Pro and Con 1867
DEEPEST-YET HYDROTHERMAL VENTS
12,500 ft deep white chimneys in the Bay of California are venting scalding hot water, colonized by animals that thrive in the heat and toxicity.
HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Where/who is the "man of sin"? best regards
The "man of sin" is the False Prophet, the second beast of Rev. 13, the second son of perdition who is indwelt by Satan. Judas Iscariot was the first son of perdition. The False Prophet comes to full power Mid-Trib, soon after the First-Trump Rapture. The first beast, the Antichrist, rules during the first 42 months of the Tribulation. The False Prophet rules during the shortened Great Tribulation.
2Th 2:1-4 (KJV) says, "Now we beseech you, brethren (i.e., believers), by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him (i.e., at the First-Trump Rapture of I Th 4:16,17), 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ (i.e., should be Day of the Lord, as in the Vatican Codex of 325 AD, the Sinaitic Codex of 331 AD, and the Alexandrine Codex of 400 AD) is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (i.e., APOSTASIA should be translated DEPARTING) first, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION (i.e., indwelt by Satan); 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
Seven early Bibles had DEPARTING FIRST in 2 Th 2:3, Wycliffe, Tyndale, Coverdale, Crammer, Geneva, Breeches and Beza.
The World English Bible says, "Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the DEPARTURE COMES FIRST, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction".
The HNV says, "For it will not be, unless THE DEPARTURE COMES FIRST, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction".
Act_21:21 (KJV) says, "And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs."
"The word 'forsake' is the noun APOSTASIA in the Accusative Case. It could be translated 'depart from Moses'."
Act_21:21 (Douay-Rheims) says, "Now they have heard of thee that thou teachest those Jews, who are among the Gentiles, to DEPART from Moses: saying, that they ought not to circumcise their children, now walk according to the custom."
Judas Iscariot and the False Prophet are the two sons of perdition, actually indwelt by Satan.
Joh_17:12 says, "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled."
THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE FALSE PROPHET COMES TO POWER MID-TRIB
According to Rev. 13:1-12, the DEPARTURE, the First-Trump Rapture, will come a bit before Mid-Trib, and the man of sin will be revealed Mid-Trib, 42 months after the Tribulation begins.
Rev 13:1-12 (KJV) says, "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads (i.e., the leaders of Babel, Babylon II, Media-Persia, Greece, Holy Roman Empire, Ecclesiastical Holy Roman Empire, and Babylon III) and ten horns (i.e., 10 kings that come up in the Great Tribulation, Rev. 17:12), and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy (Pontifex Maximus, the great high priest, started by Nimrod and continued to the present time). 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard (i.e., Greece, Dan 7:6), and his feet were as the feet of a bear (Media-Persia, Dan 7:5), and his mouth as the mouth of a lion (i.e., Babylon, Dan 7:4): and the dragon (i.e., Satan) gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? (i.e., the Pontifex Maximus) who is able to make war with him? (i.e., no one) 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue FORTY AND TWO MONTHS (i.e., the first half of the Tribulation). 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and THEM THAT DWELL IN HEAVEN (i.e., those wise virgins raptured just before Mid-Trib).
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints (i.e., those foolish virgins left behind at the First-Trump Rapture), and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld ANOTHER BEAST (i.e., Satan) coming up out of the earth (i.e., Mid-Trib, Rev. 12:6-8); and he had two horns (i.e., two comings to power) like a lamb (i.e., Jesus), and he (i.e., now in the Satan-possessed False Prophet) spake as a dragon (i.e., because he will be Satan-possessed). 12 And he (i.e., the False Prophet) exerciseth all the power of the first beast (i.e., Antichrist) before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed."
Rev 17:8 says, "The beast (i.e., Satan) that thou sawest was (i.e., in Judas Iscariot), and is not (i.e., in man now); and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit (i.e., Mid-Trib, Rev 12:6-12), and go into perdition" (i.e., go into the False Prophet, the second son of perdition).
THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE TEN KINGS RECEIVE THEIR KINGDOMS
Rev 17:10-14 says, "And there are seven kings: five are fallen (i.e., kings of Babel, Babylon II, Media-Persia, Greece, and the Holy Roman Empire), and one is (i.e., the Ecclesiastical Holy Roman Empire), and the other (i.e., Babylon III) is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space (i.e., the shortened Great Tribulation). 11 And the beast that was, and is not (i.e., Satan), even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition (i.e., the False Prophet). 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 (i.e., the False Prophet). 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and THEY THAT ARE WITH HIM ARE CALLED, AND CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL."
SINCE THE FALSE PROPHET SHALL ARISE AFTER THE TEN KINGS, THE RAPTURE WILL TAKE PLACE BEFORE THE FALSE PROPHET ARISES MID-TRIB
Dan 7:23-26 says, "Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces (i.e., divide it into ten regions). 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are TEN KINGS that shall arise: and ANOTHER (i.e., the False Prophet) SHALL RISE AFTER THEM; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (i.e., 3.5 years). 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end."
Here is one of the blasphemies of Pope Francis. "Remember this well: to be a Christian means to belong to the Church."
That does not agree with the Bible.
Joh 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
To be a Christian means to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We don't need another mediator.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus".
Act 4:10-12 says, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
On 11-24-2013, Pope Francis, inaugurated March 19, 2013, issued his "APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM (meaning The Joy of the Gospel) OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS".
In it, he said, "'Non-Christians, by God's gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live 'justified by the grace of God', and thus be 'associated to the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ'. (http://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.pdf)
The Pope also has said, "God is not a divine being or a magician." and "Atheists who do good are redeemed, not just Catholics" (Five Doves: Bob Anderson (7 June 2014), "What Does Pope Francis Believe?")
Joh 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." That leaves out atheists.
Could this Pope be the Antichrist? Mat_7:15 says, "Beware of false prophets (i.e., the Antichrist and False Prophet), which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
As a badge office, the Pope wears a pallium made out of wool from two specially raised sheep.
If this Pope is the Antichrist, March 19, 2013, the day of his inauguration, could have been the beginning of the Tribulation. Forty-two months later would be Mid-Trib, Mon. Sept 19, 2016, Elul 16, 5776.
Mat 24:13-22 says, "But he that shall endure unto THE END, the same shall be saved. (i.e., there will be a First-Trump Rapture Mid-Trib and a Last-Trump Rapture at the end of the Great Tribulation) 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. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (i.e., Mid-Trib), (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight (phuge, escape, flight, i.e., the First-Trump Rapture) be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake THOSE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED."
A TYPE OF THE RAPTURE JUST BEFORE THE GREAT TRIBULATION
"In A.D.66 when Cestius came against the city, but unaccountably withdrew, the Christians discerned in this the sign foretold by Christ, and fled (i.e., to Pella) while 1,100,000 Jews are said to have been killed in the terrible seige in A.D. 70. -Eusebius, Church History, book 3, chap. 5"
The time of the general flight was November 66 AD to March 67 AD. That seems to suggest that the escape of the Christians at the First Rapture will be about 3.5 years before the great destruction on the great and terrible Day of the Lord.
Cestius Gallus and his 12th Legion arrived just after the Feast of Tabernacles. His army surrounded Jerusalem, then inexplicably withdrew. The Jews followed and won over that legion. Jerusalem finally fell after a two-year siege under the forces of Titus in 70 AD. A firebrand seems to have been tossed into a Temple window in the evening on Av 9 and the whole thing became an inferno on Av 10.
Jer 52:12,13 says, "Now in the fifth month, in the TENTH DAY of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, 13 And BURNED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire".
Josephus wrote, "Titus retired into the tower of Antonia, and resolved to storm the temple the next day, early in the morning, with his whole army, and to encamp round about the holy house; but, as for that house, God had for certain long ago doomed it to the fire; and now that fatal day was come, according to the revolution of ages; it was the TENTH DAY OF THE MONTH LOUS [Ab,] upon which it was formerly burnt by the king of Babylon; although these flames took their rise from the Jews themselves, and were occasioned by them; for upon Titus's retiring, the seditious lay still for a little while, and then attacked the Romans again, when those that guarded the holy house fought with those that quenched the fire that was burning in the inner [court of the] temple; but these Romans put the Jews to flight, and proceeded as far as the holy house itself. At which time one of the soldiers, without staying for any orders, and without any concern or dread upon him at so great an undertaking, and being hurried on by a certain divine fury, snatched somewhat out of the materials that were on fire, and being lifted up by another soldier, he set fire to a golden window, through which there was a passage to the rooms that were round about the holy house, on the north side of it." (Wars. VI. IV. 5)
Av 10 was Mon. Aug. 6, 70 AD, Julian day 1,481,027.
THE CHRISTIANS HAD BEEN WARNED
Some scriptures can have a double reference.
Luk 21:20-28 says, "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and LET THEM WHICH ARE IN THE MIDST OF IT DEPART OUT; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
At the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost in 66 AD, there were signs. According to Josephus, at the ninth hour of the night, a great light "shone round the altar and the holy house...for half an hour."
At the Feast of Unleavened Bread in 63 AD, a heifer gave birth to a lamb in the Temple court.
Re 66 AD, Josephus said, "the eastern gate of the inner, [court of the temple,] which was of brass, and vastly heavy, and had been with difficulty shut by twenty men, and rested upon a basis armed with iron, and had bolts fastened very deep into the firm floor, which was there made of one entire stone, was seen to be opened of its own accord about the sixth hour of the night...and not without great difficulty was able to shut the gate again....the men of learning understood it, that the security of their holy house was dissolved of its own accord, and that the gate was opened for the advantage of their enemies. So these publicly declared, that this signal foreshewed the desolation that was coming upon them." (Wars VI. V. 3)
This gate seems to have been the great bronze Nicanor Gate that opened into the court of the priests where the Brazen Altar was located.
Next, on Iyar 21, before sun-setting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armour were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding cities.
THEN ON PENTECOST, THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH, THEY HEARD "LET US REMOVE HENCE"
Josephus said, "Moreover, at that feast which we call PENTECOST, as the priests were going by night into the inner [court of the] temple, as their custom was, to perform their sacred ministrations, they said that, in the first place, they felt a quaking, and heard a great noise, and after that they heard a sound as of A GREAT MULTITUDE, SAYING, "LET US REMOVE HENCE." But, what is still more terrible, there was one Jesus, the son of Ananus, a plebeian, and an husbandman, who, FOUR YEARS BEFORE THE WAR BEGAN, and at a time when the city was in very great peace and properity, came to that feast whereon it is our custom for every one to make tabernacles to God in the temple, began on a sudden to cry aloud, "A voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the holy house, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, and a voice against this whole people....This cry of his was the loudest at the festivals; and he continued this ditty for seven years and five months."
I wonder if this could be a sign that the First-Trump Rapture will be on Pentecost about Mid-Trib. Could Pentecost both begin and end the Church Age? Jesus came to the Church on Pentecost. It was a harvest festival and a great watershed event. Next Pentecost will be Sivan 6, 5776, June 12, 2016. 1967 (Six-Day War) + 48.33 (1 generation, Mt. 1:17) = 2015.33. That makes spring of 2016 sound good to me.
THE WISE VIRGIN SAINTS CANNOT REMAIN ON EARTH DURING THE GREAT TRIBULATION FOR THEN THERE WILL BE "WRATH UPON THIS PEOPLE"
Luk_21:23 says, "But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! (i.e., in the Great Tribulation) for there shall be great distress in the land, and WRATH upon this people."
1Th_1:10 says, "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come."
1Th 5:9 says, "FOR GOD HATH NOT APPOINTED US TO WRATH, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ". Agape
A MID-TRIB SCENARIO GLEANED FROM SCRIPTURE
By Marilyn Agee
"Now (Mid-Trib) is come salvation (soteria, deliverance, i.e., the Rapture), and strength, and
the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren
is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." (Rev 12:10)
THE EARLY WARNING
Mat_23:9 says, "call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."
THE FALSE PROPHET
Dan 8:23-25 says, "when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences (i.e., the False Prophet), shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power (i.e., by Satan's): and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand."
IT LOOKS LIKE THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE WILL TAKE PLACE WHEN MICHAEL CASTS SATAN OUT OF HEAVEN MID-TRIB
We have proof in Scripture. It can be known now, because we are living in the time of the end.
Dan 12:4 says, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED."
Dan_12:9 says, "And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."
THE NEW TESTAMENT PROOF OF THE MID-TRIB RAPTURE
Rev 12:7-14 says, "And there was war in heaven: MICHAEL ('one of the chief princes', Dan 10:13) and his angels fought against the dragon (i.e., Satan); and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 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. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, NOW (arti, JUST NOW, THIS INSTANT, THIS MOMENT, THIS PRECISE TIME, THIS HOUR, THIS DAY, FROM AIRO, TO LIFT, TAKE UP OR AWAY, SAIL AWAY) IS COME SALVATION (soteria, SALVATION, RESCUE, DELIVERANCE FROM DANGER, i.e., THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE), AND STRENGTH, AND THE KINGDOM OF OUR GOD, AND THE POWER OF HIS CHRIST: FOR THE ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN, SATAN, IS CAST DOWN, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore REJOICE, YE HEAVENS, AND YE THAT DWELL IN THEM. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (i.e., the shortened Great Tribulation). 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (i.e., Israel) which brought forth the man child (i.e., Jesus on Tishri 1, Sept. 4, 5 BC, when Virgo was clothed with the sun and the moon was under her feet). 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place (i.e., Petra), where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (i.e., 3.5 years, during the Great Tribulation), from the face of the serpent (i.e., who will inhabit the False Prophet Mid-Trib)."
Luk_21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE (ekpheugo, to flee out, escape, i.e., by being raptured) all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
THE OLD TESTAMENT PROOF OF THE MID-TRIB RAPTURE
Dan 12:1-3 (KJV) says, "And at that time (eth, due season, i.e., Mid-Trib) shall MICHAEL ('one of the chief princes', Dan 10:13, 'your prince', Dan 10:21) stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and THERE SHALL BE A TIME OF TROUBLE, SUCH AS NEVER WAS SINCE THERE WAS A NATION EVEN TO THAT SAME TIME: AND AT THAT TIME (i.e., MID-TRIB WHEN MICHAEL STANDS UP) THY PEOPLE SHALL BE DELIVERED (malat, ESCAPE, LEAP OUT, i.e., BE RAPTURED), EVERY ONE THAT SHALL BE FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And THEY THAT BE WISE SHALL SHINE AS THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE FIRMAMENT (i.e., expanse of space); and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."
Dan 12:1 (YLT) says, "And at that time stand up doth Michael, the great head, who is standing up for the sons of thy people, and there hath been a time of distress (i.e., the first half of the Tribulation), such as hath not been since there hath been a nation till that time, and AT THAT TIME (i.e., Mid-Trib, when Michael stands up) DO THY PEOPLE ESCAPE, EVERY ONE WHO IS FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK."
Dan 12:1 (Jubilee Bible 2000) says, "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who is for the sons of thy people, and it shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there were people until now, but in that time thy people shall ESCAPE, ALL THOSE THAT ARE FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK."
THE TWO RAPTURES OF I TH 4:16,17 AND I COR 15:51-54 BOOKEND THE GREAT TRIBULATION
Rev 11:1-3 says, "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, RISE (i.e., the "COME UP HITHER" of Rev. 4:1), and measure the temple of God (i.e., we are the 'temple of the Holy Ghost', I Co 6:19), and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (i.e., during the Great Tribulation). 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses (i.e., Moses and Elijah, Zec 4:14; Mt 17:4), and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (i.e., during the Great Tribulation), clothed in sackcloth."
Rev 11:12,13 says, "And they (i.e., Moses and Elijah) heard a great voice from heaven (i.e., at the end of the Great Tribulation) saying unto them, COME UP HITHER. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake (i.e., Satan's planet Wormwood will impact Babylon), and the tenth part of the city (i.e., Jerusalem) fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand".
At the First-Trump Rapture, no saints actually become immortal. At the Last-Trump Rapture, all saints become immortal in "the twinking of an eye".
THE "COME UP HITHER" OF REV 4:1 IS THE SAME AS THE "RISE" OF REV. 11:1
Rev 10:11 says, "And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy AGAIN" before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings."
Both times, John starts off with the First-Trump Rapture. In Rev 4:1, it is "COME UP HITHER". In Rev 11:1, it is "RISE". The "COME UP HITHER" of Rev. 4:1 is the First-Trump Rapture of I Th 4:16,17, and the "COME UP HITHER" of Rev. 11:2 is the Last-Trump Rapture of I Cor 15:51-54.
THESE ARRIVE IN QUICK SUCCESSION, THE MID-TRIB RAPTURE, THE END OF ANTICHRIST'S REIGN, THE REIGN OF THE TEN KINGS AND THE FALSE PROPHET
Dan_7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are TEN KINGS that shall arise: and another (i.e., the False Prophet) shall rise AFTER them; and he shall be diverse from the first (i.e., from the Antichrist), and he shall subdue three kings."
Rev_17:12-14 says, "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" (i.e., the False Prophet, during the Great Tribulation). 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall make war with THE LAMB (JESUS), and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and THEY THAT ARE WITH HIM ARE CALLED, AND CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL."
These saints with Jesus are the wise virgins caught up to be with Jesus Mid-Trib.
THE ANTICHRIST HAS THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY UPON HIM
Rev 13:1-4 says, "And I stood upon the sand of the sea (i.e., Rev 17:15 explains that 'The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues'), and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads (i.e., Babel, Babylon II, Medo-Persia, Greece, Holy Roman Empire, Ecclesiastical Holy Roman Empire, and Babylon III) and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns (i.e., then the time referred to here is near Mid-Trib), and upon his heads THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY (PONTIFEX MAXIMUS, the official high priest of the mystery religion started by Nimrod and Semiramis at Babel). 2 And the beast which I saw (i.e., Antichrist) was like unto a leopard (Greece, Dan. 7:6), and his feet were as the feet of a bear (Media-Persia, Dan 7:5), and his mouth as the mouth of a lion (i.e., Babylon II, Dan 7:4): and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads (i.e., the Holy Roman Empire) as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed (i.e., up came the Ecclesiastical Holy Roman Empire): and all the world wondered after the beast (i.e., the Pontifex Maximus). 4 And they worshipped the dragon (i.e., Lucifer, Satan) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? (i.e., the Antichrist) who is able to make war with him?"
THE FALSE PROPHET, WHO COMES TO POWER MID-TRIB, WILL DESTROY MANY BY "PEACE"
Dan 8:23-25 says, "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand."
DEATH BY STONING IS FOR BLASPHEMERS
Did you ever wonder why the law sentenced blasphemers to death by stoning? The ultimate stoning for blasphemy will be when the asteroid Wormwood impacts Babylon.
Rev 18:21 says,"And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all."
(Cont'd on Procon 1868)
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