PREPARING FOR END TIMES

by Clay Watts

"Preparing for End Times – Class Outlines"


This section contains the outlines and notes used to present a class in the fall of 2003 that surveys much of the material on this web site.  The topics and related articles on this site are as follows:

·        Introduction

·        The Basics of End Times Bible Prophecy

·        End Times Views

·        Avoiding the Great Deception

·        A Prophetic View of Christ’s First Coming

·        A Prophetic View of Christ’s Second Coming

·        Major Old Testament References – Isaiah & Ezekiel

·        Major Old Testament References – Daniel & Zechariah

·        End Times Events

 

Introduction

 

Questions

  • Why do you want to study end times?
  • What resources are you aware of—classes, books, web sites, TV, movies, etc.? 
  • What are some of your views about how end times will play out? What do you think is going to happen in the next few years?

 

Objectives--be knowledgeable and open

  • Know the major Bible passages and concepts about end times
  • Understand how Bible prophecy works—and doesn’t work
  • Have an appreciation for a variety of popular interpretations
  • Preparing for end times—personal and corporate
  • Middle east setting—history, geography, peoples, recent events
  • Build a notebook for future study and reference

 

The following is taken from the Basics of End Times Bible Prophecy.

 

Why study Bible prophecy?

  • At least 25% of scripture is prophetic
  • Many events took place to fulfill a prophecy
  • NT and Jesus referred to OT prophecy (30 direct references in gospels)
  • A distinguishing characteristic of Christian religion
  • Keep from being deceived in end times—many warnings Mt 24:24-25

 

What is prophecy?

  • Hebrew “naba” to flow forth freely, as a bubbling fountain
  • Greek “propheteuo” to speak for another, as a messenger under authority
  • Supernatural utterance—“forth telling”; with word of wisdom, “foretelling”
  • “A message from God, delivered supernaturally by a man, that may reveal a future event."

 

Purpose of prophecy

  • to unfold future events to manifest God's power and wisdom.
  • to allow those who will listen to prepare for what must ultimately happen. This can be done through strengthening, encouragement, and comfort as stated in 1 Corinthians 14:3
  • Preparation is both active (Noah, Daniel) and passive (road to Emmaus, Luke 24:25-27)

 

 

Prophetic principles

  • primarily confirmational rather than directional (Agabus prophesying famine, Acts 11:27-30, and Paul’s problems in Jerusalem, Acts 21:10-14)
  • fulfilled literally, but not necessarily chronologically or in the way we expect (Ps 22 or 53)
  • double (or multiple) reference—then/now/not yet, near/far,  (Ezek 28 King of Tyre, Daniel 11:1-20, then 21-12:13, Rev 2-3 church types)
  • prophetic perspective--sequence not continuous or ordered (Daniel’s 70 weeks)
  • type/antitype (temple=church)

 

Why is prophecy so difficult and mysterious?

  • Old vs. new testament perspectives
  • Mysteries serve a purpose in God’s plan
    • We learn and grow at the proper pace
    • We learn to rest in a progression of faith steps
    • We learn to search out the hidden things of God.
    • We learn to ask the right questions with faith and purity in our motives.
    • Only those wanting to follow Christ will understand (Luke 8:10)

 

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Prophecy—lessons from Christ’s first coming

  • The Jewish leaders had a preconceived idea of how messianic prophecy should be fulfilled so their position and lifestyle would be enhanced.  Their exhaustive study of scriptures led directly to deception.
  • It’s tempting to pick a specific interpretation of prophetic scripture and consider it to be doctrine.
  • Many were led astray by their leaders because they could not search the scriptures for themselves.
  • Some were overcome with fear and doubt when things didn’t work out as they had hoped.
  • Many went from miracle to miracle just wanting to get their needs met, but not understanding the overriding significance.
  • We can learn how to handle end times prophecy by learning how to handle personal prophecy.
  • Example of Simeon and Anna in Luke 2:25-38.

 

The following is taken from End Times Views.

 

End Times Views

v     Figurative

Ø      Idealist (amillennial)

v     Literal

Ø      Preterist (historical-postmillennial)

Ø      Historicist

Ø      Pre-millennialist (futurist)

§         Pre-tribulational (dispensationalism)

§         Mid-tribulational

§         Pre-wrath

§         Post-tribulational

 

Resolving the views

The typical Bible commentator or teacher often tries to determine their view on end times by applying some form of the scientific method:

1. Observe some aspect of the universe.

2. Invent a tentative description, called a hypothesis, that is consistent with what you have observed.

3. Use the hypothesis to make predictions.

4. Test those predictions by experiments or further observations and modify the hypothesis in the light of your results.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until there are no discrepancies between theory and experiment and/or observation.

The weakness in this approach is that we tend to formulate hypotheses prematurely and, even worse, interpret observations to support our hypothesis.  The real issue is whether we even need to formulate an hypothesis! 

To avoid being deceived, we must be knowledgeable, open, expectant, and ready to recognize the events as they take place and then rest in the prophetic assurance of God’s protection and provision.

 

The following is taken from Avoiding the Great Deception.

 

 

Could it be possible to deceive the Elect?

  • Matthew 24:24
  • Don’t presume, prepare!

 

How can paradigms lead to deception?

  • Good paradigm: 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21
  • Bad paradigms: all scripture supports doctrine (rapture example); one interpretation, many applications
  • Desire to see things happen in a predictable way

 

Examples of deception through preconceptions

  • Eve -- couldn't imagine "death" (Gen 3:1-6)
  • Sarah -- wanted a family her way (Gen 16:1-6)
  • Golden Calf -- was worshipped in spite of mighty signs from God (Ex 32:1-8)
  • Joshua -- didn't inquire of the Lord (Josh 9:3-19)
  • Saul -- gave the people what they wanted (1 Sam 13:11-14)
  • Balaam -- one of the most subtle deceptions (Num 31:16; Rev 2:14; 2 Pet 2:15-16)
  • Modern Israel -- experienced consequences of faith in oneself
  • Job -- overcame Satan's deception through "blind faith"
  • Temptation of Christ -- Jesus' warnings about deception (Matt 4:4,7,10)

 

How to avoid deception

  • Don’t put God in a box
  • Be knowledgeable but open and flexible – use our imagination
  • Focus on Him, not people and events
  • Know when and how to act

 

 

 

 

The following is taken from A Prophetic View of Christ’s First Coming.

 

 

Purpose: Learn to apply principles, and avoid pitfalls, of prophetic interpretation based on how scripture was fulfilled regarding Christ’s first coming.

 

Virgin birth: Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7

  • Given to a skeptical king as a sign his enemies would be defeated, at least in the short term.
  • Hard to see relevance in the context; only became clear as events came to pass.

 

Time of Christ’s coming: Daniel 9:25, 26

  • Several interpretations of beginning and ending points; only know for sure after the fact
  • Gave general timeframe so the diligent could be ready
  • Example of Israel becoming a nation—what is the starting point?

 

Temple in place?  Malachi 3:1

  • Applies to first coming since temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.
  • Second coming?

 

Light from darkness:  Isaiah 9:1, 2

  • Light & deliverance often only come from darkness & death.
  • Next verses promise a Messiah who delivers Israel from enemies.

 

Called from Egypt:  Hosea 11:1

  • Context is Israel being delivered from slavery in Egypt
  • Difficult to apply to Jesus until after his ministry

 

Ruler from Bethlehem:  Micah 5:2

  • Well-known at the time, but not applied to Christ since it was thought he was from Galilee
  • We need to search out facts before applying or dismissing end times passages in relation to an event.  Don’t assume the obvious.
  • Example: nationality of antichrist, identity of ten nations

 

Messenger to prepare the way:  Malachi 3:1; 4:5

  • Appears to be second coming and final judgment
  • John the Baptist fulfilled at first coming; an ultimate fulfillment prior to second coming?

 

Jesus’ ministry—interrupted:  Isaiah 61:1, 2

  • Clear Messianic reference, but only partially fulfilled

 

 

Blind eyes opened:  Isaiah 35:5; 42:7

  • Context is second coming
  • Fulfilled physically and spiritually in first coming as well

 

Man of sorrows:  Isaiah 53:3, 4

  • Why couldn’t the Jews see this in Jesus?

 

Brings a sword and division:  Micah 7:6

  • Both first and second coming

 

Triumphal entry: Zechariah 9:9; Psalm 8:2+

  • Clear reference to the conquering king
  • Spiritually fulfilled at first coming, not the expected national deliverance

 

Struck on the cheek:  Micah 5:1

  • A humiliated deliverer?  Two different people or the same?

 

At the cross: Psalm 22; 69

  • Why couldn’t they see it?
  • Too painful?

 

Midnight in the middle of the day: Amos 8:9

  • Another example of near/far fulfillments

 

On the third day:  Hosea 6:2

  • Context is Israel being revived after a period of judgment
  • Near—Christ; far—Israel’s restoration after 2,000 years of dispersion

 

Patterns for pitfalls—why they missed it

  • Timing very general, even ambiguous; pointed God’s people to hope and ultimate deliverance
  • Fulfilled partially in short run, but only completely and ultimately in distant future; may lead one to think it no longer applies because it has been fulfilled
  • Counter-intuitive application using a less than obvious figure or type
  • Disguised form and content intended to hide true meaning from unbelievers, and after the fact to convince them of prophetic truth
  • Context may seem unrelated to the prophetic meaning
  • Message goes against hearer’s own beliefs

 


 

 

The following is taken from A Prophetic View of Christ’s Second Coming.

 

Intro

  • OT view of first coming emphasized grace & healing
  • OT view of second coming emphasizes trial & judgment
  • Gap between first & second coming
    • Provides time for those who are to be saved
    • Builds perseverance, faith, hope
  • Inductive study of “come”, “appear”, “reveal”, etc.  grouped into categories

 

Preparation

  • OT – messenger to prepare the way – Mal 3:1-2, 4:5
  • Prepare ahead of time; expect a delay; don’t know timing – Matt 25:1-13
  • Be alert in spite of uncertainty – Mk 13:32-37
  • Obey instantly – Lu 12:35-38
  • Punishment for not being watchful – Lu 12:39-48
  • Like a thief; unpredictable; don’t let joy be stolen – 1 Th 5:1-6; 2 Pet 3:10-14; Rev 16:15
  • Be persistent – Lu 18:1-8
  • Jesus is preparing for us, too! – Jn 14:3
  • Seek & use gifts diligently – 1 Cor 1:7
  • Remember to be alert, because of Jesus’ death & resurrection – 1 Cor 11:26
  • Be blameless, w/o spot or wrinkle, refined,  holy, patient, confident, unashamed – Eph 5:27, 1 Th 3:13; 1 Tim 6:14; Jn 5:28; 1 Th 5:23; 1 Pet 1:7; 1 Jn 2:28; Rev 2:25
    • How can we attain this?
  • Knowledge of the prophetic word – Rev 22:7

 

Reward

  • OT – Deeds return upon you – Is 40:10; Ob 1:15
  • According to deeds - Mt 16:27-28; Rev 22:12
  • More responsibility – Mt 24:45-51
  • Torment & shame – Mk 8:38; Lu 9:26
  • Praise, victory, hope, joy, relief – 1 Cor 4:5; 1 Cor 15:57-58; 1 Th 2:19; 2 Th 1:7-8
  • Crown of glory – 1 Pet 5:4

 

Signs

  • OT – Sun, moon, stars turning dark; clouds, quakes, fear – Ps 50:3; Is 13:10; Ex 30:3, 32:7; Joel 2:1,10,31; Amos 5:18,20; Zech 14:5
  • Visible in clouds of sky around the earth, power & glory – Matt 24:27, 30; Rev 1:7
  • Worldly activities continuing while godly are warned to be separate & holy – Matt 24:37-39; Lu 17:28-30
  • Falling away, removal of what’s hindering antichrist, Antichrist’s signs & wonders – 2 Th 2:1-12
  • Scoffers & mockers at delay – 2 Pet 3:3, 4

 

 

Glory

  • OT – Rebuilds Zion; comes in glory – Ps 102:16; Is 60:2
  • With visible signs; power & great glory; changed, glorified bodies – Mat 24:30; Phil 3:20-21; Col 3:4; 2 Th 1:10

 

Deliverance

  • OT – Expecting a savior; delivers his people; meek will be sheltered – Job 19:25; Hab 3:12-13; Zeph 2:3
  • Rescues from coming wrath – 1 Th 1:10

 

Rapture

  • Dead rise & shout for joy – Is 26:19
  • In a flash; at last trumpet; dead raised imperishable; Lord will come down from heaven with loud command, voice of archangel, trumpet call of God; dead in Christ rise first, then those alive are caught up in the clouds to meet Lord in air – 1Cor 15:51-53; 1 Th 4:13-18

 

Wrath/judgment

  • OT – Day of the Lord; fiery wrath & vengeance; destroys sinners & land; God’s people hide, are saved & divide spoils – Is 2:12, 13:6, 9, 26:20-21, 35:1, 66:15; Jer 46:10; Ez 13:5; Joel 1:15, 2:11, 3:14; Zeph 1:7, 14; Zech 14:1
  • Punishes with everlasting destruction – 2 Th 1:6-9

 

Satan/antichrist

  • Antichrist cast into lake of fire; Satan bound 1,000 years then cast into lake of fire – 2 Th 2:8; Rev 19:20

 

Old vs. New Testaments

  • Signs – like pillar of cloud against enemies in OT, of fire for believers in NT
  • Preparation in NT only – remain faithful in spite of apparent delay or trials & tribulation; persistence; sense of urgency; be proactive in fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives; leading pure, sanctified lives; constant vigilance; knowing end times prophecies
  • OT enemies are nations & kings, in NT Satan is real power, with agent Antichrist

 

Purpose of NT prophecy

  • Warning & encouragement for trials (near/far); strengthen – know what’s coming; encourage – know how to handle; comfort – know we win

 

Principles

  • Imminence
  • Allow paradox of multiple interpretations – single interpretation not required or necessary
  • Focus on personal preparation, not political, geographical or physical

 

Revelation

  • Hold on – God’s kingdom is coming
  • Know what’s coming
  • God is a glorious and worthy judge
  • Be curious, explore the mystery, but don’t presume

 

 

 

The following is taken from Major Old Testament References – Isaiah & Ezekiel

 

Isaiah

  • Prophesied from fall of Samaria (740 BC) to invasion of Judah (680 BC)
  • Prosperity > self-confidence > sin > false gods > oppression of poor > ungodly alliances > hypocrisy of religious leaders > overthrow of Israel by Assyria and Judah by Babylon
  • Ch 2 – nations at peace (v 1-5); mankind humbled and idols abolished at earth’s shaking
  • Ch 11 – righteous judgment results in peace, even for animals; Israel re-gathered 2nd time (v 11); dominates mid-east; wars in ’48, ’56, ’67, ’73, ‘82
  • Ch 13-14 – Babylon destroyed in Day of the Lord; rest for Israel; near/far fulfillment; literal/figurative
  • Ch 19 – Israel defeats Egypt; through intense oppression Egypt and Syria turn to the Lord and become allies with Israel; could be during pre-trib “Peace and safety” (1 Th 5:3) or after Armageddon during millennium
  • Ch 24-27 “Little apocalypse” same message as NT end times – God judges sin with wrath, but those who trust him will have peace and strength
  • Ch 24 – God’s wrath on disobedient people (v 5); real enemy is demonic realm (v 21)
  • Ch 25 – destroys deception of Antichrist (v 7); God’s salvation after his people have waited on him (v 9); remnant after tribulation praise God (Ch 25-26)
  • Ch 26 – God’s judgment teaches righteousness (v 8-10); peace to those who trust in him (v 3,4,12); God’s people sheltered from wrath (v 20)
  • Ch 27 – leviathan may be dragon of Rev 20:2 (v 1); trumpet signals return of outcasts to Jerusalem (v 13)
  • Ch 61-64 – God’s judgment and protection
  • Ch 65-66 – new heavens and new earth – millennium or after (Rev 21:1)

 

Ezekiel

  • “God strengthens” in midst of defeat; prophesied in early years of Babylonian exile (593-571 BC); Jeremiah stayed in Jerusalem; Daniel exiled several years earlier
  • Ch 1-24 – Judah’s judgment at hands of enemies because of disobedience
  • Ch 25-32 – Judgment of Judah’s foes by God
  • Ch 34, 36, 37 – Future restoration of Israel and Judah; remnant re-gathered as a united nation from many countries; surrounding nations will see Israel sanctified and know the Lord is God; near (return of exiles, period of peace until later disobedience) / far (end times, harsher judgment, but everlasting peace)

  • Ch 38-39 – End times battle
    • 38:1-6 Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, eastern Europe, southern Russia invade Israel
    • 10-14 to take spoil during time of peace
    • 15 great army with cavalry from north
    • 19-20 shaking, mountains thrown down
    • 21 enemy fights among selves
    • 22 pestilence, rain, hailstones, fire, brimstone; Jews accept Jesus as Messiah
    • 39:2-5 Russia turns back with 1/6 of army left, also destroyed
    • 6 fire on Russia and coastlands
    • 7-8 God’s name vindicated
    • 9-10 Israel burns weapons 7 years
    • 11-16 bury dead 7 months
    • 12-20 birds and animals feast on dead – Rev 19:17-21
    • 22-29 God’s restoration of Israel
  • Interpretations of Ezekiel battle
    • Pre-covenant – Russia wants oil and warm water port; makes deal with Arabs; invades Israel; after victory, Antichrist makes covenant, helps Israel recover; temple built
    • Mid-covenant – Roman Antichrist makes covenant with Israel; reinstitutes sacrifices; Arabs/Egypt invade Israel; Russia, fearing orient and Antichrist from western Europe, double-crosses Arabs, attacks Jerusalem and defeated
    • Post-covenant – Antichrist makes covenant with Israel; conquers Palestine and rules last 3-1/2 years; conquers Russia and Asia, becoming chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; returns to establish headquarters in Russia; defeated
    • End of millennium – Rev 20:7-9
    • Be flexible, e.g., if you believe a Russian invasion must occur before Antichrist’s covenant, could miss covenant and identification of Antichrist
  • Ch 40-42 Millennial temple
  • Ch 43-46 Regulations, sacrifices, feasts
    • Mentioned in Isaiah 56:5-7; 60:7,13; 66:20-23; Jer 33:17-18; Zech 14:16-21
    • Could be commemorative, like Lord’s supper
    • Emphasis on altar of sacrifice – no ark of the covenant, feast of Pentecost, Day of Atonement, Passover Lamb, high priest, etc.
    • Reminds Israel of daily need for cleansing; gentle embarrassment, to their shame (Ez 43:10)
  • Ch 47:1-12 River for healing – Rev 22:1-2

 

 

The following is taken from Major Old Testament References – Daniel & Zechariah

 

Daniel

  • God is judge; ministered 605 BC – 535 BC; 1st group of exiles to when Zerubbabel begins rebuilding the temple
  • Ch 7 – 4 beasts
    • God’s perspective of nations, compared to Nebuchadnezzar’s view in Ch 2
    • 3-7 1st is a lion with eagle’s wings taken off, stands on feet, heart of a man; near – Nebuchadnezzar; far – Britain & US
    • 2nd is a bear raised on one side, 3 ribs in mouth, devours much flesh; near – Medo-Persia (stronger-conquered Lydia, Babylonians, Egypt); far – Russia
    • 3rd is leopard with 4 heads & wings, authority to rule; near – Alexander the Great (4 generals, including kings of north & south); far – African/Muslim nations?
    • 4th has iron teeth, bronze claws, 10 horns, terrifying; per Rev 13:2 it is composed of most powerful parts of other beasts; near – Roman empire; far – Antichrist, revived Roman empire
    • 8 10 horns (strength & pride), 1 other (Antichrist) before which 3 of 10 uprooted
    • 9-14 Destroyed along with beast because of blasphemous pride; other 3 beasts remain but without power; Matt 25:31,32,41,46; Rev 19:19,20; 20:4
    • 17+ Interpretation is 4 kingdoms that will arise (but Babylonian is coming to a close)
    • 21 Imposing horn makes war & prevails against saints (Rev 12:17; 13:7)
    • 23-25 10 kings from 4th beasts kingdom; another king subdues 3, becoming 8th (Rev 17:7-11); suppresses saints 3½ years
    • 26-27 Last king destroyed at Christ’s coming; Daniel kept matter in his heart—as we should
  • Ch 8 Ram & He-goat
    • 3-4 Ram with 2 horns, Medo-Persia (became stronger)
    • 5-8 He-goat, smaller but stronger & quicker, Greece, Alexander the Great; succeeded by 4 generals, including north – Seleucids of Syria & south – Ptolemy’s of Egypt
    • 9-12 Little horn; near – Antiochus Epiphanes (a Seleucid Greek) 171-164 BC, devastated Jews & desecrated temple
    • 13-14 2,300 mornings & evenings; either 1150 or 2300 days of tribulation under Antiochus; 2300 days=3½  years great tribulation + 1040 days to build Ezekiel’s temple; 2300 years for Seventh Day Adventists predicted second coming in 1844
    • 15-25 Gabriel interprets; near – Antiochus, far – end times
    • 26-27 Seal up vision for future time
  • Ch 9 Seventy Weeks
    • Cyrus had just become king, vehicle for change to fulfill Jeremiah’s prophecy of return after 70 years
    • 3-19 Recognized source of Jew’s troubles, repentance & humility required
    • 24 70 “sevens” (1 week = 7 years, Gen 29:27-28) to remove 3 undesirable things & bring in 3 desirable things
    • 25-26 Interval from command to rebuild Jerusalem & coming of Christ
      • 7 sevens (to rebuild) & 62 sevens = 69 x 7 = 483 years
      • 483 prophetic years = (483 x 360 / 365.25) = 476 calendar years
      • 538 BC Cyrus decree to rebuild temple (Ezra 1:1-4)
      • 517 BC Darius decree to rebuild temple (Ezra 6:6-12)
      • 458 BC Artaxerxe’s decree to restore & rebuild Jerusalem; Ezra’s return (Ezra 7:11-26)
      • 445 BC  Artaxerxe’s decree to rebuild city; Nehemiah’s return (Neh 2:1-8)
      • - 445 BC+ 1 BC/AD + 476 = 32 AD
    • 26 Seems to tie Antichrist to Romans
    • 27 Final 7 years is Antichrist’s covenant period with Israel, broken in the middle, last 3½ years is great tribulation of Ch 12; 7 years is not designated the tribulation
  • Ch 11 Kings of North & South
    • 2-20 Prophesies actions of Cyrus, Xerxes, Alexander, line of Ptolemy (south-Egypt) and line of Seleucus (north-Syria) with Beautiful Land of Israel in between. v 17 refers to Cleopatra, daughter of Syrian king, given to Egyptian king
    • 21-35 Antiochus, foreshadows Antichrist; v 32 Maccabaeans revolt
    • 36-45 Antichrist (7:8; 8:9; 9:26 – same self-exalting characteristics and destruction; apostate Jew?  homosexual?)
    • 40-45 Antichrist attacked from south (Egypt) at time of the end; king of north attacks him (Antichrist or king of south); king of north invades Israel, Egypt, hears of actions from north & east and moves against north & east; finally destroyed; may include Ezekiel 38&39 battle-Armageddon
  • Ch 12 Great Tribulation
    • 1 Great distress; deliverance promised; also called “Great Tribulation” in Matt 24:21; Rev 7:14; Michael’s heavenly war with Satan starts the great tribulation Rev 12:7-17
    • 2-3 Reward of the righteous
    • 4 Book of Daniel will help to increase knowledge
    • 7 Time (1 year), times (2 years) & half (½ year) to break power of self-sufficiency of holy people (Jews) Dan 7:25; Rev 12:14; Rev 12:6 refers to 42 months; Dan 9:25-27 refers to half of 7 years
    • 8-9 God reveals only what is needed for the times
    • 10 Many refined to understand as a result of wise witnesses in v 3; Zech 13:8,9 1/3 of Jews refined
    • 11 Temple ceremonies removed by Antichrist and abomination of desolation set up; 1290 days = 3½ years (1260 days) plus 30 days (perhaps for judgment of nations Matt 25:31-46)
    • 12 Another 45 days (perhaps building millennial temple, setting up new government, establishing new boundaries)
    • 13 OT saints resurrected

 

Zechariah

  • Apocalypse of the Old Testament
  • One whom Jehovah remembers; 520 BC – 518 BC; encouraged Jews to rebuild temple and change spiritually
  • Ch 1 Period of rest before rebuilding Jerusalem; nations help but with evil intent; 4 nations that scattered Jews are cast out by Lord’s craftsmen
  • Ch 4 Lampstand (Rev 1 God’s messenger Zerubbabel) and 2 olive trees (Rev 11:3-4, 2 witnesses, encourage God’s leaders)
  • Ch 6 4 Horses are same color as Rev 6; black (economic disruption) and white (conquering) give my spirit rest (turmoil in Russia allowed Jews to return); charged to rebuild temple
  • Ch 8 Lord returns to dwell in Jerusalem and Jews are exalted
  • Ch 9 Triumphal entry, Antiochus, dispersion; near/far (sons of Zion against sons of Greece)
  • Ch 10 Israel re-gathered, ruled by the Lord, enemies humbled (Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt)
  • Ch 11 Shepherd (Antichrist) raised up who turns on flock (Israel); withered arm and blinded right eye.
  • Ch 12 Jerusalem besieged & delivered as they mourn over the one they pierced.
  • Ch 13 Israel’s cleansing after shepherd smitten, sheep scattered, death of 2/3
  • Ch 14 Siege & rape of Jerusalem; half taken into captivity; Lord’s deliverance; Mount of Olives split, hills flatten, river flows to east & west; nations keep Feast of Tabernacles

 

 

 

The following is taken from End Times Events

 

 

Event

Rev

Other

Son of Man

7 lampstands & 7 stars

1

 

7 churches

State of the church

2-3

M 24:32-51 certainty of unexpected coming; watch & pray

2 Pet 3:3-10 scoffers; day=1000 years; Lord is patient, waiting for repentant; comes as thief

Throne

4

 

Scroll with 7 seals to be opened by Lamb

5

 

6 seals – Antichrist, war, economic disruption, death for ¼ of earth, martyrdom, cosmic signs

6

M 24:4-5 watch for deception & false christs

M 24:6-8 war, famine, earthquakes

M 24:9-13 persecution

M 24:29 sun, moon, stars darkened

2 Pet 3:14-18 be on guard

144,000 Jews sealed

7

 

Saints in heaven

 

 

7th seal, 6 trumpets – 1/3 earth, 1/3 sea, 1/3 rivers, 1/3 sun & stars, locusts, 200,000,000 troops

8, 9

Ezek 38,39 Gog invades Israel; defeated supernaturally

Little scroll & 7 thunders

(10)

 

2 witnesses

11

Zech 4 Lampstand & 2 olive trees

Mal 3:1; 4:5 Messenger to prepare the way

7th trumpet

 

 

Israel (protected) pursued by dragon Satan (cast to earth)

12

M 24:15-20 Abomination of desolation; flee Jerusalem

Beast – 7 heads, 10 horns; like 3 beasts; fatal wound healed; blasphemes God; persecutes saints 42 months; worshipped

13

2 Thess 2:1-8 Restrainer removed; rebellion; Antichrist; Lord comes to gather saints & overthrow Antichrist

2 Thess 2:9-17 Antichrist deceives unsaved; stand firm

1 Thess 5:1-10 Destruction like thief at time of peace & safety; sons don’t suffer wrath; encourage one another

Dan 7 4 beasts, 10 horns, saints persecuted 3 ½ years

Dan 8 Ram & he-goat, 4 horns, great horn destroys holy people, deceives

Dan 9 70 weeks, 7 year covenant, Abomination of desolation mid-way

Dan 12 3 ½ years of great tribulation; Abomination of desolation + 1290/1335 days

Zech 11 Shepherd turns on Israel, withered arm & blinded right eye


 

2nd beast – 2 horns-lamb & dragon; forces worship of 1st beast; performs signs & imposes “mark”

 

M 24:21-25 Persecution & deception

144,000 redeemed from earth

14

 

Gospel announced by angel

 

M 24:14 Global gospel

Babylon destroyed

 

 

Warning about taking “mark”

 

 

Earth harvested

 

M 24:31 Gathering of elect

1 Cor 15:50-58 Dead raised; living changed; twinkling of an eye; at last trumpet; stand firm

1 Thess 4:13-18 Dead in Christ & living raptured; at His coming; loud command; voice of archangel; trumpet call of God

7 bowls of wrath – sores, seas, rivers, sun, darkness, kings of east, earthquake & hail

15, 16

 

Woman on scarlet beast with 7 heads & 10 horns

17

Mystery – religious – Babylon

Babylon destroyed

18

Commercial, political Babylon

Isaiah 13-14 Babylon destroyed

Worship in heaven & marriage supper of the Lamb

19

 

Rider on white horse defeats beast and kings

 

M 24:26-30 Lord’s coming like lightning; sun, moon, stars darkened; sign in the sky

Dan 11 Kings of North & South; north invades Israel & Egypt; fights north & east; destroyed

Zech 12 Jerusalem besieged; delivered as Jews mourn

Zech 13 Israel cleansed after 2/3 die

Zech 14 Siege of Jerusalem; Lord’s deliverance; splits Mount of Olives; river flows

Zech 10 Israel re-gathered; enemies humbled

Isaiah 11 Israel re-gathered; dominates mid-east

Isaiah 19 Israel defeats Egypt; allies with Egypt, Syria, Iraq

Satan cast into abyss

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First resurrection of martyrs

 

 

Millennium

 

Ezek 40-46 Millennial temple & regulations

Satan deceives nations & is cast into lake of fire

 

 

New heavens & earth

21

Isaiah 65-66 New heavens & new earth

2 Pet 3:11-13 New heavens & new earth

New city of Jerusalem

 

 

River of life

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Ezek 47 River for health

Blessings & warnings

 

 

 

 

 

 


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