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  1. 1. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:39 PM Page 1 99 19 — ts 00 en 20 llm t— lfi ec fu xp tic o e he t t op ha Pr W $3.00 Volume 10/Number 1 January/February 2000 WORLD EVENTS FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE Behold, A Pale Horse Century of Death
  2. 2. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:39 PM Page 2 THIS ARTICLE IS REPEATED IN EACH ISSUE OF ENDTIME FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR NEW READERS. Many have stated that it is impossible to know whether or not we are living in the last days before the second coming of Jesus Christ. However, below you will find dramatic proof that this is the last times. All of the proofs below taken together defy coincidence. 1. EUPHRATES RIVER TO BE DRIED UP: In Revelation 16:12, the Bible predicts that the Euphrates River will be dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the east to invade Israel. This will happen at the time of the battle of Armageddon according to verse 16 of the same chapter. The battle of Armageddon will be the final battle at which time Jesus Christ will return and fight on the side of the nation of Israel. Immediately thereafter He will establish His kingdom and usher in His 1000-year reign of peace. On January 13th, 1990, the Indianapolis Star carried the headline “Turkey will cut off flow of Euphrates for 1 month.” The article stated that a huge reservoir had been built by Turkey. While filling up the reservoir, the flow of the Euphrates would be stopped for one month and a concrete plug for a diversion channel built. These things have now been done. With this newly built dam, Turkey has the ability to stop the Euphrates River at will. The conditions for fulfilling this 1900 year old prophecy are now in place! 2. CHINA GOES TO WAR: In Revelation 9:1516, the Bible prophesies that an army of 200 million soldiers will launch a war which will kill “the third part of men”. Never in the history of the world, until our present generation, has there been a power on earth that could field 200 million soldiers. However, the late ruler of China, Mao Tsetung boasted in his diary that he could field an army of 200 million. We see that this prophecy pertaining to the very last times could not ever have been fulfilled until now. 3. WORLDWIDE NUMBERING SYSTEM PREDICTED: In Revelation chapter 13, the Bible prophesies that a world dictator will soon rule over a world government. He will cause all people on the earth to receive a number without which they will be unable to buy or sell. We are seeing this prophecy fulfilled before our eyes in a most astonishing way. Nearly every human being in the world now has been assigned a number. In America it is our social security number. In the last few years we have seen this number extended to small children. A child without a social security number cannot be declared as a dependent on an income tax return. We have seen the emergence of electronic money, shopping with credit cards, and many people are urging the abolishment of cash. All of these things could not possibly have been fulfilled until this present time. Only after the invention of the computer could such a worldwide numbering system be administered. 4. THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW WORLD ORDER: Revelation 13:7 and Daniel 7:23 prophesy the establishment of a world government. We recently have seen the term “new world order” being used by the leading political people of our world. Mikhail Gorbachev has made the term famous, and Pope John Paul II has referred to it repeatedly. Finally our former President, George Bush, in the Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1990, said “Iraq is the first test for the new world order.” He stated emphatically that the Iraq War is Saddam Hussein against the world. The United Nations troops are continually referred to as the multi-national forces. The decision has been made to establish an interdependent community of nations that will rule the world under United Nations authority. The Bible says that this will lead us into a great world government. We can see this happening right before our eyes. COINCIDENCE OR DIVINE PROVIDENCE? The Euphrates River can be dried up, the necessary 200 million man army is available, a worldwide numbering system is possible because of the computer, and now the new world order is appearing. Is it coincidental that all of these major prophecies pertaining to the last times are being fulfilled simultaneously? Hardly!
  3. 3. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:39 PM Page 3 contents presenting world events from a biblical perspective C OV E R S T O RY 8 Behold, A Pale Horse The pale horse rider of the book of Revelation has been relegated to future apocalyptic events. However, the 20th Century has been the bloodiest century in the entire history of mankind. There are compelling reasons to believe that the pale horse rider named death has already been unleashed upon the earth. F E AT U R E A R T I C L E S 10 Historicism vs. Futurism Have the prophecies of the Bible already been fulfilled or are they yet future? This debate has raged among prophecy students for centuries now. Is there a possibility that some prophecies have, in fact, been fulfilled, while others are yet to come? Page 8 David Hatcher/IPOL, Inc. 20 A Prophetic Look Back—1999 During the first coming of Jesus, people experienced incredible prophetic fulfillment. But most of them never realized it. Did we experience any fulfillment of the Bible’s prophecies in 1999? 25 What to Expect in 2000 It is quite probable that the year 2000 will be the most important year prophetically since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. E X C L U S I V E I N T E RV I E W 27 U.S. Senator James Inhofe This interview presents an insider’s opinion concerning the possibility of war between China and the United States in the near future. Page 10 Endtime Archive 30 World Review & Prophecy Shorts It is amazing how many major world developments are presently afoot which are directly related to the fulfillment of specific biblical prophecies. D E PA R T M E N T S 4 Editorial 6 Letters 17 Whetstone Page 20 Note: Due to lack of space, the Crossword Puzzle and the Seek & Find were omitted from this issue. They will reappear next issue. AP WorldWide/ Photos/Pierre Thielemans Endtime’s World Wide Web Address: http://www.endtime.com E-mail: endtime@endtime.com Endtime, Inc. is published bi-monthly by Endtime, Inc., 1214 South 8th Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Subscription price is $24.97 for 12 issues. Periodical postage paid #009267, ISSN# 1066-6885, Richmond, IN, and additional mailing offices. © 1994 Endtime, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Endtime, PO Box 2066, Richmond, IN 47375-2066. For subscriptions call 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week 1-800-ENDTIME. Other inquiries call 1-765-92-6344 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST) Cover: by Dan Barkley
  4. 4. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:39 PM Page 4 Endtime photo EDITORIAL Editorial W elcome to the new millennium! Does crossing the “2000” rubicon really mean anything? We have looked forward to the dawning of this millennium with anticipation and with no small amount of intrepidation. But is anything out of the ordinary really happening here? It is undeniable that we live in momentous times. The dawn of the age of the computer and the Internet guarantees that things will never again be quite the same. World structures are undergoing radical transformation. We all know that we have, in fact, entered a New World Order—whether that be for the MAGAZINE STAFF EDITOR IRVIN BAXTER JR. EDITOR’S ASSISTANT MARYBETH STIGLEMAN OFFICE MANAGER JANA ROBBINS NETWORK ADMINSTRATOR DAVE NORTHROP LAYOUT better or the worse. The emergence of the World Community and the increasing interdependence of nations holds a certain excitement and limitless potential. The world has shrunk. We are all global citizens. But what does all this mean—if anything at all? Where will this lead us? Should our hearts be frozen by fear, or should we be energized by the incredible possibilities that we sense are just ahead? How do we respond to this new age? It all depends on whether you intend to win or lose. If you see possible loss of possessions and even life resulting from prophetic fulfillments, which are obviously just ahead, then a bunker mentality will be your natural response. If your first response to the emerging world government structures is how to protect your home and family, then very tough times are undoubtedly just ahead. But if somehow we tap into the words of Jesus… “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it,” suddenly the dynamic times just ahead become pregnant with limitless possibilities. We suddenly see Irvin Baxter Jr., Endtime Editor ourselves as that “generation upon whom the ends of the world have come.” We realize that we are actually the people of whom the Prophet Daniel spoke, “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many.” (Daniel 11:32-33) Suddenly the urgent question of what we should be doing at this unprecedented juncture in human history becomes crystal clear. We should be doing what our captain and leader Jesus Christ commanded us…Go, preach the gospel of the kingdom. Work while it is day, for the night comes when no man can work. New millennium—here we come! ❏ DAN BARKLEY STAFF WRITERS JOHN L. BRYANT TERI GROTTKE RON KIDWELL RADIO OPERATIONS EDWARD SAX JIM STIGLEMAN CIRCULATION ROBERT ADAMS JUDY BAXTER MICHELE JACK TRACEY KIDWELL KARA MCPEAK JAIME WHARTON SHERI WOODRING JESSICA TURNER RESEARCH HAROLD HENWOOD KATHY MCKINNEY ACCOUNTING What is Endtime Magazine? In 1968, Irvin Baxter Jr. discovered the United States and other modern nations in the Bible. He also found the Berlin Wall in the Bible and that one day it was to be torn down, reuniting Germany, and that event would be the catalyst to spark an international movement called the "New World Order." These things have now come to pass. Irvin Baxter Jr., a Pentecostal minister, began Endtime Ministries in 1986 when he wrote A Message For The President, a book explaining the major prophecies of the Bible which he had been teaching since 1968. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, prophetic fulfillment accelerated rapidly. The decision was made to launch Endtime. The purpose of the magazine is to explain the prophecies of the Bible and to show that they are now being fulfilled in intricate detail. Articles focus on the soon return of Jesus Christ, the truth of the Bible, and the need for salvation. Endtime does not deal with doctrinal controversies, as valid as they may be. This will be left to other publications. STATEMENT OF FAITH: We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that He will come again to establish a kingdom that shall never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44).Those who are born again (John 3:3-5) will have eternal life and rule as kings and priests with Christ forever. DEBBIE BARKLEY 4 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  5. 5. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 5 Understanding the Endtime Level One Lesson 1 Lesson 1 Understanding the Endtime Level Two Lesson 11: 11:59 P.M. Lesson 12: The 7 Trumpets Lesson 13: Where Are We in Prophecy Right Now Lesson 14: Will the UN Invade Israel Next Lesson 15: Is the Antichrist Among Us United States & United States & Other Modern Other Modern Nations in the Nations in the Bible Bible Lesson 2 Lesson 2 New World Order New World Order is World is World Government Government q Video Series: $80.00 q Any 3 videos: $50.00 Cassette Series (6 tapes): $39.97 Lesson 3 Lesson 3 Mideast Peace— Mideast Peace— Prelude to Prelude to Armageddon Armageddon Understanding the Endtime Level Three Lesson 4 Lesson 4 The Four The Four Horsemen Horsemen Lesson 5 Lesson 5 NE “The Sequence of Endtime Events” Lesson 6 Lesson 6 Antichrist & False Antichrist & False Prophet Prophet Lesson 1: The Secret of Understanding Revelation Lesson 2: Seals, Trumpets & Vials Lesson 3: The Wrath of Satan Lesson 4: The Wrath of God Lesson 5: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ Lesson 6: Timeline of the End Lesson 7 Lesson 7 Mark of the Beast Mark of the Beast Lesson 8 Lesson 8 The Coming OneThe Coming OneWorld Religion World Religion Lesson 9 Lesson 9 How to Enter the How to Enter the Kingdom of God Kingdom of God Video Series: $99.97 Video Series: $99.97 Study Manual: TBA Study Manual: TBA Lesson 10 Lesson 10 Cassette Series: $39.97 Cassette Series: $39.97 Transparencies: TBA Transparencies: TBA The Rapture The Rapture Three Ways to Learn Endtime Magazine Video Series: $129.97 Cassette Series: $59.97 Study Manual: $14.97 Video Series: $129.97 Cassette Series: $59.97 Study Manual: $14.97 PO Box 2066 Richmond, IN 47375-2066 1-800-ENDTIME www.endtime.com q q Four Ways to Teach Flip Chart: $59.97 Transparencies: $150 q Slides: $59.97 q Video Series: $129.97 Flip Chart: $59.97 Transparencies: $150 q Slides: $59.97 q Video Series: $129.97 q q ! Revelation Revealed Holy Roman Holy Roman Empire Revived Empire Revived q q W! SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1999endtime E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  6. 6. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 6 Letters to Endtime “A man’s heart” was given to the eagle Hi. I listen to your broadcast all the time and have your Bible study. However, one conflict has arisen that I have been unable to address. Perhaps you could help me with it. Daniel 7:4 of the King James Version of the Bible says, “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.” Your position on this verse is that the lion is Great Britain and that the eagle’s wings are the U.S.A. I agree. However, I believe the giving of a man’s heart to ‘Uncle Sam’ needs to be re-thought. The man’s heart was given to the lion, not to the wings. “It,” the lion, was lifted up, not the wings. And a man’s heart was given to “it,” not to them. Thank you, M. Wright Internet Reply: The unclear wording of this passage leaves the door open for your question. The issue is—does “it” refer to the lion (Great Britain) or the eagle (the U.S.)? We know that the United States does use the symbol of Uncle Sam (a man) as well as the symbol of the eagle. Also, the U.S. has dealt with her enemies in a very humane way. The United States has defeated them in war. Then, instead of plundering them, she has helped them build their countries back up. These are the reasons I believe that the “it” refers to the U.S. However, I certainly would not claim infallibility on this point. It is fortunate this particular question doesn’t have a great deal of impact on the overall meaning of this very important prophecy. Business as usual I have heard by a number of Bible teachers that, before the Second Coming of Christ and the 1,000-year reign of peace, there will be transference of wealth from the unbelievers to the believers. The verse used is “The wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous.” (Proverbs 13:22) I do not see how this fits into the endtime events. Please comment. In Christ, J. Stanko Campbellsburg, KY Reply: I don’t see the Bible specifically prophesying a massive shift of wealth from non-Christians to Christians prior to the Second Coming. However, I do believe that God will make financial resources available to those who are fulfilling the Great Commission. If we are to preach the gospel of Christ into all the world, it will require considerable financial resources. 6 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 Any teaching that non-believers will suffer massive financial losses before the Second Coming of Christ is probably not scriptural. The Bible tells us that men will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that the Lord comes. It sounds like “business as usual” to me. Mystery Babylon is Rome I’ve heard it taught that New York City is possibly the new Babylon? Could this be true, seeing that New York is a world trade city, and it is sometimes called Babylon? Thanks, The Marti’s Reply: It is being taught widely by some that Mystery Babylon of Revelation 17 & 18 is America with New York City as the trade center. According to the Bible, this is not true. The woman named Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17 is identified with several unmistakable clues: Verse 18 tells us that the woman is a city. Verse 15 teaches that she is also an international system. Verse 9 explains that the woman (the city) sits on seven hills. Verse 4 says that the woman is arrayed in purple and red. According to verse 6, the woman was to be a great persecutor of Christians. There is a very powerful force on this earth that fulfills every one of these prophecies to the letter. Rome is a city. It is known as “the city of seven hills.” Rome is the headquarters for the Roman Catholic Church, which claims one billion members from all over the world. There are two ruling bodies in the Catholic Church—the Cardinals who wear red, and the Bishops and Archbishops who wear purple. History tells us that the Vatican and the papacy have been responsible for the deaths of at least 50 million Christians over the last 1,700 years. The Vatican fulfills this prophecy so accurately it is astonishing! Rome is Mystery Babylon. It is not America, and it is not New York City. The “Two Harvests” Jesus in Matthew 13 and John in Revelation 14 speak about the two harvests of people at the end of the tribulation. What people will remain on the earth after the two harvests of people? Ott Houston, TX E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  7. 7. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 7 Reply: The clearest picture is given in Revelation 14. The first harvest is the rapture of the church. The second harvest refers to the armies of the one-world government of the Antichrist being cast into the winepress of God’s wrath at Armageddon. Not every human being left on earth after the rapture will fight at the Battle of Armageddon. Daniel 7:12 explains that the nations (the beasts) on earth at the time of the Second Coming will have their dominion (their power) taken away, but their lives will be prolonged for a season and a time. The Bible is not explicitly clear concerning who will be allowed to live on earth as mortals into the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ and His church. We know that the Israelites, who were twenty years of age and below, were not held responsible for the unbelief of their parents when Israel refused to possess the Promise Land. They were allowed to enter the Promise Land after their parents died in the wilderness. The same may well hold true into the millennium. Whether God will use the same age factor or not will be decided by God Himself. They will be poured out during the Seventh Trumpet Let me begin by thanking you for your good work. The first four bowls (vials) in Revelation 16:1-9 are the same as the proclamations of the two witnesses in Revelation 11:6—“These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.” Revelation 11:5 states, “If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.” The fifth and sixth bowls may also be proclamations of the two witnesses. The seventh bowl is poured out, and the church is raptured along with the two witnesses at the beginning of this bowl. Why do you not connect the two witnesses and the bowls together? Thank you for your time, and have a nice day. G. Pacheco Dallas, TX Reply: You bring up a very interesting question. Does God actually unleash some of the vials through the ministry of the two witnesses, or are the things that are done by these two prophets merely similar to the vials? We don’t believe it’s possible for the vials to be poured out during the ministry of the two witnesses because we can prove that the vials are poured out during the sounding of the seventh trumpet. Since the sounding of the seventh trumpet signals the end of the ministry of the two witnesses, it is obvious that the vials are poured out after their ministries have concluded. How do we know that the vials are poured out during the sounding of the seventh trumpet? One of the things that occurs when the seventh trumpet sounds is that the temple in heaven is opened (Revelation 11:19). This is important because Revelation 15:5-6 tells us that, when the temple in heaven is opened, the seven angels having the seven plagues come out. They then pour out their vials. E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com Another thing that happens under the seventh trumpet is the arrival of the time of God’s wrath (Revelation 11:18). Revelation 15:1 teaches us that the seven last plagues contain the wrath of God. From these things we can see that all seven vials will occur during the seventh trumpet era. The utimate outcome of the Israeli-Syrian negotiations God bless you and your ministry. I listen to your radio program, “Politics & Religion”, on WHRI. I have questions. 1. What will be the outcome of the negotiations concerning the Golan Heights and Syria? 2. Have the Jews started building their Third Temple yet? 3. How would you recommend that I follow and learn about prophetic events? Please, help me get started. May God richly bless you, J. Teshome Debre Tabor, Ethiopia Reply: I am so happy you are able to listen to “Politics & Religion” in Ethiopia. 1.It was understood when the Israeli-Syrian negotiations began that any peace with Syria would entail the total return of the Golan Heights. It appears that Israeli Prime Minister Barak has decided to pay that price. From the prophecies of the Bible, we know this will result in disaster. Scripture is clear that the armies of the World Community will invade Israel at the time of Armageddon by crossing the dried up Euphrates River. This path will then lead through the Golan Heights and into Israel. So Israel is getting ready to assist her enemies’ future invasion. 2.Israel has begun preparations for the building of the Third Temple, but actual construction has not yet begun. 3.There are three things you should do to understand prophetic events: Go through our Understanding the Endtime prophecy course, subscribe to Endtime magazine, and listen to “Politics & Religion.” Endtime thanks you for your letters. The letters we use in Endtime do not necessarily reflect the views of Endtime and/or its staff. Endtime reserves the right to edit letters according to space and editorial style. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000endtime 7
  8. 8. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 8 COVER STORY Behold, A Pale Horse His name that sat on him was DEATH David Hatcher/IPOL, Inc. by Irvin Baxter Jr. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8 W hat are the possibilities that Death, the pale horse rider of Revelation 6, has been loose upon the earth during the 20th Century? Before you totally reject this idea, take a moment to consider the following facts. The bloodiest century The 20th Century was the bloodiest century in the entire history of the human race. Before the 20th Century, a war had never claimed 1 million lives. Then came World War I with its 8 million deaths. Twenty short years later, World War II resulted in 52 million fatalities. These two wars alone qualify the 20th Century to be labeled the “century 8 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 These human skulls are a testimony to the fact that you and I have the dubious honor of living in the bloodiest century in the history of mankind. of death.” But there is much, much more. The Economist magazine, September 11, 1999, reports that the governments of the Soviet Union, China, Germany and Japan combined have killed, during this century, 170 million in political purges. When we add to that the 8 million killed in World War I and the 52 million in World War II, the level of inflicted deaths becomes absolutely staggering! As distasteful as it is, we are obligated E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  9. 9. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 9 to also mention the unprecedented slaughter of life in the 20th Century by way of abortion. Between 1975 and the year 2000, approximately 1.14 billion babies have been killed by abortion. Add to this total of death—victims of earthquakes, famine, AIDS, cancer and many other death-dealing diseases. The total claimed by the pale horse rider becomes mind-boggling. With just those causes that we have been able to list here, we can calculate a total of at least one-billion three-hundred eighty million inflicted deaths during the last one hundred years! When we realize that the total population of the earth to begin the 20th Century was 1.6 billion, 1.38 billion violent deaths during the 20th Century become all the more astounding! Is this idea scriptural? If the fourth seal and its pale horse rider has been loose during the 20th Century, then it is obvious that the first, second, and third seals must have been loosed before this. Could this be true? The identity of the white horse rider, the red horse and the black horse is explained in A Message for the President, chapter 3, and in Understanding the Endtime, Lesson 4. Let’s take a moment to briefly review the identity of these three horses and their riders. The white horse rider symbolizes Roman Catholicism. White is the official color of the pope and the Vatican. The pope dresses in white, his helicopter is white, his popemobile is white and his jet airplane is white. If he had a horse, it would certainly be white as well. The red horse rider is Communism. Red is the official color of Communism or Socialism. That’s the reason that socialist countries are known as Red China, Red Russia, et cetera. When God wanted to prophesy about Communism, he used the symbol of the red horse. But what about the black horse? Most people are not aware of it, but black is the official color of Capitalism and Democracy. The balances in the hand of the black horse rider symbolize trade, the central message of Capitalism. Once we understand the identities of the white horse, the red horse and the black horse, it is easy to see that they have been loosed on earth for quite some time. Catholicism dates, at least, back to 325 AD. The Communist Manifesto was written in 1848. We also know that Capitalism has been a force for at least 100 years now. Since it can be shown that the first three seals were all loosed prior to 1900, then it makes perfect sense that the 4th seal, Death, would be unleashed upon the earth during the 20th Century. The 1.38 billion deaths that have occurred during mankind’s bloodiest century ever certainly support this belief! “Immediately after the Great Tribulation, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ...Even so, come Lord Jesus!” Experiencing prophecy without realizing it Throughout the history of God’s dealing with man, most human beings have been unaware of the prophetic times in which they lived. At the first coming of Jesus, many incredible prophecies were fulfilled to the letter. Yet most people missed His First Coming. The same thing is occurring right now. We are experiencing far more prophetic fulfillment than occurred at the first coming of Jesus. Yet most people again are blissfully unaware of the prophetic times in which we presently live. We are still in the pale horse era Even though the bloodiest century of mankind is now over, that does not mean that the era of the pale horse rider, Death, is over. We know that Revelation 9:13-16 prophesies a war that will kill “one-third part of men.” If this literally means what it says, two billion human beings will be wiped out in this coming war. It would appear that this catastrophe will also be included under the era of the E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com pale horse rider—Death. If we add this two billion that are prophesied to die to the 1.38 billion deaths we have already documented, this would bring the toll of death over the last one hundred years to an incredible 3.38 billion human beings. Can anyone doubt that Death has been riding through the earth during the 20th Century?! After the pale horse rider—thenwhat? The pale horse rider was loosed upon the earth when the fourth seal was unleashed. A description of events under the fifth seal is given in Revelation 6:911, “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” It is obvious that the events of the fifth seal occur during the time of the Great Tribulation, since the fifth seal speaks of the martyrdom of the saints. Notice that those souls under the altar are told to wait just a little season until the persecution of their fellowservants and their brethren was fulfilled. From all of these things, we understand that we are approaching the end of the fourth seal era and nearing the beginning of the time of the Great Tribulation. Negotiations on the final status of Jerusalem and the return of areas of Judea to Arab control indicate that conditions are presently shaping up to fulfill the prophecies concerning the Great Tribulation period. The Great Tribulation will last for three and onehalf years. Immediately after the Great Tribulation, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. Even so, come Lord Jesus! ❏ JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000endtime 9
  10. 10. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 10 PROPHECY INSIGHT Prophecy Fulfilled or Yet To Come? Endtime Archive By Irvin Baxter Jr. T here are two major positions when it comes to interpreting the prophecies of the Bible. One belief holds that the prophecies of the Bible largely pertain to the endtimes, and are either being fulfilled now or are yet to come. This position is known as the Futurist belief. The other position is called Preterist or Historicist. Those holding this position contend that the prophecies of the Bible are largely, if not entirely, fulfilled and past. The Futurist position has been the view held by the majority of Christians for at least the last century. However, the Historicist position seems to be reasserting itself of late. Our purpose today is not to cast reflection on those who may sincerely hold either of these views. We do want to examine both positions in light of scripture to see which of these is biblical. Defining Historicism One of the most well known of the historicist writings is a book by Ralph Woodrow entitled Great Prophecies of the Bible. We will use his teachings to present the Historicist position as fairly and accurately as possible. Major prophetic doctrines of Historicism are as follows: 10 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 Some say the rapture will soon take place. What does the Bible say? 1. The prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks has already been fulfilled in its entirety. 2. The Antichrist is not one particular man, but has been fulfilled by the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church. We should not be expecting an Antichrist to appear in the future. 3. The prophesied ten-horn kingdom existed at the time of the dissolution of the Roman Empire, and the papacy rose up among these ten kings. 4. The Great Tribulation lasted 1,260 years and is now past. There will not be a time of great tribulation at the Second Coming. (Woodward does believe in a Second Coming of Jesus. Apparently, some Historicists do not.) 5. The events of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24 have already been fulfilled and do not pertain to our times today. The Futurist position 1. There is a gap between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel’s 70 Weeks’ prophecy. The first 69 weeks have been fulfilled. The 70th week, a sevenyear period, is yet to come to pass. 2. Though there have been many an- E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  11. 11. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 11 tichrists throughout the years, the Bible prophesies one Antichrist who will rule a one-world government for three and one-half years immediately before the coming of Jesus Christ at Armageddon. 3. The prophesied ten-horn kingdom is yet to appear on earth, and the Antichrist will arise among these ten kings. 4. The Great Tribulation is yet future and will last for three and one-half years. (Some Futurists believe it will last for seven years.) It will occur during the last half of Daniel’s 70th week, and will be terminated when the Antichrist is destroyed by Jesus Christ at Armageddon. 5. Most of Jesus’ prophecies in Matthew 24 deal with events of the endtime and have yet to be fulfilled. Step by step tions are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Who is the “he” that will confirm the covenant for seven years? Historicists believe the Messiah is the one who was prophesied to confirm the covenant. Futurists teach that it will be the “prince that shall come”—the Antichrist. This question is very easy to answer. Notice that the same “he” that is to confirm the covenant is also to take away the daily sacrifice and place the Abomination of Desolation (verse 27). Daniel 11:30-31 tells us in no uncertain terms that it is the Antichrist (the king of the north) and his followers who take away the daily sacrifice and place the Abomination of Desolation. 30 “For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. 31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.” This passage is obviously not referring to the Messiah. Would the Messiah ever Has the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks already been fulfilled in its entirety? There are several aspects of the Historicist interpretation of Daniel’s 70 Weeks prophecy that we want to examine. Let’s look at the prophecy found in Daniel 9:24-27. 24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolaE-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com All 5 videos $80.00 All 5 videos $80.00 Any 3 videso $50.00 Any 3 videso $50.00 Any video $19.97 Any video $19.97 Cassette Series $39.97 $39.97 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000endtime 11
  12. 12. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 12 prophecy—fulfilled or yet to come “have indignation against the holy covenant?” Would He ever “pollute the sanctuary of strength?” Obviously not! The entirety of Daniel 11:21-45 is discussing the actions of the king of the north—the Antichrist. So we can see clearly that it is the Antichrist, not the Messiah, who takes away the daily sacrifice and places the Abomination of Desolation. Remember that the one who takes away the daily sacrifice also is the one who confirms the covenant according to Daniel 9:27. So we know for certain that it is the Antichrist, not the Messiah, who will confirm the covenant for seven years. Daniel 11:22 strengthens this proof when it calls the king of the north (the Antichrist) the “prince of the covenant.” This one proof totally destroys the foundation of the Historicist position. However, there are several other aspects of this question that we want to examine. Confirming the covenant for seven years endtime The 70th Week—past or future The Historicists contend that there is no gap between the 69th week and the 70th week in Daniel’s prophecy, even though they are spoken of separately in Daniel’s account. How can we know whether the 70th week is already fulfilled or yet to happen? When will the Abomination of Desolation occur? Jesus referred to the Abomination of Desolation in Matthew 24:15. He plainly said that the Abomination of Desolation would be the event that launched the Great Tribulation. “The Great Tribulation will last for three and one-half years. We know this because Daniel 7:25 says the little horn, the Antichrist, will wear out the saints of the most High for a time, times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 9:27 says that “he” will confirm the covenant for one week (seven years). Historicists say that Jesus confirmed the covenant of the New Testament during his three and one-half years of ministry. He was then crucified in the midst of the week (after 3 1/2 years), and then was caught up into heaven 43 days later. Herein lies the problem. How did Jesus confirm the covenant for the last three and onehalf years of the 70th week since he was gone from the earth? The only escape from this dilemma is to say that God continued to deal with the Jews through His church for three and one-half years after His ascension. However, there is no historical or biblical proof that God turned from Jew to Gentile exactly three and one-half years after the crucifixion. In Great Prophecies of the Bible, Woodward says that the confirming of the covenant with the Jews during the last 3 1/2 years of Daniel’s 70th week was finished 3 1/2 years after Jesus’ ascension. He claims this was when God sent Peter to preach to a Gentile, Cornelius in Acts 10. However, there is no scriptural or historical proof for this assertion. This claim 12 has to be made in order for the doctrine that Jesus is the one that confirmed the covenant to fit. Of course, we have already proven that this is not true anyway. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 Daniel 9:27 tells us that the taking away of the daily sacrifice and the Abomination of Desolation happens in the midst of the 70th week. If we can prove when the Abomination of Desolation takes place, then we can know when the 70th week occurs. Historicists say that the daily sacrifice was taken away by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But we have already proven by Daniel 11:30-31 that this is not true. This passage plainly says that the taking away of the daily sacrifice and the placing of the Abomination of Desolation will be done by the Antichrist and those that forsake the holy covenant. So what is the Abomination of Desolation, and when does it take place? 15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains… 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:15-16, 21 The Great Tribulation will last for three and one-half years. We know this because Daniel 7:25 says the little horn, the Antichrist, will wear out the saints of the most High for a time, times and the dividing of time. A time is one year, times is two years, and the dividing of time is one-half year, for a total of three and one-half years. How do we know that time, times and the dividing of time is three and one-half years? We can determine this because another description of this time of Great Tribulation is given in Revelation 13:5-8. It states that the beast, the Antichrist, will make war against the saints for 42 months. Of course, three and one-half years and 42 months is the exact same amount of time. Revelation 12:5-14 also teaches that the Great Tribulation lasts for three and one-half years. It says that the woman (Israel) will flee from the persecution of the dragon (Satan) for 1,260 days. Onethousand two-hundred threescore days also equals three and one-half years. As we can see, every single reference to the Great Tribulation in the Bible states that it will last for three and onehalf years. Jesus said that the Abomination of Desolation would begin the Great Tribulation. Since we know that the Great Tribulation lasts for three and onehalf years, we know that the E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  13. 13. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 13 Prophecy Tour 2000 Israel • Greece • Patmos Three-day Greek Islands Cruise ON SP LY AC A ES FE LE W FT ! Where are the two most exciting places on earth to travel during the year 2000? How about Jerusalem where our Lord was born 2,000 years ago and the Isle of Patmos where the Book of Revelation was written? Add to that Bethlehem, Nazareth, Samaria, Judea, Athens, Corinth, Mars Hill, Ephesus, Rhodes, and a Mediterranean Sea cruise—and you have the trip of a lifetime! I want to personally invite you to join us for Prophecy Tour 2000. You won’t want to miss it! In Israel: We will stand on the Mount of Olives where Jesus will stand when He returns—Visit the Temple Mount itself where the Third Temple will soon be built—See the cornerstone intended for the rebuilding of the Third Temple—At the Temple Institute we will see the vessels and the garments already prepared for resumption of temple worship—Visit the Garden Tomb and the Garden of Gethsemane—See the site of the coming Battle of Armageddon—We will visit Judean settlements where Jesus prophesied great tribulation will come in the near future (Matthew 24:15-21)—Boat across the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water—and much, much more! In Greece: We will visit the home of the Corinthian church in Corinth, and visit Mars Hill in Athens where Paul preached his famous sermon concerning the “Unknown God.” Irvin Baxter Jr. — Tour Host 13 Days April 26-May 8, 2000 Mediterranean Sea Cruise: The first stop of will be the beautiful and famous island of Mykonos. Then we sail to the Island of Rhodes (Acts 21:1). The next day we visit Patmos where John wrote the Book of Revelation. The last day of the cruise takes us to Ephesus. Ephesus is the most incredible archaeological site I have ever visited. We will walk on the Roman roads that Paul walked on 2,000 years ago, and stand in the 23,000-seat theater where the Ephesians shouted “Great is the goddess Diana” for two hours! The ship will be our floating hotel and restaurant for these three beautiful, relaxing and exciting days. Those who went on our cruise three years ago have yet to quit talking about it! I’m sure it will be the same for you. The cost for the entire 13-day Israel, Greece, and Mediterranean Sea Cruise will be $2,595 plus tips and taxes. Ten days, Israel and Greece only without the cruise, will be $1,950 plus tips and taxes. If at all possible, I’m sure you will want to take the cruise, especially since it includes Patmos and Ephesus. You can insure your place on the tour by sending a deposit of $200 as soon as possible. Total payment will need to be made 45 days before departure. If you have further questions, you may call us here at 1-800-endtime. Call 1-800-ENDTIME for more information. (Ask for Debbie)
  14. 14. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 14 Prophecy—fulfilled or yet to come Abomination of Desolation occurs three and one-half years before the Battle of Armageddon. Daniel 9:27 says that the Abomination of Desolation takes place in the middle of the seven years known as Daniel’s 70th Week. This proves that the Great Tribulation fills the last half of this seven-year period. Abomination of Desolation happens three and one-half years before the Second Coming Matthew 24:29 tells us that, immediately after the Great Tribulation, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give her light, the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. If the Great Tribulation has already happened, as the Historicist viewpoint contends, when did all these things come to pass? Obviously, they haven’t. Verse 30-31 continues right on to tell us—“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” This passage clearly states that, immediately after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven. It continues on to say that, right after that, Jesus will come in the clouds, the people of the earth will see Him, and he will send his angels with a sound of a great trumpet to gather His elect. Are we to believe that Jesus has already come back? Has He in some mysterious way secretly gathered His elect? Of course not! The conclusion is simply unavoidable. The Historicist view that all these things have already happened is simply not true. What is the Abomination of Desolation? Some Historicists teach that the Abomination of Desolation was fulfilled in 167 BC when Antiochus Epiphanes offered a pig on the altar in the Jews’ Second Temple. We know that this could not possibly be the Abomination of Desolation because in Matthew 24:15 14 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 Jesus taught that the Abomination of means: for that day shall not come, Desolation was an event that was yet fuexcept there come a falling away ture. The actions of Antiochus first, and that man of sin be reEpiphanes occurred at least 200 years bevealed, the son of perdition; fore Jesus said this. 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himIn Great Prophecies of the Bible, self above all that is called God, or Woodward teaches that the that is worshipped; so that he as Abomination of Desolation was when God sitteth in the temple of God, the Roman armies were encamped round shewing himself that he is God.” about Jerusalem before its destruction in 70 AD. We know this can’t possibly be Paul says here that the man of sin, the true because a covenant was supposed to Antichrist, will sit “in the temple of have been confirmed 3 1/2 years prior to God.” Where did Jesus say that the the Abomination of Desolation. Abomination of Desolation would take Nothing like that happened. place in Matthew 24:15?…in the holy Immediately after the 3 1/2 year tribu- place which was in the temple. Paul went lation triggered by the Abomination of on to say that the Antichrist would sit in Desolation, the sun was to be darkened, the temple of God claiming to be God. the moon was to not give her light, and This is the event known as the the stars were to fall from heaven. If the Abomination of Desolation. It is placed Abomination of Desolation occurred by the Antichrist, not by Jesus Christ. prior to 70 AD, when did these things So what have we learned about happen? Matthew 24:30-31 teaches us that, Daniel’s 70 Weeks prophecy? right after the sun is darkened and the 1. It is the Antichrist, not the Messiah, who will confirm the covenant for stars fall from heaven, the Lord will send seven years. His angels to gather His elect and the inhabitants of the earth will see Him. If the 2. It is the Antichrist that takes away the daily sacrifice and places the Abomination of Desolation had happened around 70 AD, the Lord would have gathered His elect orse at that time. Did le H A Pa old, Beh anything like that ath happen? Of course De not! The surrounding h of Jerusalem by the eat WORLD EVENTS FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE of D ry Romans was not the ntu Ce Endtime magazine specializes where no other magAbomination of azine does by explaining Bible prophecies and how they are Desolation. coming to pass in our lifetime. What then is this event called the Here are some things to look for: 1. The Jewish Temple will be rebuilt after almost 2,000 years. Abomination of 2. The nation of Israel will resume animal sacrifices. Desolation? Matthew 3. Nationhood as we know it will be obsolete. All states will recognize a 24:15 tells us that the single, global authority under U.N. leadership. 4. Economic sanctions will be enforced against any nation or individual who Abomination of does not adhere to U.N. decisions. Desolation will stand in the holy place. 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  15. 15. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:40 PM Page 15 Abomination of Desolation. 3. The Abomination of Desolation signals the beginning of the Great Tribulation. 4. The Great Tribulation lasts for three and one-half years—the last three and one-half years of Daniel’s 70th week. 5. Immediately after the Great Tribulation, Jesus appears, sending his angels to gather His elect. At this time those dwelling on earth shall see him. Once we understand these things, it becomes obvious that Daniel’s 70th week is a future event, not something past. Another prominent view of the Historicists is that there will not be a future Antichrist. Historicists say that the prophecies about the Antichrist have been fulfilled by the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church. They teach that the ten-horn beast of Daniel 7 symbolized the Roman Empire. They claim that the Roman Empire was divided into ten Gothic tribes and that the Roman papacy and the Roman Catholic Church arose from among these tribes. Since so much persecution has been perpetrated against Christians by the papacy, Historicists believe this has fulfilled the prophecies concerning the Great Tribulation. We have to acknowledge that tremendous persecution has been carried out against Christians by the papacy over the last 1,700 years. It is estimated that over 50 million Christians have died in these persecutions because they would not profess belief in the doctrines of Roman Catholicism. There is no doubt that the harlot on the back of the beast in Revelation 17 is the Roman Catholic Church. But does this mean that the papacy fulfilled the prophecies about the Antichrist? In order to answer this question, we need to understand that several different names are used in scripture to refer to the Antichrist. He is called the man of sin, the son of perdition, the little horn, that wicked one and the beast. Most commonly today he is simply referred to as the Antichrist. The Bible teaches us that there will be two evil personages on earth at the time of the Second Coming of Christ—the Antichrist and the False Prophet. This is taught in Revelation 19:19-20. 19 “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Notice that both the beast (the Antichrist) and the False Prophet will be cast alive into the lake of fire when Jesus comes to earth at the time of the Battle of Armageddon. This means they will both be alive on earth at that time. If we say that the coming of the Antichrist is not future, we also must say that the Second Coming and the Battle of Armageddon are not future events either. Even the Historicists admit that the Second Coming of Jesus is a future event. The teaching that ten Gothic tribes growing out of the old Roman Empire fulfilled the ten-horn kingdom cannot be true. We know this because these ten tribes no longer are identifiable on earth. Yet the Bible explicitly prophesies in several places that the ten kings will be in power at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus. In the prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar’s image in Daniel 2, the ten toes on the image represent the same thing as the ten horns on the beast in Daniel 7 and in Revelation 17. It states in Daniel 2:44… “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Notice that this passage clearly says that God will establish his kingdom “in the days of these kings.” What kings?…the prophesied ten-nation union that will be the power base of the Antichrist. Revelation 17:12 teaches the same thing… “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.” These ten kings receive power for a very short period of time with the beast, the Antichrist. The Bible also says that this ten-nation union will fight against Jesus Christ when He returns to earth with His saints. 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  16. 16. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 16 prophecy—fulfilled or yet to come him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” The prophesied ten kings will be on earth with the Antichrist at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus to earth. These ten kings will actually fight against Jesus Christ Himself. All of these things prove conclusively that the Antichrist is yet to appear on earth. We also know that the ten kings were not to appear 1,600 years ago. The fact is—their appearance on the world scene lies just ahead of us now! Will the pope be the Antichrist as Historicists claim? Bible prophecy teaches us that the Antichrist will come out of a revived Holy Roman Empire. There have always been two leaders in the Holy Roman Empire—a political leader and a spiritual leader. The Holy Roman Empire was originally established in 800 AD when Pope Leo III placed the crown on the head of Charlemagne. He declared, “I now crown you emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.” The Holy Roman Empire has ruled off and on since that time. Each time it has reared its head, it has always featured a political leader and a spiritual leader working together to establish a world dominating empire. It will be the same arrangement under the endtime world government of the Antichrist. The political leader will be the Antichrist, and the spiritual leader will be the False Prophet. So we can see clearly that the pope will not be the Antichrist. However, it is also obvious that whoever is pope at the time of the Antichrist will be the False Prophet. The Great Tribulation—past or future? In Great Prophecies of the Bible, pages 69-70, Ralph Woodrow teaches that the Great Tribulation began at the Roman invasion of Jerusalem in 70 AD. On page 172, he states that the 1,260 days of Great Tribulation really speak of 1,260 years of Great Tribulation—believing that each day represents a year. If this were true, the Great Tribulation should have been completed somewhere around 1330 AD. But does this harmonize at all with what the Bible says about the Great Tribulation? 16 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 Daniel 7:21-22 plainly teaches that the Antichrist will make war against the saints until the coming of Jesus Christ to establish His kingdom. “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” “The farther we move into the endtime, the more of the prophecies will be fulfilled and become history rather than futuristic.” Matthew 24:29-31 affirms the exact same thing. 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Notice that this passage states that, immediately after the tribulation of those days, the coming of the Son of man will take place. On every major point of prophetic understanding, the Historicist view inevitably ends up in conflict with scrip- ture. As we have seen, the evidence is absolutely overwhelming that this view is simply not what the Bible teaches. However, it should be noted that some prophetic fulfillment is now history. For example, the rebirth of the nation of Israel, prophesied in Ezekiel 37, came to pass in 1948. In my book, A Message for the President, it was taught from the prophecies of the Bible that the Berlin Wall would come down and the New World Order would result. These prophetic fulfillments are now history. I believe it can be proven that the first three seals of Revelation 6 have now been opened (see Lesson 4 of Understanding the Endtime). The farther we move into the endtime, the more of the prophecies will be fulfilled and become history rather than futuristic. What is important? The Historicist vs. Futurist discussion is not a salvation issue and should not be allowed to become divisive in the church at a time when our attention should be focused on reaching the lost. However, proper understanding concerning prophetic fulfillment is vital if we are to accomplish God’s will for these endtimes. Daniel 11:32-33 reveals what God’s people should be doing right now: “… the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many…” If we don’t understand, how can we help someone else? ❏ Authors note: Endtime Ministries now has three prophecy series available to assist those who want to understand the prophecies of the Bible. Understanding the Endtime Level 1 is where a person should begin. Understanding the Endtime Level 2 takes up where Level 1 leaves off. Our brand new series, Level 3, is entitled Sequence of Endtime Events. This series is for the person who wants to understand what is going to happen when. Sequence of Endtime Events gives careful scriptural proofs, complete with charts and timelines. All three of these series are now available on video or audiocassettes. A study manual is available for Level 1, and will soon be available for Levels 2 & 3. Call 1-800-Endtime. E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
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  20. 20. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 20 PROPHETIC REVIEW A Prophetic Look Back —1999— AP WorldWide/ Photos/Pierre Thielemans by Irvin Baxter Jr. T he year of 1999 was not a year for the faint-hearted. We all had to sort through the warnings of the Y2K alarmists. Should we buy an electric generator? Should we store dried food? Perhaps the installation of a wood stove would be good idea. And dare we leave our money in the bank over January 1, 2000? And Oh yes! Perhaps we should purchase a few rifles just in case our starving neighbors find out that we were prudent enough to lay up some extra food in our basement. By the time you read this article, you will know the answer to the Y2K riddle. Did it turn out to be the “end of the world as we know it” or merely a bump in the road? Our guess is that the real Y2K story will not turn out to be whether or not the power grid went down. It won’t be trucks and railroad cars full of rotting food sitting beside highways and in railroad yards because of a Y2K glitch. We think the real Y2K issue is its role in bringing the computer systems of the world up to speed with the cutting edge of computer technology. Businesses around the globe have spent billions of dollars upgrading computer systems just to be sure that everything was Y2K compliant. So now we have a world that is technologically prepared for a cashless 20 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 Since the euro's market premiere on January 4, the rookie European currency has been just a hazy idea for many Europeans and tourists, since Euro coins and banknotes won't be introduced until July 2002. society. Whenever the Antichrist appears with his diabolical plans to give every one a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to be used for buying and selling, thanks to Y2K, we are ready! The euro—the cashless currency Oh, by the way…while we were all mesmerized by the specter of our world being thrown back into the dark ages by this two-digit computer glitch, eleven of the fifteen nations in the European Union made the historic leap into the adoption of a common currency. That dramatic development occurred on January 1, 1999. If that doesn’t do anything for you, take one more look at it. This currency, just adopted by the major powers of Europe, has no money. It is completely electronic! You can make multi-million dollar purchases in euros, you can buy a new suit and pay in euros, E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  21. 21. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 21 AP WorldWide Photos/ Ron Edmonds) but you can’t touch a euro, see a euro, or put one in your pocket. The thing simply does not exist—except on the hard drives of your bank’s computer! Now they’re promising to produce some actual money you can put in your pocket by July 2002—that is if everybody hasn’t gotten so used to operating “cashless” by then that there really won’t be any reason to bother. We who read the Bible know a cashless society is coming. The only question remaining is—“Could the euro be the big break in the dike that ushers it in?” We’ll soon see! Are we still moving toward Armageddon? I guess the Battle of Armageddon is still going to happen. The Bible says it is. Things became very tense as we moved toward May 4, 1999. You see, the Oslo Accords, signed by Arafat, Rabin, and Clinton way back in September 13, 1993, promised that the final status of Jerusalem would be negotiated and implemented by May 4, 1999. However, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if he would negotiate the status of Jerusalem, he simply said, “What is there to negotiate? It’s our eternal capital. We don’t intend to re-divide it or share it.” Foreign Minister Shimon Peres signs the Mideast peace agreement, Monday Sept.ember 13, 1993. From left, the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, President Clinton and Palestinian Leader, Yasser Arafat look on from behind. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat warned that he would unilaterally declare an independent Palestinian state on May 4, 1999, if the promise concerning Jerusalem were not kept. Netanyahu countered that, if Arafat declared Palestinian independence, Israel would unilaterally draw the borders of separa- tion between Israel and the new entity. Everyone knew that an explosion of mega-proportions was brewing. Just in time, hard-liners in Netanyahu’s coalition decided to withdraw their support because Netanyahu was proceeding with previously agreed upon withdrawals from portions of the West Bank territories. Understand Your Bible as you never have before. 11 Informative Workbooks for the low price of $16.97 This Christian Development Course,Your Bible A Whole New World, takes you from Genesis to Revelation in eleven easy-to-understand workbooks. See Endtime order form. E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000endtime 21
  22. 22. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 22 A prophetic Look back —1999— Tony Blair: “We are all internationalists now, whether we like it or not.” The move brought Netanyahu’s government crashing down and mandated new Israeli elections. With new elections pending, the European Union and the United States prevailed on Arafat to postpone his declaration of statehood for one year. They feared that Arafat’s threat would throw the election toward Netanyahu. Arafat agreed. Labor candidate Ehud Barak ran his campaign on the promise of trading land for peace while still safeguarding Israel’s security. Barak promised to revive the peace dreams of Israel’s assassinated leader Yitzhak Rabin, who happened to be Barak’s personal mentor. The Israeli people desperately want to live in peace. They have known nothing but war and the threat of war since the modern State of Israel was born in 1948. They voted to trade land for peace, electing Ehud Barak by a large majority. Why was this so prophetically important? Jesus, in Matthew 24:15-21, prophesied specifically about the area of Judea, which is the area that Barak intends to trade back to the Palestinians in exchange for peace. Jesus said of those Jews who will live in this area a few years from now—“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” The critical thing to understand is that the election of Ehud Barak is having a direct bearing on events that will soon fulfill the prophecies of Jesus Himself. That’s the reason the election of Barak has had such a direct bearing on important prophetic fulfillments. On November 8, 1999, talks were opened on the final status of Jerusalem. 22 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 The Bible is crystal clear that dispute over Jerusalem will be the issue that will ultimately trigger the Battle of Armageddon. When we realize that negotiations on the final status of Jerusalem were begun in 1999, it makes us know that 1999 has been a year of huge prophetic significance. When the U.S. government began to whip up public support for the military campaign against Kosovo, most of us were sent scrambling to our world maps to see where our young sons might just be called on to die. We were told that genocide was taking place and that world peace hinged on bringing Mr. Slobodan Milosevic under obedience to the World Community. America didn’t have much stomach for going to war in Kosovo, but both World War I and World War II had started in that part of the globe. President Clinton said that this military action on the part of NATO was absolutely necessary to save us from World War III. And, of course, President Clinton had never lied to us yet…had he? Great Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair added his voice to those advocating the absolute necessity of breaking the will of Yugoslavian President Milosevic. In his speech, Doctrine of the International Community, Blair said, “We are all internationalists now, whether we like it or not. We cannot refuse to participate in global markets if we want to prosper, we cannot ignore new political ideas in other countries if we want to innovate, and we cannot turn our backs on conflicts and the violation of human rights within other countries if we want still to be secure.” Blair hinted at a new role for NATO, turning it into the military arm of a new world order rather than a purely defensive alliance. He said: “If we can establish and spread the values of liberty, the rule of law, human rights and an open society, then that is in our national interest too.” Don’t forget East Timor Coming quickly on the heels of the conflict in Kosovo, was the need for action by the World Community in East Timor. This venture of the international- E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
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  24. 24. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 24 A prophetic Look back —1999— AP WorldWide Photos/Obed Zilwa ists came off much smoother than in Kosovo. The Australians took most of the responsibility for this endeavor, and it basically has gone off without a hitch. I think we’re starting to get the hang of policing the world through the International Community. And you know, it’s sort of nice for the United States to not have to police the world all by herself. I think I could get used to this! One thing sort of bothers me though. This World Community thing looks an awful lot like the world government prophesied in the Bible over which the Antichrist will have power. You’re scaring me now. Let’s change the subject! Progress toward global spirituality If Y2K, the Middle East, the cashless euro, and the increased acceptance of the World Community were not enough, the globalists have been very busy during 1999 on another very important front. The Bible prophesies a global religious system that will work hand in hand with the coming one-world government. The Dallas Thanksgiving Square Conference was held mid-March, 1999. This was a large interfaith gathering designed to cultivate dialog among the different faiths of the world. Cardinal Arinze, President of the Vatican Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, was a prime mover at this meeting. Episcopalian Bishop Swing, the head of the United Religions Initiative was also there. Then in June, the United Religions Initiative met to finalize the writing of its charter. Religions from all over the world were in attendance. Apparently, the URI accomplished its mission. The constitution signing for the United Religions Initiative is all set next year. The largest interfaith meeting of 1999 was the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Cape Town, South Africa, December 1-8. At the previous Parliament of the World’s Religions meeting held in Chicago in 1993, a document called the Global Ethic was adopted and published. The reports are not yet in on what was done at the Cape Town meeting. The goal of all these interfaith meetings is to arrive at a global belief system so broad that all major religions can ascribe to it. Ultimately, allegiance to this global belief system will be required for 24 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 Tibetan exiled spiritual leader, The Dalai Lama, greets unidentified members of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town, South Africa, December 8, 1999. “The flashpoint for the prophesied war that will kill 2 billion human beings is most likely the Taiwan dispute.” Taiwan would be grounds for invasion by Mainland China. Since President Lee’s state-to-state remark, China has established two missile launching sites opposite from Taiwan. She has issued vociferous threats of impending invasion of the island, which she regards as a renegade province. Add to this mix the stealing of top U.S. military secrets by Chinese operatives. Throw in the “accidental” bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia, and you have a formula for impending disaster. Top developments of 1999 participation in the business of the New World Order. Then there is China China is that 800-pound gorilla that has planted itself squarely in the middle of the world’s living room. It simply cannot be ignored! The 200 million man army spoken of in Revelation 9:13-16 will almost certainly come from China. The flashpoint for the prophesied war that will kill 2 billion human beings is most likely the Taiwan dispute. Taiwanese President Lee threw gasoline on the fire on July 9, 1999, when he said that China should deal with Taiwan on a state-to-state basis. China regarded this as tantamount to a declaration of independence. China has said repeatedly that a declaration of independence by When we assess the prophetic highlights of 1999, we have to admit that the role of the World Community was greatly enhanced by the operations in Kosovo. It appears that NATO is moving toward becoming the army of the United Nations as a result of developments in Kosovo. The election of Ehud Barak as Prime Minister of Israel has already resulted in the rejuvenation of the Palestinian peace process and the reopening of peace negotiations with Syria. The de facto declaration of independence by Taiwanese President Lee may have already lit the fuse on the greatest global disaster in the history of mankind. Finally, if you think 1999 was exciting, just wait till you experience the worldchanging events of the year 2000! ❏ E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  25. 25. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 25 PROPHETIC PREVIEW What to Expect —2000— AP World Wide Photos/Str by Irvin Baxter Jr. F asten your safety belts. The year 2000 could very well be the most important year prophetically since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Two major prophetic fulfillments are likely to occur this year. The Bible prophesies a war that will kill “the third part of men,” and it speaks of the confirming of a covenant that will trigger the final seven years to Armageddon. Though we cannot say for certain that these two huge events will come to pass in this year of 2000, the probability is very high. One-third of world’s population to be destroyed China has threatened repeatedly to invade Taiwan if the island does not unite with the mainland peacefully. Taiwan has made it clear that she will consider unification with the mainland once China becomes a democracy. With China’s total aversion to democracy in any form, Taiwan’s position virtually assures that it will be a very long time A Chinese Air Force officer walks past some surface-to-air missles on display at the Beijing Aviation Festival in Beijing on Thursday, November 11, 1999, the 50th Anniversary of the Chinese Air Force . before any movement takes place toward unification. If China is to carry out her threat to invade Taiwan, she has a very limited window of opportunity in which to accomplish it. The United States plans to begin deployment of anti-missile defense systems by late spring or early summer of 2000. Once these systems become operative, China will lose her ability to blackmail the United States with her in- E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com tercontinental nuclear capabilities. Consequently, the most likely time for the invasion of Taiwan is during the first six months of the year 2000. (See the “Seven Trumpets” video for a more complete explanation of this prophecy.) The confirming of the covenant The September 4, 1999, Sharm-elSheikh peace agreement signed by Ehud Barak calls for a comprehensive agreeJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 endtime 25
  26. 26. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 26 What to Expect —2000— AP WorldWide Photos/Marco Ravagli ment, by September 13, 2000, on all outstanding issues between the Palestinians and the Israelis. These issues include defining of final borders and determining the final status of Jerusalem. If some agreement on the final status of Jerusalem is achieved, it will have to deal with the status of the center of the Jerusalem issue, the Temple Mount. If this agreement in some way facilitates the building of Israel’s Third Temple, then this accord will probably be the prophesied “confirming of the covenant” (Daniel 9:27). It is the “confirming of the covenant” that launches the final sevenyear period and culminates at the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus to earth. The possible developments already mentioned are so huge in their importance that other pending events could possibly be ignored. However, there are some other prophecy fulfilling developments on slate that should not be ignored. Religious United Nations to be formed A meeting to explore the possibility of forming a sister organization to the United Nations was held in 1996. Those involved were concerned about the religious conflicts that continue to threaten peace on earth. While the political leaders of the world meet daily, and now have achieved enough harmony to settle the world’s problems through the venue of the World Community, most religious leaders still don’t even speak to each other. The decision was made to form an organization that could do for religious harmony on earth what the United Nations has achieved amongst the nations of the world. Many interfaith conferences have been held between 1996 and the present time. The year 2000 will celebrate the successful conclusion of these endeavors. On June 26, 2000, a constitution signing ceremony will be held for the United Religions Organization. The signing will be held on June 26, because that was the date for the signing of the constitution of the United Nations in 1945. The ceremony for the United Religions will not only be held on the same date as the UN signing, it will also be conducted in the same city—San Francisco, in the same 26 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan applaudes as Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini, right, shows the book of the treaty, which created the world's first international war crimes tribunal, during the signing ceremony inside the Orazi and Curiazi Hall at Rome's Capitol Hill Saturday, July 18, 1998. The International Criminal Court won approval after nearly five weeks of talks and years of preliminary negotiations. room of the same Fairmont Hotel. Talk about symbolism! The key role that the global religion and its leader the False Prophet will play in the emerging New World Order make the birth of the United Religions Organization an event of extraordinary importance. Ratification of the International Criminal Court On July 17, 1998, the nations of the world voted acceptance of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. This International Criminal Court Statute had been a goal of the internationalists for many years. However, the International Criminal Court cannot begin to function until it is ratified by the Congresses of at least 60 nations. A campaign to obtain this required ratification can be expected this coming year. The biggest obstacle in the way is opposition from the world’s most powerful nation— the United States. If ratification is somehow achieved, the world will never be the same. Every time you cross an international border you will become subject to possible arrest and trial before this new international tribunal. Believe it or not, this is not an overstatement! We are presently watching the establishment of the world court system that will be used to enforce the edicts of the Antichrist and his one-world government. The bottom line Never has it been more important to be prophetically aware than at this time. As we enter the new millennium, we can only say that these are indeed momentous times. The Apostle Paul put it this way in Romans 13:11, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” To this we can only say, AMEN! ❏ E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
  27. 27. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 27 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW U.S. Senator James Inhofe Courtesy of the office of Senator James Inhofe Prospects of U.S.-China War U .S. Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma is as concerned about China as we are here at Endtime. His research and tenacity helped to expose the Chinese Spy Scandal in the Clinton Administration. He revealed last March that the Chinese have stolen many of the United States’ top military secrets and nuclear weapons manufacturing capabilities. Recently, he led the Congressional effort to reject the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, understanding that in the wake of the spy scandal and constant threats over Taiwan, the U.S. needs all the nuclear deterrent it can get. We spoke with Sen. Inhofe on “Politics & Religion” the day before the Treaty was rejected by the U.S. Senate. Baxter: Senator, thank you very much for being a guest on “Politics & Religion.” Inhofe: Thank you, Irvin. It is nice to be with you, and also it is nice to be with someone who is trying to keep this thing Senator James Inhofe has spoken out sharply, condemning recent allegations of Chinese espionage. alive. The idea that this President has given away virtually everything in our arsenal to China is something that people have forgotten about. They have been distracted by Kosovo. Now they are being distracted by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. But we need to keep talking about what is happening with China. Baxter: Senator, China has repeatedly E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com said she would invade Taiwan if Taiwan refuses to be reunited with the Mainland through diplomatic talks. In your opinion, from where you sit, is it likely that China would, in fact, invade Taiwan in the near future? Inhofe: I think that the likelihood is very good. Let’s remember the threats that happened three years ago. The Chinese were trying to influence the JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 endtime 27
  28. 28. j/f 00 mag 1/24/01 4:41 PM Page 28 AP WorldWide Photos/Scott Applewhite Exclusive interview — Senator James inhofe election of President Lee in Taiwan, and they were firing their missiles into the Taiwan Straits. The second-highest ranking Chinese military official was asked the question, “Aren’t you concerned about the United States coming to the aid of Taiwan?” His response was “No, they are not willing to trade Los Angeles for Taipei.” You can’t put any interpretation on that, other than a growing arrogance. They have reached the point of knowing that our President, Bill Clinton, has stopped us from being able to deploy a national missile defense system. Consequently, we find ourselves helpless before China’s nuclear blackmail. So this kind of a threat is very real. My answer to your question is yes. Baxter: That threat was actually published in the New York Times. China has recently been holding military maneuvers opposite Taiwan. They say that they will move militarily against Taiwan, if Taiwan does not reunite with the Mainland and forsake their claim of independence. If China invades Taiwan, will the United States defend her? is Inhofe: The answer is that we should be involved. However, with this President and his affection for the Chinese and all that he has done for them, I cannot imagine that he would do anything. Now this is really a personal opinion because I know Bill Clinton. I know the way he lies with such conviction. The Chinese have been his allies. This is where he has been able to finance his elections. He has sold, given away or covered up the theft of every weapon in our nuclear arsenal to the Chinese. It has reached the point that the CIA said we thought we were somewhere between ten and twenty years ahead of the Chinese militarily. Instead, we find ourselves in a dead heat with them because of this President. So would he then go against China? I just can’t conceive it. Sax: Senator Inhofe, are the Chinese bluffing? They say they will use force to reunite Taiwan with the Mainland. Are they bluffing? Inhofe: I don’t think so. You stop and think how methodically the Chinese have been doing things. With Doug Hunter in the House and me in the 28 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 “The idea that this President has given away virtually everything in our (nuclear) arsenal to China is something that people have forgotten about…” U.S. Senator James Inhofe on U.S. President Bill Clinton, shown here with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. “Let’s stop and realize that the Chinese, the Russians and now the North Koreans have missiles that will reach anywhere in the United States.” Senate, we stopped the transfer of land in California to Cosco—the Chinese Ocean shipping company, which is owned ultimately by the Red Chinese military. This is the same Cosco Shipping Company that was caught shipping in 2,000 AK 47’s to be used in street gangs in Los Angeles. This is the same consortium that now has control of ports on both ends of the Panama Canal. These people haven’t been asleep. They have been very carefully manipulating and buying up land, and putting up installations in strategic places around the world. It’s something we should be concerned about. Do they have the power? Yes! Let’s stop and realize that the Chinese, the Russians and now the North Koreans have missiles that will reach anywhere in the United States. We have no defense against those missiles because, since 1993, President Clinton has been able to stop us from deploying a national missile defense system. Baxter: China can hit the United States with nuclear weapons right now? We know that for sure, is that correct? Inhofe: Yes. Baxter: Let’s say they could take out 50 million of us, or let’s even drop it down to 20 or 30 million. Would those figures be reasonable? Do they have that capacity? Inhofe: Well, yes. If they use our W-88 warhead technology, of which they have the information, yes, it could be that devastating. A lot of your listeners will remember in 1962, when all of a sudden we found out that they had missiles in Cuba. They were actually targeting 40 American cities. Do you remember how panic hit the streets? Well, I look at today’s situation as being more serious than that. At least then they were all concentrated on one island, Cuba. E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com