The Day of The Lord — The Event That Starts The End of The World

“..let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; “

This is the first article in the Beginning and End Rapture Series.

The timing of the Rapture, the end times supernatural removal of all Christians on Earth to meet Jesus in the clouds, is a hotly debated subject in Christianity. The Beginning and End Rapture Series will examine the Rapture, what it is and when it takes place in the Biblical prophetic timeline. But in addition to knowing when in the Bible the Rapture occurs, it is equally, if not important to know why. Why is there a need for a Rapture? What is God’s purpose in doing this?  The Day of The Lord is one of those reasons that the Rapture must take place.

In the majority of rapture discussion the terms “7-Year Tribulation” and “The Tribulation” are often used to describe the final end times period detailed in the Book of Revelation that precedes Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ. This article will assert that the Bible actually uses a different term much more frequently to describe the commencement of this final series of judgments: The Day of The Lord. The Day of The Lord and Daniel’s 70th Week (As detailed in Daniel Chapter 9, is final 7 years of the world which commence with a covenant between Israel and the Antichrist) are the proper, Biblical title for the period in which God will supernatually judge the world and unleash the judgments described in the book of Revelation’s trumpets and bowl  judgments (Jesus later describes this entire time as “Great Tribulation” which is also an appropriate term).

In addition, the Bible outlines clear signs that must be fulfilled in order for this period to begin and a series of events that will take place once it has started. By removing preconceived notions about the end times and just looking to Scripture, this article may be able to shed some new light on commonly held beliefs about the end times. Please note that the approach of Beginning and End is 2-fold: (1) Letting the Bible define itself by comparing scripture against scripture and not using human-made theories on prophecy – “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Corinthians 2:13; and (2) knowing that God expects us to search the Scriptures. Many prophetic concepts are not easily grasped and we are to study the Bible with time and care to learn what God’s plan for the world. And the answers are all in scripture: “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” -Amos 3:7.  So for this study there will be no reference to charts, timelines or other commonly cited information used in Rapture articles unless based directly on Bible scripture.

” It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

Much more important than just “being right” about the rapture is understanding that there are lives and souls at stake. The Bible stresses that the unbelieving world (and even some professing Christians) will be completely caught off guard by this event. It is this website’s prayer and hope that readers are ready, watchful and looking to The Lord and not lost in the sinful world when these things come to pass.

What is The Day of The Lord?

Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: 8And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. 9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. 12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. 13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

The “Day of The Lord” is the Biblical, Old Testament term used to refer to start of the end of age judgments of the book of Revelation which God will pour out on the world starting with a massive global earthquake. This is a time when God will actively intervene in the affairs of humanity with devastating impact. These judgments will be experienced by the entire world population at a time when society has been lulled into a false sense of security. The world will think it has achieved “peace and safety” and then sudden destruction from God will come. The Day of The Lord will also overlap (as will be shown) overlap with the 70th week of Daniel, the prophesied final 7 years on Earth before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. But as the Scriptures above clearly detail, God will at this time, in anger, send catastrophic judgments that will cause every man’s heart to “melt” in fear. Many verses in the Old Testament give the same confirmation:

Zephaniah 1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Zephaniah 1:7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. 8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

Amos 5: 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

Notice the passage above from Joel describes an army whose destruction is so horrific that there has never been anything like it, nor will there be in the future. This coincides with how Jesus described the end times to His disciples: ” 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24).

This verse is often cited for why many people refer to the end times as “The Tribulation” or the “7 Year Tribulation.” However, Jesus is using the term “great tribulation” to describe what is Biblically, the Day of The Lord and all the judgments that follow. In fact the term “7-year tribulation” is never even in the Bible.  One of the goals of this article is to emphasize how the Bible specifically describes things as opposed to how Christian authors and pastors have decided to in recent years. The “Day of The Lord” is a very clearly detailed event that will in essence, kick off the final judgments of the world before the Second Coming of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Could This Take Place at  The First Seal of Revelation Chapter 6?

Revelation Chapter 6 details a scene the Apostle John witnesses in Heaven where God The Father gives Jesus a sealed book that only He, as Messiah, is worthy of opening. The book (which would most likely resemble a scroll) contains seven seals and with the opening of each seal of the book, various events take place.  The Traditional Pre-tribulation Rapture model places the start of the Day of The Lord at the opening of the first Seal of Revelation Chapter 6. However, this does not really line up with Scripture. Bible scholar Peter Goodgame, author of the end-time prophetic book, ‘Redmoon Rising‘ explains this point succinctly:

Proponents of the predominant Pre-Trib view (Fruchtenbaum, Walvoord) place the start of the Day of the Lord at the opening of the first Seal, which they teach also marks the beginning of the 70th Week covenant of Daniel 9:27. We know that the 70th Week begins with a seven-year peace covenant, while the Day of the Lord begins with sudden destruction. How can these seemingly different events, beginning in radically different ways, begin at the same time? Where is the “sudden destruction” in the first Seal of Revelation?

There is really nothing in the Bible that explicitly connects the first Seal with the beginning of the Day of the Lord. This connection was made by early Pre-Trib scholars because of their focus on the ‘seven-year tribulation.’ Once it was decided that the first Seal represents both the Antichrist and the beginning of the 70th Week covenant these scholars were “painted into a corner,” so to speak, and forced to conclude that the first Seal must also mark the beginning of the Day of the Lord. In the next section we will break away from this questionable emphasis on the first Seal and examine the Scriptures from a fresh perspective. In the end it will become clear that the Day of the Lord does not begin with a diplomatic or bureaucratic event such as the signing of the 70th Week covenant, but with the sudden and destructive outpouring of the wrath of God upon the entire world! (source)

So now that it is clear that The Lord is going to pour out judgments onto the Earth in the end times in a form of massive destruction, the question to now examine is why is God going to do this? Why would The Lord at that point choose to make such a drastic intervention and bring destruction upon the Earth? Fortunately, the Bible explains.

The Purpose of The Day of The Lord

In studying the Bible and events past and present, it is very important to understand why The Lord is doing a certain thing. Most Christians agree that the events listed in Revelation will happen in the future but there is rarely much discussion about why they are going to happen. Once again, by studying Old Testament scripture regarding the Day of The Lord, it becomes quite apparent there are several purposes to the Day of the Lord:

1. To Protect Israel

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

The verses above show a very specific purpose: God is protecting His Holy Nation of Israel at the time of the Day of The Lord. “Zion” or “Mt. Zion” is another term for Jerusalem and the Day of The lord is a time when God will rise up and “roar” from His Holy City. Despite the spiritual state of Israel today, the people of Israel have always been elect by God for special purposes. And despite the current political situation, the land of Israel is God’s Holy Land. In fact most of the end times events of Revelation are centered on Israel. It is where Jesus Christ will return at His Second coming (Revelation 19). It is where the Antichrist will set himself up in the temple to proclaim himself God (1 Thessalonians 2). It is where the two witnesses sent by God during the final years of the world will preach from (Revelation 11). It is where the 144,000 end times witnesses of God will be from (Revelation 7). It is where Armageddon will take place (Revelation 19). And t is where Jesus will establish His Millenial Kingdom on the throne of David (Revelation 20).

So again, when studying Bible prophecy, the purposes of God should not be overlooked — one of the main themes of the end times is God reconciling, saving and restoring Israel and His Holy City of Jerusalem. And the Day of The Lord is the start of this. So what causes God to mount this massive defense of the faithful remnant in Israel on the Day of The Lord? It will be the attack of the Gog-Magog army:

Ezekiel 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

Notice that once Gog invades Israel, The Lord now rises to action in “fury”. Just as the verses above about the Day of The Lord state, God is angry and is going to intervene directly into world events. And His response is to shake the entire Earth with destructive force, another distinct characteristic of the Day of The Lord. The Gog-Magog alliance’s attack on Israel will provoke The Lord to such anger and vengeance to be unleashed on the entire planet. Again, in the Ezekiel 38 passage above see that God says that “all men that are upon the face of the earth” will shake from the effects of God’s response. This is the attack that causes God to rise up and defend Israel in the Day of The Lord. Also note that after the Gog-Magog attack is stopped by God, the time of burning up the weapons of the defeated Gog Magog Army takes 7 years (Ezekiel 39:9), coinciding with how much time would be left from the Day of The Lord until the Second Coming. (We will address the Gog-Magog war in a subsequent article but for more information on why Gog will occur before Armageddon please see Doug Berner’s article “Gog and the Antichrist Revisited” which can be found here).

2. To Punish The Heathen Nations And Those Who have Rejected God

Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt… 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Ezekiel 30: 3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. 16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

Isaiah 2: 12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low…. 17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. 18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish

The time of sinners who have lived “high on the hog” will be coming to an end. As the world’s rich and powerful become more and more ungodly, leading the world into greater wickedness and rebellion against God, the time for Divine Judgment arrives with the Day of The Lord. God’s wrath will be poured against the world to punish it for wickedness, bloodshed, sin and to end the prideful rebellion of those who exalt themselves in society. Even today, many Bible skeptics raise the question: “if God exists, why are all these bad things happening in the world?” Well God does indeed exist but His patience with humanity is a gift — because it is providing us time to believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins so we can go to Heaven: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”   But at the Day of The Lord, God is going to respond and intervene by punishing the unbelieving world for all of its sin.

Those who were living in powerful positions with immense wealth will also specifically have no resources to save themselves at this time:

Zephaniah 1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

 

The entrance to an actual “Apocalypse Bunker.”

Gold, silver, offshore bank accounts and all manner of wealth will be no help at this time. Believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior will be the only true protection in this time of great and terrible judgments. As we enter the year 2012, the media coverage and discussion regarding the Mayan Calendar, Nostradamus, December 21, 2012 and the Mayan Doomsday has already gotten people to start thinking about their survival and the potential “end of the world.” It is interesting to note that as more stories emerge of wealthy people buying “Apocalypse bunkers” to hide in and protect themselves in the event of a global catastrophe, the Bible even describes the wealthy hiding themselves in the mountains and caves: “17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. 18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish. 19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” (Isaiah 2).

Bible prophecy is coming to life before our eyes as it appears the wealthy people of the world, in fear of “Doomsday” are indeed preparing to go into the rocks an caves.

 

A design by the Vivos corporation for one of its luxury bunkers.

 

 

The Timing of the Day of The Lord

So now that the purposes of the Day of The Lord has been established, it is time to examine where the Day of The Lord fits in with the Book of Revelation chronology. Again, the Bible makes this quite clear. There are several characteristics of the Day of The Lord that make it quite easy to locate its confirming fulfillment in Revelation.

1. Earthquake

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:… 19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. 20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; 21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt.. 13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Isaiah 24:19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

These verses indicate that the Day of The Lord will be marked by an earthquake so devastating the all the people in the world will experience it. This is a global event that will surpass any earthquake ever experienced in human history. God is literally rising up to shake the entire planet and put the world on notice.

A global earthquake would also cause massive tsunamis.

 

2. The Heavens are shaken

Additionally, the heavens will be shaken as well:

17Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.  18And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.  19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. (Isaiah 24)

. In verse 17, The Lord is specifically addressing this passage of warning and woe to the “inhabitants of the earth.” The distinction is being made because the wicked angels are going to be cast down to Earth. In this passage the “high ones that are on high” are a reference to the “heavenly host” (as confirmed by the Septuagint) or the angels of Heaven God will shake the heavens as well to punish the rebellious angels along with the wicked unbelieving people of the Earth at the Day of The Lord.  Notice The Lord in verse 18 states that the “windows from on high are open” again signifying things falling from Heaven to Earth. And this opening is coupled with the shaking of the Earth.

This “dual shaking” is also confirmed in the book of Hebrews Chapter 11:25 “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” The rebellious angels, who have left their first estate to intermingle with humans, will be removed from Heaven permanently at this point and cast to the Earth.  When the Heavens are shaken, the evil, rebel angels and Satan will be cast to the Earth. This is very important because there are several earthquakes detailed in the Book of Revelation. However, the 6th seal has the only earthquake where both  the Earth and the Heavens are shaken, sending the stars of Heaven to the Earth. Once again, the 6th Seal of Revelation uniquely qualifies as the start of the Day of The Lord.

6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.   7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:  8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. …13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (Isaiah 13)

This shaking of the Heavens and the arrival of the fallen Heavenly Host will be so stunning that the people of the Earth will be gripped with terror and fear. So much so that their hearts are described as “melting.” The passage also uses the languages of “pangs and sorrows” which indicates the Day of The Lord and end time judgment. Jesus confirms the same in Luke 21: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.Again, Jesus references men being so scared their hearts will fail them when they see what is coming to the Earth. Why? Because the “powers” of heaven shall be shaken. Ephesians 6:12 informs us that “powers” are a reference to angelic beings and they are our enemy:  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

 

3. The Sun Turns Black and the Moon Turns to Blood

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.”

Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

Probably the most distinct indicator of the start of the Day of The Lord is the prophecy from the Book of Joel that the sun will turn dark and the moon will turn blood red. These two signs occur before the Day of The Lord begins. The Apostle Peter, speaking on the Day of Pentecost affirmed that prophecy. And this black sun/ red moon wonder only occurs once in the entire Bible. And that is in Revelation Chapter 6 at the 6th Seal:

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?

The 6th Seal of Revelation is the clear start of the Day of The Lord and the beginning of the final Judgments of God. All of the signs and characteristics of the Day of The Lord are present.  The sun turns black and the moon turns blood red. The “stars of Heaven” (again a reference to angels) are shaken and fall to Earth. And there is an earthquake that is so powerful that every mountain and island in the world is moved out of its place. These are all the Old Testament signs being stated clearly.
We even see the fulfillment of Isaiah chapter 2, where the wealthy and powerful people of the world are running into caves and holes in the mountains to try and escape!

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; 21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

 

Revelation 6:15 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?

The powerful people are running into caves and bunkers in the mountains and underground. The description from Isaiah 2 matches with Revelation 6. The people of the world are even forced to admit that the “great day” of the Lord’s wrath has arrived and they are powerless to stop it. This is precisely what the Old Testament is saying is going to happen. At the opening of the 6th Seal the Day of The Lord has begun and God’s wrath is being poured out onto the world. This is the event that starts the final years of the world.  This is why it is so important to study Old Testament scripture to understand Bible prophecy. By comparing “spiritual things” we can receive the confirmation from the Bible itself.

But What About the First 5 Seals of Revelation 6?

Isaiah 13:6  Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: 8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth

Many Bible-believing, dedicated Christians place the beginning of God’s judgments of the world at the first seal of Revelation. However when studying Scripture, the events of the Day of The Lord do not coincide with the opening of the first seal. In Matthew 24, Jesus describes the first four seals in the same order as they are presented in Revelation 6 (false christs, wars, famine, pestilence and death). But Jesus finishes by stating that: “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” “Sorrows” is another term for “birth pangs” or the pains a woman experiences right before giving birth to a child. As we see in the passage from Isaiah 13 above the Day of The Lord will bring on the full “birth pangs and sorrows.” The Apostle Paul confirms the same when describing the Day of The Lord: 1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. Again, the true birth pangs, sorrows and travails come at the Day of The Lord.

The idea that the first seals are NOT a part of the Day of The Lord is further confirmed in Mark 13, which is a parallel passage to Matthew 24:  4Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?  5And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. Here Jesus clearly lists the events of the first 2 seals of Revelation 6 (false Christs, wars and rumors of wars) and says “the end shall not be yet.”  In other words, these events will take place before the end times truly begins, which is the Day of The Lord at the 6th seal.

Going further into Matthew chapter 24, Jesus describes the Day of The Lord with the same signs we see from the Old Testament and Revelation Chapter 6. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

The phrase “after the tribulation of those days” is highly debated because many, many people who study Bible prophecy have the phrase “the tribulation” or “the 7 year tribulation” in their minds because it has become a commonly used term for the end times. However, once again please note that the phrase “the tribulation”, as a proper noun, is never used in the Old Testament to describe the end times judgment and it is not used as a title. Jesus is merely describing the times that precede the Day of The Lord as “tribulation.” Part of the reason for the confusion is the writing style of the Apostle Matthew, as it jumps around chronologically (which will be addressed in another article). But Jesus confirms the same signs: a dark sun, the moon no longer giving light and the “stars of heaven” falling along with the “powers” being shaken. Again, the powers like principalities, are a reference to angelic beings (Ephesians 6:12). The rebel angels are also going to be punished and shaken out of their place at the 6th Seal as well.

Conclusion

 

Don’t hide in a bunker. Hide in Jesus Christ.

By studying Old Testament prophecy, the Day of The Lord, the appropriate name for the start of the end times judgments of God, commences after the opening of the 6th Seal of Revelation Chapter 6. The purpose of this “Day” is for God defend Israel against an attack by the Gog-Magog coalition and to pour out His wrath on the unbelieving world for our thousands of years of sin. The entire Earth will experience the devastating earthquake sent by God and the know that His wrath has come. What this means for humanity is that “Judgment Day” is coming. The sins that we in society commit every day are all being accounted by God and as we slip further and further into outright rebellion against The Lord, “that day” gets closer. This is why having a right relationship with God, which comes through belief in Jesus Christ as your Savior and for the forgiveness of your sins, is so critical. God tells us that: “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound..” As much sin as there in the world, God’s mercy and willingness to forgive us is even greater. And for those who seek Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins and believe in Him as the Son of God, they will not experience the Day of The Lord are the judgments that follow.

Jesus confirmed the same in Matthew 24 when He states at that time the “sign of the Son of Man” would appear in Heaven. What is this sign? It is linked to the Rapture of the church, who will not experience this outpouring of God’s wrath but will escape and be protected. The purpose of the Rapture is to provide an escape for God’s believers before all of these horrific judgments begin. Christians can be confident that they will not experience God’s wrath (“9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” – 1 Thessalonians 5:9), as we will show in the next article in this series on the Rapture.

 
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” – Jesus Christ, Luke 21:36.

 

 

 



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  1. DoUwant2go2Heaven? says:

    Great article my friend. I agree with a lot of your points. The day of the LORD does kick start the time of the end. It’s interesting that you used Isaiah 13 to preface your discussion, because that chapter also gives us a clue as to what will happen when the day of the LORD arrives. And that of course is the fall of “Mystery Babylon”. The scope of what is coming just boggles the mind my brother in Christ. It’s going to be so devastating and cataclysmic that unless you know Jesus Christ personally as your LORD and Savior, you will be deceived and cast head long into the furnace of affliction.

    The fall of Babylon is tied in with the Gog and Magog invasion. “And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 38:6) The fall of Babylon is so important to the game-plan of God that He included it in HIS end time outline in Revelation 14, also He gave us 2 whole chapters in Revelation 17 and 18 detailing who she is and how she will fall, and also giving us TONS of information in the Old Testament that speak about her destruction (Jeremiah 50-51, Isaiah 13-14, 21, 47, Zechariah 5, etc.)

    Revelation 14 gives the hearers of Gods word the PROPER chronology of end-time events. It starts with the sealing of the 144,000. This is crucial to understand because God has stated in the other interluding chapter of Revelation 7 that NO JUDGMENTS can come upon the earth until the 144,000 are sealed.

    “1And 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. 2And 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, 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. ” Revelation 7:1-3

    The winds of judgment are restrained from coming upon the earth (the sudden destruction) until after the 144,000 are sealed. That is why we can see in Revelation 14 that the proper chronology of end-time events is given. After God tells us about the 144,000, He gives us the MAJOR SIGNS of the last days with the 3 angel messages. The first angel message is the gospel going out into the whole world.

    “6And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7

    This parallels what Jesus Christ said about the end of the age in Matthew 24:14:

    “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

    So the gospel is preached in the whole world and then the end will come, which is the sudden destruction! We are on the cusp of that time right now! The gospel is going out like it has never gone out in before. Daniel tells us that the time of the end would be when many would go to an fro and knowledge would be increased (Dan. 12:4). This is that time. This is the time of the end.

    And now we come to the MOST IMPORTANT clue God has given the world about the day of sudden destruction. It is the fall of MYSTERY BABYLON! This is the event that will kick start the day of the LORD! God has declared that this event is so important that He included it in His chronology. Look what comes after the gospel is preached in the whole world:

    “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:8

    That event is so big that it will shake the entire world! Jeremiah confirms the shaking in Jeremiah 50:46, “At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.” There is so much tied into this EARTH SHAKING event that it is baffling. At times I feel like I am included in this statement in Habakkuk 1:5, “Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” Only thing different is that I believe. But the things that God has revealed to me just leaves me speechless. What is coming is going to be devastating. Words can’t even describe the destruction that is coming.

    But to finish the chronology of Revelation 14, we see that after the fall of Babylon happens the mark of the beast comes next.

    “9And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

    13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. ”

    Once the sudden destruction comes upon the world, that is when the beast will rise and take over what’s left. The importance of understanding the fall of Babylon can also be seen in the 2 chapters that gives us the details in Revelation 17 and 18. Revelation 17 tells us that it will be the 10 kings who destroy Babylon before the beast is even revealed. It’s only after the 10 kings destroy Babylon that the beast will be seen because he will be given the kingdoms, power, and strength of the 10 kings.

    “12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” Revelation 17:12-13

    “16And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. ” Revelation 17:16-17

    Babylon is the key to it all. When Babylon is destroyed the Gog and Magog invasion of Israel will coincide with it. It’s all wrapped up in the trumpet judgments. The first trumpet is the weapons of God warfare being unleashed upon the world, which will also be the nuclear destruction of Mystery Babylon. the 2nd trumpet is the fall of Mystery Babylon. Here goes some scriptures

    “8And 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; 9And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. ” Revelation 8:8-9

    “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, Who destroys the whole earth,” declares the LORD, “And I will stretch out My hand against you, And roll you down from the crags, And I will make you a burnt out mountain.” Jeremiah 51:25

    “Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” Zechariah 4:7

    Babylon is the great destroying mountain that will be set on fire by the 10 kings by way of total NUCLEAR annihilation. That is why the world is reacting in the way it does in Revelation 18. The world will WAIL AND HOWL for her destruction, They will SCREAM ALAS, ALAS THAT GREAT CITY! The destruction of Mystery Babylon will be horrific! Up until the destruction of Mystery Babylon the world was carrying on as usual. Trading, shipping, music, party, and all things worldly were taking place. Revelation 18 paints the picture for us. But when Babylon is destroyed, the whole world is SHOCKED and STUNNED! the world is flipped upside down and the people cast dusts on their heads because of her destruction!

    “18And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.” Revelation 18:18-19

    In 1 hour Babylon will be destroyed and made into a ruinous heap! Back to the trumpets right quick though. The third trumpet is the heavens opening up and some type of object hitting the earth. The 4th trumpet is nuclear winter from the destruction of Babylon, the Gog and Magog invasion, etc.

    Then there will be a brief interlude and the beast will start to rise. That is why God pronounces 3 woes that will be coming upon the earth. The day of sudden destruction is only the beginning. The 3 woes is when it will really be terrible on the earth. The 5th trumpet will have men desiring to die, but can’t. That is the coming demonic invasion.

    “13And 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 8:3

    There is so much to the prophetic picture that I can’t keep typing or else I will keep on typing. lol. But I applaud your work. I agree with the majority of what you stated. I pray that the LORD will continue to bless you and your work. I would love to discuss this more with you if you would so like. May the LORD give you peace and bless you my friend.

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    • You have alot of your chronology mixed up. You didn’t even mention where Israel falls into the picture. Israel is the most important part of the Tribulation because the purpose of the Tribulation Period or “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” is to restore Israel to their land completely, turn them away from ungodliness towards Jesus himself and prepare things for the coming millennial kingdom.

      As far as the fall of Babylon, that is at the end of the book of Revelation and thus will be at the end of the 7 year Tribulation period right before the Second Coming. It will be the end of this Antichrist kingdom that has been ruling and raining throughout the entire Tribulation period.

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      • There is one more thing I will add.

        Let’s read Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to anoint the most Holy”

        About this statement, it is important to see that it is intended for Israel. The seventy weeks (or seventy sevens) are directed specifically at, “thy people,” in other words, Israel, and “thy holy city,” or Jerusalem. This is a timed prophecy whose major consequence is concerned only with Israel, not Gentiles. Without this basic understanding, it is impossible to make sense of Tribulation prophecies, thus the reason for your confusion.

        All of these “Day of the Lord” prophecies were given specifically for Israel.

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  2. Hey bro – I appreciate your insight and digging into the scriptures.

    Eschatology isn’t my area of expertise but I do believe my theology informs what I believe in this area. I’m always glad to read things that make me think.

    A few questions:

    You mention the Day of the Lord occurs to protect Israel. Is there every a straight-forward scriptural statement of this? Or do you just infer this idea from the verses you list? And if so, where in II Thessalonians 2 (I believe that’s what you meant to say, btw – you have 1 Thess) does it say the AntiChrist will be in Israel? Where in Revelation 20 is Israel?

    Also, how can you reconcile using Acts 2:20 as a proof that the (future) Day of the Lord occurs when the moon turns red, yet Peter says it’s fulfilled then and there?

    Big article – lot’s to interact with. But I’ll limit my comments to that for now.

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    • Greetings my brother. Thanks so much for your comments and questions. I will try my best to address them:

      1. Protect Israel: For one, I do infer that God is protecting Israel from the verses I listed in the article. But if you want a specific Biblical narrative of it, I believe the best place is Ezekiel 38:

      16And thou shalt come up against MY PEOPLE of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against MY LAND, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

      17Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?

      18And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. [emphasis mine]

      Ezekiel 39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

      5Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

      6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

      7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

      8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

      As indicated in the article, I believe that after the opening of the 6th Seal, the Gog-magog war commences (and please note, I know MANY people disagree with this interpretation but I will very soon have an article explaining my interpretation of Gog-Magog and why it must be at the beginning of the Great Tribulation and not the end). This is a war where God Himself is defending Israel, personally and supernaturally against invasion. And as indicated in the article, at this battle there will be a global earthquake (as declared by The Lord). Also note in Ezekiel 39, The Lord repeatedly says that the heathens “will now know” that God is real and His judgments are coming and that He has rescued Israel. The 6th Seal is the beginning of this “recognition” that the wrath of God has come upon the world.

      Ezkiel 39 ends with: ” 29Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.” This again signifies the start of the end times. God is now focused on Israel, from whom He had “hid His face” since the First Coming of Jesus. And God demonstrates this by defending Israel (who is still not fully converted but the process will begin with this battle and end with their persecution by the Antichrist after the mid-point).

      2. The Antichrist in the temple — Thanks for the correction on 2 Thessalonians. That is indeed what I meant with my scripture reference. I think Jesus’ reference to the abomination of desolation in Matthew 24 is a specific historic identification of the man of sin performing an act of abomination in the temple. Jesus follows this mention with references to the people of Israel to flee that recalls the manner in which people fled during the first abomination of desolation by Antiochus Epiphanes.

      The second reason (and I am giving a major preview of an upcoming radio show) is that I believe that Mystery Babylon is end times Israel under the rulership of the Antichrist. I know this is not the most popular thought but I believe there is an abundance of purely Biblical evidence to support this. Simply put — Israel will believe the Antichrist is the Messiah and receive him as their ruler (in a covenant that will start the 70th week). We know Jesus The Lord Himself said that Israel would receive the Antichrist. Furthermore, look at the passages regarding Mystery Babylon. Many prophecy experts and writers will look to the present world for examples that can fulfill the identification of Mystery Babylon (i.e., the Roman Catholic Church). However, I do not believe that Mystery Babylon exists yet because none of the things in those chapters of Revelation have come to pass yet (meaning the Antichrist is not even in power so his city of operation would not be in full swing).

      Looking at how Revelation describes the whore, notice the colors she is “decked” with are “purple and scarlet.” I would urge you to go to an online Bible and do a word search of “purple and scarlet.” Outside of Revelation there is really only one place you’ll find numerous references to it: Exodus 25-30- God’s specific instructions for the operation of the Tabernacle (which were also used for the Temple). The Harlot has on her forehead: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” In Exodus 28 The Levitical High Priest was instructed by God to put on on his forehead: “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.” (and please note the all caps is in the Bible for both!). And then we can look at the color of items in the temple. The curtains are to be purple and scarlet. The ephod is purple and scarlet. The door of the tent is purple and scarlet. The “curious girdle” of the ephod is…purple and scarlet. And there are more examples just in those 5 chapters of Exodus.

      Finally, I would also recommend the same thing about a word search for the items that are imported into Mystery Babylon in Revelation 18. (i.e., fine linen, precious stones, purple, scarlet, ivory, frankincence, etc.). You will find almost all these same items listed in Exodus chapters 25-30 or with reference to Solomon’s construction of the temple. Why? Again, these are items all needed for the operation of the temple, specifically instructed by The Lord. I do not believe that these are just random “luxury goods” but are instead specifically needed for the operation of the temple. Even cinnamon is listed in Revelation 18 and that is an item specifically required for temple operation! And these items are coming IN to Mystery Babylon. So much so, that merchants of the world are making a lot of money off of their sale. Thus I believe the Antichrist will not only be in Israel, but for the first 3 1/2 years the temple will be in daily operation according to Levitical law (which again makes sense since we know Israel will receive the Antichrist as their Messiah).

      This is the simplest way to identify Mystery Babylon to me using just scripture compared to scripture. And thus I believe the temple will be rebuilt and the Antichrist will sit in that temple at the midpoint of the 70th week and proclaim himself god as prophesied by 2 Thessalonians. And I think there will be an abomination set up in the “holy place” which is the temple (Exod 26), as prophesied by Daniel and then Jesus in Matthew 24. (And again, I know this is not a popular interpretation of Mystery Babylon so all disagreement is completely understood).

      3. Acts 2:20 — This is a GREAT question. I think the answer is that Peter is quoting a larger passage from Joel and not just Joel 2:31 which mentions the black sun and red moon. I believe the passage from Joel, as Peter quotes it in Acts is describing a series of events, not just one event. The series of events begins with the outpouring of the Spirit on God’s believers. That is what took place at Pentecost. Peter, I believe is making this identification. But he goes on to list more events that will take place after the initial spiritual outpouring. Why? Because that passage provides the book ends of the whole church age. The Day of Pentecost starts it and the 6th Seal’s black sun/redmoon and the Day of The Lord end it because we are removed right before the Day of The Lord. We also know from the text of Acts chapter 2, that there is no mention of wonders in the sky taking place, fire, blood, vapour of smoke, etc. that day. So it was clearly still something to come. I hope that makes sense.

      Thanks again for your questions bro. God bless!

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  3. DoUwant2go2Heaven? says:

    Whats up Peter? Blessings to you. I pray that the LORD Jesus Christ will be our teacher and that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. To start I totally agree that Israel is the center and heart of end-time prophecy. I don’t disagree with you on that point. But what I want to clarify is how important the fall of “Mystery Babylon” is and how it is crucial to understanding all end-time prophecy. God will speak for Himself, thus let the scriptures interpret themselves. May this study be for the edification of the Saints so that God will be glorified. Amen.

    In the book of Daniel, chapter 7, God gives him a vision of the 4 beast kingdoms with 7 heads and ten horns.
    The first beast, Babylon, has 1 head (Daniel 7:4)

    The 2nd beast, Medo-Persia, has 1 head (Daniel 7:5)

    The 3rd beast, Greece, has 4 heads (Daniel 7:6)

    And the 4th beast, Rome, has 1 head (Daniel 7:7)

    All of these kingdoms are still alive on planet earth today because God tells us many things that confirm this. He tells us in Daniel 7:12, “As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” Thus we see that even though the dominions of the first 3 kingdoms have faded away, they are still alive and active in the world because God has prolonged their lives until the end.

    More importantly though is what God says in Revelation 17 about Mystery Babylon. God prefaces this passage of scripture by saying that only a mind that has wisdom can understand this. That wisdom is Jesus Christ, who reveals truth to His saints at the appointed time.

    “9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. ”

    The seven heads that the woman, Mystery Babylon, sits upon are the 4 beast kingdoms of Daniel 7. That is why the woman is seen riding on top of the beast in Revelation 17:3, “3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”

    Now lets pause for a moment and get some facts together before we proceed because God is leading us to truth.

    1. The woman is Mystery Babylon
    2. She sits on 7 heads
    3. The 7 heads are the 4 beast kingdoms
    4. The woman is riding a scarlet colored beast who has 7 heads and 10 horns.

    Now that is all background information. Let’s get to the meat. You mentioned that the chronology was mixed up in regards to the fall of Mystery Babylon. So now I want to focus in on the 10 horns that will prove that Mystery Babylon falls before the 10 horns receive their power and the beast is revealed.

    When do the 10 horns, who are the 10 kings, receive their power?

    “12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” Revelation 17:12-13

    That passage tells us that something has to happen in order for the 10 kings to receive their power and strength from the beast. So what has to happen?

    “16And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” Revelation 17:16-17

    The destruction of Mystery Babylon has to happen! Now let’s go back to Daniel 7 to prove that the 10 horns appear before the “beast” aka “little horn” aka “antichrist” aka “lawless one” aka “son of perdition” aka “man of sin” appears.

    “7After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. 8I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. ” Daniel 7:7-8

    Daniel was looking at the 10 horns before the “little horn” even appeared. And when the “little horn” appeared 3 of the 10 horns were put down. That means that only 7 horns are left when the “little horn” rules.

    “23Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24And 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.” Daniel 7:23-24

    3 of the 10 kings are again said to be put down by the “little horn” that rises up after the 10 kings are already on the scene! But if we go back to Revelation 17 we see that it will be the 10 horns that destroy Mystery Babylon. The 10 horns are still intact when Mystery Babylon is destroyed! The whore, Mystery Babylon, is burned by fire and destroyed by the 10 kings and then they receive power with the beast because they give their kingdoms to him.

    “12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. ” Revelation 17:12-13

    They have no power in the above passage of scripture. But yet God says they have 1 mind and shall give their kingdoms to the beast after this happens:

    “16And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” Revelation 17:16-17

    Now if we go to Revelation 13 we can see an AWESOME revelation!

    “1And 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. ” Revelation 13:1

    This is so amazing to see because in this passage of scripture we can see something new. The 10 horns have 10 crowns! Before this point in time, no where did the scriptures reveal that the 10 horns had 10 crowns. The 10 crowns upon the 10 horns represent AUTHORITY! Thus when the beast of Revelation 13 is seen rising, the destruction of Mystery Babylon has been COMPLETED! The 10 horns are still intact and they have received their crowns. Because scripture interprets itself, God again is true when He gives us His correct end-time chronology in Revelation 14.

    “6And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

    8And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

    9And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

    13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

    The scriptures prove themselves. Mystery Babylon falls before the mark of the beast is issued. This is crucial to understand because the fall of Mystery Babylon is tied in with the start of the Day of the LORD! God has deemed this event so important, the fall of Mystery Babylon, because His people have to flee out of her before she is SUDDENLY destroyed by the 10 kings.

    “4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. ” Revelation 18:4

    The call to flee Babylon is also repeated over and over again in the Old Testament. Jeremiah 50 and 51 contains 9 calls to flee from Babylon before she is destroyed. I don’t want to get to deep because that is a separate and in-depth study in itself. But the last call to flee from Babylon contained in the Jeremiah 50 and 51 prophecy is very telling. It gives the hearers of His word the destination to flee to.

    “50Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind. ”

    God tells all the people who escape from the “sudden destruction” to flee to Jerusalem! Israel is where all of Gods people must go when the day of the LORD starts. Those who are wise will go and be part of the clean up crew of Ezekiel 39 after the battle of God and Magog

    “11And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. 12And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. 13Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD. 14And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. 15And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. 16And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.”

    There is so much more though. Revelation 12 gives the place of refuge for all those who are living in Israel when the antichrist is finally revealed. There is going to be a great deliverance for the saints in the last days. But only those who are wise, watching, and praying will be make it.I don’t want to get to far off track though by starting another study.

    The main points I want to reiterate though is that:

    1. The 10 horns appear before the “little horn” does.
    2. The 10 horns have no crowns prior to the destruction of “Mystery Babylon”
    3. The 10 horns receive their crowns only after the destruction of “Mystery Babylon”
    4. The 10 horns are seen with 10 crowns when the “little horn” appears
    5. 3 of the 10 horns are put down when the “little horn” appears

    The scriptures plainly teach this. So many people are deceived though. Everybody is looking for the “antichrist” when in reality the 10 kings should be what people are looking out for. The 10 kings will play a major role before the antichrist even steps on the scene. So major will their role be that they will destroy “Mystery Babylon” the harlot with total nuclear destruction.

    I just want to add one caveat from the Old Testament. In Zechariah chapter 4 God gives a revelation about the 2 witnesses. In verse 7 He uses Zerubbabel as a type and shadow of the 2 witnesses and gives the revelation that the ministry of the 2 witnesses will coincide with the destruction of Mystery Babylon.

    “7Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” Zechariah 4:7

    The great mountain that is made into a plain is annihilation of Mystery Babylon by the 10 kings. And the 2 witnesses will be on the scene at that time as well as the scriptures declare. So I guess to wrap this up, I don’t minimize the importance of the nation of Israel whatsoever. All major end-time events center around the nation including the destruction of Mystery Babylon. I just was emphasizing a portion of end-time chronology because the original article, that we are both commenting on, prefaced his article with the prophecy of Isaiah 13 and the day of the LORD. All I did was highlight the significance of that chapter by stating that it is a prophecy against BABYLON!

    Let me add 1 more thing because God is placing this on my heart. If we look at what is happening today, World events are boiling up just like God said it would. And in the Isaiah 13 prophecy, which details how Babylon will fall, it has double fulfillment (near and far). God said that He would “stir up” the nation of the Medes in order to destroy Babylon.

    “17Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.” Isaiah 13:17

    The Medes is of course the nation of Iran. And guess what we see happening today? God is stirring up the pot and things are starting to happen as God said they would happen.

    “Sharpen the arrows, take up the shields! The LORD has stirred up the kings of the Medes, because his purpose is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance, vengeance for his temple.” Jeremiah 51:11

    Again, God is said to stir up the Medes to destroy Babylon.

    “23How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

    24I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD.” Jeremiah 50:23-24

    The “hammer of the whole earth” will be destroyed by the stirring up of the Medes against them. The stirring up of the Medes is a trap that God has laid for Babylon to be destroyed! When America goes to war with Iran, it will be the last war America fights. God has decreed that the coming war with Iran is the snare that will destroy the “hammer of the whole earth”.

    When you read Revelation 18 and see how the world reacts when BABYLON is destroyed, the world CAN NOT believe it! Babylon is going to be annihilated by the 10 kings when the trumpet sounds.

    “9For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain. ” Jeremiah 50:9

    Babylon will be destroyed by a company of nations from the north, led by RUSSIA! None of the arrows (missiles) will miss their targets. The 10 kings will set themselves in array all around America. Every last nuclear warhead shot at Babylon will hit the intended target! Look how God describes the total NUCLEAR annihilation of America:

    “1Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;

    2And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.

    3Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host. ” Jeremiah 51:1-3

    God describes the arrows that are shot at Babylon as producing a “destroying wind” and acting as a “fan” that will “fan” the land.

    “28Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.

    29And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.” Jeremiah 51:28-29

    The Medes are again implicated in the cause of the destruction of Babylon. Every PURPOSE that God has PURPOSED shall be performed against Babylon to leave Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant. This is what God said in Revelation 17:17

    “16And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” Revelation 17:16-17

    the will of God (His Purpose) will be fulfilled when He gives the command for the 10 kings to destroy Babylon with fire!

    “Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the last of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.” Jeremiah 50:12

    The mother of Babylon (England) will be ashamed when she witnesses Americas complete destruction in 1 hour! In 1 hour the last of the nations (1776 America was born) will be turned into a wasteland! It will only take 1 hour for the world to be turned upside down and the day of the LORD to commence with SUDDEN DESTRUCTION!

    Babylon, the greatest nation that ever lived on planet earth, who thought she would never see sorrow will be destroyed in only 1 hour because it will be the judgment of GOD!

    “5Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.

    6I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.

    7And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

    8Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:

    9But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.” Isaiah 47:5-9

    In 1 hour, the lady of kingdoms, the nation that has never seen war on her main land, the nation that thought she could never be touched, will be utterly destroyed! She will be made to lick the dust in 1 hour.

    “1Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.” Isaiah 47:1

    When America is destroyed in 1 hour, the 10 kings will set their sights on Israel. With the worlds super power erased from the global scene, the kings of the earth will have no opposition to finally over-run Israel. But that is when God will rise up to judge those nations that tried to take Israel out. And thus we have the beginning of the Day of the LORD!

    After all the dust settles (for a moment) the world will be left in pieces. America will be no more, Europe will be devastated from Nuclear war, 5/6th of the invading army of Gog will be destroyed, famine, pestilence, and nuclear winter will have begun. This is the day of darkness and gloominess, of thick clouds and darkness. The 4th trumpet will be where the world will be at after the beginning of the day of the LORD.

    “14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

    15That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

    16A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

    17And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

    18Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.” Zephaniah 1:15-18

    The Sudden Destruction encompasses a whole lot. The tribulation will engulf the whole world! It’s focus is Israel, but sin will be judged WORLD-WIDE! God is going to punish the world for it’s evil. No place will be unaffected. And God will get the worlds attention by destroying 1/4 of the worlds population at the beginning of it.

    I can keep on typing but I have to end this study somewhere. I pray that the LORD has been in this study and that He receives all the glory. I thank you LORD Jesus Christ for your word and the Holy Spirit for revealing truth to your servants. May you continue to teach us, lead us, and guide us. For you have said that all those who belong to you are not in the dark concerning what is to come, but we are in the light so that the day will not overtake us. You said a prudent man forseeth the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished. May you equip us to be prudent so that we can see what is coming and in turn proclaim your truth to others as warning and hope. You also declared that where no vision is the people perish, so may you continue to give your called servants right visions of what to do in these perilous times. Guide us into your shelter. For you said to seek You, all who are meek on the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness so that we may be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. So we stand on the promises of your word heavenly Father! We thank you Lord Jesus Christ! And we glorify you for your goodness, faithfulness, holiness, mercy, and love!

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    • Again you are jumbling everything up. Israel is the primary focus of the Tribulation nothing else. Daniel 9:24 is clear about that. I also believe you are confusing the rapture with the actual Second Coming of Jesus. I say that because I don’t see the rapture anywhere it your description. People aren”t going to run to Jerusalem. Actually when the Antichrist causes the abomination of desolation in the middle of the Tribulation the Jews are told to flee Jerusalem.

      Your response above is exactly why I say without a basic understanding of who the Tribulation is intended for, it is impossible to make sense of Tribulation prophecies. Thus you could go 10,000 directions with your interpretations.

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      • Simplify, what is the event that is the trigger?

        Also, it is hard for believers to understand that the GT is NOT about them, especially the Gentiles.

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        • By “trigger”, I am assuming you are talking about the 7 year Tribulation period.

          The Tribulation period is also called Daniel’s seventieth week. It will be marked or “triggered” by the moment that the Antichrist stands in support of God’s ancient covenant with Israel…probably the covenant of the Land, made to Abraham.

          Here it is in Daniel 9:27: “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week…”

          This is that final week and if you have studied Bible Prophecy you know that the word “he” refers to the Antichrist. Up to the time that he commits this act, the entire week rests unfulfilled.

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      • DoUwant2go2Heaven? says:

        Blessing to you my brother Peter. In my previous response I told you in the beginning of it that Israel is the focus of all end-time prophecies. I don’t disagree with you on that point. This whole discussion has been about the start of the Day of the LORD. The “sudden destruction” that is coming. The “sudden destruction” encompasses far more than just the nation of Israel though. The “sudden destruction” is a global event that will effect everyone on earth my friend. It is all tied in with the Gog and Magog invasion, which of course is centered around the nation of Israel. So all I did was pinpoint the destruction of “Mystery Babylon” as being one of the major casualties of the soon coming “sudden destruction”. The destruction of “Mystery Babylon” is so important and key that God Himself has devoted 2 WHOLE CHAPTERS about her destruction in the book of Revelation and He has also included it in HIS outline of MAJOR end-time events in Revelation 14. So this is not made up information. This is information coming from God Himself. The scriptures speak for themselves.

        Also, I stick to what Revelation 14 teaches. That is the end-time chronology given. I see the rapture as happening at the end just as Revelation 14 teaches. Now is that a point that should cause division? NO. I’m looking for my Savior to come and I know that no matter what, I will see Him with my own eyes. So if you have a pre-trib view God bless your soul! We are still on the same team and serve the same KING.

        Now I do see shelter for the saints in the last days if there is no rapture until the end. And that point God has made clear in His word. That is why God has given commands for His people to go to Jerusalem in the last days. Israel will be the safest place to live in the last days, up until the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION happens. Revelation 12 tells all those who are in Israel that God has made a way of escape in the wilderness when the serpent is cast down from heaven and the AOD happens. Jesus spoke about the wilderness deliverance in Matthew 24 when He told those who are in Israel that they must flee to the mountains and not look back. Daniel also tells us the way of escape in chapter 11:41

        “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.”

        When the lawless one commits the AOD, the country of Jordan (where those living in Israel would flee to because that’s the direction of the mountains) will provide the safe passage for all those fleeing. During that flight God will miraculously deliver all those who are part of that group from the wrath of the serpent as Revelation 12 indicates. If your not part of that group though you will die for your faith in Jesus Christ because the time of Jacobs trouble will begin in all it’s fury.

        This is all vital information to know. If there is no pre-trib rapture and you survive the “sudden destruction” that kick starts the Day of the LORD, God has given a game-plan for all those who are listening, watching, and praying. That game-plan is to go to Israel to be part of the wilderness deliverance of Revelation 12. Sadly though I believe that many people, in AMERICA especially, will not make it past the first command God has given though, which is to flee Mystery Babylon.

        Actions have to always be taken by the Saints. The word of God has made it extremely clear that the saints have to act in certain situations.

        1. Noah had to build the ark
        2. Abraham had to leave his country
        3. Lot had to flee Sodom
        etc……

        The pattern of Saints having to act on faith by listening to God has been firmly established throughout history. Action has to be taken. You can’t sit on your behind and expect deliverance. God doesn’t work like that. Thus God has called His saints to act once again in the last days. He has given the call REPEATEDLY throughout the scriptures that His saints must flee Babylon before she is destroyed. And ultimately it has dawned on me that this is the point that we have not come to agreement on. And sadly many people do not agree upon.

        “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

        That call to flee is not just a spiritual call to flee from the things of the world, but to also physically flee before the 10 kings lay Mystery Babylon desolate. Those who obey that call will be under the total submission of the Holy Spirit in full surrender. For it’s not by might, nor by power, but only through the Spirit of the LORD can one follow Him and be delivered.

        The game plan is all laid out in His word my friend Peter. Jeremiah 50 and 51 gives all the clues about who Mystery Babylon is, who will destroy her, how she will be destroyed, and where the Saints must flee to when they depart. There are 9 calls to flee Babylon in the prophecy. And right now we are at the 8th call to flee. This is the 8th call to flee Babylon in the Jeremiah prophecy:

        “My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD. And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.” Jeremiah 51:45-46

        There is so much meat in that prophecy, that all I can say is wow! We are at this point right now in prophetic time. The year of the last rumor is here. Thus violence will soon be coming to Babylon as the prophecy states. The 9th and last call to flee Babylon is this:

        “Ye who have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still; remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.” Jeremiah 51:50

        That is just so deep right there that it is amazing. I mean God NEVER leaves His Saints unprepared. He always gives us instructions and marching orders. Jeremiah 51:50 tells all those who have escaped the sword, (that came in Jeremiah 51:45 when violence was in the land (ruler against ruler) during the year of the last rumor) that they must go to Israel. All those who make it to Israel will be employed to clean up after the Gog and Magog invasion as Ezekiel 39 tells us.

        The prophetic picture opens up once one accurately understands Mystery Babylon. Without that understanding eschatology can’t make sense. So i’ll just end this reply right here my friend. I pray that your spirit is willing to receive truth. Amen.

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        • Yeah I know you see the rapture at the end of the Tribulation. That was basically my point. I knew where you were coming from. That is why I said you were confusing the rapture with the Second Coming. The problem with that view is that it makes no clear distinction between the two prophetic destines of the Church and Israel.

          You have to understand that Bible prophecy should be studied on the basis of understanding which prophetic Scriptures apply to which group. There are prophecies that specifically apply to Israel and and there are prophecies that specifically apply to the Church.

          Once you get that then the chronology of Revelation puts the fall of Babylon at the end of the Tribulation. The only view that makes that clear distinction between the two is the Pre Trib rapture. The fall of Babylon is a mere picture in the entire overall slideshow if you will.

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          • The owner of this blog is going to log on tomorrow morning and be like…”My article has tripled in size over night” because of us deep thinkers. lol

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          • DoUwant2go2Heaven? says:

            Well Brother Peter I believe there is only 1 body with Jesus Christ as the head. The church has not replaced Israel but has rather been grafted into the olive tree, with Christ as the root. There is now no distinction between jew or gentile for we are all one through faith in Christ. We will all be priests and kings of God forever and ever. So i don’t subscribe to the 2 destiny theory.

            While the end-times is focused on reconciling the nation of Israel back to the LORD, Revelation also states that the greatest harvest of souls of any 1 time period will also be saved during the great tribulation as well. So many souls will be saved that no man could number them when he received the vision in Revelation 7.

            But just 1 question for you if you see the fall of Babylon happening at the end of the tribulation, how do you reconcile these things:

            1. The 10 horns not having crowns in Revelation 17:12-13; 16-17
            2.. The 10 horns having crowns in Revelation 13:1?

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  4. OK, what I asked and what was answered is not what I asked…

    What event is the trigger… I say that the trigger is the opening of the 6th seal. Due to the fact that every single solitary event that is POST 6th seal is the actual GT taking place , up to Rev 19 which is defined as an event all by itself.

    Matthew 24:34I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place

    The opening and continual presence of the first four seals are a daily occurrence for us.
    The other church period’s could NOT testify to this and this the countdown is upon this specific generation, the one that we are living in right now.
    The seals are like a calendar and once they began to be fruitful in completion, they signified to a specific generation

    Rev. 6:1-2 (KJV)
    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.
    The planet has been under the siege of this seal since 70 A.D., yes before, but not to prophecy.
    Conquering and to conquer is always upon this planet 24/7 today
    Rev. 6:3-4 (KJV)
    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.
    Peace was completely removed from this planet on September 11th ,2001 and has not nor ever will return and is a 24/7 totality.
    Rev. 6:5-6 (NLT)
    5When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come!” And I looked up and saw a black horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6And a voice from among the four living beings said, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley for a day’s pay.£ And don’t waste£ the olive oil and wine.”
    On any given day in any third world country the cost of a measure of wheat and three measures of barley, which is what it takes to make a loaf of bread is a days wage.
    24/7 on a daily basis today…
    Rev. 6:7-8 (NLT)
    7And when the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!” 8And I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green like a corpse. And Death was the name of its rider, who was followed around by the Grave.£ They were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease£ and wild animals.

    Many theologians and believes alike have been waiting for ¼th of this planet to die all at once, yet look closely and see that TWO of the elements of death take time to be achieved, famine and disease…
    Right now the death toll for the birth rate is at 40+%, which means that this seal was opened some time during the beginning of the turn of the century…
    IE: 1.9 of 4.3 births per second, die every second of every day, 24/7 today on a daily basis…

    We are left with the opening of the 5th seal, which we cannot see evidence of since it takes place in heaven.
    The next prophetic event to take place in this generation is the opening of the 6th seal…
    Rev. 6:12-17 (KJV)
    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?

    NOTE************* the word wrath is used to describe the cataclysmic events that are taking place in the evidence of the opening of the 6th seal.

    Here in is the beginning of the wrath of GOD, and we are not appointed to His wrath…therefore we have a resurrection of the saved and the dead in Christ, per His Word…

    Looking to a definite answer is what I asked.

    The 6th seal and all of Rev 7 is a definite answer that completes the prophecy of Lord Jesus in Matthew 24:29-31.

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    • I am not the author of the article above. The article was talking about the 6th seal. I never mentioned it in any of my comments to the other guy. If you are asking about the 6th seal in correspondence to the article then I would address your question at the author. Just call him Beginning and End. Simple enough. lol

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      • LOL. Yes, I am the author of the article. lol. And to your point B1inhim, I agree that the first 5 seals of Revelation have already been opened. I believe that Revelation 5 is showing us Heaven at the time of Christ’s resurrection and ascension back to Heaven. This is why prior to His arrival no one can be found anywhere in Heaven or Earth worthy to open the sealed book that God holds. Jesus had not yet ascended and thus the search for someone worthy continued. To the point that John himself is crying over this.

        Then an elder tells John that Jesus has “prevailed.” If John was seeing a future vision of the end times, then it would make no sense since Jesus would have been sitting next to God for over 2,000 years, thus there would be no need to search for the one who is “worthy” to open the book because He is sitting right there. Instead, John is seeing events that were in the PAST. This also jives with Jesus telling John in Revelation 1 that He would showing him things “which was.” So we know with certainty, that some of what John is shown in Revelation took place before the time of his experience and writing of the book.

        As far as the timing of the second – fifth seals being opened, I cannot say because the Bible does not specify but I think the evidence of them being opened for some time is apparent. And thus the opening of the 6th Seal is indeed the “trigger” that starts the end times. And yes, Revelation 7 also helps to fulfill Matt 24:29-31. In short, I agree! God bless.

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    • jackrorabbit says:

      There are many times when 1/4 of the world died. WWI and the flu pandemic, got close if didn’t get it. The plague may well have done that. I think it is possible that the four horsemen were released long long ago. I can’t think of a time in history that fighting war somewhere wasn’t going on 24/7/365. Famine in Africa has been a constant threat, then famines in other countries where leaders starved their people. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, just to name a few.

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  5. I can’t reply to DoUwant2go2Heaven? anymore on that particular thread. So here is a new one. This is a response to DoUwant2go2Heaven?

    Crowns are symbolic of kingly power. The heads and horns are the same across all 3 beasts, Revelation 12, 13 and 17. In Revelation 12 and 13, crowns are present, which implies that these are kings with power without calling them kings. Read very carefully! Revelation 17 CALLS THEM KINGS without showing crowns. Thus, saying they are kings in Revelation 17 is equivalent to showing the crowns in Revelation 12 and 13 without calling them kings verbally in those chapters.

    As far as the one body is concerned you are correct. We are one body in this dispensation at the present time “until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” (Romans 11:25) Then God’s focus will turn back to Israel during the Tribulation and on into the Kingdom. The rapture marks the end of the church-age.

    Understand Israel is a nation..(Ps 147:20). As such, she is always biblically portrayed as an independent nation with borders and a capital. Even today Israel is among the nations of the earth, just like Japan, Argentina, Canada, or any other country. By contrast, the church is not a nation (Rom 10:19) but rather is comprised of people from all nations (Gal 3:28; Eph 2:11-22; 3:6, 15). Rather than taking her seat among the nations of the earth, the church is a mere pilgrim in the world system. (1 Pet 2:11).

    Also understand, Christ’s farewell address to Israel (Matt 24:15; 20) is recorded in the Olivet Discourse (Matt 24-25), His farewell address to the church (John 16:12-13) is found in the Upper Room Discourse (John 13-17).

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  6. DoUwant2go2Heaven?:
    Great article my friend. I agree with a lot of your points. The day of the LORD does kick start the time of the end. It’s interesting that you used Isaiah 13 to preface your discussion, because that chapter also gives us a clue as to what will happen when the day of the LORD arrives. And that of course is the fall of “Mystery Babylon”. The scope of what is coming just boggles the mind my brother in Christ. It’s going to be so devastating and cataclysmic that unless you know Jesus Christ personally as your LORD and Savior, you will be deceived and cast head long into the furnace of affliction.

    Greetings my friend and thanks once again for your comments and excellent insights. You and Peter have a great discussion going on so I do not want to interrupt it too much but I will just make a few points.

    1. Mystery Babylon — As I stated in my comment to Damien, I believe that Mystery Babylon is end times Israel under the rulership of the Antichrist. I am going to just cut and paste what I wrote above because I’m really making the same point:

    I believe that Mystery Babylon is end times Israel under the rulership of the Antichrist. I know this is not the most popular thought but I believe there is an abundance of purely Biblical evidence to support this. Simply put — Israel will believe the Antichrist is the Messiah and receive him as their ruler (in a covenant that will start the 70th week). We know Jesus The Lord Himself said that Israel would receive the Antichrist. Furthermore, look at the passages regarding Mystery Babylon. Many prophecy experts and writers will look to the present world for examples that can fulfill the identification of Mystery Babylon (i.e., the Roman Catholic Church). However, I do not believe that Mystery Babylon exists yet because none of the things in those chapters of Revelation have come to pass yet (meaning the Antichrist is not even in power so his city of operation would not be in full swing).

    Looking at how Revelation describes the whore, notice the colors she is “decked” with are “purple and scarlet.” I would urge you to go to an online Bible and do a word search of “purple and scarlet.” Outside of Revelation there is really only one place you’ll find numerous references to it: Exodus 25-30- God’s specific instructions for the operation of the Tabernacle (which were also used for the Temple). The Harlot has on her forehead: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” In Exodus 28 The Levitical High Priest was instructed by God to put on on his forehead: “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.” (and please note the all caps is in the Bible for both!). And then we can look at the color of items in the temple. The curtains are to be purple and scarlet. The ephod is purple and scarlet. The door of the tent is purple and scarlet. The “curious girdle” of the ephod is…purple and scarlet. And there are more examples just in those 5 chapters of Exodus.

    Finally, I would also recommend the same thing about a word search for the items that are imported into Mystery Babylon in Revelation 18. (i.e., fine linen, precious stones, purple, scarlet, ivory, frankincence, etc.). You will find almost all these same items listed in Exodus chapters 25-30 or with reference to Solomon’s construction of the temple. Why? Again, these are items all needed for the operation of the temple, specifically instructed by The Lord. I do not believe that these are just random “luxury goods” but are instead specifically needed for the operation of the temple. Even cinnamon is listed in Revelation 18 and that is an item specifically required for temple operation! And these items are coming IN to Mystery Babylon. So much so, that merchants of the world are making a lot of money off of their sale. Thus I believe the Antichrist will not only be in Israel, but for the first 3 1/2 years the temple will be in daily operation according to Levitical law (which again makes sense since we know Israel will receive the Antichrist as their Messiah).

    This is the simplest way to identify Mystery Babylon to me using just scripture compared to scripture. And thus I believe the temple will be rebuilt and the Antichrist will sit in that temple at the midpoint of the 70th week and proclaim himself god as prophesied by 2 Thessalonians. And I think there will be an abomination set up in the “holy place” which is the temple (Exod 26), as prophesied by Daniel and then Jesus in Matthew 24. (And again, I know this is not a popular interpretation of Mystery Babylon so all disagreement is completely understood). ”

    I would only add to also look at the use of the word “harlot” in the Old Testament. It is constantly used in reference to ISRAEL. Not to Babylon. Remember the essence of adultery and playing the harlot in the Bible is really spiritual. Israel is going to be leading the world in the end times in the celebration and exaltation of the Antichrist. The “fornication” will be operating the temple and worship with the belief that the Antichrist is the Messiah and the promotion of this idea to the world. Merchants will come to Israel to sell tons of their goods for daily operation of the temple. The Antichrist will be leading the world after the covenant with Israel. And all this will change at the midpoint when the Antichrist reveals his true colors and starts to persecute Israel and Christians alike. But when those final 3 1/2 years are up, Christ will return, destroy the Antichrist and sit on His throne, as rightful ruler, in Israel.

    I will also throw out one other verse that I think confirms this interpretation:

    Ezekiel 21:25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end,

    26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.

    27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.

    I believe this is an end-times prophecy (hence it saying “when iniquity shall have an end”) directed at the Antichrist. And it speaks to both his religious rule (the diadem) and his political rule (the crown). And it calls him a prince of Israel.

    2. Post-Tribulation Rapture – I do not agree with this position, as I have started to indicate in the article. I think Luke 21:36 , which I close the article with, is an example of Jesus explaining that His true believers will not be here for the Great Tribulation. I’d also ask you to look at Revelation 3 and the letters to the 7 churches. Jesus discusses the end times as if there is if some will be a part of it and some will not:

    Church of Philadelphia: “10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. ”

    Thyatira: ” 22Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. ”

    What could these words mean if ALL Christians were going to experience the Great Tribulation. I believe Jesus is giving conditions to these churches. That if they repent, they will not experience the Great Tribulation. Philadelphia believers have sought The Lord diligently and thus Jesus’ reward is that they will be kept (protected) from the “hour of temptation.” I believe that “hour” is the Great Tribulation. I think the parable of the ten virgins is a picture of what Jesus is saying here as well and will elaborate on that parable and the foreshadows of the pre-GREAT Tribulation rapture in the next article! Thanks again for all your comments. I am not dogmatic with my interpretations and am always open to everyone’s suggestions and arguments. I truly believe that iron should sharpen iron and all these comments have doing a lot of thinkng. God bless you abundantly.

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    • jackrorabbit says:

      While that seems to make sense, how can Christ come back to defend Israel and it’s holy city if it was completely destroyed by fire(nuclear). This doesn’t follow logic as I view Revelations. It is all about protecting Israel and Jerusalem.

      Now, take the USA. Where I live. She buys expensive stuff from everywhere(Israel doesn’t), her currency is the currency of the world(not Israel), her entertainment(queen of porn), her debauchery(homosexuality and abortions), and adultery(if that isn’t the western world I don’t know what is. She has sent it around the world, not to mention sending war around the world as well. If any nation was “building up a tally” that is coming due, the USA takes the cake and more. Perhaps meshing the two teachings would be wise, as you are dead on with the Day of the LORD, but I think you have the wrong Babylon. Babylon was the financial powerhouse, the most wealthy, and the strongest militarily. What nation fills all those roles? Only the USA.

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  7. Peter:
    The owner of this blog is going to log on tomorrow morning and be like…”My article has tripled in size over night” because of us deep thinkers.lol

    That’s what I thought! LOL. But the comments are excellent. I am truly amazed and blessed by all of the excellent commentary and discussion. It is much appreciated.

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  8. Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Trancend the world illusion on enslavement. The world denounces truth. Accepting Jesus will result in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it but will not beable to clealy explain it to anyone else. Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you. Currently your constructing your own path that suits your sin lifestyle. Look closely at the economy, Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food . Just think if you can find a truth you can take with you in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life. You will be forgotten history will repeat iteslf, the greates minds knowledge fates or is eventually plagerzed, your gooddeeds are forgotten. your teachings are forgotten or mutated, your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . Trancend you ego and free yourself from the dominion of satan. Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence. Faith above reason in Jesus Christ. Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth. Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. You don’t get what you want you get what you are in christ. I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .
    Think of what you really have to lose. …your ego?
    Down is up. Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

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  9. Jennifer says:

    Im not sure what happened to me but I believe I died and came back to find the truth little did I know how much it freaken hurts. I have seen some crazy things since my death, the craziest would have to be the messengers just because I dont fully understand all of their messages plus have you ever heard of good messengers and bad ones? Because both come to me so Im confused alot. Everyone pretends to be my friend when I feel otherwise I feel deceit from some. I live with…well if I told you, you may not believe me but for all those unbelievers THIS IS REAL! I was never taught about God and Jesus and the bible but I know a lot due to all the interventions Ive had. Im trying so hard to live right I have been scared to death and still am because Im not sure what I am suppose to do. These messengers dont come to me for nothing but theyre vague on their stories I dont know how to change this. Do you have any idea why someone like me would be getting all these messages? Help me.? Oh yeah and I do see the world in a whole new light I was blinded but now I see its just a little fuzzy if you know what I mean.

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    • jackrorabbit says:

      Test the spirits. If they line up with the Word of God, then they are from Him. Any that deny Christ as Lord and Savior are fakes. You have a gift of discernment. It is one of the rarer gifts and it takes time to learn to use it. I won’t go into deep detail here as this is not about discernment of spirits. Have a look at it on a trusted bible website. There are powers, principalities, and rulers of the dark places. In other words Satan has a demonic army that have control over different areas. For example, Harvard is controlled by the spirit of intellect. You can discern that from how the majority of unsaved(and a good number of saved are affected too) people behave. Where I live it is the spirit of drunkenness. People here party a lot.
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  10. Jennifer says:

    I also want to say that I too have been speechless by what God has shown me and I also have to say this too, that the things I have witnessed the things that he has opened my eyes to see and my ears to hear are unexplainable and when I did try to explain them people called me crazy so I dont talk to anyone about them anymore but I know what I know and I know that when the messengers kept calling out 51 50 they werent saying I was crazy they were trying to get me to read Jeremiah 50:51.

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  11. Hello this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

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    • How’s it going? My advice would be to start on wordpress. It is a very good place if you are just beginning. In terms of design and coding, you won’t have to do any of that. It is very user-friendly and you will be able to design and make your site look good without complication. I hope your blog launch works out. Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. God bless.

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  12. BTW: If we want belief in Jesus Christ to be sustainable into the 22nd Century, we need to get rid of clowns like B&E and their illogical, mythical conspiracy theory filled web sites.

    They are only serving Satan and turning intelligent, knowledgeable people away from Jesus.

    That’s not just my opinion, it’s FACT!

    Atheists like Richard Dawkins love the deluded concepts that B&E push, because he can use them to lever open minded, knowledgeable people over to atheism. Simply by pointing out how absolutely ridiculous B&E’s and Creationists concepts really are.

    Many Christians are becoming science savvy like I, we know that ‘The Book of Genesis’ and the story of ‘The Great Flood’ are only metaphorical, not to be taken as real physical events, as empirical evidence the world over destroys it completely.

    Much of the Bible can be destroyed by real evidence, showing that it was mostly metaphorical, inspired by God, but not dictated by him.

    So, to stem the current exponential rise in atheism which B&E is assisting, we need to condemn those that protest irrationally and constantly. They make Christianity appear dumber than dumb.
    Only the extremely naive and scientifically illiterate believe in what is on B&E’s website.

    There are many extremely devout Christian scientists that will likely leave Christianity due to garbage such as pushed on this website.

    It’s not that Illumanati that are promoting Atheism, it is B&E himself by making our faith appear extremely idiotic.

    God Bless!!!

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    • jackrorabbit says:

      I would not dare say what you have just said. You have attacked God’s anointed, a thing David wouldn’t to when Saul was trying to kill him. The body of Christ has many different parts. The eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of you. B&E is reaching out and will save people, just as your scientific mindset of metaphorical Biblical truth will save people. Rather than griping about one person’s viewpoint, focus upon your own plank(I’m certain there are places that you are imperfect), and walk out your path with fear and trembling, rather than attacking other Christians for what they choose to believe. In the end, Christ crucified and resurrected is all that matters. Did you accept Him as Lord and Savior or not? The rest is merely window dressing when eternity is the measure.

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  13. Morganite says:

    Hello Beginning and End,
    Thank you for a wonderful article. Like you, I also have come to the same conclusion that the “trigger” of the 70thweek/Day of the Lord/Sudden Destruction is the Lord’s “fury coming up in his face” at the sight of Israel being surrounded by her enemies in Isa.17@Ezek.38 . And Peter Goodgame’s site was the catalyst for me.

    What’s new for me is your explanation of mystery babylon being Israel after she accepts the anti-christ. I think it makes sense; I’ll just have to study it out for it to sink in.

    I think Do U want 2 go 2 heaven grasps a huge piece of the puzzle in seeing the destruction of babylon (USA) occurring simultaneously with everything else. The everything being the 70thweek/Day of the Lord/Sudden Destruction/6thseal Rapture/Lord’s Fury @ Ezek.38./Destruction of babylon(Jer.50-51,Isa.18,Isa.13). Oh my gosh, that is such a mouthful in one sentence. Literally, so many events converging on “the same day”. Wait a minute, that sounds familiar doesn’t it?…. you know… “the same day that Lot went out…. Noah…. ect.

    Anyway, I knew that babylon/daughter babylon(USA) MUST BE DIFFERENTIATED from MYSTERY BABYLON but had no clue until reading this article. Hopefully, this will become clearer for me as I study it further.

    It sounds like Do U want 2 go 2 heaven thinks that “come out of her my people” is a call for the bride/church-age believers to move to Israel to avoid the wrath of God. I think if he studies the harpazo of the bride, that he’ll realize that 2 separate groups of people will “come out of her my people”. The 1st group that “comes out of her my people” will be us, the bride/body of christ/church-age/grafted in believers called up in the rapture. That’s us in Rev.7:9-17. The 2nd group that “comes out of her my people” will be the Jews in the USA who will move to Israel after America is destroyed. They or Us or both of us. idk which, are called the “present” to the Lord in Isa.18:7 . Possibly, the Lord gets 2 “presents” at the same time – The Bride going to heavenly Zion and The Lost USA Jews returning to earthly Zion.

    Question is, when’s all this going to happen. Temporary disappointment always finds me when another feast day passes by and we’re still here and they’re still war “talk” but no Isa. 17 fulfillment. Now of course, the next upcoming watch date is the feast of dedication and the day before it… Kislev 24 which I believe falls on Dec.8,2012 this year. It does mention a “shaking of the earth”.

    Do you have any thoughts on further fulfillment on Haggai beyond what’s been fulfilled in 1917?

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    • Hi Morganite,

      Thanks so much for your very insightful post and please pardon the delay in my response (this has been a very busy time for me and the team in our local ministries). I am so glad to hear from someone who has reached the same conclusions through a similar path of research.

      I will have a lot more on Mystery Babylon in its own article but I hope that the verses and reasoning I provided gave some food for thought and further study. I think when all the parallels are brought out you will be amazed at how clear it is that Jerusalem is “that great city.”

      The USA, or at least parts of it can be seen as a type and shadow of Mystery Babylon. That is how I think it fits into the “puzzle” for lack of a better term. And yes, it is conceivable of massive destruction at the opening of the 6th Seal. The 6th Seal is the true convergence of all these terrible events – which is why the unsaved world will have no confusion that it is God Himself who is initiating all of this judgment.

      As for the 2 groups who are called to “come out” I agree with you 100%. Very well said.

      As for the dates and times, I do not know but I do think they will fall along feast days just as the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus all did. I have been doing more research into the “2 Millennial Days” of the Church Age, but not enough to make any definitive conclusion about it (but that should give you an idea on time frame – the idea has been intriguing to me. But again, I am going to research it a lot more).

      As for the Haggai prophecy, I do not know of anything new on that front conclusively, but things sure seem to be heating up over the past few weeks. What are your thoughts on it? God bless.

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  14. Yes, morganite, your mention of Haggai 2:20-22 is extremely important. Haggai reiterates that date 3 times, so we can be sure it means something significant. It is the day before Erven Hanukka, the lighting of the first candle to celebrate the rededication of the Temple after Antiochus Epiphanes was defeated.
    This year it falls on the 8th Dec, therefore the 7th is the Day the Lord will take action.
    What it is that the Lord will use is told to us in Isaiah 30:26…the sun will shine with 7 times its usual strength… and in Malachi 4:1 The Day comes, burning like a furnace… This describes a coronal mass ejection, a sunstrike.
    The Lord will light His candle – the sun, and this is the many prophesied judgement/punishment by fire that will destroy His enemies, especially those who start an attacl on Israel. Psalm 83
    We are even told the hour this will happen – Zephaniah 2:4…Gaza will be destroyed at noon day…
    Isaiah 26:20-21 informs us that we must take cover during this worldwide event. Be prepared!

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  15. hi i been racking my brain also trying to piece all this from rapture to the seals and persecution of the saints and the Mystery Babylon i Love all theorys shared and i like to share what i have thougt only thing is the colors but reading where it says she sits on 7 mountains ??? Would that be same as America USA and the lady spoken about in the chhapters listed above and she was birthed and mother is ashamed i think it said aka Europe ? and you shared the scripture of the diadem and crown listen to what i was singing as i was looking up the statue of liberty history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty and how she is a goddess was intended to be made as the statue of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus_of_Rhodes and was in sea port of wanna say tyres well skip that for now statue of liberty originally had a cup in her hands and she sits on the 7 seas where the whore sits on the waters Revelation 17:15-18

    King James Version (KJV)

    15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues

    her name is also libertas reffered to as mother of harlots

    solomon was forbidden to mess with other people and he did with godesses

    i read some more stuff about her spikes of her crown stood for the 7 seas continents mountains she sits on and is entrance of merchants there is alot of stuff about her name may want to do some research as to the ishtar and goddess etc

    and the song i was singn as looking all this up was america for purple mountain majesty Lol ok i have more but just wanted to throw that into the mix america is known for her riches gold before they went bankrupt ;/ Jeremiah 51:7 Babylon was a gold cup in the LORD’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.

    Ezekiel 28:13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.

    Revelation 9:21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

    Revelation 14:8 A second angel followed and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”Revelation 18:6 Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup.

    Revelation 18:12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;Revelation 18:16 and cry out: “‘Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!

    drunk on the blood of the saints aka scarlet

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  16. drunk on the wine of her adulteries aka scarlet and what evah future prophecys that may still unfold sorry for the jumping from one thing to other sleepy GB

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  17. I love Jesus and Christ when it’s time for the world to end I’m going to heaven I now I am because as long as you believe in The Lord you will go to heaven!!!! I love you Lord ;)

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  18. I love The Lord so so so so so so so much

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  19. I hate the devil I love The Lord better

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  20. That study is, unfortunately, erroneous.

    Assuredly, the apostle Paul tells us that we’re “not appointed to wrath”:

    1 Thessalonians 5:9- “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”

    What is the “wrath” which we’re not appointed to? The DoTL. He tells us as much in verse 2, as that’s the theme of 1 Thess 5:

    1 Thessalonians 5:2- “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”

    A careful examination of Scripture reveals that it does indeed give us a timetable for the start of the DoTL:

    Matthew 24:29- “Immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”

    Here, The Lord tells us that the heavenly signs follow the tribulation. Then Peter (in quoting Joel 2:31), tells us that the DoTL follows the heavenly signs:

    Acts 2:20- “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE that great and notable day of the Lord come:”

    It should also be noted that Joel uses the “dark” moon and the “blood” moon descriptions synonymously:

    Joel 2:10-11: “The Earth shall quake before them; the heaven shall tremble: the sun and the MOON shall be DARK, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for THE DAY OF THE LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?”

    Joel 2:31- “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the MOON into BLOOD, before the great and the terrible DAY OF THE LORD come.”

    Joel 3:14-16: “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the DAY OF THE LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the MOON shall be DARKENED, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

    So the sequence of events is:

    Trib–>heavenly signs–>DoTL

    Therefore, according to Scripture, the “wrath” which we’re “not appointed to” is the post-trib, post-70th week DoTL.

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    • jackrorabbit says:

      I concur. If we are wise, we pray for the best, pre-trib, but we prepare for the worst, post-trib. I will be the happiest wrong person in the world if I’m wrong and it is a pre-trib rapture, because I wont have to deal with the mark of the beast and the persecution that comes with it.

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  21. MaryJaine says:

    The word rapture is not found in the holy bible. So my question for you all is where did you get the idea that you would be gathered together and lifted away. We must all go through the trials of tribulation. God promised that no person would have more than 10 days tribulation. MATTHEW MARK and LUKE all say that some of us will be captured, beaten, or even killed for Christ’s sake. Taken up to the synagogues before rulers and kings, for a testimony against them. If all the faithful servants of God are raptured away why would people be beheaded for serving our Lord in the name of Jesus? Who will be left here to teach the deaf dumb and blind the Word of God and to give testimony against the anti-Christ? Where then would the 2 witnesses come from and the 144,000 soldiers of God marching and singing the song that only they knew(song of Moses)?

    Satan, anti-Christ comes at the 6th seal to deceive the world into his Rapture Lie! CHRIST RETURNS AT THE 7th SEAL! And instantly we all will be changed into our spiritual bodies in the twinkling of an eye. The 7th seal marks the Lords day!! 1 day to God is a 1000 years on earth and 1000 years is 1 day.

    In Ezeikel, which has more end time prophesy than all the other books, clearly states “And thus sating The Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of My people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
    And will ye pollute Me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls that should not liv, by your lying to My people that hear your lies?
    Wherefore thus saith The Lord God;
    Behold, I am against your pillows, where with ye there hunt souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.”

    God is against those that teach his children to fly to save their souls! Read 2nd Thessalonians with understanding. Pray for understanding. The anti-must be revealed before the 2nd coming of Christ.
    Revealed? => because he deceive the fools of the earth into believing he his God and has come to rapture you all away! And if you choose to believe a lie instead of in standing truth, God will send you such an illusion that you will have to believe satans lie! Wake up sleepy heads!

    If you believe in a rapture you have already been deceived!

    The unforgivable sin: when are called before the “instead of”-Christ in the hour of temptation, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be givin you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak but the Holy Ghost.” If you do not allow God to speak through you in the hour of temptation then you’re in a heap of hurt!

    I think you need to do some more studying of the Word of God because you seem to be confused on several IMPORTANT prophesies. I am so saddened at the fact that TOO MANY God loving Christians have been deceived and are doing the work of the devil be spreading lies of a rapture. You can’t fly to save your soul. God does the saving. Trust in him and you will be well taken care of. He loves all his children and wishes not for them to perish but to come to repentance and be forgiving to live for ever and ever in Jesus Christ.
    AMEN! (That is THAT!)

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    • jackrorabbit says:

      Actually, the Bible says at the final trumpet, which is at the end of the sixth seal. The seventh seal is the pouring out of the seven bowls of wrath. We are not appointed unto wrath.

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    • jackrorabbit says:

      Also, the unforgivable sin is denying the Holy Spirit(not accepting Jesus as your Savior).

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  22. If Mystery Babylon is Destroyed before the Lil horn rises to Power, then this may happen before the anti christ confirms the Peace Treaty with many ???

    Thank you all ! Been reading back and i can go with Isreal being the Mystery Babylon and can’t wait for your study as i just shared on the blood moons and God was showing me too same that they are a fake

    there is a blood moon coming but its once and the sequence when it comes and how the sun turns black really made me understand

    could they be plotting for the anti christ and or an alien invasion ? Just saw a video that obama is getting ready to share with the world that they have threathened us and in order to keep peace they have to abide

    i know alot surfices on net and i do not believe alot of it but like your thoughts on any alien ( fallen angels) theories that match up with bible besides rev 16 i have reason for asking as will share in future post but could they be preparing for a invasion that will say we was taken by them as well as the fake Messiah coming

    Question will there be a fake Messiah as well as the Anti Christ ? As well as the False Prophet and Bests ?

    I understand one is son of perdition and one is system and revised rome ? The wounded head of the dragon ?

    Is it the beast system ?

    as well as rapture if we are not to be here when anti christ is revealed then the confirming of the fake Peace Accord is him who will be over seeing and confirming it ???

    and if sooooo how can that be if we taken in the 6 seal and right before the Day of the Lord ???

    and if the 4 horsemen are literally riding ( spiritually ) then isn’t the white horse represent the Anti Christ ???

    and would be on the seen already if they have started riding ?

    last i believe rome was the mystery babylon cuz of the Vatican and its pope and all that goes with that but i do believe Isreal can be yet USA just really digs at me ty appreciate it GB and like many shared may we all be ready and watching IJNA

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  23. one more thing sry i am ashamed that i have not read all of the books on end time Prophecy as i dropped out reading the bible in order after kings lol but i returned and just so oddd God has saved these books for last and soooooo i am in intense studying and tryn to get in as much as well as not just read but study but your verse about us not flyn i have not yet read and will today but just wanted to say what would be the catching away of the saints to you ? To meet the Lord in the air ??? Maybe it the word fly God wants us to study toooo sooo i will be doing just that and reading that book today ty just a thought to Ponder on GB and i Love sharen God and do want to be sure i doing what He called me to do as well in Jesus Name Praisen ! Blessings and Enjoy the day !

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