The question is: When are the last days and are we there yet? And, has Jesus really raised up any true prophet or prophets, and, are there any false prophets today or even yesterday?
If there are true prophets, there must be false prophets. You can be assured, the devil always falsifies God’s truth in order to throw shadows on God’s light.
You can be assured, the devil always falsifies God’s truth in order to throw shadows on God’s light. But has God really raised up any true prophet or prophets?
To arrive at any accurate conclusion to this question, you must study the word of God by following the historical method of Bible prophecy. Here in Matthew 24 Jesus is talking about the last days. Matthew 24:23-24Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
We are going to use Daniel and Revelation as our guide and we will study using the chain method. Let’s do a quick review of Daniel 7. begining with verse 3 and go to 9And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
In the beginning of this chapter, we read of a lion, and the lion represents Babylon. Next we have a bear, and the bear represents Medo-Persia. Next we read of a leopard and the leopard is what? Greece. Next we have a beast, no animal on earth can represent its terribleness and after it arises, it sprouts ten horns, following that a little horn that raises up among the ten. Now we know the beast is Rome and Rome will divide into ten kingdoms. Then the little horn that arises among the 10, will rule for 1260 years described in Daniel as times, time and dividing of time. Now this time period begins in the time of Daniel as that’s when he lived and Daniel 7 takes us all the way to God’s kingdom. So Let’s go to Revelation 12:1 ¶ And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
What does this woman represents? Does a woman in prophecy represent a church? Yes. The question is which church, God’s or Satan’s? Well, here John is talking about God’s church and she is clothed with the sun. Now does this woman represent the new testament church, or the children of Israel, the Old Testament church? Well here John is talking about Israel, the Old Testament church , and you ask why? Let’s read it again and include verse 2. ¶ And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Now we have an expanded observation of this woman, the church. She is with child and ready to deliver. The child has not yet been born and who do we know as the child? Well, it’s Jesus. So now we know the church of Israel, the Old Testament church, is ready to receive Jesus, The time has come for Jesus to be born according to Revelation 12:1 and 2. Let’s read verse 3. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Anything about this verse remind you of anything in Daniel 7? Here we also have a dragon or a beast with ten horns. What power are the ten horns in Daniel 7? Rome. So could these ten horns here in Revelation 12 also be Rome? Absolutely. How do we know? Let’s read verse 4. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Now this dragon, or beast, is ready to destroy the child Jesus, that will be born . In bible code, what do stars represent? Angels, right. Lets read verse 7-9 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Now we know who the dragon is as this verse ads more light on verse 4. Also, in case you do not know this, anytime there is a conflict between Jesus and Saten, Jesus is called Michael. So again, what power ruled the world at the time of Jesus birth? Rome. So it’s the same power being described here both in Daniel 7 and Revelation 12. Let’s read Daniel 7:23-25. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
By reading this, we can see that the kingdom of Rome goes through three stages. First stage, Rome: Second stage, Rome under 10 kings: third stage, 7 kings under the authority of one. And this one rules for times, time and the dividing of time which is 1260 days or years. Let’s go back to Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Does the Bible repeat this anywhere? Well let’s read Revelation 12:13 -14.And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Does any of this sound familiar? Yes. Both writers, Daniel and John, are speaking of the same time period and now now we have a third name of the beast. We have the beast, the dragon and now a serpent. All three describing the same power. Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
What does the water represent? People. So the serpent here is sending people to destroy the church. This is talking about the persecution of the church during the time, times and the dividing of time or 1260 years. Revelation 12:16 gives us a little insight beyond the scope of Daniel 7. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
This is the end of the 1260 years of persecution. The persecution has come to an end because the earth is now helping the woman and how did this happen? America was found and the church fled to her shores. America swallows up the flood of persecution. Now let’s read Verse 17.And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
The dragon is mad. Why? Because his flood has been swallowed up. His means of persecuting the church has come to a screeching halt. In fact he is absolutely furious. So what does he do? He now rises up to make war with whom? The remnant of the woman’s seed. And who is the remnant of the seed of the woman? They are those keeping the commandments of God and what? They have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Where are we now in this world’s history? Are we not in the end time period of the 1260 years and in the early beginnings of America around 1798? Absolutly. And in the year 1798, the power of the little horn, the papacy church of the Middle Ages, the 1260 year time period comes to a close. Let’s now look at the description of the remnant seed of the woman mentioned here in Revelation 12:17. They are keeping some of the commandments of God right? No. They are keeping the commandments of God. This has to be all, right? And they have the testimony of Jesus. What does “have” mean? Well if you look up this word in websters dictionary, one of the meanings is to Possess. And this definition fits perfectly. So they possess the testimony of Jesus. What possibly can the testimony of Jesus be? Let’s read Revelation 19:10. And I fell at his feet to worship him.
Who was it that John fell down to worship? An Angel, right?And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
The angel said here to John, do not bow to me, I am they fellow servant and also of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus. For the testimony of Jesus is: the Spirit of Prophecy. Revelation 22:8-9. says, And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Here the angel is saying he is a fellow prophet as well as a fellow servant. Now in Revelation 19:10 we learned the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. And in Revelation 22:8-9, we learn having the spirit of prophecy is being a prophet. Understanding this, we can now go back to Revelation 12:17 and read it again. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
So these people are keeping the commandments of God and they have a prophet in their midst. Lets go now to Revelation 13:1-2. ¶ And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Anything sound familiar here? Kinda. We have a beast, with seven heads and ten crowns. Then a leopard a bear and then a lion. Wait a minute, something is wrong here, right? Well, no, thy are named in reverse order, but, on purpose. In Daniel 7 it’s Lion, Bear, Leopard and Dragon. See Daniel lived in the time of Babylon, which is the Lion. He writes forward in time going to Medo-Persia, Bear: Greece, the Leopard, and Rome, the Dragon. What time period did John live in? The time period of the ten horns with the little horn governing. So he is looking back or writing of times going backwards. So the reverse order makes perfect sence. Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
This verse says the beast is given power for forty two monthes. Now is this time period a new time period, or is it talking about a time period we have already discussed? Well, what is 42 months in Bible prophecy? Let’s take 42 months and times it by 30 days in a month, and what do we have? 1260 days. A day for a year which is a Bible prophecy and now we have a time period of 1260 years. So this is not a new time period, but a reference to a period of the power of the dragon in a different manner. That being said, what would be the next time period you would expect of Revelation 13? Well you would expect the earth helping the woman, right? Revelation 13 9-11 If any man have an ear, let him hear.He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.¶ And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
He that leadeth into captivity… so this power that put people into captivity will be put into captivity and the wielder of the sword is put to death by the sword. What does a beast represent in prophecy? A kingdom. Remember in Revelation 12 the woman fled to a new territory provided by the earth. Here in Revelation 13 a new detail is added. A kingdom arises from this earth. This kingdom has two horns like a lamb. And a lamb in scripture represents Jesus Christ. So in the beginning or early stages of this kingdom, this beast helps God’s people, but remember, what God tells us in Revelation 12? The devil becomes outraged because now God’s people have refuge. So what does he roaringly do? Changes the character of the kingdom from a lamb to a dragon.
So Daniel 7, Revelation 12 and Revelation 13 all represent parallel time periods from the days of Daniel to the days we live in now, right?
Knowing that, when in this time period does God raise up his remnant church and when does he give the gift of the spirit of prophecy? And where will this remnant church arise?
How about the time of Babylon with king Belshazzar? No.
What about the period of Medo-Persia? No.
What about in the glory days of Greece? No.
Okay, how about the period of Rome? No.
How about the period of time Rome was divided into ten kingdoms? Absolutely not.
Well then, would it be in the time of the 1260 years in which the church is being persecuted? No.
So that leaves what time period? The time when the earth helps the woman or church and that also tells us where in the earth. What country came up out of the earth? America or the United States. And where did the remnant church of God keep his commandments and have the testimony of Jesus? Right here In the United States. Now of course there where and are people of God all over the world but where did this remnant church start? From where has the remnant church exploded into a world-wide scale? United States.
From Revelation 12 we learn the people of God must possess two identifying characteristics. They must keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus or the gift of prophecy. Now, how happy do you think the devil is about all this? He is absolutely livid. He has to come up with a plan to counteract and eventually punish or try to destroy these people that keep all God’s commandments and have the spirit of prophecy. Now I am sure satan came up with and has implemented more plans of destruction for God’s people than we have time to discuss here. But Revelations 13 reveals one of these plans. Lets read Revelation 13: 14-17And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
The mark of the beast what is it counteracting? Well it’s counteracting the seal of God. We know that the seal of God
is God’s holy Sabbath. So then the mark of the beast must represent a day of worship also. And it is as we know, Sunday. Now when satan makes his move and brings this nation to pass laws enforcing Sunday worship, what are you going to do? It says here in Revelation 13: 17, That unless you obey the laws of the beast, you won’t be able to buy or sell. So how are you going to eat? Pay your mortgage? Put gas in the car? Pay your land tax? Think about it. It brings new meaning to what Jesus says in Luke 18:17Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Revelation 13 is also expounding beyond Revelation 12 by inadvertently telling us the one commandment that satan hates most. The 4th commandment to worship God on His appointed, holy day is the one satan hates and wants to destroy most. But what about the testimonies of Jesus Christ? Revelation 16: 13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
This verse says the beast will raise up what? False prophets. See, whatever God does, satan counterfeits and he seeks to destroy anyone that has a heart that God is pursuing. This verse again reinforces Daniel 7:25.And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Is Daniel talking about the beast changing God’s times and laws or mans? Of course, its God’s times and laws and to seek to change times means to change God’s calendar of events, which is prophecy. To seek to change God’s law is to null or void any portion of God’s ten commandments or even to supplement them. So not only will this healed little horn seek to change God’s law, but also the sequence of the end time events to be fulfilled.
How does God go against this end-time little horn? Well, he raises up a people, a remnant church in Revelation 12. They are the ones keeping the commandments in full and they have the true gift of prophecy and understand, here is a important key here, they understand last-day prophetic events in their true context. So are God’s remnant people resting and worshipping God on the seventh day of the week? Yes.
Are God’s end time people waiting for a signal to rush over to Jerusalem in Israel to help re-build the temple? No. Are God’s people calling up dead relatives for guidance? No. Are God’s people thinking and praying any moment soon they will suddenly and secretly be raptured? No. Are God’s people waiting for Jesus to come back and set up his kingdom on Mt. Olive and this world will slowly become better and better? No. Do God’s people have a holy father here on earth that they can pray to and through Mary they can be forgiven and saved through earthly medeators? No. Does God’s remnant church think that they in themselves are God’s and need no savior? No.
(I want you to understand something here before you decide I am in error. I am talking about end times, the people that will be alive when the little cloud reveals itself to be our long awaited Savior. Only those that are following God's Word to the letter will endure! Prior to this, before God's truths have circled the globe, many from all faiths and walks of life will rise up from the grave when the trumpet sounds.)
These are just a few of many, many false teachings brought to us by the little horn, full of lies, false teachings, false laws and false times. I know there is nothing more valuble sitting in your home then God;s Holy word, the Bible. But I also thank God for the gift of prophecy. God in his infinite wisdom knew that in the end times his remnant church would need extra ammo, Insight into the workings of God to build our character and to build our faith and to open our eyes not only to the truth, but also have insight into the workings of saten so we can recognize the deceptions cunningly devised to cause us to loose our souls and miss the greatest gift of all time. Eternity with Jesus.
I want to leave you with these thoughts. The earth helped the woman around 1798. God gave his remnant church the gift of prophecy in 1844, only 46 years after the earth helped the woman. The earth has been protecting the woman now for 213 years. Just how much longer is God going to hold back the winds of strife?
Today, as we breathe the very air that we breathe, the lamb with the two horns is beginning to speak as a dragon. Are we seeing the mortal wound being healed? Does your breath quicken when you see on the news, God’s true prophecy being fulfilled and you begin to realize, of all the generations of people that have walked this earth, from Adam and Eve to today, this generation, our generation could be the ones standing alive to see Jesus coming in the clouds to take us home. It’s my most inner desire and prayer, that every one of you reading this, including your precious loved ones will be counted in that group.