Be Ye Radicalized

May 18, 2017
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What defines Children of God? Practice of righteousness of God. Loving one-another. Not pretending. 

What is practice of righteousness? Loving God and loving others. Modern-day pharisees impose biblical and non-biblical rules on you. e.g.  Hair style Music Clothing  Piercing Tattoos Food & Drink Worship Style Worship Day Employment Values Holiness Politics.

God is Light

April 23, 2017
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Their Message: God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Period.

Many people have their own description of who/what God is. But on what authority do they speak? Is it just their opinion? Is it a description they made up—compiled from numerous statements they’ve heard from others? Usually. Or descriptions they’ve read in books that are not the bible. The descriptions are what they want God to be for them. And their description usually affirms the way they want to live. Amen? 

Appointment with Destiny

April 11, 2017
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Today we receive Jesus into our lives as King. His grace and truth are shed abroad through us. Jesus was not about rules. He was about heart. About people. And how we should treat others. What we should do for them. He was full of mercy and compassion. He was not about oppression like the pharisees and romans were. 

Jesus incorporated friendship and fellowship and food and traveling in all that He did. This, church, is LIFE. Jesus was not a complainer. He didn’t gripe about the conspiracies against Him. He didn’t exalt Himself either. Rather, He pointed out the good in others. Consider YOUR facebook posts. What do you do? Could your posts be more Jesus like?

The Dragon and The Beasts

April 3, 2017
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Revealed: who is 666? Who are the Beasts? What is the Sign of Revelation 12? This topic and chapter is subject to much speculation and conspiracy theory especially rampant on the internet. Let us maintain our composure and rationality and look at it in a biblical manner.

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The Dragon and the Beasts 

This topic and chapter is subject to much speculation and conspiracy theory especially rampant on the internet. Let us maintain our composure and rationality and look at it in a biblical manner.

 

What This Chapter Means

We are in the middle of the tribulation as this vision is shown to John. The child who will rule the nations is Jesus and the dragon is Satan. When Jesus came to earth as a human child, Satan tried to have him killed. When Jesus began his ministry Satan tried to destroy that by tempting him with the kingdoms of the world. When Jesus was dying on a cross for the sins of the world, Satan tried to stop that by having others encourage him to save his life. Following his death, Jesus was resurrected and he ascended into heaven. During the Tribulation at the midpoint, Israel will have to flee into the mountains, and Satan will lose his access to heaven and be cast to this earth with many of his fallen angels. They will do as much damage on earth as they can. Satan will also try to destroy all the Jews, but God will not allow that. He will help many of them escape and supernaturally protect them.

 

Rev 12 - The woman, Israel, red dragon, male child, archangel, Jewish remnant

These signs and events go beyond the tribulation and span all of time but seem to conclude during the tribulation.

 

v.1,2 The woman represents Israel. The symbols associated with this woman (the sun, moon, 12 stars) are all found in a single dream Joseph had in the OT about the nation of Israel. (Gen 37:9). 

 

The twelve stars are the twelve tribes of Israel. 

 

The sun likely represents Jesus (woman is clothed in the sun, prophesied as the sun of righteousness in Malachi, is the source of light) and,

 

The moon likely represents the church or believers as we reflect the light of Jesus and as the messiah came out of Israel. 

 

This symbol is a picture of the spiritual relationship between God, Jesus, Israel, and the Church all originating in heaven.

 

v.3,4 The red dragon represents Satan. The seven heads are likely 7 geographical kingdoms possibly the 7 hills in Rome.  The ten horns are the ten rulers of kingdoms/nations seen in the dream in Daniel 7:7. The seven diadems are the symbols of royalty of each of the heads i.e. crown [Easton Bible Dictionary] Diadem the tiara of a king (Ezek 21:26; Isa 28:5 62:3; the turban(Job 29:14)]. In the New Testament a careful distinction is drawn ..the diadem as a badge of royalty (Rev 12:3 13:1 19:12)… 

 

This symbol is a picture of Satan’s false sovereignty and kingdom in contrast to the woman’s godly symbol. It appears again in Rev 13:1 when the beast of the sea arises. Great speculation abounds over the identity of the 7 hills/mountains, 7 kings, the 5 kings who have fallen and the one who is and the one to come.

 

Pulling from Rev 17:9-12 we find scriptural clarification - Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

 

!! The Hebrew, "tetragrammaton," or sacred four letters in Jehovah, "who is, who was, and who is to come," the believer's object of worship, has its contrasted counterpart in the beast "who was, and is not, and shall be present," the object of the earth's worship.!!

v.4  The scene is revealed in the middle of the tribulation as this vision is shown to John.

 

v.5,6  the male child - this is a sign showing the heavenly view of the birth of Christ.

 

v.7-12 This war in heaven happened before Eden (Isa 14:2) and and is again fought with more finality. The angels that were cast down with Satan are now known as demons. Hell was created for Satan and the demons. In the OT angels were also referred to as stars. e.g. Job 38 God asks Job where he was while God was creating. v.7 The stars of heaven were singing. It appears God likes “background music” while He is doing His work. :)  

 

Satan is cast out into the earth along with his angels / demons. The accuser is cast down. This happened prior to the Garden of Eden (Isa 14:12) but he still had access to heaven. Surprised? Ha. This is where he accuses the brethren. We clearly see in Job where Satan and God were in heaven talking about him. The accuser also whispers into our ears on earth.. “we’re not good enough, God isn’t good, He doesn’t love us..”

 

Here, as Satan loses access to heaven he intensifies his persecution of Jews and Christians knowing he has little time left to carry out his desire.

 

Satan has always opposed God. He has tried to thwart God’s plans from day 1. He tried to get Joseph to divorce Mary when it was discovered that she was pregnant with the Christ. He tried to use Herod to kill Jesus as a baby. Since that time Satan has used people, armies, religions to persecute God’s children. (e.g. Cain, Pharoah, Haman, Herod, Hitler, Islam)

 

Satan seems to believe if there is no Jerusalem, no Israel, no Jewish people, that Jesus could not fulfill the prophecies of His return to rule and reign His people. Satan wants to keep Jesus from returning to Israel by destroying Israel first. This would remove the desire and location for Jesus to return.

v.13-17 Israel is sequestered away to Petra/Bozrah at the middle of the tribulation. this is the way the seals/bowls don’t kill them. Satan is angry and goes after the gentile Christians. (Zechariah 13:7?) (other remnants - church age Rom 11:4-5; Eph 1:13; 4:30; OT Elijah 7000, during captivities, and upon end of Babylonian captivity)

 

There are three clues that hint at Petra being the hiding place for the Jew during the Great Tribulation

 

One is in Daniel 11:41 where we learn that Jordan will be one of the only places that elude the Anti-Christ’s control during the Great Tribulation.

 

The second is in Rev. 12:14 which says that the woman, who represents the believing remnant of Israel, will flee into the desert to a place prepared for them during the Great Tribulation. The closest desert hiding place is Petra.

 

And the third is in Isaiah 63:1 where the Lord is shown coming from Bozrah, the region where Petra is located, having defeated His enemies there. Many scholars believe that He will do this just prior to arriving in Jerusalem at the 2nd Coming, to protect the believing remnant.

 

From the non-Biblical side, Jordan does have a peace treaty with Israel, and Petra is an ideal location for the Jews to seek refuge.

 

In the Book of Daniel 13 -  an Angel of God is revealing the Mystery of the End Times to Daniel while he is a captive in Babylon.   In the following passage, the Angel explains that the Antichrist will enter Israel and other nations:

 

41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon (Daniel 11:41 KJV)

 

Edom, Moab and Ammon are all in Jordan ... these areas must escape the Antichrist so that Israel can flee to Edom (Petra/Bozrah is in Edom) where she escapes during the last 1/2 of the Tribulation (times = 2 years, time = 1 year and 1/2 time = 1/2 year ... total = 3.5 years):

 

14 And to the Woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the Serpent (Revelation 12:14 KJV)

 

[Easton’s Bible Dictionary] Petra, 20 miles to the south-east of the Dead Sea. A Moabite city in the "plain country" (Jer 48:24), i.e., on the high level down on the east of the Dead Sea. It is probably the modern Buzrah

 

In the Gospel of Matthew, (written more specifically to the Jew) an escape route for the remnant of Israel is noted by Jesus as He identifies the kickoff event (cf. Daniel 9:27) for the last 1/2 of the Tribulation Period.   This "kickoff event" is the Antichrist setting up an idol to himself in Israel's rebuilt Temple of God:

 

15 Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader understand),16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains; (Matthew 24:15-16 NASB)

 

During the terrible last 1/2 of the Tribulation Period, 2/3 of the population of the Nation of Israel falls to the armies of the Antichrist.  The remaining 1/3, the remnant, flees this tyranny foretold in the prophecy of Zechariah 13:

 

8 It will come about in all the land, Declares the LORD, That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, "They are My people,' And they will say, "The LORD is my God.' (Zechariah 13:8-9 NASB)

 

In Micah, we find a prophecy from the Lord declaring Bozrah as the sheep pen of the remnant of Israel:

 

12 I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold (Bozrah - KJV); Like a flock in the midst of its pasture they will be noisy with men. (Micah 2:12 NASB)

 

When the Antichrist tries to finish Israel off at Bozrah/Petra in Edom ... Jesus Christ returns to save them ... After the Battle of Armageddon, His clothing reflects the Winepress of God in Isaiah 63:1-6

The Beasts of the False Trinity

Revelation 13

The Rise, Reign of the Beast and False Prophet

 

The first beast arises out of the Gentile population (sea). Satan (dragon) gives him power, throne, great authority. Rev 17:11 indicates this beast is the antichrist (timing is confusing. is this looking back at the revealing of the antichrist or a second revealing with a new look and message?). The world follows after him. This would be about the midpoint of the tribulation and only has 42 months to carry it out. One of his heads has a fatal wound that was healed mimicking Jesus’ death. (This is either literal or metaphorical of the revived kingdom.)

 

A second beast comes out of the earth with two horns like a lamb and speaks as a dragon. Makes those left on earth worship the first beast. Performs great signs, deceived. Tells earth dwellers to make an image of the first beast from the sea and to worship it or be killed. He causes everyone to put the mark on their right hand or forehead in order to buy / sell.

 

Satan creates a false trinity of himself as God, the first beast (antichrist) as Jesus, second beast (prophet) as Holy Spirit.

identities/definitions:

beast out of the sea (gentiles) = beast 1

gets power from dragon, has 7 heads, 10 diadems. beast had head like slain, and is the antichrist aka the false prophet.

 

beast out of the earth (israel) = beast 2 false prophet, a counterfeit holy spirit; horns like a lamb (religious symbol)...spoke as a dragon. exercises all authority of the first beast in his presence. makes earth dwellers worship the first beast. performs signs. gives breath to the image of the 1st beast. causes everyone to get the mark of the beast.

 

v. 12 The first beast has a fatal wound caused by a sword (v.14) that was healed.

 

v.13 Performs great signs even calling down fire from heaven. This mirrors signs that God did in the OT.

 

Forced Worship

 

v.14 The second beast makes an image of the first beast and insists all worship it. This is reminiscent of Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel, Stalin, Buddha, Hitler, Mao, Kim il Sung, etc. These leaders begin to view themselves as god. Breaks the first three commandments.

 

The first Beast / little horn of Dan 7:8 focuses on the military and political realms. While the second beast, the False Prophet will focus on the religious and economic means of submission.

 

First half of tribulation is used to unite everyone under one world religion. The second half is about worshipping the Beast.

 

This is why the Church and the Holy Spirit need to be moved out of the way via the Rapture and 2 Thess 2:7. Else, they would tell everyone what was going on, who the Antichrist is, and keep him from deceiving so many.

 

The Mark of the Beast 666

 

v.15 the first and second beast conspire to make the image come alive and speak. Those who don’t worship the beast are killed by the unholy trinity.

 

Rev 13:15.. causes all to take a mark on their right hand or forehead. the mark is required to buy or sell (not having anything to do with worshipping on Sunday as the Seventh Day Adventists profess). 

Who is this man? Unknown at this point. **

 

What’s The Big Deal of Taking the Mark?

 

Rev 14:9 - angel warns those who take the mark they will drink of the wine of the wrath of God.

 

If you haven’t put your faith in Jesus by this point, and have miraculously survived, you will have no reason to not accept the mark. It’ll make sense. You will see no penalty for taking it. Much like Esau selling his birthright to Jacob because he was hungry.

 

Difficulty For Believers Living At This Time

 

We can only imagine what it would be like for those having to refuse the mark, refuse to worship the beast, and having the spiritual discernment knowing who these two beasts are and whom is empowering them. Many will be killed for their faith and become “tribulation saints”.

 

All this difficulty while God is pouring out His 7 bowls of wrath. It seems probable that non-Jew believers will even die as collateral damage from the bowls of wrath. This is no different really than believers dying now in connection with calamity or car accidents etc.

 

Things to Remember

 

The Church is gone, in Heaven

We won’t need to know who 666 is nor who the 10 nations are or who the Antichrist is.

Unsaved people we know will go through tribulation

Take note of what happens to those who are forced to worship the image, make sure you worship only God.

God will create a new earth and has a dwelling just for you.

We overcome ONLY by the blood

 

 

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Revelation 12:11

Gods Powerful Witness

April 3, 2017
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God uses the 144,000 to preach the saving gospel to the world during the tribulation, uses the 2 witnesses to preach the saving gospel to the world during the tribulation, uses an angel flying across the sky declaring the gospel to the world during the tribulation, uses an angel to warn people not to take the mark of the beast during the tribulation.

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Notes and Outline

The 144,000 + 2 Witnesses

 

Rev 7 - Jews/Gentiles saved during Tribulation:

v.1-3 The four angels who have been tasked with harming the earth and sea (first four Trumpets Rev 8) . Fifth angel ascends from the east horizon calling to the 4 angels to pause until they have sealed the bond-servants. They are sealed by the HS. 

 

The sealed remnant of the Jews (v.4-8) evangelize (v.9-17) many who then believe and suffer martyrdom while others enter the millennium with their natural bodies.

 

So Who Are The 144,000?!

v.4-8  An angel seals the bond-servants of God on the forehead. 144,000 Jews (12k from each of the 12 tribes). This is a Jewish remnant that now presumably evangelizes other Jews and the rest of the world. We are still in the early stages of the Tribulation, prior to the half-way mark, between 6th and 7th seals.

 

Remember earlier we looked at Zechariah’s prophecy in Chap 13:8,9 looking ahead to this time (the tribulation—the time where 2/3 of the Jews will be killed and 1/3 come through the ‘fire’.) eventually to 12:10 (the Return). This is also the time spoken of by Ezekiel 37:14 (having already come into their land, but will continue in the millennial reign); 39:29 (the sealing is but one fulfillment of 39:25-29; Isa 32:15; Ezek 36:27; 37:14; Joel 2:28).
[premillennial, pre-tribulation view of end times]

 

These 144,000 appear again (Chap 14) with Jesus standing together on Mount Zion. They are identified as to whom was selected within each tribe.

 

v.9-17  Uncountable multitude of Gentiles get saved and taken to heaven during the 7 years, not at one time. This is God’s heart that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9). 

 

VISION OF THE LITTLE BOOK

Rev 10 - Time’s Up, No More Delay

The seventh angel standing on the sea and on the land. John is told to get the book from that angel and to eat it. This happens approaching the midpoint and must happen prior to the 7 bowls of wrath.

 

Rev 11:1,2 - Times of the Gentiles
conclude in 42 months (3.5 years) -
The times of the Gentiles began with the Babylonian captivity in 700 b.c. appx and concludes somewhere between the midpoint of the tribulation and the end of the tribulation. (arguments both ways)

 

Rev 11:3 The Two witnesses
The two witnesses (*see discussion of identity below) stand and prophesy for 1260 days (3.5 years). Fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies. Have the power to shut up the sky and to turn the water into blood and strike the earth with plague.

 

When they finish the beast comes up out of the abyss and kills them. Their dead bodies lie in the street where Jesus was crucified. People look at the dead bodies for 3.5 days and will not permit burial. (v.8 refers to Jeremiah 23:14 - …All of them have become to Me like Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.)

 

People (unsaved) rejoice over them and send gifts to one another because they are dead. Then God calls them up into heaven and a great earthquake occurs; a tenth of the city falls and 7000 people are killed. the second woe. (believe the 3rd is Babylon in ch.17)

 

These two witnesses start early on in the tribulation and are called up to heaven right before the midpoint. Their witnessing to the Gospel is just one more example of God’s heart that none should perish (2 Pet 3:9).

7 Year Tribulation

March 20, 2017
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After the rapture things will grow progressively worse. The world will go through a false sense of peace #1; several wars and rumors of wars #2; economic collapse and famine #3; death of millions of unbelievers due to war, famine, plagues #4; the persecution and death of believers #5; earthquakes with disturbances in the heavenly bodies #6; then the trumpet judgments #7.

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7 Seals Opened on Scroll Revelation 6,8

Seal 1 - antichrist heads out on a white horse to conquer. (The second white horse comes with an army not just by Himself. They come in battle.)
Impact - Rises to power with great deception, saying and doing many good things to give people a false sense of hope. He will talk peace.

2nd Seal - Red horse rides out, takes peace away, causes war.
Impact - Undoes the peace treaties and sparks conflicts around the world.

3rd Seal - Black horse, famine. oil & wine = rich

Impact - Surges forth with the consequences of war; economic disaster, famine, worthless currencies, food shortages, misery, poverty, starvation.

4th Seal - ashen horse whose rider is death, hades following. Authority over 1/4 earth to kill with sword, famine, pestilence, wild beasts.

Impact - Billion die from multiple calamities. Consider that a billion believers (adult, children) already left earth. Some countries more vacant than others. Some professions more vacant than others. Imagine the accusations and jubilations. Who will be burying all of these people?

5th Seal - Martyrs under the altar. Believers being killed by non-believers because they blame them for the troubles everyone is suffering.

Impact - Untold numbers. Media and leaders will portray these new Christians as enemies of world govt, world peace, world religion, and the environment, starting religious wars, and call for their elimination to preserve dwindling food supplies.

6th Seal -  Anarchy, great earthquake, sun became black, moon like blood, stars falling from the sky, sky split apart, rolled up, every mountain and island moved, men hiding wishing for death. (Matt 24)

Impact - worldwide panic, people trying to hide, chaos, realization (late) tribulation has arrived.

Interlude - time out to seal 144,000

7th Seal - silence in heaven for 1/2 hour.

Seven angels were given each a trumpet. An eighth was given a golden censer with much incense. Takes it, fills it with fire from the altar and throws it to earth and there follows peals of thunder, sounds and flashes of lighting and an earthquake. The angels prepared themselves to sound their trumpets.

 

7 Trumpet Judgments - Rev 8,9,11:15

  1. hail and fire mixed with blood; 1/3 of the earth burned up, 1/3 of trees, all the grass burned up

    Impact - people grossed out and in fear, alters balance of nature, greenery gone, oxygen production reduced certainly much beauty lost, much animal life impacted with less to eat or roost in. denuded.

  2. great mountain thrown into the sea, 1/3 of the sea became blood, 1/3 of sea creatures died, 1/3 ships destroyed.

    Impact - no-one can miss a burning mountain hurled into the earth. Evolutionists believe this is what created life or destroyed the dinosaurs. Now they get to see one! Likely a tsunami from the splash.

  3. great star (satan isa 14:12) fell from heaven, 1/3 of rivers, called wormwood, made waters bitter, many men died

    Impact - people die w/o fresh water, fights over water. everyone will be for themselves - no missionaries taking water, drilling wells.

  4. 1/3 of sun, moon and stars struck became darkened for 1/3 of the day. Eagle flying saying woe, woe, woe.

    Impact - depression and grumpiness and fear will increase. long term reduction of sunlight impacts crop and plant growth; which is much needed after the 1st trumpet. The time intervals between trumpets is not too long since the seals and trumpets happen within 3.5 years or less. maybe one every 2-3 mo. if on reg. basis. There will be overlap.

  5. the great fallen star (satan) given key to bottomless pit, opens it, smoke comes up, sun and air are darkened. locusts come upon the earth, power given to them, told not to hurt grass or green things or trees only men who are not sealed by God. Torment for 5 months. men seek death and won’t find it. Apollyon is the locust’s king. The first woe is passed. (angel pronounced 3 woes in previous trumpet)

    Impact - again, more darkness, fear, anger, depression. many suicidal but not able. much pain from torment of scorpions. The 144,000 and saints? won’t be tormented.

  6. voice from the four horns of the golden altar (jesus), release the four angels bound at Euphrates river. kill 1/3 of mankind by fire smoke brimstone. their number 200 million. rest of mankind did not repent.
     
    Impact - another batch of hundreds of millions of people. mostly adults. earlier lost 1/4 or billion. This army must be demonic based on the description of the horses. Alt. if human then the horses are not literal. People don’t repent of their murders and sorcery or immorality or thefts. obviously God doesn’t approve of these sins now either. Not many nations can pull together 200 mil for an army. At present only China, India, USA, Indonesia exceed 200 mil. population. This is before the judgments killing large populations. Only China, India, possibly Indonesia will have large populations left after the rapture. Might be a large coalition of a world army. Again, more likely a demonic army. If human, China, India, Indonesia, will likely travel by sea and maybe up the Euphrates river. Remember 1/3 ships destroyed earlier. It isn’t dried up till 6th bowl of wrath.
  7. (11:15) kingdom handed over to God, ark of covenant appears in temple of God, lightning, thunder, earthquake, great hailstorm.

    Impact - great tumult, physical damage.

7 Bowls of Wrath Revelation 16

Bowl 1 ~Enemies of God's people tormented with painful sores…

Impact - All those who have taken the mark of the beast will have these ugly painful sores. The antichrist will not be able to heal them and people will then know he is a fake god.

Bowl 2 ~The water in the ocean and the sea turns to blood, all sea creatures die

Impact - a significant food source for people and animals lost. dead rotting fish will cover the seas and shorelines. 

Bowl 3 ~The springs and rivers turns to blood -

Impact - similar impact to previous bowl only now it is inland reaching more people. These two bowls reflect the spilling of the blood of God’s people who were martyred.

Bowl 4 ~Sun scorches men with fire and fierce heat, blaspheme God, don’t repent

Impact - what would you do if you found yourself in this situation? if you would repent, why not do it now? or do you need more pain? What will happen to Believers who haven’t taken the mark…will they be scorched too?

Bowl 5 ~bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

Impact - Same questions as bowl #4. Will Believers have light or night vision?

Bowl 6 ~Euphrates river dried up signals the final battle between God and the evil...

Impact - The devil gathers his forces from the East (the forces comes across the Euphrates river - east of Israel) to fight against Jesus and His followers (who has been gathered to Jerusalem)  The final conflict will take place in Armageddon. Armageddon is a Hebrew word that means "hill of Megiddo" (har, which means "mountain or hill" plus mageddon meaning "Megiddo;" in English it becomes Armageddon).

Bowl 7 ~The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air…”It is done!” flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. 

Impact - And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. This is a Divine Stoning - see Law A hundred pound anything will crush whatever it strikes. [largest hail stone so far is 8.0” in diameter and 1.9375 pounds] Based on current physics it would likely be 400”/33 ft in diameter? Like trucks falling from the sky. Think you’ll be able to dodge that? It’ll be falling at easily 100 mph. Seems unreal huh.

 

Ok God, Why All This?!

 

He’s been warning us about this for thousands of years. It shouldn’t sneak up on anyone. Consider He could do all of this in one day instead of 1007 years.

 

But isn’t this a little hateful from a supposedly loving God?  No. Consider that if people didn’t want God in their lives while on earth, why would they want to live with Him face to face? He’s not going to be any different than He is now. Same God. Same rules.

When Will You Return?

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“Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you."

 [outline and notes]

Apostles asked Jesus this while walking near the temple. Jesus said to look for this - “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, - before His Return. Note that the Return is not the same as the Coming (Rapture) or the End. The Coming is to get the Saints. The Return He brings the Saints with Him. The End is end of the tribulation right before He returns. The Coming happens like a thief in the night. No warning. Kicks off the Day of the Lord.

 

Don’t Look For Signs & Wonders in the Sky for the Rapture

In fact, the Antichrist and the Beast will deceive and dazzle people with signs and wonders, not Jesus. (We have a problem with people chasing signs & wonders rather than signs & wonders following those preaching the gospel.) Any dramatic events in the heavens wrought by God are destructive and judgmental in nature. They do not happen prior to the Coming/Gathering/Rapture. Especially the 4 blood moons prophecy associated with Joel.

 

E.G. Matthew 16:1 - The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied to them, “ When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.

The Scroll is Opened - (Literally) Rev 5

We now arrive at the opening of the seven-sealed scroll by Jesus Christ which includes the false christ, war, famine, death, martyred remnant, anarchy. Prior to the seventh seal, 144,000 Jews as well as an unnumbered amount of Gentiles are sealed to keep them from the harm of the 7th seal composed of seven trumpet judgments (Rev 8-9).  

vv.1-4 - The scroll represents the title deed to the earth. In Jewish culture the title deed to property had 1 seal applied upon purchase (Jer 32:6-29). Upon foreclosure 7 seals were applied and the redemption conditions are written on the back of the scroll, and the 7 seals put on it. When in default you have up to 7 years to redeem, or up to the Jubilee. See Lev 25. 

These seven seals will be removed by Jesus. “Finally, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain, showing Him all the splendor of all the world’s kingdoms.  Satan, being the temporary ruler of this world, told Jesus, “All this I will give you...if you will bow down and worship me” (Matt. 4:8,9)”.  (Remember, Satan was given the “title deed” to the earth by mankind through Adam and Eve.

Jesus is the only One in creation worthy to take the scroll and open its seals

God’s law requires that a next of kin redeem that which a family member has lost (Leviticus 25:25).   According to the law a son could redeem what his father had lost, but in the transaction Adam had become a sinner, disqualifying all of his sons from ever redeeming him. The coin of redemption was the blood of a sinless man, and all of Adam’s sons were sinners, having been born in their father’s likeness. (Gen. 5:3) Adam was a son of God (Luke 3:38) so only another son of God would suffice.

Since the sins of the fathers are visited upon the sons (Exod. 20:5) a woman could give birth to a sinless man, but only if she could do so without the aid of a husband. Thus, in the garden God announced that the seed of the woman would redeem what Satan had stolen, (Gen 3:15) a prophecy of the virgin birth. In due time, the Son of God, born of a virgin, gave His life to pay mankind’s debt of sin and redeem Adam’s stolen property, Planet Earth. (Romans 5:12)

The Day of the Lord

March 6, 2017
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Is a period of time when the Lord openly intervenes in the affairs of men—in judgment and blessing Joel 1:15 - “Alas for the day ! For the day of the LORD is near, And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.” *note that it is destruction and will be against the world, satan, wicked—not believers. See also 1 Thess 5:1-24; Isa 13:9-16

[outline and notes]

Overview (major milestones)

Rapture (catching away, harpazo)

Antichrist

The Scroll is Opened

7 Seal Judgments

7 Trumpet Judgments

7 Bowls of Wrath

The Return of Jesus

 

Letters to the Churches: Rev 1-3

Prior to Breaking of Seals: Rev 4

Interludes: Rev 7; 10-14; 16:13-16

 

Note

The ‘day’ of the Lord is a series of events not a 24 hour day

The Rapture is BEFORE the Tribulation Period

The Tribulation is 7 years followed by 1000 year kingdom (prophesied in the OT) aka 70th Week

The Tribulation is broken into two 3 1/2 year periods

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse can’t race forward until Jesus permits it

Jesus returns to keep the world from destroying itself through war

The gospel goes worldwide, multitudes are saved, and the false religion is destroyed.

Jesus wins and the earth will be restored for the 1000 years.

 

Day of the Lord Summary

Is a period of time when the Lord openly intervenes in the affairs of men—in judgment and blessing Joel 1:15 - “Alas for the day ! For the day of the LORD is near, And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.” *note that it is destruction and will be against the world, satan, wicked not believers. See also 1 Thess 5:1-24; Isa 13:9-16

 

It has been prophesied extensively. See also by pastor mark -  Minor Prophets and the Tribulation followed by Millennial Kingdom.pages  and  Day of the Lord beginning.pages

 

BIG PICTURE: In short, it begins with the harpazo/translation of the church and terminates with the cleansing of the heavens and the earth before bringing into being the new heavens and the new earth.

  1. Rapture/Harpazo 1 Thess 4:13-17
  2. Fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th week Dan 9:27
  3. The return of the Lord in glory to establish kingdom on earth Mt 24:29,30
  4. destruction of the beast, the false prophet and their armies Rev 19:11-21
  5. judgment of individual gentiles according to their treatment of Christ’s brethren, the jewish people (Zech 14:1-9; Mt 25:31-46) and the judgment of Israel (Eze 20:34-38).
  6. the millennial reign of Christ on earth Rev 20:4-6
  7. the satanic revolt and it’s judgment Rev 20:7-10
  8. resurrection and final judgment of the wicked (not believers) Rev 20:11-15
  9. destruction of the present earth and heaven by fire preparatory for the future day of God (2 Peter 3:10-12)
  10. creation of the new heavens/earth Is 65:17-19; 66:22; 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21:1

 

The Rapture

1 Cor 15:51-53; (1 Thess 4:14-17)  Rapture (catching away, harpazo, translation of the church)(our rapture not specifically part of Revelation) The word “rapture” is not used in the Bible.  The Bible uses  “caught up” or “gathered” “harpazzo” (Ezek 8:3; Acts 8:39; 2 Cor 12:2; 1 Thess 4:17; Rev 12:5).  The word primarily refers to the event wherein those who have died “in-Christ” will be resurrected and return with Jesus to meet those “in-Christ” who remain alive on Earth.  This reunion will take place in the air. (Rapture is not the Return, are 2 distinct events.)

 

If you don’t believe this happens before the 7 year tribulation, keep your mind open while we continue to study. 

 

Timing of Rapture Events overview

 

Jesus comes once for believers perfecting their salvation and not punishing them for sin (Hebrews 9:27-28), second time to wage war against all unrighteousness even having the blood of the evil who are slain on His robe, accompanied by armies ready to strike down nations and treading the wine press of the fierce wrath of God (Rev 19:11-16) just after God's 7 bowls of wrath are meted out (Rev 16) .

Pre-rapture/tribulation Believers do not go through the wrath of God (1 Thess 5:9; Rev 3:10; )

Length and time of Tribulation known as 70th week (Daniel 9:24,27) begins with the Man of Lawlessness confirming the covenant. The gathering or translation of the church or rapture has already happened by the period of the great tribulation as evidenced by Rev 7:14. The great tribulation is the final 1260 days or midway of the tribulation and is marked by the abomination of desolation in the temple  (Dan 9:27, Mt 24:15; 2 Thess 2:4) further supported by the requirement of all earth dwellers to receive the mark of the beast or be beheaded (not a test of faith that God would put believers through who have been sealed by the Holy Spirit prior to this moment) (Rev 13:16,17). This midway is also marked by the rapture of the two witnesses (Rev 11:3,12). This midway point is between the 6th and 7th trumpet (Rev 9:13-21) and (Rev 11:15-19).

 

Views of End Times

  1. Amillennialists believe that God's promises regarding the end times are figurative and will not be literally fulfilled, particularly the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth.

    Amillennialism is the teaching that there is no literal 1000-year reign of Christ as referenced in Revelation 20. It sees the 1000-year period spoken of in Revelation 20 as figurative. Instead, it teaches that we are in the millennium now, and that at the return of Christ (1 Thess. 4:16-5:2) there will be the final judgment; and the heavens and the earth will then be destroyed and remade (2 Pet. 3:10). The Amillennial view is as old as the 

  2. Postmillennialism which states that in the future the world will be converted, and we will usher in the kingdom of God.
  3. Pre-millennialists believe that Jesus Christ will return to the earth prior to His literal reign on the earth for 1000 years.

    Three groups of pre-millennialists include the following:

    1. Post-tribulationists believe that the rapture will not occur until the end of the seven year tribulation, just prior to the beginning of the millennial kingdom.
    2. Mid-tribulationists believe that the rapture will occur three and one half years into the tribulation, at beginning of the three and one half year great tribulation.
    3. Pre-tribulationists believe that the rapture will occur prior to the seven year tribulation, but not necessarily immediately before the tribulation. [this view is the one we teach here]

 

Antichrist: Man of Lawlessness is Revealed

How do we know who he is and when he has arrived and the tribulation started? 

Apostasy must come first. Rapture must happen (1 Thess 4). If you don’t believe the rapture is prior to the tribulation and the antichrist you will see/experience him: The antichrist will be a world leader that announces he is greater than anyone, everything.  He will be seeking worship. He will not have power until the HS is taken out of the way. He will speak against God and persecute His people. He will be anti-Christian and anti-Semitic. He shall intend to change times and law (all the laws based upon the bible’s teachings). 

 

The scroll must be opened in heaven and the first seal judgment would confirm that the man of lawlessness has already been revealed. The first seal judgement is sending the antichrist to the earth.

 

There should be a temple for the Jews. This future temple is believed will be sited where the Dome of the Rock held by the Muslims is, or where the present Dome of the Tablets is. This is a gazebo just a couple hundred feet away from the mosque. The antichrist sees to it that the Jews are allowed to have this temple and reinstitute the temple sacrifice on this spot.

 

Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem

The Mosque of Omar is located in Jerusalem's Christian Quarter, directly adjacent to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It was built in the 12th century by Muslim Caliph Umar ibn Al Khattab, who was offered to pray at the Holy Sepulchre Church but instead decided to construct his own mosque, avoiding religious confrontation between Christians and Muslims. The mosque's spire, built in the 19th century, is slightly taller than that of the nearby Holy Sepulchre Church.

 

Man of Lawlessness  2 Thess 2

Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

 

At present [speculation] it seems we’ll know the identity by, his rise to world power in the EU Dan 9:26, will rise to power after the world is split into ten regions Dan 7:7,8,24, after rising to power in Europe he’ll take over the UN Dan 2:40-43, he’ll sign a covenant with many, promising to protect Israel for 7 years Dan 9:27. It seems that it is only likely to happen within the UN, possibly the EU. Where else can the antichrist convene many nations to sign an agreement relating to Israel?

 

Things are shaping up for the fulfillment of of the arrival of the antichrist. The UN is being transformed into a world government, they recently passed a resolution to divide up Israel’s land and give it away to her enemies, the Roman Empire is being revived in the form of the EU, the western nation Great Britain has left the EU (Britain is the only ‘western’ culture in the EU), Israel is back in their land, the quest for a peace treaty in the middle east is going strong, and preparations for rebuilding the temple are well under way.

 

 

Prince who is to come - Dan 9:26,27

Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

Enter New Jerusalem

February 26, 2017
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Heaven and Earth will pass away…Mark 13:31 What? When? How? Why? The bible concludes with a declaration that God has now created a new Heaven, a new Earth, and a new Jerusalem. And this is where believers will spend eternity.

Notes and Outline

At the end of the Millennium, we will be removed from this earth to the New Jerusalem the Lord has been preparing for us, and from that vantage point, we will witness the greatest fireworks display in history as God envelops this earth in fire, burning away the pollution of Satan’s last revolt (2 Peter 3:10-13). Out of that fiery inferno will come new heavens and a new earth where we will live forever in the New Jerusalem in the presence of Almighty God and His Son (Revelation 21:1-7).

 

This is GREAT news and flies totally in the face of the global warming religion. Man will not destroy the earth, God will. And God will make a new one. If you can’t believe He made the first one, you can’t believe He’ll make the second one. Genesis 1-2; Revelation 21-22. Amen.

 

I. The Gog - Magog War Against Israel  Eze 38,39* Rev 20:7-10 

 Many modern Bible prophecy teachers declare that Israel will soon be invaded by Russia, Iran and surrounding Arab nations in the very near future

 

II. 2nd Resurrection and Great White Throne Judgment  2 Peter 3:7; Rev 20:11-15

 

 

III. Present Earth, Heavens Destroyed by Fire  Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:7-13; Rev 21:1

Notice, the following:

•The present heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire on the same day as the final destruction of ungodly men occurs—all taking place on the day of the great white throne judgment (2 Peter 3:7; Revelation 20:11-15).

•The destruction will occur to both the heavens and the earth (2 Peter 3:10,12).

•The NIV indicates that the heavens will "disappear with a roar," and the KJV says that the heavens will "pass away with a great noise" (2 Peter 3:10).

•The NIV says that the "day [of the Lord] will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire" (2 Peter 3:12). The implication is that destruction will happen after the day of the Lord has transpired.

• After the first heaven and earth have passed away, there will be "a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1). Even Jesus affirmed, quite clearly, that the present heaven and earth will pass away (Matthew 24:35).

 

Look how that passage, from Second Peter, is a direct parallel of the following passage, found in Revelation, after the millennial period is over:


Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. ... Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. ... Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. ... He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" (Revelation 20:11,14, 21:1,5)

 

Heaven is home. Christians have always thought of going to heaven as going home.

 On earth, we always orient towards going home. 

Taken from scripture, we find…

  • Home is about comfort. 
  • Where friends come to visit. 
  • Only good things will happen in our heaven home. Jesus said He goes to prepare our home for us. 
  • When we or a loved one dies, we go to a better home, a better party. When we step through the door everyone is so happy to see us! We go around greeting, hugging, kissing. 
  • In the 1000 yr Kingdom the only new entries are babies of natural bodies. In the New Earth there are no new people. 
  • As heaven transitions from present heaven to 1000 yr kingdom to new earth it just keeps getting better. We go from 1) spiritual existence that has physical elements, to 2) resurrected earth, to 3) new earth. Like getting that brand new car or brand new home. Got that new car smell! 
  • The resurrected earth period will be much like living in a huge garden that we traveled to with ease. Upon arrival we start nesting and setting up things. We have much daylight and unending energy. We wanna go outside and play. We wanna go talk to the neighbors or check in with others we’ve been longing to see but haven’t yet. 
  • We are unrushed because our frame of reference of time has been 80 years not 1000! 
  • As we settle in and start planting we watch as things blossom so easily and beautifully. We are relaxed because we know no-one is there to do us harm. Snakes and spiders will not concern us. We can’t wait to go fishing in that great river. 
  • At the same time we know God is preparing this heavenly city to come out of heaven down to earth. Something to look forward to! 
  • At the end of the 1000 years all of the elements are burned up with fire and we find ourselves in an entirely new earth with a new heaven and a new Jerusalem. Almost like looking in the distance at Oz, except that we’ll be in the City. 
  • As it lands on earth like a huge spaceship it’s beauty is beyond anything we’ve known. The great river starts flowing out from the throne past the gates and walls out onto the new earth. 
  • We walk along the streets that are paved with gold. Which gate will we use? The walls are spectacular, kinda clear, made of jasper. The foundations are made of beautiful jewels in them. 
  • As we encounter people we know they only speak truth, kindness, love to us. They are real. No hidden agendas. No talking behind our backs. No conflicts with other people. No cliques.      
  • We are feeling so safe, secure, happy as we see God literally sitting on His throne and Jesus there next to Him. We can talk to them directly. His name is actually on our foreheads!
  • How long before we decide we want to leave this extravagant city and go out through the incredible gates of one huge pearl and put our feet on the new earth?

 

Jewish Life to be the Center

February 19, 2017
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A great calamity will come upon the land and two-thirds of Israel’s people will be killed. The other third will be purified. The result of this national calamity will be that the purified will call upon the name of God, and they will be heard by Him. He will accept them and they will accept Jesus as their Messiah. This is why Jesus warned Israel to flee to the wilderness for protection during this time.

Notes and Outline

PROPHECIES IN THE MINOR PROPHETS

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE JEWS?

Israel is the unfaithful wife of the Lord (church is the Lamb’s wife, the harlot is Babylon) in historic times, who is to be restored in the millennium.
Is 54:1-10; Hos 2:1-17

Isa 26:19. In antithesis to Isa 26:14, "They (Israel's foes) shall not live"; "Thy (Jehovah's) dead men (the Jews) shall live," that is, primarily, be restored, spiritually (Isa 54:1-3), civilly and nationally (Isa 26:15); whereas Thy foes shall not; ultimately, and in the fullest scope of the prophecy, restored to life literally (Eze 37:1-14; Da 12:2).

start out with current attitude toward the Jews…

A Cup of Reeling Zech 12:2-4

1/10 of 1% of the world population

5 million, 8000 sq mi

then, 

A great calamity will come upon the land and two-thirds of Israel’s people will be killed. The other third will be purified. The result of this national calamity will be that the purified will call upon the name of God, and they will be heard by Him. He will accept them and they will accept Jesus as their Messiah. This is why Jesus warned Israel to flee to the wilderness for protection during this time.

 

Zech 13:7-9- 2/3 of Jews killed during Trib.

This is why the Jews are told to ‘run for the hills’ 

by Jesus both in Luke 21:20-24 and Revelation 12:6,13-17

 

Hosea - a metaphor of God’s relationship with the Jews by using an unfaithful wife (Gomer) and a godly man (Hosea).

 

1 At the end of the Tribulation, when the Jews have come to the end of themselves, they will turn to God and receive Yeshua as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10, Romans 9:27-28, & Romans 11:25-27).

2 Jesus will return and regather all believing Jews to Israel (Deuteronomy 30:1-9).

TOPOGRAPHY CHANGES.. 

afterwards, 

3 Israel will be established as the prime nation in the world (Isaiah 2:1-4 & Micah 4:1-7).

4 The Lord will bless the Jewish remnant by fulfilling all the promises He has made to Israel (Isaiah 60:1-62:7) !!

5 The blessings of God will flow out to all the nations through the Jewish people during the Millennial rule of Jesus (Zechariah 8:22-23).

  • Feast of tabernacles will be re-instituted in Mill Kingdom Zech 14:18 (see Feasts in Rose Pub). Originally it celebrated being delivered from slavery, across the Red Sea. Will then be celebrating how Jesus delivered us through the world. We’ll then reign with Jesus over the nations who are invited to come and worship. According to Zech 14:17, if they don’t come up, they will not have any rain.
  • They will build houses and inhabit them; They will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Isa 65:21

 

BIG PICTURE

Eze 36:1-38. ISRAEL AVENGED OF HER FOES, AND RESTORED, FIRST TO INWARD HOLINESS, THEN TO OUTWARD PROSPERITY. 

Bringing the people out,

Bringing them in,

their conversion,

their being filled with the Spirit

 

God sets one shepherd over the Jews, Ez 34:23; eliminates harmful beasts so they can sleep in the woods; no longer a prey to other nations; establishes a renown planting place; increases population significantly.

 

God says the Jews will live in the land He gave to their forefathers and they will be His people and He will be their God Ez 36:28. He will put His spirit in them. Cities and waste places rebuilt. Desolate land will become like garden of Eden. 

 

Restoration of Israel - Amos 9:11-15; ISA 60:11-16

 

The Millennial Temple and it’s Worship 

Ez 40-47

  • Feast of tabernacles will be re-instituted in Mill Kingdom Zech 14:18 (see Feasts in Rose Pub). Originally it celebrated being delivered from slavery, across the Red Sea. Will then be celebrating how Jesus delivered us through the world. We’ll then reign with Jesus over the nations who are invited to come and worship. According to Zech 14:17, if they don’t come up, they will not have any rain.

Doubtless these offerings will be memorial, looking back to the cross, as the offerings under the old covenant were anticipatory, looking forward to the cross. In neither case have animal sacrifices power to put away sin. Hebrews 10:4; Romans 3:25.  

The whole sacrificial system is not aaronic, pertinent parts are left out…. 

e.g. no Ark of the Covenant, Table of the Law, Cherubim, Mercy Seat, Veil, Golden Candlestick, or Table of Showbread