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What…Why…When

This seminar will consist of three segments. Each segment will focus on an important question:

 

1.   “What is coming?”

2.   “Why is it coming?”

3.   “When is it coming?”

 

Because this presentation will be brief, I do not have the time to prove each point from the Bible as we proceed. So, please consider this seminar a “bird’s eye view.”

 

My objective is to encourage you to restudy your Bible and rethink your understanding of God’s love and His plan.

 

If you feel there is substance to what you read during this seminar please visit our website which will be given at the end of this three segment seminar.

 

OK, let’s get down to business.

 

“What is coming?”

 

What does the Bible predict?

 

The first thing you should know is that apocalyptic prophecy has been steadily unfolding over the past 2,615 years.

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                             26 Centuries

 

In other words, the fulfillment of apocalyptic prophecy has been ongoing for a very long time.

 

There are 17 apocalyptic prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation and they “stack” on top of each other something like layers on a wedding cake. 

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- - - - - - - - - - - - Time - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Because each prophecy is chronological in nature, we can align the 17 prophecies in Daniel and Revelation.

 

The end result is that we can identify the most recent fulfillment and we can determine what the next prophetic will be!

 

- - - - - - - - Time - - - - - - @ - - x - - @ - - - - - - -  

 

So, what is coming next?

 

In general terms, Bible prophecy predicts . . . . .

 

The commencement of God’s wrath is next.

 

God’s wrath will come in two phases.

 

1.   The seven trumpets – 1,265 days

 

2.   The seven bowls – 70 days

 

The seven trumpets are seven specific judgments from God.

 

These judgments are associated with seven trumpets in the book of Revelation because a trumpet will sound in Heaven’s temple as each judgment falls on Earth.

 

In other worlds, seven trumpet blasts in Heaven’s temple and seven specific judgment falling on Earth will signal the coming end of the world.

 

The first four judgments will occur over a period of approximately 64 days and 1.75 billion people, that’s 25% of Earth’s population will perish. (Revelation 6:8)

 

The destruction of 1.75 billion people within two months is unthinkable, but God’s wrath is awesome.

 

The first four trumpets will fall upon notoriously wicked places and the last three trumpets will fall upon defiant, wicked people.

 

1-4:  wicked places

5-7:  wicked people

 

During the sixth trumpet, another 1.75 billion people will be killed.

 

At the end of the seven trumpets, the population of Earth will be less than half of what it is now.  

 

This is sad.  50% of Earth’s population is about to perish and most people are totally unaware. Why?

 

Indifference   Ignorance?

 

Carelessness?  Unbelief?

 

No time to study God’s Word?

 

Remember this:

 

Human beings are free to believe whatever they want to believe.

 

We are free to deny whatever we want to deny.

 

However, our beliefs and denials have no effect on God.  Zero.

 

Most everyone in Noah’s day did not believe a flood was coming.

 

What effect did their thinking have on God?  Zero. 

 

God has several purposes for the seven trumpets.  Here are seven:

 

1.   They will signal the end of life on planet Earth.

 

2.   They will signal the arrival of judgment day. God will test and judge the living during the seven trumpets.

 

3.   The seven trumpets will signal God’s disgust with man’s degenerate behavior.

 

4.   The seven trumpets will do something most unusual:  They will cause Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Pagans, Atheists, Catholics and Protestants to consider the reality and authority of Jesus Christ.

 

5.   The seven trumpets will shatter religious paradigms. As a result, many Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Pagans, Atheists, Catholics and Protestants will thoughtfully consider a gospel that is contrary to what each religious group currently believes!

 

6.   God will use the seven trumpets to separate “the sheep from the goats.”

7.   The seven trumpets will reveal the love of God and the truth about God as nothing else can do!

 

God has deliberately and thoughtfully designed the seven trumpets to accomplish these and other objectives and one glorious result will be the salvation of millions of people!

 

According to Daniel 12, the length of the Great Tribulation will be 1,335 days.

 

7                                                   7

- - x - -  - - - - - - - - - - - - -   - - - - - - - Second Coming

 

                    Trumpets       Bowls

 

                       1,265    +    70   = 1,335 days

 

The commencement of the seven trumpets will be sudden and overwhelming.

 

For reasons beyond the scope of this short study, I believe nuclear was will soon break out.

 

A day will come when tensions and hostilities between nations will boil over and there will be a nuclear exchange.

 

Ten of thousands will die.

 

Immediately, world leaders will spring into action, doing everything possible to restore “peace and safety.”

 

The Bible says:

 

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that this day should overtake you as a thief.” (KJV, 1 Thessalonians 5:3,4)

 

What is Paul talking about?

 

A causal Bible student will not appreciate Paul’s words, but they are loaded with meaning.

 

Look again:

 

“When people are saying “Peace and Safety: sudden destruction will come upon them – as labor pains on a pregnant woman.”

 

When a pregnant woman is near delivery, labor pains can begin suddenly – at any time.

Parallel:

 

World conditions are deteriorating to the point that nuclear war can suddenly occur – at any time.

 

To understand Paul’s prediction a little explanation is in order.

 

The Jews believed that sudden destruction was a sign from God. It was proof of God’s wrath.

 

Sudden destruction was not considered a natural event.

 

Examples:

 

The rain suddenly began to fall in Noah’s day.

 

“…. the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.”   (Genesis 7:11)

 

Fire suddenly fell from Heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah and burned them up.

(Genesis 19:23,24)

 

Sudden calamity came upon Job. He lost his sheep, camels, servants and ten children on the same day!   (Job 1:13-22) 

 

Jericho suddenly fell to the ground.   (Joshua 6:20)

 

The Earth suddenly opened up and swallowed Korah, Dathan and Abiram.   (Numbers 26: 9,10) 

 

God’s wrath comes suddenly.

 

God warned Israel of sudden destruction:

 

“Disaster will come upon you … a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.”   (Isaiah 47:11)

 

But wait!   There’s more.

 

God promised sudden destruction if Israel violated His covenant:

 

Leviticus 26:14   “’But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands…

 

Leviticus 26:16   then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror…”

 

The point here is that Paul uses the phrase, “sudden destruction” in 1 Thessalonians 5:3 to indicate “the wrath of God.”

 

Paul predicted a day would come when the world will cry out for “peace and safety.”

 

And while the world is dong everything possible to restore peace and safety, sudden destruction (God’s wrath) will break out.

 

The Bible says the appointed time of the end will be a time of wrath.

 

Daniel 8:19   “He [the angel] said [to Daniel]: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.”

 

God’s wrath will be completed during the seven bowls:

 

Revelation 15:1   “I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.”

 

God’s wrath begins with the seven trumpets.

 

God’s wrath is completed with the seven bowls.

 

7                                                        7

 

 - - - - - - Trumpets - - - -    - - Bowls - -     Jesus Christ’s Second Coming

                1,265 days                70 days      1,335 days of the Great Tribulation     

Begins                                      Completed       

 

When God’s wrath begins, there will be a global upheaval and a staggering amount of death and destruction.

 

The whole world will tremble with fear.

 

In Numbers 14, God’s wrath broke out and He killed 14,700.

 

In Isaiah 37:36, God’s wrath broke out and He killed 185,000 soldiers.

 

In Genesis 7, God’s wrath broke out and He killed 99.9% of the world – all but Noah and seven other people!

 

I know it sounds strange at this point to say that God is love, but God Is love.

 

In the next segment I will show you why God’s love and His wrath are not in conflict with each other!

 

For now, we’re dealing with the question of “what is coming.”

In a sentence, God’s wrath is coming.

 

How will it happen? 

 

God will arrest the whole world with a sudden display of four supernatural signs:

 

1.   Peals of deafening thunder that have no known source.

 

2.   Rumblings [voices will be heard out of the Earth], again, no known source.

 

3.   Flashes of lightning [Earth will be engulfed in a huge electrical storm. The heavens will be lighted up with dazzling fire and brilliant glory.]

 

4.   Then, a global earthquake will rip the whole world apart.

 

This earthquake will destroy key bridges, thousands of highway overpasses and hydroelectric dams.

 

This will pull electrical grids apart; it will break up highways, runways and railroad tracks – all over the world!

 

This earthquake will topple skyscrapers and bring the whole world to a screeching halt.

 

Infrastructures such as communication, banking, manufacturing, shipping and food supplies will be broken.

 

I am talking about the onset of sudden destruction from God when people are crying out for peace and safety.

 

Where you are is where you will stay.

 

Travel and transportation will be severely limited.

 

A few days after the global earthquake, the first trumpet will sound and a corresponding judgment will fall.

 

The first four trumpets will occur in rapid succession – over a period of about 64 days.

 

Life for everyone on Earth will dramatically change once the seven trumpets begin.

 

Thousands of cities will be suddenly destroyed.

 

Twenty-five percent of the world’s population will die during the first four trumpets.

 

God’s judgments will impose great tribulation on the whole world and – no one will escape.

The first trumpet-judgment will be a fiery hailstorm of burning meteors that will suddenly fall from Heaven.

 

Thousands of notoriously wicked cities will be burned up. A third of the land, a third of the trees and all of the green grass will be burned up!   (Revelation 8:2-7)

 

Millions of people will be burned alive.

 

God will burn up the notably wicked places on Earth – in the same way and for reasons that He burned up the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah! 

 

Genesis 19:24   “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah – from the Lord out of the heavens.

 

Genesis 19:25   Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities – and also the vegetation in the land.”

 

Peter wrote, “…. He [God] condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and he made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly.”

(2 Peter 2:6)

 

A couple weeks later, the second trumpet-judgment will fall.

 

There will be an asteroid impact on an ocean.

 

It will suddenly impact Earth at 75,000 mph.

 

A huge tsunami, perhaps a mile high will radiate outward 360 degrees. This wall of water will destroy thousands of coastal cities around that ocean. Millions of people will drown.

 

(Just like the tsunami that hit the island of Sumatra in December 26, 2004.)

 

Consider this: God will use fire and water to destroy notably wicked places.

 

“…. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”    (Luke 21:25)

 

Hundreds of millions of godless and wicked people will suddenly be gone.

 

Once the survivors behold how God targeted notably wicked places, the Bible predicts there will be a knee-jerk response.

 

I don’t have the time to discuss man’s response to God’s wrath right now, but I will say that all of the religions of the world will quickly unite in a solemn effort to appease God’s wrath so that He will stop the destruction.

 

This union is called Babylon in the book of Revelation.

 

And Babylon will attempt to appease God’s wrath by forcing everyone to worship God.

 

This explains how the topic of worship will become a huge controversy during the Great Tribulation.

 

A third trumpet will sound in Heaven – and a third judgment will fall on Earth.

 

Revelation 8:10 says, “a great star, blazing like a torch” fell upon the Earth.

 

A wicked continent will be partially destroyed by this impact.

 

This asteroid impact will release the energy of millions of atomic bombs. The resulting shock wave will destroy cities and homes and even worse, it will compromise the geologic strata for thousands of miles.

 

Underground aquifers will become contaminated with human waste and toxic garbage that is buried underground.

 

Wells and springs will flow with poisoned water and millions of thirsty people will drink the poisonous water and die.

 

The fourth trumpet judgment will be a period of dense darkness.

 

The Pacific “ring of fire” could easily carry the soot and debris from volcano eruptions around the world and this could darken the Sun, moon and stars for 90% of the world’s populations.

 

Without sunshine, crops will wither and die. Global winter and famine will follow.

 

Survival will become questionable for everyone.

 

At this point in time, everyone will be terrified of God and facing great tribulation.

 

Everyone will be searching for a way to appease God’s wrath so that His judgments will end.

 

There’s so much more to this story, but I don’t have time to tell it. (Be sure to visit our website.)

 

However, there is one more thing about the Great Tribulation that you must consider.

 

About two and a half years after the Great Tribulation begins, God will release the devil from the spirit realm where he is presently confined.

 

Lucifer and his angels will be permitted to exit the spirit realm and physically appear before the people of Earth.

 

According to Revelation 9:3, Lucifer and his angels will come down out of the sky – imitating the Second Coming!

 

Lucifer will masquerade as Almighty God.

 

Lucifer and 200 million demonic angels will perform amazing miracles, deceiving if possible, the very elect!

 

Lucifer is the dreaded Antichrist.

 

Lucifer is not a human being although he will physically appear as a glorious man.

 

Lucifer is a fallen angel who once lived in Heaven.

 

Lucifer and his angels will eventually take control of Earth and for a short time, the devil will rule over the world as King of kings and Lord of lords.

 

The devil will abolish all the religions of the world and set up a new theocracy – a global church-state.

 

All who refuse to join his new religion and live under his authority will be killed.

 

What will Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Hindus, Atheists, and Protestants do when forced to convert?

 

Those who resist the devil’s authority will be killed.

 

In fact, the Bible says that the devil and his forces will kill 1/3 of mankind.   (Revelation 9:15)

 

God will test and judge mankind to see who will stand up for what is right and true and who will not.

 

Testing … This is how faith in God is determined.

 

I know this is frightening.   But, Jesus said:

 

Matthew 28:20  “… And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

Revelation 3:10  “…. I will also keep you from [during] the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the Earth.

 

Faith in God means doing what is right in God’s sight and leaving the results with Him!

Now, you know why salvation comes through faith!

 

Luke 18:8  “…. When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

 

May God help us to learn how to live by faith!

 

Galatians 3:11  “… Because, the righteous will live by faith.”

 

In our next segment, we will examine the question:

 

“Why is it coming?” Why is the wrath of God coming?

 

We don’t hear much today about God’s wrath because many people refuse to hear things that is frightening.

 

They say, “Don’t tell me.  I’ll just deal with it when I have to deal with it.”

 

Much darkness has been heaped upon the topic of God’s wrath.

 

And I would agree that it is better to hear nothing than to hear a distortion of God’s character.

 

The Bible speaks the truth. God Is love and God HAS wrath. These components within God’s character are not in conflict.

 

God is changeless.

 

Malachi 3:6   “I the Lord do not change…”

 

God has several dimensions in His character.  I think of God’s character as though it were a pie, divided into seven slices.

 

All of the slices are in perfect harmony with each other. When properly aligned and synthesized together, we discover how the principles of love operate.

 

Divine love is a set of high and holy principles that God upholds and sustains by His mighty power.

 

The Bible says clearly that God is love.   (1 John 4:8, 16)

 

This means that God’s character and actions are in perfect compliance with eternal principles of love!

 

If you want to know what love rally is, study God – for God is love in action!

 

Here are seven slices of God’s character:

1.   Righteous

 

2.   Patient

 

3.   Forgiving

 

4.   Merciful  

 

5.   Just  /  Fair  / Equitable

 

6.   Wrath  /  Protection

 

7.   Changeless

 

Consider this:  If any one of these elements in God’s character is excluded or improperly magnified, God is not accurately represented.

 

This is a big problem today.

 

Millions of people have been led into worshiping a caricature of God that denies or ignores all that God really is.

 

For example, I am often asked how a God of love could demand that Israel kill every man, woman and child when overtaking the tribes of Canaan. 

 

1 Samuel 15:1  “Samuel said to Saul,  “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord.

 

1 Samuel 15:2  This is what the Lord Almighty says:  ‘I will punish the Amelekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.

 

1 Samuel 15:3  Now go, attack the Amelekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ 

 

To the surface reader, this seems horrible!

 

What kind of God demands the death of children and infants?

 

Even more, why would God tell King Saul to destroy the Amalekites for something that was done to Israel 400 years earlier!

 

These are good questions because there’s more to God’s ways than people imagine!

 

Here’s the story:

 

Lineage:   Abraham, Isaac, Esau, Eliphaz, and Amalek.

 

Amalek became a powerful warlord in his day and his offspring followed in his ways.

 

For 300 years, the Amalekites terrorized Canaan. They became a ruthless tribe of roaming bandits.

 

Soon after the Exodus, while Israel was in the wilderness, the Amalekites ambushed Israel in an effort to steal anything of value.

 

Israel did nothing to provoke this battle. Israel was in the desert, living in a “no man’s land.” 

 

But, the Amalekites were predators. They were too lazy to earn a living through toil and labor. It was much easier to steal the food and possessions of others.

 

They were “pirates on camels,” a gang of outlaws.

 

The Lord gave Israel victory over the Amalekites, but the Lord was grieved with the ongoing degenerate behavior of the Amalekites.

 

After the battle with Israel was over…

 

Exodus 17:14   Then the Lord said to Moses,  “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”

 

About 400 years after the Amalekites attacked Israel in the desert, the Lord commanded King Saul to rise up and destroy the Amalekites and everything they owned.

 

Why?

 

For the same reason that the Lord destroyed the world and everything in it – men, women, children, infants and animals – in Noah’s day.

 

Genesis 6:5   The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.

 

Genesis 6:6   The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

 

Genesis 6:7   So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.”

 

Noah’s flood was NOT a freak accident of nature.

Noah’s flood was NOT a natural event.

 

Noah’s flood was an expression of God’s love.

 

(Remember, “wrath” is one of the seven elements in God’s character of love.)

 

Why did the Lord destroy the world in Noah’s day?

 

Why did the Lord command King Saul to wipe out the Amalekites?

 

Answer:   When the people become so degenerate and so wicked in god’s sight that newborn children will not have a chance to live a decent and upright life, a God of love destroys everything so that adults cannot damage or harm their offspring any longer.

 

God’s wrath protects the oncoming generation.

 

Mercy and justice are not in conflict with each other.

 

In fact, divine love contains a perfect balance of mercy and justice.

 

These properties coexist within human beings because we are created in God’s image.

(Genesis 1:27)

 

Every well-trained child knows that a loving parent can exercise wrath!   

 

In fact, nothing causes a loving parent’s wrath to break out faster than seeing his child mistreated or abused.

 

If you saw a child suffer physical abuse or sexual abuse or psychological abuse, what would be your response?

 

If it were in your power, would you use your wrath to “protect” children from predators? 

 

Of course!

 

If destroying a world full of predators was the only way to stop their abuse, would you destroy the predators or would you allow them to destroy ten of thousands of children?

 

So it was in Noah’s day. God’s love for the oncoming generation moved Him to stop the predators.

 

God’s mercy and wrath are not in conflict.

 

Nothing arouses God’s wrath like rampant injustice and predatory violence and He has the power and will to do something about it.

 

God was patient with the antediluvians.   He waited 120 years.

 

God was patient with the Amalekites.   He waited 700 years.

 

God was patient with Israel.   He waited 1,470 years.

 

In each of these cases, divine patience did not bring about any change for the better.

 

Each succeeding generation only became worse than the previous.

 

Nothing offends the righteousness of God more than the downward spiral of wicked people.

 

This is why God’s wrath breaks out from time to time. He tears down nations and civilizations to protect oncoming generations.

 

When God sees wicked parents and a wicked society ruining the oncoming generation – robbing innocent children of the values and morals needed for a healthy and happy life, God is moved by His love for oncoming children to destroy everything contaminated by sin – including children and infants.

 

At first, you may think: How horrible!!!

 

But consider this: Even though children and infants perish when God’s wrath breaks out, this is not a problem because all children and infants will be given eternal life.

 

God does not hold children accountable for their sins.

 

James 4:17   “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

 

All children and infants will be saved because (a) God is more merciful and (b) Jesus paid the price for all sinners, including those who are too young or incompetent to be held accountable for their actions.

 

(Good News: Jesus also paid the price for those of us who have sinned and are accountable for our sins – if we are willing to repent and reform.)

 

God’s wrath is not evil, in fact, when God exercises His wrath; He accomplishes good things that could not be accomplished otherwise.

 

The world became a better place for children after Noah’s flood.

 

The land of Canaan became a better place to live after the Amalekites were destroyed. 

 

Look at the good that God has brought to all mankind through the death of Jesus!

 

Through His death, we were reconciled to God!

 

God always brings good things out of His wrath because He is a God of love!

 

History proves that sin is a slippery slope.

 

Over time, each generation becomes increasing bold and shameless in their wicked ways.

 

Money and sexual immorality leads to violence.

 

And violence only breeds suffering and greater violence.

 

When law and order break down, there is no quality of life.

 

Man’s descent into chaos arouses God’s wrath because the oncoming generation will be ruined or destroyed by the ways of their parents and society in general. 

 

When God’s wrath breaks out, yes, there is much death, but out of this death, God brings about a new beginning. He cauterizes the malignancy of sin for the benefit of oncoming generations!

 

The world today is like the world in Noah’s day.

 

Matthew 24:37   “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

Matthew 24:38   For in the days before the Flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;

 

Matthew 24:39   and they knew nothing about what would [suddenly] happen until the flood came and took them all away…

 

The coming wrath of God will be horrible, it will come suddenly, but there is nothing to fear if we abide in Christ.

 

God has something to say to the human race and He will get our attention so that everyone can hear, but many will not heed.

 

During the Great Tribulation, God’s servants, the 144,000, will proclaim a gospel that is contrary to what mankind has thought about God.

 

The gospel of Jesus Christ will separate the people of Earth into two groups.

 

The wicked will hate it and the honest in heart will embrace it.

 

So, What is coming? The wrath of God. Why is it coming? Because a majority of people on Earth has become hopelessly wicked.

 

Remember, when extended mercy has no redemptive effect, God’s patience ends and His wrath breaks out.

 

It’s the only was a God of love can stop endless cycles of violence and degenerate behavior.

 

OK, now we know what is coming. And now that we know why God’s wrath is coming.

 

We will consider “When is it coming?” in the next segment.

 

Thus far, we have considered what is coming and why God’s wrath will breakout.

 

In this segment, we will examine the question: “When is God’s wrath coming?”

 

To my knowledge, God has not given a specific date for the commencement of the seven trumpets.

 

If this is true, no one knows or can know the day or the hour that the seven trumpets will begin.

 

Does this mean that we are left in the dark?

 

The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:4, “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”

 

OK, this is puzzling.

 

What does Paul mean?

 

What light has God shed on the timing of this coming wrath?

 

Here’s one clue:

 

KJV 1 Thessalonians 5:3, “For when they say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction [God’s wrath] cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

 

OK, Paul knew that God’s wrath would begin when the world is seeking peace and safety.

 

Paul also knew that God’s wrath is coming upon the world:

 

Colossians 3:5   “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:  sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

 

Colossians 3:6   Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.”

 

Has God provided any other clues on the timing of the seven trumpets?

 

Please consider four things:

 

First:   God did not declare a date for the birth of Christ in the Old Testament.

 

But, the wise men assembled all of the clues that God had given them and they figured out a window of time for Christ’s birth. 

 

When they saw the star, they recognized the sign for what it was.

 

The wise men did not chase shooting star.

 

No!   They were waiting and watching for a divine sign and when they saw the unusual star in the east, they connected the dots.

 

They undertook a long and difficult journey to see and worship baby Jesus and notice the evidence of their faith when they stood before King Herod:

 

Matthew 2:2   “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

 

Summarizing Point #1: Even though God may not declare the date of a prophetic event, God does provide clues that are understood on or about the time of fulfillment.

 

When the clues are properly assembled a “window of time” is discovered and “expectation” begins.

 

A.D. 27

 

Luke 3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea…

 

Luke 3:15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might be the Christ.

 

“But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”

 

The second point we need to consider is that Daniel 8:19 says “the appointed time of the end” is a time of wrath.

 

Where does the Bible describe the outpouring of God’s wrath during the time of the end?

 

The book of Revelation describes fourteen judgments – 7 trumpets and 7 bowls.

 

And Revelation 15:1 says that the seven bowls are called the seven last plagues because with them, God’s wrath is completed!

 

The seven trumpets are the seven first plagues and the seven bowls are the seven last plagues.

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           7 trumpets                 7 bowls      

Summarizing Point #2: Bible prophecy predicts the time of the end will be a time of wrath and God’s wrath will be completed during the 7th bowl.

 

Third, the Bible declares that God is love. The Bible also declares that God is changeless. Therefore, His destruction of the Earth in Noah’s day has to be an expression of love.

 

From age to age, God has used His wrath to cauterize the malignant growth of sin so that oncoming generations can be set free from the degenerate, corrupting and violent behaviors of the current generation.

 

The Amalekites were destroyed because God loved oncoming generations who would inherit the land of Canaan.

 

The world was destroyed in Noah’s day because God loved oncoming generations who would inhabit the Earth.

 

Summarizing Point #3: When people become hopelessly degenerate and violent, God’s love for oncoming generations move Him to destroy those who destroy others.

 

The fourth issue we need to consider is that with God, timing is everything.

 

God knows no haste or delay.

 

He is the Master of time and timing.

 

I could give you many examples from the Bible, but I don’t have the time. Here are four:

 

1.   The flood came on time.

 

2.   Israel was delivered out of Egypt on time.

 

3.   The ministry of Jesus began on time.

4.   The death of Jesus occurred right on time.  

 

Look at this: God has set a date for the sixth trumpet down to the very hour!  

 

Revelation 9:13   The sixth angel sounded his trumpet…

 

Revelation 9:15   And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.”

 

We see that God has the power to predetermine the timing of events.

 

The date for the sixth trumpet has been scheduled for thousands of years, down to the very hour/ day/ month/ and year.

 

Summarizing Point #4. God is the Master of time and timing. He sets dates and carries out His decrees. He has set a date for the sixth trumpet and it will happen on time.

 

Look at this:

 

God has put 18 prophetic time periods in Daniel and Revelation.

 

Why?

 

They serve as clues!

 

When properly assembled, all 18 prophetic time periods will fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

 

When properly aligned, they produce information that is otherwise unknown.

 

The 18 prophetic time periods reveal the timing of God’s plans – they narrow down the commencement of the seven trumpets to a small window of time.

 

Again, I do not know the date for the sixth trumpet, and I do not know the date for the commencement of the seven trumpets.

 

I do not know when nuclear was will break out.

 

But, there are clues suggesting the end of the world could happen before 2017!

 

Before we look at these clues, consider three things that point to the end of life on Earth, as we presently know it – even if the end of the world does not occur before 2017.

 

Three issues threaten the survival of mankind:

 

1.   Nuclear proliferation will lead to nuclear war

2.   Population of 7 billion is straining Earth’s resources – One billion people hungry

 

3.   Global epidemic of decadence, terrorism, dishonesty, violence and sexual immorality

 

Look at Paul’s words to Timothy:

 

2 Timothy 3:1   “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

 

2 Timothy 3:2   People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

 

2 Timothy 3:3   without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,

 

2 Timothy 3:4   treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-

 

2 Timothy 3:5  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

 

Does this describe the world you live in?

 

Do you think these kinds of people could bring on nuclear war?

 

Do you think these kinds of people will use predatory violence in order to survive?

 

Do you think these kinds of people will arouse the wrath of God?

 

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

 

The point here is that mankind has become decadent and as a result, Earth is sliding into chaos.

 

The current economic crisis in the world was caused by greed and dishonesty and the nations of Earth will not recover.

 

There is no way for the United States to repay its national debt and our situation is dire, but not as dire as other nations bankrupt nations.

 

The sword of “payday” hangs over the nations by a thread.

 

Every person acquainted with research knows that digging the truth out of God’s hand is hard work.

 

Thomas Edison spent four years working on the light bulb.

 

He was interviewed one day by a young reporter who asked the inventor if he felt like a failure.

 

Edison replied, “Young man, why would I fell like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.”

 

And shortly after that, Edison invented the light bulb. It took more than 10,000 tries, but he didn’t quit!

 

I have used Edison’s story to help you understand that my understanding of God’s clues remains a work in progress.

 

So, here are three clues showing why I believe the Lord will come prior to 2017:

 

1.   Book of Daniel unsealed

 

2.   Bible history  /  Prophecy

 

3.   The Great  /  Grand Week

 

1.   Book of Daniel unsealed.   Chart of 17 prophecies.

 

Daniel 12:9   He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.

 

I believe the book of Daniel has been unsealed.  In other words, the keys that govern the interpretation of prophecy have been discovered.

 

2.   Bible history  /  Prophecy 7,000 years

 

When all the genealogical records and all the historical events recorded in the Bible are combined with the 18 prophetic time periods defined in Daniel and revelation, it appears to me the end of the Friday Millennium could occur on or before 2017.

 

For a number of reasons beyond our study today, August 24, 2011 may be “a date of interest” for the nuclear war and the commencement of the seven trumpets, but I am not sure.

 

(If August 24, 2011 proves significant, the end of the world would occur 1,335 days later on April 18, 2015.)

 

3.   God’s Great Clocks

 

Finally, there is perfect harmony between the Great Week and the Grand Week.

 

Truth is proven true by the harmony that comes from the sum of all its parts.

 

The Bible tells us what is coming in considerable detail.

 

The Bible tells us why God’s wrath is coming. It tells us why a God of love has to do what He doesn’t want to do.

 

We can see the world is on a collision course. Nuclear proliferation is a clear and present danger.

 

The population of the world is a far greater problem than global warming.

 

One billion people are starving already.

 

There is global epidemic of lawless and immoral behavior.

 

The H1N1 virus is nothing compared to the evil virus of greed, dishonesty and sexual immorality that has overtaken the hearts of millions of people.

 

Finally, the prophetic time periods indicate that the commencement of the Great Tribulation is very near.

 

I am watching and waiting. I am filled with anticipation that the end of all things is near and I hope you are, too!

 

I hope you read these segments a couple of times and pray about the things you have read.

 

I hope you will search the Scriptures with renewed interest.

 

I hope you will visit our website: www.wake-up.org

 

May the Lord help us to wake up and be ready for His appearing.

 

Remember this.   It’s not the day of the Second Coming that will catch the world by surprise; rather, it is the commencement of God’s wrath.

 

The commencement of the Great Tribulation will happen suddenly with people are crying out for peace and safety. Many will be caught with overwhelming surprise. 

 

Matthew 24:37   As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

Matthew 24:38   For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;

 

Matthew 24:39   and they knew nothing about what would happen until [the rain fell] the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

If my understandings of God’s clues are valid, we don’t have to wait much longer!

 

Come, Lord Jesus!

 

Larry Wilson

  

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