Tribulation Conflict

CCR Run Through the Jungle – Vietnam footage – atytarenko55

At the high point of the Vietnam War, more than half-a-million members of the U.S. military were stationed in South Vietnam. The opening video shows U.S. soldiers fighting. Once soldiers were let out of helicopters in a combat area, they had a good idea that they soon would be involved in a fire fight. Outside of the 58,220 U.S.A. war dead, those missing in action, and those that became POWs, the remaining troops returned to their homes after the war. Of the war casualties, those who were born again found themselves in the immediate, and forever, Presence of God (Luke 16:19-23, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Of those that were not born again, and were war casualties, they found themselves in an immediate state of torments (Luke 16:19-24); later, they will find themselves in the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). The U.S. military was the major combat force during the Vietnam War. During the tribulation, many nations will have their military involved. At the battle of Armageddon, all of the forces that will be attacking Israel will die, (Zechariah 12:9, 14:12; Revelation 19:11-16, 17-21) and will be taken to the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:10-15).

In my post, “The Day Of The Lord – Conflict In The Tribulation – Matthew 24-25,” it was made clear that Jews are the the focus of God’s attention during the times of: birth pangs, tribulation, great tribulation, and the second coming of Christ for judgment. Gentiles are in the discussion, but only as an oppressive force whose goal is to decimate God’s chosen people, the Jews (Deuteronomy 14:2). Shown also are gentiles which will come to saving faith in Christ, and will protect the Jews during the tribulation. All whom are seen in Matthew 24-25 are Jew and Gentile. All had not had a personal relationship of saving faith in Christ at the time of the catching up of the saints (John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The birth pangs, tribulation, great tribulation and second coming of Christ for judgment, which are placed in a one-chapter Matthew 24 capsule, are explained in greater detail in other areas of God’s Word; we will discuss those areas. It is true that many people will be left behind on earth when the catching up of the saints occurs. Jews, and any others, who come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation will come under great persecution of the anti-christ; they will also come under the judgments of God. A never-ending truth of comfort for those “tribulation saints,” (those who come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation) is that of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

In this article we will discuss the Tribulation. Conflict during the tribulation will be widespread, and will not be confined to the Battle of Armageddon, as the following scriptures will show. In this article, Israel will come under much more conflict, than will Gentiles.

Revelation 6:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Fourth Of All Mankind Killed
The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Comment. (MacArthur Study Bible) 6:8 pale horse. “Pale,” the Gr. word from which the Eng. word “chlorophyll” comes, describes the pale, ashen-green, pallor characteristic of the decomposition of a corpse. God grants this horseman the authority to bring death to 25 percent of the world’s population. Hades. See note on Luke 16:23. The place of the dead, which is identified as a common and fitting partner for death (20:13; see note on 1:18).

Revelation 9:15-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 200 Million Man Army
15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.

Revelation 9:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) One third of all mankind killed
18 A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

The four angels are demons, as holy angels are not bound; they kill a third of the world’s population. The loosing of the four angels resulted in releasing an army of 200 million…mounted troops. Years ago Red China claimed to have had an army of 200 million (Time, May 21, 1965, p. 35). (The Bible Knowledge Commentary) (Mine: the apostle John heard the number of the troops.) It is amazing that in the song, “Run Through The Jungle,”we find these words: “Two hundred million guns are loaded, Satan cries,”Take aim.”

Revelation 11:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV) Gentiles will persecute the Jews

1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.

Comment: (MacArthur Study Bible) A rebuilt temple will exist during the time of the Tribulation (Dan. 9:27; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). (Mine) Even though a temple will be in Jerusalem during the tribulation, the presence of God will not inhabit that temple. Solomon’s Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. The Prophet Ezekiel had a vision of the Glory of God leaving the temple in 592 B.C. (Ezekiel 10:18). The Glory of God will not return to the temple, until the Millennial Temple is built, as was seen in a vision to Ezekiel in 573 B.C. (Ezekiel 43:4).

Let’s consider the following attacks that will come upon Israel. It is important to know that even though Satan is shown as pursuing and attacking Jews, that the forces of the anti-christ will be doing the pursuing of Israel, and of anyone whom will have come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation.

A truth that is ignored by much of today’s world is exposed in Revelation, Chapter 12. We will address this topic with a question. That question is, “who is the woman of Revelation ?” Let us consider the question, the answer, and its relation to Israel coming under the persecution of the anti-christ.

Let’s consider the woman.

Revelation 12:1 English Standard Version (ESV) The Woman and the Dragon
1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Comment: John Walvoord Commentary. The woman does not represent Christ, nor the church in general, but rather Israel as the matrix from which Christ came.

Revelation 12:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.

Comment: John Walvoord Commentary. The immediate aftermath of Satan’s being cast out of heaven is his persecution of the woman who brought forth the man-child. This apparently is the beginning of the great tribulation of which Christ warned Israel in Matthew 24:15-22. This had its foreshadowing in Herod’s slaughter of the infants following the birth of Christ (Matt. 2:16). It seems here to refer specifically to the great tribulation which is yet future. The persecution of Israel is a part of the satanic program to thwart and hinder the work of God.

Consider the relentless persecution that will be thrust by satan on Jews, and on anyone that has come to saving faith in Christ.

Revelation 12:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. Satan will turn his frustrated rage against every follower of the Lamb he can find—Jew or Gentile. commandments of God…testimony of Jesus. The revealed truth from God and Christ contained in Scripture. Obedience to God’s Word always marks a genuine believer. Cf. John 8:32.

Consider how much the hatred of Israel will be expanded throughout the world, as Israel is attacked at the end of the tribulation, when the second coming of Christ to earth for judgment occurs. The following three passages of scripture take place at that Battle of Armageddon.

Zechariah 12:2-3 English Standard Version (ESV) Battle Of Armageddon
2 “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. “cup of drunkenness.” Jerusalem is pictured as a large basin from which the nations will figuratively drink with eagerness, only to find themselves becoming intoxicated, disoriented, and thus easy prey for divine judgment at the end of Daniel’s 70th week in the battle of Armageddon when nations gather to attack Jerusalem (cf. Ezek. 38:1–6, 14–16; Dan. 11:40–44; Rev. 9:13–16; 14:20; 16:12–16).

Zechariah 14:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV) The Battle Of Armageddon
1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 ..Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 14:1 the day of the Lord is coming. The “Day of the Lord” is a technical term for God’s wrath unleashed against sinners. Here, Zechariah is looking at the Day of the Lord when His wrath is unleashed against the whole world of sinners, which results in the establishment of the Lord’s millennial reign on earth. 14:2 I will gather all the nations. God Himself will gather the nations, using them to purge, refine, and judge (cf. Rev. 16:13, 14, 16). 14:3, 4 His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. To prevent the eradication of His remnant, the Lord will personally intervene to fight against the gathered nations. Jesus will literally return to the Mt. of Olives, just as the angels announced at His ascension (cf. Acts 1:11).

Revelation 19:19 English Standard Version (ESV) The Battle Of Armageddon
19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 19:19 kings of the earth. See 17:12–17. their armies. See 16:13, 14. His army. Zechariah describes this army of the Lord as “all the saints” (14:5).

When we read about all of the nations of the world that will come against Israel during the tribulation, it will not be just in the field of battle that such hostile attitudes will be shown toward Jews, and to Gentiles who have come to saving faith in Christ. Such opposition to God’s people will be common in all four corners of the earth. Consider the words of scripture that tell about the situation that will escalate. It is very clear that such attacks on God’s people are getting worse in our world today, and will continue with even greater severity as the time of the tribulation approaches.

Matthew 24:21-22 English Standard Version (ESV)
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Comment: Moody Bible Commentary.”unless those days had been cut short.” This statement means that God would not allow the days to go on for an undetermined time. This shows that God is sovereign over the length of the great tribulation. The elect are Jews (Deuteronomy 14:2). The experience of believing Israel is in view here, not that of the church.

My comment. It is important to understand the increasing severity of the conditions of the Great Tribulation, as to how they will affect all people that will be present on earth (Matt 24:21, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.”). It is also important to know that only those whom will not have been born again at the time of the rapture of the saints, will be left behind on earth to be present during the tribulation. The purpose of the tribulation is for God to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ (Daniel 9:20, 24; 25-27). Born again believers in Christ will have already been drawn to saving faith in Christ at the time of the rapture, which will precede the tribulation.

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