7 Year Tribulation

March 20, 2017

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.

------Notes and Outline

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?

March 13, 2017

“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

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.”