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Prophecy Part 5

  - The final Great Tribulation of Revelation 13 and

           14 under the final Antichrist......................................Approx 5 pages of A4

  - The Temple of God..........................................................Approx 1 page of A4

  - Diagram of End Time Events and the Temple

           with some references................................................Approx 1 ½ pages of A4

  - Peace treaty / Holy Covenant: Daniel 11.........................Approx 1 ½ pages of A4

  - Antichrist from peace treaty to

           abomination of desolation.........................................Approx 1 Page of A4

  - Antichrist attacks Israel and God’s Temple is polluted...Approx 14 pages of A4

  - World rule of Antichrist / Satan.......................................Approx 3 ½ pages of A4

  - Satan / Antichrists authority broken after 42 months.....Approx 3 pages of A4

  - The 7th trumpet / 7 vials and the battle of Armageddon..Approx 2 ½ pages of A4

  - End Time Events of Antichrist and his Destruction

           (Summary Diagram)..................................................Approx 1 page of A4

  - The 2nd and 3rd Woe (Summary Diagram).....................Approx 1 page of A4

  - 4 kings, the 7 kings, 10 kings, and the beast that

           was, is not, and yet is................................................Approx 5 ½ pages of A4

  - The 7 Mountains of Rome, the 8th the Vatican...............Approx 1 page of A4

  - The Kingdom of God and the 7 kings and their

           Destruction (S. Diagram)..........................................Approx 1 page of A4

 

 

 

 

 

2). THE FINAL GREAT TRIBULATION OF REVELATION 13 AND 14

UNDER THE FINAL ANTICHRIST

 

The way in which the final Antichrist arises and what he will do has already been patterned through history.

 

What is spoken in Daniel 11 v 21 about the Antichrist, is seen in the rise to power of the Popes of Rome. This is because they are of the same line as Antichrist being the forerunners of him; in other words, they have been sitting in the seat of Antichrist as antichrists, until the beast of Revelation 13 appears.

 

Daniel:11:21: And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

 

By flatteries (lies e.g. ‘the donation of Constantine’) the Popes of Rome usurped the seat of power of the old Roman Empire; and over the centuries they have deceived emperors and kings to submit to their false authority and to fight for them, claiming to represent God on earth and bribing them with money etc. The ‘VILE PERSON’ speaks of Antichrist and his line of Popes even as the ‘king of the south’ and ‘king of the north’ represent a number of kings in the Ptolemy / Seleucid and Roman Empires before v 21.

 

Daniel:8:23: And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Da:8:24: And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

 

 

FALSE PEACE

 

Daniel:11:21b: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries

 

Daniel:9:27a: And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week

 

Daniel:11:23: And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

Da:11:24a: He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province;

 

Daniel:8:25a: And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many

 

FROM PEACE TO WAR

 

Daniel:8:24: And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

 

Daniel:8:10: And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Da:8:11: Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

 

Satan’s work has never changed. In the garden of Eden he came to Eve with clever talk, his words were smooth and enticing, sounding peaceful, but his forked (double) tongue, was a deadly dagger. Satan’s lies about God, slandering His character, casting doubt on God’s Word; poisoned the mind of Eve as she believed him. Adam and Eve both ate the forbidden fruit, but could not have conceived the death and destruction that would follow. God is faithful to His Word, He never changes; but in mercy, in His own blood He paid the price of our Rebellion.

 

How grieved God is when His people exchange the truth of His Holy Word for the lies of Satan. This is why so many will be left behind, loving this world, and themselves. To stand before Him in this state is almost certain destruction. It is in God’s great mercy that He disciplines us to make us pure and holy, enabling us to stand before Him unashamed.

Satan has fooled the world, people of God, and he has fooled many of us, beware that he does not a second time.

 

Revelation:12:9: And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

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.

 

Satan has deceived the lukewarm church for many years with flatteries, causing them to feed on his delicacies and the wine of his fornication (Revelation 17 v 2, Revelation 18 v3 and 4). Materially they are well off they have need of nothing, but spiritually they are bankrupt.

 

Revelation:3:16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Re:3:17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

 

But this will soon change. With our Lord’s coming, Satan will be cast down to the earth with his devils, and the time of Great tribulation for the people of God and Israel will shortly afterwards begin.

 

Revelation:12:13: And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

 

(Note: verse 14 is speaking of those in Israel that flee when the abomination of desolation is set up, but first they endure three and a half years of persecution.)

 

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.

 

Revelation:13:7: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Re:13:8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Re:13:9: If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Re:13:10: He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

 

But this ‘hour’ has been designed by God from before the foundation of the world to purify and make holy His lukewarm people, that they perish not with the world; but might stand strong and do exploits in His name.

We have no one to blame but ourselves, for we have not heeded His Holy Word, now is the time for repentance.

 

Luke:14:26: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Lu:14:27: And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

 

We shall be made pure through the fire and flood of suffering, to deny self and love Him; and preach the gospel to the four corners of the earth.

 

Revelation:3:18: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Re:3:19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Re:3:20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Re:3:21: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Re:3:22: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

Revelation:12:11: And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

(For Great Tribulation also)

 

Matthew:24:14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 

Revelation:15:2: And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Re:15:3: And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Re:15:4: Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

 

 

 

ANTICHRIST AND HIS EVIL WORK (2nd main heading) CONTINUED.

 

John:5:43: I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

 

Our Lord Jesus is speaking of Antichrist. It is significant to note therefore that when the Pope comes to power, the name he was given at birth (not his choosing but his parents) is superseded by another name of his own choosing - ‘in his own name’.

Israel will be deceived by him and many will follow him believing he is on their side and is the answer to their problems.

Antichrist will turn on Israel after three and a half years and destroy two thirds of Israel’s population. Many of God’s people will flee at this time to the mountains (Matthew 24 v 15-21, Mark 13 v 14-19, Revelation 12 v 14-16), where God will keep and provide for them until His coming in these strongholds of the Rock.

 

Let us look at this in more detail.

 

ISRAEL, ANTICHRIST AND THE PEACE TREATY

 

Instead of Israel turning to God in national repentance after 2000 years of His Judgment, Israel has sought to the arm of flesh. God has fulfilled His prophetic Word to established Israel back in her land for the end times and has saved her in battle. But Israel (God’s chosen people) as a nation has rejected her Messiah our Lord Jesus Christ. Israel will accept unwittingly the confirmation of the Antichrist over the peace covenant and give him freedom in Israel to do as he pleases (Daniel 11v 23-24).

 

Note on peace treaty: This does not mean that Antichrist needs to be the maker of the peace treaty / covenant for prophecy states only that he shall ‘confirm the covenant’ - we will look at this in more detail later.

 

In God’s mercy, God’s elect in Israel will repent as they see their Messiah coming on the clouds of heaven with great power and glory- Revelation 1v7, Zechariah 12 v 10-14; Praise God:

 

Revelation:1:7: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

Zechariah:12:10: And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Zec:12:11: In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

Zec:12:12: And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

Zec:12:13: The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

Zec:12:14: All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

Zec:13:1: In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

 

Yet Israel as a whole will not truly repent in carrying out fully the commandments of God; her heart will yet stray to vanity and abominations for which God will cut her off.

 

Daniel:8:12: And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

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Many of God’s elect in Israel will suffer too at this time (at the treacherous hand of Antichrist), being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb - Revelation 14 v 4.    

 

Daniel:8:10: And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Da:8:11: Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

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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.

Zec:13:9: 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.

 

Malachi:3:2: But who may abide the day of his coming?  and who shall stand when he appeareth?  for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

Mal:3:3: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifer of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Mal:3:4: Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

Mal:3:5: And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal:3:6: For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Mal:3:7: Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.  Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. 

 

Joel:1:5: Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

Joe:1:6: For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

Joe:1:7: He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

Joe:1:8: Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Joe:1:9: The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn. (read also Matthew 24 v 15-21)

 

Israel’s hour of greatest Judgment is still at hand for her sins yet testify against her.

How different it would have been if Israel had loved and obeyed God (Deuteronomy 28 v 1-15). O Israel, O Israel, I weep for you for what is yet to come upon you. But for His Great Name’s sake you shall be redeemed and shall be made whole and great among the nations in that day.                 (Lamentations 4 v 22)

 

 

 

 

THE TEMPLE OF GOD

 

Ezekiel 37 v 26-28: Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

 

The building of the Temple of God at Jerusalem will begin in earnest soon after the Rapture through the repentance of God’s elect in Israel (Gentile believers who find it hard to believe this, should understand as they read section ‘ Antichrist attacks Israel and God’s Temple is polluted’ Note - Mark 11 v 17). The timing of this can be understood from the book of Daniel, taking the peace treaty / covenant as the starting point.

 

We know from Daniel 8 v 13-14, that from the time the temple is dedicated by sacrifice until the time that Antichrists power is broken and the sanctuary is cleansed there will be 2300 days.

 

From Daniel 12 v 11, we know that from the taking away of the daily sacrifice and the abomination of desolation (image of the beast) being set up, until the image of the beast is cast down, will be 1290 days.

 

I am not sure as to whether the cleansing of the temple takes place after these 1290 days or after 1335 days as shown in Daniel 12 v 12

 

Daniel:12:12: Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

 

This latter date is speaking of our Lord’s coming at the battle of Armageddon when Israel shall be saved; and it is most certain that the temple will be cleansed at this time if not before.

 

DANIEL 9 v 27 - ONE WEEK / LAST 7

 

Note: the Bible is based prophetically on the Old Testament Lunar calendar, not on the Gentile calendar i.e. 30 days = 1 month, 12 months = 1 year or 360 days, 1260 days = three and a half years or 42 months.

 

We know that the last week spoken of in Daniel 9 v 27 is a period of 7 years, because Antichrist is given power to rule the earth for half of this time - 42 months, 3 ½ years or 1260 days (Revelation 13 v 5, Revelation 11 v 2, Daniel 7 v 25, Daniel 12 v 7, Revelation 12 v 14). He brakes the covenant in the ‘midst’ (middle) of the week, in other words after three and a half years (42 months / 1260 days), when he receives world power to rule; and he sets up his headquarters at Jerusalem (2 Thessalonians 2 v 4, Revelation 11 v 2) - Not ‘New Babylon’ as some have been led to believe. 

 

The diagram following illustrates the above plus other details.

 

 DIAGRAM OF END TIME EVENTS AND THE TEMPLE WITH SOME REFERENCES (Cleansing of Sanctuary from Daniel 12 v 12 instead of v 11 – both possible)

 

(C) Daniel 12 v12 ‘Israel’ - I believe God is speaking to those of His people (Israel) in the strongholds of the rock (Isaiah 42 v 11-16, Isaiah 2 v 10-17, Isaiah 26 v 20-21), who flee when the abomination of desolation is set up in the Temple of God at Jerusalem (Matthew 24 v 15-21, Mark 13 v 14-19, Revelation 12 v 14-16). Hence they should not come out of the strongholds into Jerusalem / Judea at the 1290 days but wait until He comes at 1335 days. God’s most terrible Judgments will be poured out in these intervening days (7 vials) climaxing in the battle of Armageddon. Armies will be gathered in Israel and Jerusalem surrounded, the city will be taken by them just before The Lord fights for Israel and destroys them (Zechariah 14 v 1-2 - note especially what will happen to the women in Jerusalem at that time). Note also what our Lord Jesus says in Matthew 24 v 26-27.

 

Matthew:24:26: 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.

M't:24:27: For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

(Understand our Lord is not speaking of the rapture but His coming at the battle of Armageddon in v 27. Why does The Lord say ‘go not forth’? My understanding would be He is speaking specifically to His people in Israel in the mountains; for it seems that people will seek to entice God’s elect out of the strongholds of the rock before the end of their 1335 day wait.)

 

 

PEACE TREATY / HOLY COVENANT: DANIEL 11

 

Note: If you have difficulty understanding what I have written under this heading, then please read all other sections on prophesy and return and read a second time.

 

Although it is Antichrist from the Papal seat of Rome (the Vatican) who will ‘confirm’ and later break the peace treaty (Daniel 9 v 27) between Israel and Arab Nations; this does not necessarily mean that Antichrist is the source or drafter of the peace covenant. I say this for 2 reasons.

 

1). In Daniel 11 v 28 and 30, the peace treaty is called 3 times the ‘Holy covenant’. It is very unlikely that God would call a covenant sourced and drawn up by the Antichrist as ‘Holy’. You also get the distinct impression from these verses that Antichrist is somewhat of an outsider in regards to the peace covenant and is instead looking at the peace / Holy covenant with indignation from without.

 

This is interesting to consider in the light that it is President Bush of America who has sourced and drawn up the present peace plan / road map, for the Middle East (he is the Authority behind it).

 

But notice what the Vatican has been calling President George W. Bush Junior, ‘The Antichrist’, when in fact it is the Vatican who is the seat of Antichrist. I do not believe there is any conspiracy between the Vatican / World Government and President Bush; but I believe President Bush is a thorn in the flesh to them in accordance with God’s perfect Will. They would like to remove him if they could; but all things are under God’s Authority, He alone is in control - Proverbs 21 v 1.

 

It must also be understood that Antichrist does not receive authority to rule the world until three and a half years after the peace covenant.

 

Note: For those who rightly have concerns about Israel being divided up at present, understand, that when Antichrist breaks the peace covenant and destroys two thirds of Israel’s population (e.g. Matthew 24 v 15-21, Zechariah 13 v 8) it is Antichrist who will divide the land for spoil (Daniel 11 v 39). So any dividing of Israel at present is small by comparison.

 

2) When examining Daniel 11 v 23-30, it is clear that in the first 3 ½ years of the peace treaty / Holy covenant, Antichrist does not have things all his way.

 

Daniel:11:29: At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.

Da:11:30: For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.

 

Could this be North America still at this time headed by a godly man, defending Israel? This will be more clearly understood during the Great Tribulation. (Note : I am not advocating that God’s elect should take up arms and fight for I believe this is not in accordance with God’s will for us in the New Testament, but many of God’s people have been slow to understand how to rightly divide the Word of God and therefore many have taken up arms in the mean time, even as Peter did).

 

Note: It may be concluded after an examination of ‘Chittim’ (or Kittim - Genesis 10

v 4, 1Chronicles 1 v 7) through scripture, that North America could not speak of Chittim, being spoken of as ‘Isles’, but it could also be said that the roots of present day America are from the Isles of the sea, especially that of Great Britain - The Mayflower Pilgrims of 1620. Chittim is also referred to as land and coast (singular) as if speaking of a large nation also. It is the naval power ‘ships’ of Chittim that is highlighted in Daniel 11 v 30 and Numbers 24 v 24 which would speak of North America and Britain (note though in Daniel 11 v 30 Chittim is headed by a king who helps Israel while as in Numbers 24 v 24 this is not the case; in other words we are looking at 2 different kings; this we will look at in a moment). Daniel 11 v 30 is clearly speaking of Chittim stopping Antichrist in his first attempt at attacking Israel. This takes place before Antichrist receives world power and Israel is given into his hand v 31 because of transgression- Daniel 8 v 12.

 

The Chittim of Numbers 24 v 24 is speaking of a later time after the peace treaty is broken and Antichrist is world ruler. My understanding would be that it is speaking of Chittim’s part in the Great battle that takes place when Antichrists authority is taken from him by God and one third of the world’s population is destroyed - Revelation 9 v 13-21, Daniel 11 v 40-45. This is NOT the battle of Armageddon but is a few months before it (i.e. not the end of the 7th trump (6th, 7th vial), but rather the 6th trump or 2nd woe). Chittim here is the king of the North (note v 40 ‘many ships’) not Antichrist, who is now centred at Jerusalem (note that altogether there are 10 kings who for 42 months give their power to Antichrist; who are located either North, South, East or West e.g. Revelation 16 v 12 'the kings of the east’).

 

There is clearly more than one king of the North at the end time. North America will no doubt play a large role throughout the Great Tribulation. My understanding would be that if Chittim is speaking of America (possibly also Britain), it is NOT the same President of America in Daniel 11 v 30 as in Numbers 24 v 24, for the first king defends Israel before the Holy Covenant is broken, while as the 2nd king does not, and before attacking Antichrist gives his power to Antichrist for 42 months.

 

Note: Daniel 12 v 1 is speaking of the final trumpet being sounded and God’s greatest Judgments being poured out (7 vials) ending with the battle of Armageddon -'Thy people shall be delivered.’ Daniel 12 v 2 and 3 is speaking of Revelation 20 v 4-6 and Matthew 25 v 19-46 the sheep and goat Judgment - the 3rd resurrection which is the final part of the 1st resurrection - Matthew 27 v 50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4 v 13-18 being the first 2 parts.

 

 

ANTICHRIST FROM PEACE TREATY TO ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

 

Daniel 11 v 23-31 gives us an overview of the work of Antichrist from the peace treaty to Antichrist’s attack on Israel and setting up the abomination of desolation in the temple of God at Jerusalem; a time period of three and a half years.

 (Note verse 22b of Daniel 11 is speaking of Verse 31, not of a prior event. Daniel 22a = Antichrist conquering the king of the South and shows also his later attack on Israel (v 31). Verse 22 is a summary of v 23 to 31).

 

Antichrist and the king of the South:

 

Antichrist is not as peaceful as one might think during the first 3 ½ years of the peace covenant before he becomes world dictator. From Daniel 7 v 8 and Daniel 8 v 9 we see that Antichrist conquers 3 kings / 3 geographical areas of the 10 kings of Revelation 17 v 12 (Revelation 13 v 1...10 horns / 10 crowns, Daniel 7 v 24). It may be asked ‘why does Antichrist subdue 3 kings when the 10 kings ‘give’ him their power?’. One clear answer to this is found in Revelation 13 v 4.

 

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?

 

It is obvious from this verse that Antichrist / the beast has already waged war, and is in the eyes of the world invincible. A second reason is that a king may gladly give up the rest of his power to a conquering king that his life may be spared. Whatever the case may be, both are true, for both are found in scripture - 3 kings are plucked up of the 10 kings who give their power to Antichrist.

 

At least one of these 3 kings is engaged and defeated by Antichrist before he receives world authority for 42 months. This is the king of the South - Daniel 11 v 25-26, Daniel 8 v 9, - ‘toward the south’. The king of the South speaks of the approximate geographical areas / strongholds of the old Ptolemaic / Seleucid empire of Daniel 11 v 5-14 which speaks of the general area shown to us in Daniel 8 v 9 the specific stronghold of Daniel 11 v 8 being Egypt. These countries today are Islamic countries. This reveals to us that Antichrist will engage and conquer a number of Muslim countries before he turns on Israel. The geographical land mass that is described in Daniel 8 v 9 as Antichrist's kingdom certainly encompasses the vast majority of Muslim countries today.

 

Daniel:8:9: And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.

(Pleasant land = Israel, so ‘toward the pleasant land’ = Middle East).

 

Note: The little horn is not speaking of Islam (in case some may think so) which is already established in these areas, but of the final Antichrist (read whole chapter and chapter 11). Antichrist does not come out of Islam, but rather out of the old Roman empire and from the seat of the Papal throne in Rome - the Vatican; and he clearly goes to war against Islam on a large scale, although plotting later with them to destroy Israel - Daniel 11 v 27-31. Antichrist’s army that attacks Israel finally after 3 ½ years is described in detail in Ezekiel 38 v 1-9 - to understand Ezekiel 38 in more detail read section ‘Gog, Magog and the battle of Armageddon’.

 

 

 

 

ANTICHRIST ATTACKS ISRAEL AND GOD’S TEMPLE IS POLLUTED

 

 

GOD’S TEMPLE AND SACRIFICE

 

Before we look at the above heading in scripture, I would first like to write something in regard to God’s Temple being built at Jerusalem and the sacrifice and oblation that will be carried out daily for some time. We as Gentile believers are normally repulsed at the thought of animal sacrifice taking place in the Temple of God or even that there is any need for a temple as a building (but we Gentiles need to rightly divide and therefore correctly understand the scriptures).

 

a). Since the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, there is no longer need for animal sacrifice for sin. In fact it is blasphemy that animal sacrifice should be carried out to take away sin.

 

b). We are now the temple of the Holy Ghost.

 

Having stated the above, we Gentile believers must understand a number of things from the scriptures that most certainly will take place during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign on earth, that we find hard to reconcile.

 

Animal Sacrifice

 

There will be sacrifice during the 1000 year Reign of our Lord Jesus. Zechariah 14 is one of several passages that tell us this:

 

Zechariah:14:16: And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Zec:14:17: And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

Zec:14:18: And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Zec:14:19: This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Zec:14:20: In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD's house shall be like the bowl's before the altar.

Zec:14:21: Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

 

(Note: In God’s Temple there is clearly an altar and sacrifice. We will look at another passage a little later. Note also: Jesus speaks of His temple as ‘My house’ i.e. Mark 11 v 17, Matthew 21 v 13, Luke 19 v 46)

 

Mark 11 v 17: And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

 

(Note the tense is future ‘shall be called of all nations’ speaking of our Lord’s 1000 year Reign; read for example Isaiah 2 v 2 to 4.)

 

If you read the whole of Zechariah 14, it is speaking of the battle of Armageddon and our Lord’s 1000 year Reign on earth. It is evident that there will be animal sacrifice for verse 21 speaks of both sacrifice and seething which refers in particular to meat offerings. Note there are offerings without meat e.g. thank offerings.

 

We must also understand that God’s Word teaches us of the complete work of God before the foundation of the world.

 

Revelation:13:8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

(Hence the Lamb of God is seen ‘as it had been slain’ by the apostle John in Revelation 5 v 6 - Note: be not deceived by Satan’s false doctrine of the ‘mass’ which states Christ crucified continually (shown in their blasphemous crucifix -Hebrews 6 v 6). But understand that Christ’s death for us once upon the earth reveals the pattern of things already in heaven. Study Hebrews 9 v 18 - 28 centred in v 23.)

 

To state therefore that animal sacrifice is an abomination, one would need to throw out animal sacrifice from the time of Adam and right through the Old Testament, for the heavenly has been complete from the beginning even as we were chosen by God before the foundation of the world - Ephesians 1 v 4-5.

 

The question then which is needful to be asked is WHY?

 

The short answer and also the right answer is to say because God says so. But God has given us clear understanding for this if we study His Word carefully.

 

Animal sacrifice which shall take place will NOT be to wash away the sins of those who repopulate the earth in our Lord’s  1000 year Reign, for this would be blasphemy against God (note: God’s people who have their resurrected bodies shall NOT repopulate the earth after the battle of Armageddon). So what shall the sacrifice be for? The answer is clearly to show wicked, rebellious man, what we deserve and what our sin is in God’s sight. This is what we are quick to forget and need reminding of - that we be not deceived by pride - ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God’. The apostle Paul reminds us by himself in Romans 7 v 18a:

 

Romans:7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:

 

Jeremiah 17 v 9 exposes us:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?’

 

Isaiah 64 v 6 concludes:

‘all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;’

 

It is in God’s great mercy alone that we are redeemed and not damned eternally to the lake of fire.

 

Ephesians:2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Eph:2:9: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

How Wonderful, How Marvellous is God’s Love.

 

During our Lord’s 1000 year Reign there will be such peace, friendship and beauty all over the earth, that people will surely be twice as quick to forget that they are sinful and have need to repent. Surely many offspring of those who repopulate the earth will hardly ever see sin manifested outwardly in rebellion to God, as we do today; nevertheless their own hearts as ours, without the work of God in us, will be deceitfully wicked. Unless a man or a woman understands their true condition before Almighty God perfect in Holiness, I believe it is very likely that they will be deceived by pride and perish. It is part of the wonderful work of the Holy Ghost to open our eyes to this. A condition of salvation is true repentance (turning away in both mind and body from those things that displease God - that are an abomination to Him) - Luke 14 v 26-27, and God is faithful to work this work of repentance and salvation in His elect.

 

We must also understand that animal sacrifice in the Old Testament under the old covenant, could never wash away the eternal consequences of sins then committed, but acted as a temporary covering:

 

Hebrews:10:4: For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

 

God did not delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices of themselves; they were for our benefit that we might know our sin, and therefore approach God with an obedient and repentant heart and therefore a pleasing sacrifice. It is the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ alone that is acceptable and is able to cleanse us from all sin. God’s own blood and His death paid the price for rebellion and its subsequent consequences, ‘For the wages of sin is death’.

 

Hebrews:10:5: Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

Heb:10:6: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Heb:10:7: Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Heb:10:8: Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Heb:10:9: Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Heb:10:10: By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 

So why, it may be asked once again, is there need for animal sacrifice during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign? The answer is the same as before; Hebrews 10 is speaking of animal sacrifice which pointed to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ‘The Lamb of God’; this animal sacrifice pointed to the truth that without the shedding of Blood there is no remission of sins - Hebrews 9 v 22. (Understand that remission is different to forgiveness, as wrongly translated in corrupt modern bibles, leading to a false view that God is bloodthirsty, in other words, He will not forgive until blood is shed. This is not true and is false, a doctrine of devils. It is only the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which washes away sin, had God’s forgiveness (God’s heart towards us) rested upon the shedding of blood there would have been no hope for God’s people from Adam to John the Baptist. The truth is they were all forgiven prior to the cross for they rested in Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16 v 19-31) and were not cast in Hell. But their sins needed to be remitted, in other words paid for. Once remitted at the cross through His blood shed, the first great resurrection took place - Matthew 27 v 50-53. Charles Wesley clearly understood this for he writes in his hymn ‘O for a thousand tongues to sing’ - ‘He breaks the power of cancelled sin’. In other words sin had been forgiven by God (cancelled sin / not counted) but sin needed to be paid for, which God paid for in His own blood. This is not a heart attitude of no forgiveness (as found in corrupt modern bibles which slur the character of God) but rather an overwhelming continual love of God towards His people, how wonderful).

 

Animal sacrifices which could never wash away sin pointed to 2 truths:

a). Because of our wickedness we deserve to die and be damned. In other words we should be as the animal slain ‘for the wages of sin is death’.

b). In God’s great love for us, His blood would be shed once and for all to pay the terrible price of our rebellion. This was completed on the cross. Which was first spoken to us by God in the garden of Eden, 4000 years earlier - Genesis 3 v 15.

 

John:1:29b: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

John:3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

The need for animal sacrifice to point to the cross, the coming of the Lamb of God, is now obsolete, completed almost 2000 years ago. But the need of man to know his wickedness and see the just recompense for sin, continues; hence the need for animal sacrifices during the millennium (that man be not deceived by pride and his forgetfulness). You may then ask, why has there not been such therefore over the last 2000 years? There are at least 2 answers that can be given for this.

 

a). The 1000 year Reign of our Lord Jesus Christ will be such a time of enormous blessing, peace and long life (e.g. Isaiah 65 v 18-25, Isaiah 11 v 6-10), that man (those yet in their earthen vessels), will hardly see sin visibly manifested in rebellion to God, or even death. Therefore there will be a greater need, until they too receive their resurrected bodies (those who believe Revelation 20 v 7-15), to understand the evil of sin in God’s sight and its destruction - everlasting damnation.

 

I could also ask those who find it hard to believe what I am saying to tell me why God’s eternal damnation is not visible now for us to see into, but will be during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign - surely the answer is the same:

 

Isaiah:66:23: And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

Isa:66:24: And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

 

b). You will find no place in the New Testament where the apostles condemned the temple and its sacrifice. The early church began by going to the temple daily; Jesus did not command them not to:

 

Acts:2:44: And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

Ac:2:45: And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

Ac:2:46: And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

Ac:2:47: Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Ac:3:1: Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

 

It was only after much persecution from the Pharisees and Sadducees and the final destruction of the temple in AD 70, that put an end to Jewish believers going to the temple.

 

Even the apostle Paul was not opposed to going to the temple:

 

Acts:21:23: Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

Ac:21:24: Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Ac:21:25: As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

Ac:21:26: Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

 

The apostle Paul was NOT making an offering to God for his sin - this would have been blasphemy because of Christ’s blood shed; but rather he was giving thanks to God. And this was offered by the Priest (v 26b).

 

We Gentiles have sometimes little understanding of how Jewish believers worshipped God, and in some ways it is not necessary for us, for God has made plain to us in His Holy Word, especially through the apostle Paul, how we should worship Him: in spirit (not lip service) and in truth / walking in obedience to His commandments - which is true worship to God (If anyone is not sure of these commandments please read section ‘Not under Law but under grace’ / ‘he that loves me will obey my commandments’).

 

John:4:21: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

Joh:4:22: Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Joh:4:23: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

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

 

Revelation:7:9: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Re:7:10: And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Re:7:11: And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

Re:7:12: Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

THE TEMPLE

 

The same can be said for the temple of God. Although there is no temple in the new heaven and new earth, there most certainly is in our Lord’s 1000 year Reign. Ezekiel chapters 40 to 46 speak mainly of the temple of God and it’s building and use before and up unto our Lord’s 1000 year Reign, which shall be fulfilled during the Great Tribulation. Ezekiel 47 to 48 speaks of the temple / house of God continuing on through our Lord’s 1000 year Reign as we will see shortly.

 

You cannot read for example Isaiah 2 v 2-5 or Micah 4 v 1-4, without understanding about the house / temple of God during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign. Will the temple of God which shall be built shortly at Jerusalem during the beginning of the last 7 years of world history, be part of, if not most of, what shall be ‘the house of the Lord’ during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign? I believe so; for the sanctuary shall be cleansed (Daniel 8 v 14) after Antichrist is dethroned, after having set himself up in the temple of God proclaiming in blasphemy that he is God (2Thessalonians 2 v 4). Revelation 11 v 1-2 reveals that the temple of God must be in place during the Great Tribulation as does Daniel 8 v 11-14, Daniel 9 v 27, Daniel 11 v 31, Daniel 12 v 11.

 

Revelation:11:1: And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

Re:11:2: But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

(Note in Ezekiel 40 v 3 the angel (man like the appearance of brass) with a reed.  Hence why the devil in modern versions deletes ‘and the angel stood’ in Revelation 11 v 1, to obscure the fact that both are speaking about the same temple.)

 

Is the apostle John’s measuring of the temple partly an indication of what will be built and what will not? The reason I say this is because the Temple model in Ezekiel 40-48 is very large and would take some time to build.

 

A detailed study of Ezekiel 40 to 48 will reveal that the prophet Ezekiel is seeing the temple of God that will be in place during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign including how the land will be divided between the 12 tribes of Israel at that time. This is all given in great detail, and you can get a good understanding of how things will be laid out in Israel during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign from this. But it is also clear from chapter 40 to 46, that the temple will be built at a time before our Lord’s 1000 year Reign and only after a time of repentance - Ezekiel 43 v 1- 11.

 

This fits exactly with the present situation; first of all there is no temple at present in Jerusalem. Secondly at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ Israel will mourn for Him as for an only son in great bitterness and sorrow (Zechariah 12 v 10-14, 13 v 1), as with all God’s people who are left behind; note also the coming of The Lord shown in this very passage of Ezekiel 43 v 2. This then will fulfil the condition by which Israel may build the temple.

 

Below are some verses from Ezekiel 40-48 which show the temple of God during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign.

 

Read Ezekiel 47 v 1-12:

 

Ezekiel:47:1: Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

 

Ezekiel:47:8: Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.

Eze:47:9: And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

Eze:47:10: And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

Eze:47:11: But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

Eze:47:12: And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

 

These verses reveal what will take place at our Lord’s final coming. The waters that issue from the temple are no ordinary waters, for the sea is healed by them having been turned to blood during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 8 v 8, Revelation 16 v 3) and also the sea creatures are restored which shall all die when the 2nd vial is poured out. The fruit trees are unlike any tree on earth since the Garden of Eden (it sounds like ordinary trees will be made extra-ordinary because of the water). So why are the waters so life giving? It can only be because they are issuing from the very presence of God in the temple. These things are patterned from the holy city of God, the ‘New Jerusalem’ in heaven, found in Revelation 22, except that the river of life issues from the throne of God, instead of the temple. Hence it is the very presence of God that make these waters so life giving. This is what we find in Ezekiel 43 and 48.

 

Ezekiel:43:1: Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:

Eze:43:2: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

Eze:43:3: And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.

Eze:43:4: And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.

Eze:43:5: So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.

Eze:43:6: And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

Eze:43:7: And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places

 

Read Ezekiel chapter 40 to 48.

 

Ezekiel:48:35b: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF THE TEMPLE

 

Therefore the temple will be built (Revelation 11 v 1-2) and all the necessary measurements and ordinances for God’s temple are shown in Ezekiel 40-46. Note the reed measurement in both Ezekiel and Revelation.

 

1 Reed = 6 great cubits - Ezekiel 41 v 8, Ezekiel 40 v 5.

 

Objections: Some may object to what has been said on the grounds of certain verses in Ezekiel 40-48 like verse 9 of chapter 44. This would be done so, because of New Testament teaching on circumcision. But it would be a lack of understanding about circumcision that would raise this objection.

 

The apostle Paul, although utterly opposed to circumcision as a basis for salvation, which should be obvious to see, is clearly not opposed to circumcision in practise as laid down by God in the Law for Jews. This can be seen when the apostle Paul takes Timothy (Timothy’s mother being a Jewess) and circumcises him - Acts 16 v 1-4.

 

Acts:16:1: Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

Ac:16:2: Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.

Ac:16:3: Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

Ac:16:4: And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.

 

The reason the apostle Paul wrote so strongly in opposition to circumcision, was not because he was opposed to Jews being circumcised (the covenant given by God to Israel) but rather because he was writing to Gentile believers who were being deceived by religious Jews into believing they could not be saved unless they were circumcised and observed certain Jewish Laws e.g. food laws (e.g. no pork), holy days (e.g. Sabbaths), ritual washing etc. These specific laws do not apply to Gentile believers, while as for example the 10 commandments do; with the understanding of Romans 14 v 5-6 in regard to the Sabbath. It must be absolutely understood by both Jews and Gentiles that we canNOT earn our salvation through observance of the law / by doing good works. To do / think so, is to blaspheme the work of Christ on the cross. But neither does this mean we forsake the law for to do so is to deny God. We must obey God’s Word, understanding we can only do so because of His Holy Spirit at work in us (no other work is acceptable to God) and are saved only through His work of salvation which we receive by faith in accordance to God’s will. In other words ‘our salvation is all of God from beginning to end and nothing of self’; all work we do for God is only made possible / acceptable as we abide in Him (John 15), we must never be deceived in our doing of good works into pride - any rearing of self is an abomination to God and must be crucified. Our hearts attitude in praise given by others for good works needs to be - may God be glorified. And in regard of eternal reward, for good works, our understanding must be, that we deserve hell and damnation not salvation; God’s generosity in rewarding His people is founded in His generosity alone. There can be no greater reward than God Himself, that we may love, serve and worship God forever.

 

Genesis:15:1b:I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

 

(Let us not glory in men (the flesh) but in God alone)

 

Note (for Gentile believers): There are a number of clear references to animal sacrifice in Ezekiel 40 to 48 e.g. chapter 46. As well as sacrifice during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign, there will also be the keeping of the feast of Tabernacles, Sabbath days and other holy days of which we Gentiles do not at present partake, but shall then. Read Isaiah 66 v 22-24, Zechariah 14 v 16-21, Isaiah 2 v 1-5 (The Law). The apostle Paul speaks of this in Colossians 2 v 16 and 17 when he says holydays / new moon / Sabbath days are a shadow of what is to ‘come’ (not what is obsolete).

 

 

RETURN TO 'ANTICHRIST ATTACKS ISRAEL AND GOD’S TEMPLE IS POLLUTED'.

 

Daniel:9:part of verse 27: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate,

 

Daniel:8:11b: and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

Da:8:12: And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

 

Daniel:11:31: And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. (v 22b also)

 

Part of the reason I have written at length on the ‘Temple and sacrifice’ just before this heading is so that we understand that the power given to Antichrist to stop the daily sacrifice and desecrate the temple in Jerusalem is not because the temple and sacrifice of themselves are displeasing to God, but rather because of Israel yet sinning against The Lord. This can be seen in Daniel 8 v 12 and Daniel 9 v 27. There are also many scriptures mostly in the Old Testament e.g. Isaiah and Joel, that speak of Israel’s sin, Judgment and deliverance during the last 3 ½  years of world history.

 

Many of God’s people in Israel flee to the mountains:

 

Matthew:24:15: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

M't:24:16: Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

M't:24:17: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

M't:24:18: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

M't:24:19: And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

M't:24:20: But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

M't: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.

M't:24:22: And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

(Mark 13 v 14-20, Revelation 12 v 14-16)

 

The beginning of this Great Tribulation three and a half years after the confirming of the peace treaty (note: there shall be tribulation for God’s elect before this), signals the commencement of the trumpet Judgments and Antichrists world power. The 2 witnesses of Revelation 11 appear at Jerusalem at this time. The number of days of this Great Tribulation which have been shortened for the elects sake, ending in the vials being poured out / the battle of Armageddon, are 1335 days, as recorded in Daniel 12 v 12. This time of Great Tribulation commences with a terrible slaughter in Israel.

 

Daniel:11:22: And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.

 

Note: arms = armies / military power. Flood / overflown speaks of the action of armies - Isaiah 8 v 7- 8.

 

The prince of the covenant speaks of the Prime Minister of Israel, who accepts and establishes the peace treaty in Israel and shall be killed at this time. A careful study of Zechariah 13 v 7 will reveal the same thing. This prophecy of Zechariah 13 v 7 has 2 parts, 1 part being fulfilled in our Lord Jesus almost 2000 years ago and the disciples being scattered in the garden of Gethsemane. But there is a second part that is yet to be fulfilled and speaks of Matthew 24 v 15-21 (Mark 13 v 14-19), Daniel 11 v 22b, Daniel 11 v 31 etc.

 

In Matthew 26 v 31 and Mark 14 v 27 our Lord Jesus speaks part of this prophecy to the disciples.

 

Matthew:26:31: Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

 

As you compare the words of our Lord Jesus with Zechariah 13 v 7 (8 and 9), there are a number of things that have yet to be fulfilled.

 

Zechariah:13:7: Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

 

Zechaiah: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.

Zec:13:9: 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.

 

(Note: the verses after these speak of the battle of Armageddon)

 

Why did our Lord Jesus speak only half of Zechariah 13 v 7? The answer is simply because the other half is yet to be fulfilled, v 8 and 9 confirm this. Has there been a time in Israel’s history when at one go 66.6% of Israel’s population was slaughtered? Not that I am aware of - it did not happen at the time of our Lord’s death and resurrection (in regard to verse 7), and even in AD. 70, those killed, mainly being in Jerusalem, did not amount to this. Some might say it could refer to the holocaust (1939 - 45), but the context of chapter 13 and therefore v 8 is ‘the Land’ of Israel where our Lord was crucified. These verses (Zechariah 13 v 8 and 9) speak the same language as Matthew 24 v 15-22 and in fact go on to conclude with our Lord’s coming at the battle of Armageddon, Zechariah 14 v 1-15, Matthew 24 v 27-28. (Note Matthew 24 v 29 through to Matthew 25 v 13 speak of the Rapture, not the battle of Armageddon. The ‘tribulation’ of v 29 speaks of ‘the beginning of sorrows (v 8) and not of the ‘Great Tribulation' of verse 21. The 2 comings of our Lord Jesus are therefore given in reverse order, but in fact in the right order for those who miss the rapture. Matthew 24 v 9-28 is spoken by our Lord Jesus to those who will be left behind at the rapture; our Lord’s coming for them is therefore not until the battle of Armageddon as shown to them in the text. This is different to Luke 21 which has only one coming of our Lord (the Rapture) speaking to the wise virgins.)

 

The destruction of Zechariah 13 upon Israel is yet future and is speaking of the time when Antichrist shall attack Israel and rule the world for 42 months. The words ‘and against the man that is my fellow’ speak of ‘the prince’ of Daniel 11 v 22b of the ‘Holy covenant’ (Holy covenant = Daniel 11 v 28, 30) who shall be ‘broken’ (killed).

 

Note: ‘The prince of the Holy covenant’ may or may not be in office (head of government) at the time when Antichrist strikes, for there is a gap of three and a half years between the peace treaty and Antichrist’s attack (and also the road map has been going on for some time now). But it is clear to me that he is plotted against even by those of Israel who are greedy for power. It seems certain to me that ‘the prince of the covenant’ is a man who loves God; true repentance may well come at the time when he sees the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

 

 

The 144 000 sealed of Israel:

 

It may be thought that the 144 000 of Revelation 7 are among those who escape the attack of Antichrist and flee to the mountains. I do not think this is the case because those who escape to the strongholds of the rock shall not receive their resurrected bodies until the Great White Throne Judgment (but shall inherit the kingdom and shall be part of those who repopulate the earth during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign (those who are virgins / faithful widowers, widows)). This is not the case with the 144 000 who are first fruits unto God and to the Lamb, and are found in heaven before God in Revelation 14 v 1- 5. My understanding is therefore that they are put to death on earth and receive their resurrection bodies straight after the battle of Armageddon - Revelation 20 v 4-6, Daniel 12 v 2-3.

 

Note: all God’s people who are put to death during the Great Tribulation shall be raised at this time.

 

Isaiah 24 which speaks of the Great Tribulation reveals this treacherous work of Antichrist against Israel in the words ‘But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!  the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously’ - v16b.

 

But here are comforting words for God’s people going through this destruction from Isaiah chapter 33:

 

Isaiah:33:1: Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee!  when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.

Isa:33:2: O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

Isa:33:3: At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.

Isa:33:4: And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

Isa:33:5: The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Isa:33:6: And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Isa:33:7: Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

Isa:33:8: The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.

Isa:33:9: The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

Isa:33:10: Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

Isa:33:11: Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.

Isa:33:12: And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

Isa:33:13: Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.

Isa:33:14: The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.  Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?  who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

Isa:33:15: He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

Isa:33:16: He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.

Isa:33:17: Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

 

Verse 16 speaks of God’s blessings of bread and water for His people in strongholds of the rock as foretold in Revelation 12 v 14.

 

(Verses 1 and 7+8 speak of Antichrist’s treachery and breaking of the holy covenant).

 

 

Isaiah:30:25: And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

Isa:30:26: Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Isa:30:27: Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:

Isa:30:28: And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.

Isa:30:29: Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.

Isa:30:30: And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.

Isa:30:31: For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.

Isa:30:32: And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.

 

(Note: ‘the Assyrian’ is one of the names God uses to speak of the work of Satan through peoples and nations (headed at the end time by Antichrist); others names are Babylon / the king of Babylon, Gog and Magog etc. God’s dealings with all nations have been from the beginning and will be completed in His final Judgments of the Great Tribulation.)

 

It may be asked, does verse 25 speak of the twin towers that fell on September the 11th 2001. My understanding is that the fall of the twin towers does signal the day of great slaughter coming but is not the complete fulfilment of it, but rather the beginning of it. This prophecy will finally be fulfilled in the collapse of all cities worldwide at the battle of Armageddon - Revelation 16 v 18-21.

 

 

Isaiah:10:12: Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

 

Isaiah:10:24: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

Isa:10:25: For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

Isa:10:26: And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.

Isa:10:27: And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

 

There are many such wonderful words of God’s sure deliverance for Israel climaxing at the battle of Armageddon throughout scripture.

 

 

SUMMARY OF ANTICHRISTS ATTACK ON ISRAEL AND GOD’S TEMPLE POLLUTED:

 

Antichrist is given authority to attack Israel only because of their overall rebellion as a nation to God. The abomination of desolation which Antichrist sets up in God’s Temple is the image of the beast (his own image) as revealed in Revelation 13 v 14-15 which is possessed by Satan himself, in Satan’s evil desire that all must worship him. From the taking away of the daily sacrifice until Antichrist’s image is cast down there will be 1290 days (Daniel 12 v 11).

 

The image / abomination sanctioned by the false prophet:

 

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.

Re: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.

 

It may be asked, what is ‘the wound by a sword’? Although this is primarily speaking of the beast that was, is not, and yet is (Revelation 17 v 8 and 11, Revelation 11 v 7); in other words the authority that is restored to Satan over the kingdoms of the world for 42 months which he was stripped of at the cross, when his head was given the deadly wound (Genesis 3 v 15b, John 12 v 31, John 16 v 11, Revelation 13 v 3; Note: the death of our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished infinitely more than this). It will most likely have a double fulfillment in Antichrist himself who is given this authority by Satan. This may be an assassination attempt on Antichrist by which he is wounded and then miraculously healed. This no doubt would deceive many into worshiping him. If this does take place, it is most likely to happen around the time that Antichrist receives his world authority to rule for 1260 days as this is when Satan receives this authority. In other words about the middle of the last 7 years.

 

 

ISRAEL MADE HOLY

 

After this terrible destruction on Israel, God will purify the remaining third of Israel, that they be a people after His own heart:

 

Zechariah:13:9: 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.

 

Malachi:3:3: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Mal:3:4: Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

 

 

Daniel chapter 11 v 31-35 is a summary of the last 2 headings, from Antichrists attack on Israel to God’s refining of His people:

 

Daniel:11:31: And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

Da:11:32: And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Da:11:33: And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

Da:11:34: Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

Da:11:35: And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

 

(The appointed time speaks of the 7th trumpet (7 vials) / Revelation 16)

 

Beware people of God, of the ‘flatterers’ v 34; hold fast to the Word of God and do not move from it. Those who love God will obey His commandments. Many will pretend to love God but their hearts will be far from Him.

 

 

 

WORLD RULE OF ANTICHRIST / SATAN FOR 3 ½ YEARS / 42 MONTHS / 1260 DAYS

 

The 7 years of the Great Tribulation are designed by God specifically to purify and make Holy His lukewarm church and Israel; that they might stand before Him unashamed and escape the wrath to come - everlasting Judgment. Any of God’s people who do not respond to His dealings with them through the Great Tribulation will be given no further opportunity but will face God’s fiery indignation (read Hebrews 10 v 26-31).

 

My cry to God and prayer is that none of His people will be so foolish as to harden their hearts to their own destruction. God is merciful and longsuffering to deal with us but His Holy Spirit will not always strive with man, and to try the patience of God is very foolish. Many of those who turn to God in the preaching of the gospel to every nation will be those who should have repented years ago.

 

God’s people will become strong and holy during the Great Tribulation for I see this clearly in God’s Word. They will need to come out of their Lukewarm churches which have become, in Satan’s subtly, part of the Great Whore. And be instead as the ‘Early Church’ in the Acts of the Apostles. Those who do not come out of her will partake of her later Judgments. The Great Whore of Revelation 17 and 18 will be the centre hub of the Super Church (false church) of the Great Tribulation, until she is burnt by fire and many of her people killed. God’s people have been amply warned of this for 1900 years - now is the time. This super world church will seek to deceive God’s people into a false unity under the pretence of love and good works - charity etc. The Great Whore has been uniting and blending together world religions visibly for some time now, in preparation for her super church of the great tribulation. This is the work she has always done only more subtly; hence her name ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth’- her evil work goes back to Babel.

 

Much of the evil work of this false super church will take place before Antichrist comes to power and will pave the way for final Devil worship - the worldwide worship of Satan / Antichrist during the last three and a half years of world history. When Antichrist comes to power, it is clear from scripture that he will exalt himself above all and proclaim himself God:

 

2Thessalonians:2:4: 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.

 

Revelation:13:6: And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

 

Daniel:11:36: And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

 

Daniel:8:11: Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

 

Daniel:7:8b: behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Da:7:11: 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.

 

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It is during the last three and a half years, that the well known mark of the beast will come into full force along side Antichrist / image worship aided by the false prophet:

 

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.

Re: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:

Re:13:17: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Re:13:18: Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

 

Daniel 11 v 39 summarizes this evil work of Antichrist in Revelation 13 v 15-18, the ‘strange god’ being the image of the beast:

 

Daniel:11:39: Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

 

A further side of this evil work of Antichrist is shown to us in Daniel 7 v 25:

 

Daniel:7:25: 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.

 

It is at this time that most of God’s people shall be put to death for refusing to worship the beast and his image and receive his mark:

 

Daniel:7:21: I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

 

Daniel:11:33: And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

Da:11:34: Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

Da:11:35: And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

 

Revelation:13:7: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Re:13:8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Re:13:9: If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Re:13:10: He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

 

Note: those who lead God’s people into captivity / betray God’s people; and those who kill God’s people, will be repaid for their evil deeds:

 

Romans 12 v 19: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

 

God’s people are called to be patient and strong as they face death:

 

Revelation:14:12: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Re:14:13: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Re:14:14: And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

Re:14:15: And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Re:14:16: And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

 

(What is taking place on earth to God’s people is in the complete control of God; we are called to be faithful through it, clear proof that we love God instead of self Revelation 12 v 11)

 

Revelation:12:11: And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

(This applies to all God’s faithful people).

 

The work of Antichrist will only insure for God’s people, a victorious entry into the very presence of God, before he himself is destroyed:

 

Revelation:15:2: And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Re:15:3: And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Re:15:4: Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

 

The bodily resurrection of God’s people shall soon take place:

 

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.

Re:20:5: But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Re:20:6: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

 

The Judgment of all who forsake God:

 

Revelation:21:8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

Revelation:14:10: The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Re:14:11: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

 

 

 

 

SATAN / ANTICHRIST'S AUTHORITY BROKEN AFTER 42 MONTHS

 

Daniel:7:9: I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

Da:7:10: A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Da:7:11: 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.

 

Daniel:7:21: I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Da:7:22: Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

 

Daniel:7:25b: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Da:7:26: But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

Da:7:27: And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

 

The removing of Antichrist’s world authority (Satanic worship) by God and his throne being cast down will be first seen visibly on earth in a massive battle that will take place, as 2 kings combine their military power to move against Antichrist and attack his power base (kingdom). At this time Antichrist will no longer maintain his worldwide power / control - although at the battle of Armageddon which is approximately 2 months later he will still be used by God to head the final battle of the armies of the world against God. The first battle just before the battle of Armageddon is shown to God’s people in the 6th trump / 2nd woe and in Daniel 11 v 40-45:

 

Revelation:9:12: One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Re:9:13: And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Re:9:14: Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Re:9:15: And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

Re:9:16: And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Re:9:17: And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Re: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.

Re:9:19: For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Re:9:20: And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Re:9:21: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

 

Note: The battle of Armageddon is at the end of the 7th trumpet (6th and 7th vial); although the space between these 2 battles is only approximately 72 days. This first battle is not a massive Chinese invasion of 200 million men (as has been thought in time past), for the kings of the east are gathered for the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16 v 12). Daniel 11 v 40-45 reveals who this massive army is and who they are fighting against. At the head of this large army is the king of the North and king of the South and their intent is to dethrone Antichrist. Most of Antichrist’s kingdom is conquered by this army but not all - ‘Edom, Moab and Ammon shall escape out of his hand’ v 41; (Antichrist's kingdom is shown in Daniel 8 v 9 which includes most of the Muslim countries of today in the 10 / 40 window).

 

Daniel:11:40: And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

Da: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.

Da:11:42: He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

Da:11:43: But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

Da:11:44: But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

Da:11:45: 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.

 

Note in v 44 ‘the kings of the east’ of Revelation 16 v 12 being prepared for the final battle of Armageddon. All the armies of the earth converge on Israel for this final battle (Joel 3 v 2); some are already in place because of the 6th trumpet.

 

The timing of this battle is given to us in Revelation 11 v 14 (the 2nd woe is the 6th trumpet, read Revelation 9 v 12 and 13). Although chapter 11 does not focus on this battle but instead on the 2 witnesses; the death and resurrection of the 2 witnesses conclude the end of the 6th trump / 2nd woe. Therefore Antichrist’s power is taken from him even in the death and resurrection of God’s 2 witnesses at the end of their 1260 days of prophecy / Judgment (Revelation 11 v 3-6). This is also shown in Daniel 12 v 7.

 

Daniel:12:7: 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 sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

 

The time, times and half a time are the 1260 days of Antichrist’s world rule. The death of the 2 witnesses is the signal for the end of Antichrist’s authority and power to scatter and kill God’s people; hence the resurrection of the 2 witnesses into heaven.

It is 30 days from the taking away of Antichrist's world authority that his image in the temple of God is cast down (Daniel 12 v 11) and the 7th trumpet is sounded. The 7th trumpet declares the end of Gentile rule on earth (the ‘times of the Gentiles’ Luke 21 v 24b - Revelation 11 v 2) and proclaims that ‘the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ’- Revelation 11 v 15-19; hence ‘time’ shall be no longer - Revelation 10 v 5-7.

 

Daniel:12:11: And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

 

(Antichrist’s world rule of 1260 days + 30 days (image of beast gone - cast down / end of Antichrist worship) = 1290 days = 7th trump / ‘Time shall be no more’ Revelation 10 v 5-7).

 

Revelation:11:14: The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Re:11:15: And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

 

(Time gap between second woe and third woe = 26 ½ days, for the bodies of the 2 witnesses remain dead in the street of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days; their resurrection being the end of the 2nd woe - Revelation 11 v 11-14)

 

The coronation of our Lord Jesus Christ takes place in heaven with the sounding of the 7th trumpet; 30 days after the ending of this last 7 of the 70, 7’s of Daniel 9 v 24-27. This is what is spoken of in v 24, ‘To anoint the most Holy’; our Lord coming crowned with many crowns at the battle of Armageddon - Revelation 19 v 12 (45 days later Daniel 12 v 12).

 

It may be asked, what does ‘to seal up the vision and prophecy’ mean, since there are yet 45 days before the battle of Armageddon in which the vials shall be poured out; (this period of 45 days is understood when taking Daniel 12 v 11 from Daniel 12 v 12- 1290 days to 1335 days = 45 days), the answer to this is given in Revelation 10 v 5-7:

 

Revelation:10:5: And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Re:10:6: And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Re:10:7: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

 

Note: The mystery of God shall be finished even as the 7th angel ‘begins’ to sound. This is clearly because the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall Reign for ever and ever - Revelation 11 v 15. There is still the 1000 year Reign, the Great White Throne Judgment, the New Heaven and New Earth; but the mystery is finished because God has begun to Reign forever / ‘time’ is no more, and God’s people from here onwards shall fully understand being face to face with God - 1 Corinthians 13 v 8-12.

 

This is also the time of the marriage supper of The Lamb. God’s elect, who are appointed to be killed during the great tribulation and to stand before the throne of God in heaven, is complete:

 

Revelation:19:5: And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

Re:19:6: And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Re:19:7: 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.

Re:19:8: 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.

Re:19:9: And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

 

This is also what is meant in Daniel 9 v 27b by ‘the consummation’.

 

Daniel:9:27b: even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

Note: ‘poured upon the desolate’ speaks of the 7 vials of Revelation 16 being poured out in the final Judgment.

 

 

THE 7th TRUMPET / 7 VIALS AND THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON

 

It is clear from scripture that the days in which the 7th trumpet is sounding are in addition to the last 7 years of world history, for they complete the mystery of God after ‘time is no longer’.

 

Daniel 12 v 12 can only be speaking of our Lord’s coming at the battle of Armageddon, for what could be more ‘blessed’ than this; which ties in with verse 1 of Daniel 12 ‘at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that should be found written in the book’. Therefore the day difference between Daniel 12 v 11 and Daniel 12 v 12 signals the final out pouring of God’s wrath in 45 days. It is also needful to point out that if the final Judgments of Revelation 16 were not poured out quickly, no flesh would remain alive on earth (e.g. all waters turned to blood - God will keep His people).

 

Matthew:24:22: And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

 

Daniel 12 v 1 reveals that at this time the Archangel Michael shall stand up. It is therefore possible to conclude that he is the angel who blows the 7th trumpet:

 

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.

Da:12:2: And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

 

Verse 2 of Daniel 12 is clearly speaking of the resurrection that will take place after the battle of Armageddon - Revelation 20 v 4. We are also shown by God in verse 1-3 of Revelation chapter 20, that an angel comes down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand, and he takes hold of the dragon, the devil, and casts him into the bottomless pit. This angel is also most likely to be the Archangel Michael, being the head of God’s angels who fight the devil and his angels in Revelation 12 v 7. This would conclude why Michael, the great prince of Israel stands up at this time as shown to us in Daniel 12 v 1.

(Note that nations have angelic powers set over them, this comes out clearly for example in Daniel 10 v 13.)

 

The outpouring of the 7 vials in gigantic final Judgment is recorded in detail in Revelation 16. Revelation 10 v 5-7, Revelation 11 v 15-19 and Revelation 19 v 5-21 all speak of the same time period ending in the battle of Armageddon.

 

The battle of Armageddon is probably the most well known event in the prophetic calendar of the Great Tribulation. Probably less well known are the many scriptures in the Old Testament that speak of this day.

 

Revelation:19:11: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Re:19:12: His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Re:19:13: And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Re:19:14: And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Re:19:15: And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Re:19:16: And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Re:19:17: 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;

Re:19:18: 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.

Re:19:19: 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.

Re:19:20: 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.

Re: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.

 

The battle of Armageddon fought in the nation of Israel and at Jerusalem is found throughout the Old Testament:

 

Ezekiel:38:18: And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.

Eze:38:19: For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

Eze:38:20: So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

Eze:38:21: And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.

Eze:38:22: And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Eze:38:23: Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

 

Here are some of the scriptures in the Old Testament that speak of the battle of Armageddon and God’s deliverance after Judgment for Israel. Understand that in many of these scriptures you will also see the prelude to the battle of Armageddon and what takes place afterwards e.g. Ezekiel 38 and 39.

 

Malachi 4 v 1-3, Zechariah 14, Zechariah 12 v 1-9 (note: Judah fights v 5-6 / Judah fights Zechariah 12 v 14), Haggai 2 v 20-23, Zephaniah 3 v 8-20, Habakkuk 3, Nahum 1 (note: Nineveh speaks of more than just ancient Nineveh even as Babylon speak of more than just ancient Babylon / Babel, Revelation 17 and 18, Genesis 10 v 10-11.) Micah 7 v 7-12, v 14-20, Micah 4 v 11-13, Chapter 5 v 5-15, Obadiah 1 v 15-21, Joel 2 v 1-11 and v 18-27, Joel 3, Jeremiah 25 v 30-33 (the slain from one end of the earth to the other = trumpet Judgments, note every city collapses - Revelation 16 v 19), Jeremiah 4 v 23-28, Isaiah 66 v 15-24, Isaiah 63 v 1-6, Isaiah 59 v 16-20, Isaiah 49 v 25-26, Isaiah 42 v 10-18, Isaiah 34 and 35, Isaiah 33, Isaiah 30 v 25-33, Isaiah 29 v 1-10 ( v 1-4 also speak of Jerusalem’s destruction in AD 70 etc.) v 17-24, Isaiah 28 v 1-6, 22 (The wicked of Israel are also cut off at the battle of Armageddon, as well as the nations, only the righteous of Israel are saved, read Zechariah 14 v 1-3, Isaiah 13 and Daniel 12 v 1), Isaiah 26 v 1-9, v 20-21 and chapter 27 v 1-9, v 12-13, Isaiah 24 and 25 Isaiah 17 v 12-14 (there is also much in chapter 19 and 18 speaking of the day of Judgment and blessing - 19 v 19-25), Isaiah 16 v 4-5, Isaiah 14 (note : this is the proverb that shall be spoken in our Lord’s 1000 year Reign ( see v 1-4) against Satan (King of Babylon) when he is in the bottomless pit (see v 12-19 and Revelation 20 v 1-3). Satan is cast into the pit at the battle of Armageddon.) Isaiah 13, Much of Isaiah 11 especially v 4, Isaiah 10 (Judgment against Israel by the Assyrian, this has taken place to Israel before but is finally completed in the work of Antichrist note - verse 12-27 and Antichrists final destruction at the battle of Armageddon. Note verse 33 and 34, who is the ‘mighty one’? Chapter 11 tells us), Isaiah 9 v 3b-7, Isaiah 2 v 10-21, Isaiah 1 v 27-28 plus, Psalm 149, Psalm 118, Psalm 68, Psalm 2 (there are many Psalms that speak of God’s final Judgment and especially the 1000 year Reign), 2 Samuel 22 v 1-51 and chapter 23 v 1-5 (note : As well as being to David’s immediate enemies, this is a prophecy (23 v 1-2) of God’s final Judgment against the enemies of Israel - i.e. v 8-19, This is the language spoken by the Holy Ghost through the prophets for the day of God’s great wrath / vengeance. David also did not speak like this on the day of Saul’s death when he was delivered from Saul read 2 Samuel 1 v 11-27), I Samuel 2 v 1-10 (most clearly seen in v 10), Judges 5 v 1-23 and 31b (a careful study and comparison of chapters 4 and 5 will reveal that the song of Deborah and Barak is prophetic, although based on the battle of chapter 4 there is much in the song that does not match chapter 4 and speaks of the day when God shall rise up to battle i.e. v 3-5, 10-11, 19-23, 31b. Also verses 14-17 do not correlate with chapter 4 for they were never called to the battle - 4 v 6, note also the number 10 000, which speaks of Deuteronomy 33 v 2 and Jude v 14-16 - 10 000’s ). Deuteronomy 32 v 22, 39-43, Deuteronomy 33 v 2-3, 26-29, Numbers 24 v 14-24, Genesis 49 v 8-11 (read also Revelation 5 v 5. In relation to blood red garments read Revelation 19 v 13, Isaiah 63 v 1-3, Revelation 14 v 20), Genesis 22 v 17b-18 (note 17a speaks of the children of Abraham, for which we are included (Romans 9 v 8, Romans 4 v 16), but 17b and 18 speaks of Christ (Galatians 3 v 16), for God speaks ‘his’, singular not ‘their’ plural, and only God in Christ has wrought Salvation and therefore blessing to all nations - v 18; Abraham because of his obedience being the chosen line for the Promise to come given in the garden of Eden - Genesis 3 v 15b).

 

 

 

 

END TIME EVENTS OF ANTICHRIST AND HIS DESTRUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE 2ND AND 3RD WOE

 

 

 4 KINGS, THE 7 KINGS, 10 KINGS AND THE BEAST THAT WAS, IS NOT, AND YET IS

 

Daniel:7:17: These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

Da:7:18: But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

 

Revelation:17:9: And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Re:17:10: 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.

Re:17:11: And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

Re:17:12: 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.

Re:17:13: These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Re:17:14: 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.

 

It may be evident to some of God’s people by now, who the 4 kings of Daniel 7, and the 7 kings of Revelation 17 are. But to others this may still be a mystery and so we will go through this to give understanding.

 

It should be clear to all God’s people that the woman who sits on 7 mountains is Rome, the Vatican of Rome being the seat of Antichrist. It is essential for God’s people to understand this so that they are not deceived by Antichrist. Antichrist and his people will deceive if possible even the elect (Matthew 24 v 24). It should be no surprise to God’s people that Antichrist comes apparently putting wrongs to right and with flattering words of peace. Many in the false church will point to him as being the answer (some of them being his ministers - wolves in sheep’s clothing - Beware). But this will not last and is only a front to deceive God’s people, this illusion will be shattered for all God’s people, as Antichrist makes war and sets himself up as God; but this will only stimulate the world to worship him; all who’s names are not written in the book of life.

 

The 7 kings of Revelation 17 are of / from the 4 kings of Daniel 7. In other words 4 of the 7 kings of Revelation 17 are shown to us in Daniel 7. The remaining 3 kings are also shown to us in the book of the prophet Daniel.

 

Note: A king speaks of a kingdom / beast (Daniel 7 v 17). In the duration of a kingdom there will normally be a succession of kings, although the first king is the head king being the first that comes to power over that particular kingdom - e.g. ‘The king of Babylon’ = Nebuchadnezzar and his son Belshazzar; after which the kingdom was divided to the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5 v 18-31). The head king is therefore Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2 v 37-38).

 

The exception to this is the 4th kingdom / beast, of the Antichrist. Antichrist is the one and only overall ruler of this last world kingdom for the short duration of the 1260 days; the 10 kings being under Antichrist until he is dethroned.

 

 

The 7 kings

 

The first king and last king of the 7 are straight forward to identify. The first king is the 1st kingdom / beast of Daniel 7, or the head of Gold of Daniel 2 v 37-38 - ‘The king of Babylon’. The last king is clearly Antichrist.

The 2nd king and 3rd king are the kings of the Medes and Persians - Daniel 5 v 18-31, Daniel 8 v 3-4, 20 (Ram with 2 horns), Daniel 2 v 32 (arms of silver), Daniel 7 v 5 (bear raised on one side with 3 ribs).

The 4th king is the king of Greece - Daniel 8 v 5-8a, 21 (goat with the great horn), Daniel 7 v 6a (the leopard), Daniel 2 v 32b (the belly of brass).

The 5th king and 6th king also come out of the kingdom of brass, shown to us as the 2 thighs of brass Daniel 2 v 32b. This is the king of the South and the king of the North - Daniel 11 v 1-20.

 

Revelation 17 v 10(a) confirms that the 6th king is the Roman empire because the apostle John is told in AD 96 ‘five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come’.

 

The 7 kings of Revelation 17 are therefore:

 

1). The king(s) of Babylon.

2). The king(s) of the Medes.

3). The king(s) of the Persians.

4). The king(s) of Greece - Alexander the great.

5). The king(s) of the South - Ptolemy / Seleucid empire.

6). The king(s) of the North - Roman empire.

7). The vile person / king of Daniel 11 v 21, the Antichrist / Beast of Revelation 13.

 

Antichrist’s short reign of 42 months is shown by the words in the second half of the verse above ‘and when he cometh, he must continue a short space’ (Rev 17 v 10b). 

 

 

The 4 kings

 

The 4 kings of Daniel 7 speak of the 4 most powerful kings of Revelation 17 and a singular king or head king can be identified with each empire.

3 of these kings can be identified easily because of their dominance:

 

- ‘The king of Babylon’ - The head king being king Nebuchadnezzar.

 

Daniel:2:37: Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

Da:2:38: And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all.  Thou art this head of gold.

 

- ‘The king of Greece’ - The head king being Alexander the great (the large single horn of the goat).

 

- ‘The Antichrist / Pope - The beast of Revelation 13.

 

The 2nd king is a little more difficult to identify because of the Mede / Persian empire of the bear / silver / ram not being as straight forward. But with a study of the scriptures it is clear that the Persian kings were greater than the kings of the Medes, hence they are the higher horn of the 2 horns of the ram and hence why the bear is raised up on one side - Daniel 8 v 3, 20, Daniel 10 v 13, Daniel 11 v 2, Isaiah 45 v 1-6, Isaiah 44 v 28, 2 Chronicles 36 v 22-23, Daniel 7 v 5.

The head king of the Persian kings is identified from the scriptures as Cyrus.

 

Isaiah:45:1: Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

 

2Chronicles:36:23a: Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me;

 

Therefore the 4 kings of Daniel 7 in order are:

 

1) ‘The king of Babylon’ - king Nebuchadnezzar.

2) ‘The king of Persia’ - king Cyrus

3) ‘The king of Greece’ - Alexander the great.

4) ‘The 4th king - The beast of Revelation 13 / from the Popes of Rome' - The final Antichrist.

 

The 4 kings / kingdoms are seen in ‘the great image’ of Daniel 2 as:

 

1) Gold

2) Silver

3) Brass

4) Iron / clay (Antichrist over 10 kings hence 2 feet - 10 toes)

 

 

 

 

SPIRITUAL PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS: THE GREAT RED DRAGON, THE BEAST OF REVELATION 13 v 1-3, AND THE SCARLET BEAST, REVELATION 17

 

 

As well as the visible kings on earth, the scriptures clearly teach us of spiritual principalities, powers and rulers (e.g. Ephesians 6 v 12) which God has created. The angelic host being divided between the fallen angels of evil who follow Satan and the angelic host who have remained faithful to God. Scripture reveals spiritual combat of the angelic powers which can be seen worked out in the earth (upon man) as in Daniel 10 v 12-14, 20-21, Revelation 12. It is clear therefore that behind the visible earthly kings / kingdoms stand angelic kings/ princes / powers. Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 are 2 well known scriptures that show this in detail, the king of Babylon is Lucifer (Satan), the king of Tyrus is Satan (v 12-19).

 

Behind an earthly kingdom therefore stands angelic and devil power. The first doing the will of God, the second seeking to corrupt.

 

The red dragon with 7 heads / 7 crowns and 10 horns

 

Revelation:12:3: And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Re:12:4: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Re:12:5: And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

 

The great red dragon speaks of Satan, the 10 horns speak of the 10 kings of the final one world government under Antichrist, also shown to us in Revelation 13 v 1-2 and Revelation 17 v 3, 7, 12 (Daniel 7 v 7b). The 7 heads and 7 crowns speak of Satan’s corrupting power behind the 7 kings of Revelation 17 v 10 the 7th king being Antichrist.

 

Verse 4a speaks of Satan deceiving a 1/3rd of the angelic host to follow him in his rebellion to God (Isaiah 14 v 13-14): hence his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven. These fallen angels, (‘and did cast them to earth’), are the devils now under Satan’s power.

 

The woman (not to be confused with the woman of Revelation 17 / 18 - the great whore), speaks of God’s elect, of the nation of Israel; hence why the man-child, speaking of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, is born through her (hence also (verse 1) she is crowned with 12 stars, clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet - Genesis 37 v 9-11). The woman is also seen later in v 13-17 speaking of Israel at the time of the rise of Antichrist. The remnant of her seed (v 17) speaks of us Gentile believers, and specifically those going through the Great Tribulation.

 

The Beast of Revelation 13 v 1-3

 

Revelation:13:1: And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Re:13:2: And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Re: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.

 

Once again we see the 7 heads which speak of Satan’s power / authority but the crowns seen in Revelation 12 v 3 upon the 7 heads have been transferred to the 10 horns (which are not crowned in Revelation 12 because this final kingdom of Satan’s is yet to come). This speaks of Satan giving his power / authority through the 10 kings to Antichrist (Revelation 17 v 12-13). It also shows Satan working through them (the beast) to exalt himself ‘and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat and great authority’ - ‘And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast’.

 

In verse 3 we see one of his heads, 'as it were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed’. This may well speak of Antichrist being mortally wounded and then miraculously healed Revelation 13 v 12, but it also speaks of the scarlet coloured beast that was, and is not, and yet is. At the time when the apostle John received from God Revelation, the scarlet beast is in the bottomless pit - Revelation 17 v 8. The scarlet coloured beast speaks of the authority Satan once had over all the kingdoms of this world (the beast ‘that was’) - Matthew 4 v 8-10, Luke 4 v 5-8. This world authority was taken from Satan (‘is not’) at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the promised ‘Seed / his’ of Genesis 3 v 15) - Luke 10 v 17-20, John 12 v 31, Matthew 28 v 18. But authority shall be given to Satan one more time for the period of 42 months (‘yet is’), before he is chained in the bottomless pit (read ‘Note’ below). The head wounded to death speaks of Genesis 3 v 15b ‘bruise thy head’; Satan being the instigator of the fall of man - the first Adam. Christ being the last Adam - ‘the Lord from heaven’ (1Corinthians 15 v 45-47).

 

Satan’s authority over man which he gained in the Garden of Eden was broken at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and Satan was cast down and cast out (Luke 10 v 17-20, John 12 v 31); thus we have been given power in Jesus name to cast out devils, and power over all his evil work.

 

The deadly wound healed speaks of Satan being given authority once more.

It should also be noted that the great red dragon is not seen with a deadly wounded head, but with 7 crowns, this is because Revelation 12 v 3 and 4 speaks of Satan before he was stripped of his world authority, verse 5 showing the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Seed of the woman, Genesis 3 v 15, Isaiah 7 v 14, Isaiah 9 v 6, Micah 5 v 2-3a.

 

NOTE: During Satan’s / Antichrist’s 42 months world rule, Satan will have NO authority over God’s people Spiritually (only physically - Rev. 13v7-10, Daniel 11v 33-35); it is impossible for Satan to touch the eternal work of our Lord Jesus Christ completed through His blood shed on the cross, God’s people are secure and shall be strong doing mighty works for God at this time - Daniel 11 v 32-33.

 

The scarlet coloured beast - 7 heads / 10 horns, Revelation 17

 

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.

 

Revelation:17:8: 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.

 

We have already looked at v 8 in some detail so I will summarize:

 

The scarlet beast speaks therefore of Satan’s 2 kingdoms ‘The beast that was, and is not, and yet is’.

 

Kingdom 1: Authority given to Satan over the kingdoms of this world before our Lord’s coming - Luke 4 v 5-8.

 

Kingdom 2: Authority given to Satan during the latter half of the last 7, which is seen in the 10 kings (10 horns), and 7th king - Antichrist - Revelation 17 v 10, 12, 13.

 

World rule of the Antichrist for 42 months / 1260 days = Revelation 13 v 5, Revelation 11 v 2-3, Revelation 12 v 14, Daniel 7 v 25, Daniel 12 v 7.

 

Revelation:17:9: And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Re:17:10: 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.

 

The 7 heads of the scarlet beast reveal the 7 mountains upon which the ancient city of Rome (the Great Whore / woman) is built (sits). This seat of power of the old Roman Empire is shown more clearly in v 18:

 

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

 

This also tells us, that even as Satan’s old world authority was centred in the seat of power at Rome (the 7 heads of the scarlet beast ‘that was’), so also shall the Antichrist / beast rise from here for Satan’s final world empire (the 7 heads of the scarlet beast ‘and yet is’). Satan was cast out of this seat of authority almost 2000 years ago (John 12 v 31), his dwelling place at the time of the apostle John being Pergamos (Revelation 2 v 12-13). But Satan has always tried to regain his old authority and rule the world from Rome; this has not been difficult because of the evil hearts of men willing to do his will. But Satan has been blocked every time he has tried to set up his world empire again over the last 2000 years, for God will not allow this as yet. The Vatican’s attempt through Hitler being a recent example of this.

Although the Great Whore is sitting upon the 7 mountains which were in place when the beast was banished to the bottomless pit, she is not yet riding the beast but is instead sitting upon many waters - Revelation 17 v 1, 15. This speaks of Satan seeking to usurp authority, not yet given him, by deceiving the nations and peoples (waters Rev. 17 v 15) of the earth to submit and worship him. This he has done through both the religious - pagan / occult systems of the Roman Catholic church (+ all religions / cults) and also through the more hidden manipulation of political power worldwide by the Jesuits and their many world government groups; both centred in the Vatican / papacy of Rome. The woman is very much ready to ride the beast when it appears, and from her comes the Antichrist. But she shall be burnt with fire (Revelation 17 v 16 - chapter 18 v 24) and her own offspring shall devour her, before turning to devour each other - Daniel 11 v 40-45 (Judges 9 v 20), all that remains shall be destroyed at the battle of Armageddon and Satan shall be cast into the bottomless pit.

 

 

THE 7 MOUNTAINS OF ROME, THE 8TH THE VATICAN

 

Revelation:17:11: And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

 

The rise of the Antichrist from the Vatican for the final world empire of Satan will fulfil this prophecy.

 

1) The Vatican is built upon the 8th hill / mount of Rome. ‘Vatican Hill’ has always been in place as with the 7 mounts of Rome (‘the eight, and is of the seven’). But Vatican City was built much later than the city of Rome (Satan’s old seat of power); hence at the time of the apostle John it was not there (‘and is not’). Pope Leo IV. between the years 848 and 852 joined the Vatican to the city of Rome by extending the old city walls. This also speaks of the eighth who is of the seven. Satan’s final world empire headed by Antichrist rising from the Vatican will be the scarlet beast that ‘yet is’ v 8.

 

2) The river Tiber flows between the Vatican and the city of Rome. This speaks of 2 things:

 

a) The waters where the whore sits - Revelation 17 v 15 - showing her control over peoples and nations even as in her days of the old Roman Empire: except now through her deceptions and flatteries. 

 

b) The divide between Satan’s 2 kingdoms of almost 2000 years. The single mount of Vatican City may also point to Satan’s short and final world rule of 42 months.

 

3) All shall go into perdition (eternal damnation) including the great city, which receives a double Judgment.

 

Revelation:19:1: And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Re:19:2: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Re:19:3: And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

 

This can also be seen in Isaiah 34 v 5-17 and Isaiah 13 (the dragons, vultures, doleful creatures etc. speak of Revelation 18 v 2).

 

Note: The city of Rome will be seen in her destruction throughout our Lord’s 1000 year Reign as a warning to the rebellious, even as Isaiah 66 v 24.

 

 

THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE 7 KINGS AND THEIR DESTRUCTION

    THE SEVEN KINGS OF REVELATION 17 v 10 - DANIEL Chapters 2,7,8,11

  (note – King speaks also of kingdom/Empire e.g. head king of Babylon = king

   Nebuchadnezzar, and kingdom = successive kings e.g. king Belshazzar.

   Antichrist is the 7th final, singular king but he has 10 kings under him.)

 

 1 – King of Babylon / Babylonian Empire – head of gold, lion with eagles wings.

 2 and 3 – King of the Medes and  King of  the Persians / Empires – Arms and breast of silver, bear, 2 horns of ram – higher horn = Persian kings.

 4 – King of Greece / Grecian Empire – belly of brass, leopard and goat - the first great horn = Alexander the great.

 5 – King of the South / Ptolemy, Seleucid Empire / part of the Grecian Empire – brass thigh, 1 of the 4 heads of leopard, 1 of the 4 notable horns of goat.

(4 wings of the leopard = 4 winds of heaven Daniel 8 v 8– North, South, East, West).

 6 – King of the North / Roman Empire / part of old Grecian Empire – 2nd brass thigh, 2nd head of leopard, 2nd notable horn of goat.

 7 – The Antichrist/Beast – Comes out of old Roman Empire –Daniel 11v 21, 9 v 26 Antichrist = little horn /beast– Daniel 7 v 8,11,20,21,24 -26. Little horn/Fierce

King – Daniel 8 v 9-12, 23-25. Vile person/King – Daniel 11 v 21-39.

  - Antichrist rises from the papal seat of the Vatican in Rome, the old seat of power of the Roman Empire (Daniel 11v 13-21), usurped by the popes of Rome.

  - 7 heads of the scarlet beast = 7 mountains on which the city of Rome (the great whore) is built (Rev 17 v 9, 18). The scarlet beast that ‘yet is’, is the 8th and is of the 7 (Rev 17 v 11), this speaks of the rise of Antichrist from the Vatican of Rome which is built on the 8th hill/mountain of Rome - ‘Vatican Hill’. The other 7 are Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian (Coelian/Celio), Aventine and Palatine. 





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