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Prophecy Proof Insights of the Future Information and Insights About the End Times That You Wont Hear in Church

Prophecy Proof Insights of the Future Information and Insights About the End Times That You Wont Hear in Church

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After demonstrating that Matthew 24 applies to Christians, it is time to analyze the

chapter. The chapter begins with Jesus‘s disciples asking him about what will occur at the end of

the age:

o Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately,
saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of
the end of the world?

The End is Not Yet

Jesus warned His disciples that people will see many startling events, including false
Christs, wars, rumors of war, ethnic infighting, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, etc. However,
people should not be startled because the end of the age is not yet-this is just the beginning.

o Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
o Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
o Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all
these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
o Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall
be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
o Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Matthew 24:9 begins a description of events that will happen at the end of the age. Jesus reveals
that people will persecute ―you‖-Christians and go as far as to kill you! How can the Church

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already experience the Rapture if people who believe in Jesus are still being killed!? In verse
24:13 Jesus most likely told believers to endure because the oncoming persecution will be fierce.

o Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be
hated of all nations for my name's sake.
o Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one

another.

o Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

The Start of the Great Tribulation

As mentioned in the previous chapter, the Antichrist‘s desecration of a rebuilt Temple in
Jerusalem halfway through Daniel‘s 70th

Week or 3.5 years through the seven year period (Dan
9:26) and the revealing of his true identity will trigger the Great Tribulation. However, the fact
that the Antichrist needs to desecrate the Temple first shows that the tribulation period is not
seven years long like those who uphold other Rapture positions believe.313

o Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel
the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
o Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

o Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the
world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The Great Tribulation is a period of time when Jews and Christians will be severely persecuted
for their religious beliefs. Revelation 12, Revelation 13, and Daniel 7 describe this period as a
time when Satan (via Antichrist) will make war with believers. Revelation 13:7 and Daniel 7:21
even go as far as to say that Antichrist will be able to ―overcome‖ saints (or those who uphold
―the testimony of Jesus Christ‖314

).

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Similarly, Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 that the Jesus cannot return at least until after Antichrist sits
on the throne of the temple declaring himself to be god.

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Revelation 14:12 proves that ―saints‖ and those who uphold ―testimony of Jesus Christ‖ are the same group of

people: Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commands of God, and the faith of
Jesus.

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o Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the
remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus
Christ.

o Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and
power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
o Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and
his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
o Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and
power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

o Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

4th Seal: Annihilation

As explained in the previous chapter, the time following the breaking of the 4th

seal is a

period of time where non-initiates will die via systematic mass murder, lack of food, natural
causes, and through death by the hands of ―wild beasts‖.

o Rev 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say,
Come and see.
o Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and
Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to
kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The rider‘s name is ―Death‖ with ―Hell‖ following behind him. These two are a tandem
because they appear in the Bible together with Death in the front and Hell (―grave‖ in the Old
Testament) following close behind.

o Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we
at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for
we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

o Hos 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death:
O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from
mine eyes.

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Death is pretty self explanatory so there is no need for me to provide commentary on it. In
contrast, the term ―Hell‖ is a little misunderstood. There are two different Greek words that
translate to the word ―Hell‖ in New Testament of the King James Version of the Bible. The first
word is ―geenna‖ which is a place of torment while the other word is ―Hades‖ which is a place
where the dead (good and bad) are housed (I will use the term ―Hell/Hades‖ when referring to
the place where the dead are housed throughout the rest of the chapter).315

The word Greek word

for ―Hell‖ used throughout the Book of Revelation is ―Hades‖ so the references to ―Hell‖ in the

Book of Revelation are actually referring to the place where the dead are housed and not the
place of torment. As people die, Hell/Hades will follow because it is the next to lay claim to
someone after death. Death must latch onto someone before Hell/Hades can take the person‘s
soul and house it temporarily.

5th

Seal: Martyrs

After the 5th

Seal is opened the souls of believers who have been killed during the
Antichrist‘s war against the saints will be seen through an altar in Heaven. This may cause
someone to ask: ―If souls can be seen from Heaven, does this mean that the souls are in Heaven
and therefore the Rapture has already taken place?‖

o Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that
were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
o Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost
thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
o Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them,
that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren,
that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Even though Hell/Hades is a place to house souls, it is not a permanent storage place as souls are
able to leave Hell/Hades before the final judgment. For instance, Christ left the place when He
was resurrected (―Hades‖ is the Greek word used in Acts 2:31 instead of ―geenna‖).

o Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left
in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

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For more read http://www.biblequestions.org/archives/BQAR162.htm.

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In Revelation 6:9 the souls of those killed are not encompassing Heaven like in Revelation 7:9-
10. Since they can only be seen, there is the possibility that they may not be in Heaven at all, but
somewhere else.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth
seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them
that were slain for the word of God, and for
the testimony which they held:

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great
multitude, which no man could number, of
all nations, and kindreds, and people, and
tongues, stood before the throne, and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes,
and palms in their hands;

Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice,
saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth
upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

These verses harmonized with the verses from the discussion about the 4th

Seal reveal that the
souls are actually in Hell/Hades until the Rapture. Revelation 6:11 also indicates that the souls
are resting in a temporary place, Hell/Hades, until the appropriate number of martyrs is reached.

o Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them,
that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren,
that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Therefore, the altar in Heaven serves as a window into viewing Hell/Hades after the breaking of
the 5th

Seal.

Even after the opening of the 5th

Seal, the number of those who are destined to end up in
Heaven, but die beforehand, will not have been reached yet as some of these people remain alive
on Earth. If the Rapture had occurred earlier everyone would have been in Heaven like in
Revelation 7:9.

Matthew 24:22 reconfirms that Christians will still be on the earth for these horrible days.
The Church is not yet safe in Heaven; they are being persecuted! Nevertheless, the promise of
the Rapture still exists as the persecution continues. Jesus will end the Great Tribulation and
rescue the Church before there are no believers left alive.

o Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but
for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

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o Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

6th

Seal: The Rapture Approaches

There is a strong parallel between the description of events after the breaking of the 6th
Seal in Revelation 6:12-17 and the description of Christ‘s appearance in Matthew 24:29
onwards.

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the
sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake;
and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair,
and the moon became as blood;

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the
earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely
figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll
when it is rolled together; and every mountain
and island were moved out of their places.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the
great men, and the rich men, and the chief
captains, and the mighty men, and every
bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in
the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks,
Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that
sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the
Lamb:

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is
come; and who shall be able to stand?

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the
tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon shall not give
her light, and the stars shall fall from
heaven, and the powers of the heavens
shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the
sign of the Son of man in heaven: and
then shall all the tribes of the earth
mourn, and they shall see the Son of man
coming in the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory.

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels
with a great sound of a trumpet, and they
shall gather together his elect from the
four winds, from one end of heaven to
the other.

Both passages describe a time when the moon and sun will be darkened with the heavens
completely shaken. Both passages also acknowledge the presence of the returning Jesus Christ.
Therefore, Revelation 6:12-17 and Matthew 24:29 onwards must be describing the same period
of time! The Rapture takes place soon after the breaking of the 6th

Seal! In addition, Matthew
24:29-30 says that Christ‘s coming will occur ―immediately after the tribulation‖ so the Great
Tribulation is cut short and ends at the breaking of the 6th

Seal!

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There is a second account of the Rapture in Revelation 14:12-16. The passage opens
recognizing the noble sacrifice that many believers made to stay true to their belief in Jesus.
This is clearly a reference to the many Christians who will sacrifice themselves rather than
submit to Antichrist.

o Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of
God, and the faith of Jesus.
o Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their
labours; and their works do follow them.

The proof that this passage is also an account of the Rapture comes in Revelation 14:14 where
Jesus Christ appears on a white cloud. This is same imaginary given in Matthew 24:30.
Revelation 14:14 makes it clear that verses 12-16 is referring to the Rapture because it describes
the Son of Man appearing on a cloud like in Matthew 24:30.

Rev 14:14 And I looked, and behold a
white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat
like unto the Son of man, having on his
head a golden crown, and in his hand a
sharp sickle.

Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign
of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall
all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they
shall see the Son of man coming in the
clouds of heaven with power and great
glory.

The analogy used in Revelation 14:12-16 to describe the Rapture process is a harvest.

o Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that
sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the
harvest of the earth is ripe.
o Rev 14:16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was

reaped.

The main tool used to harvest the earth is the sickle. This is important because the prophet Joel
also described the conditions following the breaking of the 6th

Seal where the sun and moon are

darkened and also mentioned the use of a sickle…

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Together, Matthew 24:30, Revelation 14:15, and Joel 3:13-15 reconfirm what we knew when
comparing Matthew 24 and Revelation 6; that the Rapture will take place after the breaking of
the 6th

Seal.

Finally, recall that Pre-Trib Rapture proponents believe that the Church will not
experience any wrath. In contrast, Pre-Wrath Rapture proponents believe that the wrath that the
Church will not go through is the Wrath of God. Joel 3:13-15 and Revelation 6:17 mention that
the Day of the Lord‘s great wrath or Wrath of God316

is imminent after the sun and moon are

darkened and after the harvest of the earth.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and
the great men, and the rich men, and the
chief captains, and the mighty men, and
every bondman, and every free man, hid
themselves in the dens and in the rocks of
the mountains;

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and
rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face
of him that sitteth on the throne, and from
the wrath of the Lamb:

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is
come; and who shall be able to stand?

Joe 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the
harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the
press is full, the fats overflow; for their
wickedness is great.

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the
valley of decision: for the day of the LORD
is near in the valley of decision.

Joe 3:15 The sun and the moon shall be
darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their
shining.

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Isaiah 13:6-9 demonstrates that the Day of the Lord is synonymous with Wrath of God because the terms are

used interchangeably.

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had
opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a
great earthquake; and the sun became black
as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became
as blood;

Joe 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the
harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the
press is full, the fats overflow; for their
wickedness is great.

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the
valley of decision: for the day of the LORD
is near in the valley of decision.

Joe 3:15 The sun and the moon shall be
darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their
shining.

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Therefore, we have confirmation that the Wrath of God is not going to occur until after the
Rapture following the breaking the 6th

Seal (and 7th

Seal). Once again, the Pre-Wrath Rapture

logic is supported by verses throughout the Bible.

When Christ appears the dead will rise first followed by those who survived the
persecution of the Great Tribulation.

o 1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
o 1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

In Revelation 7:9-10, all the souls of those released from Hell/Hades, and rescued (caught up)
are joined in Heaven. You can clearly see how they encompass Heaven unlike in Revelation
6:9-11

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth
seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them
that were slain for the word of God, and for
the testimony which they held:

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great
multitude, which no man could number, of
all nations, and kindreds, and people, and
tongues, stood before the throne, and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes,
and palms in their hands;

Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice,
saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth
upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

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