Some Stuff They May Not Have Covered in Christianity 101: Part IX
I John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
If you didn’t get that verse in “Christianity 101” then please hear it now! There are so many out there who think that they can never fathom prophecy. Satan loves that misconception.
This series has been aimed at those who may have come from a church background, may have tried to study prophecy or been exposed to some prophecy teaching, but remain confused by so many different “theories” and claims.
When we are saved, we receive the Holy Spirit, and He is the only teacher we need, for understanding the scriptures. We require renewed anointing by way of the Holy Spirit, for tasks that God calls us to, on a task-by-task-basis, so to speak. If you have a hunger to understand Prophecy, it’s because He put it in you. Trust Him to anoint you for the task and make you able. If you are trying to get your understanding right, in regards to the events of the times we are living in, and what is still to come in the near future, you will need to ask God to open up your understanding, and you will have to put in the work. What I am trying to do here, is to simply pass along the things the Lord has helped me to understand, but they won’t make sense to you if you are trying in your own power and intellect alone, to perceive them. If you have been following along, and don’t feel that it’s coming together for you, just stop and pray. Then stay at it. God rewards diligence. (I reiterate that if you have not been born again, you do not have the Holy Spirit as your teacher and you won’t be able to make sense of scripture. Just as Jesus was the One worthy to open the seals in Revelation, it is He who opens the scriptures up for your understanding.)
1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
As a born-again, blood-bought disciple (learner) of Christ, you know that confusion is not of the Lord. You do not need to be confused about these events and if you are “double-minded” and not settled on these matters, it may be an indication that you are trying to understand without allowing the Holy Spirit to be your teacher, or giving too much weight to opinions of man. There is nothing wrong with listening to different teachers and preachers. But the Holy Spirit will give you assurance of what is truth and what is confusion. He that believeth on Him SHALL NOT be confounded. That said, lets get back to our study!
Be aware of the parenthesis of both Daniel and of Revelation. It is crucial in the rightly dividing.
In Daniel 9, regarding Daniel’s seventy weeks, these are “weeks of years” that are being referred to. The seventy weeks of years is divided. 463 years are years between Daniel’s time, and the day that Messiah was cut off, which was the Crucifixion. (Calendar based on a thirty-day month.) There is then a gap, or parenthesis, and the world has been living in that gap (Gentile Age) since the days of the disciples and early church. There is one final “week” of years, which remains yet future. Daniel 9, verse 26 tells us that there is another “prince that is yet to come” and the people of that prince shall destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end thereof shall be a flood and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. That prince is the “Little Horn” of Daniel 7:8, who arises from the fourth or Roman Empire.
*NOTICE* The verse says the people of the prince that is yet to come, shall destroy the city and sanctuary. That did happen, in 70 A.D. under the Roman General Titus. Satan has been at work on his plan all through the ages. He still thinks he can thwart God.
The Parentheticals to be aware of in Revelation
- Chapter 7, between the sixth and seventh seals
- Chapter 10 and chapter 11:1-13, between the sixth and seventh trumpets
- Chapter 14: 1-4, between the sounding of the seventh trumpet and the pouring out of the vials
- Chapter 16: 13-16; This is what John saw between the sixth and seventh vials
- Chapter 19:1-10 ; This is what John observed between the pouring out of the seventh vial, and the personal return of the Lord, immediately after Babylon was destroyed.
- Chapter 21:9 through 22:5 John was carried away in the spirit to a great and high mountain (heights and mountains stand for ultimate authority in scripture) and is shown the great city, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God.
There are 7 persons who will play significant roles in the seventieth week:
- Christ, the Lamb
- The great dragon, the old serpent, Satan
- The two beasts-one religious, the other political (beast and the false prophet)
- The Antichrist
- The King of the North
- The King of the South
Gog and the King of the North will politically oppress Israel
The false prophet, the antichrist, the King of the North, the King of the South, and Gog are all men, not spirit-beings or systems.
The satanic trinity are the Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet. The world will be under a universal system under one rule which will preside religiously, politically, and commercially. It will be a system so thoroughly and tightly controlled, that anyone who attempts to defy it, will be killed. (Revelation 11:7, 13:10-17, 17:6)
The first beast is the Antichrist, the second Beast is the False Prophet. (See Revelation 13)
Now, lets compare Daniel’s beast and the Beast of Revelation
Daniel 7: 2-8 Daniel describes four beast-empires which he saw in his vision. They were Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome
- was like a lion and had eagles wings
- was like a bear
- was like a leopard
- dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly, great iron teeth, devoured and brake in pieces and diverse from the previous beasts and had ten horns, and among them came up another little horn with “eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things”
The system of the antichrist will be all of 1-4 rolled into one! Revelation 13:2 John saw a beast that was “like a Leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a Bear, and his mouth was the mouth of a Lion.
In Daniel, the lion had one head, the bear had one head, the leopard had four heads and the dreadful, terrible beast had one head, so in combining Daniels 4 beasts, you see a combined total of seven heads. The beast in Revelation 13:1 has seven heads.
The first three beasts in Daniel’s vision had no horns, but the dreadful and terrible beast had Ten. The beast in Revelation 13:1 has ten. Revelation 12:3 shows us that the Dragon (that old serpent, the devil) also has seven heads and ten horns, so there can be no doubt that Satan himself is the power behind this final beast system.
We lament the fact that America has turned from God today, but the truth is, man’s system from Eden to present, has ignored God and that is why we are commanded not to love this world.
When the Church is removed, the Antichrist will conquer the world during that first three and a half years, by flattery, empty promises, and false peace by means of a “universal” world religion headed by the false prophet. Mid-way through the seventieth week, the Antichrist will drop all pretense, suppress and destroy all religion, and demand everyone worship only Himself as god.
In Revelation 6:2 the rider on the white horse, wearing a crown, armed with a bow, but no arrows, goes forth conquering and to conquer. Daniel 8:24 and 25 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also shall he cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
The sole ambition of the satanic trinity, is to overthrow God and destroy Christianity. But Calvary already forever doomed Satan’s plan, and sealed it with these words of Christ Himself: “It is finished!”.
The Antichrist and false prophet will not eliminate religion early on, but rather merge all religion into one “church” that will include all people. This religion will be a “state religion” of satanic wisdom, satanic power, and backed by Satan and all his demons. Satan transforms himself into an angel of light (II Cor. 11:14) and Antichrist (Satan in the flesh) will first appear as an emissary of peace and enlightenment, proposing, and prepared to solve the worlds problems. People will admire him, and welcome him. As he amasses more and more power, people will worship him. He will be seductive, glamorous, genius, and charismatic, and “with all power and signs and lying wonders” (II Thess. 2:9), even bringing fire down from heaven in the sight of men. (Revelation13:13)
In this present dispensation of Grace, the only unpardonable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In the seventieth week, the unpardonable sin will be the taking of the mark of the beast. I once heard Jimmy DeYoung say on one of “Brannon Howse’s videos, that people who take the mark will still have the opportunity to get saved. Now, Jimmy DeYoung can quote massive amounts of scripture in rapid-fire top-of-the-head manner, and I sincerely think that he had mis-heard what Brannon had asked him, and what he thought he was saying was “yes, people will be saved during the tribulation”. I wrote to Brannon about this, and did not get a response. Brannon’s whole ministry is apologetics and keeping prominent Christians accountable, so it bothered me and I do hope it was inadvertent. This is all the more reason why we must know, for ourselves, what the Word says. It is absolutely certain that no one who takes the mark can or will be saved. Revelation 14: 9-11 makes that crystal clear! Yet there will be people saved during the tribulation and those who do not worship the beast will be persecuted and killed. People won’t be forced, but will be compelled to take the mark, or constrained. Constrained is a combination of “to compel” and “to restrain”. In this day we live in, no one has been forced to own a computer or a smart phone, yet ask anyone in business, or in college, if they can do their job or their coursework without ever using a computer. Ask anyone in sales, or any competitive field such as science, if they can afford not to have a smartphone. Technically speaking, no one is forced, but the demands of the day, the need to have that answer at your fingertips, or be the first one to jump on a hot lead, or file a patent, or what have you, lends itself to the adopting of these resources “compulsory”. The same will be true of this mark. No one will be forced to get it, but will rather see it as a great perk of convenience, and then later, when rationing and all buying and selling require it, most will choose to take the mark in desperation.
The first half of the tribulation period will likely look a lot like things do now. Though evil will be unrestrained, only those who love evil will be here, so that won’t bother them! And in fact, all of the world resources that belong now to Christians, will be left behind for the taking, so there will be some who will be well-off for the first time in their lives! All those Christians who have been misguided into believing they will be here for the tribulation, and who have stocked up on necessities, and all those whom God has blessed materially, will leave all of their property and resources behind for others to benefit from. But eventually the surplus will run dry, or be taken by the antichrist and those who work for him, either way, the antichrist and “almighty government” will hold power over all the necessities which humans can’t live without. Amos said “Woe to you that desire the Day of the Lord”. For Christians, our trouble and tribulation in this life, prepares us for the Kingdom by stripping away our love of this world. Most saints by the time they have lived to their nineties raised their kids, and outlived everyone in their family, are more than ready to go Home. Some, like myself, are ready much sooner. The purpose of the Tribulation is for preparing God’s elect nation for their Messiah. The reason Jeremiah was the weeping prophet, was because his assigned message pertained to the Day of Jacobs Trouble!
There will be 144,000 Israeli missionaries whom God will call out and personally seal, for the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom during the tribulation. Millions of God’s chosen people will turn to their true Messiah, a great multitude which no man can number. This will be made up of not only Israelites, but all nations and kindreds and people and tongues. This accounts for the numberless multitude in Revelation 7:9.
There are three future judgments:
- The Judgment Seat of Christ will take place in the air immediately after the rapture
- The Judgment of the Nations
- The Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the Tribulation
Jesus was the first-fruits of the first resurrection, and others buried in the vicinity of Jerusalem were also resurrected and appeared around Jerusalem, seen by many people, two days after Christ died. At the rapture, all who have died since Christ, and those who are still alive, will go up. These are all part of the First Resurrection. (see Matthew 27:52-53) The question is often raised why this passage only mentions resurrection of saints around Jerusalem. I submit that it is due to the fact that the gospel had not yet gone out “from Jerusalem to Judea, and to Samaria and the uttermost parts of the Earth”. They were possibly the sum total of all who were saved during Jesus 3 year ministry and who also died in that 3 years before Christ died.
The Second Resurrection is really only a resurrection unto eternal damnation, and therefore it is referred to as “The Second Death”. That is when everyone who rejected Christ will be judged at the Great White Throne, to be officially sentenced to eternal death and separation from God.
No place in scripture does God say people must earn their spot in the “catching away”. We do not bring about our own catching away, and change-in-an-instant (to glorified body) by wishful thinking and human striving. The Revelation written by John, was the close of scripture. Nothing more is forthcoming. If someone says that they are giving a “latter-day” message or revelation or “secret” that has been saved for “such a time as this”, they are misguided themselves and/or misguiding others. He doesn’t call us to heal ourselves, save ourselves, or preserve ourselves. We are to live by faith, but our faith does not EARN us anything or BUY us anything. It merely helps us continue occupying until He comes, even when it’s hard, even when we don’t understand, we are to walk by faith and not by sight.
The rapture is not a reward for those who are specifically watching for and yearning for His return, however there is a reward for that!
The reward for those who love His appearing, is revealed in II Timothy 4:8 and it is called the Crown of Righteousness. “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing“.
The Crown of Righteousness is one of five crowns that will be bestowed upon servants of Christ who are faithful to Him in their Earthly life.
- The crown righteousness
- The Incorruptible crown–for those who have served Him faithfully in ministry. From the church janitor to the nursery worker, to the VBS director, and whatsoever things done as unto the Lord, even so much as a cup of water, given in His name, will count.
- The crown of Life–the martyr’s crown, for those who lost their lives in service to the Lord
- The crown of Rejoicing–the soul-winner’s crown, for those who gave the gospel to others
- Crown of Glory–for the faithful under-shepherds, ministers who remained true to the Word and fed the flock
These crowns will be given during the marriage supper. The marriage supper will be taking place in Heaven WHILE the Tribulation is ongoing, on the Earth.
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are not one and the same…yet!
- The Kingdom of God is Universal
- The Kingdom of Heaven is Messianic
- The Kingdom of God is entered into by way of the new birth
- The Kingdom of Heaven will be entered into when we return with Christ as He begins His Millennial reign
- The Kingdom of God does not come with an outward show
- The Kingdom of Heaven will be manifested in great glory here on Earth when the curse is lifted
- The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth will continue for a thousand years, and then the Kingdom of Heaven will merge with the Eternal Kingdom of God when Christ has put all enemies under His feet and will deliver His Kingdom unto the Father
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (I Corinthians 15)
We are joint-heirs with Jesus. We will inherit the Kingdom, rule and reign with Him, and be given responsibilities in accordance to our faithfulness and stewardship in this life. But we will not (and cannot) set up His Kingdom for Him. And there is a “force” making huge inroads in the visible church today that upholds that very idea. Whether fully entrenched, or subtly in operation behind the scenes, this element has infiltrated almost every local body to some degree, and completely consumed many, altogether. That is a topic I’ll cover in another post, but it is in the interval between the 6th and the 7th trumpet, where Christ takes his formal position and announces He will take possession of the Earth and Sea with no further delay in disposing of Satan’s kingdom and princely crown. Christ re-asserts His rightful ownership; “The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and they that dwell within it”. Revelation 5:5.
God created this Earth to be inhabited by righteousness, not to be controlled by Satan and wickedness. When the angel cried with the loud voice in the interval before the 7th trumpet, the seven thunders uttered their voices, and John understood what the voices of the seven thunders said, but as he got ready to record it, a voice from heaven said “seal up these things which the 7 thunders uttered, and write them not. Then John was instructed to eat the little book, received from the hand of the angel, and it is sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach. The message of redemption by Grace is sweet, (Psalm 19:10), but biter is the message of judgment which God’s messengers (the prophets, the disciples, and all Christians who share the gospel) must deliver. The message of judgment has not been going forth much in recent years. It’s a kinder, gentler message, all love and acceptance, rather than guilt before a Holy God. Thus, there are a lot of “false converts” out there.
God is love, yes! But God is also a consuming fire! (Hebrews 12:29).
He who hath not the son, is condemned already! (John 3:18)
He will not acquit the wicked. (Nahum 1:3)
He is angry at the wicked every day. (Ps. 7:11)
The wicked, and nations that forget God, will be turned into hell. (Ps. 9:17)
Immediately after the Two Witnesses are taken up, a great earthquake will strike Jerusalem and 1/10 of the city will be destroyed and 7000 people will die. At the 7th trumpet the Kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our Lord. Christ shall reign for ever and ever.
The Two Witnesses are Moses and Elijah. They are the only two saints who possessed power over water, to turn it into blood and stop the rain Enoch is a type representing the raptured church. The church will walk with God in the darkest hour before Christ returns. (We are in that hour right now!!!)
Enoch was translated before the flood came. Noah and his family were supernaturally protected throughout the flood.
Enoch is a type of the church, Noah is a type of Israel.
Understanding the Lord’s typology, used throughout the Bible, is very helpful in sorting out and in rightly dividing!
Enoch=church * Noah=Israel
The true and faithful (Philadelphian) church will be translated before the coming flood of evil and Israel (faithful remnant) will be given wings and carried to a place prepared for her (Petra in Jordan) and supernaturally protected throughout the tribulation.
The Laodicean church will be spewed out, and merge with the eventual world church religion of the antichrist, and judged at the second death.
When the trumpet sounds, and the shout goes out, those who are dead in Christ, shall rise, and those who are living and remain, will be caught up together in the air, and changed in an instant, we will go before the Judgment seat of Christ, and our works will pass through the fire, many of which will be burned. He will then wipe away every tear, and the marriage supper will commence. After the seven years of tribulation on earth, Christ and His church will return to earth to reign together for the millennium, the Kingdom of Earth, and the Kingdom of Heaven, will be one, and Christ and the Bride will continue to reign on into the ages of ages beyond the Millennium. Satan and the Beast and False Prophet and hell itself will be cast into outer darkness at the end of the Millennium, the firmament will melt with fervent heat, and God will re-create new Heavens and a new Earth. The Earth will be the eternal habitation of the Jews. The New Jerusalem will be in the first Heaven, visible to Earth, and since we will be like Jesus (for when we see Him, we shall be like Him) we will be able to freely move between the Earth and the City Foursquare, and the highest heavens.