** Some people say that the 144,000 isn't a real number, just representative of a totality - 12 tribes, 12,000 people.
** Yeshua said He was 'going to prepare a place for us' and that 'in His Father's house are many mansions'. If we aren't going to be raptured but stay here thru to the Millenium, what about that place and those mansions?
** The scriptures talk about a bridegroom's feast. ((In Jewish Tradition, marriage celebrations last seven years.)) If we're not raptured, how can we be at the feast? Further, if we're here just the first three judgments, then at a feast seven years, doesn't that equal ten years?
** The scriptures indicate TWO different judgments, one via the Lamb (Christ) and one at the Great Throne (Yahweh). It seems like the Lamb judgment is for Christ-followers at the Rapture, and the Great Throne is for the lambs(OT saints, Wrath martyrs) and goats (those in hell). If we aren't raptured, how does that work? Two lines in heaven?
** The problem I have with the seven churches being seven levels of belief is that it's not a natural progression for every person. Not everyone falls into the 'bed of Jezebel', but are strong in their faith all along, with minor 'desert periods'.
** IF we were 'raptured' to Israel, that would not keep us from the wrath that is to come, as that's where the battle is going to be, and that's where people are told to flee to the mountains from. It's also not in keeping with the preps all of us seem to be impressed to put up right now.
** Those beheaded for the faith or that die in the Trib seem to me to be those who find Truth AFTER the rapture. Don't be decieved - all the way to the very end there will be people finding Him. Just because it talks about believers in those days, or the 'elect', doesn't mean the rapture didn't happen before that.
Frankly, I can't seem to write about the judgments beyond the chapter seven, either. I don't know why. Maybe it's because we're not going to be here, and He doesn't want us leaving behind any 'help' for the others.