The Impending Great Tribulation Apocalypse

The Impending Great Tribulation Apocalypse

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ISBN-13: 9781524615208
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 08/10/2016
Pages: 220
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The Impending Great Tribulation Apocalypse


By Mike Penrod

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Copyright © 2016 Mike Penrod, Blue River Rocks. L.L.C.
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CHAPTER 1

Grounding Thoughts


I am not claiming that we can know the exact date the Great Tribulation will start. I do think that, following the clues in the Bible and using a bit of conjecture, suggests it is almost certain that the Great Tribulation will start before 2027. Yes, many people have made such statements, and many have obviously been wrong. I may be added to that list. At the least, I think you will be intrigued by the evidence. Since I cannot see the future, I cannot tell you what actions you should or should not take. I have offered a few ideas for your consideration; however, the decisions are yours to make.

This book does not investigate in any depth the events that will occur during the last half of the Great Tribulation. The timing of its start, the rapture, and related events that help reveal the timing are important enough to focus on almost exclusively. If you think there is something in Scripture that says we can't know the general time, you might want to reread that passage again very carefully — or read on.

Why is the timing important? If you have friends or family members who have not accepted Christ as their Lord, you may have very little time to help guide them to Christ. There may also be secondary things you will wish to rethink.

"When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, ..." (Prov. 10:19, NASB). Therefore beware. There must be a number of errors to be found, even in a book as brief as this one. However, the overall concept seems to resolve many conflicts between pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, and post-tribulation views, leading to a harmony of passages. Therefore it is difficult to imagine that the concept itself is wrong in general.

The concept presented is not easy for everyone to understand. Therefore I have used more than one method (simple, somewhat detailed, and visual) to communicate what God has done in the verses focused on. The book is intended to be as much a study as a story. Therefore some of conventions of formatting have been disregarded, to hopefully aid understanding by visualization and for purposes of reference.

We could become rich if we knew the future. We now have an opportunity, knowing what lies ahead, to make a spiritual investment. Think wisely in regard to what God has done, as it may give you insight about what is soon to come. No man created this information. God created the information through others long ago. He has fortunately given us understanding of some of these writings.

Most of the biblical quotations are from the New American Standard Version (NASB), and a few are from the King James Version (KJV). Aside from some italics, all emphasis (bold, italics, [], or underline) has been added by myself and noted "EM" (emphasis mine).

My discussion is directed primarily to Christians, since those who do not believe in the God of the Bible will likely consider the Biblical Apocalypse to be myth. If you have not made a commitment to Christ, I hope you will find the parallel and the improbability of events that have already occurred to be of interest.

CHAPTER 2

Defying Scripture?


Some people seem to be upset with the use of the word rapture, since it is not used in the Bible. This should not be of consequence. It is simply a word coined to refer to the phrase "shall be caught up," used in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 — 17 "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord" (NASB, EM). Please beam us up Lord, soon!

"But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation" (2 Pet. 1:20, NASB). Many of you reading are more knowledgeable about end-time prophecy and have more insight than I do. Therefore, you might think some of the ideas expressed here are interpretation. If what has seemed to be conflict between various verses is resolved, please be cautious about rejecting the concept.

For anyone not familiar with the terms, here are some brief definitions. Pre-tribulation rapture means that God will take Christians out of the world before the suffering of the Great Tribulation. Mid-tribulation means that God will take Christians out of the world amid the Great Tribulation suffering. Post-tribulation refers to Christians being taken as the great suffering ends.

CHAPTER 3

You Can't Know When The Great Tribulation-Apocalypse or the Rapture Will Occur?


Numerous people have given dates for the apocalypse and the Second Coming, and yet these events have not occurred. Many would say it is crazy or a big mistake to think that we can know even approximately when the rapture will occur. On the other hand, if you find something amazing that leads to great insight, you may gain confidence in what appears to be a wager.

"Surely the lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7, NASB). If God tells His prophets what He is doing, then we just might find what is recorded regarding our time.

"... understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end." (Dan. 8:17, NASB). "... seal up the book until the end of time; ..." (Dan. 12:4, NASB). Based on these passages, the book will be unsealed at some time. Which could lead to knowing a close timing of Christ's return?

The prophets were given a message; let us hope we can understand it even in part. Thankfully, God has been revealing — unsealing — what He is doing, some to one man, a bit to another. There are numerous writers, such as Hal Lindsay, John Haggey, Rabi Jonathan Cahn and Perry Stone, who have been given understanding of some of the events that have been happening even today. Thanks to these men and others, and to God, who has worked through them.

In regard to Christ's return:

"But of that day and hour no one knows, ..." (Matt. 24:36, NASB, EM).


"Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming." (Matt. 24:42, NASB, EM).

"For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will." (Matt. 24:44, NASB, EM).

"the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, ..." (Matt. 24:50, NASB, EM).

Jesus said it; it is true. Unfortunately, these passages are frequently quoted out of the context of the book and chapter they come from. Before Matthew 24:50 which was just quoted was the context. "But if that evil slave says in his heart, "My master is not coming for a long time," 49 and shall begin to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and an hour which he does not know." (Matt. 24:48-50, NASB, EM) This passage is intended for the evil slave, almost certainly speaking of those who never except Christ.

Christ also said in Matthew 5:18-19, "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished. "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; ..." (NASB).

Should we assume that Jesus was generalizing when He said, "But of that day and hour no one knows" (NASB)? We could say that Jesus's statement meant we could have no idea of the time He would return. But we should be very careful not to assume too much. There is a high probability that Jesus literally meant, "But of that day and hour no one knows" (NASB, EM). To generalize could be adding to Christ's statement.

Jesus said, "You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!" (Matt. 23:24, NASB). Jesus was criticizing the scribes and Pharisees for focusing on the less important, which caused them to miss the big picture, that of greatest importance.

What could we miss out on by assuming that "day and hour" means we cannot have any idea when Christ will come? "Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief," (1 Thess. 5:1-4, NASB, EM).

Knowing that the day spoken of will come, yet saying we can have no idea when, could mean that it will overtake Christians by surprise. "Yes, we knew it was coming, but we didn't know it was coming!" This passage from 1 Thessalonians says we should know. Scripture gives us enough information about the general time period that the day should not take us by surprise.

"Do not be excessively righteous, and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?" (Eccles. 7:16, NASB). Some Christians seem to be upset with this passage, as it appears at odds with another command in the Bible, "... thus you shall be holy for I am holy,'" (Lev. 11:45, NASB).

Will we focus so hard on not jaywalking that we end up cursing God, gossiping, stealing, and lying? Or search out every trite detail with wisdom to such excessive depth of thought that it drives us to insanity and wastes time that could be better spent on more important priorities? Or possibly take pride in the thought that we are holy, when in fact we have over looked our horrendous sin?

Solomon's statement in Ecclesiastes 7:16 sounds like Christ's statement in Matthew 23:24, where Jesus speaks of straining at a gnat and then swallowing a camel. The point in both cases is almost certainly that we should not become so focused on less significant points that we miss the big picture, which includes being sure the thought is in context.

Jesus – "You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?" (Luke 12:56, NASB). "And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? 4 "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah." (Matt. 16:3-4, NASB). Does this apply to us today? Jesus was saying the teachers of the day should have been able to understand the evil of the day and perhaps the time of Christ's first coming from prophecy. Christ also mentioned the sign for that time period, His death and resurrection. In Matt. 3:13-17 John the Baptist is open minded, and seems convinced, that Jesus is the Messiah. John, like many, likely thought that Jesus was going to be the reigning King, yet Jesus was not ruling, nor let John out of prison. John likely had second thoughts. Is Jesus not the Christ? In Matt. 11:4&5 Jesus sends word to John. Blindness is healed, some dead arise and He has preached good news to the poor. These are evidence, signs that Jesus was the Messiah, yet not a raising of one's self from the dead, nor opening the sky to see a heavenly Kingdom, the type of sign the Pharisees seemed to demand. Faith is not by sight. Two types of signs?

In the opening verses of Matthew 24, Jesus' disciples ask "when" and about "the sign" of Christ's return. Jesus then spends all of Matthew 24 and 25 answering when this will be, explaining how to recognize the time, and teaching the most important way in which we should respond — spiritually — in our relationship with God. There is no passage in Matthew 24 in which Jesus says He will not give His disciples a sign, which they ask for.

Why would Jesus use twenty-eight verses telling us when "these things" will occur and speaking of "the sign" if we could not have any idea when these things are going to happen? If that were the case, Jesus could just have said, "It's going to be a surprise, guys."

Four verses before Jesus says we can't know the day or the hour, He says, "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door." (Matt. 24:32-33, NASB, EM). Jesus mentions a time period: when you see these things. How close will it be when you see these things? "recognize", "know", it is "right at the door."

Jesus is describing a specific time period of His return, though he also says you can't know the day or hour. People have read this passage over and over and have seemingly become frustrated by false anticipation or lack of understanding. Yet this does not change Christ's statement that when you see these things, you can "know."

Christ also talked about "when ... summer is near" (NASB). When summer comes, things get heated up; almost everything is in full bloom and bears fruit. Jesus is almost certainly speaking of a specific time, which is like a season. Not a day, not an hour, yet a specific time period that is recognizable. As Jesus stated, you can "recognize" and "know" "when you see all these things."

"Then the devil took Him into the holy city; and he had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God throw Yourself down; for it is written, 'HE WILL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING YOU'; and 'On their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, LEST YOU STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.'" 7 Jesus said to him, "On the other hand, it is written, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'" (Matthew 4:5-7, NASB).

We have heard many times, "But of that day and hour no one knows, ..." (Matt. 24:36, NASB), yet the quotation is frequently taken out of context. People rarely mention that Jesus also said "recognize" and "know." Change a phrase slightly and the meaning can become distorted, no longer meaning what was intended. What "the devil" did intentionally in Matthew 4:5, using Scripture out of context, we can do by mistake.

"The Feast of Trumpets happens on the 'new moon,' which is 29.5 days after the last one, meaning it might occur on the 29 or 30 day, nobody knows for sure. 'Of that day or hour no one knows' is an expression referring to this feast, and thus, the rapture."

"'Of that day or hour no man knows, but my Father only' is an expression used by a groom when asked when his wedding will be. He says this because it is his Father that will tell him when his preparation on the bridal chamber are completed and it is time. Again the wedding pictures the rapture." www.bibleprophesy.org/introtrumpets.htm 5/9/2016 Bible Prophesy.org Jason Hammel

Christ's use of the phrase "of the day or hour no one knows" does not seem to be a general statement that we could have no idea when He would return. Jesus was likley referring to Yom Teruah — Rosh Hashanah — the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets has not had its prophetic fulfillment. Christ is likely stating His return for the rapture of Christians will take place during the Feast of Trumpets and no one will know if this will occur on the first or second day of the Feast, nor the hour.

"September 25th is also known as Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpts. Observed on the First and Second of Tishri, the celebration actually begins 29 days earlier: a series of over 90 trumpet blasts accrue for a final blowing of blasts on the climax of the celebration, the Teki'ah Gedolah, the Great Blowing. ... the last, climactic blast, the Teki'at Shofar ... This is not the usual series of short bursts, signaling alarm or bad news. Rather, it is a long blast, signaling victory or good news. It is this last blast that is referred to as the last trump." Chuck Missler www.Khouse.org/articles/1995/105/ 5/9/2016

"in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed." I Cor. 15:52 This is the rapture with a trumpet.

"Your dead will live; their corpses will rise, you who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, for your dew is as the dew of the dawn, and the earth will give birth to the departed spirits." (Isaiah 26:19). "It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown;" (Isaiah 26:13, NASB). The rapture again mentioned with a trumpet.

Just after mentioning "of that day and hour no one knows," Jesus mentions "the coming of the Son of Man" in Matthew 24:27, the timing of which is almost certainly explained by the Feast of Trumpets.

"Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!' For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst." (Luke 17:20-21, NASB)


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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments, ix,
Micro-chapters,
1. Grounding Thoughts, 1,
2. Defying Scripture?, 3,
3. You Can't Know When The Great Tribulation-Apocalypse or the Rapture Will Occur?, 4,
4. A Jigsaw Puzzle, 13,
5. Coming of Age: The "Last Days" Overall Time Period, 14,
The Crux of the Matter,
6. Preparation: Know the Material, the Five Seals, 23,
7. The Five Seals Relate to Matthew 24, 24,
8. The First Parallel View, 36,
9. Putting the Puzzle Together: The First Five Seals, 38,
10. Brethren in Christ: A Teaching Error, 50,
11. The Perpetrator or Instigator, 55,
A Brief Recap; Return to the Ashen Horse, Has the World Gone Crazy?,
12. The Blood Moons, 61,
13. Revelation Chapter Six, 65,
14. The Sixth Seal: Hang On, 67,
15. Is This a Pre-Great Tribulation Rapture? Seven to Ten Reasons, 72,
16. What Just Happened?, 78,
17. Return to the Four Blood Moons, 105,
18. Not Destined for Wrath: It Is Not a Post-Tribulation Rapture, 112,
19. He Who Restrains, 114,
20. Complementary Passages: Thinking about the Probability, 118,
21. To Those Who Believe There Is No God, 134,
22. God Plans a Relationship with Mankind, 147,
23. What Is Soon to Come: Why 2027?, 159,
24. How Bad Will It Be?, 165,
25. Our Response, 169,
26. No Action Taken in Faith or Actions Done in Faith, 177,
27. A Family Decision, 187,
28. Filthy Lucre & Contrasting Views, 189,
Notes, 193,
References, 195,
Endnotes, 199,

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