2023: Beginning of The End

Friday, December 30, 2022

2022 will come to a close tomorrow; similarly the end of this present age will close in the near future. I believe that will occur in about seven and a half years from right now. And having said that, let no one accuse me of being a date-setter for Christ’s return, as I am well aware that Jesus said “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matt. 24:36). Only the foolish set dates for Christ’s return as many have proven in years past. Yet, the Scriptures make clear that we who know and believe the truth, can know the season of Christ’s return and the end of this present age, and to that end God has called me to make known the truth according to His written Word, without traditions, partiality, assumptions or conjecture.

I believe 2023 marks the beginning of the end of this present age, and that the near seven-year tribulation will remove the unbelief from many well-intentioned but deceived people mired in the wishful pre-trib rapture tradition. However, the tribulation will simultaneously cause a great falling away from the Christian faith as multitudes will unforgivingly realize that they have been lied to by the very ministers they were told to trust, yes, pastors and teachers in the church who, in their traditions of men led them contrary to the end-time teachings of the Son of God. In that process many put their faith in a corrupt and hopeless tradition that will cause great offense just as Christ taught at Matt. 24:10, when “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another”. The fruitless pre-trib rapture will be a cause of that very deadly offense.

What God wants you to know, believe and pursue, is that He has a mid-tribulation deliverance for His people (and it’s not the rapture) who actually believe the testimony of Jesus Christ, who “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). For those who truly believe and are born again, that escape comes at the mid-point of the tribulation for 1,260 days, the last 3 1/2 years of what Jesus called the “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:21), the beginning of which is marked by two events: 1) the death of the two witnesses after their 1,260 days ministry when their bodies lay in the streets for 3 1/2 days; and 2) when Antichrist mandates his mark of the beast. The window of time is small and urgent, just as Lot and his wife and daughter’s escape from Sodom and Gomorrah also had a small window of opportunity. God clearly reveals that the tribulation is seven biblical years of 360 days per year. First, by the ministry of the two witnesses at Rev. 11:3 for 1,260 days, and secondly, when “the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they [angels] should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 12:6). Those two time frames total 2,520 days, being exactly seven years.

Here’s how you can know this is the truth. Anyone truly born again by true faith in Jesus Christ is descended from Abraham, Gal. 3:29, and his wife Sarah, “the freewoman” (Gal. 4:21–31). We who believe Christ by faith are not only descended from Abraham and Sarah, but are indeed “the woman” that flees to God’s provision and safety for 1,260 days of the great tribulation. Now that is great news and accords perfectly with God’s Word without assumptions or conjecture. And when we’re in God’s secret place of safety and provision “if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it…[and] if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!do not go out; orLook, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:23–27). [My emphasis] When those “counted worthy to escape” (Luke 21:36), are in God’s secret place there will be multitudes of Antichrist’s agents literally hunting down anyone who professes Christ, and they will attempt to lure out believers from their place of God’s safety by false reports of the Christ being here or there. This is why Jesus said when you hear them say these things “do not believe it” and “do not go out”. But God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6), and that’s what will occur to many Christians who were never taught the end-time truths of Christ, and were not even aware that God provided a hiding place.

The closer we get to the tribulation, I believe the elite will at some point take down the internet and many other forms of communications, especially once the two witnesses of Rev. 11:3 begin their ministry. In this regard, I encourage having a pre-printed calendar by which to countdown the 1,260 days of the two witnesses ministry until their death, because at the conclusion of their prophetic ministry is the believer’s small window of opportunity to flee to God’s hiding place of provision, see Isa. 26:20–21. Once in the Lord’s hiding place there will be no need for a calendar as we remain there for the 1,260 days of the great tribulation. When the great tribulation has run its course, God revealed by His prophet there would be a period of 75 days, see Dan. 12:11–12. On one of those days, the day and hour not known to anyone, but known only by God the Father, Christ will descend from heaven, at the last trumpet, at the last day, and gather His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), just exactly as the only Son of God taught.

Now, about 2023. All the chaos the world experienced since March of 2020 will exponentially multiply in 2023 because the ungodly elite have an agenda to literally overtake the world. Until now it’s been a testing of the will and obedience of the people. Testing the mandates of ungodly agendas; global lockdowns, mask-wearing and untested vaccines, to no longer protecting against but preferring open borders, violence, hate, racism, woke-ness, gender confusion, homosexuality, and transgenderism; all of which are agendas of the New World Order. I exhort you, hold fast the Word of God because 2023 will prove much worse that the last 2 1/2 years. And I don’t say that to frighten, but to encourage you to prepare in the end-time truths of Christ, because only Christ and His Words will lead you safely through the increasing chaos to come. And we also have the ever-present “wars and rumors of wars” (Matt. 24:6) involving many nations, all of whom have their own Satan-inspired reasons for wanting to strike one another. In 2023 we will also see cash being restricted as the elite roll out their global Digital Currency and Digital Health ID Passports. Health ID Passports are designed to restrict one’s ability to buy and sell. And the greater harm in all this is that many church leaders, for the lack of love, knowledge, truth and discernment, have led their people to blindly obey wicked government leaders advancing the WEF’s Great Reset.

Understand that every entity of the New World Order is against you, me and our families. The U.N., the World Economic Forum, the International Monetary Fund, the International Court of Justice, the Illuminati, 33rd Degree Freemasonry, the Vatican, the FBI, the CIA, the CDC, and many other groups are against us and our freedoms as those people are in lockstep with orders and mandates of the New World Order…and nothing will stop their evil agendas of injustice, more surveillance, lockdowns, more vaccine mandates, and biometric ID control. Remember, God, through His prophets identified this hateful beast-system saying, “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns” (Dan. 7:7). All believers, together with all other people will be right here on earth to face the wrath of that beast-system.

But the thing that will differentiate between those who faithfully endure to the end from those who do not, will be whether people have believed and prepared in the testimony of Jesus Christ, or not. Scripture already tells us that most will be utterly unprepared because of unbelief and lack of knowledge. And when the deceits of Antichrist arise “according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9), God warned us that “all the world marveled and followed the beast” (Rev. 13:3). That will include most people, and will also include many believers led by non-discerning pastors to follow and obey government mandates. There will be a massive offense and falling away from the Christian faith when believers see that the pre-trib rapture was a magnum deception, and they must face that brutal beast-system rather than being whisked off the face of the earth before the merciless teeth of the NWO devours and crushes.

Sadly, unprepared believers will be so by their own choosing when Antichrist comes “with all unrighteous deceptions among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, [Jesus is the truth, John 14:6] that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth [Jesus] but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:10–12). Believers have the Bible, but not all believers actually believe the testimony of Christ, the source of truth. But many, rather prefer smooth-talking, ear-tickling orators and traditions of men that create a fairy tale God who, by their will, magically spares them the otherwise difficult but purifying tribulation. God will not force His Word on anyone, nor will He force anyone to believe the testimony of His Son, nor prepare for the end-time beast-system for which Scripture is crystal clear. Jesus’ testimony is also crystal clear that He gathers His elect (true believers are the elect) “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). No one can force believing God’s Son, not even God, because He has given us free will, but the truth is that by disbelieving Jesus disproves an otherwise professed faith in Christ and His Words. The Holy Spirit makes very clear that, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). [My emphasis] Those are God’s Words.

The truth is not complex, but simple. But certain people, namely academics, want you and me to believe that prophecy is indeed of private interpretation, and this is why most organized churches mandate that one believes in the pre-trib rapture in order to be a member of that church! Note the Holy Spirit-inspired truth: “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19–21). Only you can decide whom you will believe: academics who created the Dispensational pre-trib rapture deception, or Jesus Christ who is the Truth. Amen.

Marlin J. Yoder

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I'm a non-denominational ordained minister, and have written TheFridayLetter.com for many years and teach the truths of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on the end-times. This on-line and in-person ministry to which God called me helps many people to know the truths of Christ rather than traditions of men which make "the word of God of no effect" (Mark 7:13).

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