THE ENDS OF THE EARTH DID NOT BEGIN IN 1914
The older argument of the INC that supposedly the END OF THE 6TH SEAL that CONNECTS with the BEGINNING point of the 7th SEAL makes up the time-frame ENDS OF THE EARTH can’t be substantiated by the Scriptures and is simply a made-up teaching. In this presentation I will present the EVANGELICAL TRUTH about the time ENDS OF THE EARTH (although in most of Scriptural reference the term points to places rather than time), THE DAY OF JUDGMENT as mentioned in Revelation 6:12-17, as well as the PROPHECY IN JEREMIAH 4:11, 13, 19.
ENDS OF THE EARTH
Note: Most of the Bible’s mention of the phrase ENDS OF THE EARTH point to places except that in Isaiah 41:9 and Isaiah 49:6
When the INC backed their claim on the ENDS OF THE EARTH to have started in 1914 with the 1st World War they would refer to the prophetic statement of The Savior:
(Matthew 24:3, 6-9, 33)
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”… 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake… 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!
The INC’s conclusion that the ENDS OF THE EARTH is what The Savior referred as ‘AT THE DOORS’ - with the WORLD WARS and all other calamities - is based on an erroneous understanding of The Lord’s prophetical words. How so? In the entire chapter 24 of Matthew, The Lord was NOT REFERENCING to the time ENDS OF THE EARTH. What did He refer with all those events that He mentioned that when seen by men signals that the time IS NEAR AND AT THE DOORS?
First of all, let us understand that The Lord stated this particular PROPHETICAL discourse TO ANSWER THE QUESTION raised by His disciples. What was asked? The disciples asked, “what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? (in verse 3).” The COMING OF THE CHRIST is also the END OF THE AGE, also referred in the Scriptures as Judgmenta Day and the Day of The Lord’s Wrath (Rev. 6:17). Therefore, the mention of The Lord of those events, and of the phrase ‘AT THE DOORS’ simply refer to His Coming or Judgment Day! This is in direct CONTRAST with the claim of the INC that the phrase ‘at the doors’ point to the time period ENDS OF THE EARTH which they supposed to be in 1914.
How could we have our understanding validated, that the ENDS OF THE EARTH did not begin in 1914? And why are we very certain that The Lord Yeshua will NEVER EVER point to 1914 as the time period ENDS OF THE EARTH? It is because He very well knew of this time frame ENDS OF THE EARTH.
When is the time ENDS OF THE EARTH?
5 “And now the Lord says,
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him,
So that Israel is gathered to Him[a]
(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord,
And My God shall be My strength),
6 Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
The Lord God has foretold this period ENDS OF THE EARTH. This is the time when God’s PROPHESIED SERVANT (not Felix Manalo) will restore the preserved ones or REMNANT OF ISRAEL so that they will be brought back and gathered back unto God. This is also the time when the PROPHESIED SERVANT is given as a LIGHT TO THE GENTILES. And most of all, this is the time when GOD MADE HIM TO BE HIS SALVATION (to the ENDS OF THE EARTH, verse 6).
Who could this PROPHESIED SERVANT OF GOD be? Many churches including the INC1914 point to Paul as the fulfillment. But even that is wrong! Who then? None other than The Savior Yeshua The Son of God. How so? He is the ONLY ONE tasked to RESTORE THE PRESERVED ONES OR REMNANT OF ISRAEL. He was the same prophesied Root of Jesse who was given as a banner or standard for the recovery of God’s remnant and for whom the Gentiles shall seek (Isa. 11:10-12).
How was The Savior Yeshua VERY SPECIFIC in claiming this prophecy to be Him?
24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
The Christ was very specific regarding His deployment in relation with ‘THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE of Israel’. After all, it is His PRIMARY TASK to recover Israel’s remnant whom He also referred as His ‘OTHER SHEEP’ (Jn. 10:16). They are the same remnant Jews who are referred in God’s prophecy as His THIRD GROUP (Zech. 13:7-9), the other two being the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel that were already cut-off by God when they killed His Son. They are also those pointed out by Apostle Peter as those who are ‘AFAR OFF’ (Acts 2:39), as the Jews have become a wandering people.
Going back to the issue, WHEN IS THE TIME ‘ENDS OF THE EARTH’? It did not begin in 1914 as claimed by the INC1914. It is the time when God appointed His Son to be His Salvation! This time period is otherwise known as the Christian Era. If so, then the ENDS OF THE EARTH began when The Savior Yeshua was deployed to the world, and thus, beginning in the First Century.