Just When Did the Tribulation Begin?

One of the last teachings Yehoshua (Jesus) gave before He went to the cross, died for our sins, and rose from the dead, was the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25, Luke 21 and Mark 13), an exposition of what world conditions would be like before He returned to the earth. During this discourse he shocked his disciples by predicting that the Herod's Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. That happened in A.D. 70, just as He said it would.


Then He discussed what the conditions of the world would be after the first century. He made it very clear that in the "church age," a lot of people would declare Him to be the Messiah, but do so to draw disciples unto themselves. Jesus also made it clear that there would be plenty of wars, famines and earthquakes in the "church age," along with all sorts of false prophets.


Jesus warned His followers to expect a considerable amount of persecution, and because of that, many people would betray the cause, and "iniquity shall abound." Two curious statements would follow these declarations. First, He told of how the Temple would be desecrated, an event that must have happened when the Romans sacked Jerusalem (Matthew 24:2), and second, He left open the possibility that some living in the first century would survive to the end of the age (Matthew 16:28). The two witnesses of Revelation 11 are clear examples of this. There are likely others as well. But at the end of the discourse, He started talking about a special period of "great tribulation," like nothing before it (Matthew 24:21).


These days, a lot of people have been asking us when this end time "great tribulation" would begin? We decided that this would be a good question to ask the Bible Codes. Here is the result we got:

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Colonel Harold "Speed" Wilson Gerald Derstine
Col. Harold "Speed" Wilson Gerald Derstine

When we ran this code, we got the above results. This time we got a date: January 21, 1961. However, this date did not catch us totally by surprise. Back in January of 1961, a Charismatic Mennonite minister named Gerald Derstine started getting prophecies from several independent "prophets" of sorts. None of the people giving these prophecies to Rev. Derstine ever realized that anyone else was getting the same prophecies. We learned about these prophecies when we received some cassette tapes done by the late Marine Colonel Harold "Speed" Wilson (ret.), in one of many of his many teachings at Lake Hamilton Bible Camp and at other locations. The sad part is that the prophecies were not promoted by Rev. Derstine and were lost until Colonel Wilson brought them back into view. At first, a lot of people denied the dates because they did not match with what the theologians were teaching at the time. Also, Bible prophecy theories were not taught outside of fundamentalist Baptist and Pentecostal circles. It was Hal Lindsey's bestselling book The Late Great Planet Earth that brought Bible prophecy to the evangelical and mainline churches.


  Allen Dulles Dwight D. Eisenhower John F. Kennedy
Allen Dulles
J.F. Kennedy

It is interesting that this date coincides with the first full day that John F. Kennedy (Pictured far right) was President of the United States. Just previously, the outgoing President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower (middle picture), gave his famous "farewell speech" of January 17, 1961 warning of a "military-industrial complex" that was taking over the government of the United States. At first, most people thought President Eisenhower was just doing his "one last rant" before he had to vacate the White House. It turned out, the outgoing president was trying to warn the American people. We saw clear evidence of this in 1963 when President Kennedy began the process of a) withdrawing troops from Vietnam, b) printing dollars without the help of the Federal Reserve, and c) firing the first civilian CIA director, Allen Dulles (pictured to the left smoking a pipe). All of these moves were counter to the intentions of the "Military-Industrial Complex" that President Eisenhower described. This internal conflict came to a head on November 22, 1963 at 12:30 P.M. when President Kennedy was assassinated by parties unknown at Daley Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. Many conspiracy theorists have suggested that the "Military-Industrial Complex" exposed by President Eisenhower was behind the contract "hit" on the President, while other authorities on the assassination suggest that the New Orleans Mafia under Carlos Marcello was behind the "hit." Assassination researchers like former LBJ Attorney Barr McClellan, Gregory Burnham, and Dr. Walt Brown suggest that a number of people were involved.


Lyndon Baines Johnson
L.B. Johnson

Once Lyndon B. Johnson (pictured to the right) took the oath of office to become the 36th President of the United States, many of President Kennedy's executive orders were reversed including two of the three mentioned in the last paragraph: a) Troops that thought they were going to come home from Vietnam had their orders canceled, and additional troops received orders that they were going to Vietnam; b) the Federal Reserve was reinstated as the private organization charged with the management of the U.S. Dollar. The only thing he did not do was c) reinstate Allen Dulles to his job as Director of Central Intelligence. Many people have suggested it was Allen Dulles who was charged with carrying out the assassination. Ironic that he was a member of the Warren Commission.


Tribulation would become the byword of the 1960s as people like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other radicals began to take a larger role in American Politics. Suddenly, we began to see a polarity in politics as the Ku Klux Klan politics of the South began to lose favor and the liberalism of John F. Kennedy took hold with the passage of the Civil Right Act of 1964 and its amendments in 1972. The racist Democrat politics that ruled the South for decades suddenly collapsed and progressive liberals rose to the top of the party (with the nominations of Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barak Obama) It should also be noted that the George Wallace faction of the party met a decisive end with the assassination attempt on his life in 1972 during that years presidential primaries.


Dr. Derek Prince
Derek Prince

Looking around the world, the world was shocked in 1967 when an Arab-Israeli War suddenly broke out and had a very surprising outcome. The Middle East suddenly became a hotbed of war with additional conflicts in 1973 (The Yom Kipper War), 1976 (First Israeli invasion of Lebanon), 1982 (Second Israeli invasion of Lebanon), 1983-1988 (Iraq-Iran War), 1991 (Gulf War I), 1996 (Bible Code thwarts Iraqi invasion of Israel), the 9/11 disaster and the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and 2003 (Gulf War II). The number and intensity of these wars is likely to escalate, not decrease as we get closer to the end. The alleged election of Barak Hussein Obama in 2008 in what many consider a "fixed" election, brings an adherent of Islam to the White House. People from Derek Prince in the early 1980s along with many other pastors and theologians have argued that Islam is an "Antichrist religion." Dr. Prince's argument has been validated by what we have seen in Iraq and Syria with the activities of ISIS/ISIL. The mass slaughter and persecution of Christians in these countries, since the sixth century is unparalleled in history. Dr. Bill Warner's website Political Islam, demonstrated this rather clearly. Other researchers are quick to point out that more Christians have been killed due to persecution in the 20th century than in all the previous centuries combined.


Omega Code
The Omega Syndrome - Book

This code gives us a marker in time which will become more and more significant as we proceed closer to the end. Some even tried to superimpose numbers onto the year 1961 and look for "rapture dates" and other supposed biblical events. One of the things the Bible Codes have taught us is that nothing will work out as simplistically as Revs. Hal Lindsey, Chuck Missler, Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins, and other so-called prophecy teachers would like it to work out. Even when TBN's movie series The Omega CodeThe Omega Code - Movie and its sequel Megiddo - Omega Code IIThe Omega Code II - Megiddo both tried to suggest that the Bible Codes would support the teachings of Dallas Theological Seminary and their most famous student, Hal Lindsey. Unfortunately for them, the work of countless code researchers have proven otherwise. Study the codes on this site and you will see that things are not as simple as our prophecy teachers would like you to think it would be. Also, the actual manuscript for The Omega Code movies was written by Sylvia Fleener in her book The Omega SyndromeThe Omega Syndrome - Book
distributed starting on December 13, 1997. Her manuscript was completely plagiarized by the management of Trinity Broadcasting Network. The lawsuit filed by Ms. Fleener's family was quietly settled out of court for a considerable sum of money. Ms. Fleener's website indicates that she is suffering from systemic scleroderma, or hardening of the skin and is not well. Analysts have suggested that her poor health contributed to her decision to settle the case out of court rather than endure a long jury trial. By TBN's own admission, they made a considerable about of money off their two "Omega Code" movies. By not sharing their profits with Ms. Fleener in the form of royalties, they have demonstrated themselves to be nothing more than an organization "greedy of filthy lucre." We pray they will do the right thing and share their profits with the woman who created their wealth.

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