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Chapter 4

Summary of Endtime Events

"Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy" -Eisenhower

 

Russia is about to invade Ukraine, and no one knows how it will end. No one knows how Europe will respond, or how the U.S. will respond, or how Russia will respond to them. Putin’s war could blow up in everybody’s face, possibly leading to World War III, and now China is threatening to enter the fray will parallel sentiments about engaging Taiwan.

 

Even if it doesn’t lead to world war, countries attempting to assimilate other countries could trigger a global economic collapse, which most likely denotes the first seal of Satan’s wrath (Rev 6-1,2). A global economic crisis, like the one in 2008, is slated to be the first event in the fulfillment of endtime prophecy, represented by the a white horse of the apocalypse (Rev 6-1,2). We have all heard of a hero coming on a white horse to rescue the damsel in distress, and we know that Jesus is coming on a white horse; these depictions are positive, yet we know that the first five seals refer to Satan’s wrath against mankind, so we know this white horse does not mean something good? On the contrary, the rider on the white horse is in reference to deceit. Daniel 11-21 says that a despicable person (the so-called antichrist) will “seize the kingdom by intrigue.”

 

Satan, it would seem, is coming on a white horse to rescue mankind. It says that he carries a bow, as though coming with an army to destroy our enemies, except that there is no mention of any arrows, and so it is not a conventional war, but a war of economics that he wages. There will be a controlled demolition of the global economic system, and this rider on a white horse will claim to come to save us from financial ruin. However, Paul said in Eph 6-12, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Certain people working with demonic forces will deem it necessary to topple the world monetary system in order to accomplish their goals, which is to create a new world economy that requires everyone receive a mark on his hand or on his forehead in order to buy or sell. There have been world empires in the past, but they did not control the entire world, but this one will. Jesus said, “it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth” (Lk 21-35).

 

Once the world monetary system falters, it will open the door for opportunists to take advantage of the situation and seek the top position of world domination. There will be four attempts at this. The first and second will fail, but the third will be the reign of the antichrist and the forth will be the reign of the False Prophet. The reign of the antichrist is what the book of Revelation most devotes itself, and the reign of the False Prophet refers to the occupation of Jerusalem, leading to the war of Armageddon. Daniel speaks about this regarding Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a statue with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze and legs and feet of iron. The legs were divided at the crotch, denoting civil war, and the ten toes refer to ten world banks, and there was an eleventh horn that was very cunning; he uprooted three world banks on his rise to power and became stronger than the other seven (Daniel 7-8).

 

In Rev 17-11 it says there were seven heads in all, yet there was also an eighth, and so the eighth head and the eleventh horn will come together to become the antichrist (head) and the false prophet (horn). The eleventh horn that uprooted three was greater than the other seven, so long as they remained separate, suggesting he will create circumstances making it impossible for them to unite. He will spread malicious rumors among them to make them distrust each other, and he will make decisions that no one of them can overrule, because he has a greater share in world influence than any one of the other seven, individually. He will make promises he will not keep, such as, he will say they are working to reset the world monetary system when in fact they are doing nothing to fix it. Instead, people in charge of the world will allow a certain percentage of the population to starve to death and kill one another through war and rioting, and disease, until the population of the earth is reduced by one fourth, fulfilling the first five seals of Satan’s wrath. Weeks and months will transpire, then a year; meanwhile people are hungry; riots are occurring everywhere, robbery, theft, stealing, murder in the streets, lawlessness, the total breakdown of civilization, and nobody can stop it.

 

People will want to go back to the way it was before the economy collapsed; they will be desperate, willing to do anything to survive, anything for life to return to normal, for while the economy is down, nobody can buy or sell. Even if they had money, the shelves are empty, and if they have invested in silver and gold, again the store shelves are empty, so there is nothing to buy. People will be anxiously waiting for the economy to reset so life can resume, and people will realize possibly for the first time that the world monetary system is truly the backbone of civilization, and that certain people are controlling it and have put all of mankind on strings and are controlling every aspect of their lives.

 

Something else will transpire at the same time; the global economic collapse will outrage people, and they will demand someone be held responsible. Looking for someone to blame, the man who has 2/5 of all the money in the world will cite the Jews being in control of the world economy before it fell, claiming the Jews have always been in control of the money supply since WWI, and he will put the blame on them. The whole world will be enraged at the Jewish people, and once again death camps will be built for them, and a great persecution will ensue, but Christians will come alongside and tell the world that if they are adamant about capturing and killing the Jews that the world will have to kill them too, and the world will happily oblige them. So the world will set up death camps for both Christians and Jews, lumping them together, saying Christians are equally responsible, since they have been prophesying for millennia that these things would happen, and now they have somehow released a self-fulfilled prophecy on the world. So a man who hates both Jews and Christians will lead the world to exterminate both Jew and Christians from the earth, whose title is the false prophet, and he will be the cause of all that is happening in the world at that time.

 

The Jews will come together and try to figure out what to do, and they will see Christians rallying at their side, and they will remember what they have been saying for the last 2000 years, that Jesus Christ is their Messiah. Although Israel has a strong military, they cannot defeat the whole world. They might be able to hold their ground against one or two nations, but not the whole world at once. They know they cannot fight their way out of this with bombs and bullets, so they will conclude that the only alternative will be to accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah, and the moment they as a nation name Jesus Christ as their Messiah, God will bestow an anointing on them that He has reserved for that day, an anointing more powerful than He bestowed on His First Century Church.

 

Christians, meanwhile, will have been trying to effect revival among themselves to no avail throughout the seals of Satan’s wrath, because of all the contrasting belief systems that have divided them throughout the age of grace. The Church as a whole cannot agree on anything, even though it has become a matter of life and death. They will seek revival and unity, and try as they might they will fail, but when the Jews believe in Jesus and God bestows an anointing on them, they will become leaders of things pertaining to God. They will establish a Great Endtime Revival and disseminate the true doctrines of the faith to the gentiles and tell them what to believe and how to walk with God, and it will come as Paul said in Eph 4,3-6, “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Speaking of oneness and unity, the gentile Church members who receive the Jewish ministry will fully and completely unite around the Jewish believes, but those who don’t believe will be hardened, and they will become the Church’s greatest enemies. God will continue anointing His people as the Church grows. It will become greater and more powerful than the world itself, and this is all happening right under the nose of Satan’s emerging empire, during the seals of his wrath. Probably around the second seal this Great Endtime Revival will begin.

 

However, keep the parable of the Ten Virgins in mind that teaches the Church, both the wise and the foolish, will awake at the First Trumpet (Rev 1-10), meaning there will be two revivals, one starting some time during the Seals, and the other starting at the First Trumpet. This denotes a dichotomy (a division of two mutually exclusive or contradictory groups; Merriam-Webster's Dictionary). There will be an effort on the part of the gentiles to unite the moment persecution begins, but their divergent doctrines will divide them, and so many will abandon their gentile religion graft onto the Jewish revival, but many gentile "believers" will consider the Jewish revival to be a trick of the devil and will resist God's solution for them in the last days, indicated by the foolish virgins who will not have the wisdom or faith to discern between the truth and a lie, but the wise with assimilate into the Jewish revival.

 

In other words, there will be a group who neither received the Mark of the Beast nor received God’s mark on their foreheads, and they will rebel against both God and Satan, and they will be defined as the foolish virgins. The wise will enter the will of God and the door will be shut, and later the Rapture will occur, leaving the foolish virgins behind (many of whom believed in the Pre-tribulation Rapture), and God will call them (who have not taken the mark of the beast) to migrate to Jerusalem, where He will provide for them, hidden beneath the holy city in the catacombs and in underground cemeteries. Before the last great earthquake God will call them to return to the light of day to greet Christ at his second coming, when His touches His foot on the Mount of Olives.

 

The fifth seal is described as martyrdom; many hundreds of thousands of Jews and Christians will be killed. Meanwhile, this leader of the global economic system, the false prophet, will catch wind of this revival and switch methods from murder to deception, trying to silence the Church. Martyring the saints is like putting out a fire by fanning the flames, and so the false prophet will request the services of the Pope to give the world an alternate religion, and he will bestow all of his wealth on him (Revelation chapter 13), and the Pope will become the false prophet’s antichrist, his spokesman. His religion will not be Catholic as we know it (Daniel 11-36,37) and will compete against the Christian revival.

 

Meanwhile, the false prophet will get his economy up and running and institute the Mark of the Beast, so that anybody who wants to participate in his economy will have to take the mark in order to buy or sell. The false prophet has instituted the Mark of the Beast in order to flush out Christian Jews and gentiles, and in that way discriminate between the faithful and the faithless, using the Mark. This will encourage a great falling away of the faith. Many people of that time, who call themselves Christians, will turn their backs on Christ and on their hope of eternal life and trade it as it were for a bowl of soup (Heb 12-16,17). They will take the Beast's mark, who makes great promises but never keeps them. Those who fall away from the faith are the false brethren, who will become the Church’s greatest enemies, turning in Christians and believing Jews to receive a credit to their account for every Christian they report, classic operant conditioning, like giving a pellet to B.F. Skinner's pigeon for pecking on a button.

 

The first five seals are filled to the brim with activities: (1) The global economic collapse, (2) persecution of the saints (3) a Great Endtime Revival (4) the false prophet introduces his antichrist, (5) he fails to stifle the Christian revival, so the false prophet burns his city and migrates to Jerusalem (6) he enters the temple and exits with the command to kill every Jew and Christian in the world, starting in Jerusalem.

 

The antichrist will act as the Pope, Catholicism claiming to the be the true Christian religion. Millions of people will not follow him, and the revival will continue to grow, and the false prophet will realize that the antichrist has failed in his mission, and according to Rev 17-16,17 he will become furious with the antichrist and kill him and burn his city (the Vatican of Rome). He will then migrate to Jerusalem in effort to again deceive the people in effort to stop this revival. He will pose as Israel's Messiah that came in the flesh, and he will make a covenant with the Jews and the Islamic world to rebuild their temple, but in Daniel 9-26,27 it says he will break his promise with them. Will the Jewish people actually rebuild their temple? We know the antichrist enters the temple, but we don't know for sure which temple he enters. Is it really the Jewish temple that is rebuilt, or does he enter the Islamic temple that is already there? Regardless which temple he enters, when he exits, he will command all Jews and Christians to be arrested and killed, starting in Jerusalem and throughout the world.

 

"Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will" (

 

All these things culminate at the fifth seal, and the sixth seal sets off a great earthquake that will rock the entire planet (Psalm 110-5; Isaiah 2-9,19; 13:13; Hosea 10-8; Joel 2-11), marking the moment that Christ begins to establish His millennial reign on earth, which is the first thousand years of His eternal reign, so this earthquake bears a lot of meaning. It says that the earth will wobble like a drunken man, making the stars appear to fall from the sky, and the wicked will cry for the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the wrath of the Lamb, because He has taken His mighty power and has begun to reign. The seventh seal will initiate the seven Trumpet judgments, which God will pronounce against the wicked for martyring His saints during the seals, and it says that the first four trumpets will affect one third of the earth, meaning two thirds will remain intact, and the fifth and sixth trumpets will judge only those who do not have God's seal on their foreheads (anointing), so there will be plenty of space for God to hide His people during the trumpets without having to Rapture them. The fifth and sixth trumpet judgments refer to demon-like creatures that ascend from hell and attack those who have rejected the seal of the 144,000 (Rev 9-4). People will wish for death, and God will grant their heart’s desire.

 

It says that the angel’s voice sounds like a trumpet (1The 4-16). When we read about trumpets, we are really reading about the voice of angels, or when we read about the voice of angels, we can equate them to trumpets. There was a shout, “Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him” (Mat 25-6). Therefore, this shout refers to the First Trumpet. It also says in Rev 18-4, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.” In Revelation chapter 12 it speaks of great spiritual warfare between Satan and the saints, and it says that Christ was reproduced on the earth in the Spirit through His people, saying that He was caught up to God and to His throne (Rev 12-6). Then the woman (meaning Israel) fled into the wilderness where she was nourished for 3½ years, the entire period of the trumpets. Everyone who knows and believes in God and has the Holy Spirit dwelling in him has God’s mark on his forehead; they are called to exit Satan’s world, primarily big cities, and flee into wilderness places where they will find camps speckled throughout the world, and God will protect and nourish them there throughout the period of the trumpets. Their purpose during this time is to pray, and so for 3½ years they will pray, and their prayers will give authority to the angels to fight for them against Satan and his demons.

 

It says that there was no longer room for Satan in heaven, and he was cast to the earth, and so this was a depiction of Satan being thrown from heaven so many eons ago, and it also serves as a depiction of what will happen to him in the last days, being that he is called the Prince of the Power of the Air. That is his title; he controls the atmosphere of the world, an analogy that refers to the mind. Air is invisible and so are thoughts. The collective thoughts of people is called “society”, and this is what Satan controls. He is better at controlling society than he is at controlling individuals. When it comes to social paradigms and memes and ideas that society accepts or rejects, it is all highly capricious and extremely mysterious. The thought process of accepting ideas among a myriad of choices, opposes the scientific method where laws and principles are in effect. Man in his thinking violates all forms of methodology. It is mysterious because it is spiritual in origin. The mind of man is Satan’s realm; he controls the thoughts of society.

 

Satan will be thrown to the earth and forced to take on human flesh, and he will possess a person determined by his ability to counteract the Great Endtime Revival that is coming, which is the whole purpose of the antichrist. The false prophet will hire the antichrist to deceive mankind to reject the Great Endtime Revival. Man's choice will be simple: take the Mark of the Beast and eat, or don’t take the mark and starve. He will promise they can pick up their lives where they left it before the global economic collapse if they take his mark, but the devil never keeps his promises. The false prophet will promise that his economy will be robust and will not collapse like the fiat system (money backed by nothing) that failed, promising that when this new economy comes online, things will return to normal. Also, the world will finally get rid of Christianity, of Christians, of Christ, and of every inference of the Bible. The false prophet will promise that all the problems that man has had regarding corruption, shysters and scam artists will be a thing of the past, but the one making the promises is the king of scam artists. Many who believe in Jesus will give up their faith to take the mark just to eat and live in this world for a little longer, before they die and go to hell to be thrown into the lake of fire with the devil and his angels. Taking the Mark of the Beast is the ultimate offense to God and the epitome of unbelief, because it is associated with the martyrdom of the saints, acting as incentive to turn in Christians.

 

When the First Trumpet sounds, the 144,000 and many gentile believers will flee into the wilderness in places throughout the world, where God will establish camps for them, where they will live for 3½ years, while God judges the world for martyring His people during the Seals and for all the unrepented sins that have accumulated since Jesus died on the cross (Mat 23,32-39). The first four trumpets will escalate in severity, and the fifth and sixth trumpets will be even more extreme. Finally, the seventh and Last Trumpet sounded and nothing much happened. There was a massive build-up preparing for climax and it seemingly didn’t come. The Last Trumpet was expected to be the most severe of all, but it appeared to be a dud. There was a scene in heaven with loud voices saying that the kingdom of Satan has given way to the Kingdom of God, and there was lightning and thunder, an earthquake and a great (local) hailstorm, but these things can hardly be compared to the previous trumpet judgments with demon-like creatures crawling from the abyss to sting and kill mankind who did not have God’s mark on their foreheads, so something else must have happened that John failed to mention. What happened at the Last Trumpet? What is supposed to happen at the Last Trumpet?

 

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1Cor 15-52). The Last Trumpet is when Paul said God would effect the First Resurrection. “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord” (1The 4-17).

 

The Father will marry the Church to Christ, while He judges the world during the period of the bowls of His fierce wrath. He will gather His elect from the four winds for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb that occurs immediately after the Rapture and during the bowls of God’s fierce wrath. 2Pet 3-8 says that God can expand one day into a thousand years and contract a thousand years into one day; He can do anything He wants with time; He is above it and beyond it. Let’s say the bowls last three years; that's more that a thousand days; expanding each day into a thousand years, that gives us a million years to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, while the Bowls of God's wrath are being poured on the ungodly!

 

After the Bowls, Christ will return to the earth to set up his millennial kingdom, but there will be people on the earth, an army headed to Jerusalem to kill the antichrist and destroy the holy city, and Christ will stop them in the plains of Megiddo. They will pick a fight with Him, called the war of Armageddon, and Christ will speak a word to them, “I am He,” and they will all fall down and die (Jn 18,4-6). Jesus doesn’t defend the city for the sake of the city itself but for those who are waiting for Him there, who were mentioned earlier, who neither took the Mark of the Beast nor had the mark of God on their foreheads, the five foolish virgins, who served neither God nor Satan during the Seals and the Trumpets, and they were left behind at the Rapture, a remnant who survived the Bowls of God’s judgment who remained in the flesh, who have come to believe in Jesus after the Trumpets, and they will welcome Christ at His second coming. Jesus will call them to be fruitful and multiply, and they will replenish the earth during the Millennium, so that by the time the thousand years have elapsed, billions of people will repopulate the earth again, as it is today. When the First Resurrection occurred, they came to their senses and realized that they were witnessing Bible prophecy being fulfilled. They should have realized it before this, but they were blind to these things. Between the Rapture and the bowls this remnant will migrate to Jerusalem, which is the only safe place in the world that Christ guarantees, and there they will rendezvous with Him at is second coming. The False Prophet will be there too, and they will be hiding from him beneath the holy city in the catacombs and in underground cemeteries, and the angels will minister to them there.

 

It says that after the war of Armageddon, Christ will establish His kingdom on the earth for a thousand years, and the people emerged from there hiding places to greet the Lord as He arrives, and He will use them to repopulate the earth during the Millennium.

 

After the Millennium, Christ will release Satan from his prison and once again deceive the nations, and they will come like a flood to attack Christ’s throne as Lucifer did so many eons ago. People of the Millennium will live in sinful flesh like us, and they will repopulate the earth at the Lord’s command, and at the end of the Millennium many will make an attempt to forcibly take Jesus’ throne, proving it was always Satan throughout the millennia who antagonized the world to fight against God, and proving once again Satan’s intension to murder Christ and take His throne the day Lucifer fell from heaven at his initial rebellion, and proving he incited the Jews and the Romans to crucify Christ in hope of setting up his throne in place of Christ, and proving his intension in the last days when he requires all mankind to worship him by receiving his mark upon their persons. Satan has always been the accuser of the brethren (Job 1,6-12; 2,1-10), throwing man's sin in God's face, but what about the devil's sin? The same scenario will replay (Rev 20,7-10), and God will deal with him at the end of the Millennium, after he is done using him. Satan has probably always denied his true motives to God regarding his initial rebellion in heaven, yet God proved to him repeatedly that conquering God's throne was in fact his intension, so when God finally threw Satan into the lake of fire, the devil could not deny his sin, not even to himself. All his ways and the ways of unregenerate man point in one direction, toward dethroning God and taking His place.

 

The False Prophet brought all his gold with him to Jerusalem, all the gold that has ever been mined since the beginning of time (except that which has been used for industrial purposes). No doubt one of the promises that Satan will make to the people at the end of the Millennium as incentive for bringing the people together will be the mountain of gold that is still setting under Jesus’ feet that the false prophet brought with him when he migrated to Jerusalem after destroying the antichrist and burning Rome. He will tell the people that he will use the gold to create the greatest economy the world has ever known, and that they won’t have to work as farmers anymore but will live like kings with him, and so he will deceive them with greed. Satan’s real intension is to throw mankind under the bus by inciting the world to attack Christ's throne. Instead, fire came down and consumed them, and the angels threw Satan into the lake of fire at God’s command.

 

God will then destroy this present universe and create a new one in its place. Some say that the new creation will resemble the resurrection of the dead, using the same creation, only resurrecting it to new life. People believe this to fit their resurrection theory of using our current bodies, making God hunt for all the original atoms that dissembled at decomposition. Instead, God will probably do what Paul said in 1Cor 15-38, “God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.” That is, He will give the universe a new body according to His wishes, possibly requesting our design input.

James R. Wuthrich 
www.jeansbiblestudy.com