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The Great Tribulation - The Peaceful Period

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The Great Tribulation - The First 3 1/2 Year

I. What is The Great Tribulation;

It is seven (7) years of worldwide hardship that the unbelievers of Jesus Christ will suffer. God is pouring out His wrath. There will be worldwide disasters, famine, war, pain and suffering. It will wipe out more than 75% of all life on the earth before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ takes place.
The time is will takes place.
Immediately after the Rapture,
Glorified Body
Glorified Bod
Judgement Seat of Christ
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
All the above will take place in Heaven during the 7 year Tribulation.

II. The Titles for the Period;

The Day of the Lord;
Isaiah 2:12 KJV 1900
12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, And upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
Isaiah 13:6 KJV 1900
6 Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; It shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
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Isaiah 13:9 KJV 1900
9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, Cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate: And he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
Ezekiel 13:5 KJV 1900
5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.
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Joel 1:15 KJV 1900
15 Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, And as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 KJV 1900
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
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2 Peter 3:10 KJV 1900
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2 Peter
b. The Day of God’s Vengeance;
Isaiah 34:8 KJV 1900
8 For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, And the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.
Isaiah
Isaiah 63:1–6 KJV 1900
1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, Travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, And thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? 3 I have trodden the winepress alone; And of the people there was none with me: For I will tread them in mine anger, And trample them in my fury; And their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, And I will stain all my raiment. 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, And the year of my redeemed is come. 5 And I looked, and there was none to help; And I wondered that there was none to uphold: Therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; And my fury, it upheld me. 6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, And make them drunk in my fury, And I will bring down their strength to the earth.
Isaiah
c. The Time of Jacob’s Trouble;
Jeremiah 30:7 KJV 1900
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; But he shall be saved out of it.
Jeremiah
d. The Seventieth Week;
Daniel 9:24–27 KJV 1900
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
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e. The Time of the End;
Daniel 12:9 KJV 1900
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
f. The Great Day of His Wrath;
Revelation 6:17 KJV 1900
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Revelation
g. The Hour of His Judgement;
Revelation 14:7 KJV 1900
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
h. The End of the World;
Matthew 13:40 KJV 1900
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
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Matthew 13:49 KJV 1900
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
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i. The Indignation;
Isaiah 26:20 KJV 1900
20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, And shut thy doors about thee: Hide thyself as it were for a little moment, Until the indignation be overpast.
Isaiah
Isaiah 34:2 KJV 1900
2 For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, And his fury upon all their armies: He hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
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j. The Overspread of Abominations;
Daniel 9:27 KJV 1900
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
k. Day of Trouble;
Daniel 12:1 KJV 1900
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Zephaniah 1:14–15 KJV 1900
14 The great day of the Lord is near, It is near, and hasteth greatly, Even the voice of the day of the Lord: The mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of wasteness and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Zephaniah
l. The Tribulation;
Matthew 24:21 KJV 1900
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
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Matthew 24:29 KJV 1900
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

III. The Purpose of Tribulation;

To prepare Isreal for her Messiah;
Ezekiel 20:37–38 KJV 1900
37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
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Malachi 3:3 KJV 1900
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: And he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Malachi 3:3
b. To pour out judgement on the unrighteousness;
Romans 1:18 KJV 1900
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
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2 Thessalonians 2:11–12 KJV 1900
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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Isaiah
Isaiah 26:21 KJV 1900
21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: The earth also shall disclose her blood, And shall no more cover her slain.

III. The Mark of the Tribulation

Revelation 13:16–18 KJV 1900
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
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The Mark is the number of men.
The Mark is necessary to trade.
Revelation 13:17 KJV 1900
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
c. The Mark invokes God’s Wrath.
Revelation 16:2 KJV 1900
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Rev
d. The Mark will seal ones future.
Revelation 14:9 KJV 1900
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Revelation 14:9–11 KJV 1900
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
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Revelation 19:20 KJV 1900
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation
Revelation

IV. The 144,000 of the Tribulation.

Revelation 7:2–4 KJV 1900
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Revelation 7:3 KJV 1900
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
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They are 12,000 from each tribe of Isreal.
Revelation 7
They Are servants of God.
Revelation 7:3 KJV 1900
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
Revelatio
Revelation 14:4 KJV 1900
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Revelation
c. They have a special message.
is the Tribulation Chapter of the Bible.
Matthew 24:14 KJV 1900
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
d. They have a special place.
Revelation 14: 3
Revelation 14:3 KJV 1900
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Revelation 7:9 KJV 1900
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Revelation
Revelation 7:13–14 KJV 1900
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
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V. The Two Witnesses of the Tribulation

Revelation 11:3 KJV 1900
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
There are a lot of Questions about who these two men are. Most believe that these men are Moses and Elijah, or Elijah and Enoch. While it is hard to be sure of who they are, we can be sure of what happens to them.
These two will have special power.
Revelation 11:4–6 KJV 1900
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
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Exodus 9:29–35 KJV 1900
29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the Lord’s. 30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the Lord God. 31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. 32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up. 33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the Lord: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. 34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants. 35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the Lord had spoken by Moses.
b. These two will have a limited time.
Revelation 11:3 KJV 1900
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Revelation
Revelation 11:7 KJV 1900
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
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c. These two have no respect.
Revelation 11:8–10 KJV 1900
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
d. These two have a big surprise.
Revelation 11:11–12 KJV 1900
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Revelation

IV. The Action of the Tribulation.

The Peaceful Period. Several of these events will transpire simultaneously.
The appearance of the antichrist.
Daniel 11:36–45 KJV 1900
36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. 37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. 39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. 40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. 41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. 44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. 45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
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ii. He will, no doubt, be one of the most dynamic person of all time, possessing great genius in many areas. This genius will be such areas as economics, politics, military tactics, and even religion.
2 Thessalonians 2:3–4 KJV 1900
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 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.
2 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians 2:9 KJV 1900
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2 Thessaloni
iii. The antichrist will make peace treaty with Isreal that supposed to last seven years. Of course, this treaty will be broken about half way through the tribulation.
Daniel 9:7 KJV 1900
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
Dan
All these things will happen the first 3 1/2 Years.
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