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QUESTION:  How much time do you think will transpire between the rapture and the beginning of the seven year tribulation?

There will be 75 days (Daniel 12:11-13) between the Second Coming of Christ and the beginning of the Millennial Reign of Christ.  I would think that Satan would at least need that much time to figure out he is now unopposed and choose his Antichrist and false prophet.  But truthfully, it could be years between the rapture and the tribulation period.  If Jesus will take 75 days between one transition to another you can bet it will take more time for Satan to set up his kingdom.   

Personally, I don't believe Satan knows the day he is living in (see Question# 53), but that's not to say God has not put in the mind of Satan to ready his two future world leaders.  Satan could very well be planning to take over the world at this very moment not knowing that the rapture is about to take place.  When the rapture does take place, I believe he will be caught by surprise, possibly not even knowing what the rapture is.  Many people believe that just because it (rapture, tribulation period) is in the Word of God Satan must know about it.  But that may not be true.  Satan only understands what God allows him to understand, even if we humans consider it common knowledge.  Remember, it is only through the Holy Spirit that Christians can understand the Bible as well as we do.  Satan does not have that luxury and is subject to God's filtering.  Angels desire to know more about salvation but do not have that privilege afforded them by God (I Peter 1:10-12).  This tells me that God has hidden some spiritual matters from angels and Satan.  Of course, what has been hidden will only be revealed after we see the Lord. 

I hope this has answered your question.

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Terry Malone

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