The earth is wobbling like a top ready to spin out of control.
We are rapidly approaching a point of no return where humanity will tip the scales of God’s wrath and life as we know it will come crashing to a cataclysmic halt. Christians know it, other religions know it, secular observers know it. “The Apocalypse” is almost upon us. It will be a time of chaos, destruction, and confusion.
Fortunately, God has not left us in the dark about what is to come. God’s prophetic tapestry is woven through like threads in both the Old and New Testaments. Close up, the intricate designs can seem confusing and even contradictory. God has intentionally designed a pattern that is complex. He leaves for us a trail of puzzle pieces, not unlike the parables Jesus told, and exactly like at His first coming. It is only through rigorously searching and praying through the Scriptures that keys emerge, pieces fit together, and the big picture is revealed. Keep in mind that these things were written 1900-3000 years ago!!!
God has dealt with humanity in a few different ways. In the garden of Eden, God met with Adam and Eve in human form. Here, the very first prophetic word was uttered by God – “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” After the fall of humanity, God continued to speak directly to the early patriarchs. This continued through Noah and the global flood until the time of Abraham. The nations had been dispersed at the tower of Babel, and God selected one man, Abraham, to seed the nation of Israel – His nation, His people.
Israel’s purpose was to be set apart, to be a beacon of God’s light in the world and draw the nations back to Him. Israel, for the most part, failed miserably. God could rely only on Himself. Thus, in the fullness of time, God became as one of us in the form of Jesus. Jesus succeeded where Israel had failed, and set in motion the reclaiming of the nations unto God. Israel expected this to happen all at once, but the mystery was that this would now be done through the “church” – a body of Jews and Gentiles indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Romans 11:25). The church was now set apart as God’s salt and light in the world. The time is very quickly approaching when the Church Age will suddenly close.
God’s timeline for humanity proceeds right on schedule. The end of this age will come abruptly to a halt with the noisy, not-so-secret rapture of the church. The dead in Christ will arise, and the invisible body of Christ will be transformed in the blink of an eye. Together they will be snatched away from what is coming on the earth, safely hidden in heaven. A parable of this can be seen in the ritual of the Jewish Wedding. We may not know the day or the hour, but there are definite clues to the season. We can watch for the signs to occur that point to this event:
- The establishment of the nation of Israel in 1948 is the sign of the “fig tree”, which started the prophetic clock ticking to the time of the end. This was predicted in scripture over 2500 years ago. Israel became a nation again, after not having been a nation since 70AD.
- There is a specific “generation that will not pass away” before Jesus will return. The start point of this generation is the “fig tree sign” in 1948, and the ending (Second Coming of Jesus Christ) would seem to be between 70-80 years from then as per Psalm 90.
- Signs in the sun, moon, and stars will appear. Luke describes this as “terrors and great signs from heaven”. The only other place in the Bible where a “great sign appears in heaven” is in Revelation 12:1-2, which will literally occur only once during the course of humanity – September 23, 2017.
- The Great Pyramid stands as a sign. It is specifically designed to point to the First and Second comings of Jesus Christ. The Great Pyramid seems to point to the date of September 20, 2017.
- God has appointments on His calendar. He calls these His “moedim”, or appointed times. They are described as the “Feasts of God“. The next appointments on His calendar are the Fall Feasts. In 2017, the Feast of Trumpets falls on September 21-22.
- The church is predicted in large part to fall into false doctrine and sexual immorality. It will preach to “itching ears” – a social gospel.
- Society is predicted to fall further into immorality and corruption.
- Secular society can’t help itself but advertise that the “end is near”
- The Jews will be motivated to build a Third Temple. Everything is ready to go for this at a moment’s notice. The first priests of the tribe of Levi graduated in 2014.
- The Gospel will be preached to all nations. In the last 100 years, all the nations have been reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are still unreached people groups within these nations, but these will be reached after the church is gone via God’s 2 Witnesses, specially sealed Hebrews, and an Announcing Angel.
- It will be As in the Days of Lot, which was marked by homosexuality, sexual immorality, and violence. Interestingly, homosexuality has adopted the symbol of God’s promise “in the days of Noah” as the symbol of their pride.
- It will be As in the Days of Noah, which was marked by DNA tinkering and violence.
- People will run to and fro, and Knowledge will increase. Knowledge isn’t in itself bad, but the elevation of knowledge above God is. Human pride is reaching the levels seen at the Tower of Babel. CERN, with it’s occult symbolism and portal openings, comes to mind.
- God may issue warnings via nonspecific signs (i.e. August 21,2017 solar eclipse, “Planet X“)
Those who have held back on God, who have not given their hearts over to Him, will be left behind on the earth to face God’s wrath and judgments. If Jesus is not your Lord, He is also not your Savior – even if you go by the name “Christian”. The world is about to find out exactly HOW narrow the road is that leads to life (heaven).
Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
A great divide exists; there are two tracks that humanity will take. Those who took the narrow road will be a part of the heavenly track: the body of Christ will be in heaven for the time of “tribulation” on the earth. They will participate in the Day of Christ. Meanwhile, the Day of the Lord is the track on earth for those who were on the broad road leading to destruction. God’s judgment will be poured out in full force on a wicked and Christ-rejecting world. However, God will not leave the world without witness. With the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church complete, the Holy Spirit will immediately move to supernaturally seal 144,000 specially chosen Israelites to be His witnesses. God will use these witnesses to call forth His elect – a third of Israel along with many “gentile” followers.
Before we get any further, there are several prophesied wars involving Israel that will occur in the future. The timing of these is broadly in “the latter years”. Several of these may occur before the rapture of the church (Nation Rising Against Nation – WW3; The Destruction of Damascus; Arab-Israeli Promised Land War). One of these may occur during or shortly after the removal of the true church from the earth (Gog and Magog War – many nations rising against Israel). These wars may blur together and occur in a short span of time. God Himself will intervene to save Israel in these wars, with the result that Israel will want to re-institute their Temple worship of God with Old Testament-style sacrifices. The person (or ‘being’) who arises and takes credit for winning these wars won’t be God, but he will end up claiming to be. It is certain that one war will occur approximately seven (or possibly 10) years after the rapture, in which this god-imposter will be destroyed (The Battle of Armageddon). See here for an overview of all these wars.
With the believers in Jesus safely tucked away in heaven, let’s go over what’s going to happen on earth. When Jesus rose from the dead, great power was released in some type of nuclear transformation event. This triggered an earthquake. When the dead in Christ rise (everyone who has believed in Jesus Christ to forgive their sins, from the dawn of time), it is possible that this event will trigger worldwide earthquakes. The earthquakes will then trigger volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. The sun will be darkened and the moon appear blood red from smoke and ash in the air. In a short span of time, 25% of humanity will die from famine, war/murder (likely including the wars as mentioned above), disease outbreaks, and wild animals (emboldened by severe food shortages). These are the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Since the time of Jesus Christ (~2000 years), people who turned from their selfish ways and followed God have been indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit (God is three in one: Father, Son – Jesus, and Holy Spirit). When these true believers are removed from the earth, the Holy Spirit’s restraining influence over evil and the powers of darkness will be removed. At this time, a cosmic war erupts between the holy angels and the fallen angels. Satan (the name given to the fallen spirit-being opposing God), represented as a dragon and a serpent, and his demon horde (fallen angels) will be defeated and lose their access to heaven. They will be granted authority by God to deceive humanity, for the sake of accomplishing His divine purposes. We are not told exactly what this involves but we do know that satan has been hard at work preparing for it (likely, “aliens”, which are fallen angelic beings). He knows the time is close.
The combination of the removal of living believers to heaven and the disasters of the 7 Seals will leave the world reeling. A great power vacuum will exist in the world as social and economic structures collapse under the burden of disaster. A man or being will rise to power quickly, to bring “peace” and “unity”. This man is known in the Bible as “the lawless one”, “the antichrist”, “false christ”, “false messiah”, and “the beast”. The “antichrist” will participate in ushering in a new world order. Wars will be involved as nations and leaders try to sort out a semblance of order and power. The world will first be divided into four parts, or “kingdoms”. Two kingdoms may be ruled by singular rulers. One kingdom will be ruled by 4 “kings”. The fourth kingdom will be ruled by 10 “kings”. Three of these 10 kings will be quickly displaced by the man who will become the “antichrist”, and it is possibly at this time that he makes a covenant with “many” (likely Israel). This fourth kingdom, led by the antichrist, will take over the other 3 kingdoms over the next 3.5 (or possibly 6.5) years. The fourth antichrist kingdom will then rule the world. God will be overseeing and allowing this all as part of Israel’s purification.
The “antichrist” will be supported by a false prophet. The false prophet may call himself “Elijah”. These two, and their entourage, will be extremely convincing and will be accompanied by all kinds of miraculous signs and wonders. They will be empowered by none other than Satan – forming an “unholy trinity”. Either the “antichrist” or the “false prophet” will enter into a covenant with Israel. The covenant may be made for 7 years (peace agreement), or it may be presented as eternal (a “new messianic covenant”). The making of this covenant will start an event known as the 70th Week of Daniel, which pertains directly to the nation of Israel and ethnic Israelites. The Third Temple will be built in Jerusalem (or Shiloh? or the city of David?) at this time.
At some point, the “antichrist” will likely identify as the Jewish messiah. He may also identify as the messiah for other religions as well, explaining that everyone had different understandings of the same thing. He may encourage Old Testament-style worship of God… at first. Some of Israel (up to 2/3) will embrace this man as their anticipated messiah, here to usher in the messianic kingdom. They will believe the events that have already transpired (wars in which they survived, the Third Temple, sacrifices restarting) have fulfilled the 70th week of Daniel and the Battle of Armageddon. In reality, the 7-year time of testing is just beginning.
Meanwhile, God will have sent witnesses to declare the gospel. There will be two special prophets for God who will proclaim truth. They will speak out against the “antichrist” and his deception. There will also be 144,000 Israelites who come to belief in Jesus Christ right after the church is taken up to heaven. These 144,000 will be sealed by God and protected from some of the cataclysmic events that take place. The truth will not be popular, and the two prophets will be killed after 3.5 years of ministry (42 months / 1260 days) by the “antichrist”. Most on the earth will celebrate their deaths. The 144,000 may also be killed around this time.
Natural, yet cataclysmic, disasters will continue and supernatural beings will appear. There are 7 specific “Trumpets of Wrath” that will occur. The first 4 involve death of trees and green grass, contamination of the oceans, contamination of fresh water, and dimming of the sun, moon, and stars (possibly from atmospheric contamination). These 4 likely occur very shortly after the rapture of the church. Trumpet 5 involves a 5 month long torment of humanity by a demonic army, where people will seek death (suicide) but it will not be found. Trumpet 6 involves another demonic army that begins at some point after the 5 month torture ends. This army kills 1/3 of humanity over a period of time ending when the two witnesses for God are resurrected from the dead 3.5 days after their deaths. In total, over 50% of humanity has now been killed (over 3 billion people). It is likely that less than 3 billion people remain alive on earth (remember that true believers were also taken before all this started and those numbers are unknown). The 7th trumpet blows at some point after the “antichrist” declares himself to be god.
While the first half of Daniel’s 70th week (7 years) will be relatively peaceful, there will be power struggles and wars. At some point in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week, the “antichrist” will be killed and rise from the dead. It is likely that the “antichrist” will be killed via a head wound, rise from the dead, and immediately kill the two prophets from God. At some point (likely upon their death), the “antichrist” will set himself up in the Jewish temple, proclaiming to be “god”. He will stop all sacrifices to God and desecrate the altar. This is the trigger for Jews who know their Tanach (Old Testament) to flee. The warning is given both in the books of Daniel (OT – Daniel 9:27) and Matthew (NT – Matthew 24:15-21). When Jesus came and revealed Himself to be God after 3.5 years of ministry, Israel killed Him. When the “antichrist” reveals himself to be “god” after 3.5 years of a covenant, it appears that Israel embraces him. This is foretold by Jesus in John 5:43 – “I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.”
While the “antichrist” is celebrating his victory, the 2 bodies of God’s witnesses will lay in the streets of Jerusalem. 3.5 days later, they will rise from the dead and God will call them up to heaven. A great earthquake will result and 7000 people will die. This ends the 6th Trumpet judgment as described above. Despite this, the world will embrace the “antichrist” at the leading of Israel – Mystery Babylon.
The “antichrist” will establish world rule at this time, merging religion, economy, and power. He will set up an economic system which requires taking his mark or pledging allegiance to him to be able to buy or sell. Will this mark alter DNA in some manner? An angel will warn mankind not to take this mark – this is the final warning before God outpours the final 7 Bowls of His wrath. True salvation is still possible up until taking the mark of the beast. Choose wisely, your eternal soul is at stake!
Once the mark system is set up, at some point the 7 Bowls of wrath will be unleashed. These involve painful sores appearing on people who have taken the mark of the beast; the entire sea turning to blood and all sea creatures dying; all rivers and springs becoming blood; scorching of the sun; kingdom of the beast plunged into darkness; the Euphrates river drying up to allow humanity to assemble for a final battle against God; and finally, the greatest global earthquake ever resurfaces the planet, along with a severe thunderstorm and 100 pound hailstones.
As the 6th Bowl of wrath is poured out, the “antichrist” will send deceiving spirits to gather the world for a war against Jesus Christ. My guess is that he will state that this is the final battle before humankind’s evolutionary transformation/jump can be completed… but that is speculation… Once everyone is gathered, they will prepare for the true Battle of Armageddon. It appears that God will provide a final escape route for those dwelling in Jerusalem via the Mount of Olives splitting, before the Battle of Armageddon ensues. The battle will occur 1260 (or possibly 1290) days after the “antichrist” declares himself to be god and sets up the “abomination of desolation” on the Temple altar.
The ending is decreed and it will come to pass – Jesus Christ will appear with His heavenly armies (angels and human followers who were taken at the beginning of this tribulation). It won’t be a battle though, Jesus will simply open His mouth and defeat all who are gathered by a Word. All the armies gathered against Him will be defeated in one big wallop by the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God.
The beast (“antichrist”) and the false prophet will be thrown alive into the lake of fire. All humans opposing Jesus Christ are killed. It’s not going to be a good death – “And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other.“ (Zechariah 14:12-13). Satan is then thrown into the abyss and chained for 1000 years – the duration of Christ’s Millennial Kingdom.
This completes the Day of the Lord and the 70th week of Daniel. Humanity will be judged on whether they can enter the Millennial Kingdom. The true Messianic Kingdom will then be ushered in by Jesus, and will last 1000 years. Remarkably, humanity will still be filled with rebellion, and will rise up at the end of this time period when Satan is released for a “little season”. They will gather against Jesus, yes, again, and the Last Battle will ensue. Humanity still hasn’t learned that you can’t beat God, and they will all be destroyed with no actual fighting.
The Great White Throne judgment sees the resurrection of all humanity from the dead to face the living God. This does not include those who participated in the “first resurrection” – all those in Christ prior to the Millennial Kingdom. Followers of Christ will enter heaven; those who rejected Jesus will be cast into the eternal Lake of Fire.
Once judgment is complete, Eternity ensues. Humans are eternal – our souls never die. Where your soul will spend eternity is completely up to you, but it can only be decided while in your physical body.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
We urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
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A Disclaimer: The Bible is infallible. I am not. Be a Berean – examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!