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Why Jesus Can’t Come Back in 2017 (or even this decade?)

What does Bible prophecy say will happen in 2017? Will Jesus come back? Is there anything missing before such end time prophecies can start? Learn the comforting answer of plain Scripture from someone who has helped others know what not to expect now nine years in a row.

What's Prophesied For 2017?

It happens every January: a spike in visitors to my website. The New Year tilts people forward-looking and many of them "go to and fro" (= searching) on the Internet (Dan 12:4) for predictions for the coming year.

This includes Christians. With all the prophecy in the Bible, Christians wonder if some are about to be fulfilled.

What is the biggest prophecy Christians wonder about? In the years since the Great Recession, economic disaster theories have been in vogue, such as with The Harbinger and the the Shemitah. With the flop of such theories, probably the top prophecy focus will return to the mainstays. That would be the Second Coming of Christ with the rapture no doubt being a close second.

A large percentage of Christians continue to believe every year that "this could be the year Christ returns..." or "the rapture happens." That's not just my opinion as someone who has produced a prophecy website since 1999. An Ipsos poll asking how likely certain events were to happen in the coming year confirmed this. According to the poll, here's what percentage of different subgroups of Christians thought it was at least "somewhat likely that Jesus Christ would return to earth in the next year."

  • 46% of white evangelical Christians
  • 34% of Protestants
  • 17% of Catholics
  • 10% of the non-religious

(Note: The phrase "return to earth" used by the pollsters is an unfortunately vague term. It best fits the Second Coming, yet to those surveyed it could have been understood as the rapture. However, as the article will show below, it does not matter which one is referred to.)

What Surprised Me About the Poll Results

When I heard the results of that poll in December 2006, it surprised me. I was not expecting so many Christians would think it was still possible for Jesus to come in the next twelve months for two reasons:

  1. There have been so many years of failed expectations for Christ's coming. Pretty much every year since Christ left, people have been hoping or predicting he would return.
  2. Back then I assumed more Christians were aware of some basics of prophecy. For example, Paul wrote that Jesus cannot return to gather us to him until the "man of sin" (Antichrist) takes over "first" (2Th 2:2-4). Certainly, I thought, most Christians know that this "Great Tribulation" of the Antichrist they heard of must arrive before the Second Coming? Not so.

To be sure, the poll helped me to understand better how unfamiliar Christians are of the history and NT prophecy about Christ's return. As a person who studied prophecy and catered to others who were interested or studying, I had things to learn about the average Christian who never even heard a sermon on prophecy. Likewise, while I hear about every popular prophecy prediction each year, most Christians hear nothing of them except when they go up on billboards across America like Harold Camping did in 2011.

My Response to the Poll

After learning about this Christian blind spot on end time prophecy, I of course wrote an article to help. It was the first version of this article called "Why Jesus Can't Come Back in 2007." I figured a title like that ought to get people to stop and pay attention.

In it, I explained why it was impossible for Jesus to come back in 2007 based on what Bible prophecy literally says. I covered the many missing prophetic events that have to come before not just the Second Coming, but also the rapture (see below for the list).

Most readers thanked me for shedding needed light on this confusing subject, but some were angry. "Aren't you claiming to know the day or hour that Jesus said we can't?" "How dare you claim to know such a thing, as if you're God?" or "You're a terrible person for saying this and dashing people's hopes."

I learned from all that, too. Not everyone wants the truth. Some want to be left in their comforting belief. If you burst their bubble, they may become very "unchristian-like" on you, just as Jesus warned about truth telling.

If that does not describe you because you want to know what most Christians are misunderstanding about end time prophecy, then read on...

My 10-Year Track Record...Stating the Not-So-Obvious

Nothing prophetic happened in 2007 as my article proved would not from Scripture. Writing that Jesus would not come to earth that year was not a big risk. The numerous prerequisite events (listed below) could not have possibly been completed in such a short time. It was a very safe bet like stating, for example, that the moon will not descend to earth that year, either. Just as it would take some major new force or event for the moon to descend to earth, likewise Jesus is not coming back until certain unprecedented events happen. The requirements for both events were simply not present, making them both impossible.

As history consistently shows, the truly risky proposition is always stating when Jesus will come back (something Jesus did say "no man knows") or the year of the fulfillment of any other Biblical prophecy, for that matter.

So after that year passed, I updated this article and went on record again for the next year, 2008. I knew that Christians would again expect or predict the Second Coming for that year. I also knew that just as with 2007, the requirements were not present and it did not happen.

Every year since then I have updated this article to let people know that the requirements for Jesus to come back that year are simply not present:

  1. 2007...
  2. 2008...
  3. 2009...
  4. 2010...
  5. 2011...
  6. 2012...
  7. 2013...
  8. 2014...
  9. 2015...
  10. 20 16...

That's ten years so far of going out on record that Jesus will not come back the next year.

So what?

I point this out because it's just not typical of prophecy researchers. Remember, the vast majority of prophecy experts either A) make specific predictions that always fail or make vague predictions that are meaningless ("something big will happen") or B) claim we don't have enough information to know if Jesus is coming in the next year or not. These views keep the body in alternatively fear and anxiety or confusion and ignorance.

"Depart From Me, I Never Knew you!" - Jesus

Jesus' predicted he will tell many sincere believers basically to "get lost" instead of welcoming them into the Kingdom. So...who are they and what did they miss or do wrong? In this study, get those answers and the one requirement for salvation Jesus taught (that Christianity misses) so that you can make sure you don't hear these dreaded words yourself!

In contrast, I have consistently gone on record that popular predictions won't happen and I have shown how we can at least rule out Jesus coming in certain years especially in the short term. For people trying to decide who is worth listening to on prophecy, noting a distinction like this is very helpful.

The Secret of My Success Can Help You

What's my secret? And how can it help you avoid being confused or troubled by the false predictions made every year about the Second Coming and other prophecies?

My secret is understanding there are many major events listed in prophecy that must come before Jesus "returns to earth." If you recognize these events in your own Bible, too, you'll be far ahead of most prophecy researchers. More importantly, you won't fall for their predictions anymore.

Most prophecy experts miss these prerequisite events because they believe in the "pretrib rapture" doctrine and the related doctrine of "imminency." This imminency teaching states that the "pretrib rapture" can come at any moment without any prerequisite event. Just as the pretrib rapture is false and unbiblical, so is the imminency teaching used to justify it.

Note that this imminency theory predominates not because it is found in the Bible. It's not. No verse says Jesus can come back at any moment without any prerequisite.

The theory instead relies on verses saying other things that perhaps could be because the Second Coming is imminent. For example, Jesus saying "always be ready." Is that because he can come any second (not taught in the Bible)...or because when you backslide you miss or misunderstand the signs of Jesus' coming (1Th 5:4-5) like the wicked Jews did before (clearly taught throughout Jesus' parables) ?

If imminency is not biblical, then how can it be so popular? Two reasons. Most Christians don't know their Bibles well enough to discern false doctrines most people believe. Also this doctrine is telling them exactly what they want to hear, so they are not looking at it too hard. As alluded to earlier, Christians naturally hope that Jesus will come back soon for many reasons. At the very least they are fed up with this evil world and look forward to him cleaning it up. A teaching that he can come at any moment or any year sounds wonderful.

Yet here we are in 2017 without Jesus. Isn't it time to move on from the dubious doctrine of imminency (along with the pretrib rapture)?

If Jesus' coming was really "imminent" for every single one of the over 1,986 years since he left in 30 AD, why has he not shown up?

The Bible Reveals a Full Roadmap of Future Events

The answer to why Jesus has not come back yet is not at all commonly understood.

Simply put, contrary to what most Christians believe and are taught, Jesus said that there are indeed prerequisites to his return and the start of his reign in the Millennium. Until these required events happen, he said that the "end is not yet/by and by" (Mt 24:6; Lk 21:9) and he will not be appearing any time soon. He cannot come until the end does and the end is not here yet.

Where do I get all this? Straight from the Bible as read plainly and literally (John 10:35). It is hard to read it that way until you put any preconceptions (and emotionally-charged hopes) aside. This literal approach unlocks a sequence of future events described in the key prophecies of Revelation, Daniel and Jesus (in Mt 24). When put together properly, these prophecies draw a roadmap revealing what we are to expect to happen as God's servants (Rev 1:1).

Unfortunately, it is not easy to do this. Many Bible prophecies are labeled difficult "mysteries" (Rev 10:7; 17:5, 7) or call for "understanding" and "wisdom" (Dan 12:10; Mt 24:15; Rev 13:18). As such, it is like putting together a large jigsaw puzzle—a puzzle where you have to scavenge for and identify the pieces first, if you will. The pieces to this puzzle are not all conveniently in one place and in order, but are scattered throughout several books of both the Old and New Testament somewhat haphazardly.

Similar to working with a real jigsaw puzzle, if you have one piece out of place, it can stop you from completing the puzzle and seeing the picture that it was intended to reveal. The more sure you are about that out-of-place piece being correctly placed, the more blocked you will be (think: rapture in the pretrib position).

If you get past those obstacles to assembling the end time prophecy puzzle pieces, the picture emerges that there is much more than just the Great Tribulation, Rapture and Second Coming ahead that makes up the eschatology of most Christians. There are more events ahead than Christians have imagined. Importantly, most of these unknown prophetic events precede the Second Coming.

In other words, if Jesus' return to earth is "Event C," then it cannot come until "Event B" has already happened. Likewise, "Event B" will not be seen unless "Event A" has already been fulfilled. It's really that simple.

Potential vs. Impossible Years of Jesus' Return

Now, if Event A has not happened, then this means the end has not even begun. In that case, the exact timing of when Jesus is coming is still unknowable just as Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 that "no man knows the day or hour" (read: exact time). Further, you can be sure that the end is "not yet" (Mt 24:6; Mk 13:7) even if you don't know absolutely when it will be. Anyone who says they know the exact year is mistaken and should not be believed (at least not until we get very close). All we can know now is many potential years of his return.

Nevertheless, there are periods when Jesus cannot come which are indeed knowable. For example, as long as the end times and Revelation roadmap have not begun, it continually rules out the next several years for Jesus to appear. Jesus' return is impossible in that timeframe. This is because the missing prerequisite events take substantial time to play out. Several years, in fact. This describes exactly the situation we have been in ever since the New Testament was written, in a holding pattern waiting for the first end time event. Unmistakably, the end is "not yet." (Note that other, non-final-seven-years prophecies have been fulfilled like the resurgence of Israel in 1948 per Isaiah 11:10-12.)

If the body of Christ had understood Jesus' words on the preconditions of his coming, they would not be pronouncing or expecting the rapture or imminent return of Jesus every year. Because few believers have understood these overlooked prerequisites, each generation has naturally maintained hope that perhaps they were already in the end times and that Jesus could come back at any moment.

Then what typically happens is that we justify this belief through other misread prophecies. For example, some might see a world figure who seems to fit the Antichrist (like Emperor Nero) or a technological development that seems to fulfill the mark of the beast (like bar codes or bio-chips) and conclude that it is a sign that the time must be near or in their lifetime. That kind of reasoning has been used innumerable times and ways but always resulted in disappointment.

It is important to put aside these pseudo-signs and look only to the real milestones listed in the Bible if you want to correctly know when there really is something prophetic coming to worry about. Given the fact that none of the prerequisite end time events have transpired, it is safe to say that it is impossible for Jesus to come in 2017—or even the rest of this decade!

List of Prerequisites to Jesus' Return

So, what are these prerequisite events? Here are several examples starting with the first event to come:

  1. Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 War - Damascus Destroyed — Rather than the rapture, the next event in prophecy is a swift war in the Middle East between Israel and many of her Arab/Islamic neighbors. You do not need a Bible to tell you this as many secular sources expect one, due to the tensions between Israel and the Arabs and Iran (not Arab, but Persian). The concern over Iran's nuclear program has only added to this. The outcome of this war will be the destruction of Damascus and several other major Arab cities and regions, along with much devastation in Israel. Obviously, the attack has still not happened because Damascus remains a city to this day.
  2. The Sixth Seal/Wormwood — If you read Revelation 6:12-17 carefully you will see that it depicts the entire population panicking and running for cover in response to signs in the heavens and a tremendous global earthquake on earth moving every mountain and island out of place. It is obvious that nothing like this has happened since the first century when it was written and when knowledge of the Lamb of God (named by those panicking: Rev 6:16) has arrived. By the way, this event is the very "sign of the end" that Jesus told his followers to watch for (Mt 24:7-8=Lk 21:10-11=Joel 2:30-32=Rev 6:12-17). God's end time escape instructions shared by Jesus, Joel and Revelation would then play out for the faithful.)
  3. Third Temple — Several passages describe a Third Temple on the Temple Mount with sacrifices going during the Great Tribulation (Rev 11:1-2; Mt 24:15; 2The 2:3-4). The Antichrist is even described as sitting in this end time temple as part of his declaration of himself as God (2Th 2:4). Obviously, there is as yet still no temple or even a construction project under way for one, nor sacrifices yet. Speaking of the construction, some say that everything is already being prepared for this temple and it can go up fast, in less than a year. Even if that's true, under the current political situation they still could not break ground on the Temple Mount without the Arabs approval or a strong belligerent response of opposition. The Arab control and power needs to be broken first, and that is not going to happen without a war, probably the future Psalm 83 war as above.
  4. Abomination of Desolation — The Great Tribulation starts 30 days (as in the 1290 - 1260 days) after the Abomination of Desolation is stood up on the Temple Mount (Mk 13:14). The abomination refers to the Image of the Beast statue being erected for worship (Rev 13:14). At the same time the Third Temple sacrifices are halted by the Antichrist. This is another unfulfilled prophecy as only the Antichrist can accomplish this and he is not here yet.
  5. Great Tribulation — This is the most obvious and well-known one. According to Daniel 9:27 = Matthew 24:21, Jesus must return after a period of "Great Tribulation." During this Great Tribulation, the Antichrist will rule over the world for 42 months (Rev 13). He will force all the unsaved (Rev 13:8) to take a mark in their right hand or forehead during that time. Plainly, we are not in the Great Tribulation and no mark of the beast has been issued yet.
  6. The Rapture — Finally the rapture comes after the Great Tribulation, but clearly not to save anyone from any threat on earth as Christians suppose its purpose is. It arrives right on time for the faithful to be "rewarded" (Rev 11:18) with glorified eternal bodies (1Co 15:52) so they can then rule for the entire 1000 year Millennial Reign along with those in the first resurrection (Rev 20:4-5).
  7. The Wrath of God/7 Bowls — The seven bowls of God's wrath immediately fall when the faithful leave temporarily to heaven (Rev 15:5-8) (for the marriage supper of the lamb), just as Jesus described in saying it would be just like as in the days of Noah and Lot when one are taken (the righteous) and one are left (the wicked).
  8. The Second ComingFinally, Jesus "returns to earth" on Yom Kippur/The Day of the LORD to fight the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21). He brings back with him the raptured and resurrected saints from the marriage supper of the lamb (Rev 19:9) in heaven (Rev 15:5-8). Then they reign for the Millennium.

These are only some of the events from the full end time roadmap as covered in my book:

However, the above list does include the "Event A" from my earlier explanation: the Psalm 83 War. Until we see that event, the end time roadmap/final seven years has not begun. This means we could still have years or even a decade (or two?) before the end times events start and finish with Jesus' return. For sure, as long as it is unfulfilled, we have a good minimum of seven years before Jesus can come back, which is the length of the 70th Week of Daniel time frame in which all but one of the events above must take place.

Common Objections To Saying The End Is Not Nigh

To suggest that Jesus is not coming for sure this year let alone the rest of the decade may sound wrong or crazy to many. Here's a few objections:

"The World Is Too Evil To Last Longer"

People often point to the multiplying and worsening problems in the world as proof that "the end is nigh"...(for sure this time!). However, social or economic problems are not one of the events on the end time roadmap. At best they are just reasonable-sounding speculations. And if you study history, every generation has been able to point to something getting worse as proof they were the last generation. Relative and subjective arguments don't compare to the absolute specific description Jesus gave of the end time sign.

"Jesus A Thief in the Night?"

What about the verses implying Jesus will come suddenly and unexpectedly like a "thief in the night" (1Th 5:2; 2Pe 3:10)? If you check out the passages in context you will find that this thief-like surprise is only applicable to the world and not to the "sons of light and sons of the day" (1Th 5:4). God's children have revelation about the circumstances of the coming of Jesus just as this article has covered. If they keep them in mind, they will not find Jesus' coming surprises them like the world (1Th 5:4).

"You're Claiming to Know the Day or Hour!"

Some might argue that Jesus cannot come back over the next few years as contradicting, "no man knows the day or the hour" (Mt 24:36). This seems valid at first until you think it through. You see, a prohibition on knowing when something will happen does not mean you cannot know many other points in time when it cannot possibly happen.

For example, if a friend tells you he will drop by on one of his days off but he does not tell you which one, you don't know the "day or hour" (which means "time") of his coming. Yet say his day off is Saturday. So would you sit there on Sunday or Monday hoping or believing he might just come "today?" Or would you know he can't be coming that day? It is the same with Jesus' coming. We do not know the absolute timing of his coming; we only know many years when he cannot come according to his own words. Jesus' coming has conditions and circumstances to it that mean he cannot come just any time even if we don't know the one and only time he will.

"Telling Christians This Will Hurt Them"

Others complain that to say "Jesus is not coming this year" translates to saying people don't have to be alert, pray and stay close to God (Lk 21:36). However, knowing Jesus cannot come back soon does not change anything about needing to "always be ready" and not backslide into sin. The reason is that we all are mortal and can lose our life tomorrow through "time and chance" that the Bible says happens to us all (Ecc 9:11-12). Because we can "meet our maker" at any moment we always need to be ready as Jesus taught (Mt 24:44; Lk 12:40). Finally, Jesus himself is the origin of this message that "the end is not yet"; or "the end is not by and by" (Mk 13:7; Lk 21:9) until you see certain milestone events. He did not teach "imminency" or to expect his coming every day. He taught instead constant vigilance to not allow yourself to backslide (Lk 12:45).

Rather than this knowledge having disadvantages like that, there is a clear advantage to it compared to the popular "the end is nigh" thinking which focuses people on something that is not going to happen. The continual predictions about the end coming around every corner every year keeps many people in fear. That anxiety can lead people to live under costly short-term thinking and make very poor decisions for themselves and their family. I've seen too many sad cases of this to count (including my own experience for a time when I still had not discovered what this article shares). It truly is better to know the truth and act off of that—prayerfully and righteously—rather than a misunderstanding that opens you up to constant false alarms or paranoia or influences you to make bad choices or live in dread.

Conclusion

The popular hope and expectation that Jesus is coming in the next year is persistent among Christians despite a "no show" every year so far. Not surprisingly, it turns out that this belief is based more on fantasy than fact. The doctrine that the pretrib rapture is the next event in prophecy is mainly to blame for sustaining this fantasy and obscuring the facts. That the Second Coming can happen imminently or without warning breaks Scripture (John 10:35) and should be rejected.

Scripture teaches that there are prerequisites or events that must come first. If we are going to put aside speculation and consult the Bible's prophetic roadmap, we can find assurance that Jesus won't be returning in 2016 2017 or several years after that for sure...nor can the dreadful Great Tribulation come that soon either. There is simply not enough time in a year for all the events to happen.

I appreciate that it is disappointing to hear that Jesus is not coming in 2017 or any time soon after that. The good part of this is that by the same principle, many bad things like Wormwood and the Great Tribulation are also certain to not come next year either! It means you can stop worrying about the end coming suddenly and unexpectedly as long as the situation of the past 2000 years of no prerequisite events continues.

If you are interested in learning all the things you do not have to worry about in 2017 without it taking years of personal study, check out the book Know the Future offered on this site.

If you want to understand why recently I've decided to write an article sharing my convictions for exactly when next decade I now expect the end, see the support team article on 2026.

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89 comments
richard - December 31, 2016

John,
I agree with Tim. I consistently am convicted that Tim is on the right track. I’ve been following prophecy since the Hal Lindsay days in the 70s and am just horrified to see that the Prophecy Business Machine continues to roll on.
Tim’s summation of points as to what needs to occur, literally in our realm, is something I draw lots of comfort from. The number of people who get fleeced by these unending cons and conspiracies- masked as “prophecy” -seems to know no end. Truly sad.

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    Jimmy Londo - May 25, 2017

    I’m not a Christian anymore but when I was this was the conclusion I came to. I was part of several churches that were pre-trib rapture and seems likr that doctrine is becoming very popular. I think now people are saying Trump is the Anti-christ just as Obama was before him and Bush before that. But after much studying and prayer I found the pre-rapture to be false. I guess too much studying led to my downfall. Too many contradictions in the Bible for such a Holy book and a God without error. But also I found if you study Islam you will also understand prophecy even more clearer. In islam after the 12th Imam arrives which is believed to be the savior of the world according to muslims who will bring peace to the world. There will also be a prophet and if you compare that to Revelations you will notice much similarity. For muslims it will be their Prophey and Savior and he will mark everyone who accepts allah. To Christians it will be a false prophet and the beast. Like I said I left Christianity a while ago. But if it is True then may God be merciful on me giving me even more time to realize and accept the truth. But now i just believe in Buddhism and never been more content and happy. But i still enjoy learning so if the prophecy does prove true i would know.

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      Heidi K. - September 8, 2017

      Jimmy Londo:
      You have never been a born again Christian in the first place. Please realize that we are living in the last days and accept JESUS CHRIST as your personal Lord and Savior who paid on the cross for our sins and came back to life on the 3rd day!!! We have to come to the cross as broken sinners. There’s no forgiveness without JESUS! If you die in your sins you will go to hell. Please accept JESUS CHRIST now!!!

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Soni - December 31, 2016

John doesnt know what he is talking about. Keep up the good work Tim… God bless you!!!

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Terry Buddrow - December 31, 2016

Can’t refute you, you give enough scripture to back up what you say. Guess it’s like you say, those who don’t want to know the truth will see what they want to see, hear what they want to hear.
Keep up the good work, love your site and insight.

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John Mahar - December 31, 2016

Keep sharing the truth,Love your dedication.

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Becky Christiansen - January 1, 2017

When I watch the chemtrailed skies and how all those chemicals and aluminum (they’re) spraying in our skies, I think (they) are hiding celestial things from us, and that soon, maybe, (they) won’t be able to hide anything and it’ll then become a sudden event for most everyone. Do you think that (they) could be hiding signs in the heavens from us? I just don’t understand why all the chemical spraying in our skies all over the world, so I’m guessing it’s to hide something from us.

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    Tim McHyde - January 1, 2017

    Becky Christiansen, The “signs in the heavens” of Gen 1:14 refer in context to God creating the lights to give us signs for time-keeping: days, seasons, years. God’s not sending us ambiguous smoke signals about the end times. He will send a prophet: http://escapeallthesethings.com/true-false-prophet as Malachi said.

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rich hava - January 1, 2017

tim……

i have come far enough along to weed out most……………i have time to look at you now…….but first explain to me your mark of the beast stance……you dont have to be right on all of it…….so if we end up on oppsite sides…..it ok

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raddo - January 1, 2017

hi,pls tell me your take on prophet Dr.owour from kenya who claims that he is the end time Elijah.just google his name.

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John Lin - January 3, 2017

I don’t understand why you always predict Jesus is not returning in a current year. I really want to know why because I understand that there will be a seven year period of tribulation before Jesus returns. Is this true? If so, why do you keep on predicting the way you do? Instead, can you predict if the 7-year tribulation will start this year. This would be useful to me and other people who would like to prepare before the tribulation starts. Thanks.

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    Tim McHyde - January 3, 2017

    John Lin, I don’t predict anything. This is a debunking of a prediction that Christians searching the internet mostly believe about Jesus each year. I use this article to get their attention that they are missing something huge. If you want to know beyond that what years are possible for the 70th week to start, see my book Know the Future.

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Hendrik Coetzee - January 3, 2017

Tim, Maybe the timing of His coming is more difficult than most think. His coming to Jerusalem will be observed and announced and
most possible from a place on earth. His coming with no observation
when He come to start His mustard seed Kingdom will be unobserved and not announced and could be quite a number of years before the coming to Jerusalem. The coming without observation is a grey area where timing is concerned. Thanks.

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    Tim McHyde - January 3, 2017

    Hendrik, I wholeheartedly agree with you most don’t understand the timing of Jesus’ return. But there’s only 10 days between the rapture and the takeover of the world’s kingdoms after the 10 day wrath of God finishes: Read this for more.

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Richard Nevin - January 5, 2017

Tim, I agree with all you have written wholeheartedly. Just an interesting observation for you. When you read through the Bible, you can see God working in certain patterns. Take the story of Joseph. Through a dream God showed Pharaoh that there would be be 7 years of harvest, followed by by 7 years of famine. Now we know there will be a final 7 year period before Jesus returns, so could it be that there will be a 7 year period of harvesting souls, the likes of which the world has never seen before, followed by a 7 year period of great distress, the likes of which the world has never seen before, when evangelism will be incredibly difficult? If so, then potentially, and I mean potentially here, 2017 -2023 could be the most explosive time for evangelism the world has ever seen, and 2024 – 2030, could be the tribulation. And wouldn’t it be fitting if Jesus did return in 2030, as this would be more or less exactly 2000 years after leaving this earth? If so, we’ve only got 14 years left on this planet.

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    Tim McHyde - January 5, 2017

    Richard, Yes, there are lots of sevens in the Bible. 2030 is looking very possible. Time will tell.
    But we will still be on the planet when Yeshua comes. Just in glorified bodies of spirit =).

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      Richard Nevin - January 6, 2017

      Tim, yes, of course you’re right, we’ll only temporarily leave this planet for the marriage feast of the Lamb, and then return in glorified bodies. And yes, we’re agreed that 2030 is looking very possible. To be honest, based on the 7 millennia of human history concept, it would be very surprising if God planned it on any other year. For example, if Yeshua returned on 2037, then that would be 2007 years since He left earth and if He returned on 2044, that would be 2014 years since He left earth, and so on and so on. What I mean is, God seems to work in rounded numbers, for example, there is coming the 1000 year reign of Christ, not the 1007 year reign of Christ. Surely this points conclusively in the direction of 2030? One other thing. Can you clarify whether it will be all believers of all times who will reign with Christ during the 1000 years, or just those who still on earth when Yeshua returns, plus those martyred during the tribulation period?

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Gary Bristow - January 11, 2017

Hello Tim,

If the rapture happens after the great tribulation what happens to the church?
We will not take the mark of the beast so we can’t eat, pay bills, no home. Then we will have to live in the streets and all die before a rapture.

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    Tim McHyde - January 11, 2017

    G-Man the same thing happens to the church in the Tribulation (wrath of Satan) before the rapture that happened to Israel in the land of Goshen during the 10 plagues (wrath of God) before they were taken out: protection is available by God anywhere anytime on earth as Shadrach Meshach and Abednego knew and proved: http://escapeallthesethings.com/faith-to-escape-tribulation

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      Gary Bristow - January 11, 2017

      Thank you. I am ready to go where He wants me to go. I am not sure to have the resources to get there but I would have faith my provision would be there for me and all believers that share the same plight.

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    Jon - April 1, 2017

    Luke 12

    “22. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.”

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      Tim McHyde - April 1, 2017

      Jon, Jesus said not to bring food or money to his disciples who he sent out (not us who were not there and are not sent out). Not exactly applicable to people today with families who have to store food and money in the house and banks to keep things going…

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Bradley Smith - January 16, 2017

Hi Tim –

If the middle east war happens this spring, do you think there will be enough time for our Lord to return in 2023, or does that leave insufficient time for all of the other prerequisites?

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    Tim McHyde - January 16, 2017

    Brad, Absolutely not. We’re almost already in what would be the sabbath year cycle (starting spring) and with no sign of a ME war and no sign of Elijah or a temple, it’s business as usual and nothing prophetic on the horizon. We’re good until 2026 for WWIII/Wormwood at the earliest.

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John Books - January 20, 2017

The rapture isn’t an event set on a calendar. Why is everybody so concerned or wrapped up about that day?….when not one human being including Jesus himself knows the exact day of extraction.

Only the Father knows the day & exact hour…WE ARE SUPPOSE to LIVE OUR LIVES AND BE READY for that day…period! I’ve heard these claims since the 70’s. Everybody is trying to be that detective solving the mystery of a lifetime!!!

Get a life, live out your destiny, GOD has already worked out the details…WE win if your saved…filled with the holy spirit…and speak the heavenly language.

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    Tim McHyde - January 21, 2017

    John, apart from a minority like you, most Christians want to know how soon their Lord will return to fix things and are interested to research the question and read articles like mine on what we DO know about timing (not the exact date when, but much detail on when it can’t come yet, such as this decade). It’s easy for people like you to forget that prophecy is part of the Bible and therefore good to study as part of a good “life.” In fact, Revelation pronounces a blessing on those who study it (Rev 1:3). (P.S. You don’t have to be filled with the HS or speak in tongues to be saved.)

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    tracey ison - February 28, 2017

    are you referring to tongues? I am a babe in Christ, but I speak in tongues and I feel so inadequate!!

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Felicia - January 23, 2017

I’m 23. I feel like maybe I SHOULDN’Tput money into my retirement fund and look at investment options for my “future” lol. I don’t think we will be here past my age of 35. But it’s true, no one knows for sure. Hard call to make.

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    Tim McHyde - January 23, 2017

    Felicia, Ask God to lead you on your money and if you hear nothing, go with practical long range planning which history shows is best while short-range thinking (especially based on prophetic expectations) never works out.

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    Saved - April 8, 2017

    No its not a tough call. No one knows the day or hour. His return could be a thousand years away. Why would you refuse to make a wise investment anticipating Christ’s return when no one knows when that will take place? As Solomon said men go to and from to understand what God is doing but no one knows even though they proclaim. And Gabriel spoke to Daniel and said many will gain knowledge. But no one can know the day or the hr. So live your life as if Christ’s return is far away. Many have done so foolishly like quitting their jobs anticipating his return. And have destroyed their families by going against simple scripture. 23 is a perfect time to invest in your future.

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Mike Bias - January 24, 2017

Tim,

With your post trib rapture view, how do you interpret Rev 3:10

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Would not the hour of temptation coming on all the world be the mark of the beast , that the true church would be spared from, thus before the Great Tribulation.

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      Mike Bias - January 26, 2017

      All the church types still exist today, and the hour of temptation has NOT come on all the world.

      Another question I have is , how do you give America the Babylon title nuked by Russia.
      Now I guess if you suppose that were to happen then there won’t be any regime in America pushing the mark.

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        Tim McHyde - January 27, 2017

        Mike, there are no “church types” in Revelation, but rather seven consecutive church periods from Jesus first coming until his second. Yes, the hour of temptation has not come yet because it does not come on Philadelphia’s watch but rather on Laodicea’s watch: our time.

        On America being nuked by Russia, Jeremiah points to Russia.

        Right America is gone before the mark comes. To verify this, just read Revelation 14’s three angel messages: 1) Repent (Elijah preaching) 2) Babylon has fallen (America falls) 3) Don’t take the mark (Beast rises).

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Mike Bias - January 28, 2017

Very informative and detailed research on America being Babylon. There are a lot of parallels and it will take me some time to look into all of this myself, thank you for the work you have done.

Now whether I am in error or not I do not see that it matters because God will provide a way. If by a pre warning to come out via a prophet (Elijah) or rapture. However, I believe the letters to the churches in Revelation are prophetic and the letter to the church of Philadelphia is directed to true believers today. Just like God saved Noah, and Lot from his wrath he will catch away his children as they are not objects of his wrath.

Interesting how the first chapters of Revelation 1-3 refer to the church, but all the latter chapters dealing with judgment do not mention the church, why because it’s not there.

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    Tim McHyde - February 4, 2017

    Mike, indeed the congregations are not mentioned anymore in Revelation simply because they disappeared from history and prophecy would be inaccurate to say otherwise. You won’t find those congregations founded by the apostles for a long time now!

    However, the church body beyond those congregations continues forever and is seen throughout Revelation in many forms: the 144000, two witnesses, “the woman,” “the rest of her offspring who keep the commandments and have the faith of Jesus” and “those who were beheaded” and probably more I’m forgetting.

    Oh, the faithful church is there throughout Revelation, same as today. Just don’t expect to find the faithful ekklesia organized neatly in the congregations of Christianity you commonly find.

    We the faithful scattered remnant connect on the Web through sites like this. =)

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August111871 - February 3, 2017

Hello Tim, I like what you have here and agree mostly. My question is it says that the Generation that sees Israel become a nation WILL see the coming of the Lord. I believe this is WHY most believe it is soon. What are your thoughts?

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Mariann - February 7, 2017

I think the final 7 years started on 24 th November 2013.
That was when Iran confirmed the nuclear deal with the great nations of the world.

Daniel 9:27 He shall confirm a covenant with many for a seven years. But it the middle of the week he shall bring an end to the sacrifice.

Iran wanted the deal to be seven years. Probably iran would have agreed to the deal on their own terms though not openly.

Now it is nearly 3 years and 2 months since that date and Iran has started threatening Israel

Probably Israel will just bring the altar to the Temple Mount and start sacrifices because they have no objection from US

Revelation 11: 1 shows that the temple has only the altar and people worshipping.
Jews believe that it is the specified altar and specified location that matters to start the sacrifice.

So the great tribulation may start soon.

The rapture of the church will take place shortly after the abomination sits in the temple of God.

2 Thess 2: 1 -3 says

Brethren concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering to Him we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled either by spirit or by word or by letter as if the from us as though the day of Christ had come……………
That day will not come unless the man of sin is revealed.

Here we understand that the day of the Lord happens secretly that the Thessalonians feared that it had already happened even without their knowledge.
Paul does not say that the event cannot be missed. He only argues that it will happen after the abomination is revealed.

If we read Mark 13: 14 -16
We find that after the abomination sits in the temple there are two verses 15&16

Those two verses are explained as the rapture in Luke 17: 26- 36

Hence the rapture will take place after the man of sin is revealed

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    Tim McHyde - February 8, 2017

    Mariann, the problem with your theory is that the 70th week/final 7 years begins in the spring like all Biblical years, not November.

    Also, if the 70th Week began in 2013, then we’re already missing a few events like Elijah, ME war, WW3, Wormwood and in fact the Abomination would be right now, this winter!

    Finally have you ever asked yourself how many would make it if events happen with as little notice, warning and preparation from God as like your theory and common theories always make it out to be “this year or next”? It takes time to spread information and marshal people and resources to get people to safety. Practically nobody would make it if we had as little notice of these things as you envision. I learned all this by going through Y2K in 1999 and actually moving on short notice to finally realize what I was missing thinking that this could be it without a warning. More at http://escapeallthesethings.com/sign-of-jesus-coming-end-age and http://escapeallthesethings.com/true-false-prophet

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      Mariann - February 15, 2017

      The timetable of the last seven years are mentioned in two places in the Bible

      1. Signing of the covenant (Daniel 9:27)

      2. Rising of the Beast (Revelation 13:1-10)

      From Revelation 13 we understand that

      1. The beast arises
      2. Its mortally wounded head is healed
      3. The world marvels and follows the beast
      4. It continues for 42 months
      5. After 42 months it blasphemes the tabernacle of God
      6. Then it will trample the holy city for 42 months ( Rev 11: 2)

      All the above characteristics of the beast is found in Isis

      1. It is beast like and it started rising during the end of 2013
      2. It’s lost caliphate was re established in 2014 June
      3. It has worldwide following
      4. It has almost continued for 3 years
      5. It is threatening Israel

      So we see that the two great events mentioned in the Bible for the last seven years are

      1. Signing of covenant by Iran

      2. Rising of ISIS

      Though both are now opposing each other when Jerusalem is attacked they will join forces.
      Because Revelation says the beast will be assisted by the ten horn nation

      Iran has an alliance called ECO which is a ten member alliance of Muslim countries.

      These two major events of the last seven years began taking shape during the end of 2013.

      I think God gave signs like the four blood moons and eclipses and super moon during those periods to show that the tribulation period started. Undoubtedly the beheading of our Christian brethren in the Middle East shows that the tribulation period started. As the body of Christ if one part suffers the whole body feels the pain.

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Remmie - February 20, 2017

I do not understand why we Christians, reduce ourselves to arguing about these prophecies. The Bible says even the savior doesn’t know the day, Only The Father does. HE will come when HE comes. What Does matter, is the Gospel. Share the Way, the Truth and the Life!!

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    Tim McHyde - February 20, 2017

    Remmie, prophecy is part of the Bible. We learn through discussion even arguing, iron sharpening iron. Spending all your time on the gospel and neglecting the rest of the Bible sounds a little unbalanced to me, but we each must do as we feel led and not judge others, yes?

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jerry mcknight - February 22, 2017

If all christians gave up looking for Ephesians 1:10-14,1 Cor.15:51-58 and 1The 4:16-18 happening at any moment,at anytime, can we stop the New World Order?

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    Tim McHyde - February 22, 2017

    Jerry, you misunderstand my position if you think I’m advocating “giving up” anything. I’m simply pointing out that there are Scriptural prophetic prerequisites to the end times starting which have not even begun. Ignorance of THIS explains why rapture predictions are invented constantly yet always fail continually.

    “The NWO” is a conspiracy theory, not prophecy. Even if it was real, “we”/Christians could never stop it. =)

    Again, the Bible says something different: Wormwood comes to wreck the earth so the Antichrist can rise from the chaos. It’s not a steady erosion of rights and security but a sudden catastrophe no one is talking about or expecting.

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Joseph Bergey - March 7, 2017

Would you consider the Dome of the Rock an abomination?
Daniel 11:31 (KJV)

31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

Matthew 24:15 (KJV)

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

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    Tim McHyde - March 7, 2017

    Joseph, there is a theory that the Dome of the Rock is the abomination of desolation, but it really does not fit any of the main literal details. There must be a temple to abominate which there is not yet, so right out the gate, the Dome nor anything else today can be the AoD.

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Greg May - March 19, 2017

When Jesus said “no one knows the day nor hour” He was NOT talking about the Rapture! He was referring to when God destroys the earth and creates a new heaven and new earth. People do not read the Scripture in its entireity (Matthew Ch 24). This September there will appear in the skies ‘a great sign’ that is described in Revelation 12. This will be the second time these constellations will align – the first time it was a sign that the Messiah was arriving. This time it will be a sign that the Messiah is returning!

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Kandi - March 20, 2017

What are your views on the blood moons? Were they signs of something?

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Mnu - March 20, 2017

Please take note that today, 2017/03/20 Damascus is in ruins.
TAKE NOTE OF THIS VERSE:
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:8

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Flora - March 28, 2017

I got so tired of Christians bickering over all of this so I asked God myself. He soon led me to: http://www.tojesusbeallglory.com/2011/01/250-reasons-for-pre-trib-rapture-by.html

Meticulous teaching fully backed up with scripture. Debunks some common arguments. Enjoy!

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    Tim McHyde - March 29, 2017

    Flora, if you liked “250 reasons the rapture is pretrib” then you’ll love the sequel: “200 reasons the earth is flat.”

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      zyko - April 10, 2017

      Is that Flora’s way of saying, “here’s a link ,let me educate you, cause you clearly haven’t read much on this subject”? BTW been reading your site all day, have had some anxiety about America and absolutely being convinced it is Babylon and will definitely fall. I used to be somewhat of a rapture person when I was young due in part to the Left Behind series, but I grew out of that opinion pretty quickly and have never understood how you could come to that conclusion biblicaly, let me tell you I have no problem hopping this ship when that day comes. It’s actually a great relief hearing some of this stuff. When you think of all the financial problems, immigrating etc… it’s overwhelming to think about. I’ll keep studying for a little bit here. Bless you for putting this out there.

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Ktull - April 7, 2017

What would you say now that bombing has occurred this week in April 2017 in Damascus?

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Demagogic Gaming - April 8, 2017

Fall , September of this year, 2017 may prove different. Time will tell.

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Deanne - April 9, 2017

Tim,

As a college student prone to anxiety attacks, I’m freaking out.

You say we’re good about WWIII until 2026, but what about the rising tensions between the US and North Korea? I mean, the US just sent a navy strike group to the ‘Korean Peninsula’. Could we possibly bring heading down that path already??
I’ve already had two panic attacks this weekend over this, so any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and have a nice day!

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anna - April 15, 2017

lol I enjoyed reading your article, Tim. It’s true many try to guess the year and always get it wrong. I think you’re right people want Jesus second coming to be true because they want so badly that a loving God will renew humanity. I wait with expectant joy but I don’t need to know the year. If I’m praying and doing good, and submitting to the Divine Will, that is more important than guessing at a date. Much more important to be loving, than to be “right” about a date. When He does come, I’d like to him to know and recognize me 😉

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Pamela Edwards - April 18, 2017

To Tim , why would Jesus go and prepare a place for us Mansions? when and where does that fit in ?

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Connie - April 20, 2017

I’ve been worried lately about Ahmadinejad. Perhaps, it’s because I keep thinking about what other Christians had said on CBN. Branding him as the “beast” and “false prophet” if he wins.

I understand he’s a concerning person, however how concerned should I be?
If it’s okay for your opinion.

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Rob - May 3, 2017

Tim,
You are very knowledgeable on prophecy and I appreciate you spreading the word. The only thing I found that I disagree with is that the rapture will come after the tribulation. I believe it will come before. With that said, either way, we’re both right by saying that Jesus won’t come back in 2017. You stated you’re reason, and my reason is that the rapture will begin the tribulation, which will last 7 years, which is when Jesus will return.

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Donovan Corzo - May 6, 2017

Tim, I started watching bible prophecy teachers on TV in the summer of 2000 when I was 12…Hal Lindsey was the first one to be specific. I was terrified with all the stuff I heard, “the end is just around the corner ” or “the last days are fast approaching” and numerous of predictions year after year or any time a natural disaster happened, “this is it!, Jesus is coming soon” Id always worry i would never make it to my 30’s and here I am 17 YEARS later at age 29. I find myself listening to these people and living in hear and thinking my life is hopeless and to not plan for the future…but here I am realizing that 17 years gave gone by and none of them have been right

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Abad - May 7, 2017

what about the bill that Israel just passed?
Will that change anything?

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Janne La Foy - May 9, 2017

I have a lot to learn about the end times…I know they will be terrible and I worry about the innocents…I also worry about the ones that live their lives not knowing God…actually reject him… I’m not long for this world and will welcome death and rebirth in Heaven…

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Sue - May 10, 2017

Janne, many find it hard to talk about death let alone accept it.
Some though look forward to it due to suffering.
May you be greatly blessed with a peaceful time and seeing Yeshua’s face “in a twinkling of an eye”.
Love and prayers and I hope I get to see you there!

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lorenzo - May 11, 2017

2030 sounds about right; things are just starting to heat up around this time, but our world as we know it definitely has to get a ton worse before any chance of the Lord’s return. I find His coming both terrifying and exciting, I know I may be killed for my faith, or live out a terrible existance for a period, but after it is all over I get to be with Him, perfectly, forever, and all the other saints. No more pain or suffering.
And that will be the ultimate existence.
I also believe the Babylon city is New York, but time will tell.
Bless Y’all!

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Kristiana - May 24, 2017

Tim, do you believe Obama is the antichrist? He will be going to Berlin on May the 25th while Trump is also going there. They are definately against each other and this concerns me….should I be concerned? I’ve heard people say that this will start NWO but I don’t know.

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Cody carver - September 16, 2017

Why is everybody saying that the world is going to end on sept 23 this year is that true?

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