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Last days events

  1. A world buildup of crises -- wars, famines (droughts), pestilence (epidemics, pollution), and earthquakes will become more prevalent and more frequent around the globe (Mat 24:6,7; Mar 13:7,8; Luk 21:10,11; Rev 6:2-8).
  2. Chaos in world leadership -- statesmen, corporation heads, economists, scientists, and strategists will find that they cannot cope with these "natural" and man-made disasters that pile one on top of the other. This is but the beginning of their total helplessness, with no available solution except the feeblest stop-gap measures (Luk 21:25,26; Isa 24:4-13; 13:6-13).
  3. An increase in nationalism -- where every nation looks more and more to its own interests during the economic slumps and crises, and where armaments also increase (Luk 21:10; Joe 3:9,10; Dan 2:41-43).
  4. An attack on Israel -- the culmination of intense anti-Semitic feeling around the world, particularly by the Arabs, who foster those feelings by oil market manipulation, self-serving propaganda, and "jihad" frenzy (Psa 83; Eze 35; 36; Oba; Zec 14; Luk 21:2-24; Rev 11:2).
  5. Initial divine judgments on the world -- because they have cursed God's people and are filled with violence and wickedness, as in the days of Noah and Lot (Gen 12:3; Zec 2:8,9; Oba 1:15; Luk 17:26-30; Rev 8; 9).
  6. Pockets of faithful witnessing -- that God is forewarning mankind via these plagues (as He did through Moses in Egypt), that they should repent and be ready for the coming of Christ (Mat 24:14; Mar 13:10; Rev 11:4-6; 14:7,8).
  7. Reactions of stubbornness and apostasy -- few will heed the Gospel message, and many will leave the faith; false prophets will abound and mankind will become utterly degenerate, cursing God and His faithful few (2Ti 3:1-5; Mat 24:10-12,24; Rev 9:20,21; 11:7-10).
  8. A great tribulation settles on Israel and the world -- perhaps lasting 3 1/2 years (Luk 21:20-24; Rev 11:2,3; Jer 30:7)! It will be a time of total confusion and despair and misery; some countries will have totalitarian-type governments who suppress and oppress in order to have some semblance of control (Mat 24:21,22; Rev 13; 12:17; Dan 7:23-25).
  9. The coming of "Elijah" -- probably an Elijah-like prophet of the Last Days (Mat 17:11) -- who will preach to the oppressed of Israel (Mal 3:1; 4:5,6) during the 3 1/2 years (Luk 4:25; Jam 5:17,18; Dan 12:7; Rev 11).
  10. Repentance of the remnant of Israel, along with the faithful prayers of believers everywhere, will bring back Christ before the world destroys itself (Lev 26:40-42; Deu 4:30; 30:1-7; Joe 2:12-20; Jer 31:17-20; 50:4,5; Mat 23:39; Act 3:19,20; Mat 6:10; Rev 22:17; Mat 24:22).
  11. Christ's Return -- visible, with clouds of glory, and with the angels, whom he sends to raise the dead and gather the faithful to himself (Mat 24:30,31; 1Th 4:16,17; Act 24:15; Joh 5:29; 1Co 15:51-54; Mat 25:31-46; Rev 20:4-6,11-15). He comes back to the Mount of Olives, initiating a tremendous earthquake (Act 1:10-12; Zec 14:3-5; Rev 16:17-21).
  12. This will also involve, at the same time, the deliverance of faithful Israel -- oppressed Jews in and around Jerusalem are delivered by the King of Glory (Joe 2:32; Luk 21:27,28; Zec 12:9-11; Mat 23:37-39; Psa 24:7-9). Jews who have been carried captive into Assyria and Egypt will be brought back to Israel by a "second exodus" (Isa 11:11-16; 19:20-25; 60:9; 63:11-14; Mic 7:15).
  13. The wrath of God appears concurrent with Jesus' coming, with total destruction being poured out on the enemies of Israel, and on other centers of evil (after the example of Sodom), and with wicked men being annihilated (2Th 1:5-9; Mat 13:41,42; Rev 11:17,18; 16:1-10; Dan 2:44,45; 7:11,26; Is 13:11 with Rev 6:12-17).
  14. A last attempt to defeat Christ and his glorified saints will come from Gog and its allies (Eze 38; 39; Rev 19:11-21; 20:8-10). This rebellion will be speedily crushed.
  15. The Millennium (ie 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth) will fill the earth with the Glory of the Lord, and bring peace and righteousness to all (Num 14:21; Isa 11:9; Hab 2:14; Psa 72; Isa 2:2-4; Isa 35; Zec 14:16; Rev 20:6).
  16. The effect of the Millennial Reign of Christ and his saints will be that all sin and death is removed from the earth, so that -- finally -- God will be "All in all" (1Co 15:24-28,54-57; Rev 21:3,4,22-27; 22:3-5).
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