The Great Tribulation

Updated 04/09/18

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"Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise [virgins] shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away [the outer-court given over… (i.e., the place where that sacrifice was offered daily)], and the abomination that maketh desolate set up [which is marked by the two beast(s) in Rev 13 claiming total victory shortly after killing the Two Witness Coompany, who become the prophesied evening sacrifice], there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth [H2442 endures], and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days [or after Armageddon]. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days." Daniel 12:10- 13

 

"Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army [the northern army: Joel 2]: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, AS A CLOUD to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee [set apart as a tool of judgment], O Gog, before their eyes." Ezekiel 38:14-16

 

"Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind; And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about. Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host [Rev 16:19]." Jeremiah 51:1-3

 

     The Bible—not the Gregorian calendar—tells us the Great Tribulation comes at the very end of the sixth millennium, but before the seventh begins. We should also understand that many of the events that are set to take place during and after this time period, have and were to remain "sealed until the time of the end." However, I believe God has been and is now giving to the Body of Christ further insight pertaining to these "sealed" events (Dan 12:9). With that in mind, let us begin this teaching at the time right before the great tribulation is set to begin. Did you know that which is mentioned in Matthew 24:6 as "wars and rumours of wars," is actually a forty-year period of lesser tribulation (testing) that has already ended? What follows next in biblical prophecy is "midnight," and then the time of "great tribulation" or "the beginning of sorrows" (Mat 24:7-28), which corresponds to the 1,260-days/42-months spoken of in Revelation 11 (see link).

 

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." Matthew 24:6

 

"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." Matthew 24:7-8

 

"THEN [at that time] shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall KILL YOU: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake…" Matthew 24:9

 

"For THEN shall be GREAT tribulation [which immediately follows the Two Witness ministry coming forth, i.e., the White horse & the rider; before the Red horse: Rev 6], such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except THOSE DAYS should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake THOSE DAYS shall be shortened [to 3.5-yrs vs. another 40-yr cycle]." Matthew 24:21-22

 

"But [1.] the court [the outer-court] which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: AND the [2.] holy city [the sanctuary: Dan 8:11] shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power [a double portion] unto my [3.] two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [1,260-days], clothed in sackcloth." Revelation 11:2-4

 

"Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision [or, how long until the vision starts] concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days [see link]; then shall the sanctuary [begin to] be cleansed." Daniel 8:13-14

 

     Thus the "sanctuary" is cleansed but not the "host": the outer court masses. The sanctuary brethren represent the woman in the wilderness company, for we know the “man child”/"two witness" brethren (those who "know their God": Dan 11:32) are not the ones who will be trampled during the 42-months. Whereas it says some of those who only have "understanding" must fall "to make them white" during that time and before Yeshua returns at Armageddon. By the way, you are going to find out as you study this teaching that the "great tribulation period" is only "three and one half years" (42-months) long, not "seven" (see link) as has been erroneously preach for the last few hundred years or so by many in the church.

 

"And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know [intimately] their God shall be strong, and do exploits [works]. And they that understand [more of a head knowledge based relationship] among the people shall instruct many: yet they [the foolish virgins who get the oil] shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed" (Dan 12:12: the end of Armageddon) Daniel 11:33-35

 

"And when they shall have Finished their testimony [meaning this group cannot be touched during the great tribulation, whereas the woman co. will be those spoken of in Dan 11 above who only had understanding], the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit [Satan in the False Prophet] shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." Revelation 11:7

 

"And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their [the witness co. brethren] dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets [actually a company of saints] tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they [received the completion of their perfection at that point and] stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a CLOUD [and receive their perfection]; and their enemies beheld them." Revelation 11:9-12

 

"Immediately after the [42-months/1,260-days] tribulation of THOSE DAYS [then we continue on to Daniel's 1,290-days: the 43rd-month] shall the sun [Church] be darkened [called up/taken away from the earth] and the moon [church] shall not give her light [other verses say turn to blood] and the stars shall fall [like untimely/unripe figs: Rev 6:13; Jer 8:11-13] from heaven, and the powers [governments] of the heavens shall be shaken [Isa 2:19]." Matthew 24:29

 

"And then [during the 43rd-month/after the 1,260-days] shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, AND [shortly thereafter/after the 1,290-days] they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory [at Armageddon]." Matthew 24:30

 

     In Revelation 11 we saw a picture of the Two Witnesses going forth to preach to the world during what is described as a 42-month time period, and 1,260-days in Revelation 11:3. Daniel 12:7 calls this same time period "time, times, and one-half" (3.5 lunar years; note how the Bible equates "a time" as one year in Dan 4:16). After this time the Witnesses are ordered (allowed by GOD) to be killed by the "2nd beast" with two horns/"False Prophet," "who causeth that as many as would not worship the image of the [1st] beast (this is the beast from the pit, Satan) should be killed" (Rev 13:11-15). However, before they are killed the nations of the world must first be allowed to "make war" with them and "overcome them." And like Jesus, this only seems to take one day. Thus, the Witnesses are killed and the sinners party at the beginning of the Indignation period! This is when "the fullness" of the shout will arise: "Finally, peace and safety; we killed those *!%# Christians. Now we can live as we please!" Yet, "sudden destruction" will come upon them again in the 43rd-month of Daniel 12:11, and this time there will be no escaping it (see link for this chronology). Before we go any further, let us look at some of the times given in Daniel and Revelation that pertain to this 30-day period of judgment. Without a doubt God wants His elect to understand all of these biblical time periods, but I have heard many refuse this knowledge saying instead "It’s just not necessary for our salvation!"

 

     I would now like to portray for you a very detailed prophetic picture containing many of the end-time events. One such event is referred to in Daniel 12:11 that pertains to the "daily sacrifice" being "taken away" or "given over." This event must be defined more precisely before one can see how this situation fits in with the end-time prophecies. Actually you will find that many of the end-time prophecies begin or focus around this one event, which is in fact a dual event separated by approximately two thousand years. The daily sacrifice can refer to two situations, the first of which involves the natural "evening" and "morning" burnt offerings (sacrifices) of the two lambs; one in the morning and one in the evening. God commanded Moses to institute these sacrifices way back in Numbers 28:1-8. The second implication refers to the place of the outer court, which in our day represents the beginning experience with Yeshua coupled with the "death to self" message. Simply put, to be "born-again." Furthermore, Yeshua ("the bright and morning star") types out to be the "morning sacrifice" who was yet to come. At which time the Jews were to/should have ceased to offer the natural lambs seeing that Yeshua, as "the Lamb of GOD," fulfilled even the natural Old Testament law at the time of His death approximately 2000-years ago.

 

     We are suppose to know that Messiah’s ministry was split or "cut-off" at mid-week, and was/is to begin again after the "fullness of the Gentiles" has come in. The Bible tells us that the second half of Yeshua’s ministry will be given to a people called the Man child or Two Witnesses that are found in Revelation 11 and 12. This group of saints will then complete the last half of Yeshua’s promised seven year ministry, part of which includes God re-grafting the natural Jew back into "the vine." The place the daily sacrifice was offered was in the outer court of the Tabernacle, later it was in the Temple. Since we do not have a natural outer court these days—especially the Gentiles—we know God's main concern is the heart of the believer, not a "building made with hands." This is the place and the people that God says will be given over to the un-believeing Gentiles because it/they have ceased to function in divine order. God must do this because too many "Christians" have setup camp in this place of initial relationship instead of going on and into the next step with God: sanctification in the Holy place. However, for this same reason God is even going to allow a portion of the Holy place church to be "trodden under foot" for the 42-months as shown in Daniel 8:13-14.

 

     Now we come to what I call "The Key of Daniel." I believe God in His mercy has revealed something to me pertaining to certain days in Daniel 12 can be converted into 30-day prophetic months, just like the 1,260-days in Revelation 11 can convert into 30-day months. These days and months can then be applied to some very precise time lines, some of which actually extend past the 42-months of the great tribulation, or as the Bible says, "immediately after the tribulation of those days..." Thus the "days" in Daniel 12 are to be counted just like the "days" in Revelation 11 are counted, using exact 30-day lunar months and 360-day years. This is another reason we will never "know the day nor hour": the world counts time using a secular 365-day calendar.

 

 

"The Key of Daniel"

 (Times based on the biblical 30-day lunar month)

     As previously stated, this was a very significant revelation for the LORD to release. It truly un-locks or reveals quite a few passages in the Bible that I and it seems many others had only been guessing at as to their actual meaning(s).

 

  • Daniel 8:14: the 2,300-days convert symbolically to 2,300-years (i.e., a day for a year; see Num 14:3). These years began when the "little horn" spirit came forth (approx. 300 BC: see link) starting with "Seleucus' I" rule, which began after the battle of Ipsus. These years should have ended about 2008, which should have also been the time of the marriage, when the wise virgins/the spotless bride enters in to the wedding chamber. Howbeit the LORD has had to "tarry."  The end of these days is marked by the statement: "…then shall the sanctuary [the Holy place realm] be cleansed." Because of calendar errors many scientists believe we must still add approximately 8-years to the current date. So we are actually talking approx. 300 BC — 2000 AD + 8-yrs.

 

  • Revelation 11:2: "1,260-days" (42-months) for the people of "the court which is without," to be "tread under foot."

 

  • Revelation 11:3: "1,260-days" (42-months) given to the "Witnesses" to "prophesy."

 

  • Revelation 12:6: "1,260-days" (42-months) given to give some refuge to the "Woman" [church] and for the "Man-child" / "Two Witness" Company to minister to her, to the Jews, and to the world.

 

  • Revelation 13:4-12: "1,260-days" (42-months) given the Beast nations and the "Little Horn" leader to "make war" on the Earth and with the saints.

 

  • Daniel 12:11: "1,290-days" (43rd-month) from when the "daily sacrifice is taken away" [the place of the outer court given over] and the "abomination that maketh desolate" to be [fully] "set-up": [Satan + False Prophet + Beast Company  to claim total supremacy over the world for 30-days after killing the Two Witness Company.], also the time of the 1st 6-vials.

 

  • Daniel 12:12: the "1,335-days" (44.5th-month): "blessed is he that waitheth [H2442: endures], and cometh to the [time after the LORD and the armies in Heaven returning to cast the Beast military and the False Prophet/Pope into the lake of fire, fight Armageddon, and then bind Satan after the] one thousand three hundred thirty five days." 

 

  Event Chronology Starting From "The Marriage"

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(See "Jacob's Trouble" page for period details)

 

 

     As you have just seen, many of these periods of years, months, and days, spoken of in Daniel and Revelation, speak of the approximate three and one-half years that makeup what the Bible calls the great tribulation period. This period begins when Satan ("that great dragon" of Rev 12:9) is cast out from his place of going "to and fro and up and down" in the overcomers earth/souls. Once that victory has been gained, the Two Witness brethren will be able to go forth to testify, prophesy, and to bring forth the first of many end-time judgments as the Spirit leads them to. According to the Bible the Witnesses seem to use their new power ("double portion" ministry) very judiciously, for it (the power) is not recorded in the Bible as having been used other than to say what they could do with it. Keep this in mind: God desires to bring people to salvation through faith, not signs and wonders. However, by the time "the vials" begin to be poured out, there will be little if any room left for God's mercy or indecisiveness on the part of sinners. I know a lot of preachers like to teach that these "two witnesses" will be two literal "fire breathing prophets," but that’s not what is shown. Although, I do not want to diminish the fact that these brethren will be able to do whatever it takes to keep preaching until their 42-months are up.

 

     The 42-months are when the 21st century outer-court and holy place levels of God's earthly temple (now places of stagnation in the hearts of many believers), will be given over to the beast nature people because "the abomination that maketh desolate" has been allowed to fester there for too long. This is also when the natural Jew will begin to be grafted back into the vine, and when the Witnesses will continue to preach to them "in the name of the LORD." However, we are also shown some events that coincide with two other time periods that "immediately" follow the 42-months. The first of these last two periods continue on until 1,290-days are completed, or more precisely, until 30-days past the 1,260-days. Keep in mind these prophetic "days" all start when the 1,260-days start. Likewise with the 1,335-days spoken of in Daniel 12:11-12 (see link).

 

     It is important for us to chronologically understandwhen the Bible says the 42-months/1,260-days are to begin. We need to see that these last three end-time time periods all take place within the six millennium, but they cannot begin until after the Bridegroom has finished "tarring" and returns for His bride via the Spirit (Mat 25:10). Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us how long Yeshua will tarry, or as other verses say, "delay His coming." Nevertheless it's only after the people who become the man child are forced to travail beginning at Midnight (Isa 66:8), that they will be able to "bring forth," and that's when the 42-months begin.

 

     We are also told about some "watches" that seem to identify the start of the great tribulation, which again begins right after "midnight" or what is called the trimming of the lamps pre-tribulation time period. Now were you aware there are two systems of watches that are mentioned in the Bible? The first had three watches for both night and day and was used exclusively in the Old Testament. While the New Testament used the second system with four divisions for both night and day. This latter system is described in Mark 13:33-37. Therefore the LORD must also be equating the following New Testament watches in Luke 12 with the latter four-division system, even though only three are mentioned at that time. Notice the following in Luke 12 how the time in question (the consummation of the wedding/in filling/double portion) falls between the second and third divisions of the night, thus insinuating His secret coming will be close to the midnight parameter.

 

"Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?" John 11:9

 

 "And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their LORD, when he will return from the WEDDING [G1062: nuptials, ceremony (betrothal period; had left to build a mansion for His bride, now he’s come back to consummate the marriage)]; that when he cometh and knocketh [to receive His bride], they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants [the wise virgins], whom the lord when he cometh [at the marriage Mat 25:10] shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the SECOND watch [this includes midnight and the great tribulation], or come in the THIRD watch [which is when He "returns on a cloud" to receive the Witnesses up after they are killed], and find them so, blessed are those servants. [Now a new parable begins describing a different appearing] AND this know, that if the good-man of the house had known what hour "the THIEF" [Rev 16:14-16] would come [44.5th-month: the 4th watch], he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the son of man [Yeshua] cometh at an hour when ye think not." Luke 12:36-40

 

The Little Horn

     As it pertains to end-time biblical prophecy, the spirit of the Little Horn will culminate into one possessed end-time religious/political leader (the Beast with Two Horns/False Prophet/Pope/Antichrist; see 2-Thess 2:9-10; Rev 13:13-14), who (the little horn spirit) has actually been trying to usurp and replace God's Kingdom on earth for thousands of years—since the beginning of time. Yet during the 42-months this spirit (Satan: "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit") will ultimately possess one man who has been given many symbolic titles and attributes in the Bible through a variety of dreams, visions, and prophecies. Two of these personified attributes are "the king of fierce countenance" (Dan 11:21) and the "False Prophet," which are just two of the satanic anointings Satan will give this man. Satan must do this to offset the Witnesses' resurrection, especially once the people actually see them ascend into the clouds. It is obvious Satan will try to temper this display of GOD'S true power with one of his own through what the Bible calls great wonders ("fire from heaven": Rev 13:13).

 

"And out of one of them [see link] came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host [the collective  outer court church] of heaven; and it cast down some of the host AND of the stars [the backslidden 1/3: Rev 12:4] to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away [first when he killed Jesus, secondly by trampling the outer-court in the end-time], and the place of his sanctuary [the foolish virgins] was cast down [Mat 24:15]." Daniel 8:9-11

 

"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences [intrigues/schemes], shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power [meaning he will use Gog's power to kill the Christians]: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty [H6099: numerous, i. e., the outer court masses] AND the holy people [holy place]. And through his policy also he shall cause craft [H4711: deceiving; fraud (CNN...)] to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes [at Armageddon]; but he shall be broken without hand." Daniel 8:23-25

 

"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns [i. e., Satan will give this man his power & spirit to back up his word] like a lamb [Jesus' "two horns" (His power & authority) were the Spirit & the Word], and he spake as a dragon. And he [the False Prophet/the little horn] exerciseth ALL the power of the first beast [the 10-horn confederacy] before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship [submit to] the first beast [in essence Satan. The original Greek says:  "...to worship the beast, the first of which was healed." It is not talking about the 1st many membered beast mentioned in Rev 13:1.], whose deadly wound was healed [Dan 9:26: the work of Calvary rejected]. And he doeth great wonders ["strong delusions"], so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast [thus the world will accept this man as from God after the Witnesses are killed]; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image [in themselves & become like/conform] to the beast [Satan/a God hating, self-willed nature: 666], which had the wound by a sword, and did live." Revelation 13:11-14

 

"And the beast [the remaining horns and militaries: ] was taken, and with him the false prophet [Little Horn/the man of sin] that wrought miracles before him [this "him" is an it/confederate army: Rev 13:1], with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image [nature]. These both [all] were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Revelation 19:20

 

"I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the [little] horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his [corporate] body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts [sinners/the beasts of the earth: Jer 15:3; Rev 6:8], they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time [H2166: an appointed time: the end of Armageddon]." Daniel 7:11-12

 

"And [1.] the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where [2.] the beast [people from the sea/nations: Rev 13:1] and [3.] the false prophet [who deceived the people; the reigning Pope] are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Revelation 20:10

 

     Back in Daniel chapter 8 we are told that the "little horn" and the "king of fierce countenance" are somehow connected even though they are separated by thousands of years. Meaning, this king will come from the linage of one of the four generals that took over after Alexander the Great died, as seen in Daniel 8:8-9. This latter-day king or leader will be able to use Gog's military ( the "body" of the beast) including political Great Babylon, which is the part yet to come described in Revelation 17, "that was, and is not, and is yet to come." This beast/nature/false religion has its roots in the ancient one-world governmental system founded by Nimrod that was first called "Baal"/"Babel" (Babylon). This was in reality a materialistic government and idolatrous religion all rolled into one. Those people rejected the true God and exalted man, although they would have sincerely declared it was the other way around, just as the people of the world and some in the Church do today. Presently we see the world bowing to what is called "political correctness" and globalism. However, when this "end-time" little horn comes on the scene he will not be so correct; he will kill and force the world into submission. This type of "one-world corruption" is what the Bible calls "spiritual Sodom & Egypt.

 

"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom [immorality and prideful decadences] and Egypt [materialism and power through religion], where also our Lord was crucified." Revelation 11:8

 

     The Little Horn leader who comes on the scene as the great tribulation starts, is called by many names in the Bible that seem to represent his manifested nature at any given point in time. One time he is called "The King of Fierce Countenance," another time he is called "The Vile Person," another time "The Beast from the Earth with two horns," another, "The False Prophet," etc. The name changes to match the manifestation or office of this individual. The same is shown to happen with "The Beast." For this Beast (in Rev 13:1) is also called "The fourth Beast," "The Beast with 7-Heads & 10-Horns/10-Toes," and "The Beast from the Sea." Of course one should expect this type of identification from a book that is highly allegorical and spiritually discerned. To more fully understand these end-time players see link.

 

 "Neither shall he [the False Prophet] regard the God of his fathers [this man will not act like the former popes], nor the desire of women [which symbolically represents the religious beliefs of churches], nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all [this man is possessed of Satan himself]. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces [oppression]: and a god [Satan incarnate] whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things." Daniel 11:37-38

 

"But he [including the Vatican; Bank of America] shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians [i.e., Islamic nations] shall be at his steps [side: allies]" Daniel 11:43.

 

     Therefore, the King of Fierce Countenance will come forth to rule over a post midnight authoritarian type of governmental system that will assume world dominance once the United States and many of her allies have either been removed or crippled as functioning world powers (Jer 1:15). This new ruler (the eleventh Little Horn plus governing body, will amass the fearful, the confused, and rebellious peoples of the world during the great tribulation. He (Satan) will use the False Prophet (religious) manifestation of this main end-time leader to deceive the collective religious (sign seeking) peoples of the world.

 

     It is quite evident as revealed in the Bible that the man of sin will be the one Satan ultimately manifests his power and authority through. Have you noticed that I have not quoted the Bible in calling this person by the traditionally accepted title of "The Antichrist," although he will be one? Did you also know the label antichrist which is so often referred to in regards to this end-time ruler, is not even mentioned in the book of Revelation? In fact, the only place the term antichrist is mentioned in the Bible is in 1 & 2-John, and then only as a spirit in the people (i. e., 666; 1-Joh 4:3). As you continue to study end-time prophecies keep the biblically based contextual players below in mind for a more accurate picture of what or who shall be ruling the world in the very near future.

 

End-Time Players

  • The Great Dragon (Satan/The Beast out of the pit): Revelation 12:9-17
  • The Beast (The Ten Horns/rulers/world militaries): Daniel 7:24; Revelation 13:1
  • The False Prophet (beast with two horns/the Pope): Revelation 13:11, 16:13; Daniel 7:11

 

STARTS THE 42-MONTHS

(Revelation Chapters: 11a, 12, & 13)

 

     The beginning point or trigger event for the 42-months is what the Bible refers to as the marriage. This one event is shown in places like Isaiah 66:8 and Malachi 3:1, as suddenly coming upon watching believers as Christ secretly returns to His earthly temple(s). Actually by that time there will have already been many different judgments happening within the different levels of Christianity and the world that will only continue to intensify during the 42-months of the great tribulation. Most of these judgments or chastisements will be a direct result of one's position and condition of the heart. The prophecy below has a very strong implication in it which I believe is the primary thought that points to the once great Christian America ("that great city...") as being the main force behind the corporate world wide whore that rides the beast (the 1st beast of Rev 13:1). That is because this whore is said to "reign" or "have power" over many other nations. Thus we see there is both a whorish apostate Church and a whorish Christian nation. You will also see that America represents the "great city" Babylon, which is its political and economic influence shown in Revelation 18. America's power is great.

 

"And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the [1st] beast [Rev 13:1], these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire [nuclear attack: "...And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. Joel 2:30b]. For GOD hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city [Mystery Babylon], which reigneth over the kings of the earth." Revelation 17:16-18

 

    However you want to look at this situation, the Bible tells us no person, group, city, or nation will escape the judgment or chastisement that is due them. That's why we hear of the sun the moon and the stars each being darkened by one third, falling, or being put out altogether by the end of the last of three end-time time periods. So in other words the Church as we know it will cease to be a "guiding light" in the earth. Yet there will be a remnant group of faithful saints that experience God’s great earthquake after they minister for the 42-months; these are the ones who will enter into God’s likeness: Ezekiel 32:7-8; Acts 16:26; Matthew 28:2; Revelation 6:12. The 42-months is the time period when God will judge the Church by allowing some to be "tread" and "trodden under foot" because of habitual sin and the lack of a true relationship with Yeshua. After that period some of the new church converts will be covered over (Isa 26:20), and some with greater accountability may continue to wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb during that which follows: the "indignation" time period. Once the Witnesses are killed and physically taken up ("called up," as patterned by Yeshua Himself), the world will then be in total spiritual darkness. Still, mans' wickedness must be allowed to reach its fullness (666), which Daniel 12:11 says happens by the end of the 1,290-days (the 43rd-month: 1,260-days + 30-days = 1,290-days or 43-months from the marriage).

 

"And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away [the start of the 1,260-days], and the abomination that maketh desolate set up [fully in mans' heart: 666], there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." Daniel 12:11

The actual Greek rendition:

"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work [the spirit of antichrist]: only he [the Holy Spirit] who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way [Strong's: out of the midst it: the beast's image: 666] come [the beast nature in man, in the world, and in the backslidden church]. And then shall that Wicked be revealed [at the end of the 1,290-days], whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth [when He returns at Armageddon: Rev 19:15], and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." 2-Thess 2:7-8

 

THE SUN, THE MOON, & THE STARS

(Designations for the Church Age; the "in part" ministry: 1- Corinthians 13:9-12)

     What is really meant in the Bible when we hear of the sun the moon and the stars being darkened by 1/3 of their light? Well, by the time we get to Revelation chapter 8 we find it speaks of even more things being 'darkened," "becoming blood," or  being "destroyed" by 1/3. It says a "1/3 part" of the: trees (backslidden apostate Christians), the sea (the peoples of the nations), the creatures (flesh), the ships of the sea (powerful people/governments of influence), the rivers (outer-court ministries), and the fountains of water (apostate holy place ministries & doctrine) will be darkened. Of course these are all "types" of things that speak of another reality altogether that primarily deals with the heart. Furthermore the difference between the sun the moon and the stars in Revelation 8 vs. Revelation 6, is that in Revelation 8 we see it is the first time it mentions "the third part," which would chronologically place the 1/3 part events as taking place before the Two Witnesses are killed and everything in these realms goes 100 % dark (Mat 24:31). God is going to burn the dross from His Church by whatever means are necessary. Therefore, what will happen at that time is that the remaining light of God’s presence in the old order church is going to continue to be removed until it is completely gone. Yet we know the light has already faded greatly. This means that once the Two Witness group and some in the Woman Church have been martyred, God’s light, "the light of the world," is going to go completely out.

 

"And when I shall put thee out [contextually referring to the spirit of Egypt: i.e., the World], I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun [Church/overcomers] with a cloud [of witnesses: Rev 11:12], and the moon shall not give her light [Acts 2:20 says "turn to blood"; and go into hiding: Isa 26:20]. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over THEE, and set darkness upon THY land, saith the Lord GOD." Ezekiel 32:7-8

 

"The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud [Rev 14:14], and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence [the "sign" thereof: Mat 24:30], and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians [Rev 9:14-21]: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom." Isaiah 19:1-2

 

"Then [at the Judgment seat of Christ] the [oil-less] moon shall be confounded, and the ["sinners in Zion" 1/3 part] sun [church] ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, AND in [new] Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously." Isaiah 24:23

 

     I hope this is not going too deep here, but the third part events may also involve literally removing the spirit (small "s": the 1/3 part of man) from these people. The sinner and apostate Christians would then be no different than the beasts of the earth that have no spirit. The fact of the matter is if anyone is still rejecting the Holy Spirit's wooing at that time they will have no further need for "their spirit" which "God gave" to every human for the sole purpose of illuminating the Truth and communication with Him. Thus man would truly become like the beasts.

 

"The spirit of man is the candle lamp of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly." Proverbs 20:27



"The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the light of the wicked shall be put out [removed]." Proverbs 13:9

 

"Or ever the silver cord be loosed [mans' spirit removed], or the golden bowl be broken [the center bowl of the lampstand: Christ], or the pitcher [mans' soul] be broken [apostasy] at the fountain [God's Spirit], or the wheel [Eze 1:15-19: mans' spirit] broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust [the flesh] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Ecclesiastes 12:6-7

 

"And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the DAY shone not for a third part of it, and the NIGHT likewise." Revelation 8:12

 

"Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace [and safety]; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him [Rev 16:14]. Therefore NIGHT ["midnight"] shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto YOU, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the DAY [The Day Star; the bright morning star/Yeshua] shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God." (2-Chr 15:2). Micah 3:5-7

 

     There is one last thing that needs to be mentioned concerning the start of Jacob's trouble and that is this: even though God’s mercy is not removed from the earth during this time (for the soul that repents), it does appear the Spirit of "intercession" is ("...and the door was shut"/ Isa 55:6).

 

"Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD. If I cause noisome beasts [Gog's military] to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate. Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves. Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness" Ezekiel 14:14-20

 

     This tells me the Spirit of intercession is going to be removed from the earth once these first judgments begin to fall. So in essence either one turns to God and believes the truth as will be preached by the Witnesses, or they perish in their sins; there will be no more pleading. Christians are going to be "sealed" right where they are at until this thing is over: Ezekiel 9:4-11. As for those who will become the "man child"/"Two Witness" brethren, Micah 4 below shows the "midnight" process of travail that even these brethren will have to endure before God can endow them with His "former and latter rain" (Jer 3:3; Hos 6:3) "double portion" (Isa 61:7) of power. Whereas earlier in Micah 4, those of the "foolish virgin"/"woman in the wilderness" brethren are addressed, as "the daughter of Jerusalem," vs. daughter of Zion: Isa 37:22, thus effectively segregating the two higher levels of Kingdom domain that will exist during the thousand year reign: the gold and silver in GOD'S house. That is unless you actually believe God is so carnal as to covet silver and gold?

 

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts." Haggai 2:6-9


"Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion [this "daughter" attribution becomes the man-child], like a woman in travail: FOR NOW shalt thou go forth out of the city [to "trim your lamp"; see link], and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Now also many nations [Gog + ten horns] are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, [give power] and I will make thy hoofs brass: [to bring judgment: Rev 11:3-5] and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth." Micah 4:10-13

 

 STARTS THE 43rd-MONTH

(Revelation Chapters: 14, 15, 16, & 18)

 

     Now we come to the 1,290-days spoken of in Daniel 12:11, which in reality is only referring to "one-month" beyond the 42-months. That is because most of the days and months mentioned in Daniel and Revelation, begin at the same point in time, which is at the time of the secret coming/"marriage." Thus, the 43rd and 44.5th-month references in Daniel 12 are nothing more than a progression of the times and events that will continue to unfold after the brethren in the Two Witness Co. are killed, resurrected, and called up to join the Great Cloud of Witnesses who will then all be made perfect/complete. The last of these post great tribulation time periods is called "The Great Day of the LORD," when Matthew 24:30b and post Joel 2:31 events come to pass. "The Battle" of The Great Day of the LORD signifies Armageddon itself. This battle having started after the 1,290-days expire, will end 1,335-days (44.5 months) after the "Groom" arrived secretly and suddenly for His bride at the marriage. We find this 43rd-month during which the Witnesses are "called up," is spoken of in places like Hosea 5:7, Zechariah 11:8, and Revelation 14:14 as the "cloud harvest" of the martyred saints.

 

     The math in this equation looks like this: 1,260-days + 30 = 1,290 + 45 = 1,335 total days (Rev 11:3; Dan 12:11-12) for the great tribulation, the indignation, and the battle of Armageddon: God’s fierce wrath to have taken place. Do you see how these progressive time periods fit into the different periods or degrees of ever increasing end-time judgments spoken of in the Bible? It would be good for you to read all of the verses pertaining to these periods and study them out carefully, but for now let us continue on.

 

"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake [Rev 11:13; Acts 16:26; Mat 28:2: the Two Witnesses enter into death, resurrection, and perfection]; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair [the Word of God withdrawn/taken up], and the moon became as blood [continued martyrdom]; And the stars of heaven [apostate Christians: Jude 1:13] fell unto the earth, even AS a fig tree [see Jer 8 below] casteth her untimely [G3653: unripe] figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face [notice, it is not taking about a physical presence yet] of HIM that sitteth on the throne, AND from the wrath of THE LAMB: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" Revelation 6:12-17

 

"Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination [Dan 11:31; Lk 16:15]? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them." Jeremiah 8:12-13

 

     I know many believe the references to the sun, moon, and stars that are found in books like Revelation and Ezekiel, portray what appears to be a time of great up-evils in the natural cosmos, but then the discerning Christian should also realize the mentioning of these planetary bodies are primarily meant to be seen as types for an even greater reality. In other words, this cataclysmic portrayal of the heavens is in reality the quaking of the old order (the "seeing in part" realm) "passing away," and the new order (the fulllness) arising. It says the Witnesses are to be killed and called up into (the 3rd) Heaven three and one-half days after the 42-months have ended. This killing of GOD'S newly faithful Son's will trigger the Lamb's wrath (the vials) to be released. It is also the time when Satan will attack the harlot church as she is gathered (the vine of the earth: Rev 14:18-20) and cast into the winepress now that her Judas ministry is no longer needed.

 

     What I believe the Bible tells us is that during the 43rd-month, some of the sinners repent of their unbelief and ungodliness after first witnessing the resurrection of the two witness brethren, followed immediately by the vial judgments. Apparently, some of the backslidden Christians will do the same. Although, great tribulation, much indignation, and ultimately God’s fierce wrath will be necessary to accomplish this change of heart for most. We see a similar situation is paralleled in Numbers 16:30-34. One must always keep in mind the mercy of God; this is what it's all about. God wants people to repent and come to know Him no matter what "watch" or time period they find themselves in. You see, if God were only concerned with destroying sinners from off the face of the Earth, He could do that in a millisecond; just-poof, and they would all be gone. However that is not who God is. Therefore God will give a little season for the people to repent, even after the Witnesses are called up.

 

"Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity [with the vial judgments]: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." Isaiah 26:20-21

 

     So then the 43rd-month is the time after the Witnesses go up but before they come back with Yeshua as the overcomer army from Heaven (Rev 19:14). The 43rd-month is also the time given to the "son of perdition" to fully "setup" his kingdom, and for God to melt the heart of Egypt (spiritual corporate Babylon). So then Satan, the Beast, and the False Prophet conglomeration are given some time (approximately one lunar month: Hos 5:7; Zec 11:8) to persuade those who are left on the Earth that the people that were "called up," those who were "tormenting the world" for the past 42-months by preaching righteousness, that they were really the evil ones. They will say, "They were evil because they killed so many good people and they said we must do such and such, and we have to stop doing such and such, and that is why God removed them!" Of course the world will have to believe the False Prophet or else admit that they themselves are completely evil and going to Hell for participating in and rejoicing over the Witnesses' death (Rev 11:10).

     Once the witnesses are dead Satan will think he has just pulled another one over on God as he continues in vain to establish his throne on Earth. Nevertheless, when the witnesses do resurrect and ascend three 1/2 days later, Satan will have to release his counterbalance of reserved power from the False Prophet to perform the "great wonders" spoken of in Revelation 13:13-14 so as to pull the people's attention away from their ascension and back onto him. You know God has always allowed, or should I say used Satan to separate the chaff from the wheat, and this last manifestation of false miracles will be no different.

 

STARTS THE 44.5th-MONTH

(Revelation Chapter: 19)

  

     Finally, we come to the 1,335-days (44.5th-month) time period, which ends 1.5 lunar months (45-days) past the end of the 43rd-month. I believe the Word shows us this last 1.5-months of "Jacobs trouble" is the time given to end what will have climaxed into mans' utter hatred towards God: Armageddon. This is the time when the true Lamb physically returns with His overcomers to put an end to the Beast confederacy, the False Prophet leader, and any remaining unrepentant sinners. However this takes another 45-days, so Yeshua will give yet another opportunity for repentance as His government begins to take over the Earth once and for all.

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night [at Armageddon: Rev 16:14-16, 19]; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2- Peter 3:9-10

 

"As concerning the rest of the beasts [the beasts of the earth: sinners/mankind], they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time [an appointed time]." Daniel 7:12

 

"These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them [sound familiar? Rev 20:9]: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, AND faithful [the overcomers: those who accomplished all three phases of spiritual development and became mature Sons]." Revelation 17:14

 

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns [Isaiah 9:6]; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven [the combined overcomers government: 12 + 12 = the "manifested" 24 Elders who've been spiritually present before the throne] followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty GOD." Revelation 19:11-15

 

SUMMARY

     I will now try to quickly summarize the great tribulation, the indignation, and the battle of Armageddon (the fierceness of God Almighty’s wrath). We are told there will come a 42-month time period that involves great tribulation (Mat 24:7-28), in which the "Two Witnesses" (a group from the elect saints who become the faithful upon resurrecting) will go forth to preach the Kingdom message (Mat 24:14) and minister ("feed") the awakened oil seeking woman church, and the repentant natural Israel. This is when the "outer court," the "sanctuary" and the state of Israel will be given over and "trodden under foot."Again, I believe this whole process of "making war" "overcoming them," and "killing them" will only take 1-day to accomplish, just like it did Yeshua.

 

    Once the Witnesses are dead, the Beast Company people who are controlled by the individual called the False Prophet, who is controlled by the great dragon, will believe he/they have won the rights to the Earth after the Witness Co. ascends. This will embolden them to kill any remaining saints, which is when Revelation 14:14 described as the "cloud harvest of the earth" (martyrdom) also befalls many of the "moon"/"woman"/"daughter of Jerusalem" saints who remain. Thus, "the moon shall turn to blood." At this same time Gog’s confederacy will attempt to complete the "setup" (Dan 12:11) of their (Satan's) kingdom on the Earth. This is the time when The Lamb will begin to pour out His first wrath of "plagues" or "vials" during the 43rd-month. This is when God’s righteous indignation will have reached its limit; once they have killed His true sons. At the end of that prophetic month the Beast and the False Prophet, which are both comprised of leaders, militaries, and one individual leader of the horns, will have been given all the time that God will allow them: Daniel 8:19. Daniel describes this as "the abomination that maketh desolate setup," meaning it will be a completed work; the fullness of wickedness will have fully arrived in man's heart, which is the infamous "666."

 

     We are told that after 1,290-days are accomplished, the Beast conglomeration (Rev 13:1) and the False Prophet/beast with two horns (Rev 13:11, 16:13) are cast alive into the lake of fire at Yeshua’s return, but the people of the nations are left to continue the battle (Dan 7:12; Rev 19:21). This tells us God will not stop this "mystery of iniquity" situation until the common people can decide for themselves if rebellion against the true GOD is what they truly desire. Although this does not mean it will have been a "Shangri-la" for the sinners until that time, for the wrath of plagues (the first 6 vials) will have been falling upon the Earth and the people during the 43rd-month. Afterwards, once the 43rd-month has been completed, Yeshua and the first-fruits brethren physically return in the image and the "likeness" of God to dispatch the horns, their armies, and the False Prophet. Now it says in Daniel 7:11-12 that those who remain when Yeshua returns at Armageddon (the 7th vial) are allowed to continue on. This is when the entire world will really be in "great fear and mourning" (Mat 24:30) because that is when they will finally realize they will not be able to kill these people the second time around, and now they will have no organized military to help them. Although destroying the False Prophet/the king of fierce countenance seems to be something the Father has reserved for Himself (Rev 19:20).

 

"And through his policy also he [contextually the king of fierce countenance] shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand [cast into the pit alive]. And the vision of the evening [the Witnesses' death] and the morning [Jesus' death] which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days." Daniel 8:25-26

 

     After the 44.5th-month is when the rest of mortal mankind (those who accepted the Witnesses' message during the great tribulation) will be given the opportunity to enter into immortality throughout the thousand years, which again can only begin after the "judgment seat of Christ" event. The people that enter the next millennium alive will be some of the first saints and or unredeemed that will not have to die; they will just be "changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye" from corruptible to incorruptible, throughout the last "one thousand year long trumpet blast." Nevertheless, the Bible tells us Satan will need to be loosed at the end of those thousand years to sift these saints and their offspring's offspring's... one last time. Keep in mind the free will is never taken away from mankind, and with or without Satan's influence, it seems people will fall and continue to sin on their own. For some once the miraculous becomes the mundane during the next thousand years, mortal mankind seems able and willing to digress back into the fallen nature, even with Satan bound, but GOD has a better way:

 

"If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day [i.e., Christians will begin to come into perfection during the next millennium. So there is still some "good work" to be done on the Sabbath!]?" John 7:2