The End Time Approaching
Bible Prophecy Part 1 (Part 2)
By your servant, Dan Baxley
Always A Work in Progress -- your comments and corrections are appreciated -- please email – email@example.com
The purpose of this outline is to help those sincerely seeking a foundation upon which to judge the false teachings and false prophets attempting to rewrite the living words of YaHshua. John was given an outline of events to occur and by taking the key points -- in their order -- and trimming them down to just the facts revealed us, (letting know when there speculation) we can determine what is true and what is not. This is presented as a literal understanding and the symbolism found in this prophetic book is always explained by either John or the Angel of the Lord, or YaHshua Himself. When the explanation of a scene is not explained it is then to be taken "literally". Believe me, using His words, like a knife, you can cut away the false proclamations. His word is the light the believer needs to use reveal those things speaking from the darkness. I pray this is a help to you, as it has been for me.
Special Note from this author: When you look into these things -- keeping it as simple as possible -- we see much of the teachings of present day prophets and teachers is not grounded in fact, but is based on conjecture, wishful thinking, and sometimes outright deception. As an example: You do not see anything about a 7 year ministry of 144,000 Jews preaching the Gospel of the Christ to the world before nor after our Savior's return -- Evangelical, Dr. Sutton, of Lamb and Lion, is one example of this erroneous teaching. Nowhere do you see anything about the 144,000 preaching to anyone -- not in one single verse is this suggested -- but they (many Evangelicals) teach this. Another stark reality concerns the "rapture" doctrine as taught by these teachers like Tim Lahay, Chuck Missler, Chuck Smith, Grant Jeffery, Dave Hunt, Arno Froese, Peter Malgo, Norbert Lieth, Mark Hitchcock, Hal Lindsay, Peter and Paul Lalonde, and many, many others. These men teach an “escape” doctrine, they call the “rapture” where good Christians will be whisk away to the Heaven of Heavens saved from all the trouble this World is going to suffer with the coming of the Beast and the Wrath of God to come upon those following the Beast. Are they all wrong? Yes, they are, they attempt to replace the "resurrection" doctrine, an elemental (basic) doctrine taught by the Apostles (Heb 6:1-2), with what they call the "RAPTURE". Within only a few short years they have managed to get the majority of Christians to call the “resurrection” the “rapture”, a word replacement with a totally different meaning. With this “Rapture Doctrine” they work out a false hope of deliverance to those desiring an escape from what the prophetic word tells us is to come -- seeking to save their lives physically (Mat 16:25, Luke 9:24, Luke 17:33) they unwittingly fall into the deception of a false salvation, a false deliverance -- wanting to believe they will go to Heaven while the Earth is under the power of the Beast as other less faithful brothers and sisters suffer that “time of trouble”, the tribulation. This is wishful thinking and you will see this as you travel through this brief outline of prophetic events still to come. The only thing you can compare the "rapture" to is the "resurrection" that occurs at the return of our Savior and His arrival on Mount Moriah (Mount Zion Rev 14:1, Rev 7:3, Rev 15:2). But when you research the “resurrection” you find nothing about anyone one going the Heaven of Heavens where our Savior is now -- He is coming here, we are not going there. Get your Bible out, follow through this outline, and I think you will benefit immensely and see for yourself the false teachings and opinions and speculations that do not fit with the events -- this should all become obvious to you as you read it from the pages of your own Bible.
Speculation, and opinion is not wrong, and can help further investigative thinking, but to teach a speculative thought as a fact, or to dream up some fantastic idea and make it your truth, even when it opposes His word, is wrong, wrong, and wrong. But we see this very thing, over and over again, and by some the big names within the Christian community. Again, open your Bible, and make up your own outline -- protect yourself, know your Bible, know His words. The names I mentioned earlier, teaching the false doctrine of the rapture are but a small number of the whole, and although they are grand in the eyes of most and assume the leadership roll in the Christian Churches today we know these men can be wrong. These men of high reputation among the Evangelical Christians have been wrong in the past and not just some small thing either but something that was quickly swept under the rug, so to speak: They all were telling the Church to get ready for the return of the Messiah at 2000 AD, because, as they interpreted days and times, the year 2000 was the 6,000th year of God’s plan and when 2000AD came and went some moved to 2001AD but seeing their error most quickly forgot about it, a couple apologized but they all continue to be a force in the modern Church. Yes, all of them survived this act of falsehood and continue to teach today. Please take the time to read the following verses -- a small sample of truth and guidance found in your own Bible -- Deut 13:1-4; Deut 18:22; Mat 24:24; 2 Tim 4:3; 2 Pet 2:3; 2 Pet 2:14; 2 John 1:10; 2Tim 3:13; Eph 5:11, Eph 5:8 – and -- Romans 3:4
YaHshua told the Apostle John to write about (to report) three things --
"Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" (Rev 1:19)
John is given a message and this message he writes down in the "book of revealing". This message of revealing appears to be divided into three parts, just as YaHshua and the angel of YaHshua revealed, and it is our responsibility to recognize this:
First, the things John is shown, by visions -- have seen, also means "things" John himself has witnessed -- John may well have witnessed the destruction of the Temple -- this is one of the thing to consider -- this could also mean, things John has already witnessed in his life as an Apostle. In other words, some of the things John is going to write about John may have already seen them happen. Such as in chapter 12, John records the image of the woman giving birth to the child, YaHshua, and His being caught up, and the Dragon (Satan) going after the offspring and the dispersion of the Jews. These were things John had already witnessed before being exiled to the Island of Patmos. This would be things past.
Second, the things that are -- in His time -- which are, or unchanged, truth going beyond Johns understanding but cannot be (or should not be) twisted to mean something else -- things which are without dispute, not by vision, or dreams, but things that are -- true.
Third, things that are to come -- on into the future all the way to the very end of man's rule and the shutting off of Satan's influence as he is imprisoned in some sort of spiritual cell -- chained, spiritually. We need to understand that the beginning of these things is with John in his present time and then after John to the end and the creation of the New Earth and the New Heavens.
We have, in my opinion, already passed through the first four Seals and are approaching the end of the 5th Seal. I know many teach the Horsemen of the Seals as happening all at once, one right after the other. This would eliminate any historical record of progression toward the end, save the last few years, which does not make any sense to me. I believe the Seals demonstrate a progression of time moving toward the coming Wrath of the Lamb leading into the 7 Turmpet soundings and finishing with the out pouring of God the Father's Wrath in the form of the 7 Vials and it is these "vials" or seven last plagues that those belonging to the Christ, YaHshua, will have special protection. With this in mind I will not go over the first four Seals, picking it up at the point I believe we are sitting.
End Time Signs -- Seven Signs of Seven Signs -- Coming Wrath of the Lamb
The first 4 seals are in the past and it is the opinion of this author that we are at the end of the 5th Seal and on the edge of the 6th Seal, but we notice, the 5th seal is not finished, not quite, and you will notice there is no rapture mentioned -- His servants are on earth as we move into the 6th Seal. Please notice that the 5th seal is an answer to a question by those having given their lives, previously, for the Word of God and the Testimony of YaHshua -- the fulfillment of this answer to the question of "how much longer", and the completion of His plan is seen in the following SEALs. We are on the edge of the 6th. Skipping forward into the 6th Seal we enter the beginning of the Wrath of the Lamb (YaHshua) -- the Wrath of God the Father comes later in the form of the seven last plagues.
#5 – They (those dead in Christ) called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. (Rev 6:10-11) (This is a picture of those, up to this time, that have lived through the attempts by Satan to destroy the people of YaHshua. We read of those in later groups that will have overcome the Beast and his Mark, Rev 15:2)
Today: Living at the end of the 5th Seal -- standing on the edge of the 6th Seal, about to be opened:
#6 – Sun and Moon are Darkened -- Rev 6:12-17 (Begins the Son's Wrath -- the Wrath of the Lamb)
After the Tribulation of those days:
Heavenly Signs, looks like our surrounding universe is collapsing – Rev 6:12 - Mat 24:29 (?)- Isa 34:4
A Great Worldwide Earthquake follows – Islands and Mountains moved -- Rev 6:14 - Isa 24:19-23
Four Angels holding back the Four Winds -- Rev 7:1
The servants and saints of the Living God are marked with the Father’s Name to receive special protection – Rev 7:1-4; Rev 14:1; 2 Tim 2:19
#7 – Seventh Seal Contains The Seven Trumpets
Before the Trumpets Sound:
A period of silence IN HEAVEN– calculated to be approximately 21 years (1/2 hour, heavenly time, as a 1,000 years are as a day principle 2 Pet 3:8, Ps 90:4 ) - Rev 8:1
Fire thrown to the Earth, Thunders, Lightening, and another earthquake
Seven Trumpets are prepared to sound – Rev 8:6
Seven Trumpets of the 7th Seal
#1 – 1/3 of the Earth is burned up, 1/3 of trees, 1/3 of grasses – Rev 8:7
#2 – Something, like a great burning mountain thrown into the Sea – Rev 8:8-9
(1/3 of everything in the sea dies - Asteroid?)
#3 – A great star appearing like a torch falls, poisoning 1/3 of all fresh waters Rev 8:10
(Comet? called Wormwood)
#4 – 1/3 of the sun, moon, stars struck – three Woes introduced - Rev 8:12
(This divides the day and night into three parts unlike the two parts we experience today?)
#5 – Bottomless Pit Opened – Rev 9:2
Hurt no green thing
Hurt only those without the Mark of God (Rev 7:3; 9:4; 14:)
Mankind tormented for 5 months but not killed
A king over those tormenting mankind - Appolyon (Grk), Abaddon (Heb): The Destroyer -- The Destroyer Angel
First of Three Woes finished - Rev 9:12
#6 – Four Angels released From the River Euphrates - Rev 9:14
An army of 200 million horsemen released. Crossing the dried up Euphrates River?
This vast army is as yet unidentified -- verse 17 describes something other worldly, or symbolic?
1/3 of mankind killed by three things – fire, smoke and brimstone that comes from this vast army
Mighty Angel - Seventh Angel about to Sound – in those days - Rev 10:7
Angel with the Little Book – Rev 10:1-2
John eats the little book, sweet and sour
Two Witnesses of YHWH able to shut the heavens – Rev 11:3-6
3 ½ year proclaiming YaHshua out of Jerusalem
Two Witnesses killed and after 3 ½ days they come to life Rev 11:11
Great Earthquake in Jerusalem
Second of Three Woes finished - Rev 11:14
#7 – Seventh Angel Sounds
Announces all the Kingdoms of the Earth have become the Kingdoms of YaHshua – Rev 11:15
The Nations are angry that they should be judged while the prophets and servants and those that revere His Name receive reward – Rev 11:18
The Temple is opened in Heaven and The Ark of His Testimony is seen in Heaven – Rev 11:19
Another earthquake, and a Great Hail -- Rev 11:19
What? Are we skipping over the Mark of the Beast? Yes, because this is an outline of how and in what order things unfold, not about the Beast and the Mark of the Beast. There is plenty of information covering every kind of corner, up and down, about this MARK. Suffice it to say, when push comes to shove, in the Middle East, it is a battle over land, and over HIS Name as opposed to some other name, like the "name of the Beast". Think EliYaH (Elijah) and his battle against 450 + false ministers of the "lord" (Baal). One Name, YaHWeH, against all of the false preachers of the many different Baals. In the end EliYaH, standing virtually alone, prevailed. In this time of the Beast, as foretold in Revelations 11, there will be TWO ELIYAH, confronting the Beast and again it will be a battle over whose God is the Real GOD. [See the article, at this link Two Elijah, for more on this] [Mark of the Beast]
Revelation 12 and 13:
These two chapters do not flow with the narrative of events leading up to the eventual Wrath of the Father, the 7 last Vials – the next series of events. These two chapters supply additional information concerning two bodies -- the first in Chapter 12 is about the Woman, Israel, and her offspring, those committed to following YaHshua, converts, dating from the very beginning (things that are - Rev 1:19).The second is Chapter 13 and this body is all about Beast government, the Mark, his mark, his number, and his name, and this name (identifying) of the Beast and False Prophet. This chapter giving details concerning them and the coming influence they are to have over the multitudes (things to come - Rev 1:19). These two chapters cut right into the middle of the narrative moving through the Trumpets and are not necessarily in order. Chapter 12 of Revelation concerns the casting of Satan and his demon angels to this earth, no longer having access to the Heaven of heavens and the context demonstrates this happened already, so, Satan is among us. The narrative gives a detailed account of Israel being dispersed and Satan chasing after her, and an "offspring" is mentioned and when we realize the first Christians were virtually all Jews and the undisputed Gentile influence did not appear until nearly 300 years after the destruction of the Temple.
The narrative of the Trumpets, moving forward, picks up again in Chapter 14 – and we are back to where we left off, still in the period of the 7th Trumpet --
YaHshua is seen Standing on Mount Zion with the 144,000 - Rev 14:1 (Zech 14:4; Acts 1:11-12; Isaiah 60:14-19)
We know His arrival is to be on Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4) -- here we see He is standing on Mt Zion (City of David) not the Mount of Olives. This would seem to indicate He has, at this time, collected His servants (resurrection?) lands on the Mount of Olives, it splits in half, He then proceeds to Mount Zion (the City of David). Remember it is the throne of David He is going to reconstitute as He begins the restoration of Israel, along with a few other things, like destroying the adversaries of Israel, putting an end to all war and proclaiming the way of our Heavenly Father from Jerusalem -- the 1,000 year rule begins.
Standing with those marked with the Father’s Name. This marking took place before the Trumpets began to sound. We are told that the Mark is the Name of the Father and now, at this point we see those of the 144,000 standing with our Savior, along with a great multitude. When we go back to Rev 7:1 and reading down to verses 14 through 17 we see those marked also include those that have given up their lives for our Lord YaHshua – this is a different group from those counted in the 144,000 as these are Israelites still alive, in the flesh, at YaHshua’s return and resurrected, quickened -- born from flesh to Spirit beings destined to be with YaHshua as His constant companions -- these are separate from the great multitude of peoples from every language and land, the Gentile followers reborn (born again) into the Spirit. We are given a look forward into this time, a time that actually occurs at our Lord's return and the destruction of the Beast the False Prophet. We now have the the Wrath of the Father, the hour of His Judgment --
The hour of His Judgment has come – Rev 14:7
Wrath of God unleashed on those having received the Mark of the Beast’s Name – Rev 14:11
The Servants of the YaHshua have, along with the 144,000 pure Israelites, been marked with the Father's Name and are protected. It appears this Wrath of the Father is to follow as part of the 7th trumpet and at this point the "resurrection of the Saints" has also occurred -- however the timing -- the Saints are given special protection, sealed by His Name, from the "wrath" to follow. Marked with His Name, standing with YaHshua as the armies of the world are gathered and destroyed by His command, by His Word.
SEVEN LAST PLAGUES – The Wrath of God the Father (The Trumpets are the Wrath of the Lamb -- Rev 6:16-17) :
Seven Golden Vials Of His (The Father's) Wrath To be Poured Out -- Rev 15:7 – Rev 16:1
#1 – An ulcerous sore plagues those having the mark of the Beast’s name.
#2 – The sea become like blood and every living soul dies in it. Rev 16:3
#3 – Fresh waters become as blood – Rev 16:4
#4 –- Sun is Struck causing it to scorch men in extreme heat – Rev 16:8
#5 – Seat of the Beast’s Government cover in extreme darkness – Rev 16:10
#6 –River Euphrates dried up -- the way of the Kings of the East is prepared -- Rev 16:12
Three unclean spirits sent out – spirits of devils, working miracles, with the appearance of men but demons within -- one from the Dragon (Satan), one from the Beast and a third from the False Prophet, to gather the Kings of the Earth to Armageddon to make war - Rev 16:13-14 (This is speculation on my part, of course, reading between the lines, sort of, knowing it will be much more complicated than this). Read the Book of Joel, chapter 3, and see how this all seems to blend together.
(Joel 3:1) In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,(Joe 3:2) I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
(Joel 3:11) Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD (YHWH)!(Joel 3:12) Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I (YaHshua) will sit to judge all the nations on every side.(Joel 3:13) Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow-- so great is their wickedness!"
It is YaHshua that causes this to happen by His coming, His return -- It has already been determined -- they (nations) come to meet Him, to oppose Him, and to meet their end – Rev 16:16, Zech 12:9
We are Told to Watch for YaHshua, He is about to return at this Point in Time– Rev 16:15 -- do you see how this plays back and forth in the narrative? The outline advances but scenes are interjected along the way that are not in the sequence of the Trumpet, and not the Seven Vials to be poured out. We are told about the events in the resurrection of the To Witnesses (the Two Elijahs) and then a bit later the 144,000 are seen with our Savior and He is standing on Mount Olive, right across from the Temple Mount. But, in this chapter He has not come yet but is about to
(Rev 16:13-16) And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. ("Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!") And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
This is just before the 7th vial is poured out so we can see by the context that previous events described were before and some after this last pouring out, but, by staying with the outline, with the narrative of what is to happen in order we can determine where the extra information, the details of events are to be placed. Let's explore this for just a moment.
There seems to be an overlapping of the pouring out of the Vials with the events of the 7th Trumpet? We see YaHshua having arrived at the sounding of the 7th Trumpet, but at the 6th Vial we are told to watch for He is coming. This may be an interjection of caution, not timed to this 6th Vial, but something to be applied during all of these events, from the Trumpets all the way back to the 6th Seal. A Cautionary Warning -- not the actual timing of His return? This may be one of those things we will have to witness as it happens to know the fullness of this revelation. If, as it appears, being part of the 7th Trumpet, this would then place the "Seven Last Plagues" after His literal return and destruction of worldly forces that are gathered to face Him. This seems more plausible to me and would explain the protection afforded the 144,000 and the saints having already been collected and quickened with new Spiritual bodies now joined with the Messiah to witness the Seven Last Plagues poured out, coming from the Father Himself. The other scenario would be these plagues happen before His return in the clouds and this would then mean the marking of the Saints and of the 144,000 Israelites would be to specifically protect them through this period of punishing Babylon and their quickening would only be after YaHshua has literally returned and gathered them and all of those asleep in Him, to Himself. Either way, if we are alive in our flesh and blood bodies at this time we will witness which is correct. For now it actually does not matter which way it will play out because by this time the markings have happened. Those having chosen the mark of the Beast and those marked by order of our Heavenly Father, of those He calls His children, brothers and sisters of the Christ, YaHshua.
#7 – It Is Done! – Rev 16:17
Great Earthquake (another great Quake) like none ever experience on Earth
Great City divided into three parts (Jerusalem, or Babylon? Rev 17:18)
Every mountain brought low, and every Island disappears (Not merely moved, as in The 6th Sea, but removed, Rev 6:14)
The cities of the Nations fall
Great Hail Stones fall and mankind blaspheme the Creator (Typical of mankind, blaming their Creator for a just penalty)
Woe, Woe and Woe
Rev 18:10, 16, 19: End of the Three Woes?
Babylon thrown down, tormented?
Rev 19:11-16: The Vision of YaHshua’s arrival?
Rev 19:17-21: The vision of all those gathered to war against Him and their end.
These are visions (things to come) of the power of YaHshua as warrior and of those quickened (resurrected) with Him. This is not the timing of an event but a vision of how glorious it will be when YaHshua returns and judges the nations. Notice the context, from the start it is in the past tense, “… He has judged the Great Whore which did corrupt the Earth…” Rev 19:1-2.With this in mind we can see this account, this vision, is not something that happens after the Last Vial is poured out, but some-thing that had already happened. This is more detail into what may appear at the time He literally comes to Stand, first on the Mount of Olives and then (Zech 14:4), Mount Zion, at which time the Beast forces, and all of the forces of the nations are destroyed -- all those convinced by the three unclean emissaries to join with the Beast forces against the threat -- destroyed.
Chapters between 16 and 19 cover additional information concerning the Beast and the Great whore, the false religion with whom the kings of the Earth have joined themselves in an illicit union, throughout the ages -- a union that ultimately defies and denies YaHshua. This Woman seen riding the Beast and all of its Head (past rulers, past Beasts) demonstrate she is not an end time creation but is a force that has had influence in the world from the beginning of world powers. She is the great Whore of false religion, and she has many daughter that have gone out from her. There is Mother Babylon, then there is the Daughter of Babylon.
The world marvels at her beauty and the kings (Beasts) of Earth pay her homage bowing before her, allowing her to pull their reigns. The details of this historical and future religious whore is also represented, or connect to a “great city”, a daughter of the original great city of Babylon. There are great cities of the world, Rome, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, San Francisco, and the world over, great cities, all styled the same – after the pattern of the original Babylon, grouping large populations of people, stacking them on top of one another and all for profit. Worshiping, virtually, the worship of their own hand and it does not matter which race of people you are, this is the pattern and in this pattern the true God and Savior is denied.
It is possible the events concerning the 7 VIALS are associated with, intermingled with the trumpets, as previously mention? But this may not be true at all because these are called, the Last Plagues (Rev 15:1) and from the full context appears to be completely separate events associated with the Last and final sounding of Trumpets, the 7th Trumpet. While we can speculate in one direction or another I prefer the interpretation of the latter. These Vials are the Wrath of the Father, and at this time the Temple in Heaven is shut up, no one is allow to enter while this takes place (to me it seems), the shutting up of the Heavenly Temple, demonstrates our Heavenly Father's sorrow for having to do this -- there is no pleasure in this action taken toward unrepentant man -- the Beast, the Whore and all those not found with His Mark, the Mark of His Name will suffer these last seven plagues.
It truly is a battle over names and identity. Those with the Mark of the name of the Beast and False Prophet will suffer these seven Last Plagues while those with the Mark of the Father’s Name will not -- either protected by the Mark of His Name or because, at this time, they have been resurrected, changed -- However it may be at this time, the servants of YaHshua are marked by our Heavenly Father's Name.
We are told the Vials are the objects and the results of God the Father’s Wrath. When we skip back to Revelation 6:16-17, at the end of the 6th Seal, we are shown a different "wrath" -- the Wrath of the Lamb. In this present vision and looking at the context we see the One sitting on the Throne is separate from the Lamb – this means these events described as the “Wrath” are different.
(Rev 6:16-17) They told the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of his wrath has come; and who is able to stand?”
(Rev 16:1) And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
The beginning of these events, found in the 6th Seal, it is the announcement of His Wrath having come, the events described are only the beginning. It is my opinion the Vials are, indeed, the Wrath of our Heavenly Father, not the Lamb. We have the Wrath of the Lamb beginning, then later we have the Wrath of the Father expressed in the Vials being poured out and finishing the Wrath of the Lamb as part of the Last Trumpet.
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