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End Times for the Beast © 2012 Lela Kelly

ARMAGEDDON IS PAST, SAYS THE BIBLE

Armageddon was only used in the book of Revelation as a symbol of hope to Jesus' followers during their early persecutions, because several important historic events had occurred there. It's where Deborah and Barak had defeated the Canaanites (Jdg. 5:19), where Gideon had defeated the Midianites (Judges 7), and where Ahaziah and Josiah died in battle (2 Kin. 9:27; 23:29; Zec. 12:11). Revelation was not showing Christians things that would occur in the distant future, such as now in the 21st Century, but "things which must shortly come to pass" in their day and "things which must shortly be done" in the First Century (Rev. 1:1 & 22:6). Thanks to an Apologetics Press website article, Will There be an Armageddon?, by Dave Miller, Ph.D., for this observation. And Miller cited Henry Swete's 1911 book, COMMENTARY ON REVELATION, reprinted in 1977.

See also www.bible.ca/pre-false-end-times-charts.htm.

"Remember, the Heaven's Gate Cult had a Rapture Theory!"

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DANIEL'S PROPHECY OF JESUS & END TIMES

In the next five passages from the book of Daniel it is prophesied what Gentile kingdoms would dominate Israel and much of the world until the time of the Messiah.

Dan. 2:39-40 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee , and another third kingdom of brass , which shall bear rule over all the earth. [40] And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

Dan. 2:44-45 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom , which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people , but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. [45] Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

Dan. 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. [14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Dan. 7:17-18 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. [18] But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

Dan. 8:20-21 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. [21] And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king .

So these prophecies accurately predicted that after Babylon there would be successive empires centered in Media-Persia, Greece and Rome, followed by Jesus' reign with his followers, called saints. Then Daniel specified how long it would be until Jesus would come and be crucified, or "cut off."

Dan. 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city.... [25] Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven <7> weeks ... and threescore <3 x 20 = 60> and two <+2> weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. [26] And after threescore and two <62> 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.

In the article, Why Daniel 9:27 is Essential to Understanding Prophecy, at jesus-is-the-way.com/Endtimes927.html, the author said, "The reason we know that 'week' lasts 7 years is that the 7 'weeks' and 62 'weeks' (a total of 69 'weeks') ... lasted exactly 483 years 69 weeks X 7 years week." The author then dates the beginning of the 483 years from the call of Artaxerxes to rebuild the Temple, but Del Washburn points out in his book, THEOMATICS II, that Daniel says to date it from the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem, not the Temple. He says the Jewish Encyclopedia says the building of the wall of Jerusalem began in 458 BC.

The Jesus-is-the-way author added, "Here is the ONE 'WEEK' that Remained: 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." The article says the following passages all refer to half of the final "Week" of Daniel 9:27, as 42 months, 1260 days, or 3.5 years or times: Rev 11:2, 11:3, 12:6, 12:14, & 13:5. "In the MIDST of the WEEK" is when the abomination takes place. That is, it occurs at EXACTLY the MIDDLE of the SEVEN year period. Each Jewish month 30 days, giving a 360-day year. Three and one half years is FORTY and TWO (42) months. Forty two months is 30 x 42 = 1260 (a thousand two hundred and threescore days.) Three and one half years is further represented as times (2), time (1), and half a time. ... Without Daniel 9:27 referring to Daniel's 70th week, we would have NO week and NO with Revelation.... There is NO other verse in the Bible showing the FULL 70th week of 84 months. It is also true that NO other verse defines the MIDDLE of the WEEK directly. only USE the information provided by Daniel 9:27 - 'week' and it has a midpoint. ... We have already agreed that Daniel 12 and Daniel 9:27 refer to the same event. Jesus' reference in Mathew 24 is to Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 12."

Dan. 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.

Dan. 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen ... sware ... that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. ... [11] And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. [12] Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

I'll try now to clarify the timeline of this prophecy of Daniel.
1. 538 B.C. When Daniel made the prophecy,
2. 458 B.C. Order to rebuild Jerusalem [80 years after the prophecy],
3. 409 B.C. Finish building Jerusalem after 49 years [7 "weeks"],
4. 25 A.D. Jesus' ministry began after another 434 years [62 "weeks"],
5. 28 A.D. Jesus' crucifixion in the midst of the 70th week, after ... ... 3.5 years of ministry,
6. 32 A.D. Peter went to Cornelius 3.5 years after Jesus' crucifixion.

The 70th week appears to refer both to the 25-32 A.D. period and to the 63-70 A.D. period. In both cases the sacrifice ceased, where in the first case the sacrifice was of Jesus and in the second it was the end of animal sacrifices in the Jewish Temple, which was destroyed in 70 A.D. I believe the author of the book, THE LAST DAYS ACCORDING TO JESUS, said the first century Jewish writer, Josephus, reported that Nero had ordered Roman idols to be placed in all temples, including the Jewish temple. This is what the Jews called an abomination of desolation. That book showed that Nero was possibly the antichrist whose number was 666 and 616, according to the Hebrew spelling of his name and title. Nero's order to desecrate the temple occurred a few years before Titus' destruction of the temple. THE LAST DAYS also mentioned that the book of Revelation was finished in 65 or 66 A.D., before the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 A.D., which it predicted. And furthermore it stated that Josephus had reported that, at the time of the destruction of the temple, most, if not all, of the signs and wonders described in Revelation and elsewhere, such as earthquakes, pestilence, famine, wars and rumors of war, signs in the heavens, false prophets, ungodliness etc, occurred in the final years leading up to the destruction.

Washburn notes in THEOMATICS II that the present state of Israel is not of the literal seed of Abraham, but of the Ashkenazic Khazar Jews who came from the Black Sea region and migrated to Europe in later centuries and then to Palestine after WW2. Ashkenaz was descended from Noah's son, Japheth, whereas Abraham and the Israelites were descended from Noah's son Shem. He says Dispensational beliefs about End Times etc were started by a Jesuit priest in 1812 and popularized by John Darby, Scoffield's bible, Hal Lindsey and now many tv evangelists. But this doctrine teaches that salvation for Gentiles through Christ was an afterthought by God after the Jews rejected Jesus' physical rule in the first century. Jesus warned that false doctrines would fool even the very elect, if they weren't careful.

See also MESSIANIC ESCHATOLOGY, from www.nettally.com/septuagint/messianic.html

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BETTER NEWS ON END TIMES - JESUS ALREADY REIGNS
www.members.aol.com/vftinc/home/indexheretic.htm, review by L.K.

Luke 19:11-15 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. [12] He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. [13] And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. [14] But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. [15] And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

As with a number of other parables, the one above was about Jesus going to heaven to receive the Kingdom of God and then returning to rule, in spirit.

Micah 4:3-4 ... Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [4] But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.

VFT says the End Times are long past and Christ has been reigning in an everlasting "millennium" ever since, but not of this world, except spiritually. To prove it they say the Old Testament prophecies foretold three events that would take place to inaugurate Christ's reign.

Three Prerequisites for Beginning Christ's Kingdom:

1. The Crowning of the King (Rev. 12:5);
2. The Binding of Satan (Ps. 2:2-9; 110:1);
3. The Anointing of God's Priests-Ministers (Isa. 61:6; 66:21; Rev. 5:10).

Since all of those prophecies were fulfilled shortly after Jesus' resurrection, Jesus is already reigning, so we need not wait for his second coming. He's returned long ago and is waiting for us to be anointed as his ministers to the world. Following are biblical proofs of the fulfillment of the three prerequisites above.

1. The Enthronement of Christ the King

The New Testament frequently refers to Jesus as King (Mat. 2:2; 21:5; 25:34,40; 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 1:32,69; 2:11; 19:38; 22:69; John 1:49; 12:13; 18:37; Mark 11:10; Acts 17:7; 1 Cor. 15:25; 1 Tim. 1:17; 6:15; Heb. 7:2,22; 8:1; Rev. 15:3).

But his Kingdom, a spiritual kingdom, was and is unlike those of the Gentiles (Mat. 20:25-28; John 18:35-36)

People didn't understand the kind of kingdom Jesus had (Mat. 12:23; 15:23; 20:30-31; 21:15-16; 22:45-46; Mark 10:47-48; 11:10; Luke 18:38-39; John 7:41-44; Acts 13:27-28).

After the resurrection, Peter proclaimed that Jesus was the anointed king, which is the meaning of Christ and Messiah.

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Church tradition continues to deny that Jesus is King and waits for his second coming for his worldly reign to begin, but his kingdom is not of this world, and his spiritual reign already began at his resurrection (Mat. 26:64; Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; Acts 7:55-56; Rom. 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Heb. 1:3-13; 8:1; 10:21; 12:2).

Christ means the "Anointed King" and it was upsetting to the "Loyalist" Jews and authorities to hear his disciples calling him that (Acts 17:7).

2. The Binding of Satan

Ps. 2:6-9 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. [7] I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. [8] Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. [9] Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Rev. 20:2 And He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.

The term "thousand years" in this case means a very long time, as thousand is often used to mean a great amount (Ps. 84:10; 90:4; 105:8; 1 Corinthians 14:19 Rev. 5:11)

God promised that the Messiah would crush the serpent (Genesis 3:15). During Jesus' physical life Satan tried to persuade him that Jesus wasn't giving Satan enough time to continue his evil designs.

Mat. 8:29 And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

After Jesus told the Pharisees that their accusations of him casting out demons by demonic power was unreasonable, since Satan would be destroying himself, he plainly implied that his kingdom had already arrived and Satan was being bound.

Mat. 12:28-29 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. [29] Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

While Jesus was still living in the flesh, he said Satan was being cast out.

John 12:31-33 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. [32] And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

By his resurrection Jesus was destroying Satan.

Heb. 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are of flesh and blood, also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Col. 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them.

3. The Anointing of the Lay Priests-Ministers

Receiving the Holy Spirit, was called receiving the holy waters or rivers of life, and was called anointing for prophets, priests and kings. So anointing symbolized receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38; 1 John 2:20,27).

2 Cor. 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

Rev. 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father,

1 Pet. 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The anointing of the Holy Spirit enables us to walk in God's path, which means to keep his Law (Micah 4:2; Rom. 8:1-4).

Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:1-21 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy

With the sword, called the Scriptures, (Ephesians 6:17; Heb. 4:12), the faithful reign with Christ to call all people to repentance, making his enemies to become his friends (Ps. 47:3; 118:10; 149:4-9; Isa. 11:1-5; 14:2; 49:2; 61:1-3; Hos. 6:5; Luke 4:18-22; John 15:14; 1 Cor. 15:25; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; 2 The. 2:8; Rev. 19:15). Our weapons are spiritual, not carnal (2 Cor. 10:4). "The battle between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent (Genesis 3:15-16) is more than just a battle between the Person of Christ and the person of Satan." It's also a battle between the heirs of Christ and Satan's heirs.

Gal. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Rom. 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions , and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

1 John 4:4 ... Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Rev. 3:20-21 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. [21] To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Therefore, let us reign with Christ as his ministers.

Rev. 11:15 The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ.