This is a very exciting part of the website. Together we are going down a path as we attempt to lay out what God has planned for the world and for a new Heaven and new Earth. It can also be scary as we see what is going to happen to the human race in the end times.
The hope is that this general timeline of the End Times will get your attention, will give you a desire to dig in and learn for yourself, and will challenge you to seek out God and become a part of His plan.
Please know that no man can know the dates and times of the End Times events—only God knows. But let’s be candid. If you believe in God and His Word, then what is found in the Bible regarding the End Times will happen. Man can interpret passages, push themes, and have opinions, but God’s plan is on schedule and is likely gaining speed as He sees what is going on in this world.
So let’s get started. We are presently in what is called the Church Age or the Age of Grace through faith. The Church, made up of people who follow Christ, is being built on Earth during this time period which starts with Pentecost (Acts 1 & 2) and ends with the Rapture.
Another explanation is that we are between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel’s 70 weeks (found in Daniel 9). The prophecy of the 70 weeks summarizes what happens before Jesus sets up His Millennial Kingdom. Each week represents a period of seven years. Sixty-nine weeks have been fulfilled, and we are waiting for the beginning of the 70th week which the Bible calls the Tribulation Period.
Let’s expand a bit on three topics mentioned in the “Present World Situation” page. The Bible gives us some insight as to what is called the three biggies as we head to the end times of this Earth, as we know it.
Biggie #1 One World currency: As we see in our own time the world is heading toward one currency. With the use of computers and scanners we will not have coins and paper money in the future. The Bible tells about all trade and business transactions being made by the use of a chip implanted into our bodies. This is part of Satan’s plan and is called the Mark of the Beast.
Biggie #2 One World government: Satan has a plan for a single world government sometimes referred to as the New World Order. We are heading to that end quickly. It is likely that the United Nations will be that entity with the Secretary General being in command of all nations. The Bible tells about Ten Toes and isn’t it interesting that the world has already been divided into ten regions. It is probable that Canada, Mexico, and the United States are one of the regions.
Biggie #3 One World religion: Satan has a plan for a single humanistic religion for the whole world. We, in our own day, can see this gradually happening. First will come the worship of Man and then will come the worship of Satan himself. This likely will be the New Babylon, the Revived Roman Empire and the Harlot.
Another significant event is the restoration of the land of Israel. The Jewish people are returning to their promised land (Amos 9:14-15). Israel was created by a sovereign act of God. The State of Israel was recognized in May, 1948. Today we witness many Jews going back to their homeland.
As we look beyond today and head toward the Tribulation Period, many prophesied wars will occur in the Mideast involving many countries including Russia, an Arab coalition, and Israel. Here is a partial list of some of these wars. Please again note that the order of these wars are only known to God.
Isaiah 17 war: Damascus, Syria leveled in one night.
Isaiah 19 war: Egypt destroyed and uninhabited for 40 years.
Jeremiah 49 war: Breaking the bow of Elam which is likely taking out the Iran Bushehr nuclear power plant.
Psalms 83 war: War between Israel and its common border neighbors known as the inner ring of countries. Israel gains much territory.
Ezekiel 38-39 war: The Gog and Magog war against Israel. This involves an Arab coalition of countries which is the outer ring around Israel and includes Russia, Libya, Iran, Turkey, Sudan and others. This war will likely occur 3-1/2 years prior to the Tribulation period and end 3-1/2 years into the Tribulation.
A very important event happens for Christians, both dead and alive, during this time. The Rapture takes place in which Christians meet Jesus in mid-air (I Corinthians 15:51-52). After the Rapture Christians will stand before the Bema Seat Judgment (II Corinthians 5:10) for a final review of their faithfulness and five heavenly crowns will be awarded based on their faithfulness.
Please know that this article is written based on a Pre Tribulation Rapture. This position says that the Rapture event takes place just prior to the 7 year Tribulation Period.
We must acknowledge other positions regarding the Rapture. They are: Mid Trib Rapture occurs at the midpoint of the Tribulation Period; Post Trib Rapture occurs after the Tribulation Period; and Pre Wrath Rapture occurs during the last 3-1/2 years and upon the opening of the 7th seal.
The 7 year Tribulation Period begins with the signing of a peace accord between Israel and the AntiChrist. It is likely at this time that the Jews will rebuild the Temple and resume Old Testament style worship. This accord is broken in 3-1/2 years when the AntiChrist sets up his rule in the New Temple. This is known as the Abomination of Desolation. The last 3-1/2 years of the Tribulation Period is known as the Great Tribulation.
A great war known as Armageddon occurs at the end of the Tribulation Period (Revelation 19). This invasion of Israel by the kings of the north (Russia), the east (Asiatic powers), the south (Egypt and Africa), and west (Federated states of Europe) result in Christ’s return with His armies—the Raptured Church. At the end of this war the AntiChrist and the False Prophet are thrown into the Lake of Fire.
A period of 1000 years, called the Millennium, follows. Christ rules the world from Jerusalem during this time. Satan is bound and cast into the bottomless pit during this 1000 year period. There will be a perfect environment physically and spiritually. Only believers will enter the Millennial Kingdom.
After the Millennium, God allows Satan to be released and he will go out and deceive the nations. Satan and his followers will challenge God. God ends it all by bringing down a consuming fire and devouring Satan and his followers. Satan is thrown into the Lake of Burning Sulphur. A Great White Throne Judgment takes place (Revelation 20:11-15). Everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and each will give an account to God. Unbelievers will be judged by Christ; they will be punished according to the works they have done; and then they will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
At the close of the 1000 years the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will descend from Heaven to Earth. We as God’s children will inhabit the Holy City and live eternally with God.
SUGGESTED TIMELINE OF BIBLICAL END TIME EVENTS
Before we begin let’s list a few key dates and time periods that are key to this timeline.
605 B.C. to end of Tribulation: Time of Gentiles. King Nebuchadnezzar conquers Jerusalem.
0 to approximately 33 A.D.: Jesus born, crucified and resurrected.
30 A.D. to Rapture of the Church: The Church age began at Pentecost. After the Rapture the Church will no longer exist on the earth.
70 A.D. to May 14, 1948: Valley of Bones. Jewish people are returning to Israel in unbelief before they (Israel) receive the Holy Spirit.
May 1948: Israel becomes a nation.
Six Day War 1967: Israel takes Jerusalem.
2016: This is where we are today in the timeline. As you read the following just think seriously about what is going on in the world today and especially the Middle East and Israel.
From this point of time on only God knows the actual time and sequence of these events. All of these events are mentioned in the Bible and therefore we know that they will happen. So here is a suggested timeline of end time events. Please jump in and study these events for yourself.
Isaiah 17 War: Also found in Jeremiah 49: 24-27. Damascus, Syria is leveled in one night and becomes a heap of ruins. This is likely an IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) retaliation in self-defense.
Isaiah 19: 1-18 War: Also found in Ezekiel 29: 10-15 and Daniel 11:42-43. This war in Egypt will likely include the bombing of the Aswan Dam. The land will be uninhabitable for 40 years. Israel will take some or all of the land.
Jeremiah 49 War: This war involves Israel stopping Iran from having nuclear warheads. It will likely involve the bombing of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. God states He will break the bow of Elam and He will set His throne in Elam. This war will occur prior to the Psalms 83 war.
Psalms 83 War: This war is between Israel and its common border neighbors—also known as the inner ring of countries surrounding Israel. Israel is victorious and will gain 15 more times the land that it has today. The new borders will approximate the promised land as listed in Numbers 34:1-15 and Genesis 15: 18-21. Israel becomes a super power from this war and it produces security in Israel. This war occurs near the beginning of the Tribulation and occurs before the Ezekiel 38-39 war. Who are the common border neighbors?
Tents of Edom: Palestinians and S. Jordan
Gebal: Hezbollah and North Lebanon
Ammon: Palestinians and N. Jordan
Amalek: Arabs in Sanai
Philistia: Hamas in Gaza Strip
Tyre: Hezbollah and South Lebanon
Assyria: Syrians and North Iraq
Ezekiel 38-39 War: This is known as the Gog and Magog War against Israel. This involves an outer ring of countries around Israel with no common borders. It is an Arab coalition, a Muslim invasion, and is a nuclear war. Who are these countries? Persia (Iran), Cush (Sudan), Put (Libya), Turkey, and Russia. Russia joins in to get oil from the Persian Gulf. The Lord defeats all the invading armies. This war will likely begin 3-1/2 years prior to the Tribulation. What happens during this war?
5 out of 6 troops die.
Israel will burn weapons for 7 years.
Israel will bury the dead for 7 months.
144,000 Jews accept Yeshua and are sealed.
It is likely that the United States will stand down during this war. After the war God will take His eyes off the Church and focus on His chosen people.
Rapture: This timeline presents a Pre-Tribulation rapture event. This is found in II Thessalonians 2: 1-3 and I Corinthians 15: 51-52. The Rapture may happen at the Feast of Trumpets. Please note that other thoughts regarding the rapture include mid, post, and pre-wrath.
Seven Year Tribulation Period: It is likely that the issue of the Palestinians forming a new state brings in the Antichrist and his control of half of Jerusalem. The Antichrist signs a 7 year peace covenant with Israel. The Antichrist comes from a revived Roman Empire. He is shot in the head and recovers.
The following events occur during the Tribulation period.
New World Order: During this time there will be one world government, one world religion, and one world currency.
Revelation 6 War: 4 horsemen come forth representing the Antichrist, war, famine, and death. The Antichrist achieves “authority over all the earth”. During this war ¼ of humanity dies or 1.5 billion (today) people. God will use the Antichrist as His hammer of wrath to destroy Islam.
Revelation 8-9 War: This is a series of Trumpet Judgments and is nuclear. Death occurs to 1/3 of mankind or 1.5 billion (today) people. After these first two wars more than ½ humanity dies, 1/3 of the earth is burned up and people suffer with radiation sores.
Middle of the Tribulation: This is likely the end of the Ezekiel 38-39 War. The New Temple has been constructed at this time and the Antichrist does what is called the “abomination of desolation” by setting his throne in the New Temple.
Revelation 12 War in Heaven: Occurs during the middle of the Tribulation. Archangel Michael prevails and Satan is cast down to earth. Satan decides to destroy the Jews.
Revelation 12 War against Jews and Saints: This war occurs during the latter half of the Tribulation and is known as “The Great Tribulation”, Matthew 24:21. 2/3 Jewish people are killed, Zechariah 13:8. Some Jews of Israel flee to the wilderness and are protected by God, Rev 12: 13-14. Jordan is spared (Petra), Daniel 11:41. Revelation12:17 states the war is against those who accept Jesus during the Tribulation. The Antichrist will fail in annihilating the Jews. A great remnant of Jews will survive and live to the end of the Tribulation and receive Yeshua.
Day of the Lord: Revelation 6 lists the events leading up to the “Day of the Lord”, Revelation 6:12-14. This Day occurs one year before Christ’s return and begins with the opening of the 7th seal.
The 1000 Year Millennial Kingdom: The initial population of the millennium will be Jews and Gentiles who live to the end of the Tribulation and have accepted Jesus. Satan is bound during this time, Revelation 20: 1-3. There will be 1000 years of peace as Jesus reigns from Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be 6 miles in circumference. The following occur during this 1000 year period.
Great White Throne Judgment: All the nations of the earth will be judged. This will be held between Heaven and the earth.
Revelation 20 Second Battle of Gog and Magog: This is Satan’s one last rebellion against God, and he loses, Revelation 20: 7-9. This battle is led by Gog and Magog against Jesus. Following this war God will take the redeemed off the earth and place them in the New Jerusalem. God will then consume the earth with fire. This ends the Millennium.
New Heaven and New Earth: The earth is redeemed and perfected. God will then lower the redeemed down to earth inside the New Jerusalem. God will come to earth to live with the redeemed for eternity.