Saturday March 3, 2001

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Truth You Can't Deny about End Time Prophecy

Chapter 1
Introduction

Chapter 2
The Church at End Times

Chapter 3
Substance & Shadow

Chapter 4
The Feasts of the Jews Become the Promises of God to the Church

Chapter 5
The Rapture of the Church

Chapter 6
God Always Warns His People

 

Rapture Series

Preface
Tabernacle In the Wilderness

Class I
Shadows of things to come

Class II
Old man Moses had a feast
part1

Class III
Old man Moses had a feast
part 2

Class IV
Substance and shadow

Class V
God Set the time
Paul sets us straight

Class VI
Giving as an Object of Faith

 

The End Time Awareness Bible Study 

 Part I
The Prophecy of Daniel
 

Part  II
The Book of Revelation
 

Part  III
The Rapture of the Church

 

THE PRECISION OF PAUL
 ON THE RAPTURE.

THEN, WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN"
part I

PAUL ALWAYS SPOKE WITH PRECISION
part II

PAUL AND HIS PRECISION
PART III

PAUL AND HIS PRECISION
PART IV

PAUL AND HIS PRECISION
PART V

PAUL AND HIS PRECISION
PART VI

 

THE TIME AND THE PLACE

part I

part II

part III

The Apostle Paul and the Seven Churches

PRAYER AND THE ORDER IN GOD’S HOUSE

The Apostle Paul on the the table of the Lord part 1

The Apostle Paul on the the table of the Lord part 2

53 Days of Promises

Letter to P

The Truth You Can't Deny

Mathew 24

It was All for the Jews

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

 

REVELATION PART II - THE DARKNESS AHEAD

 

Greetings Watchers!

I am going to mix a chapter of Revelation in here that will help you to understand Daniel a little easier.  Hope you enjoy it. You have already received Revelation Part 1.

Open your Bibles to Revelation 13. There are some mean Angels on the horizon and there are some dark days ahead for this old world!

Our study in Part I revealed the record of what had taken place on earth with the Churches and ended up at the opening of the first seal. The Church was there to see it open and sing the song of the Redeemed before the throne.

God kept his word to us, and now, from the 6th chapter on, are the things that will happen after these thing that happened to the Church.

The reason I love prophecy so much is that once you get into the Word of God, you get convinced that no mortal man conceived it. In different generations, with multitudes of voices, and in sixty-six different books, God wove a pattern of revelation. And, because of the authority of that book, I've come to know, that it is not only a record of God's dealing with man in history, and a road map to eternity, it's also a projection and prophecy in advance, of what's going to come to pass.

Jesus told John, while on the Isle of Patmos, to write the things he saw, the things that are, and the things hereafter; this is part of the hereafter. 13th chapter he says: And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, (you don't have to turn to it now, but Daniel, in the 7th chapter, identifies that sea - it's the sea of multitudes of peoples, nations, tongues and races - out of the convulsion and confusion of a sea of people, in a future day), having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns, ten crowns, and upon his heads the names that blaspheme (from the original).

You will never understand the book of revelation unless you learn to tie it into all the rest of God's book, because as Peter has said; "no prophecy of scripture is for private interpretation"; you can't take just one, and hang on it.

Daniel was given the visions exclusive to the people of Israel and the natural descendants of the seed of Abraham. In visions he saw seventy weeks of years. And, you plot those seventy weeks of years from the decree to rebuild the city.

From an exact point in history, which is the third decree out of Babylon for the building of Jerusalem, sixty nine weeks of years are calculated until the ceasing of the sacrifice in the temple and the collapsing and disbursement of the Jewish people.

Then an interlude comes in. There is no exact timing on the interlude. That interlude period between the sixty-ninth week and seventieth week is when God's people are scattered and disbursed.

The seventieth week, seven years was also dealt with by Daniel, and that seventieth week, seven years, is what is known as the tribulation, the first three and a half, referred to in various ways, such as, days in some passages, and in a phrase, time, times and a half of time, which is one year plus two years, plus a half a year, which is three and a half.

The last three and a half years receives a designation in God's book called the tribulation, the great tribulation. A double designation as people in the Greek, doubly begged for the opportunity to give to God, when Paul was raising money for Jerusalem, and it says that the Macedonians begged with much entreaty. It's a style in the Greek language that adds double emphasis to things. The last three and a half years is the Great Tribulation, the Great Tribulation.

Daniel, seeing those seventy weeks, with the break between the sixty ninth and seventieth, was also given the visions of world kingdoms that would grow out of and be related to those that oppressed Israel. A lot of confusion, interpreting the symbols of world history, in the Bible, will be removed, if you understand that this prophecy is about a certain group of kingdoms, not the whole worlds kingdoms.

There is no mention of the South American kingdoms of the Aztecs or the Incas, or the huge Oriental Dynasties, or the great African nations. The kingdoms that are zeroed in on have a common characteristic. God and Satan use them as instruments, under God's dominion, with Israel being their object. God's chosen people.

Now, between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week, the wild olive branch, to use a figure of speech out of Paul in the book of Romans, is grafted on to the tree of God's promise. God is a covenant making God. The whole world had abandoned him by the time he called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldes. The world had abandoned him previous to that when the flood wiped them all out, but the one family of Noah. It took only two generations from there to Nimrod.

Where the devil through Nimrod, would win the hearts of the people and turn them away from God, and set the stage, for God to have to look for just one man of Faith in the whole world, Abram. And He called him forth. And because of Abrams faith, God chose an oracle, a custodian.

He elected a people that would keep the pure stream of His revelation until the fullness of time, when the literal living word of God would move out of eternity and become the substance of life, revealing God in human flesh incarnate on the stage of history.

These people who were His oracle, out of whom the Son of God would come in earthly flesh to reveal God on the stage of history, became the target of the warfare between Satan and God to thwart God's purposes in man.

And the kingdoms that are focused on in the visions of Daniel, and Zechariah and in this book of Revelation are kingdoms that have their meaning because of their relationship to God's people, and the oppression of God's people, allowed and sometimes used by God, and always dominated by Satan.

Now, as this beast comes out of the sea, it will take shape in the last form of attack against the remainder of God's people, the Jews, in the last days of this world.

Revelation 13:2: And the beast, which I saw, was like unto a leopard. That immediately brings to mind the beasts of the book of Daniel. In Daniel 2, the young man Daniel was a prince in King Nebuchadnezzar's court in the Babylonian Empire.

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. None of his sooth sayers could interpret it. He saw the great image of the head of gold, and it progressively diminished to the arms and shoulders and to the torso or belly portion and then to the legs and finally to the ten toes of iron and clay. Nobody could interpret it for him.

Daniel was called. He interpreted it by saying; what you are seeing in this image is a succession of kingdoms that will flow out of you. The head of gold is your kingdom. The next, two parts, the Medo-Persian Empire that would follow. He identifies it clearly. Then that kingdom that would follow would be the Grecian Empire, under Alexander the Great.

I am going to move fast through this, because to those who have taken the Daniel class, this is review. To those who have not, you will have the scripts to this class, and you can look it all up later to confirm it, but until then, take my word for the things I rush over.

He interpreted it as kingdoms that grow out of Nebuchadnezzar's Kingdom. The third kingdom would be the Grecian Empire, that would break into the various parts and would be followed by a great kingdom of iron, that would grind everything in it's way, and then would break into the ten toed kingdom. Daniel has a dream; he sees beasts come out of water. You read them in verse 7 & 8.

The first one is a Lion, the second one is a Bear, the third is a Leopard, the fourth is a nondescript beast, and that nondescript, vicious, ugly beast, suddenly has ten horns grow out of it's head and then suddenly another horn grows and it uproots three of the ten horns that were there.

An angel comes and gives Daniel the interpretations. The first beast, The Lion, the Nebuchadnezzar Empire, at the time that Daniel was prophesying, the second beast, The Bear, the Medo-Persian empire that conquers Nebuchadnezzar's Empire.

The third is the Leopard, the Grecian Empire. Remember that Leopard, because as I teach ahead, that leopard will leap out to prominence more than any other single beast of the four.

And the last beast is an ugly nondescript beast that is the Roman Empire. It was ruthless and with out beauty. You that know your history know that Rome conquered Greece, but Greece conquered it. The reason you find so many statues throughout that land with the heads off of them, is the Grecian artists produced good sculpture. The Romans came along and knocked the heads off of them so they could put Caesar's, or some other Romans likeness in it's place. The heads were made of weaker substance, and as a result, today you find lots of Grecian sculptures with the heads gone.

The Romans, they didn't do very much. They brought Law and Power and Grinding of peoples under their feet. The angel interprets this nondescript beast with the ten horns that grow out of it, and this is what causes people to talk of a renewed Roman empire.

It ought to be viewed as a revised Roman Empire, not a renewed one. Out of the Old Roman Empire, the ten toes of the Image, that come from the legs of iron, that was the Roman Empire, represent a reconstitution, loosely held together as are iron and clay, of kingdoms that were a part of the original Roman Empire.

The ten horns that come out of the nondescript beast is another way of saying the same thing. That evil looking beast, grows, out of itself, ten horns, and those ten horns, loosely held together, will have yet another horn grow up among them, who will uproot three among them, and that little horn is Antichrist.

All that is background to what we are going to study today.

Now, I ran with seventy league boots over this landscape so far. Don't worry if you don't remember it, because I'm doing what God did. He says the same thing in so many different places, if it doesn't gel with one, it will gel with another.

Out of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, prophecy, future was written. Your kingdom will fall to a lesser two parts kingdom, and history shows that was the Medo-Persian Kingdom, that will fall to another, and in the prophecy later, that third kingdom will break into four parts. It will have it's own horns. That third kingdom will fall to a fourth kingdom that begins at the hip level as one, but breaks into two. The ten toes will follow that, a loose confederation that grows out of Rome's Empire.

The next picture is Beasts. A lion, out of the Babylonian kingdom, suddenly a Bear will conquer it, and then a leopard that will conquer them, and I can tell you that the leopard is the Grecian Empire, and then will come a nondescript, uncultured beast, the Roman empire, and out of the Roman Empire, that nondescript beast will grow ten horns, like the ten toes. But Daniel is allowed to see more now - a little horn that uproots three and takes power. That's the Antichrist.

You suddenly see the Grecian Empire in another prophecy as a he goat. And the he goat in Daniel has a notable horn that produces four horns, and out of one of them, a little horn that uprooted and takes possession. So the Grecian Empire is that third element of the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw. The Grecian Empire is the leopard in the succession of beasts that God's own angel interprets as kings of the earth.

Lion, Bear, Leopard, the Greeks, nondescript, Roman, with it horns, leading up to the little horn. Now we have it in Revelation. Daniel gave us the background.

I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise upon out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the names that blaspheme. And the beast, which I saw, was like unto a leopard. That's the Grecian Empire, suddenly appearing again.

His feet were as the feet of a Bear, symbolizing the territory in which it's standing, the Medo-Persian Empire. His mouth was as the mouth of a lion, elements of the Babylonian Empire. And the Dragon gave him his power, Satan.

Satan, that has all the kingdoms of this world, is going to plant a beast, in a person, ruling a kingdom, that will receive what Satan already offered to Jesus, in the great temptation, that Jesus refused.

There was no debate in Luke 4, when Satan tempted Jesus, and said, if He bowed down to him, he would give Him all the kingdoms of this world. They were Satan's to give. Now, to this beast, the Dragon gave him his power, and his seat and great authority.

And I saw one of his heads - now what are those heads? - Kingdoms - how many has he got? - Seven - I saw one of his heads (one of his kingdoms) as it were wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed, and all the world wondered after the beast. One of the KINGDOMS is wounded, as to death

And they worshiped the dragon, that gave power unto the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? There was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. That's three and a half years.

This beast is going to rise to power, full power for the last three and a half years of that seventieth week of years in the middle of the tribulation. He will be there during the first three and a half years. He will rise up among ten kings from the region, three of the ten will be uprooted and in the middle of the week he gets his power, and his old kingdom, the seventh in the series since Assyria, the Hashemite Kingdom, will have completed it's rise to the kingdom ruled by Satan.

And, for forty-two months, he has this power. Since we will be learning ahead, I won't go back to Daniel, chapters 7 and 8, 10, 11, 12 and on to the end of the book, where you find that this personality will deceive the Jews that remain on the earth. In the last three and a half years of his reign, he will actually set up the seat of his rulership in Jerusalem.

A temple will be built, and the Jews will accept him as a false deliverer, and he will confirm a treaty with them, as part of the peace, and in the middle of the week of years, his true colors will be revealed. That's when he will rise up and begin to blaspheme against God. To blaspheme his name, and the tabernacle, and them that live in heaven. The name of the God in the Temple is Jehovah, not Jesus.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. Now, there are a lot of saints in God's book. Saints are people who give themselves to God. We are saints that are not going to be here to witness that battle, but there will be some saints, Old Testament linage saints, and those who suddenly discover the mistake of worshiping this false ruler/deliverer.  

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and power was given him over all kindred's, and tongues, and nations.

Some Dark days are coming.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb slain form the foundation of the world. If any man has an ear, let him hear.

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.

I beheld another beast, he says, coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Satan is going to have his last fling as the ruler of the kingdoms of this world. He's going to have two agents, two ministers that carry out Satan’s purpose on the earth before the final Armageddon.

One is that little horn, the last personification of political rulership, the Antichrist, who for some years is a substitute deliverer, and fools the Jews into accepting him. He also is going to have as his second vice regent, a second beast coming up out of the earth.

Daniel 7 makes it clear that the Antichrist will come up out of the sea of confusion, out of the world torn in strife, a world torn in revolution, a world that is unstable. The 10 kings will give to him power, and for a moment stability rules. Earth being the symbol of stability, suddenly coming up out of the earth is this next beast.

He had two horns like a lamb. He comes in the situation of order, but he spake as a dragon. He exerciseth all of the power of the first beast before him and causes the earth and all that dwells therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (so, the worshiped beast is a restored kingdom)

He exerciseth all of the power of the first beast before him - that means that he's got power from Satan last kingdom in this case - I'll tell you the mystery of it.

The beast that thou sawest was - that means that it existed at one time on this earth - and is not - it was here at one time, it isn't here now - and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition.

You will never under stand this beast until you realize that he is symbolizing three different things in all these same passages. He is symbolizing the possessed person ruler of that last Antichrist Kingdom, it symbolizes the Antichrist himself, and that symbol receives detail in the book of Daniel, as the little horn, that uproot other horns of the ten kingdoms, and establishes himself as the ruler overall. The beast is that Antichrist.

The beast is also that kingdom. As Babylon symbolizes the message of the false prophet and as Babylon symbolizes the false Church, and Babylon is a locatable city that is the seat of the false church, likewise the beast is the symbol of the person Antichrist, is the symbol of the Kingdom of the person Antichrist and is thirdly the symbol in this case, of the Prince of Evil released from the Abyss where he has been bound, to once again take possession of an earthly ruler and rule through him.

We're back to Daniel again.

Daniel is now clear into successor kings, and is praying again, and for 21 days he prayed. Suddenly and angel appeared and began to talk to him and says, the reason I'm here is because you prayed. I heard your prayer twenty one days ago, but the Prince of Persia resisted me, and I was only able to make it here in twenty one days, because I remained with those rulers of Persia.

Not the earthly King of Persia. But, in the dominions of this world, as Ezekiel could prophesy against the Prince of Tyre, and suddenly, you could see through the earthly ruler, and you see that he is not prophesying against the King, earthly ruler of Tyre, he's prophesying against the Prince of Tyre, that is the supernatural, Satanic being who ruled that kingdom as his domain under God's grant.  Because suddenly as He is speaking, the Prince of Tyre becomes Lucifer. And he begins to see Lucifer before he was cast down when he lifted himself in pride in Eden, before there was any man.

Again, the Prince of Persia here is not that King that Daniel could walk out and knock on the door and talk to. The angel had not been twenty-one days in that Kings court. If he had been, Daniel was there also and would not have had to wait twenty-one days to hear the message.

But, the seat of authority for that supernatural reigning over the Kingdom of Persia, that's were the Prince of Persia was, and for twenty one days before the angel from the throne of God could get to Daniel who was praying, he was resisted because he moved into the territory where that supernatural Prince ruled.

It took him twenty one days, and he only made it, because Michael, the Prince that is assigned to protect Israel, came into the territory with him and interceded, and it took twenty one days to get the "passport" to come into that Prince's territory.

When he is finished telling Daniel what is going to happen, he tell him that, now I am going to go fight the Prince of Persia. Didn't say how long he'd fight him, but the next place I'll be, the angel said, is fighting the Prince of Persia, and when I leave, after fighting that battle, there will be no more Prince of Persia, but lo, another Prince will come - the Prince of Grecia.

And the Prince assigned to rule the domain of Greece would now come in the form of the leopard. And that leopard, led by the mighty King that would then break into four parts. Alexander didn't oppress Israel very much, but when he dies, his kingdom, broken up among his four generals, which come to be dominated by Assyria and Egypt.

And as you trace the prophecies, one of them, Assyria, in Daniel 11, the king of the north will conquer the king of the south, and Daniel 11 makes it clear that the last ruler who violates his agreement with Israel will come out of Assyria, the king of the North.

Now, put them all together. He says, I'll tell you the mystery of the woman, and the beast that carrieth her, that has seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was - where was he? We are talking about the Prince now that is going to come out of the bottomless pit. The third element of the beast - not the Antichrist per say - not the kingdom per say - the Prince, who ruled the kingdom when it was.

Who was the kingdom that was?  The Leopard Kingdom. When Greece fell to Rome, Alexander the great had died, his four generals ultimately die, and the Kingdom fell to Rome. As the Prince of Persia, moved aside, when the Prince of Grecia conquered Medo-Persia, when Rome conquered Greece, the Prince that had been assigned to Greece, that gave him the power to move into the seat - and he didn't just conquer Persia, the Prince of Grecia was able to move in and conquer Medo-Persia because the angel that talked to Daniel went back and fought with that Prince, and conquered him.

God still controlled it. The Prince of Grecia moved on the scene. Alexander was the historic ruler, and his generals’ successors, but the real ruler was the Prince of Grecia. When Rome, and the Prince of Rome brought the hoards of Rome down, and Rome conquers Grecia, the Prince of Grecia was not just left flying loose. He's assigned to the bottomless pit.

There is going to be a phrase in revelation that talks about angels being turned loose, when an angel comes down and looses the four angels that are bound at the River Euphrates. We may find the clue to where the Prince of Persia went when the Prince of Grecia came and we may find what happened when the angel left Daniel, he bound the Prince of Persia, and they are not going to be released until this Great Tribulation when they come forth with two hundred thousand thousands of demoniac horsemen to slay one third of earth.

Likewise when those demon locusts are released out of the pit, there is a Prince of evil called Appollyon, the Destroyer that comes to lead those locusts as they spread pain across the earth for the assigned days.

The Prince of Grecia, the Leopard Kingdom- when the Prince of Rome came, the Prince was separate from Alexander the Great, Alexander the Great died, the Prince was assigned to the bottomless pit and chained there. The angel is telling John, here's the mystery, this is the beast, he's one of those heads that was, but was slain. Greece died, but its wound is healed, it brings amazement!

It shocks anybody in the modern world to think that Greece could rise to prominence. It won't be that peninsula; it will be the Assyrian portion of it. The one threat to Israel is not Russia. Russia may be involved. It's not Iran, unless Iran becomes a part of the Old Babylonian Syrian section of the Grecian Empire.

It's Assyria, because out of Assyria will come the threat. The leopard will rise again. The slain head, wounded to death, will suddenly come alive. The little horn will rise up among the reconstituted, or revised Roman Empire, and will uproot three of them, and defeat Egypt to the south, and Israel is compressed.

Alexander died the Prince of Grecia lived. He was just bound in the pit. He was, when Greece, the Leopard ruled, and is not, because when John's writing it, the Prince of Rome is ruling, and shall ascend out of the bottomless, that's the beast out of the Abyss that rules behind the scenes and gives Satan's power to the person Antichrist, who will rule form the Grecian kingdom from out of the reconstituted Roman Empire.

The beast that thou sawest was - that's the leopard, Grecia - is not, because it had been wounded to death - Rome conquered Grecia - shall ascend out of the bottomless pit - suddenly, he's seeing the future - that Prince of Grecia that has been assigned through the centauries in the bottomless pit will be turned loose, to give power to a reconstituted Grecian territory ruler.

There is one more thing to deal with in this Grecian Territory that pinpoints the exact location and name, which time has revealed to be the Seventh Empire on the land.

Revelation 17 explains about this same beast that was and is not and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit.

Verse 10, there are seven kings: five are fallen - as we've shown before, Daniel started with Babylon, but there were two other kingdoms that suppressed Israel before Babylon. They were Egypt who took them into bondage, and later Assyria who captured them and put them in bondage, then Babylon was the third, then Medo-Persia was the fourth and Grecia was the fifth.

Those are the five kingdoms that had fallen by the time John was writing this.

Now, during Johns time was the sixth – Rome, then the gap, waiting for the seventh kingdom upon the land out of Babylon that was yet to come.

History shows that the next Empire on that very land was the Moslem Empire. The Moslem Empire is, the after the gap, seventh Empire, that came to power on that land, that was yet to come in Johns day, and stands alone as the last Empire to occupy that land.

And, that Empire was founded and ruled by Muhammad, the prophet of Allah,, and he ruled it from his kingdom, The Hashemite Kingdom, which is within the boundaries of the Seleucid Portion of the Old Grecian Empire, exactly where Daniel 11, verses 18-21 says the Little Horn that rises in the end time will come from.

And, it is from out of this seventh kingdom, the Hashemite Kingdom, that the 8th kingdom will come - Antichrist's kingdom.

Scripture is amazingly clear bout this.

Lets read it.

Revelation 17, from verse 9: The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, - the Prince over Grecia - the one that ruled the Leopard Kingdom - and is not, - having been defeated by Rome - even he is the eighth, and is of the seven - what's the seventh? - the Moslem Empire/Hashemite Kingdom - and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns, which thou sawest, are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; - in John's day - but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. They have one mind and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for he is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, and those that are with him are called, and chosen and faithful.

In this passage, we find that the little horn comes from a kingdom that is the seventh on the land, and that the ten kings from the revised Roman Empire - ten toes from Daniel, grown out of the feet, which was the Kingdom after Rome, The Moslem Empire - support him in his effort to fight against the Lamb - Jesus - and that Jesus and those that were chosen - named in the Lambs book of life from the foundation of the world, the faithful, the redeemed out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation are with him, and they overcome him.

This scene is on the present day stage of history. The Little Horn is about to make his public appearance as the man on the white horse from Revelation 6.

But, as we saw in the previous class, that can't happen until the Church is caught up. They are seen in heaven, singing the song of the Redeemed when Jesus opens that first seal that releases the man on the white horse and the beginning of the Tribulation.

As I said before, the picture of the Rapture in Revelation is a summary of the events from the ending of the Church Age till the completion of God's plan, but Paul revealed it to the Thessalonians, long before the summary was written.

Lets close this class by going back to II Thessalonians.

The Thessalonians were confused, they were in tribulation, and they thought the end was on them, they thought the Great Tribulation was there, as we said earlier.

Paul says; now we beseech you, brethren - 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2 - by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and; by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by ANY MEANS: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first - now traditionally that has been interpreted as a vast falling away, and that is going to be historically true, because the religions of this world will follow the false prophet. It just doesn't happen to be good translation. Except there come a departure - a catching away first, and that man of sin be revealed - Scripture always confirms itself. You see this repeated a couple of verses later - the son of perdition. There is the Antichrist personified.

Who opposeth and exaltheth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  That's the blaspheming we just read about in Revelation.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things ?and now you know what with-holdeth - what's holding it back - that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work. Only he who is now (literally) restraining will continue to restrain, until he - the restrainer - be taken out of the way.

And then shall that Wicked - capital W indicating that wicked man of sin - be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. Even him, - who? - The wicked one - whose coming is after the workings of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them - who? The Jews & those left after the Raptures - strong delusion that they should believe a lie: that they might be damned who believed not the truth, but that had pleasure in unrighteousness.

What's this saying? Don't you get upset you Thessalonians, don't get upset you folks on today's stage of history, tribulation may be upon you; that man of sin is going to come; that beast will rise; that false prophet will rise; the spirit already works - we're fighting it! - the spirit of the false prophet already works - it fights us! - That man of sin will be revealed; the Roman empire will reconstitute itself; one will rise up out of the Seleucid portion of the Old Grecian Empire, who uproots three and grow to great power; the false prophet will work miracles that will cause people to bow down; and that great established church will ride in pride on that beast; and they will destroy that church.

But, where are you Thessalonians, and us of today? GONE!

That beast can't come out of that confusion, he can't rise up, because there is a restraining force, and the restraining force will restrain him, until it's caught away, taken out of the way. We're going to be gone. The key to revelation is where the Church is in the fourth chapter.

He just finished the last word about the Church in the whole book - He said: "he that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit sayith unto the churches". Done with the Church at that point.

4th chapter - After this I looked and a door was opened in heaven, and the first voice that I heard was as it were, a trumpet talking with me, which said, COME UP HITHER, and I will show thee thing that must be hereafter, and immediately I was in the spirit, and behold a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne . . .

And John becomes a type of the Church being caught up. That's the Rapture! Used only once for this designation, as I have said - when Philip was Raptured - caught away - from the Gaza Strip - from that one word, comes the designation of what happened.

A restraining force, the Church, - before the seventieth week, where God again turns to deal with the old olive tree; - the grafted wild branch, the Church, the people that have accepted Christ, they're suddenly caught up! They're in heaven. The twenty-four elders typify all the saints of the Old Testament and the Church - they're there!

What we have been studying in Revelation goes on down here, but we're gone! You may ask do I believe that? Sure do! I believe Jesus came out of the tomb, pierced a rock, pierced a door and sailed off to glory, and they were looking up at Him, and the angel said; why stand Yee gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus will come again. We're Gone!

We have a blessed hope, not a hopeless wrath to look forward to - we're citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom - We that are alive and remain will be changed and caught up in the twinkling of an eye, and those in Christ that rose will be with us. We are up there!

But we come back. After this beast has risen; after he has gotten his power; after the false church has been destroyed; after Babylon, the city of the established church has been wiped out in a day; after the Antichrist's concerns about the rumblings out of the North and the East; after the vials dry up the river Euphrates to make way for the kings of the east; and there is a gathering for the conflict in the plain of Megiddo.

John says, I saw heaven open - Rev. 19 - and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called faithful and true and in righteousness doth judge and make war. His eyes were as the flame of fire, on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called the word of God.

And all the armies that were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  Which is the symbol of being clothed with his righteousness - and out of his mouth, goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  That’s Jesus who’s coming, and we're behind him!

And he had on is vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORDS OF LORDS. You will of course read the remainder of chapter 20 and 21, but let me summarize.

Satan is bound is the bottomless pit, the beast and false prophet have been defeated, Judgment has been past, the new Jerusalem comes down, new heaven and new earth, new King, no sin, no death, we'll rule and reign with Him throughout eternity.

If you don't believe that, why are you a Christian? That's our destiny. And as Peter says, we ought to act like it. Don't succumb to the false prophet's spirit that is preaching in the land. Hang on, till we all march in. Just keep watching!

Continued, if you want to hear more.  Let me know.  All I need to know is that I have a class who is listening.

As always, if my teaching is a blessing to you, give generously and give hilariously, because the Lord loves a hilarious giver and promises to pour down a bless on you that you cannot contain. I wish that blessing for all of you.

Thank you for listening and God bless all of you.

God bless.

Humbly,
Your Brother in Christ
Sal from CHN


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