Christianity

The Signs of the Endtimes Explained

by Samuel Brooks

The Book of Revelations is one of the books in the Bible that can be complex and difficult to understand. So we’re going to take the time to break down the signs and events in order for us to better understand what’s being said even though the Book of Revelations is much more than just on the endtimes. So…why wasn’t the prophecy fulfilled when Nero, Hitler, Stalin, etc. were in power?

  • Israel Needed to Become a Nation Again: The last time Israel was a nation prior to coming back together again in 1948 was AD 70 when Rome destroyed the city for civil unrest and provincial rebellion.
  • The United Nations (formally known as the League of Nations) will be at the center of the One World Government (or New World Order)! One way they’re working to accomplish this is through their “New Urban Agenda” (or Sustainable Development) since a large percentage of the world’s population lives in cities. The UN intends for every person on earth to be under its control by 2030 [UN Plan for World Government]. Not to mention, everyone would have to live in cities and urban areas so the UN could better surveillance us.Countries that would likely support and be loyal to the UN are the European countries, Canada, Mexico, Latin and South America, Australia, and African nations.
    • With globalization being the major component, we’ve been heading in this direction for quite some time now. But with the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, as long as he stays true to his word, the U.S. will not support the UN, which is also prophesied in the Bible that the U.S. will turn away from globalization [Election of Donald Trump].
    • The World Bank, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and World Court are all components of the NWO.
    • I believe that all weapons would need to be surrendered to the NWO as they’d be the center of control and promise to provide “protection.”
  • The Four Beasts are likely:
    • First Beast – Lion (Great Britain): eagles wings (United States of America) being pulled off a lion (Great Britain) and it was left standing with its two hind feet on the ground, like a human being; and it was given a human mind (Uncle Sam…United States of America) (Daniel 7:4).
    • Second Beast – Bear (Russia, whose national symbol is a bear) (Daniel 7:5).
    • Third Beast – Leopard with four bird’s wings on its back and has four heads (Germany, whose leopard tanks have been used since the 1960s and France’s national symbol is a rooster; both countries collaborated in designing the EU). The “four heads” represent Germany’s Fourth Reich that’s emerging in our time (Daniel 7:6).
    • Fourth Beast – One World Government that’ll include Great Britain, Russia, and Germany; where Germany will be the dominate country. The Antichrist will then dominate three others (Daniel 7:7-8).
  • Revelations 17 describes “The Great Prostitute” (One World Religion; Parliament of World Religions and, more specifically, the Catholic Church – “Catholic” means “universal”) as wearing purple and scarlet (or red) clothing and beautiful jewelry made of gold and precious gems and pearls; and that she’s sitting on the scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns (One World Government; UN). It continues on in verses 9-10 by saying “The seven heads of the beast represent the seven hills (Rome) where the woman rules. They also represent seven kings. Five kings have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief.”
  • “Mystery Babylon” – Revelations 17:1-2 says “Come with me and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute, who rules over many waters. The kings of the world have committed adultery with her, and the people who belong to this world have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality.” In the Bible, God always depicts a “beast” as either a nation or the ruler of a nation; He uses a “woman” to describe a church, and a false or a back-sliding church is referred to as a harlot (Babylon will be destroyed at the Battle of Armageddon or around that time).
    • “Mystery Babylon” is also referred to as the “Mother of Harlots” so who are these “daughter harlots”? According to the Vatican Council II: 1962-1965, “We the Mother Church are opening our arms to all of our daughters to return home. Anyone who holds to our baptism may return home without being rebaptized.”The re-joining of the Catholic and Protestant denominations will be done through compromising biblical doctrines and commandments. The other component will be utilizing the interfaith movement. Atheists, agnostics and others who are not religious will more likely be drawn in through secular means [World Religion].
    • In Revelations 17, the “woman” is a city that sits on “many waters” (Revelation 17:15) and rules an international system. In 2011, The Catholic Church was the third largest owner of land in the world with 177 million acres and is seen as one of the wealthiest institutions in the world.
    • Rome is the most known and recognizable world-wide for residing on seven hills or mountains.
    • The colors purple and scarlet (or red) are the colors of the College of Cardinals (red) and College of Bishops (purple). The College of Cardinals wear red because they’re the closest advisors to the Pope and the red symbolizes that they’re ready to shed their blood for the church of Christ.
    • This religious organization has slaughtered Christians. The Catholic Church has killed Christians years ago for not willing to believe in false doctrine (Revelation 17:6).
    • The Vatican believes that it has the right to guide the political thinking of any or all of its members (Revelations 17:18). Even during the Middle Ages, the Pope would remove and replace kings; and the Pope is the self-proclaimed ruler of kings and princes of the world.
    • Not to mention, the only place in the world where there’s a country within a country is the Vatican in Italy. The Vatican has its own military, government (Catholic Church), etc.
    • Therefore, the Vatican is the “Mystery Babylon”!
    • God will plead one last time for both Catholics and Protestants to leave behind the False Prophet (both Catholics and Protestants will be united at this point prior to God’s plea). God will plead with both groups as there are both Protestants and Catholics that have been serving God sincerely (Revelations 18:4) [The Identity of Mystery Babylon]
  • The Four Horsemen are the first four seals:
    • White – False Christs: “For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.” They will also perform great signs and wonders” (Matthew 24:5).
    • Green/Pale – Wars and Rumors of Wars: “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 24:7a).
    • Black – Famines, Disease and Earthquakes: “There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come” (Matthew 24:7b-8).
    • Red – Death: “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers” (Matthew 24:9).
  • Seal 5-7 are the Great Tribulation, The Day of the Lord and Armageddon.The Souls Under the Alter begin the Great Tribulation.
    • The Great Tribulation will be a time when Christians and Jews are being persecuted. These events have been, and are, happening! This particular time will happen half-way (second 3 ½ years) through the 7 Year Covenant that the Antichrist will make with Israel which will bring real peace in the Middle East. Even though the Antichrist wages war against Christians and Jews, the U.S. will rescue and protect Israel for 3 ½ years (second half).
    • The Third Jewish Temple will also be rebuilt and offerings will begin during the first 3 ½ years (this will drive animal rights activists bonkers!)
      • Update (Jan. 15, 2017): At the Prophecy Conference that I attended, Irvin Baxter from Endtime Ministries stated that The Temple Institute in Jerusalem now “has everything ready (e.g. priest robes, etc) and now the Ark of the Covenant in their possession!” Also, according to a representative at the Institute that provided a previous tour to Baxter’s group, made a comment that they can have the Third Temple “built within a year of starting construction with the use of modern technology.”
    • At the end of those first 3 ½ years, the Antichrist will break the agreement and declare that he’s God where he’ll sit in the Temple of God (Abomination of Desolation).
    • Church is raptured under the 6th Seal.
  • There will be 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel (144,000 total) who will be protected by the seal of God as they preach the Good News one final time (Revelations 7:1-8).
  • The Two Witnesses: The Bible doesn’t specifically say whom the Two Witnesses will be when they show up in Jerusalem or where they will come from. Some believe that it’ll be Moses (represents the Law) and Elijah (represents the Prophets) (see Exodus 7:14-25, 1 Kings 17:1-7, 2 Kings 1:10-12, Matthew 17:3 and James 5:17). Personally, I believe these individuals could be Elijah (2 Kings 2:11) and Enoch (Genesis 5:24). My reason being is because these 2 never died – Elijah was taken into Heaven in a “chariot and horses of fire” and God took Enoch because he faithfully walked with Him.
    • They will prophesy for 1,260 days (approximately 3 ½ years) and anyone who tries to harm them will die.
    • They will have the power to “shut the sky so that no rain will fall for as long as they prophesy. They will also have the power to turn rivers and oceans into blood, and bring about every kind of plague as often as they wish” (Revelations 11:6).
    • When they complete their testimony, the Antichrist will have them killed and leave their bodies on the main street of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days. The whole world will see this happen (e.g. television and live internet stream). No one will be allowed to bury them but will celebrate over their death. After 3 ½ days, God will raise the two prophets from the dead while everyone’s watching and be lifted into Heaven before an earthquake happens; 7,000 people will die as a result!
  • The 7 Vials/Bowls/Cups (Revelations 16:2-21):
    • Vial 1 – A noisesome and grievous sore.
    • Vial 2 – The Sea becomes blood.
    • Vial 3 – Rivers and fountains become blood.
    • Vial 4 – The sun scorches men.
    • Vial 5 – Darkness and pain.
    • Vial 6 – Euphrates River dries up to make way for nations of the East to invade Israel.
    • Vial 7 – The Day of the Lord – the end of man’s government on earth and beginning of the government of Jesus on earth. [The Apocalypse]
  • The False Prophet (2nd world leader to the Antichrist) is believed to be the last Pope of the Catholic Church. Both the Antichrist and False Prophet will come out of the Holy Roman Empire, which was reborn on November 3, 2009 [The Antichrist and False Prophet]. Personally, I don’t see most American Catholics supporting the last Pope based on them (depending on the generation) being raised in American culture and society.
  • 666 Mark of the Beast: We’re moving more into a cashless society where Visa, American Express and Master Card will control this monetary form. This will create individual economic sanctions as you won’t be able to drive a car, fly commercial, buy and sell, receive medical care, or have a job. The IRS will be able to withdraw taxes directly from your account before you have a chance to spend the money.
    • “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelations 13:16-17).
    • No one will be forced to receive the Mark (a chip will be placed in your forehead or hand) as it must be a conscious decision and something that you want to do. Since you won’t be able to do anything without it, the temptations will make it difficult to not resist!
    • The reason why the Antichrist hadn’t truly come in the past, as one of the many reasons, is because the technological advances wasn’t right; compared to today where we live in the digital age.
    • By accepting the Mark and pledging allegiance to the Antichrist, you will be eternally damned!
    • “The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare”, implements a national ID system disguised within a “data hub,” and a “unique patient identifier” to verify eligibility for health services. It had also gone through Congress as part of an immigration reform bill, or “E-Verify,” a nationally mandated universal biometric ID, which will be required for federal approval for employment” [666]. Similar initiatives are currently being looked into for driver’s licenses, social security cards, biometric and DNA ID databases. 
      • Virtual Reality: I’m bringing up virtual reality because after conducting research (i.e. Google Glasses and Rollercoaster simulator) and speaking with a pastor, while virtual reality can deliver some positive uses such as training simulations in a controlled environment, it can also be used for evil purposes! How can it be used for evil purposes? In the case of “baptism”, “laying your hand upon someone to pray”, and so on because it may “feel real” to the person even though it’s not; the mind is being tricked through the use of the technology. With the current speed of technological advancement, this is a very likely possibility in our lifetime and might even be in the process now.
  • Rapture: Those that will be raptured into heaven are 1) the Church (“Bride of Christ”), 2) children who are not old enough to either accept or reject the Gospel, and 3) those who may be handicapped in a way where they cannot make the conscious decision to believe Jesus is their Lord and Savior through repentance of their sins, being baptized, and praying for the filling of the Holy Ghost.
    • Unlike the popular Left Behind series, both believers and unbelievers alike will see the Rapture and Christ’s second coming.
    • Before the Rapture and Second Coming happens, the Gospel must be preached to the entire world (Matthew 24:14).
      • Currently, due to the easy access of the Bible via the internet and technological advancements, the process of translating the Bible into other languages is moving very rapidly; taking only weeks to translate compared to 20-40 years [Bible Translating]!
    • Matthew 24:40-41, “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.”
    • Once the Rapture happens, for those that are “left behind,” simply repenting, getting baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost won’t be the answer to being saved. The only way to be saved if you’re left behind is rejecting the Mark of the Beast and One World Government, and living for Christ. This may lead to persecution and death for those who choose to live for Christ after the Rapture.
    • Those who died prior to the Rapture will be raised first and then those who have truly served Christ will rise second. The dead that are raised first will stand in front of Christ and either enter into heaven if their name’s listed in the Book of Life or be sent to spend eternity in hell.
  • Armageddon: The event will take place in Israel at the Valley of Megiddo.
    • Jesus and His army will return to destroy the Antichrist and the nations that have waged war against Israel; this will also include those who have accepted the Mark of the Beast [Armageddon].

Once Christ defeats the Antichrist, False Prophet and their army, Satan will be locked away for 1,000 years, which will result in peace during this time. There will be a few individuals that never accept the Mark of the Beast who never get raptured but will last through the 7 years of Tribulation and destruction to Christ’s Reign. At the end of the 1,000 years, Satan will be released to have one last attempt to bring as many of those that lasted through those difficult years to his side (there will be some). At the end, Satan and his demons will then be defeated once and for all by Christ, where Satan will be casted into the lake of fire for eternity and Christ will reign forever on earth as heaven and earth will finally merge together again since the Fall.

A few Bible verses that reference and explain the Book of Revelations are Daniel 7; Isaiah 2:12,17; Joel 3:14; Zechariah 14:7-8; Matthew 24-25:1-13, 31-46; Acts 2:17-21; 1 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:1-9, 4:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; and 2 Peter 3:1-16!

Based on all of the evidence and what the Bible says, I believe (along with others) that we’re between the 5th and 6th Seals (the 6th Seal is when the church is raptured). With that said, you don’t have tomorrow, next month, or next year! It’s not guaranteed to either of us (not just with the return of Christ). The time to get serious for Christ is TODAY! Furthermore, the purpose behind this post isn’t to create fear. It’s to provide a basic understanding of the end time and to show you that there’s hope in Christ.

If you’d like to research more into the Book of Revelations and how the prophecy is coming to pass, please visit Rev. Irvin Baxter’s Endtime Ministries (Baxter is a leader in interpreting Christian eschatology). I also recommend the Tribulation – Wrath & Rapture: A Critical Framework to Understanding Endtime Events Bible study by minister, Rev. Scott Lynn. The third source that was used was (of course) the Holy Bible.

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