END TIMES Bible Study - Week Two - 8-07-17 Convert

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END TIMES Bible Study - Week Two - 8-07-17

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LAST WEEK WE DISCUSSED: While our salvation does not depend upon any of the End Times issues; discussing them serves several purposes: (1) It encourages us to dig deeper into God's Word; (2) knowledge of His Word will give us more confidence when witnessing (not that you would normally use these words in witnessing to a non-believer); and, (3) knowledge of His eternal plan will give us a stronger faith in His promise of eternal security to all who believe. RAPTURE: Jesus will return in the clouds to “snatch up” - or rapture - His body of believers. TRIBULATION: Seven years of wrath and tribulation - God's seventieth week of redemption for His people, Israel. MILLENNIAL KINGDOM: Christ will reign, the perfect theocracy, on earth for one thousand years. PRE-TRIBULATION, MID-TRIBULATION, POST-TRIBULATION : The timing of the Rapture. PREMILLENNIAL, AMILLENNIAL, POSTMILLENNIAL: The timing of the Christ's Second Coming. THE JUDGMENTS: Bema Seat for believers; Sheep & Goat for Tribulation survivors; and the Great White Throne Judgment for non-believers.

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ETERNITY TO ETERNITY

SO, WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE RAPTURE, THE TRIBULATION, AND THE MILLENNIUM? :

SO, WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE RAPTURE, THE TRIBULATION, AND THE MILLENNIUM?

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WHY HAS GOD TOLD US IN SCRIPTURE THERE WILL BE A RAPTURE ?

WHY HAS GOD TOLD US IN SCRIPTURE THERE WILL BE A RAPTURE?:

WHY HAS GOD TOLD US IN SCRIPTURE THERE WILL BE A RAPTURE ? The Rapture is God's way of bringing the Bride of Christ - those who have chosen, in this life, to be Christ Followers, Christians - into His bosom; where we will be protected from the wrath to come . Revelation 3:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:9

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EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE MUST BE SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE! WHERE IN SCRIPTURE DO WE FIND THE TEACHING OF THE RAPTURE ?

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EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE MUST BE SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE! WHERE IN SCRIPTURE DO WE FIND THE TEACHING OF THE RAPTURE ? JESUS' PERSONAL PROMISE : John 14:1-3 ( nasb ), "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you . If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself , that where I am, there you may be also." THE APOSTLE PAUL TEACHES : Of the resurrection body and the Christians Assurance 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 ( nasb ), "Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed . For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, 'DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.'" (Reference Isaiah 25:8) AND PAUL TEACHES : Refuting false beliefs that those who had died before the Rapture were lost 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ( nasb ), "But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus . For this we say to you by the word of the Lord , that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first . Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord . Therefore comfort one another with these words."

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WHY HAS GOD TOLD US IN SCRIPTURE THERE WILL BE A TRIBULATION ?

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WHY HAS GOD TOLD US IN SCRIPTURE THERE WILL BE A TRIBULATION ? The Tribulation is God's way of redeeming the remnant of His Chosen People, Israel . But, first, because they rejected their Messiah and continually turned from God and turned to the pagan world - they must pass "under the rod" while He purges, by His wrath, those who persist in rebelling and turning from God. Ezekiel 20:32-39

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EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE MUST BE SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE! WHERE IN SCRIPTURE DO WE FIND THE TEACHING OF THE TRIBULATION ?

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DANIEL'S SEVENTY WEEKS Daniel 9:24 ( nasb ), " Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city , to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place." Daniel 9:25, "So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks ; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. (Reference Nehemiah 2:4-5) Daniel 9:26, "Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary . And its end will come with a flood (a flood of soldiers); even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. (Reference Isaiah 53:8) Daniel 9:27, “ And he (the Antichrist) will make a firm covenant with the many (Israel) for one week , but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate , even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate." (Reference Matthew 24:15-21)

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ISRAEL'S 69 WEEKS HAVE PASSED - 70TH WEEK TO COME

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WHY HAS GOD TOLD US IN SCRIPTURE THERE WILL BE A MILLENNIUM ?

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WHY HAS GOD TOLD US IN SCRIPTURE THERE WILL BE A MILLENNIUM ? The Millennium is God's time for the final Refiner's Fire (Malachi 3:2).  During the Millennium, billions will be born to those believers who entered the Millennial Kingdom in their mortal bodies.  Yet, all born in a mortal body still have the Adamic Sin Nature and must receive Christ to be saved.  Because of apathy, etc. , many will not bother to seek and know Christ, even though He is ruling the world - the perfect Theocracy. That is why Satan will be released from the abyss after 1000 years.  He will be the cause of the final Refiner's Fire, the final reason for Millennial mortals to turn from the world; to turn, believe, and receive Christ.  Those who do not will join Satan in his final attempt to defeat Christ (Revelation 20:7-9) and God's fire will end their final rebellion.

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EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE MUST BE SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE! WHERE IN SCRIPTURE DO WE FIND THE TEACHING OF THE MILLENNIUM ?

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EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE MUST BE SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE! WHERE IN SCRIPTURE DO WE FIND THE TEACHING OF THE MILLENNIUM ? Revelation 20:4-6 ( nasb ), "Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus (Tribulation saints) and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years . The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed (non-believers). This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years ." Daniel 7:9, 22, 27, ( nasb ) "I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire. . . until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom . . . Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One ; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him." Revelation 20:1-3 ( nasb ), "Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years ; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed ; after these things he must be released for a short time."

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SO, WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE RAPTURE, TRIBULATION, AND MILLENNIUM? The Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Millennium are God's means of claiming His Family for eternity! The Rapture is God's way of bringing the Bride of Christ, those who have chosen, in this life, to be Christ Followers, Christians, into His bosom - where we will be protected from the wrath to come. The Tribulation is God's way of redeeming the remnant of His Chosen People, Israel. But, first, because they rejected their Messiah and continually turned from God and turned to the pagan world - they must pass "under the rod" while He purges, by His wrath, those who persist in rebelling and turning from God (Ezekiel 20:32-39). The Millennium is God's time for the final Refiner's Fire (Malachi 3:2).  During the Millennium, billions will be born to those believers who entered the Millennial Kingdom in their mortal bodies.  Yet, all born in a mortal body still have the Adamic Sin Nature and must receive Christ to be saved.  Because of apathy, etc. , many will not bother to seek and know Christ, even though He is ruling the world, the perfect Theocracy. Only those who have, by the grace of God, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ – Have become a part of the Family of God, will go into His Eternal dwelling place.

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SO, WHY THE TERRIBLE TRIBULATION? If the nation of Israel, the Jews, is the Chosen People of God - why is He making them go through the horrible wraths which will occur during the tribulation? Yes, they are His Chosen People; but, everyone - Jews and Gentiles - can only come to God the Father THROUGH Jesus Christ (John 14:6). During the Church Age, only those who, of their God-given "free will" - make the individual, personal choice to follow Christ, will be saved from the wrath of the Tribulation. Although the Jews are His Chosen People; they, too, must each make a personal choice to follow or to reject Christ as their Messiah. During the Church Age, all Jews who turn to Jesus Christ - will NOT go through the Tribulation. After the Rapture, ALL people, Jew and Gentile, who do not turn to follow Christ WILL go into the Tribulation. The purpose of the Tribulation is purge the Jewish nation . However, the Gentile nations will also pass through the Refiner's Fire. During the Tribulation, there will be a great harvest of souls from every nation, a number no one can count (Revelation 7:9). These believers, like precious metal, will only grow more pure in the Refiner's Fire; while the "dross" is cast aside. What is "dross" ? Webster's dictionary tells us it is, "A scum formed on the surface of molten metal; waste matter, worthless stuff, rubbish." The "wheat" will pass through; the "chaff" will burn (Matthew 3:12, Luke 3:17).

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GOD'S REASON FOR THE TRIBULATION? - 1 CREATION: Adam disobeys God - evicted from Eden . TIME OF NOAH: Mankind totally corrupt except for Noah's family - world destroyed . BABEL: Nimrod and his followers decide to build their own tower into heaven - people dispersed, languages confused . ABRAHAMIC COVENANT: Abraham's lineage become the Chosen People of God. JACOB/ISRAEL: God renames Jacob to Israel and his lineage becomes the Israelites. JOSEPH/EGYPT: Joseph (a type of Christ) sold into slavery to save his people. EGYPTIAN SLAVERY : Israelites' sojourn in Egypt - becomes slavery in Egypt (430 years). MOSES: Chosen by God to lead His people out of slavery - Law given; Israelites still wallow in pagan religions .

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GOD'S REASON FOR THE TRIBULATION? - 2 FAST FORWARD PAST DAVID, SOLOMON, AND THE DIVIDED KINGDOM BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY: Judah (Israelites) taken captive into Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar (70 years). DANIEL’S TIME: By the power of God, Daniel becomes respected Babylonian leader. TEMPLE REBUILT: Zerubbabel returns with remnant and rebuild temple (536 BC). JERUSALEM WALLS REBUILT: Nehemiah returns / rebuilds walls of Jerusalem (458 BC). GREEK DOMINATION: Alexander the Great; later his four generals - rule Israel/Judah. ROMAN DOMINATION: Caesars of Rome rule Israel/Judah. JESUS CHRIST: Christ comes to set His people free - they reject Him . TEMPLE DESTROYED: In 70 AD, Roman army destroys Jerusalem/Temple - Jews dispersed around world – until 1948. FAST FORWARD THROUGH CHURCH AGE AND RAPTURE TRIBULATION: The time appointed for the remnant of Israel to accept and receive their Messiah . MILLENNIAL KINGDOM: God's people, Israel ; Christ's bride, the Church ; Old Testament saints , Tribulations saints ; and Tribulation survivors - all live in peace for 1000 years - ruled by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. ETERNITY: Where we will live in the glow of Sonshine forever.

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MAJOR BOOKS OF END TIME REVELATION While End Time Prophecies are found in many books of the Bible; the major books pointing to the End Times are Daniel and Revelation. REVELATION : The Revelation of Jesus Christ Chapter 1: The revelation given: God to Jesus Christ to His Angel to His bond-servant John – Promised blessing for those who read or those who hear this book of prophecy. Chapter 2, 3: Jesus' messages to the Seven Churches. Chapter 4: Rapture and Heavenly Worship; Bema Seat Judgment* (during Tribulation). Chapter 5: Scrolls opened and the Lamb adored. Chapter 6 - 18: The Tribulation: Trials for Israel – purging of Israel and the nations. Chapter 19: Wedding Feast of the Lamb; King of king returns; Battle of Armageddon, Antichrist defeated. Chapter 20: Satan to the abyss; Millennial Reign of Christ; Satan released and final battle; Great White Throne Judgment. Chapter 21: New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem, Eternal Sonshine! Chapter 22: ETERNITY Blessings! Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

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MAJOR BOOKS OF END TIME REVELATION While End Time Prophecies are found in many books of the Bible; the major books pointing to the End Times are Daniel and Revelation. DANIEL : Chapter 2: King Nebuchadnezzar's Dream (four kingdoms) Chapter 7, 8: Daniel's Dream Visions (validation of the king’s dream) Chapter 9: Daniel's Seventy Week Prophecy Chapter 12: The end of the Tribulation and the Resurrection of the dead.

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FOUR VIEWS OF REVELATION TAUGHT IN OUR CHURCHES PROMINENT VIEWS TODAY : PRETERIST VIEW: The prophecies of Revelation evolved around the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. " Preterist " is from the Latin word praeter meaning "past." Preterists see all of the visions of Revelation as referring to the events which were fulfilled by the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Roman army. This view aligns with the Amillennial and PostMillennial views that the world will continue to grow less evil through the influence of the church - and then Christ will return for the final judgment and to usher believers into eternity. This view depends upon John having written the book of Revelation prior to 70 AD, during the rule of Caesar Nero. Yet most scholars date the book of Revelation to nearer the year 95 AD. (Emperor Domitian). FUTURIST VIEW: This PreMillennial view sees all of the visions of Revelation as being in the future. This view teaches that Jesus Christ will return after the Tribulation to establish His Millennial Reign on earth. Church historians validate the writing of Revelation to be around 95 AD, during the rule of Caesar Domitian (81 to 96 AD). Eusebius wrote, "The sentences of Domitian were annulled,. . . the Apostle John, after his banishment to the island, took up his abode at Ephesus.” VIEWS WHICH HAVE LOST THEIR FOLLOWING : HISTORICAL VIEW: Also known as the Day/Age or Day=Year view. This view sees the visions of Revelation as referring to events which have occurred or has effected the church over the last 2000 years. They view the 1260 days (time, times, and half a time - Daniel 12:7, Rev 12:14) of Daniel and Revelation as being years of church history starting with Constantine and the Roman Catholic church in 313 AD. Seventh Day Adventist founder, William Miller, used this to declare that Christ was returning in 1844; which obviously He did not. IDEALIST OR ALLEGORICAL VIEW: This view holds that all of Revelation is purely symbolic and allegorical; that none of the visions of Revelation will really happen.

OH, WHAT A TRIBULATION!:

OH, WHAT A TRIBULATION!

ALLELUUA, CHRIST REIGNS!:

ALLELUUA, CHRIST REIGNS!

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I PRAY THAT YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS FIRST TWO WEEKS OF OUR "END TIMES" BIBLE STUDY AS MUCH AS I HAVE ENJOYED LEADING IT! NEXT WEEK WE WILL BEGIN OUR VERSE BY VERSE WALK THROUGH THE BOOK OF REVELATION. "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near ." Revelation 1:3 (nasb)

WHO IS THIS GUY?:

WHO IS THIS GUY? I AM BILL GRAY – A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN SINCE 1987 IN THE EARLY 1980s GOD GAVE ME THE ABILITY TO WRITE. IN 1988, I BEGAN TO USE THAT SKILL TO GLORIFY GOD: CHRISTIAN NEWSLETTER – THE GOOD NEWS CHURCH BULLETINS AND INSERT ARTICLES BEGINNING IN 1999, I HAVE BEEN DOING INTERNET CHRISTIAN WRITING MINISTRIES: BILL & DORY GRAY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES - BLOG SITE FRIENDS MINISTRY - CHRISTIAN E-NEWSLETTER FACEBOOK NOTES - APOLOGETICS ARTICLES THE CONSERVATIVE VOICE - APOLOGETICS ARTICLES TIMESDAILY RELIGION FORUM - CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS AND, I AM PRAYING FOR MORE PLACES TO SHARE

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