Prophecy The 9 Wars of the End Times, Part 2
Outline Of The First Four Wars Of The End Times
1. The Psalm 83 War – The War Of Israeli Extermination – Psalm 83 (Tenth Century B.C.), Zechariah 12:6 (487 B.C.), Isaiah 17 (741 B.C.), Jeremiah 49 (600 B.C.)
2. The Ezekiel 38-39 War – The First War Of Gog And Magog – Ezekiel 38-39 (587 B.C.)
3. The Conventional War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 6 (96 A.D.)
4. The Nuclear War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 8-9 (96 A.D.)
Outline Of The Last Five Wars Of The End Times.
5. The War In The Heavens – Revelation 12 (96 A.D.)
6. The War Against The Jews And The Saints – Revelation 12 (96 A.D.)
7. The Middle East Campaign Of The Anti-Christ – Daniel 11 (534 B.C.)
8. The Battle Of Armageddon – Joel 3 (835 B.C.), Zechariah 14 (487 B.C.), Revelation 19 (96 A.D.)
9. The Second Battle Of Gog And Magog – Revelation 20 (96 A.D.)
Bio – Dr. David Reagan: http://christinprophecy.org/staff/dr-david-r-reagan/
The Chronology of the End Time Events
Bio – Dr. Ron Rhodes Ron Rhodes http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
The two videos in this post have a lot of discussion on the Book of Revelation. Within that book of prophecy, comes the discussion of the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments, all of which are the result of the wrath of God, and of no one else. During this post, and two following posts, there will be a brief discussion of each of the tribulation judgments. But, before we proceed, we must consider two important verses of scripture, John 3:3 and John 3:16. John 3:3: To be born again, or to be born from above by the Holy Spirit, is the requirement for anyone to enter into the Presence of God. The part of each person that must be born again, or born from above,” is the spirit. John 3:16: To believe in Christ, is to have eternal life. So, we can say that if we are born again, we also will believe in Christ. And, if we believe in Christ, we have been born again/born from above. Those two verses are “hard and fast!” They are non-negotiable. We can not appear before God in His kingdom without appearing with a spirit that has no flaw (2 Corinthians 5:21). We must have a spirit “that has the indwelling presence of the Spirit or God,” and that also dwells within the Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)(John 14:20)(Colossians 1:27). Our spirit must be made free from the presence of sin/darkness (1 John 3:5) before it can dwell within God’s Spirit. In essence, before we can appear before God in His eternal kingdom, we must have a spirit that is perfect, and without any flaw of imperfection. So, we must revert back to John 3:3; “we must be born again.”
John 3:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3 Names of God Bible (NOG)
3 Yeshua replied to Nicodemus, “I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 Names of God Bible (NOG)
16 God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.
It is important to know the identity of the people who will be present during the tribulation, which covers chapters 6-13 of the Book of Revelation. It is clear that unsaved people will be the subject of the wrath and judgments of God. But, many people believe that those which are born again believers of Christ will also be the objects of such punishment, and will also have to go through the tribulation. The saints, which are the bride of Christ, are also known as born again believers of Christ. So, if there is no rapture of born again believers in Christ before the tribulation begins, everyone on earth will have to go through the tribulation and be objects of the judgments and wrath of God, “including infants and those which are mentally incapable and those which have the Spirit of God dwelling within their born again spirits.” One of the purposes of the tribulation is to draw unsaved people to saving faith in Christ, both Jew and Gentile. Unsaved people have spirits that are flawed and, “are sin.” Saved people don’t have to be “saved again.” Saved people have spirits that are perfect and, “are righteous” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). An unsaved person can accept Christ as their Lord and Savior at anytime in their life, including during the tribulation. Someone, that is saved and born again, can not become more saved or more righteous or more born again, by being subjected to the wrath and judgments of God that will be present during the tribulation. There is no stated purpose for God to put His children (John 1:12-13) in the tribulation to become objects of the oppression of the anti-Christ.
Revelation 3:10 states that “those who dwell on the earth,” will be subject to the time of trial that will take place during the tribulation. Revelation 3:9 says that there will be people that will be kept from that hour of trial. The term, “earth dweller,” relates to someone that is in constant defiance to God, and is also discussed in Revelation 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, and 17:8. So, we must determine the identity of those of whom are, and are not, “earth dwellers.” Are we to say that infants are earth dwellers? If infants are truly earth dwellers, we must know the reason for such an indictment.” If infants are not earth dwellers, we must know where they “will be” during the tribulation. If babies could be snatched away from the earth prior to the tribulation, such a “catching away” would be a rapture. Of course, the reason for this discussion revolves around whether there is, or is not,” such a thing as a rapture. Of course, we must also consider those people who are not mentally capable of understanding Christ as being Lord and Savior. It is very clear that neither infants, nor people which are mentally incapable of placing their belief in Christ as Lord and Savior, can be considered to be believers in Christ. So, “what happens to them,” when the tribulation takes place? I think that any reasonable person can agree that the nature of God is “to not” commit to His wrath, either infants or mentally incapable people. So, what is God going to do to these two special groups of people? Here is my belief; God will give them a “born again spirit!” But, even with a born again spirit, where will infants and mentally incapable people be found when the tribulation takes place? They definitely are not “earth dwellers.” Only a rapture can remove them from the world during the tribulation. (We won’t discuss,”age of accountability; “it’s not in the Bible.” God will be fair to take care of that situation.)
Let’s now consider those adults that will have been born again before the tribulation takes place. Are they “earth dwellers,” or, are they “citizens of heaven?” (Philippians 3:30). We are born again because Christ imputed His righteousness in us. Then, He took on Himself, “our sin,” thereby making us “the righteousness of God.” Born again believers in Christ are not earth dwellers; their spirits are literally, “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21, 5:17).
Let’s add another important fact about those of us which are born again believers in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2). God has: made us holy, treated us as holy, set us apart as holy, and sanctified us and purified us. As saints, (2 Corinthians 2:1) God has made us holy, treated us as being holy, has set us apart as being holy, and has sanctified, hallowed and purified us.
Born again believers in Christ, “the Church,” are also known as “the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2), and are not people that are known as “earth dwellers,” but are the precious and loved “bride of Christ.” In no way, can the bride of Christ be called, “earth dweller.” In no way, will a loving groom place His bride in the danger that will definitely come upon her in the tribulation. In no way, will God leave any infant, or anyone who is mentally incompetent, on earth to have the judgments of His wrath to be poured out upon them. Christ will remove all of His born again believers from this world. He will come for His saints, and take them away to be in the Presence of God The Father (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). Believers will then be, “absent from the body, and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Next, we will appear before the bema judgment (Judgment Seat Of Christ), for rewards (2 Corinthians 5:10). The next stop will be where believers in Christ will appear with Christ at the “Marriage of the Lamb,” (Revelation 19:7-8), on the way to the marriage supper of the Lamb on earth (19:9). On the way to the marriage supper, the bride will accompany the bride groom (Christ) to the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21), where Christ and the saints will stand on planet earth (Zechariah 14:1-4; 5-16), which is where Christ will inflict judgment on the earth dwellers after the tribulation (Matthew 24:29-30; 25:31-46). The thousand-year reign of Christ, aka Messianic Kingdom, will follow with unbelievers being cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20). Believers in Christ, the bride of Christ, will enter into the eternal state, “New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem,” (Revelation 21-22). The rapture of the church begins this chain of events, which will take place before the tribulation begins.
So, getting back to the question about those which will be left on earth to suffer from the wrath and judgments of God, let’s consider all that will take place during the tribulation. Consider why those of us, “that have passed the test of being “born again,” should be left by God on earth when the tribulation begins. “Earth dwellers,” will be able to accept Christ as Lord and Savior during the tribulation, but will probably be martyred by the forces of the Anti-Christ.
Judgments Of The End Times – Seal Judgments
Revelation 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The First Seal—Rider on White Horse
1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
The Second Seal—War
3 When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.
The Third Seal—Famine
5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.
The Sixth Seal—Terror
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
Revelation 8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Seventh Seal—the Trumpets
1 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.