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Prophecy Part 1

PROPHECY.

  - Will we know the season / time of our Lord’s coming?.....Approx 2 ˝  pages of A4

  - Signs of the times............................................................Approx 12 pages of A4

 

OUR LORD’S 2nd COMING / RAPTURE...............................Approx 7 pages of A4

 

GOD’S ‘TIME SCALE’ HIDDEN IN SCRIPTURE....................Approx 8 pages of A4

  - Summary of God’s time scale in Scripture

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

 

 

 

Prophecy

 

 

Revelation:22:7: Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

 

Revelation:22:10: And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand

 

 

PROPHECY

 

Prophecy is not as straight forward as it may appear at a brief look. Revelation needs to be given by the Holy Ghost to give clear, concise understanding. Prophecy in one way is like a gigantic puzzle.

By the wonderful work of the Holy Ghost, this puzzle is dove tailed together to give clear understanding, so that God’s people may see what lies ahead and have wisdom of what to do in the now, so that they bring glory to God in every situation.

 

2Peter:1:19: We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

 

Daniel:12:9: And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Da:12:10: Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

 

Sadly, far too often God’s people have a poor understanding of God’s Holy Word. The condition that needs to be met to become wise is to seek God with all our heart.

 

Proverb:2:1: My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

Proverb:2:2: So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Proverb:2:3: Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Proverb:2:4: If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Proverb:2:5: Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverb:2:6: For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverb:2:7: He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

Proverb:2:8: He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Proverb:2:9: Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

Proverb:2:10: When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

Proverb:2:11: Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

Proverb:2:12: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

 

 

Our Lord Jesus rebuked His disciples for being slow of heart to believe.

 

Luke:24:25: Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

Lu:24:26: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

Lu:24:27: And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

 

Mark:16:14: Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

 

Let us be quick to believe God’s Word, His Word is faithful and true.

 

Matthew:24:35: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

 

In the study of prophecy a careful examination of what God is saying will reveal whom / what He is speaking of. Understand that sometimes in prophecy there is a dual / triple fulfillment of God’s Words running through a single passage of scripture. This multiple fulfillment found in some prophecies are so precise in reflecting one another that they render manipulation impossible, an infallible proof of God’s divine working. The most common themes in prophecy, on which the majority of prophecies are centered, are our Lord’s coming(s), the battle of Armageddon / Judgments, and our Lord’s 1000 year Reign; coupled with the Judgment and deliverance of Israel. It should also be noted especially in Old Testament prophecy that old names / places are used by God for modern times, peoples and events. God does not lose sight of who is who from the beginning to the end - God created us. Note also that Satan (and for example Antichrist) are given a number of names in prophecy e.g. Gog, the king of Babylon, the king of Tyrus, the king of Assyria etc. Even though these names speak of God’s dealings with old Babylon, Assyria etc. the same names are also used to speak of Satan’s work e.g. Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28. And a careful study of a particular passage will reveal who God is speaking of.

 

 

 

 

WILL WE KNOW THE SEASON / TIME OF OUR LORD’S COMING?

 

The answer depends on whether you are a wise virgin or foolish virgin.

The scriptures give 2 answers:

 

Wise virgins

 

Luke:21:28: And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Lu:21:29: And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

Lu:21:30: When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

Lu:21:31: So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

 

1Thessalonians:5:1: But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

1Th:5:2: For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th:5:3: For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

1Th:5:4: but ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

1th:5:5: ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

1Th:5:6: Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 

Matthew:25:6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

 

It is obvious from these and other scriptures that those who are ready will know the season and time of The Lord’s coming.

In fact even the foolish virgins will wake up, but it will be too late.

 

Our Lord commanded us in Luke 21 v 35-36:

 

Luke:21:35: For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

Lu:21:36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 

Our Lord Jesus would not have given us signs to look for nor told us to watch, if it was all in vain. What we will not know is the exact day and hour:

 

Matthew:25:13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 

 

Foolish virgins

 

Luke:21:34: And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

Lu:21:35: For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

Revelation:3:3b:. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

 

Matthew:25:11: Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

M't:25:12: But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

M't:25:13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 

‘NO MAN KNOWETH THE DAY NOR THE HOUR’

 

It is clear from God’s Word that no man shall know the day nor the hour. But it is also clear from scripture that we shall know the approximate time of our Lord’s coming.

 

When the midnight cry goes out;

 

Matthew:25:6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

 

It is obvious our Lord’s coming is imminent. There is sufficient time for the virgins to get up and trim their lamps, but not sufficient time for the foolish to obtain oil.

 

The time scale is clearly very short. 

 

GOD’S PEOPLE OFTEN MISUNDERSTAND

 

Many of God’s people are led to believe, by the enemy, that it is not possible to know the time of our Lord’s coming. They quote for example what our Lord Jesus said, in Mark 13 v 32-37, but they do not rightly divide the Word of God, and therefore lead others astray.

 

Mark:13:32: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

M'r:13:33: Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

M'r:13:34: For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

M'r:13:35: Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

M'r:13:36: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

M'r:13:37: And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

The understanding our Lord gives us, is clear, He will be away a long time.  It is obvious looking back over the last 2000 years since our Lord’s Ascension, that to us it has been exactly this - a far journey.

 

Understanding this, it is clear why our Lord says in v 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

It is only the last generation of God’s people before His coming who will see the signs of His imminent coming and those who are alive at His coming will hear the cry ‘behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him.’

Everyone else will have missed these signs and cry, simply because they are already with The Lord awaiting the appointed time of our Father in heaven.

 

Luke:21:31: So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

Lu:21:32: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Lu:21:33: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

 

Note: One Bible generation = at least one hundred years.

 

Genesis:15:13: And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

Ge:15:14: And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

Ge:15:15: And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

Ge:15:16: But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

 

The command in God’s Word to ‘watch’ would be meaningless if God’s people were not to know the season of His coming; the words ‘be ready’ would be sufficient otherwise.

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

 

Luke:21:8: And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

Lu:21:9: But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

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Luke:21:10: Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

Lu:21:11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

 

Luke:21:25: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Lu:21:26: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Lu:21:27: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Lu:21:28: And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Lu:21:29: And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

Lu:21:30: When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

Lu:21:31: So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

Lu:21:32: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Lu:21:33: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

 

Our Lord Jesus gives us at least 10 major signs in Luke 21 of His soon coming; these signs are called in Matthew 24 v 8 ‘the beginning of sorrows’. The beginning of sorrows is the period of time that speaks of the ‘last generation’:

 

Luke:21:32: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

 

1. Before the specific signs of ‘the beginning of sorrows’ there are 2 general signs of the work of antichrist that have been continuous, which can also be seen in the first and 2nd seal of Revelation chapter 6.

 

a). False christs / messiahs claiming the time is near - this has clearly gone on time and time again over the last 2000 years, the more recent, at the beginning of last century, being the Jehovah witnesses claiming The Lord’s coming was imminent a 100 years ago.

 

b). Wars and commotions - the work of Satan against the authority of The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Matthew:28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

M't:28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 

Satan was stripped of his power (Luke 4 v 5-8) in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Revelation:1:18: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

Satan has not been allowed to set up his world empire (the antichrist world system -Revelation 13) over the last 2000 years, although he has tried many times. But in the last 7 years of world history (Daniel 9) which commences after the rapture, he will be given power over the whole earth for a period of 3 ˝ years, in the latter half of the last 7 years; after which he will be defeated at the battle of Armageddon (the Beast and False Prophet cast into the Lake of Fire, Revelation 19 v 20 and Satan cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years Revelation 20 v 1-3).

 

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.

 

Note: The Lord God Almighty is in control of all things including the Devil. Satan is used as a test to see whether man will listen to God in denying self or follow the Devil in loving self.

 

2. ‘The beginning of sorrows’- the last generation, will end in the Great Judgments of God being poured out on the earth during the Great Tribulation: the 7 trumpets / 7 vials. Many of God’s people have been slow to recognise the clear warning signs God has been giving, for almost 100 years now. All too often they have been busy listening to Satan trying to explain them away with false scientific explanations and by  manipulating data; e.g. the clear increase in large earthquakes. Godless scientists have been foremost in this work of Satan trying to explain away the Signs of the Times.

 

2Peter:3:3: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

2Pe:3:4: And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

2Pe:3:5: For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

2Pe:3:6: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

2Pe:3:7: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

 

1Timothy:6:20: O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

1Tm:6:21: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

 

SIGNS

 

Luke:21:10: Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

(Matthew 24 v 8b ‘The beginning of sorrows’)

The first major sign given to God’s people signalling the beginning of sorrows, and hence the last generation was the ‘first World War’ (1914). The ‘second World War’ confirmed this as Satan through Hitler tried to set up his antichrist system and 1000 year Reign!!

 

God warns by the prophet Joel:

 

Joel:2:30: And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

Joe:2:31: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

 

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Out of the first major sign came the clearest of all signs - ‘the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948’. 

 

Matthew:24:32: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

 

Note: God compares Israel at times to a fig tree / figs - Joel 1v 7, Jeremiah 24v 1-5, Hosea 9v 10.

 

For almost 2000 years, in fulfilment of God’s Holy Word, Israel has been cast out of her homeland and scattered in all the earth (Luke 21 v 24, Deuteronomy 28 v 25, 37, 64). The rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948 was a miraculous miracle in fulfilment of ‘end time’ prophecy in the face of the extermination of 6 million Jews by Hitler (instigated by the Vatican in Rome) through World War 2.

 

 

The restoration of Israel prophesied:

 

Ezekiel:37:21: And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

Eze:37:22: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

 

Ezekiel 38 v 8 - speaking of the end time attack of Gog on restored Israel:

 

Ezekiel:38:8: After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

 

Ezekiel:37:12: Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

Eze:37:13: And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

Eze:37:14: And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

 

Ezekiel:34:11: For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

Eze:34:12: As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

Eze:34:13: And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

 

Isaiah:11:10: And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Isa:11:11: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

Isa:11:12: And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

 

Read also the following other scriptures:

 

Isaiah 43 v1-6

Isaiah 14 v 1                                               (Note: some of the scriptures we have looked at

Jeremiah 23 v 7-8                                       here also speak of what The Lord will do at the

Jeremiah chapter 30 and 31                   beginning of His 1000 year Reign)

Ezekiel 11 v 16-21

Ezekiel 20 v 33-44

Ezekiel 36 v 22-28

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Luke:21:11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences;

 

Let us look at the first of these 3 signs our Lord gave us in Luke 21 v 11 ‘Great earthquakes’. Much scientific data, e.g. The British Geological survey, or the USGS would lead you to believe that the large increase in earthquakes this past century is no increase at all, but is rather the result of their now abundant scientific instruments which measure such earthquakes. They would also seek to deceive you into believing that earthquakes are ‘random’ - a product of mother nature.

Many of their records when compared with other geological data and historical records reveal a confused mix up of figures; showing clearly that manipulation has been going on.

They do not know, because they are blind guides, that the Word of God equates great earthquakes primarily with the death toll of people and secondly by its size; and they are not random but specific Judgments of God.

These scientists have their instruments trained to feel even the least tremor, for which they have much discourse; forgetting, for they do not believe the Word of God, that the vaults of Hell lie deep beneath their feet (Isaiah 66 v 23-24, Revelation 9 v 1-3, Revelation 20 v 1-3 ‘with’ Isaiah 14 v 12-19 etc.)

Scientific establishments of today are riddled with the lies of Satan, such as evolution; and much of their data and methods used to achieve such data are perverted; leading people to believe the lie that the earth is several billions of years old and is going on as it ever has; instead of the truth that this world is under Divine Judgment - 2 Peter 3 v 3-7 (Note: the earth is 6000 years old).

 

Psalms:62:9: Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

 

1Corinthians:3:19: For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

1Co:3:20: And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

 

God alone is in control:

 

Isaiah:45:7: I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

 

Deuteronomy:32:39: See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

De:32:40: For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

De:32:41: If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

 

Amos:3:6: Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid?  shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Am:3:7: Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Am:3:8: The lion hath roared, who will not fear?  the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

 

God’s Love to those that fear Him:

 

Matthew:10:29: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

M't:10:30: But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

M't:10:31: Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

 

An earthquake that kills even one person is according to God’s working in the earth.

 

I have tabulated the approximate death toll of people from large earthquakes over the last 19 centuries, comparing a number of different sources. Overall it is clear to see that in the last 90 years, there has been at minimum, a 3 fold increase of death by earthquakes when compared to all other centuries. For all centuries apart from 3, there has been in the last 90 years a massive increase many times greater than any other century before.

(Note: Large earthquakes that have killed many people have been recorded throughout world history going back many centuries.)

 

Warning: With what will take place in the closing years of world history, any doubters as to the increase in death by great earthquakes will be silenced. The final great earthquake on the eve of our Lord’s return to Reign for 1000 years shall level every city on earth.

 

Revelation:16:18: And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Re:16:19: And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Re:16:20: And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

 

Regarding our Lord’s warning of famines, pestilences and wars, the same is true. Many more millions have perished in the last 90 years than ever before, except for the great worldwide flood of Noah’s day.

 

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Luke:21:11b:; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Luke:21:25: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

 

Luke:21:28: And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 

The sun, moon and stars were created on day 4 firstly for signs, Genesis 1 v 14, then also for seasons, days, and years. Luke 21 v 25-26 (11b) are the imminent signs of our Lord’s return as shown for example in Revelation 6 v 12-13 and Joel 2 v 31; but a foreshadowing of these signs have been given many times as a clear warning that the end is nigh.

 

Here is an account of 2 of the many heavenly signs God has been showing:

 

1. ‘Blood red’ moons over Jerusalem in 1996 and 1997, precisely on the Passover Sabbath and other important feast days.

The first came on the evening of the 3rd April 1996, which was the beginning of the Feast of Passover. The second came on the evening of 26-27 September 1996, which was ‘Erev Hag HaSuccoth’ (the eve of the feast of tabernacles). The third came precisely on the feast day of ‘Purim’ 23rd March 1997. The fourth came in the middle of the ‘Days of Teshuva’ (the days of repentance) on the 16th of September 1997.

 

2. Revelation:12:1: And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Re:12:2: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Re: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.

 

Precisely at the time of the Feast of Trumpets in Israel over a period of 4 years - 1996, 97, 98 and 99, God gave a wonderful sign to His people in the heavens. This occurred 4 times and has never occurred before and will never occur again. The new moon (symbolic of the Messiah in Jewish tradition), was ‘born’ in the constellation of Bethulah (The virgin) about to give ‘birth’, exactly on the feast of trumpets (Tishrei 1). Within 24 hours the new moon moved directly to the feet of the virgin. The sun was just below the horizon, so that Bethulah, the virgin, was ‘clothed with the sun’: Positioned over the virgin’s head is the constellation known as ‘Bernice’s hair’ - this is the crown of twelve stars; and higher, above her legs, is the dragon (Draco), poised to devour her child when it is born.

 

It may be asked, what is the reason for this sign in the heavens since our Lord’s first coming was 2000 years ago? Several reasons come to mind: firstly our fight with the Devil (Ephesians 6 v 11-18) is not yet over; the ‘woman’ speaking of the elect of Israel and the true church of Jesus Christ (her seed v 17) - Revelation 12 v 13-17 speaking of the Great Tribulation.  In God’s great mercy we are assured final victory and this will be concluded at our Lord’s final coming at the battle of Armageddon when the dragon is cast into the bottomless pit. Secondly this revelation is found in the book of Revelation chapter 12, just before the heavenly battle in which the Archangel Michael, with God’s holy angels, fight and defeat the Devil and his fallen angels. This battle has not yet taken place, contrary to what some have thought, and actually takes place on the eve of our Lord’s 2nd coming (this I will show later); hence the heavenly signs are very significant since v 6 shown before the battle speaks of v 14 shown after the battle which speaks of the woman.

 

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Luke:21:25: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

 

1Thessalonians:5:3: For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

 

Coupled with a great earthquake, the raging seas swept many thousands to their death suddenly without warning a few months ago (the tsunami). The sea and the waves roaring is one of the clear warning signs of our Lord’s imminent return. This is part of God’s warning to a Godless world bent on pleasure, who ignore His laws / commandments, that Judgment day is coming.

 

 

Luke:21:26: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Lu:21:27: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

 

These signs including Luke 21 v 25 shall be seen by the whole world as our Lord Jesus Christ returns for his bride after 2000 years.

 

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.

 

 

FURTHER SIGNS AND WARNING GOD HAS GIVEN

 

2Thessalonians:2:1: Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2Th:2:2: That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

2Th:2:3: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 

THE FALLING AWAY

 

What is the Apostle Paul speaking of when by the Holy Ghost he prophecies of ‘the falling away’. The answer is given to us in verse 10-12

 

2Thessalonians:2:10: And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th:2:11: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Th:2:12: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

The Apostle Paul is speaking of a great turning away from the truth of God’s Holy Word to a love of this world (e.g. love of pleasure), amongst once Godly nations. This has been fulfilled without a shadow of doubt, especially in the western world.

 

1Timothy:4:1: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

1Tm:4:2: Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

1Tm:4:3: Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

 (Note: the above speaks of the Roman Catholic Church who teach many false doctrines including forbidding marriage e.g. ordained priests and abstaining from certain foods at certain times. Many protestant churches who once preached against Rome and her popes are now happily having ‘fellowship’ with the Great Whore of Revelation 17 and 18.)

 

2Timothy:4:2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

2Tm:4:3: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Tm:4:4: And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2Tm:4:5: But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

(The once sound preaching of God’s Holy Word in true repentance has been watered down and replaced with a false love gospel which tickles the ears of millions today.)

 

2Timothy:3:1: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2Tm:3:2: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2Tm:3:3: Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2Tm:3:4: Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

2Tm:3:5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

2Peter:3:3: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

2Pe:3:4: And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

2Pe:3:5: For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

2Pe:3:6: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

2Pe:3:7: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

 

(The Devil’s lie of evolution and attached sciences have played a great part in undermining the western world; but only because people turned away from the truth of God to believe fables.)

 

Romans:1:18: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Ro:1:19: Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Ro:1:20: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 

1Timothy:6:20: O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

1Tm:6:21: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.

 

The prophet Isaiah speaks of these last days and the Judgment that shall be meted out during the last 7 years of world history (the great tribulation) because the world having had the truth of God has turned its back on God and has rejected His Holy Word.

 

Isaiah:24:1: Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

Isaiah:24:3: The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

Isa:24:4: The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

Isa:24:5: The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Isa:24:6: Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

 

THE MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED

 

The man of sin / the son of perdition speaks of the rise of the final Antichrist which is now upon us, but it also reveals to us the climate in which he will rise, as prophesied in Daniel 8.

 

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.

 

A). Our Lord Jesus shall return in the day (season) the ‘man of sin is revealed’

 

Luke:17:26: And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Lu:17:27: They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Genesis:6:5: And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Ge:6:6: And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Ge:6:7: And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

 

Luke:17:28: Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

Lu:17:29: But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Lu:17:30: Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed

 

Genesis:18:16: And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

Ge:18:17: And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

Ge:18:18: Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Ge:18:19: For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

 

Genesis:18:29: And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there.  And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.

 

Genesis:18:20: And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

Ge:18:21: I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

 

Genesis:19:4:the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

Ge:19:5: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night?  bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

 

Genesis:19:23: The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

Ge:19:24: Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Ge:19:25: And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Ge:19:26: But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

 

Note; Sodomite - a person who practises sexual perversion / i.e. homosexual - sodomy.

 

The foreshadowing of the man of sin has most certainly been revealed in our day. The telltale markings are everywhere. This is certain evidence from God’s Holy Word of our Lord’s soon coming and the rise of the final Antichrist.

 

2Thessalonians:2:7: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th:2:8: And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2Th:2:9: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2Th:2:10: And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;

 

Note v7: the times are NOT in Satan’s hand but in GOD’s only.

 

 

 

THE SON OF PERDITION

 

Another clear sign of our Lord’s very soon coming is a foreshadowing of the mark of the beast and his number ‘666’.

 

Revelation:13:16: And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

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.

 

The mark of the beast spoken of in Revelation 13 v 16-18 will be inserted in the form of a computer chip into the right hand or forehead of those in the Antichrist system. This system of Satan will be used for buying and selling by which he will control the masses of this present world through the beast and false prophet.

 

A fore warning by God of the ‘mark of the beast’ can be found today on almost every product we buy or sell in the western world.

 

 

 

BAR CODES:

Bar codes are made up of a series of lines of different thickness and spacing. Each set of 2 vertical lines is equal to a number. A laser eye reads these upright lines to identify the product and therefore charge the customer.

 

 Numbers are also normally printed below the vertical lines. The numbers on the right hand side of the bar-code correspond to what the laser or red eye reads (the numbers on the left do not); this speaks of the right hand of which God has given us warning. Using the right hand numbers only, you can identify what the number 6 equals.

 

Above a number 6 and slightly to the left hand side you will find 2 thin lines close together. These 2 thin lines close together are a computer 6. Each set of upright lines can be identified in this same manner. Bar codes begin middle and end with these 2 thin, close together lines, which are longer than the rest. A laser eye reads these 3 sets of 2 lines as a computer 666 each time a product is bought or sold.

 

See diagram:

                                                            

PLASTIC CARDS 

Plastic cards such as credit / debit cards etc. and the computer chips now being placed in them are a stepping stone to the cashless society and the coming mark of the beast. Plastic cards are not the mark of the beast but are a forewarning of it and may well be used in conjunction with it.

 

WARNING not to receive the mark of the beast:

 

Revelation:14:9: And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Re: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.

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

 

 

 

 

THE SIGN OF THE COMING ‘PEACE TREATY’ CONFIRMED BY ANTICHRIST

 

Daniel 9:24: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

 

Daniel:9:27: And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

This last week (7 years), speaks of the peace treaty that will be made with Israel and Arab / Muslim nations at the time of Antichrist, which he shall confirm. Attempts of this peace treaty have been going on in the Middle East for quite some time now. The time is soon approaching when Antichrist shall rise to confirm the final peace treaty.

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF SIGNS OF THE TIMES

 

I have given you some of the signs, of which our Lord Jesus Christ warned us to be watchful. These have been given very briefly, for a book could be written on these and many more signs such as the increase of knowledge and mans travel in the earth (Daniel 12 v 4, verse 10 speaking of the understanding of the elect) or the mixing of people groups among the nations at the time of the end (Daniel 2 v 43-44) etc.; but sufficient has been written for any true born again believer to understand the warning of the nearness of our Lord’s return.

 

Let us hear again the warning God has spoken to His bride.

 

1Thessalonians:5:3: For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

1Th:5:4: But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

1Th:5:5: Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

1Th:5:6: Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 

Revelation:3:3: Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

 

 

 

 

OUR LORD’S 2nd COMING / RAPTURE

 

The body of Christ is much divided as to:

 

1. When the 2nd coming / rapture actually takes place in conjunction with the last 7 of Daniel chapter 9 e.g. pre- tribulation, mid- tribulation etc.

 

2. Whether or not there is a ‘rapture’ before Christ’s coming at the battle of Armageddon.

 

I will show in this section there is most certainly a ‘rapture’ of the bride of Christ. But also the leaving behind of half the bride to be purified through The Great Tribulation.

The word ‘RAPTURE’ does not appear in the Bible, but it is a good word to show the difference between our Lord’s second coming, which shall not be to the earth but in the air, and our Lord’s final coming (3rd coming) at the battle of Armageddon to Reign for a thousand years.

 

4 RESURRECTIONS, 3 CALLED THE FIRST RESURRECTION

 

First Resurrection:

a). Matthew:27:50: Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

M't:27:51: And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

M't:27:52: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

M't:27:53: And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

 

The Apostle Paul speaks of this resurrection in Ephesians 4 v 8-10

 

Ephesians:4:8: Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Eph:4:9: (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Eph:4:10: He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

 

The first resurrection was for God’s people from Adam to our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ’s precious blood shed and suffering on the cross for us, needed to be completed before the first resurrection took place. The awaiting place of God’s saints before the cross is called by our Lord Jesus Christ- ‘Abraham’s bosom’; Hell was seen from here.

In Luke 16 v 19-31 our Lord Jesus gives us some detail, warning us not to serve mammon - The love of riches, the love of pleasure, the love of this world (service to self and Satan).

 

Luke:16:22: And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

Lu:16:23: And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

 

 

b). Our Lord’s 2nd coming, but not to earth, and the 2nd resurrection.

 

Luke:17:34: I tell you, in that night there shall be two in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

Lu:17:35: Two shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Lu:17:36: Two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Lu:17:37: And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

                        (The words men v 34, women v 35, men v 36 are in italics)

 

1Thessalonians:4:13: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

1Th:4:14: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1Th:4:15: For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

1Th:4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1Th:4:17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1Th:4:18: Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

This 2nd resurrection is the rapture. I will come back to this later and go through more scriptures speaking clearly of this.

 

c). Our Lord’s 3rd coming and the 3rd resurrection.

The 3rd resurrection clearly outlined in scripture is just after the battle of Armageddon with the beast and false prophet being cast alive into the lake of fire and Satan being chained in the bottomless pit.

 

Revelation Ch.  19 - The battle of Armageddon

 

Revelation:20:1: And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Re:20:2: And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Re:20:3: And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Re: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 foolish virgins - now wise virgins - and all those who repented at the preaching of the everlasting gospel to all nations during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 14); who are beheaded shall be resurrected to reign with our Lord Jesus Christ on earth, with all the saints.

Those who are not beheaded who love God shall also inherit the Kingdom of God on earth at this time. Revelation 20 v 4 is speaking of the sheep and goat Judgment of Matthew 25 as also spoken of in Revelation 11 v 18 and Daniel 12 v 2-3 (note: the wicked slothful servants of God shall be raised at this time to receive the ‘greater damnation’- being cast into the lake of fire 1000 years early). Those killed / beheaded shall receive their resurrected bodies; those who are elect who are not killed shall not; but shall be able to repopulate the earth (if sexually pure), and shall be subject to death, to be raised at the Great White Throne Judgment.

 

d). The final resurrection is the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the 1000 year Reign of Christ on earth. This final resurrection and Judgment is not included as part of the first resurrection; but is for the wicked / world from Eden to Armageddon and also for those who have died in the 1000 year Reign.

 

Revelation:20:5: But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.

 

Revelation:20:11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Re:20:12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Re:20:13: And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Re:20:14: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Re:20:15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

The first resurrection:

It is therefore clear from scripture, Revelation 20 v 4-6 , that as this resurrection is called the first resurrection, so must also the prior 2 resurrections be part of the first resurrection. The name ‘first resurrection’ therefore applies to the fact that God’s people are raised first; the wicked of the world are raised at the Great White Throne Judgment. This is amplified by Revelation 20 v 6a speaking of God’s faithful servants:

 

Revelation:20:6: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:

 

 

 

THE RAPTURE IN MORE DETAIL

 

Much confusion about the rapture, of which Satan has been the Primary source, is due to God’s people, for the most part, being unaware of the fact that only half the bride is raptured and taken into heaven while the other half remain on earth to go through the Great Tribulation to be made wise (Holy) virgins.

 

Matthew:25:1: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,

 

Our Lord makes it clear that He will not lose any of His bride (elect) because they are all called  ‘the Kingdom of heaven’. What our Lord does not reveal here in Matthew 25 is that the foolish virgins, because they have no oil (they do not know Him), will be made to go through the final Great Tribulation, to be made pure.

Our Lord does not judge to damnation the foolish virgins in Matthew 25 who do not know him as He does those whom He ‘NEVER’ knew in Matthew 7 v 22-23. The foolish virgins are given time to repent and seek God so that they do not perish. Matthew 7 v 22-23 speaks of those who have no more time to repent and seek God, it is Judgment day for them. Matthew 7 v 22-23 is speaking of the sheep and goat Judgment of Matthew 25 v 31-46 at our Lord’s return to earth to Reign.

 

There are a number of passages in scripture which show that the rapture must take place before our Lord’s coming to Reign on earth. Here I will go through some of them.

 

1. Revelation 3 v 10- 11 Speaking of the Philadelphian church.

 

Revelation:3:10: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Re:3:11: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 

It is clear our Lord is speaking about taking His Philadelphian church out of the world to spare them from a time of tribulation / Judgment. Unlike the Laodicean church whom He will spue out.

 

What is the hour of temptation? The answer is given later on in Revelation Ch 17 v 12,

 

Revelation: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.

 

The hour of temptation is clearly the Great Tribulation of the Antichrist system, for there is no other time of temptation like it.

 

2. Our Lord Jesus speaks of this time again in Luke 21

 

Luke:21:34: And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

Lu:21:35: For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

Lu:21:36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 

Noah was saved before the Flood, Lot was saved before the fire. God’s wise virgins will be taken out before the final 7 years of Daniel 9 just before God’s Wrath is poured out on the earth (Revelation 8 to 19).

There would be nothing for the elect to be saved from, escape from if our Lord Jesus was speaking about His return at the battle of Armageddon for the 1000 year Reign. This can only be speaking of one thing, the Antichrist system and the Judgments of God poured out as shown in the book of Revelation.

 

3). Luke:17:34: I tell you, in that night there shall be two in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

Lu:17:35: Two shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Lu:17:36: Two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Lu:17:37: And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

                        (The words men v 34, women v 35, men v 36 are in italics)

 

It is clear normal life is going on, as our Lord Jesus speaks in v 26- 28 of Luke 17. On one side of the earth it is night (two in one bed), on the other it is day (Two shall be in the field). Our Lord also highlights the poorer countries of the world (Two shall be grinding together) for many more shall be taken from these than the rich West. This is not the situation of our Lord’s coming at the battle of Armageddon. The earth is destroyed along with the Antichrist system; man shall be at this time as rare as the golden wedge of Ophir (Isaiah 13 v 12). The Lord Jesus Christ has come with ten thousands of His saints to execute Judgment- Jude v 14-16 (our Lord is not taking them into heaven, as must happen before He comes to Reign - Matthew 25 v 1-13).

These verses of Luke 17 v 34-37 are speaking of the rapture when, God’s wise virgins and the dead in Christ raised to life, are taken into the presence of Almighty God to worship Him - Revelation 7 v 9-17.

 

4). Although in many parts of the earth life will be going on as normal when our Lord comes, it is clear also that certain major signs of His coming will be taking place and will have taken place at our Lord’s 2nd coming (both can be seen in scripture).

 

Luke:21:10: Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

Lu:21:11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

 

Luke:21:25: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Lu:21:26: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Lu:21:27: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Lu:21:28: And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 

It is clear that the wise virgins will only see the beginning of God’s great Judgments being poured out, hence why in Matthew 24 v 8 they are called the beginning of sorrows. The wise virgins are found worthy to stand before the Son of man in heaven and escape the Judgments of Revelation - Luke 21 v 35-36.

 

Compare this to Isaiah 24 v 6,19-20 speaking of God’s Judgment poured out during the final Great Tribulation or just 3 of these many Judgments given in more detail in Revelation.

 

Isaiah:24:6: Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

 

Isaiah:24:19: The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

Isa:24:20: The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

 

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

Re:8:8: And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

Re:8:9: And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

 

Revelation: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.

 

Revelation:9:18: By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

 

5). The Lord’s 2nd coming and afterwards The Lord’s final coming at the battle of Armageddon are clearly written in Zechariah 12 v 10-14 and 13 v 1 and 14 v 1-5.

 

A). Our Lord’s 2nd coming / rapture as given to us in Revelation 1 v 7.

 

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.

 

Note: Every eye shall behold The Lord at His coming, even those in Hell who pierced him 2000 years ago - Matthew 26v 64:

 

Matthew:26:64: Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

M't:26:65b: Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy;

 

Sitting on the right hand of power speaks of God The Father hence Revelation 6 v 16:

 

Revelation:6:14: And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Re:6:15: And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Re:6:16: And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

 

 

 

B). The Lord’s final coming at the battle of Armageddon after that God’s elect from Israel (and Gentile nations) have been made holy through the Great Tribulation.

 

Zechariah:14:1: Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

Zec:14:2: For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Zec:14:3: Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

Zec:14:4: And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Zec:14:5: And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

 

Jude:1:14: And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Jude:1:15: To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

 

6). 1Thessalonians:5:3: For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

1Th:5:4: But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

1Th:5:5: Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

1Th:5:6: Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 

The day the Apostle Paul is speaking of is the rapture, of which he has just spoken (1 Thessalonians 4 v 13 to Ch 5), Paul is speaking to the wise virgins.

 

Our Lord Jesus warns the foolish virgins to watch, Revelation 3 v 3b - the church of Sardis.

 

Revelation:3:3: If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

 

These scriptures will suffice to make this truth clear. The wise virgins will be raptured; the foolish virgins will be left behind (Matthew 25 v 1-13). There are many other scriptures which speak of the foolish virgins left behind: it is here that the confusion has come, because of people not rightly dividing the Word of God.

 

 

 

 

 

God’s ‘Time Scale’ hidden in Scripture

 

2Peter:3:8: But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

 

Psalms:90:4: For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

 

Daniel:12:10b: none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

 

2 Peter 3 v 8 and Psalms 90 v 4 are God’s precise measurement of time not a vague one. For example, the 6 days of creation speak of the 6000 years of world history thus far from Adam (4000 years from Adam to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ can be calculated from Old Testament and New Testament genealogies, ages and events). The 7th day being the day of rest speaks of our Lord’s golden 1000 year Reign on earth (Revelation 20 v 6). 7 days or 7000 years speak of the complete work of God in Salvation and Judgment regarding man. Hence the New Heaven and New Earth at the end of our Lord’s 1000 years Reign:   

 

Revelation:21:1: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Re:21:2: And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Re:21:3: And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Re:21:4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Re:21:5: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Re:21:6: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Re:21:7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Re: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.

 

Understanding God’s ‘Time Scale’ is essential when perceiving what is revealed in certain scriptures regarding the work of God given in ‘days’ which equals the same in ‘1000 years’. 

 

1. GOD’S WORK CONCERNING ISRAEL

 

Hosea:6:1: Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

Ho:6:2: After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

 

By the Holy Ghost, the prophet Hosea foretells of God’s dealings with rebellious Israel for 2000 years. Anyone familiar with Israel’s history will know the fulfilment of these words.   

 

Luke:21:24: And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

Note: ‘The times of the Gentiles’ are NOT yet fulfilled for Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles during the Antichrist’s reign of 42 months.

 

Revelation: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.

Re:11:3: And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

 

The 3rd day of which Hosea speaks is our Lord’s 1000 year Reign - ‘the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.’

 

 

2.  GOD’S WORK THROUGH HIS BODY ON EARTH FOR 2000 YEARS

 

1Corinthians:12:27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 Ephesians:5:30: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

 

Jesus said:

Luke:13:32: And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Luke:13:33: Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

 

In verse 32, our Lord Jesus is not speaking of 3 periods of 24 hours. This is evident by v 33 and a number of other reasons e.g. our Lord’s death and resurrection was yet to come - which is the only other explanation for our Lord Jesus being perfected on the 3rd day, apart from His 1000 year Reign on earth when all the elect of God (His Body) will be redeemed and perfected into the New Heaven and the New Earth. (We must remember that during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign, people who are born at that time will either repent or rebel against God - read Revelation 20 v 7-10, Isaiah 65 v 19-25).

 

The 3 days our Lord is speaking of are 3 thousand years from His first coming to the new heaven and new earth.

 

‘Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow’ speaks of the work of God through His body the true church over 2000 years. Our Lord Jesus speaks of  ‘casting out of devils’ for only 2 days (2000 years), because the Devil and his fallen angels will be cast into the bottomless pit at the beginning of our Lord’s 1000 year Reign on earth.

 

The Great Commission:

 

Mark:16:15: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

M'r:16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

M'r:16:17: And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

M'r:16:18: They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

(‘Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow’)

 

John:15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

I can testify of God doing this work today for He has done it through me and all who Love Him. I have seen devils cast out and flee as I have spoken the all-powerful name of Jesus; in the name of Jesus I have seen, many times, those who believe healed from sickness. In the name of Jesus I have seen a large Limousin bull about to smash a man against a barn wall in anger, instantly stop dead, turn around and walk off. I have seen God’s deliverance in my own life many times including from death.  

 

Note: We are presently in the ‘2nd’ dispensation of God’s working:

           

1. The 1st being from Adam to our Lord’s 1st coming approximately 4000 years (4 days) - ending in the Resurrection of God’s people - Matthew 27 v 50-53, Ephesians 4 v 8-10.

           

2. From our Lord’s first coming beginning when scripture records our Lord Jesus was first about His ‘Father’s business’ at 12 years of age - Luke 2 v 42 - 49 to our Lord’s final coming at the battle of Armageddon being the 2nd dispensation of approximately 2000 years - 2 days - ending in a double Resurrection 7 years apart - First Resurrection, 1Thessalonians 4 v 13-18, Luke 17 v 34-37, Matthew 25 v 1-13, Revelation 7 v 9-17. Second Resurrection - Revelation 20 v 4, Revelation 11 v 15-18.

           

3. Our Lord’s 1000 year Reign on earth being the 3rd dispensation (1 day) - ending in the final Resurrection and final Judgment - Revelation 20 v 11-15.

 

Each following dispensation is half of the first: 1000 =  ˝ of 2000, 2000 =  ˝ of 4000

 

Romans:9:28: For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 

‘Go ye, and tell that fox’:

 

The work of Satan is clearly seen through Herod. The Pharisees reported that Herod wanted to kill Jesus (Luke 13 v 31), even as the earlier Herod had sought to slay our Lord as a young child. This was the direct work of the Devil as shown in Revelation 12 v 4-5. What our Lord Jesus spoke to the Pharisees in relation to Herod was directed primarily at the Devil behind them.

 

1John:3:8b: For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 

 

 

3. OUR LORD JESUS ROSE EARLY ON THE 3RD DAY BEFORE DAWN

SO SHALL GOD’S ELECT BE RAISED

 

Matthew:16:21: From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day

(See also: Matthew 17 v 23, Matthew 20 v 19, Mark 9 v 31, Mark 10 v 34, Luke 9 v 22)

 

Matthew:28:1: In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

M't:28:2: And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

M't:28:3: His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

M't:28:4: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

M't:28:5: And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

M't:28:6: He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (read also John 20 v 1 ‘when it was yet dark’)

 

In accordance with scripture (2 Peter 3 v 8), 2 days (2000 years) have almost passed since our Lord’s first coming; the dawn of the 3rd day is now imminent. The Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ just after the midnight hour, early the 3rd day is the blueprint for those who shall be raised from the dead at His 2nd coming.  

 

Matthew:25:6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

 

1Thessalonians:4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1Th:4:17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

(1 Corinthians 15 v 51-54)

 

The 3rd day (resurrection day), speaks of our Lord’s glorious 1000 year Reign.

 

Note: The term ‘latter days or last days’ in scripture speaks of the last 3 days (3000 years) of creation: from our Lord’s first coming to the end of our Lord’s 1000 year Reign, (7 days / 7000 years altogether).

 

Daniel:10:14: Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

(see also Numbers 24 v 14, Deuteronomy 4 v 30, Deut. 31 v 29, Jeremiah 23 v 20, Jer. 30 v 24, Jer. 48 v 47, Jer. 49 v 39, Ezekiel 38 v 16, Daniel 2 v 28, Hosea 3 v 5)

 

Hebrews:1:1: God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Heb:1:2: Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

 

Job:19:25: For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

Job:19:26: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Job:19:27: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

(Job, by the Spirit of God is prophesying the Resurrection and our Lord’s 1000 year Reign upon earth - ‘latter day’, the last of the 3 latter days.)  

 

The Sign of the prophet Jonas (Jonah):

 

Matthew:12:39: But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

M't:12:40: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

M't:12:41: The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

M't:12:42: The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

 

In this sign, our Lord Jesus does not ‘highlight’ His Resurrection as we might expect but rather 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth.

 

Our Lord Jesus cannot only be speaking to the Pharisees about His coming death and resurrection, because our Lord speaks of 3 days and 3 nights. This would mean, His resurrection being after 3 days and 3 nights, would have been early on the 4th day and not the 3rd day. Scripture also reveals that from our Lord’s death on Good Friday (the day before the ‘Sabbath’ day or Saturday - John 19 v 31, Mark 15 v 42-43, Luke 23 v 50-54) to our Lord’s Resurrection, ‘early’ Sunday morning (the day straight after the Sabbath day (or first day of the week) - Matthew 28 v 1, Mark 16 v 1-2, Luke 24 v 1, John 20 v 1) is not 3 days and 3 nights but rather no more than 2; hence our Lord rose (early) on the 3rd day as He said (Matthew 17 v 23, Matthew 20 v 19, Mark 9 v 31, Mark 10 v 34, Luke 9 v 22). So what else is our Lord speaking of when He speaks of 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth as is understood by our Lord Jesus descending into the heart of the earth to lead captivity captive (Ephesians 4 v 8-10).

 

I believe our Lord Jesus is also speaking about His body (1 Corinthians 12 v 27 - God’s people), for our Lord speaks using the name ‘the Son of man’ v 40; hence the 3 days and 3 nights. What do I mean you might ask?

 

God’s elect have been subject to death over the last 2000 years and those who are born during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign will also be subject to death until the Great White Throne Judgment (death being cast into the Lake of Fire at the end of the Great White Throne Judgment - Revelation 20 v 14). These 3000 years or 3 days (which include 3 nights) fit perfectly into God’s ‘Time Scale’ of 2 Peter 3 v 8 hidden in Matthew 12 v 40. God is not aloof from His people but one with them; hence our suffering is His suffering:

 

John:17:20: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

Joh:17:21: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Joh:17:22: And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

Joh:17:23: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 

1Corinthians:12:26: And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

1Co:12:27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 

1Corinthians:15:22: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co:15:23: But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

1Co:15:24: Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

1Co:15:25: For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1Co:15:26: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

 

Revelation:20:14: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

 

Straight after our Lord Jesus has spoken about the 3 days and 3 nights in Matthew 12 v 40, He goes on in v 41 to speak of the Final Great White Throne Judgment 3000 years later; this amplifies what our Lord has just spoken regarding the 3 days and 3 nights; hence the Final Resurrection and Final Judgment :

 

Matthew:12:41: The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

M't:12:42: The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

 (Note: the wicked / world are not Judged until the end of our Lord’s 1000 year Reign -Revelation 20 v 5)

 

Revelation:20:11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Re:20:12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Re:20:13: And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Re:20:14: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Re:20:15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

 

 

4. WHY 3 MEASURES, AND WHO IS THE WOMAN?

 

Matthew:13:33: Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

M't:13:34: All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

M't:13:35: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

 

Have you ever thought about this mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven and what it means? Leaven is used in scripture almost exclusively to illustrate the work of sin / self / Satan. The 2 exceptions to this are found in Matthew 13 v 33 and Luke 13 v 21.

Our Lord Jesus is clearly not speaking of ‘leaven’ in these 2 verses regarding sin for a number of reasons: 1) the verses preceding v33 / 21 speak of the Kingdom of heaven / God. 2) Jesus states ‘the kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven’. Jesus doesn’t say ‘the kingdom of darkness is like unto leaven’. There is no darkness ‘old leaven’ in the kingdom of heaven; and certainly our Lord’s words ‘till the whole was leavened’ would speak of victory for Satan if ‘leaven’ here spoke of his evil work - the gates of hell cannot prevail against the kingdom of God. Jesus also speaks of himself as the bread of Life (John 6 v 35). There are a number of things God has created which are used by God in scripture to speak of the righteous and of the wicked, the context therefore needs to be understood e.g. Vine and grapes -

Righteous - John 15; Isaiah 27 v 2-6 (speaking of our Lord’s 1000 year Reign)

Wicked - Revelation 14 v 18-20   

 

It should also be noted that leaven was not to be used for 7 days only, during the Passover; for the rest of the year leaven could be used freely (we will come back to this in a minute). The same application can be seen in the unclean meats of the Old Testament, while as in the New Testament we are free to eat all meats in thanksgiving to God - for God created all things ‘Good’. These differences / separations given in God’s Word (of which there are many in scripture) are there to teach us the absolute and vital need of being separate from sin / self and the Devil.

 

Old Leaven:

 

Exodus:12:19: Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.

 

- Leaven here speaks of sin

- Where was this commandment first given by God? In the land of Egypt; a type of this present evil world in scripture.

- ‘Israel’ speaks of all God’s people - stranger / born in the land.

- Why 7 days? The battle against sin / the flesh (Romans 8 v 13) has continued now in God’s sight for 6 days (6000 years). The work of God is not yet complete and will continue during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign in those who repopulate the earth at that time. Hence why our Lord Jesus Christ will rule with a rod of iron (Revelation 12 v 5, Psalm 2 v 9, Revelation 2 v 26-27 - speaking of God’s faithful people) and hence why there is a final rebellion against God even in the 7th day (Revelation 20 v 7-10).

 

 

But after this time there will be no more ‘old’ leaven of sin / self / Satan:

 

2Peter:3:13: Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

 

The only Leaven to be found will be ‘the Leaven of the Kingdom of Heaven’ - Righteousness. Hence the ‘women’ and what she does speaks of the work of God through His body (God’s elect e.g. Revelation 12, Ephesians 5 v 30, 1Corinthians 12 v 27). This will continue during our Lord’s 1000 year Reign, hence ‘till the whole was leaved’. The leaven here is the righteousness / kingdom of God in the hearts and lives of believers - Luke 17 v 20-21, Romans 14 v 17.

 

The ‘3 measures of meal’ can be understood in 2 ways:

 

1) The 3 dispensations of God’s work to redeem His elect (1 day = 1000 years):

    1. From Adam to our Lord’s first coming - 4 days

    2. From our Lord’s first coming to His final coming - 2 days

    3. Our Lord’s 1000 year Reign - 1 day

 

2) The 3 days or 3000 years from our Lord’s 1st coming to the Great White Throne Judgment:

 

Luke:2:49: And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

 

Mark:1:14: Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

M'r:1:15: And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

 

Revelation:20:15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

(Scripture has ‘hidden’ in it far more than what meets the eye. God is not limited as we are to speak of only one thing at a time. God can speak once but say 10 things; I have been staggered by this as I have studied God’s Wonderful Perfect Word. One way of understanding this is to look at a beautiful, highly complex, patterned carpet; the more you look the more individual patterns you see woven together.)

 

 

 

5. THE GOOD SAMARITAN (Luke 10 v 30 -35)

 

Luke:10:30: And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

Lu:10:31: And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

Lu:10:32: And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

Lu:10:33: But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

Lu:10:34: And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

 

The Good Samaritan speaks of our Lord Jesus Christ and God’s wonderful work of Salvation. He was rejected by the Jews and ‘Religious’ leaders who cried crucify Him (Jews rejected Samaritans), even as God’s people will be rejected by the world.

 

The man who fell among thieves, was going from Jerusalem to Jericho. He was going away from God (Jerusalem) to the world (Jericho); broad is the road that leads to destruction / 1Peter:5:8b: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

 

The Lord came and had compassion and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine. The oil and wine speak of the work of the Holy Ghost (1 Samuel 16 v 13, Matthew 25 v 3-9, Matthew 9 v 17-18, Revelation 6 v 6b) given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. The Good Samaritan set him on his own beast and took care of him. By grace we are saved through faith that not of ourselves. God has done all for us, without His wondrous Love and Mercy we all would have perished.

 

Luke:10:35: And on the morrow when he departed, he took out TWO PENCE, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

 

This speaks of our Lord’s departing, and coming again. The two pence = 2 days wages (Matthew 20 v 2).

The wages for 2 days speaks of the work of God through His body for 2000 years, up until His second coming. Those who have used the money / talents God has given to them well, He will repay for being faithful servants when He returns - Luke 19 v 11-27, Matthew 25 v 14-30.

 

Luke:10:36: Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

 

Luke:10:37: And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

 

What God has done for us, we must do for others. Freely we have received freely give.

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of God’s time scale in Scripture

Showing points 1 and 2 - Hosea 6 and Luke 13

 

2Peter 3 v 8: But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

 

Psalms 90 v 4: For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

 

Note: Matthew 24 v 33- 34:

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

 

Our Lord Jesus spoke these words after giving us the signs of His soon return in Luke 21, Mark 13 and Matthew 24. Genesis 15 v 13 and 16 combined show us what God’s generation is. It is not less than 100 years and can be no more than 125 years (an exact figure we are not told). If we were to take Genesis 6 v 3 as God’s exact generation it would be 120 years. The words of our Lord Jesus Christ above tell us that all the signs of His soon return will be fulfilled within 1 generation. There is only one place from which this final generation can be taken and that is when ‘Nation shall rise against Nation and Kingdom against Kingdom’. This is because it is the first sign of ‘the beginning of sorrows’ in Matthew 24 and is pre-empted by the word ‘then’ in Luke 21. What Jesus speaks before this are clearly 2 general signs over the last 2000 years classified by the words ‘but the end is not by and by’. Hence when our Lord speaks the 4 signs for ‘the beginning of sorrows’ this must begin the last generation. In all of history there has never been a World War followed by a 2nd World War. This sign marks the beginning of sorrows / the beginning of the last generation. This is confirmed to us by another prophetic sign that has not taken place in 2000 years - the rebirth of Israel in 1948 (Ezekiel 37v21, 38v8). This sign took place shortly after the 2nd World War. All things will be complete within this generation including Armageddon. 





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