In my view, the Apocalypse (also called the tribulation) is divided into two parts: the first part occurs for this generation, but the second part is for the distant future. The first part of the tribulation includes the first six of the Seven Seals from the Book of Revelation. The first four seals are the same as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
When do these events begin? My eschatology writings offer a set of speculative dates for these events, with the first set of events beginning in the 2010’s.
In my eschatology, the events of the first part of the tribulation (the Apocalypse) unfold in this way:
First Seal — the first horseman, World War 3 (late 2011 to about 2018/19)
Second Seal — the second horseman, worldwide severe civil unrest (during the War)
Third Seal — the third horseman, worldwide famine, more severe in wealthy nations (mid 2013 to mid 2020)
Fourth Seal — fourth horseman, death from a variety of causes (during the War)
Fifth Seal — a great martyrdom of Christians in the occupied territories, captured by the extremists during World War 3 (2028 or 2029 to mid 2030’s)
Sixth Seal — World War 4, an all-out nuclear war (2033 or 2034 to 2037)
The Seventh Seal is divided into Seven Trumpets. The first six trumpets are for this generation (during the first part of the tribulation), the seventh trumpet is for the distant future.
A description of the six trumpets will follow in a subsequent post.
My eschatology books:
The Secrets of Medjugorje and Garabandal Revealed, third edition – This third edition has incorrect dates for the first three secrets of Medjugorje and for the Warning and Miracle of Garabandal. The book describes the first part of the tribulation based on the apparitions and messages of Medjugorje and Garabandal.
The Bible and the Future of the World, ninth edition – predictions of future events in the near and distant future. The book covers both parts of the tribulation, based mainly on interpretations of Sacred Scripture. My first book of eschatology, now in its ninth edition.
The First Part of the Tribulation, revised edition – the events of the first part of the tribulation, from 2011 (revised date) to early 2040 A.D., with particular emphasis on future Popes and the Church, on the great Catholic monarch and the Angelic Shepherd, and on the Three Days of Darkness.
The Second Part of the Tribulation — forthcoming book, hopefully to be completed by June of 2011.
(post updated on April 24, 2011)