For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. [Matthew 24:21]
How bad will the tribulation be? The tribulation is coming, and it will be the most horrendous seven years the world has ever known. In Matthew 24:21 Jesus said, “for then shall be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be.”
Pause on what Jesus said for a moment. Do you realize how bad it will be if there never has been such a time, nor ever will be again for all of eternity? All the wars of the world combined will be nothing compared to the tribulation!
The Holy Spirit, also known as the “Restrainer,” will no longer restrain evil during the tribulation, and you and I cannot imagine how bad it will be. You think torture, child sacrifice, rape, and murder are bad now? You can’t even begin to imagine what this world will be like when the Holy Spirit no longer restrains evil, and when evil is allowed to come up and out of the bowels of the earth from the bottomless pit of hell to wreak havoc and chaos and evil on the earth. Demons will be roaming the earth with a vengeance that we have never seen. Fallen Angels that God deemed so evil that they had to be in chains since their fall will be released by God during the Tribulation. Do you want to be here for that?
We’ve only seen shadows of the wickedness to come, like these:
- Mao Zadong (responsible for 26 million deaths)
- Adolf Hitler (responsible for 17 million deaths)
- Leopold II (responsible for 15 million deaths)
- Joseph Stalin (responsible for 10 million deaths)
- Hideki Tojo (responsible for 5 million deaths)
- Nickolas II (responsible for 3 million deaths)
- Saddam Hussein, (responsible for 2 million deaths)
All of these men and their evil are just previews of the evil that is coming during the tribulation. But God promises to save us from his wrath!
If you’ve ever wondered how bad the tribulation will be, here’s a brief summary of some of the things that happen during the tribulation.
The Antichrist will sign a covenant with Israel that purports to create peace for the world, but in his deception, this will commence the worst time in the history of mankind. He will establish a one-world government with himself as dictator of the world. [Daniel 9:27 and Revelation 6:1-2] Then world war will commence. [Revelation 6:3-4]
Peace will be taken from the whole earth and replaced with chaos and hate and violence, and it will be so bad people will be killing each other. The way the verse explains this, people will be forced to kill each other. This is hard to believe, so let’s look at the verse:
Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. [Revelation 6:4]
Then another wave of destruction comes and kills more people by sword, famine, and plague. Based on the numbers of people dying after the opening of the other seals, it would seem likely that millions die this time also. [Revelation 6:5-6]
One-fourth of the people on the earth will die in the war, which based on today’s population, will be about one and a half billion people. [Revelation 6:7-8]
Massive numbers of believers will be martyred. [Revelation 6:9-11]
There will be an earthquake like no one has ever seen on the earth, resulting in massive numbers of deaths. The sun will turn black, the moon will turn red, and stars will fall to the earth. Every mountain and island will be “removed from its place.” People will be suffering so terribly, they will call out for the rocks to fall on them and kill them:
Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” [Revelation 6:12-17]
And then we learn that:
A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. [Revelation 8:7]
A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. [Revelation 8:8]
A star called Wormwood will collide with the earth, and one third of all the rivers of the world turn bitter and many more will die. [Revelations 8:10-11]
A third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. [Revelation 8:12]
And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. [Revelation 9:3-6]
And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number. [Revelation 9:15-16]
A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. [Revelation 9:18]
Even after all the starvation, war, plagues, slaughters, murder, and death,
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. [Revelation 9:20-21]
Is that not astonishing? It’s hard to imagine how cold their hearts will be if after all they have seen and experienced, and all the wrath of God pouring out on them, that they would still want to reject God and worship demons.
You can’t even begin to imagine what this world will be like when the Holy Spirit no longer restrains evil, and when evil is allowed to come up and out of the bowels of the earth to wreak havoc. Who will stop them from smashing down the door to your home and plundering and slaughtering everyone in your home? The Holy Spirit will not be restraining them anymore. The police? I don’t think so. There may not even be any police.
Thank God that as believers we will be saved by the rapture before the tribulation. But there will be two categories of people who will miss the rapture and will suffer and die in the tribulation—those who are not saved and openly reject God, and those who think they are saved, but are not.
We are living in a time when millions claim to be Christians. Watered down Christianity is no Christianity at all. When people live for fame and fortune and have made money their God, the God of Salvation is not their God. Their God won’t save them from the tribulation.
When people say the path is wide and there are many ways to come to God, like Ophra Winfrey and Joel Osteen, they are proclaiming a gospel other than the gospel of Jesus Christ, and they will be in the tribulation. So will millions of their followers who believed them and relied on them instead of the Word of God.
Can you comprehend how bad the tribulation will be? It will be the worst seven years in the history of the entire world. It will be a time of human slaughter by demons and wicked people. The Holy Spirit will no longer protect you from evil. It will be a time of lawlessness, and there will be no police officers to protect you and your home, and there will be no one to protect your wife and your daughters. There will be a war in which over a billion people die. There will be an earthquake that is worse than any in all of world history, and millions will die. It appears a meteor hits the earth and burns up a third of the world, and a third of all the people die. 200 million demons kill another third of all the people on earth.
Your home will not be a safe place. There will be no safe haven for you or your sons or daughters. You cannot even imagine how horrendous it will be during the tribulation, and I’m holding back here, because I’m not comfortable using explicit language to describe in detail the rest of what will almost certainly happen.
Now is the time to be absolutely certain about your salvation. You do not want to find yourself in the tribulation. Now is the time of salvation, because if you find yourself in the tribulation, it will be too late. Prepare yourself for the rapture now. Make absolutely certain your spouse and your children know Jesus Christ and are themselves saved. Get serious about these things like you’ve never been serious about anything in your life.
Torture and death are coming in the tribulation. Hell and the Lake of Fire are real. Eternal condemnation will be forever. Do not delay your decision to repent and trust Christ as your savior, and make absolutely certain those you love do not delay. The rapture will happen when no one expects it, and that could be today or any day, and then it will be too late.
Now you know how bad the tribulation will be.
This is taken from Kindle Books, The End of All Things is At Hand by Chuck Marunde, J.D.