The antichrist

1. Understand our Father’s spiritual Kingdom

 

2. Who is satan – the antichrist - the false prophet

 

3. Three different 3 1/2 year periods

 

4. The antichrist’s time

 

5. The coming of the antichrist

 

6. The antichrist’s 3 1/2 year reign 

 

7. Jesus gathers believers home to Heaven

 

8. The wrath of God

 

9. Jesus returns in all of His power

 

10. Jesus establishes His Kingdom on earth

 

1. Understand our Father’s spiritual Kingdom

Our human minds will never be able to comprehend the spiritual world and glory of our God, until we are with in Him in Heaven. Yet we can with the help of the Holy Spirit, through the Word, have a saving understanding of what is happening in our Father’s vast spiritual Kingdom.

*If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? Jn 3:12 NKJV+

*Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” Lk 8:18 ESV+

 

Our Heavenly Father created angelic spiritual beings so they could serve Him in His vast heavenly Kingdom, and minister to us here on earth.

*Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Heb 1:14 NKJV+

*“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matt 18:10-11 ESV+

 

Angelic spiritual beings were created mature enough to know our God, with more power than we have. They were given a free will, the ability to obey or disobey their Creator, because without choice they could not love or honor Him. Yet because the angelic beings were able to be with our God, He was not willing to forgive them, if they disobeyed Him. He condemns all angelic beings to Hell if they sin against Him.

*For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. Ps 8:5 NKJV+

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

 

Satan a powerful angelic being, probably a cherub, wanted to become like God; not serve Him. satan through a serpent, deceived Eve into disobeying God, caused her to commit the first sin. This began a spiritual war in Heaven, with our God, and all of His loyal angelic beings; fighting against satan (dragon) and all his angels (God’s angels who became demons when they followed satan). satan and all of his demons, have no eternal hope, except to enjoy the pleasures of this world, before being cast eternally into the Lake of Fire.

*But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Gen 3:4-5 ESV+

*And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. Rev 12:7 NIV+

 

After Adam and Eve sinned, the world and the heavens around it were given to satan (the devil) as his kingdom, to rule over. A kingdom he offered Jesus, who declined it, for our Savior would not bow down to satan. This is the same kingdom, authority, and throne satan will give the antichrist when he comes.

*And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Lk 4:5-6 NASB+

*We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 1Jn 5:19 ESV+

 

satan meaning accuser, regularly comes to our Father’s heavenly council. There he constantly accuses us before the throne of God.

*One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. Job 1:6-7 NIV+

*for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Rev 12:ptn10 KJV

 

satan, all his demonic angels, out of envy, spite, pride, take pleasure in deceiving us away from our God. Our Father merely tolerates satan and his demonic beings. He uses them to test, discipline, and refine those who will be His children. Believers who will love Him above all things, those who will reject satan, the lies and pleasures he offers.

*And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. Mk 4:15 ESV+

*Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1Pe 5:8 NIV+

*For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”  Heb 12:6 ESV+

 

 2. Who is satan – the antichrist - the false prophet

satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet are all demons, angelic beings who have rejected God. satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet were created before the world was made. In the end times they will try to impersonate the trinity of our God; the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

*And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. Rev 16:13-14 ESV+

*and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 1Jn 4:3 ESV+

 

satan has many names, but in this message we need to know that he is known as the dragon, the serpent, the devil, and the prince of the air (the ruler of the heavens around earth). satan is the father of all unbelievers, and constantly tries to deceive the world into believing that he is our one true spiritual father.

*And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him. Rev 12:9 ASV

*in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedienceEph 2:2 ESV+

*You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. Jn 8:44 NKJV+

 

The antichrist who will come is known as the beast, the man of lawlessness/sin, the son of destruction/perdition, the little horn, the abomination which causes desolation, and a king. The antichrist is also known as the first beast, when the second beast, the false prophet, is in the conversation.

*Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 1JN 2:18 NASB+

*These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. Rev 17:17 NKJV+

*Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 2Thess 2:3 ESV+

*"While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. Da 7:8 NIV+

* “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. Da 11:36 ESV+

 

Demons have the spiritual power to spiritually and physically control human beings, especially those who are unbelievers, and are not protected by the Holy Spirit. Yet demons were no match for Jesus, and while He lived on earth He set many people free from the demons who were controlling them.

The antichrist’s (beast’s) demonic spiritual being will unite with and completely control an evil man’s spiritual being, as well as his physical being, his mind and body. We do not yet know the identity of this man at this time. Yet we will know his identity, we will know which man the real antichrist will control, when he begins his reign claiming to be God, in the temple of God at Jerusalem. 

*But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. LK 4:35 NKJV+

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

 

The antichrist will use the man he controls to try to imitate Jesus. Who came to earth, died on the cross for our sins, was resurrected to Heaven, and will come again. 

*So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. Mk 16:19 ASV

*"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."  Rev 1:8 NKJV+

 

The evil man, whom the antichrist will control, will be physically killed, his mortal body going into an earthly grave, his eternal spiritual being into Hades. The demon antichrist can take over this man’s physical body before he is killed, and be put in the abyss after this man is killed. Or the antichrist can be in the abyss waiting to control this man when he is made alive again.

What we do know is when the time is right; our God will release the antichrist from the Abyss. At the same time He will resurrect the evil man’s body from the grave, make it alive by reuniting it with the man’s eternal spiritual being from Hades. And the antichrist will come into and control the evil man, allowing the demon antichrist to rule over the world through this man.

*The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. Rev 17:8 NIV+

*One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Rev 13:3 NIV+

 

The antichrist will deceive many into believing that he is the Messiah, by being resurrected from the dead. Yet his resurrection will be far different than Jesus’ was. For the antichrist will come up from the spiritual torment of the Abyss, the first spiritual death. And when his time is done, he will be given the second death; be thrown while living in the evil man’s body into the eternal Lake of Fire

*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+

 

The false prophet who is also a demon, will come up out of the earth. Whether this refers to the abyss where some demon spiritual beings are locked away, or just out of this world we do not know. But we do know that he, like the antichrist above, will take over an evil man’s physical body. The false prophet, just like the antichrist above, will be thrown while living within his evil man’s physical being which is still alive, into the eternal Lake of Fire.

*Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. Rev 13:11-12 NASB+

*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+

 

The false prophet will come quietly like a lamb trying to impersonate the Spirit. He will turn all the attention on the antichrist, not himself, performing great signs by the authority of the antichrist. Yet he will speak like a dragon, like satan, everything he says will be a lie, trying to deceive all who will listen to him, into worshipping the antichrist. 

*Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. Rev 13:11-12 NASB+

*And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. Rev 13 11-13 NKJV+

 

3. Three different 3 1/2 year periods

We will discuss three different 3 1/2 year time periods below, though they are more accurately 1260 day periods. We believe our Father designed each of these different periods to contain the same amount of time, 1260 days; though it is hard for us to calculate the exact days of these time periods. As the Jewish calendar has 354 days in a year, a year can fluctuate over 33 days in length, and some years have an extra month in them.   

 

The different verses used to measure the 3 equal 1260 periods (3 ˝ years or 42 months or 1260 days)

 

3 1/2 years = 42 months (3 ˝ x 12 = 42) = 1260 days (42 days x 30 = 1260)

 

1. Jesus; 3 1/2 Years - Da 9:27*

 

2. 2 prophets/witnesses: 1260 days - Rev 11:3

 

3. antichrist/beast: 3 ˝ years - Da 7:25** - Da 9:27*; 42 months - Rev 13:5

 

woman/Israel protected; same period as 3. antichrist/beast: 42 months - Rev 12:6; 3 ˝ years - Rev 12:14**

 

*Middle of week refers to a to sabbatical week of 7 years; or the middle of 7 years which is 3 ˝ years - Da 9:27

 

**Time (1 year) + Times (2 year) + Half Time (˝year) = 3 1/2 Years - Da 7:25, Rev 12:14

 

Our Heavenly Father’s plans for our salvation have already been made, and presented to His heavenly court to carry out. His heavenly court consists of countless millions of angelic beings who gather around our Father’s throne to praise Him, to hear and obey Him. They report to Him, participate in what is being said, and what is being done. Our Father also summons or allows satan who is the prince, the ruler over the earth, to come before His heavenly court, participate in what is happening.

*"I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. Da 7:9-10 NKJV+

*Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. Rev 12:10 NIV+

 

The Son of Man, our Father’s Son who would become Jesus, was presented before His Father, the Ancient of Days, and His heavenly court. He was given in the future, an everlasting dominion over all people in the world, and a Kingdom which never will be destroyed. This Kingdom would be given to Jesus after He had completed His 3 1/2 years of ministry, shed His blood on the cross as atonement for our sins, and after the antichrist has received an equal 3 1/2 years, to test us, and try to pull us away from our Savior. This Kingdom would be given Jesus when He  comes in all of His power to destroy the antichrist, and rule over the earth.  

*"I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. "And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed. Da 7:13-14 NASB+

 

The date Jesus would begin His 3 1/2 year ministry was set before this Heavenly Court. It was revealed in the seventy sevens of Daniel 9:24-27, which is a timeline for Jesus, set against the rebuilding of the Temple of Jerusalem. For only Jesus can finish transgression, make sins disappear, be the reconciliation for iniquity, and bring in everlasting righteousness. These He completed upon the cross. He will seal up, finish prophecy when He comes to gather us to Heaven, and be anointed the most Holy, the King of Kings, as He is given power over His Kingdom on earth, which we will see in number 7 below.

*"Seventy [sevens] are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. Da 9:24 NKJV+

 

Jesus is anointed. Daniel’s Timeline

Our Savior would begin His ministry when He was anointed by the Holy Spirit at the Jordan River around Tishri 10, 26AD. This would be 483 years after Ezra had issued the decree to rebuild Jerusalem: 7 sevens and 62 sevens are 69 sevens or (69x7yrs) 483 years. This would leave 1 seven year period or 7 years remaining on Daniel’s 70 years of seven: 70 sevens – 69 sevens are 1 seven or 7 years.

*"Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. Da 9:25 NIV+

*how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Ac 10:38 NKJV+

 

New Covenant instituted. See Tribulation comments on Daniel 9:24-27

In the last seven year period of the 70 sevens, the 7 year firm covenant, has no meaning if taken literally. The 7 years would have been over in Daniel’s time, with no purpose being fulfilled. The 7 year covenant must either be symbolic, or there must be a gap of 2000+- years between the 69th seven and the 70th seven. We believe that “7” symbolically represents a perfect spiritual completion of a work of God. Here it to referring to the New Covenant of grace, which Jesus will never break. This firm covenant will last forever to all who will accept Jesus as our Lord.

There are 2 different people in this verse – He will (Jesus) – and will come one (antichrist).

*"And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one [seven], but in the middle of the [seven] he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate." Da 9:27 NASB+

 

Christ’s 3 1/2 years of ministry.

This last 7 year period also shows the equal time which was given to our Savior, and the equal time which will be given to satan through the antichrist. There is He, Jesus, who has just been anointed to begin His ministry after the 69 sevens (7+62 sevens) had been completed. Then Jesus will minister on earth for 3 1/2 years, until the middle of the last seven, when He was cutoff, crucified. And the blood He shed on the cross for the atonement of our sins, ended the need for any other sacrifice or grain offering ever to be needed again.

*And after the sixty-two [sevens], an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Da 9:26 ESV+

*"And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one [seven], but in the middle of the [seven] he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate." Da 9:27 NASB+

 

Then the two witnesses will be given 3 1/2 years to teach

Our Heavenly Father out of love for the patriarchs, the founding fathers of Israel, will give Israel one more chance. He will send 2 witnesses, 2 prophets to Israel, and give them 3 1/2 years to bring this nation back to our God. The prophets were given the same time Jesus had to minister on earth, the same time the antichrist after them will be given to turn us away from our God.

*As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, Ro 11:28 NIV+

*"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+

 

These 2 prophets will probably be Elijah and Enoch (others believe Elijah + Moses) for they never physically died. They will be given power, which will protect Israel, bring peace to her people. This will allow Israel to worship at the new Temple in Jerusalem which will be built. 

*“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.  Mal 4:5 ESV+

*By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Heb 11:5 NKJV+

*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+

 

And then the antichrist’s 3 1/2 year reign

And then another one, the antichrist will come on the wing of the temple, to make desolate, until he is destroyed. satan probably argued for and received from our Father at His heavenly court, the same amount of time for the antichrist to rule over Christians, as Jesus was given to minister while He lived on earth. Just as Jesus received His 3 1/2 years to proclaim He was God’s only Son, so the antichrist will receive his 3 1/2 years, the remaining 3 1/2 years of the 70 sevens to proclaim he is god. Until a complete destruction, one our Father has already decreed to the court, will be carried, when Jesus returns in all of His power.

2 different people – he will (Jesus) – and will come one (antichrist)

*"And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one [seven], but in the middle of the [seven] he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate." Da 9:27 NASB+

*'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 timeDa 7:25 NASB+

*for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Rev 12:ptn10 KJV

 

4. The antichrist’s time

We will know the antichrist’s 3 1/2 year reign has started when He proclaims to be God in His Temple at Jerusalem. He will rule over Jerusalem during his entire rule.

*Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness 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+

*But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. Rev 11:2 NKJV+

 

Our Heavenly Father will protect, take care of the elect of Israel, represented by the woman, through the entire 3 1/2 years (1260 days) of the antichrist’s rule.

*The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. Rev 12:6 NIV+

*As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Ro 11:28-29 NIV+

 

The times have already been established for our Father’s plan of salvation, and His heavenly angelic court will administer His decisions, exactly as they were made. The antichrist will physically rule the world for 3 1/2 years, then our Father’s court will sit in judgment, take the beast’s power (dominion) away from him, and he will be destroyed forever.

*"This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers And the decision is a command of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, And bestows it on whom He wishes And sets over it the lowliest of men."  Da 4:17 NASB+

*'But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. Da 7:26 NASB+

 

The antichrist will be given physical power over us, all believers on earth, much the same way satan was given physical power over Job. Our Lord allowed satan to test Job, with any adverse trials he wanted to put Job through, the only exception being satan could not kill Job. In the book of Job we can read about all the pain and suffering satan inflicted on Job, from the loss of his family, to boils all over his body. Yet Job remained loyal to our God and was rewarded with physical blessings for his faithfulness.

*Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!" And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. Job 1:10-12 NKJV+

*And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10 ESV+

 

Our God will give to the antichrist during the his 3 1/2 years of rule, more power than has ever been given any spiritual or physical being before, and will never be given again. God will give the antichrist, the power to physically rule over all people; the ability to kill any and all he chooses. We must remain loyal to our God like Job and we will be rewarded with many spiritual blessings, when we are taken home to Heaven.

*It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. Rev 13:ptn7 NKJV+

*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. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Rev 13:9-10 NIV+

*but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt 6:20-21 NKJV+

 

We cannot be physically pulled out of the antichrist’s rule, until his time which has been decreed in our Father’s Heavenly court is completed; and the court strips the antichrist of his power. Until then he will have complete physical power over us. Peter tells us the Lord will help us through our trials here on earth, but that we must still go through them. And that we should be prepared to face these trials, and must overcome them, no matter how hard the tribulation might be.

*"Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done. Da 11:36 NASB+

*Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 1Pe 4: 12 NKJV+

*Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1Pe 4:16-17 ESV+

 

Yet spiritually our God will always be with His Children, will always will take our spiritual being to Heaven when we physically die. Believers will always have the Holy Spirit living in our hearts, and the Spirit will reach out to those who do not believe. All who are spiritually one with Christ, can never be spiritually ruled by anyone else, including the antichrist.

*Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. 1Pe 4:19 ESV+

*For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ro 8:38-39 ESV+

 

The antichrist will be destroyed after his 3 1/2 years have been completed. Then the antichrist will be punished 30 days during the wrath of God, and then thrown in the lake of fire.

*Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.  Rev 15:7 NASB+

*Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. Rev 16:10-11 NASB+

 

5. The coming of the antichrist

 

Tribulation for believers in Christ started when our Savior began His ministry. And John tells us he was part of this tribulation as he was writing Revelation.

*“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. Matt 24:9 ESV+

*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 NKJV+

 

John tells us many antichrists have come, and will continue to come until the antichrist will appear. We all individually will have a last hour, a time of trial, to see if we love our God above all things. And our Father, will allow many different antichrists, to test us, and those who do not love our God above all will be deceived. There will also be false Christian leaders and followers, who will follow deceiving evil spirits; and we must not be deceived by their lies. Then the antichrist will come, and all living on the earth at this time will face the hardest test ever, to see if we love Jesus more than our own lives.  

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

*The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 1Ti 4:1-2 NIV+

 

The many antichrists now deceiving us through false leaders, will make it easier for people to accept the deception of the antichrist when he comes. As an example, many who claim to be Christians in the US, support and elect those leaders who promote the yearly killing of around 1.2 million children in the womb each year. They are killing the very babies our Father has created, and the people are being deceived into believing a mother, sometimes a young teen mother on her own, has the right to kill her baby.   

*And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Matt 24:11 KJV 

* For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Jude 1:4 NIV+

 

If people, including some who claim to be Christians can be deceived by the liberal elite, to kill babies in the womb. It will not be hard for them to be deceived by the antichrist into following him as their god. And they will help the antichrist, to kill all who will not worship his image; help kill even the believers from their own congregation, even members from their own family, even their own spouse or children. 

*He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. Da 11:37 ESV

*He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. Rev 13:15 NIV+

 

There will be some events that will lead up to the coming of the antichrist, they are covered in Tribulation. This includes the war of Psalms 85, the destruction of Damascus (Isa 17:1), and the war of Gog (Eze 38).

 

Then the Temple at Jerusalem will start to be built, and our Father will send 2 prophets (witnesses) to Israel. They will bring a remnant of Israel back to our God. The 2 prophets will be given power by our Father to protect Jerusalem against any enemies she has living in Israel, to protect Israel from any other nations who come against her.

*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, Rev 11:1 ESV+

*And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." Rev 11:3 NKJV+

 

There will be silence in Heaven, a respite or rest, for about 1/2 hour when the 2 prophets come. 1/2 hour, a period of peace in Jerusalem as the 2 prophets protect Israel, before the great tribulation of the antichrist begins. 

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

*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+

 

Our God will hear our prayers, and satan will be thrown out of Heaven, when the correct number of saints have been killed for loving our God. Believers will overcome satan, by the blood Jesus shed for us, because we told others about our great God, and because we loved our God more than our own lives. 

*and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Rev 8:4 ESV+

*They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. Rev 6:10-11 NIV+

*"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Rev 12:11 NASB+

 

satan, the great dragon, and all his angels, will be cast down to the earth. satan’s angels were once God’s angels, but have fallen away from our Lord, and now follow satan; are actually demons.

*And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. Rev 12:7 NIV+

*And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him. Rev 12:9 ASV

 

satan, the devil, will know he has but a short time left to make war against the believers on earth. The old dragon will go off to make war with any who follow Jesus.

*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 12:12 NKJV+

* 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 12:17 NKJV+

 

The antichrist will be held in the Abyss until the correct time. Until he who holds the antichrist in the Abyss is taken out of the way. This is not the church, for the church is never referred to as he, the church is neutral or the bride. The Holy Spirit is not usually associated with keeping demon spirits locked away in the Abyss. And He will always spiritually be with us, will always be in the world helping and bringing people to Christ.  

*And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way 2Thess 2:6-7 NIV+

*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+

 

Our Father is holding the antichrist in the abyss until it is the correct time for him to come and rule over the earth. This could coincide with the time the 5th angel blows his trumpet, and an angel (star) falls from Heaven and is given the key to the Abyss. This allows many demonic beings held there to be turned loose under the control of Abaddon, the angel of the Abyss, maybe the antichrist is also turned loose at this time.

There are many different ideas on whether the angel who fell from Heaven, and the angel of the Abyss are real angels or demons. What is important is at the correct time the antichrist, a demon will be released to takeover, come inside, and control an evil physical human being who has previously been killed, and physically come to earth as him. 

*And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. Rev 9:1 KJV

*They have over them as king the angel of the abyss: his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek tongue he hath the name Apollyon. Rev 9:11 ASV

 

As the antichrist comes to power earth, all the people who knew about Jesus, but have not accepted Him into their hearts, will not have another chance to know our Savior, to be saved by Him. They have already been condemned by our God, for He will send a powerful delusion upon them. So they will believe the lie, they will believe the antichrist is god, and follow him. When they die their physical bodies will go to the grave, their eternal spirits will go into Hades, awaiting the White Throne Judgment, the Lake of Fire.

*The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2Thess 2:9-10 NKJV+

*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 2:10-12 NIV+

 

There are few to no nations who remain Christian, have a Christian majority. We are told the United States is no longer a Christian nation, more than half of our nation does not love our Savior above all things. Our God has told us He would refine only a third of Israel to be His children, and if symbolically we are the same, only a third of us will be saved as well. That means a majority around us will follow the antichrist, this may include some of our family, will probably include some we worship with. They will allow the antichrist, or will help him, to make war on all believers, anyone who will not worship the antichrist.

*All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. Rev 13:8 NIV+

*"Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!" declares the Lord Almighty. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. In the whole land," declares the Lord, "two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. Zech 13:7-8 NIV+

* I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will 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, 'This is My people'; And each one will say, 'The Lord is my God.'" Zech 13:9 NKJV+

 

6. The antichrist’s 3 1/2 year reign

The beast coming out the sea refers to the antichrist who will come. This is set behind a symbolic background of how he will come out of an evil world. After evil kings, past and present, and reign with some kings in the future, until he alone rules the world. The 7 heads symbolize 7 evil kings, evil kingdoms, who have and will blaspheme our God, who have and will rule over the earth. 5 of these kings and their empires have already been and fallen, at the time John was given this vision. The 6th evil kingdom, the Roman kingdom under Domitian, was ruling as John wrote this revelation, and has also fallen long ago. There remains one more kingdom and king, the 7th one which has “not yet come.”

*And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore .Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. Rev 13:1 NASB+

*There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. Rev 17:10 NKJV+

 

The 7 heads, are the 7 kings and kingdoms Jesus is talking about are:

Fallen: 1. Egypt - 2. Assyria - 3. Babylon - 4. Medo/Persia - 5. Greece – One that is: 6. Roman --- One to come 7. Divided Kingdom

 

 Da 2:31-45: The kingdoms revealed to Daniel by a statue of a man must be adjusted to include Egypt and Assyria ahead of Babylon.

 1. Egypt – 2. Assyria - Then Daniel’s 5 kingdoms: One that is: 3. Babylon – Head of Gold, 4. Medo/Persia – Arms, chest of silver, 5. Greece – Belly, thighs of bronze, 6. Roman – legs of iron, 7. One to come: Divided kingdom – feet of clay mixed with iron

 

The divided nation to come is represented by the feet of a statue of the man above. The 10 toes illustrating there are 10 separate nations. The iron in these toes represents the old Roman Empire, which means some of the 10 rulers can come from any of the modern countries which have come out of this old empire. There will be clay mixed with the iron, which means there will be other rulers who will be part of this kingdom which will be less related to the old Roman Empire, or not at all. We do not know for sure which nations these will be, but they will become powerful, and with the antichrist will form a one world government. Like the many powerful countries who today are trying to establish a world order, to regulate and set rules upon all the nations. 

*Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. Da 2:41 NIV+

*And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Da 2:40 NKJV+  The 4th nation of Da. is the 6th nation in Rev.

*'As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. Da 7:24 NASB+

 

The 10 horns on the beast represent 10 kings who will receive a kingdom, be a ruler over a country. The beast will not be the ruler over any country, for the 10 diadems represent only the earthly crowns of 10 nations, and with the antichrist makes the 11th king or ruler. Yet the antichrist along with these 10 kings, with the power their 10 countries will have, will rule the world for 1 hour. Here 1 hour refers to a short period of time, can extend into days, months, a few years. This is the 7th and final divided kingdom which will rule the earth. These 11 kings will make up the 7th ruler, the 7th king over the world, and likewise will rule over the world for a short time. 

*And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore .Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. Rev 13:1 NASB+

*The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. Rev 17:12 NKJV+

*There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. Rev 17:10 NKJV+

 

The beast and the 10 kings will be used by the woman, the great city which rules over the kings of the earth. The powerful in this great city will use the beast and the 10 kings to become more powerful, to gain economic dominance.

*And the angel said to me, "Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. Rev 17:7 NASB+

*The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.Rev 17:18 NIV+

 

We can only speculate on which city the woman, the prostitute, this great mystery city of Babylon will be. Yet it will likely be the city which has the most economic and political power, when the 10 divided kingdoms with the antichrist are trying to gain power. The woman is seated over 7 mountains; this city controls, is the main this city and maybe the capital of 7 of these 10 kingdoms. The 7 kingdoms which will remain after the antichrist subdues three of the 10 kings, and their kingdoms (see 4 paragraphs below). The prostitute is also seated over the waters, the many people and nations of different languages, which are around these 7 kingdoms. 

*This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; Rev 17:9 ESV+

*And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. Rev 17:15 ESV+

*And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.”  Rev 17:5 ESV+

 

The first angel will announce the judgment of our God has come.

*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 14:7 NKJV+

 

Our God will use the beast and the 10 kings to bring judgment upon Babylon, for they will hate the prostitute, and will want all her power for themselves. They will bring her to ruin, take all her possessions, eat all her food, and burn her with fire. Yet they do not totally destroy her. The 10 kings will give their power and authority over to the beast.  

*The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. Rev 17:16 NIV+

*For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast,

 Rev 17:17 NASB+

 

Then the second angel announced that Babylon had fallen.

*A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries."  Rev 14:8 NIV+

 

The antichrist after receiving the power and authority from all of the other 10 kings will be the only King. He will then overthrow three of the kings who previously had been with him, and given him their power. 

*"These have one purpose , and they give their power and authority to the beast.  Rev 17:13 NASB+

*and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. Da 7:20 ESV+

*'As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. Da 7:24 NASB+

 

The antichrist will become the eighth king, yet was really part of the 11 kings, now 7 kings, who were seventh ruler or king. He will either be killed and come back to life in a few days; or have taken the body of an evil man who was previously killed, and now just noticed by the world, as he comes into power and comes to take over Jerusalem.

*The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. Rev 17:11 NIV+

*saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;  Rev 13:3 NASB+

 

satan will give his power, authority, and throne to the antichrist. All unbelievers will worship satan and the beast, as they are deceived by counterfeit signs and miracles, and the antichrist coming back to life again.  

*The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. Rev 13:2 NIV+

*And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”  Rev 13:4 ESV+

*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. 2Thess 2:9-ptn10 NIV+

 

The antichrist will kill the two witnesses, Enoch and Elijah, after their 1260 days of testimony is complete. Their bodies will lie in Jerusalem the great city, where our Lord was crucified. Jerusalem under the antichrist’s reign, will become morally corrupt, like Sodom, and will keep Israel hostage as did Egypt.

*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. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Rev 11:7-8 NASB+

*And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth Rev 11:10 NKJV+

*"Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem. Lk 13:33 NASB+

 

The prophets will lie unburied for 3 1/2 days. The evil people of the world will rejoice over their deaths, believe the antichrist has more power than the 2 prophets had, than our God does. Then the Spirit, the breath of God, will make the prophets physically alive once more. And all who will see them come to life, will once again be scared of the power our God has.

*Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. Rev 11:9 NASB+

*But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. Rev 11:11 NASB+

 

Enoch and Elijah will be the first believers after Jesus, who will be physically resurrected to Heaven. Our God will show He still is in power, for there will be a great earthquake. And all those watching will give glory to the true God.

*And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. Rev 11:12 NASB+

*And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. Rev 11:13 NASB+

 

Everything would be given first to the Jew, then the gentile. And our Father will choose those who had pleased Him most, as the first who will be resurrected to Heaven after Jesus. The Ark of the Covenant will then be seen in the sky, showing the Father has kept, and completed His covenant with Israel. Through the blood of the promised Messiah, Jesus, man will now be completely reconciled to our God. The 2 prophets will each be given a glorified body, and live with our Savior forever. 

*There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Ro 2:9-10 NIV+

*And there was opened the temple of God that is in heaven; and there was seen in his temple the ark of his covenant; Rev 11:ptn19 ASV

 

In God’s temple the antichrist will claim to be God, and begin his rule over all on earth.

*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 2:4 NKJV+

*And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Rev 13:5 NKJV+

*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 14:7 NKJV+

 

The antichrist will have authority over every tribe, people, tongue and nation. he will make war against the saints, and overcome them, kill them. The antichrist will give his authority to the false prophet, who will try to imitate the Holy Spirit, by attempting to make the entire world worship the antichrist.

*It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. Rev 13:7 NASB+

*He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. Rev 13:12 NIV+

 

The antichrist will give the false prophet power to deceive the world into making an image of the antichrist, and to give breath to this image so it will speak. And the false prophet will kill any who will not worship the antichrist’s image.

*And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. Rev 13:14 NASB+

*And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. Rev 13:15 NASB+

 

Then the third angel warned against anyone accepting the mark of the beast.

*Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. Rev 14:9-10 NKJV+

 

The antichrist will also have the false prophet force all to take the mark of his name, or number in order to buy or sell, or literally do anything on earth. This could refer to a physical mark on one’s body, to a small microchip implanted in us, which will identify us. It will be hard to survive without being able purchases goods or work, but there will probably be an illegal market established, though it will be dangerous. Those who stay faithful to their Savior, even to death, will be given restful peace, blessings, and eternal life in Heaven. And any who worship the beast or take his mark will be sent to the fiery pit forever.

 *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+    

*And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Rev 14:14 KJV

 

You can read more about the antichrist in Da 11:36 - 45.

 

7. Christ’s gathers believers home to Heaven

This will be brief, deal with the antichrist - for detailed information see The Gathering

 

The congregation in Thessalonica contacted Paul because they were concerned, for they had been told that Jesus had already returned, the resurrection had already taken place. Some men, who Paul had known, had strayed from the truth, and may have told the believers these lies.  

*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+

*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 2:2 NKJV+

 

Paul tells the congregation not to worry, or be concerned. For “that day,” the day we are gathered to Jesus will not come, until the rebellion occurs, and the man of lawlessness, the antichrist is revealed. The antichrist will be revealed when he takes his seat in the temple of God, claiming to be God.

*Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2Thess 2:1 ESV+

*Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 2Thess 2:3 NIV+

*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 2:4 ESV+

 

We will be gathered to be with Jesus when the 7th trumpet sounds and He returns in the clouds for all believers. As the kingdom of the world once more becomes the Kingdom of our God; and our Father will anoint Jesus as King over this world, forever and ever. This can only happen after the antichrist’s 3 1/2 years of rule are over, when he no longer has any physical power over believers.

*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+

*in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable , and we will be changed. 1Co 15:52 NASB+

 

We will have all the visions, prophecies, and mysteries of God revealed to us when the 7th trumpet is sounded, as Jesus is anointed King over the world. Thus completing the final part of Daniel’s seventy sevens; to seal up all visions and prophecy, to anoint a most Holy One.

*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+

*"Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy [one]. Da 9:24 NIV+

 

Jesus will descend from Heaven, to the clouds over earth bringing all the saints, the eternal spiritual beings of those already living in Heaven with Him. And with the voice of an archangel, the trumpet of God, all believers still living on earth will hear our Lord calling out to us. 

 *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+

*After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”  Rev 4:1 ESV+

 

And all the heavenly saints’ dead physical bodies and minds on earth, will rise up, be resurrected, as perfect, holy, eternal physical beings. They will be caught up in the clouds to Jesus, to be reunited with their eternal spiritual beings coming down from Heaven, making each a perfect, holy, eternal person.

Then all believers who still are alive on the earth will likewise have our physical being, our body and mind changed. In the “twinkling of an eye,” we will be given a perfect holy, eternal body, for our holy, eternal, spiritual being to live in. And then we will likewise be “caught up” into the air, the clouds to be with Jesus.

We will each be given a glorified body like Jesus is, and then He will take all of us up 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 bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Phil 3:21 ESV+

 

We will be part of the first resurrection, and the second death of the second resurrection will have no power over us.  

*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+

*Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Rev 20:14 NKJV+

 

We will come to live with our Father, where Jesus has prepared a place for us to dwell.

*And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. Rev 21:3 NKJV+

*"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. Jn 14:2-3 NASB+

 

Our God will never live in a house, a temple made by man.

*"However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says: "'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Ac 7:48-49 NIV+

*"But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!  2Chr 6:18 NIV+

 

We will come into the New Heaven, the New Jerusalem, as we celebrate the wedding supper of the Lamb, with our Savior.

*"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." Rev 19:7 NASB+

*Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God." Rev 19:9 NIV+

 

Our home is in Heaven, the New Jerusalem, where we will live in glorified bodies like our Savior.

*And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev 21:2 ESV+

*But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus ChristPhil 3:20 ESV+

 

We will all live together as brothers and sisters, for there will be no longer be any need to procreate. Heaven will be filled with all those who have our names in the Book of Life. What we will look like, what age we will be is up to our God. But we will always be happy and there will never again be any pain or sorrows. 

*For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. Matt 22:30 NKJV+

*And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Rev 21:4 NKJV+

 

8. The wrath of God

The antichrist will try to extend his 3 1/2 reign at our Father’s Heavenly Court, when or how is not clear. But the court will do what is decreed and will not extend any time to him. They will take away the antichrist’s dominion, his power over the world, annihilate and destroy it, after his 3 1/2 years are over. For then our Father’s righteous anger over His people, His indignation over them will be finished, just the way it was decreed.

*'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+

“And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. Da 11:36 ESV+

 

Our God will turn His anger, His wrath to destroy those who have come against His people, like He has before. And from the time the antichrist is an abomination in the Temple to begin his reign, there shall be 1290 days. The wrath of God will be poured out on the antichrist, all who have followed him for 30 days.  antichrist’s rule 3 1/2 years or 1260 days, 1290-1260 = 30 days

*"For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction. Isa 10:25 NASB+

*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. Da 12:11 ESV+

 

The wrath of God will be poured out by 7 angels, using 7 golden bowls. As His wrath begins the temple in Heaven will be so filled with smoke from the glory and power of our God, that it will not be entered into until our God’s wrath is complete. We will not go through all the plagues here, but you can read about them in Rev 16. The fifth bowl will be poured out on the throne of the antichrist, for he will no longer have power over the earth, and his throne will be destroyed.      

*Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished. Rev 15:7-8 NASB+

*Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. Rev 16:10-11 NASB+

 

God will enter His final judgment upon Babylon in the 7th bowl of His wrath. This once powerful city after it has fallen to the antichrist, will become a destitute city of great evil, a dwelling place for demons.

*Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Rev 16:19 NKJV+

*And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. Rev 18:2 NASB+

*For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”  Rev 18:8 ESV+

 

satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet will make one last defiant stance. They will go out and gather all the kings of all the earth to fight in a great battle against Israel, against our God who will protect Israel.

*And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Rev 16:13-14 NKJV+

 

9. Jesus returns in all of His power

Jesus will return in all of His power, to rule over His Kingdom on earth, with all the armies of Heaven.

*But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. Mk 13:24-26 ASV

*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+

 

Jesus will come to the Mount of Olives, to begin different battles and judgments. These will include the ones at Jerusalem, Armageddon, and Jehoshaphat.

*On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. Zech 14:4 ESV+

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

*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+

 

Jesus will defeat all the nations who have come out to fight Him, with the sword from His mouth, His words. And the birds will be called to eat those who were killed.

*And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in mid heaven, Come and be gathered together unto the great supper of God; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses and of them that sit thereon, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, and small and great.

*And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh. Rev 19:21 ESV+

 

Then the wicked of the earth, which the angel had gathered for the winepress of wrath at Jerusalem, will be crushed when Jesus treads this winepress. This refers to Christ’s judgment at Jehoshaphat above. And the blood which came out of the winepress will be as high as horses’ bridles for 200 miles. Note furlong is 660’ x 1600 furlongs = 1,056,000’ /5280’ = 200 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. 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+

*And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses' bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. Rev 14:20 NKJV+

 

And the antichrist, also known as the beast, and the false prophet will be the first to be thrown into the Lake of Fire. They will be in thrown alive, within the physical bodies of the evil men they controlled, into a fire which burns forever. And the devil also known as satan, will be bound up for 1,000 years, where he can bother no one.

*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+

 

10. Jesus establishes His Kingdom on earth

 

There will be 45 days for these last battles to be completed, the living to be judged, and the earth made ready for the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ, the earth’s new King.

The antichrist will rule 1260 days (3˝ years), the wrath of God will be 30 days, leaving 45 days until the New Kingdom of our Lord is ready. 1335 – 1260 = 75 – 30 = 45 days

*Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. Da 12:12 ESV+

*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+

 

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