The Second Coming of Christ and The Battle of Armageddon

END TIME EVENTS (PART 4)

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST AND THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

1)    INTRODUCTION – THE 70TH WEEK OF YEARS SPOKEN OF IN DANIEL CHAPTER 9, IS ALSO REFERED TO AS THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE.  THE AGE OF THE CHURCH AND THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES IS FINISHED WITH THE RAPTURE (THE CATCHING AWAY OF THE CHURCH).  THE FOCUS OF GOD’S DIVINE PLAN TURNS AGAIN TO THE JEWS TO FINISH GOD’S DEALING WITH ISRAEL: Dan 9:24: “Seventy `sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. 

2)    ISRAEL GATHERED FROM THE NATIONS (BECOMES A NATION AGAIN IN 1948) AFTER NEARLY 2000 YEARS (JEREMIAH 30: 1 – 7)

a)    ISRAEL IS SURROUNDED BY FOUR ARAB NATIONS: EGYPT, LEBANON, JORDAN & SYRIA.   IF THAT WERE NOT ENOUGH, ISRAEL HAS A MILLION PALESTINIANS WHO LIVE WITHIN HER BORDERS AND FEEL LIKE THEIR LAND WAS STOLEN FROM THEM: FULLFILLING Zech 12:2-3: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. NIV

b)    THIS EVENT SETS THE STAGE FOR THE FINAL 70TH WEEK (7 YEARS) OF GOD’S DEALING WITH ISRAEL

c)    THIS SEVEN YEAR PERIOD WILL BE AS A WOMEN IN LABOR GIVING SPIRITUAL REBIRTH TO ISRAEL: Zech 12:10-11: “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. NIV

 3)    THE ONE REFERRED TO AS THE LAWLESS ONE OR THE ANTICHRIST WILL ARRIVE ON THE SCENE IN THE 70TH WEEK, THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD  (DANIEL 9:26-30)

a)    HE WILL CONFIRM A COVENANT WITH THE JEWS (IN THE LAST WEEK) (VS 27)

b)    IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK HE WILL PUT AND END TO SACRIFICE (BREAKING HIS COVENANT WITH THE JEWS)

c)    HE WILL SET UP THE AN ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION IN THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM UNTIL GOD IS FINISHED WITH HIM (THIS TEMPLE DOES NOT EXIST TODAY)

d)    THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION WILL BEGIN A 3 ½ YEAR COUNTDOWN TO THE 2ND COMING OF CHRIST TO CONFRONT THE ARMIES OF THE ANTICHRIST THE ARMIES SURROUNDING JERUSALEM AND TO BRING GOD’S JUDGEMENT UPON THE EARTH.

e)    BEGINNING WITH THE BREAKING OF THE COVENANT “WAR WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END, AND DESOLATIONS HAVE BEEN DECREED”.

f)     THE LAWLESS ONE WILL RULE FOR 42 MONTHS (3 1/2 YEARS) (DANIEL 12:7)

g)    JESUS REFERS TO DANIEL’S PROPHECY (MATT 24:14-15)

4)     THE BEAST OF DANIEL CHAPTER 7, IN  THE CONTEXT OF HISTORY (DANIEL 7)

 

a)     THE FIRST PART OF THIS VISION GIVEN DANIEL PARALLELS A VISION GIVEN TO THE KING OF BABYLON EARLIER IN DANIEL CHAPTER 2:31, WHICH WAS INTERPRETED BY DANIEL:  THE KING HAD SEEN A MAGNIFICANT STATUE WITH A HEAD OF PURE GOLD, ARMS AND CHEST OF SILVER, BELLY AND THIGHS OF BRONZE, LEGS OF IRON AND FEET OF IRON MIXED WITH CLAY.  STATUE WAS DESTROYED BY ROCK CUT OUT NOT BY HUMAN HANDS (VS 34 –35)

b)    ROCK THAT STRUCK AND UTTERLY DESTROYED THE STATUE GREW UNTIL IT FILLED THE WHOLE EARTH.

c)     WE DO NOT HAVE TO GUESS AS TO INTERPRETATION, GIVEN TO DANIEL: KING OF BABYLON WAS HEAD OF GOD, INFERIOR KINGDOMS WOULD SUCCEED BABYLON, SILVER REPRESENTS THE MEDO-PERSIAN KINGDOM, BRONZE REPRESENTS ALEXANDER THE GREAT OF GREECE AND TWO IRON LEGS REPRESENT THE ROMAN EMPIRE WITH CAPITALS IN ROME AND CONSTANTNOBLE, TOES  REPRESENT THE EUROPEAN NATIONS WHICH EVOLVED FROM AND SUCCEEDED THE ROMAN EMPIRE, NATIONS THAT EXIST TO THIS DAY.   THE STONE THAT DESTROYED THE STATUE WE BELIEVE REPRESENTS JESUS CHRIST; THE MOUNTIAN REPRESENTS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

d)    FOUR BEASTS REPRESENT FOUR KINGDOMS (VS 17)

e)     1ST BEAST, THE LION WITH WINGS OF AN EAGLE, REPRESENT THE BABYLONIAN EMPIRE,

f)     2ND BEAST, THE BEAR WITH 3 RIBS IN ITS MOUTH, REPRESENT THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE THAT HAD CONQUERORED BABYLON, LYDIA AND EGYPT.

g)    3RD BEAST, THE LEOPARD, WITH FOUR WINGS REPRESENT ALEXANDER THE GREAT WHO DEFEATED THE MEDO-PERSIAN ARMIES DESIVELY.  ALEXANDER DIED AT THE AGE OF 33 AND HIS KINGDOM WAS DIVIDED BETWEEN HIS FOUR GENERALS (FOUR WINGS).

h)     THE 4TH BEAST WAS DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER THREE: IT HAD LARGE IRON TEETH AND CRUSHED AND DEVOURED ITS VICTIMS AND TRAMPLED WHATEVER WAS LEFT.  (7, 23)

i)      THE BEAST HAD 10 HORNS, AND A LITTLE HORN CAME UP WHILD DANIEL WATCHED.

j)      HORN REPRESENTS POWER AND AUTHORITY.  (10 HORNS REPRESENT 10 NATIONS.) (24)

k)     THE LITTLE HORN HAS A SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE.  IT REPRESENTS A POWERFUL EVIL MAN THAT SPEAKS BOASTFULLY AGAINST GOD AND WAGES WAR AGAINST THE SAINTS AND DEFEATS THEM, UNTIL GOD (THE ANCIENT OF DAYS) INTERVENES. (21 -22)

l)      THE SAINTS WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE BEAST FOR TIME, TIMES, AND HALF A TIME (3 ½ YEARS), THEN HE BE JUDGED AND HIS POWER TAKEN AWAY. (26)

5)    THE ANTI-CHRIST FURTHER REVEALED AS THE BEAST OF REVELATION (REV 13:1-18)

a)    THIS PASSAGE TIES VERY CLOSELY WITH DANIEL CHAPTER 7.

b)    HE HAS 10 HORNS WITH 10 CROWNS AND 7 HEADS. (10 HORNS REPRESENT 10 NATIONS OR KINGDOMS, 7 HEADS REPRESENT 7 KINGS.)

c)    DRAGON (SATAN) GIVES THE BEAST POWER AND AUTHORITY.

d)    ONE OF HIS HEADS (KINGDOMS) HAS A FATAL WOUND THAT HAS BEEN HEALED

e)    THE WHOLE WORLD WONDERS AFTER THE BEAST AS IF IN A TRANCE

f)     HE RECEIVES AND ACCEPTS THE WORSHIP OF MEN

g)    HE IS ALLOWED TO EXERCISE POWER AND AUTHORITY FOR 42 MONTHS (5)

h)    HE BLASPHEMES GOD AND SLANDERS HIS NAME AND HIS DWELLING PLACE

i)      HE IS GIVEN POWER OVER THE SAINTS AND ALL PEOPLES OF THE EARTH; ALL EXCEPT THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE

j)      SECOND BEAST (FALSE PROPHET) EXERCISES ALL THE AUTHORITY OF THE FIRST BEAST ON HIS BEHALF AND CAUSES MEN TO WORSHIP THE FIRST BEAST (11)

k)    2ND BEAST DECEIVES THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH AND SETS UP AN IMAGE OF THE FIRST BEAST, WHICH IS GIVEN POWER TO SPEAK.

l)      EVERYONE FORCED TO RECEIVE THE MARK OF THE BEAST (666) ON HIS RIGHT HAND OR FOREHEAD; CANNOT BUY OR SELL WITHOUT THE MARK OF THE BEAST.

6)     PORTRAIT OF THE ANTICHRIST, THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS REVEALED (2THESS 2:1-12)

a)    THE DAY OF THE LORD (2ND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST) WILL NOT COME UNTIL THE ANTI-CHRIST OR THE LAWLESS IS REVEALED – VS 3

b)    WILL OPPOSE EVERYTHING THAT IS SACRED & EXHALT HIMSELF ABOVE GOD – ( 4)

c)    WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS SATAN LIVING HIS LIFE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH THIS MAN WHO HAS GIVEN HIMSELF OVER TO SATAN WITHOUT RESERVATION.

d)    SATAN OR LUCIFER TRIED THIS BEFORE: Isa 14:13-15: 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God ;I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.   I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”  But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.

e)    THE ANTICHRIST WILL PROCLAIM HIMSELF TO BE GOD – (4)

f)     SECRET POWER OF LAWLESSNESS ALREADY AT WORK, GOD HAS RESTRAINED IT AND HELD IT BACK (SATAN,THE POWER BEHIND THE ANTICHRIST IS ON A LEASH THAT IS HELD BY GOD.)  (7)

g)    DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME THE RESTRAINT TO BE LIFTED, MAN OF LAWLESSNESS REVEALED; NOTHING WILL SEEM TO BE ABLE TO STOP HIS EVIL SCHEMES – (8)

h)    SATAN WILL GIVE HIM POWER TO PERFORM COUNTERFEIT MIRACLES, SIGNS & WONDERS AND EVERY SORT OF EVIL – (9)

i)      HE WILL DECEIVE THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING; THEY ARE DECEIVED BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH – (10)

j)      THEY BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH BUT DELIGHTED IN WICKEDNESS AND ARE CONDEMNED – (12)

k)    AFTER GOD HAS HAD ENOUGH HE WILL SEND THE LORD JESUS TO OVERTHROW HIM – (8)

7)    BEAST & FALSE PROPHET JUDGED (REV 20:7-10)

8)    SUMMARY OF SIGNS LEADING TO THE RULE OF THE ANTICHRIST

a)    MEN WILL DEPART FROM THE FAITH, REJECTING THE TRUTH OF GOD

b)    MEN WILL GATHER TO THEMSELVES FALSE TEACHERS

c)    GOD WILL GIVE THEM OVER TO STRONG DILLUSIONS TO BE BELIEVE THE LIE AND BE CONDEMNED

d)    GODLESSNESS WILL GROW ALMOST WITHOUT RESTRAINT

e)    ECONOMIC SYSTEMS WILL FAIL

f)     CRIME WILL GROW EXPONENTIALLY

g)    NATIONS WILL LEAGUE THEMSELVES WITH OTHER NATIONS

h)    THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL SEEM TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS

i)      LEADERS OF TEN NATIONS REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE WILL GIVE THEIR POWER TO HIM

j)      HE WILL SIGN A PEACE PACK WITH ISRAEL AND BREAK IT AFTER 3 ½ YEARS

k)    AFTER HE HAS CONSOLIDATED HIS POWER HE WILL REVEAL HIMSELF

l)      HE WILL CONTROL THE WORLD’S ECONOMY

m)  HE WILL BE GIVEN POWER TO PERSECUTE AND KILL GOD’S PEOPLE

n)    HE WILL INVADE ISRAEL AND DESECRATE THE TEMPLE AND DEMAND TO BE WORSHIPPED

o)    HE WILL BE DEFEATED BY CHRIST AND HIS HEAVENLY ARMIES AND CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE

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