Chapter 8 Transition

The midpoint of the end-time seven-year period is filled with world-changing events. First God unveils a mystery; the seven thunders spoke, but John did not write down what was said. When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.” (Revelation 10:4)

Much mystery about “who God is” persists to this day. With the information disclosed in the seven thunders, this mystery will be over, this mystery will be finished, this great mystery of God will be accomplished. Scripture records this event saying, But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished. (Revelation 10:7a; NIV) The seven thunders reveal information about God’s very nature, which will prompt Israel to accept Jesus as Messiah. At this time the final Gentile to become a believer in Christ steps forward and eternal salvation becomes a gift to Israel alone.

Two witnesses who preached in Jerusalem the initial half of the final seven years will be martyred, resurrected and then raptured to heaven. The entire world will see this event (Revelation 11:3-12). God also raptures the reformed Laodicea Church into heaven; this second rapture of the Church removes every Gentile believer, with none left behind (Revelation 14:16).

Also at this time the Antichrist travels to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. There he will proclaim himself to be the Messiah that Israel has sought since ancient times. Paul wrote concerning Antichrist – who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). However Israel will reject Antichrist and embrace Jesus Christ (Zechariah 12:10).

Israel’s rejection of Antichrist sets the stage for Israeli martyrs the second half of the final seven years. The Israeli harvest lasts three and a half years, and ends with Christ rescuing Israel at the Second Coming (Revelation 14:18-20; 19:11-21).

Events at the mid-point in the seven years are transitional; the course of world events is forever changed.

The Final Seven Years

First Half Transition (Mid-Point) Second Half
Seven Seals Seven Thunders – reveal the mystery of God Israel Persecuted
Early Rapture Two Witnesses – martyred, resurrected, raptured Seven Bowls of Wrath
Seven Trumpets Dead in Christ – resurrected The Second Coming
Christians Persecuted Alive in Christ – raptured
Unbelieving Gentiles – cut off from salvation
Israel – receives salvation