WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS MILLENNIUM
AN OVERVIEW OF END-TIME PROPHECY
By Francis Fawkes, Th.D.
I have noticed that some churches shy away from end-time prophecy, consequently - many Christians do not recognize the signs of the times - and cannot prepare adequately for the coming of Christ with any degree of knowledge or direction. However, this is the millennium in which we shall see the face of Christ at the judgment throne. The time frame in which this will happen is this generation; the generation that will not pass away before the coming of Christ, because it has seen the fig tree (Israel) set forth its branches - (Matthew 24: 31-35). We may not know the day or the hour, but by certain signs we do know that our redemption draweth near (Luke 21:28).
Let us not look at extra-biblical sources like Nostradamus’ prophecies, the Mayan’s or the Aztec’s calendar which indicates 21st December, 2012. These and other New Age sources are debatable, and deceptive. Jesus Himself said that his coming will be like a thief in the night; not according to a fixed date when the expectancy level is at an all time high.
In times like these, biblical prophecy is vitally necessary. Prophecy also serves three main purposes:
1) Man has a natural desire to know the future. God, therefore, wants to satisfy his curiosity. That is why one quarter of the Bible consists of prophecy. If you study it, you will always be ahead of the crowd. Psychics at best can predict the outcome of situations, but they never know the primal cause of anything - otherwise they would stop functioning as psychics knowing that God is the primal cause. Biblical prophecy is meant for you. It is only then could you understand the cause behind the cause.
2) Through the study of prophecy, we cultivate the Christian worldview. A person who is well-versed in biblical prophecy can tell where the social, economic and political trends are leading; an individual with a secular worldview cannot. He does not see that the cashless society and the coming of globalism herald the coming of the antichrist. Since the world does not grasp God’s prophetic warning, it rushes straight in where angels fear to tread.
3) The more you know about prophecy, the more you can prepare for the coming of Christ. He has given us certain signs so that we may know when He is at the door (Mark 13: 29). The signs indicate that we are closer than most people think.
The first time I heard of prophecy was from a maternal grandmother. I remember her 40 years ago, turning the pages of a picture book with the beasts of Daniel and Revelation in it. I was told that the Beast with 7 heads and 10 horns represented a future unified nation. Today
She then turned to Revelation 13:16-17, and explained that one day we will have a society with no cash. Today, e-commerce is growing in leaps and bounds from year to year. I have even shopped online with a credit card before, purchasing a classical piano CD and a book. I have even downloaded a Vivaldi violin concerto from the Internet. The latest report I heard was that a larger percentage of all purchases are done online, and less are done in cash. Every time you turn on the cable television, someone is offering to buy or sell through electronic currency.
In speaking about Europe, I remember that in the late 1980's and early 1990's that the politicians thought that it would be a good idea to unify all of
The revived Roman Empire countries are known as the
Even though we have the United States of Europe, each European country has its own president or prime minister. This too will soon change for as of late, this union is seeking to become a federation similar to that of the
A good indication that Jesus is coming soon is the bar code system. Look at your groceries and you will find that most of the items have vertical marks on them. This economic system - if you learn to decipher the bars - has 6 at both ends and 6 in the middle. Revelation 13: 16-17 states that: “…no man might buy or sell except he had the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name." Gradually, this three-digit number, using the recent science of biometrics- could be transferred to the human skin on a global scale. In some bar code systems “F” is marked for forehead, and “H” is marked for the right hand. Bar codes, such as these, have already appeared in some Midwestern stores. And according to people who should know, the person must have the mark in their right hand or forehead before buying or selling for that matter!
Sometime ago, I purchased The Popular Science magazine, the front cover of which read: “Your Body is Your ID” and “No More Paper Please.” The parts of the body used for identification were the hands, fingers, eyes, face and even the voice. This is a recently developed science called biometrics.
The Bible tells us that the mark will be on the back of the right hand or the forehead. The Greek word for mark is CHARAGMA, which means scratch, etching or cutting into. In Revelation 13: 18 - that mark is 666.
This is the mark that John talks about. Some believers think that it will be in the form of a VeriChip or Transponder, which is currently being injected under the skin of animals and humans. This transponder is capable of having your Identification number and your whole history on it.
In the American Military, they have already experimented with chip implants. In
THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
What about the Global Village or the
NEW DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING THE GLOBAL VILLAGE IN 2008
The coming of Jesus will surprise many. Just the other day, I was reading about the latest developments in The One World Government that will herald the coming of Christ in the rapture for His church. One verse came to my mind: Revelation 13:16, “and he causeth all both small and great, rich and poor, free and enslaved to receive the mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads.”
This passage says that: “…all - both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond...” This means that the whole populace of the planet will be subject to a one world ruler. All national boundaries will be erased and everybody will have planetary citizenship. In 2005, President George W. Bush secretly signed an agreement with the two respective Presidents of
As if this were not enough, we have the African Union, the Asian Union and other federations. I believe that all of these blocks of nations will amalgamate to become one governmental system to be headed by one sovereign ruler – The antichrist. Again, it is quite amazing that former Presidents George Bush Sr., George W. Bush Jr., Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and John McCain are members of either the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, or both. Ronald Reagan was a former member. As a matter of fact, both Democrats and Republicans are presently members! These organizations were gathered together to bring into existence the New World Order. Condoleezza Rice, and according to some sources, Barack Obama are said to belong to this group. Obama, however - denies it.
You may ask, what will be the currency of this global union? The answer is that eventually there will be no currency. But as a stop-gap measure, credit cards are being used. Chips containing all your personal information will be put into them. Notice that these credit cards are becoming more versatile year by year. But there is still a problem - in that there is a one billion dollar credit card fraud every year. Other limitation of the card is that its contact can wear out within a year. It also can be broken, stolen or lost. Another limitation is that the chips are made only to last for one or two years.
To the lost, there is only one solution - that is to implant the chip into the flesh where it cannot be personally circumvented. From the credit card, the biochip can be implanted surgically into the clavicle of a child or anywhere under the skin. MOTOROLA HAS FOUND
Motorola also makes chips for MONDEX. There are 1 billion chips that are made by MONDEX smart card a year. More than 250 corporations in 20 countries use the Mondex smart card. With chips you can be tracked anywhere in the world with Global Positioning Systems (Satellites). Right now, employees can be monitored wherever they are - because there are chips in their cell phones. However, the employer does not always tell them that they are being monitored. Chips can also be in cars and computers.
So you see that the technology for the domination of the antichrist in the Tribulation period is here. But no Christian will be left here. We are now the terminal generation. And belief in Jesus is the only way to get to heaven. Know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but through Him. Once you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins and His blood cleanseth you of all unrighteousness, you are saved. Remember too, that it is not of works, lest every man should boast, but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ that you will be taken up into the rapture. What about the law? Well,
Friend, prepare now, do not put it off. You know that Christ’s coming is imminent because of the number of floods, earthquakes, earthquake aftershocks, bush fires, terrorist attacks, cyclones, and tornadoes all over the planet.
One of the greatest events on the prophetic timetable. The Rapture will occur very soon. Now I subscribe to the pre-tribulation rapture which means that the Christians will be taken out of the world before the tribulation. Clearly the Bible does not support the mid-tribulation or the post-tribulation rapture.
Some people say that the word “Rapture” is not in the Bible. However, if we look at the aforementioned verse, the word that is used for “caught up” in the Greek New Testament is “harpazo.” Here is the popular verse with the words “caught up.”: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." - (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Yet another verse for the rapture is: "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet" - (1 Corinthians 15: 51).
Again, if you look in the Latin Vulgate you will find why we use the word “rapture”. In Latin, rapere means: "to be caught up” as well. The Hebrew word for “Rapture” also has a similar meaning. So the word “Rapture” approximates the meaning of the word for “harpazo”- used more than one in the original New Testament Textus Receptus and in Latin as well.
Jesus Christ said before he comes that: “The Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached to the entire world as witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” At present, the second coming messages are presented in more than 900 languages and dialects. More than 95% of the world’s population has access to this message. IT IS VERY POSSIBLE THAT BEFORE JESUS’ SECOND COMING every person in the world will be warned of His soon return. Jesus is coming back sooner than most people think.
The AD 2000 & Beyond Movement’s vision was to have a church planted in every unreached “people group”, and making the gospel available. The AD 2000 & Beyond Movement has spread the vision for reaching the "10/40 Window.” This may be speeded up by personal witness, literature, scripture translation, Christian video, cassettes, television, radio, the Internet and many other tools God has given us.
Through the combined ministry of the Bible Societies and Bible translation agencies, 94% of the world's population has access to a New Testament in their own language. WBT has set the goal of researching the remaining languages of the earth and initiating a Bible translation program for each one requiring it by 2020 AD.
In 1999, translation projects for the Wycliffe translators started at a pace of one language for every 18 days. Out of their efforts, Vision 2025 was born. Their objective was to have the Bible translated into every language in 2025. Since then, their pace of translation has accelerated.
Here is factual information that the coming of Jesus is at the door. It is estimated that the potential audience for the gospel is now 99%, assuming good radio reception, availability of radios and also interest in seeking the correct frequencies.
It is astonishing that The Jesus Film has had 4.1 billion individual viewings. The goal of translating the script into every language group consisting of 50,000 people has been achieved by 2001 - according to Rick Warren the author of: “The Purpose Driven Life. The Jesus Film is the most effective evangelistic tool to date. Two hundred and eighteen million decisions have been made for Christ, and hundreds of thousands of churches have been planted in connection with it.
Many people, including myself have had dreams or visions of the Rapture. However, let us go over a particular verse of scripture that deals with the Rapture in the English Bible: "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." - (1 Thessalonians, 4:16-18).
THE TRIBULATION PERIOD
In the early part of this millennium, the seven-year tribulation will also occur, The prophet Daniel talks about the 70 weeks of years - (Daniel 9:24). We are living in the 69th week. The 70th week starts rolling when Christ comes for his own in the Rapture. Now I am referring to the pre-tribulation rapture which is scriptural. In 1 Thessalonians 5:9, we learn that God has not appointed His people to wrath. This is a time when all the plagues will be poured upon humanity - (Revelation 6-18). The unsaved will be left behind to have a confrontation with the Antichrist. During his reign there will be a deceptive sense of peace, during the first half of the Tribulation period. The next half of the Tribulation period will be devastating - never will there be such a catastrophic time in history of mankind.
During this millennium there will be World War III; this is not the War of Armageddon. World War III takes place on the Mount of Zion. Armageddon, on the other hand, takes place in the
THE WAR OF ARMAGEDDON
The War of Armageddon takes place after the Tribulation period. During this particular time, the antichrist will lead his forces against
JESUS WILL EVENTUALLY SET UP HIS KINGDOM ON THIS EARTH
Jesus will then set up his kingdom on earth. This will then be the end of man's disgraceful rule on this planet beginning from Adam. Christ will establish His New World Order. Satan, during the I000-year reign will be bound, and no longer able to tempt the nations. During his reign, the Jews will still exist. They have survived all other peoples of antiquity. The descendants of the Aaronic priesthood are still here with us according to the DNA sequences in the Y chromosome passed down from succeeding generations. The Cohens (which means priests in Hebrew) have this kind of DNA, thus God has preserved his people. Have you ever heard of any modern day Philistines, Canaanites, Edomites or Midianites? No these racial and ethnic groups have faded into oblivion. In Zechariah 8: 23,
After the end of Christ’s millennial reign, Satan will be loosed to tempt the Nations. Guess what will happen? Yes, there will be another war in which
After this will be the beginning of all eternity. In Revelation 21:1, 23 we read of the coming down of the New Jerusalem. In this city there will be no more sea; no more sun and no more moon for God shall be its glory.
HOW CAN WE PREPARE
FOR IMMINENT RETURN OF CHRIST
We can all be certain of our salvation in Jesus Christ in this life. As a matter of fact, the instant we accept in our hearts that Jesus shed his blood on the cross for our sins, we are saved at that very moment. In 1 John 1:7, it states: "... and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin." Furthermore, belief in His Resurrection is also essential to salvation - (Romans I0: 9).
Once you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, good works are the by-product. You should also have a desire to win other souls for the
PROVE THE FACTS FOR YOURSELF
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