In light of the Harvey and now, Irma Hurricanes that have hit our nation, I am foregoing posting the celebratory new blog post for this week the Lord gave me and with His permission joining the faithful in praying for His mercy as well as the welfare of our impacted citizens. My wife and I along with this Ministry have also joined with many in providing financial assistance for those still suffering from Hurricane Harvey through a trusted disaster relief outlet. This moment, however, is a time of continuing prayer and sober reflection for our nation as the Lord led me to warn in the introduction of my Mother’s Day blog re-post this year concerning the certainty of His coming judgment upon our nation for its many sins. I also warned in an August 30th post on our Facebook Resource Page that all of this activity of the natural order is foretold "labor pains."
Please re-read or read that Mother's Day blog re-post for the first time and understand, the God of the Bible is serious about sin. In its introduction specifically, the Lord has me reference Jeremiah 30:23-24 that speaks about “the whirlwind of the LORD,” going forth in fury “in the latter days,” (NKJV). According to the dictionary, a whirlwind is an apt description of several kinds of serious wind events to include the hurricane. The Lord had earlier warned ancient Israel not to listen to lying prophets as I so sadly do you now, that speak only comforting words, but do not warn the guilty to repent since God brings judgment on our and all nations because of sin (Jeremiah 23:16-22, 25:30-32).1
1 Re-read or read my January 3,,2016 blog, The Never Changing God, under the category, Call To Repent. Among other things, it presents the Christian preacher’s
responsibility before God in the disasters He allows or brings on the earth.
Now, totally “enraged,” Satan readies his fourth and goal play against God’s faithful who overcome him in spite of death (Romans 8:18, 31-39; Revelation 12:11, 17, NKJV). Calling forth a global government made up of and blending together a greatest hits traits list of human kingdoms from the past, Satan takes advantage of mortal Antichrist’s assassination as a ruler from among them when he with God’s permission resurrects immortal (Revelation 13:1-3). “The beast” proves his immortality to the world by killing God’s two, heretofore, unstoppable witnesses (Revelation 11:7-8, NKJV).12 God immediately calls His final timeout for the magnitude of the moment and what is to follow.
Out of total contempt for God’s two witnesses the unsaved world will not even allow them to have a proper burial; letting their dead bodies lay in the Jerusalem street where they were slain for three and one half days. As it turns out prophetically, those hours shortened days symbolically show the time in years the world has left! A world-wide celebration like festive Mardi Gras and secular gift giving Christmas fills the days (Revelation 11:9-10). To the absolute terror of all the celebrants when the days end, God resurrects His two witnesses immortal and they ascend to Heaven “in a cloud” at the command of a “loud voice” from there as their enemies watch (Revelation 11:11-12, NKJV).
While the terrified unsaved world is briefly muted, God’s faithful rejoice in and glorify Him for His display of the power that fulfills in micro with the two witnesses--and later, the 144,000 celibates after the false prophet, what He has promised to do widely for all His saints (John 11:21-27, 38-44; 1 Corinthians 6:14, 15:20-23; Revelation 13:11-12, 14:1-5)! Truly, this preview of their future renews and energizes their faith and hope in Christ since they also know with the foretold immortal Antichrist on scene, their lives are in certain peril. Within the hour God’s two witnesses ascend to Heaven a “great earthquake” occurs in Jerusalem. “A tenth” of the city collapses and seven thousand people are killed. Awestruck survivors give glory to Heaven’s God (Revelation 11:13, NKJV)!
The judgments of the sixth trumpet and second woe are now concluded as is timeout on the field. The third and final woe is “coming quickly” with the sounding of the seventh trumpet (Revelation 11:14, NKJV). Before the Antichrist can move to consolidate his grip on world power, in a classic divine act of “declaring the end from the beginning” so His faithful are encouraged from Scripture, the seventh angel sounds his trumpet (Isaiah 46:8-11; Revelation 11:15-19, NKJV)! This seventh trumpet and third woe announce in advance the eternal triumph of God and Christ’s Kingdom over this world’s kingdoms through all that is about to unfold in the dawning Day of the Lord!
All that is written in the Bible concerning the Antichrist--his supernatural support from Satan, breaking of the covenant with the Jews that allowed their Temple sacrifice to God, his self-exaltation to deity, blasphemy against the true God of Heaven in His Temple, military and destructive exploits--come to pass over the foretold three and a half year period called “Jacob’s trouble” and the “great tribulation” (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-25, NKJV).13 This includes his persecution sweep across the earth in Satan’s fourth and goal play warring against the saints martyring millions standing faithful and that scores giving his team the lead (Daniel 7:19-25, 8:23-25, 11:36-39; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8; Revelation 13:4-10). The world is now very dark spiritually and teems with angry demons.
The demons openly display their supernatural power as delusion toward the end of upholding Antichrist’s lie of being God (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). While the Kingdom cause labor of the faithful to restore men openly has ended, God out of His amazing grace sends an angel to deliver the Gospel globally one more time (John 9:4; Revelation 14:6-7). Of joyful note during this time is God’s judgment of Christianity the religion of men; that great harlot of confusion formerly inspired of Satan and destroyed by Antichrist seeking to obliterate all things Christian and any other rivals to his worship (Revelation 14:8, 17:1-19:4).14 Near the end of his reign of desolation, Heaven readies to catch up the saints and God to express His millennia long held wrath (Revelation 14:14-15:8).
Suddenly, in rapid succession four of seven angels pour out their bowls of God’s wrath at the end of Antichrist’s reign directly on those with his mark and the earth he controls. They stubbornly refuse to repent here or after; blaspheming when the fifth bowl brings universal darkness (Exodus 9:8-10, 10:21-23; Revelation 16:1-11). The sixth angel pours out his bowl on the Euphrates river to dry it up for armies from the east to cross as God assembles all the nation’s armies to Israel’s Armageddon (Psalm 2:4-12; Joel 3:1-17; Revelation 16:12-14). To this point, His scattered faithful remnant has been impacted only by a temporary lack of food, fresh water and the sun’s heat. With only seconds left in the game, the tiny team on the field waits on Christ to come praying (Psalm 143).
They are encouraged by Him to keep faithfully watching lest they give up and be put to shame by their unbelief as the armies of the world finish gathering at Armageddon (Revelation 16:15-16). Then suddenly, as the Lord foretold, His sign appears in the darkened sky and He gloriously descends with an audible shout, voice of an archangel and trumpet of God calling for all His saints to join Him in the clouds by resurrection, translation and ascension (Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Corinthians 15:50-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, 5:9-10)! His elect Jews safe (Isaiah 26:20-21), the seventh angel pours out the final bowl of God’s wrath (Exodus 9:18-26; Isaiah 13:6-13, 30:30, 42:14-15; Revelation 16:17-21). The game ends in Kingdom victory when the feet of Jesus touchdown on the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 38:1-39:8; Zechariah 9:11-17, 14:1-7, 12-15; Revelation 19:11-20:3).
(This Labor Day I salute God’s faithful men that understand our Kingdom cause labor in the Gospel to restore men is not in vain-1 Corinthians 15:57-58!)
12 See the August 7, 2016, blog, Wicked Immortals And Their Bodies, under the categories, God’s Creatures and Bible Prophecy for informative background instruction about
the Antichrist’s immortal body.
13 Read the February 23, 2014 blog, The Man Of Sin, under the category, Bible Prophecy for additional details about the Antichrist.
14 Destruction of the outward forms of Christianity the religion of men is foretold in Bible prophecy as the Lord leads me to write about in an August 23, 2015 blog entitled,
Babylon Is Falling! under the category, Bible Prophecy.
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