A future Tribulation prefacing Messiah’s Millennial Reign. Why?
Our entire creation within the Realm of Time is the resultant of Satan’s rebellion in the Kingdom and God removing that destructive war from His Kingdom and commissioning the Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:35), to create this Earth (John 1; Hebrews 1; Colossians 1) as a repository to deal with Satan’s destructive sin partially constrained by Time and physics (Hebrews 11:3). The previous 6000+ years have been God’s display to the faithful angelic creation, those remaining loyal during the rebellion, of the horrors of sin, disobedience, the ramifications of rejecting God’s authority. The first major “tribulation” period that displayed God’s wrath concerning Satan’s deception on the Earth was the Noahic generation that God ultimately destroyed with water (Genesis 6).
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6
Subsequently, wars and rumors of wars have come and gone and many millions if not billions of human lives have succumbed to starvation-murder-torture-hate-suffering families and men and women and children, the Holocaust, abortion…these are examples God has given to the faithful angelic creation relevant to WHY Satan was cast from Heaven (Luke 10:18; Ezekiel 28:11+) and why Satan, the fallen angels, must one-day be sequestered in Hell forever; this, while God has defeated and destroyed the works of the Devil via selfless love through the Gospel (Genesis 3:15; Genesis 3:21; 1 John 3:8b; John 3:16).
The coming Tribulation Era will be another stark display of evil and I believe the Holy Spirit’s restraining power will be at least partially lifted (2 Thessalonians 2:7) and the horror of pure, unrestrained, evil will be witnessed upon the Earth and in the Heavens; at that time, the Nation’s of Russia-China-Iran/Islamic coalition will ally against Jerusalem, Israel and an unconscionable nuclear war will ensue (Zechariah 14:12).
12 And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths. Zechariah 14:12 (NKJV)
The 2nd-Tribulation Era will culminate with Jesus Christ victorious over the armies who have fought against Israel initiating the 2nd-Advent of Messiah Jesus and the initiation of His Millennial Reign. At the initiation of the Millennial Kingdom, Satan will be bound for 1000-years and perfect peace will reign upon the Earth; this, another stark, experientially relevant, model differentiating Satan’s 6000-years of destruction v. World peace for 1000-years while the rebellious cherub angel is incarcerated.
At the end of the Millennial Reign of Christ, Satan will be loosed once again to deceive the Nations with lies and apostasy and a rebellion against God’s authority will once again manifest; this is a final demonstration to the faithful angelic creation concerning Satan’s horror through deception and the faithful angels will ultimately concur with Jesus Christ that Satan does indeed deserve punishment in Hell, forever (Revelation 20:10).
So then, the coming Tribulation dispensation will be one of the final major demonstrations by God relevant to the horrors of disobedience, the catastrophic consequences of ignoring God and His moral law; the demonstration of Satan’s horror upon the Earth will ultimately act as a bulwark against rebellion in the New Jerusalem for both the resurrected saints and the angels as free will remains extant and uninhibited but controlled via experiential relevance gained through 6000-years of observing Satan’s deception upon the previous Earth that will have been purified by fire (John 8:44; 2 Peter 3:7).