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Jerusalem Falls in Antichrist’s Jihad



March 23, 2003

Jerusalem Falls in Antichrist’s Jihad

In June of 1967, when Israel took back the old city of Jerusalem, I was a “first of the weeker,” meaning that I believed Jesus would come shortly before the tribulation period began. I changed to the “mid-trib” position in the early 1970’s, meaning I believed Jesus would come about 1260 days before the end of the tribulation period. But in 1982 I turned back to what was taught by many Biblical expositors in my youth. They had learned it from what was taught by most preachers before 1827, that is, the 7th trumpet rapture. This position holds that the rapture is going to occur on the blowing of the 7th trumpet in the book of Revelation. Some have said that a fellow who keeps changing his mind is wishy-washy, but I contend that any person who never changes his mind (about last day prophecies) is unaware that God is the only one who never has a need to change his mind about prophecy. As a “first of the weeker” in 1967, I often stated I believed Jesus would come before the year 2008. Why? Because about 40 years passed between the time Jesus said the old city would fall and the time it actually happened. Jerusalem fell to Titus in 70 A.D. In 1967, I began to surmise that this could indicate the same length of time would occur between Jerusalem’s recapture by the Jews and when it would again be recaptured by the Gentiles, some 1260 days before the end of the tribulation period. So, from 1967 to 1982, I constantly stated that I expected Jesus to return before 2008. After 1982, believing Jesus would return AFTER Jerusalem falls, I eventually had to start saying that I believed the city of Jerusalem would fall before 2008, rather than I believed Jesus would come before 2008. And this is what I am still saying today – THE CITY OF JERUSALEM WILL FALL TO THE ANTICHRIST BEFORE 2008 – And I believe the most likely time for that fall is between 2005 and 2008. The following chart pictorially represents the sequence I have believed since 1982, knowing that the old city of Jerusalem fell in June of 1967.

You will find the scriptures on this chart used repeatedly throughout all the Prophecy Updates in our archives. There are many things on it that I “know” to be true because the Scriptures definitely state them to be so. And there are other things that I am “certain” are true because they have already been fulfilled. However, there are speculative things on it that I place in the category of “very confident,” or “somewhat confident,” or “might occur,” or “my guess is,” or “this is my best estimate.”

Luke 21:5,6,24 – And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [6] As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. [24] And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED.

Revelation 11:2 – But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the GENTILES: and THE HOLY CITY shall THEY tread under foot FORTY AND TWO MONTHS.

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS.

Revelation 10:7 – But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Revelation 11:15,18 – And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

A complete exposition of the old seventh trumpet rapture position may be found in Prophecy Update 73D in our web page archives, and a lengthy discourse on when all rapture teachings historically came into being is found in Prophecy Update 74A.

Romans 11:25 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, UNTIL THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILE BE COME IN.

Luke 21:25-28 – And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; [26] Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [28] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

I find that a few do not take into consideration the vast difference in prophetic statements such as “certain,” or “very confident,” or “somewhat confident,” or “might occur,” “my guess is,” etc. I am certain that Jesus is coming. I am very confident he will catch out the saved when the seventh trumpet is blown. I am certain the temple mount will be recaptured by the Gentiles, and that they will hold it for 42 months. I do not know exactly when that will occur, but I am very confident Jerusalem will fall to the Antichrist at some point in time between 2005 and 2008.