Wondering What might lie ahead during the first 3 years of the Tribulation?
Welcome, thanks for tuning in. I’m Dr. David Orlowski. I’ve authored the book THE RAPTURE – The Tribulation Reign of the Antichrist. This book picks up after the Rapture, and delves into the dark events surrounding the Antichrist’s world rule during the first 3 ? years of The Tribulation. The Rapture – The Tribulation Reign of the Antichrist employs more than 220 Scriptures in its high adventure, chilling depiction of what might lie ahead during the first 3 ? years of the Tribulation.
Let me address from a theological perspective Jesus’ prophetic teaching in Matthew 24. If you’re not well acquainted with Matthew 24, now would be a good time to stop this video and read it, because I’m going to zip through it.
Starting Matthew 24, Jesus comes out of the Jewish temple, and immediately His disciples point out the beauty and grandeur of the buildings. Jesus remarks that not one stone will be left upon another, but all would be torn down. In verse 3, the disciples ask about the end of the age, and Jesus responds, that many false christs would come forth (5), and there will be wars and rumors of wars (6), and nation will rise up against nation, famines and earthquakes will occur (7), but all these things are merely the birth pangs (8).
Jesus transitions with verse 9 however to the seven year tribulation, where He says that His people would be “delivered over to tribulation” and be killed. This coincides with Revelation 6:9-11, as well as 7:9,14; and 13:7, that speak of the Fifth Seal Judgment where the Antichrist makes war with the saints and overcomes them. In Matthew 24:10, Jesus foretells of many believers falling away and betraying one another to the Antichrist. Verse 12, many peoples’ love will grow cold. Verse 13, but the one who endures to the end of the Tribulation, or of their own life, will be saved. Verse 14, during the Tribulation, the gospel will be preached to the whole world as a witness, and then the end, or Armageddon, will come. This does not discount our need to proclaim the good news, only that the saints, and even the Two Witnesses, Moses and Elijah, and their coworkers, the 144,000 saints, will be preaching the gospel the world over.
Verse 15 speaks of the Antichrist and the Abomination of Desolation which occurs at the midpoint of the Tribulation. At that time, those in Jerusalem need to flee, because the Antichrist is about to strike Jerusalem, at least its northern side with the sword. Zechariah 14 indicates that the southern two quarters of Jerusalem will come under the protection of the Two Witnesses, so any saints that flee there will be spared the rape and murder that will ensue. Jesus uncovers a critical timeline truth in verse 21, where He states that after the Abomination of Desolation, then the great Tribulation will begin. Please note He is speaking of the Trumpet/Bowl Judgments of Revelation 8 and 16. Next, verse 22 says that unless those days were shortened, no life would survive. In verse 27, Jesus tells how He will be coming back, at His Second Coming, not to some inner room for only the special few to behold, but to the whole world, for just as lightning crosses the sky, so will His coming be. Verse 28 seems a strange verse, but Jesus is telling where He will return to in His statement, “Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” Jesus is saying that the spiritually dead or walking corpses, will be gathered to Armageddon, along with the vultures or demonic horde. Picture this, hundreds of millions of the Antichrist’s disciples/soldiers, along with a dark, ominous cloud of billions demons and their principalities, including Satan and the Antichrist, all poised to destroy Israel once and for all.
Verse 29, Jesus states that after Trumpet/Bowl Judgments Two and Three, or the two massive asteroid strikes, that the earth will be darkened considerably, and the earth will reel two and fro like a drunkard. Verse 30, after those events, Jesus will visibly appear in the sky and all the peoples of the earth will see Him, as well as with the saints that are with Him, as depicted in Revelation 19. Verse 31, Jesus sends His angels to gather the remaining peoples from about the earth to bring them to Jerusalem.
From 32 to 35, Jesus talks about the time frame of when these things will happen, and says that as they see these things taking place, they can know that the end is near. He talks of the Fig Tree, or Israel, becoming tender, and that this too would be a sign that this generation will not pass away until all these things occur. Many believe that Israel coming back as a nation is the fulfillment of this passage, but the phrase “Israel becomes tender” may refer to Israel’s heart turning back to Jesus during the latter part of the Tribulation. When they turn to Him, Jesus will be spurred to come back and save the from the armies of Satan.
In verses 36 to 44, Jesus back up and speaks of the Rapture or His taking the saints into Heaven prior to the Tribulation. Jesus says two will be in the field, one will be taken, the other left, etc.
In verses 45 to 51, Jesus compares the faithful believers versus the unfaithful ones, and indicates that those believers who “give their food at the proper time” will be found worthy. Whereas, those believers who live after an evil heart, who beat or abuse those under their charge, or who live as drunkards, etc., will be left behind at the Rapture. These will (51) be assigned a place with the hypocrites, and will weep and gnash their teeth, during the Tribulation, and perhaps in Outer Darkness, if they refuse to repent.
Thus, Jesus fully depicts not only the Rapture, or catching up of the saints (one will be taken, the other left), but the martyring of the saints in the first half of the Tribulation, the Abomination of Desolation in the middle of the Tribulation, and the Great Tribulation of falling asteroids, along with Armageddon, in the second half of the Tribulation. The sequence matches perfectly, as we would expect. In my book, The Rapture – The Tribulation Reign of the Antichrist, I site these types of passages, allowing you to reference them in the end notes. Thus, you’re able to read not only a compelling narrative of the chilling events, but appreciate the Scripturally plausible timeline as it unfolds. My name is Dr. David Orlowski. In my next video, I will cover some key passages from the Book of Daniel. Please join me.