By Pastor F. M. Riley
December 1, 2021
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the Word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
No, I do not claim to have all the answers to questions which may arise in studying the Word of God. But by God’s grace, I do have the answers to some of them. Read on…….
THE TRIBULATION PERIOD
The entire Book of Revelation was the vision given by the Lord to His disciple, John. The vision prophesies and describes the JUDGMENT of the tribulation, which is coming upon unbelieving, Christ rejecting, mankind LEFT BEHIND on the earth when the rapture occurs, exactly as the JUDGMENT of the flood came upon unbelieving, apostate, mankind in “the days of Noah,” Luke 17:26
THE SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION
Over the many years I have been in the Lord’s ministry, I have been told numerous times that there is no seven year tribulation, and also by a few that there is no tribulation at all. Some claim that the tribulation will be only 3 ½ years in length, or even shorter.
Dear readers, 1 Corinthians 14:33 is still in the Bible, and God is not the author of confusion.
The inspired Word plainly states that the LAW given to Israel by God
sets forth “a shadow of things to come,” Colossians 2:16-17. Is it then
just “coincidence” that the seven year tribulation is repeatedly foreshadowed in the Old Testament?
All of our readers who seriously study Bible prophecy are familiar with Daniel 9:27. Now what length of time is the prophesied covenant to be “strengthened?” A few days? 3 ½ years? Or for a full week of years; seven years? Now for those who claim that there is no tribulation at all, does Daniel 9:27 say there will be no covenant at all? Is that what is stated? In my Bible, it is clearly stated that the covenant is “confirmed” (strengthened} for one week. This is a week of years. Any seven year period adds up to a “week of years,” for that is the number of days in a week. Check out Genesis 1 and see it for yourself. Daniel 9:27 also makes it quite clear that the week of years is divided into two parts right at the middle of the week.
When Israel was still in bondage in the land of Egypt, the Lord God instituted the Feast of Unleaved Bread. Now how many days was that feast to be observed? Exodus 12:15-20 says seven days, foreshadowing the seven year tribulation; a year for a day, Numbers 13:34.
There are other “shadows” of the seven year tribulation in the Old Testament; both in the history of Israel and in the prophecies of “things to come.” Those readers who don’t believe it, can spend their time denying and arguing about it, and it will still come to pass. Read Romans 3:4.
But is there any proof of the seven year tribulation in the New Testament? There sure is! Just keep reading.
TWO FUTURE WORLD RULERS
During the future seven year Tribulation there will be a man; an
flesh and blood man, who will be elevated to rule over the entire world LEFT BEHIND on the earth following the rapture. This man will rule over the one-world government that the New World Order has been working for many years to establish on the earth, and God is going to let them have it. The rise to power of this man is described in Revelation 6:1-8. He is the rider on each of the four horses. Carefully notice the deterioration of his rule, as it proceeds from a white horse, deceitfully typifying goodness and purity, to the pale horse of “Death and Hell.” Roman 6:23 is still in the Bible.
Then at the middle of the trib, exactly as prophesied in Daniel 9:27, another world ruler will take the reigns of power, violating the covenant “confirmed” with Israel, and seeking to destroy Israel, and every Jew on the face of the earth.
Significantly, these two rulers will be one and the same person. But that person has two different roles to fulfill, in two different periods of time. The man will rule during the first half of the tribulation period, but the “beast” which he becomes, will rule during the last half of the tribulation period. This prophetic truth knocks the theory of a 3 ½ year tribulation period clear out of the park. Some readers need to stop trying to rearrange God’s Word to make it fit their theory. 2 Timothy 2:15 is still in the Bible. So is Romans 3:4.
In 1973 the Club of Rome met, and on a world map, divided the entire world into “ten kingdoms.” Now compare Revelation 13:1, and 17:12-13. Also read Daniel 7:7, 7:19-20, and 7:24. Each of these Scripture passages set forth “ten kingdoms” in existence during the seven year tribulation, and all ten of them under the control of the anti-christ.
The plan of the Club of Rome, was to establish a one-world government upon the earth. It would be composed of “ten kingdoms,” each of which would be ruled by a king. These ten kings would then be answerable to an 11th King, Chairman, General Secretaty, President, or whatever titlel they will choose to give him. Those in the Club of Rome had convinced themselves that such a one-world government will solve all of the problems which beset the nations today. Supposedly, with a one-world government there will be no more wars; a one-world economic system governing all world commerce, a one-world religion with no need for the present “mythical God” of the Jews and Christians.
Ever since 1973, in conjunction with the New World Order, the Illuminati, the Deep State, the Roman church, and other wicked Christ rejecting unbelievers, all of these wicked dreamers have been working to bring their dream of a one-world government to a reality.
Sadly, as I write, their wicked dream has almost been accomplished. The only thing which has stood in their way was the Republic of the United States of America, and look what is happening to it today. Psalm 9:17 is still in the Bible!
But now let’s go back to the Bible…….
The first world ruler will be a man, a natural man, a flesh and blood human being, just like the rest of us living today. The inspird Word calls this man, the anti-christ and “the man of sin,” 2 Thess. 2:3-4. He will likely be a leader in some nation presently existing in the world today, and deeply involved in world politics. I suspect he will come forth out of the Middle East. Why? Because the ruins of Shushan, the ancient capitol of the Assyrian Empire, are still located in the country of Iran today. In the prophecies of the Old Testament, the future anti-christ is
referred to as “the Assyrian” a number of times.
Whatever nation he comes out of, he will come forth with a burning lust for political power, and won’t hesitate to lie and deceive the U.N. and the nations of the whole world in order to achieve his goal of becoming ruler over the entire world.
According to the prophetic Word, he will become ruler of the whole world during THE FIRST HALF of the tribulation period. His rise to power is prophesied in Revelation 6:1-8. He comes on the world scene presenting himself as a man of peace, riding a white horse. But instead of being a blessing to mankind, the other three horses portray a steady decline of his kingdom. Riding on the fourth horse, he is identified as DEATH.
A real Biblical contrast. The Lord Jesus Christ was and is the very embodiment of LIFE. John 10:10; 14:6. But the future anti-christ will be the embodiments of DEATH. Let every reader take heed!
This GENTILE anti-christ will achieve his goal of becoming the ruler over the whole of mankind on the earth during the first half of the seven year tribulation period. During the first half the anti-christ will likely assist the Jewish people in rebuilding their Temple. Why? Because he will be so egotistical that he will eagerly enter into the rebuilt Temple, and declare himself to be “GOD.” Read it for yourself in 2 Thess 2:4.
However, his entering into the rebuilt Jewish Temple will be his fatal mistake. No GENTILE was ever allowed by the Torah observing Jews to enter into their Temple. When the anti-christ, near the middle of the tribulation, enters into the rebuilt Temple, goes into the MOST HOLY
place, sits down on the Mercy Throne, and declares himself to be “God,” it will absolutely infuriate the Jewish people.
The Torah observing jews will be so insulted and angry, that one, or even a group of them, will assassinate the anti-christ. Oh yes they will!
The assassination of the anti-christis prophesied, and described in detail in Zechariah 11:16-17. He will be killed with a sword, which will pierce his right eye, and will cut deeply into his right arm. News of the death of the anti-christ will spread quickly around the world. The wicked political dignitaries of the world will likely plan a grand funeral service for the scumbag, as we see the nations doing today for their national leaders. So the whole world will know that he is DEAD.
But then an event will happen which will amaze the whole world. They will see this man (?) alive again, and back in his position as ruler of the world. Read it for yourself in Revelation 13:1-3.
During the last half of the Tribulation, the anti-christ, in his role as “a beast,” will wear a black patch over his right eye and his withered right arm will be carried in a sling. Why? Because Satan has no real power to heal anyone. Satan will be allowed to bring up the soul of the deceased anti-christ out of the bottomless pit, but “the beast” will carry the marks of his assassination the remainder of his life.
The Scriptujres do not say anything about the black patch and sling for his arm, jewish mystics claim to have been shown this in visions.
When the anti-christ is assassinated, his wicked Christ rejecting soul will descend into Hell (Sheol) located somewhere deep in the bowels of the earth. But then…….
THE BOTTOMLESS PIT
In Revelation 9, when the fifth angel sounds his trumpet, the
bottomless pit will be opened somewhere on the surface of the earth. This will likely be caused by one or more of the great earthquakes which will occur during the first half of the seven year tribulation. Out of that pit will come forth the locusts described in Revelation 9:1-12. Their coming up out of the pit will be the first of three WOES brought upon Christ rejecting mankind on the earth during the tribulation, who refuse to repent and call upon the Lord for mercy and salvation,9:20-21. We are not told what happens to the locusts at the end of the five months they torment wicked unbelievers, but obviously the bottomless pit remains open.
THE COUNTERFEIT RESURRECTION
SATAN will see the bottomless pit standing open, and the death of the anti-christ as a great opportunity to counterfeit the resurrection of Christ. So he will bring up the soul of the anti-christ out of the bottomless pit, and the spirit of Satan himself, or of one of Satan’s fallen angels, will enter into the dead body of the anti-christ, energizing it back to life. A counterfeit of the resurrection of Christ, as Satan has no power to genuinely resurrect anyone. He will have just taken advantage of the circumstances that exist at that time.
This deception will cause the masses of mankind on the earth at that time, to believe that the anti-christ, whom they will know had been killed, had risen from the dead, Rev. 11:7; 13:1-4; 13:14; 17:8; 17:11. Notice carefully the expression about the “beast”’ in 17:8, “…..the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
This perfectly harmonizes with the truth of the anti-christ during the first half of the tribulation. He was, as a man, then he was killed, then his wicked soul being brought up out of the bottomless pit by Satan he
will live again as “the beast.”
The “beast” will still be the anti-christ, but during the last half of the tribulation, will no longer be a true human. Notice how he is described in 13:2. No where in the remainder of the Book of Revelation, from 11:7 right to his last mention in 20:10, is he ever referred to as “a man.” He will still be the anti-christ during the last half of the Trib, but he will be a “beast” indwelt by Satan. Satan has no power to create, but he does have the power to manipulate matter and people which God has created. And so he will. It is then “the beast” who will be the second ruler of mankind on the earth during the last half of the the tribulation.
GOD’S TWO WITNESSES
It is clearly stated that God’s “two witnesses” have a ministry of 1260 days, and that they finish (complete) their ministry, Rev. 11:3; 11:7. It is only AFTER they have completed their ministry, that they are killed by the “beast.” It is only at or very near the middle of the tribulation that the “beast” is even brought up out of the bottomless pit. So where does this place the ministry of the “two witnesses?” It should be glaringly obvious to every reader willing to deal honestly with God’s Word, that the “two witnesses” minister during the first half of the tribulation.
It is then that at the middle of the tribulation that the “beast” is permitted to kill the two witnesses. This appears to be the first wicked action of the “beast” after he is brought up from the bottomless pit, at or near mid-trib.
Then in Rev. 13:5, after having killed the two witnesses in Rev. 11;7, the “beast” is given power to continue to live, and reign over mankind on the earth, for another “42 months.” 42 months is 1,260 days. Now add
the 1,260 days for the ministry of God’s two witnesses, and the 1,260 days the “beast” is continues to reign over Christ rejecting mankind on the earth, and the total is 2,520 days. That period of time, dear readers, is SEVEN YEARS of 360 days to a year. The length of the Tribulation is therefore clearly established directly from the Scriptures as being seven years. Those readers who teach a 3 ½ year tribulation are not teaching God’s Word, but only a dumb theory based on their own lack of serious Bible study. PERIOD! Romans 3:4 is still in the Bible. So is 2 Timothy 2:15.
THE SUM OF THE MATTER
But No! Some readers just don’t know when to receive the truth of God’s Word, and stop trying to change or, rearrange it, to make it fit their theories. Read the stern warning given by the Lord in Revelation 22:18-19, and take heed! We believers are to study God’s Word to LEARN. We are not studying it to correct the mistakes GOD DID NOT MAKE, as He graciously gave mankind His inspired Word, 2 Timothy 3:16.
THE TWO RULERS
Many pay no attention at all to the Bible truth that there are to be TWO RULERS over mankind during the seven year tribulation.
The first ruler will be “the man of sin;” the anti-christ, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. The anti-christ will appear on the world scene very soon now, and he will be a flesh and blood, air breathing, walking, talking, true human being. He likely is, or will be, a leader from some GENTILE nation, or religion, or movement, that is in existence right now as I write. He will be filled with a lust for political power, desiring to rule over the nations of the whole world, and will stop at nothing until he achieves his goal. He will use lies, flattery, promises of peace, and will even assist the Jews in
rebuilding their Temple.
THE JEWS TEMPLE
Oh yes, the Temple. There are readers who insist that there will never be a Jewish Temple rebuilt until Christ Himself builds the Temple described in Ezekiel. Is that so? No it is not so! 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 explicily states that “the man of sin” will sit in the Temple, and shew himself that he is “God.” Now how can the anti-christ sit in the Temple, and proclaim himself to be God, if no Temple exists? Well…??
Through a manipulation of politics, likely within or before the United Nations, the anti-christ will become the ruler of the whole world during the first half of the tribulation period. He will be the rider on each of the four horses in Rev. 6, which portray his rise to power over the nations.
But the GENTILE anti-christ will make a fatal mistake when he enters into the JEWISH Temple, sits down on the mercy seat in the Temple, and proclaims Himself to be God. The Torah observing Jews will instantly recognize that he is a complete phony, for their prophesied Messiah is to be of their own people; a JEW, Deuteronomy 18:18.
Offended and incensed, the Jews will assassinate the anti-christ, exactly as described in Zechariah 11:15-17. Any reader who is a true believer knows that the soul of the wicked anti-christ will then descend down into Hell. His rule over mankind during the first half of the Tribulation will be over.
THE COUNTERFEIT RESURRECTION
SATAN will be anything but pleased with the death of his MAN, with whom he was trying to establish his kingdom on the earth. So there, at or near, the middle of the tribulation, Satan will enter into the dead body of the anti-christ, making it appear that he has been resurrected, thereby
counterfeiting the resurrection of Christ before the unbelieving world.
The bottomless pit will be standing open on the surface of the earth, for it will have been opened as recorded in Rev 9, when the plague of locusts is brought upon unbelieving mankind. Satan has no power to resurrect anyone, but since he is a spirit, he does have the power to enter into a human body and energize that body. Any reader who has ever had to deal with demon possession of a person knows this to be true.
The spirit of Satan himself will then enter into the dead body of the anti-christ, and energize his body, deceiving the people on the earth at that time, causing them to believe that the anti-christ was resurrected back to life, and that they are powerless against him, Rev. 13:3-4.
However, the energized body of the anti-christ will not be a true human anymore. Rather, he will be just what the Scripture says; a “beast.” Notice that in the remaineder of the Book of Revelation he is never referred to as the anti-christ. Every reference to him in the remainder of the book is “the beast.” That is because a beast is what he will be; a beast possessed by the spirit of Satan.
According to Rev. 13:5, Satan gives him the power to reign over the whole world of mankind throughout the last half of the Tribulation period; 1,260 days.
OBVIOUS TRUTH AND RIGHT CONCLUSIONS
This should make it obvious that there will indeed be seven years to the tribulation period. The first half, 1,260 days, the living breathing MAN; the anti-christ, will establish his rule over the earth. But at or near the middle of the tribulation he will be assassinated.
Then the second half, of the Trib, 1,260 days, the “beast,” will rule
over Christ rejecting mankind on the earth.
Now readers, put these two periods of 1,260 days together, and they add up to SEVEN YEARS of the terrible tribulation period, whether some readers like it or not. God does not chang His Word to please any man, and I am certainly not going to change it either.
Now if any reader just cannot comprehend the truths I have been enabled by the grace of God to set before our readers, then perhaps you should read 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 13:5, and 2 Peter 1:10-11, and act upon what these Scriptures actually and literally say.
Critics, you have my answers to your denials, theories, and rearranging of God’s Word. I have always taken God’s Word at face value for what it actually and literally says. I am certainly not going to turn away from the Word to adopt the vain theories of men now.
What the readers of this study do now is between them and the Lord. Be careful. God is listening, Matthew 12:36-37.
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No, I have not stopped studying and writing. Due to my failing eyesight, I thought I would, But my Lord has given me the grace to press on for Christ and souls. Please keep me in your prayers.
Pastor F. M. Riley firstname.lastname@example.org
14275 Co. Rd. 8120 Rolla, MO 65401`
By the way, as I write there are only 30 days, counting today, left in this month before the end of this 120th year. Are YOU ready for the flood of God’s judgment; the tribulation period, or by the saving grace of God will you escape what is coming upon this Christ rejecfing world?
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