92 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Trumpet Judgments

What Signs Must Occur Before the Rapture Takes Place?

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.

Christ, our Lord, will take His bride (the church) away from the place (earth) where God’s wrath will be poured out on those whom are not His bride.

James 5:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

As believers in Christ (the bride of Christ), we should maintain an awareness that Christ may come at any moment to take us away to Heaven, “to meet “The Father.” When we are caught up, and are on our way to Heaven, will be experiencing indescribable excitement? Or, will we be immersed in a state of embarrassment, because of what we were doing at the time of the rapture, with our next stop being Heaven? (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

The Judgments of the Tribulation
The video discusses the seal and trumpet judgments of the tribulation. The trumpet judgments will be the subject of this post.

If you have seen my post, “88 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Seal Judgments,” you can scroll down to the bold heading, ” THE TRUMPET JUDGMENTS.”

Will the church go through the tribulation? Read on!

Tribulation Judgments.

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.

The End Times! Let’s have a discussion.

As it relates to the things that relate to eschatology, and the timing of those events, it has been my experience that some people believe in a pre-tribulation rapture and some don’t; there are others that don’t care or have no opinion, one way or the other. It is my opinion that a leader of a congregation should be able to answer honest questions that come from their church members that relate to the end times. A comment that I have heard many times about the tribulation is, “pre-trib, post-trib, pan-trib,” and it’ll all “pan out” in the end. Such an ill-contrived response to an honest question should never be given. There are many highly respected teachers of the end times who have written and spoken extensively on the events of the end times. There are a few seminaries who have highly regarded instructors who teach eschatology. Dallas Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute are two of those seminaries. Evangelical and pentecostal churches are more likely to effectively explain subjects that relate to the end times. Liberal mainline churches, such as those who are members of the National Council of Churches, are less likely to provide such accuracy of discussion.

Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of the teachings of the Bible concerning the end times. Events of the end times relate to the pre-rapture attacks on Israel, the rapture, the resurrection of the just and unjust, “Satan the Anti-Christ and the false prophet,” the Bema Judgment, the tribulation, the three witnesses, the 144,000 Jewish missionaries, the marriage in heaven, the Battle Of Armageddon, the millennium, the binding of Satan, the final judgment, the lake of fire and, “the new heavens, new earth, new Jerusalem and the eternal state.” In one way or other, most of the books of the Bible deal with end-times subjects. More than twenty-five percent of all scriptures relate to prophecy. The following link has a greater discussion of eschatology. https://www.gotquestions.org/Eschatology.html

Left Behind

The Left Behind series of books and movies have been very effective in peaking the interest of people to the eventuality of the rapture of the church. However, many people have considered the subject to be a matter of science fiction. In the series of blog posts that I am now writing, which describes the rapture of the church, and the events that precede and follow that end time event of eschatology, I am using the Left Behind series as a key source of reference. A great deal of prophetic knowledge has been provided by Dr.Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, who co-authored the Left Behind series. The following link has a video discussion by those authors about the Series. It should be known that the key author was Tim LaHaye. http://leftbehind.com/ The following link provides a biography of the life of Tim LaHaye. https://www.biography.com/people/tim-lahaye-204548

The Late Great Planet Earth

In the early 1970s, I heard about a book that was very popular, and was thought by many to be a book of science fiction. The book was titled, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” and was authored by Hal Lindsey, with the assistance of Carol Carlson. In time, many people began to understand that the book related to the end times study of scripture, and addressed many of the things that Tim LaHaye would later discuss in the Left Behind Series. The following link has more information on “Late Great Planet Earth.”
http://www.zondervan.com/the-late-great-planet-earth

THE TRUMPET JUDGMENTS

Christ (the Lamb) will open the seventh seal judgment. The seven angels who stand before God will be given seven trumpets. It is from these angels that the wrath of God, through each trumpet judgment, will be unleashed on “those who dwell on the earth,” (Revelation 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8). As you read the verses of Revelation that discuss the judgments, pay close attention to whomever is opening each judgment. You will see “the Lamb” (Christ) opening each seal judgment, angels blowing trumpets which unleash the trumpet judgments, and angels pouring out the bowl judgments. Each judgment will affect earth dwellers, which are those who dwell on the earth. To deny the reality of the rapture of believers, is to have a belief that each judgment will be unleashed by God on every born again man, woman, and child, to include infants, along with the earth dwellers. Earth dwellers are those who had defied God during their lifetime, and had never accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. To deny the reality of the rapture of the church, is also to deny the value of 2 Corinthians 5:21, which states that born again believers have been made to be, “the righteousness of God,” and that even with that state of righteousness, believers will be condemned to suffer from the same judgments as those of the earth dwellers, who are not righteous and have not had their judgment satisfied by the death of Christ on the cross (Romans 8:1).

Romans 8:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

So, the denial of the reality of the rapture is one that explains each person’s view of God’s love for His people.

Consider what it is that keeps believers in Christ saved from the things of the world, regardless of what those things may be. Believers are “overcomers!”

1 John 5:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Introduction To The 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

1 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 h

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.ad 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.

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.

Consider the wrath of God. It is from God, the Lamb of God, and God’s angels, that God’s judgments are unleashed on “those who dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8). The church will be translated (their mortal bodies will be changed into eternal immortal bodies…1 Corinthians 15:51-53), and raptured, and taken to Heaven before the outpouring of God’s wrath occurs. The church is very prominent in Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, but is not mentioned again until 22:16, except as the bride of the Lamb in Heaven, at the close of the tribulation (Rev 19:7-8). Nowhere in the book of Revelation, during the time of God’s wrath, and the oppression of the anti-christ (chap 6-19), is the church mentioned. The church is not seen anywhere on earth, which points to the protection and removal of the church during the days of the wrath of God. The church in not identified in the book of Revelation, from 3:22 to its next appearance in 22:16, which relates to the churches of the first three chapters. As we continue this study, we will see that the anti-christ is a tool of God, and not someone who is in charge of the events of the tribulation. We will see that the wrath of the tribulation is “God’s wrath,” and not the wrath of the anti-christ. (Mine)

The anti-christ may be alive today. If so, he will most likely be charismatic in worldwide acceptance. He will most likely be a European from the old Roman Empire, and will be a homosexual. If he is alive today, he will be seen on international television broadcasts. But, in spite of his being viewed by the world, to include believers in Christ, “after the rapture occurs” those believers in Christ will not be affected by the anti-christ. (Mine)

My comments are based on the notes of the MacArthur Study Bible (MAC), Ryrie Study Bible (RYR), and Walvoord Commentary on Revelation.

Lord come (in the air) quickly!

To learn more about the trumpet judgments, please check out the comments that were made by Dr. John F. Walvoord (Deceased) and published in Bible.org

https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

https://bible.org/seriespage/8-seventh-seal-and-beginning-trumpets
https://bible.org/seriespage/9-fifth-and-sixth-trumpets-first-and-second-woes
https://bible.org/seriespage/11-two-witnesses-and-seventh-trumpet

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91 – Worship God – “The Whole Earth Is Full Of His Glory”

Consider what it will be like to be in the Presence of God. Consider the vision of Isaiah.

Isaiah 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Isaiah’s Vision

6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Consider the Names of God.

https://bible.org/article/names-god
Overview of the
Names of God in Scripture

(1) Elohim: The plural form of EL, meaning “strong one.” It is used of false gods, but when used of the true God, it is a plural of majesty and intimates the trinity. It is especially used of God’s sovereignty, creative work, mighty work for Israel and in relation to His sovereignty (Isa. 54:5; Jer. 32:27; Gen. 1:1; Isa. 45:18; Deut. 5:23; 8:15; Ps. 68:7).

Compounds of El:

El Shaddai:“God Almighty.” The derivation is uncertain. Some think it stresses God’s loving supply and comfort; others His power as the Almighty one standing on a mountain and who corrects and chastens (Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 35:11; Ex. 6:1; Ps. 91:1, 2).
El Elyon: “The Most High God.” Stresses God’s strength, sovereignty, and supremacy (Gen. 14:19; Ps. 9:2; Dan. 7:18, 22, 25).
El Olam: “The Everlasting God.” Emphasizes God’s unchangeableness and is connected with His inexhaustibleness (Gen. 16:13).
(2) Yahweh (YHWH): Comes from a verb which means “to exist, be.” This, plus its usage, shows that this name stresses God as the independent and self-existent God of revelation and redemption (Gen. 4:3; Ex. 6:3 (cf. 3:14); 3:12).

Compounds of Yahweh: Strictly speaking, these compounds are designations or titles which reveal additional facts about God’s character.

Yahweh Jireh (Yireh): “The Lord will provide.” Stresses God’s provision for His people (Gen. 22:14).
Yahweh Nissi:“The Lord is my Banner.” Stresses that God is our rallying point and our means of victory; the one who fights for His people (Ex. 17:15).
Yahweh Shalom:“The Lord is Peace.” Points to the Lord as the means of our peace and rest (Jud. 6:24).
Yahweh Sabbaoth:“The Lord of Hosts.” A military figure portraying the Lord as the commander of the armies of heaven (1 Sam. 1:3; 17:45).
Yahweh Maccaddeshcem: “The Lord your Sanctifier.” Portrays the Lord as our means of sanctification or as the one who sets believers apart for His purposes (Ex. 31:13).
Yahweh Ro’i: “The Lord my Shepherd.” Portrays the Lord as the Shepherd who cares for His people as a shepherd cares for the sheep of his pasture (Ps. 23:1).
Yahweh Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.” Portrays the Lord as the means of our righteousness (Jer. 23:6).
Yahweh Shammah: “The Lord is there.” Portrays the Lord’s personal presence in the millennial kingdom (Ezek. 48:35).
Yahweh Elohim Israel: “The Lord, the God of Israel.” Identifies Yahweh as the God of Israel in contrast to the false gods of the nations (Jud. 5:3.; Isa. 17:6).
(3) Adonai: Like Elohim, this too is a plural of majesty. The singular form means “master, owner.” Stresses man’s relationship to God as his master, authority, and provider (Gen. 18:2; 40:1; 1 Sam. 1:15; Ex. 21:1-6; Josh. 5:14).

(4) Theos: Greek word translated “God.” Primary name for God used in the New Testament. Its use teaches: (1) He is the only true God (Matt. 23:9; Rom. 3:30); (2) He is unique (1 Tim. 1:17; John 17:3; Rev. 15:4; 16:7); (3) He is transcendent (Acts 17:24; Heb. 3:4; Rev. 10:6); (4) He is the Savior (John 3:16; 1 Tim. 1:1; 2:3; 4:10). This name is used of Christ as God in John 1:1, 18; 20:28; 1 John 5:20; Tit. 2:13; Rom. 9:5; Heb. 1:8; 2 Pet. 1:1.

(5) Kurios: Greek word translated “Lord.” Stresses authority and supremacy. While it can mean sir (John 4:11), owner (Luke 19:33), master (Col. 3:22), or even refer to idols (1 Cor. 8:5) or husbands (1 Pet. 3:6), it is used mostly as the equivalent of Yahweh of the Old Testament. It too is used of Jesus Christ meaning (1) Rabbi or Sir (Matt. 8:6); (2) God or Deity (John 20:28; Acts 2:36; Rom. 10:9; Phil. 2:11).

(6) Despotes: Greek word translated “Master.” Carries the idea of ownership while kurios stressed supreme authority (Luke 2:29; Acts 4:24; Rev. 6:10; 2 Pet. 2:1; Jude 4).

(7) Father:A distinctive New Testament revelation is that through faith in Christ, God becomes our personal Father. Father is used of God in the Old Testament only 15 times while it is used of God 245 times in the New Testament. As a name of God, it stresses God’s loving care, provision, discipline, and the way we are to address God in prayer (Matt. 7:11; Jam. 1:17; Heb. 12:5-11; John 15:16; 16:23; Eph. 2:18; 3:15; 1 Thess. 3:11).

89 – A Look Back – Left Behind 1 – Ezekiel 38-39 Attack on Israel

Left Behind ~ Trailer

A Look Back – Left Behind 1 – Ezekiel 38-39 Attack On Israel

Many people are confused in relation to the subject of this post. There are others who criticize the Left Behind series of books, without having read them, and the Left Behind series of movies, without having viewed any of them. The Apocalypse And Beyond series of posts are not intended to be a study of the Left Behind series of videos or books. There are many sources of information that are used in the creation of the Apocalypse And Beyond articles, with Left Behind being one of them.

The opening scenes in Left Behind 1 show the attack on Israel that takes place in Ezekiel 38, and was prophesied by that prophet of Israel in 587 B.C. The movie shows that attack ending in failure, without the Israeli forces confronting them; God is in control. God will guide the attacking forces to Israel; He will cause the attacking forces to attack Israel (Ezekiel 38:4). God will defeat the attacking forces. The events of Ezekiel 38 are not an allegory. Consider the words of Ezekiel 38:23:  “I shall magnify Myself, sanctify myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the Lord.”

Ezekiel 38:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords;

God will bring about victory for the Jews. This invasion by Gog and Magog is not the same as the battle of Gog and Magog which takes place at the end of the millennium, when Satan is unbound and leads a final revolt against God, and loses (Revelation 20:7-10). Remember the question: “Why will God put precious little babies in the time of the tribulation?”

Based on my study of scripture, the Ezekiel 38 attack on Israel will occur prior to the rapture of the church, and the following tribulation.  Consider the following video which has highly regarded teachers of eschatology, as they discuss the Ezekiel 38-39 attack on Israel.

The Ezekiel 38 War and the Battle of Armageddon
John Ankerberg Show, Published on Oct 28, 2016

Dr. Mark Hitchcock and Dr. Ron Rhodes explain what the Bible teaches about the Ezekiel 38 war and what happens in the final battle of Armageddon.

Rapture! Tribulation! Millennium! Eternal State!

There is thought that the church will have to go through the tribulation, without an explanation being offered of why infants will be present on earth when the judgments of God are unleashed. There are also believers, those who have been born again and have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit, who believe that they will be present during the tribulation. They believe that they will be among the unbelieving “earth dwellers” (Revelation 3:10) experiencing the same judgments. It is important to remember that it is the sin of unbelief for which Christ paid our sin debt (John 1:29). It is because of the sin of unbelief that unbelievers are the earth dwellers during the tribulation, and are cast into the lake of fire at the Great White Throne Judgment (John 3:18 and Romans 8:1, Rev 20:15). Most important of any consideration is that God is charge and control of the tribulation, “not the anti-Christ.” 

The Apocalypse series of posts will address the issues that may appear to be problematic. Questions from readers will be answered, based on scripture. There are other of my posts that also contain information on the end times. A link to the blogs that contain those posts will be shown at the bottom of this page. 

In reference to Christians who believe that the church will go through the tribulation, please! Let me ask! “WHY???” Please consider my following thoughts on the subject of the rapture of the church.

As a parent, we try to protect our children from all danger. We don’t knowingly put our children in harm’s way. God is our loving heavenly father; His protection for His children is much greater. So, here is an honest question that deserves an honest answer:

Why would God cause little babies to go through the tribulation? Consider the words of Christ, as follows. 

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (Matthew 24:21)

Revelation 3:10 says that the tribulation will come upon “all who dwell on the earth.” That is a statement that relates to everyone who will be present on earth during the tribulation.  So, we must remain on the subject of why God would unleash his wrath, his acts of punishment, on little babies? For those who have infants, let’s make that question very personal. For what reason would God unleash his seal judgments, trumpet judgments and bowl judgments, “on your precious infant?” If you believe that the church will be present during the tribulation, you must come to the understanding that if the church is present on earth during the tribulation, your infant will most likely die from the actions that God will orchestrate. Also, your infant will be affected by all of the terror that the forces of the anti-christ will pour out on those who are present on earth, especially Christians and Jews. Someone, please explain the purpose for those of us who are born again believers in Christ to have to come under the wrath of God. We have already been born again, with the Spirit of Christ dwelling within our spirit, which has been made to be as pure as the Spirit of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). There is nothing more than can be done to make us more acceptable to God. The tribulation is designed to draw Jews to accept Christ as Messiah. Gentiles will also be among the “earth dwellers” that will have the opportunity to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The testing of Revelation 3:10 is designed for “those who dwell on the earth.” The description of that test, which is God’s wrath, is shown in Revelation 6:1-8:6 (Seal Judgments), Revelation 8:7-9:21 (Trumpet Judgments). and Revelation 15:1-16:21 (Bowl Judgments). I encourage every parent to read those verses and then ask yourself: “what does the wrath of God have to do with my child, or with any other born again believer in Christ?”

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

It is our faith in God that “perseveres” us from any, and all, things that may happen.

1 John 5:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

God’s Wrath (Seal Judgments, Trumpet Judgments, Bowl Judgments)

Revelation 6:1, and following verses (1-17) show that the Lamb of God, “Christ,” opens the seal judgments that will be opened and unleashed onto all who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 8:1-9:21, show that angels pour out the trumpet judgments. (8 vs 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it onto the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake).

Revelation 15:1-16:21, show that angels pour out the bowl judgments. (16 vs 2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.) Those who are earth dwellers gather for their attack on Jerusalem at Armageddon in Revelation 16:16.

Many people don’t consider the severity of the tribulation. Consider the words of Christ. Don’t just look at the words. Read them carefully, and digest how very horrible it will be on earth during the time of the tribulation. We suffer tribulation during our lifetimes, but never will we suffer from such as will be brought on earth by God’s wrath after the rapture of the church takes place.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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.

It will be after the tribulation that Christ returns to earth, to bring judgment. Consider the Words of Christ.

Matthew 24:29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Those who know Christ would not mourn at his appearing.

Along with Christ will be His angels and raptured believers. The “elect” are the Jews (Deuteronomy 7:6), who are scattered around the world.

Zechariah 14:1-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (487 B.C.)

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5 You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!

6 In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. 7 For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.

8 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.

God Will Be King over All

9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.

10 All the land will be changed into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site from Benjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. 11 People will live in it, and there will no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will dwell in security.

12 Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. 13 It will come about in that day that a great panic from the Lord will fall on them; and they will seize one another’s hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another. 14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered, gold and silver and garments in great abundance. 15 So also like this plague will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, the donkey and all the cattle that will be in those camps.

16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

Zechariah’s prophecy tells of the battle that comes against the Jews at the Battle of Armageddon, when Christ returns to earth with His Holy ones, angels and raptured saints, and then stands on the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem. The battle will be quick, with Christ defeating the foes of Israel; He will speak victory (Revelation 19:14-15, below).

Revelation 19:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

The raptured saints had just come from the marriage of the Lamb (Christ) to the saints, which took place in heaven.

Revelation 19:7-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.” 10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Coming of Christ

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”

19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

Doom of the Beast and False Prophet

20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

The Battle of Armageddon is shown in Matthew 24, Zechariah 14, and Revelation 19. The preparation by earth dwellers for their attack on Israel at the Battle of Armageddon is shown in Revelation 16:13-16.

The punishment by Christ on unbelieving earth dwellers is shown again in Matthew 25.

Matthew 25:31-46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Judgment

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The verses of Matthew 25:31-41 explain the sheep and goat judgment. The sheep are gentiles who showed mercy on the Jews during the tribulation,”My brethren.” Such mercy shows that those gentiles were compassionate to the Jews because they (sheep) had come to saving faith in Christ as the Messiah. The goats are gentiles who did not show mercy on the Jews. They showed by their lack of concern for the Jews, “My brethren,” that they had not come to saving faith in Christ.

It will be after the tribulation that the millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints (Old and New Testament), will take place. (Rev 20:4-6). The rapture of the church takes place prior to the tribulation. (Pre-Trib). The tribulation takes place prior to the millennium (Pre-Millennial). The millennium precedes the eternal estate (Revelation 21:1-22:21) (new heaven, new earth, new Jerusalem).

So, please consider my question again. “Why would God put precious little babies in the time of His judgments, and the persecution of the anti-christ? The wrath of God (seal, trumpet, bowl judgments) is just that, “the wrath of God!” It is not the wrath of the anti-christ. Consider again the fate of the earth dwellers.

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Little infants do not have to pass a test during the tribulation. What kind of test could be made for them to pass? (Revelation 3:10)

Earth dwellers are also mentioned in: Rev 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8. In each verse, earth dwellers are defiant unbelievers in Christ. Even as God’s wrath increases in severity, the earth dwellers continue to defy God.

Let me close by making a statement of fact, as opposed to asking a question. So, here it is!

No little baby will be an earth dweller; neither will anybody else who knows Christ as Lord and Savior. No little baby, or born again believer in Christ, will miss the rapture and find themselves in the tribulation.

The rapture of the church is not an allegory, neither is the tribulation!

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

This is the account of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church/new testament saints. Christ will come in the air for the catching up His saints (John 14:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:49-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  He will not come to earth, as He does in Zechariah 14, Revelation 19 and Matthew 24. The deceased church age saints will be raised from death. The saints who are alive will be caught up in the air, along with the deceased saints.; we will meet Christ in the air. From that point forward, we will always be with Christ. We are told to comfort one another with the knowledge of the rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:18). At the second coming of Christ, when He stands on earth (with His raptured saints with him), the “earth dwellers” are not comforted. (Matthew 24:30). The spirits of the Old Testament saints are now in the Presence of God (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 5:8), as will be the spirits of the unbelievers who come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation (and are martyred by the forces of the anti-christ), as are the spirits of believers of the new testament age, both living and deceased. The resurrection of the bodies of the Old Testament saints will take place at the end of the tribulation/Battle of Armageddon (Daniel 12:1-2), along with the bodies of the tribulation saints (Revelation 20:4). The bodies of the New Testament saints will be raptured prior to the tribulation, and will be reunited with their “spirit, soul and body at the time of the rapture (1 Thessalonaians 5:23). After the marriage of the lamb, to these saints, the saints will rule and reign with Christ during the millennium (thousand year reign of Christ), along with the resurrected saints of the Old Testament, and tribulation.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Let’s consider a passage of scripture that is common to most believers in Christ, but is one whose total meaning is also missed by many believers in Christ. 

John 14:1-6 (NASB)

Christ Comforts His Disciples

14 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.”5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

The subject is God the Father, God the Son, and the born again believers in Christ. Christ tells the disciples that in God’s house are many dwelling places, for a fact! Christ tells the disciples that He is going to prepare a place for those born again believers in Christ, and that He will return for His believers and take them to “the Father’s house.” Thomas is confused about what Christ is saying.  Christ explains three key aspects of Who He is:  “the way, and the truth, and the life.” He finishes his discussion by saying, “I will come back from Heaven and take you back with me.” He also said that there is no other way that anyone can go from earth to Heaven without His taking them (verse 6). John 14:6 is often quoted to show that there is salvation, only in the Name of Christ. But, the direct teaching of this passage is that Christ will come back to earth for His believers, “catch them up, snatch them away,”  and take them to heaven “with Him”  which occurs at the rapture of the church. Christ will not remain on earth when the rapture takes place. He will take with Him, to the Presence of God the Father, those who know him in life as Lord and Savior, and those who had known Him as Lord and Savior prior to their death. The Apostle Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that believers who are no longer in their earthly bodies, will be in the Presence of God. In verse 10, Christ tells believers that they will then stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, the bema judgment (for believers, not to determine their salvation or punishment, but for rewards). The next step in the eternal lives of the raptured believers is the marriage of the Lamb/Christ, to His raptured believers, which takes place in Heaven (Revelation 19:7-8).  It is after the marriage of the Lamb, that He/Christ will return to earth, with His bride/church, for judgment on unbelievers (Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 14:1-16; Matthew 24:29-31; 25:31-46), and the following thousand year reign of Christ, which is also known as the millennium and the Kingdom of God.

For Your Name Is Holy – I Enter The Holy of Holies – Paul Wilbur

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88 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Seal Judgments

The Judgments of the Tribulation
The video discusses the seal and trumpet judgments of the tribulation.

Will the church go through the tribulation? Read on!

Tribulation Judgments.

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.

The End Times! Let’s have a discussion.

As it relates to the things that relate to eschatology, and the timing of those events, it has been my experience that some people believe in a pre-tribulation rapture and some don’t; there are others that don’t care or have no opinion, one way or the other. It is my opinion that a leader of a congregation should be able to answer honest questions that come from their church members that relate to the end times. A comment that I have heard many times about the tribulation is, “pre-trib, post-trib, pan-trib,” and it’ll all “pan out” in the end. Such an ill-contrived response to an honest question should never be given. There are many highly respected teachers of the end times who have written and spoken extensively on the events of the end times. There are a few seminaries who have highly regarded instructors who teach eschatology. Dallas Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute are two of those seminaries. Evangelical and pentecostal churches are more likely to effectively explain subjects that relate to the end times. Liberal mainline churches, such as those who are members of the National Council of Churches, are less likely to provide such accuracy of discussion.

Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of the teachings of the Bible concerning the end times. Events of the end times relate to the pre-rapture attacks on Israel, the rapture, the resurrection of the just and unjust, “Satan the Anti-Christ and the false prophet,” the Bema Judgment, the tribulation, the three witnesses, the 144,000 Jewish missionaries, the marriage in heaven, the Battle Of Armageddon, the millennium, the binding of Satan, the final judgment, the lake of fire and, “the new heavens, new earth, new Jerusalem and the eternal state.” In one way or other, most of the books of the Bible deal with end-times subjects. More than twenty-five percent of all scriptures relate to prophecy. The following link has a greater discussion of eschatology. https://www.gotquestions.org/Eschatology.html

Left Behind

The Left Behind series of books and movies have been very effective in peaking the interest of people to the eventuality of the rapture of the church. However, many people have considered the subject to be a matter of science fiction. In the series of blog posts that I am now writing, which describes the rapture of the church, and the events that precede and follow that end time event of eschatology, I am using the Left Behind series as a key source of reference. A great deal of prophetic knowledge has been provided by Dr.Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, who co-authored the Left Behind series. The following link has a video discussion by those authors about the Series. It should be known that the key author was Tim LaHaye. http://leftbehind.com/ The following link provides a biography of the life of Tim LaHaye. https://www.biography.com/people/tim-lahaye-204548

The Late Great Planet Earth

In the early 1970s, I heard about a book that was very popular, and was thought by many to be a book of science fiction. The book was titled, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” and was authored by Hal Lindsey, with the assistance of Carol Carlson. In time, many people began to understand that the book related to the end times study of scripture, and addressed many of the things that Tim LaHaye would later discuss in the Left Behind Series. The following link has more information on “Late Great Planet Earth.”
http://www.zondervan.com/the-late-great-planet-earth

The Seal Judgments

Christ is in charge of opening each of the seal judgments to be unleashed on, “those who dwell on the earth,” (Revelation 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8). As you read the verses of Revelation that discuss the judgments, pay close attention to whomever is opening each judgment. You will see “the Lamb” (Christ) opening each seal judgment, angels blowing trumpets which unleash the trumpet judgments, and angels pouring out the bowl judgments. Each judgment will affect”earth dwellers,” which are those who dwell on the earth. To question the reality of the rapture of believers, is to have a belief that each judgment will be unleashed by God on every born again man, woman, and child, to include infants, along with the earth dwellers. Earth dwellers are those who had defied God during their lifetime, and never accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. To question the reality of the rapture of the church, is to deny the teaching of 2 Corinthians 5:21, which states that born again believers have been made to be, “the righteousness of God,” and that even with that state of righteousness, believers will be condemned to suffer from the same judgment as that of the earth dwellers, who are not righteous and have not had their judgment satisfied by the death of Christ on the cross (Romans 8:1). So, the question of the reality of the rapture is a question that explains each person’s view of God’s love for His people.

Consider that which keeps believers in Christ saved from the things of the world, regardless of what those things may be. Believers are “overcomers!”

1 John 5:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

First Seal

Revelation 6:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV) The Seals Are Opened By The Lamb

First Seal: The Conqueror

1 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

First Seal Judgment: The rider of the white horse had a bow and a crown. He went out conquering and to conquer. He is the Antichrist. (RYR)

The rider of the white horse is “the prince to come,”(Daniel 9:26) who will head up the revived Roman Empire and, ultimately, become the world ruler. He is Satan’s masterpiece and the counterfeit of all that Christ is, or claims to be. He is, therefore, cast in the role of conqueror, which seems to be the significance of a the white horse. (Walvoord Commentary)

Second Seal

Revelation 6:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Second Seal: Conflict on Earth

3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

Second Seal Judgment: Red horse. Indicates bloodshed (e.g.,”red horse; take peace from; sword.”)(RYR).

“He was given a great sword.” The sword was given to the Antichrist by God, who is in charge (Mine).

Third Seal

Revelation 6:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth

5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So 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 a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

Third Seal Judgment: Black horse. Famine. (RYR)

“A denarius.” A person will have to spend a day’s wages for a loaf of bread with no money left to buy anything else (Walvoord Commentary).

Four Seal

Revelation 6:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth

7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” 8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

Fourth Seal Judgment: Ashen horse; yellowish-green. Probably represents the inevitable result of disease that accompanies war and famine. “Death” claims the bodies, and “Hades” the souls and spirits of one-fourth of the world’s population. (RYR)

Hades is the abode of the dead. The horsemen have power over 1/4 part of the earth, to kill with the sword, hunger, and wild animals (Walvoord Commentary).

Fifth Seal

Revelation 6:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs

9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

Fifth seal judgment: 9. “The souls of those who had been slain.” The martyrs of the first months of the tribulation period. 10. The martyrs are alive and speaking with the Lord in His presence. 11. “Rest for a little while.” i.e., wait a little while. It is difficult for these martyrs to understand why God would allow their murderers to live; yet God asks these saints to trust Him. (RYR)

Consider the following bullets of information, as is seen by John from Heaven.

“those who dwell on the earth (vs 10).” They were persecutors for the Antichrist; they murdered those who came to Christ in the tribulation.” The murders will continue until the time of Christ’s return (second coming). Those who will be martyred during the tribulation will not receive their resurrection bodies until the end of the tribulation, according to Rev 20:4. In summary, there will be two classes of tribulation martyrs, as viewed by John from Heaven; those already slain, and those who are yet to be slain. The “dead in Christ” (those who had accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior prior to the tribulation) will have been raptured/caught up prior to the time of the deaths of the tribulation martyrs/saints being put to death for their faith in Christ. (Walvoord Commentary)

Sixth Seal

Revelation 6:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Sixth Seal Judgment: 12. These cosmic disturbances are predicted elsewhere in Scripture (Isa 34:4; Joel 2:30-31; Matt 24:29). 16, When the Tribulation comes, men will act as if they believe the end of the world is at hand. (RYR)

All of the elements of a great catastrophic judgment of God are present, and that God is still in control and is undertaking a direct intervention into human affairs. Remember! The church-age “believers in Christ” are not present; they have been raptured out of the world before the tribulation began. God has inflicted His divine punishment upon a blasphemous world. (Walvoord Commentary)

Seventh Seal

Revelation 8:1 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.

Seventh Seal Judgment: 1. “the seventy seal.” This seal includes not only an earthquake, but the 7 trumpet judgments (8:1—9:21; 11:15ff.) and the 7 bowl judgments (16:1–21), with the bowl judgments flowing out of the seventh trumpet and coming in rapid succession just before Christ’s return (see note on 6:1). “silence in heaven.” The silence of awe and anticipation at the grim reality of the judgments God is about to unleash. (MAC)

Consider the wrath of God, in that it is from the Lamb of God that these judgments are designed for “those who dwell on the earth.” (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8). The church has been raptured and translated to Heaven before the outpouring of God’s wrath. The church was very prominent in Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, but is not mentioned again until 22:16, except as the wife of the Lamb at the close of the tribulation (Rev 19:7-8). Nowhere in scenes of earth that describe the end times (chap 6-19) is the church pictured as being involved in the earthly struggle. We will consider other scriptures that relate to the fact that believers will be delivered from God’s wrath. They will not be seen anywhere on earth, which points to the protection and removal of the church during these days of the wrath of God. We will continue to see that the Anti-Christ is a tool of God, and not someone who is in charge of the events of the tribulation. We will see that the wrath of the tribulation is “God’s wrath,” and not the wrath of the Anti-Christ. (Mine)

The Anti-Christ may be alive today. If so, he will most likely be charismatic in worldwide acceptance. He will most likely be a European from the old Roman Empire, and will be a homosexual. If he is alive today, he will be seen on international television broadcasts. But, in spite of his being viewed by the world, to include believers in Christ, after the rapture occurs believers in Christ will never see him again. (MIne)

Comments are provided by the notes of the MacArthur Study Bible (MAC), Ryrie Study Bible (RYR), and Walvoord Commentary on Revelation.

87 – Left Behind II – Tribulation Force

Left Behind II Tribulation Force

In Left Behind I, we saw a picture of our world that relates to the Jewish Prophet Ezekiel’s Chapter 38-39 prophecy of a multi-nation attack on Israel, written in the year 587 B.C. We saw Israel being prosperous, while most of the world was suffering from famine. We saw Israel being attacked by many opposing nations, with the attacking aircraft being shot out of the sky, without any Israeli ground to air missiles being fired, or without any Jewish fighter aircraft being launched to confront the attackers. Early morning dawn quickly turned to darkness. As the movie progressed, a young charismatic European leader emerged onto the scene, making a pitch for world peace and adequate food supplies.

Very abruptly, millions of people around the world became missing, with small children being the cornerstone of that “rapture,” or catching away that had been predicted by Bible scriptures. Many of those people thought that they were secure in life as “nominal” Christians (in name only), only to come to the reality that they did not have a real relationship with Christ.

There were people who had been left behind, having missed the rapture, who began to study prophetic scriptures. Many of those people thought that they had been secure in life as “nominal” Christians, only to come to the reality that they had not had a real relationship with Christ, that was sealed by saving faith.

Worldwide unrest escalated.

Being supported by a United Nations government-controlled worldwide press, pressure was being mounted for a one-world banking system, and an assault on religion. An alignment of nations, under the rule of the United Nations, confirmed a peace treaty which included Israel. That treaty was brokered by the “young charismatic European,” who had become the Secretary General of the United Nations, and would come to be known as the Anti-Christ.

Some of those who missed the rapture, and were “left behind,” learned that seven years of tribulation would follow the rapture. Worldwide chaos, famines, pestilences and cosmic disturbances were learned to occur during that time of tribulation.

In Left Behind II, we will see a tribulation force of some of those who had been left behind from the rapture. We will see their response to the reality of the emerging Anti-Christ, and to his one-world government, to include that of religion and banking.

The oppression of the Anti-Christ against Jews, and to gentiles who will come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior, will escalate.

The following verses relate to the situation that will face Jews, and gentiles who accept Christ after the rapture takes place.

Matthew 24:6-12 The Passion Translation (TPT)

6 “You will hear of wars nearby and revolutions on every side, with more rumors of wars to come. Don’t panic or give in to your fears, for the breaking apart of the world’s systems is destined to happen. But it won’t yet be the end; it will still be unfolding.

7 “Nations will go to war against each other and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be terrible earthquakes—seismic events of epic proportion, horrible epidemics and famines in place after place. 8 This is how the first contractions and birth pains of the new age will begin!”

9 “You can expect to be persecuted, even killed; for you will be hated by all the nations because of your love for me. 10 Then many will stop following me and fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many lying prophets will arise, deceiving multitudes and leading them away from the path of truth. 12 There will be such an increase of sin and lawlessness that those whose hearts once burned with passion for God and others will grow cold.

Consider nominal Christians, which are those who will be left behind to face the tribulation after the rapture takes place.

John 17:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

In John 17:3, “to know” is to have an intimate relationship with Christ.

Matthew 7:21-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Consider the words of Christ,” I never knew you.” He was saying, I have never had an intimate relationship with you.

Nominal, “in name only,” such a ticket to the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

Revelation 20:11-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Judgment at the Throne of God

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 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. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

The “great white throne judgment” is a place where the only people who will be assembled there will be those who have not been born again. Many of those will be those which were left behind from the rapture.

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.”

Unfortunately, there are many families today who will have “a ticket to the lake of fire, on the family plan.” We are told in scripture, “teach your children,” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

86 – Prophecies Of Ezekiel – Chapter 1

Israel: Key to Understanding Bible Prophecy
See bio below.

Comments related to this series of posts on the Book of Ezekiel. Comments come from the Ryrie Study Bible.

Ezekiel was a Jewish priest who had been carried off to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar with other Jews from Jerusalem in the year 597 B.C. Ezekiel’s ministry to the exiles in Babylon was at the same time as that of Jeremiah to the Jews of Palestine, and of the early years of the ministry of Daniel.

The prophet Daniel had already been taken captive to Babylon in 605 B.C.

The posts that will be published in this study of Ezekiel will be prophetic, as opposed to being chapter by chapter, and verse by verse. A teaching video will also be included in each chapter study. The selected video may actually cover more scripture than that which is shown in the text breakdown which precedes the video.

Chapters 1-24: Prophesied judgments on the kingdom of Judah.

Chapters 25- 32: Prophesied judgments on the gentile nations.

Chapters 33- 48: Prophesied blessings on Israel.

Ezekiel #1: Age and Experience
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Life Essentials Videos
Published on Mar 8, 2016

When we are selecting those who are to lead and shepherd the church at the highest levels of leadership, we should consider chronological age.
Ezekiel. 1:1-3; p. 1074

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.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

Bio. Dr. Gene A. Getz
https://www.moodypublishers.com/authors/g/gene-getz/