There are Enough signs to support that hypothesis. There are enough reasons to say we are still not inside it. One of them obviously the absence of
the Mark of the Beast.
Let see what Jesus says in direct text. He says many false christs will come. He doesn't say one big anti-christ will come. He doesn't say one mark
will be implemented. Even less, electronic chip.
The problem with the books of Gospel is, they were rewritten repeatedly (or some even created) at least one up to two centuries after the deaths of
the apostles. So is the book of Revelation that is found as chapter 1 paprirus not before the end of 2nd century. But let say they are all correct, no
matter what we have are later manuscripts.
We have to make difference between direct wording of Lord Jesus, and visions of Paul, and John.
Looking at that way, the End times may well be over us, when nation will rise against nation (WW1, WW2) when natural calamities will intensify, when
the powers of heaven will be shaken. (how many comets and asteroids buzzed us).
Where is the Abomination of Desolation of Daniel? That may be seen in various aspects too. The Jewish sacrifice is absent for millenia. The Christian
sacrifice exists. But it is quite corrupt service by people who shouldn't be called with that name. I could say more. I prefer to stop at that point.
No, I do not expect a future pope to come and abolish mass in St Peter's, to declare him the false prophet. I do not expect that to happen in
Jerusalem or elsewhere. Because that is not what Daniel speaks of. Daniel never ever spoke of the Church after Jesus Christ. Instead, he spoke
directly of the last week of years.
Other interpretation surfaced recently, that Daniel's 70 weeks are 70 jubilees, 49 years each. Some estimations available online show the current
jubilee year is exactly the 70th jubilee since the first one established after the long years of Exodus.
Much could be said about who is the Messiah ben David expected by the Jews. Is it equal to the Second Coming of Jesus or not.
One single issue may change the scales. It is the 144,000. Their appearance is given in the book of Revelation to precede not only the antichrist but
also the calamities preceding the antichrist. The role of those innocent youngsters is quite unknown. Apparently they are sealed to do some special
mission, not to become martyrs, as some superficial views on Revelation hurry to say. Again we see the number 144,000 in chapter 14 on Mt Zion,
described as firstfruits of God and the Lamb who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. I'd rather think of a more universal role of the 144,000 that will
ultimately reach the cosmic significance. The timing of their second appearance in Rev.14 comes shortly before the fall of Babylon, that means shortly
before the rise of the beast. No matter the rise of the beast is described in the previous Chpater 13. We know well, those chapters are zoom in. That
is, we have the role of the 144,000 before, not during the reign of the antichrist, if we follow the timeline of John's Revelation. Because we can't
have the rise of the beast before the fall of Babyon.
If we don't follow that sequence but prefer the direct wordings of Jesus and the short texts of Daniel, we have all necessary signs of Great Trib upon
us. We don't have to wait for more, in order to declare we are already in.
Regardless of what timeline one will prefer to follow, it is clear the chosen ones in this greedy world suffer exceedingly right now. Be they part of
the 144,000 or not. If they all die, something ultimately to happen, or/and if the remaining part of them are raptured, the world will sink in
complete chaos. We still don't have asteroids to strike and 200 mln army to march from East because the 144,000 plus the uncountable number of
suffering people are still alive on this planet.
It is not something for granted. The next weeks will show whether that grouping will be removed, or will be empowered for the last extension before
the big doom. Such extension is possible indeed, because it would correspond to the duration of War in Heaven/Space that is to take quite a long time.
But that shouldn't be taken for granted either. That war may have been already done. What John saw remains his vision, not direct wordings of Jesus
I guess the church officials who have all power in spiritual matters, are short of acknowledging the realities of the teaching they preach.
Intentionally or not, they do not make it easier rather harder for the world and Christendom to cope with the problems of today, that amount to
I can't end that post with a definite conclusion are we in the last 3.5 years or not yet. 1260 days after December 21, 2012 expire on June 3, 2016.
That is not a proof though. We have everything, including a number of prominent Jews who accept Jesus Christ, in order to declare, here it is the
I believe no one will want to see as a proof the mass persecution of "Christians" in the way of the first centuries, if we have today's vague meaning
of being Christian. Even less, the mass implanted chip to represent the Mark. That may well be a tattoo known at the time of John, or let say a
bracelet with the sign of the devil, etc. Or tomorrow some hologram quite different from the chips. Many people are marked with the sign of devil,
regardless of how we describe it. Could it be the smartphone, if it is used for serving satan?
The least problem is to name a politician for the role of the antichrist. We have many of them who make our life a hellish nightmare on earth.
Despite all inventions including computers and smartphones unknown to previous generations, or exactly because of that.
It is easy to say, hahaha, the 144,000 youths existed always, the priesthood may be (???), or in every generation, it will not change anything. It is
difficult for many to realize God is still waiting not because the signs are not given, or because the time has not arrived. He may rapture those
144,000 or let say 14 mln good people overnight, and the world will plunge in darkness bigger than any imagination in series of Left Behind and other
apocalyptic movies. One does not need antichrist from USA or the seat of EU, because he can be Romanian, Hungarian, Syrian, anywhere in the former
Roman empire...If God doesn't do that, not yet, it is for some reason. It is naive to say the next 20 years will continue as the previous 20 years
after the Cold War. No they won't. And those on top know that perfectly and prepare for the underground caves, according to Revelation 6th seal.
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