The next event in fulfillment of biblical prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus to receive His followers. This is a great source of hope for those who belong to Him by faith.
Believers who are alive, as well as those who have passed on, will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. His return will be literal and bodily and can occur at any time.
Soon after this event, the Lord’s followers will appear before Him to receive rewards according to the faithfulness with which they have served Him here on earth.
Following this, the world, in outright rebellion against Christ, will follow a captivating pretender to the throne: the Antichrist. He will deceive the nations and will lead them in rebellion against the real Christ. God’s holy wrath will be poured out upon a godless world during an intense period of time lasting seven years.
This time of unprecedented judgment of God upon the earth, will commence with the Antichrist deceiving Israel into a peace treaty. Though the tribulation upon the earth will be great, God will use it to bring many Jews to salvation.
This time of “great tribulation” will be brought to an end by the return of the Lord Jesus in power and glory. He will return with His previously “raptured” sons and daughters to establish His 1000 year kingdom on earth with Jerusalem as its capital.
During this “Millennial reign of Christ” on earth, the whole world will be filled with the knowledge of God. And it is during this time that faithful God will fulfill His covenant promises to Israel. Jewish people will repent and turn to their Messiah and He will restore them to the land He promised and which they forfeited through disobedience.
At the end of the Millennium, the Lord Jesus will summon all those who have rejected Him and who have refused His pardon, to a time of final judgment. Unsaved people will join Satan and his false messiah in eternal and conscious torment away from the presence of the Lord and from everything that is good.
Believers, on the other hand, will enter into a new reality where there is no longer any sin or death or pain or tears. It is heaven. It is real. It is characterized by unbounded joy in the presence of the King of kings forevermore. This is the great hope of all those who have put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.
Isaiah 11; 65:17-25;
Ezekiel 37; Daniel
12:1-10; Matthew 24-25;
John 5:22, 28-29; 6:39-40; 14:1-3;
Acts 1:10-11; 15:13-18; 2:29-30;
Romans 8:10-11; 18-21; 11:25-27;
1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:35-54;
2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:20-21;
1 Thessalonians 4:13:18;
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; 2:7-12;
Revelation 16; 19:11-19; 20:1-15; 21:1-27; 22:1-21