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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.

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 Timing Of The Rapture

The Timing of The Rapture.

The Timing of the rapture is the sequence of events leading up to the rapture. On the other hand, the time of the rapture is the exact time and locus in the eschatological timeline that the rapture occurs. This does not however mean that we know the day and the hour in which the rapture shall occur. We may know the general time period of the rapture, but we cannot know the day and the hour of the rapture.

“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 ‭).

“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. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” ‭‭( Luk.21:29-33‬ ‭).

There are some that urge us to believe that the fig tree is symbol of Israel. And Israel became independent again in 1948 after nearly two thousand years in exile. When the fig tree begins to bud, we know that summer is near. When Israel begins to thrive as an independent nation, then the rapture can take place at any moment. The fig tree may well be the symbol of Israel. For several centuries, there were believers who wondered aloud how end time prophecies were going to be fulfilled when there were no independent nation of Israel , and no temple. Admittedly, end time prophecies centered around the nation of Isreal and her Holy City, Jerusalem ( Dan.9:24 ). Therefore the resuscitation of Israel as an independent state in her ancient homeland in Eretz Yisrael was a supernatural fulfillment of prophecy, and a practical step in the right direction, as would be the rebuilding of the temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, any time it takes place.

Was the major thrust of the parable of the fig tree the symbolism of Israel? That would be very doubtful; for that would mean that all the trees symbolize Israel as does the fig tree: for Christ called attention to not only the fig tree but also to all the trees, inasmuch as it is not only the fig tree that begins to bud in the Spring: ” Behold the fig tree, and all the trees.” The symbolism here is a reference to a natural seasonal observation. In temperate countries, in Autumn which American call Fall, all the trees are denuded of their leaves, and they remain bare of leaves throughout Winter. In the Spring, as the temperatures begin to rise, and the weather becomes warmer, the trees begin to bud. The people are cheerful again and will say, ” Summer will soon be hear.” I have heard Americans say this in the Spring. This is the exact analogy that Christ made in this parable. Just as people “will see and know” in the Spring when the trees begin to bud, that Summer will soon be here: in like manner, believers, who are in expectation of the coming of the Messiah, shall see and know, when these events outlined in the Olivet Discourse begin to unfold that the coming of the Lord draweth near, that the Kingdom Of God is nigh at hand. These events are, the emergence of false christs, wars, commotions, and rumours of war, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes,the Jerusalem Campaign, the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist, the Jehoshaphat Campaign, and the cosmic disturbances. When ye shall see these things come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads: for your redemption draweth nigh.

Jesus went on to say: ” Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” He also underscored in the strongest terms that ” Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Here is the clincher. It is now sixty some odd years since Israel gained independence. Although a generation is reckoned differently in various dispensations, it is now more or less generally reckoned as forty years. Considering the inviolability and infallibility of the word of God, we cannot but conclude that the fig tree in this parable does not refer primarily to the re-establishment of the state of Israel, but a general reference to natural seasonal observation. If it were not so, the words of Jesus would be of none effect. This cannot be allowed to stand.

It is therefore a sign of approximation that Summer is near. Likewise these events signal the nearness of the time of His coming. The budding of figs and all the trees in the Spring does not tell us the Day and the Hour that Summer will begin, but the general time period. So, also these events do not tell us the Day and the Hour of our Lord’s Second Advent, but the general time period. ” But that Day and the Hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only” ( Matt.24:36 ). The words in Mark are even more wonderful: ” But of that Day and that Hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only” ( Mk.13:32 ). What Jesus says neither He nor the angels in heaven know, but the Father only, let us not think we can access this knowledge by flights of Higher Mathematics. No height of spirituality will grant us access to this divine secret. Jesus did not say that we the saints cannot know the time of His coming, that is the general time period of His coming, but the Day and the Hour. The Day and the Hour of His coming constitute a divine secret. And 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 ).

We know that Jesus is God, and knoweth all things. But as the Son , He has ceded certain decisions to the Father. It is only the Father who will decide on which Day and in what Hour He will come.

The day and the hour of the rapture are the exclusive preserve and prerogative of the Father alone. In this article we shall enumerate in chronological order the sequence of events leading up to the rapture in order that when we see these events unfold before our eyes we shall recognize them , and also know that our redemption draweth nigh. The generation of believers that shall enter the 70th week, witness these events unfold, shall be the generation that shall be raptured alive. This is the doctrine of expectancy which is the central pillar of the prewrath rapture position. This generation of believers shall enter into the 70th week of Daniel, witness the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist, and be raptured prior to the commencement of the wrath of God during the Day Of The LORD. This is a biblical mystery: one generation of believers shall receive glorified immortal resurrection bodies without passage through the intermediate process of death. “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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” ‭‭( 1 Cor.15:51-55‬ ‭).

The 70th week of Daniel’s 70-week prophecy shall begin when the antiChrist signs a 7-year peace agreement with Israel. “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 ). The prophet Isaiah called this peace agreement “the covenant with death.” “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:” ( Is.28:14-15‬ ‭).

The 70th week is the last seven years of the present age. It is divided into two equal halves of three and one-half years each which is equivalent to 42 months or 1,260 days according to Jewish calendar which is lunar. “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. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” ‭‭( Rev.11:2-3‬ ). The reference here is to the second half of the 70th week within which the two witnesses shall minister as also says the prophet Daniel. “And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” ‭‭( Dan.12:7‬ ‭). It is within this period also that the Great Tribulation shall be instituted against the saints of the Most High. “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” ‭‭( Dan.7:25‬ ‭). During this period also, the unbranded remnants of Israel shall take refuge in the judaean wilderness in order to survive the the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” ( Rev.12:6‬ ‭).

There are extra 75 days beyond the expiry of the 70th week according the prophet Daniel. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” ( Dan.12:11-12‬ ). This extra 75 days are divided into 30 days and 45 days. Within the 30-day period, the wrath of God in the bowls are poured on the living wicked earth-dwellers and worshippers and adorers of the antiChrist culmination in the battle of Armageddon. This period is dubbed the Reclamation Period by Robert Van Kampen. Within the extra 45 days, the Earth is renovated after the devastation caused by outpouring of the wrath of God. This period is dubbed the Restoration Period by Robert Van Kampen.

The First Half Of The 70th Week

The first half of the 70th week is dubbed the beginning of sorrows. “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” ‭‭( Matt.24:8‬ ‭). There are three major events that shall occur within this period of three and one-half years.

(1) The emergence of false christs: the breaking of the first seal

When the disciples asked our Lord Jesus of the sign of His coming and of the end of the ages, He started by warning them to take heed that no one deceives them. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” ‭‭( Matt.24:4-5‬ ‭). This is as far as the religious scene is concerned. On the political scene, the antiChrist shall begin to flex his muscle by signing a 7-year peace treaty to protect Israel from her hostile neighbors. Besides, he shall endeavor to conquer the whole world without firing a shot, as it were, through subtle peace diplomacy. “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” ‭‭( Rev.6:1-2‬ ). We must remember that Revelation chapters 6 – 19 run parallel with Matt.24, the Olivet Discourse, ending with the Sheep and Goat Judgment which occurs at the end of the battle of Armageddon. Certain details bother earthly and heavenly events which are omitted in the Olivet Discourse are filled in by the Scroll of Revelation.

(2) Wars and rumours of wars: the breaking of the second seal

The second event in the first three and one-half years shall be wars and rumours of wars. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” ‭‭( Matt.24:6-7a ). Wars and rumours of wars shall precede the end at which point in the eschatological timeline the rapture shall occur and the Day Of Lord inaugurated. The end here is the end of the ages, the point of transition between the present age and the age to come. Our Lord Jesus the Christ promised to be with us, His Church, until the end of the ages. “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 ).

This event corresponds with the second seal of Rev.6. “And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” ( Rev.6:3-4‬ ‭). At the breaking of the second seal, wars shall break out on Earth. Nations shall go to war one with another. “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. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.” ( Mk.13:7-8‬ ‭). The end ( of the ages ) at which point in the eschatological timeline the Lord shall appear and the taken to meet Him in the air shall be preceded by wars and rumours of wars. “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.” ( Luk.21:9‬ ‭). We can see that all the three synoptic gospels are unanimous in their assertion that the end must be preceded by wars, commotions and rumours of wars.

(3) Famines, Pestilences, and Earthquakes: the third seal

The third event is a cluster of famines, pestilences, and earthquakes. “ And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” ( Matthew‬ ‭24:7‬ ‭). This cluster of events corresponds with the third seal of Rev.6. “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” ( Rev.6:5-6‬ ‭). Weighed food is a condition of famine. Famines and pestilences are the natural consequences of wars and natural disasters like earthquakes. This cluster of events brings closure to the first three and one-half years. The famine, the pestilences, and the Earthquakes shall make the inhabitants of the Earth whose names were not written in the Lamb’s book of life vulnerable to the manipulations and machination of the antiChrist. The poor and the unprepared shall find it extremely difficult to survive.

The Midpoint Of The 70th Week.

The midpoint of the 70th week witnesses a convergence of events. To avoid being tedious, we shall enumerate these events with the relevant scriptural references.

(1) War in the heavenlies

After the satanic revolt in heaven in eternity past, Satan and his hordes of fallen angels were evicted from heaven’s premises to the dark void and starry heavens. Precisely at the midpoint of the 70th week, there shall be war in the heavenlies. “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.” ( Rev.12:7-8‬ ‭). The leader of this divine assault against Satan and his host of fallen evil angels is Michael, the warrior prince that standeth for the people of God ( Dan.12:1,2 ).

(2) Satan cast down to the Earth

In this war in the heavenlies, Satan and his host of fallen evil angels were defeated by Michael and the angels of God under his command and evicted from the dark void and the starry heavens and cast down to the Earth. “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.” ( Rev.12:8-10 ). With Satan cast down to the Earth, his frequenting heaven to accuse the brethren in the divine court in heaven ceases.

(3) The removal of the restrainer

With Satan and hist hordes of fallen angels cast down to the Earth, the restrainer, archangel Michael is removed. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” ( Dan.‭12:1‬ ‭). Without the removal of the restrainer, the antiChrist shall not manifest. “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: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” ( 2 Thess.2:7-10‬ ‭).

There are some that teach that the restrainer is human government, and others the Holy Spirit. None of these is tenable inasmuch as the antiChrist is the ultimate human government, and the Church is still present till the end of the ages. Our Lord Jesus the Christ promised to be with His Church till the end of the ages ( Matt.28:20 ). Those who teach that the restrainer is the Holy Spirit are pretribbers who believe the Church shall be raptured before the commmencement of the 70th week, and the Holy Spirit therefore hitchhikes with Church at the rapture. The Holy Spirit needs hitchhike with the Church inasmuch as He has been working here on Earth with the people of God before the inception of the Church on the day of Pentecost. What happened on the day of Pentecost was a new relationship between God and man initiated by the soteriological and finished works of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. The restrainer is not an NT doctrine. He is a well known personality in OT Judaism.

The mystery of iniquity is already at work on Earth. The restrainer is the one who hinders iniquity on Earth. When the restrainer is removed, the antiChrist, the man of lawlessness, the ultimate iniquity shall manifest.

(4) Satan possesses the antiChrist

Because Satan is cast down to the Earth in preparation to his subsequent eviction from the Earth’s premises into Hell with his evil angels, he has great wrath. “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.12:12‬ ‭). But he cannot possess the antiChrist and manifest his wrath until the restrainer is taken out of the way. God shall tell archangel Michael, do not defend my people anymore. Therefore Michael shall “amad.” Then Satan will possess the antiChrist, and give him his seat and Great authority. “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? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.” ( Rev.13:1-6‬ ). Satan like God is a spirit being without a physical body. So, he cannot rule the Earth directly; he must do so by proxy as also does God the Father.

(5) antiChrist relocates his headquarters to Jerusalem

The antiChrist who is also called Gog of the land of Magog, the head of Meshech and Tuval ( Ezek.38:2,3 ), shall relocate his headquarters from somewhere in the land of Magog to Jerusalem. “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 ‭). There are any number of reasons why he does this. Firstly, Israel is the center of the Earth. It is the gateway to the three major continents. In preparation to world rule and domination, the antiChrist must have a more central headquarters from where he can best command his forces and administer his rule over the Earth. It is at the Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem that he shall deify himself. He is against the God of Israel and the Christians. Jerusalem and the Temple Mount is important to three major religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Since he is against anything that is called God or worshipped, he must possess this piece of real estate, the most contested property in the whole world.

(6) The antiChrist makes his debut at the Temple.

When the antiChrist arrives in Jerusalem, he makes his debut at the Temple Mount. He violates the sacred precincts of the Temple Mount by threading on it with his acolytes and cronies. Like his prefigure, the Greek ruler Antiochus Theos Epiphanes, he violates the Holy Of Holies of the rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah by entering into it and placing a statue of himself in it. The Holy Of Holies is forbidden to all except the High Priest alone from the house of Aharon, and that once a year, only on the day of Atonement, after he has offered blood sacrifice for himself and the people of Israel ( Heb.9:7 ).

(7) The antiChrist declares himself God

Apart from the court of the Gentiles, every other part of the Temple on Mount Moriah was forbidden to the Gentiles. By venturing beyond the courth of the Gentiles, the antiChrist was claiming to himself the position due only to the God of Israel, the Sovereign Lord of the Universe, the creator of all mankind. “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 ‭). He shall sit in the Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah built for the worship of Jehovah displaying himself as God.

(8) Abomination of desolation.

The antiChrist sitting in the temple of God, displaying himself as God shall be the extreme point of abomination. “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 ‭). This shall be the height of abomination. It shall make the temple desolate. That is why it is called the Abomination of desolation or the abomination that maketh desolate. This event shall cause the Jewish worshippers in the temple to desert it. We can see that the prophet Daniel tells us this event shall occur precisely at the midpoint of the 70th week.

(9) Abolition of the daily sacrifice

At the same time that the antiChrist declares himself God, he abolishes the daily animal, grain, and drink offering reinstituted at the beginning of the 70th week. He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease ( Dan.9:27b ).

(10) antiChrist unveiled

Prior to the midpoint of the 70th week, the identity of the antiChrist shall be unknown to most people, except those of his inner circle and believers who have learned about him from the word of God. But at the midpoint of the 70th week, he shall unveil himself as dead man come back to life. The antiChrist is one who had ruled over one of the seven previous Beast Empires of Satan, and was killed with a military weapon. He shall rise from the dead to rule over the 8th and Final Beast Empire of Satan. “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” ( Rev.17:8-11 ). He is the son of destruction. He ascends out of the bottomless pit and shall go into perdition. “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.11:7‬ ).

Since he shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition, it is most probable he is a fallen angel. Apollyon or Abaddon which means destruction or destroyer is the king and angel of the bottomless pit. “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” ( Rev.9:11‬ ‭). The antiChrist is the son of destruction and goeth into destruction. The angels imprisoned in the bottomless pit were those fallen angels who did not keep their first estate, but left their own habitation to cohabit with human females ( Jude 6; 2Pet.2:4,5 ). In Hebrew, they are referred to as nephelim which means fallen ones. Nephelim is the plural derivative of naphal which means to fall. These fallen angels caused the destruction of the antediluvian world by their corruption and hybridization of the human race. God had to destroy the antediluvian humans, sparing only Noah and his family in order to preserve a pure human race, inasmuch as Noah and his family were the only ones who were not hybridized.

The statement that Noah was righteous in his generation is better rendered ” Noah was pure in his descendants” ( Gen.6:9 ). In order words, Noah and his family were the only ones who were not hybridized. Satan has a large stock of these demons. He fielded some others immediately after the deluge who became the ancestors of the giants, the Anakim. These were they who frightened the children of Israel into disbelief of their ability to possess the land of Canaan which God to their fathers and their descendants after them by a covenant of salt. “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” ( Num.13:33‬ ‭). Today, Satan is at working in his endeavors to hybridized the human by the same means of fallen angels as well as through alteration of the human genome, and by the creation of cyborgs. A cyborg is a person who controls everything around him through microchips implanted in his body, who, in turn, is controlled by a giant computer somewhere run by the Big Brother. Today on BBC news, I heard someone say he no longer sees himself as a human being, but a cyborg. These things are going on around us unobserved by the uninformed.

Apostle Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians made it clear to them that the day of the Lord, and our gathering together unto Him ( Rapture ) shall not occur unto the man of sin ( antiChrist) is 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;” ( 2 Thess.2:3‬ ‭). It is the Revelation of the man of lawlessness that brings about the total abandonment of covenantal relationship with the God of Israel by by Jews and Christians.

(11) antiChrist demands worship

At the same time that the antiChrist is unveiled as dead man come back to life, he shall demand that men worship. He shall introduce a mark of allegiance to his rulership and deity to be borne on the forehead or arm by all citizens of his kingdom. He shall also attempt to enforce this all over the World, and to a very great extent, he shall be successful. The second Beast, the false prophet shall be his enforcer. “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 ‭).

Apart from enlivened images of the Beast place at strategic locations for public worship, the false prophet shall instruct the followers of the Beast to make images of the Beast in gold, silver, precious stones, and wood to worship in the privacy of their homes, in their cars, and offices. These images or statuettes of the beast shall they throw away to the bats and the moles when God arises to shake terribly the Earth in the Day of the Lord. “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?” ( ‭‭Is.2:19-22‬ ‭).

(12) Jerusalem surrounded by armies

When the antiChrist signs a seven year peace treaty with Israel, he stations a protection force in the land of Israel consisting of the armies of the three power base nations of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. These shall be the best armies in the world with the best sophisticated weaponry ever. This accounts for the relative quietness that Israel enjoys in the first three and one-half years of the 70th week. Any attempt by Israel’s hostile neighbors to attack her shall incur the wrath of the antiChrist. But at the same time that the antiChrist relocates His headquarters to Jerusalem, he surrounds Jerusalem with his armies for two reasons: for his own personal protection and to enforce the apostasy in the land of Israel. “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.”( Luk.21:20-22‬ ‭).

Both evangelists Matthew and Mark make it clear that the surrounding of Jerusalem with armies is coincident with the abomination of desolation. “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.” ( Matt.24:15-18 ). “But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.” ( Mk.13:14-16‬ ‭). Christ’s advice to the Judaeans to flee to the mountains is associated with both the surrounding of Jerusalem with armies and and the abomination that maketh desolate. We conclude therefore that these two incidents, the surrounding of Jerusalem with armies and the abomination of desolation are concurrent and simultaneous.

(13) The Great Tribulation begins

The demand by the antiChrist to be worshipped, the abomination of desolation, and the the surrounding of Jerusalem with armies as well as the unveiling of himself as a dead who had ruled one of the seven Beast Empires in the past, and is come back to life to rule over the 8th and Final Beast Empire all converge to spark the Great Tribulation. The inhabitants of Jerusalem must run away from the city as far as possible to avoid being killed on the refusal to worship the Beast or his image. And it would be more horrible if this incident occurs in the winter or on the sabbath day. It would even be more scary for pregnant women and nursing mothers. “But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.” ( Mk.13:17-19‬ ‭).

This affliction or better still tribulation shall make any past or future ones pale in comparison. “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.24:19-21‬ ‭). The same Greek word rendered affliction in Mark is rendered tribulation in Matthew, and qualified with the adjective great, and also described as incomparable to any past or future tribulation. “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.” ( Luk.21:23-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬ ). The same phrase rendered great tribulation in Matthew is rendered great distress in Luke, and related to the invocation of woe on pregnant and nursing mothers. We can see that the abomination of desolation, the surrounding of Jerusalem with armies and the beginning of the Great are related. They all occur at the same time, at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel.

(14) The apostasy begins

The English word apostasy is derived from the Greek word apostasia. It means the total abandonment of a cause or a person. Here it is used to describe Jews who abandon covenantal relationship with the God of Israel, and Christians who deny Christ and between betray one another due to persecution by the antiChrist. It will begin at the middle of the 70th week, and throughout the whole length of the Great Tribulation. It is therefore coincident, concurrent and simultaneous with Great Tribulation. “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.” ( Luk.21:24‬ ‭). Although the epicenter shall be Jerusalem and the whole land of Israel, the ripples shall be felt worldwide.

(15) The ministry of the two witnesses begins.

The ministry of the two witnesses which lasts for three and one-half years, 42 months, or 1,260 days begins precisely in the middle of the 70th week of Daniel. There is a consensus of opinion amongst biblical scholars that the ministry of the two witnesses occurs in the second half of the 70th week. “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” ( Rev.11:3-4‬ ‭). The death of the two witnesses marks the terminus-ad-quem of the 70th week of Daniel. “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.” ( Rev.11:7-8‬ ‭).

(16) The three angelic announcements

There are three angelic announcements made precisely at the midpoint of time 70th week.

(1) The first is the everlasting gospel to be preached to the whole Earth, to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. This announcement is made by a 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 ). This is necessary at this time because of the presence of a false god, the antiChrist, the eschatological antagonist, who demands worship of all mortals. As the horizontal flying angel makes this announcement, it shall be chorused by believers on Earth who have committed themselves to the desemination of the message of the gospel to all peoples, tongues and nations, most of whom shall pay with their lives. It is at this time, that the remote villages and unreached peoples groups shall be evangelized because believers who are persecuted in the towns and cities shall seek refuge in these remote areas.

(2) The second announcement is made any a second horizontal flying angel who shall announce to the whole world the demise of Babylon. “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.” ( Rev.14:8‬ ‭). Babylon is the philosophical concept called humanistic evolution instituted by Nimrod which denies the existence of God and His creation of man. This concept issues forth in false human government, false religion, false education based on the notion that there is no God, and man was not created, and the attendant commercialism and consumerism. This concept was epitomized by the city of Babel also founded by Nimrod, the son of Cush, the son of Noah. At the center of this concept is the notion that man is God which shall find its ultimate fulfillment in the antiChrist, and the rebuilt city of commercial and religious Babylon. Precisely at the midpoint of the 70th week, God dispatches His angel to warn all mankind of the demise of all human institutions which shall occur during the Day Of The LORD judgments in order that no one will be left uninformed, and that no one might unknowingly put ones trust in man whose breath is in his nostrils. “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of.” ( ‭‭Is.2:22‬ ‭).

(3) The third angelic announcement is a warning not to worship the Beast, nor to receive his mark on the forehead or hand. “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.14:9-12 ).

The wrath of God abides on anyone who is Beast branded. This is the reason for the patient endurance of those who keep the commandments of God ( unbranded observant Jews ), and the faith of Jesus Christ ( Christians ). It is therefore ridiculous for anyone to posit that the Church will be absent on Earth during the Great Tribulation.

The Second Half Of The 70th Week

(1) The Great Tribulation: the fourth seal

The Great Tribulation shall begin with the Jerusalem campaign when the antiChrist surrounds Jerusalem with his armies. It shall end with the Jehoshaphat campaign when the antiChrist and his acolytes shall attempt to ferret out and liquidate all those who have refused the mark of the Beast who are hiding in Jerusalem in basements, underground bunkers, sewers, and on rooftops and cellars. Within these two campaigns, believers shall be called upon by heaven to stand up for their faith. Some believers and observant Jews will be led captive into all nations. Others will be killed for their faith. Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Believers shall betray one another. So also members of the same household. A man’s foes shall be members of his own household. Believers who have not adequately prepared for this period could die of starvation and expose to the elements. It will be extremely difficult for pregnant and nursing mothers, the elderly and children. There shall be also believers and observant Jews who shall take it upon themselves to warn their brethren not to worship the Beast nor to take his mark of allegiance. They shall pay with their dear lives when apprehended by the security agents of the antiChrist.

It is during this period of Great Distress that the everlasting gospel announced at the midpoint of the 70th week shall be preached to the whole world, and then shall the End come. Two very important things must be accomplished before the amputation of the Great Tribulation: (1) the complement of believers to be martyred, and (2) the gospel must be preached to the whole world. At this time, genuine believers shall know they have nothing to loose, and some shall go all out to get the gospel to the whole world. A good number of these brethren, men and women, boys and girls, whose spiritual blinders have been removed, shall sacrifice everything for the sake of the gospel. Some shall lay with their lives.

(2) Martyrs under the altar: the fifth seal

This event is a heavenly scene. It is superimposed on the Great Tribulation. Therefore the fifth seal is coincident, concurrent, and simultaneous with the fourth seal, the Great Tribulation. It is a heavenly reflection of the killings going here on Earth. There is not distance in the realm of the spirit.“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 ‭).
As soon as the saints are martyred here on Earth, their disembodied spirits and souls are arriving in heaven, and are kept under the altar of incense in the Holy place of the temple in heaven until a complement of believers are martyred. When that number of martyrs is reached, the Great Tribulation is amputated with cosmic disturbances, the sixth seal. The complement of believers to be martyred is 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 ‭). The fifth seal promises the wrath of God upon the perpetrator of the martyrdom of the saints.

(3) The cosmic disturbances: the sixth seal

When the full complement of believers to martyred is reached, and the gospel of the kingdom preached to the whole world, then God brings the Great Tribulation to an abrupt end with cosmic disturbances. The two points shall be reached simultaneously. No one knows the number of believers to be martyred: it is a divine secret. “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:” ( Matt.24:29‬ ‭). According to the record in Revelation, this event shall be initiated with a series of worldwide earthquake and tsunamis. “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 breaking of the sixth seal incapacitates the antiChrist and his acolytes. The Earth shall be darkened, cold, and frozen. Communications shall be disrupted all over the world by EMP, earthquakes, tsunamis, and the cold and frozen conditions on Earth. This will make it impossible for the antiChrist to continue to enforce the apostasy and to kill nonconformists. If the Great Tribulation is not cut short, no believer or observant Jew, nor anyone else without the mark of the beast shall survive the persecution by the antiChrist.“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.24:22‬ ‭).

The Interlude Between The Sixth And The Seventh Seal

There are three events that occur in the interlude between the sixth seal and the breaking of the seventh seal. These three events occur in chronological order.

(a) The Shekinah in the heavens

After the Great Tribulation is the cosmic disturbances which in actual fact effectively put a period to the Great Tribulation. The sixth seal portends the wrath of God. The cosmic disturbances are accompanied by the appearance of the sign of the son of man in the heavenlies. “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.” ( Matt.24:29-30‬ ‭).

This back-to-back sign given in the sun, moon, and stars constitute the sign of His coming and of the end the ages. This is the answer Jesus gave to His disciples to the second part of the question they asked Him: what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the ages? It is at the appearance of His coming at the end of the ages that the Church shall be gathered unto Him. Our brother, Apostle Paul, in his passionate appeal to the Thessalonians linked the coming of the Lord and our gathering together unto Him. “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,” ( 2 Thess.2:1‬ ‭). These two events are linked together and are therefore inseparable. When the Son Of Man appears in the heavens, we the saints shall be gathered unto Him. And His appearance occurs after the tribulation of those days at the commencement of the end of the ages.

(b) The sealing of the 144,000

The cosmic disturbances which portend the wrath of God promised by the fifth seal, the martyred saints under the altar of incense in the Holy place of the temple in heaven indicate that the Church is about to be taken away from the Earth inasmuch as the Church is not appointed unto wrath ( 1Thess.1:10, 5:9 ). The appearance of the Son Of Man in the heavens seals it. If the Church is taken away from the Earth, God will have no witnesses on Earth except the two witnesses whose ministry is limited more or less to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Therefore the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel must be brought into saving relationship with God of Israel, and sealed to represent God on Earth, and for protection from the wrath of God which is about to be poured out on the living wicked earth-dwellers immediately after the translation of the saints. “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.” ( Rev.7:1-8‬ ‭).

The 1444,000 are here on Earth in this mortal body of ours. Therefore they must be sealed for protection from the wrath of God. They follow the Lamb wherever He goes. “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 dear saints are not raptured. They are not part of the Church. They selected strictly from the twelve tribes of Israel. Thaye are in their natural mortal bodies. That follow Christ whereas He goes here on Earth. They are members of His earthly entourage.

(c) The rapture of the church

When He comes, the saints shall be gathered unto Him. “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” ( Gen.49:10‬ ‭). This verse of Scripture is the first indication that the people of God shall be gathered unto Him at His coming. After the tribulation of those days, shall He appear in the heavens, and then, the saints shall be gathered unto Him. “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 the appearance of the sign of the Son Of Man in the heaven, His angels shall be dispatched to the four corners of the Earth to gather together His elect, from one end of heaven to the other; for where the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered.“ For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” ( Matt.24:27-28‬ ‭). The saints shall be gathered to meet Him in the air. “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.4:14-18‬ ‭). We shall be gathered to meet Him in the air at the last trump which is the breaking of the seventh seal. “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 Corinthians‬ ‭15:50-52‬ ‭). This is the time of the rapture, the exact locus in the eschatological timeline. This does not however mean that we know the day and the hour. We can know the general time period as indicated by the parable of the fig tree, but not the day and the hour which are the exclusive preserve of God the Father.

The Breaking Of The Seventh Seal: Wrath Of God 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 brown 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 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 of the antiChrist which is the great wrath of Satan mated out on 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.

The Restoration Period

The Restoration Period

With the Battle Of Armageddon concluded, the the Day Of The Lord, the Wrath Of God would have come to a close. The antiMessiah and his 8th and Final Beast Empire, and the other contemporaneous kingdoms and kings would have been destroyed. The 30-Day Reclamation Period of the nation of Israel and the Kingdom Of God on Earth will also have come to an end. What now remains will be the 45-Day Restoration Period before the commencement of the Millennial Reign Of Christ as we can see from the following Scriptures.

” 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 the abomination, he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate” ( Dan.9:27).

” And from the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away. And the abomination of desolation set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days” ( Dan.12:11,12).

From the time the daily sacrifice was taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate set up to the start of the Millennial Reign of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, there are additional 30-day and 45-day periods at the end of the second three and half years of the 70th of Daniel, according to Daniel 12:11,12. These two periods which run consecutively have been dubbed, The Reclamation Period, and The Restoration Period by Robert Van Kampen. I do not know of any better phrases for naming these periods.

The starting point of these two separate but consecutive periods is the midpoint of the 70th Seven of Daniel; for it is at this point that the abomination that maketh desolate is set up, and the daily morning and evening sacrifices and grain offerings taken away when the antiChrist makes his debut at the rebuilt Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. From the time the daily sacrifice was taken away, and abomination of desolation set up to the time that a complete destruction is poured out on the one who maketh desolate, that is till the destruction of the antiMessiah at the Battle Of Armageddon, there are 1,290 days. Which means that there are additional 30 days at the end of the 70th week of Daniel within which the antiMessiah and his evil Empire are destroyed alongside the other evil Kings and kingdoms contemporaneous with the Beast.

For the one that reaches the 1,335 days to be blessed, the action, that is the wrath of God being meted out on the living wicked earth-dwellers must be over, and that is indeed the case as the end of the 45-day Restoration Period makes the terminus-a-quo of the Millennium.

Events In The 45-Day Restoration Period

During the 45-day Restoration Period, certain events shall transpire. The first of these events shall be the restoration of Mount Zion which was split into two halves during the final seventh bowl judgment( Rev.16:19). After Mount Zion is restored, the Fourth Temple, the Millennial Temple described by the prophet Ezekiel shall be built on the summit of Mount Zion by Christ Himself( Ezek.40-43). Secondly Israel shall be restored to her land which God gave to the descendants of Abraham through Jacob by a covenant of salt which is an everlasting and unconditional covenant.

Thirdly all surviving Gentiles shall be come to Mount Zion, in preparation for the Sheep And Goat Judgment which shall take place on the first day of the millennium( Matt.25:31-46). Fourthly, the whole Earth shall be renovated by Christ Himself; for is written, ” behold, I create a new heaven and a new Earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” ( Is.65:17).

At the end of the 45 days, Christ will receive the reign over the Earth from God Almighty. This marks the point at which the rule of the Earth is returned to its rightful ruler, our Lord Jesus the Christ, the Second Man who is the Lord from the heavens( 1Cor.15:47), by God the Father, for the first time since the beginning of the cosmic conflict. This last event will occur not on Earth but in heaven.

The Restoration Of Mount Zion.

At the seventh bowl judgment, “the mountains were not found” and the great city Jerusalem was split into three parts” ( Rev.16:19,20). In the original Greek manuscript, the definite article the does not occur. It simply reads ” mountains were not found.” It therefore follows that not all the mountains were leveled by the seventh bowl judgment. Besides, after the outpouring of the seventh bowl judgment, the Battle of Armageddon will be fought on the mountains of Israel. antiChrist and his forces will “fall on the mountains of Israel” ( Ezek.39:4). It therefore follows that whatever mountains were destroyed by the seventh bowl judgment, it did not include the mountains surrounding the plain of Esdraelon where the Final Battle Of Armageddon will be fought, about 96km north of Jerusaem.

We have shown that not all the mountains on Earth were leveled by the final seventh bowl judgment. Certainly Mount Zion was one of those destroyed by the Final Bowl Judgment. Hence, the need for Christ to restore Mount Zion before the remnant of Israel can return to Mount Zion to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, and Christ can rebuild the Fourth And Millennial Temple on Mount Zion. Concerning the restoration of Mount Zion, the prophet Zechariah wrote:

” And all the land shall be turned as plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepress” ( Zech.14:10).

Mount Zion on which Jerusalem shall sit shall rise and be elevated above all other mountains, at least, in the immediate vicinity of Jerusalem. It may perhaps rise above all other mountains on Earth.

” And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the “top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it” ( Is.2:2; cf. Mic.4:1).

The newly elevated Mount Zion shall become a very high mountain( Ezek.40:2). ” For God’s holy mountain, on the mountains of Israel, declares the Lord God, there the whole house of Israel, all of them , shall serve Me in the land” ( Ezek.20:40).

The Layout Of Mount Zion.

The book of the prophet Ezekiel, more than any other book in the entire Bible, gives us a very detailed description of the layout of the summit of the renovated Mount Zion, the Temple and the new and earthly city of Jerusalem, and the tribal allotment of the twelve tribes of Israel( Ezek.40-48). Here we present a general outline of the layout of Mount Zion.

1) In all its entirety, the top of Mount Zion will be holy( 43:12).

2) In the middle of this holy area will be located the sanctuary, the most holy place( 45:2,3).

3) South of the summit of Mount Zion, a short distance down the summit, will be the new city of Jerusalem. It shall be located on a very high mountain( 40:2; cf.48:25). This city shall be built by ” My people of Israel” who are restored from captivity( Amos 9:14; cf. Is.58:12; 61:4).

4) On both sides of this holy allotment and the property for the city shall be a portion for the prince( 48:21).

” And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the lands that I gave unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children , and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever” ( 37:24,25).

The identity of the prince is debated amongst biblical scholars. Is it David himself or his greater son, Jesus , the Messiah. Am not dogmatic about any of the positions. There is no need for hair splitting arguments. In the Millennium, we shall know who he is.

The Restoration Of Israel: The Final Ingathering

After the restoration of Mount Zion, Israel as a nation will be restored to her land, the holy mountain of the Lord, Mount Zion, which is now elevated above all other mountains. We must remember that although Mount Zion refers to specific mountain in the vicinity of Jerusalem, it is also a synonym for the whole land of Israel. This time will be a wonderful time of rejoicing when God fulfills His promise that He made to His friend Abraham, the Hebrew, some four thousand years ago. It will be the fulfillment of the unconditional covenant that God made with Abraham.
” In the same day, God made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites” ( Gen.15:18-21).

During this time, Israel will return to the land of Promise, not in disobedience and unbelief, neither in self-reliance nor in shaking her fist at God, nor tin defiance to God, but in faith and obedience. This is the time Israel has waited for, and God has longed for, and indeed the whole creation have anxiously and eagerly awaited, when Israel as nation will return to her land of Promise, and her holy city, with faith in her true Messiah Jesus, the Son Of God. Israel would be save, redeemed by His grace and loving kindness. About three thousand years ago, God Almighty addressed the nations of the Earth, promising to regather Israel.

” Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd doth his flock. For the LORD had redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him for the hand of him that is stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat , and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priest with fatness, and my people will be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD” ( Jer.31:10-15).

We can see that the Jews will return from all over the world. The gathering will include those Jews who were with the Lord on Zion in Jerusalem when the seventh trumpet sounded, who were subsequently secreted to Azal, and safely hidden, as God Almighty pours out His wrath in the devastating final seven bowl judgments and the battle of Armageddon. They will return to the holy land, and to the heights of Zion, with shouts of joy. The others will be the surviving remnants of Israel from the gentile nations, who were protected by the righteous Gentiles.

The occasion will be one of mixed joy and somber reflection, as they make their way through the horrible destruction left behind by the final bowl judgments. They will be brought to the heights of Zion by the gentile survivors of the wrath of God who had been their protectors in the land of their sojourning. They will trust in the Lord, and will no longer put their trust in man, as they did in the antiMessiah who subverted them.

” And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more stay upon him that smoke them( I.e., the antiChrist); but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. And the remnant of Israel shall return, even the remnant of Jacob unto the Mighty God” ( Is.10:20,21).

As we have pointed out, there will be Jews whom God will sovereignly protect from the fierce persecution of the antiMessiah, those who were graciously hidden and given protection in the Judaean wilderness, and in the foreign Gentile nations where they resided, Jews in Diaspora. They would have been purged, purified, by the fires of the fierce persecution of the antiChrist as well as the six trumpet judgments. They would have repented of their sins and placed their faith in Jesus the Messiah of Israel and of all mankind. The tragic side of the story is that only a small remnant of Jews who enter the 70th week of Daniel will survive the fierce persecution of the antiChrist and the wrath of God.

” For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined in the midst of all the land” ( Is.10:22,23).

Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant shall be saved. They shall return from all nation wither the Lord had driven them, to the mountains of Zion, with joy and gladness of heart, unto the Mighty God of Jacob.

” But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel. Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by my name; thou art mine. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west. And I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

So, we see that a remnant shall return to enter into the millennial reign of Christ. They shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads.

The Surviving Gentiles To Mount Zion.

As incredible as it may seem, there will also be some Gentiles who survive the Day Of The Lord’s Wrath. Concurrent with the regathering of surviving Jewish remnants to Jerusalem, the surviving Gentiles shall also gather to Jerusalem for the Sheep and Goat Judgment. There are some who believe that some of these surviving Gentiles shall bear the mark of the beast. I do not share this view. There are no Scriptures that support this view. Anyone with the mark of the beast shall be executed instantly. What will be the reason for such a person appearing for trial when the verdict is so obvious. Those who appear at the Sheep and Goat Judgment bear no mark of the antiMessiah.

The basis for the Sheep and Goat Judgment is their treatment of the brethren of the Lord, which may be the reason why they arrive in Jerusalem concurrently with the surviving Jewish remnants. These surviving Jewish remnants will be their witnesses who will testify that they are indeed righteous or unrighteous Gentiles though Jesus Christ our Lord who is the judge knows everything. These surviving Gentiles will be brought to Mount Zion for the Sheep and Goat Judgment which will take place on the first of the Millennium or thereabouts. The prophet Isaiah clearly describes the gathering of Gentile survivors to God’s Holy Mountain.

” For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory” ( Is.66:18).

These surviving Gentiles like their Jewish counterparts would have survived the Great Persecution by the antiChrist, the wrath of God, contained in the seven trumpets and seven bowls as well as the final battle of Armageddon. The final seventh bowl judgment would result in a horrible universal earthquake that levels the mountains and the islands of the seas and destroys the cities of the nations. It is incredible how human being could survive all these horrific devastations.

” The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hands upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee” ( Mic.7:16,17).

These peoples who survive shall be afraid before the Lord. There will also be a few Gentiles who survive these terrible destruction from the land of Egypt and Assyria who make the tip to Mount Zion to join Israel in their worship of Jehovah. These are Gentile children of God. It does seem however that this shall be after the Sheep and Goat Judgment. The prophet Isaiah spoke of these Gentile remnants.

” In that day shall Israel be third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the LORD of hosts will bless, saying, blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of hands, and Israel mine inheritance” ( Is.19:24,25).

It does appear though some of these surviving Gentiles who are justified at the Sheep and Goat Judgment shall decide to dwell amongst their Jewish brethren in the land of Israel and serve the Lord amidst His people.

” Also the sons of the strangers that join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful, in my house of prayer: and their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon my alter; for my house shall be called the house of prayer for all people. The LORD GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered to him” ( Is.55:6-8).

So, in the millennium, there will be quite a number of Gentiles believers who have made the choice to dwell in Jerusalem, and in the other cities in the land of Israel in order that they mighty serve the Lord and minister to His people.

The Restoration Of The Temple

Every period of the kingdom of Israel is associated with a temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Therefore each period of the kingdom is named after the temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. We have the First Temple Period or simply the First Temple. The First Temple was built by King Solomon, the successor and son of King David. This temple was destroyed by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 586 BC.

The Second Temple Period, or simply the Second Temple also had a temple built by the returning exiles on the same exact spot as the First Temple on the Temple Mount. This Temple was completed in 515 BC. It was extensively refurbished by Herod the Great. This was the Temple in which Jesus, The Messiah ministered. It was destroyed by the Roman general Titus in 70 AD.

Although the Third Temple Period or simply the Third Temple began in 1948, with the creation of an independent Jewish state in the ancient land grant which God gave the children of Israel, up to now there is no Third Temple. However, before the midpoint of the 70th Seven of Daniel, the Third Temple shall be erected on the same spot as the two previous ones on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Adequate preparations have been made by the Temple Mount Faithful for the building of the Third Temple. All materials necessary for the building of the temple have been garnered, and over $100 million raised in cash for the rebuilding of the Jewish temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. Members of the high priestly family of Aaron, and the priestly tribe of Levi have been identified by DNA tests, trained and are practicing and doing test runs in preparation for the resumption of temple worship and daily animal sacrifices and grain offerings when the Third Temple is erected. Recently a complete Golden Altar Of Incense was built. With modern technology, The Temple could be built literally overnight at a moment notice as it were.

Following this trend, a Fourth Temple shall also be erected on Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the Fourth Temple Period, or simple the Fourth Temple. The Fourth Temple Period shall be the millennial reign of Christ. Unlike all the previous three temples, which were built through the feeble efforts of man, the Fourth Temple shall be built by Jesus, the Messiah Himself. This temple shall be built on the summit of Mount Zion which has just been restored by Christ Himself.

” And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is THE BRANCH; and he shall grow up, out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both” ( Zech.6:12,13).

The BRANCH is no other person than Jesus the Messiah, the Son of David. The prophet Isaiah also referred to Christ as the BRANCH when he described the redeemed remnant of Israel.

” In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that all he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem shall be called holy, even every one that is written amongst the living in Jerusalem” ( Is.4:2,3).

His building the Fourth Temple shall be the crowning event during the 45-day Restoration Period. This temple was extensively and exhaustively described by the prophet Ezekiel( Ezek.40-43). The prophet was brought to the nave of them, where he was told by the Lord:

” Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle. After he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looked toward the east. And he said unto me, son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever; and my holy name , shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places” ( Ezek.41:1; 43:1,7).

The Fourth Temple, the millennial temple will be the Throne of Christ here on Earth where He will dwell amongst the children of Israel, and from where He will rule over them and the nations of the Earth. After the Sheep and Goat judgment on the First day of the Millennium, the majority of the surviving Gentile remnants who are justified at the Sheep and Goat Judgment shall return to their own lands to repopulate the Earth. Only a handful shall be retained in Jerusalem, and in the land of Israel in direct service to the Messiah and the children of Israel.

The Third temple which the antiChrist shall desecrate shall also be destroyed during the final seventh bowl judgment when the cities of the nations shall fall, and Jerusalem itself split into three parts. The millennial temple shall far exceed the Solomonic temple in glory. Considering the paucity of time between the Final Battle of Armageddon and the commencement of the millennial reign of Christ, this work shall be done rather very quickly. As a supernatural act of the Messiah who created the heavens and the Earth in six days, building the temple described by the prophet Ezekiel shall pose no difficulty.

The Restoration Of Adam’s Rule On Earth.

Man was not created to dwell in heaven, else he would not need a physical body. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the Earth has he given to the children of men” ( Ps.115:16). When God created Adam and Eve, he put them in the garden of Eden, and gave them dominion over the earthly realm of His Universal Kingdom. Satan usurped that rule, and became the god of this Age. Adam’s rule over the Earth was to last for six days, the seventh day being the Shabbat of the Lord. Adam never had the title deed of the Earth. It was a lease not a sale.

Satan’s rule would expire at the end of the sixth millennium, the period of the lease to Adam. Thereafter, God Almighty will reclaim his rule over the earthly domain of his Universal Kingdom. Satan, his fallen evil angels and his minions the antiChrist and the living wicked dwellers of the Earth shall be evicted from the Earth’s premises. God will retake physical possession of the Earth, appoint a new human representative, an Adam to rule over the earthly domain of his Universal Kingdom. Neither God the Father nor the Holy Spirit has a physical form with which to relate with the external physical environment. Therefore, God the Father must rule the Earth by proxy.

God unconditionally covenanted to give the rulership of the throne of Israel and the whole Earth to David and his descendants for ever. And we have proven that Jesus is the rightful heir to the throne of David.

At this point in our narrative of the last days of this Age’s history, Jesus the Messiah has reclaimed God’s rule over the Earth at the blowing of the seventh trumpet. Satan and his fallen evil angels, his minions, the antiMessiah, the False Prophet and the living wicked dwellers of the Earth have been defeated at Armageddon and evicted from the Earth’s premises. Christ has retaken physical possession of the Earth at Armageddon. Mount Zion has been restored and elevated above all other mountains. Israel has finally been regathered from the Diaspora to the land God deeded to his friend, Abraham, the Hebrew. The surviving Gentile remnants have been gathered to Jerusalem for the Sheep and Goat Judgment on the first day of the Millennium or thereabouts. The Fourth and millennial temple has been built by Christ supernaturally. God is now ready to restore his rule over the Earth by proxy, through a human representative, an Adam.

This is a very momentous point in the history of man on Earth. It an even of tremendous significance. Incidentally, this glorious event does not take place on Earth but in heaven. On this occasion, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the last Adam, the Second Man, who is the Lord from the heavens shall be given everlasting dominion over ” all peoples, nations and tongues,” by God Almighty. This is the time for God Almighty to restore the rule over the earthly domain of his Universal Kingdom to its rightful king, Jesus the Christ.

After receiving the right to rule over the Earth from God the Father, Christ will return to the Earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. Then “His kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him” ( Dan.7:27). When the archangel Gabriel appeared unto Mary, he foretold the kingship of Jesus over the Earth. ” He will be great, and will be called the Son Of The Most High; and the Lord will give Him the throne of His father David” ( Luk.1:32). This prophecy was not fulfilled during Christ’s First Advent. But it will be fulfilled during His Second Advent, when God’s rule over the Earth will be restored at the blowing of the seventh trumpet, after the victory of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon, after he retakes physical possession of the Earth for the Lord God Almighty, and delivers the physical kingdom of Earth to God the Father, just prior to the beginning of the Millennium. Then God the Father will turn about and ” give Him the throne of His father David, when the time has come “to anoint the Most Holy” ( Dan.9:24).

About seven hundred years before the announcement of the angel Gabriel to Mary, the prophet Daniel saw in a vision the coronation of the Christ as King over the Earth after the destruction of the antiChrist.

I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the son of man came with clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” ( Dan.7:11-14).

The Apostle Paul also spoke of this stupendously magnificent scene:

” Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father: when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” ( 1Cor.15:24-26). We must note however, that Christ will not put all enemies under His feet, and abolish the last enemy, death until after the end of the Millennium. This Majestic Scene gives us a glimpse into one of the most profound and significant moments in God’s eternal plan. With this, the work of Christ is complete, ” vision and prophecy” will be sealed, and God the Father will ” anoint the Most Holy” ( Dan.9:24). Christ’s kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominion will serve and obey Him( Dan.7:27).

Here is a summary of the events that occur during the 45-day Restoration Period.

1) Mount Zion will be restored( Ps2:2; Mic.4:1; cf. Rev.16:19,20).

2) Israel will be gathered from the Diaspora( Is.43:1,3,5,6; 10:20,21).

3) Gentile Survivors will be gathered to Mount Zion for the Sheep and Goat judgment( Is.66:16,18,19; Mic.7:10, 16,17; Matt.25:31-46).

4) The Temple will be restored on Mount Zion( Zech.6:12,13; Ezek.41:1; 43:7; Is.4:2-4).

5) Rule over the Earth will be given to Christ by God Almighty( Dan.9:24;7:11-14).
Author: Avraham Shallom.

The Cosmic Conflict.

The Cosmic Conflict.

The Cosmic Conflict is the struggle between God and Satan over the souls of men and the rulership of the earthly domain of the universal kingdom of God. It is the struggle between light and darkness, good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness. In this conflict, God’s sovereignty is at stake. If Satan wins, man will forever be lost, and evil will reign supreme for ever, and Satan will be Lord over the Earth for eternity. But that  cannot happen, because the outcome is already determined in eternity past. It is no contest at all; for God is the foreordained victor.

Satan is a spirit being created by God. Like all spirit beings, both men and angels, Satan is eternal. He can be restrained in the Lake that burneth with fire and brimstone for eternity, but cannot be annihilated totally. The body of man, the material part of Man( basar)can be liquidated, but man’s soul and spirit, the immaterial part of Man(nephesh) cannot be annihilated totally. Though Satan is an eternal being, he is neither omnipotent, nor omnipresent nor omniscient. He is limited in power, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. If he were wise enough, he would not have challenged God. Though sly, crafty, subtle and greasy, he lacked the sublime wisdom to remain humble under God.

This conflict which began before the dawn of time in the heavens will have its final hurrah on Earth. It began in eternity past and extends throughout all ages of human history. Like every other drama, the last act is understood in the light of every other previous act; it ties in and explains every other act. The director of this cosmic drama is the sovereign LORD of the universe. The drama fulfills and proclaims His eternal Truth. The cataclysmic events of the end times, the tragic experiences of pain , sorrow, human suffering, sickness, disease,  death, man’s inhumanity to man, ritual killings and murders and all acts of wickedness and iniquity,  wars, famines, tsunamis and earthquakes, droughts, excessive monsoon rains and flooding, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tropical storms, forest fires, the collective tears of humanity can only be understood, and are only explainable in the light of this cosmic drama.

Who will rule over God’s creation? Satan or God? Will the kingdoms of the Earth ruled over by the powers of darkness remain under the dominion of Satan, or will the kingdom of God ruled over by Christ prevail? This cosmic conflict will end in glorious victory for the kingdom of God, then shall Christ wipe away all tears, and there shall be no more death, sorrow, mourning, crying, or pain( Rev.21:4). Christ, God the Son,  shall reign over the Earth in the behalf of God, the Father, for ever and ever( Dan.7:27).

The Origin Of The Cosmic Conflict.

The Cosmic Conflict began in eternity past when Satan,  the highest archangel of God,  rebelled against God. Satan’s original name was Lucifer. In five I wills, Lucifer assayed to overthrow the sovereign LORD of the universe. He said in his heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High( Isa.14:13,14). God Almighty responded: thou shall be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the pit( Isa.14-15). Satan is not in Hell now, nor in the abyss, but both sentences will be accomplished in the end times.

Satan successfully lured one-third of the angels of God to join in his rebellion against God( Rev.12:3,4). A trial was held in eternity past. Satan was found guilty of insubordination and rebellion against the Almighty God. He was sentenced to eternity in the Lake of fire and brimstone together with his rebellious and evil angelic accomplices. Hell was originally built for Satan and his evil and fallen angels not man( Matt.25:41). But some men will wind up in Hell primarily because of unbelief. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but shall have life of the age to come( Jon.3:16). Satan and his fallen angels were evicted from heaven’s premises, and cast into the dark void and starry heavens. Contrary to what many believe and teach, Satan’s headquarters is not in Hell, but in the Dark Void. Satan abhors and dreads going to Hell. It gives him nightmares. Satan wants to drag the whole of humanity into Hell with Him, if it were possible. Unfortunately and unpalatable as it were, some men will go to Hell with Satan.

Satan appealed God’s judgment, accusing God of injustice. To prove His righteous judgment, God made man in His own image and likeness, higher than angels but a shade lower than God( Gen.1:26; Heb.2:6-8). He put man in the Garden of Eden and suffered him to rebel against Him. He meted out the same punishment to man: in the day that thou eateth of it, thou shall surely die( Gen.2:17). Death here implies eternal seperation from God in the Lake of fire and brimstone. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. As the soul of the father ,so also the soul of the son: the soul that sinneth, it shall die( Ezek.17:4,20). The wages of sin is death( Rom.6:23a). And all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God( Rom.3:23). So, human history is an appeal trial of Satan, and His fallen evil and rebellious angels. The Universe is the divine court in session. Man is the guinea pig in the divine experiment. Satan and his fallen evil angels have made their choice: they are locked in unrighteousness. They can never repent. There is no divine provision for their redemption. But with man made in the image and likeness of God, it was not so. God made provision for the redemption of Man. Though the wages of sin is death, and all men have sinned and therefore fallen short of the glory of God, the gift of God is eternal life through our Lord Jesus the Christ( Rom.3:23). Herein lies the origin of the cosmic conflict between God and Satan over the souls of men.

The Cosmic Conflict between God and Satan which began in eternity past will end at the expiry of the seventh millennium. God will put an end to Satan’s kingdom at the end of the sixth millennium, but evil itself will be finally dealt with at the end of the seventh millennium. During the millennial reign of Christ, Satan is incarcerated in Hell for a thousand years. At the end of the millennial reign of Christ, following the final rebellion organized by Satan after he was paroled by God, which ended in a divine conflagration, Satan shall be cast into the Lake of fire and brimstone where the Antichrist and the false prophet have been cast into a thousand years previously. Every creature, human and angelic, identified with Satan, shall also be cast into eternal punishment in the Lake of fire and brimstone, where they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever( Rev.19:20; 20:10; 21:8).

The fall of Satan led to the fall of man. The fall of Adam is inextricably tied up with the fall of Satan. If Satan had not fallen, Adam would not have fallen either. It is doubtful whether Adam would have been created in the first place. But we must also bear in mind that God knows the end from the beginning. Therefore God knew Satan would rebel against Him. He knew that He would create man in His own image and likeness. He also knew Eve would be hoodwinked by Satan into eating the forbidden fruit. Eve was deceived, but Adam was not deceived. His was a deliberate disobedience which was worst than the sin of Eve( 1Tim.2:14). He preferred the company of Eve to the fellowship with God.

Satan’s supreme ambition was to usurp the sovereignty of God over the Earth, especially over mankind, who was made in the image and likeness of God, and given authority over the Earth as God’s representative in the earthly realm of His universal kingdom( Gen.1:26-28). At creation, Adam and Eve were well provided for in the Garden Of Eden. The only restriction God put on them was that they were forbidden from eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told them: in the day you eat of it, ye shall surely die( Gen.2:17). Satan cast doubt into the mind of Eve, had God said ye shall surely die? For God knows that in the day ye eat of it, your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil( Gen.3:4,5). In the conversation between Satan and Eve, Satan never questioned the existence of God. He did not use that approach because he could scarcely convince Eve that God did not exist, inasmuch as Adam and Eve had fellowship with God every evening( Gen.3:8). One can hardly convince another, that the person he or she fellowships with every evening does not exist. But note that end result of Satan’s argument is the same, that God does not exist. If Adam and Eve were God, then they were not created. If they were not created, there is no God, and they were God to themselves. This is one of the pillars of atheistic humanistic evolution. If there is no God, man is not created. If man is not created, he evolved. If he evolved, there are no moral absolutes, because God is the standard for morality. If there are no moral absolutes, everything is quicksand. One has only likes and dislikes. If it feels good, go ahead and do it. This is the same old lie that was told in the Garden of Eden.

But God was not playing pranks with His words: eating the forbidden fruit would result in death. The day Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they died. First, they died spiritually; they were separated from God, which was the worst of the consequences. Secondly, they died morally because sin and evil plagued them all the days of their lives. Thirdly, they died physically. Physical death is not annihilation. It is the separation of the physical body, the material part of Man( basar), the temporal, from the immaterial parts of Man, the spirit and the soul( nephesh), which are eternal. Man was created to live for ever. The physical body of Adam was neither mortal nor immortal in its original form. If he had not disobeyed God, his body would have remained immortal. But because he disobeyed God, sin brought in corruption, decay, sickness, disease, and the aging process, and death. Even if there were no sickness and disease, the body would wear off and die as a result of the evil effects of sin on the human body. The aging process is a consequence of sin. If there were no sin, man would not age. If there were no sin, there would be no sickness and disease. If there were no sin, there would be no aches, no pains, and no sorrows. If there were no sin, men would not lie one to another. If there were no lies, there would be unbounded happiness, joy and celebrations. Because of sin, there would be wars, and men would kill one another in battle. Even beyond the pale of wars, in every society, even within families, due to envy and other evils, man would commit murders, rape, conduct ritual killings, infanticide, homicide, patricide and matricide, incest, paedophilia and everything else that is vile and evil.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they lost their spiritual relationship with God, and the rulership of the Earth to Satan who became the God of this world( age, aeion). Inadvertently, they chose the lordship of Satan over God’s. Not only Adam, and Eve and their posterity suffered corruption and alienation from God, the whole creation in the earthly domain of God’s universal kingdom fell sympathetically also. The whole world suffered curse and corruption as a consequence of the sin of Adam( Gen.3:17; Jer.12:4; Rom.5-12; 8:20). The woman shall conceive and reproduce in sorrow( Gen.3:16). Adam would eat out of the sweat of his brow( Gen.3:19). The Earth would no longer yield her increase( Gen.3:18). Entirely new laws were introduced by the new Lord of the Earth, Satan, that would govern the Earth. There would be earthquakes and Tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. There would be erratic weather patterns, excessive monsoon rains, floodings, rivers overflowing their banks, droughts and forest fires, soil erosions, insects pests and diseases and zoonoses etc. Does anyone have doubts that Satan is the god of this age?

Through sin, Satan succeeded in dethroning Adam from his rulership over the Earth, and arrogantly claimed that authority for himself. He is the ruler and the god of this age( Jon.12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2cor.4:4; Eph.2:1-2). Through Adam’s willful act of disobedience, with the intension of serving himself, he ended up neither serving himself nor God, but Satan. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned( Rom.5:13). From the fall of Man to the present, mankind have served Satan, with the exception of a limited number of righteous men in every generation. This state of affairs, God has tolerated until the end of the sixth millennium, when He shall reclaim rulership of the Earth to Himself. Until God supernaturally takes over rulership of the Earth to Himself, the whole world will continue to lie in the vise grip, and magnetic field of the wicked one( 1Jon.5:19; cp. Luk.4:5,6). When Satan rebelled against God, he became spiritually blinded and condemned. In like manner also, Satan led fallen humanity into spiritual blindness and condemnation, out of the kingdom and rulership of God, into the lordship and kingdom of Satan: for the god of this age has blinded the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ should shine unto them( 2Cor.4:4).

The Dramatis Personae In The Cosmic Conflict.

The characters involved in the cosmic drama are God and His holy angels on one side, and Satan and his fallen evil angels on the other side. The mass of humanity are caught in the crossfire. Man is not a passive innocent bystander but an active participant. In heaven and on Earth, the battle is raging over the souls of men. All mankind by default, through the sin of Adam, are citizens of the satanic kingdom. But God determined in eternity past, before the foundation of the Earth, to elect a people, from the mass of humanity, from the midst of the kingdom of darkness, who would submit to His Lordship, a people who whilst within the domain of the kingdom of darkness, the satanic kingdom, will be citizens of the mystery form of His spiritual kingdom, ruled by His indwelling Spirit in them. These are the ambassadors of heaven on Earth( Eph.1:4,5). God also chose when to destroy Satan’s kingdom, when He has completed the spiritual kingdom of God, when He had delivered all that He has chosen, from the kingdom of darkness into the spiritual kingdom of God. God would then destroy Satan’s kingdom on Earth, and set up a physical kingdom on Earth, over which Christ would reign as  His representative in the earthly realm of His universal kingdom.

Both God and Satan and their angels are spirit beings without physical bodies. Man also is a spirit being, but has physical body. Both God and His angels can acquire a form comparable to  physical body of Man, appear visible to the optical eyes, in order to accomplish certain purposes. Satan and his evil and fallen angels can also do the same. Jesus is the only person of the Godhead with a permanent, eternal immortal resurrection body. Due to the lack of permanent physical forms, both parties rule the Earth by proxy. The Cosmic Conflict is a proxy war. Although the cosmic conflict is rooted in the heavens, it is played out here on Earth, between the citizens of the kingdom of God, and the citizens of the kingdom of Satan. It is therefore somewhat ridiculous for anyone to imagine that the Church will be absent from the scene in the last act of this drama.

The Sovereignty Of God Over The Whole Universe.

In the heavens, and on Earth, the conflict is raging. This immense conflict began at the dawn of human history. It is between God, the sovereign LORD of the universe, the possessor of the heavens and the Earth, and Lucifer, the foremost archangel of God who rebelled against his creator in eternity past. In time Adam was satanically hoodwinked into joining in the cosmic conflict on the side of Satan in the Garden of Eden. Through Adam death was passed to all men; for that all have sinned. In Adam, all humanity died. With the exception of our Lord Jesus the Christ, the thought, imaginations of the heart, actions and lifestyle and value system of every man that have ever lived evidenced this satanic rebellion.

Because God is sovereign, the course and destiny of the universe is not at the mercy of uncertain outcome of a conflict between the forces of good and evil. As we pointed out earlier, the outcone of this immense and universal conflict is not in doubt. The victor was determined in eternity past, long before the conflict began. It is not really a contest, though internecine, inasmuch as God, the sovereign LORD of the universe is the preordained victor. It is not a conflict between equal and opposite forces that struggle for supremacy. Satan is a creature. God is the creator of all things.  God has no beginning. Although Satan is an eternal spirit being, he has a beginning. Good is superior to evil. Good is eternal, evil is temporal. In relation to eternity, evil is ephemeral, transient. It is like a dim puff in a nebulous maze, a blip in eternity. Evil is the corruption of that which is good. Although the rebellion of Satan and Adam brought evil into the equation of human condition, God will ultimately preserve everything that is good, and defeat Satan and everything that is evil. All that is truly good in the universe is of God, and all that is evil is of Satan. Satan did not, does not, and will not create any good thing. All that he can claim as his own is evil. The thief cometh not but to steal, to kill, and to destroy( Jon.8:44).

There is a physical realm and a spiritual realm. Each of these realms fall into one of two domains, the domain of good and the domain of evil. Every spirit being in the whole universe belongs to either of the two domains. There is no sitting on the fence in this internecine conflict. Both amongst men and angels, one is either on the side of God or the side of Satan, on the side of good, the kingdom of God, or on the side of evil, the kingdom of Satan. There are men on Earth who deny the existence of Satan. All that are such, unconsciously belong to the kingdom of Satan.

God is the sovereign LORD of the universe. He ceded the rulership of the earthly realm of His universal kingdom to Adam. Adam sold out to the Devil. So, Satan became the god of this age. Satan’s rulership of Earth will expire at the end of God’s lease to Adam, which is the expiry of the sixth millennium. So, Satan’s rulership of the Earth is temporary. Therefore, Satan’s  tenure and rulership of the Earth is temporary. God’s ownership and rulership of the Earth is eternal. So, Christ’s reign over the Earth shall be eternal. The kingdom of God on Earth is an eternal kingdom. It is the reign of righteousness. In contrast, Satan’s reign is one of evil. God’s kingdom is founded on truth, whereas Satan’s kingdom is founded on falsehood. Christ’s kingdom is the kingdom of light, whereas Satan’s is one of darkness. God’s rulership encompasses the whole universe, while Satan is limited to the Earth. God is omnipotent, but Satan operates within the bounds of the power granted him by God. God is omniscient, but Satan is limited in knowledge. God is omnipresent, but Satan is not. His sphere of influence is circumscribed by God.  Although, in the present age, Satan is god, he is not sovereign over the Earth. God is still sovereign over the Earth. He is the governor amongst the nations. He putteth down one king, and lifts up another( Ps. 75:7). When Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, became too arrogant, God Almighty who humbleth the insolent struck him with leucantropy. For seven years he ate straw like the ox, his nails and feathers grew like those of the eagle’s. He was wetted with the due of heaven, and His dwelling was amongst the beasts of the field, until he acknowledged that the Most High God ruleth over the realm of mankind, and bestows it to whomsoever He will, even the basest of men. And before Him, all the inhabitants of the Earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the Earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, what doest thou( Dan.4:35). Satan cannot do with the world as he pleases. He could not tempt Job without the permission of God. Even the extent of his temptation of Job was limited and circumscribed by God. There had no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: and God will with the same temptation also make a way of escape, so that you shall be able to bear it( 1Cor.10:13). Satan like every other created being, has nothing apart from God’s sovereign provision. And nothing can come upon us except that which has passed through the security of His love. Satan like every other spirit being created by God is eternal but finite. Only God is infinite.

Evil is the only thing Satan can lay claim as his own. Although evil is vast, pervasive and pernicious, it is circumscribed by divine limits, in degree, extent and time. Satan’s intelligence and power are from God ,and therefore restricted by God. God is the life in His enemies. Satan’s rulership over the Earth is temporary, and will be terminated at the time appointed by God, at the end of the sixth millennium.

Divine Strategy In The Cosmic Conflict.

Whereas Satan thought he had prevailed, and would rule over mankind and the earthly domain of God’s universal kingdom for ever, God made it clear He would destroy Satan and his kingdom on Earth in His own sovereign time. It would be through the seed of the woman that God would destroy Satan and his kingdom on Earth. I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed( Gen.3:15). It therefore follows that a male descendant of the woman will bring about the ultimate downfall of Satan, and the destruction of the satanic kingdom. This seed would come from the line of Abraham( Gal.3:16). God told Abraham, I will bless you, and make your name great; I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you. And in thee shall all the families of the Earth be blessed( Gen.12:3). Satan would bruise the offspring of the woman, Jesus The Christ. That meant that Jesus would die on the execution stake in order to redeem all mankind. But Jesus would rise from the dead, and crush the head of Satan. At His second advent, He will defeat Satan, and reclaim the rulership and retake possession of the Earth for the rightful owner, the Almighty God( Rev.11:15). At the expiration of the seventh millennium, Satan shall be cast into the Lake of fire and brimstone where he will be tormented for ever and ever( Rev.20:10).

In order to reclaim the earthly domain of God’s universal kingdom usurped by Satan, and redeem humanity who by default became citizens of the Satanic kingdom, God instituted a prophetic plan. This plan is simple and effective. Through this plan, God instituted a spiritual and an invisible kingdom, within the realm of the  earthly satanic kingdom. God reigns from heaven over this invisible kingdom in the hearts of those who believe in Him whilst within the earthly domain of Satan’s kingdom. Today, God reigns in the hearts of believers who have received the new life in Christ, the life of the age to come, who have yielded themselves to God and His Son, Jesus the Christ. This is a temporary phenomenon, preludial to the future time at the expiration of the sixth millennium, when Yahweh would destroy Satan’s kingdom, and reestablish His rule over the Earth. This would occur during the millennium. Within that framework of time, God would establish a recreated order and dominion, which would be a consummation of the original prestine order that existed in the Garden of Eden prior to that Fall of Adam. Robert Van Kampen has brilliantly outlined the prophetic plan of God in six steps in his marvelous work, The Sign. We shall follow those steps in this article. I have added one to make it seven, the divine, complete and perfect number. The Messiah would be born of a woman  of the line of Abraham through Jacob, that is Israel.

Step 1: God Elected Some People For His Kingdom.

Out of this world ruled by Satan, God in His infinite wisdom, chose some people, men and women for His kingdom over whose lives, He rules from heaven through the agency of the indwelling Holy Spirit. These men and women of faith who come to God the Father through faith in the finished work of Christ, the Son,  on the cross of Calvary are the spiritual descendants of Abraham, the father of the faithful( Gal.3:29; cp. Rom.4:11,12; 9:6,7; Rev.12:17). In his epistle to the Ephesians, Paul explains that God the Father chose men and women who would trust and obey Him as citizens of His spiritual kingdom on Earth. According as He( God the Father) hath chosen us in Him( God the Son) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will( Eph.1:4,5).

In the interim, until the destruction of the kingdom of Satan on Earth, God’s kingdom on Earth will be a spiritual kingdom, invisible, without natural earthly boundaries, ruled by God, from heaven, through the agency of the indwelking Holy Spirit, in the hearts of those who believe in Him. During the interrogation, before His crucifixion, when questioned by Pontus Pilate, governor of Judaea, Jesus answered, I am a king, and for this purpose came I into the world, but my kingdom is not of this age. If my kingdom were of this age, then would my disciples fight that I might not be delivered to the Jews. He went on to say, everyone who is a citizen of God’s invisible spiritual kingdom hears my voice( Jon.18:36,37).

Apostle Peter, writing about the children of God in this age, referred to them as aliens( 1Pet.1:1). This implies that these citizens of God’s invisible spiritual kingdom are governed by the laws of heaven, not the laws of the earthly Satanic kingdom of the present age. In another place, Paul referred to them as ambassadors for Christ( 2Cor.5:20). In other words, these men and women are representatives of the heavenly kingdom on Earth.

We must not lose sight of the fact that these men and women were not thrown down from heaven. In fact, like everyone else, they were once citizens of the earthy satanic kingdom. Paul, while writing to the Church at Ephesus, reminded them, that they are quickened, they were once dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past, you walked according to the course of this world, according to the Prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. But God who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses and sins, hath He quickened us together with Christ, ( by grace are ye saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ( Eph.2:1-2, 4-6).

As we pointed out earlier, the promise was given to Abraham: in thee shall all the families of the Earth be blessed( Gen.12:3). No one is a citizen of the spiritual kingdom of God on Earth, merely because he or she is of Jewish extraction.  Salvation is always by faith. It is solely through divinely bestowed faith which God sovereignly grants those He had chosen before the foundation of the world, to be redeemed out of the kingdom of darkness( Gen.14:6; Eph.2:8; Heb.11:1,2). It is only those who receive this faith, both Jews and Gentiles, who are the spiritual offspring of Abraham, who are the true citizens of the invisible spiritual kingdom of God.

The promise made to Abraham and His descendants, that he would be the heir of the world, was not through the law, but rather through the righteousness of faith( Rom.4:13). For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast( Eph.2:8,9). Paul again, addressing the Romans said, they are not all Israel that are of Israel, neither are they children simply because they are the seed( descendants) of Abraham. So, we can see that not all who are of the natural line of Abraham are the citizens of God’s spiritual kingdom, but the children of the promise, that is, those who are elected in Christ, who have expressed faith in the risen Saviour( Rom.9:6-8).

Jesus had to speak harshly to the Jewish elders and religious leaders who arrogantly assumed that because they were  of Jewish extraction, physical descendants of Abraham,  they were also automatically the heirs of the spiritual kingdom that God promised Abraham. Jesus commentary on them was to jolt them out of that erroneous notion. It must have been shocking to them for Jesus to name Satan as their father, at the same denying that Abraham was their father. Jesus made a distinction between His Father, and their father. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do that which you have seen with your father. They answered and said unto Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus said unto them, if you were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that had told you the truth, which I heard of God, this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. They answered Him: We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, if God were your Father, you would love me: for I proceed forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word( Jon.8:38-43). These religious leaders of Israel did not understand Jesus. The reason they did not understand Jesus was very simple. They were not of God, the Father. Though they were physical offspring of Abraham, they were not his spiritual children. In other words, they had not the Faith of Abraham. They did not approach God by faith. Had they approached God by faith, they would have understood that Jesus came forth from the Father, that He did not come of His accord, but that the Father sent Him. Their reasoning was purely at the level of the physical. They were shocked that Jesus denied them the fatherhood of Abraham. How could Abraham be not our father when we are his physical descendants, and are not born out of wedlock. Jesus knew they were Abraham’s physical descendants, but He was referring to the fatherhood of Abraham through faith. These men did not have the faith of Abraham. Had they had the faith of Abraham, they would have comprehended the origin and teachings of Jesus. In other words they would have openly and publicly acknowledged and declared Him the Messiah of Israel and of all mankind.

Jesus told them the truth, but they did not receive it, and therefore could not believe Him. Did they find Him guilty of sin? Absolutely not. If He told them the truth, and they did not convict Him of sin, why then did they not believe Him? Again, the  reason is very simple and basic. He that is of God heareth God’s word: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God( Jon.8:45-47). That is to say, they were not the spiritual children of Abraham, the children of Abraham by faith. To be of Jewish extraction is not a personal choice one makes, but a natural bestowal. But to be a child of Abraham through faith is open to everyone, Jew or Gentile. It is by choice. Being a physical descendant of Abraham through Jacob, does not automatically translate to being a spiritual heir and inheritor of the blessings of Abraham. One has to make a conscious effort to walk in the faith of Abraham. And that would invariably lead one to faith in Jesus, the Son of God and the Messiah of Israel and of  all mankind.

This scathing criticism of the Jewish religious leaders was very offensive to the them. But that did not deter Jesus. Ye are of your father, the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is not truth in Him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of His own: for he is a liar, and the Father of it( Jon.8:44). Satan is not the creator. The only thing he can lay claim to as his own is lie. Lie and falsehood are evil. Satan is the author of all misbegotten and aprobious ideas. When Jesus referred to the beginning, He meant that Satan did not abide in the original state granted him of God. Because he sought a state higher than that granted him of  His maker and Lord, he crashed into ignominy. These Jewish religious leaders have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. Because they went about to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God( Rom.10:3,4). If they had submitted themselves to the righteousness which is of God through the faith of Abraham, the father of the faithful, they would have recognized and acknowledged the Messiahship of Jesus. If one does not accept the record of God on anything, one makes God a liar. But God is not a liar and cannot be a liar. Therefore, by reverse and circular logic, the one becomes a liar. Satan rejected the testimony of God , and became a liar. Jews who reject the testimony of God concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, are liars too. Though they be physical descendants of Abraham, and are not born out of wedlock, and have all the external paraphernalia of Judaism, their real spiritual father is the Devil, who is  the originator, author and father of all lies and falsehood.

And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise( Gal.3:29). Both Jews and Gentiles are the spiritual seed of Abraham through faith in Christ Jesus. Gentiles who come to the God of Israel through the saving knowledge of Jesus The Christ are now part of the spiritual line of Abraham through faith.

Through the fall of Israel by  transgression, salvation is come to the Gentiles through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s spiritual kingdom, His chosen spiritual line was  originally to come primarily from the natural line of Abraham through Jacob, that is, from  within the physical line of the nation of Israel, but because of transgression, salvation had come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke Isreal to jealousy( Rom.11:11). Nevertheless, all Israel shall be saved, after the fullness of the Gentiles is come in( Rom.11:25,26). In the new dispensation, God’s chosen people, the citizens of the kingdom of God, include Jews and Gentiles who have received the divinely bestowed gift of faith in Jesus the Christ.

Step 2: God’s Choice Of the Messiah.

Jesus was with the Father from the beginning. His going forth is of old( Mic.5:2). By Him all things were made( Jon.1:3). But in relation to God’s plan of redemption, there was a day in which God the Father chose and adopted the second person of the Godhead, to become His Son. You are my Son, this day I haven begotten thee, and again, I shall be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son. That act of adoption did not in any way diminish His divinity. Therefore when He brought the first begotten into the World, He said, let all the angels of God worship Him( Heb.1:6). He was chosen by God the Father, to die on the cross, in order to redeem all mankind. He was foreordained to die for all mankind. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in this last times for you( 1Pet.1:18-20). The primary purpose of Christ’s first advent was to pay the penalty for sin for those whom God had chosen before the foundation of the world( Eph.1:4). The prophet Isaiah wrote: surely He has borne our briefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to His own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their inequities( Isa.53:4-6,11). Though, He were a Son, yet He learnt obedience by the things which He suffered. And bring made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation to those who obey Him. Called of God an High Priest after the order of Melchisedec( Heb.5:8-10). And His sonship is linked up with His priesthood after the order of Melchisedec. So also Christ glorified not Himself to be made an High Priest; but He that said unto Him, Thou art My Son, today I have begotten thee. As He saith also in another place, Thou art a priest after the order of Melchisedec.  If He were not man He would not die. If He were not sinless, His blood would not do. If He were not the goel, He would not be the redeemer. In order to satisfy the requirements of the Holy God, He relinquished the exercise of divinity, and took on the fashion of Man. In that passage of the Scripture called the kenosis, The Christ devested Himself of the glory which He shared with the Father from the beginning. He took on human form, and became subject unto death. Paul wrote in Phil.2:5-12: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Where God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ us Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

3. God Chose That The Messiah Would Be The Seed Of The Woman.

No sooner had man fallen through the deception of the woman by the Serpent,  than God announced the destruction of the Serpent by the seed of the woman. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head , and thou shall bruise His hill( Gen.3:15). If the redemer were to be the seed of the woman, and not of Adam, it therefore follows that He would be born of the woman, but not conceived of Adam. For if He were to be conceived of Adam, He would have the sin nature. But we know that the Messiah was conceived of the Holy Spirit. When angel Gabriel announced to Mary she would conceive, she wondered how that would be seeing she had no husband. But the angel told her that the power of God would overshadow her, therefore that Holy thing that shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of the Highest( Luk.1:35). Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bring forth a Son, and we shall call His name Emmanuel( Isa 7:14). And in fulfilment of this promise, when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons( Gal.4:4,5).

4. God Chose That The Messiah Would come From The Obedient Line Of  The Nation Of Israel.

When Abraham dwelt in Ur of the Chaldees, in Mesopotamia, God called him. Get thee  out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land 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 shall be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee,  and in thee shall all the families of the Earth be blessed( Gen.12:1-3). Abraham emigrated to Charan with His father, Terah and his nephew Lot. After the death of His father Terah in the land of Charan, Abraham relocated to the land of Canaan.  In this passage of Scripture cited above is contained the seed of the gospel. It is protoevangelion. Here the gospel was preached to Abraham, in thee shall all the families of the Earth be blessed.

God later on cut a covenant with Abraham. It is called the Abrahamic covenant( Gen.15 ). It is an unconditiobal covenant. Abraham was asleep when God passed through the aisle made by the pieces of the sacrificial animals. The promise made to Abraham was passed on to Isaac( Gen.25:5,11) , and from Isaac to Jacob( Gen.27:28,29 ). And from Jacob to the twelve patriarchs.  Jacob while blessing the twelve patriarchs at his deathbed prophesied to Judah, saying, among other things, that the sceptre shall not depart from Judah, neither the law giver from between his feet until His coming, and unto Him shall the gathering of the  people be( Gen.49:10). Later God cut a covenant with David, that there shall not fail thee a son to sit upon his throne for ever, and His  seed shall rule over the kingdom of God on Earth, a priest  upon the throne( 1Sam.7:12-16; Zach. 6:13).

5. God Chose When To Complete The Spiritual Kingdom Of God.

We are grateful to God for the Jews who have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus The Christ, but the majority of the household of Israel do not yet acknowledge Jesus as the promised Messiah of Israel. It is mind boggling that the Jewish rabbis, with all their devotion to, and adoration of the Torah, do not understand that the Messiah Would be cut off before the destruction of the Temple by the Roman general Titus in 70 AD( Dan.9:26). In spite of Israel’s continued rejection of their Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord, God has chosen at what point in time in His prophetic plan, when He shall save the whole nation of Israel, thereby completing the spiritual kingdom of God. Before that would happen, certain essentials in God’s relationship with Israel must be accomplished, according to the prophet Daniel. Seventy sevens are determined upon the thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and the bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and the prophecy, and yo anoint The Most Holy( Dan.9:24). After the completion of the 70th seven of Daniel, when the sin of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah would have been fully atoned for, God will bring in everlasting righteousness, leading to the salvation of the entire nation of Israel who have survived the 70th week, and did not take the mark of the beast. Whilst the prophet Daniel tells us  more or less generally that everlasting righteousness shall be brought in to Israel at the completion of the 70th seven, the prophet Hosea was more specific . He tells us to the very day, when Israel shall be saved after the completion of the 70th  seven. Come, and let us return until the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. And after two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight( Hos.6:1,2). Three days after the end of the 70th week of Daniel, that is, three days into the 30-day reclamation period, all Israel shall be saved. For it is written, there shall come forth a deliverer from Zion, and He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob( Rom.11:26). It is only after this that The Most Holy will be anointed. Jesus, The Christ will then reclaim physical posession of the Earth, and become king over the earthly domain of God’s universal kingdom.

John the revelator tells us, that shortly prior to the blowing of the seventh trumpet, the mystery of God shall be finished. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when He shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets( Rev.10:7). When the mystery of God is finished, the spiritual kingdom of God is complete, then Christ shall regain  possession of the rule of God over the Earth at the blowing of the seventh trumpet. 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). When the mystery of God is complete( Rev.10:7, cf. Rom.11:25,26), the whole nation of Israel shall be saved to complete the spiritual kingdom of God, then Dan.9:24 will be fulfilled. At the completion of the 70th, Israel would have atoned for her sins, and the nation saved. Then and only then will the kingdom revert back to God. Apostle Paul made it clear that what happened to Israel, was a partial spiritual hardening. When the fullness of the Gentiles is come in, all Israel shall be saved. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentilles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob( Rom.11:25,26). The salvation of Israel completes the mystery of God, and the spiritual kingdom of God. Then the kingdoms of this world would become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ.

6. God Chose When To Destroy Satan’s Kingdom.

Jesus is coming again, not as a suffering Messiah, but as a conquering King over all the Earth( Isa.65:17-25; Ezek.34:23,24). But before this happens, the entire remnant of the nation of Israel must accept Christ as the Messiah of Israel. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gatheteth her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord( Matt.23:37-39; cf. Rom.11:25-27; Jer.31:31-33; Zech.12:10; Ezek.39:27-29). Only when Israel has accepted Jesus as their true Messiah Would God take back control of the Earth( Rom.11:17).  During the Day of His Wrath, God Almighty will reclaim His rule of the Earth, destroy the forces of the kingdom of Satan, and retake physical possession of the Earth. By then the wrath of God would have been finished( Rev.15:1). The last of God’s wrath is the conclusion of the Day Of The Lord. During that period of time, God will unleash His unparalleled wrath on the ungodly and wicked living earth-dwellers, worshippers and adorers of the Dragon-Beast. God will utterly destroy Satan’s earthly kingdom, and all its beast-marked citizens, in preparation for the kingdom of Christ on Earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. The Great day of the LORD is near, it is near , and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. I will bring distress upon  men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land( Zeph.1:14-18). In that day God will make a speedy riddance of all earth-dwellers who are beast-marked. The war between satan and God is prophesied in both the OT( Dan.9:24), and the NT( Rev. 10:7;11:15). When the salvation of Israel is complete, the rulership of the Earth will revert back to God.  Satan is not really happy about  this,  and is doing everything in his power to subvert it.  But he cannot prevail.  Over the ages,  Satan has attempted to wipe out the entire nation of Israel by using various gentile nations referred to as Beast empires, and their corrupt antisemitic rulers,  during the times of the Gentiles. At the fullness of the Gentiles,  God shall swoop down from the heavens,  destroy these nations and set up His own Kingdom which shall reign for ever.

7.God Chose When To Crown Christ King.

The precise time when Christ shall be crowned King over the Earth by God The Father has already been chosen.  Christ shall have already reclaimed God’s rule over the Earth at the blowing of the seventh trumpet( Rev. 11:15,17),  shortly after the completion of the spiritual Kingdom of God,  when the mystery of God is finished.  After the battle of Armaggedon, Christ reclaims physical possession of the Earth for the Almighty God. Then the Lord will be king over all the Earth; in that day,  The Lord will be the only one,  and His name the only one( Zach. 14:9). I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain,  and his body destroyed,  and given to the burning flame. And I saw in the night visions,  and behold,  one like unto the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven,  and came to the Ancient Of Days,  and they brought Him near before Him.  And there was given him Dominion,  and glory,  and a Kingdom,  that all people,  nations and languages,  should serve Him: His Dominion is an everlasting Dominion,  which shall never pass away,  and His Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed( Dan. 7:11,13,14). It is for this reason,  that Satan is doing all in his power to prevent the nation of Israel from coming to the saving knowledge of the Christ,  knowing that that day will bring an end to His Kingdom,  and his  final defeat in the cosmic conflict.

The Messiah: God’s Prophetic Man.

In order to accomplish the Prophetic plan of God outlined above and the overthrow of Satan, Jesus The Christ,  the heavenly archetypal man,  must cross the stars and visit the Earth on two separate occasions in the history of man. At His first coming,  He would die to redeem man,  and irreversibly abolish sin and it’s consequences. At His first advent, He paid the price for the redemption of a people of His own choosing from the kingdom of darkness under the administration of Satan for the kingdom of God( Eph.2. 1:3-2:7).

At His second Advent,  He will bring deliverance to all true believers in Christ,  salvation to the remnant of the natural line of Abraham, and judgment on the living wicked earth dwellers,  adorers and worshippers of the Beast-Antichrist. He will bring an end to Satan’s rule over the Earth by the destruction of all beast-marked citizens of the kingdom of darkness. He will usher in the much anticipated millennium,  His one thousand year reign of righteousness over the Earth.

Christ’s First Advent.

As we have point out earlier,  The coming of the Messiah shall be in two phases.  During each phase,  He accomplishes certain specific objectives that are essential to the redemption of mankind,  and the reestablishment of the kingdom of God in the earthly Provence of His universal Kingdom. During Christ’s first advent,  He accomplished four specific objectives.

1.  Remission Of Sin

The wages of Sin is death( Rom.6:23). The sin of Adam brought death upon all mankind. By death we mean primarily eternal separation from God in the Lake of fire and brimstone,  and secondarily,  physical death,  the separation of the immaterial part, the eternal spirit and soul from the material part of man,  the physical body. And without the shedding of blood,  there is no remission. Christ as the passover Lamb,  the kinsman redeemer,  the goel,  satisfied the death penalty imposed by the sin of Adam on humanity.  His death was a substitutionary one.  By the shedding of His blood on the cross of calvary,  He satisfied the just and righteous demands of the Holy God.

2. Reconciliation

Christ by His death,  reconciled us back to God. Sin banished man from the presence of God.  Man became an alien from the kingdom of God. Christ as the passover Lamb,  permanently overcame the effect of Sin.  He freed us from spiritual death, and eternal separation from the presence of God and His Kingdom from  which we were alienated by the sin of Adam.

3. Redemption Of The Elect.

Although Christ died for all mankind,  as the passover Lamb,  He came specifically for those who were chosen to be His people.  No man can come unto Me except my Father who hath sent me call him,  and I will raise up on the last Day( Jon. 6:44). Many are called,  but few are chosen( Matt. 20:16; 22:14). By default,  through the sin of Adam,   every man became a citizen of the kingdom of darkness ruled over by Satan.  Christ came to redeem those who were chosen to be the seed of Abraham by faith,  that is,  the spiritual line of Abraham,  back from the kingdom of darkness ruled over by Satan,  into the invisible spiritual Kingdom of God,  ruled over by God through the agency of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the redeemed in this age.  Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world,  and death by sin: and so death passed upon all men,  for all have sinned.  As by one man’s disobedience,  many were made sinners,  so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous( Rom.13. 5:12,19). The blood of Jesus has cleansed us from all sin( 1Jon.1:7). Therefore,  we are to look and wait for the blessed hope and look for the glorious appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Christ Jesus,  when He shall come to glorified in His saints,  whom He hath redeemed from all iniquity,  and purified for Himself,  a glorious people zealous of good works( Titus 2:12-14).

4. Sealed The Faith Of Satan.

By taking Christ to the execution stake,  Satan tied the noose on his own neck. Satan assumed when Christ died on the cross,  it was all over.  He assumed he had obtained victory over God. He thought he had eliminated the redeemer of mankind for ever: that man will for ever be his slave,  and serve,  worship and obey him.  He goofed. Christ’s death on the cross spelt Satan’s certain doom. Christ’s resurrection from the dead sealed Satan’s fate,  and doomed his Kingdom on Earth for ever.

Satan did indeed bruise the heel of the Seed of the woman(  Gen. 3:15). The wound was fatal: Christ died on the cross.  But by the death of Christ on the execution stake,  Christ crushed the head of Satan,  and obtained eternal victory for the saints of the Most High. Jesus is worthy to judge the world,  the kingdom of Satan at is His second coming because,  He is the Son of God,  and God has committed all judgment to Him.  The days of ignorance,  God winked at,  but now He commands all men everywhere to repent;  for He has appointed a day, in which He judge all men in righteousness through the Man whom He hath chosen,  having furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead( Acts 17:30,31). For this purpose,  He came into the world.  Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out( Jon. 12:27,31).

Christ’s Second Advent.

Christ’s second advent,  is the climax of the cosmic drama. During His first advent,  He was gentle Jesus,  meek and mild. He was the Lamb of God that took away the sin of the world,  and will always be.  But in relation to His second coming,  He will be the Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah,  who hath prevailed to open the Scroll and to break the seven seals thereof (  Rev. 5:5). He is coming in power and great glory,  with His holy angels,  in flaming fire taken vengeance on them that know not God,  and obey not the gospel of His Son: who shall be punished with everything destruction from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power(  2 These. 1:7-9). The redeemed will be filled with joy and the lost with terror(  Luke. 21:25-28;  cp Rev. 6:17). Just like during His first advent,  four major objectives will be fulfilled during His second advent. I have added a fifth which is a corollary of the fourth: for before Christ takes physical possession of the Earth,  He must of necessity reclaim God’s rule over the Earth which Satan usurped through the deliberate disobedience of Adam.

1. The Rescue Of The Saints: The Rapture.

When He appears in His glory in the heavens,  He shall rescue the saints,  both Jews and Gentiles who have entered into covenantal relationship with Him through faith in His finished work,  His substitutionary and soteriological work on the cross of Calvary. These are the citizens of His invisible spiritual Kingdom living on Earth.  He will rescue them from the terrible persecution of the Antichrist during the great Tribulation.  His rescue of the saints will initiate the Day-of-the-Lord judgment of the living wicked earth dwellers who remain.  The Lord knows how to deliver the godly from temptation( trial,  peirazmos),  and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished( 2Pet.2:9).

2. The Rescue Of The Remnant Of Israel:

At Christ’s second advent,  He will rescue the unsaved remnant of Israel that have survived the Day-of-the-Lord’s judgment of the wicked earth dwellers, adorers and worshippers of the Dragon-Beast, thus completing the spiritual Kingdom of God. It is only after the salvation of the surviving remnant of Israel which brings to completion the spiritual Kingdom of God,  that the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His christ; and He shall  reign for ever and ever( Rev. 11:15). At the same time that the saints were raptured,  the 144,000, were sealed for protection before the wrath of God commenced.  The 144,000,  12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel,  who were not defiled with women,  were sealed and hidden in the rose red city of Petra,  in modern day Jordan, in order to protect them from the initial trumpet judgments.  After the end of the 70th seven,  after the death and resurrection of the two witnesses,  they shall be taken to protective custody in Azel( Zach. 14:5), in oder to shield them from the remaining wrath of God contained in the seven bowls. But the rest of the remnant of Israel other than the 144,000, shall go through the rest of the wrath of God contained in the seven bowls. And I will bring the third part( the surviving remnant) through the fire( the Day-of-the-Lord), and refine them as silver is refined,  and try them as gold is is tried( in the fire of the Day-of-the-Lord).  They will call on My Name,  and I will answer them; I will say,  “they are My People,” and they will say,  “The Lord is my God” ( Zach. 13:9).Those who survive, who definitely are not beast-marked shall be gathered from all parts of the Earth to enter the Millennium at the end of the war of Armaggedon.  However,  the completion of the spiritual Kingdom of God occurs shortly before the blowing of the seventh trumpet,  when the unsaved remnant of Israel who are not beast-marked are brought into convenantal relationship with the God of Israel. It is written: He will return to the Earth for the salvation of thy people,  for the salvation of thy anointed( Hab.3:13). And then,  they shall look on me whom they have pierced; and mourn for Him as one mourners for his only son( Zach. 12:10).

3. The Destruction Of The Wicked: The Day-of-the-Lord Judgment.

When Christ returns,  during the day-of-the-Lord judgment,  He will destroy all the living wicked earth dwellers,  worshippers and adorers of the Antimessiah who are beast-marked.  These are the children of the Wicked One,  the citizens of the kingdom of darkness. This judgment is comparable to the destruction of the wicked inhabitants of the Earth in the days of Noah,  during the deluge, when only Noah and his family were rescued in the ark. It is comparable also to the destruction of the inhabitants of Sodom,  and Gomorrah by fire in the days of Lot,  when only Lot and his family escaped( Matt:24:37-39; Luk.17:26-30; 2Pet.2:4-9). As foretold by the prophet Zephaniah,  in the Day of the Lord’s wrath,  all the earth shall be devoured in the fire of His jealousy:  for He will make a full end,  indeed a terrifying one,  of all the inhabitants of the Earth( Zeph.1:18). According to Apostle Peter,  the present heavens and earth are reserved unto fire,  by the word of God,  waiting for the judgment of the Great Day( 2Pst.3:7). And according to the prophet Isaiah,  God will in that Day,  punish the world for their evil,  and the wicked for their iniquity( Isa.13:11a).

4. Reclamation Of God’s Rule Over The Earth.

At Christ second advent,  He will reclaim God rule of the earthly realm of God’s universal kingdom usurped by Satan following the fall of Adam through ingestion of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven,  saying,  the kingdoms of this world( age) are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever and ever( Rev. 11:15).

5. Christ’s Repossession Of The Earth,  And The Coronation Of The Messiah.

At Christ’s second coming,  He will be given physical possession of the Earth by the Almighty God,  the Father, after Christ had defeated the armies of the Antichrist and all the kings of the Earth at the battle of Armaggedon. And I saw heaven opened,  and behold,  a white horse; and He that sat on him was called faithful and true,  and in righteousness He doth judge and make war…. 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 the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword Him that sat upon the horse,  which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh( Rev. 19:11, 19-21). After the Antichrist and his armies are defeated,  and the armies of the other kings and kingdoms of the Earth are defeated at Armaggedon,  the Lord will be king over all the Earth. In that day,  the Messiah shall be crowned king.  He shall be the priest upon the throne( Zech.6:13). In that day,  the Lord will be the only one,  and His name,  the only one.  Then shall be brought to pass,  the saying that is written: “the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth,  even they shall perish from under the Earth,  and from under these heavens( Jere.10:11).

Satanic Counterstrategy.

God is the creator; Satan is a creature.  God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent,  but Satan is limited in knowledge,  power and presence.  God knows the end from the beginning.  Satan’s plan was known to God from the beginning.  There is no succession of events in God’s omniscient consciousness.  Satan blinded and carried away by his unbounded pride and arrogance,  has mapped out his own strategy by means of which he hoped to defeat God. Satan’s strategy is not an original  one,  but rather desperate attempt to counteract God’s original plan. The interesting thing is that God’s strategy and Satanic counterstrategy are played out within the bounds and limits of God’s sovereignty,  with a preordained outcome unequivocally revealed in God’s Word. The failure of three of these Satanic counterstrategies have already been revealed in history. It is ironical that Satan could imagine that he could defeat his creator with the limited knowledge and power granted him of God. Of course,  his original thought was that he could,  and that his final strategy would become a reality,  though his failure had been predicted in God’s word.  Today Satan knows he can never win.  All he is up to now is to drag as many men as he could into Hell with him. This awareness of failure will be more acute once he is cast down to the Earth in the middle of the 70th seven of Daniel.  He will come down with great wrath knowing that he hath but a short time.  Woe to the inhabitants 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. 12:12). Satan’s scheme is very simple.  It consists of two words, disqualify and destroy. This simple scheme clearly reveals his nature and character as a thief, a murderer and a destroyer.  Whatever Satan does,  whether outwardly good or evil,  the end result is to steal, to kill and to destroy.  The thief cometh not,  but to steal,  and to kill,  and to destroy,  in contrast to Jesus, the Messiah,  who came that we may have life,  and have more abundantly( Jon. 10:10).

1 Disqualify And Disqualify The Whole Human Race.

Immediately man fell,  God instituted a plan to redeem man.  The first promise of redemption is in Gen. 3:15. I will put enmity between thee and the woman,  and between thy seed and her seed: and it shall bruise thy head,  and thou shall bruise his heel. That meant that the seed of the woman would redeem man.  This verse of Scripture is protoevangelion,  because within it is contained the seed of the gospel.

a) The Hybridization Of The Entire Human Race.

In order to counter God’s plan to redeem man,  Satan despatched some of his fallen evil angels,  to cohabit with human females,  the daughters of men. This unholy union resulted in the breeding of a species of spirit beings,  the nephelim in Hebrew,  who were neither human nor angelic. They were very wicked and mean.  They were an embodiment of everything that evil and ornery in man( Gen. 6:1-4). They could not be redeemed being hybrid humans.  The aim of Satan was to corrupt the whole human race,  so that the Messiah would not born.  The Messiah must of necessity be a pure human.  Man can only be redeemed by his kinsman redeemer,  the goel. If the entire human race were hybridized,  there would be no pure human line through which the redeemer could come into World,  and there would be no pure human race to redeem.  God never promised to redeem angels or humanoids or transhumans.

The Messiah must be the Son Of Man.  He must be born of a pure human female. Nearly every family on Earth  was hybridized with exception of Noah and his family. The statement that Noah was pure in his generation is better translated,  Noah was pure in his descendants or posterity ( Gen. 6:9). In other words,  Noah and his family were the only ones who were not hybridized.  They were the only ones who were pure humans. Little wonder therefore that God liquidated that whole generation in the deluge.  Noah and his family were saved. Pure breed of humans will not vanish from the Earth. God’s plan will not be thwarted( Isa. 8:9-14). The whole army of evil spirits who took part in the execution of Satan’s plan were incarcerated in the shaft of the abyss,  in chains,  under darkness,  waiting for the judgment of the great day( Judge. 1:6). Some of these mean and wicked beings shall be employed in God’s Day Of The Lord judgement of the wicked earth dwellers,  adores and worshippers of the Beast-Antichrist.

Satan knew that had he succeeded in hybridizing the whole human race,  they would all have been disqualified. Had they all been disqualified,  God would have wiped them all out in the deluge.  God had to arrest that process before it was brought to its logical conclusion.  We can see the simple logic of Satan’s plan played here,  Disqualify and destroy.

b) The Introduction and Institutionalization Of Mass Idolatry.

With the survival of Noah and his family,  the pure human race has been preserved. But Satan,  being the enterprising spirit that he is went to work. After the deluge,  God commanded men to disperse all over the globe.  But Nimrod,  in defiance to God,  built cities like Babylon,  Nimrud and Uruk.  Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the Lord ( Gen. 10:9). Nimrod was a great grandson of Noah through Ham and Cush. His prowess mentioned above,  has nothing to do with animals and hunting.  Nimrod practised witchcraft.  With him is associated the origin of false religion,  false humanistic government and consumerism and commercialism. Babylon was not just a city,  it symbolized a philosophical concept,  a global ideal that was applicable to government,  religion,  education,  commerce,  indeed all facets of human existence. The evil concept that is Babylon shall be annihilated at the outpouring of the seventh bowl judgment.

The ziggurats of ancient Babel were not residential skyscrapers,  but minarets for the practice of astrology and star gazing. Mother-child worship had its origin in Babylon.  Semiramis was the wife of Nimrod,  and Osiris his son.  Osiris was believed to have been born posthumously,  whom Semiramis believed to be her husband come back to life.  In Mid Eastern mythological,  Osiris actually married the mother which was an abomination.

Following the confusion of tongues at Babel,  the various peoples of the Earth,  scattered to the four corners of the globe,  bearing the vestiges of their religion of Mother-Child worship originated by Nimrod and his evil wife Semiramis. There are no people’s on Earth to whom Mother-Child worship is alien.  But again,  as in the case of Noah and his family,  God spared Abraham from the mass and rampant idolatry of his day.  He called and separated him to Himself from the idolatrous city of Ur of the Chaldeans in which he lived.

God called Abraham to the land of Canaan.  Though the Canaanites were deep in idolatry as were the men of Ur,  Abraham would not be under pressure from his kinsman to conform and comply. He could worship the True and Almighty God without undue negative influences from his kinsmen.

Idolatry is a temple-defiling sin.  If all men were unrepentant idolaters,  God would have to wipe them out.  Yet again,  the simple logic of desqualify and destroy is self-evident.  But God preserved Abraham.  Once again Satan’s plan had failed.

2 Disqualify And Destroy The Line Of The Messiah.

When God called Abraham,  He cut an unconditional covenant with him. Now the Lord had said unto Abraham,  Get thee out of thy own country,  and from thy own 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 the families of the Earth be blessed( Gen. 12:1-3; 15:1-21). God reenacted this covenant with Isaac,  and Jacob.  The promises of the blessings of Abraham were passed to the twelve patriarchs through Jacob.  God went further to choose the tribe of Judah as the one through whom the king shall come.  The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,  nor a law giver from between his feet,  until His coming; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be(Gen. 49:10).

a) Judah’s Inadvertent Incest.

As soon as Satan knew from the word of God that the king will come from the tribe of Judah,  he furiously attacked Judah’s family. Er the first son of Judah was very wicked.  Wherefore the Lord slew him.  He died without posterity though married.  Judah asked his second son Onan to go in to his brother’s wife in order to preserve a seed for his brother,  so that his name perish not, according to the practice of levitate marriage which was common in the Near East prior to the law of Moses.  Onan spilled it thereby shirking his responsibility. What Onan did displeased the Lord; wherefore also God slew him for his irresponsibility. Because Judah was afraid to give his daughter-in-law Tamar to Shelah,  his third son, lest he die also,  Tamar had to abide in her father’s house as a widow.  When she saw that Shelah was grown up,  and she was not given to him,  she devised a means to trap the father-in-law in incestuous relation with her, which worked.  So it was that Tamar conceived through her father-in-law and gave birth to twin sons,  Phares and Zarah( Gen. 38).

But a bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord unto the tenth generation( Deut.23:2). So it was that the error of Judah delayed the granting of a king to Israel for ten generations. At the ninth generation,  just prior to the tenth generation,  Israel became agitated, and rejected the rulership of God over it,  and demanded a king,  in order that they might be like the other nations(1Sam. 8:5). Although their demand for a king like the other nations displeased the Lord,  He went ahead and gave them a king according to their own heart.  If a man approaches God,  and makes a demand of God according to the idol that is in his heart,  God will answer him according to the idol that is in his heart( Ezek.14:1-5). Saul’s kingship ended in tragedy( 1Sam.31:1-10; cp, 2Sam.21:1-14).

At the completion of the tenth generation,  God found David,  the 8th and youngest son of Jesse,  a man after his own heart,  and anointed king over Israel to feed His sheep( 1Sam.16:1-13;  ). Although David was a good man,  he committed a grievous offence when he went in to Bathsheba,  the daughter of Eliam,  wife of Urias( 2Sam.11). Idolatry led to murder.  David later married Bathsheba after the death of her husband Uriah.  The relationship was legalized, but the child conceived out of wedlock would die( 2Sam.11:27; 12:14-20).  The spirits of sexual immorality and murder had come into the royal family.  Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar( 2Sam.13:1-18).  Absolom in revenge,  killed Ammon( 2Sam.13:19-29).  Absolom later led a conspiracy against his father David which ended in his demise( 2Sam.15-18). Absolom defiled his father’s concubines by going in to them on the roof of the palace in the full face view of all Israel.

God chose Solomon to be king over Israel in the stead of his father David instead of his elder brother Adonijah.  Adonijah demanded David’s harem from his younger brother,  Solomon the king,  and paid with his life for his error( 1Ki.2:13-25). Demanding the harem was as good as demanding the kingship.

Solomon,  though blessed of God with a wise heart and understanding mind loved foreign women whom God in the law of Moses forbade the children of Israel to marry,  because they would turn the heart of your son’s from me to worship the idols of the nations( Exod.34:16; Deut.7:3). In his old age,  they turned his heart to serve the abominations of these nations( 1Ki.11:1-8).

b) Idolatry.

Man is a dependent being. No man liveth to himself,  and no man dieth to himself. Whether we live or die,  we are the Lord’s.  Whether we eat or drink,  or whatever we do we do it in the name of our God.  When men celebrate,  they do so in the name of their gods. Sexual immoralities are idolatrous because they glorify not the God of Israel but the Devil and his hordes of fallen demons( Col.3:5). Men and women who revel in sexual immoralities are idol worshippers, whether or not they know and acknowledge it. They may call others pagans,  but they themselves are the worst pagans. Besides,  the worship of the gods of the Gentiles which the wives of Solomon brought into Israel involved sexual orgies and sacred prostitution. Besides,  some of them were fertility cults.  Therefore the God of Israel was displeased with Solomon. The kingdom would be divided.  But for the sake of David and Jerusalem which He had chosen,  He did not in Solomon’s day but in the day of his son Rehoboam( 1Ki.11:9-13; 12:1-24).

The Northern kingdom went into idolatry from its cradle through Jeroboam,  the king.  Successive kings took their cue from him until the days of Arab,  who married Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal,  King of Sidon,  who popularized and institutionalized Baal worship in the northern Kingdom.

The Southern Kingdom of Judah remained relatively free of institutionalized idolatry till the reign of Jehoram,  who married Athaliah,  the daughter of Ahab( 2Ki.8:16-19). When Jehu conspired against Joram king of Israel, and slew him with Ahaziah,  King of Judah, and some members of the royal house of David who were related to Arab by marriage,  Athaliah attempted to wipe out the seed of the royal house of David( 2Ki.9; 10:12-14; 11).  Satan was behind it,  to prevent the birth of the Messiah who would be of the royal seed of David. If the Lord had not left us a remnant, we would have been like unto Sodom, and like unto Gomorrah ( Is.1:9; Rom.9:29). But God miraculously preserved Joash,  of the  seed royal,  son of Ahaziah,  through Jehoiada,  the priest and his wife Jehosheba,  the daughter of Joram,  sister of Ahaziah( 2Ki.11).

c) Gentile Nations.

Because of idolatry,  sexual immorality,  and inability to keep the Shabbat of the Lord,  God permitted the beast nations of Satan to persecute Israel.  Satan’s aim though was to totally wipe out the nation of Israel,  inasmuch as he was unable to completely deceive God’s chosen nation. If he had succeeded in deceiving them completely,  God would have wiped them out Himself,  or else had permitted Satan to wipe them out,  thereby defeating God’s plan to redeem lost humanity and regain His rulership of the Earth,  and therefore reclaim physical possession of it. God promised that through the nation of Israel,  all the families of the Earth shall be blessed( Gen. 12:3); for salvation is of the jews( Jon. 4:22). Because Israel is the chosen nation,  he is the object of Satan’s fury. Inasmuch as God has promised to destroy Satan through the seed of the woman,  the disqualification and destruction of the obedient remnant of Israel would thwart the very heart of God’s plan,  the provision of the redeemer and King through the nation of Israel. As we have sketched through the OT,  history have abundant evidence of Satan’s successes and failures as he attempted  to deceive,  disqualify and destroy the nation of Israel.

God works through an obedient remnant. To deceive the whole nation of Israel is to disqualify and destroy the chosen line. Israel is still relevant to God’s plan in these last days.  Even in this day and age,  there is an obedient remnant according to the election of Grace( Rom.13. 11:5). So disqualification and destruction were parallel strategies by which Satan simultaneously attempted to eliminate the chosen line of Christ. Destruction was his better option,  but he could not destroy except he had first disqualified them by deception.

These nations that Satan has used to attempt to destroy Israel  are the eighth beast empires of Satan( Rev. 13:1, 2; 17:3; Dan.7:3). Seven of them are history.  One of them,  the 8th and final one is yet to come.  Because Israel is back in her land which God gave them by a covenant of salt,  and are in possession of her Holy City,  Jerusalem,  the 8th and final beast empire can become a reality literally overnight,  initiating the events of the 70th seven of Daniel( Dan. 9:27; Rev.17:9-12). The generation that witnesses the rise of the 8th and final beast empire shall not pass away till these things( the events of the 70th seven of Daniel) be fulfilled( Matt. 24:34). One string that runs through the fabric of all these beast empires,  is their hatred of the God of Abraham,  Isaac and Jacob,  and the chosen people of Israel. All these beast empires,  at one time or the other,  had has leaders who attempted to annihilated the chosen people of Israel.  Besides the protection of the Almighty,  Israel would have been gone long ago. Except the Lord Of Hosts had left us a seed,  we would have been like unto Sodom, and like unto Gomorrah( Is.1:9).

3. Disqualify And Destroy The Messiah.

Satan as the highest archangel of God  dwelt in heaven with the Father,  The Son,  and the Holy Spirit, before his rebellion and expulsion from heaven’s premises. So,  he knew who Jesus was.  If demons could recognize Jesus  how much more Satan. He clearly understood that the incarnate Son came to redeem men and women of God’s own choosing who shall be the citizens of the kingdom of God.

When The Son incarnated( Phil. 2:6,7),  He became  the human seed of the obedient woman of Israel( Gen. 3:15). Satan also knows the Scriptures.  He knew the first coming of the Messiah was to be a perfect sacrifice to redeem God’s elect from the kingdom of darkness, and that His second advent would be as The Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah,  to reclaim from Satan God’s rightful rule over the Earth which Satan usurped from Adam by luring him and Eve into disobedience.

a)  Infanticide In Bethlehem.

Several attempts were made at Jesus’ life during His first advent( Matt. 12:14; 26:4; Jon. 5:18; 7:1),  and Satan was the architect of the all. While Jesus was yet an infant,  Satan attempt to slaughter Him through Herod the great. This attempt was abortive as were all others he would make until the time appointed of God, but resulted in the death of all male infants under the age of two in the region of Bethlehem( Matt. 2:1-18).

At the beginning of Christ earthly ministry,  Satan attempted to disqualify Him from carrying out His redemptive work,  by tempting Him to disregard His Father’s will,  and use His powers of divinity for His own human welfare and prestige( Matt.4:1-10; Heb.2:18; 4:15). He was at all points tempted like we are,  yet without sin( Heb.4:15).

The main objective of Satan’s strategy was to blemish the perfect person of the Lamb of God, thereby disqualifying Him as being worthy to atone for the sins of mankind,  particularly those chosen to become citizens of the kingdom of God. Jesus was never ignorant of Satan’s devices.  God does not respond to unanticipated circumstances as men do,  but as the omniscient sovereign Lord with foreknowledge of everything,  He sits in control of all circumstances. Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil.  From God’s perspective, it was a test He had to pass,  but from Satan’s perspective,  it a test He had to fail.  God the Father,  directed the Holy Spirit to lead Jesus into the wilderness for the sole purpose of confronting and confounding Satan’s evil strategy.

b)  The Temptation In The Wilderness.

After fasting for forty days and forty nights,  Jesus was naturally very weak and hungry.  It was then that Satan came to Him and said: ” if thou be the Son of God,  command that these stones be made bread”. This was an attempt by Satan to lure Jesus away from dependence and submission to the Father which He agreed to when He became man.  As God He could turn stones into bread.  Nanotechnology has shown us that the basic matter is the same; it is the arrangements of the molecules that differ.  Yes,  Jesus, as God,  as the Son of God, could turn stones into bread,  but He would have been operating in His eternal intrinsic powers of divinity rather than reliance on the Father to take care of Him His own way, to which He agreed when He chose to become man. This is the essence of the kenosis,  the emptying. He emptied Himself of these powers. He divested Himself of these powers.  He laid aside these powers.  But He could invoke them at any point in time.  Herein lies the discipline,  the moderation as it were.  He agreed not to use these powers but totally rely on The Father to handle matters His way.  If He had turned stones into bread,  He would have become like the first Adam,  a subordinate of the Devil for ever,  in need of redemption. Had He turned stones into bread,  He would have become like the first Adam,  to do things his own way,  to live life his way, which is humanism. Jesus answered Satan,  ” man does not live by bread alone,  but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”.  Defeated and humiliated,  Satan was nonplussed.

The aim of the third temptation was the same as the first,  although Satan used a different method.  Here,  what was in view was the sin of presumption.  He took Him to the pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him,  ” fall down: for it is written He will give His angels charge over thee,  lest thou dash thy foot against a stone”.  Although Satan quoted the scripture correctly,  but he misapplied it.  The premise was correct,  but the inference was wrong.  Jesus needed not to test  The Father’s love.  He knew the Father loved Him,  and would do all that was necessary to protect Him. He did not need to act foolishly in order to show Satan that the Father loved and cared for Him. Had been in danger,  and it pleased the Father to send angels to protect Him,  that would have been fine.  But for Him to foolishly jump off the highest point of the temple,  and presume that the Father would dispatch His angels to catch Him in mid air,  or to begin to invoke the assistance of angels of His own accord was to test the Father’s love.  And that was unacceptable. Had He done that,  He would have been acting according to His own will not that of the  Father. He answered Satan,  ” thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”. Again Satan was outwitted and defeated but he was not ditered.  Secondly,  Satan took Jesus to a very high mountain,  and showed Him the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them.  He said,  “all these have been delivered unto  me,  and I will give them to whomsoever I will.  They will be yours if you fall down and worship me”.  Here Satan  offered Jesus the Kingdom without the Cross.  But in actuality,  there is no Kingdom without The Cross.  What Satan never told Jesus that he,  Satan was not Lord of the Earth.  He was the god of this age( anion,  the moving world,  not the cosmos).  God the Father is the Lord of the Earth.  Blessed be Abram of the Most High God,  possessor of the heavens and the Earth( Gen.14).  Jesus said, ” I thank thee O Father,  Lord of heaven and Earth( Matt.11:25).  Satan never had the title deed of the Earth.  Adam never had either.  What Adam had was the certificate of occupancy which could be withdrawn at any time. The Title Deed of the Earth is the seven-sealed scroll in the Throne Room of The Father in the Temple of Heaven( Rev. 5:1-5). What Satan usurped from Adam was the c of o which will expire at the end of the sixth Millennium.

Satan is a liar.  He never tells the whole truth.  Half truths are lies.  Had Jesus consented and bowed to him, bypassing the agony of the cross, He would have become a subordinate in the Satanic evil Kingdom just as all men are to this day. Hitler said, ” tell a lie,  tell a big lie,  repeat so often,  and people will start believing it”. Satan tells lies,  big lies,  and he repeats them so very often,  for he is not about to change or recant.

Satan’s offer of the kingdom to Christ without the cross was the most grandiose and all-encompassing.  It went down to the heart of the cosmic conflict. Satan is the ruler of this age. He offered Jesus the rulership of this age, though he made it look like he offered Him the rulership of the Earth for ever.  He offered Jesus the rulership of this age without the agony of the cross,  the awful redemptive price,  the sole specific purpose for which Christ came into the world. Had Jesus taken the easy out,  to regain the rulership of the Earth,  and succumbed to that temptation,  He would have disqualified Himself as the redeemer of the elect citizens of the kingdom of God. He would have lost His right to return again as the Lion of the tribe of Judah,  to destroy the kingdom of darkness. We have already pointed that what Satan offered Jesus was not supreme lordship over the Earth,  because he never had it,  but as subordinate role under his own sovereign rule.  But had He consented, He would not be able to reclaim God’s rule over the Earth at the expiry of the sixth Millennium. The condition for Christ receiving a limited rulership over the Earth,  was His acknowledgement and worship of Satan.

Satan is so crafty,  and yet so foolish.  Satan was so arrogantly self-deceived that he foolishly thought he could beguile his creator,  the very Son Of God,  the embodiment of wisdom,  by what would have amounted to a simple surrender and a total sale out.  Even more foolish and insulting is the fact that the only thing Satan had to offer the Most Holy God  is a corrupt kingdom of evil and sin,  and wicked men and fallen evil angels.  How could Jesus who judged and condemned Satan and his hordes of fallen evil angels become their subordinate in a corrupt evil world?

Had Christ submitted to Satan,  the kingdoms of this world would have for ever remained the kingdom of darkness,  inasmuch as the defeat of Jesus would be the defeat of the Father God, the Jehovah God. Jesus looked beyond the temporal,  the things which are seen,  to the eternal,  the things which are not seen. While we look not at the things which are seen,  but the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal:  but the things which are not seen are eternal( 2Cor.4:18). Jesus looked beyond the painful price He had to pay at His first advent,  to the eternal glory envisioned by Daniel the prophet,  in the day when He would be given dominion,  glory and a kingdom,  that all people’s and nations and tongues might serve Him. His dominion will be an everlasting dominion which will not pass away,  and His kingdom,  one which will not be destroyed( Dan. 7:14). Jesus knew that the very purpose of His incarnation was to die on the cross of Calvary. A prophet must not perish from Jerusalem( Luk.13:33).  Had Jesus not died on the Cross Of Calvary as a sinless Lamb,  without sport,  unblemished,  had He not risen from the dead three days later,  the redemption of man would not have bbee consummated, man would have remained in sin,  and God’s rule of the Earth would remain in the control of Saran.

c) The Agony In The Garden Of Gethsemane.

When the time of His crucificion drew near,  after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem,  Jesus said, ” now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father,  save me from this hour: but for this cause came I into the world.  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out” ( Jon.12:27,31).

In the Garden of Gethsemane,  after the last super,  Jesus said unto His disciples,  sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. Jesus took with Him Peter,  and the two sons of Zebedee,  and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.  Then said He unto them,  my soul is exceedingly sorrowful even unto desth: tarry here and watch with me.  And He went a little further,  and fell on His face,  and prayed,  saying,  O My Father,  if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,  but as thou wilt. He prayed this prayer three times.  Then said He to them,  rise,  let us be going: behold,  he is at hand that doth betray me( Matt. 26:36-46).

In the Garden of Gethsemane,  the decisive victory over the powers of darkness in the cosmic conflict was won.  In the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus bore the weight of the collective Sin of humanity, as much as he did on the cross.  On the cross He had no option,  but in the Garden He had option.  But there He voluntarily chose to submit to His Father’s will even on to death just as Isaac did to the will of His Father Abraham on Mount Mariah. Dr Luke wrote that His sweats were like drops of blood( Luk.22:44). This is called haematidrosis.  It had been recorded in medical history.  Under intense emotion,  the capillaries of the skin supplying the sweat glands break,  and blood is mingled with sweat.  The weight of the collective sin of humanity was too much to bear. But Jesus submitted to His father’s will.  Satan had lost the battle over the souls of men and the rulership of the Earth for ever and ever.  Whatever had happened from that time until we enter the Eternal State,  is the outworking of the victory scored in that fateful evening in the Garden of Gethsemane. In fulfilment of Gen.3:15, Satan bruised His heel on the cross of Calvary,  but Jesus will crush Satan’s head at Armageddon( Jon. 12:31; 16:11; Rev.20:1-3).

4. Disqualify And Destroy The Citizens Of Christ’s Kingdom.

The beast Empires of Satan are the empires Satan has used in the cosmic conflict, throughout history in order to annihilate the nation of Israel. There are eight of these Empires, seven of them are history. The eighth is yet to come.  Each of the past seven beast Empires attempted unsuccessfully to exterminate the nation of Israel, especially the faithful Jews who were obedient to the God of Israel while still resident in the land of Israel.

Egypt persecuted Israel in exile in the land of Egypt.  While in Egypt,  Pharaoh,  King of Egypt ordered the extermination of all Jewish infants by the Hebrew midwives at the point of their delivery. Because this order was not observed by the Hebrew midwives,  Pharaoh ordered the infanticide of all Jewish male infants by drowning in the Nile River.  It was at that time that Moses was born,  an extremely good looking baby boy,  who was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter through a miraculous turn of events. It was this Moses that God used to lead Israel out of bandage in Egypt,  eighty years later  and forged them into a nation in the wilderness through a period of forty years.

The Assyrians,  a people known for their cruel treatment of war captives,  and conquered peoples, under Shalnaneser V,  led the Northern Kingdom of Israel into captivity in 722 BC,  during the reign of Hoshea,  and repopulated the cities of Northern Israel with foreign captives from Cutah and Zepharvaim.  These foreigners intermarried with the poor Jewish peasants left in the land, from  which originated the mongrel Jews called the Samaritans,  a small number of whom remain to this day in the State of Israel.

In 701 BC,  the Assyrian king,  Senacheribe,  besieged the city of Jerusalem,  in the days of Hezekiah.  He only withdrew after the angel of the Lord slew 185,000 Assyrian soldiers overnight.  Twenty years later, in 681 BC, he was assassinated by his sons,  Adramelek and Sherazer, who escaped to the land of Armenian,  and Esarhadon his son reigned in his stead.

In 586 BC,  Nechadnezzar,  King of Babylon,  carried away Israel into Israel in Babylon,  and destroyed the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah built by Solomon.  The Jews lived in exile in Babylon for seventy years according to the words of Jeremiah the prophet( Jersey.25:11,12; 29:10).  They were freed from Babylonian captivity by Cyrus,  the Persian,  in his first year as the Emperor of the Medopersian Empire in 538 BC. In the days of Xerxes,  King of Persia,  the Ahashuerus of the book of Esther,  Haman,  the son of Hammendatha,  the Agagite,  attempted to wipe out the Jews in the entire Medopersian Empire,  that stretched from Africa to India.  That plot was foiled by Esther and her uncle Mordechai through the invisible hand of Jehovah God. That attempt gave us the book of Esther and the Jewish feast of Purim.

Between 175 and 164 BC,  the Greek Syrian king,  Antheochus IV Epiphanes attempted to wipe the faithful remnant of observant Jews who resisted the imposition of the worship of his pagan god,  the Olympian Zeus, whose Statue was the burst of Antiochus himself.  The Jewish priest Mattatthias and his five Sons,  rose up against and killed the officials of the king who came to the village of Modein to enforce the apostasy.  By 164 BC,  the Maccabeans had liberated the temple from the Greeks which Antiochus had previously defiled by offering a pig,  an unclean animal,  at the Jewish altar of Holocaust,  and erecting the image of his pagan god in the Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah. The rededication of the temple after cleansing,  gave rise to the Jewish feast of Channukah, or the Feast of Lights or feast of dedication.

Under Roman rule,  as soon as Jesus was born,  Satan attempted to eliminate Him through Herod the Great( Matt.2; Rev. 12:1-5). Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews from Rome.  Nero declared Christianity an illicit religion( religio illicito) in 64 AD. Nero ordered Vespashian to destroy the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah,  built by the returning exiles from Babylon,  and refurbished by Herod the Great. When Vespashian was recalled to Rome to assume the position of the Emperor,  his son,  general Titus carried out the orders.  He destroyed the Temple in 70 AD. Over one million Jews were murdered,  and the rest were taken captive to Rome, and sold into slavery.  Thus began the Diaspora,  the dispersion of Jews,  God’s chosen people around the globe.

During the Bar Kochba rebellion( 132-135 AD),  in the days of Emperor Hadrian,  led by ben Kosiva, whom rabbi Akiva recognized as the Messiah,  and gave him the title of the son of the star of David,  the Jews were defeated.  Jerusalem was ploughed with yokes of oxen,  rebuilt and renamed Aelia Capitolina. Jews were barred from the city under the pain of death.

The worst persecutor of Jews so far had been the Third Reich,  the seventh beast empire of Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler. This empire which persecuted Israel in exile,  exterminated six million Jews,  in its short period of existence( 1933-1945), including two million Jewish children  whose lives were snuffed out in the embryo. Jews were asphyxiated in box cars and gas chambers, and burnt to ashes in ovens and crematoria scattered all over East and Central Europe.

Unfortunately,  the worst persecution of Jews and Christians is yet future. It shall be during the reign of the Antichrist,  the Emperor of the 8th and Final beast empire.  Precisely in the middle of the 70th seven. Satan and his hordes of fallen evil angels shall be cast down to the Earth from their above in the dark void and starry heavens. Woe unto the inhabitants of the Earth,  for the Devil is come down unto you  with a great wrath,  knowing that he hath but a short time( Rev.12:12). He will go to make war with the remnant of the seed of the woman,  Israel,  who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ,  whose son he had previously failed to devour( Rev. 12:1-5; 17).

When he is cast to the Earth,  he possesses the Antichrist who declares himself God,  and demands worship of all living earth dwellers.  Satan’s aim is to defeat Jesus by disqualifying and destroying all potential citizens of his millennial Kingdom.  Anyone who is beast-marked  will be liquidated by Christ at Armaggedon.  Anyone who is not beast marked,  the Antichrist would attempt to ferret out and destroy. If he succeeds in destroying all do not take the mark of the beast,  and Christ destroys all those who are beast-marked,  when He takes over physical possession of the Earth at Armaggedon,  there would be no one left in this physical and mortal body of ours to repopulated the Earth in the Millennium. In other words,  there will be no one left for Christ to reign over in the Millennium.  By this means,  he hopes to foil God’s plan to retake control of the Earth in the seventh Millennium. But this will not be allowed to happen: for God will cut short the The Great Tribulation so that all flesh will not be destroyed.  If those days were not cut short,  no flesh shall be saved( Matt. 24:22).

If it had not been for the restraining ministry of the archangel Michael( Dan. 10:21; 12:1; 2Thess.2:7), Israel would have been wiped off the Earth,  and the professing church would have so compromised the truth of the Word of God for the Lie of Satan,  to the point of being spiritually dead like the church of Sardis,  which whilst professing to be alive is spiritually dead. Except the Lord of Host had left us a remnant,  we would have been like Sodom,  and like Gomorrah( Is.1:9).The church of Sardis had a reputation for being dead while professing to be alive( Rev. 3:11).  It is possible to have all the paraphernalia of religion without the life of Christ: having a form of godliness,  but without the power thereof( 2Tim.3:5). In order to purify the church and the observant remnant of Israel,  the restraining ministry of Archangel Michael shall be withdrawn after he has cast down Satan to the Earth from his abide in the Dark Void(Dan.12:1). Then there shall be great tribulation,  such as have never been before right up to that time.

The Tribulation the Great: The Great Acid Test.

From the divine perspective,  the conflict between God and Satan is not a contest. The outcome has been determined in eternity past long before the conflict began.  From eternity past, God and His Christ have been the foreordained victors. But the issue at the heart of the conflict had alway been the same.  Who would rule over the earthly domain of God’s universal Kingdom? Would it be the  Christ,  God’s human representative over the earthly domain of His Universal Kingdom,  who would reign over the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth,  or would it Satan,  the usurper,  who would reign over the kingdom of darkness in the earthly domain of God’s Universal Kingdom?

Throughout history,  the battled rages on,  but the final scenario of the cosmic conflict will played out at the end of times,  or better still,  End of the Ages,  in the Day Of The Lord. The final confrontation of the cosmic conflict,  The Day Of The Lord,  is vividly detailed in the Scroll Of Revelation. Christ The Lamb of God who up this time since His ascension and session at the Right Hand Of The Majesty in the Heavens is seated,  sits up,  receives the seven sealed Scroll from the Father,  breaks the seven seals,  for He alone is worthy: to take the scroll,  and to break the seals thereof; for thou wast slain and hath redeemed them to God with thy blood out of every tribe,  tongue,  people and nation( Rev.5:9). This act perfectly portrays the redemption of one’s own possession when the sealed title deed is broken by the rightful owner,  following the fulfillment of all requisite rights and conditions( Jer.32:1-11).

Because of its unique centrality in the cosmic conflict,  the final thrust of the conflict would involve primarily,  the faithful remnant of Israel,  the land of Israel,  the Holy City Jerusalem,  and the rebuilt third Temple on Mount Mariah,  the Temple Mount. Because Satan would seek to abort the completion of the spiritual Kingdom of God,  the completion of the mystery of God the salvation of the entire nation of Israel that survives the 70th seven of Daniel- the Jews-the natural line of Abraham through Jacob,  would be faced with the choice of either yielding to the Antimessiah as their saviour and King,  by accepting the mark of the Beast, or repudiate his authority,  by refusal to accept the mark of the beast,  and die physically. Because this is the only way Satan can prevent the return of the rulership of the Earth to God Almighty,  the focus and target of the wrath of Satan will be primarily Jews who fail to capitulate to the authority of the Beast-Antichrist. These would be primarily,  the woman,  the faithful remnant from the natural line of Abraham through Jacob,  and the rest of her spiritual offspring, who keep the commandments of God,  and have the testimony of Jesus,  the believers in The Christ Jesus( Rev. 12:17).

As we have pointed out,  the primary focus of Satan and Antichrist will be Jews and Christians. By extension,  no man on Earth will be free from the Great Acid test,  that all people living on the Earth will undergo during the 70th seven of Daniel,  the hour of testing,  which is about to try all them that dwell upon the earth( Rev. 3:10). Apostle Peter called it the fiery ordeal which is to try you as though some strange things happened unto you( 1Pet.4:12).  The Prophet Daniel called it the time of distress( Dan. 12:1). And the Prophet Jeremiah,  the Time Of Jacob’s trouble( Jer.30:7). Every man on Earth will be faced with the choice of whom to serve,  the true or the false messiah? Jesus The Christ or The Antichrist? If one chooses Jesus the Christ, one is danger of being killed physically. To enforce this demand,  Satan will indwell the Antichrist,  the emperor of the 8th and Final Beast Empire of Satan,  give him his seat,  and power and authority,  to cause as many as will not worship the image of the Beast to be killed( Rev. 13:15).

In the middle of the 70th seven of Daniel,  God will dispatch His angel,  to warn the entire inhabitants of the Earth of the eternal consequence of their choices.  If any man worship the Beast and his Image,  and receive his mark in his forehead,  or 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 ascended up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day and nor night, who worship the Beast and his Image,  and whosoever receiveth the the mark of his name( Rev. 14:9-11).

The second half of the 70th seven of Daniel shall be a horrible time of testing.  The Prophet Zechariah tells us that only one-third of Jews who enter the 70th seven of Daniel will survive( Zechariah.13:8,9). The church that enter into the 70th seven of Daniel shall be largely a compromising church as exemplified by the church of Thyatira.  The church of Sardis is a dead church,  though with a reputation for being alive.  Of the seven churches in Asia,  which are representative of all churches in the end times, only one,  the church of Philadelphia received unqualified commendations.  The essence of this time of testing therefore, is to purge,  purify and refine the church and the remnant of Israel as silver is refined,  in order that they might abide the presence of the Shekinah,  the everlasting fire which no man in his natural state can approach( 1Tim.6:16). And before the church can be considered worthy to enter into the presence of God( 2Thess.1:11),  and become the bride of Christ. For the time is come that judgment must begin in the house of God: and if it first begin at us,  what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved,  where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? ( 1Pet.4:17,18).

This time of testing is the Final Harvest,  administered by the angelic reapers. During this time,  the wheat and the tares which are growing together shall be separated( Matt. 13:30). During this period,  believers will be hated of all nations on account of My Name,  and many will fall away from the faith,  because iniquity shall abound,  the love of many shall wax cold( Matt. 24:9,10,12). Many- within the professing church- will shrink away from Him at His coming( 1Jon.2:28). But the overcomers will endure to the end,  and will be saved,  because the proof of their faith being more precious than perishable gold,  even though tested by fire,  shall be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ( 1Pet.1:7).

The rest of the world will gladly accept the mark of the Beast,  since they are by nature,  the children of wrath even as others( Eph.2:3). They are of their father,  the Devil, and the desires of their father they will do( Jon. 8:44).  So,  they will joyfully take the mark of the Beast, and worship,  adore and serve the Dragon-Beast.

The Battle Of Armaggedon.

The sin of rebellion which began in the Garden Of Eden,  will have its final hurrah on the temple mount in Jerusalem when the Antichrist shall erect a statue of himself in the rebuilt Jewish third Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem,  demanding worship of all mortals.  Three and one-half years later,  the battle over the rulership of the Earth shall be decisively concluded at the Battle of Armageddon in the valley of Esdraelon in Northern Israel.  The war of Armaggedon shall begin in the general area of Jerusalem in the valley of Jehoshaphat. It shall move over to Megiddo in lthe valley of Jezreal where the Antichrist and the false Prophet shall be taken captive and cast alive into the Lake of fire and brimstone,  and Satan incarcerated for one thousand years in the shaft of the abyss throughout the millennial reign of Christ.

Summary Of The Cosmic Conflict.

In eternity past,  prior to the sin of Adam and the subsequent fall of man,  God chose those He would redeem from the consequences of Sin.  He chose that His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord would be both redeemer and King,  and the Eternal Victor in the cosmic conflict.  He chose the natural line of Abraham through Jacob as the lineage through which the Messiah would come.  The outcome of the cosmic conflict has never been in doubt: it was determined in eternity past.  Christ was the foreordained Victor in eternity past.

During Christ’s First Advent,  He reversed the consequences of the sin of Adam for those chosen in eternity past who would express faith in His finished and soteriological work on the Cross Of Calvary. At His Second Advent,  He will rescue His Elect,  reclaim the natural line of Abram,  after the fulness of the Gentiles is come in,  thus completing the spiritual Kingdom of God( Rom.13. 11:25). He will then vanquish the kingdom of darkness.  Thus,  ending Satan’s rule over the earthly realm of the Universal Kingdom of God which he usurped when he beguiled Eve.

He will Institute His one thousand year reign during which period Satan is incarcerated in the shaft of the abyss,  and the Antimessiah and the False Prophet in the Lake of Fire and Brimstone. In that Day,  that is,  during His millennial reign,  the Lord will be king over all the Earth; in that day, the Lord will be the only one,  and His Name the only one( Zech. 14:9). The cosmic conflict will be brought to its logical conclusion when Satan is finally cast into the Lake Of Fire And Brimstone, following the final revolt at the end of the Millennium( Rev. 20:10).

A Simplified Overview Of The Scriptures.

The first eleven chapters of Genesis are applicable to all mankind.  They give us an understanding of God as the creator of the entire universe,  Satan as the deceiver of all mankind,  who fell from a lofty position of ruler of the earthly reign of God’s Universal Kingdom to the miserable and pitiable position of sinners in need of salvation.

From Gen. 12:1 to the end of the OT,  the history of  God’s dealing with Israel,  and His instructions to them with regards to the coming of the Messiah is revealed.  In addition,  Satan’s attempt to compromise,  disqualify and destroy Israel is also revealed.

The Gospels show us how Israel,  the line of Abraham through Jacob,  chosen by God to birth and nurture the Messiah,  rejected the Messiah.  He came to His own,  and His own received Him not( Jon.1:11). Following His rejection by His own people,  He set up the mystery form of His kjngdom: the mysterion( Matt. 28:19,20), the essence of which was,  among other things,  to make Israel jealous,  in order that,  at the completion of the 70th seven,  when the fulness of the Gentiles is come in,  all Israel shall be saved: for there shall come forth out of Zion,  the deliverer,  and He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob( Rom.13. 11:25,26).

The first twelve chapters of the book of Acts constitute a renewed offer of the kingdom to Israel which She rejects once again. The rest of Acts of the Apostles right up to Jude are the the history and the rules of the mysterion- the Church.

The Scroll of Revelation is the second reoffer of the kingdom to Israel,  who now  accepts,  and becomes the faithful woman,  and the rest of her offspring who have the testimony of Jesus, the Church,  and the fate of the Satanic Kingdom of darkness,  it’s rulers and it’s citizenry. The simplifies overview of the Scriptures will give a framework for understanding of the whole of the scriptures as well as the end times.

Author: Avraham Shallom.