I have a SDA relative that is very passionate about his faith. Can you provide some insight to this please?
The great tribulation that Jesus speaks of that ends right before the sun is darkened, the moon does not give her light, and the stars start falling has already happened centuries ago. But the Pope must keep the lie that the “great tribulation” is something that happens in the future… called futurism. Basic it comes down to this, if he preaches the great tribulation as pertaining to historic fact and not Jesuit false theories… then everyone will know the inquisitions of Rome (where 500,000,000 Christians were tortured and killed by the Popes of Rome) will be clearly seen as the great tribulation just as Jesus prophesied.
Read Matthew 24:29.
If we look back in historic record we find that the Vatican killed 500 million Christians during the years 538 AD to 1798 AD. Jesus said after that tribulation the events with the Sun, moon and stars will happen. In the year 1780 the Vatican was doing all they could to hang unto ropes of sand politically. Revolt was absolutely everywhere due to their bloodthirsty and torturous ways. In fact, the word “torture” became synonymous with the office of Pope. Way too many people knew all about how the Popes and priests tortured and killed their neighbors, friends and family members because quite often it was done in their home villages to keep terror in the hearts of the people and control of same under Rome’s thumb. Revolt had finally spread to a point that some men that no longer trusted the Popes and their false religion were catapulted to key positions of power so as to help remove the Pope from power. The Vatican was so busy trying to repair the public relations nightmare created by all those killings forced them to stop killing so as to protect their political power. As the old saying goes, it was too little too late.
It was in 1780 that the long prophesied signs of our Lord Jesus started to appear in the Heavens confirming the prophetic fact that the mortal wound was soon to be administered to the Pope. On May 19, 1780 the following historic statements were made and forever recorded in the annals of history.
The remarkable Dark Day of May 19, 1780, is described by Samuel Williams of Harvard, The professor relates… “between the hours of ten and eleven a.m., and continued until the middle of the next night,… Candles were lighted up in houses; … the birds having sung their evening songs, disappeared, and became silent;… the fowls retired to roost; … the cocks were crowing all around, as at the break of day; … objects could not be distinguished but at a very little distance; and everything bore the appearance and gloom of night.” -Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences [through 1783], vol.1 pp. 234,235.)
Jesus said, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened…” The United States had barely been born when on May 19, 1780 it witnessed what has been remembered in history as the great Dark Day. According to the Boston Gazette, “there was the appearance of midnight at noonday.” The darkness began around 10 a.m. Candles were lighted; animals thought it was night. The Connecticut Historical Collections describes the tension in the state legislature where, “a very general opinion prevailed, that the day of judgment was at hand.” The poet John Greenleaf Whittier called it “a horror of great darkness.”
The moon was at it’s full, and had the appearance of blood. Stone’s History of Massachusetts
“There was an appearance of midnight at noonday,” and in the evening, although the moon was just past full, “perhaps it was never darker since the children of Israel left the house of bondage.” In connection with this extraordinary phenomenon the moon was reported to appear red. (Letter signed “Viator” in the Independent Chronical [Boston], May 25, 1780, p.2; see also the Pennsylvania Evening Post [Philadelphia], June 6, 1780, p. 62)
Frederick Douglas, in reminiscing about his early days of slavery, says: "I witnessed this gorgeous spectacle, and was awe-struck. The air seemed filled with bright messengers from the sky… I was not without the suggestion at the moment that it might be the harbringer of the coming of the Son of Man; and in my then state of mind I was prepared to hail Him as my friend and deliverer. I had read that “the stars shall fall from heaven, and they were now falling.” -Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1941 ed.), p.117.
Just as Jesus predicted, when the Vatican stopped killing these signs appeared. It got so bad for the Pope that by 1798 Napoleon finally had the political power necessary to force the Pope into exile so as to mortally wound him as prophecy predicted. But, because this prophesied event was so graphic and so telling in that only one church on planet earth was pointed out as the one used by Satan to perform it, and that was of course the Roman Catholic church, the Popes of Rome and their Jesuit counterparts cooked up some false prophetic events to hide the truth about this. We know those false prophecies as the “seven year tribulation”, “the secret rapture” and a “1000 years of peace” today. Thanks to their efforts as well as placing these proven lies into the “helps” of many Bibles starting with the Scofield Reference Bible, almost every church on earth preaches these lies so as to prevent the population at large from discovering the truth about what history recorded and the Bible predicted as a long struck death knell to the Vatican when it comes to exposing them as THE home to Antichrist! And that is why this Jesuit Pope is right now claiming those prophesied signs regarding the darkened sun, blood red moon and stars falling is a future event. To do otherwise would be political and spiritual suicide for the Roman Catholic church. So lie they must to continue the agenda of Satan their dying god.