NEW TEACHING: What Are The Book Ends Of The Church Age?

NEW TEACHING: What Are The Book Ends Of The Church Age?

What Are the ‘Bookends’ of
The Church Age?

Tim Buck

Special Teaching

(10 Minutes)

(This would make a good first chapter of a book)

Overlapping of Israel and the Church

Did you know the church has a beginning and an end? Can you guess what they are?

As the title suggests, I want to discuss the start and the end of the church-age. That may not seem like a ‘hot-button’ topic but in the discussion of the end times today there’s confusion about this which prevents people from fully understanding God’s purposes in the last days.

The idea of the Old Testament and Israel overlapping with the New Testament and the church runs throughout the book of Acts. In Acts we see God moving Israel off the stage and bringing the church into play.

Now today, we see this happening in reverse, as the church age winds down, and we find ourselves living in the shadow of the Tribulation with God, once again, working with the nation of Israel.

Imagine this Image

Picture you are standing in ocean water up to your knees, as the strong wave coming in is washing over you. At the same time you feel the outgoing force of a previous wave pulling your feet out. The waves overlap each other as one comes in and the other goes out. So it is with the overlapping stories of Israel and the church.

Transition… From Old to New

The argument could be made that the church-age began while overlapping the Old Testament, Mosaic dispensation and will end overlapping it again into the 7-year Tribulation.

By overlapping I mean God was working simultaneously on His distinct plans for Israel and His distinct plans for the church.

Keep Israel and the Church Separate

One of the common mistakes with interpreting prophecy is to mix up God’s plans for Israel and the church. These two institutions are distinct and remain separate throughout the bible.

We see this even in the New Jerusalem where, after the end of all things, Israel’s 12 tribes are written on the twelve gates (Rev. 21:12-13) and the 12 church Apostles names are written on the 12 foundations (Rev. 21:14). God’s memory and plans for both Israel and the church continue throughout eternity.

So these two institutions overlapped during the birth of the church in the first century and are starting to overlap once again, now, at the end of the church-age.

Throughout the church-age, Israel lives under God’s judicial blindness (Rom. 11:25) as punishment for rejecting their Messiah. Their veil of blindness will not be lifted until after the rapture when God once again turns His attention back to His chosen people.

First Mention of the Church

The first mention of the church is in Math. 16:18 where Jesus declares He is both its architect and builder. But when he mentions this to the disciples, there’s good reason to believe they had little idea of what the church was about or what it would become.

That is because God did not reveal the doctrine of the church until much later when He chose to reveal it to the Apostle Paul, not the 12 apostles. It was Paul who would become the “Apostle to the Gentiles.”

Until Paul’s teaching in the church epistles, the concept of the church remained unknown and described as a “mystery kept hidden from ages past” (Eph. 3:1-7; Col.1:25-27).

The First Bookend (Pentecost)

The official birth of the church took place on the day of Pentecost with the coming of the Holy Spirit, by whom the Lord began baptizing believers into His body… the church (1 Cor. 12:13). Today, at the moment of salvation, all believers are spiritually baptized into Christ’s body forming His church.

Paul’s teaching about this and his doctrine on the church was given to him directly by Jesus (Gal. 1:12-17; 1 Thess. 4:15) and Paul began to explain and write about church doctrine beginning with his letter to the Galatians some 20 years after Pentecost.

During those early years of the church-age is when we see the transition period from the old covenant to the new covenant taking place.

In contrast, it seems we are now living in the transition period at the end of the church-age with God turning His focus back to Israel and preparing the church to move off the stage to usher in the Tribulation (Mt. 24:21).

In scripture, this period is also referred to as “Daniels 70th week” (Dan. 9:27) and ”the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) because the 7-year period belongs to the Old Testament dispensation about Israel (Dan. 9:24).

This is one good reason why our focus should be on Israel today, NOT AMERICA! As we transition through the end of the church-age, Israel is back in play and becoming the center of God’s end-time plans.

The Last Bookend (Rapture)

The official end of the church age is the rapture and resurrection of the church (1Thess. 4:13-18). This glorious day is for all Jews and Gentiles who have become believers since Pentecost.

At the LAST TRUMP (1 Cor. 15:51-52), saints who have died since Pentecost will return to earth with Jesus and be resurrected into their glorified bodies like His glorious body (1 Jn. 3:2).

After which, all living saints will be ‘caught up’ (raptured) together to meet the Lord in the air! For the first time, the church will be complete and be in the ‘Father’s house,’ all at the same time… with Jesus. Paul makes it clear we will recognize each other when we gather in the clouds with our fellow saints (1 Thess. 2:18-20).

Once in heaven, it’s time to celebrate as the church-bride is married to Christ and our eternal relationship is sealed in our heavenly wedding. During our 7-year stay in heaven, the church will be married to Christ at the marriage of the lamb (Rev. 19:17-19) just prior to returning to earth with Him at His Second Coming.

Transition… From the New, partially back to Old

While the church is rejoicing in heaven, back on earth, God’s plans for Israel pick up through a short transition period allowing for the rise of Antichrist and the confirming of his peace treaty with Israel which marks the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation.

At the start of the Tribulation, God does something only He can do by sending His two powerful witnesses, Elijah and Moses, (Mal. 4:4-6) back to Israel.

At that moment, since the rapture removed all believers to heaven, these two men are the only witnesses on earth. In the power of the Holy Spirit, these two servants oversee the building of Israel’s temple (Rev. 11) and spark the greatest spiritual revival in Israel’s history.

Interestingly, there is serious pressure inside Israel today to build the temple. Israel’s most powerful religious body, the Sanhedrin, is calling for the construction of the Temple and Orthodox Jews, seated as part of Israel’s Knesset, are repeatedly calling for the building of the temple on the temple mount.

The temple furniture, priesthood and details of Israel’s sacrificial system are being prepared today by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem.

Living in the Shadow of the Tribulation

The big picture to keep in mind here is that all these end time activities related to Israel are happening now under the watchful eye of the church indicating we are living in the shadow of the Tribulation. Hallelujah! “Look up; Lift up your heads, your redemption is coming closer” (Lk. 21:28).

Most importantly, in fulfillment of His promises, God will begin lifting the veil from Israel’s eyes (Rom. 11:25). And what does He use to reach Israel? The teaching tool God uses to illustrate Jesus is messiah will be the animal sacrifices being offered on the new brazen altar on the Temple Mount (Dan. 9:27).

Why is this so effective? Because Israel understands the sacrificial system and the gospel of Christ’s death on the cross is clearly portrayed by the slaughtered lamb and because ‘there’s power in the blood!’

Moses and Elijah will begin connecting the dots for the Jewish people by preaching Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world (Jn. 1:29). Like Peter’s preaching at the temple on the day of Pentecost where thousands were saved (Acts 2:41), the preaching of the two witnesses at the temple spark a mighty, end-time, spiritual awakening in Israel.

With the church removed, the Jewish people finally begin recognizing Jesus is the one “whom they pierced” (Zech. 12:10). God, in His own perfect time and by His own power, will sovereignly act to save Israel fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy (Isa. 59:20-21) which is then quoted by Paul (Rom. 11:25-27):

25 For… you should not be ignorant of this mystery… that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.

In wrapping up Paul’s teaching on Israel and the Church in Romans 11, Paul concludes by saying,

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33).

21 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:21)

Satan’s Wrath, God’s Wrath And The Coming Beast

Satan’s Wrath, God’s Wrath And The Coming Beast

Who or What is The Beast of Revelation?

Looking Behind the Curtain

Satan’s wrath sits heavily upon humanity because he is the destroyer and he knows his time is short.

America is just beginning to bear the brunt and I’m not confident it will ever get better. Satan’s wrath is steeped in hatred against God and God’s children and especially Israel.

God’s wrathby contrast, is the ultimate expression of His absolute love for mankind.

To prepare for class this Tuesday, I want to look at the identity of this ferocious BEAST and discover some of the meaning behind it’s heavy portrait symbolism.

I hope it will spark your interest to study it more as it’s one of the largest topics in the book of Revelation.

When John first saw this imposing caricature, it must have been a stunner!

What Is the Seven-Headed Leopard Beast of Revelation 13?

The beast with seven heads and 10 horns introduced in Revelation 13 represents Satan’s eighth and final empire: The Turkey-led Ottoman Caliphate.

11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven.

Let’s take a closer look at a few of his key features to get a better understanding of the nature of the beast.

* It has authority, power, and a throne, which point to its being a political entity – 13:2.

* God points out its blasphemy 3 times in 8 verses indicating it’s deeply connected to a religious system in addition to being a political entity – 13:1,5-6

* It combines features of the beasts described in Daniel 7:2-8 showing that it’s a future empire in Satan’s line of anti-Semitic empires (Da. 7:17).

* It ascends “out of the sea” (13:1), which is symbolic of the turbulent masses of Gentile nations – Rev. 17:15

“Seven Heads and Ten Horns”
The key to understanding the “seven heads” of the beast is given in Revelation 17 which says the seven heads are symbolic of “seven kings,” or empires (Rev. 17:9,10).

So the seven heads of the beast of Revelation 13:1 represent Satan’s seven former empires designed to oppress the chosen people and dominate the land of Israel.

The seven heads represent Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and the Ottoman Empire. One of these former empires will return as the eighth empire.

The ten horns of Revelation 13:1 are also explained in Revelation 17 in verse 12,

12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings… they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 

Here we see that the ten horns are symbolic of ten kings that form themselves into an empire (beast) having one mind. This is precisely what occurs in the formation of a Caliphate.

Ten Muslim nations willingly surrender their sovereignty as independent kings to form something better and bigger than themselves aka the Islamic Caliphate.

After this empire is formed and established, Antichrist mysteriously appears as the 11th king and wrestles control of the Caliphate to be appointed its ruler or “Caliph” – Dan. 7:24-25.

From all this, we conclude that the seven headed, ten horned beast of Revelation 13 is a symbolic picture, from the imagination of God Himself, representing the coming eighth empire, the last of Satan’s mighty empires to destroy Israel.

The Turkey led Islamic Empire is resurrecting and coming back to life today! Out of the midst of the Middle East chaos the beast will suddenly appear, and the world will never be the same.

Trump Impeachment Trial – Urgent Call To Prayer

Trump Impeachment Trial – Urgent Call To Prayer

America is in a spiritual battle as the forces of evil come against President Trump this week.

Will you please commit to pray for America and for the President and his family as the Impeachment Trial begins.

On the first day of impeachment proceedings we see Adam Schiff demanding that the Senate allow new witnesses and new evidence. Huh?? Sounds like Adam Schiff and his friends in Congress knew full well that their dog and pony show didn’t accomplish anything, and now they want the Senate to do the job for them. 

Impeachment Trial Begins


An Urgent Request

This week, as President Trump is addressing the World Economic Forum in Switzerland encouraging increased business and trade with America, the impeachment process goes to the next level in Washington.

Such a contrast!

As the President continues to focus on building up this country and helping the people of this nation, he is attacked by those who should be thrilled about the great job he is doing.

It is a bleak and telling contrast when you compare what’s on his agenda today to the agenda of his enemies with only their political gain in mind.

They are not talking about or working for the successes, the booming economy, the great things about America, or the opportunities to continue building and strengthening—they would like to put a stop to it immediately.

Since the day the Democrats lost the last election, they are only interested in one thing—removing this President from office.

Join me in praying for President Trump today and for Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell as he navigates the impeachment process in the Senate.

Decade Of The Roaring Twenty’s – Decade Of Prophecy

Decade Of The Roaring Twenty’s – Decade Of Prophecy

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say there will be more prophecy unfolding and more prophecy fulfilled in this decade than at any time in the last 2000 years!

Jesus described the signs at the end of the age as birth pangs (Mt. 24:8) indicating they would increase and become more intense as we draw closer to the Lord’s return.

That’s exactly what happened in the last decade. Explosive events in the Middle East like the Syrian civil war, the rise of ISIS and the Arab Spring led to the disruption of Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Egypt and set the stage for the rise of Turkey and Iran.

What do all these nations have in common? They all play a significant role in Bible prophecy.

The pattern of increasing prophetic activity will continue throughout the roaring 2020’s as the King of Glory maneuvers our world into position toward the countdown of the Rapture and Tribulation.

You never know… this decade may even include the Rapture and the 7-year Tribulation before it’s over! Are you ready for His upward call,

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

We are living in a time when the battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan is intensifying as Satan knows that his time is short.

I’m convinced that this is because we are nearing the return of Christ-and the ultimate annihilation of Satan’s kingdom.

We are entering the most important decade since the Lord ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives in the first century.

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah will roar from Zion this decade to remind us His return is closer than ever!

Iran Planning Campaign of Violence

Iran Planning Campaign of Violence

Iran wants America out of the Middle East!

In our upcoming class on January 28, we’ll discuss Iran’s role in the end times and how recent events line up with prophecy and could be thrusting us toward the Tribulation.

If Iran is playing out Daniel 8, which describes them charging westward across the Middle East, brace for the worst. Things could get ugly, real quick!

Tim Buck Jan. 8, 2020

US General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, made a statement about what was being seen in intelligence in the days before President’s Trump ordered the strike on General Soleimani’s motorcade. Gen. Milley said:

“We had clear, compelling, unambiguous intelligence to indicate Qassem Soleimani was planning, coordinating, and directing a significant campaign of violence against the United States in the coming days.”

There is enough in that statement to suggest that US Generals thought Iran was planning to attack US assets in a wave of assaults in an attempt to rid the US military from the region.

So what exactly were the “unambiguous” signs showing IRGC commanders planning a “significant campaign of violence” against the US, and soon, in the “coming days”?

This could only mean one of two things: either the attacks were (1) just more individual attacks on American assets and nothing more, or (2) the attack planning that was seen was a full scale, military assault on US assets and even possibly a major military campaign into Iraq to finish Iran’s takeover of Iraq.

If it was just more single attacks, the assassination of Soleimani has made the IRGC community cry out for vengeance.

If it was planning for a massive military campaign, the assassination of Soleimani has made the IRGC not only more resolute in getting rid of the US military from the region, but also more united with its Shia allies in other countries, and likely more focused in doing what they are planning to do.

It is very possible that President Trump’s assassination of Soleimani has accelerated end time events. This has been a theme of this President’s first term! So let me re-phrase that… the assassination of Soleimani has definitely accelerated end time events!

The President’s bold move to save American lives has caused the dominoes to fall one after the other in such a way that the events of Daniel 7 and 8 regarding Iran’s end time military campaign could be carried out exactly as recorded in the Word.

Iran Raises Red Flag

Iran Raises Red Flag

Red Flag of Doom and War Symbolizing Battle Ahead Raised To Top Of Holiest Mosque In Iran

For the first time In history the ‘Red Flag Of War’ has been hoisted over the holiest, tallest and most famous Jamkarān Mosque, located in Iran’s holiest city of Qom.

The flag was lifted in response to the killing of General Soleimani. The Iranian Shiite leadership feels it’s time for the appearance of the Mahdi, their messiah… Antichrist!

Tim Buck Jan. 7, 2020

In Iranian Shiite Islam, the red flag symbolizes there is a great battle on the horizon. But this isn’t just about any battle and this famous mosque isn’t just any mosque!

In Shiite theology, recent events in the Middle East are enough to spark their anticipated end time battle that will cause enough death and chaos to trigger the return of their Messiah known as The Mahdi.

The Jamkaran Mosque, located 4 miles SSE of Qom. Built for the Mahdi, Shiite Islam’s coming messiah, also referred to as the 12th Imam. Bible prophecy knows him as Antichrist.

Jamkaran Mosque
The Mosque of Antichrist

The Jamkaran Mosque is the center of Qom, Iran’s holiest city. It was built in AD 1003 by supposed order of the Mahdi himself, who is the twelfth imam of Shia Islam. The Twelver Shia Muslims of Iran are awaiting Mahdi’s appearance.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad often talked about getting ready for the Mahdi, and had claimed he himself was in communication with the Mahdi who is now in an “occultation,” i.e., is hidden away by Allah.

Who is “Al-Mahdi”? Those familiar with my teaching would recognize this as the Muslim name for the coming Antichrist.

Shiite Muslims believe that the leader of Islam must be someone from the bloodline of Muhammad. According to Shia theology, the Twelfth Imam was a young boy who was the twelfth generation bloodline from Muhammad. To prevent him from being killed, they believe Allah rescued him and supernaturally hid him away until the time of the end when he will reappear to lead Islam.

There is an important well on the grounds of this mosque. A Holy Well! It is the place where they believe the “Twelfth Imam” is located and protected by Allah to appear in the end times. The red flag was hoisted here to arouse the Mahdi!

This is no joking matter. To American’s, the whole concept may seem silly. But to the Iranian’s, who are deceived by the master deceiver, this may be the moment in history they’ve been longing for!

The danger of the Iranian regime is that their military doctrine is based solely on this deceptive Islamic theology. Muslim’s are deceived by Satan into thinking Antichrist is their savior, and they are trying to communicate with his spirit via the red flag to encourage his appearance.

Former president Ahmadinejad spoke of their “Twelver” beliefs that a major war was required to start chaos, and out of that chaos the Mahdi would emerge. Oddly, this is also what the Bible predicts.

What Could a Red Flag Mean?

Twelver Shias believe that war is necessary to bring about the Mahdi, their messiah (Antichrist). For the first time in the 1000-year history of the Jamkaran Mosque, the “mosque of the Antichrist” as I call it, the red flag was hoisted above the main dome.

The words “Those who want to avenge the blood of Hussein” are on the flag. Hussein was the third imam of Shia Islam who was killed unjustly. The Mahdi is to bring back justice, in their view.

The Shia Muslim leadership is declaring now is the time for Mahdi to come and finally undo the injustices, especially those committed by Israel, the “little Satan” and America, the “great Satan” and for the final, great war to begin.

The killing of Soleimani was the event to kick start all this. It appears that the militant Shias of Iran are now on the warpath. This could get ugly and dangerous and both Israel and the US are taking it serious.

All US citizens have been asked to leave Iraq immediately. US and Canadian embassies are warning their citizens of a possible attack on Israel.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

And pray for America

And President Trump!