Jesus' SOON Return

Making Sense of the Book of Revelation

 

The book of Revelation can be a confusing book which has many interpretations. The reason it can seem confusing is that as written in the book of Daniel, the matters concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ were not of be understood or unsealed in their meaning until just prior to the Lord's actual return (Daniel 12:4). Since Israel became a nation decades ago in 1948, this fulfilled a 2500-year-old biblical prophecy and was the first major sign that final day's prophecy was at the very beginning stage.

 

The final event that occurs immediately prior to the Lord's return is when the nations of the world gather against the nation of Israel's city of Jerusalem in the Battle of Armageddon.  

This prophecy is found in Zechariah 14:2-3 and says: "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. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle."  

We saw the very first step toward the nations of the world gathering against Israel and their city of Jerusalem when Resolution 2334 was passed by the United Nations on December 23, 2016. The resolution stated that Israel's settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, which includes East Jerusalem, are not legally valid and are in blatant violation of international law. The UN announced that Israel must withdraw from East Jerusalem. Israel, however, took over East Jerusalem in 1980 and pledged that it would never surrender its eternal undivided capital. This shows very clearly how close we are to the final battle of Armageddon and to the wondrous second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Since we are so obviously close to the Lord's return it is very important that we seek to try and understand the fullness of the book of Revelation.  The Lord wants us to be prepared and ready since according to the Bible we will have to soon go through the greatest tribulation the world has known. We will have to stand strong and faithful through the grace of the Lord but our hope through it all is that we can know we will soon be forever with the Lord!  

 

The Book of Revelation is full of visions and symbols that seem beyond most people's comprehension. However, the book is actually far more simple and practical than most people realize. I hope the following message will be as simple and clear as possible and that you will carefully listen to the very helpful videos from a faithful teacher and pastor named Carl Gallups. This ministry realizes that there are many views about final days prophecy, but as we see prophecy quickly unfold on the stage of world events, the following is what this ministry believes to be the most understandable and most probable explanation.

I. Revelation's Three Major Divisions

 

1.  "The things which thou hast seen" (events of Chapter 1).

2.  "The things which are" (The seven churches that existed at the time the Book of   Revelation was written and are written about by Revelation's author John in Chapters 2-3.) 

3.   "The things which shall be hereafter" (These are the events from Chapter 4 and continue to the end of the book.)

 

This study will focus on "the things which shall be hereafter" since this covers the major material and events that are to occur just prior to the Lord Jesus' second coming in power and glory.  We will focus on the chapters that extend from the time of the "7 seals" to the time of Armageddon when the Lord Jesus will return.  This covers the chapters of Revelation chapter 6 through Revelation chapter 19.

II. The Seven Seals of Revelation (Revelation Chapters 6-8)

 

There are many beliefs about these seals but we think it is possible that these seals could represent spirits which have spread throughout different parts of the world as similarly described in the book of Zechariah. The first four seals are four horses and we see a similar group of colored horses shared about in Zechariah 6 where it is revealed that these are four spirits (see Zechariah 6:5). These spirits are far reaching belief system spirits that have spread far and wide in order to "win and conquer" the hearts and minds of the masses.  They are powerful spirits/belief systems that have spread like a "conquering rider on a mighty horse."

 

First Seal/White- White horse and rider - Spirit of Catholicism (Note: The recognized color of the Catholic Pope is white such as his white robes and pope mobile.)

Second Seal/Red - Red horse and rider - Spirit of Communism (Note:  The recognized color of communism is red such as red Russia and China. The rider of this red horse also carries a mighty sword which is representative of Russia and China's strong military powers.)

Third Seal/Black - Black horse and rider - Spirit of Capitalism (Note: The recognized color of capitalism is black. The black horse goes into the “north country”(Zechariah 6:6). Nearly all capitalist countries are in the northern hemisphere.)

Fourth Seal/Green - Green horse and rider - Spirit of Islam (Note: The recognized color of Islam is green.  This green horse is given power over one-fourth of the earth and one-fourth of the world's population is Muslim.  We read that "death and hell followed" and Islam clearly promotes a culture of death.)

 

Fifth Seal - We believe this represents the time period of the Great Tribulation.

Sixth Seal - We believe this represents the Day of the Lord with cosmic disturbances.

Seventh Seal - We believe this represents Armageddon

Note: please compare this Seventh Seal of Revelation 8:5 about noises, thunderings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake to the Seventh Trumpet of Revelation 11:15-19 and the Seventh Vial/Bowl of Revelation 16:17-21. All three of them seem to clearly represent the same event of Armageddon. This Seventh Seal also acts as a prelude to the Seven Trumpets.

 

As you can see the seals have mostly already been opened except for the very final seals which mark the final times of tumult over the earth.

III. The Seven Trumpets of Revelation (Revelation Chapters 8-11)

 

Before we begin to specifically look at the Seven Trumpets of Revelation, it is important to note that the Book of Revelation is not written in perfect chronological order.  We noticed this when we studied the Seals above since the fifth, sixth, and seventh seals represented the Great Tribulation, the Day of the Lord, and Armageddon. This shows that the book of Revelation repeats itself to a certain degree since the Great Tribulation, Day of the Lord, and Armageddon will be shared about in other parts of the book of Revelation.  It also seems very clear that there is a recapitulation process seen at different times in the book of Revelation. A recapitulation way of writing is commonly shared in biblical and Hebrew writings. A recapitulation process occurs when a message is being explained in an orderly fashion, but then the message stops and backtracks on a certain aspect of the message in order to better clarify that part of the text in more detail and precision. 

 

There are various views about these trumpets but we believe there is strong clarity in what these trumpets represent. Trumpets are representative of warning blasts in order to wake people up. These 'trumpet blasts' seem to clearly represent catastrophic-type events just prior to the Lord's second coming to wake people up in order to prepare themselves, repent of their sins, and be ready before Christ returns. However, as we read about these trumpets in the Bible, we see that mankind overall did not repent of their sinful deeds. (Revelation 9:20-21). 

 

Carl Gallups is a very dedicated and faithful teacher of God's word who has been teaching about the Bible for decades. He believes that the trumpets clearly represent recent events that have occurred in human history over the past 100 years. Here is a simple overview of what he explains these trumpets to represent in the realm of historical events. Please watch his series of videos on the trumpets below and read about the trumpets in Revelation chapters 8-11 for complete and thorough explanations.

 

The Meaning of the Seven Trumpets:

 

First Trumpet - World War II (European Theater) - This trumpet shows a clear description of the European Theater of World War II.

Second Trumpet - World War II (Pacific Theater) - This trumpet shows a clear description of the Pacific Theater of World War II.

Third Trumpet - The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster of 1986 - This trumpet shows a clear description of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. The Ukrainian word Chernobyl means wormwood.

Fourth Trumpet - Kuwait Invasion by Saddam Hussein - This was when 800 oil wells were set on fire. It darkened an entire region for over three months.

Fifth Trumpet - The Gulf War - The "locusts" were an exact replication of helicopters during the Gulf War and Saddam's name means "Destroyer."  

Sixth Trumpet - World War III - This will start at the Euphrates River in the Middle East. Right now in Syria, which is along the Euphrates River, we have all of the makings for World War III to occur so it looks like the 6th trumpet could be sounding off at any given time soon! Remember Jesus said that before the very end that "nation would rise against nation and we will hear of wars and rumors of wars", so that is nearly the time we are at in history today. 

Seventh Trumpet - Armageddon along with the Rapture of the Saints. - The Seventh Trump is the last trump of 1 Corinthians 15:52 when the saints are gathered.

 

As you can see, most of the trumpets have already sounded except for Trumpet Six which could be occurring very soon and Trumpet Seven which would occur only a few years later. It appears almost beyond uncertainty that we are on the threshold of more prophecy unfolding than at any other time in history! Please listen to the following videos to help verify that most of the trumpets have already sounded off and that we are on the threshold of the Lord's return...

IV. The Two Witnesses of Revelation (Revelation Chapter 11)

 

After the teachings about the Trumpets of Revelation, the next major subject that is covered in Revelation is the two witnesses.  Again, there are different views about these two witnesses and many believe that they are two men.  However, the Bible tells us that these two witnesses are the two olive trees and two lampstands which in the Bible represents Israel and the Church.  Here is a short statement that Carl Gallups shared about the two witnesses:

 

"HERE IS AN AMAZING THOUGHT!!!! The Bible SAYS the two witnesses ARE the olive tree and the lampstand (Rev. 11:4). The Bible SAYS the olive tree IS Israel (Rom.11) and the lampstand IS the church (Rev. 1:20).  Paul said, "the two have become one" (Ephesians 2).  Of these truths, there can be no denial. YET... people give this TRUTH a "thumbs down."  Gee - wonder why that is?  Blink  They actually "thumbs down" what the bible CLEARLY, PLAINLY and emphatically SAYS!  Imagine that.  Sound like a modern day Pharisee? Jesus stood before them having plainly fulfilled EXACTLY what the scripture said about Him - yet they nailed Him to a cross - in the name of Yahweh!  WOW!  Same thing today with the rejection of these clear biblical truths. Once you step away from what God's word SAYS - it is mere speculation. We will stick with what God's word SAYS!

Do not these entities "prophesy?"  Have they not been "prophets" of God's word since the beginning? Are they not used prophetically now?  Does the church not proclaim prophecy?  Is not a returned Israel - a witness of prophecy fulfilled? Remember, the original Greek never says that the witnesses are "men."  But it DOES say that they ARE the olive tree and lampstand."

 

Carl Gallups understanding about the two witnesses being Israel and the Church makes more biblical sense to me personally than the idea that they are two men.  If you would like to listen to a more detailed teaching from Mr. Gallups about these two witnesses then please listen to the following video.

IV. THE FINAL SEVEN YEARS (This covers some more from Revelation 11, plus Revelation 12 - 19)

 

 

1.  The Final Seven Years Begins with the Middle East Peace Treaty Covenant (Daniel 9:27)

 

The Bible tells us about a final seven year period of time known as "Daniel's 70th week" which comes right before the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. There is a specific event that marks the start of the last seven years and it is shared about in the book of Daniel.

 

Daniel 9:27 prophesies that the Antichrist will confirm a covenant with many for a final seven-year period. (Note: This does not mean that we will know who the Antichrist is at this time, but simply that he will be someone who will be in agreement with this covenant. We are not guaranteed to know who the Antichrist is until midways into the covenant or three and one-half years later as we will share more about later.) The fulfillment of this prophecy will be the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

 

The prophesied agreement has three requirements as seen in Matthew 24 and Revelation 11-12:

1) It must establish a Palestinian state in Judea (the West Bank).

2) It must allow the Jewish settlers currently living in Judea to continue living in their homes. They would be a Jewish minority in the new Palestinian state. (Matt. 24:15-21, Rev. 12:13-16)

3) It must place the Temple Mount under an internationally supervised sharing arrangement allowing both Jews and Muslims to worship there. (Rev. 11:1-2, II Thess. 2:4)

 

When we see this prophesied peace agreement occur, we can know for sure that the Final Seven Years to the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ have begun! Currently, President Trump's administration, Israel, and moderate Arab countries to include Saudi Arabia and Egypt are working at high speed to develop a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine with the types of specifications as shared above.  

 

2.  The Sixth Trumpet War (Rev. 9:13-18)

 

Somewhere close to the time of the signing of the Middle East Peace Treaty, the Bible tells us that a war is coming that will begin in the Middle East region by the Euphrates River and result in the killing of one-third of the world’s population. This war is called the Sixth Trumpet War and is described in Revelation 9:13-18. This war will take place either slightly before, or shortly after, the Middle East Peace Agreement is signed but the Bible does not tell us which event comes first. It seems that the peace agreement could come just before this war fully breaks out since the Bible tells us "For when they say 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3) Since there is such a large build up of troops and armaments all along the Euphrates River, this war could potentially happen at any time now.

 

After the Sixth Trumpet War, when approximately one-third of the population or two billion people will have died, there will be an extreme and urgent plea to prevent future wars. The solution to prevent war would be to have all nations of the world give up their sovereignty and armies and to have only one army under the United Nations authority. If nations would have future conflicts, the nations would most likely have to go through the UN Security Council to settle the matter and the nations would then agree to follow the UN's judgments. This world governing body would be seen as the solution to end global wars completely.  We believe it is also very likely that World War III we will lead to 

1. Islam being decimated

2. The United States going into isolation

3. Europe becoming world dominant (but will only be in power for the final 3 and 1/2 years.)

 

3.  The Rising One World Government led by the Antichrist (Rev. 13:1-8, Dan. 7:4-7) and One World Religion led by the False Prophet (Rev. 13:11-15)

 

This world government will definitely not happen 'overnight' but has been planned for decades through the forming of the United Nations or UN. The UN was formed after World War II with the original purpose of preventing wars. However today, every nation on earth is a member of the UN except Taiwan, and it has formed a program of international law which is quickly moving the world toward a full-fledged world government. The structure of world government through the UN is already in place and the majority of world leaders desire global government especially in Europe. We are already extremely deep into world government as seen through numerous world structures such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the World Court, and the World Trade Organization just to name a few. Nearly the entire world is embracing the idea of world government.

 

The United States was on the verge of being a part of this global government too except for that Donald Trump became elected President and he stands strongly opposed to it. President Trump wants to cut funding to the UN by billions of dollars. This is a wonderful blessing since the UN is an extremely dangerous Socialist organization that desires to put every person under international law. Even now the UN acts like a world government over national governments especially toward the nation of Israel. The UN is not in full power yet but they are quickly striving toward this goal and will be able to come into full control after the Sixth Trumpet War, or World War III.

 

As we can clearly understand, the Sixth Trumpet War, or World War III, will involve nuclear weapons since the Bible tells us about one-third of mankind will die (Rev. 9:13-21). After this catastrophe, there will once again be a massive cry to end all war. The solution from global leaders will be simple and swift since they will convey that wars are the result of clashes between individual nations and conflicts over religion. The answer to ending war will, therefore, be simple in the minds of the global leaders: (1) First, there must be an end to nation-states and everyone on earth must pledge allegiance to a single, political authority – the one world government. (2) Second, the doctrinal differences between all religious organizations must be abolished. Church leaders will most likely be urged to sign statements declaring unity with a single, universal religious authority – the world religion.

 

4.  More specifics about the Antichrist who will lead the World Government and the False Prophet who will lead the World Religion (Rev. 13:1-8, Dan. 7:4-7, Rev. 13:13-14 and see more scripture below)

 

The "Man of Sin" or Antichrist

 

I do not wish to assume too much about the "man of sin" or as he is often referred to as the "Antichrist" since he opposes God.  However, I believe that he is described in clear words in Daniel 8:23-26 and it is clear that he will have the harsh, destructive, sin-filled, psychopathic ways of leaders on the level of Hitler.  Daniel 8:23-26 states

 

“And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power;
He shall destroy fearfully,
And shall prosper and thrive;
He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.

Through his cunning
He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule;
And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
He shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
But he shall be broken without human means."

 

Three Major early signs for recognizing the "Man of Sin" or "Antichrist"

 

1.  The first major early sign for recognizing the Antichrist is that he will be one of the men to confirm the Middle East Peace Treaty.

 

What makes this man of sin unique from Hitler is that as we read in Daniel 9:27 he will be one of the men who confirms a covenant with many for "one week" or the final seven years before the Lord returns. Daniel 9:27 shares this with us about the man of sin,

 

"Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
  But in the middle of the week
  He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering."

 

2.  The second major early sign for recognizing the Antichrist is that in the middle of this seven year period he will put an end to the sacrifices taking place in the newly built temple in Jerusalem.  

 


As Daniel 9:27 shares:

"Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
  But in the middle of the week
  He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering."

 

3.  The third major early sign for recognizing the Antichrist is that this man of sin shall also cause the "abomination of desolation" by sitting in the newly built temple of God in Jerusalem and proclaiming himself to be God.  This is the sign whereby we will truly KNOW that this man IS the "Man of Sin" or the "Antichrist"

 

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 shares about this third major early sign:

 

"Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."

 

This abominable act is referred to as "the abomination of desolation" by Jesus in Matthew 24:15-16  and by Daniel in Daniel 11:31. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:15-16 - 

 

"Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains."  Jesus was referring to the following scripture given by Daniel in the book of Daniel 11:31 - “And arms shall stand on his part, and they (the Antichrist and his partners) shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”

 

This man of sin, after World War III/the 6th Trumpet War, will eventually seize the reigns of influence and be the most powerful politician over the UN. From this power base, he will maneuver himself into control of the emerging world government.

 

During some of his administration, this leader will be viewed, by many, as a peacemaker such as when he joined in confirming the Middle East Peace Agreement.  But to those who know their Bibles, he will shortly be recognized as the Antichrist!

 

The False Prophet

 

When we see the upcoming one world government come fully into place, we will also see the emergence of the global religious system which is shared about in Revelation 13:11-15. This global religious system is already strongly developing and is known as Interfaithism. Interfaithism will ultimately lead to the uniting of Catholicism and Protestantism under the leadership of the pope, and this leader is referred to in the Bible as the False Prophet (Rev. 19:20). This global religious union will seek to include all of the religions of the world and be based on the belief that various religions, such as the Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all worship the same God while calling him by different names.  This false prophet will perform miracles before the people of the world (Revelation 13:13-14) and through these miracles, he will influence the world to pledge its allegiance to the Antichrist.

 

It seems certain that by the middle of the final seven years, the world government, led by the Antichrist and the world religion, headed by the False Prophet, will have control over the majority of the world’s population.

 

5.  The First Three and One-Half Years - The 3rd Jewish Temple gets built (Rev. 11:1-2 and II Thess. 2:4)

 


Besides the ongoing rise of the Antichrist and False Prophet, the other main event to occur during the first three and one-half years of the final seven years is that a Jewish temple will be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  Revelation 11:1-2 tells us that the Temple Mount will be placed under a sharing agreement between the Jews and Muslims.

 

The Temple Institute in Jerusalem over the past twenty years have rebuilt all the vessels, furniture, utensils and other needs that would be required to go in a new rebuilt Temple and for the renewal of animal sacrifices. They have all of the garments ready for priests to wear and they even made a new ark of the covenant. The Jewish people are already prepared and ready to have their Temple rebuilt!

 

Both 2 Thessalonians 2:4 and Revelation 11:1-2 tell us that the Jewish people will be allowed to build their Third Temple on the Temple Mount. Daniel 9:27 tells us that once the Temple is built, then animal sacrifices will be resumed in the same way as Old Testament times.

 

As we know, animal rights activists cause havoc whenever animals are harmed or killed. We believe it is highly likely that these activists might insist that the Antichrist bring an end to the animal slaughter and that it could easily lead to a great crisis. This crisis to end sacrifices is what precedes the event known in the Bible as the Abomination of Desolation.  

 

6.  The Abomination of Desolation at the Midway Point (Matt. 24:15-16, Dan. 11:31, II Thess. 2:3-4)

 

When we get to the middle of this final seven-year period, the fulfillment of prophecy will occur very rapidly with some events happening at nearly the same time.  

 

The first of these events will be when temple sacrifices are ended at the Abomination of Desolation. Daniel 11:31 tells us about this event, “And arms shall stand on his part, and they (the Antichrist and his partners) shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”

 

According to this verse in Daniel, it sounds like the stopping of the sacrifices and the Abomination of Desolation will occur at the same time. It could be very likely that the Antichrist might explain that the sacrifices are no longer needed because he is the Messiah and God. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 tells us that the Antichrist will sit in the temple of God while claiming to be God. The Apostle Paul also tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that this event (of ending sacrifices and sitting in the temple as God) will be the “revealing” of the man of sin (the Antichrist).

 

7.  The Great Tribulation Begins - This is the Final Three and One-Half Years
(Dan. 7:25, Dan. 12:7, Rev. 11:2-3, Rev. 12:14, Rev. 13:5)

 

This is now the time of the beginning of the final three and one-half years of Tribulation when Satan and his angels will be confined to the earth.  Revelation 12:12 says, “…Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” During this time, Satan and his angels will persecute Israel and the true church of Jesus Christ. Jesus also spoke about this tribulation period as recorded in Matthew 24:15-21. In this passage of scripture, Jesus warned that once the Abomination of Desolation occurs, the Jews living in Judea (the West Bank) must flee into the mountains for safety, “…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

 

During these final three and one-half years, many events will occur which will prepare the way for the Battle of Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

 

Throughout this final three and one-half years of chaos, God will send his two witnesses (Revelation 11:3-12) to fulfill their ministries of working to teach others about the coming Kingdom of God (see Daniel 12:3 and the "Two Witnesses" section above). When the two witnesses have completed their ministry, the Antichrist and his world government system will kill them and the international media will broadcast this incident throughout the world.  After the three and one-half years are complete, the two witnesses will be raised from the dead and called up to heaven by the Lord to the astonishment of the world. 

 

This is also the time period when the Antichrist and the False Prophet will fully carry out the new world economic system, referred to in the Bible as the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-18). This economic control system will force the citizens of the world to obey and follow the requirements of the one-world government and the one-world religion. It is unclear concerning the specifications of this mark, but the Bible does tell us that it will involve a mark in the hand or in the forehead.  If any individual does not pledge allegiance and receive the mark, that person will not be able to participate in the world economic system and be forced to perish. Those who receive the mark will be eternally damned since they have pledged themselves to the Satanic system and will also break out with terrible sores on their skin (Rev. 16:2).  

 

The time of the Great Tribulation will be a time of torment and hatred against the true saints of God who have been made born-again and walk with the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and Truth. True Christians will be hated since they will stand firm for the truths of the Bible. The Saints must have patience during this time, keep the faith, and be ready to die in the Lord if they are called to do so. Those who endure to the end will be with the Lord Jesus Christ forever and will rule and reign with Jesus in His upcoming Kingdom on earth! It will be a joyous time of peace on earth!

 

8.  Judgments against Mystery Babylon (Rev. 14:8, and Rev. 17 and 18 shares about this in deeper detail)

 

Judgment will be poured out against Mystery Babylon so that she will fall to her doom. Mystery Babylon is related to the false religious system of our day which has turned away from the truths of God's teachings and has submitted to lies. It is also comparable to ancient Babylon which was known for its great power, affluence, and wealth. 

 

According to the chronology of Revelation chapter 14, verses 6-7 tell us that the everlasting gospel gets preached to the world and then in verse 8 it tells us that the next major event is the fall of Babylon which is to occur sometime during the final three and one-half years.  

 

In Revelation 17:5 it tells us that "Mystery Babylon the Great" will be the "Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth". This would indicate that Mystery Babylon is filled with false religion (harlots) and filled with abominations (sinful pleasures which are abominations in the sight of God). It seems that the coming One World Government which is symbolized as the "ten horns on the beast" will despise this "Mystery Babylon" for it tells us in Revelation 17:16, "And the ten horns (or ten kings - see Rev. 17:12) which you saw on the beast (one world government), these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire."

 

Every time I read Revelation chapter 17 and 18 I can't help but picture Mystery Babylon as being the United States. The United States under the leadership of President Trump is not well liked by most of the nations since the U.S. is overall opposed to the globalist agenda. I believe it is possible that the One World Government will despise the United States and seek to destroy it sometime during the final three and one-half years. This could occur through an EMP attack plus other means.  The United States is not only despised by the global leaders for not conforming to their agenda (Rev. 17:12-17), it is also a 'city' or place which is immensely powerful in which it "reigns over the kings of the earth" (Rev. 17:18), is a place full of unbelievably great riches (Rev. 18:9-20), and is actually a 'mother' of various false and corrupt forms of religion and abominable sins which the U.S. has spread throughout the world especially in the area of pornography and greed (Rev. 17:5, Rev. 18:2-3).  

 

If you wish to read a more thorough explanation about why Mystery Babylon is most likely the United States of America please check out the following article:  

http://yahushua.net/babylon/babylon38.htm


9.   The expected time of the rapture of the saints seems to occur at the end of the Great Tribulation but just before the time of God's wrath and Armageddon (Matthew 24:29-31, Rev. 11:11-12, Rev. 14:14-16, Rev. 15:1-4)


The rapture of the saints is a highly debated topic with many views.  We do not feel the need in this ministry to debate such a disputed topic.  However, we believe that the saints will go through the final three and one-half years of the Great Tribulation and have the honor and privilege to suffer and go through persecution for the Lord's sake. We believe that many may be killed for standing up for the truths of the Bible's teachings. We do not believe that the saints will go through the short period of God's wrath (the seven bowls/vials of wrath) though which will be instead be extended upon those who took the Mark of the Beast. Those who take the Mark of the Beast have pledged to follow Satan's system and cannot be saved.  

 

If you are interested in reading a detailed article which helps to better explain why the rapture of the saints is most likely at the time period shared about here, please see the following article:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-rapture-take-placeit-may-you-think-what-does-bible-denis-mercier 

 

10.  God's Wrath is poured out (the 7 vials ) and Armageddon occurs at the end of the final seven years (Rev. 16) before the Lord Jesus Christ begins His 1000 year rule and reign of peace throughout the world!

 

The seven vials (plagues) of the Wrath of God will be poured out at the very end of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 16:1-21). Those who have received the Mark of the Beast during the tribulation period will have the first vial poured out on them. When the sixth vial is poured out, the Great River Euphrates will be dried up to prepare for the Kings of the East to travel down toward Israel for the Battle of Armageddon.

 

Revelation 16:16 tells us this ominous prophecy, “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

 

At this time, the global armies of the UN will invade Israel from the north. Israel will fight boldly against this world army, but the strength of this army will be too extreme for Israel causing them to retreat toward Jerusalem where Israel will make her last attempt to endure the onslaught. 

 

When Israel is facing their defeat from the world army, it is at this point that Jesus Christ will return to the earth with His saints to fight on behalf of Israel at the Battle of Armageddon! (Revelation 19) During the Battle of Armageddon, the Seventh Vial will be poured out upon the earth which is when great hailstones will be rained down upon those armies that have come down to fight against Israel at Armageddon.

 

Before the Lord Jesus Christ begins His reign on earth with His saints, He will destroy the Antichrist's godless and socialist world government system that brought about the Mark of the Beast and relied on humanistic solutions for the world's problems instead of God's solutions. The Lord will bring an end to all human governments and set up His own government, the Kingdom of God, to reign supreme for the next one thousand years and on into eternity! (Rev. 11:15, Daniel 7:9, Dan. 2:44) What a glorious time that will be!

 

Another event to occur just prior to the reign of Christ is that both the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be cast into the Lake of Fire because of their deep sins and rebellion against God. (Rev. 19:20) Satan will also be bound for the next one thousand years as we are told in Revelation 20:2. It will be such a wonderful time of perfect peace on earth when the Lord Jesus reigns. He will reign for one thousand years with His saints and the world will be governed according to biblical principles. 

Nutshell Summary

 

This segment will share a summary of what was already shared by using acronyms to help understand everything in a more simple and concise way.  

 

The first acronym is the word "START" and this word shares the 'starting events' that occur before the Great Tribulation, or the final 3 and 1/2 years:

S - Seals  (Most of the 7 seals have already been unsealed.)

T - Trumpets  (Most of the 7 trumpets have already sounded off.)

A - Atomic War  (We are very near to the time of atomic/nuclear war which is WWIII.)

R - Regional Peace Agreement (The Middle East Peace Agreement will mark the start of                   the final 7 years.)

T - Temple (The Jewish Temple will be built during the first 3 and 1/2 years of the final 7                  years.)

 

The second acronym is the word "MID" and this word shares about the three events that occur at the mid-way point of the final seven years.

M - Mandatory ending of Temple sacrifices

I - Identification of Antichrist at the Abomination of Desolation (This is when the Antichrist                will go into the Temple and sit there proclaiming to be God.) 

D - Driving Israeli people out of Judea/West Bank (Judea/West Bank will be the new           Palestinian state.)

 

The final acronym is the word "TORMENT" and this word shares about the major events to occur during the time of the final 3 and 1/2 years which is a time called the Great Tribulation.

T - Two Witnesses (They share with the world about the coming Kingdom of God.)

O - One world government and One world religion

R - Righteous saints will be persecuted 

M - Mark of the Beast/Massive Deception (see below for more about the Great Deception)

E - End-time Judgments (False religion and the United States etc. will be recipients.)

N - Nations rise against Jerusalem at the Battle of Armaggedon

T - Triumphant return of Christ with His Saints!

 

Please pass on this urgent message to all of your loved ones that they might be prepared and get right with the Lord instead of following the Antichrist and False Prophet by taking the Mark of the Beast! Please make sure that you and your loved ones are saved and ready to meet the Lord!  The following Gospel messages and Gospel videos can help anyone who is not assured of their salvation:

The TRUE Gospel

Get Right w/ God NOW

POWERFUL Gospel!

We MUST Repent!

10 Salvation Signs

50 Salvation Tests

We have learned that the Lord's return is coming VERY soon!

 

This is a very exciting time in human history! It is like the story "The Tale of Two Cities" in which this will be the worst of times and the best of times for even though we know that this will be a time of great suffering and pain, we also have the wonderful hope and joy of knowing that our faithful Lord will be returning for His Bride!  There is no more exciting news than that!

 

It is truly amazing to think about how this is all coming together right before our eyes as we see God's prophecies unfolding. Another thing that is amazing is that the Lord tells us in Amos 3:7 - "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets."  What a great privilege and honor it is that God is revealing His end-time secrets to us, but we also have to remember that we are heading into a deeply tumultuous time in history especially with World War III staring us right in the face.  We are going to be heading into a massive war using nuclear weapons and we need to be praying for the nation, the world, and for Christians.  So very few in the church are reacting to this news and fervently praying.  There needs to be a stronger prayer covering for the nation, Israel, the world overall, and Christians. 

 

Article by research from Carl Gallups, David Robbins, and F.A. Butler

Possible Theory about the Mark of the Beast

These short videos give some insights about the "Mark of the Beast" that will come to the world in the near future. It is extremely important that we do not get this mark which could permanently change people's DNA. This is a strongly possible theory since the Bible explains that those with the mark will not be able to get right with God. This video gives some insights into this possibility.

Possible theory about the coming Great Deception

The Bible tells us that the coming False Prophet (who will be the Pope) will be the leader of the world religious system and will perform miracles before the people of the world (Revelation 13:13-14). Through these miracles, he will influence the world to pledge its allegiance to the Antichrist. The Bible also tells us in 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-12 that the 'Man of Sin' (Antichrist) will also perform lying signs and wonders. Here it tells us "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; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God....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: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

The above scriptures tell us that both the False Prophet and Antichrist/'Man of Sin' will be able to perform miracles and lying signs and wonders to deceive the lost. I would suggest watching the above video since we know that according to the Bible there will be a great deception and what this video shares could POSSIBLY be a huge part of it....

More teachings about the coming Great Deception

After World War III, the world will be such a disaster from the use of nuclear weapons and the massive loss of life like nothing experienced in recent history. The people of this planet will literally be looking for and desiring a "savior" or "saviors" to try and restore order. This video may seem on the extreme side to some, but when you carefully listen to everything it has to say and realize that it does tie in with Scripture, it could really open your eyes to the fact that the ideas presented here are really not so bizarre and could open your eyes to what will likely occur during the time of the Great Deception.

Keep your hope and trust in God - the 'labor' and 'birth pains' of World War III and the Great Tribulation must come before the wondrous 'birth' of the arrival of the Lord's Kingdom on earth!

As true Christians who follow Christ, we don't have to worry about the terrible final days. Instead we can have hope and joy because it means that our Lord is quickly returning! Jesus gave us great comfort when He said in Luke 21:28 - "When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

Some thoughts about the prophesied "Great Falling Away"

The Bible tells us that before the Lord's second coming that there will be a great falling away (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). It seems clear that this is another fulfilled prophecy and shows how very close we are to the Lord's return. A majority of people who call themselves Christians support LGBT transgressions, engage in sex outside of marriage and other forms of immorality, love this world more than the things of God, and practice other forms of sin in a refusal to repent (Rev. 16:11).

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For some added helpful videos concerning the last days before the Lord's return, you might enjoy the following videos...

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