Worldwide Protests Prepare for the Tribulation

The protests and political upheaval in the Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa — called the Arab Spring — are a preparation for the tribulation, as I mentioned in a previous post. Those protests are leading to the overthrow of governments, which will bring extremists to power. That group of nations will then band together, under the leadership of Iran and Iraq. They will threaten, and then attack the U.S., using a nuclear bomb, once Iran completes its nuclear weapons program. Next, they will attack, invade, and conquer Europe in World War 3. That severe war is the first event of the tribulation: the first horseman and first seal.

But there is another set of protests in the world, the ‘Occupy Protests’, and these have a different relationship to the tribulation. These protests are preparing for the second event of the tribulation: worldwide civil disorder. That severe civil violence is the second event of the tribulation: the second horseman and second seal.

The tribulation has not yet begun. What we are seeing now, at this very time, is the threshold of the tribulation. These events are preparatory. That is why the overthrow of the governments in the Middle East and northern Africa has been slow and sporadic, and has not yet brought extremists to power. The protests are also preparatory; this is not yet the severe civil unrest of the second horseman and second seal.

The protests are spreading to major cities around the world. The protesters have no specific set of demands that can be met or resolved, so as to end the protests. They are (at best) protesting corruption, greed, economic disparity, and the incompetence of governments in dealing with these problems. Although they do not realize it, they are basically protesting sin and the results of sin. These protests will not result in an end to sin, or an end to greed and corruption, or an end to the incompetence of bureaucracies. The protests continue to spread and grow, with no end in sight.

Some protesters (at worst) do not seem to be protesting anything specific. They are reveling in disorder and emotion and rebellion. They are expressing hatred for society in general, and for various aspects of an orderly society. Consider this photo and video of the Occupy Rome protests. They broke into a church, removed a statue of Mary and smashed it in the streets, broke into the sacristy, and also vandalized a Crucifix in the church. There is a growing element of violence, chaos, disorder, and the expression of hatred in these protests.

In my speculative eschatology, here is what will happen next. The protests will spread to more and more nations cities. The protests will begin to become more and more violent and chaotic. Then, when World War 3 begins — with a nuclear bomb attack by Iran on New York City — the protesters will be very afraid and the violence will increase rapidly. Fear will grip the world, and the protests worldwide will sharply increase in disorder and violence.

Then civil violence will spread throughout the world, not only in the form of violent protests, but also in rioting, arson, robberies, murder, and other violent crimes. This civil violence helps undermine the stability of the nations of Europe, making it easier for the Arab/Muslim nations to conquer them. This worldwide severe civil disorder and violence is the second horseman and the second seal.

The third event of the tribulation is a worldwide famine that is more severe in wealthy developed nations, and less severe in poor developing nations. The fourth event is death from a variety of causes.

[Revelation 6]
{6:1} And I saw that the Lamb had opened one of the seven seals. And I heard one of the four living creatures saying, in a voice like thunder: “Draw near and see.”
{6:2} And I saw, and behold, a white horse. And he who was sitting upon it was holding a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering, so that he might prevail.
{6:3} And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying: “Draw near and see.”
{6:4} And another horse went forth, which was red. And it was granted to him who was sitting upon it that he would take peace from the earth, and that they would kill one another. And a great sword was given to him.
{6:5} And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying: “Draw near and see.” And behold, a black horse. And he who was sitting upon it was holding a balance in his hand.
{6:6} And I heard something like a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A double measure of wheat for a denarius, and three double measures of barley for a denarius, but do no harm to wine and oil.”
{6:7} And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying: “Draw near and see.”
{6:8} And behold, a pale horse. And he who was sitting upon it, his name was Death, and Hell was following him. And authority was given to him over the four parts of the earth, to destroy by the sword, by famine, and by death, and by the creatures of the earth.

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Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Bible translator

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