God’s wrath on earth
By Craig C. White
Christians are living in the last days before the terrible time that God pours out his wrath on earth. God will cause many natural disasters and also allow Satan to use a world leader known as the Antichrist to kill millions and to severely oppress Israel. The Church should be warning Israel and the world about the coming Tribulation.
The Tribulation is a seven year period that God has determined for Israel’s chastening (Dan 9:24). During this time God will also judge the other nations on earth. Jerusalem will suffer the worst during the second half of the Tribulation. The second half of the Tribulation is called Jerusalem’s Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21).
When is the Rapture?
The verse below indicates that believers in Jesus Christ will escape God’s wrath that is coming upon the earth during the Tribulation period.
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Does that mean that Christians will be taken out of the world before the seven year Tribulation begins?
Paul the Apostle says that the worst part of the day of God’s wrath (at least for Israel) won’t come until the Antichrist sits in the newly built temple in Jerusalem acting like he is God.
2Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
I think that this event happens in the middle of the seven years long Tribulation period. So perhaps Christians will see the first half of the Tribulation but I tend to think that they won’t. The first half of the Tribulation is full of terrible wars and natural disasters especially for the old world nations.
Possibly even before the Tribulation period begins God will raise up a rotten ruler in Israel known as the idol shepherd. The idol shepherd will dismantle the Israeli military and turn over the security of his country to foreign peace keeping forces (Zechariah 11:16-17). Please read my commentary titled “Woe to the Idol Shepherd”
Israel will make a pact with world powers for their security and they will also give up their land to their enemies. This peace treaty is considered to mark the beginning of the seven years long Tribulation period. The Antichrist will participate in this treaty.
The Antichrist is a world leader who will eventually become the sole ruler of the next World Empire. I think that Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is the most likely candidate to fulfill the role of the Antichrist.
During the seven years long Tribulation period Israel will be oppressed and nearly eradicated by the next World Empire. The next World Empire could be formed before or during the seven year Tribulation period. Daniel chapter 7 describes the European Union, the new Russian Union, and a new Islamic Union as they combine to form the next World Empire.
During the first half of the seven years long Tribulation period the Antichrist will invade and conquer Egypt. He will continue on from Egypt to attack Jerusalem. Please read my commentary titled “Egypt will not escape”.
3 ½ years into the Tribulation the Antichrist will attack Jerusalem and defile the newly built temple. Inhabitants around Jerusalem are instructed to flee into the Jordanian wilderness. This begins Jerusalem’s Great Tribulation! During the 3 ½ years long Great Tribulation Jerusalem will suffer worse than they ever have before throughout history. Please read my commentary titled “Forsake your house and flee into the mountains!”
Psalm 83 describes Jewish refugees from around Jerusalem that have fled to Jordan. Near the end of the Tribulation period the nation of Jordan will bring Lebanon, and northern Iraq together to wipe out the Israeli refugees in Jordan. Jesus will wipe out these armies when he returns to earth. Jesus will visit Jordan just before he enters Jerusalem (Zec 12:7) . Read my commentary titled “Revelation Wrath Path“.
Just before Jesus second coming a city called Mystery Babylon will be destroyed by Iran and the Kurds. It is a wealthy seaport city in the desert. Mystery Babylon rebels against the God of Israel and supports terrorist organizations. It is a city of slavery, prostitution, and world dominance. I think that city may be Dubai but a strong case could also be made for Mecca. Read my commentary titled “Dubai a case for Mystery Babylon“.
Seal judgments: There is a scroll in heaven that only Jesus can unroll. This scroll has 7 seals keeping it rolled up. This scroll is unrolled one seal at a time. Each time a seal is broken a new judgment of God is announced (Rev 6-8). These judgments don’t fall in particular on Israel. Instead they fall on the other nations of the world. What nations will receive the worst punishment? I expect that the old world nations between Europe and India and from Russia to Saudi Arabia will be hit the hardest. These are the original nations of the world. These are the same nations that formed every past World Empire. These are the same nations that will form the next World Empire. These are the same nations that will oppress Israel during the Tribulation.
Seal 1) A rider with a bow sitting on a white horse, sent forth to conquer. Who will conquer who? The Antichrist will conquer Egypt and much of northern Africa during the first half of the Tribulation. I think that he will also conquer Syria perhaps before the Tribulation begins. Also Russia will conquer several nations. This is all part of creating the next World Empire. Of course there could be much more indicated here.
Seal 2) A rider with a sword sitting on a red horse, taking peace away from the earth that people should slaughter one another. This seems like it could already be happening in northern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In almost every nation people are slaughtering their own countrymen.
Seal 3) A rider with balances sitting on a black horse. I think that this rider is sent to destroy crops and food sources. He is instructed to protect the price of wheat, barley, olive oil, and wine.
Seal 4) Death is riding on a pale (or green) horse, killing 1/4 of the earth’s population with hunger, and death, and wild animals.
Seal 5) We see the souls of believers that have been killed during the Tribulation but not yet resurrected.
Seal 6) The opening of the sixth seal is the sign of the coming of the worst part of God’s judgment on earth with an earthquake, darkened sun, red moon, and stars that fall to earth.
Seal 7) The opening of the seventh seal announces even worse judgments. Before it is opened God protects 144,000 Jews so they will not be harmed. After it is opened there is a dramatic pause in heaven.
The opening of the seventh seal reveals seven angels blowing seven trumpets. Each angel blows his trumpet one at a time. Each trumpet announces a terrible event on earth.
Trumpet 1) Hail and fire burns 1/3 of trees and all green grass.
Trumpet 2) A burning mountain is cast into the sea turning 1/3 of the sea into blood.
Trumpet 3) A burning star falls onto the rivers turning 1/3 of the rivers bitter.
Trumpet 4) 1/3 of the sun, moon, and stars are darkened.
Trumpet 5) Demonic locusts torment men for five months!
Trumpet 6) A 200,000,000 soldier army from the Euphrates River kills 1/3 of people. This could be a Sunni-Shia Muslim war. The vast majority of Shia Muslims live along the Euphrates in Iraq and Iran. The Shia population as of 2009 is estimated to be 200 million. I expect Turkey and Iran to lead these wars. I think that Muslim Brotherhood groups will devastate nations that are not following the Muslim Brotherhood.
Trumpet 7) The seventh trumpet is blown and we are introduced to seven vials. Each of the seven angels pours out his vial one at a time and seven terrible events happen on earth. 1) People are struck with sores. 2 & 3) Their water supply is turned into blood. 4) The sun scorches men with fire. 5) The World Empire is struck with darkness. 6) The Euphrates River is dried up allowing a large army to cross over toward Israel. 7) The seventh vial completes God’s judgment on earth. It includes Jesus Christ’s return to earth to defeat Israel’s enemies along with the battle of Armageddon and also the destruction of the city called Mystery Babylon.