The Revelation (Order of Events Part 2)
The Revelation (Order of Events Part 2)
The Revelation, the last book of the Bible, contains prophecies regarding events that will bring an end to this world and the beginning of a new world. These events will occur in certain phases that the world must go through before the new world begins. When this world ends, God will make all things new.
Between now and the end of the world, there are roughly ten phases that the world must go through. The first five phases are described in a previous article entitled The Revelation (Order of Events Part 1). A summary of that article is as follows:
The first phase is the events represented by the four horses of the Apocalypse. These events are the rise of the Antichrist, a major world war, famine and economic trouble, and the death of millions of people. These will occur at the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation Period; and will be the final years of the world as we know it.
The second phase is the rapture of all Christians, living and dead. When this occurs, these Christians will go with Jesus to Heaven. The third phase is a great world-wide earthquake that will move mountains and islands out of their places.
Then the fourth phase will occur; this is when many Jewish people will realize that Jesus is our Lord and savior. They will turn to Jesus for salvation, and be sealed with the seal of God. This will protect them during the remainder of the Tribulation Period.
The fifth phase of the end of the world are the disastrous events represented by the sounding of the seven trumpets by seven angels. These will be acts of God's judgment against the evil people on earth.
The first act will be a downfall of hail and fire mixed with blood. The second act will be a blazing mountain-like object falling into the sea, killing a third of sea creatures, and destroying a third of the ships at sea.
The third act will be a huge star, possibly a meteor, falling into and contaminating part of the earth's fresh water supply. The fourth act will be a darkening of the sun, the moon, and the stars for a third of a day. This will cause total darkness on the earth during that time.
The fifth act of God's judgment will be locust-like creatures released by Satan from the Abyss, which is a deep pit in the earth. These creatures will be given power, like that of scorpions, to harm people who do not have the seal of God.
The sixth act will begin after the release of the four angels who are confined at the Euphrates River. These angels are actually four of Satan's demons who have been assigned to gather an army of 200 million men with which to kill a third of mankind.
In Revelation, this army of men is described as riding horses that possibly represent mobile machines of war. The fire and smoke coming from the mouths of the horses may represent radioactive fallout that will kill one-third of the unrepentant people on earth.
In Revelation, Chapter 11, Verse 15, the apostle John wrote:
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever."
Then after those events have happened, the final events will occur during the last half of the Tribulation Period. The order of those events is as follows:
During the last half of the Tribulation Period, several things will occur. Jesus Christ will become the actual ruler of the world. Satan and his demons will be banished from Heaven forever, and be thrown down to the earth. Then the Antichrist will become dictator of the final world government. He will demand loyalty and worship from all the people of the world.
The False Prophet will also come into power, and cause people to worship the Antichrist by performing miracles in the presence of the Antichrist. He will tell people that they should make an image of the Antichrist. After the image is made, the False Prophet will have them killed if they do not worship the image.
He will also demand that people receive a mark on their hands or foreheads. This mark will be the name of the Antichrist or the number of his name, and will be known as the Mark of the Beast.
There are five more phases that this world must go through before it ends and and a new world begins. These phases are as follows:
Phase 6: The Seven Plagues
In Revelation, Chapter 15, Verse 1, the apostle John wrote:
I saw another great and marvelous sign in heaven; it was seven angels with the seven last plagues, filled with the wrath of God.
When the last half of the Tribulation Period begins, seven more plagues will occur. These will be the final acts of God's judgment of the world.
The first act will cause an affliction of sores on those who have the mark of the Antichrist and worship his image. The second act will cause the sea to turn into blood like that of a dead man, and every living soul in the sea will die.
The third act will cause all fresh water to turn into blood, causing millions of people to die of thirst. The fourth act will cause scorching heat from the sun, and many will curse God, but not repent of their sins. The fifth act will cause total darkness in the kingdom of the Antichrist. Many will be in intense pain but still not repent.
The sixth act will cause the Euphrates River to dry up, providing a way for the armies of the nations east of the river to travel into the Middle East and prepare for battle. Near the end of the Tribulation Period, demonic spirits will perform miracles. Then they will gather leaders and their armies from around the world for the Battle of Armageddon.
The seventh act will cause a violent world-wide earthquake, causing major cities around the world to collapse. Islands will be moved from their places and mountains will crumble. The city of Babylon will be split into three parts, but remain standing. Soon after that, God will have Babylon destroyed with fire.
After the earthquake, a world-wide hailstorm will occur and large hailstones will fall upon people who will curse God and not repent of their sins.
Phase 7: The Destruction of Babylon
In Revelation, Chapter 18, Verses 9 and 10, the apostle John wrote:
The kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her, will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off for fear of her torment, saying, "Alas, that great city Babylon, that powerful city, because in one hour your judgment has come."
The original city of Babylon was the capital of the ancient empire of Babylonia. Babylon will be rebuilt in the future and regain its role as an important trade center. During the first half of the Tribulation Period, the new Babylon will become headquarters of a world church system. The man known as the False Prophet will be the leader of this church system.
People all over the world will give support to the False Prophet and his false world church system; and Babylon will become a very wealthy city. But world leaders will eventually turn against Babylon. God will put the idea into their minds to destroy Babylon and its world church system. They will send their armies to destroy the city with fire and confiscate its riches.
Phase 8: The Battle of Armageddon
In Revelation, Chapter 16, Verses 14 and 16, the apostle John wrote:
They are the spirits of demons, performing miracles, and going out to the kings of the world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. And they gathered the kings to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
Near the end of the Tribulation Period, the False Prophet and the Antichrist will gather the world leaders and their armies. These will all be under the command of the Antichrist. They will meet at a place called Armageddon, which is an area close to Mount Megiddo in Israel. They will prepare to make war against Jesus and His army of saints.
After the Antichrist gathers his army at Armageddon, Jesus and His army will descend from Heaven. The Antichrist and the False Prophet will then be captured and thrown into the Lake of Fire where they will be destroyed. Their army will be killed by the Word of God spoken by Jesus.
Phase 9: The Millennium
In Revelation, Chapter 20, Verses 1 through 3, the apostle John wrote:
I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, that old serpent, that is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked him in, and set a seal over him, so that he could not deceive people anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be released for a short time.
After the Battle of Armageddon, Satan, the devil, will be captured and thrown into the Abyss. This is a deep hole in the earth where demons live. He will be imprisoned there for one thousand years, called the Millennium. He will not be able to deceive anyone until the Millennium has passed. After that, he will be released for a short time.
During the Tribulation Period, many will turn to Jesus and receive Him as their savior. They will refuse to worship the Antichrist or his image, and will not receive his mark. The Antichrist will have them killed because of their testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God. But they will be resurrected and live and rule with Jesus during the Millennium. The rest of the dead will not live again until the Millennium has passed.
When the Millennium has passed, Satan will be released from the Abyss. He will go out to deceive people all over the world. These are many of the people who will have been born during the Millennium. Satan will gather them for battle against Jesus and His followers. But as Satan and his army approach them, fire will come down from God and devour his army. Then Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire where he will be destroyed.
Phase 10: Judgment Day
In Revelation, Chapter 20, Verses 11 through 15, the apostle John wrote:
I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it, from whose face earth and heaven fled, and there was no place for them. Then I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
The sea gave up the dead that were in it, death and hell gave up the dead that were in them, and they were judged according to what they had done. Then death and hell were thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. And if anyone's name was not found written in the Book of Life, he or she was thrown into the Lake of Fire.
This will be the time of judgment when all the unsaved dead will be resurrected and stand before God. The books will be opened, and these unsaved people will be judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Then the Book of Life will be opened, and whoever's name is not found written in it will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. Those who incur the second death will never live again. Death and hell will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. This symbolizes the end of death and hell.
After Judgment Day, a new heaven and earth will replace the old ones. The new Jerusalem, the holy city, will come down from God out of Heaven. In this new Jerusalem, God Himself will be with His people, and be their God. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more sorrow or crying or pain, because the former things will have passed away.
From the Bible:
I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
(Revelation, Chapter 21, Verse 1)
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