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End Times

By Les Sherlock


NOTES

I have read many books on the subject of end times, and one common factor seems to be the fact that most authors are adamant that they are right and everyone saying something different is wrong! I make no such claims here. I simply offer what I believe to be a reasonable understanding of the relevant Bible passages in the light of world events, and ask the reader to consider it prayerfully and thoughtfully.

It is in two main sections. The first, written originally when this page was created in July 2016, is intended to be updated with current world events as they develop, and therefore open to change at any time. The second section considers what the Bible teaches on the subject, largely unrelated to current events, and therefore less likely to be changed (apart from some tweaking here and there as improvements occur to me!).

Unless otherwise stated, all scriptures are taken from the New King James Version. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


INDEX

Current Events

End Times

Some Key Scriptures

Pre-Tribulation Rapture

Is there more than one 'second coming'?

List of Future Events

Introduction

Perhaps, for the sake of anyone reading this who is unfamiliar with what the Bible teaches, I should set out a basic outline.

When Jesus ascended into Heaven, the angels said He would return in the same way that He went (Acts 1:11). Those who ‘sleep in Jesus’ will be resurrected and along with the living will meet Him in the clouds (1 Thess 4:14–17).

Jesus described events that would take place just prior to His return (Luke 21:28). Therefore at some point in history there will be a generation of people who see these things that herald His near return.

Centuries before Jesus was born, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream interpreted by Daniel, who said it was an overview of the history of the world, given to him by God (Dan 2:31–45). It was a huge image made of different materials, with a rock smashing into its feet and destroying it. Most books I have read accept the following as a valid interpretation:

  • Head of Gold (Empire of Babylon)
  • Chest & Arms of silver (Empire of Media and Persia)
  • Belly and thighs of bronze (Empire of Greece - Alexander the Great)
  • Legs of iron (Empire of Rome)
  • Feet/toes of iron & clay (the Empire ruling at the time of the return of Jesus)
  • Rock (Jesus) uncut from a mountain destroys the image by striking it on the feet.


So the prophecy of successive, major, world empires, largely ruling over the same physical territory with some variation in the border here and there, can be seen quite clearly in world history up to the feet and toes of iron and clay, the identity of which has been subject to much discussion and argument. At first glance it may appear that the prophecy has broken down, since, after the fall of the Roman Empire there has been no world-dominating power ruling over the territory. However, a comment by Jesus about the times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24) and by Paul regarding a period while the fullness of the Gentiles comes in (Rom 11:25) may be indicative of this extended break in prophecy primarily directed at Israel. While there have been attempts in the intervening years to establish some kind of empire involving the nations included in this territory, the latest being the Third Reich toward the middle of the last century, none have succeeded.

Here is a quick overview, as I was taught as a boy in the 1950’s by my parents, grandparents and church, and after a lifetime of reading the Bible and other books on the subject and observing world events I see no reason to question it: Jesus will return to take away from the earth those who believe and follow Him, both dead and alive. In a major world empire ruled by ten people, a highly intelligent, charismatic man called Antichrist will arise to become the overall dictator.* He will make a seven-year treaty with Israel, who will rebuild their temple and recommence the animal sacrifices. The seven year period called the Tribulation will begin at this moment, when God’s wrath on rebellious mankind will increasingly be poured out. After 3½ years Antichrist will break the treaty and attack Israel with his army, entering the temple and calling himself God. At the end of the seven years, Jesus will return with all His saints, Israel will recognise Him as their Messiah, the armies of Antichrist will be defeated and Satan will be locked up for the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth. After this he will be released for a short time, giving the world population the choice of choosing him over Jesus, before the final judgement when all the living and the dead will be assessed and assigned either to Heaven or Hell, depending on what they did with Jesus. There is much more than this, of course, but that is covered in the second section.









* Since writing this I have come across Dr Michael Youssef, whose writings appear to be remarkably similar to my own understanding of scripture. See here for the first of a series of blogs, dated June 10th 2016 in which amongst other things he points out the many similarities between the Antichrist of the Bible and the expected Mahdi of Islam. For the follow-up blogs dated June 21st, June 29th and July 4th 2016 see here. I have believed for a long time that Antichrist and Mahdi are one and the same.

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Ever since the proposal for, and establishment of, the Common Market after WWII, later evolving into the European Union, there has been speculation whether this could be the beginning of the feet and toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s image: the major empire ultimately to be ruled over by Antichrist. The furore over the UK referendum in June 2016 to decide their continued membership of the EU probably brought this to the forefront of some people’s minds, with ‘Intercessors for Britain’ and David Hathaway amongst others, stating that the EU was evolving into the fulfilment of this prophecy. However, one criticism of this idea is that there are far more than ten nations involved in the EU, while there are ten nations prophesied for this confederation, as shown by the ten toes of the image. So we’ll look at this.


There are three key Bible prophecies:

  1. Dan 2:31–45
  2. Dan 7:7–11, 19–26
  3. Rev 12:3; 13:1–8; 17:1–18.

While the first Daniel passage talks about feet and toes, the rest refer to a beast with seven heads and ten horns. Because we are told the ten horns represent ten kings, it has been assumed this means a confederation of ten nations; but this is not what it says!


According to Dan 7:24 these ten kings arise from one kingdom. So the number ten does not relate to the number of nations involved in the kingdom, but simply the number of rulers. At the present time the EU has five presidents; but of course it is still in the process of evolution. According to secular, on-line, news source the Express, dated 29 June,* some of those in power

“see the Brexit vote as an opportunity to push ahead with the European elite’s long-cherished dream of creating a United States of Europe.”

Were this to happen there is no reason why the five should not morph into ten! I do not profess to be an expert in world history, but I am unaware of any time when there has been a single kingdom ruled by multiple kings/presidents. However, the EU could be just around the corner from being exactly that. So we are possibly on the cusp of seeing a replica of this prophecy for the first time in world history.



* See also the Sun dated 28 June and the Mail dated 27 June

The beast has seven heads, we are told. What do these represent? Rev 17:9 tells us they are seven mountains. In the Bible mountains represent nations. For example, Babylonia is called a mountain in Jer 51:24–25. But there are more than seven nations in Europe, so how does that work? A living beast is never just a head, though: it must also have a body. In 1 Cor 12:12–27 the Church is called a body, with the people being different parts. Likewise, the seven heads of the beast could represent the seven most dominant nations, with the other participating nations being its body.


People have been saying ‘the end is nigh’ for the past 2,000 years, we are told, so why should now be any different? The Bible says,

2 Peter 3:3–4, 8 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.


In God’s eyes it is just like a mere couple of days since the New Testament prophecies were given,* and we are presently in a unique set of circumstances.

  • For the first time since their exile during the Roman Empire, the people of Israel are back in their own land. Jesus said Jerusalem would be ‘trampled by the Gentiles’ until the times of the Gentiles were fulfilled (Luke 21:24). There is still one part of Jerusalem not fully under the control of Israel, though. The Temple Mount still bears the Islamic Mosque. Therefore the times of the Gentiles are not yet ended, but are surely drawing rapidly to a close.
  • The developments over the past decade or so in China, Russia, North Korea, the Middle East, Europe and IS/Daesh bring these people groups very close to the relevant prophecies for them at the time of the end.*
  • Iran has recently * claimed they have 100,000 missiles in Lebanon and large numbers of long range missiles in Iran, all aimed at Israel; there are dozens of terror tunnels and masses of missiles in Gaza preparing for a major conflict. Their declared plan is to aim a simultaneous barrage at Israel that will overwhelm their ‘Iron Dome’ defence system and destroy the nation ‘at a stroke’.**
  • The European Parliament building in Strasbourg is designed as close as it possibly could be to the famous 1563 painting of Babel by Brueghel, as can be seen on page 11 of the PDF by Intercessors for Britain; and the statues and depiction on the 2 Euro coin of the rape of Europa are a clear reflection of Rev 17:7.* While detractors give an alternative explanation of the reason for the building’s design, it stretches credulity beyond the limit to believe it is mere coincidence that this key EU building copies the iconic depiction of arguably mankind’s greatest, unified rebellion against God since the flood.
  • Luke 21:26 men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth… According to the Global Peace Index 2016 there has been a declining trend of world peace during the past decade; and the number of deaths from terrorism has risen dramatically since 2011 from under 10,000 to over 30,000 per year. With random individuals turning guns on innocent bystanders indiscriminately in countries where they are freely available, using ordinary vehicles as weapons to kill and maim, and attempting mass murder by suicide bombings,* there is little governments can do to prevent such attacks, and the atmosphere of fear is starting to ratchet upwards.

* And no more than 2½ - 3 days since most of the Old Testament ones! See here for Dr Michael Youssef’s belief that we are very close to the fruition of end-time prophecy.




* e.g. Rev 16:12 and Rev 9:14–16 could refer to a gigantic army from some of these regions.

* This was written in July 2016


** It would be politically impossible for Israel to remove the mosque sitting on Temple Mount, but this could easily do it for them and end the ‘Times of the Gentiles’.


* Why on Earth would anyone want to depict such an event?






* Those seeking their own death in the process of murdering others believe this guarantees them a privileged life after death. The Bible says no murderer has eternal life abiding in him (1 John 3:15) and will be cut off from God for eternity (Rev 21:8).

Taking all this into account, I believe the most likely eventuality is that the EU is soon to become the United States of Europe, in preparation for the emergence of the prophesied, Satan-inspired dictator to become its President and initiate the events described in the second section on this page.

At the present time the UK has a new Prime Minister, who voted to ‘Remain’ in the referendum, but who has appointed ‘Brexiters’ to the key positions in the exit negotiations. I foresee two alternative possibilities.


Remain

Even though there is a minority of people, who voted to remain, now clamouring for Parliament to ignore the referendum vote and keep the UK in Europe, it is inconceivable that they could or would do this at the present time. It is hardly viable to spend millions of pounds in asking the population what they want if their response is then going to be ignored! Teresa May, the Prime Minister, has said that Brexit means Brexit and has appointed two keen Brexit supporters to the Government positions that will deal with the negotiations.


However, there are very powerful forces behind the EU project, and I do not believe they will let a little thing like UK democracy stand in their way. For one thing, the EU economy is in a dire position according to the IMF, and they need Britain to help bale them out.


Teresa May has said she will not trigger Article 50 to commence the leave process for some time - probably until 2017: the longer this is delayed, the less likely it is that it will ever happen! In my view the most likely outcome is that during negotiations the heads of the EU will suddenly find they can offer the significant concessions to the UK that they refused to give Prime Minister Cameron before the start of the referendum campaign. After a few weeks or perhaps months of negotiations, there will be irresistible momentum for a second referendum on the basis that the new deal would be best for the country and one that most people would want, since they did not realise the first time around the full implications of leaving. With previous leading ‘Brexiters’ having a change of heart, the vote will be to Remain and the stage will be set for the United States of Europe to be finally established.  At the time of writing everything appears to be working toward the UK leaving the EU, so my hope is that it really will do so; but it’s not over until it’s over, and it’s not over!


Brexit

On the other hand, it is possible that the UK Brexiters will have sufficient strength of character to withstand EU pressure, and Britain will genuinely leave the EU. In this case the rest of the EU will push forward with full integration into the United States of Europe in order to prevent any other countries from doing the same as the UK, and it will have been the grace of God that has enabled us to escape! It was Britain standing against the Third Reich during the Second World War that enabled Europe to have its freedom; who knows if history will repeat itself yet again and the EU be given one last chance to choose democracy and move away from full political union, and by so doing stave off the prophesied end time events?


End Times

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We’ll begin with a brief list of key scriptures, and then look in rather more detail at the events. This is more in the format of brief notes rather than a full description and the Bible passages quoted need to be read fully. If you do not have a Bible to hand, clicking on the reference will open the Biblia.com web site at that passage in a separate window.


Some Key Scriptures


The Rapture:

This is the taking away from the earth of those believing in and following after Jesus Christ.

Matt 24:37 – 25:13

Luke 12:35–38

Acts 1:6–11

The return of Jesus is spoken of in two different ways, using two different Greek words.*

1 Thess 4: 14 – 5:6 (Coming: parousia (presence))

2 Thess 2: 1–12 (Coming: parousia (presence))

Titus 2:13 (Appearing/Brightness: epipheneia (manifestation))

2 Tim 4:8 (Appearing/Brightness: epipheneia (manifestation))

There are also two different judgements:

Romans 14:10

Rev 20:11

Note: the Judgement seat, bema (tribunal), of Christ (Rom 14:10) is different to the Great White Throne, thronos (throne) in Rev 20:11.) The judgement seat is for believers, whose works are judged and rewarded immediately after the rapture. The Great White Throne follows the final resurrection after the millennium (see later) and determines the eternal destiny of all mankind.







*  More on this later in Is there more than one 'second coming'?.

The Tribulation:

The seven year period of God’s wrath increasingly being poured out on the earth, during the reign of Antichrist.

Dan. 7:1–8

Dan. 9:21–27

Rev. 4:1 – 18:24


Armageddon, The Millennium and Eternity:

Armageddon is the battle between the armies of Antichrist and those of Jesus, at Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley. The Millenium is the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ on earth. We are told very little about the Eternity that follows the final battle after the Millennium and the Great White Throne judgement.

Zech.12:1–14; 14:1–15

Rev. 19:1 – 22:21

Psalm 9:7–8

Matt. 25:31

Is. 65:17–25

2 Peter 3:4–13


There is much debate around the taking away of the Church from the earth - the rapture - whether it takes place before, during or after the tribulation. It is my belief it comes first, for the following reasons.


Pre-Tribulation Rapture

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When Jesus leaves Heaven to come to Earth for the battle of Armeggedon, His armies come from Heaven with Him:

Rev 19:14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.


If there is no pre–tribulation rapture, these armies cannot include those who will be raptured when He comes in the clouds and the dead are raised first, because the armies come from Heaven, while the raptured ones come from the Earth:

1 Thess 4:16–17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.


However, those in the armies with Him are called 'chosen' and 'faithful':

Rev 17:14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."


Surely 'chosen' and 'faithful' are descriptions of saints, not angels? This being the case, then the saints must be in Heaven before Jesus leaves in Rev 19. Could it be those who have died and are in Heaven now, though? I think there is a problem here. At the present time those who have died have left their dead bodies buried on Earth, while their spirits and souls are in Heaven. It is an artificial and temporary situation and at the resurrection souls and spirits are restored to the revived and changed physical bodies for eternity.


There is no hint of this taking place in Rev 19, which if there is no pre-tribulation rapture would mean spirits and souls leaving Heaven on horses, then leaving them to be reunited with their bodies, then raptured back up to the clouds to get back on the horses again! It makes more sense to me that the resurrected and raptured saints are taken to Heaven and assembled into armies at the right moment for the battle of Rev 19. Bearing this in mind, let us look at reasons to believe the rapture comes before the tribulation.


1. God delivers us from the wrath to come. There is no example in the Bible of God pouring His wrath on those who love and serve Him. Many Christians have suffered, and will suffer, persecution, but never God's wrath.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Col 3:6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience

1 Thess 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 Thess 5:9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ

God sends four things called His wrath in the Old Testament on the unrighteous – war, famine, plague and wild beasts. E.g:

Ezek 5:13, 17 'Thus shall My anger be spent, and I will cause My fury to rest upon them, and I will be avenged; and they shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it in My zeal, when I have spent My fury upon them… So I will send against you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, the LORD, have spoken.' "

Ezek 14:21 For thus says the Lord GOD: "How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it?

The opening of the first four seals (Rev. 6:1–8), the beginning of the seven year tribulation, brings those same four disasters: war, famine, plague and wild beasts:

Rev 6:8 I looked up and saw a horse whose colour was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one–fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.

At the opening of the sixth seal, which is not very far into the last seven years, we are told that what is happening is God's wrath:

Rev 6:16–17 and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

Since these events are called God's wrath, which comes in increasing intensity through the progression of the seals, the trumpets and the bowls during the tribulation, and He doesn't pour His wrath on His saints, they must be raptured before it happens.


2. When God poured out His wrath at the flood, He had Noah in a place of safety so he would not suffer it. This is a 'type' of the rapture. Matt. 24:38–40 says it will be like the days of Noah – he entered the ark and then the flood came.


3. When God poured His wrath on Sodom and Gomorrah, He had Lot in a place of safety: another 'type' of the rapture. Luke 17:26–28 confirms Noah and Lot as rapture 'types'.


4. My understanding of 2 Thess 2:1–12 is that the Thessalonians were worried they had missed the rapture and were now experiencing the 'Day of the Lord' (a phrase which always refers to the 'day' of judgement –  of God's wrath being poured out on those who had rejected Him). So Paul says it cannot be the case because before that there has to be [a] the apostasy * and [b] the rise of Antichrist.

2 Thess 2:6–7 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

I know of nothing in the New Testament that could possibly restrain evil and hold the Antichrist back from appearing that will also be removed, other than the Spirit–filled Church. Jesus said:

Matt 5:13–14 You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.

Salt holds back badness and decay; light holds back darkness. This confirms for me that Antichrist cannot emerge until the Spirit–filled Church is raptured.

With regard to the apostasy, which is a turning away from God, there cannot be a vacuum. So turning away from God always results in turning to something else. I believe this to be the rise of Islam, which is presently spreading through the world significantly. The Koran says that God has not taken to Himself a son, thus denying both the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. *



* In 2 Thess 2:3 the Greek word is apostasia, translated as the falling away, the rebellion, or a revolt, in different translations of the New Testament.









* So Islam must be the religion of Antichrist. While many would claim the Allah of the Koran is the same as the God of the Bible, He cannot simultaneously be two very different things: He cannot at the same time be the Father of Jesus and not be the Father of Jesus. For this and other reasons I suggest that Islam is a deception, and while many - probably most - Moslems are peace-loving, kind and generous, it can be seen quite clearly across the world that wherever Islam has full political power it results in repression for those not of that faith. And in its extreme form it results in violence of the worse kind against those refusing to accept it.

5. The ten virgins (Matt. 25). They are identical in every way, including the fact that they all have oil, which throughout the Bible is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. However the foolish ones have less oil than the wise at the important moment, and this results in them missing the bridegroom. I believe this teaches the rapture of those who are ready; and the religious, who have been touched by the Holy Spirit in some way but not fully given their lives to Him, are left behind. These are those people who, realising their mistake, turn fully to Christ (the foolish virgins did get the additional oil in the parable – it was just too late) and are the saints we read of in Revelation persecuted by Antichrist.

Immediately following 'as in the days of Noah' (Matt 24:37), Jesus says:

Matt 24:40–42 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

Perhaps this is another 'version' of the ten virgins.

6. I believe John is a 'type' of the rapture of the Church:

Rev 4:1–2 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this." Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.


7. Paul says we can be comforted by the thought of Jesus’s return (1 Thess. 4:18); but how could the idea of going through the tribulation bring comfort? Jesus said:

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass” Luke 21:36


Perhaps before continuing I should make a mention of Preterism, having come across it a couple of times in the past year or so, although the theory is so ludicrous it does not warrant much space.* It is the notion that most, or all, of end time prophecy has already been fulfilled - generally at the time the Jewish temple was destroyed in 70AD. The fact that many prophecies quite clearly have not been fulfilled, some of which are included on this page, is evidence enough. Here are three examples, although there are many more: Jesus has not returned to stand on the Mount of Olives; all of Israel has not yet turned to Him as their Messiah; the Antichrist and his kingdom has never been seen.


* There is a long critique of the idea here if you wish to look at it in detail.

Is there more than one 'second coming'?

Earlier I pointed out two different Greek words used regarding Jesus's return. I believe these relate to two different events or stages. Jesus's coming/ presence (parousia)* in the clouds is not the second coming as such, but a preliminary or first stage to it as He does not actually come to the Earth in the Thessalonian passages where it is taught. This is when He raptures the spirit-filled Church and takes them plus the resurrected ones to Heaven to prepare them for the great battle. His manifestation/ appearing/ brightness (epipheneia)** is when He comes to Earth with his angels and saints. This revealing of Christ results in Israel's eyes being opened and their salvation; He stands on Mount Olivet, destroys Antichrist's army at Armageddon, and brings in the Millennium Kingdom.***


* 1 Thess 4: 14 – 5:6; 2 Thess 2: 1–12


** Titus 2:13; 2 Tim 4:8

*** Zech. 12:10; 14:4–5; Matt. 24:30–31; Rom 11:26

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* Note: ‘the Day of the Lord’ in the Bible always refers to the day of judgement. This must be distinguished from ‘the return of the Lord’ which purely refers to when He comes back.





















* Could this refer to ‘Brexit’, where one of the heads, Britain, is ‘cut off’ for a time, but then restored back into the kingdom?

List of Future Events

Nebuchadnezzar's dream  Dan. 2:31–45

Head Gold (Babylon):  see also Dan. 7:4

Chest & Arms silver (Media and Persia):  see also Dan. 7:5

Belly and thighs bronze (Greek – Alexander):  see also Dan. 7:6

Legs iron (Roman):  see also Dan. 7:7a

Feet iron & clay  (the beast of Rev 17 & Dan 7:7b–11)

Rock (Jesus) uncut from mountain destroys image by striking it on the feet Dan 2:34–35

Note: Prophecies can have double fulfilment and while the head in Dan. 2 is clearly Babylon (for example), the beasts in Dan. 7 could refer both to the empires mentioned above and nations existing at the time of the end.

Daniel’s 70th week and the times of the Gentiles  Dan 9:24–27:

70 weeks = 490 days (or years. Num.14:34 & Ezek 4:6 demonstrate a day representing a year)

69 weeks (483 years) from the command to restore Jerusalem to Messiah being cut off (Ezra 7:13 describes Artaxerxes command to rebuild, and 483 years later Jesus was crucified.)

Then there is a break in Daniel's prophecy for the times of the Gentile before the 70th week Luke 21:24; Rom. 11:25

Note: Double fulfilment of Jesus' prophecy in Luke 21:

  • First: 70AD by Titus of Rome. (Luke 21:20)
  • Second: at the end of the tribulation. (Dan 9:27; Matt 24:15)

So while some of His prophecy was fulfilled in 70AD with the temple being demolished, etc., part of it as described in Dan 9:27 (the covenant confirmed for seven years but broken half-way through) did not take place; and it is this part that will be fulfilled by Antichrist.

Signs of Jesus' return: earthquakes, wars, nations against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms, famines, pestilences Luke 21:8–19; Matt.24:5–14, 24–28, 32

Israel restored to their land Deut. 29:25, 27–28; 30:1–3; Ezek 36:17–20; 37:1–14; Jer. 31:31–37; Lam. 3:31; Zech. 10:6; Rom. 11:1–36

Antichrist prevented from appearing before appointed time 2 Thess. 2:6

Note: the Spirit–filled church is light and salt, holding back darkness and badness: therefore likely to be what is preventing the appearance of Antichrist Matt. 5:13–14

The rise of Islam (apostasy)… 2 Thess. 2:3 preparing the world for Antichrist. It is his religion because:

  • the Koran denies the Father and the Son 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3;
  • execution by beheading Rev. 20:4
  • Islamic national leadership is both secular and religious Rev. 13:1–18

Jesus comes in the clouds Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:17

Day of the Lord as a thief in the night (no–one knows when this will be) 1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10*

As Noah's day; two in field/mill, one taken, one left. Luke 17:26,28; Matt. 24:36–42

Trumpet heard by those called up. Lev. 23:24; 25:9; Num 10:2–4; 1 Thess. 4:16–17, 1 Cor. 15:52; Rev. 4:1

Ten virgins: all the same but those with less oil (Holy Spirit?) are left behind Matt. 25:1–13

The dead rise and those alive meet Him in the air with them (first phase of the first resurrection). John is probably a 'type' of them. 1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 4:1–2

The Bema seat of Christ: rewards for the saints. Matt. 25:14–23; 2 Cor. 5:10

Note: there is a double fulfilment of Matt 25 – at the times the righteous are taken into heaven.

The 'religious' people left behind wake up to the truth and turn to Christ and (mostly) martyrdom Rev. 7:9–17; 12:17; 14:12–16; 15:2; 20:4

Seven seals begin (scroll opens progressively as each seal is broken) and God's wrath starts to fall… Rev. 6:1–16

Antichrist emerges and rules over every tribe and people and language and nation Rev. 6:2; 13:7 with ten Kings Rev. 17.12, Dan 7:17–27.

Daniel's 70th week (7 years) Antichrist's 7–year covenant with Israel; the temple is rebuilt and animal sacrifices start: Dan. 9:26, 27

The false prophet Rev. 13:11–18

Before the opening of the seventh seal 144,000 of Israel sealed Rev. 7:1–8

Unnumbered crowd in heaven, who died in the great tribulation (which is only part–way through; second phase of the first resurrection?). Rev. 7:9–17

At the opening of seventh seal, silence for ½ hour; seven trumpets begin Rev. 8:1–2

Rev. 12:1–17 is a parenthesis in the book of Revelation. A description of Israel (Gen. 37:9), which gave birth to the Church (via Jesus and the apostles) that is then raptured (Jesus is not the son here: He was crucified, not delivered); Israel protected, persecution for the saints left behind

Treaty broken after 3½ years Dan 7:25; Matt 24:15; Rev. 11:2

One of beast's 7 heads killed and restored to life (6 heads still live, so beast is not killed! Since the heads represent the seven key nations, this must refer to some disaster hitting one of them);* wars against saints; authority over all people for 3½ years Rev. 13:1–10

Mark of the Beast: no buying/selling without it and no salvation for those who accept it – angel gives warning Rev. 13:16–18; 14:9–11; 16:2

Two witnesses preach for 3½ years, miracles, fire from heaven Rev 11:3–6

Two witnesses killed, resurrected and ascend into heaven  Rev. 11:7–14

Seven bowls of wrath Rev. 16:1–21

Reaping of the earth  Rev. 14:15–19 (See A & B)

[A] (First reaping) Living righteous raptured to heaven Rev 14:16

Wedding feast of the Lamb Rev 19:7

Jesus returns in the clouds and all see Him Rev 1:7

He stands on Olivet, which splits in two. Zech. 14:4–5; Matt. 24:30–31

Israel's eyes opened, accept Jesus as Messiah, all saved Zech. 12:10; Rom 11:26

[B] (Second reaping) Armageddon Zech. 12:1–14; 14:12–15; Rev. 19:11–21

Satan cast into bottomless pit for 1000 years Rev. 20:1–3

Beast (Antichrist) and false prophet thrown in lake of fire  Rev. 19:20

Dead righteous resurrected (Last phase of the first resurrection) Rev 20:4–5

Millennium reign of Christ Isaiah 2:2–4; 11:4–16; 65:19–25; Rev. 20:4–6

After 1000 years Satan is released from the pit Rev 20:7; deceives nations Rev 20:8; and the final battle as they surround Jerusalem and are destroyed by fire from Heaven Rev 20:9

Satan thrown in lake of fire and tormented for ever Rev 20:10

Great White Throne and final resurrection Rev 20:12–13

All not in book of life thrown in lake of fire Rev 20:15

New Heaven and new Earth; New Jerusalem from Heaven to Earth; Eternity Psalm 16:11; Is. 65:17; John 14:2; 2 Pet. 3:7–13; Rev. 20:9; 21:1 – 22:21


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