Escaping the Great Tribulation

The 5th seal of the book of Revelation is the coming Great Tribulation which will last 3-1/2 years.  It’s the exact same period as four other huge events that will last 1,260 days, 42 months or “time, times & half a time”:

♦  The Two Witnesses
♦  The Beast & False Prophet
♦  The Times of the Gentiles
♦  The Place of Safety

4 horsemenIt means the end of the ride for the Four Horsemen [the first four seals], except that the Beast and especially the False Prophet will cause the greatest religious deception [the white horseman] ever foisted on man and the greatest war [red horseman] yet so that mankind will stupidly fight Jesus Christ at His second coming (Rev. 19:17-19).

Write yourself a memo:  Self, whatever comes, do not assemble in Megiddo and do not, under any circumstances, mobilize with an army to the Kidron Valley west of Jerusalem.  The Bible calls it the Valley of Decision (Joel 3:12-14), and if you ever go to fight “an alien invader” there, you’ve made the wrong decision!  It’s also called the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and the place will be jumpin’ alright, with blood flowing up to horses’ bridles! (Rev. 14:20).

Actually, religious deception and war will not end completely until the core cause of both—satan the devil—is put away for good after he is released for a little while in Rev. 20:7-10.  Imagine … no more religious deception or war—thanks to satan and his demons going to their eternal HELL that they deceived humans into believing could be their fate!

You’ll know when the Great Tribulation has started

because satan’s two powerful men—the Beast and the False Prophet [Man of Sin]—will be butting heads with God’s Two Witnesses on the daily news.

The Gentiles will have their “Time” of world domination because the Great Tribulation is the time of “Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7).

The Great Tribulation is the time of satan’s wrath on the spiritual Church of God (Gal. 6:16) and the physical 12 Tribes of Israel.   You won’t want to go through it because in three places (Jer. 30:7, Dan. 12:1, Matt. 24:21) the Bible promises it will be

The worst time ever experienced on earth! 

Time, times & half a time will seem like overtime!  Earth will want time out!

You might be more concerned about that if you knew who the 12 Tribes of Israel are today.  The modern nation called Israel is primarily only the one Tribe of Judah!

US&BCPlease download and read this FREE booklet “The United States & Britain in Bible Prophecy” [https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-united-states-and-britain-in-bible-prophecy].

Key of David eBook adWhen you understand this little-understood Bible key to prophecy—which is a major part of “The Key of David”—you’ll see why satan has launched a new major deception against old white men, patriarchy and history, especially Judeo-Christian history.  God says the reason He blessed the 12 Tribes of Israel so much was because of the obedience of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Deut. 7:6-8, 9:5).  He says the reason Great Britain and the United States became so great was because of His grace upon those three patriarchs.  The way to make them great again would be for their leaders and people to obey God in faith like those three patriarchs did!

Building the Family of God adHere’s the big problem:  By the time you discern that the Great Tribulation is underway, you’ve missed the Place of Safety!

And you wake up to the fact that the idea of being secretly raptured up to heaven to escape the Great Tribulation was just another of the many white horse fantasies! [See “The Rapture of Driverless Cars”].

So what should we do?  Next post …

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Horses & Seals of Revelation

4 horsemenThe Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse saddle up and ride

roughshod over the earth.   These four scarifying horses—white, red, black and pale—are not penned up in a barn somewhere waiting to be unleashed.   They’ve been galloping for 2,000 years!

These four horses are the first four seals of Revelation (Rev. 6:1-8).    When their ride is done, 1/4 of the earth will have been killed!  Earth’s population in March 2016 was 7.4 billion x 1/4 = 1.85 billion!

These seals wreak global havoc! 

A little kid asks:  “how could such cute little furry creatures cause so much trouble!”

scrolls 7Funny, but of course we’re not talking about water animals!  We otter be talking about the Lamb of God—also the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Root of David— being the only one who can open the seven seals of the Revelation scroll (Rev. 5:5-7).

I think it’s pretty easy to discern what the four horsemen represent from the descriptions in Rev. 6.  Except for the white horse.

white horsemanHorseman on white horse not Christ

Many teach that this horseman is the same as the most important horseman, the 5th one!—Jesus Christ on His white horse in Rev. 19:11-16.  The Scofield Study Bible III correctly says “The rider on the white horse is not Christ.  Those who identify this rider with Him consider the passage a prophecy of conquest by the gospel.”

This rider has a bow and a crown.  Jesus Christ in Rev. 19 has “many crowns” on His head and a “sharp sword.”

So the Scofield Bible says the white horse represents “false Christ.”  But we must

Let the Bible interpret its own symbols

In the case of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the one who revealed them to John—Jesus Christ—clearly identified them back when He gave His Olivet Prophecy in Matt. 24:4-8.

As is obvious from Rev. 6, the last three horses represent war, famine and disease.

But notice what Jesus said the white horse represents in Matt. 24:5, “For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”  They sincerely claim to speak for Christ.  They are ministers.  Churches.   They are family and friends desiring to be good Christians and win people for Christ.

Rarely someone comes along claiming he is Christ in the flesh.   You’d think that would be pretty easy to spot as fraud.  The worst case will be the Antichrist—the Man of Sin—“who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thes. 2:4).

Jesus said the first horseman represents religious deception, and it’s going to be so powerful and persuasive in the end time that even the elect are in danger (Matt. 24:24).   Hopefully you are being “ever more diligent to make your call and election sure (2 Pet. 1:10) by knowing your Bible!

The really ingenious way satan deceives the whole world (Rev. 12:9) is through false churches and ministers (2 Cor. 11:15) who sincerely teach that “Jesus is the Christ” but they teach falsely about who He is and what Christianity is.

Jesus bookletFor example, Jesus did not have long hair (1 Cor. 11:14).  He did not do away with the law or 10 Commandments, which He Himself gave to man for our good as a huge part of His grace! (Matt. 5:17-19).

I highly recommend you read or download this FREE booklet available at this link:  https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/jesus-christ-the-real-story

Building the Family of God adIn this blog I share with you from the Bible the truth about Jesus and His Christianity.  And my 179-page eBook, which you can download for FREE by clicking anywhere on the ad to the right, really covers the subject.

Jesus said the four horsemen have been riding since the time He gave His Olivet prophecy.  “All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matt. 24:8).  The New International Version compares it to birth pangs which escalate in frequency and intensity!  So

How will we know when the Four Horsemen have finished their ride?

About 2 billion dead would be hard to miss, but perhaps this horrifying figure includes all who have died since the start of the rides.  Even so, the final carnage will be shockingly bad!

RU bookletProbably we’ll know when we see the Great Tribulation, the 5th seal, begin.  Don’t miss the next post!

I highly recommend you read or download the FREE “The Book of Revelation Unveiled” at this link:  https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/bible-study-aid/the-book-of-revelation-unveiled?

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“Christ May Come Tonight!”

Several times in my youth, I suckered for that phrase from a pleading evangelist at a revival and prostrated myself down front at the altar in case he was right.

He wasn’t then.  Anyone who threatens that is NOT right now.

armies-of-heavenWell, somebody argues:  Since the Bible says

“No man knows the day nor the hour” (Matt. 24:36)

then Christ could come tonight.

Sorry, if you believe the Bible, NO!  As much as we fervently pray “Thy Kingdom come” and yearn for Christ’s return, Christ will not be returning for at least 3-1/2 years.   The book of Revelation lays out the basic chronology of what must take place before the second coming.

Day of the LordIn the 3-1/2 years before Jesus returns, five globe-rocking events will take place:

♦  The Great Tribulation—the time of Jacob’s trouble
♦  The Two Witnesses
♦  The Times of the Gentiles
♦  The Beast and False Prophet
♦  The Place of Safety

None of those five events has started yet.  Whew, you haven’t missed the Place of Safety!

So Christ will not be coming until at least February 2023.  Ack!  How will this world hold together until then!

Actually, the first specific event to watch for (Luke 21:36) is the start of daily sacrifices in Jerusalem.  Then when the sacrifices are stopped, probably a short time later if the Gentiles have any say in the matter, when the Abomination of Desolation is set up, it will be 1,290 days until Christ’s return (Dan. 12:11).  This is 30 days before the five events mentioned above begin [3-1/2 years = 1,260 days].  So Christ will not be coming until at least March 2023!

But there is a way we should heed the warning that Christ may come tonight

Building the Family of God adIf you die tonight, you will go to your grave where you will be “sleeping” with no thoughts until you are resurrected.  The dead know nothing (Eccl. 9:5, Psa. 146:4).  Hopefully, you are righteous and would be in the first resurrection at Christ’s return (1 Cor. 15, 1 Thess. 4).

You would be totally oblivious to the passage of time.  It would seem to you like one moment you died and the next, you are resurrected.  For you, it would seem like Christ came tonight!

And that’s why the primary purpose of prophecy is to make us consider “what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (2 Pet. 3:12) so we’re spiritually ready for whenever Christ comes!

So, Christ won’t come tonight, but not being ready for Him to come tonight could be a grave mistake.

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Solve a Celebrity Cipher or Decipher the Bible?

For 4-2/3 years I’ve been writing this blog about how God is “Building the Family of God” and I always give you the scriptures so you can see what God says right in your own Bible.   I show you how to decipher your Bible!

Each morning I read the Pueblo Chieftain and look forward to solving the Celebrity Cipher in it except for the Sunday edition when I definitely suffer withdrawal symptoms because there isn’t one!  Years ago every time I would look at a Celebrity Cipher, I couldn’t figure out even a single word and I would just give up!  Now I solve them every time.

Not seeing any good instructions on the Internet about how to do that, I have written two posts on “How to Solve a Celebrity Cipher” and “How to Solve a Difficult Celebrity Cipher.”  These two posts are probably the only ones I’ve made that don’t involve Bible subjects except for an early one on flossing.

So here’s God’s humor!

Google those two title phrases and this Bible-deciphering blog is the top-ranked!  Each day there are almost as many views for those two Celebrity Cipher posts as for my biblical ones.  No doubt the Google rankings are driving that result.  A few of my biblical ones are top-ranked and that makes a world of difference in what people respond to read!

So I pray that God will cause those who come for the Celebrity Cipher instruction to stay for the Bible-decifering instruction.  It’s probably quite a shock for them!

Because here’s the thing:  After all the Celebrity Ciphers I’ve solved,

I don’t remember a single thing any celebrity said!

But what God says in the Bible is truth (John 17:17) and “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

So like where I’ve shared the rules and strategy for how to solve a celebrity cipher, let me now share that for how to decipher the Bible.

Hey, what set my instructions apart from others on Celebrity Ciphers was that we solved one together right on the spot to see it work in action.

Let’s decipher the Bible together right now!

♦   Ask God for a love of His Bible.  Take “heed according to Your word.  With my whole heart I have sought you” (Psa. 119:9-10).  Like I can’t wait to do my morning puzzle!

♦   Yes, we must be ready to take heed to it!  Until you do what the Bible says, you won’t really understand it (Psa. 110:10).  Celebrity Ciphers are called substitution ciphers because you substitute a different letter for the one given.   With the Bible, you will find as I have after 49 years that whatever the subject is, we must substitute what the Bible really says, which will be different!

♦   Just as I do Celebrity Ciphers daily except Sunday, we must diligently decipher the Bible daily (2 Tim. 2:15).  Like the Bereans who “received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).  They were eagerly studying daily with an open mind—not trying to prove things were not so!

♦   Those of you reading this blog are being called (John 6:44) and the question is how will God’s “seed” grow in us?  (Matt. 13).  Solving a Celebrity Cipher is a physical matter, but deciphering the Bible is a spiritual one.  Ask Jesus Christ to open your eyes like He did to His disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:31).  Ask God for His Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).  If you haven’t already repented, believed, been baptized, and had a minister of God lay hands on you and ask for you to receive the Holy Spirit, you should make that your immediate priority because nothing else is more important (Acts 2:38, 8:16-17).

♦   Where others tell you you’ll need to do a Celebrity Cipher in pencil because you’ll need to count letters and guess a lot, I do them in ink and wait patiently for the puzzle to come to me.  People think they already know what the Bible says.  They do exactly what God said in Isa. 28:13.  He said He deliberately caused the Bible to be written as a puzzle “that they might go and fall backward [what humans do under satanic influence], and be broken and snared and caught.”  To decipher the Bible, we must put all the scriptures on a subject together and, since all Scripture is inspired (2 Tim. 3:16) and the Bible does not ever contradict itself, we must let the plain scriptures guide us through the ones that others twist (2 Pet. 3:16).

♦   Just as the more you work Celebrity Ciphers, the more you instinctively see grammar, letter patterns and context developing—so that now I often solve the puzzle faster than I can catch up transferring all the letters, so the more you study under God’s inspiration and guidance, the faster you’ll see the Bible coming alive for you.

♦   When you solve a Celebrity Cipher, you constantly verify that what you think a letter represents, actually works throughout the cipher.  With the Bible, you will see that God’s way works in your life!

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Celebrity Ciphers are FUN to solve.  Deciphering the Bible is JOY leading to eternal life!

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Where Is the Church of God?

We need to know because

♦   We are commanded to not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together … so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).  We need to know where to assemble each week!  ‘Cause the Day is fast approaching!

♦  T&O eBook AdWe are commanded to “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house” (Mal. 3:10).  We need to know where to send God’s tithes!

♦   If we want to be healed, God says through James that we must “call for the elders of the church” (James 5:14).  We need to know whom to call!

♦   The Bible gives the Church’s great commission in Matt. 24:14 and 28:19-20 and says true Christians when Christ returns must be found “so doing” (24:46).  Where is the Church of God for you to “do” with?

♦   The Bible says we must have the Holy Spirit and be led by it to actually be a Christian (Rom. 8:9, 14).  To even receive the Holy Spirit, the Bible says we must repent, believe, be baptized and have a true minister of God lay hands on us and ask God to give us the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, 8:16).  Repent of what?  Believe what?  How baptized?  Who is a true minister whom God will support and grant the person His Holy Spirit?

Wow, that made me want to know where the Church of God is!

Jesus is building one church (Matt. 16:18).  The Church is His “one body” with “one Spirit … one hope of your calling … one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all” (Eph. 4:4-6).  

For 4-1/2 years now, I’ve been sharing with you the beliefs of that one Church which the discerning reader could then use to figure out which is the one.   The Church of God is the spiritual body of Jesus Christ, but the challenge is to identify the physical, corporate body you will worship with.  Especially when there’s not one nearby on every corner since God’s Church is a “little flock” on the narrow, difficult path that few find (Matt. 7:14).

♦   The Church of God is—talk about the simplicity of Christ—the name of the Church of God!  [see “What Is the Name of the Church of God?”].

♦   The Church of God keeps the seventh-day Sabbath

It’s the “test” commandment (Exo. 16:4).  It’s a “perpetual covenant” that is “a sign” showing who is God’s people and identifying Him as Creator (Exo. 31:13-17).

Yes, John 13:35 says “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  But John also gives the Bible definition for love:  “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3).   We must keep the Sabbath and live a life of agape love!

♦   The Church of God keeps God’s Holy Days

The Bible commands “sabbaths” plural! (Exo. 31:13).   The true Church of God keeps the Holy Days taught by the Bible because they reveal God’s plan of salvation.

A few years back I heard of a Church of God keeping God’s days, but was shocked to hear that their leader headquartered in South Korea claimed to be the returned Jesus Christ! (Matt. 24:23).

Key of David eBook adToo many Churches of God who keep all three criteria mistakenly believe that the preaching of the gospel portion of the Great Commission has been done and all there is left is to get the Church ready to be the Bride of Christ.  Funny that the Bible says it must be preached right up until the end comes! (Matt. 24:14).   Christ’s teaching to the Seven Churches of Revelation shows that a huge factor between whether one is the desired Philadelphian and not the dead Sardis or lukewarm Laodicean is who is using the Key of David, going powerfully through doors Jesus Christ opens as head of His Church.

Each of us must not judge others.  But we each must judge where the Church of God is and be a zealous participant in the body of Christ.

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Feast Fever Is Raging!

This is the 49th year where this time of year, I start catching a raging case of Feast fever!   Excitement bubbling up and boiling over!

thermometerThe world’s largest themometer in Baker, California couldn’t measure it.

All of God’s seven Holy Days during the three festival seasons throughout the year (Lev. 23) mutually excel each other.  But

The Feast of Tabernacles

taking place this year Oct. 14-21, surely captures our attention, planning and anticipation for all the physical and spiritual rejoicing and meaning wrapped up in the jam-packed celebration.

“Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses, because the Lord your God will bless you in all  your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you shall surely rejoice” (Deut. 16:15).  Yes, God has chosen His Churches of God to choose awesome Feast sites all around the world that us individual members then get to choose from.  For me and my family, it was between Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with our “local” Steamboat winning out.  What Colorado native can ever get tired of living it up for a week in a resort condo in the Colorado Rockies!

T&O eBook AdAs God said there in Deuteronomy, He has blessed our work and we have faithfully saved a

“Festival Tithe”

throughout the year [explained in the free eBook to the right which you can click on and download] so we can go “spend that money for whatever your heart desires … you shall eat there before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household” (see Deut. 14:26).   In a way it’s like a paid vacation from God!  The money’s in the bank!  It’s how I’ve traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Jordan, Australia and New Zealand.

What a great God to give us such awesome Feast days to teach His plan of salvation and then give us a simple financial plan so we can truly rejoice in keeping His days!

Haagen-DazsA New York strip and a pint of Haagen-Dazs chocolate-chocolate chip, here I come!  And we share the bounty God gives us with our brothers and sisters there to picture the 1,000-year Millennial reign of Jesus Christ that is going to prosper, bless and restore the whole earth! (Acts 3:21).

Fifteen days earlier on Sept. 30, we will keep the Feast of Trumpets picturing the second coming of Jesus Christ along with the angels and us resurrected saints glorified as His Bride.  Ten days after that on Oct. 9 we will observe the Day of Atonement, picturing the removal of satan as god of this world for its 6,000 years of deceived misrule.

Building the Family of God adWe will be rewarded by the returning King of Kings and Lord of Lords to serve as kings, priests, judges or teachers for the 1,000 years and then during the following Great White Throne Judgment.  What we’ve been seeking first (Matt. 6:33) for all these years—the Kingdom of God and His righteousness—will be here at last and we’ll be serving in it!

I can only say pouring a bottle of Hunt’s can’t begin to match

The anticipation

for the Kingdom but also for the Feast.

Fish FallsIt’s going to be great to hike to Fish Falls.  The family dance.  Special Bible studies about the Millennium.  Youth activities.  Young adult greets.  Senior Banquet.  Worship service every day with special messages.  Singing as a tenor in the Feast choir!  Building the Family of God!

Feast fever is good … stoke it!

If you are just now finding out about the Feast, and the Holy Spirit is inspiring you to want to do something about it, email me at robertcurry6@hotmail.com.  You still have time to take action!

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