Throughout my teachings and studies of eschatology, I prepared a summary of things to come, as foretold by various prophets throughout the Scriptures, and by our Lord Jesus, Himself, who inspired the book of Revelation and answered His disciple’s questions about ‘end times’ in Mat 24. We receive a blessing when we read the book of Revelation which describes prophetic events that are past, present, and future. This prophetic book is not in complete order because of interludes that help explain certain events. The Apostle John penned these prophecies that were given to him in visions, by Jesus Christ, while he was exiled on the Island of Patmos for his Christian beliefs.
When reading the Scriptures, please keep in mind that prophecy can refer to more than one event. As stated above, the prophecy can be for the past, present, or future. The book of Revelation is symbolic in certain parts, and, as a result, there are many interpretations of what is to come. I have tried to gather, together, related Scriptural verses of end times found in Mathew 24 and Revelation to give, both, believers and unbelievers an idea of what is ahead of us in the very near future.
As most of you know, we are living in end times. For the ‘true’ believers in Christ Jesus, this is not a gloom and doom scenario. We look forward to the ‘rapture’ and to, finally, meet and be with our Lord and Savior, forever! ‘End times’ is a term in the bible that identifies the last period of time in the history of mankind that began after the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, and continues until the second coming of Jesus. During these end times, God is finalizing His plans and purposes for this temporary, earthly, life and, ultimately, will send His judgment upon the entire earth, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath!
Throughout this life, God’s children (believers) have been transitioned into an eternal Spiritual state of being, and will live, in glory, with Jesus forever! As the Apostle Paul states in 2 Cor 5:8, “Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. Unbelievers, who are still sent to the Hades side of the ‘chasm’ when they die, will be raised into an eternal state during the ‘second resurrection’ at the Great White Throne Judgment. Only, Jesus and His angels will see their, ultimate, damnation as they throw each one of them into the eternal fiery pits of hell to be with Satan, their father of lies.
If you are a ‘true’ follower of Jesus Christ, you have, absolutely, nothing to fear in life, death, or things to come. Your soul should be filled with an inexpressible peace because of your steadfast faith and certainty of your eternal destiny. If you are an unbeliever and consumed with the materialistic nature of this world, this summary will, hopefully, encourage you to re-evaluate your priorities in this temporary life. Time is NOT on your side.
Remember, life is short and there is NO spiritual death! God has allowed scientists to prove to you that energy doesn’t dissipate with time. It is transformed into another form or state of being. God is Spirit. Believers in Christ Jesus have His Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us, and He will raise us up on the last day; just as God did for Him. His Spirit triumphs over Adam’s natural sinful spirit; which we inherit, at birth, because of the fall in the Garden of Eden. So, according to the Scriptures, there is, either, eternal life with Jesus in His glorious kingdom or eternal damnation apart from Him inside the fiery gates of hell.
The Lord gave us a free will and our choices in this short life will determine our eternal destiny. Christians have developed three theories based upon the ‘rapture’ in combination with the seven (7) year rule of the antichrist and his false prophet. As stated in my previous blog titled ‘The Rapture’, the theories are termed pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, and post-tribulation. The pre-tribulation theory suggests that the ‘rapture’ will take place before the seven (7) year period begins. (I agree with this concept for reasons that I pointed out in my previous blog.) The mid-tribulation theory suggests that the ‘rapture’ will take place after the first 3 ½ years of false peace, and the post-tribulation theory suggests that all of the earth, including Christians, will go through, both, the ‘tribulation’ (first 3 ½ years) of false peace and the ‘great tribulation’ (second 3 ½ years) of God’s judgment. (This third theory conflicts with the Scriptures and makes no sense to me; other than to say that there is ‘no rapture’. The second coming of Christ will follow God’s judgment on the earth.)
In my next blog, Biblical End Times (Part 2), I will begin to write about each of the biblical prophetic events to come.
With thankfulness to our Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In Jesus’ name,
Debby Mac Manes, disciple of Jesus Christ <><