There is a number of views on the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel on how the last days play out. My view is based on the “literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation.” The Tribulation is seven years long and it consists of about 20 successive severe trials that consist of plaques, famines, wars, intense heat, darkness and on the list goes. The purpose of this seven years of judgment on the earth is God’s last resort of getting people to turn and follow Him. Many do, but most do not, but shake their first in his face and declare that they will not have God rule over them. I also believe that all true believers and followers of Jesus will be raptured right before the tribulation starts.
Revelation 3:10, ”Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
The Tribulation begins when an individual rises to power and becomes a world wide president. He is able to pull off a major ceasefire and treaty between Israel and the rest of the world which earns him this great power. The treaty signing is the official beginning of the worst nightmare the world has ever seen or will see. The middle of the seven years is the beginning of the great tribulation where all the tribulations increase in magnitude exponentially. The beginning of the great tribulation is marked by this world wide president breaking his own treaty and declaring himself, to be God. At this point he institutes a number of methods to control people and keep them from rebelling. We are seeing some of those being very close to those suggested by our very own governor of Oregon, Late Brown.
A couple of principles; this whole thing, the entire 7 years is orchastrated by the devil, but only as God allows, He is sovereign. We are living in a time that very well could be the ushering in of the tribulation period. If it is there is nothing we can do but enjoy the ride and anticipate the sound of the trumpet that marks our accent into heaven. It could be any day now, live your life with purpose, to grow and to bear much fruit.
During these times I change and fix what I can and live faithfully and responsibly, but I don’t fret about what I can’t control, change, or make better. God is in charge, He is good, and He loves me.