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1. How It All Began
 
2. Will Believers Know the Day?
MISSING PIECES IN THE PUZZLE
Week of Years
"Abomination of Desolation"
"In the Midst of the Week"
"Forty-two Months"
"Twelve Hundred Sixty Days"
"A Thousand Two Hundred and Threescore Days"
SUCH HARMONY!
The Last Three and One-half Years
The Last Forty-two Months
The Last Twelve Hundred Sixty Days
WHEN DOES THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN?
The Three-and-One-Half-Year Countdown
The Forty-two-Month Countdown
The Twelve-Hundred-Sixty-Day Countdown
HOW DO THE PIECES FIT?
ANSWERING OBJECTIONS
Objection Number 1: The Context of Matthew 24
Objection Number 2: The Day is Unknown to Unbelievers Only
Objection Number 3: What About the 1290 Days?
Objection Number 4: The Time Is "Rounded Off."
Objection Number 5: The Days Are "Shortened."
Objection Number 6: Is the Abomination a Datable Event?
Objection Number 7: The Abomination Is Past
Objection Number 8: A Gap Before the Tribulation
Objection Number 9: A Gap After the Tribulation
Objection Number 10: They Can But Won't
"Only 1260 Days to Go."
THE UMBRELLA
Be Ready Now
Don't Throw Up Your Hands
Icing on the Cake
 
Gray-Haired Perspectives
• What Does "Hour" Mean?
• Except Those Days Be Shortened
 
3. Who Will Populate the Millennium?
THE PEOPLE IN NATURAL BODIES
Are they present-day Christians?
Are they present-day non-Christians?
Could they be people saved after the rapture?
OTHER ATTEMPTED ANSWERS
Attempt Number 1: Unbelievers Enter the Millennium
Attempt Number 2: A Remnant of Israel Is Saved After the Tribulation
Attempt Number 3: Ignore the Problem
 
Gray-Haired Perspectives
• The Kingdom and the Future
• The 28-Day Challenge
ISRAEL IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS
ISRAEL IN THE BOOK OF GALATIANS
ISRAEL IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
 
4. When Is the Wedding?
THE ONE VERSE
EXAMINING OBJECTIONS
Objection Number 1: The Post-Trib Rapture Is the Wedding
Objection Number 2: It's Only a Parable
ANOTHER VERSE TO CONFIRM IT
Objection Number 1: The Wife Is Readied on Earth
Objection Number 2: The Marriage Is After the Tribulation
Objection Number 3: The Time Is Reversed
Objection Number 4: The Past Tense Is Not Past
Objection Number 5: These Are Only Implications
 
5. First Thessalonians: Salvation
LOOKING BACKWARD
A Pre-trib Clue?
The Rapture Described
Of What Were They Ignorant?
Another Pre-trib Clue?
A New Revelation
WHAT WAS PAUL'S POSITION?
It's Only Natural
Where Did Paul Get His Revelation?
Why Does Paul Speak of Comfort?
THE PROBLEM OF THE "LAST TRUMPET"
The Feast of Trumpets
Where is the Fulfillment?
THE RELATION BETWEEN CHAPTERS FOUR AND FIVE
When Is the Day of the Lord?
Not Appointed to Wrath
Why Watch?
What Does "Watch" Mean?
How Do We Stay Awake?
The Hope of Salvation
The Context
Conjunctions Are the Key
The Thief and Surprise
Questions and Answers About "Surprise"
Looking or Living?
Motivation for Living
 
6. Second Thessalonians: Glory
WHEN DOES "REST" COME?
THE BASIS OF BESEECHING
DOUBLE REWARD
"THE FALLING AWAY"
Is "The Falling Away" the Rapture?
Is "The Falling Away" Apostasy?
Simpler Is Better
A Double Play on Words
WHEN IS THE DAY OF THE LORD?
Did They Think They Missed the Rapture?
Did They Think They Were in the Tribulation?
Did They Think They Would Yet Experience the Tribulation?
WHY THE TRIBULATION SIGNS?
To Prove the Certainty of Destruction
To Confirm the Destiny of the Persecutors
For Correction and Comfort
WHY NO MENTION OF "RAPTURE"?
A Pre-Trib Clue?
Why Is Work Commanded?
AN ISLAND IN THE FOG
The Old Testament and Christ's Coming
Why Are They Mingled?
The New Testament and Second-Coming Terminology
WHERE DO WE BEGIN?
Our Hope Is Not Nearsighted
My Big Moment
 
Gray-Haired Perspective
• A Stronger View of the Day of the Lord
 
7. Revelation
THE DUAL PURPOSE OF REVELATION
"Keep Thee from the Hour of Temptation."
THE CHURCH AND THE TRIBULATION
"Keep Thee from the Hour of Temptation."
The Purpose of the Hour
"All the World."
Contrast 2:10 and 3:10
Other Prepositions?
"As a Thief" (3:3; 16:15)
THE TIME OF THE RAPTURE
Symbolism Used
The Twenty-Four Elders
THE CHRONOLOGY OF REVELATION
"LEND ME YOUR EARS" (13:9)
NEITHER JEW NOR GREEK (7:1–8)
"FIRSTFRUITS" (14:4)
THE HARVEST (14:14–20)
THE ARMIES IN HEAVEN (19:14)
THE FIRST RESURRECTION (20:4–6)
SUMMARY
 
Gray-Haired Perspectives
• What is the Open Door Promised to the Church at Philadelphia?
THE KEY AND THE DOOR
THE PROMISE
REAL-LIFE PROOF
THE CHAIN CONTINUES
• Greek Prepositions and Revelation 3:10
• The Church in Revelation
• Twenty-Four Angels or Twenty-Four Men?
THE US-THEM DIFFERENCE
A SINGLE SUPPOSED SIMILARITY TO ANGELS
FOUR TRUE LIKENESSES TO MEN
THEIR ROLE, MY ROLE
• The Purpose of the Rapture
• Church Project Suggestion
 
8. Which Gathering First?
HARMONY OF SCRIPTURE
Who Are the Tares?
Is the Order Important?
It's Only a Parable
THE TIME OF THE HARVEST
Concerning the Rapture
Concerning the Gathering
Nothing Forbidden
 
Gray-Haired Perspectives
• Church? What Church?
• Is Matthew 24:31 The Rapture?
• Is John 14:3 The Rapture?
 
9. Luke Seventeen
"DAY" AND "DAYS"
NOAH AND LOT
"ONE SHALL BE TAKEN"
 
10. The Winepress
WHERE ARE THEY TAKEN?
SO MUCH BLOOD?
WHICH DIRECTION?
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE VALLEY?
WHICH VALLEY?
HOW FAR?
WHERE DOES IT EMPTY?
PROPHECY IN COLOR
HOW WILL IT HAPPEN?
HOW WILL CHRIST TREAD THE WINEPRESS?
THE SEVENTH VIAL
MANY SCRIPTURES HARMONIZE
THE SHEEP-GOATS JUDGMENT
GOD HATES SIN
POWER FOR PATIENCE
MOTIVATION FOR WITNESSING
WILL IT BE HIS BLOOD OR YOUR BLOOD?
 
11. The Olivet Solution
THE OLIVET PROBLEM
The Precedent
The Clue
DO MODERN EVENTS HELP US DATE THE RAPTURE?
The Fig Tree
This Generation
What About "Signs of the Times"?
THE RIDDLE OF NOAH
Question one, the flood victims
Question two, Noah
Question three, the stumper
Surprised, But Safe
THE RIDDLE OF THE GOODMAN
THE RIDDLE OF THE VIRGINS
REMAINING QUESTIONS
Question: How Do I Separate the Double References?
Question: How Does it Fit the Context?
Question: Why Did Jesus Give Three Illustrations?
Question: Do Other Gospels Contain Double Reference?
Question: Can Christ Return at "Any Moment"?
Question: Can Noah Apply to Church Saints?
Question: Do Some Know When the Thief Comes?
Question: Who Is the Servant?
Question: Who Is the One Taken and the One Left?
Question: If "No Man" Knows the Day, How Can Tribulation Saints Know the Day?
Question: Why Did Jesus Not Come Right Out and Say So?
RIDDLES OR SOLUTIONS?
THE CHURCH AND ISRAEL
TO STRENGTHEN YOUR VIEW
AN APPEAL
 
Gray-Haired Perspectives
• The Fig Tree in Song of Solomon
• More Light on "This Generation"
 Where Is the Promise of His Coming? (An Answer to Preterism)
MATTHEW TWENTY-FOUR
Answer to Skeptics
This Generation, Soon, Quickly
Points of Agreement
Aspects of the Kingdom
This Generation
Some Standing Here
An Overlooked Time Text
The Abomination of Desolation
See the Son of Man Coming in the Clouds
LUKE TWENTY-ONE
THE SEVENTY WEEKS OF DANIEL
The Abomination of Desolation
The Anointing of the Most Holy
Continuity of Temples
He Shall Confirm a Covenant
The Timing of the Covenant
ZECHARIAH
Jerusalem Defended
Some Scattered Before Jerusalem Defended
Figurative and Literal
The Big Valley
The Plague
Jerusalem Means Jerusalem
REVELATION
The Temple
Destruction of Babylon
Identity of Babylon
BOOKENDS OF THE BIBLE
THE APPLE OF HIS EYE
SECOND PETER THREE
APPENDIX: Most Holy as Used in the Old Testament
 
12. Now What?
KNOW WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES
WORK FOR UNITY IN THE LORD
Unity of the Spirit
Unity of the Faith
Why Now? Why Not Before?
THE CHURCH AND THE TRIBULATION
LAST WORDS
 
Appendix I   Outlines of First and Second Thessalonians
FIRST THESSALONIANS
GOD HAS CALLED BELIEVERS TO HOLY LIVING
IN THE MIDST OF AFFLICTION
 
SECOND THESSALONIANS
GOD DELAYS PUNISHMENT OF THE WICKED
IN ORDER TO PRODUCE PATIENCE IN THE BELIEVER
 
Appendix II   Points to Remember When Studying the Bible
 
Scripture Index