The Great Tribulation

    The Antichrist, having put a stop to Israel's observance of temple worship and placed the Abomination of Desolation, will then turn his attention against Israel and bring upon her the greatest persecution she has ever experienced. Why and how this will occur we do not know, but it will come about as prophesied.

    "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate." - Daniel 9:27

    "He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time." - Daniel 7:25

    "Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land. It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down. It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down. And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper. Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, 'How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, while the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host to be trampled?' He said to me, 'For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be properly restored.'" - Daniel 8:9-14 (fulfilled by Antiochus IV Epiphanes)

    "'Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.' Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river. And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, 'How long will it be until the end of these wonders?' I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, 'My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?' He said, 'Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days! But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age.'" - Daniel 12

    This persecution is described also in the following passages:

    And a great sign was seen in the heaven, a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars, and being with child she doth cry out, travailing and pained to bring forth. And there was seen another sign in the heaven, and, lo, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his head seven diadems, and his tail doth draw the third of the stars of the heaven, and he did cast them to the earth; and the dragon did stand before the woman who is about to bring forth, that when she may bring forth, her child he may devour; and she brought forth a male child, who is about to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, and caught away was her child unto God and His throne, and the woman did flee to the wilderness, where she hath a place made ready from God, that there they may nourish her -- days a thousand, two hundred, sixty. - Revelation 12:1-6

    Whenever, therefore, ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever is reading let him observe), then those in Judea -- let them flee to the mounts; he on the house-top -- let him not come down to take up any thing out of his house; and he in the field -- let him not turn back to take his garments. And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck in those days; and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, nor on a sabbath; for there shall be then great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world till now, no, nor may be. And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would have been saved; but because of the chosen, shall those days be shortened. - Matthew 24:15-22

    And when ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (whoever is reading let him understand), then those in Judea, let them flee to the mountains; and he upon the house-top, let him not come down to the house, nor come in to take anything out of his house; and he who is in the field, let him not turn to the things behind, to take up his garment. And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck, in those days; and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, for those days shall be tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the creation that God created, till now, and may not be; and if the Lord did not shorten the days, no flesh had been saved; but because of the chosen, whom He did choose to Himself, He did shorten the days. - Mark 13:14-20

    The word that hath been unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, 'Thus spake Jehovah, God of Israel, saying, Write for thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee on a book. For, lo, days are coming -- an affirmation of Jehovah -- and I have turned back [to] the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, said Jehovah, and I have caused them to turn back unto the land that I gave to their fathers, and they do possess it.' And these [are] the words that Jehovah hath spoken concerning Israel and concerning Judah: Surely thus said Jehovah: 'A voice of trembling we have heard, Fear -- and there is no peace. Ask, I pray you, and see, is a male bringing forth? Wherefore have I seen every man, his hands on his loins, as a travailing woman, and all faces have been turned to paleness? Wo! for great [is] that day, without any like it, Yea, a time of adversity it [is] to Jacob, Yet out of it he is saved. And it hath come to pass, in that day, an affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, I break his yoke from off thy neck, and thy bands I draw away, and lay no more service on him do strangers. And they have served Jehovah their God, and David their king whom I raise up to them. And thou, be not afraid, My servant Jacob, an affirmation of Jehovah, nor be affrighted, O Israel, For, lo, I am saving thee from afar, And thy seed from the land of their captivity, and Jacob hath turned back and rested, and is quiet, and there is none troubling. For with thee [am] I, an affirmation of Jehovah -- to save thee, for I make an end of all the nations whither I have scattered thee, only, of thee I do not make an end, and I have chastised thee in judgment, And do not entirely acquit thee. For thus said Jehovah: Incurable is thy breach, grievous thy stroke, there is none judging thy cause to bind up, healing medicines there are none for thee. All loving thee have forgotten thee, thee they do not seek, for with the stroke of an enemy I smote thee, the chastisement of a fierce one, because of the abundance of thy iniquity, mighty have been thy sins! What! -- thou criest concerning thy breach! Incurable [is] thy pain, Because of the abundance of thy iniquity, mighty have been thy sins! I have done these to thee. Therefore all consuming thee are consumed, and all thine adversaries -- all of them -- into captivity do go, and thy spoilers have been for a spoil, and all thy plunderers I give up to plunder. For I increase health to thee, and from thy strokes I do heal thee, an affirmation of Jehovah, For 'Outcast' they have called to thee, 'Zion it [is], there is none seeking for her.' Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I turn back [to] the captivity of the tents of Jacob, and his dwelling places I pity, and the city hath been built on its heap, and the palace according to its ordinance remaineth. And gone forth from them hath thanksgiving, and the voice of playful ones, and I have multiplied them and they are not few, and made them honourable, and they are not small. And his sons have been as aforetime, and his company before Me is established, and I have seen after all his oppressors. And his honourable one hath been of himself, and his ruler from his midst goeth forth, and I have caused him to draw near, And he hath drawn nigh unto Me, for who [is] he who hath pledged his heart to draw nigh unto Me? An affirmation of Jehovah. And ye have been to Me for a people, And I am to you for God. Lo, a whirlwind of Jehovah -- Fury hath gone forth -- a cutting whirlwind, on the head of the wicked it stayeth. The fierceness of the anger of Jehovah doth not turn back till His doing, Yea, till His establishing the devices of His heart, in the latter end of the days we consider it! - Jeremiah 30

    Israel's only hope is the returning Messiah.

         




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