The book of Daniel is one of mystery and intrigue, predicting the future and providing instruction, and an example, of how to live in these last days. Gaining an understanding of Daniel’s end-time mystery is reserved, alone, for the wise in the latter days (12:10). The wise are defined as those seeking to understand Bible prophecy, thereby discerning the signs of the times.
The end-time message to the wise is to stand firm and take action (11:32a). Standing firm is to remain faithful (cf. Rev. 2:10) and hold fast (cf. Rev. 3:11) to sound biblical doctrine. Taking action is to warn others (cf. Col. 1:28, 29), making the most of the time (cf. Eph. 5:16), bringing understanding (11:33), which produces purity through repentance (12:3, 10).
Until now, few have understood the concealed and closed (12:4,9) writings of Daniel. However, we live in the day that troubled Daniel greatly (7:15, 28), where understanding was promised (12:4b). In fulfillment of an end-time sign (12:4b). God has revealed the mystery to the wise, granting knowledge and understanding of the latter days.
Available to Nepalese and Indian pastors and church leaders is our regular eschatology Zoom meeting. Currently, we are discussing the tribulation trumpet judgments and expect to conclude this series early next year. If you are in Nepal or India, you are welcome to join us.
Kingdom Seekers Fellowship continues to meet every Sunday in Broadbeach Waters at 5pm. We are currently just under the halfway mark of our new series on Matthew 24, being 12 weeks in. We also have Zoom available. All are welcome, contact me for details if interested. Below is an example of what we discussed in a recent meeting. The notes are also provided weekly..
‘They (the fallen) will Deliver (betray) You Up.’
So, you want to be a book of Acts church… To be witnesses for Jesus, operating in the power of the Holy Spirit? While that is a good desire (when of the right motive), it is mainly misunderstood by those claiming it due to having wrong reasons. Many are motivated to pursue ‘power’ to promote and prosper themselves and ‘their’ ministries. Remember, Simon the sorcerer desired the same thing (Acts 8:9-25). However, what is conveniently overlooked is the very thing producing power was perseverance under persecution (Act. 8:1-8). Therefore, to be a book of Acts church, you must first accept that persecution, not peace and prosperity, is part of the package. Usually, those making the statement mentioned above, who pursue Holy Spirit power through signs and wonders, do not have a theology of suffering. However, power and persecution are never separate in the Bible; one follows the other, which is why we have not seen much power of the Holy Spirit (manifestation of miracles) in the West. Not yet anyway! No persecution, no perseverance, no power!
The opening chapter of Acts makes it clear, where Jesus said, “You will receive power (Gk. Dynamis, lit. dynamite) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses” (Acts 1:8). The Greek word translated into ‘witnesses’ is also translated ‘martyrs,’ meaning, in context, “You will be My martyrs.” As mentioned in the previous section, most have failed to understand the narrow and difficult road of the cross, therefore fail to count the cost of following the biblical Jesus; for this reason, when tribulation (of any kind) comes, they cannot and will not endure (Matt. 21:13), and thus, they fall away (Matt. 24:10). Again, as mentioned in the previous section, the Greek word for ‘fall away’ is ‘skandalon.’
On both this side of the tribulation and throughout the tribulation, persecution is guaranteed. On this side of that seven-year event, persecution is likened to the beginning of birth pains (Matt. 24:8). During the tribulation, persecution will be a continuous and increasing experience for those resisting the antichrist, which will be a repeat of the days of Antiochus (Dan. 8, 11). Remember, In Matthew’s record of the Olivet Discord (chapter 24), the tribulation, with increasing persecution, begins from verse nine. Verses nine to fourteen cover the first half of the tribulation. The second half commences from verse fifteen, where the antichrist announces himself to be God from the rebuilt tribulation temple. The tribulation temple is the third temple (Dan. 9:24-27, 11:31, 12:11, 2 Thess. 2:3-4, Matt. 24:15, Rev. 11:1-2) that will be rebuilt from the signing of the Middle East Peace Treaty (Isa. 28:15, 18., Dan. 7:24-27), causing many to violate their covenant with God (Dan. 11:31-32a). Once the antichrist claims to be God from the rebuilt temple, all hell will break loose (Dan. 11:32b-45, 12:1). Then, the persecution of the saints will go to a whole new level, like never seen before (Matt. 24:21), and if Jesus has not cut the days short, for the sake of the elect, none would be saved (Matt. 24:16-23). The Greek word for ‘saved’ is ‘Sozo.’ Meaning none of God’s chosen would be delivered if Jesus had not have returned to set up His rule and reign on the earth.
As mentioned in previous sections, the Greek word ‘Sozo’ (physical healing and deliverance) does not apply this side of Jesus’ return in the way charismatics claim; therefore, believers in Christ cannot expect to be absolutely physically healed and delivered from sickness, demonic oppression, and depression, and poverty. Complete salvation, relating to the physical body and even the mind, is not guaranteed this side of the millennium. In fact, during the tribulation, salvation will come at the cost of sacrificing the body and mind (Rev. 12:11). Moreover, on this of Jesus’ return, the physical body and mind will deteriorate; it will be destroyed by aging, through sickness, and even through persecution, unto death. As the day draws nearer to Christ’s return, persecution will increase, not decrease, contrary to what many claim today, namely subscribers to Kingdom Now’ theology.’
As mentioned previously, subscribers of Kingdom Now’ theology’ (it is not theology; it is poor scholarship at best) claim that life will get better and better (cf. Isa. 56:10), as Christians take dominion over the earth by controlling the Seven Mountains (seven key areas of influence) in preparation of Jesus’ return. Nonsense! Kingdom Now’ theology’ (Dominionism, or Reconstructionism) runs opposite to what the Bible says. Those subscribing to Dominionism or Reconstructionism make such a mess of the Bible (mishandling it) because they have failed to recognise that Israel and the church are separated (cf. Rom. 11). By doing so, they claim for themselves Israel’s promises, namely, those referring to the Promised Land (Deut. 11:24, 28:13, Josh. 1:3) and the millennial promises (Isa. 2:2, Mic. 4:1), applying them to themselves, here and now. Due to Israel’s faithlessness, instead of being the head and the tail (Duet. 28:13), their head and their tail were cut off (Isa. 9:13-14) temporarily (Rom. 11:1-12, 14, 25b). Kingdom Now subscribers misunderstand that Israel has been cut off ‘temporarily.’ Therefore, the church has not replaced Israel, as they suggest (replacement theology). And, if lukewarm members of the church continue in Israel’s footsteps, then they too will be cut off, joining the Jews in the tribulation (Rom. 11:22-24).
In sum, Kingdom Now, ‘theology’ fails to understand Israel will be revived in the tribulation, and through that revival, the promises of God will be reinstated, starting with salvation (Rom. 11:29). Churchgoers left behind, due to false worship and or due to falling away, will likewise receive another opportunity to get right with God, alongside Israel, in the tribulation.
Due to adopting replacement theology, Kingdom Now subscribers cannot comprehend that Israel will be reinstated by God, starting with the nation’s rebirth in 1948; subsequently, endorsers fail to understand God’s plans and purposes and His biblical timeclock (made visible through the nation of Israel). By doing so, they misinterpret and even scoff at premillennial, dispensational eschatology, which is the original and biblical position. Unless dispensational, pre-tribulation, pre-millennial theology is applied, there is no possible way of recognising and understanding the signs of the times, leaving many unprepared for the things to come. The things to come major around persecution. Persecution, not peace prosperity, is the expectation (Jn. 16:33); enduring not enjoying is the requirement of scripture (Matt. 24:13) this side of Christ’s return.
Stemming from persecution, betrayal will be another sign of the end times, being “Delivered up” (Matt. 24:9). ‘Delivered up,’ in Greek, also means to be ‘betrayed.’ The betrayal comes from being forced or compelled into a state or a condition, conceived as handing someone over to the authorities (Greek application). Even now, we are seeing this prophecy being fulfilled with the government urging citizens to notify them of any ‘health’ order breaches. The persecution leading to betrayal is specifically seen through COVID-19 passports, soon developing into social scoring methods. Soon, we will have two classes of citizens where one is vaxxed, and the other is not, turning one against the other, separated through social scoring. Through social scoring, the unvaxxed will be easily identified. Social scoring will also provide complete control, resulting in the New World Order.
The new world order is far from a conspiracy theory; it is supported by scripture (Dan. 7:7, 20, 23, 24, Rev. 13:7-10, 16-18, 17:12-13, 18:10, 19) and other worldly sources. However, it will not officially arrive on the scene until the tribulation begins, albeit it is already here in theory. The evidence is where mainstream media networks are united in freely using the term ‘new world order’ to condition their audience. “This is the new world order,” they say regarding COVID-19 regulations, claiming “this is what we do now; this is just how it is from now on.” In other words, accept and conform to it. Yet, the concept is not new. On April 17th, 2020, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, CEO of the WHO, called for global partnership, saying, “This is a time for all of us to be united in our common struggle against a common threat, a dangerous enemy. When we are divided, the virus exploits the cracks between us.” Ghebreyesus says, “The WHO welcomes the demonstration of global solidarity because solidarity is the rule of the game to defeat COVID-19” (Seetharaman, 2020). The WHO released this address due to the United States putting a stop to their financial contribution toward the WHO. Ghebreyesus reinforces the need to work together, even giving up some power to gain a win, win outcome. The United Nations Chief concurs with the WHO, warning “COVID-19 threatens global ‘peace and security’ (UN.org, 2020), which calls for a new order.” Again, the call for a new world order (NWO) is not new, and neither is it isolated to a few. Many have voiced the idea over the decades, including politicians and presidents, the pope, activists, celebrities, billionaires, and bankers. The concept of a new order or global hegemony has been partly achieved throughout different eras, generally following a crisis such as World War I and World War II, expressed by an international hegemonic organization such as the United Leagues of Nations and the United Nations (Cox, 2016). Arguably, these and other international organizations have not achieved their intended goals fully; therefore, there is a growing need for something more. Ex-UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is just one of many calling for a new global order to deal with the economic crisis as he warned against the protectionist policies of the 1930s (Summers, 2009). The then UK Prime Minister went on to say, “Or we could view the threats and challenges we face today as the difficult birth-pangs of a new global order – and our task now as nothing less than making the transition through a new internationalism to the benefits of an expanding global society – not muddling through as pessimists but making the necessary adjustment to a better future and setting the new rules for this new global order.” More recently, the former British prime minister called for the creation of a global government. This time to cope with the coronavirus pandemic (McLean, 2020). Pope John Paul II said something similar, “More than ever, we need a new international order that draws on the experience and results achieved in these years by the United Nations” (Hooper, 2004). And again, John Paul said, “By the end of this decade we will live under the first One World Government that has ever existed in the society of nations… a government with absolute authority to decide the basic issues of survival. One world government is inevitable” (Olsen, 2008). Likewise, Pope Benedict XVI proposed a new world political authority “with real teeth,” possibly in place of the United Nations, to enforce an ethical financial order and end the global financial crisis (Zwartz, 2009). Similarly, dubbed the pope of climate change, Pope Francis echoed his predecessors favoring a one-world government (Palmer, 2015), making a similar statement to Gordon Brown and António Guterres (Pullella, 2019). Pope Francis’s global goals are to be carried out by global citizens (unfccc. int, 2015). Furthermore, Pope Francis sees the Catholic Church playing a major role in the new world, enforcing worship on Sundays, if possible (Palmer, 2015). From September 25th to September 27th, 2015, the United Nations launched a new universal agenda, which Pope Francis endorsed. Adding to the long list of NWO supporters are President Jimmy Carter (1977) and George Bush (1991), who said, “Until now, the world we have known has been a world divided – a world of barbed wire and concrete block, conflict and the cold war. Now, we can see a world coming into view. A world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order… A world in which freedom and respect for human rights find a home among all nations.” In 2008, Henry Kissinger said something similar, “Now that the clay feet of the economic system have been exposed… this requires a new dialogue between America and the rest of the world… If progress is made on these enterprises, 2009 will mark the beginning of a new world order” (economist.com, 2008). Joe Biden (2019) also recognized the benefits of the United League of Nations and the United Nations’ benefits and said, “It is time actually to create a new world order.” Many more names could be added to the list to support a new globalized government to better respond to economic concerns and pandemics. It is also expected that by creating a new world order, state dictatorships would be quashed under the guise that a united front with a global constitution would see the end of independence, abuse of state powers, and misuse of emergency powers. An example of emergency abuse is seen with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has pounced on the crisis to complete his already near-dictatorial powers (Stelz, 2020). Australia has, however, since taken the lead, with Melbourne, Victoria being to number one lockdown city in the world under Premier (dictator) Daniel Andrews. The dictatorship issue is not new or limited to a few; as Wright and Campbell (2020) state, “Over the past decade, the world has grown more authoritarian, nationalistic, xenophobic, unilateralist, anti-establishment, and anti-expertise. The current state of politics and geopolitics has exacerbated, not stabilized, the crisis of COVID-19. Subsequently, there is a call and a growing need for a coordinated, united international response.” Wright and Campbell (2020) looked to President Trump to lead the way, stating that “The government needs to recognize that this is already a global crisis with economic and security implications, as well as risks to health and human safety.” Wright and Campbell (2020) go on to say, “National health organizations are working closely together, but the United States should be convening world leaders, whether in person or by conference and coming up with a global response.” Instead of states seeking their own interests, now is the time to establish a world order and a global economy, providing global security and accountability. Cox (2026) states, “Only a war of position can, in the long run, bring about structural changes, and a war of position involves building up the socio-political base for change through the creation of new historic blocs.” In support of bringing about those structural changes, both the UN General Secretary and the WHO CEO, among many others, have said the world is at war against a global enemy, COVID-19. They have further said; we need an immediate global ceasefire; we need to unite and fight together. However, forming a new world order will not come about without opposition; some states will resist, and others will be reluctant to hand over power. For example, Slaughter (2009) argues in favor of a global network’s government over one ruling power. However, many would argue that networks such as the European Union and the United Nations have failed to achieve their goals. While these organizations have served some purpose, there is a need for more, achieving genuine peace in a world where states do not compete against each other for power, led by a global leader. President Macron of France recently went on record, positioning himself for global leadership, starting by calling for a worldwide ceasefire (Andelman, 2020). Macron also has strong United Nations backing and has even been hailed Europe’s Savior with a picture of him walking on water (The Economist, 2017). Andelman (2020) also backs the idea, stating, “Indeed, it would appear that the world could use a new leader in this time of crisis, one who is prepared to put global interests above personal or political aggrandizement. And until the United States is prepared to offer such an individual, there may be no better to fill that void than France’s young, fresh voice: Emmanuel Macron.” Emmanuel (meaning: God is with us) has also received the blessing of Pope Francis as a proposed new world leader (O’Connell, 2020).
As the call for a new world order, the request of a one-world leader is nothing new; Henri Spaak, Secretary-General of NATA, said in 1957, “What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the alliances of all people and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him” (Anderson, 2014). In addition to the Secretary-General of NATA, Spaak was a leader in the formation of the institutions that evolved into the European Union.
Make no mistake about it; the new world order is already here and will be fully established during the tribulation, where any resisting it will be punished. First, with further restrictions placed on them, followed by being removed from their homes and placed in ‘quarantine’ facilities (FEMA camps) for their own ‘safety.’ The same propaganda was used in Nazi Germany, resulting in the deaths of six million Jews. Yet, at the time, few believed what was happening, regardless of the evidence. History is now repeating itself, and in the same way, Hitler, like Antiochus (being antichrist types), targeted the Jews; the antichrist will do the same, targeting anyone rejecting and resisting ‘his’ new world order. Those opposing will be primarily made up of those claiming to follow the One True God: In other words, Orthodox Jews, and Christians. Evangelical Christians are among the greatest resisting the jab and, consequently, the COVID-19 passport, which is setting up the new world order. Christians will be the greatest threat to the new world order, and therefore will be among the greatest persecuted, even this side of the tribulation. Yet, due to the mounting pressure (oppression), many will subsequently fold and fall, even betraying their brothers and sisters in Christ (Matt. 24:9-10). Here Matthew, chapter twenty-five (vv. 31-46), has contextual, applied relevance.
Although persecution is already a reality for Christians, even now in the West, the prediction of persecution seen in the book of Matthew (24:9-10) is reserved for the first half of the tribulation, increasing into the second (Matt. 24:16-22). The second half of the tribulation will see great oppression (tribulation) resulting from persecution (Matt. 24:21). Few will be able to endure such persecution resulting in imprisonment and death (Rev. 12:11, 13:10, 15, 20:4). Yet only those (those alone) who do endure to the end will be saved (Matt. 24:13, Rev. 13:10, 14:12).
As you can see, ‘this’ gospel is very different from the health, wealth, and happiness version that charismatics are so in love with. While one prepares you for the things to come, the other distracts and even derails you. One positions you to stand while the other conditions you to fall. Remember, most claiming and confessing Jesus this side of the tribulation will wake up in the tribulation, having been deceived by the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4) into following “another Jesus” through a different gospel (2 Cor. 11:4). The warnings to churches of Pergamum (Rev. 2:16), Thyatira (Rev. 2:22), Sardis (Rev. 3:3), and Laodicea (Rev. 3:16) make this point very clear. Each received a threat from Jesus to either repent or experience His judgement; the language of each threat is that of tribulation talk. Yet, the church doing well will avoid the tribulation (Rev. 3:10), although many still experience something of it this side (Rev. 2:10). Again, remaining faithful (Rev. 2:10) and holding fast (Rev. 3:11) is the requirement and the condition for salvation. Again, most will fail to endure this side of the tribulation and again fail in the tribulation (Matt. 24:10).
As previously mentioned, the most frightening reality for churchgoers left behind to endure the tribulation will be, albeit limited, the knowledge of what has happened and of the things to come (Lu. 21:26). The worst of the things to come will be persecution unto death. From the moment the bride of Christ, the church has been removed from the earth (raptured), those then confessing Jesus in the tribulation will perish (Matt. 24:10, Rev. 6:9-11, 7:9-14). Again, at the halfway point of the tribulation, persecution will severely increase (Rev. 7:9-14, 11:7, 12:4-17, (esp. 12:11), 13:10, 15, 14:12-13, 16:6, 17:6, 19:2, 20:4). Evident by the above number of verses and passages that reference persecution, persecution is an ongoing and increasing theme within the time of trouble. The persecution of the saints will not end before Jesus returns to rule and reign.
Again, the doctrine of suffering runs opposite to that of Kingdom Now’ theology,’ which falsely claims that Christians are to rule in this life as kings (cf. Rom. 5:17). The Bible offers nothing of the sort, but rather states this world will get worse, and worse, much worse (Jn. 16:33) before it gets better. The persecution of the saints will be directed by the antichrist and administered through his followers; therefore, any persecution of Christians today stems from the spirit of the antichrist, operating even within the church. To support, compare the prediction of the book of Revelation:
“The beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them” (Rev. 11:7).
“It was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them” (Rev. 13:7).
The first verse references the two witnesses proclaiming Christ in the first half of the tribulation (Rev. 11:2). The antichrist will kill them when their testimony (Gk. martyr) is finished (Rev. 11:7). Until then, they are untouchable (Rev. 11:5-6). In the second half of the tribulation (Rev. 13:5), following the antichrists resurrection from the grave (Rev. 13:3, 12, 17:8), and the announcement that he is God and is to be worshipped, alone (Matt. 24:15, 2 Thess. 2:4, Rev. 13:15), he will, all the more, turn on the tribulation saints, driving them into the wilderness (Matt. 24:16-22, Rev. 12). Countless millions (Rev. 7:9-14) committing to Jesus in the tribulation will perish because of their testimony.
A popular means of execution in the tribulation will be by beheading (Rev. 20:4). Following their deaths, the saints will watch the remaining judgements poured out on the earth from heaven, even praising God for them. At the end of the tribulation, the martyred saints predict the world will worship God (Rev. 16:3-5). As seen through the verses as mentioned above (Rev. 11:7, 13:7), the antichrist will be allowed to conquer (kill) the saints because of their word (message) and their witness (martyrdom), not loving (agapao) their lives (psyche/soul) unto death (Rev. 12:11). The antichrist will attempt to rid the planet of any following Jesus, especially the converted Jews (Rev. 7:4-8, 14:1-5) who are the key to Christ’s return (Matt. 23:39). Before Jesus returns, the antichrist will even attempt to conquer Jesus Christ, yet fail, “They (the antichrist and his followers) will make war on the Lamb (Jesus), and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful” (Rev. 17:14).
In sum, seen through the evidence of scripture, to be a ‘book of Acts church’ means you will suffer persecution rather than experience peace and prosperity. Persecution is predicted to be an ongoing and increasing experience for the faithful witnesses (martyrs) of Jesus Christ. The way the church started is the way it will end. The book of Acts (1:8) shows Christ’s witnesses will also be His martyrs, seen again in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 6:9), commencing from the beginning of the tribulation, “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness (Gk. martyrdom/death) they had borne.” As such, the call to endure (not enjoy) until Jesus returns is critical for salvation. Leading into the tribulation and increasing within the tribulation, persecution will come from and through the antichrist to conquer the saints, even from the spirit of the antichrist operating in the world and the church, here and now. Persecution will continue until Jesus Christ returns and conquers the beast and overrides the beast system (the new world order). Those who conquer the antichrist do so at the cost of their natural lives (Rev. 12:11). The call to conquer the antichrist and the spirit of the antichrist (this world) was seen in all seven of the closing letters to the churches, connected with the words, “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches” (Rev. 2-3). That is, to conquer and remain to conquer, or be conquered!
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