Please don’t get the idea that I am suggesting these things will certainly happen in accordance with my understanding. In no way shape or form do I know anything more about the timing or nature of biblical events (or to the precise extent the bible is metaphorical on matters) than anyone else. I am simply attempting to express my views and open discussion in regards to Christian Eschatology. Any implication that my intention is otherwise is untrue.
At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
-Daniel 12: 1-3
The First 42 Month Period Of Tribulations:
Topics: The rise of God’s final witnesses, The emergence of the Beast, and The Seventh trumpet
[Zechariah 4:4-5, 4:13-14]
4 And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.
5 And I said to the angel who talked with me, ‘What are these, my lord?’
13 He said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.”
14 Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
*I will explore this reference in just a short while.
What I refer to as Tribulations is a seven year period (a little longer actually being 7 years and 75 days), that usher the world into a world fully under the authority of God. Hence, after the events of tribulation, God’s throne will be established on this earth. As we will see from scripture, tribulations has two basic components. First there will be a 42 month period where God will send two divine messengers to prophecy to the world – unfortunately to their ultimate failure – and then, after about 75 days, another 42 month period will eventually ensue where the anti-Christ rules and has authority over the entire earth. For the beginning of our dissemination, we will start with discussing the initial 42 month period. As such, this will begin when the events discussed in Revelation chapter 11 start occurring. So forth, since our interest begins with the epoch of tribulation, this is where we will start our examination.
2 “but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.
3 “And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. (presumably the two spoken of in Zechariah)
In the book of Revelation, chapter 11 begins sometime after the sixth trumpet has been sounded. Here we see a 1,260 day (1 month = 30 days and 30 X 42 = 1,260 days) period being referenced. This is significant because it tells us that there is a lengthy period of peace which takes place after these witnesses/prophets are made evident (I presume these witnesses are an incarnation of the two angels Michael and Gabriel). In other words, the time leading up to the chaos of the anti-Christ’s rule will not be about death and destruction. It will, more or less, be a period of normalcy where these witnesses testify the kingdom of Heaven to the world and call for a form of repentance to every individual on Earth. As far as the sackcloth goes, I interpret this to mean that they will be very poor having few worldly possessions. Inasmuch as, their treasures will be truly perceived by them as residing in heaven. For them, why wouldn’t that be the case?
Regardless of who or what these witnesses are like, we can see from scripture that the appearing of these witnesses will serve as the most significant sign that the world is truly on the brink of destruction. They will essentially be the greatest sign to show that the world will soon go through its most violent period of transformation.
5 And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed.
6 They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.
Essentially, they will undoubtedly have tremendous authority making it very clear that there is a God, and the world should abide first and foremost in the will of God. Nonetheless, given the severity of their ministry, they may perform feats, which without doubt, are, if fact, miraculous. Nonetheless the world will not honor their feats because the world (lovers of dust) does not recognize the Father as God, nor does the world wish to humble itself to the Son, Jesus Christ.
7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,
8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.
I would like to note the usage of the term ‘beast.’ As we see in the section titled The Nature of the Beast, that term does not refer to satan (satan is not proper and is beyond proper treatment) but instead to some other end-time body. Anyway, whatever the ‘beast’ is, it will end the witnesses reign and expose itself at the same time. As for the great city, this term is used again in Revelation 18. As the term is giving a definition in Chapter 18, it’s reasonable to assume the usage of the term is consistent in usage from Chapter 11 and Chapter 18.
9 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.
10 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.”
In this verse, we see where the term “the great city” as being more clearly defined. If then, as argued in “The Great Prostitute,” that the prostitute represents the Catholic church (or more generously as perhaps some core government which has continued to exist in Rome), then once more, we can make the connection that the great city is Rome itself (all roads lead to Rome after all).
What further makes the aforementioned interpretation provocative – where Rome is the “great city” set against God, is that many also believe that “the great prostitute” mentioned in Revelation 17, is describing the Catholic church. This would certainly add support to the argument that exposing and eradicating vain worship is at the top of the agenda for God’s final end-time witnesses. It is for this reason, as best speculation suggests, that these witnesses will eventually die in Rome, and, when they are killed by the rising of the beast (probably some unseen form of world government), they will be in the process of prophesying against this church. Regardless, with the various possibilities, this is an interpretation certainly up for scrutiny.
9 For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,
10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.
The first thing to mention here is that these prophets/witnesses are not out making a lot of friends, at the very least, with the people of the earth. The fact of the matter is that the bible says they were a ‘torment’ to those who ‘dwell’ on the earth (I imagine this to only include those who similarly dwell on earthly things against the Father). Either way, after they are dead for three and a half days, they will resurrect in a similar manner to that of Jesus Christ. This will be a sign to the whole world that through Christ we have power over death. It will also demonstrate to the faithful to endure what will be coming next, because what happens soon after this is the period of tribulations where the whole world is forced to suffer exceedingly (being that the world will be handed over to satan’s rule).
While the epoch of tribulations will be full of evil, where evil will be granted power to test, accuse, and persecute all Christians and Jews, it should be noted and taken with a sense of ease that there will be great signs which happen beforehand that prepare God’s children to endure the ultimate time of trial.
THE SECOND 42 MONTH PERIOD OF TRIBULATIONS:
Topics: The rise of the beast, The mark of the beast, The rapture, and The pouring of the seven bowls of wrath
So now that we have concluded the first phase of Tribulations, it’s time to start exploring what will happen in the second phase. As we study this segment of scripture, we will also look into a few other books in the bible (included in the following chapter) which clearly also talk about this period of time. However, to begin, we will start right around where we left off in the previous section.
While Revelation has a ton of interesting things to discuss, keep in mind that my primary focus here is identify what this period will be like for God’s children, who and what the beast will be, when to expect the rapture, and how this time period will end – all in accordance with scripture.
7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,
8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
9 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 afterwards 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 rise us literally into the heavens directly above the earth and battle satan there, presumably one of them being the incarnation of Michael, 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.
10 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.”
11 “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.”
12 “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 and his angels 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 earth. To do so, he will empower some exotically and likely metaphorically described creature, that the bible refers to as the “beast,” to rule over mankind. While there may be some interpretations that the complete form of the ‘beast’ will have the image of a man and will be the anti-Christ, I find a much more clearer interpretation to be such that the ‘beast’ will have many different parts consisting of the anti-Christ, ‘ten’ powerful men, a system allowing for world control, and a sizable population of people who will endow this beast with their power. As for the system, we can certainly suggests that it will be a ‘One World Order.’ As such, the fullness of the ‘beast’ will include a government in place which imposes a rigid and uncompromising (and dramatically unnecessary) order on the entire world.
Greater scriptural insight into who and what the beast is can be seen the related commentary called “The Nature of the Beast“
[Revelation 13:1, 13:5-6]
1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.
5 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).
6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
*I want to point out the 1,260 day time period here because I will reference it later to tie into various other end-time prophecies in scripture which concern the same events.
Again, there is room for interpretation here, but in the interpretation that the ‘beast’ has the primary component of a ‘One World System’ established to control the masses, then these “blasphemies against God” will essentially be declarations to God on how to govern creation. 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 unsustainable system, is the pyramid scheme where the greatest are served by the masses rather than themselves serving. In other words, this system, which originates by the mind of satan, insults even the most basic wisdom’s of God.
7 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,
8 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.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear:
10 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.
For anyone who wants to see for themselves a few other books in scripture which talk about the period of the anti-Christ’s reign and confirm the bible’s prediction that these things will happen – please read “Daniel, and The Olivet Prophecy“
11 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 (false messiah). 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.
12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.
13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,
14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.
16 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,
17 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.
Unfortunately we can see the world moving in this direction as we speak. 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, and, if 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 (I pray now the Father keeps me from doing such foolishness forever and ever).
Anyway, next in the book of Revelation (which I will not cite the scripture references here), we see the mentioning of 144,000 virgins in Mt. Zion (apparently they are 144,000 people not born on earth and raised with God), three angels delivering a message, and finally a long overdue rapture for God’s remaining children on the planet. In the end, this will set up for God’s wrath on those who remain on the earth in the development of the “7 bowls of wrath.” The next scripture reference will be in regards to the rapture.
14 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.
15 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.”
16 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 “Daniel, and The Olivet Prophecy“) this now concludes 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. 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 satan, and are members in the body of the ‘beast.’
15 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.
THE END OF TRIBULATIONS:
Topics: Three unclean spirits, The fall of “The Great City,” And The Second Coming of Christ
1 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.
13 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.
14 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.
[contradiction – beast is the anti-Christ – only he is the head of the anti-Church so he has a body as described before: revise from before]
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 the anti-Christ), and the “false prophet (who presumably is associated with the ‘mark’).” As we can see here, they do so to gather the world toward the final battle of man vs. God (which the bible, perhaps symbolically, says will be at Megiddo – hence Armageddon).
Once the seven bowls are poured, the next judgment will fall upon “the great city.” Remember that we earlier associated this with Rome and the Catholic church.
1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory.
2 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.”
3 “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.”
4 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;”
5 “For her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”
6 “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.”
7 “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.'”
8 “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.”
9 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.
10 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.
11 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.
12 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.
13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.
15 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.
16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
17 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,”
18 “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.”
19 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.
20 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.
21 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.
Alas! 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. In my honest opinion, that is how it should be anyway.
THE BIBLICAL EPILOGUE:
Topics: The first resurrection, A 1,000 years of peace, and The restoration of heaven and earth
Now that everyone on the earth is ‘passed on,’ it’s time for it to become populated once more.
4 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.
5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.
6 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 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.
After this 1,000 year period, we see God turn His attention to the rest of those who have lived and died
11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
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.
4 “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 thus be no more sorrow, suffering, or death. They will all live as immortal beings free of the burdens created by mortality.
7 “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son [or daughter].”
For the reader, know that I am not suggesting what will actually happen. Inasmuch as, I did not write or amass scripture. Simply, when I pick up the bible, and I study what it says, these are the conclusions I come too. The reality of any of these things probably won’t be apparent until it’s too late to be able prepare and plan for them as we are doing here. Nonetheless, I hope you understand my perspective and intention here. I furthermore hope that your understanding of end-time prophecy has been increased. To simplify things for the reader, and even myself, the following is an outline of all the events mentioned.
THE ITINERARY FOR THE END OF DAYS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LITERAL VIEW OF SCRIPTURE:
• God’s end-time witnesses start witnessing
-phase one of tribulations begins
-their ministry will be highly remarkable and noticeable
-witnesses anoint the ‘true believers’ and prepare them for phase two of tribulations
-witnesses call forth the sinful to repent (against world system) and are hated by those who helplessly depend upon world system
-they perform great signs
-no telling when this will happen but it will be apparent when it does
• +(1,260 – 3.5) days
-God’s witnesses are killed by the emergence of the ‘beast’
• +3.5 days (well the last of the initial 1,260 day period)
-Witnesses resurrect into heaven
-‘seventh trumpet sounds’
• Begin 1,335 day period
-Michael ‘arises’ and His army defeat satan and his angles casting them down to earth
-satan attempts to hunt down and kill a woman pregnant with a earth’s new king (Rev 12)
-satan turns his attention make war with God’s people on earth
• +45 days and the beginning of the 1,290 day period
-the beast ‘steps foot’ in the ‘Holy Temple’ in ‘Jerusalem’
-satan gives his authority over to the ‘beast’ (probably because it serves him)
• +30 days (another 1,260 day period)
-phase two of tribulations begins
-the beast has permission to kill Christians and those faithful to God the Father
-full rise of the anti-Christ (satan’s prophet)
-‘One World Order’ underneath evil dominion
-private property exchanges and monetary exchanges will be regulated electronically
-‘The Mark of the Beast’ (RFID variant) will be instituted (my guess as well as many)
• +1,260 days (end of 1,335 day period)
-rapture of the remaining children of God (rev 14:17)
• 7 bowls of wrath are poured
-the remaining servants of the beast are tortured by God’s wrath (Rev 16)
• The fall of the great city
-the modern Babylon presumably Rome and the Catholic church (Rev 17:18, Rev 18)
• satan deceives man to battle against God
-the remnants of men go to make war with God (presumably at Megiddo) [rev 16:12-16]
• Christ returns and defeats satan and his army of men
-the second coming [rev 19:11-16]
-the full end of the tribulations period (confetti falls) [rev 20:1-3]
• The First Resurrection
-those righteous killed by the ‘beast’ during tribulations are resurrected to live with Christ [rev 20:4-6]
• 1,000 years of peace under God’s rule
-those first resurrected live on a peaceful earth for a 1,000 years with Christ (the ‘living on earth part’ is not necessarily implied by scripture) [rev 20-4-6]
• +1,000 years (the time of Judgment)
-God creates a ‘new’ heaven and ‘new ‘earth [rev 21]
-God judges all others who have lived [rev 20:11-15]
-the remaining righteous will be resurrected to life [rev 20:11-15]
-the damned will be thrown into hades [rev 20:11-15]
-‘death and hell’ A.K.A. hades will be thrown into the ‘lake of fire’ [rev 20:11-15]
Well, if you had read this far, you know more about what the bible says what is going to happen than most people. In no way shape or form have I added to or changed what is in the bible in this presentation. However, in a few circumstances, where interpretation was allowed, I did include some of my own. Nonetheless, everything I have written here is straight from the bible as the bible has said it to be. I know what the bible says can, at times, be hard to imagine as actually set to happen. However I would implore the reader to reflect on why the book is called “Revelation.” As in, what unknown truths are being revealed? As well, the apocalypse itself means “unveiling.” So I ask, what unknown truths are being unveiled? Moving on from here, I strongly hope you will consider preparing yourself for spiritual war by being more committed to following in the example of our Lord Jesus Christ and dedicating yourself to ‘Loving’ and living in the Light of God.