PROPHESY
AGAINST
THE NATIONS

An End-Times book by Ronald Weinland

Rev 10:11

Chapter 7
COUNTDOWN TO CHRIST’S COMING



FROM THE PROPHETS OF THE OLD and throughout the New Testament, there have been prophecies given concerning Christ’s first and second coming and the timing regarding the countdown for each.

Through the prophet Daniel, God foretold the exact timing when the Messiah would first come to fulfill a work on earth. These scriptures also foretold when he would die. As with most prophecy, it was not written to be readily known or understood.

God also recorded another prophecy which speaks of a specific event that would reveal the beginning of a countdown to Christ’s second coming. That countdown will be covered in this final chapter. Some who do not like math or calculating dates may not like or understand some sections of this, but you can gain a profitable overview just the same. Also, the meticulous process and precision that God has revealed through this timing should prove very meaningful and hopefully stir certain awe as well. This is all quite profound and great proof of Christ’s coming.

The fact that the Messiah had a specific work to do on earth in a first coming, and the fact that he would die before establishing God’s Kingdom, was never understood by prophets or religious leaders all the way to the time of Christ’s resurrection. Even the disciples, whom Jesus Christ foretold about his own death, did not understand what he was telling them, nor did they understand the work that he was fulfilling as the Messiah until after he had already died and been resurrected.



70 Weeks Prophecy

This prophecy in Daniel, often referred to as the “70 Weeks Prophecy,” gives information on the countdown of Christ’s first coming. For this prophecy, God reveals that each “prophetic day” in this specific prophecy is equal to a literal year.

The prophecy first begins with a specific segment of time: “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince [when he would begin his work, his ministry], there shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times” (Daniel 9:25).

The first period mentioned is “seven weeks,” which is 49 days. Those prophetic 49 days are equal to 49 literal years. In 457 B.C., Artaxerxes issued the decree for the rebuilding of Jerusalem that took place through the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. It took 49 years to reconstruct the streets and walls, which fulfilled this first seven weeks prophecy (49 years) that concluded in 408 B.C.

The next period mentioned was “sixty-two weeks.” Multiplying this number by seven days in a week is equal to an additional 434 prophetic days or 434 literal years. Adding 434 years, beginning from 408 B.C., brings us to 27 A.D. (adding a 1 since there is no year 0). Jesus Christ began his ministry in 27 A.D. and was killed 3 ½ years later on Passover 31 A.D.

That 3 ½ years is what the next verse in Daniel is about: “And after sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off [killed], but not for himself [he was going to die for all mankind as their Passover]” (Dan. 9:26). The following verse adds even more: “And Then he [Messiah] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week [3 ½ days] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease...” (Dan. 9:27).

The prophets of old, religious leaders, and the disciples themselves did not know that the Messiah would first come to die as the world’s Passover, nor could they grasp that by doing so he would cause the physical “sacrifice and the oblation to cease,” meaning his death would fulfill and do away with the laws pertaining to the sacrificial system. When scriptures speak of laws being done away with, especially in Hebrews, this is not about the 10 Commandments, but it is about the law of sacrifices, the sacrificial system and laws pertaining to it, which symbolized that which was to come.

This prophecy concerning Christ’s first coming in which he would fulfill a ministry lasting for 3 ½ years, after which he would be “cut-off” (put to death), is easily understood; however, this prophecy also contains meaning concerning the events at the end-time as well, although not all of it has been completely revealed. That which is known will be covered later.



Final Countdown Begins

Some history that will be covered in this chapter concerning a specific countdown to Christ’s second coming has already been mentioned, but it is important to receive all that has been given in a complete picture to see how all the periods of time fit together precisely.

Even after the Church began on Pentecost in 31 A.D., they still did not know that Christ would not return in their lifetime. For generation after generation within the Church, for nearly 1,900 years, the Church waited. It wasn’t until God raised up Herbert W. Armstrong to be His apostle that He began to reveal to the Church that they were living in the end of the age of mankind—in the end-time.

God revealed to Mr. Armstrong that there were seven specific eras for God’s Church as recorded at the beginning of the Book of Revelation. The first era during the time of the original apostles was known as the Ephesian Era. Mr. Armstrong was raised up to lead in the sixth period known as Philadelphia (Rev. 3). When he died in 1986, that era came to an end and the seventh and last era began—Laodicea.

It was about half way into the era of Laodicea (9 years) when a prophecy that God had given Paul to write became fulfilled. This prophecy was the sign to God’s Church that Christ was now coming. This was covered in Chapter 5 concerning what was written in 2 Thessalonians 2 about an Apostasy that had to occur in the Church of God before Christ would begin his return. Because of those verses, the Church had known for decades that an Apostasy would occur in the end-time, but it had no comprehension of its magnitude or destructive power.

To understand the countdown that began at the time of the Apostasy, it is necessary to become somewhat familiar with certain prophetic periods of time that are associated with the end-time.



1260 Days in Prophecy

The Church has long understood that there are specific periods of timing associated with Christ’s coming that involve 1,260 days. In prophecy, there is a description of 42 months which is about a specific period in a countdown to Christ’s coming. That period is 1,260 days in length. In other words, 42 months is an equivalent prophetic period of 1,260 days.

Other places in scripture refer to a time, times, and half-a-time that is also equivalent to exactly 1,260 days, where a “time” is defined as 360 days, “times” is 720 days, and “half-a-time” is 180 days, which when added together is 1,260 days. These are all prophetic periods of time and have been understood by the last two eras of God’s Church to be periods of specific time that would be fulfilled at the end-time before the coming of Christ. It is just that the Church has not known how all these fit together.

Before proceeding, it also needs to be mentioned that there is additional prophetic meaning contained within these periods of 1,260 days. This period is subdivided into another count, where 280 days reveal God’s direct judgment in a matter.

This one period of 280 days stands alone as a period of judgment from God. The remaining time of 980 days (1,260 – 280) reveals more about why a judgment has been made. That remaining period of 980 days can also be referred to as “time, times, and half-a-time” when pertaining to judgment. In the case of judgment, 280 days is a “time,” 560 days is “times,” and 140 days is “half-a-time.” All these periods have significance, but God has not yet revealed all of this to His Church. Nevertheless, the complete sum is still 1,260 days (280 + 980).

In this example, 280 days is for judgment, and the period of “time, times, and half-a-time” is the remaining 980 days (280 + 560 + 140 = 980). This 980 days plus the 280 days of specific judgment is equal to 1,260 days. It is not necessary to fully understand matters about this period of “judgment” contained within the prophetic end-time number of 1,260 days, but it does help to reveal that God is very exact and methodical in all that He does. The fulfillment of prophecy is not a matter of random chance, but of order, organization, planning, design, and that which is constant.



Back to the Countdown

After the Apostasy occurred on the 17th of December in 1994, the Church learned that a countdown had begun to Christ’s return. Yet in the midst of all this we did not yet know when that would be or how all these prophetic periods of time fit into that countdown.

The first thing God revealed to His Church was a matter of judgment and the importance of a period of 280 days that revealed God’s judgment. When Joseph Tkach, Sr. gave his sermon that polluted God’s temple, the Church of God, the prophesied Abomination of Desolation of the spiritual temple of God became fulfilled. This prophecy of Paul concerning the Apostasy had begun. God revealed a powerful judgment that He personally executed upon the man of sin, this son of perdition. Exactly 280 days later, to the hour, from when Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. gave that sermon, God took his life.

Once the remnant Church became aware of the significance of this judgment upon this prophetic man of sin, the son of perdition, more understanding began to be given concerning important periods of time that fit into what the Church was experiencing.

God eventually revealed to the Church that it had experienced a specific prophetic end-time period of 1,260 days after that Apostasy. It was the first of several such periods that God would reveal. It proved to be more than a coincidence that from the day of the Apostasy on the 17th of December 1994, to Pentecost of 1998, 1,260 days had been fulfilled. God later revealed that this Pentecost of 1998 was the day that the remnant Church had been reestablished as the one true Church that God would work through until Christ returned. Although it was revealed at a much later time to the Church, it was also on this Pentecost of 1998 that God made me an apostle to His Church—the last apostle for this end-time.

This first period was also revealed to be the one spoken of in Revelation 12:14. This scripture speaks of the Church that remained after the Apostasy that was spiritually nourished and protected from Satan during a time, times, and half-a-time (1,260 days). This period of protection following the Apostasy was needful for God’s Church in order to rebuild, strengthen, and prepare it for a work that would follow.



2012—First Date for Christ’s Coming

Over the years that followed the reestablishment of the Church on Pentecost of 1998, God worked to mold, fashion, and prepare the Church for greater things it was to accomplish through this countdown. Jesus Christ inspired the Church to produce two booklets that focused on crying out to those who had become scattered from the Apostasy. The first was entitled, Time Is Running Out. It revealed to the scattered groups what had happened to them, as they had no answers. They could not even see that there had been an Apostasy, although two-thirds of the Church no longer existed, and what remained had been scattered and split into over 600 different groups.

These scattered groups did not recognize that Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. was the prophesied man of sin in 2 Thessalonians 2. They did not see that all the Church had been spewed out of God’s mouth as prophesied for the Laodicean Era of the Church.

The second booklet, Time Has Run Out, was a much stronger message toward those scattered groups and served as warning for them to address the truth of what had happened to them. This was also a strong message against all in the ministry who failed to acknowledge what God had revealed, and by doing so, had failed to truly serve and warn God’s people.

Then the book, The Prophesied End-Time, was written and sent out to the world in several languages. It was advertised in several nations and was free of charge to any who requested it and it could also be downloaded for free.

Then God began to reveal that 2008 was the pivotal year in the countdown to Christ’s coming, and the book, 2008—God’s Final Witness, was written. It too was sent out in several languages and was offered free on the Internet or paperback. The Church paid the full cost of publication and postage. It tried to make it as easy as possible for any who were interested in knowing about the catastrophic events of the end-time to be able to receive it.

In the previous chapter, it was covered how the Church came to believe Christ’s coming would be on Pentecost of 2012. In this period from the Apostasy to this date of Pentecost in 2012, God began to reveal prophetic periods of great significance. Again, all these different counts and the dates on which they occurred became a matter of awe, as these began to reveal patterns and order that could not be by chance, but only by design. The mathematical probabilities for so many prophetic periods of fulfillment, along with the meaning associated with the dates many of these occurred, were simply dumbfounding and deeply inspiring.

As a quick review, it was previously stated that 2008 was the pivotal year that determined whether the date of Christ’s coming would remain the same and be in 2012 or whether it would be moved forward by seven more years to 2019. However, the Church did not realize just how pivotal 2008 really was.

It had been revealed that the three prophesied periods of time mentioned in Daniel 12 (1,335, 1,290 & 1,260 days) were to begin within the year 2008. The first period of 1,335 days would lead up to the specific Holy Day that God had revealed Christ would return, Pentecost 2012. When counting backward from Pentecost of 2012 by 1,335 days, the count came to September 30, 2008. This was the day for the annual observance of the Feast of Trumpets in 2008—a startling revelation. In addition, the meaning of Trumpets had great relevance here because the meaning of that day concerns the announcing (trumpeting) of the coming of the Messiah.

God then revealed that the final seal of Revelation, the Seventh Seal, would open on the 14th of November 2008 (1,290 days before Pentecost 2012). Then, on the 14th of December 2008 (1,260 days), the Seven Trumpets of Revelation were blown, and the physical tribulation they announced would occur when it was God’s time that they each should begin doing so.



70 Weeks

The time between when the Apostasy occurred up to Pentecost on the 27th of May 2012 became another astonishing revelation of time. Although God later revealed that He had changed the time of Christ’s coming in 2012 to that of Pentecost in 2019, He still clearly revealed the purpose of this first date and its great significance. This period of time contained a total of 6,370 days.

When counting up to Pentecost of 2012, the 27th is not included in the count, as Christ’s coming would have been at the very end of the 26th, just when the day of Pentecost would begin on the 27th.

This number of 6,370 is a specific multiple of three numbers that have highly significant prophetic meaning. God revealed those numbers as 7, 70, and 13. When these numbers are multiplied together they equal 6,370 days.

Earlier, God’s judgment upon the man of sin was shown by revealing he died 280 days after the Apostasy. This number is the multiple of the 7-day week times 40, where 40 is a number used prophetically that indicates judgment. The man of sin sought to change God’s Sabbath of the 7th day of the week, and God executed His judgment against him for doing so by ending his life exactly 7 x 40 days later (280 days), to the hour, from when he declared that it was no longer required to observe the Sabbath. The number 7 that was used here is the number that contains the prophetic meaning of being complete—completeness.

When used prophetically, the number 70 is one that has always been known to contain the meaning of Christ’s coming. This comes from that well-known prophecy of Daniel that is widely understood as the 70 Weeks Prophecy. For this count following the Apostasy, it was not a matter of years, but of days. With seven days in a week, times 70, which is the number for Christ’s coming, there are 490 days.

Then there is one more multiple in this sum of 6,370 days and that is the number 13. This number has great significance and has the meaning of apostasy and rebellion. This is recognized in various reference books. Beyond this, it is also a number that is prophetically attached to Satan, who is the ultimate epitome of rebellion and apostasy.

All these dates and numbers carried great meaning for God’s Church because the Church understood that Satan would be bound by Christ for over a thousand years at his coming. Satan and the demonic world will not be allowed to be in the presence of mankind during the Millennium or during the final hundred years when all of “the rest” of mankind are resurrected to a second physical life.

So not only did this overall number (6,370) have great meaning concerning Christ’s coming (70), but it also reflected the meaning of Satan’s rule (13) coming to an end over this earth and Christ being established to rule instead, which completes (7) God’s plan for the establishment of His Kingdom to rule on earth (7 x 70 x 13 = 6,370).

Then, in addition to that, what had happened in the Church through a prophesied rebellion of the man of sin, the son of perdition, in an Apostasy had incredible meaning in the use of the number 13. Indeed, the great meaning for this entire period of time from the Apostasy to the first date of Christ’s coming proved incredibly inspiring to God’s Church.

These numbers continue to become more astounding and revealing the further we go into them. These are so very far beyond any possibility of coincidence or chance that it defies the imagination. The mathematical probability of these numbers occurring along with the dates associated with them continues to increase exponentially the more that is added. The numbers that have been used, which give such resulting totals are in themselves astounding, but the fact that “exact meaning” is also contained in all of them, carries this into a realm of incredible improbability and is a powerful witness as to who the designer of it all is.



Second Use of 70

This total period of 6,370 days contains God’s indelible and undeniable handprint. However, God did not stop at simply giving a period of time that validated Christ’s coming by the use of a literal 70 weeks prophecy. God also revealed the importance of the 1,260-day time cycles that identify end-time prophetic periods. This period of time was mentioned earlier, showing how it is described in different ways, yet is always used in the context of specific end-time prophetic periods that last 1,260 days.

To understand all this, it is necessary to first explain the use of two numbers that are used to symbolize mankind. These are the numbers 5 and 6, with each containing its own unique and special meaning regarding mankind.

As the number 7 in God’s plan is used to symbolize “completeness,” the number 6 is used to symbolize “incompleteness,” and in this case it is in reference to mankind being “incomplete” in the manner he was created. When God reestablished the existence of physical life upon the earth during the period that is often referred to as the seven days of creation, He created mankind on the sixth day. Then God rested on the seventh day and established it as the weekly Sabbath given to mankind to observe forever as a special day of worship.

Mankind was created on the sixth day, albeit created incomplete as physical human beings who do not have God’s holy spirit in them. God’s holy spirit dwelling IN mankind is necessary in order to make mankind’s creation complete—enabling one to potentially be born into Elohim, the God Family.

This number 6 is used to reveal the incompleteness of mankind. It is during the first 6 1,000-year periods that mankind has been allowed to govern himself and choose how to live life. The lesson is that for 6,000 years mankind has proven that he cannot govern himself successfully. Every government of mankind has failed. The “ways” of mankind have produced great confusion, suffering, injustice, wars, and much perversion in life. That confusion created by mankind has permeated every facet of life and is reflected in the failure in government, religion, economic practice, society, and family life. And now, with modern technology, mankind will annihilate itself if God does not intervene to stop it. Mankind is incomplete and needs God and His ways if they are to survive.

The number 5 is also about mankind, but this number is used to reveal another aspect about mankind and its relationship to God. This number reveals the “ways” of mankind in contrast to the “ways” of God. The ways of mankind are opposite to that of God and these ways reveal the selfish nature that exists in them. That selfish nature is motivated by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). Whereas, the ways of God are that of total unselfish and outgoing love toward others—which includes mercy, forgiveness, kindness, patience, and love that is genuine, sacrificing, and always “giving” toward others.

In the second use of the number 70 that is used to proclaim the second coming of Jesus Christ, it was stated earlier that God also revealed the importance of the 1,260-day time cycles that identify end-time prophetic periods. The number 5 is used in relationship to these cycles of 1,260 days.

The use of the number 5 has great meaning here because it reveals the “ways of mankind” that have led to God’s judgment on the earth due to the fact that mankind has not listened to Him and has now brought itself to the point of annihilation. Although the ways of mankind are revealed in symbolism through the use of this number, the number 5 also reveals “God’s way” of working with mankind from the beginning, which is that of great patience, mercy, and love toward them.

It was also mentioned earlier that if 2012 had remained the date for Christ’s coming that the devastation and vast death toll around the world would have been exceedingly greater. With that first date for Christ’s coming, mankind had already been judged and the execution of that judgment would have been far more severe than if it could be moved to 2019. However, God has revealed the vastness of His great mercy and love by extending that judgment for 2012 by an additional seven years so that millions could yet be saved.

In this number of 6,370 days, there are 5 equivalent periods of 1,260 days (with 70 days remaining that signifies Christ’s coming). God revealed two very important and specific end-time prophetic periods of 1,260 days within the countdown from the Apostasy to the first date of Christ’s coming. The first was from the date of the Apostasy (December 17, 1994) to Pentecost of 1998 (May 30, 1998).

The second specific end-time prophetic period of 1,260 days that God revealed to be of great significance is what was seen at that time as the final period leading up to Christ’s coming. It began when the Seven Trumpets of the Seventh Seal were blown (December 14, 2008) and then 1,260 days later led up to May 27, 2012 (Pentecost).

God has not revealed what significance or meaning there may be in the other three periods of 1,260 days that lie in between that first and fifth period, or even if there is any significant meaning in them other than the fact that they add great meaning for the total being 5 periods of time. The total of those five periods of 1,260 days is 6,300 days. That leaves 70 days remaining (from the total of 6,370). This too is not a matter of chance, but of design, and signifies God’s purpose—that mankind had been judged and that Christ could return on the Pentecost of 2012, if time was to remain cut short. However, it has already been shown that God’s greater desire was that Christ should return on the Pentecost of 2019.



FIRST COUNT to 2012:

With Two Prophetic Signs of Christ’s Coming


1st Sign: 7 x 70 x 13 = 6,370

Apostasy up to Pentecost 2012

  • December 17, 1994 up to May 27, 2012
  • Total number of prophetic days = 6,370

2nd Sign: 5 x 1,260 + 70 = 6,370

1st prophetic 1,260 days

  • December 17, 1994 to May 30, 1998

2nd, 3rd, & 4th periods + 70 days

  • May 31, 1998 to December 13, 2008

5th prophetic 1,260 days

  • December 14, 2008 up to May 27, 2012


NUMBERS:

Prophetic Significance

5 = mankind

7 = complete

13 = rebellion & apostasy / Satan

70 = Christ’s coming

280 = execution of God’s judgment

1,260 days = a prophetic period marking the end-time



Beyond 2012

After the Church had moved beyond 2012, God finally began to reveal that the countdown for Christ’s coming had been extended by exactly 7 more years, from Pentecost of 2012 to Pentecost of 2019. It was revealed that His purpose for doing so was to create a greater transformation in those who were in His Church so that they would be prepared to accomplish an even greater work in the end-time that remained.

Christ returning in 2019 gave the Church a new focus. God could now work to create far greater potential for those of the Church that had been scattered after the Apostasy to be saved into the Millennium. This later date also made way for a vastly greater and more complex work to be accomplished whereby a far greater potential could exist to deliver hundreds of millions more people into the Millennium.

This period of additional time revealed another remarkable total number of days that contained even greater meaning. This could be described as an extended deeper meaning to Christ’s coming. This change from 2012 to 2019 added another 2,570 days to the countdown for Christ’s coming. This too is awesomely significant, as this now gave the addition of two more very specific prophetic end-time periods of 1,260 days to that overall count.

Within this extension to Christ’s coming, the first of these two new periods is from May 27, 2012 to November 7, 2015. God revealed early on that this first additional period of 1,260 days was the 42 months mentioned in Revelation 11 that is about the “measuring of the temple” of God that would occur within that period of time, which is about the final preparation of God’s Church for the final work leading up to Christ’s coming.

This second additional end-time period of 1,260 days runs from the 8th of November 2015 to the 20th of April 2019. This count concludes on the weekly Sabbath that is in the midst of the first Holy Day season of that year, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This period is now recognized as the time for God’s two witnesses to complete the physical fulfillment of their witness to the world.

Revelation 11:3-6 reveals that for a period of 1,260 days God will send His two end-time witnesses to prophesy with power throughout this time. Much of that witness and the power given to it is the writing that is contained in this very book. Toward the end of this period of time, they will be able to shut up the heavens so it will not rain wherever and for however long they say. They will strike the earth with plagues as often as they choose. Much of what is fulfilled during this period will have to do with the Thunders of Revelation that will be more completely fulfilled by those things they proclaim.

Within this extension of seven more years, there was then this addition of two more end-time periods of 1,260 days to the overall existing count for Christ’s coming. The five 1,260-day periods that occurred before the Pentecost of 2012, along with these two additional ones, now give 7 complete end-time periods of 1,260 days. Again, there is great significance in that number, as the number 7 is used for completeness in God’s plan. The week is complete with the 7th day Sabbath. The annual Holy Days are 7 in number and they give the complete plan of God for mankind. God has given 7 one thousand year periods (7,000 years) for mankind to be able to live out the first life He has given them.

Yet there is another period in all this that also needs to be addressed. The inclusion of two more periods of 1,260 days that were added beyond the Pentecost of 2012 give a total of 2,520 more days for the countdown to Christ’s coming. However, from the 27th of May 2012 (counting that day) to Pentecost on the 9th of June 2019, there is a total of 2,570 days. This number contains an additional 50 days that remain beyond these two final prophetic periods.

That 50-day period has already been mentioned. It is the time when God begins to pour out the Seven Last Plagues, which will lead to Christ coming to a world that has been humbled and ready to listen to him. As it has been stated, the day when his coming will be manifested in the atmosphere above the earth is the 21st of April 2019. It appears that this manifestation will be at the moment that the Wave Sheaf would have been waved before God on that day, which was in the midst of the Holy Day period of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lev. 23). This manifestation of Christ coming will be on the morning of the 1st day of the week that follows Passover that year.

The Wave Sheaf pictured the time when Jesus Christ would fulfill its meaning of being accepted as the first of the firstfruits of God’s great harvest—of those who are gleaned from the world to be in His Family—Elohim. Jesus Christ died on Passover and was laid in the tomb just before sunset on the 4th day of the week (Wednesday) in 31 A.D. After sunset, the weekly observance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began. Then at the end of the 7th day (the weekly Sabbath) just before sunset, Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead after being in the tomb for exactly three nights and three days.

Therefore, Christ was resurrected just before sundown on that weekly Sabbath. As soon as the sun went down, it became the 1st day of the week (Sunday). It wasn’t until the morning, Sunday morning, when the priests would offer up the Wave Sheaf, that Christ would then ascend to God. Christ then being received by God the Father would be the spiritual fulfillment of the Wave Sheaf. Later on that same day, after he had ascended and been received by God, he returned to be with his disciples and others for the next forty days.

Not only is this time for the Wave Sheaf offering about the beginning of God’s spiritual harvest, as it pictured Jesus Christ being the first of the firstfruits, but that day was also the beginning of a specific count that God commands so that people will know when the Holy Day of Pentecost should be observed. Pentecost is the day that the Wave Loaves were offered up and they picture the firstfruits (the 144,000) being offered up before God to be received by Him in the same manner that the Wave Sheaf was offered up before God for acceptance of Jesus Christ.

Paul described Jesus Christ as being the first of the firstfruits of God to be resurrected. In 1 Corinthians, a description is given of the order for all the firstfruits of God to be resurrected—all those who would be first to be resurrected into God’s Family—Elohim. Christ is described as the first to be resurrected and then the rest would be resurrected later at his coming.

“But everyone in their own order, Christ [of] the firstfruits, and afterward those [the rest, the 144,000 firstfruits] who are Christ’s at his coming” (1 Corinthians 15:23). Christ is described clearly as being resurrected first and then the rest of those firstfruits are resurrected at his coming.

Chapter 14 of the Book of Revelation begins by mentioning the 144,000 who will be resurrected to be with Christ at his coming and are described in the following manner: “These are they who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among mankind [over 6,000 years], and are the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb” (Rev. 14:4).

So Pentecost is the annual Holy Day that pictures the firstfruits of God—the 144,000—who are resurrected to spirit life in the first resurrection at Christ’s coming, and who then return with him to the Mount of Olives on that day, on Pentecost 2019.

The first five periods (of 1,260 days) that preceded the Pentecost of 2012 had 70 days added that symbolized the coming of Christ. There are two more periods that have been added after this that now make seven complete periods of 1,260 days since the Apostasy. These two new periods that followed have 50 more days that are added, and that symbolizes the coming of the firstfruits (the 144,000) with Christ. These all contain very great meaning concerning Christ’s coming to reign in the Kingdom of God for the next 1,100 years.

Yet there is even more meaning contained in this, as Pentecost reveals the command God gave for how to determine when that Holy Day should be observed. Pentecost literally means “count fifty.” It is that final 50 days that ties together, in an incredible manner, the great meaning of Jesus Christ as the first of the firstfruits, along with the rest of the firstfruits—the 144,000—who all come down to this earth on that final fiftieth day—Pentecost 2019.



SECOND COUNT to 2019:

Pentecost 2012 to Pentecost 2019 (2,570 days)

  • May 27, 2012 to June 9, 2019

6th prophetic 1,260 days

  • May 27, 2012 to November 7, 2015

7th prophetic 1,260 days

  • November 8, 2015 to April 20, 2019

Final 50 days to Christ’s coming

  • 50 is the count from the Wave Sheaf to Pentecost
  • April 21, 2019 to June 9, 2019


Two Great Signs

The countdown for Christ’s coming, beginning from the Apostasy to 2019, covers a period of nearly twenty-four and one-half years. The first part of this chapter covered much of the numerical breakdown that contains great prophetic meaning in that complete count. Yet even beyond this precise and ordered counting, God gave two additional great signs to His Church that would serve to mark Christ’s coming: one at the beginning and one at the end of this countdown. The first sign concerned the Apostasy, which served as a sign for the beginning of the countdown to Christ’s return.

The events surrounding the Apostasy cover many years and were mostly a result of the first four Seals of Revelation that are often referred to as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These events were not about the world, as so many have supposed, but they concerned God’s Church and a prophesied rebellion that would occur at the end-time. That Apostasy was a great falling away from God’s truth that He had given His own Church and is symbolized by these four horsemen.

The second and last sign God gave to His Church was a revelation of God’s two end-time witnesses and the work they would fulfill that would lead up to the end of the countdown to Christ’s return. The two witnesses would be raised up within God’s Church and their work would be a sign for the completion of the end-time.

Although the Church had understood for decades that the period for the work of the two witnesses leading up to Christ’s coming would last for 1,260 days, the Church did not know that their work would actually cover three of these prophetic end-time periods of 1,260 days and not just one.

The work these two witnesses fulfill is outlined in the Book of Revelation. It was not until this final chapter that God revealed that the writing of this book is actually the focus and primary means through which one of these verses will become fulfilled.

After writing each chapter of this book, it was my practice to send it into the Church for editing to have it double-checked for grammar, spelling, and clarity. If something I had written was not completely clear to those who were editing it, then I could work on that portion to make it clearer. Although, there are still some things that will not be clear until later, as they are prophetic in nature and are not immediately understood. When writing this last chapter, I sent in the first half that covered the various combinations of counting that God had revealed in the overall count to Christ’s coming. There was one last section that I knew I needed to write—this section. However, I was not certain what needed to be covered in order to complete this book.

Only after about three weeks had passed did I then begin to write this last section that is entitled, “Two Great Signs.” My wife, who is the other end-time witness, was also reading the book and giving me feedback. After reading the book up to this point, she told me that I needed to read a specific verse in Revelation that she believed this book was fulfilling. Upon reading that verse, it became clear that it was indeed about what had just been written and that it would serve to be the primary means through which that verse would become fulfilled.

The remainder of this book will outline those events which God has been fulfilling and will continue to fulfill through His two witnesses. Knowledge and understanding of these two witnesses will help people to better understand events that will occur right up to Christ’s coming.

The first part of this chapter focused on the actual breakdown of the counting and the deep meaning contained in the way God established those numeric multiples that lead to His Son’s return. Those numerical combinations reveal that it is all a matter of God’s design and that only God could fulfill such a thing. This final section reveals some of the prophetic fulfillment and work that God will accomplish through His two witnesses that will finish the work that is involved in the last of this countdown to Christ’s return.

There are two chapters in the Book of Revelation that outline the work that God purposed through His two witnesses that He had John record nearly 2,000 years ago. Those chapters are going to be explained as they apply to events that have already taken place and events that are about to begin to take place which will bring an end to the end-time. Those events that will yet be accomplished through the two witnesses are astounding, and they will happen within the same period of time that catastrophic end-time events and WWIII occur.



The Seven Thunders

This story begins in Revelation 10 where John wrote something unique concerning the Seven Thunders, and although he heard what these thunders were, he was told that he was not to record them. It is because they were not to be revealed until the end-time, as God’s purpose was that this should be revealed through the end-time witness who is John’s counterpart. Both John and this witness have been the only two in the history of the Church to whom God uniquely gave each to be both an apostle and a prophet.

The story that leads into the introduction of God’s two witnesses begins by John seeing an angel coming down from heaven crying aloud the Seven Thunders.

“He [the angel] had a little book open in his hand, and he set his right foot on the sea and his left on the land, and cried with a loud voice like a lion roaring. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write [what had been uttered], but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me to seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them” (Revelation 10:2-4).

This description that John gives of a little book is somewhat obscure because of how this is translated into today’s languages. It states that the angel had a little book or booklet, and this generally conjures up something different in the mind, as if this was a literal small book. However, it was not a book at all, but a very small scroll which John was later told that he was to eat. This little scroll contained what had been uttered by the angel, which was the Seven Thunders.

“Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, ‘Go, take the little book [scroll] which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and the earth.’ So I went to the angel and said to him, ‘Give me the little book.’ And he said to me, ‘Take and eat it, and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.’ Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter” (Rev. 10:8-10).

John is describing how he ate this little scroll and how it affected him physically, but this simply pictured what would later be fulfilled on a spiritual plane by John’s counterpart at the end time.

When writing the book, 2008—God’s Final Witness, it was given to me to reveal those Seven Thunders. Indeed the experience of being given this to fulfill was inspiring and exciting, especially when understanding that these things would help lead vast numbers of people to change and repent so that they could have opportunity to live on into the Millennium. This most certainly could be likened to eating something that tasted sweet.

However, once these things had been written and published, the resulting experience of scorn, ridicule, hatred, and mocking that was received from nearly all who read it was bitter. Although that is the normal response of mankind to those things God has given to His prophets through time, it is another thing to experience such hatred and evil from others. It is bitter.

The height of the ridicule, hatred, and mocking—the bitterness—was experienced throughout the time of the 5th prophetic period of 1,260 days. This book went out into the world in a volume that God accounted as a sufficient number to fulfill an end-time witness of mankind’s normal response to Him. That was made manifest by their response toward whom God had given to write the book, to whom He had sent into the world. This book was received by a few million people in over 170 nations and sent out in seven different languages. Not only had these Seven Thunders been covered in that book, but the Seven Trumpets, Seven Last Plagues, and the catastrophic events they reveal were addressed as well.

Some who read this book wondered if these things might possibly come to pass, but they really didn’t believe them. As the year 2012 came along, the bitterness grew as people responded with even greater anger, mocking, and contempt for what had been written. Yet all these events will still occur, just seven years later, but now with some changes because of what God is mercifully offering mankind, if they will listen.



SEVEN THUNDERS:

  • The Little Scroll
  • Covered thoroughly in 2008—God’s Final Witness
  • Thunders increase in repetition, frequency, and intensity
  • The Seven Thunders:
    1. Terror of War
    2. Earthquakes: increasing in power and destruction
    3. Weather: extremes in drought, flooding, temperatures, and winds
    4. Global economic upheaval
    5. Death: plagues and death of primarily notable people
    6. Revelation of God’s end-time witnesses
    7. Accelerated revelation of God to man


Measuring the Temple

After John gave the account of the Seven Thunders, he then began to speak about certain events that were to take place in the midst of the last three prophetic end-time periods. This 6th period of time was about God’s Church, and it covered a time from Pentecost 2012 through the 7th of November 2015.

“Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod, and the angel stood and said, ‘Rise and measure the temple of God [the Church], and the altar, and those who worship there’” (Rev. 11:1).

This period of time served as the final preparation period for God’s Church to be made fully ready for the coming of Christ. This period is highlighted by a final cleansing of the temple of God (God’s Church), as well as a time for the final strengthening, teaching, and molding of God’s people so that they could be made to stand strong throughout the final end-time tribulation, and be fully readied for the coming of the head of the Church—Jesus Christ. God is going to have a refined, spiritually strong, and faithful Church made ready to meet Christ once he returns.

This final refining meant that the Church was to be brought up to the measure of the stature God intended His people should have by the time His Son arrives. However, this also meant that those who were not yielding and not being faithful to their calling would be removed from the Church.

“But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the gentiles, and they will tread the holy city [the Church—spiritual Jerusalem] underfoot for forty-two months” (Rev. 11:2).

Those who were “outside the temple” is speaking of those who gave the appearance of being within the environment of the fellowship of the Church, but who were not yielding to the calling they had received. These were not being faithful to the truths of God—to God. During this period, these people were not being worked with by God nor being brought up to the measure of the fullness that God required of His people, and therefore, they were not to be measured as part of the temple.

These people are described as being rejected in the measurement of the temple, as they are in the area of the court. In other words, they gave the appearance that they were part of the Church, but they did not practice true worship of God within the temple. Being within the court would reveal that they were not part of the Church and were living falsely before God and before those who were actually in the Church. So the instruction was to keep them separated from the temple, as they were not to be measured as part of it. Instead, they were to be revealed for where they truly were, which is within the court—within the environment of the Church—but not in the temple, not in the Church. By only being in the court, they were actually with the gentiles (a term used for unbelievers). These were rejected by God and removed in one way or another from the appearance of being part of God’s Church.

This is indeed what happened during that period of time, and at the time of this writing, there are now only a couple of months remaining in this period for measuring the temple. Once that is complete, then the world will enter into the 7th and last end-time period of 1,260 days before Christ’s coming. Within the environment of the Church, God has been removing members who have been unfaithful. In that group there have been quite a few in the ministry that have been removed as well, including the removal of several senior ministers and even one evangelist.

This period has not only included a great cleansing of the Church, but those who have remained faithful have been going through a measuring process of being far more fully trained, strengthened, and made ready for Christ’s coming. During this time, the Church has drawn closer together spiritually with one another and with God than at any other time within the history of the last several hundred years of God’s Church. Before this book is published, the Church will have been made fully ready for the coming of their High Priest, Passover, and elder brother—Jesus Christ.



42 Months

There is one more prophetic fulfillment that took place during this 6th prophetic end-time period that is referred to in these verses. This first and foremost is about what would happen to God’s two end-time witnesses within this period of time, and as a result, it would also be experienced by the Church.

The last verse that was quoted about this period gave instruction not to measure those who were in the court outside the temple (the false worshippers), but to instead give them over to the gentiles (unbelievers). Then the last part of the verse continues by making reference to what many of these gentiles would do during this period. This needs to be understood in the context that the gentiles now included those who were no longer to be measured as part of the temple, as they were cast out from the Church. It states of these gentiles, “...and they will tread the holy city [God’s Church] underfoot for forty-two months” (Rev. 11:2).

This is the time that the gentiles, and especially those who were not measured as part of the Church, had the greatest ability to trample upon and attack the Church of God, and primarily, its leadership. This is also a time that Satan and the demonic world worked their hardest to attack God’s people, which was largely accomplished by working to adversely influence those who were referred to in this verse as the gentiles.

Although the Church may have outwardly appeared to these gentiles to be in one of its weakest states ever, it was actually a time when God was making it to stand in one of its strongest states ever, as people were being strengthened spiritually and receiving final training and preparation for Christ’s coming. The attacks from others actually worked to enhance this strengthening process.

To the gentiles referenced here, the Church appeared to be at its weakest point when a judge sentenced God’s apostle and end-time prophet to 42 months of a federal sentence for attempting to evade payment of taxes. Although a trial by jury gave a guilty verdict, that did not change what was true about God’s servants and God’s Church. This 6th period of the end-time included events surrounding that trial, the sentencing, home confinement and imprisonment. These events are all partially or completely included in this actual prophetic 42 month period (1,260 days). It did not go unnoticed that the sentence given God’s prophet was 42 months, although that period for the actual fulfillment of the sentence did not fully fit within this 6th period, all the events concerning matters of the aftermath of a trial, sentencing, and most of that confinement did fulfill that prophecy of 42 months.

As mentioned, this entire period of the gentiles trampling upon God’s Church did not weaken the Church, it actually worked to do just the opposite. It strengthened the resolve, faith, and spiritual conviction of God’s people. All this, again, simply served God’s greater purpose for molding and fashioning a stronger Church, along with preparing His two end-time witnesses to become thoroughly equipped so that they could more perfectly accomplish what was ahead of them during the final 7th prophetic period.



The Two Witnesses

The 7th and last end-time prophetic period of 1,260 days will be the period when God gives His two end-time witnesses the primary work that they have been prophesied to fulfill. Throughout the entirety of the 5th and 6th prophetic end-time periods, these two individuals have been the focus of much ridicule, hatred, mockery and scorn, and during each of these prophetic periods, these two will have fulfilled a specific kind of witness, yet their major witness is during the final 1,260 day period.

“And I [Almighty God] will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth” (Rev. 11:3).

Wearing sackcloth is used to symbolize the practice of walking humbly before God. This verse is describing how God’s two end-time witnesses are clothed in humility as they carry out the commission God has given them. Humility is the opposite of pride, and God has prepared both of these individuals to be able to accomplish the work that is before them in a manner that reflects true justice, mercy, and active living faith. The purpose for the power God gives to these two is to humble others who are filled with pride and who are refusing to listen to God.

These two witnesses will exercise that power they are given according to their own will, according to what they themselves determine to use against others for the purpose of stripping them of their pride, just like what was done against Egypt and Pharaoh in the days of Moses.

Although these two are given such great power to use as they will, as they choose, they will not be lifted up in pride because of it. Instead, the use of that power will be reflected in humility because they fully understand that it is from God as a matter of His purpose being worked out, and that it is by His great power such things are accomplished, and no one else’s. These two witnesses understand, mightily so, that all that is taking place is about what God is doing to humble this earth in order to establish His Son as King of kings.

This matter of them wearing sackcloth—of being clothed in humility—is simply the result of God molding and fashioning them into such a state through all that they have had to experience in the previous seven years of those two end-time prophetic periods before this (the 5th and 6th 1,260 days). It is within those periods of time that these two have been ridiculed, mocked, hated, and later trampled upon that they have learned humility on a strong spiritual plane.

Due to what these two leaders of God’s Church experienced, the Church also experienced much of the same thing, and they also learned greater humility of spirit in their service toward God, as they have shared in the same manner of attacks from others. All that transpired through those two prophetic end-time periods worked in a very powerful way to create far greater spiritual strength within God’s people. It worked powerfully within them to prepare them for Christ’s coming.

It states in the verse just quoted that these two “will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days.” Much of this fulfillment to prophesy is because of what is written in this book and the one before it. This book will have been completed and offered to the world early in the final 7th end-time prophetic period of 1,260 days. Prophecy that has been recorded in this book and in the last book, 2008—God’s Final Witness, will come to pass as it has been written. This will be the primary manner by which this verse is fulfilled because it is during this final period that most all of those prophecies become fulfilled.

Yet there is much more that is stated about what these two witnesses will be involved in doing within this last prophetic end-time period.

“These are the two olive trees and of the two lamp stands standing [set, established] before the God of the earth” (Rev. 11:4).

Although God has not yet revealed the full extent of the meaning contained in this verse, nevertheless, it is of incredible importance to Him. This states that these are of the two lamp stands and the two olive trees, which are spoken of in the Book of Zechariah concerning God’s two anointed ones, whom He will give of His great power to fulfill many prophetic events that will lead up to Christ’s coming. God gave this prophecy to Zechariah a few hundred years before Christ was born. So indeed, the work these two are given to do is important to God and His purpose for the end-time.

The verses that follow describe what God has set or established that they should do before Him upon the earth.

“If anyone will hurt them, fire will proceed out of their mouth and devour their enemies, and if anyone will hurt them, they must in this manner be killed” (Rev. 11:5).

God reveals that some will so hate these two witnesses that they will try to do them harm and even attempt to kill them. However, God makes it clear that these two will not die until God allows it. The fire that is described as proceeding out of their mouth is symbolic of the power they are given to pronounce any consuming judgment upon any who would desire or attempt to harm them.

“They have power to shut the heavens so that it does not rain in the days of their prophecy, and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they will” (Rev. 11:6).

God will give His two witnesses power to cause devastating destruction from whatever plagues they determine, according to their own judgment. This means they will decide when, where, what kind, and how long specific plagues will strike and when plagues should be repeated. Some of these plagues that are pronounced will be coupled with events outlined within some of the Seven Thunders.

There is still more that is stated about these two end-time witnesses whom God refers to as His prophets. For any who desire to read about this in the Bible, it is in the verses that follow those that have just been quoted in Revelation 11.



Book Fulfills A Prophecy

As with the previous books, this one will also go out to most of the nations of the world, to people of several different languages. Earlier in this chapter, I stated that my wife told me I needed to read about a prophecy that this book will fulfill. Once it is complete, this book does fulfill that prophecy.

This specific book will be advertised and translated into more languages than before. This is for the purpose of seeking to reach out to millions more giving greater potential for many more people to be saved.

Yet there are several nations and people of different languages who have no desire whatsoever to read such a book as this, no matter what is stated in it or how bad the world becomes. God knows who those people are and this is not being made directly available to them, although they have been forewarned.

Each of you who has now read this book and come to this very point needs to face the reality that you and you alone are at the most important juncture of your life. It is the time that only you can now choose how you are going to live from this moment forward. It is one of either holding onto your old way—your own ways—or of embracing what God has told you throughout this book. One way or the other, life cannot simply continue on for you as it has in the past. The world is going through major change, and compared to the population of the world right now, far fewer will live on into the new millennial age God is going to establish.

God is currently bringing people to the greatest crossroads of their lives where major decisions have to be made concerning how each person will choose to live the rest of their life. It will either be one of listening to God and changing their life to be in agreement with Him and His ways or it will be to refuse what He is offering.

Only you, and you alone, can make that choice for your life. That responsibility belongs to no one else.

If someone has the desire to live on into God’s new age, and to live His way of life in it, then they must change. No one can continue to live as they have been. No one can continue to hold on to their false religious and/or immoral practices, but instead must reject them.

The entire reason the world is going through end-time catastrophic events is because mankind has consistently lived disobediently toward God for 6,000 years, and it has now come to the time, because of the advancement of technology, that it is about to annihilate itself.

Disobedience to God’s ways only brings suffering, sorrow, and evil in life. God is bringing an end to that, as He brings an end to mankind’s self-rule, rebellion, and prideful selfish living that has been the cause of such suffering and sorrow throughout the millennia.

It is because of mankind’s selfish and pride-filled ways that God is now intervening to end that self-rule and to establish His government as His Kingdom is established under Jesus Christ who will reign over every nation on earth. Not only is God going to establish His government to reign over every nation, He is also going to establish His one true Church throughout all the earth. It will be the only Church and religious practice that is allowed to exist on earth. Once the Millennium is established, there will be no more practice of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, traditional Christianity, or any other false practices in religion, but only that which is true and originates from God’s one true Church.

Whether people like that or not, that is what is happening. Those who do not like it are among those most likely to die before Jesus Christ returns. Those who do live through what is coming and then begin to practice their old ways in the Millennium will not escape death. God reveals they too will soon come to an end if they do not quickly respond to what God is establishing after 6,000 years of mankind’s miserable governments, religions, and ways that have caused such incredible suffering throughout the ages.

By the time the Millennium is established, once Jesus Christ and the 144,000 stand upon this earth once more, over half of the world’s population will have been destroyed. Knowing the stubbornness, rebelliousness, selfishness, and pride of human nature, that number will likely be far higher. If need be, God can reduce the earth’s population to a few million or even a few hundred thousand before the Millennium is established. That is fully up to the different nations, rulers, and people that live in this final end-time.

The full amount of destruction and death that will occur is fully dependent on how people throughout the world respond to God and whether they will begin to listen to Him or not. That is where you are at this very moment. You alone can decide whether or not you are going to embrace God’s ways that lead to selflessness rather than selfishness, to the way of give and love rather than the way of get, hatred, prejudice, and jealousy. God’s way, and His way alone, is the only thing that can produce true unity, caring, friendship, peace, and genuine love toward fellow mankind. The ways of man have never produced such a thing, and they cannot. The ways of mankind produce just the opposite of God’s way.

Right now you are at a place in your life where you must choose whether you are going to now follow God’s way or continue on with your own. This is not something you can simply put off deciding. That time is now, and it is a matter of whether each person will choose to listen to God or not. It is very much like what God told Israel when He had led them out of captivity in Egypt. God gave to them His way of life that they should live by and then said to them, “This day I have set before you life and death.” Then He revealed His great desire toward them, just as He does for each of you now, and He said, “Choose life!” That choice was left in their own hands. The result of life or death was fully within the power of each individual’s choice.

For the Israelites at that time, this was not a matter of immediate death that would be executed upon them. However, at this time it is different. Everyone now lives in a time of great death and destruction on this earth, and only God can give the kind of intervention that can protect and save people from that destruction and death, so that they can live on into the Millennium.

So indeed, this book fulfills a prophecy that reveals the very purpose for why it was written. It is also the reason for the title of this book. God’s desire is that people will receive the words of this book and listen to what He has revealed to them, so that many more might be saved and have opportunity to live on into the Millennium that is about to be established.

It is for this very reason that God has addressed specific nations and their leaders, as leaders have the greatest responsibility and potential ability to influence others to at least listen to those things written here, as was done by the king of Nineveh in the days of Jonah. So God gave charge that this book be written to explain why He has granted seven more years to the world so that many more have the potential for being saved through this final great world war and the catastrophic events that have finally come to be fulfilled on the earth.

This book will end with the prophetic verse referred to that this book fulfills. Although this was stated to John, the charge was not his to fulfill. It was for John’s counterpart, who is God’s prophet, apostle, and end-time witness. This verse was stated prophetically to John’s counterpart to fulfill by writing this book. Although the previous book, 2008—God’s Final Witness, was also sent out to most of the nations of the world, and in several languages to those people and their leaders, God’s purpose for this book is that a stronger message be sent out again, one last time.

The angel said to me, “You must prophesy again against [about, toward] many peoples, nations, languages, and rulers” (Revelation 10:11).