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Author Craig A. Opal addresses the most important prophetic questions of our time: How many Seals of Revelation have been broken and has the last Great Tribulation already begun?
Many from all over the world are beginning to ask this, because they can see for themselves the evidences of the end times all around them.
"Revelation Unleashed: Re-Discovering The Blessed Hope," answers this question and many others, as we inch closer and closer to the first "Great and Terrible Day of the Lord's Wrath," which is about to be unleashed on the world any day now.
Are you ready for what is about to happen? Did you know that a massive worldwide earthquake along with millions of fires was predicted to occur in the last days? Did you know that the "Great Tribulation" begins with these events among others?
Craig will not only show you proof that these things are about to occur, but also to give hope and encouragement to those who are looking for answers, as well as an escape from the troubles to come.
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Revelation Unleashed: Re-Discovering the Blessed Hope
© 2012 by Craig A. Opal
All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced or used in any form, except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without prior written permission from the author who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for said permission.
All scripture references are in the New Century Version unless otherwise noted. All scripture versions are used by permission from Thomas Nelson Publishing.
All scriptures portions with bold type or underline are added for emphasis by Craig A. Opal.
Front and rear cover illustrations were created by Duncan Long and are used with permission.
Printed in the U.S.A.
How to be Happy! 27
Revelation Chapter 1
The Letters to the Churches 39
Revelation Chapters 2 & 3
God is in Control of Everything! 57
Revelation Chapters 4 & 5
The First Five Seals 64
Revelation Chapter 6:1-11
The Rapture Revelation 80
Revelation Chapter 6:12-17
The 144,000 and the Raptured Saints 94
Revelation Chapter 7
The Seventh Seal- 3½ Years of “Silence” 100
Revelation Chapters 8 & 9
The Last 3 ½ Years 111
Revelation Chapters 10, 11, & 12
The Antichrist Period 123
Revelation Chapters 13 & 14
The Last Week of the Tribulation 138
Revelation Chapters 15, 16 & 17:1-2
Modern Day Babylon and Its Fall 148
Revelation Chapters 17 & 18
The “Battle” of Armageddon 160
Revelation Chapters 19 & 20
Revelation Chapters 21 & 22
About the Author 199
What is Happening Today?
Have you wondered what is going on in the world today? You can’t deny that things are getting worse every year. People from all over the world have noticed the increase in wars, crime, cruelty, uprisings, extreme weather and earthquakes. The Bible says that in the end days people’s hearts will fail them for what is happening in the world.
Of course occurrences like these have been happening for many centuries and are the very signs that Jesus said would be happening before he returns. The conditions in the world will get progressively worse not better. Not one politician or leader can stop it or influence a change to reverse the inevitable.
Jesus also told us that the signs before he returns would increase and multiply and converge together in the same way that a woman experiences birth pains. It was one hundred years ago, that we saw a dramatic rise in wars that have continued to rise decade after decade. However, since the year 2000, there has been another steep increase in all these signs as never seen before.
The fig tree and all the others are ripening as Jesus talked about in Luke 21:29. He said we will know his return is near when we see all these signs converging at once and with increase. And, the generation who sees all these signs going on all at once, will also be around to see the end of all things.
Should we live in fear and anxiety? If we are ready in the way Jesus instructs the churches in Revelation, then we should rejoice in the hope of his return. All this trouble in the world just means he is coming soon as he said he would. His word is reliable and true.
What Are We Looking For?
There will not be just one particular sign that will signal his soon return. Instead we will see many signs, and we will see them occurring in the world all at once, with increase and intensity. The world today is looking for the Antichrist, or some other one obvious sign as they seek to project when the world will end, or begin to end.
Many in the church are also looking for the Antichrist or a similar sign, as it tries to determine when Jesus will come to rapture it. However, if there was just one obvious sign to look for, then Jesus could not come with the surprise of a thief as the scriptures teach.
This is why Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:36 that no one knows or will ever know, the exact day or hour of his return. However, as he says in Matthew 24:33, we can know when his return is near. “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matt 24:33 (KJV). So we must simply look for Jesus and recognize the signs of the times as he told us to do.
Confronting End-Times Misconceptions
Revelation Unleashed will confront some traditional teachings on Jesus’ Second Coming with a fresh insight. Our approach will be to look at what the Bible says on its own. Our goal is to dispel some misconceptions and errors that have become confused with Biblical truth.
Consensus of men has fallen short, because where there is one group of consensus, another comes along to disagree. So we will go straight to the Bible for a “consensus of one”- the scriptures themselves.
Revelation Unleashed will bring you through the book of Revelation with a literal interpretation of the scriptures. Over 300 previous prophesies regarding Jesus’ first coming came true literally as were prophesied. We can fully expect, therefore, that all prophecy about his Second Coming will be fulfilled literally, as well.
If we take the literal approach, there will be less opinion and less disagreement, as the words of scripture will speak and teach for themselves.
Revelation Unleashed will match other prophetical scriptures into Revelation which will give you a fuller description of the end-time events and their proper order.
We cannot find the order of the end-time events by reading prophetical books such as Isaiah, Ezekiel or Daniel by themselves. It can’t be done. Instead, each one was only meant to be a complement to Revelation, not the other way around.
Trying to find order from these books is one of the reasons we have misconceptions regarding the overall order of end-times events. The order of events is already sequentially listed in Revelation starting at the First Seal.
Re-Discovering the Blessed Hope
Does the last Great Tribulation begin at the First Seal of Revelation as we have thought? What if the First Seal is already open? Perhaps prophesy has been fulfilled deeper into Revelation than we previously thought.
In Revelation Unleashed, will discuss why the first five Seals are open now and have been for some time. We will see that the evidences in the Seals correspond to the signs that Jesus said would be occurring before his return. We clearly can see these signs are happening today, if we care to recognize them.
What about the Rapture? Does the Rapture, or the Blessed Hope, really have to happen before the First Seal is opened, or can it occur sometime after it is opened? What if the Rapture and the Great Tribulation actually commence within seconds of each other at the Sixth Seal?
While it is true that the Rapture will come upon us with the surprise of a thief, it will not be a secret at all. Instead it will be one of the most public events in world history. The entire earth will mourn at his appearing when they see him in the air as he collects the ones who remained ready.
We will see that the Rapture happens at the Sixth Seal and still remains a Pre-Tribulation event. Revelation Unleashed will present proof directly from the book of Revelation along with scriptures from Matthew, and others, that the Rapture happens at the Sixth Seal, or perhaps just seconds before the first day of God’s wrath begins.
Why does it Matter?
It matters what the Bible truly says about prophesy or any other teaching. For years, I vacillated back and forth between a variety of opinions on the Rapture and other doctrines. I lived my life one foot in the world, and one foot in the church and was happy to believe whatever justified my lifestyle.
When I came back to the Lord fully in 2006, I went to the scriptures to find out, once and for all, the truth and as a result found out what I had missed and where I had been wrong.
Some have said that I am merely on a “soap box” when I talk about what is on my heart. But, I truly believe that what I have learned goes beyond myself and reflects an urgent message that God wants people to know.
The Bible says many, even those in the church, will be caught off guard at Jesus’ return. Along with the world, half of the church will be asleep. Satan, as we know, prowls about as a lion that seeks to devour, steal, kill and destroy. He is seeking in these last days to steal even our preparedness and our urgency to witness to a lost world.
Being prepared for the return of Jesus is the single most important matter in the life of a real Christian. While some set dates, others, even in the church, scoff and say, “Where is the promise of his coming?”
As Christians, we need to realize how close we are to the return of Jesus. We are not waiting for a long list of things to happen. We are not waiting for the Antichrist or the Mark of the Beast. Everything that needs to happen before Jesus returns is in place and happening today. His return is the next thing to take place, and can occur any day now.
Now is the time, as never before, for you to get into the book of Revelation and read firsthand what it truly says about the end days. It is not as hard to understand as we have been made to think for so long. Open your Bible as you read here with us. The hope of his return is much closer than you think.
Craig A. Opal
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