world powers 11. Characteristics of the last days

Through Jesus foretold earthquakes, famines and epidemics in the last days:

NKJV (Luke 21: 10,11) 10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

Worldwide Earthquakes with a magnitude of 5 or higher do increase the last decades.

Through Jesus foretold earthquakes, famines and epidemics in the last days:

NKJV (Luke 21: 10,11) 10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

Worldwide Earthquakes with a magnitude of 5 or higher do increase the last decades.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, there are food shortages in at least 40 countries.

Changes in climate cause on the southern half of our globe severe food shortages that result in environmental refugees: people who look for a better habitat. Scientists have now calculated that within a decade, their numbers will increase rapidly: in 2020 about fifty million southerners are expected to be up north. (Source:  February 22, 2011)

God will send two witnesses who will prophesy for 1260 days before they are killed by the wild beast and the dragon, Satan the devil.

NKJV (Revelation 11:3,7) 3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”… 7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.

Babylon the great will be destroyed:

NKJV (Revelation 18: 15,16) 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!

See also:  Idolatry   4. Worship of the ‘image’

Satan and his angels cast out of heaven and banished to earth:

NKJV (Revelation 12: 3,9) 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads… 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The abyss wil be opened, the unrepentant people will be tormented:

Be thrown down to earth is something totally different as to be cast into Tartarus. Angels who are thrown to earth still have the freedom on earth. But what is Tartarus? Tartarus is a prison for the Angels, an abyss, where they have to live in darkness. (2Petr.2: 4)

NKJV (2 Peter 2: 4) 4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;

This is also supported in Luke 8, where the demons Jesus urge that they do not have to go into the abyss.

NKJV (Luke 8:30-33) 30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. 32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.

As further support, that the jail was a cliff, is written in Rev. 20

Satan will be locked for one thousand years into the bottomless pit.

NKJV (Revelation 20:1-3) 1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

In Joel, a numerous and powerful people are used by God, to bring back the apostates from his own people (Joel 2). According to Revelation 9, exactly the same will happen in the last days.

NKJV (Revelation 9:1-6) 1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

Angels can be given a restriction to only torture one group of people, those who don’t have the seal of God on their foreheads . Also with Job there was a restriction not to kill him:

NKJV (Job 2:6,7) 6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

The seven bowls in the last days:

NKJV (Revelation 15:1) 1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

These seven scales are ‘as plagues’ upon humanity poured out.
It will be concluded with the final war at Har-Mágedon.

Read more at: 12. The great war at Har-Mágedon

world powers 10. The eighth kingdom, the 10 kings

In general:

Power in politics is the influence that a person or organization has to other persons or organizations. Power over others’ means that the ruler may instruct or compel them, to carry out his wishes. (Source Wikipedia)

One aspect to gain power is through knowledge. Knowledge is power or in other words, power is knowledge inequality. To become a world power or to stay a world power, knowledge has always been indispensable in the past. This knowledge includes not only the technological knowledge to give the economy, science and the military to a lead, but also includes information on other nations for a political strategy to be run.

Increase in Injustice:

The wild beast with two horns with the number of a man (Rev. 13:18), the false prophet is also called the man of sin (2Thess.2: 3), which will come when an obstacle is removed. This restriction is lifted when Christians en masse apostates from the faith in Christ and Christian values. This departure is an important marker in human history. This period is immediately followed by the arrival of the man of sin.

NKJV (2 Thessalonians 2: 3-6) 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.

To understand how this new ‘godless’ world development will come, we first have to view the properties of Christians, because these properties will be the opposite of the properties of the apostate godless world:

No greed, Jesus speaks about this in Luke 12:15; Love your neighbor, Jesus gives the command in Matthew 7:19; Justice as a base to inherit the Kingdom in Luke 16:14; Have no sense of superiority as explained in Matthew 23:

NKJV (Luke 12: 15) 15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

NKJV (Matthew 19:19) 19 …’You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

NKJV (Luke 16:14-15) 14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

NKJV (Matthew 23: 2-7,29,33) 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’… 29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous… 33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

The mentioned wicked world will have features, that imply the opposite. Instead of showing Christian values, there will be a period of critical times:

NKJV (2 Timothy 3: 1-4) 1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

NKJV (1 Thessalonians 5: 2-3) 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

Based on credits and a financial system, the scarlet beast with seven heads and 10 horns will reign as the 8th kingdom.

This eighth kingdom, the financial power or the 10 uncrowned kings, determines the financial rules and has therefore the “political power” in its grip.

Read more at: 11. Characteristics of the last days

world powers 9. The woman and the scarlet colored wild beast

NKJV (Revelation 17:3-5) 3…..And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH..

Who is this woman? According to Rev. 18:9 , “the kings of the earth”  are mourning after the destruction of the whore. It is because of this fornication with the kings not logical that she is a political power.

NKJV (Rev. 18:9) 9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning,

As the merchants of the empire become rich of her, it is not logical that she portrays the business world.

NKJV (Rev. 18:15) 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

However, we can read that she practices magic and sorcery:

NKJV (Rev. 18:23) 23….for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.

We can also read that this woman has blood debt to the saints and martyrs of Jesus.

NKJV (Rev. 17:6) 6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus….

The woman has a name on her forehead, Babylon the Great, the mother of the prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. Babylon was a city of sin with several temples dedicated to many forms of idolatry. This gruesome idolatry has subsequently spread throughout the world after the confusion.

NKJV (Jeremiah 50:2) 2 “Declare among the nations, Proclaim, and set up a standard; Proclaim–do not conceal it– Say, ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken in pieces.’

NKJV (Daniel 3:12) 12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”

This makes it clear that the woman is the mother of the prostitutes, a picture of the global fornication by the adulterous relationship in relation to the Creator. Or the (financial) idolatry in all its forms. See for support the following Scriptures:

NKJV (Ezekiel 6:9) 9 Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols;…

NKJV (Jeremiah 51: 12,13) 12 Set up the standard on the walls of Babylon; Make the guard strong, Set up the watchmen, Prepare the ambushes. For the Lord has both devised and done What He spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon. 13 O you who dwell by many waters, Abundant in treasures, Your end has come, The measure of your covetousness.

This idolatry in all its forms has as main base Satan and his demons, or as in Ephesians 6 is written, “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places”.

NKJV (Ephesians 6:11-12) 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

This idolatry will also be sown in the Christian communities:

NKJV (Revelation 2:20) 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

The scarlet colored wild beast that carries the woman:

A new beast on stage, also the last.    “The wild beast was, but is not” means that it stands for something, but is not the same as what was.

NKJV (Revelation 17: 7,8) 7…I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition….

NKJV (Revelation 17:11,12) 11 And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. 12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.

Because we are talking here, as with the previous wild beasts, again about a beast with seven heads and ten horns, this again concerns powers. It is not a power of a kingdom as before (it was, but is not), but it looks like such a kingdom.

It is noteworthy that there is no mention of crowns as a public identification of the kings as with the previous wild beast. It is also not known as a religious form of power, because the woman as a symbol of idolatry is carried on the back. Then remains a financial power. This scarlet-colored wild beast is the financial power. This scarlet-colored wild beast carries the woman, the idolatry in all its forms, on his back, which means that this woman is supported by the financial system.

Read more at: 10. The eighth kingdom, the 10 kings