Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2017   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ gives a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ shows timelines + summary. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done Proof of Rapture (pre-trib)   I was inspired to write this by an e-mail from someone who was trying to talk about the rapture to a couple of Catholics and they had no knowledge of the concept at all.  I also encountered an old acquaintance recently who was interested in Biblical prophecy and end times but never believed in the pre-trib rapture.  He said every place in the Bible that people pointed to for the rapture, he considered it the 2nd coming.  On this page, I plan to give everyone an easy way to explain the rapture and prove that it’s different from the 2nd coming.  1. Identify the rapture in Revelation   I think everyone agrees that Matthew 24:29-31, below, is describing Jesus’ return but there are disagreements on whether its pre-trib, post-trib, or mid-trib (sometimes called pre-wrath).  Matthew 24:29-31 29 "Immediately after the distress of those days, "'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'   30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.   Obviously, Jesus returns simultaneously with the signs in the sun, moon, and stars in verse 29.  Well, that’s what identifies the rapture in Revelation because the 6th Seal has the exact same signs, below, and even describes Jesus (the Lamb) appearing in the sky and people mourning.  Revelation 6:12-16 12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.  15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb   Note: In Revelation 7:9, the multitude of Christians are standing before the Lamb, with palm branches, signifying arrival in heaven, thus proving the rapture in Revelation even more.  Old theory   I know that ‘old pre-tribs’ put the rapture somewhere else in Revelation (ch. 4) but they were just mistaken because they didn’t understand the Seals.  That’s understandable because the Seals would have been difficult to interpret correctly, prior to WWII and the Holocaust, which was Seal 4.  Now, it’s easy to see that Seals 1-5 are in the past and nothing else in Revelation is pending before the rapture.  ‘Old pre-tribs’ should embrace this explanation of the rapture because the old way never made much sense (see bottom section), which is why they were always mocked by the post-tribs.  Yet, no one can deny the above connection with the 6th seal.  2. Identify the ‘tribulation’ in Revelation   Everyone agrees that there is a period of ‘tribulation’ but there’s a long-standing disagreement about when this period occurs: before the 2nd coming or between the rapture and 2nd coming.  The solution is found in Revelation.  Yet, some people have been confused over the following verse, concerning the multitude in heaven with palm branches.   Revelation 7:13-14 13 Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes- who are they, and where did they come from?"  14 I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.   Post-tribs have used the above verse to say that the multitude must go through a period of ‘tribulation’ but they are also confused about the Seals.  The meaning of the “great tribulation” is in fact Seals 1-6, which makes sense because the statement is made after the 6th Seal and points to the past.  It makes even more sense when you consider that a person can only wash their robe in the blood of the Lamb between the 1st Seal (resurrection) and the 6th Seal (rapture).  Seals 2-4 give a brief history of the Jews, during the last 2000 years, which includes two 70-year periods for proof.  Seal 5 is just a waiting period for spreading the gospel, which is where we are now.  I suppose that the last 2000 years is called the “great tribulation” because Satan was hurled to earth, when Jesus was born, and he vowed to make war against the followers of Jesus. (Rev 12:9 & 17)  In any event, the “great tribulation” refers to Seals 1-6, which will be completed when the rapture takes place.    The period that most people call the ‘tribulation’, after the rapture, is actually the Trumpet and Bowl plagues, which take place between the rapture (6th Seal) and Armageddon (7th Bowl).  When you say it like that, it exposes whether a post-trib is trying to over-lap the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, in Revelation, which cannot be done.  Besides the fact that the Seals are in the past, over-lapping is wrong because it introduces contradictions, which forces some things to be omitted, which is expressly forbidden by God. (below) Revelation 22:19 “And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”   Simply put, post-tribs can’t over-lap the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls because: 1. The Trumpets don’t start until after the 7th Seal, which is a half-hour of silence. (Rev 8:1-6)  The 7th Seal naturally wouldn’t happen before the 6th Seal.  And, since the 5th Trumpet takes at least 5 months (Rev 9:5), neither can they all happen during the 7th Seal.  That’s common sense because the 7th Seal is only half-an-hour and trumpets can’t sound during a ‘silence’ anyway.    Subsequently, the Bowls must take place after the Trumpets because the 2nd Trumpet and the 2nd Bowl deal with the same things and give very different outcomes.  The 2nd Trumpet says that 1/3 of the sea is turned to blood and 1/3 of the sea creatures die. (Rev 8:8-9)  On the contrary, the 2nd Bowl says that all the sea is turned to blood and all the sea creatures die. (Rev 16:3)  Plus, the 1st Bowl mentions the ‘mark of the beast’, which happens between the Trumpets and Bowls, in Revelation 13.  Therefore, it’s obvious that the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls happen sequentially, as they were written, rather than overlapped and simultaneous.    Therefore, if the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls are sequential, then the rapture cannot be post-trib because many events happen in Revelation, after the 6th Seal, which is clearly identified as the rapture.  Likewise, the rapture cannot be mid-trib because the Seals are in the past and there’s nothing left in Revelation to take place before the rapture.  Simple Conclusion   By identifying the rapture in Revelation as the 6th Seal and proving the timeline to be sequential, the ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture is proven and the period that most people call the ‘tribulation’ is actually the Trumpets and Bowls.  Thus, the rapture is very simple to explain when the Seals are understood to be in the past.  Further Discussion Matthew 24   I’ve shown that the rapture can be proven with Revelation but most post-tribs would rather go back to Matthew and point to the first phrase of Matthew 24:29 (top of this page).  Many post-tribs don’t like the NIV version because it uses the word ‘distress’ instead of ‘tribulation’ so I’ll play along.  What does it mean by, “Immediately after the tribulation in those days?”  Does that phrase prove post-tribulation?  In a word, “No.”   1. Well, ‘tribulation’ is a common word that just means ‘distress’ so it actually means the distress caused by the abomination (Matt 24:15), for which Jesus advises everyone in Judea to flee to the mountains.  He tells them twice to flee immediately, without going back to get anything from their house, so the distress is coming fast.  In fact, the abomination sets off a chain of events that ends with the rapture so the distress is caused by the 6th Seal, which starts with an earthquake.  I think the earthquake triggers a tsunami, which is why they are told to run for the mountains.  The rest of the 6th Seal is the same as Matthew 24:29 so it makes sense that the rapture is immediately after the distress caused by the earthquake and tsunami.  Note: Running for the mountains after the abomination covers the 6th Seal earthquake, which is not listed in Matt 24:29.  Yet, that shows why the abomination and rapture happen together.    2. Okay, for the sake of argument, let’s say that this word ‘tribulation’ means the same as the “great tribulation” in Revelation 7:14.  Does that prove anything for the post-tribs?  No.  As soon as the abomination was set up and the 6th Seal started (earthquake), the “great tribulation” was technically over because it’s too late, at that point, for anyone to wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore, it’s correct to say that the rapture comes immediately after the “great tribulation” because that’s the Seals, and the 6th Seal had already started.  So, ‘pre-tribulation’ is still proven because it doesn’t mean after the tribulation of the Trumpets and Bowls, (which are never actually referred to as a ‘tribulation’, in the Bible).    3. In general, Jesus’ prophecies in Matthew 24 were relatively vague, compared to Revelation, which came later and was God’s definitive prophecy of end times.  I mean, the disciples never really understood that Jesus had to be crucified and resurrected until after it had happened.  It would have been premature and confusing to give details of Revelation that happen after the rapture.  I agree that most of Matthew 24 is chronological but verses 29-31 back up to the abomination and happen right after the Jews run to the mountains, which is why they see the Lamb, from the mountains, in Revelation 6:15-16.  That’s not re-arranging anything but simply saying that events for two different groups, the Jews and Christians, happen simultaneously.  That way, Matthew 24 agrees with Rev 7.  After all, the rest of Matthew 24 (after verse 31) is not chronological so why should post-tribs be so adamant about keeping verses 29-31 in sequence, and in the process, over-lapping major parts of Revelation?  That just doesn’t make any sense, especially when there’s a severe warning about keeping Revelation complete.  Why is this so important?   It’s important to prove post-tribs wrong because they are deceiving people into thinking that the antichrist, mark of the beast, and other things in Revelation are coming before the rapture, which is plain wrong.  That’s bad because if a person had doubts about the Bible and was told that they could wait until they saw all those things happen, then it’s easy to see how they could be caught by surprise and miss the rapture because they never got to know Jesus.    Post-tribs like to tell me that teaching pre-tribulation is “dangerous” because people will fall for a false messiah on earth but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  It’s the Jews who are looking for a messiah on earth, not pre-tribs.  All pre-tribs know that Jesus will appear in the sky so anyone on earth is automatically disqualified.  On the contrary, teaching post-tribulation is dangerous because re-arranging and overlapping Revelation inevitably leaves some things out, which is forbidden by God. (Rev 22:19)  I’m not trying to condemn anyone but God’s warning is pretty straight-forward.  Anyone who is trying to teach end times should know that warning and avoid manipulating Revelation because the consequence is tragic.  Therefore, it’s important to rebuke post-tribs, both for their own good and for others.   Proof for Atheists   The above proof is valid for Bible enthusiasts but it means very little to atheists because they don’t believe in the Bible.  (Nor would it prove anything to Jews because they don’t believe in the New Testament.)  To prove anything to an atheist, you would first have to prove that the Bible is real.  That’s one thing that Daniel 11 can do because it matches verifiable history to 29 consecutive verses (2 through 30), with no gaps, manipulations, or omissions.  If an atheist was open-minded and checked for themselves, they could see that only God could proclaim a summary of events, 2500-years ago, and then make it happen.  One verse might be a chance encounter but 29-in-a-row can’t be an accident. Related page: Salvation to Maturity (a simply guide) Page available for printing on PDF. Disproving the old theories A. Proof against the old pre-trib theory    The old pre-trib theory attempts to put the rapture at the beginning of Revelation 4, which is wrong for many reasons.  For the record, I’m not trying to argue or criticize people because they were using the best explanation they had, but they generally didn’t understand the Seals.  Now, Revelation’s true timeline can be understood.  Here’s a list of contradictions in the old pre-trib theory.    1. In general, the letters to the churches are symbolic in many ways, but they are separate from John’s visions, starting in Chapter 4, which is just an initial view of heaven.  The rapture can’t be John’s transformation in Chapter 4 because the “slain Lamb” in chapter 5 represents the crucifixion.  The rapture can’t be before the crucifixion.    2. The multitude of Christians are in heaven in Revelation 7 (after the 6th Seal rapture), not in chapter 4.  If you ask an old pre-trib supporter about that, they’ll probably make up something about the 24 elders representing the raptured Christians, which later turn into the multitude, but that makes no sense because John is talking to an elder about the multitude, in Revelation 7:13.  Additionally, the elders are mentioned as themselves in Revelation 7:11, 11:16, 14:3, and 19:4.  Therefore, it’s impossible for the elders in chapter 4 to represent or turn into the multitude.   3. The signs in the sun, moon, and stars, in Seal 6, perfectly match the rapture (gathering) in Matthew 24:29-31.  Both of these passages obviously deal with end times so there would not be two different events so similar.  In other words, they are the same event.  Yet, if you ask someone who advocates for the old pre-trib theory about this fact, it is my experience that they will ignore you and not answer, or they will make up something about there being two raptures, but there is not.  I have a page on Matthew 24 that clears that passage up, so everything matches such as Daniel, Matthew, Revelation, etc. 4. The old pre-trib theory tries to say that the Rider on the white horse, in Seal 1, is the arrival of Satan or the antichrist, but that is a serious contradiction with Rev 19.  The Rider on the white horse, in Seal 1, obviously represents the resurrection of Jesus, which follows logically from the crucifixion in chapter 5.  Revelation 19 portrays Jesus as the Rider on the white horse, for a second time.  I mean, if the two visions were in different books of the Bible, the old pre-tribs might have a leg to stand on, but we’re talking about the same set of visions that were given to John, all at the same time.  I don’t think God the Father would represent Satan and Jesus, in the same way, in the same set of visions.  Of course, chapters 6 and 19 are different ‘times’, one being the resurrection and the other being Armageddon, but they are clearly both Jesus.  Besides, Satan is a liar, not a conqueror.    The old pre-tribs had the right idea, but the wrong interpretation of the Seals.  Historically speaking, the modern pre-trib theory (1870’s) arose after a Scottish girl, Margaret McDonald, had a vision of Jesus gathering the righteous (rapture) and later returning to do battle at Armageddon.  Yet, she didn’t attempt to interpret Revelation; early preachers such as John Darby and Cyrus Scofield did that.  Therefore, I’m not attempting to change the vision received by God; I’m just offering the correct adaptation to Revelation.  Again, I’m not criticizing the early preachers because God reveals things in His own perfect time. B. Proof against Post-tribs who manipulate Revelation   Some post-tribs have used the above contradictions, over the years, to ridicule pre-tribs but post-tribs have much worse contradictions because they resort to over-lapping parts of Revelation, which inevitably omits things, which is forbidden by God. (Revelation 22:19)  1. A person can’t overlap the Trumpets with the last Seal because the 7th Seal is a half-hour of silence (Rev 8) and trumpets can’t sound during a silence.  Some say that the rapture is the 7th trumpet but that can’t be right because none of the trumpets can start until after the 7th Seal (Rev 8) and the 5th trumpet takes at least 5 months (Rev 9:5).  Therefore, the trumpet plagues in Rev 8 cannot be the same as the “trumpet call of God” (1 Thess 4:16) because they can’t start until after the multitude is already in heaven. (Rev 7)  Plus, the 5th Trumpet (5 months) can’t happen in the twinkling of an eye.  2. A person can’t overlap the Bowls (Rev 16) with the Trumpets (Rev 8) because the 2nd  Trumpet deals with the same elements as the 2nd Bowl, but they are very different.  I mean, the 2nd Trumpet says that 1/3 of the sea is turned to blood and 1/3 of the sea creatures die. (Rev 8:8-9)  On the contrary, the 2nd Bowl says that all the sea is turned to blood and all the sea creatures die. (Rev 16:3)  Therefore, the Bowls must come after the Trumpets.  Plus, the 1st Bowl mentions the ‘mark of the beast’, which happens in Revelation 13, between the Trumpets and Bowls, which is further evidence that they are sequential.  3. A person can’t overlap the Bowls and Seals because of sequential logic and common sense.  I mean, if the Trumpets must come after the Seals and the Bowls must come after the Trumpets, then the Bowls must come after the Seals and Trumpets, in sequential order.    Post-tribs don’t voluntarily disclose that they’re overlapping and re-arranging Revelation but that’s exactly what they’re doing.  They like to talk about the antichrist and mark of the beast (Rev 13), which gets people’s attention so they can sell books and dvds.  However, they’re putting those things before the rapture by saying that the earthquake at Armageddon (Rev 16:18) is the same as the earthquake in the 6th Seal (Rev 6:12), which is wrong.  I suppose they think the earthquake in Rev 11:13 is also the same but that’s the same as omitting two earthquakes, which violates God’s warning in Rev 22:19.  Don’t be fooled by post-tribs because only a false prophet would change God’s prophecy in Revelation.  Conclusion   I’m just trying to point out that the pre-tribs (old-school) and post-tribs both interpreted Revelation wrong, because neither interpreted the Seals correctly, but the post-tribs are far worse in their manipulation of Revelation.  Post-tribs should know better because of God’s warning in Rev 22.  Yet, they are the loudest and most critical of the other’s opinion.  I’m just trying to get Christians to agree on a logical and straight-forward explanation of end times and Revelation that has no contradictions or omissions.  This section simplified: 2-05-2018 ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) Related pages: The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation’s timeline revealed) A single verse that displays pre-tribulation   Many post-tribs complain that the Bible doesn’t explicitly describe pre-tribulation in a single verse.  Well, the complex issues in the Bible, such as end times, are usually a little more complicated than one verse.  In other words, everything has to fit together so many scriptures must be considered.  However, I ran across this example of pre-tribulation that only uses one verse.  Revelation 12:12 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!  But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!  He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."   This example proves pre-tribulation because it illustrates that raptured Christians will be rejoicing in heaven while others will be facing the devil’s fury on earth, for a short time.  That is the basic premise of pre-tribulation proven in one verse.  Added: 10-24-2017 Related video: 7-Seals of Revelation (pre-tribulation proof) 38 minutes Video for this page: End Times Explained (pre-trib rapture explained) 40 minutes Related video: 7-Seals of Revelation (pre-tribulation proof) 38 minutes Video for this page: End Times Explained (pre-trib rapture explained) 40 minutes Related video: 7-Seals of Revelation (pre-tribulation proof) 38 minutes Video for this page: End Times Explained (pre-trib rapture explained) 40 minutes Added video: 5-2-2018 -