By: Brandon T. Ward
At this point in our study it should be clear the Tribulation of Satan cannot occur until we witness the conflict between the Ram and the Goat whose horn will break as we documented in Chapter 2. This event gives rise to the Ten Clay Kings and marks the release of the Four Winds which also marks the completion of the Sealing of our Father’s Saints and the initiation of the Trumpets sounding. After these events and only then will we witness a Deadly Wound which marks the point in time when the great shaking in Heaven occurs, the moment when Satan is cast from Heaven to earth, the moment when the Tribulation of Satan begins.
As we journey through this Chapter we will draw on examples and parallels in God’s Word that I believe document the timing of Satan’s appearance. Remember, what we have been told about past examples in the Bible, “all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come, (1 Corinthians 10:11).
The accounts in the Bible are examples for us today, so we can better understand the past experiences of those who lived before us which provide us with a perspective of how future scriptural events will unfold. To provide us with examples for what we will face in these end times. It is up to each one of us to open God’s Word, rightly dividing it which is to read with understanding in order to make up our own minds.
Before we start our Bible study, let us ask our Father for wisdom and understanding of His Word, in Jesus Name amen.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 – The Beast with Seven Heads
Chapter 2 – The Ram and the He Goat
Chapter 3 – The Release of the Four Winds
Chapter 4 – The Deadly Wound
Chapter 5 – The Timing of Satan’s Appearance
Chapter 6 – The Hour of Temptation
Chapter 7 – The Silence in Heaven and the Two Witnesses
Chapter 8 – The Epic Battle of the Saints
Please turn your Bible with me to,
26 “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.”
Our Father is not done shaking the earth. When our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appears on earth after the appearance and lying wonders of Satan, Christ will place his foot on the Mount of Olives causing a great earthquake that will divide it in half (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9, Zechariah 14:4).
As our Father’s Word declared Heaven will also shake which is an event that has never transpired. This event will be absolute at the completion of the War in Heaven, an event we will read of in a moment.
27 “And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
Our Father’s Kingdom is immovable, it is unshakable and if we stand for our Father we will inherit that Kingdom which makes us immovable as well (Hebrews 12:28, Daniel 7:18). “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved,” (Psalm 16:8)! We will not be moved, we will not be shaken, rather we will stand tall and strong for our Father properly suited with the Gospel Armour, but Satan and his angels will be shaken.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,”
This is the War in Heaven which I believe is described in the symbolical sense. When our Father gives the Order to Michael and his angels to cast Satan and his angels out of Heaven there will not be a physical altercation. When our Father makes a decree there is no debating or fighting it. It is simply executed.
The War in Heaven will no doubt be nearly instantaneous. In the blink of an eye, Satan and his angels will open their eyes and be on earth and a tremendous state of fear and panic will overcome them as they realize what has just transpired. This is when verse 12 will become a reality, “the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time”. Satan and his angels will know the final countdown of their existence will have just begun.
Why is there War in Heaven? Satan essentially sealed his own fate in The First Earth Age when Satan Sinned and fell from the grace of God. You see Satan does not want to be king of the earth, he wants to be God, he wants to reign over Heaven and earth, but that will never happen.
8 “And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.”
As we learned earlier our Father’s Kingdom is unshakable, it cannot and will not be moved. When our Father shakes Heaven it will only shake and remove those things that offend as we learned in Hebrews 12:27.
9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Not only does this verse document the end of the War in Heaven, but many of Satan’s names and it is extremely important for you to understand Satan and his angels are shaken from Heaven. Meaning, Satan is bringing a lot of company to earth with him.
This event can also be documented in Mark 13:25 which reads, “And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.”
Those stars are symbolic for Satan and his angels as we documented in our study “Satan’s Sin” and they are the powers that will be shaken by our Father at the sound of the Sixth Trumpet. This is in fact the shaking we read of in Hebrews 12:26-27. This marks the point in time when the fight we have been waging “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” comes to the full (Ephesians 6:11-13). The point in time when the Epic Battle of the Saints begins and the final events of this age of flesh come to a completion.
At this point in our study we should now understand it is Satan and his angels who are shaken from Heaven to earth, an event that marks the beginning of the Tribulation. We should also understand as scripture provided us with specific events that pinpoint the moment the Deadly Wound will occur, we have also been given specific information concerning the timing of Satan’s appearance.
With that having been said, please turn your Bible with me to,
1 “Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.”
Passover occurs fourteen whole days after the Spring Equinox which typically occurs on March 20th or Abib on the Hebrew Calendar though it can also fall on the 21st as well (Exodus 12:2-6). Fourteen whole days after this date brings us to April 3-4th again depending on the Spring Equinox. So six days before Passover would be March 28th-29th. I want you to pay close attention to the time element here. The date does not matter so much, I am simply drawing that out for your own understanding.
Let us continue.
12 “On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,”
We are now five days before Passover (March 29th-30th) and just as Jesus was coming to Jerusalem at this time I believe Satan will as well when he claims to be the Christ.
13 “Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
19 “The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.”
Unfortunately, the people of the earth will behold Satan just as those in Christ time behelt Him. The Pharisees state here, “behold, the world is gone after him”. This is an example to us, an example that fulfills Revelation 13:3-4, “they worshipped the dragon,” and “all the world wondered after the beast”. Remember, Satan is going to appear on earth as the antichrist which means, “the instead of Christ”. Meaning in the place of Jesus Christ.
23 “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.”
I would tell you at this moment in time our hour will come as well, The Hour of Temptation. Our Lord and Savior would go on to state in the preceding verses the time has come for Him to be crucified for our sins.
28 “Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
While that was His Hour, Satan has an hour as well, The Hour of Temptation, The Tribulation and when it is complete Christ will be glorified again before the entire Heaven and earth.
29 “The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.”
Lightning occurs before thunder and Christ told us in Luke 10:18, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” So we can conclude that Satan who is described by Christ as lightning appears before we ever hear the seven thunders of Revelation 10:1-7. This is also a natural characteristic of lighting, it appears before the sound of thunder travels to your ear. Meaning, it will be too late to hear and understand the thunder if the lighting which is Satan has already struck (appeared on earth).
30 “Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.”
While Christ was talking to the crowd of His time, I believe this message is in fact for us today. Understand the example laid out for us in this account and understand this is given to us for our time.
31 “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.”
The judgement of the world was not 2,000 years ago at the time of Christ, rather it is future to us, at the return of Christ which is known as the harvest (Matthew 13:29-30, 39). Neither was Satan cast out of Heaven 2,000 years ago, this is also a future event as we already uncovered. I believe Christ was documenting for us when Satan would be cast from Heaven to earth providing us with a time element to reference and this is yet another “ensample” for us in these end times.
When will Satan be cast from Heaven to earth? Five days before Passover when this event transpired. You can imagine the great celebrations that will take place in Jerusalem upon Satan’s appearance as the false messiah.
We will now read about the first passover which Jesus Christ fulfilled. Before we begin, we should understand as we read, it would be “the destroyer” who is Satan that was to be loosened on the people of Egypt including God’s children if they did not follow His Word. When would this take place? Hold that thought and turn your Bible with me to,
2 “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
This was God’s direction to Moses and what month is our Father referring too? Abib, which occurs at the Spring Equinox, March 20th on our calendar. Hold this thought for a moment and pay close attention to the dates being given here.
3 “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:”
During the time of Moses the Israelites were to acquire a lamb for their home (family) on the tenth day of the first month. That is five days before Passover.
5 “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:”
Jesus Christ became the unblemished Passover Lamb when He died for our sins. He fulfilled the passover of old nailing blood ordinances to the cross for one and all times (1 Corinthians 5:7-8, Colossians 2:14). The point here is just as in the time of Moses we need to ensure we have Jesus Christ our Passover Lamb sealed into our heart, mind and soul no later than the tenth day of the first month. That is just five days before Passover when Satan appears to be cast from Heaven to earth.
This marks the moment in time when Satan will most likely begin standing on earth claiming to be Christ. We will see celebrations just like we read in John 12:13 as the world falls for the deception of Satan, as they failed to ensure they obtained the true Passover Lamb, as they failed to possess enough Oil for their Lamps and Vessels.
6 “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.”
This is the exact moment our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ was killed for our sins.
For further clarification we should understand before Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us the Israelites were to perform a daily sacrifice in order to atone for their sins. Christ fulfilled this ordinance by becoming our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). Today, “the daily sacrifice” is essentially equivalent to Communion. This is where we partake of wine and unleavened bread that are symbolic for Christ’s Blood that was spilled and His Body that was broken for us, though we do not perform Communion daily, instead when our hearts lead us to. We do this in remembrance of Christ and we are to continue to do it until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:25-26).
Daniel 8:11 documents Satan, the Little Horn will ‘take away the daily sacrifice’. Satan is able to accomplish that as the world will stop taking Communion to Christ in remembrance of Him as they will believe Satan is Christ. What an abomination.
7 “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.”
The Israelites were to take the blood of the lamb and place it over their lintel and doorposts in order to keep their house safe. Why?
23 “For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.”
The LORD, that is Jehovah, your Father in Heaven will Passover your home, meaning He will ensure “the destroyer” who is Satan does not harm you if you have Christ in your heart and act on His Words. We can further document our Father’s protection as those with the Seal of God cannot be harmed during the Tribulation, not so much as a hair on their head will be harmed (Revelation 7, Revelation 9:5, Luke 21:18).
Though Satan appears to be cast from Heaven to earth five days before Passover, the spiritual slaughter will not kick into high gear until Passover. I believe this is when many will offer the oblation to Satan, the time when Christians the world over stop taking Communion to the true Christ and instead worship Satan believing him to be Christ. This moment in time is in fact, The Great Apostasy. Remember, Satan has to convince more than just Christians that he is God. Satan has to convince non-believers and the other religions of the world that he is in fact God and I believe most of the world will accept him as the Savior by Passover. This process will certainly take time to convince the entire world however and we can document that Satan does not reign absolute until the midst of the week (Revelation 13:4-7).
We will now turn our Bible to the book of Mark and listen to the warning from Christ.
20 “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:”
What flight? The subject in Matthew 24 is the return of Christ and understanding the abomination of desolation is Satan who stands in Jerusalem, which occurs before Christ returns. This establishes the end of this age of flesh which is harvest time and you certainly do not harvest in winter, rather summertime (Matthew 13:39, Revelation 14:15). Christ is telling us not to be harvested out of season.
Christ is explaining we should not be harvested on the Highest Holy Day, the Highest Sabbath of all which is Passover Day. Why? It will be Satan that is doing the harvesting on this day when he is unleashed on the world just as he was during the time of Moses, a harvest that will be very untimely.
21 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
On the Sabbath Day shall be Great Tribulation and the greatest shaking the world has ever witnessed. This Great Tribulation, Satan will stand on the earth claiming to be Christ, and Satan will gladly accept the oblation. Our Lord and Savior told us our flight should not be on the Sabbath Day. That is Passover Day the Highest Holy Day there is in Christianity. Christ is our Sabbath, He is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8, Hebrews 4:8-12).
Now let us learn a parable of the fig tree as Christ instructed us, a subject that goes far deeper than many might realize.
32 “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:”
For the most part, Christianity believes this scripture is defining the moment when the nation named Israel was founded in 1948. This was the planting of the good and bad figs from Jeremiah and this parable goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden (Jeremiah 24:1-5). Christ said, “this generation,” the generation of the fig tree “shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled,” (Matthew 24:34). Meaning, the planting of Israel started a counter that will fulfill this age of flesh. I will say from here it is difficult to see many good figs left in Israel, meaning those who go by the name of Christ, Christians.
As we know, summer is harvest time, the end of this age of flesh (Revelation 14:15). This verse in Matthew along with the rest of the chapter make it clear, Christ was defining for us through the parable of the fig tree when the true fig harvest would take place.
Christ stated when the fig tree puts forth leaves summer is near which means harvest time is right around the corner. Does that mean Christ will return in late summer to early fall when the figs are harvested, the very month He was born (September)? Possibly, but we do not know the day or hour when he will return.
What I want you to understand is there is a crop of figs that appear before the fig tree puts forth leaves. It is known as the Breba Crop with few and small figs that pale in comparison to the true fig harvest at the end of summer. There are in fact two separate harvests. The Breba Crop is not the true fig harvest, they appear in Spring which is the first month, Abib as our Father told Moses. Spiritually these are the untimely figs of Revelation 6:13 who are Satan and his angels.
Understanding that, it should be clear, there is a false harvest by the false shepherd, the false messiah who is Satan that occurs in Spring at the time of Passover. While the True Harvest by Jesus Christ does not take place until the end of Summer.
Just as these Breba figs appear out of season so will Satan and his fallen angels appear out of season. If you do not understand the fig tree and you do not understand the events that layout Satan’s appearance you will be harvested out of season as Christ warned us of.
13 “And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.”
‘The stars of heaven falling’, the same event we documented in Hebrews and Mark earlier in this Chapter. These untimely stars are in fact the untimely figs, the figs that are out of season as we just discussed. You do not want to be a part of this harvest.
We are now going to turn our Bibles to Joel 2 which documents some of the events before “the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand”.
23 “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.”
When? In the first month. What is the first month? Abib, approximately March 20th on our calendar, fourteen days before Passover and ten days before the possible appearance of Satan. What is the Latter Rain? Your Father’s Holy Spirit which will provide us with clarity, knowledge, understanding and strength some of the items needed to make our stand against Satan and his kingdom.
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”
I believe this Latter Rain which is our Father’s Spirit will begin to pour out on His Saints at this time, the time the Latter Rain is needed most. The time when we face the greatest spiritual battle the world has ever witnessed, a spiritual battle that will have very real physical and mental consequences.
We will now go back in time to the days of Moses and as we know Moses by God’s Hand led the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage and set out on a journey through the desert to lead the people to the promised land. Moses died as he was not allowed to enter the promised land and Joshua would take the lead bringing the people safely into the land our Father promised them.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
1 “And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.”
Joshua was now going to lead the Israelites across the Jordan where they would passover and onto the other side, entering the promised land.
5 “And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
The Lord will do what? Wonders among His children and note the day this will take place and hold that for a moment.
6 “And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.”
The priests lead by example taking the ark with them.
13 “And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.”
Our Father interceded and stopped the waters of the Jordan River. We are talking about supernatural intervention by our Father and He will do the same for us as we pass through the waters of these end times which are the peoples of the earth, Satan, his angels and children.
We should understand at this time of year and as documented in God’s Word the waters of the Jordan were over spilling their banks (Joshua 3:15).
16 “That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.”
17 “And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.”
Our Father performed another miracle for the Israelites by parting the Jordan River and allowing the Israelites to pass over on dry ground just as they had done leaving Egypt on their journey through the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-29).
13 “About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.”
Forty thousand where what? Prepared for war! Prepared for a battle in order to claim the inheritance known as the promise land and our Father parted the Jordan paving the way. When the Israelites stood with God and came to Him for council they were victorious in battle and the same stands for us today.
19 “And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.”
When were the waters dried up? On the tenth day of the first month, five days before Passover. The time of Satan’s appearance. The time we are to have The Lamb in our home. The time of the false fig harvest.
22 “Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.”
23 “For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:”
Our Father told the Israelites they were going to enter the promised land. Yet on the final leg of their journey they were blocked by the Jordan River, a great flood of waters. On the tenth day of the first month, five days before passover our Father performed a supernatural act dividing the waters just as he had done at the crossing of the Red Sea. The Israelites now had a clear path to the promised land, yet the fight was not over, forty thousand prepared for war crossing the river for battle to claim their inheritance.
As the Israelites encountered a flood of waters on the final leg of their journey to the promised land we too will encounter Satan’s flood of lies on the tenth day of the first month, five days before Passover. Satan’s flood is not just of lies, but it will include those who follow Satan, his angels and children.
Our Father has foretold us all things and there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Our Father has said we are going to enter a new Promise Land which is His Eternal Kingdom that we will inherit (Daniel 7:27).
In order to claim that inheritance we must stand for God. We must have on the whole Armour of God ensuring we are prepared for the Battle of the Tribulation. Prepared to fight the greatest spiritual war the world has ever witnessed.
Our Father will divide Satan’s flood of lies before us as He did for Joshua and the Israelites preparing a way for His Saints. Satan’s flood waters will be great on both sides of us as we pass through, yet the path forward will be clear and it will be straight as we carry His Banner forward. We will Passover Satan’s flood of lies on dry ground as our foundation has been build upon a Rock, a Rock that is unshakable and that Rock is Christ (Luke 6:48, 1 Corinthians 10:4).