Scriptural Evidences That Christians Shall Die In The Great Tribulation
 

   They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service....... But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them...       — Jesus Christ (John 16:2-4)     
   
 

 

Table Of Contents:

Foreward: Introduction To The Subject.
Preface: Legend of Terms In This Study.
Main Study: Scriptural Evidences That Christians Shall Die In The Great Tribulation.
   1st Evidence ~~~  Rev 18:10-24  ~~~
      2nd Evidence     ~~~  Rev 13:1-18  ~~~
          3rd Evidence       ~~~  Rev 16:1-7  ~~~
            4th Evidence          ~~~  Rev 6:3-13  ~~~
Conclusion: Other Evidences; Hope For The End-Time Christian, and Whom To Watch.

 

Introduction to the subject
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         Hello All.  Our work today certainly isn't the milk that the greatest majority of modern Christian churches are nursed on.  It is strong meat for a mature prepared Christian people of God.  The subject matter is hard, it is hard truth; but it is truth nonetheless.  And God had His reasons for foretelling us of this time and these things so as children of the Kingdom we must study and understand it.  I speak of the fact that many Christians shall be killed during the Great Tribulation.

        That many people of all faiths (or those of no faith even) are killed during the Great Tribulation is not the subject of this study, nor is it disputable; it is undeniable that millions, actually billions even, of peoples shall be killed during the Great Tribulation outlined in the book of Revelation.  First let's observe the mass of death in the Tribulation then we shall focus our study on the specific topic of the Christian slain.  

During the Great Tribulation we see various peoples killed
by assorted means, agencies, and administrations 
 

Scripture prophecy:
 
 Numbers of the killed:
 
"...that they should kill one another" (Rev 6:4)  Unknown number.
"...the fourth part of the earth"
(Rev 6:8)
At our present population (approaching 6.4 B) that would be Approx. 1.6 Billion.
"...the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony" (Rev 6:9) Unk. #.
"...their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed" (Rev 6:11) Unk. #.
"...they which came out of [i.e., were martyred in] great tribulation" (Rev 7:14) Unk. #.
"...and many men died of the waters" (Rev 8:11) Unk. #.
"...was the third part of men killed" (Rev 9:18) Perhaps 1 Billion?
"...if any man will hurt them [the 2 Witnesses], he must in this manner be killed" (Rev 11:5) Unk. #.
"...shall overcome them [the 2 Witnesses], and kill them" (Rev 11:7) 2.
"...were slain of men seven thousand" (Rev 11:13) 7000.
"...as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed" (Rev 13:15) Unk. #.
"gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God" (Rev 14:19) A lot; see the Scripture.
"the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs" (Rev 17:6) Unk. #.
"the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth" (Rev 18:24) Subtotal.
"the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse" (Rev 19:21) The remainder, ALL flesh, i.e., everyone left who was not changed in 1st Thess 4:17 (at the Second Advent).

 
        So are you ready for the Great Tribulation?  I know, I know, what a heck of a hard way to open a Bible study.  But you CAN be ready for the Tribulation --  Study God's Word, for He spoke much to His Christians about the Trib!  What is amazing is that even we Christians, whom have the Scriptures telling us of all things "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." (Mk 13:23) seem to not realize the magnitude of the Great Tribulation and the sheer number of the slain.  We simply sleep on as though it isn't going to fall down upon us; or like the person who crosses the street not looking at the car that he knows is coming -- as though not to look will make it not to come upon them.

        Oh, the Rapturists think that they'll fly away before it all happens, but they won't; and for their itchy ears their false doctrine shall cause the Rapturist to be the most unprepared group of Christians for the Tribulation, immediately followed perhaps by the Catholics, whom suppose that the Pope has their best interests in mind and is watching out for them.  But all Christians shall be in shock when the Scriptures auto-fulfill in rapid fire succession and they actually witness the end of the Bible.  But don't be fearful, for God is with His Christians, even unto the end.

(Note: In this study we will shock you with the reality of our situation regarding the executions, but at the end of this study we also show that God has provided protection, at two separate periods, during the Tribulation for His people.  In that, you may find hope.)

        But why shall 99.?% of Christians, and all of the non-Christian world, be wholly unprepared for what is to come?  Well, regarding the heathen religions, i.e., Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc., it is because they have not the Scriptures to warn them; and for Atheists and Agnostics they won't believe them anyway; but the Christians had the Scriptures but the majority esteemed them not, either not bothering to read and study God's letter to them or allowing some false or ignorant Preacher to tickle their ears with 'feel good' sermons that relax more than they prepare.

        By what authority do I call Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc., "heathen religions?"

Matthew 11:28
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.  KJV

        If they know not Jesus, then they don't know God; and if they know not God they are heathen; period!  "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." (1 John 2:23).  I don't care what the beguiling, ecumenical, Judaized so-called Christian Preachers and Teachers of today say from the compromised pulpits of 21st century 'quasi-Christianity' or the contradiction-in-terms 'Judeo-Christianity,' they are enabling the spiritual death of millions of Heathen by making them to believe that they are spiritually alive as long as they believe in a god, any god.  Sorry Preacher, it doesn't work that way; but then you should have known that, shouldn't you?  You once knew it, what happened to you, whence came that spirit?  You have effectively left your first love (Rev 2:4).

        The 'blood' is on these Preachers hands, for they willingly consent, by omission and silence, to the spiritual death of millions of God's children, which spiritual darkness they know is the penalty for unbelief.  

John 3:16-21
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (KJV)

        Yes, I know, they always seem to stop short of, and leave off, verse 18 when they quote John 3:16.  "...we wouldn't want to offend, you see," they would say.  It seems that in these last days it is more important to the so-called Preachers to secure their pensions and position at the pulpit by not making waves, than it is to save souls; and they seem willing rather to be content with the admiration of men and to be popular and politically correct, than it is to do their job - which job is to lead people to Eternal Life through Messiah Jesus Christ.  No, that's secondary to them, they come first, God second, if at all anymore. 

       They sit in their fine garments hosting interfaith worship services with Heathens in the House of God, confusing the hell out of every sheep that has the misfortune of being 'shepherded' by them.  And the most horrible thing that they do is that they intentionally omit Jesus' name when their Jewish and Muslim constituents are in the house having joint-worship services.  In effect they have become ashamed of Jesus and only mention His name after the Heathen have left the room.  "...we wouldn't want to offend, you see," they would say. 

Mark 8:38-9:1
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.  KJV

       They shall answer for this!  It were better for them if they were a mechanic or even a prostitute than for them to handle God's Word deceitfully!  For a mechanic dirties his hands, prostitutes their bodies, but one who handles the Word of God deceitfully dirties the spirit of all involved, not the least of all their own.  Of course God knew them, He knew what they would do:

Hosea 6:9
9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness. KJV

2 Corinthians 4:1-4
4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world
[satan] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  KJV

        Judgment starts at the pulpit, the Ministers are judged first.  We shall leave them to their own reward.  But herein in this study let's discuss you.

        So why write a Bible study on a topic such as this, one may ask?  Partly because of the false Preachers like those above who promise life but only lead the death march (spiritually), whom week after week repeat the blessings of the Bible but never the warnings.  They have set up the average Christian to be wholly confused and baffled when he sees Christians being persecuted, hunted, and martyred in the Tribulation.  This can only lead to further confusion and eventually perhaps to deception.  It's too late in our day to be willingly ignorant.  

       Simply playing church might have worked up till now, but as we enter these final times the child of God had best know his Scriptures.  The reality of the matter is that those who come into the truth now in these later times are one two wits sharper than many who have been playing church their whole adult lives with their Rapture dreaming, their vain babblings in demonic tongues, their prosperity ministries that only enrich the false prophets, their blatant idol worshiping in the Parishes, their making of the beloved Mother Mary into goddess stature.  Go figure!  So if you are a new student to God's Word don't be intimidated by the so-called brethren, most are themselves deceived in one way or another.  

       There is much wisdom in "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." (Matt 20:16).  For Christ returns to a failed church, just as He did at His First Advent, and the churches of today are certainly doing their part to fit the role.  Study God's Word, document EVERYTHING that you learn from a Teacher or Preacher, and document it in the WORD OF GOD itself!  Lest you become as they.  You don't want to become as they, for to them Jesus shall say "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matt 7:23).  I think it's just about time to go into the highways and byways for a people, the churches being mostly deceived at this present time one way or another:

Matthew 22:8-9
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.  KJV

       Like the Pharisees of old so too shall be the majority of so-called Christendom in the end times:

Luke 13:23-30
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.  KJV

       Another reason for a study such as this is because God spoke of it; He spoke of it as Jesus whilst He was on the earth in the flesh and as The Lord God He spoke it from Heaven through His Prophets, whom then wrote it down for us; and as well he speaks it into the hearts of the true Christian through his Holy Spirit which he sent after Jesus' departing.  And if God deemed it important enough to tell us of it in His written Word, the Bible, then it is a worthy subject for any Bible study of that Word. That's what we do here, we study Bible.

        So if you're squeamish or simply don't want to know; scared, don't care, can't handle it, or don't believe it's so; then it's time for you to sign off, for we are going to dive deep into the Word of God and search out the answers; we are going to fully and indisputably document from the Bible the Scriptural Evidences That Christians Shall Die In The Great Tribulation.  We do so to help prepare the child of God for the troublous times ahead, and we do so without fear of what any man shall say against us.  Their argument shall be with the Scriptures that they cannot silence nor make to be of none effect, no matter how badly they wish it were so. 

       And the Scriptures truly did foretell that at the time prior to the end, our present time even, men would scoff at the prophecies:

2 Peter 3:3-4
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. KJV

        Well, man may say that it isn't coming, won't happen, and is not to be understood nor prepared for; but as for me, I'll believe the Lord.  For I want to know, I want to know all that He told us about this troublous dangerous time that precedes his Second Advent, and I will believe Him.  Will you?  In this study I present my case from the Scriptures; you may choose to believe what you will; but if you disagree, disagree with Scriptural support not emotion.

       Would it surprise you that Christians would attack other Christians for telling them the truth that they do not want to hear?  Well, yes, this Author has been attacked by so-called Christians for teaching this very subject.  They will also attack you if you teach it because they are afraid; they never imagined, and now cannot fathom, that they might have to give more than lip service to follow the King of kings and for their faith in the end time.

       Well, remember the Christians of old and the Prophets and the the Apostles and the Christians today being murdered by Muslims in the Sudan and another dozen hotspots around the globe, and also everyone else down through time who has been persecuted for the Word of God.  What makes today's quasi-Christian think that the storm will not visit him?  Did not Jesus Himself tell us "...If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you...." (John 15:20).  And what do you think that He meant when He said "...Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it." (Mark 8:34-35).  Was Jesus 'kidding,' was He only talking about the Twelve Apostles?  Was He just giving some live-a-good-life advise to the 1st Century Church?  In this study you will see exactly what Jesus was speaking of.  Will you believe the Scriptures over the feel-goods and sunshine-peddlers at the pulpits of apostate 21st Century Christendom?

It comes down to this:  We Must Believe God Over Man Whenever The Two Are At Variance!

Let us search out the Scriptures to discover:  What Saith The Lord On The Matter?

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Legend of Terms in This Study
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         Please don't simply pass over this section, not only is it quite a study in itself, it is imperative that reader is 'one the same page' as the writer when certain terms are employed.  For without understanding what the author means when he uses one of these terms some the rest of this study may seem to some to be confusing, contradictory, and nonsensical.  

        We shall be using several terms in this study.  These terms have many different meanings to different Bible students and disciplines; and there is some ambiguity at times thus causing confusion to an already difficult to understand matter.  So, therefore, for this reason we feel it beneficial to the reader to have at his disposal a Legend of Tribulation Terms which explain what this author means and meant when he chooses a word to use in this study.  

        For the purposes of this study, the below terms when used, shall mean:

  • The NWO:  The New World Order, see 1st beast below.

  • 1st beast:  Referred to in Rev 13:1-3 &f.  This is what I refer to as the New World Order (NWO), it is a changing beast and it's name today may not necessarily be it's name tomorrow.  It is the peoples of the world federated together into a one-globe society having a universal governing body consisting of seven regions and ten separate but enjoined-by-treaty entities (countries, blocks of countries) into a federation of nation-states & peoples.  It is just as the United States currently has fifty states and several regions but only one head (governmental body), so too shall the world then have ten bodies in seven regions and one administration.  This will precede the actual antichrist, for when he (antichrist/satan) arrives he shall dismantle the Federation, the federated (associated, united) government (which will be in near ruin at that time), and install a Theocracy (God governed) system of world government with him (antichrist) sitting as absolute despot (autocrat, tyrant, oppressor, King), being the false god (the antichrist - the instead-of Christ - the unholy impostor).  Just as Jesus Christ was God incarnate, so to shall the antichrist be the false god revealed to the world as the true.  The below is describing the first beast as a political entity, not a living breathing creature.

    Rev 13:1
    13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast
    [the first beast] rise up out of the sea [peoples - see Rev 17:15], having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. KJV

  • 2nd beast:   This is antichrist himself.  It is satan in his end-time role of usurper of God’s Kingdom, the false 'messiah'.  Introduced in Rev 13:11.

    Rev 13:11
    11 And I beheld another beast
    [the second beast] coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  KJV

  • 1st half of the Tribulation:   This is the first three and one half years (42 months) that the first beast is in power upon the earth.  This time was not shortened by Christ in Mat 24:22.

  • 2nd half of the Tribulation:    This is the second half of the original seven years Tribulation, Christ stated that God shortened this time in Mat 24:22.  it is differentiated from the first 42 months in that this time is referred to, not as 42 months, nor 1260 days, nor as 3½  years (which times all refer to the, but only as: "Time, times, and half." (1 + 2 + ½ = 3½ -  but 3½ of what?  It is not stated).  In Rev 9:10-11 we have some indication that the shortened time was to be five literal months.  It is not altogether clear whether this five months is added to the 42 months of the first half of the Tribulation, thus making the entire Tribulation now to be 53 months after Christ shortened Daniel's prophecy, or, if it runs concurrent with the last five months of the 42 months of the first beast, so that after the 48th month the 'beasts' operate together, with both their terminus (end) at 42 months.

  • Kill:    The actual act of the taking of a flesh human's life.  All too often this term is taken "spiritually", i.e., that the killing is of a 'spiritual nature' (the destruction of one's hope and a total void salvation).  I feel that 'we' today (many) tend to over-spiritualize the interpretation of many Scriptures resulting in actually spiritualizing the Scriptures away , in effect making them void in our hearts.  Those who do so may one day find themselves accusing along with the serpent:  "Yea, hath God said....?" (Gen 3:1).

  • Cause to be killed:   One who, by authority, action, or the providing of the opportunity, causes, facilitates, or entices another to kill a human flesh being.  This enticer or solicitor may be a flesh man or a spiritual being such as satan the antichrist.  So that while one might entice another to kill, he may not actually strike the blow himself.  The difference between "Cause to be killed" and or "Kill" in the preceding definition could be illustrated by the below couple examples:

Cause  to be killed (by the hand of others):

Luke 21:16
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  KJV

Rev 13:15
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  KJV


Kill (personally perform the act):

John 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  KJV

Revelation 11:7
7 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.  KJV

  • Destroyed or destroy:    Often figurative, and unfortunately must be used in more than one place by more than one meaning.  This may cause some confusion, but the scope of the subject should make clear the intended meaning.  For Adam was destroyed by the serpent, yet he lived many years afterward.  One may destroy (morally break) a man without killing him, and one may destroy (slay) a man by killing him.  We will try to be very clear whenever this term is utilized.

  • Influenced by satan:    Similar to the above (Kill/Cause to be killed) regarding 'the enticer of an act'.  These are those that do what they do because satan has put it in their hearts to do so and has deceived them into completing the act.  Some are willingly influenced by satan, wholly giving themselves over to him, others by deception, thinking "that he doeth God service." (John 16:2), for they shall think satan (antichrist) to be God.

  • Accomplished (or done) by satan:    These are acts that satan himself commits for which he personally does and which his own hands carry the stain.

  • Men:   Flesh human beings, both male and female.  Never to be used by us of angelic beings in this study; not so in the Bible, the Bible often refers to angels as 'men.'

  • Fallen angels: For our purposes here this will only refer to the angels that are cast out with satan in Rev 12:9.  Actually the term "fallen Angels" is more often than not used incorrectly, for the actual literal 'fallen' angels of Gen 6:2 are since then held in ‘prison’ unto Judgment Day, they have no ability to do anything but wait until the Lake of Fire is opened, wherein they shall be cast.  These angels of satan mentioned in Rev 12:9 are actually a different class of angels not yet damned (different angels than from those spoken of in Jude vs.6 and 2nd Pet 2:4).  But since most here know any angel of satan as a ‘fallen angel’ we shall keep the term, hoping that this present explanation shall remove any future difficulty.  See: The Fallen Angels and the Giants of Genesis Chapter six 

  • System of antichrist:    This is the system which satan shall employ in his take-over; it is his apparatus for the subjugation of the world.  It is the first beast of Rev chapter 13.  I refer to this as the NWO as I believe that it is one and the same with the Mystery Babylon of Revelation prophecy.  Satan shall one day rule this system, but at the first it is to set up by flesh men.  See: The New World Order; What is it, When Did it Begin, is it in place?  
      
     
  • Antichrist himself:   This antichrist defacto.  The literal being on earth in operation.  It is satan.  Now while satan can and does influence the ‘System of Antichrist’ above, he does so from his place of holding.  He moves men through evil spirits.  Many evil men on earth are fulfilling negative prophecy  "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men,...." (Jude 1:4).  So that every place it is written that satan causes this or that satan causes that it does not necessarily mean that he is on the world scene physically at that time.  But when antichrist himself arrives here on earth he shall be doing his own deeds personally as well as still motivating his beguiled men (of his system of enslavement).  Once again the context of the passage should give clue to the subject.  See: The antichrist 
  • The end:    This term also causes great confusion, for it can mean the end of this earth age (after the millennium) or it can mean the end of flesh time on earth (at the Second Advent, immediately prior to the 1000 years Millennium).  For purposes in this study 'the end' shall mean the literal Second Advent, the moment that Christ returns and ‘changes’ some and kills all others.  But even this 'end' is a period of time unknown, for many things happen at the Second Advent that take some time to happen, and are listed in some order of occurrence thus indicating that they do not always occur simultaneously.  So that the 'end' (the Second Advent events) may be minutes, hours, or days even, we cannot know.

  • Seventh Trump, Sixth Trump, etc.:   I will avoid these terms here as I feel that they are misleading on this type of study.  For much happens during each trump often separated by unstated lengths of time.  So by simply saying the ‘Sixth Trump’ or the ‘Seventh Trump,’ for instance, we have not really zeroed in on any time frame other than rather merely an order of events, which of, often it is not given the length of time between them other than nondescript terms such as "after these things....” or “I saw....” etc.

Additional terms:  

God's Elect:   Often referred to as the 7,000, although their actual number may or may not be entirely clear from Scripture; it depends how you read it.  These are select members drawn from the Christian body as a whole that God uses for very specific duties in the end-times.  These have specific duties.

One does not become 'Elect' by will or achievements, they are chosen of God for duty from the foundations of the world.  They will know satan’s end-time system for what it is and the true identity of the antichrist for whom he is (satan).  And this knowledge by the grace of God.  God will use these Elect to hinder satan and to shed light on his (satan's) deceptions during the Tribulation.  The fact that God exposes satan during the Tribulation by the actions of the Two Witnesses and the Elect (and later the 144,000)  would indicate that some may make benefit of the information and perhaps resist antichrist, coming out of his system and into salvation through repentance.  Or, the testimony of the Two Witness and the Elect may be only to convict the world of their sin by taking away their ability to say that they weren't told or warned, and to draw out the 144,000 for their mission.  See: The feeling of frustration sometimes felt by the Elect


The 144,000: These are another separate group of Christians.  These Christians also have specific duties during the Tribulation.  They do not become 'one of the 144,000' until Revelation chapter 7 when God seals them into their position.  Prior to that they have no knowledge that they are to be among the group of 144,000   These at first fall when satan's system is set up but they are sealed by God and come to certain realizations; i.e., they come out of the Babylon that the world has become.  Like the Elect, they do not become of the 144,000 by any action or will of their own.  See note below.

Christians (other) in general: This is every other Christian on the planet, regardless of particular denomination.  As long as they fulfill God's "minimum requirement" for salvation (for lack of a more dignified term) they are Christians and thus saved from the death to come (the second death - commonly referred to as hell, but the proper term is the 'Lake of Fire').  This can be fully trusted and I state it on the authority of, and by warrant of, John 3:16.

John 3:16-18
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life .
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)

Non Christians: These are any and all peoples that are not Christian, regardless of whether they are Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics, Satanist, etc.  They are all in one group, and no group is less in guilt than any other, they are all in an unsaved state, for they all at once deny the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour, the Messiah sent of God.  All these are in danger of the Judgment to come upon all men.  If any one of these converts and honestly believes upon Christ Jesus as the Son of God, Savior of men, crucified, died, resurrected alive again by the power of God, and now seated in Heaven, this person is no longer is among the dead (the unsaved) but is a Christian, qualified for, expectant, and promised the saving blood of Messiah Jesus Christ.  Once a person becomes a Christian he needs to learn of the Lord and the Scriptures of instruction from God to His mankind (the Bible).

Gender terms: I (and the Bible as well) often refer to mankind (human beings, male and female) as "man" or "men", these are only terms.  No omission of woMEN intended; it is not implied that women are not parties to all the promises, admonitions, and punishment that men are.

Spiritualize away:   The predisposition of some to always try to affix some mystical other-meaning to Scriptures that counter their own pet theories or which for whatever reasons they do not or cannot accept on face value.  It is the abuse of the often valid and profitable Biblical concepts of 'type,' simile, image, metaphor, allegory, and figure of speech.  Well said Bullinger of them:

"Why is there this universal effort to have us believe that God always means something different from what He says?  Whence comes this spirit?"  
       -- Ethelbert William Bullinger (1837-1913) Commentary On Revelation.


NOTE: ALL Scripture will be taken from the King James Bible version for reasons deeper illustrated in:  Adulterations in the Newer Bible Versions (NIV, NASB...); Proof that the King James Bible (KJV) is the True Word of God

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1st Evidence of Christians Being Killed During the Great Tribulation
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  ~~~  Rev 18:10-24  ~~~


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Rev 18:10-24
10  Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

       This is speaking of Babylon, the New World Order after she has risen and in her glory and power; referred to as a "city" for the literal city of Jerusalem, Israel, which shall be the seat of the world order at that time.  Perhaps I should explain myself further on this point, for some may wonder how can I can 'lump-together' a city, a world political system, and a global religious system all into one.  

        Babylon is the political system, the word "Mystery" in "Mystery Babylon" (Rev 17:5) is a religious rite, thus the religious aspect of it (see Strong's definition below).  It (end-time Babylon) is a global government, but so much more; it even has it's own religion, thus mocking the Old Testament's Israel government which was also a religion.  Israel's God was God, her political system was Theocratic (God governed); but Mystery Babylon's god is satan (as antichrist, the false Messiah) and her political system shall also be theocratic, but with a false god at the helm.  The "city" Babylon is really the city Jerusalem (defiled).  As the seat of the corrupt religious empire, Babylon (really Jerusalem city Israel in the end-time - as clarified in Rev 17:18) is put as the whole of the system.  

        Look at it like this:  Just like when we mention that "Washington (D.C.) said....", what mean is that America said it, for Washington is the seat of American power.  Or when we say that "Mecca is threatening....", we mean that the Islamic world is angry, as Mecca is the seat of the Moslem faith.  Below is the future Babylon, satan's world government AND religion:

Revelation 17:5
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.  KJV

MYSTERY: NT:3466  musterion (moos-tay'-ree-on); from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites):  KJV - mystery.

BABYLON: NT:897  Babulon (bab-oo-lone'); of Hebrew origin [OT:894]; Babylon, the capitol of Chaldaea (literally or figuratively [as a type of tyranny]):  KJV - Babylon.

OT:894: [Hebrew Old Testament] Babel (baw-bel'); from OT:1101; confusion; Babel (i.e. Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire: KJV - Babel, Babylon.

        I am reluctant to give the following example, and I will state as to why momentarily, but it does prove the point, and vindicates me in my assertion about Babylon in the above Scripture.  Look at Vatican City Rome; it is a city, it is a government, and it is a religion, the very seat of a religion (Catholicism).  The Vatican is the only city that is in the United Nations (as a non-voting member).  She has a military guard and an intelligence service (one of the best - the Jesuit Priesthood, which are the Vatican's assassins and spies - read their Extreme Oath Of Induction if you doubt my last point!).  

        But the reason that I am reluctant to use the Vatican as an example is because many (mistakenly) perceive the Vatican to be "Babylon" and the next Pope to be the antichrist.  This is incorrect and shall lead many astray.  Catholicism, even with all her legion of idolatry and false doctrine is no comparison for the antichrist and his world system to come, and which even now is growing by leaps and bounds.  Don't be sidetracked by blind alleys and smoke & mirrors.  And while the Pope shall 'hand over' his 1/3 of Earth's global population which, he shepherd's over, to antichrist; the Pope is not the antichrist, just another pawn.  There shall be many leaders of Earth's different religions, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Satanists, etc., that shall be pawns in the end-time.  What does set the Pope apart, however, and that which makes his deed so much the worse, is that he shepherd's over CHRISTIANS, the other religions are all false and in satan's hand in one manner or another anyway.

Back to our subject:

       It is from the once great Holy City Jerusalem that satan shall defile the Temple Offering and the entire created order (world) on a magnitude that pales the fallen angels of Gen 6 in comparison.  She (Babylon) is described as falling under God’s judgment in the above verse (Rev 18:10) but the next few verses go back to reminisce of her once great glory upon the earth.

Rev 18:
11  And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

       Now in the below we shall what Mystery Babylon (the NWO) was all about.  We shall see what she has made merchandise of

12  The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

       All things delicious and magnificent were her merchandise to be done with what she desired, for she controlled them (all the above are also used in temple worship).  She is fat with all and wants for nothing.

13  And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. (KJV)

        I had prepared quite a lengthy dissertation on the term "and souls of men", spent two days actually, but to my dismay after having done this work on the Greek word psyche (translated souls here) I realized that it was not relevant to our topic because the verse above does not state that the men being spoken of are Christians, and thus would not prove our point that CHRISTIANS are killed during the Tribulation.

       So that having been said, let's skip down to the end of our Rev chpt. 18 Scripture and get right to the point.

(Go To Legend Of Terms)

Rev 18:10-24 (Cont.):

21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

24 And in her
[FUTURE Babylon] was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. KJV

        And as if that isn't enough to make it quite clear that Christians shall die in the Tribulation we can follow the Scripture down two more verses into the next chapter (for verse 24 above is the last verse of Rev chpt. 18) where we are again confronted with the concept that Christians shall be killed during the Tribulation:

Revelation 19:1-2
19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants  at her hand.  KJV

        These people are killed, their lives are taken from them, they die, they cease living in the flesh;  they are CHRISTIANS; and the events in this Scripture transpire during the Tribulation.

        Based on the above Scripture I feel that Christians shall indeed be killed during the Great Tribulation.  

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2nd Evidence of Christians Being Killed During the Great Tribulation
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~~~  Rev 13:1-18  ~~~
(Go To Legend Of Terms)



Rev 13:1-18

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

       This is the first beast (the NWO), it rises out of the sea (sea = peoples - Rev 17:15), it has seven heads (seven regions), ten horns (ten regional powers federated), ten crowns (ten leaders of the federated ten regional powers). It represents all blasphemy and is named such because it is the servant of satan.  The world has by this time turned from worship of God to worship of satan, though most know it not.

       Incidentally, this is another good witness that this beast (the NWO) is the ‘Mystery Babylon’ that is written of in this same book of Revelation. For the whore rides this beast and upon her forehead is the title MYSTERY BABYLON.... She rides (controls - is the seat of power) of this beast.

Compare:

Rev 13:1
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. (KJV)

With:

Rev 17:3-5
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns
[this is the first beast of Rev 13:1].
4 And the woman
[Jerusalem City Israel] was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her
[Jerusalem City Israel] forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.  (KJV)

       In the above (Rev 17:3), Jerusalem, which will be the capital city of global worship in the final times, is said to 'ride' (be borne, carried about by) the beast (the NWO, Mystery Babylon); in other words, the City that was once the Holy City (Jerusalem) which sat the Temple and altar of God, is now in the seat of all blasphemy and uncleanness, thus she is referred to as a whore (harlot) in Revelation.  For she that was once married to the Eternal God is no longer God's wife, put away, rejected, and divorced for her infidelities, and now she is satan's whore, the whore of antichrist whom defiles her.

       Why does God use all this symbolism, some would muse?  It is because God uses analogies that we, with our simple inborn human emotions, can understand.  Just what exactly is it that He wants us to understand?  He wants us to understand how He feels about betrayal.  Thus with our uncontainable emotional feelings towards a cheating spouse whom we love, but divorced for betrayals, we can begin to understand the emotion and wrath that God has for His children whom have always fell into the worship (love) of other gods (false gods) all down through history; not the least of all at the end of history.  He's hurt.

Returning back to our Scripture:

(Go To Legend Of Terms)

Rev 13:
2 And the beast
[first beast, the NWO] which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon [second beast, the antichrist, satan in person] gave him his [first beast's] power, and his [first beast's] seat, and great authority.

3 And I saw one of his
[first beast] heads as it were wounded to death; and his [first beast] deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast [first beast] .

4 And they worshipped the dragon
[antichrist] which gave power unto the beast [first beast] : and they worshipped the beast [first beast] , saying, Who is like unto the beast [first beast] ? who is able to make war with him [first beast] ?

5 And there was given unto him
[first beast] a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

We see here reference to an event covered again later in the chapter (the speaking):

Rev 13:13
15 And he
[second beast, antichrist] had power to give life unto the image of the beast [first beast, NWO], that the image of the beast [first beast] should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast [first beast] should be killed.

We shall reserve further comment on this verse until we get there.

Rev 13:
6 And he
[first beast] opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7 And it was given unto him
[first beast] to make war with the saints, and to overcome [subdue] them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

       The first beast battles with Christians. This beast overcomes them. This beast is in universal control of the entire earth.  It is the NWO fully realized.  Incidentally, I do not identify these ‘saints’ as God’s Elect.  These, I feel are other Christians (Christian rebels and patriots) who refuse to submit to the NWO.  For the Elect are not overcome, they prevail by the operation of the Holy Spirit within them.

       Let’s not forget that Rapturists (and other of the misled among the Christian groups), even though steeped in false doctrine, will never willingly submit to the worship of another other than than God and Christ. Some may be deceived, yes, and do so in ignorance; but many have heard the Elect speak of these times before they happened, and while they do not today believe it, they may well believe it when the events that the Elect spoke of come to pass.  We cannot say exactly whom these saints are but we can say that they are Christians and they are overcome by the one world system of antichrist (the first beast). 

       Does that mean that they are killed? You judge.  But after they are overcome (subdued) the (first) beast is then given "power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations...."  So if they are not killed, what happened to them?  Either they became antichristians, they died, or God put them some place. This last option is something that cannot be completely ruled out by Scripture (we speak on this near the end of the study).  Does God divinely protect some of these (other than the Elect) in the last days?  It's a nice thought.

       A more realistic thought would be that Christianity will apostate in the final days so that even those who presume themselves to be some type of Christian denomination are really vain and empty, not having the true Spirit of the Lord in them.  I think Christ hinted at this in the below Scripture:

Luke 18:8-9
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (KJV)

       I think that most Christians really don't realize the magnitude of the apostasy of the Christian Churches today (all of them), they really don't.  By the way, the "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" is another proof against any 'Rapturing of the Christians,' for had Christ Raptured all the believers out before the Tribulation then He wouldn't have had to muse over whether He would return at the end of the Tribulation to a world with any faith - all the faithful would have been taken out beforehand.

       But let's move on with our present Scripture documentation that Christians shall be killed:

Rev 13:1-18 (Cont.):

Rev 13:
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship
[prostrate oneself in homage] him [first beast] whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

       The saints of the preceding verse (vs. 7) have failed their mission, for we see that despite their efforts "all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him."  I identify this group (the saints of vs. 7) as Other Christians in General (see Legend Of Terms), aside and apart from the Elect and the 144,000 groups of Christians.  Whatever the "to make war with the saints, and to overcome them” of the preceding verse means, the result is that the Saints and Prophets are no longer providing effective opposition at this time.  They are either no longer resisting, no one is listening to them, or they are deceased; for now “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him” except for those foreordained, i.e. the Elect, from the foundation of the world; all other's on earth are apparently at this time those "whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world," because that "all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him"This is quite a change, something had to happen.  Something substantial! 

       The Rapturist would dream that a Rapture happened here.  But that is folly, and besides, there are still other Christians killed after this above event - so why weren't they Raptured at the same time?  Then even more Rapture foolishness will say that there is a two-stage Rapture, then three, five... and on and on it goes.  There is no Rapture in the Word of God, it is a false doctrine, a tradition of men not of God; see The Rapture Theory; What Does God's Word Say About It? 

Returning to our Scripture:

Rev 13:
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

We seek, Lord, we seek!

10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

        Here the Holy Spirit mentions that some may be killed at this time; i.e., per the Scripture it is possible that some be killed depending on the actions of the individual.  If you look this Scripture up in the The Companion Bible footnotes on page 1901, it is actually speaking of destiny.  And though it may be interpreted to be speaking of Christians being killed with the sword, for it does speak of them as "Here is the patience and the faith of the saints," we have better and more clear witnesses than this, so why 'argue' over this one?

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

       John sees another beast come up. This “another beast” is antichrist in person, on the earth physically; it is satan in his end-time role as false god, false savior.  Now things change. No longer does satan manipulate from afar, he is now here to do so in person.  The proverbial 'heat" on the world is turned up geometrically (a lot).   He "had two horns like a lamb" indicating that he shall appear as the Lamb of God, but this lamb (actually one who looks like the Lamb but is not) in the verse above is the impostor, for it doesn't say that he is the Lamb, but rather that he looked like a lamb having the accompaniments and adornments of a lamb (horns).  Of course this is speaking metaphorically, for neither the True Lamb (Jesus) nor the false lamb (satan) has horns.  Where it says that "and he had two horns like a lamb", the word 'like' is defined as below:

like Greek word #3664  homoios (hom'-oy-os); from the base of NT:3674; similar (in appearance or character): KJV - like, + manner.   [this is the Strong's Concordance way of illustrating 'like manner,' and is used throughout the Strong's;  i.e., like + manner = like manner.] .

       And this false lamb "spake as a dragon" because he is the dragon, i.e., he is satan.  The dragon is just one of satan's many names, antichrist is the title that Bible expositors know him by in the final times "...the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.... [antichrist shall accomplish this, in no other role was satan successful at this completely]" (Rev 12:9).

Rev 13:
12 And he
[antichrist, the “another beast”] exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

       Antichrist heals the wound to the NWO spoke of in vs. 3 of this chapter: “and his deadly wound was healed” (Rev 13:3).    A matter of fact; the beast whose deadly wound was healed, i.e., that particular beast.   This second beast (antichrist) compels the whole world to worship his system (the first beast is the global system of antichrist, it is the so-called NWO), "and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed" This was compelled in verse 8 spoken of earlier.  This is spoken of in greater detail now because John has since introduced the second beast (antichrist) and only now can fully elaborate on his part in the scheme.  Although John does identify the dragon, whom is the second beast antichrist, and whom we saw that in Rev 12:9 it was satan himself, as being in authority over the first beast (NWO); least you think that I add to the Scriptures  "...and the dragon [2nd beast] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority" (Rev 13:2).  Verse 12 above answers as to how the first beast wrestles control of the world that we read of in verse 8.

Rev 13:7-8
7 And it was given
[by the 2nd beast antichrist] unto him [the 1st beast NWO] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him [by the 2nd beast] over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  KJV

Rev 13:
13 And he
[antichrist] doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14 And [antichrist] deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast [the 1st beast NWO]; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast [to the 1st beast], which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

       Antichrist ‘resurrects’ (makes in-effect again, reanimates) his confederation (the 1st beast, i.e., the NWO), this time he is here as it’s savior and despot (tyrant).

15 And he [antichrist, the 2nd beast] had power to give life unto the image of the beast [of the 1st beast] , that the image of the beast [1st beast] should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast [1st beast] should be killed.

Two very important points are contained in this verse, well, three.  

  1. The image is of the first beast (the NWO) not of the second beast (antichrist).

  2. In this verse, submission is demanded to satan’s system (NWO), the image of his system (NWO) not to satan (antichrist) himself. The direct worship of satan (as antichrist) comes later in the Tribulation, this is satan's whole object and scheme of the Great Tribulation - The worship of him (satan) as God.  

  3. Satan CAUSES (see Legend Of Terms) that some be killed for not worshiping the image of his system; i.e., for resisting the NWO. It does not say when or for how long this goes on, it simply states whom is responsible for the command.  It does not say that satan himself commits these murders.

       Now the point that I am trying to draw out here is that this verse is set during the time of the Tribulation. And it clearly states that some are to be killed during this time for refusing to worship the image of the beast.  Christians are not allowed by God, under penalty of eternal destruction, to worship the image of beast, in fact Christians are rewarded for being beheaded rather than to worship this godless image "...and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for..... and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image...." (Rev 20:4).  There can be no doubt that the Tribulation is well under way when these deaths are ordered.

       This is a most unavoidable 'problem' for those who contend that no Christians shall be killed during the Tribulation.  For we see that it is some of the 'best' Christians that are killed here. (I personally believe that the group spoken of below are the 144,000.  I also believe that the 7,000 never die, but are changed at the Second Advent.)

Rev 20:4
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (KJV)

Continuing our Scripture:

(Go To Legend Of Terms)

Rev 13:
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

       This is something new and apart from worshiping the image.  Now they must be branded, either physically or spiritually (why confuse the issue here now, for it is really both), no matter, the fact is that they must willingly take a token of servitude without the which they cannot operate day to day in this world.  No death is threatened upon the refusal of the mark as death was ordered for the refusal to worship the system which is made by men (NWO). 

       Satan cannot force anyone to take his mark of servitude.  It must be given of men freely.  He may only use subterfuge (trickery) not murder (or torture, I might add).  This is to be satan's final 'crowning glory,' so he would think, to receive the willing worship of God's world.  To be made to do something doesn't 'count.'  Under great torture a human will say or do anything - this is not charged against the man by God.  Torture can bring about an extreme form of insanity.  Satan will not be allowed to do this.  And even if he was (which he isn't), but for the sake of argument, the profession given under such duress would not count as valid - in other words, satan would not have gained that which he sought, he would not be worshipped as God.

The Elect being tried, the 7,000 whom may face satan eye to eye:

Luke 21:18
18  But there shall not an hair of your head perish. (KJV)

       Christ spoke the above verse to the Disciples when they had asked Him what would be time and signs of the end.  And as a means to document that the above Scripture was future promise to God's Elect in the end times I will post the entire Scripture so that we may look at in what context God made the promise "But there shall not an hair of your head perish"; for surely He didn't mean the Disciples themselves, as they would all, with the exception of John, go on to be martyred.  Christ's answer was prophecy, they asked the question and Christ answered it.  Only they didn't know that it would be some twenty centuries before it would be fulfilled. 

       Christ, nor Scripture, ever let on that the end would be so very far away — lest the people get lax.  The message was for everyone to always to be ready, for the end is always near for the individual.  And this wasn't an untruth, for when any person dies, it is, in effect, the Day of the Lord for them, for they shall see Him.  The message to be ready was for all generations.  Don't just skip over the below 23 verses for there is much contained within them that is relevant to our study:

Luke 21:5-28
5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,
6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down
[this has not yet been fulfilled, for we still have the foundation stones one upon another and the Western (Wailing) Wall of the Temple Mount.  And in Luke 19:41-44 Jesus includes all Jerusalem city as well in the prophecy].

7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them
[See our The Unforgivable Sin
for an eye-opener on those who say that they are Christ — The Anointed ones!] .
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by
[and there have been many down through history, none yet heralding the end].
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven
[these signs shall herald the true end].
12 But before all these
[before the end, i.e., in the last generation], they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake [God's Elect, the Apostles were also a type.  But we see later on down this Scripture that the ones Christ spoke of here shall not have a hair on their head perish - but the Apostles were martyred.  Christ is not here speaking of the Twelve Apostles.].
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony
[once again, the Elect shall testify].
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death
[some Christians shall be put to death; that is the premise of this Bible study].
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

Some will be protected from death:

not: Greek word #3364 ou me (oo may); i.e. NT:3756 and NT:3361; a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all:  KJV - any more, at all, by any (no) means, neither, never, no (at all), in no case (wise), nor ever, not (at all, in any wise). Compare NT:3378.

perish:  Greek word #622 apollumi (ap-ol'-loo-mee); from NT:575 and the base of NT:3639; to destroy fully (reflexively, to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively: KJV - destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

In your endurance and constancy your life shall be preserved:

patience:  Greek word #5281 hupomone (hoop-om-on-ay'); from NT:5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:  KJV - enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting).

souls:  Greek word #5590  psuche (psoo-khay'); from NT:5594; breath, i.e. (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from NT:4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from NT:2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew OT:5315, OT:7307 and OT:2416): KJV - heart (+-ily), life, mind, soul, us, you.

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh [not one of the Apostles wrote in the New Testament of witnessing the destruction of Jerusalem (save for John in Revelation prophecy)].
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled
[this was not fulfilled in 69/70 a.d. when Jerusalem fell, for all things were not yet then fulfilled].
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 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
[here is a clue for us: "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." (Rev 11:2)].
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring
[this is future yet];
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken
[this is future yet, for it is said of God: "Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven." (Heb 12:27)].
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory
[hasn't happened yet; the Apostles saw Jesus leave up in a cloud (Acts 1), they never saw Him return].
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh
[then shall come the end, for our Redemption is the Second Advent].  KJV

       These things were not fulfilled in His servants the Apostle's time, nor any time yet.  They shall be fulfilled in His servants the Elect's time.  The point being, those reserved ones, those Elect that shall be used in the final days shall never die.  As for other Christians?  Let us see.

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Rev 13:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Three conditions:  

1).    "he that had the mark"  

2).    or (not and) "the name of the beast"

3).    or (not and) "the number of his name"

       These are three separate classes of people that serve antichrist in the final time.  More could be said here on this, but why confuse the issue.  If one does not meet at least one of these three conditions he has no right to the 'pleasures' of antichrist’s world, and thus has no right to even exist at this time.

       One cannot operate within the NWO without being on-board with serving the false god antichrist at this time, i.e., without the mark, or the number, or name.  But still no death is threatened them, they just can’t co-exist within the NWO unless they serve their (the NWO’s) god antichrist.  Death at this time, if at comes at all, is now only through denial of food, medicine and basic human services.  The killing was never committed by satan or his supernatural angels, they cannot kill.  The killing prior to now has been committed by men on earth serving satan through the one world system (NWO 1st beast) that THEY SET UP.  Also, the image of the beast had power to cause the death of those who would not worship it..  

       Why won't satan personally kill (other than the Two Witnesses), you ask?  Let's examine the results of compelling another to do your wishes through murder or the threat thereof.  Let's look at how man receives response by this method and then how satan would receive response by this method (cause and effect).  While man may compel other men by murder and threat thereof, and they may get their desired intent by this unwilling compliance, but none who do so simply to save their life really meant it, they just do it (like a rape at knifepoint).  Which matters not to the man doing it.  

       Satan however, works on a different plane with different rules, he seeks not compliance but worship.  He cannot have the true worship and adoration of the world if it is feigned (faked) by them in an effort to save their own very lives (wherein would be the guilt for false worship if done under extreme duress and not truly meant?); no more than God could have true love if He forced men to love Him.   I believe that the 1st beast does much killing during the 42 months, but the 1st beast is a one-world system of HUMAN men.  We see in Rev 9:5 that the fallen angels cannot kill anyone "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months...." (Rev 9:5).

       This would be a 'dry' victory for satan, having worked diligently for sixty centuries to accomplish placing his own throne on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, ruling over God's created world as lord and master over the entire world, but with with feigned worship from a world that denies him in their hearts; this is totally unacceptable to satan; worship involves a great degree of willing servitude and inner belief.  While you can force someone to obey and serve you, you cannot force them to love and worship you or to believe in you.  Remember, satan wants to be as GOD, to be God if only he could.  

       The below is the definition of the worship that satan and his beast system both shall enjoy from the world; i.e., "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" (Rev 13:4):

worshipped Greek word #4352  proskuneo (pros-koo-neh'-o); from NT:4314 and a probable derivative of NT:2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore):  KJV - worship.

       I personally believe that the reason that satan 'needs' this performed perfectly is to save his very own life.  For if he can gain the worship of the world, which worship is death to them that worship, then, perhaps, he thinks that God would once again stay his execution.  This is why satan is still alive today and why he wasn't executed at the first rebellion.  He drew so many of the Stars of Heaven (peoples - souls) with him in that rebellion (Rev 12:3-4a), that God, not willing to destroy so many, decided on giving another chance to His creation.  That is why we are here today. 

       And satan believes that if he can just get enough of the world to worship him as God once again, then God may yet again reconsider executing satan's death sentence.  It is not in our authority to consider whether this be possible or not.  However, Jesus did say "..and the scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35) and those same Scriptures speak of satan's end "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone..." (Rev 20:10).  But I guess that if you are satan and you have nothing, then you have nothing to lose.

       No, for worship (even the worship of a false god) to be binding, to mean something, it must come from the heart, it must be both real, willing, and heartfelt.  The world shall love this one, this impostor, this antichrist.  I know, it is such an appalling thing to fathom, but antichrist buys the world's adoration and his 1st beast system had prior removed (killed) all that could not be so bought.  That is why God ends the world shortly after satan accomplishes this; and Jesus Christ, the love of the souls of the saved, returns to this earth not with kind words and forgiveness on His lips, but with legions of destroying angels who shall make quick work of this the ultimate insurrection against God and all that is holy, true, and good, and right. 

       Satan shall accomplish corrupting the very order of God's creation to it's core; and for the sin of the world, which sin is that they did partake of the forbidden in worshiping satan, God shall destroy magnificently.

Continuing our Scripture:

(Go To Legend Of Terms)

Rev 13:
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast
[second beast - antichrist]: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (KJV)

       Not 6,6, and 6 as is commonly thought, but rather as three separate numbers '600' and '60' and '6'.  For in the Greek it is three separate letters (Greek numbers are represented by letters of the Greek alphabet, kind of like the Roman Numeral system which is: i = 1, v = 5, x = 10, l = 50, c =100, etc.).  Those reading Bullinger's unedited works have no doubt become adept at the Roman enumeration system, for he uses it for his Scripture references, etc..

       It is not entirely clear that they are to be added up together and displayed as their sum total, which would be six hundred and sixty six (666), or taken as three separate numbers (600, 60, and 6).  There is no authority for the common misconception that satan's number is three sixes (6,6,6)  The first number is not 6 but rather 594 more than six, i.e., 600.  The second number is not 6 either, but it is 54 more than 6, i.e., 60, only the final number is 6.  But why confuse our present topic with this now.  Men has tried to figure out the "666" since the words were first given.  One day we shall know; we shall know when satan arrives and then the number's significance will be plainly apparent to those not given over to antichrist. 

       Prophecy such as this, the numeration, is not given so that men may know it before hand, but rather that men may recognize it as that which God spoke of WHEN it comes to pass.  Just like when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass; prior to that, no man presumed that the Master, the King of Angels would ride a lowly mule unto His Kingdom.  But when Jesus did this, men of good faith everywhere knew that this was indeed prophecy fulfilled and that this man Jesus of Nazareth was in fact the Messiah, the Christ of God. In the end time we shall observe many such obscure prophesies come to pass.  Watch for them, that is why God foretold us of them.  

       The issue is that Christians shall be killed somewhere in the midst of the Tribulation for resisting. This is undeniable by the internal Scriptural evidence.

        These people are killed, their lives are taken from them, they die, they cease living in the flesh;  they are CHRISTIANS; and these events in this Scripture transpire solidly during the Tribulation.

        Based on the above Scripture I feel that Christians shall indeed be killed during the Great Tribulation.  

 

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3rd Evidence of Christians Being Killed During the Great Tribulation
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~~~  Rev 16:1-7  ~~~

(Go To Legend Of Terms)

 

Rev 16:1-6
1        And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

       Let’s set the time of this Scripture.  This is well into the Tribulation, near the end of the Tribulation in fact.  It is time for God to pour out His wrath upon His disobedient earth.

2        And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

       We see men punished for things that they did during the Tribulation.  Based on the reference to the “mark of the beast” this class of peoples can only exist after the Tribulation began, after the second half of the Tribulation began even, near the end of the entire Tribulation.

3        And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4        And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5        And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

       God’s judgment is being poured out on a world for what was done by them personally, their generation at a time in the Tribulation.  What have they done?  we shall see below:

6        For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

       They (these ones) have killed the prophets and saints so THEY (these ones) are given blood as THEIR (these ones) drink.  This verse is solidly in the midst of the Tribulation, and I feel that the specific reference to blood prevents this Scripture from being spiritualized away as 'deception' or some other such thing.  they shed blood so they shall have blood for water.  it is no stretch of reality for God to turn waters to blood, for He did it once before as our example:

Ex 7:20-21
20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.  KJV

       Likewise, it’s (blood's) connection with the saints and prophets would rule out any reference to deception.  For saints and prophets are not deceived but rather they are the ones who, by unction from God, break the deceit by speaking God's truth.

       Furthermore, the only things turned into blood are liquids in vss.3-5.  I say this because some like to 'spiritualize away' all death and killing in Revelation in regards to Christians as "symbolic of deception."  Every Scripture must be analyzed individually as to meaning and metaphor (symbolism).  God said blood and He meant blood., He could not mean the blood of the prophets saints was metaphor and on the other hand the blood of "the rivers and fountains of waters"  was literal -- not in the same verse and statement. 

       Once again I muse with Bullinger:  "Why is there this universal effort to have us believe that God always means something different from what He says?  Whence comes this spirit?"  -- Ethelbert William Bullinger (1837-1913) Commentary On Revelation.  

Continuing our Scripture:

(Go To Legend Of Terms)

Rev 16:
7        And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

       God has judged them fairly.  The rest of the chapter shows God’s judgments upon them.  But God does not yet kill them, which is the just penalty for murder - Gen 9:6 (below).  He still offers them time to repent.  They do not.  Later God shall destroy them all (Rev 19:21).

Gen 9:6
6        Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. (KJV)

       Think of the above verse the next time you see some misguided so-called Christian Clergyman chanting outside of the Execution Block of a prison with a candle in his hand.  He's having a 'vigil,' you see, a vigil protesting the execution of murders.  He would better spend his evenings reading and learning of the Word of God "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." (Gen 9:6).  And with some of the things that they chant at these 'vigils' and the things that they write upon their signs, they come nigh close to calling God's judgments unjust!

Romans 9:14
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  KJV

2 Chronicles 19:6-7
6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. KJV
  

       With the so-called Christian Ministers of these end-times preoccupying themselves with contradicting God and His Holy Bible is it any wonder that it shall come to pass that which was written of the world during the Tribulation: "...and all the world wondered after the beast..." (Rev 13:3), and "...they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast..." (Rev 13:4), and, "...all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him..." (Rev 13:8).

       Are there good Christians Ministers out there?  Of course there are, and may God bless each one!  They know what I am saying here, they see their contemporaries and the mischief with Scripture and judgment that most do today.  So please don't let me injure any good Minister of our Lord's, for they are far and few between, God blessed to the man! 

Below we hear of the killings (murder) of the faithful:

Rev 19:1-21
1        And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2        For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged
the great whore [the first beast (NWO)] , which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood [death] of his servants [these are Christians by religion] at her hand [it is the first beast (NWO) that actually does the murder].

       Here we see that we are speaking of the events mention in our previous 16th chapter.  And we also read God righteous judgments stated again.  We also see that the great whore (Babylon) is responsible for the murder of God’s servants.  Babylon is not yet arisen in our time.  She is growing and building as we speak, but she is not yet fully come in, she is gathering together, but she has not yet risen: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy" (Rev 13:1).   

     Babylon is the Tribulation of antichrist. (Please do not confuse God’s wrath with the Great Tribulation; they are two different events, though they happen oftimes times intertwined).  One causes the wrath of God, the other is the wrath of God itself.  One is inspired by satan, the other is God’s recompense.  The Great Tribulation and antichrist’s Tribulation refer to the same event, it is just the way that we say it.  God does not bring Tribulation (temptation) only recompense and wrath.  "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth" (Rev 3:10).

       Skipping to the last verse on the above Scripture we see God’s righteous judgment being carried out (I guess that God is for capital punishment, huh?):

       The execution of the ungodly (which is only the beginning of their sorrows):

Rev 19:21
21        And the remnant were slain with the sword of him
[Jesus Christ Triumphant] that sat upon the horse  which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (KJV)

        My point for bringing this Scripture here into our discussion is that there are Saints and Prophets that are killed by men living during the end of the Tribulation. 

         These people are killed, their lives are taken from them, they die, they cease living in the flesh;  they are CHRISTIANS; and the events in this verse transpire during the Tribulation.

        Based on the above Scripture I feel that Christians shall indeed be killed during the Great Tribulation.  


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4th Evidence of Christians Being Killed During the Great Tribulation
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~~~  Rev 6:3-13  ~~~

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Rev 6:3-13
3        And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

       This is the Second Seal so we are definitely into the Tribulation now. What happens?

4        And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.


       As we have stated throughout this Tribulation Study, men (the first beast, the NWO) shall kill men during the Tribulation. But there’s more, let’s continue on and find the Christians who are killed.

5        And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6        And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

       Famine, poverty, corrupt balances (scales for the measurement merchandise for sale), inflation...., this is all during the first 'half' (part 1 of 2 - not actually half the time anymore) of the Tribulation which is the 42 months spoken of in Rev 13:5 "...and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months".  And while satan (antichrist is controlling/orchestrating these events he is not yet physically on the earth.  He has not yet been cast out as per Rev 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." 

7        And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

Forth seal, moving further towards the end of the first 'half' of the Tribulation.

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.

       Men shall be killed during the Tribulation, nobody denies this, but our sad job here is to prove that CHRISTIANS as well shall be slain during the Tribulation.

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:

       Here is documentation that good men shall also be killed. Some try to say that this is speaking of the martyrs of old.  But as we shall see in a couple of verses later it doesn't matter to our point.  They also try to do the same thing with the below Scripture not paying attention 

Rev 20:4
4        And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (KJV)

       I feel that they are in error due to the fact that the mark of the beast is only offered AFTER antichrist arrives on the earth; thus placing the time as DURING the Tribulation.  The next verse in our current Scripture gives us some more evidence.

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?

       Let's really look at this verse.  It starts with: And they cried...This begs the question, "they" who?  It is 'those' from verse 9, the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.

       “They” are calling for God’s vengeance upon "them that dwell on the earth".  "Them" who?  Those (these same) whom dwell upon the earth (i.e., they that are alive at the time of the vision).  This verse is set during the first part of the Tribulation, the martyrs under the altar of God are asking God when He shall make a full end of it (i.e., when he shall come in Glory and Power and destroy the wicked.  In the next verse God answers.

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.

       Ok now, no matter if you want to argue that those "the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held" in verse 9 were Martyrs of old, from of a long time ago or not, it is nevertheless undeniable that now (after this time) that "more" shall be killed.  But are these "more," CHRISTIANS or Heathens?  Let's examine what the Scripture says of them.

       In this verse 11 the Lord is speaking TO men who were "slain for the word of God, and for the testimony".  The Lord then goes on to say that in a little while MORE people shall "be killed as they were".  To identify who this second group of slain Martyrs are to be, and whether or not they be Christians, we have to understand how the first batch were killed.  They were killed for "the word of God, and for the testimony which they held".  So the next batch will be killed for their testimony DURING the Tribulation.  This could only be CHRISTIANS at that time.  For at that time no other future people could be called a "fellow servants" and "brethren" of those that died for the Lord, save for CHRISTIANS.  For since Christ Jesus came in the flesh and was crucified and resurrected, nobody can be a servant of God in good standing "white robes were given unto every one of them" while yet not believing in His Son, for "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." (1 John 2:23)

       These, then, who shall yet be killed, necessarily have to be Christians.  And this is clearly in the Tribulation's time scope, for from the next verse we can deduce that the second group of Martyrs are killed AFTER the Fifth Seal.  (I believe this second group of Martyrs to be the 144,000)

Rev 6: (cont.)
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;
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. (KJV)

       This is the arrival of satan (antichrist) and his fallen angels (the locust army).  They are as "untimely figs," they out of season, i.e., they fall before the time of harvest, they are unripe and as such are unfit for good purpose.  The same as antichrist is a 'christ' out of season, an impostor of Christ who comes BEFORE the time of the Second Advent.  He is premature and thus is not the One awaited for.  Below is the Strong's for "untimely":

untimely:  NT:3653  olunthos (ol'-oon-thos); of uncertain derivation; an unripe (because out of season) fig: KJV - untimely fig.

       Based upon the internal evidence in the above Scripture, however uncomfortable it is for some to realize, Christians shall be killed during the Tribulation.  Let's refresh our memory as to whom we speaking of:

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.

        These people are killed, their lives are taken from them, they die, they cease living in the flesh;  they are CHRISTIANS; and the events in this verse transpire during the Tribulation.

        Based on the above Scripture I feel that Christians shall indeed be killed during the Great Tribulation.  

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Other Evidences; Hope For The End-Time Christian; And Whom to Watch
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       So then, may we rest our case?  Can we say that we have proven our point through the Scriptures, as uncomfortable as our point is, that point being that Christians shall be killed during the Great Tribulation of antichrist.  Certainly we have more than met the Biblical standard “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (2 Cor 13:1). We have given four in-depth Scriptural witnesses and alluded to several more in the course of this study.

       And it is not that we have exhausted the Bible of references to the killing of Christians in the Tribulation, hardly, but rather that we feel that we shall be seen as ‘beating a dead horse’ if we continue piling on Scriptural witness after Scriptural witness which all shout the same thing loud and clear: There shall be Christians killed during the Great Tribulation!

Had we been so inclined we might have equally given examination to:

Revelation 2:9-11
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
[implying that the first death did hurt them.  Also, the reference to 'first' and 'second' death removes any chance that the "be thou faithful unto death" is symbolic, for if the first death is symbolic then also is the second death symbolic.  But we see that this second death is anything but symbolic "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." (Rev 20:14), and, "...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Rev 21:8).

Or we could have examined:

Revelation 14:11-14
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
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.
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. KJV

Or:

Revelation 17:6-7
6        And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7        And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. (KJV)

Or we could have even looked in the Gospels:

Matthew 24:3-9
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?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
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.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
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.  KJV

Or again in the Gospels:

Matthew 10:16-24
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them
[not the Elect who testify, but most likely other Christians] to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.  KJV

Or we could have looked at Old Testament Scripture which speaks of the latter days:

Deut 32:42-43
42        I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.
43        Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people. (KJV)

       The above are the last two verses of that Song of Moses which is to be sung by the overcomers at the end of the Great Tribulation

Or another Old Testament Scripture which speaks of the latter days:

Zech 13:1-9
1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.  (KJV)

       But let's close with Christ’s words themselves, for Jesus was well acquainted with persecution, and ultimately with execution.  Christ mentions the suffering of the faithful to be as, at times, like unto the suffering that He Himself was subjected to.  He told us to: “and take up his [their] cross, and follow me.” (Matt 16:24) , and to the enemies of His servants He said: “some of them ye shall kill and crucify” (Matt 23:34), and to His servants themselves He said; “yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” (John 16:2), and looking to the future He gave this somber word:

Luke 23:28-31
28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
31 For if they do these things in a green tree
[whilst the Son of God was here], what shall be done in the dry? [after He departs]  KJV 

       Was all this testimony all for naught?  Was this only speaking of those other fellows and not also for the end-time Christian as well?  Can we rightly claim Christ's words that were spoken to and of His Apostles and Disciples of glad things as to also pertain To US in the end of times by ensample, but not also accept the consequences as well as OUR OWN ensamples?

       Why?  What justification have we for making such an assertion?  What, they were worthy of death from men in the first century of Christianity, and then all down through the history of the church, and even till our very day; but then BAM, we are not to be killed nor found worthy of death from men under satan’s direct personal control in the last century of Christianity on earth during the greatest Tribulation to ever befall God’s man?

Matt 24:21-22
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh
* [sarx] be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. [shortened, curtailed; NOT eliminated!] KJV

                * [Gr. #4561: sarx - Carnal flesh, the body (as opposed to the soul or spirit)]


       It comes down to this one thing only: We Must Believe God Over Man Whenever The Two Are At Variance!

       Shall we listen to the inventions and imaginations of Scholars, the men of letters who ‘spiritualize away’ every unpleasant truth but at the same time claim to themselves every promise of glad things from the Scriptures.  How very convenient it must be for them. And vanity.

       But is that what we have learned to do?  No, we are not to do that, and rather than to try to make the Bible align with men’s words and preconceived notions, let us simply believe God and make men come into line under the Word of God, simple, pure, trustworthy and unbreakable.
 

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HOPE In The End Times
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        Well we've seemed to paint a pretty gloomy picture here in this study.  But that was not our intent, our intent was to search the Scriptures for information regarding what shall befall the end-time Christian so that he may be aware of the things that are happening, as they happen, and thus be better prepared to execute their duties in a manner that shall not leave them ashamed at Jesus' coming.  As they say "forewarned is forearmed."  This is exactly the stated reason why Jesus warned of the persecutions to come:

John 16:1-4
16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that
[in order that] ye should not be offended.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues
[excommunicate you]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service [is presenting an offering to God.  Thus also proving that those doing the killing are deceived into thinking that they serve the true God.].
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.  KJV

offended: NT:4624  skandalizo (skan-dal-id'-zo) ("scandalize"); from NT:4625; to entrap, i.e. trip up (figuratively, stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): KJV - (make to) offend.

1 Peter 4:16
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  KJV

Duteronomy 4:30-31
30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
31(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.  KJV

Joel 2:28-32
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. (KJV)

whosoever: 3605 kol (kole); or (Jer. 33:8) kowl (kole); from 3634; properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense):  KJV-- (in) all (manner, [ye]), altogether, any (manner), enough, every (one, place, thing), howsoever, as many as, [no-] thing, ought, whatsoever, (the) whole, whoso (-ever).

delivered: 4422 malat (maw-lat');   a primitive root; properly, to be smooth, i.e. (by implication) to escape (as if by slipperiness); causatively, to release or rescue; specifically, to bring forth young, emit sparks:   KJV-- deliver (self), escape, lay, leap out, let alone, let go, preserve, save, X speedily, X surely.


Luke 21:14-19
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.  KJV

Matthew 10:16-21
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.  KJV

 

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God will protect His Elect during the Tribulation of antichrist!


        God will protect His Elect during the Great Tribulation of antichrist! the fact that there shall be no Rapture does not mean that we Christians are forsaken.  Ezek 14:12-23  (supplied below) is an excellent witness that we will be here during the tribulation (no Rapture!).  A couple more are:

  • The three Hebrews in the oven: God didn't take them out, He was with them while they were in.

  • Noah: God didn't take him off the earth He protected him on the earth in an Ark.

  • Lot: God didn't Rapture Lot before the destruction of Sodom, He warned him and waited till he walked into the hills then destroyed Sodom while Lot was still in the world.

  • In Egypt: God didn't Rapture the Hebrew children out, He showed them how to place the blood of the Lamb on the door post and the death angel passed over them.

        It was that blood, which was only a 'type' of the blood of Christ, the blood of the true Lamb Jesus Christ that shall protect us during the tribulation of antichrist.  Christ shall protect us, and satan has direct orders to keep his hands off God's faithful.  Below are a couple of Scriptures that guarantee that God will not leave us during the tribulation to be fodder for the damned:

Luke 10:18-19
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (KJV)

Ezek 2:6
6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. (KJV)

Mark 16:18
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (KJV)

Acts 28:3-5
3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper
[serpent, a 'type' of satan/antichrist in end times] out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. (KJV)


Rom 16:20
20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (KJV)

Luke 21:17-19
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls. (KJV)

Rom 8:31
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (KJV)

Heb 13:5
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (KJV)

Rev 9:1-4
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star
[satan/antichrist] fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts
[satan's locust army (fallen angels)] upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. (KJV)

John 17:14-21
(Jesus' prayer to God)
14 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.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (KJV)

        God is able to protect us, to not believe that means that we must not believe any of the promises in God's Word.  Personally, I can't wait for the Tribulation, even the Apostles and Prophets wished to be here at that time.  What a time to live and witness for our Heavenly Father!  If I didn't believe God would help us, then why live another minute?  They might as well kill me now, what hope would there be, the Scriptures would have been in vain - God forbid!!!

        We are living in such a mighty and unique time in the history of God's creation, we are going to see the end of the Bible!  With our own eyes we are going to live through the events of the end of the Bible - fathom that!  How many of the faithful all down through time would have loved to trade places with us!

        Don't fear the Tribulation, long for it, for it is written that even the creation itself longs for the return of Messiah, and He isn't coming a babe to be spitefully entreated and crucified this time, this time He is coming in great wrath and fury with the Host of Heaven to cleanse and purge all that satan has accomplished against the perfect plan of God, yes, even beginning with Eve in the Garden, satan's first assault on the seed of Christ (Gen 3:15) and the attempt to destroy the promise of the Lord God to His children.

        But God's wrath won't hurt us, He's not mad at us, to us it will only be the glory of the Lord long awaited and doubted by those that perish but reward and nurturing for those who've kept the faith.  You must know that, you've got to believe it, He told us so!

        It is written in Hebrews that Jesus defeated death (satan) when he arose from the tomb, that was the moment that satan was sealed to condemnation, for satan killed God in the flesh (Jesus) forfeiting his right to exist, and Jesus Christ arose showing us the pattern of things to come for those who love the Lord, satan shall not arise save to destruction, but we whom belief shall never die that second death, the death of a soul:

Heb 2:10-16
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee
[Psm 22:22].
13 And again, I will put my trust in him.
[2nd Sam 22:3] And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me [Isa 8:18].
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. (KJV)

        God is a great consuming fire yes: "For our God is a consuming fire." (Heb 12:29), but that fire only comforts and warms those who place their trust in Him.  The whole battle of Armageddon could happen right on top of one of God's Elect but they wouldn't even get a scratch.  Yes God is going to send wrath alright, but not on us, He hasn't appointed us to wrath, he's not angry with us, but many around us at that time will be purged in a most violent of fashion.

Below is the Scripture aforementioned:

Ezek 14:12-23
12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:
14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:
20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings
[End-time Christians]: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)

        We are the light of the world, how then can we light an apostate world if we fear and quake the very God that we are trying to witness to them?  God will protect His faithful during the Tribulation of antichrist!

       One might ask then that if they aren't among the small number of the Elect and 144,000 are they therefore  going to worship the beast?  Are they going to be killed?  Are they going to Hell?  I say that God is able.  I say that God will have mercy on whom He will and wrath on whom he will.  But, you might say, "if the whole world must worship the beast and the dragon and must take the mark to survive; who then can be saved?"

Matt 19:26
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  KJV
   
 

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Hope, from the Scriptures

       There appear in Scripture two groups, who, at two different times are protected from the persecutions to come during the Tribulation.  These people in these groups could only be end-time Christians; beyond that not much else is stated of them.  Much more could be done on the below study, but a cursory look will have to suffice for now.  Perhaps another day we will study who "the women" are in the below Scriptures.

"The woman" protected during the1st part of the Tribulation (1st beast):

Rev 12:6
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days
[1260 days]. KJV

This is directly related to the first part of the Tribulation, where we see:

Rev 13:4-5
4 And they worshipped the dragon
[antichrist, 2nd beast] which gave power unto the beast [first beast]: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him
[first beast] a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months [1260 days - prophetic months have an even 30 days each, as illustrated by the Noah's Flood narrative].  KJV

"The woman" protected during the 2nd part of the Tribulation (2nd beast):

Rev 12:14
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. KJV

This is directly related to the second part of the Tribulation, where we see:

Dan 12:7
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he
[antichrist] shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.  KJV

The Elect & 144,000:

Rev 12:17
17 And the dragon
[antichrist] was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [Elect & 144,000], which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. KJV

This is also directly related to the second part of the Tribulation, where we see:

Dan 7:25
25 And he
[antichrist] shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints [Elect & 144,000] of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they [only the 144,000] shall be given into his hand until [this ends at a certain time, see 'until' below] a time and times and the dividing of time. KJV

until Hebrew word #5705 `ad (Aramaic) (ad); corresponding to OT:5704; X and, at, for, [hither-] to, on till, (un-) to, until, within.

OT:5704 (i.e., Hebrew word #5704) `ad (ad); properly, the same as OT:5703 (used as a preposition, adverb or conjunction; especially with a preposition); as far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with):  KJV - against, and, as, at, before, by (that), even (to), for (-asmuch as), [hither-] to, + how long, into, as long (much) as, (so) that, till, toward, until, when, while, (+as) yet.
 

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Who Is The first beast?
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        In closing, for there to be the persecuted, there must be a persecutor; for there to be the murdered, there must be a murderer.  We have endeavored to set forth in this study evidence that the end-time Christians shall be hunted, persecuted, and some of them killed.  We have identified the first beast as the responsible party for the actual drawing of the blood.  We have shown that they are motivated by and work for/under satan.  We also stated that satan shall come as antichrist to a world prepared for him by the first beast.  But what we have not touched on is who is this first beast?  The first beast is an earthly system, pledged to satan, made up of powerful men.

Who are these men, who is the heads of this earthly system?

  • Well, who controls the world now?  Why suppose that they shall not complete their plan?  It is clear from Scripture that somebody does.
     
  • Who is the original antichrist religion?  Who killed Christ? 

  • Who owns or controls every major media outlet? 
     
  • Who are the ten family banking houses that are the so-called Federal Reserve?  Who founded the bank of England?  

  • Who makes (and breaks) Presidents and Kings the world over?  

  • Who gave the world Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Jacobism?

  • Who controls both parties in America, both the Republican and the Democratic?

  • Who started every major conflict since the French Revolution?

  • Who founded the League of Nations, and then when that failed to take hold, the United Nations?
     
  • Who, by subterfuge, mass murder (two instigated World Wars), and intrigue stole the land of Israel and claimed to be it's rightful heirs (but are not)?

  • Who founded the NAACP which sews racial discord?  

  • Who founded N.O.W. (National Organization of Women) which has destroyed the family unit and turned our women into something they ought not be. 

  • Who were the leaders and founder (the Jewish Darwin) of the Doctrine of Evolution which separated generation upon generation of schoolchildren from the belief in God?  

  • Who started and fanned the flames of the so-called Sexual Revolution and 'bra-burning' that has caused so much grief and confusion and caused our women to become 'indiscrete,' thinking that they are just so modern and contemporary?
     
  • Who formed Planned Parenthood (the abortion group)?  Who's so-called 'race' fills most of the roster of Abortion Doctors?

  • Who runs the A.D.L. (Jewish Anti Defamation League) which sets upon every reference to God and Jesus in any place public and sues to have it banished, showing that they are as antiGod as they are antiChristian?

  • Who forms every major revolutionary public opinion through their vast influences?

  • Who founded  the Catholic's Jesuit Priesthood that tortured, raped, and murdered so many non-Catholic Christians? (The Jewish Ignatius Loyola)

  • Who headed the Russia's Jewish Bolshevik Revolution that turned the once Christian Nation of Russia into the atheist Soviet Union and slaughtered 40-60 million Christians in the purged following 1917?

  • Who got us into the Iraq War II (Bush's Jewish war machine) and then sowed public opinion against it with the Jewish owned and controlled press, as is their common method of inciting chaos?

  • Who formed and heads the Illuminati and all other satanic Secret Societies?
     
  • Who did Jesus say that it was: "...I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan." (Rev 2:9)!
     
  • Who calls themselves sons of the Israelite Patriarch Judah but have little or no Judah (or Israel) blood in their veins, being rather the mixed sons of Cain, Esau, and Mongol and Turkish Ashkenazi Khazar blood?  i.e., "them which say they are Jews [say they are of Judah], and are not"  Only one people on this entire planet fit this description.  Today you know them as those who call themselves Jews.  The Tribulation shall be a very Kosher affair.
     
  • And who makes the criticism of them, however true that criticism is, a thought crime?  Who makes all the so-called 'hate crime legislation' the world over wherein the very mention of the word "Jew" leads to the speaker being suspect of the facade of so-called antiSemitism?  Never mind the incarceration of any in Europe, Canada, Australia, etc. who dare question the remarkable "six-million" gross over-exaggeration. 

Consider this witticism: 

"In all of German-occupied Europe there were 2.4 million Jews.  After the war, 3.8 million Jews claimed "survivor" pensions from the German government.  Tragically, the remaining 6 million were lost." -- Unknown

Or, if you feel more comfortable with the testimony of a Jew on the matter:

"Not only does the '6 Million' figure become more untenable but the numbers of the Holocaust industry are rapidly approaching those of Holocaust deniers." ...  

"Indeed, the field of Holocaust studies is replete with nonsense, if not sheer fraud." ...

"Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg cast a plague on both sides, sneering that "it's not about justice, it's a fight for money." ...

"In recent years, the Holocaust industry has become an outright extortion racket." ...

"In what has become a mantra of the Holocaust restitution racket, this constituted "the greatest robbery in the history of mankind." ...

“If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one," my mother used to exclaim, "who did Hitler kill?" -- Norman Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry, Verso, London 2000, pages, 127, 55, 87, 89, 94, 81)

  • Who is it that made you feel uncomfortable or evil to have read this list of facts and agreed?

        Is this not the very same enterprises that are hurdling us into a godless society that is being 'softened up' to accept the false savior antichrist?  And I could have taken that list on-and-on-and-on; they are complete in their control, their tentacles and agents are planted in all important arenas on a global scale; and the only thing necessary is the spark that will enable them to implement fully, they are waiting for an event, an event that they themselves shall cause. But now they would be content to use, against myself, their time tested and proven method of silencing all opposition, they would call me an anti-Semite as though that somehow destroys these easily documentable facts. 

       It matters not that am not a so-called anti-Semite, for they level the charge not because it is true or not, but that it allows them to remain cloaked as they drive forward in their agenda.  In the coming times they will silence opposition by much more extreme measure, we have been reading of some of these measures in this study that will be accomplished in the end-times.

       'They' shall be the leaders of the First Beast of Revelation chapter 13 and they shall oversee the persecutions and executions.  It is their unique mind that is so immorally cross-wired that they can actually dream up and fabricate vile bizarre things like the human-skin lampshades that Jews now shamefully admit were never made by the Nazis.

       What should be scary to you, Christian, is that they actually are capable of thinking up something so horrible and bestial as human-skin lamp shades and humans rendered-down into bars of bath soap, etc.  What should scare you even more, Christian, is that they hate you.  And most dangerous of all is that they shall be, and even now are in control of the world.  During the Tribulation you will see unleashed the pits of hell that is the Jewish psyche.  Is that so-called antiSemitic?  Nope, for one they they are even not a Semitic people; and besides, it is true anyway.  You will see.  You will someday come to see that the whole "antiSemite" accusation thing was merely a ruse to silence accurate reporting on them.  And that they themselves stage many of the so-called antiSemites to defame those true men who expose the corruption that is the mind of the Jew.

       It is not as though I want to bring the so-called Jew into this, it is because the Jew has brought himself into this, they have made this, they are fulfilling their long laid out plans.  And the average Christian has been brainwashed into rejecting any exposing of them as just so much antiSemitism, racism, nazism, ...ism, ...ism, etc. ad nausea.  From their own protocols:

Excerpt from Protocols of The Learned Elders of Zion, Protocol #11

"...The goyim are a flock of sheep, and we are their wolves. And you know what happens when the wolves get hold of the flock?  

"There is another reason also why they will close their eyes: for we shall keep promising them to give back all the liberties we have taken away as soon as we have quelled the enemies of peace and tamed all parties  

"It is not worth to say anything about how long a time they will be kept waiting for this return of their liberties  

"For what purpose then have we invented this whole policy and insinuated it into the minds of the GOY without giving them any chance to examine its underlying meaning? For what, indeed, if not in order to obtain in a roundabout way what is for our scattered tribe unattainable by the direct road? It is this which has served as the basis for our organization of secret masonry which is not known to, and aims which are not even so much as suspected by, these "goy" cattle, attracted by us into the "show" army of Masonic lodges in order to throw dust in the eyes of their fellows. 

"God has granted to us, His Chosen People, the gift of the dispersion, and in this which appears in all eyes to be our weakness, has come forth all our strength, which has now brought us to the threshold of sovereignty over all the world.  There now remains not much more for us to build up upon the foundation we have laid."  (End excerpt)

It isn't the God of the Bible that moves them, but rather the god of this world (satan). 

2 Cor 4:3-4
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  (KJV)

Excerpt from Protocols of The Learned Elders of Zion, Protocol #10

“... By such measure we shall obtain the power of destroying little by little, step by step, all that at the outset when we enter on our rights, we are compelled to introduce into the constitutions of States to prepare for the transition to an imperceptible abolition of every kind of constitution, and then the time is come to turn every form of government into our despotism. 

“The recognition of our despot may also come before the destruction of the constitution; the moment for this recognition will come when the peoples, utterly wearied by the irregularities and incompetence -- a matter which we shall arrange for -- of their rulers, will clamor: "Away with them and give us one king over all the earth who will unite us and annihilate the causes of disorders -- frontiers, nationalities, religions, State debts -- who will give us peace and quiet which we cannot find under our rulers and representatives." 

“But you yourselves perfectly well know that to produce the possibility of the expression of such wishes by all the nations it is indispensable to trouble in all countries the people's relations with their governments so as to utterly exhaust humanity with dissension, hatred, struggle, envy and even by the use of torture, by starvation, by the inoculation of diseases, by want, so that the "goyim" see no other issue than to take refuge in our complete sovereignty in money and in all else. 

"But if we give the nations of the world a breathing space the moment we long for is hardly likely ever to arrive.”  (End excerpt)

       I know, you have been programmed (lied to, conditioned) to believe that the Protocols are some sort of 'nasty antiSemeitc forgery'.  On and on goes the battle between light and darkness; were you so easily warned off?  See Protocols of The Learned Elders of Zion; a spurious document?.

       If you cannot fathom that the so-called "chosen of God people" are really working for and are of satan and antichrist, and you have been seduced to think that they are the true Israel of the Old Testament times, then you are already set to fall to all the devices outlined in this study against you, and you shall worship the beast.  It matters not that you fancy calling yourself a Christian or not; you have been blinded by your own destroyer.

Excerpt from Protocols of The Learned Elders of Zion, Protocol #3

"To-day I may tell you that our goal is now only a few steps off. There remains a small space to cross and the whole long path we have trodden is ready now to close its cycle of the Symbolic Snake, by which we symbolize our people. When this ring closes, all the States of Europe will be locked in its coil as in a powerful vice."  (End excerpt)

John 8:44
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  (KJV)

Gen 3:13-15
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  (KJV)

"...the Symbolic Snake, by which we symbolize our people."  Protocol #3

It's wake-up time, Christian!  See also: The re-formation of Israel in the west.  Israel's migrations to "the appointed place." , The New World Order; What is it, When Did it Begin, is it in place? , THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TALMUD:  A Documented Exposé of Jewish Supremacist Hate Literature , etc., et al.)

       And finally, what does the Bible say of whom to fear for the persecuting and killing?  Observe whom to be wary of:

1 Thessalonians 2:14-18
14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.  KJV

John 7:1
7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. KJV

Revelation 2:9-11
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.  KJV

Revelation 3:8-10
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  KJV

Esth 8:17
17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.  (KJV)

John 19:38
38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.  (KJV)

John 20:19
19 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.   (KJV)

        And no, Jesus was not a Jew, neither was Apostle Paul, neither were any of the Twelve Disciples (except for Judas Iscariot); you have been lied to, many times in your own churches.  See: JESUS WAS NOT A JEW! Article by Benjamin H. Freedman, Hebrew Historian - Researcher - Scholar.

        Your enemy is building against you, he is against Christ Jesus and he is against you.  You had better learn what is going on around you, lest it snares you and you end up worshipping all that is evil.

2 John 7
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.  KJV

1 John 2:18-23
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.  KJV

1 John 4:1-3
4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  KJV

        Remember the above the next time some psuedo-Christian Pastor in some watered down play-Christian church invites you to an interfaith worship service or a prayer vigil with Talmudists (Judaism).  The better favor to the Jew is to tell him the truth and help to make him a Christian convert.  It that way he may have life.  A little mentioned fact is that the majority of people who call themselves Jews are Secular (atheist) Jews, including in the modern day State of Israel.

       What's my point?  My point is that this thing has already begun, and it is gaining speed and mass snowballing down a steep mountain quite directly upon the head of the Christian, which is it's real target, always has been.  There is 'nothing new under the sun;' they killed Able, they killed the Prophets, they killed Stephen, they killed the Apostles, they killed John the Baptist, they killed Jesus Christ, they remove all mention of God from the public record, and they shall kill end-time Christians.  And then God shall kill them forever.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. KJV

       In closing, I do not believe that all Christians shall be killed during the Tribulation, but many shall.  And I also do not believe that all those today who claim to be Christian, really are.  It is they who will betray Christ and convert to antichristism.  As far as the damnation of all those who follow antichrist?  Well, we do see in Scripture that God allowed some to believe the lie for their own protection — so there must be a contingency plan for them that God Himself blinded.  I also believe based on the study of the Bible in whole, that God shall protect His true Christians because it was He (as Jesus Christ) who said "I shall never thee nor forsake thee."

Heb 13:5-6
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  (KJV)

       What then is the Christian to do? 

       Pray!

        Thank you all for your time in reading this Bible study, and I look forward to a long friendship with you all in the Word and continued conversations of all matters Biblical.  May God keep you safe in the troublous times ahead, in the name of our Savior, Friend, and Teacher; Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Eternal.

       Peace to you. 

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