The Time of Jacob›s Trouble

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The “time of Jacob’s trouble” is defined as an unparalleled time in all of history. It is also focused on a particular linage of people. In the following three portions of scripture, notice the distinction of the unparalleled nature of this time in history in blue. Then also notice the green italics repeating a common theme of salvation from this time. In reading this, notice who the subject is in all three cases.

Jeremiah 30:4-7
And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

There is no other time like this. Therefore, any other place in scripture claiming this same thing must be talking about the same time.

Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Matthew 24:15-22
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

When shall be great tribulation? “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place...” When does that take place?

Daniel 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.

If this covenant week is the 70th week of Daniel, then according to this, the midst of the week would start the time of Jacob’s trouble from which he [Israel] is saved out of. The time of Jacob’s trouble couldn’t then be equivalent to the 70th week of Daniel.

If the covenant with many is not the 70th week of Daniel, then we at the very least know the abomination of desolation is the start of this unparalleled time and that from that point, there is only 3½ years (42 months) of Satan’s rule and persecution.

Revelation 13:5
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Revelation 19:19,20
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

They’re thrown in the lake of fire upon Christ’s return in glory. Therefore, this time could only last 3½ years since it is the dragon that started the great tribulation when he went after Israel through the beast to whom he gave his power. Revelation 12:13-17

Islam and Jacob’s Trouble

Sahih Muslim 41:6985, Sahih Bukhari 4:56:791
The last hour (judgement day) would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad tree would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

An interesting possibility came to mind when I first heard this Hadith. I do believe that radical Islam will play an important part in the last days New World Order of the beast. With Islam spreading throughout the West and things like beheadings being the punishment in the beast’s kingdom, it’s hard to dismiss some kind of role. In addition I believe Islam may be directly tied to the false prophet of Revelation 13 and we know the surrounding Muslim nations hate Israel.

Part of the time of Jacob’s trouble is this holocaust of greater proportions where 2/3 of the Jews will be killed. I believe this will be the time just after the abomination of desolation, and the reason Yeshua warned those in Judea to flee to the mountains. I can imagine the religious fervor of those who believe their prophecy is coming to pass as the signs and lying wonders bring this Hadith to life during this time of great bloodshed in Judea.

The Events Surrounding the Time of Jacob’s Trouble

The day of the Lord begins after the sixth seal. Joel 2:31 This passage doesn’t give us a time of how long after the sixth seal the day of the Lord comes, but because we know the day of the Lord is God’s wrath, and it comes suddenly and unexpectedly, and the people at the sixth seal recognize God’s coming wrath, and the seventh seal is only ½ hour long, I believe the day of the Lord (God’s wrath) comes with the seven trumpets which aren’t handed out until all seals have been broken. Revelation 8:1-2

The sixth seal/seventh seal/day of the Lord sequence occurs within the same day most likely and is about 30 days after the abomination of desolation. Before God’s wrath comes the 144,000 are sealed and we see the multitudes from all nations, tongues, etc standing before the throne and before the Lamb. Revelation 7

That time at the abomination of desolation for <30 days is the time of Jacob’s trouble. This is the time they are saved out of and the flesh that is saved is focused on the flesh who is being attacked at that moment, Israel. Revelation 12:13-16 So here is the order of events as I’ve read in scripture. Please hold yourself to Acts 17:11 and don’t take my word for it.

  • Michael stands up and stops restraining the revealing of the man of sin. Daniel 12:1 | 2 Thessalonians 2
  • Abomination of desolation (Unparalleled trouble and the start of Daniel 12:11’s 1290 days)
    • Jews revolt - man of sin assassinated. Revelation 13:3
    • Michael and his angels cast Lucifer and his angels out of heaven Revelation 12:7-13
    • Lucifer raises the beast and gives him his power for 42 months. Revelation 13:1-5
  • Time of Jacob’s trouble (<30 days)
    • The antichrist goes after all the Jews in Judea. (2/3 are killed)
    • 1/3 of Israel is taken to the wilderness and protected from the dragon (Revelation 12:14 - 1260 days)
    • Around the same time as Israel is taken to the wilderness, the bride of Christ is caught away. We don’t know the day or hour of this, except that it is before God’s wrath comes. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 places it after the abomination of desolation)
  • The signs of the sixth seal take place after Israel is in the wilderness and the bride is caught away from the earth. This is “immediately after the tribulation” of Matthew 24:15-28, the time of Jacob’s trouble. (The great tribulation continues on for the full 3 ½ years that the beast has his power. Daniel 7:25 However, the time of Jacob’s trouble is specifically what Matthew 24:15-28 is focused on as found mirrored in the unparalleled time of Daniel 12:1 and Jeremiah 30:4-7. Therefore, Matthew 24:29, which gives us the timing of the sixth seal, is immediately after the time of Jacob’s trouble, which is cut short to save the remnant of Israel.)
  • ½ hour after the signs, the seventh seal is broken and the seven trumpets are handed out. Revelation 8:1-2
  • The first trumpet is sounded, marking the beginning of God’s wrath and the day of the Lord. For the next almost 3 ½ years, the seven trumpets and seven thunders, and seven bowls will be poured out on the children of disobedience.
  • Also during this time, the antichrist moves his wrath against God’s people world-wide and goes after Israel’s remnant who wasn’t in Judea as well as the Christians that hold the testimony of Christ. Revelation 12:17
  • In heaven, the bride of Christ will be married (two become one) with Christ at the marriage of the Lamb. Revelation 19:7,8 We then follow Christ from heaven upon white horses when He returns in glory to take the kingdoms. Revelation 19:11-14