I also acknowledge the possibility of a partial Mid-tribulation Rapture of “firstfruits” believers, at the beginning of the final 3½ years, in fulfillment of
In 2006, Israel engaged in a seven-year agreement or accord with several other nations. In fact, Israel was the first non-European nation to sign on to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), which was in effect from January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2013: seven years. The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument with Israel shows one of the documents in this agreement.
Had this been the prophesied seven-year agreement of
Another seven-year agreement went into effect after that. The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) appeared to confirm, renew and strengthen the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), and Israel continued to be a member.
Furthermore, like the ENP, the ENI also was scheduled to transpire for a period of seven years: 2014 through 2020. My commentary End of the Age: 2020? described why it appeared that the ENI might have been the prophesied seven-year agreement of
None of the anticipated prophetic events took place in 2017—the middle year of the seven-year period from 2014 through 2020. However, another commentary explains why the possibility remains that these events still might take place during Passover week of 2018, 2019 or 2020: Anticipated Prophetic Events: Delayed 1-3 Years?
Jesus’ physical return to earth, at the end of the 70th Week or final 7 years of this age, will be followed by a literal span of 1,000 years, known as the Millennium. During that lengthy period of time, Jesus will sit on His throne in Jerusalem as King over the whole earth
I believe that following the Millennium, this present, tainted, imperfect creation (universe, heavens, and earth) will perish and will be discarded like a worn-out garment
I believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, and in the everlasting blessedness of the saved. I feel that, most likely, the unsaved will be lost forever. However, “forever” may end with the cessation of time, as we know it. Time, as it is perceived by us, had a beginning
After that, God will bring a brand new, pristine, incorruptible Creation into existence, after having ceased from the act of creating for many epochs of time. That is, during the seventh “day” in which we now are living, God has been resting from creating anything new out of nothing—in essence, observing a lengthy Sabbath. The new Creation will remain for eternity, in another realm of time and space that we, in our present forms, are unable to comprehend or understand fully.
In that realm, there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain
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