End of Times: Recognizing the Signs
How to study the Bible part 3
As Christians we are to study and grow in Jesus Christ. When we don’t we are like them in Hebrews 5: 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Even though all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, not all applies to us. An example, how many of you offer sacrifice of animals for your sins? This is scripture in the Old Testament and we put the scripture in the right place and right time. It becomes a valid doctrine. It was doctrine for the Jews under the law. Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. This is Paul writing in the New Testament, Things that were written aforetime; he was referring to the Old Testament. It is for our learning.
1 Corinthians 2: 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth *; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. When we study, we need to compare scripture with scripture for a stronger base of understanding. anyone can take a scripture out of context using it as stand alone. 1 Corinthians 10: 1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Exodus 32: 4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. 6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. by comparing scriptures you have a better understanding of what is being said in Corinthians. When we compare, we know from the New Testament that Moses was 40 when he fled to the desert. It doesn't mention how old he was when he fled in the old Testament but does in the New. When we compare scripture with scripture, the picture is more complete plus we can validate things. We also have to be careful what the scripture doesn't say like "once saved always saved.? If this was true,we should be able to compare scripture with scripture to validate it. Watch out for Part 4
How to Study the Bible Part 2
We have Old Testament and New Testament. Another word for Testament is Covenant. So we have Old Covenant and New Covenant. Old is earthly. God told Abraham look as far as you can see and this land will belong to his people. If one over ate, he took animals to the priest and the priest would offer temporary redemption to his or her sin. If one commited adultery, one would be stoned to death. The new covenant is spiritual. We are filled with the Holy Ghost. Jesus tells us not to store our treasures here on earth where theifs and vandales can get them but store them in heaven. We all know the ten commandments. Let us go to Exodus 20: 1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal. 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Are these commandments the same for us in the New Covenant? Let us go to Roman 13: 8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. If you notice keeping the Sabbath holy is not one of them. Circumcism also is not required under the New Covenant. Paul tells us in Colossians 2:"16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" Paul also tells us in Galatians if we adhere to being circumcism, we have to adhere to the whole law under the Old Covenant since we are saved by grace, we do not need to be circumcised as a sign of the New Covenant. Check later for Part 3
EPH 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Since our enemy is the dark forces I thought I should give some information regarding some of our adversaries.
We are in Ezekiel and here is a time in the beginning when God created angels. This particular angel being created is in the Garden of Eden and is the head of the angels. Scholars believe that this angel is Satan. That he was a very beautiful and bright angel. Before we get into Ezekiel, we are going to Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Here we see God creating Heaven and Earth. Let us go to Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. Here it is saying Angels were created within the seven days of creation. This also implies each day is not a 24 hour period or Satan was created evil because he is already deceiving Eve in Chapter 3. We know God didn’t create Satan evil because what it tells us in Ezekiel. If we go by 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. That would make it seven thousand years of creation if not longer but we have only been under the curse for 6 thousand years. This would make the world 7 thousand years of creation + 6 thousand years living under sin equals 13 thousand years old of not older. GEN 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Now Let us compare scripture with scripture and go to HEB 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. It says here Enoch lived 365 years yet it says he didn’t die. He was translated or raptured. It should say his days are not numbered because he didn’t die but it doesn’t. It says he lived 365 years meaning he lived under the curse for 365 years. It also means it has been approximately 6000 years since Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. We have been under the curse for approximately 6000 years.
Now starting with Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Here it say that Satan is an anointed angel, that he set him charge of Gods’ angels. How he lived in heaven. It talks about in the next verses how Satan beauty became self-absorption and became egoistical. The Lord is revealing Satan’s punishment. EZEK 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground; I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Let us compare scripture with scripture again and go to the book of Isaiah. Isaiah describes Satan and refers to him as Lucifer. Here it explains how Satan’s ego has taken over the once angel of light. Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Here we see Satan wants to be like God Almighty. He wants to be like the creator. Let us get a brief description of him. Let us go to Revelation chapter 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Here is Satan being described as a great red dragon having seven heads with seven crowns and ten horns. Here we have the crowns on the seven heads. This will be important when they describe the beast(Antichrist), the beast crowns are on the ten horns. A great red dragon implies authority. Red means war, he is at war with the Christians. (Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.) Because of Satan rebellion, Satan beauty has turned a third of the angels against God as written in Rev 12:4a and his tail drew the third part of the angels with him There is a third of the angels have been cast to the earth when he is casted to the earth. . We know from the book of Jude that part of the third of angels is lock up in abyss. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. We know from Revelation 12: 4b and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Satan is ready to destroy the messiah as soon as the messiah is born. We know the King Herod ordered the killing of all children in the town of Bethlehem from 2 years and younger.
Since Satan the red dragon has 7 crowns on the seven heads. Let us find out what the seven crowns represent. We find clues on what the seven heads with the seven crowns represent in Revelation 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. Even though the beast here represent the AntiChrist, the seven heads still explain Satans dominion because Satan Crowns were on the seven head while the Antichrist crowns were on the 10 horns. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. The seven mountains represent 7 kingdoms that have dominated the world. REV 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. Here it tells us that five of these world kingdoms have perished, one is meaning there is a kingdom still here from the time the other perished kingdoms existed and the seventh has not come yet not until the end of days. REV 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. “The beast that was” is an angel from the part that of the third of angels before they were cast unto the earth. “And is not” is one of the angels that was locked up with chains in the abyss according to Jude 1: 6. “Even the eighth, and is of the seven” is the Anti-Christ. Let us find more description on the Antichrist, Let us go Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. REV 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. REV 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon which means destruction, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon which means destroyer or angel from the bottomless pit who is the destroyer. We see here the Antichrist has the name in Hebrew Abaddon transla te as destruction and in Greek Apollyon translate as destroyer. We an angel from heave comes down to the abyss and releases the fallen angels. He is the eighth, he will take over the seventh, his name is Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek. Let us compare this with Revelation chapter 11 where we find the Antichrist also. Revelation chapter 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. We see that the Antichrist has power to overcome the saints. Let us compare this with what is said about the Antichrist in chapter 13. Revelation 13:5-7 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. This just validates what is said in Chapter 11 about the Antichirst. Now let us check on the seven heads remember which represent Satan dominion “The five fallen and one is” is explained in the book of Daniels. Daniel a prophet is among other Israelites carried off from Jerusalem into Babylon around 600 BC. Daniel chapter 2, the King has a dream of a giant statue, head of Gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron and feet mixed with clay and iron. Daniel tells the King of Babylonian that his kingdom is the head of Gold and there are four more kingdoms following him until the eternal Kingdom appears. Let us go to Daniel Chapter 2 verse 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. And it is that fifth Kingdom when the everlasting Kingdom will appear. Daniel gives us clues to which kingdoms are the next three kingdoms In Daniel Chapter 8:3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. Let us skip down to see who this Ram is Let us goto Daniel 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. Now Let us continue with DAN 8:5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. 7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 A: Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, Let us skip down to 21 verse to see who this goat represents. Dan 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. The rough goat is Alexander the Great. He had conquered the known world at the time and he was king of Greece. Let us get back to DAN 8:8 B: the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. 9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. 10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. 13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? 14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Now we are going to jump down to verse 22 to help us understand. Dan 8: 22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. We know through history, that the Meads and Persian conquered Babylonian. After the reign of Meads and Persians, We know that Alexander the Great of Greece conquered Meads and Persian and the Known world at the time. After he had finished, he became ill and died. His four generals took over which we call the Hellenist period. It went from one kingdom under Alexander the Great to four kingdoms under the four generals. It is recorded in Maccabees chapter 1 Antiochus is the Little horn from verse Daniel 8: 9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. In the Book of Maccabees tells about Antiochus and how he desolated the temple and offered abominations upon the altar. It also explains in the Maccabees how they took back the temple and cleansed it fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed So the Head of Gold-Babylonian, Chest and arms of Silver - Meads and Persians, belly and thighs of brass - Alexander the Great, and the legs of Iron – Hellenist period. Now the fifth kingdom Daniel 2: 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. We know that the Roman Empire followed the Hellenist period which became so big that the Roman Empire became divided; Western Rome and Eastern Rome. Now Daniel 2: 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. During the Reign of the Roman Empire, God will set up his kingdom. We know Jesus ministry was during the Reign of the Roman Empire. Jesus tells us that in Luke 17: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For , behold, the kingdom of God is within you. So the body of Christ is the kingdom of God. When John is writing the book of Revelation, he is part of the Kingdom of God. When John writes one is, he is talking about a kingdom that exist at his time and will still be existing in our time to fulfill the prophecy. We have Emperor Nero who killing the leaders of Christianity; Peter, Paul, and main apostles around 65-66 ad. Then Titus, a prince, son of Vespasian. Vespasian was emperor at the time when Titus his son destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 Ad four years later thus fulfilling the prophecy from Daniel 9:26 “and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary”. He scattered Israel with their divided believes of Judaism and Christianity. We know Nero and Titus did not wipe out Christianity because about 250 years later in 303 AD. Emperor Diocletian issued a decree- Kill Christians and destroys all Bibles. Despite the decree, after Diocletian died 25 years later, Christianity became the main religion for Rome. Western Rome was called Holy Rome and Eastern Rome was called Greek Orthodox Christianity. This is a kingdom that man cannot distinguish. Today, the estimated percentage of Christians (Gods Kingdom) in the world is about 33 percent(2.2 Billion People). The Kingdom of God has grown while the other empires have disappeared; no longer exist fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel Chapter 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Let us go to Zechariah now. Zechariah chapter 13 is talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ. Zechariah 13: 8 and it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. Two thirds of nonbelievers shall perish and one third shall be tested with fire. If God tried the world today, according to statistic two third of the world is no believers so two third would perish while according to statistic that one third of the world are Christians so one third would be tried with fire. The only problem is Antichrist has come on the scene but It shows you we are very close for the end of times. Christianity surviving the centuries past is fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 2 :44 bringing in the everlasting Kingdom. In Revelation chapter 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. John is referring “The One Is” because the Kingdom of God at his time existed and John refers to this Kingdom as one is. We still refer to Kingdom of God as one is because we are part of that Kingdom of God, the same one that apostle John is apart of. We also know that Satan has his foothold within the Kingdom of God. This denomination that Satan has a foothold in will become the world religion while the eighth that is of the seven is the Antichrist who will rule the earth with the religion that Satan has a foothold in. Let us go to REV 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. This is talking about Jesus Christ and his ascension into heaven after the resurrection. REV 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. After his death and resurrection, God held his hand on Israel. Even though Jesus commanded to take the gospel to the whole world, they were taking it to Israel only which is obvious in Acts chapter 10 when Peter goes to Cornelius and tells him Acts 10: 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Here Peter is telling Cornelius how it was unlawful for a Jew to go to a gentile but because God lifted down the sheet three times to Peter, Peter understood it that it was okay now because gentiles were no longer considered unclean or common. The gospel hadn’t gone to the gentiles yet so there were no saved gentiles. God held his protection on Israel until the gospel starts going to gentile as well. Let us get back to Revelation chapter 12. REV 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:(the serpent found in Genesis 3. Who deceives the whole world, when he deceived Eve which means mother of all or whole world, he deceived the whole world and brought man into sin. he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. REV 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. They are referring when Satan goes to God in Job. He is referred to the accuser. REV 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. The woman is the body of Christ. Where she is nourished is when God put his seal on his people during the great tribulation. In Revelation chapter 11 says that they will give their testimony for 3 and half years before anti-christ is able to overcome them. 3 and half years is time, and times, and half a times. REV 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. REV 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. REV 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. What follows this is Revelation chapter 13 that introduces the anti-christ and his power to overcome the saints.
In the New Testament the word, "Satan" occurs more than 30 times in passages In Matthew 12:24 refers to Satan as the prince of demons or ruler of demons. 2 Cor 4:4 refers Satan as the ruler of this world or God of this world • Other terms identified with Satan include "the prince of this world" in the Book of John 12:31, 14:30; "the prince of the power of the air" also called Meririm, and "the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" in the Book of Ephesians 2:2; and "the god of this world" in 2 Corinthians 4:4. • The Book of Revelation twice refers to "the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan" (12:9, 20:2). The Book of Revelation also refers to "the deceiver", from which is derived the common epithet "the great deceiver". • Zechariah 3:1 ZECH 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. ZECH 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? • 1 Chronicles 21:1, "Satan stood up against Israel" (KJV) or "And there standeth up an adversary against Israel" (Young's Literal Translation) • Psalm 109:6b "and let Satan stand at his right hand" (KJV) or "let an accuser stand at his right hand." (ESV, etc.)
Here is a time-line that is found in the Old Testament. This time-line is found in the book of Hosea. Let us go to Hosea 5:14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. God when he is speaking to Israel, would speak to the province where the Kings are from. God would hold the King responsible for Israel. Here the Kingdom is already divided. There is northern Israel and southern Israel. The king would come out of Ephraim for northern Israel and from Judah for southern Israel. He was a lion to Ephraim (Northern Israel) but remember Jesus was a young lion to the house of Judah (Southern Israel) because he was born from the tribe of Judah. He says that he will go and return to the right side of the father as in Psalms. Let us go to Psalm 110: 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Here it say LORD in Hebrew translate as Jehovah in capital letters to the Lord Which in Hebrew means lord, master where the L is capitalized and rest of the word is in small letters. Let us go to Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Here in Acts 2:34 it says David did not ascend into heaven but Jehovah (God the Father) said to lord, master(Jesus) sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool. By doing this Israel will know that Jesus that the Israelites with the Romans crucified, is Lord and Christ (anointed one). We know Jesus ascended into heaven after the death and resurrection. Now the word till in Hosea 5:15 is a time word. He said he will go till meaning a condition needs to be met so he will return. Hosea 5: 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. Here is say that Jesus will return until Israel acknowledges what they did wrong, that they seek the Lord and because of their afflictions they will be going through, they will seek him early. When we translate the Bible into English, we added chapters to break it up inso smaller section because in the Hebrew context there were no chapters, that is why when you end a chapter and it feels like it is continuing in next chapter is because there were no chapters. Chapter 6 I feel is a continuation from chapter 5. Here in the next verses in Hosea chapter 6 we see continue to see the conditions that need to be met in order for his return. In Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6: 1 We see Israel seeking his face. You also see the afflictions that has been brought on Israel, he hath torn and he will heal us. They believe he is going to heal them because they are seeking his face. and 2 After approximately 2000 years he will restore Israel, Israel became a nation again in 1948. The third day he will raise us up and we shall live in his sight I believe is referring to the 1000-year reign. This puts the 1000-year reign sometime after the year 2029 - 2033 if Jesus Christ ascend in 29 AD – 33 AD. That means the rapture will happen sometime before 2029 – 2033 AD. This is a timeline that puts us here in the present and gives the indication that the rapture is close at hand.
Here is a time-line that is found in the Old Testament. This time-line is found in the book of Hosea. Let us go to Hosea 5:14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. God when he is speaking to Israel, would speak to the province where the Kings are from. God would hold the King responsible for Israel. Here the Kingdom is already divided. There is northern Israel and southern Israel. The king would come out of Ephraim for northern Israel and from Judah for southern Israel. He was a lion to Ephraim (Northern Israel) but remember Jesus was a young lion to the house of Judah (Southern Israel) because he was born from the tribe of Judah. He says that he will go and return to the right side of the father as in Psalms. Let us go to Psalm 110: 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Here it say LORD in Hebrew translate as Jehovah in capital letters to the Lord Which in Hebrew means lord, master where the L is capitalized and rest of the word is in small letters. Let us go to Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Here in Acts 2:34 it says David did not ascend into heaven but Jehovah (God the Father) said to lord, master(Jesus) sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool. By doing this Israel will know that Jesus that the Israelites with the Romans crucified, is Lord and Christ (anointed one). We know Jesus ascended into heaven after the death and resurrection.
Now the word till in Hosea 5:15 is a time word. He said he will go till meaning a condition needs to be met so he will return. Hosea 5: 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. Here is say that Jesus will return until Israel acknowledges what they did wrong, that they seek the Lord and because of their afflictions they will be going through, they will seek him early. When we translate the Bible into English, we added chapters to break it up inso smaller section because in the Hebrew context there were no chapters, that is why when you end a chapter and it feels like it is continuing in next chapter is because there were no chapters. Chapter 6 I feel is a continuation from chapter 5. Here in the next verses in Hosea chapter 6 we see continue to see the conditions that need to be met in order for his return. In Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6: 1 We see Israel seeking his face. You also see the afflictions that has been brought on Israel, he hath torn and he will heal us. They believe he is going to heal them because they are seeking his face. and 2 After approximately 2000 years he will restore Israel, Israel became a nation again in 1948. The third day he will raise us up and we shall live in his sight I believe is referring to the 1000-year reign. This puts the 1000-year reign sometime after the year 2029 - 2033 if Jesus Christ ascend in 29 AD – 33 AD. That means the rapture will happen sometime before 2029 – 2033 AD. This is a timeline that puts us here in the present and gives the indication that the rapture is close at hand.