The term “Jacob’s trouble” is found in Jeremiah 30:7-11:
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of JACOB’S TROUBLE; but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”
1. JACOB’S TROUBLE is described as the most severe time of “trouble” that the Nation of Israel has ever experienced!
2. JACOB’S TROUBLE refers to the coming “Day of the Lord”!
3. JACOB’S TROUBLE is launched by the Person known as the “Abomination of Desolation” who will stand in the “holy place” (rebuilt temple) and demand that the Jewish people worship Him! cf. Matthew 24:15; II Thessalonians 2:1-4
4. JACOB’S TROUBLE will last for 1260 days – during the last half of the Great Tribulation – the time of Satan’s attack against Israel – cf. Revelation 12.
JACOB’S TROUBLE is a time of TESTING for the Nation of Israel as is clear from the passage in Jeremiah 30:7-11. It is also the time of TRIUMPH over all nations of the world.
In Matthew 24:21-22 our Lord Yeshua said that this time will be the most severe trial that Israel has ever endured! We do not wish it to be so, but the Bible teaches that it is coming!
We praise the Lord that in a future, terrible, dark hour of the world’s attack of Israel, deliverance will come by the return of the Messiah in power and great glory. Isaiah 63:1-6 speaks of the Messiah carrying out the vengeance of God’s wrath against a world who will dare to attack the people of God! Zechariah 12:9 says that “all nations” who come against Israel will be destroyed by the Messiah. Our HOPE is in the return of the MESSIAH of ISRAEL!