False ‘Great Tribulation’ predictions/calculations for 2019

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Each year, various ones point to their predictions and/or calculations as to when they believe the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21) will begin.

Consider, for example, that some claimed that the blood moons in 2014 and 2015 may have marked the beginning of it, and I correctly denounced that years ago (Blood Moons, Eclipses, and Prophecy; a related YouTube video is also available: Blood Moons, Prophecy, 2014, and 2015) and was proven right. I also denounced the so-called Shemitah year and the claimed devastation that was supposed to hit the world economy, etc. in late 2015 (see also 6000 years up and Jesus to return in 2016? and September ‘convergence’: a harbinger of potential disaster?), and again was right. On January 1, 2017, I blasted the idea that the claimed ‘Jubilee of 2017’ would mark the end (see Can the Great Tribulation Start in 2017? Furthermore, I blasted the idea that the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 (see Solar Eclipse and the Apocalypse) or Planet Nibiru would begin the tribulation or destroy the Earth (see Doomsayers: Planet Nibiru to destroy Planet Earth in four weeks). I also denounced the view that because of the formation of the tiny nation of Israel in 1948, that the Great Tribulation needed to start 70 years later, like in 2018 (see Odds are greater than ‘1 quad trillion to one’ that the Great Tribulation begins in less than 8 weeks! and/or watch Can the Great Tribulation begin in 2018?).


Because according to the Bible, other events needed to occur, that had not yet occurred.

We must base the timing of the Great Tribulation upon what the Bible teaches.

The reality is that there are various clues in the Bible, in such books as Daniel and Matthew, that make the prospect of the Great Tribulation happening in the next three years impossible.

(Our most recent Great Tribulation video is available to watch: Might the Great Tribulation start in 2019?)

Yet, we have seen events occur that are getting us closer.

Furthermore, from abortion to increased acceptance of sexual immorality to terrorism to politicians we are seeing the following being fulfilled:

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

With all this going on, can the Great Tribulation begin in 2019?

No, yet various ones have said so.

Here is one false prediction related to the rapture and the 70th anniversary:

The main reason I think the rapture will be in 2018 (or early-2019) is that it corresponds to the 70th anniversary of Israel, which started May 14, 2018, and obviously lasts for one year. The logical reason for the 70th anniversary is that the true meaning of the Seals already contains ‘two’ 70-year periods, in Israel’s history, so the rapture would make a ‘third’, since the rapture is the 6th Seal. (Rapture in 2018 (or early 2019). Daniel 11″ God’s Timeline. http://daniel11truth.com/rapture-2018.htm)

Although it is still “early 2019” that prediction will be in error.

Here is a prediction for a 2019 Great Tribulation from The Sabbatical Code website:

The rapture will commence before the Great Tribulation begins. … The Great Tribulation according to God’s Clock is speculated to begin in January, 2019 = October/ Tishri, 2016, which is the sabbatical code 2016-2017/ 5776-5777 as shown in God’s Calendars. 1260 days is 3.5 years of Great Tribulation. Matthew 24 was not written in chronological order. This would result the Great Tribulation lasting from 2019 to 2022, …

In Matthew 24, it says about the “flight”, which is the rapture. Then, it comes the word “great tribulation”, which pertains to this rapture timeframe. This confirms what was said from above. January, 2019 will be winter time and would be seen as the Sabbath, as it hits at 7:00 in God’s Clock. (The Great Tribulation 3.5 Years From 2019-2022. January 24, 2018. https://sabbaticalcode.com/2018/01/24/the-great-tribulation-3-5-years-from-2019-2022/)

Obviously, the Great Tribulation did not start in January 2019.

While faithful Christians have long kept the Sabbath, the ‘God’s Clock’ nonsense reminds me of the flawed numerical nonsense that the late Protestant Harold Camping used (see Harold Camping’s Teachings About the End of the World Do Not Agree with the Bible). Jesus did NOT say to look for a clock to determine this.

Here’s another one:

This is THE SCRIPTURAL TIMELINE for major tribulation events, REGARDLESS OF WHICH YEAR the Rapture TAKES PLACE. We have provided THE RABBINIC DATE for each event, followed by the PRESUMED Gregorian date. The Gregorian date ASSUMES that the Tribulation will begin in 2019. If these things happen SOME OTHER YEAR, Gregorian dates would need to be adjusted accordingly.

Adar II 29 – Rosh Chodesh Aviv (Nisan)
Friday-Saturday April 5-6 2019

6th seal open

Signs happen

Tribulation begins (Revelation 6:12)

Aviv (Nisan) 10 (10 days later)
Sunday-Monday April 14-15 2019

Rapture of the Church takes place (Joshua 4:19; Revelation 2:10)

(Tribulation timeline, updated September 2018. https://revelation2012.ch/38-articles-in-english/381-tribulation-timeline accessed 11/02/18)

The coming of the Great Tribulation is NOT based on the accuracy or inaccuracy of the Gregorian calendar. 2019 was wrong–and the dates above have passed.

The following logic is also in error:

There have only been TWO decrees to return and build Jerusalem: the first took place in 445 B.C. and the second took place on April 1, 1969.

If we count 7 shemitta cycles of 49 years FROM the first shemitta cycle after 1969 (when the SECOND DECREE was given), the SECOND COMING of Christ must take place in the year 2022.

The Rapture MUST occur approximately 3½ years PRIOR TO the end of the tribulation, which would be in spring 2019. (https://revelation2012.ch/38-articles-in-english/384-rapture-of-the-church-in-2017-and-second-coming-of-jesus-in-2020 accessed 11/13/18)

While it is still the Spring of 2019, Jesus DID NOT say anything about calculating ‘shemita’ years, but many do not seem to want to heed Jesus’ words–they want to watch the wrong things, not what He said to.

Thomas Words has a YouTube video titled THE GREAT TRIBULATION 2019-THE THIRD TEMPLE-ENDTIMES BIBLE PROPHECY-WARNINGS REPENT! (December 6, 2017). He claims that the Great Tribulation begins in 2019:

The Great Tribulation … That must be 2019 then. … This is the truth.

The Great Tribulation cannot begin in 2019. He also insists that the ‘third temple’ is about to be built–but that view of his is also in error (see also Why is a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem Not Required?).

A fringe Catholic site, possibly based on Jacinta Marto of Fatima fame and/or other apparition reports claims related to WWIII, which some would consider the start of the Great Tribulation:

A Possible Date of World War III – #1…

June 13 through 15 2019

A Possible Date of World War III – #2…

October 13 through 15 2019

(What Could Happen in 2018 and 2019… These Last Days Ministry, Updated July 13, 2018. https://www.tldm.org/Jacinta1972. Update.htm accessed 11/01/18)

One who claims to be COG (Church of God), James Malm, has pointed to pretty much every year starting with 2008 (for some details, check out the article: Error-Ridden James Malm Not Doing an Elijah Work).

In 2008, he posted:

The only possible years for the 1335 days to begin in the forseeable future are 2008 or 2009…

In short the last day of the 1335 days may occur on the day before Pentecost, making the Feast of Pentecost representative of a NEW BEGINNING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. If this is true, and I shall study it further; the final False Prophet will be set up on 3 Oct 2009! (Malm. J. 2008 and Prophecy, 30 SEP 08).

Here is what he wrote in late 2014:

There is an extremely high probability [at least 90%] that Christ will come in early 2020 and that the abomination will be set up in the Vatican in early Oct 2016 with the tribulation beginning by the end of 2016. (October 30, 2014)

Here is what James Malm wrote in late 2018:

Jerusalem has announced that Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko would soon come for a visit and this week the Israeli air force was reported to be taking part in the US-led Clear Sky exercise in Ukraine, practicing attacks against Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense missile systems.

The probability of the great tribulation beginning at the end of 2019 or 2020 is now extremely high and will increase as these matters progress. (Malm J. TheShiningLight Update, October 31, 2018. https://godourlight.info/theshininglight-update/)

At this time all events are lining up for the 42 month great tribulation to begin at the end of 2019, or if things go slowly at the end of 2020. (Malm J. TheShiningLight Update, November 25, 2018. https://godourlight.info/theshininglight-update/)

He, and others, who claim prior to 2022 are in error. There is NO possibility that the Great Tribulation will begin in 2019 or 2020. To see more of James Malm’s specific predictions, check out the article: Error-Ridden James Malm Not Doing an Elijah Work.

Necessary events that Jesus and Daniel mentioned have not happened.

So, let’s look at the account in Matthew 24:

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Matthew 24:4-15)

There is no possibility that the Great Tribulation can happen in 2019 and those who rely on the Bible have realized this. It is only those who overlook scripture and rely on their own views and/or false traditions who make the mistake of thinking that the Great Tribulation can, or could, happen in 2019.

Why do I state this?

Jesus pointed to Daniel.

Thus, one reason that the Great Tribulation will not begin yet is that one known as the final King of the North in Daniel 11 needs to rise up.

The Bible shows that the coming “King of the North” will make a deal of some sort with one called the King of the South just before the appointed time of the end:

27 Both these kings’ hearts shall be bent on evil, and they shall speak lies at the same table; but it shall not prosper, for the end will still be at the appointed time (Daniel 11:27).

Daniel chapter 11 tells much about the end times and it involves both a King of the South and a King of the North. And while there was a president of the South and a president of the North in the Union for the Mediterranean (see Deal Leading to Psalm 83?), these individuals have not held the type of power (nor prerogatives) of the prophesied King of the North and the King of the South. Nor will the current head of the post-Lisbon European Union, likely be the final King of the North as he does not seem to fit that description.

Since the Great Tribulation will not start before there is an actual King of the South and an actual final King of the North)–it is not yet.

Now the Bible shows that a “prince” will apparently confirm a peace deal with Israel:

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)

This prince, as Daniel 9:26 and other parts of the Bible show, is European. The one prophetic week is 7 years. Thus, the middle of the week is 3 1/2 years after this deal is confirmed.

The prince that is confirming this will be the King of the North of Daniel 11. And Daniel 11:31, ties in with Daniel 9:27, and hence happens 3 1/2 years after this deal is confirmed.

The Great Tribulation itself does not begin until verse 39 of Daniel 11. Therefore, since this deal of Daniel 9:27 has not yet occurred and been confirmed, the Great Tribulation cannot begin until at least 3 1/2 years from now.

That deal will probably include the United States and some Arab lands as part of the “many” in Daniel 9:27.

Since this deal has still not been made, there is NO possibility that the Great Tribulation can start prior to 2022–and even that could be too early.

Notice that in the book of Daniel there is a prophecy related to the end times that states:

26 And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate (Daniel 9:26-27).

There are several reasons that this “prince” is referring to the leader of the developing European empire (see King of the North and Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation). One is that it was the people of the Roman Empire of the 1st century that fulfilled the portion of Daniel 9:26 as they destroyed the city (Jerusalem) in 70 A.D. The European Union includes much of the land and peoples that were part of the ancient Roman Empire. And it is the “prince” coming from that people that verse 27 is referring to. Thus, this prophecy tells us that a lower level European leader will officially start to rise up about 3 1/2 years before the great tribulation (and yes, according to Jesus, some “tribulation” does happen prior to the start of the Great Tribulation). Another is the fact that the “beast of the sea” (Revelation 13:1) fits with the beasts from the “great sea” (Daniel 7:2)–and that is the Mediterranean Sea according to the Old Testament–hence this is an empire like the old Roman one (for more details, please see Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation).

This portion of scripture in Daniel seems to be discussing some type of peace deal that the Europeans will either propose or at least one from Europe will endorse. Such a deal did not exist as of late 2016, or at least was not publicly confirmed by the “prince” by then. The deal will be broken 3 1/2 years later (Daniel 9:27; 11:31).

Therefore, while the Great Tribulation is coming, it will not begin in 2019.

Christians, Philadelphian ones, are to understand Jesus said tribulation related events tie in with Daniel. Yet, most who profess Christ do not fully get it. Anyway, after Daniel 11:31 and the fleeing (Matthew 24:15; Revelation 12:14-17), the Great Tribulation begins:

21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:21-22)

This cannot possibly happen before 2022 and I do not believe the Great Tribulation can start before 2023.

The Continuing Church of God (CCOG) is pleased to announce the following video on our Bible News Prophecy YouTube channel:


Might the Great Tribulation start in 2019?

Is it possible that the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21) might begin in 2019? What about 2020 or 2021? Various ones claim based upon calendar information, shemitah cycles, and other things that it and/or the Rapture will. What were the signs that Jesus said to look for? When does Jesus return? What about the prophet Daniel and the abomination of desolation? Does Daniel 9:26-27 need to be confirmed first by a prince who will later become the King of the North? Do Daniel 9:26-27 and 12: 11 point to three and one half years? Will Europe reorganize? Has Matthew 24:14 been fulfilled? Dr. Thiel goes through biblical passages to show the earliest time that the Great Tribulation can begin. He also goes over some of what Jesus said to do now about it.

Here is a link to the sermonette video: Might the Great Tribulation start in 2019?

But make no mistake about it–the end is coming and fairly soon–and most probably, sometime in the next ten or so years. But the Great Tribulation will not start in 2019 nor 2020 (if there is a major war in the Middle East that is resolved by the Fall of 2019, then maybe 2023).

Anyway, if you are willing to believe the Bible, you can understand that the Great Tribulation cannot start in 2019.

Some may also wish to watch the video: Might the Great Tribulation start in 2019?

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

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Who is the King of the West? Why is there no Final End-Time King of the West in Bible Prophecy? Is the United States the King of the West? Here is a version in the Spanish language: ¿Quién es el Rey del Occidente? ¿Por qué no hay un Rey del Occidente en la profecía del tiempo del fin?.
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe? Here is a link to a video titled: Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?
European Technology and the Beast of Revelation Will the coming European Beast power would use and develop technology that will result in the taking over of the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies? Is this possible? What does the Bible teach? Here is a related YouTube video: Military Technology and the Beast of Revelation.
Must the Ten Kings of Revelation 17:12 Rule over Ten Currently Existing Nations? Some claim that these passages refer to a gathering of 10 currently existing nations together, while one group teaches that this is referring to 11 nations getting together. Is that what Revelation 17:12-13 refers to? The ramifications of misunderstanding this are enormous. A related sermon is titled Ten Kings of Revelation and the Great Tribulation.
Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North? Is the former German Defense Minister (who is also the former German Minister for Economics and Technology) one to watch? What do Catholic, Byzantine, and biblical prophecies suggest?
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Germany in Biblical and Catholic Prophecy Does Assyria in the Bible equate to an end time power inhabiting the area of the old Roman Empire? What does prophecy say Germany will do and what does it say will happen to most of the German people? Here is a link to a video Is the USA Pushing Germany to Start WWIII?
Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end? There is also a video sermon available: Russia in the Bible and in Prophecy and a video sermonette available: Ukraine in Prophecy?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach? Here is a link to a video, also titled Is Russia the King of the North?
Ezekiel 38: For Russia & Iran in Our Day? Is Ezekiel 38 about to be fulfilled? A related video is available titled Ezekiel 38: For Russia, Ukraine, & Iran Now?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Saxon (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo-Saxon nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first? Here is a link to the Spanish version of this article: Anglo-América & las Tribus Perdidas de Israel. Information is also in the YouTube sermons titled Where are the Ten Lost Tribes? Why does it matter? and British are the Covenant People. A short YouTube of prophetic interest may be Barack Obama and the State of the Apocalypse.
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When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2019, 2020, or 2021? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede comenzar la Gran Tribulación en 2018 o 2019? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? You can also see the English language sermon videos: The Great Tribulation from the Mount of Olives and Can the Great Tribulation begin before 2020? A shorter and newer video is: Might the Great Tribulation start in 2019?
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