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아래의 "주의 날을 예비하라"는 영문 번역본은 민병석 목사님의 저서를 오태진형제가 번역한 애정어린 노고의 산물입니다. '밤중소리'사역의 세계적 확장을 위하여 수고를 아끼지 아니한 오형제에게 감사를 드립니다. (3차분, 36장-45장)


              ..... Prepare the day of the Lord.....

                                        By Pastor Byung-Seok Min


** King James Version (KJV) is used for the English Bible verses reference.

** This is a rough draft translation of the original Korean text. If you would like to make any suggestion or correction regarding the translation, please contact bamjoongsori at gmail dot com. Thank you for your help.



Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Euphrates war is approaching




1. When does the 'end of the world' occur in the biblical viewpoint?

2. What is the purpose of giving us the book of Revelation?

3. What is the responsibility of the servants who does not preach the book of Revelation?

4. What kind of eschatology interpretations are there?

5. What is dispensational eschatology?

6. When is the Lord returning according to time-limited eschatology?

7. When does the Euphrates war, the martyrdom of the two witnesses, and the relocation to the shelter prepared by God occur?

8. What is the book of Daniel talking about?

9. Why doesn't the Jews acknowledge the (first) Advent of the Messiah?

10. What is the meaning of the statue in Daniel 2?

11. Who is the little horn in Daniel 7?

12. What does the ‘seventy weeks’ mean in Daniel 9?

13. When will the temple be built in Jerusalem?

14. What about the time between 69 weeks and one week?

15. What is the relationship between the one week covenant and 7 years tribulation?

16. What does the four winds mean in Daniel 7?

17. Are the 7 years tribulation and the millennium kingdom symbols or reality?

18. How does the seven seals, seven trumpets, seven vials, and three woes relate to each other?

19. What is the relationship between the seven seal events and the end times?

20. What are the meanings of the first seal and the white horse?

21. The second seal and the red horse

22. The third seal and the black horse

23. The fourth seal and the pale horse

24. The fifth seal and the inquiry of the martyrs

25. The sixth seal and the end of mankind

26. The first trumpet and the Antichrist

27. The second trumpet and the ten horns (the powers of affliction)

28. The third trumpet and the evil ideas

29. The fourth trumpet and spiritual darkness

30. The fifth trumpet and the first woe (The woe of locusts)

31. The sixth trumpet and the second woe (The Euphrates war)

32. The seventh trumpet and the seven vial judgement and the third woe

33. What is the relationship between the two witnesses and 144000?

34. Does the prepared place of God really exist?

35. Where is this place that people are taken, written in Matthew 24:41?

36. What is the difference between the Euphrates war and the Armageddon war?

37. Does God has different salvation plans for Jews and the church?

38. How does Antichrist relate to the fate of European Union?

39. Who is the Antichrist? What does he do?

40. What are the seven heads and ten horns?

41. Who is the false prophet that appears in the end of the times?

42. Who is the whore?

43. What does 666 symbolize?

44. How does the mark of the beast and bar codes relate?

45. When does the rapture occur?

46. What does the 1335 days mean in the book of Daniel?

47. How do we live in the millennium kingdom?

48. What is the order and timing of the resurrection?

49. Who is the first to rise?

50. What kind of body do we have after the resurrection?

51. What is heaven like?



36. What is the difference between the Euphrates war and the Armageddon war?


While interpreting the book of Revelation, many people makes the mistake assuming that the Euphrates war and the Armageddon war are same. We need to have a clear understanding regarding this point.


1) The Euphrates war


Revelation 9:14-21 reveals the Euphrates war.


The Euphrates war is a nuclear war that occurs in the middle east (Israel is the center stage of course) due to the collision of the four winds at the end time. It is written that one third of the total population of the world dies because of this war. The name “Euphrates war” originates from the Bible verse “Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 9:14). Euphrates river runs across Iraq and stands as a symbol of the middle east.


2) The cause of the Euphrates war


The middle east has been a danger zone that can trigger worldwide nuclear war. The world has been hoping for a solution that can prevent war in the middle east. By the antichrist, the one week treaty is signed and the hope of world peace is seemingly secured. The world rejoices.

The antichrist becomes a star, the defender of world peace, and receive praises. This treaty however, is unfair to the Arabs while favorable to Israel.

Thus, for seven years, peace in the middle east is secured and the crisis of war has been removed. At this time, Israel assumes the antichrist as the Messiah. He is likely a Jewish descendant. Jesus prophesied “I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).

The timing of the Jews receiving the antichrist as the Messiah will be right after the ratification of the one week treaty. The jews will realize that the antichrist is not the Messiah but the beast who is against God in the middle of the seven year treaty period. There will be resistance movements of the antichrist in Jerusalem.

The Arabs will seize the chance and attack the antichrist’s army in Jerusalem and this will evolve into the Euphrates war.

Four winds will be unbounded and get involved in this war at “an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year”, an unknown, but specific date and time.

However, being dominant military-wise and also having geographic advantages, the army of the ten kings of Europe will prevail. The antichrist will rise as the new king off the world and the world will receive him as their Messiah, the living god, and follow him. As a result, 42 months of Satan’s empire will be established in this world.

This is the second woe which is the sixth trumpet. There will be numerous tribulations following this event. Soon after, there will be the third woe which is the seventh trumpet. We are at the very verge of these events and at the end time, God’s plan will be done as it is written. We should be always awake and be prepared to stand in front of the Lord, our bridegroom.


3) The Armageddon war

Jesus will come down to Armageddon with His heavenly forces and destroy the antichrist and its army with a rod of iron. This is the Armageddon war.


4) The Armageddon war and the explosion of the earth


During the seven years tribulation, there will be three woes on the earth. The first woe is the woe of the locusts which is the persecution of the church by the followers of the antichrist that will happen in the end of the first three and a half years period. The second woe is the Euphrates war which will happen in the beginning of the later three and a half years period. One third of the world population will die from this war.

And there remains the last woe which is the third woe. This woe is proceeded by the seven vials judgement (Revelation 16). Jesus will come down to Armageddon with His heavenly forces and destroy the antichrist and its army with a rod of iron. This is the Armageddon war, which is the sixth vial judgement.

The last third woe corresponds to the seventh vial judgement. Jesus returns to the earth and prevails on the Armageddon war. All of His church will be raptured in the air and receive Him. Right after the rapture of the church (all of the believers who are saved), God executes  the seventh vial judgement which is the judgement of fire on this earth. All creation that were left on this earth will perish by fire.

The Armageddon war occurs at the sixth vial judgement among the seven vial judgements which happens during the seventh trumpet event. This war is the final war between Jesus who returns and the army of the antichrist that are gathered at Armageddon at the end of the later three and a half years period of the seven years tribulation. The Euphrates war is a world war, a struggle of the four world powers in the beginning of the three and a half years period of the seven years tribulation.



37. Does God has different salvation plans for Jews and the church?


The Bible shows different revelations and tribulations for the Jews and the church.


Because the Jews will not receive Jesus until He returns, God has a special plan for their repentance and salvation. Apostle Paul reveals a secret in Romans chapter 11.

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” (Romans 11:25-27)


1) Salvation plan for the Jews

God has a special salvation plan for the Jews so that they may receive Jesus when He returns at the end time.

The Bible has discussions about Israel’s national salvation problem because God made a promise to their ancestors. However, that promise of salvation is for the Jewish people who are chosen in Christ. First, their salvation is achieved not by the law but by the Word (The Message, Good News). The Bible describes the people who will be saved as the remnant of Israel.

The signs and events of Matthew 24:15-20, Luke 21:20-24 is for the Jewish people who are mainly left in Judea who will finally be saved, the remnant. When these Jews understand the word of God given to Daniel, they will they will behave as it is written in the scripture (Matthew 24:15). However, the rest of the end time message applies to both Jews and gentiles, alike.

Surely, there is salvation for the remnant Jews. This matter is not revealed in the book of Revelations because it has nothing to do with the Jews. The Jews will not read the new testament until Jesus returns. Therefore, they are given the book of Daniel that reveals their salvation and their long awaited promise of the Messiah kingdom. Even Jesus spoke for the Jews at the end time living in Jerusalem to read and understand the message in the book of Daniel. When the time comes, Daniel’s revelation will be opened up to them. A wise preacher will rise among the Jews to preach and to accomplish God’s prophecy.


2) The book of Revelation is the end time revelation for the church and it has nothing to do with the Jews


The book of Daniel is for the Jewish remnants who are to be saved at the end time while the book of Revelation is for the church. The Jews will not believe in Jesus until He returns and they are not part of the church. They do not read the new testament nor admit it as the word of God. It doesn’t make sense to record end time revelations for the salvation of Jews in the new testament.


The book of Revelation is surely written for the church. It is written “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.” (Revelation 22:16). Israel is not a church because they are not yet a part of the body of Christ.



38. How does Antichrist relate to the fate of European Union?


There will be a severe competition among the members of the European Union (EU) to become the president of EU. Inevitably, the power struggle between the members will bring forth a powerful dictator. A man with great power and authority will rise and stumble some of the member nations and seize power.


Due to the agreement upon the European constitutional law, the dream of a complete unified Europe became possible with the current European Union framework. Diplomatic and military influences of United States upon Europe will decrease dramatically. It could be possible that all of the European nations would end their dependencies and relations with US.

It is possible for other nations to join EU. When EU finally unifies as one with England, Germany, or France at its center, it will form the most powerful military alliance which will threaten NATO’s existence, backed by US. Currently, European economy market is expanding to the world and so is their status.

Isolated from Europe, US will work hard to expand their influences in the middle east to maintain their reputation as the world police. The tension will be intensified by the four world powers which are described as the four winds in the Bible.

Here, we already see the outline of these four winds: The powerful EU; the Arab Union who’s trying to keep its power in the middle east; US who is the main supporter of Israel, trying to maintain peace in the middle east; and finally Russia who is with the Arab Union, trying to take advantage of the middle east situation.

War clouds will hang heavy over the middle east region where Israel is the central explosive warehouse. The tension will only escalate.

EU will successfully be united as one. However, there won’t be much of a synergy because of the diverse interests, power levels, influences of each nations. (Daniel 2:41-42).

Furthermore, there will be a severe competition among the members of the European Union (EU) to become the president of EU. Inevitably, the power struggle between the members will bring forth a powerful dictator. A man with great power and authority will rise and stumble some of the member nations and seize power. (Daniel 7:7-8)

This man will have an agreement with the heads of the ten horns (10 nations) among the EU members and be enthroned as a king. He will reorganize EU, where the ten horns being the core,  and create a new European Union. A powerful unified EU will be formed and the world will be under the rulership of this man for 42 months (Daniel 7:20-21, Revelation 17:12-13).

Of course, this man is the antichrist. He will proceed all of this with Satan’s power and authority and it will surely be done as written in the Bible. We do not know when this will happen. However, by judging from current political situation, it does seem like it would need some more time.



39. Who is the Antichrist? What does he do?


According to the proceedings of the end time events, he will appear before the 7 years tribulation. This is because the one week treaty will be ratified by him.


The introduction of the antichrist

The antichrist is a dictator that will rule the world in the end time by forming the kingdom of the beast (world government).

The Bible describes him in great detail because he will give the mark of the beast (666) to the people who will be judged in the end time.

Then, why are the theological community or the pastors unable to answer when he will come and what he will do?

It is because they interpret the book of Daniel or the book of Revelation with the past or symbolic interpretation methodology, or they are confined with dispensational interpretation. Sound interpretation of the book of Daniel or Revelation can be achieved by viewing those revelations that will be actually accomplished in the future. Focusing the revelations in the context of the end times enables sound interpretation.

The appearance and activities of the antichrist can be divided into two. One is the revelation before the seven years tribulation and the other is after the beginning of the seven years tribulation, especially from the later three and a half years period.


1) The antichrist before the seven years tribulation

In both books of Daniel and Revelation, the antichrist appears as the beast. 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 describes him as ‘man of sin’, ‘son of perdition’, and ‘who opposeth’. He is called the antichrist in eschatological terms because of the reference in 1 John 2:18.

1. The first appearance of the antichrist (the little horn among the ten horns)


The antichrist appears as the fourth beast in daniel 7:7, which is the last wind among the four winds that will cause war in the end time. Let us look at the scripture.

“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” (Daniel 7:7-8)

If we examine the context of Daniel with Daniel chapter 7, we can easily understand that the king of the fifth empire in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is the fourth beast. This empire is composed of ten horns. The little horn that came up among the ten horns is the beast, the antichrist who will rule the ten horns and become the king of the world government.

According to the proceedings of the end time events, he will appear before the 7 years tribulation. This is because the one week treaty will be ratified by him.


2. The antichrist will appear as the one who ratifies the one week treaty.


“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)

Here, he is the one who will appear as a king in Jerusalem. He will lead the ratification of the seven years peace treaty when world war crisis is imminent.


3.The antichrist will be recognized as the messiah of the world by an event of his death and resurrection.

This event is essential for us to understand the identity of the antichrist. We must observe the scripture as it is written.

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:2-4)

Here, the beast is the antichrist who will rule the world for 42 months (the later three and a half years period). One day, he will have a deadly wound on his head and die. This event relates to verse 14 “which had the wound by a sword”. He will be assassinated by one of his opponents. The world will be shocked.

However, miraculously, he will rise again a few days later. The whole world will wonder as it is written in verse 3 and will worship the beast and praise him saying “Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” They will receive him as the living messiah.

By receiving Satan’s authority, the antichrist will appear to the world as a leader and peace maker. By this critical event, we can identify that he is indeed the antichrist.

It is just a wild speculation that that event will take place before the seven years tribulation or during the first three and a half years tribulation. It is difficult to specify the exact timing of this event.


2) Things that will happen in the later days of the first three and a half years period

As the seven years tribulation begins, the antichrist will be welcomed as a messiah who brings peace to the world. He will be leading peace programs and policies that will depress war in the beginning. However, the period of his actual rulership with Satan’s authority is limited to the later three and a half years period which is right after the Euphrates war.


1. The antichrist will be in power for 42 months


In verse 5, it is written “and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” This period is referring to the later three and a half ears period. In order to revitalize the world economy that is shattered by nuclear war, a unified strong rulership is required.


Controlled economical policies will be essential. Since the antichrist receives great authority from Satan and executes these programs, nobody will be able to challenge him.


2. The antichrist will create his image and force the people to worship it.


With the beast, there will be another man who uses his religious influence to force people to worship the antichrist as the living god. He is the false prophet (Revelation 13:11-18).

This false prophet will order the world to create an image of the beast. He is placing the antichrist, the representative of Satan, as god by making people worship the image. The false prophet will receive power and give life to the image. The image will speak. He will show this miracle to the people so that all of the world may worship this idol.


3. Finally, the antichrist will give his name mark, the number mark of the beast which is 666, to all of the people.


It is God’s plan to place the beast in the end time of the world. God will make the people who will be judged follow the beast as their god and let them worship the image, receive the mark of the beast at their right hand or in their foreheads so that they may receive the terrible judgement of God.

Therefore, when these revelations do take place, we will need to have sound understanding of the scripture and be able to identify the antichrist according to the word.



40. What are the seven heads and ten horns?


The seven heads are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and the ten horns, the seven empires that have and will appear in history. The seven mountains that the woman sits on are referring to these seven heads. The seven heads, seven mountains, seven kings have the same meaning and the woman symbolizes the great city, Babylon, which is ruled without God. (Revelation 17:8-13)


The last fifth empire in Daniel chapter 2 (the ten horns) is undoubtably nations that will appear in Europe. However, the scripture does not tell us that it is the unified EU. The book of Revelation prophecies about the ten horns as the following (Revelation 17:8-13)


Verse 8: The beast (The antichrist) that thou sawest was (Antiochus Epiphanes, symbolically described in the book of Daniel), and is not (historically past event); and shall (at the end time) ascend out of the bottomless pit (Referring Antiochus Epiphanes IV, symbolizing the antichrist at the end time), and go into perdition (will be judged when the Lord returns): and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder (by seeing the miracles and power of the beast), whose names were not written in the book of life (people who did not receive Jesus) from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast (appearance of the antichrist) that was, and is not, and yet is.

Verse 9: And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and the ten horns that have and will appear in history) are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth (The seven heads, seven mountains, seven kings have the same meaning and the woman symbolizes the great city, Babylon, which is ruled without God).

Verse 10: And there are seven kings: five are fallen (by the time John was writing the book of Revelations, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece were history), and one is (Rome which was ruling the world by the time John was living), and the other is not yet come (The seventh king which is the beast, which hasn’t come yet); and when he cometh, he must continue a short space (About the time when the Lord returns, the beast will come and be given the authority to rule the world for 42 months).

Verse 11: And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven (The beast is the seventh king from the seventh nation byt by him, the ten horns are formed and he will act as the king of the then horns which is the eighth king), and goeth into perdition (Refer to Revelations 19:20).

Verse 12: And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings (the ten horns at the end time), which have received no kingdom as yet (they didn’t exist at John’s time); but receive power as kings one hour with the beast (the ten horns will receive authority to rule the world from their ruler, the beast)

Verse 13: These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast (The ten horns will give everything they have to the beast whom they serve as king).

According to Revelations 17:8-13, the ten horns appear by the time the antichrist appears and become one by the beast. By the time of the beast’s appearance, there will be a great political change in Europe with the beast in the center. Since it is written in the book of Daniel, “three (horns) fell”, signs of these will be apparent as the time comes closer to the return of the Lord. Right now, EU has a form of a conglomerate in order to prepare for the time. When the beast who is the antichrist appears, the ten horns emerge in a new form with the antichrist in the center.



41. Who is the false prophet that appears in the end of the times?



He is a religious man who unites all religion to worship the antichrist as god.


There were many false prophets in the past and we still have many of them in this world. As the world approaches to the end time, there will be even more false prophets. The Lord said “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:11-12) in the end time.


However, the false prophet that appears in Revelation chapter 13 is not a false prophet that we generally consider. This false prophet is not one of the many false prophets, but a special one. He will receive power from Satan and authority from the beast. He is not just some guy who opposes the bible, the truth, and the church. His mission is to support the rulership of the antichrist and deify him by making the world worship the antichrist and make them receive the mark of the beast.

He will play a critical role on unifying all religious groups into one to form the whore church. By the authority given from the beast, he will rule the whore church, give orders to erect an idol image of the beast, and will kill the people who refuses to worship the idol (Revelation 13:11-18).  

He will be a man who unifies all religion and form a whore church, creating a Babylon world of the great whore just like the antichrist who is the king of the ten horns. We could speculate that he might be the pope or some world class leader of the Christian group. However, the false prophet will be captured with the antichrist at Armageddon by the Lord and His heavenly army. They will be cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. (Revelation 19:19-20)



42. Who is the whore?


The whore is the fallen group (regarding the truth) which will form a pan-religious world organization with the fallen church at the center in the end time.


2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 mentions two signs of the return of the Lord at the end time. In verse 3, it says “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”


The Bible tells us not to be troubled until some religious groups fall away and the antichrist appears.

In every time of the history, there were always fallen groups. It exists even today. The heresy groups in the Christian community are one of them. The Catholic church is a world-wide organization as the fallen group.

However, the scale of the whore in the end time will be even greater. It will be a unified group of not only christian churches but also other foreign religions as well. The whore is likely to appear almost at the same time with the beast. In Revelation 13:11, we see a beast that looks like a lamb (the false prophet). Probably, the whore will be formed by him.

When the third angel blew his trumpet (Revelation 8:10), a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters (the World of God), and the waters became wormwood (the ideology of the antichrist, the religion of Satan that worships the antichrist as the messiah or the living god). This is the time when the whore starts its activity. People who drink this water will lose their spiritual lives.

The whore is not acting nor being formed yet. It will probably when the antichrist appears and form the great city Babylon.



43. What does 666 symbolize?


“666” is the name or number of the beast, which can be understood by someone who has wisdom.


The antichrist who will appear in the end time and the 666 mark which he will give have significant meanings. Nobody can live under the antichrist’s rulership (the later three and a half years period) without this mark. Without this mark, nobody can buy or sell.

This mark requires people to confess the antichrist as god and worship him. Therefore, the believers should never receive it. Anybody who receives this mark will be judged by God and will enter into the second death with the Devil.

Here, the scripture tells us “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:18).

Him who has wisdom is referring to the believers who have knowledge and understanding of the sign. The main purpose of the Lord giving us the book of Revelation is to let us identify the antichrist and to warn us not to follow him.

It is written “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein”. The believers of the Lord who realize the secret of the antichrist and his identity, refuse to worship the antichrist, refuse to receive the mark of the beast will be blessed.

Then, what does this “666 mean? 6 is God’s number of creation. 6 contrasts with 7 in many ways. 7 is God’s number, the number of rest, while 6 is the number of perdition that will be judged. 6 cannot reach 7 without passing the gate of faith. 7 is the number of new life and new rest.

In conclusion, 666 represents Satan’s trinity. the first 6 symbolizes the red dragon which is Satan, the second 6 symbolizes the antichrist which is the red beast, and the third 6 symbolizes the false prophet which looks like a lamb. The seven years tribulation period is the time when Satan’s kingdom gets established and the world gets ruled under them. Saints with wisdom know their deeds and faithfully prepares themselves as the bride of Christ by getting oil for their lamp.

‘666’ could be the number that appears on the name of the beast. However, that does not have a significant meaning for us.

We have already learned when and how the antichrist and the false prophet will appear by the book of Revelation. Their being has been exemplified by the number 666. More details of the meaning of the number will be known when the two witnesses do their prophecy ministry.



44. How does the mark of the beast and bar codes relate?


When the beast (antichrist) appears, he will distribute and control the 666 mark which is the mark of the beast. It has nothing to do with the bar code that we are currently using.


The bar code that we are using is not the mark of the beast (666 mark) and it has nothing to do with it. Bar code is a merchandise technology to read product information by putting numbers into bars.

Our social security numbers can be expressed in terms of bars as well. You can imagine how powerful and effective this technology is once you notice that anybody’s personal information or secret can be accessed instantly by using this technology.

However, a new identification or a mark that has bar codes does not mean that it is the 666 mark. When the beast (antichrist) appears, he will distribute and control the 666 mark which is the mark of the beast.

We do not know if the mark of the beast will utilize the bar code technology or something else with more advanced technology. In any circumstances, the mark will be given in the forehead or in the right hand and it will be the only way to survive under the rulership of the antichrist.

The mark of the beast is only given to the people who worship the beast as god or who worship the idol (image) of the beast. People who refuses to worship the beast cannot receive the mark. Thus, this mark will be used as a survival kit for the followers of the beast.

However, anybody who receives this mark is subject to the terrible judgement of God and will be sentenced to the second death (Revelation 14:9-12).

Therefore, the believers in the later three and a half years period (the foolish virgins) should not receive this mark in order to be saved. However, they will need to endure the hardship during the tribulation period because they will not be able to purchase or sell anything.



45. When does the rapture occur?


The church will be raptured when the Lord returns. Surely, there is rapture of the believers in the air.


Due to the influence of the dispensational eschatology in the past, pre-rapture of the church (rapture before the seven years tribulation) became quite popular in Korea. Because of this, time-limited eschatology created lots of buzzes in the past.

The age that we are living is close to the end time. The world is heading toward to the end and therefore, we are closer to the end than yesterday and it will always be that way. At the same time, the return of the Lord and the rapture of the church are also getting closer and closer.

As we get closer to the end time, the rapture problem will become an important issue. Understanding whether the rapture occurs before or after the seven years tribulation is also an important question. This determines the whole frame of eschatology.

The book of Revelation reveals that the historical end time period is seven years. All of the end time events occur around this “seven years tribulation period” and this period can be divided into the first and later three and a half years period.

By examining the flow of events, we realize that the first three and a half years period is the two witnesses prophecy period for the repentance of the church and later three and a half years period is the great tribulation period where the antichrist rules the world. Important end time events such as disaster, war, famine, the mark of the beast, and the seven vials judgement occurs during this period.

The church will repent from the secular faith during the two witnesses prophecy period and prepare themselves as the bride (preparing oil and lamp as the wise virgins). Thus, the first three and a half years period is the harvest period that separates wheat and chaff. This period is needed for the faithful believers that will receive the Lord when He returns.

Then, God takes prompt action to protect the believers who finished their bridal preparation from the imminent tribulation (the later three and a half years period) which is moving them to His prepared shelter for 1260 days. In other words, the church will not be raptured at that time but will be moved to the prepared shelter where they get God’s protection and nourishment.

By the end of the great tribulation, there will be God’s seven vials judgement (Revelation chapter 16). Among the judgements, the sixth vial judgement is the Armageddon war where Jesus will return and all the believers on earth (people in the prepared shelter, the ones who kept their faith during the later three and a half years period that didn’t get into the shelter, and the remnants of Israel) will be raptured to the air (Matthew 24:31, Revelation 14:15).

In Matthew 24:30-31, Jesus told us that He will send His angles to gather His elect. “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

It is written in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 that the surviving believers will be raptured into the clouds. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

The Lord will return during the sixth vial judgement (Revelation 16:12-16). Through the seventh vial judgement, God’s final judgement will be executed where the earth will be divided into three pieces. Thus, in order to save His people and to let them into the millennium kingdom, the believers must be raptured to the air when the Lord returns.

The seventh vial judgement is the final judgement of God. All of the living beings on the earth will be consumed during this judgement by the explosion of the earth (2 Peter 3:9-12, Revelation 16:17-21). Anybody who does not get raptured will be consumed. The protection of the believers during the seven years tribulation takes place on the earth somewhere that God has prepared, not in the air.

Surely, there will be  a rapture when the Lord returns. The Bible testifies that there is a rapture. However, it didn’t specify the exact time of the rapture but only when the Lord returns.




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