Sunday, April 24, 2016

FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT PASSOVER AND EASTER


~*~ 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 NKJV ~*~
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
all shall be made alive. But each one in his
own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward
those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

Did you know that Easter is more popularly known as Pascha, which is the Latin word for Passover in most of Europe? Furthermore, did you know that the German name for Pascha, which is Easter, is derived from the old German word for Spring, and it was not the name of any goddess or pagan feast in that region of the world ever? Well, that's the unvarnished truth that you can share with all the people that hate even the mention of the word Easter because they have been erroneously taught that it is a pagan feast day, and that it is not related to Passover, even though it is.

In fact, the date for Easter is chosen so that it will coincide with the exact day that the Firstfruits Offering was once offered up to God in the Temple to Yahweh in Jerusalem, and this was the exact day that Yahshua was resurrected from the dead as the Firstfruits of the Resurrection. This was on the Sunday or first day of the week during Passover Week or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which should ALWAYS fall on the Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox for those not residing in Israel, where the Aviv barley or first ripe stalks of the Spring barley harvest for the Firstfruits Offering in the Temple had to be taken into consideration.

Although the first ripe barley stalks don't figure into the choice of months for the celebration of Passover Week and the Feast of Unleavened Bread today for most religious Jews, Jewish officials add an extra Spring month to their Lunar Calendar every four years in order to keep it in sync with the Solar Calendar, and this happens to be a year that they had to do that. That is why Easter and the Sunday of Passover Week didn't coincide this year, although they very often do.

So I want to wish you all a very Happy Easter, Pascha or Resurrection Sunday this year, again, in keeping with the Jewish Traditions that Yahshua kept. May the day, and this whole Holy Week be a very blessed and happy one for you as we await the very soon return of our Messiah and King Yahshua or Jesus, when we will be able to join Him as another wave of the Firstfruits of the First Resurrection. This First Resurrection began with Christ's Resurrection and the resurrection of many Jewish saints in Israel in conjunction with an earthquake there, which opened up many old tombs either shortly after, or exactly when Yahshua rose. This major event is attested to in Matthew 27:51-53.

The Apostle Paul may actually have mentioned this Firstfruits Resurrection of these Jewish saints at Christ's resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23, which I quoted both on and below the graphic at the beginning of this article. Since there was no punctuation in the actual Greek and Aramaic versions of this Scripture, this passage could read:

~*~ 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 ~*~
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
all shall be made alive. But each one in his
own order: Christ, the firstfruits, and afterward,
those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

When punctuated this way, it suggests that the First Resurrection has several parts, beginning when Christ rose, and then the saints that were part of the Firstfruits of the Resurrection along with Christ rose, and then we who are to be taken in the Rapture with the saints that already died will rise up at two different times in close proximity. The first time will be at the time of the appearance of the Sign of the Son of Man in the heavens above the Earth, which is when the Rapture will occur. The second time will occur when all the martyrs that come to Christ and die during the worst part of the Great Tribulation will be risen up, which will be just after the Battle of Armageddon. Of course, the punctuation of that passage in Scripture is subject to interpretation. But it makes sense that Paul, as the Apostle to the Gentiles who was a devout Jew before that, would know this.

I wrote this article partly in response to a Messianic Jewish friend's attack on the celebration of Easter. It was an attempt to persuade him to abandon his dislike of Easter because the Holy Day is actually the Christian celebration of Passover. Why, I reasoned, would someone continue to despise a day that was never chosen in error, but for all the right reasons? Sadly, because of the association of Easter with pagan feasts that was done by the common people and Liberal Scholars and not the Church, as many who hate Easter have been erroneously taught, most will not budge in their refusal to accept the truth. But I do understand it, since I used to believe this fabricated history being pushed by Liberal scholars and rabidly Antichristian Messianic Jews as well until I did my own research, and found out that it is patently untrue.

For more encouragement to all the saints that are waiting for the Rapture in this holy season, be sure to read the following hope-filled posts on my blog:

THE BEAST IS RISING, 
SO THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT!

THE RAPTURE PROMISE 
AT THE RESURRECTION!

MY HOPE IN A COMING RAPTURE, 
DESPITE DIRE WARNINGS!

God Bless you all and Maranatha!


Helena Lehman of
The Pillar of Enoch Ministry
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Friday, April 22, 2016

WHEN MIGHT THE RAPTURE BE THIS YEAR?


The question of how soon, or when the Rapture will be is always an intriguing question, and it's fun to speculate. So following are my best guesses on when the Rapture could be this Spring Season. If we're still here later this year (Which I hope will NOT be the case!),  I'll speculate on potential Autumn and Winter dates then.

A major current event that could affect the timing of the Rapture is the fact that the United Nations is planning to vote on a Two State Solution to divide the Land of Israel between the Jews and the Palestinians. If the leaders in the United Nations do try to force Israel to be divided to form a separate Palestinian nation in the near future, this move will greatly anger God the Father, and it could cause Him to start bringing down His Wrath on the enemies of Israel. So if a plan to divide Israel is decided upon this month by the United Nations, I'd say we're looking at a late spring to early summer Rapture this year, even if Israel isn't scheduled to be divided immediately.

Even though no one knows the day or hour of the Rapture, the fulfillment of many End Time prophecies and the appearance of many heavenly and earthly signs are telling us that it is imminent. Since we know that the Rapture is coming soon by the signs that Yahshua or Jesus told us to watch for as a sign of its nearness, there are several special upcoming dates to consider.

First on the list is Passover, which begins on the evening of April 22nd, 2016. Furthermore, the Sunday after - which falls on April 24th - would correspond to Christ's Resurrection Day on the Jewish Calendar. Since Christ ascended to Heaven briefly on that day before returning to Earth to visit the Apostles that evening, it corresponds well with the Rapture, in which the Bride of Christ and the Wise Virgins will be taken up to Heaven to be presented before the Father at the Wedding of the Lamb. In fact, all of Passover Week - which is also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread - is a High Rapture Watch period, and it runs from April 22nd through the 30th this year.

40 days later marks Christ's formal Ascension Day, which ended His First Advent on the Earth. This fell ten days before the Jewish version of Pentecost called Shavuot. Ascension Day and the Feast of Shavuot itself both have strong ties to the theme of the Rapture and Resurrection since they are tied to the spring Barley harvest, and Shavuot falls on June 11th, 2016 this year. So ten days before that is June 1st, 2016.

Since all born-again saints will ascend to Heaven at the time of the Rapture, I consider these dates that are tied to Yahshua's Ascension into Heaven, and the pouring out of His Holy Spirit on Shavuot or Pentecost to have a very high potential as Rapture days. Also, coming in May of 2016, the Christian date for Pentecost will be on Sunday, May 15th. So May 5th will be the Christian date marking Yahshua's Ascension Day ten days before Pentecost. So the period from May 4th through to the day after Pentecost on May 16th is also a high Rapture Watch period.

But again, remember that no one knows exactly when the Rapture will be. We only know it's definitely the season for the Rapture due to all the Heavenly and Earthly signs that there have been. So we always need to be ready! To be sure you are ready, remember to repent from every sin, forgive everyone you need to forgive, pray for your brethren and loved ones, and be kind and loving - in so far as it is possible - to prepare your heart to meet the source of all Love - our Messiah Yahshua or Jesus.

Don't get discouraged, fellow believers! Keep looking up, for our deliverance from this wicked world draws ever nearer! Also, for more encouragement, be sure to read the following hope-filled posts on my blog:

THE BEAST IS RISING, 
SO THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT!

THE RAPTURE PROMISE 
AT THE RESURRECTION!

MY HOPE IN A COMING RAPTURE, 
DESPITE DIRE WARNINGS!

God Bless you all and Maranatha!

Helena Lehman of
The Pillar of Enoch Ministry
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BE A SHEEP GRAZING IN A PEN FILLED WITH WHEAT!


The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats and the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares explain what is happening in the world today by God's own hand. There is a great sifting process going on as God shakes up the environmental, political and economic systems of this world. This is being done to divide the world into two opposing camps, and God's people are being called out into their own special camp to follow their Good Shepherd into the Promised land of the Kingdom of God.

Yes, God is pouring out His Spirit right now in an effort to reach the lost, and He is doing so with or without our support and cooperation. That is why so many former Muslims have been coming to Christ in the Middle East. Yahshua or Jesus our Savior has been appearing to them in visions and dreams,  just as the Prophet Joel said God would do in the Last Days. In fact, this is how I came to be saved as well. One night, I saw a vision of Christ when I was searching to know Him, and in that vision, He told me who He was, and I received Him as my Messiah on that very night.

But even as He draws many lost sheep unto Himself through His Spirit, God is also dividing the nations into distinct groups. In fact, all the rioting, fighting, bombings, and demonstrations that have been going on around the world today are signs that the division of the nations into these two spiritual groups is nearly complete. Among these two groups, those that want to serve God and follow His moral commandments are the Wheat or Sheep of the aforementioned Parables, and those who reject God's Word and despise His Moral Laws are the Goats and the Tares that are to be burned in the fire.

An article that I wrote about the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares is linked to in the first paragraph of this article, and I highly recommend that you read it. It explains why the world is so hopelessly divided right now along political lines that reflect the two opposing spiritual ideologies that are at work in the world today.

This division of the wheat and the tares and the goats and the sheep is very evident in the United States and Israel right now, where there are very few fence sitters or lost sheep left to be won for Christ to be found any more. Those that have been reached have been reached in the USA, Europe, China, Asia and the Middle East because our Messiah Yahshua or Jesus has been steadily appearing to the ones that He has chosen to save in those nations over the past few decades.

Yahshua is doing this because we are so close to the end of the Age of Grace. Even the Jews in Israel and the USA have been steadily led to face the fact that Yahshua is their Messiah, and they will eventually realize this - and mourn over what they have suffered for their long and stubborn refusal to accept Him.

We can rejoice now in the harvest of saints that have been found in these Last Days, and also pray for the many who are still lost that will be left behind in the Rapture. These poor souls need to be refined further in even greater tribulations than the ones we have had to face. Many unbelievers that have hardened their hearts to the Gospel of Salvation still dwell in darkness - NOT because they did not hear the Gospel, but because they are not yet worthy to receive Christ! Instead, they need to be refined in the fires of the worst part of the Great Tribulation before they will be ready.

So do not mourn for the lost that will be left behind. God has a plan for their salvation too, and many will still be saved. But many will be saved only after they have suffered great loss, and have made the ultimate sacrifice in death in order to be spiritually purified. These are those who are to be saved through the fire of tribulation. The Apostle Paul alluded to this in the following Scripture:
~*~ 1 Corinthians 3:14-15 ~*~ “If anyone’s work which he has built on it (i.e. Christ, our Rock) endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (or through the flames).”
Contrary to popular belief, this passage is not saying that those who are unfruitful in their walk with Christ in this life will automatically be saved even though they may lose their kingdom rewards. It is saying that they will be saved through the fire of tribulation because they will be left behind, and will have to suffer through the Wrath of God in the cleansing fire of the Great Tribulation.

The Apostle Peter also discussed the spiritual testing that believers will undergo, and mentions both those that will suffer for Christ's sake, as well as those who will suffer for their disobedience and sin. Those who sin and do not repent  of it before the Rapture will be left behind, and will have to suffer through the Great Tribulation:
~*~ 1 Peter 4:12-17 ~*~ “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
Here, Peter is alluding to the process of purification and sanctification that sincere and born again believers undergo when they make a decision to follow Christ. But he is also alluding to the process of refining and purification that those who are backslidden or living in apostasy will undergo. This process is also alluded to by the Prophet Zechariah:

~*~ Zechariah 13:7-9 ~*~ 
“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd,
Against the Man who is My Companion,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep will be scattered;
Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.
8 And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
Says the Lord,
“That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
But one–third shall be left in it:
9 I will bring the one–third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

In the above passage, Zechariah is using the analogy of refining gold and silver by melting it in fire repeatedly as a prophesy about how the Israelites who heard Yahshua and began to follow Him during His First Advent would be persecuted mercilessly through time until they learned to call on His name and to trust in Him in all things. Since apostates posing as Messianics and Christians today will be left behind, and some new believers will come to Yahshua after the Rapture at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, this process of being tested in the fire of tribulation will not end until the Great Tribulation is over.

After that, remember that we will sit with Yahshua or Jesus in judgment of the nations that still survive after the Battle of Armageddon, and before the Millennial Rule of Christ, when the Beast and the False Prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire forever. The following scriptures prove this:
~*~ 1 Corinthians 6:2 ~*~ “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” 
~*~ Revelation 20:4-6 ~*~ “And I saw thrones, and they (i.e. the resurrected saints) sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
So all the resurrected saints will have a say in who should be shown mercy, and who should not from among those who are not killed by war, famine, old age, or sickness. At this time when the born-again and resurrected saints are called to sit in formal judgment, I believe that God our Father in Heaven and Yahshua our Messiah and King will listen to all of our pleas for mercy for those whom we love and vouch for at that time, for He wants none of His beloved saints to be consumed by sorrow, or left to mourn for eternity. I believe that God's love and mercy for those who love Him is so great that He will hear our cries for those whom we love despite their sins, and He will save them from Hell-fire for our sake.

Be A Saved Sheep And Inherit Everlasting Life!

Helena Lehman of
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BE CAREFUL HOW YOU WAGE SPIRITUAL WARFARE!


I am writing this as a warning to my Prayer Warrior friends out there who - like me - have been suffering a good deal from demonic attack lately because they are regularly praying for the nation and their political leaders - often asking God to bring down, destroy or severely limit various spiritual principalities and powers over our nation's capitol, over various cities, and over various regions of the world.

I have been doing the same thing because I have been taught that it is within our authority in Christ to do so. But I now believe that this practice is not only unhealthy, but foolhardy. In fact, I now understand that there are some very real limits that human beings need to set around Spiritual Warfare so that they do not bring curses on themselves. These curses manifest when we do not understand the boundaries that surround our inherited power and authority in Christ.

For example, when we humbly pray for something specific, requesting God's intervention, and recognizing that only His power and authority can get the job done, God isn't going to turn it into a curse on us, or someone or something else. He will only do that when our request is made with boasting, pride, or selfish ambition, and/or it is interfering with, or trying to target spiritual principalities and powers that are not under our jurisdiction, but that belong solely to God to govern and control.

So - as long as we are praying for things that are physically needed, like forgiveness, or healing, or spiritual equipping, we are not going to cause any trouble for ourselves or others, and will see real and good results from our prayers. The key to achieving this is to not engage the Devil at all, or mess with His authority, which was given to him by God for a set time and purpose, and is governed by a principality that we have no business messing with. In short, we don't have any right to war against the demonic spiritual principalities and powers in high places directly, but only to ask God to deliver us and our loved ones from demonic attack here on Earth when it manifests in our limited sphere of influence.

Only when we recognize that the unseen principalities governing demonic oppression and attack are not under our jurisdiction will we be delivered from, and protected from direct demonic attack and oppression when we ask. We can command demons to flee in the Name of Jesus or Yahshua, but we cannot demand that God destroy the principality that allows those same demons to attack the unwary. This is because it is God who set up its parameters, and it is God who controls the limits of that principality's extent and power, and not us.

This likely explains why I - and others I know and love - have been suffering so much lately with poor health and financial woes. We have erroneously been trying to wage a spiritual war in the heavenly places, commanding God's angels to break down spiritual principalities, and to destroy or bind the powers of wickedness over our nation, over our cities, and over our neighborhoods and homes when we had no business or authority to do so.

As a result, we have been cursing ourselves with demonic oppression by interfering with God's and the Devil's authority. This is a direct affront to God's authority, and this affront sets us up to be cursed rather than protected by God. We all need to learn to stay within our sphere of influence, which extends no further than our homes, our church family, our local politics, and our individual finances. Everything else is - or should be - spiritually off limits!

This limitation to the kinds of spiritual warfare we are allowed to have, and what kind of warfare we have the authority to wage becomes evident when we look at examples of the kind of prayers we ought to be praying. These examples are primarily found in the Gospels, and in the Psalms.

The biggest and best example is when Yahshua or Jesus taught us how to pray by sharing the prayer now known as the "Our Father".  When Yahshua prayed this prayer as an example to us, He did so with humility, not commanding God, but humbly beseeching God, and asking only for our collective and individual spiritual and physical needs to be met.

In His prayer example, Yahshua or Jesus asked God to deliver the church from evil or sin. In addition, He asked God to help us to be able to forgive those who sin against us as we await our deliverance in the Rapture, and the setting up of the Kingdom of God on Earth. There were no curses in His prayer aimed at the Devil or his demons, and no proud commands for God the Father to disarm or destroy the wicked principalities governing various regions of the Earth.

Instead, Yahshua commanded the demons to leave the people that they had possessed, and they did. He also directed where the demons could go after they were cast out, such as when He allowed demons to possess a bunch of swine or pigs that then ran head long into the sea and drowned (See Matthew 8:30-32). So we can ask God to cast demons into the Abyss or bottomless pit. Just don't order them to go there by your own authority, or you will be sorry!

But I have been erroneously telling the Devil to get out of my life with a measure of pride, foolhardy courage, and contempt for years, and so have many of you - unwittingly cursing yourselves with demonic trouble whenever you do! So please be careful, fellow believers. Do wage Spiritual Warfare daily, but be careful to keep your warfare prayers within the parameters that have been physically assigned to you by God, which are clearly delineated by your own sphere of influence, and do not go beyond it, even as I am now humbly learning to do.

Please remember that the Holy Spirit is not being poured out to bring people to Christ because of our will, or our prayers. It is being poured out because that is what God intended to do all along, just as the prophets of old revealed! The Holy Spirit is and has been poured out many times since Christ died on the Cross to raise up true believers where there once was none, and to show the world that God does not need the help of any believer to fulfill His Great Commission.

God will accomplish His Will on His own, if necessary, and we should know that He doesn't need our help unless He specifically asks us for it via the Holy Spirit living in us! Sadly, however, many have ignored the need to hear from God before they pray, freely attempting to engage the evil spirits dwelling in the supernatural realms where we are not, and were never authorized to go. Too many believers have been operating under the notion that we have the authority to command God to act on our behalf - without knowing or caring what God's Will is, or thinking that God's Will must be our own! How presumptuous and pompous of us, and how foolhardy!

Just as the Old Testament patriarch Job was put in his place by God when he questioned God's Will and God terrifyingly answered Job out of a whirlwind, or tornado (read ALL of Job, Chapters 40 through 42!), those of us who presume we are acting under God's authority when we attempt to command angels and demons should be ashamed of ourselves for thinking that we have that kind of authority! It is not, and never has been our place, or God's Will, and what we are actually doing is playing with witchcraft under the false guise of truth when we do this! This is why Yahshua rebuked some of those who claimed that they were doing mighty works in His Name like healing, telling them this:
~*~ Matthew 7:21-22 ~*~ “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” 
These people claimed to be believers, but did not even know Yahshua, so they could not have been doing the supposed "good" works that they did with God's approval, authority or power, and were rather using the Devil's stolen authority to perform seeming miracles! This is a really sobering thing to face. I know I've been guilty of this, and many others in the Church have also. We all need to repent of this NOW, and seek to do God's Will from now on, and not our own.

The lesson I've learned from this is that we should not engage evil directly unless it manifests itself in something like demonic oppression or possession in our own lives, or in the lives of those we love. That is the only time when we have the authority to exorcise the person or persons affected, and address demons to flee from us or them in Yahshua's Name. Doing something in Yahshua's Name means doing it knowing that we represent Christ and HIS AUTHORITY, and not our own. We do everything we do by the power of Yahshua's Name and His shed blood. Even then, we should be calling on Christ to do the work, not seek to do it ourselves. Sometimes, we may also need the prayers and intercession of others more grounded in our faith to find complete deliverance, as some demonic principalities and powers are far too strong for one believer alone to deal with. See 2 Peter 2:10-12 and Jude 8-10 for more Scriptures that fully back up what I'm saying here.

Also, please read all of the following articles named and linked to below, especially the last one listed, for clear instructions on how to safely engage in spiritual warfare.

Stay Safe and Secure in Christ With Prayer!
Helena Lehman of
The Pillar of Enoch Ministry
Ministry Web Site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com

THREE ARTICLES TO HELP 
YOU GROW AS A PRAYER WARRIOR:

BELIEVERS CAN BE CURSED,
SO LEARN TO PROTECT YOURSELF!
DO YOU MANIFEST THE FRUITS 
AND GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
SPIRITUAL WARFARE - PSALM 91, 
PSALM 140, AND TWO SAMPLE
DELIVERANCE PRAYERS 
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2011/08/spiritual-warfare-sample-deliverance.html

TO WIN AGAINST SATAN, STOP 
BEING A WITCH-HUNTER, AND 
STRIVE TO BE A GOD-SEEKER!
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2016/09/to-win-against-satan-stop-being-witch.html

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THE BEAST IS RISING, SO THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT!


Let me share with you some very pertinent and exciting facts that not only suggest, but loudly proclaim that the Beast and Antichrist have now been revealed, and the Rapture is imminent. As you read this, however, you need to remember that the supposed sequence of events that the mainstream Bible Prophecy teachers have held onto for years are only assumptions based on interpretation, and they are very likely wrong in many of their assumptions, as this short article will reveal.

First of all, as I said in earlier posts on my Facebook timeline and Ministry blog recently, we are experiencing tribulation right now, and all believers will and do experience tribulation and persecution if they believe and have faith in Christ, and love and follow Him. Furthermore, there is every reason to believe that we are experiencing the first part of the final End Time Tribulation before God's Wrath is poured out at the opening of the Sixth Seal. Furthermore, there is reason to believe that we are now in the period of the Fifth Seal - as all the recent beheaded martyrs in the Middle East and elsewhere are a testament to.

I believe that this current tribulation period is not a recent one, but is one that has been going on a for a long time, and has seen some of the most horrific persecution of Christians and Jews that the world has ever seen. Students of history should be able to see that this tribulation period began at the onset of World War I, and has continued through World War II and beyond, with the constant wars since then. The reason this should be clear is that over 10 Million civilian Jews and 50 million civilian Christians and people of other faiths died in concentration camps or in mass executions - not only in Germany, Austria, Poland and Russia, but throughout China, Japan and many other Asian countries.

In my opinion, therefore, the first Five Seal Judgments of the Book of Revelation have already been opened, and these mark the first part of the Great Tribulation, or "the tribulation of those days" that Yahshua spoke of in Matthew 24:9 and 24:29, which would come before the Great Tribulation spoken of in Matthew 24:21. Furthermore, this tribulation has been ongoing, and the worst and last portion of the Great Tribulation that will follow it will begin when God's Wrath is unleashed in the very near future. If this is correct, it means that the events spoken of in Matthew 24:29 are actually the events at the opening of the Sixth Seal Judgment in Revelation 6, which also mentions that the the Sun and Moon would be darkened, and the stars will fall from heaven:
~*~ Matthew 24:29 ~*~ “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
~*~ Revelation 6:12-13 ~*~ “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.”
These descriptions of events that will take place at the time of the beginning of the Great Tribulation and at the time of the opening of the Sixth Seal are almost identical, and this similarity does strongly suggest that these events are one and the same. Furthermore, the world has already witnessed a whole series of amazing full Lunar Eclipses or Blood Moons and Solar Eclipses or Sackcloth Suns on Jewish Feasts or New Moons, and more Blood Moons and Sackcloth Suns will be upcoming in 2017 and 2018. For further verification of this fact, I have written several articles that show when and how the first Five Seals were opened. Links to these articles can be found at the end of this article.

To further verify my assertion that the Beast and the Antichrist have been revealed, we need to focus on the Scriptures that mention the Antichrist, as follows:
~*~ 1 John 2:18 ~*~  “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” 
~*~ 1 John 2:22 ~*~ “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.” 
~*~ 1 John 4:3 ~*~ “and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 
~*~ 2 John 1:7 ~*~ “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”
The last verse in particular sets the stage for identifying the antichrist as any one person or nation that denies the fact that Yahshua Ha Mashiach or Jesus the Christ is going to return in the flesh at the climax to the Great Tribulation. This event is known to Bible students as the Second Coming of Christ to fight the Battle of Armageddon.

When taken together, the Bible verses mentioning the antichrist make it clear that there are MANY antichrists, not just one. As another example of this, look at the description of  the Beast from the Sea in Revelation Chapter 13, which is often associated with the Antichrist. It is described as having seven heads. These seven heads can be connected to nations or kings, and the ten horns can be seen as lesser nations or kings that serve the seven top kings or nations. What this means is that the Beast is a system of tyrannical international government that is being controlled by seven nations with ten other leaders or nations that help the first seven nations, and figure prominently in its affairs. In addition, Revelation 17 tells us that this Beast is being ridden or controlled by a Woman or Church that is a wicked Harlot - the antithesis of the Woman Clothed with the Sun described in Revelation 12, which is a past picture of the Yahshua's mother Miriam, as well as a future picture of the Bride of Christ.

Personally, I believe that this Beast is a perfect description of the United Nations Security Council, which has seven permanent member nations that primarily govern its affairs: These are the USA or United States, France, China, Russia, and the United Kingdom or UK, which is really three nations in one: England, Ireland, and Scotland. That accounts for the seven heads of the Beast and the Scarlet Beast in the following Scriptures:
~*~ Revelation 13:1-2, The Beast from the Sea ~*~ “Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard (i.e. France and Germany), his feet were like the feet of a bear (i.e. Russia), and his mouth like the mouth of a lion (i.e. the United Kingdom). The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.”
~*~ Revelation 17:3-6 - The Woman Sitting on the Beast ~*~ “So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: 
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH. 
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.” 
The Woman or Church riding the Beast is a picture of the One World Religion being established by the Vatican and British Crown. It is not just a joining of all the world's faiths into one Pagan religion, but a religion that worships a seemingly benign but desperately wicked goddess, or goddesses of the Earth, and that sees mankind as a parasite that needs to be drastically reduced in number. This Earth worship is hidden in many international government agencies that use catch phrases such as "environmental protection", and "sustainable development".

Many environmentalists and "Climate Change" advocates are part of this worship system, which views humanity as a parasite. Their worship wickedly places the importance of the Earth in the place of mankind, and sees mankind as a disease or virus that needs to be controlled, selectively destroyed, and diminished in order to preserve nature. One only has to take a look at all the power that the United Nations now wields over all of the Earth's natural resources to know this is true. Almost every nation in this world has surrendered their natural resources to UN dictates and laws, including all the highly developed nations like the USA, and all the developed nations of Europe, Africa and Asia.

As another way of identifying these seven heads or nations of the Beast from the Sea, Revelation 13, verse 3 tells us that one of these heads looked as if it was mortally wounded, but then it was healed. That was and is none other than Russia, which fell apart into utter ruin and economic collapse in its 1993 appellation as the USSR or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and later was reorganized to eventually become the Russian Federation, which now has one of the strongest economies in the world under President Vladimir Putin.

In addition to the seven main nations that govern the affairs of the United Nations, there are ten non-permanent member nations in the UN, and these vary from year to year, but at least half of them are usually from some part of Europe. These ten nations are represented by the ten horns of the Beast in the Book of Revelation, and we are also told in Revelation Chapter 13 that this Beast will worship the Dragon described in Revelation Chapter 12, which signifies Satan's dominion over the nations of the Earth. Interestingly, this Dragon is described as having seven heads and ten horns, exactly like the Beast from the Sea. This means that the Beast from the Sea is the kingdom of the Dragon, Satan or Antichrist, and this is the demonic final End Time world government that the whole world now calls the New World Order:
~*~ Revelation 12:3-4, The Red Dragon ~*~ “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.”
This connection of the Woman riding the Beast, the Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea is the reason why many people equate this Beast System with the Antichrist, and since the Bible makes it clear that there are many antichrists, it connects to the fact that so many Protestant churches and ministers are now joining with Rome under the Ecumenical banner of the Vatican to form the One World Religion that is signified by the Woman or Harlot that rides the Beast. It also connects to the fact that the member nations of the United Nations have been working tirelessly to take over most of the world's resources under the UN banner, and their sustainable development programs are taking the world in a dangerous humanity-hating direction that is antichristian because their tyrannical lordship over, and worship of the Earth is diabolical in nature.

Tellingly, the Woman or Pope who rides the Beast appears to have all of the same goals as the Dragon, the Antichrist, and the Beast, calling for humanity to accept every religion as one in purpose, and to make it their common objective to preserve and protect the Earth, and to establish world peace at all costs - even if it means accepting what God calls abominable and unclean. For this reason, we can assume that Pope Francis is a representation of the False Prophet, and the President of the United Nations is representative of the Antichrist, although the entire group of leaders in the United Nations are also collectively an Antichrist. This assumption about the Beast fits the available facts given to us in the Bible prophecies of the Book of Revelation very well, as can be seen in this following Scripture:
~*~ Revelation 13:3-4, The Beast from the Sea ~*~ “And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded (the USSR), and his deadly wound was healed (as the Russian Federation). And all the world marveled and followed the beast (which is not just Russia, but all seven leader nations in the United Nations). 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
The assumption that the Dragon, the Antichrist, and the Beast are a single entity called the United Nations is further reinforced by the fact that the United Nations has become the defacto protector of the Earth, which many of the leaders in the UN may secretly worship as a divine entity known as Gaia by the Ancient Greeks. As such, the UN has assumed the governance of the world's natural resources under the assumption that Climate Change is a man-made problem resulting from human use of fossil fuels, when it is far more likely that the Solar Cycles of our Sun have much more to do with Climate Change, and this suggests that it is a divinely controlled judgment of the Earth that is related to mankind's spiritual rather than physical actions.

Uncannily, most of the nations of the world have completely fallen for this silent and deadly United Nations power grab under the assumption that Climate Change has resulted from the use of fossil fuels, and they have all begun to submit to its mandates concerning the world's environmental systems. As a result, the UN now has the authority to control almost all laws governing land use in all the nations of the world that are involved in the United Nations.

As another sign that the Dragon, the Antichrist, and the Beast are signified by the nations in the United Nations, the main leaders of the United Nations are constantly targeting Israel with their hate. This hate can be seen by the fact that the UN makes much of the false claims of Israel's human rights violations, yet ignores the real human rights violations of her enemies, such as Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS: Radical Islamic organizations that regularly  torture, rape, kill and dismember Christians and Jews. Furthermore, even now, the UN is setting itself up to be the driving power behind enforcing the "Two State Solution", or evil plan to divide Israel into Israel and Palestine. Variations of this plan are to be voted on by the United Nations assembly just before Passover this April 22nd, 2016, and other talks concerning this two state solution are also scheduled for June of 2016.

If this division of Israel is set about to be enforced by the UN sometime this year, then it is safe to say that God's Wrath will soon be poured out against all the nations represented by the UN. Sadly, by virtue of their membership in the UN - all the UN member nations, which signify the whole world, are wittingly or unwittingly standing against Israel - and this means that the entire world is plotting against Israel along with the UN leader nations.

Now, it is my guess that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government will not allow this division to take place without a fight, which means they may be prepared or forced to use their military might against the world. Since we know that God has vowed in His Word to protect Israel during the upcoming war of Gog and Magog, it is apparent that those nations that go against Israel at this time will be defeated, and Israel will retain some control of its fate - although it may finally agree to give up Jerusalem to be trodden upon by the Gentiles - and occupied and governed by the Antichrist or UN - to keep the peace.

Incidentally, there is no doubt in my mind that Rosh and Magog, which the Prophet Ezekiel mentioned as being major players in the War of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38, are referring to Russia. Here is a map I created that shows why I believe this. It ties a history map showing the borders of the USSR in 1922 with an older secular map of a portion of Russia. This old map was created in 1874, and it clearly identifies a portion of Russia as Magog:

Map of Russia Showing Region Called Magog - Click To Enlarge
Since all of the events surrounding the War of Gog and Magog may happen in the very near future, and it will trigger God's Wrath against the nations that stand against Israel (and this includes all the nations that are a part of the United Nations Security Council), we who love Christ, and are alive and able to witness this as it unfolds are to be taken in the Rapture shortly after these things take place, or begin to take place. Because we believers know this, and we are seeing it unfold even now, we should all be preparing for the imminent Rapture of the saints, and the Wedding of the Lamb! To be prepared to be taken in the Rapture, and to not be left behind, we all need to repent of all our sins daily, forgive all those we need to forgive, and make amends to all we need to make amends to, in so far as we are able.

So get ready, Tribulation Saints! Your deliverance from this wicked world in the Rapture is coming very, very soon! In anticipation of the Rapture as a possibility this year, and to keep everyone's hopes up, I wrote several articles that look at the High Rapture Watch periods coming up in the near future. Two of them are at the top of the following list, followed by several other articles that show that the Rapture is taught as an event that will happen before the end of the Great Tribulation:

Powerful Prophetic Signs In The Heavens 
From September 2015 Through September 2017 - 
What They May Mean For Christ's Bride

The Several Rapture Events 
Described in the Book of Revelation
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-several-rapture-events-described-in.html

MY HOPE IN A COMING RAPTURE, 
DESPITE DIRE WARNINGS!

WHO THE FOOLISH VIRGINS ARE,
AND WHY YOU DON'T WANT TO BE ONE!

God bless you all, and Maranatha!
Helena Lehman, Author of
The Language of God Book Series
And Creator of The Pillar of Enoch Ministry
Ministry Web Site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com

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Articles For Further Study Showing 
That The 1st 5 Seals Have Been Opened:

WHY RUSSIA IS MAGOG, AND PUTIN
MAY BE THE KING OF THE NORTH
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2015/12/why-russia-is-magog-and-may-also-be.html

THE TRIBULATION BEFORE THE RAPTURE
SPOKEN OF IN LUKE 21 AND MATTHEW 24 HAS COME!
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-tribulation-before-rapture-in-luke-21-has-come.html

THE CONNECTION OF ISIS WITH THE 
FIFTH SEAL CRY OF THE MARTYRS
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-connection-of-isis-with-fifth-seal.html

URGENT PROPHETIC WORD: 10 NATION COALITION 
TIED TO NATO AND WOMAN WHO RIDES SCARLET BEAST!

Why the Post-Tribulation 
View of the Rapture Doesn’t Make Sense
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-post-tribulation-view-of-rapture.html

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