Article XX — The Tribulation.

     We believe that the translation of the church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israelís seventieth week (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 6:1Ė19:21) during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The whole period of Israelís seventieth week will be a time of judgment on the whole earth, at the end of which the times of the Gentiles will be brought to a close. The latter half of this period will be the time of Jacobís trouble (Jer. 30:7), which our Lord called the great tribulation (Matt. 24:15Ė21).
     We believe that universal righteousness will not be realized previous to the second coming of Christ, but that the world is day by day ripening for judgment and that the age will end with a fearful apostasy.


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