|THE BEGINNING OF THE END
DECERNING THE END
Beginning of the End
A Problem in understanding the end time.
The problem in understanding the end time prophecy is connecting the various events to / in
the larger picture of the 7 year tribulation. The 7 year period begins secretly /silently. Then
intensifies to the half-way point, (1260 Days), at which time a series of notable events begin.
Then at 2300 days into the 7 years tribulation an event of utmost importance occurs to the
Family of God. After that a series of final, but very necessary, events that involve all mankind
and then the Great White Throne Judgment.
One event that has gotten great attention is the establishment of the nation of Israel in 1948.
Many have perceived / interpreted that this was an important event that set in motion a time
table for the ‘end time’. Yet 65 + years into Israel’s history and its warring neighbors
continue the same. Certainly – we should take another look at the interpretation of these
Another event that has drawn much attention is the ‘rapture of the Church’ as the Lord
removes His people from the midst of – or prior to tribulation. The Lord will absolutely
remove / rapture the last of the Family of God from physical into spiritual. But the timing of
that great event has definitely incited great debate. We need to look again at that event.
PLEASE CONSIDER AND UNDERSTAND;
THE PROPHECY OF REVELATION IS FROM THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD AS HE IS SEATED ON HIS
THRONE AND SEALED WITH 7 SEALS, OPENED ONLY BY JESUS.
That means that it was written by God – it is the complete message – it is opened in the mind
of mankind only as Jesus through His Holy Spirit opens it. When Revelation is correctly
interpreted, all other prophecies about the end times fit within its message. The other end
time prophecies enhance / magnify the message, but Revelation is the foundation – the Word
from the right hand of God.
The ‘beginning of the End’ IS :
*** A time known only to God our creator. (Reference, Matthew 24: 36 & Acts1: 7).
*** The time when the doors of heaven are closed by command of God, because all who are
going to repent and be saved have been saved. (Reference, Matthew 25: 1 - 13).
*** The time of the last generation of mankind to live on earth.
*** A time that no one will recognize any change or interruption in normal life.
*** A time when the Family of God will be complete and secure, (as per salvation) yet its last
generation will still be physically alive on earth.
The ‘Beginning of the End’ is NOT:
*** The time of the return of Jesus Christ to earth.
*** The rapture or taking away of the Church / the Family of God.
*** The rule of a person called the anti-Christ whose numerical name equals 666.
THE ORDER OF THE EVENTS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION;
*** The 7 year tribulation period begins at a time determined by God our creator. He reserves
that decision for only Himself. That fact is of utmost importance as we should not try to
outguess God. Because – we are told clearly that, “If anyone adds to these things. God will
add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the
words of the book ----, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life ----.” Revelation
22: 18 – 19.
The beginning of the 7 years of tribulation starts with the sounding of the 1st ‘trumpet’ in
Revelation 8: 7. But the deciding factor and preparations are explained in verses 1- 6.
In Revelation 8: 1 the prophecy of the 7th seal is opened. The message of the 7th seal is
prophecy of the coming 7 year tribulation that will bring God’s creation to its end.
The seal is opened and ‘there was silence in heaven for about half an hour’. The ‘silence’ in
heaven represents a time when there is no one repenting – receiving salvation. Throughout
history there has been the singing of angels when someone repented – entering the family of
God. So – ‘silence’ in heaven – the angels are not singing. Thus, for a short ½ hour (maybe
not literal), but, a time when God determines that ALL who are going to repent – be saved
have made their decision. With no one else to repent and enter the family of God – there is
no reason for God’s creation to continue. Thus the beginning of the end.
This is further understood in verse 2 as the smoke of the ‘incense’ goes up before the throne
of God. The ‘incense’ is explained to be the ‘prayers of all the saints’. Thus the family of God
is complete, the purpose of God’s creation is finished and He will bring its final destruction
as He has prophesied in the remaining message of the 7th seal. (The message of the 7th
seal begins in Rev. 8: 1 and continues through the end of this book of Revelation).
***** The tribulation begins only when the ‘Family of God is complete !!! And that – known /
determined ONLY by God with no pre-requisite nor clue to mankind.
The sounding of the ‘trumpets’ begin in verse 7. The results of Trumpets 1 – 4 destroys 1/3
of earths nature. Then the results of Trumpets 5 – 7 explain the SPIRITUAL destruction of
mankind, with Trumpet #6 describing the death of 1/3 of mankind as result of war.
The point is – that the tribulation begins silently / unexpectedly, then starts suddenly with
‘earthquake’ etc., then the destruction of the ‘Trumpets’ that increase in intensity and
destruction. The 2 witnesses (chapter 11) are killed at 1260 days, then resurrected at 1263
½ and immediately the 7th ‘trumpet’ is sounded. This gives to us the first understanding of
the timing of events that are important in understanding the 7 year tribulation.
Understanding the 7 year end time tribulation etc. requires knowledge, interpretation,
discernment, a meshing together of scriptures, as well as a great measure of common
sense – AND FIRST --- all that -- with an intervention and guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT OF
GOD our creator.
***** Although heralded to the ends of the earth and millions of books written, the
establishment of the nation of Israel in 1948 has only a little to do with the timing of God’s
timetable of the ‘end time’.
***Certainly God promised Abram / Abraham that from him a nation would arise as God’s
chosen people and that through his descendants the whole world would be blessed.
SOME THINGS TO HELP UNDERSTAND ISRAEL’S ROLE AT THE END OF TIME;;
God made a great and eternal covenant with Abram at the great river Euphrates.
God promised to keep His covenant with Abram and his descendants so long as they were
obedient / faithful to God their creator. If / when they became unfaithful the covenant would
be voided to the unfaithful, but renewed to the repentant / the faithful.
Many descendants of Abraham did become unfaithful – breaking God’s covenant.
Through the Old Testament Prophets God sent many warnings to His people.
During the era of the Judges the Children of Israel on several occasions -- became unfaithful
– experienced troubles, discipline from God – came back to God, repented and was
Israel, the 10 northern tribes became unfaithful, refused to repent and was destroyed by
Assyria, never to be restored.
To Judah God sent warnings / prophecy that if they did not come back to Him that Babylon
would destroy them as a nation, taking them captive to Babylon for 70 years.
They repented at the time of Josiah, but the next generation returned to unfaithfulness and
they were destroyed and many carried captive to Babylon.
God had promised through Jeremiah to restore them after 70 years of captivity and He did
For the following 400 + years Israel remained a nation, although ruled by the Greeks and then
the Romans, until Jesus Christ came, was crucified and resurrected and the message of the
Bible was mostly complete.
Then having rejected God’s plan through Jesus Christ / disobedient to God’s covenant, Israel
as a nation was destroyed again by the Romans.
In 1948 through many miraculous events and a great and driving desire in the descendants
of Abraham the Jewish nation of Israel was again established.
So – in light of the above overview of Israel’s history – the question;
Does the establishment of Israel in 1948 have an influence on God’s time table for the end of
To answer the above question please consult the Holy Spirit and wait for His answer. !!!
After weeks of prayer – reading – considering the overall of God’s relationship with Abraham
and his descendants – applying some common sense and considering how I have
God’s working relationship in my life, I come to the following statements.
God made an eternal covenant / agreement with Abraham that would be inherited by each
generation of His faithful descendants. (Example – Jacob, not Esau). Every generation until
present day has those who are faithful and those who are not. In Isaiah 44: 1 it speaks of
‘Jacob’ His called and ‘Israel’ His chosen. (Meaning – Jacob the natural man and Israel the
spiritual man. This dividing of the descendants of Abraham is seen in many OT scriptures).
Thus, the two, the faithful and the unfaithful, (Jacob & Israel) have lived together as the
nation of Israel in every generation.
God is very – very patient, longsuffering, forgiving, kind and eternally loving as He relates to
mankind. If He were not all of that to me, I would have been destroyed long ago. He has been
very longsuffering with the descendants of Abraham.
God has made steadfast boundaries by which He does not always strive with disobedient /
unfaithful mankind. God will exert discipline, by measure, to teach His people who so often
backslide. He strives with them and holds out hands of forgiveness all day long in hope that
they will return to Him, but declares the death penalty to those for whom there is no hope.
God is the Judge. He will judge with justice according to His love for His creation, who are
faithful, but with severity to those who have rejected Him.
God, by covenant, established a nation that is today called Israel.
God related to them as a parent – teaching them as a baby, thru childhood, adolescence, etc.
Throughout history God disciplined them as needed, then restored them as they returned to
(Sometimes – God restored them before they returned -- in the hope that Israel in seeing /
experiencing God’s miracles and loving kindness would return to Him.) (Writers
God’s purpose in establishing Israel was that they would become a ‘holy priesthood’, who
would deliver God’s Word (the Bible) to all mankind – and through whom Jesus Christ would
be born -- and to proclaim / give witness to mankind.
God went to great lengths -- to teach – to discipline – to forgive /restore His chosen people.
Again and again He worked and strove with them in order to –
GIVE WITNESS TO ALL PEOPLES THAT ALL PEOPLES MAY HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW
HIM AS LORD. He chose those who believed to be (Holy Priesthood) a witness to all
DID GOD RESTORE ISRAEL IN 1948 IN ORDER TO SET A TIME TABLE FOR THE END ???
MORE PROBABLE – As before GOD RESTORED ISRAEL TO GIVE WITNESS TO ALL NATIONS;
***THAT HE IS GOD AND THERE IS NO OTHER GOD.
***OF HIS FAITHFULNESS AND LOVINGKINDNESS.
***TO OFFER REPENTANCE FROM SIN AND SALVATION TO ALL MANKIND.
***AND TO SHOW BOTH HIS LOVE AND JUSTICE TO ALL MANKIND.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN !!!
**That the Jews, after the rapture of the Church, will recognize that they were mistaken
about Jesus Christ – repent and become 144,000 evangelists during the millennium!!
Remember – the millennium is the 1st resurrection – thus spiritual. Rev. 20: 4 – 6.
**That God will force His Gospel upon the citizens of Israel who are, by large majority,
atheists and – or reject Jesus Christ – God’s only plan / way for the salvation of mankind!!
Remember that Jesus told the Pharisees that their father was the devil.
**This does not mean that the Jews will have a second chance after the doors of Heaven are
closed.. Many teachers teach this – it is a very dangerous teaching for the descendants of
Abraham, yet some believe thus.
Please refer to Matthew 25: 1 – 13.
Also check ‘The Rapture – The Resurrection’ at www.spmint.com
THERE WILL BE A FINAL GATHERING OF ISRAEL !!
**In Christ Jesus there is no difference between Jew and Greek. (Galatians 3: 28 & Romans
** ‘All Israel’ includes Jews and Gentiles who are obedient to their Creator. (Romans 11).
In Revelation 7: 4 – 8 is listed the ‘children of Israel’ (Old Testament) and then verse 9 speaks
of a multitude without number from ‘all nations’. (New Testament era). Within ‘all nations’
would be included descendants of Abraham / the Jews of the New Testament era, who were
saved by ‘washing their robes --- in the blood of the Lamb’ as did persons from all other
nations of mankind. Thus, Rev. 7 enumerates ‘all Israel’ – all the Family of God at the end
time, although this completed Family of God will not be together until 1335 days into the 7
year tribulation period.
The whole Family of God is prophesied / seen as complete in chapter 7, just prior to the
tribulation beginning in chapter 8. But in real time the last generation will still be alive
physically, yet there will be no one being saved, thus the family of God is complete when the
doors of heaven are closed. The last generation of the Family of God will not be raptured out
until Rev. 14: 14 – 16, – at 1335 days into the tribulation. (Daniel 12: 12). Thus, a few of the
Family of God will experience a little more than ½ of the Tribulation.
At 1260 days the 2 witnesses will be killed, at 1290 days the image that causes desolation
will be operational and at 1335 days the last true believers will be raptured to heaven, saved
from physical death at the hands of the beast. Thus the ‘Family of God’ (all Israel --- world-
wide) has once again been defeated and removed from their God given land. They are
raptured – changed from physical bodies to spiritual bodies ‘in the twinkling of an eye’, and
the bodies of the dead in Christ will at the same time arise from earth and sea and with them
meet the Lord in the air.
THUS – the rebellious (rebellious mankind, the beast, the false prophet and the fallen angels
with satan as their leader) will take control of the earth that God had created for and given to
His people – His faithful believers, Israel, from all nations.
Then 965 days later, at 2300 days into the tribulation, Jesus with the armies of heaven riding
on white horses, ‘clothed in fine linen, white and clean’ (resurrected bodies) come for the
battle of Armageddon.
All the enemies of God and God’s people are destroyed -- for 7 months the land is cleansed,
and then the whole Family of God – all Israel is restored / returned / brought back, by acts of
God to the land that the Lord had given them / created for them. (Refer to Ezekiel 39: 11ff).
IN THE END GOD WILL FULFIL THE COVENANT / THE PROMISES HE MADE TO ABRAHAM LONG
AGO. Those promises will be fulfilled to blood descendants of Abraham who have been
faithful to their God and creator – and also to the spiritual descendants from all nations, who
have believed and been faithful as Abraham was.
Israel’s history as of 21st century ;
**Created as a physical nation by the hand of God.
**Physically destroyed twice (By Babylon, then Rome).
**Restored twice as a physical nation by the hand of God.
Israel’s future in the end time ;
Physical Israel will be divided between those (believers) who have the seal of God and those
who are not sealed (unbelievers). (Seal 6 & Revelation 7). (As it has always been).
Those descendants of Abraham -- ‘Israel’ who are sealed by God are a part of the larger
Family of God who are from all nations.
The last generation of the Family of God will be defeated by the enemies of God. The two
Witnesses will be killed at 1260 days in Rev. 11. 75 days later the remaining ones will be
raptured in Rev. 14. As result of great persecution they will be delivered from the beast etc.
by an act of God, the ‘rapture’.
Then all Israel, at 2300 days, will be with / ride with Jesus to the battle of Armageddon.
After Armageddon, the earth will be restored from the destruction of war. The Family of God,
all Israel, will be restored -- returned to the land -- the earth that our God had created and
given to us. For 1,000 years we will reign with Christ in our own land and no one will oppose
or oppress us.
After the 1,000 years we will be attacked again by our enemies, but our God will not permit
us to be defeated nor destroyed again. But will immediately cast satan into the ‘lake of fire’.
The rebellious spirits (there has been no physical humans / beings since Armageddon) will
then receive their resurrected bodies from the earth to stand before the Great White Throne
for the judgment of all mankind.
The Family of God / all Israel will be at the judgment. Their names will be found written in the
‘Book of Life’ and they will be welcomed into their eternal home in Heaven.
Mankind who have rebelled against their Creator will be found guilty by the evidence written
in the ‘books’, then immediately be cast into the lake of fire.
Israel will have served God’s purpose as they have shown – exemplified –illustrated God’s
love and justice for His creation.
Those who were faithful – HIS LOVE AND LONG SUFFERING ----
And those who were unfaithful – HIS JUSTICE.
‘HIS LOVE --- because God was sooo patient and longsuffering and diligent to bring / return
mankind to Himself.
‘HIS JUSTICE --- because God declared ‘guilty’ even those with whom He had worked with
sooo long and diligently, yet they rejected Him – He cast even those (blood descendants of
Abraham) into the lake of fire.
At the conclusion of the Great White Throne Judgment ----
We will see and understand that justice has been carried out.
All mankind owes a debt of gratitude to Abraham and his descendants:
For they bore the burden of witness (good and bad) throughout the ages so that we have the
Word of God and Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
THE END OF THE WORLD ---- The TIME LINE FOR
7 YEARS OF DESTRUCTION FOR GOD’S CREATION !!
***The end begins silently as the doors of Heaven are closed by God.
***Very soon a great earthquake strikes the earth with great storms.
***The sounding of ‘TRUMPETS’ initiate progressive destruction of creation.
***At 1260 days into tribulation the last of God’s Witnesses are killed.
***At 1263 ½ days the Witnesses are resurrected and taken to heaven.
***At 1290 days all mankind are forced to worship the image of the beast.
***At 1335 days the last generation of the Family of God are ‘raptured’ to Haven and ----
simultaneously the spirits of all of the Family of God receive their resurrected bodies from
the earth and are joined with Jesus Christ in Heaven.
***At 2300 days Jesus Christ with the ‘Armies of Heaven’ ascend upon the earth for the
‘Battle of Armageddon’ leaving no human alive physically.
***During the last 7 months of the 7 year tribulation the earth is renewed / restored to a
condition similar to the Garden of Eden. Thus the end of tribulation – the end of physical as
known to mankind.
God has reshaped the earth as seen in Revelation 16: 17 – 21.
The Family of God, resurrected mankind will cleanse the earth from the destruction of war as
seen in Ezekiel 39: 12 – 16.
***Thus, the earth is restored, prepared, returned to the complete Family of God – ‘All Israel’
from whom it was taken by the rebellious part of creation. Then the Family of God will reign
with Jesus Christ for 1,000 years – the ‘Millennium’ – restored as in the Garden of Eden.
After the 1,000 years comes the ‘final battle’ and then the ‘Great White Throne Judgment’.
Please refer to ‘The Final Battle’ and studies at
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