Birth pangs of the new Era
Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus said: Do not be misled, there will come many false Messiahs and there will be wars and disasters, but such things are bound to happen before the end. All these things are the birth pangs of the new age.
Hebrews 10:25-27 Keep up your fellowship and encourage one another, as we see the Day of the Lord drawing near. For if we deliberately persist in sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, then there can be no further atonement and there remains only a terrifying expectation of the fierce fire that will consume God’s enemies.
Isaiah 42:13-15 Long have I restrained Myself, I kept silent and held Myself in check, but now I groan like a woman in labour. I will make a great noise and devastate the earth. I will go forth in fury, as a soldier in the heat of battle, I shall burn the trees and pastures and make the holy Land a desolate wasteland.
Jeremiah 49:2-5 A time is coming says the Lord, when the cities of Jordan will hear the battle cry: Amman will become a desolate mound and all their towns will be burnt to ashes. Do not boast of your strength, for I will bring terror on you from all sides , you will be driven headlong. Amos 1:13-15
Jeremiah 49:17-18 The lands of Edom/Esau will become burnt and desolate, a destruction like that of Sodom will strike them. Isaiah 25:1-3, Amos 1:11-12
Jeremiah 49:23-27 In Syria, they have heard of the coming disaster, they run about in terror, pains like childbirth grip them. A fire will devour their cities and their military men will lie still in death on that Day. Isaiah 17:1, Amos 1:3-5
Jeremiah 49:34-37 I shall break the bow of Iran, I shall destroy the chief weapon of their might. I will scatter them to the four winds, My fierce anger and fiery wrath will make an end of them.
Jeremiah 50:41-45 A mighty force like cruel and pitiless warriors will come against you Babylon [type] nations. News of this coming disaster reaches them, their hands hang limp and fear grips them, agony like that of a woman in labour. Luke 21:25-26
Jeremiah 51:54-57 Cries of agony are heard from Babylon, sounds of a great destruction come from the godless nations. The advancing wave booms and roars like mighty waters. Their armed forces and their leaders will be killed, their weapons all destroyed, for the Lord is a God of retribution. He will repay in full. Their fortifications and infrastructure will be burnt and razed to the ground.
Worthless now are the things for which people have toiled, the nations wore themselves out for nothing. Nahum 1:2-6
Isaiah 13:6-8 Wail: for the Day of the Lord is at hand, a great devastation from the Almighty! Because of it, every hand will hang limp, courage will melt away. Fear and terror will come on people, agonizing pangs will grip them, like a woman in labour. Jeremiah 6:24, Ezekiel 7:17
Isaiah 30:30 Then the Lord will make His voice heard in majesty, His arm will descend in His fierce anger with devouring flames of fire amid cloudbursts and storm winds.
Jeremiah 9:22 Corpses will fall and lie like dung in the fields, no one will gather them.
Isaiah 37:26 Have you not heard? Long ago I planned it and now I bring it about. Your great cities have crashed into heaps of rubble. Ref: REB. Some verses abridged.