Armageddon Series God vs. Allah

Armageddon – Jacob’s God vs. Allah, the God of Islam

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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 237B

August 24, 2005

Armageddon – Jacob’s God vs. Allah, the God of Islam!

I have lived through a depression, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnamese Conflict.  And, during my lifetime, I have been consistent in teaching that the ten toes in Daniel 2, the ten horns in Daniel 7, and the ten horns in Revelation 12, 13, & 17 are all the same, and that they are Islamic horns, not European horns.  I keep hoping that people will get off the dead horse that came out of the great evangelical movement, and begin to realize that the final conflict of this Gentile Age will be between the descendants of the same man, father Abraham.  Some are waking up to the fact that what eventually leads to Armageddon will be a conflict stirred up in the Middle East between the followers of Allah and the followers of the God of Israel.

Down through the ages there have been contests fought between the one true God and many representatives of Satan, the great false god.  The final contest of the Age of the Gentiles will be the great battle of Armageddon, which marks the fullness and the end of that age.  The war will begin some three and one half years before its great final battle, which will be Armageddon.  It will basically be the battle of the followers of the false god Allah and the followers of the great true God of Israel.

Daniel 12:1 – And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

God has not absolutely forsaken Israel.  He has left both them and their great temple spiritually desolate for the rejection of his Son Jesus, but he will receive them when Jesus comes to end Armageddon, and they call his Son blessed that comes in his name.

Matthew 23:37-39 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! [38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

The descendants of the twelve sons of Ishmael and the six sons of Keturah are the descendants of Abraham who follow Allah, and from among them will come the ten Arab nations that attack Israel some three and one-half years prior to Armageddon.  And the nation under attack will also be the descendants of Abraham, but by Abraham’s seed of promise, the man Jacob.  Please see Prophecy Archive Updates 101B, 102B and 105.

The idea that the antichrist would rise out of Europe and lead ten European nations against Israel came out of the great evangelical movement.  The antichrist being presented today is pictured as dominating the world as we know it today.  Please take a good look at Prophecy Archive Updates 73A, 77, 77A, 77B, 77C, and 135A.  I believe that while many are waiting for an antichrist to rise in Europe and dominate the whole world as we know it today, that the real antichrist will arise in the Middle East, dominate the world as it was known when the prophecies concerning the “tens” were written, and many will be caught napping, thinking they still have a lot of time before Armageddon.

While many are allowing for a lengthy period of time to pass during antichrist’s climbing to power in Europe, believing that Armageddon is a long way off in the distant future, he will arise in the Middle East, and the prophecies concerning him will be fulfilled primarily in that area.  I do not believe the antichrist will arise out of the European Union.  This popular teaching is going to cause many to be shocked when he does arise.  Please see Prophecy Archive Updates 27, 28, 36, 54, 74B, 78, 105, and 147D.

I recently received an e-mail from an old friend, who reminded me that the frequently heard “Allah is great” from the lips of Islam is a proclamation that Allah is greater than any god.  In point of fact, it is a cry that Allah is greater than the god of Christians and Jews, greater than the god of the big U.S. devil and the Little Israel devil.

His e-mail brought back vivid memories of the first time I was confronted head on with a follower of Islam.  It was 53 years ago in the city of Tripoli in Libya.  A young Arab began to shout at me, “Allah is great, there is one god, Allah, and Mohammed is his Prophet.”  He kept chanting it over and over again, ever increasing in pitch and volume.  Arabs began to come out of nowhere, and within a few moments I was surrounded.  It was my good fortune that other G.I.’s heard his cry and saw my plight.  They pushed through the Arabs and surrounded me in an inner circle.  The young Arab finally stopped chanting, and the group slowly dispatched.  It was the last time I ever went into Tripoli alone.

Things really haven’t changed much down through the centuries between the followers of the true God and the followers of the many false gods like Allah.  And it does all seem to boil down for one side to want to prove its god is greater than the other side’s god.  I knew nothing about the Islamic faith 53 years ago, but since that time I have come to know many followers of Allah, and have learned a fair amount about their religious fanaticism.  I have seen men parading the streets beating themselves over their shoulders with whips and drawing blood,  I have watched the blood cut through the epidermis and roll down their backs in beads as a sign of willingness to sacrifice themselves to the cause of Allah in repentance.  As I observed the phenomenon I could not help but call to remembrance the false god Baal, whose followers cut themselves to invoke his favor.

I Kings 18:17-40 – And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? [18] And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim. [19] Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table. [20] So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. [21] And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. [22] Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. [23] Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: [24] And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. [25] And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. [26] And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. [27] And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. [28] And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. [29] And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. [30] And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. [31] And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: [32] And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. [33] And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. [34] And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. [35] And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. [36] And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. [37] Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. [38] Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. [39] And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God. [40] And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

I assure you that our God, the true and only God, will win the final contest at Armageddon, and the followers of the false prophet, as well as the false prophet and the antichrist, will suffer a similar fate as received by the prophets of Baal.

Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Revelation 19:19-21 –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. [20] 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. [21] 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.

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 1-2

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 238AAugust 28, 2005Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 1An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24Lord willing, this will be the first in a series of several Parts that will deal with the events found in Revelation 16:13 to 18:24.As I was in the midst of doing Part 1, I received an e-mail from a Lebanese friend of mine.  His message was instrumental to my going back to the beginning of Part 1, and inserting the words of James Henry Thornwell as the preamble of “An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24.”BEGIN QUOTE: “To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of eternal importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where God calls us to stand up like men and assert, though it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven.  Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies.  Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom he died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men’s souls are ensnared.” END QUOTE.James Henry Thornwell was a Presbyterian Minister, and even though I do not agree with many of the views he expressed in his writings, I definitely agree with what he had to say in the preceding quote.  The quote was timely for me, because I was having reservations about doing the exposition of this particular series when I received it.  It reminded me of an obligation God advised Ezekiel to consider as a watchman who sounds to warn those in danger.Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are in the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those in “her” to come “out of her, and to warn those not in “her” to stay out of “her.”Revelation 16:15,16 – Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.I am fully cognizant that a child of God should submit to the Spirit of God in daily actions to assure the reward of outer garments that will appropriately manifest that walk of submission during their lifetime.  Only a few members of the Lord’s churches actually perform such a walk, in large measure due to following teachings based not on the New Testament, but on false teachings wrapped in tradition and fiction that have appeal to the five senses of the carnal flesh.  Unless they do the following, such will be caught by surprise by Christ living lives not worthy of white outer garments of reward in heaven, and will not find themselves clothed as those few in the local church at Sardis.Revelation 3:3,4 – Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. [4] Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.Revelation 19:7,8 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.One of the purposes of this series is for performance of Jude 21 to 23!Jude 21-23 – Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. [22] And of some have compassion, making a difference: [23] And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.It is impossible at this time to predict the precise year of the final battle of Armageddon, which is the last battle in a period of time that lasts 1260 days.  However, the Scriptures do indicate that we can know the time when it looms as an event that lets us know it is “at our doors.”  I cannot tell you the times, the seasons, the year, or the day the 1260 days will begin, but I assure you that it is not an event of the far distant future.  I have long believed the 1260 days are likely to begin in 2007, and I may well be wrong, but I am certain that it is not something that is a long way off in the future.I have long experienced an awareness of a need to warn people that, after these many centuries of waiting, this event is finally drawing near.  And I am burdened by the awareness of my own need “to keep my garments” as I await the fullness of the age of the Gentiles to come in, as well as the need for God’s churches to “keep the faith once delivered to the saints” of the first local church, and to the New Testament Churches that came out of her.Jude 3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.II Timothy 4:1-4 – I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. [3] For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.That time has come when they are not enduring sound doctrine, and the vast majority of the religious world is now more interested in fictional and traditional tales than in the living word of God.  This is actually the real reason I believe Armageddon is not in the far distant future, and that the man of sin will soon be revealed.  The great falling away from the truths delivered in the New Testament is here, and the revealing of the man of sin cannot be far behind.II Thessalonians 2:3,4 – 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; [4] 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.The Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24 begins:Revelation 16:13 – And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.Many expositors explain this as the counterfeit satanic trinity to parallel that of the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son making up the true Godhead that indwelt the man, Christ Jesus.Colossians 2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.It is at this time that the end of the reign of antichrist is about to close with the final battle of Armageddon, and he is completely taken over by Satan the father himself.  These three forces, the spirit of Satan, the spirit of the antichrist, and the unholy spirit represented by the false prophet, send out a call for all nations to come against Israel.  On thing is certain, they are the spirits of devils, working miracles by the hands of the false apostles, who to the religious world appear as angels of light, and they are sent to gather the kings of the whole world, as it was when John wrote Revelation, to Armageddon.Revelation 16:14 – For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.II Corinthians 11:14,15 – And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. [15] Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.Revelation 16:15,16 – Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.The Tel of Megiddo is located on top of what is now often called the Mountion of Armageddon, which sits at the junction of the Plains of Esdraelon and the Valley Plain of Jezreel.  The valley plains lie from the Mediterranean Sea Port of Haifa southeast all the way to the Jordan River and separate the southern mountains of Galilee from the northern mountains of Samaria.  It is in this wide plain that the great armies of the known world of John’s day will move southeast from the Port of Haifa to the Jordan, then south to Beersheba for the final battle.  It is here that the archangel Michael will stand up to defend Israel.The antichrist will sit as unchallenged king on the old temple mount in Jerusalem, from which he will direct the final battle to forever eliminate the apple of God’s eye, the nation of Israel.  But he will come to his end, for it is payback time for all his ungodliness, and God is about to end his short lived career, which culminates in a unprecedented time of trouble.Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 – 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. [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.There have been thousands of books written concerning the last great battle of Armageddon.  It is a subject that requires several volumes.  I will not do an injustice to the subject by a shallow treatment of such a subject.  However, I will at least advise you of this – I am of the ancient school as to the part antichrist will play in it.  Most of the books written today have the antichrist arising out of a battle that comes immediately before a period of time known as the tribulation period.  He wins that battle and gains worldwide popularity by bringing peace to the Middle East.  But he later breaks the peace by attacking Israel and starting a second war, which finally culminates in the battle of Armageddon.  I believe there is only one war that begins when the antichrist breaks a forced unilateral peace put on the Palestinians by the Israelis.  I call it the war of the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, who is also called the willful king of the north, the Assyrian, the beast, the eleventh horn, the little horn, the antichrist, and the man of sin.  I believe it begins when antichrist attacks Israel, lasts 1260 days, and its final battle is called the battle of Armageddon, which will be ended by the Second Advent of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  However, regardless of whether the old school or the new school prophetic buffs are correct, both are agreed it will be a time of great slaughter in the slaughterhouse located in Israel.  I hope, as you read these prophesied account by both Old and New Testament writers, you will grasp the magnitude of the human slaughter occurring during this great conflict.Revelation 19:17-19 – And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [19] 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.Ezekiel 39:17-20 – And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. [18] Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. [19] And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. [20] Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God.Ezekiel 39:4-6 – Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured [5] Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. [6] And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord.Revelation 14:20 –  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.Joel 3:9-15 – Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: [10] Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. [11] Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. [12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. [13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. [14] Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. [15] The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.Malachi 4:1 – For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.Zechariah 14:12 – And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.Isaiah 66:15,16 – For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. [16] For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.Revelation 19:21 – 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.Matthew 24:21 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.I said earlier in this chapter that I was not going to give a shallow type of coverage to this subject, but I am at least going to tell you why I do not agree with the teaching of two separate wars.As a young man, living in the pre-Hal Linsey books age, I was taught that only one war occurred during the “latter days” before Armageddon.  It was a war that began in the Middle East when the antichrist attacked the nation of Israel, and ended some 3 and ½ years later with the final battle of this age – Armageddon. But I now find myself surrounded by a large array of preachers and teachers who are convinced that the war led by Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and found in Ezekiel 38 and 39, occurs before the war that commences some 3 and ½ years before the battle of Armageddon, and that the antichrist is not Gog, but comes out the war led by Gog, and then leads 10 European Union nations against Israel.  They teach that when Gog and his armies come against Israel they will be slaughtered, and that Israel will be absolutely successful in thoroughly routing them.  Perhaps I overlooked it, but in all my years of looking in many old musty religious archives, I never found a manuscript published before 1812 that taught there were two back-to-back wars just before the battle of Armageddon.  It would seem to me that the arrival of Napoleon in Europe set the stage for a shift from bringing the antichrist out of the southern flank of the old Roman Empire to a new scheme of bringing him out of the northern flank.  This shift necessitated the invention of two wars. I do not believe the shift should ever have been made.  I believe the attack of the antichrist is found in the following Scriptures, and I believe the attack occurs 1260 days before the end of this age at Armageddon.Ezekiel 38:10,11 – Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: [11] And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,Daniel 7:24,25 – 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. [25] And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.Daniel 11:41 – 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.Micah 5:5 – And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.Zechariah 13:8 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.Revelation 13:5,6 – 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. [6] And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.Revelation 17:12.13 – 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. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.I believe that the following names all apply to the antichrist:  He is Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal in Ezekiel 38 and 39, the eleventh horn in Daniel 7, the king of the north in Daniel 11:40, the Assyrian in Micah 5, the seventh wounded head on the beast in Revelation 13, and the eighth head on the beast in Revelation 17.The 3 and ½ year war, in all the accounts, follows a certain pattern from start to finish.(1)   The initial attack occurs, and is successful.(2)   After Jerusalem falls, the Lord begins to fight for Israel.(3)   The Lord fights for Israel for 3 and ½ years.(4)   God protects Israel in the Negev during that period.(5)   The Lord leaves most of the enemy bodies on the hills of Israel at the final battle of Armageddon.Ezekiel 38:8,9 (1) – After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. [9] Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.Zechariah 13:8 (1) – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.Zechariah 14:2,3 (2) – For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. [3] Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.Daniel 7:25 (3) – And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.Revelation 12:6 (4) – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.Ezekiel 39:1-5 (5) – Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: [2] And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: [3] And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. [4] Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. [5] Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.Revelation 19:17-21 (5) – And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [19] 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. [20] 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. [21] 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.Ezekiel 38:1,2 – And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, [2] Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,Gog is a person, the antichrist.  Magog is a land, the land of Magog.  God tells Ezekiel to set his face against a person, Gog, and against a land, Magog, which is Russia.  Gog is NOT the chief prince of  Magog (Russia).  He is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.  At the time of Ezekiel’s writings the descendants of Magog were settled in Russia, while the descendants of Meshech and Tubal were settled in Syria.  The antichrist will come out of Syria to launch the initial attack.  Some 3 and ½ years later Magog (Russia) will come down to join him at Armageddon.To make a long story short – I believe there is only one war, the war that begins when Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, attacks Israel, and ends three and one-half years later when Magog (Russia), along with all of Europe, Eurasia, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, comes down to join him against Israel at the final battle of Armageddon – Only to find the bodies of their great armies end up as buzzard bait on the hills of Israel.BUT AM I PREPARED TO BE WRONG?  CERTAINLY!  WHAT WILL I DO IF THERE ARE TWO WARS?  WELL, I WILL JUST SAY I WAS WRONG, AND WAIT FOR ANTICHRIST TO COME OUT OF THE FIRST WAR, THAT IS, IF I AM STILL HERE.BUT WHAT IF THERE IS ONLY ONE WAR?  WELL, ONLY ONE THIRD OF ISRAEL WILL SURVIVE, JERUSALEM WILL FALL, ISRAEL WILL BE DRIVEN INTO THE NEGEV, AND YOU WILL BE WAITING FOR AN ANTICHRIST THAT IS ALREADY ON THE SCENE, THAT IS, IF YOU ARE STILL HERE.My advice is to be prepared for either eventuality, even one that may be quite different from how many of these verses are commonly interpreted.  I think that falls under the category of “watching.”Mark 13:37 – And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 238BAugust 31, 2005Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 2An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.I am inserting the words of James Henry Thornwell as the preamble of “An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24.”BEGIN QUOTE: “To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of eternal importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where God calls us to stand up like men and assert, though it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven.  Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies.  Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom he died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men’s souls are ensnared.” END QUOTE.James Henry Thornwell was a Presbyterian Minister, and even though I do not agree with many of the views expressed in his writings, I definitely agree with what he had to say in the preceding quote.  The quote was timely for me, because I was having reservations about doing the exposition of this particular series when I received it.  It reminded me of an obligation God advised Ezekiel to consider as a watchman who sounds to warn those in danger.Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are “in” the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those “in her” to come “out of her,” and to warn those not “in her” to stay “out of her.”Now, I shall continue expositing from where we left off in Part 1 at Revelation 16:16.Revelation 16:16-18 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. [17] 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. [18] 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.Just when it appears that the antichrist will finally end the existence of the nation of Israel in the Negev south of Beersheba, having gathered the greatest military ever assembled, God will rip apart the Jordan River Valley with the greatest earthquake since he placed Adam in the Garden of Eden.  The antichrist will be beyond all help when God performs this act of his wrath.Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 – 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. [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.The first earthquake in Revelation 6:12 will also be in the Jordan River valley.  It will occur in conjunction with the first attack of Antichrist that drove Israel into the Negev, leaving Israel in a state of confusion for a lightning Jihad from the North.  It will announce the beginning of the last three and one-half years of the tribulation period.  The last earthquake in Revelation 16:18 will mark the closing period of God’s wrath during the battle of Armageddon.Revelation 6:12-15 – 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; [13] 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. [14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND ISLAND WERE MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACES. [15] 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;All mountains and islands ride as passengers attached to the tectonic planets, and by the end of the tribulation period, they will have been moved away from their latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates by a few microseconds, such that the islands have fled to new coordinates, and the mountains will not be found at their old coordinates.  The plates begin to move in Revelation 6:12 with the first great earthquake, and stop moving noticeably in Revelation 16:20 following the last fantastic earthquake.  (See Archives – Birth Pang 3)Revelation 16:18-21 – 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. [19] 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. [20] AND EVERY ISLAND FLED AWAY, and THE MOUNTAINS WERE NOT FOUND.The tension and pressure buildups along the plate boundaries produce the world’s earthquakes.  They have been built up by the slow plate movements over a long period of time.  The vast majority of this tension and pressure buildup will be released between the opening of the sixth seal and the pouring out of the last vial.  This will mean a millennial reign of Christ that only shows minor earthquakes from time to time.The elasticity of the outer crust of the earth, when it was first created, was much greater than it is now, and was more than able to withstand the constant gravitational pull of the other heavenly bodies, which have caused it to daily pull outward, and then to relax inward, as it rotated around the sun, without causing the crust to phase into a worldwide readjustment of its tectonic plates.  I believe what begins in Revelation 6:14 and ends in Revelation 16:20 portrays such a readjustment, and will include all the phenomena of Isaiah 29:6.Revelation 6:14 – And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.Revelation 16:20 – And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.Isaiah 29:6 – Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.The fantastic changes in the outer topography will cause living waters to surface in Jerusalem and flow eastward through the place where the Mount of Olives divided.Zechariah 14:8,9 – And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. [9] And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.In order to define the time of “in that day” given in verse 8, we must go to verse 9. Verse 9 clearly identifies “in that day” as the time when the Messiah will be king over all the earth – A period of time known as the Millennial Reign of Christ.  However, in order for Jerusalem and Israel to come to be as verse 8 describes, it is obvious that fantastic geological changes must occur in the existing topographical structure, and these drastic geological land mass shifts will occur during the last three and one-half years prior to the final battle of Armageddon.What are the “living waters?”  They are spring waters that will support aquatic life continuously because they never cease to flow.  We are told in verse 8 this “living water” will flow out of Jerusalem, and that part of it will flow into the Dead Sea, the Eastern Sea (Former Sea), while part of it will flow into the Mediterranean Sea (Hinder Sea).  Furthermore, we are informed the water will be a continual stream that does not dry up between the two rainy seasons (most of the interior streams in Israel are dry creek beds a large part of the year).  To the Oriental mind, “in summer and in winter shall it be,” means a perpetual flow of water that will support life year round.In order to graphically portray and describe these changes, it will be necessary to use many other scriptures in future chapters, which will accurately detail geological changes prophesied to occur during the tribulation period.  And, having presented them, I will then put them all together into a composite picture, which will show the total change.  The first Scripture to be involved with the formation of this spring of living water is found in Revelation 16:18,19.Revelation 16:18,19 – 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. [19] 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.During the great worldwide chain of earthquakes, while the “cities” of the “nations,” including Rome, are undergoing great devastation, the “great city” (Jerusalem) will be “divided into three parts.”  The division of old Jerusalem will be a geological one, which is both commonly, and directly, tied to earthquake activity along major fault lines.  There is, at the present time, a fault line running north-south in the substrata of the limestone rock beneath the Tyropean Valley, which separates uplifted western Jerusalem from eastern Jerusalem.  One of its names in ancient times was the “Valley of the Cheesemakers (Birth Pang Figures Archive – Figures 40 and 41).The great earthquakes that will occur in the Jordan Rift Valley will cause the mount of Olive to split apart between two east-west fault lines, one that penetrates its north flank, and one that penetrates its southern flank.  A great graben rift valley will be formed between the two faults as the northern and southern halves spread apart (Birth Pang Archives – Figures 31 to 34).  During the same general time period those sections of Jerusalem, east of the Tyropean Valley fault will subside, and those west of it will rise (a common phenomenon along normal faults during earthquake activity).  The final result of the activity along Jerusalem’s aforementioned three faults will result in its division into three sections by elevation and the water from the spring of Zechariah 14:8 (Birth Pang Figures Archive – Figures 42 to 48).And the last earthquake will divide the great city of Jerusalem into three parts, affect the cities and nations of the world, and destroy great Babylon’s false center of ecumenical worship.Revelation 16:19 – 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.This last great earthquake will occur in Israel’s Jordan River valley, but its effects will spread north and south, eventually to set off quakes across in the earth in the cities of many nations.  It will ripple northward to make contact with the great east-west fault across northern Turkey, then eastward across the Mediterranean, then along the sea flow northward to begin to set off a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions across western Italy, one of which will occur to the southeast of Vatican City in the ancient volcanic crater that holds the waters of Lake Albano – More on this in a future Update.Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 3-7

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 239BSeptember 7, 2005Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 3An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.I am inserting the words of James Henry Thornwell as the preamble of “An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24.”BEGIN QUOTE: “To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of eternal importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where God calls us to stand up like men and assert, though it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven.  Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies.  Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom he died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men’s souls are ensnared.” END QUOTE.James Henry Thornwell was a Presbyterian Minister, and even though I do not agree with many of the views expressed in his writings, I definitely agree with what he had to say in the preceding quote.  The quote was timely for me, because I was having reservations about doing the exposition of this particular series when I received it.  It reminded me of an obligation God advised Ezekiel to consider as a watchman who sounds to warn those in danger.Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are in the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those “in her” to come “out of her,” and to warn those “not in her” to stay “out of her.”Now, I shall continue expositing from where we left off in Part 2.REVELATION 17:1 – And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:The great whore is the “her” of Revelation 18:4 from 17:1 to 18:24 identified as “the woman,” and is clearly stated to be the great city of Rome in 17:18.Revelation 17:18 – And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.Rome ruled the known world when John was writing the Book of Revelation in exile on the Isle of Patmos.  The city boundaries sat on the seven small physical hills of Rome, and spiritually on the foundations of six evil governments of men that preceded the seventh head, which is the government of antichrist.  Chronologically, the first six heads represent the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Macedonian, and Roman Empires.Revelation 17:9 – And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.  (Mountains are occasionally used to represent governments in the Scriptures)REVELATION 17:2 – With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.Fornication was often used to designate an act of sexual union between two unwed physical personages, which was not acceptable to God.  This type of sexual union he considered an unholy physical action that produced an unholy wedding.II Corinthuians 6:14-18 – Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.The first ungodly wedding of church and state occurred in 313 AD when a grouping of irregular churches united with Rome under Emperor Constantine.  It was an act of fornication against God, an unholy union of local churches with the governments of men to gain power to supposedly assist the Spirit of God. The woman of Revelation 17 and 18 is the Catholic Church.  Since that time many groups have come out of her, and have, at one time or another, also have been designated as state religions by countries across the globe.  Many that broke away from her carried some of the leaven of her false teaching with them, and have become almost as corrupt as she is today.The “many waters” on which the “whore” sits are identified as “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”  This great religious prostitute from the truth is identified and geographically located in Revelation 17:18 as “that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”  And in John’s day that city was Rome.  Today, the most widespread religious organization in the world has its tentacles spread across the earth from its headquarters in Rome.The kings of all the earth have had continuous dealings with the great Vatican government of Rome down through the ages.  The history of the Catholic Church has long been one of political involvement in the affairs of nations and kings.  Many nations and kings have been intoxicated with her religious wine that dulls the conscience of lost souls.REVELATION 17:3 – So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.The “wilderness” as used here refers to a world filled with spiritual darkness.  The woman claims to be filled with spiritual light, and to be able to see, to understand, the kingdom of God.  But like the Pharisees of old, who claimed to be full of light, the light that is in her is the same spiritual darkness, and it is an ever greater degree of darkness because she actually thinks she sees light.John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot SEE the kingdom of God.Matthew 6:23 – But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!In verse 17:3 John sees the “woman” setting on the back of a “scarlet colored beast.”  This is the same beast described in previous chapters as having “seven heads and ten horns” – But here it represents the supposedly resurrected Antichrist.  And here, in Chapter 18, he has a new color – he is “scarlet colored.”  Why has he changed colors between Revelation 13 and 17?  Because, when we saw the first beast in Revelation 13:1, he had one head that had been “wounded to death” – but he was still alive – he was still a non-resurrected man.  But now, in Revelation 17:3 we see him as counterfeiting Christ in shedding his blood.  He claims his wound by a sword was the shedding of his blood for his religious world followers, but that he had now risen from the dead to be their eternal king.  He is the blood colored Lamb of Satan.  Satan is going to counterfeit the real Christ so well that only those who really know the truth will recognize his counterfeit.  I worship the blood stained Lamb of God – They will worship the scarlet colored beast of Satan.REVELATION 17:4,5 – And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: [5] And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.The Protestant Reformation was a great thing, because many believers could no longer stand the level of heresy to which the Catholic Church had ascended.  It is very unfortunate that the breakaways carried some of the earliest heresies of the second to the fourth century with them when they came out, allowing Catholicism to be labeled as “the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.”Verses four and five are perfect illustrations of all the wealth, pomp, power, ritual, and ceremony associated with the Catholic Church and world religion today.REVELATION 17:6 – And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.Verse six requires little comment – hundreds of volumes have been amassed by countless writers attesting to horrible killing and torture of true believers by the Catholic Church before and during the Reformation.  One day she will answer for all long trail of blood of the saints.The “woman” represents the great apostasy from worship in spirit and in truth.  She rides on the Antichrist because he will support her after she confirms his phony resurrection as genuine.  When he  makes his claim to have returned from the dead,  the leader of the apostate church, who will be the false prophet pope of Rome, will recognize his resurrection as a true miracle, and the followers of this apostate church will believe it.  The world religious leader will be the false prophet of Revelation 13.  After this all of the great world religious leaders of the known world of John’s day will fall into line one by one.If the idea of a fake resurrected Islamic antichrist being followed by the disciples of Islam seems strange, please consider the rest of this Update.During my 20 plus years in military service, from time to time I went to school with the followers of Islam, and trained one in meteorological severe weather prediction at the Federal Office building in Kansas City, Missouri.  The information which follows is about a traditional teaching involving the arrival of an Islamic Imam Mahdi (al-Imam al-Mahdi) at the end of this last age before the resurrection.  The word Imam means “to walk before,” and carries the title of Caliph, and the word “Mahdi” means “a leader, and a spiritual guide and director.”  The Muslims expect this leader and prophet to appear on the earth before the world ends, and he is expected to be the Islamic Messiah.  The belief is based on thousands of traditions that claim to go all the way back to the Koran, but I have never been able to find a legitimate reference in the Koran without twisting its context.  Of course, I do not believe Islamic tradition or the Koran, but what I believe is beside the point. The point is that most Muslims do believe it. So when a man does arise among them they can label as an Imam Mahdi, then I believe he will be the antichrist of which the Bible teaches, which I do believe, and it will make it much easier for some 700 million Muslims, most of which live in the Middle East, to follow him in a great and united Jihad against Israel.  The al-Imam al-Mahdi will carry the title “The Just Leader of Humanity.”Even though it cannot be found in the Koran, there are a large number of learned Muslims who claim the belief in Mahdi was widespread during Muhammad’s lifetime among them.  Many say on more than one occasion he had announced the future coming of the Mahdi, and that at times he would inform the people about Mahdi’s wonderful government, plus the signs preceding his rise among the people.  Ancient Islamic documents do quote the Prophet as saying: “The world will not come to an end until a man from my family line, who will be called al-Mahdi, emerges to rule my community.”  A couple of other quotes from Islamic documents are also valuable in understand Muslim beliefs on this subject; one makes a statement that is quoted as having been uttered by the Prophet three times: “Listen to the good news about the Mahdi!  He will rise at the time when the people will be faced with severe conflict and the earth will be hit by a violent quake.  He will fill the earth with justice and equality as it is filled with injustice and tyranny.  He will fill the hearts of his followers with devotion and will spread justice everywhere (Mihal, Vol. 1, p .256: Firaq, p. 62).”  And, in Milal, Vol. 1, pp. 273, 278 and Firaq, pp. 67, 80, 83, the Prophet has declared: “The day of Resurrection will not take place until the True Qa’im rises.  This will happen when God permits him to do so.  Anyone who follows him will be saved, and anyone who opposes him will perish.  O servants of God, keep God in your mind and go towards him even if it happens to be on the ice, for indeed he is the Caliph of God, the Exalted and Glorified, and my successor.”Shiites revere 12 Imams historically, the last of whom is believed to be currently in hiding, but will make himself known to Islam as the al-Mahdi in the last days of this age.  There is also a traditional teaching that he will rise from the dead before the end of time.The subject of Imams is what led to the great split in the Islamic ranks between the Sunni, the largest party, and the Shiite, the second largest party.  But the Kurds and other splinter groups also have their religious Imams, which is one of the major reasons there can never be a democracy in Iraq, because of the bitter enmity between the Islamic divisions.  However, if a strong leader, with great religious charisma, should arise out of hiding to unite them all in the belief he was the Imam Mahdi of Islamic tradition with the power of Allah, the fanaticism of the Muslims would create much more than just an occasional suicide bomber – It would generate a massive flood of millions charging across the northern border of Israel unafraid of death.  Of course, I do not believe the Koran or the traditional teachings of Islam. I decided long ago, from Micah 5:1-9, that the antichrist would be of Assyrian lineage, and would come out of the area that included Lebanon, extreme southern Turkey, Syria, northern Iraq, or the extreme tip of northwestern Iran (See Prophecy Updates 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, and 69 in our Prophecy Archives).  And I am confident he will be of the Islamic faith (See Prophecy Updates 160B and 161C in our Prophecy Archives).  If you really want your eyes opened to what was taught prophetically before 1740, then check out the following Prophecy Updates in our archives: 73D, 74A, 78,  82A, 114A, 117B, 56, 57, 58, 123B and 123D.  It may be you will discover that what is going on now in the Middle East fits what pre-1740 prophetic teachings indicated would be happening, in the last days, more accurately than the twentieth century popular teachings of end time events.  As I stated earlier, I do not believe the Koran or Islamic traditional teaching, but it is ironic that they are primed to receive the one we call the antichrist from their own writings, which identify him as their Messiah.  Before too much longer I expect a man from within the area I previously identified, probably Syria, to be manifested as someone behind which all Muslims can unite to meet their goal of driving Israel out of the land from Dan to Beersheba, and with a view toward overcoming all the infidels in the name of Allah.
SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 240ASeptember 10, 2005Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 4An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are in the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those “in her” to come “out of her”, and to warn those “not in her” to stay “out of her.”Now, I shall continue expositing from where we left off in Part 3.REVELATION 17:6 – And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.Verse six requires little comment – hundreds of volumes have been amassed by countless writers attesting to horrible killing and torture of true believers by the Catholic Church before and during the Reformation.  One day she will answer for the long trail of blood of the saints.The “woman” represents the great apostasy from worship in spirit and in truth.  She rides on the Antichrist because he will support her after she confirms his phony resurrection as genuine.  When he makes his claim to have returned from the dead, the leader of the apostate church, who will be the false prophet pope of Rome, will recognize his resurrection as a true miracle, and the followers of this apostate church will believe it.  The world religious leader will be the false prophet of Revelation 13.  After this event, all of the great world religious leaders, living in the known world of John’s day, will fall into line one by one.REVELATION 17:7-14 – And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. [8] The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. [9] And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. [10] 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. [11] And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. [12] 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. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. [14] 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.The best way to explain Revelation 17:7-14 is to exposit on Revelation 13:3,4.Revelation 13:3 – 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.The seven heads of the beast represent seven evil empires that that have, or shall, persecute the nation of Israel.  They are, from the first to the seventh – The Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, Roman, and the soon coming seventh empire of the antichrist, which is the wounded head on John’s beast, but represents the little horn that arises from the midst of the ten horns on the fourth beast of Daniel.Daniel 7:8,21 – 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. [21] I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;John symbolizes antichrist as a bleeding head on his first beast, while Daniel pictures him as the eleventh horn on his fourth beast.Revelation 13:3 – 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.The word “deadly” is “thanatos.”  It is an adjective used as a noun.  It simply means “death.”  A deadly wound is a wound that renders someone dead.  A deadly wound, unless miraculously healed, is a wound from which the recipient dies stone, cold, dead.  Some say that this represents the fourth beast of Daniel, which would be the sixth beast of John, but this same bleeding head on John’s first beast later becomes a non-bleeding head on John’s second beast.Apparently, the antichrist, who is represented as being the king of the seventh head, suffers a wound from a weapon of war that would kill an ordinary man, but he miraculously recovers.  This would explain the last two sentences in the next verse.Revelation 13:4 – 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?The world, as a whole, has never been privy to a confirmed, visual, return of a man from the spiritual world.  We accept the resurrection of Christ by faith.   The world has long sought for absolute proof of the resurrection of a stone cold dead human.  They may finally receive it in the return to life of antichrist from a wound that would kill any other man.  Who on this earth could be said to be “like unto” such a man?  And how would one be able to win a war against someone who could keep coming back from the dead?  In Revelation 13:12 he is again referred to as “the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed,” and in 13:14 as “the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”  When John wrote the Book of Revelation the first five kings, which pictured the “mountain” empires of Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Greece, had already fallen, and he was writing during the “one is” Roman Empire, which was the sixth.  He indicated that one was yet to come, which will be the seventh empire of antichrist.  But if the antichrist, as the king of the seventh empire dies from a deadly wound, and then returns as a resurrected man indwelt totally by the spirit of the dragon, he would, in reality, have been the king of both the seventh and eighth empires.  He would be the king of an Islamic Empire that would last for three and one-half years.Revelation 17:10-14 – 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. [11] And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. [12] 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. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. [14] 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.“That was” means the beast was previously alive.  “And is not” means the beast died.  “Even he is” means he came back to life to be the eighth.  It is difficult to follow the personification changes of the antichrist from his rise to power to his fall.  At times he is represented as a dying head on the first beast that comes back to life on the second beast.   Sometimes he is a part of the beast, and sometimes he is the beast.  However, in most of the cases in Revelation 13, 17, and 18, he is identified as the entire beast.Revelation 19:19-21 – 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. [20] 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. [21] 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.Daniel 7:11-14 – I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. [12] As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. [13] I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. [14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 240BSeptember 13, 2005Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 5An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24Revelation 16:16-19 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. [17] 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. [18] 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. [19] 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.Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are in the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those in “her” to come “out of her, and to warn those “not in her” to stay “out of her.”Now, I shall continue expositing from where we left off in Part 4.REVELATION 17:15-17 – And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. [16] And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. [17] 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.The ten horns are ten Arab kings who will soon come against Israel led by the Antichrist, who is the eleventh horn on Daniel’s fourth beast.Daniel 7:24-28 – 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. [25] And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.The ten Arab kings will accept the Antichrist as their leader “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.”  The Prophet Mohammad loudly proclaimed he was God’s prophet, and he was supposedly called by the angel Gabriel.  Today some 400 million followers of Allah are scattered across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and southeastern Europe, and they believe that Allah is God.  Allah is a word compounded of the article “al” and the word “ilah,” which means “the God.”  I believe the Catholic faith will accept the Antichrist as the “O Theos” (the God), and the Islamic faith will accept him as Allah (the God).  Most of the many faiths would love to have a flesh and blood man to lead them, one who had returned from the dead.  Many different faiths across the earth have multiple gods – some sects in India have hundreds of gods – but each sect always has one god who is more powerful than all the others.  All the religions, both small and great, will believe that the beast is that one most powerful god in their worship system.Unfortunately for the “woman,” the Arabs have always hated religious Christianity, and near the end of the tribulation period they will vent their full religious zeal on the religious woman of Rome.  John attests to the woman’s final destruction by the sons of Allah in verse sixteen – “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.”REVELATION 17:18 – And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.The woman identified as “The Whore of Babylon” sits in Rome with her tentacles extended across the earth to influence the world with her false teachings.  I believe it will be in Rome that the false prophet of Revelation 13 will arise and, for a while Rome will ride high on the beast as a supporter of its cause against Israel, but after Israel is driven into the Negev the beast will turn on the Catholic churches in Islamic churches with a vengeance.The false prophet of Revelation will play a major role in end time events and I believe will relate quite well with what I call “leader worship,” which both Catholic and Islam practice when it comes to idolizing statues of men.Revelation 13:14 – And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.For an exposition of “them that dwell on the earth” consult our Archives for Prophecy Updates 77, 77A, 77B, and 77C.  It is used as a hyperbole, and means the “known” world when John wrote the book of Revelation.  For an exposition of “had the wound by a sword, and did live,” consult previous updates in this series.“THAT THEY SHOULD MAKE AN IMAGE TO THE BEAST”My AWS and NSA career carried me to assignments in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.  During these assignments I became familiar with the religious beliefs of many different areas across the earth.  I can assure you that the knowledge of the information contained in the areas of biblical prophecy writings from Genesis to Revelation is not known by 99.9 percent of those who make up the Islamic faith.  But their dictatorial leaders down through the centuries have established a definite pattern of self-aggrandizement by the creation of massive images of themselves in public places.  When one goes to Syria, Iraq, Jordan, or Egypt, he or she is met by a constant series of statues, huge pictures or banners of the current leader, along with musical voices on loud speakers sounding out his praises.  I can also assure you that the creation of images, statues, and other visible artifacts is found to abound in catholic worship across the surface of the planet.  I will also assure you that an actual knowledge of prophetic teachings is not obtained by private study of the scriptures by individual Catholics in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.  What pitifully little they do obtain is taught by the priests, and very, very little is taught from the book of Revelation.  I will guarantee that the average parish attendee of catholic services in these areas knows nothing about the book of Revelation.  So it would be child’s play to get both Catholics and Muslims to worship the image of a man whom the false prophet said had been resurrected from the dead.  There would only be an extremely small minority in these areas that would refuse to do so, and they would be among those who worship Christ only as the total sacrifice for their sins.  They would be killed for failing to worship the image.Revelation 13:15 – And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.This may be an absolute miracle where a statue does seem to come to life and speak.  However, it is more likely it is the image of the beast on a worldwide television screen, or a voice from a recording inside a statue, which calls them to worship him, similarly to the call to worship that now occurs across the Islamic world several times a day from Muslim towers, when they bow down toward Mecca in answer to the call.  The daily call to fall down and worship toward where the image was located would not be difficult to obtain from either Muslim or Catholic beliefs.  But in the U.S. and most countries of the post-Columbus New World it would be most unlikely to be accepted.  Please review Prophecy Update Numbers 77, 77A, 77B, and 77C for an exposition on the size of the Antichrist’s final empire and where he is in absolute control.  This will also help to better understand the “all” to which John refers in the next verse.  It refers to the “known” world of John’s day.Revelation 13:16 – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 8-11

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 242A

September 25, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 8

An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24

Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.

Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are in the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those “in her” to come “out of her,” and to warn those not in “her” to stay “out of her.”

Now, I shall continue expositing from where we left off in Part 7.

Revelation 18:11 – And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

The Catholic Church is the greatest merchandiser of religious objects in the faiths dominated by salvation by Jesus plus works.  Her sales of a multiplicity of statues of Mary, Jesus, the saints, and countless other objects impregnated with their pictures, have made billions for those who merchandise them and the Catholic Church that authorizes such sales.  Her sales of religious relics, indulgences, rosaries, praise objects, and other objects of adoration have brought billions into her coffers down through the ages.  All these profits will be cut off from her merchandisers abruptly in one hour.

Revelation 18:12 – The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

All of these items have marked Catholic Church history in the character of her sales for profit down through the ages.  They have been floated up the Tiber and carried over land from many ports into her storehouses.

Revelation 18:13 – And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

These were the things that were brought up from the port at the mouth of the Tiber River from the ships on the Mediterranean Sea, during the reign of the Roman Emperors from Constantine onwards, and from which the early Catholic Church enjoyed the carnal fruits thereof.

Revelation 18:14 – And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

All of her carnal benefits received because of marriage with the state will be ended in one hour by a geological holocaust.

Revelation 18:15 – The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

All the merchant ships of the Mediterranean Sea will stand afar off from the mouth of the Tiber River, and see the fire and smoke of her burning.

Revelation 18:16 – And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

One has but to take a tour through the Vatican City to see the picture painted by this verse.  If you watched the recent Pope’s funeral, you got to view a small part of it.

Revelation 18:17 – For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

In one hour God’s judgment comes upon her for almost 1700 years of spiritual adultery from the faith once delivered to the saints.

Revelation 18:18 – And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

Rome was the city that ruled the known world when John wrote these words and, indeed, there was no city like her.

Revelation 17:18 – And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Revelation 18:19 – And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

It is indeed absolutely shocking to believe that, in one hour, almost 1700 years of history, religious tradition, and heresy will suddenly end.

Revelation 18:20 – Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

In order to properly portray this very short verse of Scripture, please allow me to quote from “The Trail of Blood” by Dr. J.M. Carroll.  The history of churches that have maintained “the faith” once delivered to the saints left a trail of martyr’s blood, which was extracted from them by the Roman Catholic Church during the Dark Ages.

BEGIN QUOTES FROM “THE TRAIL OF BLOOD!”

“17. I again call your attention to those upon whom the hard hand of persecution fell.  If fifty million died of persecution during the 1,200 years of what are called the Dark Ages, as history seems positively to teach, then they died faster than an average of four million every 100 years.  That seems almost beyond the limit of human conception.  As before mentioned, this iron hand, dripping with martyr blood, fell upon Paulicians, Arnoldists, Hendricians, Petro Brussians, Albigenses, Waldenses, and Ana-Baptists much harder than upon others.”

“Sad and awful was the fate of these long-suffering Ana-Baptists.  The World now offered no sure place for hiding.  Four hard persecutors were now hot on their trail.  Surely theirs was a Trail of Blood.”

“18. But persecutions did not cease.  The hatred Ana-Baptist (called Baptists today), in spite of all previous persecutions, and in spite of the awful fact that fifty million had already died martyr deaths, still existed in  great numbers.  It was doing this period that along one European highway, thirty miles in distant, stakes were set up every few feet along it, the tops of the stakes sharpened, and on the top of each stake was placed a horrid gory head of a martyred Ana Baptist.  Human imagination can hardly picture a scene so awful! And yet this thing was perpetrated, according to reliable history, by a people calling themselves devout followers of the meek and lowly Jesus Christ.”

END QUOTES FROM “THE TRAIL OF BLOOD!”

On one day in one hour all the martyrs of Revelation 18:20 will surely be avenged by God, and will rejoice in heaven to see the end of Vatican spiritual apostasy.

Revelation 18:20 – Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

Lord willing, in the next Update of this series, I will exposit on 18:21 to 18:23.

Revelation 18:21-23 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. [22] And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; [23] And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

The Catholic Church, some of her offspring, and many of the organizations rising out of the Great Evangelical Movement since 1730, have become the Pharisees of today.

Matthew 15:8,9 – This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. [9] But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

II Timothy 4:1-4 – I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. [3] For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

John 4:24 – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

I Timothy 3:14,15 – These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 242B

September 28, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 9

An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24

Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.

Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are in the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those “in her” to come “out of her,” and to warn those not in “her” to stay “out of her.”

Now, I shall continue expositing from where we left off in Part 8.

Revelation 18:21 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

The penalty for teaching false doctrine and causing God’s little born again children to stumble is described using the same illustration.

Matthew 18:3-6 – And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. [4] Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. [5] And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. [6] But whoso shall OFFEND one of these little ones WHICH BELIEVE in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

The word OFFEND means “to cause to stumble” and, in the context of verse six, it means to cause the born again babe in Christ “to stumble” in his walk of faith as a child of God.  In the case of Matthew 18:6 it is used as a metaphor.  However, in Revelation 18:21, it is literally going to happen to the city of Rome and its Vatican as a punishment for causing billions of God’s children to stumble in their walk by faith.  The city, encompassed by the seven hills, is literally going to sink under the Sea as the land subsides below sea level, causing the great Mediterranean Sea to flow up the Tiber River to engulf Rome.

The actual word translated as “offend” is “skandaliz,” which means “to entrap, to trip, to cause to stumble, to entice to apostasy.”  This has been the role of the whore of Babylon, the Catholic Church, for some 1700 years.

SINKING OF THE CITY OF ROME IN ONE DAY!

It might be a good idea to look at a map of the entire Mediterranean Sea area as far east as Turkey, and as far south as Israel, while reading this Prophecy Update.

This is something I have taught since 1982.  Please allow me to seemingly “beat around the bush” before directly addressing how, and why, Rome will literally sink below the upper waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The basaltic Pacific Ocean sea floor is pushing against the western coast of the United States.  The rock strata of the dry land there is lighter than the basaltic sea floor.  Consequently, it lifts over the sea floor basaltic strata.  As the weight of the coastal rock strata rises over the basaltic sea floor strata, its overlying weight causes the sea floor strata to dive downward under the western United States.  As it slides downward under the western U.S. at about a 30 degree angle, ever increasing pressure is incurred on the rock strata due to overlying weight that constantly increases as it goes deeper, and this causes numerous subterranean chambers to form in lines along the layer’s perpendicular intersection with the coastline.  When further movement causes a sudden release of pressure by vertical cracking, the solid rock layer instantly liquefies, fills the subterranean chamber with magma, and starts toward the surface, sometimes erupting as a volcano.  It is this generalized effect that has created the lengthy chain of volcanoes from British Columbia southward across Washington, Oregon, and California.

Please forgive this long discourse on the creation of the western U.S. volcanic chain.  I gave it because you may have seen an animated illustration of it on one of the TV Discovery programs, and I wanted you to go from the familiar to the unfamiliar, because the same phenomena exists along the western coast of Italy, where a volcanic chain stretches the length of the Italian boot from near the tip of its toe to well north of Rome.

I am particularly interested in the very ancient crater designated on geological maps simply as “004.”  It is located on the southwestern suburbs of the famous seven hills on which Rome is situated, and is clearly visible as a lake filled caldera when one flies over the area to land at Rome.  Like the infamous Mt. Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines, from a volcano that had laid dormant for more that 400 years, the same is true of the Italian “004” volcano.  When “004” erupts it, along with its accompanying earthquake, will fulfill the prophecy of Revelation 18:21.

Revelation 18:21 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

The great earthquake of Revelation 6:12, in the Jordan River Valley, will create a seismic energy release that will travel north to strike the east-west fault that runs across northern Turkey, then west along it to the long sea floor submergence zone off Italy’s western coast, a portion of which dips under Rome.  The last fantastic earthquake of Revelation 16:18 will send the final surge of energy along the same route, and it will trigger the “004” eruption with its associated earthquake activity.

Revelation 6:12 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Revelation 16:18 – 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.

The results of this eruption and earthquake will cause Rome to slowly sink beneath the upper waters of the Mediterranean Sea, which will flow inland a few miles up the Tiber River to submerge Rome.  This is the same scenario that happened to the great Roman Port Julius due to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in Italy’s turbulent history.

Believe it or not, the gigantic African continent is slowly floating on great underground masses of magma, and turning clockwise in a circle.  This is the driving force that is pushing the Mediterranean seafloor against the western half of the European continent’s long Italian peninsula.  The African and European continents meet head-on along the western Italian coast.  The earth’s African Plate slowly grinds under the Italian peninsula, melting deep rock into magma that then rises through cracks to the surface.  This process has formed a string of volcanoes from Sicily to far north of Rome, and a system of geological faults that release stress through earthquakes, often catastrophically.  The great Gulf of Pozzuoli lies just to southwest of Rome.  Pozzuoli lies in an enormous ancient volcanic caldera, named for the Campi Fiegrei (Fiery Fields) region, which has begun to reawake as the magma below it becomes more active.  It is the movement of this magma that forces the earth up and down in an earthquake triggering action.  Today’s fear comes from a speed up of this activity.

The Campi Flegrei is a zone of fiery fields and sunken cities.  Magma beneath the Gulf of Pozzuoli heats the groundwater to activate fumaroles.  And in the silence of doom the Roman Port Julius lies mired beneath the surface of the sea.  The city of Rome to its northeast will be a companion underwater city during the millennial reign of Christ.  The thousands of years that Rome has known great joy, which has caused her to be called the “eternal city,” will end on one day in one hour, and her underwater streets will experience the silence described  in the verses following Revelation 18:21.

Revelaion 18:21-23 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. [22] And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; [23] And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 243A

October 2, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 10

An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24

Revevelation 17:18 – And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Revelation 18:24 – And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

You might consider taking a look back at Part 8 in this series to get a better idea of how much martyr’s blood has been shed in the past by the Roman Catholic faith.  But since I am more concerned about the blood of the martyrs that will be shed in the tribulation period, I will use 18:24 as a springboard for what is coming, rather than what is past.

Other Believers will die in Tribulation before Trump 7!

Billions of dollars have been poured into the coffers of those who advocate the post-1740 rapture teaching that all the saved will be whisked up to heaven before seven years of tribulation begin on this planet.  I don’t believe God waited until the great evangelical movement, which began in the 1730’s, to have a first-of-the-week position taught. I have personally searched for any evidence of the position prior to 1740, and have found none.  But I surely do not ask you to believe what I teach based on historical research.  Please take a look in our Prophecy Update Archives for a historical and biblical exposition of the rapture question.  You will find it in Archive Updates 73D, 74A, 76, 78A, 82A, 114A, 123B, 144A, 144f, 147D, 166C & 233A.  Check it out for yourself!

The recent “left behind” series made millions in book sales, and filled the pockets of those who wrote them, as well as those who ghost wrote or published them.  If the first-of-the-week position is incorrect, then millions are going to be in shell shock when all hell breaks loose and they find themselves still living as occupants of surface earth.  How much confidence will they then have in the many other things writers taught them as being true?

I encourage you to go to the link which follows to get a truthful description of the “left behind” series.

http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/BookReviews/left.htm

I am convinced that some of God’s children are going to die in the tribulation period, yet most are convinced they will not be here doing any part of it, and do not want to hear anything contrary to that belief.

Remembering that Revelation Chapters 12 through 14 are classed as parenthetical chapters, I believe the sequence which follows is a reasonable chronological arrangement of the last three and one-half years prior to the Second Advent that ends Armageddon.

War, Pestilence & Famine Ravage a 4th Part of Earth!

Revelation 6:8 – And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.  (Archive Updates 145E to 146C)

Angelic War Breaks Out in Heaven – Michael vs. Devil!

Revelation 12:7 –And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, (Archive Birth Pang 39 & Prophecy Update 138C)

The Devil is cast Out of the Heavens onto the Earth!

Revelation 12:12 – 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.  (Archive Birth Pang 40)

Revelation 6:9-11 – Souls in Heaven are Anxious for the Rapture to Occur!  (Archive Updates 146A to 146C)

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: [10] 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? [11] 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.

Little Season Begins on Earth – Some Saved are Killed!

Revelation 6:12,13 – 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; [13] 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.   (Archive Prophecy Update 146C)

Israel Driven into Negev for Little Season of 3 ½ Years!

Revelation 12:13,14 – And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. [14] And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  (Archive Birth Pang 41 & Prophecy Update 138C)

One Third of Men Die in Volcanic-Earthquake Chaos!

Revelation 9:18 – By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.  (Archive Updates 180B, 182B, 183A, & 186A)

Satan Makes War with Negev Remnant of Jesus (seed)!

Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  (Archive Birth Pang 43 & Prophecy Update 140B)

Believers Killed for Not Worshipping the Beast Image!

Revelation 13:15 – And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Archive Prophecy Update 88)

Martyrs Rewarded for not affiliating with the Beast!

Revelation 20:4 – 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.

II Timothy 2:11,12 – It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: [12] If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  (Deny some saved the right to reign)

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

II Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

I Peter 4:12-14 – Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: [13] But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. [14] If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory IN THE CHURCH by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Revelation 22:16,17 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things IN THE CHURCHES. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  [17] And the Spirit and THE BRIDE say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take THE WATER OF LIFE freely.

Ephesians 5:26,27 –  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD, [27] That he might present it to himself a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Revelation 22:12,14 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [14] Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 243B

October 5, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 11

Man’s Technological Tower of Babel is in Place!

Genesis 11:1-9 – And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. [2] And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. [3] And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. [4] And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. [5] And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. [6] And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. [7] Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. [8] So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. [9] Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

In the history of mankind there has always been a single factor that stymied scientific progress more than any other element in human achievement – the carnality of man manifested by his distrust of anyone who did not speak his language.  We naturally tend to develop trust by association, and associate more readily with those of the same language and culture.  Because we have many different variations of language, which have manifested themselves with certain nations having languages that identify them as that country, we long ago developed a tremendous suspicion of each other, which usually falls under the category of national interest.  Nations simply don’t trust each other and, because of this, would not share any information that could cause another nation to profit from what it had just discovered.  Different languages have been a definite block to technological advancement ever since the Tower of Babel.

But the invention of, and rapid advancement in abilities of, the computer, followed by the development of the vast world internet associated with it, have overcome the long stymied technological advance of scientific advancement.  The continuing advancement of man’s fantastic growth in knowledge in the last 100 years has given the present generation all the blessings of material prosperity imaginable.  All this was prophesied by the Spirit of God in Daniel 12:4.

Daniel 12:4 – But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Man has run to and fro on the earth, above the earth, and beneath the earth, due to his remarkable advance in ability to probe rapidly and skillfully into these vast areas of creation.  The international language did not become English or French – turned out to be computer language, which had the ability to translate all of them into decodable functions, and has broken down most of the restricting power of nations to “make us a name.”

Well, now that individual nations have made a name for themselves, and we have finally achieved accruing all this great material gain and creature comforts through the great industrial revolution, just look at what it has enabled mankind to become on its own, separated from the meddling of the God who created Adam.  We have divided into systems of different beliefs that hate each other.  The nations of the world meet together at the United Nations, but despise each other, and are divided on every issue because of national interest.  The world is divided into two camps – the “haves” and the “have-nots,” and they both dislike each other.  The individual ideology of men and women range from “bleeding from the heart,” to bleeding from the neck after beheading to “let’s kill them all,” or from pro-abortion to anti-abortion, etc., etc., etc.  Human rights and uniform international judicial systems have little relation to each other, and certainly no relation to the Bible from which they originally were taken.  Yes sir, just as the famous cigarette commercial of the last century proclaimed: “You’ve come a long way, Baby!”

Man’s problem has always been his inherited carnality from his forefather Adam.  Adam made the choice for us all.  So let’s just blame God for creating Adam and for allowing him to make that choice.  Don’t blame God for all this, God chose all men to be saved in Christ Jesus, and he gave us a system of commandments that would at least partially protect us from our rampant  carnality while we waited for the Seed, his Son, to come.

Galatians 3:19 – Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Galatians 3:24 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

II Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Men and women have the right to refuse God’s choice for them.  They can choose not to repent of their sinful inherited condition, and not to put their faith in Jesus Christ, so don’t blame God if you end up in Hell for not doing so – It’s your choice!

Merrill Unger, in his popular “Bible Handbook,” when discussing the Tower of Babel verses says: “This is not a mere hyperbole, but an expression of pride (“make us a name”) and rebellion against God, and his most explicit command to “replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1).  Self-glory, instead of God’s glory, and man-made unity to replace the unity forfeited by abandoning the fear of God, were evidenced in the account.”

The second Psalm, in the first 3 verses, clearly outlines what man would do in breaking all ties with God by abandoning any bands, any cords, any restrictions put on him by God’s commandments, or any fear of failing to follow or obey them.  Verse 4 describes what God will do as he watches them suffer the consequences of their own abandonment of any form of law based on what he delivered to them to maintain order in society.  Verse 5 then describes the punishment God himself will put on them in the last days before his Son’s Second Advent.  The remaining verses involve the establishment of his Son as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, in Mount Zion (Jerusalem), Christ’s Millennial Reign, and his advice for men and women to respect and put all their trust in him to deliver them.

Psalm 2:1-12 – Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? [2] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, [3] Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. [4] He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. [5] Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. [6] Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. [7] I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. [8] Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. [9] Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. [10] Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. [11] Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. [12] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Indeed, “You’ve come a long way, Baby!”  Man can really be proud of his accomplishment of severing his relations with the God who created him.  Why! Just look at how far we have come on our own.  Here we are back in the land where the tower of Babel stood along the Euphrates River, surrounded by Islamic terrorists in Iraq that are killing and beheading, who classify us as crusaders and infidels, with a world full of people whose envy of our prosperity leads them to disagree with us on virtually every issue.  Yes Sir, we sure were smart to break the cords and bindings of our relations with God through our judicial system.  And on our own we have “made a name for ourselves.”  Just look what mankind has been able to do on its own without God.  We have eliminated wars and conflicts, we have been able to eliminate crime of all types, we have developed a system that has rehabilitated carnality in man, we have politicians that always tell the truth, and don’t do what they do just to be reelected, and on and on and on, you name it, and we’ve done it.  I can only speak for myself, and most people think I have gone mad, but I am truly looking forward to the end of all this mess man has, and is, continuing to make without God.  Jesus Christ is the only one who can end this horrible state of society.  I am anxiously waiting for the following verses to occur.

Luke 21:25-29 – 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; [26] 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. [27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [28] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Malachi 4:1-3 – For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  [2] But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. [3] And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Zechariah 13:8,9 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Zechariah 14:9 – And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

Today, the three great world monotheistic faiths are joined in mortal combat in the Middle East and things are going to eventually get a lot worse before Christ returns.  The Jews started celebrating their most Holy days earlier this week – the Arabs spotted a new moon on Monday night and began celebrating their most Holy Days on Tuesday – and the U.S. is sitting on a powder keg in the same place the Tower of Babel once stood.

I am look forward to that day he comes quickly!

Revelation 22:12-14 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [13] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. [14] Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

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The following information is very helpful towards understanding the Truthful aspects of the Great Tribulation Period. It covers the Trumpets and Vials of the Book of Revelation, etc. There may be some redundancy, as I’ve tried to put something together on a single page, but not to overload it.

The Sounding of the Trumpets – Are You Ready?

In I Corinthians 15:51-52, the Apostle Paul speaks a mystery: “at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.”  For speculation, are there trumpets, which have already sounded before the last trump?

In I Thessalonians 4:16-18, the Apostle Paul writes, “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.”

In Revelation 8:1, seven Angels are given seven trumpets. Each trumpet announces the beginning of certain events which can be for a “worldwide” or “local” area. They can be for events on the surface of the earth, in the oceans, in the atmosphere or in the spiritual world.

Revelation 8:7 – 1st trumpet – volcanic activity begins on the earth destroying one third of the trees and all the green grass surrounding the volcano.

Revelation 8:8-9 – 2nd trumpet – volcanic activity begins in the oceans killing one third of sea life and producing worldwide tsunami waves, which destroy a third of the ships in port.

Revelation 8:10 -11- 3rd trumpet – a great comet strikes the earth, melts and is absorbed into the hydrological cycle, producing hydrocyanic acid, poisoning one third of the earth’s water supply, proceeded by a meteor storm as the comet begins its atmospheric entrance.

Revelation 8:12 – 4th trumpet – a dramatic increase in worldwide volcanic activity, creates a dust haze over a third of the earth.

Revelation 9:1-12 – 5th trumpet – a massive chain of worldwide volcanic eruptions and releasing of demonic beings from the earth’s interior, which torment lost humanity for five months.

Revelation 9:13-21 – 6th trumpet – release of four demonic kings, which lead approximately 200 million demons to kill a third of the human population with fire, smoke and an intense sulfurous suffocating odor.

Revelation 11:15-19 – 7th trumpet – announces the time of the judging of the dead and to give rewards to saved souls in the presence of Jesus Christ in the spiritual kingdom, understood as the Rapture and the occurrence of an earthquake and great volcanic hail upon the earth.

The Seven Trumpets of the Great Tribulation Period

After the first “great earthquake” occurs, there follows “seven trumpets” which are:

  1. Volcanic eruptions on the land surface, which destroy the trees and grass from the heat blast, lava flow and ash fall. The Saved, that is, the True Christian Believers are still on the earth during this event.
  2. Volcanic eruptions on the ocean floor, which poisons the water and produces tsunamis. The Saved, that is, the True Christian Believers are still on the earth during this event.
  3. A comet strikes the earth, melts and releases its’ poisonous gases into the hydrological cycle. It probably falls directly over Eurasia, which is 1/3 of the earth and where the most wicked population of the world exists. The Saved, that is, the True Christian Believers are still on the earth during this event.
  4. This is a dramatic increase of volcanic eruptions, producing towering ash clouds, surrounding one third of the earths’ surface. The Saved, that is, the True Christian Believers are still on the earth during this event.
  5. This is the release of demonic beings from the interior of the earth. They will torment lost humanity for the remaining five months or 150 days, to the very end of the Great Tribulation Period. This is the first “Woe” upon the earth. The Saved, that is, the True Christian Believers are still on the earth during this event.
  6. This is the release of four chief demonic beings which command 200 million demons to kill 1/3 of humanity with fire, smoke and brimstone, which are from volcanic eruptions and volcanic lava flows. This is the second “Woe” upon the earth. The Saved, that is, the True Christian Believers are still on the earth during this event.
  7. This is a massive increase of volcanic eruptions resulting in volcanic bombs being cast out upon the earth. The “great hail” is not hail stones from thunderstorms, but molten rock flying through the air from the towering volcanic eruptions. This “seventh trumpet” announces the Rapture; the Catching Out of what few “Saved”, a.k.a.: the True Christian Believers have survived thus far, through the previous 6 Trumpets. This is the third “Woe” upon the earth.

The Wrath of God

The Apostle John explains the wrath of God in a picture of catastrophic terror and horrors coming upon the earth because of the wickedness of humanity and in order to make necessary changes in the geological structure in the land of Israel.  This period of the wrath of God lasts only for about 45 days. These events occur after the Rapture of the Saved from the earth. They are a continuation and an increase of intensity of the seven trumpets which have just been completed.

The entire text is found in Revelation 16:1-21.

Revelation 16:2 – 1st plague – a shift in the magnetic field of the earth, from the earthquakes, leaving the earth temporarily without its protective shield, resulting in cosmic radiation mutilating the human flesh of those who worship the beast or antichrist.

Revelation 16:3 – 2nd plague – the heating of the oceans by undersea lava causing the reproduction of various dinoflagellates at a fantastic rate, producing oxidation and red tide.

Revelation 16:4-7 – 3rd plague – a poisoning of the earth’s freshwater supply by a comet’s release of methyl cyanide, hydrogen cyanide and a whole range of cyanogenic poisonous gases into the hydrological cycle.

Revelation 16:8-9 – 4th plague – destruction of the ozone layer by volcanic activity, allowing penetration of ultraviolet radiation causing a burning skin cancer.

Revelation 16:10-11 – 5th plague – a massive pyroclastic holocaust from volcanic lava upon wicked humanity.

Revelation 16:12-16 – 6th plague – the releasing of three evil spirits, causing people to worship the antichrist and to gather for the battle of Armageddon, including the diversion of the Euphrates River towards the Jordan River valley.

Revelation 16:17-21 – 7th plague – the greatest earthquake to ever have occurred since humanity has been on earth will take place in the Jordan river valley, causing the city of Jerusalem to split into three sections and producing a chain reaction of earthquakes, which will cause the cities of the nations of the world to fall into ruin, ending with catastrophic global volcanic activity, developing a single dust cloud encircling the entire planet earth.

Volcanic Hailstorm…  calaza    chalaza  khal’-ad-zah…  Hail:  chalaza khal’-ad-zah to lower (as into a void): to let down from a higher place to a lower; hail. [Greek: chalaza, hard lump, hailstone.]

Revelation 8:7:  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Revelation 11:19:  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 thundering’s, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Revelation 16:21:  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, [every stone] about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

What is this “hail”?  It is mingled with a substance of a blood red color.  It was cast upon the earth.  It is associated with a third part of the trees being burned up. It is associated with all the green grass being burned up.  It is associated with lightning, a tone of thunder, an earthquake and is great. It fell out of heaven.  It had a tremendous effect upon humanity, because the plague was extremely great.

When the Great Tribulation Period begins, there will be absolutely no doubt as to what this “hail” really is. Just plain and simple: this “hail” will be molten rocks of volcanic “hailstones” that will cast out from the volcanic vents of the earth.

The majority of these events will be along the earths’ tectonic plate boundaries. This “hail” noticeably begins on the 1st trumpet; it intensifies with the sounding of the 7th trumpet and becomes “exceeding great” upon the pouring out of the 7th vial of the wrath of God.

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September, 2020: If you are watching the news about the Middle East Arab nations currently trying to make Peace with Israel, which is a good thing; but as a few more make Peace with Israel, this is actually leading up to the time when the Islamic Antichrist will take action as Israel has a sense of a time of Peace and Safety, then this Islamic Antichrist will be working with terrorist groups in the Middle East with the Arab Countries, to collectively work towards an invasion of Israel.

When this invasion occurs, the Arabs will kill 2/3’s of the Jewish population in Israel according to Biblical Prophecy. A Great Earthquake will split the Mount of Olives and allow perhaps most of the Jews in Jerusalem to escape to the Negev Wilderness.

This Islamic Antichrist will conquer Jerusalem and the Land from Dan to Beersheba. He will then take control of Cairo, Egypt and establish his headquarters at Cairo for 3 1/2 years and create an Islamic Caliphate of ten Arab Nations. It will last for 3 1/2 years.

The Great Tribulation Period will begin at the start of the Great Earthquake and last for the duration of the 3 1/2 years. At the end of this time period, the Lord Jesus Christ will Return to defeat the Antichrist as he stands on the Temple Mount and declares himself to be God in flesh to the Islamic followers. This will end the 1,335 days of the Great Tribulation Period.

Christian Believers will still be on the earth during this 3 1/2 years of Tribulation and will caught out at the Rapture just before the last portion of the about 45 days of the Wrath of God, which will be the 7 Vials of the Book of Revelation.

In other words, as you see a few more Arab countries form some type of Peace Deal with Israel, then be on the watch for an invasion from Syria into Israel. This battle will last for about 75 days, then Jerusalem will be taken by the Arabs and the Land from Dan to Beersheba. A truce will be brokered with the Arabs and Israel after the battle for about 75 days. The Great Tribulation Period will continue with an increase number and degree of Earthquakes, Volcanic Eruptions and Tsunamis on a global scale.

It will finally end with the greatest Earthquake in human history in the Jordan River Valley of Israel, which will begin a surface motion that will cause all the cities of the world to fall into ruin. During this time, the Volcanic Eruptions would have developed a massive cloud of ash encircling the planet.

The final part of the Great Tribulation Period 3 1/2 years and mostly during the about last 45 days of the Wrath of God will be the Destruction of Rome, Italy and the Vatican City at the very end of this time period; perhaps just a few days before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are two studies on my website that describe in detail about this event:

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Here is an excellent video about the volcanic complex near Rome, Italy. I believe this complex will become active toward the end of the Great Tribulation Period and completely destroy the City of Rome and the Vatican City.

01.  The Active Volcano in Italy; Colli Albani Apr 20, 2021

Here are some pages on my website that explains this future event:

01.  The Future Destruction of Rome, Italy and the Vatican City

02.  The Volcanic Burning of the Vatican City

The Volcanic Burning of the Vatican City

Revelation 18: [8] Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. [9] And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, [10] Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. [15] The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, [17] For in one hour so great riches is come to naught. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, [18] And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! [19] And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.

The Greek word definitions:

Revelation 18:8 utterly burned with fire – to burn up, blasted and consume by fire.

Revelation 18:9 & 19 the smoke of her burning – the burning by which metals are roasted and reduced; by a figure drawn from a refiners fire; calamities or trials that test the character.

Revelation 18:10 & 15 torment – to torture, a testing by the touchstone, which is a black siliceous stone used to test the purity of gold or silver by the color of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal.

Revelation 18:17 & 19 come to naught & made desolate – to make desolate, lay waste, to ruin, bring to desolation, to despoil one, strip her of her treasures.

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Revelation 11:18 – 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.

The 7 Vials of the Wrath of God will be so great of a destruction, that the majority of humanity will be destroyed during this about a 45 day period, which will be the last portion of the 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation Period, that perhaps only a few hundred million people will be allowed to enter into the Millennial Reign.

Greek word Number: 1311 diaphtheírō (from 1223 /diá, “thoroughly,” which intensifies 5351 /phtheírō, “defile, corrupt”) – properly, thoroughly corrupt, totally degenerate (disintegrate); waste away by the decaying influence of moral (spiritual) impurity; “utterly corrupt”; becoming thoroughly disabled (morally depraved), “all the way through” (“utterly decayed”).

Vine, Unger, White (NT, 130), “1311 (diaphtheírō) comes from dia, ‘through,’ ‘intensive,’ to corrupt utterly, through and through.” The noun form, 1312 (diaphthorá), likewise means “thorough decay.”

From diaballo and phtheiro; to rot thoroughly, i.e. (by implication) to ruin (passively, decay utterly, figuratively, pervert) — corrupt, destroy, perish. To change for the worse, to corrupt: minds, morals; τήν γῆν, i. e. the men that inhabit the earth, Revelation 11:18.

The purpose of the wrath of God will be to destroy those of humanity who have morally corrupted the earth. It is true, that all of humanity is corrupt to the core of their souls, but there are countless millions of people whose corruption has such an influence, that they are actually causing the billions of humanity to become even more morally corrupt by changing their minds for the worse, to the point of becoming thoroughly rotten!!!

(And should destroy them which destroy the earth.) The Greek word for the second English word “destroy” has to do with morality.

It can be translated as: and destroy and bring to ruin, causing them to perish, which destroy by morally corrupting the occupants of the earth and have caused them to become thoroughly rotten, by changing their minds and morals for the worse.
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The Lord Jesus Christ will return as the Parousia in bodily presence through this Volcanic Ash Cloud and begin His Millennial Reign. The Glory of the Brightness of His body will illuminate sufficiently to be refracted visibly surrounding the entire planet and every human will see Him upon His Return

The Great Tribulation Period will be composed of the 7 Trumpets and 7 Vials of the Book of Revelation. True Christian Believers will be on earth until the 7th Trumpet, in which case; whoever may survive the 1st thru 6th Trumpet, will be caught out on the 7th Trumpet. The Spiritually Lost human beings who survive the 7 Trumpets will have to endure the 7 Vials of the Wrath of God, which will last about 45 days. The majority of the population on earth will die during this Time Period, with perhaps only a few hundred million entering the Millennial Reign.

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Antichrist Islamic Attack Events up to the Second Advent of Christ

Daniel’s 70 Weeks of Years Clock stopped with 1,335 days left to complete fulfillment. It will start to tick off some 1,335 days when Islam attacks Israel.  Some 75 days later a truce will be declared at Beersheba, and Israel will be left in a state of “Peace and safety” for 3+ years.  The truce will be broken when the Antichrist stands on the Temple Mount as the Antichrist claiming to be God and kills the two witnesses.  Some 3 and ½ Days later they will be caught up for all to see, and immediately thereafter, perhaps on the same day, all the saved, including the 144,000 sealed Jews, will be caught up on the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet. For the first time in history all the saved will be in heaven in glorified bodies to be judged for their apparel rewards, while the wrath of God is poured out on the earth in Seven Vials.

Some 45 days after Jerusalem falls, and the Israelis withdraw south to Negev’s Beersheba, the UN, US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China, broker a truce twixt Islam and Negev Israel.  This ‘hudna’ truce period of “Peace and safety” will last for 3+ years.   The Antichrist will then defeat the Egyptian Army and establish his Caliphate Capital at Cairo.  He will use the 3+ years to quickly build a gigantic Caliphate as many Islamic nations jump on his bandwagon.  It is likely to include the following nations with majority Muslim populations:  Iran, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and all the nations on its borders, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Taijhistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkistan, and Kirghizia.

Israel remains surrounded in the Negev on its three borders during its 3+ year truce period.  Antichrist will be an abnormally strong super intelligent individual, who is a satanically energized Islamic military leader, and God puts a fear of this man of sin in the hearts of leaders in his Caliphate to obey him.  Because of this, Antichrist will be able to bond together the 10 toes of Daniel 2 for some 1,335 days after his initial attack against Israel.  The 10 horns in Daniel 7:24 and Revelation 17:12 &17 are, of course, the same as the 10 toes in Daniel 2.  Jesus will destroy this beast and the kingdoms following him at His Armageddon Second Advent, when He comes as “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Antichrist will command and force all terrorist groups to stop all attacks inside borders of Negev Israel and to end all missile launches into the Negev, because he will need to gain international support as he organizes his control over his growing Caliphate, and also needs to lull Negev Israel and the West into the false sense of “Peace and safety” in I Thessalonians 5:3.  When the last trump sounds, which is the last trump in the series of seven, then the rapture occurs, after which the wrath of God is poured on the earth in seven vials.  Remembering chapter divisions in the KJV New Testament were artificially supplied by its translators, and that the context subject between chapters 4 and 5 does not change, please consider I Thessalonians 4:16 to 5:5.

The children of light will not know the exact day when Israel is pushed into the Negev, but they will have a general idea because they are not children of darkness.

While the 3 plus years of Israel in the Negev are occurring, those who continue to remain in darkness will still not believe, even as they see the events occurring, and will deny they mean anything, but many will come out of darkness when they see prophecies fulfilled, and will call upon the name of the Lord to save them in the tribulation period.

Israel will remain surrounded by Islam for some 1,260 days after the truce or hudna is declared – Near the end of this time, because the Antichrist has prohibited his forces from launching missiles into Israel as well as all internal Negev terrorist activity, the world and Israel will breathe a huge sigh of relief, and begin to believe “Peace and safety” has finally come to the Middle East.  But once this attitude reaches a big majority among both Jews and non-Islamists, sudden destruction will come on Israel.  This sets the stage for the 7th Trumpet to sound

Surrounded and trapped in the Negev, Israel “shall be given into his hand” like a man kept in a well by an enemy.  But Israel will be supplied with food, clothing, and logistic needs by friendly nations who drop these things down from above into the Negev well.  “They” in Revelation 12:6 refers to some friendly nations of the West who airlift supplies in to them.  The Russians did not shoot down the planes that airlifted supplies into our Berlin section after WW-2 because they did not want a WW-3.  The Islamic Antichrist will allow this future airlift to the Israel Negev for the same reason until the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet.

More than 45 days before the Second Advent Antichrist will return to Jerusalem from his Cairo Caliphate Capital.  He will kill the two witnesses some 45 days before the Second Advent, after they have testified to Israel in the Negev for 42 prophetic months (1,260 days).  At that time Antichrist declares himself to God while standing on the Temple Mount.  The Antichrist himself is the “abomination that maketh desolate.”  Three things happen immediately some 3 and ½ days after the 2 witnesses are killed, and they occur in rapid succession – the language makes it possible, even likely, they are on the same day, manner.

The 2 witnesses ascend up to heaven through the clouds.

A great earthquake occurs during the same hour in Jerusalem after they go up.

The 7th Trumpet (last trump) sounds – All the True Christian Believers on earth, including the 144,000 sealed Jews, are caught up, and the mystery of the Rapture will be finished.

AFTER THE 7TH TRUMPET SOUNDS ALL THE SAVED SOULS WILL APPEAR IN RESURRECTED GLORIFIED BODIES IN HEAVEN TO BE JUDGED FOR THEIR ETERNAL HEAVENLY GARMENTS AND CROWNS.

The 7 vials of God’s wrath will be poured out on an unbelieving earth for some 45 days between the 7th Trumpet Rapture and His Second Advent return, which will end the Tribulation Period at the final battle of Armageddon.

Christ returns at His Second Advent with the saved to end the 7 vials of wrath, deliver Israel by leading her out of the Negev to victory and promised occupation of a huge Land Grant he gave to Jacob (Israel) through Abraham and Isaac, and to destroy the Antichrist and False Prophet.

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P.S. The “abomination that maketh desolate” may not only be the bodily person of the Islamic Antichrist, but a statue of the individual of which will be constructed and placed on the Temple Mount.

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To anyone viewing my websites: in no way, shape, form or fashion, do I think all of the material on my websites are the most correct interpretation of the events of Prophecy from the Holy Bible. I was taught by Pastor Tom McElmurry for some 41 years. I have listened to his Sermons many times and have read the studies on his website likewise, many times to try to understand the Trumpets and Vials of Revelation.

If I have mailed you any material, such as Books or simply a flyer, then my only purpose is to provide information that will be of help to you and eventually, even the people you influence, as to help you understand what is occurring, when these End Time events begin to unfold. If my mailing you something was unwelcomed, then forgive me, accept my apology and be at Peace.

I realize, perhaps most of you, as is generally the norm in our world, have very limited knowledge of the Great Tribulation Period teachings and to be honest, most people really do not care to know. As the majority of people are probably overwhelmed with life and that is all they want to be concerned with. Understandable!!!

At the current age of 62, having Pastored and Preached in Baptist Churches for some 35 years and having worked in the community of the world for some 44 years, I do realize the attitude of people toward Life!!! Most people spend their overwhelming thoughts about their Earth Life and nothing more. I truly Understand!!!

Nevertheless, when these events begin to occur, at least you might have some insight as to what is happening and this information will be helpful to you and to the people you have influence upon.

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A composite of the Hebrew words for Joel 2:30: And I will show a token, a sign and wonder in the visible arch of the sky where the clouds move and throughout all the earth, in the fields, in the country, in the wilderness and it will have the appearance of blood, along with a burning, hot flaming fire, with columns of cloudy dust, smoke and vapor.

A composite of the Hebrew words for Joel 2:31: The brilliant sun, from the rising of the sun in the east to the sun rays in the arch ways of the sky, will be changed into darkness, as if it were night and the moon will take on the appearance of blood before the great and noble, fearful and terrible day in which Jehovah, the self-Existing One, the Eternal Lord shall come.

A composite of the Greek words for Acts 2:19: And I will bring forth a rare event so extraordinary, it will inspire wonder, for it will be in the elevated area of the sky and a token of these events, will be throughout the entire regions under the surface of the soil, of all the land of the world, for it will be a visible wonder of flowing substance like blood, of flashes of lightening and fire, with a mist of smoke.

A composite of the Greek words for Acts 2:20: The rising of the sun in the east and the rays of daily light will become as an outlining shadow and the bright shining moon, will appear to be a blood red color, before that mighty and visible day in which the One in supreme authority will come.

The Sign of The Second Coming of the Lord:  The following is an expanded translation, based upon all of the information from seventeen different translations, including the definitions of the Greek words and all related Scriptures, in regards to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ:

  1. What will be the sign and token to indicate and signify, when these predictions and events are about to take place, to be accomplished and fulfilled; regarding the coming and bodily presence of your return?
  2. And of the entire, full, completed and specific period of time, of the end of the age and of the end of the world?
  3. For the Gentle nations, the heathen and pagan people will rise up and move up against and among one another’s bordering nations and kingdom against kingdom, one place of reign touching another.
  4. There will be famines, a lack of food, causing destitution of people being without food.
  5. An outburst of diseases, plagues, pestilences and troubles.
  6. And great earth-shocks, earthquakes and a great shaking of the ground, causing it to tremble, shake sideways and back and forth, for the earth will be shaking in divers or different and various places, down through its’ distribution in many locations.
  7. And there will be great signs of terror and fearful sights from heaven.
  8. All these are the beginning, of the grief, the first of the troubles and sorrows, like the early pains and travail of childbirth.
  9. And 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 should destroy and bring to ruin them which morally corrupt the earth. And there were lightning and voices and thundering and an earthquake and great hail.
  10. Watch ye therefore and take heed to yourselves, for you do not know what hour your Lord will come. It may be during the evening or at midnight or in the early morning; What I say unto you I say to all, Watch. Therefore, be ye always ready and do not let your hearts be burdened and weighted down with a life filled with self-indulgence and pleasure, with a state of drunkenness and the cares and worries of life; in case the Lord comes and finds you sleeping, for in such an hour in which you are unaware and are not thinking, the Lord will come. For these things of life will be a snare and trap upon all who dwell upon the earth. Watch and pray that you may be accounted worthy to escape these things that will come to pass and to be allowed to stand before the Son of Man. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
  11. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: In an almost indivisible moment of time, at the instant of the jerking and twinkling of the eye, at the farthest, final, last, towards the latter end of the uttermost trumpet, for the trumpet will sound; To seize; to take for oneself, catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force); take or grasp something {someone} abruptly or hastily with emphasis on the idea of suddenness or quickness; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: the dead will be waken and rise up to a state of undecaying immortality and we shall be changed and made different; 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.
  12. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. 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. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
  13. Immediately after the pressure, affliction, anguish, burden, persecution, oppression, distress, tribulation and trouble of those days; as a sign, the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light and the stars of heaven shall fall from the firmament of the sky; and upon the earth there will be distress of the nations, having a mental state of having no way out, as in bewilderment and confusion, because of the loud roaring of the sea and roaring waves; and the forces and powers that control heaven will be shaken, moved in disorder and will be disturbed.
  14. And there were noises/voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
  15. And then shall they see the sign of the Son of Man coming in the clouds of the sky with power and great glory and all the tribes of the earth shall smite the breast and mourn.
  16. And shall he send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and gather his elect from the uttermost end of the heavens.

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Do not let it take you a life time to try and understand the following verses of Scripture. If someone is attempting to teach you the Word of God; correctly, then you should appreciate the opportunity given to you in your life!!!

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Isaiah 52: [7] How Beautiful upon the Mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth Peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Nahum 1: [15] Behold upon the Mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth Peace!

Romans 10: [12] 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. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be Saved. [14] How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a Preacher? [15] And how shall they Preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How Beautiful are the feet of them that Preach the Gospel of Peace and bring glad tidings of good things!

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All of the Sermons are on both Websites:
01.     02 Sermons on BibleSermonsMP3.org
02.    03 Sermons on BibleSermonsMP3.com

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01.Video Link.   Mount Edgecumbe Volcano; Apr 14, 2022
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A Big Solar Storm may be coming in 2022:

01.Video Link.   Big Solar Storm Coming Soon? Mar 7, 2022

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Coronal Mass Ejections from the Sun. I believe eventually, these charged particles will hit the Earth in the Future; that will be so intense, they will penetrate through an opening in the Magnetic Shield, as it will be at a weaken state; then upon striking the Earth, will cause the three Earthquakes, with the 3rd being the Greatest Earthquake in Human History, as is mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

Page on Website:  01C Geomagnetic Storms

Page on Website:  01C Solar Activity

Page on WebsiteCosmic Lightning

01.Video Link.    Sun Erupts at Earth; Mar 10, 2022

02.Video Link.   Solar Eruption; Mar 11, 2022

03.Video Link.   Solar Flare; Mar 12, 2022

04.Video Link.   CME Impact; Mar 13, 2022

05.Video Link.   CME Impact; Mar 14, 2022

06.Video Link.  Many Solar Flares; Mar 28, 2022

07.Video Link.   7 Solar Flares; Mar 29, 2022

08.Video Link.   Solar Storm Approaching; Mar 30, 2022

09.Video Link.   X Class Solar Flare & CME; Mar 30, 2022

10.Video Link.    Strong Geomagnetic Storm in Progress; Apr 10, 2022

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There are a few verses in the Book of Revelation that have the word: lightning in the text.

It is possible, this Cosmic Lightning could occur and cause Earthquakes, which in turn cause Volcanic Eruptions, which have Volcanic Lightning!!!

Here are the Verses in Revelation. It starts with the Seven Trumpets and Ends with the Seven Vials of the Wrath of God.

1. Revelation 8:5: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

2. Revelation 11:19: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

3. Revelation 16:18 & 21: 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. [21] And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

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Here is a brief statement of what I a referring to, with regards to Cosmic Lightning:  “For an hour on March 13th, a big crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field – one of the biggest in years (For specialists: BsubZ less than -20 nT),” Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com noted.“Solar wind poured through the gap, adding its energy to that of the CME which struck earlier in the day. This increases the chances that high-latitude auroras may remain visible at least through the early hours of March 14th.” What Dr. Phillips described took place from 21:33 to 22:36 UTC.  From:   Watchers.News/2022/03/13/CME Hits Earth

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Awesome Video; be sure to take time to Watch it…!!!

01.Video Link.  Asteroid Impacts; Mar 8, 2022

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