The End Of The Ages

Introduction

In Judaism, there are two ages, the present age, “olam haze,” literally “this age,” and the age to come, “olam haba,” literally “coming age.” Between the two ages is a period of transition from this age, to the age to come. This period of transition is called the “End of the Ages.”

“But of the times and seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 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 that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ”(1 Thess.5:1-9).

This age is the age of darkness. The age to come is the age of light. The present age is night. The age to come is day. The children of the kingdom have the life of the age to come. “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not”(Jon.1:4,5). Therefore they are not of night nor of darkness. Those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunken are drunken in the night. The children of this age are drunken, and they sleep. The children of the age to come are of the day. They cannot sleep, they cannot slumber, and they cannot be drunken. They are sober. They are always alert. Therefore, that day, the day of the Lord cannot come upon them as a thief in the night. It cannot come upon them unawares. They are watchful, prepared, faithful, and prayerful(Matt.24:32-25:1-46). Though we live in this world ruled by darkness, we have the light of life, the life of the age to come which invaded our being at the moment of salvation. Therefore, our lifestyle, value system, conduct, manner of life, and conversation, our walk, must be divided, separate from that which is commonplace and ordinary which characterize the present age of darkness. We have to remind ourselves we are not of this age. This age is passing away, and the lust thereof, he that does the will of God abides for ever(1 Jon.2:17).

In Greek NT, the ends of the ages is “sunteleia.” It is a compound word. There are three Greek words translated world, “cosmos” which may refer to the physical world and its appurtenances or its inhabitants. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jon.3:16). We can see that God’s love is directed towards the inhabitants of the planet Earth. He was referring to human beings made in His image and likeness, who dwell on this planet, not the physical planet Earth itself. In Jon.1:10, it is written: “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.” The Greek word translated world here is “cosmos.” The first two referred to the physical planet, Earth, and the last one to its inhabitants. We see that the context and the collocation in the sentence determine the meaning of the word.

The second Greek word translated world is “oikoumene.” It is derived from the Greek word “oikos” which means house. It is refers to the inhabited world. In Rev.16:14b, it is written: “For they are the spirits of demons, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the Earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of the great day of God Almighty.” The Greek word translated world is “oikoumene” which means the whole inhabited world. These demonic spirits were tasked by God to go to the inhabited areas of the world to gather together all the able bodied men, the soldiers of the kings of the Earth to the battle of the great day of God Almighty. This exercise excluded all the uninhabited areas of the world such as deserts, mountains like the Alps, the Drakensberg, the northern and southern permafrosts, the oceans and the great seas.

The third Greek word translated world is “eion.” It refers to the moving world. It is better translated age. It is part of the Greek phrase translated everlasting life in Jon.3:16. The phrase is “zoe eioneis”. It is better translated “life of the age to come” rather than everlasting or eternal life. Both believers and unbelievers will live for ever. It is the quality of life that is in view. The believer will live for ever in heaven while the unbeliever will burn forever in the lake of fire and sulphur. Eternity in the lake of fire and sulphur or brimstone is what is referred to as the second death of which believers are exempt(Rev.20:6, 14).

Notes

Question:

“what is the difference between the “end of the age” and the “end of the(this) world”?

Answer:

The two phrases mean the same thing(Matt.28:20). Sometimes it is shortened and simply rendered end(Matt.10:22, 24:13,14). There are three Greek words rendered world in KJV. The first is “cosmos.” It has three meanings: (1) the physical word or planet Earth; (2) the organisation and embellishment of the world, its garishness, the “cosmeticus;” (3) the inhabitants of the world(John 3: 16). God so loved the world… It is not the physical planet Earth but the inhabitants. The second Greek word is “eion” whuch best rendered “age.” There are different ages. Our age is different from those of our forefathers and that of our children and grandchildren etc. Greek word translated world in Matt.28:20 is eion which is better translated age. In Jewish theology, there two ages, the present age, “olam Haze,” and the age to come, “olam Haba.” The end of the ages is a transition period between the two ages, the present age, and the age to come. The age to come is the Millennial Reign of Christ and the resurrected saints. The third Greek word is “oikoumene,” a compound Greek word derived from “oikos” which means house, and “mene” which meant to dwell. “Oikoumene” therefore means the inhabited world.

Definition

With this knowledge of the biblical usages of the word “world” in the NT, we can now attempt a definition of the End Of The Ages. It is the period of transition from the present age to the age to come. It is a period of intense upheaval on Earth. During this period, God dispenses with darkness in order to usher in His everlasting light. During this period, God cleanses the world and its inhabitants from the defilement of sin by the fire of His jealousy. During this period, the axe shall be laid to the root of every tree; any tree which the LORD has not planted shall be rooted out and cast into the fire of His jealousy. For our God is a jealous God. He visits the iniquity of the fathers upon their children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Him(Deut.5:9). He is a consuming fire(Heb.12:29). During this period, the sin of the world shall be called into remembrance. Therefore, everything on Earth at that time shall be salted with fire. Shortly before this time, the 144, 000 are sealed with the seal of God Almighty in order to protected them from the wrath of God, and Church raptured in order to remove them from the scene of God’s judgment of the world with fire and sulphur; for God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ(1 Thess.1:10, 5:9). Chronologically, it begins with the breaking of the seventh seal(Rev.8:1) and ends with the end of the 45-day Restoration Period. “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”(Dan.12:12). The wrath of God cannot extend beyond the 1,335 day’s if he that reaches to the end of it is to be Blessed. Therefore, the Sheep and Goat Judgment must occur within the 45-day Restoration Period so that the Goats do not enter into the Millennium. In other words, the sentence against the Goats must be executed before the commencement of the Millennium.

The relationship of the end of the ages to the wrath of God lies in the fact that it is during this brief moment of transition from the present age to the age to come that the wrath of God is poured out on the living wicked earth-dwellers. The Church is exempt from the wrath of God. Therefore the Church is whisked away from the scene of the wrath of God prior to its outpouring. The 144,000 Jews are sealed for protection from the wrath of God. However they remain within the scene of the wrath of God; for God cannot leave Himself without a witness on Earth. The unbelieving world is the object of the wrath of God. All the unbelieving world shall face the trumpets whether branded with the mark of allegiance to the Beast or not. The remnant of Israel other than the 144,000 are thereby purified, purged, and cleansed. Shortly before the sounding of the 7th trumpet, the spiritual kingdom of God is completed as the remnant of Israel is brought into saving relationship with the God of Israel(Rev.10:7) on day 3 of the 30-day Reclamation Period of the Kingdom. They are exempt from the bowls. Therefore, they are taken into protective custody in Azel before the outpouring of the bowls(Zech.14:5). The bowls target only the living branded Beast worshippers. But the unbranded unbelievers are not offered any protection. Any afflictions upon the living unbranded unbelievers during the outpouring of the bowls are collateral damages inasmuch as they are not specifically targeted. However the living unbranded unbelievers who survive the bowls shall be tried in the Sheep and Goat judgment in order to qualify for entry into the millennial reign of the Messiah(Matt.25:31-46).

Biblical Synonyms For The End Of The Ages

There are other biblical phrases that are used synonymously with the end of the ages.

The Harvest

“Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son Of Man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world(ages); and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world(ages). The Son Of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and nashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear”(Matt.13:36-43).

Interpreting our Lord’s parable of the wheat and the tares, Jesus referred to the harvest as the end of the ages(harvest = the end of the ages). In the ancient Israel which is the setting of the parable, the farmer first harvests the tares into bundles, and heaps them up at the edges of the farm to be burned later after the harvest of the wheat. In like manner also, during the harvest, when Jesus appears in the Shekinah in the heavens, He dispatches His angels with the great sound of the trumpet, at the breaking of the seventh seal, to gather together His elect from the one end of the heavens unto the other, after He has sealed the 144,000, from the household of Israel with the seal of God. The three events that are associated with the appearance of the Son Of Man in the heavens involve angelic activities: the sealing of the 144,000, the rapture of the Church, and the outpouring of the wrath of God on the unrighteousness wicked earth-dwellers who remain. The angels of God are dispatched to gather out of His kingdom all that offend. Why is the whole Earth referred to as the kingdom of God at this time even though it is evident that the 8th and Final Beast Empire and all the other kingdoms and kings are still in existence like the kings of the East, the king of the North, and the King of the South? It is because, at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, Lord God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth(Rev.11:15; Dan.2:44). This event occurs on day 5 of the 30-day Reclamation Period of the Kingdom. God has reclaimed His rule over the Earth, but has not yet reclaimed physical possession of the Earth. That shall be done at Armageddon and the subsequent Sheep and Goat judgment. Meanwhile, all things that offend, and whatever doeth iniquity shall be eviscerated from the Earth.

The End

The usage of this phrase, the end, in the Olivet Discourse is punctilious and marks the very point at which the Church is raptured. It is also the starting point of the end of the ages. It marks the breaking of the seventh seal. At the end, the church is raptured and the wrath of God begins. “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”(Matt.10:22). Here the believer is encouraged to endure unto the end because this is the terminus-ad-quem of the Great Tribulation. One generation of believers shall be transfigured into immortality without experiencing death. They are those that survive the Great Tribulation. They are those that endure unto the end. After the dead in Christ are raised, given their glorified immortal resurrection bodies, the living, the surviving saints shall be translated. On that same day, the seventh seal is broken, and the wrath of God begins. “When ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.”(Mk.13:7; cp. Luk.21:9; Matt.24:6).

In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus told His disciples that wars and rumours of wars shall precede the end. Why is the end so important to His disciples? Because it is the point at which the persecution of the Church by the antiChrist is brought to conclusive end by the physical removal of the Church from the scene of persecution. Therefore this short phrase has the positive connotation of deliverance for the saints. By physical removal from the Earth, the vicinity of the Great Tribulation, they are delivered from it, and the impending wrath of God that immediately follows. The writer of Hebrews encourages believers to hold fast the beginning of our profession of faith steadfast unto the end. It is then that the living will be made partakers of Christ at His revelation. “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.”(Heb.3:14).

It is therefore terribly misleading to teach the Church that no prophesied event must occur before the Rapture of the Church as pretribulational doctrine of immense does. The Scriptures are unequivocal in teaching that prophesied events must occur before the end. The emergence of false christs, and the ultimate eschatological antagonist, the antiChrist, false prophets and false teachers, wars, commotions, and rumours and threats of wars, the abomination of desolation, the attendant surrounding of Jerusalem with armies of the antiChrist, the Great Tribulation and the attendant martyrdom of believers, the removal of the restrainer, the commencement of the ministry of the two witnesses, and the earthly and celestial disturbances are some of the prophesied events that shall precede the end. It is evident therefore that any moment Rapture of the Church is biblically untenable.

Note

F R A U D:

Do you know why pretribulationism is a fraud? It teaches that the Rapture will occur SILENTLY, SECRETLY, and SUDDENLY. One of its central pillars is IMMINENCE which teaches that the Rapture can occur at ANY MOMENT without any prophesied events preceding it. But when we examine the Scriptures, we discover there are close to 30 EVENTS that will precede the Rapture. At the midpoint of the 70th week alone, there are about 17 of these EVENTS. Beyond that we have the fifth seal Martyrs under the Golden Altar Of Incense in the Holy Place of the Temple Of God in Heaven. We have the sixth seal, the darkening of the Sun, Moon, and Stars, the so called cosmic and celestial disturbances which is the sign of the End Of The Ages. We have the unmistakable appearance of the Shekinah in the Heavens, the sign of the coming of the Son Of Man. We have the sealing of the 144,000 in the interlude between the end of the sixth seal and the breaking of the seventh seal(Rev.7:1-8). Before all these, in the First Half of the 70th week we have the breaking of the first three seals of Rev.6:1-8. There are close to ten events in all of these three seals. How on Earth can an event which is preceded by close to 30 other events be secret, silent, and sudden. The most amazing thing though about all these is that intelligent, educated, brilliant twenty first century man with all the facilities, resources, and paraphernalia of education and biblical hermeneutics at his disposal is teaching a Big Fraud, and sincere educated BELIEVERS are part of it, of whom are professors of theology, GOs, Bishops, and heads of ministries. For further details see my article: “The Middle Of The 70th Week Of Daniel.” Link: https://mtzionheritageministries.com/2019/08/29/the-middle-of-the-70th-seven/

See the accompanying graphics. Please study the EVNTS BEFORE the Midpoint of the 70th week and AFTER.

In a broader sense, the end begins with the appearance of the Son Of Man in the heavens, and terminates with Christ’s delivery of the kingdom to God the Father, after He has put down all rule, and all authority and power. “Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.”(1 Cor.15:24). We can see here that the end covers the outpouring of the wrath of God in the trumpet and the bowls, and the extra 75 days spoken of by Daniel the prophet(Dan.12:11,12), till the inauguration of the Kingdom of God on Earth.

The Day Of His Coming

“But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire, and like a fuller’s soap: And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.”(Mal.3:2-4). Amongst other things, one of the many purposes of the Day of the Lord is to purify the Levites, and purge the household of Israel. The priesthood must be restored as Israel is restored, therefore the house of Israel must be purged, purified and cleansed from the defilement of sin and disobedience in order that they may offer unto the Lord acceptable sacrifice. This shall be accomplished by the six trumpet judgments from which the children of Israel are not exempt but the 144,000 who have the seal of God on their foreheads.

The Day Of Christ

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that day of Christ is at hand.”(2 Thess.2:2).

Paul founded the church in Thessalonica(ca. 50-52 AD). His stay there was rather brief due to persecution from the civil authorities. But before Paul left he had taught them some things about the second coming of Christ; he never had time to ground them in the basics of biblical eschatology. Thereafter, some within the church began to expound erroneous doctrine that the day of the Lord has already come and that the Thessalonians have missed the Rapture, and would never see their deceased loved ones in the Lord any more. This erroneous doctrine was propagated in three ways: (1) by prophetic utterance(by spirit); (2) by teaching(by word); (3) by a letter(forged epistolary) purportedly to have been written by Apostle Paul and his associates in the ministry(by letter as from us). Paul wrote to correct this erroneous doctrine, that the Thessalonians should not be shaken in mind nor be troubled. He started by warning them that they should not be deceived because that day shall not come until two things happen: (1) the apostasy, a falling away from the faith, a rebellion, total abandonment of the faith by some within the church, and some Jews who shall abandon covenantal relationship with the God of Israel in favor of a false man made God, the antiChrist, and (2) the antiChrist must be revealed. So the Thessalonians had not yet missed it; for none of these events has occurred. Therefore prophesied events must occur before the day of Christ. Once again, the pretribulational doctrine of eminence is turned on its head.

Paul encouraged the Philippians to hold forth the word of life which they have received through his witness that he may rejoice in the day of Christ. “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”(Phil.2:16). Paul’s greatest joy in the day of Christ will be the reunification with them on that day.

The Day Of Jesus Christ

“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”(Phil.1:6; cp. Acts 2:20).

The Philippians were also encouraged by Paul to be confident of this very fact that He(The Holy Spirit) who began a good work in them will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ. In other words, the work of the Holy Spirit in them is not finished nor completed until they are united with Christ on the day of resurrection. The day of Jesus Christ has the positive connotation of the believers being united with Jesus before the wrath of God begins

That Day

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”(2 Thess.2:3).

We have already referred to this scripture above. The phrase, that day is anaphoric to the day of Christ. In this context, the emphasis is on the deliverance of the saints before the commencement of the wrath of God.

“And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they have made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?”(Isa.2:19-22).

In this passage in Isaiah, the emphasis is on the reaction of the living wicked earth-dwellers, adorers and worshippers of the Beast and his image to the day of the LORD. Apart from the enlivened images of the Beast stationed at strategic places for men to worship and to identify those who are not branded with the mark of allegiance to the beast, the worshippers of the Beast shall be instructed by the false prophet, the second beast, to make portable images of the Beast in gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, etc, every man according to what he can afford for themselves to worship in the privacy of their homes, offices, and in their vehicles. “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Rev.(13:11-15). It is these images of gold and of silver that these living wicked earth-dwellers shall cast to the moles and to the bats to hide in the caves and rocks of the earth when the sign of the coming of the Son Of Man is given in the sun, moon and stars, at the breaking of the sixth seal and the Shekinah in the heavens.

The phrase “in that day” in Isa.2:20, is anaphoric to the day of the LORD in verse 12. “In that day the lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of man shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: and upon of the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, and upon all the high mountains, And upon all the hills that are lifted up, and upon every tower, and upon every fenced wall, And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. And the loftiness of men shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. And the idols He shall utterly abolish.”(Is.2:11-17).

Every man whatever his station in life shall be humbled, and the Earth and its appurtenances shall be devastated. While the prophet Isaiah spoke in parables, John, the revelator was plain: after the breaking of the sixth seal and the associated cosmocelestial disturbances(Rev.6:12- 14), “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come: and who shall be able to stand.”(Rev.6:15-17). These living wicked earth-dwellers shall not be given any protection by the mountains and rocks: for they too shall be visited by the wrath of God.

The Day Of The LORD

This phrase, the day of the LORD is by far the most popular and frequent reference to this period of time. The prophet Isaiah used this phrase to refer to the end of the ages. He also asssociated it with cosmic disturbances. “Behold the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land(earth) desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine”(Is.13:9,10). The prophet Joel referred to it as the great and terrible day of the LORD. He also declared it shall be preceded by celestial disturbances. “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call”(Joel 2:30-32). Joel also mentioned that the righteous shall be exempt from the day of the LORD(Joel 3:14-17).

The prophet Amos declared woe unto those who desire the day of the LORD. “Woe unto them that desire the day of the LORD! To what end is it for you? The day of the LORD is darkness and not light. As if a man did flee from the lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?(Amos 5:18-20). The prophet Amos here speaks of the children of Israel who are under siege by the forces of the antiChrist in the Jehoshaphat campaign during the Great Tribulation. They long for the day of the LORD. When they see the sun darkened and the moon turned into blood, they begin to rejoice, saying: peace and safety, not knowing that the day of the LORD portends first of all wrath for them in the trumpet judgments before being exempted from the bowls which targets specifically those with the mark of the Beast. The beast marked unbelievers cannot be the ones saying peace and safety because they know they are doomed once the sun is darkened and the moon turned into blood inasmuch as the wrath of God is about to fall on them, and they have to hide from the Shekinah in the heavens which no mortal man in sinful flesh can behold(Rev.6:15-17). Some pretribulationists start the Day Of The LORD with the commencement of the 70th week of Daniel, and mark the end with the White Throne Judgment at the end of the Millennium. This is ridiculous. How can a period of total darkness, and no light whatsoever include the glorious millennial reign of Christ?

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 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”(I Thess.5:1-4).

As I have pointed out, those who are beast branded cannot be the ones invoking peace and safety; for they know they are doomed once the Shekinah appears in the heavens following the earthly and celestial disturbances. The unbelievers who are not beast marked, know nothing about the day of the LORD. They like the branded beast worshippers are cowering in fear in the caves and mountains. The ones on Earth at this time who know something about the day of the LORD are the observant remnant of Israel who have not the mark of the beast. They are the ones under seige by the forces of the antiChrist in the Jehoshaphat campaign which is an attempt by the antiChrist to once and for all put a period to Jewish opposition to his rule in the land of Israel during the final stages of the Great Tribulation shortly before the breaking of the sixth seal which is associated with the cosmic disturbances and the appearance of the coming of the Son Of Man, the Shekinah in the heavens. Once the sixth seal is broken, the sun is darkened, and the moon turned into blood, and the Shekinah appears in the heavens, the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed for protection from the day of the Lord’s wrath, and the Church is raptured from the Earth, physically removed from the scene of the Great Tribulation and the impending wrath of God. Thusly the Great Tribulation is amputated.

This leaves only the observant remnant of Israel who have rejected the mark of the Beast, who have knowledge of the day of the LORD. They are the ones the prophet Amos chided, saying, why do you desire the day of the LORD? It is darkness and not light. You are fleeing from the lion(the Great Tribulation), but a bear(the day of the LORD) is going to meet you. You are fleeing from a lion(the Great Tribulation), you are going to get into the house, and lean your hand on the wall, but a serpent(the day of the LORD) shall bite you. This is so because while the Great Tribulation was sufficient to purify the Church to stand before the presence of the Lord, Israel, with the exception of the 144,000, would need go through the trumpet judgments in order to be purged, purified and cleansed to stand before God. The bowls specifically target and destroy those with mark of the Beast, culminating in the war of Armageddon. The unbelieving Gentiles who have not the mark of the Beast, though not specifically targeted may suffer collateral damages, shall be further purified in the Sheep and Goat judgment, to determine eligibility for entry into the Millennium to repopulate the renovated Earth.

Here is a list of other phrases and expressions used by both the prophets of the OT and NT to describe the end of the ages: the day of God(2 Pet.3:12); the great and dreadful day of the LORD(Mal.4:5); the day of His wrath(Rev.6:15-17); the great day of His wrath(Rev.6:16,17); the day of the Lord’s sacrifice(Zeph.1:8); the day of the Lord’s wrath(Zeph.1:18); those days(Joel 3:1); the great day(Jude 6); the day of vengeance(Is.34:8a); the year of recompense for the controversy of Zion(Is.34:8b); the day(1 Thess.5:4); the day of visitation or judgment day(Is.10:3); the coming of the Son of Man(Matt.24:37); the day of the Son of Man(Luk.17:26); the day of wrath(Rom.2:5); the last day(Jon.12:48); the day of judgment(2 Pet.2:9); the great day of God(Rev.16:14); a unique day(Zech.14:7). Each of these phrases are descriptive and reflective of some aspects of the End Of The Ages.

I shall conclude by saying a few words about the year of recompense for the controversy of Zion. During this period of time, the enemies of Israel, all antisemites shall be defeated, humiliated and liquidated from the Earth. The nations of the Earth which have been partial in their handling of the Middle East conflict shall be summarily punished, particularly the United Nations and Great Britain that divided the land God gave to Israel by a covenant of salt. They ceded a huge swathe(almost 78%) of this land to Jordan. As though that were not enough, they parted the remaining paltry 22% between Israel and the Arabs, whereas it is evident from the Scriptures that God gave the land of Canaan to Israel by a covenant of salt, from the river of Egypt to the entering in of Hamat which is by the Euphrates, including all Labanon, and unto the borders of Arabia(Gen.12:7, 15:18-21; Deut.11:24; Josh.1:4).

Avraham Shallom.

Published by midgdal

I believe the saints will go through the Great Tribulation before being evacuated from the Earth in the rapture.

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