The Story of the Bible and the history of the world in a quick summary
In the beginning, God. Before all things in creation, there was God.
He created all things. - Genesis 1
He did it in 6 days... literally - Exodus 20:11
When He finished, it was very good.
He is a Spirit and by His unimaginable creativity He made everything we see, hear, touch, feel, taste, wonder about, etc. He made ALL things. His word tells us that all flesh is not the same flesh, but that bird, beasts of the field, fish, and mankind are made differently. He says that everything reproduces after its kind. Nothing reproduces another kind. He made it all just the way it is today. In the beginning it was perfect, it was very good. [see Book 3]
It was the human form of Jesus, who is the image of God, that He used as the blueprint for His design
While Jesus told us that God is a Spirit, we also know that the Divine Expression of God (the Word), the image of God, was something that God had imagined (the physical form of man) and this was the image in the mind of God at the very beginning whereby all things were made (by Him and for Him). Before the birth of Jesus Christ, God manifested His image on the earth several times to people in an angelic form (with Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, etc.). This image, or Divine Expression, was made flesh in the body of Jesus Christ. God actually became part of His creation by being born into it as we are. He is amazing beyond comprehension! [see Book 2]
He made us in His image, not only of his physical image (the body of Christ), but in His Spiritual image (our soul) as well.
Our five senses
The beauty of canyons, lakes, rivers, oceans, mountains, animals, birds, fish, etc...
The universe and the galaxies and everything in them
Love, joy, laughter
The human form in all of its complexity and beauty
He knew that given free will and left to our own devices that we would fall from His intended purpose and that we would sin. His plan was and is to save as many of us as is possible. He gave Himself, as a sacrifice for us, so that we might be saved from our sin and return to the glory He intended for us from the beginning. He's growing His crop, so to speak, and the culmination of His plan is coming to the full and is about to be a finished work! [see Book 2]
He put Adam and Eve in the beautiful Garden of Eden
They only had one rule
Don't eat of the tree in the middle of the garden
Satan, one of the angels God created when He created the universe, lied to Eve and deceived her
He asked her if God really said that... this is the same way he deceives us today a lot of times
He told her she could be as a god, herself
She believed him and ate of the tree
Adam "listened to the voice of his wife" instead of obeying God and ate as well when she gave him some
We don't know how long they were in the garden before they sinned, but we know it was sometime before Adam was 130 years old
Because of their disobedience, God expelled them from the garden and changed things in the world
Thorns and thistles came into being
Pain in child-birth
Having to till the ground by the sweat of your brow to grow food
Having to submit to another's rule
We know that Adam and Eve had many children (Genesis 5:4), but we're only told about three of them
Cain, Able, and Seth
Adam lived a total of 930 years and had many sons and daughters
Sin began to rule in the hearts of men
Cain killed Able because he was jealous of the favor God bestowed on Able
Able's offerings were acceptable to God
Cain's offering were not acceptable to God (he was probably unwilling to give God anything good from his harvest)
It is unknown how many other children had been born by then, but we know that Cain took a wife of one of his sisters or cousins
A very conservative estimate (the women only having one daughter every 20 years) is that there was likely over a million people on the earth by the time of Jared, and over a billion a thousand years later at the time of the flood.
The lifespan of people before the flood was in the hundreds of years and they were having sons and daughters continually
Everyone lived hundreds of years before the flood – and had sons and daughters
Seth was born when Adam was 130 years old to replace Able (who was the descendant that would produce the line which eventually produced Jesus)
In the time of Jared, who was born in the year 460 AA (After Adam), other selfish and wicked angels like Satan came to earth and corrupted the people of the earth by taking human wives and teaching them many evil things like war and the tools of war, abortion, witchcraft and sorcery, etc.
By the year 1550 AA (after Adam) there was only evil continually in the hearts of men and the earth was filled with violence
Gen 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
God destroyed the earth, but thanks to Noah he spared mankind - year 1656 AA
Noah loved the Lord and was obedient to Him
Noah was the great grandson of Enoch
Noah and Methuselah (Enoch's son and grandfather of Noah) preserved the words of Enoch
Noah was 600 years old at the flood and lived another 350 years after the flood
Noah only had three sons that we're told about, but no mention of how many daughters
The flood lasted a year
God opened the windows of heaven and the fountains of the great deep and flooded the entire earth
He preserved every kind of animal and Noah and his family on the Ark that He had Noah build
Noah built the ark sometime in the later part of that 100 years, most likely
The year 1946 AA, a man named Abraham was born
300 years after the flood
The lifespan of men started dwindling after the flood
Abraham had a 180 year lifespan
Some lived a few hundred years after the flood but now they are dying sooner and no longer having very long lives
This was mostly due to changes in the earth from the flood and was planned by God to sustain until now without too much over-population
Abraham loved the Lord so God chose Abraham to be the father of a people for Himself (Israel)
The world was already turning to sin, violence and wickedness again
Abraham had Isaac and Isaac had Jacob, who God renamed to "Israel"
Jacob (Israel) is the father of twelve sons who became the twelve tribes of Israel
God made a covenant with Abraham and promised him that his seed (offspring) would have the land of Israel and his seed would bless all the kindred of the earth
Around the year 2500 AA, God brought the Israelites out of Egypt and led them to the promised land
Joseph, the great grandson of Abraham, was sold by his brothers into slavery
Joseph never lost faith while a slave and in prison in Egypt
God gave him dream interpretation to impress Pharaoh
Joseph became the ruler of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh
He saved his family from the famine and forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery
They became a great nation in Egypt
Numbers 1:46 shows that there were over 600,000 men of military age while they were in the desert after coming out of Egypt
When you factor in the elderly, women and children, and the tribe of Levi, there would have been at least a couple million of them easily
During the time in Egypt, they were enslaved by the Egyptians, which God allowed because Israel worshipped the false gods of Egypt
Josh 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt
The power of God bringing them out was awesome
He sent many plagues against Egypt so they would give up and let the Israelites go
God opened up the Red Sea, with walls of water on both sides, so they Israelites could cross, and then collapsed the water on the Egyptians behind them
When Moses was on the mountain with God, getting the Law and the 10 Commandments, the people turned to worshipping a false god (a golden calf)
They spent 40 years in desert because of that sin – but even their garments did not wear out the whole time and God provided food
God established the law in the wilderness – to be a schoolmaster for us to know it's impossible to be righteous in our own strength
God brought Israel into the promised land (the promise He made to Abraham)
Israel is established forever and God put His name in Jerusalem.
Israel will never be wiped off the map as the Muslims are trying to do
Jesus will return and defend Israel when the Antichrist attempts to wipe it out in the last day
Israel disobeyed God when they came into the land
God knew that if they left the peoples and married the women where they had false religions, that the Israelites would be corrupted
They disobeyed God and allowed some of them to live among them
Because of this, they became corrupt many times during the next centuries and the Phillistines (Palistinians) are still a problem for Israel today
Judges 2:2-3 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.
450 years of Judges
God established Judges over Israel to help decide matters of dispute among the people
During the time of judges and the people did what was right in their own eyes
Then, they wanted a king like other peoples around them had
1 Sam 12:12-13 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king. Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired ! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.
Acts 13:21-23 And afterward they desired a king : and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
David, the great king and a man after Gods own heart, is the ancestor and blood line of Jesus Christ
David began the golden age of Israel
Solomon, Davids son, was the wisest man who ever lived
The next 500 years, the time of the Kings (2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles)
In the Bible, 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings are telling us of the same period of time as 1 and 2 Chronicles
Because of their sin of allowing the people of the lands with false religions to stay when they came into the promised land, the people of Israel went back and forth over and over
God forgave them every time they turned back to Him
Some kings were evil, but some were good and cut down the groves, destroyed the high places, etc., to eradicate the worship of false gods
Approximately 600 BC (3400 AA), the time of the Babylonian captivity
Prophets like Ezekiel and Jeremiah prophesied of the wickedness of Israel and how God was going to allow Babylon to conquer Israel
Daniel, a young man at the time Babylon conquered Israel, was taken to be a slave in the palace of Babylon
Daniel becomes a high official in Babylon due to Gods favor on him (because he loved the Lord)
God gives Daniel dream interpretation and many prophetic visions during his time in Babylon
Daniel 2 prophecy of the line kings (who control the known world) from the time of Babylon until return of Jesus
PROPHECY OF DANIEL - the line of kings from Babylon to the return of Jesus
Babylon (Babel) controls the known world at this time - this is the beginning of the prophecy of Daniel 2
Daniel interprets the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel chapter 2. He saw an image that had a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet of iron mixed with clay with ten toes of part iron and part clay. Each of these sections represents a world dominating power. Many nations have existed since that time, but the sections represent world domination (of the known world) as stated in Daniel 2:39.
A very popular theory for this passage is that it is a parallel prophecy of Daniel 7, where it lists the four kingdoms that will exist at the time of the return of Christ. This cannot be true for a couple reasons. First, there are five sections to the statue in Daniel 2 and there areonly four beasts in Daniel 7. Second, if we continue to read Daniel 7: 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.We see that the fourth beast, the little horn (the Antichrist and his one world government), is destroyed and the other three beasts (the lion, bear, and leopard) have their dominion taken away but they live on for a while. If this is a parallel prophecy with Daniel 2, then the empires (Babylon, Media/Persia, Greek, Roman) would all still have to be in existence when Christ returns, but they are not and can not. This is definitely a different prophecy with kingdoms differing from the kingdoms we see in Daniel 7. The common factor is that they end at the same place with the return of the Lord. So we know for certain that these are consecutive kingdoms and are not the same nations we find in Daniel 7. But, like other prophecies discussed in this book, the two have a common intersection at the end. When the stone smote the image and became a great mountain; verses 44 and 45 tell us that it's the same declaration as we found in Daniel 7:9. It is the end of this age when the Lord returns, casts down the nations and the governments of the world, and sets up His kingdom on the earth. Lastly, in Revelation 13 we see that the four beasts of Daniel 7 become one beast, the united government of the Antichrist (The New World Order). All four beasts exist at that time! They are not kingdoms of the past.
Gold – Babylon
Babylon ruled until the Medes and the Persians conquered Babylon in 539 BC.
Silver – Media-Persia
The Medes and Persians ruled until Alexander the Great defeated them in 331 BC.
Brass – Greece
The Grecian empire lasted until the Romans defeated them in 197 BC.
Iron – Rome
The Roman empire lasted about 500 years until it decayed from within and was overrun by barbarians around 300 AD. This was the largest of the empires controlling most of Europe and the Middle East nations. In 325 AD Emperor Constantine created the Catholic Church in an attempt to re-unify Roman rule and as time went on the Roman Catholic Church grew in power within the Western splinter of the old Roman Empire as well as the Eastern (or Greek) Orthodox Catholic Church until Charlemagne was crowned "Emperor" of the Holy Roman Empire in 800 AD. During this same period of time, the Islamic Empire in the Middle East was rising and became the Islamic Ottoman Empire around 1300 AD.
Iron and Clay – Holy Roman / Islamic Ottoman Empire
The iron is mingled with clay because it’s a continuation of the Roman Empire via the Holy Roman Empire but was broken in two parts, co-existing with the Islamic Ottoman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire controlled the nations of the northern Roman Empire (Europe) while the Islamic Empire controlled the Middle Eastern nations of the Roman Empire. Both of these Empires together comprised the total area controlled by the Roman Empire.
The language used in this prophecy says that this kingdom is “divided” and “partly strong and partly broken”. It is divided because it is two kingdoms who controlled the same area.
The Holy Roman Empire was founded when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne in 800 AD and proclaimed him to be the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire has risen and fallen many times since then (partly strong and partly broken) and has always been ruled by both a religious leader and a political leader. We still have a “Charlemagne prize” which was awarded to Bill Clinton in 2000 and was awarded to Javier Solana in 2007. This prize is awarded to the person who does the most for the reunification of Europe.
The Islamic Empire began after Muhammad created his monotheistic Muslim religion and it spread rapidly among Arab nations. It, like the Holy Roman Empire, rose and fell many times (partly strong and partly broken) until the Ottoman Empire was founded around 1300 AD and continued until 1923. The modern Arab League mirrors the EU in that is uniting the Muslim nations in the same type of economic cooperative but membership is based on it's Muslim culture rather than geographic locality.
Both of these Empires still exist in spirit within the nations they controlled. The EU and the Islamic Nations of the Middle East.
The Bible tells us that the Antichrist and the False Prophet of the bible will revive and unite these two kingdoms to create the End Time world government, the New World Order. This is the iron mingled with clay that follows the Roman Empire, the last kingdom that will exist before the return of Christ, and will be the power base that the Antichrist uses to control the world.
The ten toes agree with the ten horns, or ten kingdoms we talked about in the “Modern nations in the Bible” chapter. Meaning there will be a ten nation, or ten state union in the end time that will produce and give power to the Antichrist as shown to us in Revelation 17:8-14. It's interesting that Russia has ten "states" today. It’s also interesting that the Western European Union, the military wing of the EU, is a group of ten nations that Javier Solana heads up. It's absolutely certain that European nations will be part of the New World Order, and the ten kings could come from Europe. It's also possible that the ten nations will emerge from the Islamic nations giving their power to what they will believe is their Mahdi.
Verse 44 predicts that, “in the days of these kings”, in the days of the Holy Roman Empire, will the God of heaven set up His kingdom which shall never be destroyed.
This is the same declaration as the one we saw in Daniel 7 and the seventh trumpet: Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
That means that the Holy Roman / Islamic Ottoman Empire will be the last world dominating power and will exist when Jesus returns to set up His kingdom. I am certain that this will be a union of Roman Catholicism and Islam, as you can see in chapter 7.
The prophecy of Daniel's 70 weeks
70 weeks (of years) - 490 year prophecy but last 7 broken out from the bulk (for a reason)
Dan 9:24-27 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The first 69 weeks were fulfilled after the command to rebuild Jerusalem - 483 years to Jesus Christ
He, "the prince that shall come", (the Antichrist) will confirm the covenant for one week (a week of years).
The final 7 years are yet to come, and will be marked by the Confirmation of the Covenant, which will be when the world (the UN, EU, Arab League, and other nations of the world) defines the borders of Israel and establishes the status of Jerusalem
From Abraham to Joseph 250 years
Joseph to Moses approx 200 years (about 400 years total from Abraham to the Exodus)
Moses to David 450 years
David to Daniel approx 500 years
Daniel to Jesus about 600 years
4000 AA - 0 BC/AD - Jesus Christ was born
From approximately 0 to around 33 AD the following were all fulfilled
Jesus was born and God Himself was manifest in the flesh of Jesus Christ
John 1:14 And the Word [the Divine Expression of God] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1 Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
The Jews didn't like what Jesus taught and preached, so they killed Him
He died sinless but was tempted just as we are
He paid the penalty for OUR sin and died in our place so we can live into eternity with Him
He rose again after 3 days
He spent 40 days with the disciples and taught them many things, of which only some is shown to us in the New Testament Epistles
He was seen by hundreds of people, and confirmed to be risen from the dead
1 Cor 15:4-8 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
He was then taken up into heaven and is now the "right hand of power" of God, where He is the body of God, the image of the invisible God, the Express image of Gods person
Luke 22:69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Col 2:9 For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
2 Corinthians 4:4 … Christ, who is the image of God
Hebrews 1:3 (Jesus is) ... the express image of his (God's) person
Colossians 1:15 (Jesus) Who is the image of the invisible God
70 AD Jerusalem and Temple destroyed as prophesied by Jesus
Matt 24:1-2 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
John imprisoned on Isle of Patmos for his faith in Jesus
There, John was given the visions of Revelation (the Revelation of Jesus Christ)
Jesus is the mystery of God, therefore His revelation is monumental
The "things which must shortly come to pass"
325 AD the inception of the Catholic church – almost a certainty to be the opening of the first Seal
The seals and trumpets and prophecies of the last days, including Daniels 70th week
2000 years from Adam to Abraham
2000 years from Abraham to Jesus
2000 year from Jesus to now (last day)
2000 years after Christ (NOW) - The time of the antichrist and false prophet
The final week of Daniels 70 weeks
The whole world will be fooled by the False Prophet doing miracles in the sight of men
The wrath of Satan (the Great Tribulation)
Islam (the coming One World Religion of the Antichrist) hates Jews and Christians and will hunt down and kill all Jews and Christians during the last 3.5 years
Jesus returns and treads the winepress of the wrath of God
He will take His people to be with Him first (in the clouds)
The Bowls/Vials (the wrath of God) are poured out to "destroy them that destroy the earth"
He destroys the Antichrist and False Prophet
Jesus sets up His kingdom on earth with us to rule and reign with Him for 1000 years
Many people die during the wrath of God, but there are some left after His wrath is finished
After the 1000 years is finished, the devil is destroyed along with the remaining wicked people who follow the devil
7000 years total
Eternity with God - into the next part of His glorious plan!
Rev 21:3-5 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow , nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
No more pain and no more sorrow, ever!
Walking and talking with Jesus as He lives among us!
Exploring the New Universe? I think it will be amazing beyond comprehension!
God told us many things about His plan in symbolic terms before they happen so that we would know what to expect. Many, many prophecies were given about Christ and about the times after Him all the way to the end of Gods plan and into eternity where He will dwell among us forever. [see Book 1]
I won't go into all of the specific prophecies in this summary but will pull them together to look at the plan as God has stated it in many different ways. There are many prophecies that tie into other prophecies and have common intersection points and common end points. [see Chapter 10]
The big picture starts in the book of Daniel where we are given a time frame of 490 years. The prophecy is split in parts in the scriptures where from the time after the Babylonian captivity from when Jerusalem was restored and rebuilt, to the Messiah is 483 years, and then another 7 year period that has yet to happen. Revelation gives us another look at the birth of Christ, the devils attempt to kill Him at His birth, and then a jump to the last years where the devil is thrown to earth and the time of the Great Tribulation comes upon the world. Daniel and Revelation also give us a lot of information about what the world will look like in terms of the nations of the world and religions of the world that will exist at the end time, and what the antichrist and false prophet will do to deceive the whole world (except for the Saints of God) at the end time. [see Chapters 7, 8, 10 and other parts of Book 1]
A quick look at the prophecies leading up to today
After the time of Jesus, some of the prophecies given by Jesus while He was here on earth came to pass. Like the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. [see Chapters 2 and 3]
After that, the spirits of Catholicism, Capitalism, Communism and Islam are sent into the world (the first four seals). During the last 1700 years or so, these spirits have been working. This is very important to understand. These spirits control the majority of the world today. [see Chapter 5]
Then in the last approximately 100 years we might have seen some of the Trumpets with World War 1, World War 2, the Chernobyl nuclear accident and the shortening of the days (the first four trumpets). There has been more death in the last 100 years than in the entire history of man, since the flood; due to wars, abortions, accidents like Chernobyl, etc. [see Chapter 6]
The next events that may or may not have already happened are the fifth seal and fifth trumpet. The fifth seal is the souls under the altar are told to rest just a little longer. Some people teach that the fifth trumpet could have been the gulf war, but I've found that it is not (all aspects of an event we think might be fulfillment of prophecy have to fit perfectly or it is NOT that event). [see Chapters 5 and 6]
What we're waiting for in the near future
The sixth trumpet will also sound at some point, but it's not certain if it will be before or after the Confirmation of the Covenant. This is a war that will kill a third of mankind, very likely to be World War 3. [see Chapter 6, 7 and 8]
The event we're looking for right now, that could happen any day, is the Confirmation of the Covenant. The confirmation of the covenant is this: there will be an international agreement to confirm the status of Jerusalem and the permanent borders of Israel. These things are being fought over right now with the Palestinians. The bible says that the Antichrist will confirm the covenant along with many others for 7 years. This event will be the beginning of the last 7 years of Daniels 490 years. It may be hard to identify the Antichrist at that time because he will be just one of many. [see Chapters 7 and 8]
Approximately 8 months (.7 years) after the Confirmation of the Covenant, the Antichrist will begin to take over the world. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
The Antichrist and the false prophet will team up around this time. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
The Jewish temple will be rebuilt and animal sacrifices will be resumed by the Jews. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
Jerusalem will be “surrounded by armies”, which is likely a picture of it being policed by UN and/or other forces to force peace in the Middle East. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
In the midst of this last 7 years (three and one half years in), the Antichrist will cause the animal sacrifices being performed in the rebuilt temple to cease, and will cause the “abomination of desolation” by either claiming to be God or acting in the place of God. That is when we will definitely know who he is. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
The false prophet will cause the world to worship the Antichrist. This will be made possible by the power given him by the devil himself. He will perform miracles before the world, like pulling fire from the sky. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
God's two witnesses will begin their prophecy at this time. They will not be able to be killed for the whole 3.5 years but will be killed at the very end. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
The bible tells us that they (the world) shall say, “peace and safety”. This is the call of the New World Order. The Antichrist will come in the name of peace to take over the world, and the bible says that the people of the world will be thinking they've finally made it, reveling and partying, proclaiming that mankind has finally done it and brought peace to the world! [see Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10]
The Antichrist will implement what's called the mark of the beast. It will very likely be a RFID type of system. They can put a chip under your skin today and they even have a tattoo ink that is RFID capable, so maybe that will be utilized. What's certain is that this will be forced upon all people and you won't be able to get a job, buy food, go to the doctor, have a bank account, or pretty much have any way to “buy or sell” unless you submit. This will undoubtedly come with some sort of oath or pledge of allegiance to the Antichrist and his government. It may even mean conversion to Islam. This will also be a superhighway straight to hell . Any person who takes the mark of the beast is condemned by God. It will be a horrible time for the people who worship the one true God, Jesus Christ. This is what is termed as the Great Tribulation. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
The Antichrist will “cause craft to prosper”. He will “understand dark sentences”. There will very likely be many people who will start to use dark and evil power to perform sorcery and witchcraft. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
What will the world of the end time look like?
The nations of the end time
The empires of the world from Babylon to today were foretold and since we live in a time where history proves what those prophecies were, we have the unique pleasure of seeing prophecy unfold. [see Chapters 4, 7, 8 and 10]
Daniel gives us two symbolic pictures of the end time governments.
In one perspective we see that there will be 4 kingdoms in existence at the end time and they will exist when Jesus returns, conquers them, and sets up His kingdom on the earth. These kingdoms mentioned specifically are Britain, Russia, Germany, and the final government of the New World Order that the Antichrist will rule. [see Chapter 4]
In the other perspective we see that the Medes and the Persians rule after Babylon, then the Greek empire, then the Roman, and finally the Holy Roman / Islamic Ottoman co-empires. Both of these final empires together comprised the total area controlled by the Roman Empire. From the Bible and history we learn that the final Antichrist empire will be a revived version of the empire that succeeds the Roman Empire. [see Chapter 7]
The bible tells us that this final (divided, co-empire) will be used as the world government of the Antichrist and his false prophet. The Antichrist will bring the Muslim world together, reviving the Ottoman empire, while the false prophet will bring in Europe, reviving the Holy Roman empire, and the two will unite them as one. The bible tells us that the Antichrist will rule the whole world, but it also says that during this last 3.5 years he will be fighting wars as he conquers more and more nations. Not all nations will fall under his rule in so short a time (the area which is now Jordan is one that is specifically mentioned to “escape out of his hand”, among others), but he will rule the last world dominating empire. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
The religion of the end time
The religion of the end time will be one where the false prophet will deceive the whole world and cause the world to worship the Antichrist by doing miracles such as pulling fire from the sky. This religion already exists but will be made universal by the power given the Antichrist and the false prophet by the devil. The bible doesn't specifically tells us what that religion will be called, but we can determine what it will be by looking at the facts. The world is pretty much dominated by Christianity and Islam. While Hinduism, Atheism and Communism make up most of the remainder, it doesn't look like they will play much of a role in the end time. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
Christianity today is full of churches proclaiming that all religions worship the same God and therefore we should embrace them. The Catholic church promotes that idea with Interfaith doctrine and goes as far as to state in the Catechism that the Muslims worship the same God as Christianity and therefore will enjoy the same salvation equally. This means that they think it doesn't matter if you're a Christian or a Muslim and that you can find salvation through either religion. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
The Muslims, on the other hand, have no such belief. In fact, Muslim doctrine teaches that Jesus is just a prophet, not the manifestation of God in the flesh, and that He will return at the end time to teach Christians the Muslim way and convert them. The prophecies of the Bible and the Muslim prophecies concerning the Antichrist (the Muslim Mahdi) and the false prophet (the Muslim Jesus) mirror each other but the good guys of Islam are the bad guys of the Bible. This is a very good indication that the Antichrist will rise as the Mahdi of Islam and will unite the Christian world with him via the false prophet and create a global Islamic religion. The bible tells us that this end time religion will be forced upon people or they will be killed if they refuse. The Muslim prophecies tell us that the Muslims will kill any who won't convert to Islam. [see Chapters 7, 8 and 10]
Then, “sudden destruction shall come upon them”. With a shout, with the sound of a trumpet, Jesus will come with power and glory as the lightning comes from the east to the west. The whole world will see him. The Lord will return and He will reap His own, gathering them up to Him in the clouds, and then the wrath of God will be poured out on the world. [see Chapters 9 and 10]
When Jesus touches down on the Mount of Olives it will split and the world will shake with the greatest earthquake the world has never seen. It will rock the entire world and Rome will be destroyed. [see Chapter 10]
He will wipe out the armies gathered for the Battle of Armageddon and will set up the Kingdom of God and will reign on the earth with His saints for 1000 years. [see Chapter 10]
There will be unsaved people remaining alive on the earth. [see Chapter 10]
The Antichrist and the false prophet are tossed into the lake of fire. [see Chapter 10]
Satan is bound for the 1000 years. [see Chapter 10]
After 1000 years Satan is loosed and again deceives the people of the earth and comes against God only to be wiped out with fire from heaven. [see Chapter 10]
Judgment day. [see Chapter 10]
New heavens and new earth. [see Chapter 10]
The chosen saints will dwell with Jesus forever. [see Chapter 10]