Psalm 102:16 "When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory."
Zechariah 12:23 " Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it."
When Will We Understand
Daniel 12:4 " But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
Hated by the World - Jesus’ Warning
John 15:18-21 "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me."Final Signs the End is Near
John 15:16-1-4 "These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you."
1 Peter 5:6-8 "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world."
Psalm 102:16 "When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory."
Isaiah 3:12 "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths."
Zechariah 12:23 "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it."
Matthew 24:3-51 "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? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Mark 13:24-25 "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken."
Book of Enoch 1 80:2-8 "And in the days of the sinners the years shall be shortened, And their seed shall be tardy on their lands and fields, And all things on the earth shall alter, And shall not appear in their time: And the rain shall be kept back And the heaven shall withhold (it). And in those times the fruits of the earth shall be backward, And shall not grow in their time, And the fruits of the trees shall be withheld in their time. And the moon shall alter her order, And not appear at her time. [And in those days the sun shall be seen and he shall journey in the evening on the extremity of the great chariot in the west] And shall shine more brightly than accords with the order of light. And many chiefs of the stars shall transgress the order (prescribed). And these shall alter their orbits and tasks, And not appear at the seasons prescribed to them. And the whole order of the stars shall be concealed from the sinners, And the thoughts of those on the earth shall err concerning them, [And they shall be altered from all their ways], Yea, they shall err and take them to be gods. And evil shall be multiplied upon them, And punishment shall come upon them So as to destroy all."
The Beginning Of Sorrows
The beginning of sorrows, or tribulation period, would involve several key things:
1) Nation will fight against nation. There have always been wars through out history, but not until the last decade on a global extent.
2) Famines and disease. In many nations famine is the norm and diseases are beyond cures. Many diseases once thought eradicated are making a come back.
3) Earth quakes in many places. In the last decade earth quakes have increased in both locations and in the number of deaths.
4) Christians tormented and killed, hated by nations. Christians are hated and killed globally as never before.
5) Love will grow cold, evil will increase. This could not better describe the world today, no feelings for fellow man.
Matthew 24:3-14 "... what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
Mark 13:6-23 " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christ's and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."
Luke 21:8-25 " And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draws near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk's, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;"
2 Timothy 3:1-5 " This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
Acts 2:17-20 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:"
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra 5:1-12 " Nevertheless as coming the tokens, behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon earth shall be taken in a great number, and the way of truth shall be hidden, and the land shall be barren of faith. But iniquity shall be increased above that which now thou sees, or that thou hast heard long ago. And the land, that thou sees now to have root, shall thou see wasted suddenly. But if the most High grant thee to live, thou shall see after the third trumpet that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon thrice in the day: And blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his voice, and the people shall be troubled: And even he shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together: And the Sodomitish sea shall cast out fish, and make a noise in the night, which many have not known: but they shall all hear the voice thereof. There shall be a confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be oft sent out again, and the wild beasts shall change their places, and menstruous women shall bring forth monsters [This could not better describe the youth of today through out the world.]: And salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding withdraw itself into his secret chamber, And shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall unrighteousness and incontinency be multiplied upon earth. One land also shall ask another, and say, Is righteousness that makes a man righteous gone through thee? And it shall say, No. At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall labor, but their ways shall not prosper."
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra 9:1-12 " He answered me then, and said, Measure thou the time diligently in itself: and when thou sees part of the signs past, which I have told thee before, Then shall thou understand, that it is the very same time, wherein the Highest will begin to visit the world which he made. Therefore when there shall be seen earthquakes and uproars of the people in the world: Then shall thou well understand, that the most High spoke of those things from the days that were before thee, even from the beginning. For like as all that is made in the world hath a beginning and an end, and the end is manifest: Even so the times also of the Highest have plain beginnings in wonder and powerful works, and endings in effects and signs. And every one that shall be saved, and shall be able to escape by his works, and by faith, whereby ye have believed, Shall be preserved from the said perils, and shall see my salvation in my land, and within my borders: for I have sanctified them for me from the beginning. Then shall they be in pitiful case, which now have abused my ways: and they that have cast them away despitefully shall dwell in torments. For such as in their life have received benefits, and have not known me; And they that have loathed my law, while they had yet liberty, and, when as yet place of repentance was open unto them, understood not, but despised it; The same must know it after death by pain."
Why Will The End Come?
Isaiah 13:11 " And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible."
Isaiah 24:3-6 " The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left."
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra 8:50 " For many great miseries shall be done to them that in the latter time shall dwell in the world, because they have walked in great pride."
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra 16:19 " Behold, famine and plague, tribulation and anguish, are sent as scourges for the correction of men."
How Will Christ Return?
Matthew 24:23-31 "... For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. ... Immediately after the tribulation of those days [Note that Christ returns after the tribulation period] shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Mark 13:26 "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory."
Luke 21:26-27 "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
To What Physical Location Will Christ Return?
Malachi 3:1 "..and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple [There has only been one temple ever used, and it is in Jerusalem.], even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts."
The following is a condensed break down of events leading up to the END!
The Seven Seals
The seven seals were things that would be continuous right up until the time of Christ's return, yet would increase in scope as we come closer to the end of this age, they are also referred to as the beginning of sorrows Matthew 24:8. The first six seals have been occurring through out history, but will increase in intensity as we close in on the end of this age.
First Seal - White horse = False preachers / religions Revelation 6:2, Matthew 24:5, 24:11, 24:21-24 Mark 13:6,13:22 Luke 21:8
Second Seal - Red horse = War Revelation 6:4, Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7, Luke 21:9 The World at war (a great sword), though world war I and II are referred to as world wars, they were isolated in geography, yet what many fail to notice is that we are already fighting world war III. This time it really is world wide in scope. The Muslim world has brought the fight to every continent.
Third Seal - Black horse = Famine Revelation 6:5-6, Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8 Famines, disease, epidemics. Due to severe weather conditions world wide food production is dropping and will continue to worsen.
Fourth Seal - Pale horse = Pestilence Revelation 6:8, Matthew 24:9, Luke 21:11 Pestilence, many diseases that where thought to have been eradicated are now on the come back.
Fifth Seal (Satan's Wrath) = Persecution of Christians Revelation 6:9-11, Matthew 24:9-13, Mark 13:9, Luke 21:12
The persecution of Christians will and have increased worldwide, laws worldwide prohibit public acknowledgement of Christian values or faith. And after these days (the removal of God and his values from society) comes the day of God's wrath. Joel 1:15 2:31, Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:14-17
Sixth Seal = Great earthquake, heavenly signs Revelation 6:12-17, Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, :24-25, Luke 21:25-27, Acts 2:19-21, Joel 2:31, Zephaniah 1:14-15,17 Earthquakes have been increasing in intensity with more lives and property being lost, this is the last warning to mankind to repent before the last plagues are poured out.
Now at the end of the sixth seal, and before opening the seventh seal, God's people are sealed for protection from the remaining seal Revelation 7:1-4
NOTE! Gods people remain on earth during this time.
Seventh Seal = The Lords wrath Is a combination of seven different things that occur in seven successive stages and are referred to as the seven trumpet plagues. Revelation 6:14-17
Seven Trumpet Plagues
1st Trumpet - One third of the worlds trees and grasses are destroyed Revelation 8:7 Fire and hail destroy a third part of all trees and grass.
2nd Trumpet - One third of all the oceans become barren Revelation 8:8-9 Some thing described as like great mountain burning with fire is cast into the sea and a third part of the seas became as blood, and a third of the creatures in it died. Also a third of the ships in the seas are destroyed.
3rd Trumpet - One third of all fresh water is contaminated Revelation 8:10-11 A great star burning like a lamp falls into the rivers and fountains causing a third part of all fresh water to become bad.
4th Trumpet - The sunlight and moonlight decrease by a third Revelation 8:12 The sun and moon and stars are darkened by a third, most likely due to smoke and dust in the air.
The last 3 trumpets of the seventh seal are described by the Angels as woes.
The 3 Woes = Revelation 8:13
5th Trumpet - (1st WOE) Those not sealed for protection are tormented for five months by the beasts government Revelation 9:1-12 A military / political superpower will wreck havoc upon the nations of the world.(Last revived Empire = European Union? Revelation 17:8-14)
6th Trumpet - (2nd WOE) A third of mankind will be killed by an army of two hundred thousand thousand (Eurasian?) Revelation 9:13-21, Ezekiel 38:4, 15.
Just before the last trumpet sounds, what are described as the two witnesses appear (Revelation 11:3-14) proclaiming Gods truths to the World, having supernatural powers to prove they have been sent by God. Their ministry lasts only 3 1/2 years at which time they are killed, their bodies lying in the street for 3 1/2 days while the nations of the earth rejoice over it, because nobody wants to change their lifestyle. But they will come back to life, in that same hour they come back to life there is and there will be an earthquake that kills seven thousand.
The 7th Trumpet - (3rd WOE) which is a combination of seven last plagues called the seven vials completes the wrath of God. Revelation 11:15-19
CHRIST has now returned! The nations are going to be angry that Christ has returned, but could it be because they have been deceived prior to this by the rapture theory? By believing the false teachings of the many false Christian organizations of the world, and, so, they will believe that Christ is the Anti-Christ, and they will fight against his rule.
The final plagues, called Vials, will be poured out in the presence of Christ, the angels, and all his saints. Revelation 14:10
1st Vial - There fell a noisome and grievous sore upon them that have the mark or worship the beast Revelation 16:2 Those that do not keep Gods laws.
2nd Vial - The seas become as blood and every living thing in them dies, Revelation 16:3
3rd Vial - All remaining fresh water becomes as blood, Revelation 16:4-6
4th Vial - Men will be scorched by the heat of the sun, Revelation 16:8-9
5th Vial - The seat of the beast and his kingdom is afflicted, Revelation 16:10
6th Vial - The Euphrates river dries up and three unclean spirits work miracles to gather the nations of the earth to battle against God, Revelation 16:12-14
7th Vial - Thunder, lightning, earthquake divides Jerusalem into three parts, hail falls weighing 75lbs apiece, Revelation 16:17-21, Ezekiel 38:22-23
Battle of Jerusalem (1st battle)
Christ destroys the armies coming against it and begins his thousand year reign. Zechariah 14:1-3, Psalms 110:5-6, Revelation 19:14-21
Satan is bound for a thousand years Revelation 20:1-3 During this thousand year time the remaining peoples left of all the earth are shown the benefits of obeying God's laws, Revelation 20:4-6, Isaiah 2:1-4
Satan is released (2nd battle) for a short time after the thousand years are up Revelation 20:7-10
Satan once again is allowed to deceives the nations of the earth, people are given free agency to decide for themselves, but there are still those who chose to battle Christ and his saints. They are destroyed and Satan is cast into the lake of fire once and for all Revelation 20:7-10
The great white throne judgment Revelation 20:11-15
"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; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
A new heaven and earth is created Revelation 21: through Revelation 22:5
Luke 21:36 "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
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