The Time of Jacob’s Trouble


“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 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” – (Jer.30:6,7).

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” – (I Thes.5:2,3).

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” – (Mt.24:21).


   The time of Jacob’s trouble is the time of the great tribulation ending with the battle of Armageddon that the Lord Jesus warned us about in these end times. It is the great and dreadful day of the Lord’s wrath poured out on those who rejected God’s love and grace and salvation in His beloved Son.


   The world had a foretaste of time of Jacob’s trouble in WWII when six million Jews were cremated in Hitler’s ovens and many more millions of Gentiles were killed and fire-bombed in their cities ending with the first American A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the true time of Jacob’s trouble comes during the Tribulation, ending with the fiery nuclear holocaust under Antichrist as he and the nation’s armies try to exterminate Israel again. And I don’t think that its happenstance that Obama’s last name is also the name of a Japanese city, home of the Obama clan. The U.S. will soon have an emperor leading U.S. as Japan had in WWII.


   The prophet Zephaniah also speaks of this time of trouble – “The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly… That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. A day of trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers” – (Zeph.1:14,16). Our warning has already been vividly given to U.S. on 9/11 as airplanes very easily bombed our Twin Towers and the Pentagon, the symbol of our military. It’s repent or perish time for America and the time of grace is fast running out. Jesus said – “Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem. I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” – (Lk.13:4,5).


   O the time of Antichrist the great troublemaker and the time of Jacob’s trouble draws very near. We are about to begin the most troublesome time ever seen on planet earth. It is the time of Antichrist-Beast, the most evil and greatest troublemaker that has ever lived. He will be not only the troubler of Israel, but he will be the troubler of the whole world. He will be ‘mentally troubled’ also as he is a megalomaniac of the highest order. He has delusions of grandeur and believes he is God and is worshipped as God. He murders all who will not worship him or receive his mark in their forehead or right hand in order to buy and sell – (Rev.13:15).


   The Prophet Daniel prophesies of this time of trouble – “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” – (Dan.12:1). We see the archangel Michael helping Israel during the great tribulation and standing in her behalf during this time of spiritual battle by Satan.


   It is written – “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels… And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” – (Rev.12:7,9,11,17). Satan is defeated in the heavens by Michael and Satan is cast down to the earth and this begins the great tribulation period. Satan has his Antichrist installed as president of the U.S. and he soon becomes president of the world or emperor.


   Satan’s Antichrist makes war against all the born again ones, both Jew and Gentiles, all that have been redeemed by the seed of the woman prophesied in (Gen.3:15) – the born again seed – (I Pet.1:23). They have been washed in the blood of Christ and have the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the time of Jacob’s trouble, which is also the time, times and half a time of the reign of Antichrist during the tribulation and the end times.


   The world has gone through times of great trouble, but the greatest trouble is soon to come – the worst is yet to come. The world is headed for a time of trouble greater than anything mankind has ever experienced. Planet earth has gone through some storms of trouble, but a great hurricane and tornado is on its way. This will be the darkest hour the world has ever known.


   There will be three series of judgments or plagues that will fall upon the earth: the seven seal judgments, the seven trumpet judgments and the seven vial judgments all listed in Revelation. That is why God describes this time of trouble as a woman travailing in birth. These 21 plagues of birth pains become more and more frequent and more and more intense, leading up to the greatest pain of all, the great battle of Armageddon at the climax. Like a woman soon forgets her pain in childbirth after her baby is born and she is filled with joy, so it will be after the pain of the Tribulation. Jesus said – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child she remembereth no more the anguish , for joy that  a man is born unto the world” – (Jn.16:20,21).


   “As a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness.” This prophesies also of the great tribulation when death and Hell ride a pale horse. A corpse-like, cadaverous-looking horse with the pallor of death. One quarter or 1 ½ billion people die, and the time of Jacob’s trouble is only beginning. People suffer like a woman travailing in birth as God’s judgment falls because of woman’s refusal to travail in birth, but murder their babies by abortion instead. “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” – (Rev.6:8).


   Even though this is earth’s greatest time of trouble, it will not be long, only seven years. Even though it will be a very difficult time to live, the good news for the saints, is that is will be over soon. The time of greatest trouble will be followed by the time of greatest blessing. The worst will be followed by the best. The Lord Jesus will return to earth as King of Kings and set up His kingdom of righteousness over the whole earth.


   Everything gets very dark during a hurricane and the thunder crashes and the rain pours down, and the mighty wind blows. But then the storm passes, the sun comes out, and everything is quiet and peaceful and a rainbow arcs the sky. This is the way it will be on earth after the stormy time of Tribulation. The “sun of righteousness” will come (Mal.4:2). King Jesus will return to earth and it will be a time of peace and blessing for all the saved saints of God. It will be the most wonderful time the world has ever known. The worst will be followed by the best – amen, the baby is born and the pain is forgotten.


   We have here in Tucson, Az, Raytheon Missile Corp., the world’s largest maker of missiles and builder of weapons of mass destruction. Their Tomahawk missile is capable of carrying a 220 kiloton nuclear warhead, ten times more powerful than ‘Fatman’, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Raytheon means ‘light of god.’ “And God said, let there be light: and there was light” – (Gen.1:3). Now that’s the true light of God – “and God said.” The Word of God is light – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” – (Ps.119:105). God’s Word gave us sunlight and moonlight and He gives us saints spiritual light and enlightens us inwardly by the Holy Spirit that indwells us. We have the Word of God, the KJ Bible, the light of God.


   Raytheon is darkness and death, not light. It’s the darkness of Satan masquerading as light. One day soon the world will burn up from thousands of nuclear missiles that light up like suns and turn the world into darkness. Armageddon comes soon and Raytheon, who has made thousands of these missiles, is an integral part of Armageddon.


   Today we are living in a day of grace. For 200 years God has been gracious to this world, inviting men to be saved by His beloved Son. But soon God will pour out his wrath upon sinful man. He will be a God of judgment. But even during this time of great trouble when God judges sinful man, it will also be a time when people get saved. God’s grace will be seen even in the darkest hour of human history there will be a ray of light. A great multitude of people from all over the world will be washed white in the blood of Christ – “…These are they which came out of great tribulation…” – (Rev.7:14). In wrath God remembers mercy. These are the Tribulation saints.


   But first comes the rapture and translation of God’s saints who will be removed from this time of trouble and the wrath of God and taken up to heaven – (I Thes.4:14-18). “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” – (I Thes.5:9).


   Are you saved and born again through Christ? Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. You become a new creature in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things  are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Water baptism and becoming a member of a church made with hands can never save you. Only by being baptized by the Holy Spirit into the true church of Christ not made with hands, can you be saved. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” – (2 Cor.12:13). Only the Lord Jesus can baptize you into His spiritual church.


   If you’re not born again, repent of your sins and believe by faith in your heart on the Lord Jesus and you will receive forgiveness of sin. If you don’t truly repent and truly believe, you will not be born again. Do not spurn the love and grace of God in His dear Son or you will receive eternal death in the lake of fire instead of eternal life. Be saved and be ready for the rapture.


Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705



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