So, should we study the subject of the end of time? I would like for those of you who read this study to add your comments at the end of the study. This study is a work in progress. If I have not developed entire explanations for each scripture please share your thoughts. You can do so anonymously.
Does the Bible talk about the events of the end of time?
Is it acceptable by everyone to study a subject which is in the Bible?
Could there be a subject in the Bible that is off limits for study?
Is it possible that God may give someone the gift of prophecy or the interpretation and understanding of Bible prophecy concerning the end of time?
Who was the first minister to understand the proper interpretation of the Sixth Seal message or the Seventh Seal message?
Beginning with the Fourth Seal message on justification, the Fifth Seal message on sanctification and the Sixth Seal message on the unity of God’s people, was some minister the first one to preach the message at the opening of those seals?
What does the Bible say about the end of time? Will you accept and believe what the Bible states about the end of time?
Matthew 24:6-146 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
In verse six and fourteen of this passage, what end is being referenced? Considering the context and the list of events which must precede this end, I am confident that it is referencing the end of the world and the end of time in this world. When shall the end come? After that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations.”
Has this gospel been preached to all nations? The answer is clearly, No.
Quote: “There are approximately 6,900 different languages spoken in the world today and only 457 of those languages have the entire Bible. That is only 7% of the world’s languages. Three thousand one hundred sixty-eight languages, or 46%, have some portion of the Bible. But, there are still 2,100 languages, or 30%, of all the languages of the world that do not have even one verse of scripture written in their language. Yes, you read it right. Right now in the year 2011 there are still approximately two thousand one hundred languages that are without any portion of the Bible and with no Bible translation work started.” From All Nations Bible Translation: http://allnationsbibletranslation.org/resources/articles/people-without-the-bible
Many of these Bibleless nations are located in Sub-Sahara Africa. Because they were cut off from the societies of the world, from many ages before Christ until the 1800’s after Christ, these nations of people have never had the first opportunity to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. Africa, China and India hold the majority of people who have no portion of the Holy Bible.
A look at the Christian history timeline for Sub-Sahara Africa reveals that the very first record of the gospel of Jesus Christ being introduced to Sub-Sahara Africa to have been post-1860 A.D. The records of history credit David Livingstone as being the first Christian missionary to Africa. The record of Christian ministers and when they appeared in this timeline is shown thusly:
Olatunrinle, Christianah c. 1855 – 1941, b. Ondo, Eastern Yorubaland (Nigeria)
Kivebulaya, Apolo c.1864– 1933, b. Kiwanda (Uganda)
Harris, William Wade c. 1865 – 1929, b. Cape Palmas, Liberia
Charlotte Manye 1872 – 1939, b. Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Orimolade, Moses 1879 – 1933, b. Ikare, Western Nigeria
Akinyele, Isaac 1880– 1965, b. Ibadan, Western Nigeria
Kimbangu, Simon c. 1887 – 1951, b. Nkamba, Congo Free State (now Democratic Republic of Congo)
Nsibambi, Simeon 1897 – 1978, b. Buloba, county of Busiro, Uganda
Kiwanuka, Joseph Nakabaale 1899 – 1966, b. Nakirebe, Mawokota county, Uganda
Oshitelu, Josiah Olunowo 1902 – 1962, b. Ogere, Ijebuland (Nigeria)
Crowther, Samuel Ajayi 1808 – 1891, b. Osogun, Yorubaland (Nigeria)
Johnson, James “HoIy" c. 1836 – 1917, b. near Waterloo, Sierra Leone
Mokone, Mangena Maake 1851 – 1931, b. Sekhukhuneland, Northern Province, South Africa
Christian Events/Movements have been documented as follows:
1799 Church Missionary Society founded. Reaching the Coptic and Ethiopian Church from 1825 onward.
1886–1887 Ugandan Christians martyred for their faith by chief Mwanga.
1890s Western missionary control of the Nigerian and South African churches provokes African leaders to form the independent “Ethiopian” movement.
Who can dispute this historical record? Where is the record that Sub-Sahara Africa received the gospel of Jesus Christ prior to these dates and ministers?
When will the second coming of Jesus happen? The Holy Bible is our only source of information. The reason the two subjects “The Origin of the Races” and the “End of Time” are so intricately related is because God has created three races of people who must hear the message of Jesus Christ before His second coming. These three races of people are the Asian people, The Caucasian people and the African people.
What does the Bible say?
Mark 13:5-75 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
Many false prophets have come into the world and have passed from the world. Some have claimed to be the Messiah, The Prophet of God. None have proven to have the character and Sonship of God. Only Jesus Christ has proven Himself worthy of being the Son of God, fulfilling all the prophecies and performing the perfect will of the Father in heaven.
Luke 21:8-128 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
There have been many wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilence and fearful sights and great signs, but the end is not by and by. The Word of God contains many prophetic events which must come to pass before the end of the world and the end of time. Not one prophecy shall fail to be fulfilled. I have heard a minister make the claim that he knows that all the prophecies of God in the Bible have been fulfilled and are past. I fear that he was somewhat boastful in his claim to this knowledge. I am very confident that there are prophecies which are post-Seventh Seal Silence which have not been fulfilled.
2 Peter 3:1-141 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
We must be faithful, obedient and “found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” “Where is the promise of His coming?” It is remaining with us this very day. We are looking for and standing for the revelation of His soon appearance. We believe that He is coming. This belief and our attention to this event causes us to be diligent, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God.
Revelation 16:17-2117 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
The sounding of the Seventh angel and the Seventh Trumpet is one of the final events which shall precede the second coming of Christ. When this message is sounded to all the world and all nations have heard this message, THEN “It is done.” At this sounding of the Seventh Trumpet message, the activities described in verse 18 will be a worldwide event.
Some few ministers have claimed that verse 18 has already come to pass in the 1960’s and the next great event for the church is the imminent return of Jesus Christ. There is not sufficient evidence that verse 18 has ever been a reality since the Silence began in 1930.
THE ELEVENTH HOUR
Matthew 20:1-16 The eleventh hour is the prophetic time of the 6th and 7th Seal.
“And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?”
“These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.”
Those who stay saved in the prosperity of the 6th and 7th Seal will receive eternal life just as those who stayed saved in the morning and noon time of the gospel day when physical persecution was very hot.
Revelation 15:8, “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.”
DAY AND HOUR UNKNOWN
Matthew 24:36-39, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
There have been violent social upheavals in many countries in the last 2000 years; and yet, at the same time there were people eating, drinking and marrying. When Jesus returns, most people will be living, eating, drinking and marrying. No person knows when that day will be. God has reserved that information to Himself alone. But that day is coming and certain events will precede it.
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.”
Jesus tells us that even He does not know the exact day and hour when God will make known that the time has come and send His Son Jesus Christ to go receive the saints and judge the sinners.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-4, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
Although we do not know the day or the hour in which Jesus will return, we are expecting Him and looking for Him to come. He will not take His saints by surprise, because they will be expecting Him and waiting for Him to appear.
2 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.
Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Be ready. You have been warned. You know that someday it will happen. Only a fool would live his life in a selfish and covetous manner knowing that the end is always near to each one of us.
HOUR AND HALF HOUR
HOUR: SEC: NT:5610 hora (ho'-rah); apparently a primary word; an "hour" (literally or figuratively): KJV - day, hour, instant, season, X short, [even-] tide, (high) time.
HALF: SEC: NT:2255 hemisu (hay'-mee-soo); neuter of a derivative from an inseparable pref. akin to NT:260 (through the idea of partition involved in connection) and meaning semi-; (as noun) half:
Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
The scriptures do not provide us with a symbolic key with which to define the specific time of “half an hour.” It is an unspecified short period of time. Of one thing we are certain, it is not 30 years. We are very certain of the opening of the Seventh Seal and the beginning of the silence, which was 1929/1930 A.D. We also know that the events which are described at the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet did not occur in the 1960’s.
Revelation 9:14-1514 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
We know that the Sixth Seal and the message of the Sixth angel began to be sounded at about 1880 A.D. If a day is a symbolic year; and, a month a symbolic thirty years; and, a year a symbolic 360 years; then the calculation of this symbol is 391 years plus (an hour ?) duration from some point in the timeline of this world.
Revelation 11:11-14 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
The fifth, sixth and seventh seal each had a “woe” pronounced against the inhabiters of this world. “And after three days and an half” is determined to be 350 years from 1530 to 1880. And after 1880 there was a time of great holiness, faith, righteousness, judgment and mercy manifested in the lives of the ministry and the people. This spiritual standing cause a great spiritual revival of holiness around the world. There was a great spiritual earthquake and thousands of people repented of their sins and turned to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. But the end is not yet.
The Seventh Seal, the Seventh Trumpet and The Seventh Vial must follow the Sixth. In the Seventh Seal there is also a “woe.” In the Seventh Seal there is also a spiritual revival and an earthquake which is greater than the two preceding it in the First Seal and the Sixth Seal. That final end time revival and earthquake has not happened as of this date in 2013.
Revelation 14:6-8 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
We are told that there is another angel/ministry who must preach unto them that dwell on the earth and to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.
Has that Seventh Trumpet message been preached? Has it already happened? When and where has it happened? Where is the evidence which fits the description given for it? It does not yet exist.
Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
There have been ten kingdoms which have ruled in the earth. They received their power from the Red Draqon Beast of Paganism.
Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Babylon has reigned over men and her judgment has come in part in the Sixth Seal and will be finished in the Seventh Seal.
Revelation 18:17-19 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city. And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
The word of God teaches us that the Sixth and Seventh Seal constitute “one hour” of the gospel day. We are also informed that the “silence in heaven” at the opening of the Seventh Seal is equal to one-half hour. By this we know that the Evening Time silence is equal to one-half of the time frame of the Sixth and Seventh Seal. (For example: If the Sixth and Seventh Seal spans 140 years; then, the Silence would span 70 years.)
The end of time, is it a subject we should study? Have you studied this subject sufficiently to be approved of God? Do you know what God wants you to know about the end of time?
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