“The Tribulation!” It is a reality that will happen. It may be here much quicker than what most people think. The tribulation is described by Jesus in Matthew 24. But, before I go any further, please let me make the following statement, without any lack of respect for anyone. If you are a someone who is not a Jew or Christian, the information that follows will most likely mean nothing to you. Still, I ask everyone to read this post with a prayerful attitude, asking God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give you clear revelation.
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Matthew 24:4-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken
This discussion is a bit lengthy. The following study references were used to provide credible commentary.
Study Bibles: Mac Arthur, Ryrie, Jeremiah, Scofield, R.C. Sproul, HCSB. Commentaries: J. Dwight Pentecost, John F. Walvoord, Lamar Eugene Cooper, Sr., George L. Klein.
Ezekiel and his wife were among the 10,000 Jews who were deported from Jerusalem to Babylon in 597 B.C. The writings of his ministry as priest and prophet began in the year 595 B.C. In the year 590 B.C., he wrote, “my wife died”(Ezek 24:18). In the year 587 B.C., Ezekiel gave the following prophecy that very well may describe worldwide soon-coming events that will be centered around the nation of Israel. In the following verses, Gog may be the anti-Christ or a group of nations that are under the control of the anti-Christ. The other nations that are mentioned will be under the control of the anti-Christ in an attack on the nation of Israel. Those nations are primarily Muslim, with Russia also being one of the attackers. In Chapters 38 and 39 of Ezekiel, the events will happen in concurrence with the happenings that the book of Revelation identifies as taking place during the times of the tribulation. (Rev 6-19). God is in charge of the events that take place (vs 4), which makes Him the architect and enforcer of the tribulation (The anti-Christ only thinks that he is in control of that worldwide chaos). The tribulation is God’s tool to judge sin and prepare Israel to accept Jesus as Messiah. Consider why God will remove “the bride of Christ,” “the church,” from the time of world history that will be “great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall ever be (Matt 24:21). ” It should be noted that Persia is the present nation of Iran. The problem that God has with the world does not relate to those of us who have been born again of the Spirit of God, and will be caught up/raptured and taken out of this world prior to the tribulation (1 Thes 4:16-18/1 Cor 15:50-54). Anyone who has been “left behind” is someone who has not been born again “of the Spirit of God.” They will remain in a fallen world that is under the domination of Satan, the Anti-Christ, and the effects of sin. A religious leader, the False Prophet, will give credence to the Anti-Christ. Another problem that is of Godly concern is for the Jews to come to the belief and acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah. The setting is one of false peace where the Jews have entered into a peace treaty with the anti-Christ, which will take place during the first 3 1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation. Midway during the tribulation the anti-Christ will break the peace treaty. Armed conflict will become strong against Israel, with “all the nations of the world” coming against Israel. All of the nations of the world can not be physically located in the near areas of Israel, but they will be under the control of the anti-Christ. Because all born-again soldiers, politicians and others will have been raptured out of the world prior to the tribulation, no one will remain on Planet Earth who has the indwelling of the God’s Holy Spirit. It will be like the times that preceded the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit began to indwell those who had a saving relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The rapture will create a world that has no influence on its inhabitants by the indwelling of The Holy Spirit. No one who has been left behind will have God’s Holy Spirit indwelling them. We will have unsaved American military forces left in the world. Therefore, we will have unsaved American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, and members of the coast guard who will be under the control of the forces of the anti-Christ; this will include any president, or anyone else, who has not been born again. The links that follow show a great concern for the lack of support that our nation has for the nation of Israel. However, God is in control. Israel will not be defeated by the forces of the anti-Christ, which will consist largely of Muslim and Russian forces. The problem deals with individuals and nations who do not support Israel, and who militarily attack God’s chosen people, who are the Jews (Deu 7:6/Matt 25:31-46). The forces of Gog and Magog are mentioned in this Chapter, as well as in Revelation 20:8. There will be skirmishes with those two foes of Israel during the tribulation, as shown in Ezekiel 38-39. The Battle of Armageddon will take place before the beginning of the 1,000 year reign of Christ, which is known as the millennium. During the millennium, which will be a time of worldwide peace, Satan will be bound and can not tempt anyone. At the end of the millennium, he (Satan) will be loosed to deceive the nations again. There will be unsaved people who will be alive during the 1,000 year reign of Christ. The battle that will end all world battles will take place at the end of the millennium, and will have the enemies of Christ and Israel mounting an attack on Jerusalem, and will be known as the Battle of Gog and Magog. God will win; Satan will lose. Beginning in Revelation 21, all things will be made new; new heavens, new earth, and new Jerusalem. I hope to see you there.
Ezekiel 38:1-16 New International Version (NIV)
The Lord’s Great Victory Over the Nations
1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him
3 and say, ‘Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.
4 And I will turn thee back and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords;
5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them, all of them with shield and helmet;
6 Gomer and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters and all his bands — and many people with thee.
7 “‘Be thou prepared and prepare for thyself, thou and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited. In the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste; but it is brought forth out of the nations and they shall dwell safely, all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm. Thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou and all thy troops, and many people with thee.
10 “‘Thus saith the Lord God: It shall also come to pass that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought;
11 and thou shalt say, “I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls and having neither bars nor gates”—
12 to take a spoil and to take a prey, to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited and upon the people who are gathered out of the nations, who have gotten cattle and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.
13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, “Art thou come to despoil us? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”’
14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, ‘Thus saith the Lord God: On that day when My people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company and a mighty army.
16 And thou shalt come up against My people of Israel as a cloud to cover the land. It shall be in the latter days; and I will bring thee against My land, that the heathen may know Me when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
The following scriptures describe the events that will take place at the end of the tribulation. Notice that “all the nations of the world” will be opposing God’s chosen people, the Jews. It is during this time that Jesus will return to earth from heaven, with His saints (those who were raptured). This event will occur during the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 16-19).
Zechariah 14:1-5 New International Version (NIV) The following prophecy was given by Zechariah the prophet to the returning remnant of Israel when they returned to Jerusalem from their 70 years of dispersion in Babylon. The opening words of Zechariah were written in 520 B.C. The date of this prophecy was 487 B.C.
The Lord Comes and Reigns
1 A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.
2 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
Before the tribulation begins, there will be a chorus of angels in heaven singing.
Revelation 5:11-14 King James Version (KJV)
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Beginning in Revelation Chapter 6, and continuing until 19:11, when Jesus returns to earth, followed by His saints, God will send judgment on the earth and its inhabitants. It’s important to remember that God is in control of those events; the anti-christ is a deceived tool of God who is used to bring about judgment on sin to the earth. The event that takes place in 19:11 is the second coming of Christ, which is not the same as the rapture of the church, which takes place in 1 Thes 4:16-18/1 Cor 15:50-54. The judgments that will come upon the earth are seal judgments, trumpet judgments, and bowl judgments, with increasing severity occurring in that order. The seal judgments will take place during the first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. The trumpet and bowl judgments will take place during the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. Let’s take a look at those judgments. It’s important to know that they will also be taking place during the prophetic times of Ezekiel and Zechariah, as they are also prophesied by Jesus and the prophet Daniel, although they are not necessarily shown in the same detail as they are in this scripture setting.
Revelation 6 New King James Version (NKJV)
First Seal: The Conqueror (Anti-Christ)
Second Seal: Conflict on Earth
Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth
Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth
Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs (Tribulation saints)
Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances
Revelation 8 New King James Version (NKJV)
Seventh Seal: Prelude to the Seven Trumpets
First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck
Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck
Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck
Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck
Revelation 9 New King James Version (NKJV)
Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit
Sixth Trumpet: The Angels from the Euphrates
Revelation 11 New King James Version (NKJV)
Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed
Revelation 15 New King James Version (NKJV)
Prelude to the Bowl Judgments
Revelation 16 New King James Version (NKJV)
First Bowl: Loathsome Sores
Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood
Third Bowl: The Waters Turn to Blood
Fourth Bowl: Men Are Scorched
Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain
Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up
16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
Seventh Bowl: The Earth Utterly Shaken
Remember the words of Jesus as He described this time of tribulation.
Matthew 24:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
For people who believe that the born again body of Christ will go through the tribulation, I don’t think that they have considered the severity of that period of time. I don’t think that they have consider the special relationship that God has placed on “The Bride Of Christ.” Christ died for His bride. There is no reason to think that the “Bridegroom of all bridegrooms” will subject his bride to such horrible things as those that will take place during the tribulation, whether the occurrence is the first half of second half of the tribulation. It is important for us to remember the words of the psalmist:
Psalm 103:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
It is clear from the psalm that God is in control of the tribulation. If a question arises about such sovereignty, consider:
1 John 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Whenever there is a question about things that occur under the sovereignty of God, and how we view such things, it’s important for us to remember that in all things, “God is love.”
A chorus is needed today, pleading for God’s mercy upon this sin-filled world.
Psalm 123:2-4 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God until He has mercy upon us.
3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud
Lord Have Mercy – Moody Church
Every nation is known by its leader. The following links tell us something about how the world views the USA and its leader.