Study Lesson 4
Prophesied End Time Events
The Revealing Of Future History
Something To Consider:
Let’s consider the words of John written in Revelation chapter 6 which deals with the opening of the previously mentioned six seals which reveal the further culmination of human history upon planet earth. The opening of the first seal unveils a white horse and he who sat on the white horse went out to conquer, possibly through deceptive false teaching. The opening of the second seal exposes a fiery red horse and its rider who takes peace from the earth and causes people to kill one another. The third rider upon a black horse is unleashed and creates scarcity of food on the earth.
Finally a fourth pale horse and its rider are given power to kill with the sword, with hunger, and with death ¼ of the earth’s population. The earth is fast approaching 8 billion people. It is hard to imagine 2 billion people being killed at one time. The Black Death plague which enveloped the land of Europe between the years 1346-1353 was estimated to have killed approx. 75 – 200 million people. The opening of the fourth seal will kill more than 20 times the number of people of the Bubonic Plague pandemic of centuries past.
Something Else To Consider:
After all that has taken place with the opening of the first four seals, revealing future history, John further revealed in verse 9, “When He [the Lamb, Jesus] opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter [in heaven] the souls of those who had been slain for the Word of God and for the testimony which they held [as enduring to the end saints]. And they [those slain for their faith] cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’ Then a white robe was given to each of them [those slain for their faith]; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren [fellow believing saints], who would be killed as they were, was completed.”
How will the above mentioned killing of saints as reported by John in Revelation chapter 6 be accomplished? If we or our loved ones are the last generation, it is important to understand. Therefore, let us return to the words of Jesus in Matthew 24 verses 9-13. We have already considered verse 9 in which Jesus reported; “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you” Who are the they of verse 9? It is important! Jesus continued His end time scenario in verse 10, by predicting, “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” Who are the many? It is important to understand who they are!
The they of verse 9 and the many of verse 10 are one-time believers in Jesus who have been offended according to Jesus. These one-time believers in Jesus will realize they have been lied to by false prophets peddling their poisonous pre-rapture unbiblical nonsense. Or, they will wrongly believe that God has forsaken them and they and the many will betray true end time enduring to the end believers whether family, friends, or simply one-time fellow believers in Jesus Christ. There is no doubt during those days that true Christians will pay the price for maintaining a present tense belief in Jesus. Many will pay the ultimate price with their lives!
Something More To Consider:
And furthermore, according to Jesus, in verse 11-12 of Matthew 24, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many [one-time believers] will grow cold.” Because of world-wide religious and political lawlessness that will abound, the love for God and the love for one-time brothers and sisters in the faith will grow cold, according to Jesus. Therefore, the betrayal and hatred of true Christians attempting to endure to the end will increase, while the killing of many Christians, which is on the rise even now, will continue to increase around the globe.
But, this killing of many will usher them into the presence of their Lord and into the presence of other enduring to the end martyred saints of the tribulation and past centuries going back to the early church. Is that not our eternal goal? Paul instructed all true believers that to be absent from the body [to be dead] is to be present with the Lord. The death of enduring to the end saints is actually their graduation ceremony into eternal life!
A Few Final Words:
Just look around us! Listen to the news! Read the headlines of every newspaper in the country and around the world, and you will be convinced of the predicted by Jesus abounding lawlessness. This abounding lawlessness reaches every level of every society.
This exposed of in advance lawlessness spoken of by Jesus permeates every aspect of life from the halls of government, politics, education, home land security, the judicial systems, business, banking, and sad to say, lawlessness has even infiltrated the religious ranks of the so-called church. Lawlessness fueled by greed and the love of money, power, and position has and continues to poison the fabric of society itself. Therefore, we cry come quickly Lord Jesus! Amen.
Along with the abounding lawlessness, political correctness has muddied the water of the authority of the Word of God around the world and especially in America. Bowing down to the political correctness agenda has ruined many a church leader and many a congregation in this country and around the world and will continue to do so until Christ returns. Not observing all things Jesus taught has caused the spiritual backbone of many religious leaders to melt away due to the cancerous disease of spiritual compromise or complacency.
What will it take to finally fan the flames of true God ordained revival among the many spiritually dead bones of this 21st century Christianity? Will the abomination of desolation spoken of by Jesus and by Daniel the prophet create a resurgence of biblical boldness within the ranks of the church? Will media broadcasts around the globe of the Antichrist standing in the holy place of the newly to be built Jewish temple create enough end time panic to wake up the many spiritually living dead within the church? I certainly hope so!
The truth of the matter is best described by Jesus in Luke’s gospel chapter 18 and verse 8, as Jesus stated for the record, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” That is a question that can only be honestly answered by every individual privately in their own prayer closet. What will be our answer? Will we be found by Jesus looking unto Him, the author and finisher of our faith? Will we if looking unto Jesus rather than focusing on the perilous times, will we be found by Him enduring to the end of our lives and or enduring to the end of the age?
Will we be found by Jesus determining from this moment on to be faithful to Him by observing all things that Jesus taught rather than believing man’s most deceptively devised false theories and delusional fables ? Will we be convinced by end time events to no longer approve but rather to expose and to oppose deceivingly false man-made doctrines that only appeal to the flesh of fallen man?
Be careful how you and your family answer these very valid questions concerning enduring to the end and observing all things that Jesus taught! Remember the first words of warning spoken by Jesus in Matthew 24.4, “Take heed that no one deceives you.”
Will we ready ourselves and our families concerning the prophesied end time events spoken so clearly in the Word of God? Will we trust in the Lord in the midst of end time tribulation? Will we believe the in advance revealing of future history? And if so, what will be our plan of attack?
Lesson 5 will discuss the difference between the many who will not be ready and the few faithful who will heed the warnings of the Word of God spoken of by Jesus and therefore also according to Jesus. Until then, let us believe the prophesied end time warnings spoken of by Jesus and learn from them.