When Jesus ascended up to heaven, the disciples stood steadfast looking up. Two angels stood there and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go to heaven.” (Acts 1:11).
The most epic and awesome event that will happen in human history, is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The event that sets the scene for this occurrence is The Battle of Armageddon. Jesus doesn’t come at the rapture, that event is to pick up the saints in the air. Then there will be seven years of tribulation, known as the seventh week of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27). This will begin with an agreement or some sort of treaty. The Anti-Christ will make a covenant with Israel and will appear to bring about the answer to the middle east crises. He will show up as a peace maker to begin the seven-year tribulation.
This Anti-Christ will come out of Europe, because it says in Daniel 4 and Daniel 7, he will be over the ten toes, that is the Roman Empire, split up which is Europe. Today we have the European union. He will rise up and have the answer to the middle east crises and seize power.
So now you have a man that seems to be a peace-maker. The king of the North sees that this man is really after the entire world, and he doesn’t except that. The king of the North is Russia. They will come against the Anti-Christ, so we should not be surprised that Russia has entered Syria. Russia is a dominate world force in the middle east.
The Bible says the king of the North will join the king of the South. The south is Egypt and all the Islamic nations. They don’t want the Anti-Christ to rule over them either (Daniel 11).
Meanwhile, the Anti-Christ is going to come over to the “Beautiful Land,” which is Israel. He is going to center himself in the center of all this, as the North and the South come against him. He is going to defeat both kings of the North and the South.
The king of the East, the orient, China, will invade the Anti-Christ also. There will be, according to Scripture, 22 million men, that will descend on Israel to defeat the Anti-Christ. All these armies, North, South, and East, coming against the Anti-Christ. So now what happens? (Keep in mind, Israel is int he center of all this because Israel is set up there.)
Revelation 16:13 – And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (Verse 14) For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Verse 15)”Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” (Verse 16) And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
However, something else is going on at this time: Zechariah 14:2 says, For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Verse 3) Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.
So you’ve got Satan being as evil as he can be, bringing all these nations together because of what he is doing, but really doing what was already written by God, His will.
Keep in mind; even when the devil is wrecking havoc in your life, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world!”
Revelation 12:13, (Satan’s strategies of destroying Israel.) (Verse 13) Now when the dragon (Satan) saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman (Israel) who gave birth to the male Child (Jesus Christ). (Verse 15) So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman (Israel), that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. (That’s why all these nations have come against Israel, to nullify the promises of God.)
In Daniel 27, in the middle of the tribulation, three and one half years, the Anti-Christ will break covenant with Israel, the abomination of desolation. He will set himself up in the temple in Jerusalem.
Israel will build their third temple on the mount where the Muslims now have their Mosque. (That mosque will not be there when they begin to build their temple. I don’t know when that will be destroyed.) The Anti-Christ will claim to be God. He will be doing great miracles and signs in order to trick and deceive the people. Now he will have world denomination.
Now, when that happens, and the whole world is focused on the middle east, it’s “Show Time” for the True God.
Matthew 24:29 – “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Verse 30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Verse 31) And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Revelation 1:7 – Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation 19:11 – Then I saw heaven open, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. (Jesus riding on a white horse is a declaration of victory!) (Verse 12) His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. (Verse 13) He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
There are two ways that people will relate to Jesus, either through the cross for salvation or they relate to Him as the Judge. Advice: take the cross! Those that follow and relate to Him through the cross, they get to: (Verse 14) And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
Review: Rapture of the church; during the tribulation on earth, you and I are at the Judgment Seat of Christ, where God hands out rewards; then Christ comes at the second Coming, which is not the rapture, it’s seven years after the rapture of the church. Christi comes to the earth with the armies of the saints, who have now been dressed in fine linen, new bodies, to rule with Him, which is His millennial Reign. We come with Him with our assignments.
This fight between Jesus and the nations that came against Israel is short,. This is like a “knock-out” in the first fifteen seconds of the first round! He will slay them with the word (sword) of His mouth (Rev. 19:15) And everyone that has the mark of the beast, world-wide, will be slain by the word of His mouth and be dinner for the fouls of the air. Why? Because they refused to repent!
Believe it or not. Did Jesus rise from the dead? Yes, so why would anyone doubt the rest of the story. Is it not true also?
And according to Zechariah chapters three and four, Jesus will descend to the Mount of Olives, which was the place He left from. And the Bible says that when He steps on the Mount of Olives, the mountain will split down the middle, all the way to the Dead Sea and Jesus will set Himself up as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The One and Only Righteous Ruler! He will rule with a rod of iron.
Revelation 19:20 – Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. (Verse 21) And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
Even with all this, here’s what you need to know: Time is short. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you won’t end up in “The Day of the Lord” on the wrong side!