The END OF DAYS! The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

A long read for those who wants to know the end of days. Be Blessed!
Content:
A. Restoration of Jews to Israel. GOD’S TIMEPIECE!
B. Prophetic Signs that we are near the END.
C. Rapture
D. Seven Year period of Daniel
E. Seven SEALS 
F. Seven TRUMPETS 
G. Seven BOWLS
H. ARMAGEDON
I.  The SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
J.  The MILLENIUM
K.  GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
L.  NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH. NEW JERUSALEM
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A.  RESTORATION OF THE JEWS TO ISRAEL
The Return  in  1917  and  The Birth of the Nation in 1948
 
ISRAEL IS GOD’S TIMEPIECE!
The return of the Jews to Israel is the key to Bible Prophecy. Most other end-time prophecies depend on the Jewish people living in Israel and not scattered amongst the Gentiles. Israel has not existed as a nation since hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. Israel was established on May 15, 1948 after the Second World War. Before that, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire when the First World War ended in 1917, under the British Mandate, the Jews were allowed to return to their ancient homeland.
 
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, (even) in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.  Deuteronomy 4:27-28, 30-31 – 27
Moses predicted that the Jews would be scattered throughout the world and persecuted as has occurred for the last three thousand years and that one day the Jews would return to God and to the land of Israel which he promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
 
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.  Isaiah 11:11
 
For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.   Jeremiah 30:3
 
For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.   Joel 3:1-2
 
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:   Amos 9:11
 
  • Foresaw the restoration of Israel in one day    (May 15, 1948).
 
For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Edenand the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.    Ezekiel 36:24, 33-35
 
  • Israel is restored in one day and becomes a land of milk and honey in this current time.
 
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.   Hosea 9:10
 
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.    Jeremiah 24:2-5
 
  • The fig tree is used by Hosea and Jeremiah to refer to the Jewish people.
 
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.Israel the fig tree has put forth its leaves and been reborn as a nation therefore the coming of Christ draws near.   Matthew 24:32-33
 
RETURN OF JERUSALEM TO JEWISH CONTROL    (1967)
 
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.  Luke 21:24
 
  • This passage was fulfilled in 1967 after Israel took over all of Jerusalem in the six-day war.
  • The times of the Gentiles will come to end soon when the church age comes to a close.
 
We are the last generation of this earth before Christ comes.
 
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.   Luke 21:32
 
This reading from Luke occurs after the signs and warnings Jesus gave of the end of the age and the prophecy of Jerusalem’s return to Jewish control. Therefore the generation that will not pass away would seem to refer to the generation in place in 1948.
 
  • How long is a generation? Based on other bible passages it could be:
 
40 years    – And the LORD’S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.    Numbers 32:13
 
70 years   –   The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.   Psalm 90:10
 
  • This would put the end of this generation in the year 1988 or 2018
  • Some biblical scholars feel that the generation that Jesus referred to was present when Israel became a nation. Therefore the end of this generation in this viewpoint could be 1988 or 2018.
 
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.    Matthew 24:36-37
 
Remember no one except our Father in heaven knows the exact date or hour of the Rapture or Tribulation. However, He allows us to see the signs and indications that the Lord’s return is near. We must always be ready.
 
B.    PROPHETIC SIGNS THAT WE ARE NEAR THE END OF DAYS!
 
These signs are happening now rapidly
B1.     Jesus   –        6 Signs of the End Times
B2.    Paul     –         2 Characteristics of the End Times
B3.     Prophets   –   11 Requirements of the End Times
 
B1.  SIX (6)  SIGNS GIVEN BY JESUS TO INDICATE THE END OF THE AGE
  • And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?   Matthew 24:3
 
  • Jesus told his apostles to look for the following signs prior to his second coming and the end of the age. 
 
1)      FALSE PROPHETS AND CHRISTS
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  Matthew 24:5
 
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  Matthew 24:11
 
  • In the last several years many people have claimed to be the Messiah like Jim Jones, David Koresh and countless others who are not as newsworthy. These false prophets are a preludeo the ultimate false Christ, the Antichrist.
 
2)      WARS
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.   Matthew 24:6
 
  • Rumors of wars now occur frequently. Thanks to instant coverage by the television news media we receive reports of wars fought on many fronts.
 
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.   Matthew 24:7
 
  • More people have been killed in warfare in the this last century than at any other time in history. And continues to this day.
  • Devastating weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, and biological) are now available. For the first time in human history we now have the capacity to destroy ourselves.
 
3)      FAMINES
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.   Matthew 24:7
 
  • Famine is a constant finding in Africa, especially in Ethiopia and Sudan. A large portion of the world’s 6.5 billion people are undernourished.
 
4)      EARTHQUAKES
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.     Matthew 24:7
 
  • The number and intensity of earthquakes this century are at a level higher than any other time in history.
  • Current Earthquake Seismic Monitor (IRIS)  reports daily earthquakes all over the world.
  • By contrast in the years 1890-1900 there was only one major earthquake in the world.
 
5)      TRIBULATIONS
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name’s sake.    Matthew 24:8-9
 
  • At this time the Church is under attack throughout the world (China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Korea, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Africa etc.). During the Tribulation the persecution of Christians will intensify even to the point of martyrdom.
 
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Unfortunately, these 5 signs will increase in intensity and severity as the tribulation approaches as the birthpangs or contractions of a pregnant woman worsen as the delivery time approaches.      Matthew 24:8
 
6)      GOSPEL PREACHED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.    Matthew 24:14
 
 
  • This has been accomplished by TV, Internet, radio, missionaries, and Bible translations in most languages of the world, Gospel tracts and literature.
 
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B2.   TWO CHARACTERISTICS OF THE END OF THE AGE BY THE APOSTLE PAUL
1)      GODLESSNESS IN THE LAST DAYS
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.     2 Timothy 3:1-5,7
 
  • Moral decay is rapidly spreading around the Western world and the United States. The degree of profanity and sexuality on television is unbelievable. Even 10 years ago this was unheard of. We are as in the days of Jeroboam II, King of Israel. At that time Israel was undergoing a period of period of economic growth, prosperity and national expansion. However, moral corruption, idolatry, and adultery were rampant throughout the land. The decay permeated all of Israel from the highest places, the King of Israel and the priests, and throughout the people. Despite many chances given by God and numerous prophets sent to Israel, the people were stubborn and refused to return to the Lord. Twenty-seven years later after six more wicked kings, Israel was judged by God who caused Assyria to end the kingdom of Israel and carry away the people back to Assyria.
 
  • I believe that we are going through a similar period of moral decay in the United States,Europe, Australia and the world. Sin, corruption, adultery, pleasure seeking, profanity, homosexuality, perversion of every kind, false religions, the rise of occultism and the idolatry of money and new age ideals are at analltime high. The signs point to a coming judgment upon the wicked of the land. The sense of economic and national security which is felt by most western nations masks the underlying decay in values and morality, and the loss of faith in God. Divine judgment on these nations will occur just as on Sodom, Gomorrah, and Israel.
 
Hear the word of the Lord, You children of Israel, For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land.By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed.Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; Eventhe fish of the sea will be taken away.     Hosea 4:1-3
 
2)      APOSTASY   ( FALLING AWAY FROM THE FAITH )
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.    1 Timothy 4:1-3
 
  • The rising popularity of the new age movement, eastern religions, the occult, meditation, and belief in past lives and reincarnation.
  • Christian denominations departing from the original teachings of the Bible.
 
 B3.   11 (Eleven)  REQUIREMENTS OF BIBLE PROPHECY FOR THE END OF THE AGE
 
1)       EXISTENCE OF A 2,000,000 MAN ARMY IN THE NORTH & EAST:
Revelation 9:16
And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand (2 million): and I heard the number of them.
 
At no time in history had such a large army existed until the Chinese army reached that figure in the 1960’s. Turkey in the North has almost 200 thousand man army.
 
2.  REDEVELOPMENT OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE   (  EUROPEAN COMMUNITY  )
 
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.     Daniel 2:32-33,40-43
 
The fourth kingdom of iron is the Roman Empire according to Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The two legs are the division of the Roman Empire into an eastern portion called the Byzantine Empire which ended in the 1400’s and a western portion based in Rome which ended in the 400’s. Many say that the toes of iron may be the 10 member nations of the European Economic Community formed in the 1970’s while the clay is the second tier of member nations. The nations of Europe since the Roman Empire dissolved have never adhered or formed one empire but continue as separate nations. But this belief need to be discarded. The EEC is an economic arrangement between the nations of Europe and may become political and military grouping as we are seeing now. Nevertheless, it will fall into the power of Rome.
 
Most of western part of the Roman Empire fell under the power of the Roman Catholic Church and ruled from Rome under the Pope.
 
The Eastern part of the Roman Empire (also called the Byzantine Empire) fell to the Ottoman Empire under the Muslim Caliphate and ruled from Istambul (formerly Constaninople, City of Constanine).
 
In the Last Days both these parts of the divided Roman Empire will revive and unite against Israel and the Kingdom of Christ. The Ottoman Empire came to an end in 1917 after the World War I. But it will be revived in these Last Days and we are seeing it happen before our very eyes. This is the Beast that was wounded and is now revived.
 
The union of the two will form the Anti-Christ Kingdom. A marriage of Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim Caliphate.
 
The False Prophet in Revelation will probably be from the Catholic Church and the False Christ (Anti-Christ) will come from the Islamic Caliphate. Islam is the biggest anti-Christ religion.
 
3)      RETURN OF THE ONE PURE LANGUAGE, HEBREW, TO ISRAEL
For then will I turn to the people a pure language that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.    Zephaniah 3:9
 
Prior to restoration of Israel in 1948, Hebrew was a dead language. Now Hebrew is spoken throughout Israel.
 
4)      REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE/RESTORATION OF TEMPLE WORSHIP AND ANIMAL SACRIFICES IN JERUSALEM
  • The temple and restarting the animal sacrifices are required for several of the end-time prophecies to be fulfilled:
  • But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.   Revelation 11:2
 
  • And he 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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.   Daniel 9:27
 
  • And after threescore and two weeks 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.   Daniel 9:26
This prophecy was fulfilled when the Roman General Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70.
 
  • Building blueprints for the temple are ready. All that is delaying building now is the presence of the 3rd holiest site in Islam, the Dome of the Rock which lies over the old temple site.
 
  • The rebuilding of the temple is therefore unlikely at the present time.
 
Four possible scenarios for the rebuilding of the temple:
  • The persuasion and performing of miracles by the Antichrist and False Prophet convinces the Islamic world to approve the rebuilding
  • Approval is given during the confusion and bewilderment of the Rapture
  • Some archeologists believe that the temple mount is actually 340 feet south of the Dome of the Rock site. If this proven true the building will begin. The court that is left out may refer to the building of the temple around the Dome of the Rock.
  • Revelation 11:2
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
 
After God’s supernatural destruction of the Gog/Magog (Ezekiel 37/38) forces (probably Russian army and its allies like Iran and Syria), the leaders of Roman Catholic Church and the Islamic Caliphate may allow the building of Temple. This scenario assumes that this Russian attack on Israel is not the battle of Armageddon as some biblical students feel and that this attack occurs before the Rapture or Tribulation period begins. This destruction of the Russian and Iranian/Syrian armed forces by God, will cause an outpouring of Christian worship and zeal amongst the Jewish people who will reconstruct the Temple.
 
  • A group in Israel called the Temple Mount Faithful  have obtained most of the clothing, instruments and other equipment required for Temple worship. There are current attempts to lay the cornerstone of the Temple in Jerusalem.
 
5)      APPEARANCE OF THE RED HEIFER AFTER 2000 YEARS
This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke: And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face:And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:
And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.     Numbers 19:2-7
 
  • A Red Heifer is required for the waters of purification. In May 1997 the first Red Heifer was born in 2000 years.
For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.    Ezekiel 36:24-25
 
6)      INCREASE IN KNOWLEDGE AND TRAVEL
  • But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.   Daniel 12:4
 
  • More knowledge has been discovered in the last century than in all of history combined. 90% of all the engineers or scientists who have ever lived are alive today.
 
7)      RETURN OF THE ETHIOPIAN JEWS TO ISRAEL
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.    Zephaniah 3:10-11
 
  • 1984 and 1991 U.S. airlifts of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Daily Jews return to their ancient homeland. Even the lost tribes are being found.
 
8)      RISE OF RUSSIA
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.    Ezekiel 38:2,4,8
 
  • Prior to the 20th century Magog or Russia was not an economic or military world power. In order for some end time events to occur Russia has to be a strong nation. Today Russia is a super power. Most of the countries south of the Russian Federation are Islamic. A large part of the Russian army are made up of Muslims from these countries. Their hatred for the Jews and Israel will be stirred by Satan to destroy Israel. It has always been Satan’s plan to destroy the Chosen People.
 
9)      RETURN OF THE RUSSIAN JEWS TO ISRAEL
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.    Jeremiah 23:7-8
 
  • We have seen in 1970’s, 80’s an exodus of Russian Jews out of Communist Russia. Today we are also seeing the remnant in Russia making “Aliya” to Israel.
 
10)    TECHNOLOGY FOR THE MARK OF THE BEAST
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.    Revelation 13:16-17
 
  • Assuming the Mark is an under the skin implanted computer device, the technology is now available and patented at the U.S. Patent Office.
 
However, it is the belief of the author that this Mark may not be an electronic chip but a religious symbol of the Anti-Christ required of all to give complete allegiance to him and to his religious system (syariah – religious, political and economic systems of governance). Anyone who refuses the mark will be killed. (WARNING: All those who accept this mark will be killed by the wrath of God and cast into everlasting fires).
 
ISIS is carrying this out now at the present time in Syria and Iraq.
 
11)    PLANS FOR THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT
  • The United Nations, World Trade Organization, Peacekeeping actions and other agencies are preliminary steps to the formation of a one world government.
  • This generation is the first in history that has the communications and transportation needed to form a one world government which the Antichrist will establish.
 
12)    INSTANT COMMUNICATION AROUND THE WORLD
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.     Revelation 11:3,7-10
 
  • Television and communication satellites must be present for the world to see the dead prophets and rejoice at their deaths.
 
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.   Luke 21:28
 
C.    THE RAPTURE
The phrase rapture (Greek-harpazo, in Latin-rapere) means to be caught up or taken away suddenly. The rapture refers to the sudden removal of God’s people on the earth. In the twinkling of an eye, born again Christians will suddenly be transformed out of their human bodies and will rise up into the air to join Jesus Christ and be with Him forever. In the Bible,you will read others have been taken away from the Earth like Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus when he left the Earth after His first coming.
 
Many biblical scholars feel that the rapture will occur prior to the Tribulation Period or Pre-Tribulation. Thus God will spare his True Church from the persecutions of the Antichrist and the wrath of God which follows upon the wicked people of the earth.
 
Rapture –  Sequence of Events
1       Lord Descends from Heaven with a shout
2       Trumpet of God
3       Dead in Christ Rise into the air
4       Christians who are alive are changed into immortal bodies
5       The living Christians rise into the air
6       With the Lord forever
 
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.    1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.     1 Corinthians 15:50-53
 
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.     Matthew 24:40-41
 
  • Billions of people will be left behind on this earth full of astonishment, confusion and terror at the disappearances of their loved ones and friends. Who knows what kind of explanations the Antichrist will invent to explain the vanishings.
 
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.    John 14:1-3
 
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.     2 Thessalonians 2:3,6-7
  • The words falling away may have 2 different meanings.
  • The first is to fall away from the faith. During our present time many Christian values and commandments are virtually ignored. Many have fallen away from Christ. This is the Great Apostasy.(Many churches have sanctioned homosexual relationship/same sex marriage as legal)
  • The second meaning is to fall away from or depart. This may be a reference to the rapture. The Antichrist is restrained on Earth until the Holy Spirit (He) which dwells within God’s church and people is removed in the rapture.
  • After the rapture the Antichrist is revealed. The one who will be the Antichrist is probably on the world scene now.
 
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.    Acts 1:9-11
 
  • JESUS CHRIST will return to the Earth the same way he left; in the clouds of glory.
 
Promise of Deliverance from the Wrath of God to Come
God promised that He would deliver his Church from the persecutions of the Antichrist and the wrath of God which follows upon the wicked people of the earth. The rapture is the fulfillment of that promise.
 
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.   1 Thessalonians 5:4,9-10
 
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.     Romans 5:9
 
For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:   Colossians 3:6
 
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.   1 Thessalonians 1:10
Luke 21:34-36    –    And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole Earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
 
  • Be  READY for the rapture.    ESCAPE the wrath!
 
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.   For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.   Isaiah 26:19-21
 
  • The rapture of the dead followed by hispeople who are alive. After the rapture the indignation or tribulation will fall upon the Earth.
 
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.   Revelation 3:10-11
 
  • The Lord will keep his people and church out of the Tribulation.
 
Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’s anger come upon you.Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger.    Zephaniah 2:2-3
 
The Rapture is Imminent
 
The Rapture and the coming of Christ can occur at any time.We must always be ready.
 
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.   Matthew 24:42
 
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.   Matthew 24:44
 
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.   Matthew 24:36 
 
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.   Matthew 25:13
 
  • The belief in an imminent or at any time of rapture has two beneficial effects on the church
 
  1. It encourages us to live righteously as Christ may return at any time
  2. It encourages soul winning believers and missionaries to win over friends, family and the lost of the world before He returns
 
D.     SEVEN-YEAR PERIOD OF DANIEL
The seven-year period of Daniel which is Daniel’s 70th week is also known as the tribulation period or the time of Jacob’s trouble. This period begins after the Antichrist signs a peace treaty or covenant with Israel guaranteeing its security. As we read the daily news Israel is getting closer and closer to signing a final peace treaty that may begin the tribulation period and bring the Antichrist onto the world stage.
 
The seven-year period will begin as soon as the Antichrist is revealed after signing the peace agreement with Israel. During these seven years many multitudes of people will find Christ. Unfortunately most of these new Christians will be persecuted, imprisoned, and tortured by the Antichrist and his new world government in a time known as the Great Tribulation. In addition, those that escape this persecution may perish during God’s wrath which is unleashed during the second 3 and 1/2 years of this period during the Day of the Lord.
 
And he 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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.    Daniel 9:27
 
One week equals seven years in bible prophecy.
Fulfill her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years. And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.    Genesis 29:27-28
 
E.     SEVEN SEALS
  • These are the fulfillment of the signs of the end times given by Jesus.
 
First Seal – White Horseman of the Antichrist
  • Other names in the Bible for the Antichrist: Beast, Little horn, Man of Sin, Prince who is to come, Wicked
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.    Revelation 6:1-2
 
  • This is the Antichrist who impersonates Christ by riding a white horse as Jesus does at the second coming.
 
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:     2 Thessalonians 2:3,6-8
 
 
  • The Antichrist is revealed after the Church in which dwells the Holy Spirit, has been removed by the rapture.
 
And after threescore and two weeks 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.    Daniel 9:26
 
  • The people of the Roman Empire under General Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70. Therefore, the Antichrist will come from the reborn Roman Empire (probably all the countries that were part of the Roman Empire – the European nations, Catholic; and the Middle-Eastern nations – Islamic).
 
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous (strange) things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.   Daniel 11:36
 
  • The Antichrist claims he is God/Messiah and will persecute Tribulation Christians until the Day of the Lord.
 
How does the Antichrist rise to power
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in piecesAnd the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.    Daniel 7:7-8, 23-24
 
  • The fourth beast is the confederacy of countries of the former Roman Empire (both Catholic and Islamic). It consists of 10 nations led by kings(the horns). After the 10 kings are in place the Antichrist or little horn takes over 3 of those nations and will lead the new Roman Empire or fourth beast. These nations existed in the time of Daniel. It does not speak of specific nations that are existing today
  • The initial European Economic Community consisted of 10 nations. The notion that the EEC is the Anti-Christ’s kingdom does not hold water.
 
False Prophet is Revealed
 
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon (as one with power and authority). And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,And deceiveth 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 by a sword, and did live.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 as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.     Revelation 13:11-15
 
  • The false prophet performs great signs and miracles in the presence of the Antichrist causing the unbelieving people to further worship the beast and his idol. The false prophet also has great economic power and establishes the mark of the beast.
 
Second Seal – Red Horseman of War
 
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.     Revelation 6:3-4
 
  • Peace is removed from the earth.
 
Mark of the Beast (666)
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.     Revelation 11:16-18 
 
  • To buy or sell (food, medicine, housing, car, job) the False Prophet will require each person to receive a mark on his forehead or right hand. No one knows what this mark may be. It is speculated that this could be a computer chip embedded under the skin that would contain a person’s financial and personal records. Or it is a religious symbol acknowledging and pledging complete allegiance to the Anti-Christ and his system.
 
Third Seal – Black Horseman of Famine
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.   Revelation 6:5-6
 
  • Food represented by wheat and barley cost more than a day’s wages. While luxury goods such as oil and wine are still available to the rich. Could the oil here mean petroleum oil?
 
Two Witnesses of God
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.      Revelation 11:3-6
 
  • God’s prophets speak against the wicked people of the earth and the Antichrist.
  • The ministries of the two witnesses must begin in the first 3 and 1/2 years because they are killed 1260 days later during the second 3 and 1/2 years by the Antichrist.
  • Most bible scholars feel that the two witnesses are Moses and Elijah as Moses also smote the Earth with plagues and Elijah had the power to shut heaven or cause a drought. Elijah was also predicted by Malachi before the Day of the Lord.
 
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.    Malachi 4:5-6
 
GREAT TRIBULATION
(Persecution of tribulation saints both of the Jews and Left-behind Christians begins at the Mid-point of the seven-year period of Daniel)
 
Abomination of Desolation
And he 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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.     Daniel 9:27 
  • 3 and 1/2 years after the peace covenant with Israel the persecutions of the Antichrist begin.
  • At the midpoint of the seven-year period the Antichrist will cause the temple sacrifices to stop implying that temple was rebuilt and that sacrifices are occurring at the temple in Jerusalem.
 
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.    Matthew 24:15-18
 
  • The abomination of desolation in the Temple is the living image of the beast. It is also a sign for the Jews to flee into the mountains before the great tribulation begins.
 
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.   Daniel 11:31
 
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.    2 Thessalonians 2:4
 
 
Persecution of Tribulation Christians Begins
 
Fourth Seal – Pale Horseman of Death
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.   Revelation 6:7-8
 
  • Death from starvation, disease, and the forces of the Antichrist. The wild beast of the earth is the Antichrist and his minions. Starvation and disease result from the many new Christians unable to purchase food and work because they do not take the mark of the beast.
 
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.    Matthew 24:19-22
 
  • Jerusalem and Israel will become desolate as the Antichrist begins his reign of terror.
 
And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.   Zechariah 13:8-9
 
  • Two-thirds of the Jewish people will perish in the tribulation.
 
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.   Matthew 24:23-26
 
  • The Antichrist and False Prophet will deceive many Christians into believing he is the Messiah. Others will be tricked into coming out of hiding because they think Christ is here and then captured and persecuted by the one world government of the Beast.
 
Fifth Seal – Martyrs of the Tribulation period
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.     Revelation 6:9-11
 
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.   2 Timothy 3:12
 
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.    Daniel 7:25
 
DAY OF THE LORD
(This is the wrath of God upon the Earth foreseen by old and new Testament prophets)
 
For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.     Jeremiah 30:5-7
 
And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?   Joel 2:11
 
That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.    Zephaniah 1:15-18
 
And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.   Isaiah 2:19
 
Sixth Seal – Cosmic Terrors(Great Earthquake, Bloody Moon, Darkened Sun, Meteors falling, Mountains and Islands moving, Sky splits apart)
 
  • The signs in the earth and heavens signal the beginning of the Day of the Lord.
 
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.   Revelation 6:12-14
 
The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.      Joel 2:10, 30-31
 
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.    Joel 3:14-15
 
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?    Revelation 6:17
 
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.   Isaiah 13:9-10
 
Sealing (Ownership) of the 144,000 of Israel
 
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.     Revelation 7:2-4
 
Martyrs of the Great Tribulation stand before God
 
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.    Revelation 7:14-15
 
Day of the Lord Begins
 
Seventh Seal – Consists of Seven (7)  TRUMPET  judgments on mankind
The seventh seal begins the Day of the Lord.
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.    Revelation 8: 1,6
F.   Seven (7) TRUMPETS
First Trumpet – Hail and Fire Destruction of all the grass and 1/3 of trees
 
The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.   Revelation 8:7:
 
  • May represent an after effect of nuclear weapons as fire and hail occur in atmosphere following an atomic explosion as in Japan at the end of World War II.
 
Second Trumpet – Meteor/or asteroid falls into the Ocean destroying 1/3 of ships and sea life.
And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.    Revelation 8:8-9:
 
Third Trumpet – Wormwood falls from the Heavens causing fresh water to become bitter.
 
And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;And the name of the star (meteor or asteroid) is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.   Revelation 8:10-11:
 
  • Wormwood is a bitter plant that can paralyze or kill. The meteor could be very poisonous as it may contain elements that are toxic to life.
 
Fourth Trumpet – Darkening of a third of the sun, moon, and stars.
 
And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.    Revelation 8:12:
 
  • After many nuclear explosions the atmosphere fills with dust and debris blocking the light from filtering through. (Nuclear winter hypothesis)
 
Fifth Trumpet – (Woe #1) Locusts from the Bottomless Pit
 
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from themAnd the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.      Revelation 9:1-10:
 
  • Theory #1- This may be an actual plague of tormenting locusts.
  • Theory #2- The locusts may be a first century description of helicopters. The wings sounding like chariots could be the sound of helicopter blades spinning.
  • It could be some modern day weapon or other.
 
Sixth Trumpet – (Woe #2) Eastern army of 2,000,000 men kill 1/3 of mankind.
 
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths, For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.   Revelation 9:13-19
 
  • Reported number of men in the Chinese armed forces and militia in 1964 was 200 million. The population of China has increased significantly since then, app. 1.5 billion or more today.
 
Death of the Two Witnesses
 
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.   Revelation 11:7-12:
 
  • God’s 2 witnesses are killed, resurrected from the dead, and then taken up to heaven in front of the eyes of the whole world (by television, internet, smart phone etc.).
 
Seventh Trumpet – Consist of seven bowls of the Final Judgment of God
 
 G.   7 (Seven) Bowls
First Bowl of the Wrath of God – Sores on men with the Mark of the Beast
 
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image.  Revelation 16:2
 
Second Bowl of the Wrath of God – All creatures in the sea die
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.   Revelation 16:3
 
Third Bowl of the Wrath of God – Rivers and springs become blood
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.    Revelation 16:4
 
  • The wicked must drink the blood of the martyrs.
 
Fourth Bowl of the Wrath of God – Sun scorches the earth
And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.   Revelation 16:8-9
 
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.   Isaiah 13:13
 
  • The earth may move out of its orbit closer to the sun.
 
Fifth Bowl of the Wrath of God – Kingdom of the Antichrist/Beast becomes darkened
And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.    Revelation 16:10-11
 
Sixth Bowl of the Wrath of God – Euphrates river dries up allowing the Chinese army to move to Armageddon
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.     Revelation 16:12
 
Seventh Bowl of the Wrath of God – Greatest earthquake ever, Babylon/Rome is destroyed
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 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.And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.     Revelation 16:17-19
 
  • BABYLON  can refer to:
–         The actual city of Babylon which is being restored in Iraq 50 miles south of Bagdad
–         The false worldwide religion of the antichrist   (uniting all the false religions especially Catholicism and Islam) which began with the mystery religions of Babylon thousands of years ago
–         or Rome, city of seven hills, which may be the headquarters of the false worldwide religion.
 
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.   Revelation 17:9
 
–         Some Christians think that Babylon is America. Unlikely.
 
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle. Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.   Isaiah 13:1,4,6
 
And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD. And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the LORD.   Jeremiah 51:24,26
 
Babylon will be destroyed forever.
 
H.     ARMAGEDDON
 
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.    Zechariah 14:2
 
And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.   Zechariah 14:5 (The holy ones are the raptured saints).
 
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.    Revelation 16:13-14,16        Note: Armageddon means HaMegiddo (the Megiddo). It is a place in Israel where there is a great valley. Many battles were fought in ancient times. Ideal as a battle ground.
 
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.   Revelation 19:19
 
  • The beast leading the revived Roman Empire (Catholic/European nations and their allies) plus the armies of the king of the east (Islamic nations and their allies) are gathered into the valley of Meggido in Israel for the last battle.
 
And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.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. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shallcome to his end, and none shall help him.    Daniel 11:40-45
 
  • The king of the north is the Antichrist or Beast.
 
For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.    Joel 3:1-2
 
I .    SECOND COMING OF JESUS
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.   Revelation 19:11
 
  • The real Christ returns on his white horse.
 
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.   Revelation 19:20-21
 
  • The sword which comes from Christ’s mouth is the word of God.
 
Judgment Of Nations
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:    Matthew 26:31-34, 41
 
Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.   Joel 3:12-13
 
J.    THE MILLENNIUM
Millennial Kingdom of Christ
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.   Revelation 20:6
 
  • One thousand year period of peace led by Jesus Christ. The raptured saints will be the priests and rulers of the Lord. We shall reign with Him
 
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.   Isaiah 11:6-9
 
  • Peace shall cover the earth as the earth will be full of the knowledge of God. Even the animals will live in peace.
 
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.    Isaiah 11:11-12
 
  • The Jewish people shall be gathered from across the earth back into the promised land.
 
Satan Bound For One Thousand Years
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.   Revelation 20:2-3
 
Satan Released
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.   Revelation 20:7-9
 
Satan Cast into The Lake Of Fire Forever
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.   Revelation 20:10
 
K.    GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.And I saw the dead, smalland great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.   Revelation 20:11-15
  • Resurrection of the wicked and unjust.
 
L.  NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH NEW JERUSALEM
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.    Revelation 21:1-2,12-14
 
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.    Isaiah 35:1-2
 
Question :   DO YOU WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND AFTER THE RAPTURE?
1)       MANY WILL BE FOOLED BY THE MIRACLES OF THE ANTICHRIST AND FALSE PROPHET
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.    Matthew 24:24
 
  • After the Rapture many people, including Christians, will be deceived by the miracles and wonders that the Antichrist performs. Many may will actually believe he is the Messiah.
 
2)       MANY WILL BE DECEIVED BY GOD’S INFLUENCE INTO BELIEVING THE ANTICHRIST
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:      2 Thessalonians 2:9-11
 
  • If you miss Christ before the Rapture you are taking a big chance. God has foretold of a deception that He will place upon the people of the earth to not believe the truth. You will suffer the wrath of God here on earth and then have to endure the LAKE OF FIRE for eternity.
  • Even if you are fortunate and find Jesus after the Tribulation you will have to endure the horrors of the Tribulation. Why risk it?    
 
THE RAPTURE IS COMING SOON!
DON’T TAKE A CHANCE IN THE TRIBULATION!
RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST THE MESSIAH NOW AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR AND LORD!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
Please don’t delay, as you can see we are getting closer to the end as each day, each minute ticks by.
 
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.     Romans 10:9-10
 
“FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.”  Romans 10:13
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This complete article was written by my teacher and mentor Dr Samuel Thomas.
To bless all my brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.
With Love,
Bro Chim TS
Malaysia.
Nov 2015
 
For Enquiries:
Dr. Sam Kurian Thomas, D. Min.
The Apostolic Faith Church
Zenith Corporate Park
Block A-8-2, (Second Floor),
Jalan SS 7/26,
Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya,
Malaysia
 
Ministries:
Apostolic Council – For oversight, ministerial commissions, ordinations etc.
Apostolic Faith Bible Institute (AFBI)
Daystar School of Leadership
Daystar School of Ministry
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Phone contact in Malaysia  :   017 3907605
Our ultimate life objective should be to create as much as our talent, ability and desire will allow us to create to whatever our calling or pursuit to the glory of God.
 
Rev. Dr. Sam Kurian Thomas, D. Min.
Dr. Thomas has been in ministry since 1972. He is the Presiding Elder of the Apostolic Council of the Apostolic Faith Church. The Mission of the Church is the RESTORATION OF APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANITY.
 
He has been actively working with other Apostolic / Prophetic leaders of the Church to form Apostolic Councilsfrom Africa to Fiji in the Pacific. The Council provides ordination, oversight and leadership for ministers, ministries and fellowships who are wanting to be part of Apostolic Christianity as patterned in the Scriptures and that is emerging everywhere today. We contend earnestly for the Apostolic Faith that was once for all delivered to the Saints (Jude 3).
 
After handing over pastoral duties to others, Dr. Thomas through Daystar School of Leadership & Daystar School of Ministry has been actively engaged in leadership and ministry training for pastors and ministers for more than 15 years, focusing especially on Third World Nations; and providing them free training materials. His mission is to establish Apostolic Christianity.
 
Dr. Thomas is in the process of setting up these schools in Malaysia at Zenith Corporate Park, Kelana Jaya, Malaysia.  The schools will begin operations in January 2016. He and his Team intend to activate the Saints through the mobile school – Daystar Apostolic School of Ministry and Daystar Leadership Training for the fulfilment of purpose and destiny, equipping potential leaders by recognizing, raising, and releasing seasoned, proven, mature, valid and fruitful ministry in the body of Christ according to Ephesians 4:13. The Lord also, is bringing His ministers, Christian businessmen / businesswomen, professionals and all believers into perfect alignment to God’s will through teaching, training, mentoring and oversight; and maintaining these relationships in the love of Christ. 
 
At this moment, he holds revival meetings called “LIVING FREE Ministries” every Sunday at 5.30 pm and speaks at various fellowships and groups.
 
Dr. Thomas and his wife Rosaline steward Bethesda House in Bandar Country Homes, Rawang. It is a home for children who have been disadvantaged due to life’s circumstances. They have been involved in this ministry of rescuing children from poverty and abuse for the last 25 years. The Home is almost entirely supported by freewill that Dr. Thomas receives from Christian ministry as well as helping business people to develop leadership and sharing ideas for growth of their enterprises.
 
Dr. Thomas has written & compiled many books and training manuals for personal, Christian leadership and ministry development. They are available upon written request. You also may invite to speak him to speak at any of your meetings.
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