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Footnote #1: If one were to ask me why I believe the "wars and rumors of wars" spoken of in Matthew 24:6 is or was in reality the last prophesied "40-year" time period of tribulation in the sixth millennium that began in 1968, I would have to answer, "Because God has always equated 'forty years' as the time of corporate testing and trials for the people of God and the nations." However, this last full 40-year period of tribulation (which will ultimately prove itself out to be so) came to an end in 2008, but now the LORD is "tarrying" and "delaying" His return as He said He would. Therefore, what mankind had to endure in the last forty years plus of worldwide tribulation, was just a foreshadowing of that which is described further on in Matthew 24:7-28, as the time of "great tribulation." This is the time that must be "cut short," or no flesh will survive it. So we're not looking for another full 40-years of tribulation to manifest; we're looking for something shorter, like the "3.5-years" spoken of in the book of Revelation. This is when the whole-sale slaughter of Christians and Jews alike will begin; once America has "fallen." This period of great tribulation starts from verse 7 of Matthew 24 (p.p. Rev 6:2), and continues until the Witnesses finish their 42-month testimony (Mat 24:28; Rev 11:7a).
So why 1968? "Who came up with that date?" Well to start with, God did not leave us without some natural signs that point to "1968" as the start of the last full forty year period of biblical testing in the Church Age. Keep in mind, tribulation cycles hardly ever run consecutively in the Bible). It's just another space of time that God used often in His Word to show a particular judgment or time of testing, but there are other times spans more or less that were also used. As for those signs, some can be found in the events listed below. However, the Bible describes a gap or "delay" ("...My LORD delayeth His coming") that will occur sometime between the end of the last 40-year tribulation period, and the start of what the Bible calls His sudden/secret return at the marriage. This delay is the last time God will hold back the evil from attacking His corporate Church in the sixth millennium (Isa 55:6), and it will be the last chance for America or any other nation that has turned their backs to GOD, to repent and turn again back onto Him before GOD allows them to be destroyed.
Once when Jesus was ministering He rebuked the Jews for not knowing "the time of their visitation," which tells me that even now we should be able to know what "time period" we are presently in. Many believe the time is at hand for the end-time judgments to begin, but and if the LORD continues to "delay His coming" we must continue to prepare ourselves for His first secret return (Mal 3:1). One of which was the former Iranian president who made a statement back in 2007 at a UN general assembly, in which he stated he felt it was his "divine calling" to usher in world chaos by 2008 and wipe the Jews from the face of the earth. Well, that year has come and gone and so has Ahmadinejad. We now find ourselves some years later with God still staying His and other hands from unleashing their destruction upon the world. He, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also stated he believed the "Twelfth Imam" (the Muslim's version of Messiah) would then come forth on the earth to wipe out Jews and "infidels" alike if he could bring about "WWIII." And now we see countries like North Korea and Iran (with the help of Russia) actively perusing their own nuclear weapons development programs. Howbeit if they can't destroy all their enemies, then at the least they could get a nuclear retaliation stated.
Then we see Russia/Gog (part of the northern army) being awakened from its sleep as its military and naval presence positions itself and or its weapons at strategic points (Nicaragua, Venezuela, Mexico, and Cuba just to name a few) as it strategically surrounds the USA. This sleeping bear once fully awakened, will be allowed to crush and destroy many nations as God Himself uses it and the other Gog confederate armies to punish what has become a modern-day world-wide Babylon (typified by America, i. e., westernism culture; Rev 18:3; Eze 38:16). As this is happening the people of God—all of them—will come under increasing attacks, murdered and martyrdom from not only Gog, but from the people who are sold-out to the liberal, UN-ish worldwide spirit called "political correctness," which Revelation 11:8 calls spiritual Sodom & Egypt.
So for now you will just have to read for yourself the short list compiled below of some of the natural events that took place in 1968, which same events set in motion the start of the latest worldwide upsurge of evil. You will find many of these events have opened the door to the worlds present condition, and we are now on the verge of entering into the next phase of increased great tribulation. Keep in mind, some of the things listed below may not have seemed evil at the time they came forth. Yet some technology, spirit, or condition that would be needed to bring forth for a more sinister use in the end-time was birthed:
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection [homosexuals; serial killers; murderers of children etc.], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent [without self control], fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady [rash], highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God" 2-Timothy 3:1-4
- Since 1968 the United States has led the world as being the country most often attacked by terrorists ("kingdom against kingdom").
- Beginning in 1968 political terrorists in European and some Middle Eastern counties began hijacking commercial passenger jetliners. So began the birth of what is now called "international terrorism" ("unmerciful").
- In August 1968 the Soviet Union and many Warsaw pact nations invaded and took over Czechoslovakia ("covenant breakers"; "fierce").
- In 1968 the nation of Iraq became a dictatorship when Iraq's existing government was overthrown by the Baath Party. Saddam Hussein began to rule the Baath party in 1979 ("kingdom against kingdom").
- In 1968 Iraq declared war against Israel. They also withheld all oil to Western nations because they helped Israel during the six day war in 1967. Then they cut all diplomatic ties with the United States ("wars and rumors of war").
- In 1968 several Red Guard sects began to fight one another, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of people in China. Lawlessness was rampant in the land so the army was called in to put down the violence as a type of martial law took over the land and remains to this day ("lawlessness").
- In 1968 the Beatle’s came out with the song, Revolution which millions of youth listened to over and over again ("disobedient to parents"; "lawlessness").
- In April 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. That same summer race riots erupted in more than 100 cities in the U.S.. The Kerner Commission reported that racism was to blame for the increased violence (murder; "lovers of self").
- Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 ("murder").
- The Black Panthers came into being in 1968 ("implacable"; "lawlessness").
- In 1968 the United States saw many of its anti-war protests become so violent and unruly that the National Guard had to be called in ("lawlessness").
- In 1968 the United States began carpet bombing Vietnam. However they never even declared a state of war against the country of North Vietnam ("nation shall rise against nation"; "trucebreakers").
- In 1968 students in Poland and other European countries began to protest for what they called, "free expression" ("disobedient to parents").
- In 1968 The Planet of the Apes, 2001 Space Odyssey, Rosemary’s Baby, Vixen, and other over the top sexually explicit, satanic, and totally immoral movies were released ("without understanding; inventors of evil; haters of God").
- A nuclear nonproliferation treaty was signed in to effect in 1968. I believe this was a staying action by God to prolong the inevitable ("inventors of evil" things).
- Intel was founded in 1968. This technology made it possible for the first to truly control all of mankind: PC chips, missile guidance systems, etc. ("inventors of evil" things).
- In 1968 President Johnson stated he believed that pornography was not responsible for crime or delinquency among adults or children. However he still backed laws prohibiting children from purchasing pornographic items. Then Johnson turned right around and recommended removing "any and all" legal restrictions for adults who wanted to buy sexually explicit materials. The U.S. has now become the biggest exporter of pornographic materials in the world ("reprobate mind").
Footnote #2: As previously stated, the Bible is very clear when it comes to the number forty being typed-out to represent tribulation or testing. Although for some reason, most preachers seem to believe seven (as in seven years) is equated to biblical tribulation. Howbeit, seven is the number the Bible uses for individual perfection or complete(ness). It also appears that most Christians in this present age can only see one severity or degree of judgment for tribulation being expressed in the Bible. When in fact there are and always have been many degrees of judgment mentioned throughout the Bible. In essence the only tribulation that many modern day Christians have come to identify with, is the tribulation spoken of in Matthew 24:21, which is actually defined as a time of "GREAT" tribulation, because it is the last, worst, and by necessity one of the shortest periods of biblical tribulation there will ever be. Just the same—or I should say according to their traditions—the Church continues to preach this last period of tribulation to be seven years long which remains an error.
Where do they say this seven year biblically based great tribulation period is defined? Well, from what I’ve ascertained I believe many have mistakenly equated the whole of the seventieth week mentioned in Daniel chapter 9 with this supposed seven year long great tribulation period. When in fact, Daniel 9 speaks of the seven years Messiah was granted to preach righteousness to the Jews, half of which Jesus Himself has already fulfilled some two thousand years ago (see link). The last half of that prophetic time period will be given to a group of believers known as the two witnesses or man-child in Revelation 11 & 12. This second half of Daniel's seventh week is properly equated to the 1,260-days (approx. 3.5-yrs) that are mentioned in Revelation 11:3. Remember, sound doctrine tells us that God says 40-years is the time given for testing (40-years in the desert, etc.). However, the time of great tribulation that actually begins in Matthew 24:7 (and must be cut short: Mat 24:22) shortly follows the last full forty year period that I believe actually expired in 2008 (see link):
"For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not show them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey." Joshua 5:6
"But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die." Numbers 14:31-35
"And when forty years [of wars and rumors of wars] were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush [then Mal 3:1]. When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt [the world], and I have heard their groaning, and am come down [at the marriage to begin] to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee [the Two Witness/Manchild Co.] into Egypt [to bring my people out]." Acts 7:30- 34
"And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel [after midnight as the manchild]. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian [the world, with all sorts of plagues]: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand [the Witnesses] would deliver them: but they [the outer-court (out of order) denominational churches] understood not." Acts 7:23-25
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Footnote #3: The Bible tells us through conditional prophesies that we are now in the time known as "the end of the world," or more properly interpreted, "the end of the age" (Mat 13:39). Thus we can expect a time of trouble unlike any the world has ever experienced; a time the Bible describes as great tribulation. This shortened period of tribulation will begin sometime after the event referred to in the Bible as midnight (Isa 60:2; Mat 25:6-9) has come upon the world. One must also keep in mind that only "the cry is made" at midnight; Christ's actual secret coming is at the consummation of the marriage that follows, which could be a month or two, or perhaps a year or two later; whatever it takes for Zion to travail. The great tribulation is the time period the LORD referred to that must be "cut-short or no flesh would be saved, but that for the elect's sake..." (meaning those Christians who were not quite ready to become the man child and then had to "flee into the wilderness") He will cut that time short. I believe part of this cutting short has already taken place, seeing that the Bible tells us Jesus had His time cut short in Daniel 9:26-27. Yet when He is through "tarring," because the Bible says the Groom will delay His first secret end-time coming (Joel 2:12-19; Mat 15:19; 25:5), He, the Son of God, will "suddenly" return to His earthly temple (Mal 3:1) at the marriage (or the consummation thereof) Matthew 25:10.
Therefore, when Christ first returns (in a people), He will begin to fulfill the last three and one half years of the ministry that was also prophesied to come in Daniel 9:26. Thus, there was a cutting short of Jesus' ministry approximately 2000-years ago, so that the remainder of it (42-months: Rev 11, 12) could be brought forth when it would be most needed at the end of the Church Age. That is once "the Beast with Ten Horns" and "the King of Fierce Countenance/the False Prophet" come forth and the world is thrown into gross darkness. Now to "cut short" what the Bible calls tribulation, would be accomplished by reducing any number of years from 40. We know this because a normal period of biblical tribulation is always described to be 40-years long in duration. I believe the last of those full 40-year periods was just completed in 2008, and yet we know another period of tribulation is about to begin which the Bible calls "the great Tribulation." The difference being that this period of great tribulation must be "cut short" or no flesh will be able to survive it. Another thing to keep in mind is that the 40-year periods of tribulation that are described in the Bible did not always manifest consecutively. As a matter of fact, it was usually only after the fact that such periods were recognized as times of testing and trials for Jew and Gentile alike. Yet here at the end of the age, we are told the different periods and intensities of judgment will follow one right after the other like birth pangs.
Note: To fully understand why 2008 is shown as an significant date in time on my time lines, one would have to have or gain an understanding in other areas of biblical prophecy and symbolic knowledge to understand it's place in history. The quick answer as to why it's there, is to show you the reader, what marks the end of the last proven 40-year period of tribulation or time of testing for much of the world. Many prophesies that speak of the LORD'S "delay" or "tarring" need such a date or year (an expected end) to make sense.
As for the cutting short of time that the Bible speaks of in the end-time, the only numbers or time periods that I have seen referred to as being "cut short" in the Bible are Yeshua's ministry 2000-yrs ago, the great tribulation, and Satan's time after he is cast out of the realm of the 2nd heaven, which coincidently are all 3.5 year long periods. Therefore, what is about to happen (even though the LORD told us He must tarry and delay His coming: Jam 5:7; 2-Pet 3:3-4; Eze 12:27-28; Jacob’s trouble link) is that the world will enter into some sort of a third world war, apparently involving nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare (Joel 2:30; Rev 9:1-12). This horrendous—yet limited—initial destruction from man, seems to be the trigger for the midnight travailing period. It then continues for some time until the daughter of Zion (those who will become Zion) turn their whole heart back onto the Father. This worldwide destruction is what the man child brethren will be given power to stop. This is how God will halt and or limit certain aspects of Satan's initial destruction "or no flesh would be saved." In conjunction with, or as a prelude to this, it seems the world must first enter into economic collapse or what the Bible describes as the time when they would be casting there "silver and gold into the streets" (Eze 7:19). Sadly I have heard certain preachers telling the saints to buy gold, natural gold, and that’s a pretty sad commentary on the state of the woman Church. Don’t be deceived by this spirit brethren! The only "gold" that can save you from what is about to break forth on the earth is the "gold that is tried by fire" (Dan 3:17; Rev 3:18).
Because of His never ending mercy God said He would send forth a remnant people during the great tribulation to begin to destroy the works of Satan, and to demonstrate the power of God to save to the utmost. These brethren will be the only Christians prepared (filled with the Spirit without measure) to stop that which would have destroyed the Earth. These saints are nothing more than those who have made themselves ready for the bridegroom's (Christ's) return that takes place after midnight at what Matthew 25:10 calls the marriage. This is Zion after she travails. Yet some of her travail takes place during the "trimming of the lamps" period, which more than likely will involve captivity for most for even these brethren. Again, this all takes place after the midnight announcement has been made, "behold the bridegroom cometh." These are they that will either never have left their first love, or will be able to quickly find their way back into His presences and total obedience through prayer and fasting (Joel 1:8) once the midnight shaking begins to fall upon them. These will eventually be given a double portion of God's Spirit, the likes of which the world has never seen (the former & latter rain ministries combined: the "greater works" ministry)! We see through typology that a similar commission was given to Moses. It says Moses was sent back into the same Egypt he himself came out of, for the purpose of delivering his brethren from not only Pharaoh (a type of the world), but from their own selfish, prideful, grumbling, complaining, backslidden natures.
At the end of the Two Witnesses' ministry these saviors (Oba 1:21) will allow themselves to be overtaken and martyred, which type Moses even fulfilled in as much as he had to die before the people could enter into the promised land (i.e., the seventh millennium), and that is when GOD opens the sixth seal, which coincides with the start of the first six vials of wrath (the Lambs wrath/the indignation): after the Two Witness brethren/son's of God are killed, resurrected, and called-up: Revelation 6:12-17. This is when the world is given one last chance to repent, once they know without a doubt that the people they just killed, these they just saw physically ascend into the heavenlies really were the Son's of God. Those who continue to curse God (Rev 16:9) will be destroyed by either the indignation's vial judgments or that which follows: GOD’S fierce wrath. These last two time periods (see link) are referenced in Daniel 12:11-12:
"And from the time that the daily sacrifice [referring to the place of the outer court] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." Daniel 12:11-12
"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake." Matthew 24:7-9
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened." Matthew 24:21-22
"And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth [the outer-court ministries]: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born [Isa 66:8]. And she brought forth a man child [mature son], who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up [in the Spirit/the secret coming] unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they [the man-child/two witness co.] should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days [1,260-days/42-months]." Revelation 12:4-6
"And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [42-months], clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks lampstands standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not [famine] in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues [these plagues (G4127: wounds) are not yet the vial judgment plagues found in Rev 16; these plagues (Mat 24:7) come forth at the same time that God is opening and releasing the first 5 seals in Rev 6], as often as they will." Revelation 11:3-6
"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast [the great red dragon/Satan] that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city (great worldwide Babylon), which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half [into the Indignation time period] the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven [just like Jesus did: physically] in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake [starting with the 6th seal and continuing with the next six vials], and the tenth part of the city fell [the "tenth" part is God's portion; this is now symbolically showing the death of the man child brethren], and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand [God said He had reserved "seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal"]: and the remnant [those remaining who were told to hide themselves: Isa 26:20] were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven." Revelation 11:7-13
Footnote #4: As previously stated the "great" tribulation period will culminate into what will become two additional distinct time periods of months. These two periods are comprised of what is called "the Indignation" and "the Great Day of the LORD," or "Armageddon" (Dan 12:11-12, Hos 5:7, and Rev 19; see: The Great Tribulation Period page for greater detail). The last of these time periods ("the battle of that great day of God almighty") is shown in great detail in Revelation 19:11-21 (Gog; Babylon link). This will be the culmination of mankind's hatred towards God. I believe it's permissible to say this battle or war will have actually begun some 3 1/2 years prior to this time when a limited nuclear and chemical world war would have begun. Again, I believe verses like 2-Peter 3:9 finally came into play when we past 2008. Either way, once the marriage spoken of in Matthew 25:10 actually takes place God will bring forth His Two Witness Co. which must stop the destruction that would have otherwise annihilated all of mankind.
These brethren are called by many symbolic names throughout the Bible but the simple truth is, these are those who will possess God's power to such an extent that they will be given the greater works that Jesus prophesied would come in John 14:12. These brethren will go forth to a wicked and perverse generation to dispense some limited judgments upon the world as they preach the true Kingdom message. However the anarchical world will rise up against them and eventually be allowed to kill them. Those acts of murder will mark the end of the great tribulation and the beginning of the Indignation. Remember we are told they (the world) will not be able to kill the witnesses until after their 42-month ministry has ended. This places their deaths resurrections three and one half days into the indignation time period. Therefore God will have them lay down their lives just as Jesus did at the end of His ministry. Still this will not be to pay for the sins of the world as our Savior did, but more to prove to those who have been hearing their message and seeing their miracles that they are the ones that have been truly sent from God. This will be proven when they resurrect 3.5-days after their heads are cut off (Rev 20:4). So they will get up, put their heads back on (as one preacher use to tell me), and then be physically taken up into the heavenly realm to join with the great cloud of former witnesses where they shall be made one. Again, this time-line does not show much of the detail concerning the very last months of the sixth millennium, when the indignation and GOD Almighty's fierce wrath comes forth as described in Revelation 16 below:
"And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the [1st six] vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. And the sixth angel poured out his vial [the final vial for this time period] upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up [this is not the same as when the 4-spirits are loosed from the Euphrates in Rev 9:14; see chart], that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the ["1st"Rev 13:1] beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet [which is also the 2nd beast of Rev 13:11]. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Revelation 16:1-14
"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." Revelation 16:15-16
"And at that time [the start of Armageddon] shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book [of life: Rev 20:12]." Daniel 12:1
"And THE SEVENTH ANGEL poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake [this time it includes a natural one], such as was not since men were upon the earth, so MIGHTY AN EARTHQUAKE [this emphasizes the spiritual], and SO GREAT. And the great city was divided into three parts [30, 60, & 100-fold saints], AND the cities of the nations fell: and great [world-wide] Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath [this starts the last 45 days of the sixth millennium]. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail [literal hail] out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." Revelation 16:17-21
Footnote #5: This is the beginning point for a very exclusive group of Christians to begin what is described in the Bible as "ruling and reigning with Christ" (the Son of GOD) for a thousand years. This group of brethren consists of those who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and those which had "not worshipped the Beast, neither his image [nature/personality], neither had received his mark upon their foreheads [their minds], or in their hands [their works]." This group can only be comprised of those who were made complete/perfect IN Christ through the death & resurrection process. These brethren (the first of the first-fruits: Ex 23:19, and the resurrected Woman Church from all ages: Heb 11:35) are the ones that will be given the ten & five cities of rulership Jesus talked about in the parable of the talents. These are those that overcame first, and or those who were able to wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb when the time came to. These are the ones that rule & reign as God's delegated rod & arm ministry (Isa 51:5; Psa 110:1-2) for the full one thousand years out of the spiritual realms/relationships known as MT Zion & New Jerusalem. Other brethren will eventually be changed throughout the millennium, but until that time comes they must operate out of the realm the Bible calls "the camp of the saints about" (Rev 20:9), which is typed as a "my people" church in Isaiah 65:22-23. Again, The Seventh Millennium book contains much more information concerning the types the Bible uses to describe the government of GOD during the thousand year reign.
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads [minds], or in their hands [works]; and they lived and reigned with Christ [notice it is not saying Jesus] a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." Revelation 20:4-6
"They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all [the great cloud of witnesses], having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise [perfection]: God having provided some better thing for us [Christ within the hope of glory], that they without us should not be made perfect." Hebrews 11:37-40
"That IN the dispensation of the fulness of times [the 7th millennium] he might gather together in one all things IN Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth [p.p. Rev 11:12]; even in him:" Ephesians 1:10
"Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten [God's portion] pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities [double portion of cities]. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five [service/ministry] pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities." Luke 19:16-19; p.p. Isaiah 2:3
Footnote #6: The Bible tells us that many wonderful things are to happen at this time. People will raise children, plant gardens, and build their own homes; this much we know. However, there has been some confusion as to the types and natures of the people that will be living at that time. Nevertheless the Bible tells us there will still be mortals, new believers, and immortal people all inhabiting the Earth at the same time. Some will be ruling & reigning, and some will still be learning how to overcome, while others will still need to accept Jesus as Saviour. Yet everyone will "know" of God's salvation: Jesus (the Son of man) will be walking the Earth. This is the time period mentioned where brethren will just be changed instantly from corruptible to incorruptible, from mortal to immortal. Once again this subject is researched more thoroughly in The Seventh Millennium... PDF download:
"And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven [literal] years: So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. And seven [literal] months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD. And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it [so much for "all the elements being burnt up" when Jesus returns]: after the end of seven months shall they search. And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog." Ezekiel 39:9-15
"Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound [for a thousand years], and the dead [In Christ] shall be raised [at the very start of the thousand years] incorruptible, and we [those who will never have to die; the "mystery" brethren] shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality [even throughout the thousand years]." 1-Corinthians 15:51-53
"But the rest of the dead [those who still sleep outside of Christ both saved & sinner] lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection." Revelation 20:5
"But in the last days* it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the HOUSE of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law [of the Spirit] shall go forth of ZION, and the word of the LORD from JERUSALEM. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. In that [1000-year] day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out [the woman in the wilderness brethren], and her that I have afflicted [the natural Jew]; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion [not the New Jerusalem realm] from henceforth, even for ever." Micah 1:1-7
*NOTE: here we see there is a difference made between what we call "the end times" and what the Bible calls "the last days." For we know the very last day spoken of in the Bible would have to be the last day of the seventh millennium.
Footnote #7: Here again the big question should not be "when is Satan going to be loosed," but why? To fully understand the answer one must have a clear understanding as to what purpose the seventh millennium will serve. We are told that once "the thousand years have expired" Satan must be loosed to "go out" into the world (the four corners, i.e., North-South-East-West: the whole of the Earth) to try and to deceive the people living on the Earth that can still be deceived at that time. It then says He gathers his army of deceived and possessed people to try and kill God's people and retake the Earth for himself, but we know what happens next! Keep in mind, I have heard it said that some believe these deceived people represent those who Satan brings up out of Hell to fight God's people, but those people would have already been deceived if they were in any kind of a hellish realm before that time; that is what would have put them there in the first place—being deceived! No, the Bible most definitely says Satan must "go out" of the pit to gather these "sand of the sea sinners" from the four corners of the Earth and then he deceives them to openly rebel against GOD Almighty. This is allowed by God for one reason and one reason only: to bring forth the final separation of the precious from the vile (see: Satan's little season war). These people that Satan deceives at the end of the thousand years are those he could not influence while he was bound and sealed up:
"And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." Revelation 20:3
"THE TIME OF THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT"
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall GO OUT to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth [which is to say throughout the whole of the Earth], Gog and Magog [meaning predominately the people of that linage], to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed  the camp of the saints about [the "my people" church realm, where new converts start out: Isa 65:22-23], and  the beloved city: and fire came down from God OUT of heaven [because this Heaven, including GOD Himself does not appear fully manifested until Rev 21:3], and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And [then] I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the [natural] earth and the [natural] heaven fled away [if ever the Earth & heaven were to be done away with in the natural, or made new, this would be the time. This also speaks of "naked souls" (no spirit or body) standing before God]; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great [Rev 19:5; Lazarus type saints], stand before God; and the books [of faith based works] were opened: and another book [of those who only obtained salvation] was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead [not including the dead in the sea, death, and Hell] were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. AND [then] the sea [the nations/the world] gave up the dead which were in it; AND [the spirit of] death and [the place or realm of] hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and THEY were judged every man according to THEIR works. And death and hell [were not needed anymore and] were cast into the lake of fire [eternal Hell]. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."Revelation 20:7-15
Footnote #8: This would be the point in time (the end of the next thousand years: the end of the seventh day) when a brand new beginning will be able to come forth for all of God's creation. This is when the new heaven (singular) & Earth (in the natural) come forth that have been prophesied of for so long. God tells us in Revelation 20:11 that the [natural] Earth and heaven had to flee away before the judgment of the remaining dead could begin, and that they were found no more! We know this includes a natural change to the cosmos because men are still standing before God after that statement, and whether resurrected bodily or in a spiritual state, their "heavens (souls) and or earths (immortal bodies)" are still present just as they were before the others "passed away." Whereas the natural counter parts of these types (planets & cosmos) has passed away.
Even though the natural Earth is contextually emphasized when it says "the earth abides forever," we are still looking for a change to occur in that realm that would affect the natural Earth, the planets, the Sun, etc. For we know our own science tells us these things are not right. What I mean by that is there are still planets out there that are experiencing very violent cataclysmic changes. Our own Sun continues to throw off gigantic solar flares that cause massive radiation damage to anything in their path including human tissue. We see pieces of broken planets (asteroids) flying all around the universe creating devastation and destruction wherever they hit. The Earth itself has so much natural deterioration and erosion going on that pretty soon everything will be washed into the seas, and on and on it goes. Thus it would seem to me that at some point in time God needs to renew or restore the old and give us something more glorious; something that will last forever as far as even the natural is concerned. Therefore the process of restoring that which once existed (even if the Earth has to be momentarily removed), is still in keeping with "the Earth abiding forever" statement. Furthermore the interpretation of all things being "made new" or coming to fruition at the end of the seventh millennium is in proper keeping with established typologies. That is to say, eight has always been the number for new beginnings—not seven! The eighth millennium—if one can call it that—will be when all sin, all sorrow, all death, and all crying (in other words "the curse") is for lack of necessity done away with for all people and then we are told:
"And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make ALL things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, IT IS DONE. I am Alpha and OMEGA, the beginning and the END. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." Revelation 21:5-6
"Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end Amen." Ephesians 3:21