To expedite the understanding of the time-line for the last days, let’s cover some of the basic prophecies that define what the Bible calls the 7 year tribulation period.
God had promised the Jews, ’70 weeks of years’ or 490 years of occupation of the Promised Land. “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 (by bringing in the Messiah), and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” (Dan. 9: 24) This was uttered by the prophet Daniel while he and the Jews were in Babylonian captivity as judgment for past transgressions. Daniel then goes on and explains; that from the time they are released from captivity to rebuild the city and temple, and to the time the Messiah is ‘cut off’ (killed), and the city and temple are again destroyed, will be 483 years. (Dan. 9: 25-26). So, in 70 A.D. The Romans destroy the temple and the Jews flee and are dispersed all over the world. Then in the late 1940’s, through the Balfour Decision, the Jews are allowed to purchase a portion of the land of Palestine. Jews begin migrating from all parts of the world to again settle in their Promised Land. And in May of 1948, Israel becomes a nation and in 1967 they regain the city of Jerusalem. But the last remaining 7 years promised do not begin, until the Anti-Christ comes into power and rule (Dan. 9: 27).
1948 ____________________________________ 2013
When Israel became a nation, the prophetic clock for the last days began ticking. Because this is the first thing that had to happen in order for all the other prophecies of the last days to begin to take place.
Scriptures on Israel becoming a nation.
“Then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, where the Lord thy God had scattered thee. And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and He will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.” (Deut. 30: 3 & 5)
“And I will bring again [out of] captivity My people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith theLord thy God.” (Amos 9: 14 & 15)
“For lo, the days will come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again [out of] captivity My people of Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.” (Jer. 30: 3)
Now the first time-line illustrated spans 65 years from 1948 to 2013. The reason for this being pointed out is this. Christ gave us a very important clue regarding the length of the timetable to His return. “And as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what [shall be] the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matt. 24: 3) The Lord then gives a total of 38 verses with all the signs that reveal His second coming. But one of the key verses is verse 34. “Truthfully, I say unto you, that generation shall not pass, until all these things be fulfilled.” So the next logical question is, what is a generation? Well, according to Psalm 90: 10 a generation is 70 years! So this means that the Lord will return within the next 4 ½ years! Are you ready? Or will you be left behind to face the 7 year Tribulation under the thumb of the Anti-Christ?
Now the Lord’s return is actually in two phases. Phase One – He appears in the clouds with a shout and the blast of a trumpet and takes both the dead and the living to be with Him forever in heaven. Christians call this event the ‘Rapture’. It comes from the Latin word, ‘rapiemur’ [suddenly caught up].
Scriptures on the Rapture
“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.” (Matt. 24: 40-42)
“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all die, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15: 51-52)
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we be ever with the Lord.” (1 Thes. 4: 16-17)
The purpose for this event is multiple. First, Christ promises to spare His ‘bride’, the Church from the wrath of God coming upon the earth. Second, with the Church removed, the Jews will then assume the position they were always supposed to assume, spreading the ‘good news’ of the Bible and announcing the Messiah. Third, it is a time reserved for the judgment of those that, “. . . received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2 Thes. 2: 10-11).
There are very few events left to occur before the rapture takes place. Yet still, the rapture could occur in the midst of any one of the following events leading up to the 7 year tribulation.
1.) Psalm 83 War – Israel expands her borders – never to lose them again, and becomes the power in the Middle East. With Mecca captured and under Israeli control it will be the end of Islam. It will be the beginning of Obama’s downfall as well. With his plan to destroy Israel a failure, his little caliphate in the White House will come down. The mainstream media as well, may now begin to turn on him, when they see the Bilderbergs may not be as all powerful as they have presented themselves to be.
2.) Israel Builds A Temple – Israel will now no longer have anyone trying to tell her what to do with her land. She will begin her old custom of animal sacrifice and erect a temple. “In that day (speaking of the time of the Lord’s return) I will raise up the tabernacle of David . . . and I will raise up his ruins (the city of David has recently been discovered and excavated, also, the tabernacle of David has been found in the ‘Cave of Two Columns’ in the Qumran Province) and I will build it as in the days of old.” (Amos 9:11- 12 )
A little explanation is needed here: When Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, it was at this time when God gave them all the instructions for building the ‘temple in the desert’ the Ark of the Covenant, priest’s garments etc. The desert temple was a complicated and elaborate set of animal skins and tapestries forming a large tent structure. A cloth wall, supported by silver and gold pillars surrounded the temple. The tabernacle of David is the exact same tent structure, but surrounded by a wooden wall that is overladen with gold. This is the logical choice for a temple structure for a couple of reasons. First is time and money. It would take longer than they want to take and would be enormously expensive. Second, while one faction of Jews believes they’re supposed to erect a temple before the Messiah comes, another sect believes the Messiah is supposed to erect the third temple.
3.) Rise of the 10 Kings – The other event that has to occur, because the rapture is so close, is the arrival of the ’10 Kings’. The United Nations has the globe broken up into 10 regions with plans to have an appointed ruler over each one. “And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdoms as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Rev. 17: 12-13) Region One you already know by the name, European Union. It began as the Club of Rome in the late 60’s which was an economic and trade agreement among European nations. It then progressed to the ‘European Community’ and finally the European Union. Ever heard of NAFTA? That’s the trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico or, Region Two on the U.N. map. We may not even see these guys until the Anti-Christ appears. But I’m sure the Bilderbergs already have them picked out.
4.) Ezek. 38: & 39: War – Israel is already producing 70% of Europe’s fruit and vegetables and when her borders are expanded she will be extremely prosperous. Russia and many allies will be drawn to try and conquer her. I challenge you to read these two chapters. God is going to make Himself, undeniably known to the world in the most dramatic and terrifying fashion!
You’ll notice that the 7 year Tribulation is broken into two 3 ½ year segments. The first three and a half years, The 10 Kings and the Anti-Christ will come on the scene to establish the New World Order. A one world currency with a one world government and the soon coming one world religion will be set up. The 10 Kings will turn their power over to the ‘little horn’ and he will make a 7 year peace treaty with the Jews. Now keep in mind that the Rapture will occur by 2018 at the latest. If we go by the Jewish calendar, then technically we have until some time in Sept of 2019. That is when the 70 years or one generation has passed from 1948 when Israel became a nation and the prophetic clock began ticking. Let’s look at the first 3 ½ years.
Now things on the earth will become like something right out of a sci-fi movie! The Rapture will leave a trail of absolute chaos all over the world. Imagine; Cars, planes and trains left unpiloted, and people vanishing from every aspect of life. Their will be no order, there will be no organized authority. I believe the U.S. will become a ‘survival of the fittest’, no man’s land. It will probably be the most noticeably hit by the Rapture since it has the largest proportion of Christians. It will no longer have any influence on the world, but rather it will be pillaged by other nations for its goods. That is until the Ten Kings and the Anti-Christ restore the world’s order.
During this time of chaos, and according to the Book of Revelation, the 2 Witnesses will make their appearance upon the earth, in Israel. These will be a couple of very powerful individuals. “And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophecy a thousand two hundred and three score days (3 ½ years), clothed in sackcloth. . . and if any man hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” (Rev. 11: 3-6) They, along with the 144,000 Jews (12,000 from each tribe), will now evangelize the world regarding the soon coming of Christ. Traditionally, three individuals of the Bible have been talked about as likely candidates to be the Two Witnesses. This would be Moses, Elijah and Enoch. Elijah, because he was prophesied to precede the coming of the Messiah (Malachi 4: 4-6). Secondly, he was bodily taken into heaven in a ‘fiery chariot’ (UFO?) and never died. (2 Kings 2:11) And third, at the Passover feast it is customary for a child to leave the table, go out to the street, look for his appearance and return with the report. Enoch also never died and was just taken into heaven (Gen. 5:24). So some speculate that these two never died because they have the mission as the two witnesses to complete in the last days. Others say the two witnesses are Moses and Elijah; because of their appearing on the Mount with Jesus, Peter, James and John (Matt. 17: 1-3) and because of the plagues that are performed just like Moses did before Pharaoh. I would further add to that theory that there is no proof that Moses died either. It just says that God hid his body from the Devil. In addition, who better to tell the Jews that we are no longer ‘under the law’ (Moses wrote the law or the Pentateuch) and now under grace (Rom. 6:14).
So just when the world thinks that everything is becoming this great hedonistic paradise, (after the 10 Kings and the Anti-Christ restore order and a pseudo peace in the form of a 7 year treaty with Israel), the 2 Witnesses and the 144,000 evangelists make their lives miserable. Judgment is swift and harsh for those who do not repent. The world will so hate the 2 Witnesses that finally the Anti-Christ will hunt them down and kill them.
“And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, . . . where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindred’s and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.” (Rev. 11: 7-9)
And listen to the world’s reaction when these are killed. “And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” (Rev. 11: 10)
But after 3 and a half days the world will witness the two prophets being raised from the dead and taken up into heaven. At the same moment, a great earthquake occurs and destroys a tenth of the city and 7,000 people are slain. (Rev. 11: 11-13)
This marks the beginning of the final 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. The Anti-Christ will now break his 7 year treaty with Israel, perform an abomination in the Temple and declare himself to be god. His cohort, the False Prophet will have an image built unto him and orders all of mankind to worship the Anti-Christ and his image and receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead. “And I beheld another beast (false prophet) coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises all the power of the first beast (Anti-Christ) before him, and causes the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast . . . and he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast. . . And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the beast should be killed. And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.” (Rev. 13: 11-16)
There is quite a lot to wrap your head around from this point forward. First of all, notice the line above, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image should both speak. . .” The word “life” there in the Greek is pneuma. It has the same meaning as when God “breathed life’ into Adam! So I’m not really sure what kind of an “image” this thing is! Next, it says he requires everyone on earth to receive a mark in their right hand or in the forehead. The actual Greek word used here for mark is stigmata. This word actually means, “to prick’, “to pierce” or “to poke”. Tracking chips have been implanted in our special forces soldiers by needle injection! Most likely, this is how the Mark of the Beast will be implanted. Present chips are powered by a cadmium battery which is recharged by the heat of the body. The two best places found for body heat with which to recharge are – the back of the hand and the forehead. What is also interesting is a doctor was asked, what would happen to the person if the battery started to leak. These are his exact words; “They would break out with a grievous sore”. Now let’s look at Rev. 16: 2 – “And the first (angel) went and poured out his vial (judgment) upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast and (upon) them which worshiped his image.” But people will be compelled to receive this mark for two reasons. Here’s the first; “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that has the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Rev. 13: 17) I’d say that’s a pretty strong incentive to most people. But beyond that, this mark, this chip, will give you perfect health and immortality! (See Word file; “The Message of Strong Delusion”).
But what these people are failing to realize is the lesson of the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had immortality in the Garden of Eden. It was from the special fruit on the trees in the garden. So when they rebelled against God’s command, to not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, they were banished from the garden. This was a merciful act on the part of God. Because through sin, pain, sickness and disease had now entered into the world. How would you like to live forever in pain or sickness? But this is exactly what Satan and the Anti-Christ are going to do to mankind. Set them up for an eternity of inescapable pain.
“And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded unto them that they should. . . hurt only those men which have not the seal of God on their foreheads. . . that they should be tormented five months: and their torment [is] as the torment of a scorpion when he strikes a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” (Rev. 9: 3-6)
Now these locusts are not your everyday normal locusts. Listen to their description and remember, they are right out of the bottomless pit (Rev. 9: 2). “And the shapes of the locusts [are] like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads [are] as it were crowns like gold, and their faces [are] as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth are as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings [is] as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, . . .” (Rev. 9: 7-10)
These are reminiscent of centaurs in Greek mythology; a horses body and the head of a man. In fact these creatures did exist pre-flood and it is where the Greek myth derived from. But this isn’t all mankind is in for these last three and a half years.
“If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 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 an brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Rev. 14: 9-11)
And is if that isn’t enough, but actually we’re just getting started because there are also the 7 Bowls & Vials (Rev. 8: & Rev. 16:) which are the 7 judgments of God’s wrath upon the earth.
First Judgment: Hail and fire mingled with blood. 1/3 of the earth is burned up and this is when those with the mark break out with a grievous sore.
Second Judgment: 1/3 of the seas become blood and all the sea creatures within die.
Third Judgment: 1/3 of the rivers and springs become blood.
Fourth Judgment: 1/3 of the sun, moon and stars are darkened – but the sun’s heat scorches men.
Fifth Judgment: This is when the bottomless pit is opened and the giant locusts roam the earth.
Sixth Judgment: 1/3 of the men of the earth are killed by war.
Seventh Judgment: Earthquakes all over the world, so great that islands sink into the sea and mountain are leveled to the ground. Hailstones 75lbs in weigh fall all over the earth.
We are now, so critically close to the Rapture and the beginning of the 7 years of Tribulation. Let me show you just how close. Remember we pointed out that Jesus said in Matt. 24: that all the signs of His return will be seen before the passing of just one generation. And we showed that a generation according to Psalm 92:10 is 70 years. The first sign was obviously Israel becoming a nation is 1948 and 70 years ends in 2018 (or Sept. of 2019 according to the Jewish calendar. Here are some more clues from the Bible about signs of the Lord’s return.
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days. . . I will show wonders in heaven above. . . the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before that great and notable day of the Lord comes.” (Acts 2: 16-20)
Starting in April of 2014 and ending in Sept of 2015 is an astronomical wonder called a “tetrad”; That is, 4 lunar eclipses or blood red moons. And in the midst of it are 2 solar eclipses (the sun turned into darkness). But what is even more significant, everyone of these events takes place on a Jewish holy day! (See Word File; The Jewish Holy Days [And What They Mean to the Church).
When tetrads occur on Jewish holy days, something majorly significant happens to the Jewish people and/or nation. The first was 1493 through 1494, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Jewish expulsion from Spain. The second was 1949 through 1950. While Israel was declared a nation in 1948, her first permanent government took place Jan. 25, 1949 Thereby solidifying the fact that she was now recognized by the world as a nation.
The third was 1967 through 1968 and who can forget the ‘Six Day War’ and Israel’s regaining of Jerusalem.
As you can see the fourth tetrad is very near. And from past experience, it will be a sign of something very significant regarding Israel. Take note, the only three significant events left to happen that do not occur in the midst of the Tribulation are; the Psalm 83 war , the rebuilding of the Temple and the Ezek. 38 war. So these three events must take place before Sept. of 2019 and so must the Rapture. For a great video explaining the tetrads go to the link listed below.