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ENDTIME BIBLE STUDY

I. Nebuchadnezzar's Image

To understand the book of Revelation, you must first study the book of Daniel. Daniel was given end-time prophecy concerning the Hebrew people. John the Revelator sees the same image that Daniel sees.

READ: Daniel 2:31-45.
God gave Daniel a timeline of Kingdoms.

Now refer to the picture of "Daniel's Image"

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BABYLON

Nebuchadnezzar was given a dream by God, telling the whole history of "World Dominance" in a nutshell. The first World Rule kingdom was BABYLON, ruled by King Nebuchadnezzar, (606-538 B.C.) and its symbol was a "Lion with 4 eagles wings". It had temples to "Marduk" (name for Nimrod), and also temples to "Ishtar" (Nimrod's wife).

MEDES/PERSIANS

The second "World Dominance" was divided among 2 peoples, the MEDES and the PERSIANS (Medo-Persia, 538-330 B.C.). Its symbol was "The Bear" which raised itself on one side, which represents the stronger half, which were the Persians.

GREECE

The Third "World Dominance" kingdom was GREECE, (330-160 B.C.) and its symbol was "The Leopard". Its ruler was Alexander the Great, and he is portrayed as the "rough goat" in Daniel 8:21. Following his death, the kingdom was divided among his four generals. Syria, Egypt, Asia Minor, and Greece were the divisions. A "little horn" rose out of one of these 4 division countries, the country of Syria. This little horn was "Antiochus Epiphanies", Daniel 8:20-24, and was a "proto-type", or pattern for the Antichrist. He arose out of Syria in 174 B.C., and greatly persecuted the Jews and defiled the Temple by offering a hog upon the altar. Another "little horn" or king will come in the future, and he will arise, and become the ruler of the 10 nation kingdom that will be the European Common Market. Most likely, he will be a homosexual Muslim. (Daniel 11:21-37. esp.37)

ROMAN EMPIRE

The fourth kingdom was The ROMAN EMPIRE (160 B.C.-476 A.D.) This was the rise of "Imperialism". Its great leaders were called "Caesars". This is the one with "iron teeth" and is diverse from all others. The Roman Empire divided under the rule of Constantine into 2 sections over religious issues: 1) The Western Hemisphere, governed by Rome, Italy. 2) The Eastern Hemisphere, governed by Constantinople, Turkey. These are the two legs. The Roman Empire peaked in 46 B.C. under Julius Caesar. This kingdom never really died, but was "wounded" in 476 A.D. (Rev 13:3..restoration of the Roman Empire or Imperial/Caesar rule). In Rev 17:9,10, the "7 Heads " are "7 Mountains"…."Rome". The "head" or "Caesar rule" was wounded by the sword in 476 A.D. The 7th head is healed of a deadly wound which means Caesar rule will be restored! This will be the "10 toes" kingdom. Iron and clay represent good and evil and the two absolutely do not mix! This is the "dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly" kingdom in Daniel 7:7. There will be 10 kings/rulers, Daniel 7:24.

THE MOUNTAIN

The "Rock cut out of the mountain w/o hands" is the Lord Jesus Christ which will smite the image, or government of man, and will usher in the millennial kingdom (1000 years of peace).

READ: Daniel 7:1-10 This is a vision that God gave to Daniel, showing him the same sequence of events, but with emphasis on what will befall the people of God (Jews).

 

II. DANIEL'S SEVENTIETH WEEK

READ: Daniel 9:24-27 Refer to the chart "Daniel's Seventieth Week"

Daniel's Seventieth Week

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Daniel 9:24-25

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:….the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

*The 70 weeks are NOT continuous, but came to a stop at the 69th week. There are 2 parts to verse 25, there are 69 weeks "unto the Messiah" and "70 weeks to anoint the Most Holy". These are weeks of years, so 70 times 7 years. What this is saying is that there are 69 weeks of years unto the Messiah's first coming and 70 to his second coming. This will be the 7 years of Tribulation. There was a decree issued by the Persian king to rebuild Jerusalem in 457 B.C. If we count ahead 483 years (69 weeks x 7 years) brings us to 26 A.D. This is either the beginning or the end of Jesus' ministry. Most scholars believe Jesus was born around 4 B.C.


"After three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself" refers to the crucifixion. "The people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary" refers to the Roman emperor Titus who destroyed Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The "times of the Gentiles" was inserted between the 69th week and the 70th week.

The 70th week of Daniel is the same time period that John is describing in Revelation the 6th chapter. The 70 weeks pertain only to the Jewish people, and that is what God showed to Daniel.

 

III. THE SEVEN HEADED BEAST, MARK OF THE BEAST, & DEADLY HEAD WOUND

READ: REVELATION 13: 1-8, AND REV. 17: 1-18


In Revelation 13:1 John says that he.."saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and 10 horns", (the 7 heads are an icon representing one-world ruling dictatorship, kept alive by the roman Church), and in Rev. 17:3 he says "I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and 10 horns.

The Roman empire never actually died, but received a "deadly wound" in 476 A.D. This is the fourth Gentile kingdom (legs of iron) and will also will be the final Gentile kingdom (10 toes of iron mixed with clay). The "Deadly Wound" that John refers to in Rev. 13:3 is the restoration of the "Imperial Rule" of the Roman Empire. This government will be ruled by a "Caesar" - the antichrist. It will be interesting to show here a comparison of the Ancient Roman Empire and the Empire that will be in the end.

In ancient Rome:

  • The Emperors ruled the world
  • The Emperor's title was "Pontifus Maximus" and was to be worshipped as a god
  • The early church was persecuted, and all who did not submit were killed

In the end time Imperial kingdom:

  • The antichrist will have power over all the world [Rev 13:7].
  • All people shall worship him as god [Rev 13:4, 2Thess 2:3-4].
  • All will worship the beast or be killed…Rev. 13:15 which means submit to their form of government or be persecuted and killed.

The seven heads are:

The seven mountains of Rome (Rev 17:9-10)
Seven kings…"five are fallen"..These are the Caesars of 46 B.C. - 476 A.D. (the countries of Daniel’s image) Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medes & Persians, Greece, ROME 6th “is” sitting on 7 mountains,)
Or. Alexander the Great & Greece, being split into 4 countries; Egypt, Asia Minor, Syria & Greece = 5, Rome being the 6th, as Daniel 8:21 states that the rough Goat (Al the Great) is the first.

"One is"…The Papal Roman church…please understand that cardinals crowned kings, and could "excommunicate" them, thereby "ruling over the kings" Rev 17:18, and that Cardinals wear Scarlet color and Bishops wear purple Rev. 17:4. The Roman Catholic doctrine on the Eucharist is the "golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication". Constantine saw that his empire was waning, and had a demonic vision of a flaming cross, and heard the words “In this sign conquer”. He was an unconverted pagan, yet he called, paid for, and presided over the 1st Eccumenical council at Nicea, 325 A.D. and he wrote its dictates into law, thereby passing his power into a heretical church, and plunging the world into the dark ages. All of the beginning 7 councils had one question continually being debated at each one….Who is Jesus????


"One is yet to come"…is the antichrist.

The "Woman" is the Roman Church, which is the "wounded Roman Empire" which has been secretly kept alive through Papal Rule. Rome is the only city in the world known as.."the city that sets on seven hills", and is literally been built upon seven mountains. "The whore" is an icon representing the place where the “wounded head” could be hidden and kept alive. The idea of a man being “God” and his word infallible, and his power as such to establish or abolish laws and kings has kept this idea and power structure alive for later use by the anti-christ.

According to Daniel 8:21, where Alexander the Great is referred to as…"the king of Grecia…is the first king" The kingdom of Greece conquered the entire world through Alexander the Great, and when he died, it was divided among his four generals (totaling 5 kings) and all was conquered by Rome. The 6th head that John refers to is a king (Rome) sitting "on the seven mountains". World history tells us that Roman domination began to decline in 180 A.D., but didn't fall until 476 A.D., when North Africans led by Hannibal defeated Rome by the sword. This brought world Caesar rule to an end, but it didn't completely die, because it stayed alive through the Roman Church, and from the sixth century to the fifteenth century the Papacy ruled the world. The "woman" (Roman church) is NOT the beast, or any part of the beast, she only rides it, and preserves the government and ruler style.

The Caesar was bestowed with the title "Pontifus Maximus" making him the official High Priest of the Babylonian cult religion. This explains the title of "the woman" in Rev. 17:18. The god they worshipped was "Mithros".

"The Beast" is both a governmental system; consisting of ten nations and their rulers, and the anti-christ himself. This block of nations will be the E.C.M. or European Common Market.

The "woman" is Papal Rome who "sits on the seven mountains" because the Popes were the successors of the Caesars of Rome, set in place by Constantine in 325 A.D. Charlemagne, Charles V Hapstad, Napoleon and Hitler were all men who considered themselves Emperors to rebuild and rule the ancient Roman empire. Charles the Great was called Charlemagne, and his empire was called "The Holy Roman Empire". It is this region of the world that will produce the world’s last wicked kingdom.

The Mark of the Beast

Revelation 13:16-18
The Devil always has a counterfeit for what God does. “A Mark” has been done before: Genesis 4:15, Ezekiel 9:4, Revelation 7:3-8.

In order to buy or sell, “the mark” will need to cause banking machines to function. Because of this, the mark will no doubt be a bio-microcomputer chip inserted just under the skin of the hand, or , if a quadriplegic, in the forehead where a scanner can be operated. Such a device has been in use since 1980 in animals, able to contain personal data, and monitor of bodily life functions, also being able to be tracked, for security purposes by GPS.

 

IV. THE E.C.M. (European Common Market) and its' geographic significance.

The year was 1947. The setting was London, England. An alliance called "The International Study and Action Committee for the Socialist United States of Europe" was founded. The head of this committee was a Belgian socialist named Paul-Henri Spaak. The common market treaties came from his report. In July, 1952, The foreign ministers of several foreign nations met in Paris, France to discuss the forming of the common market, with its official language and headquarters site.

Representatives of France, Belgium, West- Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and ITALY signed the treaties in ROME on March 25, 1957. This was known as "THE TREATY OF ROME" and came into effect January 1, 1958. This treaty of Rome created a law making community, and in 1958, this treaty effectively placed the whole of European economy under this community's jurisdiction. A young German economist of the ECM staff said "We are tired of shooting at each other. From now on, our goal is one flag, one currency, and one country".

In 1993, a Danish official referred to the ECM block of countries as "The Country". Duty tariffs and fees were to be paid only upon leaving "The Country". Today, their one currency is "the Euro". There is an immense computer housed in the three-story ECM administration building in Luxembourg called "The Beast". Their strategy is a plan that involves a digital numbering system for every living human on earth. A number will be assigned to every earth citizen to buy and sell, avoiding the need for credit or currency exchange. Now all the ECM is waiting for is its leader. Paul-Henri Spaak, early planner of the ECM and Secretary-General of NATO said "We do not want another committee: we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and whether he be god or devil, we will receive him."

The ECM headquarters building is in Brussels, Belgium, and has 10 flagpoles erected around this three-sided building. Interesting, yes? This will be where the world will receive a one-world economy (Rev. 13:16,17), a one-world government (Rev. 13:7), and a one-world religion (Rev. 13:12-15). The "little horn" of Daniel 7:3 will become the one world ruler.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:

Daniel 7:2-4, 7
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Revelation 13:1
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.

According to Daniel 7:8.. the antichrist will also come from this part of the world. "…and behold, there came up AMONG THEM another little horn". The term “little horn” probably is describing the size of the country that he comes from. Greece conquered the world, and then Rome Ruled after Greece. When Alexander the Great died, his rule was divided up among his 4 Generals. Syria was one of the regions. Daniel is telling us that the boundaries of the ancient Roman empire will bring forth the "little horn". France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, and Switzerland are the region of the world to watch. Antiochus Epiphanes came from Syria, and he was a type of the anti-christ. There is a palace in the desert there today where a “dark prince” resides, who could be the false prophet.

 

V. THE “RAPTURE” or CATCHING AWAY OF THE CHURCH

There is much speculation and debate over which prophetic event occurs next. One group of scholars believes that the antichrist makes his appearance next. Another group believes that the Rapture (catching away of the Bride, or Church to meet the Lord) occurs next. There are really three schools of thought on this subject, and they are defined as: 1) Pre-Tribulation 2) Mid-Tribulation, and 3) Post-Tribulation.

DEFINITIONS:

1) Pre-Tribulationists believe that the rapture is the next prophetic event to occur. This means that all Spirit-filled believers, both dead and alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Following this they will return to earth with him at his literal second coming as a police force. (to rule & reign with him) 2Tim 2:12, Rev 5:10,
Rev 3:21. Then will follow the reign of the antichrist for 7 years (Tribulation). Followed by the battle of Armageddon, then the 1000 years of peace (Millennial Reign) while Satan is bound in the bottomless pit for the thousand years, to be followed by Satan being loosed (campaign) and then to be destroyed. Next the white throne judgement, followed by a new heaven and a new earth.

2) Mid-Tribulationists believe that the rapture will occur after the first 3 & 1/2 years of tribulation. Satan will fully possess the antichrist and the "Peace-Plan" will be in effect during the first half of the millennium. Then God begins to pour out his wrath, the Church will be raptured.

3) Post-Tribulationists believe the Church will remain on earth for the whole tribulation period, including the pouring out of God's wrath, but believe the Saints will be "Hidden".

I personally believe it will be one of the first two.
The Bible says in Jude:

Jude 1:14-15
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

How can he "come with 10,000s of saints" that haven't gone to be with him? Also the Bible teaches that the Church is not subject to his wrath:

1 Thess. 1:10
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thess. 5:9
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

I personally believe this to mean that we won't be here to be frightened by the terror of his wrath, either.

Read 1Thess 4:13-18, and also 5:1-11. In chapter 5:3 says …"when they shall say Peace and Safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them,.….and they shall NOT ESCAPE". I believe there is a notable separation between us when the Bible says "THEY".
Now it is also true, that for all the Spirit filled believers to suddenly disappear there must be some "world commotion" or else they would be greatly noticed.

Please look at history:

Noah entered the ark before the rains fell. Also Enoch was translated before the wrath. Lot was led out of Sodom & Gomorrah before the wrath fell. But it is also true that Israel was spared from 8 of the 10 plagues, and was not removed first.

Rev 4:1 says John saw a "door was opened in Heaven", …then a voice says.."Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." Could this be the rapture?

Read: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-14

 

VI. THE 7 SEALS OF REVELATION

CHAPTER 6.

There are 2 wraths spoken of in Revelation. These are the wrath of the Antichrist and the wrath of Almighty God. I personally consider the breaking of all or any of these seals to be "The wrath of God", as the lamb of God is the one breaking the seals.

1). The First Seal

The rider of all 4 different colored horses is the same rider, and he is the antichrist. The rider merely switches horses. The first horse is white. The rider is said to have "a bow" but no arrows are mentioned here. This rider goes forth conquering and intends to conquer!
White here is a symbol of "PEACE". His motives "appear pure" and he conquers with out firing a shot. This is because he brings a "covenant of peace".

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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Please understand that this is a "week of years" meaning that it is a 7-year period. The "midst of the week" means in a three and one-half year period.

The antichrist will be a political ruler with a peace plan.

2) The Second Seal

Rev. 6:4
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Daniel 8:25
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.

Daniel 11:23
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

The antichrist will be so subtle that it will appear that his use of war is to keep peace, because he works deceitfully. He will come from a small nation (become strong with a small people). He will appear to be the "Great Liberator". It is possible that he could be an apostate Catholic with Jewish background. No one knows for sure at this time. His economic plans will win him the favor of all people, thereby giving him the allegiance he needs to make war. In the 1940's Hitler was a deceitful man who nearly conquered the entire world, so don't think it won't happen again! The antichrist will "subdue 3 kings".. since the 10 countries of the ECM give him allegiance, these must be outside of that realm. In scripture, Israel is considered the center of the Earth where directions are given from. Egypt would be the country tword the south, Syria and Iraq, and Iran would be tword the East, and of course, the pleasant land would be Israel. By war he will seek to expand his kingdom.

3) The Third Seal

Rev. 6:5-6
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

In King James times, when the scriptures were translated, a penny was a day's wage. So, what this passage is saying is that it will take a days' wages just to eat. Such will be his control of the economy. The antichrist will determine whether a person or nation will receive food, wages etc. The balances in his hand indicate that he decides how much of a substance for what cost. Balances are the ancient form of cash register, with the product on one side and various weights on the other to determine cost. This also indicates his economic rule is now totally worldwide.

4) The Fourth Seal

Rev. 6:8
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

According to the Rev. Dr. Marvin Treece, (UPCI) This would be more correctly said as "ghastly" or a pale-yellowish green color. This symbolizing death and terror, and possibly disease that would follow war. Since the church is now gone, and only Jews will now be saved, then Hell follows their death. One fourth of the world’s population will die at this time. To be in the hands of the antichrist will certainly be death and Hell! The 144,000 that are sealed Jews is not told us whether that means only that number will be saved, or maybe that number are marked to be killed by the antichrist (Treece) . The remnant of Jews does not again turn unto God until the resurrection of the two witnesses. (Treece, p214, The Literal Word. Treasure House Press) According to Romans 11:25 says that hardness in part has happened to Israel until the (full number) of the Gentiles be come in. So after the rapture, and God is revealing himself to Israel, what Gentiles can be saved? ANSWER: NONE. Please note that after the third chapter of Revelation, the church is seen in Heaven.

Some think that Rome is destroyed by this time, and the antichrist begins a religious take over at this time.

5) The Fifth Seal

Rev. 6:9
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

According to Bro. Treece, the first four seals are a unit showing what happens on earth. Now the focus switches to events in Heaven. John cannot describe both events on earth and events in Heaven at the same time. This verse, according to Bro. Treece is NOT intended to mean salvation by martyrdom because men have never been able to give their own lives as a sacrifice for their sins. These souls are set in Heaven without a time frame being given to us. Therefore, it must be assumed that they represent all of the martyrs of the church from its beginning. Why should only end-time martyrs be recompensed? The word testimony is derived from the word martyr and does NOT imply salvation by martyrdom. According to Bro. Treece, a man's own lifeblood has never been sufficient to purchase his own salvation. Only Jesus' blood can do that. Therefore this passage refers to all who have been martyred for the name of Jesus throughout time. These souls are also in Heaven already, so they are not part of this period of wrath, either.

Rev. 6:10
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Since they cry out to the throne with a loud voice, How long? It must be understood that they have been waiting a long time. They become the focus of Heaven. This should tell us that God answers prayers, and they are never forgotten! Since it is the time of judgement, why not now, God? Could it be their martyred blood that is crying for justice…as Abel's blood cried? What about the blood of Jesus..shurely it also cries out! Pay attention, saints! Do violence to the blood of NO ONE!

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?

6) The Sixth Seal

Rev. 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;

Rev. 6:17
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

*Read Rev. 6:12-17

PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD!!!!! That is what this is saying. Notice how these folks never prayed to God during their lives, and do not yet do so, but now pray to the mountains and the rocks.

Rev. 6:16
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:

Based upon Rev 6:17.. if the church were still on earth, she would be able to stand. So obviously, she is not there!

Consider also, that 1 John 4:4 ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. You have power over the Devil & antichrist.

Mark 16:17
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

If these scriptures do not cease to be true, couldn't the church take authority over the Devil possessed antichrist if he were still present on earth?

Jesus no longer is traveling in disguise, all recognize that he is their God who sits upon the throne! (if trinity were true, wouldn't you see three here?)

7) The Seventh Seal

Rev. 4:4
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Rev. 7:9
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;

Rev. 19:9
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.

Romans 11:25-27
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 fullness of the Gentiles be come in. 26And 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: 27For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

The word "fullness" here means the "full number". Who of the gentiles can be saved after the full number? NONE.

Rev. Dr. Marvin Treece, in his book, The Literal Word, Revelation, pp225 says " Tradition has attached a great significance to the article associated with Thlispeos (tribulation, pressure, or oppression). Quite erroneously, men have associated The great tribulation with this final seven years of prophecy. However, tribulation is not the best word to use for these last years. Jesus called the period from the day of the persecution and death of the Apostles (Matt 24:7-28, Lk 21:7-24, Mk 13:4-23) a great tribulation (Matt 24:21, Mk 13:19).

……The changes in the solar system and the universe, the changes in the sun, moon, and stars, even the shaking of the "powers of the heavens" mark, not thlipsis (tribulation) but orge (wrath). (Rev 6:16, 17, 11:18, 14:10) The days which make up tribulation include everything from persecution and death of the Apostles, to the destruction of Jerusalem, even the martyrdom of the saints through the ages. But here in the apocalypse, the wrath of God begins. This wrath begins with the seals. This is not the suffering brought upon the church by the world, but it is the cataclysmic upheaval which is direct from God."

So Bro. Treece believes that the breaking of the first seal is the wrath of God, and that the church is not in any way subject to the wrath of God. To this I also agree, this is what I have heard, studied and found out also for myself. This view is known among "us" as pre-tribulation rapture.

 

VII. THE MYSTERY of BABYLON THE GREAT AND HER DESTRUCTION


Rev. 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:

Rev. 17:5
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

In scripture, the phrase the woman refers to either Israel, or the church. So who is this? He refers to her as the Great Whore. Verse 2 says that the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. Fornication refers to sexual impurity, but in this case, it refers to doctrinal impurity. God wanted to use language here that expresses his utter disgust, and what he considers filthy.

Verse 4 says she is arrayed in purple and scarlet colour. In the Roman Catholic church, Cardinals wear scarlet red, and Bishops wear purple, and their temples and their garments and furnishings are decked with gold, and precious stones and pearls. In her hand is a GOLDEN CUP full of the abominations of her filthiness and fornication , which is her doctrine on the Eucharist, or communion. Trans-substantiation is a doctrine of the devil. In the mass, they believe that Jesus is crucified afresh each time, and that the bread and wine are miraculously changed into his actual body and blood, and that partaking of this ritual grants forgiveness of sins and imparts the life of Jesus Christ to the believer. Repentance and water baptism by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus are clearly scripturally stated to be "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38, 4:12, 8:12, 10:43,47-48, 19:3-5, Rom 6:3-6, Col 2:8-15). The scriptures also indicate that "communion" is a memorial act, John 6:53-58 is further clarified by John 6:63 "it is the spirit that giveth life (quickeneth) the flesh profiteth nothing" 1Cor 12:16-18, 11:23-29 talks of discerning the Lord's body. 1Cor 12:12-27 tells you that "his body" is NOT bread & wine, but the blood bought Spirit filled people that comprise his church.

There are many false doctrines perpetrated by this religious body. Too many to list here. But her description is plain.

Rev. 17:6
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. Anyone who opposed her was burned at the stake for "heresy". Sound like a christ-like spirit? How about the inquisition?

Rev. 17:9
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

There is only one famous city in the world, known as "the city that sets on 7 hills" is none other than ROME.

Rev. 17:18
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

And here we are told that the whore is in fact "a city"., and not just any city, but one that reigns over kings of the earth. Who was the one who crowned kings? Who threatned kings with excommunication if they did not obey? You guessed it! The Roman Catholic popes and cardinals! Can God be any plainer?

IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND ARE ROMAN CATHOLIC, PLEASE DO NOT BE OFFENDED, THAT IS NOT OUR PURPOSE, BUT PLEASE READ FOR YOURSELF AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU ARE INVOLVED IN!

Now Read Revelation chapter 18 to see her destruction.

 

VIII. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN

The millenium (1000 year) reign begins after the battle of Armegeddon. The antichrist, the beast and the false prophet will be destroyed at the second return of Jesus Christ. ((Rev 14:10, 19:20, 2Thess 2:8). Satan will be bound in a bottomless pit for the 1,000 years (Rev 20:1-3).

During the 1000 years, men will live to be 1000 years old (Isa 65:22), animals will live at peace with each other (Isa. 11:6-9). All nations will come to worship at Jerusalem (Zech 14:9, 16-19). The church will rule and reign with him (1Cor 6:2-3, Rev 1:5-6, 5:8-10, 1Thess 4:17). After this time period, Satan will be loosed to gather the armies of Gog and Magog (Rev 20:7-9), this battle campaign ends in the white throne judgement.

IX. THE WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT

This is the culmination of the 1000 years of peace, and the destruction of Gog and Magog. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:10) There will be a second ressurection (of the unjust, Rev 20:11-13). Whosoever does not have their name written in the lamb's book of life is cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:15). Those who were backsliders (Heb 10:29), those who did not love the truth (2Thess 2:8-10) and those who did not obey the Gospel (2Thess 1:8) are all cast into the lake of fire.

Then will God create a new heaven and a new earth (Isa 51:6, 65:17, 2Pet 3:7-13)

X. The Feasts of Israel in Prophecy

The Fall Feasts of Israel are all found in chapter 23 of Leviticus.

The feasts mentioned in verses 4-21 have all been fulfilled:

  • Passover
  • Unleavened Bread
  • Firstfruits
  • Pentecost

The feasts mentioned in verses 23-44 have yet to be fulfilled:

  • Trumpets
  • Atonement
  • Tabernacles

As we study the prophetic feasts, we also observe that those that have been fulfilled were fulfilled in exactly the same order and at the same time of the year as they are described in Leviticus 23. Because of these truths, we assume that the next feast on Israel's sacred calendar to be fulfilled is the Feast of Trumpets. See the chart above.


The material presented in this Bible Study did NOT originate from Spirit and Truth Apostolic Fellowship, but gathered from the sources named on this sheet. The bulk of this material is taken from "The Plan For the Planet" , A Bible Study written by:
James R. McDonald. This study was published in 1983.

Bibliography

The Plan For the Planet. By James R. McDonald. Plan For The Planet Pub. 1983
The Chart of Nebuchadnezzar is from Bible School notes of Rev. Jonnathan Urshan.
Other charts:
- The Feasts of Jehovah in Prophecy. By Rev. Paul D. Dugas, Apostolic Book Publishers.1983
- Search For Truth Home Bible Study #1 (the original) SFT Publications, Stockton, CA.
- Preaching Tapes on Prophecy Conference. By Rev. Jonnathan Urshan and Rev. Marvin Treece.
- Quotes from "The Literal Word" Revelation. By: Dr. M.D. Treece. Treasure House/Destiny Image Pub. 1997

Other Books of Interest:

The Fall Fests of Israel. By Mitch & Zhava Glaser. Moody Press. 1987
Israel's Holy Days in Type and Prophecy. By Daniel Fuchs. Loizeaux Brothers.1985,1988
Prophetic Time Periods. By Roy N. Bicklein. Bookworld Pub. Co. 1985
A Message For the President. By Irvin Baxter,Jr. Endtime Inc. 1986
The Tabernacle of Israel, its Structure and Symbolism. By James Strong. Kregel Pub. 1987
The Feasts of the Lord, God's Prophetic Calendar From Calvary to the Kingdom.

By: Kevin Howard & Marvin Rosenthal. Thomas Nelson Pub. 1997
The Feasts of Israel. By Kevin J. Conner. Bible Temple Pub. 1980
The Tabernacle of Moses. By Kevin J. Conner. Bible Temple Pub. 1975
The Tabernacle of David. By Kevin J. Conner. Bible Temple Pub. 1976
Bible College Notes, Gateway College of Evangelism, 1989, 1990.

 

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