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END TIMES PROPHECY
WHY PROPHECY IS RELEVANT
Given that we’re clearly living in the latter days, it’s of immediate relevance that we have a solid understanding of biblical end times prophecy so we’re as prepared as possible for what’s to come. The trajectory is clear for those of us who are paying attention.
We’re now living in a world of rapidly declining morals and increased debauchery, tyrannical governments and endless wars. Christian persecution around the world is on the rise (see the World Watch List 2020) and, in the West, Christians are being criminalized and called haters for such things as declining to extend their services to same-sex “weddings”.
Meanwhile, our so called nation-states are ruled by those in the shadows of power who control all world politics; cryptocurrencies and microchip implants have made their debut, with it only being a matter of time before they become mainstream; Jesuit Pope Francis continues to promote inter-religious dialogue and asserts we all have the same Father, while mainstream “Christian” denominations march ever more enthusiastically to the ecumenical drumbeat that leads back to Rome.
All of this is bringing us closer and closer to a one world government (Revelation 13:7), a one world currency (Revelation 13:17) and a one world religion (Revelation 13:8), just exactly as is prophesied in the Bible.
The ruler of this one world system, prophesied to be the Antichrist, will set himself up as God from the yet-to-be-built Third Temple in Jerusalem. The only thing standing, literally, in the way of the coming Third Temple is the Dome of the Rock. Preparations, however, are already far advanced with architectural plans having been finalized and everything from the instruments and vessels to the priests and their priestly garments prepared and ready to go.
Post-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath Rapture
Tribulation and wrath are two separate periods during the end times.
The seven seals are opened during tribulation and the period is marked by wars, famine, disease and death. Close to the mid-point of the seven-year period, the Antichrist gains power and begins to persecute Christians, the saints, in an attempt to kill all of God’s children who have the testimony of Jesus Christ. This is the period referred to as great tribulation. The day of the Lord occurs just after the mid-point of the seven years, signifying the end of tribulation and great tribulation, the rapture of the saints, and the beginning of wrath.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:29)
Thus, the whole world will go through three and a half years of tribulation and saved Christians will endure a period of great tribulation prior to being caught up to meet Jesus in the clouds, what is commonly referred to as the rapture. Although the word rapture is not in the Bible, it stems etymologically from the Medieval Latin word raptura, which means seized or caught up and is equivalent to the Greek word ἁρπάζω (harpazō) used in the below verse:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
The seventh seal is then opened and, after “silence in heaven about the space of half an hour” (Revelation 8:1), God begins to pour out his wrath on the unbelievers for the remaining three and a half years. During this time, seven angels sound seven trumpets (Revelation 8:6) and seven angels pour out the seven vials of God’s wrath upon the earth (Revelation 15:7).
The Heresy of Dispensationalism
Dispensationalism, which permeates much of apostate Christianity, teaches that Jews are the chosen people and that the existence of the modern State of Israel is fulfillment of Bible prophecy. This Zionist teaching is the foundation of the false doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture, Satan’s way of ensuring a great many of those who call themselves Christians are entirely unprepared for tribulation and at risk of following the Antichrist. Truly saved Christians will not be deceived for they know and follow Christ’s voice (John 10:4) and “a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers” (John 10:5).
End times prophecy is woven throughout the Bible and it’s important to read and cross-reference all such chapters and verses.
The physical State of Israel is not the same as spiritual Israel. Knowing this is key to understanding both end times prophecy and the Bible itself. The false dispensationalist teaching on modern Israel has infiltrated many churches with large numbers of Christians believing that they must “stand with Israel” in order to be blessed themselves. This is a twisting of God’s promise to Abraham:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:2-3)
However, any Christian who reads their Bible, thoroughly, will know that the promise was made to Abraham and his seed, not seeds or descendants. That seed is Christ.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)
And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29)
Abraham’s seed is the body of believers who are justified by faith, just as Abraham was prior to circumcision.
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. (Romans 4:11-12)
There is a clear distinction in the Bible between spiritual Israel — all those who have put their full faith and trust in Christ for their salvation — and the physical descendants of Israel:
For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. (Romans 9:6-8)
Further, when exhorting the Colossians to put on all that pertains to the new man — that is, to the born-again believer — the apostle Paul refers to them as the elect:
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (Colossians 3:12-13)
Thus the true Israel, those who will be marching to Zion, are not those who “say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9; 3:9) “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Romans 2:28-29)