Seven Churches Throughout the Time of the End
While studying the seven churches of Revelation in chapters 2 and 3, another pattern within the book of Revelation has come into focus. In A Chronological Revelation I did not address the significance of the placement of the letters to these churches at the opening of the book since I believed they were not part of the chronology beginning in chapter five. However, I now believe they too are interwoven within this chronology as well.
Although the letters speak to the original churches as well as various groups within the entire body of Christ, they might also be speaking to the various groups of God’s Elect we see at the time of the end.
As discussed in the book, with the events of Revelation progressing, different groups of God’s Elect are revealed playing unique rolls. When overlaying these groups with the characteristics of the seven churches, the chronological pattern matches. The pattern is:
The Church Entering the Time of the End
Ephesus: The Loveless Church (Rev. 2:1-7)
The church that has lost its first love and transitioned from a faithful relationship based on love to an unfaithful one based on religious works is warned to repent prior to entering tribulation at the fifth and sixth seals.
The Martyred Church at the Fifth and Sixth Seals
Smyrna: The Persecuted Church (Rev. 2:8-11)
The faithful church emerging out of the loveless church endures tribulation unto death at the fifth and sixth seals.
The Unfaithful Church Descending Deeper Into
Apostacy During the Trumpets
(The Woman Riding the Beast, Rev. 17)
Pergamum: The Compromising Church (Rev. 2:12-17)
The apostate church surviving the tribulation of the fifth and sixth seals has compromised with the emerging beast system to stay alive. She is called to repent or face Christ’s wrath at his second coming.
Thyatira: The Corrupt Church (Rev. 2:18-29)
The apostate church has compromised itself into corruption by the beast system. The church is given time to repent but those that do not will enter great tribulation (the bowls).
Sardis: The Dead Church (Rev. 3:1-6)
The apostate church so corrupt as to be dead is now totally sold out to the Beast. This church is called to repent and watch or Christ’s return will be as a thief, not knowing what hour he comes (missing the rapture / suffering through the bowls).
The Raptured Church at the Seventh Trumpet
Philadelphia: The Faithful Church (Rev. 3:7-13)
The church that emerges following the tribulation of the fifth and sixth seals through the ministry of the 144,000 with patient endurance. This church is kept from the hour of trial by being raptured at the seventh trumpet. Those from the apostate churches that repent and remain faithful are also included in this group.
The Church Out of the Bowls
Experiencing the First Resurrection
Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church (Rev. 3:14-22)
The church uncommitted to either Christ or the Beast misses the rapture at the seventh trumpet and is not kept from the hour of trial (the bowls). This is the final separation of good and evil prior to Christ’s return with most taking the Mark of the Beast (being vomited out). Those that do not take the mark of the Beast, thereby answering Jesus’ knock on the door, are blessed by being resurrected first and reigning with Christ for one thousand years (Rev. 20:4-5).
The picture this is portraying is of the entire body of Christ as it passes through the time of the end. Beginning with a church that has lost its way entering persecution resulting in those that are faithful being martyred and those that are not, being compromised. Those that have compromised with the beast system begin the decent of the apostate church into corruption and eventual death as represented by the woman riding the beast in Rev. 17. Meanwhile the faithful church growing out of the 144,000 is blessed by being removed prior to the hour of trial by Christ at the rapture. The remaining church, lacking enough faith to be included in the rapture, endures the hour of trial being forced to choose between Christ (prompting their beheading and eventual reward) and the Beast (receiving its mark and being vomited out by Christ). This leaves only evil (other than the remnant of Israel) to endure Christ’s wrath at His second coming.
Copyright 2018 David K. Kidd
Quantum Computing and the Antichrist
While reading a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, The Computer That Could Rule the World by Arthur Herman, I recalled a passage in the book of Daniel, the meaning of which I never understood… until now.
This article began by describing how quantum computers currently under development will outperform existing computers, being thousands of times faster. This additional speed will allow the decryption of encrypted electronic information, which currently takes centuries, to be accomplished almost instantaneously. Thus, the title of the article and why corporations and governments around the world are furiously trying to be the first to successfully develop this capability. According to the article, this will probably be accomplished within a decade.
So how does this tie into this obscure prophetic book in the Bible and prophecy generally?
In Daniel 8:23 it states the following as it relates to the king of bold face, aka the Antichrist:
And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise. Dan 8:23 ESV
And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. Dan 8:23 KJV
Other translations include: “skilled in intrigues” and “master of strategy”
With all these differing translations it is clear the translators are struggling with a lack of context to determine the precise meaning. However, in the context of quantum computing as described in the WSJ article, I believe the translation can be more precisely determined.
This passage in Daniel came to mind as I wondered if somehow understanding riddles or understanding dark sentences might refer to the ability to decipher encrypted electronic information and why this particular personality characteristic is significant enough to include in a very minimal description of this person. So, I looked up the Hebrew word underlying these translations and found:
Hebrew word: ehiydah
A puzzle; conundrum, dark saying (sentence, speech)
hard question, proverb, riddle
And the English definition of puzzle and riddle are as follows:
Merriam Webster Definition of puzzle:
3: to solve with difficulty or ingenuity
puzzle out an answer to a riddle
Merriam Webster Definition of riddle:
1: a mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed: conundrum, enigma
So, if you view encryption as a mathematical puzzle to be solved this could very well be stating that the Antichrist will have this ability. Even in the definition of riddle the word enigma is used, which just so happens to be the name of the very first electro-mechanical rotor cipher machines used to encrypt German diplomatic and military communications during WWII.
Why is this so important? If someone has the ability to know all the encrypted communications transmitted electronically; commercially, privately, diplomatically, financially, militarily, etc. throughout the world, it becomes very clear that he will have unlimited information access and therefore ultimate control. If all electronic data is also being uploaded to him through the Beast system (as described in A Chronological Revelation) he rises to the level of omnipotent (within a limited context relative to God). This beast system quite possibly will consist of the Antichrist with a neuro link to an AI quantum computer manifested in physical form as the Image of the Beast, aka the Abomination of Desolation and of course those that receive its mark. This is the ultimate idol, made by human hands, that becomes man’s replacement of God as a super intelligent omniscient being.
With this technological Beast representing the culmination of Man’s (and Satan’s) ideal to dethrone God, it becomes even more apparent that the events described at the 5th Bowl judgement are those of its destruction by God with an electromagnetic pulse produced by a coronal mass ejection from the sun. You have to admire the simplicity and ease at which God destroys this ultimate creation of humanity.
In Daniel 12:9-10, we are told that these things would not be understood until the time of the end:
“He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.”
The prophecies of Daniel, and by extension Revelation, were designed to make sense once the context of their content had arrived, hidden only until the time they spoke of. It appears that time is now.
Please reference my 2030 article to see how this also dovetails with the projected AI singularity with additional prophetic references.
Copyright 2017, 2018 David K. Kidd
I am not stating that anything of prophetic significance will definitely happen in 2030… I am stating that there is reason to believe that there might be. In A Chronological Revelation I do not set dates and I will not in any posts.
The significance of the year 2030 has recently come to my attention. I’m not one to focus on dates, but I believe there are two passages that may point to 2030 as being the year all of Israel turns to Jesus as their Messiah.
In Lev. 26: 14-46 concerning God’s punishment for Israel’s disobedience, it is stated that Israel’s initial punishment (vv. 14-17) for disobedience would be followed by four sevenfold punishments (vv. 18, 21, 24, 28) if they continued their disobedience. If we interpret the initial punishment as Israel’s 70 year (Jer. 25:11) (Dan 9:2) exile in Babylon, then can we assume that the extended punishment might be those 70 years x 7 (sevenfold) x 4 (sevenfold punishment four times) equaling 1960 years? Since the first punishment commenced with the destruction of the first temple, it seems apparent that the more severe punishment commenced with the destruction of the second in 70 AD. Adding 1960 years to 70 AD places the spiritual restoration of Israel (vv. 40-42) at 2030 AD:
Lev. 26: 14-46:
14 “But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, 15 if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. 17 I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you. 18 And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, 19 and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. 20 And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.
21 “Then if you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me, I will continue striking you, sevenfold for your sins. 22 And I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock and make you few in number, so that your roads shall be deserted.
23 “And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me, 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins. 25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant. And if you gather within your cities, I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. 26 When I break your supply[b] of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in a single oven and shall dole out your bread again by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.
27 “But if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me, 28 then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and I myself will discipline you sevenfold for your sins. 29 You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. 30 And I will destroy your high places and cut down your incense altars and cast your dead bodies upon the dead bodies of your idols, and my soul will abhor you. 31 And I will lay your cities waste and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your pleasing aromas. 32 And I myself will devastate the land, so that your enemies who settle in it shall be appalled at it. 33 And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you, and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
34 “Then the land shall enjoy[c] its Sabbaths as long as it lies desolate, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest, and enjoy its Sabbaths. 35 As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, the rest that it did not have on your Sabbaths when you were dwelling in it. 36 And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. The sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight, and they shall flee as one flees from the sword, and they shall fall when none pursues. 37 They shall stumble over one another, as if to escape a sword, though none pursues. And you shall have no power to stand before your enemies. 38 And you shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. 39 And those of you who are left shall rot away in your enemies’ lands because of their iniquity, and also because of the iniquities of their fathers they shall rot away like them.
40 “But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, 41 so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, 42 then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. 43 But the land shall be abandoned by them and enjoy its Sabbaths while it lies desolate without them, and they shall make amends for their iniquity, because they spurned my rules and their soul abhorred my statutes. 44 Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. 45 But I will for their sake remember the covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.”
46 These are the statutes and rules and laws that the Lord made between himself and the people of Israel through Moses on Mount Sinai.
If you add the following it starts to get interesting:
In Hosea 6:1-2 we have Israel’s revival occurring after 2 days, (God’s time) or in human time, 2,000 years (2 Peter 3:8) with Israel being raised up on the 3rd day (the 1,000 year reign of Jesus) to live before him. If you start the 2 days at Jesus’ crucifixion (when the veil in the temple was torn – note torn reference in verse 1) and IF he was crucified in 30 AD (I know we don’t know) then we end up at 2030 AD again (2,000 + 30).
“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
Ok, I know there are a lot of ifs in there and I hesitate to speculate like this, but I think it is worth consideration.
Copyright 2017 David K. Kidd