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.
NEW possible Rapture/Russian Attack Date:
How October 2018 (Feast of Tabernacles) Makes Sense as the Time of the Rapture:
The Church Age started with the start of the Agricultural harvest season -- Pentecost (late May 30 AD).
So the Church Age logically should end at the closing of, yes. the Agricultural season.
Which brings us to the feast of Tabernacles in mid October 2018.
The idea is that the Church Age (with the Great Commission) = macrocosmic version of the agricultural season -- a harvest season for souls.
Instead of soy beans.
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 2017/2018(Second Coming of Christ ??!!)
Anyway, the Rapture is described as a harvest time for souls(Revelation 14.14-19).
So the Rapture around mid-October 2018 (the climax of the harvest season) would
only make good sense -- to some extent.
Tabernacles, the Feasttime that goes by that name, certainly is
emphasized in endtime Bible prophecy (Zechariah 14.16).
Since the Second Coming is the focus of Zech 14, you would think the mention
of the feast of Tabernacles(verse 16) implies that that is the time of the Second Coming.
But you'd be wrong.
For you can't go by superficial or surface appearing.
As Samuel says, God goes by the heart, not the appearance(1st Samuel 16.7)..
We are to do likewise.
Even with Bible interpretation.
The mention of Tabernacles here in Zech 14.16 may be
God's way of going back to what provokes the Second Coming.
I mean that Gorbachev's launching all-out nuclear war
is what presses Christ's button, so to speak.
He 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".
PS: so while Zechariah 14 is about the Second Coming,
the global observing of the feast of Tabernacles, from then onward, (Zech. 14.16)
would refer back to what warrants the Second Coming, namely Gorbachev's launching of WW3.
WHY 2017 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, I take 1947 and add 70, giving me 2017 !! Why? Because Ezekiel 37.13-14's words about skeleton-thin Jews returning to Israel, "becoming [part of] a great army" were fulfilled in 1946-47 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)
I desperately want to put up my videos about the Russia/Rapture connection onto YouTube. Soon. Just look under joegracegrace.
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 at hand. It may be that the practice was held in October 2016 because the Kremlin plans to press the nuclear button for real in October 2017 !! But we are now past that month. It may be that the rest of 2017 will pass uneventfully.
I hope so.
On the other hand, Russian Attack could still come before the end of 2017, Christmas Day even.
If so, the "5 months" of the Tribulation (Revelation 9.5,10) will end by April or May 2018.
But the Second Coming would occur around the time of Purim in March. . The Second Coming of Christ would occur in the middle of the "5 months." With the overthrow of the Antichrist, old man Gorbachev taking til April/May, 2018.
Purim was the time of the defeat of an early TYPE of the Antichrist, Haman (Esther 9).
Gorbachev gets overthrown, ironically, by the Russian troops that invaded 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 ??
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 1989-1990. So we count 27 years and arrive at 2017 ! (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 - in 2017/2018 !!!
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.
Here's the evidence: 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 ??!!
It must/may be that they are waiting for just the right time, the fitting time.
From the Bolshevik P.O.V., that could mean the 100th anniversary of the November 7th Russian Revolution of 1917 !!!!
LATEST UPDATE: Gorbachev resigned on December 25th 1991.
Maybe he will pick up where he left off, coming back right at Christmas 2017, or at New Year's Day, 2018.
As you can see, I have nothing but the GENERAL time to offer.
I mean, simply, Gorbachev is 86.
His time is short, so short.
He has got to press the nuclear button no later, I would think, than the end of next year.
That is all i can say for right now...Actually December 31st 2017 is strong possibility, why ?
Because of the power of the New Year, the idea of "out with the old, in with the new." Gorbachev may think of an annual global celebration of his "world revolution" on each anniversary of New Year's Day.
It is natural to celebrate New Year's Day.So if Gorbachev picks December 31st as the day or night of nuclear war, he may be thinking he can FORCE the whole world to celebrate the "revolution" (abomination) that he launches at that time.
(It - the annual celebration - won't happen, for Christ has other plans.)