I thought I would start a new discussion. Of all Biblical studies, I would have to say that eschatology is the most confusing. I want to start this discussion by asking 3 questions: 1.) Is there going to be a literal, seven- year, Great Tribulation? If so, why is it not mentioned in the NEW TESTAMENT? I know there is going to be tribulation in the last days, but does the Bible actually tell us how long it will last? 2.) When Revelation talks about the waters of the earth turning into blood, men being stung by scorpion-like creatures with the pain lasting 5 months, and such as that...is that literal? I know some people say that none of that is really going to happen. 3.) Will there really be a mark of the beast (666) in the future? I know there are some people who believe that there will be no Great Tribulation, so that is the main intenet of these questions is to find out how they would answer these questions. Thanks.