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MAY 21, 2011 AND BEYOND

If May 11 were to be either the ‘rapture’ or, the end of the world, I wonder what the expectation of

He has the whole world in his Hands

most people are. What do you expect will happen on the 11th?

If you have not, yet, decided one way or the other; to-day is your opportunity. At times, Opportunity only knocks once.

Again, if May 21 were to be the ‘rapture’, this is what one could expect to happen that day, according to the Bible. Now, I’m ‘treading on thin ice’. ‘According to the Bible’ apartheid was sanctifiable…

 Why I ‘find myself on thin ice’ is, by far the most of ‘us’ do not believe in a ‘rapture’ so how can I, now, describe what one could expect, ‘according to the Bible’. That’s easy. I believe ‘in a rapture’.

In the first instance, it will be as if Someone ‘right clicked’ and ‘clicked’ on ‘open’. The sky would ‘open’ and, we would look into a dimension which always existed and see the ‘invisible’.

Mat 24:29-, “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall 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 on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

What does one expect to happen on May 21th? I was unable to find a reliable weather report for the 21th; however, I did find good news for the many that were in doubt concerning the ‘end of the world’ scare. On the other hand, I did discover bad news for those who were led to believe that the ‘rapture’ would happen on that day.

…and they shall deceive many

This is the Truth, as to the future events; the Truth because it’s from ‘the Horse’s Mouth’ (with all due respects), Mat 24:-4-, “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.

“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. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

“Then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 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. 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…”

1 “Take heed that no man deceive you.” This warning includes me, the writer of this commentary.

2 “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. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” I see no reason to believe that we have reached ‘the end of the sorrows’, yet.

3 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Before we consider the ‘killing of us’, allow me to digress to set a clear picture of end time events. A careful reading of Mat 24:4- will show that it’s similar to that of Rev 6:1-17.

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Further, and this is important concerning this ‘study’, what John is about to be shown after what was revealed to him, Rev 1-4, is a ‘play-back’ of what happened the ‘resurrection morning’ between the time Jesus told Mary, Joh 20:17, “Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your Father and your God,” and verse 19-, “The disciples were afraid of the Jewish leaders, and on the evening of that same Sunday they locked themselves in a room.

“Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the middle of the group. He greeted them and showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they became very happy. After Jesus had greeted them again, he said, ‘I am sending you, just as the Father has sent me.’ Then he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the (the definite article has, erroneously, been inserted) a Holy Spirit’.”

There are many ‘baptisms’, Heb 6:1-, “Because of this, having left the discourse of the beginning of Christ, let us be borne on to full growth, not laying down again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of baptisms, of doctrine, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of dead ones, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do, if indeed God permits.

“For it is impossible for those once having been enlightened, and having tasted of the heavenly gift, and becoming sharers of the (a) Holy Spirit (the definite article, again inserted), and tasting the good Word of God, and the works of power of a coming age, and having fallen away. It is impossible for them again to renew to repentance, crucifying again for themselves the Son of God, and putting Him to open shame, (‘Everyone believing on Him, (Jesus), a precious corner stone, a sure foundation, will not be put to shame’, Isa 28:16).”

What if one does not ‘believe’? Rom 10:-16-, “But not all obeyed the gospel, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report? (Isa. 53:1). Then faith is of hearing, and hearing through the Word of God.” The question, that begs an answer, “What is the ‘gospel’, the ‘good news’, one has to believe? The  ‘good news’ is, Jesus’ resurrection from among the dead, Mar 16:-13-, “… And those returned and reported it to the rest; but neither did they believe them. Afterwards He appeared to the eleven as they were reclining at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw Him after He had been raised. And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all creation. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be condemned’.”

One may ask, “What is so important concerning Jesus’ resurrection?” Moreover, why will one be condemned if one does not believe? The Bible teaches, Rom 5:-18-, “Therefore, as on account of the offence of one, condemnation was to all men; so on account of the righteousness of one, will the victory unto life be to all men. For as; on account of the disobedience of one man, many became sinners; so also, on account of the obedience of one, many become righteous.” Were Jesus not resurrected there would have been no ‘righteous deed’. The problem, Adam’s disobedience was imputed on all men. In the same manner Jesus’ obedience, unto death, is also, imputed on all men if they believe that Jesus died and, rose from the dead. It is for this reason Jesus said one must be born again.

Except for adultery, death, of a partner, is the only way to free one of the marriage law, Rom 7:-4, “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit to God.”

The ‘becoming dead’ has reference to, Rom 6:1-, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? By no means: how shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into his death?

He came through water and blood; not in water only… 1John 5:6

Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father; even so, we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin may be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we are dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.”

The original text quotes John, the Baptist, as saying, Joh 1:-31-, “And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptising in water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptise in water, the same said unto me, upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptise in a Holy Spirit.”

At baptism, by immersion, one is baptised into the death of Jesus; the putting off, of ‘the old man’. The coming ‘out’ of the water, Joh 3:5, “Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, If one is not generated out of water and Spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God.” Paul explains, Gal 3:25-, “But faith coming, we are no longer under a trainer; for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many as were baptized into Christ, you put on Christ.” All who are clothed in Christ are made to drink the same Holy Spirit; Christ’s breath, 1Co 12:13, “For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body… made to drink of one Spirit.”

Suffice, for now, is, this ‘Holy Spirit’ the disciples received when Jesus breathed on them was their moment of ‘re-birth’. They had been baptised but that Holy Spirit would only be ‘available’ after Jesus’ glorification; their becoming members of Jesus’ Body, 1Co 12:13, “For by one Spirit all of us—Jews and Greeks, slaves and free—were baptized into one body and were all privileged to drink from one Spirit.”

This is the fulfilment of John 7:39 where the definite article, too, was incorrectly inserted. Scripture has it that, out of His belly will flow ‘rivers of living waters’, Joh 7:37-, “And on the great day, which was the last of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, and said: If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believeth in me, as the scriptures have said, Out of His belly shall flow rivers of living waters. This he said of the Spirit, which they who believe in him were to receive: for the (that) Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Jesus’ ‘glorification’, Rev 5:6-, “And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God which are sent into all the earth. And it came and took it out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when it took the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, having each a harp and golden bowls full of incenses, which are the prayers of the saints.

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open its seals; because thou hast been slain, and hast redeemed to God, by thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation, and made them to our God kings and priests; and they shall reign over the earth’.

Worthy is the Lamb!

“And I saw, and I heard thevoice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders. And their number was ten thousands of ten thousands and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that has been slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing’. And every creature, which is in the heaven and upon the earth and under the earth, and those that are upon the sea, and all things in them, heard I saying, ‘To him that sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, blessing, and honour, and glory, and might, to the ages of ages’. And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen’; and the elders fell down and did homage.”

It was after this event and, of course, the opening of the ‘seven seals’, the confirming of Mat 24, that Jesus returned and could breathe on his disciples the breath of eternal live.

“The Holy Spirit, the promised Comforter, was sent fifty days later, the day of the feast of the ingathering of the harvest (Lev 23:10-16). The Sunday morning, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, was the day of the ‘wave offering’, the first sheave of the harvest. That is what Jesus became, 1Co 15:12-, “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

“For if, the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 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.” (Gen 3:15)

The ‘play back’ of the resurrection, Rev 4:1-, “After these things I saw. And behold, a door being opened in Heaven! And I heard the first voice as a trumpet speaking with me, saying, Come up here, and I will show you what needs to happen after these things. And at once I became in spirit. And, behold, a throne was set in Heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And the One sitting was in appearance like a jasper stone, and a sardius; and a rainbow was around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.

“And around the throne I saw twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, having been clothed in white garments. And they had golden crowns on their heads. And out of the throne come forth lightnings, thunders, and voices. And seven lamps of fire are burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; and a glassy sea before the throne, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne and around the throne were four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind.

“And the first living creature was like a lion; and the second living creature like a calf; and the third living creature having a face like a man; and the fourth living creature like an eagle flying. And the four living creatures each one had six wings around, and within being full of eyes. And they had no rest day and night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,” the One who was, and is, and is coming! (Isa. 6:3) And whenever the living creatures shall give glory and honor and thanks to the One sitting on the throne, to the One living to the ages of the ages, the twenty four elders fall down before Him sitting on the throne. And they will worship the One living to the ages of the ages, and will throw their crowns before the throne, saying, Lord, You are worthy to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because You created all things, and through Your will they exist and were created.”

Rev 6:1, “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. Rev 6:2, “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 (Mat 24:-4-, “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.”) The Rider, on the white horse, is Jesus; the Truth will conquer.

Psa 45:1-, “My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore, God hath blessed thee forever. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness and, thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre…”

Come and see!

Rev 6:3-, “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 powerwas 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,” (Matt 24:6-, “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”).

Rev 6:5-, “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,” (Matt 24:7b, “…and there shall be famines…)

Rev 6:7-, “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold, a pale horse and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” We are now living in the times of the ‘pale horse’. By God’s grace, they have limited power; only a quarter of the population may be killed.

Rev 6:9-, “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.” Many waters are still to flow under the bridge before that day can arrive.

Rev 6:12, “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?’”

A ‘May 11th event’, the rapture, will be the day when the sun becomes black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon becomes as blood. Only when ‘whoso readeth, let him understand…’, understands, will Rev 10:7, “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,” be understood. The ‘changing of the sun and moon’ can only happen after the great tribulation, Matt 24:29-.

Allow me a few further Truths. 2Th 2:1-, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him (I take this as referring to the ‘rapture’ event), that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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, showing himself that he is God.” The rapture can only happen after this temple is built.

Important to note that Luke’s writing differs to that of Matthew, Mark and, in a sense, to that of Paul. The difference is, Luke 21:20-24. This siege, of Jerusalem, refers to the siege of 70 AD when the Jews were led captive into all nations: and Jerusalem to be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled,” (read Rom 11:-25-). Jerusalem, February 2011, is still trodden down of the Gentiles to this day.

Mathew, Mat 24:15, “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),” is referring to Dan 12:9-, “And he said: ‘Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand. And from the time that the continual burnt-offering shall be taken away, and the detestable thing that causes appalment set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Happy is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be; and thou shalt rest, and shalt stand up to thy lot, at the end of the days.’” Concerning this, see my writing on Concerning Daniel’s ‘Seventy Weeks’.

Let us now re-examine that which Jesus said, bearing in mind that which John was shown when he was called-up and witnessed the play-back of the happenings, in heaven, of the fulfilment of the ‘Wave Offering’, Mat 24:-4-, “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. 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. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 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. 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…”

Before my ‘digressing’ we were busy with item three. This section covers many facets. It tells of the early martyrs, it tells of the hatred from other religions, it tells of the ‘falling away’, 2Ti 4:1-, “I solemnly call on you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge those who are living and those who are dead. I do this because Christ Jesus will come to rule the world. Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach. A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear. People will refuse to listen to the truth and turn to myths. But you must keep a clear head in everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of a missionary. Devote yourself completely to your work.”

3 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

We are still experiencing ‘For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: …and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places’.” Concerning this there are yet prophesies not fulfilled against Egypt, ‘The Promised Land’, Gog and his allies, and many others.

Joel’s prophesies are of particular interest. It would appear that Joel saw a vision, concerning the latter days, of indescribable dreadfulness so much so that he cries out, Joe 1:19-, “O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”

He immediately acts, Joe 2:-17, “Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.” And, God answered their prayer. Moreover, He made a promise, :28, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And, also, upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”

Joel’s action, the prayers of the priests and minsters of the Lord, brought about a ‘revision’ of that which Ezekiel foretold. Yes, before ‘an 11th of May event’ can happen, Gog and his allies will be lured, Eze 38:-7-, “Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.”

God’s promise included, Joe 2:-20-, “I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.” Important to note that, Ezekiel 38:17- does not apply to Gog and his allies. It has reference to Armageddon, some twenty years later, the end of ‘Daniel’s Seventy Weeks’.

Many Jews, since 1948, have, out of many nations, returned to their ‘Promised Land’. However, they have never ‘dwelt in safety’. The fulfilment of Egypt’s, present-day Palestine and Jordan’s prophesies could be on the horizon. However, Jesus said, Mat 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 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. So, before ‘an 11th of May event’, can happen, the prophesies, concerning Egypt and other countries, are yet to be fulfilled. Bear in mind, the ‘Great Tribulation’ cannot realize before there is a ‘falling away’ first.

…and the heavens will open and we will see ‘the unseen’

The final sign will be, Mat 24:29-, “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.”

The ‘short cut’, where ‘Ctrl’ stands for the ‘One who is in control’, is, Ctrl + Rev + 12-. Revelation 12 tells the ‘complete story’ for those ‘who read and understand’. Verses one and two, with Joseph’s dream in mind, tells of an Israeli woman who is about to give birth. Verses three and four, with Revelation 17 in mind, tells of Satan, who is that beast, the eighth head, controlling the ‘seven heads’. ‘The five’, who have fallen, are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medes and Persians and, Greece.

Rome is the sixth. The seventh head is Antichrist who will be ‘held back’ by the woman rider who, in turn, symbolises the ‘falling away’; the fulfilment of Jesus’ parable of the tares and the good seed. Rev 17:16-, “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For, God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.”

This red dragon, Satan, stood before the woman who gave birth to a man child, Jesus, to devour him. It reminds one of Herod’s attempt to have Jesus murdered. The man-child’s being caught up unto God refers to The Assention. The woman fleeing into the wilderness (Rev 12:14, “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent”), refers to Mat 24:16-, “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house, and, Dan 12:11, “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.”

The Jews, who do not understand, will, together with the ‘good seed’, Rev 12:17, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ,” enter the ‘great tribulation’. The ‘good seed’ are ‘the remnant of her seed’ because of Gal 3:-27-, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Within one’s body, it matters not if the member be an eye or a toe; it is part of that body. If the ‘promise’ were, early to bed, early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise, both the eye and the toe benefit. A promise to Abraham was, Gen 12:3- “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.” Anyone who is ‘in Christ’ is an heir to that promise. On the other hand, whoever is still ‘in Adam’, after having heard the good news concerning Jesus’ resurrection and declined the offer to become a member of His Body, will be judged according to, Mar 16:16, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

The phrase ‘shall be saved’ needs explaining. Rom 6:-2, although it is of similar construction as Eph 2:1- it has been translated differently. The latter should have read, “Also you, being dead to the trespasses and the sins… (:5) even being dead to the trespasses did make us to live together with Christ (salvation is by grace)… (:8) for, salvation is by grace, through faith and, this is not of yourselves; of God the gift…” The former reads, “What, then, shall we say? Shall we continue in the sin that the grace may abound? Let it not be! We who died to the sin–how shall we still live in it?

The above may seem insignificant. The heart of the salvation lies in the fact that humankind are sinners because of Adam’s trespass. Furthermore, the Jews, were given the Law because of them trespassing God’s commandments. to them more sins were added, Gal 3:-19 (do read this section), “Why, then, the law? On account of the transgressions it was added, till the seed might come to which the promise hath been made…” In baptism, the putting off the ‘old man’ is the act of dying to/for the sin, (‘sin’ is in the dative case). Jesus was the ‘ransom’, 1Ti 2:5-, “For God is one (one of the party of three, i.e. the mediator and humankind) also there is one Mediator of God and of men, a Man Christ Jesus, the One having given Himself a ransom on behalf of all…”

Baptised believers then become part of the ransom being baptised into His death. Best of all, they share in His resurrection, too. For this reason, one’s hope is on God the Father, the One who raised Jesus from death, 1 Pet 1:21.

‘Saved’ from God’s wroth

The moment of salvation (‘shall be saved’) is the ‘first resurrection’, the rapture. Now, one’s sins are forgiven. Then, one is saved from the wrath of Godwhich follows the great tribulation, 1Th 5:1-, “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.

“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 a helmet, the hope of salvation.

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.”

There are ‘three facts’ concerning the Antichrist. In the first instance to seize power from Rome, the ‘sixth head’. He is to ‘burn, with fire’ the ‘woman rider’ of the beast of Rev 17 who will be ‘holding him back’.

One can, in the near future, expect a ‘World Church’. This ‘Church’, by its very nature, will be a compromise between many religions. With ‘them’, out of the way, the ‘good seed’ will have ‘breathing space’ as in the time of Constantine; the time of the so-called Edict of Milan. Antichrist will further gain the favour of the Jews. Their temple will be re-built and the daily sacrifices will be offered. The ‘good seed’ will stand in danger of being deceived seeing all the miracles.

But, alas, he will break his covenant with the Jews, he will declare himself God and set-up the abomination Daniel wrote about after which the great tribulation will follow. The great tribulation is not the wrath of God, it’s the wrath of Antichrist; Satan’s puppet. At that time the ‘good seed’ will encourage one another with these words, “We must endure unto the end; our salvation is on the horizon.” They will be looking forward to the next ‘item’ on the ‘program’, Mat 24:14, “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.”

Satan’s ‘wrath’ is spoken about in Rev 12:17. Satan, the great red dragon of Rev 12, gives power to the beast, Antichrist, of Rev 13. The second beast is the false prophet who instructs that an image be made in honour of Antichrist who came back to life after receiving the deadly wound. Furthermore, he was given power to give a spirit to the image enabling it to speak. It commanded that all should receive the 666 mark. All, except the ‘good seed’ will gladly receive the mark. The Jews, who understood, were kept safe and, were counting the days. The ‘good seed’, too, would be counting the days. They would know that it would not happen on a day in May.

The ‘Feast of Passover’ has been fulfilled, on time; so also the wave offering, the Sunday after the Sabbath. The ‘Feast of Pentecost’ was fulfilled fifty days later, on time. The next feast is the ‘Feast of Trumpets’. It will be on some far distant 1st September. The ‘Feast of Trumpets’ was known as the ‘fire offering’, a fore-shadow of the great tribulation,  Lev 23:25.

Seven trumpets are mentioned in Rev 8:2-, “… and the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” Pauls writes, 1Co 15:51-, “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.”

John confirms the above, Rev 10:1-, “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.

“And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, ‘Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.’

“And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven. And swore by him that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer. 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.”

From this one can safely say that a ‘1st September event’ will happen between the sixth and seventh trumpet. The sixth trumpet, Rev 9:13-, announces the preparations for the Battle of Armageddon, Rev 16:12-. Before the seven trumpet sounds, the gospel would have been preached to all the world.

This happens in Revelation 14. However, on the one hand, the sixth trumpet not only announced the preparation for Armageddon, the 144 000 chosen were seen, by John, in conversation with the Lamb, Jesus, concerning their role, on earth, after Armageddon, Psa 45:-12-, “And the daughters of Tyre with gifts, yea, all the rich among the people, shall entreat thy countenance. All the glory of the king’s daughter is within in golden borders, clothed roundabout with varieties.

“After her shall virgins be brought to the king; her neighbours shall be brought to thee. They shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing; they shall be brought into the temple of the king. Instead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee; thou shalt make them princes over all the earth.” ‘Their fathers’ rejected Jesus. In the father’s place the 144 000 had been ‘purchased’. John heard a new song sung before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders, in heaven. The 144 000 were the only, among men, who could learn that song. The meeting with the 144 000 reminds one of the meeting with Moses and Elias when they spoke concerning Jesus’ decease which He should accomplish in Jerusalem.

At last, the long awaited sign, Rev 14:6, “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 (‘The World Church’) 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 forever 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’.”

After this John writes, :13, “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’.” This promise will hold until ‘that 1st September Event’, when, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the last trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and the living saints ‘will be changed’, too.

Then, the decisive moment arrives. One wonders by what manner Rev 6:11-, will be fulfilled, “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 (will the ‘last martyr’s body’ just ‘disappear’?).

“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 (one will be able to see into a dimension now yet invisible); 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?”

And, then, John saw it happen, Rev 14:14-, “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud (1Th 4:14-, ‘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.

“…the harfest is ripe.”

“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’), ‘Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap for the harvest of the earth is ripe’. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.”

The next ‘harvest’, Rev 14:17-, are the casualties of the ‘wrath of God’, chapters 15, 16 and, 19:1-7.

For those of ‘us’ who felt like getting excited over the ‘news’ that 11th May is, D-day; it won’t happen. For those who feared; I have good news, 2Co 5:14-, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And that he died for all, that they, which live, should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him, which died for them, and rose again.

“Wherefore henceforth, know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. To wit, that God was, in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

If you have not, yet, decided; to-day is your opportunity. At times, Opportunity only knocks once. May God grant you ‘ears to hear, eyes to see’ and wisdom to make the right choice. God bless.

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