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Jesus In John 3 Commands Us To Become Born Again Because Our First Birth In Adam Is No Good

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by Geoffrey Grider

Jesus commands us to become born again because our first birth created us in the likeness of sinful man, and not in the image of a holy God.

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:7 (KJV)

How many times I have overheard people talking, especially here in the South, and invariably the expressions “we are all children of God” and “we are all made in God’s image” will come up. That sounds nice and comforting, but is it true? If you and I were born in the image of God, then why do we need to become born again? The answer is a very simple one.

When Jesus was teaching Nicodemus some Bible in John 3, he threw this ‘master of Israel’ quite the doctrinal curveball. It so flustered Nicodemus that he just kinda sputters along helplessly, never quite grasping what Jesus is telling him.

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” John 3:1-10 (KJV)

Not only does Jesus drop a bomb on Nicodemus, He then asks him how it is possible that Nicodemus is unaware of this simple truth. Evidentially, ol’ Nic is not comparing scripture with scripture. Because if he had, he would have made this connection.

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:” Genesis 5:3,4 (KJV)

And there it is, the reason why we must become born again if we wish to enter into the kingdom of God. After Adam and Eve sinned, fell and got kicked out of the Garden of Eden, they started having babies. Babies that down the line eventually became you and I, and guess whose image all those billions of babies were made in? Not God’s image. Adam’s image.

Jesus commands us to become born again because our first birth created us in the likeness of sinful man, and not in the image of a holy God.

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” 1 Corinthians 15:45-50 (KJV)

Adam was made perfect and was given the title deed to the earth, to rule it as God. He was told to subdue it, multiply his seed, and have dominion over all of it. But shortly into his reign, the Devil showed up and did an end-run around Adam, picked off Eve, and caused Adam to lose his right to rule the earth. It was the very first dispensation, and it ended as all dispensations do, in disaster.

“…for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 (KJV)

Flash forward to the New Testament, and we see our apostle Paul talking about how to become a child of God.

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29 (KJV)

That’s how you become a child of God, that’s how you get God’s image, when you become born again Jesus Christ who is the very image of God.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV)

Now you know why Jesus commands us to become born again, because our first birth from father Adam is corrupt. It is also the reason why those who died in the Old Testament, with the exception of the people who were raptured like Enoch and Elijah, went to Abraham’s Bosom instead of Heaven. They were not born again. They were kept safe, but not saved.

Being born again is not some 30-second prayer you say becomes someone tells you to say it. Being born again is acknowledging that you are sick and dying with an incurable disease, and asking God to perform the operation that only He can perform. You have become born again in the most literal sense. You have a brand new spirit that can never, ever again be touched with sin and death.

At the Rapture, God will then give your reborn soul a reborn body to go with it, and that’s how you will exist with Him for all eternity.

Body, soul and spirit.

 

 

Geoffrey Grider | January 21, 2018 at 11:26 am | Tags: Born-again | URL: https://wp.me/p1kFP6-dJS

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Comparing The Beasts Of Rev. 13 And 17

Comparing The Beasts Of Rev. 13 And 17

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Comparing The Beasts Of Rev. 13 And 17
By Jack Kelley

The Beast Of Rev. 13

Then another sign appeared in heaven, an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. (Rev 12:3) – KJV 3 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. wonder: or, sign And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

(Rev 12:7-9) 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 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 the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name … The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. (Rev 13:1-3)

13 1 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. name: or, names 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto 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. 3 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.

At first glance all this looks pretty confusing, but the heads, horns, numbers, and crowns are all symbolic. When used this way head means knowledge/wisdom, while horn means authority. Seven is the number of perfection, and 10 denotes completion, meaning nothing is lacking. Seven is also more often used in the spiritual sense, and ten usually refers to earthly things. The seven heads and ten horns symbolize perfect wisdom and complete authority.

The facts that both Satan and the beast have seven heads and ten horns show us that when Satan is cast to Earth, he will immediately in-dwell the beast, who we call the anti-Christ. This is the point at which the Great Tribulation begins on Earth. Some people see the beast as a system or government, but the use of so many personal pronouns in Rev 13 indicates the beast is a person, with all of Satan’s power at his command. Then there’s the fact that a second beast, known as the false prophet, will build a statue of the anti-Christ, and cause it to breathe so it can speak. (Rev 13:15Rev 13:15 English: King James Version (1611) – KJV 15 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.)

How do you build a talking statue of a system, or a government?

The crowns denote rulership. Notice that Satan has seven crowns and they’re on his heads, while the anti-Christ will have ten crowns on his horns. Also, in the description of Satan the heads come first, but with the anti-Christ the horns are first. The Lord tends to list things in descending order of importance. This means that Satan will rule out of his super natural wisdom, his predominant power (Ezek 28:12,17 – KJV 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.), and the anti-Christ will rule because Satan will give him the authority to do so.

The Beast Of Rev. 17

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.(Rev 17:3Rev 17:3 English: King James Version (1611) – KJV 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.)

Here we see a beast ridden by a woman. This beast also has seven heads and ten horns, but no crowns, and is covered with blasphemous names. This beast can not be the anti-Christ but has to be another view of Satan. We can see this because the seven heads are listed first, as they were with the dragon in Rev 12:3 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.)

Furthermore Rev 17:8 tells us this beast once was (before John’s time), now is not (in John’s time), will come up out of the abyss (after John’s time). The anti-Christ was not around before John’s time, but Satan was, and from Rev 13 we know he’ll come back. But what caused him to go into hiding?

Condemned And Defeated

On the night before His death Jesus promised the Holy Spirit and said that the Prince of this world (Satan) would now stand condemned. (John 16:11) Paul said that at the cross, Jesus made a public spectacle of the (spiritual) powers and authorities, triumphing over them by the cross. (Col 2:15)

In his first letter to the Church John wrote about the spirit of the anti-Christ and said it was already in the world (1 John 2:18). Paul agreed, calling it the secret power of lawlessness that was already at work in the world (2 Thes 2:7). In the past, Satan had enjoyed an unrestricted presence in the world. But from John’s time on that would not be the case. He would be limited to working in secret through disobedient men until sometime in the future when he’ll appear again to the great astonishment of the unbelieving world. What force has restrained him from John’s day until ours to the point where the vast majority of people in the world today, believer or not, deny his very existence? Will the world be astonished when he appears again because they didn’t think he was real?

According to Paul, this restraining power is the promised Holy Spirit, resident in the Church. He’ll continue to restrain the secret power of lawlessness until He’s taken out of the way (literally out of the midst) of the world. And then at the proper time, the beast will once again be revealed to do his worst before finally being destroyed (2 Thes 2:7). Rev 13:4says the unbelieving world’s reaction to Satan’s reappearance will be to bow down and worship him.

Mystery Babylon

The subject of Rev. 17 is mystery Babylon, the false religion. I believe this second vision of the beast was given to John at such a late point in the Book of Revelation to provide some background on the Satanic nature of religious Babylon and show why it has to be completely destroyed.

The seven heads represent seven hills on which the woman sits. The woman signifies the pagan religion that originated in Babylon. Later it was moved to Rome where in the 4rd century it was merged with the church and hidden behind the veil of Christianity. The fact that no crowns are mentioned and the woman is the rider (and therefore in control) indicate that one of Satan’s strategies is to work through this false religion to deceive the world.

This is confirmed by the fact that the seven heads also represent seven Kingdoms. (Rev 17:9) Five of them had fallen by John’s time, one was currently in power, and the remaining one would come later. The five previous kingdoms were Egypt, Assyria, neo-Babylon, Persia and Greece. The current one was Rome, and the one to come is the one we call the revived Roman Empire. Each one had a version of the pagan Babylonian religion that influenced the decisions of the kingdom.

The ten horns are ten Kings who in John’s time had not yet received a kingdom but for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. (Rev 17:12) This hour is the hour of trial that’s going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the Earth, out of which the Lord has sworn to keep us (Rev 3:10). The Greek word translated “from” in Rev 3:10 means out of the place, time, or cause of the event referred to, in this case the hour of trial. The Greek word for hour also has a figurative meaning and that’s the way it’s being used here. Figuratively it means a certain definite time or season. The time or season being referenced is the Great Tribulation.

After the Church is gone and the restraint against Satan is lifted he’ll come out from hiding and inhabit an earthly king to rule openly again. We first saw this in Rev 13 and in Rev 17 we can see it confirmed.

The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.(Rev. 17:11)

Together Satan and these kings will take up arms against the Lord, but he’ll overcome them because He’s Lord of lords and King of kings. And when He does, we’ll be with Him.

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” (Rev 17:14) In this comparison of Rev. 13 and Rev. 17 we’ve seen that Satan has been working on several levels to thwart the plan of God. One of his most successful strategies has been to use religion as a tool. And we’ve also seen more evidence that the Church has to be gone before his end game can begin. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.

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3 Reasons Why The Rapture Of The Church Must Take Place Before The Start Of The Time Of Jacob’s Trouble

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by Geoffrey Grider

Luke gives us further proof that when the King arrives on the earth at the Second Coming, He is already married, and that could only have taken place in Heaven beforehand

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Revelation 4:1 (KJV)

When you learn how to rightly divide the Bible as Paul commands us to do, one thing among many becomes crystal-clear really fast. That the Rapture of the Church must take place before the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. All you non-dividers are right now copying and pasting “..after the tribulation of those days” to blast out the comments section, but it is to no avail. The Bible will not allow any other scenario for the Church in the end times but a pretribulation rapture.

As usual, I have broken it out into bullet points to make it easier to understand.

·         THE POST TRIBULATION RAPTURE IN MATTHEW 24: Let’s start with the elephant in the room first. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” Matthew 24:29 (KJV). Non-dividers read this verse and immediatly think they have “solved” the problem, but they have not. Yes, they have found a rapture, but not the Rapture of the Church. There are multiple raptures in the Bible, starting with Enoch, Elijah, then Jesus in Acts 1, the Church, the 144,000, the Two Witnesses. See what I mean? The rapture in Matthew 24 is not the rapture of the Church that Paul calls the Blessed Hope. For starters, these tribulation saints are gathered by angels, but the Church is taken up to be with Jesus directly. Secondly, the saints in Matthew 24 hear a trumpet, but the Church hears a voice like a trumpet. Lastly, when you read the verses in Matthew 24:29 that immediately precede it, verses 26-28, what part of Revelation does that match up with? Why, Revelation 19, of course. Where does that put you? At the Second Coming. The non-dividers fail to see this because, well, they are non-dividers.

·         THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE CHURCH AFTER REVELATION 3: Read the first chapter of Revelation sometime, and pay careful attention to the number 7. It shows up exactly 12 times, and every mention is a reference to the church. In chapters 2 and 3, a message is given to each one of these 7 churches and every one ends with “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;…” ever wonder about that? Revelation 3:22 is the last time the word “churches” is mentioned. Flash-forward to Revelation 13 and you see this rather interesting warning. “If any man have an ear, let him hear.” Revelation 13:9 (KJV). Hmm, that sounds just like the 7 warnings in chapters 2 and 3 except it’s not directed at the church. Where did the church go? Glad you asked, right here. Back to Revelation 4, and we read this: “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Revelation 4:1 (KJV). The “after this” that John is referring to is “after the Church Age” ends. Verse 4 John sees the end of the Church Age, the “open door” that is Jesus Christ, and he walks through that door in the rapture. Where else have we seen language like this? Right here. “But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:2-4,9 (KJV). Now isn’t that an amazing thing? How many times have you read John 10 and never seen the Pre Tribulation Rapture in there? Now you have. The whole chapter is compare and contrast of Jesus Christ with Antichrist. The good shepherd versus the idol shepard of Zechariah 11:17. The Pretribulation Rapture is also found in John 14. Revelation 4:1 starts with “after this” and ends with “which must be hereafter”. Clearly the time of Jacob’s trouble is after the end of the Church Age.

·          THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB IMMEDIATELY PRECEDES THE SECOND COMING: Starting in Revelation 19:11, we see the gathering together of the Lord’s Army mounting up on white horses and getting ready to return with Him at the Second Coming. Who are the soldiers in this army? “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3,4 (KJV). The born again redeemed Church is made up of soldiers, at the Second Coming we will be literal soldiers riding into battle. But starting in verse 7 of Revelation 19, we see that the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife is ready and waiting for the ceremony to commence. As we have seen in previous studies, it is the Church that is the Bride of Christ.  Not only that, we are wearing fine, white linen because we have been born again. You will notice that we are in Heaven, and ready to get married. We are not on the earth, running from Antichrist! So the marriage takes place in Heaven just prior to the Second Coming, and the honeymoon takes place on earth. Remember those virgins in Matthew 25, the ones who are invited to a reception? That’s who is waiting for the King to return with His Bride, the Church. Finally, Luke gives us further proof that when the King arrives on the earth, He is already married, and that could only have taken place in Heaven. “And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.” Luke 12:36 (KJV).

I have only given you 3 bullet points today, but if you will take the time and run all the references and study them in context, you will find them to be quite meaty indeed. Every wonder why your bible studies may have not brought you to the same conclusion as mine have? Perhaps that’s because you are not dividing, and if you are, it might not be rightly as Paul commands. Things that are different are not the same. A voice ‘as it were of a trumpet’ is not the same as a trumpet being blown by an angel. In fact, it’s the opposite. Rightly dividing makes that clear.

I hope this study is a blessing to you! Flight #777 on Titus 213 Airlines now boarding…

 

 

 

Geoffrey Grider | January 20, 2018 at 10:29 am | Tags: Windows | URL: https://wp.me/p1kFP6-dJJ

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De Dag des Heren is dus NIET de zondag!

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De Dag des HEREN

De Dag des HEREN

Openbaring 1:10 ‘Ik kwam in vervoering des geestes op/in de dag des Heren.’ Zo begint het visioen van Johannes. Hij ontvangt een Openbaring van Jezus Christus (Op. 1:1) over wat moet geschieden, de toekomst dus. We onderscheiden drie delen. 1) De brieven aan de Gemeente (hfst 2-3); 2) Oordeel over de wereld = De Grote Verdrukking (hfst 4-18); en 3) Wat na de Grote Verdrukking kom (het Vrederijk). Die periode begint met de val van Babylon (hfst 19-22).

In het dagelijks spraakgebruik van enige tientallen jaren geleden werd met de dag des HEREN de zondag bedoeld. Bijbels gezien is dat fout. Indien we de zondag vieren is dat een dag voor de Here. Dus een dag, waarop de Gemeente van Christus (= Here) samenkomt. Wat de dag des HEREN dan wel is? De Bijbel zegt daarover:
Jesaja 2:12 ‘Want er is een dag van de HERE der heerscharen tegen al wat hoogmoedig is en trots en tegen al wat zich verheft’;
Jesaja 13:6, Joël 1:15 ‘Jammert, want de dag des HEREN is nabij; hij komt als een verwoesting van de Almachtige.’
Jesaja 13:13 ‘Daarom zal Ik de hemel doen wankelen en de aarde zal bevend van haar plaats wijken door de verbolgenheid van de HERE der heerscharen, ten dage van zijn brandende toorn.’
Jesaja 34:8 ‘want de HERE houdt een dag van wraak, een jaar van vergelding in Sions rechtsgeding.’
Jesaja 59:18 ‘Naar de daden zal Hij vergelden: grimmigheid aan zijn tegenstanders, vergelding aan zijn vijanden.’
Ezechiël 30:3 (grondtekst): ‘Nabij is de dag. Voorwaar de dag van Jahweh is nabij. Het zal een duistere dag zijn, het uur der heidenvolken.’
Joël 2:11b (Statenvertaling) ‘Want de Dag des HEEREN is groot en zeer vreselijk, en wie zal hem verdragen?’
Joël 2:30-31, Handelingen 2:19-20 ‘Ik zal wonderen geven in de hemel en op de aarde, bloed en vuur en rookzuilen. De zon zal veranderd worden in duisternis en de maan in bloed, voordat de grote en geduchte dag des HEREN komt.’
Amos 5:18 ‘Wee hun, die verlangen naar de dag des HEREN! Wat toch zal de dag des HEREN voor u zijn? Duisternis is hij, en geen licht!’
Micha 5:9 ‘Te dien dage zal het geschieden, luidt het woord des HEREN, dat Ik uw paarden uit uw midden zal uitroeien en dat Ik uw strijdwagens zal vernietigen.’
Micha 5:14 ‘En Ik zal in toorn en gramschap wraak oefenen over de volkeren die geen gehoor gegeven hebben.’
Obadja 1:15 ‘Want nabij is de dag des HEREN over alle volken; zoals gij gedaan hebt, zal u gedaan worden, uw daad zal op uw eigen hoofd terugvallen.’
Sefanja 1:14 ‘Nabij is de grote dag des HEREN, nabij en hij nadert haastig. Hoort, de dag des HEREN; bitter schreeuwt dan de held.’
Sefanja 3:8b ‘Want mijn vonnis is, volken te vergaderen, koninkrijken te verzamelen, over hen mijn gramschap uit te gieten, heel mijn brandende toorn, want door het vuur van mijn naijver zal de ganse aarde verteerd worden.’
Matteüs 24:28 ‘Waar het aas is, daar zullen de gieren zich verzamelen.’
1 Tessalonicenzen 5:2,3 ‘Immers, gij weet zelf zeer goed, dat de dag des HEREN zó komt, als een dief in de nacht. Terwijl zij zeggen: het is (alles) vrede en rust, overkomt hun, als de weeën een zwangere vrouw, een plotseling verderf, en zij zullen geenszins ontkomen.’
2 Petrus 3:10 ‘Op die dag zullen de hemelen met gedruis voorbijgaan en de elementen door vuur vergaan, en de aarde en de werken daarop zullen gevonden worden.’

De Bijbel spreekt dus duidelijk over de Dag des HEREN. De conclusie is:
1. Het is een dag van Gods wraak (Jes. 2:12, 13:13, 34:8, 59:18 / Micha 5:14 / Sef. 3:8).
2. Een vreselijke en bittere dag (Joël 2:11b, Jes. 13:6, Sef. 1:14, Matt. 24:28).
3. Een duistere dag (Ez. 30:30, Joël 2:31, Amos 5:18, Hand. 2:20).
4. Vol ondergang en verderf (Joël 2:31 / Jes. 13:6 / Sef. 3:8 / 1Tess. 5:3 / 2Petr. 3:10).
5. Van verwoesting en bloedvergieten (Joël 2: 30,31 / Hand. 2:19,20 / Micha 5:9).
6. Dan valt het oordeel over de heidenvolken (Jes. 59:18 / Ez.l 30:30 / Ob. 1:15).
7. De elementen zullen vergaan (2Petr. 3:10).

Als de Bijbel zonder uitzondering de Dag des HEREN beschrijft als een oordeelsdag, kan Openbaring 1:10 geen andere betekenis hebben. Johannes spreekt dus niet over de zondag, maar wordt in een visioen naar de Dag des HEREN verplaatst. Wat er dan gaat gebeuren heeft hij opgeschreven in het boek Openbaring. Al de elementen van oordeel die we in het Oude Testament gevonden hebben, vinden we daar terug. Johannes zelf noemt deze periode van oordeel (Op. 7:14) ‘De Grote Verdrukking’. Ook Jezus Christus deed dat: Want er zal dan een grote verdrukking zijn… (Matt. 24:21).

De Opname van de Gemeente van Christus
Er komt dus een gruwelijke tijd aan, waarschijnlijk niet ver van nu. Kun je dan nog wel hoopvol uitzien naar die toekomst? Jawel, mits je kiest voor Jezus! Want die doem geldt niet voor de Gemeente van Christus! Voordat De Grote Verdrukking begint, komt Jezus Christus Zijn Gemeente ophalen. Dat is een evacuatie, om hen te behoeden voor de rampen die plaats gaan vinden. Deze ‘Opname’ vertoont een opvallende overeenkomst met de redding van Noach en zijn gezin (Gen. 6-7, Matt. 24:39). Evenals de ark hen beschermde tegen de zondvloed, die alle mensen verdierf, redt de Opname de Gemeente van Christus van de catastrofale gevolgen van de komende Grote Verdrukking. Daarover spreken de volgende teksten:
1 Tessalonicenzen 1:10 ‘Jezus, die ons verlost van de komende toorn.’ 
1 Tessalonicenzen 5:4-5a ‘Maar gij broeders, zijt niet in de duisternis, zodat die dag u als een dief overvallen zou: want gij zijt allen kinderen des lichts en kinderen des dags.’
1 Tessalonicenzen 5:5b ‘Wij behoren niet aan nacht of duisternis toe.’ 
1 Tessalonicenzen 5:9 ‘Want God heeft ons niet gesteld tot toorn, maar tot het verkrijgen van zaligheid door onze Here Jezus Christus, die voor ons gestorven is.’ 
Openbaring 3:10 ‘Omdat gij het bevel aanvaard hebt om Mij te blijven verwachten, zal ook Ik u bewaren voor de ure der verzoeking, die over de gehele wereld komen zal.’
De onderstreepte woorden zijn allen synoniemen van De Grote Verdrukking.

De Grote Verdrukking
Deze periode vangt aan kort na de Opname van de Gemeente van Christus. Volgens Daniël 9:27 zal dat één jaarweek (zeven jaar) duren. Dan zal de antichrist regeren. Na drieënhalf jaar van de zeven zal de antichrist het verbond met Israël verbreken en een beeld oprichten, dat door iedereen aanbeden zal moeten worden. Dit beeld, gruwel der verwoesting genoemd (Matt. 24:15 en Dan. 9:27), zal volgens Openbaring 13:15 tot leven komen en zelfs spreken. Een ieder die zal weigeren het beest te aanbidden, zal vervolgens gedood worden. Vooral de gelovige (orthodoxe) Joden zullen Gods gebod – Gij zult u voor die niet buigen, noch hen dienen (Ex. 20:5) – weigeren te overtreden. Zij zullen daarom massaal omgebracht worden. De Bijbel noemt dit de tijd der benauwdheid van Jakob (Jer. 30:7). In de tweede periode van drieënhalf jaar zal de macht van de antichrist absoluut zijn (Dan. 7:25 en 11:36). Dan zal hij tevens zijn ware gezicht laten zien, als dienaar van satan.

Hoe lang duurt de Dag des HEREN?
Het woord Dag is een vertaling van het Hebreeuwse woord yôwm en kan zowel ‘dag’ als een ‘zekere tijdsperiode’ betekenen. In dit geval betreft dat de gehele periode van de Grote Verdrukking. Daniël 9:27 zegt precies hoe lang dat zal duren: ‘En hij zal het verbond voor velen zwaar maken, een week lang’ (dat is een jaarweek, dus zeven jaren).

Is die Dag al gekomen? 
Maleachi 4:5,6 ‘Zie, Ik zend u de profeet Elia, voordat de grote en geduchte dag des HEREN komt. Hij zal het hart der vaderen terugvoeren tot de kinderen en het hart der kinderen tot hun vaderen, opdat Ik niet kome en het land treffe met de ban.’
Vraag: Is de profeet Elia reeds weer gekomen? Zijn de elementen reeds vergaan? Is Gods wraak over al zijn vijanden reeds uitgeoefend? Neen! Dat moet nog gebeuren.

Wanneer komt die Dag?
Dat weten we niet. 2 Petrus 3:10 zegt: ‘Maar de dag des Heren zal komen als een dief. Op die dag zullen de hemelen met gedruis voorbijgaan en de elementen door vuur vergaan, en de aarde en de werken daarop zullen gevonden worden.’ En Matteüs 24:38-39 ‘Want zoals zij in [die] dagen vóór de zondvloed waren, etende en drinkende, huwende en ten huwelijk gevende, tot op de dag, waarop Noach in de ark ging, en zij niets bemerkten, eer de zondvloed kwam en hen allen wegnam, zo zal ook de komst van de Zoon des mensen zijn.’