John Hagee's end-time prophecies are wrong
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Modern-day preachers interpret the Great Tribulation in a way that contradicts Scripture. This leads to more errors.
John Hagee is a well known Christian author who preaches cerain beliefs that are widely held by modern day churches.
His best selling book "Jerusalem Countdown" has sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
So what he says is actually what a lot of modern day Christians believe about future prophecy, especially concerning the Tribulation that is to come.
His quotes are given in a yellow background throughout this study.
“Antichrist. This man will come out of the European Union….this political leader who is the head of the European Union.
He will make a covenant with Israel for seven years”.
The basic mistake is to look for the Antichrist in politics.
This conveniently takes our attention off the real enemy of truth, which are the church leaders who deviate from Scripture.
LUKE 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
At the first Coming of Jesus, Satan operated by getting into the inner group of twelve disciples.
Pilate was the corrupt politician. The Roman army had the murderous brutal violence.
Caiaphas was in charge of the religious Temple system. Satan ignored them all. They were all useful puppets that the Devil could use later, but none of them could trigger the killer blow that he was planning. He had to get into someone who preached the truth in the inner circle, one of the 12 disciples. Those men who were trained to be the leaders of the church. Only a trusted disciple could cause the betrayal.
At the second Coming of Jesus, the antichrist spirit is again rising up inside the church. He wants to operate through the church leaders. Politicians and the violence of war are secondary. Taking over the pulpits is his smartest move. No one even suspects that the enemy could be behind the pulpit.
The denominational church system is the body that Satan is busy taking over and uniting while these same churches keep looking for Satan in outside groups like Islamic terrorist violence and European political leaders.
That calibre of prophecy keeps us asleep because we easily convince ourselves that since Islamic terror is wrong therefore we must be right. The European Union ( EU ) is also very weak as a global police force. Their armies are small and cannot be transported around the globe in sufficient numbers to subdue threats.
Thus if we have to wait for the European Union to become a world-dominating military force, then we are in for a long wait. Therefore churches feel that they can still afford to relax.
Politics and Islamic terror do not fool anyone spiritually. So who is going to deceive us?
When the disciples asked Jesus for a sign of the end time, His first warning was about deception.
MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
So Jesus warned of anointed preachers in the church at the end time who would deceive many Christians. “Christ” means “anointed”. The church world is full of talented, anointed preachers. But with 45 000 different types of denominational churches, the church world is also full of error and deception.
Jesus did not warn about brutal dictators, world wars, and vicious terror groups. These are evil, but they are not the real enemy. The devil rules politics. But he always has. So politics and money are always a source of evil. The problem today is that politics and money are rising up as a contamination inside the church which is afflicted by deceptive doctrines.
The deceived churches do get involved in politics which is bad. All politics is corrupt anyway. But their main error is in their spiritual corruption as they misinterpret the Bible. No church should get into politics. Jesus and Paul set no such example. Another error of the churches is to focus on money-making. The love of money is the root of all evil. Watch a 30 minute religious TV program and they will ask for money as part of the show.
Money and politics are a toxic disease for the human soul.
Satan’s plan is to get the church to take over the politics and wealth of the world.
America tries to dominate the world militarily. But a war in Afghanistan and a war in Iraq proved that one country cannot suppress the world. Europe is much weaker than America. Their armies and air forces are small. They do not have a navy that can transport their military across the seas. From a military point of view, the European Union can protect themselves to a certain extent but cannot dominate other parts of the world.
The Devil is clever enough to know that the only way that he can rule the world is as a church power and a money power.
There is only one church leader that has sufficient authority to take over the church systems, the Pope.
The wealthiest and biggest church organization is the Roman catholic church
DANIEL 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
After Jesus died the Romans under their general Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70.
More than one million Jews died in this siege.
The Romans are thus the “people of the prince that shall come”. So the Antichrist will come from Rome.
The only organization in Rome that has world-wide authority is the Roman Catholic church. The only position of authority in the Roman church that the Devil wants is the position of Pope. He wants to enter a future Pope in the same way that he entered Judas. That will then be the man who dominates the world in the Tribulation.
John Hagee says that the Antichrist will make a covenant with Israel for seven years.
The Bible verse he refers to speaks of confirming a covenant, not making a covenant. So he had to make the covenant on some earlier occasion before he can confirm it.
No Scripture speaks of when the covenant is made by the Antichrist.
DANIEL 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,
Notice the assumption that the “he” is the Antichrist.
John Hagee, and others who share this belief, offer no proof of this statement.
The only Person in the Bible Who confirms a covenant is God.
GALATIANS 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ,
This is totally different to what the churches claim. God confirmed a covenant in Christ.
When was this covenant made? God made the covenant with Abram who later became Abraham.
GENESIS 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
God gives a promise to the seed of Abraham.
At first this looks like Isaac, Abraham's natural seed.
But Paul points out the word is "seed" (singular) and not "seeds" (plural).
The single Seed of Abraham is his spiritual Seed, Jesus.
GALATIANS 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
So what was the natural covenant that God made with Abram?
Because this natural covenant would be confirmed spiritually by what God made Jesus suffer.
GENESIS 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
:10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
Each animal was cut in half and then the two halves were laid next to each other.
The birds represented salvation and healing. These cannot be separated. The same God Who saves is the same God Who heals. If God can save us then we must believe that He can also heal us.
GENESIS 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
The sun going down was symbolizing the end of man’s life. The deep sleep is a symbol of death. The horror of great darkness represents sin which is what makes our deaths horrible. We have to answer for our sins.
GENESIS 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
A smoking furnace. Where there is smoke there is fire. The fires of hell. Abram could do nothing as he was fast asleep. We cannot do anything to save ourselves.
There was a burning lamp or light that passed between the two halves of the sacrifice.
The Old Testament and the New Testament are the two halves of God’s plan of salvation.
They join together at the four Gospels which describe the life of Jesus.
He fell into the deep sleep of death at Calvary. He took the horror and darkness of all our sins upon Himself. He died and His Spirit like a burning lamp moved between the two halves of the Bible.
His Life and death and resurrection fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament and laid the foundation for the New Testament.
His Holy Spirit went down to the darkness of the clouds of sin and the fires of hell and defeated the Devil. He rose back up with the keys of death and hell. Only His Spirit could hold the Old and the New Testaments together.
What He did at Calvary and in the Resurrection confirmed the Covenant that God had made with Abram.
We need to understand the concept of the spiritual fulfillment or confirmation of the natural covenant that was made.
God gave Abram a Promised Land (Israel) and a promised son or seed, Isaac. But death was still present. Isaac would die. The Jews would be removed out of their Promised Land and go into captivity in Babylon for 70 years. So this covenant seemed rather temporary.
But when the covenant was confirmed, then Jesus won eternal life for us and as the real promised Seed Jesus became heir to the whole world by His Sacrifice. Thus He can now establish a new Heaven and a new Earth where there will never again be death, sickness, sorrow, and grief.
God made a salvation covenant with Abram that had nothing to do with Abram’s works.
While Abram slept helplessly the Spirit of God would penetrate the darkness of sin and the smoke of the fires of hell and win the victory over Satan. All Abram could do was to believe this promise that God would one day win this victory.
The natural covenant that was made was for a life span of say 70 to 100 years for a Jewish person to live in the Promised Land until he or she died. But even then they were often attacked by enemies.
The spiritual confirmation of the covenant by Jesus brought forth eternal life in the resurrected body of Jesus and the Old Testament saints who were resurrected after Him. This laid the foundation for the final dwelling place which will be in the new Heaven and the new earth. This was a far better idea.
MATTHEW 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
God had planned a ministry of seven years for Jesus in which He would achieve this salvation for all mankind, to confirm the promise He had made with Abram.
But after a ministry of three and a half years, Jesus was killed at Calvary in 33 AD. This was right in the middle of His intended seven-year ministry
He was the Passover Lamb and His death ended the Temple sacrifices. God tore up the Temple veil.
DANIEL 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
When Jesus died, God left the Temple.
The Jews carried on with their meaningless sacrifices until General Titus and the Roman legions killed more than a million Jews in AD 70 in Jerusalem. The Temple site was ruined and left desolate. The Jews were exiled. There were no more sacrifices and oblations (solemn offerings) from the Temple site.
Emperor Hadrian and the Roman legions killed half a million Jews in Jerusalem in 135 AD. The Romans then built a temple to their god Jupiter on the Temple site. The Jews were scattered over the empire.
As a matter of historical fact anti-Jewish pogroms occurred not only in Jerusalem (325 AD), Persia (351 AD), Carthage (250), Alexandria (415), but also in Italy (224), Milan (379) and Menorca (418), Antioch (489), Daphne-Antioch (506), Ravenna (519), amongst other places.
Around 700 AD the Muslims built the Dome of the Rock on the Temple site.
The Roman Catholic crusaders killed Jews quite happily during their many blood-thirsty crusades.
The Jews had to endure the unspeakable horrors of the Spanish Inquisition which started in 1478. Then the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492.
Murderous Russian, German, and Bavarian anti-Jewish pogroms then erupted unannounced throughout their history in these countries.
Murderous persecutions occurred under Russian communism. Stalin died just as he was organizing the destruction of the Jews in Russia.
Mass expulsions of Jews occurred from Spain, Austria, England, and France. More violence was poured out onto the Jews.
The worst was the systematic, industrialized slaughter of 6 million Jews in the Nazi Holocaust of the second World War.
Four major wars had to be fought by the Jews against Arab armies.
Endless Islamic and Palestinian terrorist attacks occurred against the Jews.
At east 15 000 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza and Lebanon.
Scud missiles were fired into Israel from Iraq.
DANIEL 9:27 and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
For about 1 800 years the Jews have faced endless persecutions. No other nation has been hammered for that length of time. Their Temple site remains desolate, occupied by the Dome of the Rock.
But please remember, there is still the second half of the week ( or 7 years ) owing to the Jews. This represents the three and a half years of the great Tribulation. Then the two prophets Moses and Elijah will bring the truth of the Gospel to Israel.
REVELATION 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
A score is twenty. A Jewish month is 30 days. So 1260 days represents 42 months or the three and a half years of the great Tribulation.
Thus there is no Scripture that says the Tribulation is 7 years long.
There is also no Scripture that says that the first three and a half years of the Tribulation are easy and only the last three and a half years are very bad. These are just made-up ideas. Like any make-up, they are washed off by the water of the Word.
John Hagee writes, “Bible prophecy divides the world military powers into four sectors….called the king of the North, the king of the South , the king of the East , and the king of the West.”
This is Biblically untrue.
In the Bible there is no king of the west. A king of the west is completely unscriptural.
There is also no king of the East as the Bible speaks of the kings (plural) of the East.
REVELATION 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
:13 And 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.
:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
The apostle John here speaks of demons. The kings of the east are demons. Cain went east and established demonology. A trinity of spirits unites all the kings of the earth as they gather to oppose Jesus at Armageddon. The dragon is the Devil. The false prophet is the prophet of a false religion that believes in unscriptural ideas. This is the Pope. The beast is the Roman Catholic spirit of organized man-made denominational religion. Each church has to be subjected to an elevated holy person who is the head of the church. That organizational spirit spreads to all the Protestant churches who form an image to the beast.
MATTHEW 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The human leadership of the church is the fountain of error.
EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:
Only Christ is the Head of the church, no man.
The Euphrates river is the border of the Promised Land.
The Euphrates flowed out of Eden so it is a spiritual symbol because Cain went east and the Euphrates flows to the east.
Water is symbolic of the Word of God and the Spirit of God.
EPHESIANS 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
The symbolism is that the water of the Word is our protection against demonology. Believe the Bible and the demons are held in check. When the Word of God dries up as people believe less in the Bible, then this opens the door to more demonology that comes flooding in, in the form of the kings of the East. These “spirits of devils, working miracles” are the demons of today who are performing the miracle of uniting the churches.
To unite the churches requires that there is less emphasis on the Bible. The sloppier we are in our beliefs, the more easily the different churches unite.
"Christmas. A decorated, upright, Christmas tree. 25 December. The wise men going into the stable at the birth of Jesus".
All of these words and ideas are very unscriptural and needless to say all the churches agree on this unscriptural pagan festival.
In 274 AD the 25th December was dedicated to the birth of the sun god, Sol Invictus ( the unconquerable sun ). The sun god has certainly conquered the Christians as he rides on the white horse of religious deception in Revelation Chapter 6.
REVELATION 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
A bow without an arrow is a bluff. White is religious. A religious bluffer who fools us. No arrow. No Scripture to prove his doctrine right. But he wins. The Bishop of Rome Julius 1 accepted 25 December as the so-called Christmas birth of Jesus, the Son of God, around the year 350 AD. From the Catholics it spread to the Protestants and is even celebrated by non-Christians today. The Pope is also the only western religious leader to wear a crown. Pope Nicholas I was crowned with a single crown around 860 AD. Shortly after 1300 AD this had evolved into the famous triple crown of the Popes.
We must celebrate the birthday of Jesus, claim the churches. Who said so? That idea is never mentioned in the Bible.
The King James Version of the Bible is now heavily criticized in the churches.
They no longer want to stay strictly with a word-for-word translation. When the Tribulation starts the King James Bible will be totally rejected and the demons will flood into the church.
MATTHEW 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Bible translators have produced over 100 different versions of the English Bible.
Church leaders have produced 45000 different types of denominational and non-denominational churches. This is the broad way to error. Very few will find the narrow way because it is so unpopular.
MATTHEW 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Impressive human leaders who claim to know exactly what is to happen as they lay out their version of Bible prophecy. Beware of them. Check to see if their prophecies are Scriptural. Prophecies that are wrong are something that Jesus warned against. Thus preachers are more likely to get prophecy wrong than to get prophecy right. Otherwise, Jesus would not have given us this warning.
If you end up believing anything that is not written in the Bible, it is simply a waste of time. And it sets you on the wrong path.
John Hagee says , “There were also states adjacent to Persia known as Ethiopia and Libya. …. Moses went into the wilderness and there he married an Ethiopian…. He went into the Ethiopia of the Arabian Peninsula.”
There is no history to back these claims.
Ethiopia and Libya are very much African states. There were never states with these names in Arabia.
Moses first went to Midian in the Arabian Peninsula when he fled from Egypt. There he married Zipporah a Midianitess.
EXODUS 2: 15 But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian.
There he met Reuel also called Jethro or Raguel, a man of Midian, who became his father-in-law.
EXODUS 2:21 and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah
Then Moses returned back to Egypt when he was 80 years old to lead the exodus of the Jews out of Egypt.
Then just before getting to the border of the Promised Land the Bible mentions the second wife of Moses.
NUMBERS 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
Moses had taken a second wife. He had gone down to Egypt from the land of Midian to lead the exodus. He married an Ethiopian woman sometime between being in Egypt and getting to the border of the Promised Land. This is the first mention of his second wife, an Ethiopian. Ethiopia lies south of Egypt.
So Libya and Ethiopia are in Africa.
EZEKIEL 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil?
John Hagee claims that “Sheba, Dedan, merchants of Tarshish….represent the Western powers”.
I KINGS 10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.
MATTHEW 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
So Sheba was definitely in the south, not the west.
Tarshish is of uncertain location.
It is very obscure, somewhere in the Mediterranean or the western coast of Europe. No one knows for sure. If it is taken as a reference to the west, then this obscure place is not a good symbol of the dominant power of America. The symbol of America is an eagle. But there is no mention in Ezekiel's prophecy of an eagle. America is basically left out of the prophecy.
Many people have pointed out, there is no clear cut symbol for America amongst these nations.
That means that somewhere in the future America is eliminated.
Other writers also disagree with John Hagee about Sheba and Dedan.
Gary Stearman, a highly rated Bible prophecy writer, claims that Sheba and Dedan have got nothing to do with the west but seem best described by the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and a few other Arabian partners.
It is obvious that guesswork is being involved here.
Trying to guess where all these different countries are and also when they are involved in the prophecy just leads to many different opinions. A lot of speculation is involved. Some countries are fairly obvious to place, but other countries are very uncertain. The timing of the prophecy also leaves us guessing.
We are all very uncertain about events in the Tribulation. Never forget that point.
These Tribulation events do not involve the true church which will be caught up to Heaven. Thus God does not give us a deep insight into Tribulation issues as these have got nothing to do with us. They will be revealed by the two prophets in the Tribulation.
The Tribulation is not any business of the Bride.
Those mysteries will be revealed by the two prophets who bring the 144000 Jews back to accepting Jesus as their Saviour.
So, when the Tribulation gets going, it seems that America will be taken over by the Roman Catholic church which is quietly rising to power as a world-wide church and an international money power.
Then America will be destroyed by Russian nuclear missiles. The final Pope gets his military power from ten dictators. Russia as king of the North is an obvious candidate for one of these dictators. You say Russia is a democracy. Only in appearance. Putin has had control for 18 years and now has another 4 years of power. George Washington was the first democratic leader of America and of his own accord he stood down after eight years in order not to become a dictator. Anyone who has power for 22 years is a dictator. Medvedev is Putin's friend who stood in as President for 4 years and appointed Putin as Prime Minister. After four years they just swapped positions. This was just a veneer and pretence of a democratic election designed to keep one man in power for over twenty years.
What possible events could lead to these great disasters for America, we do not know.
The San Andreas fault line along the edge of California may trigger a disastrous earthquake. This is simply a guess based on predictions that earthquake scientists make.
We just know that things will be very different in the Tribulation to what they are now. So it is pointless to make detailed predictions.
The rise of the Roman Catholic church to global domination as a spiritual or religious denominational church power as well as a money power is the most overlooked aspect of modern life.
The final Pope will then get his military power and military strength from ten dictators. They have power as kings, but are not crowned kings.
REVELATION 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Democracy can morph into a dictatorship. Putin has ruled Russia since 2 000 mainly by taking over the Russian TV broadcasting rights. His friend Medvedev was caretaker president for four years (appointing Putin as Prime Minister) and then handed over power to Putin again in 2012 as Medvedev swopped positions to become Prime Minister. The political party United Russia has thus had a near-total dominance of Russian politics which means that Russia is effectively ruled as a one party state. Medvedev’s presidential victory depended on the abuse of administrative resources by Medvedev, allowing him blanket television coverage.
Putin has effectively ruled Russia for 16 years by 2017 and can carry on for another six years this way, if not longer. Democracies limit the time of a president. Dictatorships do not.
Russian Garry Kasparov, ex-chess champion, summed it up in 2018 by saying, "Every free world leader who congratulates Putin on his "election" is complicit in his global war on democracy".
George Washington’s voluntary decision to decline a third term as American president was also seen by many people as a safeguard against the type of tyrannical power yielded by the British crown during the Colonial era. Too long in power corrupts any man and turns him into a tyrant.
This also applies to a church. Once a man gets in charge of a church then he stays there indefinitely, while power corrupts him. Today we have 45 000 different denominations, each with multiple churches. Each of these churches is controlled by some human leader. And what is God’s final decision to this seventh and last church age of Laodicea?
REVELATION 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
The modern church is like vomit in God’s mouth. That means that our fancy churches of today simply make God sick. This is not a compliment. We are so complacent. Each church is so convinced that they are right. Yet the parable of the ten virgins (good saved churches) says that they were all asleep. Even those who had oil. Something is very wrong with our church systems.
President Erdogan in Turkey is brutally clamping down on any opposition. In Turkey, gradually but inexorably, a nation that once aspired to be an example of enlightened moderation is being transformed by Mr. Erdogan into a dreary totalitarian prison. Erdogan is happily marching alongside Russia, China, Egypt, Cuba and others where legitimacy to rule rests on force and thought control.
Under the disguise of democracy, dictatorships are growing in certain countries. A dictator does not wear a crown but he has the supreme power of a king.
These dictators will give their military power to the final Pope. He will get spiritual power from the world wide churches. No one can attack him because he has followers in every country. The Roman Catholic church has huge financial reserves, especially in America.
The final Pope just needs to make a covenant with Israel to get access to all the stock exchange money that the Jews control. Then Rome will control world commerce.
REVELATION 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
These ten dictators will give the final Pope the military power that he needs in the Tribulation. They will support him all the way to Armageddon where their blood will make the soil so fertile that it will blossom like a rose. That will be their contribution to the thousand years of peace that follows the battle of Armageddon.
Ten powerful dictators spread around the world will impose control everywhere without having to move their military too far. This overcomes the tedious logistics problems of one country having to move its military far away.
Following prophecy in the Bible is very difficult. Do not let anyone fool you on that score.
There are glimpses of events that happened in past history and other events will only occur in the Tribulation.
As such, we look through a glass darkly and we are not all that sure what specific events will happen, especially during the Tribulation as it will be a time of supreme horror and chaos.
Thus the circumstances in the Tribulation will be very different to what is happening now. There is no way that we can lay out all those chaotic events in advance. That revelation will be left to the two prophets, Moses and Elijah, who take the Gospel to the Jews during the Tribulation.
The Message preachers who claimed that they could interpret a quote and thus prophesied that Hillary would win the 2016 presidential election were simply proof of how little they understand of the Bible.
How far they have moved away from God's thinking.
In his description of the Antichrist, Daniel mentions different events that the Antichrist spirit was involved in as it rose to power. We tend to spot those events after they have occurred.
Remember, Satan is still learning. At times in the past he has made the mistake of linking the Roman church to military power in his attempts to rule Europe in the Dark Ages and the first hundred years of the counter-Reformation as the Pope opposed the threat of Martin Luther. Then the Pope met the military genius of Napoleon and abandoned military power.
Then between the two world wars Italy was taken over by Mussolini’s Fascists and the Roman Catholic church helped him to come to power. Thus Pope Pius XI who hated democracy, Jews, and communism backed the Fascist dictators Mussolini and Hitler. The Pope helped Mussolini to power and was thus responsible for his attacks on Libya and Ethiopia when they were briefly but cruelly conquered. Mussolini, to thank the Pope for his help, recognized the Catholic church as the state religion in Italy.
DANIEL 11:43 and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
This is just a little hint from the prophet Daniel. Whoever you think the Antichrist system is, it has to conquer Libya and Ethiopia at some time in its history. This happened after 1922 ( Libya) and then 1935 ( Ethiopia).
The Roman church backed Mussolini and he attacked Libya from 1922 to 1934 and then Mussolini shocked the world when he attacked Ethiopia in 1935. Cardinal Pacelli, the next Pope, was very active to get ambassadors to stop the sanctions imposed against Italy by the League of Nations. The Roman church backed the violence of both Mussolini and Hitler in a macabre dance-of-death that combined war and religion. The Vatican ratlines also helped many brutal Nazi war criminals escape to South America.
Most of all, Pius XI and the dictator Mussolini, who both came to power in 1922, depended on each other for support and for achieving mutual goals. They shared many political ideas; both loathed democracy and Communism. Pius gave sacred legitimacy to Mussolini's Fascists and removed political obstacles to Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Mussolini restored many church prerogatives that had been lost over the previous decades.
Will America play a passive role in the Middle East?
EZEKIEL 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil?
In 2004 John Hagee says, “England’s symbol is that of a lion. America is an offspring of England, hence the ‘young lions’ will not come to Israel’s rescue.” Plural? America cannot be “lions”. America is one country. America’s symbol is actually the eagle.
Others say that the young lions are the British Commonwealth. But they are all guessing.
“The Western World is simply going to make a passive diplomatic response when Russia and the Arabs attack Israel”.
“Why won’t America respond?...The next administration will probably be democratic and will withdraw from Iraq vowing to stay out of the Middle East in future”.
These quotes are pure guesswork.
Looking back on the twelve years after this prediction was made, in 2016, we see that Trump is Republican and he has bravely pushed through recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2018. This has really got America involved in the Middle East.
This move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital took everyone by surprise. Nobody had predicted that. America cannot stay out of their defence of Israel after such an unexpected move.
The Americans have not withdrawn from Iraq by 2018 but are planning to withdraw from Syria. John Hagee had the right idea but the wrong country.
"Russia and the Arab nations will form one of the most impressive military forces ever put together”.
This may happen in the future in the Tribulation but it is not going to happen until some very dramatic changes occur. We do not know what these changes are so we should rather wait than just guess and get it wrong.
At the moment the Arab armies have been less than impressive.
Saudi Arabia cannot defeat little Yemen which is next door.
President Assad of Syria had to call in outside help to defeat his Syrian rebels.
Libya, since the death of Gadaffi, has become wrecked by infighting.
Russia is still struggling to get over their defeat in Afghanistan which is their next-door neighbour.
Building up a big military that can operate far away takes time and costs money. The low oil price is hurting Russia’s economy at the moment.
The uncertain consequences of force always make war a hazardous and unpredictable venture.
EZEKIEL 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
John Hagee has the Russians and the Arabs attacking Israel at the start of the Tribulation and getting destroyed.
Then the Jews spend seven years burning the weapons of war. But he also claims that the Tribulation lasts seven years.
When the Tribulation starts the Russians have to march on Israel and gather up all the Arab nations. That will take time. Then they have to attack and get destroyed. That will take time. So there will be less than seven years of Tribulation left.
If the Tribulation is going to be bad, how can Israel have seven undisturbed years to waste on burning weapons of war when there are not even seven years of Tribulation left?
EZEKIEL 39:12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
The Tribulation is a time of trouble such as has never been seen before. So how can the Jews spend seven months burying the dead as well as seven years burning weapons of war? This sounds more like the Jews cleaning up after the battle of Armageddon.
“The antichrist….will be shot in the head and miraculously recover”
This is the biggest mistake in his theory. Nothing like this is prophesied.
The Nazi party was a system that had Hitler as its figurehead. When we speak of Hitler we can also be referring to the Nazis, because they carried out his orders and were totally under his control.
The beast thus refers to the Roman denominational church system which is under the control of the Pope. So the succession of Popes can also be referred to as the beast as the Popes are the figurehead of the organized church system.
The basic mistake modern day preachers make with prophecy is to ignore the 2 000 years of church history and then place all the prophecies into the Tribulation. But the Tribulation is where the foolish virgins end up. What use are the prophecies to them? Virgins are clean women. These are saved churches who woke up too late to realize what was going on.
It is the wise virgins who can understand Scripture who need the prophecies so that they can avoid the Antichrist religious church system that has grown up over the last 2 000 years.
REVELATION 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Only the wise virgins will have enough wisdom to understand this. So it is something that happens before the Tribulation.
REVELATION 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
REVELATION 13:1 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.
The sea is the symbol of the restless masses of Europe as the Roman Empire disintegrated and the barbarian tribes began to form the nation states of Europe. Slowly the Pope gained religious authority over these tribes.
REVELATION 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
This beast is the power of politics, and religion, and money, that combined to dominate the restless masses of Europe that formed the "sea". The seven heads are seven mountains. Rome is known as the City of Seven Hills. Romulus founded Rome and built on top of the hills for safety. When his followers had built on seven hills then they built a wall around the hills (the brown line). As soon as a wall was built around a town, that place became known as a city.
The Capitoline hill was the Capitol or head of the pagan Roman Empire. The Temple of Jupiter was the centre of the Roman empire. This is where laws were passed that applied to the empire. Then Rome fell to the Barbarians in 476 AD. That was the end of the power of the Caesars that had ruled Rome.The Barbarian sword gave a death stroke to the power and authority of the Capitoline hill.
Pagan Rome fell and out of the ruins of the pagan Roman empire rose up the Roman Catholic church whose official head quarters is the Lateran Palace on the Caelian hill.
Though the Pope later moved to the Vatican on the other side of the Tiber river, the Lateran palace remains his official residence. The Pope then went on to become the most influential religious leader of all the barbarian tribes that formed Europe.
So the deadly wound recovered. The power of the Caesars on the Capitoline hill that was destroyed by the Barbarian sword was recovered by the Pope as he grew to rule Europe in the Dark Ages from his Lateran palace on the Caelian hill. Thus the deadly wound was healed. Power was again restored to a man, a supreme dictator, who ruled from one of the seven hills. The Pope rules the Catholic church as a dictator.
Then the Portuguese and Spanish sailors spread the Catholic faith to South America, Mexico and the far East. So the Pope now rules a worldwide religious empire that is fixed in the minds of men and women.
The power of the pagan Roman Empire of the Caesars was based on territory in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
For a while, in the Dark Ages, the Pope tried to rule Europe and Palestine. Ruling territory turned out to be too difficult and too expensive especially when faced by the military genius of Napoleon.
Then the Pope discovered a far more powerful method. Rule the minds of men as a church and as a money power. People pay their money into the church in return for a place in Heaven. This was good business. The Protestants rushed to set up similar church organizations.
Now we just await the final antichrist superman who can unite the church world and make a financial covenant with the Jews because they own such a huge chunk of the Stock Exchange money.
Then ten dictators will add their military power. If they are spread around the earth, all the better, because they will be able to enforce the laws without having to move troops over long distances.
“The Arab states as king of the South”.
There are 22 States in the Arab League. To lump them together is dubious as intense rivalries exist within a state and between states. The well-known lack of trust among Arabs for anyone outside their own family. The vicious civil wars in Libya, Syria, and Yemen demonstrate the underlying hatreds. The hatreds between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Saudi Arabia and Iran hate each other. There has to be some major change in the Tribulation if it is to produce Arab unity. There is very little chance of that happening under the current situation.
Russia is the king of the North. That is correct. But there is no obvious candidate as king of the South.
“As head of the European Union he represents the king of the West”
There is no king of the West in the Bible. This is just unscriptural.
The small different armies that exist in Europe are not a threat to anyone. When a vicious war broke out in the Balkans, on Europe’s backyard, they were unable to control it on their own. They had to rely mainly on the American airforce.
“John the Revelator described an incredible marching army of 200 million soldiers from the Orient marching down the dried up riverbed of the Euphrates towards Israel.”
REVELATION 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
These are horsemen.
That would represent mounted troops. China might scrape 200 million infantry together but not that many mounted troops. It would take a huge amount of very rugged vehicles to drive up a dried out river bed. It would be much easier just to cross the river and drive overland.
But these horsemen are demons. This is an outpouring of eastern demonology.
REVELATION 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
A horse with the head of a lion that breathes out fire and smoke? The power of this demon is in its mouth.
Jesus said, “Let no man deceive you”.
Deception comes from the mouth.
REVELATION 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
God sees people as Jews, Samaritans (part Jew and part Gentile) and Gentiles. So a third part of men refers to the Jews. In the Tribulation, God turns back to the Jews. In retaliation, the Devil unleashes a flood tide of demonology against them.
REVELATION 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
The danger of demonology lies in the unbelief and unscriptural ideas that they speak.
Modern scientists say there is no God. They claim that the Universe could create itself, life can evolve from some goo through the zoo, to you. Atheism is regarded as a sign of cleverness. All this defiance of God comes from speech.
The “tail” in the vision represents the “tale” or story that they tell us.
The unscriptural doctrines that they preach.
But the first “tale” came from the mouth of the serpent in Eden.
He told Eve that she could do as she pleased.
Eve did not have to stay Scriptural. So this flood tide of demonology descends on Israel to lead them away from the Bible.
But 144 000 Jews will stand for the truth.
John Hagee says, “The two kings that remain on the earth at this point ( the end of the Tribulation ) in prophecy are the king of the West, which is being led by the antichrist and the king of the East which is China. These two kings and their armies will meet to battle it out for world supremacy on the battlefield in Israel called Armageddon. John the Revelator describes the mother of all wars.
But there is no king of the West.
There is also no king of the East because there are kings ( plural ) of the East.
These kings are demons.
REVELATION 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
The water of the Word dries up. The Euphrates river is the border of the Promised Land. The Euphrates river flowed out of Eden. So it is a river with a spiritual significance. Water symbolizes the Word of God. When the water dries up symbolizes when the Word of God is rejected, then we have no defense against demonology which just floods over us.
REVELATION 16:13 And 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.
A trinity of spirits. Satan the dragon. The Pope is the prophet of a false religion, thus he is the false prophet. The beast is the power of organized Roman denominational religion that binds people to the commandments of men.
REVELATION 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
The miracle that Satan is doing today is the uniting of the churches. The more Scripture they ignore, the easier it is for them to unite. Their motto is, “Forget doctrine as it divides”.
REVELATION 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
This verse is left out by John Hagee. There is a trinity that is used for the uniting of the churches into a one world denominational system. The nakedness of church goers is something that offends God. This mention of nakedness shows that this is a spiritual issue. Just to gather for a political war would not involve any concern for nakedness. Jesus only met one naked man and he was demon possessed. Stripping off clothes in public is demonic. The Bride that God is coming for will be clothed.
REVELATION 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
This call will be to every nation not aligned with China. This call is for every nation to send their armies to Israel to destroy China, the last great superpower on the face of the earth, the king of the East. Doubtless America, Canada, and the countries of South America, Australia, and Europe will be represented.”
There are no symbols for these western nations of America, Canada, South America, and Australia. So how can they be included? His argument here is very weak. He acknowledges that with the word “doubtless”. That simply means he cannot prove his point from Scripture.
“Divine election is simply not so for the Gentiles”.
“Divine election is a fact for some of the Jewish people who are a remnant according the election of grace ( Romans 11:5 )”
John Hagee says election only applies to the Jews. He claims that Romans Chapter 8 to Chapter 11 only refers to Israel when speaking of election.
He is trying to explain God’s election in an over-simplistic manner.
We all have free will and God also has full sovereignty over our lives (called election). That sounds like a contradiction but that is simply because we humans cannot think deeply enough to understand it.
Scientists cannot combine the law of gravity with the laws of the atom. We do not know how they mesh together but each law, somehow, works perfectly in its own way.
Scientists also found that small particles that move in one direction can also act like waves rippling out in all directions like ripples on the surface of a pool of water. We can describe these two contradictory behaviours separately, but we cannot explain how they mesh together. But somehow they do mesh together.
Then John Hagee contradicts himself by saying that God can do what He likes with us. But that is election. God deciding what to do with a person.
“God has absolute sovereignty in your life. Sovereignty means He can do what He wants, when He wants. If He wants, as long as He wants without explanation to you or anyone else, not ever.”
This sentence he has just written means that God can do anything He wants with you, so God can elect you if he wants to.
Certainly, God is sovereign and has full control over everything. Yet He also gives us free will. Both these ideas operate at the same time, even if we cannot explain in detail how that works. We are not allowed to emphasize the one and ignore the other one. Both happen. Somehow.
Election means that God planned everything out in His mind at the foundation of the world. He has left nothing to chance.
REVELATION 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
The beast that was (previous Pope), and is not (present Pope dies), and yet is (a new Pope is elected).
This Scripture indicates the succession of the Popes that form the longest line of rulers in the world.
The bottomless pit means they produce new doctrines that have no Bible foundation.
But the world admires the Papacy for their sheer ability to survive as an organization for close on 2000 years. Their wealth, their splendour, their pomp, and ceremony is magnificent.
Thus the people believe the doctrines that the Roman Church has made up rather than believing the Bible. Except for a few who stay with the Bible.
But right from the foundation of the world God knew there would be people who would stay away from organized religion. That is the basis of election. The fact that God knew long before we were ever born whether we would be fooled by the denominational church system or not.
The next statement below means that when God chooses or elects people, He does so with a complete disregard for their nationality or circumstances.
God elected you whether you are a Jew or whether you are some other nationality so that you could display holiness, mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, and longsuffering.
God expects everyone to display these attributes, not just the Jews.
COLOSSIANS 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
MATTHEW 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
God knew exactly what was going to happen to everyone right at the beginning of creation.
Jesus used the symbols of parables to lay out the mystery of the seven church ages in his seven parables about the kingdom of heaven. But these mysteries were laid out at the foundation of the world. So God knew all about our church history from the beginning of time. There is nothing about the future that God does not know.
MATTHEW 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
The fourth parable of the kingdom has a woman, symbolizing a church, putting rottenness (leaven or yeast that decays to produce gas that swells up the dough) into three pieces of the meal that symbolizes the Word of God.
The fourth church in Revelation Chapter 2 is called “Thyatira” which means “a dominating woman”.
Four is in the middle of seven. So this is the Middle church age. The Middle Ages are known as the Dark Ages because the Roman Catholic church dominated Europe and stopped the people from reading the Bible. ( A woman is a symbol of a church. The true church is the Bride of Christ ). The Catholic church split up the meal (the Word) into an unscriptural Trinity of Persons.
So God already had His whole plan for the church laid out right at the beginning.
That is what we call election.
EPHESIANS 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Another word for election is predestination which means that He chose us in advance because He knew we would love His plan and purpose when He revealed it to us.
EPHESIANS 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
I THESSALONIANS 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
God ran our lives through His mind at the beginning as if it was a computer simulation. He gave everyone free will and responded to their deepest desires. Those whose deepest desires were to serve God and give Him control of their lives, of their own free will, in the face of all the other temptations, were the people that He chose. Only they would willingly obey His Word and thus allow Him to bring His plan to pass.
“And unless those days were shortened [days of the great Tribulation] , no flesh should be saved, but for the elect’s sake [the Jewish people] those day’s will be shortened.” Matt 24:22
Here John Hagee claims that the Tribulation will be shortened but he also says that it will be seven years long. So it cannot be shortened and made less than seven years.
“No flesh should be saved” does not refer to people being saved from hell. Jesus completed that work on Calvary when He said “It is finished”. Jesus bought the salvation of everyone on the cross. If He never saved you at Calvary, then you can never get saved.
The issue that the churches miss is that there are two things we have to be saved from. First we have to be saved from hell by repentance. His Blood, shed at Calvary achieved this.
PSALM 49:8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
If you have genuinely repented and accepted Jesus as your Saviour then nothing can “unsave” you and you cannot go to hell.
But there is another test in the future. The parable of the wise and foolish virgins. They were all clean women. Saved churches. But some went to the wedding supper and some did not. So there are saved Christians who will miss the catching away of the church and find themselves left behind in the Tribulation.
Having got saved from hell through repentance, we then have to be saved from the Tribulation by believing the truth of the written Bible.
But there are now over 100 versions of the English Bible and 45 000 different types of denominational and non-denominational churches that are all different. Christians all brag about their church and their pastor. Scriptures are changed by Bible translators. Christians claim that there are mistakes and contradictions in the Bible. The symbols of Scripture are removed from new Bible versions. The word-for-word translation of the King James Version Bible is criticized. William Branham came to finish the mystery of God as the seventh angel or messenger. Now his followers have promoted his quotes to being the Absolute Word of God.
Those who stay strictly with the written King James Bible are attacked by the denominational churches as well as the Message churches. Character assassination and smear campaigns eliminate any opposition to the church groups. Christians believe the commandments of men which are Fake News rather than Good News.
So where does a beginner Christian find truth? It is almost impossible as he or she virtually has to stand alone amidst the flood tide of error which has so many variations. Christians enthusiastically support the errors of their specific church. They refuse to believe that their church could possibly be wrong. Today major scientists claim there is no need for God and being an atheist is a sign of cleverness.
If this trend continues much longer then soon there will be no more saved Christians who can find the full truth in this modern maze of churchianity. Conforming to one or other church is now normal. The nail that stands up gets hammered.
Fortunately, many churches know how to get people saved and then get them to live a reasonably holy life. But when it comes to knowing deeper truths of Scripture, these doctrines are just ignored as not necessary. Too much of what churches believe today is a rather ugly brew of Bible ignorance and wishful thinking that produces wild distortions.
LUKE 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
If you stay with Scripture God will add to your knowledge. If you deviate from Scripture, those errors will make you reject the truth that you once knew. So by developing a belief to justify Israel as the only elect of God, you then end up denying that the Gentile Christians are also the elect of God.
LUKE 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Our faith depends on how much we believe the Bible.
Jesus had doubts about how much Bible faith He would find when He returns.
ISAIAH 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
The righteous Bride will escape the Tribulation when they are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
ROMANS 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Our righteousness depends on how much we believe the Bible.
REVELATION 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Believing the written Bible is the key to being saved from the Tribulation.
MATTHEW 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
MATTHEW 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
The Temple was the glory of the Jews. They thought the Temple would take them to God. But the Temple was doomed to be destroyed by Rome.
Today the Christians all point to their churches. As long as they sit complacently in the church of their choice every Sunday, then they will be ready for the Lord’s Coming. But if history repeats itself then the churches, just like the Temple, are doomed to be destroyed in the Tribulation by the antichrist Roman Pope.
There are 45000 different types of churches. Do you really think that you are in the only right church? You have a 1 in 45000 chance of being right.
Do you really think Jesus is going to take all the churches, with all their differences?
Knowing that their Temple was actually doomed, the disciples then began to privately search and question the Word. Once we realize that going to a church regularly is not going to save us from the Tribulation, then we will start to search the Scriptures.
MATTHEW 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
They asked three questions. When will the Temple be destroyed? They never asked when He is Coming because they knew that was a total secret. But they did ask for a sign of His Coming. The Tribulation leads up to the end of the world at the battle of Armageddon.
MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
They asked three questions. When is the Temple destroyed? What sign will warn us of your Coming? What sign will tell us that the world is ending?
Jesus exposes the main thrust that makes error successful. Deception. False doctrine.
The Temple was destroyed by pagan Roman armies with utmost violence. But Jesus did not at first mention the military violence due to the political situation. He first warned them about the deception of the Roman church as being far more dangerous.
Pagan Rome of the Caesars would destroy the Temple in 70 AD and when the Roman Empire collapsed in 476 AD then Roman Catholicism would rise in its place to rule Europe and marry politics, money, and paganism into the church to establish Roman denominational religion. This is the beast or power that will sweep the world into error. The nicolaitans will conquer ( nico means conquer ) the laity or congregation and subject them to error by elevating a holy man to be the head of each church. Eventually, one man, the final Pope will take over the whole church denominational system.
The beast is the spirit of organized, denominational Christianity under human leadership that started in Rome. Teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.
The nicolaitans will elevate a holy man above the laity and thereby suppress the truth of Scripture.
MATTHEW 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
“Christ” means anointed. Anointed, golden-tongued preachers will guide the church away from the written Word of God. Christians will never suspect that religious error is preached from their own pulpits. They will always be looking for political enemies outside the church to label as the antichrist.
There will be plenty of wars and violence to make Christians look in vain for the antichrist in the political realm. Hitler. Stalin. Putin. Obama. Erdogan in Turkey. But these are but a distraction. The real enemy rises in the church.
MATTHEW 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
The last century saw two world wars and many localized wars in places like Vietnam, Korea, Iran-Iraq, and civil wars in the Belgian Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Balkans, Cambodia, China, Chechnya etc. Some two hundred million people died in all this violence during the last century.
Then the Cold war between America and Russia where they never declared war on each other but got their client states to fight proxy wars for them which caused many rumours of wars.
Israel was born in a vicious war in 1948 and by 1973 had fought another three serious wars against the Arabs.
Since Jesus started the early church, church history has been a sad story of false denominational beliefs influenced by paganism that have fooled many. In addition, these endless wars took a ferocious toll of human life. The official Roman Catholic church ruled the Dark Ages by killing millions of heretics who disagreed with them.
MATTHEW 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Famines are a natural consequence of the destructive power of war. But the spiritual famine of teaching human opinions and traditions have resulted in most people having a famine for truth which they cannot find in the churches that no longer regard the King James Version of the Bible as their Absolute.
MATTHEW 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
But things will still get worse. There is a Tribulation coming that is unimaginable in its horror.
MATTHEW 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Tens of millions of Christians have been killed over the 2000 years of church history. Character assassination is another form of killing a person’s influence. Tell a Trinitarian that the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is actually not a name as it is three titles. Their dislike of you is immediate. Ask a Trinitarian what the Name of God is and he cannot answer as he pictures three People in the Godhead and cannot find one name for three People. Unable to find a name for their Christian God, their animosity towards you increases.
Tell them that Peter baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ and they cannot accept this. They claim that Peter was wrong to have a Name, Jesus, in the water baptism They insist that they are right to claim that three titles are supposedly a name.
The church denominations are united in their intense opposition to water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ.
COLOSSIANS 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
We have to do everything, including water baptism, in the Name of Jesus. “Lord” and “Christ” are titles attached to the Name of Jesus just to make sure which Jesus we are talking about, as many men have been given the name of Jesus.
Trinity claims that Jesus the Son of God is a separate Person to God the Father.
This verse raises the complications as Paul separates between God and the Father. God and the Father cannot be separate Persons. So thinking of separate Persons is not a useful idea.
The Bible speaks of God the Father, but never God the Son. Trinitarians cannot explain why.
They also cannot explain why God the Father is only mentioned in the New Testament, never in the Old Testament.
MATTHEW 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Christians are totally offended at the idea that Jesus is the Name of God.
MATTHEW 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Read the modern theories that make Hitler the antichrist, then Stalin, then Kissinger, then Bin Laden, then Obama, then Erdogan of Turkey, then Islamic terror groups. All these ideas fade with time as the people fade off the scene. The church has virtually no idea what is happening and their predictions simply go wrong.
MATTHEW 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Iniquity is to do what you know is wrong. The most powerful demons are those that strip the clothing off women and preachers are helpless to stop this. Each year it gets worse. Disco music has swept into the churches even though drums are never mentioned in the Bible. Entertainment and showbiz is key to church growth.
MATTHEW 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
This does not refer to being saved from hell by repentance. This refers to being saved from the Tribulation by staying on the strait and narrow path of truth. A person has to be able to move through a morass of common church error without becoming contaminated, in order to get to the end.
PHILIPPIANS 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Notice the election. It is God that works in you to guide you in the path He wants you to go.
We cannot do any work to be saved from hell.
Our Scriptural works and beliefs are to save us from the Tribulation.
But God alone can enable us to do the right works and think the right thoughts.
EPHESIANS 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We cannot save ourselves. We handed over our souls to God when we repented and accepted His salvation plan. Now we have to hand over our free will, willingly, so that God can guide us through the Bible to be ready for His second Coming.
MATTHEW 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Election is God knowing who would serve Him right at the beginning. Right from the beginning God knew who would love His Word right down in the innermost parts of their hearts. God is looking for those who put God’s Word first because they love God’s way of thinking.
EPHESIANS 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
REVELATION 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Right at the beginning, God could see who would and who would not stay with His Scripture.
Election is God’s free will. He ran the thought experiment through His mind and saw who would and would not love His plan. Sin could only be defeated in a certain way. He gave man free will and saw most of mankind pulling away from God’s plan. So what humans wanted would never remove sin from the earth. What God needed to do to remove sin, was not wanted by mankind. God was more interested in removing sin than in pleasing sinners. Very few people were able to surrender their free will to God, so that He could control them. Life is so complex that only God can control life, no-one else. ( Who makes you breathe when you are asleep? Who makes your heart pump 24 hours a day without any break? Who makes your immune system identify and fight diseases? ) If at the beginning God saw us unwilling to surrender our lives to Him then He rejected us as we would simply be a menace to His Body. An out-of-control cell is but a cancer.
MATTHEW 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Missionaries did an amazing task of spreading the Gospel. Then came radio broadcasts to reach remote areas. Today we have the internet and the development of cell phones that can download websites. So the ability of the Gospel to spread far and wide has never been better. Thus we can safely say that the end of the seven church ages is at hand. That will be when the Lord comes.
So the internet with its satellites and servers together with cellphones is a sign of the end. Individuals can download studies and learn truth that they will not find in their churches. Individual people in different parts of the world can fellowship over the internet.
Jesus now jumps back to the destruction of Jerusalem.
MATTHEW 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
The portion in brackets means that this is tricky to understand as it has more than one fulfillment. The first fulfillment began when the Romans attacked Israel in 66 AD under their general Vespasian. As they conquered the surrounding territory, Jewish zealots (extreme political radicals) began to take over Jerusalem. The Romans under general Vespasian stopped fighting in June 68 AD when they approached Jerusalem because the emperor Nero died. The new emperor had to give them permission to carry on. But emperor Galba only lasted 7 months and was killed in January 69 AD. Emperor Otho only lasted 3 months before committing suicide in April 69 AD. Vitellius became emperor for eight months and was executed in December 69 AD. In all this chaos the war in Israel stopped outside the walls of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, the Jewish zealots murdered the high priest and took over the temple. Other zealots took over the city and locked the gates of the city. No one could escape. They killed people in the Temple and desecrated it. They killed and robbed the people in the city who could not escape.
Vespasian became Roman emperor in December 69 AD and ordered his son Titus to attack Jerusalem. Eventually, Titus built an earthen ramp around the city to stop anyone escaping. The Romans then destroyed the city and the Temple.
In 135 AD the Roman emperor Hadrian killed half a million Jews, demolished Jerusalem and then built a temple to the Roman god Jupiter on the Temple site. Then, around 700 AD the Muslims built the Dome of the Rock on the Temple site.
Zealots, Romans, Muslims all stood on the Temple site. All part of the abomination that makes desolation. Of these three the Romans were the worst because Rome was going to rise up in the church and stop the people from believing what the Bible says. Today there are many parts of the Bible that are desolate to the church people because they cannot understand them or else regard them as mistakes.
What Jesus said next applies first to the Jewish zealots who desecrated the Temple while other Jewish zealots began to lock the city gates to stop the people leaving. Christians and Jews had to flee before the city gates were locked by the zealots. Then the Romans attacked Jerusalem. Some Jews were able to escape. The earth wall built in a few days by the Romans around the city stopped further escaping, and the Romans destroyed the Temple and destroyed the city by September 70 AD.
MATTHEW 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
This obviously applies to Jews (especially not travelling on the Sabbath day) at the time of the Roman attack. The Jews also had to flee from the zealots who took over the Temple and indiscriminately killed thousands of Jews. These zealots locked the city gates to keep all the Passover visitors inside Jerusalem.
The Jews were expelled out of Israel with a massacre of one million one hundred thousand people in Jerusalem. It was the highest death toll in any city caused by hand to hand fighting in a short time of nine months.
This was a preview of the great Tribulation that would come at the end time.
Then about 1900 years later the Jews had a second preview of the great Tribulation as they were preparing to come back into Israel with a far more frightening death toll. Six million Jews were killed, mainly in Poland, during Hitler’s Holocaust in the second World War that ended in 1945. Such was the unprecedented horror of this act that the world briefly felt sorry for the Jews and voted them a homeland in Palestine in 1947. The return of the Jews to Israel is a sign of the Lord’s Coming. God will turn back to the Jews in the great Tribulation. By then the church ages are over. So by collecting the Jews back into Israel, God is giving us a sign that He is close to finishing with the Gentiles.
MATTHEW 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
The “amateur tribulation” or preview of the tribulation which we call the Holocaust was when God began to restore the Jews to the land of Israel. Six million of the nine million Jews in Europe were killed in a few years, mainly from 1941 to 1945.
Soon the “proper” Tribulation will start in all its horror when two prophets, Moses and Elijah, turn the 144000 Jews back to Jesus.
DANIEL 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
We are now in the days just before the great Tribulation. God expects us to know the Bible truths in order to escape the coming Tribulation.
But with 45000 different denominations, there is so much error around that it is almost impossible for anyone to be strictly Scriptural. Message people rely on quotes instead of Scripture. Churches make up their own doctrines and opinions. Intense dislike and hatred are shown towards anyone who wants to believe only what is in the Bible.
You can only join a church if you agree with what they preach. If you wish to disagree you are not welcome. There is thus no freedom of belief, you are forced to believe what the church stands for. This is the spirit of Babylon. Being forced to believe something, or else.
Thus, if God does not come soon, there will be no-one left who is Scriptural so that they can be saved from the Tribulation.
MATTHEW 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
There will be some who keep demanding to see a doctrine written in the Bible before they believe it. God must cut our age short in order to rescue this small remnant from the Tribulation before they also submit to the overwhelming pressure to compromise with the church systems.
MATTHEW 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
“Christ” means anointed. Anointed preachers will preach enticing words of human wisdom. Great miracles will happen in the supernatural realm, but the doctrines will not line up with Scripture. Many Message believers will elevate William Branham and his quotes to the level of Scripture. Some will claim that brother Branham is Christ in the flesh.
MATTHEW 24:24 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.
MATTHEW 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
Once again Jesus warns about deception. Errors will be so convincing. Only those who remain strictly Scriptural will avoid these mistakes.
False prophets. So many people claiming that they can predict future events. Many said Hillary would win the 2016 presidential election.
Today’s world is too chaotic for human wisdom to predict what will happen. Major events like the collapse of communism in Russia and Bin Laden hitting the Twin Towers with aeroplanes took us all by surprise. Trump’s election victory as American president in 2016 contradicted all the election polls.
The thing God wants most, is for us to believe the written Bible.
Jesus warned us about being fooled by deception.
Much deception has been spread in connection with a supernatural Cloud that was photographed near the city of Flagstaff in Arizona in 1963. Arizona is a desert state. Message people claimed that was the Coming of the Lord or the coming of the mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10. Now they claim that His Presence is with us is in a hidden dimension. But the Lord does not come to a desert region, nor does He come in an invisible, secret, higher dimension or chamber.
MATTHEW 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
“Go not forth”. William Branham was not in the desert when the Cloud was seen. He was a couple of hundred miles away in Tucson. It was eight days later when he was at Sunset Peak, about 200 miles south from Flagstaff, that the seven angels came to him to commission him to reveal six of the Seals in Revelation Chapter 6. The seven angels never formed a cloud on that day. The seventh seal was revealed to be a total secret as it concerns the second Coming of Jesus, which is the biggest mystery in the Universe.
The Word of God has unfolded as more light is being revealed on the Bible. Martin Luther in Germany restored Justification, the just will live by faith. Then the Gospel light moved from east to west as John Wesley in England preached Sanctification or holiness. Then the light moved further west to America and the Pentecostal revival of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Finally, William Branham in Arizona was commissioned by seven angels to reveal the mysteries of the Seals that are in the Book of Revelation, and thus bring the end time church back to the beliefs of the first church age as written in the New Testament.
MATTHEW 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The light of the Gospel travelled from Germany to America getting stronger, as it moved from east to west, after the Dark Ages in Europe when Bible truth had been lost by the Roman Catholic church.
When the full truth of the Bible is finally revealed to whoever can believe it, then the Lord will come.
MATTHEW 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Eagles eat fresh meat. True believers want the revelation of the Bible, not the denominational traditions. The real truth of Scripture is rejected by the churches. Thus they crucify afresh the Word of God by rejecting the Word, just like the Jews did to Jesus. But where the carcase of the rejected Word is, there will be individuals who will gather and eat to feed their souls.
MATTHEW 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
This refers to the “amateur” Tribulation of Eichmann, Himmler, and Hitler who organized the Holocaust to murder six million Jews during World War 2 that ended in 1945. In 1952 America exploded the first hydrogen bomb. It was so powerful that the radioactive dust that got caught up into the air formed a mushroom cloud that was so big and dense that the land underneath was darkened by the intense shadow. The book describing this, written by Richard Rhodes, was called “Dark Sun”. Then an awful black radioactive rain began to fall. If the sun was darkened by the huge mushroom cloud, the moonlight also could not shine through the thick dust cloud either. Man’s supreme weapon of war and self-suicide was now ready. This was a chilling sign of the end. Mankind could now end human history themselves.
Stars falling from Heaven.
Daniel prophesied about Alexander the Great’s Greek kingdom splitting up. Alexander was symbolized as a great horn on a goat.
DANIEL 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Alexander went on to conquer the Persian kingdom.
DANIEL 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
DANIEL 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
:10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
A horn is a power. The smallest state on earth is the Vatican. This has been an independent state since Mussolini recognized its independence in 1929. That was the year of the great depression. The world went bankrupt. What God was trying to tell the world is that recognizing Roman Catholicism beliefs is spiritual bankruptcy.
Alexander’s Greek empire split into four. His general Lysimachus took over Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) where the city of Pergamos was. This was the city where the Babylonian Priesthood fled to when the Persians conquered Babylon. That is why Pergamos was called the seat of Satan.
REVELATION 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; ...
:13 know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is:
A central mystery of Babylonian belief was the idea of a trinity of gods.
The kingdom of Pergamos was given to Rome when their last priest-king Atallus III died in 133 BC.
In 63 BC Julius Caesar bribed his way to becoming the Pontiff of this Babylonian priesthood. Every Roman emperor took the title of Pontiff until Theodosius became emperor in 378 AD and refused the title. His ambitious nephew Damasus, whose followers had killed over 100 opponents to secure the position of Pope for Damasus, then made sure that the position of the Babylonian Pontiff was absorbed into the Roman Catholic church. By 400 AD the Roman Pope was called Pontiff. The title of Pontiff belongs to the Pope to this day. The Babylonian Pontiff always had his head covered. Notice how the Pope always has a skull cap on when he does not wear a fish-head mitre (the priests of Dagon the fish god always wore a fish-head mitre) or a triple crown.
Greek philosophy enabled the Babylonian trinity to enter the Christian church as the official Trinitarian Godhead. Trinity is one of the major doctrines that unites the various denominations together, despite their various differences. Trinity is one of the few doctrines that Catholic and Protestants agree on.
The little horn shows the rise of Roman Catholicism which is heavily based on Greek philosophy.
“One God in three Persons”. “Three Persons in the Godhead”. “Father and Son are of the same essence”. “Three in one”. On these philosophical speculations, a Trinity Godhead was developed. But “Trinity” remains an unscriptural word.
Now comes the subtle part.
Trinity teachers admit that these statements are not written in the Bible. But they claim that these statements are true. Thus they proudly profess that something not written in the Bible about the Godhead is truth. Therefore they claim that in any other doctrine, they also do not need to have statements that are written in the Bible.
Thus the churches take the people away from the written Scripture and get them to believe clever human opinions and traditions.
East is the home of demonology and spiritism. The host of heaven are the saints that have died and gone to heaven. Spiritism is communicating with the dead. Praying to Mary. Praying to Peter to use his keys to open the Door to Heaven. Using the saints as intercessors. This kind of behaviour drags them down out of Heaven to the level of spiritualism, like the witch of Endor who communicated with the dead prophet Samuel.
DANIEL 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Stars represent the righteous preachers. When they fall from heaven it is a symbol of the corruption in the church leadership. All the cases of abuse that are emerging in the Roman Catholic priesthood. All the money making rackets and sex scandals that emerge amongst the denominational and evangelical preachers. Church leadership is very dodgy. Sadly, many stars have fallen from their original heavenly calling. One of the best illustrations of a heavenly calling to shed light in a dark world was the sufferings, hardships and dedication of the missionaries during the 1800s. These poor and struggling missionaries were an inspiration. The wealthy and complacent ministers and church leaders of today are a different species.
Paul Harvey made this prediction in 1964 about the impending decline of Christianity: If I were the Devil then in the churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I’d lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.
Many stars, which symbolizes preachers who began spreading the Light of the Bible, then changed and with time lost their first love and fell into the bondage of sin and unbelief in the written Bible.
The sun is a symbol of Christ, Who as the Word is the Light of the world. The moon is the church that reflects the sunlight when the sun has gone. The sun and the moon darkening symbolizes the churches moving away from the written Word of God that no longer inspires them. No longer do our beliefs reflect Scripture.
“and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
MATTHEW 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Sometimes we call deep space heaven. At other times we call the atmosphere heaven. All the laws or powers of atmospheric physics were shaken in 28 February 1963 by a supernatural Cloud at sunset over the city of Flagstaff in Arizona that was 43 kilometers high and about 130 miles in circumference for which there was no scientific explanation.
It was accompanied by another cloud caused by the smoke of a high altitude rocket explosion from Vandenberg Airforce Base in California. A smoke cloud that we could explain was together with a bigger cloud that could only be caused by angels’ wings.
Moses, when the exodus of the Jews was about to start, saw a natural bush burning with a supernatural fire that never consumed it. Natural and supernatural combined as a sign that God was turning to the Jews. Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. Then Jesus led the Christian church out of Judaism. Now the revealed Bible will lead the Bride out of the Christian churches.
Now that God is turning back to the Jews, He must be preparing to come for His church. So we see high in the heavens a combined natural and supernatural sign.
In 1967 the Jews won a miraculous six-day war against three enemy states Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. No modern nation has ever done that before or since. In Genesis God worked for six Days and rested on the seventh Day, the Sabbath Day. This six-day war was God making it obvious that He is putting His sights on Israel again. But the Jews in their victory flush occupied the Sinai desert that was never promised to Abraham. So in 1973 they got a hiding from the Arabs and had to be saved by a massive arms airlift from America. They were then happy to restore the Sinai back to Egypt. Lesson: stay within the borders and limits that God has set for us. Christians need to take heed and only believe what is written in the Bible. Going outside of Scripture is never God’s Will.
Then the church, when it finally only believes the written Word, will be secretly caught up to Heaven at the second Coming of Jesus.
Then the Tribulation sets in as the two prophets bring the 144000 Jews to Jesus. The antichrist Pope responds at the end of the Tribulation by massing his armies to destroy the Jews. Then comes Jesus with His Bride and the Old Testament saints to destroy the enemy at Armageddon, which is the third Coming of Jesus.
How were these 144000 Jews pulled out of error and turned to Jesus in the Tribulation time?
MATTHEW 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
God sent His angels or messengers (plural, two of them. Moses and Elijah) with the Gospel trumpet to gather the 144000 who receive the Holy Ghost and become born again citizens of Heaven.
The four winds represent all the war and strife during the Tribulation time while these Jews are gathered back to Israel from all over the world.
John Hagee insists on saying Rabbi Jesus Christ.
Rabbi was not an original title from the Law of Moses or the Old Testament. Rabbi, Pharisee, Sadducee, were words that the Jews adopted in their Babylonian captivity. Thus they are man-made titles. Similarly, Christians have adopted non-Scriptural words like Denomination, Pope, archbishop, cardinal, Christmas, 25 December, Christmas tree, Easter egg, Easter bunny, Lent, Ash Wednesday etc.
Our only hope is to get back to believing the written Word of God.