The 7 Year Tribulation
Has it started?
If so, what would our world look like? Revelation 6:1-11 gives us a picture of the beginning of the seven year tribulation period. White horse... The Antichrist/beast system is making progress. Red horse... Lots of wars, killing, and violence. Black horse... Lack of basic necessities as a result of the war, killing, and violence. Pale horse... Death with hell following. This would also be a result of the previous horses. Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Notice that power is given to the horses over a fourth part of the earth. The mayhem and chaos is limited at first. Russia, middle east and north Africa would certainly qualify as a fourth part of the earth.
Verse 9... And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they [were], should be fulfilled.
ISIS - the Islamic State - is raping, crucifying, and beheading Syrian Christian missionaries. The horror is unspeakable. ISIS jihadists are now targeting Christian missionaries for public atrocities. In one Syrian town, Christian women missionaries were publicly raped. These Christian women responded by singing and praying aloud to Jesus. Then ISIS beheaded them and crucified their dead bodies on crosses. In another location, ISIS’s barbaric army captured Christian missionaries, including a 12-year-old boy. They crucified them – forcing a crowd to watch in horror. Is Revelation 6:9 speaking about these folks? You decide.
There are more displaced people and refugees now than at any other time in recorded history — 60 million in all — and they are on the march in numbers not seen since World War II. The black horse could picture these people. Because of war and increased violence, we see a lack of basic necessities... food, shelter, clothing.
Daniel 9:27 speaks of a 7 year covenant that will be made with Israel. This is to occur at the beginning of the tribulation period. We have not seen this yet. The covenant is broken of course three and a half years into this same period.
Ezekial chapters 38 and 39 speak of Russia and various Islamic nations coming against Israel right around the beginning of the tribulation period. We do see Russia asserting itself into middle east events even at this moment.
We haven't seen the two witnesses of Revelation 11 yet. We would expect to see them around the beginning of the tribulation period. They will have a 3 1/2 year prophesy ministry. They will have power on earth to stop the rain from falling. They will be able to strike the earth with plagues when ever they want. They will be able to turn the waters to blood. If anyone comes against them they will have the ability to call down fire and destroy them. Antichrist of Revelation 13:5 is also given power for 3 1/2 years. The beginning of his time is documented in Rev 11:7. It happens when the testimony of the two witnesses is finished. For both to have power at the same time doesn't make sense. Antichrist would be restricted as to what he could do. The two witnesses would just undo it or burn it up!
On September 23, 2015 our world entered Jubilee. This is the end of a Jewish period of 7 Shmita cycles. It is also the first year of a new Shmita cycle. Shmita means "release" while Jubilee means "liberation" both of which picture the ultimate "escape"... Rapture (1 Thes 14:15-18) prophesied to occur just before the time Antichrist confirms Israel's 7 year "Peace" agreement. (Dan 9:27, 1 Thes 5:3, 2 Thes 2:6-8)
All the signs that Jesus told us to look for have happened and are in place. The beginning of this current Shmita cycle, which is also a Jubilee year, is what many believe to be the time of the beginning of the great tribulation period or the great and terrible day of the Lord. Great if you're ready when the Lord calls and your caught up to be with Him. Terrible if you miss the "boat". Remember Noah's ark?
Could it be that Joel is speaking of the blood moon on September 27th, 2015 when he says " The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible Day of The Lord come? " Joel 2:31. A blood moon of course refers to the reddish color of the moon during a lunar eclipse. But we've always had lunar eclipses. What makes this one so special?
First of all, there won't be another lunar eclipse until 2033. Jesus said in Matthew 24:32 when the branch of the fig tree puts forth it's leaves know that summer is near. The fig tree is symbolic of Israel. Israel became a nation again in 1948. Israel put forth it's leaves in 1948. He goes on to say in verse 33 that when you see all these things know that it is near... at the doors! What is near? The great and terrible Day of The Lord! "At the doors" doesn't mean way off in the future somewhere. It means now! It is here!
Jesus goes on to say in verse 34 that this generation will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled. A generation according to Psalms 90:10 is 70 years. And maybe even 80 by reason of strength. An interesting fact... A World Health Organization survey found 70 to 80 years to be the average life expectancy at birth of the global population in 2015 -http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/world-health-statistics-2014/en/
Could it be that our generation is the one that will witness the second coming of Christ? It has been 68 years since the branch of the fig tree has put forth it's leaves! The next blood moon in 2033 puts us beyond a generation!
But why would our Lord Jesus concern Himself with Jewish holidays, Shmitas, Jubilees and cycles of 7? After all, He is Christ. Founder and leader of our Christian faith.We are saved by grace through faith in Him and not through the works of the law. These statements are all true. But what did Jesus say about Himself? In Luke 5:17 Jesus says " I have not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill." "Assuredly, until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one title will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled!"
Are you ready?