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The Story Of Great Tribulation | Sequence Of End Time Events

Sequence of End-time EventsTrouble Ahead

My expected sequence of end-time events, from now to the Second Coming of Christ, are detailed below.

 

1. Preparing the land of Israel for the Messiah’s return… Mideast War is next on the prophetic horizon.

“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” (Matthew 24:6-8)

a) In a surprise attack by a secret coalition of Muslim nations, Israel will be severely damaged, with a large loss of life. But, in retaliation Israel will destroy all the attacking Muslim nations in 1 day.

(Psalm 83, Isaiah 15:1, 15:6, 17, 19:4-18, Jeremiah 49:1-5, 49:28-33, 49:35-37, Ezekiel 25:12-14, 35:7, 9, 38-39, Amos 1:6-10, Obadiah 5-9, 17-18, Zephaniah 2:4-5)

b) Israel will destroy all Muslim buildings on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and begin constructing a new Jewish temple.

Levitical Priests will resume the Jewish sacrificial system as soon as they install the altar.

In #6 below, the Antichrist will sit in this temple, proclaiming himself to be God, and stopping these Jewish sacrifices to YHWH. (Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:4). So, unless you spiritualize this event, a Jewish temple must be built for the Antichrist to desecrate.

c) With its population decimated, Israel’s leaders will open the door for Christians to immigrate to repopulate Israel.

(For the rationale behind this statement, see Chapter 4 in Know the Future at https://escapeallthesethings.com). Prophets will encourage disciples to leave their nations and join fellow disciples in Israel.

Abraham’s seed shall possess the land. Who is Abraham’s Seed?

God promised Abraham that his seed shall possess the land from the Nile to the Euphrates (Gen 15:18).

Abraham’s seed is the Messiah (Galatians 3:16) along with His Jewish and Gentile disciples (Romans 9:7, Galatians 3:29).

Being a physical Jew doesn’t make you Abraham’s seed in God’s eyes. (John 8:39-44)

“In Isaac shall your seed be reckoned.” (Genesis 21:12, Romans 9:7, Hebrews 11:18).

The Messianic Aliyah (Return)

To facilitate Abraham’s seed possessing the land, God will open the door for the Messiah’s disciples to populate Abraham’s promised land, first in Israel and then to Jordan, etc. (see #7 below)

The 10 Lost Tribes

God will call and enable descendants of the 10 ‘lost’ tribes of Israel to return home. In many ways, it’ll be like the Jews’ return from Babylon under Ezra and Nehemiah.

It’s been more than 2500 years since Assyria conquered the 10 Northern tribes of Israel, and the descendants of these 10 tribes have lost the consciousness of their Hebrew identity. But, our omniscient God knows who they are and which tribe they’re from. You can be assured that 12,000 from each of 12 tribes will be represented in the group of 144,000 below.

d) Jesus will purify His worldwide Church, removing all stumbling-blocks and false Christians (tares) from His Body. Then, the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. (Matthew 13:40-43)

e) Arise, Shine! 144,000 disciples of Jesus/Yeshua glorified on Mount Zion on Pentecost. They boldly go (in teams) into all nations, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 13:43, Revelation 7, 14:1-8)

“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” (Matthew 24:6-8)

The glorification of the 144,000 will probably occur on Pentecost as the ‘latter rain’ outpouring of God’s Spirit. (Dt 11:14, Hosea 6:3, Joel 2:23)

As the 144,000 Spirit-filled saints go into the world, clothed in glory and the power of God to authenticate their message, literally billions of new believers will become citizens of God’s kingdom and disciples of the Messiah in the final harvest of this age. (Revelation 14:14-16)

In response to this worldwide rebellion against his authority, Satan will carry out worldwide persecution against the citizens of God’s kingdom. Everyone will be forced to choose: either obey God, and suffer for it, or reject God’s authority to keep the world’s (Satan’s) approval.

2. World War III: the rising Antichrist and 10 powerful men destroy rich and wicked Babylon (USA? NYC? Rome?) in 1 hour. (Revelation 17:16 to 18:24)

A sign of coming judgment? On 21 August 2017 America experienced a solar eclipse from coast to coast. (The hadn’t happened in 99 years, since 1918.) But, only seven years later, on 8 April 2024, another solar eclipse will cross America, with the two eclipses making a huge X directly over the USA. Is this just a coincidence, or is it like God’s ‘handwriting on the wall’ on the night Babylon fell? (read Daniel chapter 5)

Many people say the Trump presidency, which began in January 2017, is a temporary time of reprieve to give America an opportunity to repent of its rebellion and lawlessness toward God. If Trump survives two terms, he will serve through 2024. He may be America’s last president.

Regarding the timing of Babylon’s destruction, Babylon will be destroyed in a time of luxury and prosperity, so it’s before Wormwood (see #4 below) wreaks havoc on the earth. (Revelation 18:9-19)

3. The 144,000 use Babylon’s destruction as a warning to unbelievers in every nation. (Rev 14:8) They also warn against taking the mark of the beast, which the Antichrist will force all unbelievers to receive. (Rev 14:9-13).

Multitudes of Christian believers will be persecuted and martyred worldwide, perhaps except those protected within Israel.

4. Wormwood Approaches Earth

‘Wormwood’ is the name some people use to refer to a large comet, asteroid, or planet that will come close to earth, generating a catastrophic, planet-wide earthquake and frightful celestial sights that strike terror into all mankind.

Before you scoff, know that histories and mythologies of cultures on all continents tell us that similar celestial events have occurred many times in history. For literally hundreds of documented examples, read Worlds in Collision by Immanuel Velikovsky, a radical book that Albert Einstein respected so much that he read it three times.

One or Two Celestial Events?

In Luke 21 verses 12 and 25, Jesus twice mentions catastrophic, end-time, Wormwood-style events. These could be referring to the same events, or verses 10-12 may be a precursor to the events in verses 25-27.

I believe they’re two separate events, with the first Wormwood close-call happening before the Abomination of Desolation, as a warning for mankind to repent. Here’s how I see the two Wormwood events:

A. Before the Abomination of Desolation: “Terrors and great signs from heaven” will occur after the persecution of saints, during the time of wars between nations and kingdoms. Luke 21:10-12 says, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you…”

The ‘6th Seal’ of Revelation (Rev 6:12-17) describes the first Wormwood event. It’s a warning to rebellious mankind of worse Wormwood events that will come later, if they don’t repent, in Trumpets 1-4 (Revelation 8:7-12).

So, assuming the 7 seals occur in sequence before the 7 trumpets in the Book of Revelation, there will be two ‘Wormwood’ catastrophes, before and then after the Abomination of Desolation.

B. After the Abomination of Desolation: After the AoD, toward the end of the great tribulation, Jesus says, “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27)

The Antichrist will use the first Wormwood cataclysm to gain world control.
Based on the preaching of the 144,000, he will publicly blame God for Wormwood’s destructive effects and increase his persecution of God’s disciples.

The midpoint of Daniel’s 70th Week: 3 and 1/2 years to go

5. Satan and his angels cast down to earth. (Rev 12:9-11) Satan’s final downfall comes as a result of the Saints’ faithful testimony unto death. To understand how and why this is true, read The Overcomers’ Treasure Map.

6. On Passover, the Antichrist commits the Abomination of Desolation in the new temple in Jerusalem, starting the final 3.5-year ‘great tribulation’ period. (Rev 13, Matthew 24:15)

Sometime afterward, Wormwood returns near the earth. Trumpets 1-4 are catastrophic worldwide events occurring after the Abomination of Desolation.

During these judgments, Antichrist continues his great persecution of true believers. (Matthew 24:29, Luke 21:25-26, Mark 13:24, Revelation 8:7-12).

Trumpet 1: Hail and fire mixed with blood. One-third of the earth, trees, and grass burnt.

This is fallout from Wormwood’s tail.

Trumpet 2: Like a great mountain thrown into the sea. One-third of the sea becomes blood.

This is a chunk from Wormwood that earth’s gravity pulls into the sea.

Trumpet 3: Wormwood is a great star that falls from heaven, poisoning one-third of the fresh water on earth.

More Wormwood debris from space.

Trumpet 4: One-third of the sun, moon, and stars darkened.

7. Immediately upon seeing the Abomination of Desolation, Christians in Israel flee Israel to Jordan for 1260 days of divine protection. (Matthew 24:15-22, Rev 12:14, Daniel 11:41)

8. The Two Witnesses begin their 1260-day prophetic ministry against the Antichrist and his kingdom. (Revelation 11:3-13)

9. The Mark of the Beast marks people worldwide for commerce and worship of the Beast. (Rev 13:16-18)

10. 6th Trumpet War: Antichrist armies vs Russia and China (Rev 9:13-21)

11. Feast of Trumpets = 1st Resurrection day (Rev 11:15-19, 20:4-6) near the end of the 3.5 year ‘great tribulation.’

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:50-52)

12. Seven bowls of wrath poured out on the Beast’s kingdom for 10 days. (Rev 16)

13. The Kingdom of God on Earth.

On the Day of Atonement, Yeshua/Jesus returns in glory as King and Lord over all nations, destroying the Antichrist and his kingdom in the Battle of Armageddon. (Rev 19:11-21). This happens 3.5 years after the Abomination of Desolation, on the last day of Daniel’s 70th week.

14. End of Daniel’s 70th Week

15. The beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

When will these things happen?

 


Melchizedek Priesthood of Jesus and Israel

Jesus is our High Priest according to the Order of Melchizedek.

God’s desire and plan is for Israel (including both Jew and Gentile) to be a kingdom of priests, ministering the bread, wine, and blessings of life to all nations in the coming ages.

How can we become Melchizedek priests?

Arise, Shine! End-time Revival is Coming

Worship

We’re living in the end time, but don’t let that scare you. There’s a bright side!

Before the tribulation, the mark of the beast, etc., God is going to unveil His glory in faithful disciples of the Messiah, resulting in history’s greatest worldwide revival–God’s ‘innumerable’ end-time harvest.

Click this link to read Arise, Shine! The Manifestation of the Sons of God

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The Culmination of the Gospel

What we are is God's gift

God’s Plan

For eons of time, since before the foundation of the earth, God’s plan is ever moving forward toward His goal of complete reconciliation of all creation to Himself.

“and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 NASB

Despite what the media and world leaders say, the ruler and kings of this world are not in control of world events.clockwork

God is in control, and like the gears in a fine Swiss watch, God is synchronizing large and small events exactly, according to His plan and schedule.

Divine prophecy is history that hasn’t happened yet. It reveals the future outworking of God’s plan.

The Next Milestone in God’s Plan

The next major event in God’s plan is the victory of His kingdom over the kingdom of this world.

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 KJV

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15 NASB

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of Empires

In a dream, ancient Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar saw an awesome statue of a man. The man had a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, and legs of iron. Its feet were iron mixed with clay.

The king ordered the wise men of Babylon to tell him both the dream and the interpretation, or he threatened, “if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be torn limb from limb and your houses will be made a rubbish heap.”

Then God revealed the dream to a Hebrew captive named Daniel, who told the king:

“This was the dream; now we will tell its interpretation before the king. “You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength and the glory; and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold.

Medo-Persia and Greece
“After you, there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth.

Rome (or Islam?)
“Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. “In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. “As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. “And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.

The Divine Kingdom
“In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. “Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so, the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” Daniel 2:36-45 NASB

The Statue

The statue represents the 4 pagan empires that that will dominate God’s people in this world before He establishes His kingdom rule over all the earth: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome (or Islam). Most Bible teachers believe we’re now in the final stage of the fourth empire, symbolized by the feet of iron mixed with clay.

The Stone

Daniel’s interpretation plainly says the stone is the kingdom of God. It was cut out of a mountain without human hands, then strikes the statue at its feet and completely shatters it. Then the stone (God’s kingdom) grows into a mountain that fills the whole earth.

The Kingdom of This World

The kingdom of this world is ruled by the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). He’s also known as:

“the great dragon, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” Revelation 12:9 NASB

The god of this world is Machiavellian; he accumulates power and rules the nations through violence, manipulation, fear, self-interest, and corruption. With few exceptions (Joseph, Daniel, etc.), success in the Dragon’s kingdom requires a person to put expediency and ambition above morality. The higher you rise in this kingdom, the more you’ll be required to compromise.

The inevitable destination for everyone in this kingdom is death, a reality most people avoid as they strive to enjoy a comfortable life before their clock runs out.

All nations, including the modern state of Israel and America, are members of the Devil’s kingdom. All have rejected righteousness. All have embraced the Machiavellian model. As a result, all will be shattered by the small stone.

The Kingdom of God

Unlike the kingdom of this world, the kingdom of God is founded upon and ruled by righteousness and peace.

No unrighteous person can enter God’s kingdom, but everyone who is born into the Devil’s kingdom has sinned. Jesus solved this dilemma by offering Himself as an offering for sin for everyone who repents and asks for forgiveness in His name. Every citizen of God’s kingdom has been born of water (baptism) and the Spirit. (John 3:5) Every citizen in God’s invisible kingdom is ‘born again,’ by faith.

The kingdom of God exists where God’s will is done, and where GrapesHis word is obeyed. It’s where we abide in Christ to produce fruit, and where we’re pruned to produce ever more fruit. (John 15)

Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of Your kingdom. (Hebrews 1:8)

The kingdom of God is where God gives eternal life to everyone that asks.

Unlike the world’s kingdom, success in God’s kingdom requires us to place righteousness, peace, and sacrificial love above self-interest, wealth, and promotion.

To the carnal mind, God’s invisible, spiritual kingdom looks weak and insignificant compared to the Dragon’s physical kingdom, like a small stone compared to a large mountain. But this small stone is destined to shatter the Devil’s kingdom, crush it, and God’s Spirit will blow the dust away, never to be seen again. Then, that stone will grow into a mountain that fills the whole earth.

But How?

Jesus made it possible for us to literally become children of God.

“to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12 NASB

As His children, we’re to reflect His image, His nature, and His works. Our challenge:

Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

If we abide in Him and walk in His Spirit continuously, we will overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Our personal character and behavior are transformed into a unique facet of God’s image. Having been thus transformed, a day is soon coming when God will manifest His glory on His spiritually-mature, righteous sons and daughters.

The Manifestation of God’s Glory

Since the Garden of Eden, all creation yearns for the glory of God to be manifested in His children:

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:18-21)Manifestation of Sons of God

I believe the next milestone in God’s plan, before the great tribulation, is when He reveals His glory in His spiritually mature and righteous sons and daughters. This will fulfill Isaiah 60:1-3

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the LORD will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.

Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Almost all Bible teachers believe Isaiah chapter 60 refers to events in the Millennium, after Armageddon and Jesus’ second coming. Here’s why I believe it will happen before the great tribulation:

  1. Most prophecy teachers today either focus on the rapture, or what Satan and the Antichrist are going to do to wreak havoc against mankind. This is a defensive attitude, with the Devil on the offense against us. In their theology, we are passive and defensive, suffering helplessly while we wait for Jesus to deliver us. There’s no place in their theology or eschatology for Christians to have an active, offensive role in end-time events.
  2. In contrast, when Jesus told His disciples that ‘the gates of hell will not overpower’ the Church, it’s apparent that the Devil is the one in the defensive position, and the Church is on the offense against his gates. (Matthew 16:18)
  3. The Devil and the Antichrist are not in control of end-time events, just as they weren’t in control when they crucified the Lamb of God. They’ll really be on the defensive when God unveils His glory in His overcoming saints. The visible glory of God radiating from them will shatter the darkness and lies that the Devil’s kingdom is built on. Billions of people will jettison the Devil’s kingdom to become born-again children of God.
  4. Finally, the Holy Spirit spoke to me in 2015 saying “Something wonderful” is coming. When I searched to find out what the Spirit was referring to, I believe He led me into this teaching. As a result, I wrote ARISE!  SHINE!, which is available free online.

I believe the manifestation of the sons of God is the first culmination of the gospel message. It is the next step after Pentecost in the progressive, unfolding revelation of the corporate Body of Christ.

(Note: to fulfill Colossians 1:20, there will be other culminations of the gospel in ages to come, until everything in heaven and earth is reconciled to God through Christ.)

This visible manifestation of God’s glory in His overcomers is the small stone that shatters and crushes the devil’s kingdom. The glorious light of God, seen in His saints, will cause nations and kings to come to them, to learn the way of the Lord, to know the way of righteousness, peace, and life.

Postscript

This brief article is focused on the ‘culmination of the gospel.’ I feel like I’ve covered that topic, but I realize I’m leaving many questions unanswered, such as:

  1. Why is it critically important for believers to be holy? What is holiness?
  2. What’s the back story that explains the conflict between God and His adversaries?
  3. What are the eons of God’s plan?
  4. What will the Antichrist do to believers during the great tribulation, especially the ones who visibly exhibit the glory of God?
  5. Why doesn’t God just put a stop to all the evil in the world?
  6. What role do saints play in the end-time spiritual conflict between God and the principalities and powers?

Rather than making this article a lot longer, you can find answers to these questions in these free online resources:

The Heavenly Council – Unseen Hands Controlling World Events

Central Planning

Who is controlling world events?

Violent world events are not random, but they’re intentionally planned and executed by a common group. For example, these events all accomplished centrally-planned results:

  • 9/11
  • Boston marathon bombing
  • The ongoing Muslim refugee invasion of Europe and other Western countries
  • The destruction of a Russian airliner over Sinai
  • The terrorist massacre of 150+ people in Paris

Yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris were engineered to occur just before a G20 Leaders’ Summit that starts tomorrow in Turkey. The Paris terrorist attacks will now dominate the G20 Leaders’ agenda.

But, for centralized planning to be true, the planners would have to have the intelligence, influence, and power to plan and implement such things on a global scale. Who can do that?

  • Even if I believed Bush and Cheney (or somebody else) were evil
    9/11
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    enough to engineer the 9/11 attack, as some conspiracy theorists propose, that wouldn’t explain who’s planning and executing events now, long after their retirement.

  • I doubt whether presidents Obama, Putin, and Hollande are all evil enough to plan and execute recent terrorist attacks against their own people.
  • It would be stupid for ISIS or Al Qaeda to poke a stick in the bear’s eye by blowing up a Russian civilian airliner, or to kill dozens of innocent Frenchmen at random.

Rulers and Authorities

So, who’s behind all these events? The Bible teaches:

“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

These rulers and authorities (or ‘principalities and powers’ in the King James version) are the unseen brains and hands who control critical world events.

Since almost everyone is ignorant about this topic (including most Christians) here are other Bible verses to verify the reality and continued existence of spiritual rulers and authorities, according to the Bible:

  • Hebrew Bible references: These are the ‘sons of god’ or ‘gods’ referred to in dozens of places, including: Gen 6:2,4; Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7; Dt 32:8-9, 43, and Psalm 82.
  • New Testament references: Besides Ephesians 6:12, others include Eph 6:12, Col 1:16, 2:15, Rom 8:38, Eph 1:21, 3:10, Tit 3:1, 1 Cor 15:24.

The Heavenly Council

There is solid evidence in the Hebrew Bible for a 3-tiered heavenly council. Yahweh is the Supreme authority over a divine bureaucracy that includes a second tier called the ‘sons of God’ (beneh elim). These sons of God are never referred to as angels (mal’akhim) in the Hebrew Bible, as that term denotes the third tier.[1]

The ‘spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ are fallen spiritual beings with delegated authority over God’s creation. They began ruling the earth in an eon before Adam (2 Peter 3:5-6) and they will continue to rule until Michael the Archangel casts them down to earth, after the overcomers defeat them “by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, and they love not their souls unto death.” (Rev 12:7-11)

What is their goal?

To vindicate themselves, the fallen rulers and authorities need to prove that it’s impossible to live in righteousness and peace in the physical world. This is why they promote sin and violence among mankind.

But the resurrected Jesus Christ makes it possible for anyone to live in righteousness and peace, if a person will simply turn away from sin and follow His life-giving Spirit daily.

To achieve their goal, the fallen rulers and authorities will do everything possible to tempt Christ’s disciples into sin, and if that fails, to eradicate them from the earth.

But, the Book of Revelation tells us that God’s overcomers will be victorious over the fallen rulers; their testimony of righteousness and peace will result in judgment against the rulers and authorities, who will be cast down from heaven to earth, to die like men.

I explain these concepts in detail in my free book The Overcomers Role in the Apocalypse available on this website.

How do they control human world events?

Most people think heaven is full of clouds and angels, loved ones playing harps, etc., but the truth is that the heavenly realm is in conflict right now. There is conflict between celestial beings who follow God (i.e., Michael and Gabriel) and those who obstinately continue in rebellion (i.e., Baal and Molech), yet they’re all still members of the heavenly council, or council of heaven, who present themselves before the Lord, as in the Book of Job, chapter one.

The decrees of the council of heaven are the decrees of God. The Israelite conception of the divine council included deliberation and opposition, yet the will of God was ultimately done. For example, 1 Kings 22:19-23 tells us how the heavenly council works.

God had decided that Ahab should die in battle by going up to Ramoth-Gilead, and the council considered various ways to entice him to go there. Many ideas were considered before one of council suggests becoming a lying spirit in the mouths of all Ahab’s prophets. God approved this plan and said it will succeed.

From this example we learn some facts that some may have trouble swallowing:

  • God declared His objective in a matter and then allowed the heavenly council to determine how it could be accomplished.
  • God approved one of their ideas, which the sons of God then implemented, resulting in humans making choices that fulfilled God’s will.
  • The plan involved lying. God didn’t suggest the idea, or predestine it, but He did allow it, and then a fallen son of God implemented it through affecting the choices of prophets and the king who listened to them.
  • Today the heavenly council is still devising and implementing schemes to cause men to do the heavenly council’s will. Terrorist acts, false flag and black swan events, etc., are all being engineered to achieve their goal of implementing an anti-God world government and religion. They’re guiding the minds and actions of humans through pride, greed, ignorance, fanaticism, and lust for power. And God is allowing it.
  • Why does God allow such terrible things? All of this is in accordance with God’s ‘eternal’ plan and purpose—to make known to these rulers and authorities in heaven the wisdom of God through the Body of Christ. (Eph 3:10). How?
    • Just as Satan challenged God to test Job, the heavenly council challenges God to test the Church. The anti-Christ government will overcome the saints (Daniel 7:21), but the Overcomers will prevail.
    • Just as God permitted Job to be tested, for the last 2000 years He permits the heavenly council to test the Church, to prove whether the Church will stand in faith, or follow the world into suicidal destruction.

A Great Shaking is Coming

Many faithful disciples are foretelling the great shaking that’s coming.

  • God said, “Once more, I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens. The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Heb 12:26-29
  • A great falling away is now occurring in the visible Church, as the bigstockphoto_Staircase_To_Heaven__5078152masses follow the broad, seeker-friendly way to destruction. But a spiritual awakening is beginning in the true Church, among those who won’t settle for less than the narrow, hard way of truth that leads to life.
    • From AD 33 until 1900 there were 14,000,000 Christian martyrs. But since 1900 there have been 26,000,000 martyrs[2]. The books of Daniel and Revelation tell us this trend will only increase as the rulers and authorities wage all-out war against the saints.
    • God is allowing this because the apocalyptic events of the end time is the catalyst required to bring His disciples to develop into maturity, unto the fullness of the stature of Christ.
    • End time events also provide the stage for the testimony of faithful witnesses in the Court of Heaven. The testimony of the martyrs will defeat the fallen ruler and authorities in the Heavenly Court, and vindicate God’s wisdom and faith in them. They’ll prevail “by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, and because they won’t love their souls unto death.”

The Sons of God

In the past, the rulers and authorities were called the sons of God.Overcomer

But now, and in the future, those who are faithful to God are the true sons of God who will rule and reign with Christ in God’s kingdom on earth during the coming Millennium, and then afterward throughout the entire universe.

[1] http://www.thedivinecouncil.com/DivineCouncilLBD.pdf page 4

[2] http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/2904.htm