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The End of the Tribulation


From  the  book  by Ron Rhodes


IN THIS CHAPTER


The Campaign of Armageddon Begins:  



Phase 1: The Antichrists Allies Assemble for War.. 

Phase 2: Commercial Babylon Is Destroyed  

Phase 3: Jerusalem Falls and Is Ravaged  

Phase 4: The Antichrist Moves South Against

the Remnant  

Phase 5: Israel Endangered and Regenerated  

Phase 6: Jesus Christ Returns in Glory  

Phase 7: The Final Battle Erupts  

Phase 8: Christ Victoriously Ascends to the Mount of Olives  


The Campaign of Armageddon Begins


Scripture reveals that human suffering will steadily escalate during the seven-year tribulation period. 



(THERE  IS  NO  7  YEAR  PERIOD  -  IT  IS  42  MONTHS  AS  GIVEN  IN  REVELATION  -  Keith Hunt)



First are the seal judgments, involving bloodshed, famine, death, economic upheaval, a great earthquake, and cosmic disturbances (Revelation 6). 



(THE  FIRST  4  SEALS  LEAD  UP  TO  THE  5TH  SEAL  WHICH  IS  THE  BEGINNING  OF  THE  TRIBULATIO,  THE  DESTRUCTION  OF  THE  12  TRIBES  OF  ISRAEL  AND  THE  PERSECUTION  AND  KILLING  OF  THE  SAINTS  OF  GOD.  THE  HEAVENLY  SIGNS  ARE  AFTER  THIS  TRIBULATION  AND  BEFORE  THE  DAY  OF  THE  LORD  OR  WRATH  OF  THE  GREAT  DAY  OF  GOD,  AS  I'VE  SHOWN  YOU  BEFORE  AND  IN  OTHER  STUDIES  ON  MY  WEBSITE  -  Keith Hunt)



Then come the trumpet judgments, involving hail and fire mixed with blood, the sea turning to blood, water turning bitter, further cosmic disturbances, affliction by dernonic scorpions, and the death of a third of humankind (Revelation 8:6-9:21). Then come the bowl judgments, involving horribly /gainful sores on human beings, more bodies of water turning to blood, the death of all sea creatures, people being scorched by the sun, total darkness engulfing the land, a devastating earthquake, and much more (Revelation 16).



(THE  TRUMPETS  ARE  IN  THE  DAY  OF  THE  LORD,  WHICH  USING  A  DAY  FOR  A  YEAR  IN  PROPHECY,  MAKES  THE  DAY  OF  THE  LORD  ABOUT  ONE  YEAR  IN  LENGTH  -  THE  LAST  YEAR  OF  THE  42  MONTHS  OF  REVELATION.  MOST  OF  REVELATION  IS  TO  DO  WITH  THAT  TIME  PERIOD  -  Keith Hunt)



Worse comes to worst, however, when these already traumatized human beings are engaged in a catastrophic war campaign called Armageddon (see Daniel 11:40-45; Joel 3:9-17; Zechariah 14:1-3; Revelation 16:14-16). This takes place at the very end of the tribulation period. Millions of people will perish in the worst escalation of conflict ever to hit the earth.



(ARMAGEDDON  HAS  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  DANIEL  11: 40-45  -  Keith Hunt)



The word Armageddon literally means "Mount of Megiddo" and refers to a location about 60 miles north of Jerusalem. This is the location of Baraks battle with the Canaanites (Judges 4) and Gideons battle with the Midianites (Judges 7). This will be the site for the final horrific battles of humankind just prior to the second corning.

Napoleon is reported to have once commented that this site is perhaps the greatest battlefield he had ever witnessed. Of course, the battles Napoleon fought will dim in comparison to Armageddon. So horrible will Armageddon be that no one would survive if it were not for Christ corning again (Matthew 24:22).



(THE  TRUTH  IS  IT  IS  THE  5TH  AND  6TH  TRUMPETS,  THE  BATTLE  BETWEEN  THE  WEST [HOLY  ROMAN  EMPIRE]  AND  THE  EAST [RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, KOREA, JAPAN]  IS  THE  WAR  THAT  MUST  BE  CUT  SHORT,  BY  THE  COMING  OF  CHRIST,  OR  NO  FLESH  WOULD  BE  SAVED  ALIVE  -  Keith Hunt)



Armageddon will involve an extended, escalating conflict, and it will be catastrophic. In view of all that occurs at Armageddon, it would be wrong to refer to it as a battle, as if it were a single event. We will see that the campaign of Armageddon actually involves eight phases.



(MAYBE....WE  SHALL  SEE  WHAT  HE  SAY  -  Keith Hunt)



Phase 1: The Antichrist's Allies Assemble for War


The allied armies of the antichrist will gather for the final destruction of the Jews. Demonic spirits "go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.. .And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon" (Revelation 16:14,16).



(IT  HAS  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  THE  JEWS,  OR  ANY  FINAL  DESTRUCTION  OF  THEM.  ACCORDING  TO  THIS  GUY,  EZ. 38, 39  HAS  TAKEN  PLACE,  SO  THEN  HAS  EZ. 39:29  AND  YOU  KNOW  WHAT  I'M  GOING  TO  SAY.....YEP ....

HAVING  GOD'S  SPIRIT,  THE  JEWS  WILL  BE  IN  THE  SUPPOSED  "SECRET"  RAPTURE,  AND  WILL  NOT  BE  AROUND,  BUT  BE  IN  HEAVEN  WITH  THE  OTHER  SECRET  RAPTURED  SAINTS  -  Keith Hunt)



The assembling of these armies actually takes place at the unleashing of the sixth bowl judgment. The Euphrates River will be dried up, thereby making it easier for the armies of the east to assemble. The Euphrates River-—-the longest river of Western Asia (almost 1800 miles)—begins in modern-day Turkey, heads toward the Mediterranean Sea, then turns south, flows more than 1000 miles, converges with the Tigris River, and then flows into the Persian Gulf. Many ancient cities, including Ur and Babylon, are located at various points along the river.



(NOW  GET  THE  PICTURE  -  THE  BOWL  JUDGMENTS  ARE  PART  OF  THE  7TH  TRUMPET SOUND.  IT  IS  THE  LAST  TRUMP.  IT  IS  THE  VERY  DAY [24  HOUR  PERIOD]  OF  CHRIST'S  RETURN.  THE  DRYING  UP  OF  THE  EUPHRATES  IS  SYMBOLIC,  FOR  A  MODERN  SPACE-AGE  ARMY  WILL  NOT  NEED  THE  EUPHRATES  TO  DRY  UP,  THEY  CAN  JUST  FLY  OVER  IT  WITH  HUGE  AIRCRAFT  THAT  CARRY  SOLDIERS  AND  TANKS  AND  WHATEVER  A  MODERN  SPACE-AGE ARMY  WILL  HAVE  -  Keith Hunt)



Who are the kings of the east? Bible scholars have varying opinions. In fact, a survey of 100 prophecy books reveals more than 50 different interpretations as to who they are. Some suggest that it may refer to the seven kings of Daniel 7 who have submitted to the authority of the antichrist. However, prophecy scholar John E Walvoord suggests another interpretation.


The simplest and best explanation, however, is that this refers to kings or rulers from the Orient or East who will participate in the final world war. In the light of the context of this passage indicating the near approach of the second coming of Christ and the contemporary world situation in which the Orient today contains a large portion of the worlds population with tremendous military potential, any interpretation other than a literal one does not make sense.1


This is what makes the Euphrates River significant. This river is the primary water boundary between the Holy Land and Asia to the east. Theologian Charles Ryrie comments, "The armies of the nations of the Orient will be aided in their march toward Armageddon by the supernatural drying up of the Euphrates River." The drying up of this river is predicted in Isaiah 11:15.


The goal of the coalition will be to once and for all destroy the Jewish people. Each member of the satanic trinity will be involved—Satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet. Demons will also be involved in summoning the kings of the earth.



(I  DO  AGREE  IT  IS  THE  ARMIES  OF  THE  EASTERN  POWERS  THAT  ARE  COMING  OVER  THE  EUPHRATES.  THE  BEAST/BABYLON  HOLY  ROMAN  EMPIRE  WILL  BE  ALREADY  ESTABLISHED  IN  THE  HOLY  LAND  AND  JERUSALEM.  THE  5TH  AND  6TH  TRUMPET  HAS  OCCURRED  -  A  MIGHTY  BATTLE  BETWEEN  EUROPE  AND  THE  EATERN  POWERS.  ALL  THERE  IS  LEFT  TO  DO  IS  THE  SPEAR-HEADS  OF  THE  WEST  AND  EAST  TO  BATTLE  IT  OUT  IN  THE  HOLY  LAND  AT  THE  PLAIN  OF  ARMAGEDDON  - Keith Hunt)



The summons will be reinforced by demonic activity to make sure that the nations will indeed cooperate in assembling their armies together. These demonic messengers will be empowered to perform signs in order to assure compliance and defeat any reluctance to fall into line on the part of the other kings.2



(TRUE  DEMONIC  POWERS  ARE  WITH  THE  BEAST  BABYLON/ROMAN  EMPIRE  OF  THE  WEST  -  Keith Hunt)



Phase 2: Commercial Babylon Is Destroyed


Revelation 17-18 reveals that the antichrist will rebuild and revive Babylon in the end times. It will be a worldwide economic and religious center. When the late Saddam Hussein was in power, he spent more than a billion dollars in oil money to rebuild the city, essentially as a monument to himself.



(THE  IDEA  OF  A  LITERAL  BABYLON  IN  IRAQ  TO  BE  THE  WORLDWIDE  ECONOMIC  AND  RELIGIOUS  CENTER  OF  THE  WORLD,  IS  SO  FAR OUT,  SO  RIDICULOUS,  SO  LAUGHABLE,  IT  HARDLY  NEEDS  COMMENT  ON.  THE  BABYLON  OF  REVELATION,  LIKE  ALL  OLD  PROTESTANT  BIBLE  COMMENTARY  BOOKS  LIKE  ALBERT  BARNES,  ADAM  CLARKE,  ALL  COULD  SEE  THAT  ROME  OR  THE  PAPACY  WAS  BEING  MEANT  BY  THESE  LAST  CHAPTERS  OF  REVELATION  -  Keith Hunt)



Earlier in the book, I noted that the antichrist will set up headquarters in Jerusalem halfway through the tribulation period, when he will claim to be God and set up an image of himself in the Jewish temple.



(IT  WILL  BE  AT  THE  BEGINNING  OF  THE  42  MONTHS  OF  REVELATION  THAT  THE  FALSE  PROPHET  ANTICHRIST  WILL  MOVE  INTO  JERUSALEM,  AND  IT  WILL  HAVE  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  A  "JEWISH"  TEMPLE.  THE  ORTHODOX  JEWS  TEACH  ONLY  THE  MESSIAH  CAN  BUILD  THE  NEXT  PHYSICAL  TEMPLE  IN  JERUSALEM,  WHEN  HE  COMES  -  Keith Hunt)



At some point in the latter half of the tribulation period-—-we are not told precisely when-—-the antichrist will shift his headquarters to Babylon, which will become a global commercial center. Babylon at this time will likely be in control of the oil fields (and the money these fields generate) in the Middle East. This Babylonian commercial center will be destroyed during phase 2 of Armageddon.



(ALL  A  BUNCH  OF  ABSOLUTE  NUTTY  GARBAGE  OF  FALSE  IDEAS  ABOUT  BIBLE  PROPHECY.  IT  IS  SO  FAR  OUT  I  WANT  TO  LAUGH,  BUT  THIS  FELLOW  IS  SERIOUS  ABOUT  IT.  THE  IDEA  OF  "OIL"  IS  AGAIN  SO  OUT  OF  TOUCH  WITH  WHAT  IS  HAPPENING  IN  THE  WORLD,  IT  IS  AMAZING  HOW  SILLY  THE  HUMAN  MIND  CAN  BE  AT  TIMES.  THE  USA  IS  IN  2013  CLOSE  TO  BE  OIL  SUFFICIENT,  WITH  NEW  OIL  FIELDS  AND  OFF-SHORE  OIL.  

THE CANADIAN OIL-SANDS OF  ALBERAT/SASKATCHEWAN  CAN  SUPPLY  ALL  OF NORTH  AMERICA  WITH  OIL [IF  WE  NEVER  MOVED  AWAY  FROM  ITS  USE]  FOR  100  YEARS  OR  MORE,  AND  THESE  PROTESTANT  PROPHETS  ARE  STILL  HUNG-UP  ON  "OIL"  -  IT  IS  UNBELIEVABLE  -  Keith Hunt)



What an irony we have here. While phase 1 of Armageddon is underway, with the antichrist preparing his armies to attack Israel, God will cause a military force to attack the antichrists headquarters of Babylon.



(MORE  UTTER  GARBAGE  AND  SILLY  NONSENSE -   I  SHAKE  MY  HEAD  AS  TO  THE  IDEAS  OF  THESE  PROTESTANT  PROPHETS  -  Keith Hunt)



Several key passages describe the utter destruction of Babylon in association with Armageddon.


Because of the wrath of the Lord she shall not be inhabited but shall be an utter desolation; everyone who passes by Babylon shall be appalled, and hiss because of all her wounds. Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around, all you who bend the bow; shoot at her, spare no arrows, for she has sinned against the Lord ...

How Babylon has become a horror among the nations! I set a snare for you and you were taken, O Babylon, and you did not know it; you were found and caught, because you opposed the Lord. The Lord has opened his armory and brought out the weapons of his wrath...

As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities, declares the Lord, so no man shall dwell there, and no son of man shall sojourn in her (Jeremiah 50:13-14,23-25,40).

Isaiah 13:19 informs us that Babylon "will be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them." 



(THE  BABYLON  OF  END  TIME  BIBLE  PROPHECY  IS  AS  ALL  OLD  PROTESTANT  BIBLE  COMMENTARIES  KNEW,  AS  THEY  KNEW  THE  BABYLON  OF  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION  -  IT  IS  THE  MODERN  BABYLON  OF  EUROPE;  IT  IS  THE  RESURRECTION  OF  THE  LAST  END  TIME  HOLY  ROMAN   EMPIRE  OF  EUROPE;  IT  IS  THE  EUROPE  OF  THE  PAPACY  -  Keith Hunt)



The book of Revelation is graphic in its description of commercial Babylon's destruction.


Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more; and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth" (Revelation 18:21).



(THIS  IS  THE  BABYLON/ROMAN  PAPACY  EMPIRE  THAT  WILL  BE  DESTROYED  BY  THE  ARMIES  OF  THE  EAST  IN  THE  6TH  TRUMPET  CALL  OF  REVELATION  9  -  Keith Hunt)



Who will attack Babylon and the antichrist? A military coalition from the north.


For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon a gathering of great nations, from the north country. And they shall array themselves against her...

Behold, a people comes from the north; a mighty nation and many kings are stirring from the farthest parts of the earth. They lay hold of bow and spear; they are cruel and have no mercy. The sound of them is like the roaring of the sea; they ride on horses, arrayed as a man for barrle against you, O daughter of Babylon! (Jeremiah 50:9,41-42).



(YES,  FROM  THE  NORTH  AND  AS  REVELATION  GIVES,  FROM  THE  EAST  -  THE  NATIONS  OF  RUSSIA,  CHINA,  INDIA,  PAKISTAN,  KOREA,  JAPAN - ALL  WILL  COME  AS  THE  6TH  TRUMPET  TO  DESTROY  THE  BABYLON  OF  A  EUROPEAN  PAPACY  EMPIRE  -  A  DAUGHTER  OF  BAYLON,  A  7TH  AND  FINAL RESURRECTED  HOLY  ROMAN  EMPIRE  OF  EUROPE  -  Keith Hunt)



Just as God used the Babylonians in Old Testament times as His rod of judgment against Israel, so now God uses a northern coalition as His whipping rod against Babylon. Just as Babylon showed no mercy in its oppression of Israel, so God now shows no mercy to Babylon.


(TRUE,  I  DO  AGREE  -  Keith Hunt)



When Babylon is destroyed at the end of the tribulation period, the antichrist will not be present in the city. He will be told of its destruction by messengers (see Jeremiah 50:43; 51:31-32). He becomes all the more enraged.



(EUROPE  BABYLON  WILL  BE  DESTROYED  IN  THE  DAY  OF  THE  LORD,  IN  THE  6TH  TRUMPET  SOUND  OF  REVELATION  9.  THE  FALSE  PROPHET  ANTICHRIST  WILL  BE  IN  THE  HOLY  LAND  AT  THIS  TIME,  WITH  THE  "BEAST  MAN"  AND  THEIR  ARMIES  -  Keith Hunt)



Phase 3: Jerusalem Falls and Is Ravaged


Phase 2 of Armageddon involved the destruction of the antichrists capital of Babylon. However, even the destruction of his capital is not enough to distract him away from his goal of destroying the Jewish people. So instead of launching a counterattack against the northern military coalition that wiped out Babylon, the antichrist and his forces instead move south to attack Jerusalem. This constitutes phase 3 of Armageddon. 



(ALL  A  BUNCH  OF  NONSENSE  AND  A  VERY  IN-CORRECT  UNDERSTANDING  OF  BIBLE  PROPHECY  -  Keith Hunt)



We read about it in Zechariah 12:1-3.


Thus declares the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: "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. 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."



(THIS  IS  ACTUALLY  TALKING  ABOUT  THE  BEGINNING  OF  THE  42  MONTHS  -  THE  LAST  3  AND  1/2  YEARS  OF  THIS  AGE.  JERUSALEM  WILL  BE  THE  FOCAL  POINT  FOR  THE  BEAST  POWER  OF  EUROPE  AND  FOR  MANY  NATIONS  OF  THE  EAST  ALSO.  "ALL  NATIONS  OF  THE  EARTH"  IS  LIKE  SAYING  "ALL  THE  WORLD  TO  BE  TAXED" [LUKE 2:1]  -  BRASIL,  ARGENTINA,  KOREA,  ETC.  DID  NOT  COME  TO BE  TAXED  OR  ENROLLED,  SO  NOT  EVERY  SINGLE  NATION  ON EARTH  WILL  COME  UP  TO  JERUSALEM  TO  FULFIL  THIS  PROPHECY  EITHER.  ALL  EXPLAINED  FULLY  IN  MY  EXPOUNDING  OF  ALL  THE  PROPHETIC  BOOKS  OF  THE  BIBLE  ON  MY  WEBSITE -  Keith Hunt)



Zechariah 14:2 adds this: "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."

Notice that all the nations of the world gather against Jerusalem. Sadly, many prophecy scholars believe this includes the United States.



(SOME  JEWS  AND  PEOPLE  WILL  REMAIN  IN  JERUSALEM  BUT  WILL  BE  UNDER  THE  POWER  OF  THE  BABYLON  BEAST  OF  PAPACY  EUROPE,  AS  THE  LAST  42  MONTHS  NOW  BEGIN.  THE  IDEA  ABOUT  THE  USA  IS  AGAIN  SO  LAUGHABLE  AND  SO  INCORRECT  IT  HARDLY  IS WORTH  ANY  COMMENT  -  Keith Hunt)



Elsewhere in this book I noted the strong possibility that following the rapture of the church, the United States will likely become an ally of the revived Roman Empire—the United States of Europe.


(AGAIN  SO  INCORRECT  AND  LAUGHABLE  -  OH  THE  SILLY  IDEAS  OF  PROTESTANT  PROPHETS  THAT  HAVE  NO  CLUE  ABOUT  UNDERSTANDING  CORRECTLY  BIBLE  PROPHECY  -  Keith Hunt)



In any event, with heavy losses on both sides, Jerusalem will fall and be ravaged in the face of this overwhelming attack force. The antichrists armies gain initial victory. However, as we will see, Israel will soon attain ultimate victory through the direct intervention of its Messiah.



(AT  THE  END  OF  THE  42  MONTHS  JERUSALEM WILL  BE  FREED,  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  WILL  BE  REGATHERED  FROM  THEIR  ENEMIES,  THE  MESSIAH  WILL  COME  -  ISAIAH  11  -  Keith Hunt)



To be continued