Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man who He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:30).
If you've been with us through this series, you can probably guess that the day God has appointed is the Day of the Lord. It is during Christ's 1,000-year reign over the earth that He will judge the world. The criterion for this judgment is righteousness--the right standing we have with God through Christ.
Jesus will be the last God-appointed judge, as foreshadowed in the Old Testament judges. He will begin this rule by treading down the enemy--the counterfeit one-world order. Revelation 11:16 declares: And there were loud voices in Heaven saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever."
As we saw in the last blog, Christ and His Bride rule over the earth with a rod of iron, bringing true justice and order to the nations. Near the end of the Appointed Day, Satan will be released from the Pit. Nearly 1,000 years of jail time have done the devil no good. He is still just as prideful and deceitful as ever. He somehow manages to lure some to his side to come against the Jewish nation (Rev. 20:7-9).
The battle is over before it really begins. Fire falls from Heaven and incinerates the hostile army. And then comes the part where we all get to cheer wildly. The devil is cast into the Lake of Fire to be tormented day and night forever (Rev. 20:10).
It is then time for the final harvest of the earth--what Jesus called the separation of the tares (unbelievers) and the wheat (believers). That is when the final judgment is rendered. It is called the great white throne judgment of God. The only criterion is whether or not a person's name is in the Book of Life because he or she has accepted Jesus as the Savior.
If you think this is unfair, consider the millions of people who have been slaughtered over the centuries because of their ethnic group. Think of the countless murders, rapes, and atrocities that have been committed by people who have chosen to know evil.
Today our society cries out for justice. Only the One who is purely just can bring true justice at the appointed time. We always have a choice. And choices always have consequences.
The Antichrist and the coalition of armies coming against Israel have been crushed. The supper of the Great God has devoured the dead. The Antichrist and the False Prophet have been cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
As our Bridegroom promised in Rev. 2:26-28, we who have overcome through resurrection at the rapture have been given power over the nations. As joint-heirs, we rule with Him with a rod of iron. Iron denotes strength. We know that mankind's counterfeit global government has been obliterated, and that it is the appointed time for the One New Man to rule and judge the earth in righteousness (Acts 17:31). Then why do we rule with a rod of iron if all is made new and glorious during this reign, as is commonly taught?
Rev. 20:1-3 tells us that our old enemy, Satan, is temporarily bound in the Pit, a compartment of Hades (Hell). He is scheduled to be released toward the end of Christ's 1,000-year reign. Why on earth would Christ allow this?
He does so because He is just, as is the Father. To understand this justice, we have to think about who is still on earth at this time. We know the Bride is in Heaven with Christ. We know there are revived Jews who have finally accepted Jesus as the Messiah at His second coming. We know there are Gentiles who likewise finally accepted Jesus as the Savior after witnessing the rapture.
In both cases, the heart of each new believer has been made new. But the nature of mankind itself is still fallen. This means every person on the earth during the 7th Day still has a will. They still have the choice as to whom they will worship. That is why these people must be given one last chance when Satan is released to decide between life with Christ or eternity with Satan.
As always, it must be a faith choice, for Christ and His Bride rule from above, not from the earth. Israel is now the natural head of the earthly nations as promised in Scripture. This is why a rod of iron will be required.
So what happens next? Consider this teaser: "For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death" (1 Cor. 15:25-27).
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Cor. 13:14).
When Jeff received the call of God for Chronos Ministries, he was told to teach God's people about Christ's return, and to do so with a message of comfort, hope, and victory. We have comfort because we have communion and fellowship with the Holy Spirit, our Comforter. We have hope because we know the depth and width and height of Father God's love for us. We have victory through the finished work of Jesus, by grace alone, and not our works.
What a beautiful position we have in Christ. Yet our Father "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2;4). Think about that for a moment. What does the world need to hear? The love of the Father. The victory and authority available in Christ. The empowerment of the Holy Spirit. How do they experience this trinity of truths? By being "in Christ." Is this what they are hearing from the Church? Is this what they are seeing in believers?
This is not meant to send us on a guilt trip. I suspect that most of us, in our hearts, want to share our faith more. But we're unsure of how to do it. Or we feel inadequate when it comes to the questions people ask or the arguments they present. We may even feel intimidated by the cancel culture running rampant in these times.
Don't be discouraged. Peter and John, along with the rest of the disciples, probably had these same concerns. Acts 4:23-31 tells us how they reacted to the intense persecution of their day, when they were told to stop talking about Jesus as the resurrected Lord and Savior.
"Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge." [Acknowledging the authorities with respect in accordance with Romans 13.] "For we cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard." [For we are not ashamed of the Gospel concerning Christ's finished work in accordance with Romans 1:16.]
Then Peter and John returned to their companions, and they all praised God in one accord. They recognized from Psalm 2 that this was the time when the nations would rage and the people would plot a vain thing. They knew the kings and rulers of the earth would set themselves against the Lord and His Anointed Christ to break God's bonds in pieces. In their rebellious pride the rulers would cast away the cords of the Creator. "God is dead," they would declare.
Understanding the times in this way, they had comfort, hope, and victory. Hear their declaration: "Look on their threats and to Your servants that with all boldness we may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."
See the result: "And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness."
We need to be so assured of our Father's love, so confident in the authority we have in Christ, and so filled and solely empowered by the Holy Spirit, that we can go forth in boldness. Not to condemn the world, but to speak the truth of God's grace through the blood of Jesus. When we do so, God will confirm the preaching of His Word with signs and wonders following.
We’ve seen that the first 3½ years of Christ’s millennial reign brings God’s wrath and vengeance against evil—particularly the Antichrist and his coalition of forces coming against Israel. A vision of this coalition is recorded in Daniel 2. It is known as Nebuchadnezzar’s statue of the times of the Gentile empires. Only Daniel, an Israelite captive in Babylon, was able to interpret the king’s dream of the statue. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made know to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days (Daniel 2:28).
The head of the statue represents the then current kingdom of Babylon. Despite being the head, it would not reign for long. It would be replaced by empire after empire—the Medes and Persians (torso and arms), the Greeks (thighs), and the Romans (legs, representing the western and eastern empires). The feet and ten toes represent the modern-day extension and final manifestation of the fourth empire in the image. It represents the Antichrist and His coalition that comes to power near the end of the age this age (end of the 6th Day). It is the last stage of the Gentile kingdoms that is described in Revelation 12 as the Beast.
Thankfully, that is not the end of the vision. Daniel goes on to explain, “You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.”
The stone cut out of the mountain without hands is “the Man”—Christ the Head with the Church, His Body, “called out” in the rapture from the nations. Together we are the stone, the one new Man, that strikes the image. The “Stone” then becomes a great “mountain” and fills all the earth (Micah 4:1-2). In case you haven’t guessed, this is Christ’s millennial reign, the 7th great Day, the Day of the Lord.
This is part of our heavenly calling as the General Assembly and the Church of the Firstborn before the throne of God (Hebrews 12:23). Notice that the vision cannot be fulfilled until the Stone is complete on the last Day. This is further confirmation that the rapture occurs as the last great Day, the Day of the Lord, dawns.
Notice, too, that our reigning begins with judging. Our declarations before the throne bring justice to the earth. So even though the counterfeit kingdom of this world appears to be winning through their deceptions, calling evil good and good evil, we have a sure word of prophecy. Revelation 19:10 reminds us that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” He is our sure foundation. When we build upon this rock of revelation, we need not be shaken.
Understanding the times means we recognize the events that must take place, yet we know what follows. We don’t have to succumb to confusion, fear, and the “fog of war.” Instead, we can stand firm in the comfort, hope, and victory that is ours in Christ.
We’ve seen that the Last Day, the 7th Day in God’s prophetic great Week, is the Appointed Day, the Day of the Lord. We commonly know it as Christ’s millennial reign, for He reigns over the earth for that 1,000-year Day. As joint-heirs, the Body of Christ reigns with Him, the Bridegroom and the Bride fully united as one at the rapture.
We’ve seen that the first 31/2 years of this reign coincides with the Wrath of that Day and God’s vengeance against evil. Our righteous rulings bring judgment to the earth and the one-world order of the Antichrist and his evil forces. This treading of the enemy was foreshadowed in the Old Testament when God raised up Judges to deliver Israel from her enemies, and then bring righteous rule to the kingdom.
What looks like World War III to the world is what we like to call Operation Consume and Destroy (2 Thessalonians 2:8). On the earth, as a result of Israel finally accepting Jesus as the Messiah, the latter rain outpouring of the Spirit empowers them to become mighty men of valor.
They are backed up by our heavenly intercession and declarations of God’s will. For out of our mouths comes a two-edged sword that strikes the nations. The 7 angels with 7 trumpets “sound” upon the earth with God’s vengeance. For the King of kings and the Lord of lords will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God (Revelation 19:15-16).
The rest of chapter 19 describes the mop-up operation, known as the Supper of the Great God. The beast (Antichrist) and the false prophet are captured and thrown into the lake of fire. Satan is bound in the Pit, a compartment of Hades (Hell) for the time being. More on that later.
The war is over. Israel is restored as the natural head of the nations. We continue to reign with Christ over the earth, ruling with a rod of iron. Iron means strength, for the people of the earth still have a fallen nature, unless they have received Jesus as their personal Savior. It is always a matter of faith.
Does this ending of the war surprise you? You may have been taught that it ends at the Battle of Armageddon instead of the Supper of the Great God. That idea comes from one reference in Revelation 16, just before the 7th bowl judgment is unleashed.
The BibleStudyTools.com website explains that Armageddon is a Hebrew word, although it does not occur in the Old Testament. Its meaning is not exactly clear, but it is best taken to mean Mount Megiddo, since "Har" in Hebrew means mountain and "Mageddon" is the place-name of Megiddo. The passage in chapter 16 describes it as the staging area for the Antichrist’s armies.
That one verse has been taken out of context and has become a man-made momentous event that is not scriptural. Why does this matter? Because this non-battle is said to be the marker for the equally unscriptural views of the end-times sequence of events.
It’s time to let God’s Word determine the sequence. It’s time to be in the know.
“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).