B1: Chapter 6: The Great Tribulation

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(1) What is The Great Tribulation

One of the biggest false doctrines today is that the entire Great Tribulation is the Wrath of God. It is not the Wrath of God! The Wrath of God will be poured out in increments during most of it, then will be poured out fully at the end; but most of the events during the GT are NOT the Wrath of God.

The word “tribulation” in Greek is thlipsis and “primarily means a pressing, pressure, anything which burdens the spirit” (VED). The KJV most often translates it affliction or tribulation, but other translations also use distress, misery, suffering, sorrow, or trouble. A good indication of its meaning is how it is used in the New Testament:

Religion . . . is . . . to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction. (James 1:27)

The word is used with the same meaning in several verses, but an especially illuminating one says, “when affliction or persecution rises for the word’s sake, immediately they fall away.” (Mark 4:17). This verse tells us that tribulation and persecution are not the same. This word does not typically refer to persecution, but to the trials and difficulties anyone could face in this life. Jesus also said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Every single day of this life, many people go through great tribulation. What could be worse than losing your family in a house fire along with everything you own? Or losing everything you own in a flood. It happens to many people as a regular part of this life. People suffer from tornadoes, car wrecks, crime, and illness. They may become paralyzed in a sporting accident or their child is murdered– all of these things are great tribulation!

Do you think an Antichrist could be worse than Hitler, who burned and gassed millions of Jews and Christians? Thousands of prisoners of war were tortured and starved. Then Stalin and Lenin murdered tens of millions. Or what about the Cambodian holocaust in the 1970s and 80s? What about the millions who died from starvation in Ethiopia in the 1980s including Christians; where was the Rapture for all these people? Could anything be worse than these things? Nothing could be worse for those people.

The only thing that will make the GT the greatest tribulation in the history of the world is that billions of people throughout the planet will be experiencing famine, natural disasters, distress, and warfare. God has never promised Christians that they will be totally protected from tribulation (thlipsis); in fact, he said we WILL have tribulation. No one has ever seen flood waters standing up around a Christian’s house. It floods on the just and the unjust.

The Christians who think that God has special blessings for them, to make them prosperous and successful, will suffer the most during the GT; because they will do nothing to prepare for the coming hardships, and they are expecting God to give them a great life now.

What about the beast of Rev. 13? The beast will murder millions of Christians, the same as ISIS did, but that is persecution, not tribulation. In the same way that the Bible does not say Christians are above tribulation, it does not say we will be protected from all persecution. Christians are not new to persecution. What makes the Christians in America think they are above persecution? Many millions of Christians have died and are still dying for their faith in Christ. The GT will include persecution against Christians, but that is not the reason Revelation calls this period the Great Trib., it is because of the huge amount of overall suffering, especially natural disasters.

(2) Time of Testing

According to a statement Jesus made, some Christians will not have to suffer much during the tribulation. Jesus said:

“Because you have kept My word of patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the entire world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Rev. 3:10)

The NIV and ESV say, “the hour of trial.” The ISV says, “hour of testing.” The Greek for “trial” is (peirasmos) (3986), and means, “Trial, temptation, a putting to the test . . . for the purpose of proving someone, never for the purpose of causing him to fall” (CWD). This calls the GT a time of testing. This is the same Greek word found in 2 Peter 2:9, “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from [ek] trial [peirasmos] and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the Day of Judgment.”

This passage is, without a doubt, connected to the end-times. The CBLR, says:

First of all, it should be noted that the verse should be viewed from an end-time perspective, for Jesus immediately says, “Behold I come quickly.” Obviously, the temptation or trial in view is not personal distress or a local persecution. It belongs to the eschatological time of temptation “which shall come upon all the world.”

Such an early theological writer as Dr. Edwin Hatch says in his “Essay on Biblical Greek” that 3:10 has an “evident reference to the tribulations which are prophesied later on in the book” (p.73). Most exegetes agree that it refers to what is called the Great Tribulation. This must mean that Philadelphia and the other churches are representative of the whole Church in this age. (Harris, page 65)

Those who support the Pre-trib Rapture believe Rev. 3:10 refers to being taken out of the world before the tribulation begins, because the Greek for “from” means “out of.” But according to Robert Van Kampen in The Rapture Question Answered, the Greek ek (1537) does not mean “out of” in the sense of being outside of a circle, but “out of the midst of” which means that it comes out from inside of a circle. The Complete Word Study Dictionary says:

If something is in something else, then the separation from it is expressed with ek, out of, while if it is near it, on it, with it, then apo [(575)] is used.

This means the Christians who are referenced in Rev. 3:10 are delivered while yet in the GT. The same word, ek, is found in Rev. 7:14, “These are those who came out of great tribulation.” These clearly go through the GT, therefore, those in Rev. 3:10 don’t have to be Raptured to also be “out of” the GT. The wording suggests the meaning, which is that they will make it safely through the GT without losing their lives, or suffering a lot. It does not mean that nothing at all negative will happen to them.

Finally, an important word in the above verse that Pre-trib proponents skip over is “keep,” which is (tereo) (5083), and means to keep a close watch over, or guard. So, “keep you from” means Jesus will “keep” or protect the righteous during the GT, and see them all the way through it. God protected the Israelites from the effects of the ten plagues of Egypt; therefore, in like manner he will protect those Christians.

As Jesus has told us, the GT is a time of testing for the world, during which it will be revealed whether a society is built using wood and straw (worthless beliefs that result in sin and an unjust society), or whether it is built using stones and metal (right beliefs and laws resulting in proper lives and a just, moral society) (1 Cor. 3:12). This also applies to churches and individuals; God will test all things in this world. William Barclay states:

God is the great saviour, the great deliverer of his people. And the deliverance which he gives is not the deliverance of escape but the deliverance of conquest. It is not a deliverance which saves a man from trouble but one which brings him triumphantly through trouble. It does not make life easy, but it makes life great. It is not part of the Christian hope to look for a life in which a man is saved from all trouble and distress; the Christian hope is that a man in Christ can endure any kind of trouble and distress, and remain erect all through them, and come out to glory on the other side. (The Revelation of John, Vol. 2, Revised Edition, page 27)

That is a powerful truth. How can we have a great victory over our enemies if we are removed from the greatest battle, before the GT? There is another passage that is very curious; Jesus gave a parable of seed falling on different types of ground:

“Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God. . . . Those on the rock are the ones who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root, for they believe for a while, then in the time of temptation fall away. ” (Luke 8:11, 13)

The NIV and ESV say, “time of testing.” Either Jesus was saying that every person who believes the Gospel will be put through a time of testing, or he was referring to the Great Tribulation. It most likely refers to the GT. So, this passage tells us that some people who now believe the Gospel will turn away from God during the hardships of the GT. They will fail the test. Jesus spoke more on this subject:

“Then they will hand you over to be persecuted. . . . 10 Then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will rise and will deceive many. 12 Because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:9-13)

The literal translation says, “And then many will be offended, . . . And many false prophets will be raised, and will cause many to err” (LIT). The word “offended” (4624) means, “a trap, stumbling block. To cause to stumble and fall . . . to offend, vex, particularly to scandalize” (CWD). This tells us that many Christians will have cause to turn away from Christianity during the GT, and become bitter at churches, and preachers, and God. But what could possibly cause that?

Christians today are being promised that they will be removed to heaven before any hardship comes upon the world; others are told the events of Revelation were fulfilled in 70 A.D. Some are being told that God has nothing but wonderful things planned for them. So, when they suffer during the GT they will know that they were taught lies, and they will leave their churches and follow after others who will lead them away from the essentials of the Gospel, “will cause many to err.” The word “err” means to “go astray.”

The Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine is causing millions of Christians to be spiritually and psychologically unprepared for the GT. Christians will suffer in ways they do not need to suffer and should not suffer; but pushers of the doctrine do everything in their power to silence opposition. Corrie Ten Boom, a survivor of a Nazis prison camp, said:

I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution. In China the Christians [were] told, “Don’t worry, before the tribulation comes, you will be translated–Raptured.” Then came the terrible persecution. Millions of Christians were tortured to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly, “We have failed. We should have made the people strong for persecution rather than telling them Jesus would come first.” (Tramp for the Lord, 1974)

Even though the whole GT is a time of great distress, the greatest distress of all will be the final few weeks after the second Rapture. The time of testing will be very hard, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Mat. 24:13). Bible teacher, Derek Prince said, “the Greek is more precise: ‘He who has endured to the end will be saved’” (Prophetic Destinies, p. 82). Therefore, the word “saved” here refers to being alive and well at the end of the GT; it does not mean you will not suffer anything during the GT.

The Didache (also known as The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) speaks about the Great Tribulation:

5 Then all created mankind shall come to the fire of testing, and many shall be offended and perish; but they that endure in their faith shall be saved by the Curse Himself. 6 And then shall the signs of the truth appear; first a sign of a rift in the heaven, then a sign of a voice of a trumpet, and thirdly a resurrection of the dead; 7 yet not of all, but as it was said: The Lord shall come and all His saints with Him. 8 Then shall the world see the Lord coming upon the clouds of heaven. (16:5-8) (revised J.B. Lightfoot translation)

Notice that this short prophecy has many of the elements that have already been mentioned in this book: The GT is called a “fire of testing,” which will cause many people to be offended at God, because they are suffering and will turn away from Christianity. But those who “endure” will be saved. And it shows that this time of testing will happen right before the return of Christ, because it has the trumpet call and the resurrection taking place at the end of the time of testing, not before it begins. This refers to the second and main Rapture.

It is strange that theologians have developed an opposite doctrine, that God does not test people, and that the Rapture will take place before the GT. God said, “I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not” (Exodus 16:4b). It is really amazing how deceived people can become because they do not like or do not want to believe the truth!

Finally, the last paragraph of Lactanius quoted earlier, also tells us about the time of testing:

Of the worshippers of God also, two parts will perish; and the third part, which shall have been proved, will remain. (The Divine Institutes, Book VII, chapter 16)

In order to be “proved” we must first be tested. Those who pass the test will survive to enter the Kingdom Age.

(3) Seventh Seal: Seven Trumpets

Revelation 8 describes the major events of the GT. There will certainly be many more events than those mentioned here; these are just the really big ones which can be easily recognized. I believe we are told about these particular events because when they happen, we can clearly see and understand where we are on the list of events. “Okay, this is the 3rd Trumpet, so there are still these other Trumpets that will happen.” (Except for the 1st one; it is the only one that will be difficult to know when it happens.)

When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

3 Another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it onto the earth. And there were noises, thundering, lightning, and an earthquake.

6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them. (8:1-6)

Though it is impossible to say for certain, I believe all the evidence indicates that the 7th Seal is already open. We are not told anywhere in Revelation about a length of time that will encompass all the end-time events. Will likely take 10 years, perhaps more, for all 7 Trumpets and 7 Bowls of Wrath to take place.

We are not told how much time there is between the 1st and 2nd Trumpets, or between the 2nd and 3rd Trumpets, but I believe it will only be weeks or months, but could be more.

(4) First Trumpet: Natural Disasters

The 7 Trumpets contain the judgments of God upon the world, but they are not the full Wrath of God which is poured out at the end of the GT. The Trumpet judgments will only come upon 1/3rd of the world, and not in full strength.

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mixed with blood, and they were thrown upon the earth. A third of the trees and all the green grass were burned up. (Rev. 8:7)

There are several possible interpretations of this; one that is often considered is a volcanic eruption. A major problem with this is, how will it burn up all the green grass and one-third of the trees? Even a super-volcano will not literally burn up that much grass and trees globally, or even on a whole continent; it would only cover them with ash.

Another possible cause is a global meteor shower with meteors large enough to still be burning hot when they land, and burn all the grass. But there is a problem with this view; if there are enough meteors to burn up all the grass, wouldn’t it also burn up all the trees and many cities? And the inclusion of hail is another problem, because hail does not fall with meteors, and neither does blood. However, it could refer to earth passing through the tail of a comet, which could send down rocks and ice. And the blood could be symbolism and refer to people being killed in the fires.

We previously saw an angel fill a censer with fire and throw it on the earth (Rev. 8:5); so, the hail and fire could also be symbolic and refer to excessive cold and heat, and the blood then refers to people dying in the weather extremes. We have already discussed the start of the birth pains of the earth, but this Trumpet seems to signal that we have reached a specific point as we progress toward the birth of the Kingdom Age.

A major drought could cause all the green grass to die, but only a third of the trees, because many trees have roots deep enough to reach underground water, and grass dies much quicker without water than trees do. This is not merely global warming, or even climate change, because the birth pains include earthquakes and other natural disasters. This is likely a major drought.

However, this Trumpet could represent repeated drought as part of the birth pains. We would not expect to have great weather, then suddenly have super freakish weather around the globe. When this Trumpet sounds, it could mean the birth pains have progressed to the point that one-third of the trees have died and all the grass. But we may have actually reached this point. How?

The drought we had in 2011 was not limited to the U.S., but more importantly, drought is not merely a stoppage of rain. You can be in the middle of a severe drought and still get rain. A drought means you are not getting enough rain, so the lakes and rivers slowly decline. And if you are talking about a global drought that lasts for several years, then it is entirely possible to have all the grass die during this drought without having all the grass dead at the same time. The dead grass can come back fully green after you get some rain, but when a tree dies it stays dead.

Therefore, this Trumpet likely signals that we have reached a point in which one-third of the trees have died. Many trees have died in my state because of the previous drought, including the tree in my front yard which had to be cut down.

Since birth pains and climate change are already happening (I don’t believe it is caused by cow farts or cars), we will not know at what point this 1st Trumpet sounds; all we will know is that we are having a drought with weather extremes. That is, unless God sends us a significant meteor shower just so we will know when this Trumpet has sounded.

A drought of this size will eventually bring famine, which is a major reason why we should store food and water. But those who are doing so are being called “extremists” and “doomsday nuts.” Rev. 7 tells us that those who will go through the GT will suffer hunger, thirst, and scorching heat (Rev. 7:16).

In 2011 I thought we had 20 years to the GT, but with all the crazy weather along with the signs in the heavens, and the signs here on Earth such as the Arab Spring, the war in Syria, the final pope (more shortly), and the socialists/fascists trying to take control of the U.S., we must be in the preliminary years of the GT, not long before or after the sounding of the 1st Trumpet.

(5) Second Trumpet: Volcanic Landslide or Asteroid

Then the second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Rev. 8:8-9)

It is easy to see this as an asteroid impact; however, the next Trumpet says a star falls from the sky, which is clearly an asteroid impact; so why would it not say a star falls here if it is also an asteroid? This is why I argue strongly that this does not represent an asteroid, however, it may still be one. I will present evidence that it refers to a volcano.

A woman asked a good question about this interpretation: “Since a volcano is a mountain, why would it say that it is like a mountain, if it is a volcano?” It is symbolism, like in a dream, so it is not going show it directly. The wording actually suggests that it refers to a volcano, because it says something “like a mountain.” What is not an ordinary mountain that can also be burning with fire? A volcano. A volcanic mountain could fall into the ocean during an eruption and create a huge tsunami that will destroy the ships.

There are many islands in the Pacific Ocean that were created by volcanic eruptions. Any of these have large mountain volcanoes on them that could erupt and send a huge section of the mountain into the ocean. Scientists say that the Hawaiian Islands have sent huge masses of earth into the ocean many times in history, but there is also at least one volcano in the Atlantic that could slide into the ocean, such as the one located in the Canary Islands:

A collapsing volcano in the Atlantic could unleash a giant wave of water that would swamp the Caribbean and much of the eastern seaboard of the United States, a scientist has claimed. Dr. Simon Day, of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College London, UK, believes one flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, in the Canaries archipelago, is unstable and could plunge into the ocean.

Swiss researchers who have modeled the landslide say half a trillion tons of rock falling into the water all at once would create a wave 650 metres high (2,130 feet) that would spread out and travel across the Atlantic at high speed. The wall of water would weaken as it crossed the ocean, but would still be 40-50 metres (130-160 feet) high by the time it hit land. The surge would create havoc in North America as much as 20 kilometres (12 miles) inland. (BBC News Online, 4 October, 2000, Giant wave could threaten US, http:// news.bbc. co.uk/2/low/ science/nature/ 956280.stm)

If this trumpet event represents a volcano it will likely be the one on the island of La Palma that erupted in 2021, because it has already slid several feet during an eruption in 1949. Several earthquakes occurred on the mountain, creating a fracture about 2.5 kilometers long. The western section slid down approximately one meter. So, it is highly likely that this section of the volcano will slide into the ocean creating a huge tsunami. When the tsunami hits, it will actually be several waves rather than just one, and could go as far inland as 10-25 miles.

Why does it say the ocean is turned into blood? This does not refer to literal blood; it is symbolism. The Cousteau Almanac calls the oceans “the planetary blood system.” Blood in the Bible represents life, and the shedding of blood represents loss of life, “For the life of a creature is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). Zondervan’s Pictorial Encyc. of the Bible says:

Because of its fundamental importance for individual existence, blood was frequently used as a synonym for life itself . . . blood indicates life given up in death, not life set free. (Vol. 1, p. 626-627)

When the ocean is turned into blood it will lose its life; the ocean itself will lose its life-giving ability. Debris and sediment in the water cuts off the oxygen available in the water and literally suffocates the fish. In addition to the sediment, ships with oil and other chemicals will be swamped by the waves, and when the waves hit coastal areas, sewage and other toxic debris will be washed into the water thus polluting the ocean.

Whether this Trumpet represents a volcano or an asteroid remains to be seen, but something is going into the ocean, and it is going to create a huge tsunami. Wise persons will see that the world cannot long endure its present course and the end is therefore approaching, and they will move away from all coastal areas. Tsunamis such as this in ancient history did little damage in a world that was sparsely inhabited. The death and destruction and global chaos following such a tsunami today will be worse than WW2. This is still early in the GT, and before the beast rises to power.

You can see from the above map that there are many large cities that will be hit hard by the tsunami. There are many more that are not on the map because they are less than 1 million in population. Therefore, the tsunami will be horrific.

To be clear, the tsunami will not only hit the USA, but all of North and South America, Africa and Europe; and to a lesser degree the rest of the world.

Now, having provided evidence that this event is a volcano, it is very possible that I am wrong, that it is an asteroid, even though the imagery is different from the 3rd Trumpet. If it is an asteroid, it will be as large as a mountain and will impact in the ocean, and will likely be much larger than the next asteroid, of the 3rd Trumpet.

A minister named Efrain Rodriquez in Porto Rico has been preaching for several years that God is going to send a large asteroid to impact in the ocean near PR, which will bring great destruction to PR and will send huge tsunami waves to the east coasts of North and South America. But he believes it will happen long before the Great Tribulation even begins! On this, he is very wrong.

(6) The Affect Upon the United States

Whether this tsunami is generated in the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean, it will hit the U.S. and cause great devastation. It will be the greatest natural disaster in recorded history. It will only take 6-8 hours for the wave to reach the U.S., if it is from the Canary Island volcano; if it is from an asteroid it will be only 30-60 minutes. Therefore, there will be millions of people who are not able to flee because of jammed highways, and are killed. The wave will also destroy warehouses full of groceries and manufactured goods. Many businesses will be destroyed and never reopen. The wave will likely also cause the stock market to collapse, if it has not already because of other events. Many churches will also be destroyed.

The tsunami will destroy many homes that will never be rebuilt, because it will take many years to rebuild millions of homes. Where are the survivors going to live until the homes are rebuilt? Some people will just move to another city or state and never return, but many people will have to live in FEMA camps.

If it is an asteroid, it will likely cause an EMP, which is Electro Magnetic Pulse, which will knockout the electric grid and most electronics within 500-2000 miles in all directions of the impact (perhaps much more). This means that, in addition to the destruction caused by the tsunami, there will be great suffering caused by the lack of food, water, and civil unrest.

The first Sunday after the tsunami, the churches throughout the world will be filled with people; like it was after 9-11, but many preachers will not have an answer. They will tell the people, don’t worry, this is not the Great Tribulation, it is just a natural disaster. While a few churches will remain full, those preachers who are not able to adequately respond to the crisis with solid biblical truth could end up having to close their church doors.

The number one question will be, how could God allow this to happen? The answer, of course, is that this is the time of testing, and God wants to bring people to repentance before the Day of Judgment arrives. The second question will be, why did God allow many Christians to die or suffer total loss with the tsunami? And where was the Rapture? Even some of the preachers who teach the Pre-tribulation Rapture have had dreams about coming disasters and persecution; and yet they continue to hold to the Pre-trib doctrine. When this tsunami hits, people will know that it is the 2nd Trumpet and they will know that they were not taught the truth.

We have already learned that God will seal and protect all those who are chosen to be in the First Fruits Rapture; so it is only Christians who are asleep, or not right with God, who will suffer in this disaster. These questions and more will result in many people questioning their faith, and questioning their church; which will cause Christianity to suffer a major crisis. It is all part of the testing that God is putting people through.

But at the same time, because some churches will be full, a great revival will take place. There have been many prophecies, dreams, and visions over the past 60 years about a great shaking that is coming to Christianity, and also another Reformation, and a street revival; all of which could be one and the same movement, and all triggered by this tsunami. (I say, could be, because it could be caused by something else; it is difficult to know all the details.)

In February 2011, a 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 185 people. The quake badly damaged the historic Christchurch Cathedral. This quake was given spiritual significance by more than one prophet. Cindy deVille of Shekinah Today Ministries reported that she had a vision of shaking pulpits just before the Christchurch earthquake:

While in prayer two weeks ago, I kept seeing a vision of a pulpit that was shaking intensely, as if there was a long and intense earthquake. The pastor behind the pulpit could not stand up, and he started to frantically grasp the pulpit for something solid to hold onto. Everything was crumbling around him, and the only thing that was not shaking, crumbling or changing was the truth of God’s Word. In desperation, the pastor fell to his knees, and seemed to be asking himself: “What do I really believe? What is truth?” This caused him to dig deep on his knees in search for truth he could take hold of and stand upon. We know God’s Word is everlasting truth: “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17); “The Word of our God shall stand forever.” (Is. 40:8).

. . . In light of the vision, we realized this earthquake could have prophetic significance. While I do not believe everything that happens is a prophetic sign, I do believe God uses some things to symbolize what He is doing or will do; we see this throughout holy Scripture. So, I do believe the recent earthquake at Christchurch in New Zealand could be symbolic. (www. charisma mag. com/ blogs/ prophetic-insight/ 12937-the-pulpits-are-shaking)

Cindy deVille says that the shaking that is coming will cause some pastors to even “fall away” while others will dig deeper and turn to prayer.

Two prophecies by Rick Joyner most likely refer to the tsunami of the 2nd Trumpet. His prophecies refer to a huge tsunami wave of the Spirit that will result in great revival to the point that Christians will be meeting in stadiums. He also predicts a Christian spiritual civil war:

What is coming will be dark. At times Christians almost universally will be loath to even call themselves Christians. Believers and unbelievers alike will think that it is the end of Christianity as we know it, and it will be. Through this the very definition of Christianity will be changed, for the better. The church that emerges from what is coming will be full of unprecedented grace, truth, and unprecedented power. . . .

Nearly half of the believers in the world today are held under a spiritual “plantation mentality”; leaders are only seeking to build and maintain their own spiritual estates . . .

A god is not just something you bow down to, but what you trust in. Many of the coming conflicts between movements, denominations and individual churches will be deeply rooted in the power that money now has over the church. Many will use doctrinal differences or other issues as justification for their attacks on their brothers, but the real cause will be over a loss, or potential loss, of money. . . .

This will be a conflict between those who may be genuine Christians, but who live mostly according to their natural minds and human wisdom, and those who follow the Holy Spirit. . . . What will for a time look like a total meltdown of Christianity will ultimately result in one of her greatest victories. . . .

After this great spiritual civil war, there will no longer be a white church and a black church. Neither will many of the present distinguishing characteristics that categorize Christians into groups continue to exist. There will be an entirely new definition of Christianity, which the Lord Jesus Himself has already written. The world will know us by our love. . . .

Those who have built their spiritual lives, or positions of leadership, on obeying an organization rather than always seeking to follow the Lord, are in the most serious jeopardy at this time of becoming stumbling blocks. (MorningStar Prophetic Bulletin #16)

It sounds like a time of testing, does it not? So, it looks to me that when this physical tsunami hits America, it causes many people to question their faith, which will bring the spiritual tsunami. It will result in great conflict within denominations and churches about their view of eschatology, and other important doctrines. Many Christians will leave the established Church because they don’t like the answers they are getting, and will begin living out their faith.

The Catholics will also be rocked by the tsunami; in 2003 J. Lee Grady, then editor of Charisma Magazine, had a dream of a spiritual tsunami that will hit the Catholic Church:

When the wave hit, the palatial building began creaking and tilting. Antique tables, chairs, candelabra and statues began sliding to one side as the floor moved. Chandeliers were hanging at odd angles. Within minutes the floor was perpendicular to the ground and more furniture came crashing down. The movement continued until the floor became the ceiling. More religious icons, statues and paintings fell and broke into pieces….

[He saw Catholics with] their hands raised and they were worshiping God fervently, as if they had experienced another Pentecost. . . . . And I felt the Holy Spirit say to me: “I am going to turn the Catholic Church upside down.” (www. charisma news.com /opinion/ 38632-the- coming-tsunami- in-the-catholic- church)

But it was a spiritual tsunami, right? Yes, but from the buildings and objects being moved and broken, it would have been just as effective to call it a spiritual earthquake. Why did Joyner and Grady both hear from God about a spiritual tsunami? Even though the Catholics were acting “Pentecostal,” that is not new; it happened before during the original Charismatic Renewal. But this is not a renewal, it is a shakeup; and a real tsunami has the very real power to also cause a spiritual tsunami within Catholicism the same as Protestantism.

More recently, in January of 2021, Dana Coverstone had a dream called The Plumb Line, in which he saw a great shaking coming to Wall Street, Washington D.C., and the Church.  He saw a man walk up to the stock market on Wall Street and hold up a plumb line, which showed the building to be off, so he put his hands on it, and it began to shake back and forth, and up and down; the shaking continued even after he removed his hands. People, files, and money were thrown out the window.

The man then went up to the Capital in Washington D.C. and also held up the plumb line; then he stomped one foot hard on the ground, and the Capital shook badly, and people and files were thrown out. Then he saw a church building and the man grabbed the church with both hands and lifted it into the air and looked right at Dana and said:

“I warned them.” He then shook the Church aggressively and violently, and he shook it for several moments. The hands on Wall Street, the hands on the Capital had just been like a push. And then he took his hands off, and they began to shake. And they continued to shake. But he actually shook the Church aggressively and violently and he shook it for several moments. And the lights and the cross went out. The windows broke open, I saw the outer walls begin to tear from each other.

And then he slammed the Church down hard just on the ground, and the front doors broke open. And the doors actually fell off the hinges. And I watched people stumble out of that Church like they were dizzy. And they started to run away as fast as they could, and as they ran they were throwing Bibles to the ground and not even looking back. They were trying to get out of there as fast as they could. . . . as these people walked by, left the Church and walked out of the Church; as they were walking by, they were denying even knowing who Jesus was. . . . “that’s not my Church. I just, I just go [there]” . . . as if they were embarrassed for even being a part of the Church that had just been shaken.

Even pastors ran from the church while covering their faces. But many people did not run from it, he saw them at the altars, and were tied with ropes and chains to it, and to each other. They were also holding onto Bibles very tightly, as they mourned those who had died. The man then walked in and said:

“You took warning, and you were good to do so. Your obedience has been noted, and there will be fruit, both here and in heaven. Though shaken and broken, you will arise my Bride and work until I come.”

Notice that Wall Street and Washington D.C. are both on the east coast of the USA, and some Christians died when the church was shaken. Therefore, it is highly probable that this event will be caused by the tsunami.

The next major disaster to take place will be an asteroid impact. But we are not given any indication of how much time will pass between these two disasters; it could be a few months or a few years.

(7) Third Trumpet: Asteroid Impact

The third angel sounded, and a great star from heaven, burning like a torch, fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. 11 The name of this star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. (Rev. 8:10-11)

The Greek for “star” in the Gospels, and here, is “aster” (792), and is the word from which we get “asteroid.” So this shows an asteroid impact.

Wormwood is common in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and the United States. When the Israelites were wandering in the desert, they were given bitter water to drink as a punishment from God; the water was made bitter by Wormwood. In Jeremiah, God threatened to give them Wormwood to drink (Jer. 9:15; 23:15). William Barclay in his commentary on Revelation, says; “Worm-wood always stood for the bitterness of the judgment of God on the disobedient” (p. 44).

Since wormwood is used symbolically in the Bible to refer to the bitterness of God’s judgment, this asteroid will not literally be named Wormwood. The name of this asteroid signifies that it comes as God’s judgment upon those directly affected by the impact, but also the whole world, because it will have global effects.

However, it also may have more meaning. Since people will die from drinking the water, it may mean that the asteroid will impact a city. If the asteroid impacts a forest, there won’t be any chemicals ejected into the atmosphere to fall into the water, but if it hits a city, it will vaporize tons of man-made products that contain chemicals that will enter the lakes and rivers. It could even destroy a chemical or nuclear power plant. At this writing there are about 20,000 chemical plants worldwide, and according to www.statista.com, there are 384 nuclear power plants currently operating, with several under construction. So, hitting a modern city is probably what will cause the polluted water.

When the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City fell, huge clouds of dust filled the air and covered everything for blocks, like ash from a volcano. All kinds of products were burned or crushed, and mixed together; such as plastics, floor cleaner, burned jet fuel, brake fluid and gasoline in parked cars under the towers, and all the office equipment and furniture. All this created a toxic soup that people breathed and absorbed into their bodies. As a result, many of the people who worked to clean up the mess became sick, and many died. But this asteroid impact will create conditions far worse than 9-11.

There was a stir back in 1986 when a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine had a meltdown. Information spread that Chernobyl was Russian for “wormwood.” The name Chernobyl comes from chornobyl, which is mugwort, one of over 160 species of wormwood; though sometimes thought of as “common wormwood.” So, it is easy to see why Chernobyl was said to mean “wormwood,” (because it refers to mugwort, which is a type of wormwood). However, the word does not literally mean “wormwood,” but it is given as a secondary meaning in Russian dictionaries. Since it has been more than 30 years since that happened, there can be no connection to Revelation.

Scientists have found several large impact craters on Earth, which is proof positive that Earth has been hit by asteroids in the past, and will be hit again. A 6-mile-wide asteroid is believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs. In the late 90s, scientists discovered a chain of craters, named the Aorounga craters, in the central African country of Chad. “The Aorounga craters are only the second chain of large craters known on Earth,” said Adriana Ocampo, geologist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, “and were apparently formed by the break-up of a large comet or asteroid prior to impact” (Hague, Final Frontier Magazine, p.41).

Dr. Eugene Shoemaker has found several impact craters; one in Germany has a town built inside the earthen ring of the crater. There are over 160 recognized impact sites throughout the world, with more being identified. Among the largest are: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, 140 KM (87 miles) in diameter; Vredefort, South Africa, 140 KM (87 miles); Manicouagan, Quebec, Canada, 100 KM (62 miles); Popigai, Russia, 100 KM.

The largest known impact site in the United States is about 18 miles wide in Manson, Iowa. Perhaps the most recognizable site is Meteor Crater in Arizona which is a mile across and 600 feet deep. This evidence means that no rational person can argue against the likelihood of an asteroid impact; the facts are undeniable.

Though some scientists are taking the threat seriously, many still say the chances of an asteroid hitting Earth are very remote. They use terms and numbers like– millions of years, and a million to one. They also make the boast that if an asteroid were to head toward Earth, that scientists will be able to save the planet by nudging it and changing its course; but they are wrong because the Bible tells us that this asteroid will impact.

Many asteroids now travel in wide-ranging and erratic paths through the solar system and cross paths with Earth on a regular basis. So, it would not take much of an orbital change of an asteroid to send it on a collision course with Earth. The gravitational pull from a comet passing through the solar system could easily change the course of any number of different asteroids when it passes them. Smart people know that it is just a matter of time until an asteroid impacts, and this is the time.

This asteroid will not, I repeat, not be a global killer, but it will be large enough to destroy a city somewhere in the world. My guess is that it will impact either in the U.S. or Western Europe; one reason being the large number of modern cities. There is much more open space in Russia, Africa, and Canada. So, because of prophecies about a U.S. city suffering destruction, I would not be surprised if it hit southern California. Hollywood is intentionally spewing vomit upon the world as it denigrates Christian moral values, and pollutes the minds of everyone watching the TV shows and movies.

Some asteroids are not spotted until the day before they zip passed. Therefore, it means that one could impact next week without advanced warning, except that the tsunami must happen first.

There is an asteroid named 2007 FT3 which has a chance of impacting on Oct. 2, 2024 and is about 1100 feet across, so it could destroy a large city. This means it is a prime candidate for the 3rd Trumpet asteroid. Another one called 2019 PDC is due in 2027.

There is speculation that this 3rd Trumpet asteroid could be the one named Apophis, that will pass so close to earth in 2029, that it will come closer than some of our satellites. Scientists claim it will not impact, but that is impossible to know because God could cause another rouge asteroid unknown and unseen to hit Apophis, and nudge it just enough to cause it to impact. We will not know for sure until 2029.

However, NASA has said, that when Apophis arrives in 2029, if it passes through a precise point in space in the upper atmosphere above Earth; called a “key-hole,” that when it returns in 2036, it will impact. That seems like a long way off, but it could, in fact, be what happens. What goes through a “key-hole,” a key. We are told under the 5th Trumpet, that a star falls to earth and, “The star was given the key to the bottomless pit.” (This would make the Great Tribulation about 20 years long; this seems unlikely, but entirely possible.)

Since we are not told how much time passes between the 2nd and 3rd Trumpets, if the 2nd Trumpet is a large mountain-sized asteroid, then the 3rd Trumpet asteroid could actually break off from it when it enters Earth’s atmosphere, which will mean that they impact within minutes of each other.

(8) Fourth Trumpet: Darkness

The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day had no light, and likewise a third of the night. (Rev. 8:12)

The wording of this passage is cryptic; while the sun is shining on one part of the globe, the moon is shining on another. If a third of the light from the sun, moon, and stars is darkened, it could mean there will be no light upon the entire planet for eight hours; or that a third of the planet will be in complete darkness.

There are many possible causes for the darkness, but the most obvious are the dark clouds that will result from the 3rd Trumpet asteroid impact. If caused by the asteroid, the dark cloud will eventually spread out thinner so that it covers the entire globe, thus dimming the sun with a haze and lowering global temperatures for a year, which will affect crop yields. We are already having food supply issues because of floods and droughts, and human sabotage, so this could cause a famine. Many regions of the world are just one failed harvest away from starvation.

In 1883, the large volcanic mountain on Krakatoa in the Pacific Ocean exploded with the force of about 200 megatons of TNT. The explosion was heard 3,000 miles away, and ash from it fell on New York City. The dust cloud darkened the sky and spread around the globe, lowering global temperatures about 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.2 degrees Celsius). The ash in the atmosphere caused spectacular red sunsets for several years afterwards.

The 1815, volcanic eruption on the island of Tambora, Indonesia was three times greater than the eruption of Krakatoa. The Tambora eruption sent about 1.5 million metric tons of dirt into the atmosphere, darkening the sky and lowering global temperatures for more than a year. The following year was known as the year without a summer in Europe and North America. There were freezing temperatures even during August; the result was numerous crop failures. The price of a bushel of oats rose from 12¢ in 1815 to 92¢ in 1816.

The 4th Trumpet could be worse than Tambora. Today, there are more than 7 billion people on Earth; with many crop failures, great famine will likely ravage the world.

If the natural disasters of the first four Trumpets are not bad enough, there will likely be many more smaller local disasters. Revelation does not say that only these events will take place and no more, but these are the only ones that are large enough to justify being singled out for special mention.

Therefore, there certainly will be many other natural disasters as described by Lactantius, and others. There will be volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, floods, tsunamis, tornadoes, hail, plagues, civil unrest, wars, etc. Be warned and be ready. Christians who will be in the FirstFruits Rapture are not promised protection from all disasters or all suffering, only the Trumpet disasters!

The events of the Trumpets are mentioned in Revelation so we can know where we are on the time-clock that is counting down to the rise of the beast and the start of World War 3, and ultimately the Wrath of God at the end of the age.

The suffering caused by WW3 will include nuclear war with massive prolonged power outages; disruption of shipping, resulting in shortages of all kinds of products; typical war-time suffering.

(9) Three Woes

Then I watched, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the other trumpet blasts of the three angels, who are yet to sound!” (Rev. 8:13)

Almost all modern translations, including the NIV, ESV, and RSV, all have “eagle” rather than “angel” as the KJV and MEV. Adam Clarke’s commentary corrects the KJV:

Instead of αγγελου πετωμενου, an angel flying, almost every MS [manuscript of the Bible] and version of note has αετου πετωμενον, an eagle flying.

Clarke does not refer to the corrupted Westcott and Hort manuscript that is the basis of most modern Bibles, because Clarke lived and died before them. William Barclay’s commentary agrees with Clarke. The Crawford Codex written in Aramaic, also says eagle.

This passage tells us that the three woes are events that take place within the next three Trumpet blasts, therefore, the eagle may refer to the United States warning the world of what is about to happen. Since the United States will suffer a crippling hit from the tsunami, and possibly from the asteroid impact, it makes sense that the U.S. will warn aggressive nations not to try to take advantage of the situation and attack the U.S. while we are thus wounded.

The tsunami of the 2nd Trumpet will sink 1/3rd of the world’s ships, thus weakening the USA and European militaries. The tsunamis will kill millions of people and create millions of hungry, homeless refugees, in both North and South America, and perhaps even Europe and Africa. Add to this the effects of the asteroid impact of the 3rd Trumpet, and the dark clouds of the 4th Trumpet, brings human suffering to its highest level short of nuclear war.

Despite the warning, the door of the Abyss is about to open and the beast is going to rise to power. Since there will never be a better time to conquer Europe, the U.S.A., or the people next door, World War 3 will soon begin. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the 5th Trumpet signals the rise of the beast, followed by the start of World War 3 (6th Trumpet).

It will likely be after the 6th Trumpet that the many prophecies about the USA being invaded by Russia and China will be fulfilled. It is supposed to happen at a time when the US government has collapsed, perhaps caused by the 2nd Trumpet tsunami.

(10) Other Prophecies of Great Tribulation

Here are a few prophecies not found in the Bible, but which agree with the interpretation of Bible prophecy presented in this book. Here is an excerpt from a vision Rick Joyner had, called A Vision of The Harvest, which can only be about the GT:

. . . Wars will increase. There will even be some nuclear exchanges, but on a limited basis, mostly between Third World nations. Far more will perish by plagues and natural disasters than by wars during the period of this vision. The very foundations of civilization will shake and erode. Even the world’s most stable governments will be melting like wax, losing authority and control over their populations. Eventually it will be hard to find anyone with the courage to assume authority. This will cause sweeping paranoia throughout the entire earth.

Huge mobs will attack everything in their path. The infrastructure of the great denominational churches and large visible ministries will be one of their primary targets and will vanish almost overnight. Pagan religions, cults and witchcraft will spread like plagues but these will also become targets of the mobs. By this time governments will have broken down to the point that lynching and mass executions, perpetrated by these mobs, will be ignored by the authorities. Fear and deep darkness cover the earth, but this just makes the glory which is appearing upon the saints more striking. Huge masses of people will be streaming to the Lord; the inflow so great in places that very young Christians will be pastoring large bodies of believers. Arenas and stadiums will overflow nightly as the believers come together to hear the apostles and teachers. . . . What I was allowed to foresee ended with increasing chaos and increasing revival.

In 1986, Lance Lambert gave a prophecy at a prophetic conference in Jerusalem, where 153 prophets from around the world had gathered to wait upon and hear from God. The prophecy clearly describes what can only be the Great Tribulation. I originally found it on the TBN website, yet TBN still teaches that Christians will not go through the GT:

“It will not be long before there will come upon the world a time of unparalleled upheaval and turmoil. Do not fear for it is I the Lord who am shaking all things. I began this shaking with the first world war and I greatly increased it through the second world war. Since 1973 I have given it an even greater impetus. In the last stage, I plan to complete it with the shaking of the universe itself, with signs in sun and moon and stars. But before that point is reached, I will judge the nations and the time is near. It will not only be by war and civil war, by anarchy and terrorism, and by monetary collapses that I will judge the nations, but also by natural disasters: by earthquakes, by shortages and famines and by old and new plague diseases. I will also judge them by giving them over to their own ways, to lawlessness, to loveless selfishness, to delusion and to believing a lie; to false religion and an apostate church, even to a Christianity without me.

“Do not fear when these things begin to happen, for I disclose these things to you before they commence in order that you might be prepared, and that in the day of trouble and of evil you may stand firm and overcome. For I purpose that you may become the means of encouraging and strengthening many who love me but who are weak. I desire that through you many may become strong in me, and that multitudes of others might find my salvation through you. . . .

“For in the midst of these judgments multitudes upon multitudes will be saved from the nations. You will hardly know how to bring the harvest in, but my Spirit will equip you for the task. And to Israel, will I also turn in that day, and I will melt the hardening which has befallen her. I will turn their blindness into clear sight, and tear away the veil on their heart. Then shall they be redeemed with heart bursting joy, and it will become a fountain of new and resurrection life to the whole company of the redeemed.

“Do not fear for these days, for I have purposed that you shall stand with Me and serve Me in them. Fear not, for I love you and I will protect you and equip you. I, the Lord, will anoint you with a new anointing and you will work My works and fulfill My counsel. You shall stand before Me, the Lord of the whole earth and serve Me with understanding and with power and you shall reign with Me during these days. Above all, I call you to be intercessors.” (www .lance lambert .org/ prophetic .php/ message /1/April-1986)

These prophecies indicate that many people will turn to Jesus during the trouble of the GT, as expected. At the same time, other people will turn away from God because of their suffering and the spread of evil. Notice that there was not one mention of world government. But it did mention that Israel will turn to God during this time, not after it. The wording actually suggests that they will turn to God shortly before the final Rapture, because their turning to God will result in “a fountain of new and resurrection life.”

Second Ezra 16, part of the Apocrypha of the New English Bible, is quoted below. This chapter of 2 Ezra is not about some general time of suffering; it refers to the Great Tribulation, and no other. All the elements are there: sword, famine, so much death that few people will be left alive because of the Wrath of God at the end; and then finally, after all these things, “the reign of justice over us will begin” which of course refers to the rule of Christ in the Kingdom Age:

The sword is let loose against you, and who will (4, 5) turn it aside? Fire is let loose upon you, and who will put it out? Calamities have been let loose against you, and who is there to stop them? . . .

When the Lord God sends calamities, who can stop them? (9, 10) When his anger overflows in fire, who can put it out? When the lightning flashes, who will not tremble? When it thunders, who will not shake with 11 dread? When it is the Lord who utters his threats, is there any man who 12 will not be crushed to the ground at his approach?

The earth is shaken to its very foundations, and the sea is churned up from its depths; the waves and all the fish with them are in turmoil before the presence of the Lord 13 and the majesty of his strength. For strong is his arm which bends the bow, and sharp the arrows which he shoots; once they are on their way, they 14 will not stop before they reach the ends of the earth. Calamities are let loose, 15 and will not turn back before they strike the earth.

The fire is alight and 16 will not be put out until it has burnt up earth’s foundations. An arrow shot by a powerful archer does not turn back; no more will the calamities be recalled which are let loose against the earth.

17 18 Alas, alas for me! Who will rescue me on that day? When troubles come, many will groan; when famine strikes, many will die; when wars break out, empires will tremble; when the calamities come, all will be filled with 19 terror. What will men do then, in the face of calamity? Famine and plague 20 suffering and hardship, are scourges sent to teach men better ways. But even so they will not abandon their crimes, nor keep in mind their scourging. 21 A time will come when food grows cheap, so cheap that they will imagine they have been sent peace and prosperity. But at that very moment the earth will become a hotbed of disasters — sword, famine, and anarchy.

22 Most of its inhabitants will die in the famine; and those who survive the 23 famine will be destroyed by the sword. The dead will be tossed out like dung, and there will be no one to offer any comfort. For the earth will be 24 left empty, and its cities a ruin. None will be left to till the ground and sow 25 26 it. The trees will bear their fruits, but who will pick them? The grapes will ripen, but who will tread them? There will be vast desolation everywhere. 27 28 A man will long to see a human face or hear a human voice. For out of a whole city, only ten will survive; in the country-side, only two will be left, 29 hiding in the forest or in holes in the rocks. Just as in an olive-grove three 30 or four olives might be left on each tree or as a few grapes in a vineyard 31 might be overlooked by the sharp-eyed pickers, so also in those days three 32 or four will be overlooked by those who search the houses to kill.

The earth will be left a desert, and the fields will be overrun with briers; thorns will grow over all the roads and paths, because there will be no sheep to 33 tread them. Girls will live in mourning with none to marry them, women will mourn because they have no husbands, their daughters will mourn 34 because they have no one to support them. The young men who should have married them will be killed in the war, and the husbands wiped out by the famine.

35 But listen to me, you who are the Lord’s servants, and take my 36 words to heart. This is the word of the Lord. Receive it, and do not disbelieve 37 what he says. Calamities are here, close at hand, and will not delay. . . .

The more care they 48 lavish on their cities, houses, and property, and on their own persons, the 49 fiercer will be my indignation against their sins, says the Lord. Like the 50 indignation of a virtuous woman towards a prostitute, so will be the indignation of justice towards wickedness with all her finery; she will accuse her to her face, when the champion arrives to expose all sin upon 51 52 earth. Do not imitate wickedness, therefore, and her actions. For in a very short time she will be swept from the earth, and the reign of justice over us will begin. 53 . . .

Abandon your sins, and have done with your wicked deeds for ever! Then God will set you free from all distress. 68 Fierce flames are being kindled to burn you. A great horde will descend on you; they will seize some of you and make you eat pagan sacrifices. 69 70 Those who give in to them will be derided, taunted, and trampled on. In place after place and in all the neighbourhood there will be a violent 71 attack on those who fear the Lord. Their enemies will be like madmen, 72 plundering and destroying without mercy all who still fear the Lord. They will destroy and plunder their property, and throw them out of their homes. 73 Then it will be seen that my chosen people have stood the test like gold in the assayer’s fire.

74 Listen, you whom I have chosen, says the Lord; the days of harsh suffering 75 are close at hand, but I will rescue you from them. Away with your 76 fears and doubts! For God is your leader. You who follow my commandments and instructions, says the Lord God, must not let your sins weigh 77 you down, nor your wicked deeds get the better of you. Alas for those who are entangled in their sins, and overrun with their wicked deeds! They are like a field overrun by bushes, with brambles across the path and no 78 way through, completely shut off and doomed to destruction by fire. (2 Ezra 16) (NEB)

Did you notice verse 21? It says food will be very cheap (at least in some parts of the world), then many disasters begin taking place, “sword, famine, and anarchy.” Notice also verse 73 that says this suffering will be a test for God’s elect, which will be like a refiner’s fire. Jesus said through prophet Shirley Lise:

“Life as man has known it, will not be the same. Changes in the earth’s atmosphere shall usher in changes to seasons. Drought, cold, floods, these will be the norm. These are signs of My coming and the thoughts of men shall be on these things and all will know of the change. Even those who are in far away places will know and acknowledge that the end is near. Yet, all these things will work together for good, for in them, I shall make a way for multitudes to come into the ark prepared as a place of safety.” (1-13-03)

St. Hildegard (d. 1179), prophesied:

Toward the end of the world, mankind will be purified through sufferings. This will be true especially of the clergy, who will be robbed of all property. . . .

Before the Comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scoured with want and famine. The great nation in the ocean [England] that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent will be devastated by an earthquake, storm and tidal wave. It will be divided and, in great part be submerged. (Catholic Prophecy, Yves Dupont, page 16-17)

The robbery of the Catholics and Protestants will take place during the GT, especially during WW3 when Europe is invaded by Russia, China, and Islamic troops. A nun at the monastery of Vals in Catalonia wrote a prophecy on January 21, 1868:

There are four years that I see which will be terrible with the calamities and punishments which will menace the world: it will be like another flood, not of water but of a thousand other calamities . . . (After Nostradamus, by A. Woldben, page 123)

So even Catholic prophecies confirm that the GT will be a time of great trouble, but there is no mention of global-government under a dictator. Jesus will be with us, and afterwards, we will all witness the victory of Christianity and God’s Kingdom on Earth. There are dozens of Catholic prophecies about the last days, but many of them are contradictory, even the officially accepted ones; so they are not all genuine, the same is true for Protestant prophecies.

(There are several well-known ministers who teach correct doctrine, but that is not enough; they desire to be Greeaat prophets, so they invent visits from the angel Gabriel or Jesus, who tell them things that are false. These prophets read the news and other prophecies, and prophesy many things that any informed Christian could come up with; but when it comes to Revelation, their understanding is wrong, so their prophecies are wrong. One such false prophet says the pope is the False Prophet of Revelation 13. The pope is a false prophet, but not the false prophet.)

Finally, there is an early 12th century prophecy by St. Malachy, that says we now have the last pope. St. Malachy predicted 112 popes to the return of Christ; the 111th was “The Glory of the Olive.” Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chose the name Benedict XVI. The Order of St. Benedict is associated with the olive branch.

Pope Francis, elected in 2013, is the final pope. St. Malachy wrote:

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.

This speaks of the GT in which Rome will be destroyed in WW3, and then Christ will judge the world. Though the 112th pope was born in Argentina, his parents came from Italy, so technically, he is a Roman. And he took the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, who was also Italian. What’s more, St. Francis’ full name was, “Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone” (wnd.com, History’s Final Pontiff, 2013).

The same evening that Pope Benedict resigned, a huge lightning bolt hit the top of the Vatican. Catholic prophecies say, that in a future affliction of the Church, the enemies of Christ will enter the Vatican, kill the priests, and the pope will have to flee to another country where he will be killed. Pope Pius IX (19th century) said:

“There will be a great prodigy [sign or wonder in the sky] which will fill the world with awe. But this prodigy will be preceded by the triumph of a revolution during which the Church will go through ordeals that are beyond description.” (https://catholicprophecy.org)

This prophecy says a revolution will be victorious, during which Christianity will suffer great persecution. After the revolution, a great sign or wonder will be in the sky for all the world to see. It is a sign that global destruction is approaching. It will likely be planetary in nature. More info on the signs of the Day of Judgment is in Book 4., The Approaching Apocalypse.

 

 

 

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