END TIMES CHRONOLOGY DEBUNKED
The End of the Tribulation
From the book by Ron Rhodes
IN THIS CHAPTER
The Campaign of Armageddon Begins:
Phase 1: The Antichrists Allies Assemble for War..
Phase 2: Commercial Babylon Is Destroyed
Phase 3: Jerusalem Falls and Is Ravaged
Phase 4: The Antichrist Moves South Against
Phase 5: Israel Endangered and Regenerated
Phase 6: Jesus Christ Returns in Glory
Phase 7: The Final Battle Erupts
Phase 8: Christ Victoriously Ascends to the Mount of Olives
The Campaign of Armageddon Begins
Scripture reveals that human suffering will steadily escalate during the seven-year tribulation period.
(THERE IS NO 7 YEAR PERIOD - IT IS 42 MONTHS AS GIVEN IN REVELATION - Keith Hunt)
First are the seal judgments, involving bloodshed, famine, death, economic upheaval, a great earthquake, and cosmic disturbances (Revelation 6).
(THE FIRST 4 SEALS LEAD UP TO THE 5TH SEAL WHICH IS THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATIO, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL AND THE PERSECUTION AND KILLING OF THE SAINTS OF GOD. THE HEAVENLY SIGNS ARE AFTER THIS TRIBULATION AND BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD OR WRATH OF THE GREAT DAY OF GOD, AS I'VE SHOWN YOU BEFORE AND IN OTHER STUDIES ON MY WEBSITE - Keith Hunt)
Then come the trumpet judgments, involving hail and fire mixed with blood, the sea turning to blood, water turning bitter, further cosmic disturbances, affliction by dernonic scorpions, and the death of a third of humankind (Revelation 8:6-9:21). Then come the bowl judgments, involving horribly /gainful sores on human beings, more bodies of water turning to blood, the death of all sea creatures, people being scorched by the sun, total darkness engulfing the land, a devastating earthquake, and much more (Revelation 16).
(THE TRUMPETS ARE IN THE DAY OF THE LORD, WHICH USING A DAY FOR A YEAR IN PROPHECY, MAKES THE DAY OF THE LORD ABOUT ONE YEAR IN LENGTH - THE LAST YEAR OF THE 42 MONTHS OF REVELATION. MOST OF REVELATION IS TO DO WITH THAT TIME PERIOD - Keith Hunt)
Worse comes to worst, however, when these already traumatized human beings are engaged in a catastrophic war campaign called Armageddon (see Daniel 11:40-45; Joel 3:9-17; Zechariah 14:1-3; Revelation 16:14-16). This takes place at the very end of the tribulation period. Millions of people will perish in the worst escalation of conflict ever to hit the earth.
(ARMAGEDDON HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DANIEL 11: 40-45 - Keith Hunt)
The word Armageddon literally means "Mount of Megiddo" and refers to a location about 60 miles north of Jerusalem. This is the location of Baraks battle with the Canaanites (Judges 4) and Gideons battle with the Midianites (Judges 7). This will be the site for the final horrific battles of humankind just prior to the second corning.
Napoleon is reported to have once commented that this site is perhaps the greatest battlefield he had ever witnessed. Of course, the battles Napoleon fought will dim in comparison to Armageddon. So horrible will Armageddon be that no one would survive if it were not for Christ corning again (Matthew 24:22).
(THE TRUTH IS IT IS THE 5TH AND 6TH TRUMPETS, THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE WEST [HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE] AND THE EAST [RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, KOREA, JAPAN] IS THE WAR THAT MUST BE CUT SHORT, BY THE COMING OF CHRIST, OR NO FLESH WOULD BE SAVED ALIVE - Keith Hunt)
Armageddon will involve an extended, escalating conflict, and it will be catastrophic. In view of all that occurs at Armageddon, it would be wrong to refer to it as a battle, as if it were a single event. We will see that the campaign of Armageddon actually involves eight phases.
(MAYBE....WE SHALL SEE WHAT HE SAY - Keith Hunt)
Phase 1: The Antichrist's Allies Assemble for War
The allied armies of the antichrist will gather for the final destruction of the Jews. Demonic spirits "go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.. .And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon" (Revelation 16:14,16).
(IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE JEWS, OR ANY FINAL DESTRUCTION OF THEM. ACCORDING TO THIS GUY, EZ. 38, 39 HAS TAKEN PLACE, SO THEN HAS EZ. 39:29 AND YOU KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO SAY.....YEP ....
HAVING GOD'S SPIRIT, THE JEWS WILL BE IN THE SUPPOSED "SECRET" RAPTURE, AND WILL NOT BE AROUND, BUT BE IN HEAVEN WITH THE OTHER SECRET RAPTURED SAINTS - Keith Hunt)
The assembling of these armies actually takes place at the unleashing of the sixth bowl judgment. The Euphrates River will be dried up, thereby making it easier for the armies of the east to assemble. The Euphrates River-—-the longest river of Western Asia (almost 1800 miles)—begins in modern-day Turkey, heads toward the Mediterranean Sea, then turns south, flows more than 1000 miles, converges with the Tigris River, and then flows into the Persian Gulf. Many ancient cities, including Ur and Babylon, are located at various points along the river.
(NOW GET THE PICTURE - THE BOWL JUDGMENTS ARE PART OF THE 7TH TRUMPET SOUND. IT IS THE LAST TRUMP. IT IS THE VERY DAY [24 HOUR PERIOD] OF CHRIST'S RETURN. THE DRYING UP OF THE EUPHRATES IS SYMBOLIC, FOR A MODERN SPACE-AGE ARMY WILL NOT NEED THE EUPHRATES TO DRY UP, THEY CAN JUST FLY OVER IT WITH HUGE AIRCRAFT THAT CARRY SOLDIERS AND TANKS AND WHATEVER A MODERN SPACE-AGE ARMY WILL HAVE - Keith Hunt)
Who are the kings of the east? Bible scholars have varying opinions. In fact, a survey of 100 prophecy books reveals more than 50 different interpretations as to who they are. Some suggest that it may refer to the seven kings of Daniel 7 who have submitted to the authority of the antichrist. However, prophecy scholar John E Walvoord suggests another interpretation.
The simplest and best explanation, however, is that this refers to kings or rulers from the Orient or East who will participate in the final world war. In the light of the context of this passage indicating the near approach of the second coming of Christ and the contemporary world situation in which the Orient today contains a large portion of the worlds population with tremendous military potential, any interpretation other than a literal one does not make sense.1
This is what makes the Euphrates River significant. This river is the primary water boundary between the Holy Land and Asia to the east. Theologian Charles Ryrie comments, "The armies of the nations of the Orient will be aided in their march toward Armageddon by the supernatural drying up of the Euphrates River." The drying up of this river is predicted in Isaiah 11:15.
The goal of the coalition will be to once and for all destroy the Jewish people. Each member of the satanic trinity will be involved—Satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet. Demons will also be involved in summoning the kings of the earth.
(I DO AGREE IT IS THE ARMIES OF THE EASTERN POWERS THAT ARE COMING OVER THE EUPHRATES. THE BEAST/BABYLON HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE WILL BE ALREADY ESTABLISHED IN THE HOLY LAND AND JERUSALEM. THE 5TH AND 6TH TRUMPET HAS OCCURRED - A MIGHTY BATTLE BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE EATERN POWERS. ALL THERE IS LEFT TO DO IS THE SPEAR-HEADS OF THE WEST AND EAST TO BATTLE IT OUT IN THE HOLY LAND AT THE PLAIN OF ARMAGEDDON - Keith Hunt)
The summons will be reinforced by demonic activity to make sure that the nations will indeed cooperate in assembling their armies together. These demonic messengers will be empowered to perform signs in order to assure compliance and defeat any reluctance to fall into line on the part of the other kings.2
(TRUE DEMONIC POWERS ARE WITH THE BEAST BABYLON/ROMAN EMPIRE OF THE WEST - Keith Hunt)
Phase 2: Commercial Babylon Is Destroyed
Revelation 17-18 reveals that the antichrist will rebuild and revive Babylon in the end times. It will be a worldwide economic and religious center. When the late Saddam Hussein was in power, he spent more than a billion dollars in oil money to rebuild the city, essentially as a monument to himself.
(THE IDEA OF A LITERAL BABYLON IN IRAQ TO BE THE WORLDWIDE ECONOMIC AND RELIGIOUS CENTER OF THE WORLD, IS SO FAR OUT, SO RIDICULOUS, SO LAUGHABLE, IT HARDLY NEEDS COMMENT ON. THE BABYLON OF REVELATION, LIKE ALL OLD PROTESTANT BIBLE COMMENTARY BOOKS LIKE ALBERT BARNES, ADAM CLARKE, ALL COULD SEE THAT ROME OR THE PAPACY WAS BEING MEANT BY THESE LAST CHAPTERS OF REVELATION - Keith Hunt)
Earlier in the book, I noted that the antichrist will set up headquarters in Jerusalem halfway through the tribulation period, when he will claim to be God and set up an image of himself in the Jewish temple.
(IT WILL BE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 42 MONTHS OF REVELATION THAT THE FALSE PROPHET ANTICHRIST WILL MOVE INTO JERUSALEM, AND IT WILL HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH A "JEWISH" TEMPLE. THE ORTHODOX JEWS TEACH ONLY THE MESSIAH CAN BUILD THE NEXT PHYSICAL TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM, WHEN HE COMES - Keith Hunt)
At some point in the latter half of the tribulation period-—-we are not told precisely when-—-the antichrist will shift his headquarters to Babylon, which will become a global commercial center. Babylon at this time will likely be in control of the oil fields (and the money these fields generate) in the Middle East. This Babylonian commercial center will be destroyed during phase 2 of Armageddon.
(ALL A BUNCH OF ABSOLUTE NUTTY GARBAGE OF FALSE IDEAS ABOUT BIBLE PROPHECY. IT IS SO FAR OUT I WANT TO LAUGH, BUT THIS FELLOW IS SERIOUS ABOUT IT. THE IDEA OF "OIL" IS AGAIN SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD, IT IS AMAZING HOW SILLY THE HUMAN MIND CAN BE AT TIMES. THE USA IS IN 2013 CLOSE TO BE OIL SUFFICIENT, WITH NEW OIL FIELDS AND OFF-SHORE OIL.
THE CANADIAN OIL-SANDS OF ALBERAT/SASKATCHEWAN CAN SUPPLY ALL OF NORTH AMERICA WITH OIL [IF WE NEVER MOVED AWAY FROM ITS USE] FOR 100 YEARS OR MORE, AND THESE PROTESTANT PROPHETS ARE STILL HUNG-UP ON "OIL" - IT IS UNBELIEVABLE - Keith Hunt)
What an irony we have here. While phase 1 of Armageddon is underway, with the antichrist preparing his armies to attack Israel, God will cause a military force to attack the antichrists headquarters of Babylon.
(MORE UTTER GARBAGE AND SILLY NONSENSE - I SHAKE MY HEAD AS TO THE IDEAS OF THESE PROTESTANT PROPHETS - Keith Hunt)
Several key passages describe the utter destruction of Babylon in association with Armageddon.
Because of the wrath of the Lord she shall not be inhabited but shall be an utter desolation; everyone who passes by Babylon shall be appalled, and hiss because of all her wounds. Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around, all you who bend the bow; shoot at her, spare no arrows, for she has sinned against the Lord ...
How Babylon has become a horror among the nations! I set a snare for you and you were taken, O Babylon, and you did not know it; you were found and caught, because you opposed the Lord. The Lord has opened his armory and brought out the weapons of his wrath...
As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities, declares the Lord, so no man shall dwell there, and no son of man shall sojourn in her (Jeremiah 50:13-14,23-25,40).
Isaiah 13:19 informs us that Babylon "will be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them."
(THE BABYLON OF END TIME BIBLE PROPHECY IS AS ALL OLD PROTESTANT BIBLE COMMENTARIES KNEW, AS THEY KNEW THE BABYLON OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION - IT IS THE MODERN BABYLON OF EUROPE; IT IS THE RESURRECTION OF THE LAST END TIME HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE OF EUROPE; IT IS THE EUROPE OF THE PAPACY - Keith Hunt)
The book of Revelation is graphic in its description of commercial Babylon's destruction.
Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more; and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth" (Revelation 18:21).
(THIS IS THE BABYLON/ROMAN PAPACY EMPIRE THAT WILL BE DESTROYED BY THE ARMIES OF THE EAST IN THE 6TH TRUMPET CALL OF REVELATION 9 - Keith Hunt)
Who will attack Babylon and the antichrist? A military coalition from the north.
For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon a gathering of great nations, from the north country. And they shall array themselves against her...
Behold, a people comes from the north; a mighty nation and many kings are stirring from the farthest parts of the earth. They lay hold of bow and spear; they are cruel and have no mercy. The sound of them is like the roaring of the sea; they ride on horses, arrayed as a man for barrle against you, O daughter of Babylon! (Jeremiah 50:9,41-42).
(YES, FROM THE NORTH AND AS REVELATION GIVES, FROM THE EAST - THE NATIONS OF RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, KOREA, JAPAN - ALL WILL COME AS THE 6TH TRUMPET TO DESTROY THE BABYLON OF A EUROPEAN PAPACY EMPIRE - A DAUGHTER OF BAYLON, A 7TH AND FINAL RESURRECTED HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE OF EUROPE - Keith Hunt)
Just as God used the Babylonians in Old Testament times as His rod of judgment against Israel, so now God uses a northern coalition as His whipping rod against Babylon. Just as Babylon showed no mercy in its oppression of Israel, so God now shows no mercy to Babylon.
(TRUE, I DO AGREE - Keith Hunt)
When Babylon is destroyed at the end of the tribulation period, the antichrist will not be present in the city. He will be told of its destruction by messengers (see Jeremiah 50:43; 51:31-32). He becomes all the more enraged.
(EUROPE BABYLON WILL BE DESTROYED IN THE DAY OF THE LORD, IN THE 6TH TRUMPET SOUND OF REVELATION 9. THE FALSE PROPHET ANTICHRIST WILL BE IN THE HOLY LAND AT THIS TIME, WITH THE "BEAST MAN" AND THEIR ARMIES - Keith Hunt)
Phase 3: Jerusalem Falls and Is Ravaged
Phase 2 of Armageddon involved the destruction of the antichrists capital of Babylon. However, even the destruction of his capital is not enough to distract him away from his goal of destroying the Jewish people. So instead of launching a counterattack against the northern military coalition that wiped out Babylon, the antichrist and his forces instead move south to attack Jerusalem. This constitutes phase 3 of Armageddon.
(ALL A BUNCH OF NONSENSE AND A VERY IN-CORRECT UNDERSTANDING OF BIBLE PROPHECY - Keith Hunt)
We read about it in Zechariah 12:1-3.
Thus declares the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: "Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it."
(THIS IS ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE 42 MONTHS - THE LAST 3 AND 1/2 YEARS OF THIS AGE. JERUSALEM WILL BE THE FOCAL POINT FOR THE BEAST POWER OF EUROPE AND FOR MANY NATIONS OF THE EAST ALSO. "ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH" IS LIKE SAYING "ALL THE WORLD TO BE TAXED" [LUKE 2:1] - BRASIL, ARGENTINA, KOREA, ETC. DID NOT COME TO BE TAXED OR ENROLLED, SO NOT EVERY SINGLE NATION ON EARTH WILL COME UP TO JERUSALEM TO FULFIL THIS PROPHECY EITHER. ALL EXPLAINED FULLY IN MY EXPOUNDING OF ALL THE PROPHETIC BOOKS OF THE BIBLE ON MY WEBSITE - Keith Hunt)
Zechariah 14:2 adds this: "I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city."
Notice that all the nations of the world gather against Jerusalem. Sadly, many prophecy scholars believe this includes the United States.
(SOME JEWS AND PEOPLE WILL REMAIN IN JERUSALEM BUT WILL BE UNDER THE POWER OF THE BABYLON BEAST OF PAPACY EUROPE, AS THE LAST 42 MONTHS NOW BEGIN. THE IDEA ABOUT THE USA IS AGAIN SO LAUGHABLE AND SO INCORRECT IT HARDLY IS WORTH ANY COMMENT - Keith Hunt)
Elsewhere in this book I noted the strong possibility that following the rapture of the church, the United States will likely become an ally of the revived Roman Empire—the United States of Europe.
(AGAIN SO INCORRECT AND LAUGHABLE - OH THE SILLY IDEAS OF PROTESTANT PROPHETS THAT HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY BIBLE PROPHECY - Keith Hunt)
In any event, with heavy losses on both sides, Jerusalem will fall and be ravaged in the face of this overwhelming attack force. The antichrists armies gain initial victory. However, as we will see, Israel will soon attain ultimate victory through the direct intervention of its Messiah.
(AT THE END OF THE 42 MONTHS JERUSALEM WILL BE FREED, ISRAEL AND JUDAH WILL BE REGATHERED FROM THEIR ENEMIES, THE MESSIAH WILL COME - ISAIAH 11 - Keith Hunt)
To be continued