Q. In the natural order of things, “birth pangs” have a foregone conclusion — progression to true labor, resulting in the birth of a child. Given that the “pangs” appear to be increasing in frequency and intensity worldwide, what event or events, according to Scripture, will signify that the “pangs” are over, and labor has begun in earnest?
A. Following the context of Matt. 24 leads us to the conclusion that the transition to true labor occurs at the time of the abomination of desolation (Matt. 24:15-21). That’s the first specific sign the Lord gave to the final generation concerning the 2nd Coming. Rev 10:6-7 confirms this, saying when the 7th angel sounds his trumpet there will be no more delay. The 7th Trumpet brings about the beginning of the Lord’s reign (Rev. 11:15), the expulsion of Satan from heaven (Rev. 12:7-9), and the commencement of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 13:1-5) which ends with the 2nd Coming (Rev. 19:11-16).