Some two thousand years ago the disciples of Jesus asked Him a very profound question,“What are the signs of the end of the world?”
Jesus replied, “You shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences (deadly diseases), and earthquakes, in divers places.” Matthew 24:3-8 (The Bible, the book of Matthew chapter 24 verse 3 to 8).
The end of the world is preceded by a period called The Tribulation. It is a time of unprecedented troubles, disasters, catastrophes, pain, sufferings and deaths.
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Matthew 24:21
The 7-year Tribulation is divided into two periods of 3½ years each.
The Bible warns of an influential leader who would come on the scene in the end-time and deceive the nations of the world. He is the Antichrist.
The Antichrist enters into an Agreement with many, triggering the 7-year Tribulation.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week. Daniel 9:27a
Is the Antichrist Hiding in Plain Sight?
The First 3½ Years is known as The Beginning of Sorrows
Escalation in wars, rumours of wars, famines, deadly diseases and earthquakes. Matthew 24:6 & 7, Revelation 6:8; 9:2-6, 17 & 18; 12:9 & 12
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
The Second 3½ Years is known as The Great Tribulation
Mid-way through the Tribulation, the Antichrist breaks the Agreement he had with many, triggering the second half of the Tribulation.
And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. Daniel 9:27b
Man are infected with painful sores, scorched by the heat of the sun and stoned by hail from heaven. Revelation 16:1, 2, 8, 9 & 21
By this time, half of our world’s population is wiped out. Revelation 6:8; 9:18
The Mark of the Beast System is instituted.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16 & 17
The Antichrist gathers the armies of the world to battle Jesus and His army at Armageddon, ending the world as we know it. Revelation 16:14 & 16
The Antichrist’s covenant with many marks the beginning of the Tribulation.
A series of events takes place during the 7-year Tribulation, among others:-
The falling away of the Church.
An escalation of wars, rumours of wars and earthquakes.
Widespread famines and deadly diseases.
We want to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture as that is the easiest route out of the Tribulation, but are you seeing tribulational events as described in Matthew 24, 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation taking place?
If you are, it can only mean one of two things…, you missed the Rapture or the Pre-tribulational rapture does not exist.
All these pains, sufferings and deaths are God’s fiery wrath unleashed upon a Godless world. God judges the nations by simply lifting His hand to allow the devil to have his ways with man.
As terrifying and as painful God’s judgements upon the Earth may be, an even more dreadful and horrifying pain awaits you after death.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12 & 15
You Can Escape God’s Wrath upon the Earth and in Eternity
God’s Wrath is Selective
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Revelation 9:3 &4
Too late for grace
Dr. John MacArthur pronounces God’s judgement
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:36-39
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