3 And A Half

This is not an easy subject to explain nor is it an easy pill to swallow. I have put together some scripture passages below I think may help answer some tough questions and concerns many have regarding coming persecution and when the church is taken up. 

THE 3 1/2 PERIOD OF TRIBULATION FOR THE SAINTS 

A TIME = 1, TIMES = 2, AND HALF A TIME, TOTALING 3 AND A 1/2 IS A PROPHETIC PERIOD OF SUFFERINGS FORETOLD THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE FOR THE SAINTS:

Daniel 7:24-25 KJV “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. [25] And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”

A PERIOD OF 42 MONTHS (WHICH EQUALS 3 1/2 YEARS) OF SUFFERINGS IS ALSO PROPHETICALLY FORETOLD:

Revelation 13:4-7 KJV “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? [5] And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. [6] And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. [7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”

Revelation 13:10 NET “If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the saints.”

GOD ALSO SAID HE WOULD GIVE POWER TO TWO WITNESSES AND THEY WOULD PROPHESY FOR ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND 60 DAYS, WHICH EQUALS 3 AND A 1/2 YEARS. THERE’S THAT 3 1/2 AGAIN. AND AFTER THE 3 AND A HALF PERIOD THE SCRIPTURES SAY THE TWO WITNESSES OF GOD ARE KILLED BY THE BEAST THAT COMES UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT. LATER THOUGH THEY ARE CALLED UP TO HEAVEN. NOT BEFORE THE PERSECUTION BUT AFTERWARDS:

Revelation 11:3-12 KJV “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. [4] These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. [5] And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. [6] These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. [7] And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. [8] And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. [9] And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. [10] And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. [11] And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. [12] And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”

JESUS SAID IMMEDIATELY “AFTER” THE TRIBULATION HE WOULD COME GET US, NOT BEFORE:

Matthew 24:29-31 KJV “IMMEDIATELY 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: [30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. [31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

ONCE WE BELIEVE AND ACCEPT WHAT SCRIPTURE SAYS WILL HAPPEN TO SOME OF US THIS NEXT PASSAGE OF HOW WE OVERCOME SATAN IS BETTER UNDERSTOOD:

Revelation 12:11 NET “But they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.”

I hope this has helped answer some concerns as well as show why we must be ready. It all ends well. Whether we are alive when Jesus comes (1 Corinthians 15:51-52), are in prison, or have died for our faith, etcetera when He comes we will be with our Lord forever and reign with Him forevermore!😊

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