Chapter 2 End Time Believers: Those who have Insight
Those who have insight... [ Dan.11:33,35; 12:3,10 ]
Great insight is coming to God's people in the days ahead as foretold in scriptures. The 'End Time' body of Christ will be the first ones in the world to receive this fresh insight which is found in the written Word of God. This knowledge will involve a vast array of Biblical topics which will be vital to God's people in the unprecedented times ahead. Ultimately, the purpose of these various insights will be to point to the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ & His imminent return so that God's people will recognize these truths, embrace Christ & become ready to 'meet Him' face-to-face. [1 Thess.4:16,17].
These coming eye-opening truths are not 'new' to God. He authored them. But, they will be as 'new' to the body of Christ as sudden & clear understanding of God's Word will become illuminated. Some of these insights involve numerous 'End Time' topics which have been largely misunderstood and/or mishandled within the body of Christ, even by leaders. But, the coming accurate handling of these truths will bring great light spiritually in order for God's people to 'see' & discern clearly in the fast-approaching darkest & most deceptive times in world history as foretold in scripture. [Dan.12:1; 2 Thess.2:10-12].
For God's people who 'have insight' [from the Word] & who 'see' by the Spirit then the true complexion of what is foretold for the End Times will become as clear as looking out the front window. Right now, key foretold prophecies which lead up to the 'start' of the Tribulation have already shaped up into plain view yet are still not 'seen' by God's people. This has much to do with today's Shepherds & church leaders who have not dug out the deeper & vital things of the Word in order to equip the body of Christ. [Eph.4:12; Math.24:45]. Several of these vital topics necessary for God's people to understand are the profile & appearance of the man of sin, the scenario of the 'start' of the Tribulation & the magnitude of perilous times ahead which Christians are about to face. [1 Tim. 4:1].
However, God's people will gain these insights regardless of leaders who might be slow to 'sign on'. God's Spirit & Word together will reveal these insights to all those who thirst to 'see' & 'hear'. [1 John 2:27]. For example, in receiving the great vision of Revelation, John was not told by the Lord to 'take this to the leaders first & make sure they bear witness to it......'. To the contrary, John was told to write it & send it FIRST to the body of Christ, the 7 churches. [Rev.1:11].
In fact, the books of Revelation & Daniel have been the most hotly debated & misunderstood books for centuries, particularly Revelation. But, in the days ahead their stunning truths will enlighten believers to the virtual-reality of what is shaped up prophetically today & its shocking nearness. What people have generally shied away from for centuries is about to become suddenly crystallized to God's people as they discern that what Daniel & John saw & wrote about is right in front of this generation, right now.
Believers will also recognize that the Lord will not 'tarry' for another generation as some ministers can still be heard pondering publicly today. But, God's plan is to show His people the precise truths & insight of His Word in advance so that His children can prepare, be strengthened & be ready for what they clearly see coming.
"Insight" through the entire 7 Year Tribulation...
The 'start' of the 7 Year Tribulation period which is imminent in this generation is elaborated on by the prophet Daniel. The book of Revelation goes into even greater detail & completely confirms Daniel's foresights written in 586 B.C.
But, from beginning to end in his detailing of these final 7 years [Dan.11:21-12:13] Daniel states 4 times that "those who have insight" will clearly understand the final prophecies as they occur. This shows a continual global recognition throughout the coming 7 Year Tribulation of unfolding Biblical events leading up to Christ's return. The book of Revelation also exactly mirrors this fact.
Daniel first mentions 'those who have insight' in Daniel 11:33 & again in 11:35. Both of these verses clearly depict the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. [Dan.11:36 itself marking the exact 'middle' of the 7 years]. This shows the body of Christ as 'having insight' inside the Tribulation period. It also lines up exactly with what Jesus foretold about the Gospel being preached to the world. After the preaching is completed [within the first 3 1/2 years] Jesus said "then the end shall come" [Math.24:14] referring specifically to the last 3 1/2 years precisely identified by Daniel as "the end". [Dan.12: 6, 7].
Daniel also depicts 'some' Christians as being killed within the first 3 1/2 years saying, "And some of those who have insight will fall....". [Dan.11:35]. He is careful to reaffirm this scenario being within the first 3 1/2 years by noting [in the very same verse] that 'the end time [last 3 1/2 years] is still to come at the appointed time.' [Dan.11:35].
Confirming Daniel's account of the first 3 1/2 years, Revelation also clearly identifies Christians who will be 'slain' as a direct result of 'the Word of God [their faith] & the testimony which they had maintained." [Rev.6: 9, 11]. Potentially, this will occur in countries where the concept of believers being 'slain' because of their Christian faith already exists today.
Not coincidentally, countries where today's persecution of Christians already results in a life-threatening enviornment are some of the very last countries now having the Gospel preached to them before Christ's return. [ie. China, Russia, Iran, Iraq, India, Africa, etc.]. Comparitively, safer locations [like America] seem less likely in the days ahead to experience killings of people specifically because of their Christian faith. But in itself, the concept of believers being 'slain' for their faith is no new concept at all since this has occurred since the birthing of the Christian church two thousand years ago & right up through today.
Daniel's final two references to 'those who have insight' are shown within the final 3 1/2 years of Great Tribulation. He states that "those who have insight will understand." [Dan.12: 3, 10]. Here again, this shows people globally recognizing & understanding the magnitude of final Biblical events even through the time of 'the end'. [Math.24:14; Dan.12:7, 13]. Revelation confirms Daniel by also identifying "saints" who "have faith in Jesus" within the last 3 1/2 years of the Great Tribulation period. [Rev.14: 12,13].
Although these particular believers will be ones who finally accept Christ after the rapture of the church, they will still 'have insight & will understand' the Apocalyptic times occurring throughout the Great Tribulation. These left -behind 'saints' are as much 'God's people' as the believers who were ready & taken from the earth when the 'last trumpet' sounded prior to the Great Tribulation. [Rev.14:12,13; Rev.11:15].
The body of Christ will 'provide understanding' ...
In Daniel's prophecies for these End Times, he described a pattern which God operates in throughout Biblical history & of which the body of Christ is about to experience. Namely, that God chooses to reveal the hidden things of His word ["insight" as Daniel called it] to His own people first. Then, His people [having received His 'insight'] will become His oracles by announcing in advance God's Word to the multitudes.
This is shown in Daniel's foresight of Christians [present within the first 3 1/2 years] who will be first to receive 'insight' & then respond by 'giving understanding to the many." [Dan.11:33]. This is a prime purpose of God for His people in the days ahead. To spread the Word about Christ, salvation & His imminent return.
Then, after the body of Christ receives these insights & also announces them globally ["to the many"], God will follow the announcement of His Word by powerfully carrying it out. By this divine order, then God will be magnified & highly exalted in the fulfillment of each subsequent foretold event. The prophet Amos' prophecy also pinpoints the same divine principle when he prophesied: "Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He [first] reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets." [Amos 3:7].
Daniel himself foretold of an incredible blessing associated with God's people in these End Times who "have insight" & who also "give understanding to the many". [Dan.11:33]. It refers to the eternal blessing awaiting all of God's people who experience any part of the 7 Year Tribulation period including believers taken in the rapture and those who were accepting of Christ afterward in the Great Tribulation. He said: 'And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, will shine like the stars forever & ever.' [Dan.12:3].
Perilous Times ahead... [2 Tim. 3:1]
Today's global birth pangs are on fast-track now. They will increase in intensity as this generation draws closer to the 'start' of the final 7 Years. Once the 7 Year period itself begins, then today's birth pangs will turn into the 'perilous times' which the Apostle Paul talked about. [2 Tim. 3:1]. Jesus Himself clarified this in stating that 'birth pangs' will 'deliver' the final generation 'into Tribulation'. [Math.24:8,9]. Although the 7 Year Tribulation itself will be the most stressful period in history, it will grow progressively worse from the very beginning to its defined destructive 'end' in the last 3 1/2 years. [Dan.12: 6,7].
Soon, this generation will observe the 'start' of the 7 Year Tribulation by the 'signing' of a 7 Year Mideast Peace Agreement mediated by the man of sin. [Dan.9:27; Rev. 6:2]. Once this is executed, then Revelation shows clearly that today's declining global condition will immediately & drastically begin imploding.
Just inside the Tribulation, Revelation states that "peace is taken from the earth". [Rev.6:4]. This represents spiritual turmoil globally & is clearly the beginning of 'perilous times' worldwide for all people including Christians. The same verse also specifically shows that a 'great sword was given' to the 2nd rider ['red horse'] "that men should slay one another". This unmistakably indicates worldwide bloodshed at all levels ranging from various military actions to anarchy in the streets.
During this perilous beginning stage of the 7 Year Tribulation, Daniel & the book of Revelation [& other scriptures] portray the body of Christ as anointed to 'preach the Gospel' & as being 'those who have insight & give understanding to the many'. [Math.24:14; Dan.11:33]. Although an increase in persecution of Christians will also occur within the Tribulation [Math.24: 9,10] great comfort & strength will come to the body of Christ.
This will result from scriptural knowledge & understanding while witnessing the initial unfolding events within the Tribulation period and knowing that Christ is near. Daniel confirms this by saying that 'the people who know their God will display strength & take action'. [Dan.11:32]. However, also at this time 'some will fall away from the faith' . [1 Tim.4:1; Math.25:1].
Not destined for wrath...
As previously mentioned, scriptures show 'some' believers 'will fall' [Dan.11:35] & be 'slain' [Rev.6:9] from the 'great sword' which the red horse is given right after the 'start' of the 7 Year Tribulation. [Rev.6:4]. However, the body of Christ today can be confident that by-and-large God's people will be miraculously preserved & protected throughout the beginning stages of the Tribulation until the rapture of the church.
This is confirmed in scriptures. First, God's people are 'not destined for wrath' [1 Thess. 5:9] which is the final 3 1/2 years of unprecedented destruction & horror. [Rev.16:1]. In fact, readied believers who have insight of the true destiny prepared by God for His people are the ones who will be taken in the foreordained rapture before the 'wrath of God' occurs. This is God's prime plan & His promise to His own children who recognize Christ's nearness & are ready when 'He is right at the door.' [Math.24:33; Luke 21:36].
Secondly, Daniel specifies that after the Tribulation begins then only 'some' of those who have insight 'will fall'. [Dan.11:35]. This also confirms that overall God's people worldwide will be divinely guarded into the 7 Year Tribulation period even though great bloodshed will be occurring globally. The fact that a 'fourth' of the earth [Rev.6:8] will be killed within the first 3 1/2 years [by the sword, disease & famine] & then another 'third' originating in the Euphrates River region [Rev.9: 14,15] in no way changes God's divine overall protection of His people globally. Only 'some' of God's people will fall. [Dan.11:35].
This scripturally true picture of what the body of Christ will experience in the coming perilous days is vital for readiness & sharp discernment. The coming 'signing' of the Mideast Peace Agreement by the man of sin will suddenly thrust this world into an immediate downspin. [Rev.6:4]. However, today's popular ministers & authors have all but eliminated this true concept of believers facing any of these global troubles coming. Their erroneous portrayal of God's people being 'raptured at any moment' & 'before' the 'start' of the Tribulation has blinded the body of Christ [so far] from giving much attention at all to the scriptural reality of what's coming & is, in fact, imminent.
The final generation of Anointed Believers...
As foretold by Bible prophets like Daniel, Ezekiel, Paul & John, today's spiritual blindness & naivity amongst the body of Christ & ministers will soon change as God's End Time people begin handling accurately the written Word by the Spirit. Although great spiritual darkness is coming & false prophets will arise, both God's people & their own understanding are about to become incredibly illuminated by the Spirit from gaining vital key insights dealing with what's coming prophetically.
Then as a result, God's End Time people will rise up & stand out as the true, holy, blameless & spotless body of Christ in this world as also foretold by the Bible prophets & our Lord Himself. [Eph.5:27; Luke 21:36]. At that time soon coming, a final anointing & glory unmatched in history will be poured out by the Father upon His children as they fulfill Daniel's & Jesus' prophecies as being 'those who have insight & who provide understanding to the many' while preaching the Gospel 'in the whole world, for a witness & to all the nations.' [Dan.11:33; Math.24:].
These are His beloved & anointed End Time children 'who know their God & display strength & will do mighty exploits.' [Dan.11:32]. These are the ones who will 'shine brightly like the stars forever & ever' [Dan.12:3] & who will bring the greatest glory & honor to Christ that this world has ever seen globally as today's 'end of the age' moves quickly towards His divine return. [Math.24:3].
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