The Coming Tribulation
Human history will end after the Great Tribulation - the darkest days mankind has ever experienced.
In the Bible, Daniel 9:24, Daniel introduces us to the Tribulation as the seventy weeks of years (seven years) which are to "make an end of sins... and to bring ever-lasting righteousness." There are many other references to the Tribulation throughout the Bible, including in the books of Matthew and Thessalonians. In the Book of Revelations, the Apostle John brings the diverse references together as he describes the fate of Israel and Christians, the fall of Satan to earth, the rise of Antichrist, the return of Christ and the defeat of Antichrist at Armageddon.
The dark days come to man as a result of both Satan's wrath and the wrath of God. The Book of Revelations witnesses two supernatural titans acting simultaneously in anger, one intent on rendering punishment, the other on achieving a position of power. Satan's wrath focuses on eliminating his opposition (primarily Christians and Jews) in his quest for an unopposed worldwide kingdom. God's wrath punishes the wicked, eradicating or subjugating the impure, as preparation for His Millennial reign. While Satan singles out and kills God's people, God torments Satan's followers with a period of great suffering and destruction. This is a struggle of epic proportions, all with divine purpose.
For saints, the Tribulation may seem a time devoid of all hope. Satan is here on earth and Christ is yet to reappear. But remember, God in Heaven still rules the affairs of man, even in the Tribulation. He authors it all. He evicts Satan from the Heavens and allows him to establish his temporary kingdom among us.
We know every act of God has meaning, but sometimes we struggle to grasp it. Why would God allow the unholy demise and suffering of America, Israel and His sainted elect? Why not punish the wicked in Hell? We believe the Tribulation serves as a worldwide stage in the here and now, so all can behold the righteous judgment of God. For so long, God has held His peace and watched while the world's morals have spiraled downward, reaching to the very brim of the bottomless pit itself. Now, justice demands that retributions be made.
In future blogs I will outline a detailed timeline of the Tribulation, starting with the Antichrist confirming a covenant with Israel, and ending with the Day of God's Wrath and the thousand-year Millennium. For a thorough exploration of the days of the Tribulation, and the path to reformation and the hope for Christianity, see my recently-published book, America's Role in Armageddon.