By Pastor F. M. Riley
December 4, 2012
Text: ”We have also a more sure [inerrant; infallible; unfailing] Word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts,” 2 Peter 1:19.
Because I love the inspired prophecies of the Word of God and write about them often, I frequently receive emails, phone calls, and letters from readers asking me what “I think” is going to happen next? My reply is usually that I just don’t know, for only the Lord knows “what a day shall bring forth,” Matthew 6:34. However, through the study of Bible prophecy, I do know approximately where humanity is at in God’s great Plan of the Ages, and therefore I am well aware of certain earthshaking events which are prophetically scheduled to happen at any moment of any day now. This is the subject matter of this study. I urge every reader to pay close attention to what follows and share this information with others as the Lord leads, for what I will be writing about in this study will have an effect on every person living on this earth today in one way or another. I will not be giving any small details which may occur from day to day during the course of these events, but will limit this study only to the events specifically predicted in the Scriptures.
I invite and urge our readers to join us for an enlightening study of the prophetic Word…….
 This present “dispensation of grace” will end with “a great earthquake.” Significantly, this is exactly the way the Dispensation of Grace began some 2,000 years ago. Read it for yourself in Matthew 27:45-53. Compare Colossians 2:13-14 which tells us exactly when and how the Dispensation of Law ended and the Dispensation of Grace began. Also remember again that the end has been declared from the beginning, Isaiah 46:9-10. So just as this dispensation began with “a great earthquake,” at the resurrection of Christ, so it is going to end with “a great earthquake” at the resurrection of all true New Covenant believers who are the disciples and followers of Christ.
 The source of this great earthquake will likely coincide with some heavenly body flying past the earth, Matthew 24:35. If our readers will look up in your own Concordance or Greek Lexicon the words translated as “pass away” in this passage, they will find that these words literally mean, “to pass by; to fly past; to go past; to be carried past; to pass away.” See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 488, Strong’s No. 3928. So there is no question that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself clearly predicted in Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33 that some heavenly body, one or more, will come flying past the earth. Our readers can call it Planet X, Nibiru, the Dark Planet, the Brown Dwarf, or any of some 50 other names that have been assigned to this “wandering star.” I don’t care what you call it, but it is real, and very soon it is going to come flying past the earth, exactly as predicted by the Lord God Himself. As any reader willing to deal honestly with the Scriptures can see, this is not my opinion or theory. Christ Himself predicted that there will be a “fly by” of one or more heavenly bodies that will bring this present dispensation to an end, while also causing great destruction upon the earth.
Significantly, the inspired Apostle Peter predicted the exact same event in his epistle in 2 Peter 3:10, even using the exact same words in the Greek text which the Lord God used in the three passages in the Gospels. Check it out for yourself!
Why have I emphasized this truth? Because, not only will such a “fly by” cause great destruction upon the earth, but it will also…..
 Move the entire earth out of its present orbit and plunge the earth into total darkness. Oh yes it will! Read it for yourself in Isaiah 13:13-14 and 24:18-20. In ancient time before 701 B.C., all the nations of the earth had calendars based on a 360 day year. In 701 B.C. that all changed. The change was due to the great earthquake in the days of Uzziah, Amos 1:1; Zechariah 14:5. In 701 B.C. every nation and people on earth changed their calendars from a 360 day year to a year of 365.2422 days. It is glaringly obvious that the earth had been slightly moved out of its ancient orbit, thereby requiring a little more than five additional days to make its annual orbit around the Sun. This was caused by a “great earthquake” so large that it violently shook the entire earth, shaking it right out of its orbit. Folks, such an earthquake is coming again REAL SOON. When it occurs it will literally move the earth out of its present orbit of 365.2422 days per year, and the earth will return to its former orbit requiring only 360 days to make its annual trek around the Sun.
That this is going to happen is glaringly obvious, for the seven year Tribulation is only 2520 days in length. This is seven years of 360 days per year. Check it out for yourself.
 Such a great earthquake will set off every one of the 1,500 plus volcanoes presently on the earth, and will likely bring some new ones into existence. This will fulfill the prophecies set forth by Peter in Acts 2:19-20, and by Joel in Joel 2:30-31. Peter speaks of “blood and fire and vapor of smoke” covering the surface of the earth, but Joel speaks of “blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” Any reader who has ever witnessed the violent eruption of a volcano or even seen a photo of such an eruption knows that the explosive force of the erupting volcano sends a column [or pillar] of smoke straight up into the atmosphere of the earth, sometimes towering five or six miles, or even higher, into the sky above the earth. These upright columns or pillars of smoke will be seen all over the earth following this great earthquake, fulfilling both of these prophecies to the letter.
This would also fulfill the prophecies of Isaiah 24:6, “Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” Can our readers even imagine the tremendous heat that will be caused by all of the volcanoes on earth erupting at the same time? People will literally have to flee into the caves and dens of the earth to escape the searing heat on the surface of the earth.
But this isn’t all of it by any means…..
 Pouring that amount of volcanic ash into the upper atmosphere above the earth will literally block out the light of the Sun during the day time, and if the moon is seen at night it will appear through the haze as “blood red.” Hello! Is God’s Word timely and relevant or not?
Folks, the inspired Word states repeatedly that the entire seven year Tribulation will be “A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains:…,” Joel 1;1-2. See also Zephaniah 1:14-15. People left on the earth after the rapture will go for days, weeks, even months, without seeing the light of the Sun.
I highly suspect that the tremendous amount of volcanic ash and heat released into the atmosphere above the earth will also alter the weather systems of the earth to the extent that there will be no rainfall on the earth for the first three and one-half years of the Tribulation. By the middle of the Tribulation the ash in the atmosphere above the earth will begin to thin out enough to allow storm clouds to form again, but during the first half of the Tribulation there will be total “dearth” [drought and death] over the whole earth.
Dear readers, these events are what all Christ rejecting unbelievers have to look forward to in the very near future. In fact, we today are living so close to the end of this present dispensation
that these events could begin at any moment of any day now. No, I do not know the “date” when these things will begin, and am not even trying to determine the “date.” I know they are going to occur, because God’s inspired Word says so, and I have set before our readers the book, chapter, and verse, where it says so. It is sufficient for me to know that these events are coming because they are clearly predicted in the inspired Word of God. I am willing to trust my Lord and wait until His “appointed time” to bring them to pass, for I am saved by His grace with an eternal salvation and none of these predicted events cause me any personal concern whatsoever.
I do have a concern for our readers. My hope and prayer is that every person reading this study knows the Lord in a true salvation experience and is ready to meet Him at His coming. If you are not saved, then you are not ready to face what is coming on the earth in the very near future. So keep reading…….
 It is highly likely that the exact same day that the great earthquake occurs will also be the day that the Lord Jesus Christ “descends from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and resurrects and raptures His New Covenant believing people to glory, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The resurrection of Christ Himself was accompanied by “a great earthquake,” which literally opened the tomb of the Lord and the graves of the first fruit saints, Matthew 27:51-53. I highly suspect that there will be a repetition of what happened back then, yet on a far greater scale, when the predicted resurrection and rapture of New Covenant believers occurs. The grave of every true deceased believer on this earth will be opened. This will not be to let the believers come out of the grave, for that is not even necessary, but rather it will be to give visible “witness” to the unbelieving lost left behind that the predicted resurrection and rapture has actually occurred. Praise the Lord! Glory to God!
The Greek word translated as “shout” literally means “an intelligent call.” On that great day the Lord will call every New Covenant believer by their name. Every believer will instantly recognize the voice of the Lord as He calls and will answer Him with a shout of praise and glory. Compare the statement of the old patriarch Job in Job 14:12-15. Folks, this is “the blessed hope” of the believer, Titus 2:11-15. Glory to God! Praise the Lord! Thank you Lord Jesus!
The Lord will also have with Him “the voice of the archangel.” This will be the voice of Michael, the archangel. The obvious reason for this is that Michael has been entrusted with caring for the bodies of all true believers throughout human history. He guards and protects those bodies from Satan who would like to have them to use for his own evil purposes, Jude 8-9; Daniel 12:1. The voice of Michael will command the earth to release the bodies of the deceased believers into the care of our precious Lord, who Himself is “the resurrection and the life,” and those deceased believers will instantly live as they come forth from their graves, John 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Glory to God! Praise you Lord Jesus!
Christ will also have with Him “the trump [trumpet] of God.” This will be the same trumpet that sounded at Mt. Sinai some 3,500 years ago when God gave His Law to Moses to give to the children of Israel. Why would the Lord bring this trumpet with Him? Because the nation and people of Israel, in their present state of unbelief and rejection of Christ, will have to go back under seven more years of Law. See Daniel 9: 24-27 remembering that the prophecy was given while Daniel and the people of Israel were still living under the Law. They fulfilled the first 69 weeks of that prophecy until Christ was crucified and the Dispensation of Grace intervened. The last seven years of the Dispensation of the Law have not yet been fulfilled. Therefore, just as the “Trumpet of God” sounded at the institution of the Law some 3,500 years ago, it is going to sound again immediately after the resurrection and rapture of all New Covenant believers has occurred, re-instituting the final seven years of the Law upon Israel. Glory to the Lord!
 Immediately following the resurrection and rapture of New Covenant believers off the
earth, the seven year Tribulation will begin on the earth. When the thick darkness caused by the
“fly by,” the earthquake, and the erupting volcanoes lessens enough so that the unbelievers left on the earth can begin to see and understand what is going on, they will find that two strange looking men have appeared in the streets of Jerusalem preaching the Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom and demanding repentance on the part of the lost. These will be God’s “two witnesses,” who will preach to the Jewish people and to the whole world from the streets of Jerusalem throughout the first half of the Tribulation period [1,260 days], Revelation 11:3-6.
One of the first things they will ask of God in order to demonstrate the proof of their authority as true “messengers sent from God” will be their prayer that the Lord God will shut up the heavens for three and one-half years during their ministry. This coincides perfectly with Point 5 under the Natural Events as listed above.
We know that today every nation on earth is moving against Bible believing Christianity, and therefore against anything having to do with God and the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. It is only going to get worse with the passing of time. The preaching of these “two witnesses” will then be about as welcome to the unbelieving lost world left on the earth as a “wart on the nose.” There is no question that “the authorities” will attempt to stop their preaching almost immediately. But the Scriptures tell us that anyone who attempts to stop them or harm them in anyway will simply be consumed into ashes by fire proceeding out of the mouth of the “two witnesses,” Revelation 11:5. People may not believe in the supernatural today, but during the coming Tribulation there will be all kinds of supernatural powers at work. It won’t take but a few instances of people being burned into ashes, and the “authorities” will leave the “two witnesses” alone to do what the Lord God sent them to do.
I have an in-depth Bible study on The Future Ministry of God’s Two Witnesses which I will be glad to send to any reader upon request.
 The very first converts among the Jewish people to the ministry of God’s “two witnesses” will be the beginning of the Jewish “remnant,” consisting of 144,000 Jews out of all 12 tribes of the children of Israel, Revelation 7:1-8; 14:1-5. These 144,000 Jews will in turn be sealed and commissioned to carry “the gospel of the kingdom” [Matthew 24:14] all over the earth during the first half of the Tribulation, and millions of people will come to salvation in Christ under their ministry and the ministry of the “two witnesses,” Revelation 7:9-17; Joel 2:32.
I also have an in-depth study about The Salvation, Sealing, & Ministry of the 144,000, which I will be glad to send to any reader upon request.
 At almost the same time that these events are occurring, the “man of sin,” the prophesied
anti-christ, will make his appearance on the world scene. He will come on the world scene as a great “man of peace” with a “peace plan” which will supposedly ensure “world peace” for at least seven years, Revelation 6:1-2; Daniel 8:23-25; 9:27. The lost, unbelieving populace will “eat it up” and hail his arrival as the great “world leader” they have long anticipated and been hoping for. But it will all be a deception. The passage in Daniel 8:25 stated explicitly that under the guise of “peace” “he shall destroy many.” He will have limited supernatural powers with which he will deceive the whole unbelieving lost world into following him, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10. His supernatural powers will increase during the last half of the Tribulation, after he has been killed and his body is then indwelt by the spirit of Satan himself, Revelation 13:1-9. Nevertheless, he will ultimately be destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and cast alive into the lake of fire and brimstone, Revelation 19:20.
These are just a few of the natural and spiritual events clearly prophesied in God’s Word to occur, which are staring humanity in the face RIGHT NOW. These events could begin at any
moment of any day now. But they will begin SOON! Those who “profess” to be Christian believers today can either “make your calling and election sure” and know that you are truly saved and ready to meet the Lord, or you can “sluff it off” in your unbelief and weep later, 2 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Peter 1:10. The time for playing silly little “religious” or “church” games is over. We living today are facing the very end of this dispensation, and it will end suddenly without any further warning. All the warnings we need are right here in God’s inspired Word. Readers can take this message to heart and act upon it, or they can ignore it to their own hurt and possible eternal damnation. Are you listening?
I am not writing to entertain anyone, nor to tickle anyone’s ears. I have laid these truths out before my readers just as plainly and sincerely as I know how. My heart cries and my eyes weep for the lost in the world today. I would like to meet every reader in glory when my precious Lord comes to receive His people to Himself, John 14:1-3. But the ONLY way that will happen is that every reader have the assurance of the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in and upon your soul. Do YOU have such assurance? If any reader has any doubts, then I urge you to read again John 3:3-7; 3:16; 3:36; 5:24, 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:30-31; 20:21; 20:26-27; Romans 10:8-13; 10:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; and Titus 3:5. After reading these passages, ask the Lord in simple prayer to give you the GRACE to believe His Word and to receive Christ as your own personal Savior. Then write and let me know that you have been saved so that I may rejoice with you and pray for you.
Written in the love of Christ Jesus our wonderful Savior and Lord.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
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