The Chronological Events During Tribulation

Twenty-four Elders {described as a sea of glass means- people with glorified bodies} who are Old Testament saints, worship God at the throne along with four living creatures and other angels.  – Rev 4:1-11.  {NOTE:     SEE TEACHING ON-‘24 ELDERS’]

1] Now, God is holding in His right hand, a scroll sealed with seven seals and an angel is challenging anyone who is worthy to come and open the scroll. – Rev 5: 1-4.                        13

The appearance of Jesus as the Lamb and the Lion of Judah, to open the scroll, as no one else was found worthy to open it. – Rev 5:5-7

All the elders and four living creatures along with numerous holy angels worshiped Jesus, for His worthiness. – Rev 5:8-14.

 2] The First Seal : The Conqueror.  [ Rev 6:1-2], False Christs [ Mt 24:4-5].

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  • Jesus allows Antichrist to be released and to set out to conquer the earth. – Dan 7:3-8,17.

The Antichrist will make a peace covenant {treaty} of Seven years with Israel and its enemy. – Dan 9:27, Dan 12:11-12, Rev 13:5, Dan 7:25c, Rev 11:2-3. [NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON- ‘DANIEL 70th WEEK’]

  • The Antichrist will initially rise to power {crown} on peace {white}.

Antichrist who is called ‘Beast of the Sea’ will be assisted by the ‘Beast of the Earth’ who is the False Prophet.  – Rev 13:11-13 [NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON-‘ANTICHRIST’ ]

  • Anti Christ will be a gay and may have a Jewish descent. –  Dan 11:37
  • Antichrist will have a ten nation confederacy along with him. – Dan 7:24, Rev 13:1

3] Jewish Temple is rebuilt.  [NOTE:   SEE TEACHING ON-‘3RD JEWISH TEMPLE’ ]

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4]  The Second Seal. : The Conflict on the Earth  [ Rev 6:3-4], Wars [Mt 24:6-7]    

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  • Antichrist will be allowed to take peace, away from the earth and cause many to kill one another.
  • Red indicates War. The Antichrist will have to subdue three nations who may not be willing to go under his rule. – Dan 7:24 b, Dan 7:8
  • The Conventional War of the Tribulation — Revelation 6

    The book of Revelation states that a major world war will break out soon after the Tribulation begins. This war is described in Revelation 6.

    Although the Antichrist will rise to world power in Europe through cunning, deception, and intrigue (Daniel 8:23), he will have to resort to military power to conquer the world.

Asia, Africa, and South America have spent too long casting off the shackles of European colonialism for them to suddenly surrender their sovereignty peacefully to a new European dictator — regardless of how brilliant and charismatic he may be.

We are told in Revelation 13:7 that the Antichrist will ultimately achieve “authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.” This authority will be achieved through war. Revelation 6 records the outbreak of this world war.

The War of Psalm 83 results in the destruction of the inner ring of Muslim states around Israel. The War of Ezekiel 38 and 39 produces the defeat of the immediate outer ring of Muslim states.

But the vast majority of all Muslims live outside the Middle East.Total 38% [60.8 Crores] IN MIDDLE EAST..NOTE:[ Total Worlds Muslim Population In 2016 Is 160 Crores]

Inner Circle Of Israel [Arab Countries].Has Only 32 Crores (20%),Outer Circle Of Israel [Iran And Others] Has Only 28.8 Crores(18%)

Around 62% Of The World’s Muslims Live In South And Southeast Asia.

Indonesia Has 20.32 Crores (12.7%), Pakistan Has 17.6 Crores (11.0%),India Has 17.44 Crores (10.9%),Bangladesh Has 14.72 Crores (9.2%).AND Other Nations Combined  Has 29.12 Crores (18.2%). SO A-Total 62% [99.2 Crores] of muslims live outside middle east.

These nations are the ones who are most likely to produce the strongest resistance to a Western, non-Muslim dictator, and they will be destroyed either in this war or the one that follows it. It results in the death of one-fourth of humanity, or 150 cr in today’s terms (Revelation 6:8).

This will happen in the 4th seal. In other words, I believe God is going to use the Antichrist as His hammer of wrath to destroy Islam.

5] The Third Seal : Scarcity on Earth  [Rev 6:5-6], Famines [ Mt 24:7]

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  • Black represents the result of the War –Famine, diseases and food shortages.
  • The Antichrist will cause slave-labors conditions to exist where people will be working for minimum pay just to be able to buy enough food for a day, but the rich and affluent will still have their rich lifestyle.

 

The Mid- Point of 70TH Week

6] War in Heaven    [Rev 12: 7- 12]

WAR

  • Satan is cast out of heaven unto the earth with all his angels from his abode in 2nd heaven by Michael the Arch- Angel of Israel who is the restrainer.
  • It is Michael, as Israel’s protector, who is the one presently holding back Satan’s “secret power of lawlessness.”  This is the restrainer, the one to whom Paul referred when he wrote,

“And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.  For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed…” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8a).

  • Note: Unlike what commonly is believed, Satan presently has access to heaven, just as he did in the day of Job—Job 1:6, 2:1.  Satan does not presently reside in heaven; he simply has right of entry into heaven, where he accuses people before God (Zechariah 3:1).  However, at the midpoint of the 70th Week, Satan will be booted out of heaven permanently.

 

7] Anti-Christ Demands Worship   [Daniel 9:27]

  • Anti Christ will receive some kind of a wound that should kill him [Probably while subduing the 3 nations who are unwilling to go under his rule- Daniel 7:8 & 24 b]. It could be an assassination, but he miraculously is brought back to life, probably by Satan whose cast down to earth. [Rev. 13: 3,4, 12 & 14] [NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON-‘ANTICHRIST’& Refer Event 4. He shows to duplicate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Anti Christ will receive power from Satan for 42 months [Rev. 13: 2 & 5, Daniel 7:25]
  • The Antichrist, who signed a seven year covenant with Israel and other nations, will break the terms of the covenant and demand that the world worship him.  The Apostle Paul records more clearly what this “Abomination of Desolation” will be… [2 Thes. 2:3-4, Mt. 24:15 & Daniel 9:27]
  • The risen world leader presents himself as God incarnate…. Many will accept this world leader as God but some will not… He will enter the rebuilt Jewish temple and stop the animal sacrifices… He will proclaim to have fulfilled the requirement for all sacrifice… He will have a image of himself made to stand in the holy place of the temple showing himself and the world that he is God… He also will fulfill the expectations of all religion that in reality worships Satan……Israel for the most part will reject this counterfeit Messiah when He defiles the temple…This Roman Empire leader Antichrist will in turn totally reject Israel and will nullify the seven year agreement with them.
  • The 666 mark of the beast [Antichrist]is enforced worldwide so that no one can buy or sell without it. [Rev. 13:16- 18, Ezek. 7: 19] [NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON-‘BEAST OF THE EARTH & THE MARK OF THE BEAST’]
  • Antichrist will speak AGAINST God and His saints. –Rev 13:6-7, Daniel 11:36
  • All those who were not predestined or chosen will worship the Antichrist. – Rev 13:8

Note: Some of the elect will also be following him.(Those will be the goats in Mt 25:31-46).     So is the warning given to saints in -Rev 13:9 -10

8]  Woman Flees to Wilderness   [Rev 12:13-14], [Obadiah 1:12. 14-15]

  • Next, the scripture tells us that the “woman” will flee to the wilderness.  Most scholars agree that this woman is a symbol for Israel.
  • Time = 1 year; times = 2 years, ½ time = ½ year
  • 1 + 2 + ½  =  3 ½ years
  • Scripture identifies this “wilderness” as the land of Edom.  The prophet Obadiah prophesies against Edom for the way they will treat those of Israel who flee…
  • Jewish Persecution – Mt. 24:20-22, Zech 13:8-9, Zech 14:2

9] God’s Avenue’s For Evangelization

a]  Two Witnesses Prophesy For 1,260 Days [Rev 11:3-6]

  • That number – 1,260 days (or 3½ years) appears again as the book of Revelation foretells of two servants of God that will come on the scene.
  • Many have sought to identify these two witnesses, the scripture doesn’t explicitly tell us.  However, common thought is that these two might be Moses and Elijah.
  • They will walk with God’s power to prophesy to the world for 1,260 Days (3 ½ yrs.)
  • No one will be able to harm or kill them during the 1260 days. If anyone tries to kill them the bible says a fire from their mouth will kill those people.
  • These Two Witnesses will have power to shut down rain, turn waters to blood, cause plagues to come and torment all of the unbelievers.

b]  144,000 Are Sealed   [Rev 7:3-4], [Ezekiel 20: 35-38]

  • God is going to choose and mark 144,000 Jews from the 12 tribes of Israel, these are the first- fruit to God and the Lamb.
  • These are the first set of Jews to get saved and accept Jesus as their true Messiah.
  • God will physically protect them from all the Judgments that will be hitting the Earth, during this time so that they can witness to Others.

c] The Angel of Everlasting Gospel  [Rev. 14:6-7]

  • God will apparently making an exception to “ Preach the Gospel Job”, after the Mid- point or probably after the Rapture of Church.
  • God allows one Angel to preach to all those who are still living in the earth during the Great Tribulation [The Hour of His Judgment].
  • This angel will be preaching to every nation, tribe, tongue and people.

d]  Major Out- Pouring of the Holy Spirit   [Joel 2:28-32]

  • God will start this outpouring of the Holy Spirit probably after the Rapture of Church.
  • However, many of this saved people will end up getting martyred for their faith but they will be resurrected and will live in the 1000 year rule of Christ.
  • They are called Tribulation Saints. – (Rev. 20:4)

10] The Fourth Seal : Widespread Death on Earth  [Rev 6:7-8], [ Mt 24:7-8]

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  • Pale color stands for death. So, 1/4th of the earth’s pollution will be killed by 4 WAYS – sword, hunger, death and by the Beasts. {rulers who join forces with Antichrist}
  • Many believers during this period will be martyred by this way.

11] The Fifth Seal : Cry Of Martyrs  [Rev 6:9-11], Persecution [Mt24:9]

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  • The elect who were killed in the fourth seal cry out in heaven for God to take action.
  • God assures them but asks them to wait until the full number of martyrs are fulfilled.
  • Note: [Mt. 24:21-22] – The scripture then describes a period of suffering where these fourth and fifth seals will be opened. It says that this time of suffering will be unparalleled in all of history.
  • It is important to note the indicators that Matthew uses to show the relation of time. In verse 9 he starts, “Then you will be handed over…” and then in verse 10 he states, “At that time many will turn away from the faith…” He continues in verse 21 “For then there will be great distress…” All of these references center around verse 15… [Mt. 24:15-16,19].
  • Therefore, we can place the fourth and fifth seal suffering centered around the Abomination of Desolation. And we know that the Abomination of Desolation is the mid-point of the 70th Week when Antichrist demands that the world worship him.

  12]  The Sixth Seal : Cosmic Disturbance [Rev.6:12-17]

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  • God starts to take direct action Himself, He causes a great earthquake to shrike the earth
  • A solar and lunar eclipse together at a same time is seen, and the stars {meteorites} are seen to crash with earth. The rulers will know that this is God.
  • Also God causes the sun to turn black and the moon like blood
  • Note: The exact timing of when each seal will happen is not clear except that the first 3 seals will happen before the mid-point, the 4th and 5th around or just after the mid-point, and the 6th and 7th seals after the mid-point.

Rapture and The Day of the Lord.

When the seventh seal is broken the scroll is opened and the Day of the Lord’s wrath begins. Therefore we can surmise that the scroll sealed with seven seals IS the scroll of the Day of the Lord.

13] The Seventh Seal :   Silence in Heaven [Rev. 8:1-6].

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14] The Coming of Jesus on the Clouds [Rev. 6:16-17], [Mt. 24:30-31]

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  • Jesus will appear in the Sky on the Clouds with His angels to gather the elect [Believers].

15] The Resurrection of the Dead Saints & Rapture of the Living Saints [1 Thes. 4:15-18]

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  • In the book of Revelation 7:9-10 we are explicitly told that this sign of the sun, moon and stars signals the day of the wrath of the Lamb. Immediately after the day of wrath begins, we find this multitude in heaven that no one can count from every tribe and nation. It is interesting that they are wearing robes and have palm branches in their hands; therefore they must have resurrected bodies. Who else could this multitude be except the raptured saints from all the ages!
  • Jesus told us in Mark 13:32 that no one knows the day and the hour. But He did say…
  • Matt 24:32 (NIV) Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. {33} Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.  (emphasis added)
  • We can know His coming is “right at the door.” So, we cannot say exactly when during the final half of the 70th Week that the rapture will occur – but according to Matthew 24 it will be sometime during the second 3½ years. Jesus did give us two exciting clues as to when it would happen:

Two Clues…

Matt 24:22 (NIV) “…for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”

Matt 24:29 (NIV) “Immediately after the distress of those days…”

  • We can say that the tribulation of the second half of the 70th Week will be cut short for the elect (saints), and that the rapture will take place immediately after the distress of those days. It helps us to realize why the New Testament writers would say, “even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!”
  • There is one other important note when placing the timing of the rapture. It will happen before the 1st trumpet sounds and the seventh trumpet sounds at the end of the 70th Week. The fifth trumpet that sounds brings 5 months of torment to those on the earth. Therefore, presumably the rapture would have to happen at least 6 months prior to the end of the 70th Week for all the other trumpet judgments to fit in.
  • In the last 3 1/2 years of the 70th week, the rapture could happen in as quickly as 6 months or less, or as much as 2½ to 3 years. The fact that Jesus uses the word “immediately” causes us to believe that the rapture will happen very early in the 2nd half of the 70th Week.

16] The Wrath of God Rev.8:1-6 [NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON- ‘DAY OF THE LORD’]

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  • These events are foretold in the book of Revelation symbolized by the sounding of the seven trumpets and the pouring out of the seven bowls.
  • As we focus on the wrath of God, we will be narrowing in on the Day of the Lord that takes place as the saints of God are raptured from the earth to heaven.
  • The division of the trumpets and bowls in the book of Revelation allow us to separate God’s wrath into two parts that we will call the “beginning wrath” and the “final wrath.”
  • The wrath of God will begin as the seventh seal (Rev 8:1-6) on the scroll of “The Day of the Lord” is broken and the scroll is opened.

The Beginnings of Wrath

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 TRUMPET JUDGEMENTS

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17] The First Trumpet [Rev.8:7]

  • As the first trumpet sounds a fiery hail storm burns up 1/3 of the earth. We are told 1/3 of the trees and all green grass are also affected.

18] The Second Trumpet [Rev.8: 8-9]

  • “A Great mountain burning with Fire” probably a meteor from space. It kills 1/3 rd of sea creatures an 1/3 rd  of the seas turns into  blood, 1/3 rd of ships also destroyed.

19]  The Third Trumpet [Rev.8: 10-11]

  • “A Great star burning like torch” – probably a meteorite from space. 1/3 rd of fresh water from rivers and springs gets contaminated which will kill many men.

20] The Fourth  Trumpet [Rev.8: 12-13]

  • God strikes 1/3 rd of the sun, 1/3rd of the moon, and 1/3rd of the stars so that no light reaches the earth.
  • There is also a warning that things are about to get worse.

21] The Fifth  Trumpet [Rev.8: 12-13]

  • This judgment is called ‘Woe’.
  • Bottomless Pit is opened where huge swarms of locusts are allowed to be released upon the Earth.
  • These locusts are allowed to attack men who do not have God’s Seal on their forehead. The locusts will not attack in random but they will have a demon named ‘Apollyon’ leading them .
  • Their bite is like a scorpion and this torment is allowed to last for five months and is so severe that people will literally be seeking death.

 22] The Sixth  Trumpet [Rev.9: 13-21]

  • Second ‘Woe’ is beyond human comprehension.
  • Four Demonic Angels are released to kill 1/3d of mankind. So, by now 25% {4th Seal }+ 25% {6th Trumpet} = 50% of world’s population is killed.
  • Army of 200 millions {20 crores} demonic spirits are used for killing.
  • Most amazingly people still refused to repent and still worshipped demons.

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23] The small Scroll Opened Rev. 10:1-10

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  • The small scroll signifies that the work of the large scroll is complete and now the small scroll is opened.
  • ‘Sweet as Honey’ Means God’s Gracious Redemption Of Israel and completion of the spiritual Kingdom of God.
  • ‘Sour’ means Final Wrath of God, – Worst ever to be poured out on Man.

24] The Death of Two Witness Rev. 11:7-8

  • First, we can place the timing of the 30 day period because of the prophecy of the death of the two witnesses…
  • We were told in Rev. 11:3-6 that the witnesses WILL testify for 1,260 days.  Therefore, they cannot be killed until their testimony is finished.  Furthermore, the death of the two witnesses is clearly foretold as occurring just before the seventh angel sounds his trumpet in Rev. 10:7.
  • Cannot be killed until end of 1260 Days.
  • Between 6th and 7th Trumpets.
  • This places the timing clearly at the end of the 70th Week and the beginning of the 30 day period.  Specifically, the witnesses are killed WHEN their testimony is finished.  Therefore, they will be killed on the first day of the 30 day period.
  • As the large scroll completes, the ministry of the two witnesses comes to a close and the 30 day reclamation period begins… [Rev 10:11, 11:2]

25] The 30 Days Reclamation Period Begins [NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON-‘DANIEL 70th WEEK’]

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  • There are two periods mentioned in the book of Daniel that occur immediately after the end of Daniel’s 70th Week.
  • The 30 day portion can be classified as The Reclamation Period, and the 45 day portion can be called The Restoration Period.
  • These names are chosen to clarify the things that will happen during each specific period.

These 75 days break down as follows:

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The 30 day Reclamation Period will consist of four major events that will serve to finalize God’s judgment of the world. Furthermore, as the prophecies are calculated, so often giving the number of days, it is possible to set the timing of the 30 day period and to delineate what will happen during the first five days of this Reclamation Period.

26]  Day– 1}

  • Jesus returns to Edom. [NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON-‘ALL ISRAEL SAVED’]

27]  Day– 2}

  • Christ leads Remnant on a 2 day Journey to Jerusalem.

[NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON-‘JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM’]

28]  Day– 3}

  • All Israel Saved. [Isaiah 14:1]

29]  Day– 4}

  • On the third day Jesus enters Jerusalem. This is also the day prophesied that the two witnesses are resurrected.
  • When the Antichrist kills the two witnesses on the first day of the 30 day period, their bodies will lie in the streets for three days. [Zech 12:10].

30]  Day– 5}

  • 144, 000 Jewish Witness ascend to Mount Zion.

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31]  The Seventh  Trumpet [Rev.11: 15-19]

  • Final ‘Woe’ not really a judgment.
  • Heavens Rejoicing, more lightening, Thundering, and another earthquake with hail.

 

Bowls Judgments

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  • They will happen quickly (possibly in as little as 25 days?)
  • All things affected (rather than 1/3 as in the trumpet judgments)
  • Seventh Bowl = Total Devastation
  • Followed by Armageddon

32 ] The First Bowl  [Rev.16:1-2]

 

  • God releases a very fowl and loathsome sore or boil that come upon all people who have the mark of the Beast.

                  33] The Second Bowl  [Rev.16:3]

  • God Causes entire sea to turn into blood and every creature is killed.

                      34] The Third Bowl  [Rev.16:4-7]

  • God turns all the rivers and Springs to turn into Blood. So no water left to drink.

                  35] The Fourth Bowl [Rev.16:8-9]

  • God allows the heat of the sun to scorch men with great heat.
  • Amazingly people still refuse to repent and still curse God.

      36] The Fifth Bowl [Rev.16: 10-11]

  • Here God goes directly after the Antichrist along with his Kingdom
  • The boil is still plaguing the people and by the sores from the First Bowl, and they are in extreme pain .
  • God causes full darkness over the Earth, & people still refuse to repent.

 

   37] The Sixth Bowl [Rev.16: 12-16]

  • The Euphrates river is allowed to dry up so has to prepare the way for the Kings of the East to come for the last & Final battle on the planet Earth – “The Battle of Armageddon.” (Kings of the East are probably China & Other Asian Countries)
  • Three Demons who proceed out of the Antichrist and the False Prophet are Allowed by God to Go out to all the kings of the Earth to bring them to the “Battle of Armageddon”.
  • The stage is now set. China is coming from the East with Other Asian Countries & Russia and allies are coming from the North.
  • Daniel 11:44-45, implies that Antichrist does not full control over the Entire World. It says that he hears the news from the East [China] & North [Russia] that trouble him. Mostly these 2 countries would not want to come under his rule and they are setting up to come against him in Jerusalem.
  • The Troops of Antichrist along with 10 nations [European Confedracy ] are also converging on to Armageddon to battle it out- Probably to see who will rule the world.

[NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON-‘DANIEL 70th WEEK & 10 HORNS’]

 

  38] The Seventh  Bowl [Rev.16: 17-21]

  • The Last and Final judgment. God says, “ It is Done.”
  • The Greatest and most severe earthquake that has ever hit our Planet will strike.
  • Great hail stones of 135 pounds {65kgs} will hit the earth.
  • All islands will flee- means get drowned.
  • Mountains will be crushed to Powder and Many cities will be wiped out.
  • Jerusalem will be divided into 3 parts.
  • The Great city of Babylon will be destroyed in one hour. [NOTE:SEE TEACHING ON-‘RISE & FALL OF BABYLON’]

The ‘LITERAL BABYLON CITY’ is now destroyed.

  • An angel comes down from Heaven announcing the fall of ‘Literal Babylon City’ – A place of occult practices. – Rev 18:1-2
  • The same angel warns the people who trade with her or associate with her to come out of her or else they would receive the same judgment. –Rev 18:3-9.
  • Babylon is now destroyed in an hour with fire,– Rev 18:10 & 17
  • The trading nations and the people who watched this destruction were very sorrowful & shocked. –Rev 18:18-19
  • The same angel now announces in Heaven to Holy Apostles & Prophets and to all the Heavenly Hosts, to rejoice over the destruction of Babylon. –Rev 18: 20
  • Rev 18:21-24 is picturises a violent destruction of Babylon in such a way that it will be found no longer. In fact earlier the ruins of Babylon which were found after Babylon was destroyed in 539 B.C. when Cyrus conquered it, were used to build ‘HILLAH’. Even ‘Saddam Hussein’ started rebuilt this city in the early 70’s. {Nearly half of the city was built before the War of Iraq}.
  • After the final destruction of Rev 18- not one stone of Babylon will be used to rebuild any city or house after that.
  • The only thing now left is for all the Kings of the Earth to march towards the battle of ‘Armageddon’.
  • As you read the bowl judgments, it becomes apparent that they follow one another very quickly.
  • For example, the first bowl is a judgment of sores. But, when the fifth bowl of darkness is poured out, the scripture states that the people cursed God because of the sores – the sores were the first bowl.  Therefore the indication is that there will not be much time in between judgments.
  • It makes sense that they would happen in a span of 25 days. Also, the fact that all things are affected would necessitate that the bowls happen quickly, or no one would be left alive.

 

39] The Bema Seat Judgment [Rev.11: 15-18]

  • By this time, all of the saints of God will be in heaven having been rescued from the earth in the “rapture.” While the Salvation of Israel and God’s final wrath are happening on earth, in heaven the saints of God will be undergoing what the scripture calls the “judgment seat of Christ.”  The word “judgment seat” is the Greek word “bêma,” therefore this judgment is often called the “bema judgment.” It is foretold by the Apostle Paul in [2 Corinthians 5:10]For we must all appear before the judgment seat [bêma] of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
  • The timing of this judgment is revealed in Revelation 11:15-18 as being after the seventh trumpet has sounded.
  • There are three prophetic events mentioned in this passage.  First, the seventh trumpet is sounded. Second, it is proclaimed that God has once again begun to reign on earth. And third, the time has come for judging the dead and for rewarding God’s servants.” So, the judgment seat of Christ will be taking place during this time.
  • We studied that there are 1,260 days for the rule of Antichrist and 1,290 days until the destruction of Antichrist. The question is, what happens to stop the rule of Antichrist during the 30 days? Well, we have seen that Jesus, Himself, will return and lead the Israelites in exile back into Jerusalem and then reclaim rule from Antichrist. With Jesus’ return, the power of Antichrist is limited. We are told this in the book of [2 Thess 2:8] “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”
  • The word destroy in the original language does not mean to annihilate, but to render ineffective.
  • Therefore, as Jesus appears on the scene, the Antichrist’s power is rendered ineffective. In fact, the only two actions we have recorded that the Antichrist will take during the 30 days, is to kill the two witnesses and to gather together the nations for the battle of Armageddon.

 

40] The Battle of Armageddon [Rev.19: 11-16]

  • This is a description of the Lord Jesus leading the armies of heaven to the battle of Armageddon.  This is the decisive battle when the Antichrist will finally be defeated and the war WILL be over! The scripture tells us that the Lord will be leading the armies of heaven.
  • Rev 19:13-14 (NIV) He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. {14} The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. (emphasis added)
  • The question is, who are these “armies of heaven?” The scriptures are quite clear about the identity of this army.
  • Matt 13:40-42 (NIV) As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. {41} The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. {42} They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  (emphasis added)
  • Here in Matthew, the scriptures tell us that at the end of the age it will be the angels that are sent to “weed out” the kingdom. Several other times the angels are spoken of as being the agents of divine judgment and completion.
  • 2 Thess 1:7-8 (NIV) … This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. {8} He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. (emphasis added)
  • There are many prophecies that deal with this final conflict.
  • Isaiah 34:1-3 (NIV) Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear… {2} The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is upon all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter. {3} Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will send up a stench; the mountains will be soaked with their blood.
  • Rev 19:19-21 (NIV) Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. {20} But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. {21} The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. (emphasis added)
  • This passage deals with the aftermath of the battle. We are told that the beast and the false prophet (the Antichrist and his right-hand man) will be captured and then thrown into the lake of fire. All the rest are killed by the sword that comes from the Lord’s mouth. Some have speculated that this “sword” is the word of God coming from the mouth of Jesus. After all, in John 1:1 Jesus is called the Word.

 

41]   Satan Is Bound [Rev.20: 1-3]

  • Satan , the dragon is chained up into the bottomless pit for a period of 1000years.
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