WHAT IS NEXT?
When most people read the about the Breaking of the Seals of the Tribulation (Matthew 24 and Revelation 6,7,8) they tend to read it as one would read a 'story' or a novel. The assume it is written in chronological order, a sequence of events, one event beginning as the previous event is ending. THIS IS NOT CORRECT.
First, when a Tribulation Seal is broken, an event or a series of events occur and will last for certain periods of time. Most events will continue until the "Consummation of the Age".
Secondly, the book of Revelation is not written in chronological order. Description of events and timelines are repeated in various chapters and are not in a linear order. For example, Revelation chapters six and seven tells us about the breaking of the Sixth Tribulation Seal, cosmic disturbances, great earthquakes, the Rapture and the Sealing of the 144,000 thousand from the Tribes of Israel. THEN, in Revelation chapters 12, 13 and 14 we read the details and outcomes of these events.
In other words, once a Tribulation event begins, it may continue for days, weeks, months, years or decades. Then, as a second or third event occurs, events may overlap and occur simultaneously.
ACCORDING TO BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY
HERE IS WHAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED
AND IS NOW HAPPENING,
Matthew 24:7 says, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs."
All of these events were prophesied in the book of Joel 3 and confirmed by the Apostle Peter in Acts 2. We have seen these events progressively occurring since AD 1.
Revelation 6:7 describes what we read in Matthew 24:7-8 in greater detail:
Revelation 6:7 "When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth."
Now, let's carefully read verse eight again. "8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth."
HERE IS WHAT IS COMING:
Watch for the worldwide death rate to rise dramatically
The above chart shows the world death rate from 1950 through 2019. (The data on the right of the chart goes from 2008 to 2019.)
The world population as of April 2019 was 7.7 billion. The death rate in 2019, worldwide, was 7.6 per 1,000 people, or .0076 or 7/10th of 1 percent.
So, approximately 58,520,000 people died, worldwide, in 2019.
(fifty-eight million five hundred twenty thousand deaths)
According to Revelation 6:8 the death rate will climb from .76% to 25.00% or
1,925,000,000 people will die
(One Billion nine hundred twenty five million deaths)
The death rate will climb from around 58.5 million in 2019 to 1,925,000,000 deaths.
Here are two references which help locate the 'season' we are in:
So, what should we do?
What can we do?
When will this occur? The 4th Seal has been broken, the 5th seal is being broken, so it could be soon. But, for now, we have to wait and watch, but YOU MUST BE READY!
1. Don't panic (easier said than done! Right?) But, there is a perfect Remedy and a Hope! Don't panic.
3. If you have done the first two items, then be assured, God has promised those who have Trusted in His Name will not be disappointed and that He has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:9
Your Brother and Friend,