There will be 144,000 Israelites "sealed" for God's service during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:4). They will be preserved so that they cannot be killed. The 144,000 Israelites will become evangelists and shall see a great harvest of souls during these terrible Tribulation days.
It is hard to imagine the impact 144,000 Spirit-filled Jews might have on the world. Their power from the Holy Spirit enables them to have great courage and bravery as they give witness to the Word and testify to salvation in Jesus Christ.
Twelve Spirit-filled Jews turned their world upside down. Imagine the magnitude of the revival that will take place during the Tribulation.
Satan is the first person and the father of the unholy trinity. The Antichrist is the second person and the son of the unholy trinity who cooperates with Satan and is the head of the reestablished Roman Empire. The third person of the unholy trinity, the False Prophet has the job of directing the worship and praise of the people back to the Antichrist (Revelation 13:11-12). The False Prophet is the head of the great religious system.
Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet—here is the unholy trinity, the major players of the end times. It’s possible that we could be only a short time away from this great holocaust.
In the middle of the Tribulation, Satan will begin immediately to persecute the woman who brought forth the male child (Revelation 12:13), which I believe is the nation of Israel. His purpose is to destroy the Jews.
His rise to power is inconspicuous. Most people will not notice in the beginning. His rise will hardly raise the attention even of those who are closest to the center of action.
Antichrist will rise up out of the masses. The combination of his magnetic personality, speaking ability, and extreme good looks will make him virtually irresistible to the masses.
When he comes on the scene, people will flock to him like flies to honey, and they will fall over themselves to do anything he asks.
The Antichrist will be Satan’s Superman, represented as a Beast (Revelation 13:1-18). During the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will personify Satan himself.
Second Thessalonians 2:9 says, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.”
Antichrist will persecute, torture, and kill any people of God, and lead the armies of the world into the climactic battle of Armageddon. He will be the most powerful dictator the world has ever seen, making Caesar, Hitler, Mao, and Saddam seem weak and tame by comparison.
But, in the final battle, the Antichrist is captured, and the False Prophet too. The two of them will be thrown alive into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20).
God's going to have two special witnesses—two witnesses who are going to be responsible to preach the Gospel and to preach the judgment of God upon those who reject. Both are real people who will die, be resurrected, and will ascend into heaven.
You have probably never heard a preacher tell you face-to-face just how bad you are. But these witnesses will tell everyone exactly what people have done; they will testify that the judgments just past were directed from God; they will warn of coming judgments infinitely more terrible; and they'll tell the Jews that it was they who killed the Lord Jesus (1 Thessalonians 2:15-16). Let's just say they won't win any elections!
People are further incensed because these two witness are immortal until God is finished with them—they can't be killed; they are given the power to defend themselves by sending fire out of their mouths to kill those who come after them. And Revelation 11:6 says that "These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire."
But, "When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them" (verse 7). So, before that God obviously gives His permission for them to be killed; and the people left their bodies in the street for 3 ½ days (verses 8-9).
Then these two witnesses are brought back to life, and the whole earth will witness it. The fear and dread that this will cause is impossible for me to describe. The beast will not be able to duplicate this miracle nor will he be able to explain their translation into heaven (verses 11-12).
And then everyone "heard a loud voice from heaven saying to [the witnesses], 'Come up here.' And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them" (Revelation 11:12). What a day for TV ratings! Two men ascending to heaven in a cloud.
Then there’s a great earthquake, killing 7,000 people, "and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven" (verse 13). They were terrified and called on God. This all happens on earth after the church has been raptured to heaven and in the middle of the Tribulation. Then the Great Tribulation begins, 3 ½ years that are so much worse that if those days had not been shortened, even the elect could not be saved.