Looking at the Future
Through the Bible
People wonder and speculate about the future all the time. They watch the weather,
sports, political events, the markets, the news, business trends and stats, and etc. They observe, they wonder,
and they make decisions based on their
observations. They simply act on the
information as they understand it at the time.
Nearly 1/3 of our Bible is about
prophecy and the future. People differ on the
and timing of things in
prophecy, especially looking forward to Jesus Christ's second coming. No one really knows, except God
Himself. That being said ...
Below are my observations and thoughts on Jesus' second
coming. My purpose is to encourage and
challenge you to dig into God's Word, to improve your relationship with God, and to watch for His second
coming. Jesus could be coming relatively soon, and we
are to watch and be ready.
Why is the order and timing of events surrounding Jesus second coming
1) Jesus commands us through the pages of the Bible to be watchful.
How can we be watchful if we don't even know what we are watching
2) They help us prepare
emotionally and spiritually.
Isn't it like receiving engagement and/or wedding date
3) We can have a better
understanding of Bible passages related to these events.
Wouldn't it be helpful to know how certain passages of scripture relate
to others in relationship to Jesus' 2nd coming?
In sharing my observations and
thoughts regarding Jesus' second coming,
I have organized what follows into 3 sections:
Matthew chapter 24 and Revelation chapters 1-7
(consisting of the abomination, great tribulation, and rapture)
Revelation chapters 11-14
(consisting mostly of the abomination through the end of the 6th trumpet judgment)
Revelation chapters 8-10 and 15-22
(consisting of the
judgment, victory, millennium, and final victory).
Grab your Bible, come
with me on a journey, and read the Bible passages as you come to them.
First Section -
Matthew 24 and Revelation 1-7
(consisting of the abomination, great tribulation, and
Revelation chapter 1
establishes Jesus Christ as the author of the book of Revelation in the New Testament of the Bible as revealed
to the apostle John who wrote the revelation down for us.
Revelation chapters 2-3
describe the Church of Jesus Christ after His resurrection until now from different views or vantage
Revelation chapters 4-5
establish Jesus Christ as the only One worthy to open the seals in Revelation chapter 6.
Revelation 6 then goes on
to describe the seal events from Matthew 24:5-12 and 15-30. Notice how the first 5 seals talk about conquest
through deception, war, famine, death, and persecution. These characteristics have been going on since Cain killed Abel in
Genesis, but Jesus said they are like birth pains. Birth pains start off small, but as time goes on the
frequency and intensity of them grow until they climax at child birth.
I believe Matthew 24:5-12 describes an overview of these events up to and including the time of the
rapture or gathering of the Church Body of believers to Jesus Christ in the air. This rapture is described by Paul
in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Listen how
Jesus talks about these events in Matthew 24:5-12 after the first introductory verses of 1-4:
Mathew 24:1Jesus left the temple and was
walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its
buildings. 2"Do you see all these things?"he asked. "I tell
you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another;every one
will be thrown down."3As Jesus was sitting on theMount of
Olives,the disciples came to him privately. "Tell
us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your comingand of the end of the age?" 4Jesus
answered: "Watch out
that no one deceives you.5For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.6You will hear of wars and rumors of
wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end
is still to come.7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.There will be faminesand earthquakes in various places.8All these are the beginning of birth
pains.9"Then you will be handed over to be persecutedand put to death,and you will be hated by all nations because of me.10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each
other,11and many false prophetswill appear and
deceive many people.12Because of the increase
of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,13but he who stands firm to the end will be
saved.14And this gospel of the kingdomwill be preached in the whole worldas a
testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Starting with Matthew
24:15, Jesus talks about a point in time, called the abomination, where the birth pains of the seals begin to
take on a new and definable level of intensity. Jesus says to watch for this specific sign of the "abomination that
causes desolation" spoken of in Daniel (Daniel talks about abomination in 9:27 and
people believe that Daniel 9 and 11 are different events, and that 9 is past, 11 is
prophetic. I haven't
studied that through yet to be convinced either way. However, most people refer to Daniel 9:27:
9:27"He will confirm a covenant with many for one
'seven.'In the middle of the 'seven'he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will
set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is
decreedis poured out on him."
I believe this could be
the same abomination implied in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and
13:5-6. 2 Thessalonians
2:3-4 describes this abomination as one where a lawless one is revealed who "will oppose and will exalt himself
over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple proclaiming
himself to be God". Matthew reads at verse 15:
15 "So when you see standing in the holy place'the abomination that causes desolation,'spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader
understand-- 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to
the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his housego down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get
his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter
or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the
beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again.22 If
those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the electthose days will be shortened.
Jesus says this time of great distress, or tribulation, has been "unequaled from the
beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again".
This hasn't happened yet - this is future. I believe this is the same great
tribulation time mentioned in Revelation 7:14, and conditions taking place in Revelation
13:4-10. Jesus continues:
Matthew 24:23 At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or,
'There he is!' do not believe it.24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and
miraclesto deceive even the elect--if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of
time. 26 "So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the
inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27 For as lightningthat comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the
comingof the Son of Man.28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
after the distress of those days ...
In other words, immediately after the
abomination there will be a time of great distress and great tribulation that has never been greater in all of
history ... immediately after this time,
" 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will
not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be
shaken.'30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the
nations of the earth will mourn.They
will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky,with power and great glory. (Note: Jesus comes after
the great tribulation.)
Revelation 6 says
Jesus comes at the 6th seal:
6:12-17I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great
earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon
turned blood red, 13and the stars in the sky fell to
earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong
wind. 14The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed
from its place. 15Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and
every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the
mountains. 16They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the
throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!17For the great day of their wrath has come,
and who can stand?"
Verse 17 says, "For the great day of their wrath
has come, and who can stand?"
Thessalonians 5:9 says,"For God did not appoint us to
suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."
It seems to me it is at
this point, after the abomination, after the great tribulation, after the sun, moon, and stars turn scary in the
6th seal of Revelation 6, that Jesus is coming and the wrath of the Lamb (Jesus) is
promises deliverance from His wrath to His people who are believers in Jesus Christ.
Jesus then continues in
31 And he will send his angelswith a loud trumpet call,and they
will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end
of the heavens to the other. 32 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and
its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that
itis near, right at the door.34 I tell you the truth, this generationwill certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the
Son,but only the Father.37 As it was in the days of Noah,so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood,
people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen
until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of
men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.41 Two
women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Doesn't this sound a lot
like the rapture, catching up, or gathering described in
the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command,
with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are
still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the
air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."
both passages we have, loud announcements, a trumpet call, Jesus in the clouds, and Jesus seen as coming for His
elect who are in Christ, separating believers from non-believers like in the days of Noah and
Jesus says in Matthew
24:27, 30, 37, and 39 this is His time for coming. Since Jesus' first coming was at His birth, death, and
resurrection, I take it
that Jesus' second coming will be His return as King - just like He said He would when He left the first time
Revelation 6:9-11 says,
"When he opened
the fifth seal, I saw
under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had
maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord,
holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our
blood?" 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little
longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was
When will the number of believers to be killed be completed? Doesn't it seem reasonable that there are
no more believers left on the earth after the rapture? After all, the rapture will take all living
believers up into the clouds to meet Jesus according to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 and 1
Corinthians 15:50-52. The time of martyrdom will be complete as there will be no more believers left on
earth to kill. And the time for Jesus to judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge
their blood as He promised in the 5th seal is now.
After Revelation 6
announces the wrath of God coming, Revelation 7:1-8 describes the sealing protection of the 144,000 from each
tribe of Israel. Could this be representative of the
remnant in the nation of Israel mentioned in:
9:27-29 "Isaiah cries out
concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like
the sand by the sea,only the
remnant will be saved.28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and
finality."29 It is just
as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almightyhad left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah."(Gen. 19:24-29, Rev. 8:6-7)
Could this also be the
time when "all Israel will be saved" as mentioned
do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited:
Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come
in. 26And so all Israel will be
saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from
Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob." (Psalms 97)
Romans 9:33 As it
is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that
makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
Could this time in
Revelation 7 also be when the "the full number of the Gentiles has come in" with the rapture or gathering of all
7:9-14After this I looked and there
before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from
every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the
Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their
hands. 13Then one of the elders asked
me, "These in white robes--who are they, and where did they come
from?" 14I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said,
"These are they who have come out of the great
tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood
of the Lamb.
Notice how the people from this group in Revelation 7 are " a great multitude that no one could count, from
every nation, tribe, people and language" and "These are they who have come out of the great
tribulation" In other
words, it seems these are believers who have come out of the great tribulation which began after the abomination
talked about earlier.
These people in Revelation 7 have white robes like the souls under the alter in the fifth seal in Revelation
6. Jesus promised the
souls under the alter judgment and avengement after the rapture. If that takes place in Revelation 7, then
Revelation 8 begins with the opening of the Trumpet judgments.
Revelation 8:6-7Then the
seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. 7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was
hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the
green grass was burned up.
Psalm 97:1-12The LORD
reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. 2Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his
throne. 3Fire goes before him
and consumes his foes on every side. 4His lightning lights
up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5The mountains melt
like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. 6The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.
7All who worship images
are put to shame, those who boast in idols-- worship him, all you gods! 8Zion hears and rejoices and the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments, O
LORD. 9For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted
far above all gods. 10Let those who love the
LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the
wicked. 11Light is shed upon
the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. 12Rejoice in the LORD,
you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.
Second Section - Revelation 11-14
(consisting mostly of the abomination through the end of the 6th trumpet judgment)
Revelation 11-13 seem to cover periods of time beginning with the abomination and ending after the 6th
trumpet judgment of Revelation 8-9, but before the bowl judgments of Revelation 15-16.
Revelation 11 talks about 2 witnesses (prophets) who will prophesy for 42
(1,260 days). These 2 prophets have similar "powers" as Moses and Elijah during the
trumpet judgments of Revelation 8-9.
We can tell they are present during the trumpet judgments, because they are called up to heaven
during the second woe (Revelation 11:14)
The first woe is the 5th trumpet judgment, the second woe is the 6th trumpet judgment when the
prophets are called back to heaven, and the 3rd woe is the 7th trumpet which ushers in the final 7 bowl
Note: Many Bible scholars look to a 7-year period of time surrounding the events of Jesus' 2nd coming
according to Daniel 9:25-27. They
believe this passage says there will be an abomination in the middle, or 3.5 years into the week of
years. Note that 3.5
Biblical years of 360 days per year is equal to 1,260 days and also 42 months. Revelation 11:14 says the
prophets are gone after the second set of 1,260 days. That places the 7 bowl judgments of Revelation 15-16 outside of the last
1,260 days (or 3.5 years) and outside of the whole 7 year period of time talked about in Daniel
9:25-27. That is why
some people believe this places the bowl judgments in the period between 1,260 days and 1,290 days talked about
in Daniel 12:11.
Revelation 12:6 says, "The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be
taken care of for 1,260 days." Many believe the woman represents Israel being sealed and protected Revelation 7:1-8. Later these sealed Israelites are seen
with Jesus on Mount Zion in Revelation
14:1-5. It appears
that Jesus is taking care of Israel during the 1,260 days after the abomination which would include during
the great tribulation (Revelation 12:17) and during the trumpet judgments.
Revelation 13:5 says, "The beast was given a mouth
to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two
This also seems to fit the time period beginning with the abomination which includes the uttering of the
lawless one blaspheming God and the intense persecution of Christians up until the
Revelation 14 seems to be the interlude between the rapture in Revelation 7 and the trumpet judgments that
immediately follow in Revelation 8-9.
Notice that the 144,000 sealed Israelites are with Jesus on Mount
Zion. Three angels make pronouncements:
The first angel "had the eternal gospel to
proclaim to those who live on the earth--to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him
glory, because the hour of his judgment has
come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of
This fulfills Mathew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be
preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
The second angel says, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the
nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries."
This predicts the coming judgment of Babylon in Revelation
The third angel says, "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or
on the hand, 10he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury,
which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in
the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and
ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives
the mark of his name."
This could cover anyone who receives the mark of the beast during the last 1,260 days mentioned above, but
especially those during the trumpet judgments to come.
believe that is why Revelation 14:12-13 says, "This
calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to
Jesus. 13Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed
are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for
their deeds will follow them."
Those who are dead in Jesus Christ are blessed, because they do not have to go through the trumpet judgments
to come. Saints going
through the great tribulation can take comfort in knowing that whether they die in the LORD or get raptured,
they do not have to go through God's wrath and judgment to come. They are
Revelation 14:14-20 talks about the harvest of the earth. Notice that there are 2 harvests:
14:14-16I looked, and there before me was a white cloud,
and seated on the cloud was one "like a son of
man" with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his
hand. 15Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who
was sitting on the cloud, "Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of
the earth is ripe." 16So he who was
seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was
Doesn't this sound a lot
like the rapture of Matthew 24:30-31?
Matthew 24:30-31"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the
nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds
of the sky, with power and great glory.31And he will send his
angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the
heavens to the other.
In both passages, you have
the Son of Man, in the clouds, with His angels, gathering his harvest, his elect.
14:17-20Another angel came out of the temple in heaven,
and he too had a sharp sickle. 18Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar
and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, "Take your sharp sickle and gather
the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe." 19The angel swung his
sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God's
wrath. 20They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and bloodflowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of
Doesn't this sound a lot like the beginning of Revelation 8 and the beginning of God's wrath?
8:6-7Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared
to sound them. 7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth
was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
Notice the similarities of the Day of Atonement in Lev. 16:12-16 with the prelude to the trumpet judgments
in Revelation 8:1-7. Note the fire from the alter in Lev. 16 and Revelation 8 and Revelation 14. Note the blood in Revelation 14 and the
blood in the first trumpet judgment mixed with hail and fire hurled upon the earth. It reminds me of Noah's day when God used
natural elements in a supernatural way. I wonder if this is why blood rises as high as the horses' bridles for
approximately 180-200 miles.
(an ancient Greek and Roman
unit of length, the Athenian unit being equal to about 607 feet (185 meters)}
Note: Our LORD said in Lev. 16:2, "... I appear in the cloud over the atonement
And in Lev. 25:9
"Then have the trumpet
sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of
Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land." Might it be possible, for Jesus to
come and sit on His throne in the clouds with trumpets on the Feast of Trumpets, begin His trumpet judgments
on the Day of Atonement, and then be present with His sealed people on the Feast of Tabernacles on
Mount Zion? (Psalm 97)
Second Section -
Revelation 8-10 and 15-22
judgment, victory, millennium, and final victory)
Revelation 8 begins the
trumpet judgments and the wrath of God with a prelude in verses 1-5.
1When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in
heaven for about half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and
to them were given seven trumpets. 3Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood
at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints,
on the golden altar before the throne. 4The smoke of the incense,
together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God
from the angel's hand. 5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on
the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an
earthquake.6Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound
them. 7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and
it was hurled down upon the earth.
Notice again the relationship between Lev. 16:12-16 Day of Atonement and Revelation
8:1-5. Notice the
relationship between the prayers of the saints in Revelation 8:1-5 with those of the 5th seal in Revelation
6:9When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God
and the testimony they had maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, "How long,
Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little
longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was
Now the rapture has happened, the number of martyrs has been completed, and the time for avengement has
come. This judgment and time of God's wrath begins with the trumpet judgments of Revelation
Notice that these chapters say nothing about people being saved. In fact, after 6 trumpet judgments,
Revelation 9:20-21 says, "The rest of mankind that
were not killed by these plagues still did not
repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and
idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or
walk. 21Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts."
Maybe this is because of what Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, "The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan
displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are
perishing. They perish because they refused to love the
truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful
delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not
believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness."
17:26"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will
it be in the days of the Son of Man.27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being
given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed
them all.28"It was the same in the
days of Lot. People were eating and
drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.29But the day Lot
left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and
destroyed them all.30"It will be just like
this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
As in the days of Noah and Lot
- remnant saved, judgment fell, no one else was saved.
Revelation 10 talks about
7 thunders that were not to be written down. This seems to be an interlude between the trumpet judgments and the bowl
judgments since the 7th trumpet judgment ushers in the 7 bowl judgments.
4And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to
write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said
and do not write it down." 5Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on
the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who
created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it,
and said, "There will be no more delay! 7But in the days when the
seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to
his servants the prophets."
wonder if the angel standing on the land and the sea has anything to do with the beast of the earth and the
beast of the sea in Revelation 13.
Revelation 15-16 picks up from Revelation 10 after the information intermission of Revelation chapters
11-14. Revelation 16
describes the 7 bowl judgments of God's wrath. As bad as these bowl judgments are, you would think there would be
repentance and salvation - but no -
8The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and
the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. 9They were seared by the intense heat and
they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues,
but they refused to repent and glorify him. 10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was
plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony 11and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but
they refused to repent of what they had done.
The 7th bowl of God's wrath is poured out on Babylon and is
described in greater detail in Revelation chapters 17-18.
Then in Revelation 19:19-21, "the beastand the kings of the earthand their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse (JESUS,
THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS) and his army. 20But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophetwho had
performed the miraculous signson his behalf.With these signs he had deludedthose who had
received the mark of the beastand worshiped his image.The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lakeof burning sulfur. 21The rest of them were killed
with the swordthat came out of the mouth of the rider on the
horse,and all the birdsgorged
themselves on their flesh."
Jesus is victorious! He reigns for 1,000 years in Revelation 20, then lets Satan out of prison to deceive
the nations and gather them for battle against the LORD. The LORD devours them with fire from heaven then throws Satan into the
lake of burning sulfur with the beast and false prophet of Revelation 13 & 19, and with everyone else whose
names are not written in the book of life.
Revelation 21-22 go on to describe eternity with Jesus where we "live happily every
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