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Most historians recognise that the world has gone through a number of distinct historical ages. The destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 marked the end of what is known as antiquity. The French Revolution in 1798 marked the start of the modern era with the industrial revolution and the secular state. Each age is characterised  by distinct social, religious and economic conditions.  Antiquity was noted for religious and social diversity and economic independence where each national king wielded supreme  authority.  The feudal / medieval / dark ages were characterised by religious uniformity, persecution, social underdevelopment and economic slavery  where the ‘universal’ church excersized supreme authority even over kings. The modern era  has been characterised by religious, social and economic freedom and independence in secular states where democracy has held the reigns of power.

Each of these past ages experienced its own apocalypse as the social, economic and religious infrastructure that they were built on collapsed. Each time history has been repeated and the prophecies of Revelation have been fulfilled. Unrecognised by most, the demise of the western world and its free and independent secular states is rapidly leading to a coming post-secular age. The scenes described in the Apocalypse are on the verge of another fulfilment. The world is already entering into the final apocalypse and few understand what the ancient prophets have written about it and how it will impact their lives .

This blog discusses the coming apocalypse based on the observation that history repeats and that the fulfilment of the events of the Apocaylpse in the past are a valuable guide to the future coming Apocalypse.

Jewish Era

Christian Era

Secular Era

Final Apocalypse

Four Horsemen

Seven Trumpets

Four Horsemen

Seven Trumpets

Four Horsemen

Seven Trumpets

Four Horsemen

Seven Trumpets

605 BC 170 BC 70AD 490 1798 1914 2013? 2017?

This is also true of the vision of Daniel’s Four kingdoms that were to rule the earth, which have also repeated three times.

First Kingdom
Gold Head  –  Lion

Second Kingdom
Silver Chest  –  Bear

Third Kingdom
Brass Thigh – Leopard

Fourth Kingdom
Iron Legs – Dragon

Sumer (Babel)

Gutia – Elam

Egyptian Empire

Assyria

Babylon

Medes – Persians

Greek Empire

Rome

Holy Roman Empire

Early Modern Europe

Modern Europe

America

Thus Preterism, Historicism and Futurism all converge as each age has had its Apocalypse. Yet this time it will be different. It will not just be the passing of a historical era, it will bring about the final apocalypse. The sweeping away of the current world order by those (the beast and his image) who have worked tirelessly to restore the institions of the dark ages but now with far more sophisticated technological capabilities for controlling social, economic and religious activities will introduce a state of things that God will not permit to endure and will quickly bring to an end.

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Mat 24:21-22)

Who am I? Just student of history and scripture who is watching world events unfolding.  I believe the word of God to be true and that its prophecies will be literally fulfilled to the letter. Who I am is actually not important, the truth needs no man to give it credibility, it speaks for itself. Those who will hear will hear and those that will forbear will forbear.

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22 09 2009
John

Can you cite an example where a predictive prophecy is said to have two or more fulfilments?

29 09 2009
finalapocalipse

Matthew 24 is a widely recognised example, in it Christ’s prophetic description of the events leading to the destruction of Jerusalem have a dual application to the end of the world. Many of the prophecies regarding the advent of Christ in the OT have a double fulfilment – the first and second advents. Many OT prophecies relating to the day of the Lord have a double fulfilment – the destruction of Jerusalem and Christ’s second coming.
The coming of Elijah prophesied in Mal 4:5-6 had one fulfilment in the person of John the Baptist and will have another before Christ’s second advent. Scripture declares, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD” (Mal 4:5). When Christ’s disciples asked him about the coming of Elijah Jesus replied that “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.” (Mat 17:10-11) “Shall come” is future tense, yet while assuring them that Elijah was indeed still to come, Jesus explained, “that Elias is come already, and they knew him not… he spake unto them of John the Baptist.” (Mat 17:12-13) So Jesus acknowledged that while Elijah had first come in the past, he had come in the present in the person of John and he was still to come.
Another example is the prophecy that “Babylon is fallen is fallen” which was given a few hundred years by Isaiah (Isa 21:9) before the fall of Babylon in 539 BC and is repeated twice more (Rev 14:8; 18:2) refering to the fall of its modern day counter part – mystery Babylon during the Apocalypse.

29 09 2009
finalapocalipse

Another one you may want to consider is Moses’ prophecy about what would happen to Israel if they broke God’s covenant; they would be destroyed as a people, their land desolated and they scattered among the heathen (Lev 26:14-46). He told them that they would be spewed out of the land (Lev 18:26-29; Lev 20:22-23) This prophecy was fulfilled twice. Once at the first destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar about 587 BC and the second time by Rome in 70AD. On both occasions the temple was destroyed on exactly the same day of the year in the Jewish calendar – on the ninth day of the fifth month (the month of Ab)

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