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Beginning of the Great Tribulation

Let us recap the events that are prophesied to happen up to this stage.  The rider of the white horse (false religion) was prophesied to work his deception first.  This has already been fulfilled, though he will continue 'to conquer' right till the return of Jesus Christ.  There is no longer any delay in the fulfillment of the next event which is a true world war (the red horse).  There will be massive famines (the black horse) as a result of this war, followed by plagues (the pale horse) or disease epidemics.  As a result of these events one fourth of the world's population will be destroyed.

The next event will be the three-and-a-half year long great tribulation. The great tribulation begins with the military defeat of the Israelite Alliance (USA, Britain and the state of Israel), taking their populations captive and selling them as slaves around the world.  The alliance that accomplishes this is the German led European alliance in which ten rulers will have joined and given their power to the military leader (called the beast, and the king of the North).  It is also possible that certain nations will have joined with the German dictator and he appoints the ten rulers after the defeat of the Israelite alliance.  The Islamic alliance is also joined with the beast in a confederacy to utterly destroy the Israelite alliance so 'that the name of Israel may be remembered no more' (Psalm 83:4).

It is possible that one religious-military leader may already have emerged at this stage to lead the Islamic alliance (called the king of the South).  But this is not necessary.  A leader could emerge during the great tribulation later to 'push at' the king of the North.  It is also likely that many other nations are joined with the beast in order to destroy Israel.  They have either been cowed down by the beast's military power, or see incredible gain in looting the Israelite countries and are voluntarily in agreement with the beast's plans for the Israelite alliance.

The false prophet [the pope] will also have rallied many peoples to the beast with his miracles after the great world war, as prophesied in Revelation 13:12-14 (NKJV): "And he - the beast with the two horns [the pope] - exercises all the authority of the first beast [the 'Holy Roman Emperor' or the 'King of the North'] in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast...He [the pope] performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,  And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do [by Satan's power] in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast..."

Some additional details about this war are provided by other prophets. This war will last only a month, as prophesied in Hosea 5:5, 7: "And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim [Britain] fall in their iniquity; Judah [the modern Jewish state of Israel] also shall fall with them...Verse 7: "They have dealt treacherously against the Lord: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month [the duration of the war] devour them with their portions."

The thirty day duration of the war is also indicated by Daniel 12:11: "And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days."  We know that the great tribulation will be of 1,260 days duration.  The additional 30 days mentioned in Daniel here signify that before they [the False Prophet and the Beast] begin the war with Israel, they will set up an altar in Jerusalem to sacrifice [the abomination of desolation] in order to 'invoke blessings' on their efforts, and then go to war. In 30 days they will be completely victorious and then the 1,260 days tribulation will begin, making a total of 1,290 days.

Ezekiel 5:1-2 provides additional details about this war and what follows soon after: "And thou son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thy head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.  Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife; and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them."

This prophecy indicates that the Israelite countries (USA, Britain, Canada, white South Africa, Australia and New Zealand) are first going to be besieged (most likely an economic siege, perhaps for a period of about 390 days as indicated by Ezekiel 4:5).  After the siege there will likely be a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the major cities.  One third of the population of these countries will die in this attack, i.e. burnt with fire.  Then the beast's (or the king of the North in alliance with Muslim forces along with others) forces are going to enter the countries and attack the remaining population.  But one-third of the population will surrender or be easily captured.  The remaining one-third will resist and the beast's forces will go after them and kill nearly all of them.  One-third that surrender or are captured are then sold around the world as slaves.  They go through such a horrible slavery that only about one tenth of those who go into captivity will survive, and only because Jesus Christ returns and rescues them.

An interesting part of this prophecy is that after the beast destroys the major cities in a nuclear pre-emptive strike killing one third of the population, the remaining population though called to prepare for war, refuses to go to war with the beast, as indicated in Ezekiel 7:14: "They have blown the trumpet, even to make ready; but none goes to battle.”  The reason perhaps is that the war infrastructure has already been destroyed.  Going to war with small arms would be futile.  And perhaps opinion would also be divided (government gridlock), with some advocating surrender and others resisting.  Perhaps the military situation has become so much in the beast's favor because Satan gives them special help in developing new and more deadly weapons, that the Israelite alliance realizes it is futile to resist. Yet another possibility is that military and communications systems would be electronically hacked so that the signal to go to war would not be transmitted.

The following prophecies indicate that the numbers who actually survive is one-tenth of the population.  Amos 5:1, 3 (NKJV): "Hear this word which I take up against you, this lamentation, O house of Israel...For thus says the Lord God: The city that goes out by a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which goes out by a hundred shall have ten left to the House of Israel."  The prophecy here talks about the house of Israel.  That means the USA, Britain, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.  Also Isaiah 6:12-13 (NKJV) prophesies the same thing, but about the Jews in the holy land: "The Lord has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.  But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and be for consuming."  This prophecy indicates that though a tenth will survive, some will die later because they are still rebellious against God. That is why some of the tenth who return are consumed.  This is also mentioned in Ezekiel 20:38 (NKJV): "I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they sojourn, but they shall not enter the land of Israel.  Then they will know that I am the Lord."

​This means that only about 10% of the true Israelite population in America, British Commonwealth nations and the State of Israel (excluding the German masqueraders and people of other races in the countries) will come out alive through the Great Tribulation.  Roughly, the number that ultimately survives may be between 15-20 million people.

We saw in Hosea 5:5 that Israel and Judah will fall together.  But how Judah falls will be slightly different from the way Israel falls.  How Judah falls is first indicated by Zechariah 13:8-9 (NKJV): "And it shall come to pass in all the land (the land here refers to the holy land, the modern state of Israel, as Zechariah was discussing the holy land here) says the Lord, that two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested."

Further details are perhaps provided in Ezekiel 5:12 (NKJV) (as Ezekiel was discussing the holy land here in verse 5: "Thus says the Lord God: 'This is Jerusalem..."): "One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them."

This prophecy was given to Ezekiel before Jerusalem was destroyed by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.  So this prophecy could have been fulfilled twice before: once during Jerusalem's fall to Babylon, and secondly during Jerusalem's fall in 70 A.D. at the hands of Romans.  But prophecy is often dual, with a former fulfillment and a latter fulfillment in the end-time.  We know that Judah is going to fall along with Israel (Hosea 5:5).  Perhaps again Judah's fall will occur in the same way as the earlier two defeats at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and the Romans under Titus.  And it is possible that Judah may be militarily besieged 40 days longer than Israel (Ezekiel 4:1-2, 4-6: "You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem.  Lay siege against it, build a siege wall against, and heap up a mound against it; set camps against it also, and place battering rams against it all around...Lie also on your left side...For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.  And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days.  I have laid on you a day for each year."

Thus one third of the population of the state of Israel dies in famine and disease epidemics [the pope and the Islamic leaders certainly won't want nuclear weapons destroying the holy land which they intend to occupy]; one third die in the war and one-third are taken captives, removed from the state of Israel and sold as slaves, mainly to the Greeks.  The Gentiles (Edomites, Arabs, the pope and those with him) then divide the land among themselves.  The fact that they are carried captives is prophesied in Joel 3:1-3, 6 (NKJV): "For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back My captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land (the holy land).  They have cast lots for My people, have given a boy in exchange for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink...Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem you have sold to the Greeks, that you may remove them far from their borders."

Verse 2 above indicates that foreigners will divide up God's land. Obadiah 11 indicates that Edomites [whose descendants are many Turks and other nations in Central Asia, and Palestinians] will be among those who cast lots for Jerusalem: "In that day you (Edom) stood on the other side - in the day that strangers carried captive his forces, when foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem - even you were among them."

Just before the tribulation begins, the leader of the false church, the pope will have moved to Jerusalem and before the war will have set up the 'abomination of desolation', probably an altar or an actual idol.  The pope will then make Jerusalem his headquarters for the entire forty-two month duration of the Great Tribulation.  But with him, the leader of the Islamic world will also set up his headquarters in Jerusalem, because he also has claims to Jerusalem because of Islamic holy places.  This is indicated by the following prophecies:

Revelation 11:1-2 (NKJV)"...Rise and measure the temple of God...But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles [non-Israelites].  And they will tread the holy city under foot for forty-two months".  And as we had learnt from Obadiah 11, the Edomites [who are nearly all Muslims] will also be among those who cast lots to divide up Jerusalem and the entire holy land.

We also know from Daniel 11:41, 45 ("He [the King of the North] shall enter also into the glorious land...And he shall plant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas [the Mediterranean and the Dead seas] in the glorious holy mountain") that the King of the North captures Jerusalem at the time he subdues the King of the South [which will be described in its proper time sequence].  The war between the King of the North and the King of the South takes place about two-and-a-half years after the beginning of the Great Tribulation.  In this war the King of the North wins and removes all the Islamic population from Jerusalem [perhaps from the entire holy land].  So the King of the North enters Jerusalem about two-and-a-half years after the pope has already been there, and also sets up his regional headquarters there.

In summary then, two-thirds of the population of the U.S.A. and British Commonwealth nations, as well as the Jews in the Holy Land is killed and one-third carried captive with only one tenth of that number surviving to return to the Holy Land.  Even some of the rebels among them die on the way and do not make it to the Holy Land.

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