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first important end-time occurrence will be the Rapture, which
is described for us fairly well in the following Passage. 1 Thes. 4:13-18 But I would
not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which
are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have
no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with
him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord,
that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the
Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with
the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and
the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are
alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in
the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever
be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with
these words. [KJV]
Rapture is imminent, meaning it could take place at any moment. The apostle
Paul thought it might happen in his life time, for twice,
he told believers that they might be "translated"
without dying. He was very confident and trusted Jesus completely
and he included himself in this number. 1 Thes.4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and
so shall we ever be with the Lord. [KJV] 1 Cor. 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but
we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed. [KJV] Let us too have Paul’s confidence in Jesus.
While NO one can predict when the Rapture will take place
(Mat.24:36), we can say with hope "Maybe today."
Rapture will be discriminating. 1 Thes.4:14-18 clearly teaches that ONLY true believers (born
again children of God) will be included in this awesome
event! The "dead in Christ" will be called
first, then every living believer. We will "be caught
up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the
air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." Jesus
does NOT come to the Earth at the Rapture. We go to where
He is in the clouds! And when we do, we "in the twinkling
of an eye, . . . the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and
we shall be changed." We shall receive our new glorified
bodies in an instant!
Supper of the Lamb.
after the Rapture of the church, those who remain here on
Earth (unbelievers and false Christians), will start a 7 year
period called the Great Tribulation.
is also known as Daniel’s 70th week (Dan.9:24-27). It will
be characterized by the following events.
rise of the Antichrist. There will be an extremely powerful world leader come onto
the scene. Some think he is alive today. He will be called
"the beast," "the willful king,"
"the wicked one," and "the antichrist"
(2 Thes.2:3-4,6; Rev.13:1-10; Dan.11:36; 1 John 2:18). He
will make his appearance by establishing a false peace for
Israel. He will steadily gain more power and appear to be
the savior of society.
and bloodshed. The prophet Ezekiel describes a war in chapters 38 & 39.
Many say that the battle Ezekiel described will occur at the
end of human history, but I have trouble believing the war
Ezekiel describes is the same war that will take place in
the Tribulation, because of the following verse. Ezekiel
39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall
go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both
the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and
the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with
fire seven years: (KJV) The entire Tribulation period
lasts only 7 years (Daniel’s 70th week), and the first half
(3 1/2 years) Israel will be at peace under the peace treaty
of Antichrist (Dan.9:27).
16:13-14 And I saw three evil spirits that looked like
frogs leap from the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the
false prophet.  These miracle-working demons caused all
the rulers of the world to gather for battle against the Lord
on that great judgment day of God Almighty. (NLT) Rev.
16:16 And they gathered all the rulers and their armies
to a place called Armageddon in Hebrew. (NLT) It is my
humble opinion that Armageddon will not be a quick battle,
but a long, drawn out war which will take place during the
last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. It will end in great
victory for Christ! (Rev.19:14-21). Preview of Armageddon
(Rev.14:14-20). Events of the war follows.
The River Euphrates in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq dries up.
Armies from the Orient march toward the Middle East. (Rev.16:12)
Satan incites the world’s armies to fight in the Mideast.
They all meet in Megiddo or Armageddon (northern Israel).
The entire world is aflame with man-made nuclear bombs,
and also divine, supernatural catastrophes. (Rev.16:18-21)
Christ comes, ending all world conflicts. (Rev.19:14-21)
are many disagreements as to which war it will be, but regardless
of the war, God shall deliver His people . . . NO enemy can
stand before His mighty power!
one-world church. There will be a strong, worldwide religious organization described
in Revelation 17 as an evil, immoral woman called BABYLON
THE GREAT. She is portrayed as riding a scarlet colored beast.
It seems that this universal religion will cooperate with
Antichrist in a vicious attack and persecution against all
who try to turn to Jesus during the Tribulation (Rev.13:7;
17:6). Antichrist will shortly think this "Harlot"
is a threat to him and will completely destroy it (Rev.17:16).
of the Jews. The Tribulation is called by many names: the Great Tribulation (Mat.24:21-29); time of trouble (Dan.12:1); that
day (Luke 21:34-36); the day (Jer.30:4-7); time
of Jacob’s trouble (Jer.30:4-7); day of the Lord (Joel 2:1); great and terrible day (Joel 2:31); day
of visitation (Isa.10:3); time of their visitation (Jer.46:21); day of recompence (Hos.9:7); dreadful
day of the Lord (Mal.4:5); day of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor.5:5); hour of temptation (Rev.3:10); wrath to come (1 Thes.1:10); great day of His wrath (Rev.6:17); beginning of sorrow (Mat.24:8); wrath of the Lamb (Rev.6:16); Daniel’s 70th week (Dan.9:26-27); fiery furnace of God’s wrath (Eze.22:17-22); indignation (Dan.11:36); day of wrath, trouble,
distress (Zep.1:15). The Tribulation period (Daniel’s
70th week) is God dealing with the Jews (Dan.9:24-27). At
this time they will experience horrendous persecution, worse
than they have ever known (Mat.24:15-22). Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation,
such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time,
no, nor ever shall be. (KJV) Zechariah predicted that 2/3 of the world’s Jewish population
will die (Zec.13:8). Many who finally come to Christ will
be martyred. Revelation 7:9-17 reveals there will be a great
number who entered Heaven, who came out of the Great Tribulation.
reign comes to an end. Antichrist
will reign only because God allows him to reign. He will be
an instrument of judgment used by God to satisfy God’s holy
and righteous wrath. But when the 70th week has ended, Antichrist’s
reign will end! He will have complete power for just 42 months
(3 1/2 years), the last half of the Tribulation period (Dan.9:26-27;
Rev.13:5). This will be a time of God’s outpouring of His
wrath against all evil against Israel and all nations.
Tribulation will be brought to a dramatic conclusion (Dan.11:36-45;
Zech.14). Zech. 14:4 And his feet shall stand in
that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem
on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst
thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall
be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove
toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (KJV)
On His Return, as soon as Jesus’ Feet touch the Mount of Olives,
great topographical changes will occur. In the final battle
of Armageddon, the armies of Antichrist will be completely
destroyed by the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Believing
Israelites will then weep in repentance (Zech.12:10).
judgment of Israel. Christ, the Almighty Judge, will decide who qualifies for
His Kingdom, and what roles they will have (Eze.20:30-44).
It will be at this time that Jesus shall decide who will enter
into eternal punishment, and who will enter the Millennium.
judgment of the nations (non Jews). All living Gentiles will also be judged at this time (Joel
3:2; Mat.31-46). Jesus will decide who will go into eternal
punishment, and who will go into the Millennium. All those
unbelieving Gentiles who have died before this time, will
be resurrected after the Millennium for their judgment (Rev.20:5,
Glorious Reign, the Millennial Kingdom
Jesus returns He will also begin a 1000 year reign on Earth
as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. This reign of Christ will
be marked by the following.
restoration of nature. The pristine beauty of the Earth that has been destroyed by
man, shall be restored. Deserts will become wonderful productive
gardens, and animal life will change drastically (Isa.11:6-8;
30:25-26; 35:1-7; Hos.2:18).
end of physical suffering. Anyone who enters the Millennium with any kind of deformity
will be healed (Isa.35:5-6). Lifespans will be longer (Isa.65:22).
Marriages will be happy (Jer.33:11). Children will play in
the streets (Zech.8:5).
and justice. The KING (Jesus) will rule the Earth from Jerusalem. It
is from there that He will oversee worldwide peace and justice
(Isa.2:3-4; Zech.3:10). There will be no more war in Jesus’
Kingdom (Isa.2:4; Rev. 20:1-6).
the Millennium, people everywhere shall love the Lord and
worship Him gratefully, gladly and willingly, as it should
be (Mal.1:11; Zech.14:16). The purpose and plan of God’s creating
the world will be realized and understood in this prospering
kingdom ruled by the Lord Jesus.
will not be absolutely abolished in the Millennium. Men will
still be in the flesh (Isaiah 65:20). But, sin will no longer
be a universal power, for the flesh is not any longer seduced
by Satan who has been imprisoned. He will not be, as he is
now, "the god and prince of the world." Christ
will reign with His transfigured (raptured) saints over men
in the flesh. This will be the revelation of "the
world to come."
People will still have the desire to sin, even in the
perfect conditions of the Millennium. They will obey God only
because they are afraid not to. Satan, who was bound at the
beginning of the Millennium (Rev.20:1-3), will be freed for
a short period of time. The dragon will not be bound as punishment,
that occurs in Rev. 20:10. He was bound so he cannot deceive
the nations. But at the end of the Millennium (1000 years),
God will free him. WHY free him? So many people ask. It will
be a final test from God, to expose those who rebel against
God in their hearts and confirm those who are truly faithful
to God. Satan’s release will result in the final destruction
of all evil (Rev. 20:12-15).
will immediately start a world-wide rebellion. War! again
war! Many men and women who were in the Millennium will join
Satan and his demon army. He will stage one, final all-out
attack on God. Will he win? NO! God will send down fire from
Heaven and devour all the evil forces (Rev.20:9). Satan will
then be stopped forever! Rev. 20:10 And the devil
that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented
day and night for ever and ever. (KJV) Satan will be cast
into Hell which was prepared for him and all who follow him
(Mat.25:41), where he will spend eternity.
amazes me that more people do not take advantage of God’s
grace and God’s GIFT (salvation through faith in Christ).
Why do people follow Satan when it is SO clear that he is
doomed to the pits of Hell?
World Destroyed and Judged
linked to Satan’s final rebellion, is the destruction of this
present day world as we know it (Rev.20:11; 2 Pet.3:10; Isa.24:19;
34:4; 51:6). Out of the devastation of the Earth’s
destruction by fire, will emerge a bright, new and glorious
world. It will be at this time, that the unsaved of all ages
will be resurrected (Dan.12:1-2) to stand before the Great
White Throne Judgment (Rev.20:11-15) and will receive
punishment for all they have ever done, and be cast into the
Lake of Fire. This judgment will absolutely be fair and just.
ALL will finally acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of the Father (Phil.2:11), but it will be
too late for them to be saved.
apostle John saw emerging "a new Heaven and a new
Earth" (Rev. 20:10). He describes the New Jerusalem
descending from Heaven to the transformed Earth. This pristine
new world will be beautiful beyond words. Nothing that caused
sorrow will be permitted to enter in. Nothing will mar the
happiness of its inhabitants. There
will be NO tears, NO sorrow, NO pain (Rev.20:4). NO violence,
NO rebellion, NO lawlessness, NO war, NO immorality (Rev.21:27)
ever again! WOW!!!
will see our God in all His majestic glory. We will enjoy
His Presence forever more. We will worship Him out of a love
filled and grateful heart and soul.
temple will be in Heaven, for God Himself is our Temple (Rev.21:22).
No sun or moon will be needed as light, for Godís brilliance
will lighten it (Rev.21:23). All through out eternity we will
abound in spiritual love, joy, peace and contentment. We will
have eternity to adore our precious Saviour and Lord for we
shall forever be with Him in the bliss of Heaven.
Seat of Christ
Supper of the Lamb
Second Coming of Christ
Happens to Souls?
Christ Be Judge?
God Judge Sin?