As we continue looking at this matter of the “gathering of the church up unto Christ” let me ask you to consider Matthew 16:15-18 {which see} where our Lord’s words were recorded that He said to Peter “…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Turn to Revelation 13 and let’s read about “the beast” which was revealed at the beginning of “Jacob’s time of trouble” [Jeremiah 30] and about whom the Bible says [vs 7] “it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations”. So, on one hand we have our Lord saying that not even the very gates of hell will prevail against nor overcome the church and on the other hand we have him saying that the Beast WILL overcome Christians in the tribulation. There are clearly TWO distinct groups of Christians in view: 1 is taken out before the Beast is revealed and a second group saved IN the tribulation must endure to the end of the Tribulation. So, the church WILL NOT be prevailed against and yet some of those Christians saved during the tribulation WILL be prevailed against. Is this a contradiction? Was Christ mistaken? Is Revelation wrong? No! There are NO contradictions in the Bible. How it is reconciled? If you let someone who doesn’t understand it get into your head – it can’t be. However, if you let the Bible have its way with your heart and mind it becomes obvious. See again [1st Thessalonians 4:13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them…” [14-18]. The church, the gentile bride of Christ will be gathered up in the clouds at the “gathering”, the “catching away” known to many English-speaking Christians as ‘the Rapture’. No brethren, the tribulation IS NOT for the bride. Who is it for? Turn to Jeremiah 30 where we are again told about the “time of the tribulation” {Much to the disapproval of some, your Bible refers often to specific times and ministrations as dispensations.} See 1 Cor 9:17; Eph 1:10; Eph 3:2; Col 1:25}. There in Jeremiah 30:7 we are told about “the time of Jacob’s trouble” – not the church’s trouble! See VS 4 “And these are the words that the Lord spake, concerning who? Concerning   Israel and concerning Judah”. Israel and Judah shall be, just as Noah pictured, “saved OUT of it”. Not able to see it yet? No problem, it goes on and on and on. Daniel, a Jew, wrote concerning “his people” (the Jews) and Jerusalem and throughout the book the Jews are in primary view and no place more obviously than Daniel ch 9 where we read that seventy sevens are determined for the Jews to finish their transgression.  Not so for the church whose sins were finished on Calvary.  You see God determined a future purge of sin and a finish of Israel and Judah’s transgression in their “time of Jacob’s trouble”.  So, Daniel’s words are specific – it is for ‘thy people’ and upon ‘thy holy city’. This is not Atlanta or Houston…it’s Jerusalem sir. Daniel’s people are not Chinese or Europeans Ma’am, they’re Jews. The Church is not in this prophecy for ‘thy people’…because she isn’t on earth at the time. Where is she? She’s at her wedding for the Bridegroom hath the bride.