This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued ( 2-18-15 )

As I have said earlier, what is referred to in the Bible as “ the day of the Lord “, covers a wide range of events over a long period of time.

 

After the rapture happens, some in the world who heard about this event will reconsider the gospel of Jesus Christ and give their heart to Jesus...during the 7 year tribulation period.

Secular society will explain away the disappearance of those who go up in the rapture as being taken by aliens.

This has been talked about in the news for years.

There are people who claim they were abducted by aliens and brought back.

The world will think this is what happened.

Those who know the Bible will know it was the rapture and some will give their heart to Jesus.

The problem with this worldly explanation is that those who go up in the rapture will not come back for at least 7 years.

I wonder what explanation they will come up with for that.

 

Always remember that the rapture could have happened back in Paul's day, 2 thousand years ago, or else he, along with the writer of Hebrews, Peter and John would not have been teaching the early church christians to watch for Jesus to return.

How much more should we be watching today.

 

The return of Jesus commonly referred to as the “ second advent “, when He destroys the armies at Armageddon and casts the antichrist into the lake of fire will definitely not happen until after the 7 year tribulation period.

The return of Jesus in the rapture and the return of Jesus when He sets up His Millennial Kingdom will be at least 7 years apart.


To get the 7 year tribulation started, the antichrist will have to gain the trust of both Jews and Arabs.

 

If you remember back in my earlier studies of the book of John, Jesus clearly said;

I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.“  John 5:43

 

Jews are looking for a Messiah but looking for this Messiah to come in the political realm.

The antichrist will pretend to be their Messiah and even go along with rebuilding their Temple and re-establishing their sacrificial worship, as in the Old Testament days.

The antichrist will know Jewish theology like the back of his hand.

This is one way he will gain their trust.

 

How the antichrist will gain the trust of Arabs who have a different religion than the Jews I do not know but as the prophet Daniel said, the antichrist will be smarter than the other politicians.

Somehow, the antichrist will bring the Jews and the Arabs together in peace.

The Jews will think he is their long awaited Messiah.

This accomplishment of the antichrist, in itself, will be so fascinating to the rest of the world that they will be so amazed at the antichrist for being able to do this that many of them too will place their trust in him.

However, not all the world will trust him

Like anyone else, the antichrist will also have enemies.

Daniel said that nations to the north and east of him, will oppose him.

 

Secular society throughout the world has always known that if the Jews and the Arabs ever would come together in peace, there would be peace throughout the world...at least part of the world.

 

By the way, while I'm thinking about it, contrary to popular belief, the antichrist will not be a world-wide ruler.

The prophet Daniel clearly said that Jordan will not be under his rule and Jordan borders Syria.

Interesting.

 

My friend, Jesus Christ will be the only world-wide ruler...ever.

 

The countries that oppose the antichrist to the point of declaring war against him, he will conquer.

 

When the antichrist wins the trust of the Jews and the Arabs, he will bring them to the peace table to sign a 7 year peace treaty...just as President Clinton and other presidents have tried so desperately to do.

To fulfill Bible prophecy though, this signing of a peace treaty between the Jews and Arabs that the antichrist accomplishes will be specifically for 7 years.

 

When this is done, then begins the prophetic Scriptures in the Holy Bible pertaining to what is referred to as “ the wrath of God. “

 

Wayne Brown