The Possibility


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Jesus REALLY is coming soon. BE READY!!!

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What Will Really Happen?

It is probably the position of most students of Prophecy that whatever they have previously concluded will happen, will happen, regardless of what we do. But we are nevertheless faced with a possibility, that the Great Commission can in fact be fulfilled. That the world in fact "can be taken for Christ". That we can bring about such a great revival - though "revival" is the wrong word - that the Tribulation will either be set back for at least a generation or more, and perhaps totally avoided. Yes, this is possible, as much as it was possible for God to spare Nineveh for 150 year after they turned to God under the preaching of Jonah. And we are also faced with a responsibility to do our part to make it happen.

There are many Old Testament references that make it abundantly clear that the Babylonian Captivity could have been avoided if the Israelites had only obeyed God. The same was true of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The same could be true of the Great Tribulation. We have a chance now. Let us please not blow it.

As stated in the Introduction page, when Jesus gave the Great Commission, He also said,

"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

This promise was not  just about personal assurance of salvation or divine protection and guidance. It must be understood in the context of the passage. He was promising us that the opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission would always exist, right up to the beginning of the Tribulation. In other words, in theory, at least, it should still be possible to do it.

Again, what we have to bring about, through our unity, our prayers, our fasting, our evangelism, and our Christian holiness otherwise, is the greatest turning to Christ in the history of this world. Revival is not the word for it. Revival is an enormous understatement of what is needed. We must produce such a wave of true repentance unto Godliness among Christians, such a wave of  intercession, and such a wave of conversions of the unsaved,  that it will virtually drive Satan and his minions off the planet.

Here this writer is tentatively inclined to spiritualize the Book of Revelation, rather than taking it more or less literally, as he does elsewhere. It is possible that the great turning to Christ, and the spiritual battle that brings it to pass, could be the true fulfillment of the Book of Revelation, and the Prophesies of Armageddon in particular. It is possible that the Book of Revelation could have a literal future historical fulfillment in more than one way. If that is true, then what is proposed in this set of Web pages, built on what was said in "Strangers and Pilgrims..." and "Prayer Wars", and the other supplementary writings, could be the means by which it is fulfilled.

If we do indeed drive Satan and his minions off the planet, that could be the fulfillment of Revelation 20:1 & 2. Perhaps, such is God's plan, that it will be through us that He will finally destroy Satan. As others have said, it was through man's sin that Satan gained control of this world, and it could well be through man's obedience that he is finally defeated. In fact, in the spiritual sense this has already happened, with the atoning death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The question is whether it will also happen in the world at large in this age through the Church.

There are Biblical precedents for at least bringing revival that would delay the Tribulation. One, of course, is the story of Jonah, and his prophetic ministry to Nineveh. As we know, the people of Nineveh responded to his preaching with what had to have been one of the biggest revivals in history. The result was that the destruction of Nineveh was delayed for 150 years.  Another is the reign of the righteous King Josiah in II Kings 22 & 23. He took a stand against idolatry in the Kingdom of Judah, and did all he could to turn the people back to the exclusive worship of the God of Israel. However, in his case, all he was able to do was to set back the coming of God's wrath for the duration of his life time. God's wrath began to fall on Judah only a few months after he died (II Kings 23:31-32).

Speculative Issue:

There is a strange possibility in the story of Josiah. A prophetess told him that he would die in peace, but he was killed in battle (II Kings 22:20). He was, at the time of his death, actually fighting a battle he had no need to fight. It is entirely possible, and even suggested in the Scripture, (II Chronicles 35:20-23) that Josiah had rebelled against God in getting into that battle. But there may have been more consequences from his disobedient action than is evident in the Scripture. You have to know some ancient history to see it, though.

Josiah was killed while fighting Pharaoh Necho. As stated in the Bible, Necho didn't want to fight him. The passage in II Kings 23:29 says he was going to fight "against" the Assyrians (KJV). That is an error in translation (see the NIV, NEV, or ASV). Actually, we know from ancient history that he was going to fight alongside the Assyrians at the great Battle of Carchemish. You may never have heard of that battle, but students of ancient history consider it one of the most historically decisive battles ever fought. It was the Assyrians and the Egyptians under Necho against - believe it or not - Nebuchadnezzar! Nebuchadnezzar won, decisively.

Now consider this: although Necho defeated Josiah, his army had to have been weakened by the fight. Josiah wouldn't have attacked Necho if he didn't think he could win. He must have done some real damage to Necho's army. But suppose that Josiah had left him alone? In fact, suppose he had gone with him to fight Nebuchadnezzar? It might have been Nebuchadnezzar who was defeated. If the Battle of Carchemish had ended that way, Josiah would have found himself in the pleasant position of being part of an impregnable alliance with Assyria and Egypt. He would have been in a position to have negotiated the return of the 10 northern tribes, under his rule. In short, he could have restored the full Davidic Kingdom, and the Babylonian Captivity would never have happened. In fact, if Nebuchadnezzar had been defeated at Carchemish, Babylon would probably have fallen shortly thereafter. Josiah blew a great, God-given opportunity by rebelling. And as shown in the Scriptures, God's wrath followed quickly.

Now getting back to our present situation: We may have the opportunity before us to truly fulfill the Great Commission and truly bring Christ's Kingdom on earth, without there having to be a Tribulation, which will be to the world what the Captivity was to the Jews. Are we going to take advantage of this opportunity? Are we going to work before the night comes when no one can work?  Or are we going to go the way of Josiah, and ignore or even reject the possibility without even seeking God's will about it.

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Again, we can and should bring Christ's Kingdom on earth without there being a Tribulation first. There is ample Biblical evidence that this is true. Not that this writer believes we will.  So what happens if we don't?

We will discuss this frightening prospect in the concluding page.

If We Don't....

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