I can appreciate the last statement sir, "this is my reasoning as of today",... because, I have a "leaning on my own understanding" that get s in my way!
you really should consider something, There is No 7 year tribulation! we have been IN a Great Tribulation since the stoning of Stephen. can you honestly tell Stephen, and ALL the martyrs that they were not experiencing a Great Tribulation?! How about the Jews and christians of The Roman era and the millions that were killed then? ALL the way through the false prophet Mohammed and his killings and conquering the entire known world except the few last faith empowered people who finally stopped him at The Battle of Tours France. (look it up) try and see it, the Holocaust,..? you mean They were not going through a GREAT TRIBULATION? The end is near. As I write this, world wide Christians and Jews are being killed NOW, India Africa Sudan Iran Iraq Syria, Turkey, etc... We may have to go through more yet. I beg you to search out THE FALSE PROPHET and find the easy answers "42 months". Maybe IF you read it, you will see what I see, if not, keep seeking, asking, knocking eventually, those "who endure until the end will be saved", let us all endure and love one another. I love the openness in which you post by the way. I hope you will love me the same.
ain't none of us got it all right yet.
I do believe also that Messiah fulfilled 70TH week in his 70 week ministry 490 days. (not 3.5 years) from His baptism day, 40 days wilderness, first Passover and second Passover, ,... (where He was put in the grave before sundown when the Passover lambs were put in the ovens) and, (there was no John 6:4 in earlier manuscripts giving the illusion to a longer ministry) all the way till he Baptized the disciples, at the final counting of "The Omer". at Pentecost, 70 weeks. and in the middle of "the week He was cut off" killed and buried.
Am I so wrong in pushing you to read some more? I confess, I don't know it all, i keep seeing your posts and sense that maybe you will be prodded to read beyond the "literal"
Peace be upon all who read, Alex.