How many survive the Tribulation?
7 Billion People (The Revelation of Jesus Christ). See here the timeline of Revelation with the added numbers of people left on the planet during the different judgments. The pre-tribulation rapture cannot be true because there are not enough people on the earth left to fight but a symbolic battle, Armageddon.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ is communicated to John of Patmos through prophetic visions (Revelation 1:1-9). John is instructed by the “one like a Son of man” to write everything that he hears and sees, from the prophetic visions, to the Seven Churches of Asia (Revelation 1:10-13).
The appearance of the “one like a Son of man” is given, plus he reveals what the seven stars and seven candlesticks represent (Revelation 1:14-20).
Messages for the Seven Churches of Asia
Ephesus: From this church, those who overcome are granted to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God (Revelation 2:1-7). Praised for not bearing those who are evil, testing those who say they are apostles and are not, proving them to be liars; hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans; having persevered and possessing patience. Admonished to do the first works and to repent for having left their first love.
Smyrna: From this church, those who are faithful until death will be given “the crown of life.” Those who overcome shall not be hurt by the second death (Revelation 2:8-11). Commended for being “rich” while impoverished and in tribulation. Instructed not to fear the “synagogue of Satan,” nor fear a ten-day tribulation of being thrown into prison.
Pergamos: From this church, those who overcome will be given the hidden manna to eat and a white stone with a secret name on it (Revelation 2:12-17). Extolled for holding “fast to my name,” not denying “my faith” even in the days of Antipas, “my faithful martyr.” Warned to repent for having held the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel; eating things sacrificed to idols, committing sexual immorality, and holding the “doctrine of the Nicolaitans.”
Thyatira: From this church, those who overcome until the end will be given power over the nations in order to dash them to pieces with the rule of a rod of iron; they will also be given the “morning star” (Revelation 2:18-29). Praised for their works, love, service, faith, and patience. Admonished to repent for allowing a “prophetess” to promote sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols.
Sardis: From this church, those who overcome will be clothed in white garments, and their names will not be blotted out from the Book of Life; their names will also be confessed before the Father and His angels (Revelation 3:1-6). Told to be watchful and to strengthen since their works had not been perfect before God.
Philadelphia: From this church, those who overcome will be made a pillar in the temple of God having the name of God, the name of the city of God, “new Jerusalem,” and the Son of God’s new name (Revelation 3:7-13). Praised for having some strength, keeping “My word,” and having not denied “My name.” Advised to hold fast what they have, that no one may take their crown.
Laodicea: From this church, those who overcome will be granted the opportunity to sit with the Son of God on His throne (Revelation 3:14-22). Forewarned to be zealous and repent from being “lukewarm.” They are instructed to buy the “gold refined in the fire,” that they may be rich; “white garments,” that they may be clothed, so that the shame of their nakedness would not be revealed. Told to anoint their eyes with eye salve that they may see. Before the Throne of God The throne of God appears, surrounded by twenty-four thrones with twenty-four elders seated in them (Revelation 4:1-5).
The four living creatures are introduced (Revelation 4:6-11).
A scroll, with seven seals, is presented and declared that the Lion of the tribe of Judah, from the “Root of David,” is the only one worthy to open this scroll (Revelation 5:1- When the “Lamb having seven horns and seven eyes” took the scroll, the creatures of heaven fell down before the Lamb to give Him praise, joined by myriads of angels and the creatures of the earth (Revelation 5:6-14).
Seven Seals Are Opened
First Seal: A white horse appears whose crowned rider has a bow with which to conquer (Revelation 6:1-2). Number killed, unknown. Second Seal: A red horse appears, whose rider is granted a “great sword” to take peace from the earth (Revelation 6:3-4). Number killed, unknown.
Third Seal: A black horse appears, whose rider has “a pair of balances in his hand,” where a voice then says, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (Revelation 6:5-6). Number killed, unknown. The economic collapse would probably lead to some deaths from people who cannot afford to buy food. Currently, even though things are going relatively well in our world, 36 million people die each year of starvation. In the tribulation, this number will probably double or triple.
Fourth Seal: A pale horse appears, whose rider is Death, and Hell follows him. Death was granted a fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, hunger, death, and beasts of the earth (Revelation 6:7-8). One billion seven hundred fifty million people die, which leaves 5.9 billion remaining alive.
Fifth Seal: “Under the altar” appeared the souls of martyrs for the “word of God,” who cry out for vengeance. They are given white robes and told to rest until the martyrdom of their brothers is completed (Revelation 6:9-11).
Sixth Seal: There occurs a great earthquake where “the sun becomes black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon like blood.” The stars of heaven fall to the earth, and the sky recedes like a scroll being rolled up. Number killed, unknown. Every mountain and island is moved out of place. The people on earth retreat to caves in the mountains in order to escape attack by nuclear weapons. The survivors call upon the mountains and the rocks to fall on them, so as to hide them from the “wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:12-17).
Interlude: The 144,000 Hebrews, from the twelve tribes of Israel, are sealed on their foreheads–servants of God. A great multitude of people who survive the Great Tribulation stands before the Throne of God clothed with robes, made “white in the blood of the Lamb,” and have palm branches in their hands (Revelation 7:1-17).
Seventh Seal: Introduces the seven trumpets. “Silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Seven angels are each given trumpets. An eighth angel takes a “golden censer,” filled with fire from the heavenly altar, and throws it to the earth. “Peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake” follow. After the eighth angel has devastated the earth, the seven angels introduced in verse two prepare to sound their trumpets (Revelation 8:1-6).
Seven Trumpets Are Sounded
First Trumpet: Hail and fire, mingled with blood, are thrown to the earth burning up a third of the trees and green grass (Revelation 8:6-7). 1,990,750,000 people are killed, leaving only 4,000,000,000 on the earth.
Second Trumpet: Something that resembles a great mountain burning with fire falls from the sky and lands in the ocean. This kills one-third of the sea creatures and destroys one-third of the ships at sea (Revelation 8:8-9).
Third Trumpet: A great star named Wormwood falls from heaven; it poisons one-third of the rivers and water springs (Revelation 8:10-11). At least 1.3 billion people are killed between the great mountain and Wormwood. Only 2.7 billion people are left alive in the world.
Account of Wormwood’s effects:
Most Homeless: Housing leveled by winds, fires, hail and quakes.
Communications Destroyed: Satellites and telephone lines topple over.
No Electricity: All electrical power, including lights, will be damaged.
No Running Water: Pipes travel underground; thus, they are vulnerable to destruction by earthquakes and crustal shifts. Power is also necessary in order to clean the water and pump it through the pipes that are left intact. With the electricity being out, water will not be able to disperse into other areas.
Travel Troubles: Roads, bridges, rails, docks, and runways will be blocked with abandoned or completely destroyed vehicles, resulting in travel difficulties in many places.
Famine: This leaves fuel and surviving food supplies hard to deliver to the supermarkets (they generally only have a few days of inventory on the shelves). Furthermore, the growing crops in the fields and orchards become damaged from the hail and fires. Therefore, worldwide famine will happen.
Unrest, Rioting, Looting, and Chaos: When human beings are excessively stressed, their selfish and wicked nature comes out. Often times this drives them into totally losing their self-control, as will be the case when Wormwood strikes. The unrest, rioting, looting, and chaos will be comparable to recent disasters, for instance, like the one that took place in New Orleans. New Orleans no longer functioned as a city and residents were temporarily abandoned (one positive difference with them was that the rest of the world was fine and could aid them in rebuilding the city). In light of this as well as the knowledge of future mayhem that is coming, undoubtedly people will have to abandon their cities, especially for food and safety purposes. Wormwood’s disaster will be much worse than the one at New Orleans. Every city and country will be busy dealing with their own problems. Armed gangs will also loot, mostly unopposed. The resulting chaos and pandemonium will be unimaginable.
Fourth Trumpet: A third of the sun, moon, and stars are darkened, resulting in complete darkness for a third of the day and night (Revelation 8:12-13).
Fifth Trumpet: The First Woe. A “star” falls from the sky and is given “the key of the bottomless pit” and then opens it. Smoke rises from the abyss, like that from a gigantic furnace, darkening the sun and sky. From out of the smoke, locusts are “given power like that of scorpions of the earth” and commanded not to harm anyone or anything except for people who were not given the “seal of God” on their foreheads. The locusts are described as having a human appearance (faces and hair) but with lion’s teeth and wearing “breastplates of iron”; the sound of their wings resembles the thunder of many horses and chariots rushing into battle (Revelation 9:1-12 and Chapter 7).
Sixth Trumpet: The Second Woe. Four angels bound to the great river Euphrates are released to prepare 200,000,000 horsemen. These armies kill a third of mankind by use of three plagues: fire, smoke, and brimstone (Revelation 9:13-21). Almost 1,000,000,000 people are killed bringing the world population down to 1.8 billion. If everyone who claims to be Christian is taken at the rapture (which begins the seven-year tribulation spoken of in the Scriptures) then no one will be here to go through the tribulation. In the event that a pre-tribulation rapture does not take place, a 25% chance of making it through the tribulation exists.
Interlude: The Little Scroll. An angel appears, with one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, having a little book opened in his hand. Upon the cry of the angel, seven thunders utter mysteries and secrets that are not to be written down by John. He is instructed to eat the little scroll that happens to be sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach, and to prophesy. John is given a measuring rod to measure the temple of God, the altar, and its worshippers. Outside the temple, at the court of the holy city, it is treaded by the nations for forty-two months (3 1/2 years). Two witnesses prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth (Revelation 10:1-11 and 11:1-14).
Seventh Trumpet: The Third Woe that Leads to the Seven Vials. The temple of God opens in heaven, where the ark of his covenant can be seen. There is lightning, noises, thundering, an earthquake, and great hail (Revelation 11:15-19). The Spiritual Figures, which were events leading into the Third Woe, are as follows: A woman, “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars,” is in labor with a male child (Revelation 12:1-2). A great, fiery red, seven-headed dragon drags a third of the stars of heaven with his tail, and throws them to the earth (Revelation 12:3-4).
The dragon waits for the birth of the child. However, sometime after the child is born, he is caught up to God’s throne while the woman flees into the wilderness for 1,260 days (3 1/2 years) (Revelation 12:5-6).
War breaks out in heaven between Michael and the dragon, identified as the devil, Satan (Revelation 12:9). After a great fight, the dragon and his angels are cast out of heaven for good, followed by praises of victory from God’s kingdom (Revelation 12:7-12).
The dragon engages to persecute the woman, but she is given aid to evade him. Her evasiveness enrages the dragon, prompting him to wage war against the rest of her offspring; those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:13-17).A seven-headed, leopard-like, beast emerges from the sea having one mortally wounded head that is healed. He is granted power and authority for forty-two months by the dragon (Revelation 13:1-5). The beast of the sea blasphemes God’s name, wages war against the saints, and overcomes them (Revelation 13:6-10). Another beast appears, but from the earth, having two horns like a lamb and speaking like a dragon. He directs people to make an image of the beast, breathing life into it, and forcing all people to bear “the mark of the beast,” or “666” (Revelation 13:11-18). The Lamb stands on Mount Zion with the 144,000 “first fruits” who are redeemed from earth (Revelation 14:1-5).
The Proclamations of Three Angels
One like the Son of Man reaps the earth (Revelation 14:14-16).
A second angel reaps “the vine of the earth” and throws it into “the great winepress of the wrath of God … and blood came out of the winepress … up to one thousand six hundred furlongs” (Revelation 14:17-20).
The temple of the tabernacle in heaven is opened (Revelation 15:1-5).
Seven angels are given a golden vial from the four living creatures, which contains the wrath of God (Revelation 15:6-8).
Seven Vials Are Poured Onto Earth
First Vial: A “foul and loathsome sore” afflicts the followers of the beast (Revelation 16:12). Up to this point 75% or more of the population of the earth has died.
Second Vial: The sea turns to blood and everything within it dies (Revelation 16:3).
Third Vial: All fresh water turns to blood (Revelation 16:4-7).
Fourth Vial: The sun scorches the earth with intense heat, resulting in more unknown numbers of deaths (Revelation 16:8-9).
Fifth Vial: There is total darkness and great pain in the beast’s kingdom (Revelation 16:10-11).
Sixth Vial: Preparations are made for the final battle at Armageddon between the forces of good and evil (Revelation 16:12-16).
Seventh Vial: A great earthquake happens. “Every island fled away and the mountains were not found” (Revelation 16:17-21).
Aftermath of Babylon the Great
America has 313,000,000 individuals. If America is Mystery Babylon as some suspect, Earth will lose these people overnight.
The great harlot who sits on many waters: Babylon the Great (Revelation 17:1-18).
Babylon is destroyed (Revelation 18:1-8).
The people of the earth mourn Babylon’s destruction (Revelation 18:9-19).
The permanence of Babylon’s destruction (Revelation 18:20-24).
A great multitude praises God (Revelation 19:1-6).
The marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-10).
The judgment of the beast (Devil) and death (Revelation 19:11 and 20:15).
The beast and false prophet are cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:11-21).
Satan is imprisoned in the bottomless pit for 1000 years (Revelation 20:1-3).
Resurrected martyrs live and reign with Christ for 1000 years (Revelation 20:4-6).
Satan is released after 1000 years and makes war against God’s people but is defeated (Revelation 20:7-
9). Satan is cast into the lake of burning sulfur (Revelation 20:10).
In the last judgment, the wicked, along with Death and Hades, are cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). A new heaven, earth, and Jerusalem replace the old. No more suffering or death occurs (Revelation 21:1-8).God comes to dwell with humanity in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2)
8). Description of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9-27). The river and tree of life appear for the healing of the nations, then the curse is ended (Revelation 22:1-5).
Final Admonitions: Christ’s reassurance that His coming is imminent (Revelation 22:6-21).
The chance is approximately 1.5% of surviving during the tribulation. However, this will be enough to repopulate the earth during Christ’s reign.