The Coming Great Tribulation
The Holy Bible says there is coming very soon a time of great trouble, that Jesus called “The Great Tribulation”.
It is the most terrible time of troubles the world has ever known. It is a time of God’s wrath poured out on the unbelieving Christ rejecting world.
I want you to become a Born Again Christian. Why? Because if you are Born Again, you will go to Heaven when you die, and you will also be taken out of this world in the Rapture of the all Born Again believers, and will not have to go through the Time of God’s wrath. If you are not Born Again, whenever you die, you will be thrown into Hell. That is simple enough.
Christians as well as lost people will suffer tribulations and troubles leading up to this “Rapture”. Today we live in a time Jesus called “the beginning of Sorrows”. It has already started. Things will continually become worse and worse. He said before He came back (in Matthew 24) there would be wars, rumors of wars, plagues, pestilences and earthquakes. They progressively become worse and worse. Do you see this happening right now?
Matthew 24:3 “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 ¶ And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
We see the increase of these “Signs” almost daily.
What will happen next.
First , a world political leader (the coming Antichrist) will sign a 7 year “covenant” a Peace treaty perhaps, with many, and apparently with the Nation of Israel.
Daniel 9:27 “And he (the HE here is the Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, “
The “one week” is another name for 7 years. In the middle of the week, which is exactly 3 1/2 years, he commits the “Abomination of Desolation” in the rebuilt temple in Israel.
Jesus said to watch for this sign. This starts the “Great Tribulation”.
The Coming Great Tribulation
“The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”
for the Jews.
The Prophet Jeremiah said in chapter 30:7 “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time off Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”
Jesus, the very Son of God said in Matthew 24:21 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
(All scriptures taken from the KJV 1611 version of the Bible)
Then it appears there will be a false peace for 3 1/2 years. And the Antichrist gains worldwide control.
Then an event all the world will see which Jesus called “the abomination that maketh desolate” happens. This is when the antichrist goes into the rebuilt Jewish temple, stops the sacrifice of animals, and sets up an idol of himself, and proclaims that He is to be worshipped as God. This is blasphemy!
2Thessalonians 2:4 “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
Jesus said that when the people alive at this time see this happens, we are to begin to look for Him to come in the clouds to take all the elect, the Christians, away in the
The Bible says this future great event, also called “The Day of Christ”, could never happen UNTIL two things take place:
2 Thessalonians 2:1 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 ¶ Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
First, there had to be an apostasy, a “falling away” from the truth. We see this happening now.
Second, the Antichrist here also called “The Son of Perdition” had to be revealed.
When does this happen? I am not sure. Some discerning Christians will become aware that the Antichrist has been “revealed” quite possibly when a world leader enforces “signs” a 7 year covenant. Or most certainly he is revealed as the man of sin, the lawless one, when he goes into the temple in Jerusalem and “proclaims himself God”.
The Lord says in many places that He will come “as a thief in the night”. this does not mean he could come at anytime in History, but that most people will be “unaware” spiritually of the closeness of His coming, and they will be shocked when it happens. They do not know to look for him to come in the clouds after the “Abomination of Desolation” happens. Ask around you. Even right now very few people are aware that we are in “The Last Days” close to the Coming of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:1 “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
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; (The first 3 1/2 years apparently will be a time of Peace and safety apparently that will lull and deceive people to sleep)
then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 ¶ Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
It will not be a time that will overtake the discerning believer, and overtake them as a thief. They are aware of the times.
The Rapture will be in the twinkling of an eye with a trumpet sound (1 Thess. 4:15-17).
The Lord will descend in the clouds. It will be visible and shock everybody. Like the Lightening that shines and flashes, Jesus will come back to take His bride, the Church to Heaven. They are all Born Again believers here also called “the Elect” of God.
It will happen when the sun and moon and go dark, the stars fall, and there is a great earthquake. It is described in Isaiah and Joel , Revelation 6 and Matthew 24.
Isa 13:10 “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.”
Joel 2:10 “The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:”
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 3:15 “The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.”
(for further reading on the rapture, see my article “The Sign of the Son of Man” at http://www.preacherbrazil.wordpress.com, or on my Youtube channel.)
All the world will see it. Let us read about this future great event.
It will not be in secret.
Matthew 24:15 ” When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
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.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
(Note: possibly this means the rapture will shorten these days of suffering of the believers alive at this time)
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
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:
30 And 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.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
( Note: This is the Rapture)
32 ¶ Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
(Note: It will shock the unbelieving world, just as the flood of Noah came suddenly and shocked all those who rejected God’s warnings).
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
(If you are born again, you will be taken, if you are not, you will be left behind to suffer God’s wrath!)
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
Immediately, “The Day of the Lord” the time of God’s wrath starts upon the earth. The Tribulation lasts exactly 3 1/2 years. 1260 days.
The Tribulation Starts when this “Abomination of Desolation” takes place.
The Christians begin to look up, for their redemption draweth nigh. The Rapture will truly be a blessed hope then ! The rapture happens.
Then, God’s wrath comes!
In Revelation chapter 6, verse 1, The Lamb, who is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, opens the first seal of the scroll, the book.
In verse two, a rider on a white horse is released. We believe this is the Antichrist, going out to conquer and subdue the whole world. He will be a masterful politician. The world will be in political, and social and religious anarchy. He will have supernatural wisdom form Satan. He will use the power from the Devil, and this wisdom and abilities to trick the world into believing he is the promised Messiah. This world will be so bad off, they will leap to support him, and give their authority and poser to him.
In verse 4, we read of the Red Horse of the Apocalypse being released. This symbolizes, war and destruction we are told. He is given a great sword. In verse 5, a Black Horse is released and he is given a scale. This seems to symbolize the weighing of food, famine! As of this writing, many nations are already experiencing this already. Africa, India, other nations. It will get much worse. Verse 6 emphasizes this, as the wheat now costs a days wages, a penny. (this was first century wages, inflation is much worse, wouldn’t you say?) In verse 7 and 8, a Pale Horse is released, symbolizing death.
Shockingly, one fourth of the worlds population is going to die at this time. Can you imagine the horror of a little under 2 BILLION people being slain?
This is not a movie. This will really happen ! Through the wars, starvation, plagues, earthquakes, possibly nuclear attacks, this world will have the stench of death.
And this is not the worst!
How can a God of love cause this to happen? You might ask. Remember the Lamb, representing Jesus who died for our sins has opened the sealed. If you reject His mercy and Grace, and free forgiveness, you get His wrath!!
God has showed us His long suffering and patience.
Since the creation of the earth, and time, and the first humans, God has always tried to save mankind. For over 6,000 years , He has taught the world through Israel, through the Church, that He is a righteous Holy God of judgment. He sent the flood, and millions were drowned. He sent prophets to warn people. They killed them. They mocked Noah. He showed the world His book is true, His Word. He fulfilled hundreds of prophecies, down through the ages, concerning, nations, peoples, and the Messiah. Then He Himself took on the form of a man, and allowed Himself to be tortured to death, laying down His life as a sacrifice in our place. Giving His blood as an atonement, for our sins, so we can go to Heaven. The majority of mankind has rejected His Word, and His plan of salvation, AT THEIR OWN PERIL, sad to say. He wrote 2000 years into the future this book of Revelation, as a warning to all, and showing He is God, and He alone controls EVERYTHING. The offer is still open, repent and believe, or will you reject Him also?
If the rapture has not happened yet, you can be saved from Hell, and from having to go through the Great Tribulation also.
What will you do with Jesus? His grace and forgiveness is still available to you.
In verse 9, we read of the cry “of the souls that have been slain” for their stand for Jesus and the Word of God. I can not tell if this is only speaking of those killed during the Tribulation, as millions will be “beheaded”, or if it also includes those believers killed for their faith down through the centuries. Remember the Catholic church and the inquisitions?
Revelation 20:4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
They are told to wait, and then God will avenge their blood, until their fellow brethren are killed, also.
A Nuclear exchange?
Chapter 6:12 “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?”
Remember, John is a first century man, describing what he sees. The Lord can supernaturally perform all these things mentioned. However, I believe God removes His restraining influence and permits man to destroy each other. When a nuclear bomb goes off, the atmosphere rolls back on itself, the mushroom cloud. Hundreds of missiles falling from the sky would look like falling stars. This megaton event causes a tremendous earthquake, whether man made, or caused by the Lord. This produces ash clouds and tremendous air pollution from the debris and fallout. The moon gives a “bloody” appearance and the sun is darkened. The big politicians seek shelter. We in America have a nuclear fallout shelter built into Cheyenne Mountain, I believe in Wyoming, where are leaders can be taken in a nuclear event. Notice what they cry out? They know Jesus is allowing and causing these disasters, yet they do not repent. Amazing.
“Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:” they say.
The 144,000 are sealed.
From chapter 7, verse 1, until verse 7 we have the seal of God put on the foreheads of the 144,000 Jews from the 12 tribes of Israel.
Verse 4 “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” The next time you run into a Jehovah’s Witness, ask him which tribe he is from? Do not stand and argue with these deceived people if they will not listen. Give them a gospel tract , if they will take it, and go find someone who will listen.
It is amazing when the Lord shows just a little of His power, omniscience and ability to us. He knows from the foundation of the world who will repent and believe. (Revelation 17:8 “… whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world,…”
And just like he told Elijah the prophet how he had “reserved unto himself 7,000 men who had not bowed the knee to Baal”, so He reserves 144,000 Jewish people to Himself.
Note: The doctrine that God sends some people to Hell, and sends other people to Heaven, and they have no choice, is a lie. We have just read how God is sovereign, and knows all the future, Yet we make the choice to reject Him or accept Him. This is the sovereign will of man. Eternity is to long, to be wrong!
Jesus wants everyone to be saved and go to heaven. He died for every sin of every person who ever will live. Read what He says about this in 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us–ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” He wants all to repent and be saved. Because He knows who will be saved, and who will not accept His offer of forgiveness, is not causative. He gives us all a free choice. But He knows what that choice will be. I usually make the wrong choices, as do you also. Thank God He was patient with me, and sent bible preaching Christians to work on my heart. Amen!
This also shows us that once we are saved, we are always saved, forever. Our names are written in the book of life. God has books. One of these books has the names of every person who is ever born. When you die, and have not repented and been born again, your name is blotted out. It will not be in the book of life.
Psalm 69:28 “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”
Moses wrote in Exodus 32:32 “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin––; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. 33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” What a prayer warrior! He is pleading for Israel to be forgiven, and asks God to blot his
name out if God will not forgive them.
Is your name in the book of life?
Again, if you are not saved, right now, I urge you to accept Christ into your heart as your personal savior. In August 1979, while reading books on bible prophecy, I bowed my head, and with a humbled, contrite, repentant heart prayed “Lord, I do not want to go to Hell, would you come into my heart right now and save me, wash all my sins away with your blood, in Jesus name, Amen”. You could do that right now, wherever you are.
A Great Harvest of Souls.
It appears that these Jewish believers will go out an evangelize the whole world. What ever the case, after this, we are told of a great number of souls being saved during the tribulation, which can not be counted. Even in the midst of judgment, and a time of God’s wrath, He still extends mercy.
Chapter 7, verse 9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”
Verse 13 “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
Few in this world have ever experienced the hunger , and persecution and distress and pain that those who go through the Tribulation will experience. It will be a horrible time to be alive. Can we who live in such comfort possibly imagine what it will be like?
It will be a shock to the whole world. Many will be deceived and put their trust in the Man of Sin, who offers them what appears to be solutions to the distresses, political and economic upheavals, they will be confronted with. As we shall see later, one of these solutions to the terrorism and theft and deceit at the time will be for everyone to be forced to take a mark of loyalty to him, the Antichrist, the false Christ, or they will be shut out of the world economy. (Revelation chapter 13) This will to many, be a solution of how to stop violence and terrorism. If the government controls your bank account, and you must use their electronic means of identification, at the gas station, when you buy food, when you pay rent, everywhere, then they control you. Totally. You will either submit or suffer and go underground.
Those who refuse His mark will struggle to keep alive, be starved and persecuted and hunted. I think this is what Jesus was talking about when He said in Matthew 10:22 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” He is not talking about enduring to receive eternal life, your good works count for nothing in order to go to Heaven. To those who put their faith in His shed blood and are born again during the tribulation, they will refuse the Mark of the Beast, and will endure extreme hardships to stay alive, and away from the punishment of beheading to those who refuse the Mark. They will have to endure until His glorious appearing, when He comes back publicly seven years after the Rapture. Then they will be rescued “saved”.
Matthew 24:22 “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect‘s sake those days shall be shortened.” A saved person in called “the elect”. God made a choice that all who repent and believe are elect and chosen. They are “in Christ”. These saved people still have a sin nature, and will repopulate the earth during the millennium.
Those who take his mark, for a temporary solution, will have an eternal punishment.
Revelation 14, verse 9 “And 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,
10 The 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: 11 And 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.”
Is Hell a real literal place, with real fire?
You just read what God said, very plainly.
Chapter 8 begins with silence in Heaven after the seventh seal is opened. This must mean that what is about to take place on the earth is so awesome. Verses 3,4 and 5 show us that God does hear and answer our prayers. Vengeance belongs to God, and here, He will do justly and reward every transgression.
Revelation 8:4 “And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”
Having lived in Southern California, I have lived through many earthquakes. They are very frightening. Until Jesus comes back, they will increase in power and frequency, just as a woman in labor has her pains increase until she is delivered of a child. There is a new world coming. Praise God.
Why the silence in Heaven, read what will happen next.
In verse 7, all green grass is burned up. As hail and fire mingled with blood will fall down upon the earth, one third of all trees are burned up. there will be one third less oxygen to breathe. Let us not try to spiritualize this. It means literally what it says, real blood, real fire, real hail.
In verse 8, a mountain, is hurled into the sea and one third of the sea becomes blood. This could be a meteorite, we will see. Can you imagine? Food is already being weighed, it is so scarce. Now the creatures of the sea will die, and will rot. Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and many others will not be able to get fish to eat. What a stench the earth will be. A third part of the ships are destroyed, along with one third of the sea creatures. Ahhh!
In verses ten and eleven, the third angel blows his trumpet, and what is called a star falls upon the rivers and fountains of water on the earth, and the waters are poisoned, and become bitter. Many men die because of this. We can debate back and forth and speculate about “what the star is” , but what it does is horrible. That is plain enough.
In verse 12, a third part of the sun , moon, and stars is smitten, and darkened. this is not a fiction horror story. This will literally take place. It will, be dark, smelly, polluted, rotten and hopeless on the earth at this time.
In verse 13, an angel flies through the air and cries out ‘woe, woe , woe,” because three more angels will blow their trumpets and it will get worse!
Locusts that sting like a scorpion to torture those who have the Mark of the Beast.
In chapter 9, verse 6, we are told that this will be so horrible, men will try to kill themselves, but somehow, God will not let them die.
Hell itself is opened and out swarm these creatures.
Revelation 9:1 “1 ¶ And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.”
For five months this goes on. I have read books where the author explains these creatures as “spiritual demon locusts”. Maybe, but I think it is quite possible that these are creatures in Hell, that may be torturing people right now. Real locusts that are frightening to look at.
To those who do not have God’s seal on their foreheads, this will be unendurable pain, hourly, daily, for five months. Thank God that when a person is really saved, they are sealed with the Holy spirit. they have eternal life, forever, and it can never be lost.
Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,..”
Four bad angels let loose.
In verse 14, the sixth angel sounds, and four angels that are now “bound” are let loose. The result of this judgment is that a third of mankind, those still living, are killed. Maybe about 1.5 billion!
Men still will not repent!
We see how righteous and just God is. Even after years of powerful judgments, which all were forewarned by the Lord, these men still alive refuse to repent. They refuse to turn from their sins. The human heart is extremely hard and wicked.
Revelation 9:20 “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” To those Christians who believe that repentance does not include a forsaking of sin, how wrong you are, as these verses teach.
In Chapter 10, a mighty angel comes down , beautiful and awesome to look upon. He is clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow is on his head. His face shines like the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. He gives John a little book, which John eats. Then he is told he must prophesy to many people, tongues and peoples, and kings.
In Chapter 11, we are told that the court without the Temple, will be given to the Gentiles to tread over for 42 months. The peace treaty the Antichrist signs with Israel is for 7 years. In the middle of the 7 years, 3 1/2 years later, He breaks the treaty and sets up the abomination that maketh desolate that Daniel warned about. This is when an idol of himself is set up, and people are commanded to worship it. This is blasphemy!
This what we are told He does in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” He will claim to be God. Remember the “power behind the throne” is the Devil, who has always sought worship, since he fell. This apparently coincides with the war that we are told about in Heaven when Michael , the Archangel fights the Devil and his angels in Heaven. Revelation 12 speaks of this.
Verse 7- ” And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Satan has fallen, and led one third of his angels in rebellion, yes. but he still has access to Heaven and accuses the brethren there night and day. He says “Look at that Christian, look what he is doing! He is smoking dope again! And he says he loves you.”
The Two witnesses.
Suddenly “two witnesses” appear in Jerusalem. They will preach for exactly 3.5 years. Apparently when the Antichrist shows his real evil nature, and begins all out persecution of the Jews, the Lord allows these two mighty prophets of God to preach against his kingdom, and warn Israel. These two witnesses, who have the same powers of Elijah, to pray and stop rain, and Moses, to smite the earth with plagues, and turn water to blood.
Revelation 11:3 “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”
These preachers have power I wish sometimes I had. In verse 5, we are told that they destroy there enemies with “fire that comes out of their mouth.” Wow. Them Lord shows who is really boss. These witnesses preach, and torment the earth with plagues. When they are finished with their job, the Lord allows them to be killed. The world celebrates this by giving presents. A Satanic Christmas. After three and a half days of everyone who is left alive seeing their dead bodies lay in the street, they are suddenly raised up, and ascend into Heaven. Imagine some drunk watching this happen on CNN, or some other channel. His eyes will pop out. Christian, you are protected until your job is done, Amen. Only then can harm come to you. And then you are raised up to live again anyway!
A great earthquake follows this where 7000 people are killed. Amazing how the Lord knows just how many, and this book of Revelation was written down 2000 years ago. He knows the number of hairs on your head.
Verse 13 “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
In verse 15 the seventh angel announces that God’s kingdom has finally come. It will be forever and ever. Folks, invest in eternity, the things of this world are very temporary. There will be judgment , to punish sinners, and rewards, for the work you do for Christ. He knows exactly what you did or did not do for Him.
Verse 18 ” And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”
The woman, persecuted by the “Red Dragon” – Jacob’s trouble becomes very intense.
I wish this phrase “Jacob’s trouble” was not in the bible. But it is, and it will happen. The Jewish leaders and a majority of the people at the time of Jesus said in Matthew 27:25; “Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” They crucified their Messiah, and King.
Since that time, God set Israel aside to work through local churches to get His truth to the world. Now the time of the Gentiles is almost over. God still has many promises He will keep to Israel.
I love to witness to Israeli’s when I meet them. But sad to say, they either do not know their own bible, or are some hard headed Hasidic Jew who knows the opinions of men, written in the Mishnah, but will not look at the abundance of evidence from the Old Testament that proves Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah. They are still waiting for him. Unfortunately, they will be fooled by the false Messiah, the Antichrist.
Remember, we gentiles were “grafted into ” the stock of Israel.
Romans 11:1 ” I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.”
Through Abraham, then through Israel, God has used them to bless the world. They gave us the Sacred scriptures, the Holy Bible, through which God has revealed Himself to the world. The first church was Jewish. All the Apostles were Jewish. Our God, the Lord Jesus Christ took on the form of flesh as a Jewish man. Emmanuel, God with us. Any happiness, any peace, and blessing, came through them.
Israel is the apple of God’s eye. You touch them at your own peril.
Zecariah 2:8 “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.”
One of the purposes of the Great Tribulation is to put pressure on Israel until the Nation turns to Jesus as Messiah, and asks Him for forgiveness, and to come back.
Hosea 5:15 “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”
In chapter 12, we have many symbols being used. We are to compare scripture with scripture to find out what they mean.
Verse one is a picture of Israel. “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:”
Have seen these symbols being used of Israel before? Yes. Remember the dreamer boy Joseph? He dreamt about the moon and stars also. Genesis 37:9 “And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.” He was speaking of the father of the 12 tribes of Israel, Jacob, the sun, and his 11 brothers later bowing before him in Egypt.
The woman, Israel, has a child Jesus.
We know this is speaking of the devil trying to destroy the Lord Jesus, because He is the one that will rule the world with a rod of iron. See verse 5. Also Rev. 19:15.
Revelation 12:1 “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”
We have here a description of the devil and a third of “the stars” which speak of the angels, rebelling, and being cast down to the earth. The Devil tried to destroy the baby Jesus by having Herod kill all the babies under two, remember?
Jesus has now been caught up to God, and His throne.
Israel flees to the wilderness.
Verse 6 “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.”
The Devil, through his man the Antichrist, will pour out persecution upon the nation and people of Israel. They will run and hide in ancient Edom. We will display the scriptures later, dealing with this more thoroughly. I believe the remnant of Israel will be protected in a city called Petra, in present day Jordan. It is an abandoned city right now, carved out of sandstone. It is easy to defend. How the Lord will “feed her there” is not explained.
War in Heaven?
Revelation 12:7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Michael is a “Prince”, a head angel in charge of Israel. He and the unfallen faithful angels fight with the Devil, and the one third of the fallen angels, and are kicked out of Heaven.
He “deceiveth the whole world”. The Devil was originally called Lucifer, the most powerful and beautiful being ever created. But he was created by Jesus, they are far from equal and power and wisdom. Jesus has infinite power and wisdom, the Devil does not. He became full of pride, and Hell was made for him and his angels. He was so intelligent and deceitful that he tricked one third of the angels into following him in rebellion against God. Even angels have a free will. God wants creatures that choose to love Him. We are not robots. We often make the wrong choices, with dire consequences, as these angels did. They know they are doomed to Hell. Remember the demons who asked Jesus in Matthew 8:29 … What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”
This is the mystery of anti-Semitism. The Devil hates the Jewish people because they are the chosen of God, and because he was defeated by Jesus, born of the tribe of Judah.” If he can destroy those people, then He can stop God from fulfilling many promises He has made to them. (Of course, this is not possible). He is the one who inspires hatred of the Jews, behind the scenes.
The Land belongs to Israel, forever!
Jeremiah 7:7 “Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.”
God promised Abraham and his descendents that they would inherit all the land as an eternal inheritance, from the Mediterranean Sea, to the Euphrates river, up in present day Iraq, to the river of Egypt, and way over on the other side of the Jordan river. Ezekiel fixes Hammath as the Northern boundary. (Ezekiel 48:1) Which is one hundred miles North of Damascus. If Israel were currently occupying all the promised land, she would occupy present day Israel, Lebanon, the West bank of Jordan, and large portions of Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. She will have to wait until Messiah Jesus gives it to her, soon.
While they were scattered in punishment for their sins around the world, the land was desolate.
Jeremiah 7:34 “Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.”
Squatters moved in and lived there for centuries. After World War 2, the Israeli’s again began populate the ancient land of their fathers, promised to them by the Lord. For a very good description of what happened next, read Leon Uris’s book, “Haj” . Those Jewish people who survived Hitler’s ovens, and Britain’s blockades, began to reclaim the land.
Jeremiah 16:15 “But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.”
The dwellers from other nations had done very little to improve it for centuries. The Jewish settlers drained the swamps, built settlements called “Kibbutz”, and repopulated it.
Ezekiel 36:35 “And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.”
In 1948, David Ben Gurion declared the born again state of Israel. After 2500 years, this prophecy was fulfilled.
(Isaiah 66:8 “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once?…” )
Just as Ezekiel and Isaiah the prophets said they would. They were immediately attacked on all sides by the Arab legion and the surrounding countries. The Jewish leaders told the Arabs then residing in Israel that if they stayed, they would not be harmed, and could keep their land. Present day Israel has many so called “Palestinian refugees” clamoring for their own state. There is no such thing as a “Palestinian”. These refugees live in sad conditions, but the rich surrounding Arab states could have absorbed them into their own countries many years ago. They do not want to. They allow these poor people to exist in bad conditions perpetually so as to be a thorn is Israel’s side. They do not want to solve the problem. They want Israel pushed into the sea.
Jerusalem will be the cause of the final war. It is the city of the Great King, Jesus. The Lord writes in Zecariah 12:2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”
The battle plan that will take place in the war of Armageddon is already laid out. Even though all the nations of the world will turn against Israel, they will be saved.
Joel 3:2 ” I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”
However, God will purge out the rebels who will not accept Messiah Jesus. He writes in Zechariah 13:8 “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”
Sad to say, “two parts shall be cut off and die”, only 1 out of every 3 Jewish people will survive. Shocking.
Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Woe to the earth!
Revelation 12:12 ” Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
In verse 12, we read the Devil knows he has but a short time. He has ravaged the earth and mankind for thousands of years, but he knows the scriptures, that he only has 3 1/2 years and he will be bound with a chain. Woe to the earth, he is angry! He persecutes Israel, the woman with child. In verse 14, Israel is protected and she is given two wings as an “eagle” to flee into the wilderness . Is this speaking of an American airlift? The symbol of America is the eagle. We shall see. Notice I do not get into endless speculation , for we have no other supporting scriptures, so, I would rather wait and see what happens, instead of be wrong.
When the scripture says “the earth opened her mouth” to stop the flood of persecution, remember when Korah led a group to rebel against Moses. The Lord made the earth “open up” and swallow them.
Verse 17 says it all “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
We now see, that the remnant, if this is speaking of Israel, now accept Jesus as Messiah , and keep His commandments.
Besides the Lord Jesus Christ, there is more information about this coming world dictator given, than any other person in scripture.
In Revelation 13, we see a strange beast rise up out of the sea. He has 7 heads and ten horns. Horns throughout scripture usually represent a person in authority. Alexander the Great was described this way. Daniel 8:21 “And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.” You see, scripture interprets itself, one verse along with another gives you the meaning.
In Daniel 8:23, we have a description given of the Antichrist.
“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”
Again, we are warned in verse 25, of his use of peace, to deceive, and destroy many. The first 3 1/2 years of his reign will be a false peace, then when Satan is kicked out of Heaven, the Antichrist’s true nature is shown.
Daniel 7 gives us further information about him.
Verse 23 “Thus 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. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Again we are told of the ten horns being ten leaders at the time of his ascension. The Antichrist arises, destroys three kings, and rules over the whole earth. So, if you see a formation of a political alignment with ten leaders, watch out! He will be a great orator, and will change times and laws. In the end of verse 25, again, we are told of a 3 1/2 year period. “time, times, and the dividing of times.” He will be a political , and military genius.
The Deadly wound.
Revelation 13:3 ” And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.”
Apparently, someone attempts, or is successful in assassinating him. He receives a mortal wound. Apparently the Devil heals the deadly wound. All the world is amazed.
Verse 4 “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”
Even after having been warned by Christians, and preachers, and many books, and many movies, about this terrible man, the lost people of the earth worship this “Beast”, and the dragon (Satan) who gives him this power. Remember, when Adam was given dominion over the earth, and Satan deceived him, and he fell, he became the ruler , the Prince, of this world. When he tempted Jesus, he told him in Luke 4:6 “And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.”
But the hardness of the human heart is amazing. For over 1900 years, the book of Revelation has been available for anybody to read, where the warnings against taking the Mark, the 666, is made. They are without excuse.
In verse 5, we again see him making great , blasphemous speeches, and power to continue “42 months” . Again, 3 1/2 years. It will be the most destructive political administration that has ever existed. In verse 6 and 7, he makes war on the Christians (the Saints), and is given power over the whole earth.
Revelation 13:6 ” And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
It is easy to get saved right now, but during the reign of this evil beast, all the world who is not saved will worship him. For those who refuse his Mark, his economic terror and control device, they will be hunted and persecuted, and those caught will be beheaded. Imagine, how can you hide when everyone around you has a Mark , visible on their forehead or their hand, that they are a follower of the Beast, and you do not. Imagine how you will be treated. this is a war for your soul!
Again we ask, have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, is your name in His book of life? If you have not prayed to receive Him into your heart, why not bow your head and do that right now? You will be eternally glad you did. Amen.
Then in verse 10, we have a warning. “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” As a Christian during that time is led to execution, maybe this will be a comfort to him. After all, he will soon be in Heaven, and God will repay those who do violence, exactly.
The False Prophet
Revelation 13:11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
The scriptures call this “religious” ruler, The False Prophet. Just as Jesus had John the Baptist go before Him, and preach for the people to repent, and believe on Him that should come, even so the Devil has his counterfeit. Beware of religious deception. If you do not rely on the scriptures to guide you, you will be deceived by a false leader, who preaches false doctrine. One of the marks Jesus cited is “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” they will be an eternal snare to your soul. I am reminded of cults that have workers that wear white shirts, and ties, and name tags, or cults that have as their leaders people in funny religious costumes. Their blinded followers fear and bow down before them and kiss their ring. Not me! Praise God, He set me free. I remember being in the Los Angeles airport, and being accosted by some Hare Krishnas, and also being persuaded to come off the streets of San Francisco to take a test for Scientology. These are false religions, the world is full of them. Thank God there was a bible preaching church 4 blocks from my house in Gardena California. Thank God He did not give up on me.
False Signs and Wonders
Verse 13 “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
I am saddened to be surrounded by so many people who go to churches that emphasize “healing” “signs” and miracles, above the Word of God. Their followers do not know the Bible, or they would not go to those type of churches. I am speaking of Pentecostal type churches, that emphasize emotionalism, and speaking in tongues. Tongues , the ability to preach the gospel in a language you never studied, ceased as a “sign” , along with the sign gifts of working of miracles and healings, after the bible was finished being written in the first century.
1 Corinthians 13:8 “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
On the day of Pentecost, when Peter preached, He spoke in his native language, and the hearers, from all around the world, heard him in their own language. Acts 2:8 “And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” There are 13 languages listed that were present on the day the Holy Spirit was poured out. If this gift was still here, I want it! I struggle so hard to speak and learn Portuguese. But it was given for a sign to authenticate God’s messengers, until the Bible was finished being written. “That which is perfect is come.” Healing and tongues gradually faded away after the first century.
Many of these “Christians” are not saved, not truly born again. They are taught that they must speak in tongues as a sign that they are saved. Then they are taken and taught to “speak in tongues”. Brother, a gift of the Spirit is not “taught”. It is natural and normal.
Even when the sign gifts of healing and tongues existed, it was not given to everyone. 1 Corinthians 12:30 “Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?” No. They do not, even when this gift was still being used.
The Devil is such a deceiver. I hear radio programs from my neighbors every day of people in churches “chanting” their religious rituals over and over, the liturgy of the church. “Ava Maria..” Religious rituals, and praying to the Saints, Mary and idols is vain , worthless, and empty. This does not help your soul! Jesus! Only Jesus, seek Him by faith through His Word. What does the bible say?
The False prophet can call fire down from Heaven, in imitation of Elijah. He can cause the idol, of the beast to speak.
And, He kills all who do not worship the image!
Do not ever bow down to any statue!
This is idolatry.
Revelation 13:16 “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
Movies have been made about it. Books have been written warning about it, here it is. The Mark of the Beast, the 666.
Will it be a biometric chip, planted under the skin? I do not know what it’s final state will be. But I do know a numbering system and economic control device will be the final solution of identification for every person on the earth, who refuses Jesus as Savior. It will not happen until it begins to be implemented after the rapture. So, endless speculation by believers is useless. Go soul winning!
It will be a solution that makes sense to a lost , unbelieving world, haunted by terrorist attacks and bombings. With this kind of economic power, a person who buys explosives can be tracked much easier. Big Brother will be everywhere, able to control your money, whether you are permitted to buy or sell. If you do wrong, you can be tracked down and controlled much easier.
Who do you worship?
If you follow Jesus, you must refuse the Mark. If you want to burn forever, as I have written in previous pages, take the Mark. It will be only temporary relief.
Again, the warning of the scriptures is for those worship the Antichrist and take his mark:
Revelation 14:11 “And 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.” Choose Jesus NOW!
I have written before about people being “conditioned”. People who believe in UFO’s, people who already have been deceived by devils and demons and fallen angels, who do not have a foundation in the Word of God, so they can tell what is right and what is wrong. They have been conditioned, prepared to accept these coming spiritual deceptions, through movies the emphasize the paranormal, through music that is really devilish, through false religions, and false cults and false deceived religious leaders. Through books that attack the divinity of Christ. Through a trick of magicians, misdirection. There is a movie out right now that says the Mayans predicted the end of the world. It is very entertaining and suspense filled. But notice, it takes you away from the truths of the Word of God, and directs you to place your faith in some ancient religion, some ancient prediction. When all these things become more evident, wars, intense weather, plagues, pestilences, the devil will have his deceptions. “Oh, it is just the evolution of man, he will learn and go forward as a species. We will solve all our problems through science.” Or whatever the lie will be.
Hey, lying politician, what will you do about the SIN problem in your country? The taking of bribes, the adultery, the dunkenness, the homosexuality that is not an “alternative lifestyle”, but what God calls an abomination. (Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.)
The murders, the killing of millions of babies through abortion, the incest, the drugs, the rapes, the violence? I recently watched the riots in Britain on the news. The Prime Minister spoke afterward of the “crisis of morality.” What are you going to do about it? Will you begin again teaching the bible in the schools? Will you repent of your sins and confess your wrongs to a Holy, just God? Will you call stealing, sin? Or destruction of personal property, looting, and graffiti. Youths running wild who do no work, but receive a government check. If you did not work for the money to buy it, you can not have it. That simple. Stand up and tell the truth. Politics will not solve any problems. The problem is you and I are born with sinful selfish hearts. We all need to be born again!
Chapter 14. In verse 1, we see the Lamb, who is The Lord Jesus Christ, standing with the 144,000 Jews that are saved out of the 12 tribes.
” And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”
In verse 6, an angel is permitted to preach the gospel, as he flies through the air.
“And 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,
7 Saying 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.”
Up until, only redeemed men have been permitted to preach the gospel. To tell lost men how to go to Heaven, is the greatest job on earth. If you are a faithful soul winner, you are one of God’s choicest
servants. Is there anything more important than pulling lost sinners out of hell?
We live in a time when children are taught that everything happened by accident. They are not told to worship God their creator. They are not told that there will be a judgment for their sins. So they run wild in the streets, with no fear of retribution.
We are told in verse 8 that the great city of Babylon is fallen. Will it be rebuilt before this? Is this speaking of the literal city, or is the word Babylon being used to represent the false world religious system whom God will judge?
Verse 8 “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.”
I think of the capital of the Roman Catholic church, who has led the whole world to leave the bible, and follow false teachings that can not save. In this sense, she is a harlot. Remember the blasphemous Mass, where they drink fermented “wine” to represent the blood of Christ in their empty ritual.
We have spoken already of the punishment listed in verses 9,10, and 11 for those who worship the Antichrist, and take his mark.
The Wrath of God
Verse 14 “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” a furlong is .11 miles, and 177.60 meters.”
Here we have a judgment by the Lord Jesus Himself, described as a harvest of grapes. In the harvest the vinedresser would pick the grapes and put them in a “winefat”, a hollow depression in the ground surrounded by a short wall. People would stomp on the grapes barefooted, making grape juice flow out, where it was captured and saved. At Armageddon, Jesus will come back to rescue the remnant of Israel who is being protected “in the wilderness”. All the armies of the world will be there to oppose Him, and it is written he will stain His robe with their blood as He destroys them. Blood will flow as high as the bridle of a horse for 176 miles. Remember, there will be also a great plague of huge hail, weighing a talent, which is about 108 pounds. These will melt in the hot Judean sun, and mix with the blood.
This is described perfectly in Isaiah 63:1
“Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.”
Bozrah is the ancient capital of Edom, south-east of the dead sea. Notice the analogy of a “winepress” is used in verse 3 as well. In the Old Testament , as well as in the New Testament. They go together.
Here is the Messiah that the Jews were looking for the first time. A mighty furious warrior. They missed the fact that He came the first time as a suffering Messiah, dying for their sins.
Many Christians, believing this refers to the ancient abandoned city of Petra, have hidden bibles there, anticipating this future event. It will be astounding to watch it unfold. This is Jesus coming back in the “Glorious Appearing” , visible to every eye, at the culmination of the war of Armageddon.
7 more plagues?
If all these things were not terrible enough, there is more to come!
chapter 15:1 “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.”
If you reject His love, mercy and offer of Grace, you will receive His wrath. Many will choose to put their faith in Jesus, and reject the Mark of the Beast. They will die for their faith. In verse 2, they are standing before the throne, signing the song of Moses.
“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”
The Last Plagues of Judgment.
Chapter 16:1 “And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.”
Those who took the Mark of the Beast are plagues with a very grievous sore. The people still alive who refused the Mark are not plagued.
Verse 3 “And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.”
Can you imagine what this looks and smells like, Every living creature in all the oceans is killed. Huge floating piles of dead fish. Their stink, and oceans that no longer sparkle, but wash up waves of putrid blood. The horror.
Verse 4 “And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.”
How many Christians that put their faith in Christ alone for salvation, have been persecuted and burned at the stake and killed down through the centuries. They are avenged.
Verse 8 “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.”
At this point, their are few people left alive, in comparison to the 7 billion now living. God says He will make men as scarce as bars of rich gold. Isaiah 13:12 “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.” You do not want to offend such a God that can do this, fear Him.
They still do not repent!
Verse 9 “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.”
Verse 10 “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”
Repentance means to have a change of heart that produces a change of action. These hardened sinners in mean and cruel vile hatred refuse to humble themselves and ask for forgiveness. They blaspheme God. God wants us to love Him and others. The world to come is being purged of wicked cruel men.
Verse 12 “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.”
The Asian army comes to the battle also.
Verse 13 “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
These demonic spirits that look like frogs, remind me of the E.T. in the movie about the Extra Terrestrial, a supposed creature from another universe. Their are no aliens from other planets. These are demons working miracles making you believe their are real “UFO’s, and Aliens”. Deception, confusion, that is their game.
Verse 15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
We as believers are commanded to “watch”. And keep “our garments white” , that is to live a Holy pure life, in light of His soon return. When He comes secretly in the Rapture, it will be at an unknown time, as a thief. When the Antichrist signs the covenant with Israel, this starts an exact 7 year countdown until the Lord returns publicly. Daniel speaks of this, again using the terminology of “one week” meaning 7 years. The covenant is broken by the Antichrist, 3 1/2 years later. Daniel 9:27 “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,…”
Revelation 16:16 ” And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” This is the famous final battle of the world. It is also called the valley of Meggido. You can see it from where Jesus lived in Nazareth. It has become a popular word in today’s vocabulary to describe something awful. A reporter speaks of this for example when he describes news of a terrible economic day. He might say “Today we had Armageddon on the stock market.” There will be a war in this real valley in Israel, culminating in the visible public glorious appearing of Jesus Christ when he comes back, for the final battle of “Armageddon”.
Verse 17 “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”
This is the most powerful earthquake that has ever happened. The islands of the sea appear to sink, and every mountain is destroyed. It is beyond words to be able to describe. The Lord is leveling things to remake the earth for the “regeneration”, the 1000 year millennium that follows. I previously included the verse the speaks of the Lord making a man as fine as “the gold of Ophir”. In other words, scarce. Living men will be very scarce. After all these literal plagues sent from a God of wrath, the population of the earth will be greatly reduced.
Matthew 24:22 “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Again, we repeat, if Jesus did not come back, no-one would be left alive.
The Judgment of Babylon (See updated chapter at end of book)
In scripture, we have judgments described about a false religious system, that is the culmination of the first false religious system, started at the tower of Babel, by Nimord, and his wife Semiramis. The system was the first attempt by man at rebellion against God, forming a religious system based upon idol worship, and confession to a priest. They knew of God’s promise of a deliverer who would be “the seed of the woman.” Semiramis had a boy child that she “claimed” was conceived without a man. This was Tammuz, whose worship Ezekiel protested against in the days of Babylonian captivity. This is the start of the “mystery Babylon” false religious system which is reaching it’s culmination even today. The “Mother and child” have been a part of false religious worship centuries before Christ was born.
Babel was built by Nimrod. You may read about it in Genesis 10:8-10. A person who wanted to be initiated into Babylonian Cult had to confess to the Priest. The Priest could then have control over the person, as they now knew all their bad deeds. This is one of the secrets of the Roman Catholic Church we have today. The High Priest of this cult, eventually was appointed as “Supreme Pontiff”.
Over and over, the Lord calls this false religious system a “Harlot Religion.” It has just enough of the truth in it to deceive people. If you go around to all the countries of the world, you will find all the false religious systems usually will include prayer and worship to an idol, which God forbids, good works as necessary to obtain forgiveness, and incense, and other rituals that are not in the bible. The participants in these false religions are lulled into a spiritual deep sleep, thinking they are doing what is right.
How many thousands of times , literally, have I dealt with a person from the Catholic church about being saved, and they are shocked to learn that idolatry is forbidden by God, and they think they are ‘OK”. Many times they mock being “born again”. Many of these precious souls have been saved by the grace of god, when they heard or read about the real plan of salvation through faith alone in the shed blood of Jesus he made for us on the cross. Salvation by grace through faith, without dependence upon works. Ephesians 2:8-9.
But many remain blinded in their false religion, going to Mass, uttering the vain ritual “Ava Maria’s” etc.
Revelation 17:1 ” And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So 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.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.”
This false religious system controls , or has influence over many governments “she sits upon many waters.” The kings of the earth are said to commit fornication with her, not real physical fornication, but spiritually taking part in a false religious system and worshipping a false god. This is why the Lord calls her a “Great Whore”, and a Mother of Harlots. Just as a wife who gives her favors to another but her husband, this whore steals the worship due only to the Living God, who made all things.
She has killed many Christians.
Verse 6 says “And I saw the woman And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” One of the most infamous acts that has ever been done upon the earth, is when the Roman Catholic church held it’s inquisition for heretics. There is abundance of records of monks and priests torturing millions of Christians, and confiscating their property for the church, when they strayed from Catholic doctrine. I have read Foxes book of martyrs. Believers in Jesus Christ were burned at the stake. They had molten lead poured down their throats. They had their bodies stretched and bones broken on the rack. They were tortured in ways so brutal and horribly painful, only the Devil could devise. Countries such as Holland, Spain, Netherlands, France had millions killed. Thanks to the inquisition of the Catholic church, Spain, who once was a mighty country, is not any more. When ever the Catholic church has been in control, they do not hesitate to persecute the true believers in Jesus Christ.
They have never apologized for this. But there is another even more bloody false religious system. Islam. Kill the infidels has been the shout of Jihad for centuries.
Thus the Whore, is “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:..”
God will avenge this.
After this, we are given information about the “Beast, the Antichrist” that ascends from the bottomless pit. He was, and is not, and now is, These leaders use the whore to come to power, but really hate her. Once they have enough power and authority, they destroy the “Whore of Babylon”, the false religious system.
Verse 16 “And 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.”
Another Babylon judged.
Here the Lord writes of the punishment of ” Babylon the Great”. Just as He called Jerusalem by the name of “Sodom and Gomorrah” earlier in Revelation 11:8 “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” This can only be speaking of Jerusalem. This city is called “Babylon the Great”. Remember, some of these cities for which the Lord describes judgment did not exist at the time of this writing. Read God’s description of it.
Revelation 18:1 “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 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.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 ¶ And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.”
This city is judged in one hour, in one day. It is speaking of a city by the sea, filled with multitudes of people from many lands, with every kind of merchandise for sale. Some have speculated , that this city is New York city, or Rome, or another city. I believe the clues presented in the Bible prove the city of Mecca, the center of Islam, is this Harlot city.
A final clue is given in chapter 18, verse 24.
We read “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”
Islam has killed millions of Christians.
Here is a checklist from the clues we have been given as to the identity of this city that God will judge and destroy in the future in one hour.
Why did not God name it so we could know?
Because this was written in the first century, and Mecca (who I believe is this city) and the black stone of Islam was not founded until the 5th century. It did not exist when the Old and New Testament were written. So God gives us many clues.
Characteristics of “Mystery Babylon”
1. It can not be Jerusalem because God says “It shall never be inhabited again” and Jesus Christ will reign and rule forever from this city. Makes no sense.
2. It sits on many “waters” which is symbolism for tongues, nations, and different people. Islam is all over the world in many countries.
3. It is said to commit “fornication” this means spiritual adultery where people worship something that is not the truth.
4. It caused the earth to be drunken with her “wine”, which is symbolism of “her false doctrine, her false teachings”
5. It is located in the wilderness, the desert, next to the sea. This fits Mecca perfectly.
6. It is decked with precious stones and metals. Saudi Arabia is very rich and luxurious.
7. She is responsible for killing a lot of Christians.
8. She sits on 7 mountains. that is how Mecca was founded.
9. She is a major trade hub by the sea.
10. She sells slaves and the souls of men.
11. She has deceived the nations. There must be over 2 billion Muslims in the world.
12. 16. God warns His people to flee this city.
17. Her judgment comes in one hour. ( A nuclear strike ?)
18. People will react in anguish by throwing sand and dirt n their heads. This is a Middle east custom.
19. There are verses in Jeremiah 50, 51, and 49 that refer to it calling her Edom. There are also verses in the Old Testament that name cities that are near Mecca describing this city.
20. The symbols of Islam which is the crescent moon and star are associated with many ancient false religions.
Remember, God Wins!
Revelation 19:1 “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 ¶ And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”
The Angels and creatures and Saints in Heaven see things different than the rebellious lost people of the earth . They say “true and righteous are thy judgments.” It is real simple. Since The Lord is Holy, and perfect , in all His ways, He can never permit
one sin to go unpunished. No one will ever get away with anything! the wages of sin is death. What lost, but religious people call “their Religion”, god calls “a whore”, a false religion. Religious people killed The Lord Jesus. He exposed their lies and hypocrisy. No Nation, no person, no group of nations can ever oppose God, and not be punished. He always wins, in the end, even if it takes 6000 years to get to the end.
The marriage of Jesus with His bride is spoken of in verse 7. Remember the bride is the church, made up of redeemed Saints. Their righteousness is given to them freely, being spotless before God, because they put their trust in the blood of Jesus. They are justified by their faith in His once and all atonement He made for the sins of the world on the cross.
Jesus Comes Back at Armageddon!
Revelation 19:11 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
We have already mentioned the fact that Jesus returns and rescues the remnant of Israel, hidden in the wilderness for 3 1/2 years. He comes back as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Again we read that His wrath is so fierce that His white robe is stained with blood, from trampling His enemies. This is a God that is furious in His anger. We follow Him , all astride horses. When He takes over, He rules with a rod of iron. In other words He will judge and punish all wrong doing immediately. No sneaky lawyer will find a loophole to get His client off . No judge will take a bribe to give a less lenient sentence, or let the prisoner go free. A rod of iron.
The birds of the Earth invited to eat the flesh of the Generals, and soldiers of the Antichrist’s Army.
Revelation 19:17 “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
They actually try to shoot at and make war with God Almighty.
The Antichrist and the false prophet, the false religious leader that made everyone worship the Beast and his image are cast straight into the lake of fire. They are not even judged. The Bible says they are still there 1000 years later, after the Millenium.
Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
The Seven Day Adventist church teaches that the soul is destroyed after death. The Mormon church , and the Jehovah’s Witness church say there is no Hell. This one verse shows they are all false cults teaching lies. As much as I wish the fact that there is a Hell is real, was not true, it is REAL. Jesus spoke about Hell more than He spoke about Heaven. Just because a person does not believe in such a place of punishment for all lost people, where they go when they die, does not change the truth. That is why I am including a chapter on Hell, and a chapter on How to be Saved. I want everyone to get saved, so they do not go there!
The Devil is Chained, and the Millenium starts.
Revelation 20:1 ” And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”
Jesus sets up His administration. He sends His angels throughout Heaven and earth to gather His Elect. They also will get rid of everything that Jesus does not like. Every thing!
Mark 13:27 “And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”
Matthew 13:41 “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;”
This means the porno publishers, like the publisher of Playboy magazine are gone. This means no more liquor stores. This means no more sex shops. No more book stores that sell books that teach the Occult, or the Astrology, or anything false. No more Planned Parenthood medical facilities that perform abortions and murder little babies.
All things that offend Jesus. Gone. Amen.
Israel will do what this scripture says in Zechariah 12:10, when Christ comes back publicly. ” And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” They will finally acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah, “whom they pierced”. They will be given all the promised land at this time. There are so many things yet to be fulfilled that God has written concerning the 1000 year reign of Messiah, King Jesus. Peace , prosperity and long life will reign on the earth. Since this book is about the Great Tribulation, we will not get into these subjects, except to say read the remaining chapters of Revelation. It will be marvelous. Then, at the end of this 1000 years of peace, with Jesus literally reigning as king, along with King David from Jerusalem, Satan is loosed out of his prison and goes forth and deceives the nations. He deceives them into attacking “the camp of the Saints”, the Holy city, and god does not mess around this time. fire comes down out of Heaven to devour them. Then we have the Great White throne judgment of every person who ever lived. they will be judged by the Lord for their sins and throne into the Lake of fire. Thank god, no believer in Christ will appear at this judgment. Jesus already took out punishment upon Himself on the cross. Then God makes and new Heaven and a new earth. Where will you be? With Christ in Heaven, or with the devil and the Antichrist, in the Lake of fire. It is your choice.
Hell is Real !
I am speaking about the hardest thing there is in the bible to talk about.
There is a place that God had to make for all those who will not submit to His authority.
Hell is REAL.
Jesus , God the creator spoke about Hell more than He did Heaven. He gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place so that not one person has to go there.
Hell is mentioned 54 times in the bible.
The same book that teaches us about a beautiful place called Heaven, also teaches about a horrible place called Hell.
When Satan rebelled against god, and tricked 1/3 of the angels into following him, God had to make Hell.
In Matthew 25:41 we read “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
1. From this verse, we learn that Hell is forever.
the word used for those who will live forever with Christ, “everlasting life” in John 3;16 also is used for those who will be punished “forever in the Lake of fire.”
God answers to no-one.
He could destroy all the universe in the blink of an eye and there is nothing anyone could do about it.
The cults do not believe in Hell.
The 7th Day Adventists
The Jehovah’s Witness’s
All of them teach there is no such place. All of them are teaching lies and condemn their followers to go there.
Jesus believed in Hell.
He said that if there is anything that would keep you from getting saved, it is better to “Cut off your hand, or your foot, or take out your eye.. than to go to Hell forever.”
Read it for yourself in Mark 9:43
” And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
If there were not many other verses in the bible, isn’t this enough?
I had a man who I witnessed to and tried to get saved.
He asked me first if he had to stop smoking cigarettes.
I told him to get saved first.
But Jesus said If anything keeps you from getting saved..
Get rid of it from your life, throw it away, forsake it!
It may be that beer you do not want to quit.
Or marijuana, or cigarettes, or pornography, or your pride, or whatever… Are you going to let it take you to Hell?
Note: You do not stop your sinful habits before you get saved. You get saved, and start cleaning yourself up for the Lord. You can stop smoking, drinking,, taking drugs, and live what you think is a clean life, but that will not wash one sin away.!
HOW MANY SINS TAKE YOU TO HELL?
Yes… All lawbreakers have to go there. Because God can not tolerate one sin in His presence. All sin has to be punished.
Read what the Lord says in James 2:10- “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.”
The ten commandments do not help you to get saved. They condemn you and I .this makes you and I a transgressor. A lawbreaker.
We all inherited a sinful rebellious nature the is selfish and proud and makes us not able to keep from breaking God’s Holy law. Only Jesus was born without a fathers seed, or a virgin, so He did not have a sinful nature. God’s law is love, but we are self centered and proud.
Every time you break a commandment, you save up more wrath upon yourself from God. Lets see how you do..
Ever break this law?
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself any carved
image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven
above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in
the water under the earth; you shall not bow down
to them nor serve them.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God
in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who
takes His name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days
may be long upon the land which the Lord your God
is giving you.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you
shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant,
nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor
anything that is your neighbor’s.”
I never killed anybody, but I told lies, I disobeyed my mom and dad. So, I am a lawbreaker, and deserve to go to Hell.
If I had not gotten saved, I would have had to go before god at the Great White throne Judgment to be judged, and then thrown into Hell.
Revelation 20:11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Notice, Hell is like God’s holding cell, until the final punishment.. in the Lake of Fire.
The false prophet that will soon appear on the earth, and the Antichrist will be tormented there forever. All those who take the Mark of the Beast.. the 666, will be
Revelation 14:9 says –
” And 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,
10 The 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:
11 And 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.”
Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
Hell is literal fire.
There is no water in Hell. The rich man in Hell in Luke 16:24 cried out for a drop of water to cool his tongue for he said
“for I am tormented in this flame.”
There is no physical thing that can keep you out of Hell.
When your heart stops, and you die, you are there.
Those who put off salvation are taking a big chance every breath they take, every time they go to sleep, every time they cross a busy street.
When you die, there is no more chances to repent and get saved!
There is no purgatory in the bible.
The Mormon doctrine of baptism for the dead is a fairy tale.
If you are lost, and not saved, you hang over Hell on a spiders thread.
God could throw you there any time, but He wants you to repent, He wants you to turn around and be willing to live His way.
In Matthew 10:28, Jesus says “ And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Fear , tremble and shake!
You say, “Well I do not believe what you say.”
Friend, it does not matter if you or a billion people do not believe what the Bible says, it is still real!
It does not change what is going to happen to you!
With tears in my heart, I urge you to have a deep change of heart, repent, turn from the way you are living and turn to God, NOW!
How to be Saved. How to be Born Again!
Do You Know 100% for sure today, that if you died, you would go to Heaven?
Not Sure ?
The first thing we have to establish is :
What, or who is the authority. Everybody says they believe what their opinion is.. or what their Church believes. They argue and fight about what is right, and what is wrong.
God only wrote one book that tells us what is right and what is wrong. He proves His Word is true in many ways.
The Bible was written by men who were guided letter by letter, word for word what to write. The Holy Spirit controlled them.
This is what the Bible says in 2 Peter 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
This verse teaches us that the bible is not any man’s opinion.
Or any man’s private interpretation.
The were “moved” by the Holy Ghost.
So.. God guided these men, the Holy spirit wrote the bible through over 40 different men, that is why it has only one mind, one design behind it. The mind of God. How could a book be written by the mind of men that has 40 different authors, written in three different languages, over a period of 1,500 years? That is impossible!
God proved, He authenticated His Word, by writing things that will happen many thousands of years into the future.
These are called “Bible prophecies”.
Significance of predictive prophecy.
1. Concludes that there is a divine intellect behind the Old and New Testament.
2. Establishes the fact of God.
3. Authenticates the Deity of Christ
4. Demonstrates the inspiration of the Bible
For example, there are over 300 prophecies and types about the Life of Jesus Christ, written many thousands and hundreds of years before He was born. We detailed many of them in chapter 1. These are written so that you may realize that whatever God promises you to do, you can depend upon Him to do it. He can not break His Word.
He was to be born of a virgin.
1. The prophet Isaiah said He would be born of a virgin some 745 years before it happened.
Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14- “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 1:1
2. He would be called Son of God.
The man who wrote Psalm 2 wrote it about 1000 years in advance.
Prophecy: Psalms 2:7- “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”
3. Jesus “family tree” had to be of the Seed of Abraham, Son of Isaac, Son of Jacob, out of 12 tribes, He had to be of the Tribe of Judah, out of thousands of families, He had to be of the Family Line of Jesse. this was predicted by many different prophets and writers of the Bible over a period of thousands of years.
4. Of the thousands of places He could have been born , it was prophesied He would be Born at Bethlehem. Predicted by Micah the prophet 750 B.C.
Prophecy: Micah 5:2- “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 2:1- “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…”
Of the more than 300 prophecies about Jesus, there are 47 major ones, concerning His life and death. The science of Mathematical statistics tell us the odds of this happening in the life of one man are 1, followed by 180 zeros. 1,000,000,000.. 180 times..
Impossible to calculate.
Do you accept the bible as the ONLY authority, as far as what is right and wrong?
Church traditions many times contradict the bible.
The bible is always right, not what the Pope, Priest, Church or Pastor says.. if it contradicts the Bible. Then they are wrong!
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY!
In the beginning..
There was only one way to be forgiven by God.
Jesus created the Heavens and earth.
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made”
These verses say that Jesus is God, and that Jesus was already there in eternity, with God the Father, in The Beginning. Verse two says He made all things.
So, if He made all things, then He has the power and the right to make the rules, right. That makes sense.
Before sin entered the world.
In the garden, Adam and Eve walked with God. God only told them one thing they could not do.
Genesis 2:17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou salt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
God loves us, and He wants our love. Love is a free choice, God gave us the ability to make choices, we are not robots. Adam and Eve bought sin into the world when they disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. The were eternal beings, but now began to die. There spirit died, and could no longer fellowship with God. God is a Spirit (John 4:24).
This why we have death, sadness, pain, disease, hate war, lust, rape, murder, in the world. Because of sin.
Romans 5:12 says ” Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
Why ALL are born sinners.
When Adam disobeyed God in the garden, God took His Holy Spirit out of him. His spirit now could not communicate with God, because Adam’s spirit was now dead. (God is a Spirit John 4:24) His body began to die. The wages of sin is death. This is the source of all that is bad in the world, sin.
You and I receive our blood line, we inherit what kind of blood runs through our veins, 100% from our father. The sin nature , that which is inside of us and makes us rebel against God, makes us selfish, makes us unable to please God, is inherited from our father, and passed to every single person.
We do not think we are sinners.. until…
When we examine our lives against God’s perfect standard, absolute Holiness, pure love, we realize we have a sin problem. This is the purpose of the ten commandments, to show us we are law breakers and need a Savior.
Examine your entire life against the Holy law of God. If you have ever broken just one of these commandments, in your entire life, then you can not go to Heaven on your own righteousness, you must be punished in Hell as a lawbreaker. Anyone who is born sinless (born without a sin nature) is able to love perfectly , always, and has no trouble keeping the laws of God. Jesus Christ was the only person ever born this way. Just try to keep the ten commandments one day.
You need a Savior. We already covered this, put here are the ten commandments again, in case it will help you to review them.
James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.”
The Ten Commandments.
1. And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8, You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet (desire to have for yourself=covet)
your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
So, have you broken God’s laws like I have?
Many people have this idea that when they die, there will be a scale, a balance, and the good things they have done in their life will be measured against all the bad that they have done. If they have done more good than bad, they think they will be allowed into Heaven. this is not true, this is not in the bible. Our entire lives will be measured against the Holiness of God, He can not let one sin into His presence.
This is why Jesus was born of a Virgin. His Father was God. Mary’s egg provided the body. His blood was sinless, it was the blood of God Almighty in His veins.
Jesus never sinned, one time in His life. This is the most amazing thing about Him. Not one wrong thought, ever, not one wrong action, ever. His entire life. If He had sinned, He could not have died for OUR sins, because He would have had to pay for His own sins. But He was without sin.
He knows what it is like to be tempted, He is our High Priest, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
1 Peter 2:22 says “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”
Now, let me explain God’s plan of redemption, the only way He has to be forgiven and not have to go to Hell.
It is thorough FAITH in an innocent blood sacrifice.
Before there was ever a church, or a pope, a Muslim religion, a Catholic religion, or any other religion, God had already showed humans that they must kill an innocent sacrifice and shed it’s blood to pay for sins.
Genesis 4:4 “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:”
Adam most have instructed Abel, his first son, in what sacrifice to make to God. (God told him.) He brought an innocent lamb and killed it and burnt it on an alter as a sacrifice to God.
Now, until Moses gets much clearer instructions, this is God’s plan of paying for sins. All these animal sacrifices, are a picture, a symbol, of what would happen thousands of years into the future when Jesus “God’s Lamb of Sacrifice” would die on the cross , suffer the price for all of our sins, one time, forever, and for all., with His blood.”
Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”
God can not and will not ignore our sin. Because He is just, He must punish sin. Because He is Holy and good, He can not just overlook sin. His righteousness demands justice. The sinner must die. (Romans 6:23)
For example, if a man killed another man, and stood before the judge, and said, “I am sorry I killed a man, please forgive me, I promise not to kill again.” The man may be sorry. But justice is when a person is punished for the wrong they do. The man must be punished. Even so, Jesus took upon Himself our punishment, we deserve.
Jesus died for every man’s sin, every man who ever lived. He shed His perfect , sinless blood to pay the price for my sins and yours, so I do not have to go to Hell. He was buried for three days and nights, and then arose from the dead, proving He paid for every sin that has ever or will ever be committed. The payment for sins is death, Jesus tasted death for every person that has ever and will ever live.
Do you believe this?
He will be your judge
He will be your Savior. Do you believe Jesus is God Almighty?
He calls Himself, the Alpha and Omega, and the Almighty.
Revelation 1:8 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Do you realize you are separated from God because of your sin?
God is a Spirit. We are born with a “dead” spirit. (Ephesians 2:1)
That is why we must be born again. John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
There is nothing any person can do to earn forgiveness for even one sin. We are all dependent upon God’s mercy, He loves to be merciful and show His goodness and love and forgiveness.
If we repent, turn from our selfish sinful ways and ask Him to forgive us, He will completely forgive us forever. He is waiting for you to humble yourself and repent, and believe on Jesus.
1. We are commanded to repent.
Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”
When a person repents, it is like God opens his eyes. They see themselves like God sees them. they realize God is Holy, and they are unholy, sinners that deserve judgment. They realize that they are living in rebellion against God and His laws. They realize they are helpless to save themselves. They see sin as an awful thing that destroys them. They turn away from doing their own will, and want to do God’s will. Jesus gave a definition of repentance when He said in Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas;”
When we go to Jonah 3:8, we see what the men of Nineveh did to show they had a deep fear of God, and turned from their sins. Jonah 3:8 “But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”
What happened? God warned them that if they did not turn from their sin, He would destroy them. Even so Jesus said “Repent or perish”.
Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
When God saw their repentance was real, He repented, He changed His mind and did not punish them.
Repentance always produces change. John the Baptist said “show me you repented. Matthew 3:8 “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:” You must be willing to give up your sin. Paul the Apostle also taught that when a person is really saved, really born again, they are a new creature, a dramatic change takes place.
Acts 26:20 “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”
A person can bow their heads, and say a prayer, but if their life does not change, they did not get saved. This happened to me when I was 11 years old.
We must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior by faith.
When I was born again in 1979, I bowed my head and asked the Lord to forgive me
And to come into my heart and save me.
I trusted God’s promise written in Chapter 10 verses 9,10 and 13 in the book of Romans.
Here is just one of many promises.
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” verse 13 promises- “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God promises that if you call out to Him in faith, He will come into your heart and save you.
If you do not accept Christ, you will be judged by Jesus after you die:
Revelation 20:11 ” And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Hell is real:
Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Jesus said we should be willing to forsake ANYTHING, make any change in our life rather than go to Hell, and He said it is forever, Since He is God , He can not lie!:
Mark 9:45 “And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:”
God says to repent, receive Christ as Savior, and believe, trust Jesus with all our heart:
God will be there to forgive you. He says “He will not turn you away, cast you out.”
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
God loves you and wants to save you today!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Where ever you are right now, would you like to bow your head and ask God to forgive you and save you so you can receive the gift of eternal life?
There are no magical words, but this is what I prayed when I got saved.
“Lord, I am sorry for my sin, I do not want to go to Hell, please forgive me right now of all my sins, wash them away with the blood of Jesus, and come into my heart and save me now. In Jesus name, Amen.
After you are saved, you need to find a bible preaching church and get baptized in deep water, as a testimony that you believe Jesus died, was buried, and arose from the dead. Join that church, or look for a church that has a program of evangelizing the lost, and conservative music. Please get a 1611 King James version of the bible and start reading it every day. Make a prayer list and pray every day. You may get further help from my website at http://www.preacherbrazil.wordpress.com
Especially read the article about “How to witness” and start sharing what Jesus did for you. We need to warn people about Hell, and the coming Great Tribulation, so they will be saved out of it.
Love in Christ, Missionary Evangelist Steven R. Morris
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.