For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
—Matthew 24:21, KJV
According to many, the great Tribulation commences on September 23, 2017. This date corresponds to a heavenly constellation that, they say, is the Great Wonder of Revelation 12:1 revealed to St John in exile on Patmos two thousand years ago:
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Of course there are those who doubt the constellation, said to be a one-in-7000 year event, represents the sign of Revelation 12:1; among whom are some credible exponents of biblical discourse.
Although I may not qualify as a credible exponent of biblical discourse, I am not one of the doubters in this case. My opinion agrees that the Tribulation officially started at sundown September 23, 2017, Jerusalem time. That means that the next 42 months (3.5 years), to use the colloquialism, may seem like “hell on earth”.
Of course the degree of tumult and calamity may vary from individual to individual, community to community, region to region, nation to nation, depending upon many factors that I am not privy to. Repelling of Satan’s wrath may account for most of the 1260 days, after which those sealed by the Almighty, through Jesus, should evade most of the tail-end of the period’s hostilities – the Wrath of God as alluded to in verses 12 to 17, chapter 6, of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This book is John’s insight into heaven afforded him by an angel. The “he” that John witnesses opening the seal is none other than Messiah:
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Zephaniah (1:15) prophesied it in this wise:
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,
St. Peter (2 Peter 3:10) describes it in the following manner:
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.
Jude (3:16-19) took time to describe perhaps who might suffer the wrath of God:
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Those in the Lord are not like that, according to St. Paul (Eph 5:14-18, KJV):
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Look Up. Your redemption draws nigh.
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