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Daniel 11 Explained
(condensed ‘one page’ commentary)
‘Matthew 24’ Explained
(must match Revelation)
The ‘Seals’ Explained
(Revelation timeline revealed)
Seven Churches Explained
(Past & Present Church Prophecy)
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‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary.
Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East)
ISIS - Saudi - Turkey
(Daniel 11: 24-27)
to the Abomination
(Daniel 11: 28-30)
Shiites re-take Persia
+ America’s Role Begins
(Daniel 11: 21-23)
Jesus’ 1000-year reign on earth
There is relatively little information, in the Bible, about the 1000-year reign, which starts
after Armageddon, probably because Jesus will be on earth then, to explain as we go.
Yet, there are some things that we can deduct from scripture.
I think it is pretty clear that Christians who are gathered in the rapture come back with
Jesus for the 1000 years. The best evidence is the comparison of the ‘bride’, in Rev 19,
and the ‘armies of heaven’ in the same chapter, which are wearing the exact same thing.
Revelation 19:7-8 [conclusion of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb]
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb
has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and
clean, was given her to wear.
Revelation 19:14 [start of Armageddon – traveling to earth]
14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses
and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Don’t be alarmed that we are called the ‘armies of heaven’ because we don’t actually have
to fight. Jesus destroys the enemy by speaking the Word of God (sword from His mouth),
which brings 100 lb. hailstones that crush the nations of the beast.
Another reason not to be alarmed is that Revelation 19 is the conclusion of the 2300-day
Wedding Supper and we will be prepared (made ready) for whatever Jesus has in mind.
I mean, a soldier always goes through some kind of basic training to prepare and learn
before given a task, so sometime during that 2300-day Wedding Banquet, we will be given
a white horse and taught how to ride. We will not be weak and frail any more.
Further evidence that raptured Christians return to earth with Jesus is a comparison
of the ‘living water’, which will flow out of Jerusalem (on earth), after Armageddon.
Revelation 7:16-17 [speaking about Christians in heaven – after the rapture]
16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not
beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the
throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Zechariah 14:8-9 [following Armageddon on earth – 2300 days after the rapture]
8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea
and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. 9 The LORD will be king over
the whole earth. On that day, there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.
A divided earth
Yes, Jesus will rule the whole earth, with an iron scepter, but there will be two distinctive
groups: God’s people and the outsiders. Conditions will be very different for each group.
14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the
tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs,
those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters
and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Obviously, the outsiders can’t enter the city, to drink the living water or eat from the tree
of life, so they will be living out their lives and dying as before. Generations will proceed,
on the outside, but life will be a lot stricter because Jesus will rule them with an iron scepter.
The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus tells of a great chasm that was fixed so no one could
cross from one side to the other. Yet, they could still see each other. (Luke 16:26) I’m not
sure if that will be the case but it might. It’s hard to imagine how society will be with Satan
locked in the Abyss. Yet, I imagine there will still be a lot of jealousy because they can see
God’s people living forever and enjoying themselves but they can’t do anything about it.
I know it’s hard to picture how two groups with such different characteristics will share the
earth, but with God; all things are possible. Some details are impossible to know until we
get there. I know there won’t be any marriage, on our side, and no need for reproduction
because we will live forever. Yet, I’m sure there will be other forms of pleasure that our
human minds can’t even fathom. Paul said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has
conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9) I’m just wondering
if we get to keep our white horse and fly around whenever we please. I have a strong feeling
we do. We might even have pets, some with the souls of pets we loved in this lifetime
(but that’s just speculation). I know there will be plenty to love because God is love.
Anyway, many generations will come and go, on the outside, until we reach the end of the
1000 years, when Satan will be loosed for one last time. Satan will stir the jealousy to a boil
and convince people that they can defeat Jesus and His followers. They will travel from far
and wide (gog and magog) to battle God’s people (Rev 20:7-9) but they will be powerless.
(Ezekiel 39:3) Note: Revelation 20 makes it sound like the battle is over before it starts but
that’s the short version. Ezekiel 38 & 39 indicates that they will attempt to fight, for at least
7 years, with wooden weapons because some will burn the weapons as fuel. (Ezekiel 39:9)
After all, wars don’t just start instantly; they build up over time and reach some kind of
climax. In this case, God will finally destroy them with fire (Rev 20), so much so that the
earth is burned up and there is no longer any sea. That’s when Satan will be thrown into
the lake of burning sulfur, along with the beast (antichrist and his followers) and the false
prophet, who were defeated at Armageddon. At that point, there will no longer be any
outsiders and God will create a new heaven and new earth for Christians to enjoy.
Note: Ezekiel’s version of the gog and magog war is a bit confusing at times but you
can tell that it’s the same as the battle at the end of the 1000 years for two reasons:
1. Gog and magog are only mentioned twice in the Bible, both times getting defeated by God,
so it’s just common sense that those would be the same battle. There’s no time frame in
Ezekiel 38 & 39 but there is in Revelation 20 so the two fit perfectly together: one for details
and the other for timing. 2. Ezekiel describes “burning sulfur” raining down (Eze 38:22),
which would be ‘fire from heaven’, comparable to Revelation 20. The Battle of Armageddon,
in Rev 16 & 19 doesn’t mention any fire from heaven, only hailstones.
Great White Throne judgement
After the 1000 years and everything is destroyed, the ‘dead’ will be judged. (Rev 20:11-15)
Of course, that doesn’t include those who had been living as God’s people, the whole time,
because they will still be alive. It will include everyone else, even those who died during the
1000 years. All the ‘dead’ will be judged “according to what they had done” (Rev 20:12-13)
rather than by faith and love for Jesus. I imagine that the outsiders, during the 1000 years,
will be following some kind of law, such as the OT, which is what the 144,000 priests are for.
Therefore, they could theoretically earn eternal life, if they do good, but I have no idea how
strict they will be judged. I know the Israelites, in the Old Testament, couldn’t do it for any
length of time. I don’t imagine that raptured Christians will have to follow any law, same as
now, but Jesus will be there to explain things for sure.
Mark of the beast
I have said many times that gentiles who miss the rapture will not be rewarded with eternal
life, just for not taking the mark of the beast. That is a myth from some who are confused
about parts of Revelation. Only the 144,000 Jews (Rev 7:1-4) who don’t take the mark of the
beast and are martyred (Rev 14) reign as priests with Jesus during the 1000 years and are
granted eternal life. (Rev 20:4-6) They are martyred in Revelation 14, between the trumpets
and bowls, which is why Jesus said, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would
survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22)
In other words, the days are shortened for the 144,000 who are ‘sealed’ in Rev 7 because
otherwise, even they might not make it without taking the mark. Some gentiles will indeed
“join them” and be martyred but they are labeled as “not sincere”, in Daniel 11:34, which
doesn’t sound very favorable. As for the rest, the Bible doesn’t indicate that any repent,
between the rapture and Armageddon (Rev 9:20-21), and all worship the beast (Rev 13:8).
In other words, all those who don’t care if they’re prepared for Jesus, because they think
they can get to heaven later, don’t know the perils they’re in for.
Yet, I doubt if most countries will threaten to behead people for not taking the mark of the
beast. However, life would be unbearable if a person couldn’t buy or sell. They would lose
their property and starve to death but I don’t think that would earn them a place in heaven.
If someone is reading this who is faced with that decision (website paid through 2023), I
would recommend that you refuse the mark of the beast, just in case I’m wrong. However,
it would be much better to accept Jesus now (before the rapture) and not take a chance on
eternity in a lake of fire. I don’t mean to be harsh; I wish the best for everyone but God will
enact judgement according to His Word, which is not good for some. That’s’ just a fact.