This Blogsite is the result of a long conversation this Author had with his 13 year old Grandson, Brian, concerning the recent world economic problems and the "Wars and rumors of wars." North Korea's November 23, 2010 attack on South Korea started the conversation. News Commentators said this could be the start of World War III. They mentioned also the threats from Iran's bomb. Both countries are developing Weapons of Mass Destruction and bragging about it. Brian's concern was how he should prepare for the Tribulation and how he wants all of his family and friends to be with him in Heaven, so he asked how he could be a positive influence to them. During our conversation, he said, "Grandpa! Let's make a Website on all this stuff we're talking about!" And so we did. Brian did all of the formatting and placing of the pictures as well as providing the questions. The most troubling thing to Brian was when he read from the Bible how Jesus prophesied that relatives would betray one another, even to the point of having their own family members put to death, during the Tribulation.
In our Blogsite, "Is There REALLY a Pre-Trib Rapture," we prove from Scripture that Christ's Church WILL be here on Earth during the Tribulation. With this in mind, we felt we needed to cover what the Bible says the Church MUST do before and during the Tribulation.
The purpose of this Website, and all of our Websites, is NOT to win an argument or recuit people to a particular Church Denomination. Our ONLY purpose is to point our Readers to the Saving Grace of Jesus. We desire to be a tool in God's hands as He prepares to bring an end to the sin and suffering of our lost and dying world. God's CHURCH is Earth's Last Best Hope for human kind!! Someday His Church will accomplish the Mission for which Jesus created it. That Mission is to reflect the Image of Jesus so that all nations can witness the Saving Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His Church will prove once and for all that Satan is lying when he proclaims that it is impossible to completely obey God, even when empowered with God's Spirit! When Christ's Church truly reflects this Image of Jesus, then AND ONLY THEN, Jesus will come and take His Bride Home!! ONLY THEN!!
Nothing Revised, Reversed, or Omitted
Following is a very brief review of what the Bible says will happen before, during, and after the Great Tribulation. In many popular theories within Christianity, hundreds of Bible verses have been Revised, Reversed, or Omitted! If we only look at the Bible, no Scripture passage needs to be altered - NOT ONE!
The most popular End-Time Theory says Antichrist cannot work till AFTER the Church has been Raptured into Heaven. According to Scripture, there are 2 things incorrect about this.
1 - According to John, Paul, and most New Testament Prophets, Antichrist was beginning his work in their day. We show this in Website "Daniel's 70 Week Prophecy" and "Is the Church Antichrist."
2 - God's whole purpose of allowing the Great Tribulation is to empower His Church as it battles Satan, Antichrist, the False Prophet, and all of Antichrist's Worshipers! Christ's Church defeats all of these, thus "All Nations Witness the Character of Jesus Displayed in His Church" (See Jesus Words in Matt.24:14)! It will not be just the Nations of this Earth that "witness" this. This "War" will be a permanent record of how Satan's lie was wrong. He told Eve God was unfair, and he's been repeating that lie for 6000 years. God's Church has been commissioned to prove Satan a liar, and They Will!!
The Great Tribulation
This is Satan's last chance before Jesus comes to end his reign of terror! From the beginning of our planet, Satan has said humankind would not, and could not, be obedient and faithful to their Creator. He lied!! Jesus came to earth as a human, and as a human, proved that if humans have a true connection to God's Spirit, they can be "Overcomers!" Christ's Bride, His Church, will prove to the World, and to every creature in God's Universe, that Satan lied. And Christ's Church will accomplish this in its entirety DURING the TRIBULATION!! This is the ONLY reason God allows the Tribulation! See our Website "The Great Tribulation."
Antichrist - Before His Deadly Wound
Paul prophesied that soon after his departure, the Church would have a "Falling away...And the MAN of SIN (Antichrist) would be revealed" (2Thess.2:3; 2Tim.4:3)! In other words, the Church, in its "fallen away"/apostatized condition, would not only produce Antichrist, the Church would BECOME Antichrist! See "The Church Becoming Antichrist." In 538 AD, Justinian, the last Emperor of the failing Roman Empire, gave the City of Rome to the Church and declared the Bishop of Rome the "Head of all Churches." This began the, "Holy Roman Empire" which, for the following 1260 years brutally dominated all of the old Roman Empire. Actually, the Roman Church extended it power far beyond what was once the Roman Empire!
Antichrist AFTER His Deadly Wound
John prophesied that eventually the Church in its Antichrist condition would received a "Deadly Wound" (Rev.13:3). In 1798 the Antichrist/Church was inflicted a terrible wound by Napoleon Bonaparte (See "Antichrist's Church" and "Daniel's 70 Week Prophecy." Starting in 1929 when Mussolini gave the Vatican and all of its territory back to the Church, that "Deadly Wound" began healing, thus the Tribulation could begin at any moment. In the last half of Revelation 13, John describes how Satan will use Antichrist and his World Church to try to force Christ's Church to take the Mark of the Beast. The Mark will involve many things, but Disobedience to God's Commandments is the Mark. John says the Tribulation begins when, "Satan (the Dragon) makes war on the Remnant (Christ's Church) that Keep the Commandments of God, and have the Faith and Testimony of Jesus" (Rev.12:17 and 14:12). Daniel tells which Commandment Satan and Antichrist choose in their attack. "And he (Antichrist) shall think to Change Times and Laws" (Dan.7:25)! Only one of God's Commandments is a "Time Commandment" - the Sabbath Commandment! Pretty simple really. We have a very extensive Website explaining this. See "Antichrist's Name and His Mark" and also a condensed Site called "Mark of the Beast." Both show from Scripture how Abolishing God's Sabbath is the main focus of Antichrist's Mark.
Beginning of Great Tribulation
Jesus called the first portion of the Tribulation the "Beginnings of Sorrow" (Matt.24:8)! Antichrist's followers will think they're serving Jesus when they persecute God's people. But Jesus prophesied there'd be a very serious and VERY sad thing happen in the "Beginnings" of the Tribulation. Let's look:
Betrayed by Family and Friends
Jesus said, "Ye shall be betrayed by both parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends, and some of you shall they cause to be PUT TO DEATH" (Lk.21:16)! "Now brother shall betray brother to DEATH, and the father his son! And children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to DEATH! And ye shall be hated by ALL men for My Name's sake, but he that shall endure to the end shall be saved" (Mk.13:12-13)! During the first part of the Tribulation, the "Beginnings of Sorrow," some of God's faithful followers, His Church, will be killed by order of Antichrist (See Matt.24:9). (It is with this Bible Prophecy from Jesus that Brian became concerned. The thought that he could ever betray his Parents, or Brothers, or Sister in such a way was extreemly troubling to him. He delared, "I could NEVER do that, and my Parents could NEVER do that to me! How could such a thing ever be possible?") As we continue, we'll see how.
Hated of ALL Nations?
At this present time, it is impossible to understand how our own families and "ALL Nations" would "Hate" and "Kill" any group of people for any reason, especially if that reason is because that group has chosen to obey God's Commandments and observe the Sabbath, the 7th day of the week, for worship purposes?!? But Jesus said, "Then (the beginnings of sorrows) shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall KILL you! And ye shall be HATED by ALL Nations for MY Name sake" (Matt.24:8-9)! Thus Antichrist's "Changed Law" will be the focal point. The fact that Satan makes war on God's people who, "Keep the Commandments of God" as opposed to Antichrist's "Changed Law" tells us why "family and friends" and "ALL Nations" will hate and kill someone because of the Name of Jesus! Is this possible? Will family members hate you enough to have you killed?
Examples Happening Now
There are Nations right now that if you mention the Name of Jesus Christ, the authorities in that Nation will put you on trial and kill you. Some of these Countries kill you without a trial! Fathers in these countries kill any child who reads a Christian Bible or believes in Jesus. So, when the last-day Antichrist arises, and Demons posses all who prefer Antichrist's, "changed Time Law" over "The Commandments of God," these Demon Possessed fathers will indeed have their own children put to death! During the "Beginnings of Sorrows" portion of the Tribulation, these evil fathers will succeed in their evil actions, but part way through the Tribulation, every person on earth will have had opportunity to choose whom they will serve. When this is complete, something very dramatic happens that changes everything! This change will be good for God's Church, but horrid for those wearing the Mark of the Beast and persecuting God's Church! But before we look at this change, let's look at why fathers become so evil and hard hearted that they have their own children killed.
This Author has read the following Scripture to Bible Scholars and some of these declare that the following Scripture is FALSE!! We'll let our Readers decide for themselves! Speaking of Antichrist's last-day "Signs and Lying Wonders," Paul wrote, "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusions, that they should believe the lie (Antichrist's Lie), that they ALL might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2Thess.2:10-12)! "God shall send them STRONG DELUSIONS?" Why?!? So they will believe Antichrist's Lie?? This does sound a little strong! For the sake of clarification, we will say here that it is most likely God will withdraw His Holy Spirit from certain persons, rather than actually sending a direct Delusion to them. But Why? Paul said it was because they, "Believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness!" This, Dear Reader, is the heart of this whole matter. This is the very reason "Children will betray Parents to death and Parents will betray Children to death!"
Why a Father Betrays His Children
So, why will fathers betray their own children, and children their parents? When the Holy Spirit withdraws from a person, that person has no choice but to seek, "Pleasure in unrighteousness" and that person CANNOT "receive the love of the Truth!" That person will become under the complete control of Satan's Demons. And so then, throughout the whole Earth, it will be just as it now is in those countries that do not allow the name of Jesus to be spoken. Those obeying Antichrist will set about to kill those who, "Obey the Commandments of God!" All of this will begin happening immediately after Jesus tells the "4 Angels holding the 4 winds of strife" (See Rev.7:1) to let the winds blow because His Servants, His Church, have armed themselves with the Power of the Holy Spirit. They are "Sealed in their foreheads" (See Vs.3). After Jesus says, "Let him who is filthy be filthy still," Jesus will send out 7 Angels with the 7 Last Plagues, and from that time on, Christ's Church is miraculously safe from any of Antichrist's followers. The entire chapter of Psalm 91 is about these 7 Plagues.
"A Bunch of Bull!"
The Reader may be one who says, "This is a bunch of Bull! I would NEVER, EVER turn my Dad or my Kids in to the authorities to be Killed! It aint NEVER gonna happen!!!"
Those who are resisting God's Spirit that is prompting them to give their hearts and lives to Jesus may declare this, but when the Powers of Darkness do our thinking for us, we'll do EVERYTHING they tell us to do, including betraying our own family members to death. We'll have no choice. In a moment, we'll show that, if we choose Antichrist's Changed Time Law, which is the Mark of the Beast, we'll join Satan in an effort to attack New Jerusalem!! Hopefully the Reader's response is, "OK! How do I make sure I don't fall into this group?" Let's look:
"Come Out of Her, My People"
Jesus instructed John to record a call that He, Jesus, is sending out to all of earth's inhabitants just before His Second Coming; just before he proclaims, "Let him that is filthy be filthy still!" The call from Jesus in these last days is, "Come out of her My People, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her PLAGUES" (Rev.18:4)! The "her" in the text is Babylon. Babylon is Antichrist's Church. This call from Jesus proves 3 things:
1 - It shows that Christ's people, His Church, will NOT suffer from the 7 Last Plagues. We'll look at these next.
2 - It shows that the 7 Last Plagues are specifically "her Plagues," meaning ONLY Antichrist's followers.
3 - It shows God's mercy in making one final call to those who've not had opportunity to know the Truth about the difference between God's Commandments and Antichrist's Mark - His "Changed Time Law."
The Reader may be saying, "I don't need to worry then! I already go to Church on Sabbath, so I don't need to worry about betraying my family or those 7 Plagues!" Just a quick answer: The Mark of the Beast is NOT necessarily confined to one Commandment! Not at all!! According to Paul, the Mark of the Beast for some will be any of these 3 things:
1 - They "Received not the LOVE of the Truth" (2Thess.2:10)!
2 - They "Believed not the Truth" (Vs.12)!
3 - They "Had pleasure in unrighteousness" (Vs.12)
Jesus added several other ways we can reject Truth and accept the Mark of the Beast. He said that as long as Heaven and Earth stand we cannot reject, annul, or alter a "Jot or Tittle" of His 10 Commandments" (Matt.5:17) - the Commandments He wrote with His own finger.
TODAY We Choose If We "Receive Her Plagues"
Throughout the World there are people that know the Truth, but think they'll wait till just before the Second Coming to prepare and make Jesus Lord of their life. Such persons are unaware that if they "Grieve the Holy Spirit" past a certain time, it's TOO LATE! When Jesus says, "Let him that is filthy be filthy still" He also says, "Let him that is unjust be unjust still" (Rev.22:11)! Judas spent 3 1/2 years with Jesus, but his half in/half out life cost him his eternal life. He is an example of what happens when it is too late and the Powers of Darkness take over. When Judas made his decision to betray Jesus, he thought he was helping Jesus. He thought that if the Jewish leaders took Jesus by force, Jesus would call upon His Divine Power and set Himself up as "King of the Jews." Judas may have had good intentions, but he Betrayed Jesus!! Why? Luke writes, "Then entered Satan into Judas, surnamed Iscariot" (Lk.22:3)! If Satan entered Judas and made him betray Jesus, if we disregard the obeying Jesus now, Satan's Demons will enter us and, of course we will betray family members? Let's not let it happen!! Let's look at those Plagues:
Seven Last Plagues
For some reason, at age 6, Brian took an unusual interest in knowing about these 7 Plagues. He was able to identify all 7 in the order they're listed in the Bible. He was especially intrigued with the fact that God's people will not suffer from these Plagues. He also loved the fact that God's People will be miraculously safe from Antichrist and his followers. Mostly he wanted to do all he could to be sure he and his family were among God's people when this time comes. As far back as this author can remember, Brian has put his Family's well being and Salvation far above EVERYTHING else in his life!
The first part of the Tribulation gives Satan a chance to afflict the Church. As he did with Job, Satan declares Christ's Church will give in to his affliction, but he'll be WRONG!! The last part of the Tribulation, the 7 Last Plagues, is God's time to punish Satan's followers because they took part in trying to destroy Christ's Church because they "Keep the Commandments of God." The 7th of the 7 plagues is an earthquake such as has never been since earth was created. Devastation there are not words to describe will shake earth to its very foundations (See Isa.24:18-21)! But suddenly, something GREAT Happens for God's Church:
Second Coming of Jesus
When Jesus appears, every saved person since Creation rises to meet Jesus in the air (See1Corn.15:50-56; 1Thess.4:16-18; Matt.24:29-41)!! EVERY Saved person from EVERY Age!! The resurrected are not broken up into 4 or 5 groups as popular theories tell us. All the righteous dead are raised and all the righteous living are caught up to meet Jesus in the air. All unsaved living are destroyed by Christ's brightness. The un-saved that are alive are "Destroyed by the brightness of Jesus Coming" (2Thess.2:8) and they lie unburied on the ground where they fall until 1000 years later (Isa.34:3; Jer25:33). All of planet earth's un-saved will wait for another 1000 years before their resurrection. The Redeemed go back with Jesus to Heaven to the homes He has prepared (See Jn.14:1-3; 1Cor.15:50-53; 1Thess.4:16-18)!
Millennium in Heaven
The 1000 year Kingdom of Heaven is in Heaven, but it's NOT a 1000 year Kingdom; not a Millennial Kingdom!! It is an EVERLASTING KINGDOM!!! The Redeemed live in homes Jesus prepared for them (Jn.14:1-3). They "reign with Him a 1000 years" (Rev.20:6), but, there's no such thing as a "Millennial Kingdom!" Scripture calls it an EVERLASTING Kingdom!! For more on this see "Christ's Millennial Kingdom."All of the Redeemed reign with Jesus for a 1000 years, but the 1000 years simply means that is how long they reign from the location where Heaven is now. Something spectacular happens at the end of the 1000 years!!! The Everlasting Kingdom continues, but changes locations! More on this in a moment.
What'll We Do in Heaven?
This will be a happy time and a sad time for the Redeemed! There will be people we were absolutely certain we'd see in Heaven, but they'll not be there. This will be the time we can find out why. We need to give our hearts and lives to Jesus so that our friends and relatives will not look for us and be sad we're not there.
Judge the World and Judge Angels
The Bible doesn't say a lot about what we'll do in Heaven, but Paul wrote of 2 jobs. "Do you not know that the saints shall Judge the World" "Know ye not that we shall Judge Angels" (1Cor.6:2-3)? It is in this "Judging the World" that we discover why some of the persons we loved are not in Heaven. Let's make sure that our friends and relatives are not looking up our records to see why we're not there!!! The "Judging Angels" will be the Redeemed looking over the Books of Heaven at Satan's record and his evil Angel's record. These "Judgings" are a preparation for the Great White Throne Judgment Day! More on this in a moment.
The Millennium on Earth - Satan's Bottomless Pit
The most popular teaching on the Millennium is that Jesus sets up a Kingdom here on earth for a 1000 years. That popular Theory has yet to address the fact that a, "Millennial Kingdom" or "Thousand Year Kingdom" by its own definition would END after a 1000 years! The popular Theory is confronted with the dozens of Scriptures declaring that earth will be completely destroyed by fire at the end of the 1000 years!! Proponents of an Earthly Millennial Kingdom overlook the fact that, after the 7 devastating plagues, the last of which includes a world wide earthquake leveling every human structure on earth. Earth will be in the worse condition EVER!! Billions of unburied carcasses will be everywhere (Isa.34:3; Jer.25:33). Earth will have become Satan's Bottomless Pit, and a putrid pit it will be! He and his demons are literally forced to remain on earth for a 1000 years to see up close and personal, the horrible carnage they caused! It is no wonder they "weep and wail and gnash their teeth" for a 1000 years. See "Satan's Millennial Kingdom."See also "Christ's Millennial Kingdom." For an interesting account from Isaiah about how Satan and his Demons are represented as strange un-recognizable animals "crying to each other" (Isa:34:14) during the Millennium, see "Animal/Demons in the Millennium."
New Jerusalem Comes Down
The 1000 years are finished. Heaven, New Jerusalem, "Comes down from God out of Heaven" to Earth (Rev.21:2). A Glorious Site!!! But John saw several other things happen at the end of the 1000 years:
Wicked Dead Resurrected
John records 6 events happening at the end of the 1000 years.
1 - New Jerusalem descends from Heaven
2 - All of the wicked from all time are Resurrected
3 - Satan and the wicked (Gog and Magog) attempt to attack New Jerusalem
4 - The Great White Throne Judgment
5 - The wicked destroyed in the "Second Death"
6 - Jesus creates a "New Heaven and a New Earth"
If we put these events in perspective, we know how it all ends. When the wicked dead are resurrected, including every lost wicked person since creation, Satan, along with his Demons, go out and "deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of earth" (Rev.20:8)! Satan will then have an army, "the number of whom is as the sands of the sea" (Rev.20:8; Isa.14:9). Scripture says Satan's army is from the resurrected wicked. See "Gog and Magog."
Satan and Army Attack New Jerusalem
Satan and his army, Gog and Magog, humans and demons, surround New Jerusalem, ready to attack (Rev.20:9; Ezek.38:11-12). But there is no attack!
Great White Throne Judgment
Every unsaved human since creation is assembled encircling New Jerusalem. Satan and all of his Demons also there. Suddenly everyone sees God Almighty sitting on His Great White Throne. The very elements flee (Rev.20:11). All the wicked are caught in the very act of attacking New Jerusalem. The books are opened and each sees his or her sins and the horrid results, and they know absolutely that they've made some horrible choices! "Every knee bows and every tongue confesses" (Isa. 45:23; Rom. 14:11; Phil. 2:10-11), but it'll be TOO LATE. Even Satan and his demons "Bow and Confess!" When Judgment is finished, the wicked, seeing it's too late for repentance, again prepare to attack New Jerusalem. But of course it is not to be! All Hell breaks loose!
Hell Happens - The Real ETERNAL Hell
The wicked are destroyed by fire! They've chosen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time! "Fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them" (Rev.20:9)! "The heavens [elements, or oxygen surrounding the planet] and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and the perdition (destruction) of ungodly men… 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 in it will be BURNED UP (2Pt.3:7,10). "For behold the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and the proud, yea, ALL that do wickedly shall be stubble! And the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root no branch" (Mal.4:1)! And where will the wicked be after they are "Burned up?" "And ye (the Redeemed, the Righteous) shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ASHES under the soles of your feet in the DAY (Judgment Day) that I shall do this, saith the Lord" (vs.3)!
How do we know that the burning of earth is the HELL that punishes and destroys sinners? Peter wrote, "But the heavens and the earth, WHICH ARE NOW, by the same word are KEPT IN STORE, reserved unto fire against the DAY OF JUDGMENT and PERDITION (punishment) of ungodly men" (2Pet.3:7)! This is a typical example of how we need not speculate about Hell being the center of the earth or whatever! Peter told us and if we leave it alone, we can know!
New Heavens and New Earth
The fires of Hell have completely purified earth! Sin and sinners are no more! Even Satan is completely gone. God has "Brought forth a fire from within Satan and brought him to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that looked upon him" (See Ezek.28:18), "and NEVER shalt he be ANY MORE" (See vs.19)! Earth is then as it was on day 1 of creation week, "without form and void." Jesus brings order out of chaos and once again creates a perfect world. Earth is again a Garden of Eden. God’s people have the homes Jesus prepared for them in New Jerusalem, and now they can build an additional, country home outside the City. A country home in God’s Paradise (Isa.65:21-25)! A country home and a city home! It doesn't get any better than this!!
Truly, "Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love Him" (1Cor.2:9). And so we will leave it here! Our imagination is simply too limited!
Dear Reader, let's be absolutely certain that we've given our hearts and lives COMPLETELY to Jesus! If we ask for the Holy Spirit to give us the strength to live in obedience to God, He will do it. If we do this, we'll begin to reflect Christ's Character! When Christ can be truly seen in His Church, then He will come and take His people to the homes He has prepared for them!!
Most of all, let's not allow the Powers of Darkness to take charge of our lives so that we become one of those described in this Site!
Thank you SO much, Dear Reader, for your time! Let us pray for God's Spirit to guide us as we prepare to stand up for Jesus in the coming Tribulation. We all want to meet Jesus at His Soon Coming!!
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr
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