Th 5:3 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.
1Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Rev 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
- In the rapture, he will come in the clouds and reveal himself to the church. In the revelation, he will come with clouds of people and reveal himself to Israel and the world.
- In the rapture, he will come to call His bride away from the wrath to come. In the revelation, he will come to execute wrath and judgment on an unbelieving world.
- The rapture will take place prior to the Great Tribulation. The revelation will take place after the Great Tribulation.
Both of these events are dealt with in Bible prophecy, and the events leading up to both are compared to a woman giving birth to a child. Jesus said, "When you see these things beginning to come to pass. Lift up your head. Your redemption is drawing nigh." The phrase, "Beginning to come to pass," actually means, "Coming to pass in rapid succession." As you know, Birth pangs get more frequent and intense until a baby is born. The fulfillment of the signs will get more frequent and more intense until Christ returns.
Whether it's the hooks being set in the jaws of the Russian Bear to eventually bring her to judgment on the Mountains of Israel, Ahmedinijad securing nukes, the persecution of the Church throughout the world, earthquakes in divers places, the Russo-Chinese-Iranian coalition that's forming, the rising inflation, the explosion of knowledge and technology, Israel now in control of Jerusalem, racism, flooding, the church's apathy, widespread apostasy, demon possession and oppression, false Christ's and Messiah's, or the mass deception at the hands of the spirit of Anti-Christ; we can plainly see that the world is in travail for her creator to return and lift the curse of the fall from off of her.
Ezekiel 38 & 39 speaks of a war with Russia and Israel, which is to take place in the latter days. I believe we are seeing the birth pangs. We must lift up our heads. Our blessed hope is about to be fulfilled. Praise God! We truly are living at the most exciting time in human history! Let's lift up our heads. Christ is coming! Our redemption is drawing nigh!