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A Critique And Rebuttal Of Dr. Dave Williams’ 20 Pieces Of Counsel To Survivors After The Rapture.

A Critique And Rebuttal Of Dr. Dave Williams’ 20 Pieces Of Counsel To Survivors After The Rapture.

What to Do if You Miss the Rapture

5:00PM EDT 3/29/2017

Dr. Dave Williams

Now is the time to repent. (Pexels)

It is possible to be a professing Christian and not actually be in the faith. Paul said, “Examine yourselves, seeing whether you are in the faith” (2 Cor. 13:5a). Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21-23).
If you are reading this after the rapture has occurred, it’s because you weren’t ready. Jesus said in Matthew 25:10 that “those who were ready went in … And the door was shut.”
Let me give you 20 pieces of counsel to survive this terrible time if you miss God’s first roundup, the rapture.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

The background to Dr. Dave Williams counsel is appropriate. He establishes the fact based firmly on the Scriptures that not all professing Christians are true believers in Jesus the Christ. It is therefore possible for one to be a church goer, and actively participate in the activities of the local assembly without a personal relationship with Jesus and without experiencing the transformative power of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. Like the Church of Sardis a professing Christian could have a reputation for being alive while in actual fact one is spiritually dead. Cuculus non facit monacum ( a hood does not make a monk ). The presence of all the paraphernalia of religion, and the use of all the right phrases are no indication of spiritual life or a living and vibrant relationship with the Living Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord. “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.” ( Rev.3:1‬ ).

It therefore behoves us as individual believers in Christ to examine ourselves from time to time whether we are in the Faith ( 2Cor.13:5a ). It is also possible for one to outwardly profess Jesus as Lord of one’s life without subjecting oneself to the lordship of Jesus. If one calls Jesus Lord but does not seek his will, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, hears and does not obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, to that extent, the one is a hypocrite. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” ( Matt.7:21-23 ). If one hears the word of God and does not do it, or hears a command from the Holy Spirit and does not obey, to that extent one is a hypocrite and lives in in disobedience. It is utterly foolish to hear the word of God and not walk in the light of that revelation. “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” ( Matt.7:26-27‬ ‭). On the other hand, those who hear the word of God and obey are the house with the foundation laid firmly in the rock. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” ( Matt.7:24-25‬ ‭).

Dr Dave Williams made reference to the parable of the ten virgins ( Matt.25:1-14 ), that the doors will be shut after the five wise virgins were allowed entry into the marriage of the Lamb. Admittedly, the marriage of the Lamb occurs in heaven after the Rapture of the Church at the End Of The Ages during which the wrath of God is mated out on the living wicked earth-dwellers. If the doors of heaven will be shut after the rapture to keep out the hypocrites, how does he account for the secondary entry of the unwise virgins into the marriage of the Lamb which the parable of the ten virgins does not support?

Dr. Dave Williams:

1. Do not believe the explanations given by the secular media.

Christians have not been beamed to some interplanetary spaceship to be reprogrammed. We have not been taken by aliens, and we’re not in Buenos Aires, Togo or Europe. We have left the earth on a cloud of glory to be with Jesus forever.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

How much of the world’s media houses will be functioning after the rapture is any one’s guess. Dr. Dave Williams assumes contrary to the Scriptures that the rapture occurs before the 70th week of Daniel, that the media houses will be functioning, spewing out deceptive messages to explain away the rapture. We have heard this mantra from the pretribbers for a long time. Our Lord Jesus in His Olivet Discourse firmly establishes that the Rapture occurs after the cosmic disturbances following the Great Tribulation. “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.” ( Matt.24:29-31‬ ‭). The sixth seal which parallels the cosmic disturbances after the Great Tribulation in the Olivet Discourse portends the wrath of God. It announces to the wicked earth-dwellers who will be left behind after the rapture that God is about to punish them for their evils. The condition on Earth at this time is one of utter chaotic confusion as men and women of every cadre scurry for cover under the rocks and the mountains having disposed to the moles and the bats the images of the Beast they have made for themselves to worship.

“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” ( Isaiah‬ ‭2:10-22‬ ‭).

This passage in Isaiah parallels Matt.24:29-31 and the sixth seal of Rev.6 in that they speak of condition on Earth following the cosmic disturbances and during the outpouring of the wrath of God.

“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? ( Rev.6:12-17‬ ‭).

The waves will be roaring, and men’s hearts are failing them for fear of those things that are coming upon the Earth. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” ( Luke‬ ‭21:25-28‬ ‭). This is the chaotic condition under which the rapture shall occur. It is under this condition that the believers are admonished by Christ to “look up, lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh”

If the high and low, all the great and rich men as well as the poor are all on the run for their dear lives following the breaking of the sixth seal and the attendant cosmic disturbances, how could anyone at this time be spewing out false propaganda messages to the world, at a time when communication is severely hampered by severe earthquakes, tsunamis, darkening of the sun and moon, and wild fires caused by comets, meteorites, and asteroids impinging on the Earth from outer space? During and immediately after the cosmic disturbances, it will be extremely difficult for anyone to fly aircrafts. The darkened sun and moon and stars will frozen the Earth and darken the heavens. It is under this condition that the Shekinah will appear in the heavens which is the sign of the coming ( Parousia ) of the Son Of Man. Every eye will see Him, and the inhabitants of the Earth shall mourn ( Matt.24:30b; Rev.1:7 ). Then will He dispatch His angels to rapture the elect.

How can anyone at this time be reading newspapers and viewing programmes on televisions? Which media houses are churning out these newspapers? How are they being distributed? Which television station will be operating under this condition of worldwide chaos? The electromagnetic pulse waves ( EMP ) and coronal mass ejections ( CME ) caused by meteorites, asteroids and comets falling on the Earth from out space will disrupt telecommunications. It will take some time for the antiChrist and the other kings of the Earth to effect some repairs. These are phantasy stories fabricated by the Devil and his agents to hoodwink the saints into thinking the rapture will take place under normal conditions, the remnants of the inhabitants of the Earth would then be saddled with the responsibility of inventing stories to explain away the rapture. After the rapture no one is at liberty or has the pleasure to concoct such stories as Christians have been beamed to interplanetary spaceship to be reprogrammed, or whisked away by aliens to Togo, Buenos Aires, or Europe; for what follows the rapture is the Day Of Lord Wrath which will put every man on Earth on the run for his dear life.

Dr. Dave Williams:

2. Get rid of your cell phone.

If you do not agree with the government of the final shabua and the charming world leader, you will be hunted. Your cell phone can be tracked. Throw it in a river or lake far from where you are going to be.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

The Hebrew word shavua means week or seven. It could be a week or seven of days, months or years. It is the context that determines the meaning. It is singular. The plural form is Shavuot as in the Hebrew feast of weeks or Pentecost. The final shavua therefore is the last seven years of the present age. It is the last week of the 70 weeks of Danial.

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” ( Daniel‬ ‭9:24-27‬ ‭).

69 of the 70 weeks are history. We are now in the prophetic gap of time between the 69th and the 70th week or seven. This gap of time is called variously the Gentile Interlude, the Church Age, the Mysterion, or simply the Gap. Each of these terms and phrases reflect various aspects of this period of time.

Dr. Dave Williams assumes without biblical proof, as do all pretribs that the whole of the 70th seven is the period of God’s wrath, and because the Church is exempt from the wrath of God, the Church must be raptured before the wrath of God commences at the beginning of the 70th week when the antiChrist signs a 7-year peace agreement with Israel ( 1Thess.1:10, 5:9; cp Dan.9:27 ). Do the Scriptures teach that the Church will not enter the 70th week of Daniel? Our brother Apostle Paul taught the Thessalonians that that day, the day in which the rapture will occur and the Day Of The Lord will begin will not come until two events occur: 1 ) the revelation or unveiling of the Man Of Sin, that is the antiMessiah, and 2 ) apostasy, a massive abandonment of the faith. The first event, the revelation of the Man Of Sin, the antiChrist occurs at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel ( 2Thess.2:3,4 ) when he relocates his headquarters to the rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem ( Dan.11:45 ).

The massive exodus from the Faith is specific, not nebulous, and occurs beginning from the midpoint of the 70th week, during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist, and is triggered by the self-deification of the antiChrist and his demand of worship by all mortals, the abomination of desolation and surrounding Jerusalem with his armies in what biblical scholars call the Jerusalem Campaign. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.” ( Matthew‬ ‭24:15-18; cp Mark 13:15-20‬ ‭).

The abomination of desolation occurs at the same time as the surrounding Of Jerusalem with the armies of the antiMessiah. “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” ( Luke‬ ‭21:20-24‬ ‭).

The first three and one-half years will witness the emergence of false messiahs, wars, commotions, and rumours and threats of wars, and famines, pestilence and earthquakes ( Matt.24:4-8; Mk.13:5-8; Luk.21:8-11; Rev.6:1-6 ). During this period, the condition on the Earth will be one of war, and death will be brutal, but the believers and Jews will not be specifically targeted as in the second half of the 70th week during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. So, there is a window of three and one-half years for believers who understand the End Times to prepare safe havens beginning from the time the antiChrist signs a 7-year peace pact with Israel. We must avoid going to those locations with any gadgets that have GPS. This sequence of events is the same as in the Olivet Discourse given by our Lord Jesus the Christ ( Math.24, Mak.13, Luk.21 ), and in Rev. 6.

Due to exponential increment in technology, it is estimated that by the year 2027, smartphones may become obsolete, to be replaced by augmented and virtual reality headsets or neural lace and nanobots planted in the brain. In other words we would have become cyborgs, a situation a true believer must avoid at all costs. Man-machine meld is antiGod. Transhumanism is antiGod. Beginning from the breaking of the sixth seal which is associated with cosmic and celestial disturbances, these electronic gadgets may no longer function. After the rapture is the wrath of God. The wicked earth-dwellers will naturally dispense with all communication gadgets which are images of the antiChrist for fear of the Lord and the glory of His Majesty ( Isa.2:10-22; Rev.6:12-17 ).

Dr. Dave Williams:

3. Do not kill yourself.

Whenever there’s social disorder and confusion, people tend to think suicide is the only way out. It’s not. You probably feel hopeless, but there is still hope. The Holy Spirit will still be working during the final shabua. Pray and ask Him to guide you, give you strength and dwell in you.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

During the Day Of The Lord, lots of folks who have been deceived would like to kill themselves out of anguish of soul and remorse of conscience, but will not be able, especially those who have been branded with the mark of allegiance to the antiMessiah. These have sinned beyond repentance. In spite of their desire to die, they will not repent of theirs sins. “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭9:20-21 ).

Men will desire to die but death will flee from them. They killed those who did not want to die during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. They themselves will desire death, but their wish will not be granted ( Rev.9:5,6 ). The fifth trumpet judgment will torment those who do not have the seal of the Almighty for five months ( Rev.9:4 ). The agent of this torment will be demons with the physiognomy of locusts and sting of scorpions who have been incarcerated in the bottomless pit for thousands of years ( Rev.9:1-3 ). These demons are fallen angelic beings who did not keep their first estate, but cohabited with human females, which was a satanic attempts to hybridise the human race during the antedeluvian era ( Gen.6:1-8 ). God spared Noah and his family because they were pure, that is unhybridised. Today as in the antediluvian era, effort is being made to hybridize humanity not only through intermarriage between fallen angels and human females but also through alteration of human genome by bioengineering. Don’t ever think that everyone on Earth is a pure human. There are humanized demons and demonized humans.

Away from the prying eyes of activists, scientists are attempting to incorporate animal and plant genes into human genome. In not distant a future, the world would pressure us to become cyborgs through biometric implants in various parts of the body and neural mesh and nanobots injected into the brain. This will present serious challenges to the younger generation of believers who may be under pressure to conform or become obsolescent and irrelevant and be economically maginalized. Man wants to be a Homo Deus independent of God which is an affront on God.

After the deluge, God imprisoned the spirits of these fallen angelic beings under darkness waiting to be employed to punish the wicked earth-dwellers during the fifth trumpet judgment ( Jude 6 ). Their incarceration in the abyss for thousands of years have rendered them more vile and wicked than ever. Nevertheless, they cannot go beyond the command of God. They have a king over them who is  the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon which means destruction or destroyer ( Rev.9:11 ). The antiChrist is one of these fallen angelic beings ( Rev.11:7, 17:8 ). He is the Beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit, and shall go into perdition, that is, descend back into the bottomless pit.

It is interesting that Dr. Dave Williams teaches that the Holy Spirit will still be here during the 70th week of Daniel. Most pretribbers believe the Holy is the restrainer, and will hitchhike with the Church when the rapture occurs before the Great Tribulation. Some others teach the restrainer is human government. Human government will still be here till the sounding of the seventh trumpet at which point God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth, and will not be totally defeated and dispensed with till Armageddon. “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” ( Rev.11:15‬ ‭). Human government shall be at the apogee of its glory when Jesus takes over the kingdoms of This Age. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” ( Dan.2:44-45‬ ‭).

The Holy Spirit has been here even before the creation of man. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” ( Gen.1:1-2 ). The Holy Spirit has been present throughout Israel’s history. ” The Lord God and His Spirit has sent me.” The kings of Israel, the prophets of Israel, the warriors of Israel, David’s mighty men were anointed of the Holy Spirit. Bazeleel and Aholiab were anointed of the Holy Spirit to construct the Tabernacle in the wilderness. John the Baptizer was filled with the Holy Spirit from the mother’s womb though he was not part of the bride of Christ. He described himself as a friend of the bridegroom. Jesus was baptized with the Holy Spirit. What happened on the day of Pentecost was a new relationship between God and man based on the framework of a new order, the New Covenant. After closure of the Church Age at the rapture, the Holy Spirit will continue to be here. The Holy Spirit is God, and as such is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. On that count, I totally concur with Dr. Dave Williams. The Holy Spirit need not hitchhike with the Church on the day of rapture.

The restrainer is an OT doctrine. He is a well known figure in Judaism. His personality is not arguable amongst Orthodox Jews. He is archangel Michael who standeth for God’s people ( Dan.12:1; 2Thess.2:6,7 ). He will cast Satan down to the Earth at the midpoint of the 70th week, after which he will “amad”, that is step aside ( Rev.12:7-9, 13-17; Dan.12:1 ), and then the Man Of Sin shall be unveiled. Believers will certainly be here during the greater part of the 70th week, it will be wise to pray and ask God for guidance, direction, and strength, and not to take one’s own life. But there will be extreme situations in which it may be wise for a believer to take one’s own life rather than live and give away vital information that may betray other believers, compromise their security, and jeopardize the lives of loved ones. Discretion will be required in this sort of situation. Situation ethics may apply; that is do as occasion demands.

Dr. Dave Williams:

4. Repent immediately and make your peace with God.

If you’re reading this after the rapture, you’ve already witnessed many of the events we described. Now is the time to repent. Jesus Christ is the only Savior and only way to heaven (John 14:6). Pray, “Lord Jesus, be merciful to me. I have sinned against you. Save me now. I receive you as my personal Savior.” For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13).

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

We have established based on Scriptures that the condition on Earth under which the rapture will take place will be one of utter chaotic confusion. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” ( Luke‬ ‭21:25-28‬ ‭). People of all cadre will be running helter-skelter for fear of those things which are coming upon the Earth. At the breaking of the sixth, the living wicked earth-dwellers will be scurrying for cover under the rocks and mountains, and caves, invoking these to fall upon them and to hide them from the wrath of the Lamb, for the day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand? ( Rev.6:15-17 ). The atheist, the humanist will know automatically that there is God, and that He is about to punish the wicked earth-dwellers for their evils. All proponents of false religions will know intuitively that they have been deceived and have themselves deceived others. Evil men shall wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived ( 2 Tim.3:13 ). The very same day the rapture takes place, the seventh seal will be broken and the wrath of God begins.

After the rapture, there will be two major groups of people left on Earth, the branded Jews and Gentiles, and the unbranded Jews and Gentiles. The branded Jews and Gentiles who constitute the majority are those who received the mark of the Beast. They are doomed for eternity. This is the content of the message of the third angelic announcement. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” ( Rev.14:9-11‬ ‭). The unbranded Jews and Gentiles can be further divided into unbranded Gentiles and unbranded Jews. The unbranded Jews can be further divided into two groups, the 144,000, and others. The 144,000 shall be brought into saving relationship with the God of Israel and sealed with the seal of God for protection from the wrath of God shortly before the rapture of the Church ( Rev.7:1-8 ). They are hidden in Bozrah, in the Edomite wilderness, in the red rose city of Petra in modern day Jordan, which in OT Times was called Sela, and in NT times Pella ( Isa.16:1-5; Mic.2:12,13 ).

The Church Age ends with the rapture of the Church ( Rom.11:26 ). The two witnesses are the only servants of God with active ministry in the second half of the 70th week after the rapture of the Church. And their ministry is limited more or less to the vicinity of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem albeit with worldwide effect ( Rev.11:1-14 ). God will not leave Himself without a witness on Earth. It is like the handing over of a baton in a relay race. The Church is raptured into heaven and Israel becomes God’s only witness on Earth. The remaining unbranded Jews other than the 144,000 are the ones saying peace and safety, not knowing that they will have to go through the trumpet judgments segment of the wrath to be purged, purified and cleansed from the defilement of sin. “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” ( 1 Thess.5:1-3‬ ‭).

The Jews who are not branded with the marked of the Beast nor sealed with the seal of God are the ones who will shout peace and safety after the appearance of the Shekinah in the heaven, because they think the Messaiah of Israel has come to deliver them from persecution by the antiChrist, not knowing they have to go through the trumpet judgments unprotected in order to be purged, purified, and cleansed. The prophet Amos chided them saying: “Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?” ( Amos‬ ‭5:18-20‬ ‭).

Of all the unbranded remnants after the rapture of the Church, they are the ones living in expectation of deliverance from Jacob’s trouble by the arrival of the Messiah. The prophet Amos ridiculed them saying, woe unto you that desire the Day Of The Lord! To what End is it for you? It is darkness and not light. It will be as though a man did flee from a lion ( the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble), and a bear ( the wrath of God ) met him; or went into his house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent ( the wrath of God ) bit him. For them, the Day Of The Lord is darkness and not light. It shall be very dark, and no brightness in it. It will be a day of gloominess.

The unbranded Gentile remnants know nothing about the Day Of The Lord. They shall go through it unprotected. The trumpet judgments are general. The ones exempt from them are the 144,000 from the twelves tribes of Israel who are branded with the seal of God. Those branded with the mark of the Beast are specifically targeted in the last seven bowl judgments. The unbranded Gentiles may suffer collateral damage. The unbranded Gentiles who survive the wrath of God shall appear at the Sheep and Goat judgment ( Matt.25:31-46 ). Those who are justified, the sheep shall enter the Millennium to repopulate the Earth alongside the Jewish remnants who are purged, purified, and cleansed through the trumpet judgments. These Jews will come to the saving knowledge of God on the third day after the close of the 70th week in order to complete the spiritual kingdom of God and finish the mystery of God ( His.6:1-3; Rev.10:7 ). Of the total number of Jews who pass through the time of Jacob’s trouble ( Jer.30:7 ), only a third shall survive. This one-third shall be passed through the six trumpet judgments in order to purge, purify, and cleanse them ( Zech.13:8,9 ). Probably, only a tenth of them shall make it to the Millennium ( Isaiah 6:13 ). I am not dogmatic about this.

Because we thus teach, orthodox Jewish rabbis regard us as theological antisemites. The scornful leaders of Israel say never again, but the truth is that a worse persecution than the holocaust will come upon the Jews all over the world, and worst still, in the land of Israel. Would God their leaders had understanding concerning this matter, then they would prepare for the protection of the Jewish people rather than deny the inevitable. This is the sin of presumption. We Christians sometimes are guilty of the same. We presume what will happen, and make our confessions according. But God has not spoken, or we have no word of God to back it up. Faith begins where the will of God is known. Whatever is not of faith is sin. Faith is always based on the word of God, not just human desires. Human desires which are not in consonance with God’s word are not God’s will at all no matter how lofty the ideal on which they are founded.

The psalmist prayed that God will prevent him from committing the sin of presumption. “Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” ( Psalms‬ ‭19:12-13‬ ‭). How can one be upright and free from the Great Transgression? By being cleansed from secret faults, and being kept back from presumptuous sins. The Jewish rabbis and the scornful leaders of Israel are not cleansed from secret faults. They are not free from presumptuous sins. They err by saying never again in contradiction to the teaching of the Scriptures.

Does anyone love Israel more than I do? Do I write this out of hatred for the Jewish people? No. These things are painful to my heart. Let all men be liars, but God remaineth true ( Rom.3:4 ). The word of God is truth. Father sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth ( Jon.17:17 ). There is a sense in which every man is a liar. We have all lied and dissembled at one time or the other. But shall we continue in falsehood when the truth has been revealed to us in His word? No matter what we say, they will seek refuge in lies and security in falsehood and enter into agreement with Sheol. Therefore when the overflowing scourge shall pass through they shall become its trampling place. And it shall be so terrifying to them to understand the report when they are subverted by the antiMessiah ( Isa.28:15,18,19 ).

Shortly before the sounding of the 7th trumpet, they shall be brought into saving relationship with the God of Israel in order to complete the spiritual kingdom of God as the mystery of God is finished ( Rev.10:7 ). On that day, they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced and mourn for Him as one mourneth for his only son. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddo. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.” ( Zech.12:10-14‬ ‭).

Any professing Christian who is left behind after the rapture is not a true believer at all. After the rapture no one can be saved and become a member of the body of Christ as we are today. Admittedly, Jesus is the only name under the heavens given amongst men whereby we must be saved ( Acts 4:12 ). He is the only way, the truth, and the life ( Jon.14:6 ). It is true that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved ( Rom.10:13 ). The branded Jews and Gentiles will never repent. The unbranded Jews are still stiff-necked until their stubbornness is broken by passage through the trumpet judgments, when they see that their Messiah has nail pierced hands. Salvation after the rapture is not as easy as our brother Dr. Dave Williams has painted. He thinks the scenario will be as it is in the Church Age. It is obvious he has not critically examined this issue in the light of the Scriptures.

Let summarize what the Scriptures say about salvation after the Rapture. After the Rapture, the 144,000 virgins from the household of Israel are given special protection having been sealed with the name of God just prior to the Rapture. The surviving Jewish remnants who were not branded with the mark of allegiance to the antiChrist shall be passed through the six trumpets to be purged, purified, and cleansed before reconciliation to God on Day 3 of the 30-Day Reclamation Period. The branded unbelievers who constitute the majority of the Earth’s population at that time, both Jews and Gentiles who have received the mark of allegiance to the Beast shall go through the wrath of God, and shall finally be liquidated at Armageddon. The unbranded unbelieving Gentiles shall go through the whole wrath of God during the Day Of The Lord. They shall not be specifically targeted during the 7 bowl judgments, neither shall they be offered any protection. Therefore they suffer some collateral damages. At the end of Armageddon, they shall appear at the Sheep And Goat Judgment. The Goats, the condemned shall be liquidated. The Sheep, those who shall be acquitted, shall enter the Millennium to repopulate the Earth alongside their Jewish counterparts.

Whether the 144,000 will be translated and given glorified eternal immortal resurrection bodies at the beginning of the Millennium or permitted to live in the Millennium in their natural death-doomed bodies is anyone’s guess. I am of the opinion that since they were celibates and virgins ( Parthenoi ) all their lives, they may not need to continue to live in their natural bodies, marry and beget children during the Millennium, which is a heavy burden. They may be translated into glorified eternal immortal saints inasmuch as they shall be always part of His Royal Majesty’s entourage in the Millennium. “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” ( Rev.14:1-5 ). They are without fault having been washed by the blood of the Lamb. They follow Him wherever He goes. They stand before His Throne. They minister before the Throne of God. They stand in His
presence all the time.

Dr. Dave Williams:

5. Make sure you have a printed Bible.

You will not want any electronic tablets during the Tribulation. God’s Word and promises will still work after the rapture because Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away” (Matt. 24:35). Keep your Bible in a safe place because when the Antichrist’s government takes over, he will eventually try to destroy all the Bibles.
Read the Ten Commandments and follow them (Ex. 20:1-17). God’s grace is still available, but after the church is gone, the age of grace has concluded, and everything reverts to something like Old Testament times.
Make sure you read Daniel 2-12. Chapter 12 will give you the general time Jesus is coming the second time. Read Matthew 24, Mark 13, 1 Thessalonians 5, 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation. Everything will begin to make sense to you.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

Pretribbs generally divide the 70th week into two halves. The first they dubb the Tribulation, and the second half the Great Tribulaion. The whole of the 70th week they call the Tribulation Period. Admittedly, the 70th week of Daniel is a period of trouble. The first half witnesses the emergence of false christs, wars, commotions, and threats of wars, and then famine, pestilences, and earthquakes. That there are troubles in the first half of the 70th week does not warrant it should be labeled the The Tribulation. There have been many periods of trouble in the history of man on Earth but they are not The Ribulation. The first half is a time of treaties between nations, subtle peace diplomacy, wars, commotions, threats of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, but That does not make it The Tribulation. There are no scriptural bases to label the whole of the second half of the 70th week the Great Tribulation. If the whole of the second half of the 70th week is the Great Tribulation, whatever happened to the Cosmic and celestial disturbances, the Shekinah in the heavens, the final harvest, the breaking of the seventh seal and the first six trumpets all of which occur in the second half of the 70th week of Daniel? The second half witnesses the Great Tribulation, the Cosmic disturbances, the appearance of the Shekinah in the heavens which is the coming of the Son Of Man, the sealing of the 144,000, the rapture of the Church, and the first six trumpet judgments of the wrath of God. The death of the two witnesses marks the terminus-ad-quem of the 70th week. But the pretribulationists teach that the whole of the second half of the 70th is the Great Tribulation whereas the Scriptures teach that the Great Tribulation is cut shut or better still to use the scriptural term amputated ( Greek: koloboo ) by the cosmic disturbances which is the sixth seal of Revelation 6. The fifth seal is a heavenly scene and is coincident with the fourth seal, the Great Tribulation. The fifth seal does not advance the chronology of events in the second half of the 70th week, inasmuch as it is concurrent and simultaneously with the fourth seal. As soon as the saints are martyred here on Earth, their disembodied spirits and souls are arriving in heaven, and are quartered under the Golden Altar Of Incense, from where they make their plea of vengeance to God. Does this scenario warrant dubbing the whole of the 70th week, the Tribulation Period? This phraseology is problematic and biased in that it builds an a priori case for pretribulation rapturism. The pretribber Thomas Ice says the prewrathers are chopping up the second half of the 70th week. We are not the ones who chopped it up but the word of God did. What we have done is to show the details which the Scriptures have outlined.

Dr. Dave Williams teaches us that the rapture occurs before the commencement of the 70th week of Daniel, bringing closure to the Church Age. How then does one account for the so called Tribulation saints who are martyred under the fourth seal and arrive in heaven under the fifth seal? When they made their plea of vengeance to God, He answered in the affirmative, but instructed them to be patient until the number of their fellow believers to be martyred is complete. He did not say that those to be martyred were left behind due to their unpreparedness. There is a complement of believers to martyred during the Great Tribulation. When that number is complete, God cuts shut the Great Tribulation with cosmic disturbances. This number is not revealed to in the Scriptures ( Deut.29:29 ). Pretribbers teach that the wrath of God begins at the start of the 70th week. That will make God responsible for all the troubles of the first half of the 70th week as well as the Great Tribulation and the death of martyrs under the altar in heaven at the breaking of the fifth seal. If the wrath of God begins at the beginning of the 70th week, would God ask the martyrs in heaven to wait until their fellows believers have been martyred as well? Has God forgotten that His wrath has already started? Do we begin to see what an impossible to defend position that is pretribulation rapturism?

Dr. Dave Williams made reference to the Olivet Discourse ( Matt.24; Mk:13 ), and 1 &2 Thessalonians. He indicated that these Scriptures will give us an inkling of the general time period of the coming of the Lord, but not the Day and the hour. The question that arises in one’s mind is will there be two comings of the Lord, first to rapture the Church before the beginning of the 70th week, and second to punish the wicked. But the Bible teaches that once the rapture takes place, what follows is the punishment of the wicked. Pretribbers affirm the same in that they teach that the wrath of God begins at the start of the 70th after the Church is raptured pretribulationally. If the the wrath of God has begun at the commencement of the 70th week, why the delay into the second half of the 70th week before His coming? But the Scriptures teach that there is only one coming of the Lord to rapture the Church, and to punish the wicked for their evils and impenitence; for that is what parousia means, coming and subsequent presence with in order to accomplish certain purposes. In His post-resurrection speech on a Mount in the Galilee, Jesus promised His disciples who were representative of the protochurch as well as of Israel, ” I am with you always, even unto the End of the Ages. Amen” ( Matt.28:20b ). He told His disciples, ” And ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake: but he that endureth unto the end shall be saved” ( Matt.10:22 ). The coming ( parousia ) of the Lord occurs at the End Of The Ages. The very same day the Church is raptured, the wrath of God begins. The same day Noah entered the Ark, the rain deluged the heavens ( Gen.7:11; Luk.17:26,27; ). The same day Lot left Sodom and Gomorrah, the heavens rained fire and sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah, and the other cities of the plain, Zeboim, and Adamah ( Luk.17:28-30 ).

The question His disciples asked Him on the Mount of olives relates to His coming and Of the End of the Ages. ” What shall be the sign of thy coming and Of the End of the Ages?” ( Matt.24:3b ). The coming of the Lord and the End Of The Ages are concurrent. When He comes, He takes away His own, and punishes the wicked. “And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.” ( Mark‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭). “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.” ( Luke‬ ‭21:9‬ ‭). The pretribbers have jumped the ropes. The End will not come until after wars and rumours of wars. The End will not come until the gospel is preached to all the world. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” ( Matt.24:14‬ ‭). At the midpoint of the 70th week, the everlasting gospel will be proclaimed by the first horizontal flying angel. “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” ( Rev.14:6-7‬ ‭). If the Church Age has closed with the rapture, and I concur, everything has reverted back to OT times as Dr. Dave Williams proposes, why is the gospel of the kingdom preached in the midst of the Great Tribulation?

Let us now examine some classical rapture passages. Our brother, Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians that that day will not come until there be a falling away first, and the Man Of Sin be revealed. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” ( 2 Thess.2:3-5‬ ‭). The apostasy or massive abandonment of the Faith will occur when the Man Of Sin is unveiled in the Temple of God at the midpoint of the 70th week. How then can the rapture be pretribulational? In the Olivet Discourse, the coming of the Lord and the upward gathering ( episunagoge ) of the elect occur after the tribulation of those days. “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.” ( Matt.24:29-31‬ ‭).

The other two passages of Scriptures relate the rapture and the coming of the Lord to the last Trump or Trumpet as does also Matt.24:31. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” ( 1 Thess.4:13-18‬ ‭). “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” ( 1 Cor.15:50-52‬ ‭). The Greek word harpazo is rendered caught up by the KJV. The Latin Vulgate renders it rapiemur. The English word rapture is a derivative of the Latin rapere. The rapture is associated with the blowing of the last trumpet as in these three classical rapture passages.

In ancient Israel, as is also practised till today, the trumpet is blown at the new moon, the calling of a solemn assembly, on Israel’s feast days, and to prepare for war. “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee. When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward. When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys. But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations. And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God.” ( Numbers‬ ‭10:1-10‬ ‭).

When the last trumpet is blown, the sons of God are gathered into His presence for solemn assembly in heaven, and then the God of Israel, the Man-o-war goes to war with the kings of the Earth. This event will most probably occur on the new moon as the whole is enveloped in dark at the breaking the sixth seal which is celestial disturbances until dispelled by the appearance of the Shekinah in the heavens. What then is the last trump? It is the breaking of the seventh seal. There is an interlude between the sixth and the seventh seals. During this interlude, the Shekinah appears in the heavens, God dispatches His angels with the sound of the trumpet to gather together His elect from one end of the heavens to the other. Thereafter, God goes to war with His enemies, the living wicked earth-dwellers and the kings of the kingdoms of the Earth and their armies. The same day the Church is taken away, the seventh seal is broken, and the wrath of Commences. The seventh seal does not have any judgments of its own but opens in the seven trumpets. Can we see why then the seventh seal is the last trump?

Relating this to the feasts of Israel, the last day of the 70th week is the Day of atonement, Yom Kippur as Israel mourns for her first born ( Zech.12:10-14 ). On this third day after the 70th week, the mystery of God is finished ( Hos. 6:1,2,3; Rev.10:7 ) as the unbranded remnants of Israel that have survived the 70th week are brought into saving relationship with the God of Israel, having been purged, purified, and cleansed from defilement of sin by passage through the Great Tribulation, and the first six trumpet judgments. At the end of the 70th week, the first three of the six things that have to do with sin to be accomplished during the 70 weeks are history. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” ( Daniel‬ ‭9:24‬ ‭).

On the fifth day, the seventh trumpet is sounded and God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth ( Rev.11:15 ). This event shall take place on Mount Zion in the company of the 144,000 of the remnant of Israel. “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” ( Rev.14:1-5‬ ‭). These were brought into a saving relationship with the God of Israel, and sealed with the seal of God shortly before the rapture of the Church ( Rev.7:1-9 ).

The fifth day into the 30-Day reclamation period is the feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot. The kings of the Earth will be infuriated by God reclaiming His rule over the Earth and will react by massively invading the land of Israel. “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” ( Rev.11:18‬ ‭). God’s fury shall come on His forehead, He shall wipe these kings and their kingdoms out at the Armageddon Campaign ( Rev.16,19 ).

The Euphrates River will be dried up either supernaturally or by an engineering feat to make way for the kings of the East to transport their armies to the scene of the War of Armageddon which ends on the last day of the 30-Day reclamation period ( Rev.16:12 ). Am persuaded it shall be by supernatural means considering the facts of the condition on Earth during the ongoing wrath of and that there is but a few days to Armageddon. In this war, the armies of the kingdoms of the Earth will be utterly annihilated by Christ and His heavenly hosts ( Rev.19:17-21 ). The antiMessiah and the false prophet shall be taken captive and cast alive into the Lake of fire and brimstone. Within the next 45 days, the Earth shall be restored by Christ, and the Fourth and Millennial Temple built ( Ezek.40-43 ). On the last day of the 45-Day restoration period is the feast of Hanukkah, which is 70 days from from the feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot, the day God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth, or 75 days from the end of the 70th week or the Day of Atonment, Yom Kippur.

We do not have to wait till after the rapture for these passages of the Holy Scriptures to make sense to us. They make sense to us right now. As par soft copies of the Bible, we have already established that it is senseless to use anything electronic or has GPS during the second half of the 70th week. It will only betray ones location. It will be wise to acquire plenty of hard copies of the Bible during the first half of the 70th week as we prepare safe havens. Obviously, the antiChrist will not like us to have access to the Bible in whatever form during his allotted period. It might even be outlawed by a decree. As always the commandments of the first and second tablets contain the principles of the Golden rule of love. To love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves is to fulfill the Ten Commandments. On these two Golden rules of love hang all the law, the prophets, and the writings. In them also, they are fulfilled. During the 70th week, more so during the Great Tribulation in the second half, iniquity shall abound, and the love of many shall grow cold ( Matt.24:12 ). Pastors have enormous task to begin now to instruct their congregations to walk in love, and practice communitarian system of collective co-existence as also did the the early Church in Jerusalem ( Acts 2:44-47, 4:34-37 ). We should love one another, flow into one another, and share our possessions with one another. This is a tall order for the Church at the moment especially in Europe and North America and some cities of Africa where the western lifestyle has been given fillip by individualism, commercialism, and consumerism imported from the west which have have arrived our shores. The book of prophet Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians make sense to us now, to get ready to face the antiChrist during the Great Tribulation and not succumb to his propaganda and terror.

Dr. Dave Williams:

6. Leave your home and get away from the cities, especially the big cities.

You’re going to be tempted to wait and see what happens, but if you do, it will be a fatal mistake, just as it was for the Jews who waited too long during the holocaust years. Go to some remote area. Learn to live off the land. Don’t take your cell phone because you can be tracked down. Disconnect the transponder on your vehicle, or ditch the vehicle altogether.
Make sure your family is safe and in agreement with your decision to leave. Take them if they will come. If not, you must go alone.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

As we have established, Dr. Dave Williams assumes without biblical proof that the rapture occurs before the antiChrist signs a 7-year peace pact with Israel which marks the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel. These are good pieces of advice which should be given to believers today. The proper time to implement these pieces of counsel will be during the first half of the 70th week of Daniel. If anyone waits till the rapture has occurred before implementing these pieces of advice, the one will be caught off guard, because after the rapture the Day Of The Lord begins which is the outpouring of God’s wrath on the living wicked earth-dwellers, worshippers, and adorers of the Dragon-Beast. I am persuaded that believers who are conversant with the End Times will recognize the antiChrist when he signs a 7-year peace treaty with Israel before his unveiling to the rest of humanity at the midpoint of the 70th week when he relocates his headquarters to the rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem from somewhere in the land of Magog or even from Babylon if he relocated there earlier ( Dan.11:45 ). Below is an excerpt on survival tips from my article The Great Tribulation. You may read the full article on our website: mtzionheritage.com.

Survival Tips

We are now in the gap of time between the 69th and the 70th weeks of Daniel. On May 14, 1948, Israel became an independent nation. On 7th June, 1967 Israel regained control of her Holy City, Jerusalem. The one major event that remains to be fulfilled before we enter into the 70th week of Daniel is the signing of a 7-year peace treaty between Israel and the ruler of the three power base nations of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. The other two major events that need occur are the formation of the ten nation confederation, the 8th and Final Beast Empire of Satan, and the erection of the Third Jewish temple on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Both events may occur before the signing of the 7- year peace treaty or after.

We believers as people who live at the edge of human history should be wise ( Matt.25:1-12 ), faithful ( Matt.25:21,23; Luk.18:8 ), watchful ( Matt.25:13 ), fruitful ( Matt.25:14-30 ), and prayerful ( Luk.18:1-7 ). We should be conversant with the goings-on in our world. We should be listening to breaking news and reading the headlines to see when a powerful leader of Magog overthrows the three heads ( leaders ) of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. This events can happen before the formation of the ten nation confederation or after. We should also be watchful to see when this great political figure goes ahead and signs a 7-year peace treaty with Israel. Or when the Jews are permitted to rebuild their temple. This is how we can identify the antiChrist before he makes himself known to the rest of the world and tightens the noose on the Church, the Jews, and all those who will not give him their allegiance.

The antiMessiah shall be a consummate politician. He shall have the knack for cracking hard nuts, and dissolving doubts, and unraveling mysteries. He shall unite Magog with Meshech and Tuval, a hard political nut indeed. He shall bring temporary peace between the Jews and Arabs, especially between the Palestinians and the Israelis; another political feat. He shall unite the postdemocracies of the West with the emerging Islamic and Arab pseudodemocracies of the Middle East, and the banana democracies of Africa. This is the union of the iron and the clay in the feet and ten toes of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream ( Dan.2:33, 41-44 ). This temporary peace shall enable the Jews to rebuilt their temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The mosque of Omer and the Al-Aqsa mosque may not come down. The studies of Asher Kaufman have shown that the Holy Of Holies of the Solomonic Temple is not located in either of the two. Besides, a massive temple like that of Solomon or that built by the returning exiles and refurbished by Herod the Great need not be built.

A temporary tabernacle-like structure may suffice. Although a plan of the Third Temple based on Ezekiel 40-43 has been drawn, and materials procured, a temple of that magnitude need not be the Third Temple. My understanding is that the description given in Ezekiel 40-44 is the Fourth and Millennial Temple to be built by Christ Himself after the war of Armageddon ( Ezek.38,39 ) during the 45-Day Reclamation Period prior to the commencement of His Millennial reign. Besides, the Third Temple will function for a short time before being taken over and desecrated by the antiMessiah. “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” ( Rev.11:1-2‬ ‭). It shall be subsequently destroyed in the series of devastating earthquakes that will occur in Jerusalem beginning from the breaking of the sixth seal ( Rev.6:12 ). “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” ( Rev.16:17-20 ).

When the 7-year peace agreement is signed with Israel, the Jews shall resume temple worship and the daily animal sacrifice, drink and grain offerings ( Dan.9:27 ). From this point in the eschatological timeline, the believer who understands the theology of the End Times knows he or she has about three and one-half years to prepare before the midpoint of the 70th week when the Great Tribulation will begin. After the emergence of the antiChrist which is the first seal ( Rev.6:1,2 ), there will be wars, commotions, and rumors of wars which constitute the second seal ( Rev.6:3,4 ). One should study the trend of wars and commotions before one decides where to build a safe haven. The third seal which brings the first three and one-half years to a close will consist of famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, which are the aftermath of wars ( Rev6:5,6 ).

It is generally not reasonable to build safe havens before this time, inasmuch as one does not know which areas of the world would be safe. But the ten nations of the 8th and Final Beast Empire will not provide safe havens for believers, Jews and other nonconformists who repudiate the authority of the antiMessiah. The land of Israel will not be a safe haven at all, more so her Holy City, Jerusalem. It will be advisable for Christians in these areas to migrate to other parts of the world which are not allied to the antiChrist or are part of his ten nation confederation as soon as the antiChrist shows up on the world stage. We know that apart from the nations of the ten nation confederation, there will be other nations which are allied to the antiMessiah. Edom, Moab, and Ammon will probably be allied to the antiChrist. Egypt shall not be allied to the antiChrist, but it shall be invaded and conquered by the antiChrist and its treasures looted ( Dan.11:41-43 ). These parts of the world will not be safe for believers and Jews at that time. Eventually all the regional powers shall be at war with the antiChrist and no place will be safe at all. But before it becomes that bad, the rapture would have taken place. These wars will occur at the end of time ( Dan.11:40 ).

Believers should avoid residence in cities, and seek out hideouts in forests far from cities and towns where they may not be easily discovered. Should believers hide in cities, they must do so in basements, bunkers, and cellars. But it will be very difficult considering the fact that they shall do so for at least a year or more. One could suffer from depression and claustrophobia living in such unhealthy environment.

When we choose a location for a hideout, especially if we have in mind to construct an underground bunker, it should not be in an area prone to flooding, and there should be vents for proper ventilation. We should avoid valleys which are prone to seasonal inundations in the rainy season or spring. Mountains, caves and grottos would be preferable. We must not go to our hideouts when they are in preparation with cell phones, tablets or computers, cars or any electronic gadgets equipped with GPS. These will betray our location. Music and loud noise should be avoided in our hideouts at all cost, not even with earphones. These electronic devices have GPS which could betray one’s location.

We shall only go there with trusted believers who share the same aspirations. Before we finally retire to our lair, we must ditch all electronics and revert to primitive style of life. We may choose to construct a makeshift house(s) with wood or other building materials, or use prefabricated plastic houses. They must be inspected to ensure there are no GPS and electronic bugs implanted in them. Plastic materials are highly combustible. When used to construct houses, fire safety measures must be instituted to avoid fire disaster. We must remember that we are dealing with a mortal enemy who is also very smart. It will not be a surprise if these materials are implanted with electronic bugs to betray our locations. We can be sure that the antiChrist will leave no stone unturned in order to undermine our efforts.

Apart from food and clothing, heating is very important. We may resort to firewood where available or use kerosine stoves or gas cookers which means kerosine and gas will be stored in large quantities. These combustible and highly inflammable materials. Therefore strict rules and fire safety measures must instituted and adhered to. Members should be instructed in basic fire safety measures. If we decide to use generators, they must be thoroughly inspected for GPS and electronic bugs, they must be silent ones, and they must be properly hidden in underground bunkers with vents for outlet of fumes to avoid carbon monoxide poinsonig and to avoid revealing our location. Solar panels should be avoided because of the risk of their being spotted from the air. With the exponential increase in technological development, it is most probable that efficient solar batteries made from silicon, quartz, and granite would be in use by then. We must ensure they are not equipped with GPS. Believers who have the means and the technical knowhow can manufacture these products for use at that time. In the US, some believers with survivalist mentality are already doing so.

It will be better to be in groups of trustworthy believers, in order that some may be deployed on rotational security duties. In this regard, it shall also be necessary to acquire some firearms. In the midst of the Great Tribulation, after we have finally dropped out of the society, and retired to our secret locations, any members who wants to return to the city and cannot be dissuaded should be arrested and incarcerated or eliminated altogether depending on the resources available to the group lest he or she endangers the lives of all the other members. It is better for one person to die than that the whole group perish.

If the location is far into the forest, some form of subsistence farming may be engaged in to meet the nutritional needs of the family or group. It is advisable to provide sufficient food store to take care of every member for a maximum of two years and a minimum of one. Dried nuts, energy bars, and grains stored in grain silos may last for quite some time. If the group have good power supply, all kinds of foodstuffs may be brought in and stored in deep freezers, refrigerators, and cold rooms. It will be difficult to store vegetables for a long period. They can be grown on dishes for subsistence, even on window seals and roof tops for those who hide in cellars.

The reason why I said that foodstuffs should be provided to last every member of the family for two years is because, of all those events that will take place in the second half of the 70th week, the fifth trumpet is the only one with known duration of five months ( Rev.9:5 ). The durations of the first, second, third, and fourth trumpets are not known. The sixth trumpet which brings the 70th week to a close with the death of the two witnesses may probably last longer than the fifth trumpet. The sixth trumpet may last about a years. If the first four trumpets last about a year, it therefore follows that the Great Tribulation will last about a year or thereabouts with a margin of error of a few months, give and take. So, it will be safe to provide a store of foodstuffs enough for every member of the family for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two.

Those with special health issues should be taken into consideration. There should be medicine and other supplies. First Aid box is a necessity. Diabetic and hypertensive patients should procure insulin and oral antidiabetics, and antihypertensive drugs for the same period of time. Medicines with near expiry dates should be used first. Special needs of children should be taken care of. Nursing mothers should ensure they procure baby food for their children. Special needs of the elderly should also be taken care of, so also the disabled if they happen to be members of the Christian family or group. All these entail enormous planing and management. At the peak of it all however, it may be every man for himself.

Clothing should be provided for all seasons, winter, summer, autumn, and spring, or dry and rainy seasons for those in tropical Africa. Warm clothing in winter is paramount lest we die from exposure to the elements. May our flight not be in the winter, or severe harmattan in subsaharan Africa. If the antiChrist emerges in Summer, we know assuredly that the Great Tribulation will begin in Winter, three and one half years later. So adequate and appropriate, preparations, and arrangements should be made according to the time of his emergence as world leader.

If a Christian couple marries after the antiMessiah signs the 7-year peace agreement with Israel, they should avoid pregnancy. They should adopt a safe method of contraception with the counsel of Christian doctors who understand the intricacies and dangers of childbearing during this difficult period of human history. They might even elect to undergo a permanent contraception, either the man, bilateral epididymovasostomy, or the woman, bilateral tubal ligation, or both. It will be very difficult for women who rear children in those days. The childbearing mother must understand that in the face of the wars, commotions, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes of the first three and one-half years, women of childbearing age, children, and the elderly suffer the most. Add to that the unspecified period of the Great Tribulation, we are pretty sure we have a worst case scenario.

Believers who are rich should take care of the needs of others. The antiChrist is a vandal ( Is.16:4 ). He will vandalize peoples’ property in the areas he conquers. Whatever money we have in the bank which is not retrieved before the Great Tribulation begins will be lost for ever. The antiChrist will run a cashless society. In not distant a future, cash will no longer be in use. We must retrieve our moneys in the banks through purchases of necessary food items and other materials before he tightens the noose, and use them to meet our own needs and those of our brethren. The 70th week will not be the time to accumulate wealth. Churches which do not use their wealth and resources to meets the basic needs of its members in providing them safe havens will find them seized by the antiChrist and his cronies. The antiChrist will desecrate and vandalize churches, impound their properties and confiscate their wealth. It will be advisable for churches to stymie building programmes, and channel all resources to provide safe havens for its congregants starting from the approaches of the 70th week of Daniel. But how will the Church leaders do this if they themselves do not know the times and the epochs?

All the members of a family in a hideout should adopt a communitarian system of collective coexistence. They should share all things in common. Every member must play his or her part to keep the family or group going. The golden rule of love should be the unwritten law. Those who have landed properties should dispose of them and donate the proceeds to the family to meet the needs of everyone. We should revert back to the primitive lifestyle of the early church when no one said that anything he had was one’s own ( Acts 2:44-47; 4:32-37 ).

Believers must realize that despite all precautions, some hideouts shall be discovered through no faults of theirs. The members will be coerced to recant or their lives terminated. That one recants, does not mean the antiMessiah and his acolytes may suffer the one to live. Strong leadership shall be very important at this time. The leaders of the group or family must prepare the members ahead of time for this kind of eventuality. Every member must be encouraged never to recant or betray one another. Those who do and take the Mark of allegiance to the antiChrist shall be allowed to buy and sell. But they must be made to know that the wrath of God abides on anyone who is branded with the Mark of the Beast ( Rev.14:8-12 ).

Besides, if anyone of them survives the wrath of God, the one shall be executed at the end of the Battle of Armageddon. So, it is better they refuse the Mark of the Beast, be executed by the antiChrist and his security apparatus, and gain the life of the age to come, than to recant, be executed by Christ and be banished to the Lake of Fire and Brimstone for eternity. The wrath of God is worse than the wrath of Satan executed by his minion, antiChrist. The wrath of Satan is temporary, the wrath of God is eternal. The wrath of Satan leads only to physical death, but the wrath of God leads to not only physical death but also the second death which is eternal separation from the presence of God in the Lake of fire and brimstone ( Matt.10:28 ).

There must be strong teaching on the love of God. True believers must not suffer themselves to be embittered by the wickedness of men at that time. And because iniquity shall abound, due to the preponderance of demons, principalities and powers evicted from the heavenlies to the earth’s premises at the midpoint of the 70th week ( Rev.12:12 ), the love of many shall wax cold ( Matt.24:12 ). No matter what we do, there shall still be false brethren who will betray others, even their own blood relations ( Luk.21:16 ). We must not suffer ourselves to be offended and embittered by these things ( Matt.24:10; Luk.12:5 ).

We must realize that no matter our efforts to survive the Great Tribulation and be raptured alive, some of us must be ferreted out, hunted down like wild animals, and killed. There is a complement of believers to be martyred ( Rev.6:10,11 ). When that number is complete, God will cut short the Great Tribulation with cosmic disturbances ( Matt.24:29-31 ). Some of us will be taken captive, and others killed. Some of us will be made public examples even in churches and synagogues. Some will think they are doing God a favour by killing us, miserable undesirables ( Jon.16:2 ). Our faith and patience should rest on the fact that if anyone of us is destined to captivity, into captivity the one goes; and if anyone of us is destined to be killed with the sword, with sword, the one shall be killed ( Rev.13:10 ). This understanding does not permit irresponsibility on our part. We are in partnership with God. God’s sovereignty does not preclude human responsibility. Some of us will also die of hunger, starvation, and exposure to the elements because they have not prepared adequately ahead of time ( Rev.3:10 ), and others through no fault of theirs. It may also be due to unforeseen eventualities like when a family or group is attacked. Some member may escape but may not find food and shelter, and so succumb to starvation and exposure to the elements, or wild animal attack. Despite the dangers of the Great Tribulation, some believers will take it upon themselves to go about persuading others not to take the mark of the Beast, and will pay with their dear lives. If you are not called to do this, please let no one persuade you to embark on it. The inner fortitude not to recant under torture can only come from above; it is uncommon and is only available to those who are commissioned by heaven.

Dr. Dave Williams:

7. Pray for God to help you and give you strength.

It’s going to be difficult to survive, but God will still hear you, and He’ll still help you. It won’t be easy, but Jesus said, “He who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). You’re going to need His strength as you’ve never needed it before.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

Dr. Dave Williams conflates the chronology of End Times. He places the rapture before the 70th week and the Great Tribulation. Here he addresses his audience in third person singular which indicates he is exempted. But he that endures unto the end could be anyone. This thou and I, and us and them theology is discriminatory within the body of Christ. Any truly biblical view of eschatology should be inclusive and not exclusive and discriminatory. The starting point of The End Of The Ages is coincident with the rapture, and occurs after the tribulation of those days and the cosmic and celestial disturbances that interrupt it. In the Olivet Discourse, the disciples asked Jesus the question: “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” ( Matt.24:3‬ ‭). The first of the question relates to the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. He had earlier told them that the Temple would be destroyed to the extent that no stone will be left one on top of another that shall not be thrown down which speaks of utter destruction. “And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” ( Matt.24:2‬ ‭). In His response, Jesus ignored that part of the question concerning the time of the destruction of the Temple. The reason was that they were going to witness it. The Second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman Tenth Legion under the command of General Titus. And some of the disciples were still alive at that time. They witnessed it. Of course Jesus knew exactly when the Second Temple was going to be destroyed. He could have told them in 70 AD, the Second Temple would be destroyed. He chose not to because nothing was going to be gained by that kind of information, and they were going to witness it. It could have been unsettling and could have bred laxity. Time answered the question. And there are questions time will answer. There is nothing to gain from such answers ahead of time. It was sufficient for them to have known that the Second Temple was going to be destroyed.

The second part of the question concerns the back-to-back sign to be given in the sun, moon, and stars which shall indicate and signal His coming to raise the dead and rapture the living in the Church and to punish the wicked left behind after the rapture during the Day Of The Lord’s Judgment of the wicked earth-dwellers. The Greek word seimeon is singular and relates to these two events, the coming of the Lord, and the End Of The Ages. This sign indicates that God is about to punish the world for their evils. The wicked inhabitants of the Earth are instinctively aware of God’s judgment once this sign is given in the sun, moon, and stars. “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ( Rev.6:15-17 ). They do not need anyone to tell them that the wrath of God is about to be poured out on them. The atheists and the humanists and all false religionists, indeed all men of every cadre, tongue, nation and color will know instinctively that the one true God is about to punish them for their evils.

Jesus made it clear in the Olivet Discourse that this sign occurs after the Tribulation of those days. “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.” ( Matt.24:29-31‬ ‭). This sign is synonymous with the sixth seal of Revelation. “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” ( Rev.6:12-14‬ ‭).

In the midst of this utter chaotic confusion, the darkened heavens and frozen Earth, the Shekinah will appear in the heaven. This is the appearance of the Son Of Man in the heavens. The Shekinah will brighten the heaven and defrost the Earth. Then every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the kindreds of the Earth shall wail because of Him. Then shall He dispatch His angels to gather the elect with the sound of a great trumpet. The admonition, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” ( Matt.24:13, cp. 10:22 ), relates to believers who are under intense persecution by the antiChrist during the Great Tribulation not some spiritually enfeebled believers left behind after the rapture. Which parent would abandon his or her weak and disabled children to their fate in time of danger while spiriting the strong and healthy away to safety? When did Jesus become a Hitler who euthanized the disabled and the mentally ill in Germany during WWII while cross-breeding the strong? Does Jesus practice eugenics? It is going to be very difficult during the Great Tribulation. Believers will need to depend solely on the Lord. We will need to call upon Him; for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved ( Rom.10:13 ).

Dr. Dave Williams:

8. Don’t go to church.

That’s right—don’t go to church or join the world conglomerate religion because it will be under the control of the false prophet (Rev. 13). All true, godly ministers have left the earth in the rapture. Do not believe the lies of the ministers who are left behind. Even if you see miracles and apparent wonders, do not believe them. They are lying wonders (Matt. 24:24; Mark 13:22; Luke 21; 2 Thess. 2:9). Deception will be the order of the day. Delusion will be everywhere, especially in “churches.”
If possible, try to find others who may have accepted Christ after the rapture. You will be able to find ways to support and encourage one another.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

Dr. Dave Williams has turned the chronology of End Times on its head. During the Great Tribulation the Church will be scattered. The antiChrist and his acolytes will impound church buildings and property. The saints will be martyred, imprisoned, and led captive into all nations. Even in those areas of the world over which the antiChrist does not have direct control, the authorities will see believers as antigovernmental subversives and security risks. Quite frankly the antiChrist will have worldwide control for a given period of time. “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” ( Rev.13:7 ). After the rapture, everyone left on Earth is running for one’s dear life. Even the One World Religion of the antiChrist headed by the False prophet, the second Beast is in disarray. There is no Church to attend. Everyone is hiding under the rocks and mountains, and in the caves of the Earth. “And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” ( Isaiah‬ ‭2:19-21‬ ‭).

The Church Age has closed. There is no more formal church. Can anyone be looking for a church to attend at this time? According Dr. Dave Williams, the Church Ages closes with the rapture, and I concur. Also, the good pastors and good Christians have been taken way in the Rapture. Who will be running the Churches after the Rapture? How could any sensible person be looking for a Church to attend after the departure of all the good pastors and Christians? If the Rapture is pretribulational, and the good pastors and Christians have left, how would the new converts learn to be strong in the faith? How will the so called tribulation saints develop the inner fortitude to resist the antiChrist and his minions? Rev.13 refers to the careers of the antiChrist and the False prophet, the First and the Second Beasts during the Great Tribulation. Matt.24, Mk.13, and Luk.21 refer to the Olivet Discourse which deals with events in the 70th week of Daniel. 2Thess.2 is the classical passage in which our brother, Apostle Paul expounds on events in the second half of the 70th seven of Daniel. Believers are to take heed of these teaching now in order to prepare for the horrors of the Great Tribulation.

Dr. Dave Williams:

9. Get a small, self-powered radio.

If you can’t get the kind you crank by hand, get a battery-operated radio and a good supply of batteries, because you’re going to need to listen. Don’t believe the propaganda, but believe when they tell you about certain events relating to wars and geophysical calamities. You’ll be able to know what will happen next by reading Revelation 6-19.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

This advice is suitable for believers during the Great Tribulation, not unbelievers after the rapture. The cosmic and celestial disturbances that amputate the Great Tribulation will disrupt communications worldwide. It will be after some time that the antiChrist and the kings of the Earth will be able to effect some repairs. This will be limited considering the condition of the Earth during the wrath of God which follows the rapture of the Church. Believers who enter the 70th can follow the sequence of events outline in the Olivet Discourse ( Matt.24; Mk.13; Luk.21 ) which run parallel to Rev.6-7 till the rapture of the Church after the interruption of the Great Tribulation with the cosmic and celestial disturbances and the appearance of the coming of the Son Of Man in the heavens.

The believers are exempt from the events of Rev.8-18 which occur during the outpouring of the wrath of God in the Day Of The Lord. Rev.8 & 9 cover the first six trumpet judgments which end with the death of the two witness after the completion of their ministry which corresponds with the end of the 70th week of Daniel. “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.” ( Rev.11:3, 7‬ ‭). This shall be one of the two things the antiChrist shall be able to do after he shall have been incapacitated by the brightness of Christ coming. “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:” ( 2 Thess.2:8‬ ‭). This is not total annihilation but masterly inactivation. The Greek word rendered destroy by the KJV is katargeo and is bettered rendered paralyze, render useless, incapacitate, and inactivate.

The other thing the antiChrist shall be able to do shall be to gather his forces and those of the other kings of the kingdoms the Earth for the final showdown at Armageddon. “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” ( Rev.19:19-21‬ ‭).

There is an interlude between the sounding of the sixth trumpet and the blowing of the seventh trumpet. Within this short interim of about a week ( 7 days ) or thereabouts, certain events unfold. On the first day, the two witnesses are overpowered and killed by the antiChrist having completed their ministry. “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” ( Rev.11:7-10‬ ‭).

From day 1 to day 2 Christ appears to the 144,000 hidden in protective custody in the Edomite wilderness, precisely in the red rose city of Petra in modern Jordan, and leads them on foot northwards and then westwards across the Jordan River, through the Judaean wilderness, and southwards up to Mount Zion in Jerusalem. On the way, they are joined by the surviving Jewish remnants in the judaean hills, survivors who have been fighting back against the antiChrist after his incapacitation by the appearance of the Shekinah in the heavens, Jewish survivors from Jerusalem and its environs, and the remnants from the remote areas in Egypt and Assyria. On day 3, they are reconciled to God, thus completing the spiritual kingdom of God as the mystery of God is finished ( Hos.5:15, 6:1,2, 11:10,11; Is.35:4, 8, 63:1-3; Mic.2:12,13; Hab.3:3-6,12,13; Zech.12:7; Rev.10:7 ). On day 4, the two witnesses resurrect, and ascend to heaven ( Rev.11:11 ). On day 5, the sevent trumpet is blown, and God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earthly domain of His universal kingdom which was usurped by Satan, the supreme personality of evil and the archenemy of God and man. “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.” ( Rev.11:15-17‬ ‭).

On day 6-7, the surviving remnants of Israel are hidden in Azal ( Is.26:20,21; Zech.14:2-5 ). Thereafter Christ returns to heaven to hold the Bema Seat Judgment and the Marriage Of The Lamb while the seven bowl judgments are poured out on those who have the mark of the Beast during the remaing 23-24 days of the 30-Day Reclamation Period culminating in Armageddon ( Rev.11:15-18 ).

It is clear from the foregoing that our beloved brother Dr. Dave Williams has not thoroughly examined the events on Earth covered by Rev. 8-18. The believers have nothing to do with these events as they are in heaven during the occurrence of these events on Earth. However, at the completion of the Bema Seat Judgment, and the Marriage Of The Lamb in heaven, the believers reappear on Earth at Armageddon in the company of Christ and His angelic hosts. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND Lord OF LORDS.” ( Rev.19:11-16‬ ‭). The heavenly hosts that accompany Christ at Armageddon consist of resurrected saints in their glorified eternal immortal resurrection bodies and the angels of God who are eternally locked in righteousness.

Dr. Dave Williams:

10. Keep praying for your loved ones who are unbelievers.

God will still answer prayers during the Tribulation. Your prayers may be the key to seeing your loved ones again after this period of supreme agony is over.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

Now is the time to pray for our loved ones who have not yet come to the saving knowledge of God. The Great Tribulation will be a very difficult time. We may not be able to pray as much as we can today being hounded and chased down by the forces of the antiChrist.

Dr. Dave Williams:

11. Leave copies of this list for as many people as you can.

Perhaps this will help others survive and come to Christ. Be discerning, however, in giving out books like this if the rapture has already occurred. Jesus said in Luke 21:16-17 that people will be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and some of them will cause you to be put to death. He was talking about the period you are living in right now if you missed the rapture.

Dr. Avraham Sahallom:

The period Christ is referring to in the Olivet Discourse in Luk.21:16,17 is the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. During this period, brethren will betray one another. The father shall betray the son to death, and vice vasa. The daughter shall betray the mother, and the daughter-in-law the mother-in-law, and vice vas. A man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Because iniquity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold. The love Christ is speaking about here is agape which believers exhibit towards God and towards man. If the rapture has occurred, all that are left are unbelievers whether branded with the mark of allegiance to the antiChrist or not. How will they exhibit the love of God? I am distributing copies of this list by Dr. Dave William, but with a caveat: that believers use it to prepare themselves ahead of time to get ready to face the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist.

9 More Things To Do If You Miss The Rapture 

2:00PM EDT 4/6/2017

Dr. Dave Williams:

It’s going to look like a horror movie or science fiction, but it’s real. You may have to die for your faith, but it’s worth it. (Pexels)
As mentioned in Part One of this article, It is possible to be a professing Christian and not actually be in the faith. I shared 11 tips people should take to heart if they miss the rapture. Here are the final pieces of counsel to survive this terrible time if you miss God’s first roundup—the rapture.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

I perfectly agree with Dr. Dave Williams that the Great Tribulation will be like a horror movie or science fiction. It may in fact be worse considering the technologies that are yet to be developed. It will be real. Christians should be prepared to die for their faith. God does not exempt us from the line of duty when it becomes difficult, but sees us through it all. ” I am with you even till the End Of The Ages. ( Matt.28:20 ). The rapture occurs at the End Of The Ages. For anyone to teach otherwise contradicts the Scriptures. It is possible for one to belong to the local church and not have personal saving knowledge of God. Now is the time to examine ourselves whether we be in the faith. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.” ( 2 Cor.13:5-6‬ ‭). If we are in the Church, but not in Christ, then are we reprobates. Dr. Dave Williams’ talk of a first roundup suggests that there is a second roundup, but so far, he has provided no scriptural proof. The truth is that in the Scriptures there is only one roundup. The rapture is unique in that it marks the close of the Church Age.

Dr. Dave Williams:

12. Do not in any way, under any circumstances, align with the world leader.

Everyone is going to love him and even worship him. But if you listen to his lies, you’ll be drawn into a strong delusion that will seal your eternal fate (2 Thess. 2:9–12). You will be soon banished to hell because you didn’t love the truth.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

This is all the more reason why we should prepare the whole body of Christ to face the antiChrist fearlessly. Those who have been taught they will never face the antiChrist will be utterly unprepared when they do. I do not see how a soldier that has been told he will not fight in the fiercest battle with the enemy can be serious with preparation for war. Regarding this, the majority of the Church is untaught and therefore flabby, and unprepared. Christ is coming for a glorious Church, without blemish, spot or wrinkles. What other way can we remove the wrinkles on an article of clothing without ironing. It is the hot iron that will do the job. The essence of passing the Church through the Great Tribulation is to purge, purify, and cleanse her. The Church will not go through the wrath of God because God has not appointed us to wrath ( 1 Thess.1:10; 2Thess.5:8 ). Whereas the Great Tribulation is sufficient to purge, purify, and cleanse the Church, the unbranded remnant of Israel who survive the Great Tribulation will pass through the first six trumpet judgments in order to be purged, purified, and cleansed. The Great Tribulation alone will not be sufficient to cleanse them from trusting in themselves. Their stiffneckedness and self-confidence will be broken after passage through both the Great Tribulation and the trumpet judgments of the wrath of God.

If anyone takes the mark of the Beast, the one is doomed for eternity. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” ( Rev.14:9-13‬ ‭).

This is the essence of the Third Angelic Announcement, to warn men of the eternal consequences of being branded with the mark of allegiance to the antiMessiah. Yes, anyone who takes the mark of the Beast hates the Truth, and will be eternally banished to Hell. Therefore it of utmost urgency that we warn everyone as ministers of the Truth. It is eternally criminous for anyone to devise a theology that exempts a segment of the body of Christ from the Great Tribulation when there is no such promise of exemption in the Scripture. What the Scriptures promise is protection from within the sphere of danger to the faithful and uncompromising saints, and eventual removal from the sphere of danger before the wrath of God commences ( Matt.28:20; Rev.3:10 ). The fact that those who are martyred during the Great Tribulation are blessed, granted rest from their labours, and are subsequently rewarded for their works indicate they are chosen and specially prepared rather unfortunate spiritual weaklings who are suffering for their spiritual laxity.

This is the greatest trial of all times and no segment of humanity is exempt. “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” ( 2 Thess.2:11-12 ). God in His infinite wisdom will permit a very strong delusion from the Devil to come upon the world that they believe the Lie. The KJV translation is not accurate here. The NKJV corrected it. Lie is arthrous. It is the Lie not a Lie. It is not just any Lie. It is a specific Lie that man is God. It is the same old Lie that the old serpent used to beguile Eve in the garden of Eden. It is the same old Lie that is told humanity when men attempted to built a tower that reached up to heaven. It is humanism. It is atheism. Atheism says that there is no God. Humanism says man was not created. The end result is the same. These are the four pillars of humanistic philosophy and evolution. If there is no God, man was not created. If man is not created, he evolved. If there is not God, then there is no morality; for God is the standard for morality. If man evolved, there is no morality. Everything is relative. Moral relativism will always lead to amorality. Then it is a matter of likes and dislikes. What you like and what I like. You do your own thing, and I do my own thing. You cannot tell me what to do, and I cannot tell you what to do.

How can the Church be on AWOL on such a time as this. We are the salt of the Earth ( Matt.5:13a )? We are the light of the World. A city set on high mountains cannot be hid. Men do not light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a stand that it may give light to all that is in the house ( Matt.5:14,15 ). The world will be deluded to believe the Lie of the Devil, but in contrast, our brother Apostle Paul thanked God for the Thessalonians for believing the truth and being sanctified thereby. “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” ( 2 Thess.2:13-17‬ ‭). They believed the truth and were sanctified because God had from the beginning chosen them to salvation. They provide contrast, light in the midst of darkness. God will give them protection in the hour of temptation because they are faithful and uncompromising, and has obeyed His instructions concerning perseverance ( Rev.3:10 ).

Dr. Dave Williams:

13. Refuse to take a mark, a name, a number or a chip in your right hand or your forehead.

Refuse any microchip injections because Revelation 13 says this powerful world leader will require everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. But once you get it, you will belong to Satan forever. It’s better to be shut out of the world economy and lose your physical life than be damned forever to the lake of fire (Rev. 14:9–11). The life of many believers during this time of the final shabua will end in beheading for refusal to take the mark of the beast (Rev. 20:4).

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

I guess Dr. Dave Williams is saying those Christians who are left behind after the rapture before the 70th week should not take the mark of the Beast during the Great Tribulation. My question is what about now when the rapture has not yet taken place? I am assuming here that Dr. Dave Williams’ End Time chronology is biblically accurate. I give him the benefit of doubt. Already people are being chipped in various parts of the world. BBC announced that up to 8,000 people have been chipped. I watched a video on the net that says over 10,000 people have chipped worldwide with Radio Frequency Identity ( RFID ). Do we have to wait for the antiChrist to show up before refusing to be chipped? Satan is already priming the world for the antiChrist’s harvest. Tattoo marks are now popular with sports celebrities who serve as role models for the youths even in the Church. Very soon the younger generation in the Church will be under enormous pressure, socially, economically, educationally to become cyborgs. These cyborgs who have biometric chips implanted in various parts of the body, and neural lace and nanobots in the brain, not for health reasons but to make them homo dei, will become the CEOs of major industrial and commercial establishments, presidents of nations and universities, professors and sports celebrities, etc. Are they still acceptable to God?

Are we ignorant of the fact that this is a scientific process of hybridization? The intent of Satan is to convert man from homo sapiens into Homo sapiens sapiens or simply sapiens, and finally homo deus independent of God. This is not different from the rebellion in the Garden of Eden ( Gen.3:1-7 ) and the Tower of Babel ( Gen.10:1-9 ). The hybridization process is already going on. Taking the mark of the Beast will be a mere rubber-stamping of what is already there. Do we see the danger in telling people if the rapture takes place, and you are still here, these are the things you must do to survive. People are already being roped in now. We must be as wise as serpents, and as harmless as doves in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, amongst whom we shine as lights in the world. Waiting for the antiChrist to show up on the world stage before instituting some of these measures will lead to utter disaster and eternal damnation. Now is the time.

The sorting out of the serious from the unserious believers has already begun. If any believer loves this world, can sacrifice the age old biblical moorings, the Jude-Christian foundations and values of our Faith on the altar of expediency, become a cyborg or get hybridized in any form, then capitulating to the antiChrist, and accepting to be branded with the Mark Of The Beast would be a mere rubber-stamping of what is already there. Hence the need for intense teaching on the Prewrath Rapture View in order to arrest the jolly-good ride into Apostasy. Apart from evangelism and missions, instructing the young converts in the basic tenets of Christianity like Faith in God, love of God and the brethren, divine providence and protection which every believer needs to survive at all times, the most important teaching the Church as a whole need urgently is antiChrist Before The Rapture or even better put, Great Tribulation before the rapture. It is a catalyst for holy living, and will draw us closer to Jesus. No believer who perceives the dangerous downhill slide of the Church into apostasy even before the commencement of the 70th week of Daniel will hesitate to fly into the everlasting arms of Jesus for protection.

With the bread and butter teachings we are fed in our Churches in Europe and North America, and some parts of Africa and Asia, shall we be able to resist the antiChrist without drastic change of heart and reorientation of our mindset? Would it not be catastrophic if the antiMessiah rears up his ugly head right now? Would there not be a mass exodus and abandonment of the Faith by believers in favour of economic benefits dangled by the antiChrist before our eyes. It will of course be worst in those nations where people are so used to government handouts. The goal of the enemy is to destroy or disqualify everyone. We will not be able to resist his offers if we are so used to dependence on government handouts.

It is interesting that Dr. Dave Williams made reference to decapitated martyrs during the Great Tribulation. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” ( Rev.20:4‬ ‭). These are not enfeebled Christians who were left behind after the rapture who somehow managed to resist the antiChrist and his oppressive regime. These are men and women of Great Faith who refused to hide during the Great Tribulation, refused the mark of allegiance to the antiChrist, and went about persuading others not to take the mark of the Beast. They had testimonies. They were witnesses for Jesus and the word of God.

Years of training and fellowship with God must have enabled them to develop this degree of inner fortitude and reckless abandon, not a sudden turn around from enfeeblement to fearless faith. They were beheaded ( Greek: cephalizo ) for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and because they had not worshipped the Beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands. They vehemently refused to recant. So the rapture had not yet taken place. If the rapture had taken place, and the Church Age closed according Dr. Dave Williams, why would they be witnesses for Christ? I agree with Dr. Dave Williams that the rapture marks the close of the Church Age. Would Jesus deliberately disqualify some faithful and uncompromising believers for rapture in order that they may be witnesses for Him during the Great Tribulation? I wonder.

Our brother, Dr. Jaiyesimi Gbenga has written in a short post titled Why The Book Of Revelation Is The Most Important Epistle For This Epoch: ” This epoch is characterized by all mankind being reduced from our names to numbers. What do we find in John’s Book Of Revelation? God emphasizing giving us names while Satan’s system reduces us to numbers – phone numbers, account numbers, BVN ( Bank Verification Number ), and ultimately Satan’s number which is the mark of allegiance to the Beast. God says your name is in the Book Of Life, Satan says, I want your name in my supercomputer for you to be able to buy and sell.” Which goes to emphasize that Satan places no value on human life. Satan wants us to get used to being reduced to numerical values so much so that when the antiChrist shows up and demands that everyone take his mark which will be different numerical values for different individuals, few people will raise eyebrows about it. They will be believers and a handful of unbelievers: the nonconformists and free thinkers amongst the unbelievers.

The unwary believers in God’s reckoning aren’t believers at all. The unfaithful and compromising believers prior to the Great Tribulation will still resist the satanic onslaught by refusal to bow to the image of the Beast or be branded with his mark of loyalty, even under the pain of death. They are the ones that will be killed, taken into captivity into all nations and publically humiliated with some of the faithful and uncompromising ones who elect to voluntarily go about persuading others not o take the mark of the Beast, the number of his name, or worship his image. The unfaithful and compromising believers will be unprotected during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist in order to purge, purify, and cleanse them for admittance into heaven, because they failed to keep God’s instructions concerning perseverance ( Eph.3:10 ). Therefore they will not be protected by God during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist.

There is a concerted effort by Satan and his human and fallen angelic minions to reduce us all to numerical values which is an attempt to dehumanize humanity and cheapen life. If only believers can have this understanding and know at what point to withdraw. It would be easier if our church leaders are aware and drum it into their ears. Unfortunately at the moment, the majority of church leaders are oblivious of this fact which makes the situation very dismal.

They are more likely to listen to their Church leaders than they will listen to us. Why? Because the Church has descended into personality cult. There are some believers who will not read or listen to anything unless it is written or spoken of by their pastor or GO of their Church or ministry. If their pastor has not written or spoken anything, it is irrelevant. But a certain pastor has told us that what we get from the best of Churches is about 20% of what we need. So, where will the other 80% come from? From teachings of pastors and GOs other than that of our Church or ministry. The vision and teachings of many churches and ministries are very narrow and fragmentary. None of us knows it all. The Word of God is bigger than anyone and all of us put together. There is need for cross-fertilization of thoughts and ideas through participatory and discuss interactions and communion. There are Churches and ministries that will sanction their ministers and members if they attend the programmes of other ministries or churches. It is fitting to warn those under our care not to attend a particular ministry or Church if its teachings and practices are contradictory to the word of God, inimical and anathema to their souls. Unfortunately this is not always the case. This practice is borne out of share envy, rivalry, and the desire to have dominion. To some of us minsters of the gospel, the church or ministry is a business empire.

The Nazis first gave numbers to concentration camp inmates before eliminating them altogether in extermination camps. Although the antiChrist will not kill those who receive his mark, they are as good as dead; for no one so branded will enter heaven or enter the Millennium in this mortal body of ours. Anyone who receives the mark of the Beast is set up for physical destruction in the Day Of The Lord as well as eternal damnation in Hell Fire and the Lake of sulfur and brimstone. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” ( Rev.14:9-11‬ ‭).

At some point, refusal to be enumerated will be an End Time preparatory action by a sensitive believer. Giving numbers to humans in place of their names sort of desensitizes the conscience of their murderers to the atrocities of liquidating them, not only in the immediate period but also on the long run. The Nazis employed this tactics so that the SS officers could go on murdering the Jews and other concentration camp inmates without their consciences being burdened with the weight of atrocities they committed, at least in the immediate period. Some of them unrepentant have lived up to their nineties and hundreds. We are not against enumeration and census for administrative purposes. We know the value of demographics and statistics in relation to planning and governance. In a census, one is numbered but not given a number which becomes one’s identity. This is a completely different thing.

When one is given a number, which becomes one’s personal identity, without which one cannot function and operate in the society, what a vast difference? Census should not be an issue for a believer until shortly before and during the 70th week of Daniel. The issue of substitution of number for names is central to the Scroll of Revelation and the End Times. It is upon us already. Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Adolf Eichmann employed this same tactics in Nazi Germany to inundate the German people to the atrocities of the Holocaust. The fact is that it deadens one’s emotion and conscience. Satan is an astute psychologist; he understands us human more than we do ourselves.

We don’t know history. Even when we know the facts of history, we don’t know the wisdom therein. A good historian is not one that reels out the facts of history, but one that wisely analyses the facts of history. Since the end of WWII, historians, philosophers, politicians and statesmen, sociologists and anthropologists, theologians, psychologists, scientists, physicians, etc, have been wondering why the Germans, the most educated and civilized of society in the world at that time could have committed such atrocities, got home, ate and drank, loved their wives and children, and slept. Even up to today, Nazis and SS survivors remain impenitent, untroubled by their consciences which have been seared as it were with a hot iron. Their consciences were dulled not only with drugs and alcohol but also by the fact that they were dealing with numbers. Am inclined to believe with hindsight though, that this was a more important factor than drugs and alcohol and demonization. Reducing human beings to mere numbers dehumanizes them. It might have dulled their consciences, certainly, it will not free them from accountability before the Sovereign Lord and Judge of the Universe. That is a different matter altogether. It will be the same with the wicked earth-dwellers at the End Of The Ages, and all murderers of all ages.

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” ( Rev.9:20-21‬ ‭).

Can you imagine, people that murdered the saints of the Most High, and brought so much calamities on the Earth and its inhabitants do not wish let alone actually repent. It will not be that God is unwilling to forgive them, but they will be eternally impenitent. We have to give proportionate emphases to the fact that substituting numbers for names dehumanizes the victim and deadens the conscience of their oppressors and murderers.

Dr. Dave Williams:

14. Do not steal, do not commit any sexual sin, don’t murder anybody and don’t use drugs to ease your anxiety.

The temptation to steal, murder, use drugs and give yourself to sexual sin will be enormous, but you must resist. If you commit these sins, you may find it very difficult to repent (Rev. 9:21).

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

These are good advice for Christians at all times. We must define murder. Murder is when a man with premeditation takes the life of another. Killing in self defense is not murder. During the Great Tribulation, Christians may find themselves in situations where they have to defend themselves or the lives of dear family members, loved ones and dear friends. Should we not fight at all? Should we be led like a lamb to the slaughter? There are ethical questions associated with these issues and there are no hard and fast answers. It is always good not to kill another unless as a matter of divine necessity.

I think is alright for a Christian who is under prescription drugs for anxiety and depression to go on taking their medications. But taking these drugs for recreational purposes will be wrong as at any other time. I think it will even be very difficult for believers to procure these drugs considering the economic hardship faced by those who refuse the mark of the Beast. With the economic boycott of believers it will be really difficult for some to survive let alone feed dependents without unethical practices. Would a father who is hiding in the bush with his family harvest crops from a nearby farm to feed his family or watch them die of starvation? Like I said these are ethical questions and there no pat answers. Let everyone act as occasion demands.

On occasion like the Great Tribulation, situational ethics may apply. I do not suppose everyone will share my view. There are Christians who have the inner fortitude to watch their loved ones die of hunger rather than steal. That will be a little bit too hard for me. As we preach and teach on the End Times, we must not become hypocritical like the Pharisees who bind heavy burdens for others to bear, and cannot as much as touch them with their finger tips. We must not become armchair philosophers who marshal out ideas and give instructions on how to be stoic and heroic in times of difficulty while we live in ivory towers. Some Jews who survived the Holocaust, and partisans who survived the resistance during WWII stole and harvested crops from farms that were not theirs. Difficult questions to answer? The Great Tribulation is vastly different from WWII. Here we deal with issues that have eternal values and consequences.

Sexual immoralities are wrong at all times. They ought not to be mentioned amongst believers. They are inexcusable. “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” ( Eph.5:3-13‬ ‭).

They are Temple defiling sins, and lead to demonization. The body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit which is in us. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” ( 1 Cor.3:16,17 ). We must therefore glorify God in our spirit and our body. “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” ( 1 Cor.6:15-20‬ ‭).

The most egregious thing about sexual immorality is that it is sin against one’s own soul and body. Adultery depicts lack of understanding. “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.” ( Prov.6:23-35‬ ‭). Neither the adulterer nor adulteress is innocent. It is a wound and a dishonor. It is destroys the soul. Nothing can wipe it away other than the blood of the Lamb. The payment of ransome is valueless.

Sexual immoralities like homosexualism, lesbianism, bestiality, adultery, rape, and incest attract the death penalty under the law of Moses. “………..For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people………” ( Leviticus‬ ‭18:1-30‬ ‭). And such were some of us. But we have been washed by the blood of Jesus and sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”( 1 Cor.6:9-11 ).

We thank God for the blood of Jesus. Under the New Covenant, every sin is forgivable once the culprit accepts the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross Of Calvary. Once the sinner confesses the lordship of Jesus over his or her life, all the sins he or she has committed are forgiven. “But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ( Rom.10:6-13‬ ‭).

If a believer falls victim to any of these sins, the one must repent and confess one’s sin immediately. There is not a man upon the Earth that doeth good and sinneth not ( 1 Kin.8:46a ). Most men will proclaim every one his own goodnes: but a faithful man who can find ( Prov.20:6 ). For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ( Rom.3:23 ). Sin is human condition. The interesting thing however, is that there is a way out through confession and repentance, and faith in the finished works of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” ( 1 John‬ ‭1:6-10‬ ‭).

Here the Scripture tells us how a believer who has lost fellowship with God through sin can be restored. The ideal is that we do not sin at all. But if a believer sins, the the one can be restored to fellowship with God and the brethren through confession and the intercessory ministers of Jesus, our Great High Priest. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” ( 1 John‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭). Jesus is our advocate as well as the propitiation for our sins. Sometimes, we have to confess our sins to one another in order to be healed. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” ( James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭).

Those who defile the body God will destroy. Sexual immoralities are also idolatrous. “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” ( Col.3:5‬ ‭). We cannot take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot. The body is not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” ( Heb.13:4‬ ‭). Fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of God. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” ( 1 Cor.6:9-10‬ ‭).

Even before the antiChrist shows up on the world stage, sexual immoralities will probably become legal in most parts of the world. Already, gay marriages are legal in some parts of the world. In SA the enjured husband may not press charges in case of adultery. Attempt is being made to legalize incest in Germany. Sexbots are now available for those who can afford them. There are women who advocate every single woman should own a male dog for sexual pleasure. In the past these things were unmentionable. Those who committed such atrocities were cut off from humanity. Humanistic evolution which is the philosophy behind the rule of the antiChrist would have reached its zenith, amorality, during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. This state of affairs should not be difficult for us to comprehend considering the fact that at the midpoint of the 70th week, Satan and all fallen evil angels in the Dark Void and starry heavens shall be herded down to the Earth by the archangel Michael and the angels of God under his command.

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” ( Rev.12:7-12‬ ‭).

With the utmost fury Satan will assail humanity with all kinds of sexual perversion knowing that he has but a short time. Demonization, demonic oppression and possession will be the order of the day. There will be demonized humans, humanize demons, and hybrid humans or transhumans or humanoids. Caution and decorum will fly out the window. Natural inhibitions will almost but vanish. Men and women will become utterly shamless under the rule of the antiChrist. Men and women will drink sexual immoralities like water with the forehead of a whore. The Earth will become the city of dogs, a universal night club or red light district. Some will do their thing in the open in broad daylight having become utterly shameless, with their consciences seared as it were with hot iron through repeated and habitual practice of Temple defiling sins.

These sins are very rampant in the Church today, from the pulpit to the pew. Christ is coming for a glorious Church. The internet has made pornography and all forms of sexual immoralities readily available. The Church must be purged, purified, and cleansed from these sins. This is one of the reasons why the Church must go through the Great Tribulation. It will be foolhardy and utterly irresponsible for a believer to endulge in sexual sins at the time when believers are hounded, hunted down, and ferreted out and killed. Unfortunately, in difficult times, people tend to resort to gratification of the flesh for solace. The believer must do everything in one’s power to be pure in spirit, soul, and body. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ( 1 Thess.5:23‬ ‭).

After the cosmic disturbances which interrupt the Great Tribulation, every true believer who has survived up to this time without accepting the mark of allegiance to the rule of the Beast, must be in a state of penitence. At this time, we shall look up; for our redemption draweth nigh. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” ( Luke‬ ‭21:25-28‬ ‭).

God is so gracious. There will be a small window of opportunity for believers who are alive, who have committed sins to repent and be reconciled to God before the rapture occurs. But considering the dicy situation at this time, it is better to keep oneself pure at all times; for one could be called upon by heaven to pay the ultimate sacrifice at any moment. It is better to be in a state of penitence always. Rev.9:21 which Dr Dave Williams refers to relates to the branded worshippers of the Dragon-Beast who face the wrath of God during the Day Of The Lord.

Dr. Dave Williams:

15. Pray for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.

They’re going to be suffering to a greater degree than any other group on Earth. That’s why the final shabua is called the Tribulation and the time of Jacob’s trouble.
Jesus said it’s going to be worse for the Jewish people than anything they’ve ever experienced in the past (Matt. 24:21). Psalm 122:6a says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” In Zechariah 14:2, we are told that all the nations of the world will be against Israel in her final holocaust.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

The leaders of Israel will enter into a 7-year peace agreement with the Man Of Sin at the commencement of the 70th week. “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” ( Daniel‬ ‭9:27‬ ‭). The many are from within Israel. The agreement with the antiChrist is called covenant with many because all Israel will not support it. Nevertheless, the scornful leaders of Israel will go ahead with it because of the economic benefits and the military protection the antiChrist will offer them. The antiChrist will be an extremely ungodly and most powerful military leader ( Ezek.4:8,9;Dan.11:28 ). Besides, he will be the emperor of the most powerful empire in history. He will have at his beck and call the most sophisticated armies in the annals of military history, the armies of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ( Ezek.38:1-6 ). The leaders of Israel will be hoodwinked by his charming personality and sweet tongue into thinking they have made an agreement with a benefactor of Israel, not knowing they are dealing with the worst Jew hater in history, a superlative antisemite. The prophet Isaiah refers to this peace pact as “covenant with death”, and “agreement with Sheol” or “Hell.” He also called it “refuge in lies” and ” hiding under falsehood”. “Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:” ( Isaiah‬ ‭28:15‬ ‭).

The antiMessiah is here referred to as “Death”, “Sheol or Hell”, “Lies” and “Falsehood.” This should not surprise us because he ascends out of the bottomless pit and shall go into perdition ( Rev.11:7; 17:8 ). He is not a human spirit but the spirit of one of the fallen angelic beings that kept not their first estate but cohabited with human females in the antediluvian era. They are imprisoned in the abyss under darkness waiting for the judgment of the Great Day ( Jude 6 ). Therefore he is a humanoid, a transhuman or hybrid human. The carrier of this infamous man will begin with subtle peace diplomacy. It will only lead him so far. There are nations and kings who cannot be overcome by peace overtures. He shall revert to wars, threats of wars ( 2nd seal ). Wars naturally lead to famines, pestilences, earthquakes, and other man made and natural disasters ( 3rd seal ). Meanwhile, Israel enjoys a relative peace while the antiChrist wars with other nations. This accounts for the prosperity, economic boom, and lax security in Israel in the first half of the 70th week. This agreement will permit Israel to resume Temple worship, animal, drink, and grain offferings. It shall also bring temporary peace between Israel and her Arab and Islamic neighbors who are part of the 8th and Final Beast Empire of the antiChrist or otherwise allied to it. Any nation that attacks Israel in the first half of the 70th week shall incur the wrath of the antiMessiah. It is the existential threat that Israel shall face from its Arab and Islamic neighbors that shall drive it into the arms of the antiChrist.

But their covenant with Death shall be disannuled, and their agreement with Hell shall not stand. “And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.” ( Isaiah‬ ‭28:18‬ ‭). In the midst of the 70th week, the antiChrist will break the covenant and attack Israel in what is called the Jerusalem Campaign. He will relocate his headquarters to the rebuilt third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, desecrate the Temple with his enlivened image, and demand worship of all mortals. These moves will spark the Great Tribulation. The epicenter of the Great Tribulaion shall be the land of Israel and her Holy City, Jerusalem. The reference to the Shabbat day by Christ in the Olivet Discourse ensures that Jews shall be in control of Jerusalem till the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel, the hostility of the Palestinians, and other Arab and Islamic nations not withstanding. It will be catastrophic if the flight occurs on the Shabbat day in the winter. The Orthodox Jew can travel no more than a Shabbat journey which is 2,000 cubits, a little more than half a mile on the Shabbat day. But the exigencies of the time require that one travels as far away from Jerusalem as possible. Those that are in Judaea should flee to the mountains. Those that are in the field should not turn back to the city for any reason. Those that are in the housetops should not come down to take anything. They will not make it. They either bow to the image of the Beast or break.

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” ( Matt.24:15-22‬ ‭).

Those who shall suffer the most, shall be orthodox Jewish women who are pregnant or are nursing mothers, the elderly, and the disabled. This is a worst case scenario. Jews and Christians in The Holy Land shall suffer the most. But for the sake of the elect, that Day shall be amputated ( Matt.24:21 ). It is fitting for us to begin to pray for Israel now. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem ( Ps.122:6a). There is a reward in the now attached to it. They shall be serene that love thee ( Ps.122:6b ). We do not need to wait till the Great Tribulation. Pastors in Israel who teach their congregations that they will be raptured before the antiChrist hangs out his shingles are leading them down the path of utter annihilation, because that is not going to happen. We must begin now to prepare for the worst case scenario. On three different occasions, Jerusalem shall be surrounded with armies: during the Jerusalem campaign ( Luk.21:20-22 ) at the midpoint of the 70th week, the Jehoshaphat campaign ( Joel 3:1,2 ) shortly before the Great Tribulation is interrupted with cosmic and celestial disturbances, and finally at Armageddon ( Rev.16:16, 19:17-21 ). But the God of Israel shall deliver her from them all.

Dr. Dave Williams:

16. Be prepared to suffer.

At some point, liquidation camps and facilities will be operating around the clock. As I understand the prophetic warnings of the Great Tribulation, famine will be worse than ever. Families will be separated. It’s going to look like a horror movie or science fiction, but it’s real. You may have to die for your faith, but it’s worth it.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

The prosperity message has further weakened the Church being based on the theology of convenience. Because God of miracle is our Papa, we cannot suffer. But it is plainly written in the Scriptures that if we suffer with Him, we shall reign with Him ( 2Tim.2:9a ) . ” Yea, all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” ( 2Tim.3:12). It is given unto us in the behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but to suffer for His sake ( Phil.1:29 ). “For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us” ( Rom.8:18). ” Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous but grievous: nevertheless afterward, it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” ( Heb.12:11). There is no taste in the white of an egg ( Job 6:6b ). There is no pleasure in suffering, but it carries an eternal weight of glory. We are perfected through sufferings. Jesus was perfected through sufferings. He is our example in every respect. He is the captain of our profession. He is the heavenly archetypal man. We are prototypes of the heavenly archetypical man. He was crowned with honour and glory after he had suffered death. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” ( Heb.2:9-10‬ ‭).

Throughout the the ages of church history, some of the most devoted of God’s saints had suffered martyrdom. No one who has read Fox’s Book Of Martyrs would be impresssed otherwise. Even today, in North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, etc, the saints suffer and are martyred for their witness of the word of God, and the testimony they hold. However, in Europe and North America, and some parts of Africa and Asia, it looks like God has changed His method of perfecting His saints. He has become a chameleon. We are now perfected through property, happiness, good life, and motivational teachings. How can we be so preoccupied with prosperity when Jesus warned us in the parable of the sower that riches are deceitful ( Matt.13:22 ).

If we think we can have plenty of money and not be deceived, we are already deceived. Are we wiser than Solomon, the wisest of the kings of Israel? Did his wealth not deceive him into thinking he could play around with women, and get away with it? It will not be long before every parrot of prosperity will shut up his mouth. When the antiChrist signs a seven-year peace treaty with Israel, and the rapture has not taken place, every voice of pretribulation rapturism will be silenced. In that day, they shall go into the basement and upper chambers and cellars to hide themselves. Unfortunately some ministers oblivious of the emergence of the antiMessiah at the commencement of the 70th Week will still be preoccupied with preaching prosperity, success, and the good life, embarking on white elephant church projects, running bible schools and universities, and looking for solutions to indissoluble social ills until the Great Tribulation happens upon them unawares.

Despite the gory scene Dr. Dave Williams has painted, he still thinks that God will send young converts newly recruited into the Faith to resist the antiChrist. He would have these feeble Christians martyred, but he himself, a seasoned believer, will be raptured into the heavenly bliss. Which general sets young recruits in the forefront of the toughest fighting? If any General will set the weakest of soldiers in the forefront of the hardest fighting, he has underestimated his enemy and will pay with the lives of his men. We prepare for war in time of peace. We prepare for peace in time of war. These weak Christians will prepare for war in time of war. This was not the initial view of pretribulationists. It was when they saw that Christians will still be here during the Great Tribulation that they modified their view to include Christians who could not make the first roundup, the so called tribulation saints left behind. This view has no biblical bases. I am yet to find one verse of the Scriptures that supports rapture before the 70th week of Daniel. I am yet to find one verse of the Scriptures that teaches rapture before the antiChrist. I am yet to find one verse of the Scriptures hat teaches rapture before the Great Tribulation. I am yet to find one verse of the Scriptures that teaches either implicitly or explicitly that it is feeble Christians who could not make the first roundup that will be left behind to face the horrors of the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. And I have read the Bible hundreds of times over.

Anyone who teaches that the fifth seal martyrs are feeble Christians left behind after the rapture has denied the evidence of his senses. There is no literary expert or biblical scholar or theologian anywhere in the world who is not biased towards pretribulationism that will study 2 Thess.2 and conclude that Apostle Paul taught rapture before the unveiling of the Man Of Sin and his opposition to God and His people. If that’s what Apostle Paul meant, he was a poor communicator and a confusionist. But that cannot be allowed to stand, because our brother Apostle Paul was a wonderful communicator and always said what he meant. There is no literary expert, or biblical scholar or theologian anywhere in the world who had not been taught the pretribulational Rapture view earlier on that can study Matt.24:29-31 and conclude that Jesus taught Armageddon and sideways or lateral gathering into the Millennium rather than upward or vertical gathering ( episunagoge) into heaven in this passage of the Olivet Discourse. If Jesus meant sideways gathering into the Millennium, then, He is a poor communicator and a confusionist. But that cannot be allowed to stand because Jesus always says what He means. I use these strong words to underscore my convictions based on literary analysis of the Scriptures. The interpretation that Jesus was talking of Armageddon and sideways gathering into the Millennium is eseigetical not exegetical. The interpretation that Paul was referring to spatial or physical removal by the use of the word apostasia in 2 Thess.2:3 is also eseigetical not exegetical. There is no evidence that apostaia was used to refer to spatial or physical removal in biblical or koine Greek.

This warning is for the Church as whole to get ready to face the antiChrist during the horrors of the Great Tribulation, not some feeble Christians left behind after the rapture. Suffering, persecution, and endurance are not perculiar to any cadre of Christians, but inclusive of all believers. Our love of convenience, the good life, happiness, and abhorrence of suffering has turned Christianity on its head. We have proven convincingly from the Scriptures that after the rapture comes the wrath of God during the Day Of The Lord, not the reign of the antiMessiah: for in the Day Of The Lord no man shall be exalted. In the Day Of The Lord, the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and loftiness of men shall be brought low ( Isa.2:18-22 ). That the antiChrist will rise to power and prominence and attain world domination in the Day Of The Lord, a time when Christ alone is exalted, and men are scurrying for cover under the rocks and mountains with their paraphernalia of idolatry discarded to the moles and the bats is not supported by the Scripture and is not politically realizable. That anyone of us could be called upon by heaven to pay the ultimate price is highly probable even in the present. That we may have to die for our faith is a worthwhile price to pay. Eternity in heavenly bliss is far more than any suffering we may experience in this life. When eternity is viewed in light of the present, no price is too much to pay. When eternity is viewed in light of the present, the sufferings of the present vanish into thin air like a dim puff in a nebulous maze. It is therefore unbecoming for us to evolve an unbiblical escapist theology that condemns others to the horrors and inferno of the Great Tribulation while we escape to heavenly bliss. The Great Tribulation will be worse than the worst of horror movies. It is therefore necessary that we all get ready for it. If God in His infinite wisdom spares us the pain by calling us home before the time, may His name be praised. We should trust His judgment and accord Him the honor due His name.

Dr. Dave Williams:

17. Do not speak evil of Israel or her people, no matter the pressure.

God will contend with you if you are contentious with Israel. False prophets will tell you that the nation Israel has no right to exist. They will tell you that the people living in Israel are not really Jews and descendants of Abraham. Never speak against Israel or her people (Gen. 12:3; Isa. 49:25).

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

This counsel is relevant now as at all times. Even now there is a gang up of nations against Israel. God chose Abraham, and through him all the families of the Earth shall be blessed. “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.” ( Gen.12:2-3‬ ‭). God re-established the Abrahamic covenant with Isaac, and subsequently with Jacob ( Gen.26:2-5; 28:3,4,13-15 ). Therefore, it is evident that the Abramic blessings rest with Jacob and his descendants in all generations. God has promised to bless Israel and those who bless him, and to curse those who curse him. “Israel ( is ) holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.” ( Jere.2:3‬ ‭). All those nations and peoples and individuals who devour her shall themselves be devoured. Evil shall come upon them and overtake them.

The survival of the Jewish people as a distinct ethnicity, and Israel as an independent nation rests on the sovereignty of God and the veracity of His word. As long as the ordinance of the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the day and night endure, so also the indestructibility of Israel as an independent nation, and the Jewish people as an ethnic group amongst the peoples of the Earth. “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.” ( Jere.31:35-37 ).

Can anyone search out the foundations of the Earth? Can anyone measure the universe with a span or weigh the mountains and hills in the balance or with a scale? The universe is expanding with the speed of light. Beyond the outermost reaches of the starry heavens is the dark void, the immensity of which is stunning and the outermost reaches unlimited, illimitable, and limitless. As the universe cannot be measured with a span and the mountains and hills weighed in the balance, so also the indestructibility of Israel and the Jewish people. Throughout history, many Empires and their emperors have attempted to wipe out the Jewish people even when they were but a few in number: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medopersia, Greece, Rome, and Nazi Germany, but they have all ceased to exist but Israel and the Jewish people live on. God may be displeased with Israel, but that does not justify antisemitism. “And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.” ( Zech.1:15‬ ‭). God is displeased with those nations and peoples who afflict the children of Israel, and will punish them for all their antisemitic acts.

This does not however mean that whatever Israel and the Jewish do is right. God has judged Israel in time past, and does judge Israel now, and will judge Israel in the future, but He never make full end of Israel as desired by her enemies ( Jere.4:27 ). “For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” ( Jere.30:11‬ ‭). God will make full end of all the other nations, but will never make a full end of Israel. As we have mentioned already, history tells us that is very true; for God is not man that He should lie neither the son of man that He should repent ( 1 Sam.15:29 ).

Considering the paucity of their number, Israel and the Jewish people ought not to be heard. But their voice is heard in all fields of human endeavors. In belief and in unbelief, they are the leaders of mankind. The foundation of the democratic nations of the world rest on Judeochristian moors and values. They gave us the Bible, the best seller of all times. The word of God has delivered more people of the ills of humanity than psychology, western medicine, government, etc. They gave us the Messiah, Jesus who brought salvation to all mankind. Salvation is of the Jews. “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” ( Joh.4:22‬ ‭). Judaism and Christianity are the only two monotheistic religions in the world. Others are polytheistic and false. Judaism and Christianity should have been one if the Jews had accepted Jesus as their Messiah. Christianity is a continuation of OT Judaism. There should have been no distinction between the two.

God loved the the Jews, He gave them the land of Canaan with a covenant of salt. The modern State of Israel is Canaan in our times. Christians at all times should love the Jews and witness to them, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the preservation of the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. Christians should support Israel in all the ways that count. “But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.” ( Rom.15:25-27‬ ‭). It is no big deal if we minister to them in carnal things inasmuch as we have partaken of their spiritual blessings.

However, not all who call themselves Christians do this and they will receive their due punishment in due season. The brethren of the Lord according the flesh are Jews. The brethren of the Lord according to the spirit are Christians. The Jews have the commandments of God, and the Christians the testimony of Jesus Christ ( Rev.12:17 ). The criterion for either justification or condemnation in the Sheep And Goat Judgment of the unbranded surviving Gentiles of all nations is one’s treatment of the Jews, His brethren according to the flesh, and the Christians, His brethren according to the spirit during the Great Tribulation.

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” ( Matt.25:31-40, 42-46‬ ‭).

So, it pays to love and care for the Jewish people and to seek the welfare of Israel. Rehab was spared destruction with the rest of the inhabitants of Jericho because she received the spies with peace ( Josh.2, 6:22-25; Heb.11:31 ). The nations of the west which imbibed judeochristian values have always advanced in all fields of human endeavors far ahead of the others. With the advancement in information technology and globalization it looks like this gap is being bridged, but the evidence of this advantage is still visible.

Dr. Dave Williams:

18. If you are captured by the authorities, do not deny Jesus Christ as Lord and God.

It is better to die than deny Christ (Luke 12:8–10). In Revelation 6:9–11 we see quite a few people who died after the rapture for their faith, and they made it to heaven. If you deny Jesus Christ, you will be assigned to the dungeons of the damned to await the awful great white throne judgment (Rev. 20:11–12).

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

If anyone denies Christ before men, Christ will deny him before His Father and the holy angels ( Luk.12:8,9 ). We should not fear those who can destroy the body, and after that there is nothing more they can do. We should fear God who alone can cast spirit and soul into Hell ( Matt.10:28 ). It is self-evident that some believers are going to die for their faith during the Great Tribulation. But here is the faith and comfort of the saints: if any man is destined into captivity, into captivity he goes; if any man is destined to be killed with the sword, with the sword, the one will be killed ( Rev.13:10 ). The fact that whatever fate befalls the believer during the Great Tribulation has been predetermined in eternity past precludes the pretribulational theory of those left behind as feeble Christians who could not make the first round up which has no biblical bases.

I have protested with the utmost vehemence that to describe the fifth seal martyrs as enfeebled Christians who could not make the first round up is theologically and biblically unsustainable and indefensible. These are rugged saints who are slain for the word of God and the testimony which they hold. “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” ( Rev. 6:9-11‬ ‭).

There is a complement of the saints to be martyred during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. When that number is reached, God Almighty amputates the Great Tribulation with cosmic and celestial disturbances. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” ( Matt.24:21-22‬ ‭). God will cut the Great Tribulation short to save some of us alive for rapture. If He does not, the antiChrist will ferret all of us out and kill everyone of us who refuses to be branded with his mark of allegiance. Where can anyone hide without being discovered? Google has mapped out the whole world for the antiChrist. Although they may not have that in mind, Satan does.

This number of saints to be martyred is determined in eternity past. It is only known to God. They are only known to God. We are not told who they are, and their exact number. Anyone of us in that generation of believers that enter the 70th week of Daniel to experience the horrors of the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist could be in that number. What we know of them is that they are men and women, boys and girls who are uncompromising in their witness for Christ. Their spiritual blinders have been removed. They are willing to die for what they believer. They are slain for the word of God and the testimony which they held. They were faithful and uncompromising. They were aware of the dangers involved. They refused the mark of allegiance to the antiMessiah. They persuades others to do the same. They preached to men and women to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour. They preached to others to repudiate the rulership and author of the antiChrist. They preached that men and women should reject the false religion of the Beast spearheaded by the false prophet, the second Beast. They chorused the three angelic announcements which are made at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel.

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” ( Rev.14:6-12‬ ‭).

They overcame him ( antiChrist) by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they did not shrink from death. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” ( Rev.12:11‬ ‭). In other words, they do not shrink from death, and are willing to die for what they believe. Those of us who want to escape the Great Tribulation through a pretribulational Rapture are not willing to die for their faith in Christ. It is possible for one to die for the faith unwillingly. The fifth seal martyrs are willing to die for the Faith, and die they will. They die willingly knowing that glory awaits them. “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” ( Rev.14:13‬ ‭).

It is preposterous and egregious for any theologian or biblical scholar to label the fifth seal martyrs as feeble Christians who failed to make the first round up. How could feeble Christians left behind after the rapture be transformed into heroes of the faith in so short a time? Many of us here now who have been believers on this planet for over a quarter of a century, especially the pretribs are afraid to enter the 70th week of Daniel to encounter the antiChrist and face the horrors of the Great Tribulation. Decades of teaching and feeding of the word of God have not transformed us into Great heroes of the faith. Would enfeebled Christians left behind after the rapture and new coverts to the faith be so emboldened to die for their faith, and we would not? How can feeble Christians left behind after the first round up be emboldened to stand up to the antiChrist and his killing machine at a time when all the good pastors, teachers, evangelists, and prophets, and indeed all good Christians are no more, and all we have are false ones, or at best feeble and weak ones; at a time when there are no churches to attend, or at best, churches which are the tools of the satanic government of the antiMessiah? We must prepare ourselves to be in this number if need be.

Some believers may be taken captive, tortured but not killed, and be finally raptured. In whatever category we find ourselves, we must never recant nor betray other believers. Even far more important, we must not become embittered by the betrayal of false brethren whose behavior and activities shall endanger the life of loved ones and family members. Because iniquity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold ( Matt.24:12 ). Many shall be offended, and shall hate one another and betray one another ( Matt.24:10 ). Many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many ( Matt.24:11 ). But he that shall endure unto the End ( Of The Ages ), the same shall be saved ( Matt.24:13 ). The End is the eschatological End Of The Ages at which point God Almighty intervenes in human affairs, seals the 144,000 for protection, raptures the Church, and commences the outpouring of the wrath of God on the living wicked Earth-dwellers, worshippers and adorers of the Beast-antiChrist.

Dr. Dave Williams:

19. Mark the day the world leader moves his image into the holy temple in Jerusalem.

When that happens, you will know that you have 1,260 days to survive. Daniel refers to 1290 days, which includes thirty days of cleansing after He returns.

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

The 70th week of Daniel which is the last 7 years of the present Age is divided into two equal halves. The first half which begins with the signing of a 7-year peace agreement between the leaders of Israel and the antiChrist , the first three and one half years, witnesses the emergence of false Christs, wars, commotions, threats of wars, and famines, pestilence and earthquakes acccording to the Olivet Discourse which runs parallel with Rev.6. These events of the first half of the 70th week, dubbed the beginning of sorrows or beginning birth pangs by Christ in the Olivet Discourse correspond with the first three seals of Rev.6.

The antiChrist’s relocation to the rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem occurs at the midpoint of the 70th week and is concurrent with the abomination of desolation, and the Jerusalem campaign. The midpoint of the 70th week also marks the start of the Great Tribulation. Dr. Dave Williams teaches that the Great Tribulaion will last the entire second half of the 70th week which is 1,260 days. Our Lord is His Olivet Discourse teaches us that the Great Tribulation is cut short by the cosmic and celestial disturbances in order to preserve some Christians alive for the rapture and some unbranded Jews and Gentiles alive to repopulate the Earth at the end of the war of Armageddon ( Matt.24:22 ). If God does not cut short the Great Tribulation, no believer will survive to be raptured at the appearance of the coming of the Son Of Man, and no unbranded person, Jew or Gentile will survive in this mortal body of ours to repopulate Earth in the Millennium. For the sake of the elect, those who will be raptured alive, those days, that is the days of the Great Tribulation will be amputated.

Although the allotted period for the antiMessiah to rule will be 1,260 days, the Great Tribulation will not be allowed to run throughout the entire length of 1,260 days allotted to the antiChrist to rule ( Rev.13:5 ). After the celestial disturbances, the antiChrist is paralyzed. However he is not totally emasculated nor lose control control of Jerusalem till his his final defeat at Armageddon. Within the extra 30 days, the two witnesses whose ministry runs pari pasu with the reign of the antiChrist are martyred on the first day, and resurrect on the Fourth day. On the third day, the mystery of God is finished as the newly saved remnants of Israel are brought in to complete the spiritual kingdom of God. On the fifth day God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth at the sounding of the 7th trumpet which is the third woe which opens into the 7 bowls. The 7th bowl ends at Armageddon ( Rev.16:16, 17:11-21, 19:1-21 ). The unbranded Jews and Gentiles left behind after the rapture do not understand the eschatological timeline. Dr. Dave Williams’ counsel is profitable to believers now and in the first half of the 70th week before the beginning of the Great Tribulation at the midpoint of the 70th week. But Dr. Dave Williams has excluded them from the 70th week thus making them unprepared to face the horrors of the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist and vulnerable to deception and propaganda by Satan and his minions.

Dr. Dave Williams:

20. Determine to endure to the end!

If you miss the rapture, there is still hope. Moses endured much tribulation by looking to Him who is invisible (God). Paul wrote, “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us” (2 Tim. 2:12). 

Dr. Avraham Shallom:

We have proven from the Scriptures that Dr. Dave Williams does not understand the chronology of End Time events. He contradicts the Scriptures by placing the rapture as all pretribs do before the commencement of the 70th seven of Daniel. He teaches that after the rapture there is still hope. We have shown that after the rapture is the wrath of God. If anyone professes to be a Christian and is left behind after the rapture and is unbranded with the mark of the Beast, the only hope for that person is to go through the whole wrath of God if he is a Gentile, and to go through the first six trumpet judgments if he is a Jew other than the 144,000. If the survivor is a Jew, he will be saved on the third day of the 30-Day Reclamation Period when all surviving members of the household of Israel shall be reconciled to the God of Israel as they look upon Him whom they have pierced ( Zech.12:10-14 ). The whole surviving nation of Israel who are unbranded with the mark of allegiance to the Beast shall be born again in one day. “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” ( Isaiah‬ ‭66:8‬ ‭). On the other hand, if the survivor is a Gentile, he must appear before Christ at the Sheep and Goat Judgment to determine qualification for entry into the millennial reign of Christ ( Matt.25:31-46 ).

The wrath of God consists of the 7 trumpets and 7 bowl judgments. Everyone left here on Earth after the rapture, other than the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel who are brought into covenantal relationship with the God of Israel and sealed with the seal of the name of God shortly before the rapture of the Church, and therefore protected from the wrath of God, shall go through the wrath of God. The unbranded Jewish remnants shall go through the six trumpet judgments to purge, purify, and cleanse them before being brought into covenantal relationship with the God of Israel on the third day of the 30-Day Reclamation Period ( Hos.6:-1,2; Zech.10:12-14 ). On that day, the mystery of God shall be finished as God completes His spiritual kingdom by bringing the surviving remnants of Israel into saving knowledge and personal relationship with Christ. “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” ( Rev.10:7‬ ‭). The finishing of the mystery of God is the completion of the spiritual kingdom of God by the bringing in of the saved surviving remnants of Israel. They shall look upon Him who they pierced, and mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. What a wonderful hope it is for an unbranded Gentile who was not raptured to survive the trumpet and bowl judgments and to stand to be justified before Christ at the Sheep and Goat Judgment at the end of the battle Of Armageddon?

Dr. Dave Williams has told us the Church Age closes with the rapture of the Church, and I concur irrespective of the timing and location of the Rapture on the eschatological timeline. What End is he talking about here after the rapture when the Church Age has closed? We believers are never to deny Christ. “If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” ( 2 Tim.2:12-13‬ ‭). This Scripture Dr. Dave Williams referred to above relates to the believers during the Church Age which closes with rapture of the Church at the End Of The Ages. As also proven by the parable of the ten virgins, there is no admittance into the marriage of the Lamb once the doors have been shut to keep out the hypocrites.

Dr. Dave Williams served for over 30 years as pastor of Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan

Author: Avraham Shallom.

The Parable Of The Wheat And The Tares

The Parable Of The Wheat And The Tares.

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” ( Matt.13:24-30‬ ‭).

“Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
‭‭( Matt.‬13:36-43‬ ‭).

In order to understand this parable, there are certain biblical concepts we must understand. The first is the Hebrew concept of age. In Judaism, there are two ages, the present age and the age to come. The present age relates to the rule of Satan over the earthly realm of God’s universal kingdom. God created the world and leased it to Adam for six days. God created the world in six days. The seventh day, He rested. Therefore, God hallowed the seventh day. Each of those six days corresponds to a millennium. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” ( 2 Pet.3:8‬ ‭). In other words, Adam was to rule the world for six millennia. The seventh millennium will be the Shabbat of the Lord. Adam sold out to Satan. So, Satan became the god of this age ( 2Cor.4:4; Eph.2:2 ). Because it was a lease, neither Adam nor Satan had access to the title deed of the Earth. The lease will expire at the end of the sixth millennium, after which the rulership of the Earth will revert back to God who has the title deed of the Earth. The title deed of the Earth is the seven sealed Scroll of Revelation ( Rev.5,6 ).

In Abram’s encounter with Melkizedek after the slaughter of the kings and rescue of his nephew, Lot, Melkizedek, the priest of the Most High God acknowledged before Abram that the Most High God is the possessor of the heavens and the Earth. “And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:” ( Gen.14:19‬ ‭). Here Melkizedek acknowledged that God’s kingdom is universal. But there are earthly and heavenly realms of God’s universal kingdom. God dwells in heaven, but He rules over the Earth by proxy. The headquarters of God’s universal kingdom is in heaven. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” ( Ps.115:16‬ ‭). God is a spirit being. Though He has a form that is comparable to the shape of the physical body of man, he has no physical body with which to relate to the external physical environment. Therefore, He has to rule the Earth through a human representative, an Adam. God never created man to live with Him for ever in heaven. If that were the case, man would not have needed a physical body. “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” ( 1 Cor.15:50‬ ‭). Our physical body is given us to relate with our external physical environment. It is like a transducer that enables us to relate to the external physical environment.

Satan also is a spirit being like God without a physical body. So, he too cannot rule the world directly. He must do so through a human representative, an Adam. His bodily representation on Earth in the final conflict will be in the person of the antiChrist. “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” ( Rev.13:1-4 ). The sea-Beast is the antiChrist who will arise in the latter days out of the sea of humanity. He shall stand upon the sand of the sea which is the Earth. The sea-Beast has seven heads and ten horns. The seven heads are the seven Beast Empires which Satan has used to oppress Israel, God’s chosen nation and people throughout history. The ten horns are the ten nations of the 8Th And Final Beast Empire of Satan of which the antiChrist will be the emperor.

Because of the failure of the first Adam, God had to become man in order to reclaim His rulership over the earthly domain of His universal kingdom. Hence the necessity for the incarnation. Of course, this is not the only reason for the incarnation. Man has fallen into sin, and has to be redeemed by a kinsman redeemer, the goel. Inasmuch as no man was found sinless to make atonement for man, God also became man to make atonement for the sin of mankind. The sin of mankind must be atone for by an Adam.

The present age, olam haze, ( Hebrew: This age ), is the age of sin and evil. It is the age of night and darkness. It is the period of Satan’s rule over the Earth. The age to come, ( Hebrew: olam haba ), is the age of day and light. It is the age when righteousness reigns. It will be the age of God’s rule over the Earth.

Another thing we must understand is the various Greek words that are rendered world in the KJV translation. There are three of these Greek words. The first we shall consider is the word cosmos. It is from this world that the English word cosmic and its cognates like, cosmetic, cosmology, etc, are derived. It refers to the physical planet Earth primarily. Sometimes, it refers to the inhabitants of the planet Earth. On other occasions it may refer to the organization of the world, its embellishments, the cosmeticus. In Jon.3:16, it is written: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ( Jon‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭). Here it is obvious that what God loved was not the physical planet, Earth, but the inhabitants. It therefore follows that the context determines the meaning of this word.

The second Greek word rendered world is eion. It refers to the moving world. It is better rendered age. The Greek phrase Zoe eioneis is what is rendered everlasting life in Jon.3:16. It is better rendered life of the age to come. Both the believer and the unbeliever will live for ever. The difference is in the quality of life. The quality of the life of the unbeliever is so poor and miserable that is considered eternal death. The believer, though living in the present age, has acquired the life of the age to come. He is not of night and darkness, but of the day and light. The unbeliever, on the other hand is of the night and darkness, the life of the present age. “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” ( 1 Thess.‬ ‭5:4-9‬ ‭).

Believers are of a different age entirely. Their manner of life is different. Their desires and aspiration are heavenly. They are not of this world, simply because they are not of this age. They are born from above. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” ( Jon‬.3:3‬ ‭). The Greek phrase translated born again in KJV is gnoteinai anoten. It means born from above. “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” ( Jon‬ ‭3:31‬ ). The life of the present age is earthbound, mundane, and leads to death, but the life of the age to come is spiritual, and leads to eternal bliss. Jesus told the Jewish leaders of His day: “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” ( Jon‬.8:23‬ ‭). The origin of their life and thinking is earthly and mundane, but the origin of life and thinking of Jesus is from above, heavenly. Believers have the nature and life of Jesus. The origin of their life is heavenly. Therefore, their affections and desires must be from above like that of Jesus. Colossians 3 & 4 tell us what this new life entails. Our affections must be set on things above, not on things on and of the earth ( Col.3:1-4 ). Jesus told His disciples: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”‭‭ ( Matt.28:20‬ ‭). The Greek word rendered world by the KJV in this verse is eion. It is best rendered Age.

The third Greek word is oikoumene. It is derived from the Greek word oikos which means house. It refers to the inhabited world. Seven eighths of the Earth’s surface is covered by waters. This reference excludes all these in addition to the unhabited mountains like the Alps and the Drekensbergs , etc. “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. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” ( Rev.16:13-14 ). The reference here is to the inhabited areas of the world.

Let us now look at the word rendered tares in the parable of the wheat and the tares. Some translators render it weeds. This is absolutely erroneous. The Hebrew word rendered tares is darnel. It is wild wheat. In the early stages of growth, it is indistinguishable from the real wheat. In ancient Israel, the farmer does not try to weed out this wild wheat at all, because in so doing he weeds out some of the real wheat also. So, what the farmer does is to allow both of them to grow together till the time of harvest when they are clearly distinguishable from the real wheat. He first of all gathers the wild wheat into bundles which he heaps up at the edges of his farm. Then he harvests the real wheat into his granary. Afterwards he burns the bundled heaps of wild wheat at the edges of his farm. Jesus used this agricultural practice in Palestine Of His day to illustrate the divine Harvest that will occur at the End Of The Ages.

In interpreting the parable of the wheat and the tares, Jesus said: ” he that sowed the good seed is the Son Of Man.” The phrase, Son Of Man is Jesus’ favorite appellation to Himself. It has to do with God’s rulership over the Earth. The Son Of Man is God’s representative in the earthly domain of His universal kingdom. “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.” ( 1 Cor.15:45-48‬ ‭). The first Adam, our great great grandfather was made a living being. The last Adam, our Lord Jesus the Christ is a quickening spirit. As the last Adam, Jesus took the whole of humanity to death on the execution state. As the second man, he created a new species of human beings. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” ( 2 Cor.5:17‬ ‭). The first man is of the earth, earthy, but the second man is the Lord from the heavens. The first Adam failed. The last Adam, the second man, who is the Lord from the heaven will reclaim God’s rulership over the Earth which was usurped by Satan. The reclamation of God’s rule over the Earth will occur at the End Of The Ages. The parable is agricultural but it points to the final and consummative judgment of God which is cosmopolictical.

The End Of The Ages is the point of transition from the present age, olam haze to the age to come, olam haba. This point of transition will occur at the expiry of the sixth millennium which is the end of God’s lease of the earthly domain of His universal kingdom to Adam, which was usurped by Satan. The 70th week of Daniel is the last seven years of the sixth millennium. The End Of The Ages cannot occur outside of or before the 70th week of Daniel. The End Of The Ages occurs within the 70th week of Daniel and beyond. The final harvest occurs at the End Of The Ages. Therefore the final harvest cannot occur before the 70th week of Daniel. It is at the End Of The Ages that Jesus will appear to rapture the Church and institute His Day Of The Lord judgment of the wicked earth-dwellers. It is therefore biblically inaccurate to preach and teach Rapture before the commencement of the 70th week, for the simple reason that Rapture occurs at the End Of The Ages, and the End Of The Ages begins inside the 70th week of Daniel and extends beyond it for a period of 75 days before the commencement of the Millennium. Satan’s control of the Earth will expire at the end of the sixth millennium. Satan’s rule of the Earth is legal and binding because the transfer of the rulership of the Earth to Satan was legally done. Adam was God’s representative on Earth. He had the legal right to carry out the transaction but he did not have the moral right to do so. But because it was legal, it was binding.

At the temptation in the wilderness, Satan took Jesus to a very high mountains from where he showed Him the kingdoms of the world and the glory of the them. “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” ( Luk.4:5-8‬ ‭). He boasted the kingdoms of this age have been delivered unto him. When were they delivered to him? At the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden. Jesus did not challenge him on this count because like we pointed out earlier, it was a legal transaction and therefore binding. He further said that he would deliver it to Jesus if Jesus would bow down and worship him. Satan knew very well the kingdom will revert back to God at the end of the sixth millennium. If Jesus wanted it earlier He had to submit to Satan. What Satan offered Jesus was a subsidiary role under the rule of Satan, which was no role at all. He was seeking an eternal concession of the rulership of the Earth from God representative amongst men. What an insult? Will the creator worship His creature? Satan wanted Jesus to be a cop out. Jesus answered him, ” thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall thou serve.” What Jesus was saying was that He will be patient till the expiration of the sixth millennium, then Satan shall be evicted, kicked out from the Earth’s premises. Satan has never claimed to be the creator of the Earth for the simple reason that it is obvious he did not.

Jesus told us plainly that the good seed, the real wheat are the children of the kingdom. The tares, the wild wheat are the children of the wicked one. The enemy that sowed them is the Devil, the usurper of God’s rule and authority over the Earth. The harvest is the end of the Ages, and the reapers are the angels. The reapers are the obedient and faithful angels not the fallen ones who are evil. The fallen and evil angels are the demons and idols that men worship. The parable is agricultural, but its meaning is cosmopolitical. It is at the heart of the cosmic conflict. It is the transfer of power to God at the end of the sixth millennium. At the end of the ages, the tares, the children of the wicked one, shall be bundled into heaps to be burned by being branded with the mark of the antiChrist during the Great Tribulation. The real wheat, the sons of the kingdom, are harvested into the granary, that is raptured into heaven. Thereafter, the tares, the Beast marked earth-dwellers are burned with fire. “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” ( Matt.3:12; Luk.3:17‬ ‭). The rapture cannot occur without the separation of The Wheat from The Tares. They reach maturation during the Great Tribulation when the tares are marked for destruction by branding them with the mark of allegiance to the antiChrist. To preach rapture before the Great Tribulation is to attempt the final harvest when the wheat and the tares, their look alike are not yet separable from one another. There will be cases of mistaken identities. Some real wheat will be mistaken for the tares. Therefore, rapture before the Great Tribulation is impossible. These are the words of Jesus.

To preach rapture before the children of the wicked one are ripe for harvest and marked for destruction is to court disaster. How then can one distinguish the real Wheat from the tares inasmuch as they are growing together? The separation occurs during the Great Tribulation in the second half of the 70th week of Daniel. The sons of the wicked one shall be branded with the mark of the Beast. Then the cosmic disturbances shall announce the coming of the Lord and the institution of the day of the Lord’s wrath which no mortal shall be able to stand. “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ( Rev.6:12-17‬ ‭).

He shall appear in the heavens with the sound of the trumpet. The angelic reapers shall be dispatched to gather together His own from one end of heaven to the other. “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.” ( Matt.24:29-31 ). Thereafter, the Beast branded sons of the wicked one are burned with fire in the Day of the Lord’s wrath at the End Of The Ages.

In the Olivet Discourse, the disciples asked Jesus the question, “what shall be the sign of the thy coming and of the End Of The Ages?” The Greek word rendered sign is semeion. It is singular. Therefore there is only one sign which indicates His coming and the End Of The Ages. Why were His disciples curious about the sign of His coming and the End Of The Ages? Because the two events are concurrent. The coming of Jesus occurs at the End Of The Ages. It is at the End Of The Ages also that the final harvest will occur. If we identify the End Of The Ages, we shall know the general time period of His coming. This does not however mean that we will know the day and the hour. We cannot know the day and hour of His coming, but we can know the general time period of His coming. Jesus did not answer the question of His disciples directly, but went about enumerating a series of events the will lead to the End Of The Ages starting from the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel.

First will be the emergence of false christs ( Matt.24:4,5; Rev.6.1,2 ). This will be followed by wars, commotions , and rumours of wars ( Matt.246,7a; Rev.6:3,4 ). Thirdly, there will be famines, pestilence and earthquakes in diverse places which bring closure to the first half of the 70th week, the beginning of sorrows or beginning birth pangs ( Matt.24:7b,8; Rev.6:5,6 ). Beginning from the midpoint of the 70th week, Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies as the antiChrist relocates his headquarters to Jerusalem, and makes his debut at the rebuilt Jewish temple on mount Moriah ( Matt.24:15; Mk.13:14; Luk.21:20; Dan.11:45; 2Thess.2:3,4 ). This move will spark the Great Tribulation ( Matt.24:9-24; Rev.6:7,8 ). The real hard labour begins. At the breaking of the fifth seal, the souls of the martyred saints are arriving in heaven and are quartered under the golden altar of incense in the Holy Place from where they make their plea of vengeance to God. God answered in the affirmative, but they have to wait until the complement of martyrs is reached ( Rev.6:9-11 ). Thereafter God amputates the Great Tribulation with cosmic disturbances ( Matt.24:29; Rev.6:12-14 ). Then shall appear the sign of His coming and Of the End Of The Ages ( Matt.24:30 ). When Jesus appears in the heavens, The angelic reapers are dispatched to gather His elect from the fourwinds of the heavens ( Matt.24:28,31 ). This is the final harvest that marks the starting point of the End Of The Ages. It is at this point that the 144,000 are sealed for protection from the wrath of God, and the Church raptured to take them away from the scene of persecution ( Rev.7:1-17 ). Then the living wicked earth-dwellers are burned with fire as the wrath of God is poured out on them ( Rev.8,9,16,17,18,19 ).

Author: Avraham Shallom.

The Incapacitation Of The antiChrist

The Incapacitation Of The antiChrist

It is biblically unjustified for anyone to teach that after the rapture, the antiChrist will arise to persecute those left behind. Shortly before the rapture, the antiChrist will be paralyzed, masterly inactivated by the cosmic disturbances and the appearance of the Shekinah in the heavens. “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ( Rev.6:12-17‬ ‭).

It is after the cosmic disturbances that the clans of Judah who have been hiding in the Judean wilderness and Jerusalem and its environs shall be able to wage guerrilla warfare against the antiChrist and his armies. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” ( Zech.12:2-9‬ ‭).

After the cosmic disturbances, the clans of Judah shall be able to retaliate against the armies of the surrounding nations that gathered against Jerusalem in the Jehoshaphat campaign. The prophet Zechariah was using the language of his day to communicate divine truth. However, these shall be sophisticated modern tanks metaphorically referred to as horses. The tanks drivers and crew shall lose their minds, and the tanks themselves shall malfunction. This should not surprise us inasmuch as the EMP from the sun, stars, comets, meteorites and asteroids shall disrupt communication, making it extremely difficult for both tanks and crew to function at all let alone efficiently.

We can see here that from the breaking of the sixth seal, the condition on Earth is one of utter chaotic confusion as men scramble for safety under the rocks and mountains, invoking the rocks and the mountains to fall upon the as they instinctively realize that God is about to punish the world for her evils. Men’s heart will fail them for fear of those things that coming upon the Earth. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” ( Luk.21:25-26‬ ‭). The primary concern of people on Earth at this time is personal safety, not the enforcement of some law by the antiChrist. Even the kings of the Earth including the antiChrist and his most senior military commanders and security agents are terrified, paralyzed, and masterly inactivated and incapacitated by the cosmic disturbances and the appearance of the coming of the Son Of Man ( Rev.6:15 ). At this time, the saints are looking up for their redemption draweth nigh. “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” ( Luk.21:27-28‬ ‭).

The Great Day Of The Lord is come and who shall be able to stand? The answer is of course no one including the antiChrist. The only two things he will be permitted to do will be to kill the two witnesses at the expiry of their ministry at the end of the 70th week and to gather his armies for destruction 30 days later at the battle of Armageddon. “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly” ( Rev.11:7-14 ). ” And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” ( Rev.16:16 ).

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” ( Rev.19:17‭-‬21 ). It is inconceivable that the antiChrist would have so much worldwide influence and persecute those who refuse to be branded with his mark of allegiance once the Day Of The Lord has begone, a time when God alone is supposed to be exalted.

Up until now, the restrainer is the one that hinders the antiChrist from manifesting. “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:” ( 2 Thess.2:6‭-‬8 ). And the restrainer is archangel Michael according Dan.12: 1,2 ).

After the removal of the restrainer, the antiChrist will manifest and persecute the saints during the Great Tribulation. But as soon as the Lord appears in the heavens, he is masterły incapacitated. What follows is the Day Of The Lord. The antiChrist cannot persecute the saints in the Day Of The Lord. In that Day, only the Lord is exalted. In that Day the haughtiness of men and the loftiness man shall be bowed down. In that Day, men shall throw away their idols, the demonized images of the Beast which they have made for themselves to worship in their homes, offices and cars, being instructed by the enforcer, the second Beast, also called the false prophet ( Rev.13:14 ), to the moles and the bats to hide in the rocks and mountains from the glory of the Lord when He arises to shake terribly the Earth ( Is.2:8-18 ). Both the prophet Isaiah and Apostle John the revelator are unanimous in testifying that the wicked earth-dwellers shall seek refuge in the rocks and mountains. In that Day no mortal will be exalted. In that Day no idol will be exalted. And the idols He shall utterly abolish. In that Day, the gods that have not made the heaven and the Earth shall perish from under the Earth and from under these heavens. “Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.” ( Jere.10:11 ). No man or idol will be exalted in that Day.

The reason why the antiChrist cannot persecuted the saints after the rapture is two fold. Firstly, there are no saints to persecute. The believers have been raptured, taken to heaven. Anyone in the Church who is unbranded with the Mark Of The Beast and left behind is not a true believer in Jesus Christ. The one has been a false believer all along. The 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed for protection and hidden in the modern day red rose city of Petra which is biblical Sela, a very difficult terrain to access. In New Testament times, it was called Pella. It is in the Edomite wilderness which is in modern day Jordan ( Rev.7:1-8 ). Even during the outpouring of the bowls, the newly saved remnant of Israel are hidden in Azel ( Zech.14:5 ). No one knows the location of Azel. It is an undisclosed location being unmentioned in biblical times either in the land of Israel or anywhere else in biblical history and geography.

Secondly, the antiChrist will be masterly inactivated by the cosmic disturbances ( Rev.6:12-17; Matt.24:39-30 ), and by the  brightness of Christ’s Coming ( 2Thess.2:8 ). The only two groups of people left on Earth unprotected at that time will be branded followers of the antiChrist who will be the majority, and unbranded Gentiles, the minority. We come to this understanding through the process of elimination. Remember that during the first part of the wrath of God, the trumpet judgments ( Rev.8,9 ), all the inhabitants of the Earth are targeted including the surviving unbranded remnants of Israel. This is to cleanse, purge, and purify Israel. Only one-third of the Jewish population which enter the 70th week of Daniel will survive. “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.” ( Zech.13:8,9 ). This is horrible. It is sad. Only one-third of the Jewish population that enter the 70th week will survive. Even if it were only in the land of Israel, that is a staggering number.

Every Jew who survived the 70th week unbranded will be automatically saved because Israel have been purged, purified, and cleansed by the Great Tribulation,  the Time of Jacob’s trouble ( Jer.30:7 ), and the trumpet judgments, and her  sin atoned for. Because by the end of the 70th week, her transgression is finished, her sin ended, and reconciliation made for her iniquity ( Dan.9:24 ). And then they will look upon Him whom they pierced and mournful Him as one mourneth for his only son when they see that their Messiah has nail pierced hands. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.  In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddo.  And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;  The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;  All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.” ( Zech.12:10‭-‬14 ). 

The only ones exempted from the trumpet judgment are the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel ( Rev.7:1-8 ). These are Jews who have devoted, dedicated, and consecrated themselves to the God Of from their youth. They were not only unmarried but were virgins all of their entire life. It is possible to be a celibate but not a virgin. These men were not only celibates but also virgins. The unbranded Jews other than the 144,000 will be rejoicing when the see the Shechinah in the heavens, that their Messiah has finally come to deliver them, not knowing that they are not exempt from the trumpet judgments. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” ( 1 Thess.5:3‬ ‭). These unbranded Jews are in expectation of the coming of the Messiah. But they do not know that they are not exempt from the trumpet judgment segment of the wrath of God. The day of the Lord is first darkness and gloominess before light for them. “Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?” ( Amos‬ ‭5:18-20‬ ‭). For the believers in Jesus the Messiah of Israel, the Day Of Christ is light in perpetuity.

The branded followers of the antiChrist will be the object of God’s wrath in the bowls, being specifically targeted ( Rev.16,17,18,19 ). The unbranded unbelievers will not be specifically targeted in the bowl judgments. Any hurt they incur will be collateral damage. By the way, it is the unbranded Gentiles who survive the wrath of God that will appear at the sheep and goat judgment ( Matt.35:31-46 ).  The sheep will be justified to repopulate the Earth in the Millennium alongside the saved remnant of Israel ( Rom.11:25, 26 ). The goat will be executed and banished to Hell. We can see the enormity of the teaching that some believers will be left behind after the rapture to face the antiChrist. There are no two Great Tribilations, but one which occurs beginning from the midpoint of the 70th week before the rapture of the Church. After the rapture is the wrath of God which is contained in the seventh seal. The breaking of the seventh seal which occurs on the same day the Church is raptured opens into the wrath of God consisting of the 7 trumpets and 7 bowls.

Avraham Shallom.

Exposition on Isaiah 2:8-22

Exposition On Isaiah 2:8-22

“Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.” ( Isaiah‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭).

Isaiah, the son of Amoz was one of the pre-exilic prophets. He descended from the kingly line of David. Therefore he was a member of the royal household. Unlike prophet Amos who was a farmer before the Lord called him, Isaiah was highly educated having descended from royalty. One could imagine how devoted he was to the God of Israel for him to obey God promptly in answering the call ( Isa.6:8 ). In his unalloyed obedience to God, he performed a prophet act of walking about naked for three years to demonstrate how the Egyptians and Cushites, even their nobles like Isaiah would be led away naked and barefoot into captivity by Sargon king of Assyria ( Isa.20:3,4 ). God had to so disgrace Egypt and Cush because the southern kingdom of Judah was allied to them, and trusted them to save them from the Assyrian king rather than trust in the Lord their God. Cush was their expectation and Egypt their glory ( Isa.20:5 ). I have retained the Hebrew name Cush rather than Ethiopia as in KJV because this name does not refer to modern day Ethiopia at all. Ethiopia was formerly named Abyssinia. In ancient times it was referred to as Sheba. Cush simply means black. In ancient times it referred to the area south and west of Egypt which more or less corresponds to the nations of modern day Sudan and South Sudan. The reference in the Book of Acts to the noble man who was in charge of the treasures of Queen Candace of Cush ( Ethiopia) speaks of Queen Candace of Mero, an ancient kingdom in the region of modern day Sudan ( Acts 8:26-40 ). In antiquities, these areas were inhabited by black skinned people, the Cushites. Hence, the proverb, “can the Cushite change his skin?” ( Jer.13:23 ).

Isaiah was the prophet par excellence. He prophesied for a very long period, spanning the reign of four kings of the southern kingdom of Judah. Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah kings of Judah. During the reign of these kings, the southern kingdom of Judah experienced prosperity. Their land was full of silver and gold, and there was no end to their treasures. Despite their prosperity, they were greedy and rapacious. They copied their neighboring powers, especially Egypt and Assyria, and imported horses and chariots which led to trust in their military mighty and prowess ( Isa.2:7 ). As if that were not enough, they added insult to injury, and worshipped idols. These were graven and molten images crafted by their own fingers. This they learned through associations with the peoples of neighboring powers, like the Egyptians and Assyrian who were idol worshippers. Their land was full of idols ( Isa.2:8 ). Whatever the nobles did, the am ha’ aretz, the ordinary people of the land copied them and followed suit. The mean bowed down, and the great man humbled himself before the works of their hands. Because they have bowed themselves to graven images, and worshipped the works of their hands, the God of Israel would not forgive them and spare them any punishment which was due. They had to go into captivity.

This was the situation in Israel during the reign of these kings when the prophet Isaiah prophesied to the kings, nobles and people of Judah. He was also looking beyond the immediate period to the End of Time. This is what theologians call the near and far views of prophecy. During this period of the far view of Saiah’s prophecy, Israel shall enter into a seven-year peace treaty with the Man Of Sin, the Son Of perdition or destruction ( Dan.9:27; 2Thess.2:3 ). For the first three and one-half years, Israel shall be relatively peaceful. They shall prosper being protected by the armies of the most powerful world ruler. When Jesus came to His own in the name of the God of Israel, they rejected Him. When another, the antiMessiah shall come in his own name, they will receive him. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” ( John‬ ‭1:10-11 ). “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” ( John‬ ‭5:43‬ ‭). The “another” here is the antiMessiah.

This covenant is called the covenant of apostasy, because it will lead to total abandonment of the God of Israel by some Jews and Christians three and one-half years later when the antiMessiah shall declare himself God in the rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem and demand to be worshipped by all and sundry ( Dan.9:27; 2Thess.2:4 ). It is called covenant with death and agreement with Hell. “Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” ( Isaiah‬ ‭28:15, 18-19‬ ‭).

When the antiMessiah breaks his peace agreement with Israel, he shall persecute Jews who refuse to worship him. During the reign of the antiChrist, enlivened images of the Beast shall be situated at strategic places for public worship. This will be like in the Roman period when emperor worship was demanded of Roman citizens. Every Roman citizen was required to offer a pinch of incense to the statue of the emperor at the city square. Those who failed to fulfill this obligation were arrested. They were released only after they have posted bonds and promised never to disobey. These images, empowered by AI, and energized by demonic powers shall be able to identify those who do not have the mark of the Beast, and cause them to be put to death if they refuse to capitulate to the authority of the antiMessiah by accepting to be branded with his mark of allegiance. Those who agree to worship him shall be instructed by the second Beast, the false prophet, his enforcer, to make images of the Beast in gold, silvers, bronze, iron, and wood to worship in their homes, offices, and cars, every man according what he can afford.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” ( Rev.13:11-18‬ ‭).

This shall account for the preponderance of idols during the second half of the 70th week. Anyone who refuses to bow to these images shall be punished with death, banishment or captivity as the case may be. During this period many shall betray one another. This is the Great Tribulation. The martyred saints arriving heaven is the fifth seal. “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” ( Rev.6:9-11‬ ‭).

When the complement of the saints to be martyred is fulfilled as evidenced by the fifth seal, God shall amputate the Great Tribulation with cosmic disturbances which constitute the sixth seal. “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” ( Rev.6:12-14‬ ‭).

The fifth seal promises wrath during the Day Of The Lord. The sixth seal portends wrath during the Day Of The Lord. There is an interlude between the sixth and the seventh seals. During this interlude, the Shechinah, the sign of the Coming of the Son Of Man appears in the heavens, the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed with the seal of God for protection during the Day Of The Lord, and the saints are raptured into heaven, taken away from the scene of persecution from the antiChrist, and the wrath of God during the Day Of The Lord, which begins the very same day the surviving saints are translated into heaven ( Rev.7 ). The interlude between the sixth and the seventh seal therefore protects from the wrath of God.

At the breaking of the sixth seal, the branded idol worshippers who worship the Beast, his image, and the Great Red Dragon, who gave power and authority to the Beast shall dispose of their idols to the moles and that bats to hide in the rocks and the mountains, invoking these to fall upon them, and to hide them from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ( Rev.6:15-17‬ ‭).

These branded worshippers of the Beast shall be composed of the high and low, the rich and the poor, the mighty men and generals of the armies of nations and kingdoms, bond and free. We can see that Isa.2:11-22 parallel Rev.6:15-19:21. During this period, the Day Of The Lord’s Wrath, the lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in That Day ( Isa.2:11,17 ). It shall be a terrible day for every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low ( v.12 ). It shall be upon the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, and upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures ( vv.13-16 ). The cedars of Lebanon and the oaks of Bashan are the tallest of trees in the Mid East. They are figurative of the high and mighty, the powerful and influential men, the great men and the nobles. The mountains and hills symbolize the kingdoms of the Earth and their kings which shall be devastated by the wrath of God in the Day Of The Lord. All that man has achieved in defiance to God shall be destroyed, the skyscrapers, the lofty institutions of man, his global ideal epitomized by Babylon shall be utterly destroyed at the outpouring of the seventh bowl judgment. The cities of the nations shall be leveled by the great earthquake of the seventh bowl judgment. Apostle Peter asked us, seeing that all these things shall be destroyed, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness? ( 2Pet.3:13,14 ).

“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” ( Rev.16:17-21‬ ).

During the Day Of The Lord, the idols, the enlivened images of the Beast in gold, silver, precious stones, wood, etc shall be utterly abolished ( v.18 ). Once the Day Of The Lord has begun, no man or idol shall be worshipped any more anywhere on the planet Earth. Men shall throw away their idols, the enlivened images of the Beast, to go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the Earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His Majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the Earth. Every man alive on Earth at that time shall know instinctively that God is about to punish the world for their evils. They will throw away their idols and run for their dear lives. God shall shake the heavens and Earth, and everything that man has built shall be destroyed ( v.19 ).

“In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” ( Isaiah‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭).

Based on this scenario painted by the prophet Isaiah and corroborated by all the other OT and NT prophets, and graphically summarized by Apostle John, the revelator, Isaiah admonished us, “cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted.” ( v.22 ). This verse is applicable to every man, that man should not worship his fellow man. However, in context, it is referent to the antiMessiah, the ultimate superman who shall arise in the last days to demand worship of all mortals. We must not worship him. He is man not God. And because he is man, he shall die like every other mortal man. He is not to be accounted of anything.

The pretribulationists tell us the whole 70th week of Daniel is the wrath of God. And because the Church is not appointed unto wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus the Christ, the Church shall be raptured before the commencement of the 70th week of Daniel at the breaking of the first seal ( 1Thess.1:10, 5:9 ). But it is inconceivable, in the light of the scenario painted by the prophets that after the wrath of God has begun in the Day Of His Wrath, that the antiChrist can arise, achieve a worldwide domination, transfer his headquarters to the Jewish Holy City of Jerusalem, demand worship of all men, desecrate the Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah, built for the worship of Jehovah, institute the Great Tribulation, brand men as farmers brand cattle, and slave dealers brand their victims, martyr the saints of the Most High all over the world, mount the enlivened images of himself at strategic locations all over the world for men to worship, kill everyone who refuses the mark of allegiance to him, in the day when the haughtiness of men shall be brought low and the idols utterly abolished? In the day when no man shall be exalted but God alone. All these theological and biblical impossibilities are flouted in an attempt to keep the Church out of the Great Tribulation. Impossible you will say, and you are right.

If the whole of the 70th week were the wrath of God, why are the three angelic announcements made at the midpoint of the 70th. Who shall go about proclaiming the gospel in the Day Of The Lord? ( Rev.14:6,7 ). No one. Who shall abide in Babylon in the Day of her desolation? ( Rev.14:8 ). No one. Who shall worship the Beast or his image in the Day Of The Lord? ( Rev.14:9-13 ). No one. The Day Of The Lord is darkness and not light. It is a day of gloominess, as one did flee from a lion ( the Great Tribulation), and bear ( the wrath of God ) met him; as if one did flee from a lion ( the Great Tribulation), entered his house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent ( the wrath of God ) bit him ( Amos 5:18-20 ). These men in spite of their stellar biblical scholarship and holy living have not rightly divided the word of God ( 2Tim.2:15 ). They have failed to distinguish the wrath of Satan ( Rev.12:12 ), man’s inhumanity to man, from the wrath of God ( Rev.6:17 ) which is God’s direct intervention in the affairs of men to justify the righteous and punish the wicked who bowed to the image of the Beast. They have erred doctrinally in that they have failed to teach the truth, and morally because they misguided the saints. One of these dear ministers of God arrogantly tells us, if you are here after the rapture, I tell you 20 things you must do to survive the reign of the antiChrist. When I read through, I said to myself, these are the things he should teach his congregation now in order that they might survive the horrors of the Great Tribulation. He may sleep in the Lord before the antiChrist shows up, but certainly, some members of his congregation or their descendants after them shall one day face the horrors of the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist before the Rapture takes place.

Avraham Shallom.

The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree: A Figure Of Israel?

“Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.  And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.  And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!  Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.   And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” ( Matt.21:18‭-‬22 ). The parallel account in Mark reads: “And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:  And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.  And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it” ( Mk.11:12‭-‬14 ).

If the fig tree were  a symbol of Israel, it would mean that Christ cursed Israel, that Israel would not be fruitful for ever. It would also mean that Israel withered away and died. Though Israel was exiled for nearly two millennia, the Jewish people live on, and Israel stands in the comity of nations today. It would mean that God contradicted Himself. “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  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” ( Gen. 12:1‭-‬3 ).

It would also mean that God cursed Himself, because whoever curses Israel will be cursed by God. It would also mean that all the families of the Earth would not be blessed. It would mean also that no man would eat any fruit from Israel and the Jewish people from thence forward and for ever. False you would say, and you are right. Israel invented drip irrigation which has revolutionised farming in some arid and poverty striken African nations. 

All these negative inferences would be right were the fig tree to symbolize Israel. But we know they are all wrong. For starters, salvation is of the Jews. “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews” ( Jon. 4:22 ). Apostle Paul wrote: “What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God” ( Roms.3:1‭-‬2 ). To them also partaineth the covenant, the glory, the giving of the law, and the promises etc….”Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;  Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen” ( Roms.9:4‭-‬5 ). 

Shortly after this impricatory invocation on the fig tree, Jesus went to the execution state where He procured salvation for all humanity. Jesus is Israel’s greatest blessing on humanity. Would Jesus curse Israel when He, the greatest of the sons of Jacob, was about to hang on the cross to secure God’s greatest gift to humanity? One of His seven words on the execution stake was ” Father forgive them for they know not what they do” ( Luk.23:24 ). One cannot curse whom God had blessed. The prophet Balaam could not acurse whom God had not cursed; he could not defy whom God had not defied ( Num.23:8 ). Jesus could not curse Israel because the Father had already Blessed Israel. As matter of fact, Jesus is God’s greatest  blessing on Israel. Jesus never invoked any imprecations on the whole nation of Israel.

The ones He invoked woes on were the hypocrites: the Pharisees, Saddusees, the Herodians, the corrupt religious and political leaders of the nation. ” 
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.   Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.   Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.   Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.   Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,   And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.   Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.   Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers” ( Matt.23:13‭-‬16, 23-32; Luk.11:42-52 ).

Jesus also invoked woes on the impenitent cities in which he ministered: Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum: “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.   But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.   And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.   But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee” ( Matt.11:21‭-‬24; cf. Luk.10:13 ).

Jesus invoked woe on the world because of offences. “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” ( Matt.18:7; cp. Luk.17:1 ).

Jesus invoked woe on him by whom He was betrayed, Judas, the man from Iscara. ” The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.  Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said” ( Matt.26:24‭-‬25; cf. Mk.14:21; Luk.22:22 ).

Jesus also invoked woes on pregnant women, and nursing mothers, those who give suck to children during the Great Tribulation. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” ( Matthew 24:19; cp. Mk.13:17; Luk.21:23 ). This would be so because of increased death toll due to exposure to the elements and inability to move away quickly from Jerusalem and it’s environs which are being surrounded by the armies of the Beast. “Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.   For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled” ( Luk.21:21‭-‬22 ). This event shall occur precisely at the midpoint of the 70th week when the antiChrist shall relocate his headquarters to Jerusalem, violate the secret precincts of the rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Moriah,  declare himself God in the midst therefore, and demand worship of all mortals. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)   Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:’ ( Matt.24:15‭-‬16; cf.Mk.13:14-16 ). The antiChrist shall declare himself God in the Temple of God. ” Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” ( 2 Thess.2:3‭-‬4 ).

Jesus invoked woe on the rich who do not known Him, for they have received their consolation. “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation” ( Luk.6:24 ).

Jesus invokes woe on those who are full who do not know Him, for they shall hunger. He also invoked woe on those who laugh now in defiance to God, for they shall mourn and weep. “Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep” ( Luk.6:25 ).

Jesus invoked woe on those who love to be well spoken of  by men without caring about their standing before God. This is the portion of the false prophets.  “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” ( Luk.6:26 ).

In the parable of the vineyard, Jesus again indicted the chief priests and the Pharisees. “Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.” ( Matt.21:33-46‬ ‭).

The chief priests and the Pharisees were wise enough to perceive that Jesus spoke the parable against them. There would be a change of leadership within the framework of new religious and national order. The leadears of this new order would come from all nations, so also the members of this new order. The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and given to a nation bearing the fruits thereof. This new nation no doubt is the Church. This is the mystery and invisible form of the kingdom. This assertion however, does not mean that God was finished with Israel as some affirm. It has no national boundaries; it is a nation within nations; a kingdom within kingdoms. It consists of Jews and Gentiles. Jesus had a grouse with the leadership of Israel, not the whole nation. He had nothing against the ordinary people of the land, the common man in the street. Jesus never invoked any imprecatory woes on the nation of Israel as whole. His grouse was with the nation’s religious and political leaderships as represented by the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Herodians. He warned His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Sadducees, the Pharisees, and the Herodians.

“And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” ( Matt.16:5-12 ).

The Pharisees were hypocritical ( Luk.12:1 ). They sat in Moses’ seat. “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” ( Matt.23:1-12‬ ‭).

They said the right things but did not do them. They loved greetings in the market places, and the best seats in the synagogues. They would rob a widow’s house, and for pretense, make long prayers. They loved to wear long robes and phylacteries, and they loved greetings in the marketplace. They coverted the best seats in the synagogues. They went about establishing rules to prevent breaking the Torah, which in turn lead the people away from the Torah. Over time, their traditions became more valuable to them than the Torah. Even till this day, the Jewish rabbis and their disciples study more of the Talmud and the writing and sayings of their sages and rabbis than the Torah. They engaged in hair-splitting arguments that were not understood by the ordinary people of the land, and had no practical relevance to their lives. They said if one swore by the Temple, it was nothing, but if one swore by the gold of the Temple, it was binding. They said if one swore by the altar, it was not binding: but if one swore by the gift at the altar, it was binding ( Matt.23:16-22 ). Which was more important, the gift at the altar, or the altar that sanctified the gift? They taught the people to say to their parents, corban; it is a gift whatever you may be profited by me. And so, neglect to care for their parents and were therefore exonerated from their responsibilities to their parents to requite them ( Mk.7:11 ). They led the people astray. They were blind leaders of the blind. They strained at a gnat, but swallowed a camel. They paid tithe to the minutest detail, but failed to deal with the weightier matters of the Torah, faith, love, justice, and mercy. Jesus never condemned them for tithing to the minutest details, but for neglecting faith, love, justice and mercy.

The Sadducees on the other hand were sceptics. Jesus warned His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Sadducees which was the unbelief of the Sadducees ( Matt.16:6,12 ). The high priests came from this religious sect ( Acts 5:17 ). They were also corrupt. There was a lot of infighting for the position of the high priest. Some families would bribe the Roman authorities to be favored with the position of high priest. They controlled the Temple tax and treasures which they used to enrich themselves. They commercialized Temple worship into a bureau de change. The Roman coin imprinted with the Roman eagle, a symbol of idolatry was unacceptable in the Temple. They were permitted by the Romans to mint their own coin. Jews and Gentiles converts to Judaism who came from all over the Roman Empire to pay Temple tax and to worship had to exchange the Roman coins with the Temple coin. The priests charged high rates. They sold animal and birds for Temple sacrifices; the prices were astronomical. It became a very big business. People who came to worship God were defrauded to the enrichment of the priesthood. They turned the house of prayer for all people into a den of thieves and robbers ( Matt.21:13; Mk.11:17; Luk.19:46 ). Jesus made a whip and chased them out of the Temple, overturning the tables of the money changers and those that sold pigeons. They did not believe in the existence of spirits and angels, nor in the resurrection ( Matt.22:23; Mk.12:18; Luk.20:27; Acts 4:1-3, 23:8 ).

Their teachings were earth-bound, mundane. To sum it up, it was like let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die ( 1Cor.15:32c ). They were the ones who came to Jesus with a fabricated story of one woman married to seven brothers; a parody of levitate marriage. They erred not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. Jesus demolished their false doctrine of no resurrection by invoking Moses’ vision of the burning bush from which He inferred that God is God of the living and not the dead. “The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” ( Matt.22:23-32‬ ‭).

They were at loggerheads with the Pharisees ( Acts 23:6,8 ). However, they collaborated with the Pharisees to demand of Jesus a sign from heaven ( Matt.16:1 ). One of the accusations leveled against Jesus before Pontius Pilate was treasonable felony ( Luk.23:1-5 ). Jesus made no claims to the kingship of Rome; His kingdom was not of this age.“Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” ( Jon.18:33-37‬ ‭).

The Herodians were worldly. These were Jews who supported the party of Herod the Great and his family. One would not get any political appointments unless one belonged to this party. The publicans were members of this party who took the contract to collect taxes for Herod and the Roman government. They collaborated with the Roman authorities to oppress the people of the land. They were the tax collectors, the publicans. They collected more than was appointed them, and thereby defrauded the people ( Luk.3:12,13 ). Herod himself, of whom this party was named, was an oppressive ruler, an evil genius. He lavishly refurbished the Second Temple. He built hepodromes ( horse racing tracts ), amphitheater, and fortresses and palaces like the Herodium, Masada, Alexandrium, Hyrcania, and Machaerus. These extravagant building projects were funded by a Hasmonean taxation system that weighed heavily on the Jewish people. To safeguard his throne, he executed his sons, Aristobulus and Alexander on suspicion of treason, and his wife, Mariamne I on suspicion of adultery. When he ascertained from the Magi that Jesus was born king of the Jews, he sent his soldiers and killed all male children up to two years old and under in the town of Bethlehem and its environs ( Matt.2:1-18 ). Herod’s father was Antipater, an Idumean, whose ancestors were originally Philistines. After Idumea was conquered and destroyed by the Maccabean priest and king John Hyrcanus II around 135 BC, the Idumeans were forced to convert to Judaism. They resettled in south of Judah after been ransacked by the Nabateans. Herod ingratiated himself to the Roman senate which appointed him king of the Jews in 39 BC. In 30 BC he was confirmed king of Judea by Octavian at Rhodes.

The Herodians and publicans were at loggerheads with the Pharisees. The Pharisees looked down on them as extortioners and sinners ( Matt.9:10,11 ). The publicans loved and saluted only their kind ( Matt.5:46,47 ). The publicans were rich. Their wealth made them vulnerable to foolish and hurtful lusts that drown men in destruction ( 1Tim.6:9 ). “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” ( Luk.18:10-14‬ ‭). The publicans were looked down on like the prostitutes. The publicans were not religious at all. They were quick to repent like the harlots ( Matt.21:31 ). They repented at the preaching of John the Baptist ( Matt.21:32; Luk.3:12, 7:29,30 ). Because Jesus ate and drank with the publicans, He was called a friend of tax collectors and sinners by the Pharisees ( Matt.11:19; Mk.2:15-17; Luk.7:33-35, 15:1,2 ).

Some Publicans were hospitable to Jesus like Levi who Jesus called while he was at the tax office. Levi who was also named Matthew became one of the twelve apostles ( Matt.9:9, 10:3; Mk..3:18; Luk.6:15; Acts 1:13 ). “And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” ( ‭‭Luk.5:27-32‬ ).

Zacchaeus, a publican, a man of small stature, climbed into a sycamore tree to see Jesus whom he later hosted in his house. He too became a disciple of Jesus. He promised to give away half of his wealth to the poor and to repay fourfold anyone he had defrauded. “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” ( Luk.19:1-10‬ ‭).

So, the Pharisees did not naturally agree with the publicans. But in order to undo Jesus, they entered into a marriage of convenience with the Publicans. “And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.” ( Mk.3:6‬ ‭). The Herodians also collaborated with the Pharisees to entrap Him in treasonable felony. “Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.” ( Matt.22:15-22; cp. Mk.12:13-17; Luk.20:19-26‬ ‭).

The ordinary people of the land had to contend with opposing doctrines and practices of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the oppression of the worldly Herodians and publicans. If the head was sick, the whole body also would be sick. The rottenness of the leadership also reflected on the ordinary people of Israel.

Let us look at the parable of the barren fig tree. “He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.” ( Luk.13:6-9‬ ‭).

Can the barren fig tree be a figure of the whole nation of Israel? No doubt, the three years were the three years of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The Father is the owner of the fig tree. The dresser is Jesus who requested an extension of time for the fig tree to bear fruits. In the book of Acts, God re-offered the kingdom to Israel which She had earlier rejected in the gospel. The barren fig tree cannot represent the whole house of Israel. It is a figure of the individual Jew who would not accept the ministry of Jesus. More also like in all the other instances we have examined, the weight of evidence is in favour of the leadership of Israel. After it was dunged for another year and remained unfruitful, it was cut down. The year is the 38-year interim between the crucifixion of Christ and the destruction of the Temple on Mount Moriah in 70 AD. If the barren fig tree were the whole nation of Israel, that would mean that Israel as a people ceased to exist, which is historically false. So, my conclusion is the barren fig tree symbolizes the individual Israelite who rejected Jesus, was unfruitful, and was therefore cut down in unbelief. The motif fits more into that of the hypothetical and scornful leaders of Israel who in the eyes of God were unproductive whilst they flagrantly displayed their religious costume and paraphernalia. No doubt, the nation of Israel suffered a sever setback, lost its independence following the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD and the scattering of Jews amongst the nation, it never ceased to exist. The wrath of God was on the leadership and the Temple, the center and object of their hypocritical worship.

In this parable, a case could be made that Israel is the barren fig tree. But one of the principles of biblical hermeneutics is that there should be not antinomies. A common denominator must be found that harmonizes all seemingly apparent contradictions. The common denominator is the corrupt leadership of Israel. This is clearly borne out by the parable of the wicked tenants.

“Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out. Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” ( Luk.20:9-18 ).

The vineyard is the house of Israel, and the landlord is the God of Israel. The wicked tenants are the religious and political heads of the people of Israel. His servants are the prophets of Israel whom they molested, assaulted, and killed. The son is Jesus, the heir of the Father, whom they crucified on the execution stake outside the city of Jerusalem. The vineyard was never destroyed. What was destroyed was the wicked husbandmen. A new leadership was reconstituted under the framework of the new covenant. Once again this fits into the motif of Jesus’ invocation of imprecations on the hypocritical leaders of the nation of Israel.

The twelve apostles were Jewish. His disciples were mainly Jewish. Would Jesus had cursed Israel when He was about to hand over the baton in the heavenly relay race to His Jewish disciples who would take the message of salvation in His name to the rest of humanity? The new covenant was instituted by Jesus with His disciples all of whom were Jewish. They were representative of Israel. The New Covenant was enacted with Israel. It was not enacted with the Church. The Church was not in existence then. One cannot make a covenant with non existent body. The Church is the product of the New Covenant not its precursor. The Church was not instituted until the day of pentecost.

The Jews have been of tremendous blessing to humanity. Jews built the first cell phone, and developed text messaging. Jews built the first Intel mother board which is used in computers all over the World. Jews founded Google and Facebook. They have revolutionalized technology and communication. Jews were involved in the Manhattan Project that built the first nuclear bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, for the US, which brought an end to WWII. They were also responsible for the passage of information on the making of nuclear bomb to the Soviet Union, in order to maintain ballance of power between the West and the East. Am not advocating treason; Snowden is a traitor. The Rosenbergs were executed on the orders of Eisenhower. Salk developed the polio vaccine that has saved millions of lives the world over. The contributions of the sons of Jacob to the betterment of human condition are too numerous to enumerate. A detailed and comprehensive list is beyond the scope of this article. In agriculture, civil engineering, science and technology, medicine, philosophy, psychology,  indeed all fields of human endeavours, Jews have left their indelible imprints on the canvass of history. The contributions of the sons of Jacob to humanity are out of proportion to the paucity of their number, a mere less than 1% of the world population. Per capita, Israel and the Jewish people have worn more Nobel Prizes than any other nation or people. The US, China, India, and many other nations are in partnership with Israel, and coöperate in various areas all because of Jewish ingenuity. 

Had it been Israel were cursed as was the fig tree, Israel would not be a blessing to humanity. We must take heed to be consistent with our hermeneutics ( interpretation) less we contradict and condemn ourselves in those things which we allow or permit. The fig tree cannot symbolize Israel in Matt.24:32 and something else in Matt.21:19. Who and what then determine when it represents Israel and when it does not? There are many good bible teachers who teach that the fig tree signifies Israel. I beg to differ.

We can see that Jesus was using what His words did to the fig tree to illustrate what power His disciples could weald if they exercised their faith in God. If the fig tree were Israel, it would be wrong for Jesus to demand fruits of it when it was not the time for Israel to bear fruit. It was a practical lesson in Faith. The fig was just the fig tree. In the account in Matt.21, the application could be made to any situation that contradicts the word of God. We must understand however,  that an application is different from primary interpretation. There could be hundreds of applications, but only one correct primary interpretation. If anything, Israel symbolizes a fruitful fig tree and not a barren one. It may not be as fruitful as it ought to be, but fruitful nonetheless. 

The Lesson Of The Fig Tree

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” ( Matt.24:32-36‬ ‭).“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.” ( Mk.13:28-30‬ ‭).

Our Lord Jesus being the good teacher that He is illustrates His teachings with simple observable examples. What prompted the Olivet Discourse was the question His disciples posed to Him with regards to His comments on the destruction of the Temple and the time of His parousia. “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” ( Matt.24:3‬ ‭). Jesus did not answer their question directly by telling them the time of His coming and of the end of the ages. Instead He enumerated in sequential order a series of events that shall unfold beginning from the emergence of false Christs at the commencement of the 70th week through the Great Tribulation that begins at the midpoint of it to the cosmic disturbances which shall interrupt the Great Tribulation and usher in His appearance in the heavens, the rapture of the Church and then the wrath of God which occurs at the end of the ages. “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.” ( Matt.24:29-31‬ ‭.

After enumerating the sequence of events, He then illustrated His teaching with a simple observable seasonal occurrence. The parable of The Fig Tree was very apt; it was an object lesson that drove home to His disciples’ memory the essence of His teaching on the Olivet Discourse. He told His disciples to learn a parable of the fig tree. The fig tree was very common in Israel. A lot of it grew wild. It was also cultivated. It was ubiquitous. It was apt for an illustration. He told His disciples to learn a parable of the fig tree. It was observable. The disciples saw it all the times, in all the seasons. So, they could know what Christ was talking about by observing it. What is a parable? It is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It illustrated a central truth; all parts of it need not be interpreted.

In Israel as in all temperate climate, trees are denuded of their leaves in Autumn. They remain so throughout Winter. This is a process of conversation. It is similar to hibernation practiced by some amphibians like the toad during the Dry Season and Harmattan in the Tropics. All activities are slowed down to zero in order to conserve energy. The toad burrows into a hole in the ground, and remains there throughout the dry and hot weather, its only activity being respiration. In spring, as the temperature rises and rain begins to fall, the trees will begin to sprout new leaves. The toad emerges from hibernation. It is life again after a period of dormancy. When this happens, everyone knows Summer is at the corner. I have heard Americans say this at the beginning of Spring, ” Summer will soon be here.” This seasonal observation is not peculiar to the fig tree; in fact, it is common to all the trees. The fig tree was singled out, mentioned, and given prominence because it was very common, perhaps the commonest. In the Lukan account of this parable, Christ referred not only to the fig tree, but indeed to all the trees. “And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” ( Luk.21:29-32 ).

The fact that the Lukan account refers to all the trees is enough to indicate that Our Lord Jesus did not intend to use the fig tree as the figure or symbol of Israel; for indeed all the trees cannot symbolize Israel. What He was trying to say to His disciples was that there would be a period of seeming inactivity when it would look like these thing would not come to pass. Then comes a period when these events would begin to unfold. And this lesson can be learned by observing the fig tree. Then learn a lesson of the fig tree, and indeed all the trees, when the branches soften and begin to bud, you know that Summer is near. In like manner, when these events begin to unfold, then know that the time of my coming and Of the end of the ages is near. When the fig is denuded of its leaves, and lies dormant does it mean it is dead? No. Spring will come, and then it will begin to sprout and grow again.

“This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.” The generation of believers that shall enter into the 70th week, witness the unfolding of the events enumerated by Christ in the Olivet Discourse, including the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist, shall be the generation that shall witness the coming of Christ, and the end of the ages. It is this generation that shall be raptured alive without passing through the intermediate process of death.

Do these events relate to Israel? Certainly. It is Israel that shall sign a 7-year peace agreement with the antiChrist. “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” ( Dan.9:27‬ ‭). It is the scornful leaders of Israel that will initiate the covenant of apostasy.
“Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” ( Is.28:14-15, 18-19‬ ‭).

It is Israel that will build the Third Temple on Mount Moriah, and resume animal sacrifice, grain, and drink offerings. “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” ( Rev.11:1-2; cp. Dan.9:27‬ ‭). Daniel’s prophecy of 70 sevens concerns Israel and its Holy City, Jerusalem. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” ( Dan.9:24‬ ‭).

It is Jerusalem, the Holy City of Israel that the antiChrist will make his headquarters beginning from the midpoint of the 70th week.“ And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” ( Dan.‬11:45‬ ‭). The abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel the prophet will be set up in the rebuilt Jewish Third Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” ( Matt.24:15‬ ). It is Jerusalem, the Holy City of Israel that shall be surrounded by the armies of the antiChrist at the midpoint of the 70th week. “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” ( Luk.21:20‬ ‭).

The Great Tribulation shall be hottest in Jerusalem. The worst persecution by the antiChrist shall take place in Jerusalem. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” ( Matt.24:15-21‬ ‭). The reference to Judaea and the Sabbath day relates it to Israel and the Jewish people. Though the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist shall be worldwide, its epicenter shall be the land of Israel, and its Holy City, Jerusalem. It is unfortunate that some Jews, both orthodox and secular label us theological antisemites because we teach that a worse antisemite than Adolf Hitler will show up on the world stage in the last days, and make war upon the sons of Jacob, and the followers of Jesus the Messiah, the seed of the woman that keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus the Christ ( Rev.12:17 ). It is regrettable and very dismal that some churches in Israel, and indeed Jerusalem, the epicenter of the antiChrist persecution of Jews and Christians preach pretribulational Rapture.

Obviously there are similarities between this seasonal observation and the history of Israel as a nation. Are these facts, in and of themselves, sufficient to make the fig tree, the figure and symbol of Israel? Certainly not. For that would mean that the generation that witnessed Israel’s independence in 1948 would not pass before Christ returns, raptures the Church, and initiates the wrath of God at the end of the ages. A generation is reckoned variously in different dispensations in the Bible. Now, it is more or less reckoned to be 40 years. Between the 1960s and now, we have seen three generations: the Baby boomers, the Millennials, and Generation X. Israel has been independent for almost 70 years, and yet we have not entered into the 70th week let alone witness any of the events enumerated by Our Lord in the Olivet Discourse. Is the word of God of none effect? No. Is Christ then a liar? No. We conclude therefore that the fig tree is not a symbol of Israel, at least, in the parable of the fig tree.

Jesus added that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” ( Matt.24:35-36‬ ‭). This establishes the inviolability of His teaching on the Olivet Discourse. The fig tree is therefore a sign of approximation that Summer is near. Likewise the unfolding of these events signal the nearness of the time of His Coming and of the End Of The Ages. The budding of figs and all the trees in the Spring does not tell us the Day and the Hour Summer will begin, but the general time period. So, also all these events do not tell us the Day and the Hour of our Lord’s Coming, but the general time period. Jesus did not say that we the saints cannot know the time of His Parousia, but the Day and the Hour. The Day and the Hour of His Coming constitute a divine secret. “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” ( Deut.29:29‬ ‭). Jesus is God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” ( Jon.1:1-5‬ ‭). He knows all things. But as the Son Of God, He has ceded certain decisions to the Father. So, it is the Father that decides on which Day, and in what Hour that Jesus will Come.

Author: Avraham Shallom.

The Relationship Of The Seals To The Wrath Of God: Addendum

The Relationship Of The Seals To The Wrath Of God

The internal content of the Scroll of Revelation is the Wrath Of God. The Seals which are on the outside of the Scroll represent conditions to be met before the Scroll can be opened. Only the Lamb of God who was slain to wash away the sin of humanity has the authority and the blessing of God the Father to break the seals and open the Scroll and execute its contents ( Rev.5:1-5 ). The outer seals contain judgments and events pertaining to the kingdoms on Earth- expediting the coming Day Of The Lord’s Wrath. Until all the seven seals are broken, the content of the Scroll remains inaccessible. When the seventh seal is broken, the Scroll can be unrolled, and the contents viewed. The content of the Scroll is the much heralded Day Of The LORD spoken of by many of the prophets of old in addition to our Lord Jesus the Christ, the Lamb of God who was slain to wash away our sins ( Joel2:31,3:14; Amos5:18,20; Obadina.1:15; Zeph.1:7,18 etc ).

It is practically impossible for anyone to scripturally dispute that the first six seals are assigned to the end of the age of man on Earth, and the execution of the Great Tribulation by Satan and his minion, the antiChrist. The seals are on the exterior of the Scroll, whilst the Wrath Of God are in the interior of the Scroll. As touching the breaking of the seals, God is still in sovereign control. The Son breaks a seal, and certain events unfold here on Earth, indicating that although God is not directly responsible for the wrath of Satan on the saints of God, He is in no doubt in sovereign control through Jesus to whom He has committed all judgments.

The first four seals deal with man’s inhumanity to man, engineered by the antiChrist and powered by Satan. Until after the breaking of the seventh seal, the wrath of God is not in sight. As brother Alan E. Kurschner has observed, the fifth seal promises the wrath of God, the sixth seal portends it, the interlude between the sixth and the seventh seals protects from the wrath of God, and finally the seventh seal pronounces and announces the wrath of God. It is unreasonable for anyone to contend that the wrath of God begins before the breaking of the seventh seal. However, pretribbers, in order to defend their pet doctrines of immenence and pretribulation rapturism do so, albeit foolishly. Because the Church is not appointed to the wrath of God; if they begin it at the start of the 70th week of Daniel, then, in their thinking, the Church is excluded from the Great Tribulation.

The content of the scroll is the wrath of God. Until the seven seals on the outside of the scroll are broken, the content of the scroll cannot be viewed. Unarguably, the wrath of God begins after the breaking of the seventh seal. To teach that the wrath of God begins at the commencement of the 70th week is biblically unjustified. It was concocted and fabricated by pretribbers to keep the believers out of the 70th week of Daniel, and so also out of the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. This doctrine is based on the theology of convenience, happiness, and the good life. Because God loves us He cannot suffer us to go through the Great Tribulation. Their premise is right, but their inference is wrong. That God loves us does not mean that we cannot suffer. Indeed, it is given to us in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but to suffer for His sake ( Phil.1:29 ). Let them go to our brethren in the North of Nigeria who are hacked to death on a daily bases by intolerant muslims, and teach their pet doctrines. They will quickly tell them the Great Tribulation could not be worse.

The allotted time for the antiChrist is 42 months, from the midpoint of the 70th week to the death of the two witnesses ( Rev.13:5; 11:3,7 ). The death of the two witnesses marks the terminus-ad-quem ( end ) of the 70th week. However the persecution by the antiChrist which is the Great Tribulation does not last for the whole of the 42 months. It is cut short, amputated in order to keep some saints alive for Rapture ( Matt.24:22 ). If it were allowed to last for the whole of the 42 months allotted to the antiChrist, no unbranded person will survive. Remember Google has mapped out the whole Earth. With the economic boycott of the unbranded and the relentless search to ferret them out from hiding by use of demonic robots, it will be virtually impossible to keep any one of them alive if the Great Tribulation were to be allowed to run for the 42 months allotted to the antiChrist.

The fifth trumpet lasts for 5 months ( Rev.9:10 ). Of all the seals, trumpets and bowls, it is the only one with known duration. The first three seals last for three and one-half years, the first half of the 70th week. The fourth and the fifth seals are coincident, concurrent and simultaneous. They begin with the Jerusalem Campaign at the the midpoint of the 70th week and end with the Jehoshaphat Campaign which is interrupted by the sixth seal, the cosmic disturbances. The bowl judgments last for 24/25 days beginning from day 5/6 of the 30-day reclamation period following the blowing of the 7th trumpet which characteristically opens into the bowls ( Rev.11:15 ). The two witnesses are killed by the antiChrist on the last day of the 70th week or the first day of the 30-day reclamation period. The sixth trumpet judgment brings the 70th week to a close though the second woe which brings the sixth trumpet to a close does not occur until the fourth day after the resurrection of the two witnesses. From day 1-3 of the 30-day reclamation period broken Israel is in mourning for her crucifixion of the Messiah ( Zech.12:10-14 ). On day 3, they are healed, and reconciled to God, and raised up ( Hos.6:1-3 ). On that same day, the mystery of God is finished as the remnant of Israelare brought into a saving relationship with the God of Israel, thus, completing the spiritual kingdom of God ( Rev.10:7 ). On the 4th day of the 30-day reclamation period, the two witnesses resurrect. This event is accompanied by a horrifying earthquake that levels a third of the city and kills 7,000 inhabitants( Rev.11:11-14 ). On the 5th or 6th, the seventh trumpet which opens into the seven bowls is blown, and God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth. These events occur in the brief enterlude of 5-6 days between the end of the sixth trumpet which is the end of the 70th week and the sounding of the seventh trumpet on day 5-6 of the 30-day reclamation period. The last and 7th bowl judgment ends at Armageddon on the last day of the 30-day reclamation period. At this point, God Almighty reclaims Physical possession of the Earth. The extra 45 days is for the restoration of the Earth devastated by wars, pestilences and earthquakes of the 2nd, 3rd and 6th seals and by the wrath of God. It is really not part of the equation of the wrath of God. So, blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the one thousand three hundred and five and thirty days ( Dan.12:12 ). The operation of the wrath of God cannot last beyond the 1,290 days if he that reaches the 1,335 is to be blessed.

We can hazard a rough estimate of the length of the Great Tribulation. The fifth trumpet lasts five months. The sixth trumpet which is longer and brings the 70th week to a close may last for about a year. If the first four trumpets which are brief in occurrence last about a year, it follows that the Great Tribulaion will be about a year with a margin of error of a month or thereabouts. This estimate would mean that the wrath of God will last for about two years and seven months or thereabouts: that is, two years and six months, plus the 30 days of the reclamation period.

Authors: Ken Smelko & Avraham Shallom.

Authors’ note: This article is based on interaction between the authors. It is posted as an addendum to the previous article of the same title for delightful reading and study of visitors to this website.

The Relationship Of The Seals To The Wrath Of God

The Relationship Of The Seals To The Wrath Of God

Those who teach that the wrath of God commences at the beginning of the 70th week fail to understand that the seals are not God’s wrath. The first four seals are the wrath of Satan vented on humanity through man’s inhumanity to man. As we have pointed out severally, the first three seals, the emergence of false christs, wars and rumours of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes occur within the first half of the 70th week. These seals, including the fourth occur in sequential chronology. They are consecutive and progressive. The fourth seal is the Great Tribulation which begins in the middle of the 70th week with the unveiling of the man of lawlessness and the Jerusalem campaign when the antiChrist surrounds Jerusalem with the armies of his three power base nations of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval.

Biblical scholars of prophecy have long identified the parallelism between the Olivet Discourse ( Matt.24,25; Mk.13; Luk.21 ), and Rev.6. But in the Olivet Discourse, there is no segment that corresponds with the fifth seal of Rev.6:9-11. “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

The reason is that the fifth seal is a heavenly scene. It has no parallel in the Olivet Discourse which deals strictly with earthly events. Under the fourth seal, the Great Tribulation, the saints are being martyred for their faith. The fifth is superimposed on the fourth. They are coincident, concurrent, and simultaneous. The fourth and the fifth seals are the only two of the seven seals that are concurrent and simultaneous. This is so because the martyrdom of the saints here on Earth are reflected in heaven by their arrival and accommodation under the golden altar of incense in the Holy place of the temple in heaven. Their disembodied spirits and souls are arriving in heaven as soon as they are martyred. There is no distance in the realm of the spirit. These dear souls are being kept under the golden altar of incense waiting till the full complement of saints are martyred. The full complement of saints to be martyred is a secret number because it is not revealed to us in the Scriptures. “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” ( Deut.29:29‬ ‭).

These dear souls are demanding from God vengeance on their muderers here on Earth. God answers them in the affirmative, but they have to wait until their fellows saints who are destined to be martyred are also killed by the living wicked earth-dwellers. ” If any man is destined to captivity, into captivity he goes, if any man is destined to be killed with the sword, with the sword, he shall be killed; here is the patience and faith of the saints” ( Rev.13:10 ). It will be only after their number is complete that God Almighty will interrupt the killings on here on Earth and avenge their death. God promised tribulation on those that trouble us, and eternal rest for us who are troubled at His coming. “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” ( 2 Thess.1:6-10‬ ‭). We see that the divine promise to punish the wicked murderers of the saints shall begin at the coming of the Lord when the saints are rescued, and the living wicked earth-dwellers punished.

Obviously the fourth seal is not the wrath of God. We can also see that the fifth seal promises the wrath of God which clearly indicates that the first four preceding seals are not the wrath of God. If the wrath of God had begun at the commencement of the 70th week, the fifth seal Martyrs could not possibly demand that God punish their wicked murderers when the divine retribution on them has already commenced at the beginning of the 70th week. Secondly God would be ultimately responsible for the brutal killing of His saints perpetrated by the antiChrist and his associates. It would therefore be hypocritical on the part of God to punish the living wicked earth-dwellers and adorers of the Beast-antiChrist for carrying out His will because He gave tacit approval to the execution of His saints. Unreasonable and illogical you would say, and that is absolutely the case. If the wrath of God had begun with the breaking of the first seal, why would the fifth seal Martyrs demand God punish the wicked after the breaking of the fifth seal? Why God would exhort them to be patient till after the complement of the saints to be martyred had been met? It would have been more appropriate for God to answer them that the divine retribution on the wicked had already begun with breaking of the first seal. It is evident that up to this time in the eschatological timeline and the chronology of events within the 70th week that the Lord had not yet appeared. The rescue of the saints and the commencement of the punishment of the wicked occur at the revelation of Christ from heaven with His mighty angels, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” ( 2 Thess.1:8-10‬ ).

Admittedly, when the fifth seal martyrs made the request that God punish the perpetrators of the murderous atrocities committed by the antiChrist and the living wicked earth-dwellers, the killings were still going on here on Earth; hence the need for them to wait until the full complement of martyrs had been reached. When the full complement of saints to be martyred has been reached, God interrupts the killings with cosmic and celestial disturbances. Therefore the Great Tribulation, which begins with the breaking of the fourth seal at the midpoint of the 70th week shall not last till the end of the 70th week. The period allotted to the antiChrist to reign will be three and one-half years which corresponds with the second half of the 70th week ( Rev.13:5 ). If God does not interrupt the persecution of the saints by the antiChrist, no flesh would be saved. In other words, no one without the mark of the Beast shall remain alive, because of the economic boycott, and because they shall be hounded, hunted down and killed. For the elect’s sake, those days shall be cut short ( Matt.24:22 ). The second half of the 70th week, the 42 months allotted to the antiChrist is not cut short. What is cut short is the unknown period of the Great Tribulation. If the 42 months allotted to the antiChrist is cut short, the 70th week will be no longer seven years in duration. We therefore conclude that what is cut short is the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist, and not the 42 months allotted to the antiChrist to reign.

As we have pointed out, the way God interrupts the killing is with cosmic disturbances. This is the breaking of the sixth seal. “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of teir places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ( Rev.6:12-17‬ ‭). At the breaking of the sixth seal, the sun is darkened, and the moon turned into blood, and the stars shall fall from the heavens. This event anticipates the wrath of God. If the wrath of God begun with the breaking of the first seal, why have the wicked earth-dwellers and adorers and worshippers of the Beast not recognized it? Why is it at the breaking of the sixth seal that they scurry for cover under the rocks and the mountains in anticipation of the wrath? The sign given in the sun, moon, and stars signal the wrath of God. ” For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” The day of His wrath has not yet began. It is overhanging,about to begin. When it begins, no one shall be able to stand, no, not even the antiChrist and his acolytes. As our brother Alan E. Kurschner has pointed out, the sixth seal portends the wrath of God.

Continuing with the parallelism between the Olivet Discourse and Rev.6, the cosmic disturbances which are associated with the breaking of the sixth occur after the tribulation of those days. “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.” ( Matt.24:29-31‬ ‭).

Interlude Between The sixth And The Seventh Seal

There is a brief interlude between the sixth and the seventh seal. Within this interlude, the Shechinah appears in the heavens. The Shechinah is the appearance of the sign of the coming of the Son Of Man in the heavens. The term Shechinah does not occur in the Bible. It is a derivative of the HEBREW word shakan which means dwelling. It is used in rabbinical literature to describe the visible presence of the God Israel amongst His people. It, together with the sixth seal, is the sign of His coming and of the end of the ages ( Matt.24:3c ). It is the back-to-back sign that occurs in the sun, moon, and stars. When the disciples asked Jesus in the Olivet Discourse: what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the ages? Jesus told them to be on the look out for this sign that shall occur in the heavens. When you see this sign, then look up, for your redemption draweth nigh ( Luk.21:25-28 ). The Shechinah in the heavens interrupts the series of earthquakes, dispels the darkness and defrosts the Earth, three very severe consequences of the cosmic disturbances associated with the breaking of the sixth seal. Within this interlude, the 144, 000 are sealed and the Church raptured. Therefore the essence of the interlude between the sixth and the seventh seals is to protect the true believers who had refused the mark of the beast, and are still alive up to this time, and the 144,000 Jews who are branded with the invisible seal of the Almighty, from the wrath of God which is about to begin at the breaking of the seventh seal.

The breaking of the seventh seal: The Day Of The Lord Begins

The very same day that the rapture takes place, the wrath of God begins. Therefore the seventh seal pronounces and announces the wrath of God. The wrath of God occurs at the sounding of the last trump which corresponds with the breaking of the seventh seal. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the day when the Son Of Man is revealed. The same day that Noah entered the ark, the rain deluged the heavens. “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” ( Matt.24:37-39‬ ‭). “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” ( Gen.7:11‬ ‭). “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” ( Luk.17:26-27‬ ‭).

So was also in the day of Lot. The same day Lot left Sodom and Gomorrah, fire and sulfur fell from Heaven and destroyed them all. “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” ( Luk.17:28-30‬ ‭). We can see from these scriptures that there is no gap of time whatsoever between the rapture of the Church, and the commencement of the wrath of God, because the very same day the Church is raptured, the wrath God commences.

The trumpet is blown on Israel’s feast days, on the new moon, to call a solemn assembly , and to prepare for war, and in their wilderness journeys ( Num.10:1-10 ). When the last trump is blown, the saints are gather before the Lord. What a solemn assembly? Then God goes to war with His enemies, to recompense tribulation to those who trouble us.“ We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” ( 2 Thess.1:3-10‬ ‭). God will recompense tribulation to those who trouble us. There is no way the Church can be taken away before the Great Tribulation which is the ultimate tribulation which the saints shall suffer at the hands of Satan and his acolyte, the antiChrist. The wrath of God will come upon the children of disobedience after the tribulation by the antiChrist which is the great wrath of Satan meted out on the children of God.

The seventh seal has no judgments of its own, but opens into the seven trumpets. In like manner also, the seventh trumpet has no judgments of its own, but opens into the seven bowls. The seventh bowl culminates in the war of Armageddon. Therefore the wrath of God is contained in the seventh seal, and consists of the seven trumpets and seven bowls.

Author: Avraham Shallom.

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