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Stage 1 Stage 2
The Lord Jesus
said no one knew the date, time or hour of his return to this earth but
God the Father.( Mat. 24:36 ) He did say that we could discern the signs
of the times and realize that the time was near. ( Luke 21:24-28 )
Following are some of the signs that Christians worldwide, are aware of.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree: When its branch is yet tender, and
putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near;
Vs.33 So likewise
ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at
Stage 1 will be composed of the
A. Signs preceding the return of Christ
B. The church meets King Jesus in the air
C. Tribulation here on earth
A. Sings preceding the return of Jesus
Beginning with the
destruction of Jerusalem in A.D.70 by the Roman empire, until Hitlerís
reign of terror 1945, the nation of Israel ceased to be, and the Jewish
people were dispersed through out the world. In 1948 the Jewish people
from all parts the world returned to their homeland and the nation of
Israel was reborn, in fulfillment of Gods prophetic word.
That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion
upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither
the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.
Vs.4 If any of
thine be driven out unto the outmosts parts of heaven, from thence will
the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand
again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be
left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and
from the islands of the sea.
Vs.12 And he shall
set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the out cast of
Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners
of the earth.
AMOS 9:14,15 And I
will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall
build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards,
and drink the wine thereof; and shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit
Vs.15 And I will
plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of
their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.
This return of the
Jewish people to their homeland is a foreshadow of a greater return, that
will take place, when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth.
becomes the capital
LUKE 21:24 And
they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all
nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the
times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Since 70 AD. the
city of Jerusalem has passed from one power to another; from the Roman
conquerors, to the Persian, to the crusaders, to the Turks, to the British
and finally in 1967 in the 6 day war, the Jews took control of Jerusalem
for the first time in many centuries. Many bible scholars believe that the
Anti-Christ will form some sort of peace pact with Israel, at the start of
the Tribulation Period and will have something to do with the construction
of a new temple, for worship. Some believe that the Jews will accept this
man as the long awaited Messiah, until midway through the Tribulation
period, at which time he will set up an image of himself in the Holy of
Holies, proclaim that he is God and demand that he and his image be
worshipped. The Jews will reject him and in doing so, will bring severe
persecution from him. All this is to take place in Jerusalem, the capital
of Israel. For these things to take place, Israel had to become a nation
again and Jerusalem had to come back under the control of the Jewish
- For many Christians, these two signs have taken place in our lifetime,
as well as
many others: we
are truly living in the last hour.
MATTHEW 24:15 When
ye, therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel
the prophet, stand in the holy place... ( Daniel 12:11 )
MARK 13:14 But
when ye shall see the abomination of desolation , spoken of by Daniel the
prophet, standing where it ought not ( let him that readeth
understand ), then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains.
2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,
the son of perdition,
Vs.4 Who opposeth
and exhalteth himself above all that is worshipped, so that he, as God,
sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
3. Knowledge is
In the last 100
years man has went from the horse and buggy, to the moon. In the last 50
years, their has been an explosion of new technology in every field of
expertise. Great strides in communications and travel has brought the
whole world together, into one large community. The age of the personal
computer, has given the individual, access to the world. The problem with
the technology that has made our lives easier, is that; sinful
unregenerate man, will use it to destroy himself, such as mass weapons of
destruction. The new advances that has brought healing in the medical
field, has brought also greed and profiteering, and many times the poor go
DANIEL 12:4 But
thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of
the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
4. Signs in Man
One only has to turn
on the TV to find scripture being fulfilled, as we are bombarded by the
psychic networks, situation comedy shows that mock the Christian faith and
our blessed Lord, that promote homosexuality, abortion, sexual
permissiveness, and applauds anyone who supports their ungodliness. Our
public schools have become killing fields,
infested with drugs
and disrespect for anyone in authority. What is happening?
2 PETER 3:2-3
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
their own lusts,
saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell
things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.
1:26-28, 32...for even their women did exchange the natural use for that
likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in
their lust one
toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly, and
themselves that recompense of their error which was fitting.
even as they did not retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over
to a reprobate
mind, to do those things which are seemly,
knowing the judgment of God, that they who commit such things are
death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them.
* Homosexuality has
been around since the dawn of time but never before in all of history
has it been flaunted
and embraced, with such enthusiasm by society. It has been dressed
up in the clothing
of an alternate lifestyle and passed off to society as normal. But God
says that it is an
abomination and will reap its reward.( Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-32)
c. Lovers of Self
3:1-5 This know, also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Vs.2 For men
shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
those that are good,
Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of
a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; from such turn away.
For the purpose of
selfish ambition, careers and a lack of personal responsibility,
expecting mothers abort their unborn children, depriving them of a chance
at life. Driven by lust, and a few disgusting moments of personal
satisfaction, a man will rape and then murder a child. The sordid list
goes on and on. When self reigns, what self wants, self gets, no matter
how vile and disgusting it may be and regardless of the pain it may cause
others. Without God, man is lost in a downward spiral.
d. Iniquity Abounding
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow
e. Cults and
And Jesus answered and said unto them. Take heed that no
many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
24:11,24 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great
wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they should deceive the very
Have you noticed the
renewed interest in occultic practices? Almost in every city you can find
advertisements for palm and tarot card readings, physic predictions etc.
Even our news papers carry the daily horoscopes.
f. As the days of Noah
And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of
the son of
did eat, and they drank, they married wives, they were given in
until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not
such things must needs be, but the end shall not be yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
The signs that are given preceding the return of
Christ for the church, will have their greatest fulfillment during the 7
yr. tribulation period.
5. Signs in
MARK 13:8 For
nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there
shall be earthquakes in various places, and there shall be famines and
troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
LUKE 21:25 And
there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and
upon earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves
( Could landing on
the moon be a sign? )
Most of us are aware
of the global problems that this earth has experience in recent years;
climate changes, a global warming, earthquakes, and devastating floods are
a but a few of the global tragedies that are taking place.
6. Signs in
MATTHEW 24:7 For
Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom...
Not only have we seen two world wars but also the the fall of the Soviet
7. Signs in the
THESSALONIANS 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day
except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
1 TIMOTHY 4:1
Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the later times some shall
the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having
ears;Vs.4 And shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall
Apostasy means to
fall away, to fall away: one must fall away from something or someone.
There are many who have fallen away from the foundational truths that
Christians have embraced and held dear to, for centuries. Many have
departed from faith in Jesus Christ and have accepted a false gospel.
b. The Gospel preached worldwide
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the
world for a
witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Mat 24:44 Therefore be ye
also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.
B. The Church meets King Jesus in the air
Note - The church is not a certain
denomination or group but is all believers that have accepted Jesus Christ
as their personal Savior. It is composed of all true Christians world
When Christ returns,
he will bring with him, the souls of Christians who have died, at which
time their bodies will be resurrected, glorified and be rejoined with
their spirit and soul. ( 1 Thessalonians 4:14 ) When a Christian dies, the
body is buried, to await the resurrection, but the born again spirit goes
to be with the Lord. ( 2 Corinthians 5:1-8, Philippians 1:21-23 ).
of the church
4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the arch-angel, and the trump of God: and the
dead in Christ shall rise first:
Vs.17 Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with
15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed,
Vs.52 In a moment,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall
sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
1 Corinthians 15:35-58 concerning the resurrected body
2. The Judgment
Seat of Christ
The Judgment Seat of
Christ will take place, when the Church is caught up to meet him in the
air at His second coming. This judgment is upon the works and not the sins
of the believer. The results of this judgment will be reward or loss of
reward, but the believer shall be saved.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:10
For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that
every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he
hath done, whether it be good or bad.
But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy
brother? For we must all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue
shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of
himself to God.
3:13-15 Every mans work shall be manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every mans
work of what sort it is. If any mans work abide which he hath built
thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any mans work shall be
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved.
C. Tribulation on earth
Tribulation period here on earth will commence when the church is
translated to meet the Lord in the air ( rapture ). In fulfillment of Old
Testament prophesy a man will rise to power as leader of a federation of
ten nations, This man will be controlled and influenced by Satan himself.
For the first three and a half years of the seven year tribulation, the
antichrist will seem to have all the solutions for the middle east
problems; he will make a peace pact with Israel, and have a new temple
built. This man will be supported by the false prophet who will rise to
power over the world religions. The bible says that they will cause people
to receive the mark (666) of the beast ( the antichrist ) and with out his
mark, no one can buy or sale. The antichrist will declare that he is God,
will have an image of himself set up in the temple, and demand worship, At
this point Israel will reject him and that will begin a severe persecution
of the Jews.
Some of the
events of the Tribulation Period
1. Rise of the
Anti-Christ 1st. beast of Rev.13
The Anti-Christ will
be a man who will rise to power over a ten league federation of nations.
Vs.1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a great beast rise up
out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten
crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
..called the little horn
the prince that shall come
2:3..called the man of sin
13:1..called the beast out of the sea
2. Rise of the
False Prophet 2nd. beast of Rev.13
The false prophet
will rise to power as head over the false religious system that is left
upon the earth, after Jesus Christ removes the church. As the 2nd. beast
of Rev. ch. 13
he will declare that
the antichrist is the Messiah, will demand that people worship him and
cause people to receive his mark in their foreheads or right hand.
and I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he
had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Vs.12 and he
exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the
earth and then which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose
deadly wound was healed.
Vs.13 and he doeth
great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth
in the sight of men.
3. The sealing
of 144,000 Jews
Twelve thousand Jews
from the 12 tribes of Israel will be set apart for Godís Service during
the tribulation period. These servants of God, will have Godís seal in
their foreheads; Many bible scholars believe that these 144,000 will
preach the gospel message world wide.
Vs.3 Saying, ďHurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till
we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads.
Vs. 1 And I looked and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him
an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Fatherís name written in
4. The Wrath of
God Poured Out
Although God is
totally holy and sin is abhorring to him, as well as a lost humanity; God
because of his great love for his creation ( humanity ) and not willing
that any of us perish; gave his only begotten Son ( Jesus Christ ) that
whoever believes in Jesus, could have eternal life and a relationship with
God. The wrath of God will be poured out during the tribulation period
upon this earth because of manís unrepentant heart and rejection of Godí
gift. Within the opening of the 7 seals, the 7 trumpets and the 7 vials,
Godís wrath is revealed.
The opening of the first 6 seals, which contain the following
Rev.6:2 And I
saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat upon him had a bow; and
a crown was given
to him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer.
Opinions as to who this person is varies, some believe that this is the
false prophet or
when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say,
come and see.
Vs.4 And there
went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that
sat thereon to
take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and
was given to him a
* Who ever this person is, world war will be the results of his
when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come
and see. And I
beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of
balances in his
Vs.6 And I heard
a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for
a penny; and see
thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
* The opening of this seal brings about a world wide economic
when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the the fourth
beast say, come
Vs.8 And I
looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat upon him was death,
and Hell followed
with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the
earth, to kill
with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the
Global starvation, war and death will follow the opening of the fourth
when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of
them that were
slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
(see Vs 10,11
As a result of the ministry of the 144,000 Jews, many will turn to Jesus
Christ; who in
turn will be
persecuted for their faith and refusal to bow to the antichrist and
his mark. (
I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a
and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became
Vs.13 And the
stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her
when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Vs.14 And the
heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every
island were moved out of their places.
Vs.15 And the
kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief
captains, and the
mighty men, and every bond man, and every free man, hid themselves
in the dens and in
the rocks of the mountains;
Vs.16. And said
to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of
him that siteth on
the throne, and from the wrath of the lamb:
Vs.17 For the
great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
What ever takes place with the opening of this seal,
it effects the sun, moon and
earth to the
point, that people hide in fear.
Their is a lull in
judgment between the 6th and 7th seal as God gives people time to
opening of the 7th seal ( Rev.8:1-2 ) is actually the releasing of the 7
B. The 7
Rev. 8:6-7 And
the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to
Vs.7 The first
angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood,
and they were cast
upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green
grass was burnt
Opinions vary as to the sounding of this trumpet;
many believe that it could be the
results of a
nuclear war that takes place.
Rev. 8:8-9 And
the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning
with fire was cast
into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Vs.9 And the
third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and
the third part of
the ships were destroyed.
Some believe this speaks of natural calamities,
nuclear war, or the supernatural hand
of God. In the
Old Testament God rained down plagues upon Egypt.
Rev. 8:10-11 And
the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven,
burning as it were
a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the
fountains of the
Vs.11 And the
name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters
and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
This could be an of very large meteorite that strikes the earth.
Rev. 8:12 And
the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and
the third part of
the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them
was darkened, and
the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
( read Vs 13 )
The results of a large meteorite striking the earth
would produce a global cloud of
dust and debris
in the upper atmosphere.
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the
earth: and to him
was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Vs.2 And he
opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the
smoke of a great
furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke
of the pit.
Vs.3 And there
came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth and unto them was given
scorpions of the earth have power.
Verses 1-11 Some think this may apply to demonic
spirits set loose, and maybe
(Please read from the Bible)
The sounding of
the sixth trumpet reveals a vast army of 200,000,000 by which a third
of men are
killed.( Some bible scholars Believe that this is an army is from China )
Even after all the
war, death and destruction, verse 20-21 says that mankind still will
11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices
in heaven, saying,
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord,
and of his Christ;
and he shall reign forever and ever.
* The sounding of
this last trumpet brings a pause; at which time Christ proclaims his
right to rule as
King of king and Lord of lords. During this pause other events transpire
before the seven
bowl ( vial ) judgments are unleased.
The 7 vial ( bowl ) Judgments
Rev.16:1-2 And I
heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go
your ways, and
pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Vs.2 And the
first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a
grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon
worshipped his image.
* The outpouring of this vial is upon all
that received the mark of the beast ( 666
image. The Anti-christ has an image of himself put in the new temple, that
is built for the
Jews and demands that it is worshipped. All that receive the mark,
doom their souls
to eternal Hell.
Rev. 16:3 And
the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as
the blood of a
dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
The oceans are affected by the second vial.
Rev.16:4 And the
third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of
waters; and they
* The third vial affects the all the fresh
the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was
given unto him to
scorch men with fire.
Vs.9 And men were
scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which
hath power over
these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
This vial judgment causes the sunís rays to intensify ( some believe, that
happens to the
ozone layer.) Notice the attitude of mankind, they blaspheme God
And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and
his kingdom was
full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Vs.11 And they
blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores,
and repented not
of their deeds.
This vial judgment is upon the Anti-christ and his rule.
vs.12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river
Euphrates; and the
water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east
might be prepared.
With the river Euphrates dried up, the huge 2000,00,000 army will be able
This army ( many
believe from China ) will do battle with the army from the west and
also the armies
of the Anti-christ. These armies are gathered to a place called
do battle. At this point Jesus Christ returns and they all join forces to
attack him and
in doing so are destroyed.
the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a
great voice out of
the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Vs.18 And there
were voices, and thunders, and lightenings; and there was a great
as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake,
and so great.
Islands and mountains are not found ( probably submerged by oceans )
Great hail fall
out of heaven ( the sky )
This earthquake is so huge that it affects the total
Note - Some Bible scholars estimate that 4 billion people die in
the 7 year tribulation
1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from
the dead, even
Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
* The church ( born again
Christians ) will not experience this period of time of Godís
church is translated to meet the Lord in the air, at the start of all
5. The Two
Vs.3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall
prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
* The ministry of
these two men, will be the first three and a half years of the seven yr.
believe that they are Elijah and Enoch, because God took them to
heaven before they
died a physical death.
* To validate the
prophesies of these two men God grants miraculous signs by their hands
Vs.5-6. They are
eventually killed, but God raises them from the dead after three days.
6. Other Events of
the Tribulation Period
4:1-11 John sees
the Father, the 24 elders, the four living creatures
5:1-12 John weeps
because no one is at first found worthy to open the seals, but Jesus
the Lion of the tribe of Judah has prevailed and is worthy.
6:1-17 The four
7:1-8 The call
of the 144,000
of great multitude
the temple of God
12:1-5 A woman
with 12 stars
12:6-17 The dragon
with 7 heads
13:1-18 The two
beasts Antichrist and False Prophet
14:1-5 Song of
18:1-24 The great
city is destroyed ( some believe this to be a rich nation )
19:1-21 King Jesus
returns - Armageddon