These Final Days, Part 1--The Truth about the Rapture, the Four Horsemen, and the Prelude to the Great Tribulation

Will the Rapture—the rising of Christians to join Jesus in the air at His return—occur before, during, or after the seven-year Great Tribulation? Who are the so-called Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and have they already ridden? "These Final Days, Part 1" undertakes a sober and scholarly analysis of the Bible’s teachings on the End Times and offers insights that will surprise many. More

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About Ryan Speakman

In 1977, when I was 10 years old, my parents took my siblings and me to an old-fashioned barn meeting to watch the End Times classic film, A Thief in the Night (1972; Russ Doughten Films). That night, a strong sense was birthed in me that one day I would write a book about the Book of Revelation; and since then I’ve spent much effort working to better understand the topic of the End Times.

Rather than pursue traditional religious training, I decided that a secular education might lend a richer perspective on our world and these final days; and in 1995, I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (political science) from the University of Arizona. From there, I earned a Master’s degree in International Business and Economics from Thunderbird School of Global Management, which I attended on a full scholarship. I have traveled extensively, including the Soviet Union from Moscow and Leningrad to the Soviet Far East in 1987, and Argentina and Antarctica in 1991. In 1994, I spent a semester abroad in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan on a full scholarship. Today, I have my own consulting business in information technology; and I work as an Associate Pastor at Living Word Family Church in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where I regularly teach on the topic of the End Times. I am also asked to speak to other groups and on the radio on a regular basis.

In 2012, I made my first trip to Israel, where I conducted cursory research for my book series on the modern State of Israel, the situation on the Temple Mount, current efforts to build a Third Jewish Temple, and other matters related to the End Times. In April/May 2014, I traveled again to Israel, this time with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (which I believe will soon lead to the appearance of the Antichrist). On this second trip, I spent three days in an “illegal Israeli settlement” (West Bank), two days in Ramallah (de facto capital of the Palestinian state; West Bank), and three days in Gaza (which is on the U.S. State Department’s “do not enter” list); I conducted multiple interviews, including with the spokesman for the Jewish community in Hebron, the Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority (PLO) in Ramallah, and a famous human rights attorney (who has been blacklisted in the U.S. for 14 years) in Gaza City; and I visited several Palestinian refugee camps (including delivering food and medicine to ten families in Gaza’s famous “Beach Camp”).

I regularly post teaching videos to my YouTube channel, and videos from my Israel trips may be found there as well. I also post daily to my ministry Facebook page, and I speak at various venues and on the radio.

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