“They will say, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.’” 2 Peter 3:4
The world is becoming more global, communication more instant, money more digitized and immigration/emigration movements more regulated than ever before in history. Also, alliances are forming that want to eliminate Israel from the map. New regulations regarding showing vaccination proof are spreading faster than wildfires as nations and communities want to protect themselves against the CCP virus (Chinese Communist Party). Presently a patchwork of means of identifying who has been vaccinated, the technology is easily in place to document online when and where one gets the shot. Soon it could be as simple as taking a pill, but the documentation will still be required.
No pill, No vaccine, No entry, No access.
Soon one will need documentation to buy and sell almost anything. Eventually any transaction will require a government issued “mark” of some kind, either on the hand or forehead. However, it will not be administered secretly (like hidden in a vaccine 🙄). It will be clear when you receive this mark that you need it to buy and sell.
No mark, No groceries, No business, No access.
Remember, it is not the Revelation of St. John; it is “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” given to John. The entire book is from God’s perspective in Heaven, looking at the events on earth. As such, the timeline is somewhat confusing with flashbacks and foretelling, but to one open the Holy Spirit, it can be clear.
EMPHASIS: This is not to predict the next war, earthquake, tsunami or economic meltdown; it is not to read next week’s headlines before they are printed. Jesus laid down the “Operational Principle of Prophecy” in John 14:29: “And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.” The purpose of studying prophecy is not to amass money or stockpile a bunker for self-protection. It is to build our faith so as we see Bible prophecy unfold, we will be ready for whatever Father brings into our lives, even if He is bringing our lives to an end.
For the Christ-follower who has “read the back of the Book,” yes, “we win.” But before we do, there will be trouble in the world, building to a scale as yet unseen in human history. Never before have we had so many people on earth. Never before have we had the means of monitoring everyone. Never before have we had such instant communication around the world in seconds. Never before has global commerce needed a digital monetary system transferable across national and political lines. Never before have we seen a coming together of the major factions of religious leaders.
Dr. James Christie presents in chapter 7 that there will be a tri-part rapture, or “catching away” of the redeemed. Explored in his classic text, The Gold Mine, he bases his ideas on an original reading of the last book of the Bible. By “orginal reading,” I mean he approaches the book as one with minimized preconceived notions of end-time events. His is an attempt for a “new reading of the book focused on what the text itself says.” (Page 12)
The first chapter of Revelation emphasized the book’s primary message: the time is near; be prepared. Compared to Aesop’s fable of the boy who cried, “Wolf, wolf” too often, many have become jaded to the idea of Christ’s second coming. When the wolf really came, no one believed the boy in the fable and we are being dulled to the idea that there is any truth to the book. It appears to be just the stuff of Hollywood movies and fantasy. Ooooh, the anti-Christ, ooooh, 666, ooooh, angels and demons!
Dr. Christie tells us that the Church, those who believe in their hearts that Jesus is the Son of God, will be taken from the earth in a cataclysmic event prior to many events in Revelation. This is called Pre-tribulationalism, in that the Christ-followers are spared from the troubles to come during the last seven years of this age.
However, God is not unmerciful and always is open to anyone who wishes to be changed and saved. Therefore, continued instruction is provided so that those who do not know Jesus at his second coming in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11) can still prepare and refuse cooperation with the Beast who will be taking the world stage after the ‘first’ rapture, and fully revealed at the half-way mark of the seven-year “Tribulation.”
Next, Dr. Christie looks at those in Revelation 7 who clearly are saved out of the Tribulation period (Revelation 7:13-14). This is Mid-tribulationalism. There is no indication that these have been martyred (killed because of religious beliefs). The martyred are referenced in 6:9-11, and they are awaiting for their number to be filled, but there is nothing about this group being among those. Those who are to join these “souls under the altar” are found in Revelation 14:13: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on,” an event immediately preceding the final harvest from the earth.
These worshipers of Revelation 7 may have suffered terribly in plagues called down by the Two Witnesses of chapter 11, who spoke for God for three and one-half years, but they have survived the first half of the Tribulation. They are very possibly “the cloud” that surrounds the Two Witnesses. The call from Heaven and events at the ‘rapture’ of the Witnesses parallels well the rapture of the Church in chapter 4.
Finally, after three and one-half years (a time, times and 1/2 a time) of intensive judgements on the earth (Post-tribulationalism), there is one more group who joins the throngs in Heaven: the Jews who have refused the Mark of the Beast. They have not been able to buy or sell, and the False Prophet has been hunting them down and killing any he could find who refused the Mark, but he may missed some of them. Again, God is not willing that any should perish, but that all might come to repentance, so there may be Gentiles in this group as well, those who have refused the Mark.
The Beast’s entry into the Holy of Holies in the newly constructed Third Temple in Jerusalem likely opened their eyes to the Truth that Jesus was their Messiah. In any case, even if the entry to Heaven of this Jewish cohort is mostly through death, they are assured in Revelation 14;13, that they will be blessed, even if it costs them their lives.
Where does that leave us? As last week, Jennifier Bagnaschi noted, we can prepare for the End Times in a couple of ways;
- Prepare to take the Mark of the Beast* with zero chance of making it to Heaven.
- Plan on getting decapitated for refusing the Mark.
- Somehow, figure out how to make it through seven years of the most dangerous times in history.
- Be ready for Jesus Christ’s return.
*It will NOT be called the Mark of the Beast, just as he will not be called The Beast! 😏
Read the Book. Begin with the Good News (Gospel) of John. Read Romans, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and Revelation. Each one should only take less than an hour in your native language which is probably available at Biblegateway.com. In English I recommend the ESV (English Standard Version), but any of the Scriptures here will do.
Receive Jesus as your savior by praying and asking Him to come take rulership of your life, starting with water baptism and finding a group of like-minded disciples. If you need help finding these, just email me from anywhere in the world at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you.
Jesus IS coming soon. Maranatha, even so, come, Lord Jesus!