shall be saved," for the destruction of the flesh may be for the saving of the spirit in the day of the Lord Jesus; but temporal lives will be sacrificed so profusely, that one would think, if it last awhile, it would make a full end.

But here is one word of comfort in the midst of all this terror—that for the elects' sake these days shall be shortened, not made shorter than what God had determined (for that which is determined, shall be poured upon the desolate, Dan. 9:27), but shorter than what he might have decreed, if he had dealt with them according to their sins; shorter than what the enemy designed, who would have cut all off, if God who made use of them to serve his own purpose, had not set bounds to their wrath; shorter than one who judged by human probabilities would have imagined.”

Matthew Henry- Commentary on Mt 24


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Hi JFW

The timeline just does not marry up ,look at it simply

Jesus gives two examples (Noah and Lot)so he can point out two things
The world is going on as normal and Judgement is immediate after the believers are safe(whatever that safe is can be debated)

Now look at the following scripture before Jesus comes the Sun will be darkened and the moon will not give of its light in those days.
How can things be going on just as normal eating and drinking and marrying as Jesus showed twice when the Sun is darkened etc? Also we can see below his coming is not immediate "IN THOSE DAYS" is mentioned which indicate a period of time and then after that the sign of the son of man which brings mourning and then Jesus comes on the Clouds

Jesus didnt say their will be mourning and no sun or moon he said their will be eating and drinking and normality.

The most probable timeline is normality -Jesus coming for the believers and Judgement beginning simultaneously (Tribulation )or immediately and then after the judgement the Sun and moon darkened .Whether that coming for the believers is being kept safe in an Ark or a rapture is debatable.



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28Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 29Immediately after the tribulation of those days: ‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’ 30At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.…

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Hi TMK
As it was in Noahs and Lots days
1 Normality for everyone including sin
2 Immediate Judgement

If their was normality then it cant be the tribulation .Tribulation is not normality
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Hi again JFW
Did you say YES to the following question?

Will God be be Judging throughout the Tribulation such as bowl,vials etc ?
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I don’t get you staff. Everything was more or less normal in Jerusalem until the Romans laid siege. That’s why Jesus told folks to flee when certain things started happening.

The reference to “one will be taken and one left” is not the rapture. The ones taken are dead— where vultures are circling. Lk. 17:37.


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Hi TMK ,
I am not saying that one left and one taken is the rapture ,nor do I believe that ad 70 was the ultimate fulfillment of the the tribulation.
What I am saying is that in Noahs and Lot case their was no seige and no worry at all until Judgement .The point about Noah and Lot was twofold 1:Eating and Drinking etc and 2 immediate judgement because thats what happened in both cases of Noah and Lot
The moment Lot got to safety Judgement and in Noahs case the very next verse after the lord shutting the Ark door was the flood waters,immediate judgement.
What I am saying is the Great Tribulation is a unique time in history unlike any other time in terms of ferocity and that the examples of people eating and drinking and making merry cant be in the great tribulation ,staff

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I love your heart for Jesus :)))
Your commitment to what He has shown you in His word is well put forth and it isn’t my place to say you are right or wrong regarding your understanding of the prophetic works, that is Holy Spirits place. So I can only speak from the light I have, just like you.... it is just an opportunity for Him to show each of us more of the picture and point out specific things that we are to attend to.

To your question...
that’s one of the caveats, so yes but .... the judgments are in some cases remedial while in others punitive - so that’s one of the areas mentioned in a previous post where Jesus marked out the contrast between the groups in His dialogue.

Hope that helps to clarify:)


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Hi Sree.
Jesus is pointing out two clear examples both examples pointed out two things that were the same

Normality and sudden Judgement

Lot or Noah didnt lose their Jobs or homes and had plenty to eat and drink ,they worshipped God .



Staff, I am not sure why you are responding to me when my post was not a response to you but to CoFG (Robert). I was answering him how a Christian will not be affected by Economic collapse because he lives for another kingdom. I was not even interested in getting into this argument of Pre vs Post trib.

I believe in Post Trib because that is what Scriptures say. But I am not someone who fights over this.

You place your whole argument based on the 2 statements made by Jesus but you miss the point that he was trying to make. Jesus never intended to mean that the time of Noah and Lot were normal times. Logically it cannot be a normal time. The time of Noah was a time when the earth was filled with Violence and every intent of man's heart was evil (Gen 6:5). The time of Lot, Sodom was filled with sexual perversion. But Jesus makes NO mention of these 2 prevalent things in the time of Noah and Lot. Ever Wondered Why? Because Noah was not involved in the Violence of his time and Lot was not involved in the Sexual perversion of his time. But something that Noah and Lot also did, which even people of his time also did, which is marriage, food, and drink. Noah got his children married, Lot too did (at least got them engaged), they both eat and did drink. But they were not carried away by these 2 events. Especially Noah did not get carried away, he knew the time of the judgment of God. But for the rest, it was a surprise.

So Jesus was simply pointing out the surprise element in the judgment during the time of Noah and Lot. He mentioned marriage, eating, and drinking because those were the activities that Noah and Lot did along with the people of their time. Yet they were watchful.

You are trying to make a theory out of something that Jesus did not mean. You have made your point enough here. We understand this subject is very passionate to you. I am too passionate about Church being the Body of Christ and how we should do our part in building the local Body of Christ. We all have topics that we are passionate about. I am not here to argue on the rapture and the time of it. Honestly the topic does not excite me!

Here is a short Youtube video if you want to learn more about this subject of Noah and Lot from my perspective.
https://youtu.be/wn-l2dBcsRQ


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