What are the Next Things, Biblically, Prophetically that are coming up soon?
- Persecution of Christians, Globally, will Increase Exponentially (ref. Matthew 24:1-14)
- The Church, the world-wide Body of Christ, will Complete the Great Commission per Matthew 24:14 and 28:18-20
- The Rapture (ref. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Revelation 4:1)
- The Great Tribulation (7 Years of God’s Wrath, the Rise of the Anti-Christ, etc. – ref.: Revelation chapters 6 thru 19)
- The 2nd Coming of Christ – The 1000 year Reign of Jesus Christ on the Throne of David in Jerusalem, Israel (ref. Revelation chapters 19 thru 20)
- The New Heavens and the New Earth – the New Jerusalem – Revelation chapters 21-22
Some of what you will read, here, may sound kind of like a fairy tale or some sort of fictional story, but I assure you that it is all true and is going to happen. Please, read it all the way through to the end, and, please, click the various links and spend time with their respective subjects, etc. We wanted to make sure that you knew our heart about the future and our concern for you. We did not want to be derelict of our duties as Biblical Christians.
Persecution of Christians:
With the rise of Atheism, Communism, Global Islam / Political Islam, and the Rise of many Pagan Religions as Nationalistic Movements, such as Hinduism Nationalism in India or Buddhistic Nationalism in other countries near India, Christians have been violently persecuted on an increasing basis, almost exponential within the last 15 years. It has been a steady, rising, and consistent pattern world-wide. In fact, in some countries in South America, Biblical Christians have been persecuted by both Roman Catholics and Indigenous Tribal Religionists. But we shouldn’t be surprised, Jesus Christ, Himself, predicted that this would occur on a more increasing basis, especially just prior to His Return for the Church (i.e. the Rapture), as seen in Matthew 24:1-14; Mark 13:3-13; Luke 17:20-37; Luke 21:5-37; [ Note Luke 21:28 – look up ] . Jesus Christ made sure that His disciples throughout the ages would know what would be coming, ahead of time. He always wanted us prepared for Persecution, as 2 Timothy 3:12 states – all genuine Christians would face some sort of persecution in our lives. If you think this is NOT going to happen in the Western World, don’t be surprised when it starts to happen (and in some cases, it has already started) in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USA. Jesus Christ warned us ahead of time, and we should listen and prepare.
Instead of there being a huge revival and huge amounts of people coming to Christ just before the Rapture and the Great Tribulation, it is going to be the opposite. Not only because of the rise of Atheism and Paganism, but also because of massive intense global persecution against Christians, and a Massive Falling Away from the Faith – the Great Apostacy mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (context) and specifically in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 -> “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition…” . In verses 1 & 2 – Paul speaks about folks that thought that the Rapture had already occurred and that they were left behind. So, in verse 3 Paul allays their fears with the truth that the Rapture will only occur after 2 things: 1. The Great Apostacy (“the Falling Away”) and 2. the Anti-Christ is revealed to the church (not to the world, but to us). Once, that has happened, the Rapture can occur. Also, once the Great Commission is fulfilled by the Church, per Matthew 24:14, the Rapture can occur.
Also, during this period of time – The RISE of LAODICEA – will occur – leading to the Massive Falling Away from the Faith. For more on this, please, get and read my book: “The Rise of Laodicea” – and – watch/listen to my Sermon Series – The 7 Churches – Jesus Evaluates His Churches
Other Related Sermon: Spreading the Gospel of Christ to Ends of the Earth In the Midst of Persecution
The Great Commission will be Fulfilled by the Church:
According to Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:18-20 – the church, the Body of Christ, all who are truly Born-Again in Christ, New Creations in Christ Jesus who are still living here on earth – we will fulfill this. All peoples, nations, tongues, and tribes will have some folks who are saved, Born-Again in Christ Jesus in their midst. “Panta ta ethné” was the phrase in Koiné Greek. All the Ethnic Groups. Today we call them People Groups. According to Matthew 24:14 – this will happen one day. The very next verse talks about the Great Tribulation starting right after that – “The Abomination of Desolation standing in the Holy Place” (in the Rebuilt Temple by modern-day Israel). So, once the Great Commission is Fulfilled, the church is no longer here (Raptured), and the Great Tribulation commences (i.e.: The End Will Come). For more on this – I preached a sermon on this. To watch / listen – please, CLICK HERE.
Also, here’s a Related Sermon Series: The Mission of the Church
What is the Rapture … ? When Jesus Christ comes back for the church – meets all real, genuine, born again believers in Christ, in the air, and goes back to heaven with them. This is clearly elaborated upon in:
1. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
2. 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
For more on this, please, read those Biblical passages, and then CLICK HERE for more on The Rapture.
The 7 year Tribulation, The Great Tribulation – Revelation chapters 6 thru 19:
CLICK HERE to go to my Sermon Series: Jesus Reveals the Future.
This happens some time after the Rapture. It might be immediate or it might take a few months. There will be a “cover story” for why so many Christians, world-wide just vanished. You might wonder why UFOs are suddenly being accepted as normal by almost all world governments. That would be the best story – “those Christians were abducted by UFOs” to allow the New World Order to commence. Those Christians were holding us all back from a One World Utopia.
The Centrality of Israel – She is God’s Center-Piece during the Tribulation and Beyond …
Israel has to be back in her ancestral land per Old and New Testament Prophecies. There were many “Prophecy Buffs” in the early 17th thru 20th Centuries that were scratching their collective heads about Israel and if she was going to be back in her land. There are many Eschatological Frameworks (Future – End-Time Frameworks of Understanding) that missed this. The Amillennial, Post-Millennial, and Preterist Frameworks fully missed this reality (and other related Frameworks). Those denominations affected include: Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ / Christian Church (Restoration / Campbell), and a few other “Main-Line” Denominations. They couldn’t even think of Israel being back in their land again. They believe in Replacement Theology – in which God was finished with the “nation” of Israel after Pentecost (from Acts 2 and onward) and all the Promises that were specific to Israel have become applicable to “The Church”, according to them. But, their framework and all their assumptions came crashing down on May 14th, 1948 – when Israel became a nation, again, in her own ancestral land. For the Pre-Millennial view – which I hold to, which is the TRUE Biblical view, Israel, must be back in her land, prior to the Great Tribulation commencing. Otherwise, how are the 144,000 Sealed & Commissioned and the Two (Israeli) Witnesses Commissioned (ref. Revelation chptrs 7 & 11)? For all that is mentioned in Matthew 24:15 and following (and the parallels in Mark and Luke), Zechariah chapters 12 and 14, and that which is seen here, in Revelation chapters 6 thru 19 – Israel must be back in her land.
The Great Tribulation is split up into two parts, Biblically:
- 1st 3.5 years – fake peace, the Two Witness arise in Jerusalem, and the 144,000 are sealed (Rev. chprt 7), Tons of Natural Disasters, Demonic beasts rising out of the Bottomless Pit, etc.
1st Half of the Great Tribulation (1st 3.5 years) Sermons:
– The Scroll, the Seals & God’s Wrath Revealed – Rev. 6:1-17
– The Sealing & Mission of the 144,000 Israeli Missionaries – Rev. 7:1-17
– Get Some Keys to Unlock Revelation from Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27)
– The Beginning of the 7 Trumpet Judgments – Rev. 8:1-13
– The 5th Trumpet Judgment – Demon Uprising (part 1) – Rev. 9:1-12
– The 6th Trumpet Judgment – Demon Uprising (part 2) – Rev. 9:13-21
– The Mighty Angel with a Rainbow Hat and a Scroll in His Hand – Rev. 10:1-11
– The Tribulation Temple, Two Witnesses and The Beast – Rev. 11:1-19
– Signs and War in the Heavens – Rev. 12:1-17
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- 2nd half – the AntiChrist (who came up out of the Bottomless Pit) will come out of the closet and show his true tyrannical, demonic colors. A global Strong Delusion, like a Spell, will be upon all those who continue to reject God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible
(ref. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; 1 John 5:19)
2nd Half of the Great Tribulation (the last 3.5 years) Sermons:
– The Beast and His Empire – Rev. 13 – part 1 – Rev. 13:1-10
– The False Prophet – The Beast and His Empire – part 2 – Rev. 13:11-18
– The King of the North – the AntiChrist – Daniel 11:21-45
– The 144,000 in Heaven Worshiping God – Rev. 14:1-5
– Preparations for the 7 Bowls of God’s Wrath – Rev. 14:6-15:8
– The Pouring out of the 7 Bowls of Wrath – Rev. 16:1-21
– The Destruction of Mystery Babylon – Rev. 17:1-18
– The Destruction of the City of Babylon – Rev. 18:1-24
– A Funeral, a Wedding and Armageddon for our Honeymoon – Rev. 19:1-21
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Revelation’s Predictions: Satellite TV, Global Inter-Networking (i.e. The Internet), Global Banking Systems:
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Revelation 6:5-6 Predicts Global Economic Collapse in which a loaf of bread would cost a normal day’s wages (Global runaway inflation). Global, runaway inflation, in which nothing can stop it … are we seeing hints of this, today?
Related Sermon: The Scroll, the Seals & God’s Wrath Revealed – Rev. 6:1-17
Revelation 11:1-10 Predicts Global Satellite Television… when God’s Two Witnesses are killed and lay dead in Jerusalem for 3.5 days, the whole world sees them and celebrates with gift exchanges (similar to Christmas; BTW: this is the only passage in the Bible that describes people doing gift exchanges, globally). The whole world will see all of this and their subsequent public resurrection and ascension to heaven -> on satellite TV… FYI, the very first broadcast of satellite TV was from Israel. For almost 2000 years the Prophecies have been awaiting the advent of satellite TV and of the internet.
Related Sermon: The Tribulation Temple, Two Witnesses and The Beast – Rev. 11:1-19
Revelation 13:16-17 Predicts a Global Economic System that controls people and nations – controlling you regarding making a living or if you will live or die … because, you can’t buy or sell unless you receive the Mark of the Beast. Similar to: No mask, No Service – or – No Jab, No Job (and so on) -> It will be Cancel Culture on Steroids (but fully demonic). We’re kind of living through the latest trial balloon, test run with all the Covid lockdowns, mask and jab mandates, etc. In the same way, the AntiChrist will seek to run this Global Social-Economic Credit System with a Global, One World Government (at least a final attempt at Reversing The Tower of Babel Event – ref.: Genesis 11:1-9). It seems that he will run it as if it was ready to go when he is installed as the Global World Leader, etc. It takes time to put together a global-economic financial system like that. Today, we are seeing the groundwork and its massive global tentacles in almost all nations. Without the advent of the internet, such a thing would have been impossible. Folks have been talking about this kind of thing for over 60 years … but, before the advent of the internet, none of these things could have happened (also, ref. WEF – World Economic Forum). Please, if you are left behind, and you have to go through the Great Tribulation – DO NOT RECEIVE the MARK of the BEAST – no matter what!
Revelation 14:9-11 (Here’s what will happen to folks who receive the Mark of the Beast)
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the BEAST and his IMAGE, and receives his MARK on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the WRATH of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. That person shall be TORMENTED with Fire and Brimstone in the presence of the Holy Angels and in the presence of the LAMB (Jesus Christ). And the smoke of their TORMENT ascends FOREVER and EVER; and they have NO rest day or night, who worship the BEAST and his Image, and whoever RECEIVES the MARK of his name.”
For those who come to Christ during the Great Tribulation and who reject the BEAST and the MARK of the BEAST, here’s what will happen:
Here is the patience of the saints (believers in Christ); here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the LORD from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
Interpretation: Folks who come to Christ during the Great Tribulation, will be persecuted by the Anti-Christ and his forces, since the penalty of refusing the Mark of the Beast is death. Therefore, it is Best to Surrender your life to Jesus Christ, now, before the Rapture, instead of being left behind and coming to Jesus Christ during the Tribulation. If you do the latter, you will be persecuted to death, per this Scriptural Passage (Rev. 14:12-13) .. as it would be better to die for Jesus Christ, as a Martyr, during the Great Tribulation than to receive the Mark of the Beast and be Damned for all Eternity in the Lake of Fire.
- The Beast and His Empire – Rev. 13 – part 1 – Rev. 13:1-10
- The False Prophet – The Beast and His Empire – part 2 – Rev. 13:11-18
- Preparations for the 7 Bowls of God’s Wrath – Rev. 14:6-15:8
The 2nd Coming of Christ – Full Clean-up Operations and Reclamation of the Sovereignty by God
Revelation chapters 19 thru 20
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Zechariah chptr 14
Jesus Christ will come back from heaven, with his armies of Angels, and with all the Christians who were Raptured, those who died in Christ before the Rapture, and all the Old Testament believers in God since Adam and Eve, etc. Jesus and his armies come back on Inter-Dimensional / Faster than the Speed-of-Light Inter-Galactic Horses – to Fight and Defeat the AntiChrist and all of his Armies on Earth and to Rescue Israel from the clutches of the AntiChrist forces, etc. Yes, Jesus Christ comes back to Rescue Israel (read Zechariah 12 and 14). All those who were on the side of the AntiChrist, who took the Mark of the Beast will be sent to the Lake of Fire, forever. Jesus Christ will set up His Kingdom in Jerusalem, Israel, and will sit upon The Throne of King David in Jerusalem and rule over all the Earth and the Universe. We who are saved in Christ, will rule and reign with Him for 1000 Years. Again, Read all of Revelation chapters 19-22 for more background. This is going to happen. The Temple will be fully rebuilt and Temple Sacrifices will re-start (read Ezekiel 40-48). This time period is called: The Millennium of Christ (The Messiah of Israel) – the 1000 year Reign of Jesus Christ on planet earth, from Jerusalem, Israel, on the Throne of King David.
Here are a couple of sermons that relate to this period of time:
– A Funeral, a Wedding and Armageddon for our Honeymoon
– The Millennium and The Great White Throne Judgment
After the Millennium of Christ -> Eternity Happens: The New Heavens and the New Earth – Eternity Future
Please, read Revelation chapters 20 thru 22 to find out more. This will be when FOREVER happens.
Here are some Sermons related to this time period (i.e. Eternity Future):
– The New Heavens, the New Earth, the New Jerusalem and Beyond – part 1
– The New Heavens, the New Earth, the New Jerusalem and Beyond – part 2
A Solution, A Remedy, a Living Future:
To avoid being left behind after the Rapture in which you will go through the 7 year Great Tribulation -> you need to be Born Again, in Jesus Christ. Only those who are truly Born Again in Christ, Fully Surrendered Disciples of Jesus Christ will be Caught Up to heaven with Jesus Christ in the Rapture and will avoid God’s Wrath during the Great Tribulation and avoid being thrown into the Lake of Fire and be punished for your sins forever (please, read Revelation chptrs 19 and 20).
For more on how Jesus Christ can save you from the penalties of your sins, please, go to https://NLFJI.org/Jesus/