4 Resurrections in Revelation Edited 2/10/19

Always be: First fruits – 1st for Jew – then Gentiles (all people)

 

Verses for graph below; after Headings

 

God’s plan of salvation; including being given holy, eternal, glorified bodies will always be in the following order: there will always be a first fruits; then it will always be first to the Jew (Israel) - then to the Gentiles as a general gift, extended to both the Jews and Gentiles, for God will not show favoritism between the Jew and Gentile when they receive His gifts together.

*But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. 1Co 15:23 NKJV+

*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+

*but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. Ro 2:10-11 NIV+

*Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrectionBlessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. Rev 20:4-6 NASB+

 

 

Under Christ’s Grace

Resurrection  Order

Without Dying Order

Glorified

 Lake Fire/Hell

1. Jesus

(1) First fruits

 

1st

 

2. 2 Prophets/Witnesses

(2) First for Jews

 

2nd

 

3. 144,000 tribes Israel

 

(1) First fruits

3rd

 

3a. 144,000 tribes Israel

 

(1) First for Jews

[in 3rd]

 

4. All spiritual beings in Heaven

+This is us; if we have died

(3) First General; Jews/Gentiles Spiritual being reunited to body  

 

4th Glorified

 

4a. All believers alive on earth +This is us; if we are still alive

 

(2) First General; Jews/Gentiles Our body gathered to Jesus

[in 4th] Glorified

 

After Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom

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5. All spiritual beings in Heaven

(4) Last White Throne Judgment

 

5th

 

5a. All faithful alive on earth

 

(3) Last White Throne Judgment

[in 5th]

 

*5b. All spiritual being in Hades

[in (4) Last Throne Judgement]

 

 

2nd death Hell

*5c. All unfaithful on earth

 

[in (3) Last Throne Judgment]

 

Cast in Hell

 

Total times:                                4 Resurrections                      3 times without dying          5 times glorified body given 

 

*At the White Throne Judgment, the 4th and last resurrection, all unbelievers’ spiritual beings in the 1st death torment of Hades are reunited with their bodies and thrown into Lake of Fire/Hell; the 2nd death. Along with all unbelievers who are still living on earth.                                  

 

1. We should use Revelation as the outline for when we will receive glorified body

 

2. Jesus: is the first fruits; 1st resurrected, given glorified body

2a. Unknown time until God’s Temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt; no one resurrected until Temple is rebuilt

2b. God sends 2 prophets/witnesses to begin set time period; 3½ years joy, 3½ years great tribulation

2c. 2 prophets/witnesses are Elijah and Enoch

2d. beast/antichrist/man of sin will kill 2 prophets/witnesses when he begins his 3½ year reign over the world

 

3. 2 Prophets/Witnesses; 2nd resurrected, given glorified bodies (2nd time glorified body given)

 

4. 144,000 servants of God from tribes of Israel; 1st without dying given glorified body (3rd time glorified body given)

[144,000 servants of God; first fruits of all who without dying receive glorified bodies; until first fruits offered, no one can receive glorified body]

4a. Meanings numbers 666, 777: 6th trumpet period when beast/antichrist/man of sin begins, ends his 3½ year reign over earth  

4b. Who will live on earth during the reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sins  

4c. Great tribulation during 3½ year reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sin; 3½ years = 42 months = 1260 days

4d. When beast/antichrist/man of sins reign over earth ends; Jesus returns in the clouds over earth to gather/rapture us up to Him

 

5. 3rd Resurrection; all spiritual beings in Heaven taken with Jesus to clouds over earth, reunited with dead body which has been glorified;

2nd time believers without dying given glorified bodies when gathered/raptured up to them; 4th time glorified bodies given

5a. All with glorified bodies will be kept from God’s wrath; will be in Heaven celebrating the Wedding Supper of the Lamb

5b. 30 days of God’s wrath; the seven cups of His wrath are poured out on the earth

5c. 45 days; Jesus comes in power, establishes His Kingdom on earth

5d. After Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom on earth ends; satan will be thrown into Lake of Fire/Hell

5e. Heaven and earth will be destroyed; Jesus will judge all without a glorified body at White Throne Judgment Seat

 

6. (1) 4th resurrection all spiritual beings in Heaven reunited with bodies which have been glorified at the White Throne Judgment; 3rd time believers without dying given glorified bodies; 5th time glorified bodies given  

(2) All spiritual beings from Hades also resurrected in the 4th resurrection, reunited with their evil bodies at the White Throne Judgement; judged along with unbelievers still alive on earth at this judgment, and both thrown into the 2nd death, the Lake of Fire/Hell

 

7. Explanation for Controversial Verses relating to this message

7a. Rev 3:10: God will protect; some Jewish believers on earth, some by taking them to Heaven; from great tribulation of beast/antichrist/man of sin

7b. Rev 7:9

 

1. We should use Revelation as the outline for when we will receive glorified body

 

Jesus was the greatest prophet there will ever be, and His last prophecy, was given to Him by His Father; to give to us. Jesus took John’s spiritual being (soul + spirit) to Heaven, so His angel could show John all that would happen before we would be given a glorified body. Jesus told John to write what he was shown in a book/scroll, which is called Revelation, the last book written in the Bible.

*The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, Rev 1:1 ESV+

*After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." Immediately I was in the Spirit [or in spirit]; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. Rev 4:1-3 NASB+

 

Soon must take place; Revelation was meant to help all Christians who were now being persecuted by the Romans, for all who in the different generations to come will be persecuted. For God will test us, to strengthen our faith, others’ faith; so we may all remain faithful until we are taken home to be with Jesus. Our Father wants us to come together in Christ as brothers and sisters; to be comforted, encouraged, knowing all children of God will be given a perfect glorified body, taken home to be with Jesus forever.   

 

Jesus in Revelation, brought together all previous prophecies in the Bible so they could be clarified, updated, and help define His prophecy; instead of distracting from it. Since Revelation is the most current and concise information on what will happen in end times; it should serve as the basis, the outline for what will happen in end times; when we will be given a glorified body. It is the only book in the Bible which promises blessings for us when we read or hear the words in it. It is the only book which will take eternal life in Heaven away from anyone, believer or unbeliever; if they add or take away from the words written in Revelation.

*Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Rev 1:3 NKJV+

*For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Rev 22:18-29 NKJV+

 

Then we should use other prophecies in God’s word in context with Revelation to help us understand, fill in the blanks, the intricacies of what will happen. The Spirit will also keep giving those who study God’s Word, more knowledge and revelations of what is to come. Yet we must always tie all end time prophecies back to the testimony of Jesus in Revelation; as the angel guiding John clearly tells us, Jesus is the very spirit of prophecy, the last word on what will happen in end times.

*"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." Da 12:4 NKJV+

*Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Rev 19:10 ESV+

 

2. Jesus: is the first fruits; 1st resurrected, given glorified body

Revelation begins by telling us Jesus was the first to be resurrected from being physically dead and given a glorified body; the same glorified body all children of God will be given.

*and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood- Rev 1:5 NASB+

*But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, 1Co 15:23 NASB+

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

 

Though technically Jesus was first given a glorified body for just a few minutes on a high mountain; yet it was only after He was resurrected from the dead that He was actually given a permanent glorified body. On this high mountain Peter, James, and John were shown the glorified body that Jesus would have when He came in power to establish His 1,000 year Kingdom on earth; just as Jesus told His disciples that some would see Him come into His Kingdom before they died. Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus as He was transfigured and talked with Him; Moses represented the law, Elijah represented the prophets, for Jesus would fulfill both the law and prophets.  

*Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Matt 16:28 ESV+

*After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Matt 17:1-3 NIV+

 

Jesus was sinless, His physical being (body, mind) and His spiritual being (soul, spirit) were holy so He could receive a glorified body. No other person’s spiritual being could be made holy, there physical being glorified until Christ’s atoning grace on the cross. Moses who had physically died appeared as a spiritual being, Elijah who had not physically died appeared as a physical man; neither had a glorified body like Jesus had.

 

This symbolized some spiritual beings will come down from Heaven, have their physical being resurrected from the dead and glorified; some will be alive when they receive their glorified bodies.

 

Some believe Moses, not Enoch, will be one of the prophets/witnesses because Moses was at the transfiguration; because Moses turned water into blood in Egypt, as will the 2 prophets/witnesses when they come. We believe it will be Enoch and Elijah, for they never physically died. See 1c. 2nd paragraph

 

We are presently in the 5th seal, where today more martyrs are being killed for Jesus than at any time in history. The next major sign in Revelation is the 6th seal; the War of Gog (Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39). How and why this war will begin, how the U.S. will be affected before the war starts, is a whole topic by itself, see Watching for the 6th Seal c2b. We will proceed to the next major sign which will happen after the 6th seal, the war of Gog happens; the Temple being built in Jerusalem.

 

2a. Unknown time until God’s Temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt; no one resurrected until Temple is rebuilt

*Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 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. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” Rev 11:1-3 ESV+

 

Paul also told us God’s Temple would have to be rebuilt before Jesus returned in the clouds; when he replied to a message sent to him by the church in Thessalonica. Some men who claimed to be associated with Paul had told this church that the day of the Lord had already taken place. That Jesus had already returned in the clouds, gathered/raptured up all believers to Him; and all left on the earth had missed on this great event. Paul told the Thessalonica church not to be alarmed, he had not sent any letter or report to this effect; Jesus had not yet returned to gather/rapture believers to Him.

*Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 2Thess 2:1-2 NIV+

*and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetusmen who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some. 2Ti 2:17-18 NASB+

 

Then Paul clearly tells them the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ returning in the clouds to gather/rapture us up to Him, will not happen; until the beast/antichrist/man of sin sits in the Temple of God, proclaiming, showing, and displaying himself as god. The beast/antichrist/man of sin will have to reign; before Jesus will return in the clouds with all the spiritual beings in Heaven of the faithful who have died on earth, resurrect their dead bodies, then gather/rapture all living believers on earth up to Him; and give us all a glorified body.

*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, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 2Thess 2:3-4 NKJV+

 

In 2nd Thess. above, Paul was updating his first letter of 1st Thess. to the Thessalonica church about when Jesus would return; revealing a new mystery to them. Jesus would not return in the clouds to gather/rapture us up to Him; until the beast/antichrist/man of sin was ruling the world.

 

We know that Day in verse above refers to the day Jesus will return in the clouds over the earth and gather/rapture us up to Him. Because Paul continually referred to “the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ”, “the Day of the Lord Jesus”; as the time Jesus would return in the clouds to gather/rapture us up; give us glorified bodied.

*Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 2Thess 2:1-2 NKJV+

*so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Co 1:7-8 NKJV+

 

The day of the Christ Paul is referring to; is the Day Jesus will return in the clouds; gather/rapture us up to Him; verified by these verses

 

Day of Lord Jesus Christ 1Co: 1:8; NASB+, NKJV+, ESV+, NIV+, KJV, ASV

Day of Lord Jesus 2Co 1:14; NASB+, NKJV+, ESV+, NIV+, KJV, ASV

Day of Lord Jesus 1Co 5:5; NASB+, NKJV+, KJV

 

Jesus while on earth also told us that when any in Judea saw the abomination of desolation prophesied by Daniel, standing in the holy place (Temple of God), they should flee to the mountains. For then the greatest tribulation would begin; more Jews and Christians would be killed in a short period of time (3½ years) then has or will ever happen again in the world.

*“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Matt 24:15-16 ESV+ 

*For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. Matt 24:21 ESV+

 

2b. God sends 2 prophets/witnesses to begin set time period; 3½ years joy, 3½ years great tribulation

There is no 7 year tribulation written in the Bible; John clearly tells us in Revelation that he is already in the time of tribulation; which began for believers after Christ arose from the dead. For Christians were being brutally killed by Roman Emperors, even Jesus put some believers in tribulation among the 7 existing assemblies/churches; they had to face death for loving Jesus.

*I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev 1:9-10 NKJV+

*Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:10 NKJV+

 

Revelation gives us a set time period for when end times events will happen after the 2 prophets/witnesses come; believers will not be caught by surprise when these events happen, though we will not know the exact day and hour they will happen. Jesus in the parable of the 10 virgins and the bridegroom (Matt 25:13); was symbolically referring to when He would return for us in the clouds, give believers glorified bodies and takes to Heaven to celebrate the Wedding Supper of the Lamb with Him. Jesus gives us the warning to watch for Him, for though we will know the approximate time; we will not exactly know the day or hour the 3½ years of the 2 prophets/witnesses or the 3½ years of the beast/antichrist/man of sin will begin or end, until they happen.

*Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matt 25:13 NKJV+

 

Jesus warnings about coming as a thief in the night are for unbelievers. For they refer to the time Jesus will be seen by all, or to some immediate punishment an unbeliever will receive when Jesus comes to earth in power to establish His Kingdom on it (4c. 5th paragraph). For when Jesus returns in the clouds for us; no one will see Jesus except the believers given glorified bodies, and He will not punish any unbelievers.

 

Paul’s second message to the Thessalonians that the day Jesus returns for us will not happen until the beast/antichrist/man of sin comes into power in God’s Temple in Jerusalem; ties this with this set time period. It updates Paul’s previous messages in his first letter to the Thessalonians that Jesus’ return in the clouds will surprise the unbelievers’ but not believers.

*Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness [some manuscripts sin] is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 2Thess 2:3-4 ESV+

*Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1Thess 5:1-2 NIV+

*But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 1Thess 5:4 NIV+

 

Believers might be surprised when Jesus suddenly appears to take their spiritual being to Heaven, when their physical body unexpectedly dies; or when others unexpectedly physically die. But Revelation tells us approximately when Jesus will return in the clouds for us, and we should be watching for the signs given in this book and be prepared; though we will not know the exact day or hour.

 

Set time period after; (3½ years = 42 months = 1260 days)

 

3½ years 2 prophets/witnesses to bring Israel back to God at Temple in Jerusalem

3½ years beast/antichrist/man of sin

30 days wrath of God

45 days Jesus defeats beast/antichrist/man of sin army; establishes His Kingdom on earth

1,000 years Christs Kingdom on earth

White Throne Judgment – Father’s new Heaven and earth

 

The first 7 of the God’s perfect number 777 (see 3a.) begins with the 7th seal. There is silence in Heaven for about half an hour; during this time our Father will not bring any more tribulation upon the earth. Half an hour probably refers to half a time period; as Jesus referred to the 3½ years the beast/antichrist/man of sin (see Rev 3:10; 7a. below) will be given, as an hour of trial upon the world, from which some Jewish believers while living on the earth will be protected from. 3½ years = 42months; ½ 42 months = 21 months when no tribulation will come from Heaven down to earth.

*When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Rev 8:1 ESV+

 

There will be joy as the 2 prophets/witnesses begin their 3½ years of bringing Israel back to God’s Temple, which will be built in Jerusalem. There will be joy as God’s 144,000 servants from the 12 tribes of Israel (see 3. below) start a great revival; as they bring primarily Israel, some Gentiles to Jesus.

*"And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." Rev 11:3 NASB+ (3½ years = 42 months = 1260 days)

 

God will bring tribulation back on the earth during the 2nd half (last 21 months) of the 2 prophets/witnesses 3½ year period, the plagues of the first 5 trumpets (Rev 8:6-9; 9:1-11); as signs to warn all people to come back to Him. These trials will force a falling away of believers towards the end of the 2 prophets/witnesses time, and before the beast/antichrist/man of sin comes; yet our Father’s peace and joy will remain in the hearts of those who accept Him, accept Jesus. The 144,000 servants of God from the 12 tribes of Israel will be protected from these plagues; the 2 prophets/witnesses will be able to protect themselves, those who are with them and follow God in Israel, from these plagues, see next paragraph below. 

*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, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 2Thess 2:3-4 NKJV+

 

2c. 2 prophets/witnesses are Elijah and Enoch

 

The 2 prophets/witnesses; will have power to kill anyone who wants to harm them as they work in the Temple, in Israel by blowing fire out of their mouths. They will have power over the other nations who are against them, for they can strike anywhere in the earth with every plague as often as they desire. They will also protect all worshipping with them at the Temple in Israel from the plagues of first 5 trumpets; from any who would come against them. This will torment the inhabitants of the world, for they will suffer with these plagues; and will never lose their great hatred of those who follow God in Israel.

*And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not 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 plague, as often as they desire. Rev 11:5-6 NASB+

*The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. Rev 11:10 NIV+

 

We believe the 2 prophets will be Elijah and Enoch, for neither of them never physically died; God took them to a rest in the heavens over earth, which was later called Abraham’s Bosom (3a.). Enoch was a prophet who pleased God before Israel existed; Elijah was a prophet of Israel under the law; so all who please God from Adam to Christ’s grace are symbolically represented by these 2 prophets. Because these prophets did not physically die, God could send them in their normal physical bodies to bring Israel back to His Temple which will be built in Jerusalem; where they will be physically killed by the beast/antichrist/man of sin after their 3 ½ years are over (1d.), and man only has to physically die once.   

*As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. 2Ki 2:11 NASB+

*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+

*And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, Heb 9:27 ESV+

 

Enoch would prophesy, warn all about Jesus returning in power to bring judgment on the ungodly; when He establishes His Kingdom on earth.  Elijah was to unite Israel together, father to the son, son to the Father; so they could come into Christ’s Kingdom on earth.

*It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Jude 1:14-15 ESV+

*Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." Mal 4:5-6 NKJV+

 

Many believe Moses (see 1. 2nd paragraph) may have been one of the 2 prophets/witnesses instead of Enoch; we do not because then Moses would have to physically die twice, Enoch and Elijah never physically died. There were 2 Enoch’s in the Bible; this Enoch is the 7th in the genealogy from Adam (Lk 3:37) was not a Gentile as the other Enoch in the Bible is. Enoch prophesied about the last days in Jude 1:14.

 

2d. beast/antichrist/man of sin will kill 2 prophets/witnesses when he begins his 3½ year reign over the world

 

The beast/antichrist/man of sin: is a physical man who will be controlled by a demon coming out of the Abyss; and satan (dragon) will give all of his power to him. He will be called by different names in God’s Word; including the beast by Jesus Rev 13:5; the antichrist by John 1Jn 2:18; and by Paul in 2Thess 2:3 the man of sin (NKJV+), lawlessness (ESV+, NASB+, NIV+), and perdition (ASV, KJV); yet all are referring to the same person. We refer to him as The beast/antichrist/man of sin, using 3 names from above; in the most current order they are used in the Bible.

*So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" Rev 13:4 NKJV+

 

Our Father will give the beast/antichrist/man of sin complete authority over the physical world, our physical body for 3½ years; with a few exceptions (1a. 3rd paragraph). During his reign; more Jews, and Christians believers will be killed by him than in any equal period of time in the history of the world. For this will be the only time anyone other than God will have physical control over the earth, be able to kill those he chooses.

*And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. Rev 13:5 ESV+

*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 13:7 ESV+

 

The Holy Spirit will still be in power over the spiritual world, still live in our hearts, keeping us children of God; still try to bring those who have not heard about Jesus to our Savior.

 

The beast/antichrist/man of sin will kill the 2 prophets/witnesses when He begins his 3½ year reign; for then the 3½ years of the 2 prophets/witnesses will be over.

*When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. Rev 11:7 NASB+

 

3. 2 Prophets/Witnesses; 2nd resurrected, given glorified bodies (2nd time glorified body given)

 

Salvation will always be given first to the Jews (all of Israel), then the Gentiles. The Jewish nation (refers to all of Israel) will always be the first to receive the final gift of salvation; a glorified perfect body, both after physically dying, and while they are still living on earth.

*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+

 

The 2 prophets/witnesses will be given life by the Spirit, then hear our Father in a loud voice from Heaven telling them to come up here. They will be the second after Jesus, the first who have sinned; who will have their physical body resurrected from the dead, have their spiritual being (soul and spirit) reunited with their physical body, which will be glorified, and then taken into Heaven. For no one’s body can come into Heaven without being made holy, being glorified.

*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+

*I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1Co 15:50 NIV+

 

Our Father will first give glorified bodies to these prophets who pleased Him most, whom He kept from dying so they come back and lead Israel. Symbolically through them God will confirm the promises He made to Israel, from Adam to Christ’s atoning grace on the cross. 

*You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities." Ac 3:25-26 NKJV+

*They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. Ro 9:4-5 ESV+

 

4. 144,000 servants of God from tribes of Israel; 1st without dying given glorified body (3rd time glorified body given)

144,000 servants of God; first fruits of all who without dying receive glorified bodies; until first fruits offered, no one can receive glorified body

 

There will be 144,000 servants of God from the 12 tribes of Israel chosen by God to be evangelists (servants) to Israel, maybe all people. They will be protected by God through the 1st through 5th trumpets, the time of the 2 witnesses/prophets; and along with 2 witnesses/prophets try to bring Israel and other Gentiles to God. 

*Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 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 7:2-4 NKJV+

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

 

The 144,000 will be taken to Heaven without physically dying as firstfruits to God and Jesus (Lamb), for they are shown standing on Mountain Zion with our Father’s and Jesus’ name written on their foreheads. And they can sing a song no one else can sing for they are the first fruits; the only believers at this time who have not physically died, yet have been physically resurrected to Heaven with glorified body.

*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+

*and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 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 14:3-4 ESV+

 

When Jesus returns in the clouds, He will give glorified bodies to both those who are resurrected from the dead; and those who are still alive on earth and will receive them without dying. So Israel (through Enoch and Elijah) will always be 1st to receive salvation, and the first fruit offerings (144,000 servants tribes of Israel) must be offered up before Jesus will return in the clouds to give us glorified bodies.

 

The 2 witnesses/prophets God’s elect from the Old Testament from Adam to Israel: will be the first who have sinned; their body dies, their spiritual being goes to Heaven; then their spiritual being is reunited with their resurrected body from the dead, which will be glorified when it is gathered/raptured up into the clouds, and taken to Heaven, to be with Jesus forever

 

The 144,000 do not die, are the first fruits of those who will sin and are alive on the earth; will be gathered/raptured in the clouds, where they are given glorified bodies, and taken to Heaven, to be with Jesus forever.

 

4a. Meanings numbers 666, 777: 6th trumpet period when beast/antichrist/man of sin; begins, ends his 3½ year reign over earth  

*Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. Rev 13:18 NKJV+

 

Six; imperfect number, represents evil; in Revelation the evil acts of satan or the beast/antichrist/man of sin against Israel, Christians, the elect chosen by God. In the 6th seal, 6th trumpet, 6th bowl; combined they make 666, the number of the beast/antichrist/man of sin.

 

6th seal: satan with Gog, comes after Israel, in the War of Gog (Ezekiel Chapters 38-39) Watching For 6th Seal

6th trumpet: beast/antichrist/man of sin is given power over the world, over the saints (Israel and believers) 3b.

6th bowl: satan, beast/antichrist/man of sin, and the false prophet, gather armies to battle God at Armageddon Rev 16:12-16

 

666 the antichrist = complete evil

 

7 perfect number, represent holiness; refers to an act of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit; overcoming satan, beast/antichrist/man of sin, false prophet; 7th seal, 7th trumpet, 7th bowl; combined they make 777, perfect holiness

 

7th seal: our Father defeats satan and Gog, silence in Heaven as 2 prophets/witnesses come to protect Israel, bring her back to God Rev 8:1

 

7th trumpet: Jesus returns in the clouds, takes all believers to Heaven, defeating death and satan 3e.

 

7th bowl: Father’s judgment complete; Jesus defeats satan,  beast/antichrist/man of sin, false prophet, reigns as King over earth 4b.– 4c.

 

777 Our God: Our Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit = perfect holiness

 

4b. Who will live on earth during the reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sins  

 

When the 6th trumpet sounds the beast/antichrist/man of sin will begin His reign; by killing a third of the people on earth (by demonic power or physical war); then begins his reign over those who are still alive in the world.

*By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. Rev 9:18 ESV+

 

Everyone whose name is not in the Book of Life will worship the beast/antichrist/man of sin; and this will be the vast majority living on the earth. They will be unbelievers who will not repent of the sins they were committing, and refuse to come to Jesus. They will follow the beast/antichrist/man of sin, will be filled with hate for any who do not follow him, especially those of Israel and believers.

*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 13:7-8 ESV+

*But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Rev 9:20-21 NKJV+ Sorceries from Greek word pharmacy; refers to drugs     

 

Paul tells us even those who refused to love the truth of the gospel, that we must love Jesus above all things; will be deluded by God into believing in the beast/antichrist/man of sin when he comes proclaiming to be god. They will be condemned when they take his mark, and will become our enemies; will help the beast/antichrist/man of sin to find us, so he can kill us. This can be the person sitting next to you at church; who never completely surrendered to Jesus.

*The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be savedFor this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2Thess 2:9-12 NIV+

 

There are 3 groups who will be saved or kept through the 3½ year reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sin:

 

I. Those who have not heard of Jesus, but when they hear the good news of the gospel; accept Jesus as their Lord.

*Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people-- saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water." Rev 14:6-7 NKJV+

*"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matt 24:14 NASB+

 

II. Those who really love Jesus, are willing to give their physical life for Him; are killed or live through the great tribulation of the beast/antichrist/man of sin will be saved. They will pass the last great trial; which will finish up the correct number of Gentiles God chose to fill up Heaven, and then the correct number God has chosen from Israel to fill up Heaven, after the 144,000 servants of God will bring the gospel to them. 

*I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in

*But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Ro 11:4-6 ESV+

 

The above 2 groups are under Christ’s grace; some will live through this tribulation, but a large number will be killed, die; have their spiritual being (soul and spirit) in Heaven when Jesus returns in the clouds; which will be reunited with their resurrected body from the dead, and together with those who are alive who are gather/rapture up to Jesus; will be given glorified bodies and taken into Heaven see 4.

*He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. Rev 13:9-10 NIV+

 

III. Then all Israel, those who have been chosen by God will be saved. Though 2/3 of Israel will perish, God will keep 1/3 alive as He refines them through the great tribulation of the beast/antichrist/man of sin. Though they have not accepted Jesus, yet they have obeyed God, have not taken the mark of the beast/antichrist/man of sin nor worshiped him. They along with some Gentiles, who are living on earth when Jesus comes in power, will call out to him, and He will take them in their physical bodies into His 1,000 year Kingdom on earth. 

*And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins." Ro 11:25-26 NIV+

*"It will come about in all the land," Declares the Lord, "That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. "And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people,' Zech 13:8-9 NASB+

 

4c. Great tribulation during 3½ year reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sin; 3½ years = 42 months = 1260 days

 

Though the the beast/antichrist/man of sin causes great tribulation; during his time great rewards will be given.

 

The firstfruits of 2prophets/witnesses, the 144,000 Servants of God; will be glorified when beast/antichrist/man of sin year reign begins

 

Jesus will first return in the clouds, give children of God glorified bodies; at the end of the beast/antichrist/man of sin 3½ year reign

 

Jesus will come a 2nd time in power to the earth, to bring God’s chosen into His 1,000 year Kingdom; after the beast/antichrist/man of sin is thrown into the Lake of Fire/Hell

 

During the 3½ reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sin He will have complete control over all in the world (except those of Israel God will protect; 1a. 2nd paragraph). He will kill all who do not take his mark, will not worship him; directly often by having their head cut off (Rev 20:4), indirectly by not allowing them to buy or sell on the open market, the foods or daily needs we all have, or being able to work to afford them. Many will starve or die because of dehydration, exposure, and lack of medical attention.  

*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. Rev 13:15 NKJV+

*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 13:16-17 NKJV+

 

The great tribulation of the beast/antichrist/man of sin is whether you love your God, love Jesus; more than you love your life. It will be a bloodbath of killing supported and encouraged by a large majority of the people on the earth. Yet there will be some believers alive when Jesus returns in the clouds to give us glorified bodies, take us to Heaven. And 30 days later after the wrath of God; when Jesus comes in power to establish His Kingdom on earth; there will be some alive who do not believe in Jesus, but are chosen by God or will call out to Jesus when He comes in power to the earth; and in their physical bodies will be taken into Jesus’ 1,000 year Kingdom on earth. 

*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 ESV+

*"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. "He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. Matt 10:38-39 NASB+

 

The 3½ years of the beast/antichrist/man of sin reign will not be cut short; the time which will be cut by our God is the 7 thunders; which was canceled, so the 7 trumpets could begin without delay. The 7 thunders would have killed too many of the elect of Israel, who did not believe in Jesus, who had to be physically alive to come into Jesus 1,000 year Kingdom on earth.  If they died their spiritual beings would not have been saved for they did not believe in Jesus; would have gone to Hades. The elect and those when they see Jesus coming in power will call out to Him for mercy; and will be saved. The timeline given us in Revelation is complete, is set; down to the adjustment our God made before the foundation of the world, to help the elect come into Jesus’ Kingdom on earth.  

*If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. Matt 24:22 NIV+

*And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down." Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay! Rev 10:4-6 NIV+

 

God granted satan through the beast/antichrist/man of sin, 3½ years to rule over the world; satan and the beast/antichrist/man of sin will try to extend this time and the law ending his reign at 3½ years. The court of God in Heaven will rule; the saints of God will be given into the beast/antichrist/man of sin hand for 3½ years, his dominion will not be extended, will be taken away after 3½ years. God will not change that judgment; the beast/antichrist/man of sin will reign for 3½ years. Time 1 year + times 2 year + half a time 1/2 year = 3½ years

*’He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time . 'But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. Da 7:25-26 NASB+

 

4d. When beast/antichrist/man of sin 3½ reign over earth ends; Jesus returns in the clouds over earth to gather/rapture us up to Him

 

The 7th trumpet sounds, the beast/antichrist/man of sin’s time is over, and the mystery of God’s plan of salvation will now be fulfilled. The kingdom of the world will become the Kingdom of the Lord and of Christ once more. The beast/antichrist/man of sin will have no more power over believers who are still alive on earth. Jesus can now give them glorified bodies; take them home to Heaven to be with Him forever. 

*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+

*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+

 

5. 3rd Resurrection; all spiritual beings in Heaven taken with Jesus to clouds over earth, reunited with dead body which has been glorified;

2nd time believers without dying given glorified bodies when gathered/raptured up to them; 4th time glorified bodies given

 

Though this is the 3rd resurrection; it is the first general resurrection. All spiritual beings in Heaven come down with Jesus when He returns in the clouds over earth, and are reunited with their resurrected physical body; while all believers living on earth are gathered/raptured up to Jesus in the clouds; and both are given a glorified body, taken home to Heaven.

 

Jesus will descend from Heaven, to the clouds over the earth, with all the eternal spiritual beings (souls and spirits) of the children of God; those whose spiritual beings were taken to Heaven, after they have physically died, from Adam to the last believers in Christ. And at Jesus’ command, the voice of an archangel, the sound of the trumpet of God; the physical bodies of the spiritual beings coming down from Heaven will rise from being dead, be taken to the clouds, and be reunited with their spiritual being. And then the children of God living on earth, the only ones on earth who will hear our Lord calling out, will be caught up in the clouds to meet Him.

*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+

*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+

 

Then in the “twinkling of an eye,” both those who have been resurrected from the dead and those who were living on the earth will be given a perfect, holy, eternal, glorified body like Jesus; for our holy, eternal, spiritual being to live in. And then Jesus will take all believers in our new glorified bodies to Heaven to be with Him forever.

*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 body so that they will be like his glorious body. Phil 3:21 NIV+

 

The 3rd resurrection of the dead; has to happen after the firstfruits of the 2 prophets/witnesses are taken to Heaven. The 2nd time glorified bodies are given to those who do not die; has to happen after the firstfruits of the 144,000 servants of God are taken to Heaven. God’s general harvest will not start until the firtfruits have been offered up to him.

 

Only the spiritual beings in Heaven are part of the 3rd resurrection (first general resurrection), those in Hades will not be resurrected until the White Throne Judgment. See 5.

 

The 3rd resurrection of the dead cannot happen until the reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sin reign is over; because it includes the spiritual beings (souls and spirits) of those who were killed by the beast/antichrist/man of sin for not worshipping him, taking his mark. They will reign with a glorified body with Christ in His 1,000 year Kingdom on earth.

*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. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Rev 20:4-5 ESV+

 

5a. All with glorified bodies will be kept from God’s wrath; will be in Heaven celebrating the Wedding Supper of the Lamb

 

God’s wrath (4b.) will come after Jesus returns in the clouds to gather/rapture us up to Him. We will be taken up to Heaven in glorified bodies when the trumpet of the 7th angel sounds; before the 30 days of the 7 cups of God’s wrath begins. After the 30 days of God’s wrath Jesus will come in power to destroy the beast/antichrist/man of sin; who has destroyed the earth. Though we are saved by faith, Jesus will judge and reward for the works we did for Him, for His Father as we come into Heaven.

*The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth." Rev 11:18 NKJV+

*If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. 1Co 3:12-15 NIV+

 

We will also celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb with Him, while we wait for God’s wrath to be completed. Jesus promised to His disciples when He instituted the Lord’s Supper; that He would not drink the fruit of the vine until He drank it once more in His Father’s Kingdom with them, with all His brothers and sisters.

*Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God." Rev 19:9 NKJV+

"But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." Matt 26:29 NASB+

 

Paul tells us all believers will not have to face the wrath of God; though we will have to go through tribulation. Revelation tells us we will be resurrected right after the beast/antichrist/man of sin reign is over; before the 30 days of God’s 7 cups of wrath are poured out over the world. 4b.

*and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1Thess 1:10 NKJV+

 

Paul also tells us believers will not have to face the condemnation of God; but condemnation refers to being condemned, and the Spirit tells us in Revelation that no believer will face the 2nd death; being condemned to the eternal Lake of Fire/Hell.

*Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Rev 20:6 NIV+

*He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death." ' Rev 2:11 NKJV+

 

5b. 30 days of God’s wrath, the seven cups of His wrath are poured out on the earth

 

Daniel’s prophecy explains there will be 30 days after the 1260 day reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sin. (3½ years = 42 months = 1260 days)

*And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. Da 12:11 ESV+

 

1290 days - 1260 (days reign beast/antichrist/man of sin) = 30 days God’s wrath

 

During this time the 7 bowls of the wrath of God will be poured out over the world on the unbelievers living there; for all believers have just been gathered/raptured up to Heaven in glorified bodies by Jesus.

*Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God." Rev 16:1 NASB+

*The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. Rev 16:12 ESV+

*And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. Rev 16:16 NKJV+

*Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" Rev 16:17 NKJV+

 

5c. 45 days; Jesus comes in power, establishes His Kingdom on earth

 

The remaining 45 days of Daniel’s prophecy will be completed when Jesus returns in power and establishes His kingdom on earth for 1,000 years. All will be blessed who are still living on earth at the end of these 45 days; for they shall come into Christ’s 1,00 year Kingdom on earth.

*And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. Da 12:11 ESV+

 

1335 days – 1260 (days reign beast/antichrist/man of sin) - 30 days (God’s Wrath) = 45 days

 

Jesus will come in power to earth; will defeat the beast/antichrist/man of sin’s army, throw him and his prophet into the Lake of Fire/Hell; and chain up satan for 1,000 years.

*He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Rev 19:13-14 NKJV+

*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. Rev 19:20 ESV+

*And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; Rev 20:2 NASB+

 

Jesus will strike down the nations opposing Him with His words, the sharp sword of His mouth. And will enter into judgment on them at the valley of Jehoshaphat.

*From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Rev 19:15-16 NASB+

*I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land. Joel 3:2 NASB+

 

Notice in the above verse; [My people and My inheritance, Israel, “Whom they have scattered], [divided my land]. Our nation will soon lose the blessings of God if we do not protect Israel, including their Land.

 

He will tread the winepress of God’s wrath on those gathered up by the angel from the grape harvest of the wicked over the world and brought to for judgment. And so many wicked will be killed, their blood would flow the height of a horse’s bridle the length of Israel (1,600 stadia is around 184 miles).

*So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Rev 14:19 NKJV+

*From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. Rev 19:15 NASB+

*And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1,600 stadia. Rev 14:20 ESV+

 

When Jesus comes in power; every eye will see Him, even the Roman nation who pierced Him, Israel who coerced the Romans to kill Him.

*Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7 NKJV+

*"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matt 24:29-30 NKJV+

 

Jesus will send forth His angels to gather together His elect; those His Father chose, wrote their names in the Book of Life, before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8). Though they have never accepted Him, but will now bow down to Him, accept Him as their Lord.

*"And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect [Or chosen ones] from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Matt 24:31 NASB+

 

We know the 2 men and 2 women below are taken when Jesus comes in His power; We do not know whether the 2 men and 2 women below are the elect gathered from the 4 winds in the verse above; or by the angel gathering the grapes, those not in the Book of Life, in the 2nd paragraph above.

*Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one leftTherefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Matt 24:40-42 ESV+

 

All who come into Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom will never have accepted Him, believed in Him; otherwise they would have been gathered/raptured to Heaven when Jesus returned in the clouds. But when they see Jesus coming in all His glory, they will call out to Him, surrender to Him, and want Him to forgive their sins.

Among the survivors there will be those Jesus will call for He knows they will accept Him, love Him; much the same way Paul was turned around from persecuting Christians, to be the greatest apostle teacher among them.

*And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls. Joel 2:32 ESV+

 

There will be among the survivors who attacked Jerusalem, those who realize their mistake and call out to Jesus for forgiveness; and will be saved. This will include Gentiles, as they too are brought into Christ’s new 1,000 year Kingdom on earth. 

*Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. Zech 14:16-17 NIV+

 

Jesus will then refurbish the heavens and earth, making them new and righteous for His holy mountain; the new Kingdom He will rule over. 

*“For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord. Isa 66:22-23 ESV+

*But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 2Pe 3:10 NIV+

 

We know this new heaven and earth refer to Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom, and not the eternal new Kingdom of Heaven and earth after the White Throne Judgment below. Because in Isa. above there is a moon, and there will be no moon in God’s eternal new Heaven and earth; Lord provides its light. And [all flesh] human physical bodies come to worship God at Jerusalem; in God’s new eternal Heaven and earth all will have glorified bodies. See 5b. 

 

Notice in 2Pe above; [come like a thief in the night], refers to Jesus coming in power, and unbelievers becoming surprised; not referring to Jesus returning in the clouds, for all will hear and see this transformation happening; would notice a new heaven and earth. 

 

In Jesus 1,000 year Kingdom on earth all will have a long life, there will be no weeping; yet there will still be sin, for some will not come to worship God, and there will be death.

*For the child shall die one hundred years old, But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed. Isa 65:20 NKJV+

*I will rejoice in Jerusalem, And joy in My people; The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, Nor the voice of crying. "No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; Isa 65:19 NKJV+

*If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. Zech 14:16-17 NIV+

 

All will be blessed in Christ’s Kingdom on earth; their work shall prosper, their children shall be healthy, He will answer their every need; and there will be peace on His holy mountain, Jerusalem, even among the animals.

*They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. Isa 65:23-24 ESV+

*The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,  Isa 65:24-25 ESV+

 

5d. After Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom on earth ends; satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire/Hell

 

These verses describe the heading, no need to elaborate.

*Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. Rev 20:7-8 NKJV+

*And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. Rev 20:9 NASB+

*And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Rev 20:10 NIV+

 

5e. Heaven and earth will be destroyed; all without glorified body judged by Jesus at White Throne Judgment Seat in the air

 

The White Throne Judgment is the last judgment on the world, will be held in the air; for earth and heaven will have fled away, they will no longer exist.

*Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. Rev 20:11 NKJV+

 

We believe John saw God sitting on the Throne; though Jesus who sits at His right hand will be the judge on the White Throne. All of us who will have glorified bodies will not be judged at the White Throne Judgment; will not have to face the 2nd death.

*Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Rev 20:6 NIV+

 

6. 4th resurrection all spiritual beings in Heaven reunited with bodies which have been glorified at White Throne Judgment

3rd time believers without dying given glorified bodies at White Thrown Judgment; 5th time glorified bodies given  

 

All spiritual beings from Hades also resurrected in the 4th resurrection, reunited with their evil bodies at the White Throne Judgment; judged along with unbelievers still alive on earth at the White Throne Judgment, and both thrown into the 2nd death, the Lake of Fire/Hell

 

All believers from who have a glorified body from the first general resurrection; when Jesus returned in the clouds for us over earth and took us to Heaven with Him; will always remain holy, will never sin again, will never be judged again. We will be at the White Throne Judgment as spectators, will not be hurt by the 2nd death of the Lake of Fire; it has no power over us.

*'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.' Rev 2:11 NASB+

*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. Rev 20:6 ESV+

 

satan and those angels who followed him (now demons) will be judged at the White Throne; including those held in Tartarus the prison in the Abyss, who left their position and married mortal women on earth. All will be thrown into Hell, the Lake of Fire.

*And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great dayJude 1:6 ESV+

*For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell [Greek Tartarus] and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; 2Pe 2:4 ESV+

*"Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; Matt 25:41 NASB+

 

At the White throne Judgment all whose name is in the Book of Life during Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom will be given Glorified bodies. This includes the human spiritual beings in Heaven of the faithful who died during Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom on earth; who will be resurrected and reunited with their physical body which will be glorified (all after 1st general resurrection when we will receive our glorified bodies).Then all who are still alive in Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom and have their name in the Book of Life will also be glorified; and both will become sons of God with us in glorified bodies.

*then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 2Pe 2:9 ESV+

*And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deedsRev 20:13 NASB+

*And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. Rev 20:12 NASB+

 

Then all those who were sinful when they physically died, their human spiritual beings sent to torment in Hades; from the beginning of the world until the White Throne Judgment. Will have their spiritual being reunited with their resurrected physical body which will still be evil; and in their resurrected body will be cast into the Lake of Fire/Hell, the second death.

All the unfaithful from Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom who are still living on earth, whose name is not written in the Book of Life, will be likewise be thrown into Hell, the Lake which burns with Fire.

*Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev 20:14-15 NASB+

*"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death." Rev 21:8 NASB+

 

Then all people, whose name was in the Book of Life, will live in a glorified body in our Father’s new Heaven and earth. Where we will eternally live with our God without death or mourning, without crying or pain; the old order of things will have passed away. We will be God’s people; He will be our God.

*He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. Rev 3:5 NIV+

*And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their GodHe will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Rev 21:3-4 NIV+

 

All human eternal spiritual beings (soul, spirit, heart) will exist only in a glorified body in God’s new Heaven and earth; or in a human physical body in Hell, the Lake of Fire.

 

6a. Jesus delivers His Kingdom to His Father; no more physical nation of Israel, believers live eternally in our Father’s new Heaven and Earth

 

Jesus will deliver His 1,000 year Kingdom to His Father, when He ends His reign; for He will have put all of His enemies under His feet, including death. Our Father’s promise to Israel that they will be a nation until the sun and moon no longer shine will be completed; for in His new Heaven and earth, there will be no sun or moon; for there will be no night, and the Lord gives us our light. There will no longer be those of Israel, the Jewish people, or the Gentiles; but only children of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus, serenely living in our Father’s new Heaven and earth. 

*Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and powerFor He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 1Co 15:24-26 NKJV+

*This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar-- the Lord Almighty is his name: "Only if these decrees vanish from my sight," declares the Lord, "will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me. Jer 31:35-36 NIV+

*There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Rev 22:5 NKJV+

 

There are many different ideas on when Christ will return; but we as God’s children must not turn our back on Israel as the replacement theology teaches and lose God’ blessings; nor believe Jesus is coming earlier as pretribulation theology teaches; without be prepared if Jesus our bridegroom should come later, after the tribulation; so their light of faith does not burn out.

*I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Gen 12:3 NIV+

*Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. Matt 25:22 ESV+

*And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Matt 25:9-12 NKJV+

 

Notice some of the virgins; those who thought they were saved, were not; because they believed they knew the right time for Jesus to come, instead of following the Word, always being prepared, until Jesus does come. We should always be prepared if we should die right now, be prepared to wait for Jesus forever, until He returns in the clouds to gather/rapture us up to Himself. No matter when He returns; we must even be prepared to go through the great tribulation of the beast/antichrist/man of sin.

*But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matt 25:12-13 ESV+

 

7. Explanation for Controversial Verses relating to this message

 

7a. Rev 3:10: God will protect; some Jewish believers on earth, some by taking them to Heaven; from great tribulation of beast/antichrist/man of sin

*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+

 

In Rev 3:10; we know the assembly/church of believers in Philadelphia was Jewish, because of the language and terms used. A synagogue of satan refers to an assembly of Jews, who would live and worshipped together in a predominantly Jewish community. This assembly met and worshipped in Jewish homes, their leaders were wealthy, powerful and still believed in circumcision; and were trying to force the poorer and less prominent Jewish believers who loved Jesus back to their old ceremonial laws. Because those who loved Jesus had not denied Him, Jesus promised to make the powerful leaders of ceremonial laws fall down at the feet of those who had kept His word.

*I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars--I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Rev 3:8-9 NIV+

 

The Greek word for assemblies/churches/congregations is ekklesia”; and we believe these 7 earthly Jewish Christian assemblies/churches in Rev Chapters 2 and 3 were Jewish, because the words Jesus used related to Israel. This included terms like “not real Jews but a synagogue of satan” (Rev 2:9, 3:9), “Jezebel, symbolic evil wicked queen of Israel (Rev 2:20), “Key of David” (Rev 3:20), “refined as gold” as Israel was to be refined by God” (Rev 3:18), and an emphasis on deeds for each assembly/church, not grace as preached by Paul.    

*saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." Rev 1:11 NKJV+

 

Strong's Greek Lexicon Search Results: 1577. ekklesia ek-klay-see'-ah from a compound of 1537 and a derivative of 2564; a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):--assembly, church. http://www.eliyah.com/cgi-bin/strongs.cgi?file=greeklexicon&isindex=1577

 

God will indeed protect some Jewish believers while they live on earth from the “hour of trial” the whole world will face; during the 3½ year reign of the beast/antichrist/man of sin as he inflicts great tribulation over the earth. In verse below satan (dragon, serpent); Israel (woman) nation gave birth to Jesus (male child); (wings of eagle) God will help Israel travel quickly as they did when they left Egypt [Ex 19:4];  (time) 1yr, (times) 2yrs, (½ time) ½ yr; = 3½ years    

*When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach. Rev 12:13-14 NIV+

*Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain. Isa 26:19-21 ESV+

 

It refers to the Jews who love Jesus and will be living in Judea; and will heed Jesus words. Who will get away before the beast/antichrist/ man of sin, who is the abomination of destruction, will begin his 3½ year reign.

“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. Matt 24:15-18 ESV+

 

These Jewish believers will flee when they are chased by satan; just before the beast/antichrist/man of sin takes over Jerusalem and begins his 3½ year reign over the world. And God will protect Israel as He helps them to quickly escape to Petra (see next paragraph); while an enraged satan will go to help the beast/antichrist/man of sin make war on Israel, on those who love and believe in Jesus.

*And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. Rev 12:15 NASB+

*But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev 12:16-17 NKJV+

 

God will sustain these Jewish believers in Petra which was in Edom (now Jordan 150 miles south of Jerusalem). It as a fortified city with mountains all around it; with only a small opening in the mountains where one can get into this city, where houses have been cut into the sandstone cliff walls. This is the same fortified city which King David could not defeat until he received help from God. There is also a desert before you reach the opening in the mountains to enter Petra, which will catch all the water satan will spew out to destroy the Jewish believers in the verse above.

*He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. Dan 11:41 NKJV+

*Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? Ps 60:9 ESV+

 

For those who believe God will take some out of the world to protect them; it could refer to the 144,000 of Israel who will have the seal of God on their foreheads as they try to bring Israel to Jesus. They will be protected from the first 5 trumpets, but not through the 6th trumpet, which is the 3 ½ year rule of the beast/antichrist/man of sin. God will take them to Heaven as the first fruits of all who will be given a glorified body and taken to Heaven without dying; before the beast/antichrist/man of sin reign of great tribulation begins. See 4., 4a.

 

Or it could simply be Jesus promised to keep the believers in the assembly/church in Philadelphia from the hour of trial they themselves would face; as Rome dominated the world, was killing and torturing Christians, trying to wipe them out from the face of the world.

 

We believe Jesus will return after the beast/antichrist/man of sin reign of great tribulation is over; and before God’s bowls of wrath are poured out over the earth. Believers will not have to face the wrath of God, for Jesus will return to the clouds to gather/rapture all who are living on earth when the 7th Trumpet blows. And all believers on earth will then be given glorified bodies, taken to Heaven; before God pours His 7 bowls of wrath upon the earth.

 

The Lamb’s wrath in the 6th seal is the War of Gog; Jesus wrath will only be upon Russia and Muslim countries who will come against Israel; will not be upon any believers.      

*and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; Rev 6:16 NASB+

 

7b. Rev 7:9: souls from 5th seal, given white robes to wear until correct number martyred to defeat satan; then satan will be cast down to earth

 

Same souls referred to in Rev 6:9-11; Rev 7:9-15; Rev 12:12; Rev 20:5-6 because of context, because given special white robes 

 

Rev 6:9-11; Souls martyred for God in Heaven ask to have their blood/death avenged, told to wait, given special white robes

Rev 7:9-15 Souls martyred for God for only they wear special white robes; before the Thrown of God 

Rev 12:12; Souls martyred for God rejoicing, correct number has died for God; their blood avenged by satan being cast down to earth

Rev 20:5-6; Souls martyred for God during reign beast/antichrist/man; also be given honor reigning with Christs in His 1,000 year Kingdom

 

Note: Rev 6:9 and Rev 20:4; the way John knew the souls in Heaven who were and will be martyred because they loved God, was that they will have scars on their souls to show how they were killed.

 

Rev 6:9-11: In the 5th seal John saw the souls of those slain, martyred for the word of God, the testimony they believed in; under the altar outside of God’s Heavenly Temple. They were given special white robes, told to wait a little longer until the correct number would be willing to give their lives for Jesus was completed.   

*When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. Rev 6:9-11 NKJV+

 

In Rev 7:9-15; We know these were the same souls which John saw in the 5th seal because they both have the special white robes. They had been martyred for being faithful to our Heavenly Father, for loving Jesus; and were a great multitude standing before the throne of God. They were saying "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"; and this praise will be completed when God avenges their blood for dying for Him in Rev 12:9-12 below. 

*After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" Rev 7:9-10 NKJV+

 

This great multitude of souls shown are all who were martyred for our God, from Adam to the War of Gog (6th seal); a 6,000 year+- period. This will change when the beast/antichrist/man of sin comes, and all who are martyred for Jesus will also be honored by reigning with Him in His 1,000 year Kingdom; after their soul is reunited with their resurrected glorified body in the first General resurrection (3rd resurrection in chart).

 

Those who will be martyred for being Faithful to our Heavenly Father, for loving Christ; will be the only ones who will wear distinctive white robes; a special robe as a mark of dignity; which John quickly recognized, ahead of them holding palm branches in verse above. Yes our soul in Heaven will have hands; for we will help be priests to our God and our hands will function to do what our God would have us do in Heaven.                                                                                                                                                

 

Strong's Greek Lexicon Search Results: 

4749. stole stol-ay' from 4724; equipment, i.e. (specially), a "stole" or long-fitting gown (as a mark of dignity):--long clothing (garment), (long) robe.

 

They have come out of great tribulation, which means they have faced death for God, for Jesus, and lost their lives because they remained faithful.

*And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. Rev 7:13-15 KJV

 

We believe the KJV is the correct translation; leaving out “the” which is a proposition which can be added or left out depending on the writer’s interpretation. Because the KJV translation is in context with Rev 6:9-11, 7:9-15, 12:12, 20:5-6 when put together below in Rev 9:12. Look at the following verse below which use the same Greek words for great tribulation and do not use a preposition.

 

With the same Greek words: 5 (ESV+, NIV+, NKJV+, ASV, KJV) of the 6 translations we use did not use a preposition (a or the) when Jesus warned us great tribulation would happen; not a specific event. Only the NASB+ uses “a great tribulation”.

*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 KJV

 

With the same Greek words: all 6 translations we use (ESV+, NASB+, NIV+, NKJV+, ASV, KJV) do not put use a preposition (a or the) when Jesus warns adulterers that He would throw them into great tribulation. If the is added; the great tribulation would refer to the beast/antichrist/man of sin great tribulation during his 3½ year reign; though Jesus intention is to put them in tribulation now (around 90AD) to change them so they come back to Him.

*'Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. Rev 2:22 NASB+

 

Strong's Greek Lexicon Search Results for tribulation:

2347. thlipsis thlip'-sis from 2346; pressure (literally or figuratively):--afflicted(-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.

 

Rev 12:9-12:

The context often determines the meaning of what is being said; the same souls from the 5th seal asking for their blood to be avenged (Rev 6:9) are given special white robes for they were martyred for God’s sake.

They are then seen in Rev 7:7 because they alone will wear these special white robes in Heaven.

Then they are seen rejoicing in Rev 12:9-12 for when enough martyrs will give their lives for God, their blood will be avenged and satan will be cast to earth.

*Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time." Rev 12:9-12 NKJV+

 

One can picture satan accusing us before our God in Heaven; challenging God about those who love Him, like satan challenged our Father over Job and lost. We believe satan challenged God on how many would give their lives for Him; and our Father accepted that challenge with the stipulation that if the agreed number was reached; satan, his angels would be thrown out of Heaven. 

 

Rev 20:5-6:  

Then the souls of all who loved Jesus and were killed during the beast/antichrist/man of sin reign; will be given special robes, and the honor of reigning with Christ in His 1,000 year reign after they have been part of the first general resurrection (3); their spiritual beings reunited with their body which has been glorified when Jesus returns in the clouds, and is taken to Heaven. 

*I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Rev 20:4 NIV+

*The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrectionBlessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. Rev 20:5-6 NASB+

 

Note: Rev 6:9 and Rev 20:4; the way John knew the souls in Heaven who were and will be martyred because they loved God, was that they will have scars on their souls to show how they were killed.

 

Remember Revelation is the only book which has the accounts of the 4 resurrections where glorified bodies are given, the 3 times glorified bodies are given without dying, and the 5 times glorified bodies are given. It is the very last revelation our Father gave Jesus to give us of the order and when we will be resurrected, the order of who and when we would be given glorified bodies.

 

Paul’s mystery of being gathered/raptured was before Revelation, our Father gave this information, knew about this information when He told Jesus what to show John. In fact Paul believed the first general resurrection of believers would happen in his lifetime, believed it would happen after a Roman leader would come as the beast/antichrist/man of sin and claim to be god in God’s Temple in Jerusalem (1c 3rd paragraph below). Because the Temple still existed before Paul was killed for telling all about Jesus. He died not knowing the Temple would be destroyed, that the beast/antichrist/man of sin would come much later; we are still waiting for him to come today.

 

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+ NIV Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

+ NKJV "Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."

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