(Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
• The Church Age comes to an end in 1988. God brings judgment on all congregations without exception.
• As a judgment on the church, Satan has been loosed and allowed to rule there (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
• With no salvation taking place in the churches, God commands His elect to flee all churches (Matthew 24:15-16), because they are under God’s wrath, and this departing serves to separate the wheat from the tares (Matthew 13).
About 6 Years and 4 Months (Revelation 8:1)
• For about the first 6 years of the 23 years of the Great Tribulation, almost no one was being saved. This was the “about half an hour” of silence spoken of in Revelation 8.
Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
There is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repents (has been saved by God and given a new heart), but because there was silence in heaven, that means there is no rejoicing for joy, which means there was no salvation.
Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, …”
However, when we look up the word for silence, we find it’s not a complete silence, but virtually silent, which means there was still a little salvation, very few were being saved. Similar to when Paul beckoned with the hand to speak, and there was made a great silence but not complete silence (Acts 21:40)
Had this little salvation continued this way for the remainder 17 years of the Great Tribulation, then no flesh would have been saved. So God shortened those days to only last 6 years and not the whole 23-year period, because He had a great multitude of elect to save around the world.
Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
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About 17 Years
The remainder 17 years of the Great Tribulation was a time of great joy because God was saving a vast amount of people, all around the world.
Salvation had never occurred on such a scale like this before. This period is also know as the latter rain.
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
What is a Time Path?
A time path is taking a date found in the Bible, such as the birth of an individual, a major event, such as the worldwide flood (Genesis 7), or Jesus dying on the cross, and projecting that to a significant key date in the future to see how many years are between the two dates. Then that number can be broken down to see other numbers and their spiritual meanings, e.g., "40" in the Bible is the number for testing, "3" is the purpose of God, and so on.
Calendar Years vs Actual Years
When we add up the years from both calendar timelines below, when have to minus one year, because there is no year zero. These are what we call actual years. If we don't minus one, these are called calendar years.
As an example, let's use 2011 A.D. -- if we add 11,013 years to 2011, we get 13,024 as the number of Calendar Years.
So 13,024 is our Calendar year. Now we have to minus one, since there is no year zero. 13,0324 - 1 = 13,0323. So 13,023 is our actual year.
How is the calendar read?
When viewing this calendar of history, it may be difficult for some to understand what B.C and A.D means. B.C means "Before Christ", and A.D. means "Anno Domini" ("the year of the Lord"). The calendar the world uses now is the result of an attempt to have the calendar line up with the birth of Christ, although it can be shown that it is off by about 7 years, since Christ was born in 7 B.C.
2011 A.D. marked the 13,023rd year of the earth, and on May 21, 2011, the Great Tribulation ended and the Day of Judgment began. The Biblical evidence is mounting that the earth will reach the age of 13,045 actual years, in 2033 A.D., when God will destroy this present universe and will create a new heavens and new earth.
Time paths that point to 2033 A.D.
We know that we have gone through the Great Tribulation period (May 21, 1988 through May 21, 2011) and that we have been living in the Day of Judgment since May 21, 2011. The only remaining question is: how long will it be until God destroys the world? E Bible Fellowship is continuing to study all that the Bible has to say regarding this question of the timing for the end of the world. At this time, there is evidence for 2033 A.D. The evidence is NOT conclusive. E Bible Fellowship is not saying this is absolutely the date. We are only presenting the available evidence for all to check out. However, the Biblical evidence is mounting more and more.