The Gathering of the Saints; A Day of Reckoning and the order of the Apocalypse

Posted: February 19, 2012 in ANTICHRIST, ARTICLES, Injustice, Prophecy, Rapture
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Is there rapture for the saints? If there is when is it? If there is, what does it mean?

This article is more of a compilation work than writing and for good reason. There are too many and varied opinions on all subjects of the faith today and this one in particular. The original sources long ignored deserve their view known and the saints would do well to see them.
Our Faith is now obscured by the teachings of Plato and Aristotle and our Scripture is interpreted through their works. Simple history is all that is needed to see this. This is not an attempt to forward a “pet doctrine,” but to show through a very real chain of evidence in writing, what was clear to the Church for its first 300 years.
Some were Apostles, others taught by the Apostles directly, and their own writing should and will stand on its own. The quotes and sources will be extensive so the reader may look themselves and see what the nature of the Apocalypse is and what part the saints play in it.
All through my writings the changes to our Faith have been documented. Some are very blatant and others subtle. We have gone from what was considered by the Romans and the world for that matter as a new Nation or Kingdom and a new people, to being another religion. From there we adopted the philosophic, and then Philosophy adopted us.

This was written in the 1st generation after the Apostles, and spoke directly at the advent of the faith adapting to philosophy.

“Can it really be, that Peter was not at that time as yet in possession of the perfect knowledge which these men discovered afterwards? According to them, therefore, Peter was imperfect, and the rest of the apostles were imperfect; and so it would be fitting that they, coming to life again, should become disciples of these men, in order that they too might be made perfect. But this is truly ridiculous.
These men, in fact, are proved to be not disciples of the apostles, but of their own wicked notions. To this cause also are due the various opinions which exist among them, inasmuch as each one adopted error just as he was capable [of embracing it]. But the Church throughout all the world, having its origin firm from the apostles, perseveres in one and the same opinion with regard to God and His Son.”-Against Heresies Irenaeus Book II chapter VII


I will lay out the chain of teaching on the subject from the Apostle John through his student Polycarp I will show the teaching Polycarp, the student of the Apostle John, writer of the Book of Revelation through Polycarp’s student Irenaeus. Polycarp was made Bishop of Smyrna with the laying on of hands of the Apostles directly and was their friend.

The rendering of the end of days and the Tribulation was passed down through these leaders and their credentials are established and verified. The same rendering is given through Hippolitus who defended the Church against the changes and additions to it that were starting to come out of Rome. Hippolitus was the student of Irenaeus and only 2 generations from the Apostles.

  The teaching of the Apostles (including Paul) also, through the earliest Christian Document (which contains the Letter from the Book of Acts chapter 15), two of Jesus’ brothers (James the Just who was the steward heir picked by Jesus and appointed over the Church by the Apostles), the teaching of Jude (Book of Jude) through his two grandchildren, who also ruled the entire church as recorded by the earliest church chronicler Hegessipus.

These two men took rule over the Church within a few years of the writing of the Apocalypse. They would have been told about it directly by the Apostle John, who wrote the Revelation in the time of Dominitan, Caesar. When questioned about it by Dominitan Caesar, they gave a very precise answer to the question of” when do the saints meet their King in the air”?

The same rendering of the Tribulation is given through to the 4th century by one of the fathers of early modern orthodoxy Lactantius.

Our position must be that no persons opinion whether mine, yours, or any authors can take the place of Truth. Truth must have been recorded because our God would not have us, if we are that generation, to go into it ignorantly and unprotected. That is why our understanding must be through the Apostles, those that knew and heard them, and their students.

If we can agree on this much then the credentials of these authorities must also be clear and undeniable. Both you and I must be able to bet our lives on their testimony, because we are.

Who was this Polycarp and what importance does he or his teaching to his own students and churches have? What possible bearing should this have on your understanding of the end of days?

“But Polycarp also was not only instructed by apostles, and conversed with many who had seen Christ, but was also, by apostles in Asia, appointed bishop of the Church in Smyrna, whom I also saw in my early youth, for he tarried [on earth] a very long time, and, when a very old man, gloriously and most nobly suffering martyrdom,departed this life, having always taught the things which he had learned from the apostles, and which the Church has handed down, and which alone are true. To these things all the Asiatic Churches testify, as do also those men who have succeeded Polycarp down to the present time,… Irenaeus, Adverse Heresies, Book III, Chapter 3, Verse 4, Chapter 4Verse 3

The Catholic Encyclopedia – the Smyrnaeans were a faithful church: Smyrna…Christianity was preached to the inhabitants at an early date. As early as the year 93, there existed a Christian community directed by a bishop for whom St. John in the Apocalypse (i, II; ii, 8-11) has only words of praise…There were other Christians in the vicinity of the city and dependent on it to whom St. Polycarp wrote letters (Eusebius, “Hist. Eccl.”, V, xxiv).

Written down by the Apostle John, Polycarp was addressed as the Angel or messenger to the Church at Smyrna in the Book of the Revelation- Chapter 2 and was its Bishop.

Shown above and below, he was also in his time and after the Apostles singly the most influential leader of the Church after the days of the Apostles had closed. You would do well to read the message of Jesus our King to this Bishop of the Church of Smyrna and compare it the other angels or Bishops

Among the writings of the Fathers, the following are the principal works which bear on the doctrine of the Church: ST. IRENÆUS, Adv. Hereses in P.G., VII; TERTULLIAN, De Prescriptionibus in P. L… (Joyce G.H. Transcribed by Douglas J. Potter. The Church. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume III. Copyright © 1908 by Robert Appleton Company. Online Edition Copyright © 2003 by K. Knight Nihil Obstat, November 1, 1908. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York).

“Anyhow the heresies are at best novelties, and have no continuity with the teaching of Christ. Perhaps some heretics may claim Apostolic antiquity: we reply: Let them publish the origins of their churches and unroll the catalogue of their bishops till now from the Apostles or from some bishop appointed by the Apostles, as the Smyrnaeans count from Polycarp and John, and the Romans from Clement and Peter; let heretics invent something to match this…” (Tertullian. Liber de praescriptione haereticorum. Circa 200 A.D.

“…a synodal letter written by Polycrates of Ephesus about the year 190 this bishop, sixty-five years of age, speaks of seven of his relatives who had been bishops before him. Besides these he mentions Polycarp and Papirius of Smyrna, Thraseas of Eumenea, Sagaris of Laodicea and Melito of Sardes (Eusebius, “Hist. Eccles.”, v, 24, 2 sq.)

Ignatius; Epistle to Polycarp:
…to Polycarp, bishop of the Smyrnaeans…So approving am I of your godly mind, which is as it were, grounded upon an unmovable rock, that my praise exceeds all bounds…Do not let those who appear to be trustworthy yet who teach strange doctrines baffle you.  Stand firm, like an anvil…Grace will be…always…with Polycarp

The credibility of what this Bishop was taught and then taught cannot be called into question. In his disciples or students writings were how the faith was both lived and shown for hundreds of years.
When we turn specifically to the end of days, these voices, which are the closest to the Apostle’s need to be heard and considered carefully by all who call on Jesus as King.
Originally the Book of the Revelation of John was part of what is known as the Ephesian Cannon. These were the Holy Books collected at Ephesus that were considered the Bible. It was the only “Cannon” or Bible to include the Revelation at all. The Romanized Church sought to exclude it altogether. Hence the only source for its teaching or meaning came out of Ephesus where the Apostle John spent his last years as its Bishop, and then his students. Without this backdrop, the “book” which is the only that includes a curse for those that would change its meaning is absolutely meaningless itself and the entire Johanine contribution to Scripture may be excluded from Scripture.

Did God provide a protection for His people?
Yes, but only to those that will take it up. This will be shown clear also later in the article. If that is your care then read on and you judge the weight of evidence provided. You must take it up.

The amount of commentary on this one issue over the last two thousand years has been overwhelming, and some are concluding today that it is entirely allegorical and the events so spiritualized they may not be noticed, to a magical notion founded in Cornelius Agrippa that the Name of Jesus serves as an amulet of protection to those who speak it.
The only comments I can have on that type of thought is to show the absolute foolishness of it. We cannot offer a false hope or a false safety and not be judged by God as anything other than people who put His children in danger.
Let’s get started with a progression of the day.

II Thess 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
I Thess 4:16-For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first
These two verses set the timing in the strongest terms. First a falling away occurs and the revealing of the evil one openly, and then the coming of our Lord and the rising of the dead after. These events must happen before the next verse which is the “living will be changed in the twinkling of an eye”, which shows the return of Christ.
Understanding the in between is understanding the Tribulation

 Here is the testimony of the students of Polycarp: Ten Kings

25. Then he says: “A fourth beast, dreadful and terrible; it had iron teeth and claws of brass.” And who are these but the Romans? which (kingdom) is meant by the iron–the kingdom which is now established; for the legs of that (image) were of iron. And after this, what remains, beloved, but the toes of the feet of the image, in which part is iron and part clay, mixed together?

And mystically by the toes of the feet he meant the kings who are to arise from among them; as Daniel also says (in the words), “I considered the beast, and lo there were ten horns behind it, among which shall rise another (horn), an offshoot, and shall pluck up by the roots the three (that were) before it.-HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME TREATISE ON CHRIST AND ANTICHRIST

Divine Institutes Book VII Chapter 16. Of the Devastation of the World, and Its Prophetic Omens.-“But, test any one should think this incredible, I will show how it will come to pass. First, the kingdom will be enlarged, and the chief power, dispersed among many and divided, will be diminished. Then civil discords will perpetually be sown; nor will there be any rest from deadly wars, until ten kings arise at the same time, who will divide the world, not to govern, but to consume it. These, having increased their armies to an immense extent, and having deserted the cultivation of the fields, which is the beginning of overthrow and disaster, will lay waste and break in pieces and consume all things.”

These ten kings are not kings but set the stage for antichrist. They are his people or realistically his apostles. Through a process of consolidation and ruin they gather the world’s wealth to themselves to support him. In return he gives them rule

As an example-   In an article entitled “Revealed- The Capitalist Network that Runs the World published by New Scientist 10/24/11 “The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere (see photo). But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world’s transnational corporations (TNCs)”..The article goes on to say that 40% of the worlds economy is controlled by 147 transnational companies with the largest banks at the top. “The work, to be published in PLoS One, revealed a core of 1318 companies with interlocking ownerships (see image). Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20. What’s more, although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 appeared to collectively own through their shares the majority of the world’s large blue chip and manufacturing firms – the “real” economy – representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues…. When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies – all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity – that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group”

Ask  yourself the question of who owns the majority stock in the top 20?

“(2) Then afterwards, when interpreting this, he says: “And as thou sawest the feet and the toes, partly indeed of clay, and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided, and there shall be in it a root of iron, as thou sawest iron mixed with baked clay. And the toes were indeed the one part iron, but the other part clay.”(3) The ten toes, therefore, are these ten kings, among whom the kingdom shall be partitioned, of whom some indeed shall be strong and active, or energetic; others, again, shall be sluggish and useless, and shall not agree; as also Daniel says: “Some part of the kingdom shall be strong, and part shall be broken from it. As thou sawest the iron mixed with the baked clay, there shall be minglings among the human race, but no cohesion one with the other, just as iron cannot be welded on to pottery ware…-Irenaeus Against Heresies Book V Chapter 26

39. “And he saith to me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.- Hippolitus of Rome Treatise on Christ and Antichrist

In an article in the Sunday Times 11/09/09 CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein made the statement “Im doing Gods work” in reference to the enormous profits they were making at the time.

In this context it is certainly a very provocative statement, this at a time when the too big to fail banks are driving the US and world economies down and reaping large profits doing so, massive bonuses, and bailouts. These actions prompted the failure and consumption of many businesses and financial institutions. These businesses for the most part consolidate into larger ones who reaped their wealth at the expense of all people.

“The world therefore being oppressed, since the resources of men shall be insufficient for the overthrow of a tyranny of immense strength, inasmuch as it will press upon the captive world with great armies of robbers, that calamity so great will stand in need of divine assistance.”-  The Divine Intstitutes Book VII Chapter 16

Sound familiar?

This consolidation can be seen going on today around us. Homes that were owned are foreclosed upon, and their occupants thrown to the streets. Businesses providing employment are broken. The large amounts of agricultural land and resources such as water being bought up by financial institutions because a perceived shortage sends their produce price high and making it unaffordable. Water is now more expensive than gasoline.

The largest businesses are being broken up and it is the “creditors” 3 or 4 tiers above them that reap the wealth. When looked into it becomes plain they are also the major stock holders. It resembles a scene from a Godfather movie where the mob gang “busts out” a restaurant. First taking it over, then ruining it and finally gutting it and selling off even the silverware.
Working people near retirement are being cleaned out of their life savings. The further we go on the consolidation picks up speed. The banks also consume the wealth of each other and the countries they sit in. Shown in footnote 3 above, most of the world’s wealth is now in very few hands and the larger institutions swallow up those smaller and grow thereby.

«We will not, however, incur the risk of pronouncing positively as to the name of Antichrist; for if it were necessary that his name should be distinctly revealed in this present time, it would have been announced by him who beheld the apocalyptic vision. For that was seen no very long time since, but almost in our day, towards the end of Domitian’s reign”- Ireneaus; Against Heresies Book V Chapter 30

“Among many persons, too, this name is accounted divine, so that even the sun is termed “Titan” by those who do now possess [the rule]. This word, too, contains a certain outward appearance of vengeance, and of one inflicting merited punishment because he (Antichrist) pretends that he vindicates the oppressed”-Hippolytus of Rome; Treatise on Christ and Antichrist

HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME TREATISE ON CHRIST AND ANTICHRIST-“15. That it is in reality out of the tribe of Dan, then, that that tyrant and king, that dread judge, that son of the devil, is destined to spring and arise, the prophet testifies when he says, “Dan shall judge his people, as (he is) also one tribe in Israel.” But some one may say that this refers to Samson, who sprang from the tribe of Dan, and judged the people twenty years. Well, the prophecy had its partial fulfilment in Samson, but its complete fulfilment is reserved for Antichrist. For Jeremiah also speaks to this effect: “From Dan we are to hear the sound of the swiftness of his horses: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing, of the driving of his horses.” And another prophet says: “He shall gather together all his strength, from the east even to the west. They whom he calls, and they whom he calls not, shall go with him. He shall make the sea white with the sails of his ships, and the plain black with the shields of his armaments. And whosoever shall oppose him in war shall fall by the sword.” That these things, then, are said of no one else but that tyrant, and shameless one, and adversary of God, we shall show in what follows…

Irenaeus- Against Heresies Book V Chapter 2.”And Jeremiah does not merely point out his sudden coming, but he even indicates the tribe from which he shall come, where he says, We shall hear the voice of his swift horses from Dan; the whole earth shall be moved by the voice of the neighing of his galloping horses: he shall also come and devour the earth, and the fullness thereof, the city also, and they that dwell therein. Jeremiah 8:16 This, too, is the reason that this tribe is not reckoned in the Apocalypse along with those which are saved.”
Lactantius- The Divine Institutes Book VII Chapter 16 “But, test any one should think this incredible, I will show how it will come to pass. First, the kingdom will be enlarged, and the chief power, dispersed among many and divided, will be diminished. Then civil discords will perpetually be sown; nor will there be any rest from deadly wars, until ten kings arise at the same time, who will divide the world, not to govern, but to consume it. These, having increased their armies to an immense extent, and having deserted the cultivation of the fields, which is the beginning of overthrow and disaster, will lay waste and break in pieces and consume all things. Then a most powerful enemy will suddenly arise against him from the extreme boundaries of the northern region, who, having destroyed three of that number who shall then be in possession of Asia, shall be admitted into alliance by the others, and shall be constituted prince of all.

He shall harass the world with an intolerable rule; shall mingle things divine and human; shall contrive things impious to relate, and detestable; shall meditate new designs in his breast, that he may establish the government for himself: he will change the laws, and appoint his own; he will contaminate, plunder, spoil, and put to death. And at length, the name being changed and the seat of government being transferred, confusion and the disturbance of mankind will follow.”

In his day being a Roman, the extreme boundaries of the northern region he spoke of as the homeland of antichrist would have been Britannia (Great Britain).

Chapter 17 “…another king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit, the overthrower and destroyer of the human race, who shall destroy that which is left by the former evil, together with himself. He shall fight against the prophet of God, and shall overcome,…”

Lactantius has shown the region from where he will take the kingdom and set up rule. This area would include Israel/ Palestine as part of it.

“25. Then he says: “A fourth beast, dreadful and terrible; it had iron teeth and claws of brass.” And who are these but the Romans? which (kingdom) is meant by the iron–the kingdom which is now established; for the legs of that (image) were of iron. And after this, what remains, beloved, but the toes of the feet of the image, in which part is iron and part clay, mixed together?

And mystically by the toes of the feet he meant the kings who are to arise from among them; as Daniel also says (in the words), “I considered the beast, and lo there were ten horns behind it, among which shall rise another (horn), an offshoot, and shall pluck up by the roots the three (that were) before it.”

“And under this was signified none other than Antichrist, who is also himself to raise the kingdom of the Jews. He says that three horns are plucked up by the root by him, viz., the three kings of Egypt, and Libya, and Ethiopia, whom he cuts off in the array of battle.
And he, after gaining terrible power over all, being nevertheless a tyrant, shall stir up tribulation and persecution against men, exalting himself against them. For Daniel says: “I considered the horn, and behold that horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them, till the beast was slain and perished, and its body was given to the burning of fire.” … In those times, then, he shall arise and meet them. And when he has overmastered three horns out of the ten in the array of war, and has rooted these out, viz., Egypt, and Libya, and Ethiopia, and has got their spoils and trappings, and has brought the remaining horns which suffer into subjection, he will begin to be lifted up in heart, and to exalt himself against God as master of the whole world.  These things, then, shall be in the future, beloved; and when the three horns are cut off, he will begin to show himself as God   – Hippolitus Treatise on Christ and Antchrist

The destruction of these countries in this order signifies the start of the White Horse of the Apocalypse circuit at the end of days. Who are the saints but the children of God?
And again-

“God smote Egypt with an incurable stroke, and freed His people, leading them through the midst of the sea, when, the waves being cut asunder and parted on either side, the people went over on dry ground. And the king of the Egyptians endeavouring to follow them as they fled, the sea returning to its place, he was cut off, with all his people. And this deed so illustrious and so wonderful, although for the present it displayed to men the power of God, was also a foreshadowing and figure of a greater deed, which the same God was about to perform at the last consummation of the times, for He will free His people from the oppressive bondage of the world.. For all the earth will be in a state of tumult; wars will everywhere rage; all nations will be in arms, and will oppose one another; neighbouring states will carry on conflicts with each other; and first of all, Egypt will pay the penalties of her foolish superstitions, and will be covered with blood as if with a river. Then the sword will traverse the world, mowing down everything, and laying low all things as a crop. And— my mind dreads to relate it, but I will relate it, because it is about to happen— the cause of this desolation and confusion will be this; because the Roman name, by which the world is now ruled, will be taken away from the earth, and the government return to Asia; and the East will again bear rule, and the West be reduced to servitude,”.– Divine Institutes Book VII Chapter 15

52.“And his first expedition will be against Tyre and Berytus, and the circumjacent territory. For by storming these cities first he will strike terror into the others, as Isaiah says, “Be thou ashamed, O Sidon; the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea hath spoken, saying, I travailed not, nor brought forth children; neither did I nurse up young men, nor bring up virgins. But when the report comes to Egypt, pain shall seize them for Tyre.”-Hippolitus Treatise on Christ and Antichrist

Tyre and Berytus are ancient cities of Lebanon. Berytus has since been renamed Beirut. Antichrist from his capital in Israel has now destroyed them and collected the wealth from all 4 nations and starts pushing into the countries surrounding them.

The write-up of Babylon has been so extensive in my articles and its finish in the book, few details remain unanswered. Its greatest sin is its orthodoxy. To be orthodox in its faith you must be apostate to true religion . Here are glaring examples you are familiar with:
In the earliest writings of the faith if you were a military commander and were given the order to execute prisoners and did not refuse, regardless of consequence-YOU WERE APOSTATE.
Today our religious leaders argue for or against torture. More to the point they argue for when it is acceptable. We choose our political leaders from among these apostates instead of looking for the fruit of faith. The more they proclaim the NAME the more acceptable they are to us.
They don’t take Elisha’s example seriously when asked about the state of prisoners and therefore neglect the scripture where they differ.

The justification is what?

Article 1.

Whether, besides philosophy, any further doctrine is required?
Objection 1. It seems that, besides philosophical science, we have no need of any further knowledge. For man should not seek to know what is above reason: “Seek not the things that are too high for thee” (Sirach 3:22). But whatever is not above reason is fully treated of in philosophical science. Therefore any other knowledge besides philosophical science is superfluous.
Thomas Aquinas- Summa Theologica

(Philosophy or the quest for wisdom) is mans best answer to a Holy Scripture. It contains many studies one of which is theology. Here is an example of what our best, brightest, and most godly thinkers are studying today.- Here is a link you decide.-

This is one example of the degradation of both the Scripture and the holy men chosen to write or bring it. If Jesus the Christ could not choose men who were above taking bribes there can be nothing wrong with us today. If bribery was fine among the Apostles of Jesus Christ what isn’t good for us today.

We are taught that we are SOLA SCRIPTURA but our religion is based on the interpretation of philosophy’s theologians living such a long after the times in which the Scripture was written. Our teachers remind us we cannot interpret the Scripture without them and yet the earliest writings said it was written in common language. Every 200 years like clockwork the philosophers have tried to completely rewrite the Faith.

We even use terms such as “primitive church” to accentuate this. I have even heard it said that we have a better grasp of the faith today because the Apostles did not have the complete Scripture to read from.
So again:
“Can it really be, that Peter was not at that time as yet in possession of the perfect knowledge which these men discovered afterwards? According to them, therefore, Peter was imperfect, and the rest of the apostles were imperfect; and so it would be fitting that they, coming to life again, should become disciples of these men, in order that they too might be made perfect. But this is truly ridiculous.
These men, in fact, are proved to be not disciples of the apostles, but of their own wicked notions..
Part and parcel to this is consenting to attacks on peoples who did not attack you. Taking away justice from any prisoner, which is the right of a defense.
Agreeing to the sweeping the rights of the poor under the rug, making them no longer a concern other than how to best manage them. The right of the wealthy or mighty is upheld. They stand 3 or 4 tiers above the fray, and it hasn’t struck you yet that the rich see you much the same way you turn your face from the poor and homeless. Any relief to these issues must also spring from them  –APOSTATE
If the article linked is considered carefully, no matter how well insulated we think we are, in the end we did not care. This is the future they have in mind for my and your children also.
Their actual GOD BLESSED NATION OR EXEPTIONAL NATION is accordingly the wealthy nation. They are the wealthy and the powerful that shape the opinions and set the doctrines. The average person is trained to think that by work or by grace they may also be part of that.
The very wealthy and powerful understand across the board a few things. They are EXEPTIONAL and this has no borders or boundaries in the world. You are not. Their civilization is now making great strides to where it no longer needs us to service it anymore.
Perennial Philosophy which is the great Geo-Political philosophy of our age actually uses Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” to make the analogy. They are the different combinations of societies that make up Middle Earth. From the Hobbits to the Elven, having different beliefs they fight for a common good. We are the unwashed – the mudmen-the fabulous and influential- the Ork…Our savior akin to Saruman and our God to Sauron.
From the 4th century Lactantius gives us warning. He shows that the demons themselves gave the account of the end days through the soothsayers and philosophers. Refer to the “Divine Institutes.”

“…And therefore they torture, put to death, and banish the worshippers of the Most High God, that is, the righteous; nor are they, who so vehemently hate, themselves able to assign the causes of their hatred. Because they are themselves in error, they are angry with those who follow the path of truth; and when they are able to correct themselves, they greatly increase their errors by cruel deeds, they are stained with the blood of the innocent, and they tear away with violence souls dedicated to God from the lacerated bodies. Such are the men with whom we now endeavour to engage and to dispute: these are the men whom we would lead away from a foolish persuasion to the truth, men who would more readily drink blood than imbibe the words of the righteous.

 What death, to which they are hastening with the greatest speed; if we cannot recall them from that devious path to life and light, since they themselves oppose their own safety; yet we shall strengthen those who belong to us, whose opinion is not settled, and founded and fixed with solid roots. For many of them waver, and especially those who have any acquaintance with literature.
For in this respect philosophers, and orators, and poets are pernicious, because they are easily able to ensnare unwary souls by the sweetness of their discourse, and of their poems flowing with delightful modulation.
These are sweets which conceal poison.
Wisdom is driven from among them, they have recourse to violence, as Ennius says; and because they eagerly endeavour to condemn as guilty those whom they plainly know to be innocent, they are unwilling to be agreed respecting innocence itself; as though, in truth, it were a greater injustice to have condemned innocence, when proved to be such, than unheard.
But, as I said, they are afraid lest, if they should hear, they should be unable to condemn. .. ” Lactantius- The Divine Institutes Fathers of the 4th Century- Phillip Schaff
This is why they must contain us and defeat us. We have believed that God is no respecter of persons and no man greater than any other in His eyes.
While they have understood they are now one people united in a cause, we did not believe when the Apostles told us this. So we fight for which brand of them we are and are willing to call the murder of our brethren who are from a different country good, a righteous act.
When our leaders perpetrate lawlessness if they are our brand we not only consent to it, we agree to it from silent assent to verbal and physical defense.
“(2) [this will happen according to divine appointment], God by His prescience foreseeing all this, and at the proper time sending such a man, “that they may believe a lie, that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but consented to unrighteousness;”Against Heresies Book V Chapter 28

4. And therefore throughout all time, man, having been moulded at the beginning by the hands of God, that is, of the Son and of the Spirit, is made after the image and likeness of God: the chaff, indeed, which is the apostasy, being cast away; but the wheat, that is, those who bring forth fruit to God in faith, being gathered into the barn. And for this cause tribulation is necessary for those who are saved, that having been after a manner broken up, and rendered fine, and sprinkled over by the patience of the Word of God, and set on fire [for purification], they may be fitted for the royal banquet. As a certain man of ours said, when he was condemned to the wild beasts because of his testimony with respect to God: “I am the wheat of Christ, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God.” Irenaeus Against Heresies Book V Chapter 28

16:6 For in the last days {the false prophets} and corrupters shall be multiplied, and the sheep shall be turned into wolves, and love shall be turned into hate.
16:7 For as lawlessness increaseth, {they shall hate one another and shall persecute and betray.-Didache
Notice it speaks of “the sheep” as does the scripture. It is the state of the church not a type of church.

And therefore, when in the end the Church shall be suddenly caught up from this, it is said, “There shall be tribulation such as has not been since the beginning, neither shall be.”(2) For this is the last contest of the righteous, in which, when they overcome they are crowned with incorruption. Against Heresies Book V Chapter 29
To understand an Apostate Church from Gods perspective it s easier to show one that was considered beautiful and pure. Consider what is described and what is not. Weigh it against today.

“For how should it be if the apostles themselves had not left us writings? Would it not be necessary, [in that case,]to follow the course of the tradition which they handed down to those to whom they did commit the Churches?
2. To which course many nations of those barbarians who believe in Christ do assent, having salvation written in their hearts by the Spirit, without paper or ink, and, carefully preserving the ancient tradition…
Those who, in the absence of written documents, have believed this faith, are barbarians, so far as regards our language;but as regards doctrine, manner, and tenor of life, they are, because of faith, very wise indeed; and they do please God, ordering their conversation in all righteousness, chastity, and wisdom. If any one were to preach to these men the inventions of the heretics,speaking to them in their own language, they would at once stop their ears, and flee as faroff as possible, not enduring even to listen to the blasphemous address.– Against Heresies Book 3 Chapter 4

In the days of the Apostles much of the world, especially the west were illiterate. Millions of people led godly lives in our Christ without ever having read a Gospel, let alone the Bible. They saw their sick healed, and some received their dead to life. The quote above is not a support of what Church Cannon (law) became, or later Church traditions. It spoke only of the tradition of the Apostles- those received from the Apostles.
It was in the oldest document of the faith which was written before the Gospels; Didache. This document in its original form was the letter of the Book of Acts chapter 15 . It is the Teaching or Tradition of the 12 Apostles to the Gentiles or simply the Tradition of the Apostles that was taught.
16:1 Be watchful} for your life;
16:2 {Let your lamps not be quenched and your loins not ungirded, but be ye ready;
16:3 for ye know not the hour in which our Lord cometh.}
16:4 And ye shall gather yourselves together frequently, seeking what is fitting for your souls;
16:5 for the whole time of your faith shall not profit you, if ye be not perfected at the last season.-(Didache)/The Traditions/Teachings of the 12 Apostles to the Gentiles-Lightfoot Translation
What does this mean? What is our perfection they speak of?
Job 29: 12 For I saved the poor out of the hand of the oppressor, and helped the fatherless who had no helper. 13 Let the blessing of the perishing one come upon me; yea, the mouth of the widow has blessed me. 14 Also I put on righteousness, and clothed myself with judgment like a mantle. 15 I was the eye of the blind, and the foot of the lame. 16 I was the father of the helpless; and I searched out the cause which I knew not. 17 And I broke the jaw-teeth of the unrighteous; I plucked the spoil out of the midst of their teeth. 18 And I said, My age shall continue as the stem of a palm-tree; I shall live a long while. 19 My root was spread out by the water, and the dew would lodge on my crop. 20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow prospered in his hand.”
This is the living of Jesus’ Commandments which is our Law.

2. And for this reason the Lord declared, “When thou makest a dinner or a supper, do not call thy friends, nor thy neighbours, nor thy kinsfolk, lest they ask thee in return, and so repay thee. But call the lame, the blind, and the poor, and thou shall be blessed, since they cannot recompense thee, but a recompense shall be made thee at the resurrection of the just.”– Irenaeus: Against Heresies Book V chapter33

The beast from the sea-king of Babylon-

This beast aptly named is one who devours instead of rules and treasonously betrays his entire people into the hands of Antichrist. From the Sea indicates he is not Jewish but from the nations. The people of his land have been taken from seeking goodness to how things simply affect them.
The nation has its own righteousness and by the time this predator’s day begins the nation as a whole assents to murder, theft, torture, and all manner of sin because they are the “righteous under God.”

The leadership is justified.

The corrupted faith it carries is the result of mingling the “wisdom of man” and the Wisdom of God. In Lactantius  it is shown plainly as he put it that the demons show the end of days clearly to the philosophers, but slightly skewed.

This was picked up by what is known as scholasticism or the mixing of religion and philosophy. The Wisdom of God is now explained through the wisdom of man (philosophy). If this is unbelievable ask your pastor how much the study of philosophy effects religion. Theology itself is part of philosophy.

The Bible if it is the Wisdom of God can only be interpreted through itself and revelation.

Why do they hate us?
We will not hold their faith in purity. What does that mean? Because of the mixing together of faiths we will not understand ultimately what is true about either.

“As it gradually dawns on people, one by one, that the transformation of God is not just an interesting idea but is a living reality, it may begin to function as a new myth. Whoever recognizes this myth as his own personal reality will put his life in the service of this process. Such an individual offers himself as a vessel for the [continuing] incarnation of deity and thereby promotes the on-going transformation of God by giving Him human manifestation.”-Edward F. Edinger (The Creation of Consciousness: Jung’s Myth for Modern Man, page 113.)

We have taken their myth which has no place in history and combined it with Scripture which has no place in myth. While we relish their stories and explanations we refuse to take that further step and agree to worship them as an incarnation or vessel holding God.

Because of our partial agreement God says of His people in Babylon;

Jeremiah 50:6, 7” My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.  All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, we offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.”

This tainting of the faith is why questions such as “are we in the tribulation? can even be asked. Read the following and you will understand if you are in the tribulation or not.

“Cities shall be utterly overthrown, and shall perish; not only by fire and the sword, but also by continual earthquakes and overflowings of waters, and by frequent diseases and repeated famines. For the atmosphere will be tainted, and become corrupt and pestilential— at one time by unseasonable rains, at another by barren drought, now by colds, and now by excessive heats. Nor will the earth give its fruit to man: no field, or tree, or vine will produce anything; but after they have given the greatest hope in the blossom, they will fail in the fruit. Fountains also shall be dried up, together with the rivers; so that there shall not be a sufficient supply for drinking; and waters shall be changed into blood or bitterness. On account of these things, beasts shall fail on the land, and birds in the air, and fishes in the sea.

Wonderful prodigies also in heaven shall confound the minds of men with the greatest terrors, and the trains of comets, and the darkness of the sun, and the colour of the moon, and the gliding of the falling stars. Nor, however, will these things take place in the accustomed manner; but there will suddenly appear stars unknown and unseen by the eyes; the sun will be perpetually darkened, so that there will be scarcely any distinction between the night and the day; the moon will now fail, not for three hours only, but overspread with perpetual blood, will go through extraordinary movements, so that it will not be easy for man to ascertain the courses of the heavenly bodies or the system of the times; for there will either be summer in the winter, or winter in the summer. Then the year will be shortened, and the month diminished, and the day contracted into a short space; and stars shall fall in great numbers, so that all the heaven will appear dark without any lights. The loftiest mountains also will fall, and be levelled with the plains; the sea will be rendered unnavigable“.- Divine Institutes

The War on Babylon
The 10 Kings destroy Babylon

43. With respect, then, to the particular judgment in the torments that are to come upon it in the last times by the hand of the tyrants who shall arise then, the clearest statement has been given in these passages.- Hippolitus Treatise on Christ and Antichrist
Babylon the whore is quite easily shown to be an invented place  or designed. A place made for such a time as this.
This people, who were lifted up to be superior only to be placed in the stunted narcotic stupor of narcissism and never realize it. A land built on value and strength that gave way to being entertained as its true assets were bled off. In the end a land that produces nothing but bondage and death.
So sure are its tormenters of themselves in their own annals they write the last chance for this people to redeem themselves or stop this progression was in the 1980s.

Isaiah 47:5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms. 6  I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.-
7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. 8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: 9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. 10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. 11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. 12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. 13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. 14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. 15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander everyone to his quarter; none shall save thee.

“1. Such, then, being the state of the case, and this number being found in all the most approved and ancient copies(3) [of the Apocalypse], and those men who saw John face to face bearing their testimony [to it]; while reason also leads us to conclude that the number of the name of the beast, [if reckoned] according to the Greek mode of calculation by the [value of] the letters contained in it, will amount to six hundred and sixty and six “Against Heresies Book V Chapter 30
After he speaks of the “Greek mode of calculation” he speaks of another number from Aramaic he is unfamiliar with. Both 666 and 616 have very specifically the same meaning. It is the man-god or perfection. In original language John who by family is the child of a Kohen Gadol or High Priest in Israel, would have written it in Aramaic. His lineage is shown both in the Gospels and the account of his death and burial.

“This word, too, contains a certain outward appearance of vengeance, and of one inflicting merited punishment because he (Antichrist) pretends that he vindicates the oppressed.(6) And besides this, it is an ancient name, one worthy of credit, of royal dignity, and still further, a name belonging to a tyrant. Inasmuch, then, as this name “Titan” has so much to recommend it, there is a strong degree of probability, that from among the many [names suggested], we infer, that perchance he who is to come shall be called “Titan.” We will not, however, incur the risk of pronouncing positively as to the name of Antichrist; for if it were necessary that his name should be distinctly revealed in this present time, it would have been announced by him who beheld the apocalyptic vision. For that was seen no very long time since, but almost in our day, towards the end of Domitian’s reign.”
4. But he indicates the number of the name now, that when this man comes we may avoid him, being aware who he is: the name, however, is suppressed, because it is not worthy of being proclaimed by the Holy Spirit. For if it had been declared by Him, he (Antichrist) might perhaps continue for a long period. But now as “he was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the abyss, and goes into perdition,”(1) as one who has no existence; so neither has his name been declared,… IBID
54. As his tribe, then, and his manifestation, and his destruction, have been set forth in these words, and as his name has also been indicated mystically, let us look also at his action. For he will call together all the people to himself, out of every country of the dispersion, making them his own, as though they were his own children, and promising to restore their country, and establish again their kingdom and nation, in order that he may be worshipped by them as God, as the prophet says: “He will collect his whole kingdom, from the rising of the sun even to its setting: they whom he summons and they whom he does not summon shall march with him.” And Jeremiah speaks of him thus in a parable: “The partridge cried, (and) gathered what he did not hatch, making himself riches without judgment: in the midst of his days they shall leave him, and at his end he shall be a fool.”Hippolitus- Treatise on Christ and Antichrist

2. And for this reason the apostle says: “Because they received not the love of God, that they might be saved, therefore God shall also send them the operation of error, that they may believe a lie, that they all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but consented to unrighteousness.”(1) For when he (Antichrist) is come, and though of his own accord concentrates in his own person the apostasy, and accomplishes whatever he shall do according to his own will and choice, sitting also in the temple of God, so that his dupes may adore him as the Christ; wherefore also shall he deservedly “be cast into the lake of fire:”(2) [this will happen according to divine appointment], God by His prescience foreseeing all this, and at the proper time sending such a man, “that they may believe a lie, that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but consented to unrighteousness;“Against Heresies
18. Ezekiel also speaks of him to the same effect, thus: “Thus saith the Lord God, Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the sea; yet art thou a man, and not God, () thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God. Art thou wiser than Daniel? Have the wise not instructed thee in their wisdom? With thy wisdom or with thine understanding hast thou gotten thee power, and gold and silver in thy treasures? By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic hast thou increased thy power? Thy heart is lifted up in thy power. Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God: behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, plagues from the nations: and they shall draw their swords against thee, and against the beauty of thy wisdom; and they shall level thy beauty to destruction; and they shall bring thee down; and thou shall die by the death of the wounded in the midst of the sea. Wilt thou yet say before them that slay thee, I am God? But thou art a man, and no God, in the hand of them that wound thee. Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord. –Hippolitus—Treatise on Christ and Antichrist
Notice that it is men who kill this “Beast” who has declared –himself a god. This is the “king of Babylon” or “Beast from the Sea” foretold in Scripture who precedes Antichrist directly.


 “Therefore, as the end of this world approaches, the condition of human affairs must undergo a change, and through the prevalence of wickedness become worse; so that now these times of ours, in which iniquity and impiety have increased even to the highest degree, may be judged happy and almost golden in comparison of that incurable evil. For righteousness will so decrease, and impiety, avarice, desire, and lust will so greatly increase, that if there shall then happen to be any good men, they will be a prey to the wicked, and will be harassed on all sides by the unrighteous; while the wicked alone will be in opulence, but the good will be afflicted in all calumnies and in want. All justice will be confounded, and the laws will be destroyed. No one will then have anything except that which has been gained or defended by the hand: boldness and violence will possess all things. There will be no faith among men, nor peace, nor kindness, nor shame, nor truth; and thus also there will be neither security, nor government, nor any rest from evils. For all the earth will be in a state of tumult. Divine Institutes Book VII Chapter 15

49…that no man among the saints may be able to buy or sell without first sacrificing; for this is what is meant by the mark received upon the right hand. And the word–“in their forehead”–indicates that all are crowned, and put on a crow n of fire, and not of life, but of death. “-Hippolitus- Treatise on Christ and Antichrist

As many as shall believe him and unite themselves to him, shall be marked by him as sheep; but they who shall refuse his mark will either flee to the mountains, or, being seized, will be slain with studied tortures. He will also enwrap righteous men with the books of the prophets, and thus burn them; and power will be given him to desolate the whole earth for forty-two months. That will be the time in which righteousness shall be cast out, and innocence be hated; in which the wicked shall prey upon the good as enemies; neither law, nor order, nor military discipline shall be preserved; no one shall reverence hoary locks, nor recognise the duty of piety, nor pity sex or infancy; all things shall be confounded and mixed together against right, and against the laws of nature. Thus the earth shall be laid waste, as though by one common robbery.

When these things shall so happen, then the righteous and the followers of truth shall separate themselves from the wicked, and flee into solitudes. And when he hears of this, the impious king, inflamed with anger, will come with a great army, and bringing up all his forces, will surround all the mountain in which the righteous shall be situated, that he may seize them. But they, when they shall see themselves to be shut in on all sides and besieged, will call upon God with a loud voice, and implore the aid of heaven; and God shall hear them, and send from heaven a great king to rescue and free them, and destroy all the wicked with fire and sword.

It is contained in the mysteries of the sacred writings, that a prince of the Hebrews, compelled by want of grain, passed into Egypt with all his family and relatives. And when his posterity, remaining long in Egypt, had increased into a great nation, and were oppressed by the heavy and intolerable yoke of slavery, God smote Egypt with an incurable stroke, and freed His people, leading them through the midst of the sea, when, the waves being cut asunder and parted on either side, the people went over on dry ground. And the king of the Egyptians endeavouring to follow them as they fled, the sea returning to its place, he was cut off, with all his people. And this deed so illustrious and so wonderful, although for the present it displayed to men the power of God, was also a foreshadowing and figure of a greater deed, which the same God was about to perform at the last consummation of the times, for He will free His people from the oppressive bondage of the world. But since at that time the people of God were one, and in one nation only, Egypt only was smitten. But now, because the people of God are collected out of all languages, and dwell among all nations, and are oppressed by those bearing rule over them, it must come to pass that all nations, that is, the whole world, be beaten with heavenly stripes, that the righteous people, who are worshippers of God, may be set free. Divine Institutes Book VII Chapter 15


“…the human race will be so consumed, that scarcely the tenth part of men will be left; and from whence a thousand had gone forth, scarcely a hundred will go forth. Of the worshippers of God also, two parts will perish; and the third part, which shall have been proved, will remain.”-The
Divine Instutes Book VII Chapter 16

60. Now, concerning the tribulation of the persecution which is to fall upon the Church from the adversary, John also speaks thus: “And I saw a great and wondrous sign in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she, being with child, cries, travailing in birth…61. By the woman then clothed with the sun,” he meant most manifestly the Church, endued wth the Father’s word, whose brightness is above the sun. And by the “moon under her feet” he referred to her being adorned, like the moon, with heavenly glory. And the words, “upon her head a crown of twelve stars,” refer to the twelve apostles by whom the Church was founded. And those, “she, being with child, cries, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered,” mean that the Church will not cease to bear from her heart the Word that is persecuted by the unbelieving in the world. “And she brought forth,” he says, “a man-child, who is to rule all the nations;” by which is meant that the Church, always bringing forth Christ, the perfect man-child of God, who is declared to be God and man, becomes the instructor of all the nations. And the words, “her child was caught up unto God and to His throne,” signify that he who is always born of her is a heavenly king, and not an earthly; even as David also declared of old when he said, “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at my right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.” “And the dragon,” he says, “saw and persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child. And to the woman were given two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” That refers to the one thousand two hundred and threescore days (the half of the week) during which the tyrant is to reign and persecute the Church, which flees from city to city, and seeks conceal-meat in the wilderness among the mountains, possessed of no other defence than the two wings of the great eagle, that is to say, the faith of Jesus Christ, who, in stretching forth His holy hands on the holy tree, unfolded two wings, the right and the left, and called to Him all who believed upon Him, and covered them as a hen her chickens. For by the mouth of Malachi also He speaks thus: “And unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings…64. These things, then, being to come to pass, beloved, and the one week being divided into two parts, and the abomination of desolation being manifested then, and the two prophets and forerunners of the Lord having finished their course, and the whole world finally approaching the consummation, what remains but the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from heaven, for whom we have looked in hope? who shall bring the conflagration and just judgment upon all who have refused to believe on Him.

For the Lord says, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” “And there shall not a hair of your head perish.” “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Now the fall took place in paradise; for Adam fell there. And He says again, “Then shall the Son of man send His angels, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds of heaven.” And David also, in announcing prophetically the judgment and coming of the Lord, says, “His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and His circuit unto the end of the heaven: and there is no one hid from the heat thereof.” By the heat he means the conflagration. And Esaias speaks thus: “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chamber, (and) shut thy door: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation of the Lord be overpast.” And Paul in like manner: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth of God in unrighteousness…” –Hippolitus Treatise on Christ and Antichrist

I have spent a lot of time already detailing who our Lord was referring to when He said “and not a hair will perish from their heads.” Refer to “Surviving Armageddon.”

66. Concerning the resurrection of the righteous, Paul also speaks thus in writing to the Thessalonians: “We would not have you to be ignorant concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive (and) remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice and trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive (and) remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”IBID

Rapture-The timing of His coming

(Hegesippus)He writes as follows: They came, then, and took the presidency of every church, as witnesses for Christ, and as being of the kindred of the Lord. And, after profound peace had been established in every church, they remained down to the reign of Trajan Caesar.

If this is put in contrast with the answers of the grandsons of Jude to Domitian when accused of being “sons of David”,”( It was Dominitan that exiled the Apostle John to Patmos). Being then asked concerning Christ and His kingdom, what was its nature, and when and where it was to appear, they returned answer that it was not of this world, nor of the earth, but belonging to the sphere of heaven and angels, and would make its appearance at the end of time, when He shall come in glory, and judge living and dead, and render to every one according to the course of his life.”

Their answer shows not only their awareness of Johns Revelation but their understanding of it. John would have explained this to them. They had charge of the churches.
They referred to Revelations 10:6 which is the end of time- literally. The two witnesses had been killed and it has been 3 days. The next event happening is the voice screaming “COME UP HERE”. This is the raising of the dead as shown by the resurrection and ascension of the witnesses. The next event is the return of our Christ, our King and His people meeting Him.

This is the night which is celebrated by us in watchfulness on account of the coming of our King and God: of which night there is a twofold meaning; because in it He then received life when He suffered, and hereafter He is about to receive the kingdom of the world. For He is the Deliverer, and Judge, and Avenger, and King, and God, whom we call Christ, who before He descends will give this sign: There shall suddenly fall from heaven a sword, that the righteous may know that the leader of the sacred warfare is about to descend; and He shall descend with a company of angels to the middle of the earth, and there shall go before Him an unquenchable fire, Divine Institutes Book VII Chapter 19

The only events In history which have comparison are the Great Flood which was because of the injustice or apostasy and the destruction of the Great Temple.
During the siege of the Great Temple a comet in the shape of a broadsword was seen over Jerusalem for over 2 ½ months. This was seen as far away as China. For a better rendering refer to the article or my book.
Now we know the dead will rise at His coming and the living shall be changed. We know the sign of His coming.

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