For an in depth discussion of these things found in the Bible, please see my book, "Quenched Like a Wick."
Many Christians think it's preposterous that anyone could figure out when the Day of the Lord (aka the tribulation) begins. They cite verses like "no man knows the day or hour" and think, well that's that, we can't know. Actually, that verse is talking about the return of Christ, not the day that the Day of the Lord begins. It's an old Jewish idiom pointing to the Feast of Trumpets, which begins at the sighting of the first sliver of the new moon. This sighting can take place any time within a two day window. But these people become incredulous at the thought of anyone trying to figure out when all these things will take place. Some consider it heresy. And they think as 'dates' come and go it'll weaken the faith of young believers, all the while the doctrine they espouse about a pre-trib rapture is leading multitudes astray. Folks, if God didn't want us to know then he wouldn't have given us so much information in the Bible. And he wouldn't have told us over and over again to watch.
I Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
Interesting analogy used here of the thief. The thief doesn't want to get caught so he must use stealth. He has to be sneaky. He tries hard not to be seen or heard. Get in quietly and get out with the goods, undetected. But God is saying here, look, you are not in darkness...you are not ignorant of the coming thief. At least you shouldn't be. Why? Because I've given you my word. I've given you the light that exposes the coming thief. You can know when that thief is coming. But you have to read his word. You have to study.
After 70 Years
I just finished a four-part series explaining why we are coming to the end of a 70-year period that will end with the complete and utter destruction of America. These 70 years began in 1946 when the fig tree, Israel, began to put forth tender branches and leaves after a long 2000 year winter. In that series we saw how the prophecy of the 70 years ends with the destruction of America and the restoration of Judah and Israel to Zion. We are told the following will occur during this period of time:
- Fig tree/Israel comes to life...Judah, in part, returns
- Babylon/America comes to forefront of world power
- Many nations serve Babylon
- Israel is in subjection to Babylon
- Jerusalem is a desolation and astonishment
- God is angry these 70 years
- Babylon is destroyed...a perpetual desolation
- Israel and Judah return to Zion
It's interesting to note that a 49 year period is connected to a great Jubilee in the Bible.(Leviticus 25:10) After the 49 year period, during the 50th year, slaves are released. This is exactly what we see in the Bible when speaking of the beginning of the Day of the Lord. Jeremiah 29:10, 50:4, et al. The Day of the Lord begins the restitution of all things. And it begins with God's people being released from their foreign lands of captivity and being returned to the land he promised us: Zion.
"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;
Many may not realize that the Bible, when speaking of end-time events, often describes the moon in one of two ways. It describes it as either being dark or as blood red. This is not just poetry. God is telling us that all the events of the coming days are according to his clock. A dark moon is a new moon. A red blood moon is a lunar eclipse.
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
They have dealt treacherously with the LORD, For they have begotten pagan children. Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage.
For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
The earth quakes before them, The heavens tremble; The sun* and moon grow dark, And the stars diminish their brightness.
* We are told other places that the sun's light will be blotted out on that day.(Amos 8:9, Isaiah 13:10, Joel 2:2,10, Jeremiah 6:4-5, 15:8-9)
The Day of the Lord will begin on a Sunday when there are religious meetings, with songs, taking place.
And the songs of the temple Shall be wailing in that day," Says the Lord GOD— "Many dead bodies everywhere, They shall be thrown out in silence."
I will turn your feasts into mourning, And all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, And baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, And its end like a bitter day.
"Behold, I will rebuke your descendants And spread refuse on your faces, The refuse of your solemn feasts; And one will take you away with it.
The destruction of Babylon (America) begins the tribulation. And the destruction of America must happen during the spring.
In the day you will make your plant to grow, And in the morning you will make your seed to flourish; But the harvest will be a heap of ruins In the day of grief and desperate sorrow.
For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect And the sour grape is ripening in the flower, He will both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks And take away and cut down the branches.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—
The burden against the Wilderness of the Sea. As whirlwinds in the South pass through, So it comes from the desert, from a terrible land.
They have sown wheat but reaped thorns; They have put themselves to pain but do not profit. But be ashamed of your harvest Because of the fierce anger of the LORD."