TO BEGIN WITH: WHEN DID SATAN'S PERSECUTION OF THE   NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH BEGIN ?


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We must note that apostle John received the message of Revelation on the Island of Pathmos around 95AD during Satan’s persecution of the church through the Roman Empire immediately after Christ as it is written: " About that time Herod the king began to persecute some members of the Church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when He saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also … (Acts 12: 1-5).

 

 

Therefore, Satan (the dragon) had begun persecuting the Church through the Roman Empire the beast (a beast coming up out of the sea,) immediately after the death of Christ for the Bible says : Then the dragon was angry with the woman and went off to make war with the Rest of her off springs" Revelation 12: 13-17.  Thus, before the birth of the little "horn"(the Papal system Daniel 7:25-28).


To continue persecuting the Church of Christ, Satan had already began persecuting it through the Roman Empire. To this the Bible says:  The little horn was successful in every thing  it did (Daniel 8:9-14).

 

Therefore, immediately after Christ, the church of the New Testament whose foundation he had laid started facing persecution as early as 34 AD, with

Satan aiming by this, to totally put off the name of Jesus Christ as it is written: They beat them and charge them not to speak in the name of Jesus (Acts 5:40-41). Thus the unconverted Jews in collaboration with the Roman authorities all under the power of Satan mounted serious persecution against the church.

 

This was continued forcefully by the Roman Catholic Papacy (The  little horn of the fourth beast Roman Empire), replacing the name of Jesus with that of the Pope as forgiver of sins on earth. To further illustrate the abilities of the Roman Empire that gave birth to the little horn, the scripture says:


“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a loin: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat and great authority.”

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and the entire world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with it?” (Revelations 13: 1 –8 KJV).

 

To settle with a better understanding of the extract, let’s read back to see what had earlier been prophesied: Daniel 7: 17 - 28 reads: 

"The forth BEST is a forth EMPIRE that will be on Earth and will be different from all other Empires it will crush the whole earth and trample it down"



THESE FOUR UNIVERSAL EMPIRES ARE: BABYLONIAN, MEDO-PERSIA, GREECE AND THE ROMAN EMPIRE.




1) The first Empire = Babylon.


 Nimrod constructed this first Empire some centuries far back before  Christ at the insult of God. By 625 BC, it had become a very strong empire under Nebuchadnez’zar but was destroyed by the medians and Persians under Cyrus in the year 539 before Jesus Christ as the Bible says:


“You O king, the king of kings to whom the God of heaven has given the Empire the power and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand He has given, wherever they dwell, the sons of men, the beast of the field, and the birds of the air, making you rule over them all you are the head of gold.


 After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and yet a third, kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things; and like iron, which crushes, it shall break and crush all these” (Daniel 2: 36 - 40).


2) The second Empire = The Medo-Persia.


As we have seen above (Daniel 2: 39), this is the Empire that came  next. In the year 539 BC, the medians and Persians conquered the Babylonian Empire. This Empire therefore lasted for 208 years.


3) Greece, the third Empire.

 As introduced above, this is the third Empire that succeeded the  Medo – Persia Empire as a universal Empire. Th is Empire lasted for 163 years that is from 331 to 168 before Jesus Christ (Daniel 2.39).


4) The Roman Empire, which is the fourth (that gave birth to the Roman Catholic Papacy).


“This is the fourth Empire after the third Daniel 7: 1-8 says: 


“ I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. The first was a lion and had eagles wings.


Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand upon two feet like a man; and the mind of a man was given to it.

And Behold, another beast, a second one like a bear. It was raised up on one side; it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, arises, devour much flesh.


 After this, I looked, and lo, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back, and the beast had four heads; and dominion was given to it.


After this I saw in the night a vision, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible and dreadful and exceedingly strong; and had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It was different from the entire beast that was before it; and it had Ten Horns. 



 I considered the horns and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things


This fourth Empire (Roman Empire) like the first three came into being through political turmoil and wars. Jeremiah 49: 35 - 37 and 51: 1 and 11, tells us that the prophetic meaning of wind is fighting (Political turmoil and wars).


The events that took place were accomplished under political turmoil and wars. Water here symbolises people as it is written: The angel also said to me, ‘‘The waters you saw, on which the prostitute is sitting, are nations, people, races, and languages (Revelation 17: 15). Daniel 2: 40 – 44 says of this fourth Empire:


“And then there will be the fourth Empire, as strong as iron, which Shatters and breaks everything. And just as iron shatters everything, it will shatter and crush all the earlier Empires. You also saw that the feet and the toes were partly clay and partly iron. This means that it will be a divided Empire.


It will have something of the strength of iron, because there was iron mixed with the clay. The toes part iron and partly clay mean t hat part of the Empire will be strong and part of it weak.


You also saw that the iron was mixed with clay. This means that the rulers of that Empire will try to unite their families by intermarriage, but t hey will not be able to, any more than iron can mix with clay. At the time of those rulers the God of heaven will establish a kingdom that will never end. It will never be conquered, but will completely destroy all those empires, and then last forever”(Good News).


This fourth beast or Roman Empire was a divided Empire: “This means that it will be a divided empire”2verse.41. The largeness of the Empire gave birth to managerial difficulties that soon led to economic, social and political problems that were threatening the stability of the Empire.


Emperor Diocletian (284-305A.D) who arose from the ranks of the army, decided to divide the power in the empire into two parts as a strategy to prevent its collapse.


He set himself up as an Augustus to rule the Eastern part with a capital at Nicomedia in Asia Minor. And chose an able general, Maximian, to rule as co-Augustus in the Western part with a capital at Milan.


Each of them had an assistant called a Caesar, who was to succeed his Augustus after a twenty-year period. One Caesar was stationed near the Rhine, the other near the Danube.


In general, the rulers in the west were not very competent and fought a losing battle against the Barbarian invaders. The last of the Roman emperors in the weak west, Romulus Augustulus, was deposed in 476A.D.


By then the western part of the empire had been conquered by foreign tribes. Even after a Roman Emperor no longer ruled the West, the strong Eastern part of the Empire survived until 1453 A.D, when the Turks conquered it. To this it is written:


The toes – part iron and partly clay mean that part of the Empire will be Strong and part of it weak( 2vs 42).


Thus the subsequent invasion of this great Roman Empire gave birth to ten kingdoms: “And it had ten horns”. In the publications:


World History “ The catholic social studies series- Christianity and a crumbling empire”; and “The decline and fall of the Roman Empire,” the ten divisions of the Roman Empire are cited as: The Visigoths, Burgundians, Lombards, Ostrogoths, Huns, Franks, Vandals, Saxons, Angles and the Jutes. Seven of them became modern nations of Western Europe.

 

Three of them: the Huns, the vandals and Ostrogoths were completely erased by the little horn (Daniel 7), to be discovered as we read on. The dissolving great Roman Empire into Ten kingdoms ruled by the ten kings, subsequently gave birth to the dominating Roman Catholic Papacy as it is written:


As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them ,he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings(Daniel 7: 24)


We should take note that there will be no problem referring to ten kings as Ten Empires or vice versa. Therefore, the Ten-horns are the ten divisions of Roman Empire that we have already seen. From among the ten horns, comes out “a little horn" that plucks up three of the existing Ten horns.


This small horn had eyes like those of a man and was arrogant against God, and persecuted powers as it is written:


'Will over throw three kings. He will speak against the supreme God and oppress God’s people; and shall think to change the times and the Law; and they Shall be given into his hand for a time, two, and half a time.” (That is 1260 days, 42 months, 3½ years) all boiling down to the prophetic counting of 1260 years, according to Ezekiel 4:4 - 6, Daniel 7: 24 – 26. 



Therefore, Have the  3½ years(which is equally 1260days,42month) already come to pass according to these explanation with kingdoms?  Certainly yes!


 

For those who claim that this 1260 days, 42 months, 3½ years is still to come which will be the great tribulation after rapture! Does it mean that all these kingdoms as have come to pass in  History, will still come to existence  again, with another 4th Empire( Roman empire), during which Christ again will be re-born, and Constantine coming back to change the Times and laws of God for the saints to obey and be dominated upon for 3½ years?



Dear Brethren, the last angel of the Lord is out warning, marking and assembling God’s people from the four corners of the world who get into perfection, into one spiritual communion to be ready for the rapture. God is entering into the last phase of His work, which is the perfecting of His saints (Revelation 14: 9-12), and then Christ will come.

So, whether people are willing to repent or not, the end is at hand. God established a time that Noah was to warn the people, and when that time came to an end, he got into the next phase of his program, which was destruction. So it is not today that God will not fulfill his program because many people have not repented.

The last angel for the perfecting of saints in ready for the rapture is out as it is written:

 And another angel a third angel followed them, saying in a loud voice, ‘‘If any one worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also shall drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and sulphur in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day and night, those worshipers of the beast and its image, who receives the mark of its name’’ Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14: 9-12).

Let us read the bolded section and ask God to open our minds to understand what it means. Note the specification of:

-Call for the endurance of the saints.

-Keep the commandments of God, and The faith of Jesus.

 If the so called grace in Jesus Christ that we so misinterpret today was all and all, there would have been no need of mentioning, “Keep the commandments of God, and faith of Jesus.” It would have just been “ faith in Jesus.” The Bible says: He who keeps the commandments keeps his life, he who despises the word will die (Proverb 19:16).

Therefore, whoever is led by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ to keep the commandments of God will live eternally; while who ever does not will die eternally.

THE ANTI-CHRIST IS ALREADY IN THE WORLD! “WORSHIPS THE BEAST AND ITS IMAGE, AND RECEIVES A MARK ”

 

From the text above, worshipping the beast and its image and receiving his mark “666” in another great sense of the scripture, is obeying the devil consciously or unconsciously as it is written:

 -“Little children, let no one deceives you. He who does right is righteous as Christ is righteous. He who commits sins is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning”( 1st John 3:7-8).

 -“This is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already. Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for He who is in you are greater than he who is in the world”(1st John 4: 3-6, 1st John 18-19).

 -“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh: Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist (2nd John 18).

 

Therefore, Satan is the dragon, the wicked one, the antichrist, whose agents are equally called antichrist, the beast, wicked one, false prophet, Babylon, woman prostitute et cetera, all appellations referring to Satan and his agents .

All Satan’s agents therefore, equally represent him. Thus, any individual or system etcetera, at the service of Satan and anyone loyal to him equally bears his name, and consequently carries his mark or seal of ownership “666’’.

 

This implies therefore that, any person (man, woman, child) who sins is of the devil and automatically bears his stamp of ownership “666,” just as the Holy spirit and obedience is God’s stamp of ownership on all who do not sin.

Sin is disobeying the commandments of God and rejecting faith in the Lord Jesus as it is written: Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Sin therefore is not the matter of receiving a visible physical mark “666” labelled on ones forehead and hand but conscious and unconscious disobedience to God, which the devil will reinforced towards the end before rapture.

 

Are you disobeying the commandments of God and rejecting faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Then you are Sinning against God and obeying Satan. You are receiving his mark “666,” and may at any moment die in disobedience as others are dying.

The consequence will be eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. If the 3 ½ years period and the 2300yrs period have already come to pass as we are going to see, then it will be spiritual blindness to still be saying that, the antichrist to rise and claim God’s place, is still to come.

This will be going against the scripture which clearly declares that the antichrist is already in the world:1st John 4:3-4,2nd John 7.

 Paul wrote his letter: For that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the man of Lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalt himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God( 2nd Thessalonians.2:3-3), around 50 AD.

That is when the devil through the Roman Empire under the influence of Judaism was persecuting the saints. By then, the Roman Catholic Papacy-the little horn that is the lawless one to rise and claim the seat of God on earth and continue the persecution of saints, was not yet on the scene(Daniel 8:10-14, Daniel 7:21-28, Revelation 17:1-18, 1st John 4: 3-6,).

 

While John wrote his letter: This is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already ( 1st John 4: 3-6), around 95AD. That is when the Roman Empire since Emperor Nero around 64 AD, was acting vigorously under the power of Satan in the persecution of Christians; and later to give birth to the Roman Catholic Papacy the little horn (313) through the Roman Emperor Constantine, which was to claim the seat of God on earth. She is, ‘‘ Great Babylon, the mother of all prostitutes and perverts in the world’’ Revelations 17:5.

She is thus the major tree of antichrist, producing many branches of antichrists: Many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour.(1st John 2:18). Notice that “ last hour”, here is meaning that it was the time spoken of.

 Our dear brethren, let us get into second by second sanctification in the obedience of God’s commandments through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, rather than listening to the devil’s lies and waiting for a day when Satan will appear as a huge beast and start writing physical labels of “666’’ on people’s heads and hands as a sign of sin.

 

We know that in the world of today, some objects in the market like:

shoes, clothes, kitchen utensils, et cetera, carry this sign” 666” in one form or the other; and even some agents of Satan write it on their bodies and wears.

But this must not distract any true child of God whose priority should be sanctification in the obedience of God’s commandments through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The truth is that, in the last days before rapture, the economic and financial situations in addition to Ecumenism rapidly gaining grounds, things will be very difficult such that, those who will want to live a pure godly life, will find it very difficult keeping the commandments of God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

If they do not pay a price of sacrifice even to the least drop of their blood, they will give up and consciously engaged in practicing sins, joining satanic sects etc (this situation also is called tribulation).

No one can denial the fact that, we are not already experiencing difficult economic and financial difficulties which is more and more intensifying and obliging people into conscious sinning and satanic sects entanglements.

 

Therefore, as a result of this economic, financial, religious and political difficulties provoked by Satan and his agents, many believers will be forced to compromise godliness to ungodliness just for survival. Thereby consciously obeying Satan and receiving his mark of ownership “666.”


This briefly explains Revelations 13:14-17 the says: “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. And that no man might buy or sell, save he hard the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name..”. This text is linked to that of 2nd Timothy 3:1-5, which clearly outlines the characteristics of the last days saying:

But understand this, that in the last days there will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanders, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it.

 

This depicts an environment of free religious worship, different from the 3½ year’s period of Roman Catholic domination as the only authorised religious sect, and it’s persecution of the real followers of Christ.

Thus, during this End Time period it is every body and not only believers in Christ who will be exposed or influenced(justifying the use of the word “causeth” meaning causes), into conscious sinning and satanic sects entanglements as government authorities legalises sins, and endorses it upon the people.

 Therefore, only true and sincere saints of God who the Bible says: “ Keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” will win the victory and be raptured at the end. For it is written: “Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her off spring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus” (Revelation12:17).

 

From the two texts, above we emphasize two very important points namely:

 1) The call for the keeping of God’ s commandments, and

 2) The faith in Jesus.

 

HE CHANGED THE TIMES AND LAWS OF GOD, AND THE SAINTS GIVEN INTO HIS HANDS FOR A TIME, TWO TIMES AND HALF A TIME ( 31/2YEARS)

 

The Bible says:

".....This is the explanation I was given:" The FOURTH BEAST IS A FOURTH EMPIRE, that will be on earth, and will be different from ALL  the other  EMPIRES. It will crush the whole EARTH and Trample it down. The Ten horns are the Ten kings who will rule that Empire. Then another King will appear, he will be very different  from the earlier ones and will over throw  three kings. He will speak against the supreme God and oppress God's people. 

He  shall speak words against the most High God, and Shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the laws; and the saints shall be given into his hands for a time, two times and half a time.( 31/2years)  But the heavenly court shall sit in judgement, and his dominion shall be taken away to be consumed and destroyed to the end.

And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High God; their kingdom shall be an everlasting, and all the dominion shall serve and obey them; ‘‘Here is the end of the matter”  (Daniel 7: 25-28).

 

There are three very important things, which are very clear from this Text, and follow a sequence:

Firstly: The wicked one shall speak words against the most High God, and Shall wear out the saints of the most High, and shall think to change the times and the laws; and the saints shall be given into his hands for a time, two times and a half a time(Daniel Verse 25).

 Secondly: “But the heavenly court shall sit in judgement and his dominion shall be taken away and consumed and destroyed to the end”( Daniel verse. 26).

 Thirdly: And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High God; their kingdom shall be an everlasting,..”( 7 Vs 27).

 

Let us Analyse Point Two 

i) “But the heavenly court shall sit in judgement, and his dominion shall be taken away”

 ii) “To be consumed and destroyed to the end” .

The first is an immediate act that takes place (dominion taken away), and the Second comes as a continuation of the fi rst process (to be consumed and destroyed to the end).

 The First part:

“ But the heavenly court shall sit in judgement, and his dominion shall be taken away”, dwells essentially on the end of the 3 ½ years in the 2300 years.

References of the 3½-year’s period include:

 1) “3 ½ years of Daniel 12:7, which directly defines the period of the great tribulation in verses 1-2(…and there shall be a time of trouble such as never shall be since).

The problem with many here is the understanding of time.From this text, we are forced to believe that immediately after the great tribulation talked of in this text, Christ was going to come.

This, not knowing that a long unknown estimated period was still to pass. Our Lord Jesus talked of this period or duration of 3 ½ years when he said, “So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by Prophet Daniel…. And if those days had not been shortened(Matthew 24: 15 – 22).

 2) 3 ½ years of Revelation 12: 14-15.

 3) 3 ½ days of Revelation 11: 11.

 4) 1260 days of Revelation 12:6 and 11: 2.

 5) 42 months of Revelation 13: 5 and 11:3.

Let us say something about the two witnesses during this period of great persecution:

 And I will grant my two witnesses power to prophesy for 1260 days …. These are the two olive trees and two lamp stands which stand before the Lord of the earth. (Revelation 11: 2-5). Zechariah 4:11-14 further explains these two witnesses in conformity as:

 “Then I said to him, what are these two olive trees on the right and left of the lamp stand? And a second time I said to Him, “ what are these two branches of the olive trees, which are beside the two golden pipes from which. the oil poured out?” He said to me “Do you not know what these are? I said “No, my Lord”. Then He said, “these are the two anointed who stand by the Lord of the whole earth”.

 The representatives of the Lord on earth (two olive trees) we belief are the Old and New Testaments which is the word of God taught by the Holy Spirit (lamp stand and the olive trees standing on it’s right and left, and feeding on oil from the pipes).

 Else, can you better tell us who these two olive trees, standing on the right and left of the lamp stand as representatives of God on earth are? The Bible says plainly: And the word became flesh and dwelled among us, full of grace and truth(John 1:14).

If the Lord Jesus Christ is the word and He became flesh, then the Old and New Testaments that constitute the written word can be called: Two anointed ones, the two Prophets, or the two witnesses. If we say the Bible is prophetic, can it not therefore be called a Prophet? If we say the Bible witnesses, can it not therefore be called a witness?

We all know that it is the word of God under the power of the Holy Spirit, that witnesses and prophesy; and carry out miracles and wonders. Men are therefore just human instruments in the hands of the word of God under the power of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, it was the word of God that was seriously persecuted and burnt (killed), during the 3 ½ years of Papal domination in the powers of Satan. For, take away the word from the human instruments that were persecuted and burnt, they would not have been persecuted and burnt.

This persecution of the word of God by Satan still continuous today through multiple distortions, and will go on till the end.

The above periods therefore, in accordance with the prophetic counting of Ezekiel 4:6 stipulating 1 Day = 1 Year, representing one and the same thing:

3 ½ years=3 ½ days=42 months=1260 days= 1260 years.


As earlier mentioned, the events of the 3 ½ years period of Daniel and Revelation respectively are linked to the Empires, which have already come to pass as we are going to see ahead.

As earlier said, Prophet Daniel received his message around 587 years before the birth of Christ, during the reign of Nebuchadnezzer of the Babylonian Empire. While apostle John received that of revelation around 95 years after Christ.

Therefore, much has already been accomplished. Thus, this is the period during which the Roman papacy (in the powers of the dragon) maintained its civil and religious authority over the church and cruelly persecuted it.

This period was in its maximum from 538 till 1798 when the French captured the Pope and brought to an end his civil powers of persecution (killing, torture et cetera).

After this dominion by the Roman Catholic Papacy ended at the end of this period 1260 years (31/2 years), rapture did not immediately take place. This was because, God allowed some time for the rest of His Saints to get into perfection of His Times and Laws changed by the wicked one.

The Lord through Prophet Daniel, had clearly indicated the activities of the wicked one building up right  to the end.


Yes, the “little horn”(Roman Catholic papacy) the Bible says:

" Out of one of them came forth a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the glorious land.

It grew great, even to the host of heaven; and some of the host of the stars it cast down to the ground, and trampled upon them. It  magnified itself , even up to  the Prince of the Host; and the the continual burn offering  was taken away  from him, and the place of  his sanctuary was overthrown .

And the host was given over to it  together with the continual burnt offering through transgression; and truth was cast down to the ground, and the horn acted and prospered.

Then I heard the Holy one speaking; and another holy one said to the one that spoke" For how long is the vision concerning the continual burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the Sanctuary  and the host to be trampled underfoot?

And he said: " For two thousand and three hundred evening and morning(2300years); then the sanctuary shall be restored to it rightful state  (Daniel 8: 9 - 18).

This graph of  Daniel 8:14, will help you be up till date with evolution of Christian religious history right  till today. You will be able to understand what has already happen in reference to  the book of Revelation, and what is still to happen with clear understanding that, when the Spirit tells us that we are already in the End Times, this means Christ is at the doors and so the rapture is at hand.

The period from around 1844 till today, falls within this unknown estimated time allowed by the Lord for the restoration of His saints in His changed Times and Laws, before the rapture.

However, it is very clear that we are running out of this unknown estimated period, and the appointed time for the rapture is in the horizon. Daniel 8:13-19, makes us understand that the 2300 years Prophetic counting (Ezekiel 4:4-6) allocated by the Lord have come to pass.

And the end of it in 1844 did not mean that the world was to come to an end as some people thought. That is counting from 457 BC under Artaxerxes with the rebuilding of Jerusalem as predicted by Daniel 9:25−26, to 1844 gives 2300years.

 

We must note that the 62 weeks of Daniel 9: 25, the 1290 days of Daniel 12,11, the 1335 days of Daniel 12:12, the 3 ½ days, 3 ½ years, 42 months, 1260 days of Daniel and revelation respectively, are all included in the 2300 years of Daniel.

We are therefore today in the extended time of grace because of God’s patience, as He sees the Church still not ready for the rapture. Seeing therefore that, the 2300years allocated by God have already come to pass, one should be more and more watchful as the Lord warns: Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor hour (Matthew 25:13).

Carefully observing the this calendar below, you and me will honesty accept before God that, Satan has already changed his Times and Laws as he earlier warned us in Daniel 7:25, and we his Saints(believers) are obeying him. This again will remind us of the warning our Lord Jesus Christ gave us for his coming  when he said :  If you  see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by prophet Daniel standing in the Holy Place then . …(Matth 24:15.


We should also be more prudent given the Biblical significance of the letter 3(Divinity, Body –Soul- Spirit), as we are in the 3rd millennium after Christ death and resurrection.

 Are we not all aware of the fact that we are in the last days or End Times?

Our Lord Jesus said: Destroy this Temple, and in three days, I will raise it up”. But he spoke of the Temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from dead, his disciples remembered that he said this (Matthew 24: 44).

Jesus Christ was talking of His body as the temple to be destroyed by death on the cross, and rose to life in three days. But can we not also in a way see this as Christ construction of his body(temple), which is the New Testament Church now on earth (meaning the believer’s Body-Soul-Spirit 1st Thesso.5:23) into perfection in the 3rd millennium to be raptured?

Thinking this way may also spur us to be more prepare, as the Lord said: Therefore, you also must be ready; for the son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect (Matthew 24: 44).

 

Therefore, from God’s words, the first part as we have seen, did not mean that the present world was to end at that time, as the second part further elaborates.

 

The Second Part:

 

“ To be consumed and destroyed to the end”, confirming that the world was to continue with the devil still in a partial domination of the Saints on changed Times and Laws, but this dominion will gradually be destroyed to the end.

This confirms the fact that only the civil powers of the Roman Catholic papacy (The small horn) were taken away following the French defeat while she will continue in her Religious powers till the end as the Bible says:

“His power shall be great, and he shall cause fearful destruction, and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and the people of the saints. By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall magnify himself. Without warning he shall destroy many; and he shall even rise up against the prince of princes; but, by no human hand, he shall be broken(Daniel 8:24-25).

 

And in the continuation of her religious powers, many are under his dominion as it is written:

 -“The waters that you saw, where the harlot is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues (Revelation 17: 15).

Then I saw another beast, which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like the lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, . It deceives those who dwell on earth,….. Also it cause all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked ;on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its name is six hundred and sixty-six(666)Revelation 13:11-18.

 

This continuation of the wicked one’s partial domination (religious and civil), will still go on, under the umbrella of the Roman papal system (the first beast), backed by the US system (the second beast from the earth-Revelation 13: 9-18, Revelation 16:12-16, Revelation 19:19-21) till the end with the rapture.

 

We must note that the Roman Empire and it’s Roman Catholic Papacy, known as the fourth beast from the Mediterranean to whom the dragon (Satan) gave his power, his throne, and his vast authority (Rev. 13:1-2), is a system governed by a demonic prince (with his legions). It is this prince governing this system that is called the beast.

Satan sustains this system directly, and indirectly( the coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan (2nd Thessalonians 2:9) using human beings on earth. So long as this prince (beast) is there, the system continues. For better understanding of what we are trying to say, let us read the following text: But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I am through with him, lo, the prince of Greece will come ( Daniel 10:20).

 

This implies that all the systems of governance on earth have a demonic prince behind them. The kingdom of Babylon, Media–Persia, Greece and the Roman, all had each a demonic prince behind the scene.

Therefore, the beast is not a particular: Human being, Emperor of old, pope, or head of state, which are just human beings at the service of this system controlled by the beast from the invisible.

This demonic prince had full dominion, given him by the most High over His saints, to persecute and killed for 3 ½ years, 42 months, 1260 yrs., that is, from 538-1789 as earlier mentioned.

When a Father speaks and repeatedly warns His child on something, What must that child do?

 Yes, God had spoken and said:

The wicked one shall speak words against the Most High God, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and shall think to change the Times and Laws; And they shall be given into his hands (Daniel 7: 25- 28).

Yes, He said this through Daniel and repeated the warning through His son Jesus Christ saying: So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy place (let the ready understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountain; let him who is on the house top not go down to take what is in his house(Matthew 24:15).

 

The questions the Lord is asking all His Saints including you and me are:

1) Which are those my Times and Laws, I said in Daniel 7:25 that Satan will change, and you will obey him?

2) When I said “ So When you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) then let those who are in Judea flee (Matthew 24:14)!

What was prophet Daniel saying?

 I suggest that we biblically and clearly try to answer these questions, turning to God and asking Him, and waiting. All servants of the Lord are obliged to take note of whatever thing He says, find out and conform to it.

An intelligent child of God will ask the question:

 Which are these Times and Laws of my Father, that He is warning me that Satan will change and I will obey him? And since it is only something that exists that can be changed!

He will then seek from the word and collaborate with the father in order to know them. After knowing them, he compares them with what exists, to see if any has changed. If yes, then he takes note, because his father has already warned him.

 

And knowing that the wicked one is an enemy to his father, and if his father had warned him before time, it means this is very important to him. He now rejects what the enemy has changed which he is obeying, and goes back to submit to his father’s legislation.

Is this not simple and very normal? Instead of we the saints doing this  we prefer to go around philosophising, and joining the enemy to castigate those who are faithful to God’s word.

 

Adam and Eve clearly heard God through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, because by then the Holy Spirit was indwelling them for communion with God, yet disobeyed. We know the consequences of their disobedience till date.

I do not think it is we today that after conviction by the Holy Spirit, we wilfully chose to disobey that we will be tolerated in the name of grace in Jesus Christ.

 

We can not even compare ourselves with those God tolerated in polygamy in the Old Testament because they didn’t have the grace of the Holy Spirit’s conviction to obey, as we have today through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, God knowing this tolerated it.

That is why he forbade it in the New Testament and can no longer tolerate it because we have the Holy Spirit to convict us to obey. Today He is raising instruments to remind His Saints on what prophet Daniel said, then the end will come.

 

If the sun, moon, animals, birds, ants, insect, seas, and oceans, live by the norms God established in the beginning, then there is no reason why man should not, in the name of liberty and grace in Jesus.

He can obey some demonic teachings unto death in the name of Jesus, but when it comes to obeying what God has ordained, liberty and grace in Jesus comes in. We are now exploiters of God rather than those seeking to please Him.

 

ROME AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC PAPACY ELIMINATED THE 4TH COMMANDMENT OF GOD.

 

“ YES WE HAVE THE DIVINE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE SCRIPTURE”

As introduction to this crucial topic, we noticed that the elimination of the 4th commandment of God in place of Sunday, was a gradual process that started some times far back before the year 150 AD, and had to continue for about 3 centuries. It was a way for the absorbed Christians to show that they were not Jews. Thus, they abandoned the Sabbath (7th day- Saturday) favour of Sunday (the 1st day of the week).

 

One of the first Historians Eusebe writes: “What is to be done on the Sabbath, we have transferred it to the day of our Lord, giving the importance of this day, to the Sabbath of the Jews ”( Commentary on Psalm 92). The first decree of the Catholic idol “church” in favour of Sunday was taken to  the Council of Laodaicia in the 4th Century.

To this, the law for the observation of Sunday stipulated ‘‘Judaism” as the reason why the Sabbath (4th Commandment of God) was changed.For Judaism Signifies being like Jews and none wanted to be like one.

 

THE OBSERVATION OF SUNDAY FROM THEN MADE GREAT PROGRESS BECAUSE OF THE FOLLOWING:

1) It became the effort of everyone not to be like Jews, and therefore escape persecution.

2) As the powers of Rome were growing very strong, she enforced Sunday in the place of Saturday (Sabbath).

3) Sunday consequently became part and parcel of the laws of the “church” like all other practices which are contrary to the scriptures : the adoration of Mary, images, saints, angels and prayers to the dead etcetera.

 Tertullien, a Christian historian who came up in the 3rd century started teaching that Sunday should be observed at least as a partial day of rest.

The Roman Emperor Constantine who is the starting point of the metamorphosed Roman pagan religion into a false “Christian” pagan Roman Catholic religion promulgated the first civil law concerning Sunday in the year 321 AD following the Act of Milan in 313 A.D as earlier said.

As earlier mentioned, the Swiss Christian writer says: It is therefore possible that Constantine promulgated the law, making Sunday an obligatory day with the aim of uniting the Empire under a Monotheist religion of the Sun …”

 

When, the Roman Empire was disintegrating in 476AD, the Pope of Rome took over control of everything. He then completely realised this after the complete elimination of the Vandals, Ostrogoths and the Huns by 538 A.D, as there was no longer any obstacle left.

As already prophesised that the saints will be given into the hands of the Papacy (to be persecuted) for 42 months or 1260 days or 3½ years (Prophetic counting: 1260 years (Revelation 11: 2 - 3, Revelation 12: 6 - 14, Revelation 13: 5, Daniel 12: 1), this reign or persecution of God’s people considered as heretics by Roman Catholic pagan “Christianity” mightily began in 538 A.D (under Justin Ian) and came to an end in 1798 as predicted in Daniel 7:25.

 

In this year the French forces captured Rome and imprisoned the Pope and declared France a Republic as already seen in the previous chapters.

For two years, Rome had no Pope but a new one was elected and installed in 1800with his full religious authority but for civil powers. This goes in conformity with Revelation 13: 3 that says: One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound,but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth was amazed and followed the beast .

 However, he continued his religious insults against God while the second beast from the earth (the USA system) that emerged in this period according to Gods predictions, exerted its civil powers all over the world; a situation that will continue right to the end.

The American system and not an individual will dominate the world military until the end.

For the scripture therefore to come true, the Papacy till date has been acting in the place of God and manifesting its powers of changing the laws of God by the following re-confirmations:

 

A) Pope Leo XIII wrote: We are occupying here on earth the place of the Almighty God. ‘Lettre Encycliques du 20 juin 1894 tirée de grandes Lettres Encycliques:Pape Léon XIII P 304’.

 

B) This Judicial authority even empowers the powers to pardon sins. ‘(Encyclopédie Catholique vol XII art. ‘‘Pape’’ P 265).

 

C) Question: Which is the Sabbath day?

Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Question: Why are we therefore observing Sunday instead of the Sabbath?

Answer: We are observing Sunday in the place of the Sabbath because the Catholic church at the Council of Laodiacia transferred the solemnity of the Sabbath to Sunday (Rev Peter Geiermenn, C.S.S.R ‘‘Le Catéchisme des Doctrines Catholiques pour les convertis P 50 2eme Ed 1910).

 

D) Question: Has the Catholic church the powers to modify any commandment of God?

Answer: Instead of the 7th day and other feasts prescribed by the old Law, the Church has prescribed Sundays and other holy days to be kept for the adoration of God, we too are now obliged to observe them as the commandment of God instead of the old Sabbath(T. T Rev Dr Challoner, Catholique Chrétien instruit, P211).

 

E) “ We Catholics, have the expressed authority to observe Sunday instead of the Sabbath as we hold on the other points of our religious. belief. For Example, the authority of the Church of the living God ‘‘the Pillar and support of the truth’’ (I Timothy 3: 15). While the protestants have no authority to do it. Even in the Bible you are not given that authority, so you cannot pretend to find any reason anywhere.

 You (Protestant) as well as we (Catholic) are just following a tradition as far as this point is concerned, but we are doing it and believing it as part and parcel of the word of God and the Church considered as divinely designated to keep and interpret them.

You are applying it and weakly denouncing it, by an uncertain guide which quite often goes against the commandment of God while violating the commands on other feasts prescribed by the same Catholic church”.


 

Question: How can you prove it?

Answer: By observing Sunday they recognise the fact that the Catholic church has power of anathema. By not observing the other feast she prescribes, disowns the very authority. (Traites Cliff ons Vol, articles ‘‘Une question pour tous les Chrétiens de la Bible. P.15).

 

F) Ignace from the beginning of the second century wrote: To all those who were repenting, the Lord gives you pardon on the condition that, you repent to get into unity with God and in communion with the priest (Epitre aux philadelphiens, chapitre 8).

 

G) Justin martyr wrote in 155 AD: “On the day Sunday, all those who were staying in town and villages came together in a place and memories or writings of prophets were read. Sunday is the day when we assemble, because it is the first day during which God undertook the fi rst change in darkness, and materials to make the world; and Jesus Christ our Lord resurrected the same day” (Première Apologie Chapitre 67).

 

H) The Catholic mirror (Baltimore) 23 September 1894 writes: ‘‘A thousand years before the birth of Protestantism, the Catholic church in the virtue of its divine mission, transferred the observation of Saturday to Sunday’’. We are saying in virtue of Divine power because the one who called himself ‘‘master of Sabbath’’ had confined to him the powers to teach, ‘‘ He who listen to you listens to me; he ordered all those who believed in him to listen to him on Penalty to be considered as “ a toll house or a Publican’’ and promised to be with him right to the end of the world.

 

He gave her the privilege to teach; a privilege, which is infallible and perpetual. At his birth (during reformation in sixth century) the world came into a well established Christian Sabbath that it couldn’t go against its existence; it was then placed in a situation of accepting it, and also the right of the church of having changed the day as far as 3centuries back.

 

I) “They (the Catholics) hold that the solemnity of the Sabbath was transferred to Sunday, the day of our Lord contrary to the Decalogue it seems; there is nothing then for them, to glorify for having changed the Sabbath rest to Sunday. They say that the power and authority of the Church is great, as she can eliminate the Ten Commandments”. (Confession d’Aubourg Art XXIII).

 

J) “ It is very clear that, be it our raggedness or our devotion in the observation of Sunday, we do not observe the Sabbath. .. Th ere exist no word or allusion in the New Testament which says we will be running a risk of punishment if we violate the supposed sanctification of Sunday’’(R.W Date, M.A Congregationalist, Th e Ten commandments PP. 106 and 107. London: Hodder and Sought on 187).

 

K) “There exists no word or allusion in the New Testament concerning the abstention of work on Sunday. There exist no divine Law on Sunday rest. The observation of Holy Wednesday is at the same level as the observation of Sunday’(Eyton Canons The Church of England, The Ten commandments PP 62, 65 London: Trubner and co, 1894).

 

L) “Where is it written in the scriptures that we have to observe the first day? We have the order to observe the seventh day; but there is no order calling on us to observe the first day. …. The reason why we consider the first day of the week as holy, is the same reason why we are observing many other things not because the Bible commands, but because church authorise it”(Rev. Isaac Williams, BD Th e church of England, complete sermons on catechism, Vol.1, PP 334 - 336 London: Riving tons 1882).

 

M) ‘It is very impossible to attribute such a reasoning to the words of the commandments giving the reason on which the commandment was given from the origin as memorial to the rest of God which came into being after the creation of the world. It can not be transferred from the seventh day to the first day; and we cannot substitute any other motive to its place, be it the resurrection of Jesus Christ or another without it being effected by a divine commandment”(Chap 7, Prose works of John Hilton, Vol 5; P 70 London: Henry F. Bohn 1853).

N) The 6th century reformers had pretended to follow the Bible but however still continued to observe Sunday.

The Catholic Church therefore convened a council of 30, which went into meeting for 18 years, from March 1545. The question to be considered was: Could then tradition of the church successfully defend itself against strong reforms that were taking position for the Bible and only the Bible? It was a question of authority. The speech of the archbishop of Reggio tilted “the balance in favour of the tradition of the Church” reads:

 ‘‘This is the condition of the heretics of this era who have nothing to justify themselves but to hide on pretext of the word of God to over throw the authority of the church which is the body of Christ. Can the church go against the word of Christ or the head of the body? On the contrary, the authority of the church is well illustrated by the scripture.

Given that on one hand she recommends them; declares them as being of divine origin, invites us to read them, explain with fidelity difficult passage and condemns all what is contrary to it.

On the other hand, the legal precepts in the scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased in virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, which is the most glorified day of the Lord,was changed for the day of the Lord.

This as well as other similar aspects has not ceased in virtue of the teaching of Christ. (For he said that he Truly, if they were to disappear (because we will always have heresies), who will defend the truth and who will be able to confront the abstention of heretics?” 

  “Finally at the last meeting of 18 January 1562, all hesitations had disappeared. The archbishop Reggio made a speech in which he openly declared that the tradition of the Church was above the scriptures (read Mark 7: 6-8). The authority of the church could not therefore be bound by the Scriptures because the Church has changed the Sabbath to Sunday by its own authority.”((Mansi SC, Vol 33 Cols. 529, 530). Dr H.J Holtzmann in his book canon and Tradition P 263).

 

0) Why do you not observe the Sabbath day?:You will say Saturday was Sabbath for the Jews and the Christian Sabbath was transferred to Sunday. By who? Who has the authority to change an explicit commandment of the Most High God? When God spoke and said: You have to sanctify the 7th day who is that one to say, no and that you have to get into all sorts of work and all worldly businesses on the seventh day; while you observe and sanctify the first day of the week in its place?

This is the most important question that I do not know the reply you can give.” You are a born again” and claiming to follow the Bible and only the Bible; meanwhile on a very important question such as the observation of one day of the seven as a Holy day, you go to observe another day other than that prescribed by the Bible.

 

 The commandment, which requires that we observe the 7th day, is one of the Ten commandments.

Where have you taken the authority to put aside the 4th commandment? If you are really conscious of your very actions, if really you are following the Bible and only the Bible as you claim?

You should present certain passages of the New Testament where it is explicitly written that the 4th commandment has been cancelled.” (The library of Christian Doctrines: Pgs3, 4 London Burns and Oats (RC).

 

Having read all of these, how can we, who are claiming to be protesting, answer to some of these questions?

 Brothers and sisters in Christ, dear Children of God, unless in ignorance, do not you know that consciously observing Sunday as the Sabbath instead of Saturday as article 4 of God’s Laws (Ten commandment) stipulates is receiving the mark of the beast ‘‘666’’?

Yes, for there is no place in the Bible where we are commanded to practise the ordinances of the 4th commandment on another day other than Saturday(On that day no one is to work -neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals nor the foreigner who lives in your country. Exodus 20: 9-10). Read carefully Revelation 14:6 - 13.

Therefore, the Sunday we sanctify as Sabbath is not that of our true God, but we are sanctifying the false god of the Sun, in honour of Satan. (Deuteronomy 4: 15 - 19). The Lord God is calling: “Ho! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.” (Zechariah 2:7). Let us now answer to this solemn call of our Lord:

 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raiseup the foundation of many generations; and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing their pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord(Isaiah 58:12—13(KJV). What the wicked one has changed, must be restored.

 

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE WORD GOG AND MAGOG IN REV. 20:7-10

The seal over the secret meaning of the word ‘Gog and Magog’ has been taken off :

And when the thousand years are ended Satan will be loosed from his prison and  will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corner of the earth,  that is Gog and Magog, to gather them for a battle; their number is like the  sand … and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and false prophet were, and they will be tormented  day and night forever and ever (Rev 20:7-10 ).

 

Why the specification of the word Gog and Magog’?

Th is is a very important question to be answered. Many have been deceived by the devil in the misinterpretation of this text to mean that, the Times and Laws of God will be changed only during the great tribulation that will take place on earth after rapture. In this end times, God is taking away the seal over His message as he had spoken to Daniel (Daniel 12:9-13), so that we can understand His word.

 

It is important to understand here that, the events in this text are referring to the invisible world (invisible earth), which is Satan’s kingdom where all the fallen angels and those who die without Christ (1st Peter 3:19)) are.

It  is therefore the spiritual invisible world where fallen angels are. Th at is, the invisible side of the visible world under the sun where fighting takes place between the angels of God and demons in favour of man.

It will be extreme foolishness on our part to believe that the statement, “Satan will be loosed from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is Gog and Magog, to gather them for a battle; their number is like the sand” means that Satan will come on earth and starts gathering physical human beings to physically fight against God.

 This sounds very ridiculous. Presently where is the current battle going on between God and Satan? In the invisible as we have seen the examples of many cases like in Daniel 10:12-13, Jude 9 etc. So it is Satan rallying his demons in the invisible worldGog and Magog ”, for a battle against God in the spiritual realms.

During the rapture, only elements in the visible physical world (visible earth) where we are will be destroyed, while the invisible world (earth) will remain. Elements in the visible physical world will not survive the rapture as it is written:

And then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the element will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up(2nd peter 3:10).

This meaning that, the beast and false prophets will first be caught and thrown into the lake of fire as illustrated in Revelation 19:11-21 that reads:

 “Then I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse! He who sat upon it is called faithful and true, and in righteousness he judges and makes war…. And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against Him who sits upon the horse and against his army.

And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image.

These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. And the rest were slain by the sword of him who sit upon the horse, the sword that issues from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh ( Revelations.19:11-21).


Satan and the other demons will only be thrown later, after the thousand years as seen in Revelations 20: 7-10.

 

This text is very clear as to the fact that, no physical visible nations will exist on earth after the rapture, but the invisible, where the fallen angels and those who died without Christ are (Gog and Magog).

 We should therefore note that, the physical visible earth where we are, with its four territorial corners, is the visible representation or image of the invisible spiritual world, which is also real with four territorial corners.

All therefore are the world (earth) with the only difference that, one is in the visible, and the other in the invisible. That is why the Lord specifies the word ‘‘ that is Gog and Magog’’ which symbolises evil in memory of some sinful physical nations that existed in this visible physical world. This is used to represent the invisible evil earth or world.

Read Ezekiel 38: 1-3, to see the symbol of evil that Gog and Magog represent; and also Genesis 10 to see the ancestors of these territories. This is the same as Babylon today, the symbol of evil.

The following texts gives us more illumination on the word Gog and Magog:

 

Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. Denounce him, and tell him that I, the sovereign Lord, am his enemy …. Torrents of rain and hail together with fire and sulphur will pour down on him and his army (just as said in Revelation 20:10) and on the many nations that are on his side" ( Ezekiel 38:1-23).

Reading ahead, Ezekiel 39:1-29 says : And so the land will be clean …. I will pour out my spirit on the people of Israel and never again turn away from them.

 

Reading these texts, it becomes more clear that, it spiritually projects us to the Lord’s final doing away with Satan’s evil world (Gog and Magog), and his restoration of his people (spiritual Israel). From Ezekiel 40, the Lord talks of the future temple after restoration.

This clearly implies that the use of the word ‘Gog and Magog’ in Revelation. 20:8 refers to Satan’s invisible world of darkness, which will be destroyed for a new heaven and earth to begin.

 

WILL THERE BE ANY HUMAN BEINGS LEFT ON EARTH AFTER THE RAPTURE?

 

As we have earlier said, there will be none as the Bible says:

When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance upon those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They shall suffer the punishment of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints (2nds Thessalonians 1:7-10).

When people say, “There is peace and security,’’ then sudden destruction will come upon them and there will be no escape for that day to surprise you(2nd Thessalonians. 5: 3).

 

When we are gathered to meet the Lord in the air, what will happen on earth? Fire! Fire! Fire! Immediately after the rapture of Saints, fire will pour and devour everything on earth before the millennium begins.

                                                    

Briefly, in one of my visions of the wedding feast, the Lord had come and taken his saints up with him; and I saw that we were on a white mountain. As I looked down, there was no life but a pull of blood.

On this mountain were two groups of people, all dressed in white. One group comprised the saints of the Old Testament, some of whom had long white beards; and the other group were the saints of the New Testament, all in line behind Jesus Christ. I was in this second group.

 We all sailed across a crystal sea, after which we were led by Jesus Christ into a large hall. As we got in with joy, one elderly person who occurred to be Moses with a long white beard, tuned a very wonderful song. Instead of singing, we hummed this song with joy, clapping our hands and dancing.

Then I said to myself: “ if the beginning of the journey has started so wonderfully, then how will it end ?”

 After this, Christ ordered us to take our seats and we did. As he picked up the books to start opening, the vision ended and I got up."

For a more understanding of what we are saying, the Bible says:

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth” “Blessed indeed says the spirit, “that they may rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them!

Then I looked, and lo, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sickle in his hands.

And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat upon the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth, is fully ripe.  So he who sat upon the cloud swung his sickle on the earth and the earth was reaped (rapture of the saints).

 And another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. Then another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has power over fire, and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle,

 “ Put in your sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle on the earth and gathered the vintage of the earth, and threw it into the great wine press of the wrath of God; and the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the wine press, as high as a horse’s bridle, for one thousand six hundred stadia” (fire devouring those who had not believed in Christ) (Revelations 14:9-20).

 

This text is further confirmed by the following which says:

-“And it was also by water, the water of the flood, that the old world was destroyed, and the earth that now exist are being preserved by the same command of God in order to be destroyed by fire.....

On that day the heavens   will disappear with a shrill noise, the heavenly bodies will burn up and be destroyed, and the earth and everything in it will vanish…as you wait for the day  of God…the day when the heavens will burn up and be destroyed, and the heavenly bodies will be melted by the heat. But we wait for what God has promised; new heavens and new earth, where righteousness will be at home” (2nd Peter 3:6-7).

                 


-“As it was in the times of Noah so shall it be in the days of the son of man … it will be as it was in the time of Lot … on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulphur rained down from heaven and killed them all. That is how it will be on the day the son of man is revealed (Luke 17:26-30).

 

-“I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth … I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea (Zephaniah 1:2-3).

 

Let us ask ourselves this question: Was there a single life left in Sodom when fire and sulphur rained on it? No! If so, then shall it be to this present world on the day of the Lord. Apostle Peter says:

 

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then, the heavens will pass away with a loud noise and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will kindled and dissolved with fire, and the element will melt with fire ( 2nd Peter 3:10-13).

 

In addition to this text, we can also read: Isaiah 34:1-4, Jeremiah 4:25- 26, Revelation 14:14-20, Zephaniah 1:1-3, 14-18, all talking of fire after the rapture, that will leave the earth bare, without life.

With the earth’s surface and all that is on it consumed by fi re, it will lay bare; and just like Sodom and Gomorrah, there will just be smoke. All the godless people physically destroyed will have their spirits go down to Hades (prison) in the invisible world to join all those who had already died in disobedience as the Bible says:

He went and preached to imprisoned spirits. These were the spirits of those who had not obeyed God when he waited patiently during the days that Noah was building his boat(1st Peter 3:18-20). Equally today, repentance from sins is preached for people to get into the boat (Jesus) before fire comes.

The physical earth will remain desolate without life as everything will be consumed by fire, while the invisible world (earth) containing Satan and his demons and all those who died in disobedience will remain until after the 1000years when the final judgement will take place (Revelation 20:12-15). Then the entire invisible and visible earth will disappear and a new one will come (Revelation. 21:1-2).

 

This is very clear brethren the invisible world, Gog and Magog, will remain after rapture; and that is why the Bible says that during the first resurrection only those who died in the Lord will be raised while those who died disobeying God will remain. Where will they be then?

Certainly in prison(1st 3:18-20) in this invisible world of the sinful spirits, ‘Gog and Magog’’ until after the thousand years, then the second resurrection to receive sentence and be thrown into the lake of fire.

 

As clarification to this text, there will be no ‘‘ camp of saints of God’’ and also the ‘‘Holy city on earth’’ in the physical visible world, when everything will be destroyed during the rapture. This is because by then, the new heavens and earth would not have appeared yet, since the final judgement would not have yet taken place as it is written:

“And I saw the Holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God”( Revelation 21:2). This is only after the final judgement and all those condemned thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20: 11-15). The Bible further says on heavenly Jerusalem:

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, to a judge who is God, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant ( Hebrews 12: 22).

 

This therefore means that, it will be a spiritual war by Satan and his kingdom in the invisible against the camp of God’s saints, now in the reign of 1000years with Christ (the Holy city representing Jerusalem now still in the invisible prepared by God). Did Moses and Elijah not appear to our Lord Jesus Christ on the mountain from the invisible world underneath the altar (Revelation 6: 9) where they are now living, to the visible (physical) world?

So too, shall we live in the invisible together with them, and Christ during the Millennium.

 In 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17 we are told we will meet Christ in the air when He comes. Is there any where again we are told that immediately after being taken up in the air, we will be brought back onto the devoured lifeless earth to reign on it with Christ for 1000years, before the new heaven and earth to come? If there is, please kindly show us.

What we know according to the scripture is that, we will come down in a new heaven and earth only after the final judgement and the passing away of the first heaven and earth as it is written:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:1-3, Rev.3: 12).

 When Satan will be caught up in the invisible and chained, all his troops still allowed to go freely at this time, will be wondering what must be happening since there will be neither a human being left on the fire devoured physical earth nor their master the Devil.

Can the one who organises and plans actions be off the scene, and his loyalist do not fall into confusion? Thus with the absence of Satan, his troops will be thrown into great confusion, and they will not understand what is going wrong.

 

That is why after the 1000 years when he will be released, he will have to go out again to deceive them all over ‘Gog and Magog’ and gather them for the battle in the invisible. As they will surround the camp of God’s saints- His Holy city (New Jerusalem) in the spiritual realms, God will pour fire and consume them (Revelation 20:9-10).

Consuming them here means destroying their powers; thereby rendering them powerless and thrown into the lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet had already been caught and thrown after rapture and the destruction of the visible physical world (Revelation 19:11-21).

Thus, after the final judgement and the lake of fire, will then be the new heaven and new earth that will appear from God (Rev. 21:1-3), for a new generation of righteous people to begin the new kingdom of God. (Isaiah 65: 17-25, Zephaniah 3:11-13). With regards final judgement therefore, the Bible says:

 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it; from his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.

Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done.

And the sea gave up the dead in it. Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done.

 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire(Revelations 20:11-15).

 

‘‘ Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the Holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling of God is with men.

He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.

And He who sat on the throne said “ Behold I make all things new.” Also he said, “ Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true”(Revelation 21:1-6, Rev3: 12).



So, within His temporal time of the restoration process, He may take the souls of all those who now die as born again children of God in Christ, to keep under the altar (When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne; they cried out with a loud voice. “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?” (Revelation 6:9-11).

 

He may during resurrection take all up to His dwelling place in heaven, in the likeness of angels.

In one vision with the Lord, I was taken up into a wonderfully constructed glittering city of gold. Everything was shinning in pure gold. I saw a body of water in sparkling bluish color. Brethren, believe me, there is something wonderful being prepared for us.

Did our Lord Jesus whose eternal habitation is heaven not take human form to dwell here on earth for a while? Or angels, made to dwell in the invisible not temporarily take human forms to appear in the visible for a while?

Therefore God can give us heavenly forms for a while even though we are made from the beginning to dwell in the visible physical earth. When He must have settled with everything as concerns this present contaminated world, His new physical and spiritual kingdom will come. This will be the final accomplishment of our prayer “ Thy kingdom come” as the Lord taught us to pray in Matthew 6:10.

 

Do we now see how close we are to eternity? Can we now arise from slumber and give God no rest day and night until the final destruction of the wicked ones dominion over His saints? Do not afford to miss this sweet new kingdom of God, which the bible describes thus:

 I am making a new earth and new heavens. The events of the past will be completely forgotten. Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create. The New Jerusalem I make will be full of joy, and her people will be happy.

I myself will be filled with joy because of Jerusalem and her people. There will be no weeping there, no calling for help. Babies will no longer die in infancy, and all people will live out their life span.

Those who live to be a hundred will be considered young. To die before that would be a sign that I had punished them. (But since there will no longer be Satan to seduce us to sin?

No longer will there be sins). People will build houses and live in them themselves-they will not be used by someone else. They will plant vineyards and enjoy the wine it Will not be drunk by others. They will fully enjoy the things that they had worked for. The work they do will be successful, and their children will not meet with disaster.

I will bless them and their descendants for all times to come. Even before they finish praying to me, I will answer their prayers. Wolves and lambs will eat straw, as cattle do, and snake will no longer be dangerous On Zion, my sacred hill, there will be nothing harmful or evil ( Isaiah 65:17-25 GNs).

 

Yes, what God intended from the beginning with Adam and Eve was the kingdom of God. When he said: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it (Genesis 1:28), it was to produce a kingdom of God’s people.

Therefore, it shall come to be. Make sure then that you are not kept out of this eternal glory because of some present ephemeral pleasure from Satan.

It is very unfortunate that man took the earth and everything in it that God gave him to subdue and dominate, and handed it to Satan, in exchange for food to which he become enslaved.

So man is responsible before God for whatever wrong that is happening on earth, no matter whether caused by Satan or not. This is because it is to him that God gave authority over the

earth. If he took it and gave it to Satan for food, it is his problem. That is why there is a judgment day coming. A day when man is going to render account to God for his stewardship of the earth He gave him to subdue and dominate.

So what man really has to be afraid of, is not physical death because all must die, but the judgment throne of God. To this it is written: “And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment” Hebrew 9:27-28.

 

Are you prepared to face God’s judgment throne after physical death?

Therefore, it is in man’s interest to collaborate with God in the restoration of his times and laws through Christ by the power of the holy Spirit, in order to resume the authority to subdue and dominate the earth. It is only in this way that man can better render account of his stewardship on that day.

 

WHAT THEN OF ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED’’ ?

 

The Bible says:

A hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in, and so all Israel will be saved ( Romans 11:25- 25).

If we were to stop here, then things would have been different, but this text continuous to explain it self saying: The deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from the descendants of Jacob’, ‘and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins( verse 26 –27).

What does ‘ the descendants of Jacob’ means?

The following texts explains thus:

“For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his descendants; but Through Isaac shall your descendants be named.”

This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are reckoned as descendants (Romans 9:6-9).

 

“Even if the people of Israel are as many as the grains of sand by the sea, yet only a few of them will be saved (Romans 9:27).

“I am not saying that the promise of God has failed; for not all the people of Israel are the people of God. Nor are all Abraham’s (Jacob’s) descendants the children of God”(Romans 9: 6).

 

Therefore, only those few Israelites who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved as it is written:

“A time is coming when the people of Israel who have survived will no longer rely on the nation that almost destroy them. They will truly put their trust in the Lord, Israel’s Holy God.

A few of the people of Israel will come back to their mighty God. Even though now there are as many people of Israel as there are grains of sand by the sea, only a few will come back. Destruction is in store for the people ( Isaiah 10: 20-23).

 

Th etexts above clearly explain to us that all Israel will be saved”, refers  precisely to the descendants of Jacob. And who are these descendants of Jacob referred to?

These are descendants of Jacob in the house of David-pointing to Jesus Christ through whom many will be born into the kingdom of God as it is written:

“So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace”(Romans 11:5-6).

The bible further explains the principle of being save only by grace in Jesus for physical Israel saying :

“ Now the promise was made to Abraham and to his off spring. It does not say, ‘ And to off springs’ referring to many; but referring to one, ‘And to your off spring,’ which is Christ(Galatians 3:16).

 

In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the Land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘‘ The Lord is our righteousness’ For thus says the Lord:

David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, …. Th e Lord said to me, ‘‘Have you noticed how people are saying that I have rejected Israel and Judah, the two families that I chose?

And nation. But I the Lord have a covenant with day and night, and I have made the Laws that control earth and sky. And just as surely as I have done this, so I will maintain my covenant with Jacob’s descendants and with my servant David. I will choose one of David’s descendants to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob(meaning Jesus)(Jeremiah 33:14-26).

 

The Bible further explains:

It is through faith that all of you are God’s sons in union with Christ Jesus. You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Christ himself … if you belong to Christ, then you are the descendants of Abraham and will receive what God has  promised (Galatians 3:26-29).

The statement: “all Israel will be savedtherefore applies only to all of the rest of the physical Israelites who have not perished in their sins yet, and who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says plainly:

Then the dragon was angry with the woman (Church), and went off to make war on the rest of her off spring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus (Revelation 12:17).

 

Our refusal not to see with these Biblical explanations on what: “ All of Israel will be saved” means, will imply that God is impartial and contradictory by saying that all of Israel will be saved; and at the same time saying that only a few of them will be saved (those who will believe in Jesus Christ).

Does it also mean that all the Israelites who had long died in disobedience will come back physically to life in this world and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ so that all Israel should be saved? Certainly not!

THE TIME IS COMING WHEN WATCHMEN WILL CALL OUT ON THE HILLS OF EPHRAIM.LET’S GO UP TO ZION TO THE LORD OUR GOD”

 

When the Bible says that: ‘‘ The Lord will come from Zion ’’, this does not mean that on a particular day, Jesus will visibly come down from a particular physical mountain called Mount Zion in Israel and go around in Israel, convicting the Israelites to believe in Him. ‘Zion’ spiritually symbolises God’s holy presence or God’s throne. And since it is the highest above everything,it is symbolise as Mount Zion’.

 

To this the Bible says: “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem and to the innumerable angels in festal gathering enrolled in heaven ” (Hebrews 12:22).

I am the Lord your God, who dwell in Zion, my holy mountain”(Joel 3:17, Jeremiah 31:6).

 

Therefore God’s Holy Spirit from heaven’s throne (Zion) will reach hearts of remaining physical Jews (Israelites) who have not yet believe in the Lord, as He is equally doing to the Gentiles, to convict them to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus before the terrible day of the Lord comes, whereby fi re will consume everything on earth( 2nd Peter 3:10-13).

 

Only those physical Israelites who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved. If all the physical nation of Israel could believe, then fine. But unfortunately the Bible says, ‘only few will be saved’, meaning that only few will believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. And all these few who turn to the Lord Jesus in repentance from their sins, God through His mysteries will strengthened them unto salvation.

 

Therefore, only all these few who believe are known as descendants of Jacob in the house of David pointing to Jesus Christ as it is written:

“I the sovereign Lord am watching this sinful kingdom of Israel, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth. But I will not destroy all the descendants of Jacob( Amos 9:8).

So if you are of the physical Jewish nation(Israel), we are exhorting you to repent from your sins and turn to the Lord Jesus for the salvation of your soul now, rather than believing the devil’s lies that the bible says all Israel shall be saved by God’s mysteries” and so shall you. If you do not, we want to assure you in the name of the Lord that you will be shocked when in hell, but it will be too late for you to do anything about it.

 

If God did not by-pass the will of Adam and Eve to stop them from eating the forbidden fruit so as to save billions of souls that may in the future go to hell with Satan, it is not today that He will do it to a physical nation called Israel. You may chose to believe in this truth or not, but we exhort you to.

We must seek for the ancient path and walk on to please the LORD. Are you the re-builder  of the ruins? 


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