Being excerpts from a new book by a Bible scholar, Mr Jerry Opusunju, who declares that the events that will lead to the end of the world will begin on December 9 this year, when, according to him, the rapture will occur.
Predicting only a specific day or date for the forceful liquidation and take-over of our present world does not make sense; not even a major cooperation of the world can be liquidated in a day. Major liquidations take time and processes; likewise, the scriptures prophesied a ten and half years’ forceful liquidation programme for our world (age or era).
This ten and half years’ period also known as the day of the Lord (Ezekiel 39:1-9 & Revelation 12:13-14 Amp), will commence from Wednesday the 9th of December 2020 (when Israel’s invasion led by Gog, in their 73rd year of restoration would have been crushed by God) to Sunday the 8th of June 2031 (when Christ will return to end the reign of the Roman Prince – the antichrist). Meanwhile the day of the Lord is distinct from the day of the vengeance of our God, which like the day of rapture, is a single day’s event.
Within this final day of the Lord for unleashing God’s wrath, God has in place a plan of activities to end the era of the grace of Christ, the era of the antichrist and the forceful take-over of the earth by our Lord Jesus Christ. It can also be sub-divided into three phases of 42 months (three and half years) each. Let’s now take a summarized look at each of them.
THE FIRST PHASE (9th DECEMBER 2020 – 8th JUNE 2024)
Commencing the liquidation process, Ezekiel prophesied: “…Thus says the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog…thou shall say…I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls.…to take a spoil…thou shall come into the land that is brought back from the sword…the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations…Thou shall…be like a cloud to cover the land, thou…and many people with thee…it shall be in the latter days” (Ezekiel 38:1-15).
Notice that Israel’s invasion led by Gog, will be at their time of rest, dwelling in safety, without walls (a period of peace and safety).
Secondly, the above prophecy speaks of the events after their restoration from worldwide captivity: ‘the land that is…gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always, waste but it is brought forth out of the nations’.
Thirdly, it speaks of events of the last days ‘latter days’ of the earth; leading to their revival and the pouring of the Spirit of God upon the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 38:1-39:29).
So, God continued: “I will bring thee against my land…my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel …So that…all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground” (Ezekiel 38:16-20).
Then God will “call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains…every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And…will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and…rain upon him, and upon his bands…an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone” (Ezekiel 38:21-22).
Notice also, that this invasion of Israel will trigger off the wrath of God; but before unleashing his wrath on the invaders, every human will tremble at his presence and the entire earth will be shaken (Ezekiel 38:16-21).
Think of this, why should God shake the entire earth before unleashing his wrath on the allied force? Paul provided the answer. He wrote: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord…For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-5:3).
Speaking of the rapture, Paul said, the lord will descend from heaven into the earth’s atmosphere (in the air); resulting to the awesome glory of his presence filling the earth and causing every human to tremble at his presence (as prophesied by Ezekiel). Then with a shout he will call up his body; our departure during a period of peace and safety (same period for Israel’s invasion), will result to global destruction and every wall on the grave of any believer will collapse (Ezekiel 38:16-20).
Since the blood of Jesus Christ also propitiated for the sins of the world (1 John 2:1-2), it will require the end of the dispensation (age or era) of Christ’s grace, for God’s wrath to be unleashed. So, during or before the unleashing of his wrath, by Wednesday the 9th of December 2020 (see appendix 5), every member of the body of Christ (living or dead) would have been snatched out; leaving a trail of mass destruction all over the earth.
Just as our gospel of grace replaced the gospel of Moses, our departure will end the era of the grace of Christ on earth and usher in the era of the gospel of the kingdom (2 Corinthians 13:14: Ephesians 3:2 cp. Matthew 24:14). This change will once again usher in the age of salvation by works and self-righteousness on earth; replacing our era of salvation by faith.
Once the body of Christ departs (ending the era of Christ’s grace), then will God unleash his wrath and crush the invaders; of which, he further said “thou shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands…for I have spoken it…So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel…and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold… this is the day whereof I have spoken.
And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons…and they shall burn them with fire, seven years, so that they shall take no wood out of the field…And…I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea…and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude…and seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them …” (Ezekiel 39:4-12).
Following the supernatural crushing of those that invaded them, for seven months the Jews will ensure that not a single corpse of theirs will be left unburied, and will use their weapons for seven years as wood for fuel.
The rapture and this crushing will commence the earth’s winding up (shutting down or liquidation) process (Matthew 28:29; Psalms 120:1-134:3). So, within the first phase of the liquidation (the first half – 42 months, of the seven years prophecy for using the invaders’ weapons as wood), the Jews will complete their third temple in Jerusalem (Psalms 120:1-122:9); while the body of Christ (in heaven) celebrates our award giving ceremony (Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 4:17).
Thereafter, the host of heaven will then worship the Eternal Lamb (the lord Jesus Christ). Of which, John said: ”… Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders…He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb…And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation…and they will reign on the earth” (Revelations 5:5-10 NIV).
Immediately after the above worship, eulogizing the Eternal Lamb for the climax of his redemptive work, by the redemption of the body of Christ (from all the nooks and cranny of the earth) to be with God in heaven, then just as Stephen looked up to heaven and saw the Lamb standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:56), the entire universe will look up, see the Lamb and worship him as well.
Prophesying of the glorious unveiling and worship of the Lamb, John said: “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing and honour and glory and power be unto him that sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever” (Revelation 5:13). Indeed, “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
On this glorious day (in the month of June 2024), everyone (living or dead) will be compelled to see the Lamb and worship him and his Father (John 5:23). Even the Jews will then see and know the Lamb, who is the Rock of their salvation, that delivered them from the hands of Gog and his hordes (Psalms 123:1-124:8).
Immediately after this glorious epiphany of Jesus Christ, he will proceed to open the sealed scroll, commencing the activities of the last seven years of the liquidation process, as prophesied by Daniel (the 70th week of Daniel), of which John said: “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see. And I saw and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (Revelation 6:1-2).
At the opening of the first seal, the conquering man of sin (a Prince who will receive a crown) will be ushered into the world scene; bringing the first phase of the liquidation process and the first half of Ezekiel’s seven years’ prophecy to an end.
THE SECOND PHASE (9th JUNE 2024 – 8th DECEMBER 2027)
Prophesying of this man of sin, Daniel said: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to…make an end of sins…the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary…And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week and in the midst of the week, he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease…” (Daniel 9:24-27).
The emergence of the man of sin (the Roman Prince), whose people destroyed the city of Jerusalem (after the 69th week and cut off of the Messiah), will be characterized by his confirming an Israeli’s covenant with many for one week (seven years or the 70th week of Daniel).
Despite seeing and worshiping the Rock of their salvation (the Lord Jesus Christ), the Jews would still look up to this coming Prince for their safety for which he will ratify their international peace agreement for seven years, divided into two equal segments, of which the first half will run concurrently with the second half of Ezekiel’s seven years’ prophecy.
Therefore, the first half of Daniel’s 70th week and the second half of Ezekiel’s seven years’ prophecy will, as prophesied by John, be characterized by wars, pestilence, famines, drought, earth quakes and divers’ signs and wonders on earth (Revelation chapters 6 to 12). Once the Roman Prince has ratified the Israeli’s international peace agreement, he will proceed to enforce the protection of the Jews, warring against every opposing interest. This, coupled with severe famine, pestilence and earth quakes, will lead to a lot of death within this period.
While the Roman Prince (the man of sin) is ravaging his opponents, God will seal 144,000 male Jews who are virgins and sinless (self-righteous). Being the first fruit of the era of the gospel of the kingdom, they will proclaim their gospel to all nooks and cranny of the earth (Revelation 7:1-8; 14:1-5; Matthew 24:14-21). Their message will give rise to huge population from all over the earth, who will rather die than worship the man of sin, when he is metamorphosed into a beast (Revelation 7:9-15).
Close to the end of this phase, the earth will be plunged into a global war of dreadful magnitude, resulting to the death of one third of the then human population, including the man of sin. At which time also, Angel Michael will lead some militant angels against Satan and his host in heaven and flush them out (Isaiah 14:12-17).
Once earth bound, Satan (the Dragon) will resurrect the man of sin (the Roman Prince) from the bottomless pit and turn him into a beast (Revelation 9:13-21; 12:7-12; 13:1-8; 17:8). Thereafter, the beast will enter into the Jewish temple in Jerusalem to stop their religious sacrifices and present himself to them as God (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
Satan will also empower another beast (the false prophet). Together (the dragon, the beast and the false prophet), they will proceed to wreak havoc on the Jews (for refusing to worship the beast as God), resulting to a remnant of the Jews miraculously flown by God to the wilderness for their safety (Revelation 12:13 – 13:12; Psalms 90:10; 125:1-127:5; Daniel 11:40-45). This flight (in their 80th year of restoration), will mark the end of the seventh year of the Jewish victory over the allied force, led by Gog (the end of Ezekiel’s seven years prophesy).
THE THIRD AND FINAL PHASE (9th DECEMBER 2027 – 8th JUNE 2031)
Their flight on the 8th of December 2027 will mark the end of Ezekiel’s 7 years’ prophecy and that of the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. Failing to wipe off the Jews, the beast and his cohorts will proceed to wiping out three kings of the then ten ruling kingdoms (each a kingdom of nations) of the earth. Take over their kingdoms (Isaiah 13:4; Daniel 7:7-8; 11:36-39; Revelation 12:13-13:18) and then commence their 42 months reign of terror, with the beast (being a demonic human) heading the alliance of ten kings of iron and clay (Revelation 17:12-14 cp. Genesis 1:27-28; Daniel 2:41-44).
But before unleashing their wrath, God will redeem (rapture) the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 14:1-5). Following their departure, God will also deploy angels to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom, to all the nook and cranny of the earth; warning every one of the consequences of worshipping the beast (Revelation 14:6-12; Matthew 24:14-22). Despite these warnings, the false prophet through torture and deceptions (false signs and wonders) will compel great multitude to receive a mark (the 666 mark) and to worship the beast. Anyone who refuses the mark will be terribly tortured even unto death.
However, to frustrate their excesses, God will also deploy the services of two very special prophets (Revelation 11:1-13:18). These prophets will begin their 42 months ministration (six months) to the inception of the reign of the beast. Describing this period, Jesus said “…When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place…then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be…” (Matthew 24:14-22). It shall indeed be the most horrible hours of the saints on earth.
Within a span of 36 months of their 42 months reign, the beast and his cohorts will terrorize the earth, restrained only by the two special prophets who will really be a thorn in their flesh. These special prophets will end their 42 months ministration in the 36th month of the reign of the beast, at which time the beast will succeed in killing them and refuse their bodies to be buried. Three and half days later, God will resurrect and rapture them to heaven (Revelation 11:1-13).
Then for six months (to the end of the 42 months reign of the beast), God will unleash the final phase of his wrath on earth (Revelation 15:1-18:24). God’s final wrath will be characterized by: ugly and painful sore on the inhabitants of the earth who have received the mark of the beast. Every sea, river and spring on earth will coagulate into blood, causing every living thing in them and those that drink from them to die. The sun will be turned into blazing fire scorching the earth. Thereafter; the earth will be plunged into gross darkness.
God will also dry up the great river Euphrates, making its riverbed a high way for the kings from the east to assemble at Armageddon (for their confrontation with Christ at his return). Because of the gross darkness, the demonic kings (the dragon, the beast and the false prophet – the kings of iron; Daniel 2:41-44); will send forth their demonic spirits to enable the other seven human kings (kings of clay – Daniel 2:41-44) and their armies navigate their way to Armageddon (Revelations 14:17-20; 16:1-14).
The gathering of these armies close to their hiding place, coupled with the spirit of grace poured on them (from God), will compel the fled Jews to look up and mourn for Jesus, whom they pierced (Zechariah 12:10-14). Once revived, God will then set the economic capital of the kingdom of the beast (the city of Babylon) ablaze, like he did to Sodom and Gomorrah (Revelations 18:1-24 cp. Genesis 19:24-28).
After the above judgment, the glorious train led by the Lord Jesus Christ will break the gross darkness on earth. Like a rainbow, emerging from one end of the cloud (riding on white horses), we will travel to the other end of the cloud; seen by everyone on earth and terminate at Armageddon, where the kings and the armies of the earth are waiting for Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:27-30; Colossians 3:1-4; Revelations 19:11-21).
Therefore, from the 9th of December 2027 (seven years after the departure of the body of Christ), the great tribulation and the final wrath of God (which constitute the final phase of the liquidation process), will last to the 7th of June 2031 and on Sunday, the 8th of June 2031, the prince of the kings of the earth (the Lord Jesus Christ), will return and terminate the reign of the beast and his cohorts (ending the age or era of the antichrist).
He will cast two of the demonic kings (the beast and the false prophet) alive into the lake of fire, slaughter the human kings and their entire military might, treating the birds to a banquet of their flesh and blood and imprison the dragon in the bottomless pit. Casting the beast alive into the lake of fire as well as the demonic spirit that came out from him prove he was resurrected from the dead – the bottomless pit (Revelation 11:7; 17:8-14).
Thereafter, Christ will (through the saints that returned with him) cleans the earth (killing everyone that received the mark of the beast), restore the righteous Jews to their nation; resurrect the dead saints (Revelation 20:4-6) who together with the redeemed saints – that returned with Christ; (Colossians 3:1-3; Revelation 19:7-14) and the harvested saints – the saints alive on earth at Christ return (Revelation 14:14-16) will reign with him for a thousand years (Revelations 19:11 – 20:4 cp. Hoses 6:1-3).
Also speaking of Christ’s return, John said: “…and they that are with him are called and chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:14). The body of Christ called from every nook and cranny of the earth and redeemed (called up) to be with God in heaven (Revelation 5:9-10); the 144,000 Jewish evangelists chosen from the twelve tribes of Israel and redeemed (called up) to heaven (Revelation 7:1-8; 14:1-5) and the two faithful witnesses resurrected and caught up to heaven (Revelation 11:1-11) are the saints with Christ in heaven who will also return with him as the redeemed saints.
Apart from the above saints, every other dead saint will take part in the first resurrection (Revelation 20:1-6); but before their resurrection, they will appear before the throne of God in heaven to worship, be purified by the blood of the Lamb and be clothed with white linen (Revelation 6:9-11; 7:8-15; 15:1-4 comp. Job 1:6; Hebrews 4:16). Meanwhile, of the redeemed saints, only the first redemption (the body of Christ) will include the Jews and the Gentiles. The other two redemptions are strictly for the Jews.
Indeed, on Sunday, 1st of April AD 25, Jesus who was born a prince was baptized by John and anointed as the messiah by the Holy Spirit about the age of 30, having been born in 5 B.C. After his baptism and fasting, he commenced his six years messianic ministry. He went about preaching and demonstrating the awesome power of the kingdom of heaven.
By the early hours of Thursday, the 26th of April, AD 31, the second day of his 7th messianic feast of Passover; he was arrested, tried and condemned to death by hanging. At about 3 pm he died and was buried.
For three nights (Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th) he stayed in the grave and in the third day (the early hours of Sunday, the 29th of April AD 31), he rose from the dead (Matthew 12:40; 28:1-6) and hung around his apostles and disciples for 40 days, to Friday the 8th of June AD 31, when he ascended back to heaven (Acts 1:1-3). So, on Sunday the 8th of June 2031, he will return to forcefully take-over the earth.
He will not suddenly reappear on earth, upholding its supremacy (for the Bible tells stories of events from the beginning to the end, spanning thousands of years apart – past, present and future). Therefore, like his first advent: the when, how, what and why of his return are clearly prophesied in the Bible, thousands of years ahead.
The above truth, and the fact that the knowledge of the glory of our God ought to be covering the earth by now (Habakkuk 2:14), make me very sad when I hear believers lie against God; by saying that no one knows when Christ will return or that he died more than two thousand years ago.
Christ died, rose and ascended into heaven in AD 31 (less than two thousand years ago) and must return on Sunday the 8th of June 2031 (just after the 2nd day or 2,000 years of his ascension). Indeed, it is the glory of our God to declare the end from the beginning, therefore, every word of the prophecies of his return must be fulfilled (Matthew 24:35).