And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. (Rev 9:15-16)
How many of us were taught that the timing of the Tribulation and the End of the World was totally dependent on each one of us as individuals and our effectiveness in spreading the Good News? There is a magic number of Gentile believers known only to God, and when that magic number is reached—POOF! We will all be raptured out of here in an instant. Therefore, we have the ability to hasten or speed up the Second Coming by preaching the Gospel and getting sinners saved.
That is what I believed until the implications of Revelation 9:15 really began to “sink down in my ears.” The fact of the matter is, there is a moment in time that has already been set, and that moment consists of an hour or time of day, on a certain day, of a certain month on a certain year that is known only to God. At that moment, on that day, in that month of that year, the final slaughter will be unleashed. It will result in the death of 1/3 of the population of the earth at that time. That hour and day and month and year is already determined. And that is without reference to anything else other than the predeterminate will and knowledge of God.
That is to say, God went ahead and made plans for the end of the world without any respect for how you thought it should work, or for your own interpretation or misinterpretation of Romans 11:25.
In Revelation 2 and 3 the then future history of the church age is laid out prophetically in seven periods, or “churches,” beginning with the Apostolic period of church history, followed in turn by the age of general persecution, the assimilation of Roman paganism into Western Christianity, the ascendancy of the papacy, the Reformation, the recovery of Premillennial, dispensational truth (the Fundamentalist movement), culminating in the Charismatic Renewal (the church associated with a desire for, if not the possession of, health, wealth, and prosperity, power, signs, and miracles).
The most significant facet of this outline is that there is nothing more to follow after the Charismatic Renewal as far as the timing of the End of the World goes. This does not bode well for those who for some reason believe the Bible predicts a coming age of Great Revival prior to the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord (if you have any inkling what the scriptural basis for such a belief is, I would appreciate it if you would contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and explain it to me. I am obviously at a loss to find anything in the Word of God that would lead me to believe there is a period of Great Revival yet to take place in the church before the end can come.
Some things that must transpire before the end include the revelation of the Son of Perdition, which requires the rebuilding of a Jewish temple in Jerusalem, a great falling away (apostasy) in the church, and deception on a grand scale created by false signs and wonders that are being done in the name of Christ. There is also a coming invasion of Israel by Russian and allies including Iran. Write me and I’ll give you the scripture for each of these events.
Other events that seem certain are the invasion of aliens in their space ships, nuclear attacks on the mainland of the United States with the sudden elimination of major cities, and mass executions of Christians and Jews in FEMA camps around the country. Scripture can also be provided to support these claims, although not as convincingly as the events previously mentioned.
But there is far more scriptural support for an alien invasion than there is for a major Revival, local or worldwide, occurring before the end.
One thing is certain, now is our salvation than when we believed (Romans 13:11). And it will happen a time certain, and at a time not so long from now.