tjbailey posted a comment · May 18, 2020
To Swkh310, You are quite correct: the beginning of the end times started with the birth of Jesus Christ. And the end times were sealed with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Plus the birth pangs of Matthew 24 have been increasing over the past 2000 years. To westcloudrising, I have great respect for Dr. Brown as well, but he is quite correct. In your response you mention many areas of the 6 seals. The number one seal that has not happened is the one world leader. And you did not mention it, so i would have to agree with Dr. Brown - the seals have not been opened. This covid thing is a birth pang, and a walk in the park compared to the start of the tribulation.
texasaggie posted a comment · May 13, 2020
In the Book of Daniel I believe the anti-Messiah has to make his peace deal between all of the surrounding nations and Israel at the beginning of the seven year tribulation. Things are kind of heading in that direction but there are still many neighboring countries that wouldn't even think about making peace with Israel at this stage. Turkey? Iran? And more. The end times events in the Bible are Israel-centric according to Joel Richardson.
westcloudsrising posted a comment · May 13, 2020
Most pastors and end-times experts will point to the signs of Matthew 24 as evidence that we are living in the end-times. They will typically also state that Jesus has not opened the seals. The problem with this position is that these scriptures are describing the same events; one from an earthly perspective and one from a heavenly perspective. The signs in Matthew 24 are the same and in the exact order as the first six seals. The language used in Matthew 24:29-31 to describe the signs in the heavens is nearly identical to the language that describes the sixth seal In Revelation 6. Following the sixth seal, both Matthew and Revelation describe the elect; both the 144k Jews and the raptured saints in chapter 7. These are the same events. It is not rational to argue otherwise. The same people that argue that nations(peoples) are rising against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms will deny that peace has been taken from the earth in the second seal. Turn on the TV. Look at any news site. Read social media. What is the tone of politicians, races of people, countries, and your neighbors? Is there any room for dialogue and differing points of view? Has peace been taken from the earth? How are you hearing my tone right now as you read this comment? Is it hostile or calm? Are there false prophets? Is there pestilence? Is there famine? Is martyrdom on the rise? Dr. Brown - I heavily respect your opinion, but in all honesty, you have written about all these signs manifesting very recently but deny that the seals that correspond to these signs have been opened. The seals and signs are warnings, not God's judgement and wrath upon the earth. God's wrath begins to be poured out after the sixth seal, as described in Revelation 6:16. I believe we have seen the first five seals opened. After the first five signs(seals) in Matthew 24, the next event that Jesus describes is the abomination of desolation. This is at least 3 1/2 years from now. Between now and then these signs will continue to manifest and grow worse.
Swkh310 posted a comment · May 13, 2020
Excuse me, but haven’t we been living in the “End Times” for the last 2000 years?