Getting It Right!
1/16/24 By Tim Buck
We’ve waited eight years to teach this important topic!
The vital teaching you’ll hear in the upcoming class pushes back on many of the most popular prophecy themes today. It’s an urgent call to stop listening to the wrong people about what to anticipate for the coming government of Antichrist.
A false message is being preached these days and unfortunately, that’s the only message being heard.
But what does the Bible really say about the makeup of Antichrist’s empire? Pull up a seat and listen closely as you ponder these issues!
1. Satan’s Kingdom
One of the major themes of Daniel and Revelation is how Satan has attempted to use seven successive, anti-Semitic empires to annihilate the chosen people in his attempt to overturn the plans of God.
What we find is that the empire-model Satan designed for this purpose was never a global empire. It was a kingdom that was large, but not worldwide. The strategy was for his kingdoms to dominate a geographical region big enough to control the Middle East and all the land of Israel, but not the whole earth.
The pattern of using regional empires, not global empires, will continue with the empire of Antichrist.
2. Hyperbolic Language
We learn in Daniel that global-like descriptions are used (hyperbole) to describe the size and extent of Satan’s empires. This tricky style language makes these Satanic empires appear to be world-wide empires when they are only regional empires in size.
The pattern of over-stating the size of Satan’s empires in Daniel continues in Revelation for the empire of Antichrist whose domain, like the previous empires, is limited, not worldwide.
3. Revived Empire
The popular notion that Antichrist and his coming empire will rise from Europe, in the form of a revived Roman Empire, is misleading and unfortunate as it has led millions of prophecy students away from Daniel and Revelation’s geographical path of a coming Middle Eastern Empire.
The result is a lack of clarity about what drives the evil nature of the coming empire and what exactly it will look like and a complete disregard for the Islamic nature of Antichrist’s empire which is like forcing a square peg in a round hole.
Only an understanding of the Islamic link to end-time prophecy will bring consistency to interpreting Daniel and Revelation. Without that connection, it’s pure guesswork which is why we see so much confusion on this crucial topic.
Contrary to what most Bible prophecy books, podcasters and teachers predict, the world is trending away from Globalism, not towards it.
5. COVID Conspiracy
A culture of conspiracy among prophecy teachers and books in contemporary America has mistakenly connected the COVID-19 nightmare as the “first-stage” in a supposed “Global Reset” toward building a coming one-world government . This notion is inaccurate and stems from a misidentification of Antichrist’s Islamic Empire, and assuming it to be a typical, western-style empire.
Travellers seen at the Ben Gurion International Airport, on December 19, 2021. Photo by Flash90
Israel is Opening Again!!
Tourists Allowed Into Israel From March 1 Regardless of Vaccination Status
Tourists of all ages will be allowed into Israel regardless of vaccination status starting from March 1, subject to a negative PCR test before takeoff and after landing, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced Sunday.
The decision was announced following a meeting between PM Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, with the participation of Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov and several others, in which they finalized an outline for the easing of coronavirus restrictions in Israel.
Alongside the decision to reopen the country to both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists, the new plan will see the end of isolation policies for unvaccinated Israelis entering the country, subject to a negative PCR test upon arrival.
We are praising the Lord for Israel’s decision to fully open in March 2022, for the first time since March of 2020.
Focus On The End Times will likely plan our next tour of Israel for the spring of 2023.
Ukrainian immigrants arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on February 20, 2022
Amid Tensions at Home, Dozens of Ukrainian Jewish Immigrants Arrive in Israel
Dozens of new immigrants from Ukraine arrived in Israel on Sunday as tensions on the frontier between Ukraine and Russia reached new highs.
The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption said 75 immigrants arrived on the initial flight and another 22 were scheduled to land in Israel later in the day.
“Our message to the Jews of Ukraine is very clear — Israel will always be their home; our gates are open to them during normal times as well as in emergencies,” said Immigrant Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata.
“Today we are happy to greet dozens of immigrants from Ukraine, and we are prepared to absorb thousands who want to move to Israel… we are waiting with open arms,” she added.
Jana Kovlenko, who arrived from Kyiv with her husband, Evgeni, and their daughter, said that “right now it’s scary in Ukraine. Everyone is only talking about war. Until the last moment we were worried that the flight would be canceled due to the situation.”
Gidi Schmerling, of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which organized the flight, said the immigrants were tense in the hours before departure.
“When the plane took off,” Schmerling, who was on board, told Army Radio, “there was applause.”
Coming To A Church
This article isn’t about whether the vaccine is safe or not. I’m not urging anyone to get the vaccine, nor am I urging anyone to avoid it. I believe that my health decisions are my choice, and yours are your choice.
Despite that the COVID vaccination has nothing to do with the mark of the beast, it’s becoming obvious to many discerning believers that Satan is using the so-called pandemic and the unproven vaccination for his evil purposes. Regardless of how it got here Satan now controls the COVID narrative and is using it to manipulate the world in the run-up to the Tribulation.
The mark of the beast may not be instituted until the second half of the Tribulation but that doesn’t mean that the latter years of the church-age won’t have increased persecution and dangers. Our world is on a downward moral and spiritual trajectory in every area with the decline getting steeper each year.
It’s now Becoming Popular to Blame the Unvaccinated for all Future Cases of Covid
It seems likely that Satan will continue to weaponize COVID as one of his most effective tools for the foreseeable future. As such, the tide is changing against the idea of freedom of choice for the unvaccinated. The freedom of choice benefit seems to only work if you want to choose to have an abortion.
Much of the world is closing down to anyone not vaccinated and it looks like it will come down to a battle in the United States, and of course, that means the church will once again be targeted.
It seems like America is now hanging by a thread as the last bastion of freedom. Surveying the following headlines should help in seeing how fast this issue is closing in.
The Rise of Forced Vaccinations
All over the world, the hot-button is the Covid vaccination. Many governments discuss making it mandatory, a terrifying concept for people who believe that the vaccine is unsafe. But perhaps even more appalling are the shocking things that people are saying about those who are unvaccinated.
JULY 26, 2021 – DOJ Vaccine Mandates Become Legal
The Department of Justice determined that federal law will not prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring COVID vaccines
JULY 27, 2021 – Saudi Arabia Imposes COVID Vaccine Mandate
JULY 28, 2021 – Netflix Mandates Vaccinations for all U.S. Productions
JULY 31, 2021 – CNN announcer Don Lemon suggests unvaccinated people should be starved to death
AUG. 1, 2021 – Local government in Philippines declares that unvaccinated people are barred from purchasing FOOD
AUG. 2, 2021 – Thousands of Pakistanis Line Up for Vaccine After Gov’t Shuts Down Cell Service for Unvaccinated
AUG. 3, 2021 – Tyson Foods Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for its entire U.S. Workforce
AUG. 8, 2021 Swedish professor: People will need FIVE vaccine doses for immunity, and if you don’t submit, you’ll no longer qualify as “fully vaccinated”
The professor said COVID-19 vaccines may not be enough to provide immunity, recommended as many as five doses.
Aug. 9, 2021 – France’s Virus Pass Now Required In Restaurants and Trains
Aug. 11, 2021 – California Gov. Newsom orders teacher vaccinations
Aug. 11, 2021 – Los Angeles City Council Votes 13-0 To Create Vaccination Requirement For Indoor Public Spaces Like Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Concert Venues
Aug. 12, 2021 – University Vaccine Mandate Stays as Justice Barrett Rebuffs Plea
Supreme Court Justice Amy Barrett turned away a challenge to Indiana University’s requirement that students be vaccinated against Covid-19 giving no explanation.
The Battle in America Heats Up
Where do we go from here? What’s next? New York city, New Orleans, San Francisco, LA and other cities are issuing Vaccine mandates to prohibit unvaccinated people from entering restaurants, stadiums, theatres and grocery stores. NYC is now enforcing a vaccine pass.
Some of America’s largest corporations including Walt Disney and Walmart have mandated the vaccination of all employees.
This is the Mandate: “Take the Covid-19 vaccination or be terminated from your job!”
The Pentagon has ordered that all U.S. military and personal be vaccinated and the Biden Administration has ordered all federal employees be vaccinated. So as federal employees start quitting over the mandate, the vast majority of those that will be leaving will be evangelicals and conservatives who don’t trust the vaccine.
This tactic is revealing and shows how Satan can manipulate mandatory vaccinations by targeting specific sectors to weaken America. The weakening of our country also shows we are closing in on the Tribulation where America is nowhere to be found in Bible prophecy.
Today, there are millions of Americans that work directly for the federal government including 1.4 million active-duty military personnel and another 800,000 reserve forces and 800,000 postal workers. Beyond them are two million people, just over 1% of the U.S. workforce, who are permanently employed by the federal government.
This is a stunning overreach by the Biden administration illustrating how they can weaponize COVID. Tell me this isn’t government tyranny? Tell me there is nothing wrong with this picture! From the beginning we’ve been lied to about the so-called pandemic and the false statistics and now there is a concerted effort to coverup the dangers of the vaccine.
Explain how forcing people to comply with something that is virtually untested concerning the long-term effects is a good thing. The reality that American’s now must face is that our government is forcing people out of their livelihood and possibly into the streets for not taking a vaccination that is unproven and suspect at best.
Without a crystal ball it’s hard to predict where the enforcement of the vaccine is headed but it seems likely that travel may become limited unless you are vaccinated and show proof. It may soon be you won’t be able to shop or go into a grocery store without proof of vaccination.
Warning To The Church
Discrimination against the unvaccinated is about to make life very difficult.
Sooner or later, Satan will come back around to repeat his assault on the church with even greater passion than what we saw in 2020. With mandated vaccines heading our way, what should the church do when it becomes illegal to gather in the name of public safety?
It would be wise for church leaders to begin to think through policy and agree on a more thorough response this time before that happens again. Satan is well aware of how vulnerable the church is regarding this issue, so we should anticipate even stronger mandates aimed at Christians and to shutter churches who refuse to be vaccinated.
There are plenty of opinions on the legitimacy of the “shot”, but one opinion that should be shared by all freedom loving people is… it should not be mandated.
The best chapter in the New Testament concerning grey areas in matters of personal conscience is Romans 14 where the Apostle Paul counsels all believers,
“Let everyone be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
The prophetic signs are burgeoning and not abating. Time is incredibly short – Jesus is coming soon – so be of great cheer, keep looking up. Be sure you are believing The Truth, not The Lie.
There have been many conspiracies and rumors surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and one has people thinking the vaccine is the ‘Mark of the Beast.’
We will discuss the ‘Mark of the Beast’ more fully in our upcoming class on September 21.
The phrase “Mark of the Beast” can be found in Revelation 13. Some Christians believe if they get the vaccine, they will be marked for hell. This is written in the hope of stopping those rumors.
Why the COVID-19 Vaccine is not the
‘Mark of the Beast’?
He (False Prophet) forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
1. The biblical mark-of-the-beast is external, not in the bloodstream and must be visibly worn on the outside of the forehead or right hand. The mark is a literal, visible branding of sorts like the Nazi swastika or ISIS headband. It must be displayed and easily seen to function as a passport for commerce.
2. The mark-of-the-beast does not begin until the middle of the 7-year Tribulation. The context of Revelation 13 shows the marking campaign is enforced by the False Prophet who doesn’t begin his evil campaign until the second half of the Tribulation.
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.
3. The mark-of-the-beast
is only authorized by one person which Revelation 13 identifies as the False Prophet. Neither Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates or anyone else qualifies as the False Prophet who carries out the monstrous plans of Antichrist.
Nor do the logos of the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control qualify as the mark. Only the False Prophet has the authority to implement such a devious program.
He (False Prophet) exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
4. According to Revelation 13:17-18, it is mandatory for the mark to brandish at least one of two required statements:
They could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Here we see that the mark can either display the name of the beast or it can simply exhibit the number associated with the beast which equates to 666. The COVID vaccination does not contain either of these required statements.
5. The purpose of the mark-of-the-beast is to pledge allegiance and to outwardly show ones full submission to the beast. The “beast” is a symbolic term for the empire of Antichrist. Wearing the mark has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of medical treatment for a pandemic or disease.
6. The beast in this context refers to the final, 10-king empire which is ruled over by Antichrist in the Tribulation. Beginning in Daniel 2 through Revelation 17, the 10-king empire (beast) is mentioned or alluded to some 20 times showing it is a crucial sign of the last days. But neither the empire nor the Tribulation period have arrived yet making it impossible for the vaccination to be the “mark of the beast!”
Daniel 7:23 further tells us that the empire (the beast) will rise up in the last days BEFORE Antichrist makes his first appearance in the world. Since the empire hasn’t arrived yet, neither has Antichrist or the False Prophet. All three must be in place as prerequisites to the start of any kind of marking campaign.
7. Everyone will know precisely when they are taking the mark. The life and death conditions and dangerous atmosphere surrounding the campaign are public not secret. The death penalty for not taking the mark makes it impossible to take it accidently like some are trying to infer is happening by taking the vaccination.
To ensure everyone gets the message, the Bible says God sends out an angel who flies through the heavens with a loud voice saying, “DON’T TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST.” So if you take the mark, there will be no excuse that one is choosing to worship Antichrist and not Jesus Christ.
9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.
Lastly, it helps to remember
that according to 2 Thessalonians 2, Christians will not see Antichrist. The One who “holds back” Antichrist is none other than the Holy Spirit. When the restraining influence of the Spirit is removed from this world—along with the church that the Spirit indwells—then Antichrist will have free rein.
Evil is being hindered right now by the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers all over the world. But once the church-age ends the obstruction will be removed allowing the man of sin to come forth.
Without Antichrist here yet, the mark can not be here. The special promise to the church is that Antichrist will not be revealed until Jesus returns for the church and catches us up to heaven!
Maranatha… even so come Lord Jesus!
While the left demands the unvaccinated be placed in economic ghettos, they are allowing COVID infected illegal immigrants to cross the border spreading deadly COVID germs in dozens of towns and cities across America. This is America in 2021.
‘No Vax, No Service’
On CNN yesterday, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo looked into the camera and said that unvaccinated people have no right to remain unvaccinated, and that if they refuse to submit to them they need to be shut out of society.
That means no restaurants, no access to the grocery store for food for their family, no access to anything. 17 months into the bazaar overreach of our government and things are only heating up.
The end-time insanity is not limited to the false news purveyors at CNN, it is coming from every quarter of this administration, with the rhetoric growing more intense by the day.
Establishments that have required vaccines often face pushback, from crowds of protesters and from those opposed to such restrictions.
A case in point: Argosy, an Atlanta gastropub, has seen strongly negative reaction on social media to its “No Vax, No Service” policy, including a Twitter TWTR, 2.77% post from Georgia U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican.
“This is called segregation,” Greene wrote. “Will you be testing everyone at the door for the flu, strep throat, stomach bugs, colds, meningitis, aids, venereal diseases, Hep A, Hep C, staff infections, athletes foot, pink eye, croup, bronchitis, ringworm, scabies, or any other contagions?”
Restaurants now telling unvaccinated customers, ‘No vax, no service’ as delta variant spreads
FROM MARKET WATCH: As COVID-19 cases surge throughout the U.S., a growing number of dining and drinking establishments are turning unvaccinated customers away, saying their businesses can’t risk possibly exposing patrons and staff to the virus.
BUT THESE “NO VAX, NO SERVICE” DECISIONS HAVE SPARKED CONTROVERSY, WITH ANTI-VACCINATION GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS SAYING THEY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS. SOME STATES, SUCH AS FLORIDA AND TEXAS, HAVE ALSO ENACTED LAWS THAT ESSENTIALLY PREVENT PRIVATE BUSINESSES FROM IMPOSING THESE BANS ON THE UNVACCINATED.
The idea of forced vaccination is gaining momentum and despite the extremely high COVID survival rate of 99.5%, everyone may soon have to make up their mind regarding the vaccination.
This is not something to take lightly but should be saturated in prayer for you and your family.
The best chapter in the New Testament concerning matters of personal conscience is Romans 14 where the Apostle Paul counsels all believers to,
“let everyone be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
Biden Announces Door-to-Door Outreach to Boost Vaccinations!
Our government is planning to send officials out to knock on people’s doors across America to pressure them to take the coronavirus vaccine.
If they show up, be sure to share the Good News with them that Jesus saves sinners!
President Joe Biden said last week:
“Now we need to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and often times door by door – literally knocking on doors to get help to the remaining people,” Biden said during his speech about coronavirus.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki used a similar phrase in which she said coronavirus preventative measures will entail “targeted community by community, door to door outreach to get the remaining Americans vaccinated.”
Ronald Reagan nailed it when he aptly said that the most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Here in 2021, the announcement by Joe Biden brings that statement to chilling new heights.
Starting soon, the Biden administration will be sending out ‘government officials’ to the homes of unvaccinated Americans to pressure them into receiving the COVID-19 vaccine jab.
Now I thought America didn’t have a National Vaccine Database for COVID, or do they? They must because how else would they know who hasn’t had it yet? Don’t say we didn’t warn you when there comes a knock at your door. They’ll be from the government, and they’re here to help.
Breitbart News reported the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the Chinese coronavirus is reportedly “forcing” the Biden administration to “rethink Covid-19 measures,” which could include re-instituting mask mandates — even among vaccinated people.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dubbed the Delta variant of “concern.” The variant totals roughly 20 percent of infections in the United States and has prompted the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to urge fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on July 4 cautioned that individuals will begin to see “almost two types of America” between the vaccinated and unvaccinated as the Delta variant spreads across the nation. As the Biden administration is “rethinking” the coronavirus from China, a July poll indicates 57 percent of Americans believe they have less personal freedom today than before the coronavirus pandemic.
This is where we are today, just as we told you from the beginning. Satan will continue to use his successful fear campaign to thwart the plans of God and continue his last-days onslaught against God’s people and to do what he can to silence the church.