We are going to begin to discuss the events of the Birth-pains or Tribulation period. There are many events that happen during this time and many prophecy teachers discuss them, but there are a few keys that need to be understood in order to get the full picture. Nearly twenty years ago Hatikva Ministries discovered that a tremendous amount of information was available to study if you knew about these keys. The first key is to understand that the last ten kings of Judah relate to the seven years of the Tribulation. The second key was to understand that the eighth century B.C. prophets taught in detail about the first three and a half years of the Birth-pains and the seventh century B.C. prophets taught the last three and a half years of the Birth-pains. In other words, if you want to understand what is going to happen in the first three and a half years of the Birth-pains, study the eighth century prophets like Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Hosea, Amos, Isaiah and Micah. If you want to study the events of the last three and a half years of the Birth-pains, study the seventh century prophets like Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. The final key that is necessary is to understand the festivals in order to understand what these prophets are trying to say. So lets begin to talk about the first year of the Birth-pains and the reign of King Yotham. We know that America has been destroyed by Russia on Tishri 8, two days before the Birth-pains begin. As Yom Kippur comes, the false messiah signs a treaty with Israel. This begins the Birth-pains of 2520 days. Russia attacks Europe and will be winning a conventional war with Europe (Isa 20.1-6; 16.14; 37.30). The two witnesses begin to prophesy in Israel (Zech 4.1-5, 11-14; Rev 11.3-13). There will be a general strengthening and it is quiet in the land, the Temple is being built, but Syria and the Northern Kingdom of Israel (second Jewish state) are causing trouble (1 Kings 15.32-38; 2 Chr 27.1-9). The Israeli people are warned about fleeing to Europe (Isa 30; Isa 31; Isa 14.28-32; Isa 10.1-4; Isa 52.14; Jer 48). Along with the two witnesses, the 144,000 are also working in Israel, telling the people to turn back to the Torah. (Isa 6; Isa 18.3-7; Rev 18.4; Micah 4.9-10; Zech 2.1-7; Isa 66.7-9; Jer 50.4-8, 16, 28; Jer 51.6, 9, 10, 45, 50,; Isa 48.20) The Temple services have begun, starting on Rosh Ha Shannah-Ezra 3.1-6). This brings us up to year two and the reign of King Ahaz (2 Kings 16.1-20; 2 Chr 28.1-27). The Russians are fighting and winning a conventional war with Europe (Isa 20.1-6; 16.14; 37.30). The Arab countries if Syria and Saudi Arabia, along with the Palestinians, attack and defeat the second Jewish state in the north and Israel is cut in half. Israel appeals to Russia for help and the Arabs are defeated and Damascus is destroyed. This is to lull Israel into thinking they can be trusted. Their guard is down and Israel is losing their military strength. Jordan will not be involved, and all this is setting up the conspiracy of the third year (2 Chr 28.15-21; 2 Kings 16.8-9; Isa chapters 7 through 10; 2 Kings 15.2-9; Isa 8.12, 10.5-7; Ezek 38.10; Isa 17; Hos 12.1). The two witnesses continue to preach in Israel along with the 144,000. The Temple services are being conducted in Jerusalem. The reign of King Hezekiah teaches us about the third year of the Birth-pains (2 Kings 18; 2 Chr 29). There will be a short peace in the middle east brokered by Russia and terrorism stops. Israel will let its guard down along with its defenses. A conspiracy is formed in Heshbon, Jordan, with the Russians, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the Palestinians to destroy Israel. Russia will betray them, setting up the stage for the false messiah (Psa 83.1-8; Zech 2.1-9; Obadiah 6-7; Ezek 38.11; Isa 16.1-14; Jer chapters 47 through 49; Isa 10.6-7; Jer 48.2). The Russians continue to fight in Europe also and winning a conventional war, the two witnesses and the 144,000 continue to minister in Israel and the Temple services continue in Jerusalem. At the turn of the year, on Rosh Ha Shannah, year 6004, Russia and her allies attack Israel in a surprise attack on Rosh Ha Shannah. This is the invasion of Gog and Magog. Many Jews flee to Europe to escape the advancing Russian alliance, but have been warned not to go there (Isa 30; Isa 31; Isa 14.28-32; Isa 10.1-4; Isa 52.4; Jer 46). The Russian army is defeated by the Lord on Yom Kippur, year 6004, after a ten day war. The Russian army will be buried in the Valley of Hamon-gog, or the Valley of Tears, where a major tank battle was fought during the Yom Kippur war. Israel realizes that Yeshua is the Messiah through the preaching of the two witnesses and the 144,000. Many Jordanians also accept Yeshua. This ten day period is the second significant Rosh Ha Shannah and Yom Kippur of the Birth-pains (Num 19.12,19; Isa 10.12-20; Isa 1; Isa 8.6; Micah 5.5-6; Isa chapters 36 and 37. Isa 11.11-16; Zech chapters 12 and 13; Jer 6.1-14; Ezek 38 and 39; Joel 2.15; Isa 37.30; Zech 12.10; Isa 16; Ezek 39.22; Isa 9.1-7; Isa 42. 10-15; Isa 21.13-5; Jer 48. 13-28). The false messiah, knowing the armies of Russia that have been sent into Israel have been destroyed, attacks Russia and destroys her, becoming the most powerful leader in the world (Num 24.20-24; Micah 5.5-6; Ezek 39.6; Ezek 31.1-11). At this point there are six more months till the exact half-way point of the Birth-pains on Nisan 10. The reign of King Manasseh teaches us events of the fourth year of the Birth-pains. During this time Israel will be ritually unclean due to the war with Russia and burying the dead. The next Passover will be cancelled for one month (Num 9.1-11; 2 Chr 30.1-6, 18-19; Ezek 39.11-12) but events that will happen on Nisan 10 will cause Israel to flee into the wilderness (Rev 12.13-17).