The Great Tribulation is a 42 month period, also called a time of trial for the whole earth.
Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Some hold that because the 70th week of the Daniel 70 Weeks prophecy refers to seven days, a day meaning a year, that in the end time a peace will be made and then 3 1/2 years later the tribulation will begin.
This is a gross error by those who imagine contrary to scripture for we are clearly told that the church will flee TWICE; once fulfilling the first half of the seven years, and then again to fulfill the second half of the seven years. The first flight is foretold in Rev 12:6 and circa 67 AD the faithful fled away for Judea into Pella; and the Romans besieged Jerusalem for 1,260 days or 3 1/2 years.
Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Despite the confusion among scholars as to the date of the book of Revelation, I have no doubt that the Book of Revelation was written before this flight to Pella, and that the faithful upon seeing the city surrounded by the Roman armies as per the Word of our LORD in Luke “21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” and hearing the Book of Revelation warning directly from Christ through the trusted apostle John, the faithful were moved to flee from Judea to Pella.
Later in the end time the second half of the seven years is to be fulfilled by another flight of the faithful; most likely to Pella in Moab again.
Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Brethren, the first half of the 70th Week has already been fulfilled, and the first half of the week was not about any peace deal at all! It was about a flight of the faithful.
The Covenant spoken of by Daniel to be confirmed was they New Covenant of marriage which obligated the espoused Husband to care for and protect his faithful Ekklesia! Daniel 9:27 This new Covenant has nothing to do with any supposed peace deal 3 1/2 years before the tribulation!
The covenant is that Christ would fulfill his espousal obligation to his collective faithful bride for seven years; in two periods of 3 1/2 years each in a refuge as per Rev 12! What of a peace deal then? Paul personally taught by Christ tells us that when peace and safety has been declared as achieved, then sudden destruction will come.
1 Thess 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Israel has now destroyed almost 70% of Gaza militant war potential and the Allied coalition is about to destroy Islamic Extremism in Syria Iraq, which will allow for a toppling of the Assad regime.
After these wars are completed a genuine dialogue for peace will bring an agreement and finally the declaration of Peace and Safety of 1 Thess 5:3 that will begin the tribulation within days if not immediately. Jesus tells us that when we see Jerusalem surrounded by armies and we see the abomination go to and stand on the holy place, Mat 24:15 that the great tribulation will immediately begin.
When Jerusalem is surrounded by peacekeepers and peace is declared as achieved everything will break down and the peacekeepers will seize the city probably because the Jewish extremists sabotage the deal.
Probably by the end of 2016; a peace deal will be agreed, ratified and implemented with peace keepers and a final miracle working pope will go the holy mount; and the tribulation will immediately begin: THEN, AT THAT TIME; NOT 3 1/2 years later!
AFTER this man of sin is set up in Rome and some weeks before he goes to the holy Mount, God will set up his Two Prophets to take those who are faithful to the place god has prepared according to Rev 12. These two will be types of Moses and Elijah. Elijah to prepare the way for the coming of Christ, and Moses to lead the people to God.
These two missions being very close to being the same things, they shall work together as a final warning and witness to the whole earth as humanity is humbled and prepared to accept and submit to Christ at his coming.
Brethren, these two have not yet been revealed. Herbert Armstrong was NOT Elijah, and I am NOT Elijah, and no man today is Elijah. I am a simple Watchman helping to warn and prepare the brethren for the coming of God’s two anointed ones, so that when these two appear; the brethren will be able to make a well informed choice to obey their idols of men, or to obey Almighty God!
The Purpose of the tribulation is to afflict the apostate brethren and bring then to repentance so that they can be spiritually saved! The second purpose is to humble physical Israel so that they will turn to God and his Word! The third purpose is to humble all humanity so that they will also turn to the Eternal Christ the Messiah, when he comes with his saints to rule the earth!
When the miracle working man of sin is set up in the Vatican, he will call for a new federal Europe as a balance between East and West to bring peace. Those who join this system will give all their foreign policy and militaries to one ruler.
Besides having full control over all the member states militaries, this ruler will have access to the scores of billions of dollars worth of American weaponry stockpiled in Europe thus making the new Europe an instant super power.
The tribulation is to begin with the New Europe as a peacemaker, as the Jewish Extremist try to destroy the peace.
The new Europe is to immediately occupy Jerusalem, Judea and Egypt while the Islamic countries of Psalm 83 incensed at the Jewish breaking of the long sought peace rush in as well.
The scriptures speak of the occupation of Jerusalem and Judea but say nothing of any occupation of other Israelite nations. They will be defeated but not necessarily occupied.
People tend to think it takes a nuclear holocaust to defeat the Anglo Saxon people, but that is not true.
America could fall on its own through economic collapse, as the government appears to be preparing for; or possibly by cyber attack.
In today’s complex societies an intelligent cyber attack on a key system would be enough to bring down a powerful but technologically dependent nation.
The new Europe would occupy Judea in the name of peace, and if America objected; Babylon could launch a cyber attack in its defense; again being fully justified by self defense and in the name of peace. It would therefore appear to many in the world that the new Europe was completely justified to act against war mongering America.
Europe could launch a cyber attack against a key American target [The military and banking systems?] while seizing the scores of billions of dollars of modern military equipment stored in Europe.
The biggest key is that Almighty God will be against us for the overspreading of all our abominations, and it is God who will bring us down with severe drought, famine, economic collapse and bloodshed [Which bloodshed could well be internal, as racial, religious and other groups fight for the available resources] as spoken of by Ezekiel.
The issue is NOT who is strong enough to defeat us! The issue is who can save us from the correction and wrath of Almighty God! and the answer is: NO ONE!
There may be no need for any extensive nuclear attack; and there need be no intensive external war at all . All that is necessary is something to trigger an internal economic collapse that would that would prevent the imnportation of energy and food during an intense drought and famine.
God has many tools at his disposal besides famine; from hurricanes to the long expected major earthquakes. Imagine if they all fell at once, as Job’s sufferings fell on him! Indeed Job’s trials can be seen as a type of the tribulation on America, with economic collapse, famine, disease and bloodshed.
The configuration of the New Europe; and this is subject to change but seems to be developing at this time; is likely to be a core of Germany with Austria and Hungary; to which the overwhelmingly Catholic nations of Italy, France, Poland, Spain and Portugal; along with Slovakia and the Czech republic are added.
This New Europe would, by its Roman Catholic character and its history, be closely allied with and supported by the Catholic nations compromising all of Latin America.
While in America and Canada there are vast numbers of Catholics whose loyalty would be to the Vatican and the new Europe rather than to America or Canada.
In the United States there are huge numbers of Latin Americans and Roman Catholics and many Protestants who are now supporting the Vatican. In Canada one third of the nation is Francophone and to this day the Quebecois are overwhelmingly Catholic and consider themselves to be French; even though they are historically Normans who migrated through France.
Today more than half of the people in America and Canada are either Roman Catholics and Catholic supporting Protestants, or are immigrants from Africa and Asia’; most of whom would be torn by loyalties to their countries, or to the Catholic church, or the church state New Europe.
Britain and America will fall with Judah, but ONLY Judah is mentioned as being occupied.
In fact the tribulation is for 3 1/2 years, and it will take that long to scatter the power of the Anglo Saxon people. This will not be a sudden totally destructive nuclear holocaust; it will be an ongoing process that will finally destroy our power over the course of 3 1/2 years!
Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
Judah will be immediately occupied and the Anglo Saxon people will be initially defeated, after which they will collapse through internal divisions and by “natural” calamities; which have until now been restrained by God.
Tomorrow Part 2 and details of conditions in the tribulation and how so many Israelite people will die.