I am re-posting this story because I think it is very pertanent to what is going on right now, and I have made some updates and changes to the original.
Will 2017 be the year that the Tribulation Begins?
As most of you know there has been a tremendous amount going in recent years with regard to the end times talked about in the bible. It seems the entire world is moving closer and closer to a collapse of the current system, with a new one is about to be brought in. This transformation is commonly known as the rising of the New World Order and Christians believe it is the start of the final 7 year tribulation period. I have been following these events for a couple of decades now and have thought several times over the last few years that we were on the verge of it all beginning. 2017 is no different and there seems to be more signs this year, then there have ever been before. In this article I am going to go through many of the upcoming dates that seem to relate directly to biblical prophecy. I will also give a possible scenario on how all this could come about and a possible sequence of events that may take place, which could lead to the start of the 7 year tribulation. I am certainly not saying that this will happen for sure, but from all that is happening things seem to be lining up.
2017 is an incredible year, just because of all the dates that line up and here is a quick rundown.
- 2017 is the year 5777 on the Jewish Calendar
- May 14th 2017 is the 69th year since Israel was officially recognized as a state again.
- May 15th 2017 starts the 70th year since Israel became a state and it will end on May 14th 2018 with the 70th anniversary.
- June 7th 2017 is the 50th year anniversary since Israel took back control of Jerusalem, after it was being under foreign control for nearly 2000 years.
- August 21st 2017 is a full solar eclipse that will take place right over the United States and the entire country will be able to see it from coast to coast. This is also 1 month before the Revelation 12 sign on September 23rd.
- September 20st 2017 is the date of the Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown. This is also the date of the Feast of Trumpets in Israel and Jerusalem.
- September 23rd is the date of the Revelation 12 sign in the heavens. This is the only time in a 7000 year period that this star formation will take place.
- September 30th is Yom Kippur with is also the Day of Atonement. This occurs 40 days after the Solar Eclipse in the US, 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, and 7 days the Revelation 12 sign.
- November 2nd 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, which allowed the Jews to start coming back to their ancient homeland in Israel.
- November 29th 2017 is the 70th anniversary since the UN passed Resolution 242 which officially partitioned the land in the Middle East and give Israel a portion of to set up the now modern Jewish state.
- May 14th of 2018 is the 70th year anniversary of Israel setting up the state.
In the bible 7 and 70 are very important numbers. Of course God created the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th so the number 7 signifies completion. There are 7 days in a week and then on the 8th day a new week begins. When Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in about 587BC the Jewish people were taken captive. It was 70 years later that the Jews returned and started to rebuild the temple again in Jerusalem. Basically they were in captivity for about 70 years. When the second temple was destroyed after Jesus died it happened in the year 70AD. So it was destroyed on the 70th year after Jesus was born. After Joseph interpreted Pharaohs dream, he said that Egypt would have 7 years of plenty followed up 7 years of famine. In Revelation God writes letters to the 7 churches that were going to be on the earth in the end times. Of course there is a 7 year tribulation period during the end times. There are also 21 judgments that will hit the earth during this time. The judgments come in 3 sets of 7 and each set gets progressively worse than the last. There is more, but I think you get the point that these two numbers were emphasized throughout the bible.
We know Jesus talked about the generation that saw Israel reborn during the end times, would not perish before seeing all the end times events take place. There are different interpretations about how long a generation lasts, but most experts believe it is somewhere between 70 and 80 years. know that May 14th of 2017 is the 69th year since Israel became a state and was reborn. If you add 7 years onto that it brings you to 76 years. To me it would make sense that the tribulation could start in the 70th year and end in the 77th. If you think about it in the context of the bible with regards to all the other references in it to 7 and 70, it just makes sense logically to me. I know God does not work on my logic or the logic of humans, so I could be wrong. Jesus said no one would know the day or the hour that these events would take place, but we could know the times and seasons based on the signs in the heavens and star formations. If we look further into the phrase “no one would know the day or hour”, it actually refers to not knowing when Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year would begin. The Jewish New Year starts when the first sliver of the moon was seen in Jerusalem. While observers can come pretty close to knowing, no one except God knows when the first sliver would actually be seen, so that is where the phrase actually comes from. From this information we can make a good assumption (unless there is something wrong with our interpretation) that the Messiah will return on the Feast of Trumpets (aka Rosh Hashanah) in some future year. Of course we do not know the year and even if we did, no one would know exactly when the feast starts until someone saw the first sliver of the moon in Jerusalem.
There have seen many signs in recent years including the tetrads, solar and lunar eclipses around the world, the Shemitah, Jubilee, and not to mention all the geo political events, environmental events, economic and natural disasters that have been taking place. On August 21st there will be another sign that will take place over the entire continental United States, in which the entire country will be able to see a full Solar eclipse. Just about one month later on September 23rd, 2017 another major event will take place in the heavens called the Revelation 12 sign. If you are not familiar with it, please go read the first part of Revelation 12 where it talks about the woman giving birth to the child. On September 23rd this sign will take place in the heavens. According to Scott Clark who has looked at a 7000 year time period on a space program called Stellarium, this is the only time in that entire period that this star formation takes place in the heavens. This is also between the feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur as well. If the tribulation starts on or around that date it means that the end of the tribulation would happen 7 years later on or around the feast of Trumpets again. I am certainly not saying this will happen, but I can see it as being a possibility.
It is also interesting to note that September 30th is Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement in Israel. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the Days of Awe. These days were known in ancient times as the Days of Repentance when under Jewish tradition, Jews were supposed to ask for forgiveness of their sins. At the end of the days of Awe is the Day of Atonement when God would forgive them of their sins if they repented or cast judgment on them if they did not. September 30th 2017 is the Day of Atonement, which is 40 days after the solar eclipse over the United States. In the bible solar eclipses signify possible judgment on the gentile nations, while lunar eclipses meant possible judgment on the Jewish nation and people. If we look at the story of Nineveh in the bible, the city was given a warning by Johan that it would be destroyed in 40 days if the people did not repent of their sins and turn back to God. They did repent and turned back to God, so the city was spared for a while. If the solar eclipse on August 21st over the United States signifies possible judgment in 40 days on Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, what will America do? From everything that is happening right now, I do not have a lot of hope that America will turn from its sinful ways and back to God, but we shall see what happens. I believe there is a good possibility that this is the last chance for America, so you may want to pray that enough people do turn back to Gods ways and away from sin in order to save the nation.
I believe that several events will most likely take place before the 7 year tribulation begins, including Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 38-39, and Psalm 83. From what is happening in the Middle East it looks like these prophetic events could start at any time. Also in Daniel 11 verse 44 it talks about a great country being troubled by reports from the East and North which trouble him. If the US is the country it is talking about we are seeing this take place, with Russia defending Assad in Syria and China possibly defending Kim Jung Un in North Korea, from what they see as aggression from the US. I am not going to debate the narrative of the situation here, because there is endless news and opinions out there on the internet and in the media. What I want to do is give a possible scenario of what might happen between now and September.
First, the US goes to war with North Korea, which as we see in the news could happen at any time. If this happens we are not sure what China and Russian will do, but we could be in a war with them as well either on the Korean peninsula or in Eastern Europe. In Eastern Europe we have had a huge build up of NATO forces taking place for several months now right on the Russian border. While that is happening or shortly after it ends, the US decides to directly attack Damascus because the leadership wants to take out Assad. There are reports that the US has been moving about 50,000 troops into Northern Syria in recent days and weeks. There are also reports that the US has moved military equipment and troops into Lebanon and Jordan as well for a possible full invasion of Damascus. Also we know that the US and Israel have been participating in joint military exercises in Greece in order to take out the S300 missile systems that have been deployed around Damascus, by the Russians for defense against a foreign attack. I have seen most of these reports on Israeli News Live with Steven Ben De Noon, in which he goes through much of the news out of Russia and the former Soviet Republic states. It is a much different perspective than our western media, so you might want to look at it. We know from drone footage that about 70 percent of Damascus is already in rubble, so it would not take to much more to finish the city off. In Isaiah 17 it says that Damascus would become a ruinous heap at around the end times period. After this happens, Russia gets upset and launches an attack directly on Israel in retaliation for the attack on Damascus. We know that Russia, Iran, and Turkey already have somewhat of an alliance formed. In Ezekiel 38-39 it talks about what are today modern day Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, Ethiopia, and a couple other countries launching an attack on Israel. When this attack takes place God will supernaturally defend Israel and drive the invading forces back. This will be a major event in biblical prophecy, so keep your eyes on the Middle East in the near future for this to happen soon I believe. After the attack is stopped, I think it is possible that the US and Israel will decide to retaliate against Iran and knock out their nuclear facilities. If this happens it would fulfill the Psalm 83 prophecy. We see the rhetoric out of the Trump administration really heating up in recent days against Syria, Iran, and North Korea. It looks like those are the next three countries on the list for regime change by the US. I am not saying we should or should not do any of this, but I am just trying to paint a picture of events that may take place in the coming months.
If all three of these wars take place, then we may get to point that people will be tired of war and want peace to take over. As we get closer to September 23rd and the Revelation 12 sign, this could be when the peace treaty between Israel and the many comes into play. If the antichrist rises to power in the coming months and confirms that treaty we will have the tribulation kicking off. Of course the 7 year tribulation period will be the worst time in all of human history, in which millions or maybe billions will perish.
I have studied the rapture a bit and to be honest I am on the fence about whether it takes place prior to the tribulation starting or near the end before God’s wrath judgments begin. hope it is prior and that the Christians get taken out before this entire calamity takes place, but I would not absolutely count on it. There are actually pretty good arguments to support both sides of the debate and a lot of it have to do with how certain words are intercepted in the bible. am not going to join the debate here, but I just wanted to mention it. f I were you I would be doing some preparations as if the rapture is not going to take you out and if it does, that is great and maybe someone who gets left behind will benefit from those preparations.
The most important thing however is too accept Jesus into your heart as your lord and savior and get right with him as quickly as you can. Turn away from sin and trust in him to guide you to make the right decisions in your life. Even if the scenario I describe above does not take place exactly, we know that the relatively tranquil life that we are living right now in the US (if you are in the US) will not last too much longer. Chaos is coming in one form or another and we must be ready for it. Much of the world is already experiencing this unrest and it is only a matter of time until it hits the US and the 7 year end time tribulation begins.
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