Last week we saw the Unfathomable Moment when Jesus Himself stepped up to the Father's Throne and took the Scroll from His Hand. The Scroll which was the Deed of Entitlement to our world and our very souls because Our King Jesus was the only one worthy to open this Scroll and reclaim its content. He alone came to earth and became one of us, dying as our punishment of rebellion and taking back everything that was given by us to Satan. all of Heaven worshiped and rejoiced at this Glorious Moment because it represented everything Christ suffered and died to achieve. Now Jesus is about to begin opening the Seven Seals to this priceless Scroll; and with each opening of a Seals, one more event takes place leading to the moment when He steps onto this earth to take what is now rightfully His. One more event leading to the judgment and destruction of all who have stood against Him, destroying His world and murdering His Saints.
I have personally heard people say, "That when they see the things we are about to study really come to pass, then they will decide it is all true and give their lives to Christ!" The problem with this is 1) even if they are sincere they will experience horrors like they have never even imagined as Christians in the Tribulation 2) if they are no more interested and sincere than this to know Jesus Christ right now—live for Him right now, after all He has done—they will probably not be one who seeks Him in the Tribulation—at such a deadly price. And if they do, it will be in insincerity, seeking to save their own lives, and Jesus will see through their false heart. The proofs of Jesus' existence and love are overwhelming if anyone would just openly investigate for themselves. Now is the time to decide what you believe and why. Now is the time to give your life to Him in love and gratitude—in return for how He has already given His life for us—or you may be one who struggles through this world which has become a literal hell that we are about to study.
Let's begin exactly where we left off last week—in the Throne Room of Heaven: Revelation 6:1-2. With this First Seal comes a man on a white horse, but He is not Jesus Christ, he is the Anti-Christ—Satan is the great mimicker. And in these Last Days he will mimic God by sending his "savior" to the world—his son, per say—and he comes to conquer, but not immediately with war. He comes during a time of great turmoil and tension, specifically in the Middle East, involving Israel—as the one on the white horse, bringing peace and hope. He won’t be scary and intimidating. Daniel tells us of his first big act of notoriety before the world: Daniel 9:27. Daniel tells us he will make a Covenant with many nations—a Peace Agreement between Israel and surrounding nations that would be for a period of seven years. How could Daniel have foreseen the incredible events of this day and known how desperately this Agreement would be needed right now; know that one who could bring peace to the Middle East would be hailed a hero in our time (2500 years ago)? With all of my heart, I believe a strong part of this Covenant of Peace will result from the establishment of a Pact that will allow both Muslim and Jew to worship on the Temple Mount. This piece of ground in Jerusalem is one of the hottest points of dissension among the Muslims and Jews today for this reason. And the Temple must be rebuilt before the Middle of the Tribulation because it is spoken of several times at this point. And it would take several years to rebuild such a massive structure. And amazingly, in Revelation 11:1-2, John is told to measure out the New Temple, but not to measure the outer court because it was given to Gentiles. When The Medes and Persians ruled God didn’t require this; when Rome ruled God didn’t require this, because the outer court will have the Dome of the Rock sitting on part of it. This Book will reveal more about where the antichrist rises from and who he may be later. But for now, he is a powerful spiritual, political and military leader who comes on the stage with a Peace Agreement of the Century and he will not be someone who seems sinister or threatening in the beginning. He will be someone whom liberals and conservatives alike feel they can trust. He will seem caring, wise, righteous, and reassuringly authoritative in the beginning. Loved by many. And remember, all who would see through his plot and recognize him have just been taken to Heaven and this world is filled with God-hating, self-loving people ready to embrace anyone who will bring them security and peace—because it has been the Christians who prevented his very uprising until now: 2 Thessalonians 2:6-12. Stop here for a moment and drink in the impossibility of everything involved to make these events a reality within our lifetimes. Israel had been destroyed and overran for 2000 years. Its’ Jewish inhabitance scattered throughout the world, and against all possibility, for the first time in history, witnessed by many living this day, Israel was returned to her homeland just as predicted would happen in the last days: Ezekiel 38:8. And not only that, Israel has now been surrounded by nations who are drunk with desire to wipe her from the planet as a nation, to the point that Israel's very existence threatens the peace of the world—just as was predicted 2500 years ago: Zechariah 12:2-3. This reads almost as a current newspaper headline as the very City of Jerusalem is the center of the world’s attention as anti-Semitism is exploding not only in America, but worldwide. And as the nations of the world join in politically against Israel. [In 2020, the U.N. condemned or criticized Israel through 17 Resolutions against them—vs. only 6 other Resolutions against all other countries in the entire world combined. Including the atrocities and human-rights violations of the many communist and Muslim countries of the world (China, N. Korea, Sudan, Iran, Syria and many more combined)]. The times are exactly as predicted and ripe for a charismatic leader to step in and bring peace—at least for a very short time Sometime during the beginning stages of this Tribulation (Rev 11:3-12), God will send two witnesses (Elijah and Enoch?) (Heb 9:27 Once Die) to prophecy about Him for 3 1/2 yrs., stopping rainfall/turning water to blood, killing with fire.
These four riders at the beginning of the Tribulation are linked into what seems one major event, each one leading into the next, and each one being a large cause of the next. As the peace brought by this false messiah is shown to be a deception, and is taken away almost immediately by the second rider: Revelation 6:3-4. This major conflict which quickly erupts and splinters the false Peace Agreement seems to be described in great detail in Ezek. 38 & 39, almost 2600 years ago. We have discussed this war in detail several times, so I will just summarize the event today. Ezekiel says that in the Last Days, a confederation of nations will move in the Middle East against Israel—the Nation brought back from desolation after many years who now dwell in safety. Israel has not seen one day of peace since their rebirth in 1948. This very strongly points to an attack just following the Peace Treaty, just as the Riders chronologically portray. The alliance will be between Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal (which by geographic location—uttermost North is Moscow) and ancestry Noah- Japheth- Scythians- Russians (Descendants and location of Meshech and Tubal) are unmistakably Modern Day Russia, and Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, the house of Togarmah—and "many peoples with you". The primary country listed in alliance with Russia in this war against Israel is Persia—or modern day Iran. And every other country in modern-day equivalence is Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya and Turkey. "And many people with you"—a number of other Muslim countries are receiving military aid, sharing intelligence, and even giving rights to military bases and troops on the ground, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and others. An article from The Atlantic Council told how Russia is working right now towards even stronger ties with Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Syria. This year Russia has confirmed contracts to allow more military bases in six countries in Northern Africa (Central African Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozmbique and Sudan).
Ezekiel says Gog (Russia) will be a "mishmar". Gog (Russia) is a much bigger nation providing for and protecting the smaller nations involved. Every nation listed in this section of Scripture is today receiving military aid and/or training from Russia today. Ezekiel 38:14-17. So far, we have a nation which has returned in our lifetimes (Israel), against all odds as predicted, which is supposed to happen in the Last Days; creating the exact scenario necessary and spoken of in Revelation to bring the antichrist into world-fame with a Peace Agreement as on the White Horse, and an alliance already building in these moments which matches the exact alliance listed 2500 years ago who are bent on Israel's destruction (as prophesied) who are to be used to usher in the Red Horse of War. All occurring in a world which has a growing hatred for Israel and Jews—as prophesied; all occurring at the beginning of the Tribulation. [YOU TELL ME... HOW CLOSE MUST WE BE?!]
Listen to how this short, but devastating War ends: Ezekiel 38:18-23; Ezekiel 39:4-6. In the destruction of Russia and the Middle East Alliance, God will use a supernatural event that is unmistakably His hand in the form of an incredible earthquake on the mountains of Israel. Along with this, God says He will call for, "A Sword", and make every brother fight one another. This sounds as if the fragile alliance splinters and the nations fight amongst themselves as well, which has been so typical of the Muslim alliances in the region. With this God, "Sends fire on Magog and his allies." When you see the extent of this death and destruction mentioned next, it is very probable this is describing a nuclear response. An earthquake, deception of nations, and a nuclear exchange leave Russia and her allies completely annihilated. The text goes on to say it will take seven months to bury the bodies.
This devastating War though limited to one region of the world will be so catastrophic that it will have horrific effects. Listen to a few comments from a paper written from the: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, during the Preparatory Committee of the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 29, 2008: First, listen to the famine caused by a war exactly as predicted in these prophecies: "Until recently, however, there was an unexamined assumption that a smaller, regional nuclear war, while it would cause unacceptable millions of casualties and unprecedented local devastation, would not produce ecological effects at the global level. Those assumptions have been proven false in new research studies conducted by climate scientists... The sudden climate changes predicted by these studies would have a significant impact on agricultural production... Large quantities of food might also need to be destroyed and significant areas of crop land might need to be taken out of production because of radioactive contamination." "Even a modest, sudden decline in agricultural production could trigger significant increases in the prices for basic foods and hoarding on a global scale, both of which would make food inaccessible to poor people in much of the world. While it is not possible to estimate the precise extent of the global famine that would follow a regional nuclear war, it seems reasonable to fear a total global death toll in the range of one billion from starvation alone." Now listen, as the report continues on disease: "Famine on this scale would also lead to major epidemics of infectious diseases... the vast megacities of the developing world, crowded, and often lacking adequate sanitation in the best of times, would almost certainly see major outbreaks of infectious diseases; and illnesses such as plague, which have not been prevalent in recent years, might again become major health threats."
And how much worse would this be if accompanied by the greatest earthquake we've ever experienced? Throwing even more debris into the atmosphere, destroying more land and disrupting planting, growing, shipping and trade? Keep these facts in mind as you listen to the next Seals that are opened: Revelation 6:5-6. A denarius was estimated at a day's wages. This passage is saying the food supply will become so scarce that you will work an entire day to by a loaf of bread for the family. "And do not harm the oil and the wine” simply means there will still be the upper-class people who buy their way through at this point hoarding the finer things as millions are starving. In recent times, we have all seen how crazy things get when we just have a localized water shortage, a blip in the gas supply, or even a threat of no toilet paper. If the majority of people with moral restraint and love for others above self, have been taken Home in the Rapture of the Church, how quickly do you think those remaining will turn on one another to meet these physical needs? A probable nuclear exchange accompanied by some of the worst natural disasters to hit in recorded history will have grocery stores empty very quickly, and there will be fighting, rioting, hoarding; breaking into houses, etc. Low water supplies (2 prophets), scarce food supplies, and total social upheaval will cause unsanitary conditions and illness everywhere because people will be drinking and eating anything they can get; not bathing, and violence and panic will surely cause a loss of sanitation workers and damaged sanitary systems. And people will be on the alert, guarding their homes in fear. Society and life as we know it will come to an end as it becomes a day to day fight for rations and your very life. And if you happen to be one of those people who actually does turn to God in all of this despair, it will be a thousand times worse for you, even at this point, because we will see very shortly in following verses. Even though Christians are not officially being hunted by the governments [YET], those in society are already searching them out with extreme hatred; in a society—or a world which has already targeted Christians as the number one hated and persecuted group globally; and now this “Christian God is being blamed for these Judgments,”—what place do you think you will have in a world which has lost any and all true Christians from the populace? No salt or light to keep a balance. What societal and legislative changes would steamroll into the culture? If you are a lowdown, hated Christian already, do you think anyone will feel you deserve the little food or water available? Many, many New Converts will already be hunted and killed during this early stage of the chaos: Revelation 6:7-8 (pale). This verse says that 1/4 of all the earth will die from starvation; from diseases stemming out of unsanitary conditions and malnutrition; from violence at the hands of one another in a world gone mad; even from starving and mad wild animals moving in. Our current global population is at 7.9 billion people. That means approximately 2 billion people will die as a result of this hellish time. How quickly would the world follow anyone who can lead them out of this chaos and death? Food for thought here: if Christ does not plan to take His Saints Home before all of this occurs, and we are destined to be a part of this madness—would God not have multiple warning for His people to prepare? Would He not give Words of wisdom to stock up, and barricade in before the wave of insanity; to witness to those in peril; instead of these warnings, multiple times, we are simply told to watch for His Return as the next event. To not become complacent and lazy or He will catch us unaware. Could you be complacent and slothful in such a world? And this is just the very beginnings of a world that is about to get a thousand times worse. We see all of the indisputable prophecies coming to pass, which are setting the stage right now. What are you waiting on to decide where you stand? To not stand for Him with all you have in life is to stand against Him. It will all begin at a moment we least expect; with the Sound of a Trumpet, and suddenly our fate is Sealed, with the broken seals.
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