X ESCHATOLOGY - Doctrine of Last Things or the Teaching of Last Things

The next event in God's plan is the end of the Dispensation of Grace, prophesized in 1 Timothy 4:1-6 and 2 Timothy 3:1-7, with the end brings in the tribulation period and then comes the 6th administration since creation followed by the 7th dispensation, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time Ephesians 1:10, also call the Kingdom of God Psalm 45:6, Luke 11:1-4 or Eternal Kingdom 2 Peter 1:11, Daniel 4:3. The 6th dispensation will end the earthly kingdom, the Dispensation of the Kingdom ends with man's failure; the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time will never end or fail because all evil, wickedness, sin and the cause for sin will be gone Revelation 20, the final dispensation God makes a new heaven and new earth Revelation 21-22, lasting forever.

The order of event revealed in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, three things move from the prophetic announcement to the fulfillment of 1 Timothy 4:1-6 and 2 Timothy 3:1-8 of todayís dispensation. During the life of the Apostle Paul's writings the Rapture had not occurred (referred to in verse 1 of 2 Thessalonians 2, the Lordís coming and believers gather to Him), which ends the Dispensation of Grace, these prophecies will be fulfilled, the apostasy which reached its fulfillment, the Rapture and then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, (v2 Thessalonians 2:7-8, the body of Christís believers filled with the Holy Spirit who are the stewards of the dispensation will be Rapture). These two events, the rebellion and the revealing, are mention together it looks as if they happen in consecutive order with the Rapture in the middle of them, because these events have not occurred the Day of the Lord has not occurred no matter what anyone says. The Day of the Lord is when He literally return to earth and sets up the 6th dispensation.

Also, in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 the Word reveals that the Lawless one will have a time of oppression directed to those who call on the real God. This shows he is godless and evil but it also state he will be destroyed. He is self-centered in his evil and pride as Satan was when he opposed the things of God, the lawless one makes himself a god. He is identified as the Anti-Christ of the Tribulation Period, 1 John 2:18-22, Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31, Daniel 12:11, Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14. The Anti-Christ is the beast of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. He will be empowered by Satan with the same doom, Revelation 13:12-18, Revelation 14:9-11, Revelation 15:2, Revelation 16:2 10-13, Revelations 17:1-17, Revelation 19:19-20, Revelation 20:4, Revelation 20:10.

The event which ends the Church age called His Body is the Lord Jesus coming in the clouds to gather up all His saints since the world began. This event is imminent and is known as the Rapture of the Church, it includes all saints in ages past and the believers in the Church today who are "in Christ" 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

Immediately following the rapture of the Church called the mystery or equality, the Body of Christ today made up of all the saints since the beginning of the world, the world will enter a seven year period known as The Tribulation. This is the prophesize delayed punitive judgment on Israel's Dispensation of Promise and includes the punitive judgment of the Dispensation of Grace. The Tribulation is God's punitive judgment on the non-believers left behind after the Rapture, (2 Thess 2; the book of Revelation 1-22).

During the punitive judgment of the tribulation God works His judgment and calls out a remnant of the nation of Israel saving them by the message of the cross of Jesus Christ commissioning them to preach the gospel, also a innumerable number of Gentiles are saved who are not Jewish which respond to the gospel at this time, Romans 9:27, 28, Revelations 7.

This period, also known as "Daniel's 70th. Week", will be divided into two three and one half year periods. The second three and one half year period will be characterized by pain and tumult on the earth such as has never been seen. The total tribulation is known as the period in which God's wrath is poured out on the earth (Dan. 8:19; I Thess. 1:10). Believers of The Dispensation of Grace will escape the Tribulation Period by the Rapture as did other believers did in other dispensation which came to an end, (Adam/Eve, Noah, Abraham's family after the tower of Babel, Rapture of believers of Jews and Gentiles, and those alive at the end of the 1000 yr. Millennial Kingdom) (1Thess. 5:1-11).

The beginning of tribulation, the ruptured saints will stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Bema Seat, 2 Cor 5:10; Romans 14:8-12), and receive rewards for the quality of their works performed. They will be with Christ during the Tribulation and come back with Him at His Second Coming to earth to reign (1 Corinthians 6:1-4). At the end of the Tribulation the Lord comes with His saints to judge the nations, the Battle of Armageddon occurs and He sets up His kingdom for a 1,000 year or millennium reign (Rev. 16:16-21, 19:11-21, 20:1-6).

The saints from all dispensations will be with Christ for these 1,000 years. The Body of Christ, (1 Cor. 6:1-3, 2 Tim. 2 2:12, Jer. 33:19-26) and those saints which come out of the Tribulation by death, which did not worship the Beast or receive his mark, will reign with Him in their glorified bodies, (Rev. 20:4-6). Those still on earth that were saved and escaped martyrdom go into the 1000 years with natural bodies and reproduce. All non-believers will be put to death in the judgments of the tribulation either by the plagues or vials judgment or finally during the battle of Armageddon. The Book of Revelation expounds these truths, (Rev. 9, 16-17).

Satan will be bound during the Millennium Reign of Christ. At the end of the millennial Satan is loosened he gather an army against Christ Jesus our God and savior for the battle of Gog and Magog. Those who Satan gathers are some of the children who would not except Jesus Christ and His rule. Jesus Christ will destroy this army  with the Word of His mouth (Rev. 20:7-10). Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire forever.

After Satan's destruction, there is the Great White Throne Judgment. All those who ever lived before and rejected God in Christ will be judged by their works and whoever was not in the Book of Life are thrown into the Lake of Fire which is the second death. Satan and all those at the Great White Throne will suffer eternal torment (Rev 20:10-14).

At the end of the millennial reign, God will make a new heaven and earth which will last forever where there will be no sin, enjoyment and everlasting life as God originally wanted men to experience (Rev 21-22).

A. The Rapture:

  1. It is a mystery which had not been revealed in other dispensations (1 Cor. 15:51).
  2. It ended the Dispensation of Grace (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
  3. All saints since creation will be risen who are "in Christ" (1 Thess. 4:16 cf. Eph. 2:12-13; Heb. 11:13-16; John 17:20-26; Gal. 4:28 cf. 3:29).
  4. It can happen at any moment (Phil. 3:10, 11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15).
  5. Believers are delivered from God's wrath which occurs in the seven years of tribulation (1 Thess. 1:10; 1Thess. 5:1-11).
  6. It ends Daniel's gap prophecy for Israel (Dan. 9:26) and the 70th. week begins with God dealing with Israel as a covenant people .

B. The Tribulation

  1. It is a seven year period divided into two three and one half year periods (Dan 9:24-27; Rev. 12:14).
  2. It is characterized by great suffering and anguish (Matt. 24:6-7).
  3. God's wrath will be poured out in judgments (Rev. 6, 8, 9,16).
  4. A great number of gentiles will be saved (Rev. 7).
  5. It ends with a great battle at Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).
  6. It ends with the remnant nation of Israel converted (Rom. 11:25, Rom 9:27, 28) and Christ coming to earth to reign with His saints.
  7. This is the judgment of both the Dispensation of Promise and the Dispensation of Grace (or Equality).

C. Millennium - 1,000 year Reign of Christ (Rev. 20:4)

  1. Saints rule with Christ (Is. 25:2-3; I Cor. 6:2,3; Rev. 2:26; 22:5).
  2. Characterized by peace (Isa. 2:4; 11:5-9).
  3. Israel possessing the land promised (Is. 14:1,2; 26:1,15; 49:6, 8-26).
  4. Satan bound (Rev. 20:3).
  5. Long life restored (Isa. 65:20) and death to the disobedient.
  6. There will be fair rule (Ps. 9:7-10; Is. 9:6, 7). Which will be characterized by strong rule and controls.  Men will be and kept in line by a just system and rule. (Rev. 2:26, 27; 12:5; 19:15).
  7. The end of the Millennium will be marked by the Battle of Gog and Magog.  Satan will be loosened from the pit, and many who are in pre-resurrected bodies will following him to attack the Lord of Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ will destroy them by the Word of His mouth (Rev. 20:7-10).
  8. The obedient believers who were not martyred but died during the tribulation and Millennium  will be raised at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:5).

D. Judgments

  1. The believers at the Bema Seat (2 Cor 5:10, Romans 14:8-12).
    1. Spiritual works rewarded (1 Cor. 3:13).
    2. Fleshly works burned (1 Cor. 3:15).
    3. Eternal joy, (1 Peter 4:3,4, Isaiah 35:10, Psalm 21:6).
    4. Free forever from sin (John 14:2; Rom. 8:18; I Thess. 4:17; Rev. 21:3-8; 22:1-6, 14-16) and
    5. A new heaven and a new earth (Eph. 1:10; Rev. 21:1).
  2. Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11-15).
    1. After Millennium.
    2. For all unbelieving dead.
    3. All cast into Lake of Fire with Satan and angels.
    4. Eternal State of punishment for unsaved (Matt. 25:41, 46; John 3:36; Jude 7).


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