PROPHESY: The End Times

Would you like to know what is about to happen in world history?   The Bible is full of prophesies about many things. God warns the nations of the world what He is about to do. Here is a summary of some of the main events yet to occur,  with a bit of Jewish and world history for reference.

The main prophetic writings in the Bible occur in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. Some imagery is drawn from the Old Testament books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and Zechariah. A  revelation of the end of the world is found in the Book of Revelation.  It would seem that some of visions given to people may be symbolic or hidden in meaning, revealed in other times.

All Scripture is inspired by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  II Timothy 3:16, 17 New Testament

Chapter One

One day Jesus was coming out of the Temple in Jerusalem with four of his followers. They were looking at the building in awe and commenting on what they were seeing. The Master replied” Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon one another which will not torn down. ”  Mark 13: 2

This was literally fulfilled in 70 AD.  The temple was destroyed by the Romans during the Siege of Jerusalem.

Later that day, Jesus and his disciples were sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple,  when He expanded his teaching about the last days.

“See that no one misleads you because many will come in My Name, saying ‘I am He, and will mislead many. ‘ They will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect. Mark 13:22

When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pains. But be on your guard because they will deliver you to the courts, and you will be flogged in the synagogue, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake; as a testimony to them. 

The Gospel must first be preached to all nations. Mark 13:10

When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but speak whatever is given you in  that hour, for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit. 

Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.  Mark 13: 6-12. 

You will be hated by all because of My Name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Mark 13:13

Chapter Two

Israel will dominate in future events

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God loves the Jewish nation and He chose them as His people to reveal His power and authority to the world. The Hebrew nation for long centuries  was nutured by God for the purpose of bringing Christ into the world.

God loves Israel, establishing them forever.   II Chronicles 9:8

He who touches [Israel] touches the apple of His eye. Zech 2:8

“The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel.   -repeated many times in the Book of Jeremiah, Chapters 25, 27, 29. etc

“I will appoint a place for my people, Israel and will plant them, that they may live in their own place” …2 Samuel 7:10

The Importance of Jerusalem

God said, “In Jerusalem, I will put  my Name.”  II Kings 21: 4; II Chronicles 33:4;

The LORD Almighty will reign …in Jerusalem,  and His glory will be before its elders.  Isaiah 24: 23.24

“During its long history, Jerusalem has been attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice.” Jerusalem is a testimony of God’s faithfulness over the centuries that it still exists.

The famous first temple, built in 1,000 BC by Solomon, King David’s son,  was burned in 586 BC,   as prophesied by Jeremiah. Its  temple treasures  and Jewish captives in the city went to Babylon, where Nebuchadnezzar ruled (605-562 BC). In all there were four deportations of Jewish captives to Babylon, and the people settled into pastoral and agricultural life along the Euphrates River.

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Daniel, one of the captives,  rose to be a high official  in Nebuchadnezzar’s court. He was miraculously delivered from death.  He also continued his distinctive government service under Darius the Mede and Cyrus the Persian.  God gave him dreams and visions of historical events in the future, especially revealing the rise of four great kingdoms, all of which did happen in history and are reviewed in these notes.  Book of Daniel, Old Testament, Chapter 7, verse 17, Chapter 8:20-27. 

The captives under the Babylonians were encouraged by the Prophet Jeremiah’s writing,  who predicted they would return to Jerusalem  in 70 years. (Jeremiah  25:11-12; 29:10; Daniel 9:2, 24-27) Daniel discovered this prophesy and was even told of  nations to come in his lifetime before they appeared.  Daniel 8:20. He was also told that his prayers were being hindered by unseen spiritual forces in which two angels had to fight on his behalf to carry out God’s answer.

The rise of the Medo-Persian Empire, who conquered the Babylonians,  had a great leader in Cyrus the Great (559-530 BC). He allowed about 50,000 Jewish remnant to return to Jerusalem to rebuilt the city and the walls and a temple,  just as prophesied.  (Ezra 1:2-4; 6:3-5).

Jerusalem was being ruled by a Persian governor while the city was being rebuilt, but opposition discouraged the people, and it took many years to finish construction. This second temple was dedicated  about 515 BC, but it had taken about 26 years to build it.

The people wept, however, because this second temple had none of the glorious appearance of the first one built by Solomon, whose structure had been studded with gold and precious stones. But the Jewish religious feasts and sacrifices and ceremonies were re-established once again.

Although the Assyrians and Babylonians were notorious for their policy of taking conquered peoples to a foreign land, Cyrus did not. Many Jews, however, remained in exile, never to return to their native land.

The Persian Period last about 200 years (430-332 BC). Jews  scattered across the world from these times and afterwards, but God said He would gather them from the nations of the world and bring them home again to Palestine. Hundreds of years were to pass before that would be fulfilled. The return began in 1948, and Jews are arriving constantly from across the world  in Israel, their homeland.

Up to the end of the Persian Empire, the great powers of the world had been in Asia and Africa. Now came a rising power from Greece, led by Alexander the Great (336-323  BC), who took control of the army at the age of 20, and conquered many lands over his short life-time.

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Alexander swept eastward over the lands that had been dominated by the Egyptians, Assyria, Babylon and Persia. He invaded Palestine in 332 BC, but spared Jerusalem and the Jews. But suddenly he was dead,  and his empire split between four generals,  who did not have his leadership ability.

The tranquil years in Palestine ended abruptly with the attention of Antichous Epiphanes (174-164 BC), a Greek, King of the Seleucid Empire from 175 BC, who ruled Syria until his death in 164 BC.  He was determined to exterminate the Jews and their religion. He slaughtered many, devastating Jerusalem (168 BC) defiled the Temple, and sold thousands of Jewish families into slavery. But he had a violent death just as news reached him his armies had been defeated.

The Maccabean revolt, led by Jewish rebels who fought back against Ephihanes, retook Jerusalem, and cleansed the Temple. For the next 100 years  the Maccabeans governed in the area as an independent. (167-63 BC).

(This Maccabean history occurred between the ending of the Old Testament and the beginning of The New Testament)

Chapter Three

In the year 63 BC, Palestine was conquered by the Romans, with its center in Italy. Its empire would last about 500 years. One Roman leader became ruler of Judea. His son, Herod the Great, became King of Judea ( 37-3 BC), but he was very wicked and is responsible for the death of so many Jewish babies as he tried to destroy the baby Jesus to protect his position because he felt threatened. Most scholars assume a date of birth for Jesus between 6 and 4 BC, and that Jesus’ preaching began around AD 27–29 and lasted about three years. They calculate the death of Jesus as having taken place between AD 30 and 36.

About 20 AD, the second temple building was renovated and expanded by Herod the Great, and became known as Herod’s Temple. It was destroyed, as mentioned, by the Romans  during the Siege of Jerusalem.

Many of the early Christians suffered terribly under the Roman Emperors, like Nero. In Rome,  lions were turned loose in a coliseum to attack these people because of their faith. The apostle Peter was crucified, hung upside down. Others were beheaded. The Apostle Paul was killed in Rome after a two-year period of house arrest. All of the 12 disciples had tragic ends, except one, John, who identified himself as the one whom Jesus loved. Jesus entrusted his widowed mother, Mary, to John. History says he retired in Ephesus before being arrested himself.

During another terrible persecution of Christians, John, who may have been the only apostle still alive, was exiled  to the Isle of Patmos, in the Greek Islands, He may have had hard work in the quarry. His dearly loved brother, James, and the other disciples had been murdered. Now John was alone, facing his own death because he was an old man. He was expecting the return of Jesus at any moment.

God gave him a message to tell the churches, stand firm, and it resounds across the centuries. God did reassure him through the visions. John died on that island, but the words he wrote down are with us today.

In 66 AD the Jewish population rebelled against the Roman Empire. In retaliation, the Romans led by Titus attacked Jerusalem  in 70 AD as they restored order to the region. The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem is all that remains of this second temple.

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The Roman Empire waned and Christianity became an acceptable religion, even the State Religion of the Roman Empire near its end under Constantine. He considered himself to be head of the Church. Others who followed him claimed the same right. However,  influences  split the church into  Western and Eastern regions: the West centered in Rome and the East in Istanbul, Turkey. During this period the Church in Rome grew in prominence with leadership by Leo I. (AD 440-461) who claimed a role as the first Pope.

However, the first real Pope with power was Gregory I (AD 590-640). He was able to establish control of all the churches   of Italy,  Spain, Gaul and England. Conversion to Christianity increased.  However it all began to decline over many centuries. The Holy Roman Empire ended in AD 476, and the eastern part, the Byzantine Empire fell in AD 1453.

The rise of Islam, called Mohamaddism after its leader, wiped out a lot of Christianity during this period. The Crusades were a period when Christians tried to stop its spread, and retake the Holy Land. Jerusalem was conquered by the Christian’s First Crusade in 1099, after it had been under Muslim rule for 450 years. It became the capital of the Christian Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, until it was again conquered by the Ayyubids in 1187.

It was during World War I that Israel again became prominent in the history of the world.  It was the atrocities of World War II,  when Hitler wiped out  several million Jews in Europe, that the world’s attention refocused on a people whose suffering has made them strong. Zionism was the response of a people long crushed by others across the world, and Israel today is vibrant. But Israel as a nation does not embrace the Saviour of the world in Jesus, still looking for its Messiah and a spiritual wakening.

The British controlled the area of Palestine. … In 1947,  newly formed United Nations accepted the idea to partition Palestine into a zone for the Jews (called Israel) and a zone for the Arabs (called Palestine). With this United Nations proposal, the British withdrew from the region on May 14th, 1948. The State of Israel became a reality.

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Chapter Four

Other Cities of Significance In World Events

DAMASCUS  and  Tyre are two cities upon which  God has declared judgment. This has not yet been fulfilled over the centuries.  The Damascus region rose as a power and then waned, attacked many times from Ancient History, notably by the Assyrians.  It is one of the oldest cities in the world. The Apostle Paul was travelling there to destroy Christians, but met Jesus on the road to Damascus, was converted and became one of God’s most fervent leaders of the Gospel Message: the Messiah has come!

There was extensive bombing of Damascus in 1986,  then a rebel takeover bid in 2012 with extensive fighting in the city. In 2018 there was massive missile strikes against Syria, yet it remains.

God says the city will be wiped out and no one will live there, just as Babylon, once a famous world city with Nebuchadnezer’s palace, now lies in ruins in Iraq because of God’s judgment. Revelation 18:9-20

Isaiah 17:1-9  “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and will become a fallen ruin.  The fortified city will disappear…for the land, all will be a desolation.”

See also Jeremiah 49:23-37, some of the prophesy about Damascus has been fulfilled in these verses, but  possibly not all.

Tyre was a prosperous city on the Lebanese coast, but it was corrupted by its own wealth and success. The city fell in 722 BC to Sargon of Assyria.  In 701 the ruler of Tyre fled to Cyprus as Sennacherib approached. As Assyria declined, Tyre regained its power, only to lose it again to the Babylonians.  But in studying the Scriptures, God’s judgment on Tyre does not seem to have been fully accomplished.

BABYLON may rise again in the last during the Tribulation for a short period of time, says some scholars, in order to become an economic and crime centre of the world. It’s destruction will be swift and final. I  only mention it as a consideration for other Christian authors. Revelation 18.

Chapter Five

The Boundaries of the Promised Land

Genesis 15: 18-21 gives God’s words to Abraham:

On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, from the River of Egypt as far as the great river, the River Euphrates.”

Genesis 26: 3: God made a covenant with Isaac:

Do not go down into Egypt, stay in the land of which I shall tell you. I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands.  I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands.”

It was at Bethel, that God said to Jacob:

I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac, the land on which you lie I will give it to you and to your descendants.  They will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, and to the north and to the south, and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

More detailed guidance about Israel’s promised borders comes in other passages of the Bible, such as Ezekiel 47: 13-20  as follows:

This northern border runs in a  line from  the Mediterranean Sea to Mt Hor. Then, draw a line from Mount Hor to the Lebohamath (today Hana. The termination shall be at Zedad,(Ezekiel 47:15),  and the border shall proceed to Ziphron (south east of Haman), and its termination shall be at Hazarenan,  cities about 100 miles north of Damascus in Syria. (Exekiel 48:1)

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Numbers 34: 7-9   Joshua 13:5 .   Deuteronomy 11:24 further explains that the northern border God gave  the Jewish nation stretches  from the ‘wilderness’ to Lebanon,  and from the Euphrates River as far as the western sea.

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The southern border shall extend from the Wilderness of Zin, along the side of Edom, and shall extend from the end of the Salt Sea eastward…it shall turn direction from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim and continue to Zin, and its termination shall be to the south of Kadesh-barnea (about 100 miles south of Jerusalem), and it shall reach Hazaraddar and continue to Azmon. Its border shall turn direction from Azmon to the brook of Egypt, and its termination shall be at the sea.

The traditional Jewish understanding is that this refers to the Nile River, but others have suggested that it refers to Nahal Mizraim” is Wadi el-Arish, which empties into the Mediterranean Sea about 30 miles south of Raphia, and “Shihor Mizraim” is the Nile. The term nahat tended to be used for smaller rivers, in Biblical Hebrew the word could be used for any flowing stream. The Nile is the dominant river that flows south through Egypt into eight other countries.

This is in  Africa west of the Red Sea.

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As to the western border, you shall have the Great Sea, that is, its coastline. (Mediterranean Sea)

The eastern border draws a line from Hazarenan to Shepham, and goes down from Shepham to reach to slope on the east side of the Sea of Chinnereth (Sea of Galilee or Sea or Lake of Gennesaret.). And the border shall go down to the Jordan, and its termination shall be at the Salt Sea or the Dead Sea.

Not everyone agrees with a border extending into Egypt. I copied these guidelines straight from Scripture.  But others say the southern border stops at Kadesh, about 100 miles south of Jerusalem. In all of its history, the Jews have never occupied all of this promised area. ” It is a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year. Deuteronomy 11:12.

Chapter Six

Current news is full of attacks by the Palestinian Arabs against Israel in its Gaza border, and of Israel’s conflict with Syria to the north. The borders God gave the Israelites partly lie in other nations; hence this promise has not yet been completed. Tensions continue to escalate as Israel fights to survive, surrounded by Muslim nations who hate the Jews and want to annhialate them by deadly aggression. Unsuccessful so far, what would it take for them to do so? Prophesy tells us the future.

Suddenly, the Bible says, Jesus will return in the skies, a trumpet will sound, and a resurrection will occur of all those who love Him. First the bodies of the dead will rise to unite with their spirit, and then the living will join with them almost instanteously to enter Heaven with Jesus. I Thessalonians 4: 13-18; 5:23. Thousands of people will suddenly disappear, but the world carries on.

For the LORD, Himself, will descend from heaven with a shout…and the dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together, and so shall we always be with the LORD…..

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. My father’s house has many rooms; if it were not so I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me that you may be where I am. John 14:1 

Resurrection is a stupendous moment in time.  It involves a transformation of the physical body of all believers who are removed from the earth

Jesus rose first from the dead after His crucifixion. Jesus is alive! He walked on earth afterwards as He had before. He talked,  ate,  drank,  and invited people to touch him. But He also could suddenly disappear and appear somewhere else. He remained on earth for 40 days before His ascension (Acts 1:9-10). The Bible says that the resurrected do not marry, but are like the angels in heaven. We will recognize those who have gone before, and what a reunion that will be.  Daniel 12:2

In the moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and all will be changed. I Corinthians 15:50-58 

World Ruler will arise who will settle the Middle East crisis bringing great peace to the region. Is he alive today?  I think so.  Some of these final world events may well be within our lifetime, even though I don’t expect to be here to see it happen.

The Bible does not tell us who he is. He appears just after the rapture of the church. He will be charismatic.  (Dan 7: 7, 8) He has a mouth speaking blasphemies (Rev 13;5).  He will be attractive to the masses. No wonder people thought Hitler might be him. But he will appear gradually, not obvious for some time in politics.  His power will come from Satan and he will be evil. (Rev 13:1-4), but he hides his true nature for awhile. This is the Antichrist (against Christ).

For three and a half years, peace will reign.  Israel will build a glorious new Temple on the Dome of the Rock, currently under Arab control.

There are many symbols in these visions about these events, with a strong emphasis on numbers. Apparently numbers have important meaning.   God’s number in the Bible is linked to seven: creation in seven days; seven colours in the spectrum; seven notes in a musical scale;  seven feasts, seven priests and the number is used many other times in the Book of Revelation. But there is another number that sends a chill.

Another ‘beast’ arises who accompanies the World Leader. He insists everyone worship him. The Bible calls him the False Prophet.  He is able to call down fire from heaven, and do many miracles in order to entice people. Those who obey will receive a mark on their right hand or their forehead in order to buy and sell.   Revelation 13 & 16.   This somehow relates to the number 666. Will this be branding of the number 666 on the human body?  Rev 13:17 says “either the name of the beast, or the number of his name. ”

Do all future names get an assigned number? Numbers have been used before to depersonalize individuals during war time. Numbers  protected soldiers on one hand, while revealing their identify for record keeping, e.g.   Dog tags.

The last time people who were forced to be tattooed in order to live was in Jewish concentration camps,  like Auschwitz,  of World War II. With it, a Jew worked; without it the person was gassed and died horribly.

These evil leaders demand the Jews set up a statue of the AntiChrist in the midst of the Temple. It is mentioned in the Book of Revelation many times. The Antichrist ultimately wants to be recognized as God and in doing so initiates idolatry. But the Almighty has already taught the Jews this is forbidden.

Thou shall have no other gods before me, says the LORD. Thou shalt not make….or bow down to any graven image.….Exodus 20:4; Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 5:8; Isaiah 44:9

When the Jews refuse, the World  Ruler turns against Israel and begins another three and a half years of  terrible violence  in punishment. This whole seven-year period is called The Tribulation in the Bible.  Not all events are included in this study. It will become a time of terrible suffering and fear, of desperation as a new world order arises. But there will also be a great spiritual awakening, led by the Jews themselves (144,000)

Jesus said that His last coming would be preceded by a great tribulation (Matthew 24:21, 29), men would be fainting for fear (Luke 21: 24-26) and that there will be little faith at that time (Luke 18:18). But in those days,  the sun shall be darkened and the moon will not give its light. The stars will be falling from heaven. Mark 13:24.

Jesus also foretold the event in the Temple when he said,  When you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place…let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains..for then there will be great tribulation, such as not been seen since the beginning of the world...nor ever shall be (Matthew 24:15, 16, 21).

Little children, wrote John, it is the last hour; and you have heard that the AntiChrist is coming. Even now many antichrists have come, by which we know it is the last hour (I John 2:18).

In today’s technology we are already concerned with identify theft. Will people be fooled into thinking this mark of the beast is of great benefit?  The latest fad?We can now do financial transactions with ease using a  cell phone or swiping  plastic cards, so what is coming next to excite the modern shopper?

How easier and cheaper it might be to simply flip our wrist so the microchip in the back of our hand  could be read by a scanner—and how dangerous, silently gathering information for  the Beast or World Ruler. Microchips are already being used in medical situations.  What new purpose might there be? What our computers are secretly doing already.

Where and when we travel,  where and how we spend our money, or donate to causes or religions,  what our interests are, even our health situation. As health deteriorates, so does one’s value to the world. Where is the world’s money? It won’t so easily be hidden in the future from those in authority, the Antichrist, whose egomania wants to control it all.

What if that microchip could also be used in reverse: blocking access to travel; stopping personal messages, erasing bank accounts; turning off heat and hydro to homes, and causing the death of people we contacted who do not fit the profile that beast or the World Ruler approves? The slowing and stopping of individual freedoms is already here, and increasing.

But for those not seduced by technology, people will face a terrible situation for themselves and their families:  take the mark and eat, or starve and die. Who will you worship? Love of self is already at the forefront of our civilization. Me, me, me…..

In the last days, perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. II Timothy 3:1-5

Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God nor were thankful, but became futile in their own thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:21. Therefore God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonour their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…Romans 1:24-25

(Rev 14:9-13).  Instead of seeking the Saviour,  people weaken. Those who give in will face God’s judgment that rests on anyone who worships the Beast.  Sores will break out on people’s faces. Everything in the sea will die. (Rev 16:3) Rivers and streams become blood. A third of the world will burn up.  Judgment for sin has finally arrived.

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28).

Two witnesses from God will appear on earth to prophesy for 1260 days and do spectacular miracles to call people to repentance, but are killed by the Beast, and lie dead in the streets for three and a half days because he won’t allow their burial. They suddenly come alive again, (Rev 11) terrifying people. Some people think these prophets are the return of Elijah and Moses, but that is not clearly stated, only inferred.

These prophets soon disappear into heaven.  A terrible earthquake happens almost immediately and 7000 people are killed in Jerusalem alone Rev 11:13.

ARMAGEDDON

They gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Har-Magedon (Armageddon). (Rev 16:16)

Nations from the East  arrive on horseback in Israel to wipe out the forces of Israel  in a terrible conflict  called Armageddon. Horses?

And God said, Release the four angels who are bound at the River Euphrates, and they who were prepared for this hour and day and month, were released to kill a third of all mankind. Rev 9:15

Revelation 9: 16 says the number of the armies is two hundred million.  A shocking number. How could that many people fit into that small region of the world unless they arrive at different times and over an expended period?  Some people believe that this great war will occur over the last three and a half years of the Tribulation and involve armies of the whole world who come and go to do that. I’m not convinced.

The 6 Countries with a Population over 200 Million
Rank Country Population
1 China 1,395,190,000
2 India 1,339,590,000
3 United States 328,179,000
4 Indonesia 265,015,300

It is out of the mouths of these horses that fire and smoke and brimstone appear. Are these real horses, or are they something else, not yet known, possibly trojans thinking of the history of Troy.

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Does the arsenal of nuclear and other weapons make it impossible to use them by any country in this crisis? Could there be new weapons along with a new mode of military travel?   Horses and swords, says the Book of Revelation. How long this conflict will last is not revealed.

The Euphrates River will dry up to help the invaders  cross the watershed to reach Israel.  Revelation 16:12, 14, 16. Are there dams on that river that could shut off the flow of water by command?

Many Christians believe there will be a coalition of nations led by Russia. But isn’t Russia north? Some authors believe that this union will occur before the Armageddon in other battles,  trying to bring down the AntiChrist.

I can easily believe that Muslims from eastern regions of Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and their “K” neighbours, (Kyrgyzstan; Kazakhstan, etc)   and Pakistan will most likely be involved,  because they are east of Israel and  united in hated and “Jihad” of these countries.  Jihad is the violent defense of Islam, and the expansion by means of aggression,  to the point of global terrorism,  which is now evident and is growing. North Americans are too trusting and friendly and unfamiliar with warfare.  Even Muslim children are used in sabotage and suicide bombings.

I was initially wondering about  China, with its massive population that might threaten any nation. Could China fall to Islam in the future and get involved?

Why must the armies cross the Euphrates River?  Armies don’t usually announce their presence, wanting a surprise attack. Is the military  trying to hide under radar to get as physically close to Israel as possible without being seen as an immediate threat? This is a ground assault. Puzzling why that is so.

Israel is so happy with its new temple, distracted. Danger on its borders is nothing new. It has skirmishes from time to time. Lots of movement in the Middle East, even troop movements are watched of course, but could it be that the Jews don’t recognize the terrible danger until it erupts.

Even the planning of where the battle should take place was recommended by Napoleon in 1799 when he stood  at Megiddo looking at the plain of Armegeddon. “All the armies of the world could maneuver their forces on this vast plain.”

Could there be a  holy pilgrimage of Muslims  bringing huge numbers together right to Israel’s borders for religious purposes,  but with a far deeper, evil intent? Mecca in Saudi Arabia is home to the Muslims, who try to  go there once in their lifetime. But that area is close to Africa and south.  But what if a new Muhammad arises, or the dominant Muslim cleric leader calls for a world-wide, holy pilgrimage of the faithful for a  date in a location east of the Euphrates, but conveniently not far from Israel’s border.  Iran ?

Millions would respond in obedience, let alone soldiers of the east. Many tribesmen might come riding on  horses out of the mountains, carrying swords. All the Muslim  leader has to say, Attack! And war erupts. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so futuristic, but possible any moment now.

Who are the Kings of the East?  We don’t have kings in North America, but there are lots of them in Europe and across the world. Maybe I have named them without realizing it.

Some armies are adding horses, as these recent photos I found   prove. Remember World War I when horses were so important, so the specific logistics of about caring for and using horses in battle is already recorded for a reference to a military leader who wants to study that.  There must be a reason why modern transportation and weaponry cannot be used in this situation, or is it disguised? 

With every Middle East country armed to the teeth,  suspicious, feeling threatened and threatening, to unite to destroy their greatest enemy in the region who is not like them, this will be a tremendous victory for Islam as a religion. There are many verses in the Koran about killing infidels, anyone who resists Islam.

What a terrible military battle that erupts in northern Israel. The blood will flow up to the bridles of the horses, says  Rev 14:20. Death and destruction will be horrible. It will occur barely 10 miles from Nazareth where Jesus grew up. He may have visited it may times while on earth. But all of Israel, currently 290 miles long and 89 miles wide, will of course be affected.

Why are  military forces not attacking it from other directions all at once, and why not use every type of military weapon available? Puzzling. This battle is the greatest battle ever to take place. One would expect profound, logical planning and execution, but could it be simple, unplanned, and emotional for the reasons suggested, or another?

Is North America involved? What about Islam’s spread into America? Canada. Britain.  France is certainly heading in that direction. How interesting that one’s view of what is the direction East changes depending on where one lives in the world. One can circle the globe moving east. But this reference point begins with Israel.  Kings of the East, the Bible says. Ezekiel 38, 39.

Russia is not to be forgotten. It apparently has had a lot of economic and other influence in the Middle East countries over the years. There may be even greater influence from that nation in our future. Will it surprise us if Russia tries to take over more territory,  as it did in the Ukraine and its move into Europe during the last World War? Russia’s physical expanse stretches all the way to Vladivostok, near the border with China and North Korea. What if these three become friends and allies. Dangerous leaders in a dangerous time.

Russia has paved the way east  for its own hidden purposes by providing weapons that other nations want, even building roads to ease transportation through poorer regions. We don’t now why. It is not even discussed. Is it trying to link the nations physically below it in order to overrun them someday and conquer all? It would control half the world, if that succeeded.

Years ago I traveled on a beautiful, modern highway built by the Russians all the way through Afghanistan, departing through the Khyber Pass to Pakistan and India. It had been an exhausting journey struggling across the desert and rocky plains and torturous mountains of the Middle East from Europe to get there.

I crossed the Euphrates River, just as the armies  do in this final assault. It helps me visualize the region, and makes it more personal somehow. I know the areas I saw have changed dramatically. Modernization built it up,  but war tore it down.

How very strange, in a modern world that uses the skies for speed and ease of travel, armies come by horses. Mysteries and questions that arise with no answers. A brief glimpse of perhaps the greatest two battles on earth about to unfold: one very soon; one after a thousand and seven years.

Russia is not a Muslim nation but it makes friends with those that are. Why?  The Russia we remember from the Cold War wanted world domination. Maybe it secretly still does.  It is believed that Russia was directly involved in the murder of spies recently in America in 2018. We used to fear Russia, but it now seems America wants Russia for a friend. Greed, money and power, I expect from both nations.

That Russia and Islam both have their sights  on America for control is  not a surprise, but Russia’s inroads in the political realm in the USA from recent revelations should seriously concern everyone. Is anyone paying attention?

The destruction of the family unit, of culture, and of our Christian heritage is eroding  national freedom and our dependence upon God. The rebellion of youth, their rage against life, their utter boredom and disrespect for authority, and moral decline is destroying North America. The rise of evil is obvious.  Satan wants to indwell and control  individuals,  and if not, then delude or dilute their reputation to make them ineffective.

These photos are of Special Operations in Afghanistan, and the development of the use of horses in war time.

Horses and swords

Chapter Seven

Then the  Son of Man will appear, coming in the clouds with great glory and power. Mark 13:26; Revelation 19: 11-21

Christ will appears on a white horse, with his army, clothed in fine linen, all on white horses.  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS written on His robe and thigh. He fights for Israel and destroys the beast,   kings and commanders and mighty men, the flesh of horses, and of those who sit on them, both free men and slaves, and small and great. The kings of the earth and the rest will be killed by the sword, and all birds will be filled with their flesh.   Revelation 14:20;  19:11-21

Once He destroys the enemies of Israel, Jesus comes to live in Jerusalem with all the saints,  and restores peace to the world for a period of 1,000 years. Here is the Messiah that Jews are looking for. They never understood that in history there would be two comings:  one as a servant, a Lamb who would die for the sins for the world, and now as Judge and Ruler to punish, conquer, rule and reward.

Concerning Judah and Jerusalem,Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established above the hills; and all the nations will steam into it, and many people will come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, the the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths, for the law will go forth from Jerusalem, and He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many people, and they will hammer their swords into plowshares, nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.”  Isaiah 2:2-4

Satan, the Devil, the enemy of God behind the world leader, the religious  leader and the beast, will be bound for a thousand years in an abyss, unable to deceive the nations any longer.

Jesus will set up His kingdom on earth in Jerusalem, and as prophesied,  all nations will come and go there. It will be a period of judgment and those who had been martyred will come to life to live during this period.  The rest of the dead do not come to life again until after the thousand years are completed.  Revelation 20.

As the thousand years closes, Satan is released for a short period of time. He gathers the nations “the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.”  to destroy Israel and surrounds Jerusalem. Fire comes down from heaven to devour everyone in final judgment. Satan is thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beasts and the false prophet are also, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

A great white throne appears and Him who sat upon it about to judge the dead, the great and the small standing before the throne. The books will be opened and the dead  judged from the things that were written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gives up its dead, and Hades gives up its dead and they will be judged, everyone according to their deeds. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he will be thrown into the lake of fire.

A new heaven and a new earth appear, the old one is gone, burned up.  If the sun and earth were to move closer together, those hot rays would increase in intensity and easily destroy this planet. It is already being weakened by pollution, say the experts.

A new city of Jerusalem comes down out of heaven from God, as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 20. Its measurements are provided. God will dwell among men, and He will wipe away ever tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be any death, any mourning, or crying or pain, for these things have passed away.

He who overcomes will inherit these things and I will be His God and he will be my son.”

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, No man comes to the Father, but by Me. The Father and I are one. Before Abraham was born, I am.  John 8:58; 14:3;  

But for the cowardly and the unbelieving and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone.

In Jerusalem,  the city has no need of the sun or the moon to shine on it for the glory of the LORD has illuminated it. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. There will be no night there. The 12 gates of the city of Jerusalem will never be closed. And nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying shall ever come into it, but only those who names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

God’s plan is not just judgment but also on rescue and saving. He has been waiting  to give us time to repent and seek Him in our own free will. But time is running out because His return is very near. A thief who was dying on the cross next to Jesus cried out, Remember me when you come into Your kingdom. Jesus said, This day you shall be with me in Paradise.  That is the joy of the believer. The body may be buried in the ground or cremated waiting the Rapture, but in that moment of sleep that ends life, we go immediately to be with Jesus in Heaven. Not so the unbelieving, who await judgment.

Death itself will be destroyed, and grief will be no more. The nations will sit down at a great feast (Luke 14). Great joy awaits those on the far side of judgment. God’s purpose for His people will be fulfilled. They will see God’s face,  and the tree of life will be beside the river of the water of life coming from the throne of the Lamb.  Rev 22:1

Ezekiel 43: 1-9

For I am persuaded that neither death nor  life, nor angels or principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come shall be able to separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus, Our Lord (Romans 8:38, 39)

God’s final words in the Book of Revelation:

The time is near. Behold I come quickly and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you. Everyone who hears the words of the prophesy of this book, if any adds to it, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; if anyone takes away from this prophesy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the Holy City.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22

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