"Prophecy and Instruction
Concerning the End Times."
Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
One of the most talked about subjects today is the end times and all the events that surround those times. There is no reason that we be anxious of these times, for Jesus told us to wait patiently on Him. In Mark 13 Jesus is going to give His disciples, and to us the seven seals, and these seals are also recorded in the Book of Revelation. They are the seals that mark the end of this earth age of the flesh. The very word "Revelation" means "to reveal", to make known.
Christ would not His elect in the dark concerning the simplicity of His teaching, so Jesus is asked by three of His apostles here, as they are coming out of the Temple, when is the end of the world going to be. We know from Matthew 24:3, this is the actual wording of the question put to Jesus.
Matthew 24:3 "And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of "Thy coming, and the end of the world."
It is important that we understand the word "world" as used in the Greek manuscripts, is "aion", and "age, or an age of time". In the Hebrew, " `olam", which denotes a limited, or even an extended period of time, such as the context of each occurrence may demand. So as such, this is talking about the end of our present world age which is characterized by a special form of Divine administration or dispensation.
Jesus is giving us in this chapter the seven events that must come to pass to bring to an end to this age, and the return of Christ. There are many church traditions that have complicate the simplicity the Jesus is teaching here. This is why we should have our ear tuned to the Lord Jesus Christ, and not to man's traditions. So the subject to this entire chapter is, "When is the end of this world age, and what are the events that mark that coming."
Remember that the closing thought to the last chapter was the little widow that had enough faith to give all over her livelihood to God and put here trust in God for provision. So don't forget that the famine in the end times is not for the bread that you eat, but for the knowledge and truth of God's Word.
Amos 8:11 "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:"
There will be a famine coming very shortly for the knowledge, and for the hearing of the Word of God.
Mark 13:1 "And as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples saith unto Him, "Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!"
This was the time of the end of Jesus Ministry, and Jesus and His disciples were in Jerusalem where Jesus was about to be turned over to the Kenite priests, scribes and Pharisees to be tried and crucified. The disciples have been warned over and over that He would be crucified and on the third day He would rise from the dead. However, the disciples understood from the prophets that their is another time coming when Jesus shall return not as a servant, but as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Josephus give us a very good picture of the dimension and size of these stones. Some of them were up to forty feet long, given in the measurements of our day. Many of these stone still stand to this day, as we see the pictures of the wailing wall of the temple base in Jerusalem. The disciples are looking at these great building of the temple in Jerusalem, and they are marveling at their beauty.
Mark 13:2 "And Jesus answering said unto him, "Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
This has not happened to this date. Many today think that this was the time of Titus' destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., However, that mischief doesn't even compare to the destruction and the tribulation that God describes that would take place at Jesus Christ's return, at the end of this earth age when these stones are cast down and turned to powder. Why is this? Because Jerusalem is going to be turned to sand when Jesus returns at the sounding of the seventh trump. Those huge stones will be nothing but tiny grains of sand. Jerusalem is going to be flattened and cleansed to the point whereby the Millennium temple can be build.
Mark 13:3 "And as He sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked Him privately,"
Jesus has left the Temple after teaching and observing the poor widow woman casting all she had into the offering plate. You will see a map of these locations on page 189. Jesus and some of His disciples crossed over Kedron, and walked up on the mount of Olives. This means that Jesus is on the west side of the mount of Olives, and looking to the east side of the Temple. There are four disciples here asking Jesus to reveal the event that would mark the end of this earth age, and His return. Jesus is not making this a public teaching, but is given this information privately for those that He has called forth, to be sealed in their mind with this understanding.
Mark 13:4 "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?"
This marks the subject for the entire chapter. Now Jesus is going to tell us the seven seals what will take place before His second advent. These seven seals are the equivalent of the seven trumpets, and the seven plagues. The seals are not in order, however the seven trumpet of Revelation mark the order that the events will come to pass. The "sound of the trumpet" is the sound that executes the order of the event that shall take place. It is God's order of the happenings at the end of this earth age of the flesh. The seals are not in order, but are given in such a way that the deceiver himself is put in the foreground, to where we can understand completely through the seals. It is the deceiver himself that causes the confusion that take place. Jesus is now going to tell us the events that take place when the end will come.
Mark 13:5 "And Jesus answering them began to say, "Take heed lest any many deceive you:"
So the basis of what we are working with here and guarding against, is deception. We have covered twelve chapters now in the book of Mark, and the ones called the "deceivers" are given over and over. They are the ones that have taken God's Word and twisted it to conform to their traditions, and made God's people believe their lies. They are the offspring of the same ones that took Jesus' life, and quite frankly, it is the religious community. The deception will come from the church religious community.
Lets go to Revelation 6, where the seals are listed, to the first seal from Revelation 6 so that we can align within our minds the continuity of God's holy Word. Lets look at the seals of God with the common sense that Jesus gives us here in Mark.
Revelation 6:1 "And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, "Come and see."
This is the first seal that Jesus is going to give us. This is one of the "Zoan", the beasts that guard the throne of God and he is going to do the speaking here. He is telling you to open your mind and see what is going to happen. It is not a secret, but something that is required of all of God's elect to see and understand.
Revelation 6:2 "And I saw, and behold, a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer."
This is not a white ass like Jesus rode into Jerusalem, but is exactly like the white steed that Jesus would ride when He comes at the seventh trumpet, in Revelation 19:11-17. This white horse, and the one that is sitting on it is a copy, a counterfeit of the what will come later. This word for "bow" in the Greek is "toxon", which is not the same "bow" described in Revelation 4:3, God's bow was the rainbow that was "round about the throne of God". This bow that Satan will have when he comes will be a cheep imitation. Satan will come appearing to be what he is not. Satan will be coming as the "instead of Christ", in the role of the Antichrist, for he is the "son of perdition".
This "crown was given unto him," and it means that this false christ is going to rule when he comes. He went forth conquering, and to conquer in the name of religion. In the name of religion he is going to deceive and confuse the people living on the face of this earth. This is Jesus Christ's first warning to you. Satan is coming to deceive those that are not sealed in their minds with the truth from God's Word. That is why the famine in the end times is not for bread but for the Word of God, because people will reject God's Word for the tradition and lying deceptions that will be given in the name of religion. So we see that the person on the white horse will be Satan, disguised as the true Christ. Satan is the false messiah that will come into the world, and he will make the people of the world, living in the flesh think he has come to rapture them away.
Of course the so-called rapture has not occurred when this first seal takes place. Jesus is warning His disciples so that they will not be received by this fake christ, and if you are living in your flesh body when this occurs you will see Satan in his cheep [toxon] glory when he presents himself to the world. If you think there is a rapture, you have already taken the mark of the beast at this time, for you will think that Satan is Christ. Before this chapter ends, Jesus will tell you exactly when this gathering back to Christ is going to happen.
Mark 13:6 "For many shall come in My name, saying, `I am the Christ; and shall deceive many."
Today there are thousands of ministers that present themselves to you, and tell you that they are of Christ. They tell you to be saved, and to believe on Jesus, yet they never quite get into God's Word enough to where you will understand the events of our time. They don't prepare you in a way to keep you from being deceived by this false christ that shall come first. So where does the deception come from? RELIGION! The deception comes from false messiahs, false teachers, and that sweet old minister that just never gets around to prepare his flock for the coming of this false christ.
We read in Revelation 6:2 to where Satan is going to come with his crown and have the right to rule. So how will he take over that kingdom of his? He will assume his authority with lies, a flood of lies.
Mark 13:7 "And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for shuch things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet."
This is getting into the second seal of the book of Revelation.
Revelation 6:3 "And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, "come and see."
This is the second angel that is going to reveal another event that shall come to pass. The "beast" is another of the cherubs that guarded the throne of God.
Revelation 6:4 "And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword."
The "red horse" is a war horse. The "sword" that causes this peace to be take from the earth, and given to war, is the sword of lies, remember, "Take hee that no man deceive you". The sword of Christ that proceeds from Christ is given in Revelation 1:16, and it cuts both ways. However, Satan also has a sword, and his sword [words] causes nothing but death and destruction to those that listen to it. First come the lies, then the deception, and then the war. Before any nation goes to war, its people have to be prepared for the war, and many things that are spoken to prepare the people for that conflict are pure lies. This final war appears to be one thing, when in actuality it is just the opposite. It is a spiritual war that appears to be a thing of peace, when in fact it is complete destruction of the souls of men. the battle field will be in the minds of men and women, and it will be fought with words, ideas and precepts, that are twisted from the Word of God by Satan.
So the second seal from Mark 13 is the war that will cover the entire earth, and it is a spiritual warfare. It comes through a false sense of peace, and Paul warns us of this warfare in Ephesians 6:10; "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."
Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
This world wide war is a spiritual warfare that is fought with words, lies, and a distortion of the truth. It is not out on over foreign battle field, but the battle field in in your mind. It is fought with words and ideas, and the twisting of the truth to the point of making lies seem to be the truth. So the second seal is just like the first, only it is not the Antichrist, but some of his people that would mix and intermingle, and bring about a deception of the truths from God's Word. The second seal is the war horse. When you hear continually of war, you don't have to worry, but when you hear the opposite of war, or peace, peace all the time, then is when you have to take notice.
The "new world order" is the horse that the "new world peace" shall ride into our time on. So this is the second seal. This is why it is essential for you and I to study the entire Word of God, and place that Word in our minds [hearts], for the time will come when that is the only thing that will protect you from the lies and deception, and deceiving wonders that Satan will have.
Mark 13:8 "For nations shall rise against nation, and kingdom aganst kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows."
This is the third seal that Jesus is given to us.
Revelation 6:5 "And when He had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, "come and see." And I beheld, and, lo, a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand."
This third angel of God is telling you and I to look and pay attention with understanding. These "balances" are the balances of commerce. Remember the four hidden dynasties? Education, Religion, Politics, and Economics [the fourth is that of Commerce and trade], and the balances in the hand of the Kenites, using this to draw the world to their father Satan.
Revelation 6:6 "And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, "A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
Remember that the "oil" is symbolic for "olive oil", the "oil of our people". It is symbolic for the blood of Christ. The point that is made here is that you do not hurt even one of God's elect. A penny was the scale for one days labor, and that is what you would work all day long for to get a loaf of bread. It is talking about a famine, however, as we read earlier, the famine is not for the bread that you eat, but the famine is for the hearing the truth from the Word of God with understanding.
This famine is what Jesus is talking about here in Mark 13:8. When you shall hear of these "famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows."
This word "sorrows" as used in the Greek are "birth pangs". These are the labor pains that come to a woman before the birth actually comes. As the birth draws closer to delivery, these pangs get closer and closer until they are virtually one on top of the other until the child finally comes. This is in reference though to the birth of a new age. That new age is the Millennium age, that starts with the return of Christ. Remember that these "birth pangs" [seals or prophecies] are the subject of this chapter, "What are the sign that we shall see before Christ's return?" So the signs of Christ's return are when the birth pangs start, when the famine or the lack of knowledge for hearing God's Word becomes common, and the masses of the people will turn to listen to false teachers and false prophets and turn to their traditions.
You hear it all the time; "Here is Christ message to you," one will say; another says, "This is the message God gave me to give to you;" and so on. They all claim to be from Christ and with His message given to them by Christ for you. All the denominations claim to have the inside track to Jesus Christ and His Word, yet very few of them will give you the actually Word of God with the knowledge from the manuscripts. The people are hungry for the Word, yet all these false teachers are given is bits and morsels of half truths, just enough to keep the money flowing to their offering plates. So the third seal is when the religious world presents the famine for the hearing of the Word of God.
Mark 13:9 "But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake,, for a testimony against them."
So now we go into the forth seal of the end times.
Revelation 6:7 "And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the forth beast say, "Come and see".
Again this fourth seal is something that our Lord wants his people to know and understand so that they will not be deceived by Satan.
Revelation 6:8 "And I looked, and behold, a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."
We are all the way to the forth seal, and so far there has been nothing complicated about any of this. Jesus taught it back on the mount of Olives before His crucifixion, and again to John in this vision, when he was taken in the spirit to the time of the end. We are to recognize these events when they come to pass. Remember that there are only four beast cherubs that protect the throne of God. We know this from Revelation 4:6; "And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind."
"Pale horse" represents "death", and after the famine comes death. We are talking about Satan here, for that is another name of Satan, "death". It is the title of Satan's government, and through His government he will bring death and the fall of many that claim to be Christians. We know that at the end of Satan's journey is hell fire. Is that where you want to go? Of course not.
Revelation 20:14 "And death [Satan] and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."
The first death is the death of your physical body of the flesh. This second death is the death of your soul. It is when those that follow Satan cease to exist, even the memory of you will be erased for all times.
Revelation 20:15 "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
"Power was given to them," to those that are taking part in this deception by God to do what they are going to do. These beast of the earth are not "Zoan" [the beast of heaven], but they are "therion" a Divine power given to do a poisonous and evil thing. These beasts are the Kenites, the sons of Cain that are going to spear-head these deceptions and bring Satan's lies to reality. It also represents the evil spirits that Satan will release upon the people of the earth.
Revelation 6:9 "And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:"
Remember that John wrote this on the great day of the Lord. He is looking back to the past from that day of the Lord, and seeing the souls of them that were slaying during this time when these seven seals were taking place. Today many think that when a person dies they are laid to rest until the rapture comes; A time when God will fly their souls out of here. How ridicules people become when they allow their minds to believe in fairy-tales.
The souls of them that are here under the altar of God in heaven, were slain in their flesh bodies for their belief in the Word of God which they held. Their physical bodies were laid to rest and decay and return to the dust it is made of; however, where are their souls? God is telling us here that those souls are right there before the altar of God in heaven; not in a hole in the ground.
Revelation 6:10 "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?"
These souls of the slain are asking the same question as the disciples had here in Mark 13. "How long to the end of this earth age?" These souls had been human beings with flesh and blood bodies, and their blood had flowed for the sake of the Word of God. They ask, "How long will it be before you destroy our enemies?"
Revelation 6:11 "And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."
All of these souls were overcomers in Christ in this earth age of the flesh. God is telling them that, during this time of these seals their fellow servants, which are you and I that believe in Christ and have the truth of the Word of God sealed in our mind, should be killed just as they were. Are you going to be carrying the witness of God and the testimony of His Word during this time, or are you going to be deceived along with the rest of the world? The job that must be done here on earth while we are in our flesh bodies, and it must be fulfilled. However lets take a closer look at the word "killed".
In Strong's Greek dictionary, # 615 ; "apokteino, ap-ok-ti'-no; from 575, to kill outright, to destroy, to put to death." Then in # 575 we read; "apo, apo', a prime particle, off, away, in various senses (of place, time, or relation; lit. or fig.). In composition (as a prefix) it usually denotes separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc."
What then happens at the end of this earth age, at the time of Jesus return? It marks the end of all flesh and blood bodies, when those that remain for the Millennium age will be back in their soul bodies. The Mystery that Paul revealed to us in I Corinthians 15:50 was that "...flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God." In the fifth seal while the souls of the saints were lying under the altar of God in heaven, God would not come against their enemies and punish them until the appointed time in God's plan. Until the age of our being in flesh and blood bodies had ended, and the change from those flesh bodies into the new incorruptible bodies had occurred.
Many in the flesh will not see death to their physical bodies, but will be change instantly, in the wink of an eye into their new spiritual bodies. This comes to pass at the end of this earth age, and the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet. Paul taught of this in I Corinthians 15:52; "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible."
Though the two witnesses shall be slain before the whole world, God gave to Satan orders, touch not those that have the seal of God in their foreheads. Your mind is in your forehead, and it is what is in your mind that determines if you are sealed or not.
Revelation 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
So there must be a testimony that must be given on earth by the fellow servants before the end of this age must come to an end. Many others have already gone to be with the Lord, but there are others back here on earth in their flesh bodies that must also be slain, or their flesh bodies changed into their incorruptible bodies, just like the others have been. This was the fifth seal, and it helps us understand the time sequence of what must take place. Before it is all over, Mark 13 will even tell us the generation that will see it all come to pass.
Here again in Mark 13:9, we will see what we can expect in that generation before it all comes to the end. In review:
Mark 13:9 "But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them."
These places are the synagogues of Satan, those religious places where people gather to practice their religious traditions. You will be drilled thoroughly for the sake of converting you to the ways of the false christ. Everything that they do to you will be for the sake of Christ's Word, and your position that you take to defend His Word. Thus the fith seal is you being used as a testimony against these religious rulers and leaders. Your testimony is against those that claim to be of the true Christ, when in fact they are teaching the doctrines of Satan, that will lead people to follow him.
Any time someone claims to be of Christ, and does not teach all of God's Word, look out for them. Be very careful, especially when they try to maneuver you into their traditions that go against God's Word, and they make void the prophecies of the Word. That is your destiny friend, to become a witness for God's Word.
Mark 13:10 "And the gospel must first be published among all nations."
This is not happening today, but at a time in the near future when trial are going forth, and the elect is being singled out, and then the Holy Spirit of God will be speaking through His elect and fingering Satan out to be the false messiah.
Mark 13:11 "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost [Spirit]."
When this time comes into being in the very near future, it will not be the elect of God that does the speaking, but the Holy Spirit speaking in and through the mouths of His elect. Every one of these individuals will be delivered before these false councils before the final day of this earth age. This is why Peter would say to the people in Acts 2, on Pentecost day; "This is that which was spoken of by Joel the Prophet."
Acts 2:16: "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;"
We can read this prophecy in Joel 2:28-32. These sons and daughters shall speak in a cloven tongue, as recorded in Acts 2:6; meaning that the language that they shall speak in will need no interpreter, for every one that hears will hear in their native tongue of the dialect of the neighborhood they grew up in. This is the way that the gospel will go forth in the last days, for it is the evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit. These sons and daughters will speak, as stated in Mark 13:11, but whatsoever words they do speak in that hour, it will be the Holy Spirit that speaks through them.
Acts 2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days,' saith God, `I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and you old men shall dream dreams:"
Acts 2:18 "And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:"
Acts 2:19 "And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:"
Acts 2:20 "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:"
Acts 2:21 "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' "
When the sons and daughter speak, it will be heard in every language and dialect in the world. This will not come from the mind of those people, but those people shall be willing witnesses that allow God to speak directly through them to the people. Thus the true gospel of Christ will be spoken. These trials will be made public to the world, and it will be as the two churches of Revelation 2:9; and 3:9 taught, and it is important that you know exactly what they did teach.
Those churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia taught about the synagogue of Satan, about those that claimed to be of God, of Judah, but lied and were not. These churches taught how you would know and identify who the Kenites were. Those Kenites claimed to be of Judah [Jews] but were a bunch of liars, who in fact were nothing more than the sons and daughters of Satan. They were members of the synagogue of Satan, they are the Kenites that are taking over the entire religious community, and it is time to wake up. We will be delivered up into their synagogues and tried before them. This is part of God's plan, whereby God can speak through you by the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:12 "Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death."
The common thought today is that no son would betray his father to death. Someone that has been taught the rapture doctrine is ready to fly out of here at the drop of a hat. When Satan shows up ready to get His loads of people ready to go, and of course the first thing on the minds of any person is to get mom and pop on the bus to safety with them.
As dad sits back and tells his son, now son, remember that I told you that the first one to come was a fake. However, the son who has been taught at the little church house down the street in the traditions of that church, and he will go to Satan, whom he thinks is Jesus and beg him to take old mom and pop. He plead with Satan to take them also. The sons and daughters will plead with Satan to go to their parents and make them understand that they must come with them, and by doing so cause Satan and his people to put mom and pop to spiritual death [if it were possible].
God's elect are the true followers because each of them understand who Satan is, and who the True Christ is. We know that there are two christs coming and that the fake christ is coming first. The elect will be delivered by their loved ones to Satan because they believe that the local church house is the true synagogue of God. Don't think for one moment that they will not deliver you up, for in their minds it is for the sake of their love for you and your salvation that they will do this act. The gospel must be published and the gospel must be given, and that is why it is good that the elect are delivered up.
Mark 13:13 "And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
Of course you will be hated, after all, you will not accept their messiah Satan, their christ. This is why we must hang on to the very end, to the final moment of this earth age, when at that instant, all flesh shall be changed in the wink of an eye to their spiritual and incorruptible bodies. Remember back in Mark 9:1-4, when Jesus took Peter, James and John up on the the mount, and they witnessed the transfiguration that took place, whereby Jesus body was transfigured into a new form that would happen after the resurrection. That transfiguration was also given to let us know how we would be changed at the close of this earth age. What then happened to the flesh body of Jesus? It was changed or "transfigured" after the resurrection, and your flesh bodies will also be transfigured or changed also at the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet. That is the Mystery that Paul is relating to us here and I am giving it again.
I Corinthians 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed."
If you were taught that you are flying out of here, than you were taught wrong. Who are you listening to? You had better get into the Word of God, and understand these seals, and the Trumpets, and which come first. The seals are not in order but the trumpets are sounding the order that the events will happen.
Mark 13:14 "But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it [he, who is Satan] ought not, (let Him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:"
First understand that Judaea is the state that Jerusalem lies in. What takes place in the final days of this earth age, will originate out of Jerusalem and Judaea. We call that tiny state today "the nation of Israel". So first of all we must know what Daniel was talking about, and what this "abomination of desolation" that the world will see is all about. Jesus Christ made the book of Daniel part of the New Testament and the book of Revelation. This is because He said, when you see those events that Daniel was speaking of, let him that readeth them, understand that the end of this age is not far away. It is time to get out of Jerusalem for that is where all this is going to take place, and that is where this false messiah, Satan is going to rule from.
Daniel 9:27 "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.' "
Daniel 9:27 says there will be a one week period of years, a seven year period, and in the middle of that period, the holy communion will stop. They will no longer take holy communion to Christ because they will think that Jesus Christ is already here. Then he continues on in the Hebrew, so lets look at what the Hebrew has to say about it.
"On the wings of abomination shall the desolator come in, and on the wing shall ye see the desolator." So the thing that we must pay attention to is the identity of the desolator. Satan is the desolator, and it is not the conditions of desolation, but a person, the devil who is Satan will be the desolator to cause the abomination. Satan is the false messiah, and when you see this desolator standing in Jerusalem and making the claim that he is God, What Christ is saying is that, "it is over". The plan of God for the age of flesh man is completed. You are so close to the end that you should get out of the land of Judaea.
In the book of Revelation we will see that this time of Satan's deception has been shortened to five months. Revelation 9:5; "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man." This time has specifically be given when Satan is right here on earth leading his troops. "Apollyon" is one of Satan's names and it means "destroyer" in the Greek tongue.
Revelation 9:11 "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."
Mark 13:15 "And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:"
What were people doing on top of their houses? They were watchmen. When you see Satan this false messiah standing and ruling from Jerusalem and making these claims of himself to be God, don't get a suitcase, for you are not going to need it.
Mark 13:16 "And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment."
If you are far out of town, just keep right on going. What this is telling you is that we should stay clear of the deception.
Mark 13:17 "But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"
The hearts of the little mother get so excited with they read this, but they should realize that bearing children in a blessed event. To conceive and bring forth the birth of a child is a blessed thing. However, this verse is given in a spiritual sense when Jesus is speaking in this way.
Jesus is the bridegroom and He has gone for a long period of time from His bride. When He returns He expects to find His bride faithful to Him. When His bride is standing with child in her womb, spiritually speaking it means that she has taken another husband. So why is it "woe to those with child, and to them that give suck?" It means that you have given yourself over to the false christ, to Satan at his arrival, and to "give suck" means that you are in the service of the enemy of our Lord.
As Jesus was carrying His cross up the hill to be crucified, the woman along the side of the street bewailed and lamented for Him. Luke 23:28 "But Jesus turning unto them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children."
Luke 23:29 "For, behold, the days are coming in the which they shall say, `Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.' "
Jesus is telling them that He wants to find them a virgin, spiritually speaking, when He returns. Jesus doesn't want to find you tied up with the first bridegroom that appears, that is the false messiah. Lets put this in a way that you can understand clearly. Lets say that you are married to a woman, and you went on a long journey for several years, and when you returned you found that your wife has a small child giving suck, and one in her womb. You have been married to her all the time, and yet she stands there with someone else's children. Friend that is how our Lord is going to look at you when you take this false Christ through your false doctrines, such as the rapture theory. He will look at you as little more than an whore. You will become a spiritual whore in Christ's eyes.
It means that you have been impregnated with "the mark of the beast", or the deceptive sperm of the lies that Satan put into your mind, and to give suck means that you have even nursed other along others with the lies of Satan and his kids, the Kenites. You have been taking your relatives to Satan's big revival, to his church. This is talking about spiritual conception of the wicked thoughts of the false messiah. Today many churches are just to sweet for Jesus, they would not think of talking about spiritual whores in their church, yet they will become one. They are like that old wine bottle that can't stand the new wine, for in time they just burst over the idea of the pure Word of God.
Mark 13:18 "And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter."
This is the key to your understanding of the book of Revelation. Jesus is teaching privately to His disciples, and warning them as well as you and I, to look out that you are not taken out of season. The winter is not the time of harvest, and to be taken out of season mean you have been taken in the wrong harvest. The flight is from Judaea and Jerusalem for that is where the false messiah, Satan will come, and naturally Satan will be saying it is harvest time. In a spiritual sense, God's elect are not harvested in the winter.
Mark 13:19 "For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be."
First of all lets take a closer look at the word "affliction" as it is used here, it is "thlipsis" in the Greek, #2347; "Thlipsis, from 2346, pressure (lit. or fig.): affliction, anguish, persecution, tribulation, trouble." In # 2346 we read; "thlibo, thlee'-bo; to crowd, afflict, narrow, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble."
It is the same word in verse twenty that is used for tribulation. It means; "to be pressed and crowded to the point of being persecuted." Jesus is telling us that this tribulation of this false Christ Satan is going to be the greatest persecution of Christians that has ever been. If some so-called scholar tries to tell you that Matthew 24 and Mark 13 took place by some Roman general in 70 A.D., most of the people in the world today have no idea what that general's name was. Remember that the subject and the object of this chapter is "the seven events that take place at the end of this earth age." Those are the signs that consummate the end of this age of the flesh. Beware of false teachings, and listen to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
What this is telling us then is that there are going to be two tribulations coming. The first is by Satan, who bring his tribulation on the believers of Christ, and the second is by Jesus Himself that will bring an end to all evil rudiments of this earth age of the flesh.
II Peter 3:10 "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which 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 therein shall be burned up. "
"Elements" as used here is # 4747 in Strong's Greek dictionary. "Stoicheion, stoy-khi'-on; of the base of # 4748, something orderly in arrangement (fundamental, initial) constituent (literal), principle, rudiment." Then in #4748 we read; "Stoicheo, stoy-kheh'-o; (to range in regular line), to march in military rank, to conform to virtue and piety."
By this we know that the "elements" are not physical but spiritual. It deals with the order of things that are here on this earth, the very principles and rudiments of the thoughts of mankind at the time of Christ coming. We know that those rudiments are what Satan has established because at the time of Jesus Christ return, Satan is the ruler of this entire earth, and mankind of the earth are worshipping him as God in ignorance. Those rudiments are of the flesh and give pleasure to the flesh body, and glorify Satan and not God.
So Peter is telling us here that on the day of the Lord, or the day that Christ returns, all those things of this earth that glorify Satan, the Antichrist, and even your flesh body will end. However, we know from Paul that when the flesh is done away with, it is changed into another dimension, or form, which is called the spiritual body, or your soul. God is going to purify the earth from the pollution and filth of this earth age, both physical of the flesh and spiritually.
Mark 13:20 "And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom He hath chose, He hath shortened the days."
We know that the seventh trumpet has not blown, because our flesh and blood bodies are still here on earth. These flesh bodies have not been changed into our spiritual bodies that we will be in, at our gathering back to Christ. The flesh is not going to be saved if it would continue for the full seven year period that Daniel had prophesied. As we read above from Revelation 9:5, it was shortened to a five month period. Here Jesus is promising again that it will be shortened. That period of time that Satan will bring his tribulation on the earth was shortened "for the elect's sake". For the sake of those that have eyes to see and ears to hear with understanding His Word. This is why the only final authority is the Word of God. The labor pains that are coming through these tribulations are sign for the birth of a new age.
Mark 13:21 "And then if any man shall say to you, `Lo, here is Christ; or, `Lo, He is there;' believe him not."
If somebody tries to prepare you for any christ or person that is present on this earth while you are still in your flesh body, be careful for he is a liar. As long as you are in the flesh, the True Christ has not returned. You will see supernatural beings while you are in the flesh, for Jesus has already told you in Revelation 12:7-9 that Michael is going to cast out of heaven Satan and all his fallen angels. They are coming to this earth, not in the flesh, but in their angelic forms.
Revelation 12:7 "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels."
Remember that this verse was written and observed from the day of the Lord. From the last day of this earth age, so what seems to be the past in this verse, is future to us living today. This war is going on right now in heaven.
Revelation 12:8 "And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven."
At the close of the this war, Satan and all his fallen angels will never be in heaven again to accuse you before the throne of God. Why? Because he will be right here on earth causing his tribulation that he will bring with him. God will give Satan the authority to do what he will do during this time of testing in the flesh. Remember that they will look like mankind for man in the flesh is created in the image of God and His angels. Only they will not be limited to the strengths, and knowledge that man has in the flesh. They are supernatural beings.
Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
We see here again the different name of Satan, for the roles that he has played in the past. The "serpent" in the garden of Eden, when he tricked Eve into her sexual act with him, thus bringing forth Cain, and his son the Kenites. Satan and his angels will be cast to this earth.
If you are in the flesh in the final generation, you will see this time when Satan and his angels are right here on earth. If someone comes to you and tells you that Christ is here, no matter what conditions or miracles that he performs, if you are in the flesh, then that man is a fake. When Satan comes he and his angels will be able to perform many miracles and supernatural acts, for they are not of the flesh, but of the angelic form. Remember what Jesus warned you if in verse five? "Take heed that no man deceive you;" I wonder how many Christians are prepared with the Word of God sealed away in their minds to stand up against such deception. Lies are not deceiving to those that know the truth. So this is the reason that many will be deceived.
Mark 13:22 "For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect."
You can expect to see many supernatural things and acts coming to pass in our generation, Why? Because Jesus Christ has told you that they are coming. These angels are not human, but supernatural, and they have strengths and the ability that human beings don't have. Christ is telling you that when you see these supernatural things being done, don't get carried away with them, for they will be a sign that you are in the final five month of this earth age.
Satan will be cast onto this earth, and he will be out to seduce the minds of all those that are not sealed with the truth of God's Word. Paul talked about being seduced and he worried about us, and he said "I want to present you as a chaste virgin, for I fear that Satan will seduce you." How do you lose you virginity?
II Corinthians 11:1 "Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me."
II Corinthians 11:2 "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."
It isn't hard to understand what Paul is saying here for everyone knows what a virgin is. She is an untouched woman. Paul is saying that he wants to present each of these Corinthians as an chaste virgin to Christ, in as much as we are to be the bride of Christ. Paul is saying that he doesn't want Christ's bride to be messed with by any of these super preachers that are causing the divisions within the churches. If you are one of Satan's whores than you cannot be one of the virgins waiting with your lamp full of oil, which is the truth of God's Word, for the bridegroom which is our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 11:3 "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."
The serpent from the garden of Eden was not a snake, but the man Satan. The serpent was one of the role that he played as the deceiver, and the act that Eve was deceived in was a sexual union between her and Satan, the man. From that sexual act came the first child to Eve, Cain, the son who killed his half brother Abel, for Abel was the son of Adam. Paul is using the sexual union of Eve and Satan to explain the spiritual union that many will have with Satan, that will cause them to lose their purity as a chaste virgin of the bride of Christ. The end result will be the same, for there will be great shame for the bride that has been taken and used by another than her husband.
There was no eating of apples nor wearing of bibs, However there was a sexual relationship and following that physical event, Adam and Eve both made themselves "fig leaf aprons" and not apple tree bibs. The word "beguiled" in the Greek tongue is "exapatao" and has only one meaning. It means "to be wholly seduced". It means that you were seduced to where your virginity was taken from you, and you lost your virginity completely. There are no shades of virginity, you either have it our you don't. Eve lost it, for from that union came the Kenites, the offspring of Satan through Cain, his son.
II Corinthians 11:4 "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bare with him."
There are no shades of the truth, it either is the truth or it is not. If any persons is preaching something other than what God's Word teaches, Paul is telling us to look out for them, and mark them well as a liar. If any spirit comes to you, and what that spirit is telling you to day or say, and if it goes against the Word of God, it is from Satan. There are no shades of spirit, for it is either of the Holy Spirit, or it is of the devil. Watch out who you receive, and what truths you accept as being the truth. Don't let Satan impregnate you spiritually or mentally with his false teachings.
Paul is putting it in terms to let us understand the emotions of how Christ feels of anyone that would open themselves and their minds to Satan and his teachers. Christ will not accept you, if he returns at the second advent and finds that you are married to to the false christ. It is for this reason that He will deny many that think that they are Christians. It is not possible for the elect to be fooled by Satan and to commit the unforgivable sin. Each of the elect will be sealed in their mind with the truth, and we will find Satan an abomination to us.
Mark 13:23 "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."
Jesus is telling us that there will be no excuses when He returns. Why? because he has told you everything that will happen in His Word. It is written there and given in many different witnesses, If you have refuse to study His Word than you have chosen to reject His Word. It simply doesn't matter what your preacher says, but what matters is what Christ said. Have you read His Word with understanding?
Mark 13:24 "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,"
This is the sixth seal that is about to be opened. Lets go back to Revelation and read about the sixth seal.
Revelation 6:12 "And I behold when He had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood."
John looked as watched as the sixth seal was opened. What this is talking about is that there was a great shaking that caused a hazing over the earth, and darkened the sun and the moon. The things that Satan brings will cause a covering over the earth and everything pertaining to Christ will seem quite dim at this time.
Revelation 6:13 "And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as the fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind."
Christ is telling you this same thing in Mark 13, so don't lose the continuity between Mark 13 and Revelation 6. We are talking about the signs of the end times, and this is what we are to look out for. The figs cast out of season are those that have been deceived, and taken the wrong messiah out of season. This mighty wind is the mighty Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. Now lets join Mark 13:24, and Revelation 6:13 together to find the sixth seal.
"But in those days", the days immediately following "that tribulation", the tribulation of Satan. This is exactly what is said in both passages. The darkening of the sun is the same as it is here after the second tribulation.
Mark 13:25 "And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken."
Those stars or fallen angels in heaven are going to fall to earth as untimely figs. The powers that are in heaven will be shaken for good. The powers are principalities of powers, and it is because of them that put on our armor of the gospel to to fight against. It is not the arm of the flesh nor the power of man, but the power of Satan the false Christ and his demonics, or fallen angels that shall fall from heaven to this earth with him.
So why would our heavenly Father, through His Son bring in the subject of figs here?
Mark 13:26 "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory."
The "Son of man" is Jesus Christ the Anointed one. This is telling us that we should not expect the return of the True Christ until after the coming of the false christ, and the tribulation that Satan will bring with him. If you listen to these false teachers and prophets that are preparing you for the first christ, you will be deceived and taken by Satan. You will be impregnated by Satan spiritually, and you will stand in shame at the return of the True Christ. Many are going to do all sorts of things in Jesus name, healings, casting out of demons, teaching and yet when by the things that they teach and do, they are to the false christ.
So after that tribulation of Satan has happened, that will be worse than any tribulation since the time of the creation itself: Christ will come. This time is so serious because it is spiritual, it deals with people losing their souls for an eternity.
Mark 13:27 "And then shall He send His angels, and shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the heaven."
Lets tie this verse in with Revelation 6:14.
Revelation 6:14 "And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."
It is telling us that this sixth seal is the time that the false messiah returns. Notices that it is the sixth trumpet that is also the sixth seal. When the "four winds" are mentioned, it always has to do with the consummating the end of this earth age. The four winds are the four spirits that are talked about in Revelation 7, and they close in from all directions to center on one point, and that is the end of this period of time. In Revelation 7 the four angels that control these four winds held back their coming until the sealing of all of the 144,000 was seal, and now at the sixth seal, it is time for the false messiah to come.
Remember that when the True Christ returns great things are going to happen. Remember those untimely figs? Well, Jesus is going to warn us about them.
Mark 13:28 "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:"
Jesus is giving a command to His elect here, "learn a parable of the fig tree". It is necessary for you to know this parable, or you will never understand the consummation of the end of this earth age. You have to know a little about agriculture to understand the teachings of our Heavenly Father. You don't plant a fig tree, you set out shoots, and it is from that shoot that the tree is formed and it then brings forth leaves. Those leaves are the new growth, meaning that this shoot is yet tender. In this state, this fig tree will not produce any fruit. This particular fig tree produces both the good and the bad figs, that we read of in Jeremiah 24, about the two baskets of figs. Remember that one basket set was of Good figs, and the other basked was Bad figs.
The "parable of the fig tree" started in the garden of Eden, and most churches have turned this parable into a joke and a fairy-tale about apples. What happened in the garden of Eden, happened in a fig grove, and after what was done there, Adam and Eve sowed fig leaves together to cover the parts of their body that did the evil act. They made aprons to cover their private parts, because what happened there cause children to be born, one child was Cain, the son of Satan, and the other was Abel, the son of Adam. The parable of the fig tree is the identifying those children of Cain, which are called the Kenites, and the evil destruction that they are bringing on God's children, the offspring of Adam, through Seth.
Jesus didn't say, maybe you should learn this parable of the fig tree, He commanded us to do it. So the horticulture of this parable is that the fig tree always puts forth shoots, and Jeremiah 24 symbolized when Judah would return to Jerusalem, and Judaea, and that happened in 1948, at the establishment of the nation of Israel, as we know it today. Full control of the city was after the war with the Arabs of 1967. This return to establish this Jewish state is important because it is part of the "parable of the fig tree", that Jesus commanded us to learn.
Mark 13:29 "So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors."
"These things" that Jesus is speaking about are these seven seals of that are the subject of Mark 13. In the verse just before this, it told us that summer was nigh and the time for Christ harvest of this earth age was going to take place. So when you see the events of these seals take place, than know that the end of this earth age of the flesh is coming to a close. Some of the signs of the end, as we saw earlier, are the establishing of a Jewish state, the new world order taking place, nations align up as biblically prophesied, and remember that when the tribe of Judah returned to their home land, it hadn't happened since their were booted out by General Titus in 70 A.D. There is not need to guess on this matter, for when you know the parable of the fig tree, God sets the date, and we are to observe what He has written to us through His Word.
Never before since the crucifixion of Christ has the Jews returned to Judaea as a nation. Remember that this was part of the subject, from verse fourteen. "But when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:" The command then was to flee Judaea, that is where the fig tree was to be set out.
Mark 13:30 "Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done."
Jesus is telling His disciples and thus we can count on this happening absolutely. The generation that Jesus is speaking of here is the the generation that is present to see the shoot planted in Jerusalem and Judaea. The generation that started when Jerusalem came into the hands of the Jews and the nation was establish, and it happened in 1948. Even though Jerusalem and the west bank never was completely taken unto 1967, be that as it is now, it still took place many years ago and we are living in that final generation. All the things that pertain to the seven seals will be witnessed by our generation and take place right before our eyes. Jesus is warning us to watch out for them, all of them, or you will be deceived and become part of Satan's bride.
Mark 13:31 "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away."
This earth age will pass away, but not one Word of what Jesus spoke in his entire Word will fail to come to pass. You can count on it completely. This earth has been around for millions and possibly billions of years, but what Jesus is saying is this earth age of man in the flesh will pass away, and then this earth will be the same place where Christ's kingdom age called the Millennium age, will take place.
There was a first earth age, as Peter writes in II Peter 3, and we are living now in the flesh in the second earth age. When this second earth age is over, Jesus will come at the seventh trumpet, and establish a third earth age. As each of the ages pass on and are finished, the Word of God will continue right into the eternity. You might as well become acquainted with all of His Word for it will be around into the eternity.
However, there are some that this Word just won't apply to eternally, for they will not be around in the eternity, for they will take part in the second death, the death of their very soul. Revelation 20 tells of this death.
Revelation 20:11 "And I saw a great white throne, and Him That sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them."
There is no place to hide form our heavenly Father when this great white throne judgment take place.
Revelation 20:12 "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead [spiritually dead] were judged out of those things that were written in the books, according to their works."
Notice that there are two sets of books. One is the "book of life" where only your name is recorded in, because your sins have all been blotted out by the blood of Christ, while the other set of books is where all works are recorded. All souls will be recorded in one or the other. If you are saved, than judgment is a time of receiving eternal rewards, while from the other it is your works through the Millennium age that determines the end direction of your soul.
Revelation 20:13 "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works."
Friend, there are no unsolved crimes and murders, for they will all be judged and our creator will judged all souls fairly. There is nothing hid from our Heavenly Father.
Revelation 20:14 "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."
Revelation 20:15 "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Jesus told us in Mark 13:31 that every word that He has spoken will come to pass exactly as it is written, and "My words shall never pass away."
So as these events happen before our eyes, know that with each of them coming into being, we are drawing closer to the close of this earth age; and even more important, Satan time of deceiving the entire world. There are several periods of time that God called a generation, one was forty years, one seventy, and still another that was one hundred and twenty years. The question that is important to each of us, is which side each of us will be aligned with individually, when the last seal comes into existence.
Mark 13:32 "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."
When these times are given, it is referring to the instant of Christ coming. The people that lived out side the final generation had no idea of their returning to Christ, for it marked the time of their death. However, to our generation we will know exactly to the day when Christ will return, for we have the events, and we know when that final generation started. Daniel gave us the keys to the understanding and Christ reaffirmed those times. Remember earlier when Jesus said, "Behold, for I have foretold you all things..." So you know that when you personally see them taking place, we are at the end of this earth age. The seals are all beginning to unravel, and the trumpets are sounding their their order.
This is not talking about war, and battles between nation, but times of deception, and peace. Times when people are being caught off guard as the trumpets are sounding, and the action is happening now. Man is only troubled over what he doesn't know, so our Lord has been so concerned for His own, that He has give us even the little detail of what we can witness in the flesh before the end comes.
Mark 13:33 "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is."
Once man come to the realization of what is coming in our generation, he can handle it. Jesus even told us in Revelation 11:11 that after the two witness die in the streets of Jerusalem, it will be exactly three and one half days to the end of the earth age.
Mark 13:34 "for the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch."
Jesus is giving us a parable of what it will be like when He returns. He is the one that left His house, Bethel, the house of God. When He left, He turned the house of God over to this priest and servants and they are suppose to be taking care of it. God gave every one of His servants work to be done, and we do our work by the use of those Gifts that His Spirit has placed within us. Did Jesus say, all we have to do is have faith? Well that is what the preacher said, but Jesus is saying, if you are part of His church, His house, you have to do the work that He has assigned to you. That work is given in His Word, and that is why we are to study it, to show ourselves a workman that ought not to be ashamed at His return.
The "porter" is the keeper of the door, the one that protects the door from evil coming in, and the porter is the minister, elder or what ever title you have in the church, that has the responsibility to regulate what is being taught in God's house, Christ has left you in charge of that duty. God holds you personally responsible for what you allow to be taught there, and the wolves that you allow to get to God's sheep.
Your work is what weaves the fabric of what you will be wearing in the eternity, or you will show up there naked, and that is scriptural. He just told us what our work was; we are going to be delivered up, and we are to plant seeds of truth in the minds of other while there is yet time.
Mark 13:35 "Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:"
Though we may not know the exact moment, we certainly know that when the false messiah is here, and the people are busy worshipping the false Christ, they will not be looking for the True Messiah. This is the time when the people will be fooled and deceived the quickest. We are watchmen, and as such we are to keep watching, even after Satan has arrived. Keep focused on what Jesus said, and don't be taken by the false messiah, as Jesus said in Matthew 24:40; "Then shall two be in the field, the one shall be taken, and the other left." The first taken is taken by the false Christ, and the one left in the field working, will be working faithfully until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark 13:36 "Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping."
Watch, take heed what Christ had to say about His coming, and don't listen to the traditions of man that are not backed up by God's Word. Don't find yourself sleeping when you are suppose to be on watch during these time.
Mark 13:37 "And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
Many will be caught off guard, and they listen to those that teach, "all you have to do is to have faith." That is not quite true, for how can you possible have faith in something that you know nothing about? How can you have faith in Christ, and then disobey what He says and demands of you? The answer of course is that it is impossible. You can never have faith in Christ and never do any thing for him, and reject what He demands of you. In Christ's eyes you become worthless to him.
In our generation you must have an aggressive faith in Christ, and be on watch for the events that Jesus has warned us about. You have to be a faithful servant, and on watch for the times that you life in, or you will be deceived. Without being a watchman, you will turn into nothing but a spiritual whore, for you will become the bride of the wrong messiah. These seals not only are going to come to pass, but in fact many of the signs of the end times are history to us today. The one seal that is important to us is the sixth seal, for it is also the sixth trumpet, and the sixth seal marks the coming of the false messiah. The True Christ comes on the sounding of the seventh and final trumpet. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at that last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed." We will be change from or flesh bodies into the spiritual bodies that will live throughout the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, right here on earth.
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