This last level of metals that made up the HUGE STATUE in King Nebuchadnezzer’s dream was IRON / IRON MIXED WITH CLAY. We learned previously that the metals from top to bottom (Head to Toe) decreased in strength and and value — Gold, Silver, Bronze. Now however the building material is IRON, which is obviously MUCH STRONGER than the first three.
“Finally, there will be A FOURTH KINGDOM, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.” (Daniel 2:40)
Now I’d like to show you how the dream that Daniel interpreted in 2:40 compares with what we find in his vision, described in Daniel 7:7 …
(“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream. 2 Daniel said: ‘In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. 3 Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea….)
7 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was A FOURTH BEAST —terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large IRON teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts …” (Daniel 7:7)
IRON TEETH on the fourth beast // LEGS OF IRON on the fourth level of the huge statue that King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream.
By comparing the last part of the huge statue prophecy with the last beast represented in the four beasts prophecy, we can come to the following conclusions:
Daniel INTERPRETED a dream (chapter 2) vs. Daniel HAD a dream (chapter 7).
Both (the legs and beast #4) are incredibly STRONG and POWERFUL.
Both appear to be VIOLENT in nature.
Both are DIFFERENT from the analogy that precedes it. (Example: Bronze thighs weaker than IRON legs; the 3rd beast given authority, while the 4th beast, crushed and devoured at will)
As you can see, the two prophecies are similar, THEREFORE we can conclude that they MIGHT refer to shared fulfillments. OR NOT.
For decades, prophecy “experts” insisted that the four sections of the statue represented THE SAME HISTORICAL EVENTS as the four great beasts that Daniel saw later in his life. (We’ll come back to this.)
Going back to Daniel 2, let’s continue …
“Just as you saw that THE FEET AND TOES were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so THIS WILL BE A DIVIDED KINGDOM; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so THIS KINGDOM will be PARTLY STRONG AND PARTLY BRITTLE. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so THE PEOPLE will be a mixture and WILL NOT REMAIN UNITED, any more than iron mixes with clay.” (Daniel 2:40-43)
I’m not going to go deeply into the facts about how this “kingdom” manifested in recorded history, because that takes up too much space. HOWEVER, I will give you links to sites that explain the author’s reasoning about WHY this part of the statue symbolizes THE GREEK / ROMAN EMPIRE …
Beth Moore study: https://www.christianbook.com/daniel-lives-integrity-words-prophecy-leader/9781415825891/pd/825890?kw=beth%20moore%20daniel%20study&mt=b&dv=c&event=PPCSRC&p=1020037&msclkid=ce6f977ba6101d4d629ac80dff723c8c&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Bible%20Study&utm_term=beth%20moore%20daniel%20study&utm_content=beth%20moore%20daniel
Okay, I’m going to stop here for now and recommend that you read the entire Book of Daniel before we continue.
COMING NEXT: The First Great Beast of Daniel 7
We’ve looked at Daniel’s interpretation of A HUGE STATUE and the GOLD HEAD in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and found that it symbolized HIM — the KING of the BABYLONIAN EMPIRE….
“You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; in your hands He has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. Wherever they live, He has made you ruler over them all. YOU ARE THAT HEAD OF GOLD.” (Daniel 2:37-38)
Daniel didn’t say much about the second kingdom, represented by the SILVER CHEST AND ARMS. But God gave this clue …
“… after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours;” (Daniel 2:39)
God showed through symbolism that Babylon would be overthrown by armies that were inferior in might and majesty. History reveals that the MEDES and the PERSIANS combined their armies to conquer the once superior Babylonians — symbolized by the TWO ARMS attached to the statue’s CHEST.
Next in line — inferior in value to the metals above it — Daniel saw that the statue’s BELLY AND THIGHS were molded from BRONZE….
“Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:39)
Bronze is of less value monetarily, but it’s stronger as a building material than gold or silver. ALEXANDER, ruler over the kingdom of GREECE, challenged the Medes and Persians and defeated them. But the Greek Empire was later DIVIDED — represented by THE TWO THIGHS.
You can find A LOT of information online concerning these prophecies and their fulfillment. Please notice that there are many OPINIONS and INTERPRETATIONS about every facet, drawn from different TRANSLATIONS. I urge you to DIG DEEPER if you feel led.
The next kingdom represented on the statue will need greater explanation, so we will DIG DEEPER into that.
Coming Next: The Legs and Feet of Iron and Clay
September 15, 2020
Today the world bore witness to the signing of an historic treaty between the USA, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Israel.
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To discover how this agreement is going to play out, we must wait and watch as the future unfolds. The saying, “future proves past” will help us practice patience as we wait.
The God of heaven knew in advance that this event would come to pass. He knew the exact date and all the minute details that went into making it happen. By connecting the dots in the Old Testament scriptures — left behind by God’s ancient prophets — we can prove that our God knows history, forward and backwards.
I believe that right now would be a good time to take a look at a few of those many “dots” that we find in the Book of Daniel. So whether you are new to the Bible, or you’ve studied this topic many times, BUCKLE UP as we head back to the 6th century B.C….
Part 1: The head of gold
(Based on Daniel 1-2, New International Version and BibleGateway.com)
Daniel’s life experience as a captive in Babylon for 70 years, shows that Almighty God doesn’t leave us in the dark concerning His overall plans for the future. Let’s go back to “the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah” for insight from Daniel concerning a very tense situation:
(Daniel 2) Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him. 2 Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to know the dream.
4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”
5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap. 6 However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.”
Daniel was able to describe the king’s dream and explain the meaning of the prophecy concerning the statue and its golden head …
16 So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. … 19 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven….
Daniel was allowed to go to King Nebuchadnezzar and describe the king’s dream. He told in great detail that the dream was about a HUGE STATUE, which was divided into four sections, each of a different metal, with the strongest metal at the top and the weakest (mixed with clay) on the bottom …
29“O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be. 30 But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.
31 “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. 32 This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
34 “You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
37 “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold.
39 “But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.“
SOME HISTORICAL INSIGHT …
God used Daniel to fulfill the words of the prophet Jeremiah:
“The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.
He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians, who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and did not spare young men or young women, the elderly or the infirm.
God gave them all into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king and his officials. They set fire to God’s temple [built by Solomon] and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.
“He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power. The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.” (2 Chronicles 36:15-21)
Nebuchadnezzar was the son of a Chaldean chief who led a revolt against Assyrian rule in 626 B.C., proclaimed himself king of Babylon, and succeeded in overthrowing the Assyrian Empire. The northen kingdom of Israel — split in two at that time — in fulfillment of prophecy.
The northern kingdom of Israel, whose capitol was Samaria, was dispersed. That’s how the term, Lost Tribes of Israel, came to be.
Destruction of the first temple: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144569/jewish/The-First-Temple.htm#:~:text=Two%20Temples%20stood%20in%20succession%20on%20the%20Temple,son%20would%20be%20the%20one%20to%20do%20it.
Coming next: The Chest and Arms of Silver
I have avoided this for as long as possible. BUT we need to explore some things that break our hearts. Now’s the time to DIG DEEPER …
Pope Francis Warns Young Children: ‘The Devil is Real’
Catholic leader tells children that Satan is their ‘biggest enemy, and not a fairytale’
4. The ALL-SEEING EYE
“The combination of the All-Seeing Eye floating in a capstone over a 13-step unfinished pyramid is the most popular Illuminati symbols and by far the most recognizable symbol of the Illuminati.
The eye represents the Illuminati ruling from their position on the capstone of the pyramid. They are very few at the top while we are many at the bottom.
The all-seeing eye on the pyramid was added to the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States and finally adopted by Congress in 1782. In 1935, President and 33rd degree Freemason, Franklin Roosevelt added the front and back of the Seal to the one dollar bill!.”
5. The Goat, called BAPHOMET
“The name Baphomet first appeared as a pagan idol in the trial transcripts of the Inquisition of the Knights Templar. Eliphas Lévi’s depiction of the goat-headed idol was used by occultists to depict the devil in the Rider-Waite tarot cards.”
“One of America’s classics has exposed the Illuminati in a place nobody would ever think to look—a doctor’s office. According to Movie Pilot, the words on the eye chart made a subtle message and not a rambling of letters.
A sign in the back can be seen with the phrase, ‘Ask about Illuminati,’ on it,” the article says. You have to wonder why that crystal clear statement was placed in a movie made for little boys and girls. The world may never know.”
‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ Is An Eyeful
“The cat-and-mouse game could be blamed on Tom and Jerry’s own warped relationship.
While the cartoon seems innocent (well, aside from the constant violence, of course), a few references are enough to sound viewers’ alarm. In one scene, Tom and Jerry are competing in a race, and the boss of the scam had more than one eye on the prize. On his desk sat a golden pyramid with an eye smack-dab in the middle.
The animals and their audience were concerned with the competition, so nobody cared for the indiscreet details of the cartoon’s scenery. “
September 1, 2020
This morning I started out by feeling the need to defend my ministry. It was, at first, upsetting. That’s because I’ve had to do this so many times before. Then it occurred to me that there is no need to defend this ministry, because it is not mine.
Since January 1995, the Holy Spirit has proven to me numerous times in MANY miraculous ways that HE is in charge — if I will allow Him to be. (Factor in free will.) The most recent challenge that I was able to respond to, came in the form of a video posted to my Facebook group, Prophecy Connections. It was titled, “The Rapture Comes First,” and was a typical sermon by a pastor who has likely built his reputation on the Pre-Tribulation rapture THEORY.
Because I’m now dealing with cancer throughout my skeleton, I haven’t been writing as much as I have in the past. But, thanks to my prayer warriors, I am feeling considerably better than I was a month ago, when I was certain that my life was destined to end SOON. So this post is happening because I recognize that Jesus is not finished using my gift as a communicator. After all, HE gave me the gift and has notably nurtured it throughout my lifetime.
I’m starting to go down the road of long-winded explanation, so I’ll try to get back on track …
The man who posted the video in my FB group was ready with his rebuttal as soon as I responded to his action. He scolded me for “dividing” and for not allowing “healthy debate,” but he backed off after I asked him to read the Bible study that my ministry is built upon: The Rapture Sequence. You can find it using the following link (copy and paste into your browser): https://prophecyconnections.com/2017/10/23/the-rapture-sequence/
Then a few hours ago, I “happened” to open a message that landed in my email Inbox. This is not something I usually do, but the title caught my eye — “What Is Qanon?” The article was written by a man who had LOTS of impressive letters after his name, plus a lengthy paragraph at the end to assure readers that he, shall we say, “knows his stuff.”
This writer, in turn, was careful to quote four other writers whose articles had made it into a digital publication, and which supported what he had to say. In short, their interpretations of Qanon do not reflect MINE. It was obvious to me that these writers were not “fluent” in qanon “drops,” — information from the source — which I began following in 2018.
One thing that I noticed right away: each of them was out to make the point that — in their minds — Qanon is all about taking people away from their churches and introducing them to a NEW RELIGION.
Note that this article is filed in my blog under “Q-uestion The Narrative,” which is something I’ve been learning to do automatically. Because of a seed of scepticism that was planted in early my adulthood, I like to offer my readers an opportunity to decide for themselves. Not just because their pastor said it; not because a book they read mentioned it; not because a “prominent Christian thinker” thinks it; not because Paula Yingst writes about it. QUESTION AND RESEARCH to do what the noble Bereans did:
“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)
Now, will you please do this for me … nope, not for me. Do it for yourselves and the foundations upon which you have built your faith. When churches reopen and regain their freedom to SING and TEACH and PREACH, please question everything you hear and see, just like the Bereans.
God is going to judge His people FIRST whenever we ask Him for justice. That’s evident to people who make an effort to read the entire Bible, not just a few verses strung together here and there.
Let’s not be obnoxious about it. BUT let’s be courageous enough to stand for what we know is true. Conspiracy theories become FACT when we have evidence to prove they represent TRUTH.
Keep watching for truth that others choose not to believe.
With love and respect, Paula
Ghislaine Maxwell is a British socialite and the youngest child of disgraced publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell. She moved to the United States after her father’s death in 1991 and became a close associate of financier and subsequently convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell has faced persistent allegations of procuring and sexually trafficking underage girls for Epstein and others, charges she emphatically denies.
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
She was arrested Thursday morning in New Hampshire, said Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.
Maxwell, whose whereabouts have been unclear since the arrest last summer of Epstein, has been under investigation for allegedly facilitating Epstein’s recruitment of young girls and women.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s Father Had Known Connections To MI6, The KGB And Israeli Intelligence Service Mossad
On Thursday, Jeffrey Epstein’s suspected longtime partner-in-crime, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested and charged with helping lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused, reports the Associated Press.
Last summer, Epstein allegedly committed suicide in a New York federal detention center while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Back in 2003, The Telegraph published an article titled ‘FO suspected Maxwell was a Russian agent’ which described how certain British intelligence officers believed Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father, was a secret agent working for the Soviet Union and other countries.
“After the former Mirror newspaper’s chief and ex-Labour MP died at sea on November 5 1991, there was widespread speculation that he might have been a double or even a triple agent, but the FBI found nothing in a decade of monitoring him, despite his known links with MI6, the KGB and the Israeli intelligence service Mossad,” wrote Lydia Bell, the article’s author.
From royal jet-setter to disgraced socialite: the making of Ghislaine Maxwell
Nigel Cawthorne, author of ‘Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace’ traces the story of Ghislaine Maxwell up to her incarceration this week
Back in the Nineties, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was known in New York as the “female Gatsby” for her lavish entertaining. With a reputation for being charming and funny, hers was a glittering lifestyle straight out of the pages of a society magazine. She would attend cocktail parties with A-listers, drop in at celebrity fundraisers, ski at Aspen and jet around the world, largely at other people’s extreme expense.
Where Ghislaine Maxwell’s Case Stands One Month After Her Arrest
On July 2, 2020, Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriendGhislaine Maxwell was arrested in Bradford, New Hampshire. The British heiress had spent years evading the public eye and even tried to hide when the FBI arrived to take her into custody, according to The New York Times. But while Maxwell’s case is still ongoing, her arrest marks a huge turn.
Though Maxwell has long denied any wrongdoing, many of Epstein’s accusers have alleged that Maxwell helped to recruit and groom underage girls in order to build a sexual abuse ring. In a 2015 civil suit, defendant Virginia Giuffre accused Maxwell of “acting as a madam” for Epstein by “recruiting, maintaining, harbouring and trafficking girls” for him.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s cruel campaign to undermine Jeffrey Epstein’s victim revealed
Based on newly unsealed court documents, it is clear to me Ghislaine Maxwell found some vile and soulless representation.
In a never-before-seen deposition from 2016, Maxwell’s attorney Laura A. Menninger led aggressive questioning of Virginia Giuffre, who has long maintained that Maxwell and the late Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused and trafficked her from the time she was a minor.
It was no accident Maxwell’s team chose a female attorney to go after Giuffre. In a particularly brutal line of questioning, one apparently designed to break Giuffre’s resolve, Menninger asks a version of this dozens of times:
“I’m asking you to name a single time during which Ghislaine Maxwell acting alone told you to go have sex with another person.
Ghislaine Maxwell Allegedly Spotted In Photograph Of JonBenet Ramsey Shortly Before Her Death
A photograph of child murder victim JonBenét Ramsey that originated from the A&E Network and was later published in an article by The Sun shows what appears to be Ghislaine Maxwell, the embattled British socialite who was recently arrested, in the background:
An extremely important read …
The Satanic Temple Has Experienced A Huge Surge In Membership Following The Election Of Donald Trump
The election of Donald Trump has been the best thing that has ever happened to the Satanic Temple. Founded in 2013, this relatively new organization now boasts chapters all over the country, and over the past couple of months they have experienced a huge surge in membership. Recently the Los Angeles chapter held a full-blown Satanic mass that included “a live bloodletting ritual“, but mostly it is the Satanic Temple’s ultra-liberal politics and anti-Trump message that is fueling interest in the group.
Of course the Satanic Temple is not officially aligned with the Democratic Party, but without a doubt the organization is extremely opposed to everything that Donald Trump says that he stands for. The following comes from L.A. Weekly…
While the Satanic Temple doesn’t align itself with any political parties, campaigns or candidates, the organization’s goals are in staunch opposition to the Trump administration’s crackdowns on reproductive health, freedom of the press and transgender rights. “We want First amendment [rights], we want women to have control of their bodies, and we want the LGBT community to have equal rights,” Morrison says. “Obviously with Trump and Pence being in office and with the administration that’s being put in place right now, we’re probably looking at a more aggressive stance” than in previous years. He says membership in the organization surged after Trump was elected, with thousands of members now spread among dozens of chapters around the world.
Another article that I found had some more specific details. Prior to the election, the Satanic Temple had about 50,000 members, but once Trump won in November registrations and donations started to come in at a staggering pace…
The Satanic Temple attracted “thousands” of new members in just the first 36 hours after the election of Donald Trump, according to co-founder Lucien Greaves. The 4-year-old temple, which had a pre-Trump membership of around 50,000, has never before seen a spike in registration nearly this big.
“It’s crazy,” Greaves said after a speech in front of some adoring fans at CU-Boulder. The emails, registrations, donations and social media posts are pouring in faster than the temple can respond. “People have a desperate need for something to rally to right now.”
At this point, membership in the group is somewhere around 100,000, but it continues to grow every day as their anti-Trump message resonates with young adults.
It surprises many people when they learn that the Satanic Temple does not actually promote belief in a literal being named Satan. Instead, they portray themselves as “justice-oriented atheists” that are promoting LGBT causes, climate change awareness, evolution in public schools and especially abortion rights…
Recently, the Satanic Temple, a non-theistic religious organization known for protesting Christian influence in the government, turned its attention to this attack on women’s reproductive health, staging Satanic counter-protests at anti-abortion rallies and filing a lawsuit against the state of Missouri on behalf of one of their members who was forced to wait 72 hours to get an abortion due to the state’s waiting period law.
Needless to say, their “values” line up perfectly with the millions upon millions of Americans out there that absolutely hate Donald Trump.
So if they don’t actually believe in Satan, why call their organization the Satanic Temple?
The Apostle Paul wrote this to the church in Rome:
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:17-20)
Those who are on this end of human history know that the term “will soon” is relative. We also know that the same God and the same Satan are at work in our world today, just as they were in New Testament times.
Let’s head the wise words of Paul and work especially hard to “be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.”
Still watching …
It is July 3, 2020 and there are rumblings about hostile forces against the United States of America plotting to attack suburban areas with gunfire as fireworks are exploding after dark around the country. I’m hearing that ANTIFA is spreading their evil teams into each state to accomplish their evil plans of destruction. I am also hearing from very credible sources that American servicemen are being deputized around the country so that they can LEGALLY arrest troublemakers and take them to jail. President Trump, by Executive Order, has stated that anyone attempting to tear down statues of American heros will be imprisoned for 10 YEARS!
Here is a recent article about “religious discrimination.” It is stealthily written, so I hope that if you choose to read it, you will be discerning and keep in mind that there is a vast difference between RELIGION and RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.
A Bible study by Paula Yingst
One thing we can say for sure about Jesus, in addition to the fact that he is the Son of God: He was full of surprises. I can only imagine what it would have been like for those closest to him to awake every morning and wonder, How will the Teacher surprise me today?
Of course that applied to Jesus’ resurrection and everything that startled so many individuals witnessed between that event and his totally unexpected “final act” — rising into the clouds before his disciples’ eyes! Talk about jaw dropping …
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:6-11)
That wasn’t the first time they had heard about THE SON OF MAN / SON OF GOD and clouds. Here’s what Matthew documented in chapter 24 …
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel [Daniel 9:27;11:31; 12:11] … then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again…. See, I have told you ahead of time.
“Immediately after the distress of those days
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ [Isaiah 13:10; 34:4, Joel 2:28-31]
“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:3-31)
That will indeed be “jaw dropping” for those who survive “the great distress” and see the fulfillment of what the “two men dressed in white” prophesied: “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
See, we have been told ahead of time!