Order Out of Earth’s Confusion
God has declared that Babylon must fall, and no power can sustain her: and no one who realizes how imperfect is her work, and how good and gracious will be the work of the Lord after she is removed and the true Church glorified, could wish to hinder the Lord’s work for one moment.
The great tribulation of this “winter” time is to be unprecedented; and our Lord’s assurance is, that nothing to compare with it has or shall ever come upon the world. This positively identifies his language with the trouble at the close of this Gospel age of which the prophet says, “At that time shall Michael [Christ] stand up [assume control]… and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation.” (Dan. 12:1) It identifies it also with the period mentioned in Revelation (11:17,18) when “the nations were angry and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged.” So great will this trouble be that without some intervening power to cut it short the entire race would eventually be exterminated. But God has prepared the intervening power — His Kingdom, Christ and his Church — “the elect.” The elect will intervene at the proper time and bring order out of earth’s confusion….
[D580] from “The Battle of Armageddon” by C.T. Russell