The Lucifer Link (Part 2)

A Bible study by Paula Yingst

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version, unless otherwise stated.)

FOCUS: Tracking Satan’s plans and purpose

KEY SCRIPTURES:Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 2:26-28; 22:16

“How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!

“You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain [also translated ‘the north’].

“I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.

“But you are brought down to the grave,
to the depths of the pit.”

(Isaiah 14:12-15)

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To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’ [Psalm 2:9] just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star [not capitalized, another name for Satan].  (Revelation 2:26-28)

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star[capitalized; different from the morning star spoken of by Isaiah].   (Revelation 22:16)

NOTE: Satan imitates everything that God is, what God does, and how God communicates with mankind. He is a fake and a liar.

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN MATTHEW:

Jesus warned His followers to be alert for deceivers — morning stars — who claim to be the Christ — “the bright Morning Star.”

Matthew 24:4-5, 15-27 — “Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many people.

” ‘So when you see standing in the holy place [“on a wing of the temple” (Daniel 9:27)] the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel — let the reader understand — then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. At that time if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!” or “There He is!” DO NOT BELIEVE IT. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect — if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.

“… For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

PROPHECY CONNECTION IN DANIEL:

According to prophecy, A DECEIVER will set up an “abomination” that will desecrate “the holy place” — God’s holy temple.

Daniel 9:27 — “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [one seven year period of time]. In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering [commanded by God to be made in the temple]. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

PROPHECY CONNECTION IN REVELATION:

In cryptic visions that revealed the future, the prophet John saw A DECEIVER whom he called ‘a beast coming out of the sea,” who was given authority to blaspheme God and make war on His saints. He also saw a second beast “coming out of the earth” who acted as the first beast’s false prophet.

Revelation 13:1-18 — “The dragon [Satan, Lucifer, the devil] stood on the shore of the sea.

“And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority…. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast….

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

“He who has an ear, let him hear.
If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity he will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword he will be killed.
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

“Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast … And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth.

“He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

“This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.”

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HOW THE STORY ENDS: Revelation 19:19-20 gives a description of the showdown between Satan — who gives his authority and power to the beast — and the Most High God, whose authority and power are given to “the rider on the white horse” — Jesus Christ!

“Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the white horse and His army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet, who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With those signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

IN THE END … God wins!

The Lucifer Link (Part 1)

A Bible study by Paula Yingst

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version, unless otherwise stated.)

FOCUS: Tracking Satan’s plans and purpose

KEY SCRIPTURES: Luke 22:3-4; John 13:21-27a

“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus” (Luke 22:3-4).

“… Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me … It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ Then dipping the piece of bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him” (John 13:21-27a).

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN GENESIS:

Satan’s subtle lies influenced the unfortunate choice made by Eve and Adam “in the beginning” …

Genesis 3 — “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the other animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God REALLY say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”‘

“The woman said to the serpent [Satan in disguise], ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, OR YOU WILL DIE.” ‘

” ‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then they eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ [The man] said, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’

“And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree that I commanded you NOT to eat from?’

“The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’

“Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’

“The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’

“So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,

” ‘Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers [Jesus Christ, son of Mary, descendant of Eve]; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’

“To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.’

“To Adam He said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, “You must NOT eat of it,”

” ‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since it was from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.’

“Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’

“So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cheribim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN LUKE:

Satan tried to influence Jesus with subtle lies …

Luke 4:1-13 — “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil [a.k.a. ‘the serpent’ … ‘Satan’ … Lucifer]. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them He was hungry.

“The devil said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.’

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man does not live on bread alone.” ‘

“The devil led Him up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will be yours.’

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”

“The devil led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “He will command His angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you us in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” ‘

Jesus answered, ‘It says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

When the devil had finished all his tempting, he left Him until a more opportune time.

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS IN REVELATION:

In the future, Satan will tempt a man — like Adam — who is destined for destruction — like Judas — by offering him power and great authority, as he did with Jesus.

Revelation 12:7-12 — “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon [a.k.a. Satan], and the dragon and his angels fought back. But [the dragon] was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down, that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. HE WAS HURLED DOWN TO EARTH, and his angels with him.

“Then I [John] heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before God day and night, has been hurled down.

” ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb [another name for Jesus] and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!

” ‘But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short.’

Revelation 13:1-3 — “And the dragon [Satan in disguise] stood on the shore of the sea.

“And I [John] saw a beast coming out of the sea…. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority…. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.”

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BACK TO THE FUTURE:  Around 536 B.C., the prophet Daniel was given divine information concerning a future ruler. Daniel 9:27 says: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [seven years]. In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” Scholars believe this is the same man referred to by John as “the beast coming out of the sea.”

Something to ponder …

MANY Christians lean on the teachings of authors, conference speakers, pastors, etc. who preach the “truth” of the pre-tribulation theory. They are certain that they will be taken out of this world BEFORE the “tribulation” begins. THAT IS THEIR HOPE!

JESUS did NOT teach that scenario. Just after He foretold the complete DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE, He said to His inner circle of disciples: 

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.

Jesus told them — and us –– step by step what would happen in the world: deceivers, wars, conflict between kingdoms, famines, earthquakes, increased  wickedness,false prophets, falling away of the brethren, and PERSECUTION.

Only certain human teachers have been promoting the THEORY that THE RAPTURE will happen BEFORE TRIBULATION OCCURS.

JESUS FORETOLD THIS:

 So when you see standing in the holy place  [the rebuilt temple] ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand  [Read the prophecy in Daniel 9:27] then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.  At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you ahead of time.” (Matthew 24:15-25)

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS is a ministry with ONE GOAL: To help followers of Christ realize that there is conflict between WHAT JESUS SAID and what the PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE THEORY claims to be truth. Christians who are counting on the rapture to save them before tribulation will likely not be prepared emotionally for what JESUS SAID was going to happen.

Here is what JESUS SAID about THE GATHERING of THE ELECT:

“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.’[b]

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 24:29-31)

That, my friends, connects with Revelation 7:9-11 …

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice:

‘Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.'”

The pre-tribulation rapture ESCAPE is NOT what the Son of God taught His disciples.

Amen.

Inconvenient Truth: Disgraceful Treatment of Jews

Again, my source is Petrus Romanus, The Final Pope Is Here by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam …
Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum wrote, “Theologically, Satan is the cause for all anti-Semitism.” Dr. Fruchtenbaum has deeply explored the relationship between Israel and the Catholic Church. Here are some “bullet points” concerning his findings and those of Thomas Horn:
  • Most Church history books either neglect or tone down the extent of Rome’s record of disgraceful treatment against Jews.
  • “Within a brief period following the Jewish Messiah’s death, resurrection, and ascension, many of the Early Church fathers seem to have completely forgotten that their Savior, His family, Paul, the twelve apostles, and the majority of the Early Church were Jews. VERY EARLY, MANY OF THE FATHERS BEGAN TEACHING THAT GOD HAD ETERNALLY CURSED THE JEWS FOR REJECTING THE MESSIAH. THEY TAUGHT THAT THE CHURCH WAS THE NEW ISRAEL. As time went on, Rome capitalized on this eisegesis declaring it authoritative. Because there seems to be some ambiguity surrounding the term ‘Israel,’ it is important to look at its use …”
  1. “First, [ISRAEL] was used as THE NEW NAME FOR JACOB, Son of Isaac [the son promised to Abraham and Sarah in their old age]….”
  2. “The second use of the term [ISRAEL] derives from when the united Davidic monarchy was divided into THE NORTHERN KINGDOM CALLED ISRAEL AND THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM CALLED JUDAH. In 721 BC, that northern kingdom, Israel, was sacked by the Assyrians; the ten tribes residing there were dispersed and ITS EXISTENCE AS A NATION ENDED. However, because there were representatives from all of the twelve tribes still residing in Judah, the southern kingdom, there really are no lost tribes [as portrayed by historians]. Only a short time later, the Babylonians did much the same to the Kingdom of Judah, although they preserved their identity as a people-group [collectively called Jews].
  3. “The third use of the word ensued when those Babylonian exiles [the southern kingdom was exiled for 70 years in Babylon] returned to the Promised Land and referred to it as ISRAEL (Ezra 2:2, 70; 4:3; 6:16; Neh. 1:6; 2:10; Zech. 12:1; Mal. 1:1).  THIS IS UNMISTAKABLY THE WAY IT IS USED BY JESUS AND THE VARIOUS NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS. It is often used to refer to the physical descendants of Abraham, especially in light of God’s covenant promises ...
  4. “Whereas the third sense is ethnic and political, the fourth REFERS TO THE ELECT REMNANT as argued by Paul in Romans chapter 9. In that chapter, PAUL DEFINES [ISRAEL] AS THOSE WHO ARE SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN BY GOD …
  5. “The fifth and final way is THE ONE POSSIBILITY WHERE ‘ISRAEL’ COULD OBLIQUELY REFER TO BELIEVING GENTILES. In Galatians 6:16, Paul prays for ‘the Israel of God.’ It seems in this letter, Paul is making a distinction between the ‘Jerusalem which is now’ (Gal. 4:25) and ‘Jerusalem which is above’ (Gal. 4:26). He also argues that, ‘THEY WHICH ARE OF FAITH, THE SAME ARE THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM’ (3:7). Even so, it is still possible to take this in the same sense as Romans 9: ethnic Jews who have come to faith in Jesus…. Arnold Fruchtenbaum argues, ‘Paul did not view the Church as a continuation of Old Testament Israel, but rather a new entity all together. Galatians 6:16 does not refer to all New Testament believers as the Israel of God, but only to the Jewish believers who are the believing remnant.’  While this one reference is debatable, GENTILES ARE ELSEWHERE CLEARLY DESCRIBED AS UNATURAL BRANCHES GRAFTED INTO ISRAEL (Romans 11:24)
“… there is no sound exegetical reason to believe the term ‘Israel’ should apply broadly to the Church. Nonetheless, this was the dominant dogma imposed by the Roman magisterium for millennia.” (Petrus Romanus, pgs. 348 -350)
  • “The Church fathers largely portrayed the Pharisees and priests as exclusively evil and hostile to the Gospel.” [I remember this from Sunday school curriculum that I was taught and have taught.– PY] “They cherry-picked statements from the Gospels and from Paul’s writings to justify their racist attacks while ignoring Paul’s own testimony to his heritage including his being a Pharisee (Phil 3:5). If anything, the Early Church served to drive Jews further from the truth. COULD THIS BE SATAN’S PRIMARY MEANS OF BLINDING THEM, THROUGH THE VERY ONES WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO BE MINISTERS OF RECONCILIATION  (2 Cor. 5:20)? It seems to be so.”
  • [The Early Church] accused Jews of murdering Jesus. This charge has been repeated over and over again by racist groups throughout history and is still promoted today. Of course, Jesus left no room for such heresy:  “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I LAY DOWN MY LIFE, that I may take it again. NO MAN TAKETH IT FROM ME, but I lay it down myself. I HAVE POWER TO LAY IT DOWN, AND I HAVE POWER TO TAKE IT AGAIN. This commandment I have received from my Father” (John 10:17-18).
  • According to John Chrysostom, Roman Catholic Saint and Doctor of the Church, Jews have committed the worst crimes imaginable. He advocated teachings  that God eternally hates Jews, they have no chance for atonement, they would never again be a sovereign nation, and they will not rebuild the Temple. Since God chose to reinstate Israel’s position as a nation (against all odds), perhaps we can be confident that prophecy concerning a rebuilt temple in still future days indicates a Third Temple is NOT out of the question as Mr. Chrysostrom declared in his Eight Homilies Against the Jews.
Continuing the historical account …
  • AD 306: Spanish church leaders issued a decree absolutely forbidding Christians and Jews to marry. (Note: God forbade the descendants of Jacob — aka Israel — to marry people who did not worship Him, because He knew that their pagan spouses would turn them against the one true Lord, God.)
  • Constantine ordered all Jews to leave Rome.
  • AD 341: The Nicaean Council ruled that CHRISTIANS COULD HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON WITH JEWS (Including commemorating Passover, which then became Easter, celebrated only by “Christians.”)
  • AD 434-481: The Council of Laodecia  officially banned Christians from keeping the Jewish Sabbath on Friday through Saturday, sundown to sundown, as ordained by the Lord God.
  • The Seventh Century: Gaul, Burgundy, and Lombardy in northern Italy ordered all Jews to leave their territories. They were given the choice between forced conversion or death. Children were taken from their parents to be reared as Roman Catholics. In Spain, Judaism was officially outlawed. And later Jews were expelled from the Kingdom of Granada.
  • The Ninth Century:  “…there is no sound exegetical reason to believe the term ‘Israel’ should apply broadly to the Church. Nonetheless, this was the dominant dogma imposed by the Roman magisterium for millennia.” (Petrus Romanus, pgs. 348 -350)
  • The rationale for THE CRUSADES was to enforce apostate Roman Catholic theological traditions rather than biblical theology.
  • AD 1095: Pope Urban II’s rationale for the first Crusade was to defend pilgrims who were traveling to the Holy Land. Rome made pilgrimage to Jerusalem a tradition that they claimed would “gain special favor with God, obtain absolution [forgiveness] from particularly bad sins, or even spring deceased relatives from purgatory [where Catholicism claims souls reside after death if a person wasn’t really bad enough to go directly to hell]” (P.R. page 353)
  • Even though the crusaders seemingly believed they were doing the will of God [similar to Muslims believing that they do the will of Allah], they viciously slaughtered Jews in the most horrid ways imaginable.… In 1099, when Jerusalem was conquered ostensibly ‘in the name of Christ,’ the crusaders rounded up what was left of Jesus’ ethnic brethren into a synagogue and set it ablaze.” (P.R. page 354)
  • Ludicrous charges were leveled against Jews, like using children’s blood  in Passover celebrations, and forced laws like forcing Jews to wear distinctive yellow patches (adopted by Adolf Hitler, the 20th century Fuhrer of Germany).
  • AD 1189: The Jewish quarter of London was intentionally set ablaze at the coronation of King Richard I.
  • AD 1290: Jews were systematically purged from England and Wales, then Paris and surrounding areas of France. 1306: Expelled from the Rhineland, then Hungary; 1394: Expelled from south of France.
  • AD 1492: Christopher Columbus set sail just as 500,000 Jews were being expelled from Spain and their wealth confiscated.  Within 70 years the population of Spain was reduced from 10 million to 6 million by the banishment of Jews, Moors and Morescoes (‘Christianized Moors’). The Black Death wiped out nearly a third of Europe’s population, including Jews. (Jews were blamed for poisoning the water supply with human hearts and body parts, resulting in hundreds of Jewish communities being completely wiped out.)
  • POPE SIXTUS IV INSTITUTED THE INQUISITION, SPECIFICALLY TARGETING JEWS AS HERETICS. Because of Rome’s penchant for revising history, the death toll is difficult to determine. The Inquisitions truly merited the term “holocaust” long before Hitler’s atrocities were made known to the American public.
  • AD 1523: Martin Luther (father of the Protestant Reformation) wrote that the Jews should be dealt with gently, not by Papal Law, but by the Law of Christian love. Unfortunately he later became frustrated that this did not result in the mass conversion of Jews, so he advocated the burning of synagogues and books, expelling Jews from their homes and seizing assests. (NOTE: Luther never claimed infallibility.)
  • AD 1751: Pope Benedict XIV issued an Encyclical called, “On Jews and Christians Living in the Same Place.” He was deeply  troubled that Polish Jews were becoming more successful at business that Roman Catholics, and Jews were hiring Catholics as servants. He declared that Catholics should do no business with Jews and be “free from and unaffected by all dealings with them.” (A Quo Primum, 6/14/1751)
  • Adolf Hitler was a baptized Roman Catholic and received the blessing of two popes when he became Fuhrer of the Third Reich and enforcer of the Final Solution that sent over 6 million Jews to their deaths. One of Hitler’s favorite propaganda items was a sham called THE PROTOCOLS OF THE LEARNED ELDERS OF ZION. “Conspiracy theorists” have written much about the connection of this manuscript with the firm establishment of The Illuminati. There is ample evidence  in the historical record of the damage this pamphlet has done.
  • July 8, 1940: Time Magazine revealed that the Vatican, in allegiance with the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, had its sights on gaining Jerusalem post-World War II. The Catholic Church urged the planting of the Italian flag over Jerusalem. The Manchester Guardian reported that Axis powers planned to “turn Palestine over to the jurisdiction of the Vatican and transport Palestine’s Jewish population to Ethiopia. Under the plan … the Pope will care for the holy places in Palestine, [and] let Italy run the country.” Ultimately this did not come to pass.
One more fact that I’ve wondered about for years …

Perhaps the only positive thing the Second World War did for the Jews was provide the impetus for the establishment of their homeland in Canaan. We use the biblical term Canaan because that was what it was called before the Israelites first moved there [named after the descendants of  Noah’s cursed grandson, Canaan]. THE TERM ‘PALESTINE’ IS ACTUALLY AN ANTI-SEMITIC SLUR CREATED BY THE ROMANS TO BELITTLE THE JEWS AFTER THEY SACKED JERUSALEM IN AD 70 [destroyed the Second Temple] AND PUT DOWN THE [JEWISH] REVOLT OF AD 135. As they auctioned Jews off as slaves, the Emperor Hadrian DETERMINED TO RENAME THE PROMISED LAND AFTER KING DAVID’S CLASSIC FOES, THE PHILISTINES. The Latin name … was later shortened to Palaestina and THIS IS WHERE THE ANGLICIZED ‘PALESTINE’ COMES FROM. Thus, the name ‘Palestine’ was Rome’s original way of rubbing in the seizure of the Jewish homeland.” (P.R. pages 360-361)

When I think about all the misinformation that I have been required and duty bound to learn  over my lifetime, I am sickened — I absolutely do not fault my teachers. But I am determined to do everything I can to get this corrected history out to as many people as possible.

 

Heavenly signs during Netanyahu’s speech to Congress (2015)

February 23, 2015 | 

Religious leaders are warning that the United States is nearing a day of judgment based on its treatment of the nation of Israel.

What’s more, they say, signs in the heavens are coinciding with what is shaping up to be an unexpectedly controversial address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3 and a fiercely contested Israeli election weeks later.

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries warns that “our nation will be judged” based on whether the United States sides with or against the Jewish state.

Biltz believes signs in the heavens and correlations with feast days on the biblical calendar show such a judgment may be coming soon.

“When Netanyahu speaks before Congress on March 3, this is the day before the Fast of Esther when the enemies of Israel, specifically Persia/Iran, had planned to destroy the nation of Israel,” he said. “The next day is Purim, which celebrates the day Israel achieved victory over Iran. The timing significance of this is just as important as the timing of the blood moon.”

Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” warns that the next blood moon is scheduled to appear over Passover, which begins April 3, just one month after Netanyahu’s speech.

And this will be preceded two weeks earlier by a total solar eclipse on March 20, three days after the Israeli election, and coincides with Nisan, the beginning of the New Year according to the biblical calendar.

Total eclipses don’t take place on any other known planet, point out intelligent-design scientists. They only take place on Earth, the finely tuned planet where life exists that can actually view them. Biltz points out that the Bible says in Genesis that the sun, moon and stars were created specifically as signs for mankind, so His creation would know about the feasts (or appointed times) to have relationship with their Creator.

These prophetic warnings come amid unprecedented tumult in the American-Israeli relationship.

President Barack Obama and other leading Democrats say they will not be attending Netanyahu’s speech, and the White House condemned House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation as a breach of protocol.

Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, is circulating a letter signed by 22 other House Democrats urging Boehner to delay the speech.

Top staffers in the Obama administration are also heavily involved in the political opposition to Netanyahu, who faces an election on March 17.

“God tells us in Genesis 1:14 that the heavenly bodies were created to serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,” Biltz said. “But the word seasons is better translated as divine appointments, and here we have a solar eclipse and then a blood moon falling on the New Year and Passover respectively – all at a time when the Jewish state is under great persecution. God is trying to tell us something about a divine appointment.”
Pastor Ray Bentley of Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, California, enthusiastically agrees with Biltz and warns that Christians need to be “praying like they never prayed before.”

“Rabbis have a saying,” Bentley said, “that the word coincidence is not a kosher word. These kinds of signs show we are in a powerful, phenomenal time, a time of great testing for both Israel and the world.”

Bentley believes Israel is facing a “second Holocaust” and that Christians need to become more vocal in their defense of the Jewish state.

Pastor Biltz agrees and says the fact that Israel has become a partisan issue is nothing less than tragic.

“This shouldn’t be political,” Biltz said. “This is about the survival of Israel. Iran is the issue of the day. It is developing nuclear weapons. And our own nation will be judged depending on how it acts in this moment.”

Both Biltz and Bentley cited Joel 3:2 to justify their positions. The verse says the nations will be judged by God for having scattered the people of Israel among the nations and divided its land.

As Biltz puts it, “God says he will divide the sheep from the goats, one nation from another, and he will do it on the basis of those who supported Israel and those who didn’t.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations and special United Nations envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches, said Israeli-American nations are at a crucial juncture.

“This is a critical turning point,” she said. “It seems that with Obama’s presidency, every year that goes by the relationship between Israel and the United States becomes more strained, and not because of the Israeli prime minister. The overwhelmingly majority of Americans support Israel and believe Israel has the right to defend itself against terrorism. But this president is trying to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

Cardoza-Moore believes Obama’s agenda goes behind simple opposition to Netanyahu.

“I see this as anti-Semitism,” she said. “The president of the United States has bought into the BDS movement.”

The BDS movement is the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” campaign taking root on college campuses and in churches around the country. The goal of the campaign is to economically strangle the Jewish state to force concessions to the Palestinians.

However, Cardoza-Moore believes Netanyahu will receive a rapturous reception in Congress, “the body that really represents that American people. You will see standing ovation after standing ovation for this man.”

In her film, “The Forgotten People: Christianity and the Holocaust,” producer Laurie Cardoza-Moore documents the growing hatred of Jews, the parallels between Nazism and radical Islam and why Christians must take a stand for justice and defend the people and nation of Israel.

Pastor Bentley warns that “the nations will be judged collectively” on what they do in this moment. And he believes Christians need to be talking just as much about prophecies of the End Times as they do about prophecies of the past.

“We are told that Israel will be alone during this time,” Bentley said. “We may be seeing the beginnings of that process.”

Cardoza-Moore sees the controversy over Israel as core to the survival of the United States.

“There will be judgment upon this nation based upon how we act right now,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”

LINK: http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2015/February23/231.html#dIbjC5gXFwAxdIVR.99

Jesus’ End of the Age Timeline (Parts 1 and 2)

A PROPHECY CONNECTIONS STUDY  by Paula Yingst  (copyright 2017)

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version, unless otherwise stated.)

KEY SCRIPTURES: Matthew 24:1-31; Mark 13:1-27; Luke 21:5-28; Revelation 6:1-17, 7:9-14

PART ONE:  PROPHECY PARALLELS IN THE GOSPELS:

An amazing similarity exists within the accounts by Matthew, Mark and Luke of Jesus’ “end of the age” scenario. In response to Jesus’ prediction that the temple complex, primarily rebuilt by Herod, would be destroyed, His disciples asked, “When will these things happen?” And Jesus gave them a basic timeline:

1. The second temple, rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, would be completely destroyed: “… not one stone will be left on another; every one will be thrown down” (Matthew 24: 1-20.

THIS PROPHECY WAS LITERALLY FULFILLED IN 70 A.D., when the Roman armies of Titus assaulted Jerusalem and burned down all the temple buildings. They pried apart every stone — just as Jesus foretold — to collect the gold leaf that melted from the roof. In 1968, excavations of the site uncovered large stones that had been literally “thrown down” by the invaders! Recent finding show that Herod’s Temple may not have been built on the Temple Mount as previously taught.  Search  http://hope-of-israel.org/realsite.html for more details.

2. Jesus called the second block of time “the beginning of birth pains,” and He predicted that the following would occur:

  • false teachers and false Christs would appear and deceive many
  • wars and rumors of wars
  • nations and kingdoms would rise up against each other
  • famines, earthquakes, and pestilences in various places
  • fearful events and great signs from heaven

HISTORICALLY VERIFIABLE  EVENTS THAT PARALLEL THESE PREDICTIONS have been documented throughout recorded history, following the 70 A.D. destruction of the second temple and continuing through TODAY’S INTERNATIONAL NEWS REPORTS!

3. Jesus said, “AT THAT TIME” there would be increased persecution “to the point of death” for His faithful followers. And as “birthpains” increased, the following would happen:

  • people would abandon their faith
  • false prophets would deceive many people
  • wickedness would increase
  • parents, brothers, relatives and friends would betray each other
  • THOSE WHO STAND FIRM WOULD BE SAVED
  • the gospel would be preached in the whole world to ALL nations

4. Jesus refers to a specific event spoken of through the prophet Daniel (Daniel 9:27) approximately 500 years before Jesus’ birth:

“So when you see standing in the holy place [“on a wing of the temple”] THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION … then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains … for then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now — and never to be equaled again.” The good news for believers is that this season of suffering will be “cut short.”

No specific historical time period is given by either Daniel or Jesus concerning WHEN this will happen. BUT Daniel gives us a clue: A coming ruler will confirm a seven-year covenant “with many.” And somewhere in the middle of those seven years, THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION WILL BE SET UP ON A WING OF THE TEMPLE.

For this prophecy to be fulfilled, the temple MUST BE REBUILT. Today, tension between Islam and Judaism is too great to build on the Temple Mount. BUT if the location of the first and second temples was NOT where it is now taught to be, the Third Temple could be built at any time without international incident!

5. Jesus ends His timeline with TWO INCREDIBLE SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS:

“IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DISTRESS OF THOSE DAYS ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; all the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

“AT THAT TIME the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of the sky, 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 24:29-31).

So, according to Jesus — as documented by Matthew, Mark and Luke — this is the time sequence leading up to THE GATHERING OF HIS ELECT:

  • The destruction of the second temple (fulfilled in 70 A.D.)
  • Tribulation throughout the world (“birth pains”)
  • Increased tribulation for the followers of Christ
  • The confirmation of a seven-year covenant “with many”
  • The rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem (at some point)
  • Approximately 3 1/2 years after the covenant has been signed, a ruler will desecrate the temple by setting up an “abomination that causes desolation.” And unprecedented “distress” will begin.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DISTRESS OF THOSE DAYS:

~ A “sign” signaling the coming of the Son of Man (Jesus) will appear in the sky.

~ ALL THE NATIONS of the earth will mourn as they witness Jesus’ coming.

~ There will be A LOUD TRUMPET CALL.

~ ANGELS WILL GATHER “HIS ELECT” FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE EARTH AND HEAVENS!

Stay with me now, we’re about to get to the truly fascinating details in Parts 2 through 4!

PART TWO:  PROPHECY PARALLELS IN REVELATION:

Although the first three gospel writers recorded Jesus’ end of the age timeline, John is conspicuously silent. But when we compare Revelation 6 through 7 with the details documented in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, an amazing pattern appears as the Lamb (Jesus) opens six “seals” — unleashing “birthpains” and “the wrath of the Lamb” upon the earth:

  • Seal #1: The rider of the white horse represents DECEIT and CONQUEST (according to prophecy scholars).

Jesus foretold that deceivers would come, claiming the power and glory of Christ.

  • Seal #2: The rider of the red horse symbolizes WAR and BLOODSHED.

Jesus foretold “wars and rumors of wars” and conflict between nations and kingdoms.

  • Seal #3: The rider of the black horse releases ECONOMIC INSTABILITY and FAMINE.

Jesus foretold famines, pestilence, and earthquakes in various places.

  • Seal #4: The rider of the pale horse is named DEATH, and he is “given power over a fourth of the earth to kill” with the sword, famine, plague, and the wild beasts of the earth. And Hades followed close behind him.

Jesus foretold that events would take place on earth which would result in death.

  • Seal #5: The Lamb reveals a place of honor for the souls of His martyred servants — under the altar of God!

Jesus foretold that His faithful witnesses would be hated by all the nations, persecuted and put to death.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:  ALL of these prophecies have been fulfilled in historically verifiable ways during the years following Jesus’ death and resurrection! And they continue to be fulfilled TODAY.  So, could that mean that the first five seals were opened as John witnessed the vision of revelation?

But wait! There’s more!!!

Please click on the following link to Parts 3 and 4:  https://kindarusty.com/2017/09/12/jesus-end-of-the-age-timeline-parts-3-and-4/

 

 

Jesus’ End of the Age Timeline (Parts 3 and 4)

A PROPHECY CONNECTIONS STUDY  by Paula Yingst  (copyright 2017)

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version, unless otherwise stated.)

KEY SCRIPTURES: Matthew 24:1-31; Mark 13:1-27; Luke 21:5-28; Revelation 6:1-17, 7:9-14; Daniel 9:21-27

PART THREE:  THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION

Remember back in Part 1 when we were looking at the timeline that Jesus gave in Matthew 24? After listing all the things people could expect to see as the “end times” were approaching, the Son of God / Son of Man abruptly spoke about one thing in particular  — “the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel,” which would be standing “in the holy place” (verse 15).

Within the Book of Daniel, “the abomination that causes desolation” was spoken of in three places — Chapter 9, 11, and 12.

Here are those verses …

  • Daniel 9:27:  “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
  • Daniel 11:31: “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.”
  • Daniel 12:11: “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.”

We’re going to looking specifically at the first mention of that abomination. And to get the full meaning of the prophecy, we need to also look at the verse in context.

Daniel was in Babylon with the other Israelites who had been taken there nearly 70 years before this prophecy was given to him through the angel Gabriel (the one who visited Zechariah, Elizabeth, and the virgin Mary). In Daniel 9:1-20, you can read about what he was doing immediately before the angel appeared. Then we come to the entire prophecy that Bible scholars and prophecy buffs have been debating for years.

Here, Daniel is speaking …

21 “… while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:

24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ [a ‘seven’ equals seven years] are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing [Messiah Jesus].

“The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’  In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

I’m not going to go into detail regarding verses 25-26. You can search online for that. Let’s focus on verse 27 where “an abomination that causes desolation” is first mentioned.

This verse covers a seven-year period of time, which comes AFTER MESSIAH IS “CUT OFF” and “wars and desolations have been decreed.” Historical documentation proves that ever since Jesus was crucified (“cut off”), there have been wars and desolations of various kinds.  HOWEVER, there has never been documented a seven-year covenant “with many” that was interrupted mid-way by the two events that Gabriel alludes to:

(1) HE will end sacrifice and offering  — which can only happen in the Temple, according to Jewish tradition, and …

(2) HE will set up “an abomination that causes desolation.” 

There has been great speculation over the centuries about this verse. Particularly about the identity of “HE” in the two sentences that make up verse 27. (I have written in another Prophecy Connections post about why believe the “he” in the first sentence and the “he” in the second sentence could refer to two different men.)

For the purpose of this study, let’s simply remember that Jesus referred to the fact that Daniel’s prophecies referred to this mysterious, future event. AND it holds a specific place in His “timeline.”

Now let’s think back to Part 2, where we looked at the amazing prophecy parallels between Matthew 24:15-29 and the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation 6:12-17….

 

PART FOUR: THE OPENING OF THE SIXTH SEAL 

THE SIXTH SEAL releases a sign in the sky, strikingly similar to the one Jesus described to His disciples (Matthew 24:29), which will signal the Son of Man’s appearance “with power and great glory.” 

Here’s what John saw …

I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up [compare Isaiah 34:2-4 ], and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their  wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6:12-17, NIV)

And here is what Jesus foretold will happen AFTER THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION appears in the Third Temple in Jerusalem …

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 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.

30 “Then will appear  [or “at that time” ] 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. 31 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.

Jesus specifically foretold: “AT THAT TIME, He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and THEY WILL GATHER HIS ELECT from the four winds (Matthew 24:30-31).

Can we agree that there is currently no verifiable evidence that this part of the vision has been literally fulfilled?

Notice the similarities in the following scriptures:

  • Isaiah 13:9-10 — “See, THE DAY OF THE LORD is coming — a cruel day, with WRATH AND FIERCE ANGER — to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.”
  • Isaiah 34:2-4 — “THE LORD IS ANGRY with all the nations; HIS WRATH IS UPON ALL THEIR ARMIES. He will totally destroy them, He will give them over to slaughter…. All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.”
  • Joel 2:29-32 — “Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I WILL SHOW WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of THE GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion [the Temple Mount] and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”

PROPHECY CONNECTIONS REVEAL THE SIGNS THAT WILL SIGNAL THE RAPTURE OF THE ELECT:

Jesus speaking: IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DISTRESS OF THOSE DAYS … They will see the sign of the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. AND HE WILL SEND HIS ANGELS WITH ALOUD TRUMPET CALL, AND THEY WILL GATHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, from one end of the heavens to the other. Now learn this LESSON FROM THE FIG TREE: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. EVEN SO, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS, you know know that it [or, He] is near, right at the door.” (Matthew 24:29-33)

John speaking: “After this I SAW FOUR ANGELS STANDING AT THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH, HOLDING BACK THE FOUR WINDS OF THE EARTH … After this I looked and THERE BEFORE ME WAS A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD COUNT from every nation, tribe, people and language, STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE AND IN FRONT OF THE LAMB. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands…. ‘These are they who have come out of THE GREAT TRIBULATION; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’… And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’ ” (Revelation 7:1-17).

After THE ELECT are safely transported to the throne of God, the Lamb (Jesus Christ) will open THE SEVENTH SEAL …

John speaking: “When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour…. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it upon the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake” (Rev. 7:1).

There is one more Prophecy Connection that, I believe, seals the deal on whether this rapture sequence truly reveals the timing — apart from “the day or the hour” — of when “the sign of Jesus’ coming” will be revealed. Notice THE SOUNDING OF THE TRUMPET in the following prophecies:

  • Joel 2:1-6a –“BLOW THE TRUMPET in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS COMING…. a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor will ever be in ages to come…. At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale.”
  • Zephaniah 1:14-18a — THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD is near … That day will be a day of wrath … A DAY OF TRUMPET and battle cry … I will bring distress on the people…because they have sinned against the Lord…. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them ON THE DAY OF THE LORD’S WRATH.”
  • Zechariah 9:14-16 — “Then THE LORD WILL APPEAR OVER THEM; His arrow will flash like lightning. THE SOVEREIGN LORD WILL SOUND THE TRUMPET; He will march in the storms of the south and the Lord Almighty will shield them…. The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 — [Paul speaking] “We do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope. We believe that Jesus dies and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him…. The Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel AND WITH THE TRUMPET CALL OF GOD, and the dead in Christ will rise first [THE ELECT, gathered from “one end of the heavens to the other”]. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together [THE ELECT, gathered “from the four winds” … “at the four corners of the earth”] with Him in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air [THE RAPTURE]. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words!

THE BOTTOM LINE: In my humble opinion, THE TRUMPET IS THE KEY that ties together all the prophecies which foretell the second coming of Jesus to “gather His elect.” And the words of the elder whom John spoke with — recorded in Revelation 7:13-15 — confirm that THE ELECT WILL BE GATHERED FROM OUT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION.

Standing with you in Christ Jesus,

Paula