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Dr. Mike Johnston

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors (Matthew 24:33)

The Bible is divided into prophecy for Israel, and mystery for the church. The rapture of the church is a mystery. It is an imminent event, and requires no signs. What follows in this study are signs of the Second Coming or Revelation of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, Israel to set up the Millennial Kingdom in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7:16).

Dr. John Walvoord taught that one out of every four verses in the Bible are prophecy. This makes our study here very exciting in that the Lord Jesus promised prophetic signs heralding His return. Never in history have all these predicted events lined up together. While there is some debate among prophecy teachers regarding the sequence of these signs, the following outline (which is representative rather than exhaustive) provides a suggested scenario.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not including the mystery of the Rapture since Paul alone received this as a revelation directly from the Lord Jesus. The Body of Christ that appeared as a mystery (Rom. 16:25) will also disappear in a mystery (1 Corinthians 15:51-53; see 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; 3:5; Titus 2:13) when “the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25). The rapture of the church is imminent, pre-tribulational, and requires no signs. It is therefore not factored in here. These signs herald the Revelation of Christ to earth (Zech. 14:4; Matt. 24:29; Rev. 19:11) at the completion of the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble (Jer. 30:7). [1]

  1. World Wars – Matthew 24:1-8. World wars are referred to as “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”. Prophecy scholar Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum notes that in Jesus’ day this was a common Jewish idiom for “world wars”. The prophetic significance of World War II which was considered by many historians as simply a continuation of WW1 should not be ignored in that it facilitated the re-establishment of the nation Israel May 14, 1948 that began with the signing of the Balfour Declaration in 1917.
  2. The Re-Birth of Israel – Isaiah 11:12; 66:8; Ezekiel 20:33-38; 22:17-22; 36:1,8,24; 37:21; Zephaniah 2:1-2.World War II opened the door for Jewish repatriation of the land of Israel (Ezekiel 20). Please understand how miraculous this event was in that no other nation in the world has ever been erased from the world map and reappeared later. Only God’s inerrant, inspired Word could have predicted this important event over two thousand years before it happened. [593 BC]
  3. Jerusalem Under Jewish Control – Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; II Thessalonians 2:3-4; and Revelation 11:1-2. The re-capture of the city of Jerusalem in the 6 day war of 1967 has laid the foundation for the eventual rebuilding of a Third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock looms over the city. The quest for control of the city of David has made Jerusalem an international cup of trembling (Zech. 12:2) as Islamists surrounding the Holy City pummel her with missiles and gunfire. We must keep in mind how important Jewish control of Jerusalem is in that the King of kings returns here to establish the covenanted Davidic Kingdom (2 Sam. 7:16) following Daniel’s Seventieth Week (Dan. 9:24-27).
  4. The (Gog/Magog) Invasion of Israel – Ezekiel 38:1 – 39:16. Many scholars teach this is Russia followed by her Islamic allies that will attempt to come from the north parts for a “spoil” but are soundly defeated when God suddenly intervenes for Israel (Ezekiel 38-39) in order to sanctify his Holy name and as a result saves Israel from what would be certain destruction. Recent news reports find this coalition rapidly coagulating.
  5. The Final 10 Kingdom New World Order – Daniel 7:23-74; Revelation 13-18. The world has been divided into ten “kingdoms” or regions by international kingpins including the Bilderbergers and the Club of Rome. Termed the New World Order, [2] Henry Kissinger boasted that Barak Hussein Obama was being primed to lead this international coalition. In Daniel 7:23 we are given the exact sequence of the next prophetic events in chronological order. Many people have missed this and as a result have misplaced other end times events. But the scriptures are clear that as a result of the defeat of Russia and her Islamic allies in Ezekiel 38-39, a power vacuum will exist that will provide the perfect opportunity for the rise of a one world government and a diabolical leader empowered by Satan (Rev. 13:2-4). NOTE: Ex-PLO terrorist Walid Shoebat makes a compelling argument that these 10 nations are in the Middle East and are all Islamic. As time draws near, brother Shoebat’s scenario is becoming much more reasonable. We shall keep our eye on the East.
  6. The Rise of the Antichrist – Daniel 7:24; II Thessalonians 2:1-3; Revelation 11-14. Once the world has been divided into ten regions, the “Antichrist” or “man of sin” will begin to rise. The Antichrist will be the most wicked man ever and will be indwelt by Satan himself during the Tribulation period. The Antichrist will be one part of the unholy satanic trinity of Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet. It is likely the Antichrist will be revealed sometime shortly before the Tribulation period starts and before the signing of the covenant for seven years. NOTE: Brother Shoebat teaches this is the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi who fits perfectly the Antichrist description laid out for us in Daniel 7-12, and Revelation 11-19. I can’t be dogmatic here, but again Shoebat’s arguments are very compelling in light of unfolding headlines.
  7. The Tribulation-Seven Year Covenant (Day of the Lord; Time of Jacob’s Trouble)- Daniel 9:27 (foreshadowed in Isaiah 28:14-22). Antichrist is presented to the world as a man of peace [3]who will usher in a false sense of security for Israel by signing a seven year peace treaty (Jeremiah 8:11; Ezekiel 13:10; Daniel 8:25; 9:27; I Thessalonians 5:1-3). Walid Shoebat teaches that the Imam will do likewise. This will no doubt inaugurate the seventieth week of the 70 that were determined for Israel (Dan. 9:24). Called the tribulation or the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) this week of years will be the bloodiest most wicked period in history.
  8. The Abomination of Desolation – Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; 24:15-16. This event takes place at the middle of the Tribulation period when the Antichrist stands in the newly rebuilt Third Temple and proclaims that he is God on earth. This is the event in which Israel is specifically warned about and that when they see it happen to flee to the hills.
  9. Armageddon – Joel 3:1-2; Zechariah 14:1-2; Revelation 16:13-16; 19. Using signs and wonders (2 Thess. 2:9-10; Rev. 16:14), spirits of devils seduce the world to Armageddon where they- in allegiance with Antichrist- are poised to destroy Israel when they are surprised by the return of Christ who gloriously appears in the sky taking vengeance on her enemies that are also His.
  10. The Revelation (aka the Second Coming): Christ comes publicly with His saints to set up His Millennial Reign in Jerusalem – Jude 1:14-15; Revelation 19:11-21). As we have stated, the Second Coming- aka the Revelation of Jesus Christ- will occur at the end of the time of Jacob’s trouble, aka the Tribulation period. Israel will finally realize the one they rejected, pierced and murdered at Calvary, is in reality their long awaited Messiah.
  11. The Millennium Kingdom – Revelation 20. This is the fulfillment of the promised Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7:16) where Christ will preside over the peace and prosperity of the world from Jerusalem for one thousand years. Satan and his evil sidekicks – the Antichrist and False prophet – will be confined and the earth will be renovated. NOTE: You can read about this glorious era in Isaiah 2; 11-12; 14; 35; 52; 61-62; 65-66.
  12. Eternity Future Begins – Revelation 21-22.

[1] You may order our booklet: The Rapture and the Revelation – Mystery vs. Prophecy in Light of Dispensational Truth

[2] On the back of the one Dollar Bill, the writing under the bottom of the pyramid reads “Novus Ordo Seclorum”, which is the New World Order.

[3] Only Christ can being peace. Antichrist, however, will attempt to introduce world peace in a government takeover devoid of Jesus. It will last approximately 42 months at which time he will enter the temple claiming himself to be Israel’s Messiah (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

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