10 Future Global Events That Must Happen Before Christ Can Return.
Just a few days before His crucifixion, Jesus spoke a parable (with Himself as the main character) to explain what would soon happen regarding the kingdom of God. It was an obvious question on everyone’s mind…
While they were listening to this, He went on to tell them a parable, because He was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. …He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it..” Luke 19:11-12,15 NIV
Jesus is coming back like He promised. It might be soon. He is coming, this time riding on a white horse that will rend the heavens. It won’t be hidden! I offer here 10 future global events that MUST happen before He can return.
1. Birth Pangs. (Mtt 24 / Mark 13:12-13)
The earth will physically respond to the coming presence of King Jesus to this earth. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to this present time (Rom 8:22). The closer it gets to the time of His return the earth will react with stronger and stronger eruptions and disturbances. Think “2010 Finland volcano” x 10!
This tumultuous and chaotic time for “Mother Earth” will lead to extreme anxiety for all of humanity. As the earth more and more violently reacts to Christ’s Return, society will be more and more unstable which will cause a heightened reaction of man against man. The whole world will be on alert and we will become aware of this by the famous “wars and rumors of wars” events! “Nation against nation. Kingdom against kingdom. Brother will betray brother to death. Christians will be hated by all nations.”
I believe we are not there yet but everything is in place for the “birth pangs” to begin soon!
2. Gospel preached to all nations. (Matthew 24:14 / Mk 13: 10)
One of the most exciting parts of the Last Days is the expectation that His return will result in the gospel being preached in all nations as a witness to the whole earth! Because the earth is reacting and mankind is literally “killing each other” (lawlessness), the world will grow to a greater extent into a cold place to live. BUT the heat and fire of the Gospel and believer’s lives will be more attractive than ever! Great numbers around the globe will hunger after Jesus!
3. Rise of the great harlot (who rides on the scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns) Rev. 17-19
We will see increasingly more of Satan’s “great harlot” rise in direct opposition to the Bride of Christ as Jesus’ return nears! We can see it already in the “religious pluralism” that is worshipped as truth around the globe. Satan has concocted a deceptive “great harlot” centered in Babylon in an all-out battle to replicate God’s Bride centered around the New Jerusalem.
Satan in his final act of desperation will allow the great harlot to ride on the back of the antichrist and be used by the beast to successfully plant his “kingdom” in all corners of the world! She will be a worldwide source of great wealth, commerce and seduction! Revelation 19 describes her as having “corrupted the earth with her immorality.”
“Society, science, culture and what is commonly called “modern civilization” are her handmaidens.” (Lambert Dolphin)
4. Rise of the 10 nation federation (out of the former Roman Empire) Daniel 2/7, Rev 12/13/17
After having studied Revelation and Daniel together for some months it is clear to me that one of the final warning signs to all the earth is a mind-boggling and unorthodox amalgamation of 10 nations (kingdoms) that will come together to “solve the world’s problems “. These countries will arise out of a revised form of the old Roman Empire, both east and western halves! This is a revival of the same Roman Empire that was in power during Christ’s crucifixion and will be embolden (satanically) once again at the “end of this age” to try and kill Christ once again!
These 10 horns/kings first appear to us in Daniel 7, where we see them on the fourth beast coming out of the great sea. This fourth beast is, with little doubt by most scholars, represented in the Bible as the Roman Empire.
”The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth [Roman Empire], which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. 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.” Dan 7: 24-27
5. Covenant with Israel. Daniel 9:27
The worldwide event that will solidify Satan’s chosen man at the end of this age will be the miraculous covenant for peace in the Middle East! This is a similar scene to the time when Satan entered Judas at the Last Supper. Satan will “enter” or at least give all his power and authority to one man, which scripture names “the beast from the sea”.
And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. Rev. 13:2
Dan 9: 27 “And he [antichrist] will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
6. “The Great Apostasy”
One of the most tragic events of the Last Days will be the great falling away of true believers, who will betray one another unto DEATH! God is wanting to purify his Bride at this time and will allow those Christians with lukewarm, divided hearts to make final decisions as to which side they are on. In many ways this falling away mirrors the tragic scene with Lot and his family.
When Lot told his relatives to hurry and leave Sodom they laughed at him and thought he was joking! Lot himself hesitated and had to be grasped by the hand by the angels and led out of the city! Later as Lot and his wife and two daughters were potentially just some hundred yards before entering the safe haven of Zoar, his wife “looked back” (longingly) and became a pillar of salt! Her “turning away from the faith” lead to instant death. (If you think I am taking this too far just remember that Jesus brought up this analogy in Luke 17 in the context of the Last Days! “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”)
Mtt 24: 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.
2 Thess 2:3-5 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things ?
7. The Abomination of Desolation (in the middle of the week) Mtt 24:15 Dan 9:27 II Thess. 2:3-4
Jesus Christ refers back to this passage from Daniel: “When you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place”. (Mt 24:15)
Samuel Tregelles writes that “the Antichrist will set up an idol on a wing or pinnacle of the temple (compare Mt 4:5), who makes a covenant with the restored Jews for the last of the seventy weeks of years (fulfilling Jesus’ words, ‘If another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive’), and for the first three and a half years keeps it, then in the midst of the week breaks it, causing the daily sacrifices to cease.” Tregelles thus identifies the last half week with the time, times, and a half of the persecuting little horn (Da 7:25).
8. Seal and Trumpet Judgments (Rev 6-11)
There will come 14 consecutive, numbered judgments that will commence with the Abomination of Desolation. This includes the famous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse which are natural/man-made disasters (ie. war, famine, plague, wild beasts, earthquakes) plus the cosmic events like the sun turning black, the moon red, “stars” falling like figs to the earth. Later will come the demonic attacks of the locusts from the Abyss (who torture for 5 months those without the seal of God on their foreheads) and the 200 million army of demonic horses and riders who kill a 1/3 of mankind with plagues of sulfur, smoke and fire.
9. The 7th Trumpet. Rise, Rapture and Reward! (Rev 11/ I Thess 4/ Mtt 24/ I Cor 15)
Worldwide, ALL believers of ALL time – dead and alive – will rise to meet Jesus Christ in the air! Jesus will come from heaven with the angels to reward the saints according to what they have done (Rev 22:12) and mobilize them to fight in the Last Battle. (Rev 19:6-8, 11-16)
I Cor 15: 51-52 “Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”
1 Thessalonians 4: 15-17 We who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.
2 Tim 4:8 In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
10. Return of Jesus Christ to this earth! (Zech 14/ Rev 19/ Mtt 24/ Luke 19/ Dan 7)
After the last trumpet and the rise to meet Christ in the air, all believers of all time will be rewarded and return with Christ to this earth with the heavenly Jerusalem. At this time the bowl judgments of Rev. 15-16 are poured out on the entire earth. No Christians are left alive on the planet, only those with the mark of the beast (666) and those who have resisted the antichrist and his empire but have not accepted Jesus’ salvation. This will be a 30 day of incredible worldwide devastation. (Daniel 12 :11) Painful and ugly sores one moment, blood poured into the sea and all freshwater the next. Scorched by the sun one day with intense heat and plunged into darkness the next! Finally the 7th angel will pour out the 7th bowl and the end will come — an earthquake like the world has never seen will collapse the cities of the nations and 100 lbs. hailstones will fall on the entire earth. (Rev 16)
Jesus will ascend His throne in Jerusalem and live with us forever! After He has destroyed every rule, every authority, and power Jesus will hand back the kingdom/earth to His Father (which will take 1000 years!) and God Himself will once again walk on this planet like He did in the beginning with Adam and Eve. The book of Revelation will lead us back to the book of Genesis and believers in Jesus will experience Eternity here on a “renewed earth”, living with the Trinity in a new heavenly city, the new Jerusalem, FOREVER! (Rev 21/22)
They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Mtt 24: 30-31)
I Cor 15: 24-28 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all his enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For God has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under Him,” it is plain that He is excepted who put all things under Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be everything to every one.
Yours for the coming King,