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Everything is happening exactly like it was told by Jesus. What we are eyewitness it is just the beginning of human blackness. the worst is to come…

Matthew 24 : 6-25″ And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 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. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. »

The third world war is just near, more near that you think. It has already begun…

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CHAPTER VI: THE END OF THE WORLD

There is a general confusion between the expressions: ‘the end of time’ and ‘the end of the world’, because, in people’s minds, they are the one and same event; but the reality is quite different.
The end of times evokes the end of the human governing – a long period of time while God let people rule their own lives by themselves , so they realise the tragic consequences of their rebellion against Him. In fact, walking their own ways, human beings have done nothing else but propagate around them: chaos, misery, poverty and depravation, which, in part or as a whole, lead to the loss of most of them.
On the contrary, the end of the world refers to the final destruction of the Earth and of present skies/heavens (2 Peter 3: 10), event that will talk about in the next pages.
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SATAN’S LAST REVOLT

1) Gog and Maggog
“When the 1,000 years are over, satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the 4 corners of the earth–Gog and Maggog–to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.”
Revelation 20: 7-9
Many persons don’t understand why satan will be freed from his prison to seduce people again. Why wouldn’t the Lord throw him in the lake of fire immediately after His return on Earth?
The answer is simple: Y.H.W.H. ‘s justice wants each man to use his/her own free will for the 1) eternal life or 2) death [1)the tree of life, Christ Himself or 2)the tree of knowledge well and evil or anything that is not in Him- n.tr.]. The children born during the millennium will not be able to exercise their free will due to the fact that satan and his demons will be imprisoned, but they will have the opportunity to do it when this last one will be again freed for a while. This is the reason why nobody in eternity will be able to say that salvation was imposed by force to him/her: “ This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
Deuteronomy 30: 19
According to Genesis 10: 2, Maggog is Japheth’s descendant. (Japheth was one of Noah’s sons). The Jewish historian Josef Flavius and other biblical commentators believe that Maggog is an ancestor of the inhabitants of the Black Sea, especially of the Russians. The biblical prophecy foretells of a man called Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshach and Tubal (Ezekiel 39:1) who will come out of Maggog (Ezekiel 38 and 39). This person, a descendant/ posterity of the snake, will be accompanied by a strong army who will invade Israel.
“Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. 9You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.” Ezekiel 38:7-9
“’Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign
LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.” Ezekiel 38:14-16
As we saw above, Gog represents the Northern countries led by Russia and her ally the communist China who will invade the Israel’s territories. Pushed by satan, the armies of these countries will try desperately to destroy the Lord and His people during the last rebellion.
The prophecies of Ezekiel 38 and 39 concerning God have been partially fulfilled several times in the past. But they will come to pass completely only at the end of the millennium. Israel has truly known plenty of wars that could have endangered his existence. This thing happened for instance during the judges ‘period, during the emperors’ time, during the Maccabees and under the Roman Empire. From its birth as a state in 1948, many nations have tried to wipe Israel out as a nation, especially during its independence wars of 1948 and 1949. The neighbouring countries, such as Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq have

tried with that occasion to deprive Israel of its territories. Nevertheless, it has to be underlined that each time Russia was on the enemy side more or less officially.
Egypt, Syria and Jordan have signed a military treaty during the War in Mount Sinai (29.10.1956 until 05.11.1956), when Egypt entered into conflict with Israel for almost a week which put an end to the Israeli occupation over Mount Sinai, Gaza Strip and the city of Sharm El-Sheikh.
During the war of Yom Kippur, a day of great Jewish Celebration, that lasted between the 6th and 13th of Oct. 1973, the Egyptian and Syrian troops launched an offensive to recuperate the Israeli territories occupied in1967. U.S.A. has then offered help to the Jews while the ex-U.R.S.S. (Russia of today) took the Arab countries’ side!
This attack had been launched cunningly during the day of Yom Kippur (the day of the great forgiveness), because the Arabs knew that Exodus 16: 29 forbids Jews to work or go out during the great Sabbath. That is why Jesus asked the Jews to pray that the great tribulation doesn’t come during a day of Sabbath (Matthew 24: 20). Nevertheless, despite this surprise attack, the Hebrew people have quickly taken heart and threw all their battle forces into war, thus annihilating the enemy infantry and airpower.
“This is the word of the Lord concerning Israel. The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: ’I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone that crushes everyone that tries to lift it. When all nations on earth surround Jerusalem, I will make every horse panic and every rider confused. But at the same time, I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’ ‘On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a ball of fire in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.”
Zechariah 12: 1-6
Studying the history of the Jewish nation we notice that in the past, an invisible hand has always given it victory despite the insurmountable attacks raised against it. Like the prophet Zechariah said it well, Jerusalem is in fact both a cup of dizziness for the neighbouring countries and a pressing stone that can’t be lifted by the world nations.
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2) SATAN THROWN IN THE LAKE OF FIRE
“Then he will say to those on his left: ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!” Matthew 25:41
Satan, this terrifying being was at its origins a completely holy cherub. His unmeasured pride determined his fall: “How you have fallen from heaven, O
morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who
once laid low the nations! You said in your heart: ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: ‘Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, the man who made the world a desert, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home’?” Isaiah 14: 12-17
The expressions ‘ I will ascend , I mount, I raise’ prove satan is the author of sin After his fall, he reincarnated himself into a snake and cunningly seduced Eve, thus causing Adam’s fall and of the rest of humanity. He is the god of this century (2 Corinthians 3: 4) and the enemy of God and of all the Lord’s children. Knowing that he doesn’t have much time, he does his best to take with him in the lake of fire all the rebels. After the last rebellion which he will lead against Jesus-Christ and against God’s people, he will be caught and thrown into the lake of fire to join the beast (the antichrist) and the false prophet (the chief of the worldly religion, the Pope). So are all those persons who refuse the salvation proposed by Christ will thus be tortured for centuries to come far away from the Lord’s face.
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THE LAST JUDGEMENT
“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say: ‘I find no pleasure in them’.”
Ecclesiast 12: 1
Y.H.W.H.’s Word teaches us that Lord Yeshoua will be established as Judge over all dead and living people and that all deeds & intentions made by people will be judged at the end of the world (2 Timothy 4: 1). Everything will be scrutinised, including the words we say and all the thoughts of our heart. (Matthew 12: 36; Luke 12: 3).

The Bible teaches us that there are several types of judgements, of which 7 have a major importance:

The Judgement of sins, which took place at the cross (John 12: 31);

The Judgement of each believer by self-examining (1 Corinthians 11: 31)

The Judgement of the each believer’s deeds ( 2 Corinthians 5: 10);

The Judgement of nations (Matthew 25: 32);

Israel’s Judgement (Luke 22: 28-30);

Satan and his angels’ Judgement (Jude 6);

Last Judgement (Revelation 20: 11-15), which will take place at the end of the millennium and concerns all dead without Christ from Adam’s time.
1)The Resurrection and the Judgement of all Impious Men
“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12: 2
“… those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” John 5: 29
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.” Revelation 20: 11-13
In the light of these verses, we see there are different degrees of severity, proportional to the gravity of people’s punishment because all dead without Christ will be judged according to their deeds. They all will be in the lake of fire, but each of them will receive a just retribution for his/hers deeds, because God is JUST.
All heathen of all times will resurrect at the end of the millennium to be judged according to their deeds. Hell and death will give out their dead.
Hell and the Lake of Fire
I would like to enlighten you regarding ‘hell’ (also called ‘the abode/stay of the dead’) and the ‘lake of fire’ because it is important for the saints to understand they are 2 completely different places.

Hell is a term that comes from the Greek word ‘Hades’ and from the Greek mythology. Hades is the god of the subterranean world. He is equivalent to the Roman god Orcus which gave the name ‘inferno’ in English. Therefore, the abode of the dead is Hell, the Inferno. It is a place where the dead heathen ‘sojourn’ for a while, temporarily while waiting for the last judgement. This place is of course one of suffering, of torture and of soul anxiety (Luke 16: 19-31). In Hell, the lost ones are completely conscious and keep their entire mental faculties.
The Lake of Fire is also called ‘the 2nd death’, meaning the final destination for the wicked/impious people. “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20: 14-15
After the last judgement, Hell (Hades) and death will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.
‘The 2nd death’ and ‘the Lake of Fire’ mentioned in this verse are 2 identical expressions which point to the final destination of the wicked ones, of the tares, of satan and all his demons. It is also called ‘the 2nd death ‘as the physical death proceeds it. This death is not annihilation, but a state, the condition of an eternal suffering. This is in fact the eternal separation from God.
Another expression used in the Bible to describe the definitive place for rebellious people is: Gehenna, which gets its origin from the Hebrew word ‘gehinnom’, or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, in Israel. (Matthew 5:22, 29, 30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33; Mark 9:47; Luke 12:5; Jacob 3:6). I had once the opportunity to visit this place which is very close to Jerusalem, in Jan. 2011. Jerusalem is built upon the Mount of Zion; and the Valley of Ben Hinnom (‘the lake of fire’ literally); is situated in a waterfall below the mountain. The contrast is completely astonishing: Jerusalem is high up in the sky and the lake of fire down below in the obscure depths of the earth.
After the last judgement, Hell (god Hades or the abode of dead) will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.
In the past, this place was used to burn kids in the honour of Molok (an Ammonite deity). Because of the crimes made in this valley (Jeremiah 32:35), of its profanation by king Josiah (2 Kings 23:10), and maybe because of the rubbish burnt here and of its stink, the Valley of Hinnom became symbol of sin and of profound pain. Its name ended up in meaning ‘place of eternal exile or of eternal fire’. (Matthew 18:8-9).
Therefore, all people who refuse the Gospel all their life (the tares) will have as destination first the hell and later the lake of fire. They will suffer an eternal ruin, far from the Lord’s face. (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10)
“Then He will say to those on his left: ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25: 41
The Lake of fire, apart from being an eternal fire (Matthew 25:41), is also described as:
– a place of eternal humiliation (Daniel 12:2);
– an eternal shame (Daniel 12:2);
– an eternal ruin or the wrath to come ( 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10);
– the eternal fire;
-the 2nd death (Revelation 20:6).
I have the privilege to be taken into spirit by the Lord several times when He showed me the Hell and the Lake of Fire. In a vision I could see subterranean compartments similar to prison cells, but with hundreds of souls imprisoned there. The promiscuity was so great that you could hardly breathe. Those people were looking at me with undescribed desperation. The more I got down inside the depths of hell, the bigger the level of pain/torture grew. Reaching its bottom, I saw a beautiful lady who came to beg me to take her out of there. She told me that on earth she used to be a Satanist priestess who refused the Gospel during her lifetime. I couldn’t answer her because something stopped me.
According to Hebrews 9: 27, a person is given a single death and afterwards comes judgement. This woman has been already condemned; no one could do anything for her.
In another vision, I was in a place where there was so much suffering. I saw people lying on the ground with tongues dried out of thirst. Another time, I saw a place with earthly worms that were, to my surprise, human heads. The air in there was made of sulphurous, thus making the atmosphere unbearable, irrespirable. These worms had no choice but to breathe that kind of air and thus were suffering an eternal lungs burning. A verse then came into my mind:”…‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ Everyone will be salted with fire’.” Mark 9:48-49
I implore you: do whatever it takes, whatever possible and don’t end up in that place!
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The Earth’s Destruction
After the last judgement, the present earth and skies will be destroyed along with all that is on them. (2 Peter 3: 10)

“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised: ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words « once more » indicate the removing of what can be shaken–that is, created things–so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire’.”
Hebrews 12: 25-29
Far too many Christians have forgotten that we are foreigners and travellers on this Earth. (1 Peter 2: 11). A foreigner is a person without the nationality of the country he resides in. He is different from autochthons by his different way of life. In the same way, true Christians are not of this world, but citizens of heavens. (Philippians 3: 20). A passenger is a person in transit who has no intention of making the place he crosses his home. A pilgrim is he who doesn’t rest as long as he sees the accomplishment of his final objective: reaching the heavenly Jerusalem for us, Christians. Also, remember that Abraham, instead of building huge houses, despite his considerable treasures, had preferred to live in tents because he was waiting “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11: 10
I am so saddened to meet thousands of Christians conformed to this century, who forget that the goods of this world are futile and that one day they will be consumed by fire. Many have lost the first disciples’ simplicity and the power to resist against the desires of the flesh that make war to the soul.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2: 15-17
The verb ‘to love’ used in this passage is the Greek word ‘agapao’ which, generally speaking, means divine love. Unfortunately, many Christians have already abandoned the true adoration that God deserves, for the benefit of this world. The situation is terribly sad.
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2: 11

The word ‘war’ used in this verse is ‘strateuome’ in Greek and reminds us of the word ‘strategy’ which means ‘to organise a military expedition, to rule soldiers into war or into battle’. Too many Christians fall in the trap of commercial advertisements that urge them to fulfil needs or desires, thus make them slaves of the society of consumption.
How many are therefore dependent on: T.V., plasma screens, mobile phones, luxury cars, design clothes, while Yeshoua gave us a perfect example of such a simple life?
Try to remember the story of the rich man and of the poor Lazarus from Luke 16: 19-31. The first one has lived his entire life in opulence and luxury, caring neither for God nor for his neighbour. He loved the world and its uncertain riches more than God. After his death, he saw himself in hell without his richness-1 Timothy 6: 7 and Jacob 5: 1-3. Regarding Lazarus, this man has lived modestly and in fear of the Lord, always recognising that he was both a foreigner and a traveller on earth. At his death, he was consoled and reached heaven.
This parable must make us question the way we live in this present age. Let us understand that the earth with all its beautiful things will be destroyed. By the way we can already see the seeds of this future annihilation. I remind you the last tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. All the ingenious infrastructures that this nation has prided itself were not able to resist against the force of nature/water.
We often talk about faith in God without really knowing what this really implies.
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were strangers and travellers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”
Hebrews 11: 13-16
This chapter 11, from the book of Hebrews describes the way of life of those men and women who have indeed a true faith in Y.H.W.H./Yeshoua. The Bible tells us that these people:
– recognise they are foreigners and travellers on this earth;
– look for a celestial country;

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CHAPTER III: THE CHURCH’S RAPTURE

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14: 1-3
In this passage, the verb ‘to take’ means clearly ‘to rapture’. Many persons mock Lord’s promise made to His Church, regarding His return. But, He clearly states that He will come again to take us home.
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THE LAST TRUMPET
The apostle Paul has also spoken of this glorious hope in 1Thesalonians 4: 13-17. At the 7th and last trumpet, the saints will be taken into the air to meet Lord Yeshoua for the Lamb’s Wedding. That will be the Lord’s Day, often talked about in Paul’s letters. Starting with the disappearance of the saints in Christ, this period will be a blessed one for the Church. (1 Corinthians 5:5).
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The fulfilment of God’s Mystery
2 Peter 3:1-13 says: ” Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Saviour through your apostles. First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say: ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heaven and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will
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bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11
In Scripture, the feast of trumpets was a celebration that took place in the first day of Tishri month (the 7th month of the Jewish religious calendar). This celebration commemorates the creation of the world and honours God as The Supreme Judge. In the same time, it inaugurates the New Hebrew Year and announces both the future return of Jews in Israel and also the rapture of Church’s saints.
“ ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: <On the first day of the 7th month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts>’.” Leviticus 23:24-25
Although many theologians state that the last trumpet and the 7th trumpet of Revelation chap. 8 are 2 different things, in the light of the Scripture we realise that they are identical. According to the Word, the word ‘last’( or ‘eskatos’ in Greek) means both ‘in the last time’ or ‘in the last place’ and also ‘the last of a series of things’ or ‘the last of a series of periods’.
Therefore, if ‘eskatos’ means ‘the last of one series’, we understand that the last trumpet is nothing else but the 7th trumpet (talked about in Revelation by apostle John), after which there is nothing left.
In fact Revelation 10: 7 adds “But in the days when the 7th angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
The 7th trumpet will accomplish the mystery announced by the prophets and which is nothing else than the resurrection of Church’s saints. Chap. 15 of the first book addressed to the Corinthians teaches us that the fundament of
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Christian faith and of the Gospel is the resurrection from the dead of Yeshoua Ma’shiah: “ But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him , for if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
1 Corinthians 15: 12-20
In 1 Corinthians 15: 51-56, Paul confirms John’s writings from Revelation 10: 7, according to which the last trumpet will fulfil the mystery of resurrection for those dead in Christ: “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, oh death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.”
1 Corinthians 15: 51-56
“According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 The Pre-existence of resurrection over the death
The resurrection has been foreseen before man’s creation.
Indeed, Genesis 1: 11-13 tells us that on the 3rd day after the creation, God has planted the Word and that this Word produced fruits (trees, grass etc.). Notice that the soil hadn’t been yet sown with any seeds, but with God’s Word!
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my
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mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and.” Isaiah 55: 10-11
Lord Yeshoua tells us that the wheat seed that had to fall into the ground in order to produce fruits (John 12: 24) is in fact His own Life that has been voluntary offered to redeem us. Let us understand that even before man’s creation and before his sin, God had already foreseen a solution for his redemption. Thus, the 3rd day is characterised by the death and the resurrection of His Word. (Genesis 1) It is not a surprise that Jesus resurrected after His death. “I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and
those who hear will live. ” John 5: 25
Therefore, the power of resurrection existed before that of death, fact stated firstly in Genesis 2: 17. That is why death has been defeated from the start! Halleluiah!
Death became a reality only after Adam and Eve’s fall. It is the greatest enemy of man, it doesn’t spare anyone: nor little nor big, nor rich nor poor, nor white nor black, nor young, nor old. In the same time, it is both imprevisible and inevitable; it is not scared of anything.
Nobody was able neither to escape it, nor to conquer it…It took with it the greatest people of this world, persons who have accomplished great deeds and won countless victories.
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all have sinned.“
Romans 5: 12
Thanks are given to God for Jesus-Christ has come more than 2000 years ago for our salvation. He climbed the pall of cross to defeat death for good. Yeshoua has triumphed over death on the cross and since that day He is the only dead who became alive again forever: “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Rev. 1: 18
That is why, any person who puts his/her trust in Jesus-Christ of Nazareth will resurrect when He will return for His Church’s Rapture. According to Scriptures, all those dead in Christ will resurrect first and then will meet with the Christians who are alive so they can all celebrate the Lamb’s Wedding in heaven.
“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or
to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have
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fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17
At the resurrection, all saints will have the same body that Jesus Christ had after His resurrection.
“While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ’Peace be with you.’ They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have’. » Luke 24: 36-39
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3: 20-21
All resurrected people will have spiritual bodies with bones and meat, but completely restored. These bodies will never know: death, tiredness, disease, etc. because they will be glorious and incorruptible. “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown.”
1 Corinthians 15: 42-43
In order words, total freedom for some, mountains of troubles for others.
The rapture will happen at once and unexpectedly. In Luke 17: 34-36, our Lord gives us some details regarding this event: “I tell you, on that night 2 people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 2 women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left. 2 men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.”
Just try to imagine the scenes that will follow the Church’s Rapture. Imagine that you are at 11 000 meters altitude, in a plane that is flying with a speed of 900 km/h and that all of the sudden, they are announcing that the pilot and co-pilot are missing while other passengers have as well disappeared.
Then, try to imagine that you are in a bus completely incontrollable because of its driver’s disappearance, while on streets the same terrible things are
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happening in vehicles around you, in taxis, in ambulances, in fire trucks etc. Imagine the violence and the number of accidents caused on the roads in this same time, in different spots of the Planet.
Let us also suppose that you are being operated upon and that the entire medical staff has disappeared, leaving you with the stomach opened. Or that you are having a quiet dinner with your spouse and with your children that have eclipsed in a second.
How many tears, how much terror and confusion will be in that day! All rescue teams and services will be over requested because there will be too many victims of these calamities to attend to. The survivors won’t know where to put their heads away from these numerous casualties agonising all around them. The dead will be lying on the streets everywhere, the wounded will scream in pain and in terror and people will run in all directions to find refuge from crashing planes, in all the four corners of the Globe.
The Earth will be shaken and devastated by plenty of fires. The atmosphere will become intolerable due to the dust hiding the sun and because of the toxic fumes caused by inflamed objects and buildings. All the Earth families will be traumatised by this event without precedent.
Meanwhile, in heaven, the Christians that have lived all their life in a fear of God will be safe and will appear in front of Christ’s tribunal to become accountable of their different gifts and various talents received from the Lord.
2) Christ’s Tribunal
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5: 10
“You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. “Romans 14: 10
It is about the faithful’s deeds and not about the sinners’ judgement. According to Matthew 25: 14-30 (the parable of talents), each Christian has received one or more talents that have to be made fruitful during this life. Each person’s deed will surely be judged after the Church’s Rapture and according to this work, there will be offering of rewards or not.
“If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it
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to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only”
1 Corinthians 3: 12-15
Let us understand that salvation is an undeserved gift from God, totally independent of our deeds (Ephesians 2:4-9; Titus 3:4-7). Any person that opens his heart with sincerity to Jesus-Christ and makes Him the personal Lord and Saviour receives eternal life. However, God has saved us in order to practise the deeds prepared by Him for us from the beginning of time (Ephesians 2:10). That is why He has equipped us with different gifts, so we can accomplish them.
These deeds belong to 2 categories: a) on one hand, the fruits of the Spirit that don’t depend on us, but, on the contrary, are the result of the Holy Spirit’s direct action (Galatians 5:22) and b) on the other hand, those works that regard our service in the ministry (John 7:19-22; Matthew 25:14-30).a) The first acts regard the fine linen evoked in Revelation 19:8, which forms the robe of righteousness that needs to cover all saints. You have to remember that we can’t appear before God like Adam or Eve did after their fall. That was why God had to sacrifice an animal and had to use its skin to cover the man and the woman’s nakedness. This fact is the image of the Jesus-Christ’s redeeming death at the cross, sacrifice that makes us righteous again in the eyes of God (Romans 5). In the Bible, the robe symbolizes God’s righteousness (Revelation 19:8), but it also has a pejorative meaning suggesting the human righteousness (Isaiah 64:5; Zachariah 3). So, this first category of deeds corresponds to the piety acts that the Christian has to practice daily: love, patience, humility… According to Scriptures, all those people who don’t bear this kind of deeds don’t have life in Christ and don’t therefore belong to the Lord. (Galatians 5:16-24). b)On the other hand, the acts of the ministry concern: preaching of the Word, gaining souls for Christ, feeding the orphans, visiting the sick and the imprisoned, the prophecy, healing the sick, setting up assemblies… This category flows naturally from the first one. Firstly, we need to have a life in Christ in order to be able to serve. Those persons desiring to do good deeds but neglect primarily sanctification and righteousness God, are severely mistaken. Not only them end up unsaved, but also don’t help others reach salvation. So, Christ’s tribunal will be charged to judge even this aspect of the Christian life. All those: suffering in a way or other for the Lord, fighting great battles for the Gospel, persecuted due to their piety will be crowned with glory.
How should we do God’s deeds?
It is enough to believe in Christ and to have a life of sanctification of which faith flows. “Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God
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requires?’ Jesus answered: ‘the work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent’. » John 6: 28-29
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those
who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12: 3
After the time spent in the Lord’s Tribunal, we will celebrate the Lamb’s Wedding.
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The Lamb’s Wedding
In Middle Age, the wedding festivities used to last 7 days:
“But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her. And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant. When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, ‘What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me? ‘Laban replied: ‘It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. Finish this bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another 7 years of work.’ And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.” Genesis 29:23-28
“Now his father went down to see the woman. And Samson made a feast there, as was customary for bridegrooms. When he appeared, he was given 30 companions. ‘Let me tell you a riddle, ‘Samson said to them. ‘If you can give me the answer within the 7 days of the feast, I will give you 30 linen garments and 30 sets of clothes.” Judges 14: 10-12
According to Daniel 9: 27, a pact with the Jews and lasting for 7 years will be signed by the Impious Man. This period corresponds with the 7 years of wedding for the Lamb and His Bride/Ekklesia. In John 14: 1-3, Lord Yeshoua has promised His Bride to return and take her, after having prepared a place for her. In the Jewish tradition, after the engagement, the fiancé returns in fact to his father in order to prepare the house for his future wife. Meanwhile, his fiancée waits surrounded by young girls that help her look after her beauty and also to sort her dowry. Her husband can return in any minute, day or night to keep his promise.
On this occasion, I invite you to meditate on the Song of Songs that describes with so much poetry the relationship between Jesus and His Church. Thus, we notice that the relationship progresses gradually. The Shulammite, the image of Church, was at first Solomon’s friend, the image of Christ (Song of Songs 1: 15). But, what is Jesus saying to the disciples in John 15: 15?
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“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
The word ‘servant’ in this passage is synonym with the word ‘slave’; however the slaves never ate with their masters at the same table, only friends had the right to do it.
Then, Solomon calls the Shulammite ‘my sister’ (Song of Songs 4: 9). We can see that the degree of intimacy has risen; it is cosy because they have the same Father. Finally, the Shulammite becomes his wife. (Song of Songs 4: 12), which means she became one with Solomon.
I open here a bracket for all those aspiring to get married.
You have to make sure that you future spouse is firstly a friend. Later, the future spouses have to become brothers and sisters and this connection of paternity must be established by the Heavenly Father. “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. » Mark 3: 35
Only after several stages they can become husband and wife.
According to the Song of Songs 4: 12, the Shulammite was ‘a close garden ‘and ‘a locked fountain’. We have here the image of virginity, in other words the image of sanctification – a sine qua non/essential condition for salvation.
“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband,
to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.” 2 Corinthians 11: 2
In Israel, for getting married, each girl had to keep intact her virginity (Deuteronomy 22:13-17). After the wedding night, the young bride’s father used to bring forward before the old people a cloth stained with virginal blood to validate the marriage. According to Leviticus 17: 11, the blood represents life or soul. Thus, man and woman are connected by blood stripes. The book of Malachi 2: 14 tells us that marriage is an alliance and According to Scriptures, all alliances were born through blood because they used to engage the body, the soul and the spirit. In the same way, the blood was flowing when man was circumcised. Circumcision was indeed the alliance between God and Abraham (his posterity). (Genesis 17)
“At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met [Moses] and was about to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched [Moses’] feet with it. ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,’ she said. So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said « bridegroom of blood, » referring to circumcision.)” Exodus 4: 24-26.
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The alliance between Y.H.W.H. and His Jewish people had been settled by the blood, too, that of an easterly lamb (Exodus 12:13) and of course, our Lord shed His blood for making a new alliance with us. (John 6: 53-59)
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Acts 20: 28
The Ekklesia that will be raptured will be a Virgin Church, which means a pure, with no stain, no wrinkles and nothing else could be compared to her. Remember that the Great Priest was allowed to marry only young girls in Israel (Leviticus 21:14); but Jesus is the Great Priest by Excellency. (Hebrews 7)
Enoch and Elijah were simple people who had been raptured before knowing death. These 2 prophets are the premises for the Church’s rapture. – An imminent event (Genesis 5: 24; 2 Kings 2: 11). This event has been prophesized before and during the Law. All people that deny or neglect it are making a huge mistake.
After the Church’s rapture, the world will know an unprecedented chaos and will demand a capable man to bring the so long-desired peace. The man who will be elected for that mission will be no other than the so-called Beast by the Bible.
Will the Holy Spirit depart with the Church’s rapture too?
“Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendour of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused.” 2 Thessalonians 2:5-10
Many persons use this passage to state that the Holy Spirit will vanish as the Church, in the same time.
However, this passage it is about the disappearance of ‘what’ and ‘the one’ that enclose the mystery of iniquity, the impious man, which will manifest only in its own time. The pronoun ‘what’ refers to the Church as a body of Christ, but the pronoun ‘the One’ regards the Holy Spirit that stops the manifestation of
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the impious man. Let us remember that the Church is the salt of the Earth and the Light of the World. (Matthew 5:13-16)
The Holy Spirit will not vanish with the church because according to Revelation 7: 9-17, He will cause a powerful revival during the great tribulation, which means after the Church’s rapture. Indeed, only the Holy Spirit can convince people of sin, righteousness and judgement according to John 16: 7-8. The Holy Spirit, which is God, will never leave the Earth because Y.H.W.H. is omnipresent!
When the church will be raptured, the Impious Man will be able to freely begin his malefic action and accomplish his harmful projects. However, the world governing by the Beast will take place in a specific political and religious context- studied in the next chapter.
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CHAPTER IV: THE 70TH WEEK FROM
DANIEL: THE BEAST’S REIGN
I.
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE
RELIGIOUS BABYLON
To get a better comprehension of the Biblical prophecy and a deeper understanding of future things, let us immerge in the history and scrutinize the past. There is nothing new indeed under the Sun – Ekklesiastic 1: 9. Those men eager for power & domination -especially world’s dictators, have all caressed the dream of reconstructing the Antique Babylon, so they can rule over it like gods.
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The Origins
Cain was the first builder of a town without God. After murdering Abel, he departed from God and built the city of ‘Enoch’, named after his first son (Genesis 4: 17). Some Bible commentators have assumed that Cain initiated his descendants in occultism – abominable practice of the anti- diluvium populations used to such an extent that God decided to exterminate men.
But the flood hasn’t changed man’s heart. In fact, later, Nimrod, Cain’s posterity, rose and ruled over Babel.
However, all Y.H.W.H.”s instructions given to Noah and his sons while exiting the arch were quite clear: “God told them: Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” Genesis 9: 1. This command is repeated in Genesis 9: 7 because God had a precise design for all the Earth. After the flood, God has established a new covenant/alliance with men. The Word of God mentions the list of Noah’s descendants, naming each one of them. For one of the Ham’s sons and only for him, it specifies his character and work: “The sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, ‘Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.’ The first centres of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh, in Shinar.” Genesis 10: 6-11
The country Shinar cited above is none else than Babylon, according to Daniel 1: 2; Zechariah 5: 11 and Micah 5: 5.
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to
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each other, « Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly. » They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, « Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth. “But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, « If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them .Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. » So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11: 1-9
Babylon City is the work of the Shamitic people who, under Nimrod’s reign, gave the world a counterfeit religious system. God wanted his people scattered upon all the terrestrial continents; He wanted them prolific, so they multiply and fill the Earth; Nimrod did exactly the opposite. The confessed mission of raising the Tower of Babel was to oppose God’s will and to stop the fulfilment of the divine vision. This rebellion was founded upon the unity of Babel inhabitants: their city gave them the feeling of being powerful and famous; they wanted to experience the glory of their name. In fact, unity is a gift from God; Jesus-Christ has come to Earth to allow this unity. That is why before His arrest, He has prayed to the Father in these terms: “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the
world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17: 21-23
Babylon is issued from the name Babel and the Babylonian project consists in gaining fame/majesty, power and glory, but without God and without any consideration for His Name, for His creation or for His design for the Earth. This ambition of a great Babylon hasn’t disappeared; on the contrary, it is more current than ever during this end of time. Nimrod’s invented system is yet very rooted into the world and is influencing always many Christian assemblies.
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The Restoration of the Religious Babylon
You have surely noticed that most of our assemblies are sick. Plenty of Christian leaders have entered organisations controlled by the politic power. The emphasis is therefore on: greatness, richness, material goods and building huge temples meant to give glory to God. These leaders are more preoccupied of acquiring great edifices where multitudes could fit in rather than bringing
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them to God. The authentic faith has practically disappeared and we witness a general paganizing of our churches. Some pastors have become the mediators asking non-stop for money from Christians. They groom more their appearance by holding a plurality of exterior spiritual signs (soutanes, crucifixes etc.), thus joining the hypocrisy of the Catholic and Orthodox priests once denounced by them.
This generalised depravity has its source in the Antique Babylon – the image of men’s rebellion towards God.
Let us build!
“Then they said, « Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that
reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth. »” Genesis 11: 4
In Babel, men wanted to act as God: to build:” Let us make bricks and cement”, they said to themselves and they used the techniques of building grandiose projects. Even in Church this process has begun. Jesus told Peter: ’you are the pebble and on this Rock I will build My church”’(Matthew 16: 18) But as a result, the so-called ‘men of God’ came to build ‘their churches’ with their rituals and customs in order to satisfy their own ambitions, thus refusing Yeshoua’s authority of leading God’s people.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.” Psalm 127:1a
Some pastors spend millions of dollars to build gigantic buildings named churches. Others contract alliances with the world in order to assure the perpetuity of their ministries. But, what God is asking us is to invest in souls, to prepare them for His rapture.
Let’s build a city!
The purpose for the Tower of Babel’s builders was to build a powerful town to gather all people, which is against God’s vision because The Eternal One has asked man to fill the Earth. The Babylonian way of thinking consists in concentrating men power and action in a single place. This is the behaviour of most Christians in charge of churches, they act as ‘Nimrods’, they express their local ambitions, they build big buildings to shelter huge assemblies over which they reign as lords.
This attitude develops the rivalry between local churches that should instead be unified and should collaborate together because the body of Christ is not devised.
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Let us build a tower whose top will reach the sky!
The example of the Tower of Babel keeps on influencing the architecture of churches. Nimrod’s tower was called ‘ziggurat’, word that means ‘monument’. It had more than 600 feet high. Seen from one side, this monument looked like a pyramid.
It is not a coincidence that we use the expression ‘builder of cathedrals’ to refer to a person of unmeasured ambition. The Catholic Church owes her reputation to the building of huge cathedrals; they have appeared during Constantine, around 400 after Jesus-Christ. This Roman emperor, converted apparently, has hugely modified and politicized the Early Church. In order to impose the cult offered to Christ to his subjects, he transformed the heathen temples into ‘churches’. This way, he found a clever way of assuring the perpetuity of their religious habits by only changing their deity’s name with that of Jesus-Christ. What a love! Doing so, he introduced Nimrod’s vanities in the Church by building huge and sumptuous buildings dedicated to witness God’s glory. Since then Jesus-Christ has stopped being the heart of the adoration for the faithful. Therefore, Constantine was the author of this false conception that claims that the Church is a building, contrary to the fact that the Early Church, the disciples used to meet in houses, thing confirmed by the New Testament.
Notice that only the top was meant to reach the sky. The top in question was Nimrod. We have here the origin of the pyramidal vision: only the tops (the pastors and the Christian leaders) have access to knowledge, the rest is voluntarily maintained in ignorance to be better manipulated. However, Jesus-Christ has introduced the entire Body (all the Christians born again) in the Holy of Holies. That is why it is not a surprise that God’s people are destroyed due to lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).
It is also important to note that this kind of pyramidal governing has inspired all religions based on mysteries and other sects.
Let us make ourselves a name: the origin of
all denominations and all titles
“Let us make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth”: what manifestation of pride! One day, a pastor called me to tell me nicely that he would do anything for my name to be known!
Nowadays, there are so many Christian denominations that even the heathen laugh at us.
So, it was in Babylon where the need of making a name has started! Today, in many assemblies we find all kind of titles: reverend, bishop, episcope, arch- episcope, monseigneur, pope, cardinals, etc. Many pastors are ready to all compromise to become famous. Their photos and names are posted on all
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advertisements (internet sites, tracts, posters…), but Jesus-Christ’s name is written somewhere in a corner.
We have to ask ourselves: who is the One who saves: Christ or these people?
Nevertheless, the pyramidal vision of Babylon hasn’t been turned off with Nimrod. Many Apostate Christian leaders copy the Babylonian model and apply it to their assemblies.
The Pyramidal Functioning of the Apostate Church
These 2 tables represent 2 ways of church functioning:
Table A: THE PYRAMIDAL AND Table B: THE BIBLICAL
BABYLONIAN VISION VISION
GOD GOD
JESUS – THE ONLY
MEDIATOR
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The Pastor
and his wife
The people the Christians and the
Pastors
The Christians pass through their pastors to go The leaders work between the people
towards God, the pastors become their mediators. 1 Peter 5:1
In table A we see the Pyramidal and Babylonian Vision. The pastor considers himself a set-apart man, invested with a special mission of presenting people’s needs to the Lord, such as Moses used to do under the law. This is the two-headed leading system where the pastoral couple is dominant; they are the fundament of this kind of church.
Table B represents the Biblical functioning, God is above all and Jesus is the only mediator between God and the people.
Pastors are equal to Christians, they are brothers and sisters. There is no man, no organization that can guarantee the protection of God’s children except the Lord Himself. These last ones excise freely their gifts and ministries, according to 1 Corinthians 14: 26-31.
“What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has
a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.
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All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.”
1 Corinthians 14: 26-31
Notice that each Christian, during prayer meetings is called to sing a song, teach others, talk in languages, interpret languages, and prophecies.
In the veritable Church, the worship songs are not reserved to an elite, to a team specialized in music, but to all Christians – they can all in turn sing songs and share the Word (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Tough there are teachers, the Christians must teach one another, must prophecy according to their role, so that the assembly be edified.
In table A, 1 Corinthians 14: 26 is completely deformed and transformed in: What then shall we say, brothers? When you meet, stay seated because:

There is a monopole team of worship and adoration. But what do you say about this verse that has been put aside and forgotten? Jacob 5:3. Does it mean that in our assemblies, only a group of worship can express his joy because they are the ones entrusted with signing….

Only the pastor has the right to teach because he has a diploma and is ordained.

The pastors recognized by the pastor are the only ones who can prophecy.

Only the pastor can interpret the languages.

People sit down, listen and keep quite!

Only the mediating team, approved by the pastor, is able to lead prayers.
In these conditions, the pastor becomes the Master of Ceremony, the mediator between God and people. He has the monopoly of interpretation, teaching, prophecy and words of knowledge. Christians are the servants of him and of his wife. The pastoral couple has a non-professional driver entrusted with driving his majesty the pastor even for his tiny movements. He has also at his disposal an entire personnel that cooks for him, cleans, does different jobs around the house, even mechanics for his car(s) and other workers which he exploits without payment.
Some pastors are experts in the art of manipulation, very cunning in all techniques of fund extortion. Thus, they seldom ask for money directly, but they manage to let believers know when they lack something.
Greediness pushes some leaders to organize seminaries with the single purpose of collecting funds. We have here the sad example of those pastors who fought between themselves after a disagreement of sharing the offerings.
The apostasy that gangrenes unfortunately many of our assemblies finds its equivalent in satan’s synagogue – denounced by Lord Jesus.

3) Satan’s Synagogue – Another Name for
the Apostate Church
The word’ synagogue’ comes from the Greek word ‘sunagoge’meaning ‘assembly, place of meeting or assembly of associates’. This term ‘sunago’ means ‘to gather together’ or better said ‘fish caught in a net’. In the light of this etymology we understand that satan’s synagogue is a church where satan reigns.
“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for 10 days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the 2nd death. To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live-where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city-where Satan lives.”
Revelation 2: 8-10
“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed
before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews although they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” Revelation 3: 7-9
One characteristic of the Apostate Church is that she establishes purely human organisations, church federations or better said the ecumenism and other diabolic organisations that have the mission of controlling those Christians faithful to the Bible. These organisations form satan’s synagogue (assembly) which already fights and will fight the true Church. In the church of Smyrna, we see that satan’s synagogue imprisoned and killed Christians. At the head of the Apostate Church is the false prophet whose path has already been prepared by his predecessors: the false prophets. Many Jewish leaders have recognised that
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Jesus was the Messiah, but they didn’t dare to publicly declare it for fear of being expel from the synagogue. Nowadays, it is similar: many pastors know that our assemblies are sick because of sin, but they don’t dare denounce this situation for fear of losing friends and also of finding themselves alone.
“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But
because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more
than praise from God.” John 12: 42-43
The church from Pergamum is an example of satan’s synagogue. In the Greek philosophy, the word ‘sunagoge’ also means ‘the assembly of associates with a common purpose’.
It is interesting to see that in Pergamum, there was a temple shaped as a snake dedicated to Esculape, the god of medicine. This church represents all the churches where satan sits.
The temple of Jerusalem had been soiled several times. Manasseh, one of the bad kings of Israel had introduced the idol of the goddess Astarte in the temple and also put false prophets to foretell the future: “He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the Lord had said to David and to his son Solomon, ‘In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever’.” 2 Kings 21: 7
Astarte or ‘Asherah’ in Hebrew means ‘the god of fortune’. Today this idol is worshipped in many churches in the form of Mammon god, the god of money, of greed. This idol is the base of the prosperity gospel or better said ‘Balaam’s doctrine’.
This doctrine consists in the demand of money from persons before praying for them, in the selling of different objects (handkerchiefs, pins with the dove image, crucifixes, holy waters…) and diverse callings of funds.
“Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who
hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to
sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.” Revelation 2: 14-15
Jesus tells us that one of the signs of end times is the establishment of the abomination into Y.H.W.H.’s temple: “So when you see standing in the holy
place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the
prophet Daniel–let the reader understand—“ Matthew 24: 15. This passage from Matthew makes an allusion to the prophecy from Daniel 11: 31:” His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.”
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This prophecy has been partially fulfilled in 168 B.C., when the king of Assyria, Antioch Epiphan stopped the permanent sacrifice by sacrificing a sparrow on the clay altar for Zeus of Olympus, his idol. This profanation of the temple will be repeated in the 3rd temple about to be reconstructed by the Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem.
The word ‘abomination’ is said ‘bdelugma’ in Greek and means ‘idol’ or ‘idolatry’. Nowadays, the devil is sitting in many assemblies where the pastors preach false doctrines and where sin is practised. But, we are the Church and the Church is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 3: 16 and 6: 19).
Despite the fact that satan was unable to make himself worshipped in heaven or in the desert by Jesus (Luke 4 – n.tr.), is unfortunately glorified by Christians in numerous churches that claim to be of God. Paul confirms this thing in the 2nd epistle for the Thessalonians: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself
over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in
God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4
The verb ‘to sit, ‘kathizo’ in Greek, means: to have his fixed lodgement, to be established and also to confer a kingdom to someone. Such as Adam, who once was sovereign over the earth, but gave up his world dominion in favour satan through his disobedience towards God (Luke 4:5-7), in the same way, many Christian leaders (pastors, episcopes, apostles, prophets, evangelists, doctors, diacres, ancients, musicians) have surrendered to the devil the right to lead their sermon. There are some who do it unconsciously while others, on the contrary, are doing it in a conscious way, by associating with the Babylon, with the ecumenism, with federations and by preaching false doctrines. All this proves that the devil has chosen to live in many of our churches.
A big number of ministries have as fundament money. To worry about tomorrow, the fear of lacking, life worries in general are incontestable signs of greed. Because of this vice, preachers refuse to denounce sin in their assemblies for fear of not seeing their financial partners leave:” No one can serve 2 masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matthew 6: 24.
Mammon in Greek is said ‘Mammonas’ and means ‘richness’. The Church of Laodicea worshipped this idol: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you
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can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” Revelation 3: 17-18
Many are those preachers and churches that adore Mammon without knowing it. The love of money can be seen in those who ask to be lodged in 4 or 5 –star hotels, that want to have a sum of money for their sermons and also business plane tickets for their travels.
II.
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF
THE POLITICAL BABYLON
Many of our world leaders have tried and sometimes succeeded in having gigantic empires spreading over all the liveable earth. Once again, this ambition was inspired by Nimrod, the 1st man who tried to set up a world government.
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The 4 Historical Empires
The world has known 4 big empires whose leaders have had the same mission like their predecessor Nimrod – the establishment of a world empire. The 1sr empire was Babylon, under the rule of king Nebuchadnezzar (634 – 562 B.C.)
“12 months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of
Babylon, he said, ‘Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?’”
Daniel 4: 29-30
Nebuchadnezzar’s Prophetic Dream: the Statue
The emperor Nebuchadnezzar had a prophetic dream that announced the coming of 4 empires and also the times of a world government.
“’You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue-an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.
Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.’
This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; in your hands he has placed mankind and the beasts of the
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field and the birds of the air. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.
After you, another kingdom will rise, inferior to yours.
Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth.
Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron-for iron breaks and smashes everything-and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.
As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands-a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.
The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy. » Daniel 2: 31-45
1)The Babylonian Empire
627 until 539 B.C. ………………………………………..LION
2)The Empire of Moesia –Persia
538-331
B.C.………………………………………………BEAR
3)The Greek-Macedonian Empire
331-146 B.C. ………………………………………….. …….LEOPARD
4)The Occidental Roman Empire
27B.C. – 476 A.C.……………a BEAST TERRIBLY FRIGHTENING
The Oriental Roman Empire
1453A.C. ……………………………………This beast had 10 horns
The iron and the clay
5)Nowadays, this statue …………………………..The Beast of Revelation chapter 17 or the Little Horn is represented by the European Union and the World Government
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Nebuchadnezzar’s dream describes prophetically the succession of different universal empires and their final destruction by Christ. The stone mentioned in this passage symbolizes Messiah who will destroy irremediably the 4th empire, the international edifice in its final form. After this destruction, the stone will become a huge mountain; this mountain is nothing other than the Messianic kingdom that Micah talks about in Micah 4: 1-5.
These 4 metals of the statue represent the 4 empires: the Babylonian, Mezzo-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires. This last empire was effectively divided into 2 parts: the Oriental Roman Empire and the Occidental Roman Empire also suggested by the ‘feet’ of the statue.
There is nevertheless a characteristic of the toes: the toes of the feet are half iron (The Roman Empire restored, Europe in other words) and half clay (the Apostate Church inspired by Vatican). These 2 entities seem unified, tough in reality they aren’t. Apostle John told us indeed in Revelation 17: 15-18 that the Beast (the iron) will eat the meat of the prostitute (the clay, the Vatican).
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These 10 toes are thus the 10 Germanic tribes (Europe) later replaced by the Occidental Roman Empire. As a whole, the statue gives us an impressive image of greatness and splendour of the great earthly powers.
Daniel’s Prophetic Dream: the 4 Animals
“In the 1st year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream. Daniel said: « In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the 4 winds of 4 great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.
‘The 1st was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on 2 feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.
And there before me was a 2nd beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had 3 ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, <Get up and eat your fill of flesh!>
After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had 4 wings like those of a bird. This beast had 4 heads, and it was given authority to rule.
After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had 10 horns.
While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully’.” Daniel 7: 1-8
Nebuchadnezzar’s empire is found in the vision of the 4 animals with a different importance however: Nebuchadnezzar wanted the exterior power and the splendour of the nations’ time, Daniel on the contrary realised the true character of the nations ‘governments – greedy and belligerent, established and kept by force. The 4 animals: the lion, the bear, the leopard and the 4thone represent the 4th historic empires: the lion –the Babylonian Empire, the bear-the Persian Empire, the leopard- the Greek Empire and the 4th animal- The Roman Empire.
Babylon
“The 1st was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on 2 feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.“ Daniel 7:4
Babylon Empire which lasted from 627 until 539 B.C. decrypts in each century of its history/existence the principle of a political and religious duality
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described by the Bible both in its 1st (Genesis) and last book (Revelation), but also it its central part. Certainly the Chaldean Babylon reached its climax under Nebuchadnezzar, who passed as God and forced his subjects to adore him.
The Mezzo-Persian Empire
“And there before me was a 2nd beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had 3 ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, <Get up and eat your fill of flesh!>” Daniel 7: 5
This beast has the same significance like the ‘chest’ and ‘arms of silver’ from Daniel 2:32-39; they represent the Mezzo-Persian Empire that replaced the Babylonian Empire from 538 till 331 B.C. There was a double monarchy with the Mezzos governing during the 1st period of the empire and then yielding under the Persians in the 2nd stage.
These 2 arms and the bear – a wild animal symbol of a very strong bestiality, underline this aspect of the prophecy. These 3 ‘ribs’ represent the 3 nations of Babylon, Lydia and Egypt, all conquered by the Mezzo-Persians.
The Greek – Macedonian Empire
“After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had 4 wings like those of a bird. This beast had 4 heads, and it was given authority to rule.” Daniel 7: 6
This beast finds its equivalent in Daniel 2:32-39 and refers to the Greek Empire (331-146 B.C.). Alexander the Great defeated the Persians, but at his death, his kingdom was divided in 4 parts represented by 4 animal heads: Macedonia, Tracia, Syria and Egypt. The notion of rapidity which characterised the leopard (Habakkuk 1: 8) is intensified by adding 4 wings to it. In the same way, the idea of domination is multiplied by the presence of those 4 heads. Number 4 is the symbol for the universal totality and spreading. This kingdom is set apart by the rapidity of its conquests.
The Roman Empire
“Finally, there will be a 4th kingdom, strong as iron-for iron breaks and
smashes everything-and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.” Daniel 2: 40
The Roman Empire lasted from 27B.C. until 476 A.C. for the Western part and until 1453 for the Eastern part. This civilisation has been weakened by the multitude of conflicts during its existence. Rome has dominated all the surroundings around the Mediterranean Sea and also the Western part of Europe. Its expansion has started long before the beginning of the Roman Empire and reached its climax under Emperor Trajan with the conquest of Dacia (Romania of today) in 106 A.C. During its territorial climax, the empire used to control around 5.900.000 km² and contained 88 millions of inhabitants.
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Rome’s influence over the future civilisations in: culture, laws, technologies, governing, arts, language and even religion lasts nowadays too.
The end of the Roman Empire is dated traditionally from 04.09.476, the day the emperor Romulus Augustus has been overruled by Odoacer. Nevertheless, Diocletian was the last Roman emperor with a divided empire whose capital was Rome. After Diocletian divided the empire in 2 parts, each kingdom used to be called ‘Roman Empire’. The Western part declined and disappeared in the 5th century, while the Eastern Empire who adopted the Greek language was later known under the name of the Byzantine Empire. This empire kept the Greek legal and cultural traditions, so that the Hellenist elements have lasted for almost a millennium, until its defeat by the Ottoman Empire in 1453.
“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a 4th beast terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had 10 horns.” Daniel 7: 7
The kingdom that Daniel 2:40 and also Daniel 7:7 talks about is the Roman Empire who was of an extraordinary cruelty. In fact, the intensity of its conquests is marked by the rhythm of 3 verbs used in chapter 2 of Daniel: ‘to eat, to crush and to trample underfoot’. These verbs correspond to 3 adjectives:’ terrifying, frightening and very powerful’. You can see that the beast accomplishes its deeds of destruction with its iron teeth. This 4th kingdom has a special feature: the statue has the toes half clay and half iron (Daniel 2:41) and the text Daniel 7 mentions that this 4th wild animal has a human face, with a little horn appeared between those 10 horns.
2) The European Union: the 4th empire reconstituted
“The10 horns are 10 kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue 3 kings.” Daniel 7: 24
“The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Revelation 17: 12-14
In the Bible, horns have different meanings: authorities (kings, presidents, princes, emperors [Daniel 8:20-22]), kingdoms (Daniel 7:24; 8:20-22; Revelation 17:12), power (Deuteronomy 33: 17), arrogance and pride (Psalm 75:5-6). The 10 horns of the 4th beast and the 10 toes of Nebuchadnezzar‘s statue represent 10 prideful and arrogant kings (Daniel 2:41; 7:24; Revelation
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17:12). The 4th empire, in its future shape will be formed of 10 very powerful kingdoms, military and economically speaking, which will rule regions once governed by the Antique Rome. The history teaches us indeed that the Occidental Roman Empire collapsed in 476d.H. and that in its place 10 new kingdoms have immerged which are nothing else but the 10 Germanic tribes that form the European states today. It is about the following tribes:

The Alemans (Germany or Allemagne in French);

The Francs( France);

Anglo-Saxons (Great Britain);

The Burgonz (Switzerland);

The Visigoth ( settled in Greece and Asia Minor);

The Lombardi (Central Europe);

The Suevs ( Portugal);

The Heruls (Italy);

The Vandalic tribe ( Spain and North Africa);

The Ostrogoth (Central Europe and the countries near the Black Sea).
The division of the Roman Empire in 395 and the big Barbarian invasions
The arrows point to the 10 big Germanic tribes.
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Like we have already noticed, these 10 tribes form present Europe, which is no other than the 4th empire restored: “And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had 10 horns and 7 heads,
with 10 crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, ‘Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him’?” Revelation 13: 1-4
This Beast represents 2 realities: the 4th empire and the Antichrist. In this passage, the word ‘to heal’ means ‘to restore’ in its initial condition. Let us understand that it is about the restoration of the Imperial Rome, that people try to rebuild at present.
People’s wish for unity in order to have/make a name for themselves without God symbolized by the idea of a big citadel and a tower reaching the sky has come up since the beginning of history of humanity and has never left people’s heart. Man’s ambition has started in Babylon and will end in Babylon, the 4th empire, and then the bubble (the dream) will be un-bubbled.
We are at end times and people are on the verge of building symbolically the Antique Babylon. The world is ready to receive the world government. Nebuchadnezzar’s statue is on the way of being built using Europe (the mixing of 4 historical empires). The Babylonian Empire was strong and glamorous. Since its destruction, emperors haven’t stopped rebuilding it: Darius (The Persian), The Great Alexander (the Greek), Julius Cesar (The Roman), Clovis (The Franc), Napoleon (The French), Hitler (the German), etc. Babylon captivates state leaders still; they aim to exercise a totalitarian power over all unified countries in a single powerful and redoubtable entity. The end time Babylon will be undoubtedly the most powerful Babylon, like the Scriptures mention it by the way.
Then, Antichrist will perfectly accomplish what his predecessors haven’t even dreamed of. In that time, the religious power (the religious Babylon) and the political authority (the political Babylon) will be intimately connected, such as the prostitute with the beast which the 1st one will ride upon. This religious Babylon will be drunk of the saints’ blood, which means it will persecute the true Christians the way once the Pharisees did with the 1st disciples.
The Sea
The animals mentioned in Daniel 7 and in Revelation 13 come out of the same place: the sea or ‘thalassa’ in Greek which means ‘the place of chaos’. Sea is
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said ‘yam ‘in Hebrew and it was the name of the chaos divinity (from Levant region) and of unleashed seas (of Semitic origin). According to the Word of God, these 4 animals from Daniel 7 (Babylon, Mezzo-Persia, Greece and Rome) took proportions after the judgement sent by the Lord over Jerusalem, because in fact a great chaos took over Judah that time, due to the curses sent by Y.H.W.H.. Jerusalem was destroyed while Babylon reached its climax.
Chaos appears each time after God’s judgement, when people refuse to believe in Him and repent of their sins. However, men are capable of causing chaos themselves, too, with the purpose of imposing their domination.
The Principe /the devil is the one who seduces the world through ‘ordo ab chao’ (Latin expression, meaning ‘order through chaos’). This term, firstly used by the recent philosophers such as Karl Marx and Frederic Hegel, has been taken and owned by those leading our present societies. Thus, certain disorders (wars, famines, diseases, different crisis) are created by some parts so they can propose diabolic solutions afterwards with the mission of establishing the world governing/ the whole earthly servitude. For instance, the present world economic crisis (2009-2011) is such a chaos which will prepare the nations for the world government.
3) The Little Horn: Rome and the Vatican
“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and 3 of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.” Daniel 7: 8
This horn came out of those 10 horns or in other words of 10 kingdoms of which 3 had been already uprooted when this little horn took the power. In Daniel 7:24, it is written that the little horn will rise out of these 10 horns. There is only a unique power in history to correspond with this description: the Pope. In Rome, despite the divided Roman Empire, after 476, the government of the Catholic Church rose up following the pattern of the Imperial Rome’s government. This new organisation elected at the top: a man, the Pope (the chief of the religious Babylon).
Thus, during the Pope’s instauration, the 3 Gothic tribes: the Herules, the Visigoth and the Ostrogoth had been destroyed through the Roman emperor Justinian’s edict (Codex JustinJanus).
In 533A.C, the Rome episcope proclaimed himself chief of all Christian churches.
“The 10 horns are 10 kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a
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time, times and half a time. But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.” Daniel 7: 24-26
This horn represents 2 characters: the Pope considered also the Vatican King and the Antichrist or the Beast from Revelation 13.
It is also written that this horn (the Pope) will oppress the saints of Most High, which makes us think of the Christians’ persecution. The terrible persecutions during the dark Middle Ages (the burnings at stake, the crusades) are well known and fed the History’s pages. During John’s time, this horn was assimilated to the 2nd Beast of Revelation 13: 1-10 or the Impious Man. His system , the Great Babylon (Revelation 17: 6) is already set up now and the Christians faithful to the Bible will be more and more fought against until the coming of the Messiah, when he will come and rescue them. History only repeats itself!
The saints that this passage talks about here are the believers from all centuries and especially those who will convert after the Church’s Rapture. Truly, plenty of people will hear the Gospel during the Big Tribulation and turn to Yeshoua. (Revelation 7)
On the contrary, millions of people will adore and worship the beast because of her miracles. The same way the Roman emperors persecuted the Christians of the Early Church, the kings of this 4th empire will fight the saints.
Nowadays, we can notice the premises of these future persecutions that are taking place in different forms.
Already, in some countries so-called ‘democratic’, immoral laws have been adopted and promulgated (such as: legalising of abortion and of guy marriage, even in churches; the obligation of joining a church federation etc.), while Christians who refuse to obey these laws are suffering a social persecution.
Many buildings of churches have already been closed, many pastors treated as gurus and Christian assemblies, faithful to the Word, qualified as ‘sects’.
In the undemocratic countries, Christians are killed daily, for instance in Muslim and communist countries. These persecutions will but intensify until the coming of the Beast of Revelation 13: 1-9, which is the Antichrist.
III.
THE IMPIOUS MAN
“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a
little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.” Daniel 7: 8
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In this passage, the little horn is identified with the king (president) that will do whatever he will wish (Daniel 11: 36-45), with the Impious Man from
2 Thessalonians 2: 3-8 and also with the Beast from Revelation 13: 1-7. According to the Biblical prophets, a cruel character will come out of the chaos of nations and will govern with an iron hand. He will be the posterity by Excellency of the Snake of Genesis 3:15, who will introduce himself to the whole world as a saviour. Let us remember the Lord’s warning against the false prophets who will come dressed in sheep clothes, but who are in fact ferocious wolfs inside. (Matthew 7: 15; 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15).
“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour and even now is already in the world.” 1 John 2: 18
“But every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming.” 1 John 4:3
These verses tell us that the Antichrist Spirit was already at work during the Early Church. It is obvious that he is acts always, including at present.
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The Rider on a White Horse
The disguise and imitation are satan’s speciality. It is not a surprise that in the end times, people will take Antichrist for Messiah. We have in the book of Job a beautiful illustration about the enemy’s art of disguise (Job1: 6 and 2: 1-8).
“One day God’s children came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them.” Job 1: 6
Haven’t you ever asked yourselves how come none of God’s children had ever noticed satan’s presence amongst them? The reason is very simple: he used 2 fatal weapons – camouflage and imitation. Only God who knows hearts was able to denounce him.
Contrary of what is usually said, satan hasn’t ever presented himself amongst angels, because he was expelled from heaven and he couldn’t stand God’s shekinah/glory. (Isaiah 33: 14-16). God’s children here are the people gathered to praise the Lord. Satan was infiltrated between them copying their appearance and making all the exterior signs of piety.
In the same way, when the Impious Man will turn up, he will come on the stage in such a way that people might take him as Jesus-Christ.
“I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he
was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.” Revelation 6: 2
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The character in this verse is in fact the Impious Man. But some Christian commentators think it refers to the Lord because they have fallen into the enemy’s seduction and are fooled by his disguise. The Impious Man will indeed come on the white horse, same as the Lord. (Revelation 19: 11-16)
Also, when the Impious Man will appear, he will take the shape of a shepherd knowing that people are waiting for Jesus (the Good Shepherd)’s return (John 10: 11). But we have to remember that the Lord has predicted that a man who resembles a good shepherd will in fact be: a ferocious wolf, a thief and a mercenary that will come in his own name (John 5: 43; John 10: 12-13).
“Then the Lord said to me: ‘Take again the equipment of a foolish shepherd. For I am going to raise up a shepherd over the land who will not care for the
lost, or seek the young, or heal the injured, or feed the healthy, but will eat
the meat of the choice sheep, tearing off their hoofs. Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! May his arm be completely withered, his right eye totally blinded’!” Zechariah 11: 15-17
The impious man will surely be a descendant of the tribe of Dan (a Jew).
Genesis 49: 16-17 reminds us the words of the patriarch Jacob: “Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward.” We all know that the snake is satan’s image and that his posterity has hurt the Woman’s posterity into the heel (the cross). Of course, the rider in question is the Messiah when will come triumphantly with His Church on a white horse (Revelation 19: 11-16). This fact is confirmed by the seal/ record made by God for the tribes of Israel in Rev7: 4-8. We notice that Dan has been isolated.
On the other side, John 5:43 confirms the Judaism of the Impious Man: “
In fact, the Jews consider foreigners unclean (Acts. 10 and 11) and will not accept in their temple in Jerusalem but one of theirs. (Acts 21: 28-30).Thus, the Jews will so much seduced by the disguise of this impious man that they will sign a pact with him for 7 years.
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The Pact signed between the Impious Man and the Jews
According to Scriptures, the impious man will sign a pact with the Jews for 7 years. This alliance will have the purpose of guaranteeing security for Israel, although in fact this will be a trick of the enemy whose objective is to destroy this nation: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one week and in the middle of the week he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple the devastator will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end the ruin decreed is poured out on him.” Daniel 9: 27
The Lords names this pact ‘the death covenant’– Isaiah 28: 14-18.
The Pact on the way to be signed
This alliance has been prepared for several years now with the ‘on route’ paper, a summit organised by Bill Clinton. It is about the summit for the Peace in the Middle East of Camp David (sometimes also called Camp David II) held between July 11 to 25, 2000 in the residence of David Camp, in the presence of the American ex-president Bill Clinton, the Israeli prime-minister Ehud Barack and Yasser Arafat, the president of The Palestinian Authority of that time. This was one of the diplomatic attempts for setting a term to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nevertheless, these negotiations didn’t succeed in finding a compromise between the 2 parts involved.
Despite the fact that an agreement wasn’t reached, the final report of these
trilateral meetings has stated upon the principles convened for future negotiations:

the search for a just and durable solution after tens of years of conflict, based upon the 242 (from 1967) and 338 (from 1973) resolutions of the U.N. Security Council;

the engagement in solving all existent problems as soon as possible and the setting-up of an environment favourable to negotiation without pressure, intimidation or threatening with violence;

the understanding by the 2 parts to abstain from any action that would predispose unilaterally the terms of future agreements;

the perception that the U.S.A. is an essential partner in conducting the peace process; U.S.A. then incarnated in Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright, the ex-U.S. secretary of state.
This route paper had 2 main objectives: on one hand, the creation of the Palestinian State with its capital in East Jerusalem (and Joel 3:2 confirms that this objective will be reached) and on another hand, the hidden purpose of preparing the way for the impious man, because According to Scriptures he will pass as Messiah. However, after 3 ½ years of alliance, this man will cease both the sacrifice and the offering (Daniel 9:27), and that is when many Jews will realise that the pact with the impious man was a trick, because this last one will, by then, have had established himself in the temple in order to be worshipped as God. (2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4).
The Jews will chase him out of the temple and the pact will be broken. This will be the beginning of the Great Tribulation because the antichrist will not
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accept to be hunt away from this edifice where he was getting the adoration. So, he will mobilize the armies of all nations to take control of Jerusalem by force.
“While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them
suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 3
The word ‘solid alliance’ is an allusion to a treaty for mutual protection. The Israeli people will thus be able to rebuild their 3rd temple and of course
reinstate the Mosaic cult.
The 3rd Temple (see Ezekiel chap. 40 to 47)
In these last years, we notice a major interest in Israel for the reconstruction of the 3rd temple. To reach this objective, a society was formed: ‘The Society for the Rebuilding of the Temple’. This last one publishes twice a month a bulletin called “Yivneh ha – Migdach’ (‘May the Temple be Rebuilt!) For this purpose there are many groups in Jerusalem made of men and women for the future ministry of priesthood.
All these prophecies concerning the 3rd temple confirm that it will be raised before the Great Tribulation.
IV.THE GREAT TRIBULATION
“He gave me this explanation: ‘The 4th beast is a 4th kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The 10 horns are 10 kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue 3 kings. 25He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, 2 times and half a time.”
Daniel 7: 23-25
The 1st mention to this 3 ½-year period is the expression ‘1 time, 2 times and half-a time’ (Daniel 12: 7; Revelation 12: 14). It has the same duration as ‘half a week’ cited in Daniel 9:27; it is equivalent with the 42months of Revelation 11: 2, 13: 5, or the 1260 days of Revelation 11: 3 and 12: 6. This period of 3 ½ refers to the half of the last (70th) week of Daniel 9: 27 known as The Great Tribulation (Revelation 7: 14).
Satan will dispose of 3 ½ years to set up his domination without any opposition and also to eradicate Jews and Christians alike. (Revelation 11: 1-3)
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“Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labour, every face turned deathly pale? How awful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it. ‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them’.” Jeremiah 30: 6-8
The Church will not suffer the Big Tribulation
It is important to understand that the big tribulation does not concern at all the Church who is Christ’s wife. Those who say the Church will pass this period teach also that the Church will replace Israel. But this is false and there is the proof:
– In Daniel 9: 24, the angel tells Daniel that those 70 weeks (of which the last one corresponds to the big tribulation) regards only the Jews and the town of Jerusalem.
– Jeremiah 30: 7 states that it will be a trouble time for Jacob and not for the Church.
– Lord Jesus-Christ has declared (in Matthew 24: 15-20) that the abomination will be set into the temple. That is why, He was inviting all the inhabitants of Judea to run for the mountains. The temple was and will be again in Jerusalem, place situated in Judea and not in France and nor in U.S.A., nowhere lese but in Israel. Yeshoua has also told the Jews to pray that ‘that day’ (the big tribulation) will not be a Sabbath day. Because indeed, according to Exodus 16: 28-29, the Jews had no right of travelling more than de 1 km from the place they were on the Sabbath day. If the big tribulation will be on a Sabbath, the Jews that will observe Moses’ Law will let themselves be killed rather than disobey the law. We have here a supplementary proof that the tribulation regards only the Israeli people because the Church is not obliged to follow the Sabbath! In 06.11.1973 during the middle of Yom Kippur celebration (the day of the ‘great forgiveness’ considered the Great Sabbath- Leviticus 16), the Egyptian and Syrian armies have attacked Israel believing that the Jews will refuse to riposte for fear of disobeying the Sabbath.
– Revelation 11:1-3 shows us that the Temple in Jerusalem will indeed be rebuilt and full of people in the holy city for 3 ½ years.
– The Bible declares several times that the Church is not destined for the future wrath (Isaiah 26: 20-21 and 1 Thessalonians 1: 9-10; 5: 9). Remember the story of Noah and Lot. During Noah, the earth had been destroyed by the flood’s waters (the image of Y.H.W.H.’s 7 cups of wrath), but the Lord has saved Noah and his family and hid them (rose them up) for 1 year in the arch (the arch= the prefiguration of Christ). God did the same with Lot and his 2 daughters before Sodom and Gomorrah were annihilated by fire; they have abandoned these cities to go into the mountains. We have here a beautiful illustration of the
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Church’s rapture –symbol for the departure from the cities towards the mountains which represent God’s kingdom. (see Luke 17: 22-36).
– Wedding in Israel used to last for 7 days (Genesis 29: 25-30;Judecatori 14: 5-20) , which corresponds to 7 years of trouble, time when the Church will celebrate the wedding , while the Jews will be persecuted (Daniel 9: 27).
Obviously, all persons defending Jews during the Great Tribulation (surely this will be the case of persons who will accept Christ too during that period) will be exposed to the same fate as them. It is true that the Church has always known periods of tribulation since its birth; whether it from Jews, from Roman emperors or mostly from the Roman Catholicism (John 16: 33; 2 Timothy 3: 12), but we have to understand that the great tribulation will be a period of time well defined which will exclusively concern the Jews. The Lord will short the days of the great tribulation because of the ‘elected ones’, meaning the Jews.
(Matthew 24: 22).
-Another reason why the Church will not live the great tribulation is that the impious man will receive from God the power ‘to do war against the saints and defeat them’ (Daniel 7: 21; Revelation 13: 7). Such a destiny can’t be reserved to Christ’s wife, because it is written: ‘the gates of Hell shall not prevail against her’. (Matthew 16: 18) In addition, the Church has the authority and the power ‘to resist the devil’ and ‘he will flee from her’ (Jacob 4: 7). Therefore, the fact that the impious man will receive from Y.H.W.H. the power to fight and defeat the saints’ (meaning destroying them) proves that the Church will not be on Earth then. ‘The saints’ that Daniel 7: 21 and Revelation 13:7 talk about are the Jews and those who will believe in Christ during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7: 9-17). They will play with their life their faith. The persons who will have the sign of the Beast will suffer the Lamb’s wrath (the 7th cups of Revelation 16), while those who will refuse the mark will be decimated by the Beast.
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The Beast’s Reign
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand-then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24: 15-22
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The apostles wanted to know at all cost the sign that was to precede the Lord’s return and they were right. After speaking of wars, famines, natural disasters, the Lord has invited them to read the book of Prophet Daniel as it contains information regarding Yehsoua’s return. In Daniel 10: 14, the angel Gabriel tells Daniel indeed that he came to reveal to his people , Israel, ‘the course of times’.
The great tribulation will start when the antichrist will set up the abomination in Jerusalem and will proclaim himself Y.H.W.H.. Daniel was the 1st to speak about this abomination.
“For the king of the North will muster another army, larger than the first; and after several years, he will advance with a huge army fully equipped.”
Daniel 11:31
This prophecy has been partially accomplished in 168 B.C. when Antiochus Epiphane, the king of Syria, the zealous defender of the Greek culture financed the construction of Zeus temple in Athens. His forced Hellenization attempt of Judea, supported by the great priests Iason and Menelaus, caused the anger of the traditionalist Jews.
Antiochus had forbidden the Mosaic cult and consecrated the Jerusalem temple to the Greek gods. Of course, he robbed and installed in the temple god Baal Samen; he also destroyed the city walls. In the edict of Dec. 167 B.C., he has also ordered the bringing of pigs as holocaust, the interdiction of: circumcision, reading the Torah, the observance of celebrations of the Eternal One and the jailing of all Hellenization adversaries. Thus, Antiochus hoped to do 2 major things for Israel: change time (the Jewish calendar) and the Torah (the law, according to Daniel 7: 25).
The Change of Times
Judaism is a religion based upon a calendar marked by 7 main celebrations that foretell the perfect design of Y.H.W.H. for humanity.
So, Israel had several calendars, of which 2 main ones: the religious calendar that started with Easter in the month of Nissan (March-April) and the civil one that began with the trumpets celebration in the 1st day of Tishri month, which is the 7th month for us (July).
For a better understanding of the Jewish calendars and also to see the repartition of Y.H.W.H.‘s celebrations, I invite to have a look at the next table:
MONTH                     BABYLONIAN NAME                                 MEANING
NISSAN                  NISANU                                                                    SACRIFICE
IYAR                       AYARU                                                                         procession
SIVAN                  SIMANU                                                                       construction
TAMUZ                DU-UZU                      the god of fertility to Babylonians

AV                             ABU                                                                                torches
ELUL                    ELULU                                                             PURIFICATION
TISHRI       TESHRITU                                                           THE BEGINNING
HESHVAN  ARAH-SAMNA                                                    the 8th month
KISLEV            KISLIMU                                                 (uncertain meaning)
TEVET              TEBITU                                                                              floods
SHVAT            SHABATU                                                                           storms
ADAR               ADARU                                                                works of the soil

Attacking this calendar, Antiochus wished to cause such confusion amongst the Jews so they couldn’t discern time/seasons anymore.
Lord Jesus has warned us against that what had happened in 168 B.C. will happen again at His return. Antichrist will come and try to change time (the Jewish calendar) and the Torah (the law).
Satan has effectively succeeded in giving the world a complete Babylonian calendar in order that we might ignore times related to the Eternal One / Y.H.W.H.’s celebrations. Our calendar is of Catholic origin. It was formed at the Pope Gregory the XIII’s initiative in order to correct the adrift in the Justinian calendar; that is why it bears its founder’s name: the Gregorian calendar. Foreign deities had then been introduced in his calendar like the above table confirms it. The days of the week were also inspired gradually from astrological names and from Eastern cultures such as the Babylonian and the Egyptian.
The principle consisted in putting each hour of the day under the patronage of a planetary deity. Thus, each day has ended up in having the name of a planet that presided its 1st hour:
-Monday, the day of the Moon or of the goddess Ciadra, the god of time; it corresponds to the Muslim god Allah;
-Tuesday, day of Mars, the god of war;
-Wednesday, the day of Mercury, the god of commerce, of businessmen and also of thieves and liars. In mythology, he is the gods’ messenger.
-Thursday, Jupiter’s day, the god of sky and the father of gods. He was assimilated to Zeus by the Greeks and to Baal by the Babylonians.
-Friday, Venus’ day, the goddess of love, seduction and beauty, similar/equivalent to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess.
-Saturday, Saturn’s day, the youngest son of the Earth (Terra) and of the Sky (Uranus). In the past, according to an ancient custom, new-born babies were sacrificed to this god.
-Sunday, the Sun’s day.