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Where there is no vision the people perish. (Pr.29:18)


Understand … for at the time of the end shall be the vision.(Dan.
8:17b)

… write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and
not lie. (Hab.2:2,3)

the end shall be at the time appointed. (Dan.11:27b) But he that shall
endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the
end
come. (Mt. 24:13,14)

But thou, o Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Dan.12:4)

 

 
  1. 7 Seals
2. 70 Weeks
3. Jerusalem Trodden Down
4. Abomination of Desolation
5. 5th Trumpet
6. Antichrist
  7. Prophetic Numbers
8. The Whore
9. The Sign
10. The 2nd Coming
11. The Day of the Lord
12. How Are The Days Shortened?
 
   The book of Revelation lists three groups of prophecy that take place in the end times. They are the 7 Seals, the 7 Trumpets, and the 7 Vials of Wrath. Events within each category happen chronologically. (except the 7th Seal) Each group covers a progressively shorter period of time. The 7 Seals(Rev.6 + 8:1-5) describe conditions and events that manifest during the final generation on earth. (Mt.24:34) The 7 Trumpets (Rev.8:6-9; 11:15-19) cover the Great Tribulation, (Mt.24:21) the last 1,290 days( Dan.12:11), and the 2nd Coming. The 7 Vials of wrath (Rev.15:1; 16) cover the final 45 days of punishment of the ungodly. (Dan.12:12; 1,290 +45= 1,335)
 

7 Seals
 
The 7 Seals coincide with what Jesus says will occur in
Matthew 24 during the last generation before He returns.

1st Seal  Rev.6:1,2   =        Mt. 24:4,5
     a white horse                    religious deception
                                      Mt.24:24 false christs &false prophets

2nd Seal  Rev.6:4      =        Mt. 24: 6,7
          a red horse                         wars, nation vs. nation

3rd Seal  Rev.6:5       =        Mt. 24:7,8
                        a black horse     famine, disease,& earthquakes  

                 Jesus said that these are the beginning of sorrows.

4th Seal  Rev.6:8      =            Mt.24:15,21
              a pale horse                      Antichrist, mark of the beast
       Death & Hell                             during the Great Tribulation

5th Seal  Rev. 6:9-11     =      Mt. 24.9,10
martyrs waiting             Christians hated
        in heaven                  and killed, martyrdom

6th Seal    Rev.6:12     =          Mt.24:29
    great earthquake                     powers of heaven shaken
sun and moon darkened         sun and moon darkened
stars fall                            stars fall from heaven

   The same events are shown in both the 6th Seal and the
2nd Coming of Christ in Matthew 24 because they are the
same event. This means the 6th Seal = the 7th Trumpet.
These great signs in the heavens immediately after the
tribulation are also shown elsewhere. (Joel 2:10,31;Is.13:10)
Once we understand that the 6th Seal ends the chronology
in Revelation 6, we are not thrown off track when we get to
the 7th Seal. Here we are clearly being taken back in the
timeline (from the 6th Seal) to the start of the Trumpets.
The curious skip of verses between Rev.6:12 and Rev.8:1 
is the first indication that there is a break in the sequence
between seals 6 & 7.
7th Seal   Rev.8:1 And when he had opened the seventh
seal there was silence in heaven about the space of half an
hour. The prayers of the saints are offered to God, and the
144,000 are sealed before the Trumpets of the Great
Tribulation begin to sound. (Rev.7:1-8)
The verses that follow the 7th seal prove this.
Rev.8:6 And the seven angels which have the
seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. Rev.8:7
Trumpet #1 Rev.8:8 Trumpet #2 … Trumpet #7 which is
again, the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ.(Rev.11:15)


70 Weeks


    In Daniel 9:24-27, he was told in this vision that 70 weeks
are determined upon thy people and thy holy city …
(Jerusalem) During this allotment of time several events
would transpire, leading to the final 7 years before the
return of Christ.
This is a concealed prophecy. The Hebrew word for week
here is shabuwa which means seven. The same usage is
found in Gen.29:27, as the time Jacob served Laban, 7 years.
Therefore 70 weeks translates 70 sevens or 70 - 7 year
periods = 490 years. It began when the Persian king Cyrus gave the order to build God a house(temple) atJerusalem.(IIChron.36:21-23;Ezra1:1,2)

The 69th week was completed when Messiah was cut off. (Jesus crucified)

This means  the 70th week or final 7 year period is all
that remains to complete this prophecy. The reason for the
large gap in time since the 69th week is because the 70th
is the last 7 years at the end of the age.
It will begin when he(this end time prince) confirms the
(holy) covenant with many for one week. (Dan.9:27)
Daniel 11 gives further explanation of the process.
vs.28 … his heart shall be against the holy covenant(that he
confirmed at the beginning.)
vs.30 … he will have indignation against the holy covenant
and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy
covenant . He will renege on the treaty he previously
agreed to.( This should not be surprising. The devil is a
deceiver and a liar.)
vs.31 And arms(armies) shall stand on his part, and they
shall pollute the sanctuary of strength(temple) and shall take
away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the
abomination that makes desolate. This prophecy is essential
for understanding the end times.
The book of Revelation compliments
Daniel’s 70th week, and explains numerous events that culminate with
the Second Coming of Christ.(Rev.12:6,14; 11:2,3)

Jerusalem Trodden Down

Speaking on the end of the age, Jesus said in Luke 21:20
And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies,
then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. This same
event is shown in Dan.11:31 : And arms shall stand on his
part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and
shall take away the daily sacrifice , and they shall place the
abomination that makes desolate. (see Topic 4)
Lk.21:24 And Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the
Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. vs. 27
sets the context for the time frame, before the 2nd Coming.
Jerusalem will be occupied during the rule of Antichrist.
(see Topic 6) (Rev.13:5,7) During this same 1,260 days, God’s
2 Witnesses will prophesy. … but the court outside the
temple … it is given unto the Gentiles(non Jewish) … and
the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two
months.(Rev.11:2)
How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice
and the transgression of desolation, to give both the
sanctuary, and the host to be trodden under foot? (answer)
And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred
days; (2,300) then shall the sanctuary be
cleansed.(Dan.8:13b,14; at the end of God’s wrath; (Topic 7)
The scriptures indicate the existence of a third temple in
the final 7 years, where the Jews will again offer a daily
sacrifice. After that, the son of perdition will sit in the
temple of God, showing himself to be God. (IIThes.2:3,4)
The only acceptable location for it’s construction is their
ancestral site, Mt. Moriah, the temple mount.
The Muslims have control of this area, where the Dome of
the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque currently stand.
The covenant that Antichrist confirms with many will likely
involve the long pursued Mideast peace treaty among the
Israelis, Muslims, and others. Two of the provisions in this
agreement will include: a. access for the construction of the
Jewish temple  b. Palestinian statehood.
 

A.O.D. 
 
It is critical for all true believers to understand what this is
and when it happens.
Jesus said that when you shall see the abomination of
desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the
holy place … for then shall be great tribulation…
(Mt.24:15,21 part) We find that this strange term is the
activity of one called the “little horn.”(Dan.7:8,11; 8:9,10)
He is called the beast in Rev.13.(the first beast) This beast
who will rule over all kindreds, tongues, and nations(not
just Israel) for 42 months, is none other than Antichrist.
The same person that Paul refers to as the son of
perdition, will sit in the temple of God, showing himself
to be God.(IIThes.2:2-9)
Daniel tells us how this will play out. His armies will invade
Jerusalem, stop the daily sacrifice in the Jewish temple, and
set up the A.O.D. in it’s place. (Dan.11:31)
This abomination makes one desolate as a result of
compliance with the requirements of this new world
government.(order)

It will be mandatory for all to:

1. Take the mark of the beast(666) or you can’t buy or sell.
  2. Worship the image of the beast or be killed.(Re.13:15-18)

We are told how long the A.O.D. lasts. And from the time
    the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination
that makes desolate set up, there shall be 1,290 days.  
It starts 30 days before the midpoint of the final 7
years.(30+1,260=1,290; Dan.12:11; see Topic 7)
This event is so significant that one of the 3 angels will
declare: If any man worships the beast and his image and
receives his mark in his forehead or in his hand. The same
shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.(Rev.14:9,10)
The consequence for committing this grave error will be
exacted in the first vial of God’s wrath after the tribulation.
Rev.16:2 And the first (angel) went and poured
out his vial upon the earth, and there fell a noisome and
grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the
beast, and them which worshipped his image.
This means all who are deceived and follow Antichrist as
Messiah, Mahdi, or Jesus will end up where he does, in
the lake of fire.(Rev.19:20) Siding with Satan is the
equivalent of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, the only sin
which will not be forgiven.(Mt.12:31)
During the Great Tribulation, all Christians will be
required to live outside the mainstream economy and
society in remote locations. At that time, we must refuse
any participation with the government or religion under
the control of the false messiah, under penalty of death.

The 5th Trumpet

Trumpets 1-4 have already unleashed their devastating
affects at the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
The 5th Trumpet elevates the level of destruction to being
called a woe. (Rev.8:13) It is the first of the three woes,
Trumpets 5, 6, & 7.
Rev. 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded and I saw a star fall
from heaven
unto earth, and to him was given the key
of the bottomless pit. We’re talking about a fallen angel
here. He opens the bottomless pit, releasing the demonic
hordes upon the earth. Their unearthly description is given
and the following verse reveals the identity of their leader.
Rev. 9:11 And they had a king over them which is the angel
of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue
has his name Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has his
name Apollyon. (Strongs #623 destroying angel; ( i.e. Satan)
In Luke 10:18 Jesus said, I saw Satan as lightning fall from
heaven.
(exact wording as Rev.9:1)
IICor.11:14 Paul said, And no marvel for Satan himself is
transformed as an angel of light.(angel of the bottomless
pit.)
This same event at the 5th Trumpet is also shown in Rev. 12
and confirms what happens at that time.
Rev.12:7 And there was war in heaven; Michael and his
angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought
and his angels; vs.8 And prevailed not; neither was their
place found any more in heaven. vs. 9 And the great
dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and
Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out
unto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
… for the accuser of our brethren is cast down…
… woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea. For the
devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because
he knows he has but a short time. (Rev.12:9,10 part)
The bottomless pit phrase is used only 7 times, all in the
book of Revelation. (9:1,2,11;11:7; 17:8; 20:1,3)
Rev.9:1 … a star falls from heaven to earth,
And to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Rev.9:2 … he opened the bottomless pit (IIPet.2:4)
Rev.9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel
of the bottomless pit … his name Apollyon.
Rev.11:7 And when they (the 2 Witnesses) shall have
finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the
bottomless pit shall make war against them and shall kill
them. vs. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street
of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and
Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Rev.17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, shall
ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition.
( Because he is the son of perdition.(IIThes.2:3)
This is the same one as the first beast in Rev.13, who rules
over all the world for 42 months.(Rev.13:5-7; the second
lamb- like beast here is the false prophet.(Rev.13:11;19:20)
The 1st beast is the same one Daniel calls the little horn.
Dan.7:8 … a little horn … and a mouth speaking great things.
vs. 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words
which the (little) horn spoke; I beheld even till the beast was
slain… And there was given unto him a mouth speaking
great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto
him to continue forty and two months. (Rev.13:5)
Rev.20:1,3 The angel of God chains the devil and casts him
into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years. ( during the
millennium)
Examination of these 7 verses make it clear, and gives
revelation , not only who this is, but when it happens.
At exactly the midpoint of the final 7 years, the 5th Trumpet
will sound. Satan himself will come to earth to fulfill his 42
month rule as world leader, the Antichrist!

The Antichrist

… as you have heard that antichrist shall come.(IJn.2:18)
He is called by several different names:
- The little horn (Dan.7:8)
- The beast (Dan.7:11:Rev.13:1-8)
- The son of perdition (IIThes.2:3;Rev.17:8)

- A king
… a king of fierce countenance (Dan.8:23)
…the king … shall exalt himself… (Dan.11:36)
… a king … the angel of the bottomless pit (Rev.9:11)
… and the beast… he is the eighth(king) and goes into
perdition. (Rev.17:8,11 part)
He receives his power from the dragon. ( the devil;
Rev.13:4)

Several things Antichrist will do:

a. Confirms the covenant with many for one week.
(7 years; Dan.9:27)
This end time prince of the people that will come
(Dan.9:26) is known initially as the prince of the covenant.
(Dan.11:21,22) This vile person will enter peaceably and
obtain the kingdom by flattery, and masquerades as a
peacemaker. (Dan.8:25)
b. Has wars with the king of the north and king of the
south. (during the first 31/2 yrs.;Dan.11:11,25)

c. Forsakes the holy covenant (Dan.11:28,30)

d. His troops invade the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, stop
the daily sacrifice, and set up the abomination of
desolation. (Dan.11:31;Mt.24:15;Lk.21:20)
e. Has a mouth speaking great things. (Dan.7:20,25;
Rev.13:5)
f. Magnifies and exalts himself against God. (Dan.8:11,25;
11:36,37)
g. Sits in the temple of God showing himself to be God.
IIThes.2:3,4)
h. The beast receives a deadly wound which was healed.
(Rev.13: 3,4,12,14) At the 5th Trumpet a satanic miracle will
take place. The devil will possess that man on earth
who has died, raising him from the dead. That will
cause the world to wonder and say
who is like unto the beast?(Mt.24:24;Rev.17:11)

i. Makes war on the saints.
(Dan.7:21,25;Rev.13:7;11:7;12:17) And when they had finished their testimony, the beast (Antichrist) that ascended out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them … (the 2 Witnesses)

j. Rules the whole world for the final 42 months(Rev.13:5)

k. His false prophet( the lamb-like beast in Rev.13:11)will require all to:

1. Take the mark to continue buying and selling(Rev.13:16)
2. Worship the image of the beast or be killed.(Rev.13:15)

His ability to perform wonders (fire from the sky) will
deceive the majority of earth’s inhabitants. (Rev.16:14)
There will be little resistance to this new leadership and
most will conform without coercion.(Rev.13:13)

l. The beast will be destroyed by Jesus Christ at
Armageddon (the 6th vial;Rev.16:16) and thrown
into the lake of fire. (Rev.19:19-21)
At this point, Satan will come out of the Antichrist.
The resulting separation allows him to be bound for
1,000 years, and thereafter destroyed.(Rev.20:10)

Prophetic Numbers
 
-1,260, 1,290, 1,335, &  2,300 days -

The significance of these numbers is required to
understand the last 7 year timeline.
The 1,260 day number is shown several places, also as 42 months. This 3 1/2 years is the second half of the last
7 years. (Rev.11:2,3;13:4,5)
The woman flees to the wilderness for 1,260 days.
(Rev.12:6) …where she is nourished for a times, time, and
half a time from the face of the serpent.
This same cryptic language is found in Dan.12:7 , and is
the answer to the question. How long shall it be to the
end of these wonders? … it shall be for a time,(1)and
times,(2) and a half. (1/2) = 3 ½ (Dan.7:25) Daniel says of
the little horn (A.C.) that when he shall have
accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people,
all these things shall be finished.(Dan.12:7;7:21,25)
Jesus said that this generation shall not pass, til all these
things be fulfilled. ( in Matthew 24)
The 1,290 days start 30 days before the midpoint of
the 7 years. This is when the abomination of desolation
is set up. (see Topic 4) And from the time that the daily
sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that
makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two
hundred and ninety days. This is the timing for the
                   event that marks the start of the Great Tribulation.(Dan12:11) 
 During the first 30 days, Trumpets 1,2,3,& 4
have released their destruction. When the 5th Trumpet
sounds, Satan comes to rule the world. ( see Topic 5)
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and the sea! for the
devil is come down unto you having great wrath, for he
knows he has but a short time.
Curiously both the 1,260 and 1,290 days end at the same
point, at the end of the Tribulation.
The 1,335 day reference is also found only one time,
in the verse following 1,290 days. Blessed is he that waits
and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and
thirty days. (Dan.12:12;Rev.19:6)) This 45 day period
between the 1,290 & 1,335 days is when God’s wrath is
poured out.
When Christ returns , immediately after the tribulation
of those days, all true believers will be resurrected to the
Marriage Supper of the Lamb in heaven. (Rev.19:7-9)
At the very same time, the 7 vials of God’s wrath are
unleashed on all those who are left behind, the unsaved
who refused to repent.(Rev.11:18;Rev.9:20,21)
The reason Christians are not appointed to wrath is
because we are in heaven with Jesus, until he returns to
earth with us on white horses. This happens at the 6th vial
of wrath, when Antichrist, the false prophet, and their
armies are defeated at Armageddon. At that time every
knee will bow and tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.
When the 7 vials are finished, we rule and reign with Jesus
for 1,000 years.(Rev.2:26,27;5:10;20:6;22:5)

2,300 days How long shall be the vision
concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of
desolation (A.O.D.) to give both the sanctuary and the
host (Jerusalem) to be trodden under foot.? Unto two
thousand and three hundred days; then shall the
sanctuary be cleansed.(Dan.8:13b,14)
This prophecy starts when the the daily sacrifice begins
in the temple and ends when the temple is cleansed
during the wrath of God. (Ezk.39:7)
In both Rev.16:17b and Ezk.39:8 the exact same words
are used. “It is done.” The A.O.D. lasts 1,290 days, plus
45 days for the wrath until the temple is cleansed. This
1,335 days must be subtracted from the 2,300 to
determine how long the daily sacrifice continues. This is
965 days. The end point is the same for the 1,335 and
2,300 days, (See Chart)
 

The Whore

Rev.17 & 18

This is the judgment of the great whore who
rides a beast with 7 heads and 10 horns.
She is called Mystery, Babylon the Great,Mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. (Rev.17:5) Part of the mystery is that most don’t recognize who or what she is. She is clearly the enemy of God and his people, as she is drunk with the blood of the saints, and of the martyrs of Jesus.(Rev.17:6) She is the spirit of Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, but causes people to commit spiritual adultery.(Rev.2:20-24) …for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. (by manipulation and control;Rev.18:23)

Her origin is found in ancient Babylon. (Iraq) There after
the flood, mankind continued their rebellion against God
and built a tower that would reach to heaven. God halted
their construction by confusing their language. Thus was
their tower named Babel. (confusion) Babylon the Great
therefore translates Great Confusion.
All the cities of the world are a part of Babylon, with
Babylon the Great as their leader in the end time.
Already we have witnessed the dual role of this woman,
who is both: 1. a whore (Rev.17:1) and 2. a great city
(Rev.17:18) The whore lures people into spiritual adultery
thru false religion, mammon(money) worship, and
idolatry. Her physical aspect is manifested in a city which is
immersed in trafficking merchandise thru global
commerce. (Rev.18:15,19; Ezk.28:5,8)
The woman rides a beast with 7 heads and 10 horns.
In prophecy, the word beast is synonymous with
several other terms including kings, heads, mountains,
toes, and horns. All of these words mean a
government(s), or a nation(s), or a leader of the same.
(king or horn)
Rev.17 tells us there are a total of 7 heads which are 7
mountains, which have 7 kings. All these represent world
governments that would exist throughout history.
Like the woman, both the devil and beast are shown
having 7 heads and 10 horns. (Rev.12:3;13:1) All three
have been exerting their power and influence down thru
the ages.
Dan.2:35b confirms the true meaning of mountain … the
stone(Jesus)that smote the image, became a great
mountain and filled the whole earth. This a picture of the
millennial kingdom of God on earth when Christ returns.
Of the 7 heads(kingdoms) it says that … five are fallen, one is,
and the other is not yet come. (Remember mountains
mean kingdoms, not the 7 hills of Rome.)
The one that is, the 6th, was referring to the Roman
Empire, during the time Christ was on earth, and the
book of Revelation written.
This leaves only one that remains, the 7th.
In Daniel 2 &7, both visions represent five successive
world empires(heads) beginning with the kingdom of his
day: 1. Babylon 2. Medo-Persia 3. Greece 4. Rome 5.The 10
toes or 10 horns.

Here are five of the seven mountains described in Revelation but it says that five are fallen before the 6th.(Rome)\

So where are the other two?

When we look at the historical account, we find that two
major empires existed before Daniel’s day, Egypt and
Assyria. When these two are added to the five Daniel
provides, the list of 7 is complete as shown in Rev.17:9,10)
These 10 kings (the 7th head) who give their power and
strength to the Antichrist are the same 10 toes on the
image in Dan.2. It is in the days of these kings shall
the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be
destroyed.
The whore riding the beast is a picture of false religion
influencing and directing world leaders to accomplish
their evil purposes. … they are drunk with the wine of
her fornication. (Eph.6:12)
This partnership has existed throughout history, but the
final chapter has a different twist. The 7th world
government will turn on the whore, and destroy her in
the time frame when Antichrist comes to power.
The whore arrogantly declares of herself, “ I sit a queen,
and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.” Therefore
shall her plagues come in one day- death, mourning, and
famine. And she shall be utterly burned with fire: for
strong is the Lord God who judges her. (Rev 17:7,8) This is
why God’s people will obey when the voice from heaven
says, Come out of her my people, that you be not
partakers of her sins, and that you receive not
of her plagues. (Rev.18:4) God will use this last world
government before Antichrist to carry out judgment on
Babylon the Great.
These shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate,
and these shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. The
whore’s demise occurs at the beginning of the Great
Tribulation. The timing is confirmed by the second angel’s
declaration that Babylon the Great has fallen before the
third angel warns not to take the mark of the beast
(Rev.14:9,10) which lasts the final 1260 days.
The rest of the cities in the world fall after the 7th vial of
wrath. (Rev.16:19) …in the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall.(Is.30:25b; Jer.4:26,27)
Babylon the Great is shown as a major seaport. This
alone eliminates some other candidates that are
commonly put forth such as : Rome, Jerusalem, or ancient
Babylon, Iraq, none of which are seaports.
What great city today is known as the financial capital of
the world? Where is the U.N. located? What great
seaport imports more than anyone else? That’s right.
N.Y.C., the big apple. If it is in fact the U.S.A. that is
removed from world power at that point, it would explain
how Antichrist will be able to occupy Jerusalem for 42
months. Because their biggest supporter and defender
was destroyed.
Judgment begins first at the house of God.( those who
claim Christianity) When there is a failure to repent,
destruction results. ( look at Israel’s history) But if they will
not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,
saith the Lord. (Jer.12:17)
This also answers the question, where is the United
States in prophecy? Babylon the Great.
I believe Babylon the Great’s fall happens at the 1st
Trumpet, at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. It will
come as a first strike nuclear attack from this 10 member
coalition.
These 10 kings who receive power one hour with the
beast… these have one mind and shall give their power
and strength to the beast.(Rev.17:3)
1st Trumpet Rev.8:7 And the first angel sounded and
there followed hail and fire( two elements produced in a
nuclear blast)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. For God has put in their
hearts to fulfill his will and to agree, and give their
kingdom to the beast until the
words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which you
saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the
earth.(Rev.17:17,18)(the self proclaimed world’s greatest
superpower.)

Matthew 24 - The Sign

There are numerous signs that precede the 2nd Coming of
Christ: religious deception, false christs, false prophets,
wars, famines, pestilences,(disease) earthquakes,
persecution, and the love of many turns cold. ( see Topic I)
vs.14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in
all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall
the end come.
vs.15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of
desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet
(Dan.8:13;9:27;11:31;12:11) stand in the holy place…
vs.21 For then shall be great tribulation such as was not
since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever
shall be.(Dan.12:1) The appearance of the A.O.D. is the final
warning that the mark of the beast has arrived. Except the
2 Witnesses, all true believers will be required to exit the
mainstream economy in order to refuse.(Rev.14:9,10) All
these things take place before the coming of the Son of
man.(vs.27)
vs. 34 This generation shall not pass until all these things
be fulfilled.
vs. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall
the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light,
and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of
heaven shall be shaken. Cosmic disturbances of
unparalleled magnitude are unleashed right before He
returns.(Rev.6:12)
vs.30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in
heaven … and they shall see the Son of man coming in the
clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Dan.7:13 … the Son of man came with the clouds of
heaven…vs.31 And he shall send his angels with the great
sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect
… This great trumpet that is sounded at Christ’s return is
the 7th Trumpet.
(ICor.15:51,52; the last trump)
Rev.11:15 And the seventh angel sounded, and there were
great voices in heaven, saying, THE KINGDOMS OF THIS
WORLD ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD AND
OF HIS CHRIST, AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.
This is the sign declared by the great voices in heaven
when they announce the arrival of God’s kingdom on earth,
the 7th Trumpet.
This is the sign that his disciples asked about in vs.3b …
and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of
the world?(age) The sign of the Son of Man. Jesus Christ at
the 2nd Coming.

The 2nd Coming

There is great confusion and error in the church
concerning this subject. The majority in America have
accepted the pretribulation rapture doctrine. They have been taught they will be
removed from earth at any moment, before the last 7 years
begin.
Christ himself says that it is “immediately after the
tribulation of those days” when we will see Him coming in
the clouds, and the angels gathering the
believers.(Mt.24:29-31; Dan.7:13)
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld,
he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their
sight.
…this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall come in like manner as you have seen him go into
heaven.(Acts 1:9,11b; in the clouds)
This is what Paul is speaking of in IThes.4:16,17 For the
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God. And the
dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and
remain shall be caught up (raptured) with them in the
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be
with the Lord. Paul understood that our redemption comes
at the last(7th)trumpet. (ICor.15:51,52) We put off this
earthly body and receive our resurrected bodies.)
This event is known in scripture as the resurrection of
the just. (Jn.11:24,25;Jn.5:28,29;Lk.14:14) Our being
caught up(raptured) is what takes place at the
resurrection. The rapture is not a separate event from the
resurrection, it is the resurrection. The Second Coming is
always tied to the gathering of the saved.
On the coming of Christ and the gathering of the saints,
Paul warned the Thessalonians: Let no man deceive you
by any means; for that day shall not come, except there
comes a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,
the son of perdition(Rev.17:8) who opposes and exalts
himself above all that is called God, so that he as God
sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
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: Even him whose
coming is after the working of Satan.(the Antichrist;
IIThes.2:1-9)
From these verses we can clearly see that Paul
understood that Antichrist comes first, then Jesus Christ.
Some, in an attempt to support their position, are calling
Christ’s appearance at Armageddon the 2nd Coming. It is
not. Although close together, the 2nd Coming and
subsequent return to Armageddon are two distinctly
separate events.

1. It is at the 7th Trumpet that Jesus comes in the clouds
and the angels gather the believers.
(saints;Rev.11:15;Mt.24;29-31)

2. At the 6th Vial of wrath, Jesus returns from the
Marriage Supper in heaven on white horses with the saints
to rule and reign forever.(Rev.16:12-16;19:11-16;Zech.16:3-5

These 2 events are separated by only several days, not
7 years.)
Here are two more errors currently being taught:

1. The entire last 7 years is the Tribulation
2. The Great Tribulation is the wrath of God

The parable of the wheat and the tares is another
picture of God’s timing. Let the wheat(children of the
kingdom) and the tares(children of the wicked one)
grow together until the harvest. The harvest is the end
of the world.(age )(Mt.13:30,36-43; no early separation.)
The saints who were slain for the word of God have
their question answered. How long O Lord, holy and
true do you not avenge our blood on them that dwell
on the earth? Until their fellow servants should be killed
as they were should be fulfilled.(during the Great
Tribulation; Rev.6:9-11)
The martyrdom of God’s people comes to an end
when the 2 Witnesses are killed.(Rev.11:3,7) Here are
two more verses on this subject. (Rev.15:2;20:4) This
same group who refused the mark of the beast is in the
first resurrection. There is only one resurrection of all
believers that remains.(the first resurrection;
Rev.20:4,5; in the resurrection, at the last day;(Jn.11:24)
It takes place at the 2nd coming of
Christ. At the last trumpet we are caught
up(resurrected, raptured) to the Marriage Supper of the
Lamb in heaven. At that same time, the 7 vials of God’ s
wrath begin to pour out on the unbelievers who are left
behind on earth.(Rev.15:1; ch.16)
When Jesus returns from the Marriage Supper to fight
at Armageddon (the 6th vial) the Antichrist, false
prophet, and their armies are defeated. There is a
great earthquake at the 2nd Coming (Rev.6;12) and
another even greater earthquake at the 7th vial when
the cities of the nations fall.(Rev.16;18) When the
wrath is finished, we rule and reign with Christ 1,000 yrs.
(Rev.2:26; Dan.7:22; Lk.22:29,30; Mt.19:28; Rev.20:6)

The Day of the Lord

This is a subject that is written about extensively in
prophecy. Joel tags the timing to the sun being darkened,
and the moon turned to blood before the great and terrible
day of the Lord comes. (Joel 2:31,10,11) These cosmic
disturbances are signs that precede the 2nd Coming of
Christ and the wrath that follows. They are also shown in
Mt.24:29-31 , Rev.6:12 , and Is.13:10.
The 7 vials of God’s wrath begin after the 2nd Coming. At his
return, all believers are resurrected to the Marriage Supper
of the Lamb in heaven to receive our rewards. (Rev.11:14
-18)
On earth, at the very same time, the unbelievers left
behind receive the wrath of God. It is not until the 6th vial
that Christ returns from heaven on white horses with the
saints to fight the battle of Armageddon.
(Rev.19:11-17;Zech.14:1-9; Ezk.38 & 39)
… the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the
Lord of host mustereth the host of the battle. Howl you; for
the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction
from the Almighty. (Is.13:4,6 part)
Behold the day of the Lord comes, cruel both with wrath
and fierce anger. (Mal.4:5)
…to gather them to the battle of that great day of God
Almighty. And he gathered them together into a place
called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(at the 6th vial of
wrath; Rev.16:14,16 part)
Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of
Jehoshapat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen
round about. … for their wickedness is great. Multitudes,
multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord
is near in the valley of decision. (Joel 3:12-14 part)
Therefore wait you upon me, saith the Lord, until the day
that I rise up to take the prey: for my determination is to
gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to
pour upon them my indignation(wrath), even my fierce
anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of
my jealousy.(Zeph.3:8 + all; Rev.14:10)
In IThes.5 Paul explains how the day of the Lord will come
as a thief in the night.(by surprise, off guard) For it is when
they shall say peace and safety,(Ezk.3:10,11) that sudden
destruction falls on them. (at the day of the Lord; Jer.6:14;
Mt.24:48-51) But we are not in darkness that that day(of
the Lord) should overtake you as thief.(vs.4) For God has
not appointed us to wrath.(vs.9)
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night,
in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth
also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
(II Pet.3:10;Rev.3:3;Rev.16:15)
Ezekiel 39:8 and Rev.16:17 use the exact same words to
announce that God’s wrath is over after the 7th vial. “It is
done.” This is the day whereof I have spoken.
It is then that every knee shall bow and tongue confess that
Jesus is Lord!(Is.45:23) … For all nations shall come and
worship before thee; for thy judgments are made
manifest.(Rev.15:14b;Phil.2:10,11; Ps.46:10)
In Rev. 16, the 7th vial in vs. 18 unleashes the largest
earthquake in history. As a result, the cities of the nations
fall.(vs.19)( As explained in Topic 8, Babylon's destruction happens in two phases. First, Babylon the Great(America) at the beginning of the Tribulation, then the rest of the cities in the world at the end.)

In vs. 21 a final plague of huge hailstones raindown, completing the 7th vial of God’s wrath. It is done!(Ezk.38:10-22)


How Are The Days Shortened?

Jesus said that unless those days(during the end times)
were shortened, no flesh would be saved.(come out alive)
But for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened. How
will this happen?
Most agree that there is a final 7 year period.(Dan.9:27)
We also learn that the second half of that 7 years is shown as
1,260 days.(a prophetic year = 360 days; Rev.12:6;11:3) or
42 months.(Rev.11:2;13:3) This last 1,260 days, plus the 30
days before the midpoint, combine to give the duration of
the abomination of desolation , 1,290 days.(Dan.12:11)(see
Topic 4 )
The start of the 1,290 days marks the beginning of the
Great Tribulation, which includes the last 42 month(1,260
days) rule and mark of Antichrist.(666)(Rev.13:16-18)
For Jesus said that it is when we see the abomination of
desolation … for then shall be great tribulation.(Mt.24:15,21
part; Dan.12:1)
Jesus said that it is “ immediately after the tribulation of
those days …( at the end of the 7 years) and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power
and great glory.”(Mt.24:29-31 part) This happens when the
7th Trumpet is sounded. (Rev.11:15)
His coming is the time for the resurrection of all who are in
the Lamb’s book of life. In the transformation into our
spiritual bodies, we are caught up to the Marriage Supper of
the Lamb in heaven, while on earth, the 7 vials are being
executed on the heathen who refused to repent.(Rev.11:18 ;
9:20,21)
In the verse following the 1,290 days, Dan.12:11 , we are
told in vs.12 that we receive a blessing for waiting until
1,335 days. This is an additional 45 days.(1,290 + 45 = 1,335)
(see Topic 7)
The Coming of Christ and our resurrection happens after
the Great Tribulation ends. Strangely, the end point is the
same for the 7 years, the 1,290 day, & 1,260 day
prophecies.
Remember we are taken at the 2nd Coming( the end of the
1,260 & 1,290 days) The reason we are then waiting for
another 45 days( until 1,335) is that the wrath of God is
being poured out on earth. This is why Paul could say that
we are not appointed to wrath.( because we are not on
earth to receive of those plagues.(Remember the 7 vials of
wrath follow the 7 Trumpets after the Great Tribulation;
the tribulation is not God’s wrath, it’s Satan’s wrath.
(Rev.12:12)
It is not until the 6th vial that Christ returns to earth with
the saints on white horses, to defeat Antichrist, the false
prophet, and their armies at the battle of
Armageddon.(Rev.16:12-16)
Our days are being shortened by 45 because we don’t receive
the wrath of God. At this time. the rule of Satan is over, and the kingdom of god will be established on earth.

Another aspect of this subject could involve the length of
the calendar year. Prophetic timing is measured in 360 day
years vs. 365. So if someone used a traditional 365 day
calendar to count the last 7 years, the end of the age would
come 35 days sooner than they would be expecting.(5
days/yr. x 7 yrs.=35 days)