Biblically Prophetic Beasts Are Rising!

“In the first year of Belshazar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth. And made to stand upon feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake into pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.

The great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall rise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgement was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

But the judgement shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.” (Daniel 7: 1-28)

The depiction of the final beasts within Biblical prophecy is a matter of debate within the Christian world. We have heard of many interpretations ranging from the revitalization of the Roman Empire to the fulfilment of prophecy of Cyrus the Great.  Scholars want to be the one who explains to the world who the beast kingdoms are and who will be the ones that fulfil prophecy.

The reasoning for this is a matter of pride or desire for recognition from the prophetic world. The scholar that can accurately depict the beast kingdoms would be world renowned for generations and would be able to shine light onto the most complicated prophetic visions found within the Bible.  Once an assumption is made it is very difficult for the interpreter to possess an open mind unto a different interpretation or a possibility that their interpretation is incorrect or misguided.

The truth is that there is no true answer to the modern world. Most likely the truth will be provided in retrospect, once the events have been completed shining light onto the fulfilment after the completion of the events. All we can truly do is speculate as to what we believe the Scriptures are trying to tell us and to use the symbolism to the best of our ability.

Through the ages, the interpretation of Daniel’s beast kingdoms has remained consistent with the use of a couple world empires or powers at the main focal points. These empires have placed their mark on society and their lasting impression is consistent with the rising of kingdoms that could possess the traits present within the beast kingdoms. The kingdoms used have been the countries of Russia, Great Britain, Germany and the Muslim Caliphate.

The use of these kingdoms can be understood through the imagery used to depict the beasts. For example, the symbolic use of the lion with Eagle’s wings to describe the British empire would make absolute sense. The symbol of Great Britain is the Lion and the powerful country that came from their existence has been the United States that is represented by the Eagle. Considering the United States is never truly mentioned within Scripture leads many to believe in this interpretation to give validity to its existence and presence within the modern world. This belief only leads to the understanding that the United States will not be present during the final empires as according to Scripture, as the eagle’s wings are plucked, or removed from existence.

The use of the symbolic Bear to represent Russia is no surprise either. Russia has used the Bear to represent their nations from its inception and considering its world presence, it only makes logical sense to link Russia with the Bear within Daniel’s vision. The interpretation of the Bear being risen on one side and having three ribs is still a matter of debate. Many believe that considering Russia’s strength is present more on one side of their geographic kingdom shows the lopsided strength of the Bear and the three ribs are either countries they devour during the end times or the rise of cruel dictators throughout its existence. The complete interpretation may not be realized until all events unfold but the symbolism of Russia being the Bear is something most Biblical scholars agree upon.

The use of the Leopard to describe Germany is linked to the use of the Leopard tanks that Germany used to dominate Europe during both World Wars. This symbolism of the Leopard combined with the four heads and four wings and spots only brings light unto this interpretation. As this great empire will rise it will have four heads that are representative of the four leaders/kingdoms that would be present during its history. According to Germanic prophetic teaching the belief is that there will be four different empires or reichs that will rise out of the German people. Three of these reichs have come to pass throughout their history and the rise of the Fourth Reich is not something of science fiction but something that is taught throughout the Germanic people.

The four wings attached to the Leopard are very interesting as they are associated to another kingdom that would be combined with the Leopard during the time of the end. Considering the modern authority present within the European Union and the economic superiority of two members within its ranks, we can see who this second kingdom is. France with their national symbol of the Rooster, combined with their historical three kingdoms would fulfil the combining of the Leopard and its wings. Bringing the Leopard’s spots into the equations fulfils the EU as the rise of the final Leopard as this nation encompasses numerous nations with two countries at its head.

The final beast is the most confusing and misunderstood of all the beasts. Little information is provided except that it is different than the other beasts, uses iron to devour, and feet to stomp, and comprises of ten leaders. This leaves the interpretation of this beast debatable as the most modern and accepted interpretation is the rise of the Muslim Caliphate. Like all the prophetic word present within Scripture, we must use the Bible as our guide to help provide light and understanding unto these prophecies.

Upon evaluation of the beasts present within Daniel’s vision we must understand that all prophetic authors and scholars are speculating as to what the correct interpretation represents. The fact of the matter is that we truly don’t know or understand what Scripture is trying to tell us. We, within the prophetic community, can only use the information provided and present the most educated guess as to what the symbolism means. Daniel tried to provide a framework for us to follow and guide us the best he could, as he didn’t even understand fully what he was seeing. Keeping this in mind, we must be open to other interpretation and ideas on how to interpret Daniel’s vision and we must use the Bible as our guide to help define what Scripture is trying to tell us.

Other interpretations present within the prophetic community have led many to believe that the first beast represents Babylon, the second the Media-Persian Empire, with the third representing Greece and finally the fourth showing the revitalization of the Roman empire. This interpretation is possible also and shows the extent of interpretations present associated to the prophetic word. True understanding may only be present after events are fulfilled but they all point to the fulfilment of a one world government. To determine what we must know, we must use Scripture to help define what we are meant to understand.

Daniel helps provide insight into these final kingdoms through his interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s prophetic dream:

“Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation. The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?

Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the vision of thy head upon thy bed, are these;

As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightiest know the thoughts of thy heart.

Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breasts and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and become like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter’s clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors unto him. The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.” (Daniel 2: 25-47)

Within this vision we are shown by the prophet Daniel, the evolution of the fourth beast.  We are told that the kingdom would start with the Babylonian empire and would follow its lineage until the final evolution that would mix the kingdom of iron and clay. The amazing truth about this vision is that history allows mankind to follow this kingdom evolution to reveal who is this final beast.  History provides the landmark that we can follow to name the beast that will be like no other.  Not only can history be used subjectively to provide the answer to this question, but the book of Daniel also provides the exact names of the empires that would arise after the fall of the Babylonian empire.

History provides information that the Babylonian empire ruled from 605BC until 539BC. The fall of the Babylonian empire was due to the rise of the Media-Persia empire that ruled from 539BC until 331BC. The two arms of the statue represent the joint power present with the Media-Persia empire. The Media-Persia empire would then be conquered by the rise of Alexander the Great and the empire of Greece.  Miraculous enough both the Greek and the Media-Persia empires were given to the prophet Daniel in another vision:

“In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me as the first. And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.

Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.

And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.

Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.

Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.

And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And His power shall be mighty, but not by his owner power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many, he shall also stand against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.” (Daniel 8 1-27)

This vision within Daniel miraculously names the two empires that will follow the Babylonian empire. History follows this interpretation without hesitation and there is no debate as to the validity of the evolution of these empires. This vision demonstrates the unfolding of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision and paves the way to see who the kingdom represented by the legs of iron will be. Following the end of the Bronze Age and the fall of the Greek empire, history shows that an empire rose at the beginning of the Iron Age.  This empire would be named Rome.

The history of the Roman empire is heavily documented and imbedded in our modern teachings. No-one can graduate from American High School without studying the rise and fall of the most prolific empire the world has ever seen. This empire was also ruling during the life and death of Jesus Christ and the Rise of Christianity.

Rome had conquered the entire modern world and the stories of Christian persecution is something every church has taught about and the New Testament was written about. You cannot study the New Testament without understanding the Roman Empire.  History taught us that the popularity of Christianity continued to rise within the Roman Empire and the conversion on Emperor Constantine paved the way for the Church to become mainstream. No longer would Christians have to fear for their life by worshiping their God.

The acceptance of the Christian church would be the intermingling within the toes of the statue spoken of within Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The final empire that would rise would be the Holy Roman Catholic Church.  We know this as Scripture tells us that the Iron empire would be mixed with Potter’s clay.  Scripture describes Potter’s clay as: “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64: 8), and: “The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!” (Lamentations 4: 2).

The Christian Church are the descendants of the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ, and the Jews are represented as the potter’s clay. They intermingled with the pagan Roman Empire to become the Roman Catholic Church. History shows the evolution of the empires without hesitation and interprets the prophetic vision without complicated interpretation. Many studies have been completed showing how the intermingling was completed and how the ten kings rose, with three being subdued with the conclusion of the Papacy rising as the little horn. This teaching is accepted by many scholars and is nothing new within the prophetic community.

Understanding Daniel’s visions allows modern man to see that the final of the four beasts mentioned conclude with the rise of the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. This teaching is not to condemn Catholics or to demonize those that believe in Christ thru their Catholic faith. Many dedicated followers of Christ have come from the Roman Catholic Church but Scripture is very clear that the son of perdition will arise and shall deceive many.

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

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.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12)

Many shall debate that the Pope will not be a deceiver of many or the man of perdition as the Catholic Church follows Jesus Christ. This debate will be ongoing until the coming of our Messiah but we are instructed to use Scripture to define Scripture and to not allow our personal emotions or thoughts to cause our heats to go astray.  None of us want to see anyone be deceived or to know that we ourselves may not fully understand what is going on.  We all want to follow our Lord, giving Him praise and proving ourselves worthy of His eternal blessing.

We must be honest with ourselves and understand that what we have been taught may not be correct. If Scriptures depicts a great deception so severe that even the elect may be deceived, then it is not up to us to say if something is possible or not:

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24: 23-24)

These words spoken by Jesus Christ himself depict the extent of the delusion that will engulf the entire world. Jesus told his followers to watch for his second coming but also said that many will come and say He has arrived and they will be lying to the masses. The deception will be great and we must be on guard for anyone who may mislead or misguide Christ’s followers during the end of the age!

Scripture continues to explain the role that these final beasts will play during the Great Tribulation. We are told that the time of the end will be like no other time in history and that these empires will play a very sinister role against the inhabitants of the Earth:

“And I stood upon the sand and the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

And beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was giving unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundations of the world.

If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly would was healed.

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they shall make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13: 1-18)

Again, we can use Scripture to find further information as to what will happen with the final empires of the world and how they will impact society. We see the same symbolism found within the book of Daniel present within the book of Revelation.  This time three of the beast have joined together to form one large and powerful beast.  Understanding modern day symbolism of the Lion being Great Britain, the Leopard being Germany and France, and the Bear being Russia, we can see that there will be a final empire that will join all these separate empires into one world empire.  This empire will have been wounded, most likely by war, but will survive and the entire world will marvel at its power and authority.

We are also told of the Dragon that will give power to the beast. We are told within Scripture that the Dragon is Satan (Revelation 20: 2) but staying consistent with modern symbolism, there is only one country that uses the symbol of the Dragon as their national symbol.  That country is China. This would mean that China would give power and authority to this beast comprising of Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia!

We are told that this empire would speak great blasphemies against God and His tabernacle. Considering God’s tabernacle is (or will be) located in Israel, we can conclude that the beast empire will be against the nation of Israel, concluding with the overcoming of God’s Church or the saints. This empire will encompass the entire world causing all nations to succumb to its power.

Scripture then tells us that another beast with two horns shall arise joining forces with the first beast. This beast shall have two horns and shall speak like the Lamb.  Understanding that Christ is regarded as the Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) we can understand that is beast shall speak in authority mimicking the authority of Jesus Christ.

Using the evolution of Nebuchadnezzar empirical vision as a basis we understand that the Roman Catholic Church plays a role within the end times. Considering the other empires joined to create the first beast of Revelation, it can be concluded that the Roman Catholic Church would have to make up the second beast.  Understanding Catholic Church history, we can see that in 1054AD the Great Schism occurred with the Eastern Orthodox Church split from the Roman Catholic Church.  This split caused the Catholic Church to separate in two with one currently located in Rome (Roman Catholic Church) and the second located in Moscow (Russian Orthodox Church).  How the Eastern Orthodox Church became located in Moscow only illuminates the conflict currently waged between Russia and Ukraine as it was originally located within Ukraine.

Again, history and modern evolution of prophetic language illustrates who the players will be during the end of the age. These empires or beasts will continue to play their part until their destiny is fulfilled.  Understanding that everything has been told to God’s people a long time ago, as a warning, helps us understand the love that God has for His people.  He wants us to understand what is going to transpire so that we can see His power and His love.  That is why understanding the prophetic word is so incredible.  By studying God’s Word, we are told exactly what will happen, before it actually comes to pass!

“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

And the ten horns which thou saweth are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17: 1-18)

Clinton Kowach

12/1/2018

Why Is Understanding Bible Prophecy So Important? So That We May Understand The Battle Before Us!

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1: 1-3)

We are living in a time where many are saying that the prophetic word is not important and that understanding Biblical prophecy is stuff of fairy-tales.  We are being told that studying Scripture in a way that can depict the future is something that only those who are delusional can do. We are told this as the understanding is not present with everyone as there will be many that are unable to see or are willing to study to find the truth.

The blessing that is given at the beginning of the book of Revelation is set there for a reason. The reason is to not enrich those that study the words within the book or to enlighten the individual beyond the understanding of man. The blessing is given so that we may understand the end from the beginning and so that we may know the power of God.

To explain this comment we must know that the fight upon us is not something that we can defeat within the earthly realm. This battle is not something that we can even understand as our consciousness is lacking to see the entire picture.  That is why faith is so important. We must be able to accomplish the good works even without the understanding as to why we do such actions.

Scripture tells us that the war is not between flesh and blood but between powers that are unseen and beyond our comprehension:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:  10-13)

The powers that we fight against are not the powers of this world. That is why Scriptures tells us over and over again that our lives in this realm are not important. We are instructed that what we do with our lives is the true meaning of life. We are told to stand with the understanding of the power of God and that He is truly capable of everything!

Once we understand that He is able to do anything, without limitation, than we have the ability to see our destiny through. When we study the prophetic word, we are given the understanding of what will come. With this understanding, we know what we need to do during the time of our trial. We must stand strong, knowing that God has full control of the outcome and that our lives are not important as our legacy lives on. “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10: 39)

We are only the messengers and not the outcome. We are here to show the world that His word is true and that the final outcome is His. Only after understanding this do we know that our insignificant existence is to glorify Him and nothing else.

When we study Biblical prophecy, we gain an understanding of Him and His actions. We learn why He makes the world go through tribulation and why we as individuals continue with our trials. We go through our struggle so that we may bring about His outcome. That is the only reason. Knowing this shall bring us strength during our time of trial.

If any of us have true belief in our savior, we know that our trial is just beginning. We shall be tried by fire to become refined to bring glory to Him. We shall be a shining light during a time that the world has never witnessed before and we shall face a darkness that is not of this world. The darkness is greater than any of us can ever imagine as our understanding is limited.

Even though our understanding is limited, our power is not. We shall be granted the power to overcome as our Lord and Savior has already overcome this world. We shall be given power and shall do works that are greater than the works our Savior did during His time on this world. We are to be the ones that bring about the greatest revival that the world has ever seen. This has all been spoken to us and promised to us by our God! There is nothing that can be done to change it!

Once we truly know this and I mean deep down in our soul understanding, then we shall be given power that the prophets of old longed for. Our God promised that His spirit would be poured out upon His people and our Savior promised that we would do works that are greater than those He did during His time on this earth.  This is not a fairy-tale.  This is Bible Prophecy!

If we want to inherit our promise from our Lord, than we must fulfill our obligation to Him. We must study and prepare the only way that we were ever instructed to do so. We must prepare spiritually. We must be ready for the time when we will be the ones that are the warriors we promised our God that we would be!

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14: 10-14)

 

Clinton Kowach

10/14/18

When Judgment Comes, Our Instruction is to Watch and Endure!

“And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

And Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24: 3-14)

Our Lord and Savior were asked about the events that would transpire prior to His second coming.  He was very specific as to what will happen and His only instructions during this time were to not be deceived and to endure until the end.

We were warned about many calamities that would happen to the inhabitants of the world. Jesus spoke of wars, earthquakes, false prophets and the love of many growing cold and we were to not be troubled by these events.  We were to find hope and strength knowing that these trials mark His return and our salvation from this world of pain.

When looking at our Savior’s words, we can understand that during this time, there will be massive suffering and death that will occur to all those who live on the earth. Modern teachers present a fairy-tale stating that Christians should not worry as they will be taken from this earth prior to any end time events occurring but Jesus himself states that we will be hated and delivered up to be afflicted. Considering that everything is in God’s power, we can see that He will allow our persecution to be the beacon of love that will lead the world to Him.

There are reasons that Jesus depicted these events in the order that He did. We can see that He is laying out how these events will transpire and we can see the persecution of the Church comes before the preaching of the gospel to the world.  We can also see that during the time of Christian persecution, false prophets shall arise leading many away from the truth. Knowing this we can understand that the Church is present during this time and not taken away prior to the gospel being preached to the entire world.

And what does the only begotten Son of God give as instruction to His followers during this time? Our only instruction is to ENDURE UNTIL THE END!!

Remain safe my friends and continue being a light to the world, as we must shine! We must shine so brightly, that we will be the light to which the world will follow, so that they may understand that Jesus is the true Messiah.  As without us, there shall be no light!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’s sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5: 3-17)

 

Clinton Kowach

10/6/18

We Are Instructed To Fear God So Why Are We Trying To Produce The War That Causes His Arrival?

“These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

‘Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts – no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on that day of judgment than for that town.

‘I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of the Father speaking through you.

‘Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

‘The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

‘So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

‘Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I do not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follows me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciples, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.’” (Matthew 10: 5-42)

The instruction that Jesus gave to his disciples as they began their ministry is no different than the instruction needed by the modern saints. Jesus was very specific as to what would happen then and how they must conduct themselves. They were to be welcomed by few but persecuted by many. Above all else, the disciples were instructed to not fear anyone or anything except God himself!

We live in a society where we fear nothing. The citizens of the modern world have all our needs fulfilled and technology is unlocking wonders mankind has only dreamed of. We long for nothing as we have everything we could ever think of, and this is just the general public. The wealthy among us rule the land, pursuing their own desires and using the masses as pawns in their game of financial conquest. They play games with the lives of those below them and see the masses as an asset to be used for their delight. The loss of life is viewed as collateral damage and as long as the ends justify the means, a few casualties can be overlooked. Besides, this world has been built upon the sacrifice of many to enrich the few.

We see this being played out on the world scene like no other time in history. All the world’s armies are gathering in the Middle East while economic war is crashing currencies all around the globe. We as Americans are told that we will endure a little heartache but we will be victorious in the end, all while people are suffering all over the world. The worth of modern human life depends on the amount of assets one accumulates.

This lack of fear by our rulers has caused the world to see prophetic events unfolding within the Middle East. All over the world, people are proclaiming that the prophecies revealed within the Bible are being played out in real time.  Seeing these events unfold is truly amazing but the most staggering fact is the amount of arrogance portrayed by the followers of Christ. The world is watching Christians longing for war against Israel as this would bring about the coming of their Messiah. This belief is true according to Scripture but the fact that these same Christians are not afraid of what this truly means is horrifying.

We were told by the prophet Ezekiel that the armies of Gog and Magog would join forces and invade the Holy Land. We are being taught that this would be a glorious thing as Israel will destroy these armies as they are God’s chosen people and he has promised to protect them.  Besides we are in the last days so it would make sense that God would protect his people without witnessing their destruction.  The only problem is this is not what Scripture tells us:

“Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.

Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.

Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.

The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders for his people: ‘It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

The Lord says, ‘The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.’

In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.

Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding. Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle. The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground. (Isaiah 3: 8-26)

The destruction of the Jewish people and their symbolic capital of Jerusalem are depicted in detail within the book of Isaiah.  The prophet depicts the judgment of Israel and describes how they will be overcome in battle and will be brought to ruin. This is completely contradictory to what is being taught within the Christian Church today.  Modern Christians are being taught that God will miraculously protect Israel and Gog and Magog will be destroyed.  This is partially true:

‘Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: in that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a might army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’ (Ezekiel 38: 14-23)

There is no miraculous protection that comes over Israel during the Gog/Magog war. The armies of Gog are allowed to overcome the land like a cloud and the armies will advance against the state of Israel. This gives the illustration that the land of Israel will be overcome prior to the appearance of God Himself!  The part that no one is explaining is that there will be a massive earthquake followed by the arrival of the Sovereign Lord!

Finally when God has had enough He comes down to earth to issue judgment. We are told about His judgment and we should all be afraid of the prospect of His revealing to the world!  The arrival of our Lord is also explained by the prophet Malachi:

“‘I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the Lord Almighty.

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine then like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.

‘So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 3: 1-5)

The Lord’s arrival was also described by the prophet Amos:

“This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. ‘What do you see, Amos?’ he asked. ‘A basket of ripe fruit,’ I answered. Then the Lord said to me, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.’

‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies – flung everywhere! Silence!’

Here this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?’ – skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: ‘I will never forget anything they have done. Will not the land tremble for this, and all who live in it mourn? The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink like the river of Egypt. ‘

‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.’

‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it. ‘In that day the lovely young women and strong young men will faint because of thirst. (Amos 8: 1-13)

It’s easy to see that the coming of our Lord is not something that the wicked will want to witness. The judgment of mankind will come swiftly and without pity in the eyes of the Lord. Considering we are all guilty of sin and deserve death, we should hope and pray that we are worthy enough to know him: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

The Old Testament prophets are also very clear that there will be a massive earthquake that will shake the foundation of this earth.  The arrival of our Lord will bring about a sign that will cause anyone who does not already fear the Lord to run into the mountains hiding themselves. This earthquake is also depicted three different times in the book of Revelation:

“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, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

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. They called to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hid us form the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6: 12-17)

And:

“Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city – which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt – where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.” (Revelation 11: 7-14)

And:

“The sixth angle poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

‘Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.’

Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘It is done!’ Then there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plagues of hail, because the plague was so terrible.” (Revelation 16: 12-21)

First of all, by comparing these earthquake depictions side by side, it can be seen that they are in fact the same earthquake and not three different earthquakes.  This combined with the depictions presented by the Old Testament prophets it can be seen that this earthquake is a pivotal point in the prophetic word.  In fact, it is the most important single event in human history as it depicts the arrival of God Himself!

Secondly, understanding how these events happen, it can be seen that the seven seals, trumpets, and bowls happen simultaneously and not independent from each other.  This causes the concurrent timeline being taught to the church to not be correct. Understanding and seeing that these events will happen simultaneously brings a whole new perspective upon the end-time analysis.

Finally, the church is excited that they will be taken from this earth prior to any of these events happening.  But we are still here and we can see the armies gathering and prophecy being fulfilled. They continue to reference 1 Thessalonians to justify their Rapture stance, but we are instructed to define Scripture with Scripture, and when doing so we can see where the reference to a thief tells us exactly when God’s Wrath occurs:

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 4-11)

We are specifically told that God’s wrath will begin when the great earthquake happens, which means that God’s wrath occurs when He comes to earth to implement it! The Scripture depicts it without hesitation as the reference to a thief is given in both scenarios. This would mean that for those that endure until the end, they will be protected from God’s Wrath by the testament of Jesus Christ!

Jesus instructed his disciples that if they acknowledged him in the site of man, that he would acknowledge them in the site of His Father.  This is when that event happens.  God himself will come down to judge mankind and to enact His wrath and at that time Jesus will present those who he knows. We must all pray and hope that when that day comes, and it will come, that our Savior Jesus Christ will acknowledge us in the sight of His Father!

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the ones who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7: 21-23)

 

Clinton Kowach

10/4/18

 

We Must Keep Our Promise to God as Our Faith and Patience Will Be Tested!

“Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your cloths did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.

Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to Him and revering Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land – a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have I multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 8: 1-20)

The promise that God gave the Israelites is no different than the promise of salvation given to the Church by Jesus Christ. In both cases a promise was made to prepare a place for them where they would long for nothing. Every need would be taken care of and all of their dreams would come true.  Everyone in the world today can see the promise that God gave the Jewish nation has come true with the establishment of the Israeli Nation in 1948.

Not only has the Jewish nation received their land back after an almost two thousand year hiatus, but Israel has prospered and thrived within this barren land. Jews from all over the world have come back to the Promised Land to repopulate the land God proclaimed to be theirs.

Christians have been promised to have a place prepared for them by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He promised that if we fulfilled our obligation that He would return one day and bring us to our Promised Land. The only difference between the promise God gave to the Jews and the promise Jesus gave to the Christians is that the Jews have received their Holy Land and the Christians have not.

These promises also have come with an obligation that must be fulfilled for the promise to remain intact. We must not forget the Lord our God and we must never bow down to another god or we will be destroyed.  This is consistent with both promises.

All around the world people are proclaiming that the end of the world is at hand and that the Great Judgment is almost upon mankind. The Jews are watching for their messiah to come and to have the Third Temple built with the reintroduction of the sacrifice where Christians are proclaiming that Jesus is returning and will destroy the Anti-Christ.  Even the non-believer can see that the world has gone crazy and that we are headed for a major crisis.

The Prophetic Scripture tells us that all of these events will happen and they will happen at a time of great peril.  The entire world will be filled with crisis and everyone will be looking for a Messiah to save the world from destruction.  The current developments within the Middle East and the buildup of the world’s armies in Syria have everyone looking toward the Old Testament prophets for answers. By reading these prophets and looking at the news, we are seeing Bible prophecy being fulfilled.

The Prophet Ezekiel speaks about the gathering of armies against the land of Israel in chapters 38 and 39, while the Prophet Isaiah describes the total destruction of the city of Damascus in chapter 17. These events combined with the gathering of the world’s armies happening in Syria, which is described in Revelation chapter 16, we can see the Living God coming alive within these events.

What must be understood is that we must be careful what we wish for! Yes we want to see our promise fulfilled just like the Jewish promise was but we must be prepared for what comes with it.  God’s Judgment is nothing to take for granted and nothing to wish upon others. What He has promised to do to the sinners of the world is truly horrific.  Actually looking at these events would make anyone with a heart wish that we could find another way.  A way that does not include so much death and suffering but this is the only way.  That is why we have been warned for thousands of years, so that we may be worthy enough to not partake of God’s wrath.

We as believers must do everything in our power to make sure that the truth is upheld and that as many that would listen are told the goodness of our Lord. This is our obligation by being alive during this time.  We are told that we will be tried and that our faith will be tested to see if we are true.  By the testing of our faith we will show our goodness and love toward our Creator.  We are all made of sin and we all deserve eternal death. None of us are good enough to enter eternal salvation by our works and we must be granted His grace to enter the presence of the Lord. This is the only way and once we understand that then we know what we must do.  We must proclaim the truth and hold true to our promise to not worship anyone above our God. This will be the true patience of the saints:

“Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.’

A second angel followed and said, ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’ which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.’

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: ‘If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they too will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.’ This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, They will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.’ (Revelation 14: 6-13)

 

Clinton Kowach

9/29/18