The Decimation 4
When Will These Things Be?
- In “The Decimation 1” we discussed God’s “reason” for the End-Times; God’s purpose for the coming of the Great Tribulation and Wrath of God.
- “The Decimation 2” Unveiled the falsehood of the 7 Year Great Tribulation “theory” and the truth behind the 3½ years remaining in which both the Tribulation Period and the Wrath of God will take place.
- Then in “The Decimation 3” we looked over the great debacle behind Daniel 9:27’s pronoun “He”;
- AS IN, “He shall confirm a Covenant with many for 7 years” which further confirmed “WHO” would firmly establish a blood Covenant with humanity.
- Remember, Jesus is HE who would confirm…!
- Now it’s time to look at “…when shall these things be…” question (Matthew 24:3; Mark 13:4 & Luke 21:7).
By the way… this is a rather extensive and well developed blog so hold on to your hat!
This phrase and question was posed by Jesus’ disciples when they asked Jesus,
“When shall these things be?”
What things, you might ask?
Well, Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? (Referring to the Temple, its wealth and all the religiosity of the Jewish Priesthood and faith) Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone will be left standing upon another that will not be thrown down.”
Okay, let’s see what pattern of information is provided for the Saints which might allow us to know “When shall these things be!”
If you are truly looking for proof of the WHEN then you came to the right place.
On page 252 of our book, “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” we provide The Day of the Lord chart outlining 37 sections of Scripture with 40 Biblical expressions uniquely tied to the End Times; Latter Days; Great Tribulation; Wrath of God; Marriage Supper of the Lamb; Rapture of the Saints; Battle of Armageddon and much, much more.
Here is what we have learned from this compilation of Biblical End Times’ data.
- The Great Tribulation is a 2½ year separation period designed – by God – to separate the Wheat (True-Christians) from the Tares (Pseudo-Christians) Matthew 13:24-30.
- The Great Tribulation is not the Wrath of God; rather, it is merely an element in the 3½ year – Second half – of – Christ’s 7-YEAR Covenant.
- That’s right; the End Times is the Second Half of Christ’s Covenant which Jesus began during His 3½ years of ministry.
- The Day of the Lord begins the Wrath of God.
- The Resurrection and Rapture of the Saints of God takes place AFTER the Tribulation Period but before the Wrath of God or Day of the Lord begins.
All right, it’s time to check out some of the finding for the 3½ year Great Consummation!
Excerpt from This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse Pages 253-259.
The Day of the Lord
Compilation and Criteria Chart
The Day of the Lord chart cross-evaluates thirty-seven related sections of scripture against forty related biblical expressions. Chart expression number 13: the sun, moon, and stars being darkened, and number 14, the Day of the Lord or Day of Christ, mentioned are expressed in twenty-six of the thirty-seven sections of scripture. The remaining eleven sections of scripture are also cross-connected with expressions 13 and 14, though not jointly connected.
Column A indicates the total number of scriptural occurrences for the given expression throughout the chart.
Column B represents the number of times a specific scriptural expression also coincides with the expression for the “sun, moon, and stars being darkened.”
Column C represents the number of times a specific scripture expression occurred in conjunction with the phrase the “Day of the Lord.”
Column D indicates the number of times a section of scripture contains both expressions: the “Day of the Lord” and the “sun, moon and stars being darkened.”
A B C D
- 4 0 0 0 power given to a beast, a beast, 10 heads/horns
- 2 0 1 0 mouth speaking great things and blasphemes
- 7 0 0 0 listed, 42 months (time, times and half time), 1260 days
- 10 5 2 2 make war with the saints, wars and rumors of wars
- 4 0 0 0 power to overcome the saints and scatter God’s people
- 3 0 0 0 power over every kindred, tongue, and nation
- 13 8 5 3 having to do with the events of the Second Coming
- 2 1 0 1 times and laws changed
- 13 5 4 2 an angel or messenger present, God himself appears
- 16 8 7 3 relating to the End Times, Latter Days, End of Days, etc.
- 2 0 0 0 man/angel dressed in linen
- 1 0 0 0 questioning how long to the end.
- 16 16 8 8 sun, moon, and stars being darkened.
- 18 8 18 8 Day of the Lord or Day of Christ mentioned
- 15 10 11 7 destruction from the Lord
- 11 7 6 3 great death
- 3 3 2 2 families murdered, wives ravaged, children killed
- 13 12 6 5 great sorrow
- 3 0 3 0 shall/will come as a thief in the night,or“Behold, I come as a thief”
- 10 8 7 5 massive earthquakes, mountains and islands moved
- 6 4 4 2 men fall by the sword
- 10 9 4 3 people fleeing
- 3 0 1 0 phrased: “It is done,” or “It is finished” (John 19:30)
- 4 0 1 0 dead shall rise.
- 5 2 0 0 Abomination of Desolation
- 4 3 0 0 plagues, water to blood, power to stop the rains
- 4 2 3 2 voice of an angel or God heard
- 5 3 4 2 all people affected—rich, poor, slave, and free
- 2 2 0 0 birds/eagles called to the great feast of men
- 5 3 2 1 never like this, either before or after the event
- 2 2 2 2 separating into two camps, goats versus lambs
- 6 3 3 1 time of harvest, gathering
- 4 3 1 0 false messiahs and prophets start appearing
- 2 2 0 0 gospel preached over entire globe
- 4 0 4 0 no salvations during Great Tribulation
- 4 3 3 2 Day of Anger from God
- 12 7 7 4 judgment from God
- 3 1 2 0 a Day of Vengeance
- 10 9 4 3 great fear in the world
- 6 5 3 3 day/time of wrath from God
According to the apostle Paul, when God wants to emphasize something of import, He repeats the phrase two or more times. Based on this principle, the more God wants to establish a specific point or piece of information, the more frequently scripture repeats a given message.
“This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV).
Examples on how to appropriately use this chart:
1) The Bible contains fifteen references to #15 “Destruction from the Lord,” which coincides with ten occurrences of #13 “The sun, moon and stars being darkened,” and eleven occurrences that also coincide with #14: “Day of the Lord, Day of Christ mentioned.” There are also seven sections of scripture that share both elements #13 and #14 collectively. Based on the repetition of these scriptural footprints, scripture conclusively indicates the following:
- on the Day of the Lord,
- following a cosmic event in which the sun, moon, and stars are darkened,
- a time of great destruction from God will take place
- and then Jesus will appear in the skies over the earth and send His Angels to gather the Saints of God. (This is when these things shall be!)
2) Of the sixteen references to #13 and the eight references to #14, each coincides with #16, great death, on no less than six occasions. Based on the repetition of these scriptural footprints, scripture conclusively indicates the following: on the Day of the Lord, following a cosmic event in which the sun, moon, and stars will be darkened, a period of significant death will take place.
3) Of the six references to #40, there are five references to #13 taking place; three of these instances coincided with #14, and three of these instances contained both #13 and #14. Based on the repetition of these scriptural footprints, scripture conclusively indicates the following:
- the Wrath of God will take place
- during the Day of the Lord
- when the sun, moon, and stars have been darkened.
If we were to add this information to the seventeen references of #10 with the eight instances coinciding with #13 and seven with #14, the Wrath of God will also take place during the Latter Days!
We just need to follow the footprints now that God has released this information to the Body of Christ.
Defining “The Day of the Lord”
Isaiah 13:6–13 and Zephaniah 1:14–18 are both considered significant sections of scripture as pertains to the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord begins with the Rapture of the Body of Christ, followed by the onset of the Wrath of God. During the Wrath of God, the last stage of the Great Consummation, there will be an unusual period of time in which supernatural manifestations will take place over all the earth. Thank the Lord, the Body of Christ will not be partakers of such strife or be required to witness God’s Wrath on the unrepentant. These sections of scripture will convey the seriousness and nature of God’s Wrath even as it falls on humanity during the Day of the Lord.
Isaiah 13:6–13 illustrates the frighteningly severe nature of God’s Wrath. God will rain down destruction, pouring out His wrath, anger, and judgment on the final remnant of man’s wicked, rebellious, and arrogant pride. Great fear will accompany the Day of the Lord.
Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travails: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. “I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger. (Isaiah 13:6–13 KJV emphasis added)
- God will destroy much of humanity in His righteous judgment!
- The sun, moon, and stars will be darkened just prior to the Rapture, which begins the Day of the Lord.
- The sun, moon, and stars will also be dimmed at the end of the Day of the Lord when the wicked are gathered for judgment. This is the Second Advent and harvest.
- The text of Isaiah 13:6-13 is primarily referring to the beginning of God’s Wrath just after the Rapture takes place.
- During the Second Advent, the sun, moon, and stars will be dimmed for a season. However, by the end of this period, the heavens will be restored to their normal function (Zechariah 14:5–9 and Revelation 16:10–11).
- Zechariah 14:5–9 and Revelation 16:10–11 pertain to the end of God’s Wrath, which takes place during the Battle of Armageddon.
- The verses in Isaiah 13:6–13 represent only a portion of God’s Wrath. There are other areas of scripture containing prophecies that will also require fulfillment.
- Following the Rapture, God’s Wrath, and the Battle of Armageddon, much of humanity will be either redeemed by God or destroyed.
Zephaniah 1:14–18 is another section of scripture providing insight into God’s Wrath.
The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hastens greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly, That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation [destruction] and desolation [ruin], a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. (Zephaniah 1:14–15 KJV emphasis added)
- The verses in Zephaniah parallel much of Isaiah 13:6–13. The text also includes equivalent references found within Zechariah 14:5–9 and Revelation 16:10–18. Become familiar with these and other interconnected verses or footprints as confirmation.
- Each of the aforementioned verses reference or parallel Revelation 9:1–11 in one way or another. Current events portend the arrival of the Great Consummation, followed by the trumpets of judgment where supernatural locusts are destined to torment an unrepentant world. Most of these references are analogous to text within Joel 2.
A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. (Zephaniah 1:16–18 KJV emphasis added)
- The first five trumpets of Revelation chapters 8 and 9 will take place nearly simultaneously; however, the fifth trumpet will require five months to complete.
- Scriptures covering the first four trumpets do not specify a time frame or duration. For this reason, one cannot express with a guaranteed level of certainty the length of time between each trumpet or how much time each will require for completion.
There is no ambiguity regarding the kind of days people will experience during the Day of the Lord and God’s Wrath to come.
The Day of the Lord Chart
When examining expression or footprint number 14 titled, “Day of the Lord or Day of Christ,” it becomes obvious the footprint is repeated on more than eighteen occasions within scripture. This glaring repetition of text is persuasively significant. Twelve out of eighteen applicable expressions are located within the Old Testament, leaving just six footprints dedicated to sections within the New Testament. One such location is found in Revelation 16:14–21, expressing the phrase as “the great day of God Almighty.” Most often, footprint number 14 is employed with references to either the Rapture or the beginning of God’s Wrath. Note: when significant phrases, such as, the “Day of the Lord” or “Day of Christ,” are repeated multiple times in any one section of scripture, the references are counted as a single occurrence for the purposes of the chart. There are a few occasions within the Bible where the words “the Day of the Lord” are related to other topics; the text does not pertain to the End Times or any End Times–related subjects. On such occasions, these occurrences are not recorded and are therefore absent from the chart. The inclusion of disassociated sections of scripture would merely befuddle the reader and diminish the overall effectiveness and significance of the chart. All references to the Day of the Lord that are pertinent to the Latter Days are included within the chart and can be found in any standard concordance of the Bible.
On three occasions when the phrase the Day of the Lord, number 14 on the Day of the Lord Chart, has been used, it is accompanied by another phrase, “As a thief in the night,” number 19.
The first two incidents where this occurs, the text is referring to the end of the Tribulation Period when the Rapture of the saints takes place. On the third occasion, however, the phrase, the “great day of God Almighty” is used in place of the “Day of the Lord” in order to reference the Second Advent when and where Jesus returns with the saints. Though each event takes place during the infamous “Day of the Lord” time line, each section of text refers to different ends of the time line for the Day of the Lord. The timing is likely the reason for the differences in phrasing. All three phrases do not refer to the same event. In Revelation 16:14–21, when the phrase “the great day of God Almighty” is used, it coincides with the phrase, “I come as a thief.” The expression is absent the phrase “in the night.” While this is not certain proof in and of itself, Revelation 16:14–21 also speaks of events that take place only at the end of God’s Wrath.
For example, during the great day of God Almighty, the Battle of Armageddon is destined to take place. Armageddon does not take place at the beginning of the Day of the Lord. As illustrated earlier in This Side of the Whirlwind, the Rapture and the Battle of Armageddon are events that take place during the Day of the Lord but are categorically separated by many months. While in both instances Jesus returns to earth, the Rapture begins the Day of the Lord when Jesus comes for the Body of Christ. However, at the end of the Wrath of God and during the Battle of Armageddon, Jesus will come with the Body of Christ as their reigning King, destroying the armies of the Beast and delivering the Israelites from the curse of sin and death.
There are at least fifteen locations in scripture that list the sun, moon, and stars being darkened. Of these fifteen references, eight cite the Day of the Lord in the same verse or section of verses. It is essential to know when God is punctuating themes, ideas, and or subjects relevant to the End Times.
As previously mentioned, the Lord often punctuates significant events or messages. Time and again, the more important the theme, the more frequently God seems to repeat His message within the Word. For example, the phrase “His mercy endures forever” or the exact concept is repeated forty or more times throughout God’s Word. Apparently, it is God’s desire for humanity to know He loves us and wants to be merciful to the world. Similarly, the phrase the “Day of the Lord,” as applies to the Latter Days and the Great Consummation, is repeated in more than eighteen locations throughout God’s Word.
Eight of the eighteen locations in scripture that contain the phrase the “Day of the Lord” also coincide with the event of the sun, moon, and stars being darkened. The sun, moon, and stars becoming darkened is also linked with at least sixteen other locations in scripture connected to the concept of the Latter Days or the End Times. When considering the repetition of such phrases and events within God’s Word and how the concepts are consistently interconnected, it should be obvious each relates to a similar event and purpose.
At least 50 percent of the time when the Bible refers to the event of the sun, moon, and stars being darkened, the Word also refers to the Day of the Lord. When considering such verses and events, thirty-seven sections of scripture were found to uniquely and soundly connect to the sun, moon, and stars being darkened, with the phrases “the Day of the Lord” and “the Latter Days” and numerous other related expressions. As these thirty-seven sections of scripture were examined, additional attributes pertaining to the Latter Days were uncovered, further connecting prophetic elements to the sun, moon, and stars being darkened, the Day of the Lord, and the Latter Days, thereby revealing and validating several additional links. Within the text of these prophetic footprints, there are twenty-six separate sections of scripture that can be categorically connected. The following list of expressions illustrates some of these events that pertain to the sun, moon, and stars being darkened and the Day of the Lord or the Latter Days.
By examining such areas of scripture openly and honestly, one can achieve a better understanding of how God intends for these sections, phrases, and events to interrelate.
The Day of the Lord Compilation and Criteria Chart
Compiled from “The Day of the Lord” chart, a Compilation and Criteria Chart has been assembled to illustrate the significant connections and frequency of occurrences between the sun, moon, and stars darkened (number 13) and the Day of the Lord or Day of Christ mentioned (number 14) and several other related scriptural End Times expressions. The chart illustrates how frequently a cross-comparison connects the same twenty-six sections of scripture with other common End Times expressions as found within the Day of the Lord Chart. The connectivity between the sun, moon, and stars; the Day of the Lord; and the other common expressions creates an image of God’s plan that is hard to ignore.
17 of 26 expressions include the Second Advent or the End of Days #10
15 out of 26 instances indicate great destruction comes from the Lord #15
13 out of 26 occurrences record a great sorrow filling the world #18
13 scriptures out of 26 refer to the Second Coming of Christ #7
12 out of 26 scriptures call for judgment from God #37
11 out of 26 times great death is predicted to follow #16
10 out of 26 times people are scattered or fleeing for their lives #22
10 listings of 26 indicate people’s hearts will fail them for fear #39
9 times out of 26 massive earthquakes moved mountains and/or islands #20
If the Bible was simply written by men, such connectivity between unrelated sections of scripture would be fantastic. However, the presence of such widespread connectivity within unrelated sections of scripture suggests a semblance of collaboration from the divine, God’s hands at work. Bear in mind, the Bible is comprised of 66 books written by 40 authors over a span of thousands of years. Such diverse authors, eras and text demonstrates God’s omniscience and reveals to His people another portion of His plan for the Great Consummation during the Latter Days. As His children discover the relationships between these and other sections of End Times scriptures, we are able to glean a better understanding of God’s overall message, purpose, and plans for the Latter Days. What was hidden is now being revealed.
The beginning of the Day of the Lord is the day of the Second Coming of Christ and the day of the Resurrection and Rapture. The Body of Christ will be here during the tribulation portion of the Great Consummation. However, Christians will not be on earth during the Wrath of God. It is true the Wrath will take place during a portion of the Great Consummation, but it is not true the saints will endure even a moment of God’s Wrath.
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So when shall these thing be?
Well, like the Word says… We cannot know the day or hour.
However, the Word also says… We are the Children of Light and you Brethren are not in darkness that the Day of the Lord should overtake you as a thief (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11).
That is… IF you’re paying attention and acting on available information
Remember Revelation 3:3 tells us, “Remember how you (Yes, that’s you) have received and heard; hold fast and repent. (Stay right with your Maker)
Therefore if you will not watch, (Don’t forget prepare) I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”
Are you Preparing!?
If not, you should be!
 Deuteronomy 19:16b and 2 Corinthians 13:1–2.