Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter
The Revelation 1:19
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. Revelation 4:1
There is a physical realm and a spiritual realm, sometimes they coexist, for example, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Another example is found in 2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
ויתפלל אלישׁע ויאמר יהוה פקח נא את עיניו ויראה ויפקח יהוה את עיני הנער וירא והנה ההר מלא סוסים ורכב אשׁ סביבת אלישׁע׃
All through the book of The Revelation we will see the physical world being affected by the spiritual world.
Revelation 4:2-8 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 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. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
The Creator God is so far above our thinking that He gave His name to Moses and the name He used was:
I AM THAT I AM
hyha rsa hyha
ויאמר אלהים אל משׁה אהיה אשׁר אהיה ויאמר כה תאמר לבני ישׂראל אהיה שׁלחני אליכם׃
Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
Around the Throne of God there are at least one hundred million angels.
Revelation 5:1- 3 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
The “book” in these verses was not a “codex” but was rather a scroll. The word “book” as we think of something containing many written words was extremely rare before AD 200.
For the amount of extraordinary things taking place during the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” the seven year period of the 70th week of Daniel is a very short time. Things move very quickly through these awful years. In fact, the Lord tells us that this time will be shortened or everyone on Earth would die.
Matthew 24:21, 22, 36 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. … But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Because some people read Matthew chapter 24 and see this as the rapture they say “no one can know the day or hour of the rapture”. These verses are not talking about the rapture but rather give us details of the “time of Jacob’s trouble”the tribulation. It will be cut short.
As each seal on the Scroll is broken, horrific judgments come upon Earth. By the time they are finished at least one fourth of the Earth is killed.
Jesus begins the description of the Tribulation in Matthew 24 by saying the first sign will be many false messiahs.
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.
The first judgment in the Tribulation will be the presentation of the false messiah, Antichrist.
He will be readily received by the Jewish community because he will do what has been taught by Mosheh ben Maimon (“Maimonides”) to be expected of the messiah.
“Maimonides:The Laws Concerning Mashiach 1. In future time, the King Mashiach will arise and renew the Davidic dynasty, restoring it to its initial sovereignty. 2. He will rebuild the [Beis Ha] Mikdash and gather in the dispersed remnant of Israel. 3. Then, in his days, all the statutes will be reinstituted as in former times. 4. We will offer sacrifices and observe the Sabbatical and Jubilee years according to all their particulars set forth in the Torah.
One should not entertain the notion that the King Mashiach must work miracles and wonders, bring about new phenomena within the world, resurrect the dead, or perform other similar deeds. This is[definitely] not true.
If a king will arise from the House of David who delves deeply into the study of the Torah and, like David his ancestor, observes its mitzvos as prescribed by the Written Law and the Oral Law; if he will compel all of Israel to walk in [the way of the Torah] and repair the breaches [in its observance]; and if he will fight the wars of G-d; – we may, with assurance, consider him Mashiach.” rambam-messiah.txt
It is sad to say,but the Jewish nation will readily receive the false messiah, the Antichrist, as their messiah until he sets “the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place”. Daniel 9:27
The antichrist will go throughout the world to conquer and rule nations. He is seeking to be the “king of the world”. Daniel 11:31-45 tells how he will act once he has revealed himself to be the enemy of God and the Jewish people.
Qualifications for The Messiah – Who sets the standard?
This article is not meant as disrespect to anyone people either love or hate. The simple question here is “what proof does one have to be proclaimed as the Messiah”? There have been many over the millennia that were thought of as the Messiah. Here, only two are covered.
Simon ben Kosiba 132 A.D. He was Jewish – He hated the Romans – He was proclaimed to be very strong – He amassed a large army against Rome – He was intelligent, charismatic – He was ascribed to be a very religious pious observant Jew. Rabbi Akiva, declared Bar Kosiba as the Messiah. Bar Kosiba was renamed Bar Kochba (son of the star) and was declared the Messiah based on Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. – He had coinage made with a star above the Temple referring to himself.
Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902–1994), He was Jewish – He was born in Nikolaev, Russia – Born into the Chabad Dynasty – He was the seventh generation of Chabad rebbes – Menachem Mendel Schneerson was the seventh and last rebbe of the Lubavitch branch of Hasidic Judaism – Moshiach, (messiah), would appear during the reign of Chabad’s seventh generation, – His followers declared him to be the Messiah. – He was proclaimed to be very generous toward the needy – He was intelligent, charismatic – He was a very religious pious observant Jew.
The Bible sets the standard
Matthew 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Confirming the seven year covenant with Israel is the signal that the 70th week of Daniel has started. This treaty of peace is what many leaders of the world have tried in vain to establish. There is only one who can confirm this covenant and that is the Antichrist.
This will be a false peace to be set s a trap for Israel.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comethupon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:2,3
All peace is taken from the Earth.
As the world gets nearer to the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” the feeling on Earth will become much more stressful. The nations will be “distressed with perplexity” as the Scripture says. Men’s hearts will be failing them for fear as they see what is coming upon the Earth.
New types of stress will sweep across the land, such as Road Rage where a person will be shot for honking their horn. Children will become mass murders. The list could go on and on. Just watch the evenings news to see new troubles occurring daily.
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Earth will be an awful place without peace, with nothing but death and destruction.
There is a great battle which some prophetic teachers believe happens very near the beginning of the Tribulation. Details of this battle can be seen in Ezekiel chapter 38 verse 1 through chapter 39 verse 6.
This will be the end of the Muslim nations seeking to attack Israel and will set the stage for the Antichrist to set up his power base with the revived Roman empire.
At this point it seems that there is a thermonuclear exchange where Russia and the United States are no longer the major powers. Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles:
Worldwide use of nuclear weapons
The seals are broken very quickly one after the other.
As the third seal is broken the destruction in the world has reached the point that planting and harvests are no longer possibleand there will be great famine in the world.
Matthew 24:6-8 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.
Food that once was plentiful and cost a small portion of ones wages now costs a full day’s pay for less than a quart of wheat.
In Revelation 6:6 the word “measure” is used. This word is less than one quart or about one liter.
The word “penny” is used. This word is not equivalent to an American penny, but was the principal silver coin of the Roman empire which was the ordinary pay for a day’s wages.
And 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. Revelation 6:6
The economy is out of control.
Money has no value compared to a little food to keep a person alive.
At the bottom left corner of the following picture is what is called the US Debt Clock. Today is 6/13/2015. From 9/11/2014 to 6/13/2015 the US debt has grown 1/2 Trillion dollars. Money is now like an imaginary puff of smoke.
Anyone who is watching the economy can see there is a major change coming to what is valuable and what is worthless.
Before the time of Jacob’s Trouble people will be gathering precious metals believing that these things are the stability of nations. Food is of far greater value than gold and silver.
Death and Hell
In normal, common, speech we use a Personification as a figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstraction is endowed with human qualities or abilities.
God uses personifications in the spiritual realm to the point that they seem to actually become alive and have the power to think and make decisions. Death and Hell are used in this judgment far beyond an abstract object or a state of existence. They are given the power to kill a fourth of the Earth. At the end of the Tribulation Death and Hell are cast into the Lake of Fire.
With over 7 billion people upon the Earth, Death and Hell use the sword, hunger and animals to kill almost 2 billion people. As we quickly move through these judgments try to get a sense of the condition of the Earth. Where would it be possible to dispose of this many dead people? Also, take in account the three preceding catastrophic judgments.
The 5th and 6th Seal seem to be a time out for explanation of what has happened and what is to come.
The Earth shaking miracle of the Rapture of all saved people will cause a great number of people who had not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, but upon seeing this will repent and believe. These people will not have the blessing of the Rapture, but will be slain because of their testimony throughout the Tribulation.
They also will not be able to receive their glorified bodies until after the Tribulation is finished. Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 6:9-11 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: 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? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
At the Rapture ALL saved people will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. All saved people who have died, Old Testament and New Testament Saints will be resurrected first. Each group will receive their glorified body.(See the Feast of First Fruits and the Feast of Trumpets)
If you miss the rapture you are doomed!! ??
Some prophetic teachers say: “If you have heard the Gospel and reject it and the rapture takes place you missed your chance and you are eternally doomed.
The Rapture does not seal doom as the fate of all who have rejected Christ prior to the Rapture as some teach from 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working 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 strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
What is “the lie” spoken of here? The “lie” is given at the middle of the Tribulation and is the “abomination of Desolation”. It is that Satan says he is God and therefore must be worshiped. This has nothing at all to do with the rapture.
Seal number 6 (six) is a synopsis of the entire “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”.
A synopsis is:
a brief or condensed statement giving a general view of some subject,
a compendium of heads or short paragraphs giving a view of the whole
3. a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play, etc.
144,000 Jewish men are sealed by God
Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 5 Of the tribe of Judawere sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
Understanding that this feast has started the 70th week of Daniel and is called the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” God will at this point seek out 144,000 Jewish men who have never been married and are virgins and will put a seal upon them. These are not women and are not Jehovah Witnesses. Revelation 7:2-4 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
The 7th Seal contains the next seven judgments called the Trumpet Judgments.
Each of the series of judgments; Seals, Trumpets, Thunders, Vials are separate judgments. They are not all saying it a different way, but are each standing alone as separate judgments each increasing in intensity.