“The Order Of Coming Events” Part 2

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Bible Prophecy, Daniel, Holocaust, Salvation, Tribulation

The Seven Years Of Tribulation

                Jesus forewarned His disciples that they should expect to be persecuted by the devil and his crowd and suffer tribulation (John 15:20; 16:2, 33; 2 Timothy 3:12).  But this opposition is not to be confused with the “The 70th Week of Daniel” (also known as “The Tribulation”) that will follow shortly after the Rapture of the true church takes place on earth (Daniel 9:27).

Interval.  Between the Rapture and “The Tribulation” apparently something will happen that will cause most of the Jews from around the world to return to Israel to be there when the 7 year peace agreement is made between them and the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27).  Ten kings (rulers) from the Revived Roman Empire must also be in power (Revelation 17:13) and the world wide harlot religion must also be in place and have power (Revelation 17:3).

Singed.  Once this peace agreement is signed, the last 7 years of Daniel’s prophecy will begin to take place.  It appears that the diplomats of our world are working very hard to bring about peace in the middle east.  But they aren’t recognizing God in this peace process even though the United Nation uses a phrase from the prophecy of Isaiah on one of their buildings.  “He [Jesus the Messiah] shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).

Seals.  The “Seven Seal Judgments” will take place for 3 ½ years during the first half of “The Tribulation” (Revelation 6:1-6; 8:1).  These seal judgments won’t hurt the Jews.  The four horses represent conditions on the earth: The white horse represents a false peace agreement made by Antichrist and Israel.  The Red horse represents a time of war when the Antichrist will destroy three of the kings who helped put him in power (Daniel 2:43; 7:23ff; Revelation 13:1).  The black horse represents famine that will follow war.  The pale horse represents death when one fourth of the world’s population will die.  The martyrs of the fifth seal will be Gentile believers who oppose the apostate church.  The sixth seal seems to involve the war between the Russians (Ezekiel 38:2, 22) and their Arab allies (Ezekiel 38:5) who will come to take a spoil from the land of Israel who will be prospering at this time (Ezekiel 38:11ff).  The Antichrist and the western confederacy will come to the aid of Israel (Ezekiel 38:13ff).  During this battle (that seems to involve nuclear weapons) the Antichrist will be killed but will come back to life (Revelation 13:3, 12, 14).  During the seventh seal there will be silence in heaven because, for the first time, a man will have complete world wide domination as never before.

Middle.  At the middle point of the Tribulation things will drastically change for the worse.  When the Jews fail to bow down to the Antichrist’s image that will be set up in the rebuilt temple by the false prophet and they refuse to accept the Antichrist as the Messiah (Revelation 13:11-18), he will break his agreement with the Jews (Daniel 9:27), stop their sacrifices and begin to persecute and try to annihilate them (Matthew 24:15ff).  During this time Satan will lose a battle in heaven with Michael and his angels and he (devil) will be cast down to earth (Revelation 12:7-10).  The majority of the Jews will flee to the wilderness where God will protect them for the last 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation in Petra/Sela (Isaiah 16:1).  The Jews will begin to realize that God is dealing with them (Ezekiel 39:7).  He isn’t dealing with them as a nation today (Romans 11:25).  At this time a 144,000 Jews from the twelve tribes will be sealed and go forth to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to the whole world (Matthew 24:14).  Two Jewish witnesses will be in Jerusalem performing miracles for 3 1/2 years (Revelation 11:3-12; Malachi 4:5). 

Trumpets.  The seven trumpet judgments seem to be related primarily to the Jewish nation (Revelation 8:2-9:21; 11:15-19).  They will suffer from hail and fire in the first judgment.  The second judgment will involve a meteor falling into the Sea where 1/3 of it turns to blood.  During the third judgment wormwood will pollute 1/3 of the streams and rivers.  The days on earth will be shortened to 16 hour days during the fourth judgment (Revelation 8:12; Matthew 24:22). During the fifth judgment demons will be released from the Abyss to torment the men on earth for five months if they don’t have God’s seal on them. The sixth judgment will involve the deaths of 1/3 more of the world’s population. The seventh judgment will usher in God’s kingdom.

Bowls.  These seven judgments seem to affect the Gentiles the most(Revelation 15, 16).  The first judgment will bring boils on men with the mark of the beast.  During the second judgment all the seas will turn to blood.  People will have to drink bloody water during the third judgment.  The sun will heat up seven times during the fourth judgment (Isaiah 30:26).  Darkness will come on the Beast’s throne in Rome during the fifth seal.  All the armies of the world will converge on the Jews at Armageddon in northern Israel during the sixth judgment.  The seventh judgment will involve a great earthquake and Jerusalem will be divided.

Strange.  It seems strange that many people within Christendom accept the plagues that took place in Egypt as being literal (Exodus 5-11) but when it comes to these future judgments they want to allegorize them by changing the intended meaning of some of these symbols.

Peace.  We all want peace on earth.  But when and how will it come?  Who will bring it in?  Before God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ comes back to this earth to rule and reign, the men of the world will do their best to try to bring in peace without the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, 7).  On whose side do you want to be – on God’s side or the devil’s?  Will you escape this awful time that is coming to this earth?

Urgent.  With all that is happening in our world today, it doesn’t seem that these events mentioned in the Scriptures are far off.  Now is the day of salvation.  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for all our sins (once for all)…and who rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15;3, 4).  He alone can save you from hell and take you to heaven.  We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Help.  If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, we’d be happy to show you from the Scriptures how you can be certain that you will go to heaven when you die (1 John 5:13).  Call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com.

To be continued.  “The Second Coming Of Christ,”  “Eternity Future.”

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