Doctrines of the second coming must be among the toughest. It is difficult because it has not happened. Hence, there are so many different schools of thought because it is still in the realm of theories.
This is what we know regarding his first coming – almost everyone did not anticipate it although it was in the Scripture; less than ten people actually witnessed his birth. Please see D67 – Jesus’ first advent was missed by almost everyone.
In our opinion, the best way to understand the second coming of Jesus Christ (eschatology) is to study the words of Jesus on the end-times. Jesus came and walked the earth and of all the three members of the Godhead, he had revealed the most through conversations with his disciples. Hence, we will be using Jesus’ words as our main thrust or, some may describe, the edge-pieces of the end-times jigsaw puzzle.
The views held here may not belong to the thinking of many mainline churches but they represent one facet of what we obviously believe to be the closest to end-times’ doctrine and they are backed up by Scripture. In addition, Gosinnomore accepts that we might have to alter our stand if we receive new and credible revelation.
Hence, please do not be offended if our position differs from your beliefs on the end-times. If you are upset, please forgive us.
We feel that the end-times will not come instantaneously; just like autumn which brings with it some warm days and some wintry days, so it will be with the end-times. Progressively, the days will get more wintry and less warm. Finally, winter arrives. This section is all about learning what are ‘the days of autumn.’
D257 - Scripture must be fulfilled
When Jesus was arrested by the chief priests and his people, Jesus said,
‘Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?’ (Matt 26:53-54).
Jesus was saying that Scripture must be fulfilled.
He said the same thing when he appeared to his disciples following his resurrection in Luke 24;44,
‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’
In John 17:12, Jesus again said,
‘Not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.’
What do we learn?
That Scripture must be fulfilled. Everything in Scripture about his first coming was fulfilled. Similarly, everything written about his second coming will also be fulfilled. The Bible is a book of prophecies. As a book of prophecies, the Bible made a lot of predictions regarding how future events will play out.
We can be assured that they will happen the way that Scripture says they will; of course, it may not be in the way that we anticipate these events to be. Scripture must be fulfilled.
It is as in accordance to the will of God.
- D4 – God does not lie.
- D67 – Jesus’ first advent was missed by almost everyone.
D258 - The Bible is a book of prophecies (Prophecies are given so that Christians will not be surprised)
At the birth of Jesus, wise men came from the East to inquire from King Herod about his birth. When King Herod asked of his religious elites, they pointed to Scripture to reveal the location as being Bethlehem. The elites knew Micah 5:2 said,
‘O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.’
The Bible is a book of prophecies – whether it points toward Jesus’ first visitation or his second coming.
We know in D257 – Scripture must be fulfilled, that indeed all Scripture must be fulfilled, including the fact that the money used to betray Jesus would be used to buy a burial ground (Matt 27:6-10, Jer 32:6-10).
‘After two days he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up, that we may live before him.’
It is also found in Jonah 1:17 where it talks about the fact that Jonah was in the belly of a fish three days and three nights and how in Matt 12:40, Jesus actually alluded to it. Of course, these verses were not obvious until after the arrival of Jesus.
Prophecies are given so that Christians will not be caught off guard. 1 Thes 5:4 explains that we (Christians) ‘are not in darkness for that day to surprise (us) like a thief.’ Christians have special privileges but we must stay awake and alert.
In Acts 11:28, a prophet named Agabus stood up and predicted ‘that a great famine over all the (Roman) world’ (Note the Greek word is oikoumene and it stands for the inhabited or Roman world) would take place. This was so that alert Christians could prepare.
So, it was the same when the same prophet (Agabus) ‘took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands’ to pre-warn Paul on his impending arrest in Jerusalem (Acts 21:11).
In the New Testament, surprisingly, the prophecies are even more direct, especially the words of Jesus, although the Book of Revelation had been written in a more poetic and mysterious manner.
For example, in D296 – Jesus’ return will be seen by all, we see the amazing accuracy of the Apostle John in prophesying about the availability of ‘live’ televisions and the internet.
To understand Jesus’ second coming, we really do require the Holy Spirit to reveal to us as some things are obvious while others are less so.
PS: Here is an interesting piece of prophecy which is still to occur and which we venture to theorize that nanobots (or equivalent) will be available at the end of times so that it will almost be impossible for such men and women to die. Rev 9:6 reads,
‘In those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.’
D259 - In the New Testament, the ‘last days’ began after Jesus resurrected
In his first sermon, the Apostle Peter stood up and proclaimed the words of Joel,
The people of the early church considered that they were living in the last days.
1 John 2:18 declared it as the ‘last hour’.
The Thessalonian church members thought it was going to happen in their lifetime. So, the Apostle Paul had to encourage them what would happen to those people who had died when Jesus returns (1 Thes 4:13-18).
In Rev 22:7, Jesus announced,
‘Behold, I am coming quickly.’
It has now been two thousand years since his first arrival and Jesus has been scheduled to return quickly. But he has not showed up yet.
As a matter of doctrinal clarity therefore, the ‘last days’ began even at the time of after Jesus’ resurrection. We wait as more and more end-times’ signs are fulfilled but Jesus will return.
Please see D257 – Scripture must be fulfilled, for more information.
D260 - Many will proclaim that they are the chosen ones
Jesus was at the temple when he told them that one day, the Temple would be utterly destroyed. Four of his disciples (Peter/ James/ John/ Andrew) came to him privately to ask him what signs would follow prior to the destruction (Mark 13:3).
Let us begin by clarifying that Jesus was at the Second Temple, which was constructed in 516 BC, when he was sharing these words. The Second Temple and its surrounding buildings were eventually destroyed in AD 70 by the Romans, following the unsuccessful rebellion of the Jews.
Jesus then took advantage of the question to teach his disciples about his second coming (Mark 13:26) when
‘they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.’
He began by explaining that ‘many will come in my name, saying,
He reiterated that these are but the ‘beginning of the birth pains’ (Mark 13:8).
Many did indeed claim to be the ‘chosen ones’; probably the biggest of them being Muhammad, who started the Islam faith.
Muhammad, who lived between AD 570 and 632, declared himself as God’s ultimate prophet. He did not disavow Jesus and while Jesus remained highly regarded in the Quran, Muhammad downgraded Jesus’ claims to be the Son of God.
Currently, Islam is the fastest growing religion worldwide and is expected to overtake Christianity (and under Christianity we include all denominations including what is conventionally accepted as ‘cults’) as the world’s main religion by AD 2070.
D261 - There will be a rise in wars, famines, earthquakes, and pestilences
‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. …. These are but the beginning of birth pangs’
Are we seeing more wars, famines, earthquakes, and pestilences? Do we have empirical evidence?
- On wars – Two academicians, Professors Mark Harrison and Nikolaus Wolf provided us with some empirical evidence. They revealed that between 1870 and 2001, the frequency of wars between states increased at a rate of 2 percent a year on average and between 1870 and 1913, the increment was 6 percent on average per year. They concluded that the number of conflicts has definitely risen over the past century. For more information, please click here
- On famines – World Hunger Education Service, based in Washington DC and founded in 1976, is perhaps an excellent source to find out information relating to famine. The rate of people dying of a famine has decreased over the past 150 years. At its peak, a total of 1,405 out of 100,000 people (or 1.41%) were dying of famine in the 1870s. Between 2010 and 2018, that figure was 0.0033% or 3.3 out of 100,000 people. Please click here. Of course, many experts are warning us in 2020 that Covid 19 will bring about severe famines. Only time will tell.
- On earthquakes – Are we seeing an increase in earthquakes or we are becoming more aware of them across the world? The best place to answer these questions is found in USGS, the United States Geological Survey, which tracks earthquakes across the world. As it is now technologically possible to dictate all earth movements, it would be appropriate to focus on earthquakes of 7.0 and above since large ones are hard to ignore even in the 1900s. The number has gone up but not significantly. In 2003, for example, we witnessed the deadly tsunami of the Indian Ocean earthquake which killed an estimated 250,000 people across a few Asian countries. But in 2017 and 2019, there were only seven and ten earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 and above respectively, below the USGS’ expected average of fifteen. Please click here.
- On pestilences – This is found in Luke 21:11, and the Greek word for it is loimos or a pestilence. ‘Pestilence’ is defined as ‘an usually contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating, e.g. bubonic plague.’ In 2015, Bill Gates gave a TED talk and said that the greatest risk of global catastrophe would likely come from a highly infectious virus rather than a major war as a global response had not been planned for. Even now (March 2020), Covid-19 seemed to be turning into the infectious virus that Gates predicted, with the death rate rising astronomically and countries taking the unprecedented measure of closing their borders entirely. These are unprecedented times. Luke 21:11 is playing out before our eyes.
Based on these objective statistics and observations, it does appear that we might be entering into ‘birth pangs’. Within the last one hundred years, we have had two major wars, frightening earthquakes with tsunami, as well as a pandemic (or two).
D262 - Believers will be hated by all nations
It is normal for Christians to be hated because Christ is hated. Please see –
- D71 – Jesus (and his name) will be hated more and more by everyone, and
- D140 – Hatred of believers is normal
Even in the USA, which really has a strong Christian heritage, that hatred is building up at governmental level. In Jan 2020, we saw a group of prominent evangelical Christian leaders supporting the cause of President Trump even as he was impeached by the Democrat dominated House of Representatives.
Where once upon a time there were enough shades of gray between the two political parties, the climate in 2020 has become more black and white, so much so that evangelical church leaders are backing one party over another. Effectively, this had created a ‘they’ and ‘us’ mentality which, we could only suspect, would eventually result in increased hatred for Christians by the liberals on a long run.
In some other Western nations, they are implementing hate speech laws in order to modify the behavior of Christians who practice biblically guided values. Pastors who preached against homosexual behaviors have either been threatened or jailed by the governments of Finland, Sweden and Canada. In other words, to speak against homosexual behaviors would be considered unacceptable in the cultures of these nations.
Consider the targeting of the Core Issues Trust (CIT), a non-profit Christian ministry in the United Kingdom by LGBTQ activists that supports men and women who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression. Even their bank came into the picture as they notified CIT that their accounts were being suspended. For more information, please see HERE.
Christians are already hated especially in Islamic nations.
We will see even greater hatred in the coming days, especially for Christians who refuse to compromise their values expounded in the Bible.
We suspect that when America is no more a superpower or she shifts her values to that of Liberals, hatred for Christians, and Israel will escalate up several notches.
How would such hatred impact the careers/ businesses/ day-to-day living of believers in these countries? Across the world?
Weigh the implications of the Social Credit System in China and how that is reshaping the values and culture of China Chinese.
When hatred for Christians escalate, will governments make use of the same approach to target Christians?
D263 - Many believers will want their ears to be tickled
2 Tim 4:3-4 reads,
‘For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.’
And Rev 3:14-22 talks about the Church in Laodicea that was
‘neither cold nor hot’ but ‘lukewarm’. It had become ‘wealthy and had need of nothing.’
It does not even have to be the last days but probably more so now as Christians can pick and choose the church that meets their version of God and Jesus.
Church pastors are wary of preaching the Bible for fear of losing tithes or coming under the unwanted spotlight of the media. Hence, they pick ‘safe’ messages and avoid ‘tough controversial preaching.’
In addition, societal values are changing and many church leaders are pressured to cave into their demands; some governments are using hate speech legislation to threaten imprisonment for anyone that violates their values. Strong biblical messages are substituted with positive motivational type exhortations.
Negative messages like suffering and martyrdom are avoided and there is little incentive to confront sins.
Are we seeing an increase in such teachings?
D264 - Many believers will fall away and betray each other
Matt 24:10 (NIV) says that
‘Many believers will fall away from the faith.’
In other words, the number of Christians around will be, we suspect, drastically reduced. The incentives to be Christians will drop tremendously.
We suspect, at the end of times, there will be less, and not more, fundamental Bible-believing Christians.
If there are more fundamental Bible-believing Christians (Yes, we are talking about a special group that refuses to compromise on their beliefs in the Bible) than unbelievers, then there is no need for Christians to fear about being betrayed because Christians will still have an influence on governments.
But if Christians start becoming the isolated minority, then we are talking about a different world from the one that we are living in.
What would trigger this ‘falling away’? Please see
- D262 – Believers will be hated by all nations,
- D263 – Many believers will want their ears to be tickled, and
- D265 – There will be a rise in the persecution of believers.
Falling away, hatred, then betrayal, and that is in Matt 24:10.
Mark 13:12 went further when it said that
‘children will rise against their parents and have them put to death.’
Betrayal and death – that is really quite extreme. What would trigger such an act?
Here is a possible theory:
Could it begin with the education system that teaches socialistic concepts and an anti-God agenda? Could there be a time when new anti-God laws are written into the Constitution? Could it be that there will be a stage of despair among betrayers that place these ‘new’ societal values way above even that of the family’s? Could there be incentives offered for people to betray even their parents?
During the Covid 19 outbreak, members of the community have been asked to report fellow neighbors who might be violating the rules set up by their governments. This is the new normal of policing.
In the future, people might even be reporting their friends to authorities for social media postings that might be perceived to go against the ‘new’, ‘anti-God’ societal norms and laws.
How are Christian parents and churches meeting these challenges of the new world?
Are we passive observers or lively activists when educating our next generation?
D265 - There will be a rise in the persecution of believers
Matt 24:9 talks about a time when hatred of fundamental Bible-believing Christians will be translated into betrayal and, ultimately, into death.
It also speaks of a time when becoming Christians means we might be seized, persecuted and brought to ‘synagogues and prisons’ and even ‘before kings and governors’ (Luke 21:12). It will be a time quite similar to those days when Christianity was founded.
In Rev 12:11-17, we are shown a scenario whereby Christians were prepared to stand up for their faith, even at the cost of their own lives
‘And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death’ (Rev 12:11).
Are these Jews or Christians?
Rev 12:17 says that these are those
‘who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.’
Rev 17:6 describes a woman who was
‘drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.’
Some suspect that these are Jewish Christians. Are they?
Rev 13:7-10 talks about the end of the end of times (which we will highlight again) –
‘It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed.’
In our peaceful environment, it is very difficult to imagine and there have been suggestions from many well meaning Christian quarters, that a loving God could not possibly allow for such intense persecution of believers to take place.
But it was the same loving God who destroyed and killed many Jews in the AD 70 revolt in Jerusalem as well as an estimated murder of six million innocent people (men/ women/ children) during the Holocaust. He also allowed for both World Wars One and Two although these wars were not Christian specific. Even right now, lest we forget, there are many Christians who have given up their lives for Jesus.
Renowned Jewish historian wrote about the intense persecution of Jews during the destruction of the Second Temple in AD 70. He reported that more than a million Jews were murdered over a short span of time, with as many as five hundred Jews being seized and crucified around the walls of Jerusalem on a daily basis. These included women and young children who had ventured out in search of food, due to the starvation imposed by the siege of Jerusalem.
Finally, let us not forget, it was the same loving God who allowed Jesus to go to the cross for our sake.
Trying to figure out what is going to happen at the Great Tribulation when none of us have ever experienced it before is almost like Jesus explaining the resurrection to his disciples.
They did not get it and neither will we. In fact, some of us may even consider what we are going through today in some countries as the ‘Great Tribulation’. It might be true but, like the song from Randy Bachman, it is probably true that
‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’.
Luke 21:13 also tells us to use this ‘opportunity to bear witness.’
When the end arrives, there will be no more shades of gray where Christians can blend into the comfort of our surroundings.
Being a Christian (remember, we are talking about a fundamental, Bible-believing Christian) has and will become a black and white affair; you are either one or you are not.
Please see D137 to D145 on the topic of Persecution of Christians for more information.
D266 - Before the end, lawlessness will increase
Matt 24:12 says that
‘lawlessness will increase and the love of many will grow cold.’
This verse is not repeated in Mark and Luke.
The Greek word for ‘lawlessness’ is anomia and it means lawlessness/ iniquity/ disobedience/ sin.
In Luke 18:8, Jesus said,
‘When the Son of man comes, will he find faith in earth?’
Jesus seemed to imply that just before his return, faith in Christ would be limited.
Jesus also mentioned that the end times will be likened to the
‘days of Noah’ – eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage (Matt 24:37-39)
and people will be oblivious to the coming of the Lord.
What were the days of Noah like?
In Gen 6:5, the days of Noah were described as one where
‘the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was altogether evil all the time.’
Black will get very black and white will get whiter.
D267 - The gospel must be preached throughout the world before the end will come
Jesus came so that we can share the Good News throughout the world (Matt 8:11).
Matt 24:14 says that
‘this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.’
It says the same in Mark 13:10.
The Greek word for ‘world’ is oikoumene or the inhabited world, and for ‘nations’ is ethnos or race/ people/ nation/ Gentiles. It seems to represent the entire inhabited world of all races..
Is the gospel preached throughout the world yet?
Despite the technological advancement of our generation, there is still much work to be done as there are other impediments, including the struggle of Christians to become missionaries, that prevent the gospel from being accessible to these people.
There are some excellent organizations for believers to take on roles to reach the unreached. Organizations like Operation Mobilization and Global Frontier Missions (GFM) are doing great work to carry out.
As of Jan 2020, it is estimated that we have 7.8 billion people in the world and GFM suggested as many as 2.9 billion people are still to hear the name of Jesus (37.2%).
So, there is still much work to be done. Please also see D285 – Two witnesses of the Lord will appear in Jerusalem.
D268 - The world moves toward greater oneness
Rev 13 talks about a time when the Antichrist (or the Beast as defined here) rules the world (or a big part of it) and causes havoc to believers.
Rev 13:4 says that
‘he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.’
Rev 13:7 is the key –
‘It was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.’
The Greek words for tribe, people, tongue, and nation are as follows –
- Phule for tribe and it includes every race of people,
- Laos for people and it covers a people, first the Jews and then the Christians,
- Glossa for tongue or tongue/ language/ a nation (distinguished by their speech), and
- Ethnos for race or a race/ people/ nation/ the nations/ heathen world, Gentiles.
In order to be able to ‘make war with the saints’ from ‘every tribe and people and tongue and nation’, he must have the authority given to him.
But will it cover every single nation of the world that we know?
In the Old Testament Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar wrote a letter to declare God’s Kingdom in Dan 4:1 and he sent it out to ‘all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.’
In other words, he considered himself ruler of all the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘earth’ is ara or the earth/ ground/ land. Nonetheless, we know from history that King Nebuchadnezzar never rule the entire world but only a very huge region of the Middle-Eastern world.
Will it be simply a very big part of the world?
It could be a very big region. Remember, the world is a big place and it is very difficult to bring together every geographical nation together.
Nevertheless, there are powerful political mechanisms at the moment attempting to align the world into a single government.
United Nations seems to have slowly evolved beyond its original goal to be an intergovernmental organization responsible for maintaining international peace and security to one that is becoming more like a global government in waiting.
For instance, it has become more vocal in global governance issues under the guise of addressing global challenges.
Does the UN Sustainable Development Goals, for example, sound more political than just ‘maintaining international peace and security’? Many nations have voiced discomfort and may yet quit the United Nations but we suspect not all will leave.
This will be an interesting space to keep an eye on.
D269 - The first glimpse of the 666 system (one monetary system) is upon us
Rev 13:16-18 says,
‘And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
These verses represent a strong reason why a lot of us in www.gosinnomore.com are Christians.
The Book of Revelation was written almost two thousand years ago by the Apostle John and in Rev 13:16-18, he wrote about a new monetary system (for buying and selling) that required the use of a mark on our right hand or on our forehead. We are living through this period whereby we know that the technology is available to make this happen. Click here.
The only thing that is holding back is behavioral – that is, bulk of the world’s population is not ready behaviorally to accept such an implementation. But that can change quickly – Readers might want to take note of how Covid 19 of 2020 is shifting the behaviors of people across the globe toward accepting a globally developed vaccine.
If John was not a prophet, he must have been a great futurist. However, which futurist could look two thousand years ahead and project how the world would be?
Ask yourself –
‘What would the world look like two thousand years from today?‘
John saw the system two millennium ahead of his time. Now, that is either a great prophecy or he must have been a great futurist.
Is the microchip the 666 system? Click here.
How prepared are Christians if the 666 system of transaction is rolled out across your nation? We are not talking about the fact that it will be mandatory from Day One; that we believe will eventually arrive. Before it gets there, we believe the system will be introduced in phases. Consider these possibilities:
- The removal of cash from daily transactions,
- The creation of a unique identifier for each user,
- The use of the cashless and contactless system by all retailers,
- The legal acceptance of the global unique identifier by governments,
- The seamless global transferability of the system without cross-border hindrance,
- The gradual evolution of the use of a chip in a card into a chip (or equivalent) in our body,
- The ‘voluntary’ trials by companies and some governments so that their employees will be required to be ‘chipped’ in order to secure a job,
- The legal acceptance by governments for the implantation of the chip into our bodies,
- The logistical implementation of a chip (or similar) for every person in the world (Readers might like to note that this is a challenging process which is probably having its dry run in the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine through the World Health Organization (WHO) [Produce/ Deliver/ Jab/ Track]),
- The penalization of people who refuse to be chipped (much like the Social Credit System which is found in China).
In between that, we may even have the introduction of a completely new monetary system.
Now, what if the chip (or similar) also provides us an identity for traveling, for hospitalization, for starting up our cars, for giving health care professionals the most up-to-date information regarding our health? These are extra boosters to bring the system into being or a terrible inconvenience if we don’t have it.
To give you an example, looking at Possibility #1, as a result of Covid 19, governments are already talking about the removal of physical paper money from our system as they can transmit diseases. Even Americans who love their paper money are having a re-think in terms of going cashless. For more information, click HERE.
And they are working through the production of a vaccine for the entire global population. Could this be a dress rehearsal for the introduction of a chip to everyone in this world ultimately?
For Possibility #2, in March 2020, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, stepped down from the board of directors of the company to devote more time to philanthropy. Among the many projects that Mr Gates is involved in is one called ID2020.
In ID2020, the team is creating a digital identity system for the global population. That is, each of us will be given a number and that number will identify who we are across the world. For more information about ID2020, study their manifesto, click HERE.
Incidentally, Bill Gates is also involved in a project to place video surveillance satellites so that they can provide ‘live and unfiltered’ coverage of the earth. Click HERE.
Plus, interestingly, Microsoft filed an international patent (WIPO patent number: WO2020060606A1) on 20 June 2019 to mine a participant’s body activity data and in return reward the person through cryptocurrency.
This application currently suggests the introduction of an external device to be used to collect the body activity data.
These are interesting developments and it does well to watch this space.
All these possibilities do not seem too far fetched when it is seen in the context of what is happening to Possibilities #1 and #2.
Cashless/ A unique identifier for everyone/ Reward for participants to use a device to track their body activity data/ A global satellite surveillance system/ The implementation of a vaccine across the globe … It appears to be pointing in one direction – a steady, subtle and yet clandestine intention to get us warm to the idea of adopting a device in our body; a device that will ultimately allow us to do a commercial transaction using it.
Even if these projects are resisted at the moment, we opine that someday they will come into being, especially Gates’ attempt to create a unique identification for each individual on our planet.
Nonetheless, we in the Project Team believe that the adoption of the buying/ selling device will not be secretive but that everyone will be given a choice to accept or reject the device (This being the same as to accept or reject our Lord Jesus as our Savior). No one will take on the mark ‘by accident’.
It will be easy if Christians accept the doctrine that once we are saved, we will stay saved.
But Scripture promises that those who take on the mark of the beast on either their right hand or forehead will go straight to hell. For more information, please see S141 – Take on the mark of the beast (666) on either our right hand or forehead).
Please also read D274 – Believers will be present when the Great Tribulation starts.
D270 - The world seems to gravitate toward a centralized religious system
Rev 18 talks about a place called Babylon. It is described as
‘a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast’ (Rev 18:2).
And it says that believers are in it too; so much so that the voice cried out –
‘Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues’ (Rev 18:4).
It seems to indicate a rich religious setup based in a ‘great city’ (Rev 18:16). It is ‘clothed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold, with jewels, and with pearls.’
Interestingly, it also says in the last verse (Rev 18:24) that
‘in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth.’
The religious setup is one where there are believers in it as well as one where believers are being killed by it.
Will it be a one religious system or will it be one of the religions that will take pre-eminence? Time will tell but it will be a powerful organization where
‘all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her’ (Rev 18:3).
Even now, we are witnessing the coming together of religions. In June 2020, it has been announced that religious world leaders including the Pope, Grand Mufti and Dalai Lama will be signing the declaration of friendship in The Hague at the Peace Palace. In Feb 2019, the Pope and Grand Imam also signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races.
This, we anticipate, will represent a precursor to the creation of Babylon the great, the capital city of the religious setup.
Time will tell us where that city will be.
D271 - The Third Temple will be built prior to the Great Tribulation
Jesus was at the Second Temple and was explaining to his disciples when the Great Tribulation would arise. He mentioned a specific event in both Matt 24:15 and Mark 13:14 for Jews to take action to flee (Mark 13:15-19) out of Jerusalem. The event that would trigger such action was
‘the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be’ (Mark 13:14)
and Matt 24:15 expanded on that to include as ‘spoken of through the prophet Daniel.’
So, what was in the Book of Daniel?
Dan 12:11 says,
‘From the time the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation set up, there will be 1,290 days.’
In 2 Thes 2:4, Paul described this incident a bit more. He used the term ‘the man of lawlessness – the son of destruction’ and a person who –
‘opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So, he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.’
In order for this event to take place, there must be a Third Temple on the site where the Temple Mount used to be. And we know that there is no such temple at the moment.
In fact, the site is currently occupied by Muslims; the Haram al-Sharif or ‘the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem’ also has a few large mosques on it – the Dome of the Rock as well as the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is considered the third holiest site for Muslims because, according to them, at his passing, Muhammad ascended to heaven pulled by winged horses at the spot now occupied by ‘The Dome of the Rock.’
Moreover, there are many rituals that need to be prepared prior to the presence of the Third Temple and there might even be a need for the presence of the Ark of the Covenant although, we know, the Ark was not there when the Second Temple was destroyed.
- We have seen the amazing work of God in bringing the scattered Jewish people back to their land in 1948 after a period of almost two thousand years. This, by itself, was one of the greatest miracles of history and it was prophesied in Isa 66:7-8. Of course, most Jews still live outside of Israel (In 2018, it was reported that Israel had 6.6 million Jews while the world had another 16.9 million; incidentally, there were 12 million Jews in the United States of America.)
- We have witnessed the miracle of Jerusalem coming under the Israeli control in 1967, following the short six-day war.
- On 6 Dec 2017, we watched as US President Donald Trump announced the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; this was followed by the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem on 14 May 2018.
Gosinnomore is confident that we will see the Third Temple on the Temple Mount prior to the return of our Lord. It is a necessary fulfillment of God’s prophecy as uttered by none other than Jesus himself.
A Third Temple is required so that the abomination of desolation is given the opportunity to declare himself (or herself) as God on its steps.
What happens to the mosques on which the Third Temple will have to be built? We will not know, but God’s promises are always fulfilled even if it takes a while to come. That is the wonderful thing about being Christians; we know our God to be entirely reliable.
Hab 2:3 says,
‘For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.’
- D4 – God does not lie, and
- D257 – Scripture must be fulfilled.