After This

Revelation 4:1

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this." (NKJ)

Many people are interested in the future. The problem is that most of the time they look in all the wrong places for information about future events. The Bible is a storehouse of insight into the end times. When Jesus was ready to go to Calvary, He told His disciples what was going to happen before hand. He told them He said because He wanted them to know that He knew what was going to happen before it did. John 16:4 "But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them." (NKJ)

Now the book of Revelation is history written in advance. God wants His people to know that He knows what will happen before it does. Also He tells us so that we might be wise and discern the times. He also tells us so that we could warn others to escape that great and terrible day of the Lord.

As we saw in Rev. 1:19 "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this" the book of Revelation is divided into three parts. First the things that you have seen, secondly the things which are, and thirdly the things which will take place after this. When we come to Rev. 4:1, many Bible students believe that we have come to the third and final section. If this is not the final section, no one quite knows where the third section would begin. Scofield put it this way. "Beginning with 4:1 the viewpoint of John is from heaven. As the word "church" does not appear again in Revelation until 22:16, the catching up of John from earth to heaven has been taken to be a symbolic representation of the translation of the Church as occurring before the events of the tribulation described in chs. 6-19." (1)

Ryrie says, "Here begins the third section of the book (see 1:19 and note there) describing what is yet future. This section can be divided into three parts: the coming Tribulation (chaps. 6-19), the Millennium (chap. 20), and the new heavens and new earth (chaps. 21-22). (2)

Wiersbe confirms this understanding when he says, "Remember that Rev. 1:19 is the divinely given outline of the book; so we are now about to see "the things which must be hereafter." Everything from 4:1 on is prophecy." (3)

The term often used in the Bible to describe the tribulation period is the DAY OF THE LORD. Jesus said it would be a time of GREAT TRIBULATION. Matthew 24:21. In this paper we want to consider what the Bible says about this time. I am grateful for J. Dwight Pentecost and his book, Things to Come, from which I have gleaned a great deal of information and ideas.

 

  1. THE DAY OF THE LORD
    1. The time areas within the Day of the Lord.
      1. There has always been many differences of the scope of the Day of the Lord.
        1. Some say it is the tribulation period only.
        2. Others say it has only to do with the second coming of Christ and the judgments immediately following.
      2. There are two main interpretations of this subject.
        1. As held by Scofield who says, "The day of Jehovah (called, also, 'that day,' and 'the great day') is that lengthened period of time beginning with the return of the Lord in glory, and ending with the purgation of the heavens and the earth by fire preparatory to the new heavens and new earth (Isa 65:17-19; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13 Rev. 21:1)"

Isa 65:17-19

17 "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. (NKJ)

Isa 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me," says the LORD, "So shall your descendants and your name remain. (NKJ)

2 Pet 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (NKJ)

Rev 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. (NKJ)

  1. As held by Ironside who says ". . . when at last the day of the Lord will succeed it. . . The day of the Lord follows (the rapture). It will be the time when the judgments of God are poured out upon the earth. It includes the descent of the Lord with all His saints to execute judgment on His foes and to take possession of the kingdom . . . and to reign in righteousness for a thousand glorious years."
  2. These two differ only in respect to whether or not the Day of the Lord includes the great tribulation or not.
  1. The term, the Day of the Lord is found in the following passages:

Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up-- and it shall be brought low- (NKJ)

Isa 13:6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. (NKJ)

Isa 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. (NKJ)

Ezek. 13:5 "You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the LORD. (NKJ)

Ezek. 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near; it will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles. (NKJ)

Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty. (NKJ)

Joel 2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the LORD is coming, for it is at hand: (NKJ)

Joel 2:11, 31

11 The LORD gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it?

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. (NKJ)

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (NKJ)

Amos 5:18, 20

Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. (NKJ)

Amos 5:20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it? (NKJ)

Obad. 1:15 "For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; as you have done, it shall be done to you; your reprisal shall return upon your own head. (NKJ)

Zeph. 1:7-18

7 Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; for the day of the LORD is at hand, for the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has invited His guests.

8 "And it shall be, in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with foreign apparel.

9 In the same day I will punish all those who leap over the threshold, who fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.

10 "And there shall be on that day," says the LORD, "The sound of a mournful cry from the Fish Gate, a wailing from the Second Quarter, and a loud crashing from the hills.

11 Wail, you inhabitants of Maktesh! For all the merchant people are cut down; all those who handle money are cut off.

12 "And it shall come to pass at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men who are settled in complacency, who say in their heart, 'The LORD will not do good, nor will He do evil.'

13 Therefore their goods shall become booty, and their houses a desolation; they shall build houses, but not inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards, but not drink their wine."

14 The great day of the LORD is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers.

17 "I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse."

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land. (NKJ)

Zech 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. (NKJ)

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. (NKJ)

 

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. (NKJ)

1Thes 5:2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

II Th 2:2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. (NKJ)

2 Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (NKJ)

  1. Other similar terms are found more that 75 times in the Old Testament.
  2. Lets place the day of the Lord.
    1. We see that it is a time of great and sever judgment as is described of the tribulation period.
    2. We say in Zephaniah 1:14-18 (above) what a terrible time it will be.
    3. We see that it will also include the events of the second advent.

Zech 14:1-4

1 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst.

2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3 Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.

4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. (NKJ)

  1. We also see that the entire millennium age is within this period.

2 Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (NKJ)

  1. The day must begin with the rapture, else it could not come as a thief in the night.

1Thes 5:2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

  1. We can then conclude that the Day of the Lord is that extended period of time beginning with God's dealing with Israel after the rapture at the beginning of the tribulation period and extending through to the second advent and the millennial age unto creation of the new heavens and a new earth after the millennium.
  1. The events of the day of the Lord.
    1. In reference to the tribulation.
      1. There will be a reunion of the Roman Empire by a federation of individual kingdoms. (Dan. 2 and 7)
      2. The rise of the political ruler of this empire, who makes a covenant with many nations.

Dan 9:27

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate." (NKJ)

Rev 13:1-10

1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.

2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"

5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.

6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.

7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.

8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear.

10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (NKJ)

  1. There will also be the formation of a false religious system under the false prophet.

Rev 13:11-18

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (NKJ)

  1. The pouring out of the judgments under the seals. Rev. 6
  2. The separation of the 144,000 witness. Rev. 7
  3. The trumpet judgments Rev. 8-11
  4. The rise of God's witnesses. Rev. 7
  5. The persecution of Israel. Rev. 12
  6. The pouring out of the bowl judgments Rev. 16
  7. The overthrow of the false professing church. Rev. 17-18
  8. The events of the campaign of Armageddon (Ezek. 38-39)
  9. The proclamation of the gospel of the kingdom.

Matt 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (NKJ)

  1. With reference to the second advent.
    1. The return of the Lord.

Matt 24:29-30 (NKJ)

29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

30 "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

  1. The resurrection of the saints.

John 6:39-40

39 "This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

40 "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (NKJ)

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (NKJ)

  1. The destruction of the beast and all his armies and the false prophet and his followers in the worship of the beast.

Rev 19:11-21

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.

13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,

18 "that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great."

19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. (NKJ)

  1. The judgement of nations.

Matt 25:31-46

31 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

32 "All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

33 "And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

36 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'

37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

38 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

39 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'

40 "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

41 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

43 'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'

44 "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'

45 "Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'

46 "And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (NKJ)

  1. The regathering of the nation of Israel.

Ezek. 37:1-14

1 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.

2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.

3 And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know."

4 Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!

5 'Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

6 "I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD."'"

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.

8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

9 Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live."'"

10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!'

12 "Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13 "Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.

14 "I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it," says the LORD.'" (NKJ)

  1. The judgment on living Israel.

Ezek. 20:33-38

33 "As I live," says the Lord GOD, "surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you.

34 "I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out.

35 "And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face.

36 "Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you," says the Lord GOD.

37 "I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant;

38 "I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD. (NKJ)

  1. The restoration of Israel to the land.

Amos 9:15 I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them," says the LORD your God. (NKJ)

  1. The binding of Satan.

Rev 20:2-3

2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. (NKJ)

  1. With reference to the millennial age.
    1. The final revolt of Satan.

Rev 20:7-9

7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison

8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. (NKJ)

  1. The great white throne judgement.

Rev 20:10-15

10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (NKJ)

  1. The purging of the earth.

2 Pet 3:10-13

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (NKJ)

 

  1. THE TRIBULATION PERIOD IN SCRIPTURE.
    1. The nature of the tribulation.
      1. Wrath

Zephaniah 1:15, 18 (see above)

1Thes 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (NKJ)

1Thes 5:9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (NKJ)

Rev 6:16 and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! (NKJ)

Rev 11:18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth." (NKJ)

Rev 14:10, 19

10 "he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. (NKJ)

Rev 15:1, 7

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. (NKJ)

Rev 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth." (NKJ)

  1. Judgment.

Rev 14:7 saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water." (NKJ)

Rev 15:4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested." (NKJ)

Rev 16:5, 7

5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying: "You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be, because You have judged these things.

7 And I heard another from the altar saying, "Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments." (NKJ)

Rev 19:2 "For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her." (NKJ)

  1. Indignation.

Isa 26:20-21

20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.

21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain. (NKJ)

Isa 34:1-3

1 Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it.

2 For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies; he has utterly destroyed them, he has given them over to the slaughter.

3 Also their slain shall be thrown out; their stench shall rise from their corpses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. (NKJ)

  1. Trial.

Rev 3:10 "Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. (NKJ)

  1. Trouble.

Jer. 30:7 Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. (NKJ)

Zeph. 1:14-15

14 The great day of the LORD is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, (NKJ)

Dan 12:1 "At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book. (NKJ)

  1. Destruction.

Joel 1:5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep; and wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it has been cut off from your mouth. (NKJ)

1Thes 5:3 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. (NKJ)

  1. Darkness.

Joel 2:3 A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; the land is like the Garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; surely nothing shall escape them. (NKJ)

Amos 5:18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. (NKJ)

Zeph. 1:14-18

14 The great day of the LORD is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers.

17 "I will bring distress upon men, and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse."

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land. (NKJ)

  1. Desolation.

Dan 9:27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate." (NKJ)

Zeph. 1:14-18

14 The great day of the LORD is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, (NKJ)

  1. Overturning.

Isa 24:1-4

1 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants.

2 And it shall be: as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor.

3 The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, for the LORD has spoken this word.

4 The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish. (NKJ)

Isa 24:19-21

19 The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly.

20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again.

21 It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth. (NKJ)

  1. Punishment.

Isaiah 24:20-21 (see above)

  1. The source of the tribulation.
    1. Not Satan or man.
      1. Some men believe that Satan will be the source.
        1. Satan will show his wrath against Israel.

Rev 12:12-17

12 "Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.

14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (NKJ)

  1. He will also persecute the saints.

Rev 13:7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. (NKJ)

  1. But these do not cover the complete outpouring of the wrath of that day.
  2. Satan and man will only bring tribulation as God allows.
  1. God is clearly set forth as the source of the great tribulation.

Isa 24:1 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants. (NKJ)

Isa 26:21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain. (NKJ)

Joel 1:11 Be ashamed, you farmers, wail, you vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley; because the harvest of the field has perished. (NKJ)

Zeph. 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land. (NKJ)

Rev 6:16-17

16 and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!

17 "For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" (NKJ)

Rev 11:18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth." (NKJ)

Rev 14:7, 10, 19

7 saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water."

10 "he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. (NKJ)

Rev 15:4, 7

4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested."

7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. (NKJ)

Rev 16:17, 19

17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!"

19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. (NKJ)

Rev 19:1-2

1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!

2 "For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her." (NKJ)

 

  1. The purpose of the tribulation.
    1. The first great purpose of the tribulation is to prepare the nation of Israel for her Messiah.

Deut 4:30 "When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice (NKJ)

Jer. 30:7, 11

7 Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

11 For I am with you,' says the LORD, 'to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.' (NKJ)

Ezek. 20:37-38

37 "I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant;

38 "I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD. (NKJ)

Zech 13:8-9

8 And it shall come to pass in all the land," says the LORD, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one third shall be left in it:

9 I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; and each one will say, 'The LORD is my God.'" (NKJ)

  1. The second great purpose of the tribulation is to pour out judgment on unbelieving man and nations.

Rev 3:10 "Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. (NKJ)

Jer. 25:32-33

32 Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Behold, disaster shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the earth.

33 "And at that day the slain of the LORD shall be from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse on the ground.

Isa 26:21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain. (NKJ)

II Th 2:12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (NKJ)

  1. The nations of the earth have been deceived by the false teaching of the harlot system.

Rev 14:8 And another angel followed, saying, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." (NKJ)

  1. They have followed the false prophet in the worship of the beast.

Rev 13:11-18

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (NKJ)

  1. The time of the tribulation.
    1. The importance of Daniel's prophecy of the seventy weeks.
      1. It establishes the literal method of interpretation of prophecy.
        1. Almost all expositors interpret part of Daniel's seventy weeks literally.
        2. If part is to be taken literally then why not all?
      2. It demonstrates the truth of scripture.
        1. The first sixty-nine weeks have been accurately fulfilled.
        2. Only god could have foretell over 500 years in advance the very day on which the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem and Prince of Israel.
      3. The prophecy supports the view that the church is a mystery that was not revealed in the Old Testament.
        1. The seventy weeks deal only with the Jews.
        2. And their relationship with the gentile nations.
      4. The prophecy gives us the divine chronology of prophecy.
        1. The discourse recorded in Matthew and Mark fixes the time of Israel's final and greatest trouble definitely within the days of the seventieth week.
        2. The greater part of Revelation is simply an expansion of the last half of Daniel's seventieth week.
        3. If one does not understand the seventy weeks of Daniel, then all attempts to interpret New Testament prophecy will for the most part fail.
    2. The important factors' of Daniel's prophecy. Dan. 9:
      1. Has to do with the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
      2. There are two princes mentioned, who should not be confused. The first is named the Messiah the Prince (v-25); the second is described as the Prince that shall come (v-26).
      3. The entire period involved is exactly specified as seventy weeks (v-24); and these seventy weeks are further divided into three lesser periods: first. a period of seven weeks, after that period of sixty-two weeks; and finally a period of one week (v- 25, 27).
      4. The binning of the period is "the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem." (v-25)
      5. At the end of sixty-nine weeks the Messiah as the Prince of Israel appears.
      6. After the sixty-nine weeks the Messiah will be cut off and Jerusalem will again be destroyed by the people of another prince. (v-26)
      7. The beginning of the seventieth week is marked by the establishment of a covenant with many for one week. (v-27)
      8. In the "midst" of this seventieth week he breaks the covenant with Israel and causes the sacrifice to cease and will persecute the Jewish people.
      9. At the end of the seventy weeks there will be a time of great blessings for Israel.

Dan 9:24-27

24 "Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

25 "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.

26 "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate." (NKJ)

  1. The meaning of weeks.
    1. The word literally means seven.
    2. It could be seven days or seven weeks or seven years, etc.
    3. The Jews not only had a seventh day that was a Sabbath, but also a seventh year that was a Sabbath.

Lev 25:3-4

3 'Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit;

4 'but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the LORD. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. (NKJ)

  1. When they had been taken captive, it was so that the land could have the Sabbaths that had not been observed for the 490 years past, or exactly seventy sevens of years. They were in captivity for seventy years.

2 Chr 36:21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

  1. So then the "Seventy sevens" of Daniel 9:24 are also 490 years.
  2. Also the context demands this interpretation else it would be fulfilled in 490 days which was much to brief a time to do all included in the prophecy.
  3. Notice also that a year in prophetic Scripture is 360 days.
    1. The flood began in Gen. 7:11 and ended in Gen. 8:4, exactly five months. which is 150 days. (Gen. 7:24; 8:3)
    2. The last half of the tribulation is 3 ½ years, (Dan. 9:27) or forty-two months, (Rev. 12:13-14) or 1260 days (Rev. 12:6) which is 360 days per year.

Dan 9:27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate." (NKJ)

Rev 12:6, 13-14

6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.

14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

  1. The beginning of the sixty-nine weeks.
    1. From "the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem."

Dan 9:25 "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. (NKJ)

  1. There were several decrees recorded in the Scripture.
    1. The decree of Cyrus.

2 Chr 36:22-23

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,

23 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up! (NKJ)

Ezra 1:1-3

1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,

2 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah.

3 Who is among you of all His people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem. (NKJ)

  1. The decree of Darius.

Ezra 6:3-8

3 In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: "Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits,

4 with three rows of heavy stones and one row of new timber. Let the expenses be paid from the king's treasury.

5 Also let the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple which is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and taken back to the temple which is in Jerusalem, each to its place; and deposit them in the house of God"--

6 Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the region beyond the River, and Shethar-Boznai, and your companions the Persians who are beyond the River, keep yourselves far from there.

7 Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God on its site.

8 Moreover I issue a decree as to what you shall do for the elders of these Jews, for the building of this house of God: Let the cost be paid at the king's expense from taxes on the region beyond the River; this is to be given immediately to these men, so that they are not hindered. (NKJ)

  1. And the decree of Artaxerxes.

Ezra 7:7 Some of the children of Israel, the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the Nethinim came up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes. (NKJ)

  1. These speak of the building of the temple but not the city and do not meet the conditions of Daniel 9:25. (See above)
  2. In Ezra 4:1-4 the building of the city was stopped for lack of authorization.
  3. The decree of Artaxerxes recorded in Neh. 2:1-8 is the first permission given to rebuild the city.

Neh 2:1-8

1 And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before.

2 Therefore the king said to me, "Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart." So I became dreadfully afraid,

3 and said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?"

4 Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.

5 And I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."

6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), "How long will your journey be? And when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

7 Furthermore I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,

8 "and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy." And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me. (NKJ)

  1. This then is the beginning of the sixty-nine weeks.
  2. This date can be confidently set as being March 14, 445 B.C.
  1. The fulfillment of the sixty-nine weeks.
    1. 445 B.C. to 32 A.D. is 476 years (B.C. 1 to A.D. 1 is one year)
    2. 476 x 365 days 173,740 days
    3. Add for leap years 116 days
    4. March 14 to April 6 24 days
    5. Total 173,880 days
    6. Sixty-nine prophetic years of 360 days or (69 x 7 x 360) = 173,880 days
    7. It was on the 173,880th day that Christ made the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
    8. After the sixty-nine weeks Messiah was cut off. (Dan. 9:26)
  2. Is there a gap between the 69th wee and the 70th week?
    1. Some say no, maintaining that it followed immediately the death of Christ. There are other such views.
    2. There is a gap.
      1. Such a gap is seen in many passages of Scripture.

Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, (NKJ)

Dan 11:35-36

35 "And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.

36 "Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. (NKJ)

Hosea 3:4-5

4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim.

5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days. (NKJ)

Ps 110:1 The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool."

  1. The events of Dan. 9:26 require a gap.
    1. Christ cut off shortly after the sixty-nine weeks.
    2. Jerusalem not destroyed until 70 A.D. about forty years gap.
    3. If we can allow a few years as a gap, then we could allow an indefinite period.
  2. The New Testament teaching that Israel has been set aside (Matt. 23:37-39) demands a gap.

Matt 23:37-39

37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

38 "See! Your house is left to you desolate;

39 "for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'" (NKJ)

  1. If there were no gap, Christ would have returned three and one half or seven years after His death to fulfill the prophecy.
  2. The beginning of the 70th week is marked by a sure covenant that bring peace to Israel, yet that covenant at this writing has never been made.

     

IN CONCLUSION:

1. This 70th week is a period of seven years which lies prophetically between the rapture and the return of Christ in glory.

2. This 70th week also provides the exact chronological framework for the great events recorded in chapters 6 through 9 of Revelation.

3. The 70th week will begin with making of a "firm" covenant by the Anti- Christ with many nations that will assure Israel's safety.

4. In the midst of the week, the Roman prince will reverse his attitude toward the Jews and "cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease."

5. This will begin the time of "desolations" for the Jews.

6. The end of this final seven year period will bring to its close the entire series of seventy weeks, and therefore usher in great blessing promised to Israel in Daniel 9:24

 

After These Things

Revelation 4:1

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this." (NKJ)

 

Back in Rev. 1:19 we were given the key to understanding the book. He tells us that the book is divided into three part. Rev 1:19 "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. (NKJ)

In that verse we find the past, present, and the future. Chapter one is the past. Chapters 2 and 3 are the things which are. Chapters 4 through the end are what will take place after this.

This new section has somewhat of an introduction in chapters 4 and 5. But when we come to chapter 6 were are in the future. At that point things get a little nasty.

Now some will say, but the book is so filled with symbols, how can we know what is really taking place? Well, as the notes point out there are other places that talk about this same period and they are not filled with symbols. We will look at some of them today.

There are only four things I want to show in this message this morning.

  1. THERE WILL BE A GREAT TRIBULATION PERIOD
    1. Jesus referred to this period in the Olivet Discourse.
      1. Matt 24:21 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (NKJ)
      2. He calls it great tribulation.
      3. There was never a time like it in the past nor in the future.
    2. Peter also referred to this terrible period.
      1. 2 Pet 3:3-12 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? (NKJ)
      2. Notice that he speaks a day when the world will be destroyed by fire. V-10
    3. The Old Testament prophets also foretold of such a day.
      1. Isa 2:12, 19 12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up-- and it shall be brought low- 19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. (NKJ)
      2. Jer 30:7 Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. (NKJ)
      3. Dan 12:1 "At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book. (NKJ)
      4. Joel
        1. 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty. (NKJ)
        2. 2:1-2 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the LORD is coming, for it is at hand: 2 A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations. (NKJ)
        3. 2:31-32 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. 32 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls. (NKJ)
        4. 3:9-16 9 Proclaim this among the nations: "Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, 'I am strong.'" 11 Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD. 12 "Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. 13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow-- for their wickedness is great." 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness. 16The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the LORD will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. (NKJ)
      5. Mal 4:1 "For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," says the LORD of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch. (NKJ)
  2. LIST SOME OF THE BASIC EVENTS OF THAT PERIOD
    1. It will be a time of unprecedented destruction.
      1. Jesus said that unless God would cut the days short, there would be no one left alive.
      2. The destruction is listed under three different lists in Revelation. Show chart on Seals, Trumpets, and vials.
      3. Under the Seals.
        1. The white horse - peace - the rise of the anti-christ 1
        2. The red horse - war 2
        3. Black horse - famine 3
        4. Pale horse - death 4
        5. Martyred - saints souls under the altar 5
        6. Great earthquake, sun darkened, moon becomes blood, stars fall, sky recedes, mountains collapse, men flee to the caves to hide. 6
      4. Under the Trumpets
        1. Hail mingled with fire and blood destroys a third of trees and grass. 1
        2. One third of sea becomes blood, destroying one third of fish and ships. 2
        3. One third of the fresh waters are polluted and kill many who drink of them. 3
        4. One third of the sun and moon are affected disrupting the day and night by one third. 4
        5. Creatures from the bottomless pit torment men for five months so much that they will wish to die and will not be able. 5
        6. An army of 200 million is released on the earth to destroy one third of mankind. 6
        7. A great earth quake, hail, thunders and lightings usher in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. 7
      5. Under the Vials
        1. Malignant boils break on those with the mark of the beast. 1
        2. The ocean is affected and everything in it dies. 2
        3. All fresh water is affected and becomes blood. 3
        4. The sun scorches men with great heat. 4
        5. Darkness that is painful causes men to curse God. 5
        6. The Euphrates is dried up allowing the movement of great armies as God gathers them to the battle of Armageddon. 6
        7. A great earthquake that destroys all cities and removes all mountains and islands, and a great hail of 75 pounds ushers in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. 7
    2. Zechariah tells us that one two thirds of the Jews will be killed during this time. Zech 13:8-9 8 And it shall come to pass in all the land," says the LORD, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one third shall be left in it: 9 I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; and each one will say, 'The LORD is my God.'" (NKJ)
    3. The entire topographical layout of the earth will be affected.
    4. Over half of the people in the world will die in about 3 ½ years.
  3. WHY WOULD GOD BRING SUCH A TERRIBLE TIME ON THE WORLD
    1. It is because men have continued to reject God's love and mercy in the person of Jesus Christ.
      1. II Th 2:9-10 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (NKJ)
      2. Even in the times of great tribulation men will not repent.
        1. Rev 9:20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. (NKJ) sixth trumpet
        2. Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. (NKJ) fourth vial or bowl
        3. Rev 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds. (NKJ) fifth bowl
      3. Repentance is all important.
        1. Luke 13:3 3 "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. (NKJ)
        2. Matt 11:20-24 20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 "But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 "And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 "But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you." (NKJ)
      4. It was the same in the Old Testament days, God gave Israel space to repent and they did not and suffered the consequences.
        1. Isa 65:12 Therefore I will number you for the sword, and you shall all bow down to the slaughter; because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight." (NKJ)
        2. There are also many passages in Jeremiah.
      5. Listen to Jude 1:14-15 14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 "to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." (NKJ)
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  4. JESUS MADE A WAY FOR US TO ESCAPE IT
    1. Jesus came to die for our sins that we might not die for our sins.
    2. He suffered for our transgressions that we might not suffer for our own transgressions.
    3. But we must repent and admit that God is right and we are wrong.
    4. Jesus died for all who will come humbly in repentance to Him for forgiveness of sins.

Either Jesus bore the wrath of God against your sins at Calvary or you will bear them. And if you should be alive when the great tribulation comes, you will face all these things that must come to pass.

1. The New Scofield Study Bible

2. Ryrie Study Bible Expanded Edition

3. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines of the New Testament

 

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com