Preoccupation with Daily Life

Cut-Short by Christ's Return...

Luke 17 fulfilled by Revelation 18

In Revelation 18's End-Time Babylon, unsaved people will be

eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
buying and selling
planting and building

until the very day Babylon is destroyed--"in one day"--at the very End of the Tribulation.


Likewise,

in Luke 17's End-Time generation, unsaved people will be

eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
buying and selling
planting and building

until the very day they are destroyed--"on the day that the Son of Man is revealed"--at the very End of the Tribulation.


Jesus gave the prophecy of Luke 17. Revelation 18 gives a prophecy of the coming fulfillment of Luke 17. This conclusion is based on these 3 Facts,


1) The activities harmonize

2) The times correlate

3) The results are the same in both passages.


Let's look at them in that order.

BELOW: According to both Luke 17 and Revelation 18, at the very End of the Tribulation people somehow, somewhere in the world will be involved in the necessities of making a living and pursuing life apart from God.
1. The ACTIVITIES HARMONIZE

In Luke 17 and Revelation 18, the activities ARE THE SAME. Revelation 18 says that in Babylon people are eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, and planting and building right up until the very End of the Tribulation. Luke 17:24-37 says the same things will be occurring at that very same time, where we read,

Preoccupation with Daily Life During the Great Tribulation in Luke 17

"And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were EATING, they were DRINKING, they were MARRYING, they were being GIVEN IN MARRIAGE, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
"It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were EATING, they were DRINKING, they were BUYING, they were SELLING, they were PLANTING, they were BUILDING; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. "It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed." Luke 17:26-30 #1 (#refers to Reference Notes at end)

Preoccupation with Daily Life During the Great Tribulation in Revelation 18

Note the activities carried on in that end-day mega-city up to the very moment of its destruction.

 Revelation 18
 1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory.
 2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
 3 ...the merchants [BUYING AND SELLING] of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality."
 
 11 "And the merchants [BUYING AND SELLING]...no one buys their cargoes any more...
 12 ...cargoes [BUYING AND SELLING] of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble [BUILDING Materials]...
 13 ...and cinnamon and spice [PLANTING; EATING AND DRINKING] and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat [PLANTING; EATING AND DRINKING] and cattle and sheep [EATING AND DRINKING], and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves [BUILDING] and human lives.
 
 15 "The merchants [BUYING AND SELLING] of these things, who became rich from her...

 17 ...for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!' And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living [BUYING AND SELLING] by the sea...

 19 ... the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth [BUYING AND SELLING]...
 
 22 "And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters [MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE; EATING AND DRINKING]... heard in you ... craftsman [BUILDING] of any craft ... and the sound of a mill [PLANTING]
 23 ...and the light of a lamp ... and the voice of the bridegroom and bride [MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE] for your merchants [BUYING AND SELLING] were the great men of the earth...


The Chart Below shows the Harmony of the Activities in both Revelation 18 and Luke 17.

2. The TIMES CORRELATE

Luke 17 and Revelation 18 both occur at the END of the Tribulation

1. The TIMING of Luke 17


"And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, ... until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
"It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, ... but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.

"It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. Luke 17:26-30 (See Reference Note #1, Double Reference Prophecy)

The “DAYS of NOAH/LOT” in LUKE 17
come at the END of the TRIBULATION


●Note the BOLD-singular "the day" in the Luke 17 passage above. The "the day" of the deliverance of Noah and Lot is compared to the "the day" when Christ "is revealed." Christ is "revealed" at His Second Coming to the earth, when every eye will see Him (Rev. 1:7), not at the Rapture. There was a particular "day" that "buying and selling" was not just interrupted, but STOPPED "on the [very] same day that Noah entered the Ark [and] that Lot went out" of Sodom and Gomorrah." "Buying and selling" does not STOP at the Rapture. #2

●Christs’ coming is like “LIGHTNING,” v.24, is a SECOND COMING OF CHRIST passage according to Matthew 24:27-30 .#3
 
●It is the Second Coming, NOT the Rapture.” Verses 31 & 32, is a warning given to BELIEVERS and, as such, it CONTRADICTS a Rapture, because the Rapture, according to 1 Corinthians 15:52, will happen "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." The Rapture does not wait for a person to make a decision on whether to go back into the house for his suitcase and goods. #4

●The ones “TAKEN” are taken where Vultures & Death are, which is END of Tribulation Judgment, v.37.#5

Therefore, LUKE 17 will come at the END of the TRIBULATION.

Another clear End-of-Tribulation passage is Revelation chapter 18.

2. The TIMING of Revelation 18

BABYLON FALLS at the

END of the TRIBULATION


●A clear time-sequence is given to the Bowl Judgments, said to be “seven plagues, which are the LAST,” Rev. 15:1


●Again, a clear time-sequence is given to the Bowl Judgments,“..because in them the wrath of God is FINISHED.” Rev. 15:1


●The END of the Tribulation occurs when “the seventh angel poured out his bowl… 'It is DONE.' ” Rev. 16:17


● It is in that "LAST-FINISHED-DONE" seventh and final Bowl judgment that Babylon is destroyed in one hour and ALL of her "buying and selling" activities are destroyed with her in that same hour. That means that those activities all CONTINUED UNTIL THAT VERY HOUR--that is, until the End of the Tribulation. "Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.' "And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes  any more (Rev. 18:10-11; The statement "any more/any longer" occurs 8 times relating to the sudden halt of all "eating and drinking buying-selling" activities at the very hour of the destruction of Babylon.


●This destruction of Babylon and ALL of her "EATING-DRINKING, BUYING-SELLING" activities occurs “AFTER” the "kings of the whole world" are "gathered" to Armageddon. This happens at the VERY END of the Tribulation. Rev. 16:16-16


Therefore, REVELATION 18 will come at the END of the TRIBULATION.

BELOW: The "days of Noah and Lot" from Luke 17:24-37 occur when Christ comes "like lightning" at the End of the Tribulation. The same event is also depicted in Revelation 18.
3. The RESULTS are the SAME

In both Luke 17 and Revelation 18
1. Some people manage to live "life as usual"during the Tribulation

2. The saints are rescued
at the End of the Tribulation. (
Luke 17:27,29; Rev. 18:4)
3. The lost are destroyed at the End of the Tribulation.
(Luke 17:27,29; Rev. 18:5-8)


1. HOW DO SOME PEOPLE MANAGE TO LIVE "LIFE AS USUAL" DURING THE TRIBULATION?

Jesus said about those days,
"for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall. "And unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short. Mat. 24:21-22
We can see how this occurs in the Book of Revelation. As a result of the first 4 Seal Judgments, 1/4 of earth's population dies. Then at the 6th Trumpet Judgment, another 1/3 die. That amounts to 1/2 of the people on the planet. How could anyone simulate living a "normal" life like those who are "eating and drinking, buying and selling" in Luke 17 and Revelation 18?
Yet, it is happening. And the KEY to "How can this be?" is found in Revelation 9, during that very same Trumpet Judgment that kills 1/3 of all human life remaining on earth. We read,

A third of mankind was killed ... And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands...Rev. 9:18-20

The "works of their hands" are the "eating, drinking, buying, selling," and all of the life-as-usual activities we read about that are going on in Babylon at the edge of history as Christ is set to Return in Judgment. The "works of their hands" are interwoven with what follows in the rest of the passage, the worship of...

... demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts. Revelation 9:18-21

Notice that the works of their hands involves material objects, the same kind we read about in the Revelation 18:7 passage where the merchants of the earth (buyers and sellers) are trading lavishly in their materialism...to the point where it is said that "your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery." Revelation 18:23

That is exactly what Revelation 9:18-21 says: The merchants of the earth, who perpetuate the "life as usual" blindness that both Luke 17 and Revelation 18 talk about, are captivated with the sorcery and immorality of the Great City Babylon to the point of worshiping the wealthy produce of their own hands--and get this--to the point of blindly ignoring the DEATH OF 33% OF THE ENTIRE PLANET! Read Revelation 9:18 again ("A third of mankind was killed") and then read Revelation 9:20 again ("And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands").

I would be absolutely dumbfounded except for these words of our Lord which come to mind...where it was said to Jesus about unbelievers, "if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!" And Jesus' reply? "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead." Luke 16:30-31

In light of Jesus' statement it could be said that "If someone doesn't believe his Bible ("Moses and the Prophets"), neither will he repent if one-third of the world shows up dead in the breaking-news."#6

That is the situation we encounter in Luke 17 and Revelation 18. This is the "worship" of the "works of their hands"--the "buying and selling," the "planting and building"--in a hard-hearted people, Un-Repentant, and willfully-blind to the fact that God has come down to Judge the world. #7

The fact that these people "did not repent" explains their  obsession with living life-as-usual up until the very End of the Tribulation.

BELOW: More Than Half of Syria's Population Has Been Killed, Wounded, or Displaced in the Syrian Civil War as of 2016. That is staggering. Syria had a population of 23 million when the war began in 2011. About one-half million have been killed. Yet in Damascus and other Syrian cities LIFE-as-USUAL continues--"buying and selling, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, planting and building"--in the midst of a war of catastrophic proportion. The scale of the casualties in Syria is like a localized-Tribulation. Even though the Great Tribulation will exceed anything like it in history, we can still see the fact of "life-as-usual" activity which occurs amid war and devastation.
2. HOW WILL SAINTS BE RESCUED FROM GODS WRATH AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION?

Both Luke 17 and Revelation 18 show a Divine Rescue of Believers when God's wrath falls upon the whole earth at the End of the Tribulation. But how does this happen? How does God rescue Believers as He rescued Noah and Lot? The Bible provides significant insight into the "HOW ?" of this Divine Rescue at the End of the Tribulation.

1. First, God calls to "my people" to leave Babylon just before its Final Fall. The call to "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues" PRESUPPOSES that they will be taken to a place of refuge to avoid those very "plagues" that God is speaking about--plagues which level ALL of the cities of the entire world (Rev. 16:19). Why else would God give such a command if He provided no safety?  Otherwise, these people who exit Babylon would simply venture into another plague-saturated area since the Bowl plagues are global.
2.
There is Biblical precedent for protected refuge areas from God's (or even Satan's) wrath.

1. When the 10 Plagues saturated the Land of Egypt at the time of the Exodus, God turned the Land of Goshen in lower Egypt where the Israelites lived into a Divine-refuge area. Exo. 8:22

2. When the baby Jesus was targeted by King Herod to be killed, God directed Joseph and Mary to take their Christ-child to the safety of Egypt. Mat. 2:13-21

3. Jesus fore-directed the Jews to  "flee to the mountains" (which believing Jews did) when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Luke 21:21-23

4. Jesus gives a similar command to future Tribulation Jews living in Israel, directing them to the "mountains" as a Divine-safety-zone. Mat. 24:16-21

5. Both Daniel 11:41 and Revelation 12:4,14 support the understanding that the Tribulation Divine-refuge area for the Jews will be in the land of Edom, Moab and Ammon (modern Jordan-Petra)--Divinely prepared and set apart as a land of  safety during that time.

6. During the "time of the indignation" (a term for the Great Tribulation) God cautions His people to "enter into your rooms...close your doors...Hide for a little while until the indignation runs its course." Isa. 26:20
 
7. During the Tribulation God calls upon His people to seek His righteousness, adding "Perhaps you will be hidden [from danger] in the day of the Lord's anger (the Day of the Lord/Tribulation)." Zep. 2:3
3. What we learn from these Bible references is that God LEADS His people to SAFETY, and He PROVIDES a place of REFUGE.

That is what God did for Noah and Lot (Gen. 7:1,13-16; 19:12-22; Luke 17:26-30). As Peter tells us regarding Noah and Lot,"the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from [trials]..." 2 Peter 2:4-9
That is what God does for those Believers living in Babylon before He sends His heavenly missiles to destroy Babylon--and her EATING AND DRINKING, BUYING AND SELLING, MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE, PLANTING AND BUILDING-- forever.
IN CONCLUSION: Both Luke 17:24-37 and Revelation chapter 18 prophesy of these "life-as-usual" events #8, continuing during the Tribulation in some places until they are climactically CUT SHORT on a single day at the End of the Tribulation. #9
REFERENCE NOTES:

#1
“DOUBLE REFERENCE” PROPHECY

The "days of Noah" is a double reference" prophecy in Matthew 24:37-39. That is because of the "day or hour" imminency clause attached to it in v.36, 44. An imminent event is an "any-moment" event--it can happen at any time, suddenly  and unexpected. That can only apply to the Rapture. But the "days of Noah" in Matthew 24 is also a Second Coming reference because contextually Christ is coming "like lightning" (v.27).


The imminent language is not used in Luke 17. The double-reference in Matthew's "days of Noah" has reference to both the Rapture and the Christ's Return to the Earth. Luke 17 has reference only to the Second Coming. Double reference prophecy, well attested in prophetic Scripture already, compresses the Rapture and Return phases of Christ’s Second Coming into a single prophecy in Matthew 24, without reference to the fact that the  Rapture and Return have separate fulfillments at least 7 years apart.The compression of the two events into a single prophecy makes them appear to be a single event.


The Old Testament prophets saw the “coming of Christ” to be a single event because the predictions of Christ’s coming in a manger and coming as a King were compressed “double-reference” prophecies.

The"days of Noah" prophecy of Matthew 24 fits the same mold, a Rapture and a Return appearing as one prophecy while separated in actual fulfillment.


"Few laws are more important to observe in the interpretation of prophetic Scriptures than the law of double reference. Two events, widely separated as to the time of their fulfillment, may be brought together into the scope of one prophecy."

Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, p.46.


#2 There was a particular "day" that "buying and selling" was not just interrupted, but STOPPED "on the [very] same day that Noah entered the Ark [and] that Lot went out" of Sodom and Gomorrah." This single-"day" is compared to the single-"day that [Jesus] is revealed." This happens at His Second Coming to the earth, NOT at the Rapture. Why? Since the Antichrist permits the majority of the world [unbelievers] who take his number [666] to "buy and sell" [Rev. 13:17] during the Tribulation, then "buying and selling" is NOT STOPPED with the Rapture. But in Luke 17 "buying and selling", etc., STOPS at Christ's Second Coming (not the Rapture) because we know from the Biblical history of these two events that the "buying and selling", etc., STOPPED on the day Noah entered the Ark and it STOPPED on the day when Lot went out from Sodom and Gomorrah. In both instances, the "buyers and sellers" were destroyed suddenly, totally and absolutely (Sodom and Gomorrah reduced "to ashes", 2 Pet. 2:6). Therefore, "on the day that Christ is revealed" in Luke 17 must refer, NOT to the Rapture, but rather to the Second Coming of Christ to the earth.

#3 When Does Jesus Return "like lightning"?
1. In Luke 17:24, the glorious appearance of the Second Coming of Christ “just as the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky [and] shines to the other part of the sky” is a clear reference to His coming at the end of the Great Tribulation as seen by the same phrase in Matthew 24:27-30.
2. That same appearance of lightning-like glory will happen on THE DAY that the Son of Man is revealed.” (Luke 17:31)
3. It is compared to THE DAY that Lot fled Sodom (v. 28-29)--a day of brimstone, fire and smoke, which EVERY EYE in the whole land could see (Gen. 19:24-28).
4. Therefore, on the day of the Second Coming of Christ, at the end of the Great Tribulation, somewhere, someplace, there will be everyday eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting and building activities happening on the earth when Christ comes like "lightning, when "every eye will see Him" (Rev. 1:7).

#4 Luke 17 CONTRADICTS the Rapture event
Any attempt to insert the Rapture into Luke 17:24-37 CONTRADICTS the passage at verses 30-32, where we read this:
"It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. "On that day, let not the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house go down to take them away; and likewise let not the one who is in the field turn back. "Remember Lot's wife. (Luke 17:30-32)
On "the day that the Son of Man is revealed" Believers are warned not to turn back to get their goods out of the house. There is a time-consuming decision and a time-consuming act involved in this warning. However, the Rapture permits no such time consuming thoughts or acts, for it occurs "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." (1 Cor. 15:52) Therefore, "the day that the Son of Man is revealed" is not the Rapture, but rather the Second Coming.
 

#5 The Judgment of Luke 17 happens at the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth

The Judgment described in Luke 17:26-30 compares the two judgments on the people of Noah's day and Lot's day with the judgment that will occur when "the Son of Man is revealed." Both of those early judgments "destroyed them all" (Gen. 7:21-23; 19:24-28; Luke 17:27, 29) suddenly and completely. This does not occur to the Tribulation-generation left behind after the Rapture. They are judged over a period of 7 years. The Judgment at the End of the Tribulation at the Second Coming, however, can be compared to the Luke 17 judgment of Lot's Sodom and Gomorrah (v.29, "fire [Greek "pur"] and brimstone"), because Christ "shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire [Greek "pur"]." (2 Thessalonians 1:7)


#6 "Life-as-usual" in catastrophes

We can see a picture of this in a smaller micro-setting when everyday life carried on in Asia after the 2004 Indonesia tsunami (documented as “one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history”), or when day to day life continued after the 2011 Japan earthquake-tsunami, or when Superstorm Sandy hit about 33% of the continental United States. Some sense of normal life continued in each location, including 66% of the U.S. Also, when half-a-million Syrians were killed in the Syrian Civil War (as of 2016), "eating and drinking, buying and selling, marrying and giving in marriage, planting and building" continued in Damascus and other Syrian cities.


#7 "did not repent of the works of their hands"

A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues [the 6th Trumpet Judgment]... And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts." Rev. 9:18-21


The "works of their hands" are the "eating, drinking, buying, selling, and all of the life-as-usual activities we read about going on in Babylon (Rev. 18) at the edge of history as Christ is set to Return in Judgment


"Repent" means to change one's mind and turn away from or toward something. In a Biblical context it often means to turn our mind away from sin and the world and toward God and heaven. Notice above that at the same time "a third of mankind was killed" that "the rest of mankind...did not repent." That means they did not change and turn toward God, but rather kept on worshiping the "works of their hands"--planting, building, eating, drinking, buying, selling. They worshiped the fruit and profit of their material production--which then became their idols (sorcery and immorality). The committed thefts and murders to keep it. Obsessed and drunk with "wealth" (Rev. 18:17) they fastened their focus on Babylon despite the sudden deaths of several BILLION people (v.18).

The next steps come very quickly. "Works of the hands" are valued to the exclusion of God. "Works of the hands" then become one's focus of "worship." Next comes thefts, sorcery, immorality and even murder in the pursuit of the "wealth" obtained by the "Works of the hands." All the while the true object of the worship is the demons and dark spirits behind the gross materialism (verse 20).

When these people chase wealth and worldly glitter, they ignore the reality around them. But could anyone ignore waking up to the breaking news that 1/3 of mankind died overnight? Disgustingly--YES. Jesus put it in perspective: "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead." (Luke 16:31)


Now--we can see how "life-as-usual" could happen in some places during the "great tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall."

1. The Trumpet Judgments target 33% of the earth.
2. The Bowl Judgments target 100% of the earth. With the spoiling of 100% of both vegetation and water on the earth, “no life would have been saved”, as Jesus said in Matthew 24:22.
3. While the Trumps “plague” the earth; The Bowls “kill” the earth. Without pure water, there is no life.
4. The Trumps span the Great Tribulation in a 3.5 year horizontal timeline— still, life goes on. But the Bowls, triggered by the 7th Trump, commence an assault on the earth in a rapid-fire vertical timeline (the Day of the Lord) with plagues so severe that life is only saved by the Return of Jesus.
5. During the Trumps, 66% of the earth, though heavily impacted and deeply troubled by the catastrophes which have affected 33% of the earth, will still carry on everyday life to some degree.
6. The key to understanding this, as we have seen, is Revelation 9:18-21.

"A third of mankind was killed ... And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands..."


#8 LIFE AS USUAL “on the day”that Jesus Returns

Luke 17:28-30
●eating, drinking

       ●buying, selling

       ●planting, building
        ●marrying, giving in marriage

       Revelation 18


●financing (v. 11-16; requires a working international banking system)

●producing (v. 11-16; requires a viable capital, management & labor system)

●profit making (v. 17; “great” wealth requires “great profit”, and assumes a global marketplace)

●international commerce (v. 19; “ships at sea” require cargo & crews, fuel & maintenance, ports, etc.)

●entertainment industry (v. 22; assumes leisure time, events production & celebration venues, etc.)

●business & industry (v. 22; requires training, systems management, production & distribution, etc.)

●food processing (v. 22; requires millage & processing plants, refrigerated transport, etc.)

●power & utilities (v. 23; requires energy sources, generating plants & infrastructure)

●family life, love & marriage (v. 23; assumes a sense of confidence about the future)

●merchant stores (v. 11, 15, 23: requires a system of goods & services production, advertising & retail, etc)


#9 Luke 17 and "the day"

Both Luke 17 and Revelation 18 stress judgment occurs on a single, normal 24 hour day. Luke 17 compares "the day" that both Noah and Lot took refuge to "the day" that Christ Returns (v.27, 29 & 30). The accounts of Noah and Lot in Genesis confirm that each took refuge on a particular 24 hour day (Gen. 7:4, 13; 19:15, 23, 27).


More Indications of Functional Life at the End of the Tribulation Period


Revelation 11:7-10--The Global Celebration  (CLICK HERE)

●viewing TV/Internet (v. 9; requires a global communications network)

●celebrating worldwide in unison (v. 10; requires instantaneous communication)

●sending gifts/international shipping (v. 10; requires an intact global postal network)


Revelation 16:16--Armageddon

●An international coalition of “all the nations of the earth” gathered against Jerusalem in the Valley of Armageddon (Zec. 12:3; 14:2; Rev. 16:16; 19:19)— requires the massive transport of troops, machines & supplies, logistics & support, food, water, munitions, communication, coordination, etc. over vast areas of continents and oceans, in a VERY short window of time.

The truth of this is made abundantly clear in the story of the plagues of Egypt during the Exodus. Very similar plagues to those of the Trumpet Judgments of Revelation did not compel the hard-hearted Egyptians to belief in God, and they were able to send a fully functioning army of chariots and horsemen after the Israelites. In the midst of plagues of blood-water to hailstone bombardment, they watered and fed both the troops and the horses and chased the Hebrews all the way to the Red Sea. There, the Egyptians met their doom. The same will be the case when the Antichrist raises up his international army and brings them on a planetary rendezvous to Armageddon--and doom.