End Times

Simplified End Time schematic

Paul said that 'end times teaching' (judgement, resurrection and our future hope) is a Milk Doctrine (basic fundamental knowledge), yet how many Christians really know about the end times or can understand Revelation?

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The end times timeline comes under Bible Milk Teaching. This means that it is basic essential teaching that cannot be overlooked and is relitively easy to understand if one uses an orthodox hermeneutic. Some people talk of three points for rapture these are called: pre-trib, mid-trib and post-trib. The diagram above illustrates a pre-trib (mid-trib) scenario, which means that born again individuals will be raptured before the tribulation starts (or the great tribulation). Post-trib believers think that we will be raptured after the tribulation. This last idea is so flawed theologically that it does not deserve discussion in this commentary. Mid-trib believers believe that the rapture will occur at the same time as the desecration of the temple half-way through the tribulation, and there is certainly compelling reasoning that this could be the case among Biblical scholars. So tribulation believing theologians and scholars are split in their understanding between pre-trib and mid-trib.

One of the most important features of the end times timeline is that it is a picture of Israel's prophetic fulfilment and only secondarily as an interruption referring to the gentile church. This is the basic plan:

1) Jews god’s people 

2) Interruption: Church age (not a replacement of Israel) 

3) Jewish covenent period again (see covenant)

4) Eternal state

Evidence: Book of John…  ...the Word was made flesh and tabernacled with us… 

Emmanuel: means God with us, he tabernacled among us… the feast of tabernacles was the expected date and the real date of Messiah around September and October because of differences between Jewish and Gregorian calendars.

Eschatological Timeline

The current generation stands at the edge of the conclusion of its present dispensation.

"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Dan. 12:4).

The angel told Daniel the prophet that the book (understanding of end things) would remained shut until the time of the end.

The world faces the consequences of sin escalation today from syncretism, moral decay  hate fuelled Middle East conflict and a myriad of post-modern deconstructions that exist in the very fabric of what was once held sacred.

It seems apparent that over the last twenty years increasing openess about end time discussion has been emerging; from general interests into theological investigation and hystieria. Certainly we are in a time where knowledge is vastly increased since the time of the above prophecy.

Timeline Issues and Events

It is incumbent for believers to watch the signs of the times. Indicators that we are in the end times are both symptomatic and ubiquitous. It is the job of the believer without hysteria or dogma to be able to identify between the two. Failure to achieve this task brings poor testimony on the Bible and a lack of confidence in the new believer or those showing an intrest in the Bible.

A believer’s eschatological radar scope, must be fully underpinned with both a simple and allegorical reading of the Bible and especially Daniel, the Gospels and the book of Revelation. Jesus said to his disciples after explaining in detail end time events "And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch" (Mark 13:37).

Rapture (1 Thes 4:13-18).

There are no prophecies to be fulfilled before the rapture of Christ's Church: other than political manoeuvres that are either indicative of the end time build up or foundational landmarks that underpin events that will happen after the rapture.

These micro events inlcude many geophysical and socio economic 'perilous times'. These are merely the birth pains of the end times: convulsions of earthquakes, hurricanes, and increase of violence.

The rapture is a seizing up of living believers from the earth before the seven year tribulation begins properly.

At the time of rapture there will be a duality of circumstances. As described above there will be the sign of the times - described as birth pains. Secondly it will be business (and culture) as usual. In theological terms this is cited ‘as in the days of Noah’. 

This intervention in Luke 17: 26-30 will be a dramatic event. Jesus from clouds of glory will shout "Come up here!" (Rev. 4:1-2). 

All true Christians will instantly be with Jesus above the earth. (1 Cor. 15: 51-55 and 1 Thes. 4:13-18.) 

Literally millions of people will be removed to the Lord and will be taken back to heaven, where He has prepared a place of eternal dwelling (Jn. 14:1-3). 

Removal of the Restrainer

On earth the restrainer will be removed, which will 'engine start' the end times Tribulation period. (2 Thessalonians 2).

The Anti-Christ

A world leader comes forth while the nations of earth will be in chaos. It is risky to speculate the actual adjustments and of civil, social and economic equilibrium; however, shifts of power will occur. Some speculate that the EU will become the new superpower, One man will step forward to present a plan to end the fears of war in the Middle East (Daniel 9:27). Cf. Revelation 6: 2

Israel: Prophecy Fulfilled

Israel has to be back in her land before the final prophecies are fullfilled. The nation is at the centre of end-times events. 

The Judgment Seat of Christ. Cor 3:13-15

Rewards for service to the Lord while on earth will take place. Crowns will be handed out to God's ‘known’ people.

Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Marriage Supper of the Lamb is also called the Wedding Feast (Revelation 19:7-10). A time of incredible reunion with Christ and fellowship while tribulation occurs on earth.

Peace Covenant Confirmed

The great ‘psuedo-saviour’ world leader will arrive having compelling solutions to the looming all-out war in the Middle East. 

He will deliver a seven-year peace plan that Israel will agree to sign. Israel's acceptance will fly in the face of God. This "covenant made with death and Hell," as it is called, (Isaiah 28) will cause God's judgmental wrath to begin.

Attack upon Israel

The 'Gog-Magog’ (typology) attack is prophesied by Ezekiel (occuring prior to the eternal state version).

Russia is foretold to deliver some of the most horrifying trials and tribulations for Israel. Gog, "chief prince of Rosh," is the leader of Russia described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. In ancient language, Gog means "leader." "Rosh" is the historical name for Russia.

Persia (Iran) comes along beside Russia, in prophetic developments. (Ezekiel 38:5) Iran will assist Russia in attacking Israel.

The 144,000

God will seal (protect from Satan and his demons) 144,000 (evangelists) Jewish men with the gospel message of Jesus Christ. This will be the way to salvation, redemption and reconciliation to God, the Father. (Rev. 7: 3-8.) Millions of people will hear the message through the tribulation period.

Two Witnesses (Daniel’s 70th week)

A pair of Old Testament styled prophets will preach the Gospel to the end time audience and warn of judgment if repentance isn't reciprocated.

There seems rational evidence that at least one of them will be Elijah and another possibly Enoch, as both walked with God and were supernaturally taken before natural death. (In the system that God has established a person must die a natural death before the judgement. Concerning rapture some theologians believe that as people are raptured their physical bodies will be leaft behind).

The anti-christ government will seek to kill these men, but will be unable to do so until God allows after 1260 days. Finally, they will be able to be killed. Their dead bodies will be left in a city street of Jerusalem for three days, before being resurrected to life, and lifted into the sky before the eyes of the world.

Antichrist properly Revealed

The world leader, who confirmed the seven-year peace covenant, will be struck with a deadly head wound. He will resurrect, supposedly, from death and then walk into the Jewish temple on Mount Moriah at Jerusalem and declare himself to be God. He will demand worship from all of the world's inhabitants. (2 Thes. 2; Revelation, 13) 

This fully reveales him as the Antichrist, the son of perdition, the man of sin. He will cause all to accept his mark or be excluded from the economic system. He will order elimination of those who will not worship him. The chief method of death will be beheading. His partner in this satanic duet is called the False Prophet

Jews Flee

Jesus forewarned the Jews who will occupy Jerusalem at the time of Anti-Christ's revelation to flee to the mountains, quite probably Petra in Jordan. (Matthew 24, Revelation, 12.) This is the mid-way point of the seven-year tribulation. The  theological name for this period is called 'Jacob’s Trouble'.

Jacob’s Trouble

Israel has to endure the time of trouble (Jer. 30:7). It’s the worst time in history for that people, according to Jesus. His prophecy states the same degree of horror for the whole world. He said: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matt. 24:21). 

Zechariah the prophet foretold there would be both an 'Israel' and a ‘Jerusalem' during the Tribulation. "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it" (Zech. 12:3).

Antichrist will commence the largest genocide ever to be visited upon earth.

Antichrist Regime

Anti-christ's regime will cause all to worship the beast, the Revelation 13 term for Antichrist. He will set up an idol, which all must bow before. (Revelation 13). 

The regime will consist of ten kingdoms, whose newly crowned kings (political leaders) will give all their authority and power to Antichrist. 

The European Union is a typology of the end times collective. Similalry the North American Union (NAU) may be instrumental in becoming one kingdom in the making. 

The Anti-christ will establish a one world government, one world economy, and one world religion for a brief time. This will be a Babylonian type system that will enslave the world and also typologically be a revived Roman Empire. 

(Daniel 2, 7, 9, and 11, Revelation 13. Ancient Babylon and ancient Roman Empire's influence this end-time regime. (Revelation 17 and 18). God will destroy the central city of the end times: Babylon, in one hour (Revelation 18).

Kings of East threaten, then move into the frame. The Bible predicts in the tribulation that the 'Kings of the East' will march across the dried-up Euphrates River to do battle at Armageddon.

200 million troops, possibly demon possessed cross the area of the Euphrates (Revelation 9 and 16). Armageddon is the culmination of the kings of the east marching toward a rendezvous with all other nations of the world. 

"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land" (Joel 3: 10-2). (Rev. 16:16, 19: 17-18.)

Christ Returns as Earth’s new ruler

The most exciting prophecy being that Messiah, Lord of Lords and King of Kings will set His throne on top of Zion once He returns. A dramatic topographically change concerning Mount Moriah. Christ's millennial temple set high above the city of Jerusalem.

Israel today is at the center of attention, and of much disapproval from its neighbors and the rest of the world.

As the battle becomes so violent that it threatens the end of life on earth, black clouds of the apocalypse unroll as a scroll, brilliant light from heaven's separates darkness, revealing the King of Kings with His armies and of angelic hosts. 

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God" (Rev. 19:11-15).

Judgement of Living Nations

(Matt 25:31-46)

The Creator will establish His earthly throne on Mount Moriah. All the nations of the world will come before the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 25.) 

Survivors of the seven-year tribulation will either be believers or unbelievers. Believers will be ushered into Christ's millennial reign (1,000 year) on earth. Unbelievers will be cast into everlasting darkness.

Millennial Kingdom

The millennial reign of Christ will begin around the time the false prophet and the beast are thrown into the lake of fire, to commence their eternal sentences. Satan will be imprisoned in the bottomless pit for a thousand years until a second typology of Gog and Magog happens. 

Through this time the earth will be restored to pristine beauty. (Rev. 20-10). 

Gog and Magog (2nd typology)

After the 1,000 years, the devil will be released from incarceration for a short time. He will tempt and lead millions of the millennium born in an assault on Jerusalem. God will send down fire and consume them all. Satan will then be finally cast into the lake of fire. 

The Great White Throne

The lost dead are resurrected and all will stand before the great white throne of Christ to be judged before being cast into the lake of fire for eternity. (Rev. 20:10-15.) 

The Eternal State

God (Jesus Christ) will recreate the heavens and the earth in preparation for everlasting, ever-growing ecstasy in God's presence. (Rev. chapters 21-22, 2 Peter 3:7-13).

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