What You Can Expect At The Beginning Of The Tribulation Period
Certainly, when the rapture takes place, worldwide pandemonium will break out. Spouses will lose their husbands or wives, parents will lose their children, children will lose their parents, and so on and so forth. It will be a time of great sorrow and loss...but the world will get over it and move on.
Many Biblical signs point to that day coming soon. Are we living in that final generation or is it still many years away? Let's take a look at a few of the prophecies foretold regarding this final generation:
Prophecy number 1: After 2,000 years of exile Israel has returned to its homeland which was predicted in Matthew 24:24-32. That's already happened.
Prophecy number 2: In the last days, Russia, Iran, Syria, and a number of other Middle East countries, will form an alliance and attack Israel (Ezekiel 38 & 39). Most of these countries are already allied together.
Prophecy number 3: The Bible predicted in the last days the world would be heading toward a one world government (Revelation 13:2-8). As countries continue to align and cooperate the next step will be world unification. Although the world is getting smaller and the stage is set the true one world government won't take place until after the Antichrist declares himself to be God.
Prophecy number 4: The Arab peoples will claim the land of Israel which God gave to their brothers, the Jews. The prophet Ezekiel says this claim will be made in the end times (Ezekiel 35:5,10; 36:2,5). That has happened.
Prophecy number 5: The Bible predicted in the last days that a nation from the East would march across the Euphrates River with a standing army of two hundred million soldiers (Revelation 9:13-19). This could only happen in our generation. The only country that can raise a standing army of that magnitude is China.
These are just a few of the many Bible prophecies slated to take place in the last generation. I am convinced that we are living in that final generation. I believe the groundwork for the eventual peace agreement with Israel is already on the table as the Bible states and is waiting to be confirmed by the Antichrist (Daniel 9:24-27). As they continue to fight over details of the plan one day the Antichrist will sort it out in a way that both sides will agree.
But before that, I believe the rapture will take place. I also believe that there will be a period of time that will fall between the rapture and the beginning of the tribulation period. I am of the belief that there will be a falling away from the faith before the Antichrist comes on the scene. Many believe that this falling away (II Thessalonians 2:3) will happen in the last days before the rapture occurs. I personally hold to the view that once the rapture takes place the Holy Spirit will be taken as well since He resides in the heart of every believer.
During the time He is gone from the earth Satan will be given full reign. He will be unfettered and will choose the man who will be his Antichrist (chosen just as Judas was). Whether he has already been chosen or will be after the rapture happens is unknown, but either way, I don't believe Satan is aware of what will happen in the future.
From that day forward, Satan will cause the Antichrist to rise quickly through the political ranks and eventually sign a peace/protection agreement with Israel.
So what's next! At this time, I believe we are coming to the end of the dispute over the peace plan, but negotiations will stumble in the dark until the Antichrist comes on the scene and solves the problem.
I don't believe Christians will be here to see the signing (raptured) and it's anyone's guess as to how long it will be before the Antichrist comes to the forefront. When he does sign the peace agreement that will mark the beginning of the tribulation period. But until that time comes you can bet the region will be a hotbed of violence.
The falling away will start the minute Christians are gone, which will give birth to the apostate church and thrust it into the world spotlight. The false prophet will head up this church. At the same time, Satan will empower the Antichrist and his meteoric rise to power will begin. The Antichrist and the false prophet will make up two of the three parts in Satan's godhead.
Even though Satan, the Antichrist, and the false prophet will be unrestrained they will be working within God's timetable. It should also be mentioned that the rise of the Antichrist will go hand in hand with the rise of the false prophet and the apostate church. This world church will prove to be a very important part of the Antichrist's kingdom.
In closing, we as Christians know that the rapture could happen at any moment. No further prophecy's need to be fulfilled. When that event takes place it's only a matter of time before the Antichrist comes into the picture plunging the world into a period of tribulation unlike the world has never seen. The world will change spiritually but lifestyles will go on as before...then cometh destruction!
Although the Holy Spirit will be working on a limited basis after the rapture (Bible), at the beginning of the tribulation period, the two mighty witnesses will emerge and set off a great revival. This will be the beginning of a new indwelling of the Holy Spirit where 144,000 witnesses will be sealed and sent out to preach the Gospel. He (Holy Spirit) will do His work through them just as He did through the early church. Needless to say, many people will be saved during this time (Revelation 6:9-11) but for most it will cost them their lives.
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