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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:
- The Great Apostasy, falling away from the faith in Christ
- A great persecution of Christians,
- The signing of a peace treaty between Israel and her enemies.
- The revealing of the man of perdition
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:
- “I believe the return of Jesus is near”.
- “I am looking forward to the rapture”.
- “I believe the tribulation will begin as soon as the rapture happens”.
- “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 4. “who 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.
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