Jesus taught “the kingdom”. It was at hand. It had come and was coming, and His parables began with “the kingdom is like”.
Prophet Daniel as a young man interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s disturbing dream about mankind’s empires, which the kingdom will strike and shatter like they are dust upon the winds.
Apocalypse is part of the “good news of the kingdom”. How is apocalypse “good news”?
God is both Life (“gives breath/life to all” Acts 17:25) and He “is perfect” (Mt.5:48). This means life hAs to be perfect! Suffering, loss, sorrow, oppressions, cannot last forever!
Now let me ask you this! HOW does God have genuinely able to think and reason beings (thus they can make choices) – aNd – keep perfection/paradise intact?
Obviously, a first thing you do is include in the garden of life, a visible option of imperfect choice. Of “hamartia” – Greek word meaning to “miss the mark” which is translated “sin”.
Of course we all want Him to intervene and stop all suffering. Which He has done! By His blueprint at the “foundation of the world” of sending His Son “the Firstborn” – the “proto” born, the prototype – for “this is the mystery! Christ (THE seed) in us”! (Col.1:27; Gal.3:16)
And He also intervened, at other critical times – to curb great evils. But, if He intervened in all human affairs.. Well, what would be the point? Of letting this imperfection run its course? Which course, of course, is apocalypse. Imperfection cannot endure. It is corruption. It falls apart, entropies. And very thankfully immortality is not in it.
It’s also good news that because God is Life and Perfection, the end result of all this – letting imperfection run its course – can only be the Best One Possible! “Perfect” makes no mistakes, and cannot lose anything. To lose. one. thing. cannot be said to be “perfect”! [Is.42:5;Mt.5:48]
So a lot of the Scripture is about this natural element – what we call apocalypse. It’s a Greek word that literally means “revelation”, “an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling”.
Eschatolgy requires an “unveiling” (de-cloaking). And the culmination of all imperfection, when it collapses and, or implodes, is an unveiling of the Truth that imperfection is built on sand. The “smoke of apocalypse shall rise up forever and ever” – a poetic way of saying it will never be forgotten that there really is only One Way of Life. Only one way to be alive, to exist. Because God is life and is also perfection making imperfection the opposite of life. Ultimately it. can. not. be. done. Hooray! Life hAs to be perfect!
The Lord of Life has given many (many) signs and markers concerning apocalypse, both the individual, national and the collective. But apocalypse (fall, ruin, collapse) is only part of the eschatological equation! (Again Hooray!!)
This is turning into longer than I intended, but I will try to stay brief! I have the urge lately to tell it all. All I’ve learned after forty plus years of study and semi-monasticism (my ‘own’ brand, lol).
Mankind’s final wars will be in the Middle East. First over oil. Which is one reason why I think the final scene of “blood as high as horse’s bridles” is code, yes code, for oil. If getting the U.S. not to produce oil fails.. well you see the oil triangle? With Russia and Saudi Arabia. And of course Iran is watching. So eventually limited war?
Currently we have, since 1945, been in a pause. But the winds of the just released Seal Six (see Revelation chapter 6) once again let loose (but limitedly) will be a HUGE sign concerning eschatology. We are still currently at Revelation, verse 7:1, with “… four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back its four winds ..do not harm the land or sea or trees until..” Holding back the winds of the just released Seal Six!
Meanwhile, what we have been seeing is birth pangs, the sign of approaching end times.
Seal Six is not recognized as to the HUGE thing it was, and is, in Biblical prophecy. This is because the seals are described – in chapter six, at the very beginning of the vision/scroll – as to their total effects. Even their effects at the very ‘end’ are described here at the beginning. You see how this cloaks the vision, yes?
After limited modern capability occurs (once again as warfare) the global agenda will very much gear up. The Revelation characters will ‘step up’. And a famous and notorious treaty/covenant/league will be ratified for seven years. [Daniel 9:27]
This seven years is the totality of Daniel 12:11-12, which says in the midst or middle of the agreement, it will be broken with Israel. Either by stopping sacrifice at a newly built third temple, oR(?) by the taking away or removal of – a place of – daily sacrifices of prayers that is in Jerusalem now. After all, at Matthew 24, verses 1 and 2, coming out of the temple, Jesus said, “See all this? Truly I tell you not one stone will remain atop another that shall not be thrown down”. Whichever of the two occur, about three and a half years plus thirty days later, will be set up the final abomination that desolates. This time upon the human temple meant for God’s Spirit? And happy (verse 12) those who wait and come to forty-five days later.
You see who has such capabilities? Who has many modern miracles and wonders. This is TODAY’s false prophet, whose “strong delusion” has caused a cultural “faling away” from the faith, and “seats man in the temple of God, showing himself he is god”/highest power deciding good and evil. And don’t forget, his widely believed false prophecy.
I almost forgot! Revelation’s “you will have ten days tribulation..” (2:10) makes me think perhaps the last “ten days” is when things escalate from cannot buy or sell to will be killed..
The last great idol of mankind to replace God Most High (who “is love”) will be an “iron/bronze” (Roman/Greek) based institution which will in all likelihood harness, be infiltrated by, or partner with those who practice Revelation 20:4 especially during those final ten days(?)
Revelation 3, verses 7 and 10, say it’s the Philadelphia (brotherly/sisterly love) church (believers) that will be “kept safe from the hour of trial” …”the sun” (which is thermonuclear, btw) “will not smite them.. I will lead them to streams of living” (including fresh?) “waters …be like the deer at the side of the mountain..” [Rev.7:16,17; Song of Solomon (s.o.s!):8:14]
“Be wise as a serpent, harmless as a dove.. don’t be found of Him at His coming eating and drinking with the drunken” (and the confused?) “nor beating upon others of the household..” [Mt.10:16 and 24:48,49]
Summary: Where are we in eschatology right now, April 3rd, 2020? We are at Revelation chapter seven, whole chapter. If you want to understand the Book of Revelation, remember about the seals, understand chapter 12 is an insert and a total history. Even if it has an end days fulfillment – also. Verse 13:13 pinpoints an office prominant in last ‘hours’ (before the Lord’s return!)
I have never known who the two witnesses are! They may be the same “two” of Revelation 7.
And, the Revelation vision is told (in Revelation) as four versions:
4. 19:11-22:5. And note, 22:6-21 is narrative outside the vision.