Among the many Christians, who believe in the secret coming which is the part of second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, there is a general belief that after the secret coming, the world will immediately undergo 7 years of tribulation through Antichrist. The Bridal Church will escape the tribulation period by rapture or gathering in the mid-air. The seven years is further divided into Tribulation and Greater Tribulation, each spanning for three and a half years.
After meditating on the Word of God, the general belief seems incorrect in certain aspect.
The Bridal Church will undergo first three and a half years of tribulation, followed by rapture. The second three and half years will be the rule of antichrist.
Antichrist would be revealed at the end of sixth trumpet period, and followed by the secret coming of Christ at the blowing of seventh trumpet. After the rapture or during the reign of Antichrist for 3 ½ years, the great tribulation takes place. Antichrist’s rule is for 3 ½ years only. (Rev.13:5-7)(Dan. 12:7) Christian prophets of our period, prophesied that the pale horse of the fourth seal is on action, visible during the unrest of Egypt in the near past. (Rev. 6:7, 8) The fifth seal is about the martyrs, which takes place during the period of antichrist and the sixth seal matches with the pouring of the fourth to seventh vial refers the sun becomes dark, moon becomes red, mountains and islands dis-appear or moved from their places etc. which takes place during the end period of great tribulation, and also, it reveals that six vials of God’s wrath are already poured before the public advent of Christ. (Rev. 6:12-17) (Rev.16:17-21) We are in a period in between 4th and 5th seal. Regarding trumpets, two trumpets are already blown during which period 1/3 of trees were burnt in great forest fires and 1/3 of sea became red and 1/3 fishes died and ships wreck and seas of Australia, China and Russia are red in colour now. (Rev.8: 7-9) Trumpets 3-6 will be blown prior to Tribulation Period of First 3 ½ years. Because certain periods are mentioned for certain trumpets. 5th trumpet has a period of 5 months. 6th trumpet has a period of 13 months plus 3 ½ years = 5 years. (Rev. 9:1-15) So we are in a period where fourth seal is opened and fifth seal is yet to be opened. Regarding trumpets, we are in between 2 and 3 Trumpets. It proves that the Period between two seals are a long period when compared to period between two trumpets which is very short. And we are very near to the secret coming of the Lord and also the manifestation of Anti-Christ. We must be ready to meet Jesus with all peace, without spot and blameless. (II Peter 3:14) Also, during the period of the 5th. Trumpet the scorpions string only people who do not have the seal of the angel or other than the 1,44,000 Israelites sealed. During 6th. Trumpet 1/3rd. People are killed by horses and fire, as first woe and in the second woe only the people resist or try to kill the two witnesses will be tormented or punished by the two witnesses. Here the Bridal Church and other godly people will be preserved.
Let’s consider few revelations from the saints in the Bible.
The revelation given to St. Paul
(I Cor 15:51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Here the first century Christians of the Bridal Church were expecting the secret coming of Christ in their period.
(II Thess 2:1-3) Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there comes a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
In a nut shell:
- Secret coming of the Lord is a mystery.
- Secret coming of the Lord and Rapture will take place at the last trump. (Seventh Trumpet)
- A falling away will take place first. (Within the Church)
- It will take place only when the man of sin, the son of perdition be revealed. (Anti-Christ)
Some Bible readers say that in II Thess. Chap. 2, St. Paul speaks about the Day of Christ as per KJV, but in other translations it is mentioned as Day of the Lord. So their view is Day of the Lord is correct and Day of Christ is incorrect. The Day of Christ reveals Secret Coming of Christ to the mid-air, and Day of the Lord reveals Public Advent of Christ on mount Olives.
But we can understand easily that St. Paul wrote about the Rapture of the Church in the first verse, and he gave a warning in the second and third verses that the church need not be troubled as that day will come only after the manifestation of the Anti-Christ. As the others say, if the Rapture takes place after the Public Advent, (DAY OF THE LORD) the statement does not carry a sensible meaning, as Rapture is always connected with the Secret Coming of Christ. During the Public Advent, Jesus with His Saints or His Bride, will come down from the mid-air and land on Mount Olives for the battle of Armageddon, with Anti-Christ, to deliver the people of Israel from him, and also to punish the sinners of the world, which is the DAY OF THE LORD. (Rev.16:12-16, 17:8-14, 14: 18-20, 19:11-21) (Matt. 24:29-30) (Lk. 21: 20-27) So it is proved that St. Paul wrote about only Rapture and the Secret Coming (DAY OF CHRIST) (Rev.10:6, 11:15, 12:1- 5)
The revelation given to Apostle John
(Rev. 10:7) But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
(Rev. 11:15) And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
(Rev.12:5) And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
(Rev.12:9-10) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
(Rev. 9:12, 13-19, 11:3-15) On blowing the sixth trumpet, Two Owes take place.
- Army of Horses and 1/3 of people killed by the horses and fire in a period of 13 months.
- Two Witnesses prophecy for 3 ½ years and punish the people of the world who resisted them or rose against to kill them. When they finished their mission of prophesying, the Anti-Christ (Beast ascending from the bottomless pit) will kill them and will not burry their bodies for 3 ½ days. At this time, they resurrect and ascend to heaven and the Seventh Angel will blow his Trumpet. (It clearly shows that the Anti-Christ comes to power before the Seventh Trumpet.)
The casting down of devil and his angels from midair or second heaven as some say, as they are described as principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12) by St. Paul, and Prince of kingdom of Persia by Daniel. (Dan. 10:13) The Bible says that they were in heavenly places for a period of about 6000 years and were cast down at the period of Rapture and they have a period of 3 ½ years on this earth and in the Armageddon War bound and cast in to the Bottomless Pit for 1000 years. So he is in great anger and that will affect the people in this world. (Rev. 12: 12, & 20:2) Some may like to know about 6000 years. When God recreated the damaged heaven and earth (Damaged due to the fall of Satan or fallen angels). God created everything in six days but he found only five days’ creations were good but the second day’s creation which was the firmament, God did not say it was good for the reason the fallen angels (devils) occupied the heavenly places. (Gen. 1: 6-8 & Eph. 6: 12, & Dan.10: 13) God did not cast them out because the Only Wise God wanted to use their services as “Tempter, Examiner or one who brings Trials” for these things are essential to make man perfect and overcomer. From Adam to birth of Jesus is a period of 4000 years and now from Jesus to present time is about 2000 years, totaling 6000 years.
In a nutshell:
- The seventh angel blew the trumpet. (Last trumpet) and the mystery of God is finished. (Rev. 10:7)
- Man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: was caught up unto God, and to His throne. (Rapture of the Bride, the victorious saints.)
- And the great dragon was cast out, into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Mistry of God should be finished, which causes the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ.
- Anti-Christ comes to power and kills the Two Witnesses, at the end period of the Sixth Trumpet, when they finished their mission of prophesying for 3 ½ years, and prior to the Seventh Trumpet.
Here the revelations of St. Paul and Apostle John the Divine agree together in Sl. Nos. 1, 2 and 4.
Additional Information to understand in detail
As the rapture takes place during the blowing the seventh trumpet, the church will go through the tribulation of first 3 ½ years plus 1 ½ years till all the six trumpets are blown.
First trumpet: 1/3 trees were burnt and all grass were burnt. (Rev.8:7)
Second trumpet: 1/3 of sea became blood. 1/3 of ships and 1/3 of living things of the sea were killed and damaged. (Rev.8:8-9)
Third trumpet: 1/3 of rivers and drinking water became bitter and many people died drinking it. (Rev.8:10-11)
Fourth trumpet: 1/3 of sun, moon and stars were damaged and 1/3 of their light became dim. (Rev. 8:12)
Fifth trumpet: Locusts came from bottomless pit and tormented the people for five months those who did not have the seal of God on their fore heads. The torment was as of scorpion. (Rev.9:1-12) (Rev.7:2-8) (It is understood the Bridal church is also preserved for 3 ½ years plus 1 ½ years along with the twelve tribes of Israel by God)
Sixth trumpet: Two woes take place. The first one is army of horses killed 1/3 of population, in a period of 13 months. (The Bridal church is preserved by God) The second one is the two witnesses who tormented them who rose against them for a period of 3 ½ years. And a great earth quake when they died and resurrected. (Rev.9: 13-21 & 11:3-14)
At the end of first 3 ½ first years Jesus causes the sacrifice and oblation to cease. Then appears the desolate overspreading of abominations. (Dan. 9:27, Matt. 24; 15-22) Before the seventh trumpet Antichrist is revealed. (Jesus uses the service of the army of Antichrist to cease the sacrifice and oblation in Israel. (Daniel 11:31)
Seventh trumpet: Fulfillment of the mystery of God (Rev. 10:7). Rapture takes place (Rev.12:5). The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ (Rev. 11:15). Satan and his angels were cast out with him from heavenly places to earth (Rev.12:9). Antichrist rules for 3 ½ years and kills them who did not receive his mark (Rev.13:5 &7). After the seventh trumpet The Great Tribulation begins for a period of 3 ½ years. The wrath of God is poured on the earth by the seven vials (Rev.16:21). Anti-Christ assists the Jews to build the temple. But the outer court is defiled by the Gentiles for 3 ½ years (Rev. 11; 1, 2). Also Anti-Christ defiles the temple by sitting in it as God. And the Jews resist him (II Thess. 2:4).Here we need to understand that the building of the Temple will not take years as earlier but only days as the Israelites keep every material ready for the building of the temple and waiting for God’s time!
Anti-Christ has rule for 3 ½ years, (Rev.13:4-7) and at the end of his 3 ½ years rule, he kills the left out church which was preserved on the earth for 3 ½ years and prepared to face the martyrdom. (Rev. 12:6,11,14) But other Christians and the Israelites who are called as the seed of the woman will face Anti-Christ right from beginning of his rule, and the overcomers will die as martyrs and the losers will receive his mark or seal and survive but worthy of lake of fire. (Rev. 14:13, 12:17,15:2-3).It is also called the Harvest. (Rev.14:13-16).
Anti-Christ will sit in the temple as God and defile it. Hence he will become the enemy of the Jews.
(II Thess. 2:4) The days of affliction will begin for Jacob and will end in the war of Armageddon.
In the Armageddon war Jesus and His saints will prevail. Antichrist and false prophet will be caught and cast alive into the lake of fire. The devil will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit and sealed for a period of one thousand years (Rev. 20:1-2). (Rev. 17:14&16:13-16 & 19:21) The army of Anti-Christ will be killed and their blood will flow to a distance of 1600 furlongs. (It is believed that the blood of the wicked people mingled with great hailstone water flows as a brook for a distance of 1600 furlongs or 200 miles.) It is also called as gathering the vine of the earth. Also it is called as gathering the fowls of the air to the feast of the great God (Rev.14:17-20 & 19:17-21, Psa.110: 5-7).
What happens in the great tribulation of 3 ½ years? (Vials of wrath of God poured on the earth)
First vial: Grievous sore came on them who received the mark of the beast (Rev.16:2)
Second vial: The whole seas became blood and all living beings in it dead (Rev.16:3)
Third vial: The drinking water became blood (Rev.16:4-7)
Fourth vial: The sun scorched the people with vehement heat (Rev.16:8)
Fifth vial: The kingdom of Antichrist became dark. The sun became dark (Rev.16:10) Here we find that as any light or a candle glows very bright and then goes off, the sun also became very bright during the 4th. Seal and dies off during the 5th. Seal.
Sixth vial: River Euphrates dries up and the way was made ready for the kings of the East to come for Armageddon war (Rev.16:12)
Seventh vial: And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. Great city was divided into 3 parts and the cities of the Nations fell. And every island fled away and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men great hail, every stone (solid ice) about the weight of a talent (about 35 Kgs.) (Rev. 16: 17-21)
(6th. Seal: There was great earth quake, and the sun became black and the moon became as blood (Red) and stars of heaven fell, and the heaven departed as a scroll rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places, and all men cried with fear and said the great day of the wrath is come and who shall be able to stand?)
Here 6th. Seal covers the periods of 5th. Vial to 7th. Vial. That means, the people in those period of times will be experiencing the light from other solar system as during the re-creation of the world by God in 6 days, in which 1-3 days were experiencing the light from other solar system and only on the fourth day God created sun, moon and stars. Here we understand the wisdom of God why God created the sun, moon and stars on the fourth day? And God created light on the first day from other solar system.
Armageddon war takes place at the pouring of the sixth vial and the judgment of Babylon (Rome) takes place at the pouring of the seventh vial. During the Armageddon war, the Anti-Christ and the false prophet were caught and cast into the lake of fire alive, (Rev. 19:20) and the devil is caught and bound and cast into bottomless pit and sealed for 1000years. After pouring the seventh vial, the judgment of Great Babylon takes place, and that city will be burnt and all her wealth will be destroyed, and the kings and the merchants who were doing business with her will wail and lament from a distance, and that burnt city will be left desolate and no one will live there for many years. When the Seventh seal was opened by the Lamb of God, there was a silence in heaven for half an hour. (Rev.8:1) This half an hour in heaven is equal to about 21 years in the world, according to St. Peter. (II Peter 3:8) (1 day = 1 year, 24 hours = 1 year, so ½ hour = 21 years.) So, the destroyed Babylon will be desolate for 21 years and during that period Jesus and His Bride together with other resurrected saints will be waiting in Jerusalem, and that period may be a period of silence even on the earth as in heaven. On completion of 21 years, God will renew the whole earth and the millennial reign will begin.
In the millennial reign, Christ and His Bride (Man Child), the tribulation martyrs, General martyrs and Old Testament saints will be in the resurrected bodies and will rule the earth. 1,44,000 Israelites in mortal bodies who were sealed on their fore heads by an angel, and the remaining Gentiles of the whole world who did not take part in the Armageddon war will be in their mortal bodies, and will form the subjects in the Millennial reign. (Rev.7:4)
Some important incidents have occurred in the near past and the same is given below.
Forest fires had occurred in some countries like Australia and the government took more than six months to put off the fire. Huge amount of trees was burnt and the reason for the fire was not known. The Holy Bible has the answer for it. In Revelation 8:7 we find the answer. It is due to the blowing of the First Trumpet, as given above. Also the seas of Russia, China and Australia became red like blood. Also thousands of sea fishes big and small died and swept to the shores. The reason was not known. And many ships wreck in the sea waters. But the Holy Bible has the answer. In (Revelation 8:8-9) the Second angel blew the trumpet and the things took place as given above. Also in Europe and in Germany too many people heard sounds of Trumpet from the sky and it was in their Television News.
So another four trumpets will be blown and people of the earth would face tribulation, including the Bridal Church. And the Seventh and the Last Trumpet will be blown and the Secret Coming of Christ will happen and the Victorious Saints or the “Man child” will be taken to the very throne of God. (Rev. 12: 5) (I Corinth. 15:51) Or practically to the Mid Air or Second Heaven and Marriage Feast would be held there.
So let us be warned, and take the matters happening around us seriously and find the way to escape all evils and be gathered to Christ as man child of His Bridal Church or the Victorious saints. Here let us understand about the Marriage feast of the Lamb and who all will take part. In (John 3: 28-30) John the Baptist said he was the friend of the Bride groom, which reveals that the Old Testament saints are called for the Marriage Feast. In Eternity these saints would inherit New Heaven. That is why Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest person born of woman but the least in the kingdom of heaven (New Jerusalem) would be greater than he. (Matt. 11: 7-12) The Martyrs also inherit New Heaven (Rev. 15: 1-5) and these saints of New Heaven or the Old Testament saints and the general martyrs and the tribulation period martyrs are blessed people who take part in the marriage feast of the Lamb. (Rev. 19: 9) They will resurrect after the Secret Coming of Jesus in their respective order of resurrection and join the Feast of the Lamb in the Mid-Air. (I Corin. 15: 23)
Now it is necessary to find which church is the Bridal Church in our period? And which are the other Churches? As per the Church History in first three centuries there were Pentecostal Churches and among them one was Bridal Church of the early apostles. Later, only in the 19th. Century Pentecostal Churches were established and one among them must be the Bridal Church, from which the Man Child or the Victorious saints will emerge out. Pl. refer (Song of Solomon 6:8-10 and Rev. 12: 1,2) and join that Bridal Church and follow the Doctrine of Perfection in that church and submit to Jesus to follow that doctrine to become perfect and blameless and Jesus would certainly help us. Glory to His Name.