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So now that we have covered the major agents mentioned in the Bible’s description of tribulations, it’s time to start exploring what will happen as the second 42 month period ensues, and what will happen, according to scripture, after the end of the world.
Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
It appears that at the time of the witnesses rising up into heaven, shortly afterward this war in heaven breaks out. The end result of this war will be Satan (and his angels) being thrown down to the Earth. The very fact that the witnesses and their bodies literally rise into the heavens where there is a battle, should lend the reader to the possibility that this battle is between physical beings and takes place in physical space simply somewhere beyond the immediate boundary of the Earth.
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
This is where the Earth gets into real trouble. Satan (could appear to the world as a benevolent extraterrestrial) and his angels (also could appear to the world as benevolent extraterrestrials) are now marooned on the Earth left alone with its inhabitants.
Moving on from here, if one reads into Revelations 12, they will see that Satan’s first move is to kill a woman who is pregnant with a child (Earth’s future monarchical ruler). Once he fails to do so, he will move on to set his sights on to the rest of the Earth. To do so, he will empower the beast to rule over mankind.
(Greater scriptural insight into who and what the beast is can be seen in the related chapter “Nature of the Beast“)
And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months (1,260 days). It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
-Revelation 13:1, 13:5-6
While of course these blasphemies will include insulting the power and benevolence of the Lord our God, they will also reach an even deeper level. In the interpretation that a version of the beast has the One World Order as part of its body, which is established to subjugate the masses to the will of a few, then these blasphemies against God will include declarations to on how to govern mankind.
In this event, we can see from other scriptures, such as Luke 22:25-27, that the Kingdom of Heaven is where the greatest serve the least instead. So forth, the governing principle of this apocalyptic and tyrannical governing system is the opposite. Inasmuch as here, in this dystrophic and ultimately unsustainable system, is the pyramid scheme where the greatest are served by the masses rather than themselves serving them. In other words, this system, which the Bible insinuates originates by the mind of Satan, insults even the most basic wisdom’s of God.
Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear: If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
The Bible has this theological concept of Satan’s seed (children) being mixed in with God’s seed (children). In other words, Satan has corrupted the world with evil people who have evil hearts. So then, these people were never meant to be on this Earth, and, when the Earth was made, it was not made for them. That is what is meant by names not written before the foundation of the world.
The latter half is essentially saying that God will allow the beast to kill any Christian (or faithful person to God) on the planet, and – if you are a Christian (or faithful person to God) – you will have little choice but to let perfect faith in God transpire. Any resistance against the beast will be met by greater opposition. According to scripture, God has made this the way it must be. However, we can also be consoled in scripture that we do so heading towards God’s further aged promise of resurrection and eternal life.
Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.
In this verse we see mentioned another beast. As we read, we will see that his primary role is to serve the anti-Christ. Furthermore, because no other references can be found, I will stick with the translation that a horn represents a person with power and influence on the Earth. Perhaps the lamb part suggests that, whatever this entity is, it will be trying to seem as though it is making peace.
However, the forceful tone of its voice, being as a dragon, implies that while it is seeming’ peaceful, it will be using the full authority of the world government to force people into what they are falsely declaring is a peaceful resolution, all of which will happen at some point AFTER the anti-Christ has come into power.
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
-Revelation 13: 15-17
Unfortunately we can see the world moving in this direction today. As is, we already are steadily moving towards a “RFID” (Radio Frequency Identification) technology that will perform this exact function. Underneath this use of technology – which is not sophisticated by an means – because it is possible to always emit a signal that can be received over a distance such that one’s location would always be traceable. Accordingly, if so a person were ever sufficiently out-of-line with the government, that person would easily, by the press of an enter key, lose complete access to all their property and wealth in an instant. Ultimately, this form or rule will be the most oppressive authoritarian state mankind has ever observed. I find it would be so oppressive and innately evil, I cannot imagine who would choose it even over death.
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe. So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
So now, as accounted for by Daniel (as mentioned in the chapter “Abomination of Desolation,” is the conclusion of the 1,260 (42 month) day period, the 1,290 day period, and the 1,335 day period after the 42 month period of the prophets witnessing. Now, the remaining obedient to God will be blessed by being saved from what will soon happen to those who have received the mark of the beast, worship the beast, and are members in the body of the beast.
Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.
Inasmuch as, after this rapture event, we have the releasing of these seven plagues onto the Earth. If the reader is interested, the details of which can be found in chapter 16 of the book of Revelation. From here, tribulations comes to a fairly quick and dramatic conclusion culminating in the second coming of Christ.
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”
The true judgment of the world and those who curse the Father and the Son begins immediately after all the remaining elect are removed from the Earth.
And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.
As we move through this judgment period, we see that, during the pouring of the sixth bowl, three unclean spirits leave out of the mouth, of Satan, the beast (here this is referencing the anti-Christ), and the false prophet. As we can see here, they do so to gather the world toward the final battle of man vs. God (which the Bible says will be at Megiddo – hence Armageddon).
Once the seven bowls are poured, the next judgment will fall upon the great city.
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. And he called out with a mighty voice,
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; For her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed. As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’ For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,
“Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon! For in a single hour your judgment has come.”
Whatever this great city may happen to be, we can say with certainty that it will not be doing to well when the Lord comes to bring it its justice.
Finally, after the pouring of the bowls, and after the judgement on the great city, we have Christ leading the army of God such as to destroy Satan and his followers.
And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written,
“King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.”
And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.
Finally! Evil on earth has been overcome, and the true end of tribulations has arrived! As we read this scripture, we can, without doubt, see that the Lord is not all-forgiving. He isn’t numb to the suffering caused by evil. So, while He is patient with evil, ultimately He seeks retribution for all pain caused to all things that are loyal to Him.
Now that everyone on the Earth has passed on, it’s time for it to become populated once more.
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
Here we see the first resurrection described (which is mentioned in various places throughout scripture). It is essentially a special tribute to all those who lived, resisted the beast, and died during the times of tribulations. Here we can see, that these people will be considered priests of God in the time to come. After this resurrection, we can see in scripture, that this period will remain for a full millennium.
The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.
-Revelation 20: 5
After this 1,000 year period, we see God turn His attention to the rest of those who have lived and died.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
At this time we see the fullness of justice established. Such that, at this moment, all wrongs will be righted, and those who stood faithful to truth will be with God. Likewise, those who essentially would not open themselves to the Light of God, they, as if like a cancer, are removed from creation.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
Now, for all those who the Earth was made for, the Lord shall give them the true life they were meant to have. There will then be no more sorrow, suffering, or death. They will all live as immortal beings free of the burdens created by mortality.
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“Armageddon and the End of Days” © 2019 Matthew L Ainsworth
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