Could it be Jesus experienced the tribulation as an example and pattern for what would follow during the great tribulation?
His week of tribulation shows us when He will gather His Saints, and the week of Jesus' Tribulation week begins as He returned to Jerusalem to keep the third Passover in His ministry.
(We use "rapture" as is commonly spoken of in churches, as the word "rapture" is not given in scripture, but is more accurately "our gathering unto Him", and a "catching away". )
As Jesus went up to Jerusalem to keep the Passover and offer Himself as the Lamb, He was not only walking out a fulfillment of what had been prophesied hundreds of years earlier, He was also walking out a prophecy that would repeat in our day.
In doing so, He was examined for spot and blemish by the priests. -Which was according to a "type and shadow" fulfillment of Exodus 12 regarding the offering of the Passover lamb as required by the Old Testament law.
He, being found without any leaven as the Living Bread, was also the lamb without any blemish of sin. Even the Governor Pilate witnessed in Lk 23:4 And Pilate said unto the chief priests and the multitudes, I find no fault in this man.
a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
:4 These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the
Lord of the earth
a. As a parable and foreshadowing two times of Him coming INTO His temple as a life-
giving Spirit, to those who are "watching and praying":
sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of he money-
changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves;
and the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to his temple.
(again, a dual prophecy)
This is the sudden fulfillment as He comes forth IN His people at the appointed time.
and repent. If therefore you will not watch, I will come as a thief,
and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you.
so comes as a thief in the night.
Jeremiah 5:24...Let us now fear the LORD our God, that gives rain,
both the former and the latter, in its season;
that preserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
The saints MUST feast on the Word alone as Jesus is the WORD of God, and He is the bread come down from heaven".
not hunger, and he that believes on me shall never thirst.)
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and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee....
:8 And you shall tell thy son in that day, saying, It is because of that which The LORD did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.
Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord."
see Ex. 13:6-7, Lev.23:6, Deut 16:3-4.
and we shall live before him.
he will come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain that watereth the earth.
-Just as it was in Acts, for those that made themselves ready.
-the abomination that makes desolate.
Rev. 14: 9 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a great voice,
If any man worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on
his forehead, or upon his hand
:10 he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God
This is where it becomes extremely interesting!
Luke 22:7 And the day came, on which the Passover must be sacrificed.
The second 3.5 days of Jesus "week" begins His great tribulation:
It began in the garden:
Mat 26:37..he took the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and sore troubled.
Luke 22:3 And Satan entered into Judas (the spirit of antichrist entered Judas ), and was revealed:
Likewise in the midst of the 7 tribulation years, comes the abomination of desolation as the anti-christ body of people is also revealed.
At that time, the spirit of antichrist hidden in a body of professing Christians turns against the true disciples. "and brother shall betray brother..."
Mark 13:12 And brother shall deliver up brother to death.
Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
and shall hate one another.
and with him a multitude with swords and clubs,
from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Matt 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
and shall hate one another...
Here is where "He who restrains will be taken out of the way"
a thousand two hundred and threescore days. (3.5 years)
beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be (see Dan. 12:1)
to Pilate the governor.
he sent him unto Herod,-Herod was the Roman "beast kingdom" governor.
(the two witnesses are two identifiable groups of people, called the two olive trees. We develop this in another post)
out of the abyss shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.
and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
In other words, the corporate body of Jesus begins to die worldwide from persecution by the beast and harlot.
entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell
upon them that beheld them.
Come up hither. And they went up into heaven in the cloud;
and their enemies beheld them.
9. When Jesus had finished His ministry, the "beast" put Him to death.
Many go into captivity.
Rev 13:10 If any man is for captivity, into captivity he goeth:
if any man shall kill with the sword, with the sword must he be killed.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints
or that is worshipped; so that he sits in *the temple of God,
setting himself forth as God.
come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition
Matthew 24:15 When therefore ye see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him that reads understand).
What is there to understand? Is it that the temple is not made with hands out of stone?
21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together,
grows into a holy temple in the Lord;
This and many other scriptures demonstrate that there is ONE body of Christ, one church, in which there is neither Jew nor Greek. In other words, there will be no division from a gentile church being raptured so God can turn back to the Jew.
And both of these groups form the "holy temple" in the Lord. These are the "two olive trees".
10. When Jesus was arrested, the disciples fled.
fulfilled. then all the disciples left him, and fled.
The scattered saints go into 3.5 years of Great Tribulation.
who spoke, How long shall be the vision concerning the continual burnt-offering,
and the transgression that makes desolate, to give both
the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the times and the
law; and they shall be given into his hand until a
time and times and half a time.
might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for *a time, and
times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be
Jonah 3:2 Out of the belly of Sheol cried I, And thou heardest my voice.
Isa. 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou
and they loved not their life even unto death.
testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come.
proclaim unto them that dwell on the earth,
and unto every nation and tribe and tongue and people..
their prophecy: and they have power over the waters to turn them
into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as
they shall desire.
which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
suffered without the gate.
fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues:
Rev 11:8 And their dead body lie in the street of the great city,
which spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord
The two witnesses, which we believe are the "two olive trees" of the church and a remnant of natural Jews grafted back into the tree called "all Israel". As a corporate body, their dead body lies in the streets of the world wide city spiritually called Sodom and Egypt.
"Egypt" was a "type" of the world when ancient Israel came out from them 3,600 years ago.
Holy One to see corruption.
neither was he left unto Hades
and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
this is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life even unto death.
appearing to them by the space of forty days, and speaking the
things concerning the kingdom of God:
:9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up;
and a cloud received him out of their sight.
After the 7 years and 40 days, the church goes up.
For 3.5 days He ministered in the temple of God..
in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
I was praying asking the Lord if the tribulation was shown to us by Jesus in another way besides the obvious prophecies.