Chapter 8: The End Times


  • Signs of the End Times – What Are People Like in the End Times

    … Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  (2 Cor 11:14)

    2 Tim 3:1 You must realize, however, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, braggarts, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural feeling, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, haters of good, 4 betrayers, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people.

    2 Cor 11:13 For such ones are false apostles, deceitful workers transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  15 It is not a great thing, then, if also his ministers transform themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

    In the last days Satan will do everything to mislead people to believe wrong, and he will not find it difficult because people just want to hear the words of their own mind. If Satan has become the “angel of light,” he will be followed by the priests of church. Often these may mean well but without understanding who they actually are serving. Rev 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you don’t participate in her sins and suffer from her plagues.

    In Matthew 24, Jesus warns of the ministers of the Church who prove that Jesus is the Christ, but they deceive many by misrepresenting the word of the gospel. Mat 24:4 Jesus answered them: See to it that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name and say, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will deceive many people.  6 You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not alarmed. These things must take place, but the end hasn’t come yet.  7 For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 But all these things are only the beginning of the birth pains.  9 Then they will hand you over to suffering and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of my name. 10 Then many people will fall by the way and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people, 12 and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many people will grow cold.  13 But the person who endures to the end will be saved.

    Jde 1:14 It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

    2 Tim 4:3 For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, they will heap up to themselves teachers tickling the ear; – People just want to hear nice teachings that “tickle their ears”.

    2 Pet 2:1 Now there were false prophets among the people, just as there also will be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.

    Today, it is fashionable to support same-sex marriages in the spirit of equality. Homosexual relationships in general are acceptable. Today, they are said to be different than before. Now they are said to be based on love, whereas before they were strictly forbidden in God’s word. What should be said about the present day churches and the priests of the Church? There is little teaching in services. Perhaps a couple of verses from a gospel are read. Church service has become an entertaining event with choirs, singers and music. The Church has accepted the doctrines contrary to the Bible, there are female priests and gay marriages. The condemning word of the Bible is no longer heard in our time.

    Biblical faith is currently weak. According to a survey 4/2015 only 46 per cent of those who are members in a Christian denomination believe God sent his son Jesus on earth. Only 42 per cent believe in God and only 13 per cent believe in him the way he is presented in the Bible. Jesus said, Luke 18: 8 … “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

    2 Tim 3:1 They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people. – People are like this even today. This has been said, especially of young people, even in ancient times. Yes, pleasures people long for. Professing believers rarely use their time prospecting Bible truth.
    Isa 29:13 says: And the Lord says, Because this people draws near with its mouth, and they honor me with its lip; but its heart is far from me, and their fear of me is taught by the command of men;
    14 So, behold, I am adding to do a wonders with this people, the wonder, even a wonder. For the wisdom of his wise ones shall perish, and the wit of his witty ones shall be hidden.

    In the Revelation, Christ states about a church that there are few names that have not tarnished their clothes, and they can walk with Him in white clothes, for they are worthy of it (Rev. 3: 4). Today, Christians live largely in ‘Laodicean’ church; they say they are rich, but they are neither cold nor hot. Such people Jesus spits out of his mouth.

     

  • The World Before the Second coming of Jesus?

    There is a great tribulation in the world.

    Here are some Bible verses:

    Mat 24:6 You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not alarmed. These things must take place, but the end hasn’t come yet. 7 For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

    These verses describe the wars of the world, which have killed tens of millions of people, both in military action and in epidemics during and after the wars. There may still be new and more terrible wars that may be even nuclear wars.

    8 But all these things are only the beginning of the birth pains.

    Worse is still to come.

    9 Then they will hand you over to suffering and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of my name. – Many of the believers and the reborn hope that God would save them before the start of the whole tribulation. This verse of the Bible also confirms that the chosen ones are also experiencing martyrdom. The Antichrist (beast) persecutes Christians of conviction.

    10 Then many people will fall by the way and will betray one another and hate one another.
    11 Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people, 12 and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many people will grow cold.
    13 But the person who endures to the end will be saved.
    14 And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.

    The Bible or a part of it (the Gospels) have already been translated as far as I know into over two hundred languages. In the verse above, it is said that “as a testimony to all the nations”. It does not mean that every person on earth should receive accurate information on the gospel. But every nation must be aware of it. This is also evidenced by the Bible by telling how in the millennial kingdom teachers are sent to the gentiles to evangelize God’s kingdom. There will be enough work in the future, but no one will be left without knowledge.

    15 So when you see the destructive desecration, mentioned by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader take note)
    21 For then shall there be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall be;
    22 And except those days were shortened, not any flesh would be saved. But on account of the elect, those days will be shortened.

    Humanity is on the brink of destruction, but for the sake of the chosen ones the duration of the tribulation and destruction has been shortened. Even so, despite the fact that the chosen ones have been betrayed and abandon faith by the great miracles of the false prophet.

    23 At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’, don’t believe it.
    24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. – This verse speaks of false Christs and false prophets in the plural. Surely this is so, but the Book of Revelation speaks of another beast, which performs amazing miracles, and even the chosen ones believe in false the Christ.

    27 For as the lightning comes forth from the east and shines as far as the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of man.
    29 But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
    30 And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in the heavens. And then all the tribes of the land will wail. And they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and much glory.
    31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens to their ends.

    Many interpret this verse to mean gathering of the members of the resurrection and rapture. In my view, at this stage, the rapture has already happened and these people are the survivors of the so-called great multitude who are still on earth and are being gathered together in the Mount Zion.

    Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Jehovah. 32 For it shall be, all who shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be saved. For salvation shall be in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, as Jehovah has said, and among the saved whom Jehovah shall call.

    Mat 24:42 So keep on watching, because you don’t know on what day your Lord is coming. 25:13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
    Jesus urges us to be awake, because we do not know the day nor the hour. In other words, He tells His own to be careful and to observe all the signs. Wars and diseases are a clear sign despite the fact that wars and diseases have been through time.

    Mat 24:32 But learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts out its leaves, you know that the summer is near.

    Another sign is revealed by His fig tree parable. Fig tree has long been regarded as a symbol of the state of Israel. When Israel had been in diaspora after the destruction of Jerusalem in the seventies, there seemed to be not the slightest sign of Israel returning to its promised land, not to speak of establishing its own state. However, the events proceeded and the state of Israel was established in 1948! “Summer is near”!

    See also the next article.

     

  • Jesus Rescues His Own

    Jesus Rescues His Own: … and to wait for his Son whom he raised from the dead to come back from heaven. This Jesus is the one who rescues us from the coming wrath. (1 The 1:10)

    God has not destined us to wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 The 5:9)

    God has promised that his faithful will be rescued from this horrible trial of the wrath of the Lord’s Day, which, as 2 Peter 3:10 says … But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with rushing sound, and having burned the elements will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be burned up.

    Dan 12:1 … And at that time, Michael shall stand up, the great ruler who stands for the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of distress, such as has not been from the existence of a nation until that time. And at that time, your people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the Book. – מָלַט mâlaṭ, Strong’s H4422:to slip away, escape, deliver, save, be delivered.

    … and to wait for his Son whom he raised from the dead to come back from heaven. This Jesus is the one who rescues us from the coming wrath. (1 The 1:10) Rescue: ῥύομαι rhyomai G 4506: to draw to one’s self, to rescue, to deliver. – God’s wrath meets this world, but Jesus saves everyone whose name is written in the Book. The book refers to the Book of Life.

    Rev 3:10 [to the church in Philadelphia] Because you have kept my command to endure, I will keep you from the hour of testing that is coming to the whole world to test those living on the earth.

    Rom 5:9 Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him! [Christ].

    Gen 19:15 And when the dawn rose, then the angels urged Lot, saying, rise up, take your wife and your two daughters who are present, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city. … 19:22 Hurry, escape there, for I am not able to do anything until you have come there. So the name of the city was called Zoar. 19:24 And Jehovah rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from Jehovah out of the heavens. – In this familiar story, God had decided to destroy Sodom because it was full of sin. However, the Lord waited for Lot and his family to escape from the city. If God waited in the Old Testament’s time that Lot’s family reached safety, then today it is a matter of a lot more people because in the Bible Christ promises to rescue his own. After all, every born-again is protected by the seal of God.

     

  • The Great Apostasy and the Man of Lawlessness

    … that Day will not come unless first comes the falling away, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, (2 The 2:3)

    In 2 Thes, Paul is writing what must happen before Jesus comes:

    2:1 Now we ask you, brothers, regarding the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him
    for you not to be quickly shaken in the mind, nor to be disturbed, neither through a spirit, nor through speech, nor through letter, as through us, as if the Day of Christ has come.
    3, Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
    4 he opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship. As a result, he [the antichrist] seats himself in the temple of God and declares himself to be God.

    There is, therefore, to take place a great apostasy in Christendom. Before the arrival of the Lord’s Day, the Antichrist (man of sin, son of perdition), who declares himself to be God, will appear and reside in the temple of God. Jesus will not come before these happen. It seems as if apostasy has been actualized widely, but the Antichrist has not yet appeared. Settling as being proclaimed God (in the new Temple to be built in Jerusalem) is not yet in sight.

     

  • The Great Tribulation

    The great Tribulation, which Christ tells in Matthew 24th, precedes his second coming. World Wars, Natural Disasters, and False Prophets are all Satan’s accomplishments. The punishment for mankind, to which all this culminates, is God’s punishment for the sins of mankind.

    Mat 24:3: As he [Jesus] was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying: Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?
    4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.
    5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.
    6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
    7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.
    8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
    9 Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
    10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
    11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
    12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.
    13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
    14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
    15 Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
    21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
    27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

    It is described, for example, by Daniel, who connects it to the last week in the 70 weeks. A “week” in the prophetic time count means seven years, i.e. each day of the week corresponds to one year. The last i.e seventieth week in Daniel’s terminology begins when The Antichrist makes an alliance with Israel for 7 years. The time of the tribulation is divided into two periods of three and a half years. These calculations use a so-called prophetic year, which has 360 days a year. This is well demonstrated, for example in Rev 11:2 But don’t measure the courtyard outside the temple. Leave that out, because it is given to the nations, and they will trample the Holy City [Jerusalem] for forty-two months. 3 I will give my two witnesses who wear sackcloth the authority to prophesy for 1,260 days. – 1260 days = 3 ½ years.

    The first part is the tribulation period and is affected by Satan and his deputies; power is in the world with the beasts described in the Revelation: the Dragon [Satan] and the people who serve him the Antichrist and the False prophet.

    Eph 6:12 tells us clearly against whom Christians must fight: For our struggle is not against a human opponent, [Lit. flesh and blood] but against rulers, against authorities, against cosmic powers in the darkness around us, against evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.

    During tribulation time, the world is influenced by the dragon (the devil) who gives power to the beast. Who is this beast? There are a lot of opinions and guesswork about this. The beast, probably a governmental organization (confederation of ten), is the biggest policymaker in the near future for all the worst. The Bible describes the beast with symbolic words: Rev 13:1 And I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten diadems, and on its heads names of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet as of a bear, and its mouth as a lion’s mouth. And the dragon gave its power to it, and its throne, and great authority.

    Daniel explains what the beast really is: Dan 7:23 And He said: The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all kingdoms, and shall devour all the earth, and shall trample it down and crush it.
    24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings; they shall rise, and another shall rise after them. And he shall be different from the first, and he shall humble three kings.
    25 And he shall speak words against the Most High, and he shall wear out the saints of the Most High. And he intends to change times and law. And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and one half time [42 months].
    26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his rulership, to cut off and to destroy until the end.
    27 And the kingdom and rulership, and the greatness of the kingdom under all the heavens shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. And all kingdoms shall serve and obey Him.

    Dan 12:1: Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.

    In verse 7:25, he states that he (the Antichrist) wears down the Saints of the Most High; Antichrist has 3½ years for this work. After this time given to him, the heavenly court will take away his power and all power will be given to the people of the Most High. The saints have to suffer the Antichrist’s persecution on earth half of the whole tribulation time. They are therefore not raptured away, at least not before the start of the tribulation.

    Rev 13: And they worshiped the dragon [Satan] who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast; who is able to make war with it?
    5 The beast was allowed to speak arrogant and blasphemous things, and it was given authority for forty-two months.
    6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God and to blaspheme his name and his residence, [Lit. tent] that is, those who are living in heaven.
    7 It was allowed to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. It was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.

    God’s chosen ones will be from all nations around the world. In verse 13:7, it is told how the beast will conquer the chosen ones and the saints of God. The beast will have under his authority, all the tribes, peoples, all tongues, i.e. the entire world. This is a remarkable announcement that should be kept in mind when examining the extent of the kingdom of the beast and the grip of the beast on people’s lives. A similar expression is used in Rev. 5:9 They sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered. With your blood you purchased people for Godfrom every tribe, language, people, and nation. – We also know that Christ really bought all people with his own blood. All people means all people around the world who just ask to be part of Christ’s redemption work. Does the kingdom of Beast in the same way force the subjects to take the mark of a beast in their hands or foreheads and do all people have to make homage in front of the image of the beast? An interpretation is expressed that the realm of the beast, although broad in scope and large in population, is confined to the Middle East. I’ll revert to this a bit later.

    Dan 7:25 states the same as Revelation: And he shall speak words against the Most High, and he shall wear out the saints of the Most High. And he intends to change times and law. And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and one half time [42 months]. – The beast has the power to dispose of Christ’s own during the three and a half years. Believers will suffer the persecution of the beast during the end before being raptured. This would suggest that, at least not before the tribulation period, no rapture occurs.

    It is, in my view, the first period of three and a half years of anxiety. After that, the time of God’s wrath begins; the Antichrist has made an agreement which he then eats his word after 3½ years and then he in the reconstructed Temple of Jerusalem proclaims that he is God. 2 The 2:4 the one opposing and exalting himself over everything being called God, or object of worship, so as for him “to sit in the temple of God” as God, proclaiming that he himself is God.

    The breach of the contract will take place three and a half years after its commencement, and as a result, “the Gentiles will tread the sacred city for forty-two months” (Rev 11:2).

    The time of God’s wrath begins and the coming of Jesus is approaching. Once again, the Bible resembles the timetable; Satan has only 42 months left.

     

  • The Day of the Wrath of the Lord

    Behold, the day of Jehovah comes, cruel and with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land waste. And He shall destroy its sinners out of it. (Isa 13:9)

    For when they say, Peace and safety! Then suddenly destruction comes upon them, like travail to the pregnant woman, and they shall not at all escape. (1 The 5:3)

    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with rushing sound, and having burned the elements will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be burned up. (2 Pet 3:10)

    Here the penalty of mankind is told and is warned in many Old Testament prophecies. For example:

    Lam 2:22 You have called my terrors all around, as in a day of appointment; and there was not an escaped one or a survivor in the day of the anger of Jehovah. Those whom I have nursed and multiplied, my enemy has consumed.

    Zep 1: That day is a day of wrath, a day of adversity and distress, a day of waste and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 1:18 Their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Jehovah. But all the earth shall be consumed by the fire of His jealousy. For He shall make a full, yea, a speedy end of all the inhabitants of the earth.
    2:3 Seek Jehovah, all the meek of the earth who have done His justice; seek righteousness; seek meekness. It may be you shall be hidden in the day of the anger of Jehovah.
    3:8 … For My judgment is to gather the nations, for me to gather the kingdoms, to pour my fury out on them, all my hot anger. For all the earth shall be burned up with the fire of my jealousy.

    Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of Jehovah is at hand. And it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 2:1 … Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble. For the day of Jehovah approaches; it is near,
    2 a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread out on the mountains, a great and a strong people. There has never been the like, nor shall there ever be again to the years of many generations;
    3 a fire devours before it, and a flame burns behind it. The land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them is a desolate wilderness; yea, also there is no escape to them.
    2:12 Yet even now turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning, declares Jehovah.
    2:13 Yea, tear your heart, and not your robes; and turn to Jehovah your God. For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He pities concerning the evil.
    2:31 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Jehovah.
    2:32 For it shall be, all who shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be saved. For salvation shall be in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, as Jehovah has said, and among the saved whom Jehovah shall call.

    Rev 9:4 And it was said to them [locusts] that they should not harm the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads”.

    God’s judgment is severe; the wicked sinners will be destroyed. Who has the opportunity to belong to the few who are saved?

    Joel prophesies in the same way as Act 2:21: And everyone who calls the name of the Lord will be saved. – Among those who are saved are those who are chosen by God. The Greek text Act 2:21 translates the word of the Lord as Kyrios, which refers to Jesus Christ. Joel 2:32 says that Yĕhovah is the name in which there is salvation. I believe that both are eligible. – The phrase of Joel is exactly the same, but the Lord is Jehovah. For a reason understandable, the prophet Joel could not write Christ or Messiah in the Old Testament. In Acts it could read Jehovah, but when it reads Kyrios i.e. Lord Jesus, both names will do for a man in distress.

    This involves pressing a seal on the foreheads of God’s servants. They are safe from the plagues of the Lord’s Day.

    What is the point in time that that people rejoice “Peace and safety”? (1 The 5:3) It is a period at the end of the first period of the tribulation, when people believe “all is well. It however means the beginning of the last three and a half years of the Lord’s Day (or Lord’s wrath).

    Rom 1:18 For God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of those who in their wickedness suppress the truth. … the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night (1 The 5:2).

    Before the start of the day of God’s wrath there is a short period of peace, when people are carefree and confident that peace will remain. 2 The 2:3 tells what must happen before God launches His anger: Let not any one deceive you in any manner, because it will not be unless the apostasy have first come, and the man of sin have been revealed, the son of perdition; [Antichrist]. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship. As a result, he seats himself in the temple of God and declares himself to be God. – God’s “day of vengeance” comes when, the force blocking the Antichrist – “the man of sin”– exits. 2 The 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. – Before the rapture of the saints living on earth, God does not pour out his revenge on the earth. What is that force that prevents the Antichrist to appear? What else could it be except the power of the Holy Spirit of God that protects God’s own? As soon as the saints are taken out of the earth, the Antichrist can control the world.

    The latter period is the day of the Lord and also called the day of God’s wrath and the wrath of the Lamb (Rev 6:16). Then the Lord God will retaliate against those people who work for Satan; most of mankind belongs to this group deceived by Satan. Rev 6:16 describes these judgments of God. People groan piteously to the mountains and to the rocks, They said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb”. – So far, I have written of the wrath of God. However, this Scripture states that the wrath comes from the one who sits on the Throne [God the Father] and from the Wrath of the Lamb [Christ]. It shows that Christ acts as the leader of God’s angelic hosts.

    This great tribulation touches the whole world, although Israel and the Middle East are at the focus of events.

    Rev 6:12 And I saw when he opened the sixth seal. And behold, a great earthquake occurred. And the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair; and the moon became as blood;
    13 The stars in the sky fell to the earth like a fig tree drops its fruit when it is shaken by a strong wind.
    14 The sky vanished like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
    15 Then the kings of the earth, the important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and all the slaves and free people hid themselves in caves and among the rocks in the mountains.
    They said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb”.
    17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

    From verse 6:12 forward the Bible tells how the powers of the sky are shaken when the six seals are broken: there is a great earthquake, the sun is darkened, the whole moon turns into bloody, the stars of the sky fall to the ground and the sky itself is split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up and every mountain and island moved away. Are these earthly trials and events in the skies concrete or figurative – or both? We can really imagine great earthquakes in our minds, these happen all the time. We also know that the surface of the earth has risen and fallen; the sea has swallowed the land into the depths and for the second time the bottom of the sea has risen sharply upwards. We understand solar eclipse happening from time to time, which was a couple of thousand years ago unexplainable event for the people of that time. Such events are very understandable for modern people.

    Then, what about verse 13 telling you that ”stars of the sky fell to the earth”; how the stars far away there in space could fly and hit the ground from the distance of millions of light years? The space is expanding and not narrowing so the stars and planets are not approaching us, quite the opposite. It would seem that this must be a figurative expression.

    One of the explanations I have read is that in a nuclear war, the intercontinental missiles fly from space to the earth and when they reached their target, they would loosen the nuclear war heads and these fly around the target area. Thus, even in the video, wherein this was described, the warheads glittered like stars as they burned against the dark night sky. They really seemed to fall in the ground like brightly shining stars. Such a threat from the future could also be possible.

    These stars falling from the sky may mean those Satan troops who are expelled from Heaven to Earth upon their loss of war in Heaven. The Bible confirms the loss of Satan and his angels and their being throwing over the earth. The Bible does not tell when this happens or it would have happened. One interpretation is that Satan’s deportation would have happened before Jesus’ resurrection. The Book of Revelation, which says the event is a prophecy that is, tells what will happen in the future. Therefore, Satan’s deportation is for John an event in the future. This is also evidenced by Rev 12:10: ”the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come” (perfect tense). War in heaven and casting Satan’s forces on the earth is the prophecy of the Bible. When will it happen? This I will reflect a little later.

    When Satan tempted Adam and Eve to break God’s only command, God punished them by deporting them from paradise. However, God did not immediately punish Satan as you could imagine. Satan was allowed to continue as an accuser; This we can read from Job’s book. God’s plan is that Satan may try to attract mankind to his side within the time limit given to him. He is called in the Bible “God of this world”. His power ends when Christ comes for the second time and Satan with his troops are bound for a thousand years. Until then, Satan’s victory continues …

    1 The 5:3 When people say, “There is peace and security,” destruction will strike them as suddenly as labor pains come to a pregnant woman, and they will not be able to escape. Rom 1:18 For God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of those who in their wickedness suppress the truth. – It is about the beginning of the last three and a half years of the Lord’s Day; … the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. (1 The 5:2). Before the start of God’s day of wrath, therefore, there is a time of peace, when people are carefree and confident in maintaining peace. 2 The 2:3 tells what needs to happen before God launches his wrath: Let not any one deceive you in any manner, because it will not be unless the apostasy have first come, and the man of sin have been revealed, the son of perdition; 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship. As a result, he seats himself in the temple of God and declares himself to be God.  – This great tribulation affects the whole world.

     

  • Are The Christ’s Own Still On Earth During the Lord’s Day?

    During the Lord’s Day, God’s wrath is actually poured out over the inhabitants of the earth. After the sixth trumpet, one third of humanity dies, and only after the 7th trumpet follows the resurrection – this means that believers will have to be on the earth for a long time, waiting for the rapture.

    The resurrection/rapture takes place according to the Corinthians and the Thessalonians in the coming of Jesus: 1 Cor 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    1 The 4:16 Because the Lord Himself shall come down from Heaven with a commanding shout of an archangel’s voice, and with God’s trumpet. And the dead in Christ will rise again first.

    Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded. And I heard one voice out of the four horns of the golden altar before God,
    14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet: Release the four angels, those having been bound at the great river Euphrates.
    15 And the four angels were released, those having been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, that they should kill the third part of men

    The sixth trumpet sounds and the four angels are ready to kill one third of the people. Only four angels are needed to execute God’s will – killing of one third of humanity. How great are the forces of heaven in power! When the next i.e. the 7th trumpet sounds, Christ comes with his angels. One of the trumpet sounds separates the saints and the living Christ’s own from the first resurrection and rapture to meet Jesus in the clouds.

    Also Matthew writes about what happens after the days of tribulation: the sun is darkened, the powers of the heavens are shaken and the sign of the Son of Man can be seen in the sky and people see Jesus come with great power and glory.

     

  • The Rapture

    This is the rapture: Then we who remain alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to a meeting with the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. (1 The 4:17)

    … in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (1 Cor 15:52)

    The rapture is related to both the first resurrection and the second coming of Jesus. 1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in a glance of an eye, at the last trumpet; for a trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.
    1 The 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

    The dead rise up in the spirit body and change with the living resurrected into angel-like spirits. Both groups are gathered in the clouds to meet Christ and they will always be with the Lord Jesus. However, Jesus does not yet come to earth right away.

     

  • When Is The Rapture Going To Take Place?

    The Bible does not specify the exact date, but describes the conditions on earth where the resurrection takes place.

    Only when the 7th trumpet is sounding the resurrection takes place – it follows that the believers will have to be on the earth for a long time, waiting for the rapture. The resurrection / rapture takes place according to the Corinthians and the Thessalonians close to Jesus’ coming:1 Cor 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

    1 The 4:16 Because the Lord Himself shall come down from Heaven with a commanding shout of an archangel’s voice, and with God’s trumpet. And the dead in Christ will rise again first. Matthew also writes about what happens after the days of the great tribulation: the sun is darkened, the powers of the heavens are shaken and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven and people see Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Mat 24:30 KJV).

    Mat 24:29 But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
    30 And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in the heavens. And then all the tribes of the land will wail. And they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and and great glory.
    31 And He will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to another.

    Verse 29 fixes the time of these events in time after the tribulation. Then in the sky happen something which all people see: the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky … Then the sign of Christ appears in the sky, and people will see Christ coming in the clouds of heaven in glory. The cry is loud. Jesus sends His angels when the seventh i.e. the last trump sounds, then his angel compile previously selected survivors from all over the country. Even before them, dead in Christ have risen up, and these living one are combined with them. All the resurrected have changed and have received their new spirit bodies.

    Is the great trumpet of Mat 24:31, the same and final trumpet, of which is spoken of in Cor 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. – The seventh and last trumpet (Hebr. sophar) are the one and same. The Bible does not speak of the eighth trumpet. When we consider what happens when the last i.e seventh trumpet is sounding loud, the answer is:

    1) The dead referred to by the Cor. letter rise up and immediately with Christ the living ones on earth will be transformed into spiritual bodies, and they will rise (together) up to meet Jesus.

    2) When the resurrected are meeting Jesus is in the clouds, Jesus sends His angels down to the earth to assemble the chosen Christians, the so-called great multitude of saved ones. Many of them are spared at the very last moment. They shall continue living on the earth, and they shall be gathered in mount Zion in Jerusalem.

     

  • Gathering Of The Great Multitude

    Gathering of the Great Multitude: When Jesus sends His angels down to earth to assemble the believers, the so-called Great multitude, they will remain on earth and will be gathered on Mount Zion and Jerusalem. This large crowd should not be combined with the resurrection. They will not rise up in spirit body but instead they keep their fleshly bodies. Many of them are last-minute converts. For saving one’s life it was enough to just call mercy with one word – Jesus or Jehovah.

    Matthew’s account differs in a certain way from the description of the Thessaloniki letter: 1 The 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. – Matthew speaks of how the angels gather Christ’s own around the earth. Otherwise, for the resurrection: The Thessaloniki letter says that the living are being raptured to meet the Lord with resurrected dead, which Matthew does not mention in this regard. In addition, the difference to the events of the resurrection is that in the resurrection you change; you will be have a new spirit body, while these assembled by the angels will remain in their existing physical bodies. Many interpret these verses of Matthew chapter 24 as belonging to the resurrection, but as a result of these differences, I interpret them as describing the great end time salvation of those who have chosen the faith in the last moment of the God’s wrath. In any case, it is clear that the second coming of Jesus takes place after the days of tribulation. Also the rapture has taken place just before Jesus’ coming; Jesus’ own alive on earth together with the resurrected dead, are being raptured. Jesus and the saints come together to earth and establish the government of the kingdom of God and their government rules over the millennial kingdom for a thousand years.

    According to the Bible’s testimony, I would see that the first resurrection and the rapture in the clouds will only occur very close to Jesus’ second coming. Those awaiting resurrection and rapture are in the midst of terrible events, but the seal of God protects them.

     

  • When Is Jesus Coming?

    Scholars have three compelling views of the time of Jesus’ coming in relation to the end-time events reported in the Bible.
    Before the Tribulation, those who believe that God saves the righteous before they are involved in the world of provocative acts of the tribulation. After-Trib are said by others who also appeal to the Bible’s testimony. Then there are those who believe in Jesus’ coming and first resurrection to happen Mid-Trib.

    Do righteous people experience these times of affliction and events together with the whole world?

    Dan 8:8 Then the he goat became very great. And when he was mighty, the great horn was broken. And in its place came up four outstanding ones toward the four winds of the heavens.
    9 And out of one of them came a little horn which became very great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land.
    10 And it became great, even to the host of the heavens. And it caused some of the host and of the stars to fall to the ground, and it trampled them.
    11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the leader of the host. And the regular sacrifice was taken away by him, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
    12 And a host was given with the regular sacrifice because of transgression. And it threw the truth down to the ground, and it worked and prospered.
    13 Then I heard a certain holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that one who spoke, Until when is the vision, the regular sacrifice and the desolating transgression, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled?
    14 And he said to me, For two thousand, three hundred evenings and mornings, then the sanctuary will be vindicated.
    15 And it happened when I, Daniel, had seen the vision, then I sought the meaning. And, behold, the form of a man stood before me.
    16 … And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, and he called and said, Gabriel, make this one understand the vision.
    17 … But he said to me, O son of man, understand, for the vision is for the time of the end.
    19 And he said, Behold, I will make you know what shall happen in the last end of the indignation. For it is for the time appointed for the end.
    20 The ram which you saw with two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the shaggy goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king.
    22 And as for that which was broken, and four stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in its power.
    23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have come to the full, a king, strong of face and skilled at intrigues, shall stand up.
    24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power. And he shall destroy wondrously, and he shall prosper, and work, and destroy the mighty, and the holy people.
    25 And also through his skill he will make deceit succeed in his land. And he will lift himself up in his heart, and be at ease; he shall destroy many. He shall also stand up against the Ruler of rulers, but he shall be broken without a hand.
    26 And the morning and evening vision that was told is true. But you shall close up the vision, for it is for many days to come.

    In a vision, Daniel can see how Alexander the Great’s huge empire is divided after his death. Alexander the Great died in 323 BC. It takes a long time to complete the vision’s events, measured in terms of human beings. 2300 evenings and mornings mean 2300 years. Then we will come to this last period of tribulation that lasts for a total of seven years (the last ‘week’ of Daniel).

    Angel Gabriel said to Daniel: I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, it is for the time appointed for the end. (8:19)

    And when will this be? For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be vindicated. (8:14). “The holy place will be vindicated” can mean either the construction of the third temple of God in Jerusalem, or it may mean that Jesus Christ (the temple of God himself) is set to rule the whole world.

    Let’s see what else Revelation reveals. In the fifth chapter, John sees how the Lamb (Jesus Christ) is to open with seven seals sealed scroll of future end-time events.

    Rev 5:8 When the lamb had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders bowed down in front of him. Each held a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, the prayers of the saints.
    9 They sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered. With your blood you purchased people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
    10 You made them a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on the earth.

    Here is the vision of the future; With his blood the lamb has bought men of all generations and tongues and peoples and tribes, and made them kingdoms and priests to our God, and they shall rule over the earth.

    This little group of the kingdom of God is therefore composed of all peoples, the God of Israel, not just of natural Israel.

    When the Lamb opens the 1st seal, earth-shattering events take place. These warlike events are described with horses of different colors. For example a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him (Rev 6:4) When the 6th seal is opened .. 6:12 Then I saw the lamb open the sixth seal. There was a powerful earthquake. The sun turned as black as sackcloth made of hair, and the full moon turned as red as blood. 13 The stars in the sky fell to the earth like a fig tree drops its fruit when it is shaken by a strong wind.

    Matthew writes about this: Mat 24:29-31: But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
    30 And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in the heavens. And then all the tribes of the land will wail. And they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
    31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens to their ends.

    The resurrection has not yet happened, but the chosen ones are on earth. It is manifested in verse Rev 9:3, in which “out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power” but not hurt those who have the seal of God on their forehead, but only those who do not have it. The seal of God protects the chosen ones on earth.

    Just as in Matthew, it is described in Revelation how God’s angel seals the chosen ones: Rev 7:2 I saw another angel coming from the east having the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been permitted to harm the land and sea, 3 Don’t harm the land, the sea, or the trees until we have marked the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads. 4 I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000. Those who were sealed were from every tribe of Israel:

    Let us define once again what is this little group (’flock’): Rev 5:9 … You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered. With your blood you purchased people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation.

    These verses tell two most important things about the kingdom of God: 1) Christ has bought “Men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation“. They are not natural Israel and of the tribes of Jacob, but from around the world! 2) They form the kingdom of God; “To be a kingdom and priests to our God” and they will reign upon the earth.

    After this John sees a great multitude: Rev 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” – Matthew adds to this description one item, a great trumpet: He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens to their ends (Mat 24:41). Trumpets play a significant role in the description of end-time events: Then I saw the seven angels who stand in God’s presence, and seven trumpets were given to them (Rev 8:2).

    So now John has seen both a small group of 144,000 saved ones and a great multitude likewise saved. Of the great multitude says Rev 7:14, And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are those coming out of the great tribulation; and they washed their robes and whitened them in the blood of the Lamb.

    Let us read further:

    Trombone calls, and the related description partially coincides with the opening of the seal events. When the 5th trumpet sounds, 9:1 And the fifth angel trumpeted. And I saw a star out of the heaven falling onto the earth. And the key to the pit of the abyss was given to it.
    2 And the fifth angel trumpeted. And I saw a star out of the heaven falling onto the earth. And the key to the pit of the abyss was given to it.
    3 And out of the smoke locusts came forth to the earth. And authority was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have authority.
    4 And it was said to them that they should not harm the grass of the earth, nor every green thing, nor every tree, except only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

    What is the star that had fallen to the earth? It seems to be an angel, because in verse 9:1 it says that the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. The angel is also from God’s troops; It is evident from the fact that the locusts released from the bottomless pit were told not to harm the people with God’s seal. The angels were called sons of God, but also stars. Satan is called the Morning Son, the Son of the morning.
    Isa 14:12 says: How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! heylel (star) ben (son) shachar (of the dawn)

    The angel is also from God’s troops; it is evident from the fact that the locusts freed from the bottomless pit were forbidden from harming the people with God’s seal. The angels were called sons of God, but also stars. Satan is called the Morning Star, the Son of the morning.

    Jesus is according to the Bible the bright morning star (Rev 22:16) lampros prōïnos astēr λαμπρός πρωϊνός ἀστήρ

    The sixth trumpet call means that one third of humanity will die in battle of huge armies.

    (9: 15>). And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.” – Even so, people “did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts. (9:21)

    In the tenth chapter of John hears a mighty angel to speak, as well as seven thunders uttered their voices to speak, however, John was told to seal heard and not allowed her to write about it. The angel swore in the name of the creator of the heaven and earth: Rev 10:5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 He swore an oath by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and everything in it, the earth and everything in it, and the sea and everything in it: “There will be no more delay. 7 In the days when the seventh angel is ready to blow his trumpet, the secret of God will be fulfilled, as he had announced to his servants, the prophets.

    The secret of God is implemented: Jesus Christ returns with the saints of the resurrection, and the kingdom of God is established. Jesus Christ is ruling the world a thousand years with the saints, and Satan is bound and cannot tempt mankind.

     

  • The Marriage of the Lamb

    Rev 19:6 And I heard as a sound of a numerous crowd, and as a sound of many waters, and as a sound of strong thunders, saying, Hallelujah! Because the Lord God Almighty reigned.
    7 Let us rejoice and let us exult, and we will give glory to Him, because the marriage of the Lamb came, and His wife prepared herself.
    8 And it was given to her that she be clothed in fine linen, pure and bright; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
    9 And he says to me, Write: Blessed are the ones having been called to the supper of the marriage of the Lamb. And he says to me, These words of God are true.

    When is the wedding banquet to be celebrated? These verses of the Revelation (19:6) conclude that ”the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns”. Governance means that the kingdom of God is established and Christ rules it with his saints. The next verse, 19:7, states that the Lamb’s wedding has come. I think this means that the wedding is not directly related to the resurrection and the rapture. Some seem to believe that the wedding would be straight after the rapture and the Jewish wedding celebration would last as long as 7 years, that is to say, throughout the tribulation and the wrath of the God. If it is, as I have just mentioned above, the wedding is held only after Christ and the saints have begun to rule, the wedding is not an event to take place immediately after the rapture. Above said long wedding celebration would require the rapture to take place “pre-trib” and last throughout the God’s day. It will not be possible if resurrection and rapture happen as I understand, only very close to Jesus’ second coming.

     

  • The End-Time Battle Against the Powers of Evil
    • Dragon, beast, false prophet and the harlot
    • Satanic trinity
    • First beast
    • Second beast
    • Harlot
    • God’s seal and the mark of the beast
    • Image of God and image of the beast

    Dragon

    First beast

    Second beast

    Harlot

    Satan

    The end-time kingdom (alliance), which is the so-called "fourth kingdom”

    The Antichrist, man, uses the power of the first beast, the false prophet, religious leader, miracle maker

    False world religion, Babylon the great, end-time church

    • Dragon, beast, false prophet and the harlot
    • Satanic trinity
    • First beast
    • Second beast
    • Harlot
    • God’s seal and the mark of the beast
    • Image of God and image of the beast

    Dragon

    First beast

    Second beast

    Harlot

    Satan

    The end-time kingdom (alliance), which is the so-called "fourth kingdom”

    The Antichrist, man, uses the power of the first beast, the false prophet, religious leader, miracle maker

    False world religion, Babylon the great, end-time church

  • The Satanic Trinity

    A large part of Christians believe in the Triune God. When Satan with his aides attempts to capture the religious field, he creates a similar trinity. Satan himself is God’s mendacious counterpart. He has been trying to become like God Himself from the very beginning. The Antichrist counterfeits himself to be like Christ and strives to replace the true Christ. The false prophet makes spectacular wonders and tries to replace the Holy Spirit in the trinity. All the members of the trinity are counterfeited so that the mainstream Christians see two of the trinity members on earth “alive” and in action. How do we know that such an unholy trinity truly dominates the last days? Rev. 16:13 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.

    – The Revelation’s verse, in which these three beasts appear together, is strongly affirmed; out of the mouth of each of them, three frog like unclean spirits are coming out.

    Jhn 12:31 Now is the time for the judgment of this world to begin. Now will the ruler of this world be thrown out. So far, Satan is still king of this world. He tried to attract Jesus by promising Him the power and glory of this world.

    Luk 4:5 The devil also took him to a high place and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. 6 He said to Jesus: I will give you all this authority and the glory of these kingdoms. For it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7 So if you will worship me, all this will be yours.

    A hopeless attempt: Jesus the Son of God had already been promised that He would receive divine power and would be raised higher than any other created being once He had accomplished His assignment on earth. Satan therefore had nothing to offer to Jesus that would not be His at any rate.

    It should be noted in verse 4:6, which states: … to me it was given … God has given the kingdom of this world to Satan, but only for a certain time and to indicate a particular purpose. That time is getting full. Satan tries to show that people choose him and reject God the Father and Jesus and the Holy Ghost, and therefore he frantically promotes the creation of the kingdom of the beast, the success of the coming Antichrist through the wonders of deceit and the False prophet in order to obtain a worldwide apostasy. People are not aware of Satan’s role and position in this world. People often blame God for their accidents. “Where were you when my family died in a fire,” they might say, blaming God. Wrong address! God does not want evil for people, and Satan does not care. The rulership of Christ is approaching and Satan will be bound for a thousand years.

    During the time of the end, mankind is dominated and misled not only by the ‘dragon’ [Satan], but also by the other beasts working with him. These actions are described In Revelation 16:13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.

    14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs. They go to the kings of the whole earth and gather them for the war of the great day of God Almighty.

    Mar 13:22 For false christs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens to deceive, if possible, the elect.

     

  • The First Beast: the End-Time Confederation

    Who or what is this first Beast?

    The beast is a fourth kingdom, which Daniel describes (Dan 2:40): And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron. Inasmuch as iron crushes and smashes all things, and as the iron that shatters all these, it will crush and shatter.. … And after this I was looking in the night visions. And, behold, the fourth beast was fearful and terrifying, and very strong! And to it were great iron teeth. It devoured, and crushed, and stamped what was left with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns (Dan 7:7). – Now we just have to decide which kingdom is the fourth kingdom. But that’s what a great deal of scientists agree on!: However, this is accompanied by an ambiguous interpretation question; The four kingdoms of Daniel have already come true. John’s vision is, however, about the future. Should we believe that the fourth kingdom of Daniel’s vision would resume in some form? Interpretation could go further, to the feet of the character.

    The human-shaped figure depicted the different kingdoms and the fourth had the character’s legs. It depicts the Roman Empire divided in two. The figure’s legs were iron, but the feet were partly clay. Scientists have so far been unanimous about the first kingdoms and the fact that the feet depict the divided Roman Empire. What if we accepted the interpretation that the feet are Islamic confederation? What are the two legs (with or without feets) symbolizing? Islam’s two interpretations, Sunni and Shi’a?

    About the Beast we know for sure that

    • It is a fourth beast, it was fearful and terrifying, and very strong! And it had large iron teeth. It devoured, and crushed, and trampled down what was left with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns (Dan 7:7).
    • … a huge red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven royal crowns on its heads. (Rev 12:3).
    • Seven heads are seven mountains and on the other hand they are also seven kings.
    • And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings; they shall rise, and another shall rise after them. And he shall be different from the first, and he shall humble three kings (Dan 7:24).
    • The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all kingdoms, and shall devour all the earth, and shall trample it down and crush it. (Dan 7:23).

    What does the Bible say about these seven and ten kings:

    Seven kings:
    Rev 17:9 Here is the mind having wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains, where the woman sits on them.
    17:10 Five of them have fallen, one is living, and the other has not yet come. When he comes, he must remain for a little while.
    17:11 The beast that was and is no longer is the eighth king, but it belongs with the seven kings and goes to its destruction.

    I understand from this that these kings are first referring to history, as five of them are found to have fallen (dead). One king exists. From the future it is said that the last i.e seventh has not yet come. The beast has been, but is no longer, is the eighth and is one of those seven heads/kings. Difficult phrase.

    Ten kings (horns)

    Rev 17:12 The ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom. They will receive authority to rule as kings with the beast for one hour.
    13 They have one purpose: to give their power and authority to the beast.
    14 They will wage war against the lamb, but the lamb will conquer them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those who are called, chosen, and faithful are with him.

    The ten kings depict the future kingdom of the beast. The kings have not yet received power, but when they receive, they give their power to one of them, i.e. to the beast. Ten kings will fight the returning Lamb, Jesus Christ himself. This is the culmination of the end of the battle against the power of evil: The Lamb and his Saints (the called and the chosen and faithful) will win.

    The Revelation and the Book of Daniel are the Bible’s most difficult books to explain. Luther was of the opinion that Revelation should not be included at all in the whole Bible. For years, the aim has been to explain the identity of the beast, the harlot and the antichrist to identify the identity or the name of the kingdom of the beast. I do not claim to know the whole truth. On the contrary, I’m very confused about this diversity of figurative expressions; therefore I present two alternatives. Firstly, a traditional interpretation that has long been a perception of most scientists. In addition, I will present an alternative interpretation from Stephen Allen and Hanoch Ben Keshet.

    More in the following articles.

  • Traditional Interpretation of the Beast – Rome

    Daniel:
    7:2 Daniel spoke and said, In my vision by night I was looking. And, behold, the four winds of the heavens were stirring up the Great Sea.7 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, different from one another…
    7 And after this I was looking in the night visions. And, behold, the fourth beast was fearful and terrifying, and very strong! And to it were great iron teeth. It devoured, and crushed, and stamped what was left with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns.
    7:17 These great beasts are four, four kings; they shall rise up out of the earth.
    7:23 … And He said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all kingdoms, and shall devour all the earth, and shall trample it down and crush it.

    Revelation:
    Also the Revelation says that the beast has ten horns (horns depict king or ruler)
    13:1 And I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten diadems, and on its heads names of blasphemy. Rev 13:2 tells us how … the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet as of a bear, and its mouth as a lion’s mouth. And the dragon [Satan] gave its power to it, and its throne, and great authority.
    13:11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. And it had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon.”

    First beast is told in Daniel chapter 2:
    Dan 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron. Inasmuch as iron crushes and smashes all things, and as the iron that shatters all these, it will crush and shatter.
    41 And as to that you saw, the feet and the toes were partly of potters’ clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided. But there shall be in it the strength of iron, because you saw the iron mixed with clay of the potter.
    42 And as to that you saw, the feet and the toes were partly of potters’ clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided. But there shall be in it the strength of iron, because you saw the iron mixed with clay of the potter
    43 And as you saw the iron mixed with the clay of the clay, they shall be mixed with the seed of men. But they shall not adhere to one another, even as iron does not mix with clay.
    44 And in the days of these kings, the God of Heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. And the kingdom shall not be left to other people. It shall break in pieces and destroy all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

    This final kingdom of the end-time is awesome, but also fragmented. It is depicted by Daniel’s vision of the human figure’s feet, which are a mixture of clay in iron.

    The 7th chapter of Daniel confirms the coming of the fourth kingdom mentioned in the second chapter. 7:3 “And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. 7:23 … And He said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all kingdoms, and shall devour all the earth, and shall trample it down and crush it.

    The fourth beast is according to Daniel the fourth kingdom. The former were Babylon, Meedo-Persia and Greece of Alexander the Great. This last i.e. the fourth kingdom is different from every other. It crushes the others and ’eats all land’. Eating means taking all of the land under its power. The beast has seven heads: Rev 13:3: And I saw one of its heads, as having been slain to death, and its deadly wound was healed. And all the earth marveled after the beast.
    4 And they worshiped the dragon [Satan] who gave authority to the beast [Antichrist]; and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast; who is able to make war with it?
    5 And a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies was given to it. And authority to act forty two months was given to it.
    7 And it was given to it “to war with the saints, and to overcome them.” And authority was given to it over every tribe and tongue and nation.

    What is this fourth kingdom that is so strong that it has power over all nations? World conquest takes place quickly – in 42 months according to Bible. It should be noted, however, that when the Bible speaks of the whole world, it may well mean just the known world of those days. Expressions like Rev 16:14 “the kings of the whole world” have to be interpreted in context: is it really “all the kings of the earth” to ”gather them together for the war of the great day of God”? Sometimes phrases can really mean global-wide activities. Conquering both the Christian world and the Islamic world for the beast is not possible without the help of the beast’s assistants – the Antichrist and the False prophet by the overwhelming miracles prove both Christ and Mahdi – to have landed on the earth. It is noteworthy that power comes from Satan, called the Dragon. And what was Satan called? He is the king of this world!

    Traditional interpretation – for and against

    ’Traditional interpretation’ has evolved over the centuries with several variations. It is common for them, however, that the beasts represent the ascending four kingdoms on earth; Babylon, Meedo-Persia, Greece and Rome. The Fourth Beast, i.e. the Ten Horns of Rome, represent ten new stages or revivals in the Roman Empire. The small horn that appears in the picture means the pope of the Catholic Church. Whether a horn is a pope or something else, it is generally considered to be the Antichrist. The three horns of the vision, which were torn apart, depict pagan tribes – vandals, after the collapse of the Roman Empire. The remaining seven horns belong to the Sacrum Romanum Imperium, the Holy German-Roman Empire. There have been six revivals and one is coming. This seventh is born on a religious and political field when Europe (the European Union) and the Papal administration make a new agreement to govern the recreated Roman Empire.

    Are the four kingdoms successive or are they on the scene at the same time? And are there four of them or perhaps five?

    These four kingdoms have in any case been successive kingdoms in the history of nations, there is no doubt about it. However, these past kingdoms may emerge in the future as geographic areas and empires with new names they will be known. Both interpretations are possible. It is therefore possible that these kingdoms will ally themselves to fight against their enemies (Israel) and have other countries to join them.

    The critics of this traditionally accepted interpretation say that there are good reasons to believe that these four beasts are in operation at the same time in the end-times. “And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.” (Dan 7:3) This suggests that they are coming up simultaneously not successively. In addition Dan 7:12 says: As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away; but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. – These beasts lost their power, suggesting that they existed simultaneously and that power was taken away simultaneously. For them, God also decided to end their life, but it does not happen at the same time as the beast of verse 7:11 Then I was looking because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke. I was looking until the beast was killed, and his body was destroyed and given to the burning flame.

    The portrait of beasts in Daniel 7 is, in my opinion, a vision to be fulfilled at the end-time. In particular, I am arguing that in addition to the beasts, there is a small horn in the Daniel’s vision that depicts the Antichrist. The Antichrist is a man: Dan 7:8 says, … I was thinking about the horns. And behold! Another little horn came up among them, and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. And behold! In this horn were eyes like the eyes of the man, and a mouth speaking great things. – The Antichrist has 42 months (i.e 3.5 years) at the end of time to act. Verse 25 confirms this: 7:25 And he shall speak words against the Most High, and he shall wear out the saints of the Most High. And he intends to change times and law. And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and one half time. [i.e. 3.5 years] “. – After this time, the Antichrist is thrown into fire.

    In the vision these beasts lose their power, suggesting that they existed simultaneously and lost their powers simultaneously. For them, God also determined the end of their life.

     

  • What Does The Statue Seen By Nebuchadnezzar in a Dream Symbolize?

    In Daniel’s explanation, the statue is divided into five parts, and not four as it is generally interpreted. The fifth part is the feet with toes, which according to the description, differ from the legs so that the feet are made of iron and clay.

    Dan 2:31 You, O king, were seeing. And, behold, a certain great image! That great image stood before you with a brilliant brightness, and its form was dreadful. 32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its breast and its arms were of silver, its belly and its thighs were of bronze, its legs were of iron, its feet were partly of iron and partly of clay.

    Kingdoms:

    Dan. 2:32: 1) Head 2) chest and arms 3) belly and lashes 4) legs
    Dan. 2:33: 5) feet

    The statue has five parts. Daniel 2:32, lists four parts and in verse 33 legs are added as a fifth part. The fact that there are five parts is confirmed in verse 34 … “… it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them”. The feet are separated from the rest of the body to form their own body part. Sometimes you can talk about “legs” without separating the legs and feet. NASB makes this distinction: ”its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay” (2:33).

    The Fourth Kingdom is Rome, which is depicted in the vision of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 2:33) as the iron legs of the statue. Two legs because the Roman Empire split into two, eastern and western Rome. Dan 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron. Inasmuch as iron crushes and smashes all things, and as the iron that shatters all these, it will crush and shatter. – Rome really is the empire that fulfilled the above description. But what kind of kingdom is the future “Rome”? The vision is of the future and the future of Rome should be of iron as its first appearance. It is difficult today to imagine the European Union becoming such a roman heir.

    How does Daniel describe the kingdom that the feet represent? 2:41 And as to that you saw, the feet and the toes were partly of potters’ clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided. But there shall be in it the strength of iron, because you saw the iron mixed with clay of the potter. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 And as you saw the iron mixed with the clay of the clay, they shall be mixed with the seed of men. But they shall not adhere to one another, even as iron does not mix with clay. – What does it mean to be ”mixed with the seed of men”? Marriages? Who? Although marriages have been used to strengthen kingdoms’ covenants, this does not produce the desired result.

    What about the Roman Empire? What is the counterpart of the Roman Empire in modern times? It has been, it is no longer – is it coming? Rome was divided into two parts (Daniel’s beast two feet) in the fifth century, the western Roman Empire formed in the 800’s the Holy German-Roman Empire (lat. Sacrum Romanum Imperium), which remained until 1806. Thereafter it is no longer. But would it be in some form coming? The European Union was born in the 1950’s, initially as a coal and steel community, but I would be a 27-nation union that has consolidated its essence over the years. The Bible tells how people wondered about the beast; so I would be wondering if the EU would perform in the same way as the Beast of Scripture. Equally, the first EU Treaty was concluded in 1951 – in Rome.

     

  • Islam

    When the traditional interpretation of Daniel and Revelation explains the future kingdom of the Beast, it says that this coming kingdom is the heir of the Roman Empire as a result of several transformations. The most important argument to the alternative interpretation is that Israel is surrounded by states and their religious background is – ISLAM.

    If so, what are the four beasts that exist at the same time at the end of time? Babylon / Iraq and Persia / Iran are quite possible, but what about Greece and Rome? Daniel’s vision of Greece was a conquering Alexander and his kingdom, but from the current Greece it is unthinkable in this sense. Similarly, it is with Rome. However, it seems that a vision of the four successive states depicted only historical consecutive states. Instead, it is worth exploring the fifth part of the body and its petition. If it is Islam, what is its core power, or is it the union of ten states described by the toes?

    In the place of traditional interpretation, nowadays, Islam is the kingdom of the beast. The Ottoman Empire wished to expand strongly and managed to reach even the gates of Vienna. From the other direction, the Empire of the mohammedans penetrated from north Africa to Spain, the European side of Mediterranean. The Ottoman Empire, however, ceased to exist in the 1920s. The “wound of the sword” that Rev 13: 1> mentioned on one head of the beast with seven heads, but the beast has healed and is experiencing a new rise on a religious-political front. However, the Islamic field is fragmented and suffers from strong religious conflicts between Sunnis and Shiites. Two feet depicts the two directions of Islam, and the clay between the ten toes depicts the loose essence of the alliance. Recently, terrorist movements have emerged among Muslims, such as Al Qaida and Isis. If this Islamic interpretation of the kingdom of beast turns out to be true, it means that in order to be realized, the Islamic world power must be able to bury its disagreements. The Antichrist appearing as Mahdi could be of great help.

    The covenant of the Islamic beast include Iraq, Iran and possibly Afghanistan and Pakistan, Turkey, Syria and other Islamic Middle East Arab states (Saudi Arabia?).

    Psa 83 describes the alliance with Israel: 83:4 They have said, Come, and we will cut them off from being a nation; and, The name of Israel will not be recalled again.
    5 For they plotted to together with one heart; they have cut a covenant against you;
    6 even the tents of Edom, and of the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagarites;
    7 Gebal and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia and the inhabitants of Tyre.
    8 Also Assyria has joined with them; they were an arm to the sons of Lot. Selah.

    The core of the alliance is in the Middle East, around Israel. However, the book of Revelation describes the kingdom of the beast: Rev 13:7 And it was given to it to war with the saints, and to overcome them. And authority was given to it over every tribe and tongue and nation. – The kingdom of the Beast will be world-wide, but short-lived.

    The second alternative for the first beast is Islam, a covenant of Islamic states. This is accompanied by an interpretation that the feet of the person whom Nebuchadnezzar saw did not represent the “kings” of the European Union, but Islamic states. The clay between the toes depicts the fragmentation and looseness of the states in this union. Two feet could describe the division between the Islamic world in Sunnis and Shiites.

    There is one feature in this interpretation that may cause it to fall: in the new interpretation, the feet are designated as the fifth body part. However, it should be question of the fourth beast (Dan) and the fourth kingdom! Feet can be interpreted as a fifth part of the figure, but the beast is always depicted in the Bible as the fourth kingdom. Pins belong together with the leg. They do not show that the feet are weak. Their reinforcement is in iron pin bones. The clay between the toes can describe the alliance’s looseness. What if the eight clay parts describe weak states in alliance? And if we abandon the interpretation of feet being the fifth body part and accept them to be part of the body’s legs? An Islamic beast might otherwise be possible, but how does it fit with the Harlot and the and the harlot Christian churches? Can the Antichrist connect two different religious worlds?

    Rev 17:12 The ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom. They will receive authority to rule as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 They have one purpose: to give their power and authority to the beast.

    14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and the ones with Him are the called and elect and faithful ones.

    17 For God gave into their hearts to do His mind, and to act in one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

    In these end-time visions, God emphasizes through his servants Daniel and the Apostle John: … the fourth beast … the fourth kingdom … again and again. It must be central when interpreting the end-time events.

    Read about Satan’s role in the next article.Read about Satan’s role in next article.

  • The Greatest Beast: Satan

    (Revelation; fourth beast; Daniel 7)

    Satan has become familiar to Bible readers from the first pages, when he in the form of a serpent deceived Adam and Eve. Whoever broke the commandments of God, immediately Satan “night and day accused them in front of our God”. Also Job, whom God had found to be a righteous man, made Satan doubt his true righteousness. Job 1:7 tells: And Jehovah said to Satan, From where have you come? And Satan answered Jehovah and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. – Also Peter tells us something similar on the functioning of Satan: 1 Pet 5:8 Be sensible, watch, because your adversary the Devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking someone he may devour; – Satan has been doing this throughout the history of mankind. And now that the end time is at hand? What will be the role of Satan in end-time events?

    Rev 12:3 And another sign was seen in the heavens. And, behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns! And on his heads were seven diadems. 

    Remember the seven kings and the ten kings (horns that depict a king) we read in the previous article: Satan – the great red dragon!

    The beast of this verse is found in Revelation as well as in Daniel’s book. It will play a significant role in end-time battles. The dragon is identified as Satan. The dragon and the seven heads and the ten horns depict a confederation the purpose of which is to destroy the state of Israel.

    12:4 Its tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky and threw them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that it could devour her child when it was born.

    The dragon’s tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven (angels) on the earth. The question is about war in heaven, which is described in verse 7:

    War in heaven. Rev 12:7 Then a war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels fought back.
    8 But it was not strong enough, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
    9 The huge dragon was thrown down. That ancient serpent, called devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, was thrown down to the earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.

    An important question which preoccupies many is: when will this war be waged and when will Satan and his angels be cast out of heaven to earth? The following verses give this a hint.

    Rev 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say, Now the salvation, the power, the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ have come. For the one accusing our brothers, the one who accuses them day and night in the presence of our God, has been thrown out.

    John heard in the vision a great voice to say that Satan and his angel – one-third of the angels – have been cast out of heaven on earth and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come. (Rev 12:10) The kingdom of God has not yet been born, so war will happen in the near future as part of the end-time events. It is also related to the Second Coming of Christ when he takes the kingdom of God and rules together with the resurrected Saints. Christ comes with his mighty angelic force and strikes against Satan’s troops winning them. This is preceded by a time of great tribulation of seven years including the Lord’s Day of wrath.

    So be glad, heavens, and those who live in them! How terrible it is for the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you with great wrath, knowing that his time is short! (12:12). When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it persecuted the woman who had given birth to the boy. (12:13).

    In his great anger Satan starts to persecute the church of the believers: Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went away to do battle against the rest of her children, the ones who keep God’s commandments and hold on to the testimony about Jesus. (12:17). 12:14: However, the woman was given the two wings of a large eagle so that she could fly away from the serpent to her place in the wilderness, where she could be taken care of for a time, times, and half a time [3.5 years, 42 months from the presence of the serpent]. – The persecution of the church will take half of the seven-year tribulation in its second half.

    In his great anger, Satan begins to persecute the church of believers on earth.

     

  • The Second Beast: Antichrist

    Another beast with two horns is described in Revelation chapter 13:

    Rev 13:11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. And it had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon.
    12 t uses all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and those living on it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
    13 It performs spectacular signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people.
    14 It deceives those living on earth with the signs that it is allowed to do on behalf of the first beast, telling them to make an image for the beast who was wounded by a sword and yet lived.
    15 The second beast was allowed to give a spiri to the image of the first beast so that the image of the beast could talk and put to death those who would not worship the image of the beast.
    16 The second beast forces all people—important and unimportant, rich and poor, free and slaves—to be marked on their right hands or on their foreheads,
    17 so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the mark, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name.
    18 Here is wisdom: Let the one having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man and its number is six hundred and sixty-six.

    The healing of the deadly wound (v.13:12) refers to the world power of which the Revelation says: he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed and 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction …

    And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come; V.13:15 says, that the second beast was allowed to give a spiri to the image of the first beast so that the image of the beast could talk and put to death those who would not worship the image of the beast. – Which beast is the Bible speaking when it comes to giving breath to the beast’s image? The beast’s image cannot be the first beast which is a world power. Or can it? What does the Bible say?

    13:14 It deceives those living on earth with the signs that it is allowed to do on behalf of the first beast, telling them to make an image for the beast who was wounded by a sword and yet lived.

    One might think that the beast whose image is made and the image bowed should present the Antichrist. I also thought that the Antichrist, proclaiming God, would be the beast that requires to be worshiped and whose image people should bow the way people had to bow to the king’s statue in Daniel’s days: Dan 3:5 at the time you hear the sound of the horn, the pipe, zither, the lyre, harp, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. – Rev 13:14 however tells, that those who dwell on the earth will make an image to the beast who was fatally wounded and then came back to life. Generally, it is accepted that, the beast is a world power that has lost its power (wounded by the sword), but who may, after a long time, re-emerge for a new blossoming. Biblical scholars have traditionally been of the opinion that the so-called ” the fourth kingdom, i.e. Rome, now wounded by the sword, will rise again. With al-Qaeda and Isis’s caliphate, however, Islam has received strong support for being the world power beast. Islam fulfills the requirements very well in this respect.

    In Rev 13 the second beast is spoken of, there is no third beast. Is this second beast the False prophet or the Antichrist? Pay attention to Rev 13:14 he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform. 2 Jhn 1:7 says that many deceivers are entered into the world, who do not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This deceiver is the Antichrist (ἀντίχριστος).

    In fact, I was of the opinion that the second beast describes the Antichrist, but there are many scholars who are of the opinion that the second beast is the the False prophet. Both cannot be beasts, can they?

    Could it be a double-beast? One horn depicts the Antichrist and the other one the False prophet. Even Daniel wrote in his prophecies of his visions e.g. 7:24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom, ten kings will arise … 7:21 … that Horn was waging war with the Saints and overpowering them. – Similar expressions are also found in Revelation. The horns depict kings or similar men of power. Why then, cannot this lamb with two horns describe both the False prophet and the Antichrist? The False prophet acts like John the Baptist; he only prepares the way to the Antichrist!

    The Dragon i.e. Satan has so far been in the background when the Fifth Angel blows the Trumpet (Rev 9:1), so John says: When the fifth angel blew his trumpet, I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky. The star was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. – Satan releases from the captives of the bottomless his own troops such in order to haunt people of the earth. We are now in the midst of the tribulation. Satan still does not appear publicly, but utilises his ’apostles’, the False prophet and Antichrist. The Antichrist introduces himself in the name of Christ instead of his own name (the word anti means against, instead of).

    The Bible calls upon the one who has understanding, to determine the name of the beast by counting the number. Both the Hebrew and Greek and Latin languages, the letters are each assigned a numeric value. When adding the number of a word or words together, it should be summed up to 666 in order to be the number of the Beast meant by the Bible. For example, Jesus, in Greek Ἰησοῦς, produces a numerical value of 888. Scriptural languages are the Hebrew of OT and Greek of the NT. A pretty popular candidate for the Beast is the Pope. One of the Pope’s titles is Vicarius Filii Dei, the Vicar of God’s Son. These words amount to 666. Latin is not the original language of the Bible, and one should not use it to derive the name of the Beast. Numerous people in history have calculated names this way and have received as result 666, but unanimity is not achieved with this method.

    The identity of this false counterpart of Christ in devil’s staff has been tried to identify since the days of the apostles. Popular candidates for this post have been the Roman emperors Nero, Domitianus and Caligula, and some of the most recent propositions are Prophet Muhammad, Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein. These suggestions are right only in one sense: they are humans. Lesser Antichrists have been in the world since Jesus’ times. Of course, the above mentioned examples also include these. The Antichrist is indeed a man, not an organization, an unpleasant idea, etc. In the Bible, anticrist is described by the Greek word Anthropos (ἄνθρωπος). Those who do not agree with The Catholic Church’s have named the pope to be the Antichrist. Pope or papacy does not, however, fulfill the Bible’s conditions, the clearest of which is this: 1 Jhn 2:22 The person who denies the Father and the Son is the antichrist.

    1 Jhn 2:18 Little children, it is the last hour. Just as you heard that an antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour.
    4:3 But every spirit who does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist. You have heard that he is coming, and now he is already in the world.

    The word Antichrist consists of two parts. The anti-prefix signifies “against”, but also instead of someone else. The Antichrist, therefore, means a person who opposes God and His Christ, and also someone who seeks to replace them of their position. The Pope has had a tiara, where was written the words Vicarius Filii Dei, which means vicar of the Son of God. The total numeric value of these words in Latin is 666. Matthew 23:9 instructs: “Do not call anyone on earth your Father; for ONE is your Father, He who is in Heaven. “- The priests in the Catholic Church are called as Father and the Pope is as high as the Holy Father. All the popes have not been ungodly. Among them there have been pious popes, and none of them has renounce the Father or the Son. The pope cannot therefore be the Antichrist, unless there will be new popes who fulfill this condition.

    When does the Antichrist appear? During the end-times, it’s clear. We also know that the Antichrist emerges before the second coming of Christ and when three things have happened:

    1) apostasia (ἀποστασία), a falling away come first, and
    2) man of sin [antichrist] is revealed, the son of perdition (KJV). 2 The 2:3 … and the man of sin [lawlessness] is revealed, the son of destruction.
    3) The Antichrist settles in the temple of God and proclaiming himself to be God. 2:4 the one opposing and exalting himself over everything being called God, or object of worship, so as for him to sit in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God.

    Which temple is this? Many are confident that this is the third temple to be built in Jerusalem. I would not be so sure of that, but God’s temple, though. Why not even in St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican, if Catholicism should play a significant role in the appearance of the Antichrist? The Antichrist is the counterpart of Satan to Christ. Nevertheless, Jesus Christ never declares himself to be God, even less Almighty God El Shaddai. What kind of god the Antichrist proclaims to be? Hardly any Almighty God the Father whom no one has seen and survived. People would not swallow this claim. This remains to be seen, but this declaration is in any case a most clear sign of Satan’s deception. From this proclamation we know that this is the Antichrist, and the second coming of Jesus is near.

    Satan wants to become the ruler of the whole world. That is why I believe that he does not content himself with the proclamation God of then Christians through the Antichrist but wants all religions to acknowledge him as god. Could a growing ecumenical movement be developed to include the gods of all religions? One possibility for the proclamation of the Antichrist: He could name the mosque in Jerusalem, for example, as the Temple of God. When he makes his declaration there, he may declare this way: “All of you who believe in God believe in me; I am. I am Jehovah, and I am Allah. When you believe in me and do my will, I will give you heavenly peace and earthly abundance.”

    If the timing is right and people are worried about what is happening to the world and then comes such a proclamation together with great miracles – for example, a large number of angels testify to the proclamation – the Antichrist’s declaration unites the faiths of billions of people’s. People will be excited about the coming divine peace and the earthly time of happiness.

     

  • The False Prophet

    For false christs and false prophets will rise up. And they will give great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Mat 24:24)

    Even the apostles warned of future time and the future false Christs and false prophets with it. These false Christs, have been of minor importance in relation to the actual false (beast) prophet to come.

    The False prophet works with the Jews so that they believe that he is the prophet Elijah whom the Scripture says will come before Messiah. In this way is hampered the Jewish accepting The Antichrist as a Messiah sent by God. And how does the Antichrist overcome the hearts of a billion Muslims? By proving that he is the 12th prophet of the Muslims been waiting for – Mahdi. It pertains to Islamic faith that its believers do not make pictures or statues of Allah or, any of the Islamic leaders. Making an image of the Antichrist would therefore not serve the goal of winning the praise of the Mohammedans. Instead, making an image of the first beast i.e the new world power could well suit Muslims. But how could such an image be bowed? Probably bowing is not the same kind of bowing as Daniel’s praying of the royal statue by bowing. Kowtowing does not always mean in the Bible worshiping. In this case, bowing can simply simply mean accepting of the world power. All kinds of protests are forbidden, also posters are banned etc. Those who protest (i.e. refuse to “bow”) are sentenced to at least imprisonment or even death. This is not very far from today. What happens to the opponents of the country? What will happen to those who express their opinions in Turkey today? When extreme Islamists gain power, only one step forward is needed for action already seen today. This step has been taken by the Islamic extremist Isis, who has executed large numbers of people on very arbitrary grounds; even small opposing behavior of Isis has led to the execution of people.

    As I have already written, the False prophet works like John the Baptist: he does not, however, prepare the way for Christ’s coming, but for the Antichrist. The Antichrist tries to purloin the place of the true Christ. The mission statement of the False prophet and the Antichrist also includes the Islamic Supreme Prophet (under whom Christ is in the view of Islamic teaching), that is, the indication of the coming of Mahdi and ensuring the Antichrist as a leader of this Islamic faith. There are three major religions in the world that have the guiding principle of having one God. They are Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Antichrist tries to guide all of them with the help of the False prophet. Some people think that the (first) beast will not or even seek to take over the world. Revelation, however, says: 13:3 One of the beast’s heads looked like it had a fatal wound, but its fatal wound was healed. And in amazement the whole world followed the beast.
    4 They worshiped the dragon because it had given authority to the beast. They also worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight a war with it?
    5 The beast was allowed to speak arrogant and blasphemous things, and it was given authority for forty-two months.
    6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God and to blaspheme his name and his residence, that is, those who are living in heaven.
    7 It was allowed to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. It was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.

    However, the False prophet is not the true teacher of false religion. The harlot i.e the false end-time church will take care the doctrine manipulation.

     

  • The Great Harlot

    And one of the seven angels having the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying to me, Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot sitting on the many waters, [‘waters’ are peoples and crowds, folk and languages] (Rev 17:1)

    ‘The judgment of the Great Harlot’; who is this harlot? Verse 4 tells us: The woman wore purple and scarlet clothes and was adorned with gold, gems, and pearls. In her hand she was holding a gold cup filled with detestable things and the impurities of her immorality. – This is how the Catholic Church popes and cardinals are dressed. The harlot in question seems to be the Catholic church. More hints: The Great Harlot sits on many waters. Verse 15 explains what they mean: The waters that you saw where the Harlot is, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. The Catholic Church is the world’s largest church with members over a billion!

    17:2 The kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and those living on earth became drunk with the wine of her immorality.
    3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was filled with blasphemous names. It had seven heads and ten horns.

    I have presented the generally accepted idea of the identity of the harlot; it is the Catholic church. If that is the case, it is to be assumed that the Beast is doctrinally close to the faith represented by the harlot. If, on the other hand, the beast is, for example, an option advocated by many – Islam – it is not plausible that a Catholic Christian church should be allowed to sit on its back. Beast-power, however, hates the harlot, which would be understandable if a different religion of the earthly beast and the religious harlot church would cause discord. When Islam is the Beast, the harlot should be sought from the Islamic world. Mecca has been suggested. Here, the reader can decide whichever one meets the Bible criteria for the city of the beast, Rome or Mecca. In fact, for the comparison of evidence you can take some other city as well, but here it is a comparison between Rome and the Mecca:

    Rev 17:1 The angel also said to me, The waters you saw, on which the harlot is sitting, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages.

    Christianity represented by Rome is the largest Christian denomination; in it and its ‘daughters’, i.e other than Catholic Christian churches, there are a total of over a billion people. The Islam represented by Mecca has also more than a billion Muslims. Both meet the condition.

    17:2 The kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and those living on earth became drunk with the wine of her immorality. – The Church of Rome has certainly been with the kings of the land plotting, both in politics and faith. As far as Islam is concerned, I cannot say with certainty, although it is divided by the doctrinal disputes and it forms two main camps that are in dispute with each other.

    17:4 The woman wore purple and scarlet clothes and was adorned with gold, gems, and pearls. In her hand she was holding a gold cup filled with detestable things and the impurities of her immorality. – Rome is full of the external splendor that the Bible best describes. The description, in fact, also resembles the garments of the highest priests of Israel and their decorations. Mecca’s religious leaders may not be so dressy. Mecca does not fulfill the Bible’s condition in this respect.

    17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus. I was very surprised when I saw her. – Rome fulfills the condition clearly; how it has in the past persecuted people with apostolic faith over the centuries. Lots of people with different faith have lost their lives in persecution. With regard to the Mecca, it can be said that the Koran expects Muslims to persecute Christians and other dissidents, but does not necessarily and straightforwardly persuade them. A Christian can survive by paying tax on his life and submitting to humiliating treatment. Rome is yes ‘the winner’.

    17:9 This calls for a mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is sitting. They are also seven kings. – Rome is built on seven hills. The hill is not exactly the same as the mountain, but the clear distinctive character of Rome is the seven hills.

    The seven mountains are Aventinus, Caelius, Capitolium, Esquilinus, Palatium, Quirinalis and Viminalis. All the hills are located inside the Servius wall, meaning the very heart of old Rome. The wall is believed to have been built by Servius Tullius in 400 B.C. Together with the other hints of the Bible, I think it is perfectly justified to consider that the city we are looking for is the city of Rome and the Roman Empire.

    Mecca is not known for this feature.

    Rev 18:3 For all the nations have drunk from the wine of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her. The merchants of the earth have become richfrom the power of her luxury. – Rome was the center of the world at the time of John and probably also the world trade center. The description is correct at that time, and now Rome is still a million city after two thousand years. Mecca, I do not understand, has never been such an important trading venue where traders would be so enriched.

    Mecca, if I understand right, has never been such an important trading venue where traders would get so rich.

    18:17 For in one hour all this wealth has been destroyed! Every ship’s captain, everyone who traveled by ship, sailors, and everyone who made a living by the sea stood far away.
    18 When they saw the smoke from her fire, they began to cry out, “What city was like the great city?
    19 Then they threw dust on their heads and shouted while crying and mourning, How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city, where all who had ships at sea became rich because of her wealth! For in one hour she has been destroyed!

    – The city is located by the sea as seafarers mourn that the city has lost the wealth. Rome fulfills the condition, but Mecca does not, as it is about 80 km inland.

    Rome fills the Biblical description of the city of Harlot, but Mecca does not.

    Rev 17:5 On her forehead was written a secret name: BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND DETESTABLE THINGS OF THE EARTH.

    The secret of the Great Babylon has been tried by many to find out. For centuries, it has long been clear that it is a Catholic church and that great city is Rome. With the rise of Islam, many scholars have chosen the Harlot of Revelation to be Islam and the city be one of the great cities of Islam world such as Mecca.

    Hanoch Ben Keshet presents Jerusalem as the city. He states that Jerusalem, at the time of Ezekiel and Isaiah, was accused of being a harlot: Isa 1:21 Oh how the faithful city has become a harlot! She was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it. But now, murderers! – Rome is out of the question, because there was no such thing as Rome, at the time of these two prophet saying Jerusalem has become a harlot. Hanoch Ben Keshet seems to forget that this is a vision of the future that was shown to John during the Roman Empire. If we place Jerusalem on the above comparison between Rome and Mecca, we can conclude that Jerusalem does not fulfill the qualities brought forth by many verses. Yet it is true that, in God’s eyes, Jerusalem has lost its early-time position as God’s loyal capital.

    The scholar says however he has heard from the National Radio Station Voice of Israel that Jerusalem has literally been built on seven mountains. At least this description seems to be true for Jerusalem. But what about the other features I compared between Rome and the Mecca?

    Rev 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth. – John was told in the vision of the Harlot and the city of Harlot, that it is a great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth. At that time, Israel was a remote Roman province, and Jerusalem could not be described as a great city and far from having the sovereignty of the kings of the earth. If the vision has to be placed at the end of time, the meaning of Jerusalem has not changed. Jerusalem is not the dwelling place of any kingdom of the earth and even less a dwelling place of many kings. On the contrary, the ten kings of countries surrounding Israel make a covenant with the aim of destroying Israel and Jerusalem.

    Whether the city of the Harlot is Rome, Mecca, Jerusalem, or any other, the fate of the Harlot city is explained in Rev 17:16 The ten horns and the beast you saw will hate the harlot. They will leave her abandoned and naked. They will eat her flesh and burn her up with fire.

    Catholic Rome has a leading role in the world, now mainly in religious but in the future, also in the political sense. Whether the leading city is Rome, Mecca or some other, Rev 17:18 depicts the forces of the predominant beast of this great religious city and its kings: the Harlot sits on the back of the Beast. This illustrates the fact that religious leadership is dominating the earthly and the military Beast. When we consider the city of Harlot, it is important to remember this remarkable city feature; the administration of the kingdom of the Beast is probably in this Harlot city. Jerusalem cannot be a Harlot meant by Daniel and Revelation because the Harlot in the religious sense dominates (rides) the Beast or the union of ten states. The Harlot is sitting on the back of the beast, which I think is proof of this close relationship. But the beast and his king cannot tolerate this interference in their affairs. The end of the Harlot comes after the short power period, by the troops of the beast.

    Israel and Jerusalem can be described as harlot because they have been unfaithful to the covenant with God and the prophets have warned of the consequences. Israel is described as an unfaithful wife and called to return to his God. The unbelieving Jerusalem is punished, but the humble and the little residue that believes in the Messiah will be preserved. Old Jerusalem will be replaced by New Jerusalem and God will fulfill his covenant with this city.

    Eze 16:58 You are bearing your wickedness and your abominations, declares Jehovah. 59 For so says the Lord Jehovah: I will even deal with you as you have done, who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant.

    60 But I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will raise up to you an everlasting covenant.

    Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel coming down out of Heaven having great authority, and the earth was lighted up from his glory.
    2 And he cried in a strong, great voice, saying, Babylon the great has fallen! It has fallen, and it has become a dwelling-place of demons, and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean bird, even having been hated,
    3 For all the nations have drunk from the wine of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her. The merchants of the earth have become richfrom the power of her luxury.

    18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you don’t participate in her sins and suffer from her plagues.

    Christians are urged to distinguish themselves from the excruciating power of the world order of the Beast (the Antichrist) and the deceiving religion that the Harlot church declares in the end. The Catholic Church and its Harlot daughters have many doctrines that are not in the Bible. How can a person know whether or not something has been taught, or so, when the learned have so many disagreements? The salvation does not depend on whether you have understood right everything the Bible says. God only warns you by saying this: go away from the Harlot church, but if you do not leave, you will become part of Harlot’s sins and you will suffer from the scourges of the Harlot. God has previously warned his people about Babylon:

    Jer 51:6 Flee out of the middle of Babylon; yea, each man deliver his soul. Do not be silenced in her iniquity, for the time of the vengeance of Jehovah is here; He will give her a just reward.
    7 Babylon was a golden cup in the hand of Jehovah, making all the earth drunk. The nations have drunk of her wine, therefore the nations rage.
    8 Suddenly Babylon has fallen, and it is broken. Wail for her, take balm for her pain, if perhaps she may be healed.
    9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake her, and let us go, each one into his own country. For her judgment reaches to the heavens, and is lifted up to the skies.

    2 Cor 6:17 Because of this, come out from among them and be separated, says the Lord, and do not touch the unclean thing, and I will receive you.

    At the end-times, many feel important to believe and to assure themselves and their loved ones of salvation. Someone may well experience that the Church does not offer him the truth and finds himself elsewhere. Even the churches will not remain idle; they summarize their declaration and take a stronger hold on their members. Without personally acquired information, people are dependent on the information provided by their church priests and the information they filter. Those preachers receive the greatest masses of hearers who proclaim such promises what people want to hear. – For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie. Then all who have not believed the truth but have taken pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned. (2 The 2:11-12)

    Rev 18:5 For her sins are piled as high as heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.
    6 Do to her as she herself has done. Give her double for her deeds. Mix a double drink for her in the cup she mixed.
    7 Just as she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her just as much torture and misery. In her heart she says, I am a queen on a throne, not a widow. I will never see misery.
    8 For this reason her plagues of death, misery, and famine will come in a single day. She will be burned up in a fire, because powerful is the Lord God who judges her.
    9 The kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality with her and lived in luxury with her, will cry and mourn over her when they see the smoke rising from her fire.
    10 Frightened by her torture, they will stand far away and say, How terrible, how terrible it is for that great city, the powerful city Babylon! For in one hour your judgment has come!

    Rev 18:9 ja 18:18 ‘the smoke of her burningthe verses 10 ja 19 ‘in one hour she has been laid waste’ may very well mean the destruction caused by nuclear weapons. What else could destroy a major city in one moment?

    18:11 The merchants of the earth cry and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo anymore,
    15 Frightened by her torture, the merchants of these wares who had become rich from her will stand far away. They will cry and mourn,
    16 saying, How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarletand was adorned with gold, gems, and pearls!
    17 For in one hour all this wealth has been destroyed! Every ship’s captain, everyone who traveled by ship, sailors, and everyone who made a living by the sea stood far away.

    19 Then they threw dust on their heads and shouted while crying and mourning, How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city,where all who had ships at sea became richbecause of her wealth! For in one hour she has been destroyed!

    18:21 Then a powerful angel picked up a stone that was like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, The great city Babylon will be thrown down with violent force—and will never be found again.

    The great city in question, Babylon, is probably Rome. Rome was named Babylon in order to keep the location of the congregation hidden from persecution. 1 Peter 5:13 KJV “The church that is at Babylon [Rome], elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son”.

    17:16 The ten horns and the beast you saw will hate the prostitute. They will leave her abandoned and naked. They will eat her flesh and burn her up with fire, – This verse of the Revelation tells about the relationship between the Harlot and the Beast; kings and their leader the Beast hate the Harlot (the religious leader of the world) and “eat his flesh” and “burn him in fire”. The end of the Harlot is, according to the description, taken place in one instant. Burning fire is likely to come from a nuclear weapon that is shot by the Beast troops. There is no longer Harlot riding on the beast. Why would the Beast hate the Harlot that rides on its the back? They should work together. Perhaps the secular state union does not like it being controlled by a religious actor, especially if their religion is different.

    The destiny of Satan, the Beast and the False prophet is clear: The beast was captured, along with the false prophet who had performed signs on its behalf. By these signs the false prophet had deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur [brimstone]. (Rev 19:20)

     

  • Seal of God and Mark of the Beast

    There are two kinds of people: there are the children of God (sons of God) who do the will of God and receive the seal of the Holy Spirit and others who are Satan’s own, those who ignore the will of God and seek their own good and their own enjoyment in life. On the basis of this division I studied the seal of God and the Mark of the Beast. There is also a third group: those who have not heard of God and Christ or who are children and too young to understand.

    Matthew and Luke write Jesus have said, “He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters (Mat 12:30 and Luke 11:23). If a man hears and understands the gospel, he must make a choice; either he believes and begins to change his life to the will of God or then he does not believe. It may take some time to make a decision, but sometimes it has to be done. Some may think “it was interesting, but I do not …”. Then, in fact, he will choose his destiny according to Matthew 15:13: But He answered and said, every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted up. – Such a man does not receive the seal of God, but rather the mark of the beast. Those who take the mark of the beast and believe in his lies will receive their judgment because as 2 The 2:12 says, Then all who have not believed the truth but have taken pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.

     

  • Seal of God

    Deu 6:4 Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah. 5 And you shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
    6 And these words which I am commanding you today shall be on your heart..
    7 And you shall teach them to your sons, and shall speak of them as you sit in your house, and as you walk in the way, and as you are lying down, and as you are rising up.
    8 And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand; and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.
    9 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house, and on your gates.

    Although God said that His word was to be a sign bonded on the hand and that they should be a frontal on the forehead, it was God’s purpose to emphasize the meaning of God’s word in the hearts and minds of men: Jer 31:33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel, after those days, saith Jehovah: I will put my law in their inward parts, and will write it in their heart; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    Isa 51:7 Listen to me, you who know righteousness, a people in whose heart is my law; do not fear the reproach of man, and do not be bowed from their blasphemings.

    Heb 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts and will write them on their minds, Likewise: Hebr. 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

    The Jews took these sentences literally; there was a little hole at the gate of the homes where these instructions were kept. Well, this beautiful custom cannot be blamed, though the most important thing is that the words is sank deep into people’s minds and hearts. The purpose was probably that people would study them in their minds and hearts. Luke 2:19 but Mary continued to treasure in her heart all these things and to ponder them. – When the Bible (2 Timothy 2:19) says that “The Lord knows those who are His,” it is not based on the fact that there is a small box on the person’s forehead that contains some Bible passages; the Lord and His angels see the minds (hearts) of the people. At present, we do not believe there is any thought or emotion in the heart, but they are in the minds of men, i.e. brains. Sometimes in the 1970s, Jehovah’s Witnesses seriously supported the literal interpretation of these Bible verses and witnessed strongly the thinking activity taking place in the heart.

    Then: Law in heart and mind, not a little box on your forehead. The angels read from the brain of the men if they are the children of God or the beast’s own. For example, when God was appalled at the behavior of people in Sodom and Gomorrah, people were found out if they were righteous. Abraham insisted God to save the cities from destruction, if only a few of the townspeople could be found a few dozen of righteous people. These could not be found. Not because there were no small boxes on the foreheads of the people, but because the commandments of God had not fallen on people’s minds (hearts) or hearts and their hands (in the form of deeds).

    Similarly, it is a matter of emblem when God sent angels to kill people who did not have the name of the Lord on the forehead. Eze 9:4 And Jehovah said to him, pass through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men who are groaning and are mourning over all the abominations that are done in her midst.

    Read also the following articles on the subject.

  • Is The Sabbath the Seal of God?

    Exo 31:16 And the sons of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to do the Sabbath for their generations; it is a never ending covenant. 31:13 And you speak to the sons of Israel, saying, You shall surely keep my sabbaths; for it is a sign between me and you for your generation; to know that I am Jehovah your sanctifier.

    It is true that God said the Sabbath is a sign between Him and the Israelis. Jesus said Mar 2:27 …The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. – Jesus did not say that the Sabbath celebration belongs to all people, including converts. Nor did the apostles confirm this kind of doctrine. However, it is in force as part of ten commands “to keep it holy,” and the rest day is somewhat sabbatical, but does not include the pedantic commandments of the Sabbath. For example, the Sabbath rules stipulated how many steps a man could walk on the Sabbath. When the disciples returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, it was told to be “at sabbatical distance”. Act 1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. – Jesus also said that he was the Lord of the Sabbath!

    Thus, the Sabbath was given to the Israelis. OT is full of affirmations for this. This is a typical example (Mar 2:27) where the doctrine is constructed on the basis of one verse and overlooking many others.

     

  • When Is The Believer Sealed?

    Eph 1:13 You, too, have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed in him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed to the day of redemption.

    According to the Ephesians letter, a person receives the seal of the Holy Spirit of God upon becoming a believer. If a person remains in faith, the seal is secured until the day of redemption. Luke 21:28 But when these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near. – The day of redemption refers to the events of the end-time when the world will be liberalized from this satanic world order.

    Also, the angels can press the seal of God to man. The Revelation says: 7:2 And I saw another angel coming up from the rising of the sun, having a seal of the living God. And he cried with a great voice to the four angels to whom it was given to them to harm the earth and the sea, saying, 3 Do not harm the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, until we seal the servants of our God on their foreheads 4 I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000. Those who were sealed were from every tribe of Israel:
    9:4 And it was said to them that they should not harm the grass of the earth, nor every green thing, nor every tree, except only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

    The seal of God is a sign for the angels of God that they do not direct measures against the people with the seal. The beast, in turn, persecutes these people by killing them.

     

  • Mark of the Beast

    Is microchip the mark of the beast? A popular theory of modern times tells us that the microchip, which is implanted in the human body under the skin, is the mark of the beast told in the Bible. The microchip contains information about the human being, but also about its giver. Only a person with a microchip can buy or sell (Rev 13:17).

    The microchip cannot, however, be the mark of the beast mentioned in the Bible.

    Rev 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

    In verse 20:4 are described the saints who receive the authority to govern together with Christ. There are two kinds of these saints: 1. Those who have been executed for Christ, and 2. those who refused to bow to the beast image and to take the mark.

    These saints of the first resurrection are those who have died in Christ for the last two thousand years, or were Christ’s own at the time of his parousia. It is often thought that the mark of the beast is only in use at the end-time. However, it has been available for two thousand years. Microchip is, however, a very recent invention. During two thousand years no one has been able to take the chip on the forehead or hand simply because they have not existed. Rev. 20:4 proves that the saints had not taken the beast’s mark on his forehead or hand and had not bowed the image of the beast. However, when the saints were required to take the mark of the beast, and there was no microchip, the beast’s mark must have been something else than a modern microchip. It is characteristic for the saints, instead, that they have received another sign i.e. God’s seal from the Holy Spirit.

    Rev 14:9 And a third angel followed them, saying in a great voice, If anyone worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark on his forehead, or in his hand, – The chip cannot be taken on the forehead! Thus, the mark of the beast can not be a microchip!

    How could a microchip be installed in the hands of people around the world? Although installing a chip would be as easy as administering a vaccine, the “vaccination” of the billions of people with the microchip is not possible within the 42 months that the beast has time given.

    Why would the beast on the whole require people to take a physical mark to admit that he was a servant of the beast? If a man does not have the seal of God, the beast has got him! In the end of time there are two kinds of seals in the people: the seals of God and the marks of the beast. Both are invisible to the human eye, but God and his angels see and recognize theirs. Of course, Satan knows his own as God knows those of His.

    The seal of God is not a physical, outwardly visible characteristic. When a man is told that he is the image of God, it is visible only in his behavior, and only after the death of man and after his resurrection, he becomes like an image of the glorified Christ.

    2 Cor 1:22 who [God] having sealed us, and having given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
    5:5 God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit as a guarantee. 5:8 We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from this body and to live with the Lord.
    Eph 1:13 You, too, have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed in him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, Eph 4:30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.

    The beast’s mark as well as the beast’s image are not literal marks or images. The mark of the beast is the opposite of God’s seal. How should the beast’s mark be literally interpreted when there is no concrete seal of God? When God knows His own even though they do not have any physical mark, Satan will probably also recognize those who are his own in the same way. The seal of the Holy Spirit no more than the mark of the beast are physical signs, but the information stored in the human brain is what tells the truth about person’s choice between God and the beast.

    What does the denial of purchase and sale mean in connection with the description of the beast’s mark? No one should buy or sell if he has not the mark in his hand or forehead. During history, people have been persecuted for religious reasons, different groups of people. Many times Jews have been subject to persecution, but also Christians who have believed in a different way than would have been required by religious beliefs of Catholic origin. The life of such groups of people has become very difficult. Certain trade types may have been banned from them altogether and only trade in a particular part of the town has been open to them. Such groups of people have also had to live in one of the neighborhoods reserved for them, so they can be better controlled.

    The number of the beast is, therefore, according to the Bible, man’s number 666. In order to buy or sell people should have it written in either the right hand or on their foreheads, this figure 666 (or the name of the beast). This means that almost all people would have the number 666 in their hands. The information value of this mark would be very limited. Should it be put into the hands of children too, so that they could buy a candy bar at the store? Would such markings be of any use to the beast? Is it even technically possible to put a microchip in the hands of all the people in the short period of time that a beast has, i.e. 42 months. I think that people are mistaken at this point; the mark of the beast is not a physical mark in the hand or on the forehead as it was not a sign of God in Deut. 6th chapter, when people mistakenly believe that God wants people to hang their little cocoons in their foreheads.

    Having the Seal of God takes place in a spiritual renewal in which man is born again from above. To have the seal of God, we must strive and compete. On the other hand, having the mark of the beast is easy: man simply rejects God’s call and decides for himself that pursuit of the earthly pleasures is enough for him. In both cases, in human mind remain a track of the decision made. God and the angels, as well as the beast or Satan itself, can read what it reads in the human’s forehead (in the brain); what kind of deeds or decisions a person has made, God’s deeds or Satan’s.

    In the future, if current development continues, genuine Christians are a marginal group. Other mainstream Christians have become ecumenical under the Catholic Pope. Those who stick to the Apostolic faith are a spike in the flesh of nominal Christians. The true Christians need not to be labeled, but the surrounding society recognizes them from other people. The distinctive sign is, and has previously been, a different religious belief in the minds and hearts of people.

     

  • Image of God and Image of the Beast

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and—look!—all things have become new! (2 Cor 5:17).

    2 Cor 3:18 As all of us reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, we are being transformed into the same image with ever-increasing glory by the Lord’s Spirit.
    Rom 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
    1 Cor 15:49 And as we bore the image of the earthy man, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
    2 Cor 4:4 In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe to keep them from seeing the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. 1 Jhn 3:2 … We know that when the Christ is revealed, we will be like him

    If man is not the image of God he is the image of the beast.

    A statue cannot be the image of the beast spoken in the Bible because they would require an unlimited number so that all people could bow to them. Man has an image of himself. The children of God and the followers of Jesus are “images of God” and “new creations”. The believer and the person who does the will of God will change and become the image of his creator and glory.

    If the image of the beast is understood figuratively, it means the person lives according to the way of this world, as Paul has pointed out. Such people are, in the best case, be baptized as Christians, but spiritual truth does not interest them. They should buy “eyesalve” like all members of the Laodicean church who are indifferent – not cold or hot. By acquiring ’eyesalve’ that Jesus advised man receives spiritual wisdom and understanding, and they will see the truth. Otherwise, these people are “in the flesh,” and cannot please God:

    Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
    6 To set our minds on the flesh leads to death, but to set our minds on the Spirit leads to life and peace.
    7 That is why the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile toward God. For it refuses to submit to the authority of God’s law because it is powerless to do so.
    8 And those being in the flesh are not able to please God.
    9 You, however, are not of the flesh but under the control of the Spirit, since God’s Spirit lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him.
    2 Cor 3:5 By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God,

    To the image of the beast will be given breath so that the image would speak and those who do not worship the image will lose their lives. Rev 13:15 The second beast was allowed to give breath to the image of the [first] beast so that the image of the beast could talk and put to death those who would not worship the image of the beast.

    – I am inclined in my interpretations of the image of the beast to figurative explanation. Bowing the image of the beast and taking the beast’s mark would thus mean spiritual death. Spiritual death can in practical life mean that a person submits to the will of the rulers, even though he does not accept their political-religious command. That interpretation I have reached also by thinking about what in practice could follow from negligence to bow the image of the beast. Instead of literal killing, the punishment could be at the slightest separation from the church, followed by shunning of other members of the church. When a person is separated from the church and when no one even speaks to him, the life of such a person is like that of a dead person. In this way, people are forced to stay with the end-time apostate church when people should actually leave it. Bearing in mind that the whole world is subjected to the devil by the beast (the dragon), the self-preservation of the beast is enough for Satan. Satan is not interested in bowing, but from getting people rid of God’s connection, from the promised eternal life prize to the perdition with Satan. Satan will do anything that people would not buy Jesus’ eye cream.

     

  • Prophecies Concerning Israel in The Old And The New Testament

    For the Lord Jehovah does nothing unless he reveals his secrets to his servants the prophets (Amo 3:7)

    When we pause to reflect the importance of the above Bible verse, we realize the message to all of us is that all Jehovah our God has done or will do, is pre-announced to the prophets, which in accordance with the command have delivered these words of God to us.

    In 70 AD the temple of Jerusalem was broken up to earth, and the people of Israel were carried out all over the world. This diaspora has lasted nearly 2,000 years. The Jews have returned to the promised land since the late 19th century and established their own state. Israel’s coming into the diaspora and returning to one’s own country is an important omen of the Bible. Old prophets announced the punishment of God hundreds of years before their fulfillment, and Jesus told his disciples the emblem of fig tree describing the end of the diaspora almost two thousand years ago. It is therefore appropriate to study these Bible verses.

    The main themes of these predictions are therefore:
    – The Jews break their covenant with God
    – The Lord punishes and scatters his people around the world – The Lord will bring his people back to the promised land
    – The punishment continues and heavy incidents occur in Israel until the last residue is rescued.

    The Jews break their covenant with God: Jos 23:15 And it shall be, as every good thing which Jehovah your God has spoken to you comes to you, so shall Jehovah bring on you every evil thing, until He destroys you from off this good land which Jehovah your God has given to you,

    The Lord punishes and scatters his people around the world: Jer 29:17 o says Jehovah of Hosts, Behold, I am sending on them the sword, the famine, and the plague, and will make them like worthless figs which cannot be eaten from badness.

    The Lord will bring his people back to the promised land

    Jer 3:14 Return, O apostate sons, declares Jehovah; for I am Lord over you. And I will take you, one from a city, and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.

    Jer 12:15 And it shall be, after I have torn them out, I will return and have pity on them and will bring them again, each man to his inheritance and each man to his land.

    Jer 23:7 Behold, so the days come, says Jehovah, that they shall no more say, As Jehovah lives, who brought the sons of Israel up out of the land of Egypt; 8 but, As Jehovah lives, who brought up and led the seed of the house of Israel out of the land of the north, and from all the lands where I have driven them there. And they shall dwell on their own land.

    Jer 30:3 For, lo, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will turn the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, says Jehovah; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

    Jer 29:14 And I will be found by you, says Jehovah. And I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, says Jehovah. And I will bring you again into the place from which I sent you into exile, from there.

    Isa 27:12 And it shall be in that day, Jehovah shall thresh from the channel of the River to the torrent of Egypt; and you shall be gathered one by one, sons of Israel.

    27:13 nd it shall be in that day, the great ram’s horn shall be blown; and those perishing in the land of Assyria and the outcasts in the land of Egypt shall come and shall worship Jehovah in the holy mountain in Jerusalem.
    41:18 I will open rivers in bare places, and fountains in the midst of valleys; I will make the desert for a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
    Isa 44:21 Remember these, O Jacob, and Israel. For you are my servant; I have formed you; you are my servant, O Israel; you shall not be forgotten of me.
    22 I have blotted out your transgressions like a thick cloud; and your sins like a cloud. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

    Zep 3:14 Shout for joy, daughter of Zion; shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all the heart, daughter of Jerusalem!
    3:15 Jehovah has turned off your judgments; He has turned away your enemy. Jehovah, the King of Israel, is in your midst; you shall not fear evil any more.
    3:19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you. And I will save her who is lame, and gather her who was thrust out. And I will give them for a praise and for a name in all the land of their shame.
    3:20 In that time I will bring you, even in the time I gather you. For I will give you for a name and for a praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, says Jehovah.

    Eze 20:34 And I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands in which you are scattered among them with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out.
    41 I will accept you with a soothing aroma when I bring you from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you have been scattered in them. And I will be sanctified among you in the eyes of the nations.
    44 And you shall know that I am Jehovah when I have worked with you for my name’s sake, and not by your evil ways, nor by your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord Jehovah.
    Isa 51:11 Yea, the ransomed of Jehovah shall return and come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy shall be on their head; gladness and joy shall overtake them ; sorrow and sighing shall flee.

    Eze 34:12 As a shepherd seeks his flock in the day that he is among his scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep and will deliver them from all the places where they were scattered in a day of cloud and thick cloud. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the lands, and I will bring them to their land and feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the dwelling places of the land.

    Eze 36:7 So the Lord Jehovah says this: I have lifted up my hand, surely the nations that surround you, they shall bear their shame.
    36:10 And I will multiply men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it, and the cities shall be inhabited…
    37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one King shall be for a king to all of them. And they shall not be two nations still. And they will not be split into two kingdoms any more.
    37:24 nd My Servant, David, shall be King over them. And there shall be one Shepherd to all of them. And they shall walk in My judgments and keep my statutes, and do them.
    37:25 And they shall dwell on the land that I have given to my servant, to Jacob, there where your fathers dwelt in it. And they shall dwell on it, they and their sons, and the sons of their sons, forever. And my Servant David shall be a ruler to them forever.
    39:28 then they shall know that I am Jehovah their God who exiled them among the nations. But I have gathered them to their own land and have not left any of them there.

    The punishment continues and heavy incidents occur in Israel until the last residue is rescued:

    Jer 29:18 And I will pursue them with the sword, with the famine, and with the plague. And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and a terror, and a hissing, and a reproach among all the nations, there where I have driven them.

    Jer 30:10 And you, O my servant Jacob, do not fear, says Jehovah. Do not be terrified, O Israel. For, lo, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. And Jacob shall return, and have quiet, and be untroubled, and no one will make him afraid.

    11 For I am with you, says Jehovah, to save you. Though I make a full end among all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a full end with you. But I will correct you justly, and I will not leave you unpunished.

    Jer 30:22 And you shall be My people, and I will be your God.  23 Behold, the tempest of Jehovah: fury goes forth, a sweeping tempest; it shall swirl on the head of the wicked. 24 The fierce anger of Jehovah shall not turn back until He has finished, and until He has fulfilled the intentions of His heart. In latter days you will understand it.

    Isa 14:1 For Jehovah will have pity on Jacob, and will yet choose among Israel, and set them in their own land. And the stranger shall be joined to them; and they shall cling to the house of Jacob.

    Eze 12:16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the nations whither they shall come; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

    Hos 6:2 After two days He will bring us to life. In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live before Him.

    Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day is coming, burning like a fire pot; and all the proud and every doer of wickedness shall be chaff. And the coming day will set them ablaze, says Jehovah of hosts, which will not leave root or branches to them.

    Luk 21:29 And He spoke a parable to them: You see the fig tree and all the trees. 30 As soon as they produce leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 In the same way, when you see these things taking place, you will know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not disappear until all these things take place.

    Israel is portrayed figuratively with fig tree. What does ‘this generation’ mean in this context? It is therefore a generation in Israel. The state of Israel was founded in 1948, but establishing Israel has passed already over a generation. What other time than the establishment of the State could come into question? One could be the year 1967, when the Israeli forces in the war invaded all of Jerusalem, and it (the eastern part) was no longer trampled underfoot by the Gentiles. We can read from Jerusalem how Jerusalem is to be trampled by the Gentiles:

    Luk 21:24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be carried off as captives among all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

    The Fig Tree parable describes the evolution of time. The ripening of figs can therefore be interpreted as signifying the birth of Israel; the diaspora has partially disbanded, but the return of Jews has not yet ended. There are different interpretations of the times of the Gentiles and their ending. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses have interpreted that the times of the Gentiles, which lasted 2520 years, ended in 1914. From this year they began to calculate the “end of this generation”, which ends with the reign of God. The interpretation is obviously erroneous since more than a hundred years have passed since 1914 without the Kingdom of God coming to earth. Nor is there any consensus on the duration of generation; Most often, 70 or 80 years of length of the generation is announced.

    Amo 3:7 For the Lord Jehovah will do nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. – The secret is often given as a metaphor. The fig tree is a clear symbol of Israel. God, however, also speaks more clearly in words, such as, for example, Eze 36:24 For I will take you from the nations and gather you out of all the lands and bring you into your land. – This has already happened since the 1880s, after which millions of Jews from many countries have returned from their diaspora to their promised land, built cities and got the country to flourish. However, Israel is a small country and its people is negligible in relation to the surrounding land of the enemy.

    From the above verses, it is apparent that God announces many, many times through different prophets and at different times, about future events. The purpose of the repetition is to emphasize the certainty of the announcement; this is what will happen for both Israel and the rest of the world.

     

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