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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


(Matt. 6:13).

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


“The righteous


,…and merciful men [are] taken

away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from

the evil

[to come]

(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-