PROPHESY AGAINST THE NATIONS
Chapter 7: Countdown to Christ’s Coming – Part 3 (of 4)
Two Great Signs
The countdown for Christ’s coming, beginning from the Apostasy to 2019, covers a period of nearly twenty-four and one-half years. The first part of this chapter covered much of the numerical breakdown that contains great prophetic meaning in that complete count. Yet even beyond this precise and ordered counting, God gave two great signs to His Church that would serve to mark Christ’s coming: one at the beginning and one at the end of this countdown. The first sign concerned the Apostasy, which served as a sign for the beginning of the countdown to Christ’s return.
The events surrounding the Apostasy cover many years and were mostly a result of the first four Seals of Revelation that are often referred to as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These events were not about the world, as so many have supposed, but they concerned God’s Church and a prophesied rebellion that would occur at the end-time. That Apostasy was a great falling away from God’s truth that He had given His own Church and is symbolized by these four horsemen.
The second and last sign God gave to His Church was a revelation of God’s two end-time witnesses and the work they would fulfill that would lead up to the end of the countdown to Christ’s return. The two witnesses would be raised up within God’s Church and their work would be a sign for the completion of the end-time.
Although the Church had understood for decades that the period for the work of the two witnesses leading up to Christ’s coming would last for 1,260 days, the Church did not know that their work would actually cover three of these prophetic end-time periods of 1,260 days and not just one.
The work these two witnesses fulfill is outlined in the Book of Revelation. It was not until this final chapter that God revealed that the writing of this book is actually the focus and primary means through which one of these verses will become fulfilled.
After writing each chapter of this book, it was my practice to send it into the Church for editing to have it double-checked for grammar, spelling, and clarity. If something I had written was not completely clear to those who were editing it, then I could work on that portion to make it clearer. Although, there are still some things that will not be clear until later, as they are prophetic in nature and are not immediately understood. When writing this last chapter, I sent in the first half that covered the various combinations of counting that God had revealed in the overall count to Christ’s coming. There was one last section that I knew I needed to write—this section. However, I was not certain what needed to be covered in order to complete this book.
Only after about three weeks had passed did I then begin to write this last section that is entitled, “Two Great Signs.” My wife, who is the other end-time witness, was also reading the book and giving me feedback. After reading the book up to this point, she told me that I needed to read a specific verse in Revelation that she believed this book was fulfilling. Upon reading that verse, it became clear that it was indeed about what had just been written and that it would serve to be the primary means through which that verse would become fulfilled.
The remainder of this book will outline those events which God has been fulfilling and will continue to fulfill through His two witnesses. Knowledge and understanding of these two witnesses will help people to better understand events that will occur right up to Christ’s coming.
The first part of this chapter focused on the actual breakdown of the counting and the deep meaning contained in the way God established those numeric multiples that lead to His Son’s return. Those numerical combinations reveal that it is all a matter of God’s design and that only God could fulfill such a thing. This final section reveals some of the prophetic fulfillment and work that God will accomplish through His two witnesses that will finish the work that is involved in the last of this countdown to Christ’s return.
There are two chapters in the Book of Revelation that outline the work that God purposed through His two witnesses that He had John record nearly 2,000 years ago. Those chapters are going to be explained as they apply to events that have already taken place and events that are about to begin to take place which will bring an end to the end-time. Those events that will yet be accomplished through the two witnesses are astounding, and they will happen within the same period of time that catastrophic end-time events and WWIII occur.
The Seven Thunders
This story begins in Revelation 10 where John wrote something unique concerning the Seven Thunders, and although he heard what these thunders were, he was told that he was not to record them. It is because they were not to be revealed until the end-time, as God’s purpose was that this should be revealed through the end-time witness who is John’s counterpart. Both John and this witness have been the only two in the history of the Church to whom God uniquely gave each to be both an apostle and a prophet.
The story that leads into the introduction of God’s two witnesses begins by John seeing an angel coming down from heaven crying aloud the Seven Thunders.
“He [the angel] had a little book open in his hand, and he set his right foot on the sea and his left on the land, and cried with a loud voice like a lion roaring. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write [what had been uttered], but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me to seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them” (Revelation 10:2-4).
This description that John gives of a little book is somewhat obscure because of how this is translated into today’s languages. It states that the angel had a little book or booklet, and this generally conjures up something different in the mind, as if this was a literal small book. However, it was not a book at all, but a very small scroll which John was later told that he was to eat. This little scroll contained what had been uttered by the angel, which was the Seven Thunders.
“Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, ‘Go, take the little book [scroll] which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and the earth.’ So I went to the angel and said to him, ‘Give me the little book.’ And he said to me, ‘Take and eat it, and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.’ Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter” (Rev. 10:8-10).
John is describing how he ate this little scroll and how it affected him physically, but this simply pictured what would later be fulfilled on a spiritual plane by John’s counterpart at the end time.
When writing the book, 2008—God’s Final Witness, it was given to me to reveal those Seven Thunders. Indeed the experience of being given this to fulfill was inspiring and exciting, especially when understanding that these things would help lead vast numbers of people to change and repent so that they could have opportunity to live on into the Millennium. This most certainly could be likened to eating something that tasted sweet.
However, once these things had been written and published, the resulting experience of scorn, ridicule, hatred, and mocking that was received from nearly all who read it was bitter. Although that is the normal response of mankind to those things God has given to His prophets through time, it is another thing to experience such hatred and evil from others. It is bitter.
The height of the ridicule, hatred, and mocking—the bitterness—was experienced throughout the time of the 5th prophetic period of 1,260 days. This book went out into the world in a volume that God accounted as a sufficient number to fulfill an end-time witness of mankind’s normal response to Him. That was made manifest by their response toward whom God had given to write the book, to whom He had sent into the world. This book was received by a few million people in over 170 nations and sent out in seven different languages. Not only had these Seven Thunders been covered in that book, but the Seven Trumpets, Seven Last Plagues, and the catastrophic events they reveal were addressed as well.
Some who read this book wondered if these things might possibly come to pass, but they really didn’t believe them. As the year 2012 came along, the bitterness grew as people responded with even greater anger, mocking, and contempt for what had been written. Yet all these events will still occur, just seven years later, but now with some changes because of what God is mercifully offering mankind, if they will listen.
➢ The Little Scroll
➢ Covered thoroughly in 2008—God’s Final Witness
➢ Thunders increase in repetition, frequency, and intensity
➢ The Seven Thunders:
1) Terror of War
2) Earthquakes: increasing in power and destruction
3) Weather: extremes in drought, flooding, temperatures, and winds
4) Global economic upheaval
5) Death: plagues and death of primarily notable people
6) Revelation of God’s end-time witnesses
7) Accelerated revelation of God to man
Measuring the Temple
After John gave the account of the Seven Thunders, he then began to speak about certain events that were to take place in the midst of the last three prophetic end-time periods. This 6th period of time was about God’s Church, and it covered a time from Pentecost 2012 through the 7th of November 2015.
“Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod, and the angel stood and said, ‘Rise and measure the temple of God [the Church], and the altar, and those who worship there’” (Rev. 11:1).
This period of time served as the final preparation period for God’s Church to be made fully ready for the coming of Christ. This period is highlighted by a final cleansing of the temple of God (God’s Church), as well as a time for the final strengthening, teaching, and molding of God’s people so that they could be made to stand strong throughout the final end-time tribulation, and be fully readied for the coming of the head of the Church—Jesus Christ. God is going to have a refined, spiritually strong, and faithful Church made ready to meet Christ once he returns.
This final refining meant that the Church was to be brought up to the measure of the stature God intended His people should have by the time His Son arrives. However, this also meant that those who were not yielding and not being faithful to their calling would be removed from the Church.
“But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the gentiles, and they will tread the holy city [the Church—spiritual Jerusalem] underfoot for forty-two months” (Rev. 11:2).
Those who were “outside the temple” is speaking of those who gave the appearance of being within the environment of the fellowship of the Church, but who were not yielding to the calling they had received. These were not being faithful to the truths of God—to God. During this period, these people were not being worked with by God nor being brought up to the measure of the fullness that God required of His people, and therefore, they were not to be measured as part of the temple.
These people are described as being rejected in the measurement of the temple, as they are in the area of the court. In other words, they gave the appearance that they were part of the Church, but they did not practice true worship of God within the temple. Being within the court would reveal that they were not part of the Church and were living falsely before God and before those who were actually in the Church. So the instruction was to keep them separated from the temple, as they were not to be measured as part of it. Instead, they were to be revealed for where they truly were, which is within the court—within the environment of the Church—but not in the temple, not in the Church. By only being in the court, they were actually with the gentiles (a term used for unbelievers). These were rejected by God and removed in one way or another from the appearance of being part of God’s Church.
This is indeed what happened during that period of time, and at the time of this writing, there are now only a couple of months remaining in this period for measuring the temple. Once that is complete, then the world will enter into the 7th and last end-time period of 1,260 days before Christ’s coming. Within the environment of the Church, God has been removing members who have been unfaithful. In that group there have been quite a few in the ministry that have been removed as well, including the removal of several senior ministers and even one evangelist.
This period has not only included a great cleansing of the Church, but those who have remained faithful have been going through a measuring process of being far more fully trained, strengthened, and made ready for Christ’s coming. During this time, the Church has drawn closer together spiritually with one another and with God than at any other time within the history of the last several hundred years of God’s Church. Before this book is published, the Church will have been made fully ready for the coming of their High Priest, Passover, and elder brother—Jesus Christ.
There is one more prophetic fulfillment that took place during this 6th prophetic end-time period that is referred to in these verses. This first and foremost is about what would happen to God’s two end-time witnesses within this period of time, and as a result, it would also be experienced by the Church.
The last verse that was quoted about this period gave instruction not to measure those who were in the court outside the temple (the false worshippers), but to instead give them over to the gentiles (unbelievers). Then the last part of the verse continues by making reference to what many of these gentiles would do during this period. This needs to be understood in the context that the gentiles now included those who were no longer to be measured as part of the temple, as they were cast out from the Church. It states of these gentiles, “…and they will tread the holy city [God’s Church] underfoot for forty-two months” (Rev. 11:2).
This is the time that the gentiles, and especially those who were not measured as part of the Church, had the greatest ability to trample upon and attack the Church of God, and primarily, its leadership. This is also a time that Satan and the demonic world worked their hardest to attack God’s people, which was largely accomplished by working to adversely influence those who were referred to in this verse as the gentiles.
Although the Church may have outwardly appeared to these gentiles to be in one of its weakest states ever, it was actually a time when God was making it to stand in one of its strongest states ever, as people were being strengthened spiritually and receiving final training and preparation for Christ’s coming. The attacks from others actually worked to enhance this strengthening process.
To the gentiles referenced here, the Church appeared to be at its weakest point when a judge sentenced God’s apostle and end-time prophet to 42 months of a federal sentence for attempting to evade payment of taxes. Although a trial by jury gave a guilty verdict, that did not change what was true about God’s servants and God’s Church. This 6th period of the end-time included events surrounding that trial, the sentencing, home confinement and imprisonment. These events are all partially or completely included in this actual prophetic 42 month period (1,260 days). It did not go unnoticed that the sentence given God’s prophet was 42 months, although that period for the actual fulfillment of the sentence did not fully fit within this 6th period, all the events concerning matters of the aftermath of a trial, sentencing, and most of that confinement did fulfill that prophecy of 42 months.
As mentioned, this entire period of the gentiles trampling upon God’s Church did not weaken the Church, it actually worked to do just the opposite. It strengthened the resolve, faith, and spiritual conviction of God’s people. All this, again, simply served God’s greater purpose for molding and fashioning a stronger Church, along with preparing His two end-time witnesses to become thoroughly equipped so that they could more perfectly accomplish what was ahead of them during the final 7th prophetic period.