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Prophecy Update 2013-03-03

Sunday, 03 March 2013

-For the benefit of those who weren’t with us last Sunday, we did something a little bit differently than what we usually do for our updates. -Actually, it was not only the prophecy update it was also in our study through the book of Romans that I sensed the Lord was leading me. -More specifically as it relate to Bible Prophecy, the Lord had confirmed to me that it was incumbent upon me to go back to the basics.


-So, that’s what we began last week, and that’s what we’ll complete this week, in the sense that we’ll get back to the basic fundamentals. -The main reason for this is that we as a church with all the confusion out there must be more solid in “why” we believe, “what” we believe. -Then, when not if, we’re asked we’re not only able to give to every man an answer of what we believe, but why we believe what we believe.


Revelation 1:3 NIV Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.


Revelation 1:19 NIV "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.


-The reason for reading these two verses in Revelation chapter one is that they “reveal” to us two features unique to the Book of Revelation. -The first one is in verse three, which basically tells us that anyone who reads, hears, and takes to heart what’s written in it will be blessed. -This means that Revelation is the only book of all the books in the Bible promising a blessing to those who read, hear, and take it to heart.


-The second unique feature to the book of Revelation is that verse nineteen gives to us, as one Bible teacher refers to it, a “divine outline.” -The Apostle John is told to write what he had seen, (past tense), what is now, (present tense), and what takes place later, (future tense). -By giving to us this divine outline, we can divide the book into three parts; that which had already happened, is happening, and will happen.






What you have seen… (Past)


Jesus Christ


What is now (Present)

2 & 3

Church History (Church mentioned 19 times)


What will take place later (Future)

4 & 5

The Rapture


What will take place later (Future)

6 -19

The Tribulation (Church not mentioned)


What will take place later (Future)


The Millennium


What will take place later (Future)

21 & 22

The New Heavens & Earth


-Given that this is how we sort of painted the canvass with a broad brush, we’re now better prepared to fill in some of the prophetic blanks. -However, let me first preface it by saying that we are currently on the cusp of Revelation 4:1 where John is caught up “after these things.” -In other words, after the things related to the church presently, we have everything that must happen yet future, or what must be hereafter.


Pastor Chuck Smith in his book “The Calvary Chapel Distinctives” writes, “The Rapture can take place at any time. There are no prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled before the Rapture occurs. …In [Revelation] chapter four, verse one, when He's finished with the messages to the churches, He introduces a new section with the Greek word, 'metatauta' (after these things), that He also used in 1:19. We need to ask, "After what things?" After the things of chapters two and three. The things of chapters two and three are the things of the church. So after the things that pertain to the church we read, "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." (Rev 4:1).


-I share that to say this, everything that has yet to happen can’t happen until the rapture happens, which is why this will be our starting point.






The Rapture

Before the Tribulation

"Born Again" Christians, will be taken up to meet Jesus Christ in the air at which time He takes us to the place He’s prepared for us in His Father’s house. (1 Thes 4:17, 1 Cor 15:51-52, John 14:1-3)

Twinkling of an Eye

First Resurrection

Starts at Rapture

A bodily resurrection of those who died "in Christ" are taken up to meet together with us, who are alive at the Rapture. (1 Thes 4:17, Rev 20:5)

End of the Tribulation

The Tribulation

After Rapture

The Anti-Christ enforces a Mid-East peace agreement, then commits the abomination of desolation after 3 ½ years. The Jews flee to Petra, and God's wrath is poured out on the earth, which leads to the battle of Armageddon. (Dan 9:24-27, 12:7, 14, Rev 11:2 12:5-6)

Seven Years

Second Coming

After Tribulation

The Lord returns to the earth with us His bride. Every eye will see, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. (Rev 1:7)

No Duration Mentioned

The Millennium

After Second Coming

The Devil is cast in the bottomless pit. Those who don’t take the mark are beheaded & will serve Christ as the Bride seated with Christ. (Rev 20:3-5)

1,000 Years

The Final Battle

After Millennium

The Devil is loosed, deceives a multitude and gathers them to battle. Fire comes down from God out of heaven & devours them. The Devil is cast into the lake of fire and tormented day and night forever and ever. (Rev 20:7-10)

No Duration Mentioned

The Final Judgment

After the Final Battle

At the great white throne judgment, every man is judged. The book of life is open, we are rewarded according to our works and not part of the white throne judgment. (Rev 20:11, 22:12)

No Duration Mentioned

The Second Death

After Final Judgment

Death and hell are cast into the lake of fire, along with anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life. (Rev 20:14)

For All Eternity

New Heaven and New Earth

After Second Death

The new Jerusalem comes down from God out of heaven. God Himself will be with us and will wipe away all tears from our eyes; there will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain. (Rev 21:1-4)

For All Eternity