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Post by Sonshine on Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:50 am

Now let's talk more about Daniel's 70th week. As I stated earlier, no where in the Bible does it ever refer to this 7 year period as the tribulation period.

The Greek word for tribulation is THLIPSIS. It means pressure. It was used during the time of Christ to describe a method of torture. A man was placed on a hard surface, his hands and feet were bound, and then a huge rock was placed on his chest. It would eventually cause death by suffocation (very similar to crucifixion). This rock created great pressure or THLIPSIS.

Now, in a non-prophetic text, Jesus says in John 16:33, that we would have tribulation or thlipsis in this world.

But it is also used in a prophetic sense.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Now here Jesus says then there shall be great tribulation or thlipsis. Now understand that Matt 24 is a chronological text describing Daniel's 70th week. So let's see what happens prior to this period of Great Tribulation.
Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
We've already talked about this event, haven't we? When does the abomination in verse 15 occur? So, in context, verse 21 has to be referring to a point after the middle of the 70th week. By the way, Pre-tribbers agree.

So in this passage, Jesus does refer to Great Thlipsis, but he is referring to a specific event that occurs in the middle of the 70th week. And it is in direct relation to the abomination of desolation.

So, let's catch up on what we know:

The 70th week of Daniel is a future 7 year period which will culminate the end of the age.
The 70th week is never called the Tribulation Period.
When Jesus refers to tribulation in a prophetic sense, he refers to it as Great Tribulation.
The Great Tribulation begins at the mid-way point of this 7 year period.
Now, the next question is how long is the Great Tribulation? It is not 3.5 years long. Nowhere in the Bible will you ever find that the Great Tribulation is 3.5 years long. How long is it? We don't know for sure, but we do know it is less than 3.5 years.

Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
According to verse 22, those days will be cut short for the sake of the elect. The word there is the same word we get our word amputate. So, in context, what days will be amputated or cut short? It has to be the days immediately following the abomination of desolation, the period that Jesus calls the Great Tribulation.

In other words, the Great Tribulation starts in the middle, but does not run to the end of the 70th week. It is amputated. So, if that's the case, then what will happen from the end of the Great Tribulation to the end of the 70th week of Daniel? It is what the Bible calls the Day of the Lord!

He who cultivates his land will have plenty of food,
but from idle pursuits a man has his fill of poverty
Proverbs 28:19[b]

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