A reader noted that the first three and a half years of the seventieth week of Daniel (the seven year period that people most people refer to as the “tribulation”) is going to be relatively “calm” compared to the period following the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel. The reader asked me if I had any ideas about why the “the FIRST 3 1/2 years seem relatively calm compared to the final 3 1/2 years?”
My response to the reader’s question is quite long so I decided to share my response with everyone just in case others might have a similar question or might want to read about this topic from my perspective.
Before I address the question directly, I want to first make clear that any period up until the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel (i.e. World War 2, World War 1, now, tomorrow, yesterday, 1000 B.C. etc.) will be relatively “calmer” period than the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel. Christ stated that the great tribulation will be the most trying time in history (Matthew 24:21) and will begin when the abomination that causes desolation mentioned by Daniel is established (Matt 24:15-21), which is at the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel (Daniel 9:27).
“(15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day. (21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:15-21)
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)
Therefore, the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel will include the most trying time in history, so any trying time period before it or after it cannot match it.
Nevertheless, while it is true that the first three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel will be relatively “calmer” compared to the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel, it does not mean that the first three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel will be a pleasant time on the earth. In fact, I believe that the first three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel will not be a good time to be alive. Global conflict, extreme famine, and deadly diseases will plague the earth during the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel, and many people will die:
Global Conflict (Revelation 6:2-3)
“(2) And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. (3) And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”
Global Famine (Revelation 6:4-6)
“(4) And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. (5) And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. (6) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”
Global Plagues (Revelation 6:7-8)
“(7) And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. (8) And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”
Although the first three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel will not be a good time to be alive, there will be a window of opportunity for people to prepare themselves for the great tribulation. The Antichrist is unlikely to openly persecute a lot of people who oppose him on religious grounds during these first three and half years because he will be busy building his kingdom. In addition, the punitive Mark of the Beast system won’t be instituted yet since Antichrist won’t yet have the control over the planet to implement and enforce it.
So to answer the reader’s question, the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel will not be a good time to be alive. Nevertheless, the likely reason why the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel is a relatively “calmer” period than the second half is that the Antichrist is going to be focused on accumulating power rather than wielding his power to make life miserable for everyone who opposes him. Once Antichrist gains control of the world he will then persecute and seek to eliminate those who oppose him with the full force of the power he’s acquired and given.
Again, people will have an opportunity to prepare for the worst even after the seventieth week of Daniel begins. However, once that window of opportunity is shut it’ll probably be very difficult for many opponents of Antichrist to do much else besides try to survive. If you want to learn about the persecution of the Antichrist’s enemies, click this link to learn more about the topic.