Jesus told His apostles, when they pressed Him for answers as to when He planned to return to gather His saints. Jesus told them the following, and we get a fairly accurate timing of when ALL SHALL BE FULFILLED.
Luke 21:21-32 “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” This was one of the FIRST HINTS that Jesus gave His apostles.
Have we seen Jerusalem encompassed about with armies? Has the Temple at Jerusalem been desecrated before? Yes…once before.
The Roman armies encompassed Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D. under the leadership of Titus, son of the Roman emperor, Vespasian. The armies starved the Jews to death simply by surrounding them and keeping food from getting in.
Therefore, one might presume that the armies compassed about Jerusalem already and their desolation was at hand. In fact, after this annihilation of the Jews happened, the Temple itself was demolished…on August 4, 70 A.D. But, is there more…or was that the timing of the END DAYS, according to Jesus?
Verse 21 –“Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.”
When Jerusalem was surrounded in 69-70 A.D., and they were starved to death, nobody in the surrounding areas of Judea fled to the mountains for safety, so this foretells of a specific event in the FUTURE to take place that will drive the inhabitants of Israel into the mountains.
To give us an idea as to WHEN Jesus is planning His second coming. The next verse begins to leave a clue… 22 –“For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.”
This certain time in the FUTURE…when God’s vengeance is about to happen, ALL THINGS THAT ARE WRITTEN WILL BE FULFILLED.”
Has ALL been fulfilled yet? Has everything written in the New Testament…including the Book of Revelation…been fulfilled? The clear answer is no - not yet.
From this, we must conclude that there will come a time in the FUTURE when armies will surround Jerusalem, and then the JEWS shall flee to the mountains from Jerusalem and from Judea and from all of the area of Israel. They will flee into the mountains to hide from these enemy soldiers.
The mountains in Israel consist of Mt. Lebanon, Hermon, Carmel, Gerezim, Ebal, Tabor, Gilboa and Zion. Jews will someday flee into those mountains. When?
Verse 23- “But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that nurse babies, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 - And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”
Now, we are getting closer to the time in the FUTURE when "GREAT DISTRESS SHALL BE IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL. Jerusalem shall be trodden down by non-Jews - Gentiles, and this will happen UNTIL THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED.”
When will the times of the GENTILES (non-Jews) be fulfilled?
The time cannot happen until ALL Gentiles have received the Gospel of Christ throughout the world. Does every inhabitant on the planet now know of Jesus Christ? That answer is yes.
Even the formerly little secret tribes that existed in the world have been visited by missionaries.
Jesus told us of this Gospel of Christ being available to all the world BEFORE He returns. Mark 13:10 –“And the gospel must first be published among all nations.”
“ALL THINGS THAT ARE WRITTEN SHALL BE FULFILLED" when the season of the END TIMES occurs.
That statement, coupled with, “UNTIL THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED.” Indicates that the time of the Gentiles being fulfilled….completed, would be the time of the RAPTURE. When will that happen?
We’re about to find out….
25 –“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26-Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
Has anything happened on the earth relative to the above two verses? No.
The Book of The Revelation...especially Chapter 6, FORETELLS that ALL OF THE ABOVE will happen just AFTER the RAPTURE....especially verses 15-17. Those speak of kings and rich and poor alike heading into the mountains and the caves for fear.
27 –“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
The Son of Man – JESUS, will be seen coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” WHEN? At the time of the RAPTURE. Has that happened yet? Not yet. I believe that only born-again believers will see this RAPTURE taking place because the rest of the world has to explain missing millions of people. "The devil shall cause them to believe a lie." Anyone can guess that the lie would be that U.F.O.s came and took these people.
28 –“And when these things BEGIN TO COME TO PASS , then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Jesus said “WHEN YOU SEE THE BEGINNING OF WHAT I TOLD YOU WILL HAPPEN….start looking for my return….for the RAPTURE.”
When will this be?
Jesus spoke to His apostles in a parable. A parable is a story designed to be interpreted and understood by “those who have an ear, let them hear”, but not designed for those who never trusted Him as Savior. They will not understand the parables.
29-"And Jesus spoke to His apostles in a parable; ‘Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 -When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31-So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.”
We can discover that Israel...Jerusalem in particular, represents the fig tree. Luke 13:6-9 gives us a parable also: 6-"Jesus also spoke this parable: “A certain man (meaning himself) had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 - Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard (God), ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none."
Jesus demonstrated that He ministered to the Jews for three years so far, and they would not respond. They rejected Him.
Jesus said, "Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8-But he (God) answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9-And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’”
Israel (symbolized by the fig tree) bore no fruit. Jesus and His apostles gave it all they had. Finally, with the advent of Paul, the apostle who came after Jesus' death on the cross,and the Gospel was preached almost entirely to the Gentiles. Israel was cut off. In fact...the Temple itself was destroyed in 70 A.D.
Then, Jesus gave the final hint as to when in the FUTURE this will happen. Many, I dare say, overlooked this next verse: -Verse 32 -“Verily I say unto you, THIS GENERATION shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.”
Before we get to the conclusion, let us read Mark’s account of these last days, because Luke missed a vital part.
Mark 13:14-20 –“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: 15-And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: 16-And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. 17-But woe to them that are with child, and to them that nurse babies in those days! 18-And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. 19-For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
Nothing like this, Jesus said, HAS EVER HAPPENED BEFORE.
20-"And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.”
The "SEVEN YEARS OF GREAT TRIBULATION" that is coming will be shortened - for the sake of the elect. The ELECT are those who are born-again. The time will be shortened by 3.5 years.
Mark tells us that just before the RAPTURE (when ALL THAT IS WRITTEN BECOMES FULFILLED), there will be an “abomination of desolation.spoken of by Daniel the Prophet. That “Abomination of Desolation” referred to by Daniel is when Satan desecrates the Temple at Jerusalem.
There is currently NO Temple on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Therefore, one must conclude that a Temple has to first be built.
Jesus concludes, in Mark 13:28-30 –“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:“
Jesus relates to Jerusalem as that fig tree. “When Jerusalem begins to put forth her leaves” you know that Summer is near.”
Jerusalem was not fully owned by Israel until 1967…after the “Six-Day War” Wikepedia refers to that time as follows: The Six-Day War of June 5-10, 1967 was a war between Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. The Arab states of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria also contributed troops and arms. At the war's end, Israel had gained control of the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank the Golan Heights…and East Jerusalem.”
Before this, in 1948 when Israel became a Nation, they owned West Jerusalem. The Arabs controlled East Jerusalem…where Mount Zion is located.
Mount Zion is the place where the Holy Temple was located. Get the picture now?
The “fig tree” is Jerusalem and, because Israel owned ALL of Jerusalem in the Summer of 1967, that is the time that "The fig tree began to blossom".
Mark 13:29 –“So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.”
Jesus told us -"When Israel begins to bud we will see all the rest unfold -IN THIS GENERATION."
And Jesus wraps up His FUTURE timing with verse 30 – “Verily I say unto you, that THIS GENERATION - from the time that Jerusalem begins to blossom - THIS GENERATION shall not pass, till all these things be done.”
How long is a generation?
Matthew 1:17 reads, “Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.” The total generations from Abraham to Jesus is, therefore, 42.
Taking all of the years from Abraham’s birth either 1810 BC or 1943 B.C. (according to Jewish history, it is 1943 BC) to the year 1.A.D. are 1810 to 1943 years.
Divide 1810 or 1943 years by 42 (three generations of 14 years each), one comes up with an average of 43 to 46 years for one generation.
Therefore, “This generation - from the time Israel begins to blossom until the END of DAYS shall be about 43 to 46 years.
If Israel began to blossom in the summer of 1967….and this generation of 43 to 46 years shall see the END DAYS, then 43 to years from 1967 would be the summer of 2010 to the summer of 2013. Oh oh!
An additional comment must be noted here I stumbled across an amazing few verses found in Leviticus 25. Jesus foretold of a time when Israel would be redeemed...when God would go after Israel once again. This time would take place just after the RAPTURE. The Jews would know that the messiah did, in fact, come 2000 years ago. They rejected Him then, but once the rapture takes place...they will know.
Leviticus 25:8 reveals this: "In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all. 9-Then on the Day of Atonement in the FIFTIETH YEAR, blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land. 10-Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan. 11-This FIFTIETH year will be a jubilee for you."
FIFTY YEARS from 1967 is the year 2017. It would be my guess, then, that we will see the following happen for the REMNANT: Revelation 14:1 - (The apostle John had seen the future. he wrote, "Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb (Jesus), STANDING ON MOUNT ZION, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2-And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3-And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4-These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. 5-No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless."
Let’s now recap, and I don’t mean to scare anyone!
Referring to Luke and Mark: “Between the time you see Israel begin to bloom…1967, and 2010 to 2013, "these things will BEGIN TO COME TO PASS": I will put them in the order in which I believe they will happen.
1. Something happens to have a one-world government in place with a "global currency" in place, global laws, and global enforcement of those laws.
2. Something must happen that will cause the Arabs to vacate the Holy Mount Zion.
3. Something must happen to cause the economies of the world to become useless. This "crisis" will cause the world to need the assistance of the Global Bank...operated by those in power within the one-world government.
4. Something will cause Israel to be free to build the Holy Temple on Mt. Zion. For that to happen, the Arabs who now control the Holy Mount – by Treaty, and who operate two Islamic shrines – the Dome of the Rock that covers the temple site…and al Aqsa Mosque…the third holiest Islamic Mosque in the world. “al Aqsa” means furthest. This means that al Aqsa Mosque is the furthest from Mecca.
5. The Holy Temple, once built, will be desecrated by none other than Satan himself.
6. Then, the armies shall surround Jerusalem.
7. Then, the Jews will be killed and they will be led off into captivity by Gentiles - Arab Muslims.
8. Then, the inhabitants of Israel shall flee into the mountains for safety.
9. Then, the RAPTURE of the saints SHALL take place.
10. Then, those who are left on the planet will see Revelation unfold before their eyes. Rich and poor alike will hide in caves for fear of God as destruction of one third of mankind happens. Then a third of the sea life is killed. Then - IT GETS REALLY BAD!
144,000 Jews - The "REMNANT" will not be killed. Instead, they will believe. They will be marked by God as the chosen who will be witnesses of Christ. All who accept Christ at that point...including the 144,000 Jewes (12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel) will NOT take the "mark" which will be the currency by which one can buy or sell anything - including food.
All who do not take the "mark" will be brought to trial. They will be executed...beheaded. Have you heard of any group of people who are into beheadings in the past several years?
How about Abu Musab al Zarquari..."the beheader" who beheaded Daniel Pearlman...and displayed it on the internet?
How will things BEGIN to unfold?
Amadinejad, president of Iran, is a martyr. His ambition is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and, in doing so, he will be the “chosen one” who will usher in the Islamic Messiah known as “al Mhadi or the 12th Imam.”
It is a known fact that the Quaran dictates that “violence shall be upon the earth" just before the Islamic Messiah returns.
A one-world government must also be in place during the END TIMES. The one-world government will have one currency. This “currency” will replace all other currencies. The United Nations is calling NOW for a one-world or “global” currency. Google “one world currency”. The top of page one of Google will tell you more!
“Progressives” are now in power for the first time in history. Woodrow Wilson was a Progressive, but he did not control the Senate and Congress.
Progressives are anti-God socialists who want to rule the world. Islam also wants to rule the world. One is anti-God, the other is “religious” in nature. These two factions will unite…they will merge. They will do so to gain world dominance over the population. They will form this one-world government.
The PROGRESSIVES are, in my opinion, already planning an event to take them to power by the next presidential election cycle in 2012....or shortly thereafter...perhaps 2013.(See my articles on this, or buy my book – America’s Two Holy Wars” online at RelationshipBook dot com.
Progressives are in power now, and a “CRISIS” will occur between now and 2012 that will accomplish bringing them to power.
This “global government” will be operated by one leader, and he will appoint a leader from ten nations to become his cabinet. This is prophetic.
I believe that leader wil be Barack Obama. My book - America's Two Holy Wars -details why.
The crisis that will accomplish bringing them to power, removing the Arabs from Mt. Zion, creating a financial nightmare to warrant a global single currency….will be that Ahmadinejad will provoke Israel into a war.
Israel, however, will perform a preemptive, self-defense nuclear strike against Iran.
This will cause all Arabs to be shocked by the devastation. The devastation will empower Israel…enough to toss the Arabs off Mt. Zion.
Then, they will have no opposition to building the Holy Temple on that site.
Oil prices will skyrocket. Nothing moves without oil. World currencies will be devastated as a result of skyrocketing oil prices. Nothing moves without oil. The United States government now in power refuses to drill for oil and gas in the Western hemishpere, and this keeps us dependent on Arab and other foreign oil. Why? God is in control, so He is allowing this to happen so He can accomplish His objective of bringing the curtain down.
Arabs will condemn Israel. The United Nations will condemn Israel. The United States Government’s official position will be to condemn Israel because, like in 1967 – the “Six Day War”, the US did not support Israel because of the threat of Arabs to jack the price of oil up sky high..and wreck the economies of the world. They will do this once again, and the world's population will be frightened. They will look to someone for leadership. That leadership will start being formed AS SOON AS THE "CRISIS" - THE "EVENT" HAPPENS. That may happen before the summer of 2013!
The United Nations will clamor for a “Global Government” and the world will decide that it is time. The votes will be cast. The World leader will be elected, and he will appoint (make a back door deal) ten leaders representing ten influential nations.
I'll speculate who the ten nations wil become. My speculation is based on which are the ten richest members of the IMF...International Monetary Fund. They will control all of the wealth in the world...including the gold.
They are - in order of voting power: United States - Japan - Germany - France - United Kingdom - China - Italy - Saudi Arabia (home of Mecca...the holiest shrine of Islam where all Muslims worldwide turn to and pray five times each day. They will control all of the Muslims under the leadership of the world leader. They will control the courts using Sharia Law) - Canada and finally Russia.
Of them, Daniel the prophet and the Book of Revelation says that three of these nations shall be taken over by the other seven under the leadership of the word leader. I would not speculate on which three are consumed by the others, but it will happen after the RAPTURE of the saints.
The Progressives have a motto: “The end justifies the means”, and they will do all within their collective, worldwide power, to form this one-world government.
The Progressives will then have their global government with one set of laws (The U.S. Constitution will be null and void). They will have their gun control. No citizen on the planet will be armed…only what will be called the International Civilian Police Force will be armed. These will be the local, national, international enforcement are for the one-world government.
The Progressives hate Christians. They will unite with Islamic clerics and will agree to put these clerics in charge of the Global Court.
They will operate under what should scare you to death…Sharia Law. Google it!
Here’s some wake-up news for you: –“Controversial Sharia courts have been set up in major towns and cities to impose Islamic law and enable Muslims to shun the legitimate British legal system.”
Here’s more news from Wikepedia – “Sharia deals with many things, including politics, economics, banking, business, contracts, family, sexuality, hygiene, and social issues.”
And more from Wikepedia – “Islamic law is now the most widely used religious law, and one of the three most common legal systems in the world.alongside common law, and civil law. During the Islamic Golden Age, (8th to the 13th centuries) classical Islamic law may have influenced the development of common law, and also influenced the development of several civil law institutions.”
If the Progressives have their way, Islamic clerics will rule in the World Court System, and will judge all cases of family law, divorce, politics, economics…you name it. They will absolutely persecute any non-Muslim, and will also rule over all Muslims.
Taken from the Council on Foreign Relations’ website: “Sharia, or Islamic law, influences the legal code in most Muslim countries. A movement to allow sharia to govern personal status law, a set of regulations that pertain to marriage, divorce, inheritance, and custody, is even expanding into the West.”
It’s coming, folks!
On http://www.cfr.org/publication/8034/, we read what some of the crimes are and what Sharia Laws do to punish those crimes.
“There are five hadd crimes: unlawful sexual intercourse (sex outside of marriage and adultery), false accusation of unlawful sexual intercourse, wine drinking (sometimes extended to include all alcohol drinking), theft, and highway robbery. Punishments for hadd offenses--flogging, stoning, amputation, exile, or execution.”
The Bible predicts that all those who do not accept the single currency…”the Mark” will be executed…death by beheading. I refer you to my article – Our Last Day on Earth”.
Here’s the joke about all this: It is God’s plan to bring the world to a conclusion. It is God who is directing all of the PLAYERS…Islamic leaders…Progressives, to do His bidding to accomplish His purpose.
Then, the end will come. The Rapture will happen (my guess is mid-summer 2015 to mid-summer of 2017), and then…ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE. THe end of the final 3.5 years might occur in the year 2020. God has a sense of humor...20/20 is perfect vision. "We should have seen this coming".
Be prepared. I would get my family and loved ones together to discuss these events AS THEY UNFOLD...in case you think I'm nuts!
Send the article to them. Let them discover the TRUTH about the END TIMES. They must "know" internally, that "something is in the air". So must YOU.
I do not write to scare. I write to make people aware that Jesus DID tell us when the END DAYS will come.
They are here, my friend…the BEGINNING of the END.
Are you ready?
Are you prepared for the judgment of man?
John Tyler, Author
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