I'm a believer. The Second Coming of Christ will "destroy the Wicked One"(2 Thessalonians 2.8). A/K/A the Antichrist, Gog,the King of the North,the Beast, the Man of Sin, the Destroyer,(Christ destroys him in order to take the world back from his tyrannical rule.) We read that "the Beast" will "make war against the [Christian nations] and overcome them"(Revelation 13.7). Then it says, "the Beast" will gain "power over every tribe, tongue and nation".
To sum it up, he will make war to conquer the world.So what kind of war would fit here? World war. But "world war" is synonymous with nuclear war! So the message is that nuclear war (Russian Attack) lies ahead! No wonder "the Wicked One" is called the Destroyer ("the Son of Destruction", 2 Thessalonians 2.3)!
For there's nothing more destructive than all-out nuclear war. Next, when Russia and the Arabs (and the world) invade little Israel, Christ Appears (as Light, Zechariah 14.7) over Jerusalem ("the Mt of Olives", Zechariah 14.1-4)in order to take the world back. How?
When Christ appears, there will be Russian troops invading Israel. So His Appearing naturally effects them. How? They switch sides, going over to Christ's side, a la Saul(Acts 9.3).This switch is implied by the verses about them mutinying(Ezekiel 38.21; Zech 14.13). Then Christ sends them home "to the nations[they came from]" Russia, etc.To "proclaim God's glory"(Isaiah 66.19). Revolution follows, Gorbachev the Antichrist is overthrown! (The surprising part about this is that mankind has a part to play in the salvation of mankind. Christ doesn't "hog" the glory. He shares it with humanity.)
NOW FOR THE RAPTURE. It occurs when "sudden destruction" (Russian Attack) takes place(1 Thessalonians 4.16-17; 5.3). For the Rapture in 4.17 and the "sudden destruction" in 5.3 are only 3 verses apart. The sudden destruction KILLS people. Souls always depart at death. So that is the context of the Rapture: MASS DEATH. Plenty of unsaved souls will exit at the same time as the saved souls (Matthew 13.47-50).
But only Christians and Jews will be ushered into heaven.(And "honorary" Christians: people who don't consider themselves believers but God does, people who are self-sacrificial like Christ, out of a sense of "agape" love. "Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends," (John 15.13).Those that have it, their place in heaven is secure.)
The Rapture will be limited to those who are in the areas where the "sudden destruction" takes place. So people in South America won't be going up. For they are not going to get bombed by Russia.Ditto for Africa.China and most of Russia will escape unbombed. So "saved souls" there won't be going up in the Rapture.
South Koreans WILL get raptured as N Korea bombs the south at the same time that Russia hits the USA. Hopefully,prayerfully, China won't bomb Taiwan.(China gets ready to go to war with Russia because Russia robs China of its 2 top trading partners, America and Europe !! But Christ's Appearing prevents that super war from occurring, "for the sake of the Church" Matthew 24.22, ie the believers).
NOW FOR THE TRIBULATION. Russia will rule for only "5 months"(Rev 9.5,10), a very short time(Matthew 24.22). That's a big improvement. Daniel 7.25 says the Beast will reign for "3 1/2 years" but Christ said he would "shorten" the time(Mt 24.22). That's why I pick the "5 months"(Rev 9.5,10) as the real length of the Tribulation Period. Tanks are used by armies of occupation.That's what the Tribulation in Europe will be, a time of nations being occupied, rather than people getting killed. Verse 6 sounds like a time of occupation. For it says, "Men will seek death but will not find it."
The "locusts" whose sides "make the sound of war chariots running to battle"(Revelation 9.9)are Russian battle tanks,used for the occupation of Europe.For tanks are the modern day equivalent of war chariots of ancient times.
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NEW possible Rapture/Russian Attack Date: I had thought in terms of Pentecost in late May 2018.
With the 5 months of Tribulation finishing up in October 2018 (Feast of Tabernacles).But then i was thinking in terms of June 26 2018 as the Time of the Rapture.I had expected the Tribulation to begin then - on June 26.For that is the anniversary of the Supreme Court legalizing GAY MARRIAGE !! If God wants to show His displeasure at that decision, with homosexuality in general, one way to do it would be to have something happen on that date!!! Nuclear War would be the worst thing imaginable.
(The above was written before June 26 passed peacefully.)
JULY 22 2018 IS MY LATEST GUESS FOR THE RAPTURE (AND NUCLEAR WAR: RUSSIAN ATTACK).Explanation below:
Tish b'Av is Hebrew for "the 9th of the 5th" - the 9th day of the 5th Jewish month.This year it falls on July 22. Repeatedly many bad things befell the Jews on Tish b'Av. Babylon invaded Judah and captured Jerusalem, burning down Solomon's Temple on Tish b'Av.Then a little more than 600 years later, during the Roman-Jewish War the Romans burned down the Jerusalem Temple on the very anniversary of the earlier destruction. Tish b'Av all over again.Several other bad things occurred, some of them coming not on Tish b'Av but within a week of it.
If RussianAttack comes on Tish b'Av (JULY 22) it will burn down thousands of Churches.So there really will be a parallel to the destructions of the Jewish Temple. Apostle Peter writes that "Judgment must begin with the House of God"(1 Peter 4.17).Maybe this is a clue that the Judgments upon the Temple serve as an indicator as to the date of the judgment upon the Church, which is what the RussianAttack on America will be !! If so, then Tish b'Av is the very day of the Rapture !!!
If July is the month of RussianAttack, July becomes the first month of the "5 months" of TRIBULATION (Revelation 9.5,10).
So November is the finish.So Gorbachev falls in November.
So the Second Coming should occur a month before that.For there is a delay between the Second Coming and its fruition.
Russia bombs the USA, takes Europe, then invades Israel.Then Christ will Appear over Jerusalem (Zechariah 14.1-4).Seeing the Living Light, the Russian soldiers will react like Saul of Tarsus(Acts 9.3).They will switch sides, becoming Christ's own army !!! He sends them back home(Isaiah 66.19) to "proclaim God's glory" meaning the Light of Christ which they will have become eye witnesses of right before that.Traveling back to Russia and proclaiming the message may take a month.
Then Power builds til revolution against old man Gorbachev occurs.He will have no one to obey his orders(Daniel 11.45).He'll have all the tanks, missiles, bombs, but nobody to operate that equipment !!! Think of the irony: one side has the weapons while the other side just supernatural light.Yet that side will win..."In that day the LORD will be King of (all)the Earth.There will be one Lord, His name shall be one"(Zech 14.9). Yes, the whole world will convert to Christianity due to that single day.So we can say that Christ Himself will fulfill the Great Commission !! Two billion Christians out of 7 billion.
But the other 5 billion will be converted at the same time.So don't belittle the Second Coming !! Without the Second Coming the Antichrist would succeed in destroying the Church.So all the work accomplished by the First Coming would be destroyed.So the Second Coming is just as important as the First, if not more so. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church Age (with the Great Commission) = macrocosmic version of the agricultural season -- a harvest season for souls.
From late May (Pentecost) to October(Tabernacles) = around 20 to 21 weeks. That agricultural season is a microcosm of the Church Age.
For there are 21 centuries between 6 BC (birth of Christ) and 2018(Second Coming of Christ ??!!) But now instead of May to Oct, it may be July 22 to mid Nov for the 21 weeks (ruffly). Actually 21 weeks would put us into mid-December.
Christ comes to "destroy those that destroy the Earth"(Revelation 11.18).
Gorbachev's launching nuclear war on America, and 3 nations of Western Europe(Daniel 7.8), would certainly fulfill the part about "destroy the Earth".
Again, Zechariah 14 is about the Second Coming. The global observing of the feast of Tabernacles, from then onward, (Zech. 14.16) may point to Tab as the time of the Second Coming.
BUT NOW I SEE THAT THE OVERTHROW OF GORBACHEV WILL TAKE ANOTHER MONTH. If we can count the tail end of July as a month, then July 22 to mid Oct would make 4 months. Adding a 5th month only makes good sense. The idea is that CHRIST coming back causes Russian soldiers to switch to HIS side.He sends them home to Russia, there they "proclaim God's glory" (Isaiah 66.19). Revolution against Gorbachev follows.
That climax would be in November (or even December).
WHY 2018 MAY BE THE YEAR: Christ spoke of ONE "generation" (Luke 21.32), but TWO generations are meant, DOUBLE the number that Christ spoke of. The first generation covered by "this generation" ran from 30 AD (date of the crucifixion) over to 70 AD (the date of the fulfilling of the judgment upon the Jews for their rejection of Christ, which rejection resulted in the crucifixion).
But a whole OTHER generation covers the period in which runs from (a) 1948, (the time in which the Jews get their land back(described as "the end of the times [of rule by] the Gentiles")(Luke 21.24) ) over to (b) the time in which "the [man-made] stars will fall"(Matthew 24.29), in terms of nuclear warheads falling, then exploding into fireballs.
This later "generation" should be 70 years long - because the 40 year generation (1948 to 1988) has come and gone. If we take 1948 and add 70 to it, we arrive at 2018.
Actually, Ezekiel 37.13-14's words about skeleton-thin Jews returning to Israel, "becoming [part of] a great army" were fulfilled in 1946-48 when Holocaust survivors began traveling to "Palestine," eventually becoming "20% of the Israeli army" of the 1948 war of independence.
That Ezekiel 37 is set in the 1940s, depicting the Holocaust's two groups of Jews,(1)the ones killed(the "dry bones" left over after incineration) and (2)the rail-thin survivors, is proven by the fulfilling of the "joining of the two sticks"(37.16-22). For the Samaritans (the 10 northern tribes) were accepted in 1949-1950.Supreme Court or Knesset.
BUILD A STOCK PILE: if you live away from a big city(at least 25 miles away, and NOT downwind), you should survive.So stock up on water,batteries,canned food.The electric grid will be gone.So buy batteries.your car won't run.(Unless you disconnect the battery, some people are saying that will make a difference.) So buy a bike ahead of time.Buy foreign currency. For US dollars will become worthless once the capital represented by our big cities is gone.
I suggest Australian dollars.You can always convert back to American dollars after the new valuation, probably 2 cents on the dollar.So it will take 50 post-war dollars to equal the value of today's dollar.You won't lose anything if you buy foreign currency now and then nothing happens(the Russian attack doesn't come).For you could always buy US dollars.But the war WILL COME. So GO AHEAD AND BUY FOREIGN CURRENCY now, while you can! (At BB&T or SunTrust, etc)
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A "sign" was given in October, 2016. A sign as to when the worst day in human history will occur, the day of Russian Attack. For I read that "40 million Russians" evacuated all the major Russian cities between Oct 4 and Oct 7th, 2016 !!! That's huge !! It has never happened before. It was part of a Civil Defense exercise, practice for what to do in the event of nuclear war !!! It's a sign that Russian Attack is coming soon !!!
Gorbachev gets overthrown, ironically, by the Russian troops that will invade Israel. When Christ Appears to them they go over to His side, as in Acts 9.3. Who knew that Christ's Appearing to Saul would serve as the template for the Second Coming ??
(Second) Latest note: Nostradamus speaks of the third Antichrist having a war that lasts "27 years." Now if we think of that statement sort of like an anagram, this lets us modify it like this: 27 years pass,THEN the war, nuclear war, comes.
The Cold War "ended" (on the surface) in 1989-1991. So we count 27 years and arrive at 2018. I'm saying here we have Nostradamus showing us that HE knew way back in the 1500s just when the Russian Attack would come - 2018 !!!
Since 2012, America has been ripe for plucking. I mean we disarmed to the level that the Kremlin was hoping for.Our nuclear arsenal is now so small that Russia can destroy ALL of it.
Evidence Pointing to 2012 or After:
the 1290th year (Daniel 12.11-12) basically HAS TO = 1967. For that's when the liberation of the wailing wall occurred in the "Six Days War."
So the 1335 years (called "1335 days") would mean 1967 plus 45 years, bringing us to 2012.
But nothing happened. (1290 + 45 =1335).
So 2012 is not the year of the Russian Attack (and Rapture),rather it is the first year in which that war is possible. I mean the condition was met for the first time..
2012 is the first year in which America has come down below the threshold of 1300 warheads. Carried on missiles carried by our 8 subs at sea.
Russia finally has us where they want us.
Russia can shoot down 1300 warheads and up until 2012 we had more than that number.
But now we are at 1,120 warheads on our 8 subs at sea.
Daniel the prophet couldn't give us the year of the attack, just the first year in which it can happen.
The big question is this: If Russia can now hit America without getting hit back, why haven't they done so ??!!
They can now do it with impunity !!!! What are they waiting for ??!!
I mean, simply, Gorbachev is 87.
His time is short, so short.