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Saturday, February 28, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

That’s right.

There’s enough evil in the world and enough nuclear blow up on the planet that by now we should have been blown to smithereens.

However, we are still here. Explain why.

It is because the God of the Bible made this creation and maintains it. One day and hour He will leave the right hand of the Father’s throne in heaven to return to His turf.

Because this is His property, He sees to it that it is still here. That’s the Alpha and Omega of the question: Why is the globe still spinning?

God has deemed it so. God is God. God has decreed that though the human population is wicked and the nuclear pantries are full to overflowing, no mortal will have the say as to what occurs on His property. The deed belongs to Him.

If there is any proof that there is a God it is that the world is still here. That is empirical evidence.

Realists should conclude that with the nuclear presence off the charts, we should have disappeared a long, long time ago. With that, realists should likewise conclude that there must be a reasonable postulate as to how we are still breathing in this sphere.

But often those who claim to be realists take on the titles “agnostic” of “atheist,” boasting on not believing in a God of Creation. How ignorant. How far into denial. How out of touch.

The globe’s very existence points to some overarching Power who keeps it going on no matter what the threat. That Power, for the rational mind, is the God of Creation.

“O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for His mercy endures forever. To Him who alone does great wonders: for his mercy endures forever.

“To Him that by wisdom made the heavens: for His mercy endures forever.

“To Him who stretched out the Earth above the waters: for His mercy endures forever.

“To Him who made great lights: for His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 136:3-7)

The psalmist goes on and on in verse after verse exclaiming what believers already have experienced, that is, that God’s mercy extends into the everlasting.

Part of that divine mercy is that with which He has clothed the globe. It is outlandish mercy that keeps us breathing here. It is the love of God that maintains the lines of creation, keeps the seasons revealed and opens each day to another dawn.

“O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 136:26)


Thursday, February 26, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Both the Old and New Testament records underline that God expects His grace children to tithe.

That is stated in Malachi 3:8-10 and Matthew 23: 23 and Matthew 5:20. There are fuller tithing passages but these three are basic. (See text footnotes).

In Malachi the Old Testament closes with God punishing the Hebrews for robbing Him of His tithes and offerings. Therefore, God placed a curse on them.

If they repented and changed to obedience, God would bless them. But they had to put their obedience on the line for that to happen.

Christ brought the tithe into the Church Age in the Matthew accounts. He said that a Christian is to tithe, thus being at least as faithful as the hypocrites who did tithe while living a farce.

In other words, Christ stated that His grace children were to live lives more exemplary than the hypocrites.

The bottom line: One is saved only by faith in Christ’s sacrificial death on Calvary. Then follows the Christian life. That includes tithing God’s tithe to the local “storehouse.” One adds to God’s tithe—not our tithe, but God’s tithe—love offerings.

These are hard times money-wise. Therefore, all the more these are excellent times for really genuine Christians to give to God what is HIS—the tithe. Then add to that love offerings besides.

This is a test of faith? Certainly. But all of the Christian life is a test of faith in the invisible God. Is He there? Is He not there? Does He keep His promises? Does He renege on His promises?

Can the Bible be trusted? Will we rewrite the passages that we don’t really cotton to?

Now is the time to prove God. Now is the time to really live out the biblical ethic, starting with whatever money we have.

I have tithed my entire life because my parents tithed and taught the children in the house to tithe. I have never found God late. I have never come upon a God who forgot.

God has been more than faithful to me and my wife. We have not tried to whittle away at what belongs to God. We can give personal testimony to seven decades of obeying God, knowing Him to be the loving Father He claims to be, and rewarding us more than we could have ever imagined.

Malachi 3:8-10: “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, `How are we robbing thee?' In your tithes and offerings.

“You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me; the whole nation of you.

“Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.”

Matthew 23:23: “"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.”

Matthew 5:20: "For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”




J. Grant Swank, Jr.

When talking to a bank teller friend the other morning, we got on to the current global money mash.

She said some telling wisdom: “We wanted for our children what we thought was really a good life. So we gave them a lot.

“But we did not give them the frugal money lessons along with the things.”

I have thought of that often. We did give our children what we could define as the good life. But we somehow missed slipping in the tutoring on how to be thrifty with the money flow.

Now our children are grown. They are used to overspending. And they have children. So those children are used to overspending.

Let’s face it: America has rotted itself. We have gutted ourselves. We have drawn on the future credit line without batting eyes.

Those Christians into biblical studies know what the Word says about money and one’s accounting before God on that money. Those believers must have felt the squeeze. We felt the moral squeeze on a nation going down the tubes on its overspending. We just wondered when it would happen.

We also wondered how God was dealing with this whole situation since His Word must be seen through with both mercy and justice. How would God react finally to a country so blessed but misusing its blessing while at the same time discounting the God providing it?

Now we are in the global money mash. Jesus predicted it in the Book of Revelation. (See footnote JESUS PREDICTED GLOBAL MONEY MASH).

Those Christians into biblical awareness know that much of what the citizenry is going through has a divinely just base to it. We know that God has been pushed over the mercy line. When that happens, God disciplines those He loves.

That discipline comes upon the just and the unjust. All pay. The innocent hurt along with the malefactors.

Nevertheless, what is going on had to happen. And part of it is therapeutic in that it cleanses the rot build up in America.

Right? You know that’s correct from a biblically sound perspective.



J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Mark it down as biblical truth: There is no pre-tribulation rapture.

However, untold thousands believe in the "secret rapture of the church" prior to the tribulation period. This is because untold thousands don't want to have to think of suffering through a tribulation time frame. The late Corrie ten Boom called this pre-trib rapture teaching the "American doctrine." Go figure.

The belief in a secret rapture of believers before the tribulation is also because of a best-seller, "The Late, Great Planet Earth," by Hal Lindsey which was set loose in the l960s. It has been a paperback aggressively pushed by practically every evangelical / fundamentalist engine going.

Theologians, videos, films and preachers bolster up this myth with their earnest preachings and teachings.

Yet this is nothing but a myth, accented as much by certain theologically conservative Protestant segments similar unto the Roman Catholic underlining of the immaculate conception of Mary. Nevertheless, if there is no biblical support for such a Mariology teaching, it is bogus. Likewise, the pre-tribulation rapture teaching is bogus.

The pre-trib rapture concept was manufactured in the 1800s in an 18 year old Plymouth Brethren girl's dream, told to her Pastor, John Darby, and then relayed to C. I. Scofield who bought into the dream as revealed truth. Scofield placed this pre-tribulation rapture notion as a footnote in his popular Bible, hence the spread of the myth.

However, just the opposite is biblical truth. In Matthew 24:29-3l, for instance, the rapture ("gathering together") is placed in the same time frame as the open second coming of Jesus Christ. And all of this is "after the tribulation" (verse 29). That is it in a nutshell!

Yet pre-tribulation rapturists sidestep this clear passage for more oblique passages. The latter are twisted and turned in order to fit into the "American doctrine." Yet such twisting is not sound exegesis. And for biblically-riveted evangelicals and fundamentalists to commit this drastic error is bordering on the horrific.

All other passages in Scripture relating to the "gathering together unto Him" must refer back to the literal time line provided by Jesus in Matthew 24.

One must not use a symbolic passage in the Book of Revelation or any other symbolically-based section of the Bible by which to draw a pre-tribulation rapture doctrine.

Further, one must not take words of the apostle Paul so as to insert them opportunistically into a conjured pre-tribulation string of Scripture references. Yet this has been done ad infinitum.

Instead, Jesus' literalism of Matthew 24 must be used as the benchmark for all other "gathering together" themes of Scripture.

One starts with literalism and moves into symbolism when seeking to understand Scripture; it is not the other way around.

During the 1970s and 1980s there was much written and preached about a pre-tribulation rapture. This has wound down some in the last decade or so. Why?

Today, with the world situation being what it is, there is not that much risk-taking in preaching dogmatically the pre-tribulation rapture. Why?

Is it because there are many who are beginning to question its validity? Is it because the world state is so uncertain that to go out on a limb with a false hope may ricochet?

One wonders, with world events progressively becoming more and more anti-Christian, why the pre-tribulation rapture persons are not celebrating each dawn as the day when Jesus may return to earth.

Such is not the phenomenon on a large scale. Furthermore, it may be because the next generation has not bought into this notion.

In any case, it is a myth, a legend of conservative Protestantism's own conjuring and has no base in the Holy Scriptures.

Yet these very Protestants are the ones who ardently point out the myths of Catholicism while holding to some of their own myths. Both segments of Christendom need to do some serious housecleaning of manufactured legends in order to return to the simple Bible truths; otherwise, the church suffers from severe lack of knowledge.

What is so frightening about holding to a pre-tribulation rapture? It is more than mere academic quibbling. Holding to such a notion is drastically weakening the church worldwide.

The church should be preparing for spiritual battle against the most evil forces arrayed by hell.

Instead, the church is languishing with a false hope. This is all orchestrated by the demonic powers in order to
eventuate in a limp army of believers. And to see that through in this age of laxity in religion does not take much on the part of the dark powers. In addition, the apostate segment of religion is doing its fair share of blackening truth.

Does it take much intelligence to realize that there are awesomely wretched days yet ahead for the righteous remnant?

Those who are not strong will drop--fall away, as biblically predicted. They will be too numerous to contemplate. But for those who are truly into carrying the daily cross there will be nothing able to thwart their zeal for Christ.

Already the remnant is being strengthened by the Spirit of light. He is gathering His own together in the power of the resurrection and the might of the revealed Word. There numbers are few; but their ardor before the Father is lovingly honored.

Set your vision upon the difficulties yet to be. They are but the trials permitted by the coming Christ.

At the close of the tribulation period, then there will be the gathering together of the believers from the four corners of the earth. They will greet Jesus in the clouds as He descends through space, having left the right hand of the Father in heaven.

The gathering together ("rapture") and the second advent then will be realized as one and the same event occurring at the end of the tribulation time frame. Jesus' declaration in Matthew 24:29-3l states it clearly.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

The Christian rests his government upon the shoulder of Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity.

ISAIAH 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

“. . .and the government shall be upon his shoulder.”

Christians are citizens of two worlds: this Earth and the Eternal.

The Eternal takes precedence over the Earth.

Therefore, Christians live ultimately aligned with the Christ government. His shoulder carries the believer, no matter the globe’s rule.

That is what grants peace and wisdom to the Christian in any era. Today there is much pessimism, depression and confusion.

Those without Christ’s government have nowhere to turn but their own empty wallets, the uncertainty of the future, and a politic that is as dumbfounded as ever.

B. Hussein Obama’s speech to Congress highlighted mortals reconstructing America. As I listened to that address, I was bereft. I was saddened.

The President of the nation with the Christian heritage did not call upon God for rescue. B. Hussein, Marxist Muslim, did not acknowledge the Christian backdrop to his country.

In that is his major failure. He will fail, all the more because he works aggressively against the Christ of Scripture.

Until B. Hussein sheds his Allah-allegiance and Marxist underpinnings, he will come to naught. Sadly, the country will go with him.

However, all through the unsteady journey ahead, the Christian lives shouldered by another government. It is Christ.

The Old Testament prophet predicted the Second Coming millennial reign of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Christ, Creator of Earth, will rule upon His deeded property. It is His.

However, prior to that rule, Christ rules within the spirit of every disciple. Believers who have surrendered their destinies to Christ’s shoulder know the daily might of His keeping power.

Their faith remains. Their hearts are calm. Their vision is clear. They have the countless promises in Scripture to sustain them. They have the indwelling Spirit of this Christ to speak to them.

That is why Christians until the Second Coming will shine as THE lights of the world in extremely dark times. These Christians will be despised by the unbelievers; yet all the more they will shine.

They will be sidelined by the secularists. They will be hated by the blasphemers. They will be scolded by the power elite.

Nevertheless, they will keep their eyes upon their Governor Christ. They know experientially that the government they breathe under will outlast every mortal reign.

B. Hussein will pass. Christ will remain. B. Hussein’s Congress will disappear. Christ will remain. B. Hussein’s speeches will wrinkle and blow away with fierce winds. Christ will remain.

The Christian’s government base is the risen Christ who has already promised each believer change and hope.

The change has taken place in the born again experience—change from sin to holiness.

The hope has taken hold—hope in the One who will carry His grace children from this Earth into the New Heaven and New Earth.


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

If a monument such as The Ten Commandments is displayed in a public park, that is correct.

The Ten Commandments relate to America’s Christian heritage.

But for public parks to become junkyards for every religious feather under the sun is madness.

The Supreme Court agreed. So the offbeat religious group is not going to get its Utah monument in the public park, per Reuter’s James Vicini.

“The justices unanimously sided with the city of Pleasant Grove, which had said a ruling for the (Summun) religious group would mean public parks across the country would have to allow privately donated monuments that express different views from those already on display.”

So, the “Seven Aphorisms,” the title of the group’s monument, will not be seen in that venue.

That park already has The Ten Commandments display, the latter fitting in with this nation’s Christian backdrop.

Read Supreme Court lets city refuse religious monument at


Liberals have run off with this phrase, prostituting it per usual.

The matter is simple. It’s this: America does not want a state church. England has a state church — the Anglican Church. America does not want one denomination considered The Nation’s Church.

On the other hand, America has a religious heritage. It’s not Muslim. It’s not Hindu. It’s not Shinto. It’s not animism. It’s not New Age. It’s not Paganism. It’s not Voodoo. It’s Judeo-Christian.

America, while not desiring a state church, does desire religion in life. That includes religious expression in everyday exchange. Because Judeo-Christian is America’s heritage, most citizens honor that heritage expressed and honored. Its expression then should not be thwarted. It should not be belittled. It should not be erased in the name of “separation of church and state.”

Unhampered religious expression is promised in the First Amendment.

Further, America, having a Judeo-Christian heritage and the right to present-tense expression, permits freedom of religious expression to other religions. Therefore, there are those of other religious persuasions who practice without fear their religions in America.

What the liberals want to do is redefine the phrase “separation of church and state” to exclude Judeo-Christian religious expression in America. They want not only “separation of church and state” defined on their terms but the exclusion of the Judeo-Christian religion and anything coming close to that particular religious expression—period.

Liberals believe that if they continue harping on the “separation of church and state” phrase, brainwashing the public with their prostituted definition, especially indoctrinating the next generation with their prostituted definition, then they will have won secularism for America’s future.

They, in other words, want not only separation but exclusion of religion — completely so. Note however that the chief religion they want excluded is Judeo-Christian.

They will even tolerate other religions, as they are presently doing with the Muslim infiltration, but it is Judeo-Christian that they want cleansed from America. In other words, it’s a religious cleansing they desire for this nation — the extinguishing specifically of the Judeo-Christian faith.

Therefore, if tolerating another religion such as Islam helps wipe out Judeo-Christianity, then so be it. Islam is far better a tolerance than the American heritage of Judeo-Christian. Therefore, there are school districts hiring Muslims to speak to teachers on how to give Muslim students honor and space. No such invitation, of course, has been extended to Judeo-Christian specialists speaking to public school educators on how to give Judeo-Christian adherents honor and space.

In a nearby high school, a prayer room was set aside for Muslim students. No such prayer room or any other respect has been presented those of the Judeo-Christian heritage.

Liberals, in other words, will do whatever it takes to obliterate America of its rightful Judeo-Christian heritage. This is accented every year particularly during the Christmas season. Any other so-called “religious expression” can come to the fore but the Christian particulars must be silenced at all costs. So we hear throughout the Christmas season, not Christian hymn
carols, but “separation of church and state.”

Once again, liberals have taken language to serve their own twisted purposes. They took “homosexual” and made it “gay.” They took “pro-choice” and made it “protecting females.” They take “separation of church and state” and make it “wiping out America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.”

What those of the Judeo-Christian heritage must do — and far more concertedly than they have ever done in the past — is to make clear to the public what “separation of church and state” really means. This must be put in print in magazines and journals. It must be preached from pulpits. It must be taught in religion classes. It must be spelled out in letters to the editor.

Unfortunately, this simply has not been done. The church in particular has permitted the liberals to carry on with their prostitution of the phrase. I have been appalled over the years to note that the church specifically has not risen to expose the liberals’ misuse of that phrase. Therefore, the young have taken quickly to the liberals’ definition while the church has sat, in the main, silent, allowing the enemy to win out.


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.

Will believers know when the about-Seven Year Tribulation Period starts? Yes. God has given us the signal in the Bible. That is His gracious message to the spiritually vigilant, the students of Scripture, so that they will know when that time frame begins.

The first day God’s two witnesses in Jerusalem appear is the about-Seven Year Tribulation start. Media will inform the world of their appearance. Count off three-and-a-half years to the AntiChrist’s desecration of the next temple yet to be built. That will be the mid-way point of the Tribulation Period. Forty-two months or three-and-a-half-years will follow to close out the Tribulation Period.

If you are living in that 42nd month, you will witness from Earth the Second Coming Rapture. You then will know the year and the month of that event. But you will not know the day or hour of that event, just as the Bible states.

Read about it in Revelation 11: The Two Witnesses

1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there.”

Jesus commands John the Beloved Disciple, recipient of this heavenly vision, that he, John, was to do some measuring, that is, some deciphering of happenings focused on the next Temple.

2 “But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.”

Jesus informs John that Gentile pagans will have their diabolical way in Jerusalem for the last half (42 months divided by 12 equals three-and-a-half years) of the about-seven year Tribulation period, the latter closing out the Church Age. The Church Age began with the First Coming of Christ. The Church Age will conclude with the Second Coming of Christ.

The “trampling” includes the AntiChrist desecrating the next Temple to be constructed as well as laying low by his armies’ might the city of Jerusalem.

3 “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”

The number of days, that is, 1,260, equals three-and-a-half years, realizing that in the first century a year equaled 360, not 365, days. Changes in the calendar have yielded an additional 5 days since the first century. These 1,260 days are the first three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation, the “days of vengeance,” to use Jesus’ terminology.

The Tribulation’s first half then is given as 1,260 days and the second half is given as 42 months, both totaling a 7-year period. However, the Tribulation Period will be shortened somewhat for the believers’ sake, according to Jesus’ predications in Matthew 24. In other words, the last month of the second half — the 42nd month — will not be a complete month. Christ’s return will interrupt it — the day and hour known only to the Father — sometime during that 42nd month.

The two witnesses are not mentioned specifically by name. Therefore, their identity is open to speculation. Some believe them to be Moses and Elijah. Moses represents the Law. Elijah represents the prophets. Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. They then appeared in their ‘soul bodies’ since they had left planet Earth for heaven. Also, in the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, Moses and Elijah are mentioned in the context of End Times.

These two preacher witnesses give forth the gospel message. However, they and their preaching are rejected by the evil world, therefore, they are symbolically pictured in this vision as clothed in “sackcloth.” Sackcloth is the garb of those in mourning, those distressed and grieving. Moses and Elijah, returning to tell the world of its need to repent, will be welcomed by the sinners’ hostility. The preachers will grieve because of the hard heartedness of the global community.

4 “These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.” See Zechariah 4:3, 11-14.

5 “If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies.”

This is how anyone who wants to harm the two preachers must die. The witnesses’ speech will appear as flames of fire. Their speech will be powerful enough to slay the enemies of the gospel.

In parallel, consider how New Testament apostle Peter informed Ananias and Sapphira that they lied against the Holy Spirit. With that, Peter’s forceful, truthful words resulted in both exposed liars immediately falling dead to the ground.

6 “These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.”

Elijah was able, via divine powers, to keep the skies from raining for three-and-a-half years. Moses was able, via divine powers, to turn water into blood and bring about other miracles, experienced as plagues for the Egyptians who rebelled against Moses’ message concerning Jehovah, the true God.

7 “Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.”

After three-and-a-half years, that is, 1,260 days in first century counting of a year’s duration, “the beast” will confront the witnesses. That creature is usually interpreted by biblical scholars as the demon-possessed AntiChrist political ruler. The AntiChrist will flash upon history’s stage as appearing from “the Abyss.” The AntiChrist will attack the two witnesses and kill them, though no mortal prior to that time will have been able to harm or murder the two witnesses.

8 “Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.”

The AntiChrist will not permit the witnesses’ corpses to be buried. Instead, he will want those dead bodies to lie in Jerusalem’s street for the entire world to witness that he had the power to kill them. No doubt worldwide media will give coverage to that murder scene.

9 “For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.”

For three-and-a-half days worldlings will celebrate the deaths of God’s preachers. The unsaved will be ecstatic that finally God’s preachers have been silenced so that the evangelistic sermons won’t ring any longer in their unrepentant ears. Actually, a global holiday will be set aside for partying and gift giving in order to weld the worldings together in jubilation over God’s men being slaughtered.

11 “But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.”

The two witnesses come back to life, that is, they are resurrected, after three-and-a-half days. The world is stunned, in utter shock. God’s two preachers have returned; worldwide media will give coverage to that miracle. Anger and surprise will combine to bring the unsaved to an unbelievable rage.

12 “Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.”

God’s two witnesses will then hear heaven’s call to return to eternal life abode. They will ascend from the planet’s surface, disappearing into the atmosphere. The unsaved will see them disappearing before their eyes. No doubt worldwide media coverage will attend that event, too.

13 “At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

Earthquakes are prevalent today. Another one is described as occurring when the two witnesses leave Earth for heaven, having accomplished their mission of preaching repentance to a grossly sinful world population.

The quake will yield a tenth of Jerusalem destroyed. Seven thousand citizens will die in the quake.

Those who do not die will marvel, “terrified.” With this there is an encouraging note: Those who are “terrified” by the quake start to glorify God of heaven, not the gods of the occult, New Age, and Earth religions.

No one glorifies God unless ones comes into saving grace. Those outside saving grace are not in tune with glorification. Therefore, biblical scholars conclude that these who glorify the true God have become redeemed; therefore, the righteous remnant enlarges by these new converts.

14 “The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.”

The three woes are mentioned in Revelation 8:13: “Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice, as it flew in midheaven, ‘Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the Earth, at the blast of the other trumpets which the three angels are about to blow!’” (RSV).

The first woe is Revelation 9:1-12. The second woe is Revelation 9:12-11:14. The third woe is Revelation 12:12.

The Seventh Trumpet

15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

There is exceedingly much praise to God because of the faithful witness of the two preachers. There is also glory given to God that the two preachers have made it safely back home to heaven. The ecstasy also accents the coming return of Christ, the second person of the Trinity, who will rule for the millennium upon the planet. That will be when the “kingdom of the world” will become “the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.” That reign will be forever in that it will continue into the New Heaven and New Earth upon the closure of the millennium and the dissolving of the planet.

16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.”

The twenty-four elders are mentioned earlier in Revelation as representing the saved of the Old Testament period and the saved of the New Testament period: 12 elders standing for the twelve tribes of Israel and 12 elders standing for the twelve apostles.

These saved of all time are pictured in the vision as enthroned in heaven before deity. They fall on their faces in humility before Creator God. They exclaim in praise with thanksgiving for the all-powerfulness of the God of revelation. After all, He is the one who overpowers the devil, AntiChrist and False Prophet of the
Tribulation Period so as to establish the Son, Christ, upon His millennial throne.

18 “The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great– and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

The wordlings continue in their rage because they won’t repent, even coming to salvation when deity’s anger has been expressly exhibited in their midst. Therefore, judgment is near. The Great Accounting is close at hand, that is, coinciding with the Second Coming of Christ.

There will be two dimensions to that judgment: the judgment of condemnation for the damned and the judgment of commendation for the saved — “your saints and those who reverence your name both small and great.”

19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

John then envisions the fantastic display of heaven’s temple — the ark of the covenant, flashes of lightning and thunder claps as well as another earthquake with hailstones.






Tuesday, February 24, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.


If we are deciphering biblical prophecy correctly, the AntiChrist will rule the world from his European base, the old Roman Empire geography.

Revelation 17 is one of the key passages to consider. In Revelation, the “beast” is regarded as the AntiChrist. The “other beast” is considered the False Prophet. The “dragon” is considered Satan, “that old snake.”

Revelation 17:3 pictures the AntiChrist as “a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”

The seven heads are explained in the passage as “seven hills.” The ten horns are explained as “ten kings.”

Jesus describes in His vision to the apostle John the following regarding the AntiChrist in Revelation 17: 8: “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit.”

The AntiChrist referred to here is described as the one who “was”—that is, the spirit of AntiChrist of the first century.

And the one who “is not”—that is, the AntiChrist who is not visible during the Church Age till the close of that Age.

And the one who “will ascend out of the bottomless pit”—that is, the AntiChirst who, filled with hell’s power, will reign during the about-seven year tribulation period prior to the Second Coming Rapture.

Further, Jesus provides this detail: “And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

Those who “marvel” are the unsaved for their names are not written in the Book of Life. In fact, they marvel by worshiping the AntiChrist.

Then, regarding the seven heads, note Revelation 17:9-10: “The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.

“There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.”

The seven mountains are the Seven Hills of Rome. Geography has traditionally referred to Rome as the City of Seven Hills, the hills being Quirinal, Viminal , Esquiline, Palatine, Caelian, Aventine, and Capitoline.

As to the “seven kings” who “have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come,” they are past tense the rulers of Chaldea, Egypt, Babylonia, Medes-Persians, Greece, and the Rome of John’s day (“the one who is”).

The one yet to come is the AntiChrist at the close of the Church Age.

The AntiChrist at the close of the Church Age is described as ruling for “a short time.” His rule will be hellish but not long, mainly the about-seven year tribulation period climaxed with the Second Coming Rapture.

Then Revelation 17:12 reads: “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.”

These “ten kings” are ten rulers. They do not rule during John’s day—“who have received no kingdom as yet.” They do receive power under the AntiChrist for “one hour”—that is, a short time, namely the about-seven year tribulation.

The number ten is given in the context of Revelation’s symbolism. Therefore, one does not know whether to take that number literally or figuratively. The future will reveal what to do with that number.

The gist is that leaders will submit to the AntiChrist who will rule from Rome; therefore, it is assumed that the AntiChrist’s geographical base will be the present European Union with his headquarters office in Rome.

Revelation 17:13 underlines the unity the AntiChrist will receive from his compatriot leaders within the EU: “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”

The EU was formed with no mention of God. The Pope asked the EU scribes to include reference to the God of the Bible; however, they refused, hence the secularization of Europe. The EU leaders purposefully negated the Christian backdrop of Europe. They knowingly turned their backs on the God of their history.

It will be the EU that will lead the persecution against Christians. Keep in mind that there is no mention of the Western Hemisphere in biblical prophecy.

Christ will topple the AntiChrist’s rule headquartered in the EU for Christ is the chief political leader of the millennium yet to be. In addition, all earthly rule is temporary. The Earth is Christ’s turf. He ultimately oversees everything regarding the planet for He is the Alpha and Omega, the Start and Finish.

“Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings” as stated in Revelation 17:14. Those who are “with Him are called, chosen, and faithful,” that is, genuine believers are thusly described.

The AntiChrist rule will hub within the EU; however, it will stretch globally. Revelation 17:15, 18: “Then he said to me, ‘The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.

“’And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.’”

The “woman” is symbolically Revelation’s harlot of Revelation 17-18. She represents the prostitution of the true faith, such taking place worldwide now.

The harlot, Babylon, is also “that great city”—that is, Rome.

This passage states that the Roman rule of the AntiChrist’s suite will reach around the planet, taking under his power the “kings of the earth.”







1. Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,

2. With whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

3. So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.


6. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

7. But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

8. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9. Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.

10. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.

11. And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.

12. The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.

13. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.

14. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

15. Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.

16. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

17. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.

18. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

Monday, February 23, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.

“Then he (Christ) said to me (John the apostle), ‘Write, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’

“And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’”

Will you be at the marriage supper of the Lamb? I hope not.

That is, I hope you will not be eating the marriage supper of the Lamb menu.

On the other hand, I do pray that you will be there to see it eaten; but you would not want to partake of the banquet set forth.

Note Revelation 19:17-18: Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly in midheaven, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.”

Yes, as the Word states, you as a believer will be “blessed” by being “invited to the marriage supper.” The definition of your blessing will be being in the entourage of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will be victorious over the AntiChrist and False Prophet. You will rejoice in that win.

I recall since a child hearing preachers deliver sermons on the marriage supper of the Lamb. By the close of their messages, I was salivating for that delicious set-forth.

Then when I became an adult to do my own biblical study on the topic, I realized that I did want to be the vultures picking the bones of the defeated dead in the Battle of Armageddon. No, thank you.

The closest then that I wanted to get to the supper was to see the vultures taking care of the matter quite fully.

The accent of the phrase “marriage supper of the Lamb” is not the word “supper,” though we with gastric juices working at high speed might interpret it as the most significant term. The word that needs underlining is “marriage” for it is the union of Groom Christ with Bride believers that is most important. After such a rough ride as the tribulation, it will be high time for the Groom and Bride to be together.

At the close of the about-seven year tribulation, Christ will leave the right hand of the Father in heaven. He will descend toward this planet with angels and the saved of all time.

At His return, passing through the clouds, the dead in Christ will be lifted out of their graves. The believers alive on the planet will be whisked into the clouds to change their clothes from mortal to immortal, from corruptible to incorruptible.

Having been raptured (Matthew 24:29-31), these believers will make their U-turn, returning to planet Earth with those who preceded them into glory through death’s door.

Christ will first put his holy feet on the Mount of Olives when touching down on Earth. The Mount will split in half from east to west, signifying His power over His creation.

Christ by that time will have won the Battle of Armageddon in the Valley of Megiddo in Israel’s northwest region. He will have spoken a word. The war will have ceased leaving corpses spread across the valley.

Vultures will be clawing at those dead frames as Christ proceeds to the Mount of Olives, angels and believers accompanying Him.

Then Christ will proceed to the Holy City where He will rule for a thousand years—the millennium. The saved of all time will rule with Him in the two major societal dimensions—religion and politics. They will rule as “priests” and “kings,” per Revelation’s terminology.

For the first seven months into the millennium, Israeli employees will bury the defeated dead bones, thus cleansing the Holy Land of every sign of the demonic enemy. The Holy Land then will truly become holy so that heaven’s Holy One may reign in righteousness.

How long will it take the vultures to finish off the marriage supper of the Lamb menu? We do not know.

However, we are certain that we as disciples of the coming Christ do not want to partake. We will be content to rejoice in His victory, being thus “blessed.”





Sunday, February 22, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Various plagues come upon Earth during the about-seven year Tribulation period prior to the Second Coming of Christ.

These plagues are symbolically pictured by Jesus in the Book of Revelation, the latter given in vision to John on the Isle of Patmos off of Greece circa AD 95.

Could some of these plagues be caused by projected robot warriors?

Per The Times: “Autonomous military robots that will fight future wars must be programmed to live by a strict warrior code, or the world risks untold atrocities at their steely hands.

“The stark warning — which includes discussion of a ‘Terminator’-style scenario in which robots turn on their human masters — is part of a hefty report funded by and prepared for the U.S. Navy’s high-tech and secretive Office of Naval Research.”

Naturally God does not need mortal assistance in leveling divinely propelled plagues on the planet. However, sometimes God does work via mortal operations.

For instance, the bowls of wrath detailed in Revelation 16 could be set loose by way of robot warriors as described by media.

Interestingly, the Bible underlines that the bowls of wrath do not come upon God’s grace children. They come upon only the unsaved.

This will prove to be another Christian witness to the world that the God of the Bible is more powerful than the AntiChrist and False Prophet rule from the City of Seven Hills (Rome).

God’s grace children are on the Earth but do not come under His anger. They live under His mercy. Therefore, they are exempt of the wrathful bowls’ pour-out. This stark contrast between the saved and unsaved will bring some unsaved to repent of their sins to Jesus the Savior.

Concerning the robot warriors: “The report, the first serious work of its kind on military robot ethics, envisages a fast-approaching era where robots are smart enough to make battlefield decisions that are at present the preserve of humans.

“Eventually, it notes, robots could come to display significant cognitive advantages over Homo sapiens soldiers.

“’There is a common misconception that robots will do only what we have programmed them to do,’ Patrick Lin, the chief compiler of the report, said. ‘Unfortunately, such a belief is sorely outdated, harking back to a time when … programs could be written and understood by a single person.’”

Bowls of wrath permitted by God will be under divine timing and methodology. They will not be subject to mortal failure. However, the robot warriors are not that fail-safe. They could go berserk.

“The reality, Dr. Lin said, was that modern programs included millions of lines of code and were written by teams of programmers, none of whom knew the entire program.

“Accordingly, no individual could accurately predict how the various portions of large programs would interact without extensive testing in the field — an option that may either be unavailable or deliberately sidestepped by the designers of fighting robots.”

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.

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J. Grant Swank, Jr.

At the close of the Church Age, Israel will be threatened by forces from the northern parts because God wills it.

Those forces will be overcome because God wills it, such closing out the about-seven years tribulation.

Note Ezekiel 39:7: God speaks: “’My holy name I will make known among my people Israel; and I will not let my holy name be profaned any more; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.’”

Note this primary divine purpose of End Times’ events: “’. . .the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One. . .’”

Presently, the nations have forgotten Creator God, worshiping their own idols. Such blasphemy will increase till the Second Coming.

At the Church Age’s climax, defeated Armageddon dead will be consumed by vultures picking their bones..

Note Ezekiel 17-22: God speaks: “’As for you, mortal, thus says the Lord God: Speak to the birds of every kind and to all the wild animals: Assemble and come, gather from all around to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel, and you shall eat flesh and drink blood.

“’You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth—of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan.

“’You shall eat fat until you are filled, and drink blood until you are drunk, at the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you.

“’And you shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with warriors and all kinds of soldiers,’ says the Lord God.

“’I will display my glory among the nations; and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them.

“’The house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God, from that day forward.’”

Whatever God does in that time frame is because He vindicates His holy name that has been besmirched for centuries by the Hebraic lineage. God does what He does, not for any benefit to Jews, but to set His name aright before the entire world, starting with the Jews.

God repeats His purpose over and over throughout Ezekiel 36-39.

For the first seven months of the millennium, Israelis, specifically assigned to the job, will bury the Armageddon dead so that the land will not be profaned any longer. Every enemy bone will be buried so that the land finally will be declared holy.

That is the sum of Israel’s future as related to the End Times’ close of the Church Age.

At present, Israel is fighting for its security. Muslims threaten to wipe it off the map.

Muslims will not get their way because biblical prophecy will be fulfilled in its own detail, not according to Islam’s Allah, the latter being Satan.

Biblical prophecy states in Ezekiel 36-39 that God brings Jews from every nation back to their own land—Israel. That took place on May 14, 1948.

Ezekiel states that God proclaims that He returns Jews to Israel, not because they deserve it, but to vindicate His holy name and declare humanity’s existence purposed to be holy.

In summary, Ezekiel states the conclusion to Israel’s present-day time frame to be that militia from north of Israel will swoop down upon that land. The enemy will inflict immense damage.

However, the enemy will not be victorious. It will be struck down. Israel will remain.

By the way, Ezekiel’s description of vultures picking clean the defeated corpses is in line with the marriage supper of the Lamb set forth in the Book of Revelation. The marriage supper menu will be the bodies of the defeated dead at Armageddon.

In Revelation 19:17-18 Christ, having returned to win Armageddon, calls for birds of the air to eat the flesh of dead bodies in the Valley of Megiddo.

Revelation 19:17-19 reads: ”Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly in midheaven, ‘Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of the mighty, the flesh of horses and their riders—flesh of all, both free and slave, both small and great.’”

Therefore, with that detail, one can read back into Ezekiel the Armageddon Battle climaxed by the Second Coming of Christ.

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.






J. Grant Swank, Jr.

“’. . .in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations. . .’” (Ezekiel 38:8).

For End Times’ study, note the time frame in particular: “. . .’in the latter years. . .’”

Why did God create Israel in 1948?

He did so, not for the Jews’ sake primarily, but to vindicate His holy name.

Ezekiel 36-39 is the section that sets this forth.

God stated through the prophet Ezekiel that there would come the time when Jews would have their own land, grow their luscious crops and live in their own urban centers.

They would establish cities and rural areas for civil living. They would, in other words, enjoy the good life.

Many years after the prophet scribed this divine message, Israel came into being on May 14, 1948.

Then the logical question rises: Why did God allow this blessing to come upon the Jews?

God provides His own answer. He states emphatically that it is not because the Jews deserved their own land. It basically is not primarily for their good life delight. Further, it is not for them to boast about.

God brought back His people to their own land in order to vindicate His holy name. In other words, God did this in order to call the world’s attention to Himself, to God’s own persona.

God states via Ezekiel that the Jews’ new nation reality is to bring the world to recognize God’s holiness. With that, God calls the world to a holiness lifestyle.

Again, the reason for present-day Israel is two-fold: to vindicate God’s holy name and to present holiness as a daily commitment for a redeemed people.

It is significant to note all this in these End Times. It is proper for us to underline this two-fold divine message in order for our own consciences to turn to holiness under God.

We as New Testament believers must recognize God’s holy name by keeping His holiness within our own hearts. In that, we have come to honor the reason for Israel’s establishment as one of the primary End Times’ signs.

The more generic signs are given in Mathew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. These signs, as many have sited, have always occurred in one way or another.

However, that sign which is not generic and has not occurred in all ages in one dimension or another is the creation of Israel in 1948. Putting the Gospels’ signs and the Ezekiel sign as one we then have more reason to conclude that we are indeed living in the End Times.

We are nearing the Second Coming Rapture. We are in the “last generation,” the generation defined either as 40 or 100 years, depending on what biblical passages one uses. Hebrews 3:9-10 defines a generation as 40 years. Genesis 15:13-16 defines a generation as 100 years.

Jesus said: “This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:34).

Bottom line: Israel was not created in 1948 as a land for the Jews’ delight. It was not brought into being because the Jews deserved it.

Israel was created (1) to vindicate God’s holy name and (2) to call humanity to live lives of holiness under God.

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.




Saturday, February 21, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Seemingly so.

The AntiChrist, symbolized in the Book of Revelation as “the beast,” will rule from the City of Seven Hills—Rome. His compatriot, the False Prophet, will rule from the same. (See Revelation 13 footnote).

That means that both politics (AntiChrist) and religion (False Prophet) will have suites near one another.

Those two primary dimensions of society—politics and religion—crucified Christ. Those two dimensions will rise up to combat Christ in the End Times.

However, Christ will overcome them, hence His title being Kings of Kings—politics—and Lord of Lords—religion.

Someone will try to take over one of Rome’s hills, attempting to overthrow the AntiChrist. However, the AntiChrist will be victorious over that enemy, taking back the entire city.

The AntiChrist will rule over a ten-nation alliance. That “ten-nation” is given in Revelation’s symbolism; therefore, the actual number may be something other than “ten.” However, the point is that the AntiChrist will rule over a domain covering the old Roman Empire, that is, the present-day European Union.

The AntiChrist, filled with the devil, will promise the world peace. Many will worship him.

The False Prophet will order a statue erected in honor of the AntiChrist. Those in the environs of the statue who do not bow down to it will be slain.

The False Prophet will appear as a Christian leader; however, when he opens his mouth he will speak demonic doctrine. He will perform miracles. Jesus taught that demons can perform miracles and will do so in the End Times.

Note Matthew 24:24: Jesus speaks: "For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect.”

The diabolical reign will identify mortals via the mark of the beast—666. That number—666—is understood as Satan seeking to be divine, the divine number being 7. Satan’s straining—666—never reaches 7, however; nevertheless, that has been Satan’s game since the start.

Note Revelation 13:16-17: ”It (False Prophet) causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

The saved, refusing the mark of the beast, will have supplies miraculously given as the wilderness Hebrews received manna and quail while their shoes never wore out—all provided by God.

Or the mark will be placed near the close of the tribulation so that whatever supplies the saved have will last them till the Second Coming Rapture. We are not informed as to the time frame when the mark of the beast will be signed onto mortals.

The AntiChrist, at the about-seven year’s tribulation midpoint—that is, after 3 l/2 years—will enter Jerusalem, sacking the city and desecrating the Temple.

He will proclaim himself deity there.

While in Jerusalem, the AntiChrist will murder God’s two prophets who will have preached holiness for 3 l/2 years, others trying to kill them but unable to do so. (Read Revelation 11:1-13).

After the AntiChrist murders the prophets, their corpses will be in the open for the world to see them via worldwide communication. The unsaved will declare a holiday in honor of the AntiChrist and celebration that the prophets are dead.

Some believe these two preachers to be Moses and Elijah for they perform miracles as turning water into blood and causing the sky not to rain for 3 l/2 years. Malachi also prophesies concerning Moses and Elijah in the End Times.

Note Malachi 4:1-6: “For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.

“But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts.

“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. ‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.’”

Further, Moses and Elijah have already returned to Earth while appearing with Jesus on the Mount of Figuration.

After 3 l/2 days, God resurrects the prophets; they ascend into heaven; the city experiences an earthquake in which 7000 are dead. This brings a number to give glory to God, defined by some as repentant souls saved because of coming to truth.

The AntiChrist returns to Rome after leveling Jerusalem. Then follows the “age of vengeance,” per Jesus’ words, that is, the last half of the tribulation.

At the close of the tribulation, Armageddon is waged in the northwest section of Israel—the Valley of Megiddo where many battles have let loose much blood.

Forces from Asia, Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East and the Orient will gather. (There is no mention of any forces from the Western Hemisphere.) These militia will not know it is the last battle of the Church Age, the latter starting with Jesus’ First Coming and culminating with His Second Coming.

At the height of Armageddon, Jesus will return with His angels and redeemed of all time. Having left the right hand of the Father’s heavenly throne, Jesus will return to His rightful turf—Earth.

His word will slay those in the Armageddon battle, vultures picking their corpses clean.

His feet will touch the Mount of Olives, causing it to split in two, signifying His global power.

Note Zechariah 4:4: “In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.”

The AntiChrist and False Prophet will be thrown alive into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone.

Enoch and Elijah did not die mortal deaths in the Old Testament, but instead were taken alive into heaven. The AntiChristt and False Prophet are two in the Church Age who will go alive into eternal damnation.

Note detail regarding the Second Coming Rapture in Matthew 24:29-31: Jesus speaks: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn.

“And they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather (rapture) his elect (the saved) from the four winds (north, south, east, west), from one end of heaven to the other.”

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.




1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads.

2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.

3 One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed the beast with wonder.

4 Men worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?"

5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months;

6 it opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation,

8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain.

9 If any one has an ear, let him hear:

10 If any one is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if any one slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

11 Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.

12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.

13 It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men;

14 and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it deceives those who dwell on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast which was wounded by the sword and yet lived;

15 and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.

16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,

17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

The North and South American continents are not mentioned in biblical prophecy.

Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Orient are all mentioned.

We realize the diminishing of US power in this global money mash predicted by Jesus. Read JESUS PREDICTED GLOBAL MONEY MASH at

Mark Hitchcock, senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Okla., wrote his latest book “The Late Great United States: What Bible Prophecy Reveals About America's Last Days.”

In the book, “Hitchcock writes that although America has historically enjoyed the blessings of God, that may not continue to be the case in the future.

“’Unless we experience a moral revival and shake off the domination of the secular humanists who control our government, media, and public education, we will be a fifth-grade power in twenty to thirty years,’
writes Hitchcock.”

North America must come upon a holiness revival if it is going to survive the coming onslaughts by secularists.

B. Hussein Obama in the White House is the open display of secularism spread. He, Muslim Marxist, will not defend the Christian heritage of America. He made that clear in his inaugural address when he elevated atheists on the level of Christians.

However, the Holy Spirit honors the righteous remnant everywhere, including America. He also honors the prayers of our founding mothers and fathers. Those intercessions are still honored before the eternal throne. Just because years have gone by does nothing to change their honorable place in the timelessness of eternity.

Consequently, God will act upon North America. His wrath will come upon the disobedient with curses. His mercy will come upon the obedient with blessings. Read GOD’S BLESSINGS AND CURSES at

Biblical believers must live the holy life, keeping the faith strong by surrendering their every thought to Jesus. Read SURRENDER YOUR THOUGHTS TO GOD at

There is a stirring among the genuinely faithful. It is the determination to keep biblical morality mighty. The more the Oval Office and Congress war against the biblical ethic, the more the grassroots righteous remnant will remain tenacious.

God honors that kind of perseverance. God has never been on the side of numbers. Satan has the majority on his side. God has the minority on His side; it has always been that way.

Matthew 7:13-14: Jesus speaks: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

But numbers don’t count with God. The position of the soul counts. The Bible is replete with real-life accounts of that.

Yes, there is weakness within some ranks of Christendom. That has always been as well. However, there will be till the end of time the stronghold of the righteous remnant. God has promised it in His Word.

At the same time, the Western Hemisphere as a power force is not stated in biblical prophecy. Read Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 as well as Ezekiel 36-39 and Daniel. Check out the symbolic imagery of the Book of Revelation, chapters 4-20, concerning End Times.

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.

Read “End Times Signs: Crocked Crooked 'Evangelists'” at



Deuteronomy 28


1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.

12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.


15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.

17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.

18 The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.

20 The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. [a] 21 The LORD will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. 22 The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. 23 The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. 24 The LORD will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.

25 The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth. 26 Your carcasses will be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away. 27 The LORD will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. 29 At midday you will grope about like a blind man in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.

30 You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and ravish her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit. 31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them. 32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand. 33 A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression all your days. 34 The sights you see will drive you mad. 35 The LORD will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.

36 The LORD will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone. 37 You will become a thing of horror and an object of scorn and ridicule to all the nations where the LORD will drive you.

38 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it. 39 You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. 40 You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off. 41 You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity. 42 Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land.

43 The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. 44 He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him. He will be the head, but you will be the tail.

45 All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed,
because you did not obey the LORD your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever. 47 Because you did not serve the LORD your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, 48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the LORD sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.

49 The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young. 51 They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine or oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined. 52 They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the LORD your God is giving you.

53 Because of the suffering that your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the LORD your God has given you. 54 Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, 55 and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of all your cities. 56 The most gentle and sensitive woman among you—so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot—will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For she intends to eat them secretly during the siege and in the distress that your enemy will inflict on you in your cities.

58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the LORD your God- 59 the LORD will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. 60 He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. 61 The LORD will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. 62 You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God. 63 Just as it pleased the LORD to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.

64 Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. 65 Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. 67 In the morning you will say, "If only it were evening!" and in the evening, "If only it were morning!"-because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see. 68 The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Mohammed was “a psychopath (with) Allah (as) nothing but his own alter ego,” according to Ali Sina, ex-Muslim, webmaster of Visit .

Islam’s prophet Mohammed (various spellings are given to his name, some being “Muhammad”) was the David Koresh and Jim Jones of his time.

Mohammed’s Allah’s religious activism prescribed for his disciples? “Fighting is prescribed for you. . .it is good for you.” Koran 2:216.

That is the baseline of Islam: killing, fighting, slaying, murdering, slaughtering, leveling, conquering, overcoming for the bloodletting. The baseline includes Muslim slaying Muslim such as in “honor killing”—slitting the Muslim female’s throat if Muslim males conclude she has dishonored the clan.

Read the daily news to see the killing cult enveloping the globe. Millions upon millions are in this marching “Islam world rule” army. They threaten every democracy.

And who is Allah? Allah is Satan for he is the antipathy to the Bible’s loving God. When analyzing the Koran’s god, one discovers the devil as described in the Bible: “father of lies,” murderer, hater, insane, King of the Pit, Beelzebub, “that old snake,” the Book of Revelation’s “dragon,” overseer of the lake of fire and brimstone.

Mohammed was “a psychopath (with) Allah (as) nothing but his own alter ego,” according to Ali Sina.

“Muhammad invented this bugaboo deity to fool people and ride them. Allah is no god. Muhammad was a deranged man. He concocted this whole lie to fool people. He was no different from Charles Manson.

“Muhammad was a ruthless man and a false prophet. He made people hate each other. He divided them so he could conquer them. He separated sons from their fathers and daughters from their mothers and even encouraged them to kill their own fathers and brothers if they do not submit to his sick claim.

“Allah was only a convenient tool in the hand of a psychopath. It was this pathological narcissist who craved to be loved and respected.”

Mohammed robbed, massacred, raped, raided. He “assassinated poets for composing poetry that he did not find flattering. He tortured people whom he captured in his ambushes to make them reveal the whereabouts of their hidden treasures.”

All this in the name of a demonically imaginative deity named “Allah.”

And what did Allah promise his devotees for their surrender to his dictates? He promised forever orgies with fresh virgins for Muslim males. Also, young boys for those desiring such recreational sex, though Muslims on Earth execute homosexuals. Females are consigned to hell. All this was the workings of a debauched Mohammed mind proclaiming a “religion.”

“Unless you go forth, Allah will punish you with a grievous penalty.” Koran 9:39

Ali Sina explains: “These are the teachings of a demon who wants to create hate among us humans and destroy us. He is helpless and powerless but he can lie and he can deceive and he can use the fools to do his demonic work.”

Mohammed’s disciples brought him women for his own lustful appetites.

Mohammed beheaded men so he could have sex with their wives in the same night. “He fooled his followers to such extent that one of them allowed him to sleep with his 9-year-old child.

“Muhammad had sexual feelings for Aisha when she was only 6-years-old. Abu Bakr, the history's grand fool, begged Muhammad to wait for a few more years until she matured. But Muhammad, this sick monster, could not wait more than three years and when Aisha was nine he took her to bed and entered her in the same forenoon.
Muhammad was not a human. He was the most evil creature who ever walked on this planet.”

And so this prophet is lauded as the head of a “noble faith?” These were the words of US President George W. Bush as he placed the Koran for the first time in the White House. The celebration was a dinner for Muslims.

Prince Charles says he is “fond” of Islam.

There are over a billion mortals on the planet who regard Mohammed as the righteous prophet of a “peace religion.” Has the world population lost its mind totally?

Much of the Muslim population is ignorant of the truth regarding their cult. That is why I get scores of emails from Islamics informing me that I am incorrect. And so they attempt to defend what they have been brainwashed as the real facts.

These are extremely sheltered individuals who are caught up in a cult leadership such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). There are 4000 Muslim web sites propagandizing to Muslims and non-Muslims. Visit

What the sane, civilized world faces today is a threat far greater than Nazism. This Islamic cultic spread has 1400 years backing it.

The facts in summation are: Islam’s deity is Satan, the Koran written by a demon-possessed “prophet,” and is taught by demon ordered mosque clerics.

Some argue that I am too severe when I describe Allah as Satan. I am not. When one reads the Bible, there is no other conclusion that one can reasonably conclude.

Those who disagree are not theologically biblical. They are theological liberals who twist the Bible to read whatever they want it to read. They slice out passages and add words that are not there. Such persons cannot be trusted with their biblical "research" for it is not sound research. One must take what the Bible says and not as theological liberals give it, not as theological opportunists do rewrite it.

Then someone emails me to say that in the Old Testament God prescribed death penalties for certain disobedient acts. True. That was because God was building a sane society from a barbaric people.

Therefore, stiff penalties meant that Hebrews were to line up with the holy law. Weak penalties would have tempted Hebrews to be lenient with themselves, disobeying God easily.

When Jesus came, the Old Testament rule of king was long gone because foreign powers overtook the Hebrews. Therefore, Hebrews, in the first century known as "Jews," were under Roman control.

Consequently, Jesus told His followers that it was no longer "eye for eye, tooth for tooth." He said, "I give you a new law. Love your enemy. Pray for your enemy. Do good to those who persecute you for righteousness."

Therefore, Christians for the last 2000 years-plus have followed the love teaching of Jesus, no longer adhering to the Old Testament prescriptions for penalties for broken statutes.

Yet I get emails telling that down through the past centuries Christians murdered this public or that public. So how are killing Muslims any different than killing Christians?

No. People must not confuse "Gentiles" with "Christians." Because a person is not a Jew he is automatically a Gentile. Each mortal is one or the other.

But being Gentile does not make one Christian. One is only a Christian if one follows Jesus as Savior and Lord, living His love ethic as provided in the New Testament.

There are many church persons who are not Christians. There are many Gentiles who not Christians.

Therefore, don’t call "killing Gentiles" "killing Christians." They are killing Gentiles—period. Christians who are genuinely Christians don’t kill, maim, steal, plunder and so forth. By their deeds they shall be known. Jesus said by our fruits we are known as good or bad. It is in the life. It is in the deed.

Presently, realizing the cult known as "Islam, " it is the old confrontation of good versus bad, righteousness versus evil, God versus Satan. It is not a new conflict. It is the same warring that has gone on for centuries but now garbed in Muslim fanaticism.

The worst a free person can do is to tolerate that which is the enemy attempting to overthrow our republic.

The Islam creed has Islam world rule as its chief aim. Islam knows nothing of peace, love, community, civility and understanding, no matter what the propagandists write on their web sites or in literature passed around a community.

An example of Islam world rule is evidenced with Hamas beginning with Israel by demanding Israel redesign its flag. How brazen to start global dictate by starting with Israel!

"Hamas leader said that Israel must change its flag. 'Israel must remove the two blue stripes from its national flag. The stripes on the flag are symbols of occupation. They signify Israel's borders stretching from the River Euphrates to the River Nile,'" according to Arutz Sheva

"Israel’s national flag, a blue Star of David set between two blue stripes was designed to resemble a Jewish prayer shawl which traditionally has stripes."

Yet there are pro-Islamic apologists in our American universities and colleges, in our pulpits and inter-faith associations. They are in our journalism departments and trying to be elected into our officialdom.

Once they get that kind of overall foothold, they will bring in their sharia, the latter being their devilish "judicial" system grounded in the killing and maiming passages of the Koran. They will bring in their mosques and sleeper cells to blow up our schools, churches, town halls and community centers. They will turn on our neighborhoods and undo all civilization until Allah is crowned planetary demon-deity.

Then realize what the liberty world is up against.

Don’t try to compromise that. Don’t try to rationalize its legitimacy. Don’t try to accept Islam as a religion among world religions.

It is a killing cult with a deranged Mohammed.