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According to Prophecy Ministries
What's the time span of the Tribulation?
Daniel in chapter nine was given an amazing prophecy concerning 70 weeks. This 70 week prophecy of Daniel is not comprised of weeks of days, but weeks of years. In total then it covers 490 years of judgment that God will literally bring towards the House of Israel. Yet, as we study these events, they paint a beautiful picture of what God is doing.
Up to the point of Christ's death and resurrection, 483 years of the 490 years of judgment were completed. Based on scriptures, then, we have merely seven years left, or the last week of judgment of Daniel 9's prophecy. During this seven year time period to come, God is going to bring judgment upon the House of Israel. It's in the later part of those years we see the emergence of 666. And, it is during the very last part of the last week of judgment that God is going to bring Israel to a saving knowledge of Him.
The Tribulation only has a seven year window. It's not going to last beyond seven years. God may have only allowed it seven years, but it's going to be one action packed seven years! It is going to be a fast paced time for mankind. Man just cannot imagine what is coming during that time.
Who are the major players in the Tribulation?
There will be a number of players that will be involved in the Great Tribulation.
1) The Beast System
The first major player the Bible talks about is the beast system. Found in Revelation 13, the Apostle John was shown this beast coming out of the sea. The sea represents humanity. This beast has all these different types of heads and these represente all the different Gentile kingdoms from the time of Babylon all the way up until the future.
This beast system will be the system that will literally come back together again in the later days. This would be the system that the Antichrist will rule over. If you noticed in Revelation 13, the beast system has 10 horns and it has crowns on those horns. This is talking about the revived Roman Empire, a system that will be in power during the time of the Great Tribulation.
2) The Antichrist
The second major player during the Tribulation will be none other than the Antichrist himself, who is a literal man. There is some debate today and people wonder and ask me, "Brother Perkins, do you believe that during the time of the Tribulation there will be a literal man called the Antichrist?" The Bible says that the spirit of the Antichrist has already entered the world, and that is true. But, the Bible also tells us about a literal man called Antichrist. Other than Jesus Christ, the Bible gives us a lot of details about the Antichrist. It tells us events and things which he will be part of concerning things that he will do. The Scriptures are quite clear about his time and what he as a man is going to do.
One thing that we need to be very careful about is joining those who try to name the Antichrist. They spend hours of their time trying to identify him. I don't think the Lord wants us to do that.
Scriptures gives us a lot of information about him. We are told he will only have a seven year window to do Satan's terrible bidding on the earth, but at the end of that time Jesus Christ will judge him and he will come to an end.
3) The False Prophet
There is a third major player — the False Prophet. The Antichrist will have this false prophet, this warlock, this wizard that will be with him. This will be yet another man. The Scripture tells us that this man will have the ability to do miracles. He will do miracles to the point that he will deceive men and women during the time of the Tribulation. Many people will come to believe in the Antichrist and will accept him because of the works of this false prophet. As a result, many people will be judged by God for falling for the deception.
Let's go further to the fourth player — the nation of Israel. I have shared many times that Israel is a major player because this period of time has been designed for the House of Israel. The end result will be that the veil will be lifted and Israel will come to a saving knowledge of Christ. At the close of this time, Israel will literally cry out for their Messiah. Israel will literally cry out for Jesus to come to be their Lord and Savior.
5) The Two Witnesses
Two other players are designated the Two Witnesses. Revelation 11 talks about these two prophets of God. Father God is going to use these two men during the first half of the Tribulation. They will give the Antichrist Kingdom a very hard time. They will also have the ability to do miracles.
What is so amazing about these two prophets is that the Bible says that during their time God is going to allow these two prophets to be killed. They will literally die. They Bible says that their bodies will stay in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days, and then the spirit of life from God will enter into these two men and God will catch them up. They will be caught up right before their enemies to Heaven. God is going to use the Two Witnesses during this time to warn men.
6) An Evangelizing Angel
The Bible says during the Tribulation that God is going to dispatch angels, three of them to be specific. One of them will fly throughout the earth and he will proclaim the Gospel and warn men not to take the mark of the beast. God will have his angel proclaiming the Gospel during the Tribulation. This will be an amazing time!
7) Kings of the East
The Bible talks about the Kings of the East and how a way will be prepared for them to enter into the final battle of Armageddon.
8) The Great Harlot
The Scripture deals with the Great Harlot, this Mystery Babylon. She is portrayed as riding on the Beast.
Then, there is the Old Serpent, also called the Great Dragon, Satan, and the Devil. The Old Serpent is none other than the Old Serpent in the Garden of Eden. He was the Devil. The Great Dragon of Revelation 12 is the enemy. Whenever it talks about Satan, he's the Adversary, or is called the Devil.
Satan will be active in full force during the Tribulation. That's one of the reasons Jesus said it will be a time which this world has never seen, nor ever will see again. It will be a time of great wrath and judgment upon the earth.
I once had a lady tell me, "Brother Perkins, I believe that we are living in the end times so much. I believe that the Antichrist could be revealed at any time." She then told me something unbelievable. She said, "I am going to get saved in the Tribulation. What I'm going to do is live my life the way I want to. When the Rapture takes place, I am going to go through the Tribulation and I am going to let the Antichrist cut my head off." That's what she told me!
I had to reply, "Ma'am, you have a real whacked out theology. That's a weird theology there." First of all, she doesn't know if she is going to live to see the Tribulation. She may die in a car wreck. But, she believed that it was so close that she could live like she wanted to live and then go through the Tribulation and die during that time. People have some weird ideas when it comes to Scripture.
So, we've got a lot of players that will be involved in this seven year window of the Great Tribulation, and well look at more of them in the next part.