Jeremiah 30:7 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.
God told Jeremiah 2,500 years ago that a time of great trouble is coming for the nation of Israel. It is the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, or as otherwise known – the Tribulation Period.
At the beginning of the Tribulation Period, the Antichrist will establish a seven-year peace treaty with the nation of Israel. This will cause many to believe that possibly he might be their long-awaited messiah. Yet, half-way through this agreement, the peace will be broken and the Antichrist will turn against God’s chosen people. The turning against them will be the result of their refusal to worship an image of him that will be set up in their newly reconstructed Temple.
God told Jacob that a time of trouble was ahead for him and his people; yet, he and his people shall be saved out of it. The Time of Jacob’s Trouble is actually a part of God’s plan to bring salvation to the Jewish people. We read from scripture:
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)
The Jews will finally realize that the man they had crucified was actually their Messiah.
Daniel 9 reveals to us that God has decreed 70 weeks of prophecy for His people. Note the two great things that will occur during this special time period.
1. GOD’S SON WILL BECOME ISRAEL’S SAVIOR
“To finish the transgression, To make an end of sin, To make reconciliation for iniquity…” (Dan 9:24a)
Jesus defeated the power of sin when He died on the cross. Because of His sacrificial death, mankind can now be reconciled back to God. Up until this point and time, the nation of Israel has not received Jesus as their Savior. Yet, during the Tribulation Period, a mighty spiritual awakening will occur. God will remove the spiritual slumber from their eyes and they will finally realize that Jesus is their long-awaited Savior. (See Zech 12:10; Rom 11:25-27)
2. GOD’S SON WILL BECOME ISRAEL’S KING
“To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy…” (Dan 9:24b)
With the Tribulation Period and the Millennial Kingdom that follows, all of God’s prophecies and covenants with Israel will finally be fulfilled. God promised Abraham in Gen 15:18-21, a massive piece of land that Israel has yet to possess. This promise will be fulfilled when Israel inhabits this land during the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. God promised David a Son in 1 Chronicles 17:11-14, who would sit upon his throne forever. This promise will finally be fulfilled when Jesus rules over the nation of Israel during His Millennial Kingdom. God promised His chosen people in Jeremiah 31:31-34 that He would give them a new heart and cause them to walk in His statues. This promise will be fulfilled when the nation of Israel finally receives Jesus as their Messiah and thus are born-again into the true family of God.