The building of the Third Temple is out there in the hazy future of things to come. While the student of Bible prophecy cannot say for sure at this point exactly when that edifice will be built, knowing how Bible prophecy is scheduled to unfold provides an idea of how close the building of that Temple—and all other prophecies scheduled—might be to coming to pass.
World Leader Comes Forth
The nations of earth will be in chaos. The turmoil will cause severe ramifications while governments seek to restore civil order and regain governmental and economic equilibrium. According to prophecy, one man will step forward to proffer a plan to quell the fears of war in the Middle East (Daniel 9:27). This prophecy correlates to Revelation 6:2, with the rider on the white horse coming forth.
Peace Covenant Confirmed
The great world leader will arrive just in time to look like the shining knight on the white horse. He will have the answer to the looming all-out war in the Middle East. He will be able to sell a seven-year peace plan that is already available, apparently. Israel will agree to the covenant, as will her enemies, and, in effect, the whole world will accept the (European?) leader’s masterful sales pitch. But Israel’s acceptance will fly in the face of God. This “covenant made with death and Hell,” as it is called in Isaiah 28 will cause God’s judgmental wrath to begin to fall.
Attack on Israel
The Gog-Magog attack prophesied by Ezekiel is controversial, as far as where it will fit into the end-times timeline is concerned. Some have the event just before or in conjunction with a Rapture, while others believe it will happen right after a Rapture or nearer the mid point of the Tribulation period. Russia is destined to present some of the most fearsome trials and tribulations for Israel. Gog, “chief prince of Rosh,” is the leader of Russia described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. In ancient language, Gog means “leader.” “Rosh” is the ancient name for the land of Russia. In the last days, Russia will be the leading nation of the Gog-Magog coalition of nations that will make a move against Israel and be defeated by a supernatural act of God. Persia (Iran) comes right along beside Russia, in prophetic parlance. According to Ezekiel 38:5, Iran will aid Russia in attacking Israel before or during the Tribulation. Even now, Iran acts as a destabilizing force in the world.
The Lord will not allow the dark, satanic realm to go unchallenged. He will seal (protect from Satan and his minions) 144,000 Jewish men with the gospel message of Jesus Christ, the only way to salvation, redemption, and reconciliation to God, the Father. (Read Revelation 7:3–8.) These will proclaim that message throughout the world, and millions upon millions of people will hear it and become Christians of the Tribulation period.
Two Old Testament-Type Prophets Preach
Two Jewish men will be placed during this period to preach the gospel and to point the finger of judgment if repentance doesn’t occur. No one knows for sure who these men will be, but there seems good evidence that at least one of them will be Elijah, the Old Testament prophet whom God took up from earth in a fiery whirlwind. The satanic governmental regime will seek to kill these men, but won’t be able to until God allows. Anyone who tries to kill them will, in like manner, be killed. Finally, the regime will be able to kill them. Their dead bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three days, then they will be resurrected to life and will lift into the sky before the astonished eyes of their murderers and of the whole world.
The great world leader who confirmed the seven-year peace covenant, convincing Israel and its enemies to rely on him and his regime to keep the peace, will be struck with a deadly head wound. But he will be “resurrected” from death (see Revelation 13). The astonishing new documentary film, Belly of the Beast, reveals when and where this event will take place, and even points to the exact (shocking) location where the “raising” ceremony will unfold! This revived man of sin will, following this, suddenly appear in the new Jewish temple atop Mount Moriah at Jerusalem and declare himself to be God. He will demand worship from all the world’s inhabitants. (Read 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation 13.) He is then revealed as Antichrist, the son of perdition, the man of sin. He will cause all to accept his mark or be cut out of the economic system—all buying and selling. He will order that all who do not worship him should be killed—chiefly by beheading. His partner in the satanic duo will point all worship to the beast, Antichrist. The false prophet will be Antichrist’s John the Baptist figure.
Jesus forewarned the Jews who will occupy Jerusalem at the time of Antichrist’s revelation to flee to the mountains. (Read Matthew 24 and Revelation 12.) This era, as discussed earlier, the midpoint of the Tribulation era, will begin the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7)—a time Jesus says will be the worst in all of history (Matthew 24:21). Antichrist will begin the greatest genocide ever to be visited upon the planet.
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Antichrist Institutes Regime
Antichrist’s regime will cause all to worship the beast, the Revelation 13 term for Antichrist. He will apparently set up some sort of idol, before which all must bow. This will likely be done by the image of himself being telecast in some way to all the world (Revelation 13.) His regime will consist of ten kingdoms, whose newly crowned kings (political leaders of the region) will give all their authority and power to Antichrist. We might be seeing the formative months and years of the formation of this ten-kingdom development with the various trading blocs beginning to form. The European Union seems to be the prototype for those that will follow. The North American Union (NAU) that seems to be underway in development, bringing America, Canada, and Mexico together in an economic trading bloc, appears to be one such “kingdom” in the making. Antichrist will bring together one world government, one world economy, and one world religion, to some extent—for a brief time, at least. This is a Babylonian-type system that will all but enslave the entire world.
Babylon System of Religion, Economy, Government Rules
The Babylonian system will be an extension of the revived Roman Empire. This was prophesied in Daniel 2, 7, 9, and 11, as well as in Revelation 13. Ancient Babylon and the Roman Empire’s influence upon this end-time regime of hell on earth are described in Revelation 17 and 18. God will destroy the chief city of the end-time Babylon in one hour, the Bible prophesies in Revelation 18.
Kings of East Threaten, then Move
China, today, is a growing economic and military behemoth. It exerts hegemony over its neighbors of the Orient. The Bible predicts a day during the Tribulation when the “kings of the east” will march across the dried-up Euphrates River to do battle at Armageddon. This juggernaut will consist of two hundred million troops—all, prophecy seems to indicate, demon-possessed while they cross the area of the Euphrates. (Read Revelation 9 and 16.)
All Meet at Armageddon
The kings of the east march toward a rendezvous with all other nations of the world. God says this about this meeting:
For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (Joel 3:1–2). (Also read Revelation 16:16 and 19:17–18.)
Just as the battle is becoming so violent that it threatens the end of all people and animals on earth, the black clouds of apocalypse will unroll like a scroll, and brilliant light from Heaven’s core will break through, revealing the King of kings and His armies and myriad angelic hosts.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (Revelation 19:11–15)
Christ Judges Nations
The conquering Creator of all things will establish His earthly throne atop Mount Moriah, which will be supernaturally reconfigured from topographical renovations made for the Millennium. All the nations of the world will come before the Lord Jesus Christ. (Read about the sheep-goats judgment in Matthew 25.) The people who have made it alive through the Tribulation will either be believers or unbelievers. Believers will be ushered into Christ’s thousand-year reign on Earth while unbelievers will be cast into everlasting darkness.
Christ Sets Up Millennial Kingdom
The millennial reign of Christ will begin, a time during which the false prophet and the beast (Antichrist), the first to be thrown into the Lake of Fire, will begin to serve their eternal sentences. Satan will be confined in the bottomless pit, and none of his minions will be able to torment and tempt the millennial earth-dwellers. This period will be much like the times of Eden, with the Earth restored to its pristine beauty (Revelation 20–10). After the thousand years, the devil will be released from the pit for a short time. He will lead millions who will have been born during the Millennium in an assault on Christ at Jerusalem. God will send down fire and consume them all. Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire. The lost dead will be resurrected (their eternal bodies joined to their souls), and all will stand before the great white throne of Christ to be judged. All will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity (Revelation 20:10–15). Jesus Christ will remake the heavens and the earth in preparation for everlasting, ever-growing ecstasy in God’s presence. (Read Revelation 20:16–22:16.)