THE EVENT THAT BRINGS AN END TO THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE
The Lord is slow to anger and great in mercy. Because of this, He has been very patient with sinful man during this Age of Grace. As this age draws to a close, however, God's anger is being aroused; and it will continue to be aroused until He pours down His judgments upon the earth in the fierceness of His great wrath.
In these end days four things will cause the wrath of God to rise until it becomes a consuming fire.
First: As evil men and seducers grow worse and worse and increase in number, God's anger will arise against the wickedness of man in the earth. Even before the seven-year Tribulation begins, He will express His anger against the wickedness of man through extraordinary catastrophes, such as earthquakes, storms, signs in the solar system, tidal waves, etc., which will increase in frequency and intensity as the end of the age draws nearer.
Jesus warned His born-again ones that unusual catastrophes will increase noticeably before He takes them out of the world to deliver them from the Tribulation judgments. Associating this violence with the wrath of God that will be poured out during the Tribulation days, He said:
25 And there shall be signs in sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth distress among the nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the billows; 26 men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken ... 28 But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption [the rapture] draweth nigh (Luke 21:25-28).
Second: When the Jews sign the contract with Antichrist, God's fury will increase in intensity. He will begin to pour down His Tribulation judgments immediately after this event takes place.
Third: In the middle of the Tribulation, when Antichrist cancels his contract with the Jews, sets himself forth as God, and sets up his image in the Temple in Jerusalem, the fierceness of God's wrath will increase yet more. From that time on, His judgments will be far more severe than they were during the first half of the Tribulation. And they will increase in severity as the Tribulation progresses. Antichrist's image becomes the idol that makes desolation.
Fourth: When the kings of the earth "set themselves" to rid the world of the testimony of God and His Messiah, God's wrath will become a consuming fire. He will then begin to maneuver affairs to bring those wicked kings into the final conflict of the agethe War of the Great Day of God the Almightyin order to destroy them, together with all the wicked ones of the earth.
Satan has tried for centuries to get rid of the Jews. He knows that could he do so he would be able to thwart God's program and at least postpone his doom. As the Tribulation progresses and the day of his doom draws closer, Satan will work harder than ever to destroy the Jewish race. In the person of antichrist, he will assemble the kings and rulers of the earth to devise a plan to rid the world of everything and everyone connected with God. Antichrist and the other wicked rulers will purpose to annihilate every follower of Christ and every Jew.
Their evil plan will draw down upon them the scorching heat of God's wrath. So terrible will be the judgments God will send down upon them that Antichrist and his godless forces will gnaw their tongues for pain and will blaspheme the Holy One.
The Apostle John saw a vision of that time and recorded it in these words:
16 and I heard a great voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, Go ye, and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth. 2 and the first went, and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a noisome and grievous sore upon the men that had the mark of the beast, and that worshipped his image. 3 and the second poured out his bowl into the sea; and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living soul died, even the things that were in the sea. 4 and the third poured out his bowl into the rivers and the fountains of the waters; and it became blood. 5 and I heard the angel of the waters saying, Righteous art thou, who art and who wast, thou Holy One, because thou didst thus judge: 6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and blood hast thou given them to drink: they are worthy. 7 And I heard the altar saying, Yea, O lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. 8 And the fourth poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given unto it to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat: and they blasphemed the name of God who hath the power over these plagues; and they repented not to give him glory. 10 And the fifth poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom was darkened; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they repented not of their works (Revelation 16:1-11).
Antichrist Will Assemble His Troops Together to Destroy the Jews
Although Jews will be scattered all over the world in that day, just as they are now, Jerusalem will be the capital of Jewish interests. The godless forces, therefore, will launch repeated attacks against Jerusalem in their endeavor to carry out their plan to destroy the Jews. Their sieges will prove troublesome according to Zechariah:The War of the great Day of God, the Almighty
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling unto all the peoples round about, and upon Judah also shall it be in the siege against Jerusalem. 3 and it shall come to pass in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples; all that burden themselves with it shall be sore wounded; and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered together against it (Zechariah 12:2,3).
In preparation for his final and all out effort to annihilate the Jews in Jerusalem and its vicinity, antichrist will assemble his troops from all over the world in Har-Magedon to strike against them.Jerusalem Will Be Taken by Antichrist
12 And the sixth poured out his bowl upon the great river, the river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way might be made ready for the kings that come from the sunrising. 13 and I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, as it were frogs: 14 for they are spirits of demons, working signs; which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty¹. 15 (Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.) 16 and they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon (Revelation 16:12-16).
Har-Magedon will be a vital military base for the War of the Great Day of God, the Almighty. Har-Magedon will be to the War of the Great Day of God, the Almighty, as England was to World War II.
Prior to V-E Day in World War II, the allied armies gathered together in England under General Eisenhower's command. They launched their attack upon the Reich from there. As Antichrist prepares to attack Jerusalem he will launch his attack on the Jews.
The prophet Joel describes preparations for the War of the Great Day of God, the Almighty.
9 Proclaim ye this among the nations; prepare war; stir up the mighty men; let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. 10. Beat your plow-shears into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Haste ye, and come, all ye nations round about, and gather yourselves together (Joel 3:9-11).
God permitted Zechariah to see a day when nations will gather against Jerusalem for battle. Zechariah visualized the battle in which Jerusalem will fall into her enemies' hands for the last time: "Behold, a day of Jehovah cometh, when thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee [Jerusalem]. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle ..." (Zechariah 14:1,2).
After Antichrist's hosts gather together in Har-Magedon, they will swoop down on Jerusalem and take the city. Zechariah prophesied: "And the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city" (Zechariah 14:2).Bozrahthe Jews Last Stand
Although many Jews will be in Jerusalem during the closing days of the Tribulation, others will take cover from Antichrist in Edom. Edom and Moab will not fall to Antichrist during the day of his power: "He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom, and Moab, and chief of the children of Ammon" (Daniel 11:41).
After the Jews in Jerusalem are defeated, what remains of their nation's military strength will be concentrated in Edom, in the vicinity of Bozrah, Teman and Petra. In conjunction with his attack upon Jerusalem, Antichrist will send a great contingent of his evil forces against the flock of Jews taking refuge in Edom.
When Antichrist attacks the Jews assembled in the vicinity of Bozrah, he will find many have taken refuge in Petra, a renowned, natural military stronghold. But no natural stronghold will be sufficient to protect the Jews from the incessant attacks of the evil forces. The Jews in the vicinity of Bozrah will be hemmed in for slaughter. There Antichrist will rise his arm to give them the death blow. Micah gives us a glimpse of what transpires as Antichrist's troops swoop down upon the Jews in Bozrah:The Jews Will Turn to Messiah in Their Darkest Hour
12 I [Jehovah] will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the midst of their pasture; they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men (Micah 2:12).
The Jews, gathered in Bozrah like a frightened flock of sheep, will realize that they are hemmed in for annihilation. When they see the mighty arm of Antichrist coming down upon them their hope for national survival will vanish. Under the incessant blows from Antichrist's troops, the Jews' spirit will be broken.
At that timethe darkest hour of all historythey will remember the message of the 144,000 Jewish teachers. The message that the Lord Jesus Christ is Messiah ben David, and that He, and He alone, can deliver them out of their miserable predicament will pierce their hearts.The Jews' National Confession
Their stubborn will and their pride broken, the Jews will humbly confess their national sin of rejecting God's beloved Son, Jesus Nazareth, as their Messiah.
Under the inspiration of the spirit of God, Isaiah set forth their national confession:
53 Who hath believed our message? and to whom hath the arm of the Jehovah been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground: he hath no form or comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth (Isaiah 53:1-9).
In connection with the Jews' confession of their national sin, their political and spiritual leaders will trumpet the following invitation to their fellow Jews around the world:
6 Come, and let us return unto Jehovah; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 after two days will he revive us: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live before him. 3 And let us know, let us follow on to know Jehovah: his going forth is sure as the morning; and he will come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain that watereth the earth (Hosea 6:1-3).
Then together, the penitent remnant of Jews will beseech Messiah's grace and mercy, praying:
80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; Thou that sittest above the cherubim, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up thy might, And come and save us. 3 Turn us again, O God; And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved (Psalm 80:1-3).
6 Pour out thy wrath upon the nations that know thee not, And upon the kingdoms that call not upon thy name. 7 For they have devoured Jacob, And laid waste his habitation. 8 Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers: Let thy tender mercies speedily meet us; For we are brought very low. 9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name; And deliver us, and forgive our sins, for thy name's sake (Psalm 79:6-9).
God will respond to this great conversion, and His Holy spirit will do His great work in the Jews' hearts. They will be "born anew". Then will have been fulfilled that which was spoken by the mouth of the prophet Ezekiel: "and I will put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I will place you in your own land: and ye shall know that I, Jehovah, have spoken it and performed it, saith Jehovah" (Ezekiel 37:14).
Messiah Will Return and Deliver the Jews
Shortly following the Jew's return to God, heaven will open. Then, as the lightening comes forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west, Messiah Jesus will come forth prepared to avenge His people and arrayed to do battle with the wicked. Here is the apostle John's marvelous prophecy about this momentous occasion:
11 And I saw the heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 And his eyes are a flame of fire, and upon his head are many diadems; and he hath a name written which no one knoweth but he himself. 13 And he is arrayed in a garment sprinkled with blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and pure. 15 And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And he hath on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING of KINGS, and LORD of LORDS (Revelation 19:11-16).
Moses wrote about this very important occasionthe coming of Messiah, the Lord God Almighty, to avenge His people, the Jews, in the day of their calamity. Moses impersonated the Lord, saying:
39 See now that I, even I, am he,
And there is no god with me:
I kill, and I make alive;
I wound, and I heal;
And there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For I lift up my hand to heaven,
And say, As I live for ever,
41 If I whet my glittering sword,
And my hand take hold on judgment;
I will render vengeance to mine adversaries,
And will recompense them that hate me.
42 I will make mine arrows drunk with blood,
And my sword shall devour flesh;
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the head [Antichrist] of the leaders of the enemy (Deuteronomy 32:39-42).
In harmony with Moses' account of Messiah's coming, Jeremiah prophesied that Messiah, the Lord of Hosts, will enter into judgment with all flesh and will destroy the wicked. Jeremiah spoke for the Lord, saying:
30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, Jehovah will roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he will mightily roar against his fold; he will give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. 31 A noise shall come even to the end of the earth; for Jehovah hath a controversy with the nations; he will enter into judgment with all flesh: as for the wicked, he will give them to the sword, saith Jehovah.Messiah's Glorious Triumph over His Enemies
32 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, Behold, evil [calamity] shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great tempest shall be raised up from the uttermost parts of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the face of the ground (Jeremiah 25:30-33).
When the Lord Jesus Christ descends from heaven with eyes of fire, mounted upon a white horse, arrayed to make war with Antichrist and his wicked ones, He will first come to the Jews' defense in Bozrah. They will exuberantly hail Him: "BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD." He will break out against their enemies, and the Jewish people will jubilantly follow on.
In vision the prophet Micah saw this special event, and he prophesied:
13 The breaker is gone up before them: they have broken forth and passed on to the gate, and are gone out thereat; and their king is passed on before them, and Jehovah at the head of them (Micah 2:13).
There Antichrist's forces will take stand to do battle against Messiah, and against His army: "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against his army" (Revelation 19:19).
Jehovah, Messiah ben David, the Lord Jesus, will majestically and with tornadic force lead His kinsmen against their foes.
14 And Jehovah shall be seen over them; and his arrow shall go forth as the lightening; and the Lord Jehovah will blow the trumpet, and will go with whirlwinds of the south. 15 Jehovah of hosts will defend them; and they shall devour, and shall tread down the sling-stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, like the corners of the alter. 16 And Jehovah their God will save them in that day as the flock of his people (Zechariah 9:14-16).
Messiah will march triumphantly over His adversaries on His way toward His beloved city, Jerusalem.
God favored Isaiah by letting him be in Jerusalem in vision at the time the Lord Jesus Christ triumphantly approaches that city. Here is the dramatic account of Isaiah's vision:
63 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, marching 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 wine vat? 3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the peoples there was no man with me: yea, I trod them in mine anger, and trampled them in my wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled upon my garments, and I have stained all my raiment. 4 For the day of vengeance was in my 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 wrath, it upheld me. 6 And I trod down the people in mine anger, and made them drunk in my wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth (Isaiah 63:1-6).
Messiah will triumph over His inveterate foes, capture Antichrist, and slay the rest of His enemies with the sword.
20 And the beast [Antichrist] was taken ... [and] cast alive into the lake of fire that burneth with brimstone: 21 and the rest were killed with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, even the sword which came forth out of his mouth: and all the birds were filled with their flesh (Revelation 19:20,21).
The Dawn of the Golden Era
Messiah's overwhelming victory will be declared as He stands upon the Mount of Olives: "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east ..." (Zechariah 14:4).
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. 7 And the glowing sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water: in the habitation of jackals, where they lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 8 And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for the redeemed: the way-faring man, yea fools, shall not err therein. 9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up thereon; they shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall shall walk there: 10 and the ransomed of Jehovah shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isaiah 35:5-10).
Messiah's great victory will result in Israel's becoming the head nation of the world. Then the world will begin to enjoy the fullness of God's promise to Abraham, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 22:18).
"Jehovah shall be King over all the earth" (Zechariah 14:9). In that day the "Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace," will have established His throne in Jerusalem, and "of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever" (Isaiah 9:7).
4 [And] it shall come to pass, that the mountain of Jehovah's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow into it. 2 And many nations shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem; 3 and he will judge between many peoples, and will decide concerning strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. 4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of Jehovah of hosts hath spoken it (Micah 4:1-4).
Then the dark night of the Time of Jacob's Trouble will have ended, and with the dawning of the Golden Era will come the fulfillment of the wonderful prophecy found in Psalm 149:4 "... Jehovah taketh pleasure in his people; He will beautify the meek with salvation." His people will rejoice exceedingly forevermore in this great salvation. It will have delivered them from all their troubles and sorrows.
Only through the salvation of the Lord can you escape eternal troubles and sorrows and enter into the eternal glory that the Lord God has in store for His children.
Salvation of your soul is the most important consideration in your life. Life is short. Eternity is long. Assuredly, no one will escape eternal troubles and sorrowsyes, God's wrathif he fails to recognize Christ as Lord and Savior. For, "He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life, but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36).
Jesus declared, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
"... God sent not the son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him" (John 3:17).
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?" (Hebrews 2:3.)
Come now, and let us reason together. BEHOLD, TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.
¹ This war, which is commonly called the Battle of Armageddon will be the last great conflict of the age. It will not be a local conflicta battle. It will be a world war. "Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, Behold, evil [calamity] shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great tempest shall be raised up from the uttermost parts of the earth. And the slain of Jehovah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the face of the ground: (Jeremiah 25:32,33).