Just before the Lord Jesus' crucifixion at the hand of the godless leadership of Israel and the Roman empire (Isa. 53, Dan. 9:26, Matt. 26:22-25, 26:54-75, 27, John 1:11; 18-19, Acts 2:22-24), the Messiah Divinely rebuked the elite religious establishments of His day for their gross ignorance and twisting of the Holy Scriptures, REALITY and ETERNAL TRUTH (Matt.20-23). These hypocritical, godless, lawless agents of Lucifer had despised the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God and had replaced it for vain tradition, lawlessness, religious secularism, religious conservatism and their mass deceptional promotion of this ideology on the nation of Israel (Matt. 15:7-20, 22. 23, Rom 1:18-32, 2). The last words which the Lord spoke to these individuals openly in rebuke before His crucifixion is His prophetic phrase, which spoke of His GLORIOUS RETURN from Heaven's GLORY to deliver Israel from total annihilation from the nations of the world and the Anti Messiah (Matt. 23:39, Dan, 2:44-45, 7:13-14, Zech. 12:8-14, 13:1-2, 8-9, 14:1-15, Rev. 19:11-21)
"For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord (Matt. 23:39)".
It was after this powerful public rebuke at the Feast of Passover that the Messiah and His disciples departed to the Mt.of Olives (Matt. 24:1-3). It was here on the Mt. of Olives, the VERY replace in which the Lord Jesus will GLORIOUSLY RETURN in the future and establish His ETERNAL reign (Dan. 2:44-45, 7:13-14, Zech. 14:1-5, Acts 2:6-12, Rev. 19:11-21) that He begins to briefly describe (Matt. 24:4-14) the HORRIFIC seven year tribulation period and His GLORIOUS second coming (Dan. 2:44-45, 7:13-14, 9:26-27, Zech. 14:1-5, Rev. 6-19). The Messiah begins His insight with a very sobering warning of the mass demonic deception and provides a brief description of the first 3 1/2 years and concludes that all these things HORRIFIC events are ONLY just the beginning of birth pangs (Matt. 24:4-8, Rev. 6-9). We want to take a look at these "beginning of sorrows or birth pangs" and see just how EXPONENTIAL they truly are, for it will be as these birth pangs EXPONENTIALLY intensify (Zech. 13:7-9, Matt. 24:9-54, Rev. 12-16) that it will finally lead to the birth of the salvation of the nation of Israel, the peace of Jerusalem and the Kingdom reign of Almighty God the Son on earth (Psalm 122:6, Isa. 66:5-10, Jer. 30:1-8, Dan. 2:44-45, 7:13-14, 9: 24, Zech.12:8-14, 13:1-2, 9, Rom. 11:25-27, Rev. 19:11-21).
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matt. 24:4-8)
When the Rapture of the Church finally takes place - in which Almighty God the Son calls out His body (saints and ambassadors) - it (The Rapture) will be a wondrous sign unto the apostate western world more so than a sign unto the whole world. For all had better be prepared, for Almighty God's "Day of Wrath" is now at hand (2 Thess. 2:3-12)!