The End Times Empire. Rome, Or Islam, Or …? Part 2

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Periodically over the past six years I’ve written about the similarities between Islamic prophecies of an end times leader they call al Mahdi and Biblical prophecies about the one we call the anti-Christ. In their respective prophecies they’re both said to come on the scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth, both will claim a desire to restore peace, both have a seven year reign, both head a one world religion and one world government, both claim supernatural origins, and both reigns end in a battle between good and evil that brings Earth’s final judgment.

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The End Times Empire. Rome, Or Islam, Or …? Part 1

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In the updated commentary on Rev. 17-18 I recently posted, I briefly summarized two major opinions concerning the end times world government. The view that it will be a revival of the Biblical Roman Empire has been universally accepted among believers for generations, but recent world events have caused some to propose an alternative in the form of an Islamic Empire.

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Revelation 17-18

This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

With the conclusion of the bowl judgments we’re right at the end of the Great Tribulation. Now we’ll back up a little and get the detail on Babylon’s Destruction. Remember the verse from Rev. 16:19? God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Well, chapters 17-18 will give us the blow-by-blow. Almost since the beginning of time, the story of man on Earth has been the Tale of Two Cities, Babylon the city of man, and Jerusalem the City of God. It’s no coincidence that the final days of the Age of Man are taken up with a battle involving these two cities. Continue reading…

The Assyrian

Q.  Does Micah 5:5 infer that the Antichrist will be an Assyrian, as a valued friend if mine insists?

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Rev. 6 And Matt. 24

Q.  Many believe that the first six seals in Revelation 6 are the beginning of God’s judgments on the Earth and it’s inhabitants.  Others believe the seals are an overview of things “that must happen” before the second coming. Comparing the sixth seal to Matthew 24:29-31, these signs are what will occur just before the return of Christ, which is at the end of the Tribulation period. What is your take on this issue?

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Daniel’s 70th Week And Revelation. Same Or Different?

Q.  I was just wondering what biblical evidence (implicit or explicit) there is that the different events in Revelation will actually happen during the 70th week of Daniel. Are there any measurements of time stated in Revelation that state how long the judgments will last? Why do the judgments have to happen in the 70th week? Am I missing something?

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Tribulation Martyrs

Q.  The saints “under the altar” in Rev 6 are clearly identified as those who had been slain for the Word of God and the testimony they maintained, and yet they do not have their resurrection bodies.  It sounds like Christians will be martyred during the seal judgments.  Doesn’t that indicate the rapture hasn’t happened yet?

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Time Span Of The Four Seals

Q. I was re-reading your essay on Revelation, and I wonder…when the first four seals are to be opened, is there any indication that it will happen in rapid succession, or will there be a space of time to allow the realization of each event to sink in?

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Pre Or Post Doesn’t Bother Me

Q.   I’ve been watching a pastor on TV who is obviously post-trib and goes so far to claim we have been in the Tribulation for several years.  I have no quarrel with his teaching since I feel he is on target with his basic tenets of OSAS and it doesn’t bother me about “pre” or “post”.  However, I note in John 6:37-40 that Christ says He will raise us up on the last day.  Doesn’t that sound like “post-trib” to you?

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Tribulation Martyrs

Q.  In Revelation 4 there are the 24 elders, who seem to be the raptured church.  Then, in chapter 6, there are martyred souls under the altar who are given white robes and told to wait until their fellow servants are martyred on earth as well.  And in chapter 7, there is a vast crowd from all nations and provinces before the Lamb, clothed in white with palm branches in hand, who are believers as well, “coming out of the Great Tribulation.”  Who are these different groups?

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