WITH THANKSGIVING TO OUR GOD’S SET APART SPIRIT
What comes to mind when you think of the return of Yahushua? More often than not, people say “the rapture of the bride of course”. Yeah!
Although the majority of Christians all over the world wait with expectation for this occasion, I have reason to believe that the more important occasion is the day that He establishes His reign and ruler ship on earth, because that is when there will be absolute peace on earth. Every human being on earth has a desire to live in peace and be free. It is only Yahushua who can bring order out of this chaos. All of humanity has unconsciously been waiting thousands of years for Him to take control of the earth because the one who has had control has messed up badly. We have been programmed for this very occasion, where there will be peace in the garden once again. The rapture, or to use the Greek word harpazo, is the initial sign of our King’s rule and reign on earth.
After the devil usurped Adam’s authority by deceit he had ‘carte blanche’ over the earth and its inhabitants. He was the ruler of the world and has resolved to destroy every human being in the world.
Other occurrences associated with Yahushua’s return are the tribulation, beast, false prophet, the seven year covenant and the one that sticks out the most as far as I’m concerned is the “abomination of desolation”, set to occur during the period known as the tribulation of the end times or “Jacob’s Troubles”. Throughout history there have been many abominations perpetrated against the Hebrew people. Most of the major military empires of the ancient world have had a go at Israel and Judea, and Jerusalem was under siege and destroyed a few times and the temple desecrated on every occasion. The abomination of desolation set to occur in Jerusalem, in the future, will begin a tribulation of the people of Israel and then include the whole world.
The abomination, which we are interested in therefore, is that which is prophesied for the future. We first hear of this incident in Matthew 24:15, where we are told, by Yahushua, Himself that Daniel prophesied about it. He said, “And when you see the “abomination of desolation”, spoken of by Daniel, standing in the Holy Place, and then let those who are in Judea, flee to the mountains.” This is a positive clue, of His immanent arrival. This occasion differs from the time that Antiochus Epiphanes IV set up the abomination of desolations in 168 BC (read book of Maccabees). He set up a statue of Zeus, on the altar within the temple grounds. Yahushua said that the abomination of desolations will be standing in the Holy (or sacred) place – so we assume that it will take place in the future.
So, the natural progression is to read the book of Daniel because this piece of information is vital. I say vital because the whole argument of the timing of Yahushua’s return pivots around this occurrence. Most scholars believe that the setting up of the “abomination of desolation”, inside the Holy place, will occur in the middle of the seven year period determined for Daniels people called “Jacobs Troubles”.
You won’t find this abomination recorded in the first 11 chapters of Daniel’s writings though, but it’s good to read from the beginning because there is a wealth of information in the whole book of Daniel about typological prophecy.
I found this “abomination of desolations”, recorded in chapter 12.
From chapter 12:11, “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate is set up……..…”. Most theology scholars understand this to be a typological prophecy, which propels us into the future. I also think so. As I said, I believe that the whole rapture debate lies in determining the occasion when the “abomination of desolation” will be set up in the Holy place by the future “beast”, of the end times. He will, at that time, be a personification of and a representation of the beast (Empire) described in Daniels book (chapter 7). When he will reveal (expose) himself to the Jewish people, he will be uncovered (apokalupto). Yahushua said when this happened – everyone must run to the hills because, in Matt 24: 21 He says there is going to be great tribulation determined for the people of the linage of Jacob or should I say Israel. Then he, this man representing the beast (new world order), has only 42 months to rule with impunity. This is the crux of the matter – the revealing of this man. There are two phases to the revealing of this man. The first phase in early history and the second phase in the future.
The fullness of time of the coming in of the gentiles has almost arrived. The Father will, in the near future, give His son permission to go and claim His bride. In Matthew 24, Yahushua informed his disciples about the future. He said to them, “See ye not all these things? There shall not be left here one stone, upon another, that shall not be thrown down”. His disciples asked Him later, in private, a pertinent question, “Tell us – when will this be and what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world”? Can you see that they have added a second part to the question, and that “what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world”, is a question of the future. The first part of the question came to pass in the year 66 AD, when the city of Jerusalem was invaded and later, in 70 AD, the temple was destroyed. The Roman general Titus (Dan 9:26), who is referred to in scripture as the “prince to come”, was the man in charge of that incident. And no stone was left upon another. Literally, the city and temple were destroyed and almost a million people were killed. But, although Yahushua didn’t elaborate on the second part of the question, He sure did give us a few clues. Suffice to say; there are signs of His coming happening right now. Wars and rumors of wars, natural disasters like earthquakes, cyclones, volcanoes and tsunamis. diseases, plagues, famines and afflictions, sufferings and economic hardships. But these are called the birth pangs and Yahushua said that these are only the beginnings of troubles/ sorrows. So, we had better be more familiar with the signs, which indicate His imminent arrival, closer to the time, so that we are not deceived.
The signs of the times.
The ten states of Israel will join up with the two of Judea originally separated during the rule of Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
The greatest sign ever, is that the Jewish people returned to their homeland in 1948, which was desolate but has now become fruitful. The next thing to look for, if it hasn’t happened already, is that the twelve tribes (two sticks Ezekiel 37:20) join up again to form one country as it was up until the time of David and Solomon (twelve tribes).
When, where, what, how, who – these are questions which people have asked for centuries.
This question has been asked constantly in scripture, “When will Yahushua return and what will be the sign of His coming? When will this happen and where? Who will be raptured? All or just some? How ? Now we obviously don’t know exactly, the day, month and year of our savior’s return, but, He, and His disciples, Paul and especially Daniel all gave us clues. In Matthew 24 from verse 4 to 13, He warns His disciples, to guard against deception. He goes on to tell us of the things, which should happen before He comes, and then a clue: a sign close to the time of His arrival.
The gospel must be spread all around the world.
“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”. Don’t let anyone fool you by saying, “Not every person; only the nations.” People make up nations. So, when the very last person, on earth, is told the gospel of the kingdom of heaven (Mat 4:23), the coming in of the Gentiles will be over, (and remember our God’s Word will not go out and return void), then He will send Yahushua back to redeem His bride from the earth. This sign is happening now. The gospel is currently being evangelized, on TV, radio and by missionaries all over the world. Well over 400 nations, if not more, have already heard the gospel of heaven which is the salvation plan of Yahushua. This is definitely a sign. Although there are some preachers, of TBN and GOD channel, which are wolves in sheep’s clothing, the basic gospel is being told to all nations.
What other signs (seimion), “indicate” to us His arrival?
There will also be a gradual falling away of religious practice, near the end, referred to in the bible as the “apostasy” (2 Thess). People will become lovers of themselves and haters of one another. The true believers of Yahushua will be referred to as separatists and fundamentalists because they will not be bullied into becoming part of the things of the new world order.
Because the right to discipline children has been taken out of the hands of parents, as well as teachers at schools, there will be a total lack of discipline at home and in the schools and more conflict between children and their parents will be reported in the future. Children will rise up against parents, and the son shall deliver the father up to be put to death. So, when this happens, we must realize – the time is very, very near because this is a definite end time sign.
There will come a time when the youth will show total and absolute disrespect for parents and other authority. We’ve seen this before but this time it’s going to be much worse. Because of this, crime will increase. Because there is no corporal punishment in almost all countries in the world; criminals will be recycled from prison and community and back again, the authorities trying to rehabilitate them because it is their human right to be members of society. Most of the taxpayer’s money will be spent on accommodating criminals. Because of crime, the central CBD of all modern cities, and places where large amounts of people congregate, will be under constant CC TV surveillance, and soon, one won’t be able to go to a public toilet, without being under the same scrutiny. Terrorism will increase on an alarming scale and security will be harsh at international airports and banks etc. Project Eashelon will be in full use by then and the authorities will be able to identify any suspected terrorists and law breakers at the touch of a computer key. If fanatical religious fundamentalists (like Jim Jones and David Koresh) can be identified as the perpetrators of any terrorist activity the new world order will clamp down on them and religious freedom will also be curtailed.
We might even discover that it will be the authorities who will insight the violent clashes between youth and police and also religious, political and racial communities and organizations. In the meantime the world leaders will be in conference as to who will be the New One Man World Leader (Rev 17). When this information is made final, there will be some nations who will disagree. More wars and rumors of wars. We will also be forced to join the general ecumenical religious institution called the Roman Catholic church. (My opinion since Pope Benedict has recently remarked that it is his job to unite all religions into one ecumenical structure; and because the Roman church regards itself as the mother of all churches he will naturally enforce the obvious). When this happens, the last and final inquisition (tribulation) will begin, and all hell will be released on earth.
By this time the apostasy (falling away), will have already reached major proportions and people won’t want to go to church. It has been proved that the Western world is becoming more atheist while the Eastern world more Christian. Christians in the 10/40 window which includes the Middle East and Asia are becoming more every day because of the missionary work.
Near the end, the falling away (apostasy) will be global. In 2 Timothy 3 we see a very good explanation. People will be lovers of their own selves, covetous boasters, and proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful and unholy. They will be truce breakers without natural affection, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, and despisers of those who are good. They will be traitors and heady high minded lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Humans will become reprobate.
People of the world will rampage in the streets, demanding economic stability and the restructuring of the prices of fundamental (food) commodities. Martial law will be the only answer to stop these mass riots. The economies of all the major first world countries will crash and the rest of the world will feel the reverberation. We saw little glimpses of this in 2009 when two banks, in America, floundered and caused a ripple effect of economic disasters all over the world. But just remember that Yahushua said, “He who endures to the end will be saved”. A resolution to these problems will be demanded by the democratic populace and then the son of perdition will make an appearance.
Then, there will ascend onto the political stage, from Europe, the one who will, very cleverly come up with answers to these questions. Wouldn’t you vote for someone who can come up with plans to bring relief to these seemingly insurmountable problems? How will he know how to correct these problems? The answer to that question is that his organization was the one causing the problems all the time, so he is the one who will know how to rectify them. He will amaze the world with his confidence and rational ideas but very soon he will begin to take charge. He will be given authority over the whole world (believer and non – believer). He will be terrible and absolutely ruthless because he knows he will only have a short time to reign (42 months).
There will be a period of tribulation when this powerful man takes control of the world.
We are told in scripture, that during this period in time, the world will be subject to the harshest persecution ever. We read of this in the gospels and I have Matthews’s version. “For then there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time – no – nor ever shall be”. We know that this period in time will be terrible for humanity because of the next verse………..and except those days were shortened, there shall no flesh be saved; but for the elects sake, those days shall be shortened. The pre-tribulation theorists say that the elect will be raptured from the earth before this terrible time comes. But why was Yahushua warning His disciples that if His father hadn’t shortened those days, no flesh would be saved (left alive). In other words, the human race would be annihilated (that includes the elect). Our God was worried for His elect’s lives and so he shortened this period to 1260 days (42 months or three and a half years).
The mark of our God
There is a sign which will occur well within the tribulation period that you might want to pay attention to. It is recorded in Revelation 9. When the fifth angel sounds his trumpet, there will appear on earth, strange locust like creatures. I will not even attempt to voice an opinion as to who or what they are, but we read that these have been commanded to harm those people who do not have the seal of our God in there foreheads. If you go back you will remember that these have already been sealed at the opening of the sixth seal (Rev from 6:12 – 7:3). These strange creatures will look for and identify all of those people who do not have our God’s seal in their forehead, and attack them and sting them with a scorpion like sting which will be excruciatingly painful. It is very clear, that when this happens and you find that you have been stung by one of these creatures, then it can only mean one thing; you do not have the seal of our God in your forehead.
This occurrence will end the first woe.
After this, at the sounding of the sixth trumpet, an army of 200,000,000 soldiers will cross the Euphrates River to kill one third of humanity.
After this at the sounding of the seventh trumpet (last trump), after the tribulation, Yahushua will snatch away his bride from the earth.
Signs of the times, in the cosmos, just before Yahushua returns
A very strange sign, involving the constellations of the sun, moon and stars, will occur just after the tribulation period, close to Yahushua’s arrival and most scholars ignore this. This can be found in Matthew 24.
Please take notice in Matthew 24: 29, of the occasion immediately after the tribulation of those days. The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give its’ light. The stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. This happens just after the tribulation period. This is awesome man. We don’t know how immediate “immediately” is, but we do know that it will happen immediately after the tribulation of those days…………, dusky daylight and cold pitch black nights. I am under the impression that this phenomenon will continue until the seventh and last trumpet is sounded, and then Yahshua will return to claim His bride (1 Cor 15:52).
The prophet Joel wrote, “Is not the day of the Lord darkness and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?” Luke wrote down Yahshua’s description quite well too, “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. Men’s hearts will fail them for fear, for the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth.” He was describing this very same phenomenon and more.
Then we remember what Peter wrote to everyone who wanted to listen. 2 Peter 3: 10, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat. Both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” In Revelation 6: 14, it is written that the sky will recede as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island will be moved out of its place. I’m telling you man, there is going to be a great and tremendous reshaping of the earth on the Day of our savior’s return. He said, and I ask you to check in Matthew 24: 29 this statement, “The heavens will be shaken…..” He was only reiterating what He had said to Isaiah many years before; Isaiah 13: 9 -13 – “Behold, the day of the Lord comes; cruel with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate. And He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light. The sun will be darkened in its going forth and the moon will not cause its light to shine. Therefore, I will shake the heavens and the earth shall move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.”
How far will the earth move out of her place?
Don’t worry, that was a rhetorical question.Just remember, this darkening of the heavens, happens at the sounding of the 7th trumpet. Someone, has had the cheek to say to me, that this is figurative language and not literal. No comment.
If one reads further in Matthew 24, verses 30 and 31 we are told of the incident that every human being is waiting for ; “And then shall appear the sign of the son of man in the heavens…. When? (Immediately after the tribulation), and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn and they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together (harpazo) His elect (bride) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other”. Yes….you have read correctly, the rapture (harpazo), occurs immediately after the tribulation of those days; and therefore after the darkening of the constellations of the sun, moon and stars. In fact, and I am not the only person to whom Holy Spirit has given this information, this wonderful moment will occur thirty days (30) after the tribulation (of those days). But don’t worry; Yahushua said something also very profound about the time in the day of Gods fierce anger. A record was made in the book of Zephaniah 2: 3 – “Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who has upheld His justice. Seek righteousness and humility. It may be that you shall be hidden, in the day of the Lords anger”. What a wonderfully reassuring promise. This reminds me of how the Hebrew people were protected from harm during the time when the Egyptians were been tormented by the plagues. The plagues were in the whole of Egypt, but in Goshen, the Israelites were safe and untouched by any of the plagues. It is my opinion that the same protection will be given to the Christians (those who trust Yahuah) during the tribulation period. The tribulation will be a big test of our faith. So, let’s entreat Gods favour then, that He may be gracious to us all on that day of His fierce anger, and hide us from the devastation of the tribulation just as the “woman” (church), in Rev 12 (1st century church), was hidden in the wilderness.
Here’s another verse to calm the elect (saints) during the tribulation, “The Lord redeemeth the souls of His servants, and none of them, who trust in Him, shall be left desolate.” Another one from Proverbs 11: 4, Riches profit not in the day of wrath; but righteousness delivereth from death.
But there is a large proportion of the population of the church, who believe in the pre –tribulation rapture theory, brought to the world by Mr. Darby and Mr. Scofield. They really put a spanner in the works because up to 1827, everyone believed that our savior would return after the tribulation. The whole world has taken to this theory like a duck to water because it is good to the ears. Who wouldn’t want a pre – tribulation rapture. The pre – tribulation rapture theorists say that He will come just before the tribulation period, predicted in the bible as “Jacobs Trouble”.