There's a lot of confusion about the coming time of "great tribulation" Jesus warned the Church about in Matthew 24 and Mark 13.

Many have made small fortunes from selling books and movies about it which do not fit Scripture of actually what the tribulation will be about. Hal Lindsey is 89 and still pushing ideas about death and destruction and all out war for the very end of this world during the tribulation. Those things are NOT actually written to happen during the coming tribulation though.

Matt 24:6
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass,
but the end is not yet.

Lot of preachers quote that verse by our Lord Jesus, except they often forget to quote that very last phrase, "but the end is not yet." They'll go on a tangent about the tribulation being all out wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, but they won't quote that last phrase our Lord Jesus said there. So what was our Lord actually saying there?

He showed there, that as long as we hear of wars and rumors of wars going on, then the 'end' is not yet. What "end"? That "end" is the actual time of "great tribulation" He warned us about in a later verse in Matthew 24:21. The hearing of wars and rumors of wars is not... the time of "great tribulation'! (Sorry Hal.)

So what kind of time will the "great tribulation" be? Like Jesus said, as long as wars and rumors of wars are going on, the 'end' is not... yet. So the 'end' will be what kind... of time, one of wars still? No! it will be a time opposite of wars and rumors of wars! Is that what the Hal Lindsey types are preaching? Nope. They are preaching gloom and doom, all out war, pestilences, famines, etc., for the tribulation time. All that actually happens before... the tribulation at the "end".

Even in the next Matthew 24:4-8 verses, our Lord showed that time before the end would be about wars, pestilences, famines, and earthquakes. And He called that time "the beginning of sorrows". That isn't the "end" though; the "end" is about the later time of "great tribulation". Do you see the difference?

Here is how you will know when the time of the "end" begins, i.e., the "great tribulation" like our Lord Jesus warned:

Matt 24:15-22
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

When the event of an abomination idol being setup in a temple in Jerusalem happens, that... is the time for us to really be on watch. That is the time of the "end" our Lord Jesus referred to. That is what starts the time of "great tribulation" upon Christ's servants on earth, His Church. That tribulation will be upon those who refuse to bow to that pseudo-Christ that is come and set that abomination in place in Jerusalem. That is what the "abomination of desolation" is about which our Lord Jesus quoted from the Book of Daniel (see Dan.11 about the "vile person" especially.)

That time of the "end" will be a short time of world peace. It will be the time of the dragon's 42 month reign of Rev.13. The globalists will finally have their "one world government" when that pseudo-Christ shows up to exalt himself as God in Jerusalem (2 Thess.2). Per 1 Thess.5, the wicked and deceived will be proclaiming a time of "Peace and safety". All wars will have stopped. All religions will be under one head, the Antichrist. The mark required to buy and sell will be instituted, and all nations will be required to bow in worship to the beast, or to his image, and take the mark, or be killed.

That time of "great tribulation" will not be a tribulation upon the wicked and deceived. It will be a tribulation specifically upon Christ's servants. We are who the dragon will be coming after. The rest of the world will be deceived into believing that false-Messiah will be God. That's why our Lord Jesus warned how that false one will work great signs and wonders that if possible, would deceive even His very elect (Matt.24:24).

That's about 'supernatural' signs and miracles, not some religious politico sitting on a throne and showing the world how great he is, holding his hand out so you can kiss it. This is why it will be time on earth that no one has ever seen the likes of before, nor will it ever be again. It will be because of those miracles and wonders the Antichrist will work that will fool the majority into believing he is God.

Again, it's that kind of working on earth, that will make that time a time of "great tribulation". It's not wars or rumors of wars, nor pestilences, nor earthquakes, that will make that a tribulation for the 'end'. It will be the appearance of the supernatural right here on earth! (Sorry Hal).

Rev 13:13-17
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Making fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men is a pretty big working of miracles! No fake claiming to be Christ has ever... done that! That... is the time of the "end" our Lord Jesus was pointing to with the "great tribulation", not the stir leading up to the tribulation which we are seeing today still.

So when you 'see' all wars have stopped on earth, you'll definitely know then why. You won't have to read a Hal Lindsey book or seek out a preacher to find out what's going on. You will either believe the appearance of the Antichrist is actually God on earth like the majority of the world will, or you will know that is the pseudo-Christ our Lord Jesus warned us about that's to come first at the "end".

Rev 13:4-8
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.