“And he [the Antichrist] was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months” (Revelation 13:5).
Let’s take a moment to set the stage. As this age comes to an end—the 6th Day of God’s prophetic great Week—the Antichrist is taking center stage and gathering forces to come against Israel, just when the Jews are declaring “peace and safety.” In the natural, things look bleak.
And then God turns out the lights. The sun, moon, and stars no longer shine. The whole earth is engulfed in total darkness all at the same time. It is the final sign of this age. It signals a pivotal time in God’s timetable. The Light of the World—Jesus Christ—is about to appear in the sky to the entire world. As the 7th Day dawns, His coming splits Mt. Zion, making a way of escape for the Jews, as He gathers His Body to Him and takes us to our prepared place in Heaven.
We escape to stand. What does this mean? Daniel 7:26 explains: “But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion to consume and destroy it forever.” Yes, Christ the Head and His Body are the heavenly, immortal government who takes out the Antichrist. Our rulings unleash the trumpet and bowl judgments on the earth (Revelation 8 & 9). Scripture calls this God’s vengeance against evil. Yes, we finally get to participate in bringing down Satan and his evil hierarchy!
Scripture also calls this the Wrath of that Day—the 7th Day, the Day of the Lord, the Appointed Day. It’s all part of what we like to call Operation Consume and Destroy. The judgments just so “happen” to echo the plagues Moses brought against Pharaoh.
Notice that the Antichrist’s authority on earth is limited to 42 months—the same time period that is the last 31/2 years of Daniel’s 70th Week prophecy, and the first 31/2 years of Christ’s millennial reign.
To the natural world, it looks like World War III. From our heavenly view, we know it as treading upon the enemy. It’s the war against the Beast--the War of the World. Revelation 19:15 describes it this way: “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
How this war ends may surprise you. It’s not exactly the ending that most people have heard. So stay tuned.
Why don’t we hear much teaching about the end-times, especially when our future resurrection and the final judgment are listed as basic principles of our faith (Hebrews 6:1-2)?
Why is there so much confusion surrounding Christ’s return when the angels told the disciples that Jesus would return in the same way He ascended (Acts 1:9-11)?
How can this be when the Apostle Paul specifically said that God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 1:33)?
The problem is not with God or the Scriptures. Everything we need to live a life that brings glory to God is contained in His Word. So we must be honest with ourselves and accept that the confusion has to be on our end. Of course, we’ve gotten a little “help” in this, compliments of Satan. “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3, emphasis added).
Did you get that? Problems arise when we get away from the simplicity that is in Christ and the simplicity of the good news of the Gospel. We somehow manage to complicate faith, to complicate prayer, and to complicate grace and truth. The same can be said about end-time doctrines. We need to get back to the simplicity that is in Christ.
It’s been said that God’s prophetic agenda is simple enough for a child to understand, profound enough to amaze a scholar, and mysterious enough to confound a skeptic. All it takes is a truly seeking heart (Hebrews 11:6). That is the nature of the mysteries of God. It’s not that they cannot be understood—it’s that they require a heart and mind open to the revelation of the Spirit who leads us into ALL truth.
We have to be willing to lay aside our own man-made agendas and opinions, and look afresh at God’s Word. We have to let Scripture interpret Scripture, rather than insist on our own interpretation. We have to be intellectually honest with ourselves when the biblical puzzle pieces don’t fit our view correctly.
When Jesus introduced the rapture and the end-time signs to His disciples, He told them that they are to know like Noah. What did Noah know? He knew God’s plan for saving creation from the devastating effects of evil. He knew the timing of the Flood that would bring a merciful reset.
Another reset is nearing the horizon. It is the 7th Day, the Day of the Lord, the Appointed Day. And it dawns with Christ’s second coming as He gathers His Body, the Church and Bride, together with Him at the rapture. Since believers are sons and daughters of the Day, it is our responsibility to “get in the know.”
If you’ve been following this blog, by now you know that the Appointed Day is the Day of the Lord, the last Day in God’s prophetic Week. It is called Christ’s millennial reign because it lasts a thousands years, as do the other great Days. It dawns with the rapture of the Church to Heaven, and the revival of the Jews on earth when they finally recognize Jesus as the Messiah. “I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 13:35).
That repentant declaration brings salvation and the latter rain outpouring of the Spirit on God’s people when they need it most. For the Antichrist’s coalition of armies are converging on Israel,
vehemently obsessed with wiping out the nation once and for all. But God has something else in store, “for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29 ESV).
What was foretold in the 70th Week prophecy of Daniel 9, and divinely paused mid-way into the Week, is now set back in motion. The final three tasks set forth in the prophecy shall now be fulfilled with Christ’s second coming. For God has given the Jews a future and a hope.
When Messiah the Prince, our Lord Jesus Christ, comes to Mt. Zion at the Last Day, that triumphant stand shakes the mountain, splits it in two, and makes a way of escape for the Jewish believers. Now filled with the power of the Spirit, the people don’t cower in fear. They become mighty men of strength and valor, doing great exploits in the name of the Lord.
As the immortal government seated with Christ before the throne of God, we release the archangel Michael and his angelic army to take down the evil spiritual hierarchy in the heavenlies. Satan and his minions fall to earth, displaced by the rightful rulers of the heavenlies—Christ and His Bride.
A major piece of the prophetic puzzle found in the Bible that we must put in place in order to understand the end times is that the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week prophecy covers the first 31/2 years of Christ’s thousand-year reign. It is a pivotal time in Israel’s history, in the time of the Church, and in God’s prophetic agenda of the plan of redemption.
Amazingly, few believers really know what happens during these 31/2 years. Stay tuned if you want to be “in the know.”
The Day of the Lord comes likes two sides of a coin. One side is etched in surprise, darkness, and destruction (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3). The other side is etched in expectation, in the light of the Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16). Which side people experience is based on whether they are of the light and the Day, or of the darkness and the night.
At Jesus’ first coming, the angels resounded a long-awaited heavenly song. “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). At Jesus’ second coming, the heavenly hosts shall be silent and the heavens will be pitch black at first. God offered humanity peace; they chose to reject Him instead and follow another (Revelation 8:1-6).
In the midst of the total darkness, the veil of Heaven shall be pulled back and every eye shall see Christ seated on the throne. Every eye shall see Him stand, signaling that now is the appointed time. Every eye shall see Him come to Mt. Zion, splitting the mountain to make a way of escape for the Jews, for they have finally recognized their Messiah. Every eye shall see Him gather His Bride to Himself and take us to our prepared place in Heaven.
A trumpet sounds the alarm for those who have rejected Christ. It sounds a joyful command to “Arise and Shine” to those who are His. We ride with angels in chariots of fire; those who have rejected Him see fire fall from Heaven in judgment.
The Bride’s 3rd Day resurrection coincides with Israel’s 3rd Day revival. As we are seated as the immortal heavenly government, Israel experiences the latter rain outpouring necessary for carrying on the Messiah’s earthly ministry in that Day (Hosea 6:1-3).
At Jesus’ first coming, He came as a Lamb to be slain. At Jesus’ second coming, He shall come as the Lion of Judah, the triumphant King of kings and Lord of lords. For this is His Day, the Day of Christ.
Truly, this is the Day that the Lord has made! Needless to say, we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). The Antichrist thinks he will destroy Israel and take over the world. How foolish of him, for the earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness (Psalm 24:1).
Among its many titles, this Day is also called the Day of Judgment (2 Peter 3:7). As joint-heirs with Christ, we shall sing a new song. Among its many declarations, we shall sing with one voice, “Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments. Your testimonies, which You have commanded are righteous and very faithful” (Psalm 119:137-138).
The binocular view of the chronos times and the kairos signs inoculates us from man-made speculations about Christ’s return. We have the assurance of the prophetic timetable of God’s great Week (the chronos) and we know we will see the corresponding signs that mark the end of this age. Both are required. That is why dates have come and gone without His return. They have ignored the chronos timing, and even some of the kairos signs, such as total darkness in the heavenlies all at once.
So what do we do with this knowledge? If we think that we can’t take it, that we can’t hang on any longer, then we need to hear the Word again.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ [the dawn of the Day of the Lord, His 2nd coming, His return] (Philippians 1:5-6).
. . . for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
You see, it’s not about what we can do. It’s about what Christ can do through us. We don’t have to feel ready; we simply need to be yielded to Him. It’s not about feelings, it about knowing in Whom we believe.
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day (2 Timothy 1:12).
Now matter what comes, He is able to make good come from it.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).
If we truly believe our sins are forgiven, that we stand in His righteousness, then we can face what comes between now and when He gathers us to Him as that Day dawns. We stand in faith together.
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).