The Order of Events of the Last Days

The Last Days

In order to list the events that will take place in the Last Days and the order in which they will occur, we must, first, define the Last Days themselves. According to the Scriptures, the Last Days began with the appearing of Jesus Christ.

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. Heb.1:1-2

In these passages, the First-Century writer tells us that he was living in the Last Days, and that the Last Days began with the ministry of Jesus Christ. This would make the start of the Last Days the First Coming of Jesus Christ. Likewise, the Apostle Peter tells us that Last Days will end with the promised coming of the Lord, when the earth will be destroyed by fire.

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and the destruction of the ungodly. 2 Pet. 3:3-7

From these verses, we learn that the Last Days will end at the Second Coming of Christ, when the earth will be destroyed by fire, and the world will be judged. Based on the above, we can say that when the Scriptures speak of the Last Days, they are referring to the entire period from the First Coming of Jesus Christ to His Second Coming. The Last Days are not a future time that will occur at the end of the age, but the days that we are now in and that will continue until the Lord returns. Having identified the Last Days, we can now list the events that will take place within this period and the order in which they will occur.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ

According to the Scriptures, the Last Days began with the First Coming of Jesus Christ, and they will end when the earth is destroyed by fire at His Second Coming. In order to show God’s servants, the events that will take place during this period, the Apostle John was taken up to Heaven where he saw the Throne of God.

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also, in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. Rev. 4:1-7


As the above passages describe, when John was brought before the Throne of God, he saw the Father seated on the throne, and the Spirit of God in front of the throne. Surrounding the throne were the Four Living Creatures and the Twenty-Four Elders. Not mentioned in this scene is the Son of God, which tells us that John was being shown events prior to the Ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven. Having been given the above reference point, John, next, saw a Scroll with Seven Seals in the right hand of him who sat on the throne.

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. Rev. 5:1-3

As we will soon discover, the Scroll with Seven Seals contained a description of the events that were to be shown to John, but whose contents were sealed. When no one could be found who was worthy to open the scroll, it caused John to weep until the Lamb appeared and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. Rev. 5:6-7

The appearing of the Lamb, looking as if it had been slain and standing at the center of the throne, is an unmistakable description of the Ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven following His crucifixion. From this account, we learn that the timeline of events has moved from the period before the Ascension of Jesus Christ to right after this event. In this way, John was shown the first event to take place in the Last Days, namely, the Ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2. Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues

After witnessing the Ascension of Jesus Christ, John was shown the next event to take place in the Last Days through the opening of the Scroll with Seven Seals. When the First Seal was opened, John saw a rider on a white horse who carried a bow and who rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
Rev. 6:1-2

The rider on the white horse was followed by the opening of the next Three Seals, which revealed riders on red, black, and pale horses that brought war, famine, and death.

When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. Rev. 6:3-4

When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” Rev. 6:5-6

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Rev. 6:7-8

More information concerning the Four Horsemen can be found in the Book of Zechariah, where the four horses are further identified as the four spirits of heaven who stand before the Lord of all the earth.

With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot strong dappled horses. Then I spoke and said to the angle who was speaking with me, “What are these, my lord?” The angel replied to me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth.” Zech. 6:2-5

From the above passages, we learn that in the events of the Four Horseman, John was being shown the progression of wars and the heavenly forces behind them. The description of these wars begins with a king who rides out as a conqueror bent on conquest (white horse) and who initiates war (red horse). The disruptions of war lead to famines (black horse) and combined together, the above circumstances bring death by sword, famine, and plague (pale horse). The above wars will also bring death by the wild beasts of the earth, which also increase in numbers in lands affected by war, as seen in the following example.

The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you. Deut. 7:22

The above wars were also described by the Lord who said that wars and rumors of wars would continue like birth pains until the end comes.

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Matt. 24:6-8

From the Lord’s description, we learn that the First Four Seals are not just giving a picture of future events, but, rather, the wars that have occurred since the Ascension of Jesus Christ, and that are taking place today, and that will increase in frequency like birth pains the closer we get to the end. Thus, the next event to take place in the Last Days, following the Ascension of Jesus Christ, is the continuation of war.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2. Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3. The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven

In the opening of the First Four Seals, John was shown the wars, famines, and plagues that have occurred throughout the Last Days and that will increase like birth pains before the end comes. In addition to increasing wars, famines, and plagues, the events of the Last Days will also bring an increase in the number of those who will be slain because of the Word of God and their testimony. These martyrs will cry out to God for judgment and revenge as revealed in the opening of the Fifth Seal.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 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 full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been. Rev. 6:9-11

The above scene describes how as we approach the end of the Last Days, the souls of the Martyrs in Heaven, who have been slain since the time of Christ, will be gathered at the altar of God. These martyrs will call out to the Lord and ask, “How long until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” In answer to their cries, the Martyrs in Heaven will be told that they must wait (rest) a little longer until their brothers and sisters were killed just as they had been. This is a reference to a future period of world-wide persecution, known as the Great Tribulation, when the brothers and sisters of the Martyrs in Heaven will be slain. The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven will mark the beginning of the end of the Last Days and will be followed by the sealing of the 144,000 From all the Tribes of Israel.

NOTE: In the Revelation, the term “Inhabitants of the Earth”, which is used in the above prayer, always refers to the unrepentant among mankind. Some Bible translations use the phrase “those who live on the earth” to describe this same group of people. (See: Rev. 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8)

Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2. Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3. The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4. The 144,000 are Sealed


When the Fifth Seal was opened, John saw the prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven for judgment and revenge, which will trigger the final events of the Last Days. Following the prayer of the martyrs, the angels will set apart a remnant from Israel who will be sealed with the mark of God on their foreheads.
 
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. Rev. 7:1-4

In the above verses, the servants of God are described as the 144,000 from all the Tribes of Israel who will be set apart before the angels are allowed to harm the land, the sea, and the trees. The purpose of the seal that will be placed on the forehead of the 144,000 will be to distinguish them from the rest of the people on earth before the above plagues begin. From this, and the previous description of the prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven, we learn of the three groups of people who will experience these events, including 1.) The 144,000 From all the Tribes of Israel, 2.) The followers of Christ from every nation, including the brothers and sisters who will be martyred in the Great Tribulation, and 3.) The Inhabitants of the Earth, which is a description of the unrepentant among mankind.

NOTE: The question often arises as to whether the 144,000 are a literal or symbolic representation of God’s people. In answer to this question, it can be said that in every instance in the Old and New Testament where the phrase, “Tribes of Israel”, is used, it always refers to the literal Twelve Tribes of Israel. (See:
Matt. 19:28, Lk. 22:30, Acts 26:7, Jas. 1:1) No other group of people, including the church, is ever described as the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Based on the above precedent of Scripture, we can say that the 144,000 from all the Tribes of Israel will come from the literal descendants of Jacob (Israel).

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2. Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3. The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven

4. The 144,000 are Sealed
5. The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues


As we approach the end of the Last Days, the Martyrs in Heaven, who have been killed since the time of Christ, will pray for judgment and revenge, and the 144,000 from all the Tribes of Israel will be sealed. Following these events, the angels will be released to harm the land, the sea, and the trees. The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees will serve as a warning to the Inhabitants of the Earth and will be announced by two prophets known as the Two Witnesses.

“And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days
(3 ½ years), clothed in sackcloth.” They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
Rev. 11:3-6

During the 3 ½ years of their ministry, the Two Witnesses will be given the power to call down the Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees, which is described in the above passages as the power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain, the power to turn the waters into blood, and the power to strike the earth with plagues as often as they want. As a warning to those on earth, the Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees will not directly strike the Inhabitants of the Earth themselves but will harm the world around them. In this way, the preaching of the two prophets will provide an opportunity for the Inhabitants of the Earth to repent before the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven is avenged.

The ministry of the Two Witnesses has its comparison to the events of Moses and Aaron who also called down plagues as a sign to the people of Egypt. As in the case of those two prophets, when the Two Witnesses appear in Jerusalem, they will call down the Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees in order to warn the Inhabitants of the Earth of the Wrath of God to come.

NOTE: The appearing of the Two Witnesses, in Jerusalem, is one of the first events that we should keep watch for, which will signal that the final events of the Last Days are at hand.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven
2. Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3. The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4. The 144,000 are Sealed
5. The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6. The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees

When the Martyrs in Heaven cry out for judgment and revenge, God will respond to their prayers by sending the Two Witnesses who will call down plagues on the land, the sea, and the trees, as a warning to the Inhabitants of the Earth. In this way, the Inhabitants of the Earth will be given an opportunity to repent before the prayer of the martyrs for judgment and revenge is answered. The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees will also be announced by the sounding of the first of Seven Trumpets, beginning with the sounding of the First Trumpet.

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. Rev. 8:7

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. Rev. 8:8-9

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. Rev. 8:10-11


In the above passages, the plagues that are described in the sounding of the First Three Trumpets correspond to the plagues called down by the Two Witnesses as follows:
 
– When the Two Witnesses shut up the heavens so that it will not rain, it will cause a world-wide drought that will cause a third of the earth, a third of the trees, and all the green grass to be burned up as announced by the sounding of the First Trumpet.

– When the Two Witnesses turn the waters into blood, it will cause a third of the fish in the sea to die and a third of the ships to be destroyed as announced by the sounding of the Second Trumpet.

– When the Two Witnesses call down plagues as often as they want, it will include a plague on the waters, when a third of the rivers and the springs of water will become bitter as announced by the Third Trumpet.

From the above, we learn that when the Two Witnesses announce the Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees to those on earth, the First Three Trumpets will be sounded that will announce these same plagues to those in the Heaven.
 
As mentioned before, the purpose of the Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees will be to warn the Inhabitants of the Earth before the Wrath of God is poured out. Accordingly, the Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees will not directly strike the Inhabitants of the Earth themselves but will harm the world around them. In this way, the Inhabitants of the Earth will be given an opportunity to repent and to escape from the judgments that will avenge the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven. These same events are summarized in the following passages that describe how, during the ministry of the Two Witnesses, the gospel will be proclaimed to everyone on earth, and the judgments of God will be seen in in the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water.

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.  He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Rev. 14:6-7

NOTE: The sea that turns to blood, during the sounding of the First Three Trumpets, will most likely be the Mediterranean Sea, which lies closest to Israel.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2. Increasing, Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3. The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4. The 144,000 are Sealed
5. The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6. The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7. A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)

After the Martyrs in Heaven pray for judgment and revenge, God will send two prophets, who will call down plagues, in order to warn the Inhabitants of the Earth before the prayer of the martyrs for judgment and revenge is answered. These same plagues will be announced in the heavens through the sounding of the First Three Trumpets. The preaching of the Two Witnesses will be opposed by the rise of a future world ruler, who is commonly known as the antichrist, but who the Revelation calls the Beast. (In the Revelation, the word antichrist is never used, instead, this future ruler is called the Beast.) The Beast will retaliate against the ministry of the two prophets by blaspheming God and slandering the Martyrs in Heaven.

It (the Beast) opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. Rev. 13:6

The Rise of the Beast

In the Scriptures, the rise of the antichrist is pictured as the Beast coming out the sea.

The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
Rev. 13:1

In order to understand the above account of the Rise of the Beast, it is necessary to interpret the following Biblical symbolism.

– The dragon represents the devil, who is Satan. – Rev. 12:9
– The sea that the Beast comes from represents the Gentile (Non-Jewish) nations. – Rev 17:15
– The seven heads of the Beast represent seven kings or seven kingdoms. – Rev. 17:9-10
– The ten horns are ten kings who give their authority (crowns) to the Beast. – Rev. 17:12-13

Based upon our understanding of the Biblical symbolism, we can say that when the Beast (the antichrist) is described as coming out of the sea, it means that the Beast will come from the Gentile nations. The dragon who stands on the shore is the devil or Satan. The description of him standing on the shore of the sea as the Beast emerges is a word picture that describes how Satan will bring forth and empower the Beast. The ten horns of the Beast represent ten kings who will give their authority to the Beast.

In addition to the Revelation account, more information concerning the Rise of the Beast is given to us by the prophet Daniel who also wrote about the Beast with the ten horns.

“The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws.” Dan. 7:23-25

In these verses, we learn that a fourth kingdom will appear on earth from which ten kings will arise as represented by the ten horns. From these ten kings, another king will come (the Beast) who will subdue three of the ten kings. This explains why the Beast emerges from the sea with ten horns, representing the ten kings who will form this kingdom, but with only seven heads, representing how the Beast will subdue three of the kings.

The Second Beast: the False Prophet

The Rise of the Beast will be accompanied by the rise of a Second Beast who is also described as the False Prophet. The False Prophet will perform great signs that will cause the Inhabitants of the Earth to worship the First Beast (the antichrist).
 
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. Rev. 13:11-13

From these passages, we learn that the Second Beast, or False Prophet, will exercise all the authority of the First Beast and will deceive the Inhabitants of the Earth into worshiping the antichrist.

NOTE:
In the previous passages, when the fourth kingdom is also described as a beast, it tells us that description of the Beast can refer to either the future king who will blaspheme God, or his kingdom.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2. Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3. The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4. The 144,000 are Sealed
5. The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6. The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7. A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8. The Attack on Jerusalem


Following the Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven for judgment and revenge, God will send the Two Witnesses will preach in Jerusalem and call down plagues. Rather than repenting for the blood of the martyrs that was shed by past generation, the Inhabitants of the Earth will be tormented by the words of the two prophets and will conspire to harm them. The world’s opposition to the ministry of the Two Witnesses will be led by a future ruler, known as the Beast (the antichrist), who will blaspheme God and persecute His people. The Rise of the Beast and the hatred that the world has for the two prophets will lead to an Attack on Jerusalem, when the Beast will kill the Two Witnesses.

Now when they (the Two Witnesses) have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified (Jerusalem). For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language, and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. Rev. 11:7-10

When the Beast overpowers and attacks the Two Witnesses, it will not be an isolated event but will take place as part of a much larger Attack on Jerusalem itself, which will be carried out by the Beast and the ten nations that will give their power to him. The future Attack on Jerusalem was also described by the Lord who warned the people that when they saw Jerusalem surrounded by armies, they were to flee to the mountains.

“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written.” Lk. 21:20-22

The Attack on Jerusalem is further described in the events of the Fourth Trumpet.

The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. Rev. 8:12

Although, these verses do not mention Israel directly, we know that the events of the Fourth Trumpet are referring to an attack on Israel based on the description of how a third of the sun, moon, and stars will be struck. In the Scriptures, the sun, moon, and stars are used to represent Israel. This is first seen in the story of the Joseph who had a dream in which the original family of Israel is described as the sun, the moon, and the twelve stars.

Then he (Joseph) had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” Gen. 37:9-10

The sun, the moon, and the twelve stars are also used to portray Israel in the Revelation itself.

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman (Israel) clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars (the Twelve Tribes of Israel) on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth… She gave birth to a son, a male child (Jesus), who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. Rev. 12:1-2, 5

In addition to the description of how the sun, the moon, and the stars will be struck, the Attack on Jerusalem is symbolically described in the following passages as the dragon (Satan) pursuing the woman (Israel) who will escape into the wilderness. When the Remnant of Israel flees from the city, the dragon will spew water like a river (Gentile army) to pursue the woman, but the earth will swallow up the chasing army in an earthquake.

When the dragon (Satan) saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman (Israel) who had given birth to the male child (Jesus). The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. (3 ½ years) Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river (a Gentile army), to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth (an earthquake) and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus (the Great Tribulation). Rev. 12:13-17

From the above account, we learn that the 3 ½ years of the Two Witnesses will be followed by the Attack on Jerusalem, when the Remnant will flee to the mountains. These events will then be followed by another 3 ½ year periodwhen the Fleeing Remnant will be taken care of in the wilderness, and Satan will wage a war (the Great Tribulation) against those who hold fast to their testimony of Jesus.

The future Attack on Jerusalem is also described in the following prophecy of Zechariah who foretold how an earthquake would split the Mount of Olives in two in order to provide a way of escape for the Fleeing Remnant.

A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. Zech. 14:1-5


Anyone who is familiar with the Old Testament will recognize the similarities between the above account of the flight of the Remnant from Jerusalem, and the exodus of Israel from Egypt. In the Exodus, it was the armies of Pharaoh who pursued the escaping children of Israel, and it was the sea that was divided and made a way of escape for the Israelites. Once Israel had passed through the sea, the waters swallowed up Pharaoh’s army. In the same way, when the future Attack on Jerusalem takes place, Israel will once again be pursued by an army but this time, it will be the Mount of Olives that is split in two and an earthquake that will swallow up the chasing armies of the Beast. When the armies of the Beast are destroyed and the Remnant from Israel escapes, it will fill Satan with rage, and he will, then, wage a war (the Great Tribulation) against those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony of Jesus.

NOTE:
As described in the above passages, the Great Tribulation will come as a result of the wrath of Satan who will be enraged when the Remnant escapes from Jerusalem. The Great Tribulation will not be a function of the Wrath of God, which will be poured out after the Great Tribulation, when the blood of the martyrs will be avenged.

NOTE:
None of the wars that have taken place in Israel have included an earthquake that split the Mount of Olives in two, which tells us that the Attack on Jerusalem that is described in the above passages, is a future event.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2. Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3. The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4. The 144,000 are Sealed
5. The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6. The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7. A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8. The Attack on Jerusalem
9. The Great Tribulation

Following the prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven for justice and revenge, God will send the Two Witnesses who will preach in Jerusalem in order to warn the Inhabitants of the Earth. After the Two Witnesses have completed their ministry, a future world leader, known as the Beast, will lead an Attack on Jerusalem and will kill the two prophets. After conquering Jerusalem, the Beast will rule his kingdom from the fallen city and will wage a war against the rest of God’s people in events known as the Great Tribulation. The Great Tribulation was also described by the Lord who warned the people that the Attack on Jerusalem would be followed by a great distress that would never be equaled.

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” Matt. 24:15-21

In these verses, the Abomination that Causes Desolation refers to an event when an unclean sacrifice will be made in the Temple. The desecration of the Temple will be followed by an Attack on Jerusalem, itself, when the people living in the city will be forced to flee from their homes without gathering any of their possessions. Once Jerusalem falls under the rule of the Beast, the great distress will begin, which will be unequaled from the beginning of the world and that will never be equaled again.

The Great Distress (Tribulation)

In the above passages, the word that is translated as distress is the Greek word thlipsis (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance 2347), which is elsewhere translated in the Bible as tribulation and refers to the Great Tribulation when Satan will wage a war against those who maintain their testimony of Jesus. The Great Tribulation is further described in the Revelation as a time when God’s people will be killed in numbers so great that they cannot be counted.

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Rev. 7:9

Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation
(thlipsis SEC 2347); they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Rev. 7:13-14

The Great Distress (Tribulation) is similarly described, in the following passages, as a time whenGod’s people will be taken into captivity and killed by the sword.
 
The beast (the antichrist) was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months (3 ½ years). It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Whoever has ears, let them hear. “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. Rev. 13:5-10

The above events were also described by the prophet Daniel, who prophesied of a Ruler who would come, who would end the worship of God in the Temple.

After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He (the ruler who will come) will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. Dan. 9:26-27

In these verses, the Ruler Who Will Come is a description of the Beast (the antichrist) who will attack Jerusalem and kill the Two Witnesses. The abomination that causes desolation is another description of how the Temple will be desecrated by an unclean sacrifice before the Attack on Jerusalem begins. The Seven-Year-Covenant that the Beast will confirm with the many refers to the treaty that the Beast will make with the ten nations, who will give their power to him, and who will take part in the Attack on Jerusalem. When the Beast is said to put an end to sacrifice and offering in the middle of the seven, it is a reference to how, after 3 ½ years, the Beast will attack Jerusalem and kill the two prophets. These events will be followed by another 3 ½ year period, known as the Great Tribulation, when those who maintain their testimony of Jesus will be killed by the sword in numbers that cannot be counted.

NOTE: In this section, we read how the Temple in Jerusalem, which was destroyed in 70 A.D., will be desecrated before the Attack on Jerusalem takes place. This seems to imply that the Temple in Jerusalem will be re-built. If this is the case, it would mean that the re-construction of the Temple in Jerusalem is another event that we should keep watch for.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged

As described in previous sections, when the Martyrs in Heaven cry out for judgment and revenge, God will send the Two Witnesses, who will preach in Jerusalem and call down plagues as a warning to the Inhabitants of the Earth. When the Inhabitants of the Earth respond to the warning of the two prophets by killing them, they will become guilty for all of the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven that was shed by past generations. Accordingly, following the murder of the Two Witnesses and the events of the Great Tribulation, the Wrath of God will be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth in answer to the Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven who will cry out for judgment and revenge as repeated below.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 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 full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been. Rev. 6:9-11

When the full number of God’s people are killed during the Great Tribulation, it will fulfill the above condition given to the Martyrs in Heaven concerning the full number of their brothers and sisterswho would be killed just as they had been. Consequently, following the Great Tribulation, the Wrath of God will be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth, beginning with the sounding of the Fifth Trumpet.

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a person. And in those days people will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death will flee from them! Rev. 9:1-6.


The Plague of Locust, which is described in the above verses, will come after God’s people have been killed in the Great Tribulation, with the exception of the Remnant from Israel, who will be kept safe from the Beast, and who will be set apart by the Seal of God on their foreheads. When the Fifth Trumpet is sounded, all those who do not have the Seal of God on their foreheads will be tormented by the Plague of Locust and will long for death.

The next judgment to strike the Inhabitants of the Earth will occur when the Sixth Trumpet is sounded and a third of mankind is killed.

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand (two-hundred million). I heard their number. Rev. 9:13-16

In the above verses, the reference to the river Euphrates, which formed the original eastern and northern borders of Israel, implies that the two-hundred-million-man army will come from the lands east and north of Israel. From this, we can conclude that this war will be between the Beast and his armies, who will occupy Jerusalem, and a massive army from the east and north that will challenge his rule. A picture of the weapons that will be used in this war is given in the following verses.

The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. Rev. 9:17-18

In the First-Century, horses were instruments of war. Accordingly, we can deduce that the horses with the heads of lions are a First-Century description of the modern-day weapons that will be used in this war and that will carry riders. Likewise, we can reason that the fire (red), smoke (blue), and sulfur (yellow) that will come out of the mouths of the horses is a picture of the explosive discharges that will come from these weapons and that will kill a third of mankind. From this, we can conclude that the Three Plagues of Fire, Smoke, and Sulfur are a First-Century description of a Twenty-First-Century war that will kill a third of mankind.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged
11. The Seven Last Plagues

In the previous section, we read how the generation of the Inhabitants of the Earth, who will kill the Two Witnesses, will become guilty for the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven that was shed by past generations. Accordingly, following the murder of the Two Witnesses, God will avenge the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven through the Plague of Locust, and the Plagues of Fire, Smoke, and Sulfur that will kill a third of mankind. In addition, after the Inhabitants of the Earth murder the Two Witnesses, they will kill the rest of God’s people in the events of the Great Tribulation. Accordingly, following the Plague of Locust and the Plagues of Fire, Smoke, and Sulfur, God will pour out Seven Last Plagues on the diminishing number of Inhabitants of the Earth, in order to avenge the blood of the Martyrs of the Great Tribulation itself.

I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. Rev. 15:1-2

In the above account, the timing of the Seven Last Plagues can be seen in how John was shown the Martyrs of the Great Tribulation at the Throne of God, before the Seven Last Plagues were poured out. This tells us that the Seven Last Plagues will come after the Great Tribulation and will avenge the blood of martyrs who will be killed in this event.

The timing of the Seven Last Plagues can also be seen in the name of the plagues themselves. As the seven last plagues, the Seven Last Plagues must come after the Plague of Locust of the Fifth Trumpet and after the Plagues of Fire, Smoke, and Sulfur of the Sixth Trumpet.

All the Blood of the Martyrs is Avenged

As described above, the purpose of the pouring out of the Seven Last Plagues will be to complete the Wrath of God for all the blood of the martyrs that has been shed on earth, as outlined in the following list of events.

When the Jews in Jerusalem handed Christ over to be crucified, they became guilty for all the blood of all the martyrs who came before Christ, as declared by the Lord.

And so upon you will fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Matt. 23:35-36

The above prophecy was fulfilled when the residents of Judah and Jerusalem were slaughtered by the Romans, in the war of 70 A.D., and all the blood of all the martyrs who came before Christ was avenged upon the generation who turned Christ over to be killed.

When the judgments of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets take place, all the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven who have been killed after Christ will be avenged.
 
– When the Seven Last Plagues are poured out, all the blood of the martyrs of the Great Tribulation, itself, will be avenged.

As a result of the above series of judgments, after the Seven Last Plagues are poured out, all the blood of all the martyrs that has been she on earth will have been avenged, and the Wrath of God will be completed.

The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath

The Seven Last Plagues are also known as the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath because Seven Bowls will be used to pour out the plagues, beginning with the pouring out of the First Bowl.

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. Rev. 16:1-2

When the First Bowl was poured out, John saw festering sores break out on those who received the Mark of the Beast. This event was followed by the pouring out of the Second and Third Plagues, which turned the waters in to blood.

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died. The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Rev. 16:3-4

Unlike the previous plagues of the Two Witnesses, when a third of the sea turned to blood, and a third of the fish were killed, when the Seven Last Plagues are poured out, every living creature in the sea will die, and the rivers and springs of water will become blood. The turning of the waters into blood will be followed by the plagues of the Fourth and Fifth Bowls, when the Inhabitants of the Earth will be, alternately, scorched by the sun and plunged into darkness.

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. Rev. 16:8-11


As we read in these passages, the Inhabitants of the Earth will not humble themselves before God during the pouring out of the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath and, instead, they will curse God and refuse to repent for what they had done. This will lead to the events of the Sixth Bowl, when the kings will be gathered for war at Armageddon.

NOTE: As in previous events, the sea that is turned into blood, in the above plagues, is most likely the Mediterranean Sea that lies next to Israel where the Beast will set up his rule following the Attack on Jerusalem.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Earthquakes
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged
11. The Seven Last Plagues
12. The Battle of Armageddon


Following the Great Tribulation, God will avenge the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven through the events of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets when the Inhabitants of the Earth will long to die, and a third of mankind will be killed. Following these events, seven angles will pour out the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath, which will avenge the blood of the martyrs of the Great Tribulation itself. During the events of the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath, the people on earth will curse God and refuse to repent. In addition, Satan, the Beast, and the False Prophet will attempt to strike back at God by attacking His people as described in the pouring out of the Sixth Bowl.
 
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon (Satan), out of the mouth of the beast (the antichrist) and out of the mouth of the false prophet (the second beast). They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. Rev. 16:12-16

As these passages explain, due to the devastation of the previous Five Plagues, the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet will be forced to send out demonic spirits, who will perform signs, in order to entice the kings of the whole world to gather for battle. When the kings of the earth are gathered for war, the Hidden Remnant from Israel, who escaped into the wilderness during the Attack on Jerusalem, will be the only group of people, or nation left on earth, who are openly defying the Beast. Accordingly, the Battle of Armageddon will be a war between the nations of the earth and the Remnant from Israel who will have been kept safe from the Beast during the Great Tribulation.

When the armies of the Beast are gathered to attack the Hidden Remnant, the Seventh Bowl will be poured out and a great earthquake and severe storm, containing hailstones weighing up to a hundred pounds, will destroy the armies of the Beast.

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away, and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. Rev. 16:17-21

The Great Earthquake and Severe Hailstorm, which will destroy the armies of the Beast, are also described in the events of the Sixth Seal, when the kings and generals will be forced to hide in caves from the hail.

I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” Rev. 6:12-17
   

The Great Earthquake and Severe Hailstorm are also mentioned in the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet, when loud voices will announce the Reign of Christ on Earth and the Great Earthquake and Severe Hailstorm will destroy the armies of the Beast.

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Rev. 11:15

Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm. Rev. 11:19

The Battle of Armageddon is further described in the following verses that reveal how the Lord will ride into battle, with the angels following behind Him, and will trample down the armies of the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet in the winepress of His wrath.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. Rev. 19:11-16

The Battle of Armageddon is similarly described by the prophet Joel who also used the imagery of a winepress to describe how the armies of the nation’s will be gathered together and then trampled down and destroyed.

“Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow—so great is their wickedness!”
Joel 3:12-13 

When the Lord is portrayed as riding on a horse with a sword coming out of His mouth, it does not mean that He will physically appear on a horse at the battlefield but is the Scripture’s way of showing us that it will be the Lord who will bring about the Great Earthquake and Severe Hailstorm that will destroy the armies of the Beast. Accordingly, when the armies of the Beast surround the Remnant from Israel, the normal appearance of the sky will suddenly recede, like a scroll being rolled up, and the sign of the Lord will appear in the heavens in the form of dark clouds, thunderstorms, and lightning that will cause all the peoples on earth to mourn.

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” Matt 24:30

Likewise, when the Beast and the kings of the earth are said to wage war against the rider on the horse, it is a description of how the Beast will attack the Remnant of Israel, and not Christ Himself.

Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. Rev. 19:19

Throughout history, the way that nations and individuals have fought against God has been to fight against God’s people, which is what will take place at the Battle of Armageddon.

NOTE: As the above Scriptures describe, after the kings are gathered at Armageddon, they will advance to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (today’s Kidron Valley), which lies between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives, where the actual “Battle of Armageddon” will take place.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven

4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)

8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged

11. The Seven Last Plagues
12. The Battle of Armageddon
13. Silence in Heaven

Following the Great Tribulation, God will avenge the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven through the events of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets. In addition, God will avenge the blood of the Martyrs of the Great Tribulation, itself, through the pouring out of the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath. The pouring out the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath will lead to the events of the Battle of Armageddon when the armies of the Beast will be destroyed by a Great Earthquake and Severe Hailstorm. During this battle, the Beast and the False Prophet will be captured and thrown alive into the Lake of Fire.

Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. Rev. 19:19-21

In addition to the destruction of the Beast and the False Prophet in the Lake of Fire, following the Battle of Armageddon, Satan will be locked in the Abyss for a thousand years.

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. Rev. 20:1-2

The capture of Satan corresponds with how we read, in the previous section, that the Lord will lead the angels into battle with a sword coming out of His mouth. When the Lord rides into battle, He will wage a war against the demonic spirits in the heavens, as well as the armies of the Beast on earth whom they empower. The result of these battles will be that the Beast and the False Prophet will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, and Satan and his demons will be captured and locked in the Abyss.

The defeat of Gods enemies at the Battle of Armageddon will lead to the next event of the Last Days when there will be Silence in Heaven.

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

In the Scripturessilence is used to describe the defeat of one’s enemies in battle. To defeat your enemies is to silence your enemies, as can be seen in the following passages.

“Therefore, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,” declares the Lord. Jer. 50:30

“In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies—flung everywhere! Silence!” Amos 8:3

As in the above instances, the silence of the Seventh Seal will follow the defeat of God’s enemies in the heavens and on earth and completes the list of events that were shown to John through the opening of the Seven Seals, the sounding of the Seven Trumpets, and the pouring out of the Seven Bowls.

NOTE: The Revelation is divided up into Three Sections that take place in consecutive order. The First Section consist of the first three chapters of the Revelation, which contain John’s vision of Christ and the Letters to the Seven Churches. The Second Section contains the chapters that describe of the opening of the Seven Seals, the sounding of Seven Trumpets, and the pouring out to the Seven Bowls. The Third Section contains the final three chapters that describe the events that will occur following the Battle of Armageddon, including the Reign of Christ on Earth and the Day of Judgment. In this way, the Revelation is written in consecutive order with the events of the First Section being followed by the events of the Second Section, which, in turn, are followed by the events of the Third Section. Within this order, the events that are described in the Second Section, including the Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets, and Seven Bowls, overlap one another.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged
11. The Seven Last Plagues
12. The Battle of Armageddon
13. Silence in Heaven
14. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ

In the previous chapters, we read how God will defeat the armies of the Beast and the False Prophet at the Battle of Armageddon by means of a Great Earthquake and Severe Hailstorm. Following this battle, the Beast and the False Prophet will be thrown alive into the Lake of Fire and Satan will be locked in the Abyss for a thousand years. These events will then be followed by the Silence in Heaven and the Reign of Christ on earth as announced by the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet.

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Rev. 11:15

During the Reign of Christ on earth, those who were martyred during the Great Tribulation will come to life to reign with the Lord for a thousand years.

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Rev. 20:4-6

In addition to those who were beheaded by the Beast, the 144,000 From All the Tribes of Israel will also be gathered to Mount Zion to reign as priest along with the resurrected Martyrs of the Great Tribulation.

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. Rev. 14:1

As we will see later, whenever we read about the Lord ruling from Mount Zion; we are reading about the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ. Accordingly, when John saw the 144,000 standing with the Lamb on Mount Zion, it tells us that the144,000 from All the Tribes of Israel will live through the events of the Seven Seals, the Seven Trumpets, and the Seven Bowls and will rule with Christ on earth. These are the same 144,000 From all the Tribes of Israel, who we read about in the events of the prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven, and who will be sealed before the Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees begin. Further descriptions of the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ can be found throughout the Old Testament, which describes how the survivors from the nations, whose armies will be defeated at the Battle of Armageddon, will be forced to go up to the Holy City year after year in order to celebrate the festivals.

The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name… Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. Zech. 14:9, 16-18

In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken. All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief. I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever. Mic. 4:1-7

The events described in the above verses have never taken place in history and are not a description of our present times. Instead, they are describing a future period when Christ will rule over the nations through His people, and the survivors of the Wrath of God will come to Jerusalem to be taught.

A closer look at the above prophecies reveals the following five themes that describe this period. Whenever we read of these five themes in the Scriptures, we are reading about the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ.

The Five Themes of the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ
1.
Mount Zion is Exalted.
2. The Remnant of Israel is gathered from the nations.
3. The Kingdom is restored to Israel.
4. The nations come to Mount Zion to worship God and to be taught.
5. Jesus Christ rules over the nations.

During the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ, the Lord will not rule in bodily form over Mount Zion but will appear in His glory over His people through whom He will rule the nations. In this way, the Glory of the Lord, which will first appear in the heavens at the Battle of Armageddon, will remain over mount Zion as a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of fire by night. A description of how the Glory of the Lord will be seen over Mount Zion is given in the following passages.

In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.  The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. Isa. 4:2-5

In the above verses, the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ is identified by the description of how the Lord will govern His people from Mount Zion. In this account, we also read how, during Reign of Christ, the Glory of the Lord will form a canopy over Mount Zion just as the Glory of God remained over Israel when they first entered the Promised Land.

The Purpose of the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ

The 1,000 Year Reign of Christ will cause a pause in the events of the Last Days between the defeat of God’s enemies at the Battle of Armageddon, and the Day of Judgment. However, this period will come in fulfillment of the promises made to Israel concerning a Faithful Remnant through whom the Lord would restore the kingdom to Israel. This is the same event that the Apostles asked Christ about following His resurrection.

So, when they had come together, they began asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time that You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” But He said to them, “It is not for you to know periods of time or appointed times which the Father has set by His own authority.” Acts 1:6-7

In the above conversation, when the Apostles questioned Jesus about the Restoration of the Kingdom to Israel, they were not speaking of the church as a “type” of Israel, as the church had not yet come into being. Instead, they were referring to the literal and physical kingdom of Israel that would reign over the nations as it once had under the reigns of King David and King Solomon. This was the only kingdom of Israel that the Apostles were familiar with and the only type of kingdom that they would have been referring to. In His answer, Jesus confirmed the Apostle’s understanding of the Restoration of the Kingdom to Israel but told them it was not for them to know the date when it would start. Following the fulfillment of this promise to Israel, the events of the Last Days will return to their conclusion when Satan is released from the Abyss.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged
11. The Seven Last Plagues
12. The Battle of Armageddon
13. Silence in Heaven
14. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ
15. Satan is Released from the Abyss

During the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ, the gates of Israel will always stand open and the survivors from the nations, whose armies were defeated at the Battle of Armageddon, will come on a yearly basis to Mount Zion to celebrate the festivals and to worship the Lord.

Over time, the Inhabitants of the Earth will increase in numbers and their feigned respect for God and His people will turn to resentment against Christ and Israel. The fear that the nations had for the Lord will turn to hatred, and they will conspire to break their chains and throw off the Rule of Christ.

“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.”Ezek. 38:10-12

The rebellion taking place among the nations will be met with laughter from the Lord who will establish his king on Mount Zion.

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” Ps. 2:1-6

In conjunction with the rebellion taking place among the Inhabitants of the Earth, after the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from the Abyss to deceive the nations, which are described as Gog and Magog, and will gather them for battle against God’s people.

When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.  They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Rev. 20:7-10

When Gog and Magog surround the camp of God’s people, fire will come down from heaven and devour them, and Satan will be thrown in the Lake of Fire where the Beast and the False Prophet had been thrown following the Battle of Armageddon.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged
11. The Seven Last Plagues are Poured Out
12. The Battle of Armageddon
13. Silence in Heaven
14. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ
15. Satan is Released from the Abyss
16. The Second Coming of Christ
 
After defeating all of His enemies at the Battle of Armageddon, the Lord will rule over the nations through His people for a thousand years, and the glory of the Lord will appear over Mount Zion. At the end of the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ, Satan will be released from the Abyss and will deceive the nations, who are described as Gog and Magog, into attacking God’s people. When the armies of Gog and Magog surround the camp of God’s people, fire will come down from heaven and the invading armies will be destroyed. The fire that comes down from heaven at the Battle of Gog and Magog will not be limited to the destruction of Satan’s armies alone but will also destroy heaven and earth at the Second Coming of Christ.

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 2 Pet. 3:3-11

As the above verses describe, when the nations surround the camp of God’s people, the Lord will return in a great fire that will destroy the armies of Gog and Magog and that will cause the heavens to disappear with a roar and the earth to melt in the heat. This will be the last event to take place on earth, as no other events can take place on an earth that has been melted by fire.

NOTE: In these verses, the heavens are a reference to the atmosphere above the earth, and not the Heaven of God’s Throne. The Heaven of God’s Throne will never be destroyed and will never need to be re-created.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged
11. The Seven Last Plagues are Poured Out
12. The Battle of Armageddon
13. Silence in Heaven
14. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ
15. Satan is Released from the Abyss
16. The Second Coming of Christ
17. The Resurrection of the Dead

At the end of the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ, the Lord will return in fire to deliver His people, and the earth will be destroyed. The Destruction of the Heavens and Earth by fire will occur on the Last Day of the Last Days, as no other events can take place on an earth that has been melted in the heat.

When the Lord returns in fire, the rest of the dead, who were not raised during the First Resurrection, will come to life to return with Him. This event is described in the following verses, which explain how the rest of the dead will be raised after the thousand years have ended.

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Rev. 20:4-6

In these verses, the rest of the dead, who come to life, refers to the rest of the Dead in Christ. Those who die without Christ will never come to life but will be resurrected to a Second Death. Accordingly, when the rest of the Dead in Christ come to life, they will be brought with Jesus when He returns in fire at the end of the thousand years.

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thess. 4:14

The Apostle Johnrepeats the fact that the Resurrection of the Dead will take place on the Last Day when the earth will be destroyed by fire.

“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John. 6:40

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:44

On the Last Day of the Last Days, the Lord will return in fire to destroy His enemies, and the rest of the Dead in Christ, who were not raised in the First Resurrection, will come to life to return with Him. When the Dead in Christ are raised, those who are alive and left on earth will also be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thess. 4:15-17

Following the Resurrection of the Dead and the catching up of the living (the Rapture), the armies of Gog and Magog will be destroyed by fire and the earth will melt in the heat. The Destruction of Heaven and Earth by fire and the Return of Christ will bring about the end of the Last Days and will usher in in the Day of Judgment.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged
11. The Seven Last Plagues
12. The Battle of Armageddon
13. Silence in Heaven
14. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ
15. Satan is Released from the Abyss
16. The Second Coming of Christ
17. The Resurrection of the Dead
18. The Day of Judgment

During the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ, the Lord will rule over the nations through His people and His glory will be seen over Mount Zion. When the thousand years have ended, the Lord will return, the living and the dead will be caught up, and the earth will be destroyed by fire. The Return of Christ will lead to the events of the Day of Judgment, which is also described as taking place on the Last Day, when the heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire.

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 2 Pet. 3:7

At the Return of Christ, when the dead in Christ are raised to life, the unrepentant dead will also be raised to be condemned.
 
“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” John 5:28-29

Being resurrected means that a person is raised from the dead, but it does not mean that they have eternal life. At the Return of Christ, all those who have died will be resurrected but not everyone will rise to everlasting life. 

“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Dan. 12:2-3

When the dead are raised on the Day of Judgment, they will be gathered before the Throne of God and books will be opened, including the Book of Life

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and 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, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev. 20:11-15

The prophet Daniel also describes the Day of Judgment as a time when books will be opened,and fire will flow from the Throne of God.

“As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” Dan. 7: 9-10

When the world gives up her dead on the Day of Judgment, those who were kept under the earth and sea will be brought before the Throne of God, and anyone whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be judged according to what they had done and thrown into the Lake of Fire with Satan, the Beast, and the False Prophet. This is the Second Death.

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Rev. 21:8

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven
4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)
8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged
11. The Seven Last Plagues are Poured Out
12. The Battle of Armageddon
13. Silence in Heaven
14. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ
15. Satan is Released from the Abyss
16. The Second Coming of Christ
17. The Living are Caught Up
18. The Day of Judgment
19. God’s People are Tested

On the Day of Judgment, those whose names are not written in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire with the Devil, the Beast, and the False Prophet, while those whose names are in the Book of Life will not be judged but will cross over into eternal life.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24

Even though they will escape from the judgment of the Lake of Fire, God’s people will still have to give an account of themselves on the Day of Judgment.

For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Rom. 14:10-12

“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” Matt. 12:36

When Believers stand before God’s judgment seat to give an account of themselves, the works they have done on earth will be tested with fire to determine their quality. For some, every work they did on earth will be burned up and they will barely escape through the flames into eternal life.

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Cor. 3:11-15

The test of fire that will judge the quality of each person’s work will expose the motives of the heart. On the Day of Judgment, the motives of the heart will be revealed and only those motives that pass the test of fire will be rewarded by God.

Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. 1 Cor. 4:5

At the Return of Christ, Satan and his armies will be destroyed by fire, the earth will be melted by fire, the works of believers will be tested by fire, and those whose names are not written in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire along with the Devil, the Beast, and the False Prophet.

The Order of Events of the Last Days
1.   The Ascension of Jesus Christ
2.   Increasing Wars, Famines, and Plagues
3.   The Prayer of the Martyrs in Heaven

4.   The 144,000 are Sealed
5.   The Two Witnesses Call Down Plagues
6.   The Plagues on the Land, the Sea, and the Trees
7.   A Ruler Rises Up (the Beast)

8.   The Attack on Jerusalem
9.   The Great Tribulation
10. The Blood of the Martyrs is Revenged

11. The Seven Last Plagues are Poured Out
12. The Battle of Armageddon
13. Silence in Heaven

14. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ
15. Satan is Released from the Abyss

16. The Second Coming of Christ
17. The Resurrection of the Dead
18. The Day of Judgment
19. The Works of God’s People are Tested
20. The New Heaven and Earth


The Destruction of the Heavens and Earth by fire will bring about the creation of a New Heaven and a New Earth where righteousness dwells.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 2 Pet. 3:10-13

Then 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. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21:1-4

The creation of the New Heaven and Earth will begin a New Order when God himself will dwell with His people in the New Jerusalem for ever and ever.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Rev. 22:1-5

From the above description, we learn that our life in eternity will not be spent in the clouds of Heaven but on a new earthly Paradise known as the Holy City of Jerusalem. The Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and there will no longer be any curse. In the description of the New Jerusalem, we read for the first time that God’s people will see His face and they will reign with Him for ever and ever.

Further Study

The above is a brief description of the events that will take place in the Last Days. For a more detailed discussion of the same events, see the Chapter-by-Chapter study of the Book of the Revelation.

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