Daniel 8:9-14And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land.10And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them.11He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down.12Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.13Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, "How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices andthe transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled under foot?"14And he said to me, "For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed."
Daniel 9:27“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the weekhe shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one whomakes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate."
Daniel 11:29-35“At the appointed time he shall return and go toward the south; but it shall not be like the former or the latter.30For ships from Cyprus shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage. So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant.31And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place therethe abomination of desolation.32Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.33And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.34Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join with them by intrigue.35And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.”
Daniel 12:8-13Then I said, "My lord, what shall be the end of these things?"9And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.10Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.11And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, andthe abomination of desolationis set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.12Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.13But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days."
Matthew 24:11-30“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.12And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.13But he who endures to the end shall be saved.14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.15"Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place"(whoever reads, let him understand),16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.17Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.18And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.19But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!20And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.21For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.22And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.23Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it.24For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.25See, I have told you beforehand.26Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it.27For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.28For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.29"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.30Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
Mark 13:12-27“Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.13And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.14"So when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not"(let the reader understand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.15Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house.16And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.17But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!18And pray that your flight may not be in winter.19For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.20And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.21Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, He is there!' do not believe it.22For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.23But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.24"But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;25the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.26Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.27And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.”
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,2not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.3Let no one deceive you by any means;for that Day willnotcome unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,4who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Revelation 13:11-18Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.12And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.13He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.14And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast,telling those who dwell on the earth to makean image to the beastwho was wounded by the sword and lived.15He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.16He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,17and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.18Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
Revelation 14:8-13And another angel followed, saying, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."9Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice,"If anyoneworships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,10he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation.He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.11And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night,who worship the beast and his image,and whoever receives the mark of his name."12Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."
Revelation 15:1-2Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.2And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast,over his imageand over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
Revelation 16:1-2Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth."2So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the menwho had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
Revelation 19:19-21And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.20Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who receivedthe mark of the beast andthose who worshiped his image.These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.21And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
Revelation 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God,who had not worshiped the beastor his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Type and Shadow
Daniel 3:1-30Nebuchadnezzar the kingmade an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.2And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces,to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.3So the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered togetherfor the dedication of the imagethat King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; andthey stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.4Then a herald cried aloud: "To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,5that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music,you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up;6and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace."7So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music,all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold imagewhich King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.8Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews.9They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever!10You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music,shall fall down and worship the gold image;11and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.12There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego;these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you.They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up."13Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king.14Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego,that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up?15Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, andyou fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?"16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar,we have no need to answer you in this matter.17If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.18But if not, let it be known to you, O king,that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."19Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded thatthey heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.20And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.21Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.22Therefore, because the king's command was urgent, and the furnaceexceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.23And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.24Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors,"Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."25"Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."26Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here." Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire.27And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king's counselors gathered together, andthey saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.28Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying,"Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!29Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this."30Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
While we do believe in a mid tribulation rapture, we are not saying we know the day or the hour. The Lord makes it very clear that no one but the Father knows that. While we do believe it is at or near the middle of the last 7 years of this age, the Lord says that He has to cut the time short for the elect's sake in Matthew 24:22 and who knows the amount of time that will be?