summary of Bible prophecy about the
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.
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,"
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
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).
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 He 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:
Roman Empire - Daniel's fourth "beast" -
rises and falls.
world power and the preaching of the gospel of the
Kingdom; the "abomination
of desolation" appears in the "holy
place" and the "great
darkening of the sun and moon, a great meteor
shower and the "sign of
the son of man" cut short the "great
world power appears, identical to the "beast"
of Revelation 13; the "hour
of temptation" lasts three and a half
beast and false prophet gather their armies at
returns to Earth at Jerusalem; the beast and false
prophet and their armies are destroyed.
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
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 of fire," 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
"cast" into in the same allegorical
"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.
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