PERFECTION – Chapter 12 – The 5th Tribulation Seal

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Chapter 12 – THE 5TH TRIBULATION SEAL

The Apostasy, Martyrs, The Peace Treaty, The Antichrist

BE ALERT:  We are witnessing the early Events of the 5th Tribulation Seal, which will include:

Revelation 6:9  tells us, “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;

Verse 10.  “And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Verse 11.  “And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.”

I was having a conversation with a Christian friend and during our talk, he made these four points:

  1. “I believe the return of Jesus is near”.
  2. “I am looking forward to the rapture”.
  3. “I believe the tribulation will begin as soon as the rapture happens”.
  4. “The antichrist will appear after the rapture and give the Mark of the Beast”.

When I asked him to elaborate by telling me where he gets his information, he said, “From the Bible”.

So, I pressed him a little, and asked “where in the Bible”.  And, he answers with “The Book of Revelation and elsewhere”.

I decided to go to the ‘full court press’ and asked, “Yes, but, exactly where?  And why do you believe what you have said?”

A bit exasperated, he responded with, “This is what I have always heard.  It’s what my pastor says.  Read it for yourself”.

I have had this same conversation with scores of well-meaning Christians, and it always ends the same way, “Someone else told me“, but they cannot find it in scriptures or they find a reference and ‘interpolate’.

Well, I have read it for myself – over and over for the last 10 years – I have studied eschatological matters and re-studied them, and used “good Bible study techniques and methods”, and here is what I found (for the ‘umpteenth time’):

PART I.  WHEN  “THE LAST DAYS” BEGAN  – AROUND AD 30 to AD 60

Hebrews 1:2, says, In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

Hebrews 9:26, says, “For then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

The Book of Hebrews was written around AD 60. The reference to The End of the Age, therefore, was around AD 60. This is an important ‘timeline clue’. I have written here, in red, for your convenience.

Acts 2:14, says, “But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. Verse 15 “For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; Verse 16, but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:

Verse 17. ‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS, God says,
‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND;
AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY,
AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS,
AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;”

The Book of Acts was written around AD 60. The reference to The End of the Age, therefore, was around AD 60. This is an important ‘timeline clue’. I have written here, in red, for your convenience.

2 Timothy 3:1, says, “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.”

The Book of 2 Timothy was written around AD 60. The reference to The End of the Age, therefore, was around AD 60. This is an important timeline clue’. I have written here, in red, for your convenience.

1 Peter 1:20, says, “He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you”.

1 Peter 4:7, says,The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

2 Peter 3:3  “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?”

The Books of 1st and 2nd Peter were written around AD 60. The reference to The End of the Age, therefore, was around AD 60. This is an important timeline clue’. I have written here, in red for your convenience. The “LAST DAYS” began with the 1st Advent of Christ.

PART II. WHEN WILL THESE THINGS HAPPEN

Matthew 24:3 “tells us, “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Verse 4.  “And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.

Verse 5.  “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.

Verse 6. “You will be hearing of (1), wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.

Verse 7. “For (2), nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be (3), famines and (4), earthquakes.

Verse 8. “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs (another term for “tribulation”.

Verse 9. “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.” (5th Tribulation Seal) 

III.  WHEN IS JESUS COMING BACK?

2 Thessalonians 2:1  tells us, “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him (i.e., “raptured”) we ask you, brothers, 

Verse 2.  not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 

Verse 3.  “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, until the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed (i.e., the antichrist), the son of destruction, 

Verse 4who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 

Verse 5. Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I told you these things? 

Verse 6.  And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 

Verse 7.  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 

Verse 8.  “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.”

IV.  WHAT’S NEXT?

Every event and all the prophecies regarding Jesus’ 2nd Coming and the coming Great and Terrible Day of the Lord have been fulfilled up through the 5th tribulation seal – except for the revealing of the Antichrist and the rapture of the saints.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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PERFECTION – Chapter 11 – Pre-Wrath Rapture

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Chapter 11 –  THE PRE-MILLENNIAL PRE-WRATH RAPTURE

There are several eschatological views of the End Time and The End of The Age. The most traditional views, (which are in constant competition and conflict), are:

      • The Traditional Pre-tribulation Rapture view says that the rapture will occur before the beginning of a seven-year tribulation period, before the breaking of the first tribulation seal.
      • It describes the second coming of Jesus as occurring at the end of the Tribulation period, that is, it will occur after the 7 Seal judgments, the 7 Trumpet judgments and the 7 Bowl judgments.
      • The Pre-tribulation Rapture describes the rapture as Jesus coming for the church – then, Jesus’ second coming, as Him coming with the church.

The first three on this list adhere to the doctrine of the rapture and a fixed seven-year tribulation period. Post-millennialism omits the rapture.

There is another, more recent view, similar to the other four, in that it is called The Pre-wrath Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Which is also Pre-millennial. This view suggests that the Last Days began in our around AD 30 to AD 69. This is confirmed by Jesus and several Apostles in Matthew 24, Hebrews 1:2, Hebrews 9:26, Acts 2:14-17, 2 Timothy 3:1, 1 Peter 1:20, 1 Peter 4:7, 2 Peter 3:3. 

(One of the first, most accurate, and most persistent advocates of the Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church can be found at Zion’s Hope, with videos on this site.)

Finally, in this 21st century, there are a few prominent Bible teachers who are now arriving at this same conclusions (John Piper, and Corrie Ten Boom)

The Pre-wrath Pre-Tribulation Rapture is the clearest explanation, by Jesus, of The Day of the Lord and the rapture.

      • The Bible says, in plain language, that the rapture will occur after or during the 6th tribulation seal.
      • This view holds that the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21) or a Great Distress (Luke21:23) begins during the 6th seal, being Daniel’s 70th week, when the Antichrist is revealed in the temple. This is not a “mid-tribulation view” because it occurs after or during the 6th Seal, but, well before the three- and one-half-year mark of the Great Tribulation.
      • Again, this period is defined, in the Bible, as the Great Tribulation or the time of Great Distress as opposed to “the tribulation” which began as early as AD 60.

The danger of the first four Tribulation and Rapture views are that they leave the believer in an unprepared state for the Tribulation and the Rapture. They teach that a believer need to do nothing more than make a statement of faith, and he or she will escape any and all of the Tribulation period. There is no further need for preparation, evangelism or ‘enduring to the end‘, which are clearly spelled out in scriptures.

The Pre-wrath Pre-Tribulation Rapture teaches that the tribulation period began in or around AD 30 and tribulation seals 1 through 5 have been progressively broken to this day and the effects are overlapping continuing and intensifying. We are near the breaking of the 6th Tribulation Seal which marks the beginning of the Day of the Wrath of the Lamb, the sealing of the 144,000 of Israel, the Rapture of the Church and the pouring out of God’s wrath on earth.

The Pre-wrath Pre-Tribulation Rapture teaches that

In support of the Pre-Wrath Rapture view, here is a quick scan of time and history as it relates to the Bible. Read carefully, and study.

WARS AND RUMORS OF WAR

Jesus says, in Matthew 24:6, “And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”  

Jesus, in agreement with His statement in Matthew 24:6, again says in chapter Revelation chapter 6, one who sat on a white horse had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

“When Jesus broke the second seal, the second living creature said, “Come!” And a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that people would kill one another; and a large sword was given to him.”

There have been thousands upon thousands of wars and conflicts since the time of Christ. Most notable for their scope and breadth are the

  • Religious Crusades (1095 – 1291, Muslims vs Latin Church, almost 2 million dead),
  • WWI (1914 – 1918, 17 million dead), and
  • WW2 (1939 – 1945, over 70 million dead).

Current wars and global conflicts, as of 2018 (link).

Wars and rumors of war is nothing new.  So, when Jesus says, in Matthew 24:6-8, “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”

First, we should ask “WHICH wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines” was Jesus referring to?  Those in AD 30?  Those in AD69?  Those later wars?  The answer is, ‘No’.  Jesus was speaking in the present about an unfolding present and future event. These wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines were already occurring, have continued to occur and will increase with intensity until the end!

Look at it this way:   When Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. it was a category 5 storm;  As Irma progressed up the peninsula of Florida, it became a category 4 storm;  then as it entered Alabama it became a category 3 storm;  and finally as it entered Georgia, Irma became a tropical storm; and later as it entered Tennessee, it became a rain event.

To those in the various states which hurricane Irma entered, it would have appeared to them that Irma might have been 5 different storms, occurring consecutively; first a Category 5 storm, then, a Category 4 storm, then, a Category 3 hurricane, then, a Tropical storm, and, finally, a rain event.  But if viewed “From Above” it was ONE CONTINUOUS STORM, progressively unfolding to its conclusion

FAMINES AND EARTHQUAKES

Again, famines and earthquakes are nothing new in history. So, how do we determine TO WHICH famines and earthquakes was Jesus referring?

Here is a continuing list of Famines: A list of global famines and a historical list of global seismic activity.

Compare what Jesus said, found in Matthew 24 and what John said in Revelation about these matters.

  • But that is not yet the end…all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
  • Wars and rumors of wars have been ongoing since the 1st century.
  • The breaking of the 2nd Seal brings outright warfare on a Global Scale.
  • We have now seen two world wars
  • We have seen ‘the sons of Ishmael’ warring with ‘the sons of Isaac’ on a global scale since the time of Christ.

Once again, if we are not to endure these ‘tribulations’ why is Jesus warning us to “endure to the end”?

Matthew 24:15 tells us, Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 

Verse 16:  “Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

Verse 17:  “Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 

Verse 18:  “Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 

Verse 19:  “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 

Verse 20:  “But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 

Verse 21:  “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 

Verse 22:  “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” 

The Prophetic Word of God will be manifested in the physical realms of the heavens and the earth.

There is one more important clue to the timing of the rapture and the beginning of the Great Tribulation period found in

2 Thessalonians 2:1 “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, regarding the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, verse 2, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit, or a message, or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

Verse 3. No one is to deceive you in any way! For it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, verse 4, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”

 We can also see references to these events in Matthew chapter 24 and in  Revelation chapter Six. This is referring to the breaking of the 5th Tribulation Seal.

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PERFECTION – Chapter 10 – Clue #3

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Chapter 10 – CLUES POINTING TO THE END – CLUE #3

ALPHA ~ OMEGA

THE COVENANTS – HIS PERFECTION

 (THE NECESSARY, ALBEIT, SLOW STEPS TO GOD’S PERFECT DESIGN)

(The following blue text, on this page, is taken as an excerpt from the Gotquestions.org website, “What is a Covenant”)

The Bible speaks of seven different covenants, four of which (Abrahamic, Palestinian, Mosaic, Davidic) God made with the nation of Israel. Of those four, three are unconditional in nature; that is, regardless of Israel’s obedience or disobedience, God still will fulfill these covenants with Israel. One of the covenants, the Mosaic Covenant, is conditional in nature. That is, this covenant will bring either blessing or cursing depending on Israel’s obedience or disobedience. Three of the covenants (Adamic, Noahic, New) are made between God and mankind in general, and are not limited to the nation of Israel.

I.  The Adamic Covenant can be thought of in two parts: (a) the Edenic Covenant (innocence) and (b) the Adamic Covenant (grace) (Genesis 3:16-19).

The Edenic Covenant is found in Genesis 1:26-30; 2:16-17. The Edenic Covenant,

  • Outlined man’s responsibility toward creation and
  • God’s directive regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Adamic Covenant included,

  • The curses pronounced against mankind for the sin of Adam and Eve, as well as
  • God’s provision for that sin (Genesis 3:15).

HIS PURPOSE IS HIS PERFECTION

This explanation tells us about the Adamic Covenant, but what we should be looking for is the purpose of the covenant, that is, where this covenant takes us, in time.

God is moving all of His creation, the heavens the earth, all the inhabitants and all of humankind toward perfection.

We should ask ourselves, why does God need to enact SEVEN covenants? Is He fickle? Did men and women out-think or outsmart God, so He would need to amend each previous Covenant as a response? No, to each of those questions.

Each covenant is a step toward God’s perfection. It is God’s design, as described in Matthew 5:48, for us to “be perfect, (teleio), even as He is perfect, (teleios)”.

In Matthew 5:20, Jesus says, “For I say to you that unless your righteousness far surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Again, 1 Corinthians 13:9, tells us, “For we know in part and prophesy in part; verse 10, but when the perfect, (teleios), comes, the partial will be done away with.”

Hebrews 6:1, commands us, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection (teleiotés); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,”

Just as when God, as recorded in Genesis 6,God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them”, He will once again, judge the world, in a final judgment.

Satan, Sin, Evil, Death Eradicated

Revelation 20:7-15, says, “When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Judgment at the Throne of God

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them; and they were judged, each one of them according to their deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Perfection Attained – A New Heaven and Earth

Revelation 21:1-4, tells us, Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

 Verses 22-27, “I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb. he nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

THE NECESSARY, ALBEIT, SLOW STEPS TO GOD’S PERFECT DESIGN

It was because God had created mankind with the power of choice, with a free will and because God created man with a dubious character (Genesis 1:27), the Adamic Covenant was the FIRST NECESSARY, ALBEIT, SLOW STEP toward perfection.

2. The Noahic Covenant was an unconditional covenant between God and Noah (specifically) and humanity (generally). After the Flood, God promised humanity that He would never again destroy all life on earth with a Flood (see Genesis chapter 9). God gave the rainbow as the sign of the covenant, a promise that the entire earth would never again flood and a reminder that God can and will judge sin (2 Peter 2:5).

3. Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3, 6-7; 13:14-17; 15; 17:1-14; 22:15-18). In this covenant, God promised many things to Abraham. He personally promised that He would make Abraham’s name great (Genesis 12:2), that Abraham would have numerous physical descendants (Genesis 13:16), and that he would be the father of a multitude of nations (Genesis 17:4-5). God also made promises regarding a nation called Israel. In fact, the geographical boundaries of the Abrahamic Covenant are laid out on more than one occasion in the book of Genesis (12:7; 13:14-15; 15:18-21). Another provision in the Abrahamic Covenant is that the families of the world will be blessed through the physical line of Abraham (Genesis 12:3; 22:18). This is a reference to the Messiah, who would come from the line of Abraham.

4. Palestinian Covenant (Deuteronomy 30:1-10). The Palestinian Covenant, or Land Covenant, amplifies the land aspect that was detailed in the Abrahamic Covenant. According to the terms of this covenant, if the people disobeyed, God would cause them to be scattered around the world (Deuteronomy 30:3-4), but He would eventually restore the nation (verse 5). When the nation is restored, then they will obey Him perfectly (verse 8), and God will cause them to prosper (verse 9).

5. Mosaic Covenant (Deuteronomy 11; et al.). The Mosaic Covenant was a conditional covenant that either brought God’s direct blessing for obedience or God’s direct cursing for disobedience upon the nation of Israel. Part of the Mosaic Covenant was the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) and the rest of the Law, which contained over 600 commands—roughly 300 positive and 300 negative. The history books of the Old Testament (Joshua–Esther) detail how Israel succeeded at obeying the Law or how Israel failed miserably at obeying the Law. Deuteronomy 11:26-28 details the blessing/cursing motif.

6. Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7:8-16). The Davidic Covenant amplifies the “seed” aspect of the Abrahamic Covenant. The promises to David in this passage are significant. God promised that David’s lineage would last forever and that his kingdom would never pass away permanently (verse 16). Obviously, the Davidic throne has not been in place at all times. There will be a time, however, when someone from the line of David will again sit on the throne and rule as king. This future king is Jesus (Luke 1:32-33).

7. New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34). The New Covenant is a covenant made first with the nation of Israel and, ultimately, with all mankind. In the New Covenant, God promises to forgive sin, and there will be a universal knowledge of the Lord. Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17) and create a new covenant between God and His people. Now that we are under the New Covenant, both Jews and Gentiles can be free from the penalty of the Law. We are now given the opportunity to receive salvation as a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9).

It is through this final Covenant in Christ that we find these words, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

In addition to the historical timeline chart, I have added a presentation named the “Alpha & Omega” which is a brief outline and overview of some of the important Biblical events we have discussed in chronological order. These add to our base of clues and strengthen our understanding of the timeline that leads us to The End of the Age.

The next chapter:  THE PREMILLENNIAL PRE-WRATH RAPTURE

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IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF “GOD’S PROGRESSIVE COVENANTS” AS DESCRIBED IN THE BIBLE, YOU WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, USHERING IN THE “GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD”.

PERFECTION – Chapter 8 – Clues Pointing to the End – Clue #1, Part 3

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CHAPTER 8 – CLUES POINTING TO THE END – CLUE#1, Part 3

THE GREAT FLOOD – REVELATION 12

(The Flood, The Woman, The Dragon, The Child)

It is important to understand the events described in Revelation 12, 13, and 14 as a recap, and a panorama of God’s Plan of salvation for the world from a ‘Heavenly Perspective’.

The scenario in Revelation, chapter 12, begins with Israel, the Christ child and Satan’s failed attempt to destroy this child, the Son of God. It culminates with Jesus’ victorious war over the Evil one.

Revelation 12:1-17 seems out of place in the account of The End of Days, The Tribulation and God’s Judgments. But it is important to understand the events described in Revelation 12, 13, and 14 as a recap, and a panorama of God’s Plan of salvation for the world from a ‘Heavenly Perspective’.

The scenario in Revelation, chapter 12, begins with Israel, the Christ child and Satan’s failed attempt to destroy this, child, the Son of God. It culminates with Jesus’ victorious war over the Evil one.

Revelation 12:13, says, “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Verse 14. “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Verse 15. “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Verse 16. “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Verse 17. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Revelation, chapter 12, starts with the words, “Now a great sign appeared”: This is the first of seven signs that John relates, and is described as a “great sign”, (“mega semeion”, from the Greek language).

Revelation chapters 12, 13, and 14 the main figures of the Great Tribulation are described, and this great sign introduces the first of the seven.

  1. The woman, representing Israel.
  2. The dragon, representing Satan.
  3. The man-child, referring to Jesus.
  4. The angel Michael, head of the angelic host.
  5. The offspring of the woman, representing Gentiles who come to faith in the Tribulation.
  6. The beast out of the sea, representing the antichrist.
  7. The beast out of the earth, representing the false prophet who promotes the antichrist.

Knowing and understanding “The Flood” in Revelation 12 will help you know the urgency of the day in which you live, why you need to get ready for His Return and that it is now time.

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IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE FLOOD AS DESCRIBED BY JESUS IN REVELATION 12, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, USHERING IN THE “GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD”.

PERFECTION – Chapter 7 – Clues Pointing to the end – Clue #1 – Part 2

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Chapter 7 – Pointing to the End – Clue #1, Part 2

THE GREAT FLOOD – MATTHEW 24

 And they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so, will the coming of the Son of Man be. “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.”  Matthew 24:39-40

NOTE: To adequately understand Prophetic Scriptures, you must look back in order to look forward! “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,  “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Jesus, in Matthew Chapter 24, gives us an amazing overview of the coming Day of the Lord, the Great Tribulation, the Rapture of the Church and much more.

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THIS WILL HAPPEN IN A MOMENT AND THERE WILL BE NO SECOND-CHANCES. THE TIME IS UPON US.

The word “flood” is used about 28 times in the Bible. It is used eleven times in the Book of Genesis and refers to God’s Judgment on the world for sin by way of the Great Flood.

The word “flood” is used either in general terms or symbolically, twice in Job, five times in Psalms, once in Proverbs, Isaiah and Nahum, once in Luke.

It is used in reference to God’s Judgments, once in Daniel, twice in Matthew, once in Luke once in 2 Peter and once in Revelation. All of these references are related to the End of Days in some way, except for 2 Peter.

The Bible mentions a flood in conjunction with God’s Judgment and the “End of Days” as mentioned, in Daniel 9, Matthew 24 and Revelation 12.

Let’s focus on the narrative of a flood in Matthew 24:37 which speaks specifically about the “Flood”, comparing what is past and what coming.

The flood in Matthew 24:37 is a direct reference to the Great Flood of Noah’s day, which “took them all away” who were not safe in the Ark.

Matthew uses the same wording and warnings as found in the Genesis Flood account:

Matthew 24:39, tells us, “And, they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so, will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Verse 40. “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.

Verse 41. “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

Verse 42. “Therefore, be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.

Verse 43. “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

Verse 44. “For this reason, you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

Verse 45. “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?

Verse 46. “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.”

Here is the “takeaway” and what we are to be so doing when he comes“.

  1. In Noah’s day, although Noah warned them, they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away.
  2. So, it will be with the coming of “The Son of Man, which is Jesus. But now we understand the warnings and will have no excuse. Still, if you do not heed the warnings, you will be taken away.
  3. The warning is, “those who are not ready will be left”. They will be left. No excuses and no second chances, not even during the Tribulation.
  4. “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes:
    • Be on the alert; he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into
    • Be the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time.

This is to be our response. Get Ready and Stay Ready!

IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF THE FLOOD AS DESCRIBED BY JESUS IN MATTHEW 24, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, USHERING IN THE “GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD”.

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PERFECTION – Chapter 6 – Clues Pointing to the End – Clue #1, Part 1

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Chapter 6 – Clue #2 – Pointing to the End

THE GREAT FLOOD – DANIEL 9

 (Daniel’s 70 Weeks)

These verses provide a “timeline” that gives us an idea of when the Messiah, (Jesus), would come and some of the events that would accompany His appearance. The prophecy of the 70 weeks also summarizes what happens before Jesus sets up His millennial kingdom.

The “seventy weeks” prophecy, found in Daniel chapter 9, begins with Daniel praying for Israel, acknowledging the nation’s sins against God and asking for God’s mercy. As Daniel prayed, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and gave him a vision of Israel’s future. In verse 24, Gabriel says, Seventy sevens” are decreed for your people and your holy city.”  The seventy “sevens” should be understood as seventy “weeks” of years, in other words, a period of 490 years.

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The prophecy divides the 490 years into three smaller units:

    • one of 49 years,
    • one of 434 years, and
    • one 7 years.
      • The final “week” of 7 years is further divided in half.

Verse 25 says, “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.’ “
      • (Seven “sevens” is 49 years, and sixty-two “sevens” is another 434 years: 49 years + 434 years = 483 years

Prophecy tells us that there will be 490 years of prophecy to be fulfilled, leading to the End of the Age.  483 years of ‘Daniel’s 70 Weeks’ prophecy have been fulfilled.  We are now in, what some Bible teachers and theologians call, the “Age of Grace“. God is giving the world a final period of time to come to Jesus for redemption and salvation.

The Age of Grace is the period of time between the 483 years of completed prophecies leading to the End of the Age, also known as The Last Days, and the final 7 years of The Great Tribulation Period, which begins with the breaking of the 6th Tribulation Seal.

We are living in the Age of Grace now, and by all accounts we are in the 5th Tribulation Seal, waiting for the breaking of the 6th Seal. This will mark the end of the Age of Grace, the beginning of the Great Tribulation and the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.

The Fulfillment of the 70 Weeks

Gabriel said the prophetic clock would start at the time that a decree was issued to rebuild Jerusalem. From the date of that decree to the time of the Messiah would be 483 years.

  • We know from history that the command to “restore and rebuild Jerusalem” was given by King Artaxerxes of Persia c. 445 B.C. (see Nehemiah 2:1-8).
  • The first unit of 49 years (seven “sevens”) covers the time that it took to rebuild Jerusalem, “with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble” (Daniel 9:25). This rebuilding is chronicled in the book of Nehemiah.
  • Using the Jewish custom of a 360-day year, 483 years after 445 B.C. places us at A.D. 30, which would coincide with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9). The prophecy in Daniel 9specifies that after the completion of the 483 years, “the Anointed One will be cut off” (verse 26). This was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified.
  • Daniel 9:26 continues with a prediction that, after the Messiah is killed, “the people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.” This was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The “ruler who will come” is a reference to the Antichrist, who, it seems, will have some connection with Rome, since it was the Romans who destroyed Jerusalem.

The Purpose of the 70 Weeks (i.e., the 490 years)

The prophecy contains a statement concerning God’s six-fold purpose in bringing these events to pass: Verse 24 says this purpose is:

1) “to finish transgression,” (that is, to end man’s rebellion toward God)

2) “to put an end to sin,” (that is, to bring an end to sin)

3) “to atone for wickedness,” (that is, to make amends or reparation for wickedness)

4) “to bring in everlasting righteousness,” (that is, the quality of being morally right or justifiable)

5) “to seal up vision and prophecy,” and (that is, to confirm these prophetic visions)

6) “to anoint the most holy.” (That is, to anoint, or to confer divine or holy office upon; in this case the Holy One, Jesus.)

Notice that the results of this six-fold purpose concerns the total eradication of sin and the establishing of righteousness.

The prophecy of the 70 weeks summarizes what happens before Jesus sets up His millennial kingdom.

Of special note is the third in the list of results: “to atone for wickedness.” Jesus accomplished the atonement for sin by His death on the cross (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17).

The Final Week of the 70 Weeks

  1. Of the 70 “sevens,” 69 have been fulfilled in history. This leaves one more “seven” yet to be fulfilled.
  2. Most scholars believe that we are now living in a huge gap between the 69th week and the 70th week. The prophetic clock has been paused, as it were. The final “seven” of Daniel is what we usually call the tribulation period.
  3. Daniel’s prophecy reveals some actions of the Antichrist, the “ruler who will come.” Verse 27 says, “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’” However, “in the middle of the ‘seven,’ he will set up an abomination that causes desolation” in the temple. Jesus warned of this event in Matthew 24:15. After the Antichrist breaks the covenant with Israel, a time of “great tribulation” begins (Matthew 24:21, New King James Version).
  4. Daniel also predicts that the Antichrist will face judgment. He only rules “until the end that is decreed is poured out on him” (Daniel 9:27). God will only allow evil to go so far, and the judgment the Antichrist will face has already been planned out.

The prophecy of the 70 weeks is complex and detailed There are various interpretations, and most interpretations are unnecessarily convoluted to fit a particular denominational view. However, if you will put biased ‘denominationalism’ aside, and read the prophetic scriptures, first for their plain face-value, then secondly, read them in the context of the entire Bible, an amazingly clear picture emerges. You will find a Pre-Wrath, pre-millennial view. One thing is certain: God has a timetable, and He is keeping things on schedule. God tells us what He has planned from the beginning though the end (Isaiah 46:10), and we should always be looking for the triumphant return of our Lord (Revelation 22:7).

The “Final Week” (Daniel’s Seventieth Week) of the 70 Weeks found in Daniel 9:25, tells us, “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. Verse 26. “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. Verse 27.  “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” 

Remember, the “times of distress” is another name for the breaking of the 1st through the 5th Tribulation Seals, which began in AD 30. The “final week” of Daniel’s 70 weeks, is the 7 years of The Great Tribulation, which will commence with the breaking of the 6th Seal of The Tribulation.

The middle of this final week, (which is 3 1/2 years after the breaking of the 6th Seal), is the Mid-Tribulation point and is found at the blowing of the 7th Trumpet of God’s Wrath.

The flood, found in Daniel 9, verse 26, this time refers to “a flood of people”, that is to say that Jerusalem and her temple would be destroyed again by an overwhelming army. (This occurred in AD 70 with the destruction of the 2nd Temple). This was foreshadowed by the Great Flood in Genesis “A flood” was repeated in the Heavens by the old Dragon and manifest on the earth in the crucifixion of Christ.

NOTE: Verse 26 says, And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.”  Each of the instances of “A Flood”, thereafter, came devastation. Each time God used “a flood” for the purpose described in Daniel 12:10, “Many will be purged, purified and refined” and made ready for the Kingdom of God.”

CONCLUSION:  The word “flood” is used about 28 times in the Bible. It is used eleven times in the Book of Genesis and refers to God’s Judgment on the world for sin by way of the Great Flood.

The word “flood” is used twice in the book of Job, either in general terms or symbolically; then, five times in Psalms, once in Proverbs, Isaiah and Nahum, once in Luke. It is used in reference to God’s Judgments, once in Daniel, twice in Matthew, once in Luke once in 2 Peter and once in Revelation. All of these references are related to the End of Days in some way, except for 2 Peter.

But I want us to focus on the mention of a flood in conjunction with God’s Judgment and the “End of Days” as mentioned, in Daniel 9, Matthew 24 and Revelation 12. This will tell us about God’s plan and your purpose and need for preparation to take part in His Plan,

 IF YOU UNDERSTAND “DANIEL’S SEVENTY WEEKS”, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, USHERING IN THE “GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD”.

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PERFECTION – Chapter 5 – Clues Pointing to the END – Clue #1

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CHAPTER 5 – CLUES POINTING TO THE END – CLUE #1

 THE GREAT FLOOD – GENESIS 6

Now, we will explore three of the greatest clues by reviewing three major events that served as signposts in the historical world and in Biblical historical events which will guide us along a predetermined path to the. “Latter Days” leading to “The Last Days” and  the “End This Age”:

#1.  THE GREAT FLOOD, (a.k.a., “NOAH’S FLOOD”)

#2.  THE TOWER OF BABEL.

#3.  THE COVENANTS

We are going on a trek to discover, (1), how we arrived where we are now, (2), where we are going, (3), how creation ends and, (4), what we should do in response.

THE GREAT FLOOD – GENESIS 6

Genesis 6:5, tells us, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Verse 6. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Verse 7. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

Books have been written, movies have been made and plays have been created about ‘Noah and The Ark’. Is it true, a legend or a myth?

Once you get past the dramatic effects, the playwright’s imagination, the stage drama, the literary license and production embellishments, there is a truth to be seen and a lesson to be learned. But the whole truth will only be found in the Bible.

The Bible gives great detail about Noah, his life, his family and his homeland. We get details about the reasons for the construction of The Ark and even greater detail about The Ark, itself.

We can find many lessons from the account of Noah’s life, his relationship with God, the people of the earth, about God’s intentions for His Own creation, about faith and obedience to God’s Word and the cost of rebelliousness and sin toward God.

Who would have thought that we could find answers to a 21st Century quandary from an ancient, 4,800-year-old, event?

By all accounts, our twenty-first century world is full of the same “wickedness of man” was which prevalent during Noah’s days. “Every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil, continually”.  A careful, prayerful study of God’s Word regarding the Last Days should lead you to see the concurrence of events pointing to the breaking of the breaking of the 6th Seal of the Tribulation judgment and the imminent return of Christ.

Jesus tells of these concurrent events in the twenty-fourth chapter of the book of Matthew and concludes His narration with the warning, For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. “(Matthew 24:37)

  I.  JUST LIKE IN THE DAYS OF NOAH Genesis 6:5, tells us, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Verse 6. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Verse 7. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

a) There can come a point when sin is so great, that God will blot out all mankind. We may have reached that point, again.

Verse 8. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Verse 9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Verse 10. Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”

b) You can find favor with God,and He will consider you as “blameless”.

However, the Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and that we can only be made Righteous “by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus”.

 Genesis 6:11 “Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. Verse 12. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Verse 13.  Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Verse 14. “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.“

c) God always makes a way of escape for the Righteous.

Genesis 6:18, says, “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark, you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. Verse 19. “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Verse 20. “Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. Verse 21. “As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” Verse 22. Thus, Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.”

d)  Prepare to endure to the end, for it is the one who endures to the end who will be saved!

Genesis 7:1, tells us, “Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all of your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. Verse 2. “You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; Verse 3, also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. Verse 4. “For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” Verse 5. Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him.”

e) Only those God sees as Righteouswill be able to enter the Ark of His salvation, which is The New Covenant of His Blood,

  II. OF THAT DAY AND HOUR

“No one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”  Matthew 24:36 

a) No one knows the day or the hour.

Verse 38. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, verse 39, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so, will the coming of the Son of Man be. Verse 40. “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Verse 41. “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.”

b) “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. Matthew 24:37

Matthew 24:42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. Verse 43. “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Verse 44. “For this reason, you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

c) You must be Ready for His Coming

III.  CHRIST OR JUDGMENT  

Hebrews 10:26, warns, For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, verse 27, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. Verse 28. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Verse 29. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?”

a) For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.

“For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”  Hebrews 10:30 

b)   The Christian’s covenant duty,as we wait for Christ’s return, is to ‘endure to the end’ and to ‘overcome evil with good’.

c)It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God”. (Hebrews 10:31) 

Hebrews 10:32. “But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, verse 33, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. Verse 34. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. Verse 35. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Verse 36. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

d)   Keep your confidence in Christand on His promises, for you have a need of endurance.

Hebrews 10:37, instructs, “FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS   COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY. Verse 38. “BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

e)   God gives a warningthat in these Last Days,

IV.  THE PROVING OF YOUR FAITH

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who, according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3) 

    • Verse 4.  to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
    • verse 5. Who are protected by the power of God through faithfor a salvation ready to be revealed IN THE LAST TIME.
    • verse 6.  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, verse 7, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the 12of Jesus Christ; verse 8, and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
    • verse 9. Obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your soul

“But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.”

a)   DO NOT SHRINK BACK

This, therefore, is how we prepare and conduct ourselves until The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

 IF YOU UNDERSTAND GOD’S PURPOSE AND MEANING OF THE FLOOD AS DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, USHERING IN THE “GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD”.

NEXT: Chapter 6 – THE GREAT FLOOD IN DANIEL 9 – THE 70 WEEKS.

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PERFECTION – Chapter 4 – The Point

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Chapter 4

THE POINT

SEQUENTIAL – RELEVANT

MANIFEST GROUNDWORK FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE AGE

 I could spend thousands of drudgerous hours trying to give examples of how everything throughout the history of earth and humankind points to its conclusion. Although historical events and occurrences may seem either unrelated, circumstantial or randomly sequential, they are related in the sense, they are the manifest groundwork for The Conclusion of the age. So, I will provide this chart for you to evaluate and I will stick with pointing out just the main events in history, as related to Bible prophecy, which are sequential and relevant to our journey and the previously stated purpose of this thesis.

THE CHART

 (I, honestly, don’t expect many people will read or study the linked PDF chart, which compares a world historical timeline with “Daniel’s Seventy Weeks” as found in the Bible and a Biblical Historical Timeline. The point being made, however, is that the world historical timeline reflects or shows the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, all of which will lead to the greatest of all ‘Points’. Keep reading!)

“By faith we understand that the world has been created by the word of God so that what is seen has not been made out of things that are visible.” Hebrews 11:3

THE POINT:  The world historical timeline reflects or shows the Bible timeline and the fulfillment of prophecy. By reviewing this timeline chart, you can see that what the Bible has prophesied has come to pass, and what the Bible says is yet to come, will come to pass.

THE CHART:  Timelines: Historical, Daniel’s 70 weeks, The Bible

THE POINT:  This historical timeline reflects or shows the correlation of a world historical timeline with Daniel’s 70 Weeks, the Bible historical timeline and that of Biblical Prophecy.

In other words, we can trace the fulfillment of Biblical Prophecies throughout history. This gives us assurance that what the Bible says is yet to come, will come to pass.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

IF YOU UNDERSTAND THESE HISTORICAL TIMELINES AS DESCRIBED IN SECULAR HISTORY,  IN DANIEL’S SEVENTY WEEKS AND IN THE BIBLICAL TIMELINES, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHERE HISTORY IS HEADED AND THAT WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, USHERING IN THE “GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD”.

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PERFECTION – Chapter 3 – Then Came Man(kind)

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Chapter 3

 THEN CAME MAN (kind)

The Bible clearly states that God, created all there is that is seen. There is a lot of speculation and conjecture and some good reasoning as to why God created all things, but there are no definitive statements in the Bible as to WHY God created the heavens and the earth in the first place.  But, according to the Bible, He did create all things, seen and unseen. And, if that weren’t enough, God also created humans, or, as the Bible puts it, in Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness.”

THE MAJOR EVENT

This is a major event. The seminal event in all creation. God is making a creature He calls ‘mankind’ in His, (Their), own image and according to Their likeness.

Before we get to the creation of mankind, we see that God begins to set things in a specific order and to give them function and purpose in preparation for His Masterpiece work: the arrival of mankind; “and let them, (mankind), rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the livestock and over all the earth, and over every crawling thing that crawls on the earth.”

AN ODD THING

In the midst of His creation work, an odd thing occurs.  This is an event, an occurrence in the creation of mankind, which is completely overlooked by the vast majority, if not all, Bible teachers. This is a bit technical, but please pay particular attention, as this is a game-changer.

Genesis 1, Verse 27. So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

The wording of this verse, as it was written in the original Hebrew language, would be aligned as such:

Verse 27. “So created God, man in His own image, in the image of God, He created him, male and female, He created them.”

So created = bara’ = to shape, create, a formative process, to make fat.

 God = Elohim = God; very great, mighty; Plural of ‘elowahh; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used in the plural. Signifying, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 man = adam = from ‘adam’; man, mankind. ruddy i.e. A human being (an individual or the species, mankind.

 In Him own image = tselem = an image; a mere, empty, image, semblance; image, vain show, from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e., an illusion, a resemblance; hence, a representative figure, especially an idol, an image, a vain shew, of dubious character.

In the image = tselem = an image; a mere, empty, image, semblance; image, vain show, from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e., an illusion, a resemblance; hence, a representative figure, especially an idol, an image, a vain shew, of dubious character.

 Of God = Elohim = God; very great, mighty; Plural of ‘elowahh; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used in the plural. Signifying, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit

 created = bara’ = to shape, create, a formative process, to make fat.

 Male = zakar = A male

 Female = naqab = female, from the sexual form.

Genesis 1, Verse 27 , with transliteration says, “So, God, very great and mighty, the plural of ‘elowahh, specifically used in the plural, signifying that this is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, created, shaped through a formative process to make fat, man, that is, mankind. ruddy i.e., a human being, an individual of the species of mankind, in His own image, in the image an image; a mere, empty, image, semblance; image, vain show, from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e., an illusion, a resemblance; hence, a representative figure, especially an idol, an image, a vain shew, of dubious character, yet of God, having potential of being very great, mighty, and consisting as a plural in the ordinary sense, He created him, shaped, created, through a formative process, to make fat; male and female He created them.”

What we see:

      1. God, used in plural, representing God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, created, shaped and formed mankind.
      2. God created mankind ‘in His Own image’ but, as a mere image of Himself; a vain show, just a shadow of the Original; an image, in icon, a phantom pattern, an illusion, a mere resemblance; a being of dubious nature.  (God has deliberately made man and woman with a flaw, destined them to fail.)

PLEASE NOTE: This cannot be overemphasized. This is crucial to understanding the rest of creation, ‘the fall’, sin, death, redemption the coming of Christ and, ultimately, End of the Age, the destruction and the heavens and the earth and the making of a new heaven and a new earth.

Verse 28. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Verse 29. Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; Verse 30, and to every animal of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. Verse 31. And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”  Genesis, chapter two, verses one through three, record the completion of creation.

ITS NOT SWAMP GOO

Then, beginning in verse four, the Bible recounts God’s creation of man and woman in great detail. A careful study reveals some startling facts. Read with me:

Genesis 2, Verse 7, says, Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living person.” 

Let’s look at the words in this verse in the language of the Bible, which is Hebrew. (Please be patient and deliberate, here.)

The wording of this verse, written in Hebrew, would be aligned as such:

And formed Yahweh God man (from) the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and became the man a being living.”

Now, let’s add the Hebrew translations to these words to clarify their meaning (you can browse this if you like, because I will reassemble all this with its meaning and significance):

And formed = yatsar = earthen, fashion, form, frame, maker, potter, purpose; Through the squeezing into shape; to mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively, to determine.

 Yahweh = Jehovah, the Lord, = hayah = (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God — Jehovah, the Lord.

 God = Elohim = God; very great, mighty; Plural of ‘elowahh; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used in the plural. Signifying, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

man = adam = From ‘adam; ruddy; a human being, an individual or the species, mankind + hypocrite, + common sort, + low man, of mean, of low degree; a person.

 (from) the dust = aphar = dust (as powdered or gray); hence, clay, earth, mud — ashes, dust, earth, ground, mortar, powder, rubbish.

 of the ground = ‘adam = soil (from its general redness) — country, earth, ground, husband, husbandry, land.

 and breathed = naphach = blow, breath, give up, cause to lose life, seething, snuff;

 into his nostrils = anaph = a nostril, nose, face, anger; from the rapid breathing in passion, ire, angry.

 the breath = nasham; a puff, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect. blast, that breaths, inspiration, soul, spirit

 of life = chayah = alive; hence, raw flesh; alive, with appetite, of a wild beast, lively.

 and became = hayah = to fall out, come to pass, become, be.

 the man = adam = from ‘adam’; man, mankind. ruddy i.e. A human being (an individual or the species, mankind.

 a being = nephesh = from naphash; properly, a breathing creature.

 Living = chay = from chayah; alive; living; hence, raw (flesh).

Genesis 2, Verse 7, with transliteration, says, “Then the LORD Jehovah, the Self-Existent, Eternal God, formed, fashion, and framed, as maker and potter, with purpose, through the squeezing into shape the man, a ruddy a human being, into an individual or the species, mankind, a hypocrite, a common sort, a low man, of mean and of low degree, a person, of dust, ashes, earth, mortar, powder and rubbish from the ground soil, from its general redness, as husbandry-land, and breathed breath, giving up part of Himself, causing Himself to lose life, as seething, and snuffing into nostrils, and the face, by rapid breathing, in passion, ire, and anger,

the breath, by an angry puff of vital breath, of divine inspiration and intellect, blasts of breaths of inspiration, soul and spirit, of life, hence, raw flesh came alive, with the appetites of a wild beast, lively; and the man, ruddy a human being, an individual of the species, mankind,

became a breathing creature a living person, alive, living, hence, raw flesh.”

What we see:

      1. God, has always existed and He is eternal.
      2. He is the creator of life.
      3. He creates with purpose and on purpose.
      4. This creation has all the imagery of childbirth: ruddy, squeezed, passionate, violent, painful, raw and costly.
      5. A being of passion with a wild nature and base appetites is created. Mankind is created with flaws, destined to fail, condemned to death and separation of God.

The reasonable thing to do, here, would be to follow the sequence of events which follow: The fall of mankind, the pronouncement of the curse, their banishment from the Garden of Eden, their separation from God and the events that follow. But, all of that is recorded in the Bible for you to read. This is an overview of those events with the purpose of discovering how we got to where we are now, how this ends and what we are to do in response to these “Latter Days” leading to “The Last Days” and  the “End This Age”.

NEXT:  Chapter 4 – THE POINT SEQUENTIAL – RELEVANTMANIFEST GROUNDWORK FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE AGE.

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PERFECTION – Chapter 2 -If there is God

 

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Chapter 2

 IF THERE IS GOD

 DID HE CREATE ALL OF THIS?

Genesis 1:1, says, “In the beginning God, (אֱלהִים, Elohim), created the heavens and the earth. Verse 2. And the earth was a formless and desolate emptiness, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Verse 3. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Verse 4. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. Verse 5. God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” (etcetera).

So, yes. God, Elohim, created all of this.

I will say again, since there is no credible way to deny that GOD IS, then I will continue to base our thesis on that fact that GOD IS.

(NOTE: If you want to pursue a study on the existence of God, please do so. I would recommend studying the Bible with a good concordance.  Also, find some serious theological studies which strive to fairly examine the existence of God and the manifest evidence that God exists. (Sort of like quarks and dark matter. You can’t prove them experientially, but you know they exist by what occurs).

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PERFECTION – Chapter 1 – Does God Exist?

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Chapter 1

 DOES GOD EXIST?

A good place to start is for you to decide if God really does exist.  I am not equipped to deal with philosophy, existential thought or superstition. So, I will make this a short chapter by saying, “God Is”.  Why?  Because those thousands who have seriously pursued God and have invested their entire lives to that end, have also recorded what they have found in a book.  That book is the Bible, and the Bible says that GOD IS.

Hence, the basis, or foundation, for my thesis: “GOD IS”.

You may choose to go with the idea that Science is a more reliable source, and that is fine. But science is a relatively new field of study which has only recently explored the beginning of all things through a theory called the Big Bang. That theory has been revised a number of times and, in fact, is currently being reevaluated for accuracy – since it does not adequately fit current scientific mathematical models. And, science largely, if not completely, dismisses the idea of GOD or any ‘higher being’ having a hand in the creation of everything.

The only things I, or you, can know about God is what we have personally experienced or what has been written by those who have experienced God.  We find those records in the Bible. Therefore, I will use the Bible’s extensive writings, original languages, as best I can, keeping this study in the Biblical context that says, “there is a beginning and there will be an end and there is a purpose and a reason for it all”.

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THE JOURNEY TOWARD PERFECTION – INTRODUCTION

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– INTRODUCTION –

IN SEARCH OF PERFECTION

For we know in part and prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away with.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-10

I am presenting a very brief and a very simple overview of a biblical timeline, from the Creation to the New Heavens and the new earth, which complete God’s Plan as found in the BibleIt will be an abbreviated history of how God has created the world, dealt with the people He created, and why the world has gone the way it has gone and how it will conclude.

This is not designed to please everyone, and it will not fit every different denominational doctrine correct. Instead, this book is meant to

  • Inform,
  • Inspire, and to
  • Ignite people to move toward the One Living God and to join Him in what He is doing!

I hope that my Christian friends, and others who read this, don’t find this objectionable solely because I have omitted certain events. However, it is my intention to inform and inspire, NOT overwhelm the reader with volumes of information.

God’s plan is unfolding exactly as He purposed; from The Creation, through the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man to the Great Flood, the Tower of Babel, the Exodus from Egypt, the possessing of The Promised Land, the Destruction of the First Temple and the Captivity in Babylon, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Destruction of the Second Temple, our steady march through time has been exactly as Bible prophecy has foretold.  We have entered an era leading to the destruction and, eventually, a rebirth of the heavens and the earth.

The Purpose of God’s Eternal Plan is Perfection.  He is maturing and perfecting His people into His image, ultimately to live in Perfect harmony with Him and with one another, in a New and Perfect heaven and earth.

Each and every chapter, verse and word in the Bible, when viewed within this context of  God’s Eternal Plan of Perfection, begins to make perfect sense.

The world has entered the final epoch of time, known by various names, such as, “The Last Days”, “The End The Age” the “Latter Days” and “The Tribulation”, which was marked by the birth of Jesus.  There are reportedly visible and observable signs and ancient writings to help you, if you believe in such things. However, most people either don’t recognize the signs or writings or don’t believe. Even among those who believe these prophecies are coming to pass and see the signs, few know what they are seeing, where they are leading or what to do in response.

The best description of the purpose, length and, outcome of this end time, also known as the Great Tribulation, (see Matthew 24:21, Revelation 2:22 and Revelation 7:14) or the Wrath of the Lamb, (see Revelation 6:16), is found in Daniel 12:1,

Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Verse 2. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Verse 3. And those who have insight will shine like the glow of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Verse 4. But as for you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal up the book until the end of time; many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.”

Verse 5. Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the stream and the other on that bank of the stream. Verse 6. And someone said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” Verse 7. And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish smashing the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. Verse 8. But as for me, I heard but did not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?”  Verse 9. And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words will be kept secret and sealed up until the end time. Verse 10. Many will be purged, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but  those who have insight will understand. Verse 11. And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Verse 12. Blessed is the one who is patient and attains to the 1,335 days! Verse 13. But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will rest and rise for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”

RECAP of Daniel 12:1-13 :

  1. And there will be a time of distresssuch as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people,
  2. everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.Verse 2. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Verse
  3. 3. And those who have insight will shine like the glow of the expanse of heaven,
  4. and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.Verse 4. But as for you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal up the book until the end of time; many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.”Verse 5. Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the stream and the other on that bank of the stream. Verse 6. And someone said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,
  5. “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?”Verse 7. And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that

(a)  it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish smashing the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. Verse Verse 8. But as for me, I heard but did not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?”  Verse 9. And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words will be kept secret and sealed up until the end time.

  1. Verse 10. Many will be purged, cleansed, and refined,but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but  those who have insight will understand.
  2. Verse 11. And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.Verse 12.

(a)  Blessed is the one who is patient and attains to the 1,335 days! Verse 13. But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will rest and rise for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”

Not surprisingly, the main interest in this subject is in the sensationalism of the matter; and sadly, both fictional and religious writers are profiteering and capitalizing on the subject financially.  All-the-while, assuming these things are true, they are grossly ignoring the urgency and the catastrophic ramifications which are being played out.

This subject is classified as “Eschatology”, which is the study of final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity. The word comes from the Greek word, ἔσχατος, éschatos, meaning “last” and -logy meaning “the study of”.  Most of the major religious denominations which teach this doctrine believe it will come on the world suddenly, with an increasing intensity and will last for just seven years. This view is from a myopic view of the Bible’s history time line, and the Bible seems to tell a much different version of these events.

A study of the ‘long view’ of the Bible on this subject, will show that the End of This Age was  planned before creation. God, indeed “has a plan for your life” as He has had a plan for the entire world.

It has taken many millennium, and we may still have many years to go.  But, I suppose when you are dealing with an Eternal God who has no beginning and no end, time is not a factor. God can take all the ‘time’ He wants to execute His plan.

WATCHING FOR THE CLUES

Please come with me and let’s explore God’s Plan for creation. First, let’s consider the ‘Beginning of All Things’. Then, as we travel together, we will uncover clues to this mystery, this riddle of the ‘End of the Age’, evaluate writings and assimilate this information to decide – How did we get here and where is all of this going?

We are in search of His Perfection, and it could change your life and the way you live it.

PREFACE

 “Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the stream and the other on that bank of the stream. And someone said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish smashing the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. But as for me, I heard but did not understand; so, I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words will be kept secret and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.” Daniel 12:5-10

 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

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THE JOURNEY TOWARD PERFECTION

THE JOURNEY TOWARD

PERFECTION

 

In the beginning, God created.

He began with the imperfect and created the Masterpiece, first in the heavens and then on the earth. His work completed in just seven days; He would allow His Masterpiece to mature for many a millennium until it became His Perfection.

This is a journey of discovery and revelation of God’s Grand Plan and Design, from creation through the End of the Age, then into a New Heaven and a New Earth.

This is a non-academic thesis on the reasons for WHAT God is doing in these Last Days and WHY He is doing it this way. My prayer is that, after reading this, everything you’ve wondered about the reasoning behind God’s Plan for the world and your life, will fall into place.

By: Michael J. Young, Sr., evangelist, pastor, teacher.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

© 2020 by Michael J. Young, Sr.,  All rights reserved.

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CONTENTS

  1. Introduction – In Search of Perfection
  2. Does God Exist?
  3. Did God Create All Things?
  4. Mankind – The Seminal Moment
  5. The Point – Historical Events, Sequential and Relevant?
  6. Clues to the End of the Age – The Great Flood
  7. Clues to the End of the Age – The Flood of Daniel 9
  8. Clues to the End of the Age – The Flood of Matthew 24
  9. Clues to the End of the Age – The Flood of Revelation 12
  10. Clues to the End of the Age – The Tower of Babel & One World Government
  11. Clues to the End of the Age – The Covenants & God’s Plan for Perfection
  12. The Framework and Progression of World and Biblical History
  13. The Premillennial, Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church
  14. The 5th Tribulation Seal – The Apostasy, Martyrs, The Peace Treaty, The Antichrist
  15. Come, Reason with Me – The Construct and Progression of Epochs of Time
  16. The Social Order
  17. The New World Order
    1. The Great Reset
  18. The Tower of Babel Rebuilt – Agenda 21
  19. The Natural Order – Darwin Says ‘No’
  20. Science Says ‘No’
    1. Is Nature Warning Us?
    2. A 2000 year of weather forecast?
  21. God Says – The Bible is Warning Us
  22. Update to Agenda-21 – Socialist-Marxist Agenda-2030
  23. Where are we Now – The Socialist-Marxist Takeover
    1. It Started with Poverty; it Ends in Poverty
  24. Where are we Now – The Great Apostasy
  25. What is Next – The Antichrist
  26. What is Next – The Mark of the Beast
  27. What is Next – Digital Currency
  28. Where Do We Go From Here?
  29. A Concurrence and Convergence of Events & The Tribulation Seals
  30. The 6thTribulation Seal – What Am I To Do?
  31. Confronting Evil in our Day
  32. Ready for His Coming
    1. What does it mean to ‘be ready’?
    2. What should I do to ‘get ready and stay ready’?
    3. Keys to the Kingdom
    4. Rapture Ready – A Presentation
  33. After All These Things – A Recap
  34. Epilogue

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This is a completed work in digital format (The Journey Toward Perfection). In a Flip Book format.

GOD’S PLAN FOR PERFECTION – Prophecy, World History and the Tribulation

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Our world is careening out of control. Everything we have known as good in recorded history is being called evil; and all things evil are being called good; The world substitutes darkness for light and light for darkness, bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

The Liberal Left, however, will tell you that all is well and that we have entered a New World Order, a Great World Reset is at hand.

This short video will give you a glimpse of what is being sold as this New World, but in reality it is the same tired old saga of  the Marxists Utopia.  The claims are the outrageous imagination of the world’s Globalists-Socialists and Marxists.

Having and promoting unrealistic promises as reality is nothing new, except every single previous promise of a Socialist, Communist, Leninist, Marxist government or social structure, or any variant of the same, has always ended in tyranny, despotism, wars, loss of personal freedom, lack of basic needs, poverty and the death of millions.

If you will patiently walk with me, I will take you on an amazing journey. A journey from the beginning of time through recorded world and Biblical histories. We will identify important past Bible prophecies and correlate them to the actual past world events; then we will compare both prophecies and histories to one specific prophecy known as Daniel’s Seventy Weeks’, which will bring us to current events and the final epoch of time known by various names, such as, “The Last Days”, “The End The Age” the “Latter Days” and “The Tribulation”, which are now unfolding with frightening accuracy.

I will not stop there, however. I will conclude by laying out a successful response to these events, a plan of action by which you can both survive and thrive in these final days.

Finally, there is an event coming which is so fantastic as to be unbelievable. But I will show the evidence leading to this event, known as the ‘Rapture’ and I will even help you calculate the odds of its occurrence.  You will then be faced with the most monumental decision you have ever faced. You don’t want to miss this.

We will take a journey assisted by a book aptly titled ‘The Journey to Perfection’.  Our travels will coordinate Bible Prophecy, Biblical and World Histories culminating with The End of Days’. You can read this book either as a digital ONLINE book or in a PDF format, (see both versions below).

After finishing “THE JOURNEY TO PERFECTION, you will want to read “Effective Spiritual Warfare“, “America Under Siege” and “Agenda 2030, The U.N., Global Marxism“.  Now…

THE JOURNEY TO PERFECTION – AN ONLINE BOOK

PERFECTION

In the beginning, God created.

He began with the imperfect and created the Masterpiece, first in the heavens and then on the earth. His work completed in just seven days; He would allow His Masterpiece to mature for a millennium until it became His Perfection.

This is a journey of discovery and revelation of God’s Grand Plan and Design, from creation through the End of the Age, then into a New Heaven and a New Earth.

This is a non-academic thesis on the reasons for WHAT God is doing in these Last Days and WHY He is doing it this way. My prayer is that, after reading this, everything you’ve wondered about the reasoning behind God’s Plan for the world and your life, will fall into place.

By: Michael J. Young, Sr., evangelist, pastor, teacher.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” 

Romans 12:2

 

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