Chronological Events Before Tribulation

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The Bible once again very explicitly lays out exactly what is going to happen before Jesus returns back to us for His second coming.

The problem is that all of the verses pertaining to the second coming of Jesus to our earth are all scattered throughout the Bible. You thus have to search them out and then match them up like you would pieces to a jigsaw puzzle to be able to see exactly what is coming down the road.

God always seems to want to make you seek and search for all of the knowledge that is in the Bible. Seek and then you will find. The subject of end time events is no exception.

I will keep this specific article focused on the main, basic, end time events so as to give you a good road map as to what may be getting ready to come our way.

Basic Outline of the Main Events

Here is a basic outline of the main events at a quick glance. I will then talk about each one of them in a little more detail after this caption.

1. Miscellaneous Signs

Here are some of the specific signs that will be occurring as told by Jesus to His apostles in the New Testament.

a)  Perilous times will come.

b)  False Christs and False Prophets will come to deceive even the elect.

c)  Wars and rumors of wars.

d)  Nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom.

e)  Increase in famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.

f)  Lawlessness and immorality will abound.

g)  The love of many will grow cold.

h)  Some Christians will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.

i)  Men will become lovers of self, lovers of money, unholy, proud, boasters, blasphemers, unloving, disobedient to parents, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, traitors, headstrong, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God and unthankful.

j)  The Holy Spirit will be poured out on all flesh.

k)  The Gospel of Jesus Christ will preached to the whole world and then the end will come.

l)  God will open up end time prophecy for all to understand and interpret so as to prepare for His second coming.

2.  Restoration of the Jewish People Back to the State of Israel

3.  Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple

4. The Psalm 83 War [Middle East War]

5. The Russian (Gog/Magog) WAR

6.  Rise of the Antichrist, False Prophet, and a 10 Nation Confederacy From Which They Will Rule This World From.

1.The Miscellaneous Signs

1.  Per the above miscellaneous signs listed, Jesus tells the apostles what the signs are going to be that will let us know when He is about ready to come back to our earth for His second coming. The verse is from the Gospel of Matthew and it reads as follows:

“Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:3-14)

2.  Here is another verse on the false christs and false prophets that will be coming.

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

3.  Paul also talks about how bad the state of man is going to get in the latter days in the following verse.

“But know this, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (2 Timothy 3:1)

4.  Paul also states in the latter days that some Christians will be departing from their faith in the Lord due to the influence and doctrines of demons. Here is the verse specifically telling us this.

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in LATTER TIMES some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

5.  Here is the verse about end time prophecy being sealed up until the end of time, at which time this verse implies that God will then be opening up our understanding of it. This is an angel speaking to Daniel in the Old Testament after he just got done giving him visions and knowledge of what was to come at the end of times.

And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end … and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.” (Daniel 12:9-10)

All of the above are what I call the miscellaneous signs that will start to take place as we start to approach the time of Jesus’ second coming to our earth.

The next 5 are specific events that will take place in perfect chronological order. Only one of these events has come to pass at this time, the other 4 have not.

The 7 year Great Tribulation will be the countdown to when Jesus will be coming back to us. This 7 year Great Tribulation will be the last 7 years on earth before Jesus comes back to us in His second coming.

There’s an event that will occur right in the middle of the Great Tribulation called the “Abomination of Desolation.” Once this events takes place, the Bible tells us that there will be exactly 42 months before Jesus comes back to our earth for His second coming – which is three and half years from the time of this one event.

The Abomination of Desolation will be when the Antichrist seats himself up in the rebuilt Jewish Temple to proclaim himself to be God.

This event will be very easy to pick up and spot once it happens with the technology that we now have in place to pick up news events as it is actually occurring throughout the world.

Here is a brief explanation of the other 5 key events that will be occurring, with one of them having already occurred.

2.The Restoration of the Jewish People Back to the State of Israel

This is the event that has already occurred. In 70 AD, after Jesus’ death on the cross, the Jewish people were dispersed throughout the entire world. The Romans destroyed their Temple, and they were then scattered throughout the whole world as prophesied in the Old Testament as a result of their failure to get their act together with God the Father. God the Father pronounced this judgment on the Jewish people as you get near the end of the Old Testament.

However, God then says after pronouncing this severe judgment on them, that He will still be their God, that He will still keep the original pact and covenant that He had made with their earlier forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that He would then bring them back to their homeland of Israel at the end of time shortly before Jesus would come back to our earth for His second coming.

Here are two verses specifically telling us this.

  • “I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them: they shall make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God. (Amos 9:14-15)
  • “It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush … He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:11-12)

This major event occurred on 14th may,1948. After the German holocaust, Jewish people from all over the world started coming back to their native homeland Israel and were able to re-establish it as their home state on the above date.

Then on 7th june.1967, they recaptured the city of Jerusalem in what was called the 6 Day War. However, they were not able to recover the Temple Mount which is where they want to rebuild their Holy Temple once again.

Jesus uses the analogy of a fig tree when talking about this. He says the generation that sees this restoration take place with the Jewish people will not pass away until He comes back for the second time. There thus is a very good chance that we may witness the return of Jesus back to our earth in this lifetime.

3. The Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple


The Jewish people were able to recover their homeland Israel and their main city of Jerusalem, but they were not able to recover the Temple Mount, which is the ground they want to rebuild their Holy Temple on.

When the Jewish people re-captured the city of Jerusalem in the 6 day war in 1967, they had initially taken control of this Temple Mount, but they went ahead and relinquished control of the Temple Mount back to the Muslims for political reasons.

They wanted to show a broad type of tolerance to the Muslims, and they allowed them to retain control of this holy site. Right now, there is a Muslim Mosque on this site called the Dome of the Rock.


The Muslims obviously have no intentions anytime soon on removing their Mosque in order to allow the Jews to rebuild their Holy Temple.

However, this Jewish Temple has to be rebuilt once again in order for all of the prophecies in the Bible to be literally fulfilled. The Jewish people have already made plans as to how they will rebuild it should they ever get the chance. Apparently it will only take them about 2 years to rebuild it once God supernaturally clears the way for them to be able do it.

The first Temple was built by King Solomon back in the Old Testament. It was then destroyed in 586 BC. The Temple was then rebuilt a second time around 26 BC and then once more destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD when the Jews were dispersed out of Rome and then into all the other nations of the world as a result of God’s judgment on them as a people and as a nation.

This Temple has to be rebuilt once again because there is an event involving the Antichrist called the “Abomination of Desolation.” Remember these 3 words! When this event happens, we literally have a countdown of 42 months before Jesus comes back.

What the Antichrist does in this event is to seat himself up in the Temple of God proclaiming himself to be God, and from this point on, the second half of the tribulation takes place, which will then have the greatest persecution of Jews and Christians the world has ever seen!

The Antichrist cannot seat himself up in this Temple unless it has already been rebuilt. The consensus is that in the first three and half years of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will establish some kind of peace treaty or covenant with Israel.

He will then allow the rebuilding of the Temple, and once that is completed, he will then break his pact with Israel and seat himself up in the Temple proclaiming himself to be God.

Remember, it will only take two years to rebuild the Temple, so this could easily happen in the first half of the 7 year Tribulation.

I am sure this event will be televised throughout the whole world due to the conceit and arrogance of the Antichrist. He will want the whole world to know what he has just done.

Think about this. The devil has always wanted to be like God and to have His throne for his own. Now he will get his one and only chance to be able to rule this entire world through this coming Antichrist.

The Antichrist will be under the guidance and influence of Satan. Satan, through the Antichrist, will now be able to seat himself up in God’s Holy Temple for the next three and half years – and from that position, start the greatest mass slaughter of Jews and Christians that the world has ever seen.

He will literally kill two thirds of the Jewish people. Believe it or not, this persecution will be worse than the German holocaust where 6 million Jews were killed. More on this under its own caption below.

Bottom line – the Jewish Temple has to be rebuilt so the above event with the Antichrist can take place. It will also serve as a main key event for the rest of the world to lock in on as it will literally tell us exactly how much time we will still have left before Jesus returns back to us for His second coming – 42 months!

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4. The Psalm 83 War [Middle East War]

We are a front row witness to the prophetic setting of the stage for the War of Gog & Magog. We have seen alliances form between lifelong enemies Russia and Iran while at the same time countries like Turkey move from leaning to the west to path of strategic alliance with Russia and Iran. We are very close to the War of Gog & Magog, but before this happens there will be a Middle East war that will quickly start, rapidly conclude, and then soon followed by the War of Gog & Magog.

The results from this event are clearly spelled out. Damascus, the oldest continually inhabited city on earth, will be instantly and completely destroyed and Syria will be crushed by the IDF [Israeli Defense Force].

The Bible tells us that as a result of this massive military victory given to Israel from God via the IDF, the face of the Middle East will drastically change. Israel will significantly increase in size. The tiny nation of Israel as we currently know it will soon encompass a major portion of the Middle East.

Isaiah tells us that the expansion of Israeli sovereignty in the region will even reach into Egypt to some degree. Five Hebrew speaking cities will be established in the land of Egypt. There will be an altar erected to God as well as a pillar erected to God on the border.

Israel will be elevated to a condition of regional superiority due to their decisive victory over the Arab confederacy. As such, they dwell securely in the Middle East [for a time].

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5. The Russian (Gog/Magog) WAR

With the world still reeling and raging from the fallout of the Psalm 83 war, Russian and Iran will regroup. After their plan to destroy Israel via a war by proxy completely backfires, Russia, lusting over the wealth of Israel, will militarily join with Iran and they will form and lead a new coalition. The goal of this coalition will not only be the obvious hatred driven motives to slaughter the Jews, but will also be the taking of a great wealth which will be in Israel.

The Biblical evidence is that the war of Gog and Magog will occur directly before the beginning of Tribulation.The Bible also tells us of another (different) war of Gog and Magog in Revelation (Revelation 20: 7-10). This, just like the battle of Armageddon, is a different event. The second war of Gog and Magog in Revelation will occur at the end of the Millennial Reign. At the end of that war, Satan will be thrown in to the lake of fire and a new Heaven and new earth will be created. It is interesting that one war of Gog and Magog starts the end of human history as we know it and another war of Gog and Magog ends the “end” of human history as we know it.

We are told that Israel will be living in peace, moreover, that they will be living in unwalled villages.

Russia and Iran will be leading the coalition and that their plan is an evil plan to kill those they hate [ The Israelis], but more over to take their vast wealth (Ezekiel 38:10-12) which will come from their oil.

The first thing that happens to these armies as well as the entire world is what can only be described as the largest earthquake in human history. We know it will be so large and massive that it will affect and be felt by every nation on this planet. Along with that, it will be so massive the mountains the armies are invading from will crumble.

This will clearly be a supernatural event and will grab the attention of the world (Ezekiel 38:20-21). The picture we have here is of massive supernatural destruction the likes of which has never been seen before. The carnage and utter destruction of these armies cannot be overstated! This is destruction and carnage on a scale that has never been seen before and it will all have been done clearly by God and God alone (Ezekiel 39:21-23).

When Muslims all around the world see God intervene but to their shock God is defending Israel and destroying those who attack Israel, they will intensely search their souls as they watch saturation coverage of the biggest event ever on all forms of media. Many will see and believe that the prophecies of the Bible, not the Koran, have come true.

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6. Rise of the Antichrist, False Prophet, and a 10 Nation Confederacy

The Bible says that an unholy trinity will arise in the latter days. This unholy trinity will be Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet. Satan is called the Dragon in the Book of Revelation.


He has always wanted to be like God, if not God, and this will be his one and only chance to actually play God in the last 7 years on earth.

Satan will take the role of God the Father, the Antichrist will take the role of Jesus, and the False Prophet will take the role of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit’s job is to lead people to Jesus. In the same way, the False Prophet will be the one to lead the world to serve the Antichrist. He will be instrumental in arranging for people to have the mark of the beast put on either their right hands or their foreheads.

The 10 nation confederacy will be 10 nations that the Antichrist and False Prophet will rule from. The consensus among many prophecy scholars is that the 10 nation confederacy will be 10 nations from Europe.

This will be a revived Roman empire. Right now, there are 25 countries in what is called the European Union. By the time the Antichrist gets ready to take center stage, there can only be 10 countries left to fulfill this part of Scripture.

I am going to list the main verses from Scripture having to do with the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and the 10 nation confederacy they will rule this earth from. Read these verses very carefully! You are getting an incredible look into the future from the Word of God as to what will be coming our way!

1.  The Antichrist is called the Beast, the Lawless One, the Man of Sin, and the Son of Perdition in the following verses. The first verse is right out of the Book of Revelation.

“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name … And the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.

And it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:1-10)

Jesus is the Lamb. Notice that Satan is the one who arranges to give full power to the Antichrist to be able to rule with the power and authority that he will have. This verse literally tells us that the Antichrist will have full rule over the entire world for a short period of time before Jesus finally comes back to defeat him.

2.  The next verse will tell you that the 10 horns mentioned in the above verse are 10 kings – 10 nations that will give their allegiance to the Antichrist.

And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdoms as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:12-14)

3.  The next verse comes from the prophet Daniel out of the Old Testament. Daniel was given very powerful dreams and visions as to what was going to happen at the end of time. The first verse was a dream given to him by God on the Antichrist. This verse also tells you that the Antichrist will be a man!

“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the other beasts before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.” (Daniel 7:7-8)

Notice Daniel’s description of the Antichrist. He tells us that this man will be the worst dictator the world has ever seen. He will make Hitler look pale in comparison to what he is going to do once he gets on center stage. He says that this beast is “different” than all of the other beasts that have ever come before him and that he will be terrible, dreadful, and exceedingly strong!

The above verse also implies that 3 of the kingdoms under the Antichrist may not at first go willingly under his rule. He will have to subdue them to get their allegiance as will be shown in the next verse.

4.  The next verse from Daniel also interprets the 10 horns as being 10 kingdoms. It goes on to say that the Antichrist will subdue 3 of these kings. It also says that he will be allowed to persecute the saints of God for three and half years. An angel from God is giving him this message.

Thus he said: “The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom.

And another shall arise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, shall intend to change times and laws. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.” (Daniel 7:23-25)

A time = 1 year. Times = 2 years. Half a time = half a year. This comes to a total of three and half years. The first verse from Revelation 13:1-10 states he will have authority to continue for 42 months, which is also three and half years.

5.  The next verse from Daniel gives more information as to some of the personality traits of the Antichrist. He will have fierce features, understands sinister schemes, will be very cunning, and will be the epitome of conceit and arrogance.

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have revealed their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.

Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human hand.” (Daniel 8:23-26)

Notice the last sentence. He will not be destroyed by any one man or nation, but by Jesus Christ Himself when He comes back to our earth in His second coming. The description of what Jesus does with him will be in the caption on the battle of Armageddon.

6.  The next verse from Daniel gives some additional information on this man. He may be gay as he has no desire for women. He also may have some Jewish descent in him as it states he has no “regard” for the God of his fathers.

“Then the king shall do according to his own will; he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above them all.” (Daniel 11:36-37)

This man will end up being the ultimate ego-maniac of all time! He will be Satan incarnate with the amount of pride, conceit, and arrogance he will have operating through his personality.

7.  The next verse out of John tells us that his name is Antichrist.

Little children, in the LAST HOUR; and as you have heard that the ANTICHRIST is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18).

8.  The next verse tells us that he is also called the lawless one.

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

Also notice that the Antichrist will be working and operating on the power that Satan himself will be giving to him.

9.  The next verse shows that he is called the man of sin and the son of perdition. This verse also tells us that when he seats himself up in the rebuilt Jewish Temple at the halfway point in the Tribulation, he will literally pronounce himself to be God!

“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

10.  The next two verses are on the False Prophet. The first verse tells exactly what this man is going to do. The second verse gives us his name – the False Prophet. The Bible also calls him another beast.

“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

He 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 in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive the mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” (Revelation 13:11-18)

“Then the beast was captured, and with him THE FALSE PROPHET who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.” (Revelation 19:20)

You will also note that the Antichrist apparently receives some kind of wound that should kill him. My guess is that there is probably some kind of assassination attempt on his life.

He miraculously survives this wound and apparently receives a real healing, obviously from Satan himself, and this then causes the entire world to marvel at him and makes it easier for the rest of the world to fall under his demonic spell and follow him.

Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet will now set the stage for what is called the 7 year Tribulation. This 7 year Tribulation period will be the worst period of time that the world has ever seen. Jesus Himself told the apostles that there never has been a time of trouble throughout human history as bad as this time is going to be, and that there will never ever be another period as bad as this one is going to be!

Just as God gave His Son Jesus three and half years to walk with His power on this earth, God is going to allow Satan, through the Antichrist, to wreak as much havoc and destruction on this earth as he possibly can in the last three and half years of this Tribulation.

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