Q. As always thanks for your teaching and insight. My question is, ‘considering the present state of world affairs, are we experiencing birth pains or is that terminology reserved for the tribulation period?’
A. According to Matthew 24:8 the birth pangs precede the Great Tribulation which will begin with the abomination of desolation spoken of in verse 15. The Lord referred to them as birth pangs because like the birth of a child, they will increase in frequency and intensity until they ultimately “give birth” to the Great Tribulation. I believe they’ve already begun, but as it is with childbirth they only tell us the Great Tribulation is coming. They don’t say how soon.