Biblically, God has set a pattern of working for six “days” or time periods, then ceasing work on the Sabbath: the seventh “day” or time period. This has pertained to Creation
Would God command something which He Himself would not follow? I do not believe that He would. Why would this “week” be different from any other God-ordained “week,” when it comes to setting apart the seventh “day” as distinctive and unique? It should not be different from any other week, especially since the 70th Week is a very significant week of years, or seven-year period, on God’s prophetic timetable. In ancient Israel, God even commanded that after every six years, the seventh year should be set aside as a “sabbath of rest” for the land
Due to God’s principle of doing something for six units of time (such as creating the universe and the earth), then discontinuing that task during the seventh unit of time—the Sabbath—it seems reasonable to suppose that the seven years of the 70th Week will be no different. More specifically, Jesus, the Lamb, actively will be in the process of opening the seven seals for a full six years and then will cease performing this task, I believe at the beginning of the seventh and final year.
Interestingly, this final span of time, presumably a year, will begin with a brief period of “silence in heaven”
God will not be pouring out His wrath during the first six years of the 70th Week. This period of birth pains, trials, and great tribulation will not be a direct result of God’s wrath. The “work” of Jesus, the Lamb, as far as opening the seven seals of the heavenly scroll (Revelation 5:1-5), will be over as soon as He opens the Seventh Seal. As soon as he does this, He will have completed that particular task and will “rest” from it. Then He will direct the seven angels to be the instruments who will pour out the Trumpet Judgments (constituting the initial phase of God’s fervent wrath)—very likely for a period of one year.
In summary so far, then, the wrath of God will be imminent only after the Sixth Seal has been opened
Next, the beginning portion of the Seventh Seal: Day of the Lord is the period of time during which God’s wrathful vengeance will be unleashed upon the earth. Isaiah made three different references to this wrathful period, each time calling it the “day of vengeance” and, in each case, seeming to imply that it would last for about a year:
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you”Primarily, God’s vengeance, during the initial segment of the Day of the Lord, will be in response to the fervent appeals of slain believers. They will have cried out to God during the trials and persecution of the Fourth and Fifth Seals. They will have pled with God to judge mankind and to avenge their blood, which will have been shed upon the earth:
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”I believe that the main Rapture event will take place on one of two days during which Rosh haShanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is being celebrated. Rosh haShanah means “head of the year”; not only is it the first of the month of Tishri, it also is the first of the civil New Year.
See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins [thereby avenging the blood of His saints]. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer
I also believe that Jesus, the Messiah, will return to earth, to rule and reign, on a Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). This will be about a year after the Pre-wrath Rapture on Rosh haShanah. On this ultimate Day of Atonement of all time, Jesus will be treading the winepress of God’s wrath
Incidentally, I do not believe that the events corresponding to the opening of each of the seven seals necessarily will take exactly one year, apiece, to transpire. For instance, there probably will not be much time at all between the opening of the Sixth Seal and the opening of the Seventh Seal—maybe only hours or days, perhaps weeks.
Likewise, during a given week, some job-related activities will take more than a day, while some will take less. However, the final sabbatical period, during which no regular daily tasks are undertaken, is the last day: one-seventh of that week. Furthermore, it may be that all six seals in Revelation will be opened during the second half (3½ years) of the 70th Week rather than being spread out over the entire 7-year period.
Interestingly, a “sabbatical” is a hiatus, typically one year in length, during which an individual takes a break from what he/she has been doing, to fulfill some goal. The person does not cease all activity for a year; he/she merely interrupts his/her regular, repetitive work schedule to do something else. Perhaps the seventh year of the 70th Week will be God’s “sabbatical”—a break from opening the seven seals, to accomplish His goal of culminating human history as we know it.