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The Storm Before Dawn

The few years just prior to the return of Jesus Christ (see When Will Christ Return? and Where Will Christ Return?) will be a time unique in all of human history, not necessarily the events themselves, but the intensity (see Never Before, Never Again). War will be so rampant that, unless it (and all of The Lord's wrath because of it i.e. see War With The Lamb) were not stopped, no humans would survive - so it will be stopped, as Christ the Conqueror For Peace himself prophesied:

"13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles ... 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days" (Mark 13:8,19-20 KJV).

"They shall look upon me whom they have pierced"

The "Old Testament" prophet Zechariah (most of his prophecies are in fact beyond even "New Testament" because the events that he foresaw are yet in the future) was given to describe the events leading up to the return of the Messiah, including how Jerusalem will become the focus of a religious frenzy by people ("Christian" and Jewish) who claim to obey God while blatantly disobeying Him (see the Fact Finder question below).

Abomination of Desolation

"12:1 The burden [see Oracles] of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth [see The Lord's Plumb Line], and formeth the spirit of man within him. 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people [see also [see Sodom and Egypt]]: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 12:4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 12:5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an Hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem [see The Battle of Armageddon]. (Zechariah 12:1-9 KJV)

Zechariah's writings are filled with amazingly specific and detailed Messianic prophecies that link past and yet-future e.g. "they shall look upon me whom they have pierced" in the verses below was written before Christ's crucifixion, and yet it includes the time after His return. The Book of Revelation reiterates the same prophecy: "1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds [see The Clouds of Heaven]; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him" (Revelation 1:7 KJV).

12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

12:11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. 12:12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; 12:13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; 12:14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart." (Zechariah 12:10-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where is the "abomination of desolation" going to happen? What is Christ going to do about it?
See Abomination of Desolation - Where?

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