THE WORLD TODAY SERIES #41

Events of the Tribulation Years (continuation #2)

The arrival of the false prophet onto the world stage may be closer than we wish to imagine. On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would step down at the end of the month. This development is more intriguing than usual because this man, the 85-year-old Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, was the one hundred eleventh pope since the Irish Saint Malachy in 1139 A.D. recorded his vision of all the popes remaining to take the papal office from his time until the time of the end. The final pope was to be the one hundred twelfth, and it has been popularly assumed for years that this pope not only would be the final one, but would be the false prophet noted in Revelation 13. During his tenure Rome is to be destroyed. Malachy is not to be taken lightly, because he attached a name or identifier to each of the popes, each of which subsequently proved to be relevant, if perhaps in a roundabout way. Ratzinger’s identifier as “The Glory of the Olive” was directly relevant: the Benedictine logo is an olive branch. The name for the one hundred twelfth and final pope is “Peter the Roman”. If there is nothing that can be found to associate him with Peter or that name, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. If, however, there is an association with Peter, the situation among Christians might resemble that of a Defcon 1 alert. It may mean nothing, but a few hours after the pope announced his resignation, a sudden storm came up in the region of the Vatican. In the midst of the storm a lightning bolt struck the top of the dome. As Glenn Beck would say, “I’m just saying.”

The account of the seven bowl judgments begins in Revelation 16 after John’s vision of the sealing of 144,000 virgin Jews, the thrusting of the sickle into the mass of those who have worshiped the beast. This vision describes the fulfillment of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13 of the gathering of the wheat among the tares:

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field; but, while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From where, then, hath it tares? He said unto him, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, wilt thou, then, that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn. . .”

“. . .Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house; and his disciples came unto him, saying Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. As, therefore, the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this age. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them who do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Assuming that the bowl judgments have not yet taken place in the year 2013, only the brief summary presented in the outline of the events will be repeated below: bowl 1: those who took the mark of the beast and worshiped the image of the beast are afflicted with grievous sores; bowl 2: sea becomes like blood, all sea creatures die; bowl 3: fresh water becomes like blood; bowl 4: sun scorches people; bowl 5: painful darkness; bowl 6: Euphrates River dried up for coming of army from East (probably linked to the sixth trumpet as noted above; and bowl 7: great earthquake; apostate religion destroyed, new world order destroyed, battle of Armageddon, marriage of Christ and Church, return of Christ with Church for millennium rule.

A condensed list of the Scriptural passages most directly related to the end of the age is presented below, as extracted from Daniel 2,7,8,9, 11 and 12, Matthew 24 and Revelation 13, 14 and 17:

Item Scripture

Ten-division world government, savage in nature Dan. 2, 7, 8, 11, Rev 13
(10 nation or 10 region ?)

Antichristian world religion, supporting world Rev. 13, 14, 17
Government (headed by a fallen Roman
Catholic Church that probably has attempted to
Accommodate Islam into Christianity)

World economy supporting world government Rev. 13, 14
(Mark of the Beast, possibly RFD microchip –
Christians cannot accept and remain Christian)

World government run by antichrist Dan. 2, 7, 8, 11, Rev 13

Widespread warfare, violence Matt. 24, Rev. 6, 8, 9, 12,
14, 16, 17, 18

Israel restored as a nation (antichrist imposes Dan. 9
Peace on restored Israel)

Israel’s land divided for gain (roadmap for peace) Dan. 11 (and Joel 3:2)

Antichrist emerges from people who destroyed Dan. 9
The Temple in 70 A.D. (Roman or Arab or both?)

Seven-year Tribulation period, interrupted in Dan. 9, Matt. 24, Rev. 13
Middle by betrayal of Israel, abomination of
Desolation, blasphemy (Israel’s peace broken)

General increase in knowledge, transportation Dan. 12, Rev. 13
(modern technological society)

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