This week we’re studying the first part of the end time sequence – The Beginning of Sorrows.
There are 5 key phases to this period:
- The Deception
- The First Seal
- The Second Seal
- The Third Seal
- The Fourth Seal
Let’s review what we’ve discovered this week.
Matthew 24:4-5 states, “4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many”.
The deception we are talking about is a religious deception. This started during the first century with corruption of the message Jesus gave during His earthly ministry. It continues today with mainstream churches completely ignoring the literal, explicit word of God and abandoning the Apostles doctrine.
This deception will continue to grow worse and worse as we approach the return of Messiah.
Revelation 6:9 tells us “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”.
The prophet Isaiah foretold of the final state of this deception, in chapter 5 verses 20-21, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
Recent events in the Supreme Court of America clearly demonstrate how far this level of deception has already come.
The First Seal
Revelation 6:2-3, “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. 3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see”.
Opening first seal reveals the White Horseman who goes out conquering. This equates to the Islamic false messiah, the Mahdi or 12th Imam, which is the central tenet of Shiite eschatology and the driving motivation behind the Iranian Ayatollahs. We are seeing the beginning if this manifestation with ISIS declaring the start of the new caliphate.
When the Mahdi is revealed this Islamic empire will turn on Israel intent on her complete annihilation. The Islamic countries which share a border with Israel will simultaneously attack. However, as prophesied in Psalm 83 “The confederacy against Israel.” Israel will win a conclusive victory, probably calling on the use of their nuclear weapons and then enter in to a period of peace and safety.
It is this nuclear war which will also be the fulfillment of the prophecy against Damascus, “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1).
This stunning victory by the IDF then creates the conditions necessary for the fulfillment of two more end time prophecies, “Israel dwelling in unwalled cities” Ezekiel 38 and the start of sacrificial worship on the temple mount, Daniel 11.
The Gog Magog war of Ezekiel 38 and 39 is the beginning of the Second Seal period. We’ll discuss this more in the forum over the coming week. If you haven’t already done so, please join our community of Prophecy Watchers and register to gain access to the forum.