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The Second Coming of Christ
By Sherry Shriner
http://www.sherryshriner.com

 

     The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is often referred to as the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord, or the Day of Judgment, or Day of Vengeance.  The Prophet Isaiah alone refers to it as the Judgment Day or the Day of Vengeance approximately 56 times. Because when the Lord comes He will put a complete stop to the rule, madness, and reign of the New World Order and Satan's kingdom on earth and, according to the prophet Daniel,  "smash it with an iron fist." In other words, He is going to completely destroy this last days empire and global government and all those involved with it including their armies and even the people of the world who joined this beast's kingdom on earth.

    But how can we know when this time is near? The Lord gave us several things to watch for so that we could recognize the times we are in, if the times we are in will indeed be the time of His return. Over the centuries His people have watched and waited to see if He would return during their time.

The Signs of Matthew Announcing the End Correlate with the 7 Seals of Revelation  

    In Matthew 24:4-14 we are given what are signs, or "labor pains." These are events that will occur over time becoming stronger and stronger as the last days get nearer and nearer.  What I have noticed is that they correspond to the 7 Seals of the Book of Revelation.

      1. The many "false prophets" of Matthew 24 corresponds to the 1st Seal, the white horse, in Revelation 6.   

    Matthew 24:5 "For many shall come in my name saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

    Revelation 6:1,2 "And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

 

      2. The "Wars and rumors of wars" Matthew 24 corresponds to the 2nd Seal, the red horse, in Revelation 6.

   Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

   Matthew 24:7a  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;

   Revelation 6:3,4  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 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.

 

     3. The "Famines" of Matthew 24 corresponds to the 3rd Seal, the black horse,  in Revelation 6.  

     Matthew 24:7b ..and there shall be famines

     Revelation 6:5.6 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, 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.

 

    4. The "Earthquakes"of Matthew 24 corresponds to the 4th Seal, the pale green horse, in Revelation 6.    

    Matthew 24:7c ..and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places.

    Revelation 6:7,8  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 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.

 

    5. The "Persecutions and tortures to the elect" of Matthew 24 corresponds to the 5th Seal in Revelation.6.    

     Matthew 24:8, 9  All these are the beginning of sorrows. 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.

      Revelation 6:9  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; 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? 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.

 

    6. "Many will fall away... lawlessness... the love of many will grow cold", Matthew 24 corresponds to the 6th Seal in Revelation 6.  

    Matthew 24:10,11 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

    Revelation 6: 12-17 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; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth (alien invasion), even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

  7. "This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed to the whole world", Matthew 24 corresponds to the 7th Seal in Revelation.8.   

    Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    Revelation 8:1  And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.   

     In Matthew 24 the labor pains get progressively worse. Do they just roll in and become the 7 Seal Judgments? Yes. These signs and seals aren't different from each other, in fact they are the same. John just gives us more detail and more of a finalized timeline to follow.

The Second Coming of Christ

     The Lord is returning.

    Not to revamp our failing economic system, cleanse the earth, teach people how to ascend to a higher spirituality, revamp our healthcare, or even save our dying ecosystems. He's not coming to distribute wealth among the poor, form coalitions, or unite mankind.

     He is coming to destroy the wicked off the face of the earth.
  

 "For behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (not one of them left)

But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4:1-6).


      What is the curse? "But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked." (Isaiah 11:4)

      He gives us a description of what the weather will be like on the day He returns to earth:

 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes (nations) of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:29,30)


     The terms "stars and powers" often symbolically refer to angels. In this instance since they are "falling" it would appear that Lucifer's armies who reside in the first and second heavens on planets and whatever else, are cast to the earth. In Revelation chapter 12 it refers to Lucifer casting 1/3 of the stars to earth. We know when he rebelled against the Most High 1/3 of the angels joined with him in his rebellion and that's what that particular passage is referring to. Stars are symbolic for angels. "Powers" are a rank of angels, a classification, or division of them. The "powers" of heaven are shaken, probably the reigning (governments) of the heavens on the various planets that rule over the fallen angels, or Aliens as we refer to them as, are shaken, overthrown.

       So before He even reaches the earth to begin His judgment on it, the "heavens" are in chaos. The Fallen Angels (aliens) are being cast down to  earth including all the bodies/governments/councils of these aliens that inhabit our skies. They are overthrown and cast down to earth.

     And it's dark. There is no light from the sun or moon. The entire earth is in utter darkness. Why? "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army." (Revelation 19:19).

      Satan, who is in human form posing as a world dictator and leader, will gather the world's armies to Israel to fight against the return of the true Messiah, Yahushua, Jesus Christ. He will use every weapon of warfare he has to try and prevent the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The smoke from his warfare will, no doubt, be what causes the sun and moon to cease from bringing forth light.

     His miserable attempt to try and stop the Son of God, the one true Messiah from returning to earth will end in complete failure.

     The inhabitants of the world will witness the end of the "New World Order" while its armies will utterly be destroyed by the breath of our Messiah. He only has to speak their deaths and destructions and it will be upon them. And that's all He does. With the words of His lips He defeats them all.

     While this New World Order has planned over hundreds of years for the days we are in, and forcing the world into a one world government and religion, it will all be for naught. They will destroy most of mankind with their rampant murder and persecutions all around the world, but after a short reign they will be defeated and destroyed by Yahushua Himself.

     It may look hopeless now, and billions of people will die at the tyranny, ruthlessness and wickedness of this Satanic regime, but they will all eventually be destroyed and spend eternity in the lake of fire.

     Will you stay faithful to the Lord during these times? Millions of believers faith in Him will be tested during the reign of the NWO. That is why the Lord is allowing it, to test His people. Will you pass the test or will you sell your soul for an apple during famine?

     Strengthen yourselves now in HIM so that when these times come, you are prepared to resist the tactics of the devil and the NWO and stay faithful to HIM, even unto death.

 

Matthew 24:29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes (nations) of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 

31. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."

37. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,

39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.

40. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left.

41. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

42. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

    Did you notice that in verse 31 He sends His angels to gather the elect from one end of heaven to the other? This isn't, "He gathers His people from one end of the earth to the other" as often misapplied, He gathers His Elect who are in various places "in heaven." What is heaven? The upper atmosphere. We refer to it as the first, second or third heavens. The first and second being what we see here on earth, the blue sky we directly see and then the part that includes the planets and stars.

    Why is this important? Because it's a truth we've missed for ages.

    Are the elect and the bride the same two groups? If they were would He differentiate between the two?

3772   heaven

1) the vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it

a) the universe, the world

b) the aerial heavens or sky, the region where the clouds and the tempests gather, and where thunder and lightning are produced

c) the sidereal or starry heavens

2) the region above the sidereal heavens, the seat of order of things eternal and consummately perfect where God dwells and other heavenly beings

perhaps from the same as 3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky

 

    In both instances from Strong's it is referred to any way you look at it, "above the earth." The elect are above the earth at this time. They are not on earth, but above it. He sends His angels to go through the heavens or sky, and collect His elect.

    Now don't get lost on me here.

     This doesn't pertain to a rapture where they've all been taken up to heaven because those in heaven, i.e. the Lord's habitation are already with Him. At His Second Coming He is with the "clouds" those who have already been redeemed, His bride, already at that time because then He sends His angels to go gather His Elect.

      So who are the elect and why are they up in the sky and not already with Jesus when He returns, or on the earth?

      Because it shows what I've always said, the Elect and the Bride are two different groups. Just as I've written about there being two groups of 144,000 and not just one. One group is part of the Elect, the other is part of the Bride and they will work together in the last days to destroy Satan's kingdom he's building on earth and preach the Salvation of Jesus to those who will listen.

      One group, the Elect, operates in the power and spirit of Enoch, and the other, the bride, is of Elijah.

    The mission of Elijah in the last days is to turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers. What does this mean? He/they will bring His bride (children) back to the knowledge of their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Yehovah is the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The patriarchs of Israel. Are there two different God's being worshipped today among the "children" ? Sounds like it. Is the New Testament a new gospel? It has been. Most have adopted the New Testament as a complete replacement of the Old Testament instead of a continuation. Do you really think Yehovah said to the writers, "Ok this half is the Old Testament, and call this half the New Testament." No. The writers of the day divided it like that, they made it appear as there was an old and a new, a separation of the two, one outdoing or replacing the other and it has caused nothing but confusion and mayhem in the churches since.

    Most people don't realize that in Enoch's years he spent more time in the "heavens" than he did here on earth. He and Elijah never died. They were both taken up in chariots to heaven. Enoch's ministry was completely different than Elijah's. You can only die once, and these two will return to die on the streets of Jerusalem in the last days.  And that's how the last days will be. The two groups have two different ministries, with their leaders Enoch and Elijah.

    Elijah walked the earth and preached the Gospel showing signs and proclaiming the name of the Most High. That is what the Bride's group, the second group of 144,000 will do.

    Enoch was in space, heaven, seeing things and doing things no one else ever got to. And that's what the first group of 144,000 will do. They are the Elect, those (angels) who were chosen to come to earth before the earth was even created (as humans). And they are going to be seeing things and doing things the other group can't do.     

     Now let's backtrack to an article I wrote last year on the two groups of 144,000..

 Yahweh's Warriors:
The Two Armies of 144,000

 

..excerpt..

     The first group of 144,000 is a support group for the second group. When the second group is raptured to heaven, the first group goes back with them. Their jobs are done.  They were translated to heaven during the first part of the Seal Judgments and they never tasted death.

     From what I have discovered working in the Bible Codes and under the direction of the Most High God, the first group of 144,000 are transporters, warriors, gliders and gladiators. They are working as support to the second group getting them where they need to be, fighting against the fallen angels, i.e. aliens here on earth during that time, and causing general mayhem and destruction to the beast agenda and kingdom on earth.

    The roles of the first group are different even amongst themselves. There are generals and other ranks of officers. And each general and soldier is given different abilities and assignments. These can come to and fro from the earth from their home base, a planet somewhere between the third and fourth dimensions that Yahweh provides for them. You can see what the codes reveal at http://www.hiddencodes.com/sixth-seal.htm

     Not all of it has been revealed to me but from what He has revealed to me in the codes and some of the visions I've had concerning this first group, it is simply above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined taking place during this time. And it looks and it sounds like Pure Royal Fun! We are children and warriors of the King and we're going to get to fight like warriors during this time! The word "enjoyment" is all over the codes for the first group of 144,000.

      Here's more info from the same article on these two different groups of 144,000 that will be operating during the tribulation period.


   excerpt...

   The Lord has revealed to me that there are two groups of 144,000. The first group of 144,000 is mentioned in Revelation Chapter 14. I don't know why it was put in after the rise of the Antichrist and not before the first group mentioned in Revelation Chapter 7 but perhaps it was to conceal it's real meaning and purpose until the last days. There's always been a mystery surrounding these groups and now some of it is coming to our understanding.

      This first group is taken to heaven (what we call a rapture, the Bible calls  redeemed) and are given Yahweh's name written in their foreheads. It doesn't say who does the writing but His literal Name is written in their foreheads. If you look at the Strong's  term for writing it means actual letters or characters and the term forehead means space between the eyes. For this group of people His name is literally written in the space between their eyes.

      It was done before as well. In Ezekiel 9:4 "And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof."  And it will be done again in the last days but with His Name written in these peoples foreheads.

    The Apostle John sees them standing in front of the throne of the Lamb and describes: "And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed (taken, rescued) from the earth" (14:3)

     The Lord has often used songs to identify with His people. In the past Moses was given a new song to teach to the children of Israel,  "Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel" (Deut. 31:19).  The song the first group of 144,000 learn is a witness of who they are in Yehovah. And no one else is allowed to learn or sing this song to Him.

    Who makes up the first group of 144,000? The are "They which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits (first ones taken) unto God and to the Lamb." (14:4) This army is a mixture of men and women. They are virgins in the fact they were undefiled by the world's religious Jezebel system and spiritual adulteries. Feminine terms are often used in relation to spiritual terms. "They were not defiled with women" being religious whores and abominations.

     "And in their mouth was found no guile (Strongs 1388: craft, deceit): for they are without fault before the throne of God" (14:5) I'm sure the 'craft' being mentioned in Strong's is referring to witchcraft itself. How many ministries today are delving into witchcraft with their visions and angelic visitations? Many prophetic ministries, or those who claim to have prophetic gifts are being deceived by the angel of light himself. These will not make the first group of 144,000 no matter how gifted yet confused they are. The craft will keep them out. Even those following after these leaders and adopting their practices and false teachings are guilty by association.  A remnant will wake up to repent and realize they were deceived to qualify for and make the second group of 144,000 sealed here on earth.

   While the first fruits group is in heaven there are three angels. One proclaims the hour of God's judgment has come. The second proclaims Babylon is fallen, and the third gives a warning against those who receive the mark of the beast.

     So we can see here the time frame of when this group is in heaven. They are in heaven before the time Babylon falls and right before the mark of the beast is enforced upon the world.

    If you look at the Judgments to come the Sixth Seal signifies the destruction of the Babylonian Economy. The Seal Judgments happen before the Antichrist rises to power. Therefore this group is taken sometime before the Sixth Seal Judgment during the first half of the tribulation period and are definitely there right before the second half begins. They are returned for the beginning of the second half.

     The mystery is in the job description of this particular group. On the face of it, the Bible doesn't reveal it. But it does in the hidden layers of the Bible. I found some of it in the hidden layers, often referred to as the Codes. Two different groups, two different job assignments.

     But let's go on to the second group of 144,000.

144,000 Sealed on Earth

     For the first group the Apostle John sees them in a vision in heaven standing before the throne of God. In chapter seven he's seeing a vision taking place on earth. So the first group is in heaven, the second group is on earth.

    He describes four angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding the four winds of the earth. It is their assignment to cause damage to the earth (natural disasters). Another angel ascends from the east having the seal of the Living God and cries with a loud voice to the other four angels to not hurt the earth yet till "we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." Here is the angels who seal the servants of God in their foreheads. A seal is an imprint, mark, ascription. Something is imprinted in their foreheads, where the first group had His Name written in their foreheads.

     It is the angels themselves who seal the servants of God by putting God's seal in their foreheads. The servants are on earth. Those who are sealed number 12,000 each from 12 of the 14 tribes of Israel. Only the tribes of Dan and Ephraim are left out of this sealing and it doesn't say why.

     Now notice the time jump. First they are sealed, and the next thing mentioned in chapter 7 is that they are standing clothed in white robes before the throne of God in heaven.

      "And one of the elders answered saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple, and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them" (7:13-15).

      Where did they come from? This is a rapture, redeeming of the second group of 144,000. In this one chapter we see their beginning where they are sealed on earth and then we see their rapture into heaven after their time of 1,260 days of service is over.  Notice they will serve God day and night in His temple from that point on. The first group, "follows Him wherever He goeth" the second group "serves Him day and night in His temple."

      If you look in Revelation chapter 11 it describes further who will lead this particular group.

     "And I will give power unto my 2 witnesses and they shall prophesy 1,260 days clothed in sackcloth. These are the 2 olive trees and the 2 candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. I believe these 2 witnesses to be the former prophets mentioned of in Nicodemus 5:3, Elijah and Enoch. Others believe them to be Enoch and John (the first and the last). Either way, two former patriarch's will arrive at the same time the 144,000 are sealed on earth. Why can't it be Moses? Because Moses died and God buried him on the mountain. No one really knows if John died and Elijah and Enoch were both taken up to heaven in chariots.

    And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These witnesses will be able to destroy those who try to hurt them by being able to breath fire on them destroying their enemies.

    These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit (space) shall make war against them, and shall overcome them and, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt (Jerusalem), where also our Lord was crucified...jumping to verse 11, "And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up Hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them" (11:6-12).

      We know the second group of 144,000 prophesies for 1,260 days along with the 2 witnesses. Then the Antichrist will be able to overcome and kill them all. I believe that when the 2 witnesses are raptured into heaven, the entire group of the then slain 144,000 will be as well fulfilling Rev. 7:13-15 where they are all seen in heaven as a great group before the throne of God.

       This happens right after the sixth trumpet judgment. For after this group is taken up, the seventh angel sounds his trumpet.

     The first group is taken up before the 6th Seal and then returned to earth. The Second group is sealed on earth and then taken up after the 6th Trumpet with the two witnesses..

 

     The first group receives the mark of the Name of the Lord in heaven, the second group receives the mark or seal of the Lord on earth (doesn't say what that is.)

   What's the last Seal? It signifies silence for the space of half an hour. This means for a short time nothing is physically happening to the earth, this is when His second group is being sealed on earth and the first group is returned, they will work together and be busy preaching His redemption and salvation to those who will listen.

    Interesting isn't it?

     The Prophet Isaiah described the last days as a time of cosmic catastrophic events.  He said, "For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.  Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.  And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree" (Is. 34:2-4).

       He describes the earth shifted on its axis, "the earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again" (Is. 24:19-20). 

       He said the Lord would make a man more precious (rare) than fine gold and that He would shake the heavens, causing the earth to remove out of its normal place in the atmosphere.  Isaiah said, "And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord and for the glory of His majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth" (Is. 13:9-13, 2:19).

       Jesus told the Prophet Joel "I will gather all nations and I will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat...let the heathen be wakened and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat:  For there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:  for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining (Joel 3:2,12,14,15).

      This valley of Jehoshaphat refers to the same modern day Kidron Valley.  This valley is 14 miles wide and 20 miles long.  However the war itself will spread out for 200 miles north and south.  It will extend to the east and the Mediterranean Sea will border the west.

     When all the world's armies are assembled in the valley that surrounds Mount Megiddo they will be staging a resistance front against the advancing armies of the Orient.  It will be the world's worst nightmare - nuclear holocaust at its worst.  A full-out nuclear bombardment between the armies of the Antichrist's and the Kings of the East.

       In Revelation 16:12 John reveals that the Euphrates River will be dried up so the Kings of the East can advance toward Israel. When the Antichrist takes over rule in Jerusalem, the kings of the East (China and her armies) will advance toward Israel to try and destroy the Antichrist and take over Israel for themselves. The Antichrist will, in effect, gather all the world's armies to fight off this Chinese invasion to Israel, it is when all these armies meet under the pretext of warring against each other that the Lord will return and they will stop fighting each other to fight against the return of the Lord.

      It is during this nuclear confrontation that a strange sight from the sky will catch their attention.   At the height of their nuclear assault on the advancing armies something strange will happen.

       Jesus predicted the suddenness of His return.  He said, "For as lightening cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matt. 24:27).  And again He said, "...and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matt. 24:30).  Perhaps the "sign of the Son of Man" will be a gigantic celestial image of Jesus flashed upon the heavens for all to see.  This would explain how all men suddenly recognize who He is and see the scars from His piercing at the cross.

       What are these clouds?  They are the saints returning with Jesus wearing white robes.  In Hebrews 12:1 believers are referred to as "a cloud of witnesses."  The clouds then would be all of the Church Age believers returning in immortal glorified bodies with Jesus in the air.  This will also include the resurrected Old Testament saints (Rev. 19:14).  As the Prophet Zechariah predicted, "...and the Lord my God, shall come, and all the saints with thee" (Zech. 14:5).

       The Apostle John speaks of the apparel of the saints as they return with Christ: "And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean" (Rev. 19:14).  He explains the white linen robes: "And to her (the saints) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints." (Rev. 19:8).

       After an instant image of Jesus flashes across the sky the armies will see Jesus and His saints descending from heaven in a heavenly parade too glorious to imagine.  But they will not fear the Lord and lay down their weapons, instead, they will see that Jesus' destination is to the Mount of Olives and move over to the Valley of Jehoshaphat in a combined effort to where the Mount of Olives is located.

      It is in this valley that Jesus will destroy the remaining armies and set His feet on the mount where they so long ago left from when He was here as a suffering Messiah (Zech. 14).  When His feet touch the mount a great earthquake will result splitting the mount from east to west causing a great gap as one half of the mount moves north and the other south.

       It is at this time that the surviving Jewish remnant will understand the prophecy that this valley caused by the earthquake between the mount has been created for them, they will flee and run into it for protection from the terrible judgment that is about to be poured out on the surrounding armies described in Zechariah 14:4,5,11,12:  His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.  And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains...And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem;  their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth."

     This is exactly what would happen if someone was caught in the middle of a thermonuclear blast or exposed to an unprecedented chemical warfare blast.  In their attempts to destroy Jesus and His saints these armies will destroy themselves.

       This last global conflict describes a great thermonuclear and/or chemical war.  It is a nuclear war that will cause the sun to lose its shining and a chemical war that could along with a nuclear blast, describe the other effects.  Of course a thermonuclear blast itself could melt the skin off the soldiers in the surrounding armies and cause their eyes to sink back in their heads.  For most of these armies, the last thing they will see on earth is Jesus and His saints.

      As Armageddon begins Israel will certainly defend itself against the threat of total annihilation by the Orient and empty its own nuclear arsenal on its approaching enemies with the combined might of the Antichrist's armies.  Jesus said in Matthew 24:22 that unless He intervened all flesh would be destroyed (in the entire world).  This suggests that a nuclear exchange of deadly proportions is already underway when He comes in glory and power with His saints to rescue Israel from total destruction.  He will let these armies empty their artillery on each other where many will die as a result.  The whole world will see Jesus and His heavenly armies descend from heaven, for many, it will be a time of panic and fear.

    So let's jump over to the Book of Revelation to see what John has to say about the Second Coming in a more vivid description:

 The Battle of Armageddon

    The best account of Armageddon  is in Rev.19:11-21:

1- The Entrance:
    19:11- And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 
    12- His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 
    13- And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God. 
    14-
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
    15- And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
    16- And he hath on his vesture (robe) and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

    17- And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God.
    18- That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 
   
19- And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  

And how does the war go?
    20- And the beast was taken (captured), and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone (sulphur). 
    21- And the remnant (rest) were slain with the sword (words) of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. 

Satan himself will eventually join them in the lake of fire:
     And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  (Rev.20:10).

     Notice how easily Jesus overcomes and defeats Satan.  This "mighty and powerful" devil that millions in the New Age and other cults hailed as their leader, the one that hundreds of millions worshipped as their God, is taken captive by an angel, singular not plural, not even an angel of the highest rank such as Michael the Archangel and great warrior, but a lesser angel.  He is taken, bound, and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years during the Millennial Reign of Christ.

      The Prophet Isaiah described the destiny and future home of the Antichrist and False Prophet and God tells us where it will be located.  It will be located in the land of Idumea which is today modern Jordan.  Idumea is the Greek word for Edom.  This is the land formally occupied by ancient Edom, the descendants of Esau (Gen. 25:30).

       In Isaiah 63 God tells us what He will do with the land of Jordan after the battles of Armageddon and Jehoshaphat are over.  He said that He will cause the streams of the land to pour forth pitch.  The soil of the land will become covered by brimstone or possibly lava as a result from erupting volcanoes that have been set off as a result of bomb blasts and earthquakes and the fires from Hell beneath the earth shall burst through and the entire land of Jordan will become a land of burning pitch.  Isaiah says Hell is enlarging itself (5:14).  It enlarges its appetite and can open its mouth without limit.  So many will die in the Tribulation Period as a result of God's judgments that Hell must enlarge without limits to accommodate the souls of men and women.

       In Isaiah 14:9 we are told that Hell is moving towards the surface of the earth.  Some Bible interpreters suggest that during the reign of the Antichrist that hell will break through the surface of the earth and meet him at his coming as indicated in this passage which reads: "Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations."

      If this is a literal interpretation, then at some point of the Antichrist's reign, perhaps caused by the nuclear war in the Middle East when the Russians invaded it and then were destroyed, hell will break through the surface of the earth and then already be in existence and ready for the Antichrist and False Prophet who are cast into it after the Second Coming of Christ. 

     When it does break through, there will be located on this earth what the Bible calls a lake of fire.  This lake of fire will be a huge place that will accommodate at what some interpreters estimate some 39 billion people since the creation of man who rejected Christ.  It will contain all those who refused Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

      This lake of fire is also verified in Matthew 13:49,50: "So shall it be at the end of the age (after Armageddon) the angels shall come forth and separate the wicked from among the righteous, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

     This lake is also reserved for all those who received the mark of the beast.  John tells us that they will be tormented with fire and brimstone forever and ever: "And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever" (Rev. 14:11).  This smoke will be eternally visible as it rises from the lake of fire.  God explains in Isaiah 66:22-24 that when He creates a new earth and establishes His Millennial Reign that the smoke of their torment will be visible.  He said, "They (the people of the new earth) will go out and look upon the dead (separated) bodies of those who rebelled against me (in the lake of fire) and their worm (existence) will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind."

       When a person dies his or her soul which makes them who they are will go to either heaven or hell.  Death simply means "separation from God."  If you die and go to Hell, you are separated from God, your soul will still be very much alive, you will be able to feel, think, smell, taste, etc..Your senses will be intact.  God describes Hell as a place of torment, of pain and suffering, very much alive, the souls who end up there will feel the torment of its fire and not be able to "cease to exist."  For eternity, those who rejected God will feel the fire of Hell scorch and torment them.  They will not be given a second chance to repent and accept Christ's salvation.  At the end of Christ's one thousand year Millennial Reign the Great White Throne Judgment will occur where every unsaved person in the history of mankind will be judged for their deeds and then cast into this lake of fire to join the Antichrist and False Prophet.

      But at this time in prophecy, after the two beasts are cast into the lake of fire Jesus will stand at the Mount of Olives and judge the surviving nations (Matt. 25:31-33) and all the saints will assist Him. 

And what happens to those who followed the Beast:
      "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."  Those who worship the beast will join the beast!. (Rev 19:20, 20:15, 21:8).

    And what does the Prophet Isaiah have to say about it?

    In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment (28:5-6)...Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty (13:6)...the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn (61:2)...For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come (63:4)...The LORD will execute judgment upon all men, and many will be those slain by the LORD (66:16). 

         Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. (also Is.24:1).

     And the Apostle Peter..

   2 Peter 3:10: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works  that are therein shall be burned up

     These prophets indicate some kind of a huge explosion resulting in a fire that completely destroys the "works" on the earth and the sky. What are these works? Anything made with mans hands. All cities, homes, dwelling places, etc.. will be burned up as well as anything in the "heavens" made with man's hands that is/are there including but not limited to satellites and space stations.

     Guess who's completely taking over now? Jesus isn't coming back to unite mankind. He is coming back to judge and destroy the works of man and mankind. Ok, so now what happens?

Matthew 25:31 "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:

32. And before Him shall be gathered all nations (peoples): and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.

33. And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

41. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

46. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

     Now what comes into affect? If you take the Bible literal there is a Millennial Reign of Yahushua on earth for 1000 years, the final and last rebellion of Lucifer, and then the Great White Throne Judgment as spoken of in Rev 20:1-6 and Rev. 21, then Rev. 20:7-15 and Ezekiel 38.

    Most people are expecting the war of Ezekiel 38&39 to happen before the Second Coming of Christ, but if you look at the cross-referencing in Revelation 21 they go straight to Ezekiel 38.

    After the War of Armageddon and the Lord's Return, the earth and sky are "passed away." They are destroyed and everything in them made of man's hands is destroyed.

    The New Jerusalem comes down and is the home of Jesus' bride and His people. The people, (sheep) that were placed on His right hand (Matt. 25:33) are allowed to live on the earth during that time and rebuild it.

    It shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see My glory (Isaiah 66:18).

    Who exactly are these people if they aren't the elect or the bride?

Matthew 25:34-40:

34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35.  For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took Me in.

36.  Naked, and ye clothed Me, I was sick, and ye visited me, I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38.  When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39.  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40.  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.

 

    These are those who survived during the tribulation period and were a help to His people. During this time the 144,000 messengers of God must be protected and cared for during the Tribulation Period.  The persecution of Christians will be great during this time and these evangelists who are traveling all over the world will need places to stay, food, clothes, etc...and those who help and care for these evangelists will in no doubt be risking their own lives.

    Some nations will be kinder to them than others and some people will be kinder to them than others.  These evangelists will be targeted for death because they are preaching the message of salvation.  They will be hunted down, imprisoned, and will have no way to survive without the help of others.  They will have to depend on their converts to provide their basic needs and to hide them from the bounty hunters since there will probably be a price on their heads and according to the Book of Revelation the beast will eventually overcome them and kill them. But those who had helped them during their ministry on earth and survive the tribulation period will be granted to enter into the Millennial Reign with Christ after the Tribulation Period.