The “Lord’s Prayer” is much needed by these believers, and
indeed this group has need of this prayer:
“And lead us not
into temptation [testing], but deliver us from the evil one [the
Note that the Bible refers to the great tribulation as a time
of testing (Rev. 3:10).
Other Old Testament passages support a mid-tribulational
,…and merciful men [are] taken
away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from
(Isa. 57:1, KJV).
Here is some speculation to consider: If the Jewish King-
dom Churches of Revelation (chapters 2 and 3) all exist at the
same time; and the Church at Smyrna is to be raptured at the
middle of the tribulation with the believers of the other
Churches; and the 10 days of Smyrna’s persecution is 10 years;
and God begins to build these Kingdom Churches immediately
after the rapture of the Mystery Church of today, then that
would place the rapture of the Church (at the time of this writ-
ing) thirteen and a half years before the end.
Counting Of The Omer
The forty-nine days that connect the Feast of First Fruits to
the Feast of Pentecost, are known as the Counting of the
Omer. Anciently, Moses told Pharaoh to let God’s people go.
Pharaoh pursued the Israelites as they left Egypt, but the Lord
miraculously delivered them by parting the Red Sea. They con-