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Each section from now on to the end of the series (Part 11 on) will contain the timeline of Revelation so you can follow along easier. (below) Some of these events may not be in the order they actually occur due to having little information about when they occur in the Bible.
Below is the timeline of future events which are described in the Bible, or which are prerequisites to fulfill another prophecy. They are ‘almost’ entirely ordered chronologically and each point will be discussed in detail to help you identify them when they occur. I say almost because it’s unknown whether the destruction of Damascus, or the Russian/Syrian invasion of Israel will take place before or after the rapture.
The American collapse is a prerequisite for the one-world government, as long as America continues to be a Capitalist nation. America is also not found in the Bible by scholars today so this leads us to the question of why? The following are a few of the most likely reasons why America is no longer a super power in the book of Revelation. America’s Demise could be caused by: The rapture, losing its biblical values, an economic collapse, a pandemic, a war, riots, a supervolcano, a mega-earthquake or a combination of them. In 2019 America is the closest and strongest ally Israel has ever had. However nobody is found in the Bible to help defend Israel during the Gog/Magog invasion (Ezekiel 38) leading us to the conclusion that America must lose its superpower status.
In Isaiah 17 the Bible says that Damascus will be utterly destroyed. That is, destroyed and never inhabited again. We can be 100% sure this hasn’t taken place yet (in 2019) because the city exists and is called home to about 18 million people. The reason it won’t be inhabited again could be a hint at nuclear weapons use which, due to radiation, can render any location uninhabitable. This event could take place before or after the rapture, so it’s included before just in case. Take the destruction of the city as a warning of what is to come and evidence that the Bible is true. If you’re still sceptical read on for further prophecies of the future, or read it yourself for more which have already been fulfilled. This event could be before or after the rapture.
1 “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken; They will be for flocks
Which lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
3 The fortress also will cease from Ephraim, The kingdom from Damascus, And the remnant of Syria;
They will be as the glory of the children of Israel,” Says the Lord of hosts.
See Isaiah 17 for More
Russia and Syria Invade Israel
Russia (Magog), Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Libya and Syria will launch a combined surprise attack against Israel to claim the spoils in their possession which is likely to be natural resources such as the vast reserves of minerals, gas, technology, oil and even water. However, God will destroy these armies in the mountains of Israel and will rain fire on Russia and those who ‘dwell securely in the isles’. This event will likely speed up the need for a world saviour or ‘antichrist’ to solve the worlds turmoil and wars. This event could be before or after the rapture.
1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.
See Ezekiel 38 for More.
Ezekiel 38–39 foretells a massive future invasion of Israel by the armed forces of six nations. Five of those nations are identified in 38:5–6 with the names they bore in Ezekiel’s time. The first nation, Persia, is now the modern state of Iran. It is currently ruled by an Islamic fundamentalist government that is building significant military power, including the development of nuclear weapons. It has openly declared its commitment to the annihilation of the Jewish State of Israel.
The second nation, Ethiopia, was not the same as modern Ethiopia. Instead, it occupied the area later known as Nubia. Today it is known as Sudan and is dominated by an Islamic fundamentalist government that is using brutal means, including crucifixion of Christians, to attempt to establish a pure, Islamic state.
The third nation, Libya, the western neighbour of Egypt, is also an Islamic nation today. It is strongly anti-West and anti-Israel, and Western intelligence has been informed that Libya has hired Eastern European and former Soviet military scientists to aid its development of military power.
The people of the fourth nation, Gomer, were also known as the Cimmerians. They originally lived north of the Caucasus Mountains in the southern part of what is modern Russia. In Ezekiel’s time, they had settled in what is now central Turkey. The people of the fifth nation, Togarmah, were identified by Josephus as the Phrygians, who settled in Cappadocia, now eastern Turkey.
Considering the location of the fourth and fifth nations in Turkey, it should be noted that the present secular government of Turkey is being threatened by Islamic fundamentalists. As a result, some leaders fear that Turkey could become another Iran. If that happens, all the nations named in Ezekiel 38:5–6 will be characterized by a militant Islamic hatred of Israel.
The five nations of Ezekiel 38:5–6 will be led by a sixth in the future attack against Israel. God gave three identifying marks for that leader. The leader is identified as “the chief prince” or ruler “of Meshech and Tubal” (Ezekiel 38:2; 39:1). Classical Greek writers called the people of Meshech the “Moschoi” and Assyrian records referred to them as the “Muski.” This group settled in the area of Armenia, “where the borders of Russia, Iran and Turkey converge.”
The people of Tubal were located in the central part of Turkey immediately west of Togarmah. Gog’s location is “the north parts” (38:15; 39:2). The Hebrew word translated “parts” means “extreme or uttermost parts.” Since Ezekiel was a Hebrew prophet, he would refer to geographical locations from the vantage point of his homeland. Thus, his statement in 38:15 indicates that when Gog leads the six-nation attack against Israel, he will come from his location in the extreme or uttermost parts directly north of Israel. Russia is the nation situated in the extreme or uttermost parts directly north of Israel.
From what has been observed, it appears that Russia will lead the future invasion against Israel foretold in Ezekiel 38–39. Why would Russia do this? One reason is anti-Semitism. Before Communism, Russia was notorious for brutal persecution of Jews. While Communism held an iron grip on the government of that nation, it suppressed the outward expression of hatred for Jews. Now that Communism has lost that grip, at least for a while, anti-Semitism has been allowed to raise its ugly head again. Some members of Pamyat, a strongly anti-Semitic organization that wants to rid Russia of, all Jews, blame all of that nation’s problems on Jews. Some have even accused Jews of being the source of the AIDS virus. As a result of these ominous trends and the lifting of Communist rule, a mass exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union has been taking place since the early 1990s, with the majority returning to their ancient homeland of Israel.
There is another reason for Russia to lead the future invasion—a desire for status. According to an independent secular intelligence agency, officers of the armed forces of the former Soviet Union believe that Russia can still have superpower status, even without Communism, if it will ally itself with Islamic nations against Israel. In line with this, early in the 1990s an official Soviet government spokesman stated that young people in the nation’s schools are being required to learn Arabic as their second language because his government had concluded that the future of their nation lies with the Islamic nations of the world.
In Ezekiel 38:8, 16, God declared that this future invasion of Israel would take place “in the latter years” and “latter days”. That would be after Israel has been regathered from the nations to its homeland and feels so safe and secure that it will have no defences of its own (vv. 8, 11–12, 14). There has been an amazing regathering of Israel to its homeland since its reestablishment as a nation state in 1948, but certainly Israel does not feel so safe and secure there today that it has no defences of its own.
Since the Scriptures indicate that there will be no warfare during the future reign of the Messiah (Psalm 72:7; Isaiah 9:6–7; Micah 4:3–4), this invasion cannot take place during the Millennium. Is there any time between now and Christ’s Second Coming to establish the Millennium when Israel will feel so safe and secure that it will not maintain its defences It appears so.
According to Daniel 9:27, at the very beginning of the future seven-year Tribulation period, the Antichrist will enforce a strong covenant with Israel. It will so strongly bind Israel to the Antichrist that he will regard that nation as an extension of himself and his empire in the Middle East. As a result, through that covenant the Antichrist will guarantee Israel’s national security. This guarantee will cause Israel to feel so safe and secure that it will discontinue the costly burden of maintaining its defences.
This feeling of security will not last long, however. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will begin to desolate Israel (Daniel 9:27; Mt. 24:15–21); thus, the nation will feel safe and secure only during the first half of the seven-year Tribulation. It appears, then, that the invasion of Israel by Russia and its Islamic allies will take place during the first half of the Tribulation, perhaps shortly before its midpoint. The invaders will think that since Israel has let down its military guard, it will be their opportune time to strike and plunder its resources (Ezekiel 38:10–13). As a result, they will launch such a large invasion force that it will seem like a massive cloud covering the land (38:9, 15–16).
(An alternative point of view, and the one utilized in the timeline is that the destruction of Damascus occurs prior to Ezekiel 38 and will also include the destruction of the surrounding nations which loathe Israel. This provides a safe and secure environment for Israel to flourish without walls. This catastrophic war is where Israel takes the spoils of the surrounding nations and extends its borders, which will ultimately prove to be the ‘hooks in the jaws’ of the Gog invasion. The Ezekiel invasion therefore will take place before the tribulation begins.)
God’s initial action will be to pull these invaders into Israel for His own sovereign purpose (38:4, 16; 39:2). When they attack, His attitude toward them will be characterized by fury, jealousy, and fiery wrath (38:18–19). He will then actively intervene to destroy the massive invading force through a fierce earthquake, landslides, self-destructive panic, pestilence, excessive rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone (38:19–22).
The destruction of the invading army will be so extensive that the mountains and open fields of Israel and a valley near the Dead Sea will be congested with corpses. God will bring fowl and beasts to eat many of them. It will take the Jews seven months to bury the remainder of the dead and seven years to destroy their weapons (39:3–5, 9–20). If this invasion takes place shortly before the middle of the Tribulation, this destruction of weapons will continue into the early part of the Millennium.
God’s purpose for all of this will be to glorify Himself before Israel and all the nations—to so impress them with His existence and power that He will have life changing influence on them (38:16, 23; 39:7, 13, 21–22). Many Jews and Gentiles will be saved during the Tribulation (Revelation 7). No doubt the fulfilment of the Ezekiel 38–39 prophecy will be one of the means through which God will bring people of that time to Himself.
A prerequisite for the one-world currency. Cash and other forms of payments will overlap the one world currency for a transition period before it become too cumbersome to use and will be shut down. We can see the effects that COVID-19 had on the flow of cash where people weren’t accepting it for fear of catching the virus.
One World Currency
A currency exclusively used globally which is a prerequisite for the one world government. If “no man” can buy or sell without the mark, then there must be a one world currency, which as the Bible describes will be a mark (possibly a chip) either in the right hand or forehead. A one world currency could be something like Facebook’s Libra or Bitcoin but ultimately it will ditch the plastic credit cards and put technology in either your hand or forehead.
“16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
One World Government
As the world grows darker and the laws of the world are no longer upheld, nations will join together under one world government to supposedly bring peace to the world and help prevent disasters occurring. For the antichrist to be able to control the world, a one world government needs to be created. This government may sound like it will solve the worlds problems but will only cause havoc and the collapse of many nations. We can see it coming together slowly today and will most likely originate from Europe or the United Nations.
This government will likely form right after a catastrophic disaster such as a huge earthquake, volcanic eruption, economic collapse, global war or the rapture. As described in the Bible this government will begin with 10 leaders and will slowly be reduced down to 3, not including the antichrist. He will then ‘subdue’ the remaining three and become the sole power of the government of the world. This is found in Daniel 7:24-25 with the horns meaning ‘kings’. The ten-nation confederacy is also seen in Daniel’s image of the statue in Daniel 2:41-42, where he pictures the final world government consisting of ten entities represented by the ten toes of the statue.
Revelation 13:16-17 describes some sort of satanic mark which will be required in order to buy and sell. This means anyone who refuses the mark will be unable to buy food, clothing or other necessities of life. No doubt the vast majority of people in the world will succumb to the mark simply to survive. Again, verse 16 makes it clear that this will be a universal system of control where everyone, the rich and poor, great and small, will bear the mark on their right hand or forehead.
One World Religion
A one world religion will rise to centre stage in the last days, most likely from the catholic church which has strayed extremely far from true Christianity. They are currently trying to reign in all the other denominations of Christianity and the other religions of the world while claiming that we are all worshiping the same God anyway. There is only ONE way to God and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour, any other way is a deception and will only lead you to fire and brimstone.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Born again Christians are not to take place in this “reunion of the faith” because there are certainly a lot of major differences between even Catholicism and Christianity not to mention between Christianity and Islam. We are to adhere only to the Bible scriptures and not to twist it to fit our perspective as many other religions have done. “Take heed that no one deceives you.” Matthew 24:4, Matthew 24:24, Luke 21:8, Mark 13:5, 2 Timothy 3:13-14.
Islamic Power Removed
If the Dome of the Rock is to be destroyed or dismantled for the building of the third temple, there must either be a war with, or a peace agreement with the Muslims to be able to remove it or build next to it. The temple could be destroyed accidentally during the Ezekiel 38 conflict, destroyed by a natural disaster such as an earthquake or purposefully dismantled after an arrangement is made with the antichrist. It could also be built nearby without the dome of the rock not needing to be touched.
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Part 1 – Introduction
Part 7 – Left Behind?
Part 10 – Post Rapture Steps
Part 13 – The Tribulation (First Half)
Part 30 – Mid Tribulation
Part 38 – Armageddon
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