(Note: This narrative is a summary of dozens of end times
prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments. Its
objective is to present a readable overview of the times ahead
from a Biblical perspective. )
One day soon when many are not expecting it, there will be a
sudden attack against Israel. Even the Israelis will be caught
by surprise, carelessly thinking themselves to be at peace.
Israel will have recently defeated its next door neighbors as
foretold in Psalm 83, and destroyed Damascus, ending its
reign as the worldís oldest continuously populated city (Isaiah
17:1). Iranís proxy Hezbollah and Egyptís stand-in
Hamas will have also been defeated putting an end to the
Palestinian issue for good. In a kinder, gentler world the
Jews would have had a little time to catch their breath and
enjoy a period of peace.
But without warning a coalition of Moslem nations, armed by
Russia and led by Iran, will attack Israel with overwhelming
force. Were it not for one unforeseen factor this force would
have easily been sufficient to totally destroy its target. But
long ago the God of Israel chose just this time to reveal
Himself through Israel to the nations. With the considerable
force at His command Heíll intervene to decimate the Moslem
armies. As He does the conflict will go nuclear and warheads
will fall on the Middle East, Russia, Europe and perhaps even
As the battle comes to an end, the Israelis will recognize the
Author of their supernaturally wrought victory and joyously
petition the Lord to renew their covenant relationship with Him.
Jews from all over the world will begin coming to Israel as the
reality of their reunion with the Lord begins to sink in. Indeed
not a single Jewish person in the world will be left behind in
this historic return to the Promised Land (Ezekiel 38-39).
The Missing People and The Man Of Peace
Two other astonishing events will accompany this battle. Just
prior to its beginning untold numbers of Gentile Christians and
Messianic Jews will suddenly disappear with out a trace (1
Thes. 4:16-17), and just following it a rising leader will
offer the world a plan he says will finally bring peace to the
Middle East and prevent anything like this battle from ever
happening again (Daniel 8:25, 9:27). Itís a good thing
the church will be gone because they would have recognized him
immediately as the anti-Christ.
The disappearance of the Church will bring the Age of Grace to a
close, allowing the last seven years of the interrupted Age of
Law to play out (Daniel 9:27, Romans 11:25). In seeming
to put an end to the hostilities, this rising leader will help
the Jews rebuild their temple so they can return to their
ancient worship system as their covenant requires. Heíll
do this, not because he has any love for the Jewish people or
the God they worship, but because the unseen power behind him
has plans to appropriate the Temple for his own use.
Following directions from the book of Ezekiel, the Israelis will
construct their new temple in an area the Lord had him designate
some 2600 years ago. Itís about 2o miles north of the present
Temple mount in a place called Shiloh, where the tabernacle sat
for 400 years (Ezekiel 48:1-10). In following Ezekielís
instructions instead of trying to share the Temple Mount with
the Dome of the Rock, they will avoid the peace shattering
problems they would otherwise have had with the recently
defeated Moslem nations.
Peace, Peace, When There Is No Peace
Unbeknown to most of the worldís remaining inhabitants, who will
think the Utopian Age has finally arrived, the authorization to
build the Temple will begin a seven-year count down to the 2nd
Coming (Daniel 9:27). At first, this man of sin
will have most of the world convinced heís a real peace maker,
even though he commits his forces to war after war, and causes
enormous hardship on Earth (Rev. 6).
Half way through the last seven years heíll implement Satanís
nefarious plan for the Temple. Heíll stand in the Holy Place and
exalt himself above everything that is called god or worshiped,
declaring himself to be God (2 Thes. 2:4).
With this declaration, the full force of Godís wrath will be
unleashed on Earth, beginning a period of time known as the
Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:15). Satan will be
expelled from heaven and will personally in-dwell the
anti-Christ as the final contest for Planet Earth begins in
earnest (Rev. 12:9, 13:2). For 3 1/2 years warfare and
persecution on Earth will be augmented with catastrophic
judgments from Heaven making it the worst time the human race
has ever had to endure (Matt. 24:21, Rev. 13:5).
Following the rapture of the Church, multitudes will give
their hearts to the Lord and be martyred for their faith as the
anti-Christ seeks to wipe out all opposition to his rule (Rev.
7:13-14). If the Lord didnít return when He
promised to put an end to it, not a single person would be left
alive (Matt. 24:22). But believing His promise to return,
hordes of post-rapture believers will flee from Israel into the
mountains of southern Jordan, where theyíll be supernaturally
protected, to await His Glorious Appearing (Matt. 24:16, Rev.
The War To End All Wars
For his part the anti-Christ will amass huge forces for the
coming battle of Armageddon, with a wary eye on a great army
from the East that will try to sneak in and steal away his
victory (Daniel 11:44, Rev. 16:12). By some
estimates several hundred million combatants will be gathered in
and around Israel for this battle, said to be the climax of the
War for Planet Earth (Rev. 16:16).
But suddenly the skies will open and the Lord will appear with
all His holy ones to reclaim that which Heís bought and paid for
with His own blood, shed on the cross (Rev. 19:11-16).
In hardly any time at all the battle will be over, the enemy
vanquished, and the Lord will be established as King of the
whole Earth (Zechariah 14:9).
The moment the Lordís feet touch the Mount of Olives, a great
earthquake will occur. It will split the Mount of Olives
in half from East to West (Zechariah 14:4) and the old
Temple Mount, located directly in its path, will crumble into
the earth to disappear forever. Suddenly a gushing spring
will bubble up massive amounts of clear fresh water from under
the New Temple, just 20 miles to the north (Zechariah 14:8).
The water will emerge from under the south end of the Temple and
flow southward into the ravine created by the earthquake.
Soon the water will become a mighty river, branching west to the
Mediterranean and east to the Dead Sea, filling the ravine.
Fruit trees, bearing a different fruit each month, and whose
leaves are for healing, will line its banks. The inflow of so
much fresh water will cause the Dead Sea to come alive, teeming
with fish. Only the southern tip, where Sodom and Gomorrah once
stood, will remain a salt marsh (Ezekiel 47:1-12, Rev.
Judgment Day 1 Ö The Tribulation Survivors
One of the Lordís first official acts after assuming His role as
King of the whole Earth will be to have Satan bound in chains
for the duration of His 1000 year reign (Rev. 20:1-3). At
that time the martyrs from Danielís 70th week will join Old
Testament believers in receiving their resurrection bodies (Daniel
12:1-2, Rev. 20:4)
The Lord will summon the tribulation survivors from all over the
world to the Kidron Valley for a series of judgments (Joel
3:1-2). Using their actions as evidence of their faith, He
will separate the believers from the unbelievers. Heíll welcome
the believers into His Kingdom while consigning unbelievers to
the outer darkness (Matt. 24:45-25:46). These
believers, still in their natural human state, will repopulate
Earth during the Kingdom Age.
A time of absolute peace and tranquility will ensue, with Satan
bound and all unbelievers taken away, and the Earth will
flourish in a way not seen since the creation (Isaiah 35).
Having finally recognized Jesus as the true Messiah (Zechariah
12:10) Israel will arise and shine, once again the
pre-eminent nation on Earth (Isaiah 60). In the
skies above, the New Jerusalem, eternal home of the Church, will
circle the Earth in a low orbit and serve as the source of light
for the world (Rev. 21:9-27). Its unfathomable
riches and spacious accommodations will allow members of the
Church to dwell, in a level of luxury and comfort to be envied
even by royalty, with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
The inhabitants of Earth will soon discover that the final
judgments of the Great Tribulation have served to correct the
ancient errors introduced into the Earthís axis and orbit.
As a result a luscious sub-tropical climate will again bless the
whole Earth. The water-vapor canopy that collapsed during
the Great Flood will be restored to prevent life shortening
ultra violet rays from entering the atmosphere and Earth
dwellers will once again see life spans nearly 1000 years in
length. Earth will be the Garden Paradise it was always intended
to be (Isaiah 65:17-25. Rev. 21:1).
Judgment Day 2Ö The Great White Throne
During the Kingdom Age, the offspring of Earthís natural
inhabitants will have the same opportunity to accept the pardon
purchased for them at the cross as people born in the past have
had. As the Kingdom Age comes to an end, those whoíve refused
His pardon will rise up to rebel against the Lord, and upon
Satanís release will be drawn into his final attempt to unseat
the Lord and re-capture the planet. In just a few moments the
rebellion will be quashed, the rebels destroyed, and Satan will
be thrown into the eternal fires to suffer forever with those
who sided with him (Rev. 20:7-10). All the unsaved dead
from the beginning of time will be resurrected to stand before
the Great White Throne in judgment. As their lives pass in
review it will be obvious that they failed to do the one thing
God required of them, and thatís to believe in the one He sent.
They too will be consigned to the eternal fires (Rev.
The Bible, being the handbook for the Age of Man, does not
address Eternity except to say that there is one, where the
saved will dwell in bliss in the presence of the Lord forever
(life) while the unsaved suffer never-ending punishment (death).
You see, everyone ever conceived exists forever. We all inhabit
eternity, the only question being where weíll spend it. There
are just two destinations, life or death, and we all have to
choose for ourselves. If you havenít decided yet, thereís still
time but youíd better hurry, because one day soon the final bell
will ring, and remember, the default choice is death. But for
those who choose life, the greatest victory in the history of
mankind is just over the horizon, and if you miss out youíll
literally regret it forever. If you listen carefully you can
almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 05-12-11