A Summary of Bible Prophecy about the Kingdom

We have reviewed some of the prophecies of Daniel, the Revelation and Jesus and have seen events leading to the establishment of the Kingdom of God. The Bible has many other prophecies about the Kingdom. But those we have reviewed provide a good outline of events to come. As prophesied in Daniel 7:14, Jesus will be given "dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him." Let's briefly review the major events from Daniel, the Revelation and Jesus. Then we will assemble them into one comprehensive sequence of events.

 Daniel chapter 7 showed that the Roman Empire would be followed by a "ten horns" world power, then by a "little horn" world power ruling for three and a half years, then by the Kingdom of God ruled by the "son of man," Jesus Christ.

Revelation chapter 6 shows that during the "sixth seal" of prophetic events there would be a great earthquake, a darkening of the sun and moon and a great meteor shower. At the same time mankind will want to hide "from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne," suggesting they will have good reason to believe there is a God, and that He is intervening in human affairs. After that, at the end of the "seventh seal" of events, Christ returns and defeats a "beast" and a "false prophet" who will have gathered armies at Armageddon (located near Jerusalem) in preparation to march on Jerusalem (Rev. 19). The beast will have ruled for forty two months, or three and a half years (Rev. 13). Then Christ rules for one thousand years (Rev. 20).

Jesus, in Matthew 24, stated "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come." He then spoke of an "abomination of desolation" - probably referring to an idol of some sort - being in the "holy place" such as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Then there would be a "great tribulation," a time so terrible that "except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved." Immediately after the "great tribulation" the sun and moon would be darkened, and the stars would "fall from heaven." He also warned that after the tribulation "there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets" who would deceive all but the "very elect." Later Jesus would return, suddenly, "as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth unto the west."

We can assemble these prophecies into one sequence of events. While doing so we must not violate the order of events as portrayed in any of the prophecies. Events that are common to two or more prophecies can serve as landmarks that help position the remaining unique events of the different prophecies in their correct order:

  1. The Roman Empire - Daniel's fourth "beast" - rises and falls.
  2. The "ten horns" world power and the preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom; the "abomination of desolation" appears in the "holy place" and the "great tribulation" occurs.
  3. The darkening of the sun and moon, a great meteor shower and the "sign of the son of man" cut short the "great tribulation."
  4. The "little horn" world power appears, identical to the "beast" of Revelation 13; the "hour of temptation" lasts three and a half years.
  5. The beast and false prophet gather their armies at Armageddon.
  6. Christ returns to Earth at Jerusalem; the beast and false prophet and their armies are destroyed.
  7. The Kingdom of God is established.

Unfortunately Jesus' prophecy makes no direct reference to the "ten horns" world power mentioned by Daniel. But it is clear from Daniel that the "little horn" appears after the "ten horns." And from Daniel, Revelation and Jesus' prophecies it appears that the beast/Antichrist power is the same as the "little horn" and appears after the great tribulation. So the ten horns have been placed at or before the great tribulation in the list above.

What happens after the thousand years? Here's a general summary from Revelation chapters 20 and 21. At the end of the thousand years all the dead will be raised, apparently to mortal life for a time of judgment (Rev 20:5). (Obviously this would exclude those raised to eternal life in the first resurrection, a thousand years earlier as described in 1 Cor. 15:50-54 and 1 Thess. 4:13-17). Satan will be released and used in a time of final judgment for all mortals; Satan will lead a rebellion against the Kingdom of God but will be destroyed, along with all that follow him (Revelation 20:7-9). When all judging has finished, there will be no one left in "hell" (meaning the grave from the Greek word hades) and there will be no more mortals. All will have received eternal life or will have been destroyed in "the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" - death after which there is no hope of life or resurrection or existence in any form. Given that no one is left in the grave, and that there are no more mortals left to die, both the grave and death are effectively destroyed: they are figuratively "cast" into in the same "lake of fire":

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14,15)

Death and the grave will not exist any more, after the faithful have received eternal life and the wicked, including Satan, have been destroyed through death (Revelation 20:10-15; 1 Corinthians 15:26; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Hebrews 2:14; Matthew 25:41). After this we see a new creation - a "new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and first earth were passed away" (Revelation 21:1). Revelation 21:3,4 summarize what follows:

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

There are many other Bible prophecies adding additional events to those outlined above. Daniel, Revelation and others include resurrections, two witnesses, earthquakes, fires, a volcano, plagues, the "king of the south," "the king of the north," the lost tribes of Israel, the observance of Biblical holy days etc. Another page in this website, What Does God Promise Us?, reviews some of these prophecies. But the prophecies we have reviewed provide a good general outline of events to come.