Great Tribulation Scenario

Once the final 3˝ years of this age begin, the Great Tribulation also will commence.  Then there will be several prophetic “dominoes” that will fall all the way until Jesus returns to earth, at the end of that 3˝-year period, to rule and reign.

I do make a few foundational assumptions; more details are at my website.  Basically, I believe very strongly that Jesus, the Messiah, will return at the very end of those 3˝ years, at the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet, to make the kingdoms of the world become His Kingdom (Revelation 11:15,17).  This will be on a Day of Atonement = Yom Kippur.

The length of time from the day the two witnesses begin to prophesy until the day Jesus returns to earth will be 1,260 days (Revelation 11:3) + 3˝ days (11:9,11) = 1,263˝ days or, rounding up, 1,264 days.  Counting back 1,264 days from Yom Kippur typically will bring us back to Passover Week (which actually is the Feast of Unleavened Bread) 3˝ years prior.

I feel that a very plausible day to be day #1 is the Feast of Firstfruits = Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day).  There usually is not a 1,264-day gap between the Feast of Firstfruits and the day of Yom Kippur 3˝ years later.  It can be as little as 1,260 days or as much as 1,292 days.  An example of a 1,264-day gap is counting from April 8, 2012, to September 23, 2015.  Considering that Yom Kippur begins at sunset the evening before, this actually is closer to 1,263˝ days.

Both the permanent abolition of the daily sacrifice and the setting up of the abomination of desolation in Jerusalem should take place near the beginning of the Great Tribulation.  For Daniel 12:11 to be fulfilled, I believe that there will be 1,260 days until the return of Jesus to earth plus 30 days more until the Battle of Armageddon, for a total of 1,290 days.  Thus, it would seem that the two witnesses would begin prophesying about 3˝ to 4 days prior to the setting up of the abomination of desolation, perhaps warning people that it is imminent.

Finally, an additional 45 days will be added on to the 1,290 days (Daniel 12:11), completing the 1,335 days (12:12).  From Yom Kippur to the beginning of Hanukkah is 75 days, and this would seem to be the ideal time to dedicate the millennial Temple—75 days after the return of Jesus on Yom Kippur and 45 days after the Battle of Armageddon.

Below is a basic list of Scripture references that I see as mostly a chronological order of events.  Initially, some of the events may be known only locally, not globally.  With time, though, people all over the world will be aware that all of these phenomena have taken place.

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