The Time of Jacob’s Trouble – Part 9

Final Chance/Wrath/Seventh Seal


The time for mankind is now running out and nearly gone.  Recall that the Antichrist is given authority to overcome the saints:


“And it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.”  Revelation 13:7a


So to theorize that those saints, though asleep (1 Cor. 15:20) would be Raptured prior to the wrath of God being poured out upon mankind and culminating with the battle of Armageddon is not so far fetched or unbelievable.  In fact, it seems to make perfect sense, but the reality of the matter will not be known for certainty until that time actually comes to pass. 


However, consider that if the Antichrist is allowed to overcome the saints, something that Satan could not do during the Church age, prior to the Rapture (Matt. 16:18), during the time of Jacob’s trouble, this is not the case, Satan is able to prevail.  As should be noted, it is quite clear that some of these final judgments only come upon those who have the mark of the beast.  Is there anyone left who does not???


The question that will remain a mystery until these things come to pass, is whether or not at this point there are still those who are Saved that the Antichrist has not yet beheaded.  However, there does seem to be a point that right here is the final straw for all humanity, the point that is mentioned also in Revelation.  The time of history seems to be at the very moment here, late during the Seventh Week, spoken of by Jesus.


“And he said to me, Do not seal the Words of the Prophecy of this Book, for the time is at hand.  He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.  And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to what his work shall be.”  Revelation 22:10-12


So now there are who knows how many people dead, there has been judgments from Almighty God, the Antichrist has risen to full power, the time of Jacob’s trouble is nearing the end and then the warning is stated:


“And I saw, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”  Revelation 8:13


With the Seventh Seal take note:


“And when He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour.”  Revelation 8:1


The time has come, those who have decided to repent and put their faith into Jesus Christ as their Savior and those who have not is done (Rev. 9:20-21).  Satan’s defeat as prophesied in Isaiah 14 is nearly complete, yet this is a time that is described in both the New Testament and the Old Testament.


Nearly the time has come…


“And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of Heaven, from the throne, saying, It is finished!  And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men came to be on the earth.  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the anger of His wrath.  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.  And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. And men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because the plague is exceedingly great.”  Revelation 16:16-21


The Jewish people, God’s chosen people, the elect, as the world is beginning to arrive for the big sacrifice are warned to hide:


“Enter into the rock and hide in the dust from the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of His majesty.  The lofty eyes of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down; but Jehovah, He alone, shall be exalted in that day.  For the day of Jehovah of Hosts shall come upon all the proud and lofty ones, and upon all that is lifted up; and it shall be brought low;”… Isaiah 2:10-12


“Come, my people, enter into your rooms and shut your doors behind you; hide (as it were) for a few moments, until the indignation has passed.  For behold, Jehovah comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”  Isaiah 26:20-21


The annihilation of the whole earth is at hand, the time is coming quickly!!!


“For Jehovah shall rise up as at Mount Perazim; He will be angry as in the valley of Gibeon, so that He may do His deeds, His strange deeds; and bring to pass His works, His unusual works.  So then do not be mockers, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard from the Lord Jehovah of Hosts that an annihilation is decreed upon the whole earth.”  Isaiah 28:21-22


For Jehovah is burning with anger, His wrath is great!!!


“And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah binds up the breach of His people and heals the stroke of their wound.  Behold, the name of Jehovah comes from afar, burning with His anger, and the burden of it is heavy; His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue like a devouring fire.  And like an overflowing stream, His breath shall reach up to the middle of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity. And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to go astray.  You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy feast is consecrated; and gladness of heart, as when one goes with a flute to come into the mountain of Jehovah, to the Mighty One of Israel.  And Jehovah shall cause His glorious voice to be heard, and shall cause to be seen the bringing down of His arm, with raging anger and flame of a devouring fire, with driving storm, cloudburst and hailstones.  For through the voice of Jehovah, Assyria shall be beaten down, as struck with a rod.  And in every place where the appointed staff shall pass, which Jehovah shall lay upon him, it shall be with tambourines and harps. In war with brandishing He will engage the battle.  For Tophet was arranged in order of old; yea, for the king it is prepared. He has made it deep and large. He makes a fire with much wood. The breath of Jehovah kindles it like a torrent of brimstone.”  Isaiah 30:26-33


A warning is given:


“The Word of Jehovah came unto me again, saying, Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus says the Lord Jehovah: Howl, Alas for the day!  For the day is near, even the day of Jehovah is near; it will be a day of clouds, the time of the nations.”  Ezekiel 30:1-3


For God Himself has a controversy with the nations of the earth…


“Therefore prophesy against them all these Words, and say to them, Jehovah shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation. He shall mightily roar over His dwelling place. He shall give a shout, like those who tread out grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.  A roaring noise shall come to the ends of the earth; for Jehovah has a controversy with the nations; He will enter into judgment with all flesh. He will give those who are wicked to the sword, says Jehovah.  Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great tempest shall be roused up from the recesses of the earth.”  Jeremiah 25:30-33


The armies of the world cometh, they prepare.  They have their high tech gear and their training, they are deluded, they are a great sacrifice, the come to make war with their Creator, they come up against God’s chosen people, they come…to Armageddon.


“Blow the shofar in Zion, and shout an alarm in My holy mountain. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble. For the day of Jehovah approaches, it is near; a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread out on the mountains, a great and a strong people. There has never been the like, nor shall there ever be again to the years of many generations; a fire devours before them, and a flame burns behind them. The land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them is a desolate wilderness; yea, also nothing shall escape them.  Their appearance is like horses; and as horsemen, so they run.  They leap on the tops of the mountains with a sound like chariots, like the sound of flames of fire that devour the chaff, as a strong people set in battle array.  Before their face the people writhe in pain; all faces gather heat.  They run like mighty ones; they go up the wall as men of war. And they each go on his way, and they do not break ranks.  And each does not press his brother; they each go in their own paths. And if they fall behind their weapon, they are not cut off.  They run to and fro in the city; they run on the wall; they climb up on the houses; they enter in by the windows, like a thief.  The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars withdraw their brightness.  And Jehovah gives His voice before His army, for His camp is very great. For he who does His Word is strong. For the day of Jehovah is very great and terrifying, and who can endure it?”  Joel 2:1-11


The world has been humbled, just a picture of life prior to this great event.  Just how things are different from the time this is being written and there are events that people go to, award events and the like, there dressed like a million bucks the famous and wealthy don the latest fashions, do they now humble themselves before their Creator?  For now the world is in full decay, now their hatred for their Creator is evident, they gather.


“Furthermore Jehovah says, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched out necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and make a tinkling with their feet; therefore Jehovah will attach scabs to the top of the head of the daughters of Zion; and Jehovah will lay bare their secret parts.  In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, and their headbands, and their crescents of the moon,  the pendants, and the bracelets, and the veils; the turbans, and the leg ornaments, and the sashes, and the perfume boxes, and the amulets; the rings and nose jewels; the festal apparel and the outer garments; and the mantles, and the purses; the mirrors and the fine linen; and the turbans and the veils.  And it shall be, instead of a smell of perfume, there shall be an odor of decay. And instead of a belt, a rope. And instead of well set hair, baldness. And instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty.  Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war.  And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she shall sit desolate on the ground.”  Isaiah 3:16-26