Like A Woman In Labor

Q. I enjoy reading your extensive bible studies and use them as a study tool. Because I am human, some areas I have pause, but in areas of doctrine I believe, using the Bible as the only true measure, that our views parallel. Therefore I am very interested in how you view the reading of Jeremiah 30:6. Just this morning it struck me that this passage seems to be describing someone suffering from poison, esp poison gas, like sarin.

A. Jeremiah was describing the physical effects of the terror people will feel at the outset of the Great Tribulation, which in verse 7 is called the time of Jacob’s trouble. Notice that Jeremiah 30:6 asks the rhetorical question, “Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale?”

In 1 Thes 5:3 Paul described this the same way, saying it will be a time of destruction coming on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman. Therefore it’s reasonable to assume that both Jeremiah and Paul were speaking of the same event.

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