A NOTE regarding our next blog ...
In our February, 2018 commentary blog (CB2D;18)
we highlighted crucial end-time THEMES unfolding
in global culture today. Please view this important blog.
In this May, 2018 commentary blog we are highlighting,
in similar fashion to blog CB2D;18 (and weekly blogs:
B1;18 - B13;18), CHRONOLOGICAL end-time concerns.
Although we posted End Time Waves of Bible Prophecy
years ago - CLICK HERE for a recent repost of this fun
handout - we discern the need to further elaborate on the
2nd Wave this Spring Quarter.
Due to the 15 (ct.) Wave 2 entries on the CB3C;18 handout
linked immediately above, we've created a separate "Wave 2"
document. CLICK HERE to view this new, most helpful
Wave 2 discipleship handout.
[ To get the most out of the blog below, please:
1. Hard-copy PRINT this 2-page (possibly 3-page) document.
In other words, print this "CB5D;18" blog at this time ; then,
2. Click the "weekly blog posts" link immediately below
whereby you can read biblical data on important end-
time chronology as you read through your hard copy
of the commentary blog which follows. ]
A BIG-PICTURE, End Time Reality Check - Part 2
To be honored with the privilege of being a part of the unfolding
of end-time Bible prophecy is such an awe-filled blessing. God
is faithful to His Word!
The following brings a wee bit of commentary to our 2nd Quarter
weekly blog posts :
As was the case concerning prophetic details about the 1st Coming
of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible includes scores of chronological
predictions detailing His 2nd Coming. The Word of God is indeed
miraculously forever powerful and true - see blogs B14;18 &
In its (that is, the Bible's) pages, we find clear end-time predicted
signs which foretell Christ's soon coming. While some of the early
signs have already taken place, additional signs are unfolding today!
A couple fair questions emerge at this juncture:
Yes, the Bible's predictions are amazing, but ...
What's on the near horizon, biblically speaking?
What will be taking place this next decade?
Here are some key prophetic events which need to be
included on the what's next page of the Bible's end-time
calendar (not always listed below in exact chronological
order given the explicit Bible data with which we have to
~ The 3rd Seal of Revelation 6 will be broken/opened.
(see blog B18:18)
~ According to Daniel 7, ten kings will be a part of the final
(end-time) global system. (see B15;18) Three of these
kings will be plucked out / subdued - vv. 8, 24 - by the
little horn (the antichrist). B16;18 This action will also
help discerning people know the debut of the antichrist.
~ The "exactor of tribute" (the tax imposer) of Daniel 11:21
will also be tied to an event which immediately precedes
the revealing of the antichrist - see blog B21;18. Because
our God is great (B17;18 - repetition for the sake of sincere
emphasis), knows the future (B20;18) and because He
cares for humanity, He has forewarned us about eternally
significant events which will put all mankind - living in those
days (coming this decade!) - in great harms' way. BEWARE!
The predicted signs, which will indeed unfold due to God's faithful
Word, will continue ...
~ Seals 4 & 5 will be opened. (see B22;18)
~ The Daniel 9:27 Covenant will prompt even greater tribulation,
eventually even war against God's Saints. (see blog B23;18)
~ The setting up of the Abomination of Desolation will unleash
a period of time the Bible calls the "great tribulation." (see
AFTER the daily sacrifices are taken away (this is yet future to
this blog ; around the time the Covenant is made), a 1,290-day
period of great opposition against God's people - including both
Old and New Covenant Saints - will unfold. (Daniel 12:11 teaches
a period of 1,290 days takes place between the taking away of
the daily offerings and the setting up of the Abomination of
Once the Abomination of Desolation is set up - toward the tail
end of the war against the Saints - great tribulation will unfold,
but only for a short duration - possibly until the 1,335th day of
Daniel 12:12. (also see Mt. 24:22 as to the supernatural
shortening of the great tribulation)
Call: Those who affirm the present-day realities and the
soon-coming events mentioned above are called to
respond to these things - in part - in two ways:
1. Let's consider practical actions in light of these
things, for our personal well being - CLICK HERE
and note the right column for YOU to fill in ;
2. Let's be in His Word for present-day insight as
to how best to live for Christ Jesus this next
decade - see blog B25;18.
Jesus Christ calls His people to be ready for His return. We
can excel in this by heeding His Counsel found in His Word.
May we be doers of His Word, and not hearers only - see
Revelation 1:1-3 which includes this exhortation tied to His
special blessing: " ... and KEEPS those things ..." unto His
glory and praise and unto our best interests!
Faulty ASSUMPTIONS Can Kill Us ... Or ...
Faulty assumptions can kill us, or, at the very least, they
could move us toward a posture-of-perspective which
potentially puts us in harm's way.
Most of us tend to think our dearly held beliefs ... our points of
view ... and the convictions we hold, etc., are right - especially
if these mindsets and attitudes have been in place for some
time. But what IF we're wrong? Or IF our understandings
need refinement? Or IF errors need correcting?
How do we get to the place before our Lord God where His
Spirit will reveal the issues ... open our eyes and ears and
hearts and minds to know and understand His Truths
Recalling many of these blogs - including this one - are
especially intended for sincere followers of Jesus Christ ...
For sure, we think you'd agree that genuine desire to know
and live His Word, humility of spirit, earnest prayer and
diligently seeking His face day by day must all be a part
of the equation of walk with God. So with all of these
elements highlighted, let's look more deeply into what
He has to say about crucial end-time sign events.
Let's consider, in this blog, the timing as to WHEN the
1. Birth Pains of Matthew 24:4-8 begin taking place;
2. Seals of Revelation 6 begin taking place.
So as to avoid losing our way, we need to reiterate this:
It must be the Word of God which serves as our reliable
guide in this inquiry. This means, in part, we affirm the
clearly stated information of the pertinent texts and avoid
wandering on the paths of interpretive speculation.
~ This blog's main point exemplified ...
The following is another factual, biblical observation which
serves to at least question this dangerous assumption:
"From a futurist's perspective, the main bulk of eschatological
themes and events takes place during a final 7-year period
commonly referred to as the 70th Week of Daniel."
The quote above is NOT taught in Scripture. It is, what we
believe on the grounds of Bible data, a faulty assumption which,
if indeed incorrect, puts folks who hold this non-biblical tenet in
grave danger of being ill-prepared.
"How so?" one might fairly ask.
We'd like to use the Pre-Wrath Rapture view as the position
which seems to hold this view - this assumption. We do so
because this view teaches, specific to the quote above, extra-
biblical tenets which actually do foster ill-preparedness.
For example, have you read the first part of the new series (in
Zion's Fire magazine) titled "Rapture & Wrath: Ready or Not?"
(March/April, 2018 edition)
If you have, did you discern one (of multiple) extra-biblical
assumptions in the view as diagrammed on pages 12 & 13
of the article ... also taught on their diagram of the Pre-Wrath
Rapture position at the bottom of page 9 of the same
The view teaches the "Beginning of Sorrows" begins when
the antichrist signs the Daniel 9:27 Covenant. BUT this is
an extra-biblical - we believe an un-biblical - presumption!
NOwhere in the whole of Scripture do we find the teaching
that the birth pains of Mt. 24:4-8 begin at the time of the
signing of the Covenant.
Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches there is a time of birth pains,
yes, BUT never teaches this "time of sorrows" is a part of
the final 7-year period before His 2nd Advent to the earth -
This faulty assumption - again, that the birth pains are a part
of the 7-year end time period (Daniel's 70th Week) - of the
Pre-Wrath advocates is dangerous for this very reason:
It fosters an attitude and/or postures folks toward a state
of ill-preparedness due to a false assumption concerning
Again, "How so?" one could (and should) ask.
MANY today believe the end-time birth pains of Mt. 24 are
already upon us. In light of global signs, this view (that the
time of sorrows has already begun) is most viable - that yes,
indeed, the end-time birth pains have begun and continue
to unfold today.
And yet, the Daniel 9:27 Covenant has NOT been signed
to date. This Covenant signing is a yet-future event!
We raise this concern because we sincerely care about
our Lord's instructions to be ready in light of the signs. As
the initial signs come/unfold, there are other signs which
follow - signs taking place before the initial appearing of
our Lord Jesus as accounted in Matthew 24:30 and
We care for God's people in Jesus Christ who have
been called to be rightly ready for our Lord's return.
If we believe the birth pains are NOT upon us today (one
of the assumptions we're questioning in this blog), what
does our Lord mean when He teaches these are early
These birth-pain signs precede :
1. the tribulation of Mt. 24:9-22
2. the astronomical signs of Mt. 24:29
3. the sign of the Son of Man in Mt. 24:30 and
4. the trumpets of Revelation 8 - 11.
The above signs take place before His final trumpet rapture
gathering of His Church, a gathering which occurs at the last
trumpet! (see I Cor. 15:51, 52; Mt. 24:31; Rev. 11:15ff and
But this is only the first faulty, unbiblical assumption of the
Pre-Wrath position. We present a fair second observation
(citing a second extra-biblical presupposition):
In fairness to the Pre-Wrath advocates, we should restate
our source: The following is also diagrammed in the March/
April 2018 edition of Zion's Fire :
The two-page Pre-Wrath chart places the Seals in such a way
as to teach the assumption with which we're concerned -
namely, that the Seals, in this second example, begin at the
time the Covenant is signed. BUT what does our authority
for faith and practice explicitly teach?
The Bible NEVER teaches the early Seals of Revelation 6
take place during Daniel's 70th Week! This is yet another
assumption on the part of the Pre-Wrath (PW) advocates.
Once again, these 2 popular but faulty assumptions are:
1. the time of sorrows begins when the Covenant is signed
and continues to unfold during Daniel's 70th Week ;
2. the Seals begin to be opened when the Covenant is signed
and continue to be opened during Daniel's 70th Week.
It's here where we make a simple appeal:
Our claim (that the first part of these 2 premises are incorrect)
can be easily rebutted! Simply show us EXPLICIT Bible evi-
dence that our observations - that these two assumptions are
just that, assumed without biblical warrant - are incorrect. In
other words, all the PW advocates need to do in response
to this concern is to provide Bible data which confirms their
assumptions! Pretty easy to do IF there are clear biblical
passages which teach their PW view! But there are NOT!
WHY do we raise this concern regarding end-time, extra-
biblical assumptions ?
Think about it, please. IF the birth pains and early Seals
begin to unfold BEFORE Daniel's 70th Week - which some,
with evidence, are suggesting and which are unfolding in
global culture today - then one's end time view is changed
such that one would live differently, today, given the signs
taking place all around us!
As we have stated in past blogs and in our handouts which
we provide during our live presentations, we prepare
according to the end-time view we espouse! Our Lord
calls us to prepare rightly.
One question before we conclude:
Do we prepare correctly - on the basis of an explicitly
Bible-based end time view?
May we be humble in spirit enough to go back to our Lord's
Word for instruction as to living for Jesus Christ during these
end of days - days just prior to the final 7 years as outlined
in our proposal (for prayerful and exegetical consideration).
CLICK HERE for the proposal.
We KNOW ! - Rejecting The Bondages Of Dumb-Down
When will we know - biblically speaking - some of the popular end-
time positions are incorrect ?
1. Preterit We know - today - this view (including both full and
Eschatology partial preterism) is incorrect as an end-time view
because Jesus Christ has not yet returned and
because the end-time signs (as explicitly informed
by biblical Truth) are unfolding - today!
2. Traditional We know - today - this view is incorrect due to the
Post-Trib faulty definition of Daniel's 70th Week which most
Post Tribulationalists often embrace. The historical
Post Tribulational end-time view is incorrect because
Jesus Christ teaches this: There are end-time events
which follow the close of the tribulation. Click Here
3. Evolving Note: The "We Have A Problem" diagram (posted at
Pre-Trib the "Click Here" link immediately above) also
Rapture applies to most Pre-Trib positions, though
some changes in the general position continue
We know the Pre-Trib view is incorrect because the
Word of God speaks to the contrary. For examples,
We will also further know this view is incorrect when
the antichrist makes his public debut and the real (that
is, the biblical) tribulation and great tribulation against
the elect unfold. This is a period of time which will also
include "the war against the saints." When the little
horn / man of lawlessness comes on the scene, the
Church will further know, without doubt, the Pre-Trib
Rapture view is incorrect. (Please note: Some within
the worldly church will deny the antichrist due to great
deceptions unfolding during this time. Some will deny
we are in the tribulation period though the Bible evi-
dences (that is, cultural signs in light of biblical data)
will be clear. Don't listen to these false teachers
which the Bible predicts will appear!
4. Pre-Wrath We will know this view is incorrect when the Rapture
Rapture fails to occur immediately after heavenly signs take
place. (see Mt. 24:29, 30 ; Rev. 6:12-17) In other words,
when, 1) the astronomical signs (of Mt. 24:29 and
Rev. 6:12, 13) appear, followed by, 2) the Sign of the
Son of Man (Mt. 24:30 and Rev. 6:14-17) ... when
these two heavenly events are NOT immediately
followed by the Rapture event, then we will know,
without doubt, the Pre-Wrath Rapture view is also
In seeking to be fair, we go on to ask the same question about the Final
Trumpet Rapture Gathering view: When will we know the Final Trumpet
Rapture Gathering position is incorrect?
We will know the Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering is incorrect IF the
rapture happens before the tribulation and great tribulation of Mt. 24:9-22.
We will also know this view is incorrect IF the rapture fails to take place
at the last of the Revelation trumpets - before the bowls of wrath are
delivered. (see I Cor. 15:51, 52 and Rev. 11)
We conclude this commentary blog with this familar, practical question:
WHY do we raise these fair concerns?
We do so because we sincerely care!
We do so because we have been called by God to be ready, informed
by a TRUE eschatological perspective. Incorrect end-time views lead
to ill-preparedness. For example, ponder yet another popular end-time
view: Pan-Mil / Pan-Trib, a view often teaching it will all pan out in the
end so we don't have to concern ourselves with end-time matters. WOW!
How many will be unprepared - who will fail to watch as our Lord has
clearly Counseled - in the context of this faulty, half-truth perspective!?
Our Lord tells us to be ready for His return and this includes our being
ready for the early part of the Day of the Lord when the trumpet blasts
May we be ready and watchful in light of God's explicit caring Counsel
to His sheep in Christ. May we heed His instruction to watch! Our Lord
was so clear in Mark 13:37 and Rev. 2 & 3 (especially note Rev. 3:2, 3) !
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