END OF DAYS - Just How Close Is Tribulation, Have You Any Idea?
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Proverbs: 8: 17.
First started in 2012 and with so much added to the present time, this document is an account of what is prophesied to happen in the last days, and many are aware, but most think it’s too far off to even consider now. The problem for these is they have a ‘head in the sand’ mentality, they know it eventually will 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, just as the day Jesus returns 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 from the Bible only searching for the truth. Don’t trust whatever you may read elsewhere without proper examination first. I no longer and will not belong to any man-made religion, simply by my distrust in what they have become. I would strongly advise any who read what follows, or what you discover yourself to do your own thorough investigations as to its truth from the scriptures, as scripture always interprets scripture. Without confirmation from the Bible, which is the only legitimate source, you may be mislead by what you read.
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On the advice of others, I have shortened this article considerably by taking some excerpts from this one and made several shorter articles for easier reading.
The 3 main topics that I want to cover here are centred on: Daniel 9: 24 – 27, Matthew 24 and Revelation 13. After you’ve read what I’ve written here you may want to begin reading your Bible, starting in the New Testament and understand how serious your salvation is as so many are just drifting towards a lost eternity when it doesn't have to be that way. I also want to talk about 1st Thessalonians 4: 16 – 18 to 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. 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 are possibly the most debated. I'll write these verses spoken to Daniel by Gabriel as they are in the Bible, which are 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 these three books are connected and linked together. Just stay with me and I'll explain it to the best of my ability.
Verse 24: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Seventy weeks is prophetic time explained further down and understanding this verse is key to grasping the rest.
Verse 25: Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks: (69 weeks or 483 years) the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Verse 26: And after threescore and two weeks (62 weeks or 434 years) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. This is the time we are living in now, 2000 years from the death of Jesus.
Verse 27: And he (the anti-Christ) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (7 years) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblations to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
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 and He was cut off after 69 weeks or 483 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: 24 and in Revelation 12: 14 about time in a prophetic way – time, times and a half. So, this seventy weeks is a time frame that one week = seven years. (One day is as a year.) These seventy weeks are an overall time of 490 years, (70 x 7) of which so far, only sixty nine weeks or 483 years have been accounted for in verse 25. If the 490 years is meant as a whole sequential block of time, why would Gabriel speak of it as being divided as such. The seventy weeks time frame is divided into three 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 years from the finish of rebuilding Jerusalem to the death of Jesus, [which is counted as one block of time, (7+62) resulting in the death of Jesus after 69 weeks - 483 years] 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 parts, as in 7 + 62 / + 1 but split in 2 with a gap after the 69th week and before the 70th week which wasn't revealed to Daniel. Prophecy is a difficult thing to determine the truth at the best of time and we also know that some prophecies are veiled, simply to confound some. The 7000 year / 7 millennial days are the proof of it - Adam to Abraham 2000 years, Abraham to Jesus 2000 years, Jesus to now 2000 years, (church age) with the millennium of 1000 years to come. We are now living, nearly at the end of the 6th day of that timeline.
So there has to be a gap somewhere and scripture supports it in many areas. We are living in the time between the 69th and the 70th week where the 'prophetic clock' has been stopped by God for 2000 years after the death of Jesus (known as the church age, allowing more to enter in - very few would have been saved if this wasn't the case) and it's very close now to this last week, in which the clock will be re-started to count-down the final 7 years. 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 7 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 coincidence that the ministry of Jesus only lasted 3.5 years – God is giving Satan the same allotted time, 3.5 years, in the second half of Tribulation.) This is also when he (in the body of the anti-Christ) breaks all his promises from the peace treaty with 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. Verse 24 speaks of 6 things, 3 of which Daniel was earnestly praying about before the angel Gabriel interrupts his prayer, telling him that Jerusalem will be restored and that he is sent to give him an understanding of the matter and to consider the vision. The first 3 things have already happened and the last 3 are distant future. (This needs to be properly understood.) Daniel 12: 1 - 4 gives us a clearer understanding of what is meant by 'seal up the vision' and is beautiful to read as it gives a perfect explanation.
Verse 25 and 26 is very important to realise that it also predicted the crucifixion of Jesus perfectly, even to the day. Verse 26 says in part: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and refers to General Titus and 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 verse 26 says, and the end thereof shall be with a flood, – doesn’t mean a flood literally, it just means quickly from a large army. It continues saying, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. The 'end of the war' could mean to be plural as in future wars on earth and/or war in Heaven when Satan is removed at the midpoint of Tribulation. (verse 27 is expanded further down but a few things need explaining first.)
The scripture in Isaiah tells us that there may 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 W.W.3 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. It cannot be said that this event will be before or during Tribulation, nevertheless at some point it will happen. 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, preemptive 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, Ezekiel 38 & 39 (W.W.3) 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 or an earthquake brought about by God.
It may be of interest to consider the Biblical reasons for some of 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 ‘the 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 Fig Tree 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 and need to be understood.) 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. If you connect the bolded words above to read; when you shall see all these things, this generation shall not pass, it becomes clear. 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 W.W.2, 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.
If the 'fig tree parable' has been correctly interpreted into a time-frame and God has given us 70 years, or if by reason of strength, 80 years - 1948 + 70 = 2018... 1948 + 80 = 2028. And using God's given life time, (counting from 1948) there is a difference between the 2 examples of 10 years. Then the beginning of Tribulation happening at sometime between these 10 years can't be dismissed yet.
However, I don't believe God in His mercy would leave us guessing about such an important time and I believe there is a more accurate way of determining the beginning of Tribulation. This comes from Hosea 6: 2 & 3 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. And in part of verse 3, Then we shall know, if we follow on to know the Lord: which is confirming verse 2. The two days relates to two millennial days and is the 2000 years after the death of Jesus, which is the 6th day of human history and is almost finished - it also known as the church age. Jesus was killed in 33 AD and then adding the 'church age', which includes the Tribulation and comes to 2033, and then subtracting the 7 years of Tribulation, we arrive at 2026 for the start of Tribulation. The third day is the last millennial day and is the 1000 years that Jesus reigns on earth. You can now see just how close we are to Tribulation.
Daniel 9: 27 could be within the next 10 - 15 years, remember that I started to write this in 2012 so this time is less now. (Look again at the Fig Tree Parable.) It could 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 this time, 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 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: Verse 27: And he (the anti-Christ) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, (The first part of this verse is the start of Tribulation and is when God re-starts the clock to countdown the last week of Daniel’s prophecy.) The anti-Christ (not yet indwelled by Satan) will broker a peace deal between Israel and all her enemies with all kinds of flattery and deceit. This signing of a seven year peace treaty will be the start of 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. 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, it will happen because of Jewish custom. Daniel 11: 31 tells us of the anti-Christ (then indwelled by Satan) entering the Temple in the beginning of the second half to take away the sacrifices, Matthew 24: 15 tells us the false prophet will cause the 'image of the beast' to be built, 2nd Thessalonians 2: 3, 4 tells us so much more and all confirm Daniel 9: 27. 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, including the Pope have been negotiating in secret for many years. 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 midpoint of Tribulation. Can you imagine the bickering and arguing over who should be voted or appointed to rule the entire world? Mankind has just about come to the conclusion that the only solution to the continuous wars is a One-World-Government.
God will 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 unbelieving world will hate them. The two witnesses are Moses and Elijah - resuscitated. Even though we will now be entering a very difficult time there is still time to be saved but leaving it this late will be very risky. 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 to preach the gospel as in Luke 10: 1. The war referred to as the Gog-Magog war in Ezekiel 38 & 39, will begin at some point and I tend to think it will be after the Damascus situation and prior to Tribulation. But that may not be the case - it may be reversed 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.
Now let’s look at the last part of verse 27: And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured out upon the desolate. Many think verses 26 & 27 aren't separated by a gap, i.e. the entire 70 weeks have been fulfilled and verse 27 refers to Jesus. But Jesus hasn't returned yet so it must refer to the anti-Christ. (It also confirms the post-trib view - Jesus returns when scripture is fulfilled.) 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 anti-Christ now has absolute power and will exercise his authority in the worst way imaginable. He will coerce the false prophet to cause many to follow him and worship the image of the beast, even unto the consummation (end). 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, if not millions 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 apostate 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 may rise to power to repeat the atrocities of the Dark Ages, but under a different guise, this time in the form of the false prophet. After securing the peace treaty through subtlety and subterfuge, the anti-Christ returns to the US where he rises to power, after which he returns back to Israel and then seizes power by force half way through Tribulation. He will enter the Temple and declare himself to be God and puts 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. (This paragraph is included for understanding as it fits here in the timeline and there is more to follow.)
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. 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, Revelation 18: 4. 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 prophetic 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. Isaiah 13 is a frightening account of what will befall the US (Mystery Babylon) at this time and confirms her complete destruction.
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 verse 13, which speaks of a victorious reward.
verse 3: 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?
verse 4: 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.)
verse 5: 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 verse 4, 5 with 11.)
verse 6: 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.)
verse 7: 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?)
verse 8: All of these are the beginning of sorrows. (V3 – 14 is the first half of Tribulation.)
verse 9: 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 verse 10, see Mark 13: 12 – and it isn’t what you want to read.)
verse 10: 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.
verse 11: 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.)
verse 12: 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 lukewarm 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.
verse 13: But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved. This verse speaks to me of Psalm 23.
verse 14: 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.)
verse 15: When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation stand in the holy place, spoken of by Daniel the prophet. [11: 31] 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.)
verse 21: 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.
verse 22: 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.
verse 29: 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:
verse 30: 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.
verse 31: 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.
verses 32,34: The Fig Tree Parable. It is of interest that Jesus spoke this parable after the above 3 verses.
verse 36: But of that day and hour no man knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
verse 37: But as the days of Noah were, so shall my coming be.
verse 38: 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.
verse 39: 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.
verse 34: 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 and rumours of 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 W.W.3 because it will involve many Nations. And because of sophisticated weaponry it probably won't be as protracted as in previous wars. The last war is said to be Armageddon and happens 1000 years after Jesus returns. 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 verse 7, 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 verse 14 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 reigns on earth for 1000 years along with those of us raised by Him at His appearance.
Now we come to Revelation 13, which will both shock and terrify you at the same time and was written by John while in exile on Patmos. Two beasts are described in this chapter, one from the sea in verse 1 and one from the land in verse 11. 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.
verse 1: 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.
verse 2: 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 verse 7.)
verse 3: 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.
verse 4: 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?
verse 5: 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.
verse 6: And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and those that dwell in heaven.
verse 7: 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.
verse 8: 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.
verse 9: If any man has an ear, let him hear. It could be that the Spirit will cause us to know more at this time.
verse 10: 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.
verse 11: 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 could be the Pope. Have a close look at his mitre, (hat) it has two horns.
verse 12: 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.
verse 13: 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.
verse 14: 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.
verse 15: 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.
verse 16: 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.
verse 17: 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. (verse 16, 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.)
verse 18: 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 spiritually 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 and we must do everything possible to increase our faith if we are to survive.
verse 3: 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. This is Satan mimicking the death of Jesus. 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.
verse 5: Is reinforcing what Daniel told us – that his reign will be for 3.5 years after he is cast out of Heaven.
verse 10* 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.
verse 11: 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 flattery, but with the power and authority of Satan. He is the anti-Christ's right hand man.
verse 12: 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.
verse 15: 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 Laodicea. The true church, which are those who belong to God are part of the church age but not necessarily the church visible, 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 at or near the end of the second half of Tribulation. The papacy could rise to power again through Satan creating a One-World religion, by way of the false prophet, coercing the already polluted religions early in the second half. With the anti-Christ now in absolute power, it will be join or suffer the consequences and will be put into effect with the beast as God.
verses 16 & 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. He is responsible for causing the mark so is equally guilty. 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’ credit card, no signature is required; all that’s needed now is the legislation to remove cash from the system and to implement the mark. When it comes, credit cards will be obsolete. 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 could then be on a register for refusing, just like voting. Where will that place you and I? You may not even be able to live in your own home simply because you don’t have the mark to buy what is required to live in your own home – and you may eventually have to abandon it for a very different lifestyle. I am simply posing what could be the worst scenario. 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 and happens in the beginning of the second half of Tribulation. Before this order is put into law, we will have come to the realisation that we may be evicted from our homes by a ruthless government under the control of the anti-Christ and we will have to trust God for His deliverance. (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 probably be outlawed and will cause fear to those with the mark who would even consider bartering with us.
(At this point I should include the message and the meaning of what the two angels said prior to the third angel's message, as they are of equal importance and all happening one after the other following the martyrdom of the 144,000 in the beginning of the second half of Tribulation.) Revelation 14: 6 & 7: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgement is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
This is the last warning of which there were so many before, to those still unrepentant, that there is only a short time left - now is the time to do something about it. And in verse 8: And there followed another angel, saying Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city because she made all nations drink of the wine of her fornication.
This is a message to the US, [Mystery Babylon] warning her ahead of total destruction in Revelation 18 but some will be saved if they heed the warning come out of her my people.
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. Break one of the ten commandments and you break all of them. No man has the power to change a law given by God. Daniel 7: 25 and Isaiah 58: 13 is very clear about this and Germany and Croatia have now enforced Sunday worship, instigated by the Pope and will soon be followed by others if not all. The calendar of nearly all countries show Sunday to be the 7th day. Most countries, including the US already have the 'law' in place - it only awaits official enforcement, probably by the anti-Christ. The Sabbath day is and always will be Saturday and you don't have to go to the church visible to worship on Saturday. In fact, most people who go to a church no matter what day, are largely worshipping by mouth only on that day, when every day is how we should be living it, not just one. The ten commandments are just as applicable today as they were yesterday.
This is further evidence of the degradation of the church visible and is the beginnings of subtle conditioning to accept a one-world-religion. I am not trying to be legalistic in any way, nor do I have any connection to the Seventh Day Adventists, I am merely stating a fact.
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. He is also a proponent of combining church and state as it was many years ago. And there is a hidden agenda in that.
The only question is will this Pope remain alive until this day comes, or will there be another Pope? The anti-Christ (indwelt by Satan) and the false prophet (coerced by Satan) are both earthly men. I tend to think the false prophet is a religious man of high worldly standing. Knowing Jewish customs, it's possible the anti-Christ could be a Jew.
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 man, 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 by the false prophet and many will follow it. Satan’s 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. Anyone even vaguely interested in knowing what will happen should look at it. There is a wealth of information there, this man has 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.
These are some of the things that could happen before Tribulation begins. Firstly the strike on Damascus. If it's before Tribulation, and may come from Israel, or the US (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 move against Iran before a nuclear capability is reached because Iran makes it no secret 'that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth.' 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 Iran or 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 may 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 will be brokered by the anti-Christ himself. We will have 3.5 years of comparative safety to put our spiritual survival into effect, (if you haven't done so before) and we will need to be aware of these things as society will begin to descend into anarchy. I would strongly suggest to keep watching world events to see what coincides exactly with scripture, particularly Damascus, which is confirming the last days but the recent escalation of world events, W.W.3 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. This event may coincide with the signing of the peace treaty. 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 contain blood and 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 is the beginning of woes. (the 21 judgements over the entire period) The second event 3.5 years later marks the beginning of the second half of Tribulation and this will be the World’s government systems being replaced by a One-World-Government and will be instituted by the anti-Christ shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Tribulation. If you are an unbeliever in this position and you decide to repent and be saved, as long as you don't take the mark, you might survive. Many plan to serve Him but the day we depart this life is unknown and you could be too late. The third event heralds the imminent return of Jesus. And if you do see this it may already too late for you if you've failed to give your heart to God prior.
Daniel 11: 21 - 45 gives us a clear indication of the events that will take place before and during Tribulation in a chronological fashion and anyone seeking to know these things should look at it. Verses 21 - 23: And there will arise in his place a man of contempt upon whom they will not bestow the honour of the kingship i.e. he will not come to power in a legal, conventional way. Rather, he will come to power through seductive methods and will take control of his kingdom (Mystery Babylon) by means of duplicity. It is from him that the flood waters (armies) will come, to be broken in the end, for he is the prince of the covenant. After men have leagued themselves to him, he will set his conspiracy in motion and will grow in power and become strong even though his faction is small. His home country is the US (Mystery Babylon) and it is here he will first rise to power through seduction, duplicity and an eventual conspiracy. These statements make it clear that the beast's accession to power will come in a manner far outside the norm of political methods. Once achieving the peace covenant in Israel he will quickly rise to power in his own country in the beginning of the first half of Tribulation and then to further his deceit and winning converts, he sets about a campaign against 'the king of the South' (IS) and he is victorious, which will draw many into his web of deceit. Early in the second half after these victories he is indwelt by Satan, being thrown out of heaven and enters the temple and declares himself as God where the real terror begins. Believers who are carefully observing these signs at the time will see and understand that he is in fact, the anti-Christ indwelled by Satan. This is not at all the way he will appear to the world and to those looking for a religious solution, he will seem to be the true Messiah. This paragraph is condensed from ichthys and if you would like to know more, visit ichthys.com.
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 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 all need to be listening in our hearts for what the Spirit would cause us to know and we can all pray daily for the Spirit to teach us. 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 - how much you trust in Him, is the measure of faith.
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 - when the last lost sheep is found. 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 so that you can stand. If you don’t stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. ‘After the war begins, it’s too late to learn to shoot a rifle’ and, If we remain faithful to Him, He will remain faithful to us. Revelation 2: 10 says: Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life. FAITH MUST BE MAINTAINED AT ALL COSTS.
FAITH IS WHAT GUARDS SALVATION.
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 2000 year church age, and a study of those churches will reveal that Smyrna - the era of persecution, and Philadelphia - the era of revival, are the only church eras that were trying to conform to true Christian principles. In between Smyrna and Philadelphia, (1080 years) the churches have slid downhill by the infiltration of satanic influence. It is no longer "what the Bible says" which is what it should be, but it is now "what will contribute to growth." I'm sure you know what I mean. We belong to the era after Philadelphia, which is Laodicea - the era of degeneration, which has led to spiritual paralysis and loose standards, and we don’t have a very good standing in our faith at all – saying that we are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. 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. So many are completely held captive in spiritual blindness and totally unaware of the fate that awaits. Hence we must be very careful to observe Matthew 21: 28 - 31 and Matthew 24: 12, which are both very good examples and warnings. If you've never read how Jesus describes the era of Laodicea, Revelation 3: 14 - 22 is very unfavourable of our poor standing in our faith and is a severe warning to improve our status. It is worth the time to read, even if it comes as a shock. Tribulation may even force many to make a decision and I can only hope that Tribulation will shake some lukewarm Laodiceans out of apathy before it's too late. Verse 21 speaks of a victorious reward to aspire to: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in His throne. This verse means so much to me and I hope it does to you too. 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 literally happen to us. Many in this era of Laodicea will face 'strong delusion' from God and that they will believe Satan's lies. In short, God will not strive with apostate unbelievers forever, giving them over to their own desires.
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 now 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”. He will deliver us through it in His way, as He has done before - not from it. No matter what, failing to completely trust Him will only lead to a fall. In Daniel 12: 1 the last part of that verse appeals to me : and at that time thy people shall be delivered, [either alive or in death] everyone that shall be found written in the book. I think this is clear enough and will be the true test of faith when it arrives. 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. The main thing will be not to neglect our spiritual progress. 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, and I can only think He must have had a good reason. (As an analogy, God didn’t rescue me from the surf just to beat me up on the sand!!!) 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. 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. 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. As it is God who decides whether I am brought through it or not 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.
As sinful creatures that we are, caused by Satan in the first instance - he wanted what we have, that is a physical body and being regarded as God's children for His good pleasure. Satan's role as a spirit was that of a servant and because of intense jealousy, he felt secondary to us and was never content in the role God placed him and is why he rebelled. This placed God in a position of what to do to save mankind whom He made in His likeness without compromising His perfect being. This is why He gave His only Son, who knew and agreed beforehand, as a sacrifice without price in our place, which nullifies Satan's claims of our sinfulness. All believers are saved by His gift regardless of sins, (and repented of) unbelievers aren't saved regardless of good conduct. How perfect is God's love toward us and doesn't that make you feel totally unworthy of His unspeakable gift? We must never forget the price that was paid for our ransom of which we can never repay. There is a saying - Born twice, die once; born once, die twice. We should know and remember that.
It is now 2020 and counting down and we are living in the last 6 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. (I am fully aware that so many have predicted dates before this but the overall state of the world and humanity were never as bad as the time we now find ourselves.) 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 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.
The following is an excerpt from a paragraph in ichthys in 'The coming Tribulation.'
"It is a well known Biblical principle that nothing is more difficult to endure than 'woe upon woe.' During the Tribulation, it will not only be the horror of events, but also their exceptional rapidity and escalating intensity that, barring sufficient preparation, will be sufficient to stun even the strongest of believers, removing any chance for normal recovery from emotional shock on account of the continuous sequence of pressure-filled events that will characterise the period. In short, there will be no breathing space in the Great Tribulation to come, and instead of a single event with which to cope, we shall be faced with a continual layering of terrible events quite unprecedented in their character, which will occur one after the other in ascending intensity. But God is supremely sufficient to supply all our needs, even in this most trying of times. Under such circumstances however, it should be evident at the outset that proper spiritual preparation for that time of testing will be absolutely essential for faith to survive. For the Tribulation will be a time when normal, secular strategies for coping with pressure and disaster will be found wholly ineffective, only a solid, deep abiding faith in the Lord is likely to endure this unprecedented coming assault, a fact that explains in no small part the phenomenon of the great apostasy, the wholesale turning away from the Lord (and hence from salvation) which will characterise that difficult period. This is our first glimpse of the true nature of the Tribulation to come and our first indication that no amount of prior spiritual preparation will be regretted on the part of those called upon to suffer through it."
Something to think on and it encourages me.
I will look for Him today and if I don't find Him I will look again 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. It is our duty, as brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage and help others in their walk, the same as we would hope others would help us as well and every Christian is given at least one spiritual gift, perhaps more and 1st Corinthians 12: 4 - 11 tells us what they are. The trick is knowing which one is given to you. 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 because he doesn't try to conform scripture to his doctrine - he conforms his doctrine to scripture and he lets scripture do the talking, which is rarely seen or heard these days. If you’re thinking of getting a Bible and I hope you will, I'm glad if I've encouraged you and one thing is certain; until you’ve done that you can neither agree nor disagree with me. And we are all, a work still in progress.
I find so much encouragement and wonder in 1st Corinthians 2: 9 - But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for those that love Him.