103 – The Bowl Judgments

Bowl Judgments, And Beyond

Will the church go through the tribulation? Read on!

Tribulation Judgments.

A discussion of the Seal Judgments of the tribulation can be found in its own blog post. A discussion of the Trumpet Judgments can also be found in its own post. This particular post video discusses the Bowl Judgments, but also discusses other factors that cover chapters 14-19 of the Book of Revelation.

Seal judgments.Trumpet judgments. Bowl judgments.

Matthew 24:21 NASB

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. (“For then,” identifies a time after the rapture of the church has taken place.)

Matthew 24:29-31 NASB

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days,” (This is the event of the second coming of Christ, which takes place at the end of the tribulation.)

As you read the descriptions of all that will take place during each of the Bowl Judgments, you will have to come to grips with a belief of many that there will be no rapture or tribulation. Such a belief would cast of shadow of allegory over the truth of God’s Holy Word. To believe that there will be no pre-tribulation rapture means that everybody in the world will have to endure the tribulation’s wrath of God, which will be made manifest through the tribulation judgments. In this series of judgments, you can see that angels will be responsible for unleashing each judgment on “all who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10), and that the anti-Christ has nothing to do with the unleashing of these judgments of God, which truly are “judgments of God.” To believe that the whole world’s population will be left on earth during the tribulation will also be a belief that infants, unborn babies, two-year old babies, etc., will be the targets of each judgment. So, let me ask you to look at your child, or someone else’s child and ask, “why God?” You will have to look at yourself too, if you are a born again believer in Christ, and ask, “why God?” By being in the midst of God’s wrath and judgments, nobody who has been born again…having the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit…will be made any more holy, than the holiness which they acquired when they were born again, and became “the righteousness of God in Christ,” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21).

The Righteousness Of Born Again Believers In Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Christ In Born Again Believers

Colossians 1:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Born Again Believers in God

1 John 1:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

Born again believers in Christ have become “the righteousness of God.”

Bowl Judgments

The seven bowl judgments of the tribulation can be found in the Book of Revelation, in Chapters 15 and 16 (15:1-16:21). The bowl judgments are much more severe than those of the preceding seal and trumpet judgments. For example, the bowl judgments will include: 1. Malignant sores. 2. Sea turned to blood. 3. Fresh waters to blood. 4. Human beings scorched with fire. 5. Darkness over the kingdom of the Beast. 6. Invasion from the east. 7. Greatest earthquake and widespread destruction. (Ryrie Study Bible). Each of the judgments are those of God, and are carried out by angels. Please remember that neither Satan, nor the Anti-Christ, has any control over any of the judgments. The tribulation judgments are tools of God’s wrath that will be poured out on a sinful and rebellious world.

Revelation 15 New King James Version (NKJV)

Prelude to the Bowl Judgments

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. 3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

“Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”

5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. 8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

Revelation 16 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”

First Bowl: Loathsome Sores
2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.

Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood
3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.

Third Bowl: The Waters Turn to Blood
4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are righteous, O Lord, The One who is and who was and who is to be, Because You have judged these things. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink.
For it is their just due.”

7 And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”

Fourth Bowl: Men Are Scorched
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

Seventh Bowl: The Earth Utterly Shaken
17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.

Note. Consider the words of Ron Rhodes, about the liberal church that he and his family had attended. Just as their congregation did not teach the word of God, in its fullness, there are many other churches and denominations that are also guilty of not preaching and teaching the full gospel of Christ.

Consider Isaiah 7:14, as it was written in the New Revised Standard Version. The copyright date of that Bible was 1989. The National Council of Churches of Christ In The United States Of America translated the New Revised Standard Version. Consider the text, as follows.

Isaiah 7:14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”

The error in translating that verse is very severe. There is no mention of the virgin birth of Christ. It is true that Mary was a young woman. However, it is of extreme spiritual importance for Mary to be identified as being the virgin, “which she was.”

The link that follows shows the churches and denominations who are members of the National Council Of Churches Of Christ in the United States Of America. By being a member of the National Council of Churches, each member church and denomination is agreeing with the erroneous translation of Isaiah 7:14.

If your church or denomination is a member of the National of Churches, there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by you and your family. Do you stay in a denomination that has more of a social gospel, as opposed to an evangelical gospel of calling unsaved people to saving faith in Christ? The road to the “lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15) is paved with good intentions. But, as a parent, do you allow your impressionable children to be led to the lake of fire by those of teaching error, of “noble intentions,” to include yourself? Once someone is in the lake of fire, “there is no getting out;” its punishment is eternal!(Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:10).

https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/member-communions/

Video Speakers:

John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/the-king-is-coming/
Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Mark Hitchcock, http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ron Rhodes, http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

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102 – The Anti-Christ

The Role of the Antichrist

The text video discusses the role of the Ant-Christ, which takes place during the tribulation of the Book of Revelation. Also discussed are Satan and The False Prophet. Together, these three characters are known as the “unholy trinity.” Satan is also known as the dragon of tribulation. The Anti-Christ is also known as “the beast,” and will be a political world leader. The False Prophet is a religious leader which will give credence to the Anti-Christ. In the Left Behind series of books and movies, the interaction between the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet is clearly shown. The movie, Left Behind 2, is shown at the bottom of this post. Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation discusses actions of Satan, “the Dragon.” Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation discusses actions of the The Beast From The Sea, the “Anti-Christ,” and the Beast from The Earth, the “False Prophet.” Notice that the woman of Revelation, Chapter 12, verses one and two, is Israel.

Revelation, Chapter 12: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12&version=NASB

Revelation, Chapter 13: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13&version=NASB

The Left Behind 2 movie follows. The movie is based on Biblical prophecy of the things that will take place on earth after the rapture of “believers in Christ” has taken place. The tribulation follows. The people whom were left behind from the rapture are beginning to deal with the result of every born again man, woman and child being missing from the world. A key figure enters the scene and begins his control of every aspect of world control, with that person being the Anti-Christ. Only unbelievers are left behind on earth after the rapture takes place. The movie correctly shows that there will be salvation in Christ for those unbelievers who come to saving faith in Christ. I have found the biblical events of the tribulation that are shown in the movie to be accurate.

Left Behind II Tribulation Force

Video speakers:

John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/the-king-is-coming/
Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Mark Hitchcock, http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ron Rhodes, http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

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101 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Trumpet Judgments 2

The Judgments of the Tribulation

The text video discusses the seal and trumpet judgments of the tribulation.

Will the church go through the tribulation? Read on!

Tribulation Judgments.

A discussion of the Seal Judgments of the tribulation can be found in Blog Post 88 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Seal Judgments. A discussion on the Bowl Judgments will follow this post. This particular post uses the same video, as that of Post 88, but discusses the Trumpet Judgments of Revelation, which occurs in the time of the Great Tribulation. The video discussion on the Trumpet Judgments begins about mid way through the video.

Seal judgments.Trumpet judgments. Bowl judgments.

Each of these judgments will occur during the time of the tribulation. The Left Behind series of books, movies, and my series of blog posts on that subject, discuss a time in future history that will be as real, “as a heart attack.” The Left Behind movies show those who miss the rapture, and will be left on earth to face a time of tribulation that will be, as Matthew 24:14 describes:

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (New American Standard Bible)

This series of posts on the Judgments of the tribulation will explain the severity of each seal, trumpet and bowl judgment. The perpetrator of each judgment will be identified. Those who are left behind and experience the judgments will also be identified, as well as the reason for their remaining on earth to come under the judgments. If you have not read Post 88, which discusses the Seal Judgments of the tribulation, it is important that you read that post before reading this discussion of the Trumpet Judgments.

As you read the descriptions of all that will take place during each of the Trumpet Judgments, you will have to come to grips with a belief of many that there will be no rapture or tribulation. Such a belief will cast of shadow of allegory over the truth of God’s Holy Word. To believe that there will be no pre-tribulation rapture means that everybody in the world will have to endure the tribulation’s wrath of God, as they are made manifest through the judgments. In this series of judgments, you can see that angels will be responsible for unleashing each judgment on “all who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10), and that the anti-Christ has nothing to do with the unleashing of these judgments of God, which truly are “judgments of God.” To believe that the whole world’s population will be left on earth during the tribulation will also be a belief that infants, unborn babies, two-year old babies, etc., will be the targets of each judgment. So, let me ask you to look at your child, or someone else’s child and ask, “why God?” You will have to look at yourself too, if you are a born again believer in Christ, and ask, “why God?” By being in the midst of God’s wrath and judgments, nobody who has been born again…having the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit…will be made any more holy, than the holiness which they acquired when they were born again, and became “the righteousness of God in Christ,” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21).

TRUMPET JUDGMENTS

Revelation 8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Seventh Seal: Prelude to the Seven Trumpets

1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck

7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck

8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck

10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck

12 Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

Revelation 9 New King James Version (NKJV)

Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit

9 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

Sixth Trumpet: The Angels from the Euphrates

13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.

20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation 11:15-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed

15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:

“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. 18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”

19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

Video speakers:

John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/the-king-is-coming/
Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Mark Hitchcock, http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ron Rhodes, http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

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100 – Israel In The End Time Wars – 2

Prophecy The 9 Wars of the End Times, Part 2

In Review

Outline Of The First Four Wars Of The End Times

1. The Psalm 83 War – The War Of Israeli Extermination – Psalm 83 (Tenth Century B.C.), Zechariah 12:6 (487 B.C.), Isaiah 17 (741 B.C.), Jeremiah 49 (600 B.C.)

2. The Ezekiel 38-39 War – The First War Of Gog And Magog – Ezekiel 38-39 (587 B.C.)

3. The Conventional War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 6 (96 A.D.)

4. The Nuclear War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 8-9 (96 A.D.)

Current Teaching

Outline Of The Last Five Wars Of The End Times.

5. The War In The Heavens – Revelation 12 (96 A.D.)

6. The War Against The Jews And The Saints – Revelation 12 (96 A.D.)

7. The Middle East Campaign Of The Anti-Christ – Daniel 11 (534 B.C.)

8. The Battle Of Armageddon – Joel 3 (835 B.C.), Zechariah 14 (487 B.C.), Revelation 19 (96 A.D.)

9. The Second Battle Of Gog And Magog – Revelation 20 (96 A.D.)

Bio – Dr. David Reagan: http://christinprophecy.org/staff/dr-david-r-reagan/

Supporting Video

The Chronology of the End Time Events

Bio – Dr. Ron Rhodes Ron Rhodes http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.

Supporting Thought:

The two videos in this post have a lot of discussion on the Book of Revelation. Within that book of prophecy, comes the discussion of the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments, all of which are the result of the wrath of God, and of no one else. During this post, and two following posts, there will be a brief discussion of each of the tribulation judgments. But, before we proceed, we must consider two important verses of scripture, John 3:3 and John 3:16. John 3:3: To be born again, or to be born from above by the Holy Spirit, is the requirement for anyone to enter into the Presence of God. The part of each person that must be born again, or born from above,” is the spirit. John 3:16: To believe in Christ, is to have eternal life. So, we can say that if we are born again, we also will believe in Christ. And, if we believe in Christ, we have been born again/born from above. Those two verses are “hard and fast!” They are non-negotiable. We can not appear before God in His kingdom without appearing with a spirit that has no flaw (2 Corinthians 5:21). We must have a spirit “that has the indwelling presence of the Spirit or God,” and that also dwells within the Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)(John 14:20)(Colossians 1:27). Our spirit must be made free from the presence of sin/darkness (1 John 3:5) before it can dwell within God’s Spirit. In essence, before we can appear before God in His eternal kingdom, we must have a spirit that is perfect, and without any flaw of imperfection. So, we must revert back to John 3:3; “we must be born again.”

John 3:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3 Names of God Bible (NOG)

3 Yeshua replied to Nicodemus, “I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 Names of God Bible (NOG)

16 God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.

It is important to know the identity of the people who will be present during the tribulation, which covers chapters 6-13 of the Book of Revelation. It is clear that unsaved people will be the subject of the wrath and judgments of God. But, many people believe that those which are born again believers of Christ will also be the objects of such punishment, and will also have to go through the tribulation. The saints, which are the bride of Christ, are also known as born again believers of Christ. So, if there is no rapture of born again believers in Christ before the tribulation begins, everyone on earth will have to go through the tribulation and be objects of the judgments and wrath of God, “including infants and those which are mentally incapable and those which have the Spirit of God dwelling within their born again spirits.” One of the purposes of the tribulation is to draw unsaved people to saving faith in Christ, both Jew and Gentile. Unsaved people have spirits that are flawed and, “are sin.” Saved people don’t have to be “saved again.” Saved people have spirits that are perfect and, “are righteous” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). An unsaved person can accept Christ as their Lord and Savior at anytime in their life, including during the tribulation. Someone, that is saved and born again, can not become more saved or more righteous or more born again, by being subjected to the wrath and judgments of God that will be present during the tribulation. There is no stated purpose for God to put His children (John 1:12-13) in the tribulation to become objects of the oppression of the anti-Christ.

Revelation 3:10 states that “those who dwell on the earth,” will be subject to the time of trial that will take place during the tribulation. Revelation 3:9 says that there will be people that will be kept from that hour of trial. The term, “earth dweller,” relates to someone that is in constant defiance to God, and is also discussed in Revelation 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, and 17:8. So, we must determine the identity of those of whom are, and are not, “earth dwellers.” Are we to say that infants are earth dwellers? If infants are truly earth dwellers, we must know the reason for such an indictment.” If infants are not earth dwellers, we must know where they “will be” during the tribulation. If babies could be snatched away from the earth prior to the tribulation, such a “catching away” would be a rapture. Of course, the reason for this discussion revolves around whether there is, or is not,” such a thing as a rapture. Of course, we must also consider those people who are not mentally capable of understanding Christ as being Lord and Savior. It is very clear that neither infants, nor people which are mentally incapable of placing their belief in Christ as Lord and Savior, can be considered to be believers in Christ. So, “what happens to them,” when the tribulation takes place? I think that any reasonable person can agree that the nature of God is “to not” commit to His wrath, either infants or mentally incapable people. So, what is God going to do to these two special groups of people? Here is my belief; God will give them a “born again spirit!” But, even with a born again spirit, where will infants and mentally incapable people be found when the tribulation takes place? They definitely are not “earth dwellers.” Only a rapture can remove them from the world during the tribulation. (We won’t discuss,”age of accountability; “it’s not in the Bible.” God will be fair to take care of that situation.)

Let’s now consider those adults that will have been born again before the tribulation takes place. Are they “earth dwellers,” or, are they “citizens of heaven?” (Philippians 3:30). We are born again because Christ imputed His righteousness in us. Then, He took on Himself, “our sin,” thereby making us “the righteousness of God.” Born again believers in Christ are not earth dwellers; their spirits are literally, “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21, 5:17).

Let’s add another important fact about those of us which are born again believers in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2). God has: made us holy, treated us as holy, set us apart as holy, and sanctified us and purified us. As saints, (2 Corinthians 2:1) God has made us holy, treated us as being holy, has set us apart as being holy, and has sanctified, hallowed and purified us.

Born again believers in Christ, “the Church,” are also known as “the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2), and are not people that are known as “earth dwellers,” but are the precious and loved “bride of Christ.” In no way, can the bride of Christ be called, “earth dweller.” In no way, will a loving groom place His bride in the danger that will definitely come upon her in the tribulation. In no way, will God leave any infant, or anyone who is mentally incompetent, on earth to have the judgments of His wrath to be poured out upon them. Christ will remove all of His born again believers from this world. He will come for His saints, and take them away to be in the Presence of God The Father (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). Believers will then be, “absent from the body, and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Next, we will appear before the bema judgment (Judgment Seat Of Christ), for rewards (2 Corinthians 5:10). The next stop will be where believers in Christ will appear with Christ at the “Marriage of the Lamb,” (Revelation 19:7-8), on the way to the marriage supper of the Lamb on earth (19:9). On the way to the marriage supper, the bride will accompany the bride groom (Christ) to the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21), where Christ and the saints will stand on planet earth (Zechariah 14:1-4; 5-16), which is where Christ will inflict judgment on the earth dwellers after the tribulation (Matthew 24:29-30; 25:31-46). The thousand-year reign of Christ, aka Messianic Kingdom, will follow with unbelievers being cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20). Believers in Christ, the bride of Christ, will enter into the eternal state, “New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem,” (Revelation 21-22). The rapture of the church begins this chain of events, which will take place before the tribulation begins.

So, getting back to the question about those which will be left on earth to suffer from the wrath and judgments of God, let’s consider all that will take place during the tribulation. Consider why those of us, “that have passed the test of being “born again,” should be left by God on earth when the tribulation begins. “Earth dwellers,” will be able to accept Christ as Lord and Savior during the tribulation, but will probably be martyred by the forces of the Anti-Christ.

Supporting Scriptures:

Judgments Of The End Times – Seal Judgments

Revelation 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The First Seal—Rider on White Horse
1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

The Second Seal—War
3 When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

The Third Seal—Famine
5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 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; 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?” 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.

The Sixth Seal—Terror
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Revelation 8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Seventh Seal—the Trumpets
1 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.

99 – Israel In The End Time Wars – 1

Prophecy The 9 Wars of the End Times, Part 1

Outline Of The First Four Wars Of The End Times.

1. The Psalm 83 War – The War Of Israeli Extermination – Psalm 83 (Tenth Century B.C.), Zechariah 12:6 (487 B.C.), Isaiah 17 (741 B.C.), Jeremiah 49 (600 B.C.)

2. The Ezekiel 38-39 War – The First War Of Gog And Magog – Ezekiel 38-39 (587 B.C.)

3. The Conventional War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 6 (96 A.D.)

4. The Nuclear War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 8-9 (96 A.D.)

Bio – Dr. David Reagan: http://christinprophecy.org/staff/dr-david-r-reagan/

Supporting Scriptures:

Matthew 28:18-20 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) (33 A.D.)

18 Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.” (talmadim=disciples)

Acts 17:11 Names of God Bible (NOG) (53 A.D.)

11 The people of Berea were more open-minded than the people of Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive God’s message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.

Ephesians 4:11-12 Names of God Bible (NOG) (64 A.D.)

11 He also gave apostles, prophets, missionaries, as well as pastors and teachers as gifts to his church. 12 Their purpose is to prepare God’s people to serve and to build up the body of Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Names of God Bible (NOG) (66 A.D.)

16 Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval. 17 They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things.

Supporting Thought:

Teaching the Word of God is key to the growth of the body of Christ, not only in number but also in purpose and responsibility (Matt 28:18-20). Spiritual leaders (Eph 4:11) are directed to “prepare God’s people to serve and to build up the body of Christ,” (Eph 4:12). Those who receive the teaching of God’s Word will do well to ensure that the teaching that they receive is correct (Acts 17:11). All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching (2 Tim 3:16-17), but it is obvious that the teaching of the end times (eschatology) is sorely lacking in sermons and lessons in many denominations and congregations. It is horrible to think about all of the believers in Christ who believe that they, and their infant children, will become targets of God’s revelation wrath and will end up in the battle of Armageddon. Proper teaching of eschatology will remove such anxiety and fear from those who should know that they are protected by God’s love for them, and that they will not be subject to the wrath of God that has been reserved for people who have not been born again. The teachings of the prophets of Israel show that the enemies of “God’s chosen people,” are Jew-hating gentiles, primarily from Arab and Muslim nations, being supported by Russia and her allies. There is no room for political correctness, in relation to God’s judgment that will come upon those who try to destroy the men, women and children of Israel. Such a threat to the Jews is common place, and has a place in history that is described in the Book Of Esther when the dispersed Jews were residing in Persia.

Esther 3:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (515 B.C.)

13 Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces to destroy, to kill and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder.

Supporting Video

Prophetic events to happen.

Bio – Dr. Gary Frazier: https://garyfrazier.com/about/

Specific Scriptural Encouragement For The Study And Teaching Of The End Times

Revelation 1:3 The Voice (VOICE)

3 Blessings come to those who read and proclaim these words aloud; blessings come to those who listen closely and put the prophetic words recorded here into practice. The finale is approaching.

Consider: “The finale is approaching.”

When I was a member of the U.S. Military, there were defense readiness conditions (DEFCONS) that were states of readiness against enemy air attack. The highest state of alert was/is DEFCON 1, which means that “nuclear attack is imminent.” Under DEFCON 1, the U.S. would not know when such an attack would happen, but we were at a state of “Maximum Readiness”, which is the teaching of Revelation 1:3. We don’t know when the end time events will happen, but they are approaching. Therefore, we should be ready for the events of the end times, at all times, by being born again “believers in Christ.” By being born again we will not be subject to the events of the wrath of God, or of the persecutions of the anti-Christ, that will take place during the time of tribulation, as is described in chapters six through nineteen in the Book of Revelation. During that time, the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl judgments are all judgments of God’s wrath. Anyone who is not caught up in the rapture of the church, and taken away to the Presence of God, will be subject to God’s wrath, as well as to the oppressive acts of the anti-Christ.(Rapture:John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-53)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEFCON

Defense readiness conditions vary between many commands and have changed over time, and the United States Department of Defense uses exercise terms when referring to the DEFCONs. This is to preclude the possibility of confusing exercise commands with actual operational commands. On 12 January 1966, NORAD “proposed the adoption of the readiness conditions of the JCS system”, and information about the levels was declassified in 2006:

Readiness condition Exercise term Description Readiness

DEFCON 1 COCKED PISTOL Nuclear war is imminent Maximum readiness

98 – Revelation 1:7-11 – Pastor David Hocking

Sermon – 66 Revelation 1:7-11 – Pastor David Hocking – Bible Studies

Bio – Dr. David Hocking – https://www.davidhocking.org/aboutdavid.php

Related Scripture And Commentary

Bible Text: Revelation 1:7-11 (Biblegateway.com)

Revelation 1:7-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Message to the Seven Churches

7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

The Patmos Vision

9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

Comments: MacArthur Study Bible

Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

1:7 coming with clouds. This echoes the promise of Daniel: The Son of Man will come with the clouds of heaven (Dan. 7:13)—not ordinary clouds but clouds of glory. In the OT, God often manifested Himself in an energized, blazing light, called the Shekinah or glory cloud. No one could see it fully and live (Ex. 33:20), so it had to be veiled. But when Christ returns, the glory will be completely visible. Cf. Matt. 24:29, 30; 25:31; see notes on 6:12–17. they who pierced. Not a reference to the 4 Roman soldiers usually involved in crucifixion, but to the Jews who were actually responsible for Christ’s death (Acts 2:22, 23; 3:14, 15). Zechariah identified the ones who pierced Him as “the house of David” and “the inhabitants of Jerusalem” and prophesied that they will weep tears of genuine repentance because of what they did to their Messiah (Zech. 12:10). all the tribes…will mourn. The mourning of the rest of the earth’s inhabitants is not that which accompanies genuine repentance (cf. 9:21). It is the result of guilt for sin and fear of punishment (6:16; cf. Gen. 3:8–10).

1:8 Alpha and the Omega. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. An alphabet is an ingenious way to store and communicate knowledge. The 26 letters in the English alphabet, arranged in almost endless combinations, can hold and convey all knowledge. Christ is the supreme, sovereign alphabet; there is nothing outside His knowledge, so as there are no unknown factors that can sabotage His second coming. (cf. Col. 2:3). the Almighty. “Almighty God” occurs 8 times in Revelation, underscoring that God’s power is supreme over all the cataclysmic events it records (see also 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 19:15; 21:22). He exercises sovereign control over every person, object, and event, and not one molecule in the universe is outside that dominion.

1:9–18 This vision of Christ is equaled in grandeur only by the vision of His final return as King of kings and Lord of lords (19:11–16).

1:9 tribulation and kingdom and patience. Four characteristics that John and his believing readers share: 1) persecution for their faith; 2) membership in the redeemed community over which Christ serves as Lord and King; 3) eager anticipation of the glory of His coming millennial reign on earth; and 4) endurance and perseverance in spite of difficult times. island…called Patmos. Located in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and part of a group of about 50 islands, Patmos is a barren, rocky, crescent-shaped island that is about 10 mi. long and less than 6 mi. at its widest point. It served as a Roman penal colony. According to early Christian historian, Eusebius, the emperor Nerva (A.D. 96–98) released John from Patmos.

1:10 in the Spirit. This was not a dream. John was supernaturally transported out of the material world awake—not sleeping—to an experience beyond the normal senses. The Holy Spirit empowered his senses to perceive revelation from God (cf. Acts 10:11). Lord’s Day. This phrase appears in many early Christian writings and refers to Sunday, the day of the Lord’s resurrection. Some have suggested this phrase refers to “the Day of the Lord,” but the context doesn’t support that interpretation, and the grammatical form of the word “Lord” is adjectival, thus “the Lord’s day.” loud voice. Throughout Revelation, a loud sound or voice indicates the solemnity of what God is about to reveal.

1:11 book. The Gr. word refers to a scroll made of parchment formed from papyrus, a reed that grows plentifully along the Nile.

Comments: Dr. John F. Walvoord (Dec). (Bible.org)

Bio – Dr. John F. Walvoord – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

1:7 There is no indication that the world as a whole will see Christ at the time of the rapture of the church. At His coming to establish His kingdom, however, all will see Him.

1:10 John’s statement in verse 10 that he was in the Spirit refers to his experience of being carried beyond normal sense into a state where God could reveal supernaturally the contents of this book. Such was the experience of Ezekiel (Ezek. 2:2; 3:12, 14; etc.), Peter (Acts 10:10-11; 11: 5), and Paul (Acts 22:17-18)

See more of Dr. Walvoord’s comments:
https://bible.org/seriespage/1-introduction-things-which-thou-hast-seen

93 – Revelation 1:4-6 – Pastor David Hocking

66 Revelation 1:4-6 – Pastor David Hocking – Bible Studies

David Hocking https://www.davidhocking.org/aboutdavid.php

The Rapture. The church is taken to heaven to the judgment seat of Christ, the bema judgment (for believers only). The raptured believers in Christ will be in the Presence of God, where they will receive rewards. Then, the church will be taken to the marriage of the lamb, where the bride (the church) and the bridegroom (Christ) will be joined in marriage in heaven. During the time that the church is in heaven being prepared for the marriage, the tribulation is taking place on earth. After the wedding, the bride/church accompanies the bridegroom/Christ back to earth at the second coming of Christ for judgment at the Battle of Armageddon. Christ and the bride, along with angels, will physically stand on earth. At the rapture, Christ comes in the air, and returns to heaven with the raptured saints, without having stood on earth. At the second coming of Christ, He will stand on the Mount of Olives.