As we continue to look at the timeline for the last days, remember that some of these events will happen concurrently and some consecutively. The order is a little subjective and may or may not be completely accurate, but every one of these events has been prophesied and have not been completely fulfilled. That means they WILL happen. I believe that the War of Gog and Magog will take place either just prior to the Tribulation described below or at the very beginning. Most likely, it will be the conflict that allows the Antichrist to step in and form the 7-year peace treaty with Israel. What follows are words that cannot begin to adequately describe the horrors that will take place. God’s wrath will be poured out on the world, but always remember, His purpose is to draw Israel back to Himself.
Tribulation – 7 years of horrible judgments that punish unbelievers and draws Israel back to God. Those seven years will be a time, according to Ze. 13:8-9, of testing and refining of the nation of Israel to prepare her for her Messiah, but it will also be a time when the wrath of God is poured out in judgment on sin. The Scripture gives more space to describing the coming Tribulation period than to any other prophetic event. It is mentioned 39 times in the Old Testament. It is the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7), tribulation or distress (Dan. 4:30). It is called the Day of the Lord, the wrath of God, and the wrath of the Lamb. And for 7 years, the world will experience first-hand the wrath of God. Even though the Antichrist promises peace, there will be war. The first four seal judgments described in Rev. 6 show us this. The four horsemen of the apocalypse.
These four judgments result in the deaths of 25% of the earth’s population. Estimates of today’s population are 7.3 billion people. If these judgments happened right now, that number would be 1.85 billion people dead in a short period of time.
The final series of these initial judgments will be so severe that before the final seal is broken, all of heaven grows quiet for 30 minutes. For when the seventh seal is broken,
And all of this will happen in 3 ½ years. Half of the world’s population – 3.65 billion people will be dead. And then the Antichrist will reveal his true nature.