At this point in human history, the Tribulation begins - aperiod so unparalleled in destruction that if Jesus should notreturn, mankind would cease to exist: Matthew 24:21,22 -"Forthen there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginningof the world until now--and never to be equaled. If those dayshad not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake ofthe elect those days will be shortened.", Jeremiah 30:7 - "Howawful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a timeof trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.", Daniel12:1 - "At that time Michael, the great prince who protects yourpeople, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as hasnot happened from the beginning of nations until then. But atthat time your people--everyone whose name is found written inthe book--will be delivered.", Ezekiel 30:3 - "For the day isnear, the day of the LORD is near--a day of clouds, a time ofdoom for the nations.", Joel 2:31 - "The sun will be turned todarkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great anddreadful day of the LORD." The dreadful results of the tribulation are graphicallyportrayed in the Book of Revelation and will not be described indetail here. There are many good books which can go into detailfor those interested, but the end result is the loss of billionsof lives through famine, war, and natural disasters. Using thenumbers given in Revelation applied to the population of theearth today, this would result in the loss of four billion lives- truly a horrible picture. The Antichrist will persecute the Jews and the Christianswho will turn to Christ during that period. There will be someleft at the beginning of the Tribulation who refuse to worshipthe beast and receive his number. These were mentioned in thebeginning of this discussion. According to Revelation, an untoldnumber will accept Christ during this time and receivepersecution from the Antichrist and his followers - persecutioneven unto death. As the end draws near, Jesus will return as Hepromised, swiftly taking care of the Antichrist and his cohorts:Revelation 19:19,20 - "Then I saw the beast (the Antichrist) andthe kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to makewar against the rider on the horse and his. But the beast wascaptured, and with him the false prophet who had performed themiraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deludedthose who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped hisimage. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake ofburning sulfur." What began before the worlds were formed is finallyfinished, except for a footnote 1000 years later (Rev 20:7).Human history has ended. Good has triumphed over evil, in spiteof the goals, plans, and conspiracies of men. The other gods ofthis age and previous ages have fallen, and the true Lord reignsas every knee bows to acknowledge him as the true KING OF KINGSAND LORD OF LORDS.