The great tribulation

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Our text is from Revelation chapters 6 through 19


                Howard Buck
Dale told us that in his opinion, based on Biblical
   passages and theological research that the
    church (us) will be in heaven with the Lord
           during the Tribulation period

 That being the case, what is happening in the
    earth during this 7 year period called the
  On the End Times chart, the “Tribulation”
   starts after the Rapture of the church

The chaos caused by the sudden taking of the
church ushers in the final 7 year period known
             as the Tribulation

  Rapture – Tribulation – Millennium – New

   Today we look at the Tribulation and
      Great Tribulation prophesies..
The time period called the Tribulation is divided
                    into 2 parts:

        1. The Tribulation, 3 ½ years
     2. The Great Tribulation, 3 ½ years

    Sometimes the latter portion is called the
   “wrath of God” or “the day of the Lord”..
To understand the “Great Tribulation”, let’s first check
        out the things leading up to that time

 We have discussed the “signs” provided to warn us of
the impending rapture and to hopefully cause others to
                    turn to Christ:

    Israel becomes a state (Warren’s “great sign”)

    The Jews begin to regain control of Jerusalem

        wars, earthquakes famines, pestilence

        And finally, the rapture of the church..
       In the first 3 ½ years God will open the
         “Seal Judgments” against the earth

  First is the releasing of the Antichrist upon our earth
  riding a white horse. White stands for the fact that he
       will initially rise to power based on peace and
                      diplomacy (Rev. 6:1-2)

2: The second seal judgment we have the Antichrist
  riding a red horse beginning to show the rest of the
  world his true evil nature. He “takes peace from the
  earth”…”people should kill one another” (Rev. 6:3-4)
3. Now on a black horse and as a result of the
  wars and the killing occurring with seal 2, the
  results are famine, disease, and food shortages
  (Rev. 6:5-6)

4. Now on a pale horse, the pale color stands for
  death! One fourth of the world’s population is
  put to death. (Rev. 6: 7-8)

5. God allows the final Christian’s to be martyred
  as were those crying out under the throne
  (Rev. 6:9-11)
6. God causes a great and massive earthquake
  to strike the earth, so severe that every
  mountain and island is moved out of its place!
  (Rev. 6:12-17)

7. Silence in heaven for a half an hour, the quiet
  before the next round of judgments - the
  Trumpet Judgments (Rev. 8:1-6)..
As mentioned, after the rapture there is a 3½ year
         period called the Tribulation

         Remember, the church is gone

  As noted, the first event is the revealing of the
              Antichrist and his profit

 The Antichrist appears to put everything back in
      order from the chaos of the rapture..
       He is called antichrist four times in the NT:
           1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3 and 2John 7

        Anti = against (can also mean instead of)
                Antichrist = against Christ

“Instead of” is the best understanding because although
   against the real Christ, the antichrist actually claims to
                         be Christ ..
                He is also known as:

The prince who is to come       Daniel 9:26
A fierce king                   Daniel 8:23
A master of intrigue            Daniel 11:21
A despicable man                Daniel 11:21
A worthless shepherd            Zechariah 11:16-17
The one who brings destruction 2 Thessalonians 2:3
The lawless one                 2 Thessalonians 2:8
The evil man                    2 Thessalonians 2:9
The beast                       Revelation 13:1
                  Among other names
How will they know the
  So, prior to the Great Tribulation we have:

                 The Rapture

        The revealing of the Antichrist

     A peace treaty for Israel (Dan 9:27)

         The rebuilding of the Temple

         Continuing “birth pang” signs

The breaking of the peace treaty (Isaiah 28:18)

              The battle of Gog..
       Ushering in the “Great Tribulation”:
          When the peace treaty is broken

                 Isaiah 28:18
  “Your covenant with death will be canceled,
    And your pact with Sheol will not stand;
When the overwhelming scourge passes through,
      Then you become its trampling place..
             Then, Israel is persecuted

Zechariah 13: 8 “It will come about in all the land,”
Declares the LORD, “That two parts in it will be cut
off and perish; But the third will be left in it.

9 “And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as
gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will
answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And
they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”
 Antichrist enters the Holy of Holies in the Temple and
            demands to be worshiped as God

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive
you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes
 first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the
                   son of destruction,
 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-
called god or object of worship, so that he takes his
   seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as
                     being God..
       Jerusalem is surrounded by hostile armies

     Luke 21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem
   surrounded by armies, then recognize that her
                desolation is near.

 There are two battles. First, the “Battle of Gog” when
Russia brings a selected group of nations against Israel,
           a battle cut short by God Himself

   Second is the “Battle of Armageddon” where the
 antichrist brings the armies of the entire world against
Ezekiel 38:1 And the word of the LORD came to me

2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land
of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal,
and prophesy against him
3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am
against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and
4 “I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws,
and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses
and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great
company with buckler and shield, all of them
wielding swords;
5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with
  shield and helmet;

6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the
  remote parts of the north with all its troops—many
  peoples with you.

7 “Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all
  your companies that are assembled about you,
  and be a guard for them.

             This is the “Battle of Gog”..
   I am sure all of that made perfect sense…

 Most of these names identify certain grand and
great grandchildren of Noah representing nations
      that today no longer use those names

 Gog though means “ruler” or “the man on top”
   and is referred to in Ezekiel (38:18) as:
                 “the prince”

        Who are these nations today?
     Here is what Biblical research shows:
Magog: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan,
Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia (all of the
former Soviet Union and probably Afghanistan

Rosh: Russia

Meshech and Tubal: Turkey

Persia: Iran

Ethiopia: Sudan

Libya: Libya
Gomer: Germany

Beth-Togarmah: with Meshech and Tubal already
            listed it is part of modern day Turkey

           Without identifying them Ezekiel adds:
               “many people are with you”
 indicating other nations will join in support of the action
against Jerusalem, most probably some of the remaining
                     Muslim nations..
            What about the allies?????
Ezekiel 28:13 “Sheba and Dedan and the merchants
of Tarshish with all its villages will say to you, ‘Have
  you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled
your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver
and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture
                    great spoil?’”’
      Let’s see what the scholars say about this:
Sheba/Dedan: Arabian Peninsula = Saudi Arabia,
Yemen, Oman, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates

Tarshish, Villages and Young Lions = Western
           Europe, England and its former colonies

         These countries will stand idly by!

       Remember, it is God who cuts this short..
 Ezekiel 28:13 “Sheba and Dedan and the
 merchants of Tarshish with all its villages will say
 to you, ‘Have you come to capture spoil? Have
 you assembled your company to seize plunder, to
 carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and
 goods, to capture great spoil?’”’

Warren alluded to this last week when he indicated that
  Israel has something the other nations want which is
 the probable cause of Russia’s action. It could be a lot
  of different things, the natural gas Warren mentioned,
          the fertile land, maybe an oil discovery??
At this battle, Israel is done, no force of man especially a
      tiny nation that has already been reduced by two
           thirds can stand against this mighty army

 As He has always promised, Israel is God’s chosen an
        He isn't about to allow them to be annulated
   God counters the army with a massive earthquake
  He then confuses the armies and they begin fighting
                      among themselves
          Then comes pestilence and bloodshed
Finally flooding rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone
                  raining down from the sky

                 Soon, the battle is over..
It will take 7 months to bury the remains of the

It will take 7 years to destroy all the weapons
              brought against Israel..
At the end of the tribulation, the armies of the world will
         gather in Israel in the Megiddo Valley.

   Hebrew = harmaggeddon hence the title Battle of
             Armageddon (Rev. 16:16)

           Har = mount (mount of Megiddo)
                 Megiddo = slaughter
                 “Mount of Slaughter”

   Over 200 major battles were fought here to date..
All the armies of the earth gather under the leadership of
  the antichrist to destroy Israel, annihilate the Jews and
      thwart God’s plan to establish His kingdom there
            (Zech. 12:2-2, 9; 14:2; Rev. 19:9)

      They come from every corner of the globe
    (Dan. 11:40 – 45; Zech. 14:2; Rev. 16:12-16)..
Israel 1/19th the size of California, closer to the size of
      New Jersey (third smallest state)

Israel 260 miles long, 60 miles wide at the widest point
      and 3 and 9 miles at the narrow points

Israel surrounded by 22 hostile Arab/Islamic
      dictatorships, collectively 640 times her size and
      60 times her population..
20 miles x 14 miles

                      Megiddo Valley
                      today is called
                      the Jezreel Valley


Jezreel (Megiddo) Valley
Jezreel (Megiddo) Valley
When the armies of the world gather, there are too many
                        to count

 As in the invasion of Russia, God fights the battle this
 time defeating the attackers just by His mighty word!!!
                      (Rev 19:15)

      The millions of dead are consumed by birds
           (Jer. 25:33 – Rev. 19:118, 21)

      Swords and spears are converted into tools
                     (Is. 2:4)
      During the second 3 ½ years, the Trumpet

1. God will rain down hail and fire upon the earth

2. A “great mountain burning with fire” is thrown into
    the sea, turning one third of the sea into blood, killing
    one third of all the living creatures in the sea, and
    also destroying one third of the ships that are in the
    sea when this happens.

3. A “great star burning like a torch” falls from heaven
    on one third of the rivers and springs causing major
    contamination, causing many men to die because
    the waters were made bitter.
4. God strikes a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and
  a third of the stars so they are darkened and thus give
  no light to the earth

5. Begins what is called the “woes”, mentioned 3 times
  The bottomless pit is opened up where a huge swarm
  of locusts are allowed to be released upon the earth
  biting men like a scorpion

6. The second woe, is almost beyond comprehension.
  Four demonic angels are released from the Euphrates
  river to literally kill one third of all mankind. They will
  be leading an army of 200 million demonic spirits
7. As the seventh trumpet sounds, we are shown that
 heaven is beginning to rejoice because they know the
  end is very near and that God is releasing His wrath
       on a sinful world, He is finally enacting His
             Finally, the Bowl Judgments

1. God releases a very foul and loathsome sore or boil
   to come upon all the people who have the mark of
   the beast

2. God causes the entire sea to turn to blood and every
   living creature in the sea is killed as a result

3. God turns all rivers and springs into blood

4. God allows the heat of the sun to scorch men with
   great heat..
5. God causes total darkness to fall upon the earth

6. The Euphrates river is allowed to dry up so as to
    prepare the way for the kings of the east to come for
    the last and final battle on planet earth – the battle of

7. “it is done,” is shouted out and the greatest and
    most severe earthquake ever hits the earth followed
    by great hailstones weighing about 135 pounds
    apiece launched at the earth!!
         Why will God allow this to happen?

1. To finish His judgment on Israel (Jer. 30:7)

2. To finalize His judgment on the nations that
   specifically persecuted Israel (Joel 3:2)

3. To formally judge all the nations that rejected Him
   (Rev. 19:15)

Aren’t you amazed that after all the miraculous signs
   that occur during this 7 year period there are still
         billions of people that reject Christ!!!!!!!
        What do we take home?

    God will do what He said He will do

             The time is short

        Witness, witness, witness!!


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