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END OF DAYS
First started in 2012 and with much added to the present time, this document is an account of what is prophesised will happen in the last days, and many are aware, but most think it’s too far off to even consider right now. The problem for these is they have a ‘head in the sand’ mentality, they know it’s eventually going to happen but they still push it away. Sadly, that’s a human trait – it won’t happen in my time but for so many, it will. The actual day of the beginning of Tribulation is unknown but you may be surprised to learn that these days are much closer than you think. The thoughts that I will present here are not all my own, some are from history itself and also some that has been said by scholars of Bible studies and I have closely compared their writings with scriptures from the Bible searching for the truth. There are many ‘so called’ scholars who have put their writings on the internet but not all align with scripture and must be refused. Don’t trust the first thing you read without proper examination. I don’t belong to any denominational religion and I am not an authority on scripture, my thoughts here are from the Bible only. I would strongly advise any who read what follows, or what you may discover yourself to do your own thorough investigations as to its truth from the scriptures, as scripture always interprets scripture. In other words, many areas of scripture are confirmed by other areas of scripture. I will basically be concerned mainly with three areas of scripture that I believe everyone should be very aware of and fully understand the exact meanings by diligently studying these scriptures yourself, and not just accepting what I have to say. Even though there are 23 pages here making it fairly lengthy to read, it isn’t the whole story. I could have broken this hub up over 4 or 5 hubs, which would have made it shorter but I wanted all this information in one hub only, so I hope you will bear with me.
1. Daniel 9: 24 – 27.
2. Matthew 24.
3. Revelation 13.
After you’ve read what I’ve written here you may want to begin reading your Bible (starting in the N.T.) and understand how serious your salvation is as so many now are just drifting towards a lost eternity. Some plan to serve Him one day but forget the ‘silver cord’ can snap for the young as well as the old. I also want to talk about 1st Thessalonians 4: 16 – 18 and look at where and how that fits in. So to begin with Daniel and most would be familiar with the story of how Daniel was thrown into a den of lions by King Darius and how God saved Daniel by closing the lion’s mouths so that he was unharmed. This is an easy story to deliver, but few would have had the weightier parts of Daniel concerning his visions about the ‘time of the end’ explained. Most preachers don’t go there because it’s not acceptable, (they fear of offending or scaring people if they told the truth about the return of Jesus) or not convenient, speak to me comfortable words but shouldn’t they be giving this warning now to awaken people out of sleep? Daniel was a man who was very much loved and favoured by God and it is so important that the vision, which was given to him by the angel Gabriel in Daniel 9: 24 – 27, is fully understood. These are not the only visions that Daniel received concerning the End Times, but this is possibly the most significant. I will write these four verses spoken to Daniel by Gabriel as they are in the Bible and then try to explain them. This is known as ‘the seventy weeks’ prophecy. Jesus even points us to Daniel in Matthew 24: 15 and Revelation so we know this book clearly tells us so much about the end times and that the three books above are connected and linked together.
V24: The Lord has commanded 490 years of punishment upon Jerusalem and your people. Then at last they will learn to stay away from sin, and their guilt will be cleansed; then the kingdom of everlasting righteousness will begin, and the most holy place will be rededicated, as the prophets have declared.
V25: Now listen, it will be 49 years plus 434 years from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem, until the Anointed One comes. Jerusalem’s streets and walls will be rebuilt despite the perilous times.
V26: After this period of 434 years, the Anointed One will be killed, his kingdom still unrealised and a king will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple. They will be overwhelmed as with a flood, and war and its miseries are decreed from that time to the very end. This is the period we are living in now.
V27: This king will make a seven year treaty with the people, (the final week and start of Tribulation) but after half that time, he will break his pledge and stop the Jews from their daily sacrifices and their offerings; then, as a climax to all his terrible deeds, the Enemy shall utterly defile the sanctuary of God. But in God’s time and plan, His judgement will be poured out upon this Evil One.
The restoration of Jerusalem, which began in 457 B.C. after permission was first given in 445 B.C., is the starting point of the 70 weeks prophecy and from that time it is determined by the vision that the Messiah shall come (just over 2000 years ago) and He was cut off after 69 weeks or 434 years. He was cut off, not for himself but for us. And He paid a terrible price for our salvation with His own blood. It speaks in Daniel 7: 25 and in Revelation 12: 14 about time in a prophetic way – time, times and a half. Time is a year – time, times and a half is 3.5 years. Firstly, the seventy weeks is a time frame that one week = seven years. (One day is as a year.) So these seventy weeks is a time frame of 490 years, (70 x 7) of which so far, only sixty nine weeks (7 + 62) or 483 years have been accounted for in V25. The seventy weeks time frame is divided into three parts and the final week or seven years are yet to come, which is the Tribulation. (7 + 62 + 1 : The 7 is the 49 years it took to rebuild Jerusalem, the 62 is the 434 yearsfrom the start of rebuilding Jerusalem to the death of Jesus, and the 1 is the last 7 years before the return of Jesus.) As this event hasn’t happened yet, the time frame must be divided in 3 but split in 2 parts. Just the way it is written is suggesting a split time frame, 7 + 62 = 69 with 1 week yet to come. We are now living in the time between the sixty ninth and the seventieth week while the clock has been stopped for 2000 years after the death of Jesus (known as the church age) and very close now to this last week, in which the clock will be re-started. You could even say it has been and is, God’s time of Grace toward us. Jesus was 30 years old when He began His ministry, which only lasted for 3.5 years and then He was killed. The Tribulation will be seven concurrent years and it too, will be divided in two 3.5 year periods. The first 3.5 years is known as The Tribulation, the second and worst 3.5 years is known as The Great Tribulation. (I think it is more than just co-incidence that the ministry of Jesus only lasted 3.5 years – God is giving Satan [the Devil] the same allotted time, 3.5 years, in the second half of Tribulation.) This is also when Satan, (in the body of the anti-Christ,) breaks all his promises from the peace treaty with very serious concerns for all. From what we read in Revelation 13, these 7 years will not be a happy time.
(Further explanation of the 70 weeks prophecy above.) V24 speaks of 6 things that will take place in the End of Days, of which Daniel was earnestly praying about before the angel Gabriel interrupts his prayer, telling him he is sent to give him understanding of the matter and to consider the vision.
V25 and 26 is very important to realise that it also predicted the crucifixion of Jesus perfectly, even to the day. Then, a king will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple,and refers to General Titus of the Roman Army, who came in 70 AD and burned the city and temple to the ground, scattering the inhabitants. It is said that gold from the temple melted down into the bricks and cracks during the fire and the soldiers tore everything down to the ground to retrieve the gold. The end of this verse says, they will be overwhelmed as with a flood, – and doesn’t mean a flood literally, it just means quickly from a large army. It continues saying, and war and its miseries are decreed from that time to the very end.
(V27 is expanded in two parts on pages 4 & 5 but a few things need explaining first.) The scripture in Isaiah tells us that there will be ‘trouble’ prior to the beginning of the seventieth week, which is referred to as the ‘Burden of Damascus.’ Isaiah 17: 1 Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. Because Damascus is still standing as a city and has never been reduced to ruins, it must be for a future time. This trouble/conflict can’t be classified as WW3 as it is over so quickly, but it will be the trigger to wider, more dangerous hostilities. Damascus, the capital of Syria is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities with 2.5 million people and when this scripture is fulfilled, a chain of events of horrific proportions will begin. This trouble will be short and usher in the beginning of the seventieth week. (Tribulation.) Aleppo was even larger than Damascus and because of the protracted civil war in Syria it is nearly gone now but Damascus will be gone overnight. Israel and Syria and some others are very much in the news these days and there are many Nations plotting to overthrow Israel right now, which are Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Gaza, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. They could all be hit together, but unlikely and if so will probably be nuclear. Isaiah 17: 13 The nations roar like the roaring of many waters, but He will rebuke them, and they will flee far away, chased like chaff on the mountains before the wind and whirling dust before the storm. Doesn’t this sound like the effects of shock waves and ‘mushroom type’ clouds created by numerous low-yield nuclear explosions? This strike on Damascus may not come from Israel, but is very likely. Isaiah 17: 14, At evening time, behold terror. Before morning they are no more. This destruction will be quick and complete in a decisive, pre-emptive strike. We will hear on the news one night “something is happening in the Middle East.” And by morning it will be over. The Middle East will be thrown into chaos after this event with many Nations stirred against Israel and it could be at this time we will be hearing of wars and rumours of wars. Damascus is just the start of worse to come. If the Gog-Magog war happens prior to Tribulation, this could open the way for the temple to be re-built, as it’s unlikely that the Muslims will relinquish control of ‘the Dome of the Rock’ but it could be destroyed by war. This could also be the moment Satan has been waiting for to cause the anti-Christ to stand up.
It may be of interest to consider the Biblical reasons for the current problems in the Middle East. The hatred goes right back to Abraham, almost 4000 years ago. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was barren and had no children, so she gave Hagar, her Egyptian slave girl to Abraham to give him a son, who gave birth to Ishmael. Then 14 years later, according to God’s promise, Sarah gave birth to Isaac. Hagar and Ishmael were evicted from the family and Isaac was given ‘right of firstborn’ as he was the son of a free woman and Ishmael was the son of a slave girl without any rights. Israel came from Isaac – the Muslim world came from Ishmael. This argument over the first born rights is at the root of all this hatred. Abraham was promised the land Israel now occupies – thus Jews and Muslims view the Holy Land as theirs.
The FigTree Parable, Matthew 24: 32 - 34, will show how close we really are to the seventieth week. (Jesus often spoke in parables to confuse those who wouldn’t listen anyway and need understanding.)
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when the branch is yet tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say to you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things are fulfilled.
How do we understand this? That last verse is something I’ve always wondered about as I always thought ‘this generation’ was in the time of Jesus – but it isn’t. Jesus was telling the disciples that the generation of people who will be alive when the last days come about, would witness what He called the fig tree blooming and putting forth its leaves. So Jesus was saying (at that time but meaning now) when you see Israel re-blooming, your generation would be the one on the Earth and living when the last days occur and if Israel was destroyed in 70 AD and its inhabitants scattered – when did Israel bloom again? Perhaps history has the answer as it all hinges on Israel. May 14th 1948 is when history records it, which is when the Jews returned to the land that was first promised to Abraham by God. The generation that witnessed that, those born very shortly after WW2, most have not yet passed, they are still alive today and we are the people that Jesus said would be alive when the last days begin. In other words, possibly you and I, and certainly our children will see it. We are they who shall see all these things. This prophecy in Matthew has already been partly fulfilled.
Daniel 9: 27 could easily be within the next 10 – 13 years, even beginning as close as 3 years. (Look again at the Fig Tree Parable.) It could even be earlier, based on the quickening world events that we are constantly seeing and hearing about; one has to ask, how much longer will God tolerate it, grace must fast be running out. But please remember and understand, I am not saying the end will come within 10 years, I’m saying that this could be the time that we have left before the period of the Tribulation, Matthew 24: 21, which will be a further 7 years, (the last week) and then Jesus will come for His bride (all His own) immediately after. (And so yes, the time left is still very short.) Another past event that should be included here as it has a bearing on future problems for Israel. It was the six day war involving Israel against Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq in 1967. The reasons leading up to it aren’t necessary, but it was a military disaster for four of the strongest Arab Nations destroyed by just one Nation. Afterwards, the Jews relinquished control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for political reasons and goodwill gestures, but as will be seen, it will be necessary to regain control over it.
Let’s break it down and remember, what follows is a dramatic change in the way the present World is:
V27: This king will make a seven year treaty with the people. (This is when God re-starts the clock to count down the last week of Daniel’s prophecy.) Firstly the ‘king’ that is referred to here is not God, it is the anti-Christ. This is where Satan, either through the anti-Christ or false prophet, will broker a peace deal between Israel and her enemies with flatteries and deceit. This peace deal will be the signing of a seven year treaty that will be the worst for mankind. Because the building of a 3rd Temple must be built to fulfil the prophecies and this will be one of Israel’s demands at the peace treaty to allow it to be built. I don’t know how long it will take to build, but it will be done well inside the first half of the Tribulation. I would imagine it would be built with much haste as they have been waiting so long for it to eventuate. It is well known the Jews already have the materials in stock-pile, the priest’s clothes and ornaments are already made and an imperfect red heifer has been bred for sacrifice. Since 70 AD no animal sacrifice has been made in Israel but will be revived again in the new Temple. It has been argued that a Temple is not required for animal sacrifice and although that is true in itself, Satan and the anti-Christ will want the Temple to happen for what is to come. It’s possible through this treaty that a Palestinian State will be established sharing Jerusalem, and will also bring about a New World Order, which many countries have been negotiating in secret for many years, including the Pope. The only worldly question being for a One World Government is will it be by consent or conquest? It will be neither; it will be a simple act of acquisition by Satan when he is cast out of Heaven at the mid-point of Tribulation. Can you imagine the bickering and arguing over who should be voted or appointed to rule the entire world? Nevertheless, mankind has just about come to the conclusion that the only solution to the continuous wars is a One World Government. (As soon as the anti-Christ attains absolute power and establishes a One World Government it will be easy for him to cause a One World Religion through the false prophet.) With a One World Government there will possibly initially be a single currency and I will just add here that the American economy may soon crash – they are unable to reign in their debt, which now totals 16.7 trillion dollars (as at Oct. 2013) and rising.
God will then send His two witnesses to Israel, Revelation 11: 3 – 13, to preach the true Gospel to the lost to repent now, and many will because of them. They will come very early in the first half of the Tribulation simply because when Satan is cast out of Heaven at the midpoint, he won’t tolerate them being around for too long. They will be clothed in sackcloth and they can’t be killed by any means. If anyone tries to, they will be killed by fire that proceeded from their mouths.They will have the power to cause it not to rain anywhere on the Earth in the days of their prophecy,which will last for 42 months, or 3.5 years.They also have the power to turn waters and rivers to blood and to smite the Earth with all manner of plagues as often as they will. The entire world will hate them. Even though we will now be entering a very difficult time there is still time to be saved. God will also raise 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel in all the World who will be under the direction of the two witnesses, Revelation 7: 3 – 8. They will go out 2 x 2. Many don’t understand these verses, some even think these are the only ones saved, of which they are part of. The prophetic war, referred to as the Gog-Magog war in Ezekiel 38 & 39, will begin at some point. I tend to think it will be after the Damascus situation and prior to Tribulation (there is a very short time between now and tribulation beginning) and it will involve Russia who has alliances with Iran and a host of other Muslim countries who hate Israel and some may even be preparing now. There are others also who may take advantage of this scene such as North Korea and China. The casualties from this war will be horrific; it will take seven months to bury the dead. Ezekiel 39: 12. If it is nuclear, it may require specialist teams to handle the radiation in the bones of the dead. Much of the World’s population will perish, not just from this but also from what God will do. In this war, God will be instrumental in bringing about the defeat of Israel’s enemies in a supernatural way that many of her enemies will at last see who the true God is and turn to Him. These two chapters are very explicit in how God will deal with Israel’s enemies. Now let’s look at the last part of V27: But after half that time, he will break his pledge and stop the Jews from all their sacrifices and their offerings; then, as a climax to all his terrible deeds, the Enemy shall utterly defile the sanctuary of God. But in God’s time and plan, His judgement will be poured out on the Evil One.
This is now the midpoint of Tribulation and things are going to step up a few notches. Just prior to this point there is war in Heaven and Satan and his hosts are cast out and thrown down to Earth, Revelation 13: 5 and Daniel 9: 27. This is where he indwells the anti-Christ and is about to take by force, the highest seat in the Temple. The seat of power for the Catholic Church is the Vatican in Rome but this will be overshadowed by the building of the 3rd Temple and that is where Satan will choose to rule from. Evil rarely works openly; instead evil usually wears a facade of righteousness to cover its real character in order to more easily deceive. What better facade than a church to cover the anti-Christ’s, or the false prophet’s real identity and most have no idea that the Vatican has an agenda in Jerusalem. Rome had conquered Jerusalem in 63 BC and since 1993 they continue with talks in Israel to regain control yet to no avail, but will pave the way as a signatory when the ‘peace treaty’ is signed, marking the beginning of Tribulation. During the Dark Ages, (from 450 AD to 1000 AD) the Catholic Church ruled the world until 1534 and slaughtered thousands of Christians and is never mentioned today. The World has almost completely forgotten that so many were burned at the stake or thrown to the lions by the Papacy, simply for wanting to worship God according to the Bible. The Bible was even banned during this time under the pain of death. The Church of Rome still says she has the right to punish with the confiscation of their goods, or by penalty of death to those who differ in faith from the Pope. I haven’t just made that up, history has recorded these things and I don’t believe God will forget this. Once again the Papacy will rise to power to repeat the atrocities of the Dark Ages, but under a different guise, this time under Satan and the anti-Christ and the false prophet. After securing the peace treaty through subtlety and subterfuge, the anti-Christ under Satan’s direction, will now seize power by force half way through Tribulation. He will enter the Temple and declare himself to be God and put an end to the animal sacrifice and worship. He is then assassinated but is satanically brought back to life to the wonder of all and then Satan turns his attention to the Jews.
It is now that God will allow His two witnesses to be killed by the anti-Christ and their bodies will remain in the streets for 3.5 days and the World will celebrate this by sending gifts to each other because of the torment they caused to the World.Then, a miracle happens, the spirit of life enters into them and they stand upon their feet causing terror to those who see it. After this God commands – Come up here and they ascend up to Heaven in a cloud. At the same hour there is a great earthquake, in which a tenth part of the city falls and in this earthquake 7,000 men are slain and the remnant is afraid. Revelation 11: 9 – 13. This is Day One of the start of the second half of Tribulation, the most dangerous time – EVER. (There is more on the first half to follow.)
It will also be at some time, late in the second half of the Great Tribulation that the U.S., thought by many to be Mystery Babylon, (Isaiah 47: 8 – 11) is brought to her knees in a single hour. How could America, the strongest military power be brought low in one prophetic hour? I think it’s very likely through their own arrogance in believing in their own safety. Who would have ever thought 9/11? This Nation, which is known as Mystery Babylon sits on many waters, Revelation 17 & 18, which means many peoples and not necessarily oceans, will initially dictate what the anti-Christ can and cannot do. They will be a very formidable dynasty of this time. Not only do they have World political and military power, they are very wealthy and religious in nature – the words “In God we trust” are printed on every Dollar bill in the US. Mystery Babylon has given the beast and the ten Nations their power and is still very much in control but will change in the middle of the Tribulation period when Satan is removed from Heaven and enters the anti-Christ, with serious consequences for all. The beast is described as having ten horns that represents ten Nations, which are subject to the beast. (I don’t know what countries will make up this ten nation confederacy, but as there are twenty seven countries that make up the EU now,? there may eventually only be the ten countries who have signed a treaty to the effect that if one is attacked, an attack is made on all.) This will be the beginning of the end for Mystery Babylon, for Satan will not be ruled over by God and certainly will not tolerate being ruled by man. The anti-Christ and his Kingdom will turn on Mystery Babylon and launch an attack, which will be devastating and conclusive. A possible explanation could be an Electro Magnetic Pulse attack, which is detonating one nuclear bomb 300 k’s above the middle of the US, crippling the electricity grid and all the back-up systems, rendering the entire country vulnerable and helpless to respond. (Their electrical grid system is so outdated and in need of upgrading but has never happened.) This would be followed up by many nuclear bombs raining down from ballistic missiles with multiple warheads without any fear of a counter attack because they are unable to do so. As yet, they have no contingency plans to counter such an attack. Some may be saved if they will heed God’s direct warning to ‘come out of her my people’ before it happens. Mystery Babylon is then totally destroyed and the destruction is so terrible that the land is no longer fit for use or to live on, which can only suggest it will be a nuclear holocaust. This defeat is so swift and decisive it will leave the rest of the World shocked and terrified. This was the strongest Nation on Earth and in one hour they were gone. Russia and her allies (India, China, Belarus, Iran and Syria) have the ability to do this, Jeremiah 50 & 51. The World is left wondering what will happen next, as they scramble to recoup loss from the financial collapse caused by it and position themselves for what this dramatic change of power will bring.
Let’s now look at the parts of Matthew 24, which are a warning and needs serious thinking on by all. Every verse in this chapter is a story in itself and I have only covered a few and I invite you to look at each one separately and consider their meanings, particularly V13, which speaks of a victorious reward.
V3 And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?
V4 And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (Many will come with false doctrines and many will follow them, which is really Satan preparing the way for the anti-Christ.)
V5 For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Anyone who tells you this prior to Him coming, you know is a liar. Remember, no-one has seen Jesus until He returns on a cloud, at the END of Tribulation, Matthew 24: 29, 30 where everyone will see Him. (Link V4, 5 with 11.)
V6 And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (IS may just be the start but could also be part of the end.)
V7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in all manner of places. (Aren’t we seeing all these things increasing now?)
V8 All of these are the beginning of sorrows. (V3 – 14 is the first half of Tribulation.)
V9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. (For this verse and V10, see Mark 13: 12 – and it isn’t what you want to read.)
V10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Even those of your own family may/will betray you.
V11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Don’t just blindly follow them, examine them first – look for flaws in what they say, even their written words, [internet and videos] trust only in Jesus.)
V12 And because sin shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold. (This is the falling away 1st Timothy 4: 1 and it is 50% of believers – read and understand the parable of the ten virgins, Matthew 25: 1 – 13, the 5 wise and the 5 foolish.) This will begin in the first half and reach fulfilment in the second half.
V13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved. This verse speaks to me of Psalm 23.
V14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the entire world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come. (Raised from the 12 tribes of Israel throughout the world,144,000 preach the true gospel to the whole world in the first half of Tribulation and they are the first to be martyred.)
V15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation stand in the holy place, spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Whoso reads, let him understand. (This is speaking of when the false prophet incites the people [non believers] to build ‘the image of the beast’ and having the power to cause it to speak.)
V21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. The anti-Christ will rise early in Tribulation and we should recognise him by then but it isn’t until the second half ( the Great Tribulation) that he attains absolute power and his mark is introduced.
V22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Jesus is clearly saying that all true believers will go through Tribulation.
V29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
V30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds with power and great glory.
V31 And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. These 4 verses dismiss any pre or mid-trib view.
V32-34 The Fig Tree Parable. It is of interest that Jesus spoke this parable after the above 3 verses.
V36 But of that day and hour no man knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
V37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall my coming be. (Not to be confused with Tribulation.)
V38 For in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark.
V39 And knew nothing until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of man be. These last few verses are describing the blindness of people today not wanting to know.
V42. Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord will come.
Yet for so many, these are just words, they don’t understand them; life goes on the same as always. The scripture speaks of more wars; the next is likely just before or into the first half of Tribulation and more serious than the ‘Burden of Damascus’ and certainly could be WW3 because it will involve many Nations. The last war is said to be Armageddon and happens 1000 years after Jesus returns. Revelation 20 is the only reference to these 1000 years and isn’t easy to understand. In Revelation 6, God is telling us some of the things He will bring to pass, which is a parallel chapter with Matthew 24, in which Jesus is the author. In Revelation 10: 6, an angel from God is saying to John that there should be time no longer, and in V7, he also says the mystery of God should be finished – this could also fit with Matthew 24: 14, which can suggest the end is shortly or immediately after the tribulation. But Jesus only tells us when to expect Him, not the day nor when the end is. The end mentioned in V14 isn’t the end of the world per se just yet, it is only the end of Satan’s rule where he will be bound in chains and cast into the abyss for 1000 years – after which he will be released to deceive those non believers who didn’t take the mark, yet survived Tribulation and entered the millennium. This is also when all those who took the mark will either be killed in war or cast into the lake of fire and then Jesus reins on earth along with those of us raised by Him at His appearance. The 1000 years is literal because of the 7000 year / 7 millennial day’s prophecy and we should know we are now in the end of the 6th day of that timeline. (The church age.)
Adam - Abraham 2000 years, Abraham - Jesus 2000 years, Jesus - now 2000 years, millennium to come.
We should now look at what Paul says in 1st Thessalonians 4: 16 – 18 to see how it fits in with scripture. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Comfort one another with these words. (This fits with Matthew 24: 21, 22, 29 – 31.)
These verses are always referred to by proponents of the pre-trib view as well as those who hold to the mid and post-trib view. However, these verses do not say when it will happen, only that it will happen. In the verses in Matthew 24 mentioned above, Jesus clearly tells us that He will come AFTER, at the END of Tribulation. I believe many are convinced otherwise by fear and false doctrine.
In these verses, which are ‘commonly known as the rapture’ there are four schools of thought, of which only one is right: 1. There will be a pre-tribulation rapture. 2. There will be a mid-tribulation rapture. 3.There will be a post-tribulation rapture. 4. There won’t be a rapture at all. (Non believers.)
We are all allowed free will to believe or not, by our own choice, God could have made it that no free will was given, no-one needed saving and no sacrifice either. In O.T. times, forgiveness was sought through the blood sacrifice of animals, now eliminated by Jesus who shed His precious blood for our salvation. Preachers of many religions teach a pre or mid-trib rapture, if they teach it at all, some even say it’s only the Jews who will go through tribulation – well we and they shall see. Their teaching or reasoning isn’t scriptural; it is man’s own thinking that God won’t allow His elect to go through the horror of what is to come, surely not. And neither did all those who were horribly burnt to death at the stake in the Dark Ages either. This scripture has taught us some will survive Tribulation to be caught-up, and some of us won’t – many will argue point 3 quoting certain scriptures as reasoning and some will openly hate God after they discover their belief in a pre or mid-trib rapture doesn’t eventuate. Those who hold to 1 and 2 are sadly mistaken, taking other passages totally out of context and believing it simply because they are blinded and don’t or won’t accept the truth. Human nature is what it is. This is the very question the disciples asked Jesus. Don't you think that if it were before Tribulation Jesus would have said so?
But He clearly said after and only God has the right to change that.
There may be some passages which seem to agree with a pre or mid-trib view, but they don’t prove this theory as certain and irrefutably as the post-trib view does.” These are really false prophets propagating a false doctrine, which will give a false hope to so many. It would be so easy to believe that Jesus will come and take us away before the horror begins, which only leads to a dangerous complacency, but scripture tells a different story. Those who fall victim to this ideology and succumb to a false hope and security will only result in a serious lack of a preparedness of mind that somehow it isn’t really dangerous because the Tribulation won’t ever have to be endured. Matthew 6: 25 – 34 tells us how God will provide for us in Tribulation and our faith will be severely tested in this. Don’t concentrate on the visible things of this world but look to the invisible things above. This is hard to comprehend and one needs to believe without question that God will do what He says in these verses for there is absolutely no other way we will survive Tribulation without His help. All true Christians will become refugees and need to understand the implications of Luke 18: 8.
Let's just imagine for a minute that the rapture does happen before Tribulation (which it won't) what have we lost? - Nothing, and I will have to say 'thank God' and breathe a sigh of relief but 'when the darkness sets in' the realisation for some will turn to despair. Or to put it another way, those who put their hope in the pre-trib view (and that's what it is) have no fear of Tribulation - we won't be here. But if they would just examine scripture and when the realisation of the truth finally dawns on them, they will understand in stark contrast. Any preacher teaching this lie will have their ministry centred around this view - which is why you should examine them.
Here is the proof of a post-tribulation rapture, and many will try to convince you otherwise, looking first at 1st Thessalonians 5: 1, 2 to lead you into it. But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. (The catching-away or “rapture” [non biblical term] is also referred to as the day of the Lord.)
Further in 2nd. Thessalonians 1: 7 - 10, And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
Now look at some verses in the O.T. that determine when ‘the day of the Lord’ shall occur and compare them with what Jesus said in Matthew 24: 29 – 31. Isaiah 13: 9, 10 See the day of the Lord has come, for the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. These signs will be unmistakable to all believers – but unbelievers won’t know what to think. Joel 2: 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Some think there is a ‘secret’ rapture before or during Tribulation instead of after, and are sadly incorrect – this isn’t a double event, Jesus is only coming again once – AFTER Tribulation. Zechariah 14: 6, 7 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. This verse could explain how every eye shall see Him when He returns. Acts 1: 9 – 11 tells us how Jesus ascended into heaven; He was taken up by a cloud. It goes on to say and also in Revelation 1: 7 how He will appear when He returns; on a cloud and every eye shall see Him. The most crucial thing is that we are not deceived as Jesus told us in Matthew 24: 4, 5 and 11, and perhaps also from false apparitions by Satan. In John’s Gospel 6: 39, 40 and 44 and 54, Jesus mentions the words ‘last day’ four times. Notice it is singular tense and not plural as in ‘last days’. Anything said in singular tense is specific; plural is just a reference in general. The last day is suggesting something that is after or at the end of an event, and last days doesn’t, it suggests either before or during.
Jesus mentions the last day four times so we wouldn’t miss it. Look again at two verses on page 8: and the dead in Christ shall rise first – then we which are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds. When will this happen – Jesus has already told us in Matthew 24: 31 and I have highlighted His words. Revelation 13: 15 says as many who would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. The ‘mark of the beast’ (666) won’t be in place until after the second half of Tribulation begins and believers won’t take the mark, so they will go through it and many will die. But if there weren’t any believers at all, (the mark wouldn’t be necessary) so who are they who won’t worship the beast? There can be no persecution of believers unless believers are there, and there can be no falling away of believers unless believers are present in both the first and second half!! Also look again at Matthew 24: 22, would God bother to shorten these days if His elect didn’t go through it???
I used to believe the pre-trib lie for 2 reasons: It sounded right - surely God wouldn't put us through that, until I found the truth and had to face it.
When He returns there will be many who took the mark and will realise their mistake when they see Him and plead to be accepted but to no avail. By their own choice, they forfeited their opportunity, even in ignorance. Matthew 13 has a lot of parables and the parable of the wheat and the tares gives a good example in V24 - 30. It speaks of how a man sewed good seed in his field but an enemy came and sewed tares among the wheat. When his servants found them they asked, should they remove them and he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles and first burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. The disciples asked Jesus to explain this parable and in V36 - 43 it is clear. The field is the world: the good seed are the children of the kingdom: but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sewed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
A few things to think on:
Did God save Noah from the flood, or through the flood? Did God save both Job and Joseph from their trials, or did he deliver them through those trials? Were Shadrach, Mesach and Abed-nego saved from the furnace, or through it? Did God save Daniel from the lion's den, or through the lion's den? Jesus says in Matthew 24: 9 in part, You will be hated of all nations for my names sake. And in v13, But he that endures, - was it to the beginning, - to the middle, ......Or to the END?
Those who believe in a pre or mid-trib rather than a post-trib view, always present the weakest case against the strongest case for it. 1st Thessalonians 5: 9 says, For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. The wrath of God and the wrath of the anti-Christ are TWO different things. God’s wrath comes later – just after Jesus comes for His own at the end of Tribulation. The real purpose of the Tribulation is for the anti-Christ to pour out his wrath on all those who won’t bow down and worship him. So God’s children ARE appointed to Tribulation, but the ‘children of disobedience’ are appointed to God’s wrath. We are those who won’t take the mark and are persecuted in the Tribulation, looking for His return at the end of it. Look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption draws nigh. In Daniel 12: 10 – 13, he is speaking about the END TIMES and he tells us of 45 days that are not explained. This could be for God’s wrath to take place then on the children of disobedience, the end coming after. In John 17 Jesus is praying a beautiful prayer to God and in V15 saying, I pray not that you should take them out of the world, [before time] but you will keep them from the evil. Meaning until the appointed time and to keep those who endure to the end. Lastly, and this must seal it, is any more proof needed than what Jesus said?
Now we come to Revelation 13, which will both shock and terrify you at the same time and was written by John. Two beasts are described in this chapter, one from the sea in V1 and one from the land in V11. The beast from the sea is the anti-Christ; the beast from the land is the false prophet. (The true Trinity is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit – the false Trinity is Satan, the anti-Christ and the false prophet.) Things during the end times will be chaotic. A time of confusion and uncertainty will cause the people to desperately look for a strong leader who could bring hope and security in a time of fear and trembling. People will seek a strong, authoritative leader who can pull the world back from the very brink of serious disaster. Those people will get their wish as a powerful and charismatic leader sprouting peace and unity comes on the scene. But he will turn out to be much more than they bargained for; he will be a dictator whose cruelty will be more than any other the world has ever known. (We all thought Hitler was bad.) This man will be the anti-Christ who will rule the entire world through a One World Government.
V1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
V2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and Satan gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Link with V7.)
V3 And I saw as one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. This is the anti-Christ indwelled by Satan.
V4 And they worshipped Satan which gave power to the beast: and they worshipping the beast, saying, who is as powerful as the beast? Who is able to make war with him?
V5 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty two months. This is the same time given to Jesus so he can’t cry unfair.
V6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and those that dwell in heaven.
V7 And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given to him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. This verse could explain a One World Government.
V8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. There will be some who don’t follow Jesus but for reasons of their own, won’t take the mark and are among the few who survive Tribulation and enter the millennium – and if they repent, they will get a second chance at the end. How patient is God.
V9 If any man has an ear, let him hear. It could be that the Spirit will cause us to know more at this time.
V10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints. (*see explanation next page and could also refer to the beheading of many.)
V11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. This is the false prophet who causes a one-world religion; I believe it’s the Pope.
V12 And he exercised all the power of the first beast before him, and caused the earth and those which dwell therein to worship the first beast, who’s deadly wound was healed.
V13 And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. Believe not what you see (as a miracle) keep a firm mind-set for Jesus until we see Him.
V14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound, and did live. It is the non-believers who will make this image.
V15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many who would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
V16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: A large % of the population, even the lukewarm... will take the mark.
V17 And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (V16, 17 indicates it will be world-wide and in place early in the second half after the anti-Christ attains power, if it isn’t God would have said so – no man is specific – none are exempt.)
V18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred and sixty six. (666.)
There are so many things in the book of Revelation that are yet hard to understand, I believe as we get closer and enter these days, our understanding of these things will increase. But I think we all should have some understanding of chapter 13 so that we can prepare as best we can to survive these days and know what will happen when it finally comes. I’m sure if this is the first time you’ve read this chapter, you must now begin to have terrifying and serious concerns for yourself and your children. When these days come upon us they will be days of unimaginable terror as Jesus has said. I’ll try and break it down from my understanding, which may or may not be entirely correct. Isaiah 55 offers a beautiful comfort.
V3 Satan incarnates (indwells) the man described as the beast then someone assassinates him, God will allow Satan to cause him to be brought back to life to deceive all those who don’t believe the truth. He will enter the Temple and claim to be God himself; the World will believe him except true believers. There is a reference in O.T. scripture, Zechariah 11: 16, 17 that indicates he will be blind in his right eye and that one arm will be useless, which could come from the assassination attempt.
V5 Is reinforcing what Daniel told us – that his reign will be for 3.5 years after he is cast out of Heaven.
V10* In these days, anyone who leads people to take the beast’s forces captive, shall themselves be made captives and anyone who takes up arms against the beast’s forces will themselves be killed. God is very clearly saying this is not the time to take up arms or rebellion; it will be reserved for another time. The anti-Christ will make short work of any who oppose him. If you are brought before certain powers, take no thought for what you will say for it will be given to you in the same hour. Luke 12: 11, 12.
V11 Says this beast has two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. This is the false prophet who has the appearance of a lamb speaking all forms of flatteries, but with the power and authority of Satan.
V12 Just like the first beast he will also have great powers, even to cause fire to rain down from Heaven in the sight of all, but his main purpose will be to promote and force all to worship the first beast who rose from the dead, just as Jesus did. Can you see the same similarity here where Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead? Jesus didn’t promote himself but gave all the glory to God.
V15 Starts to get really frightening; here we see the start of his real intent, to give life to the image of the beast and that the image should speak and anyone who refuses to worship the beast will be killed. Rather than a statue as an image, with today’s advanced technology it could possibly be a very highly developed hologram. We are now living in the last few years of the church age, Revelation 3: 14 – 17. Which is the 2000 years between the 69th and the 70th week, (where God stops the clock at the end of the 69th week and restarts it in the beginning of the 70th week and includes Tribulation) and it will be finished near the end of the second half of Tribulation. I believe the papacy could rise to power again through Satan creating a One-World religion, by way of the false prophet, using the already polluted religions early in the second half. It will be amalgamate or suffer the consequences and will be put into effect with the beast as God.
V16&17. The false prophet will cause everyone to receive a mark, either in their right hand or forehead. And it won’t be by force – he won’t have to, it will be voluntary, at first. You won’t be killed because you refused the mark, but because you’ve refused to worship Satan. It’s so, so very simple, if you don’t take the mark, you won’t be able to buy and sell anything. Can you imagine a more sinister trick than that? How many have stopped and thought about what that means. Just think about it again, you can’t buy or sell anything. Is it beginning to sink in? The technology is already here with the ‘tap n go’ card, no signature is required; all that’s needed now is the legislation to remove cash from the system and to implement the mark. We are being conditioned now for a cashless society and will quickly be in place all over the World so don’t think you can escape it. AND, to make it worse still, your name will then be on a register for refusing, just like voting. Where will that place you and I? You can’t even live in your own home simply because you don’t have the mark to buy what is required to live in your own home – you may eventually have to abandon it for a very different lifestyle. Any money you still have will be worthless. A black market may survive for a while but the whole World will eventually become a cashless society. When this day comes we will know exactly who the false prophet is. In the beginning of these days and before this order is put into law, we will have come to the realisation that we may have to sell what we have, buy what is needed to survive while we can and move to a ‘safer area’ - if we can. (Right now I don’t know what else we can do.) We will have to be very careful trying to use a barter system, as that too will eventually be outlawed and will cause fear to those with the mark who would even consider bartering with us. (What do we have that we can barter with over a long period anyway – gold won’t do you any good, you’ll be ripped off fiercely – if you want this give me this.) You may be forgiven for thinking that it won’t happen here, but it has already been said by God.
It may be timely to give the strongest warning:
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ACCEPT THE MARK OF THE BEAST. Not under any circumstances and no matter what – even unto death. Anyone who gets the ‘mark of the beast’ is already dead – their names will be erased from the Lamb’s Book of Life. Revelation 3: 5. Everyone’s name is in His book from the foundation of the world, even every unbelievers name is there until, either by the wilful act of accepting the mark, or remaining as an unbeliever until death, which will seal their fate in both instances. There are no excuses here, and everyone will receive the warning. Revelation 14: 9,10 And the third angel followed them, (the two angels prior) saying with a loud voice, If any man worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the Holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.
GOD SAYS WHAT HE MEANS AND HE MEANS WHAT HE SAYS.
This is the strongest, most severe warning God gives anywhere in the Bible – without mixture indicates there will be no mercy mixed with this judgement. The mark of the beast is of prime importance in the controversy between God and Satan. By taking the mark you will have to swear allegiance to Satan and I can’t put it any stronger than that except to say this, if you refuse the mark and you are found; you will either be imprisoned if you’re lucky, or you will die..... How – beheading, Revelation 20: 4. Remember what I said on Page 4 about how there will be a dramatic change in the world and it will be so hard to imagine it, think again about beheading – who still practises that? So it comes down to only two choices, do I take the mark or don’t I – and this is the POINT OF NO RETURN, your very last chance for salvation.
If you are willing to refuse the mark because of what you know, you must also be prepared to die for your faith in terrible ways, including starvation and murder. Let’s read what Jesus says: Luke 9: 24, For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. I used to be in wonder about this verse as well, now I understand it, but it is still somewhat troubling. Bear in mind also, even if you do take the mark to temporarily save your life, you will die anyway from what this ‘mark’ will inflict on you, Revelation 16: 2. This mark could be from a laser tattoo, which is painless and invisible but readable with a hand held detector, or an implanted electronic chip and someone may have the power to turn it OFF, so think about what that means as well – but I tend to think it will be a visible mark and worn like a badge of honour. When all these things come to be and a One World Government system is instituted by Satan perhaps through the UN and/or the EU, who knows just what manner of persons shall enter this country? I would think that before the mark of the beast could be introduced worldwide; there must be in place a One World Government to enable it to happen. Because of the worldwide instability and hostility, along with global calamities yet to take place, when Satan is cast out of Heaven one of the first things he will do is cause a One World Government to be established and he will be its ruler through the anti-Christ. I don’t know the reasons that would cause the world to accept a One World Government but it’s easy to see that governments already corrupted by ‘big business’ will become more so in the coming days making them an easy prey to be overtaken by Satan. It may be that the US will give in and agree to world pressure, but then resist through their own pride still wanting to have world dominance, which will cause their eventual destruction. I don’t think we can imagine the speed and scale of the things that will take place when it all arrives. At this point right now, it is unclear who the anti-Christ and the false prophet’s identity really is, but I’m sure as the day gets closer, we will have no doubt. However, I will say what I think. Because of the past and present day atrocities of the Catholic Church, it can hardly be considered the true church as some say. Every title given or taken by every Pope, the numerical value of each letter in every title adds up to 666. I’ll just give two for example: Vicarius Filii Dei (Son of God) = 666. Dux Cleri (Captain of the Clergy) = 666. There have been many instances in history where certain people have been tied to the number 666 but we can’t know for certain until he arrives. When Satan is cast out of Heaven and down to Earth, he will need to mask his identity by indwelling someone and as yet, that person isn’t known. This is also the moment the Catholic Church has been waiting for ever since Henry the 8th threw off the bonds of this evil church that ruled the entire world until 1534 and the Church of England becoming official in 1536. Since that time the Catholic Church has sought ways to rule again. It was the Catholics who unlawfully changed God’s 4th commandment – Remember the Sabbath day; from the 7th day to the 1st day of the week in 321 AD. Because the anti-Christ hasn’t risen yet, and that can’t happen until the restrainer (The Holy Spirit, 2nd Thessalonians 2: 6 – 9) is taken out of the way opening the path for the Tribulation, we can’t really know his identity yet. The number 666 can’t yet be tied to any person but when he rises, we will know for certain. It can’t be said the Pope will become the anti-Christ; he may certainly be the false prophet, which I now think is the case as he has recently said that all religions should combine into one. The only question is will this Pope remain alive until this day comes, or will there be another Pope? I have been studying a very good site – ichthys.com that has a lot of information on the last days, which aligns with scripture and he suggests as well, that the US is Mystery Babylon and that the anti-Christ will come from there and that he is alive right now. He also says which makes sense, that he is now a young boy, most probably Jewish, born in the year 2000 and is significant in that Jesus was born a little over 2000 years ago and began His ministry at age 30. It would stand to reason that by mimicking God and Jesus, the Devil’s son being the anti-Christ would be a similar age to Jesus when he rises to power. In mimicking God, Satan will create his own religion through the false prophet and many will follow it. Satan’s prime objective is to crush and eradicate all forms of the Christian faith by whatever means. I will encourage everyone to look at ichthys.com – what I’ve said here is only scratching the surface. There is a wealth of information on ichthys.com, this man has obviously dedicated his life to putting his work out there, which is free to all and I thank God that I found it and I thank him for writing it. When you find it save it to favourites - you will be going back to it many times.
If the ‘fig tree parable’ has been correctly interpreted, and God has given us 70 years, or if by reason of strength, 80 years – 1948 + 70 = 2018... 1948 + 80 = 2028, then the fulfilment of the 69 weeks til the beginning of the last week using God’s allotted life time, (or a time in between a span of 10 years) can’t be dismissed yet. However, I don’t believe that God in His mercy would leave us guessing about an important time and I believe there is a more absolute way of determining the beginning of Tribulation, and is also from the scriptures and comes from Hosea 6: 2 which says: After two days He will revive us: in the third day He will raise us up in His sight and we shall live in His sight. Again, this needs very careful interpretation and explanation. The two days relates to two millennial days and is the 2000 years after the death of Jesus, which is known as the church age and is also the period of time or grace between the 69th and 70th week. Jesus was killed in 33 AD and then adding the known church age, which also includes Tribulation and comes to 2033, and then by subtracting the 7 years of Tribulation, we arrive at 2026 for the start of Tribulation. The fig tree parable was spoken by Jesus to confound some at that time and is just generalising the time as somewhere between 10 years, this is giving a specific year and makes sense to me. The 3rd day is the last millennial day and is the 1000 years that Jesus reigns on earth after which Satan will be released to deceive all those, who are the few unbelievers that manage to make it through Tribulation without the mark – and they will be given a last chance after re-populating the earth because they refused it. (No-one with the mark will enter the millennium.) So many find it hard to understand the mercy and grace of God. Are we living in the ‘days of Noah’ now, with the last week soon to arrive? I believe we are. After reading this through, no doubt your first question will be how will I survive if I am alive and these days come upon me? The short answer – I really don’t know yet. All I can say is that you, just like me, will have to put our complete trust and faith in God that somehow, known to Him, He will bring us through this terrible time in His way. Psalm 91 has some beautiful words of encouragement: He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come near thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come near thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
I will add a little more here about the Gog-Magog war mentioned previously, which will become WW3. This war in Ezekiel 38 & 39, although prophesised in the O.T., is actually for another time, almost at the end. Referring to the O.T. countries names, the players in this war are chiefly Rosh, Meshech, Tubal – which is modern day Russia and her states, Persia – is modern day Iran, Togarmah – is modern day Turkey, Ethiopia – remains unchanged today, Libya – is unchanged, Egypt – is unchanged, Gomer – is modern day Germany. These are the countries that will eventually attack Israel and they have all made alliances together. The broad reasons behind this war are not the same for each Nation; Israel is soon to become a very rich country due to the discovery of very large tracts of both oil and gas beneath her. Russia and probably Germany as well have their eyes on this. (Russia has quietly taken Crimea, it won’t end there and the Ukraine will be next to be ‘absorbed’ by Russia as it is needed for an agenda the world is largely unaware of – ‘an attack southward’ – ‘in the latter days’ Ezekiel 38: 15, 16. Seizing the Ukraine is a most important military strategy for Russia to gain control over significant oil and gas pipelines that supply much of Europe through the Ukraine – without absorbing the Ukraine, Russia is at serious risk of losing strategic control in this area.) The other countries, which are predominantly Muslim, hate Israel for religious reasons, Iran being the main antagonist, but they would all join in for the rich spoils. Jesus gives this warning in Luke 21: 20 When you see Jerusalem encompassed with armies, know that desolation is near.This seems to suggest this war happening possibly either before, or in the first half of Tribulation – see Matthew 24: 15. Some will condemn this action but they will just be empty words – not even the US will help her. But God has already said He will not allow Israel to be completely overrun.
It’s a sad thing that in the age we live, so few care about God, or about each other, very few care about the starving, the rising love of money and greed, they murder and care not – all of which is increasing. There are more natural disasters, more tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, famines – but most of all, ungodliness is everywhere. There are many who blame God for what are the world’s problems – the oppressed and starving, yet the affluent collectively have enough wealth to alleviate these things. Mark 7: 14 says in part, For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will, ye may do them good. But how many do it and it’s easier to blame God, so they blame Him instead. Looking at the world, ¼ of the world is starving, ¼ of the world is constantly at war, and the other ½ is chasing political power and monetary gain. What a shameful imbalance! These events have always existed but never before has there been a time when all these events are happening in so many places and with such frequency and intensity.
In the last days many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. This explains the ease we now travel the world (aircraft/cruises etc.) and all the unprecedented new discoveries that are increasing on a sliding scale with rapidity. Satan knows how close we are to the end, which is why he brings certain people forward (Matthew 24: 4, 5) who will prophesise false doctrines and times for Jesus’ return and when it doesn’t happen, many will turn away from God, saying where is the promise of His coming. Because of what I’ve said here, the last thing I would ever want is to be labelled a ‘false teacher’ – I am in fear of that. Which is why I have tried to explain my thoughts with back-up from the scriptures and I sincerely hope that before you accept or believe what has been said, you will confirm it from the scriptures yourself and then decide if it makes any sense. It will be a very fearful thing to stand before Jesus who will judge us and each one of us will, after all, it was Him who paid the ultimate, highest price. Revelation 20: 11 stands out to me, And I saw a great white throne and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. If the earth and the heavens are in fear of God, then what hope have I if I say these things are right, but I’m wrong?
These are some of the major things to watch out for before Tribulation begins.
Firstly the strike on Damascus in Syria. If this strike comes from Israel, (I can’t say for certain it will be Israel) and it could be a singular strike or multiple strikes on her enemies as well – I think it will be a nuclear strike to silence or put fear into her enemies. Israel knows that when her enemies reach nuclear capability it can tip the balance of power against her and as it is only Iran and Syria making noises at present, others may soon join in. I don’t think Iran is immune; she could even be the first one to be silenced. This is why Israel will possibly/eventually move against Iran before a nuclear capability is reached. Psalm 83 lists the enemies of Israel by tribe, who are the descendants of the 22 Arab countries that surround Israel today and some aren’t hostile toward her but most want to see Israel destroyed. The problem that Israel will have is whether she can just make one strike on Damascus and get away with it, or should she hit several of her enemies as she has done before and by doing so, does she risk severe retaliation from multiple countries. If Israel opts for the second choice, she knows she may bring everything down on herself and because of this; she has what is called the ‘Samson Option,’ which is if she sees herself going down; she has said she will unleash her very large arsenal on all her enemies. I don’t see Israel using this option because it isn’t in the scriptures – at least I don’t think it is. I can’t say that it will be Israel who commits the first strike, but it can’t be ruled out either. There may be other serious triggers prior to Damascus, which isn’t far away considering the time that’s left. At some point after the Damascus situation the next World War will begin, which will be closely followed by the signing of a seven year covenant between Israel and multiple Nations. This signing is day one of the first half of Tribulation and the re-starting of the clock to count down the final 7 years. God will now send His two witnesses to Israel, (Moses and Elijah) as well as the 144,000 throughout the entire world and the whole world will know about these things. The re-building of the 3rd Temple will begin soon after the treaty is signed, which I think will be brokered by the Pope. We will have 3.5 years of comparative safety to put a survival plan into effect and we will need to act very quickly as society will begin to crumble, with prices for everyday consumables skyrocketing. (This is something I'm not too sure about and will need constant prayer.) I would strongly suggest to keep watching world events to see what co-insides exactly with scripture, particularly Damascus, which is confirming the last days but the recent escalation of world events, WW3 may even precede Damascus. These things are just the physical signs of the beginning of Tribulation; there are other signs, although physical as well but are spiritual. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great. The voices and thunders, are obviously from God but not necessarily recognisable. The lightning will be so spectacular it will be seen simultaneously around the globe, the earthquake also will be felt all around the globe, tall buildings will fall, Ezekiel 38: 20 and many will explain it away and won’t see it for what it really is. This is the first of three such events, the second and third being more intense than the first but with an extra terror – hail stones that weigh a talent, 45kg/100lb. Once you see the first of these things, the final 7 years will have already begun and time is short. The signing of the peace treaty could also be with the first event. The second event marks the beginning of the second half of Tribulation. The next thing will be the World’s government systems being replaced by a One World Government and will be instituted shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Tribulation. The third event heralds the imminent return of Jesus. And if you do see this it may already too late for you in two ways, either you’ve missed your opportunity to find a safe place and/or you’ve failed to give your heart to God, the latter being the most important. If you find yourself in either of these circumstances and you decide to repent, providing that you haven’t taken the mark you might survive.
There will come a time in our lives when we will all have to make a decision about whose side we are on and do something about it and that MUST happen before we die, as there is ‘no hope beyond the grave’ Isaiah 38: 18. And any of us could die by natural causes or accidents before these events come to pass. This scripture is for those who know that God is, but all those living or dead, who had never heard of, or read the Bible, may still be saved – God knows the hearts of all. Are you going to waste the little time that is left and find yourself numbered with the lost? Everyone must understand that there are only two forces in this world that determine how we act – good and evil. There is no middle ground with God, so there are really only two choices in life to follow; you cannot just be a ‘fence sitter’ and say I haven’t made up my mind yet. There is no salvation in that, you either want salvation or you don’t. There are many who will say I’m a good person, I’ve never done anything really bad and I believe in God, I will be saved. They are the spiritually unprepared, which is exactly the same as a fence sitter – and even Satan, who knows and believes, has no hope at all. If you are still a non believer, the problem isn’t that He has rejected you, you have rejected Him. It beggars belief to understand why so many won’t accept His free gift??? Only those who have made a firm choice and given their hearts and minds to God have a hope, those who refuse, sadly have no hope. It’s far better to have a realised and an ‘acted on belief’ – at least with a hope of salvation, than those who continue blindly along saying I believe, yet do nothing else. The rewards for those who believe, in far excess, outweighs everything of those who reject it. (There are so many who have chosen not to live for God and is plain to see all around us - also by the things that are accepted today in the name of choice, which, not that long ago were hidden from view and sadly reflect the degradation of man. The day is coming when we will suffer persecution for our belief, perhaps even death, which Jesus has already told us about and may not only come from complete strangers but from those we love as well. Because of man's predisposition toward sin, it will become even harder to resist the pressure to 'fall away' in apostasy, particularly in the second half of Tribulation.)
Romans 10: 9 & 10 tells us what we need to do in simple terms and everyone who allow themselves, can come to it: If you confess with your own mouth (which is telling others) that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Of course, there is a little more to it than just that, there are some conditions but these conditions are not hard to achieve and it is full time, which is demonstrating by our words or actions who we are living for and not part time or anything in between. God isn't interested in part time soldiers - it's all or nothing.
God did not make salvation a difficult or an unobtainable thing; He made it SO simple and free to all, and the cost was to Him, not us. 1st John 1: 9 also appeals: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Many don’t understand what this gift of salvation really is, which is a stumbling block to them. Salvation is a free gift already won for us by the sacrifice of Jesus, all we have to do is accept Jesus as our saviour – and confess our sins to God daily (confessed sins don’t have to be said again) and if we’re truly sincere, He will forgive us. THAT’S IT. And we only have to ask once for all those past sins to be forgiven, where else can you get forgiveness like that? There isn’t one who hasn’t sinned in some form every day, at times without even knowing it and sinful thoughts can assail us the moment we awake - hence the reason for daily confession. It’s not my past sins that worry me; its sin in the future, which could cause me to fall away. It is now up to us to avoid turning back – He is very serious in giving it; we must be serious in deserving it.
Salvation is given the moment we’re forgiven; our names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life and were there from the very beginning – we just have to make certain that our name isn’t erased after it’s given. Salvation is in two parts, firstly while here on earth, which is positional (we remain here as a witness) and then fully after death, or if we're raised alive at the end. We all receive the Holy Spirit by grace, the moment we're forgiven (2nd Corinthians 2: 22) and also God's seal, which will protect us from certain events in Tribulation. (the judgements) But don’t think that ‘once saved is always saved’ – that is very dangerous thinking. Jesus knows all of our weaknesses, as does Satan – we all fall and we all will at times as he is always nipping at our heels and if we suffer a defeat, He doesn’t want us to dwell on it endlessly but to push on – if we approach the mercy seat, pleading with fear and trembling, with a broken and a sorrowful heart, it appeals to Him.
Salvation is a gifted thing, given free by Jesus who is unseen but the lusts of the flesh (meaning all) are all around us, seen by all and so easily besets us. We are constantly bombarded by them. How much easier is it to follow or give in to the things that are seen in preference to that which is unseen? It now becomes a matter of how much we value salvation.
James 4: 7 says, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. All those living for God will come under attack simply because we have made a conscious decision for change - those who haven't, aren't yet on Satan's radar. And believe me, the more he will attack you once he knows you've made a decision for God. 1st. Corinthians 10: 13 tells us how to escape these attacks, God is faithful and will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape. It is simply a matter of becoming more aware when Satan has broken our 'first line of defence' and stamp on it immediately. (If we're honest with ourselves, all of us have different problems and we all know the triggers that start things off, it's then we have to walk away from whatever it is to avoid being caught in Satan's snare.) If we allow ourselves to entertain any wrong thought or action, the longer we give in to it, the harder it becomes to escape. And if we profess to be Christians, we should know what those things are. We only fail when we don’t recognise and admit we’ve fallen and then don’t plead for forgiveness and it’s not too long before we turn away from Him and it’s Satan who gets the victory, not us. The only way you can lose your salvation (and you can) is by rejecting the one who gave it to you. As long as you keep hold of His hand He won't let go of yours. If we could look down on ourselves through God’s eyes and see the things we do, wouldn’t we try to do better, especially knowing He can observe us? We need to focus on the unspeakable joy that is already laid out for us ahead of time because we could miss out on all that’s promised with a careless attitude.
There are 2 animals inside all of us that are constantly at war, our human nature and our divine nature - which one will win?
The one you feed!!
God was under no obligation to create us, yet He created us in His likeness to be as His children for His good pleasure, He willingly gave His only son as a sacrifice for our sins that we may have eternal life and His son was also willing to suffer such a cruel death. Would you do it? And He was innocent without sin. Doesn't that demand an unselfish love in return on our part? I cannot help but think of how Abraham took his son Isaac up on a mountain with the intention of sacrificing him there because God told him to but God stayed his hand at the last moment and prevented it. Yet nothing stayed His hand when He gave His own dear son to be nailed to the cross. That is an unfathomable love beyond my comprehension.
There are many who think that being a Christian and attaining salvation is dependent on attending a church on a regular basis. THAT SIMPLY ISN’T TRUE. God does not live in temples made with hands. In the early days of Christianity, most couldn’t read or write – people were so poor they couldn’t afford a Bible because producing a Bible was a cost no-one could afford – they were all hand written. The printing press wasn’t invented until 1440, so you had to go to a church to hear the word and the churches knew that so they had a monopoly on you. These days, everyone can afford a Bible and the churches have had to resort to other methods to entice and keep you. They know that attending a church isn’t a pre-requisite for salvation. Sadly over time, the churches have become so polluted by so much false doctrine making it very hard to find a good one. The reason I say this is because there is a danger that the truth in scripture can be, and often is, misinterpreted by some pastors and on certain issues, wrong teaching may be very costly indeed. It has already been prophesised that the false prophet will co-opt all the fallen religions into one. This is why I believe it’s better to get a good Bible and start reading it together with ichthys.com beginning in the Satanic Rebellion. For most people the Bible alone isn’t enough, you need a good teacher to explain it and the best teacher is ichthys.com. I mentioned before about having a preparedness of mind – that simply involves reading your Bible as much as you can, which is the only way you can spiritually grow. In this world of materialism it’s easy to find or invent reasons for not reading your Bible but just remember, it’s Satan who puts up the ‘detour sign’ and we all need to be aware and overcome that. Human nature being what it is, sometimes finding the time to read can seem like a chore of which I am also guilty but we can all find 10 minutes or so a day creating a habit and once you've developed the habit the Spirit will come to you - and that's a wonderful thing! The more often you read the more God will send His Spirit if you invite him. Satan will always try to drive a wedge in between us and God and he will do that by whatever means and one of the worst ways he discourages us, is from reading our Bible regularly. If we give in to this sort of attack we will only slide backwards and if we allow it to continue it may end in apostasy.
Most people who go to church don’t read their Bible; instead they just rely on what is preached to them. If you went to church for the next ten years you will never hear the entire Bible, which is why you have to study it yourself. If you look back on what I've said above, which details what will happen to the churches in the last days, (Amos 8: 11 – 13 is a good example) a good Bible and ichthys.com is all you need.
Matthew 7: 13,14 are just 2 of my favourite verses that are one of the most important parables that is strangely, the least understood. So many don't really understand the true meaning behind them and I'll write them here with a brief explanation: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Jesus is responding to a question in Jeremiah 6: 16 which says, Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Briefly, to explain these verses. There are so many different ways these days, which only causes confusion, (much to Satan's delight) which one shall I go to? And that's because they're looking for one that accommodates or only suits their needs but ignores the big picture. There certainly is a 'broad way' in which so many think theirs is the right way but lead to nowhere, and millions to their astonishment will find it only ends in shipwreck on Eternity's shore. (And further, any religion that preaches theirs is the only way - is a cult.) Jesus has told us about this narrow way that leads to life and we only have to ask the Spirit to guide us and it doesn't involve going to a money making enterprise, which are all man made, some far worse than others. (Many things are done in God's name but are they done in His way?) Even in O.T. times, as it is today, good scripture is ignored, Jeremiah 5: 31 says it all - The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? Those today, in whatever belief they hold on to have all heard or read these verses at some time and they think that the road they're on IS the narrow way. Sadly there are so many who prefer the broad way over the narrow way saying what they said to Jeremiah, we will not walk therein. And because of spiritual blindness and/or ignorance, is it of no wonder that Jesus said few there be that find it.
As a simple analogy, imagine yourself standing on an overhead bridge over a 15 lane highway looking in the direction the cars are travelling and you notice the occupants of most cars appear happy but some appear unhappy, so they change lanes, perhaps because that other lane is moving faster and they become content for a while. (This is people becoming restless in whatever religion they're in and change for whatever reason.) This is the broad way, which is the easy way of the world. Soon you notice a small off-ramp leading off this highway and every now and then, a car exits the highway onto a very narrow road, which is not an easy road. But once off this highway there is so much more to see and the rewards are far greater than the broad way.
The strait and narrow way isn't difficult to find once you know how and anyone can enter in because it's in you but it is difficult to travel - you just need to remember that Jesus walked it before us and suffered all for our sake and has promised to walk it with us. He simply said - follow me. (Ask yourself where was the strait and narrow way before Jesus - there weren't any 'churches' as we know them then and I don't know of any church that calls itself the strait and narrow way.) Just as the Spirit is given by grace, so too, is the strait and narrow way and we access it by faith, which is believing in Him, and striving to maintain that belief so that we don't fall away in the days ahead by continuing in prayer and reading His word. And few there be that find it suggests that this gate is hidden, 2nd Corinthians 4: 3, 4. Many seek to find it but only 'a few' will and they fail because of not seeking with all their heart and mind, no-one just happens on the narrow way casually without diligently searching until you finally realise it is within you all along. It isn't just down the street and around the corner in a building or in another town, which is why it IS hidden to human reasoning but it is revealed to the searching heart. Seek and ye shall find.
Jesus has told us there are 2 gates, one is the strait and narrow gate which is unappealing and difficult and you will be persecuted on this road, perhaps even to death. The other is the wide gate, much more alluring and easy, you won't be persecuted on this road, which ends up as the devil's highway - unbeknown to so many. Even now there are many false teachers in the churches. And just think, if you're still on this broad way during Tribulation, which will be coerced into following Satan (in the anti-Christ's body) by the false prophet, you will be more likely to accept the mark. (And doesn't that tell you that the easy ways of the world is far removed from the strait and narrow way.) I would only ask that you think about this for a few minutes - if the Spirit is given to lead us into truth, doesn't it stand to reason he will also reveal the strait and narrow way in us if we're prepared to receive it with all our heart and mind? This can be a hard thing for many to accept. John 14: 5, Thomas says in part: and how can we know the way? V6, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. There is only one God and there is only one way that is acceptable to Him. Ephesians 4: 5 - One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
John 14: 26 says if you ask for the Holy Spirit to teach you all things, he will guide you. We are saved by grace and not by works. No ‘good works’ are ever sufficient in God’s eyes to equal or repay what Jesus did for us. Start reading your Bible and look to Jesus, If you don’t read about Him, how can you love Him? That’s a very small price to pay for salvation; and He paid a much higher price for us – with His blood. Submitting to God’s will and not our own is the next step and is probably the hardest step as it means a sincere change to how we live our lives. It means living not for the things of this world, which we see all around us and mean little, but seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you. The most comforting thought for a sinner like me is there isn’t a sin so great that He won’t forgive. SALVATION IS THE ONLY THING THAT REALLY MATTERS, it is the most valuable thing on earth and Jesus paid a terrible price for us, and yet we hardly ever give it a thought. How often do we think of His love for us that compelled Him to submit to the cross to win salvation for us? Awful when you think of it like that isn’t it. We can’t even imagine how God felt, as it was at His cost. ‘It was expedient that one should die for many’ – in the end, many will die for one.
Not wanting to dwell too much on this but it must be realised and accepted that many of us will be killed and we could be in that number. If so I pray that we can be counted worthy to die a true martyr. There is a natural fear of dying and Luke 12: 4 has some words to encourage us: Be not afraid of them that kill the body, after that they have no more that they can do. Jesus wants us to look past the cross. Philippians 1: 23, I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far. Paul is talking about his deep love of preaching the Gospel, knowing there is so much yet to do and so many unsaved - and being close to the end of his life, his one true desire was to 'finish the race' and to be with Him. Shouldn't that be our desire as well, to finish the race with our faith intact?
Revelation 6: 9, 10 & 11 says, And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, how long O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little time, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. This scripture is further proof of a post-trib view - if all believers are removed before Tribulation, who are those yet to be killed and where are they from??? Linking this scripture with Revelation 7 below has similarities, but just the way it is written, a great multitude, which no man could number, would suggest a great many more than these who are mentioned above. The last part of the last verse above tells us there are more to be killed but as it doesn’t say how many souls are under the altar, who are they and where did they come from? To my mind many were there before Tribulation and not necessarily during, are they the millions who were killed in the days from Adam to the present day? The only questions that remain are: Do the souls under the altar and those yet to be killed add up to a great multitude? It is quite possible. If so it adds further weight that not many of us will survive Tribulation. Or, is the great multitude only those who came out of the Great Tribulation? That’s also possible. Revelation 7: 9, 13 & 14 says, After this I beheld, and a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. And one of the elders answered, saying to me, who are these which are arrayed in white robes? And where did they come from. And I said to him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which came out of the Great Tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Once you become aware of these things that have been foretold so long ago and you come to the realisation that we ARE living in the last days, simply because it is undeniable from the things that we see happening all around us, drawing closer to God will and should become the most important thing in our lives. I for one can attest to this and it’s not because I am approaching or entering my ‘twilight years’ – it’s because of love for our Father and His dear Son and knowing what He did for you and me, I pray that this love will only grow stronger in the coming days. When you read Revelation, which has page after page of all the terrible things that are going to happen in the last days but very little on how we can survive, I can only think how much we will have to trust Him to lead us and reveal a way of escape in these days. It says in Daniel 12: 8, 9 and also in two other places, And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, what shall be the end of these things. And he said to me, go your way Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. This indicates that knowledge and direction will be given at a time known only to God, and we will all need to be listening in our hearts for what the Spirit would cause us to know. The more we rid ourselves of the trappings of this world, the more the Spirit will indwell and teach us if we invite him. John 16: 13 says, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. I believe, by this scripture, that not only will he show us things to come; we can confidently trust in him for his guidance in the days ahead by allowing the Spirit to work in you - this is the measure of faith. Many religions still follow the water baptism of John, which is no longer necessary as all those who are His are baptised with the Spirit and washed with His blood. Baptism doesn’t save us or remove our sinful nature; we are saved only by the boundless grace of Jesus.
There is so much inspiration from Noah, God told Noah that it grieved Him that He had created man and that He would destroy man with a flood and He told Noah to build an ark so that only he and his family and the animals to be saved would be saved. And it took Noah somewhere between 60 and 100 years to build the ark. That says a lot about faith. All through the building of the ark, Noah kept faith and believed what God said even though there was so much ridicule around him. Noah knew the flood was coming and it would come at the finish of the building of the ark. You can just imagine the thoughts of all those who couldn’t get on the ark when the rains came. When you read about it you see that it didn’t start with a trickle and the waters slowly rising, it came all of a sudden and not only as rain from above but from fountains of the earth as well. As an example and a simple analogy from Noah, it was a long time to build the ark and Noah’s faith was unshakable but at the end when all were aboard, there were still ‘seven days of grace’ before God shut the door. But not one came in. And that’s how it will be in the end. Compared to the time taken to build the ark, those seven days was a very short space of time. You can liken it to the time we live in now, the period between the sixty ninth and seventieth week –God’s ‘time of grace’ toward us, which has been extended by grace much more than 7 days. How many will enter in before the door is shut?
Tribulation is coming soon and will come at flood speed, there will be much more than ridicule, it will be the worst of persecution and the only way to get through it is having a PREPAREDNESS OF MIND – by learning of Him. ‘After the war begins, it’s too late to learn to shoot a rifle’ and if you don’t stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all Isaiah 7: 9. If we remain faithful to Him, He will remain faithful to us. To add a little about the above paragraph, when the Restrainer who is keeping everything in check, is taken out of the way, most of the unbelievers and neutrals as well, who would normally and morally behave in a decent manner, will descend into anarchy and a fearful lawless behaviour never before seen. The hostile environment during Tribulation will be a far worse and difficult place to live for Jesus than it is now. In Revelation 2 & 3, it tells us of the seven churches in the ‘church age’ and we belong to the last one, which is Laodicea and we don’t have a very good standing in our faith at all – saying we are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold and we have become this way largely because of our material pursuits, placing worldly things in front of love for Jesus. If our love is considered lukewarm, what will it become if it cools even further? It will only add to the insult that it is and serve to increase the risk of our own apostasy in the persecution in Tribulation. Hence we must be very careful to observe Matthew 24: 12. Likewise, the things that will happen in the last days should never be ridiculed or dismissed, nor put off to a more convenient day. When Jesus returns there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth by so many. I believe we are now in a similar situation – a week or so before the flood in Noah’s day. A few verses in Hebrews 12 appeal to me and may to you also: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. Think on these last two sentences and what they mean – it may happen to us.
We should realise that the ‘signs and wonders’ that both the Beast and the false prophet perform, will appear to the human eye as being the real thing and that only through searching the truth in scripture will enable us to resist being impressed to the point of wrong belief, as the rest of the World will be. No matter ‘what our eyes or ears tell us’ at this time, they must be steadfastly refused and this will come in full force in the second half of Tribulation. As Christians, we walk by faith and not by sight. I mentioned previously to consider Matthew 6: 25 – 34, but I didn’t write these verses as I don’t want them to be taken the wrong way, nor do I want to impose my thoughts on you. You can think on them after reading them, but I will just say this. God is explicit in telling the Jews in Israel who ‘turn back’ to Him in Matthew 24: 16, to flee to the mountains in the second half of Tribulation but nowhere in scripture is the same warning to instantly flee given to the Gentiles, except those in Mystery Babylon. The fundamental difference between Judaism and Christianity is they believe that through the blood sacrifice of animals, forgiveness is given (O.T. laws, which will be revived in the 3rd temple) and they are still waiting for the Messiah, yet we know through the N.T. Jesus has come and He rescinded those O.T. laws and the one true sacrifice has been made. For those Jews who turn back by Moses and Elijah, this is a ‘last minute’ warning and Revelation 12: 6 – 17 tells us how God will rescue them. Verse 14 says the escape is via an eagle and is symbolic of His swift rescue where He will sustain them for 3.5 years. In the beginning of the second half, the anti-Christ (Satan) turns his full attention to the Jews and many of the unbelieving Jews will also refuse the mark and survive Tribulation to enter the millennium.
For some time now I have thought of a possible ‘escape plan’ simply because we have been given prior warning in the N.T. but I wonder if it contributes to the wrong mind-set, as such preparations can by their very nature incline towards selfishness and self-preservation. (Fear) What worries me the most, is making any material preparations for the Tribulation in any way, not trusting in God’s will and His plan? Because we know that He loves us and has a plan for all of us, going contrary to His plan will only put us outside that plan and could lead to all sorts of unforeseen problems.I just hope and pray in the coming days He will provide us with the best answer, and I know He will – by adopting a patient ‘wait and see’ approach. We must allow ourselves to be responsive and obedient and to trust the Spirit’s promptings.
“We will do well to remember that money or material things cannot save us – only God can”.
It may be possible to remain in our own homes until it’s impossible to do so – but will we then just have to walk away from it and become as refugees and outcasts? Because it will be impossible to buy and sell after the mark is put in place, which will be worldwide, just how it will play out here is unknown as yet. Even the best laid plans often never go as expected or hoped, we will need to be very flexible in this and be ready to change as things unfold. All such plans may need to be sharply modified or even abandoned altogether. The main thing will be not to neglect our spiritual progress by overly concentrating on laying down time consuming plans for escaping. At this time we don’t know how God will provide for us but as He provided manna in the morning and quail in the evening and most importantly water for 40 years to the Israelites, even though they had their flocks with them, it certainly is possible for Him to do it again. We will have to believe that He will provide in some way, and continue praying about it because we could be trusting in ourselves rather than Him, which is very dangerous. (Stand still and wait on Him.) I know that He will save those destined to be saved; (I just don’t know the how?) otherwise none who refuse the mark would survive Tribulation. When I think of the several times I know that God has saved me from certain death, (God didn’t rescue me from the surf just to beat me up on the sand!!) and I am confident that He will provide for us, that much I know. I can’t say it will be the same way as He did in the Exodus, no-one yet knows, I’m just using it as an example but I’m still very uncertain as yet of what He wants us to do. (Whether to stay put, or go – and when.) My main concern is Luke 9: 24, which cannot and must not be ignored. Because of the uncertainties at this time it will be very hard to resist acting on our own impulses and taking our own way, (perhaps the wrong way and at the wrong time) which could lead to very serious consequences that’s impossible to foresee. You could say that by trusting in ourselves just a little bit is really distrusting God by a proportionately larger amount. A problem that comes to mind is we don’t know when or if the Spirit will prompt us to leave or stay. I tend to think if it is to be it could be either just before the second half of Tribulation or even at the same time when all those faithful in Mystery Babylon are told to come out of her because of impending destruction. (As there are more Jews in the US than anywhere else, this warning may first be given to them, then us as well.) The gentiles in Christ, just like the Jews may be given short notice with a small window and may need to be ready at a moment’s notice. By delaying too long, we may not even get to escape at all and imprisonment, or the very worst following. I’m reluctant to advise anyone of specific plans as it could end in disaster for you if you took my advice – you need to earnestly pray about it yourselves as I will be, simply because I don’t know. And in truth, we don’t yet know what the Spirit will tell us but we will all need as much spiritual fortification as possible beforehand – can we expect God to help us if we are (and remain) lukewarm toward Him?
At this stage I don’t see it as wrong to have a plan and if it is God’s will, then the Spirit will lead us. And we must be absolutely certain of what He wants us to do as it may be to nothing. God handed over His own Son who died for us so that we might live, isn’t that love completely beyond our comprehension – then it stands to reason He won’t forget us in Tribulation. If what is presented above seems confusing or contradictory, I’m just trying to show both sides of the same argument. But if God has marked me for martyrdom, then so be it, I would much rather face this death (than the second death) for Jesus – which guarantees my salvation, He died for me and washed me with His blood. I hope that courage won’t desert me and that I am found constantly in prayer and we should never think of prayer as an obligation, it is our only means of communication with Him, so it is a privilege that is open to all of us. There is nothing difficult about praying, just think of how a little child would talk to their parents with a love that is so obvious, and isn't that what we are - His children? It has been said that the garments of Heaven only come in children's sizes! Jesus certainly won’t let go of our hand; it’s us who let go of His hand and neglecting to pray is the first downward step.
It is now 2017 and counting down and we are living in the last 9 years before the Tribulation begins – on the very edge of the Tribulation precipice, the most fearful time ever, where our faith will be tested to the limit. Loss of faith will end in apostasy, by our own lukewarmness, which should motivate all of us to draw closer to God. Seeing it is so close now and Revelation is warning us about the END TIMES and what to be aware of, it is the summation of everything before it and more and chapters 21 & 22 are a beautiful coronation that we should all set our hearts upon in the hope of that day. None of us know the day of our departure and we should all be as prepared as possible, living as if today was the very day that we meet with Jesus. Whether we live or die, either before or during Tribulation, whether it be through natural causes or at the hand of an enemy, settle it within yourself beforehand to suffer it in the knowledge that Jesus paid a much higher price for all our sins to win our salvation – which should have been our sentence. He was innocent, yet He was numbered with the transgressors on our behalf.
I will look for Him today and if I don't find Him I will look for Him tomorrow, and if I don't find Him tomorrow I will look again for Him the day after that - and the day after that, until I find Him.
This speaks to me of Psalm 27: 4.
If I were to say I have been given an understanding of these things – that couldn’t be further from the truth, and I would also be lying. I am saying even though I hope I have a reasonable understanding, I may not be completely right in all things. It remains for all of us to ask for the Spirit to help us and begin/keep reading the Bible and particularly ichthys.com as it is a brilliant help in understanding the Bible and then form your own opinion as to what I've said. The reason I trust ichthys.com so much is simply because he doesn't try to conform scripture to his doctrine - he conforms his doctrine to scripture, which is rarely seen or heard these days. If you’re thinking of getting a Bible, I personally think the New King James version is the easiest to read and understand. One thing is certain; until you’ve done that you can neither agree nor disagree with me.
And we are all – every one of us,‘a work still in progress.’