End-Times Realities (Part I)

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End-times Realities

Aug 2015 Church-wide Bible Study – Kong Hee

This is a compilation of three Bible studies over the course of three weeks.

Before we get into the specifics, let us first understand why there is a need to understand more about the end-times.

Why the need for End-times Bible study?
1. Jesus often talked about the future
25 See, I have told you beforehand. Matt 24:25

2. Jesus rebuked people for not knowing about the future
56 Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? Lk 12:56

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb 10:25

3. Jesus revealed the future so we can have peace
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Jn 16:23

 

The Prophecies of Daniel

Daniel 2 is often called the basics of bible prophecy.

There were 4 major prophets in the Old Testament; Daniel was one of 4 prophets. (Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah & Ezekiel).

Daniel can be seen in the Bible as the Empire predicting prophet, because he accurately predicted the world governing empires before they came on the scene, first Babylon, second Persia, third Greece, fourth Rome, and in the last days would be another Roman empire where the antichrist would arise. At this time the Messiah will return and set up his everlasting kingdom. Daniel also predicted the exact day and year the Messiah would die. There is also a prophecy Daniel refers to as the 70th week, which speaks of a seven-year period in the future that will mark the second coming of the Messiah (Son of Man) coming with the clouds of heaven.

Heb 1 was originally written in Hebrew language, meaning that it was meant for the people of God. But Hebrew 2-7 was written in Aramic, which suggests that it was meant for the Gentiles, and for the people of the world to understand.

The Old Testament is in Hebrew, the New Testament is in Greek.

The uniqueness of Greek is that every alphabet is also a number. So a name is also a number!
Bible numerics
Daniel = 95
Hananiah = 120
Mishael =381
Azariah =292
Jesus (ge iesous) = 888 (total sum)

Number of Jesus Christ = New beginning.
When we walk in God we have a divine purpose. When we walk outside God there is no purpose.

 

The Story of Nebuchadnezzar and his dream

1 Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him. 2 Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to know the dream.” 4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.” 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap. Dan 2:1-5

If you pray and fast and seek God for revelation, you will have a spiritual maturity way beyond your years.
By revelation Daniel knew the dream.

The dream:
31 “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. 32 This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Interpretation of the dream:
-Head of gold = Babylonian Empire (v32)
Its Chief then was Marduk, also known as the god of gold. Babylonia is modern day Iraq

-Chest and arms of silver = Medo-Persian empire (v32)
The Arms signify 2 nations. Persia is modern day Iran. Its King then was Cyrus the great.

-Belly and thighs of bronze = Grecian empire (v32)
Its ruler then was Alexander the Great. Their armor was made up of bronze
Daniel mentioned by name of empire (21 And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. Dan 8:21)

-Legs of iron = Roman empire (v33)
This is because Rome was famed for iron. The Roman Empire was powerful and strong militarily. Iron used 14 times to describe Rome. Today we know them as The Iron Legion, Iron Fist, Iron Grip, etc. Armor all made up of iron. It was also the Empire when Jesus Christ was born.

Notice every subsequent empire decreased in value (from gold, to silver, to bronze, to iron).. No one was as glorious as the previous. BUT every subsequent one got stronger. Iron is stronger than gold.

Rome was so powerful it controlled 1/4 of the world population. But Rome fell apart because of inner weakness.. Internal corruption. Eventually rome was split into 2 sections… Hence the 2 legs of iron.
Western – Rome
Eastern – Constantinople (modern day Istanbul)

-Feet partly of iron and clay = The end times of group of TEN. (v33) (doesn’t exist yet! Yet to be fulfilled)
Feet of iron with 10 toes.

There was never an empire led by 10 kings. It has not happened yet. So this means this is in the end times. This empire will be a group of 10 kings or nations, who are part of the old roman empire. Iron…extension of the legs of iron.

 

We currently live in a time where nations group together, for eg ASEAN, G7, etc.
We are seeing a rebirth of the Roman Empire in our time..

So who are the 10 nations?

The EU/EEC?

After the first British victory of the Second World War at El Alamein, Churchill wrote to his foreign secretary, Anthony Eden, on 21 October 1942:

‘Hard as it is to say now.. I look forward to a United States of Europe, in which the barriers between the nations will be greatly minimised and unrestricted travel will be possible.’

So in 1957 – EEC(European Economic Community) was created. It consisted of 6 nations, and the treaty was signed on Capitoline Hill in Rome (Or also known as the 7 hills). It was called the treaty of Rome.

They were trying to revive the ancient roman empire!

1981 – the EEC had 10 nations.Today the EEC is the EU, and it has 28 nations today. It has own central bank, parliament, currency, and is now the largest economy in the world. Rebirth of the old Roman Empire? Possibly, except that they are not 10 nations. So it is not the EU/EEC.

 

The Western EU?

These 10 nations must be strong militarily too. What could be stronger than nuclear capabilities in this present age? This means nuclear power in modern day, so from there we can identify these countries..

Today 8 nations have nuclear power or capabilities (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea), and more with nuclear sharing with NATO (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey).

10 nations have grouped to become..
The Western EU
Pledged to protect Europe. But in 2011 they disbanded. WEU was defunct. But they were already a grouping of 10 for many years, could it be them? No!

The Bible says that these 10 nations don’t have unity. The iron toes are partly iron and clay. This signifies that they don’t gel well together. So it cannot be the WEU.

40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. 41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. 2:40-43

So who could it be?

Clay is red in color, that is the color of communism.

There are 14 former eastern bloc communist states.
The group of ten could be
1. 10 nations from olden Roman Empire
2. Twenty countries coming together to form an alliance
Out of 28 nations in EU, only 8 are not part of the Roman Empire. If they leave then there might be the full 20 nations and the revival of the full Roman Empire.

But we know that this group of 10 are strong militarily, and have political strife and argument and can’t get along.

 

Who are the 10, we don’t know now. But we do know that from the 10 nations, will come the antichrist..

 

In the days of these kings… God will come and establish his everlasting kingdom.. The Second coming of Christ.

44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Dan 2:44

The Stone was supernaturally cut and image was destroyed.

The capital will be in Jerusalem, Mount of Olives. Then He will reign for 1000 years (Millennial reign). The Government will be on his shoulder.

Then out of these 10 nations will come the antichrist. He saw 4 beasts coming out from the sea.. Repeat of his dream but with new details. To God, these beasts are “Vicious, demonic, unclean, brutal, evil”.

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. Dan 7:4

Lion = Babylon empire (7:4)
National symbol of Babylon is a winged lion

Bear = Medo-persian empire (7:5)

Leopard = grecian empire (7:6)
Fast and brutal… Descriptive of Alexander the great as well. He forced all the conquered nations to learn Greek. That’s why in Jesus time the language of the world was Greek.

Fourth beast = Roman Empire (7:7)
No empire as vicious and strong as the Roman Empire. They crucified Jesus, beheaded people, burnt Christians as human torches, butchered many christians etc

Extreme end of beast was 10 horns. Similar to 10 toes of iron and clay The 10 horns are the 10 kings.

12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. Rev 17:12

 

The Antichrist

Then comes the antichrist….

8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. Dan 7:8

The antichrist will come from out of these 10 nations, and he’s not one of the kings. He’s just a little horn. This suggests that he is NOT famous.

How then do we identify him?

-He will speak pompous words.. Mock God openly and publicly.

He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.
Dan 7:25

-He will persecute the saints

Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, Dan 7:25

21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, Dan 7:21

-He will seek global supremacy

He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.
Dan 7:25

He has many names..
-The man of sin (3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 2 Thess 2:3)
-Lawless one (9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 2 Thess 2:9)
-Beast (7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. 13 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Rev 11:7, 13:1)

He is sin in form of flesh. Satan in human form. And he will reign in terror for 3.5 years. And the Saints of God will be terrorized and persecuted by him.

 

How do we get 3.5 years?

He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.
7:25

Time, times and half a time:
A time means 1 year
Times 2 years
Half a time 0.5 years

Rev 13:5 confirms this. (5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.) 42 months = 3.5yrs

However, there’s nothing to be afraid of, because eventually he will be cast into the lake of fire! Jesus is coming back again!

11 “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. Dan 7:11 

“I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
Its wheels a burning fire;
Dan 7:9
White garment.. Righteousness and wisdom

10 A fiery stream issued
And came forth from before Him.
A thousand thousands ministered to Him;
Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
The court was seated,
And the books were opened.
Dan 7:10

13 “I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
Dan 7:13

 

 

 

So when is Jesus coming back? 

We will never know the exact date, and no one can predict his second coming, but we can gather some hints and clues to how close we are to it. God moves according to his own divine timing. He’s never late, he’s never early.

21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. 22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:

24 “Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
Dan 9:21-24

Angels often look like human beings!

24 “Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,

Note in v24.. Seventy weeks – Over here, weeks are not literally weeks. The original word in Hebrew for ‘week’ is shabuwa, which means seven.
So 70 weeks is 70 x 7 which is 490. But the thing is that shabuwa has no units. Is it days, months or years? The only way to find out is to look at the context.

To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,

Transgressions, sins and iniquities are mentioned as a group in the bible repeatedly.

7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” Exo 34:7

Sins: Single offence
Transgression : Repeated offences
Iniquities : Full blown bondage of the problem. Addiction. Wilful. Rebellious. This can pass down the lineage to generations.

And to anoint the Most Holy. Dan 9:24

‘Most Holy’ refers to a place. It is the temple, the third temple. There is no temple today in Jerusalem so this has yet to happen!

First physical building: Solomons temple (964-586BC)
Second temple. Built by Ezra and Nehemiah. Renamed Herod’s temple. (Destroyed in 70AD by the Romans)

Since 1960, the Jews have already been getting ready to build the 3rd temple.

In our current time, when we see them building the third temple, we know the second coming is near.

 

Now back to 490 (70 x 7) shabuwa: Is shabuwa is days, weeks, months or years? Let us see why it must be talking about years.

Within this “70 weeks” timing, there will be two comings.

25 “Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.

Soon a command will be given to restore and build Jerusalem. The time from the command to actual building will be “7 weeks”, which means 49 years.

Let us check the timeline of the decree… (Neh 2:1-5)

1 And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. 2 Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”

So I became dreadfully afraid, 3 and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”

4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”

So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.” Neh 2:1-5

He was planning to rebuild the city of Jerusalem not the temple.

From history, we can find out that the 20th year of King Artaxerxes is about 444BC (by scholars), and the month of Nisan lies somewhere between March and April. Remember this, we’ll be using this later!

Note that A Jewish year has 360 days, while a normal year has 365 days.
7 x 7 Jewish years = 49 Jewish years, which is about 48 normal years.

The City of Jerusalem was completely rebuilt in 396BC which was completely 48 years later. 396BC was also when the Old Testament was completed.

V25 talks about coming Saviour.. Prince (Prince of Peace)

Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;

62 x 7 years = 434 Jewish years, which is about 428 normal years

From Mar-Apr (Nisan month) 444BC (that we derived from previously about King Artaxerxes), if we add 428 years, we come to Mar-Apr 32AD.

However, in the timelines of history, there is no such thing as 0 BC or 0 AD. So you must plus one year to count for that year. That would mean Mar-Apr 33AD, which is exactly the time Jesus died on the cross. This tells us that shabuwa here is referring to years.

In short, the Daniel’s prophecy came to past, and it was fulfilled! Daniel saw this almost a century before it happened! Daniel pin pointed the exact times and almost the exact year! He was an accurate prophet.

 

However, when we sum up 7 and 62, we get 69 weeks. But remember, the vision was 70 weeks! 1 week is left. So what is this ‘1 week’ (or  7 years)? It is the End Times, and this has yet to happen.

When will it happen?
Compare Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:18-19:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
Isa 61:1-2

 

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Lk 4:18-19

Jesus opened His ministry in His first coming in Luke 4:18-19, quoting from the prophet Isaiah. He stopped reading after saying “the acceptable year of the Lord” in the middle of a sentence, and shut the scroll. Why?

Isaiah’s next words are: “.. and the day of vengeance of our God” Jesus purposely stopped before these words because this day this scripture is not fulfilled yet. Jesus omits a part of a prophecy which is to happen at some point in the future. The Day of Vengeance was a prophecy about the second coming of Jesus, not the first, so he stopped reading there.

 

Who exactly is the antichrist?

“And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
Dan 9:26-27

‘Cut off’  here means to be killed with a sharp object as a sacrifice to establish a covenant.

70 AD:  Roman General Titus killed 1 million Jews; it was a massacre. But history tells us he didn’t sign any covenant. So we know it’s not referring to him.

So who is it? Daniel was referring to the antichrist. His army, will be the Romans. Not the actual Romans, but the revived Roman Empire. Until the ending, there will be terror and destruction…

The antichrist will sign a 7 year peace treaty with many nations concerning Israel and Jerusalem.

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;

 

The Middle East

Today the most complex problem in the world is the Middle East

5 Reasons:
1. Economics: Oil and energy
They are the world’s main supplier of oil.

“Control oil and you control nations.” -Henry kissinger.

Because America found oil and gas in their country, the oil prices dropped. America is on track to be world’s largest supplier!

As such, IEA predicts taht asian nations will be the main buyers of oil from Middle East.

 

2. Politics : Balance of power
Middle East is surrounded by major powers. India. China. Russia. Europe. Together, they have more than 4000 active nuclear warheads. And a single one can wipe out 1 million people. 4000 can wipe 4 billion, or more than half the world.

Rev 8:7-11 seems to describe a nuclear war…

First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck
7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck
8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck
10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

Only a nuclear fallout can cause such destruction stated in the above verses. Trees and grass burned up. Great fire and hail. Many creatures and things destroyed. Water bitter from radiation contamination.

Rev 9:18-19.. could it be describing a missile?

18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.

NOTE: This is just pure speculation, there are many debates and views on this. No one knows for sure.

3. Terrorism : Radical militants
US cannot ignore them because they are the targets. Imagine if the terrorists got their hands on a nuclear warhead.

4. Spiritual : Satan’s attempt to hinder God’s word.
Or to make God break his promise.

This was God’s promise to Abram. If Satan can make God ‘break his promise’ by persecuting the Jews and not making them ‘blessed’, essentially he is trying to tell the world God is a bluff.

Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
Gen 12:1-2

Jews are already less than 0.2% of the world’s population. Yet 1 in every 5 Nobel Laureate was a Jew. Even till today, God has blessed Jews tremendously, and made their names great.

Some examples of famous notable Jews:
Famous inventor and prodigy – Albert Einstein
Father of psychoanalysis – Sigmund freud
Philosopher and more – Karl Marxx
Google founders – Sergey Brin, and Larry Page of Jewish descent
Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg
Oracle – Larry Ellison
Dell – Michael Dell
Starbucks – Howard Schultz
Bloomberg; Mayor of NY – Michael Bloomberg
All major Hollywood studios are owned by Jews, also known as the Big Six. (Warner Bros, Walt Disney, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, 21st Century Fox, Paramount Motion)

God made a promise to bless the jews and they become a blessing to the world.

7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Gen 17:7-8… Everlasting!!

Israel’s land is the ultimate test of God’s promise… It has got to be that land. Not many people understand that, and that’s why Israel has successfully defended their land, time and time again, despite their small size and overwhelming enemies.

For a long time Satan has been trying to do this, to break God’s promise on the Jews.
During Esther’s time – Haman plotted to destroy the Jews
During Daniel’s time – Captivitiy of the Jews
General Titus’ time – Siege of Jerusalem, destruction of the temple
Adolf Hitler’s time – The Holocaust, where about 6 million Jews were killed

Antisemitism (hatred and discrimination of Jews) is the oldest racism in the world. The haters are so bitter because behind it there’s a demonic force. So the Jews had to study really hard and they became very successful. Which made them even more hated, so they had nowhere to go.

They went back to their own land; at that time it was controlled by Great Britain. It was called Palestine. Israel finally became an independent nation again on May 14 1948. And immediately all the surrounding nations attacked Israel because they wanted to destroy them. But they failed. And up to this day, they are still trying.

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Lk 21:20, 29-31

Jeremiah compared Israel as figs because they were scattered. When Israel became independent, that was the time when it was already budding. Are we in the last generation?

12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Dan 10:12-13

Demonic Prince of Persia stopped the angel for 21 days. Until Michael the arch angel (Prince of Israel, or protector of Israel) had to come and fight. That’s why prayer is so powerful!

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Matt 16:18

 

Did you know that Angels don’t die! The battle never ends…

So who is the Prince of Persia? Today, that is Iran. Iran has made it no secret that it wants Israel destroyed. In multiple articles, speeches and even social media.

Also, look at Iran nuclear deal framework. They are very dangerous with nuclear capability, and they threaten not only Israel, but US and the whole world.

Prince of Israel and Persia has been fighting since the days of Daniel.

 

 

Okay that was a long point, so next, the 5th reason why the most complex problem in the world is the Middle East is…..

5. Grudge: Jews and Arabs

Back in the early days of Genesis, there were two ‘brothers’ – Isaac and Ishmael.

8 So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned. 9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing. 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.” 11 And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham’s sight because of his son. Gen 21:8-11

‘Scoffing’ or ‘Mocking’ in Hebrew means physically abusing; violent. Ishmael was hurting Isaac through some form of violence.

29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. Gal 4:29

 

God allowed this to happen and made Ishmael great.

12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called. 13 Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.” Gen 21:12-13

Descendants of Ishmael are the Arabs.
Descendents of Isaac are the Jews.
Palestines are the Philistines in the Bible.

They have always been fighting over the land.

 

With these 5 reasons, the israel issue has been the longest and unsolvable problem in the world. And here’s where antichrist will come in. Someone will manage to solve this unsolvable problem, making peace with all the nations and Israel, and convincing them to sign a peace treaty for 7 years. People will look to him as the savior of the world.

BUT in the middle of it, he will break the treaty and invade Israel, as prophesied by Daniel.

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate. Dan 9:27

He will put an idol of himself in the mercy seat and make the whole world bow down to worship him. This will last for 3.5 years (we learnt that “1 week” is 7 years), the greatest tribulations the world will ever seen. And at the end of this, Jesus will come back.

Currently, as we speak, or rather as you read this, everything is set in place for the appearance of the antichrist. Except one – The temple is not rebuilt yet. But that can happen very fast! With modern technologies and machines, this can be completed within a few years. When you see this happening, you know the antichrist is near.

 

 

3 Important passages that talk to us about Wars:

1. The Great Middle East War (Psa 83)

4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” 
12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession.” Psa 83:4, 12

Who are involved?!

These nations..
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot. Psa 83:6-8

In modern day context:
Tents of Edom = Palestinians
Ammon, Hagrites, Moab and Edom = Jordan
Philistia = Gaza (controlled by Hamas)
Gebal and Tyre = Lebanon
Ishmaelites = The Arabs: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE. (Remember that God also made a promise to Ishmael “I will make Ishmael a father of great nations”. That is why it is the father of the Arabs. God is always fair and keeps his promises)
Amalek = Sinai (Egypt)
Assyria = Portions of Turkey, Syria and Iraq. (where the stronghold of ISIS is)
They shall form a confederacy against Israel:

5 For they have consulted together with one consent;
They form a confederacy against You: Psa 83:5

Confederacy = league (Heb)
They’re part of the Arab league, hence it is called the Great Middle East war.

 

2. War of Gog and Magog (Ezek 38-39)

2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him.. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you. Eze 38:2, 5-6

King Gog is from land of Magog.

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9 nations here mentioned:
Rosh = Shared by Iraq and Syria
Meshech, Tubal, Magog, Gomer, Togermah = Turkey
Persia = Iran
Ethiopia = Sudan and parts of Ethiopia
Libya = Libya, Tunisia, Morocco

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Scholars have a hard time finding the modern day location of these ancient tribes, mainly due to their nomadic nature.

These nations are forming leagues coming against Israel.

There’s all kinds of speculations. Some say Russia is Rosh due to the similarity in name sound. Interestingly Moscow is directly north of Jerusalem (Out of the far north…)

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Iran (Persia) only outsider part of it. Russia closest ally

10 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: 11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— 12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. Eze 38:10-12

Dwell safely… So scholars believe this will happen after the signing of the peace treaty.. And Israelites and Arabs can live in peace with them. Collective security treaty organisation?

But the treaty will be broken and get attacked when their guard is down. Russia and Iran?

A nuclear war?
‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ 21 I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Ezek 38:20, 22

 

Israel won and captured the enemies weapons, and make fires with them. This is not literal, and is a representation that the weapons shall provide the whole nation of Israel with fuel for seven years. What kind of weapon can do that? Most likely talking about nuclear energy.
9 “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years. 10 They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons; and they will plunder those who plundered them, and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord God. Eze 39:9-10

 

Nuclear war?
12 For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 14 “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. 15 The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. 16 The name of the city will also be Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.”’ 39:12, 14-16

 

3. Battle of Armageddon (Rev 9, 16)
If you split the book of Revelation into half, they’re the same but just repeated from different point of views.
Rev 1-11 gives the macro view, while 12-22 gives the micro view.

For example, Rev 9:13-14 and Rev 16:12:

13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

 

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.

 

The 200 million army

15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. Rev 9:15-18

The current sum of all armies in the world is only 63 million, but only counting those fit for service. If we are looking at the total number including reserves, it is 1.7 billion.

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Could it be a Nuclear war? Revelation talks about fire, smoke and brimstone.

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. Rev 16:12

Kings from the East = China,  India, etc

 

13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. Rev 16:13-16

This is talking about Satan the dragon, the antichrist and the beast.

Armageddon means Valley of Megiddo; it is about the area of Singapore.

20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ Eze 38:20

18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. Rev 16:18, 9:17-18

Earthquakes..hailstones..brimstone.

Again, no one knows for sure, but these 3 wars could be referring to the one same war – a big massive world war.

 

What will happen at the Second Coming?

There are 3 schools of thoughts:

1. Pre-tribulation Rapture

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The Great Tribulation is 7 years. Believers are ‘caught up’, or raptured at the start of this period, and they avoid the antichrist and Great Tribulation.

So if we love Jesus Christ today we will be counted worthy to be saved before the tribulation. Some say this rapture is invisible, so it would mean something like your christian friends suddenly disappear. From this, non-believers will read the Bible to find out more on this phenomenon and realize it is true and turn to Christ. These people will be termed the tribulation saints. They will then be raptured up at the second rapture which is visible, which will be at the end of 7 years (Second coming of Christ).

 

2. Mid-tribulation Rapture

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Same as above, but the first rapture starts at mid point, which is 3.5 years into the Great Tribulation. So believers will not avoid the antichrist fully.
3. Post tribulation rapture.

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Believers ‘caught up’ only at the end of 7 years, there is only one public and visible rapture (no invisible raptures). We will undergo the Great Tribulation to prove our love and loyalty to God.

 

So which school of thought is right? No one knows for sure, so let’s see what Jesus spoke on this.

Jesus Predicts the Signs of the Times and the End of the Age (Matt 24)

 

Signs of the End Times:

#1. Deception

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. Matt 24:4-5

#2. War

6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Matt 24:6

#3. Famines, Diseases and Disasters

7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places Matt 24:7

All these are beginning of sorrows (v8). We are already in it!

 

#4. Persecution

You will be hated by ALL nations… a global hate.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. Matt 24:9

 

But yet while persecution is increasing, the gospel will go further and more people will get saved ironically (like how Paul evangelised to all the prison guards during his imprisonment).

 

12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Lk 21:12-13

 

#5. Lawlessness will abound, love will grow cold

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Matt 24:9-12

People will start betraying and hating each other. But those who endure to the end shall be saved!

These are all the signs that tell us when the end-times are near. And after which…

 

The Antichrist will emerge

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), Matt 24:15 

Abomination of desolation refers to the image of the antichrist he will put in the temple.

From the above verse, we can know that the antichrist must be revealed before any rapture takes place.

4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 2 Thess 2:4, 8-9 

This further proves that the antichrist must first be revealed before His coming.

The Mark of the Beast – 666

In Rev 13:1-8 (the first beast) refers to the antichrist, while verses 11-18 refer to the false prophet (second beast), the ‘assistant’ of the antichrist who assists in forcing the world to worship the antichrist. The antichrist, false prophet and Satan are often termed as the Unholy Trinity.

The false prophet will perform great miracles to deceive everyone, and force everyone to put the mark of beast – 666, and no one may buy or sell without it. Hence, you need it to trade and make a living.

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. Rev 13:16-18

 

9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Rev 14:9-11

Once you receive this mark there is no turning back. It will be a considered decision with eternal consequences.

Short Announcement!: You may not believe everything in this article, call it nonsense, call it whatever, that’s fine. But when the day comes when you are commanded to wear the mark of 666, just remember all of this again. You should have at least some form of sense to actually realize that the prophecy is coming true and being fulfilled. When that day comes, please please please please don’t take it! 

All believers will, for sure, reject the mark. That is when we will face severe persecution.

20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. Rev 19:20

This confirms that the second beast is the false prophet, who deceived people to receive the mark of the beast.

 

The Great Tribulation

21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. Matt 24:21-22

Who are the elect?! The Christians! God will put a time limit on what the antichrist can do.

21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, Dan 7:21

 

25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.
Dan 7:25

Saints are us.. The Gentiles.

Remember that “A time and times and half a time” means 3.5 years. So the Great Tribulation is 3.5 years, not 7 years! It will only start when the antichrist breaks the peace treaty in the middle of 7 years.

 

Then after the Great Tribulation..

Cosmic Blackout

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  Matt 24:29-30

 

And finally…The second coming of Christ!

30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matt 24:30-31

28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Lk 21:28

Your redemption draws near! This is referring to the rapture.

This suggests there is only one rapture.

2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 2 Thess 2:1-2

“Our gathering to Him”, this suggests that they are one. So again, this suggests only one rapture, together with the second coming of Christ.

This rapture will happen at the last trumpet! This means it cannot happen at another second last trumpet. So again, this confirms that there is only one rapture.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

 

Upon the Second Coming of Christ, the antichrist and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire, and we will enter the Millennial Reign of Christ, of 1000 years.

 

Summary of the Order of Events:

Signs of end-times will happen > Antichrist emerges > Great Tribulation > Cosmic Blackout > 2nd Coming of Christ (and when we see Jesus, the Rapture occurs)

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This means that only #3 school of thought on the Second Coming is correct! There is no pre-tribulation rapture or mid-tribulation rapture.

Jesus tells us more after verse 31 in Matthew!

The Fig Tree

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Matt 24:32-34

The Fig tree represents Israel. When “its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves”, or budding ( as in Lk 21:30), then the end is near! Israel has already ‘budded’ in 1948 when it became independent.

One generation lasts a maximum of 120 years (according to Gen 6:3: 3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”)

So if we add the time that ‘Israel budded’ with the above, we get:

1948 + 120= 2068

From here, we can speculate that 2068 is the latest year that the end times will happen. But with that being said, all these are prophecies and no one is 100% clear. Not even the angels of heaven know the day and hour (Matt 24:36).

So what are we supposed to do?!
Just be prepared and ready to go through the Great Tribulation!

 

Then what about Lk 21:36? Some people argue that the Bible says if you are counted worthy you can escape the Great Tribulation.

36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Lk 21:36

Some people say this is pre-tribulation rapture, where they escape/avoid tribulation.

Is this true? We need to see the full context of the passage to find out.

Reading on Matthew 24, Jesus talks about the ‘Days of Noah’, after talking about the Fig Tree.

Days of Noah

37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Matt 24:37-41

In this passage, Jesus likens the last days to the Days of Noah, and is trying to warn us about the last days. During the last days, people of the world will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. The rapture is like getting the righteous into safety like into the ark, then God will pour out his judgment on the unrighteous, and the Battle of Armageddon will start.

Looking at chapters earlier from Luke:

34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Lk 21:34-36

The context is to escape the carousing, drunkeness and the cares of this life, not to be distracted so that we will be ready for the Second Coming. It is NOT to escape the Great Tribulation.

All of the disciples went through great suffering for God. Jesus himself died on the cross for us. If you think that you will escape tribulation, you are greatly mistaken! Don’t be mistaken, but be prepared!

As we come close to the end of time, and we are tested in our faith, we must take heart. Look up, don’t look down. Jesus is coming back!

27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Lk 21:27-28

Don’t focus on the negativity and persecution, but on the second coming and our reward in heaven!

 

5 Rewards reserved for us Christians

1. VICTOR’S CROWN

25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 1 Cor 9:25

 

2. CROWN OF REJOICING
For those who have saved many souls

13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. 1 Thess 2:13

 

3. CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Tim 4:8

 

4. CROWN OF LIFE

10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:10

 

5. CROWN OF GLORY
For all those who have been serving God

2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 1 Pet 5:2-4

Very good then..but what are you going to do with all these crowns?!

10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

11 “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
Rev 4:10-11

Live with no regrets! One life to live, live it all for Jesus.

 

How then should we live?

1. Do business until I come

12 Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return Lk 19:12

Excel in your work and your life. Parable of the 5 virgins, and the talents. While you wait, work.

2. Evangelize until I come

8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

We don’t have much time left to save those who don’t know Jesus yet!

 

3. Encourage one another until I come

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb 10:25  – Second coming is the day.

 

4. Pursue your reward until I come

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. Rev 22:12

 

5. Live in hope until I come

13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2:13

 

The purpose of this Bible study is to stir up urgency, not to cause panic or negativity. Stir up your courage! Reconcile, love, make amends, for we are living in the last days. Make the pursuit of God the purpose of our life. Do the will of God.

*NOTE: this is just my transcript. For the full sermon, you may buy it at CHC’s website.

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