7 Year Tribulation
In answering the disciples’ question of “What will be the sign of your coming & of the end of the age?” (Math.24:1-3), Jesus was elaborate about many signs, as recorded in the Gospel accounts of Matthew 24, Luke 21 & Mark 13. He said a final period of “tribulation” (Math. 24: 9) would occur immediately before His physical return. (Math.24:29, 30).
This period is literally the last 7 years in human history as man knows history. It is also called the “70th week” by Daniel the prophet. (Dan.9: 24, 27). In the context of Daniel’s writing, each of the 70 “weeks” represents a period of, not 7 days, but 7 “years”. Today, 69 “weeks” have already been ful- filled prophetically. But, Daniel showed that the 70th week would be fulfilled in the End Times. He said:
“And he (future antichrist) will make a firm covenant with the many for 1 week.”. (Dan.9:27).
This passage points directly to a final 7 year period of the End Times . (Dan.11: 35, 40; Dan.12: 4, 9). Today's generation is on the verge of this period right now.
The first 3 ½ years… (Rev.6:1 - Rev.12:17)
Revelation 6: 1 depicts the “start“ of the final 7 year period. The first 3 ½ years are shown from Rev. 6: 1 through Chapter 12:17. Clearly, events are shown to erupt inside the tribulation that cause global panic, war, violence, bloodshed & hate. Incredible happenings will take place on earth & in the heavens.
The “rider on the white horse” (Rev.6: 2) will capture the world’s attention at the very “start” of the tribulation by mediating the 7 year agreement with the leaders of Israel. But, other alarming & unprecedented world events will also shake the human race as they come one after another. [ *GRAPH below ].
Soon into the tribulation “peace is taken from the earth, so that men should slay one another; & a great sword was given…”. (Rev.6: 4). This shows global anarchy & murder at its highest level. Rev.6: 8 shows that “a fourth of the earth” will be killed from the “sword & with famine & with disease & by the wild beasts of the earth.” Then, of the remaining 4. 5 billion or so left, another 1/3rd will die. (Rev.9: 14-18). The world will be gripped in fear & hate of what’s coming upon the earth at that time.
The remaining shocking occurrences of the first 3 ½ years will boggle the human mind during that period & are shown in chronological order in Revelation Chapter 6:1 through Chapter 12:17 :
* An earthquake will occur that literally rocks the whole earth back & forth on its axis. This causes “every mountain & island to be moved out of their places….”. (Rev.6:12, 14).
* The sun will become darkened. (Rev.6:12).
* The moon will become “red” in appearance. (Rev.6:12).
* A frightening & drastic change will occur in the sky. (Rev.6:14).
* World leaders will become publicly shaken with fear. (Rev.6:15-17).
* “no wind will blow upon the earth….” (Rev.7:1).
* 1/3rd of the earth will burn up. (Rev.8:7).
* 1/3rd of sea life will die. (Rev.8:9).
* 1/3rd of rivers & springs become poisoned causing many deaths. (Rev.8:10, 11).
* The sun, moon & stars will lose 1/3rd of their capacity to project
light. (Rev.8:12). * A tormenting, physical ailment will come upon people for 5 months. (Rev.9:4-6).
* 1/3rd of mankind will be killed in the Mideast area of Iraq & the
Euphrates river. (Rev.9: 14, 15, 18). (* this is in addition to a fourth
of the earth being killed in Rev.6: 8.)
* A temple in Jerusalem will be newly built & then defiled & will
be “tread under foot for 42 months.” (during the great tribulation).
*The “firm covenant for 7 years” (Dan.9:27) made by antichrist & the
Jews of Israel will allow them to rebuild this temple during this first
3 ½ year period. This in itself may be a major cause for initial
“wars” to break out between various religions who esteem Jerusalem
as belonging to their own particular religion. In the middle of the 7
year period, the antichrist exalts himself to be the one who should
occupy the temple. (2 Thess.2: 4).
Chapters 10 & 11 of Revelation describe the awesome dealings in the invisible spiritual realm that occur within the first 3 ½ years. Chapter 10 shows the archangel Michael’s role. Chapter 11 describes the temple, the 2 witnesses & the 7th angel who sounds the last trumpet. Chapter 12 is a vision that shows in advance the antichrist’s effort (the “dragon”) to devour the Messianic Jews during the next 3 ½ year period of great tribulation.
The “start” of the tribulation…
Daniel 9:27 clearly identifies the future antichrist, “the prince who is to come” (as named in Dan. 9: 26), as the one who will officially set this final 7 year “firm covenant” in motion. (Dan. 9: 27). It will be recognized as a worldwide event when it happens, as the Bible predicts for the End Times.
Prophetically today, the Mideast Peace discussions we see almost daily as top news stories are a major sign as to how near this generation is to the “start” of the 7 year tribulation. In fact, we're on the actual verge.
[*See News / Mideast Peace].