Artificial Intelligence And The Hybridization Of The Human Race
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk who wants to send man to Mars has warned that a future where AI is smarter than us will be dangerous. We must all become cyborgs if we are to survive the inevitable robot crisis. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/elon-musk-humans-must-become-cyborgs.
Please read this article. Understand what a cyborg is. That is where the world is headed. Can a cyborg be a good Christian? How will a cyborg fair as a Christian? Christians belonging to Generation X and beyond are faced with this choice even before the antiChrist hangs out his shingles. ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…’ should be our prayers in this end time as ungodliness fills the earth.
We must pray, but also we must understand the times and the seasons, and the machinations of the evil one, and the variegated, subtle, and seemingly innocuous ways by which Satan wants to force us into his mold, and enslave us for ever. Man merging with machines may appear exciting and innocuous, but indeed, it is flagrant idolatry; it is antiGod. It is an alteration of the divine image in man. A time will come when those of us who reject merging with machines will look primitive and outmoded. It will be extremely difficult to function in society at that time outside of these machines. This will certainly put pressure on the younger generation to conform to become cyborgs. If it is not us, it will be them, our children, grandchildren, and great grandchilren. What shall we tell them when they come to tell us they want a microchip implanted in their brains to enhance academic excellence, crack computer codes, or enhance athletic performance? Believe me, this will certainly happen before the antiChrist emerges on the world stage. What shall we tell them? Is the Church prepared for this crisis of identity?
Do our church leaders, Pastors, and ministers know? Are believers open to learning about these issues? Or shall we pretend that it does not matter, like the self-styled preachers of righteousness who tell us: ” all we have to do is live right, and we shall be raptured whenever the Rapture occurs. What does it mean to live right? Does sin consist only in lying, cheating, murder, amorous relations, breaking out into open idolatry, etc? These sins consist of individual choices. What about gene alteration? A generation hybridized is a generation lost. What brought about escalation of evil in the antedeluvian world? Was it not alteration of the human genome by cohabitation of fallen evil angels and human females ( Gen.6 )? The goal of Satan has always been the same, it has not changed: to destroy or disqualify man. But he has added new methods in his arsenal. The antiChrist cannot take over the world without cyborgs. Jesus chided with Pharisees for tithing mint, anise, and cummin, but neglecting the weightier matters of the law, justice, mercy, and faith ( Matt.23:23 ). If we preach and teach success, the good life, promotion, prosperity, how to be happy all the time, etc; and leave out these weightier issues of the End Times, we would have acted like the hypocritical Pharisees. Shall we be commended before God?
A Pastor is an undershepherd under Jesus the good Shepherd. He is under “heaven’s oat” to teach the congregants by word of mouth and by example the whole counsel of God. This is enormous responsibility. He cannot only teach faith, prosperity, promotion, success, etc, and neglect the weightier issues of the End Times. It is not a matter of that is not my message. That is not what am called to preach. That is not my forte. Or am called to preach faith or healing, promotion, success, prosperity, divine protection, etc. If one had elected to be a Pastor, one has elected to preach and teach the whole counsel of God, more so the weightier matters of the end times. Evangelists must win souls and send them to the Church. Ministers who run parachurch ministries must teach whatever they called to teach. But pastors have enormous responsibility to teach the whole counsel of God.
Some believers do not know what a cyborg means. A dear saint defined it as follows: “Cybernetic organisms cannot have the spirit in them. They could only be programmed to behave like christian . But there’s no human yet whose whole body is made to function completely by electromechanical devices. I think a cyborg is still a medical fiction.” Is this the correct definition of a cyborg? She conflates a robot with a cyborg. A cyborg is a real human being who is merged with machines. He is a person who interfaces with machines and controls everything around him with microchips implanted in various parts of his body, and is in turn controlled by a giant computer somewhere run by a big brother, the government, some institution or organisation. His performance is tremendously enhanced by microchips. Sometimes he acts like a robot in areas where he is already programmed, but he is still capable of autonomous and independent actions in other areas where he is not programmed.
Satan is trying to force the believers into his mold especially through technology, and the cares of this life. The cares of this life are not in and of themselves sinful, but could lead one into compromising position of one’s faith. Our notion of holiness should not be repentance and righteous living alone. By righteous living I mean, no lies, cheating, no stealing, no sexual immoralities, etc. We know that a believer can do all these things and yet wind up not being raptured if he or she is surreptitiously lead into receiving the mark of the Beast. We must not be like the Pharisees, hypocrites who pay tithe of mint, anise, and cummin, but neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. Jesus chided them: these you ought to have done without neglecting the others. We must teach holiness and righteous living. That is one side of the coin, the obverse. We must not neglect the other side, the reverse: the subtle ways by which we could be lured into compromises with the things of this world. Which believer does not know that lying, cheating, stealing, embezzlement of funds whether that of the Church or government or NGO etc, sexual immoralities, pornographies, and murders are sinful? These are givens.
But how many believers know that becoming a cyborg or being hybridised in any form will lead one to eternal damnation? Do they even know the difference between a robot and a cyborg? Do they know the meaning of transhuman, nephelim, hybrid human, or humanoid? Can any one imagine the pressure under which a young believer who is a graduate and highly skilled will be to become a cyborg less he lose his job to robots in the near future. The Church will be required to economically boycott the world before the Great Tribulation before the world economically boycott the Church during the Great Tribulation. How do we do that? By establishing businesses that cater to the needs of the Church especially in difficult times like the Great Tribulation. Yuval Noah Harari , a lecture in history at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, has written a book tiltled Homo Deus, in which he painted a picture of uncertainty as what man will be and what he needs to survive in the next two centuries. Do the Churches have such foresight and prepare the younger generation for this kind of eventualities and exigencies?
Elon Musk has seen the difficulty from economic perspective and is warning the world: ” become cyborgs less you lose your jobs to robots.” He has also seen the spiritual aspect, and warns that “by artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.” He also said, without oversight, AI could pose an existential threat to humanity. The Church should see both the economic and spiritual perspectives and warn the believers: ” Don’t become cyborgs less you lose your precious and eternal souls to Satan.” Leaders are visionaries and dreamers. They dream dreams. They see things ahead of time. They are watchmen. They see and warn others of what is coming ahead whether good or bad. Someone in England was imprisoned for suggesting that some day men in different parts of the world will be speaking to one another directly. He died in jail. But what he saw then in his mind’s eye is a reality in our day. Before the antiChrist shows up on the world stage, believers will be under economic pressure to become cyborgs.
(1) Men + Angels = Nephelim.
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” ( Gen.6:4-8 ).
The Hebrew word nephelim is the plural of naphal which means fallen one. They were the offspring of the unnatural union between fallen angels who sided with Satan in the rebellion, and were cast out of the Heaven of heavens which is the abode of the Almighty, and human females. Jewish tradition holds that some of them survived the deluge and gave rise to the giants that were of old like the Anakim. The sight of these men frightened the spies of Israel into making a false confession of their invincibility. “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 ). Noah found grace in the eyes of God because he was not hybridised with fallen evil angels. The statement that “Noah was righteous or perfect in His generation” is better rendered, “Noah was pure in his descendants.” “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” ( Gen.6:9 ).
The only reason Noah and his household were preserved was because they were not hybridised. It was the mercy of God that kept them from being hybridised, in order to preserve humanity. We must refuse to be hybridized in our generation. The younger generation, generation X are in danger of accepting these things unquestioningly as part of development, not knowing it is to the detriment of their souls. They will be under enormous social and economic pressures to comply and become cyborgs less they lose their jobs to robots and become economically obsolescent and irrelevant. The highly skilled prophessionsls are more in danger. Therefore, it is obligatory for us to warn them. Jewish rabbis know these things and warn the world but Church leaders, our General Overseers, Bishops, Pastors, and Evangelists do not.
( 2 ) Man + Animal = Humanoid.
( 3 ) Man + Machine = Cyborg.
( 4 ) Men + Angels + Animals + Machines = Nephelim
( 5 ) Men + Angels + Animals = Nephelim
( 6 ) Men + Angels + Machines = Nephelim
All these are also called transhumans or hybrid humans. The aim of Satan is to destroy or disqualify man so that he cannot be saved. These things are not new. Satan had experimented with these notions in antiquity. In antiquity it was man and angels as recorded in Gen.6 quoted above. But Jewish rabbis believe animals were also involved. Am inclined to believe that. If not why did God destroy the animals also? “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” ( Gen.6:7 ). We know that the sperm of a dog, under certain conditions can fertilize the ovum of a woman. Under the law God decreed that those who engage in bestiality should be cut off from the living. This is not only because of demonization but also because of danger of hybridization.
What is new today is the inclusion of machines. The 20th century German philosopher, Martin Heidegger warned that technology was going to destroy humanity. A cyborg can never be saved. And humanity is about to metamorphose into cyborgs. Believers must be warned never to become cyborgs. Before we were Homo Sapiens, and then we became Homo Sapiens Sapiens or simply Sapiens. But very soon man shall be Homo Deus, man independent of God. Man doing his thing in defiance to God. But is he really man. He has lost himself to Satan as he merges with machines, biometrics, and AI ( artificial intelligence). Scientists, philosophers, technologists, historians, and Jewish rabbis are talking about these things, but the leaders of the Church are oblivious of it. C’est bien triste. It is very dismal.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder warned that a future where AI is smarter than us will be ‘dangerous.’ We must all become cyborgs if we are to survive the inevitable robot crisis. The rampant popularity of tattoos is desensitizing the world in a way that may cause the Mark of the Beast to seem as innocuous as ‘just another tattoo’. The prophetic words of the Bible have never rung more true and relevant than they do today with the transition to digital currency taking place in many countries and the reliance on identity now possible with a “mark” such as implanted RFID chips. NewFusion may be the first Belgian company to chip their employees, but with rumours circulating that other are considering similar policies, they likely won’t be the last. ABC News reported that Three Square Market wants to implant a rice-sized RFID microchip into its employees. Some may opine that there is nothing dangerous about these technological innovations. They are here to enhance our economic status. In some ways, they make life more easier and more wonderful. They will certainly enhance economic status, but is life all about economy? I wonder!
You see my brethren, the issue is not that simple. Let’s take the hypothetical case of a believer who is highly skilled, employed by a technological company. Now the company comes up with a policy to have all employees chipped for the purpose of identification, security, and ease of access to company facilities. Will this highly skilled brother or sister accept to be branded in order to retain his or her job, or refuse and lose his or means of livelihood. Bear in mind that he or she is highly skilled and will not easily and readily land another job in another company. What if he or she does not know the implications of branding for a Christian since most pastors do not talk about it. Remember totoos have been popularised by sports celebrities who act as role models for the youths of our genetation. There are Christian football stars who wear totoos, and are quick to tell you they are innocuous. What we are saying is that the Church is not sensitising its members to the dangers of these things. If Christians do not know that they are of evil origin and may compromise their faith, how can they reject them? Today, it is one company in Belgium, tomorrow it will all companies all over the World. Do you see the reason why I say the Church must economically boycott the the world before the Great Tribulation before the the world would economically boycott the Church during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. Totoos, microchip, and biometric implants are here to stay. Believers need to be sensitised to their dangers.
Machine + AI = Robot
Elon Musk has warned that man has to become cyborgs in order not to lose jobs to robots. How is the Church preparing its members to survive the foreseen robots crisis without compromising their faith or losing their souls to the Devil? Are we going to fold our hands, and say, “it does not matter” , or “it is for those in Europe and America” ? If cell phones and computers are not for those in Europe and America only, so also will be robots. Unlike the industrial revolution, the robots crisis may lead some in the Church, especially the younger generation to compromise of their faith.
Man wants to attain Godhood. By that they mean to conquer death and live for ever in this sinful body of ours. By that they hope to become Homo Dei. That is the next stage of humanistic evolution. Man does not want to conquer sin. Sin is not a problem to them. They have accepted it: they love it. To them there is nothing like sin. It is matter of like or dislike. The holiness of God is not enticing to them. What is enticing to them is immortality. They do not believe in God. They believe man evolved. Those of them who believe in God, do not believe He is interested in the affairs of men anymore. Some of them believe God created the world, set it like a clock to run according natural laws in creation and retired into heaven. They want man to live for ever in this wretched body of ours , in a sinful state independent of God, in defiance to His commandments.
Therefore man wants to merge with machines and become cyborgs. Would you like your sons and daughters in the military to be super soldiers? These bio-engineered soldiers who interface with machines, are they still Homo sapiens? Some like Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal believe in parabiosis. They believe by transfusing themselves with the blood of young people they can attain longevity and with time immortality. This is not entirely new. What is new is the scientific approach. In antiquity among all peoples, warriors and priests of deities drank the blood of their captives and victims. By that they hoped to attain longevity and immortality. Witches and wizards transfigure into vampires bats to suck the blood of others to increase their longevity. But God forbids man to eat blood, even those of animals: ” For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls ( Lev.17:11-14 ).
Raymond Kurzweil, Google’s director of technology has predicted the nearness of singularity. Singularity is a point in astrophysics when every exponent is zero. With the exponential increase in computer technology and artificial intelligence man would have to merge with machines or become utterly irrelevant and obsolete. This will be the death of human civilization as we know it as cyborgs take over the world. Raymond Kursweil also wants to upload his soul into a computer and live as a software for ever. He wants to bring his late father or his replicant back to life. This would have been laughable were it not that these men are so serious, dedicated and committed to their goals. Aubrey De Gray, the British biologist with a formidable bears has a seven point plan to conquer death. Formidable questions they are, but are they unanswerable? Certainly not. When men attempted to build a tower that would reach up to heaven, did God relax, fold His hands and say, ” it is unattainable.” He came down from the heavens to confound their language. With time man will achieve his aim of messing up humanity. But God in His omnipotence and infinite wisdom will not allow that to happen. Before man archives his goal, God will swoop in from the heavens and reclaim His rule over and retake physical possession of the Earth.
The driving force behind Elon Musk’s interplanetary colonisation is the need of a bolt – hole in the event of a robot uprising. Some of these robots are demon-possessed and driven. Yes! One of them, after a meeting, joked about missing an opportunity to shoot Demis Hassabis on the spot because of his obsession with developing superintelligent robots. Some of them are aware of the dangers of superintelligent robots though they are not believers like you and I. Some of them are aware super AI is demonic incantation? Think about the video game, Evil Geneius, which featured a scientist who created a doomsday device to achieve world domination. Is it not paving way for the antiMessiah? My concern is the younger generation who are fascinated by these demonic inventions. Do you see why I say it is another Tower Of Babel? Because through it man intends to achieve immortality and independence from God. In other words become God, a Homo Deus.
One of Hassabis partner in DeepMind said, ” I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will play a part in it.” Is this not the same as the satanic plan to destroy or disqualify humanity, thereby defeating God. But this cannot happen simply because, like in the Tower of Babel, before demented humans and demons achieve their goal, God will intervene to save humanity from extinction on this planet, because Christ shall reign over human subjects in the Millennium. In order to escape human obsolescence in the face of robot superintelligence, Elon Musk is advocating a merger between biological, that is human intelligence, and machine intelligence. This is where it gets a bit scary for believers because this will lead to hybridisation. Transhumanism is antiGod. Human mind-machine meld is antiGod.
Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi asked the question, Can a cyborg be saved? I mean his genetic constitution is 100% human but has bits of some electronic device. My answer is that the demons know what they are doing. It alters human constitution and leads to demonisation. To the extent the individual is demonized, to that extent, it is harder to save the individual. It is safer not to become a cyborg at all. The alteration is in the mind primarily, but they are also altering human genome. Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi asked, If, for example, it’s some medical necessity or prothesis for a hand, arm, foot or leg lost from accident. My answer to that question is that a biological prosthesis does not lead to mind alteration and demonisation. Many have worn prostheses for decades and remain good Christians, for instance, cardiac pacemakers or artificial kidneys. But a man whose brain is hardwired with neural lace through injectable neural mesh that enables his brain and mind to communicate directly with computers is demonised. The computer programmes that run super AI are demonic incantations. The AI programmers are aware they summon demons. It involves a process which they call summoning. When they want to start work, they say let us begin summoning. It sounds like a joke, but there is a lot of truth in it.
Elon Musk said, ” with artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.” He did not say demons, but the demon. I think he has in mind a particular principality in the kingdom of darkness. Raymond Kurzweil talks about human beings merging with super AI to create the godlike human beings of the future. What a grotesque idea. And how grotesque would that man look? We must not confuse what is humane and innocuous with with what is satanic and damaging to man and infringes on the sovereignty of God. The difference needs to be clarified. Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi recalls that actually all these have played out in cartoons, animations and sci-fi films.
Let us hear what the experts say about artificial intelligence.
” I think the development of full Artificial Intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
Bill Gates told Charlie Rose that AI was potentially more dangerous than a nuclear catastrophe.
Nick Bostrom, Oxford professor of philosophy warned in his 2014 book, “Superintelligence” that ” once an unfriendly superintelligence exists, it will prevent us from replacing it or changing its preferences. Our fate would be sealed.”
Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of state of the US held a meeting at the Brook in Manhattan with AI experts to address his concern over how smart robots could cause a rupture in history and unravel how civilisation works.
Max Tegmark, a physics professor at MIT who runs the Future Of Life Institute said we should be proactive and not reactive, and that with nuclear weapons and AI we don’t want to learn from our mistakes. We want to plan ahead.
Elon Must said it was possible to construct scenarios where “recovery of human civilization does not occur.”
Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Demis Hassabis, Steve Wozniak, Stuart Russell alongside 1000 others have signed a letters to world leaders calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons.
“Why do we want to set up ourselves as the enemy when they might overpower us someday? It should be a joint partnership. All we can do is seed them with a strong culture where they can see us humans as their friends.”
“Full AI is in the order of magnitude of extraterrestrial landing. There are some very deeply tricky questions around this…. If you really push on how do we make AI safe, I don’t think people have any clue. We don’t know what AI is. It is very hard to know how it would be controllable. There’s some sense in which the AI questions encapsulates all people’s hopes and fears about the computer age. I think people’s intuitions do just really break down when they are pushed to these limits, because we’ve never dealt with entities smarter than humans on this planet.”
When you hear of immortality and extention of our Mind Files, it means merging with machines.
We, the ministers of the gospel, pastors, church leaders, and anyone else who knows should warn the younger generation of the dangers these things pose to their eternal soul. We should de-emphasize prosperity, the good life and happiness, and prepare the saints for survival in a world taken over by atheists, humanistic evolutionists, and transhumanists. Anyone who thinks that the Church is here to rescue the world is mistaken. The Church need to be rescued from the world which has extended its dangerous tentacles into the Church. Any believer who is preoccupied with wealth, riches, and the good life would be ensnared by these things. The only way we can escape them is to economically boycott the world.
There are Christians who believe that through evangelism, and social work like building hospitals, prison visits, programmes for the poor and needy, Christians will take over the world. It is a false notion. These things are good in themselves but they cannot solve the problem of sin which is at the heart of man’s calamity. The world instead will be run over by evil men, the transhumanists. “But evil men shall wax worse and worse deceiving, and being deceived.” ( 2 Tim.3:13 ). They are everywhere in all forms and shades. It was very popular in the 90s that God would anoint leaders in Zion who shall take over the Earth. What we see is a worsening of the situation in spite of our prayers and Megachurches. Hard drugs, LGTB, gay marriages etc are being legalised. Am not painting a sad picture. This is biblical realism. I am a biblical realist. Things are not going to get better in the world. Things are going to get worse and worse until the antiChrist takes over, and then Hell will be late lose.
Believers must be taught to travel light as ambassadors of heaven and pilgrims. We must not lay our treasures on Earth, where rut and moss consume, and thieves break in and steal. Where a man’s treasure is , there will his heart be also ( Luk.12:34 ). Having food and raiment we should be therewith content. “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” ( 1 Tim.6:8-12 ). We must reorder our message in order to rescue our wards. This is not against anyone in particular. Our message has to change to reorientate our wards heavenwards.
Any believer who aims to be the best in any field will come face to face with evil. He either bows or breaks. Believers must be taught that the last days scenario is different from any so far in history. It will so bad that the Church will have to be rescued from heaven or no believer would survive. 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 ).
There are some of us who want to accumulated the wealth of this world. What they want to do with am at a lost. There are human problems that are unsolvable till Jesus comes. Take for instance the issue of hunger and poverty. It is not because there is not enough. Indeed, there is more than enough. But it doesn’t not go round. Why? Because of human greed. David Cameron said if the amount of money stolen from Nigeria in the last 30 years, has been stolen from UK, there would be no more UK. Think about that. The people who stole this money who are they, and what do they look like today? Please parents, pastors etc, teach your children and grandchildren these things. And you are setting them on the path to heaven.
Author: Avraham Shallom.
SATAN’S NUMBER IS UP.
Gradually prophecies in the book of Revelation are being fulfilled. I received a post informing me that the Nigerian National Identification is shifting from card based identification to “an Advanced NUMBER Based Identity System.” Reading on you discover that everyone is to be reduced to a number and your name is no more what identifies you. Is this development innocuous? No. This development is from the stable of Satan. Period. How? Looking through the Bible one discovers a distinction between the kingdom of light and kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of light gave us names not numbers. God so abhors numbers that David numbering the nation of Israel (census) drew the wrath of God ( 2 Sam.24:1-25 ).
The Lambs book of life has names in it not numbers. Scriptures describes raptured saints – “which no one can NUMBER.” ( Rev.7:9 & ff). What do we know about Satan? He numbers his own. His Beast has a number ( Rev.13:18 ), and he is ready to number those who are his own. Is receiving this number optional? Can one reject it? Can one refuse it and insist that your driver’s license or passport is good enough? With passage of time and as indicated in the post NIN ( National Identification Number ), and BVN ( Bank Verification Number ) are to be linked with the banks with active support of CBN ( Central Bank of Nigeria ). So sooner or later banks will be demanding all their customers bring their NIN or close account. Will this request for NIN be just for new accounts? I guess not. Prophecy will be fulfilled.
In the past an ID card though has a number links your picture with your name. now your image is linked not with your name but with a number. Yes the bible says the antichrist will require people to have the number on their body ( Rev.13:16-18 ). The technology is available and is known as Radio Frequency Identification. Google ( RFID ). However do we have to wait for this requirement before we believers begin a survival plan? Note how these things are foisted on us. You register your phone numbers, you register your bank accounts, you are given a bank verification number ( BVN ), and now this new one, NIN.
However, the church in Nigeria have not thought it fit to sensitize its members. Do we need to wait for the last straw before survival plans are made to survive the one to two years of the great tribulation?
Countries like India, Nigeria and indeed Africa are coming late to numbers replacing names to define and identify peoples. In the rich OECD countries, numbers, be it welfare numbers, social security numbers or driver’s license have long been used to plug in peoples into the financial system or initiate any transaction with government bureaucracy. ( Note: I might not be on solid grounds here as I do not reside in these advanced countries ). However, I gather that Christian believers raised issues with identification with numbers when such social welfare numbers were introduced in the US. The authorities then promised this would not be, alas these were empty promises because these numbers now identify US citizens and maybe so all across OECD countries. Now it is Radio Frequency Identification ( RFID ) for US citizens in Obamacare . Just as the whimper went out of the protest against the use of social welfare numbers for financial identification so would RFID become mandatory rather than voluntary.
Another historical antecedent is the numbering of holocaust victims by an earlier figure of the antichrist – aka Hitler. Then it was Jews being branded, but now it will be citizens of the world. [ So Jesus said love not the world ( 1 Jon.2:15-20 ) ]. When the antiMessiah arrives on the world scene we can see him getting real angry when believers say no to numbering.
A global conflict is coming. On one side will be the globalists with good intentions of wiping out poverty and on the other side Christians who believe and take Jesus at his words. These Christians would find it hard to explain how a scheme to provide everyone with $2 a day or food stamps is devilish. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. God bless the person who coined this adage because I find it hard to explain my opposition to numbering, save that my Master Jesus abhors it and warns me against it.
Author: Adedamola Olugbenga Jaiyesimi.
The Seven Churches Of Asia
Chapters 2 & 3 are descriptions of the condition and state in each of the seven local churches. In each letter, Christ is introduced and certain aspects of His person germane to the local assembly is revealed. The condition of the local assembly is stated. The church is commended or condemned. A recommendation is made and an invitation is extended to the local assembly to overcome with respect to the soon coming of the Lord. “He that has ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” In relation to the coming of the Lord, any local assembly will fall into one of these seven categories. It also refers to individual Christians. Local assemblies as well as individual Christians could fall into one of these seven categories. The seven churches could be further broken down into three categories: faithful and uncompromising as exemplified by the church of Philadelphia and perhaps the church Of Smyrna, the dead church or Christian as exemplified by the church of Sardis, and the unfaithful and compromising church or Christian exemplified by the church of Thyatira. Five of the churches are unfaithful and compromising. The majority of believers are unfaithful and compromising. Few are spiritually dead though they exhibit all the paraphernalia of religion. Few are faithful and uncompromising. The Church of Philadelphia and perhaps the Churchof Smyrna depending on one’s view, are the only one or two local assemblies which received unqualified commendations. Such will be the conditions in the churches and the state of individual Christians prior to and into the 70th week of Daniel. In the light of these, it behoves us to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, and to upgrade accordingly.
Revelation is a book of sevens. There are seven churches, seven benedictions, seven heads, seven mountains, seven horns and seven eyes, seven thunders, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven kings, etc. Seven is the number of perfection and completeness. God is about to bring history to a consummate end. There are some that interpret the seven churches to represent seven church ages. This cannot be biblically substantiated. Who determines when one age ends and the other begins? What are the criteria? There are others that teach that each of the seven church correspond to the seven years of the 70th week. This view too, like the first cannot be biblically substantiated. It will turn the chronology of the End Times on its head, as it would mean that the last church, the church of Laodecia shall be here till the last year of the 70th week which perhaps would be the sixth trumpet judgment. Why the lukewarm Church instead of the dead Church, the Church of Sardis. This kind of interpretation does violence to the Scriptures. It is biblically unjustified.
The fact that five of the seven churches are unfaithful and compromising, one is spiritually dead, means that the churches must be purified in order to make them raptureable. The faithful and uncompromising Church, the Church of philadelphia and perhaps the Church of Smirna are offered protection within the sphere of the Great Tribulation. The unfaithful and compromising churches will suffer the full brunt of the reign of terror by the antiChrist in order to be purged, purified, and cleansed for Rapture. Protection is not automatic, but rather based on one’s understanding of the times and obedience to God’s instructions concerning perseverance. God promised the faithful Church, the Church of Philadelphia, “Because you have kept the word of my patience ( my instructions concerning perseverance ), I ( God ) shall keep ( protect not exempt ) you from the hour of peirasmos ( trial, test, temptation ) which will come upon all the world ( Rev.3:10 ). The hour of temptation, test or trial is the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. It is egregious for any minister of the gospel to teach the believers that they will not have to face the antiChrist. That will be setting up for destruction by the robotic images ( beasts of the Earth ) of the antiChrist.
The Faithful And Uncompromising Believers
The faithful and uncompromising believers are exemplified by the Church of Philadelphia. The Church Of Philadelphia is the only one that received unqualified commendations and no condemnations. They have obeyed God’s instructions concerning perseverance. They know the times and epochs. They have an eye on the word as well as what is going in the world. They travel light. They are not burdened with the cares and pleasures of this world. They know they are pilgrims in this world on their passage to heaven. They know when to drop out of society. They have built safe havens. They have procured food, medicine, and other supplies. This is how God will protect them from the hour of temptation, the Great Tribulation which shall come upon the whole world.
A segment of them, after they have put their families in safe havens would elect to go out to preach to others not to take the mark of the Beast. It is not only that they have refused the mark of the Beast, they persuade others not to accept to be branded with the mark of the Beast. The antiChrist shall be very angry and offended with them. He shall give them a special kind of punishment, death by beheading. The Greek word is cephalizo. “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.” ( Revelation 20:4 ). They shall be raised from the dead on the first day of the Millennium. The Greek scholar Robert Gundry tells us the the tense of the verbs living and reigning occur at the same time.
The rest of the faithful and uncompromising believers shall be delivered out of the hour of temptation ( test, trial ) by being taken out of it in the Rapture. The Greek is tereo ek which connotes being taken out of the midst of trial or tribulation. “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” ( Revelation 7:13-17 ).
The Unfaithful And Compromising Belivers
The unfaithful and compromising believers are those believers who have not been careful to obey and follow God’s instruction concerning perseverance. The majority of the seven churches, 5-6, if one views the Church Of Smyrna as unfaithful and compromising. Their only error was that they allowed into the local assembly those who claim to be Jews but in actual fact were of the synagogue of Satan. If one views these Jews as members of Jewish Synagogue in the city of Smyrna who opposed the Church in Smyrna, then this Church like the Church Of Philadelphia have unqualified commendation. The areas of compromises in the churches are: the lost of first love ( 2:4 ), fear of suffering and persecution ( 2:19), doctrinal defection ( 2:14,15 ), moral compromise and departure ( 2:20), spiritual deadness ( 3:1,2 ), inability to persevere ( 3:11 ), and lukewarmness ( 3:15,16 ). These believers do not know the times and epochs. They comprise in one area or the other. They are not prepared. They are not faithful, and they are not watchful ( Matt.24:42-52 ). They are fruitful but to a limited extent ( Matt.13:8 ).
These believers have no protection from the persecution by the antiChrist because they have not observed God’s instructions concerning perseverance. However, most ofthem will not take the mark of the Beast. The majority of the believers that shall be killed, the fifth seal martyrs ( Rev.6:9-11 ) will come from this group. Some of these believers will turn out to be giants of the faith. They will stand for the word of God and their testimony in Jesus and die for it. We must not forget that there is a complement of believers to be killed. It is a secret number known only to the Lord. The secret things belong to God (Deut.29:29 ). When that number is complete, God will cut short the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist with cosmic and celestial disturbances in order to save some saints allow for rapture. If those days were not cut short, no flesh shall be saved, but for the elects sake, they shall be cut short ( Matt.24:22 ).
Interestingly, those to be killed have been chosen in eternity past, so also those to be taken into captivity. “ If anyone is destined to be killed with the sword, with the sword, the one shall be killed: if anyone is destined into captivity, intocaptivity the one goes. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.” ( Rev.13:10 ). This however does not preclude human responsibility. We are in partnership with God. Divine sovereignty does not invalidate human responsibility, but rather coöperates with it in order to accomplish divine goals.
The Dead Christians
The dead Christiansas exemplified by the Church Of Sardis are those who outwardly profess Christ but are spiritually dead. They have all the paraphernalia of Christianity but not the life of the Son Of God. They call Jesus Lord, Lord, but they do not obey. They know nothing about God’s will for their lives and are not careful to walk in the light of his word. Majority of them will take the mark of the Beast without bathing an eye. They are so much into the world and the world into them. However there is a segment of them that will repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and die for their faith in Him. This will be an uphill task. We must begin to examine ourselves now, make necessary adjustments, so that we may not be caught off guard.
In a secular article titled “Emancipate yourself from Mental slavery,” I traced Africa’s problem to our slavish past and slavish mindset. To highlight the problem I compared the progress in North America and US known as the land of the free and leader of the free world with the stagnation in Africa, more so after the American civil war to free enslaved peoples. The Spirit then laid it on me that it is deeper than being secular.
Scriptural verses on this started coming up. For example, the Son frees us indeed ( Jon.8:32,36 ).Peter a “bondservant” of Jesus ( 2 Pet.1:1 ). Onesimus and Philemon ( Phil.1.10). Paul on many occasions called himself a slave of Christ ( Phil.1:1;Tit.1:1 2 Pet.1:1 ).
Some say the Bible is a story of good and evil contesting for supremacy. It is also a battle of where lies our allegiance. Who is our master ?
In retrospect, we see that the bible did not couch slavery in moral terms of good and bad. However, enslaved peoples were encouraged to gain their freedom. Slavery existed in other climes like in Russia, where there was serfdom. Slavery existed for long in China and all over Asia. These have been downplayed leaving us to think slavery is solely an African phenomenon. Slavery and its concept is obviously a consequence of the fall of Adam with Satan becoming the number one slave master. Pharaoh, Antipas, Nebuchadnezzar Caessar were his foremen. Then Christ came to pay the price for the fall and free man from the scourge of slavery. If the son sets you free, then indeed you are free ( Jon.8:32 ).
Satan again, surreptiously, attempts to reverse this freedom on at least two fronts.
1) Counter Religion, specifically Islam. No wonder they call themselves slaves of Allah slaves they are indeed.
2) Then the interface of money in commerce. By this Satan is gradually re-enslaving mankind with money binding us to commerce and then the branding with his Mark ( Rev.13:11-18 ). So if Religion doesn’t get one ( atheist et al ) then commerce would. No wonder Jesus also said you can’t serve two masters ( Luk.16:13 ). A slave must have a master and can’t serve two masters. There is no place for double mindedness.
SUMMARY OF SPIRITUAL HISTORY
The First Fall
There was and is one master in the heavenlies until one of his “favored” creatures, Lucifer, thought in his heart he could do a better job than Yahweh ( Isa.14; Ezek.28 ). He rebelled and was able to win the loyalty of fallen angels ( Rev.12:4 ). The manifestation of this First Fall was in heaven. I beheld Satan fall like a star ( Jon.14:18 ). God then created the earth and then Man to whom he gave dominion and the Title deed of the earth. This prototype man Adam, created a shade lower than Elohim ( Ps.8:5 ), was to eventually see Satan off, ending his rebellion. After all, why would Yahweh condescend and stoop to confront Satan? The Son of Man did just that! So he made man lower than Elohim and the seed of the woman will bruise Satan’s head while Son of Man will deliver the final blow.
Despite this, a lot of focus remains on the second fall, Sin. The resolution of which can be viewed as having treated the symptoms of an underlying disease or problem.
A QUESTION offer ALLEGIANCE
What draws our heart? Satan was able to draw a third of angels to war against Yahweh in the angelic rebellion. Could the same thoughts beguiling Satan have been in them making them susceptible to rebellion?
Per chance the same heart remains in believers after redemption. Has the heart question of allegiance been resolved in a believer? Yes. Only by grace but a time of testing is coming to the world that leads to many believers falling away in the great Apostasy ( 2 Thess 2:3 ).
Why shoul this be ? We believe in our heart and confess that Jesus is our Saviour and Master, and we are Born again. However, Satan and worldly attractions assail our hearts to dislodge our loyalty to Jesus. A lot of importance is placed on our heart position beyond our confession. Jesus alluded to this when He said, ” people call me Master, Master but their hearts are far away from me.” ( Luk.6:46 ).
We see Satan being let loose after a thousand years in the abyss ( Rev.20: 7-10 ). Why was he let loose again ? What is the unfinished business? Why not straight to hell fire with the beast and false prophets upon his capture after the battle of Armageddon.How was Satan able to find peoples and nations to deceive after millennial rule by our lord.
Oh Man, guard your heart ( Prov.4:23 ). Don’t allow the allurement of Satan, money, possessions it buys and satisfaction it gives to draw the heart. That is the source and reason for the statement, “love of money is the root of all evil” ( 2 Tim.6:10 ). It was given to us for us to guard our hearts, for us to uproot weeds and tend our hearts to prevent the deceitfulness of much money. It was never given to negate the basic unrighteousness of money. If a believer sticks to the former (love of money being the root of all evil) he will be deceived by Satan to participate in world commerce not understanding the implications and at his own peril – gaining the world and losing his soul ( Mk.8:36; Rev.13:17 ). Even unbelievers who follow the evolution of finance, commerce and money have concluded that it is enslaving the whole world (see YouTube: https://youtu.be/iFDe5kUUyT0 ) thus affirming various statements by our master. We, to which this testation was revealed over 2000 years ago are being enslaved by money as flies that dropped into honey and can’t get out . You need to read articles on evolution of money and future of money ( https://mtzionheritage.com.
Yes, Jesus and through his disciples handled money but what happened to the treasurer ? ( Jon.12:6; Matt.26:14,15; Acts 1:18 ). Also note that in the old dispensation, Tithes and Offerings were from nature, not ever money as in the present. Note that money was changed in the temple to repurchase and offer sacrifices to God, never money ( Deut.14:22-29 ). Treasury Box into which the widow put her mite ( Mk.12:42; Luk.21:2 ) ? This does not negate my submission – might be human tradition mixing with early requirements of God.
When God was with us on earth, he, though raised a carpenter, there is no record of him participating in commerce especially after his temptation in the desert. So he could tell Satan nothing of his was in him ( Jon.14:30 ). When he was required to pay tax, he didn’t use coins from commerce with Satan’s Foreman’s image on it. He went into his creation, the seas and a fish delivered the required gold to pay the taxes ( Matt.17:24-27 ).This same ‘money’ was going to hit back in my Lord’s betrayal ( Matt.26:14-16 ). No wonder Jesus despised money because it acts as a glue that binds one to the prince of this world through commerce.
Talk of being in bondage. Government “bonds” are sold to create money making money a debt and an enslaver.Money has also evolved with the passage of time to become a necessity of life, just like the air we breath.It is as important as water to a vast horde of humanity. Thus the evolution of money continues and with time it’s real essence will be revealed.
Author: Gbenga Jaiyesimi ( Bondslave)
Why bondslave ? There is a scripture in the old testament that allows a freed slave to renounce his freedom and forever remain with his master. He indicates this by having his ear pierced with an aul ( Exod.21:1-6 ). Yes Jesus set us free but wisdom will tell us to revert to bondslave status to Jesus.This affords some protection against the snares of Satan.
Some Wrong Notions About The End Times
“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. 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.” ( Daniel 11:36-45 ).
The KJV translation did well in capitalizing the first letter of the word God in this passage. In the other occurrences of the word God in this passage, the first letter should not have been captitalized, for it it does not refer to the God of Israel. The Hebrew word el ( singular; plural: elohim ) is generic, and could refer to the Yahweh of Judah, the God of Israel, the idols of the nations as well as important human personalities ( Gen.1:1; Exod.20:3, 22:28 ). The antiChrist who is spoken of here will be indwelt and empowered by Satan. “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.” ( Rev.13:2 ). Therefore, the antiChrist will be a Satanist. The god he will honor is Satan whom he will secretly worship. The antiChrist will be possessed and taken over by Satan from the midpoint of the 70th week when he is cast down to the Earth by archangel Michael ( Rev.12:7-9 ). It will be eschatologically jingoistic for any biblical scholar to infer from this passage that the antiChrist will be a Jew who will not worship the Elohim of his fathers, the God of Israel.
That verses 36-40 speak of the career of the antiChrist, biblical scholars are agreed. From verse 40, The king of the South and the king of the North, fade up with his oppressive rule begin to attack him. But he is too powerful for them and unstoppable. My question is if the antiChrist is the king of the North as some teach, how come he is attacked by the king of the North? The king of the North mentioned in this verse, who is he? The cardinal points referred to here are relative to the land of Israel. The north of Israel is vast area stretching from Europe to Asia. Any army invading the land of Israel from this vast area could have been described by the prophet as coming from the north of Israel. He would not have gone into details using such precise terms of location like northwest, northeast, etc., as we do today. In verse 41, we see the antiChrist invading the Holy Land described by the prophet as the glorious land. He spares Edom, Moab, and Ammon. These ancient kingdoms correspond to modern day Jordan. They are most probably allied to him. Some suggest they are neutral, but that is unlikely because, they shall be severely punished by Christ in the Day Of The Lord for their cruelty towards the sons of Jacob.
“For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them. But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress. For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.” ( Obadiah 1:10-15 ).
The Edomites are descendants of Esau ( Gen.25:30, 33:16, 36:6-9 ), Jacob’s twin brother ( Gen.25:19-34 ). The Moabites and Ammonites are the descendants of Lot ( Gen.13:1-13,19:30-38 ), Abraham’s nephew ( Gen.11:27, 12:4 ) through inadvertent incestuous relations with his two daughters in the third degree of inebriation. So, these peoples are related to the Jews by blood. The other side spoken of here is the east bank of the Jordan River. During the Babylonian invasion of Judah in 586 BC, the Edomites, the Moabites and the Ammomites were allies of king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. There shall be a reapeat performance in the last days during the invasion of the land of Israel by the antiMessiah during the Jerusalem and the Jehoshaphat Campaigns, and the Battle of Armageddon. How do we know that? Because it is written: ” For the Day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen, as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own heads.” Though there was a partial fulfillment of this prophecy in the days of king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, it shall be fully fulfilled during the reign of the antiChrist in the latter days or better still at the end of time. Jordan has sovereignty over the Temple Mount. During the Yom Kippur in 1967, Israel regained the Temple Mount from Jordan, and gave control to the Muslim Waqf as gesture of goodwill. The Jews shall rebuild their Temple on the Temple Mount after regaining sovereignty over the Temple Mount.
The Jordanians shall be part of the invading armies of the antiChrist. They shall participate in the violation of the precincts of the Holy Temple, and the spoilation of its treasures. They will mount roadblocks, apprehend the sons of Jacob who escape the invading armies of the antiChrist, kill some , and hand over the escapees of judah to the armies of the antiMessiah. God will plead with them to accommodate the escapees of Judah because the extortioner and the oppressor who is the antiChrist is at hand, but they would not. At the start of the Great Tribulation, the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel, and other Jews, both observant and unobservant, and Christians who refuse the mark of allegiance to the Beast, shall seek refuge in the red rose city of Petra in the Edomite wilderness which is in modern day Jordan as also did Christians during the Jewish Revolt under Roman domination ( 66-74 AD ). “For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.” ( Isaiah 16:2-4 ). Here the antiChrist is referred to as the spoiler, the extortioner and the oppressor. How else would he finance his vast armies of ten nation confederation other than by looting the treasuries and treasures of conquered nations. In his invasion of Israel, he shall be assisted by the Jordanians which is the reason they shall be spared invasion by him. But the God of Israel will punish them for their cruelty towards their brethren, the Jews. During the Day Of The Lord’s wrath, the Edomites shall be as wondering birds cast out of their nest at the fords of Arnon because of their refusal to show kindness to the sons of Jacob. A memorial fire shall burn in Edom, a symbol of their utter destruction throughout the Millennium.
The prophet Obadiah said that their dealings will return upon their own head. And the prophet Ezekiel said:
” Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me saying, son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate. I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shall know that I am the LORD. Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:….” ( Ezek.35:1-15). When does the iniquity of the children of Israel have an end? During the 70th week of Daniel. “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 ). Mount Seir refers to the region south of the inheritance of Judah which was inhabited by the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. There are those who teach that the Edomites have been wiped out and no longer exist. If they do not exist anymore how are they accused of cruelty to the sons of Jacob by God at the time that their iniquity has an end which is during the 70th week of Daniel? So we conclude that the Edomites of old are the Jordanians of today.
The Lord further declared through the prophet Isaiah:
” …..And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of curse to judgment…. It is the Day Of The Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompensed for the controversy of Zion. And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall be waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever…….” ( Is.34:4,5,8-10). This prophecy has not been fulfilled in antiquity. It shall be fulfilled in the Day Of The Lord’s Vengeance which is during the Day Of His Wrath. Idumea is the Greek version of Edom. There has not been any time in history when the land of Edom was turned into pitch, not when they were sacked by the Nabatean Arabs nor conquered by the Hasmonean king John Hyrcanus ( 135 BC ).
The prophet Jeremiah added his voice to the horror that shall be Edom:
” For I have sworn by myself, saith the Lord, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach , a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes. Also Edom shall be a desolation: everyone that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof. And as in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbouring cities thereof, saith the LORD, no man shall abide there, neither shall son of man dwell in it” ( Jer.49:13,17,18). There is no record in antiquity of the punishment of Edom like that of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone or sulphur.
We have seen that the prophets are unequivocal in prophesying about the destruction of Edom. Bozrah was the capital city of Edom in ancient times. God will make Edom an eternal example for the nations of the world to see. Because of his hatred and violence toward his brother Jacob, he shall be covered with shame. The land shall be made a burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night or day. Its smoke shall go up for ever and ever. When the nations of the world shall be assembled in the Millennium, no noble man from Edom shall be found ( Is.34:12 ). The land of Edom shall be the habitation of wild beasts of the deserts and the islands. All the carnivorous birds of the air shall lodge in the ruins of Edom. The scavengers shall find habitations in the ruins of Edom. The land of Edom shall be overgrown with thorns, nestles and brambles, and it shall become the habitation of dragons and a court for owls ( Is.34:13-15 ).
Because Egypt is not allied to the antiChrist, the antiChrist shall invade Egypt and loot her archeological, art, and other treasures. He shall be supported by the Libyans and the Cushites ( Sudanese ). These two African nations are Islamic and are part of his ten nation coalition of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire as also shown by the prophet Ezekiel ( Ezek.38:5 ). “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:” ( Ezek.38:5 ). Ezek.38:6 tells us that Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. “Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.” ( Ezek.38:6 ).
From the table of nations in Gen.10, we can see that Gomer is one of the sons of Japheth as also Magog ( Germanic peoples ), Madai ( Medes, Kurds ), Javan ( Greece ), Meshech and Tuval ( White Russia ), Tiras ( Persia, Iran ). Togarmah is the son of Gomer, and therefore the grandson of Japheth the elder. Togarmah is of the house of Gomer, and they are located north of Israel which is Turkey. If a nation north of Israel is allied to the antiChrist, does this prove that the antiChrist is from Turkey and therefore the king of the North? In Dan.11:44, the antiChrist is infuriated by invasions from the East and the North. Therefore, with great fury, he shall utterly destroy them and take many captive. There shall be no army that shall match the ferocity of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. They are the most sophisticated, with the latest in military technology. They are the power base of the antiChrist. At the commencement of his military and leadership career, he shall overthrow the three rulers of these three peoples and appoint puppets in their steads. This coup d’etas may be military or else political gerrymandering in which they are voted out of government by the majority. There will always be ten kings. The antiChrist is the eleventh horn ( the little horn ) and the overall leader or the Emperor of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ). “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” ( Dan.7:8, 24 ). Biblical scholars are agreed that the antiChrist is the little horn which has eyes which signal intelligence and a mouth speaking blasphemy against the God of Heaven. Far more than Alexander the Great of Macedon, and Napoleon of France, he is shall be a military genius. By the use of the word subdue, it is likely these three kings shall be forced out of power.
Dan.11:45 speaks of the antiChrist relocating his headquarters from the land of Magog to Jerusalem, the glorious Holy Mountain between the two seas, the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River which empties into the Lake of Asphaltes which is the Dead Sea. This transfer occurs at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel when he makes his debut at the Rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. This is the abomination of desolation of Dan.9:27, and the revelation of the Man Of Sin spoken by Apostle Paul in 2 Thess.2:3,4. Three and one-half years later he shall meet his Waterloo at Armageddon ( Rev.19:20,21 ).
In this passage of Daniel 11 under investigation, we have seen the king of the South, the king of the North, and king of the East, but there is no mention of the king of the West. Whatever happened to the king of the West? Does it mean that the whole of Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand will not be involved in this Final conflict? Will NATO disintegrate before this time? Will America and Western Europe vanish from the Earth before the 70th week of Daniel? I leave the reader to answer these questions.
As touching the invasion from the East, the Scroll of Revelation gives us more insight. “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” ( Rev.16:12 ). At the outpouring of the sixth bowl judgment, the waters of the Euphrates River that empty into the Persian Gulf is desiccated making way for the kings of the East. What does this tell us? Unlike the other regions of the world, the East shall not be united. Therefore there shall be more than one king. This is not difficult to understand because the major powers in this region have major ideological and religious differences. India is Hindi in region and democratic in government. China on the other hand is Confusian and Buddhist in religion and communist in government. Pakistan is Islamic in religion and practices pseudodemocracy. If we include Japan, we see that it is Shintoistic and Toistic in religion and democratic in government. These are the reasons why there is no unity amongst the kings and peoples of the East. They are rival kings and kingdoms with different and divergent religious and ideological bases. They are suspicious of one another. Right now there is a face off between India and China. There is a lot of controversy over the ownership of islands in the South China Sea between China and its neighbors.
Now as touching the West, all the nations have judeochristian base, and practice one form of democracy or the other. As at now, they are moving away from judeochristian base to postchristian due to their philosophy of humanistic evolution. The antiChrist will be a secular humanist. And the ultimate form of democracy however, is dictatorship. And the antiChrist will be the ultimate dictator. Ultimate dictatorship has been mirrored by Antiochus Theos Epiphanes of Greek Syria in the late second century BC ( 178-164 ), and Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany ( The Third Reich ) in the first half of the 20th century AD ( 1933-1945 ), both of whom were of western descent. Adolf Hitler was a Magogite ( Germanic ), whilst Antiochus IV Epiphanes was of Javan ( Greece ). Both of these two world rulers were ardent persecutors of the sons of Jacob. So far, Adolf Hitler, of cursed memory, has the worst record. The antiChrist however, shall be the superlative and ultimate antisemite, and the worst persecutor of the sons of Jacob.
Magog ( Germanic peoples of Europe ) are found in Germany, Austria, sudenland in the Czech Repubilic, Silesia region of Poland, and south and west of Moscow in the Russian Federation. The Anglus and the Saxons who populated England in antiquity came from Lower Saxony in Bavaria, Germany. The original Franks are also Germanic in their ancestry. French and English have their roots in the German language. They are part of the Germanic group of Indo-European languages. In identifying the sons of Noah after the deluge, what is most important is ethnicity not geography. Magog was dominant amongst his brethren and became the natural leader of Meshech and Tuval, who were forefront in pushing out the frontiers of history. They were nomadic. The title Caesar borne by the Roman emperors is the same as the German Kaiser, the White Russian Czar who ruled from Saint Petersburg, and the Iranian Shah. These are different versions of the same title. Magog, Meshech, and Tuval invaded the plain of Latium where the city of Rome was founded. The patrician families that founded Rome were of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval, mainly Magog. Some of the Roman Caesars had Germanicum attached to their names. Anyone who plays down the centrality of Magog in the history and migrations of Europeans has denied the obvious. An ethnic group that led the whole world to two world wars are not pushovers. We must not regard the political indolence of Germany at the moment to mean impotence. They are technologically advanced as any other western nation, and antisemitism is on rise amongst its youths. With heavy immigration from the Arab and Islamic nations in the Middle East, who can tell what it will turn into in the future!
One more word on Egypt. The king of the South is not Egypt as some affirm though south of Israel. It is clearly stated by the prophet Daniel that the antiChrist shall invade and conquer Egypt and loot her treasures. This shall be because Egypt shall be isolated. They shall be neither part of the ten nation confederation of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ) nor part of coalition of nations of Africa south of the Sahara. The king of the South that shall attack the antiChrist at the end of time shall most probably be the leader of Africa south of the Sahara. In the end of time, there shall be alliances and coalitions as nations as their rulers see that the antiChrist poses existential threat to them. We should not suppose that the south in the End Times is referent to Egypt only as though God did not know that there would be other inhabitants of the continent of Africa beyond Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia.
We have shown from the Scriptures in Daniel 11:36-40 that the antiChrist is not the king of the North as some teachers of biblical prophecy affirm, because the antiChrist is different from the king of the North and was attacked by the king of the North in the time of the end. The king of the North is not Turkey either because Turkey is part of the ten nation confederation of the Eighth Beast Empire of which the antiChrist is the emperor. The other errors we have to refute are the teaching that the antiChrist will be a Muslim from Turkey and that Turkey is the 8th and Final Beast Empire. From Rev.17, we understand that the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth. “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.” ( Revelation 17:9-11 ). The seven heads are synonymous with the seven mountains. Mountains signify kingdoms. There are seven kings. And kings are synonymous with kingdoms in the Mid East. It is obvious that the seven mountains mentioned here do not refer to the seven hills on which Rome was founded because these seven hills were not seven kingdoms with seven kings. Actually there were nine hills on which Rome was founded on the Tiber River. These hills are Aventine, caelian, Capitoline, Equiline, Palatine, Quirimal, Veminal, Janiculum, and Pincian. These hills were not kingdoms neither had they heads nor kings. So, the seven mountains do not refer to the seven hills on which Rome was founded, but rather the seven Beast Empires.
At the time of writing of the Scroll of Revelation by Apostle John, the apocalyptist, about 96 AD, five kingdoms were history. These were Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medopersia, and Greece ( Javan ). The one in existence at that time was Rome ( Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ), the sixth Beast Empire. The one to come which would last for a short time, the seventh Beast Empire was not identified by John. This has led to wild speculations about the identity of this Empire. But this Empire would have certain characteristics by which it could be identified when it appeared on the world stage. Like all the previous six, it would persecute Israel. It is one of the seven heads. Did the Ottoman Empire single out the Jews for persecution as did Rome ( Nero, Caligula, Hadrian ), Greece ( Antiochus Theos Epiphanes ) and genocide and annihilation as did Nazi Germany, the Third Reich? No. Current wall of the Old City of Jerusalem was built by the Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent. He did not bar Jews from living or owing property in the city unlike the Roman Emperor Hadrian who after the Bar Kochba Revolt ( 132-135 ), ploughed Jerusalem with yokes of oxen, rebuilt it and renamed it Aelia Capitolina, and barred Jews from the city under the pain of death ( 136 ). There was no genocide of the Jews during the 400 years that the Ottomans reigned over Palestine. Jews lived in the whole Middle East throughout this period. The people singled out for persecution under the Ottoman Empire were Christians, especially Christian Armenia. As a matter of fact, the Ottoman Empire took over Palestine after defeating the Mamluks in 1517. Between 1914 and 1922, the Ottoman Empire liquidated 1.5 million Armenians. Their honorable women and ladies were publicly crucified on Crosses stark naked. On the other hand, there is no record that the Jews were singled out for genocide. Did the Ottoman Empire last for a short time? No. It lasted 623 years.
The two divisions of the Roman Empire, the two legs of iron of the statue of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream were Rome and Byzantium.
“His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” ( Dan.2:33-35, 40-43 ).
The capital of the Eastern Roman Empire was Byzantium which was renamed Constantinople in honor of Emperor Constantine. The Eastern Roman Empire is also referred as Byzantium and the period as Byzantine Period. Constantinople is modern day Istanbul in Turkey. The Western Roman Empire with capital in Rome was sacked by the Barbarians who were ethnic Germans from the North, the Visigoths, in 410 AD, and by the Vandals in 455 AD. The Roman Empire in the west ended with the deposition of emperor Romulus Augustulus by Odoacer, a German warlord in 476 AD. Separate rule in the west ended with the death of Julius Nepos in 480 AD. The Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium continued for another 1,000 years until it was overrun by the Ottoman Turks in 1453 AD. The Ottoman Turks, though Indo-European people come from a different stock. Whilst the founders of Rome were Magog, Meshech, and Tuval, mainly Magog, the Ottoman Turks were from Gomer, and Togarmah. They were all of Japhethic extractions. The Ottoman Turks ruled the whole Mid East and Palestine for a period of 400 years from 1517 and became the dominant power in the Mediterranean world until defeated by the British in 1917 during the First World War. So, the Ottoman Empire lasted for 623 years, a period that can hardly be described as a short space. Remember that the seventh head which is the seventh Beast Empire and its ruler shall last for a short space. Therefore the seventh Beast Empire shall have only one ruler who would rule for a short period of time. This is the only logical conclusion. Does the Ottoman Empire fit the bill? No.
Walid Shoebet and Joel Richardson have argued that because the Roman Tenth Legion, Legion X Frentensis led by the Roman general Titus was composed mainly of Turkmen and Arabs, it was not Titus who destroyed the Second Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem in 70 AD. That when the fire started, Titus gave order that the fire should be extinguished but the Turkmen and the Arabs who constituted the rank and file of his army reneged. That may well be true. However, it does not change the fact that it was the Roman general Titus who destroyed the second Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem in 70 AD. If these soldiers were not Roman citizens, then they were machineries. Every Empire recruited soldiers from conquered people. Those soldiers whatever their ethnicity were maintained by the power that be under whose auspices they fought. This argument is a very weak attempt at best to convince us that the Turks destroyed the Second Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah, and therefore the antiChrist who will take over the Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah at the midpoint of the 70th week will be a Muslim from Turkey, the so called Mideast Beast.
This argument begs the question. At that time neither Islam nor the Ottoman Empire was in existence. Even if they did exist at that time, The Second Temple was not destroyed in the name of Islam or the Ottoman Empire. Secondly neither the Turks nor the Arabs descended from Magog, Meshech and Tuval, and therefore could not be the iron in the image of the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar. The onus for the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple on Moriah in Jerusalem rests with the leadership of the Roman army not the rank and file of the Roman army. During the First World War, France recruited soldiers from the Francophone African countries as also did Great Britain from the Anglophone African countries. After the war, France stationed some of these black soldiers from Senegal in Africa in the Ruhr, the heavily industrialized region of Germany as a form of humiliation to Germany in order to extract reparations and war endemnity. Shall we therefore say that Africa defeated Germany during the Second World War? Was Africa ever at war with Germany? This kind of argument is very misleading, and therefore untenable. Did the Turks and the Arabs rule over the land of Israel after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD? During the scramble for Africa, the Igbos, an ethnic group southeast of Nigeria gave the British a tough time. The British recruited soldiers from the Yorubas, an ethnic group in the southwest of Nigeria, and from the Hausas, an ethnic group from the North of Nigeria to fight and defeat the Igbos. Shall we say that the Yorubas and the Hausas defeated the Igbos? Were the Igbos at war with the Yorubas and the Hausas? Who commanded these Hausa and Yoruba soldiers? White British Army officers. The Igbos were defeated, and colonized by the British. Did the Yorubas and the Hausas rule over the Igbos during the colonial era? No. Who did? The British, period.
The Sixth Beast Empire, the Seventh Beast Empire, and the Eighth Beast Empire have their roots in the iron legs of the image of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The iron we have identified as Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. But the Ottoman Turks and modern day Turkey are from Gomer and Togarmah. Besides the Ottoman Empire did not persecute Israel in exile, neither had it only one ruler nor was it of short duration. The only Empire in history that meets these criteria or qualifications is Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany ( The Third Reich ). The Germans are Magogites. The Third Reich of Adolf Hitler lasted for a very short time of 12 years ( 1933-1945 ). So far as history records, Nazi Germany has been the worst persecutor of the sons of Jacob. During the reign of terror by the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, six millions Jews perished in the gas chambers and crematoria all over Eastern and parts of Western Europe, amongst whom were 2 millions Jewish children whose lives were snuffed out in the embryo. One factor that is common amongst the seven Beast Empire of Satan is their persecution of the sons of Jacob. Neither Joel Richardson nor Walid Shoebet has emphasized this glaring fact in their identification of the Seventh Beast Empire as the Ottoman Empire. Why? Because it is conspicuously absent. If we say that the Ottoman Empire is the seventh Beast Empire of Satan, what shall we say of Hitler’s Nazi Germany? If the Empire that killed more Jews than any other in history is not one of the Beast Empires of Satan, which other Empire has the qualification? It baffles me that these scholars are silent about the role of Nazi Germany, the Fourth Reich, as a Beast Empire of Satan. Is this theological antisemitism or historical revisionism by deliberate omission?
If the Seventh Beast Empire is Magogite, the Eighth Beast Empire which is the revived Seventh Beast Empire must also be Magogite. Kings are synonymous with their kingdoms. If the revived kingdom is Magogite, the revived king also must be Magogite. So the antiChrist, the revived head of the revived Seventh Beast Empire must be Magogite. This logic is born out by the fact that the prophet Ezekiel identified the antiChrist as Gog of the land of Magog, the head or natural ruler of Meshech, and Tuval ( Ezek.38:1,2 ). In Ezek.38,39, he leads the armies of his ten nation confederation against Christ at Armageddon. Ezek.38,39 which some scholars isolate as the Gog and Magog war, which according to them, especially the pretribulationists, shall be the final war before the Rapture, is nothing other than the war of Armageddon. After this war is the rebuilding of the Fourth And Millennial Temple by Christ Himself ( Ezek.40-43 ) on the new elevated and renovated Mount Zion during the 45-day Restoration Period ( Dan.12:11,12 ). Let me make it clear here that although the Jews have drawn a plan of the Third Temple based on Ezek.40-43, procured materials and raised over $100 millions for the rebuilding of the Third Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, they shall not be able to erect a temple of this magnitude in this age. The Third Temple shall be a much smaller structure hastily set up and will last for a brief period of time. Ezek.40-48 is a description of Jerusalem and the land of Israel in the Millennium.
The pretribbers say that the Rapture is imminent and can occur at any moment without any prophetic event preceding it, yet they tell us the Gog and Magog war in which Russia and its allies shall invade Israel is the last prophetic event that shall unfold before the Rapture can take place. Is the Gog and Magog war not a prophetic event? They say no prophetic event will precede the Rapture, yet they hold prophecy conferences every week all over North America. What are they prophesying about if no prophetic event will occur before the Rapture? I wonder!
If the Ottoman Empire was of Magogite origin, what then is the origin of the Roman Empire? So, the antiChrist cannot come from Turkey. The antiChrist is an atheist, and so cannot be a Muslim in practice ( Dan.11:36-39, 2 Thess.2:4 ). Some biblical scholars have strictures with that. Muslims are not atheists. The only god that the antiChrist would recognize is the barrel of the gun. He shall be a Chairman Mao; power belongs to the barrel of the gun. He shall worship the god of forces, the god of munition. His career begins with overthrow, and metamorphoses into subtle peace diplomacy and war. The antiMessiah will be a powerful and extremely ungodly military leader. He will lead his vast armies in the Jerusalem campaign in which he relocates his headquarters from Europe to Jerusalem. When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, let him that readeth understand ( Matt.24:15 ). “He shall plant the tabernacle of palace between the seas in the glorious Holy Mountain” ( Dan.11:45 ). He shall lead his armies in the Jehoshaphat campaign ( Joel 3:1,2,9,12-16, Zechariah.14:2 ). He shall lead his armies at Armageddon ( Ezek. 38:4,8,9; Dan.11:38 ). He will conquer Egypt. He shall go forth conquering and to conquer ( Rev.6:2 ). Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all ( Dan.11:37). So the antiMessiah shall be a warrior and a powerful military leader, but an ungodly one for that matter.
There are really no true atheists. Atheism is a misnomer. Atheism is a religion. Their god is “no-god” which is falsehood, the origin of which is Satanic. So, Satan is the god of all atheists. All atheists are idolaters. All atheists are satanists. Atheism is idolatry. All atheists are pagans. To that extent and in that sense, the antiChrist will be a pagan. Quite frankly he is a secular humanist in public, but secretly he worships Satan who indwells and empowers him, and whom he represents ( Rev.13:2 ), and practices witchcraft as also did also Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler would say publically there is no God, yet he was a member of a witches and wizards coven. See “The Sword Of Longinus.” The antiChrist shall be the consummate superman which is the end product of secular humanism and evolution.
Another error is that the land of Shinar is Mecca in Arabia. The land of Shinar is Babylon which is in modern day Iraq. “And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” ( Gen.10:10 ). If the Tower of Babel, the ancient Ziggurats are in Babylon, and Babylon is in the land of Shinar, how can Mecca be the land of Shinar.
“Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. I will bring it forth, saith the Lord of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof. Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.” ( Zech.5:1-11 ).
The ephah is a holy measure. A woman in a holy measure is an abomination. The woman in the ephah is Semiramis or Anat, the wife of Nimrod and mother of Tammuz or Osiris. The ephah was taken to its base in the land of Shinar where mother-child worship introduced by Nimrod began. It was Nimrod who founded Babel. It was from Babylon in the land of Shinar that it spread to all other parts of the world after the confusion of languages at Babel. Mother-child worship did not begin in Mecca in Arabia. So, Mecca in Arabia cannot be the land of Shinar.
That Islam is the symbol of mother-child worship is true, so also every other false religion. That Mecca is Babylon the Great, the Great Whore of Rev.17,18 is not true, though the spirit of Babylon, the spirit of mother-child worship controls Mecca as it does also Rome and did Pergamos, and the center of every other false religion other than true Christianity. So Rev.17,18 are not about Mecca. Neither is it about Jerusalem, for that would mean that the ten kings of the Eighth Beast Empire shall destroy the headquarters of the antiChrist and the capital city of the His empire. “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 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. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” ( Rev.17:12-18 ). Will the ten kings of the Eighth Beast Empire burn down the capital city of the antiChrist to whom they are allied? The antiChrist shall be in control of Jerusalem until defeated by Christ at the final battle of Armageddon.
It is about ancient Babylon which has been rebuilt by Saddam Hussein in modern day Iraq. It shall be the religious and commercial center of the Eighth Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ). With regards to the end time scenario, Saudi Arabia and Mecca are insignificant, irrelevant, and inconsequential. There is no prominence give to Saudi Arabia and Mecca in the End Times. Biblical eschatology is silent about them. It is not proper therefore for us to twist Scriptures to include and give them prominence. These ministers who hold this opinion are former Muslims or Christian ministers who minister to Muslims. They have seen how deeply seated is the Islamic ideology of world domination. They cannot see Islam playing second fiddle. Is it therefore difficult for God to alter the stats quo?
We should not interpret biblical prophecy in the light of current affairs, rather current affairs should be viewed through the prism of biblical prophecy. There are many books written on biblical prophecy which became bestsellers in their times. They were based on the geopolitics of their times. They were sensational. They sold millions of copies and their authors made their money. When we pick them up today, what do we see? They are not worth the paper on which they were written. Books on biblical prophecy should have value and normative authority till the end of time. Some books on biblical prophecy which are advocating that the antiChrist is the king of the North, and will be the Mideast Beast, and a Muslim from Turkey or an Assyrian will become irrelevant in the coming decades with changes in the geopolitics of the world. Pleasantly surprising though, the geopolitics of the future will lead to the realignment of nations in such a way as to conform to biblical prophecy as announciated by the statue of the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in Dan.2 and the four beasts of Dan.7.
That the ten horns of the nondescript Beast are the ten kings of Arabia is also false. Saudi Arabia is not part of the ten nation confederation of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ). The Bible tells us who they are. “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.” ( Rev.13:2 ). According to Dan.7, the lion is Babylon, the leopard is Greece, the bear Medopersia, and the nondescript Beast is Rome.
“The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” ( Dan.7:4-7 ).
The fourth Beast, the composite nondescript ferocious Beast with ten horns is representative of the Sixth Beast Empire ( Rome ), the Seventh Beast Empire ( Nazi Germany ), and the Eighth Beast Empire. That was why the fourth Beast could not be represented by a single animal. It was composite and nondescript. The Seventh and the Eighth Beast Empires are subsumed in the Sixth Beast Empire ( Roman Empire ). They emerged out of the Roman iron root. They are of the same ancestry as Rome. There are some that teach that the Seventh Beast Empire is not represented in Dan.7. However, that assumption is not true. Obviously the ten horns are a representation of the composition of the Eighth Beast Empire. But why is the Fourth Beast a nondescript composite Beast? It is because it composed of more than one Beast. There is a reason for whatever God does. All the other Beast Empires were represented by a single clearly identifiable animals, but when it came to Rome, it was represented as a monster of a creature. These three beasts have a common ancestry. This is the only logical conclusion. Even if the Ottoman Empire were of Roman ancestry, which obviously it was not, it would still not qualify as the Seventh Beast Empire because it did not single out the Jews for genocide, neither did it last for a short period of time.
The ten horns are the ten kings of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ( nondescript beat; Rome ), Javan ( Leopard; Greece or Greek Syria ), Arphaschard ( winged Lion; Babylon or Iraq ), Persia ( bear; Iran or Tiras ). The other four, Put ( Libya ), Cush ( Sudan ), Gomer and Togarmer ( Turkey ) were not represented by beasts simply because they were not Beast Empires [ Ezek.38:1-6; Rev.13:2 ]. The four heads of the leopard are the four divisions of the Greek Empire after the demise of Alexander the Great of Macedon in 323 BC. We can see that neither modern Turkey nor the Ottoman Empire is one of the seven Beast Empires of Satan. After the demise of Alexander the Great of Macedon, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the seventh ruler of one of the four divisions of the Greek Empire was a persecutor of the sons of Jacob. Alexander himself never persecuted the sons of Jacob. Am inclined to believe that Javan refers to Greek Syria of which Antiochus IV Epiphanes was the head, who was also a prefigure of the antiChrist, neither Egypt nor Greece nor Macedonia proper .
Turkey will be part of the ten nation confederation of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ) but not the head neither one of the power base nations of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. Turkey is part of the clay of the ten toes of the image of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The leadership of the ten nation confederation, the Eighth And Final Beast Empire of Satan is in the iron root, not the clay. The nondescript composite ferocious Beast had iron teeth. The life of the Beast is in the iron teeth with which it tears the prey. The iron is the power base of the Beast. The antiChrist must come from the iron base. The life of the Beast is not in the secondary horns. The antiChrist cannot come from the clay. Therefore, the antiChrist cannot come from Turkey nor any of the other six secondary nations. Clay is a mixture of all kinds of substances held together by water. So also the clay in the ten toes of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is an admixture of all the sons of Noah after the deluge. All the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth are represented. Those of Hamitic extraction are Put ( Libya ) and Cush ( Sudan ). Those of Semitic extraction are Arphaschard ( Babylon ), and perhaps Greek Syria. Those of Japhethic extraction are Gomer, Togarmer ( Turkey ), and Iran ( Persia or Tiras ). Gomer, Togarmer, and Tiras ( Persia ) are Indo-European peoples. The only thing that holds these peoples together is the Islamic religion. Joel Richardson has asked the question, if the antiChrist is not a Muslim how is he able to gain the allegiance of Muslims? And I ask why did Saudi Arabia and Kuwait permit Christian US soldiers to enter into their lands and defend them against Saddam Hussein, a Muslim ruler of a Muslim nation? It is a marriage of convenience. It is survival of fittest. In politics there are no permanent friends, but permanent interests. The Muslims want world domination. They want to establish a global caliphate that will rule the world. The west also want world domination. It is a marriage of convenience. Therefore, they will mingle themselves in the seed of men, but will not cleave to one another. “And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” ( Daniel 2:41-43 ).
There are also those who claim the antiChrist is the Assyrian. The descendants of the ancient Assyria are found in modern day Iraq. They are few in number and are mainly Christians. They are a persecuted minority in Iraq. They are Semitic people. So if the Assyrians are part of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire, they are part of the clay not the iron. The leadership of the Eighth Beast Empire is from the Iron which is of Roman ancestry ( Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ). So, the antiChrist cannot be an Assyrian unless of course in a metaphorical sense ( Isa.14:25 ). The Assyrians were known for their cruel treatment of war captives. It is exegetically unacceptable to twist Scriptures already fulfilled in antiquity to justify our preconceived notions. Assyria was used by God to punish Israel ( Isa.10:5 ). That was in the past. Assyria will never rise up as an Empire or people to dominate the world neither would Babylon nor Egypt nor Greece nor the Medes and the Persians no matter how hard they try. Geopolitical revival is the exclusive preserve of the Roman Iron, the nondescript composite Beast. Saddam Hussein’s efforts to revive the glories of the neoBabylonian Empire under king Nebuchadnezzar was doomed to failure from the beginning. According to Dan Hayden, Babylon is the Empire that was. So also the efforts of Iranian leadership to rise to the former glories of the Persian Empire by regaining world domination. There is a movement of power amongst the sons of Noah after the flood from Ham to Japheth with which it rests till the end of time.
Ham -> Shem -> Japheth
Ham was the first of the sons of Japhet to establish an empire in history though he was the last born of Noah. That was the Egyptian Empire. From Ham, power moved to the Semitic peoples. Shem was the second son of Noah. They established two empires that impacted Israel negatively, Assyria and Babylon. Although the foundation of the city of Babylon was Hamitic; for Nimrod, a grandson of Ham through Cush was the founder of Babylon, the Sumerians and the Akkadians built the ancient Babylonian Empire. The neoBabylonian Empire of Nebuchadnezzar was founded by the Chaldeans. “And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Put, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” ( Gen.10:6-10 ).
From the Semitic peoples, power moved to the Japhetic peoples. Japheth was the eldest son of Noah. He had the right of primogeniture which included leadership, priesthood and double inheritance. For unrevealed reason the priesthood went to Shem, but Japheth retained the leadership. Ham was to play a subordinate role because he viewed the nakedness of his father, Noah, in a state of inebriation. Both Ham and Japheth dwell in the spiritual tent of Shem. Salvation is of the Jews ( John 4:22 ). “And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” ( Genesis 9:25-27 ). The tent spoken of here is spiritual tent, the origin of which is divine and rests in the hands of the sons of Jacob, a Semitic people.
“And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” ( Genesis 9:18-27 ).
The first of the Japhetites to build an empire were the Medes and the Persian ( Medopersia ). The Medes ( Medai ) and the Persians ( Tiras ) are Indo-European peoples. They descended from Japheth the elder. Next to them were the Greek ( Javan ). Finally we have the descendants of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ( Rome ). Power will remain not only with the sons of Japheth, but with Magog till the end of time. If we do not have this understanding, we shall be beating about the bush by speculating about the ancestry of the Eighth Beast Empire and the antiChrist. This is all revealed in the image of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Dan.2, and the beasts of Daniel’s dream in Dan.7. The iron and the nondescript composite ferocious beast ( Rome ) prevailed till the end of time. The clay was brought in to assist the Iron. The ten horns developed on the nondescript composite and ferocious beast. And the clay is composed of all the descendants of the three sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
But the iron in the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream which is Rome ( Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ) will dominate the world till the End Of The Ages. If the antiChrist is a Muslim from either Ottoman Empire or Assyria, which kings of these two empires would he be? One outstanding characteristics of the antiChrist is that he will be a man who has ruled one of the seven previous Beast Empires, was killed with a military weapon in battle, descended into the abyss, and shall ascend from the abyss to rule over the Eighth And Final Beast Empire. He shall be recognizable when he unveils himself at his debut at the Rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel. “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.” ( Rev.13:3 ). “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” ( Rev.17:11 ). “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 ).
The fact that the antiChrist is a dead man who had ruled one of the seven previous Beast Empires in the past and is come back to life to rule over The Eighth Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ) shall be the most singular fact that shall grant him overwhelmingly influence over the lives of the living wicked earth-dwellers. Even the kings of the other kingdoms of the Earth in existence at that time shall fear him. Therefore he shall have worldwide influence. “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. 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. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” ( Rev.13:3-8 ).
They shall worship the Dragon who gave authority to the Beast, and they shall worship the Beast, saying who is able to make war with him? “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.13:4 ). Who is like unto him is an expression of wonder because he is a dead man come back to life. He shall be invincible in battle against these other kings. No human king will be able to defeat the antiChrist in battle. The only person that shall defeat him is Christ at the final battle of Armageddon. The antiChrist is not a human spirit. He is a fallen evil angel. 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 ). Why is it that he ascends out of the bottomless pit? It is because he has been there. He had lived before and was killed with a military weapon in battle. This is not something future. It has already happened. He ruled over the Seventh Beast Empire. He was sent there because he is not a human spirit. Human spirits are sent to Hell or Heaven not the abyss. The abyss is the abode of fallen angels who did note keep their first estate but in defiance to God’s command to keep men and angels separate, cohabited with human females ( Gen.6 ). They are reserved in chains under darkness waiting for the judgment of the Great Day ( Jude 6 ).
The Muslim nations that shall be allied to the antiChrist shall worship the Dragon as well as the Beast. They shall be idolaters and Satanists as they have always been though they name America as they Great Satan.
Those who claim the antiChrist will be a Mid East Muslim either from Ottoman Empire which modern day Turkey or from Assyria must show us which emperor of one of these two empires he would be who ruled for short time, and was killed with a military weapon in battle, was an ardent persecutor of the sons of Jacob, and will be recognizable at his debut when he unveils himself at the Rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, as a dead man come back to life, at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel. If on the other hand, Nazi Germany ( The Third Reich ) is the seventh Beast Empire, not the Ottoman Empire, then there is no doubt who its sole leader who reigned for a short space was; Adolf Hitler fits the bill. Admiral Carl Doenitz merely surrendered to the Allies. He shall be recognizable when he unveils himself at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. There is a mystery surrounding his death, though he shot himself with a pistol at the Chancellery in Berlin while the Russians were closing in on him. Adolf Hitler is the most recognizable face on television worldwide, and he is not about to give up his position. Besides, there is another huddle; they must show us that he has iron root ( Roman ancestry ) and is Gog, of the land of Magog, the head or natural ruler of Meshech, and Tuval ( Ezek.38:1,2 ). Impossible!
The antiChrist who is the little horn shall arise out of the nondescript Beast which is Rome. Did the Ottoman Empire come out of Rome? They merely defeated the Easthern Roman Empire or Byzantium. “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;” ( Dan.7:17-21 ). We have to go back to Dan.2 in order to understand that the power base is in the iron and not the clay. The nails were of brass ( bronze ) which is suggestive of Greece. Javan ( Greece ) is one of the ten horns of the Eighth Beast Empire. Turkey is one of the seven secondary nations of the Eighth Beast Empire. The Ottoman Empire does not feature at all. It is not one of the Beast Empires. The Ottoman Empire did not have iron root neither did it come out Rome.
That the dispersion of mother-child worship began from Babylon is true, and that the sacred stone in the Ka’aba in Mecca which Muslim pilgrims kiss is the image of the secret of Semiramis is also true. That Islam is a monotheistic religion is false. Islam is polytheistic. There are 360 gods in the Arabian pantheon worshipped at the Ka’aba in Mecca by the Quraish tribe. Anat or Semiramis was made the patron deity by prophet Mohammed. She is a female goddess. That she is worshipped as a male deity Allah which is an acrostic from Al ila which means the god, is an occultic inversion. Allah is not a personal name but a title. The crescent Moon which is the symbol of Islam is female in Mid East Mythology, and the Sun male. Osiris is the son of Semiramis or Anat. The sons of the gods, their male offspring are the stars ( Rev.12:1 ). The crescent Moon is Semiramis and the lone star is Osiris, who is both husband and son of Semiramis. An abomination. The sun is one of the smallest stars. The lone star doubles as the sun and the star. In other words, Nimrod, the husband of Semiramis is subsumed in the son, Thammuz who is also the husband of Semiramis, Nimrod come back to life. Most Muslim Imams practise witchcraft. They have charms and talisman for every imaginable desire of fallen and deprave humanity. However, that the Ottoman Empire is the Seventh Beast Empire, and that Turkey is the Eighth Beast Empire , and that the antiChrist will be a Mid East Muslim from Turkey, and the king of the North are false.
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 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 begins, 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 fifth seal promises the wrath of God. 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. Bezaleel and Aholiab were anointed of the Holy Spirit to construct the Tabernacle in the wilderness ( Exod.31:1-11; cp. 2 Kin.2:1-18 ). John the Baptizer was filled with the Holy Spirit from the mother’s womb though he was not part of the bride of Christ ( Luk.1:15 ). 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, and there shall be a very Great Tribulation. 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 ). Does the end occur outside the 70th week? 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 darkness 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: https://mtzionheritage.com/the-Tribulation-the-Great/
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’s 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 on Mount Zion, 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 discursive 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 it 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 his 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 and digital 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 authority 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
Introduction to Eschatology.
(1) Importance of eschatology.
I view eschatology as one of the most important subjects in the Bible, on equal footing with Faith and prayer and fellowship with God, salvation, healing, evangelism, divine protection , meeting our daily needs, etc. If we do not understand eschatology, we cannot pray properly for the world in the time in which we live. Proper prayer is biblical. It is based on the word of God. It is an invitation to God to act in accordance with His Word, an invocation of His faithfulness. Eschatology is the future history of the world. A believer who understands eschatology needs not be afraid of the future. Eschatology is a catalyst for holy living ( Marvin J. Rosenthal ). Eschatology tells us how the world would end.
There are many things which can render one very fearful in our world nowadays: freak accidents, natural desasters like tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes; nuclear blow ups, wars, famines, terror attacks. There are lots of demented people out there, loose in our societies, ready to commit crimes and acts of terror who are not in anyway linked up to criminal gangs or criminal and terror organizations. A biblical understanding of the end times tells us the major historical events of the future. Therefore eschatology is so vital to our spiritual equilibrium who live at the edge of history.
Virologists tell us some virulent virus enzootic in animals may jump off and wreak havoc on humanity and lead to viromaggedon. Scientists in their quest for knowledge may one day revive some extremely virulent organism asleep in the Canadian permafrost which may wipe out humanity. Stephen Hawkings tells us AIs may wipe out humanity. He is not the first to say that: Raymond Kurzweil talks about singularity and the death of human civilization. Earlier and late in the 19th Century, the German philosopher, Martin Heidegger warned technology would destroy humanity. Elon Musk tells us to become cyborgs or become obsolescent and loose our jobs to robots. In the midst of all these predictions by eminent scholars and innovators and philosophers, one may develop a hang up on “Sudden Disaster Syndrome” and be filled with anxiety and fear. For us believers in Messiah, Jesus, it needs not be so. Our Daddy has revealed to us in His Word how the World would end. We must avail ourselves of this knowledge. If we do not, we shall be like the people of the world, fearful and on edge all the time. My submission is that a proper biblical understanding of eschatology would help us to remain balanced in a gloomy World bedeviled with sin and evil.
When America invaded Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein from power, some brethren came to me, fearful that Saddam Hussein had chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and that the world may end in a nuclear holocaust. I told then plainly, in a bald language that that was not to be. They asked how I knew. My answer was very simple: that was not how God said in His Word, The Bible that the world was going to end. At that time I was not sure whether Saddam Hussein had any or all of those weapons of mass destruction. Even if he had them, it did not matter much, he could not have possibly wiped out the whole of humanity that way and in effect end human civilization.
(2) Definition of eschatology.
Eschatology is a compound word derived from two Greek words eschaton and logi. Eschaton means the last things and logi the study of. Therefore, eschatology is the study of the last things. It is the study of the last things from biblical perspectives. All religions have their views of the last things. We shall not concern ourselves with views which stem from other religions. We shall limit ourselves to the biblical view of eschatology which is so vital to our well being in these last days.
(3) The terminology of Eschatology.
Jewish theology has a dichotomous view of eschatology: olam haze ( the present age ) and olam haba ( the age to come ). This dichotomous view is also biblical.
In between the two ages is what is called the end of the ages. In this period, there is an intensification of activities on Earth in order to bring this age to an end, a conclusion, and usher in another, the age to come (aioneis). The life of the age to come ( zoe aioneis ) is what is commonly translated as eternal life in the KJV: God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believers in Him shall not perish but have everlasting ( eternal ) life ( Jon.3:16 ). Born again believers ( more biblically accurate, born from above, Greek: genetenai annotein ), though living in this age , possess the life of the age to come. Jesus told the Jewish religious leader: you are of this age, I am not of this age; you are from beneath, I am from above ( Jon.8:23 ). Without this life of the age to come, it is practically impossible to live the christian life.
The ends of the ages which is also called simply the end, the lord’s day etc, occurs within the 70th Seven of Daniel’s 70 Seven prophecy. This 7-year period is divided into two equal halves by the abomination of desolation in the midst of it. Each half consists of three and one-half years of 1, 260 days or 42 weeks. Most of the terminology of eschatology derives from events in the 70th Seven of Daniel.
Some biblical scholars of bible prophecy choose to refer to the last 7-years of the present age as the Tribulation period, and the second half of it as The Great Tribulation. This may be somewhat confusing and build an apriori case for pretribulation rapture view. Not all of the second half of the 70th Seven is covered by the Great Tribulation: in fact the Tribulation the Great is truncated by the 6th seal judgement, the cosmic disturbance. I prefer to call it simply the 70th Seven
There is a dichotomy and duality in eschalogical terminology and the cosmic struggle: Christ and the antiChrist, day and night, above and beneath, the present age and the age to come, sin and evil, light and darkness, the saints ( the holy ones ) and the wicked earth-dwellers, God and Satan, demons and angels, temporality and eternality, the present and the future, life and the afterlife.
(4) God’s view of time.
In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). God finished His work in six days. He rested the seventh day and hollowed it ( Gen.2:2 ). From here arises the concept of the Shabbat. The Shabbat is the day of rest. We know that God’s ways are not our ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and his thoughts than our thoughts ( Is.55:8,9 ). And again, one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day ( 2 Pet.3:8 ). Daddy created the present age to last for a seven. Each of those seven days shall be a thousand years. At the end of the 6th day or better still 6th millennium would be a Shabbat. The Shabbat shall last for a thousand years. Here lies the concept of the millennium. Millennium comes from the Latin, Mille and annum which mean 1000 years. Therefore, the premillennial view of eschatology is biblically accurate. This view teaches that at the end of this age, God Almighty shall takeover the rulership of the Earth and reign for a thousand years.
The Jewish calendar begins from day 1 of creation. This year on the Jewish calendar is 5,775. That leaves us with 225 years to the end of the 6th millennium. We cannot be so sure of the accuracy of this calendar, but give and take, it tells somewhat how precariously close we are to the ends of the ages. We cannot know the day and the hour of His coming, but we can know the general time period. No matter whatever angle we view the world, we are fast approaching the ends of the ages.
God is sovereign Lord over His universal kingdom. But gave rulership of the earthly domain of His kingdom to Adam, his representave on the earthly domain of His Universal kingdom. Adam sold out to the devil. It was a legal transaction and therefore binding. Adam had the legal right to transfer rulership of the Earth to Satan, God’s adversary, but not the moral right, inasmuch as he, Adam had rulership of the Earth from God. Adams lease of the Earth to Satan shall expire and the end of the 6th millennium, the 6th day as it were. At the end of the 6th millennium, the rulership of the Earth shall be returned to God Almighty, the Sovereign Lord of the universe, and He shall reign for one day or better still, a 1000years.
(5) Eschalogical timeline.
We have dealt in a panoramic view with the 70 Sevens. Beyond the 70th seven is the 30-day Reclamation Period and the 45-day Restoration Period mentioned in Daniel 12:11,12: “And from the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninty days. Blessed is he that waits, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and thirty days days.” The 1,290 days and the 1,335 days have the same terminus-a-quo. The starting point here is the abomination of desolation which occurs precisely in the middle of the 70th Seven when the antiChrist makes his debut at the rebuilt temple on Mount Mariah, Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and demands worship and allegiance from all mortals, both Jews and Gentiles. Beyond this is the The Shabbat, the millennium when God Almighty regains physical possession of the the earthly realm of His Universal Kingdom.
(6) Principles of Biblical Eschatological Hermeneutics
Biblical scholars have found out that there are certain principles that should be followed in interpreting scriptures in order to avoid confusion and contradictions. If these principles are consistently followed, the result would be the same no matter who interprets the scripture and when and where the scripture is interpreted. We must not come to scripture with our own theological predispositions and dogma and preconceived ideas, opinions and notions. These principles are as follows:
1) Literal Sense of Scripture:
Scripture must be interpreted in its literal common sense. Cooper’s definition of literal sense is when the literal sense of scripture makes common sense seek no other sense,….. Martin Luther called it sensus literalis. It a well know fact that most of the advancement made in interpretation of scriptures during the reformation were as a result of adherence to this principle. Others biblical writers like Robert van Kampen call it face value hermeneutics. Scripture must be interpreted in its face value. This principle does not prohibit the use of symbolism. Every prophetic scripture must be literally fulfilled. If a prophetic scripture is not literally fulfilled, neither the prophecy not the prophet should be regarded.
(2) Context of Scripture.
Scripture must be interpreted in its context and settings. The immediate and wider contexts must be taken into cognizance. When a text is taken out of context , it is no more than a pretext. The context involves the personalities addressed and their settings and situations.
(3) Comparing Scripture with Scripture.
What this means is that when a particular text, sentence, phrase or word is being studied, we must do so in the light of its related passages and texts in order to get the overall picture. Some passages are not as clear as others, and some truth are more implicit than explicit. Scripture is its own best interpreter, therefore, related truths must be compared
(4) Prohibition of Antinomies.
An antimony is a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences drawn from such principles. When we deal with a particular issue in scripture, there must be no contradiction between the related passages or principles derived from those passages. When contradictions exist, a higher common denominator must be found which resolves and harmonizes the contradiction. No interpretation is valid except such as harmonizes any apparent contradictions. God’s word is inerrant, therefore it cannot be contradictory. However, if ideas are mutually exclusive, they can never be reconciled.
(5)Near and Far View of Prophecy.
Some prophecies in the Scriptures have relevance to the immediate period as well as in the end times. These near and far view implications and applications may be the source of confusion where they are not recognized and harmonized. Sometimes a part of prophecy is fulfilled in the immediate period while the remaining part is fulfilled in the future. For example, when our Lord Jesus quoted Isaiah’s prophecy in 61:1-3 in reference to His ministry in Luke 4:18-2, He stopped in the middle of a verse. When Peter made reference to Joel’s prophecy in Acts 2:14-21, not all of it was fulfilled in that day. So, some prophetic passages have immediate and wider implications and applications. Some are partially fulfilled in the immediate period whilst full fulfillment awaits the future .
(7) Subjects Relevant To The Study Of Eschatology.
There are a number of subjects relevant to the study of eschatology. A good student of eschatology must do well to familiarize himself with these subjects.
1) The Bible: a fair knowledge of the bible is a prerequisite, especially
prophetic books like Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Revelation. The Olivet Discourse in Matt.24-25, Mark 14 and Luke 21 is of utmost importance, and so also Paul,s espitles to the Thessalonians.
(a) Biblical history: history of Old and New Testaments;
(b) History of ancient and modern Israel;
(c) History of ancient and modern Neareast;
(d) History of migration of the sons Noah after the flood; Study of postdiluvian migrations and settlements of the sons Noah is relevant to the identification and settlements of the various peoples groups germane to eschatology.
(e) World history;
(a) Ancient and modern Israel;
(b) Ancient and modern Neareast;
(c) Political geography of the modern world.
(4) Current Affairs:
we must acquaint ourselves with the goings-on in our worlds. Whilst some events in our world are relevant to eschatology, others are eschatologically inconsequential. We must be conversant with the goings-on in Europe and The Middle East.
(5) Modern Technology and Science:
Any serious believer who can read and write should have a fair knowledge of the development in modern science and technology, and how it relates to the Mark of the Beast.
We must have money to transact business. Even in a cashless society we must have money credited to our account in order to carry out any transactions. Therefore we must acquaint ourselves with the developments in finance in order to understand how The Beast shall manipulate it in order to use it to his advantage.
We should also acquaint ourselves with the goings-on in the world of region with regards to ecumenism and the formation of one world religion. Of late Chrislam has been proposed. Chrislam is the union of Islam with Christianity. Is this practicable?
This list is daunting. It is enough to scare one off the study of eschatology. However this is not the intent of the writer. We do not need to be professors and gurus in all these fields and no one is. What is needed is a fair and working knowledge in order to understand eschatology and the analyze and relate current affaires to the end times.
The Monetary System Of The World
A fundamental change has come upon the world. After the air we breathe, money has become the next necessity of life. Homo economics, successor to Homo sapiens needs money to acquire water and food. Money answereth all things( Eccl.10:19). This new necessity of life is least understood by people, especially followers of Jesus Christ. The Lord had alluded to this new reality when He said you cannot serve two masters( Matt.6:24;Luke 16:9,11,13).
In God’s economy, all necessities are given freely, abundantly and graciously. However, as history progresses, the Antichrist( AC) heading the world system and world governance would award money “graciously” only to those who accept him.
Putting money under strict scrutiny would start to spring up surprises of the true nature of money. Some facts, money is a debt in its entirety. And who is given out this debt to enslave? If you think you own the money in your bank account, think again. Your central bank controls how you access it. Also there is not one type of money. You have M0, M1, M2, M3, which represent from coins and notes in circulation to high finance of shares and derivatives- ingenious ways of creating money out of nothing. Money is really a worthless store of values and wealth. Why? It is backed up by intangible thing called trust- human trust that can waver. Valuable money can turn worthless just like that.
Money is still evolving as we read/speak and not only governmental authorities issue money as credit. The bulk of money in circulation is issued or created by private banks. We can see that there is more to money. It is mysterious even spiritual- something out of nothing. It is enslaving rather than liberating as we think. As we accumulate more to ourselves, it ensnares us. Finally, it is going to determine where some will be in eternity( Rev.18).
If money is a stumbling block into heaven, should we followers of Christ handle it without full knowledge of what we are dealing with? Is money so neutral, with no life of its own or is it evil in itself? To answer this question, we need to go into the story of money, it’s history, evolution and the future of money, particularly the future of money.
In my earlier statement I said the Antichrist would graciously award money even as welfare handouts to the poor. More importantly, he would take over, confiscate and withhold money from those who do take the mark on their right hands or foreheads( Rev.13:16-18).
Also recent happening in Geece buttress the point that you do not own the money in your bank account. The Greek government confiscated large percentages of depositors money during their ongoing financial crisis. Policies have been put in place by world central banks to do the same when the next financial crises happen on us. Now to the story of money.
The Story Of Money In Africa.
Money- coins, bank notes, cash-collectively called currency, is less than 150 years old in present day Nigeria. Probably introduced by European trading partners led by the Portuguese, between the scramble for Africa and the actual colonization. How did the Royal Niger Company conduct its business?
We know that First Bank opened shop in 1894 as British Bank of West Africa, thus formalizing the use of coins. However there was the Trans-Saharan trade preceding the coming of the Europeans. Sokoto and Kano were the southernmost termini of the caravans. What was the medium of exchange between the inhabitants of Kano and the Arabs or Tuaregs or Berbers as the case may be. Suffice it to say that cowries, bangles etc were means of exchange before coinage. On record is the use of 700,000 pieces of cowries by British traders to purchase farmland in Lokoja around 1841.
It is interesting to note that Africa had also influenced world currency when Mansa Musa of Mali kingdom went on a pilgrimage to Mecca laden with gold. Gold became commonplace in the Mediterranean, Arabia and Southern Europe depressing its value for decades, and devaluating coins in circulation in these places. Mansa Musa opened the door for the plunder of Africa by this singular act, as he brought attention to the resources in Africa available for plunder to this day.
While Europeans were conducting their trade in Africa by barter, coinage was the choice of mediating trade within Europe. The first step of the present monetary system was taken in Greece around 600 BC with the introduction of the earliest coins. Coins were also in use in China and Asia as early as 500 BC.
Gold, silver and bronze were converted to coins by the ruling emperors and kings, and imposed as means of exchange and Payment of taxes into state or royal coffers. Manipulating coins by using gold alloys was soon introduced to yield more revenue into state and royal coffers. This practice is called seigniorage: that is an ounce of gold coin contains less than an ounce of gold. This finally culminated in Bretton Woods agreement of 1971 where the gold standard was removed from the world monetary system. For centuries the World monetary system was linked to gold and some other precious metal like silver. In 1971 this linkage to gold was broken and the World monetary system floated away from God’s physical creation like a ballon into the stratosphere waiting to bust.
Paper money, notes, evolved after coinage. It is thought to have appeared first in China as promissory notes given by goldsmiths who stored gold for the larger community. These notes would be transferred to a third party or exchanged for goods or merchandise as time went on.
Banks evolved later in the Italian city of Venice, Florence. Remember Shyllock of merchant of Venice. These institutions started off as money changers as many coins from different city states were in circulation. These private financial institutions became strong, and financed and lent to the kings and emperors of that age to pay their solders and go to war. Banking under the purview of governments is a later development. The Bank of England, the British Central Bank came into existence in 1694, while the American Centra Bank, the Federal Reserve System in 1913. It is strongly alleged that the U.S. Federal Reserve is owned by a group of people and not by the U.S. Government. Lending to finance governance and governments persists till today. Indeed borrowing seems to be their choice of finance with Japan leading the pack.
Japan’s debt in excess of 200% of its GDP must be around 10trillion USD. The US debt is past 16 trillion USD or 110% of US GDP. Not only are governments heavily indebted, so also are corporations, banks, and now the citizenries of these countries. They live on debts and are therefore enslaved by these debts to unseen financiers, the precursors of the Antichrist( A/C).
Revelation chapter 11.
Verse 1-14: The ministry of the two witnesses.
“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. 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. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.” ( Rev.11:1-14 ).
Verse 1 is an earthly scene, and the key to the whole of this chapter. Therefore we shall deal with it a bit extensively and in depth. The revelator is given a reed, a kind of a measuring rod used in the ancient near east, about 10ft or 3m long. He is instructed by the angel to measure the temple, the altar and those who worship therein. Right now there is no temple, but certainly before the middle of the 70th seven, there will be one. May be the Beast-Antichrist will permit the Jews to rebuild their temple after the seven year peace treaty between him and Israel is signed. The Jews have already made preparations for the rebuilding of temple. There is also an altar. If there is an altar, there must also be priests who minister at the altar. The Temple Mount Institute in Jerusalem have trained priests, carefully chosen from the house of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi through DNA tests, ready to start ministering at any moment the temple and the altar are ready.The vessels of the ministry have also been prepared.
These things send jitters to the Arab and Islamic world who frequently accuse Jews of attempting to blow up the al Alqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock in order to rebuild their temple.
How are we sure the Jewish temple must be rebuilt? Primarily because the Scriptures say so, as we have seen here and, secondarily because history supports it. Historically, each period of the kingdom of Israel had a temple. The first kingdom had a temple built by Solomon. This temple was destroyed by the forces of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 586 BC. The second kingdom established after the return of the exiles from Babylon beginning in 538 BC, following the proclamation of liberty for the Jews by Cyrus, King of Persia, after his forces overran Babylon: had its temple built by the returning exiles. It was finished about 515 BC. It was extensively and lavishly refurbished by Herod the Great, a puppet of Rome. This temple was destroyed by the roman general Titus in 70 AD, following the Jewish rebellion that began in 66 AD. Because of this concurrence of a particular kingdom period with a temple, the kingdom periods are also referred to as temple periods or simply temples. Therefore there are first and the second temple periods or temples. Each period lasts for years before a temple is built. The third temple period or third temple has already begun since 15th May, 1948 when Israel was declared independent. During the Yom kippur war when Israel was nearly swallowed by its Arab neighbors, the then defence minister of Israel, Moshe Dayan said: ” The third Temple is over”. At that time, as at now, there is no temple. He was referring to the third kingdom period which began in 1948 and will end at end of the 70th seven of Daniel’s which corresponds with the death of the two witnesses.
We know certainly there would be a Jewish temple standing on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem at the middle of the 70th seven of Daniel’s prophecy of 70 sevens. How that will come about is the exclusive preserve of the Almighty God of Israel. We may speculate about it, but can never be cocksure how it would happen, until it happens. There are also worshippers. Therefore Jews and Judaism will remain until we enter the last 7 seven years of this age, no matter how hard their enemies try, and how ingenious they become in devising means by which they hope to exterminate the Jews and liquidate Israel. They said, come, let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance ( Psalm 83:4 ). Jews as a peoples group will never be wiped out. That would only be possible if men can change the ordinances of the sun, moon and stars ( Jere.33:23-26 ). And again, I make a full end of other nations but I will not make a full end of thee ( Jere.30:11 ). Rather Daddy shall punish their enemies for their efforts to exterminate them ( Jere.2:3 ), and the nations for dividing His land which He gave to the descendants of Abraham through Jacob by a covenant of salt ( Joel 3:2 ). The God of Israel has served notice to the nations not to meddle with His people and the land He gave them, but they will not hearken.
In verse two, John the revelator is instructed by the angel not to measure the outer court: for it is given to the Gentiles. In old testament times, the gentile proselytes to Judaism had access to the outer court, but they were barred from the inner court or the sanctuary. The priests ministered in the Holy Place. The Holy of Holies is forbidden to everyone else but the High Priest; and that once a year, when he approaches with the blood of the sacrifice on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, first for himself, and then for the errors of the people. So, as at other periods of the kingdom, the Gentiles shall have access to the outer court of the third Temple.
And the Holy City shall they thread under foot forty and two months. Biblical scholars are agreed that this period corresponds to the second half of the seven The 70th week of Daniel alotted to the Beast-Antichrist. During this period, the antiChrist, invades Israel in what bible scholars call the Jerusalem campaign, relocates his headquarters to Jerusalem, takes over the Temple and the city, which he thoroughly desicrates by importing a statue of himself into the Holy of Holies of the rebuilt Jewish temple on Mount Moriah, The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and demands worship of all mortals, both Jews and Gentiles. This is not unlike Antiochus Epiphanes who imported a statue of the Olympian Zeus and the Canaanite Baal Shemen, in the image of his burst into the temple, who serves as a prefigure of the Beast-antiChrist. At this time Jews and Gentiles, more so believers who do not take the Mark of The Beast-antiChrist shall be barred from the city under the pain of death. It shall be like in the days of Emperor Hadrian, after He defeated the Jews in the Bar Kochba Rebellion ( 123-125 ). Jerusalem was ploughed with oxen, rebuilt and renamed Aelia Capitolina. Jews were barred entry into the city under the pain of death. For forty and two month, the Gentiles shall have full control of the rebuilt Jewish temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. If the Gentiles have control of the city of Jerusalem, they certainly have control of the temple.
” 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 three under foot forty and two months.”
The studies of Asher Kaufman has shown that the location of the Holy Of Holies of the Jewish temple on Mount Moriah is neither within the Dome of the Rock or al Aqsah mosque, but a fees meters away at the Dome of The Tablets. The implication is that the Jews can rebuild their temple without tampering with Islamic mosques in the vicinity of the temple Mount. Perhaps this is what is meant by the statement: the court which is without the Tempe 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. The Jews may not regain the outer court. And a full temple may not be built, but a tabernacle-like structure that can be easily assembled. But the Jews have made preparations for the rebuilding of the temple. Architectural drawings have been made of the temple based on the plan in Ezekiel 40-43. Every necessary material has been procured. More than $100 million have been raised. What is needed now is the permission to build.
Verse 3: During this period, God Almighty annoits His two witnesses with extraordinary power to bear Him witness. There is a consensus of opinion amongst biblical scholars that the period of the ministry of the two witnesses corresponds to the 1,260 days or 42 months or three and one half years of the second half of the 70th seven. During this period when the antiChrist persecutes Jews, Christians and anyone else who fails to capitulate to his authority, the two witnesses shall bear witness to The God of Heaven that no one should worship the beast or his image or take the number of his name; nor be involved in the humanistic religion of the antichrist, but worship only the God of heaven. Apart from spitting fire on those who attempt to harm them, the ministry of the two witnesses is encapsulated in the three angelic announcements of Rev.14. “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).
Verse 4 calls them the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the whole Earth. What does this mean.?The olive tree is the source of olive oil which has various uses and symbolism in the Mideast. The candlestick is the source of light which also has various uses and symbolism also. But suffice it to say that these men are powerfully annoited and are a source of light in a world almost covered by darkness. No one else has the bravado to challenge and poke his fingers into the face of the antiChrist as these two would do, without being executed instanta. Their ministry is right there in Jerusalem, perhaps on The Temple Mount, right under the noses of the Beast-antiChrist and the false prophet and their soldiers and security agents. They are divinely protected, perhaps, with an army of angels about them ( ps.125:1,2 ). May be God Almighty would be there with them, in person, on Mount Zion ( Heb.12:22-24 ).
Who are these two witnesses. Some same they are Moses and Enoch, and others, Moses and Elijah. One of my fathers in eschatology, Robert van Kampen of blessed memory believed very strongly they are Moses and Elijah brought back to the Earth, which he taught in his book, The Sign-which I believe to be the most biblically accurate and comprehensive work so far in the field of eschatology- and he portrayed them so in the novelization of his glorious work, the Fourth Reich. The wonderful thing about these three biblical characters and personalities is they never died like other men. Enoch was translated, and he was not found, God took him ( Gen.5:22 ). The Great Apostle Paul, our beloved brother wrote: by faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation, he had this testimony, that he pleased God ( Heb.11:5 ). Enoch was spared the agony of death. By faith he was translated, because his life and testimonial were pleasing to God.
Of all Old Testament characters and personalities, none is honored, revered, and venerated like Moses. Amongst the rabbis it is said, from Moses to Moses- Moshe Ben Maimon ( Maimonides )- there is none like Moses. Moses actually died physically. No one is arguing about that. The Bible made it clear that God buried him ( Deut.34:5,6). If he had not died, he would not have been buried. If he had not died, the archangel Michael could not have fought Satan over his body ( Jude 1:9). My view is that God buried him in a secret location in order that his body shall not be venerated and become a source of idolatry to Jews in particular and the world in general. Why was Satan interested in his dead body? Obviously he had some use of it, and that would not have been glorious. Elijah was taken by a whirlwind into heaven ( 2 Chr.2:11 ). Elijah could not have gone into heaven in his physical body: for flesh and blood doth not inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption ( 1Cor.15:50 ). Besides, no man has gone into heaven except the Son Of Man who came down from heaven; and no an had seen God at any time but the Son who is in the blossom of the Father He has declared Him ( Jon.18,32).
Of these three personalities, the ministries of the two witnesses match those of Elijah and Moses. However, I personally do not believe they are Moses and Elijah come back to life, for the following reasons:
1) It is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgement( Heb.9:27).
2) Flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption ( 1Cor.15:50 ). It is obvious that these men could not have gone to heaven in their earthly bodies, awaiting to be brought back to the Earth to bear witness to God in the last days. Had they received eternal immortal resurrection bodies when they were taken to heaven, the antiChrist will not be able to kill them at the expiry of their ministry. Or were their disembodied souls taken to heaven and reintroduced to the Earth in the last days in new mortal bodies? We can begin to see the insurmountable problem this assumption would present. God word does not support reincarnation of the saints.
3) Jesus said: no man has ascended to heaven, but the son of man who is from heaven ( John 3:13 ). The implication of this statement, taken at its face value, is that up until the time of Jesus, The Messiah, no man had ascended into heaven. When Jesus rose from the dead, the bodies of departed Old Testament saints arose from their graves and appeared unto many in the city( Matt. 27:51-53). Where were these men before this time? Bible scholars like Tim LeHaye believe and teach that paradise was formerly a part of the underworld of the dead where the Old Testament righteous were kept. And I concur. This part of the underworld of the dead called Paradise or more appropriately its occupants were taken to heaven at the resurrection of Jesus, The Messaiah. No physical body could survive in these two locations, heaven and the underworld of the dead. Now would God give these two men resurrection bodies? If so the Antichrist would not be able to kill them: for resurrection bodies are immortal. Would He give them new mortal bodies? That would contradict His Word: for it is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgement. And that would support reincarnation. And that cannot be allowed to stand. My submission therefore is that these men are ordinary men like you and I who believe in God, and who will be given the anointing and spirit of these men, perhaps a double measure and portion, to do a work similar to and above theirs in the last days. And this is borne out by the fact the Jesus called John the Baptist Elijah, not in the sense that he was Elijah come back to life, but that he was anointed with the power and spirit of Elijah ( Matt.17:10-13 ).
There is a consensus of opinion amongst biblical scholars that John the Baptizer was not Elijah come back to life, though he was the herald of His coming. Before Christ’s first advent, God sent a herald, a man anointed with the anointing and spirit of Elijah: an Elijah but not Elijah in person. This person was John The baptist. Jesus said that Elijah had already come and they did to him whatever they liked. By that the disciples understood Him to mean John the Baptist ( Matt.17:10-13 ). We know, and we have conclusively and unequivocally proven that John the Baptist was not Elijah come back to life. In the same vein, before His second advent, God shall send another herald, not John the Baptist , not Elijah come back to life, an ordinary believer annoited with the spirit and power of Elijah. This usage is similar to what we see in literature today. If the works of modern writer parallels that of Shakespeare, or George Elliot, we say he is a Shakespeare or a George Elliot. He is neither Shakespeare nor George Elliot come back to life. He is no more Shakespeare nor George Elliot than he is a monkey’s uncle or cousin.
The Characteristics of the ministry of the Two Witnesses.
Verses 5 & 6: In these two verses the characteristics of the ministry of the two witnesses are revealed. Again these characteristics match those of the ministries of Moses and Elijah to a large extent: but there are differences. They are as follows:
1) Fire: If any intends to hurt these men, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. This is the manner of death that befalls those who attempt to harm these men. There would not be just a few of these cases, with the location of their ministry right there in Jerusalem, right under the noses of the two beasts, their armies and security agents. When God called Moses, it was by fire. The Lord appeared to him in the burning bush ( Ex.3:2 ). He was baptized with fire. His ministry began with the ten plagues in Egypt, and one of the components of the 7th plague was fire from heaven ( Ex. 9:24 ). When the tabernacle was reared up in the wilderness fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice. Under the ministry of Moses, the children of Israel were led by the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar fire by night throughout their wondering in the wilderness ( Ex. 40:34-37 ). At Taberah, when the people of Israel complained, the fire consumed those in the uttermost parts of the camp ( Num.11:3 ).
Elijah’s ministry was also characterized by fire. In the contest with the prophets of Baal, by the words of Elijah, fire came down from heaven and consume the sacrifice ( 1Kin.18:38 ). When Ahaziah King of Israel sent the captains of fifties with their fifties, by the words of Elijah fire came down from heaven and consumed the two captains of fifties with their fifties ( 2kin.1:9-12 ). When Elijah was taken by whirlwind into heaven, there was a chariot of fire ( 2Kin.2:11 ).
2) Drought: The two witnesses have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the of their prophecy. This phenomenon was evident in the ministry of Elijah. Elijah was a man subject to like passion as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit ( Jam.5:17,18; cp. 1Kin.17:1).
3) Turning Water into Blood: this miracle was evident in the ministry of Moses( Ex.4:9; 7:20).
4) Plagues: Moses commanded the ten plagues on the land of Egypt( Ex.7-11).
5) Elemental Control: Both Moses and Elijah controlled the elements as we have seen.
6) The Span of their ministry. This is where they differ from both Moses and Elijah. Both Moses and Elijah have longer span of ministries. Moses ministered for 40 years and Elijah probably for a shorter period under the reign of Ahab, King of Israel. The span of the ministry allotted to the two witness is 1,260 days or 42 months or three and one-half years which corresponds with the second half of the 70th seven Seven.
7) Death: Moses died and was buried by God Himself. No one knows the whereabouts of his grave to this day. Elijah was taken by a whirlwind into heaven. Like Enoch he was spared the pain and agony of death. He was related.
Verse 7-10: The Death of the Two Witnesses.
Before the expiry of the allotted time of the two witnesses, no one can hurt them. This clearly shows that everything concerning the servant of God is in His hands. Everything works according to His plans and purpose. When their ministry is over, they are fare game for the antiChrist, the Beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit, who makes war against them, overcomes and kills them ( v.7 ). They are killed on the first day of the 30-day reclamation period; the extra 30 days that leads to the 1,290 days spoken off by Daniel the prophet ( Dan.12:11 ). We are not told the way and manner in which they shall be killed. They probably will not be among those who were beheaded for there their witness ( Rev.20:4 ). Verse 8 tells us that their corpses shall lie in the street of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, the great city, spiritually referred to, at this time, as at the time Christ, as Sodom and Egypt, because of the blatant idolatry, license, immoralities and debauchery practiced by its inhabitants at that time, the majority of whom are Gentiles, with the tacit approval of the antiMessiah. In verse 9, the living wicked earth-dwellers of all races and colours will accede to the public display of their corpses for an indefinite period for all to see. They will not permit them to be buried. This will serve the ego of the Beast who would want all to know how powerful he is, and again to show that he is in control. In the past one would have wondered how the world would view their bodies all at the same time. Today it is no longer a wonder for modern technology has made it practically possible.
In verse 10, the living wicked earth-dwellers rejoice and make merry and exchange gifts in celebration of the demise of the two witnesses whom they see as God’s agents of terror. A good part of their ministry shall lie within the day of the Lord, the period of God’s Wrath which begins with the breaking of the 7th seal ( Rev.8:1 ). Their ministry will end with the expiry of the sixth trumpet which also marks the end of the 70th week.
Verse 11-14: The Resurrection of the Two Witnesses.
Verse 11 tells us that three and one-half days after the two witnesses are killed, precisely on the fourth day into the 30-day Reclamation Period, the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet. Great fear fell upon the men in the vicinity of Jerusalem who saw them. Verse 12: “A voice was heard from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended into heaven in a cloud and their enemies beheld.” God interrupt the public display and desecration of their corpses by the antichrist and his minions which most probably would have gone longer. Had God not intervened. What a great way of honoring these marvelous servants of God. God exalted these two great servants of His in the presence of their enemies. Besides this visible and open resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven of the two witnesses, God honors them further by wreaking harvoc on their enemies. At that same hour, there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of seven thousand. As result, these living wicked earth-dwellers were frightened and glorified the God of heaven. This kind of worship to God is unacceptable because it is rendered out of fear not reverential awe. In verse 14, the second woe occurs. This follows the 6th trumpet which occurs shortly before the end of the the 70th seven but before the 7th trumpet which occurs a few days into the 30-Reclamation Period.
Verse 15-18:The Seventh Trumpet: God Almighty Reclaims His Rule Over The Earth.
“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. 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. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” ( Rev.11:15-19 ).
Verse 15: This a heavenly scene. The trumpet is blown by the seventh angel; “and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become (the kingdoms) of God and of His Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” The power of the Beast-antiChrist to act is over, having been paralyzed at the breaking of the 6th seal judgement, his allotted time of 42 months or three and one- half years is complete at the end of the 70th week. The allotted time of three and one-half years of the two witnesses is over, and their ministry of the same span is complete. They have been killed on the first day of the 30-day reclamation period. Three and one-half days later, precisely on the 4th day of the 30-day reclamation period, they were resurrected to life and taken to heaven by The Spirit of God. Most probably on the 5th or 6th day of the 30-day reclamation period, the 7th trumpet is blown by the seventh angel. This is interesting because it is full of political intrigues. As we have said, this is a heavenly scene but has ripples both in heaven and on Earth.
God gave Adam authority to rule the Earth as his heavenly representive in the earthly realm of His universal kingdom for six days or better still, six millennia. The 7th day or better still, the 7th millennium would be the Shabbat of the Lord. In other words Daddy would take over his kingdom at the expiry of the 6th millennium. But Adam sold out to the devil. The transaction was legal and binding because Adam had the legal right to do that, but he did not have the moral right. The usurpation by Satan of the authority granted Adam by God Almighty shall expire as the expiration of God’s lease to Adam. This is what happens here. As soon as the 7th trumpet is blown, there were voices in heaven, the voices of men and of angels, saying: “The kingdoms of this World are become of God and of His Christ….” In the previous quotation of this verse I deliberately put the second kingdoms of in brackets. In the second quotation, I deliberately omitted it altogether. This is because it does not exist in the original. This is why it rendered in italics in the KJV. In the World ruled by the devil, there are kingdoms, but God has only one kingdom. The Earth is one realm of that kingdom. When God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth, the kingdoms of this World or better still this Age will become the Kingdom of our God and His Christ. This is like the formation of a government in exile to fight and take over a nation whose people have been defeated, scattered and taken over by a foreign power. Once the government in exile is formed, the foreign power knows it has a big problem because the enemy can now better co-ordinate itself. Once this happens, the citizens of the oppressed nation will rejoice, but there will be confusion, anger and recklessness by the foreign government. When the government in exile gains a foothold in its own land and reestablishes itself in it, the foreign oppressor becomes jittery and takes reckless action, but there is joy amongst the citizens of the oppressed nation. This is exactly what happens here as we shall see in the following verses. These kingdoms shall be in place when God Almighty reclaims His rule of the Earth. This is exactly what the Scriptures say in the book of Daniel: “And in the days of these kings shall God Almighty 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…..” ( Dan. 2:44,45).
The Reaction in Heaven.
In verses 16&17, the 24 elders who sat upon their seats in God’s Throne Room in heaven, fell upon their faces and worshipped God, “saying We give thee thanks, oh Lord God Almighty, who art, and was, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.” The reference to Lord God Almighty here is to Jesus, the second person of the Godhead, because he is the one who is, and was, and is to come. God the Father will never rule the Earth directly, because He is a spirit being and possesses no physical body. He will always administer the Earth through an earthly representative, an Adam. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from the Heavens ( 1Cor.15:47 ). When The Father regains His rule over the Earth, He hands it over to His earthly representative, an Adam, The Second Man, the son of man from the heavens. Or even more appropriately, The Second Man reclaims rule over the Earth in the behalf of God. Therefore Jesus must be here on Earth, on Mount Zion to reclaim God’s rule over the Earth.
The Reaction on Earth.
In verse 18, the nations react angrily: “because thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou should give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, small and great; and shoulder destroy those who destroy the earth.” Here on Earth, at that time, besides the 8th and final Beast Empire consisting of ten nation confederation, there will be nations and kings like the Kings of the north, east and south. These other kings are not allies of the Beast-antiChrist. As a matter of fact, they oppose him ( Dan.11:40-45 ). But when God Almighty regains His rule of the Earth, they become very angry against God. They put away their differences and unite to fight against God. This is a marriage of convenience in order to defeat what they perceived to be a common enemy. They do not want God to take physical possession of the Earth through His representative. They know that would spell doom for them, because God would judge them for corrupting the Earth, and would rewards His servants, the prophets and the saints.
To continue with our analogy, when the oppressed nation defeats its oppressor and regains its freedom and independence, the government shall punish the citizens of the oppressor and its collaborators amongst its own citizens, but shall reward its own citizens who had fought gallantly against the oppressor. This is exactly what happens here. When God Almighty regains His rule over the Earth, Jesus returns to heaven, the prophets and the saints rewarded at Bema Seat judgement, and the marriage of the Lamb to His bide, the raptures saints are held in heaven. Here on Earth, the Beast-antiChrist, and the nations, though battered and paralyzed by the sixth seal, the trumpet and the bowl judgments are allowed of God to gather their forces for the final showdown on Earth, 25 days later, at the battle of Armageddon.
In verse 19, the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the Ark of His testament: and there were lightnings , and voices, thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. The temple of God was opened in heaven and the Ark of His covenant with Israel was displayed. This has ripple effects on Earth where there are lightnings and thunderings, voices and earthquake and great hail. This is like the display of power by a superpower, in a military parade, which is about to go to war to defeat its enemies. Here, God Almighty serves notice to the nations of the Earth that He is about to wipe them out at Armageddon and take over physical possession of the Earth. In ancient Israel, when the nation is right with God, the appearance of the Ark of the God of Israel meant utter defeat and annihilation of the enemies of Israel. The display of the Ark of God in the heavenly Temple spells doom and utter defeat to the kings and kingdoms of the Earth.
…. As It Was In The Days Of Noah,….
“And as it was in the days of Noe, 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 Noe entered into the Ark, and the flood came, 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.17:26-30 ).
In the Olivet discourse, we see the most extensive and exhaustive teaching on the End Times The Lord Jesus The Christ gave to His disciples prior to His death, burial, resurrection, ascension and session at the right hand of the Majesty in the Heaven. The Olivet Discourse was triggered off by the question His disciples asked Him concerning the End Times as they sat on the Mount Of Olives overlooking the Temple on the Temple Mount. He had previously communicated to them the fact that the second Temple then standing on the Temple Mount, built by returning exiles, and gorgeously refurbished by Herod the Great would be destroyed to the extent that one stone would not be left on top of another that would not be thrown down ( Matt.24:2 ). That particular aspect of His prophetic message is now history. The second Temple was destroyed by the Roman general Titus in 70 AD as also prophesied by the prophet Daniel ( Dan.9:26 ). It was this previous communication that generated the question: ” Tell us, when shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the age?”
As we have pointed out severally in our previous articles, the Greek word aeion translated world in the KJV is better translated age. It is not referent to the physical world but the moving world. In Judaism, there is the concept of two ages, the present age, olam haze, and the age to come, olam haba. Both ages occur within the context of the physical world, the planet Earth, but at different times in its history. The present age is coming to a consummate end, and a new age, the olam haba will be inaugurated. The end of this age will merge into the beginning of another age, the age to come. The Greek word for the end of the age, sunteleia is better translated ends of the ages, because the two end of the ages, the end of the present age, and the beginning of the age to come are merging together. The end of this age moves into the beginning of the age to come.
After our Lord Jesus The Christ enumerated certain events that would occur before the sign of His coming and the End Of The Ages, He compared the prevailing atmosphere in the world prior to that day to the prevailing atmosphere in the days of Noe and Lot. It therefore follows that we shall gain insight into the prevailing conditions on Earth in the End Times through the examination of the prevailing conditions on Earth in the days of Noe, and the prevailing conditions in the days of Lot in cities of the plain, Sodom and Gomorrah, Zeboim and Adamma. The Lord gave two examples, because in the mouth of two or more witnesses every word shall be established ( 2Cor.13:1; 1Tim.5:19; Heb.10:28 ). In the last days God shall give power unto His two witnesses to testify of these things ( Rev.11:3 ). The specific events the Lord enumerated will occur within the context of the 70th seven of Daniel beginning with the appearance of the Man Of Sin, who will sign the covenant of Apostasy with the many from with Israel, or the covenant with death as the prophet Isaiah called it ( Is.28:18 ). Although these prevailing atmosphere shall be heightened, intensified, and epitomized in the days of the antiMessiah, in the context of the 70th seven, leading to the Day Of the Lord, the End Of The Ages, Armaggedon and the establishment of the New Millennium, they shall begin to take shape and be recognizable in the gap of time between the 69th and the 70th sevens prior to the emergence of the antiChrist at the commencement of the 70th seven of Daniel. When we critically examine the days of Noe, and the days of Lot in the period of his sourgeon in the cities of the plain, certain facts will begin to emerge. We shall examine these facts in the light of the prevailing conditions on Earth in our day, in order to determine how close we are to the emergence of the Man Of Sin, the terminus-a-quo or the commencement of the 70th seven of Daniel.
In the days of Noe and of Lot, men were eating and drinking, buying and selling, and marrying and being given in marriage. At the surface, these are ordinary, normal human activities that are common to all ages of human history. Every man who has lived on this planet called Earth, has eaten and drunken water and or wine. Likewise every man has bought or sold at one time or the other. But why did the Lord single out the days of Noe and the days of Lot in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Were there some elements of these common human activities in those days that rendered them unusual and marked them out? Were there some things uncanny about these common, ordinary human activities in the days of Noe and Lot? We shall see by looking at how people lived in those days and what they did.
1) The Nephelim Are Here Again.
In the days of Noah, men began to multiply upon the Earth, and daughters were born to them. The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose ( Gen.6:2 ). The Hebrew word elohim which is translated God in the KJV is the plural of el. It simply means gods. It is generic. It is applied to God Almighty, the God of Israel ( Gen.1:1 ), the idols of the nations ( 2kin.17:29 ), to angels ( Heb.2:9 ) and important human personalities ( Exod.22:28 ). Prior to the Satanic revolt, all angels were called sons of God. But after the Satanic rebellion, the angels who sided with Satan, the fallen evil angels, became known as the sons of gods. The sons of God in Gen.6:2, should read sons of gods, because they are fallen evil angels. Angels are spirit beings without physical bodies. But they have the ability to take on human bodies and become visible and palpable.
These evil angels, the sons of gods, took on human bodies, and cohabited with human females. The offspring of these mixed marriages between human females and evil angels were called nephelim. They were giants. They were hybrid humans or humanoids or transhumans. They were men of renown. They were mighty men. They were evil men. Men of formidable stature. Because of there presence, evil was increased on Earth in those days.
God ordained a distinction between men and angels, as he did between male and female humans, but Satan wants to obliterate that distinction. Satan was not just a rascal up to some mischief just for the fun of it. It was a calculated attempt by Satan to subvert God’s plan for the redemption of mankind by hybridizing the whole human race in order to prevent the birth of the Messiah from a pure human female. God preserved Noah and his family from the contamination of the Satanic hybridization programme. The sentence in Hebrew rendered ” Noah was righteous in his generation”, is better translated “Noah was pure in his descendants” ( Gen. 2:9 ). In order words Noah and his ancestors and descendants were not affected by the Satanic hybridization exercise. The rest of humanity in the days of Noah were hybridized.
Hybrid humans could not be redeemed. Little wonder therefore that Noah preached preached for 120 years that God was going to destroy the world that then was with water without the benefit of winning a single convert. Rather they mocked him while he builded the Ark: that it had not rained before and was not going to rain. After a hundred and twenty years of fruitless preaching amongst the atedeluvian earth-dwellers, the same day Noah entered the Ark, it began to rain. The rest of humanity were wiped out by God in the deluge.
The evil angels who took part in this satanic assault on humanity were imprisoned by God in the abyss, under darkness, waiting for the judgment of the great day of the Lord ( Jud.1:6 ). Satan’s counterstrategy is very simple, disqualify and destroy the whole human race, and thereby defeat God’s plan to reclaim rulership and physical possession of the Earth.
In this day and age, the nephelim are here again. Not everyone we see on the planet Earth today is a pure human. There are humanized demons and demonized humans. Scientists of satanic persuasion are busy in the laboratory trying to produce humans with superhuman abilities. Through genetic engineering, they hope to produce human beings with the characteristics of some extinct and extant animals and plants. Through computer engineering, they want to programme these abilities into the human genome.
Without overcoming Sin, they want to overcome death. They want to bypass Sin, and overcome sickness and disease and death. Without dealing with the issue of Sin, they want to evercome sickness, disease and death. Aubrey De Gray, the British biologist with a formidable beard, has a seven-point plan to overcome death. Raymond Kurzweil, an American Jewish scientist, the author of ” Singularity Is Near”, and the director of technology at Google, wants to recall his father to life, and programme his own soul to live as a software in a computer for ever. There is a Singularity University where they are pursuing these goals.
This would have been laughable were it not that these mere are so serious and determined to achieve their aims and objectives. This is not unlike the Tower of Babel. With unity of purpose, fallen man has the divine ability to accomplish anything it sets its heart on. The reason why God confounded human language was to stop man from building a tower that would reach up to heaven. Man in his fallen state and sinful body wanted to enter heaven in defiance to God. If God did not stop man, he would have accomplished that purpose even in his fallen state. Today, fallen man wants to bypass repentance and sanctification and live for ever in a sinful body. Never for once think it impossible for man to accomplish his purpose. Left alone by God, it would be a matter of time, perhaps several generations before man breaks through to his humanistic utopia.
While a piece of metal placed on water sinks, man has built ocean going vessels that weigh thousands of tons with both crew and cargo. Man overcame gravity to put aeroplanes on air that carry tons of cargo and crew. Man broke through gravity to put man on the Moon. Man has sent unmanned aerial vehicles to Mars. Within 25 to 50 years of the modern world, human presence on Mars and other planets would be a reality. It would be foolhardy for anyone to think that fallen man cannot accomplish any goal he sets for himself. It will be utter foolishness for anyone to think that fallen humanity cannot overcome sickness, disease and death, and live for ever in a sinful body. If unstopered by God, they could accomplish their goal and do immeasurable damage to the human soul. It would be a horrible tragedy for humanity if fallen sinful man is trapped in a sinful body for eternity. But as in the days of Noah, just before man accomplishes his purpose to live for ever in sin in this wretched body of ours, God will intervene to save humanity from satanic machinations and destruction.
Hybrid humans, with or without the mark of the Beast are unacceptable to God. Therefore they cannot be allowed by Christ to enter the Millennium and repopulate the Earth. No hybrid human will enter heaven or taste the millennial reign of Christ. In other words, none of this people can be saved. Sometimes, we do not know who they are. Because the wheat and the tares are growing together, they are most times indistinguishable from the lot. I warn all believers everywhere to be careful who they marry, both clergy and lay, lest one’s offspring and spouse be disqualified from entry into heaven, lest they be betrayed by their own spouse and children. I warn believers to be careful who they make their confidant lest they be betrayed by their supposedly bosom friends.
Every true believer in Christ is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The essence of His presence in our lives is primarily, amongst other things to guide us into the divine will in every aspect of our lives. As believers in Christ, we should be able to make the right choices in life. At whatever instance we come to a fork in the road, the Holy Spirit indwelling our spirit, will point us in the right direction. Should we choose the wrong direction, the inward witness will indicate we have made the wrong choice. Therefore, we should jettison it. This is not an article on the leading of the Holy Spirit, but because of the primacy of the leading of the Holy Spirit and the serious of the social realities and implications of the presence of the nephelim amongst men, even in the church, both in the pulpit and pew, I have to digress to give this warning.
Besides, there are occult groups and secret societies like the illuminati, the freemasons, the black nobility etc, who claim superiority to other humans, both by descent and some secret esoteric knowledge which they claim to possess. Some of them claim to know Jesus and dine with him, but their works are evil. Their machinations are to subdue and subjugate other humans by all means.
2) Indifference To, Acceptance And Legalization Of Sexual Immoralities.
In the days of Noah, men were marrying and being given in marriage, likewise in the days of Lot. Was this the common ordinary marriage between a man and a woman which God ordained in His infinite wisdom? Absolutely not. Were it the normal heterosexual marriages, there would been nothing special about it. Although, the Scriptures did not specifically mention homosexual and Gay marriages in the days of Noah, we can see that it was practised by the nephelim.
” And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. “( Gen.6:5).
The hybrid humans were atheists and humanists. They did not believe in God. They did not believe in God’s moral absolutes. They did not believe in moral obligations towards their fellow man. They did not treat humanely those who were physically disabled, or socially underprivileged. Theirs was a dog eat dog society, the law of the jungle, the survival of the fittest. The society gave vent to all forms of secular perversions. Incest, homosexualism and lesbianism, pedophilia, adultery, wife swapping, bestiality and Gay marriages were socially accepted.
The English word sodomy and its cognate sodomite are derivatives of the Word Sodom, one of the major cities of the plain where Lot dwelt. In Sodom homosexualism was practised. It was socially acceptable. The men of Sodom assaulted the house of Lot in order that they may know the visitors. The Hebrew word yada, translated know in the KJV means to know intimately in a sexual manner. There was no law and order in the city any more. No one came to the aid and rescue of Lot and his visitors. The rulers of the city acquiesced in these things. It was a state of anomy.
Sodomy is synonymous with homosexualism. Under the law of Moses, it carried the death penalty ( Lev.18:22,29 ). Under the new covenant we are not mandated by heaven to kill the sex perverts. The days of ignorance God had overlooked. But now He commands all men everywhere to repent ( Acts 17:30 ). There is a just recompense for these errors from God for those who engage in these acts ( Rom.1:27 ).
In the days prior to the Day Of The Son Of Man, these social evils and wickedness and abominations shall resurface and be accepted generally and legalized. America is now the 20th nation to legalize Gay marriages. In Europe and North America, LGTBs are now well accepted. One may be sued for discriminating against them. Obama, the American President travelled thousands of miles from America, to tell the government and people of Kenya, to throw away their age old social values, and legalize homosexualism, lesbianism and Gay marriages. In South Africa, a man may no longer claim damages in the case of adultery. In Germany, some groups are advocating for the legalization of incest, at least, amongst siblings. In the near future in some societies, men and women may get wedded to their cows, horses, dogs, pigs or any of their pet animals. Pressure will be put on pastors by the powers that be to conduct these marriages. Believers who object to these things may be blackballed out of business, rendered bankrupt by litigations and boycott and sanctions, sued, tried and found guilty of discrimination and imprisoned, physically assaulted and killed. Some churches and denominations may comply with these changes. Ministers amongst them who repudiate established church authority will be defrocked, excommunicated and ostracized. These groups, advocates of Gay rights are intolerant of and violent towards opposition. In some universities in the US, christian fellowships which object to accommodating gays as members or leaders are deregistered. There is organized assault on established christianity. It will not be long before churches and christian ministries shall be deregistered and their properties confiscated because of failure to comply with government directives, laws, edicts even decrees to wed homos and lesbians, men and women and their pet animals. In those days, organized christendom will be no more. Megachurches will cease to exist, and small underground cells and secret rotational fellowship units will come into existence. In those days one can only fellowship with those one trusts. Despite that, there will be betrayals and treacheries.
When these abominations become rampant, we should look up; for the Day Of The Son Of Man, the day of our redemption draws near. “Let no one deceive you: It is because of these things that the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience” ( Eph.5:6 ).
3) Indifference To, Acceptance Of, And Legalization Of Organized Criminality.
” And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He made man on the Earth, and grieved Him at His heart” ( Gen.6:5,6 ).
In the days of Noah, evil and wickedness were increased on Earth. Men were so wicked and cruel. The imagination of man’s heart was continually evil. Organized criminality was so rampant that the society and human government were indifferent to it, powerless to do anything about it, or were part of it. Likewise in the days of Lot, there was no law enforcement because either there were no legislature and judiciary or like in every corrupt society, they were part and parcel of organized criminality. If you could not beat them, you join them. In order to survive, one either acquiesced in these things or doled out huge amounts of money regularly to pay for ones protection.
We could see an example of this in Israel in the days of the judges, at a time when there was no king in Israel, and every man did what was right in his own eyes. The levite from Mount Ephraim had gone to retrieve his concubine who had returned to her father’s house in Bethlehem of Judah. As they journeyed, they came by nightfall to Gibeah of Benjamin. Although they were Israelites, there was not a single native of that city that was willing to take them in. Probably, they were aware the hoodlums in the city would demand they bring them out in the night in order that they may know them. It was only a stranger, a sourgeoner from the tribe of Ephraim that was willing to receive them into his house. At night, they were assaulted by the sons of belial in that city. They demanded to know the man. They wanted to know the levite sexually. These hoodlums were not interested in the wife of the levite, but the levite himself. In the end they were made to do with the wife of the levite who they assaulted time the small hours of the morning and she died.
The levite divided the dead body of his wife into twelve parts and sent them by the hand of messengers to the twelve tribes of Israel. That was a solidarity call for Israel to come together to demand justice. When Israel demanded that the hoodlums be delivered to face justice, did the elders of Benjamin comply? Their refusal to hand over the hoodlums was indicative of their acquiescence in evil and a measure of the depth of moral decay in the city. The elders of the city and the civil authorities had no sense of moral justice any more. Their refusal led to a bitter war that nearly wiped out the tribe of Benjamin from among the tribes of Israel ( Judg.19,20,21 ). That sort of thing happened because there was lawlessness. There was lawless because of favoritism, corruption and bribery and the powers that be were unwilling to administer justice. There was lawlessness because there was no fear of God before their eyes. Where there is favouritism, justice is weakened and so dies.
It was exactly so in the days of Noah and Lot. When the angels of God visited the city of Sodom, there was no single native of the city willing to take them in. Only Lot the stranger received them. The sons of belial in the city assaulted the house of Lot and demanded to have them that came to Lot’s house, in order that they might know them. Did the city officials come to their rescue? Absolutely not. It was so because they were part of the system. A city that could permit such wickedness have acquiesced in evil.
As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be in the day when the Son Of Man shall be revealed. In the day before the Son of Man comes, sexual perversions of all sorts will be socially acceptable and legalized. In the street where I live, an eight-year old girl is being sexually assaulted by her father, and nothing has been done about it simply because the government in Nigeria has no plans to protect children from sexual assault. There is a strip club in this town, and some of my neighbors have attended and boasted to me about it. Nudism and all forms of sexual immoralities are becoming socially acceptable, and will sometime in the future be legalized. I have witnessed group sex by a group of university students by the poolside in this city. These were social evils unthinkable in African society a short while ago. Those who kick against these social pervasions will be the ones ridiculed, ostracized, sued and jailed, and blackballed out of business, physically assaulted and killed.
4) Commercialism And Consumerism.
Likewise also in the days of Lot;….. They bought, they sold,……
As we pointed out earlier, buying and selling are ordinary normal human activities. We all buy and sell at one time or the other. But there is something uncanny about the buying and selling in the days of Lot. It was not the ordinary normal human activity of buying and selling that we all engage in at one time or the other. If it were ordinary, there would have been nothing special about it that warrants comparing it to the buying and selling that will go in the days when the Son Of Man is revealed.
In heaven, there is no buying and selling at all. There is no trade by barter either. Every man produces maximally and takes what he needs. Buying and selling is of satanic origin. It was introduced after the fall as part of the Satanic system of government. Satan is the god of this age. Buying and selling are associated with idolatry. From time immemorial, markets are almost always located next to the shrine of gods. Amongst the Igbos, for instance, the four market days are named after deities. Every market is associated with a deity and is almost always located next to the shrine of the deity. The four market days, Eke, Orie, Afor, Nkwo are associated with deities. Every market in Igboland bears one of these four names. In ancient times, these markets were established by sacrificing human blood to the deities involved. The markets were usually administered by the priests of the deities to whom they were associated or dedicated. Things may have changed of late in some places, but in ancient times, this was how markets were established and operated in Igboland.
Beyond this, even in modern days, there is a lot of idolatry involved in buying and selling. Lots of people who buy and sell as a means of livelihood are involved in idol worship, fetishism and occultism. Lots of big time businessmen are involved occultism, idolatry, and are members of secret societies. In Nnewi, where I lived for thirteen years in seclusion, there are very few rich men who do not belong to one secret society or the other, even prominent members of Pentecostal Churches. To this day some sacrifice to idols in order to prosper in their businesses. Some even practise ritual killings and human sacrifice in order to attract customers.
Even in the so called civilized countries, the cutthroat competitions that rival corporations engage in is amazing. They are all missed up with one another in litigations. They always spying on one another, trying to subvert one another etc. Some of the things that the rich engage in, some poor fellows would rather remain poor than get involved in such things. It is the same old humanistic principles of self-enrichment that govern these corporations. The age old biblical moral values are not part of their company policies. Besides, they are so caught up with buying and selling that they have no time for God. Some of them have no time for their families. Sometimes, marriages have broken up and families destroyed because, spouses have no time for each other and their families while buying and selling.
The worst aspect of this buying and selling is the consumerism that has been infused into it. The western societies and Japan are already taken up by consumerism. Of later, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and other prosperous countries of South East Asia have caught the same bug. And I dare say, that the same bug is fast infecting Africa. Every model of car had a new make each year, so also are smartphones and other items. Almost every piece of electronics has a new version each year. Some people are so caught up with these things that they can do almost anything to get the latest version of cars, electronics and smartphones etc. In New York City, a young man was gunned down just because his assailant wanted his new iphone. He took nothing else from his victim.
If a believer is not careful, he or she could be consumed with consumerism like the rest of the world. Some have gone into debts in order to keep up with the latest version of cars etc. We as believers should not allow ourselves to be squeezed into the mold of the world. This is obviously the aim of the Evil One, to squeeze us into the mold of the world, to keep us consumed with worldliness to the detriment of our souls.
They did eat, they drank,…
Eating and drinking are ordinary normal human activities. We all eat and drink. If we do not eat and drink, we die. It is that simple. But the eating and drinking that was going on in the days of Noe and Lot went beyond the ordinary eating and drinking we all engage in on a daily basis. It is comparable to the kind of eating and drinking the Israelite engaged in during the apostasy in the Sinai. It is written, And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink and rose up to play ( Exod.32:6 ). This kind of eating and drinking and partying are associated with sex orgies. The Canaanites practised this kind of orgies which involved heavy drinking, eating sexual escapades as a kind of worship to their gods. The Israelites were lured into this kind of sacred prostitution when they were joined to the Midianites at Baalpeor, ate the sacrifice of their gods and engaged in sexual immoralities with Midianitish women, for which reason twenty-three thousand of them fell in one day ( 1Cor.10:8 ).
Yearly, on Valentine’s day, men and women overeat, get drunk and participate in sex orgies. On that day, many young women and men lose their virginities and are possessed by Bacchus. Towards the approaches of the 70th seven, this kind of eating and drinking will be more rampant. For whatever reasons, birthdays, marriages, marriage anniversaries, end-of-year parties etc, men and women will overeat, get drunk, and engage in sex orgies. It is on occasions like this that many girls and young women are raped. There was a young beautiful woman involved in Athletics. All the other male athletes approached her for friendship, but she refused. One day she got drunk and was raped by eleven of them.
The intertainment industry in the US alone runs into billions of dollars annually. This is ridiculous, considering the fact that millions of children and refugees go to bed on an empty stomach. All kinds of games have been devised by man to amuse himself, to derive joy and happiness which only God can give.
Our celebrities in sports, film industry, music, media and the arts earn billions annually while poverty rages on. But these men and women celebrate nothing other than their sexualities. In Nigeria, our musicians sing of nothing other than sex, and are smiling to the banks. Why is there so much obscenity in music and contemporary arts, and yet the society patronize them? It is because of humanistic thinking that has pervaded every area of our society.
6) Season Of Anomie.
Because these evils destroy the moral fabrics of the family and society, a society that permits them becomes normless. A society becomes normless because it has no moral laws. Moral laws are based on right and wrong. And God is the standard for morality. If there are no moral laws, it is because God has been legislated out of the family and society. It is not possible for a society to believe in moral justice without belief in the existence of God. Human life has worth and value to the extent to which God is seen as the creator of man in His image and likeness. Atheism teaches that there is no God. If there is no God, man is not created. If man is not created, he evolved. If he evolved, he is still evolving. If man is still evolving, he is animal. If man is an animal, what is wrong with abortion and euthanasia?
If man is still evolving, there are no moral absolutes, and no moral standards. Everything is in a process of evolution. If God is the standard for morality, and there is no God, then there is no standard for morality. Everything is quicksand. There is no such thing as right or wrong, good or bad. It is only a matter of likes and dislikes, efficiency and inefficiency. 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. You respect my wishes and values and I respect yours. This is the kind of reasoning that produces normlessness, anarchy and utter chaos.
Evolutionist are atheist, and atheists are evolutionists. Evolutionists and atheists are normless and therefore amoral. Moral relativism will always lead to amorality. A society that legalizes homosexualism and lesbianism and Gay marriages, incest, adultery, bestiality and other social evils has destroyed it’s moral fabrics, and is headed towards anarchy. So it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah before God intervened to arrest the onslaught on morals. And so shall it be in the day before the Son Of Man is revealed.
7) The Age Of Humanity.
When God is legislated out of the family, home and society, man reigns supreme. The rule of man is the rule of Satan; for Satan is the god of this age. The New Age Movement teach that man is God. They also believe that man is evolving. They have evolved a doctrine to explain away the Rapture when it occurs. They teach that man will evolve to a new and higher order of humans. Some will fail to evolve, the christians and their ilks. These will be whisked away by aliens from outer space simply because they failed to evolve. They so teach, being ignorant of the Scriptures and the power of God. In the day when the Rapture shall take place, the beginning of the Day Of The Son Of Man, there will not be any man on Earth who will not come to the sudden realization of the existence of God. On that Day, all the kindred of the Earth shall wail because of Him ( Rev.1 7 ). In that day, the evolutionist, the atheists, the idolaters and the new agers, shall throw away their idols of gold, and of silver and bronze and wood which they had made for themselves to worship to the bats and the moles; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the top of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His Majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the Earth. They shall invite the mountains and rocks, to fall upon them, and hide them 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 ( Is.2:20,21; Rev.6:16,17 ).
They teach that they will fail to evolve because they do not believe and know that they are God. This lie is being touted by the new agers. It is not new. It is the same old lie that Satan told Eve in the Garden Of Eden, “in the day ye shall eat of this fruit, ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil” ( Gen.3:5 ).
As in the days of Noah and Lot, men became law and God unto themselves, and oppressed and killed one another, so shall it be in the days when the Son Of Man is revealed. God shall send a strong delusion that they should believe the lie that man is God. God will not send this delusion upon men, but will permit this delusion to come upon men, because they legislated Him out out of His world and humanity which He created to glorify Himself. Nature abhors a vacuum. Man is a temple being. Man is a created being. Man is not God. If God does not reign supreme in the spirit and heart of man, something else has to take His place. This would be Satan and his fallen evil angels. Man without God is possessed of Satan and his fallen evil angels. There is no man in his normal senses that will claim divinity. It is irrational, deceived, deluded, disillusioned and possessed man that will ascribe divinity to himself.
There is a slogan afloat today in the high places of the Earth, to make this century, the 21st century, the century of humanity. What does this mean? They want to remove all references to God and His vestiges from the planet Earth in this century. But God will not let man prevail. As in the days of Noah on the whole planet Earth, and as in the days of Lot in the cities of the plain, Sodom, Gomorrah, Zeboim and Adamma, shortly before man prevails, God shall swoop in from His glories in the heavens unto the planet Earth to rescue the righteous and destroy the wicked humanists.
8) No Supernatural Intervention In Human Affairs.
Because of wide spread evolutionary thinking, the people of Noah’s did not believe in God. If there is no God, then there is no supernatural being who could intervene in human affairs. So, man is not accountable to any divine being. It therefore means that there is no supernatural or divine being to whom man is accountable.
Noah spent 120 years building the Ark. As a prophet, he warned the people of a coming deluge. Prior to this time, it had never rained. Every evening, dew came from heaven and wetted the ground. The whole Earth was of one weather, subtropical. The Ark could not have been built by Noah and his three sons only. He probably hired men to help him build the Ark. They received wages to help him build the Ark but did not enter the Ark. They must have mocked him while he built the Ark, and spoke of a coming deluge. They must have thought that old age was taking its toll on him, though he was not the oldest man alive in his day. Methuselah was still alive then, and died shortly before the deluge. Had they not believed in evolution, had they believed in God, they would believed in divine intervention: they would have believed the teachings of Noah, and taken his warning seriously.
In the days of Noah, Evolution created the general intellectual and philosophical climate that dominated their thinking. This is also the intellectual and philosophical climate that will characterize the last days.
” Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the Word Of God the heavens were of old, and the Earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water perished: but the heavens and the Earth, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” ( 2Pet.3:3-7 ).
In this passage of the Scriptures, Apostle Peter gives an apt description of the theory called Scientific Uniformitarianism. Scientific Uniformitarianism teaches that all physical laws and principles- as well as psychological and sociological laws and principles after the appearance of mankind- have operated in essentially the same way throughout time. This theory is the driving force behind modern evolutionism which is taught in all leading educational institutions worldwide. Although this is a modern scientific theory, we have shown that it is not new. It was exactly what people felt and taught in the days of Noah and Lot. It is Satan’s lie concerning the origin of mankind, in oder to hoodwink them into thinking that there is no God to whom they will be held accountable.
Apostle Paul warns us:
” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them ; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:… “ ( Rom.1:18-20 ).
Ungodliness is wrong thoughts towards God whilst unrighteousness is wrong acts towards God. Men naturally think wrong thoughts towards God before they engage in wrong acts towards Him. God will punish men for both, because the knowledge of God is a self-evident fact in the life of every man. God has revealed Himself in nature, man inclusive. His eternal power and Godness are evident in general revelation.
” The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork. Day unto day uttered speech, and night into night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the Earth, and their words to the end of the World. In them hath He set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” ( Ps.191-6 ).
There is a basic intrinsic awareness in every man of the existence of God. Beyond this basic knowledge is the general revelation of God evident in nature. It is a denial of one’s own consciousness, self-deception of the utmost sort to deny the existence of God, because His eternal power and Godness are self-evident within man and revealed in His creation around us. Evolution is a scientific farce, a sham. There is no substitute for God’s direct creative acts ( creation ex nihilo, creation out of nothing ), and His indirect creative acts ( creation out of what is already in existence ). Evolution is an ersatz, inferior satanic substitute for God’s direct creative acts, the one area in which all men are without excuse. Human beings can and are being deceived in this area, Satan having successfully negated the one area in which God holds man accountable. This satanic negation may salve men’s conscience that they are not accountable, it changes nothing in the eyes of God, inasmuch as they are without excuse.
Scientific Uniformitarianism obviously leaves no room for divine intervention in the affairs men. But this assumption is based on ignorance of the fact the heavens and the Earth were made by the Word of 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 the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. “ ( Jon.1:1-5 ).
It was by this Word that the world of Noah’s day was destroyed by water, and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by fire and brimstone. It is also by this same Word that the present heavens and Earth are reserved unto fire awaiting the judgment of the great day of the Lord. That God had intervened in the past to judge mankind is contrary to the thinking of humanistic evolutionists and scientific Uniformitarians. They consider the notion of a worldwide flood mythical and legendary. Although the geological formation of the present age are attributable to the noahic flood, humanistic evolutionist in denial of literal creation and divine intervention in human history attribute it to the billions of years of evolution.
Unfortunately there are some christian scientists who share this evolutionist view, and rationalize away the fourth commandment.
” Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days thou shall labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor the stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days God made heaven and Earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it. “ ( Exod.20:8-11 ).
Because God created the World in literal six days, He rested the seventh day and hallowed.
As we haven seen in 2 Pet.3:3-7, time is coming when men will no longer think seriously of the Christ’s Second Advent as cataclysmic, universal intervention by God in the course of human affairs. The reason aduced for this sceptical attitude is blind adherence to scientific uniformitarianism – a theory which maintains that natural laws and processes have never yet been interrupted ( or newer or higher laws introduced ) so as to bring a total destruction of human civilization through the direct intervention of God. They maintain that since there is no God and therefore no divine intervention in the past, there is no cause for fear that there shall be any in the future. In answer to the sceptics, Apostle Peter alluded to two events in the past which are not explainable on the basis of scientific uniformitarianism. The first is the creation of the heavens and the Earth by the Word of God, and the second is the destruction of that world by a worldwide flood. The world ( cosmos ) that then was being overflowed with water perished ( apoleto ). The Greek word translated perished in kJV is apoleto. It means limited destruction not total annihilation. The second event, the worldwide flood serves as the basis for the comparison of the second coming of Christ and the final destruction of the cosmos to the limited destruction ( apoleto ) of the world of Noah’s day.
The idea of inferior and superior races has its origin in evolution. Evolution, especially of the Darwinian and Lamarckian varieties, has been used as the scientific basis of racism. Much of Hitler’s philosophy was based on Darwin’s origin of species. All the 19th century evolutionists like Darwin and Huxley were unrepentant proponents of Aryan supremacy. Adolf Hitler’s Nazism was the most vicious of the racist philosophies based on evolutionism. The background was founded on the teachings of Ernst Haeckel, Darwin’s contemporary propagandist in Germany, who probably was the most influential evolutionist in continental Europe.
According to historian, Daniel Gasman , Ernst Haeckel and his fellow social Darwinists set about to demonstrate the aristocratic and non-democratic character of the laws of nature. Up to his death in 1919, Haeckel contributed to the special variety of German thought which served as a seed for National Socialism. He became one of Germany’s main ideologue for racism, nationalism, and imperialism. Hitler used Haeckel’s so called scientific evolution as the basis for his own racist philosophy. Hitler stressed and singled out the idea of biological evolution as the most powerful weapon against traditional religion. He repeated condemned Christianity for its opposition to the teachings of evolution. Hitler believed that evolution was the hallmark of modern science and culture, and defended it’s veracity as tenacious as Haeckel. Just as Richard Wagner was the musical patron of the Nazis, Stewart Chamberlain was also their philosophical patron. He ardently supported Hitler’s biological evolution.
As we approach the 70th seven of Daniel, evolution will be the dominant scientific thought in the World. It will be used to justify racism, thus pitting the Kingdom of Satan against the observant Jews and the christians, when the antiMessiah makes his debut at the rebuilt Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah, unveils himself as a dead man come back to life, and demands worship of all mortals.
As Hitler used evolutionary thinking to justify his ruthless antisemitism, so will the antiChrist use his atheistic philosophy to justify his goal of wiping out Jews and Christians, and anyone else who refuses to take the mark of the beast, or worship his image. He will probably not permit blacks to live whether or not they agree to take his mark.
10) The Deification Of Man.
The prevailing philosophy of life on Earth today is humanistic evolution. Humanistic evolution teaches that there is no God, who created man, to whom man has to one day give account. This philosophy of life leads to utter chaos. If there is no God who created man in His image and likeness, to whom man shall one day be accountable, then man evolved, and is still evolving. Besides, he is God unto himself, and therefore unaccountable and not responsible to anyone else but himself. But it is written that every man shall give account of himself to God ( Rom.14:12 ).
As we have pointed out earlier, this is the same old lie that Satan told Eve in the Garden of Eden, that man is God. In almost every sphere of life, humanistic evolution reigns supreme, in our educational institutions, in the corridors of power, in commerce and industry, in entertainment, in the scientific world, most unfortunately in the citadel of religion itself.
The world is ripe for the antiChtrist’s harvest, or better still Satan’s harvest. The antiMessiah shall be the ultimate humanist. Towards the approaches of the 70th seven of Daniel, there shall appear on the world’s political stage, a superman, a consummate politician, charming, mesmerizing, a man with a superhuman intellect and memory, dissolving doubts, resolving supposed insurmountable political issues, like the Palestinian question etc. It is this man that the mass of humanity will deify in the rebuilt Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. This shall be the ultimate Abomination Of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet ( Dan.9:26; Matt.24:15 ).
As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son Of Man. Men defied themselves. Every man was God unto oneself and was unaccountable to no one. Every man did what was good in his sight. But just before Satan achieved his aim of destroying humanity in general, God intervened and saved Noah and his family in the Ark, and wiped out the rest of humanity in the deluge. As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the day when the Son Of Man is revealed. On the same day God rained fire and brimstone on the wicked dwellers of Sodom and Gomorrah, God rescued Lot and his family. In like manner also, on the same day the Saints are Raptured, God will begin to pour out His wrath on the living wicked earth-dwellers and worshippers of the antiMessiah.
Author: Avraham Shallom: