The story of Joseph and the seven year famine in Egypt is a prophetic picture of
the Tribulation period. Pharaoh’s dream told of seven years of plenty that would
immediately precede the seven year famine. This complete prophecy must be heeded,
so the Church can also expect seven years of plenty to prepare before the Tribulation
begins in 2023.
The Seven Churches
The Seven Churches of Revelation are not seven ages of the Church as is commonly
taught. This idea has no basis in Scripture at all. They are the completed Church
as it will be just before the first seal is broken and the Tribulation begins. The
purpose of the letters is the revival and preparation of the Church for the test
of the Tribulation and the return of the Lord Jesus. Seven is the number of completion
and the Seven Churches indicates the completion of the Great Commission.
Acts 1, Romans 11, Revelation 1-3.
The Temple and the Antichrist
Three world events must take place before the Tribulation begins: the rebuilding
of the Jerusalem Temple and the military and political rise of the antichrist and
the Gospel preached to all nations.
Daniel 7, 9, 11, 23, 24, Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14, Matthew 24, II John 2, Revelation
The first half of the seven year Tribulation is described as birth pains. They are
also called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Israel will enter into to a seven
year covenant with the beast which will allow them to reestablish worship in their
temple. It includes the rise of the antichrist, world war, famine and the death of
billions, an unprecedented time of violence and oppression. The great apostasy will
occur, when many professing Christians will join the one world religion set up by
the false prophet. The world will be divided into ten kingdoms which will then turn
absolute power over to the beast. The mark of the beast, required to buy and sell,
will probably make its appearance at this time which will consist of three pentagrams.
II Thessalonians 2, Matthew 24, Revelation 5-6.
The Seven Seals
The Tribulation covers all the events described as the Seven Seals and the Seven
Trumpets. It will be seven years long and divided up into two parts: The birth pains
and the Great Tribulation. The Church will be here during this time. The Seven Seals
First Seal: The antichrist appears, is given a crown and goes out to conquer
Second Seal: War
Third Seal: Famine
Fourth Seal: Death (one third of the earth’s population is killed)
Fifth Seal: Persecution of the Church
Sixth Seal: Cosmic disasters and terror at Christ’s return
Seventh Seal: Seven Trumpets as the fall of Satan to Earth and the Return of Christ
at the Seventh Trumpet
The Church will actively preach the Gospel and bring sinners to Christ during the
Tribulation, even under persecution. They will be victorious over the beast and the
worship of his image, just as Daniel’s three friends were victorious through the
The preaching of the Gospel by the Church will be the cause of Satan’s fall from
heaven, the overthrow of the kingdom of the world, and lead to Israel’s redemption.
The Tribulation will end when Christ appears on the clouds at the Seventh Trumpet
to rapture the Church and raise the dead in Christ.
Isaiah 2, 12, Hosea 10, Matthew 24, Revelation 5-11.
The Abomination of Desolation
The Abomination of Desolation, when the antichrist seats himself in the Jerusalem
temple, declares himself god and sets up his image for all to worship, will take
place three and a half years, or halfway through the General Tribulation. He will
break his covenant with Israel and stop the Jewish worship in the temple. Jesus warns
those in Judea to flee into the mountains when this happens. Only one third of the
Jews in Israel will survive the treachery of the beast.
Isaiah 14, Daniel 8, 9, 11, 12, Zechariah 13, Matthew 24, II Thessalonians 2, Revelation
The Great Tribulation
The Great Tribulation begins with the second half of the seven years when the antichrist
seats himself in the Jerusalem temple as god and sets up his image there to be worshiped
by all the world. The false prophet will help to empower the reign of the beast by
showing false signs and miracles. Persecution will become severe during this three
and a half year period; however the Two Witnesses will appear at this time to confront
the beast and help protect the Church and Israel. It is also called the “time of
Jacob’s troubles.” The surviving Jews of Israel will escape to the mountains of southern
Jordan where they will be protected from the plagues and persecutions.
Jeremiah 30, Daniel 2, 7-8, 11-12, Zechariah 13-14, Matthew 24, II Thessalonians
2, I John 2, II John 1, Revelation 8-14.
The 144,000 and the Great Multitude
There are two groups of believers who will be here during the breaking of the Seven
Seals: The Great Multitude and the 144,000. The Great Multitude are the millions
from every nation who will make up the Gentile Church during the Tribulation. The
144,000 are Jewish Christians, a special group of young men, 12,000 from each tribe
of Israel. They are exceptionally righteous and will be sealed against the plagues
of the Tribulation. They will provide the legal foundation for the restoration of
Israel. Both groups will be raptured when Jesus Comes on the clouds.
Revelation 7, 14:1-5.
The Sixth Seal/Seven Trumpets
The Seven Trumpets are a subset of the Seventh Seal. They are actually concurrent
with the Sixth Seal and give expanded details of the cosmic disasters that will immediately
precede the return of Christ. They are a result of Satan’s fall from heaven to earth
and all the plagues and disasters that will follow. One third of the foliage and
sea life will be destroyed, one third of the rivers and springs will be poisoned,
and one third of the sun, moon, and stars will be darkened (sixth seal). Satan will
fall to earth as a great star and open the abyss, releasing demonic locusts to torture
mankind for five months. A 200 million man cavalry will march into the Middle East,
killing a third of mankind along the way, making a total of over 3.5 billion people
killed during the Tribulation, half of the world’s population.
Isaiah 2 and 13, Joel 2, Matthew 24, Revelation 6-11.
The Two Witnesses
The Two Witnesses appear during the second half of the Tribulation. They have supernatural
powers to breathe fire and bring droughts and plagues. They will challenge the authority
and power of the beast and will play a role in protecting the Church and Israel.
They are killed in Jerusalem, rise from the dead after three days and are taken up
into heaven shortly before the Seventh Trumpet sounds.
Zechariah 4, Genesis 19, Joshua 6, Revelation 11.
The Seventh Trumpet
Jesus Christ returns on the clouds at the Seventh Trumpet of the Seventh Seal to
resurrect the dead in Christ and rapture the living Church. The Seventh Trumpet ends
the Tribulation and the Church age. It begins the Kingdom of God on earth, the Day
of the Lord and the Messianic age. The Seven Trumpets are a subset of the Seventh
Seal and are concurrent with the Sixth Seal. The Seventh Trumpet is the Last Trumpet
of I Corinthians 15 and the trumpet of God of I Thessalonians 4. The last trumpet
on the last day of the battle of Jericho is a prophetic type of the Seventh Trumpet.
Matthew 24, II Corinthians 15, I Thessalonians 4, Revelation 10-11.
The Coming of Christ and the Resurrection/Rapture
Christ will come as promised at the Seventh Trumpet. Every eye will see Him as He
comes on the clouds to rapture the Church and raise the dead in Christ. This is the
First Resurrection. He will return visibly in flaming fire with His mighty angels
at the shout of the archangel and the trumpet of God. No one will ever again doubt
who God is, who His people are and who Jesus Christ is. This will begin the Day of
the Lord. The unsaved who have the mark of the beast will be terrified at His appearance
because they know that the wrath and judgment of God is about to begin.
Isaiah 40, Ezekiel 43, Daniel 7, Joel 2, Zechariah 12,14, Matthew 24, 26, II John
14, Acts 1, I Corinthians 1, 15, Colossians 3, I Thessalonians 1-5, II Thessalonians
1-2, II Timothy 4, Titus 2, I Peter 1, II Peter 3, I John 2, Revelation 11, 14.
The Day of the Lord
The Day of the Lord begins when Christ returns on the clouds at the Seventh Trumpet.
It does not include the seven year Tribulation. It encompasses the Seven Bowls and
the White Horse Return, bringing in the judgment of the nations and the destruction
of the enemies of God. It is a time of wrath and judgment on unbelievers, victory
for the Church and restoration of the nation of Israel. The return of Christ will
mean the end of all false religions and ideologies. Darwinism will cease to exist.
Mystery Babylon, which represents the world system of false beliefs began at the
tower of Babel, will be destroyed in a single day. Every person on the planet will
know that Jesus Christ is Lord, but the vast majority of mankind will have the mark
of the beast and so cannot repent and be saved.
Isaiah 2 and 13, Jeremiah 25, Joel 1-3, Obadiah 1, Micah 7, Zephaniah 1, Malachi
4, Matthew 13, 24-25, I Thessalonians 5, II Thessalonians 1, II Peter 3, Revelation
The Seven Golden Bowls of God’s Wrath
The Seven Golden Bowls of God’s Wrath are poured out on the kingdom of the Beast
while the Church is in heaven during the wedding of the Lamb. They are a part of
the judgments of the Day of the Lord. Israel will be protected from these plagues
as they were protected from the plagues of Egypt. Malignant sores, seas and springs
turning to blood, a scorching sun, painful darkness, a massive earthquake and hundred
pound hail are poured out on the followers of the beast. Finally, demonic spirits
will gather the world’s armies into Israel’s Valley of Jezreel: Armageddon.
Isaiah 26, Revelation 16.
The White Horse Return
The Second Coming of Christ occurs in two parts: His appearance on the clouds to
rapture the Church and a few weeks or months later on a White Horse to restore Israel
and judge the nations. After the nation of Israel sees Jesus on the clouds they will
repent and turn to Christ as their Savior and Messiah and then ask Him to return.
He will appear at Mt Sinai where Israel will be camped in the wilderness. The Church
and the armies of Heaven will return with Him. He will destroy the surrounding armies
in the valley of Jehoshaphat and lead the Jews up the King’s Highway and across the
Jordan River into Jerusalem. He will kill the beast with a single breath and annihilate
the rest of the armies of the world in the valley of Armageddon. He will enter Jerusalem
through the east gate and be crowned King of Israel by the Jews. When the smoke clears,
men will be scarcer than gold.
Isaiah 24, 34-35, 63, Habakkuk 3, Zephaniah 3, Zechariah 8, 9, 14, Malachi 4, Revelation
19, II Peter 3.
The Restoration of Israel
The nation of Israel (the Jews) will be restored as the Kingdom of Israel under Jesus
Christ. They will occupy all of the Promised Land from the Euphrates to the Brook
of Egypt. Jerusalem and the Temple will be rebuilt. Christ will be their King and
High Priest and the feasts and sacrifices of the Temple will resume in a limited
way. The age of the Church and the baptism of the Holy Spirit will be over so Israel
will once again be under law. The land of Israel will be geologically and ecologically
transformed. The lost 10 tribes of Israel will be gathered and restored once again
to the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
The Messianic Age will begin when the Lion of Judah destroys the enemies of God,
judges the nations and restores Israel. The beast will be killed and satan will be
locked in the bottomless pit. The Saints will be rewarded and those with the mark
of the beast will be cast into hell. Christ will reign from Jerusalem with a rod
of iron for a thousand years. There will be no more war, violence or crime. No longer
will the earth and mankind be under all the Adamic curses. The lion will lay down
with the lamb and a child will play with the viper. People will live for hundreds
of years as they did before the flood. Every man will eat of his own vine on his
own property and no one will take it away. All the nations will come to Jerusalem
yearly for the Feast of Booths. The Church will reign with Christ and rule the cities
of the world.
When the thousand years Messianic Age comes to a close, satan will be released from
the bottomless pit for a short while to deceive the nations again and gather them
for war against Jerusalem. He will be quickly defeated and thrown in to the lake
of fire to be tortured forever and ever. Then Christ will sit on the Great White
Throne, the books will be opened and all of the dead in Hades will rise bodily for
eternal judgment on their sins and everyone whose name is not in the Book of Life
will be cast in to the lake of fire. Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s
Book of Life will receive eternal rewards according to their good works.
Isaiah 24, 66, Daniel 8, 12, John 3, Acts 17, Romans 8, II Corinthians 2, Ephesians
1-2, Philippians 3, I Thessalonians 4-5, II Thessalonians 1-2, II Timothy 4, Revelation
1-3, 7, 15, 19-20.
The New Jerusalem
After the Great White Throne Judgment, a new heaven and earth will be created. There
will be no sun or moon or sea. The New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven to
earth where the saints will live with the Lord forever.
Isaiah 66, Psalms 105, Matthew 24, II Peter 3, Revelation 21.