Are there any other indications that the tribulation might be twelve (12) years long?
There is a fascinating story about when Jesus was a boy in the Book of Luke:
The Boy Jesus in the Temple
Luk 2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Luk 2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Luk 2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
Luk 2:44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
Luk 2:45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
Luk 2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
Luk 2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
Do you believe in coincidence? I don’t, especially when it deals with stories about Jesus in the Bible. We often see that Biblical stories are allegorical, meaning they foreshadow future events. First, if you read this blog, you know that I believe three (3) days signifies that Jesus Christ will return on the third day.
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Therefore, the beginning of the third millennia (the third day) from the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ also signals His second coming. We read in the story of Luke that Jesus’ parents celebrated the Passover every year in Jerusalem. Why did Jesus tarry in the temple when He was twelve (12) years old? Why not when He was seven (7) years? Why not when He was thirteen (13) years? Why not when He was twenty (20) years?
In the Bible, we see that the number twelve (12) is extremely significant. There are twelve months (moons) in a year. Jacob had twelves sons and consequently there were twelve tribes of Israel. There were twelve disciples. In the Book of Revelation, the New Jerusalem has twelve gates made out of twelve pearls. The tree of life bears twelve kinds of fruits.
I believe twelve (12) years signifies “SPIRITUAL” maturity. It also represents God’s divine government.
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
It is my contention that the tribulation period is not primarily meant as a time to punish the world, but it is primarily meant as a time for the Church to reach maturation. Should the saints of God be tried and tested for twelve years in order to prepare them to govern during the millennium and during Christ’s reign on earth for the last thousand years, or during God’s last thousand year “day” (God’s Sabbath)?
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in TRIBULATIONS also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Rom 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
We see that tribulation is a process that eventually allows GOD’S love to be shed abroad in our hearts. Isn’t love the most important attribute of a King and Priest of God?
2Th 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
2Th 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
FALL 2021 – FALL 2022 (Part 5)
2 Baruk 27:7 And in the fifth part famine and the withholding of rain. Eth CEPHER Bible. http://www.cepher.net/
Usually, war and starvation go hand in hand because the normal cycles of planting and reaping are radically disrupted.
Rev 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
Rev 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
I hope that you have read my blog article: BEHOLD A BLACK HORSE and have been making the appropriate preparations.
There will be drought conditions all over the world, and food production will be greatly reduced. A “penny” in the New Testament was a Roman denarius and was about equal to a day’s wages. Therefore, people will be reduced to a bare survival level of existence. It will probably be wise to be mostly, or entirely, self-sufficient by this time. You might want to have a small piece of property away from large population centers. You also might want to look into “aquaponics” or some other type of intensive food production method.
Pro 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
This may be the beginning of a great seven (7) year world-wide drought similar to the drought experienced by Egypt during the reign of Joseph. I believe there are people, like Joseph, who God will give resources in the natural realm to prepare for these severe famine conditions.
Gen 41:30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;
Gen 41:31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
I also believe that the seven (7) year famine during the time of the prophet Elisha is an allegory of the last days. I believe there will be people, like Elisha, who God will give “supernatural” resources to allow them to endure the seven years of famine.
2Ki 8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
FALL 2022 – FALL 2023 (Part 6)
2 Baruk 27:8 And in the sixth part earthquakes and terrors. Eth CEPHER Bible.
Apparently there is a crescendo of terror, both natural and man made. If a person is not killed in war, he or she faces the terror of death in an earthquake, or by starvation, or by disease. There will probably be major earthquakes in the usual places, but there might also be earthquakes in places that have historically never experienced earthquakes.
Luk 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
The Book of Revelation says that the four horsemen of the apocalypse will effect or kill fully one quarter of the world’s population…over one and a half billion (1,750,000,000) people!
Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
It appears that the saints of God will be specifically targeted during this massive war that engulfs the planet. Satan must take great delight in pitting Christians against Christians. During World War 1 millions of Christians died, then during World War 2 tens of millions of Christians died, I suspect that during World War 3 hundreds of millions of Christians will be killed. People who are constantly stirring up trouble between Christian people are obviously motivated by Satan. Therefore, I believe the two main participants in the third world war will be the nominally “Christian” nations of Russia and the United States of America.
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
This may also be the year when a “temporary” world peace is negotiated.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
FALL 2023 – FALL 2024? (Part 7)
The Book of 2 Baruk strangely skips the seventh part of the tribulation period. However, I would like to hypothesize that two international figures will arise during this period of time, the antichrist and the false prophet, and they may even have a prominent role in the peace process.
Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
I believe that somehow, and some way, Christians will be blamed for all the trouble that the world is experiencing…that is how the story usually goes in the Bible.
1Ki 18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
1Ki 18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
Elijah had told King Ahab that God would punish Israel with a famine because of Ahab’s sins, but of course Ahab turned the tables and blamed Elijah for the drought. We see over and over again in the Bible that the wicked always refuse to take responsibility for the consequence of their sins.
Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Rev 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
FALL 2024 – 2025 (Part 8)
2 Baruk 27:9 And in the eighth part a multitude of spectres (ghosts/portents) and attacks of the Shediym (Devils/Demons). Eth CEPHER Bible.
It looks like demonic entities will be released upon the world in a spectacular fashion. When we see people committing mass murder in unprecedented numbers, we can only think they are demented or demon possessed. The antichrist is described as the BEAST.
BEAST: G2342, thērion
1) an animal
2) a wild animal, wild beast, beast
3) metaphorically a brutal, bestial man, savage, ferocious
I believe the antichrist’s followers will also be “bestial” and “savage”. They will transform themselves more and more into the image of the one they worship. Similar to how the followers of Jesus should be transformed more and more into His image. I think the transformation of the antichrist’s worshippers is probably due to the fact that they have opened themselves up to dark and demonic influences.
The Apostle Paul gives a disturbing description of those who have turned their backs on God:
Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
We do not need an overactive imagination to visualize these reprobate and lost people. We simply need to watch the evening news and we can see people doing things that would have been unimaginable a few years ago. If you live in a large city, you simply need to explore the downtown areas and you can see these “beast people” up close…don’t go after dark! There are places in many major metropolitan areas where even the police do not want to go.
2Pe 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
2Pe 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
2Pe 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
As lawlessness increases and starts to become “normal” behavior, Christians will begin to leave and search for smaller population areas to live. However, when the antichrist consolidates his power, even rural populations will probably become less and less safe.