4. Heaven; antichrist to Jesus returns in clouds

Numbered in order events will happen – Verses to confirm below

          3rd Heaven

God’s New HeavenNew EarthNew Jerusalem

 

          2nd Heaven

God’s Spiritual Kingdom

Heaven/Paradise/Kingdom of God - Throne of God –  heavenly Mount Zion with God’s Temple

 

13. Jesus descends V to clouds in 1st Heaven, with all the believers’ spiritual beings living here

 

7. Enoch/Elijah 1st after Jesus; to die, go with glorified bodies 2nd Heaven; 1st Jew, than Gentile

9. 144,000 firstfruits; 1st go 2nd Heaven with glorified bodies without dying; 1st Jew, than Gentile

16. All believers in 2nd Heaven and on earth come with glorified bodies to be with Jesus forever

 

          1st Heaven over earth; satan prince over 1st Heaven and earth

12. The 1st Heaven and earth become the Kingdom of God and His Son once more.

 

Bosom of Abraham

2. Enoch/Elijah never died, live here; descend V to earth as 2 prophets who bring Israel to God

14. In clouds; believers’ spiritual beings from 2nd Heaven reunited with their resurrected bodies

Believers living on earth are gathered (raptured) up here, and both are given glorified bodies

15. All believers with glorified bodies ascend ^ with Jesus to 2nd Heaven

 

Earth

God’s 1,000 year Kingdom will be on earth and Jesus will rule over it when He comes in power

 

1. War of Gog; Russia, Iran, other Muslim nations make war on Israel, God alone saves Israel

 

3. For 3˝ years; Enoch/Elijah are given power by God to protect Israel as they worship Him 

 

5. All heard truth, but do not believe; will be deluded by God to follow antichrist

 

6. 3˝ year rule antichrist/man of sin/beast begins over earth as he kills Enoch/Elijah

7. Enoch/Elijah 1st after Jesus; to die and ascend ^ into the 2nd Heaven with glorified bodies

8. 144,000 firstfruits; first ascend ^ into 2nd Heaven with glorified bodies without dying

 

10. God will protect some of Israel from antichrist/man of sin/beast during his 3˝ year reign

 

Hades

Unbelievers’ bodies die; spiritual beings come Hades; wait in torment for White Throne Judgment

 

Abyss

Demonic spirits (satan’s angels; angels sinned) go torment Abyss; await White Throne Judgment

4. satan thrown out of the heavens as his demon takes over a man’s body; comes ^ to earth 

from the Abyss as the antichrist/man of sin/beast, will rule over all nations; kill believers

 

Tartarus/prison in Abyss

Disruptive demonic spirits (angels sinned) go torment prison/Abyss; await White Throne Judgment

 

4. Verses: Heaven; antichrist to Jesus returns in clouds

All verses in this series can help explain each individual message

 

References: Where We Are in End Times - Tribulation; Jesus Returns; God’s WrathThree 3˝ Year periods Before Jesus Returns

 

1. War of Gog Ezekiel chapter 38-39

This war will be fought before the 3˝ years of the 2 witnesses/prophets, which is followed by the 3˝ years of the antichrist/man of sin/beast; for Israel will use the weapons of this war as fuel for 7 years. 

*"Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years. Eze 39:9 NKJV+

 

God will bring the armies of Russia, Iran, and a coalition of other nations to plunder the wealth of Israel. When this coalition of armies comes against Israel, no other nation will help Israel in her war against this army. This means the U.S. will no longer have the power to help Israel or the will to help Israel.

*and say, 'Thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. "I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; Eze 38:3-4 NASB+

*“Thus says the Lord God: On that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’ to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth. Eze 38:10-12 ESV+

 

Nations of the War of Gog: may include Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, Sudan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Tunisia

*Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.  Eze 38:15-16 NKJV+

*"Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, Eze 38:2 NKJV+

*Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops--the many nations with you. Eze 38:5-6 NIV+

 

God will defeat these armies by Himself; with plague and bloodshed, even pouring down burning sulfur on them. He will execute His judgment upon this coalition of predominantly Moslem armies, and those who follow them; so Israel, all other nations will no longer profane His name, know He is the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 

*I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man's sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. Eze 38:21-22 NIV+

*So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. Eze 39:7 NKJV+

 

2. Enoch/Elijah never died, live in Abraham’s Bosom; come to earth as the 2 prophets/witnesses who bring Israel to God

 

Enoch (Heb 11:5) and Elijah (2Ki 2:11) never died; lived in Abraham’s Bosom until they will come as 2 prophets/witnesses to bring Israel back to God in Jerusalem. Whether they help build the Temple there or come after it is built is not told us. But we know the Temple will be built for Jesus showed it to John, and Paul tells us about it (2Thess 2:4).

*And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” Rev 11:3 ESV+

*Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Rev 11:1 NASB+

 

3. For 3˝; years Enoch/Elijah are given power by God to protect Israel as they worship Him  

 

Enoch and Elijah will prophesy to Israel at the Jerusalem Temple for 3˝ years; and will be given power from God to protect themselves, all who worship in Israel. These 3˝ years will be a joyful time for Israel as they worship in the Temple once more, though those around them will hate them. Believers in Israel will not face 7 years of tribulation, only 3˝ years of tribulation during the reign of the antichrist/man of sin/beast.

*And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. Rev 11:5 NKJV+

*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. Rev 11:6 ESV+

 

4. satan is thrown out of the heavens as his demon takes over a man’s body; comes up to earth from the Abyss as the antichrist/man of sin/beast, and kills the 2 prophets/witnesses as he begins his reign.

 

satan’s position as the prince over the 1st heaven around this earth, and his ability to come into the 2nd heaven will be taken from him by God; when enough believers on earth have conquered him, by being willing to give their physical lives for our Savior. Then God’s angels will throw satan down to the earth with all of his demons (angels who became demons when they followed satan) and they will never be allowed into the heavens again.

*And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole worldhe was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev 12:9 ESV+

*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. Rev 12:11 NASB+

*They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. Rev 6:10-11 ESV+

 

One of satan’s demons will be held by God in the Abyss until the right time comes; when this demon will take over a man’s body who had died and come to rule over the physical earth for 3˝ years as the antichrist/man of sin/beast. Jesus called this man the beast (see verses nest paragraph); John calls this same man the antichrist, and Paul calls him the man of sin (lawlessness), the son of perdition (destruction).

*Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 1Jn 2:18 NKJV+

*Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 2Thess 2:3 NKJV+

 

Because the demon takes over a man’s body who has died and is now alive once more, many unbelievers will think the antichrist/man of sin/beast has much power, will accept him as their leader, as their god. There has been much speculation to who this man will be; but at this time it is unknown. The antichrist/man of sin/beast will kill the 2 prophets/witnesses when their 3˝ years are up and his 3˝ years are set to begin.

*"The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. Rev 17:8 NASB+

*Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Rev 11:7 NIV+

 

5. All heard truth, but do not believe; will be deluded by God to follow antichrist

 

Many who have heard about Jesus, but have not completely accepted Him; many who believe they are one with Jesus yet have not made Him number one in their life, love something else more than they Jesus; will be deluded by God and follow the antichrist. We will begin to see who the children of God are as the antichrist/man of sin/beast time to rule comes close. And many we thought were believers in our congregations, in our families including our spouse and children; will follow the antichrist/man of sin/beast, will help him kill the saints, kill us.

*and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2Thess 2:10-12 NKJV+

 

6. The 3˝ year rule of the antichrist/man of sin/beast begins over earth; killing all who will not worship him as god

 

The antichrist/man of sin/beast is a man who is possessed by an evil demon of satan; a demon/man who hates God, hates all who follow Him, and wants to persecute them. antichrist/man of sin/beast tries to extend his time to rule over the world before the Heavenly Court, but is denied; he knows the saints will only be given into his hands for 3˝ years, then he will be destroyed forever when Jesus comes in power (5. in this series). Saint means holy ones; those who believe in Jesus

*And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 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, Rev 13:5-7 ESV+

*He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. 'But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. Da 7:25-26 NKJV+ Time (1 year) + times, (2 years), + ˝ time (˝ year) = 3˝ years

 

We must understand that the only thing the antichrist/man of sin/beast is given control over for 3˝ years is our physical body, our physical lives. He will try to make believers’, and those who will become believers’ lives so miserable that they will change their minds and obey him, forcing the Spirit out of their hearts. The Holy Spirit will still rule over believers’ hearts and guide our minds during this 3˝ years; will also be able to change unbelievers’ minds so He can come into their hearts.

 

The names of all who will not believe in Jesus, love Him above all things, have already been omitted from the Book of Life, which was made before the foundation of the world. These unbelievers will all worship the antichrist/man of sin/beast and his false prophet (also demon controlled man), and assist them in killing the saints; both directly and by keeping the saints from purchasing food, other necessities, and working to support themselves; unless they take the mark of the beast. And all who take the beast’s mark will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Hell) forever.    

*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. Rev 13:8 ESV+

*He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13:15-17 NKJV+

*And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. Rev 14:9-10 ESV+

 

7. Enoch/Elijah 1st after Jesus; to die and ascend into the 2nd Heaven with glorified bodies

 

After Enoch and Elijah are killed by the antichrist/man of sin/beast their bodies will lay in the streets of Jerusalem for 3˝ days. Our Father will then resurrect their physical bodies, give them life and call them up to the 2nd Heaven. They will be the first after Jesus to come into the 2nd Kingdom of Heaven with glorified bodies. Notice they went up in a cloud, like Jesus did, and like we will also do when Jesus returns for us.

*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. 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, 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. Rev 11:8-10 ESV+

*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. 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. Rev 11:11-12 ESV+

 

8. Enoch/Elijah 1st after Jesus; to die, go with glorified bodies 2nd Heaven; 1st Jew, than Gentile

 

Enoch and Elijah were the first to come up to Heaven in glorified bodies, because they pleased God while they lived on earth. Salvation will always be first for the Jew, then the Gentile.

* By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. Heb 11:5 ESV+

*I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Ro 1:16 NIV+

 

9. 144,000 firstfruits; first to ascend into the 2nd Heaven with glorified bodies without dying

 

God will choose 144,000 men from all of the tribes of Israel, who will love Jesus and be loyal to Him. They will be sent out to minister to Israel after the 2 prophets/witness have come. God will protect them against all of the tribulation which will come through the 5th trumpet.

*saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: Rev 7:3-4 NKJV+

*They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Rev 9:4 NKJV+

 

After the 2 prophets/witnesses are killed when the antichrist/man of sin/beast comes into power; they will be the first to be taken by God into the 2nd Heaven without physically dying on earth. They will be the firstfruits to our Father and Jesus, who had been redeemed without dying, given glorified bodies, and then taken to the 2nd Heaven.

*Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. Rev 14:1 NASB+

*It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, Rev 14:4 ESV+

 

10. 144,000 firstfruits; 1st go 2nd Heaven with glorified bodies without dying; 1st Jew, than Gentile

 

Since they will be the firstfruits of all who would be redeemed without dying; the 144,000 could sing a new song before the throne of God, a song which no others in the 2nd Heaven could at this time learn or sing. For no others at this time had come into 2nd Heaven without first physically dying on earth. Every different part of salvation will always be first for the Jew, then the Gentile.

*And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. Rev 14:3 NIV+

*I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Ro 1:16 NIV+

 

11. God protects some of Israel from antichrist/man of sin/beast during his 3˝ year reign

 

Jesus in Revelation promised to protect a remnant of Jewish believers in the 7 early churches; more specifically 7 predominately Jewish assemblies of Christians who lived and worshipped together. We know these congregations were assemblies of believers of Israel by the words Jesus used in Rev 2:1- 3:22. Terms like apostles, not Jews but a synagogue of satan, teaching of Balaam taught Balak entice Israelites to sin, woman Jezebel a prophetess, holds Key of David, synagogue of satan again; gold refined in fire, as God said He would do to Israel faithful.   

*Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. Rev 3:10 ESV+

 

Jesus never asked for the faithful to be removed from the world; but for His Father to keep them safe from satan, antichrist/man of sin/beast.

*I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. Jn 17:15 ESV+

 

The faithful remnant of Israel, who God will protect through the 3˝ years of tribulation of the antichrist/man of sin/beast; will be taken to 2nd Heaven with glorified bodies when Jesus returns in the clouds. The woman in the verse below symbolizes Israel, the nation Jesus came from. Daniel confirms that there is a place in Eden and Moab which God will not let the antichrist/man of sin/beast rule over and will be a safe haven for the faithful of Israel.  

*And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Rev 12:5-6 NASB+ 1,260 days/360 days= 3 ˝ years

*"He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon. Da 11:41 NASB+

 

12. The 1st heaven and earth become the Kingdom of God and His Son once more

 

Since Adam sinned, satan has been prince over the 1st heaven and the earth; but satan lost his rule over the 1st heaven when he was thrown to earth (see 4. above). Yet satan will have complete physical control of all who live on earth through his demon, antichrist/man of sin/beast, until his 3˝ years are over. Then the 1st heaven and earth will once more become the Kingdom of God and Jesus. After antichrist/man of sin/beast has lost control over the believers’ physical bodies who are living on earth; Jesus can now gather (rapture) all the physical bodies of believers up into the clouds over earth when He returns for us. 

*Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” Rev 11:15 ESV+

*'But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it foreverDa 7:26 NKJV+

 

13. Jesus descends to clouds in 1st Heaven, with all the believers’ spiritual beings living here See Tribulation; Jesus Returns; God’s Wrath

 

When the 7th angel sounds the trumpet; Jesus will descend from the 2nd Heaven, to the clouds over the 1st Heaven, with all the believers’ spiritual beings (souls and spirits) who are living in the 2nd Heaven. Those who sleep in Jesus are all who have physically died in Jesus and are waiting in the 2nd Heaven to receive their glorified body; which will be given them when Jesus brings them to the clouds over earth.

*but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. Rev 10:7 ESV+

*For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 1Thess 4:14 NKJV+

 

14. In clouds; believers’ spiritual beings from 2nd Heaven reunited with their resurrected bodies

      Believers living on earth are gathered (raptured) up here, and both are given glorified bodies

 

Jesus will resurrect all the dead physical beings (mind+body) of the spiritual beings He brings down from the 2nd Heaven, and glorify them. Then He will unite these perfect glorified bodies with their spiritual being; making them a holy eternal person. Jesus will then give all believers who still are alive on the earth; a perfect, holy, eternal, glorified body as He gathers (rapture) them up to the clouds to be with Him; and then we shall be with our Lord forever.

*For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1Thess 4:16-17 NASB+

*Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 1Co 15:51-53 NIV+

*who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Phil 3:21 NIV+

 

15. Then all believers with glorified bodies will ascend with Jesus into the 2nd Heaven

*The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. 1Co 15:47-49 NKJV+

 

16. All believers come into 2nd Heaven with glorified bodies to be with Jesus forever

*In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. Jn 14:2-3 ESV+

 

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