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"Love does not come to an end.
But if there are gifts of prophecy, the time will come when they must fail...
For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesying is imperfect;
but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will disappear.
Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face.
The knowledge that I have now is imperfect;
but then I shall know as fully as I am known."
Paul 1 Cor.13:8-12.
Jesus said that everything is going by the Book of God. Extrapolating scripture's chronology, that means the future will unveil a series of events not unlike those listed below. This list, first published in September, 1993 was updated in 2003, and again in February , 2004. Obviously, it does not include the tens of thousands of unforseen events that are certain to accompany, supplant or proximate these circumstances, nor are the visions themselves certain to occur as written. Most likely, not. As Paul wrote, we can see only dimly as if in a mirror. Yet enough here will happen to prove Christ true, because the outline of these visions is guaranteed by the scriptures.
1. Scripture tells us that the Messiah is God (Jn.1:1), the Word of God made flesh (Jn.1:14), and He comes in the likeness of David to rule the House of Israel in gentleness and peace (Jer.23:5-8). He is the true David (Is.22:22), the King installed by God (Ps.2:6) on the holy mountain of Zion in heaven. His kingdom is eternal (Ez.37:24-28). It will never pass away (Dan.7:14).
2. Isaiah revealed that Jesus would have to suffer for mankind, and that through his wounds we would all be healed (Is.53:1-5).
3. The Bible explains how Satan contaminated the human race with sin; how God created the exile by casting Adam & Eve out of Eden for obeying Satan, how the captivity in Egypt and Babylon are manifestations of that exile; and why mankind must reunite with God by a process of atonement in order to escape that exile and the ultimate death toward which it leads.
4. In His suffering on the cross, Jesus, the Paschal Lamb of God, took the sins of mankind upon Himself, paying in his own flesh the penalty for people's sins (Is.53:6-7) so that they could be forgiven if they turned to Him in repentance (Mk.1:4; Ps.32:5).
5. All who turn to Him will be given new garments of eternal life (Jn.12:48-50).
6. Sealed in the blood of Christ (Rev.5:9-10), the cross is a treaty of peace (Ez.17:13).
7. "Listen; the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem; he carried away the king and the princes, and took them to where he lives in Babylon. He took a member of the royal family and made a treaty with him...so that the kingdom would remain modest and without ambition and so maintain his treaty faithfully." (Ez.17:12-14).
8. The treaty commanded exile. "To Babylon you must go and there you will be rescued; There God will ransom you out of the power of your enemies." (Micah 4:10)
9. Led by Jesus along the path He prescribed, we are called out of Babylon to reunite with God and return to rebuild the ruins of Jerusalem (Dn.9:25). Not the Jerusalem in Palestine (John 18:36), but a spiritual Jerusalem that is being kept safe for us in heaven (Is.52:11-12). We rebuild Jerusalem's ruins by renouncing our sins and living holy lives in His image (Rv.19:8).
10. Daniel called this period of rebuilding, "a time of trouble" (Dn.9:25) because it has to be done in a hostile and sinful world that throws up road-blocks in front of our efforts, creating a road of difficulty (2 Tim.3:12).
11. The reign of Christ's Church on earth is called the "Millenium". It's name comes from the Book of Revelation which defines it's length of time, one "thousand years" (Rev.20:1-3). The Bible calls it the "Day of God" (Is.13:10), and specifies that a day to God is like a thousand years to man (Ps.90:4; 2 Peter 3:8).
12. A prophecy in the Book of Joshua forsees that God will stretch that one day into almost two by stopping the 'Son' in the sky, allowing Him to shine almost a complete "day" longer (Joshua 10:12-14). God has made one day of atonement into two days (1000 years into 2000 years). That brings us to now. It has been almost 2000 years since Christ preached in the Holy Land. Instead of one thousand years, God has given us a 2000-year millenium for the sake of salvation (Mat.5:41-42).
13. Paul predicted that the world would convert to Christ (i.e., that He would be believed in by the world. 1 Tim.3:16). That happened in the earliest days of the Christian faith when the Roman Empire declared Christianity to be the official religion of the world which Rome then ruled.
14. This declaration by the western Roman emperor Theodosus verified the millenium of Christian rule on earth. It was accompanied by a similar decree in the east, issued by Constantinople's Roman emperor, Galerius. Both decrees followed the lead of Constantine (Jer.52:31), a Roman emperor whose own rule a few decades earlier, legalized Christian worship in the world, allowing it to come up out of the catacombs.
15. Sold into slavery to Babylon for 30 pieces of silver (Ex.21:32; Zech.11:12), Christ was released per prophecy (Jer.52:31). He was accorded a seat of honor in Babylon (Jer.52:32-34), becoming like Joseph, feeding the House of Israel the "bread of life" during the famine.
16. The sword of Christ, through world conversion, delivered a "mortal wound" to pagan rule in Babylon (Rev.18:3). It is that mortal wound that launched the millenium. A rebellion in the last days will heal the "mortal wound" bringing "Babylon" (pagan government) back to life again (Rev.13:3).
17. Paul tells us a "Great Revolt" against Christian rule will end the millenium (2 Thes.2:3). The revolt will come in the form of a secular revolution that reverses the Christian Church's world rule. This revolt is currently in progress. In its wake we have witnessed Bibles and crosses removed from the governing institutions of the world's cities, the mention of God forbidden and even prayer abolished.
18. According to scripture, the millenium is to be bracketed by two wars against the Church (Rev.19:11-21, 20:1-20).
19. The first was the battle against Christians in the early days of the Church. It included crucifixions & the lions of the coliseum, and all the martyrs of the early days.
20. The second war is the tribulation. The Bible speaks of it in ominous tones and warns that it will take great faith to survive it's ravages. This tribulation is the "Wrath" (Nm.1:53) predicted by scripture to precede Christ's Second Coming (Sir.18:19-24; Is.26:20).
21. According to the Book of Revelation, God enabled the millenium for Christian conversion by chaining Satan in the Abyss (Rev.20:1-3). That ended the first war. At the end of the "thousand years", Satan is to be released and allowed to come back into the world personally (Rev.20:7). His return will be marked by world war (Rev.20:8). He is here now.
22. Since the days of Alexander the Great, the world has been ruled by the west.
23. Prophecy predicts that in days of the tribulation those roles will reverse. the east will rise and become dominant (Rev.9:13-21; 16:12).
24. All this is in preparation for the 'Third Day' the day scripture tells us Christ will return, 'Wash and clean for two days and on the third day, see God face to face' (Ex.19:10). The "washing and cleaning" relates to repentance and baptism during the millenium. The third day, officially ending the millenium, arrived on January 1st, 2001.
25. Just nine months into God's third day, in fire and blood, a handwriting was inscribed on the wall of Babylon. The rampart of military strength that guards and protects the western world became a signboard. The city towers of New York, struck by the sons of the east and mortally wounded, collapsed (Jer.50:15). Far-off traders stared in horror as the fires raged (Rev.18:9-11). The smoke from the wreckage ascended for months (Rev.19:3).
26. The implications were not lost on anyone who watched. A doomed harlot had been put on notice. The Wrath had begun. Across the barren fields of a dying harvest the arid east wind had sent its first scorching flames. The handwriting was clear. The third day would be a day of fire and destructiona day of bitterness for Babylon.
27. Empowering the rise of this east wind will be a "kingdom of the North" (Ez.39:2). It will come from the "far north". According to Ezekiel, its ruler will be called "Gog" and his country, "Magog" (Ez.38:2). At the end of time, he will come down and attack the land of Israel, bringing the entire world of Persia with him, the ten-nation confederacy of the last days.
28. Under darkened skies, all the nations of the earth will be gathered around Jerusalem, preparing for the final war. But there will be no battle that day (2 Chron.20:17). Instead, God will intervene (2 Chron.20:15) and then Christ will reappear as promised to gather into eternal life everyone who had faith enough to believe in Him.
THE PROPHECIES OF THE END
1. The following is a list of scriptural images relating to the days of the end. They illustrate many events the Bible predicts will transpire between now and the return of Christ. The visions are not good. These are the days of "fire and brimstone" all the preachers and prophets of old have warned about. Salvation will continue during this third day, but it will do so amid great troubles.
2. The timeline for all these prophecies is unknown. According to the Hebrew calendar there are about 235 years left until the "Seventh day" begins, the day when everything that belongs to God must be returned to Him. That time has been cut short, so we must assume that all these events will transpire in a window of less than 200 years, perhaps less than 100 years.
3. We have already seen various elements of the tribulation begin to unfold already: wars and world wars, genocide, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the holocaust just to name a few (Is.10:22). The progression will be rapid. Christ said the days of the end have been cut short for the sake of the elect, otherwise no one could be saved.
4. The definitive sign that the last days have arrived is the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Jer.33:6). Scripture is clear. That event means the gates are closing, and the harvest is about to end. Jerusalem is the world's gallows and its rebuilding has been in progress for over 50 years.
5. Scripture promises that in the days when God restores the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, He is going to gather all the nations and take them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat and put them on trial (Joel 4:1-2). This trial is the Day of Judgment (Ps.50:3-4).
6. The fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem were restored in 1948. The gathering of the nations there has been the world's most persistant news story ever since.
7. Daniel was instructed by the Holy Spirit that his visions were about the last days. For that reason God ordered his book sealed until those last days arrived (Dn.12:4). With the restoration of Jerusalem the time for that unsealing is now.
8. Since it is happening now, in our own time, we are able to give tentative real-time names to the imagery of scripture's end-time visions. This is especially true of the two wars Daniel predicted to occur at the Euphrates River (Dn.8:5-8).
9. With two identical victories concluded in recent times in that exact location by the western military forces of the United States, Daniel's prophecy appears fulfilled. The western 'He-Goat' has toppled the eastern 'Ram' at the Euphrates river in accordance with Daniel's vision (Dn.8:5-8).
10. These two western victories were accomplished just as Daniel predicted, with forces that crossed the entire earth without touching the ground (Dn.8:5).
11. According to Daniel, these wars will structure a boundary between North and South near the Euphrates river. That perimeter will divide East from West, producing a type of "Maginot line" between them. U.S. forces currently stationed there are a sign that this line is now in place (Jer.46:2). Western troops will remain along this line until the time comes for the kings of the east (Rev.16:12) to launch their attack. (Jer. 46:6).
12. Jeremiah employed the term "Egypt" for the nation that advanced its troops to that location.
13. Isaiah shows 'Egypt' to be a coalition of nations and kingdoms, not a single country (Is. 19:2). The fact that victory in the Gulf wars and the capture of the Euphrates were secured by a coalition of western nations led by the United States indicates that the "Egypt" in this prophecy is a military coalition of the western world.
14. The term "Babylon" has an even wider application. It includes all the people of the world who are not in the House of Israel. It is a symbolic nation that covers the entire earth (all seven continents) and it is the philosophical "nation" everyone on earth is being called by Jesus to leave in the preaching of the Gospel. (Is.52:11-12).
15. That exit from Babylon is the salvation of the two Houses of Israel. It is in this exodus from wickedness that the spiritual Jerusalem of heaven is being constructed.
16. The physical rebuilding of Jerusalem is different. The Book of Chronicles specifies that Israel's physical return is to be predicated on a decree issued by the "Prince of Persia" (2 Chron 36:20-22).
17. Today we see that physical Jerusalem rebuilt as per prophecy, but the decree by the 'Prince of Persia' has not yet been issued. There is a discrepancy here. It is resolved by the prophecy of Jeremiah who said God would grant an early return to a group of Jewish miltary leaders (Jer.42).
18. Jeremiah predicted that God would move the 'king of Babylon' to allow certain Jews to return to the land of their exile, but warned that it would be a return made ahead of time (i.e., ahead of the Persian decree). Jeremiah tells us that God allowed this early return for the express purpose of reuniting the Jewish people with God (Is.48:17-19). Instead, it has been used for nation-building (Is.22:8-14).
19. Jeremiah, on God's instructions, imposed strict limitations on the army leaders who headed the early return (Jer.42:1-12). First, they were commanded by scripture to stay within the boundaries specified by the king of Babylon's edict, and second, they were ordered to remain completely peaceful (Jer.42:13-18).
20. Jeremiah warned that both obligations would be ignored (Jer.43:4-7).
21. The Jewish leaders, he said, would make a military alliance with a nation known symbolically as "Egypt" for protection (Is.31:1-3); and ignoring the boundaries specified by the king of Babylon's edict, a Jewish remnant would cross their assigned borders to go and settle in "Egyptian" lands (Jer.43:4-7). The consequences of these violations, Jeremiah warned, would be disasterous.
22. Today, not only is Israel locked into a military pact with the United States, there are hundreds of Israeli settlements in Palestinian lands that lie outside Jewish borders. According to the United Nations, those Israeli settlements are a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention on warfare, which prohibits a ruling power from settling its own civilians in territory it has captured and occupies militarily.
23. The early Jewish return to the Holy Land came about as a codicil to the treaty Christ made on the cross with Babylon which commanded the scattering of the House of Israel into Babylon.
24. That means the exile was not just for Jews alone. Both houses of Israel (i.e., both Christians and Jews) were ordered emigrated to Babylon by Christ's treaty of peace with this world (Ez. 17:12-14). That is why the central church of Christianity is headquartered in Rome. It symbolizes the exile (Micah 4:10).
25. The exile to Babylon actually relates to Adam and Eve's banishment from the Garden of Eden. The return from that deportation by way of Babylon is mankind's reunification with God made possible by Jesus. That reunion can be accomplished by no other path (Jn.14:6).
26. Despite the return of some Jews to Jerusalem, the greater Diaspora is still in effect. It's mandate still applies. Jeremiah's codicil was a special offer, it does not apply to all.
27. As Daniel's visions unfold, they reveal that all these events will occur in an echo of Alexander the Great of Greece (Dn.8:5-8). America bears striking resemblances to Alexander.
28. Both empires represent the western world. Both exhibit youthful leadership (America is barely 200 years old). Both were able to conquer the east, advancing their armies to the borders of India, and each, in its own time, rose to control the world. American control lies not only in its unrivaled power, but also in the politics of democracy, a Greek political system resurrected from its Hellenic archives by the United States. Because it originated in Greece, the spread of western democracy deep into Asia today symbolically parallels the earlier successes of Alexander the Great who transplanted Greek culture into the east 2500 years ago.
29. According to Plutarch, "Alexander showed a precocious envy of his father's neglected opportunities of conquest". He vowed to repudiate his father's timidity. That obsession drove him from victory to victory as he powered his western troops from the Balkans through Iraq almost to the borders of India, a path of conquest not duplicated until just this last year.
30. At the pinnacle of his power, Alexander died suddenly in Iraq.
31. His unexpected death at age 32 fractured the Greek empire, scattering it to the four winds (Dn.8:8). Four empires arose out of his, but none ruled the way Alexander had (Dn.10:3-4).
32. In his writings, the prophet Daniel has warned that the exploits of Alexander will be repeated in the last days and come to a similar end.
33. With the western world today imitating Alexander's empire, and the United States with its youthful and brazen war-president obsessed with the fatal country of Iraq, Daniel's prediction that our nation may have to follow in Alexander's footsteps, perhaps even his fate, is sobering.
34. Daniel dictates that before the sin-empowered wrath crashes across the earth, a warning of it's arrival must first be written on Babylon's wall (Dn.5:23-31).
35. The wall of Babylon is the military force that rules the world. This wall is the structure that guards the people of the world from global anarchy. Since the days of Alexander the Great, that rule has been vested in western world governments. Since 1942, the strongest and most visible part of that wall has been the armed forces of the United States.
36. Because America in this sense represents the real "wall" of Babylon, we can expect the "handwriting on the wall" ordained by Daniel to be inscribed graphically on U.S. cities. The attack on the "World" Trade Towers in New York seems to represent the lead headline in this advance notice a warning to the world of imminent disaster. The attack was aimed at the world, but it took place on American soil (on Babylon's wall).
37. Additional words in that inscription seem inevitable (Jer.44:30; Rev.18:21).
38. "Take up your positions around Babylon...Shout against her on every side! She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls are torn down since this is the vengeance of the Lord...(Jer.50:15). "The east wind has shattered you, surrounded by the seas." Ez.27:26
39. Jeremiah predicted that there would be a definitive "proof" given to the world that all the predictions concerning these events would occur as written (Jer.44:29-30). That sign remains for the most part, unfulfilled, but with "Egyptian" troops now lining the Euphrates the completion of Jeremiah's omen may not be far away.
40. After securing victory in the 2nd Gulf War, Daniel predicts the "He-goat" (which we now know is western civilization), will grow more powerful than ever (Dan. 8:8). Then, suddenly, its wall will be breached (Jer.51:44) and its world dominion ended (Dan.8:8).
41. What could cause this instantaneous devolvement of power is not known at this point except that it is equated by Daniel with the sudden death of the youthful Alexander. It's impact will have consequences similar to a devastating natural disaster (Jer.51:41-43).
42. Additional factors may be involved. A prediction in the Book of Isaiah foresees disorder and civil strife erupting among the nations involved in the western collapse (Is.19:2).
43. Scripture predicts that a sea wave of devastating proportions will strike Babylon and Tyre. "Now you are shattered by the waves, surrounded by the seas." (Ez.27:34). "The sea will rise over Babylon, she will sink under its roaring waves." (Jer.51:42). We have shown before that the prophecies of Tyre strongly correlate with America. Perhaps the sudden fall of Babylon's wall will coincide with a seaside calamity (Rev.18:21).
44. There is a people-element to these roaring seas as well, but on the wall of Babylon, it seems, a marine catastrophe will be the premonitory warning.
45. In this respect there may be a strong correlation between Jeremiah's prediction of sudden disaster (Jer.51:42), and the prophecy of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.19:1-29). The ruination of those two cities (and the sins they stood for) is certain to play a significant role at some point in the world's final chronology.
46. Sodom and Gomorrah is not a story about the past, it is about the future (2 Peter 2:6). Since it dictates for sodomy, divine annihilaton, it relates to a sin so powerful it compares with Satan's apple, the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Gen.3:1-6). Of that fruit God said "You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death" (Gen.3:4); Satan took the woman aside and countered, "No! You will not die!" (Gen.3:5). "The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She gave some also to her husband who was with her, and he ate it." (Gen.3:6).
47. National catastrophe never comes out of the blue. There is always a precipitating factor some unremitting wickedness that underlies it. Defying God is dangerous, doing so against the backdrop of Lot's city is particularly so. "Does misfortune come to a city if God has not sent it? (Amos 3:6) "If God does not guard the city, in vain the sentry's watch." (Ps.127:1-2).
48. All of this relates to the fall of the "wall" of Babylon and the profligate lifestyle that brings it crashing down in an economic and political crumbling that leads to the fracturing and collapse of western civilization, a disintegration that allows the east to rise up in its place. All of these events relate to the processes involved in the exchange of Babylon's rulers.
49. These are the days leading into the wrath when the godless, consumed by wickedness and refusing to acknowlege the Lord are to be pummeled by mercilous anger day after day all the way to the end. The third day is to be a time of agony and weeping, a time of signs and portents and global rage. "When that time comes no grown man will know peace, for many troubles will inflict all the inhabitants of the country." (2 Chron.15:5).
50. Because it surfaces so powerfully later in the prophecies, America will not be destroyed by the calamity that topples it as the world's rampart. It will, however, lose quite suddenly and for an extended time thereafter, its ability to be the wall of stability for the wider world.
51. In the wake of the breach in Babylon's wall, the U.N. (the United Nations) as we know it will fracture and divide. The nations of the world, no longer unified, will restructure themselves into four international coalitions, a format closely resembling the circumstances that occurred in the wake of the sudden demise of Alexander's empire (Dn.8:8).
52. Of these four, the smallest coalition of nations will grow into a massive eastern empire that will rise to control most of the world (Dn.10:3-4).
53. This, too, corresponds to a part of Daniel's explanation of the handwriting on the wall. "Parsin" (one of the words that appeared there) Daniel said, meant that Babylon (the entire world outside of God) will be divided" and given over to the Medes and Persians" (Dn.5:28). The two will not come to power at the same time (Dn.11:13-24) .
54. First to rise will be the Medes (Dn.11:13-16), the ten-nation confederacy which Daniel calls the 'Kingdom of the North' (Dn. 8:9-10). This is described as a northern empire, eastern in character that will form sometime after the second Gulf War (Dn.7:7-8). It may have similarities with the now-defunct Soviet Union, but it will bear, if not the heraldic insignia of the Medes, certainly its distinctive symbolism.
55. A corollary to this ten-nation confederacy appeared in Turkey in association with the Ottoman Empire. It came in the form of ten sultans that propelled the Ottoman Empire to world rule. Their appearance, at least numerically, was a forewarning of what is to come. Several prophecies in scripture closely associate the Black Sea with the rise of the 10 kingdoms of the last days (Rev.12:3).
56. Given the structure of nations there today, it will probably involve territory stretching from Europe and the Black Sea to Mesopotamia, and include, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, and perhaps even the Phillipines. These areas today are largely dominated by Muslims who are already showing signs of increasing militancy toward the west.
57. Anti-American fury is at this moment fueled by still-small Al Queda elements and other dissidents who share their hostility to the western world. As this antagonism grows, European nations (Rosh, Mesech and Tubal) are prophesied to join the eastern bloc in order that "the kingdom of the north" be formed (Dn.11:40).
58. Recent divisions in Europe over the 2nd Gulf War show how the European continent could divide. The loss of Germany, Russia and France, for instance, if they should unite against the west, would leave Britain, Spain and Italy isolated as islands and impotent in relation to the European forces surrounding them. It would render the Common Market obsolete. The fracturing Daniel forsees will have political , financial and social impacts of enormous magnitude .
59. At the same time, Muslim civil war appears inevitable as the entire east takes sides in the division. The Shiites and Sunni's may well part ways, violently separating at the Euphrates. Many of these Arabs seem certain to unite with Israel to form the "kingdom of the South".
60. Against this agitated backdrop will issue an increasing number of "signs", both cosmic and terrestrial (Ps.46:1-3). These are God's warning signals and they will increase in intensity all the way to the end.
61. According to Christ, earthquakes and famines will strike population centers across the earth (Mat.24:7). Jeremiah says the earthquakes will come in association with the rise of the kings of the east (see also: Rev.16:12): "Prepare nations to make war on her; the king of Media with his governors and dignitaries and the whole territory under his rule. Then the earth trembled and writhed, for the Lord's plan against Babylon was going forward: to change the country of Babylon into an unpopulated desert" on account of its wickedness (Jer.51:27-29).
62. The seas will roar and become unmanageable; so much so, that scripture says people will die of fear over what menaces the world (Luke 21:25-26). According to the Book of Revelation, the counterpart to the "seas" in prophecy is the world's people. This prophecy indicates that not only will there be large oceanic disturbances, there will be a tumultuos clammoring among the people on earth as well: riots, marches, etc.
63. As the punishments rain down, crashing thunder will sound: "Courier follows close on courier, messenger on messenger, to tell the king of Babylon that his city has been stormed from every side: the fords occupied, the bastions burnt down, the fighting men thrown into panic." (Jer.51:31-32)
64. The signs that wickedness' lease on the earth is about to be cancelled by God will increase dramatically. Yet few will heed the warnings and repent. Instead, they will curse the God of heaven for their pains and sores (Rev.16:10-11).
65. Disease, pestilence and famine will add to the miseries.
66. Out of the economic collapse world famine will spread. The attack of 9/11 which symbolically suggested enormous damage to world trade did indeed foreshadow an economic collapse of major proportions. Speaking to the 9/11 event, the Book of Revelation states that Babylon's "life of magnificence and ease" has been taken away and will never return (Rev.18:14). There is no room in this prediction for economic recovery.
67. Jesus warned that there would be wars and rumors of war (Mat. 24:6). The Book of Revelation shows that these wars will occur in the wake of Satan's release from prison. Once out, he will "decieve all the nations in the four quarters of the earth...and mobilize them for war. His armies will be as many as the sands of the sea; they will come swarming over the entire country..." (Rev.20:7-9).
68. Since 1914, when world War 1 erupted, the planet has been plagued almost continuously by global warfare on a scale unprecedented in all of history. Given the warning in the Book of Revelation, we can expect that violence to continue and grow increasingly savage until the day Satan is destroyed.
69. Love in most people will grow cold on account of the world's violence. "Nation will be shattered by nation, and city shattered by city, since God will afflict them with every kind of distress. But for your part, take courage. do not let your hands weaken, for your deeds will be rewarded." (2 Chron.15:5-7).
70. Christians will be hated worldwide (Mat.24:9). Early indications of that hatred have already been noted. A recent Gallup poll indicated that American trust and confidence in churches has fallen from almost 70% favorable to about 40% favorable. Statistics show several European nations with church-going Christians numbering less than 5% of the population. Their cathedrals stand empty, except for tourists.
71. The only safety from all these terrors will be in church. Despite the collapsing numbers of those who take refuge there, Isaiah indicates that America (the islands of the sea) will be among the last bastions of faith in the world (Is.24:14-16).
72. Many false prophets will arise. According to Jesus, some will produce great signs and portents. Others will advertise that Christ is hidden somewhere -- in the desert or some other secret place known only to themselves. Jesus warned us not to listen to them.
73. Daniel shows many battles see-sawing back and forth during this period in the Middle East.
74. When the time comes for the east to take control of Babylon, the western outposts at the Euphrates will be overrun by the Medes. Crossing the Euphrates (Jer.46:6) in unstoppable strength, the northeastern army will march with lightning speed all the way into Jerusalem (Dn.11:15-6), annihilating during the invasion the disputed Israeli settlements (Is.22:5-8).
75. A part of Jerusalem will be captured (Zech.14:2), but instead of destroying the nation of Israel, the eastern forces will make a treaty with them and then move north toward Europe (Dn.11:16-18).
76. Most of Europe will be conquered by the Medes during this assault. This conquest of western countries by eastern forces will reverse western dominance over the world for the first time since the days of Alexander the Great. That will officially bring to an end 2300 years of continuous rule over Babylon by the west. The "famous prostitute" will now fall under the rule of the kings of the east.
77. Still not satisfied, the king of the Medes will carry his warfare across the Atlantic Ocean to the Western Hemisphere where Daniel says he will "make many conquests". That move, however, will prove to be for him a fatal mistake.
78. The United States (the "islands of the sea") will fight him on its own land, and defeat his forces here (Dn.11:18).
79. Daniel says a "magistrate" (an American military general) will put a stop to his advances "in a way that he cannot repay outrage for outrage and he will turn back to the strongholds of his own country, but there he will stumble, fall and never be seen again" (Dn.11:18-19). The American victory will be decisive.
80. The eastern king will be defeated, humiliated and die in his own country. Despite his death, the lands he secured in the eastern Hemisphere will remain in the grip of eastern forces. With its global reach threatening to dissolve into history, the once-powerful kingdom of the Medes will find itself in some disarray.
81. In the place of this fallen "King of the North" will appear a monarch bent on extorting the treasury of the "royal splendor" (Dn.11:20). The use of the term "royal splendor", relative to scripture, and especially in Rome, probably refers to the Vatican since Italy will be controlled at that time by eastern forces. This would be a preview of things soon to come, marking an ominous turn in events because it will be the first sign that the rising violence is about to directly involve the Christian Church and the Christian people per se.
82. The attempt to tax the treasures of the "royal splendor" will fail. The short reign of this extortioner will end with his untimely death (Dn.11:20).
83. This is the point at which authority over Babylon passes from the Medes to the Persians.
84. Taking the place of the extortioner, will be the one the Book of Revelation calls the beast -- the great Rebel of the End (Dn.11:21). He is the "prince of Persia", the lawless servant of Satan, under whose rule the world will end.
85. The Rebel will have his beginning in a very small following (Dn.7:8), but through treachery he will greatly expand his sphere of influence (Dn.11:24). In the way that Daniel describes him, in his small beginnings, he seems to bear some likeness to Osama Bin Laden. Prophecies show that he will probably arise in an area close to the Black Sea (Rosh, Meshech and Tubal Ez.38:3).
86. Using intrigue and subterfuge he will quickly push into existance a new small nation, gain control of two of the countries in his predecessor's ten-nation confederacy, and combine these two with his own country to make a single nation out of them (Dn.7:8). Swiftly thereafter, he will greatly magnify his position and soon take command of the entire eastern republic, the whole of the ten-nation confederacy that preceded him.
87. Daniel terms this Persian empire "fearful, terrifying, very strong, with great iron teeth that will eat, crush and then trample underfoot all that remains." (Dn.7:7). The image is that of a warmongering eastern empire viciously savage.
88. Considering himself Parthian, he will call himself (or the world will call him) the "Prince of Persia". (see 2 Chron.36:22).
89. Launching a surprise attack on Arab and Israeli forces, this Rebel will decimate the South, and take control of a part of Jerusalem. This is the second in a series of four major assaults on Jerusalem that are predicted to occur during these violent times.
90. "When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you must realize that she will soon be laid desolate. Then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains, those inside the city must leave it, and those in country districts must not take refuge in it. For this is the time of vengeance when all that scripture says must be fulfilled. (Luke 21:20-21).
91. The "Ships of Kittim" (a United States naval armada) will mobilize against him (Dn.11:30).
92. Backing down from a major confrontation with the Americans, the beast will abandon the portion of Jerusalem that he has just conquered.
93. At some point during this period he will come very close to ending the world, Daniel writes. The lies told at the conference, however, will be to no avail because the appointed End is not yet (Dn.11:27).
94. Going home enriched from his conquests, the beast will begin his attack on the Christian Church.
95. After a brief period, the beast will decide to attack Jerusalem once again, but the outcome will be different this time. Prepared for his move, the ships of the U.S. will come and oppose his forces. There will be a battle and the Rebel will be worsted and have to retreat. That will end the third of the four attacks on that city.
96. Furious at having been disciplined in this way, the Rebel will launch a major assault on the Christian Church. He will order his forcses to burn down all Christian churches throughout his empire (Ps.74) , and command the deaths of anyone who refuses to worship the kind of god he promotes.
97. He will send instructions to defile the sanctuary and the sacred ministers of Christianity; "so that they should forget the their faith and revoke all observance of it. Anyone not obeying the kings command will be put to death." (1 Mac.1:38-53).
98. The Bible will be banned (Dn.8:12)
99. The Rebel will culminate his war on the Christian Church with a dramatic act of violence -- his forces will assassinate (Dn.9:26) the ruling Bishop of Christ on earth (2 Macc.4:34-35). This will fulfill the 3rd prophecy of Fatima. This bishop, guardian of the "Perpetual Sacrifice", is the "one who has first to be removed" before the Rebel can appear openly on earth (2 Thes.2:7).
100. Using the people of a foreign god to defend his fortresses (Dn.11:39), the Rebel will instruct his forces to place the Abomination of Desolation above the altar in St. Peter's Basilica (Dn.9:27). This defilement, Daniel wrote, will put an end to the 'Perpetual Sacrifice' (the Eucharist of communion). The consequences of that act will be irreversible. It will insure the Wrath (Is.24:1-6). From this point on, prayer will not alter the sequence to follow.
101. The desecration of the communion sacrifice and its altar will terminate Christ's treaty of peace with Babylon.
102. With the Eucharist defiled, Christ's sacrifice can no longer be eaten. It is written in the template of the Law that, on the third day, the uneaten sacrifice must be burned. (Lv.19:5-6). This passage presages the terrible fires about to consume the earth (Is.24:5-6) during the third day of God.
103. The Rebel's forces will fortify the City of David (Vatican City) "with a strong wall and strong towers, and make this their Citadel. There they will install an armory of sinful men, renegades, who will fortify themselves inside it, storing arms and provisions, and depositing there the loot they have collected". (1 Mac.1:33-38).
104. Symbolising his rule over Babylon, and fancying himself Nero reincarnated, the Rebel will enter St. Peter's Basilica and place himself on its "throne". He will declare himself a god, and demand his own worship. This will fulfill the ancient Roman prophecy. It will be the rebirth of the Roman Empire those prophecies have long predicted.
105. Taking command of Babylon, the 'Prince of Persia' will become by his own proclamation, the 8th head of Babylon in the biblical sequence of 'beasts'. These 8 'heads' of the beast are the 8 'war-heads' launched against the House of Israel by Satan. Only seven are counted in the offical prophecy because the last is a reincarnation of one of the others.
106. As the 'Prince of Persia', the Rebel will issue a proclamation that will order by inference the termination of the House of Israel. This proclamation will officially end the Diaspora to Babylon. With this edict (2 Chron.22), the Rebel will officially end the Babylonian captivity which has bound Christians and Jews to worldly exile since the time of Christ.
107. "The Rebel's proclamation will be issued to his whole kingdom informing them that they all must become a single people, each renouncing his particular faith. All the pagans will conform to the king's decree, and many Israelites (Christians and Jews) will choose to accept his religion as well, sacrificing to idols and building altars, precincts and shrines for idols and prostituting themselves to all kinds of impurity and abomination" (1 Mac.1:38-53)..
108. A branding will be initiated in the areas controlled by the Rebel. It will dilineate all who accept the madman's terms and agree to support and worship him. This is the "mark of the beast" (Rev.16:13-18).
109. Isaiah has prophesied that in the America's ("the islands of the sea") they will still be proclaiming Jesus when this terminal apostasy occurs, but that worship will not be enough to stem God's decree that the world should now come to a rapid and abrupt end (Is.24:14-18) and be replaced by the eternal kingdom of God.
110. Up to this point, Vatican City had symbolized the City of David in exile. As the City of Christ, it had been the capitol city on earth of one of the two houses of Israel.
111. With the Madman's proclamation ending the Diaspora, and Vatican City in the hands of the Rebel forces, the City of David will abandon the premises. Freed from their obligation to remain in Babylon, a group of holy men (those who have escaped the Rebel's wrath), will symbolize an ending Diaspora by embarking on a journey that takes them (and the City of David with them) home to the temple mount in Jerusalem (i.e., to the City of David's historic site).
112. A great earthquake will rock Jerusalem, splitting the Mount of Olives, and dividing it into two parts (Zech.14:4-5).
113. Perhaps as a part of this enormous earthquake, the Jewish Western Wall will collapse (see Ez.13:10-16), completing Christ's prophecy concerning the toppled stones of Herod's temple (Mat.24:2).
114. At this point, the godless people of the world (Babylon itself) will become the target for the Rebel's wrath.
115. Infuriated by being blocked by U.S. (Kittim) forces when he tried to enter Jerusalem, the beast will order the ten horns of his empire to turn against the Harlot. His insanity will drive him to decide to end the world on a whim. Ordering his armies toward Jerusalem in an assault of unprecedented dimensions, he will initiate the unthinkable (Dn.11:44). "I will send fire to Magog and on those living undisturbed on islands..." (Ez.39:6).
116. The smoke of the holocaust he unleashes will plunge the earth into darkness (Jer.4:23-28).
117. "After this I seemed to hear the great sound of a huge crowd in heaven, singing, 'Alleluia! Victory and glory and power to our God! He judges fairly, he punishes justly, and he has condemned the famous prostitute who corrupted the earth with her fornication; he has avenged his servants that she killed'. "They sang again, 'Alleluia! The smoke of her will go up forever and ever." (Rev.19:1-3).
118. Their homelands ablaze, and the smoke of the fires darkening the sky above them, the world's military forces will gather in the hills and valleys of Palestine encircling Jerusalem, in preparation for the final battle.
119. The sign of Jesus glowing in the north will suddenly appear in the clouds (Mat.24:30).
120. Standing guard inside the hallowed city, a peaceful contingent of Jewish soldiers and citizens will prepare themselves for what seems to be inevitable annihilation. Praying and trusting that God will rescue them in fulfillment of the Promise, they will prepare for the final battle -- the war the Bible calls Armageddon (2 Chron.20:15-17).
121. Another group of Jewish fighters, led by warriors promoting militancy and rejecting the peaceful and religious principles of their counterparts, will set out at night to take on the Rebel forces in full battlegear (2 Chron.18:12-22).
122. But there will be no fight that day (2 Chron.20:15). No war. Instead, suddenly, in the middle of the night, out of the skies will come a fusilade of fiery spears from heaven, proving that nature itself fights on the side of God (Wis.5:18-24). The armies of the Rebel will disappear in the fury of God's own rocketry (2 Chron. 20:24). So will the militants of Israel. In the morning everything will be silence and the armies will all be gone (Is.17:14).
123. With the oppression over and the destroyer no more, the refugees of the City of David who have escaped Rome and travelled across the deserts to Jerusalem will be free to come out of hiding (Is.16:1-5). Their arduous and circuitous journey over, they will bring the Diaspora to an end as they march triumphantly into Jerusalem.
124. The unity between Jerusalem and the City of David, and between the two houses of Israel (Christians and Jews) will be restored. The person leading this return will be Michael the Archangel, born into the flesh for this moment. "He will be like God, like the angel of God at their head." (Zech12:8).
125. The Jews failed to see John the Baptist as the Elijah scripture prophesied. For this reason, they have, ever since, placed a cup for Elijah on the tables of every Passover meal in anticipation of his coming. Michael will fulfill this hope. He is the "Elijah" they are looking for, the angel of the covenant (Malachi 3:1), and they will recognize him when he arrives.
126. As he comes down the mount of Olives toward the Golden Gate facing the Kidron Valley, the citizens of Jerusalem will cry out the welcome Jesus prophesied, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" (Mat.23:39).
127. Hearing the shout, Michael will call out the command. At that moment, the stones that seal Jerusalem's 8th gate the 'Golden Gate' on the east side of the temple mount will collapse allowing the gate to fall open (Joshua 6:20).
128. Upon hearing Michael's call, the angel Gabriel will blow his trumpet. Instantly, with a great roar, the skies will separate and Jesus will brilliantly appear on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and all the angels of heaven with Him (1 Thes.4:16-17), His appearance will "strike like lightning in the east and flashing far into the west." (Mat.24:27).
129. The world will disappear and be replaced by the thrones of Judgment (Rv.20:11). The books chronicling our lives will be read (Rev.20:12) and everyone will be brought to task for the kind of life they lived when they were on earth (2 Cor.5:10).
130. According to the Book of Revelation, those who fall under judgment will be herded together and led to a great burning lake of sulphur (Rev.20:14-15). This burning lake is the second death, and anybody whose name could not be found written in the book of life was thrown into the burning lake." (Rev.20:15).
131. The fires of this lake will never go out (Rev.20:10). Satan will be hurled into this fire as well, and his wickedness will be no more. His long war against God will be over.
132. The gates of heaven will be unlocked and those who are deemed worthy (i.e., the people Jesus chooses who had faith enough to believe in Him) will be allowed to enter the new kingdom, God's paradise of eternal life.
133. Jesus said that "when these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand." (Luke 21:28).
134. "And he told them a parable, 'Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." (Luke 21:29-31).
Author's note, 2003:
As we wrote in the beginning, Paul said that God lets us see these things only dimly (1 Cor.13:9). That is because God wants conversion and obedience the actions that get us into heaven. The dimness and error surrounding our visions shows that God gives us prophecy as a proof, not as a scoresheet.
There are sufficient mistakes in these visions to insure that the blind will remain blind to the end, and that those with sight will see God's truth.
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