The Dead Rise First: Death Must be Destroyed Prior to the Rapture Occurring

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so, shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18)

It ceases to amaze on the extent of anger that is triggered when talking to many Christians about the fact that there is a debate about the timing of the Rapture. That anger is present amongst the population that believes in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory as they want so badly for this doctrine to be true. This stance is so engrained in their theology that many are proclaiming that if you do not believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, that you will be left behind on your non-belief alone.

This hardnosed stance makes the debate about the Rapture timing even more difficult as many would rather fight about their theology being correct vs trying to understand what the Scriptures actually states. Many a heated debate has ensued trying to explain that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is only a theory and just like all theories, it may be incorrect.

The current stance of the Pre-Tribulation community is that there are two events that occur at the end of the age. The first is the coming of Jesus in the clouds to gather his Church and the second is when Jesus comes to Earth, after the wedding feast, and reigns on Earth for 1000 years.

The entire belief of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is based on the assumption there are two events and not just one. That Jesus comes secretly for his believers and then comes publicly for the rest of mankind. The backers of this belief are left to proclaiming that the Church is not present within the Book of Revelation and that Jesus would not beat up his Bride prior to the wedding. Both of these are denying the fact that the Book of Revelation talks about the multitude killed for their testimony to Christ and that all mankind is guilty of sin, the punishment for sin is death and Christ can only marry a non-blemished bride. The corruptible must put on incorruption to gain entrance into Heaven and death is the pathway for man to do so.

Still the Pre-Tribulation community proclaims that the Rapture is what allows mankind to put on incorruption and make us ready for the wedding with our savior. This sounds wonderful but the one fact that they refuse to acknowledge is that the dead in Christ rise first, before the living are brought to the clouds.

The assumption is that these events happen at the same time and that is why the dead and living are together in heaven. This is not based in fact as the Scripture does not indicate that these events happen at the same time and instead leads us to assume they occur at different times. We can debate this point and get sidetracked but for all intensive purposes, lets assume that these events happen at the same time. Let us assume the dead and living rise at the exact same time, as their theory states.

With this assumption in place, we must investigate when the dead rise first. Many proclaim that this occurs at the last trump, but this would not allow for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory to be correct, so it causes complications:

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Behold, I shew 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, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptions, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting” O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15: 50-57)

 

Most Pre-Tribulation Rapture believers use the passage in 1 Corinthians to show that the Rapture will occur and that it will happen in the twinkling of the eye, but they refuse to look at the rest of the passage or acknowledge that the verses state the change occurs at the last trump. Also, another interesting association is given to the destruction of Death and how it is swallowed up in victory at the same time. Many assume that this is just illustrating that once the Rapture occurs, that death no longer has power over mankind and that Jesus has won the war over him. This is correct, but the missing component is when does this occur? When does Death make an appearance during the End times and when is he conquered by Jesus? For the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory to hold true, Death must appear prior to the Great Tribulation:

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” (Revelation 6: 7-8)

This does not fit in line with the belief that the dead and living Christ believers will be risen prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Many are proclaiming that Death has already been conquered and that we have redemption through Jesus Christ. We are taught that when Jesus died on the cross that he defeated Death at that time. If he defeated Death upon his resurrection, then how can Death ride as the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse? We can see that this teaching is false, and Death has a major role to play in the End Times.

The fact is that Death has not yet been defeated. This would mean that for the dead to rise, Death must be defeated first. Scripture must tell us as to when this would occur:

“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the Firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the Firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom of God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him.

And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15: 12-28)

We are told in great detail how the second coming of Christ will be in association to the resurrection. Scripture states that every man would rise according to his own order, first with Jesus himself as the first fruits, then those that are Christ’s at his coming and then God’s rule will be put down onto the Earth. After this all Christ’s enemies will be put under his feet with Death being the last enemy being defeated. This is confusing as we are not taught this at all. This teaching does not fit within the teaching that all the righteous of mankind will be gathered prior to his coming, unless they are those that are considered Christ’s at his coming. Again, we must look to Scriptures as to an explanation of who is this group:

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 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.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement 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, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ 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.

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, Gog and Magog, 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, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven 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 I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. 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: 1-15)

Those that are considered Christ’s upon his return are those that had the testimony of Christ and who died during the Great Tribulation. This contradicts the Pre-Tribulation Rapture teaching as what Scripture actually states are completely different then what we are being told by the Pre-Tribulation community. Still many will proclaim that believers will be Raptured prior to the Second Coming and those believers will return with Christ when he comes. But when we look at Scripture, there is no indication that believers return with Christ, only the armies of heaven:

“And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dripped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.” (Revelation 19: 11-16)

Scripture is very clear that Jesus returns with the armies of heaven to wage war upon the earth. There is no indication that the saints will be within this multitude. But the stance that the saints will be gathered in heaven prior to the Great Tribulation is the most important fact within the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Doctrine. Without this there is no proof that there is a Rapture prior to the Tribulation. Many will still claim that the book of Jude shows that the saints will be returning in the clouds with Christ during this earthly raid:

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied from these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints,

To execute judgement upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaking great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” (Jude 1: 14-16)

It easy to use the first portion of this reference out of context and stop at the fact that the Lord will return with ten thousand of his saints, but when we continue reading, we find that this population is the same population spoken about during the first resurrection. These are those that will reign with Christ during the millennial reign.

There is no inclusion within Scripture about the secret Pre-Tribulation Rapture as most Church leaders are teaching. So many want to hear this good message and proclaim that this must be true as we are told to comfort each other with this message. When has the message of eternal salvation become overshadowed by the teaching of worldly tribulation escape? Wouldn’t the teaching of eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ be the message that should comfort us instead of a mysterious teaching of the secret rapture?

Too many want to hear a message that illustrates their ability to escape the judgement that will come upon the earth instead of understanding that we are to be a beacon of hope during this trial. We are to show the world why our Lord must judge this wicked world and why he must put an end to sin forever. We must remember that this is not about our will or want. This is only about the will of our God and we must accept what he has told us he will do!

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6: 9-13)

 

Clinton Kowach

11/18/2019

 

Our Corporate and Political Leaders have Become Disconnected from What is Really Happening in the True Economy

“All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.

These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interested in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time – God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

Command those who are rich in his present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Timothy, guard what has been entrusted in your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith. Grace be with you all.” (1 Timothy 6: 1-21)

Its easy to understand that money is the root of all evil, but it is very difficult within modern society to remove the desire for wealth from the moral fabric of our being. Our capitalistic society has groomed the masses to desire wealth and prosperity and to pursue this desire with every ounce of their being. We are instructed to justify our immoral actions on behalf of business and that there is a moral separation from one’s actions at work vs their personal life. Its easy to understand why this aspect of society has grown and developed into the monstrosity that we have today and how we are so inundated with its message. This is what we have been taught since birth and has become the driving force in our lives, until death do us part.

This ultimate conquest of the financial pyramid has led our successful to become disconnected from the world of the unsuccessful. The modern teaching is that the best and the brightest among society rise to the top of the economic ladder while the lazy and uneducated progress toward the bottom of the spectrum. Continuing with this belief over generations has led to a population so disconnected from reality that they have lost all ability to understand the trials of the average man. These individuals have never had to long for anything except their next financial conquest or vacation destination.

The grand belief is that once a certain portion of population reaches this status, they would have the moral fortitude to use the Biblical principals and share the wealth they have accumulated. This was the ultimate belief behind the Trickle-Down Economic Theory presented and placing into practice by President Ronald Reagan. The belief was that the money should be given to the best and brightest of us so that they could produce businesses, creating jobs, ultimately sharing the wealth they have been given. Fast forward 30 years and we find that this trickle down never happened. The money stayed at the top and very little was given to the populous.

Many will debate this fact to only justify their economic and political prosperity but when looking at the fruits, we know that this economic theory only enriched a small population. Just understanding this one moral fact, that there should be nothing such as a billionaire when there is an increasing homeless population, is enough to demonstrate that the trickling down of the money never happened. There is enough to go around, if only the ruling parties would allow it to happen.

What made America so great was the creation of the Middle Class and its ability to increase the velocity of money. The concept of having a Middle Class was something new to the world stage as all throughout history there were only the rich and the poor. The Middle Class allowed more individuals to be allowed access to money and to the ability to purchase goods and services. This would cause the circulation of the currency to move fast between sharing partners, thus increasing the velocity of money. As the velocity increased, more people were allowed the ability to increase their quality of life, bringing the United States into the First World and allowing our economy to be a beacon of hope to the world.

Then why have recent studies demonstrated that the Millennial Generation is the first generation in the history of this great country to have a decrease in their quality of living? We are told that this is due to this generation being lazy and unwilling to work for their prosperity. We are told that every economic opportunity is still present, but this generation refuses to take advantage. We are told that receiving a degree is still the path to financial success, despite the overwhelming cost to achieve this goal. We are told……

When will we wake up and see that the system has become broken and the velocity of money has decreased substantially? It would make logical sense to know that something has drastically changed but instead we are being told that we live in the greatest economy the world has ever seen, with the lowest unemployment rate ever, combined with record setting stock markets. How can this be true when so many are suffering, and the income inequality of this nation is at an all-time high?

This is where we can no longer just listen to what we are being told. We can see that the information being given does not match the world around us. We must then understand that the information being provided is false and what we are seeing, and witnessing is the truth.

When looking into the record setting low unemployment, we must also investigate the way this under is calculated. The basic understanding is that those that receive unemployment benefits are calculated into this number and those that do not receive benefits are not calculated. The grey area comes when one understands that the benefit does not last as long as someone is unemployed. The benefit lasts for only a specific amount of time and once that benefit has been exhausted, then that individual is no longer calculated within that number. There is also this minor technicality that business can dispute unemployment claims against fired workers, causing the worker to not receive any benefits, thus not showing us as a statistic. This trend is on the rise.

Another factor is that if someone is underemployed, they no longer show up on this statistic. For example, is someone was making $50,000 per year, lost their job and took a job making less, they are considering underemployed. This tread has increased as corporations do not want to hire employees at a higher rate when they can hire them at a lower rate. Plus, many of these individuals have taken on a second or third job to make up the missing revenue. This then causes that same individual to be counted two or three times toward the job creation rate, thus increasing the amount of jobs created. This manipulation of the numbers helps the reporting agencies and the government while hurting the quality of life for so many,  creating a hypocrisy within the numbers our leaders govern us by. We also know the number of workers left out of the job market is increasing due to the substantial rise of the homeless population. These numbers have an inverse relationship with each other.

Taking this number manipulation into consideration, it would be intuitive to look at the amount of jobs available within the economy. If there were jobs available, then there should be massive hiring. The problem is with understanding that corporations are paid by the government for the amount of job openings they have listed. This payment system has created a corporate society to list jobs as available, understanding that no or little hiring will be taking place, so that they receive this payment from the government. This logic makes the use of the jobs available number obsolete as the data is skewed.

Many within the privileged class will then look at the increasing stock market and the increase in corporate revenue to illustrate their belief that the economy is the best ever. Its easy for a financial analyst to show that corporate profits are increasing but they refuse to show the geopolitical reasons as to why this increase occurred. They only want you to give them money to invest in the market, so that they can increase their bonus and pay structure. Why would telling the truth even cross their mind, when they know that everything is an illusion?

The resent increase in corporate revenue has come from two different places. First the recent Trump Tax Plan has allowed trillions of dollars “trapped” overseas to come into the American market and second is extensive cost saving measures have taken place. We understand the extensive cost saving measure as the number of stores being closed and the lack of increasing wages to the workers.

The corporate tax plan passed by President Trump was sold to the American public as a way to increase corporate investment into the American economy, thus increasing job growth and salaries. Instead, the trillions of dollars that corporations have overseas allowed these same corporations to purchase their own stock from the open market. This increased purchasing power allowed corporation to manipulate their individual stock price by increasing demand and limiting the amount of supply. We can see the amount of corporate stock buybacks have hit record levels, thus increasing the stock markets to the levels they have become today. These increasing prices enticed the common investor to feel like they are being left out and to leverage their investment further into the market, increasing the price further. This is called Euphoria and is the last phase of the death cycle of a currency. We can see this “pass the buck” gamble is being completed by the record level of executive stock sales that has happened in 2019. Those that created the bubble are selling high, while their fellow investors will be left holding the losses when everything comes down.

Many will still dispute this as not the only reason corporate profits have increased. Many corporations are reporting that their revenues are hitting record levels and that is proof the economy is the best ever. Then under the same breath, the analysis will claim that they don’t understand the weird anomaly of the decreasing unit sales associated to this increase in profits. The only possible way that this correlation can be correct is if the unit price is increasing. Then the profit would continue to be increasing when unit sales are decreasing. This is the definition of inflation, when the cost of goods increases. This means the Fed reported inflation numbers are incorrect as you cannot have an increase in price of goods, on this scale, without inflation increasing.

For our corporate overlords, they only manage based off numbers and the majority will not look deep into the numbers as all they care about is if their bonus and commissions are increasing. This funneling of money to the top echelon of society is causing the decrease in the velocity of money. It’s no secret that the poor and Middle Class spend their money faster than the rich. The rich tend to sit on their nest egg and make money with their money, not purchasing goods that drive our economy. This is causing a massive disconnect between the engine or our economy and those who hold all the assets. This disconnect is becoming more laughable considering the recent departure of the CEO of McDonalds. Only is a world of make belief can any corporation justify the firing of an employee, for unethical practices and abuses of power, and still pay him 6 months salary. The average worker would get nothing, and the corporation would also fight to deny payment of their unemployment benefits!

This hypocrisy is also present within our political system. We all know that those with money make the rules and then benefit from the rules they have put in place. This is no different then those who are allowed to partake in our political system. The reason its stated as “allowed” is through economic control, many are unable to influence government due to the rules set in place.

To best illustrate this understanding, we will take the state of Colorado as an example. A State Senator in Colorado is paid a salary of $30,000 per year. Take in consideration the recent study published stating that for an individual to purchase an average house in Colorado, one must make $100,000. These numbers don’t match. This means that for someone to run for State Senate in Colorado, one must either be independently wealthy, retired with a nest egg, or be homeless. The obligation of the job would make it very difficult for anyone to keep a full-time job, making $70,000 a year, plus fulfill their duties as a State Senator. Even if one was able to fulfill these financial obligations, one would then be subject to the rulers at their corporation or small business, and their boss’s personal beliefs toward having a political candidate on the payroll. A corporation or small business would only allow this gamble if they were guaranteed to have a winning candidate and considering the enormous financial obligations needed for political office and its association to fundraising, guaranteeing a win is not possible.

Also understanding that no one is going to back or fund a homeless candidate, we are left between the choice of a wealthy individual or a retired wealthy individual. Either way the power stays with those who are already prospering from the system that they have created.

This is the system they have created for us. Both sides are guilty of this and they have used their power and influence to retain control over this system and will do anything to make sure they never lose this power.

There is no deep state that is working behind the scenes trying to influence the world. Those doing the manipulation are in plain sight and have no reason to hide what they have been doing. This has worked for them and their families for generations and they believe they are smarter then all of us. They hold all the power and influence and anyone who tries to challenge this system will be destroyed economically or politically.

We know Biblically this would be the system put in place to control the masses and to bring us to the New World Order. We are in the final stages and can see what the endgame will be. They will continue bleeding the middle class by increasing costs of goods and limiting its political influence, while decreasing its revenue stream. This will make the masses easier to control and manipulate as when people are in survival mode, they will be unable to think of ways to change the system.

As more people get pushed down into lower economic status and require government assistance, this aid will then be cut. We already see this within the debate behind removing food stamps, social security, welfare, etc. Once the cord is cut, those stuck within this portion of society will have no choice but to go along with whatever work for food program the government dishes out (also being debated). When this happens, we will have the fulfillment of the Third Seal of Revelation!

The only thing that the ruling class can be worried about is the loss of peace from the earth and the uprising of the masses. When this accelerates, they know their time is short and the program must be complete for them to retain power. If they don’t succeed in retaining their power, they will be no better then the rest of us when destruction comes!

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

Then the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, ‘Come!’ Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.

When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come!’ I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounds like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, ‘Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wage, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wage, and do not damage the oil and the wine!

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, ‘Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6: 1-17)

 

Clinton Kowach

11/8/2019

 

 

 

 

 

Is the Rise of China and Its Conflict with America Predicted in the Bible?

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

And the beast which I saw as like upon a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And that no man might buy or sell, same he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom, let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six. “(Revelation 13: 1-18)

World powers are fighting all over the earth in a struggle to show dominance on the global scene. Americans are told every day by the rise and fall of the stock market and the tweets we proclaim as truth that the economic war against China is going well and we are winning. For those who refuse to study events and true actions of the countries involved it is easy to understand that the United States of America is going to win any war that we face and that the economic war against China is just like all the others. America is used to being the bully on the block and having great economic wealth and prosperity based on its foreign conquests of countries, using their resources free of charge. The use of our economic power to cripple and control nations is something that future generations will look back upon in awe and wonder. How did so many give up their land, resources, and lives for nothing in return? What kind of system exploits labor of its own workers and the workers of other countries to enrich itself while enslaving all those around it?

All Americans are guilty of this sin as our materialistic society has caused the pain, anguish and suffering of so many across the globe. The creation of the products, we all purchase, in our thousands of stores, were created through the enslavement of individuals around the world. Our culture of corporatism and use of our banking system to control the world is something to be marveled for and will be written about in the history books.

The reason that I write of it in the tense that I do is to illustrate the severity of the situation the United States is in and what the world is about to experience. There is no other way to put it…. Our world is about to change in a very drastic way!

(For those that may not be used to Bible Prophecy symbolism I recommend you read these articles before continuing as the symbolism is very important to understand when knowing who is going to be revealed in very short order. Biblically Prophetic Beasts Are Rising! & America in Bible Prophecy: Wealth and Prosperity vs Heavenly Abundance)

Continuing with the understanding of the evolution of the Beast’s within the Book of Daniel and the depictions given we know that this beast culminates with the office of the Papacy. This is also the same beast depicted in Revelation, as the beast that rises from the sea. The curious thing about the depictions of the beasts in Revelation are the use of the dragon within the symbolism.

We know that each animal depicts a nation and as explained prior the animals are as follows: Lion is Great Britain, Eagle is United States, Bear is Russia, Leopard is Germany, and beast that is like no other is the Papacy. It is also hinted, by using this analogy, who the dragon is to depict. There is only one country that uses the dragon as their symbolism and that is China. This is very important as to see what is going to happen, we must understand who the players are prior to the battle ensuing.

We must also understand the powers that are at play considering our battles are not against flesh but against powers and principalities.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6: 10-20)

Our instruction is to prepare for war in a way that would never make any logical sense. This depiction of warfare and the tools used are only possible if the powers we encounter are spiritual powers. This would mean that the leaders of the events that will unfold will be spiritual leaders and not political leaders. If the final battles and beasts that are to rise are going to be fallen angels or powers of the like, then their only objective would be to gain followers to worship them and deny the salvation of the Creator. These powers have already lost and know their destiny and as an attempt to destroy God’s creation, these beings will create a society that destroys any possibility to worship Jesus Christ as the son of God who died and rose again. This is exactly what is depicted within Scripture and we understand the countries that these leaders will rise from and who they will be. All is being revealed prior to the events happening, just as promised within the book of Amos: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3: 7)

To illustrate what this means is to look behind the political and economic theater that is happening around the globe and inspect the underlining religions at play and where these religions are located. For example, Christians proclaim that the United States is a Christian nation and that our works demonstrate this belief. Continuing along with this believe we can state that the United States would be the world power associated to Christianity. The same can be shown when depicting the dominant religion within the Middle East. Regardless of their infightings between their different factions, the Middle East represents Islam. Israel as the Jewish faith, Europe as Catholic but the rest get a little more difficult. The symbolism of Russia shows a slight split personality as it is shown as part of the first beast but also Russia is illustrated within the Gog Magog alliance with Iran and Turkey (see The Coming Gog and Magog War). The only way this would be possible is if Russia is illustrated as the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church. This would allow it to act independently in Gog and Magog while still being a part of the Roman Catholic Church that depicts Europe.

But what religion depicts the dragon if China is to be the dragon. Plus, we are also told that this beast would have two horns, meaning two powers at its head. If we follow that powers are religious beings, this leader would need to encompass the same religion but share its authority between two different beings. How in the world would this be possible?

Let’s start with the dominant religion in the area and we can start to see what this great mystery will be, as we know the false prophet comes from this beast. The most dominant religion in the area are Buddhism and its head is the Dalai Lama. This would mean that we must understand the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama in association to what their reincarnation belief is and who these individuals are. Understanding the Dalai Lama is the head and the Panchen Lama is the horn on the head, helps give us understanding into what is going to happen within the religion of Buddhism and how these leaders will transform once the Dalai Lama is no longer reincarnated.

Currently, there is turmoil within the Buddhist community in respect to the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. For the first time in history, the Buddhist community has two Panchen Lamas and the Dalai Lama is threatening to not be reincarnated. This would split the Buddhist religion in two and may bring about the end of the belief pattern in general. Let me explain.

The current belief is that the Dalai Lama will die and then be reincarnated as a new being. This being would hold certain characteristics that would demonstrate that it is the true Dalai Lama. To help with this search, the Dalai Lama finds a Panchen Lama, who’s main responsibility is to find the new reincarnated Dalai Lama once the existing one dies. So, both the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama have a special relationship as the Dalai Lama finds the new Panchen Lama and the new Panchen Lama finds the new Dalai Lama. This the cycle that has been in existence since the first Dalai Lama in the 14th Century.

The reason that the current environment is unique is that there are currently two Panchen Lamas, and this is the first time this has occurred in the history of this cycle. This started with the Free Tibet movement when the current Dalai Lama was exiled from China and fled into India. This division between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government only accelerated when the most recently Panchen Lama was chosen in 1995. On May 14th, 1995, the Dalai Lama chose the new Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, to be the predecessor to the title but the search committee refused to acknowledge this. Instead they conducted a lottery and chose Gyancain Norbu to be the new Panchen Lama. Immediately after the appointment of Norbu, the first chosen Panchen Lama, Nyima, was taken into custody by the Chinese government and has never been heard from since. Reports indicate that he is alive and being trained to be presented as the true Panchen Lama and backed by the Chinese government. This would mean that there may be a soon split between the Buddhist community about the validity of the Panchen Lama. This split has led the current Dalai Lama to state that he is considering not allowing himself to be reincarnated, leaving the Buddhist faith without a new Dalai Lama.

With the understanding of the workings within the Buddhist faith and the currently strife found within its leadership, we can see the head with two horns. This is very interesting as this is the first time in the Buddhist faith that there would be two horns, or two Panchen Lamas, but also that according to Biblical prophecy, the dragon gives his power to the Antichrist. With the Dalai Lama stating that he may not be reincarnated, and his chosen successor is under Chinese control, he may opt to enlist his power unto another. The Dalai Lama stated that he would make his decision prior to his 90th birthday that is expected to happen in 2025.

This is where the pieces of the puzzle get very interesting. We understand that according to Revelation 13 that the dragon will give his power to the first beast and will cause all to worship the image of the first beast. Continuing with the understanding that Spiritual Powers are behind the actions of nations and that the dragon depicts the nation of China, we can see that China will be the global power that has control over the entire population of the world. This power will cause all to worship one religious leader who according to Scripture is the Pope. Considering the Pope and China have recently signed an agreement to allow the government of China to pick all the Catholic leaders within its country, this analogy is more believable. There are already workings behind the scenes to complete exactly what was predicted within Scripture. This agreement in connection to the social credit system that has become part of Chinese society illustrate the unfolding of the Beast System depicted within Revelation (See Mark of the Beast and the Beast System). Also the importance of the number 6 as a lucky number within Chinese culture does not hurt its association to the Mark of the Beast.

But there is one loose end that must be tied up prior to the Chinese control of the globe and that is the existence of the United States of America. Where is Scripture would there be any indication that the dragon would overcome the United States and become the world leader? To see this, we must understand that when we associate the United States to Christianity we find exactly where this is depicted:

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was there place found any more in heaven.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12 1-17)

At first glance, many will state that this depicts the current teaching of the sign that occurred in the heavens on September 23rd 2017 (see Blood Moons and the Solar Eclipse of 2017). This would be true, but we also see that the continuation of the sign demonstrates the battle that ensues on earth after the dragon is thrown down. Using the symbolism demonstrated earlier, we can see this depicts the Christian nation that is given wings of an eagle to be protected from the dragon for a short period of time. Considering the current trade war between the United States and China and the depiction of both nations in Scripture, we know what the final outcome will be. China will overcome the United States just like the dragon will overcome the saints.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13: 7-8)

We may not understand exactly how these events unfold but we do have the ability to see the players present within prophecy. When these players are making moves, that are depicted within prophecy, then we must take notice. How are the two beasts going to overcome the entire world, including the United States? We can only speculate but we do know that it will happen and watching the events unfold in real time, only should increase our resolve toward our belief. We are to remain strong and understand that we will be persecuted. We as Christians will lose this war on earth and we must understand that it has always been designed like this. We were designed to show our strength and faith through the overcoming of our death and persecution. That is how we show the world our God, by being willing to suffer for His cause!

“And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5: 2-12)

 

Clinton Kowach

11/4/2019