ESCHATOLOGY- the word derives from two Greek roots meaning “last” (ἔσχατος) and “study” (-λογία) – involves the study of “end things”. In Christianity, it is the study of the last days, or end times. Before I go any further, it needs to be noted that ESCHATOLOGY IS BEST HELD WITH A LOOSE GRIP. There have been men studying the end times for centuries that cannot agree. We will not all agree. But hopefully, as we see world events unfolding before our very eyes, we can come to a mutual agreement that we are living in the last days.
That being said, I have been a keen student of Eschatology for almost 28 years now. Revelation is the first book of the Bible I ever read and immediately I was not fearful, but hopeful. Revelation is not a book of fear, but of hope and the illustration of the culmination of all things where we see Jesus sitting in His proper place as King and Lord, and all things put under His feet! It is a glorious book full of hope and joy, yet only unto those who have faith in Him.
If I fear God, I need not fear anything else. But if I do not fear God, I will fear everything else. Put your hope and trust in the living God. Look around you. We have never seen things happen on a global scale like we are seeing. The end time signs are all around us not only concerning Israel but a one world government system, economic system and religious system. ““Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!
Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Matthew 24:32-35 NKJVThis is why I believe we have started the opening of the seals. Many scholars have said that after Revelation 3, the church is not mentioned any longer. (I will show differently) There is an abrupt change from earth to events in heaven. This is a constant through the book.
John views events from earth and from heaven, sometimes seemingly at the same time. There is no evidence to suggest that the church is taken out at this time. The last church of the ages is the church of Laodicea. Most know this as the lukewarm church. But lukewarmness does not mean what you think it means. The word “Laodicea” means “judgment of the people”.
A lukewarm Christian is one who says, “I can do what I want. I can go where I want. I can give what I want, attend church when I want, live how I want”. It is the false love gospel and cheap grace. This false Jesus has made them blind. It is another Jesus that’s being preached opening wide the door for the deception that is upon us. “Then Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4-5
There are many false teachers saying, “Hear me! I speak for Jesus! “This” is who He is!” and false doctrines being preached and the masses are neck high in deception. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,”I Timothy 4:1-2 NKJV
If you look at history, Israel fell into a time of persecution and affliction (aka judgment) as a means to repent and turn toward the Lord so they would not be lost forever. In the first few seals, I see a faithful and merciful God allowing His people to go through a time of intense affliction in order to repent and turn toward God. He doesn’t sever the branches without constant attention to get it to produce again. “He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ””Luke 13:6-9 NKJV
The first seal opened begins Ch. 6. This is a white horse sent forth to conquer. This is the spirit of antichrist, which is the spirit of lawlessness. It is a spirit of iniquity or anti-law; not just any laws, God’s laws. Look around you today- this spirit has increased by multitudes since the church was born and Jesus made his remarks to His disciples: ““Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name. Then many will take offense, betray one another and hate one another.
Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.” Matthew 24:9-13 HCSB“Lawlessness will multiply”. It will continue to reach a magnitude that is even beyond what we are seeing now. Think about this: look at how much more lawless we have become as a society in the last 20 years. It’s increased exponentially.
There is no time limit on the seals. Why do we assume they are one immediately right after another? To fit within a seven year time line-you would have to assume they happen only months apart from one another. I am presenting to you for your consideration that the seals are opened several years away from the next one. God does not see time the way we see it and John’s vision gives no timeline for events. “Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9 HCSB
The second seal releases a red horse whose job it is to take away peace and cause civil wars. Our Lord also told us this would happen, “You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of birth pains.”Matthew 24:6-8 ”Nation shall rise against nation”, is literally “race against race” or “nationality against nationality”. We are seeing a greater divide between nationalities.
A removal of peace causes division. We are seeing division on a global scale. (This is where I believe we currently are, under peace being removed and moving into the realm of the black horse) There’s more coming. Since 2013, the Lord has been showing me a famine is coming of epic proportions. Now, there’s always been famines; but this one will be different.
The third seal releases a black horse who’s job it is to adjust the scales of commerce. This is a time of incredible inflation, “a quart of wheat for a denarius and three quarts of barley for a denarius”. A denarius was for the wage for a full day of work. This is inflation due to supply and demand. A whole day of work will get you a handful of wheat. “Do not harm the oil and wine”, these are luxury items and suggests that this inflation will not harm the very wealthy. Seems unfair you say? This is the economics of lawlessness. Sounds very much like a communist society.
I’ve had several dreams and visions concerning this very thing. I saw certain grains in short supply (corn and corn products specifically) and an increase in overall food prices. This would fit this period. We are swiftly headed in this direction. The fourth seal opens and a pale horse (or rather a opaque, greenish color, suggesting a color of death) is released. This is the horse that has the power to remove 1/4 of the earth through sword, hunger, death and beasts. This one is the culmination of the first three. We are not here yet, but how long?
We are in the beginning of birth pains. If you ask me when the church is removed, I will tell you I do not know. When is the beginning of the last seven years of history? I do not know. Is it the beginning of the trumpets in Revelation 8 or the bowl judgments? Do the trumpets usher in God’s wrath? Trumpets play a huge role in Israel’s history. I believe when the last trumpet blows before the seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God are poured out, in the twinkling of a second, the church will be removed. (This is the wrath of God being poured out and we are not subject to God’s wrath) Up to this point, it has been world events, birthing pains in preparation for the wrath of God and the returning King. The seventh trumpet proclaims Christ’s kingdom, “Then the seventh angel sounded (the trumpet): And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”” Revelation 11:15 NKJV“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST (my emphasis) trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” I Corinthians 15:51-53 NKJV
But when? What’s the timeline? I do not know. Perhaps you’ve been led to believe you will not have to go through things? What makes you so special? What differentiates you from those first century Christians who died under the Roman Empire? The Seabeast in Romans 13 is a GOVERNMENT system, whose “head was mortally wounded and healed. The world marveled and followed the beast.”
How quick are people to follow a government? We are seeing this unfold before our very eyes. This Seabeast is a revived Roman Empire and we are told the people will worship this government system. Interesting. Should it not be fitting that the first saints and the last saints are all under the same demonic system? “It was granted to him (the Seabeast- government system) to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.”Revelation 13:7 NKJV
Just a quick note- only those in Christ are referred to as “saints”. Here is a mention of the church. This is before antichrist is revealed. The last seven years is known as the “Tribulation”, but the last 3 1/2 is known as the “Great Tribulation” when antichrist will be revealed. (We get the last seven years of history from the book of Daniel.) The last 3 1/2 years is what I believe is the “hour of trial” that Jesus refers to the church in Philadelphia, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” Revelation 3:10 NKJV
The “land beast” is then spoken of starting in verse 11. This is the false prophet, or as many have heard the antichrist. He comes out of the revived Roman Empire (government system) in order to lead others in further false worship. The dragon (Satan) is behind both this government system and the false prophet creating a “demonic trinity”. He will continue to deceive the masses through miracles, signs and wonders. He ushers in the mark of the beast, “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”Revelation 13:16-17
For those of you paying attention, the “V” is not the mark, but we are in a grooming process headed towards Biblical prophecy being revealed. Quick lesson, the enemy uses sorcery to deceive, this is the Greek word “pharmekia”. It’s where we get the word pharmaceutics. This is how people will be deceived. “The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery (Pharmakeia) all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”” Revelation 18:23-24 “Pharmakeia φαρμακεια is the Greek word for pharmacy, which is the practice and making of medication. It also refers to the making of spell-giving potions, or alchemical potions (or elixirs) believed to have transforming powers, such as the power to extend life, boost energy, or enhance the mind. It also refers to any substance used to poison someone, to prevent or treat disease (or, for that matter, to cause it), or to GAIN CONTROL OF SOMEONE’S BEHAVIOR. (My emphasis)”.
The antichrist cannot be revealed until the church is removed (which I believe will be the last trumpet). But if you are paying attention, there’s much persecution from the revived Roman Empire (government system), before the antichrist is revealed. Like I said, there is a demonic trinity whose sole purpose is to destroy and persecute the saints and try to set up his demonic kingdom on earth. Satan mimics the Almighty. All of the above is my own convictions based on years of study and meditating on Scripture, prayers, dreams, visions and watching end-time events. I teach a class on Revelation and I present to you multiple explanations/theories from various sources and authors. Many have studied eschatology longer than I and have changed their opinions after staunchly suggesting it’s happening in one way, just based on events unfolding or a further revealing of God’s Word. You may find these recordings on the Faith and Victory Church website.
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