The Final Decade
Using the Ezekiel War victory as our beginning, these are some of the events and consequences those still alive may witness and/or experience. With God’s victory for Israel ending the Ezekiel War and as the dust starts to settle, negotiations begin between Israel and its vanquished enemies. One of the leading characters in this process will subsequently enamor many as he works to bring all sides together in the final acceptance of a “Peace and Security” plan between Israel and ‘the nations’ playing a major role in this 'end of the age.'
During the 1,040 days (2 years, 10 months + -) following the Ezekiel War the renown of this statesman’s spotlighted arrival and efforts on the world stage will produce notoriety and fame. He will be recognized as a preeminent power broker, negotiator, and political insider. His efforts will focus on garnering political support while promoting a treaty to guarantee “peace and safety” in the middle east [2 These 2:9, 11]. His rise to world prominence through prolific international diplomatic skill and leadership will be noteworthy and celebrated. In this 1,040 day period there will be rejoicing as it will be heralded a great era of peace, particularly for Israel. The official ‘certified’ signatory treaty may or may not be ratified by all participants before the end of this 1,040 day time frame.
However, it will finally be confirmed by all parties at or near the end of this 1,040 day period. As part of the treaty stipulations, these are a few of its ramification possibilities; sacrificial worship by orthodox Jews could be reinstated or started. The ‘Third Temple’ construction will start, and/or be completed. A selection of 144,000 Jews (12,000 from each Tribe of Israel) will be chosen for (New Testament Messianic) instruction and training as to the spiritual relationship context and content of New Testament Gospel writings [Rev 7:4-8].
Toward or at the end of the 1,040 days the “Peace and Security” treaty will be finalized by confirmation or ratification. With this action, the Seventh (7th) Seal in heaven will be broken on the scroll held by Jesus Christ and there will then be a “One-half (½) Hour of Silence” in heaven [Rev 8:1]. We have no way of knowing how long this ‘One-half hour or its duration may be. However, at the end of this ‘half hour’ time frame, the ‘First Trumpet’ blast in heaven will occur initiating the start of the seven year “Tribulation" and the prophesied Trumpet judgments [Rev 8:7].
The first half (3-½ year period) of the seven years Tribulation, called the ‘Wrath of the Lamb’ starts with this first Trumpet. During the next 1260 days (3.5 years/42 months) the world and its inhabitants will experience the “Wrath [judgments] of Jesus Christ” described in scripture [Rev 6:17]. The consequences of the [first four] “Trumpet Judgments.” are explained in Rev 8:7-12.
("Pre-Tribulation Rapture” believers trust that the ‘Rapture’ occurs here, with the First Trumpet [1Thes 4:16-17], thus removing them from the coming judgments. [Rev 3:10])
During these 1260 days God’s “Two Witnesses” will be on the grounds of the Temple Mount warning of the coming judgments upon the earth. They will be teaching on the steps of the 'Third Temple' that Jesus is the Christ and (Jewish) Messiah [Rev 11:3, 5-6]. At the end of this 1260 day time frame we will have reached ‘Mid Tribulation’ (half-way/mid-point of the seven years). This is a climactic moment for everything related to the Tribulation. Everyone still alive will face terrible choices of potential horrible death and destruction as judgmental consequences continue to rain/reign upon the earth and its inhabitants.
In the 30 days between the two 1260 day periods of the 7 year Tribulation:
The Antichrist’s army will invade and conquer Israel, establishing occupancy of Jerusalem.
The Two Witnesses will be killed [Rev 11:7].
Their bodies will lie in the street for three and one-half days [Rev 11:8].
Satan will be cast out of heaven, down to the earth [Rev 12:9, 12].
His spirit will embody the man who becomes the Antichrist with Satan’s power, (by God’s authority) to reign and rule over the earth for the next 1260 days (3.5 years/42 months) [Dan 12:11].
Additionally, the 'Mark of the Beast' will be instituted for control over who can "buy and sell".
The ‘abyss’ will be opened allowing evil spiritual beings to rise and torture for five months, [Rev 9:2-5] those who have taken the ‘Mark of the Beast' [Rev 13:16-17].
Many Jews who are still alive will flee from Israel to Petra in Jordan [Rev 12:14].
The 5th Trumpet will sound in heaven [Rev 9:1].
The ‘Two Witnesses’ will rise and be resurrected to heaven in sight of the entire world [Rev 11:11].
(Mid Tribulation Rapture believers trust the Rapture will happen here, at the 5th Trumpet’s blast, removing them from the coming judgments of the ‘Great Tribulation'
The Mark of the Beast will be applied to everyone in the world who desires to follow the Antichrist [Rev 13:16].
Those who reject this ‘Mark’ will be hunted, captured and if caught put to death [Rev 13:15].
The Antichrist will occupy the Temple, declaring himself to be ‘god’. His image will be placed in the center of the Temple for worldwide worship [Rev 13:14]. This action is known as the “Abomination of Desolation" [Dan 9:27, Mt 24:15].
Jews in Israel who do not escape and are captured will be put to death [Dan 8:24].
All who reject and refuse the Mark will be put to death if found [Rev 12:17].
For these 30 days the Antichrist’s takeover and initial reign of terror, death, and destruction will run rampant across the world.
Join me next time as the world and its inhabitants suffer the “Great Tribulation” events.
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