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Edition 259. May 13th 2015
Could the tribulation begin this year?
Could the tribulation begin this year?
The seven year tribulation period, the climax of the ages, is coming along soon. Those like me, who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, obviously believe that if we can know when the tribulation is to begin, we can then know when the rapture will take place. Well, at least to within a fairly short period of time.
We have a huge number of signs and evidence pointing towards a tribulation / rapture in September this year. If you’ve ever been anywhere near the internet and the Youtubers, you can’t miss it. Much of the material you’ll find there is pure rubbish, but there are some gems amongst the cow dung.
In this edition I want to examine some of the evidence for these things occurring very soon.
Let me also point out that there is evidence for a 2016 as well as a 2017 tribulation start, but not as much or as convincing as for this year. Also remember that we are in a fast-moving and changing world scenario.
The rapture and the tribulation start will occur within a very short time of each other, most probably on the same day. Both have much to do with a dispensational change.
Our Lord does things decently and in order. The fulfilment of the feasts of the Lord have occurred in exact order meaning that the last unfulfilled three feasts will be fulfilled in order as well. The next to be fulfilled is the two-day Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. There are so many types and shadows relating this feast to the rapture and tribulation start, which is why I believe that this two-day feast is next to be fulfilled.
Did you know that the Feast of Trumpets is a two-day feast? So, if we say the rapture may occur at the Feast of Trumpets we are clear in terms of the verse saying “no one knows the day or hour”, which of course is a very specific time.
What about date-setting?
When we watchmen look at these things we always get accused of date setting by certain types of people.
Am I setting dates? No, the word “set” means to set, to be completely sure and convinced, without any doubt. “Set” is the word we use for concrete as it dries to its hardened state.
No I’m not date setting, I’m watching for all the signs, as our Lord commanded us to do. If it’s not this year, I will carry on watching for the signs until He comes!
Tragically, the other side of the coin is this. Those who condemn and criticise the examination of dates and watching for our Lord are generally legalistically bound and forever set in the error of “no one knows the time.” Of course they are wrong on that, but even worse, these people almost invariably have a focus on a continuing world.
Many years ago, I had a girlfriend who lived far away. I would get excited when I knew she was coming to my neck of the woods. I would get ready and prepare places to go and things to do.
It is such a liberating, exciting and fulfilling thing to be privileged enough to look for our Lord’s coming.
The seven year tribulation period may begin a lot sooner than many think. It may even begin later this year! (Note I said “may”!) If it is not this year, it is very likely to be within the next few years. But there is so much evidence, and it is growing all the time, for a Rosh Hashanah September 2015 start.
If it is not this year, we will see significant events taking place this year anyway. June and July will be key and of course September.
I have a very uncomfortable feeling about June and July. I don’t know what is coming, but I do feel that something is about to break onto the scene before we get to the main events of September. We will see won’t we?
Prophecies still to be fulfilled before the tribulation (or not)!
Could the tribulation begin in September this year? There is a number of Bible prophecies that many believe must be in place before the tribulation can begin. Right now these prophecies are not yet fulfilled. But must they be in place first? Here they are:
●There must be a peace covenant or deal or arrangement of some sort (Daniel 9:27) between Israel “and the many” ready to be confirmed or signed before the tribulation can begin. This peace-covenant is the actual trigger that begins the tribulation period. Yes, it must be in existence before the tribulation can begin.
Right now we don’t have any sign of any deal. But let’s bear in mind that a large amount of work and negotiating has already been done all the way from the Oslo accord to the most recent Kerry-led talks. So a deal could come about quickly, especially if there is a big war soon involving Israel.
●We must have a ten nation confederacy in the area of the ancient Roman Empire, which today includes most of Western Europe and the eastern leg including Turkey. This is not in existence yet. Must it come about first? NO! When does this actually come into formation? In Revelation 17:12-13 we see the ten kingdoms giving their power and authority over to the beast inside the tribulation period after it has started. So, this doesn’t need to be in existence first.
●Israel must be at peace first and must be a “land of un-walled villages”. NO! This does not mean that the defence walls against the Palestinians must come down first. This refers to the villages and cities of the time period in which Ezekiel wrote the prophecy. Back then all the villages and towns were surrounded with big impenetrable walls. Not one of these exists today except as monuments. None are operational around any village, town or city. In other words Israel today is already a “land of un-walled villages.” Israel is already in a state more peaceful than it was back then. Of course any new peace covenant may add to the picture.
This great Ezekiel war is unlikely to be in the tribulation period anyway. It will most probably occur just before the tribulation begins. So either way, Israel is already a land of un-walled villages.
●The Third Temple must be built first. NO! It does not need to be built first, before the tribulation can begin. The Bible indicates that this Temple must be in place by mid-tribulation for the antichrist to enter it and proclaim himself to be God. The Temple does not need to be there first, but we most certainly could see the beginning of building very soon.
●The city of Babylon must be rebuilt before the tribulation begins. NO! If that were to be the case it would take some 20 years or more to build an entire, enormous city, so big that it would be the capital of world trade, world banking and all the other things the Bible predicts. Prophetic Babylon is a type of the world system. You could stretch that and say that New York is the capital of the world. Numerous other prophecies preclude the rebuilt ancient city of Babylon from being it. Isaiah 13:17-20 says clearly that the city of Babylon will never be rebuilt from generation to generation! The city that Saddam Hussein began rebuilding close to the original site was never completed and is now a tourist attraction the size of a small shopping centre. It is not and could never be a huge commercial city. (Look it up)!
●The Bible speaks of a massive army called the “Kings of east” numbering 200 million coming over the river Euphrates to invade Israel. Some believe that this must be in place before the tribulation can begin. NO! This occurs at some point in the tribulation towards the middle or even right at the end. This does not need to be in place before the tribulation begins. We already do have an army of over 200 million in China anyway.
●Kings of north and south of Daniel 11 must be in place before the tribulation can begin. NO! This is required inside the tribulation and not before, although I would not be surprised to see developments along this line very soon.
●The Gospel will be preached in all world. (Matthew 24:3) NO! This does not need to be in place before the tribulation can begin as some teach. It may in fact already have been fulfilled, only God knows that, but this verse, speaking of the end, could be a reference to the Second Coming.
●The Bible talks of “this generation not passing until all these things are fulfilled.” NO! This does not require fulfilment before the tribulation begins. “All these things” are tribulation events. But we are very close to it right now anyway.
●Shemitah’s and Jubilees and a host of other signs: We are on the cusp of many of these things all coming into fulfilment in September.
So, as we look at these signs above, take note that they do not necessarily need to be in place for the tribulation to begin first. Some may be fulfilled while others may not, but none need to be on the actual stage first before the curtain goes up, except the peace treaty prophecy of course.
►What does this all mean? It means that the tribulation could start this year!
Other important evidence:
●The Muslim in the White House has made it clear he will now back a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council according to Debka File 6th May 2015. Obama is to back Europe’s motion to proclaim a Palestinian state. This is a very serious and dangerous move. Obama is not only messing with God’s word, endangering Israel and preparing to throw her under the bus, he is throwing the US under the bus in the process.
How is that so? There is far too much evidence showing how God brings a nation under judgement that harms Israel specifically in the last days.
The US now voting in favour of the Palestinian state at the UN swings the balance significantly towards the formation of a state within a state. This is exactly the sort of issue that will invoke the anger of God (Joel 3:2)
●At the moment we are seeing new alliances between Russia and China on economic and military fronts.
●Quietly, bird flu is taking a massive toll in the US. So far 20 million chickens and turkeys have been destroyed. This new strain is so virulent it kills entire flocks within days. The problem is the spread of the disease. It has the potential to be a major world economic event and quickly!
●Obama is quietly negotiating a global economic treaty called The Trans-Pacific Partnership. It will destroy thousands of American businesses and jobs.
●Bond yields worldwide are moving in unison towards bubble status. This may be the trigger that sparks a worldwide market collapse. There is so much other economic evidence for a soon-coming severe market downturn.
●Bear in mind that we also have blood moons and other cosmic signs in place, not to mention increasing earthquake, volcano, and weather activity.
There is evidence for a tribulation start in 2016.
The Bible codes or Torah codes as they are also known are controversial. In a nutshell, various people have discovered that the alpha-numeric languages that the Bible was originally written in contain hidden codes. This really is a very interesting but lengthy subject.
This video clip is well worth watching. Click HERE.
There is some evidence for a tribulation start in this year or beyond, but it is not as strong as for the previous years, especially this year.
The big answer:
We will see it coming! No, it won’t come unexpectedly to those who are watching. We will see the signs intensifying. We will see all the forerunners falling into place like a jigsaw puzzle. Yes, it will come unexpectedly like a thief to those who are not ready and not watching. It will come unexpectedly to the end-time scoffers and catch them off-guard and unprepared.
Here is what the Bible says. Note who will see it all coming and who will see nothing at all:
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 (Amp) “You are not in the power of darkness, brethren, for that day to overtake you by surprise like a thief. For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong either to the night or the darkness. Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake, alert, watchful, cautious and on our guard.”
Luke 21:29-32 “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you, likewise, when you see all these things happening, know (Lit=I command you to know”) that the kingdom of God is near. I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.” (The word “know” here is in the imperative tense meaning it is a command)
Matthew 16:3 “You say ‘it will be foul weather today for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”
2 Timothy 4:8 (Amp) “There is laid up for me the victor’s crown of righteousness for being right with God and doing right...but not only for me but also for all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing.”
Matthew 24:36 (Amp) “Of that exact day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
Amos 3:7 “The Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Hebrews 10:25 “Exhort one another, so much more as you see the Day approaching.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”
The signs will speak:
We don’t need to make the Bible fit this or that prophetic scenario. The signs themselves will speak. As they fall into place, we will know and see them. If they do not materialise this year – tough luck, we will watch and wait until they do.
Of course we may be wrong with this or that particular sign, but this is why it is so important to hear the voice of our Lord as we watch. He will speak in our hearts and show us.
There are two main things to bear in mind:
1) There will be many watchmen who will “see eye to eye” as the coming of the Lord draws near. (Isaiah 52:8)
2) There will be many signs all dovetailing together at the same time. (Matthew 24:33)
It’s not right to simply look for signs. We must know and hear the voice of God and we must know God’s word very well!
There is so much on the go now. Some events are of no prophetic significance at all. Some events are of importance and some only become important when combined with other events.
What to watch for:
In the coming days there are numerous prophetic signs we can watch for, while there are many that are not directly relevant which we need not be concerned about.
Here are some of the tribulation forerunners to watch for:
●Watch for news events and developments with any peace treaty or deal between Israel the Palestinians and “the many” of Daniel 9:27. This would undoubtedly be the UN.
●Watch for the nations to turn against Israel more and more.
●Watch for the war in Syria to get significantly worse. Watch for Israel to enter this conflict in some way.
●Watch for Iran do step out of line with its nuclear ambitions.
●Watch for Yemen and Saudi Arabia to remain allies of the West (They are “Sheba and Dedan” of Ezekiel’s great war. See edition 255.)
●Watch for Israel’s Arab enemies who surround her, to become more active. This will manifest in conflict in the Golan region, and with Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS and the Palestinians in Gaza and the so-called West Bank.
●Watch for Russia’s aggression to spread into Europe fuelling what will become WW111 and then watch for Russia to be drawn into Israel in some way.
●Watch for earthquakes and volcanoes to increase in frequency and intensity, and watch for an increase in weather upheavals globally.
●Watch for outbreaks of diseases that can spread worldwide fast, both in humans and animals.
The big take-away:
So what can we say about all these things? We can’t be 100% sure of the exact timing of the coming of the tribulation and the rapture. We can be 100% sure that it is very soon. It may be this year, next year or the year after, but It is highly unlikely that it will be after that.
Are you ready for the great shaking to begin even now? Are you ready for eternity? Or are you still full of all your garbage and pre-conceived ideas that are contrary to our Lord’s word? Are you still a friend of the doomed world?
What if it is this year? Do you realise that it’s very likely and probable? Are you ready? The great tragedy is that most people will be caught by surprise and be completely unready!
Do you realise that if you urgently prepare your life for eternity and it doesn’t come now, you have lost nothing, and only gained with our Lord anyway!
Watch the world’s media now. Watch for the signs. They are already developing. Watch the big world players now. Keep yourself informed of prophetic developments. Above all, keep your heart pure, clean and ready for our Lord.
I took this lion family picture in the Mabula Game Private Game Reserve.
Shalom and grow in grace!