The End Times 12

I’m not forgetting my upcoming series’! I know probably a few readers are probably bored with the exposition of Revelation. Indulge me please, because we’re more than halfway through it, and then I’ll start resuming my normal series of apologetics against the various cults nad false religions.

Yes, I’m going to deal with Mormonism and Seventh DAy Adventists. Don’t worry! But it’s absolutely amazing to me in this day and age, that even AFTER the release of the Left Behind series, we have many christians still believing incorrectly about the Book of Revelation. Am I going to write a month long series dealing with the errors of the Left Behind series? No. Let me explain. These books are fiction.

Jerry Jenkins had to find a way to fictionalize a number of elements, and some strong Biblical teachings. He did so fairly well, I thought. The problem in this was twofold, I would say…

Laheye was not writing it himself – that was the first problem. He had the image and understandings of it to carry it out. Jenkins had to go by LaHeye’s vision and understanding, and the difficulty in being a writer and going from someone else’s vision is this – it becomes halty, stop start. You see where the story in YOUR head is starting to go. And LaHeye is seeing where HE thinks it should go. The entire thing becomes an issue of compromise.

The other issue is, they had to keep the series from becoming incredibly depressing. If I wrote the series, I’d have told LaHeye from the start, “It’s going to be like living in the wild – cold, hungry, scary, depressing. People are going to die. Bodies will be lying in the streets, decomposing. It’s not going to be fun or pretty.” It WOULD be depressing, hard, upsetting. Why? I want people SAVED. I want to leave the reader with the unshakeable feel that “the tribulation is going to be horrible.” Towards the end of the series, it did manage to capture a little of it.

And personally, I would have dropped the Hattie character quickly on. Okay, Rayford was unsaved, and contemplating adultery. I’d rather that hadn’t been in the book, but let’s move ON from it. Drop the character quickly, and lets’ not have the lead guy still (as a christian man) having an attraction to someone he’d contemplated an affair for. And speaking of which, if my wife had been raptured, I would not have remarried. Why? You’re gonna see your wife again in seven years. That’s going to be VERY hard to explain. And in the last book, Steele is living with his first wife in Jerusalem… but the second wife is out of the picture. Now, that’s uncomfortable. You love this other woman enough to marry her (when technically you’re still married to the first), but once the Lord returns to the earth, “Well, thanks! Good luck!”.

See what I mean? The whole thing was uncomfortable. I found myself skipping past pages if I saw the name of Steele’s second wife or Hattie when I read the series.

And obviously there were scenes that were only written the one time due to publisher’s deadlines. Here’s how they should have done it… get the prospectus from the publisher, and start working on all the novels at once. Tell the publisher, “I’m not going to guarantee the book for a year. Give me two years max, but expect the first one say 15 months from now. I’ve got over a dozen novels to write.”

What scenes were rushed? Okay, the “seek him in the desert” scene. The dialogue from the devil masquerading as the false messiah was painful at best. Killing someone, raising them from the dead, and kiling them again… that could have been done without dialogue, becuase that was…cheesy. Or the scene could have been left out, and recounted through an eyewitnesses dialogue. And other scenes were rushed as well.

Anyway, I’m not going to talk about the left behind series. I’m just going to repeat, we need the novels written from a fundadmentalist vierwpoint, so people will see what it’s REALLY going to be like.

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelation 13:1-2 (KJV)

Whether this is describing the attributes of the Antichrist, or giving clues to who he is, i’m going to let you decide. I think it’s telling us he’s going to be like an amalgamation of the four kings of Daniel – like a mix of Alexander, Cyrus and Caesar Agustus – cruel, cunning, relentless, devious, smart… making deals with one hand while planning on how to attack that person from behind at the same time. The Antichrist will defeat many through treachery.

3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:3-10 (KJV)

The second half of the tribulation, Satan himself will enter the Antichrist. He’s cast out of heaven, and has no place to go. He knows he has very little time, because he KNOWS exactly how long the Tribulation is! Satan, quite simply, has better doctrinal understandings than most Christians, because he KNOWS the truth, and is rebelling against it. Many christians are simply misled. And sadly, many unSaved are deluded by false religions into thinking they’re already saved. That’s the worst part of all.

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth 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, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 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 image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Revelation 13:11-18 (KJV)

the false prophet. The unHoly trinity is this – Satan, Antichrist, false prophet. Who is the false prohet? Who can he be? Someone influential. Perhaps a wildly popular Pope who has done nothing to merit such crazy acclaim – “The pope of hope”. Perhaps a tall, thin man who speaks in platitudes and smiles a lot, and encourages Christians to worship themselves. Or perhaps its a stout Southern Baptist who wears hawaiian shirts and laughs a lot. We will see.

What is the number of the beast? It’s written right there! 666. Thanks.

See, very often when you read the Bible, the answer that’s right there in front of you is the right one.

The End Times 11

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

Continuing on with our study of the book of Revelation, we detour to a brief historical sideline. This is one of the mystic visions, and it supports a strong tenet of Dispensationalism: That there is a difference between Christianity and Israel. Christianity. This is not the only chapter or verse in the bible to teach this.

“Wait! The Bible says, 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:12-13 (KJV) !”

Okay, and what is this verse teaching?

“That there’s no longer Jews and Gentiles! We’re ALL Jews!”

No, that’s not it. I’m Jewish, because my ancestry goes back to Judah, son of Jacob. If your ancestry does not come from any of the children of Jacob, you are a Gentile. That’s the facts.

Romans 10 is talking about Salvation, as do all the other “there is no more Jew and Greerk” verses. Is there still men and women? Yes. Are some people worldwide still bought and sold as slaves? Regrettably, yes. So the “Bond or free. male or female” has to do with salvation. Men and women are saved in the same way. There isn’t a different way for Jew and Gentile to be saved – it’s the same way, by faith and repentence toward Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

There is no such thing as a two-covenant theory. Hebrews makes it abundantly clear in Hebrews 11 that Jews are saved by faith, running through a list of Biblical heroes, concluding they all showed faith.

so there still is a differnce between Jews and Gentiles. There are MANY promises in the Scriptures to the Jews that do not apply to the Gentiles. Just as there are responsibilities incumbant on Jews that are not required of Gentiles.

Most commentators are agreed – the Jewish people owe God proper worship. They owe God the Sabbath day, the Holy days, the offerings rightly done and with the right devotion and attitudes. That’s why there’s a millennium – My people owe it to God. Some observances are done away with, some are required throughout the Millennium. Be careful with your claim to be a “spritual” Jew – because if you’re saved, you may find yourself being required to keep the sabbath and a couple of the holy days during the Millennium!

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Romans 11:18-21 (KJV)

Returning to our text…

2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Revelation 12:2-4 (KJV)

Israel in Scripture is often pictured as a woman. We see the correct interpretation here is reinforced by the reference to Jesus Christ. The great red dragon here is both a symbol of Satan, and of the world system he created – Rome.

some commentators somehow confuse the manchild with the churchES. I personally think this is a missapropriation of Scripture as the reference to “ruling with a rod iof iron” shows quite clearly this is the Lord Jesus Christ we’re talking about. Do the churchES have any guarantee ANYWHERE in the Bible we are to rule with a rod of Iron? If this is a references to the churches, then we have to conclude its one more reference to the Pre-trib rapture, because the man child is caught up into heaven, and the Dragon is still on the earth. Howver, for reasons stated, I’m pretty sure its the Lord.

5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:5-11 (KJV)

There’s a shift in time now in between verse 5 and 6. Now, it is possible that verse 6 is a multiple fulfilment verse – there’s no denying the Jewish people have been forced out of their homeland and forced many times to relocate for safety’s sake. It’s also true that Petra in Jordan is prophesied to be the place that the believers are to go to during the last half of the Tribulation. So (yes, I’m hedging my bets here!) it is possible this verse referes to BOTH – in which case the verse bridges nicely from the time of the ressurection/ascenscion unto the time of the Tribulation.

How can I say this? Can’t this be a reference to something that happened in 70 AD? Well…. uh… that would place the devil in the bottomless pit in AD 74 or so. And then, around 1074, the new heavens and the new earth would have been created. I don’t think there’s any reference to this in history. Or… what about all those people that have died between 1075 and, let’s say, a minute ago? How do you explain that? The Bible says there shall be no more death or sorrows in the new heavens and new earth. Perhaps it’s just me, and I’m not playing along – but I can recall being very sad a few times in my life. Like, when people I loved died (again, that death thing – thought we weren’t supposed to have that in the New Heavens and New Earth?)

To quote Marc Monte, if this is heaven, I am woefully dissapointed.

“You’re an idiot! The Bible doesn’t literally mean a thousand years!!!”

In other words, what the preterist is saying is – he doesn’t literally believe the Bible. Bottom line. Let’s disregard such a heretical view of the word of God, and proceed.

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:12-17 (KJV)

Satan is cast out of heaven once and for all, where he takes over the body of the Antichrist. That’s not a LaHeye thing, that’s a Biblical thing. Several interpreters have come to the same conclusion that Satan indwells the Antichrist during the last half of the Tribulation. This coincides with the “Ressurection” of the Antichrist. For the preterist who insists on this being a reference to the pope – hey, at least you’re recognizing the evil nature of the Roman Catholic Church. Good job! Alas, there’s never been a Pope that suffered a grevious head wound and died… then rose from the dead. So again, this HAS to refer to a future event.

Okay, this brings us up to the midpoint of the tribulation! Tomorrow – Rev. 14!

The End Times 10 – The Last 3 Trumpets

1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 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. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. Revelation 9:1-12 (KJV)

And lo! Confusion ran rampant.

Here’s the source of the cunfusion – people not believing the Bible, or not accepting the word of God as the literal word of God.

Are these helicopters? I hear that one all the time – the “primitive man” theory. “Ya see, John the Apostle had never seen helicopters, so he couldn’t understand what he was a’seein… so…”

Well, I categorically reject that interpretation. The Bible says they are locusts, but very odd ones at that. They sting like scorpions (locusts don’t have stingers…), they don’t eat all the plants they encounter,they only attack men not bearing the mark of the believer. They’re shaped like horses, have men’s faces and long hair, and crowns.

Have you ever seen a locust like that? I never have.

Have you ever seen a helicopter with long hair? A man’s face? a Crown? And the helicopters only target men not sealed by God, attack with the sting of a scorpion, cause intense pain to men who cannot kill themselves somehow… and have a king…

Nope. Not helicopters. Sounds silly when put that way, doesn’t it? And before you start talking about US helicopters, the attack helicopters look like dragonflies, not locusts. There’s a difference.

Ok, how about a tank? Tanks sometimes have netting on their sides… Nope. You’ve been watching Rat Patrol again. Modern tanks don’t string any kind of netting on the sides. They have reactive armor, which means if you shoot at them, the armor explodes in the direction of the attack, diffusing the attack of the enemy. And tanks that don’t destroy any vegetation when they shoot… yeah. That’s not happening even in the desert. Tanks just tend to create destruction. Tanks don’t have long hair or men’s faces. Tanks don’t sting or have knigs.

Maybe we should try believing the Bible! If it says some kind of bizarre monster locust, maybe we could assume they’re bizarre monster locusts! And we can safely derive from the text that if the king is called the Destroyer and is the angel of the bottomless pit…. um… they’re devils. These are not natural animals, mindlessly attacking. Nor are they prehistoric monsters awakened in the Japanese Islands by atomic testing! “We must stop the locusts before they reach Tokyo!!!”

They’re devils. Demons, to you modern Bible translation readers.

It’s not a naturally occuring plague. Tell me plainly how something can stop the power of death temporarily! “I got stung by a jellyfish, and now I can’t die!” nope. not happening. It’s little annoying little devils. Annoying for Christians, not so much for the unSaved. This is going to be terrifying. Little flying monsters coming at you, stinging you, and suffering painfully. No painkiller can stop the pain. And you are so desperate for the agony to stop, you try to kill yourself. And nothing happens. You live with those wounds or poison or whatever.

People do resume dying after this judgment, so probably those that try jumping from buildings or shooting themselves all will die at the end of several months. But during the duration of the agony of the sting, it will not be possible for them to die.

Can anyone remember the last time this ever happened? “It’s never happened.” So… then Preterism is a heresy, isn’t it? If we read the Bible and believe it, we understand this has never happened before, was not fulfilled in 70 AD, and has yet to happen. Then why are there Preterists? Simple. They don’t believe the word of God as He wrote it. They have to symbolize it, allegorize it, etc. Which is a slippery slope, because once you start down that road, you can symbolize EVERYTHING! Including salvation. “why, all you have to do is get water sprinkled on you as a baby!”

If that’s your understanding of salvation, then no wonder you don’t believe in the Rapture – you’re not going up in it. I’d print these pages out, so you know what to expect in a few years. Plus I have an entire website I’m working on to help you survive the Tribulation. You don’t believe in a future Great Tribulation yet.

You will soon enough. Hint – when they ask you to take a mark…three sixes… I highly reccomend you say, “no thanks.” Oh, and make sure you get Biblically saved as soon as possible. because that reying on water droplets as a baby… that’s not Biblical, and it’s not salvation. And if that’s your profession of faith… “I got wet as a baby…” you may possibly see a puff of steam from your forehead the first few seconds in Hell. That’s all that will do for you, if you’re still wet from the baby baptism.

Sorry, being sarcastic again. I really repent of that. But I’m hopping my harsh words will be like a cold splash of reality. If you refuse to get saved, you won’t be going to heaven. Bottom line.

13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation 9:13-21 (KJV)

Another hint. There has never been a cavalry attack numbering 200 million horsemen ever. Yes, i’m aware the Chinese army claims the ability to launch a cavalry attack of that many. Understand that number is their entire army… and I seriously doubt they have a horse for every last one of them. What’ are their paratroopers going to land on US soil on horseback? Yeah, get THAT horse to jump out of a plane. I dare you.

Next, you have to find 200 million horses who breathe fire and sulfur. “Um…” yeah, I saw that problem too. Apparently the Chinese government under Chairman Mao never read the entire passage in the Bible when they had that propaganda.

Oh, and your genetically modified dragon-horses also have tails that are serpent heads… and bite! So if you jump out of the way of the horsemen, you still run the risk of getting bitten.

When was the last time this happened in history? Never. Okay. Again, Preterism is dismissed once and for all as “Not Biblical.” Thanks.

How many people just died in this one?

1,300,000,000 people died at the hands of the diabolical horsemen. Yes, demons.

total left on the earth… 2,670,000,000

We went from six billion people at the Rapture to just over two and a half billion left on the earth. In other words, we’ve lost about 66% of the people on the earth.

1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. 8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. Revelation 10:1-11 (KJV)

What’s the seven thunders say? I have no idea.

1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 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. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 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. 11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. 15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. Revelation 11:1-19 (KJV)

This was the end of the halfway point of the tribulation, the death and resurrection of Moses and Elijah.

So! We come to the last of the seven trumpets. lightnings, voices, thunder, and earthquake, and hail. And almost four and a half billion people have died. If you want steady work in the tribulation, apply for a job at a funeral home. You’ll be VERY busy.

The End times 9 – The First 4 Trumpets

Okay, we’ve lost at least a billion and a half people from the world at this point. From Six billion, that brings us to four and a half billion.

1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. 6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. 8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. 10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. 12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. 13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! Revelation 8:1-13 (KJV)

As I’m going to point out on my Tribulation website, this is the time to remove all vegetation from your hideout. You want to get it away from wherever it is. Because one third of all vegetation on the earth is going to burn up in wildfires. That’s pretty drastic. I don’t know if that means 100% of all vegetation on one third of the earth will be burned up, or if it’s an even 33% across the entire world. I think the second theory is the more accurate.

During this time (if you’re surviving it, you might want to brush up on how to treat burns – because odds are good, many people you run across will have been badly burned) it’s also a good idea to move to areas where there’s not a lot of vegetation, such as on a rocky mountain, or into a desert.

The great mountain burning with fire – a meteor? Nuclear? A volcanic eruption splitting a large volcano on a coastline? I know that on the Canary Islands there is a extinct volcano that is splitting by the eroding effects of dripping rainwater, and that LaPalma island is being watched carefully by geologists and vulcanologists. Should you be worried about LaPalma? If you live on the east coast of the United States, yeah, probably… because if you hear that Lapalma island has split and half of it falling into the sea, you’ve got four hours or so to pack your stuff and head at least a hundred miles inland, considering half of that will be spent driving, I’d hurry. If LaPalma went active and exploded, the falling debris would cause a massive tsunami supposedly 40 to 60 feet high, a massive wall of water that would barrel down across any land mass in its way… But I’m more inclined to a meteor, because it will destroy a third of the oceangoing ships. A Tsunami normally in the ocean just lifts the boats up… and sets them down. Impact tsunamis drag ocean ships for long distances, but doesn’t sink them usually. A Meteor hitting the surface of the ocean would create massive shockwaves, far more destructive than normal tsunamis.

I know Tim Laheye also goes back and forth on this interpretation. Some liken this to a nuclear blast, others the meteor. To quote a scifi author, “hit something with a big enough hammer, you get sparks.” A Meteor or a comet hitting the ocean fast enough is going to create quite a BANG.

supposedly, there are 39,000 ships on the ocean – so that’s roughly 13,000 ships destroyed at this time. If an average of 10 men are on each vessel (much more than that, I’m sure…) then we will see the loss of life from this at 130,000. How many people will die of starvation? Answer – probably millions. Some nations feed as many as one third of its population from the oceans, such as China and Japan. China has 1.4 billion people, Japan 127 million. That could mean the loss of life of 467,000,000 people in China alone, and 42,000,000 in Japan.

That’s roughly half a billion that may die. By the second trumpet, the world population will have dropped to four billion people.

Wormwood is the next catastrophe. Waters become poisoned, and people die of the toxins, and of third. The Bible does not give us numbers, but merely “many men” is our number. I’m going to estimate perhaps another 100 million, because I just don’t have enough to go on to estimate. You tell ME how many people would die if one third of the drinking water in the world was poisoned.

What is wormwood? All I know is the oft-repeated saying that “Chernobyl” means “wormwood”. Is it nuclear radiation? I don’t know. Is this a nuclear attack? I don’t know.

The last judgment we’re going to talk about is the fourth trumpet, darkness. More literally, it means one third of the lgiht will not be visible. Is this some kind of “nuclear winter”? I dunno. The Bible just says one third of the light.

Now that I’ve answered your questions so well, tomorrow something I have answers for – the last three trumpets.

The End Times 8

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Revelation 7:1-4 (KJV)

I’d like once again to point out: This 144,000 are Jews. Not Gentiles who are “spiritual Jews” based upon their conversion. No, there’s NOTHING in the Bible when read in the plain sense that says that. You only can assume that if you spiritualize large numbers of passages.

And of course, the Watchtower Society is the best known offenders of this. They claimed that the first 144,000 converts to Charles Russell’s cult wer the 144,000. It’s like they got to number 144,001 and said, “Oh, I’m sorry! We have to re-think our theology now!” Of that number, many left when first Russell’s date settings and later on, John Rutherford’s date settings all came to naught, and the so-called 144,000 began to realize that they had believed a pair offalse prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing. And many left. Suddenly the Watchtower Society had to start discussing the “Earthly Hope” and the “heavenly” hope. It was no longer just the beginning people who wer the 144,000 – now it was anyone who gave signs of being a “Heavenly hope” upon therir baptism.

And let’s not forget John Rutherford’s drastic pronouncment, “Millions now living will never die!!!” Of that number, so far- millions have died.

So, NO, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not the 144,000.

5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. Revelation 7:5-8 (KJV)

These verses here show the 144,000 must be literally – Jews. So, in jest, I say I have a far better chance of being one of the 144,000 than almost all Jehovah’s Witnesses! To see a more in depth answering of the Watchtower Society, please read my posts on that topic. Choose the topic on the lower right hand side of the page to see ALL posts on that subject. I did a lengthy analysis of that last year, and to my surprise it’s STILL one of the two most commonly read subjects on this blog (That, and Word of Faith teachings).

My word, when I first started this blog I got used to getting only the occaisional visit from the idly curios, who saw it listed after a month or so on the “Freshly pressed”. Then when someone left their first comment, I was so used to nobody reading that I was almost annoyed! “Hey! What are you doing READING my blog??? go get your own!”

Then I came to my senses, and thanked God for bringing people here to read.

Getting back on topic – you can always spot when the morning caffiene hits my brain as I write! – The 144,000 must be Jewish. Now, this also brings up one of two possible scenarios. Either God will tell the members of the 144,000 what tribe they’re from, or technology will be created that can identify the tribal designation for every Jew. So far, we only have identified a genetic marker that identifies Levites. I’m thinking it’s going to be the latter. Otherwise, we open the door to making ourselves God (“God told me to do exactly what it was I wanted!!!”), and we’ll see the same self worship masqueraded as “God told me” that led a CCM singer to tell her husband, “God told me it was okay to divorce you and remarry some other CCM singer.” No names, no hints. I don’t want all the Amy Grant fans mad at me.

What is the job of the 144,000? It’s very simple. In the 2,000 years that the Gentiles have half-heartedly evangelized the world, we saw only 1.5% of the world’s population become biblical Christians. Many got caught up in denominations that teach NOT to be born again – all you have to be is baptised as a baby, and you’re fine, or in false religions such as Mormonism or Roman Catholicism.

The 144,000 are going to complete the job in a much more effective manner. This is why we see the Great Multitude who become martyred for their faith during the Tribulation. The 144,000 will go forth, spreading the gospel in a confrontational, effective manner.

That brings me to another bugaboo I despise. There’s a methoid called “lifestyle evangelism”, which claims if you are the best Christian you could possibly be, it will get people saved.

Um, no. That’s not even close to being a Biblical or correct statement. If I’m the best Christian I can possibly be, how will that convince a co-worker that they are a sinner doomed to Hell without Jesus Christ?

It may encourage them to live better lives and be less immoral, but hey – if that’s your definition of being saved, I have GRAVE doubts that you’re saved yourself. Yes, you have to actually pass out tracts. You have to talk to people. And we’re losing ground on that.

I heard a sermon from a pastor who was Ruckmanite, and he was utterly incensed the Left Behind series had EVERYONE being marked on their head with crosses. I do agree, he’s got a point there, but he’s wrong when he says that the Bible doesn’t say anything about anyone other than the 144,000 being marked.

1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. 2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. 3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; 4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Ezekiel 9:1-4 (KJV)

either this is how the 144,000 are identified, or it literally shows the special marking of all believers in the Tribulation. We forget the number of the beast is a satanic counterfiet of the marking of God’s servants.

So, what is the symbol they will be marked with? The Hebrew for the word “Mark” is Tav. Incidentally, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The ancient Tav symbol is… a cross.

Huh. Maybe LaHeye did have it right!

Incidentally, this chapter also refutes a major key doctrine of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 7:9-12 (KJV)

Great spot to bring a JW to. “Where is this scene?” “Heaven.” “Where is the Great Multitude?” “Uh….”

According to the Watchtower society and the “Earthly hope” doctrine, the Great Multitude is on earth. Nope, the Bible clearly shows them in heaven. That will help them to begin doubting the Watchtower Society and the governing body, and hopefully get them OUT, where they can finally read their Bible for themselves without any Watchtower literature telling them what it means. Every former Witness says the same thing, how BEAUTIFUL it is when they finally can read the Bible for themselves! It’s painful, because they see how they were lied to, brainwashed and misled by a lying cult. However, it’s beautiful because they realize all those doctrines they opposed were indeed true, and they become almost undone by the knowledge that, “8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Revelation 7:13-17 (KJV)

The End Times 7 – The First Seal

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2 (KJV)

Let’s recap for a second. Revelation deals with things which the Apostle John had seen, the things which are, and the things which are yet to pass.

The letters to the seven churches are the past and present. Revelation 4 begins with the words, “after this…”

So EVERYTHING that happens starting in Revelation 4 is the future. It has not happened yet. And will not happen until the Rapture of the church.

So, who is the White Rider? It cannot be the Lord Jesus Christ, being unleashed at the beginning of the Tribulation, conquering and to conquer. I’ve read that several times, always from people who confuse Israel and the churches.

logicla question – why would Jesus Christ open a seal that… unleashes Jesus Christ? Let’s hear no more about it.

The White Rider is the little horn. The Antichrist.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 (KJV)

This is the Antichrist. The Holy Ghost is what holds him back (2 Thess. 2:7). Until the churches are taken from the earth, he cannot rise. Once he does, he will begin conquering. First by peace, flattery, political intrigue.

24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. Daniel 7:24-26 (KJV)

23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Daniel 8:23-25 (KJV)

There will be a league if ten nations, who will help put the Antichrist into power. However, for reasons unexplained, he will strike down three of the nations in warfare. That war will spill over and engulf the world, which is the second seal.

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. Revelation 6:3-4 (KJV)

I’d give you figures on how many people die here, but Scripture does not say. World War II killed millions. This will be a war as big, as we see from “take peace from the earth” and “great sword”. If you didn’t want to live during World War II – I’d suggest you get saved, because world War III will probably be as bad.

Shortly after the Antichrist comes into power, he will attempt to assume total control and dominion over the world. This will lead to war. War always leads to famine.

5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. Revelation 6:5-6 (KJV)

Why does war lead to famine? Simple. Dead people cannot farm. And your sons and daughters will be taken to be in the war. So they’re not helping you on the farm. And when they die in combat, there’s going to be nobody to help after the war.

Bombs land in your fields, destroying the crop. Enemy vehicles tear up your land as they invade. People hoarde food and supplies, knowing if they don’t, they’ll die. Suvivalism sets in. And people begin starving. and dying.

7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:7-8 (KJV)

Assuming the world population is six billion at the rapture, at this point, over one and a half billion people will die, from disease, famine and war. The world population will drop from 20-whatever levels to 1970 levels. This will make the 10 or so million that died in World War II seem pale by comparison.

I’m going to urge it again. Get saved, before this happens. There’ll be no further raptures. If you miss the first one, that’s it. There’s no “I’ll take the next train.” That was it. You got left behind. And it’s going to get a lot worse. horrific worse.

This is the major problem I have with the Left Behind series, is that the major characters had fancyt computers, lived well, lots of food and water, could fly anywhere in the world and buy whatever they wanted. It sounded like fun! Okay, there’s an earthquake or two, nothing major.

The Tribulation is going to be horrendous. We really need a Fundamentalist version of “Left Behind” that will tell the horrific story as it probably will be in reality.

9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Revelation 6:9-11 (KJV)

I’m not going to downplay this at all. If you’re reading this AFTER the rapture, the this is probably going to include you. I’m working on a website where I tell people how to survive the Tribulation, but I emphasize this – if you ignored all the warnings and got stuck in the Tribulation, odds are good most of you will die at this point. And this passage is talking about you.

The Good news is, God keeps you in His presence. That’s how precious you are to Him.

12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Revelation 6:12-17 (KJV)

This is the first Great Earthquake. This will be tremendous, dwarfing all other earthquakes we’ve seen in history. It will result in wholesale destruction, and probably will be a series of worldwide “Earthquake storms”. Scientists used to say it was impossible, until we had our first ones a few years ago. They don’t say that any more. Geologists who find this page should be especially disturbed by this, as you know the instantaneous power available to an earthquake.

Get saved before this happens!

The End Times 6

1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. Revelation 5:1-5 (KJV)

Really, when you think about it, this is the death knell of the Pre-Wrath theory, which is actually (to my knowledge) the most popular eschatological position among Independent Baptists. I guess most of those Pastors only read Marv Rosenthal and haven’t gotten around to reading their Bibles!

Rosenthal’s position is that the seven seals and the seven trumpets are all the wrath of Satan or the Antichrist. I’m not sure how he reconciles this belief with the Bible’s clear teaching that only Jesus Christ is worthy to open the seals. What, the Lord Jesus Christ knows that Satan is come with wrath, but isn’t worthy to open the seals – so He helps Satan out??? It’s not a logical position at all.

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. Revelation 5:6 (KJV)

This is a case of Hebrew emphasis. Things in the Bible are repeated to let you know when to pay attention to something. The Lord Jesus repeats Himself on the Gospel of John for emphasis. There is some figurative language in the Bible. For instance, the Lord calls Himself the door. Is He really a door? No, we understand the language. Is the Lord Jesus Christ now a lamb, wooly and cute, but with horrible deformities??? Not at all. This is showing the number seven, which we understand to mean “Holiness” or “God” in Hebrew thought. Jesus Christ is both.

7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. Revelation 5:7-8 (KJV)

We need to keep this in mind. This is discussing the Lord Jesus Christ. I read quotes from people and I become convinced these people worship a different Jesus other than the Bible, like the quote about a Jesus dressed in fine clothes, smoking a cigar and listening to rock music on a boombox, tapping his foot and saying, “I love this stuff.”

The real Jesus Christ is the creator of the Earth. When we stand before Him in heaven, we’re going to be utterly struck with how Holy He is, and how amazing He is. We’re going to be on our faces before Him a LOT, because we’re going to realize this over and over again, how AMAZING is it that such a powerful and Holy Being loves us, cares for us, boasts about us, and sings over us. Think on that for a few minutes.

8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. Revelation 5:8-14 (KJV)

This ought to give you a feeling for the intensity of worship we wil experience in Heaven. Now, contrast this with the venom that is poured out on the throne of God by unSaved men – some of whom claim to be Christians. Well, they’ve figured it out by this point that (as the real Christians have been raptured and they’ve been left behind) that they weren’t saved.

Now, let’s dwell on this point for a minute. There are many in this world dwelling in a false expectation that they are saved. The Bible explains what it takes to be saved. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and ye shall be saved.”

We’ve got two extremes of people trying to unsettle everyone – those that teach easy believism (“you don’t have to change your life, you just say the sinner’s prayer and you’re all set…”) and those that teach Lordship Salvation (“You’ve got to repent of every sin in your life, and Jesus Christ must be LORD of your life”).

The first one is vague, because you’re either trusting in a walk or a prayer to save you – and neither one can be found in Scripture. The second one is exceptionally vague, because let’s face it – the realization you are a doomed sinner condemned to Hell, unable to save yourself will drown out all rational thought. Can you recall every sin you committed today? Probably not. So, how are you to confess a litany of a lifetime of sins to a Holy God, and repent of every one of them?

The real gospel is simple. Recognize you are a sinner worthy only of eternal punishment in a literal hell of darkness, unending torment and flames. I reject the modern namby-pamby Gospel which calls Hell “eternal separation from God” – it makes it sound like you’ll be in a time out sitting in the corner forever!

Once you understand your fallen condition, recognize you need a saviour. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can save you of your sins. Believe upon Him, and ye will be saved. All it requires is a simple prayer of forgiveness. Repentence is a part of this. What is repentence? Recognizing you cannot save yourself, that you’ve lived a sinful life, and that you need to be saved. In other words, everything I just talked about before!

There are those in the easy believism group that claim there does not need to be fruits of repentence, and that your life does not need to change. This line of thinking doesn’t stand up to the Bible at all. Let me put this in the worst case scenario, because that always helps to show what I’m talking about.

Let’s say you’re a drug dealer. You engage in illegal, immoral activity to make sure you sell your cocaine, up to and including murdering your competition, or your mules who you find ripping you off. you stop by a church, hear the easy believism gospel. moved by the emotional music, you walk the aisle, say a prayer. You go home, feeling euphoric.

The next day in a rage, you shoot one of your thugs to death, and feel justified because he was skimming money from you. Then over the next few days, you plan,and carry out, the biggest cocaine deal you’ve done to date. and hey, it’s okay, because you’re a Christian. Despite the fact you never darken the doorway of a church again?

Is that the actions of a saved person?

Or rather, the drug dealer begins to be bothered by what he’s doing. He realizes its wrong, but struggles with his conscience. It’s money, and he doesn’t know any other way. After a while, he goes back to his pastor, tells him what’s going on, understands that what he’s doing is wrong, and sincerely wants to change. Just to make sure, the Pastor takes the drug dealer through the plan of the Gospel again, getting a more sincre prayer and confession of faith. the Drug dealer feels a need to start doing things he’s never done, like read his Bible. And get baptized.

He struggles with his old nature, losing more battles than winning, but always grimly trying to perservere. “God, I’m struggling! PLEASE help me!”

It takes years, and he’s regretting the loss of all that money. He’s struggling, but going to church – hit and miss, but still trying. He wars constantly with keeping from profane talk and cursing, knows he shouldn’t be watching those things on tV, and endlessly cries out to God.

Is that a saved person?

Sure sounds like it to me! He’s turning to GOD to help him. Did he do that before? He’s reading his Bible. Did he do that before? He’s struggling to control his mouth. did he do that before? He’s trying to get to church. Did he do that before? He gave up the illegal and immoral lifestyle. did he do that before?

Okay, Mr. “I’m so holy”, let’s compare that to your life! What are you struggling with? The Bible says we’ll war with the old nature constantly. Nobody is born again, and just quits everything cold turkey, and is mr. “reads 90 chapters of the Bible a day, has 13 hours of prayer time every day, and is a deacon in the church within 72 hours of being saved”. It takes TIME to become spiritually mature. It takes time for these changes to take effect!

See, the truth lies somewhere in between the easy believism group and the Lordship Salvation group. The Gospel needs to be simple enough that a sinner in their worst moments can comprehend, and repsond to. But it’s not so vague that a Columbian drug dealer who hacks people to death with a machete can still claim to be a Christian. We recognize the illogic of that right away, when someone involved in the worst forms of life continues in that, sees NOTHING wrong with that, and yet claims to be saved. We recognize that there’s a conflict there.

If you went to Jack Hyle’s church 20 years ago, did a sinners prayer, and haven’t been back but think you’re a Christian – I’d recommend some serious soul searching.

Are you saved? Are you trusting in a simple prayer to save you, or are you trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ? Get it settled today. Because you’re about to read about the opening of the seven seals, and I guarantee you DO not want to be part of that!!!