133) Critical Mass Triggers The Last Trump Rev 14

  1. The Two Witnesses
    • And when they shall have finished their testimony [having overcome tremendous opposition, persecution, suffering, doubts and fears for how long?]
  2. The Beast
    • “the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit [Apollyon / Apollo / Zeus’, i.e. Son of Satan, Seed of the Serpent shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 
  3. The People of the Beast
    • And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
  4. YHVH
    • And after three days and an half
      • the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet;
      • and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven
      • saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud [not a space ship or UFO];
      • and their enemies beheld them. 
      • And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand:
  5. The remnant
    • were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. And…quickly…
  6. The seventh angel sounded;
    • and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 
    • And the temple of God was opened in heaven,
    • and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament / covenant:
    • and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail [on earth].

Not many Jews answered the call to return to the Promised Land when they were freed from the Exile, only about about 15% of the total number taken into captivity. This would have been a much smaller percentage of the total population explosion during the post-war captivity.

As regards the number of Jews deported by Nebuchadnezzar...12,000 men, or in all 36,000 to 48,000 souls…about one-fourth of the population…was led captive into Babylonia…The actual return of the exiles was consummated by Ezra, who assembled at the river Ahava all those desirous of returning. These consisted of about 1,800 men, or 5,500 to 6,000 souls…Ezra and Nehemiah succeeded, after great difficulties, in establishing the post-exilic Jewish community…

The generation of Israelites born during the Exile can be understood in comparison to America’s Baby Boomer Generation, They would have far out-numbered their wartime parent generation. In the midst of peace and plenty they had even less motivation to feel a need for repentance. We can deduce from the extended length of chastening that there was exponential rebellion against the righteous lifestyle demanded by YHVH, not just from increased numbers but also from increased exposure to the influences of the heathen culture in the Exile. By the end of the original 70 year judgment there was more damage that needed reparations and more voluntary bondage that needed redemption from their chosen masters.

And even for the people who returned to re-establish YHVH’s temple and worship, once they got back home, many didn’t change their cross-cultural ways.

“the princes came to me [Ezra], saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass…I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day. And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments… behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.” (Ezra 10)

The exile brought about a number of significant changes to the way Judaism was practiced

When the Babylonians expelled the Jews from Judea, they destroyed the Temple completely. Jewish law stipulated that certain important aspects of Jewish religious life — most notably animal sacrifice — could only be performed at the Temple in Jerusalem…

This new focus gave rise to a new class of professional clergy within Judaism, the rabbi…a spiritual leader tasked with explaining God’s expectations to the common people. Early rabbis compiled the Talmud, a series of writings that further explain the Torah…

During the period of captivity, Jews continued to…develop their religious traditions, many of which became distinct from their origins, due to the influences of the local culture…

the deportees…personal fortunes were undoubtedly better than those who remained behind…

Many of the exiles, finding themselves in comfortable circumstances, assimilated into Babylonian society in ways that concerned the pious among them. Ezekiel denounced such men as “a rebellious house,” and parts of the Book of Isaiah written during exilic times likewise expressed concern over the adoption of Babylonian traditions.

I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day. Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom…ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain…” (Isaiah 65)

So it would have been a grave disappointment to the disciples, but not a shock, to learn that the extension of 70 years punishment to 70 x 7 years punishment was extended yet again.

And not just to 70 AD. Jesus simply noted that THIS rebellious generation would experience that awful event, not that everything would be wrapped up in 70 AD. The retaking of Jerusalem by the Christ was delayed indefinitely.

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36)

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:37-39)

This is foretold in the Bible to occur – no surprise here – during a battle for control of Jerusalem.

“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them…And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. [Can I get a witness!] And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven….

And that’s exactly what the Christ is poised waiting to happen!

And…there were great voices in heaven…The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ!!!…” (Revelation 11)

Honestly, the best demonstration in our world of great voices shouting acclaim for their savior are the Nazis.

In a biblical context, “remnant” always refers to “the last little bit remaining.” It indicates quantity, not quality. When applied to humans, it indicates the survivors of a terrible destruction. When applied to the prophecy in Revelation, we should understand that the remnant who give glory to God are the very few remaining individuals of a larger group that has been killed, either by the earthquake or by the Gentiles who control the city at this time.

  • And the remnant that remaineth of the [10] curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth [1/20th of the total]… (Exodus 26:1,12)
  • Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things…The LORD shall bring a nation against thee…which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheepthou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters…the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children…So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat. (Deuteronomy 28:47-55)
  • I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be ALL gone. (I Kings 14:10)
  • The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem….Ah sinful nation…Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence…Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant [of land], we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah [uninhabitable]. (Isaiah 1)
  • Josiah…did that which was right in the sight of the LORD…while he was yet young, he began…to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images…And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali [in the land of Israel]the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered…of all the remnant of Israel [~100 years after most of Israel had been taken into captivity], and of all Judah and Benjamin. (II Chronicles 34:1-9)
  • the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab / JordanFor the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land. (Isaiah 15:8-9, 16:14)
  • Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap…also shall cease…the remnant of Syria: (Isaiah 17:1-3)
  • out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent…and he shall slay thy remnant…thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: (Isaiah 14:29-30)
  • Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes. (Ezekiel 25:15-17)
  • Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city [after years of war and deprivation and 2 years of seige], and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained. But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time. (Jeremiah 40)
  • Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah…Then took Johanan…all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam… And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)…O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day…But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, whither they had been driven [as refugees during the war years], to dwell in the land of Judah...none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall…return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there…Jeremiah 41-42)

There are also much more positive prophecies of the remnant, when tribulation drives them to turn for deliverance to the mighty God.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.” (Isaiah 10:20-22)

“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11)

There are plenty of biblical prophecies known to be fulfilled in history of Israel suffering great tribulation. The Christ himself prophesied that armies would come against Jerusalem and scatter the Jews yet again.

when ye [his disciples] shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh…these be the days of [God’s] vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled….there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled…And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:20-24)

Well, Jerusalem was compassed with armies and trodden down of the Gentiles in 130 AD, but since no-one has seen the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory yet, we must understand that there is yet a fulfillment of this prophecy. And, yes, that is given in John’s Revelation as quoted above.

So the tribulation prophesied by the Christ is certainly chastisement of Israel. No argument there.

‘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:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22)

However, Christians of the Dispensational and Supersessional persuasion stretch the point to claim that Christians therefore avoid this great tribulation altogether, through the mechanism of a Rapture. See the post Seventy Weeks And Counting for details.

It is impossible in this brief study to prove the context of every passage presented or to connect all the dots in regard to the sequence of events. It is suggested that the reader remember these limitations when formulating his or her own doctrine – not rejecting what is presented, but holding it in abeyance until he or she gathers more information. For this purpose, I cannot recommend better sources than The Seventy Weeks of Daniel by Dr. David Cooper and The Footsteps of the Messiah by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, both of which are noted in the Recommended Reading section at the end of the study.

Whoa! Hit pause. The author is clearly leading you in circles. The original source document is the only resource from which it is possible to prove the context of every passage and connect all the dots.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (II Peter 1:19)

The entire passage has to do with Daniel’s people, the Jews… [As a leader in the world government Daniel’s people were obviously all the nations in the government, see the post the Order of Melchizedek where additional scriptural dots are connected.]

Tribulation will begin right after the Rapture…

The Rapture [note, a human authored book, not the Bible] made it abundantly clear that no church saint will miss the Rapture and endure the Great Tribulation…

but whom does Scripture say the Great Tribulation is for?…

Whom the Lord Loves He Disciplines

My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him;
for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.
~ Hebrews 12:5-6 ~

The passage originally appeared in Proverbs 3:11-12, where it is addressed to the sons of human fathers, and was quoted in Hebrews for the benefit of the sons of God by the new birth[Emphasis added.] However, it has an application for all who will endure the Great Tribulation, for all people are sons of God in another sense, by virtue of the fact that He created our first parents. It was to an audience of non-believers that Paul made this statement on Mars Hill:

Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent. ~ Acts 17:29-30 ~

Whom does the Lord scourge?
He scourges every son whom He receives. Whom does the Lord discipline? Whom the Lord loves He disciplines. Whom does the Lord love? For God so loved the world (John 3:16).

Though God will severely chastise all on Earth during the Great Tribulation, it will be because He loves them that He might turn them to the Truth…

Many will…receive salvation: the 144,000 themselves, those who received their evangelistic appeal, namely, the great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues (Revelation 7:9), and a full third of the nation of Israel. Based on today’s figures, that’s almost four and a half million Jews. Perhaps this great harvest is the most significant of God’s goals for the Great Tribulation. 

Talk about flip flop.

  • First he says we become sons of God by the new birth then all humans are by virtue of descent from the Adams.
  • First he says the Tribulation is to punish Israel then he says it’s to turn many to salvation.
  • First he says no church saint will endure the Great Tribulation then he says many from all nations will receive salvation.

And how is that to happen? What is the role of the body of Christ if not to lead all nations – including unbelieving Israel – to salvation?

“whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  • How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
  • and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
  • and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:13-14)

Where is the Holy Spirit, and how does he operate, if all Spirit-filled believers are off earth?

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them…Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:19-22)

John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence…ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:5-8)

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized [with the Holy Ghost] shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius….Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God…call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter…Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him….And we are witnesses…chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Can any man forbid water [a far inferior medium than the Holy Ghost], that these should not be baptized [into identification with Jews], which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Jewish Lord YHVH’s Savior.” (Acts 10)

The key word in this false teaching is “endure.” The popular teaching that Christians don’t endure suffering spread this doctrine like wildfire.

Using the Bible, we can prove that the body of Christ is only faithful to her appointed role as Christ’s partner in salvation by enduring tribulation, suffering and death.

“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darknessthe Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak…his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak…

  • I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
  • Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.
    • If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you…
    • These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation…

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee…I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

  • As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world…
  • Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
  • And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: “(John 12:46-50, 15:19-20, 16:33, )

In case you missed the context of the passage in which sons of God are glorified as Jesus is glorified, it is through experiencing the same suffering and death in the battle against evil as he did.


“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; IF so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:16-18)

“be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:15-17)

the end of all things is at handthink it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you…For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (I Peter 4:7-18)

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