2. THE LAST 10½ YEARS BEFORE THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.
Possible coming world events, leading up to the last ten-and-a-half-years:
Many Christians believe that the Church Age as we know it, will last about 2,000 years, climaxing with the return of Jesus Christ in the flesh and the resurrection of the dead. As the Church age started in A.D. 32, this means we can expect the return of Jesus Christ about the year 2,032. My own thoughts are that this may be true. However before Jesus Christ returns to earth (whether He returns in another 10 years, a 100 years or a 1,000 years from now) there is a whole chain of events yet to happen, that the Bible tells us will happen over the last 10½ years before the return of Jesus Christ; thus the title this book "The Last 10½ Years before the return of Jesus Christ."
But even before we enter into the last 10½ years, the map of Europe and the Middle East shall be redrawn. To start with the days of the European Common Market are numbered. Currently much of the Moslem world is in turmoil because of terrorism and civil wars. Because of this turmoil many displaced Moslems are fleeing into Europe. At the same time there is a strong spirit of nationalism arising north of what was once the frontier between the Roman Empire, and the Barbarians of Northern Europe.
The signs are that strong independent national governments will arise in Holland, Denmark, Germany and Poland. With this rising wave of nationalism, all Moslems will be expelled from Northern Europe, with most of these people fleeing to countries like England, France, Spain, and Italy, countries that are within the borders of the old Roman Empire.
While all this upheaval is going on in the West of Europe, in the East of Europe the Balkans will again erupt into open warfare. Then, when the smoke finally settles, the nations of the former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria and Rumania shall emerge as one unified nation.
The Independent Northern European nations, partly because of mounting strong political pressure from the south, and partly because of their strong reliance on Russia for energy and military supplies, will form an alliance with Russia; thus effectively bringing to an end the European Common Market.
Also while all this upheaval is going on in Europe, things in the Middle East will not peaceful either. All the Bible has to say about this time of turmoil in the Middle East, is that there will always be wars and rumours of wars right up to the great and terrible day of the Lord. But it does also tell us that the Jewish temple shall be standing in Jerusalem during the last 10½ years.
Before the Jews can rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, the Jews will first have to take over the Temple Mount, then destroy and completely pull down and remove the Moslem Mosque, the Dome of the Rock. Only then will the Jews rebuild the temple. It seems very unlikely that this would happen, without there first being another major war between the Moslems and the Jews, which will end with the Jews taking over the Temple Mount.
This rebuilding of the Jewish temple must happen, because Jesus Christ himself makes it very clear, that the Jewish temple will be standing during the last 10½ years. I believe that it is this event that will trigger off a whole chain of foretold events that will happen before the return of Jesus Christ.
This rebuilding of the Jewish temple will cause such great anger and outrage among the people and the leaders of many European and Middle Eastern Nations, that ten kings (ten world leaders) from what was once the Roman Empire, will come together to choose one man to rule over their kingdoms and armed forces for the next seven years.
Coming world events, as prophesied in the Holy Bible:
The Bible refers to both this end time World Empire, and the man chosen to rule over this empire, as the beast. For easier reading (in this chapter), I will only refer to the empire's leader as the beast. The beast will make a 7 year covenant with ten kings, giving the beast their power and authority for the express purpose of raising an army to completely eliminate the Jewish problem for all time and to reclaim the temple site for the Moslems.
The beast will sit on Satan's throne, which according to Revelation 2:12 is in Pergamos. Pergamos is within the borders of modern day Turkey and is now called Bergama. Although the beast first sets up his capital in Pergamos, one of his first acts as emperor will be to order the rebuilding of Babylon. For this purpose many petty criminals, pimps, homosexuals, Jews and Christians from throughout the empire will be deported as slave labourers to Babylon.
Before 3½ years of the 7 year covenant have been completed, the beast will remove the kings of Turkey, Syria and Egypt, giving the beast greater control over the eastern part of the empire.
Prior to the beast takeover of Egypt; the beast will mass his forces on Israel's northern border. His army will invade northern Israel, completely routing the Israeli army.
Then the forces of the beast will move quickly down the coast of Israel, by passing Judea and invading Egypt. This will upset the western kings of the empire, whose warships are stationed at Cyprus. Their ships will put to sea, threatening to cut off the army of the beast in Egypt.
His army will pull out of Egypt and turn on Judea, invading it and capturing Jerusalem. Then 3½ years into the 7 year covenant, his forces will place in the temple the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet.
Jesus Christ warns us, that when we see the abomination that causes desolation standing in the temple, we should flee from Jerusalem. Why? Because for the next 3½ years the forces of the beast will occupy Judea, Jerusalem and the Jewish temple. This will be a time of great distress for the Jews in Judea. (This period of 3½ years is often called The Great Tribulation.)
This will also be a time of great distress for both Jews and Christians throughout the empire. Because at this time, the beast will pass a law, requiring everyone to receive a mark on their foreheads or on their right hand (possibly on the wrist). No one will be able to buy or sell without this mark. Throughout the empire cash will be done away with and this mark will replace the use of credit cards. To receive the mark, the people will be expected to bow down and worship the beast. As this mark is an abomination to God, the people of the empire will have to choose. Will they worship the beast by receiving the mark, or will they refuse to receive the mark, and worship God, by putting their trust in God to supply all their needs?
The Bible makes it clear, that all those bow down and worship the beast and receive the mark will be eternally dammed. For Christians and Jews alike this will be a faith testing time. A time when many Christians will leave the Church and many churches throughout the world will split between those who will receive the mark, and those who will not receive the mark. But then those churches that will not receive the mark will begin to spread and grow, despite the beast attempts to destroy these churches.
At the end of the 7 year covenant, instead of giving up his rule over the empire, the beast will hold on to his power and authority over the eastern part of the empire. So the rulers of the world (the seven western kings) will gather together to decide how they will remove the beast from his position of power. Although with the ending of the seven-year covenant, the time of great tribulation comes to an end. Christians and Jews, as they have always done, will continue to suffer persecutions and tribulations to the end.
The order of events in Judea and Jerusalem from the ending of the covenant, to the sealing of the 144,000.
With the ending of the seven-year covenant, we will also see the arrival in Jerusalem of the two witnesses.
Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if any man desires to hurt them, he must be killed in this manner.
These two, along with the remnant of the Jews will rise up against the forces of the beast and drive them out of Jerusalem and Judea. However the local Moslems will retain control of the Temple Mount for the next two years. Then the armies of Northern Europe and Russia will unite with the army of the beast and again invade Judea. This vast army will cover the hills of Judea and there God will destroy them. Following this great victory, the Children of Israel will reclaim most of the land they occupied at the height of King Solomon’s reign, and many Children of Israel and Children of Judah will return to Israel and Judea.
From the end of the 7 year covenant, for 3½ years, the two witnesses will stop the rain and call down all kinds of plagues upon the earth. For the first two years (The same two years that the Moslems retain control of the Temple Mount) these plagues will fall on all mankind, then for the next 1½ years, they will only fall upon the lands of the wicked, and upon those who worship the beast and have received the mark of the beast.
If we were to look back at the plagues that Moses called down upon the Egyptians, we would see that the first plagues fell upon both Egyptians and the Israelites alike. But then God made a difference between the Egyptians and the Israelites, so that the later plagues only fell upon the Egyptians and their land, and not upon the Israelites or their land (Exodus chapters 8 to 11).
This is a type picture of how it will be in the last days. The first plagues will fall upon all mankind, but then God will make a difference between those who have received the mark of the beast and those who have received the seal of God on their foreheads. What is this seal of God? It is the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, promised to all who repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38; Eph 1:13 & 4:30).
Before the two witnesses begin to call down these later plagues, they first call all the Children of Judah and the Children of Israel in Jerusalem and Judea together to preach to them, salvation in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. When they stop preaching, 144,000 Children of Israel and Children of Judah, who have neither received the mark of the beast nor bowed down and worshiped him, will receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. These 144,000 will repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins; thus they will receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit and be marked in Christ with the seal of the Holy Spirit (the seal of God).
World events from the ending of the covenant to the sealing of the 144,000.
With the end of the 7 year covenant the beast, instead of giving up his rule over the empire, will hold on to his power and authority over the eastern part of the empire. With most the of forces of the beast withdrawing from Judea, to meet the possible threat of an attack by the Southern European Alliance, the remnant of the Jews rise up against the beast and take control of Judea declaring it an independent nation.
Also, shortly after the ending of the 7 year covenant the beast forms an alliance with Russia and the Northern Independent Nations of Europe. Almost 2 years later, the armies of this alliance will invade Judea from the north and the south. These, the armies of the world, will come together in the mountains of Judea, for an all out assault on Jerusalem. But God will intervene and destroy the armies of the world in the mountains of Judea. In the book of Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39 it says that this vast army will be lead by Gog of Magog.
You can find out more about this war and the destruction of the armies of the world in the book of Ezekiel or by reading my book "The Russian Invasion of Israel."
After this great victory, in one day 144,000; 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and God pours out his Spirit upon them. Then, with only 1½ years remaining until the return of Jesus Christ, the kingdom of the beast will be plunged into darkness, as the sun and the moon are darkened and the stars fall from the sky.
It is God’s perfect will that repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, come before the receiving of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the deliverance from sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterwards that I will pour my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29 And also upon the bondservants both men and women I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 And I will show wonders in the sky 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.”
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 moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
The last year-and-a-half, the time when God out pours great wrath upon the wicked of the world.
Two years after the ending of the beast occupation of Judea, and the ending of the great tribulation, the kingdom of the beast will be plunged into darkness. Although Christians all over the world continue to suffer trials and tribulations, as they have always suffered, and will continue to suffer till the End of Days, compared to the people of the world, the Christians will be having a good time.
Because for the next year-and-a-half; the people of the world will suffer the great wrath of God. There will be plagues of locusts with stings like scorpions, famine, no clean drinking water, wars, painful sores that will not heal and more. All these plagues will come upon those who worship the beast and those who receive the mark of the beast, while the Christians will be protected from these plagues and provided for by God.
Towards the end of this time, the armies of the beast will again invade Israel, passing down the coast of Israel to invade both Egypt and Libya. Having soundly defeated their enemies, the armies of the beast will again turn on Judea, and capturing Jerusalem; thus bringing to an end the three-and-a-half-year period of Jewish self-rule.
Once in Jerusalem, three-and-a-half days before the return of Jesus Christ, the beast will kill the two witnesses and leave their bodies lying on the street. But then the beast will hear news from the north and the east, telling him of the armies of the world coming against him. The beast goes out to meet them at the place called Armageddon. There by the power of God, both the armies of the world and the army of the beast are destroyed and the beast is captured and thrown into the lake of fire.
Also, on this day, there is a great earthquake that destroys every city in the world, followed by a great hailstorm, with stones about 40 KGs in weight. Then we will see Jesus Christ coming in the cloud of God’s Glory.
Matthew24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in the sky: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the cloud of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”
Jesus Christ will come with his angels in the cloud and fire of God’s Glory. At the sound of the last trumpet, the dead in Christ shall be raised first, and together with we who are in Christ and still alive at the coming of the Lord, will be caught up to meet with Jesus in the cloud of God’s Glory. While the wicked are destroyed by the fire of God’s Glory. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer, this will be a great day; a day that will end with them dancing for joy. But for the rest of mankind, all those who have rejected Jesus Christ, this will be a day of terror and they will end up as ash under the feet of the justified. If you want to end this day dancing for joy, no matter how bad or good you may think you are, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Deliverer today, while it is not too late.
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