2012 In Bible Prophesy
I’ve looked at many different interpretations of the end times scriptures, and now think I have heard the truth, an interpretation that appears both consistent with the scripture and with history. I’ve been earnestly seeking corrections or refinements, but have been led to present this.
In the past I didn’t think this study of eschatology was very important so I didn’t spend much time on it, but now I must admit that perspective was incorrect. We are promised a blessing in Rev 1;3 when we read revelation and obey what it says. When we do this we can better cooperate and better respond to God. A key point that Revelations develops is the beheaded saints that rule with Christ during the Millennial reign. I think that we need to understand this prophesy to see our current assignments. When we understand this key issue we see how important it is to unplug from today’s church deceptions and to drink from the spiritual rock, to plug into the true vine, Jesus Christ. Our Assignment – To Ignore Todays Blind Leaders
Let’s start with a quick look at how we are to interpret prophesy.
NIV 2 Peter 1;19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Biblical prophesies are the words of the Holy Spirit. They are to be interpreted spiritually, interpreted from God’s spiritual perspective, not from a fleshly [human] perspective.
The Holy Spirit gives us the keys to interpreting these words in other Scriptures and thru seeking him and seeing with spiritual eyes. Seeing Straight, Seeing With Spiritual Eyes
The Jews missed the Messiah because they were looking with worldly eyes. They were expecting a worldly leader, but the Holy Spirit was talking about a spiritual leader.
NLT Is 9;4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.[the spiritual aggressors were the levitical priesthood] 5 The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire. 6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Jesus broke his followers free from spiritual aggressors. He freed them from the fallen Levitical priesthood of his day. Unfortunately this Levitical priesthood was resurrected and now stands as the norm.
Now lets take a look at a few definitions:
The Tribulation; a 1260 day period after the daily sacrifice is spoiled and removed. The daily sacrifice is the New Testament follower of Christ offering his life as a living holy sacrifice. I used to think these time periods represented hard dates but I’ve been shown that they are much more personal than that. For me, the first 1260 days represents my time protected by God in the wilderness. When I reached the age of accountability I found myself in the midst of the tribulation, the second 1260 days. As I continued to seek and serve God he revealed many of the lies that today’s churches are built upon. At the 1290th day,I was born again, and recognized the son of perdition, the abomination standing in the Holy Place. I have now come out of the Babylonian church system because I am now able to see the devil controls it. They say they honor God, but their hearts are far from him. I realized that all my previous efforts to serve God inside this church system were actually feeding the beast. I was building with wood hay and straw, things that are burned up in the tribulation. 1 Cor 3:12
The Mark of the Beast; This mark is associated with spiritual buying and selling, with trying to buy and sell God! It is not a literal mark. The other Bible verses that discuss this show that the spiritual mark on our forehand and hand[Deu 6;1-9 Ex 13;1-16] simply refers to who we follow, Christ or the Antichrist. Those selling the mark of the beast are selling God for money, wrongly living off righteousness, taking offering funds that rightfully belong to the poor. They are taking advantage of the simple trust of believers [the millstone sin of Matt 18;3-7]; stealing from the poor [Is 10;1-4], exalting themselves[Mat 23;10-14]; ignoring the Biblical warning for teachers [not doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom Jam 3;1-13]; robbing from Widow Houses;and refusing to wash the feet of their followers[Jesus Foot Washing Example]. They serve the flock for what they will get out of it. They hawk the word [MKJV 2 Cor 2;16] not speaking in Christ out of sincere motives. The others with the mark, those who try to buy God with money, are trying to test the Holy Spirit like Ananias and Sapphira, trying to buy God with their tithes and offerings and their dedication to the priest class.
The abomination of desolation (set up in the Holy place at the midpoint of the tribulation); The old Levitical priesthood, our priest class system that lords over “their” flocks is established by God. Those who refuse to turn from sin will suffer under the strong delusion.
NLT 2 Thess 2:7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.
9 This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. 11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil [KJV says “had pleasure in unrighteousness”] rather than believing the truth. God is looking to see who is really seeking him, seeking him in spirit and in truth.
These men accepting the mark of the beast look like servants of God. Really they are the false teachers we hear so much about, those refusing to build on Paul’s Foundation[1 Cor 3;10-14], twisting Paul’s teachings[2 Peter 3;16], and refusing to do good with the humility that comes from wisdom [Jam 3;1-13].
Beheaded Saints; Those people who spiritually separate themselves from their fallen spiritual “heads”, from this resurrected Levitical priesthood. Let’s take a look at Revelations 20 in the Amplified Bible. I’ve inserted a few sections [highlighted and in itialics]to try to explain what I think is really going on.
AMP Rev 20;1-10
1 THEN I saw an angel descending from heaven; he was holding the key of the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand. 2 And he gripped and overpowered the dragon, that old serpent [of primeval times], who is the devil and Satan, and [securely] bound him for a thousand years. 3 Then he hurled him into the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and closed it and sealed it above him, so that he should no longer lead astray and deceive and seduce the nationsuntil the thousand years were at an end. After that he must be liberated for a short time. 4 Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom authority to act as judges and to pass sentence was entrusted. Also I saw the souls of those who had been slain with axes [beheaded][I think this beheading is the voluntary process where discerning followers come out from their fallen leaders] for their witnessing to Jesus and [for preaching and testifying] for the Word of God, and who had refused to pay homage to the beast or his statue and had not accepted his mark or permitted it to be stamped on their foreheads or on their hands. [refusing to accept the lies & deceptions of today’s lukewarm AntiChrist leaders. These folks have cut themselves off from these fallen leaders – honoring the Biblical assignment Our Assignment – To Ignore Todays Blind Leaders ] And they lived again and ruled with Christ (the Messiah) a thousand years. 5 The remainder of the dead were not restored to life again until the thousand years were completed [they were not spiritually reborn until the end of the millenium]. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed (happy, to be envied) and holy (spiritually whole, of unimpaired innocence and proved virtue) is the person who takes part (shares) in the first resurrection! Over them the second death exerts no power or authority, but they shall be ministers of God and of Christ (the Messiah), and they shall rule along with Him a thousand years.[The true church rules w/ Jesus for 1000 yrs.]7 And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his place of confinement, 8 And he will go forth to deceive and seduce and lead astray the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth–Gog and Magog–to muster them for war; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they swarmed up over the broad plain of the earth and encircled the fortress (camp) of God’s people (the saints) and the beloved city; but fire descended from heaven and consumed them. [II Kings 1:10-12; Ezek. 38:2, 22]. 10 Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages).
When we look at this Rev 20 passage in light of – AMP Heb 9;27 And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment – we can see that the souls beheaded for testifying & preaching God’s word and not accepting the mark of the beast in vs 4 are spiritually beheaded, not literally beheaded. They have died to their earthly existence and live for Christ – they have spiritually cut themselves off from these old Antichrist leaders, separated from America’s Fallen Churches .
The war of Armageddon will not happen on this earth. Please don’t buy in to all of today’s doomsday talk. Even if you disagree with every conclusion that I’ve made, I pray that you will seriously consider obedience to the Phil 3 passage below. It requires us to test those we learn from and rejecting the teachings of any who don’t follow Paul’s examples.
Paul exampled the tent maker preacher. Paul and Jesus exampled the servant slave leader washing the feet of their followers, embracing a lower earthly status, not a higher one. Paul preached with the power of the Holy Spirit, not the power of human wisdom. This kind of teaching is useless to God!
NLT 1 Cor 1;21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.
Paul also shows us what an authentic worship service looks like Believer Gathering Essentials.
Pressing toward the Goal
NLT Phl 3;12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made. 17 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
We are told to pattern our lives after Paul and learn from those who follow Paul’s example. Paul exampled the tent maker preacher. Paul stated that he would rather die than accept money for preaching [1Cor 9;15]. Here he tells us to be discerning, to live as citizens of Heaven, learning only from those who follow his example. We are then warned about the men who don’t follow Paul’s example, those whose conduct shows, they are enemies of the cross and headed for destruction. Pew Sitters, Get Your Eyes Off Your Blind Leaders!
Help us to see thru the mist, and the fog of this fallen church in this fallen world, to seek, find, and follow you even to the end of the age, to fervently seek only your will, to hear your voice, and to separate from this false resurrected Levitical Priesthood Turn us from seeking the approval of men, to seek only your approval and your glory. In Jesus name we pray, Amen
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