PART II - THE DARKNESS AHEAD
am going to mix a chapter of Revelation in here that will help
you to understand Daniel a little easier.
Hope you enjoy it. You have already received Revelation
Open your Bibles to Revelation 13. There are some mean Angels on the
horizon and there are some dark days ahead for this old world!
study in Part I revealed the record of what had taken place on
earth with the Churches and ended up at the opening of the
first seal. The Church was there to see it open and sing the
song of the Redeemed before the throne.
God kept his word to us, and now, from the 6th chapter on, are the
things that will happen after these thing that happened to the
The reason I love prophecy so much is that once you get into the
Word of God, you get convinced that no mortal man conceived
it. In different generations, with multitudes of voices, and
in sixty-six different books, God wove a pattern of
revelation. And, because of the authority of that book, I've
come to know, that it is not only a record of God's dealing
with man in history, and a road map to eternity, it's also a
projection and prophecy in advance, of what's going to come to
Jesus told John, while on the Isle of Patmos, to write the things he
saw, the things that are, and the things hereafter; this is
part of the hereafter. 13th chapter he says: And I stood upon
the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea,
(you don't have to turn to it now, but Daniel, in the 7th
chapter, identifies that sea - it's the sea of
multitudes of peoples, nations, tongues and races - out
of the convulsion and confusion of a sea of people, in a
future day), having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his
horns, ten crowns, and upon his heads the names that blaspheme
(from the original).
You will never understand the book of revelation unless you learn to
tie it into all the rest of God's book, because as Peter has
said; "no prophecy of scripture is for private
interpretation"; you can't take just one, and hang on it.
Daniel was given the visions exclusive to the people of Israel and
the natural descendants of the seed of Abraham. In visions he
saw seventy weeks of years. And, you plot those seventy weeks
of years from the decree to rebuild the city.
From an exact point in history, which is the third decree out of
Babylon for the building of Jerusalem, sixty nine weeks of
years are calculated until the ceasing of the sacrifice in the
temple and the collapsing and disbursement of the Jewish
Then an interlude comes in. There is no exact timing on the
interlude. That interlude period between the sixty-ninth week
and seventieth week is when God's people are scattered and
The seventieth week, seven years was also dealt with by Daniel, and
that seventieth week, seven years, is what is known as the
tribulation, the first three and a half, referred to in
various ways, such as, days in some passages, and in a phrase,
time, times and a half of time, which is one year plus two
years, plus a half a year, which is three and a half.
The last three and a half years receives a designation in God's book
called the tribulation, the great tribulation. A double
designation as people in the Greek, doubly begged for the
opportunity to give to God, when Paul was raising money for
Jerusalem, and it says that the Macedonians begged with much
entreaty. It's a style in the Greek language that adds double
emphasis to things. The last three and a half years is the
Great Tribulation, the Great Tribulation.
those seventy weeks, with the break between the sixty ninth
and seventieth, was also given the visions of world kingdoms
that would grow out of and be related to those that oppressed
Israel. A lot of confusion, interpreting the symbols of world
history, in the Bible, will be removed, if you understand that
this prophecy is about a certain group of kingdoms, not the
whole worlds kingdoms.
There is no mention of the South American kingdoms of the Aztecs or
the Incas, or the huge Oriental Dynasties, or the great
African nations. The kingdoms that are zeroed in on have a
common characteristic. God and Satan use them as instruments,
under God's dominion, with Israel being their object. God's
Now, between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week, the wild olive
branch, to use a figure of speech out of Paul in the book of
Romans, is grafted on to the tree of God's promise. God is a
covenant making God. The whole world had abandoned him by the
time he called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldes. The world had
abandoned him previous to that when the flood wiped them all
out, but the one family of Noah. It took only two generations
from there to Nimrod.
Where the devil through Nimrod, would win the hearts of the people
and turn them away from God, and set the stage, for God to
have to look for just one man of Faith in the whole world,
Abram. And He called him forth. And because of Abrams faith,
God chose an oracle, a custodian.
He elected a people that would keep the pure stream of His
revelation until the fullness of time, when the literal living
word of God would move out of eternity and become the
substance of life, revealing God in human flesh incarnate on
the stage of history.
These people who were His oracle, out of whom the Son of God would
come in earthly flesh to reveal God on the stage of history,
became the target of the warfare between Satan and God to
thwart God's purposes in man.
And the kingdoms that are focused on in the visions of Daniel, and
Zechariah and in this book of Revelation are kingdoms that
have their meaning because of their relationship to God's
people, and the oppression of God's people, allowed and
sometimes used by God, and always dominated by Satan.
Now, as this beast comes out of the sea, it will take shape in the
last form of attack against the remainder of God's people, the
Jews, in the last days of this world.
Revelation 13:2: And the beast, which I saw, was like unto a
leopard. That immediately brings to mind the beasts of the
book of Daniel. In Daniel 2, the young man Daniel was a prince
in King Nebuchadnezzar's court in the Babylonian Empire.
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. None of his sooth sayers could interpret
it. He saw the great image of the head of gold, and it
progressively diminished to the arms and shoulders and to the
torso or belly portion and then to the legs and finally to the
ten toes of iron and clay. Nobody could interpret it for him.
Daniel was called. He interpreted it by saying; what you are seeing
in this image is a succession of kingdoms that will flow out
of you. The head of gold is your kingdom. The next, two parts,
the Medo-Persian Empire that would follow. He identifies
it clearly. Then that kingdom that would follow would be the
Grecian Empire, under Alexander the Great.
I am going to move fast through this, because to those who have
taken the Daniel class, this is review. To those who have not,
you will have the scripts to this class, and you can look it
all up later to confirm it, but until then, take my word for
the things I rush over.
He interpreted it
as kingdoms that grow out of Nebuchadnezzar's Kingdom. The
third kingdom would be the Grecian Empire, that would break
into the various parts and would be followed by a great
kingdom of iron, that would grind everything in it's way, and
then would break into the ten toed kingdom. Daniel has a
dream; he sees beasts come out of water. You read them in
verse 7 & 8.
The first one is a Lion, the second one is a Bear, the third is a
Leopard, the fourth is a nondescript beast, and that
nondescript, vicious, ugly beast, suddenly has ten horns grow
out of it's head and then suddenly another horn grows and it
uproots three of the ten horns that were there.
An angel comes and gives Daniel the interpretations. The first
beast, The Lion, the Nebuchadnezzar Empire, at the time that
Daniel was prophesying, the second beast, The Bear, the Medo-Persian
empire that conquers Nebuchadnezzar's Empire.
The third is the Leopard, the Grecian Empire. Remember that Leopard,
because as I teach ahead, that leopard will leap out to
prominence more than any other single beast of the four.
And the last beast is an ugly nondescript beast that is the Roman
Empire. It was ruthless and with out beauty. You that know
your history know that Rome conquered Greece, but Greece
conquered it. The reason you find so many statues throughout
that land with the heads off of them, is the Grecian artists
produced good sculpture. The Romans came along and knocked the
heads off of them so they could put Caesar's, or some other
Romans likeness in it's place. The heads were made of weaker
substance, and as a result, today you find lots of Grecian
sculptures with the heads gone.
The Romans, they didn't do very much. They brought Law and Power and
Grinding of peoples under their feet. The angel interprets
this nondescript beast with the ten horns that grow out of it,
and this is what causes people to talk of a renewed Roman
It ought to be viewed as a revised Roman Empire, not a renewed one.
Out of the Old Roman Empire, the ten toes of the Image, that
come from the legs of iron, that was the Roman Empire,
represent a reconstitution, loosely held together as are iron
and clay, of kingdoms that were a part of the original Roman
The ten horns that come out of the nondescript beast is another way
of saying the same thing. That evil looking beast, grows, out
of itself, ten horns, and those ten horns, loosely held
together, will have yet another horn grow up among them, who
will uproot three among them, and that little horn is
All that is background to what we are going to study today.
Now, I ran with seventy league boots over this landscape so far.
Don't worry if you don't remember it, because I'm doing what
God did. He says the same thing in so many different places,
if it doesn't gel with one, it will gel with another.
Out of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, prophecy, future was written.
Your kingdom will fall to a lesser two parts kingdom, and
history shows that was the Medo-Persian Kingdom, that
will fall to another, and in the prophecy later, that third
kingdom will break into four parts. It will have it's own
horns. That third kingdom will fall to a fourth kingdom that
begins at the hip level as one, but breaks into two. The ten
toes will follow that, a loose confederation that grows out of
The next picture is Beasts. A lion, out of the Babylonian kingdom,
suddenly a Bear will conquer it, and then a leopard that will
conquer them, and I can tell you that the leopard is the
Grecian Empire, and then will come a nondescript, uncultured
beast, the Roman empire, and out of the Roman Empire, that
nondescript beast will grow ten horns, like the ten toes. But
Daniel is allowed to see more now - a little horn that
uproots three and takes power. That's the Antichrist.
You suddenly see
the Grecian Empire in another prophecy as a he goat. And the
he goat in Daniel has a notable horn that produces four horns,
and out of one of them, a little horn that uprooted and takes
possession. So the Grecian Empire is that third element of the
image that Nebuchadnezzar saw. The Grecian Empire is the
leopard in the succession of beasts that God's own angel
interprets as kings of the earth.
Lion, Bear, Leopard, the Greeks, nondescript, Roman, with it horns,
leading up to the little horn. Now we have it in Revelation.
Daniel gave us the background.
I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise upon out of
the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns
ten crowns, and upon his heads the names that blaspheme. And
the beast, which I saw, was like unto a leopard. That's the
Grecian Empire, suddenly appearing again.
His feet were as the feet of a Bear, symbolizing the territory in
which it's standing, the Medo-Persian Empire. His mouth
was as the mouth of a lion, elements of the Babylonian Empire.
And the Dragon gave him his power, Satan.
Satan, that has all the kingdoms of this world, is going to plant a
beast, in a person, ruling a kingdom, that will receive what
Satan already offered to Jesus, in the great temptation, that
There was no debate in Luke 4, when Satan tempted Jesus, and said,
if He bowed down to him, he would give Him all the kingdoms of
this world. They were Satan's to give. Now, to this beast, the
Dragon gave him his power, and his seat and great authority.
And I saw one of his heads - now what are those heads? -
Kingdoms - how many has he got? - Seven - I
saw one of his heads (one of his kingdoms) as it were wounded
to death, and his deadly wound was healed, and all the world
wondered after the beast. One of the KINGDOMS is wounded, as
And they worshiped the dragon, that gave power unto the beast, and
they worshiped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast?
Who is able to make war with him? There was given unto him a
mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and power was
given unto him to continue forty and two months. That's three
and a half years.
This beast is going to rise to power, full power for the last three
and a half years of that seventieth week of years in the
middle of the tribulation. He will be there during the first
three and a half years. He will rise up among ten kings from
the region, three of the ten will be uprooted and in the
middle of the week he gets his power, and his old kingdom, the
seventh in the series since Assyria, the Hashemite Kingdom,
will have completed it's rise to the kingdom ruled by Satan.
And, for forty-two months, he has this power. Since we will be
learning ahead, I won't go back to Daniel, chapters 7 and 8,
10, 11, 12 and on to the end of the book, where you find that
this personality will deceive the Jews that remain on the
earth. In the last three and a half years of his reign, he
will actually set up the seat of his rulership in Jerusalem.
A temple will be built, and the Jews will accept him as a false
deliverer, and he will confirm a treaty with them, as part of
the peace, and in the middle of the week of years, his true
colors will be revealed. That's when he will rise up and begin
to blaspheme against God. To blaspheme his name, and the
tabernacle, and them that live in heaven. The name of the God
in the Temple is Jehovah, not Jesus.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to
overcome them. Now, there are a lot of saints in God's book.
Saints are people who give themselves to God. We are saints
that are not going to be here to witness that battle, but
there will be some saints, Old Testament linage saints, and
those who suddenly discover the mistake of worshiping this
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to
overcome them, and power was given him over all kindred's, and
tongues, and nations.
Some Dark days are coming.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are
not written in the book of life of the lamb slain form the
foundation of the world. If any man has an ear, let him hear.
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.
I beheld another beast, he says, coming up out of the earth, and he
had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Satan is
going to have his last fling as the ruler of the kingdoms of
this world. He's going to have two agents, two ministers that
carry out Satans purpose on the earth before the final
One is that little horn, the last personification of political
rulership, the Antichrist, who for some years is a substitute
deliverer, and fools the Jews into accepting him. He also is
going to have as his second vice regent, a second beast coming
up out of the earth.
Daniel 7 makes it clear that the Antichrist will come up out of the
sea of confusion, out of the world torn in strife, a world
torn in revolution, a world that is unstable. The 10 kings
will give to him power, and for a moment stability rules.
Earth being the symbol of stability, suddenly coming up out of
the earth is this next beast.
He had two horns like a lamb. He comes in the situation of order,
but he spake as a dragon. He exerciseth all of the power of
the first beast before him and causes the earth and all that
dwells therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound
was healed. (so, the worshiped beast is a restored kingdom)
He exerciseth all of the power of the first beast before him -
that means that he's got power from Satan last kingdom in this
case - I'll tell you the mystery of it.
The beast that thou sawest was - that means that it existed at
one time on this earth - and is not - it was here
at one time, it isn't here now - and shall ascend out of
the bottomless pit, and go into perdition.
You will never under stand this beast until you realize that he is
symbolizing three different things in all these same passages.
He is symbolizing the possessed person ruler of that last
Antichrist Kingdom, it symbolizes the Antichrist himself, and
that symbol receives detail in the book of Daniel, as the
little horn, that uproot other horns of the ten kingdoms, and
establishes himself as the ruler overall. The beast is that
The beast is also that kingdom. As Babylon symbolizes the message of
the false prophet and as Babylon symbolizes the false Church,
and Babylon is a locatable city that is the seat of the false
church, likewise the beast is the symbol of the person
Antichrist, is the symbol of the Kingdom of the person
Antichrist and is thirdly the symbol in this case, of the
Prince of Evil released from the Abyss where he has been
bound, to once again take possession of an earthly ruler and
rule through him.
We're back to Daniel again.
Daniel is now clear into successor kings, and is praying again, and
for 21 days he prayed. Suddenly and angel appeared and began
to talk to him and says, the reason I'm here is because you
prayed. I heard your prayer twenty one days ago, but the
Prince of Persia resisted me, and I was only able to make it
here in twenty one days, because I remained with those rulers
Not the earthly
King of Persia. But, in the dominions of this world, as
Ezekiel could prophesy against the Prince of Tyre, and
suddenly, you could see through the earthly ruler, and you see
that he is not prophesying against the King, earthly ruler of
Tyre, he's prophesying against the Prince of Tyre, that is the
supernatural, Satanic being who ruled that kingdom as his
domain under God's grant.
Because suddenly as He is speaking, the Prince of Tyre
becomes Lucifer. And he begins to see Lucifer before he was
cast down when he lifted himself in pride in Eden, before
there was any man.
Again, the Prince of Persia here is not that King that Daniel could
walk out and knock on the door and talk to. The angel had not
been twenty-one days in that Kings court. If he had been,
Daniel was there also and would not have had to wait
twenty-one days to hear the message.
But, the seat of authority for that supernatural reigning over the
Kingdom of Persia, that's were the Prince of Persia was, and
for twenty one days before the angel from the throne of God
could get to Daniel who was praying, he was resisted because
he moved into the territory where that supernatural Prince
It took him twenty one days, and he only made it, because Michael,
the Prince that is assigned to protect Israel, came into the
territory with him and interceded, and it took twenty one days
to get the "passport" to come into that Prince's
When he is finished telling Daniel what is going to happen, he tell
him that, now I am going to go fight the Prince of Persia.
Didn't say how long he'd fight him, but the next place I'll
be, the angel said, is fighting the Prince of Persia, and when
I leave, after fighting that battle, there will be no more
Prince of Persia, but lo, another Prince will come - the
Prince of Grecia.
And the Prince assigned to rule the domain of Greece would now come
in the form of the leopard. And that leopard, led by the
mighty King that would then break into four parts. Alexander
didn't oppress Israel very much, but when he dies, his
kingdom, broken up among his four generals, which come to be
dominated by Assyria and Egypt.
And as you trace the prophecies, one of them, Assyria, in Daniel 11,
the king of the north will conquer the king of the south, and
Daniel 11 makes it clear that the last ruler who violates his
agreement with Israel will come out of Assyria, the king of
Now, put them all together. He says, I'll tell you the mystery of
the woman, and the beast that carrieth her, that has seven
heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was -
where was he? We are talking about the Prince now that is
going to come out of the bottomless pit. The third element of
the beast - not the Antichrist per say - not the
kingdom per say - the Prince, who ruled the kingdom when
Who was the kingdom that was? The
Leopard Kingdom. When Greece fell to Rome, Alexander the great
had died, his four generals ultimately die, and the Kingdom
fell to Rome. As the Prince of Persia, moved aside, when the
Prince of Grecia conquered Medo-Persia, when Rome
conquered Greece, the Prince that had been assigned to Greece,
that gave him the power to move into the seat - and he
didn't just conquer Persia, the Prince of Grecia was able to
move in and conquer Medo-Persia because the angel that
talked to Daniel went back and fought with that Prince, and
God still controlled it. The Prince of Grecia moved on the scene.
Alexander was the historic ruler, and his generals
successors, but the real ruler was the Prince of Grecia. When
Rome, and the Prince of Rome brought the hoards of Rome down,
and Rome conquers Grecia, the Prince of Grecia was not just
left flying loose. He's assigned to the bottomless pit.
There is going to
be a phrase in revelation that talks about angels being turned
loose, when an angel comes down and looses the four angels
that are bound at the River Euphrates. We may find the clue to
where the Prince of Persia went when the Prince of Grecia came
and we may find what happened when the angel left Daniel, he
bound the Prince of Persia, and they are not going to be
released until this Great Tribulation when they come forth
with two hundred thousand thousands of demoniac horsemen to
slay one third of earth.
Likewise when those demon locusts are released out of the pit, there
is a Prince of evil called Appollyon, the Destroyer that comes
to lead those locusts as they spread pain across the earth for
the assigned days.
The Prince of Grecia, the Leopard Kingdom- when the Prince of
Rome came, the Prince was separate from Alexander the Great,
Alexander the Great died, the Prince was assigned to the
bottomless pit and chained there. The angel is telling John,
here's the mystery, this is the beast, he's one of those heads
that was, but was slain. Greece died, but its wound is healed,
it brings amazement!
It shocks anybody in the modern world to think that Greece could
rise to prominence. It won't be that peninsula; it will be the
Assyrian portion of it. The one threat to Israel is not
Russia. Russia may be involved. It's not Iran, unless Iran
becomes a part of the Old Babylonian Syrian section of the
It's Assyria, because out of Assyria will come the threat. The
leopard will rise again. The slain head, wounded to death,
will suddenly come alive. The little horn will rise up among
the reconstituted, or revised Roman Empire, and will uproot
three of them, and defeat Egypt to the south, and Israel is
Alexander died the Prince of Grecia lived. He was just bound in the
pit. He was, when Greece, the Leopard ruled, and is not,
because when John's writing it, the Prince of Rome is ruling,
and shall ascend out of the bottomless, that's the beast out
of the Abyss that rules behind the scenes and gives Satan's
power to the person Antichrist, who will rule form the Grecian
kingdom from out of the reconstituted Roman Empire.
The beast that thou sawest was - that's the leopard, Grecia
- is not, because it had been wounded to death -
Rome conquered Grecia - shall ascend out of the
bottomless pit - suddenly, he's seeing the future
- that Prince of Grecia that has been assigned through
the centauries in the bottomless pit will be turned loose, to
give power to a reconstituted Grecian territory ruler.
There is one more thing to deal with in this Grecian Territory that
pinpoints the exact location and name, which time has revealed
to be the Seventh Empire on the land.
Revelation 17 explains about this same beast that was and is not and
shall ascend out of the bottomless pit.
Verse 10, there are seven kings: five are fallen - as we've
shown before, Daniel started with Babylon, but there were two
other kingdoms that suppressed Israel before Babylon. They
were Egypt who took them into bondage, and later Assyria who
captured them and put them in bondage, then Babylon was the
third, then Medo-Persia was the fourth and Grecia was
Those are the five kingdoms that had fallen by the time John was
Now, during Johns time was the sixth Rome, then the gap, waiting
for the seventh kingdom upon the land out of Babylon that was
yet to come.
History shows that the next Empire on that very land was the Moslem
Empire. The Moslem Empire is, the after the gap, seventh
Empire, that came to power on that land, that was yet to come
in Johns day, and stands alone as the last Empire to occupy
And, that Empire was founded and ruled by Muhammad, the prophet of
Allah,, and he ruled it from his kingdom, The Hashemite
Kingdom, which is within the boundaries of the Seleucid
Portion of the Old Grecian Empire, exactly where Daniel 11,
verses 18-21 says the Little Horn that rises in the end
time will come from.
And, it is from
out of this seventh kingdom, the Hashemite Kingdom, that the
8th kingdom will come - Antichrist's kingdom.
Scripture is amazingly clear bout this.
Lets read it.
Revelation 17, from verse 9: The seven heads are seven mountains, on
which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are
fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he
cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that
was, - the Prince over Grecia - the one that ruled
the Leopard Kingdom - and is not, - having been
defeated by Rome - even he is the eighth, and is of the
seven - what's the seventh? - the Moslem Empire/Hashemite
Kingdom - and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns,
which thou sawest, are ten kings, which have received no
kingdom as yet; - in John's day - but receive
power as kings one hour with the beast. They have one mind and
shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These
shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome
them; for he is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, and those
that are with him are called, and chosen and faithful.
In this passage, we find that the little horn comes from a kingdom
that is the seventh on the land, and that the ten kings from
the revised Roman Empire - ten toes from Daniel, grown
out of the feet, which was the Kingdom after Rome, The Moslem
Empire - support him in his effort to fight against the
Lamb - Jesus - and that Jesus and those that were
chosen - named in the Lambs book of life from the
foundation of the world, the faithful, the redeemed out of
every kindred, tongue, people and nation are with him, and
they overcome him.
This scene is on the present day stage of history. The Little Horn
is about to make his public appearance as the man on the white
horse from Revelation 6.
But, as we saw in the previous class, that can't happen until the
Church is caught up. They are seen in heaven, singing the song
of the Redeemed when Jesus opens that first seal that releases
the man on the white horse and the beginning of the
As I said before, the picture of the Rapture in Revelation is a
summary of the events from the ending of the Church Age till
the completion of God's plan, but Paul revealed it to the
Thessalonians, long before the summary was written.
Lets close this class by going back to II Thessalonians.
The Thessalonians were confused, they were in tribulation, and they
thought the end was on them, they thought the Great
Tribulation was there, as we said earlier.
Paul says; now we beseech you, brethren - 2nd Thessalonians,
chapter 2 - by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and;
by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken
in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor
by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by ANY MEANS: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first - now
traditionally that has been interpreted as a vast falling
away, and that is going to be historically true, because the
religions of this world will follow the false prophet. It just
doesn't happen to be good translation. Except there come a
departure - a catching away first, and that man of sin
be revealed - Scripture always confirms itself. You see
this repeated a couple of verses later - the son of
perdition. There is the Antichrist personified.
Who opposeth and exaltheth himself above all that is called God, or
that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of
God, shewing himself that he is God.
That's the blaspheming we just read about in
Remember ye not,
that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things ?and
now you know what with-holdeth - what's holding it
back - that he might be revealed in his time. For the
mystery of iniquity doth already work. Only he who is now
(literally) restraining will continue to restrain, until he
- the restrainer - be taken out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked - capital W indicating that wicked
man of sin - be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming. Even him, - who? - The
wicked one - whose coming is after the workings of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because
they received not the love of the truth, that they might be
saved. And for this cause God shall send them - who? The
Jews & those left after the Raptures - strong
delusion that they should believe a lie: that they might be
damned who believed not the truth, but that had pleasure in
What's this saying? Don't you get upset you Thessalonians, don't get
upset you folks on today's stage of history, tribulation may
be upon you; that man of sin is going to come; that beast will
rise; that false prophet will rise; the spirit already works
- we're fighting it! - the spirit of the false
prophet already works - it fights us! - That man
of sin will be revealed; the Roman empire will reconstitute
itself; one will rise up out of the Seleucid portion of the
Old Grecian Empire, who uproots three and grow to great power;
the false prophet will work miracles that will cause people to
bow down; and that great established church will ride in pride
on that beast; and they will destroy that church.
But, where are you Thessalonians, and us of today? GONE!
That beast can't come out of that confusion, he can't rise up,
because there is a restraining force, and the restraining
force will restrain him, until it's caught away, taken out of
the way. We're going to be gone. The key to revelation is
where the Church is in the fourth chapter.
He just finished the last word about the Church in the whole book
- He said: "he that hath an ear, let him hear what
the spirit sayith unto the churches". Done with the
Church at that point.
4th chapter - After this I looked and a door was opened in
heaven, and the first voice that I heard was as it were, a
trumpet talking with me, which said, COME UP HITHER, and I
will show thee thing that must be hereafter, and immediately I
was in the spirit, and behold a throne was set in heaven, and
one sat on the throne . . .
And John becomes a type of the Church being caught up. That's the
Rapture! Used only once for this designation, as I have said
- when Philip was Raptured - caught away -
from the Gaza Strip - from that one word, comes the
designation of what happened.
A restraining force, the Church, - before the seventieth week,
where God again turns to deal with the old olive tree; -
the grafted wild branch, the Church, the people that have
accepted Christ, they're suddenly caught up! They're in
heaven. The twenty-four elders typify all the saints of the
Old Testament and the Church - they're there!
What we have been studying in Revelation goes on down here, but
we're gone! You may ask do I believe that? Sure do! I believe
Jesus came out of the tomb, pierced a rock, pierced a door and
sailed off to glory, and they were looking up at Him, and the
angel said; why stand Yee gazing up into heaven? This same
Jesus will come again. We're Gone!
We have a blessed hope, not a hopeless wrath to look forward to
- we're citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom - We that
are alive and remain will be changed and caught up in the
twinkling of an eye, and those in Christ that rose will be
with us. We are up there!
But we come back.
After this beast has risen; after he has gotten his power;
after the false church has been destroyed; after Babylon, the
city of the established church has been wiped out in a day;
after the Antichrist's concerns about the rumblings out of the
North and the East; after the vials dry up the river Euphrates
to make way for the kings of the east; and there is a
gathering for the conflict in the plain of Megiddo.
John says, I saw heaven open - Rev. 19 - and behold a
white horse, and he that sat upon him was called faithful and
true and in righteousness doth judge and make war. His eyes
were as the flame of fire, on his head were many crowns; and
he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And
he was clothed with vesture dipped in blood; and his name is
called the word of God.
And all the armies that were in heaven followed him upon white
horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Which is the symbol of being clothed with his righteousness
- and out of his mouth, goeth a sharp sword, that with
it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a
rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine-press of the
fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Thats Jesus whos coming, and we're behind him!
And he had on is vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF
KINGS, AND LORDS OF LORDS. You will of course read the
remainder of chapter 20 and 21, but let me summarize.
Satan is bound is the bottomless pit, the beast and false prophet
have been defeated, Judgment has been past, the new Jerusalem
comes down, new heaven and new earth, new King, no sin, no
death, we'll rule and reign with Him throughout eternity.
If you don't believe that, why are you a Christian? That's our
destiny. And as Peter says, we ought to act like it. Don't
succumb to the false prophet's spirit that is preaching in the
land. Hang on, till we all march in. Just keep watching!
if you want to hear more.
Let me know. All I need to know is that I have a
class who is listening.
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contain. I wish that blessing for all of you.
Thank you for listening and
God bless all of you.
Your Brother in Christ
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