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The End Times

The Great Tribulation is a long period of suffering that will be experienced by all inhabitants living on the earth during the latter times. In the past, many events and catastrophic wars have been registered in the history of humanity, such as the First and Second World Wars, where millions of people died. Although these conflicts were disastrous, none of them can be compared to the events prophesied to start soon. Jesus said, "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:21). The word of God is real and true to point out the specific events that will happen and the scope that these will have in the entire world.

To have more understanding of the apocalyptic topics, it is necessary to consider certain issues related to the purpose of God for the people of Israel—past, present, and future. There are prophecies directly relating to the nation of Israel which have not been fulfilled yet. Many people think that Israel is already out of the focus or purpose of God, but this is not so; God has not yet finished His dealing with His chosen people. It is my intention to share these riches in Jesus Christ manifested by the Holy Spirit and made known to those who get nearer to God, who recognize His word and the revelation of the eternal purpose of God for mankind.

The Scripture tells us in Romans 16:25-27 that since ancient times, the prophets (the men through whom God chose to declare His word) spoke the word of God "in mysteries." They did not understand many things of which they spoke. We might say that they saw through "the prophetic eye," so that even while seeing the things to come, they could not discover the meaning of them. Daniel 12:4 says, "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end." Then Daniel 12:8-9 also says, "Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, ‘My Lord, what shall be the end of these things?' And he said, ‘Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.'"

But glory to God who sent Jesus Christ to give us understanding! Alleluia, to Him be glory and honor forever! God did not leave us orphans and lacking understanding; He sent His Spirit who, among many other things, can teach and direct us to green pastures and waters of rest. The time of the end has come—the time to open the book which Daniel was commanded to seal. For this, God raised up another prophet, the apostle John. This man was chosen by God to open the book that the prophet Daniel had closed and sealed. In Revelation 22:10 we read, "And he said to me, ‘Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.'"

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