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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Where is America in Bible Prophecy? Chapters 49-51

By Dennis Edwards

All Bible verses are from the King James Bible, although I have changed some of the old English. Any similarity to any modern version is only by coincidence. Bible verses other than the King James have been foot-noted properly.

Copyright @ Dennis M. Edwards (photos used from Google images for educational purposes only) [To go to the first chapters click on link]

Chapter 49

The Illuminati and the Protocols of Zion

How Deep is That Rabbit Hole?


Time and time again I have sat down to write this chapter and have had difficulty getting started. Why is that? It may very well be because of the importance of the information I will share with you herein. I am talking about a sinister group of men and woman dedicated to the cause of Lucifer and to bringing his rule to earth.

Adam Weishaupt is credited with founding the operational phase of the organization back on May 1st 1776 which he named the Order of the Illuminati of Bavaria. You can read about it on-line[1] or watch former Los Angeles FBI director talk about it on YouTube,[2] However, I believe the Illuminati are descendants of former disciples of Satan since the time of Cain before the flood and later from the time of Nimrod at the Tower of Babel. Some even give credit to Solomon the King of Israel for putting into writing some of the oldest satanic secrets and rituals.[3]

Weishaupt’s goal was to set up a secret society espousing world domination in the service of Lucifer. The society would suppress ‘inferior’ human stock and have violently anti-Christian sentiments. Weishaupt realized that the quickest way to spread the Illuminist message was to infiltrate the rich and the powerful. With the help of Templar Baron Adolph Von Knigge, Weishaupt’s organization was accepted into the Masonic orders where the rich and powerful met. George Washington, a Masonic member, is quoted as to having his doubts about some of the more radical elements in the Masonic Lodges in America, which may be reference to the Illuminist dominated lodges.[4]

Weishaupt envisioned a world in which populations would be controlled by a powerful élite unconstrained by conventional values. Their plans were to conquer nations economically and psychologically. They would control the banking system and control the press. They would have international rather than national goals. They would break down the national populations of the world and bring them under their control and finally bring in a New World Order, a One World Government.

The leadership of the Illuminati movement was later to pass to the hands of Albert Pike. Albert Pike, a Southern Civil War General, was dismissed from his position as military leader during the war because he used American Indians with his soldiers and allowed them to scalp the fallen Northern soldiers. He escaped to Canada where he lived for the remainder of the war. 

After the assassination of Lincoln, he returned to the States and was pardoned of his crimes by the newly promoted Vice-President Andrew Johnson. Johnson had just happened to be a member of the Masonic Lodge which Pike administered before the war. Pike later became head of all the Masonic Lodges and furthered the plans for world take over using the Masonic Lodges as bases. His book Morals and Dogmas was widely read by Masonic Lodge members until 1974. [5] It was through Pike’s leadership that the radicle Luciferian element took over the Masonic Lodges worldwide.
He is the only Southern Civil War general who has a statute in Washington, DC.

The Protocols of Zion were published in beginning of the 20th century exposing the plans of the Illuminati for world domination. Please take time to look at them.[6] The press, however, has denounced them as fakes. But if the press is in their hands, which is what the Protocols reveals, one would expect such a denouncement.

Concerning the Protocols, remember what the illustrious Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, said when asked his opinion.

The only thing I want to say about the Protocols is that they were published ten years ago and what is revealed in their pages is exactly what has happened and is happening up until now.[7]

The Illuminatis believe that Jesus was a counterfeit and that Lucifer is the true Light. Slowly but surely they have worked their plans for world domination and the final revealing of the Son of Lucifer, whom the Bible calls the Son of Perdition,[8] or more commonly known as the Antichrist.[9] 

The sinister web the Illuminati has woven consists of worldwide banking families and their interests, corporate leaders, think tanks, Royal Families, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, Masonic Lodges and other civil associations and fellowships like the Rosicrucian’s, the Rotary Club, etc. Read Des Griffin’s book Fourth Reich of the Rich[10] for more information on this topic. Or watch the movie The Brotherhood of the Bell starring Glenn Ford to get a feel for how this group works.[11]

Through money, sex and power they compromise leaders to fall in line to their international and cultural agenda. True Christianity is their biggest enemy and whom they fear the most. They use whatever methods available to destroy their enemies even sacrificing some of their own to meet their goals.

In Micah we read,

The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man, he utters his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.[12]

In other words evil men weave a web of wickedness together. In the International Standard Version they translate the last phrase as

the famous confess their perverted desires, and they scheme together.[13]

These perverted evil men are behind world wars, assassination of world leaders, economic ups and downs, and civil unrest. They control the United Nations, National Governments and political parties, the Courts or at least the key players involved. They have no scruples and use whatever methods necessary to silence their enemies. They control the media, the FBI, the CIA and NSA. National leaders do their bidding following carefully the plans assigned to avoid embarrassment, political defeat, scandal or death.

Does the Bible have anything to say about the above possibility? Many Bible scholars believe that the thirteenth chapter of Revelation with its Mark of the Beast technology is talking about such a Luciferian world government. We read,

And all the world wondered after the beast (the Antichrist). And they worshipped the dragon (the Devil) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?


And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the Antichrist),…And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or his umber of his name…And his number is 666.[14]
The Bible tells us that the Antichrist shall come into power

peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.[15]

He is also considered the author or propagator of the “Holy Covenant”[16] which many Bible students believe will allow for the rebuilding of the Jewish sacrificial Temple on the Temple Mount. The Bible goes on to say,

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper…Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of woman, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.[17]

Of course, he will have opposition and need to quench them in order to enact his world government. He may very well be responsible for fomenting a peace settlement in the Middle East, the Holy Covenant mentioned above, only later to break it himself because of those opposed to his attempt at world dominion. The breaking of the Holy Covenant with the placing of the abomination that makes desolate[18] is the sign Jesus mentions as the beginning of the terrible period in Bible Prophecy called the Great Tribulation.

When asked by his disciples:

What shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world?[19]

Jesus answered with not just one sign, but numerous. He said,

Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 

And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows…And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold…And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.[20]

The culmination of these events comes in the next few verses where Jesus says,

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:)…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be. And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.[21]

I am sad to say that the horrible days Jesus was warning about are coming closer every day. From what we see in Bible prophecy mankind is moving to the brink of destruction, no doubt because of the use of nuclear weapons or some other weapon of mass destruction.

The good news is Jesus has shortened the days of tribulation to three and a half years so that some of mankind will be left on the earth. He has promised to return to save his own in a super natural event known as the rapture. He has also promised to bring peace on earth for a thousand years. Jesus’ promised return is the only hope for mankind.

But before those promises come to pass, mankind is going to go through its worst period in all of history making the Inquisition, the Holocaust and Stalin’s and Mao’s persecutions look like boy’s play. Jesus said,

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.[22]

Are you ready for the days prophesied by Christ, His disciples and various Old Testament prophets? It’s not too late to open your heart today to the King of Kings and begin your training in discipleship. Stop hesitating and decide. It won’t be long!

Notes:

[1] http://vigilantcitizen.com/hidden-knowledge/the-order-of-the-illuminati/ (accessed 03/2016)
[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BplUD6kQYuU (accessed 03/16)
[3] https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/the-history-of-the-illuminati-the-13-satanic-bloodlines/ (accessed 03/2016)
[4] https://www.thefederalistpapers.org/founders/washington/was-george-washington-really-a-devout-mason (accessed 03/2016)
[5] http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_vril07a.htm
[6] http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/przion1.htm (accessed 03/2016)
[7] Des Griffin, Fourth Reich of the Rich, Emissary Publications, Oregon, 1976.
[8] 2Thessalonians 2:3
[9] 1John 2:18
[10] Des Griffin, Fourth Reich of the Rich, Emissary Publications, Oregon, 1976.
[11] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKOhJppgmuw (accessed 08/16)
[12] Micah 7:2-3
[13] Micah 7:3 International Standard version
[14] Revelation 13:3-18
[15] Daniel 11:21
[16] Daniel 11:22
[17] Daniel 11:36-37
[18] Daniel 11:31
[19] Matthew 24:3
[20] Matthew 24:4-14
[21] Matthew 24:15-22
[22] Matthew 24:9

Section Five: The Verdict

Chapter 50

How Short is Shortened? – The Secret!

In the last chapter I mentioned that Jesus has shortened the days of Tribulation to 3 and ½ years. How do we know that? What about the secret rapture? 

Isn’t there a secret rapture for the saved Christians sometimes during or at the beginning of the Tribulation before it really gets bad? Isn’t that what Jesus meant when he said he was going to shorten the days of Tribulation? God wouldn’t let us suffer, would He?

Well, let’s read what Apostle Peter wrote about suffering.

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.[1] Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator.[2]

So as Christians, suffering should not be something we are not prepared for. Apostle Paul said,

All that live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.[3]

Jesus Himself said,

If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.[4]

If we are not prepared to suffer for our faith, what kind of believers are we?

Now let’s get back to the shortened days. Yes, Jesus said He would shorten the days of Tribulation and He has. He has shortened them and He has let us know in His revelation to John in the book of Revelation that the Great Tribulation period will be 3 and ½ years. How do we know this? The prophecies in Revelation show us that the Tribulation period will be 3 and ½ years. Five times 3 and ½ years, or its equivalent, is mentioned in Jesus’ prophecy to Apostle John within a three chapter spread.

1. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they (the Antichrist forces) tread under foot forty and two months. (3 and ½ years)[5]

In the above verse in Revelation 11 we see that the Antichrist forces will be in control for 42 months.

2. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (3 and ½ years)[6]

Here we see that the two end-time witnesses will prophesize for 1260 days against the Antichrist world government.

3. And the woman (the church in Tribulation) 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. (3 and ½ years)[7]

4. And when the dragon (the devil) saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (the church) which brought forth the man child. And to the woman (the church) 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 (1), and times (2), and half a time (½), from the face of the serpent. (3 and ½ years)[8]

The above verses from Revelation 12 show the persecution of God’s people during the Tribulation period will be for 1260 days, or time, times, and half a time; which is again the 3 and ½ year period. Notice that the Jews had a 360-day year based on 12 lunar months, each month having between 29-30 days. They added extra days periodically to realign the lunar-year with the solar-year.


5. And there was given unto him (the Antichrist) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given him to continue forty and two months. (3 and ½ years) ... And it was given unto him (the Antichrist) to make war with the saints (God’s people, the church), and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.[9]

Revelation 13 is from the perspective of the Antichrist government which implements the computer-chip implant and enforces its dictates over the world and God’s people for 42 months.

In all the verses mentioned above the numbers are equivalent to 3 and ½ years, therefore we know the Great Tribulation will be 3 and ½ years long. Each time Jesus is talking about the same time period, the Great Tribulation, from a slightly different viewpoint.

In conclusion we see that Revelation 11, 12, and 13 are all talking about the same events, but each from a slightly different perspective. They are not in chronological order. They are the same event from different perspectives. The 3 and ½ year period is repeated by Jesus over and over again because He doesn’t want us to miss it. He wants us to get the point. The prophecies of Daniel even confirm and reinforce this viewpoint where we see the Antichrist persecuting God’s people for the same 3 and ½ year period.

And he (the Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints (the church in Tribulation) of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they (God’s people, the church in Tribulation) shall be given into his (the Antichrist’s) hand until a time (1) and times (2) and the dividing of time (½). (3 and ½ years)[10]

The following verses show the persecution element like we find in Revelation and elsewhere.

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king (the Antichrist) of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power (Satan’s power): and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty (the USA?) and the holy people (God’s people in Tribulation).[11]

In Daniel 12 we see the Great Tribulation period mentioned along with 3 and ½ years.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands 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 (the Great Tribulation): and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.[12] (The second part of the verse is an illusion to the rapture which will happen soon afterwards when the Great Tribulation is over.)

And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by him that lives for ever that it shall be for a time (1), times (2) and an half (½); and when he (the Antichrist) shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. (3 and ½ years)[13]

I am sorry, I don’t want to get too deeply into this subject at the moment. I have already given you quite a bit to think about and study. In the sequel to this book we can look at this period in more detail. But because some churches are teaching the idea that Christ will shortened the days of Tribulation and will secretly rapture the believing Christians out before the really bad stuff happens, I have had to clarify this point.

A shortening of the days cannot be confirmed by scriptural. It’s a false idea. It’s wishful thinking and is contrary to the overall picture presented by Christ and his disciples in the New Testament and in the prophecies of Daniel and other prophets in the Old Testament. The shortened days are the 3 and ½ year period mentioned over and over again in the scripture. The truth is that there is no secret rapture. That’s the secret.

Here’s a very brief outline. The first stage is the period of the “signs of the times” which Jesus, Paul, John and Peter talked of before the rising of the Antichrist. Many of these prophecies have been fulfilled or are being further fulfilled in today’s world.

The second stage is the rise of the Antichrist and the one-world government coming peaceably into power. It may be that an intermediate stage consists of a banking or economic crash that ushers in the one-world government, or accelerates its implementation.

At some point, the third stage, Antichrist will confirm a seven year agreement with many, called in the scripture the Holy Covenant. It may have to do with the Middle East Crisis as many Bible scholars believe it will give the Jewish nation the permission to build the Third Temple on the Temple Mount which we have talked about earlier. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem is preparing for such an event. With the building of the Temple, the Jews will renew prayer and sacrificial worship on the Temple Mount, something they have not done since 70 AD, almost 1950 years ago.

Now we will look at a prophecy from Daniel 8 about the length of the period of Jewish sacrificial worship together with the period of the Great Tribulation.

Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spoke, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation (the Great Tribulation), to give both, the sanctuary and the host (God’s people, the church of true believers) to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.[14]

In the above prophecy of Daniel we learn that the period of prayer and sacrifice plus the period of the “transgressions of desolation,” or what Jesus referred to as the Great Tribulation period, will together be a total of two thousand and three hundred days. 

We know that the tribulation period will be only one thousand two hundred and sixty days, as we have seen in the five references in Revelation. Therefore, all we need to do is subtract the 1260 days from the 2300 days to find out how many days of prayer and sacrifice will take place. The 1040 day figure we arrive at is the period of prayer and sacrifice by the Jewish and other religious officials on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These prayers and sacrifices take place before the Tribulation and start some 220 days after the Holy Covenant has been signed. The tribulation starts when the Antichrist breaks the covenant and stops the religious service in Jerusalem and declares himself world dictator.

I will go over it once again. The covenant is signed giving the Israelis permission to rebuild their Temple on the Temple Mount. The rebuilding takes them some 220 days or little more than seven months to get done as much has been already prepared for by the Temple Institute and possibly the Israeli government. However, if the Temple isn’t finished, the sacrifice will start anyway, perhaps in some sort of tent, like the Jewish people did before the first Temple was built. The sacrifice and prayers will be performed for 1040 days. Then the Antichrist will stop the sacrifice and prayers and stand in the Temple declaring himself authoritarian world ruler. This is the sign that the Great Tribulation has begun and will happen in the middle of the seven-year peace covenant which is the “midst of the week” spoken of by Daniel the prophet.


And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate.[15]

The word “week” in the above verse comes from the Hebrew word “shabuah” which means seven. It is used in Genesis in the history of Jacob with his father-in-law Laban.[16] Jacob wants to marry Laban’s beautiful younger daughter Rachel and agrees to work seven years as dowry payment. However, the night of the marriage, his father-in-law Laban, unbeknownst to Jacob, gives him his older daughter Leah instead. Jacob wakes up in the morning and lo and behold he’s been sleeping with the wrong woman. His father-in-law assures him that giving away the youngest daughter before the oldest is against the custom of his culture. If Jacob works another seven years for the younger daughter, he can have her also:

Fulfill her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve me yet seven other years. [17]

The King James translators show here that the word translated as “week” is actually signifying a seven year period.

Resuming again we see that at the midst of the seven-year period, the Antichrist breaks the covenant or peace agreement and tries to initiate a totalitarian world government with himself as ruler. 

The covenant, which he initiated and signed some 3 and ½ years earlier, seems to give the Israeli nation permission to rebuild their Temple on the Temple Mount. At the signing of the Covenant, the Antichrist may already be President of a cooperative One-World government, as he is already a person of authority. In Revelation 17 we see that there are ten political leaders or nations or regions who give their allegiance to the beast, who is the Antichrist.

The ten horns which thou saw are ten kings,…These have one mind, and give their power and strength unto the beast.[18]

We know these “nations” will cooperate with the Antichrist to “make war with the Lamb.”[19] Since the Christians are the people of the Lamb, they are the ones who the Antichrist makes war against. We have seen this over and over again in the Bible verses we have looked at from both Revelation and Daniel. The beast and the ten nations or regions he controls will also

hate the whore,[20] that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth[21] and (together) burn her with fire.[22]

Could this be the destruction of America by some preemptive strike? It remains to be seen. But at present, America seems to fit the bill of Babylon the Whore better than any nation on the face of the earth, even though her influence has been worldwide.

When the Antichrist breaks the peace agreement or Holy Covenant, the Great Tribulation begins. In his breaking of the Covenant he has had to invade the Middle East which results in a major world war as the nations or regions of the world line up for or against him.

In the areas he controls, he initiates mandatory computer chip implants, the mark of the beast, and stops all religious worship other than worship of himself. 

He may very well use some type of explosive device like the Electromagnetic Pulse or EMP to put America out of action, as has recently been made popular in the book One Second After.[23] Those who refuse to accept the "mark of the beast" computer chip implant will be persecuted and considered enemies of the state, hunted down, captured, forced to accept the implant or be killed.

The Tribulation will last 1260 days, 42 months, or time, times and half a time; a 3 and ½ year period. The woman, the believing church of Revelation 12, tries to hide or escape to isolated areas to prevent capture and forced computer implants or death. The two end-time witnesses of Revelation 11 prophesize for the 1260 days of Tribulation and are finally killed at the very end in Jerusalem.[24] Their dead bodies are left unburied. But after 3 days and ½, they come back to life, stand upon their feet, and are raptured into heaven at the rapture event that Jesus promised.[25]

Remember, the rapture event will occur “immediately after the tribulation.”

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him (the rapture event), that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that day of Christ is at hand (or could happen at any moment or secretly).

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (the rapture-our gathering together unto the Lord) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (the Antichrist); who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.[26]

Immediately after the Tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together (the rapture event using the same words Paul uses in 2Thessalonians 2) his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.[27]

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 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.[28]

Those waiting for a secret rapture will be sadly surprised. It will not happen. There is no secret rapture. Neither is there a rapture for the Christians before nor during the Tribulation and then a later one for the saved Jews after the Tribulation. There is only one rapture event at this time and it comes at the end of the Tribulation after the Antichrist has been revealed and has persecuted the saints for 42 months as Revelation 11, 12 and 13 indicate. The rapture is for all true believers in Jesus Christ whatever their former faith or lack of faith may have been.

So in conclusion, we see that the Antichrist will persecute God’s people and anyone else who refuses to cooperate with him for 3 and ½ years, the second half of the last seven years. Then, “immediately after the tribulation of those days,” the rapture event will take place.[29]

While God’s children will be enjoying the marriage supper of the Lamb in the spiritual dimension,[30] the thirty to seventy-five days of the wrath of God will be poured out on earth on the wicked in God’s attempt to bring them to change.[31] The wrath culminates at the Battle of Armageddon where the Antichrist and Satan will be defeated by Christ at his physical return.

And the beast (the Antichrist) was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.[32]

At that point Jesus will bring peace on earth for a thousand year period.




And he (the angel) laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they that 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.[33]

So, as you can see, as I have said before, Jesus’ promised return is the only hope for mankind today.

But, how can these things be? Didn’t Jesus say

that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.[34]

And Apostle Paul said,

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.[35]

Yes, it’s true, we do not know at this time the hour or the day. But when the time comes, if we are diligent servants, we will not be in darkness. We will know the times and the seasons. Paul reminds us right after the above verse:

For when they say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.[36]

Even when Jesus said that no one knew the hour or day, he followed with:

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also 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.[37]

The unbelieving world was caught unawares, while Noah knew what was about to happen and had prepared at God’s command a way of escape.

Knowing God’s will, found in His Word, can give us discernment and can enlighten our eyes. We no longer walk in darkness, but have the light of life. God’s Spirit will also lead us into all truth, just as He said it would.

We will take a more in depth look at the prophecies in Revelation and Daniel in the sequel to Where is America in Bible Prophecy?

Notes:

[1] 1Peter 4:14
[2] 1Peter 4:16-19
[3] 2Timothy 3:12
[4] John 15:20
[5] Revelation 11:2
[6] Revelation 11:3
[7] Revelation 12:6
[8] Revelation 12:13-14
[9] Revelation 13:5-7
[10] Daniel 7:25
[11] Daniel 8:23-24
[12] Daniel 12:1
[13] Daniel 12:13
[14] Daniel 8:13-14
[15] Daniel 9:27
[16] Genesis 29:16-30
[17] Genesis 29:27
[18] Revelation 17:11-12
[19] Revelation 17:14
[20] Revelation 17:16
[21] Revelation 17:18
[22] Revelation 17:16
[23] W. R. Forstchen, One Second After, Tom Doherty Ass., NY, 2009.
[24] Revelation 11:8
[25] Revelation 11:11-12
[26] 2Thessalonians 2:1-4
[27] Matthew 24:29-31
[28] 1Thessalonians 4:16-18
[29] Matthew 24:29
[30] Revelation 19:1-9
[31] Revelation 16:1-16
[32] Revelation 19:20
[33] Revelation 20:2-4
[34] Matthew 24:36
[35] 1Thessalonians 5:2
[36] 1Thessalonians 5:3-5
[37] Matthew 24:37-39

Chapter 51

The End is Coming

There you have it. I believe America, a formerly great Christian nation, is suffering and under judgment. She has fallen away from the Lord, because she has refused

to be obedient unto the voice of the Lord.[1]

I believe America will continue to suffer as God’s Word has so clearly demonstrated. I have tried to show that America surely parallels the picture of Babylon the Whore of Revelation. 

I have compared America with Israel of old who also suffered for abandoning the Words of the Lord and was finally conquered and Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar.

Moses told them that it was not because of their own righteousness that God was with them, but because of the wickedness of those other nations He destroyed before them.[2] Even so, it was not that Nebuchadnezzar was so righteous that God let him conquer Israel and the other nations, but he was less wicked than the nations he conquered. Israel had become even more wicked than those ungodly nations, and so God was obliged to condemn her. Today we have the same situation with America.

Apostle Paul has warned that in the last days

evil men would wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived.[3]

He said,

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.[4]

Doesn’t this sound like the days we are living in today? Let’s review what Jesus Himself said when talking about the time of the end and His coming. He said that

because iniquity would abound the love of many would wax cold.[5]

Remember He also said that the wars, famines, earthquakes and pestilences that we would see would only be the beginnings of sorrows.[6] He warned us three times in His end-time exhortation not to be deceived by false Christs who would deceive many.[7]

He warned us many would believe lies. The peace prophets[8] in the time of Jeremiah told the people Jeremiah was a false prophet and that there would be peace, not war. These same prophets told the people to trust in the Temple of the Lord which had always saved them in the past. Jeremiah responded with these words which we have looked at earlier:

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord are these. … Behold, ye trust in lying words which cannot profit. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely and burn incense unto to Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?[9]

And now, because ye have done all these works, says the Lord, and I spoke unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called, but ye answered not; Therefore I will cast you out of my sight, as I have out all your brethren. Pray not for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.[10]

Therefore thou shall speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. And the carcasses of this people shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away. Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.[11]

But did God’s people listen to his prophets? No, and neither will the Americans. They are drunk on the wine of the fornication which the whore of capitalism has offered them and they cannot see their own sins. God may even use a “heathen” nation to destroy them as he did to Israel and Judah of old. Or maybe the money that they love and serve in the end will destroy them. Or their own internal bickering will cause them to destroy one another.

Another sign that Jesus gave to his disciples of His coming and of the end of the world was that

this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.[12]

I quoted this verse in the previous chapter, but did not comment on it. Recently a news item stated that there is an organization whose goal is to get the written Word of God into every language on the earth to fulfill this prophecy. They claim that by 2020, they will have finished their objective and will have published the Bible in every known language in the world.[13] Are we entering into the period of world history when the end will come? Will it be in our generation, or our children’s or grandchildren’s?

I will have to leave these questions and their answers to the next book in this series Where is America in Bible Prophecy?. I had hoped to enter more fully into this question, but I needed to build the foundation of your faith. I needed to show how consistent Bible prophecy has been in predicting the future. Bible scholars estimate that about 80% of all Bible prophecies have already been fulfilled accurately.[14] Surely the remaining 20% will also be fulfilled in the same accurate manner.

We have come so far to some pretty strong conclusions. In the Bible we have seen that God condemned Israel for her sins. We have seen that Israel of old and America have a parallel history. The similarities are quite obvious. We have concluded that America may very well be the epitome of Babylon the Whore of Revelation 18 and as thus has infected the whole world with her iniquity.

I need to add here before I finish that God’s Word says,

In the multitude of words, there wants not sin.[15]

In other words, I have said a lot here in this book. I no doubt have not got everything right. I am human, make mistakes and get things wrong like everyone else. But I have shared with you how I see the Scriptures and the world situation so that you yourself will investigate to see if these things be so.

In Ezekiel we read,

Her (Israel’s) prophets in the midst thereof (are) like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things…Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus says the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken.


The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.[16]

Is the Lord asking you to be one of those men or women who will stand in the gap, the gap in the wall of our former Christian culture, and fight the spiritual war against the enemies of faith, truth and love? Will you stand up in the gap for Christ with Godly convictions and beliefs? Will you take the stand?

In the next book in this series we will look more closely at the prophecies of Daniel and how they fit together with those in Revelation. We will look at the prophecies of Ezekiel and see how they compliment Daniel’s. We will see that both Paul’s predictions and Jesus’ combine nicely with all of the above to give us a pretty accurate picture of the days ahead. We can know the future because God’s Word has spoken clearly about it. It only takes for a man or woman to seek and search it out. My prayer is that you will be one of those men or women.


And ye shall seek Me and find Me when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.[17] [If you'd like to go back to the beginning of the book click here.]

Notes:

[1] Deuteronomy 8:20
[2] Deuteronomy 9:5
[3] 2Timothy 3:13
[4] 2Timothy 3:1-7
[5] Matthew 24:12
[6] Matthew 24: 6-8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
[7] Matthew 24: 4-26 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
[8] Jeremiah 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
[9] Jeremiah 7: 4-10
[10] Jeremiah 7: 13-16
[11] Jeremiah 7: 27-34
[12] Matthew 24:14
[13] http://www.christianpost.com/news/gmopotential-there-to-reach-whole-world-by-2020-44881/ (accessed 03/2016)
[14] http://www.reasons.org/articles/articles/fulfilled-prophecy-evidence-for-the-reliability-of-the-bible (accessed 03/2016)
[15] Proverbs 10:19
[16] Ezekiel 22:26-30
[17] Jeremiah 29:13

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