This brings us to the second great prophetic event of triumph that we can look forward to — the Second Coming. The Bible says Jesus will return to this earth at the end of the seven years of the Great Tribulation. This will occur when the Jewish people have come to the end of themselves through the persecution of the Antichrist, motivating them to turn their hearts to God Zechariah At that point Jesus will speak a supernatural word and the Antichrist and his forces will be instantly annihilated in the Valley of Armageddon Zechariah and 2 Thessalonians Jesus will then resurrect the Old Testament Saints Daniel and the Tribulation Martyrs Revelation , giving them their glorified bodies.
He will proceed to judge all those still living, both Gentiles and Jews Matthew and Ezekiel The Saved will be allowed to enter the Millennium in the flesh. The Unsaved will be consigned to death and Hades. The Bible says that those of us in glorified bodies will reign with Jesus over those in the flesh for a thousand years, during which time the earth will be flooded with peace, righteousness, and justice. During those thousand years, God is going to fulfill four promises He has made, as outlined below.
Jesus was humiliated the first time He came. He was rejected by His own people. He was mocked, scourged, and murdered. During the Millennium He will receive the honor He is due, and He will be glorified in history. Repeatedly in the Hebrew Scriptures, the promise is made that God will one day redeem His creation. Isaiah 11 says the wolf will dwell with the lamb and the lion will eat straw with the ox Isaiah Peter affirmed this promise in his sermon to the Sanhedrin Council when he declared Acts :.
God is going to redeem all of His creation, returning it to the original perfection that existed when He created it. Again, the Hebrew Scriptures speak of this promise many times. One example can be found in Micah where the prophet emphasizes that the Messiah will bring peace:. He will judge between many peoples and render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war. The prophet Isaiah emphasizes the righteousness and justice that the Messiah will bring to the world Isaiah :. God will regather all the believing Jews in the world who are left alive at the end of the Tribulation, and they will be established as the prime nation of the world Deuteronomy He will then fulfill all the promises He has ever made to them. Consider, for example, the incredible promises of Isaiah 60 which God made to the Jewish people — promises that have never yet been fulfilled:.
The prophet Zechariah describes the Millennial glory of Israel with some remarkable imagery Zechariah :. What a statement that is! It means the centuries of persecution of the Jews will finally come to an end. No longer will they be the butt of jokes or the target of harassment or the victims of murder. This is a promise made many times in the Scriptures, both in the Old Testament and the New. Then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.
The Redeemed will be removed from this planet to the New Jerusalem which Jesus has been preparing for us.
Out of that fiery inferno will come a new heaven and a new earth that will serve as our eternal abode. We will be lowered down inside the New Jerusalem to the new earth, and God Himself will come to earth to live among us. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. Notice the one to whom all these promises are made: the overcomer. In 1 John 5 we find a definition of an overcomer:.
If you have put your trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you are an overcomer, and you are an heir of all these promises. Now I hope you can better understand the meaning of two great passages written by the Apostle Paul. Anyone living a century ago would have found these words nearly impossible to comprehend. Jerusalem in ancient times had been fought over countless times, but for four centuries from the city had been at peace within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire. Jews lived there as a minority under Turkish rule.
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The Old Testament prophet Zechariah was used by God to reveal a great deal about end-time events and the second coming of the Messiah. In Zechariah Zechariah 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. In Zechariah Zechariah And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Reading these verses, it is possible to think that they apply to ancient events, as Jerusalem has been fought over repeatedly down through the ages.
However, chapter 14 makes clear that this is talking about future, not past, events. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity. Further in this same chapter we read of how those nations that came against Jerusalem will have to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Jesus Christ Zechariah Zechariah And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
These chapters of Zechariah are a prophecy about the events that precede and include the second coming of Jesus. Shortly before Zechariah, another Jewish prophet named Daniel lived during the time of the captivity of the Jews in Babylon. However, Jesus Christ confirmed this as a future event to precede His return compare Daniel Daniel And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate.
After rebelling against the Romans in A. An independent Jewish homeland was merely a dream for a small group of zealots a century ago. It was to be another 30 years before the dream was realized in In Daniel 11 we find an amazing prophecy about two leaders, the kings of the North and South, the heads of regions that were geographically north and south of the Holy Land.
To understand this prophecy we have to go to the time of Alexander the Great, who lived near the end of the fourth century B. Alexander figures prominently throughout the book of Daniel, even though Daniel did not know his name and never knew him personally. But God revealed to Daniel that after Babylon, Persia would arise as the greatest power of the region, to be followed in turn by Greece. Daniel 8 gives a vivid account of the coming clash between Persia and Greece. As you read it, remember that a horn symbolizes royal power and authority.
As foretold here in Daniel Daniel Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. In Daniel Daniel And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. The prophecy about his army not even touching the ground is a reference to the incredible speed with which he conquered the known world.
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All this was achieved in a very short time. Alexander died in B. Two of these established dynasties would have a profound effect on the Jewish people, caught in the middle between them. This was to continue from the time of Alexander until the middle of the second century B. In Daniel Daniel And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. We now see geopolitical conditions lining up for this inevitable clash.
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In Daniel 2 and 7 we see prophecies about four great gentile empires that would arise in the period between the time of Daniel and the coming establishment of the Kingdom of God Daniel Daniel And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Following the fall of Babylon in B.
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As we saw in the previous section, horns represent leaders or governments. Here these 10 horns symbolize 10 attempts to restore the Roman Empire to the power it had in ancient times. Various attempts at a restoration have taken place since the fall of the Western Roman Empire in A.
We find more details in Revelation Previous attempts to forge a united European empire, from Justinian in the sixth century through Charlemagne, Napoleon, Mussolini and Hitler, all involved force. Revelation 17 suggests this will be a voluntary union. When these 10 leaders receive power, they will then give their authority to a single leader.
Out of these will likely come the 10 nations or 10 leaders that form the final resurrection of the Roman Empire. Some have speculated that the 10 kings referred to in this prophecy will be leaders of 10 regions of the EU that will redraw the boundaries of Europe, ending the present nation-states. The 12 tribes of Israel were descended from his 12 sons.
Sometimes Israel is referred to as the northern kingdom and Judah as the southern kingdom. About years after the kingdom split, the northern tribes of Israel fell to Assyria and were deported by the Assyrians to the northern parts of their empire. We must also understand that the modern nation called Israel is really Judah, made up of Jews.