Tallinna Kristlik Evangeelne Linnakogudus

Woe is coming

Three waves.

First wave. Prophesies by prophets about the destruction of Jerusalem.

Let us look at the three waves – plan of events which took place right after the destruction of the last temple and Jerusalem.

Old Testament prophets proclaimed the destruction of Jerusalem because of the love of money, corruption, oppression of the people and murders by the religious and secular leaders of Israel. (Love of money – the root of all evil). Read carefully the third chapter of Micah and review your own behaviour and motivation! The Lord is coming back soon.

Israel was also waiting for the best: the return of the Messiah and establishment of the universal kingdom. But even after the conquering of Palestine while being under the dominion of Rome, the Jews lived quite safe lives. There were no signs that the Holy City could be destroyed.

Second wave. Confirmation of the judgment. Birth of Jesus. His public ministry and rejection by the religious leaders and crucification.

Jesus visiting Jerusalem about 30 A.D.

Mt 23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.“

Third wave. The execution of judgments.
That’s the style of God – to be merciful for a very long time but finally He will also flip. The same story is with satan and his “arrest” is final.

Capture of Jerusalem, destruction, dispersion of the Jews. More than million of Jews were killed during battles. A hundred thousand were taken as slaves to Rome, others were dispersed over the world.

Lk 21:24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Mt 23:38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.

Lk 21:20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.

It is known from the history that all of a sudden Christians (other people) living in surrounded Jerusalem, were given a chance to leave the city when general Cestius suddenly removed his forces.

For seven years a man walked in the streets of Jerusalem proclaiming the woes that were coming to the city. Day and night he half-singingly performed his wild lament: „Voice from the east, voice from the west, voice from four winds, voice against Jerusalem and against Temple, voice against the groom and the bride, voice against the whole nation!“ This weird man was arrested, beaten but no complaint came from his lips. His reply to defamation and insult was: “Woe, woe to Jerusalem!”,“ Woe, woe to its inhabitants!“ His cry of warning was stopped only when he was killed during the conquering of the city which he had proclaimed about (E.W.)

Periods in Estonia: 1930-1936/ 1936-1940/ 1940/1953

In the 30-s of the previous century God sent a prophet Karl Reits to proclaim that “woe is coming”. The places where Reits proclaimed were mainly Estonia market and the main streets of Tallinn. He also visited churches all over Estonia as long as he was accepted.

His public ministry lasted a little longer than over 10 years and it was “a ministry of love”.

God persuaded and warned people to turn and escape from what was coming.

If we compare the ministry of prophet Karl Reits (ministry of love) and we divide it into three different periods of time and look at how the events evolved in Estonia, Nazi Germany and Europe then we also find how the events overlapped (in schemes) and their connection with Jesusˋ foreboding to Jerusalem. And even more, the same three waves will come during the public activity of antichrist – the beast and end times. (Book of revelation) Two out of three waves are significantly important for those who believe in Jesus.

First wave in Estonia and in Europe.
The active period of Karl Reitsˋ proclamation began in the beginning of the 30s in last century. The centre of his proclamation was: repent because “woe is coming”. The same thing that woe is coming was indirectly proclaimed by the Zionists – calling Jews to return to Palestine.

Let us look at the events in Europe: Hitler had not come into power yet (1933). Which kind of “woe” did the Old Testament prophets and Karl Reits talk about?

People in Europe and in Estonia lived a good life and hoped for a better future. The economy was growing turbulently, standard of life improved and there was not even a hint about the bases agreement or Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

But prophet already proclaimed: ˋWoe is coming‘. The same way the prophets in the OT proclaimed earlier that the Holy City will be destroyed because of the corruption and murders.

Later when it was already too late they waited for the ˋwhite ship‘, which didn’t come in the desired time.
Second wave.

Hitler´s entry to power.

The unbelief of Konstantin Päts and ruthless fight with opposition. While meeting with Karl Reist he considered him to be a crazy man and rejected the message but offered him a good old age and pension if he calmed down.

Mister Zabotinsky and many others agitated Jews to leave Germany. 1933 Hitler came into power and first concentration camps were created. 1936-1939 many people left Estonia when the foothold became hot. And many people left also Germany and elsewhere in Europe and they certainly suffered less.

The camp system in Hitler’s Germany is divided conditionally into three periods:

I period – 1933 until 1936; (soft period)
II period – 1936 until 1942; (middle period)
III period – 1942 until 1944 and 1945 (cruel, terrible ˋhard core‘) Operation ˋReinhard‘.

Third wave.
Conquering of Europe and the beginning of East campaign. At least 6 million Jews and millions of other nations were killed in Hitler’s death camps. About 7 million people were starved to death and killed in gulags in Russia. And how many exactly were taken by the war only God knows.

1940 Estonia occupied by communist Russia. Germans coming and killing of Estonians, Russians and Jews. Bloody return of Russians and deportations. Including the believers deportation to gulag death camps and horrible sufferings, hunger, nakedness and chaos! And boat refugees who asked God for salvation. Many believers died and others who didn’t believe the prophets prophecy – small amount of Jews and believers were rescued. Still the “remnant” was saved through great sufferings and by paying an unthinkable price – seeing the terrible crimes done by Nazis and Russian communists!

But this terrible period can not even be compared to “the great affliction” which is coming upon the nations of the world!

Repent because the great “Judgment Day” is coming.
Even now the same scheme is working. We are living now in the end of the first wave.

Second wave starts when the Church and the selected saints are lifted up.

The temple in Jerusalem will be restored.

Antichrist and the false prophet come into power and establish a new world order. (Apokalūpsis)

Three and a half year of total ˋcommunism‘ and perfect peace on earth.

The end of the third wave starts with the terrible nature catastrophes, wars, religious persecution and mass murders of dissidents. This ends with the return of Christ and saints and the beginning of the “great judgment day”. This time is called “great affliction” in the Bible.

The great “woe” in the great “affliction” lies in the fact that in the end only the believer in Jesus will be delivered from it!

This text in the Bible has been written to all people.

Rev 14:9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.“

Lk 17:26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

Rm 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

First lifting up – resurrection.
1Tess 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Wedding of the Lamb. Mt 25:10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

Second resurrection. Other believers must go through the great affliction and martyrdom. (For all people).

Rev 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Third resurrection. Rev 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Repent as soon as possible so that the evil seed couldn’t sprout – grow and give bitter fruits.
Don’t let the seed of sin to grow!
Cry for Him to help you already today!

Pastor Paul Armand

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