Thursday, March 10, 2011

Order of The End Times

My goal is to tell you how I believe the main events of the last days will play out.  The book of Daniel is very good in prophesying what will take place on the earth (chapters 2,7, & 9) in the last days. The prophecy indicates that it will take 70 weeks or 70 units of 7s = 490 for all of the events to be fulfilled.  Revelation 11, 12, & 13 describes the last week of Daniel's prophecy as a period of time lasting 7 literal years, half of the week is described as 1260 days or 42 months, which both amount to 3.5 years. 
All of Daniel's prophecies has been fulfilled except for the final 7 years in the prophecy that will begin sometime in the future, on the day that the Antichrist will enforce a false covenant with Israel.

Antichrist will come into power.  (Satan attempts to be like God and presents himself as a fale trinity which Satan is god, the Antichrist is the messiah and the false prophet is like the Holy Spirit - Rev. 13). The Antichrist is a powerful world leader who comes to power and promises world peace, which happens but lasts only for a short while.  Then he sets himself up as God in the temple and commands all to worship him and take his mark (666).  He does everything he can to destroy the nation of Israel.

The Tribulation starts.  It starts at the signing of the covenant between the Antichrist and Israel, which begins the 7 years of Tribulation (Daniel 9:26-27).

The Rapture will occur.  The Church (all believers) will be raptured sometime prior to 7 years of the  Tribulation - (1 Thess. 1:10, 5:1-11, Rev. 3:10) .  (Some believe the rapture will occur just before the 3.5 year mark which marks the Great Tribulation.) Those "Dead in Christ"  are not the saints from the Old Testament for Christ had not yet come to earth.  The Church (all believers since the Church in Acts 2 both dead and alive) will be taken to be with Him in heaven - (John 14:1-4, 1 Thess. 4:13-17, 1 Corin. 15:51-58)
Resurrection falls into 2 categories:
1st resurrection or resurrection of life in John 5:28-29 includes the redeemed of all the ages - OT saints, Christians who lived before or at the time of the Rapture, or Christians martyred during the Tribulation.  All are part of the resurrection of life.  People who become believers during the Millennium will be resurrected at the end of the Millennium even though they are alive.
2nd resurrection is resurrection of judgment will include the unredeemed of all the ages and will happen at the end of the Millennium called the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15).  The unredeemed will be cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment Seat of Christ.  Although there is no condemnation for believers, all believers must be judged on what is due to him for things done good or bad - (2 Corn. 5:10-11).   Rev. 19:7-8 happens in heaven so the Church that was raptured with Jesus could be adorned as His bride, when the Church descends with Him at the Glorious Appearing.  Those who remain alive will be judged by Christ soon, before the Millennium actually begins.

Tribulation begins.  21 judgments during the 7 years.  Zechariah 13 says 2/3 of Israel would die and those left will be saved.
1st half of Tribulation - 2 witnesses (Rev. 11:1) ministry will last 1260 days (Rev. 11:3).
The Antichrist promises peace and security.  Then he will defile the temple of God, called abomination of desolation (Matt. 24:15, Dan. 9:27, 2 Thess 2:4, Rev. 13:131-14.  He declares himself to be god.  He demands everyone to worship his image, breaks the covenant with Israel and wages war ( Dan. 9:27)  Believers are persecuted and many are martyred for their faith (Rev. 7:9-17).  Israel refuses to worship him and flees where God can protect the remnant of Israel (Matt. 24:16-28, Rev. 12:6, 13-17).
2nd half of Tribulation is called the Great Tribulation (Matt 24:15-21).  There will be earthquakes, plagues, wars, disasters, and persecutions against Israel.

144,000  - These are Jews who came to believe and that God marked or sealed so no harm would come to them during the Tribulation.  144,000 are from the 12 tribes of Israel.

Goirious Appearing or 2nd Coming of Jesus - When Jesus returns, all the remnant of Israel repents and believes that Jesus is the Messiah (Zech. 3:9,12:10, Rom. 11:26).  When He returns all who were raptured (the Church) will return with Him.  The Resurrection of the Dead  (Isaiah 26:19) OT saints will be resurrected with the return of the Messiah at the end of the Tribulation and all those who believe and died during the Great Tribulation will be raised to life at the 2nd coming of Christ (Rev. 29:4-6).
Jesus will be a rider on a white horse who slays the nations with a sharp sword and alll the birds gorged themselves on their flesh called ,Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  He captures the beast (Satan) and false prophet and throws them into the Lake of Fire.  Those who return to earth with the Lord Jesus have been given a new body (Col. 3-4; 1 Thess. 3:13). 

1,000 Reign (Millenium) - Jesus will rule the world and all nations surrender to His authority. Satan is bound for the 1,000 in the abyss and can not deceive the nations. 

End of the 1,000 year reign - Satan is released so he can deceives many people on earth.  Anyone born during the Millennium must make the decision to follow God or Satan.

Satan thrown into the Lake of Fire - After Satan tries to deceive the nations for a time, he will be thrown into the Lake of Fire along with the false prophet and will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10).

Great White Throne Judgment - The final judgment for unbelievers (Rev 20).  Before the final judgment unbelievers who died will go to Hades, a compartment of Hell, where they will suffer until the final judgment and then they will be cast into the Lake of Fire, known as the 2nd death.
The books were opened for all  unbelievers to be judged.  There are at least 3 books (Rev. 20:12-13).
Book of Deeds - book of your deeds
Book of Life - name in written in book when you are born.
Lamb's Book of Life - name written in book before foundation of the world.  If you don't become a believer, your name will be blotted out of the book.

New Jerusalem (on earth) - For all whose names that are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.  God destroys the old creation that has been corupted by sin and replaces it with a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21).  There will be no need for a moon or a sun.  Jesus Himself is its light (Rev. 21:23).


Are you a believer?

I believe there is one Creator, one true God.  He is in control of the universe.  We are born into sin since sin entered the world through Adam and Eve.  Sin separates us from God, because God is holy and can not be in the presence of sin.  OT sinners were required to offer up sacrifices for forgivness of their sins, but this forgiveness did not last because it was not perfect.  God sent His Son, Jesus the prophecied Messiah to earth in human form to atone for the sins of man. He lived as a man and was tempted in every way, but did not sin. He served as a willing perfect sacrifice and was cruified on the cross, died, and was buried.  Then 3 days later God raised Him from the dead. Because of Jesus' atoning death, God forgives those who repent of their sins.  Then they become part of His family and will live with Him in heaven for eternity.  If you are not a believer, turn to God in prayer, confess your sins, and ask Him to forgive you.  God is faithful to His promises.  Believe in Him and you will see Him in the new heaven.

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