As many of my readers know, I’ve been studying and writing Catholic eschatology for many years. My first book on the topic was self-published in 1998. I’ve written several books on the topic since then. See the list of books and booklets here. As requested, I am writing a new post, stating my current understanding of the timing and order of future events.
I’ve been wrong many times on the start date for the first part of the tribulation. Currently, I do not have a year for the start of the tribulation. However, I believe that it will be soon, within the next several years, possibly as early as next calendar year (2018).
I adhere to a common idea in Catholic eschatology, that the tribulation (end times) is divided into two parts: the first or lesser tribulation and the second or greater tribulation. The two parts of the tribulation are separated by an inter-tribulation period lasting a few hundred years. The Antichrist has his reign only during the second part of the tribulation, hundreds of years from now. So there is no Antichrist in the world today. Jesus the true Christ returns at the end of the second part of the tribulation, after the end of the Antichrist’s reign. See my book: The Second Part of the Tribulation available at Amazon.com
The first part of the tribulation occurs during our lifetime, beginning within the next several months or years, and ending with the Three Days of Darkness in late March of 2040. The events of the first part of the tribulation include the Warning, Consolation, and Miracle (events predicted at Medjugorje and Garabandal), as well as the events of the first six Seals in the book of Revelation, and the first six Trumpets of the seventh Seal.
In the same year:
* Warning, Consolation, and Miracle of Garabandal.
Later that same calendar year:
1. the start of World War 3, which is the first Seal and the first Horseman of Revelation.
Soon after, while the war is still unfolding:
2. severe civil disorder worldwide
3. famine which is most severe in wealthy nations
4. death from many causes, including disease, and the fear of death
The above four events are the first four Seals and the four horsemen of the Book of Revelation.
World War 3 is a war of the Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa, led by Iran and Iraq (with Iraq controlled by ISIS), versus the United States and the European nations. The extremists will use a few, perhaps only two, nuclear weapons during World War 3. But most of the war will use conventional weapons. The Islamic extremists will win World War 3, and will conquer and occupy a vast territory, including all of Europe and a large portion of Africa. I’m not sure when World War 3 starts, perhaps very soon.
5. During the occupation, the extremists will persecute non-Muslims, especially Christians. As the occupation continues, the persecution will become an outright massacre, a Christian Holocaust. Millions of Christians will be put to death. This great martyrdom is the fifth Seal. This massacre begins in the late 2020’s, about the year 2029.
6. The massacre does not end until World War 4, a war initiated by the United States and Allies. World War 4 is an all-out nuclear war. Hundreds of millions of persons will be killed. The U.S. and Allies will win the war, but at great cost. World War 4 is the sixth Seal of the Book of Revelation. World War 4 occurs from about 2033 or 2034 to 2037.
7. The Seventh Seal is divided into seven sets of Events symbolized by seven Trumpets. The first six trumpets of the seventh Seal occur in the 21st century. The seventh Trumpet, which is further divided into the seven Bowls of God’s wrath, do not occur until the second part of the tribulation. This set of events occur from 2038 to 2040.
* First Trumpet – a broken comet falls to earth, burning up a third of the land area.
* Second Trumpet – one large piece of the comet falls into the ocean, causing great tidal waves and vast destruction in the world’s oceans and coastlines.
* Third Trumpet – radioactive fallout from World War 4.
* Fourth Trumpet – nuclear winter from World War 4 and from the comet fires and the comet ocean strike.
* Fifth Trumpet – a supernatural suffering, figuratively called locusts, which tortures anyone on earth who does not have the Seal of the Living God (given out after World War 4). However, persons who pray the rosary will be protected from the torture, while they are praying.
* Sixth Trumpet – the Three Days of Darkness, a supernatural affliction that kills one third of the world population. This event occurs on March 29, 30, 31 of 2040.
After the Three Days of Darkness, the world experiences a time of peace, holiness, and rebuilding, lasting about 25 years. Then the world gradually returns to sinfulness.
Please take a look at this list of my books and booklets, and see if any topic interests you.