1. The Final Seven Years Begins with the Middle East Peace Treaty Covenant (Daniel 9:27)
The Bible tells
us about a final seven-year period of time known as "Daniel's 70th week" which comes right before the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. There is a specific event that marks the start of the last seven years and it is
shared about in the book of Daniel.
Daniel 9:27 prophesies that the Antichrist will confirm a covenant with many for a final seven-year period. (Note: This does not mean that we will know who the Antichrist is at this
time, but simply that he will be someone who will be in agreement with this covenant. We are not guaranteed to know who the Antichrist is until midways into the covenant or three and one-half years later as we will share more about later.) The fulfillment
of this prophecy will be the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
The prophesied agreement has three requirements as seen in Matthew 24 and Revelation 11-12:
1) It must establish a Palestinian state
in Judea (the West Bank).
2) It must allow the Jewish settlers currently living in Judea to continue living in their homes. They would be a Jewish minority in the new Palestinian state. (Matt. 24:15-21, Rev. 12:13-16)
3) It must place the Temple
Mount under an internationally supervised sharing arrangement allowing both Jews and Muslims to worship there. (Rev. 11:1-2, II Thess. 2:4)
When we see this prophesied peace agreement occur, we can know for sure that the Final Seven Years
to the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ have begun! Currently, President Trump's administration, Israel, and moderate Arab countries to include Saudi Arabia and Egypt are working at high speed to develop a peace treaty between
Israel and Palestine with the types of specifications as shared above.
2. The Sixth Trumpet War (Rev. 9:13-18)
Somewhere close to the time of the signing of the Middle East Peace Treaty, the Bible tells us that a war is coming that will begin in the Middle East region by the Euphrates River and result in the killing of one-third of the world’s population.
This war is called the Sixth Trumpet War and is described in Revelation 9:13-18. This war will take place either slightly before, or shortly after, the Middle East Peace Agreement is signed but the Bible does not tell us which event comes first. It seems
that the peace agreement could come just before this war fully breaks out since the Bible tells us "For when they say 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians
5:3) Since there is such a large build-up of troops and armaments all along the Euphrates River, this war could potentially happen at any time now.
After the Sixth Trumpet War, when approximately one-third of the
population or two billion people will have died, there will be an extreme and urgent plea to prevent future wars. The solution to prevent war would be to have all nations of the world give up their sovereignty and armies and to have only one army under the
United Nations authority. If nations would have future conflicts, the nations would most likely have to go through the UN Security Council to settle the matter and the nations would then agree to follow the UN's judgments. This world governing body would be
seen as the solution to end global wars completely. We believe it is also very likely that World War III we will lead to
1. Islam being decimated
2. The United States going into isolation
3. Europe becoming world dominant (but will
only be in power for the final 3 and 1/2 years.)
3. The Rising One World Government led by the Antichrist (Rev. 13:1-8, Dan. 7:4-7) and One World Religion led by the False Prophet (Rev. 13:11-15)
This world government will definitely not happen 'overnight' but has been planned for decades through the forming of the United Nations or UN. The UN was formed after World War II with the original purpose of preventing wars. However today,
every nation on earth is a member of the UN except Taiwan, and it has formed a program of international law which is quickly moving the world toward a full-fledged world government. The structure of world government through the UN is already in place and the
majority of world leaders desire global government especially in Europe. We are already extremely deep into world government as seen through numerous world structures such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization,
the World Court, and the World Trade Organization just to name a few. Nearly the entire world is embracing the idea of world government.
The United States was on the verge
of being a part of this global government too except for that Donald Trump became elected President and he stands strongly opposed to it. President Trump wants to cut funding to the UN by billions of dollars. This is a wonderful blessing since the UN is an
extremely dangerous Socialist organization that desires to put every person under international law. Even now the UN acts like a world government over national governments especially toward the nation of Israel. The UN is not in full power yet but they are
quickly striving toward this goal and will be able to come into full control after the Sixth Trumpet War, or World War III.
As we can clearly understand, the Sixth Trumpet War, or World War III, will involve nuclear weapons since the Bible
tells us about one-third of mankind will die (Rev. 9:13-21). After this catastrophe, there will once again be a massive cry to end all war. The solution from global leaders will be simple and swift since they will convey that wars are the result of clashes
between individual nations and conflicts over religion. The answer to ending war will, therefore, be simple in the minds of the global leaders: (1) First, there must be an end to nation-states and everyone on earth must pledge allegiance to a single, political
authority – the one world government. (2) Second, the doctrinal differences between all religious organizations must be abolished. Church leaders will most likely be urged to sign statements declaring unity with a single, universal religious authority
– the world religion.
4. More specifics about the Antichrist who will lead the World Government and the False Prophet who will lead the World Religion (Rev. 13:1-8, Dan. 7:4-7, Rev. 13:13-14
and see more scripture below)
The "Man of Sin" or Antichrist
I do not wish to assume too much about the "man of sin"
or as he is often referred to as the "Antichrist" since he opposes God. However, I believe that he is described in clear words in Daniel 8:23-26 and it is clear that he will have the harsh, destructive, sin-filled, psychopathic ways of leaders on the
level of Hitler. Daniel 8:23-26 states
“And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Who understands sinister schemes.
His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power;
He shall destroy fearfully,
And shall prosper and thrive;
He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.
Through his cunning
He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule;
And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
He shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
But he shall be broken without human means."
Three Major early signs
for recognizing the "Man of Sin" or "Antichrist"
1. The first
major early sign for recognizing the Antichrist is that he will be one of the men to confirm the Middle East Peace Treaty.
What makes this man of sin unique from Hitler is that as we read in Daniel
9:27 he will be one of the men who confirms a covenant with many for "one week" or the final seven years before the Lord returns. Daniel 9:27 shares this with us about the man of sin,
"Then he shall confirm
a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering."
second major early sign for recognizing the Antichrist is that in the middle of this seven year period he will put an end to the sacrifices taking place in the newly built temple in Jerusalem.
As Daniel 9:27 shares:
"Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering."
3. The third major early sign for recognizing the Antichrist is that this man of sin shall also cause the "abomination of desolation" by sitting in the newly built
temple of God in Jerusalem and proclaiming himself to be God. This is the sign whereby we will truly KNOW that this man IS the "Man of Sin" or the "Antichrist"
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
shares about this third major early sign:
"Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed,
the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."
This abominable act
is referred to as "the abomination of desolation" by Jesus in Matthew 24:15-16 and by Daniel in Daniel 11:31. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:15-16 -
"Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken
of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." Jesus was referring to the following scripture given by Daniel in the
book of Daniel 11:31 - “And arms shall stand on his part, and they (the Antichrist and his partners) shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice,
and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”
This man of sin, after World War III/the 6th Trumpet War, will eventually seize the reigns of influence and be the most powerful politician over the UN. From this
power base, he will maneuver himself into control of the emerging world government.
During some of his administration, this leader will be viewed, by many, as a peacemaker such as when he joined in confirming the Middle East Peace Agreement.
But to those who know their Bibles, he will shortly be recognized as the Antichrist!
The False Prophet
see the upcoming one world government come fully into place, we will also see the emergence of the global religious system which is shared about in Revelation 13:11-15. This global religious system is already strongly developing and is known as Interfaithism.
Interfaithism will ultimately lead to the uniting of Catholicism and Protestantism under the leadership of the pope, and this leader is referred to in the Bible as the False Prophet (Rev. 19:20). This global religious union will seek to include all of the
religions of the world and be based on the belief that various religions, such as the Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all worship the same God while calling him by different names. This false prophet will perform miracles before the people of the
world (Revelation 13:13-14) and through these miracles, he will influence the world to pledge its allegiance to the Antichrist.
It seems certain that by the middle of the final seven years, the world government, led by the Antichrist
and the world religion, headed by the False Prophet, will have control over the majority of the world’s population.
5. The First Three and One-Half Years - The 3rd Jewish Temple gets built
(Rev. 11:1-2 and II Thess. 2:4)
Besides the ongoing rise of the Antichrist and False Prophet, the other main event to occur during the first three and one-half years of the final seven years
is that a Jewish temple will be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Revelation 11:1-2 tells us that the Temple Mount will be placed under a sharing agreement between the Jews and Muslims.
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem over
the past twenty years have rebuilt all the vessels, furniture, utensils and other needs that would be required to go in a new rebuilt Temple and for the renewal of animal sacrifices. They have all of the garments ready for priests to wear and they even made
a new ark of the covenant. The Jewish people are already prepared and ready to have their Temple rebuilt!
Both 2 Thessalonians 2:4 and Revelation 11:1-2 tell us that the Jewish people will be allowed to build their Third Temple on
the Temple Mount. Daniel 9:27 tells us that once the Temple is built, then animal sacrifices will be resumed in the same way as Old Testament times.
As we know, animal rights activists cause havoc whenever animals are harmed or killed.
We believe it is highly likely that these activists might insist that the Antichrist bring an end to the animal slaughter and that it could easily lead to a great crisis. This crisis to end sacrifices is what precedes the event known in the Bible as the Abomination
6. The Abomination of Desolation at the Midway Point (Matt. 24:15-16, Dan. 11:31, II Thess. 2:3-4)
When we get to the middle of
this final seven-year period, the fulfillment of prophecy will occur very rapidly with some events happening at nearly the same time.
The first of these events will be when temple sacrifices are ended at the Abomination of Desolation.
Daniel 11:31 tells us about this event, “And arms shall stand on his part, and they (the Antichrist and his partners) shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination
that maketh desolate.”
According to this verse in Daniel, it sounds like the stopping of the sacrifices and the Abomination of Desolation will occur at the same time. It could be very likely that the Antichrist might explain that
the sacrifices are no longer needed because he is the Messiah and God. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 tells us that the Antichrist will sit in the temple of God while claiming to be God. The Apostle Paul also tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that this event (of ending
sacrifices and sitting in the temple as God) will be the “revealing” of the man of sin (the Antichrist).
7. The Great Tribulation Begins - This is the Final Three and One-Half Years
(Dan. 7:25, Dan. 12:7, Rev. 11:2-3, Rev. 12:14, Rev. 13:5)
This is now the time of the beginning of the final three and one-half years of Tribulation when Satan and his angels will be confined to the earth. Revelation
12:12 says, “…Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” During this time, Satan and his angels will persecute Israel
and the true church of Jesus Christ. Jesus also spoke about this tribulation period as recorded in Matthew 24:15-21. In this passage of scripture, Jesus warned that once the Abomination of Desolation occurs, the Jews living in Judea (the West Bank) must
flee into the mountains for safety, “…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
During these final three and one-half years, many events
will occur which will prepare the way for the Battle of Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ. It seems also clear that this will be the time when the Two Witnesses will minister to people to proclaim about the soon coming Kingdom of God so that
people might get right with God. Please refer to the "Two Witnesses Section" above for further information about this topic.
This is the time period when the Antichrist and the False Prophet will fully carry out the
new world economic system, referred to in the Bible as the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-18). This economic control system will force the citizens of the world to obey and follow the requirements of the one-world government and the one-world religion.
It is unclear concerning the specifications of this mark, but the Bible does tell us that it will involve a mark in the hand or in the forehead. If any individual does not pledge allegiance and receive the mark, that person will not be able to participate
in the world economic system and be forced to perish. Those who receive the mark will be eternally damned since they have pledged themselves to the Satanic system and will also break out with terrible sores on their skin (Rev. 16:2).
The time of the Great Tribulation will be a time of testing on the whole earth (Luke 21:36). The vast majority will take the Mark of the Beast, but many who decide to reject the Mark of the Beast and turn to God during this time will be tormented and killed.
These born-again saints must have patience during this time, keep the faith, and be ready to die in the Lord if they are called to do so. Those who endure to the end will be with the Lord Jesus Christ forever and will rule and reign with Jesus in His upcoming
Kingdom on earth! It will be a joyous time of peace on earth!
8. Judgments against Mystery Babylon (Rev. 14:8, and Rev. 17 and 18 shares about this in deeper detail)
Judgment will be poured out against Mystery Babylon so that she will fall to her doom. Mystery Babylon is related to the false religious system of our day which has turned away from the truths of God's teachings and has submitted to lies. It is also comparable
to ancient Babylon which was known for its great power, affluence, and wealth.
The chronology of Revelation chapter 14, verses 6-7 tells us that the everlasting gospel gets preached to the world and then in verse 8 it tells us that
the next major event is the fall of Babylon which is to occur sometime during the final three and one-half years.
Revelation 17:5 it tells us that "Mystery Babylon the Great" will be the "Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations
of the Earth". This would indicate that Mystery Babylon is filled with false religion (harlots) and filled with abominations (sinful pleasures which are abominations in the sight of God). It seems that the coming One World Government which is symbolized as
the "ten horns on the beast" will despise this "Mystery Babylon" for it tells us in Revelation 17:16, "And the ten horns (or ten kings - see Rev. 17:12) which you saw on the beast (one world government), these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked,
eat her flesh and burn her with fire."
Every time I read Revelation chapter 17 and 18 I can't help but picture Mystery Babylon as being the United States. The United States under the leadership of President Trump is not well liked by most
of the nations since the U.S. is overall opposed to the globalist agenda. I believe it is possible that the One World Government will despise the United States and seek to destroy it sometime during the final three and one-half years. This could occur through
an EMP attack plus other means. The United States is not only despised by the global leaders for not conforming to their agenda (Rev. 17:12-17), it is also a 'city' or place which is immensely powerful in which it "reigns over the kings of the earth" (Rev.
17:18), is a place full of unbelievably great riches (Rev. 18:9-20), and is actually a 'mother' of various false and corrupt forms of religion and abominable sins which the U.S. has spread throughout the world especially in the area of pornography and greed
(Rev. 17:5, Rev. 18:2-3).
If you wish to read a more thorough explanation of why Mystery Babylon is most likely the United States of America please check out the following article:
9. The expected time of the rapture of the saints
seems to occur at the end of the Great Tribulation but just before the time of God's wrath and Armageddon (Matthew 24:29-31, Rev. 11:11-12, Rev. 14:14-16, Rev. 15:1-4, Rev. 20:4-5)
The rapture of the saints is a highly debated
topic with many views. We do not feel the need in this ministry to debate such a disputed topic. However, we believe according to Matthew 24:29-31 that the Bible clearly teaches that AFTER the tribulation of those days that Jesus will appear in the clouds
in great power and glory and at that time His angels will gather the elect from the earth to be raptured. The elect will not be part of the very brief period of the wrath of God which occurs just after the Great Tribulation since the Bible tells us that
the saints are not appointed to wrath (1 Thess. 5:9-10)
So it appears according to the Bible that the saints will go through the final three and one-half years of the Great Tribulation and have the honor and privilege to suffer and go
through persecution for the Lord's sake. We believe that many may be killed for standing up for the truths of the Bible's teachings. But again, we do not believe that the saints will go through the short period of God's wrath (the seven bowls/vials of wrath)
which will instead be extended upon those who took the Mark of the Beast. Those who take the Mark of the Beast have pledged to follow Satan's system and cannot be saved.
If you are interested in reading a detailed article which
helps to better explain why the rapture of the saints is most likely at the time period shared about here, please see the following article:
10. God's Wrath is poured out (the 7 vials
) and Armageddon occurs at the end of the final seven years (Rev. 16) before the Lord Jesus Christ begins His 1000 year rule and reign of peace throughout the world!
The seven vials (plagues) of the Wrath of God will be
poured out at the very end of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 16:1-21). Those who have received the Mark of the Beast during the tribulation period will have the first vial poured out on them. When the sixth vial is poured out, the Great River Euphrates
will be dried up to prepare for the Kings of the East to travel down toward Israel for the Battle of Armageddon.
Revelation 16:16 tells us this ominous prophecy, “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue
At this time, the global armies of the UN will invade Israel from the north. Israel will fight boldly against this world army, but the strength of this army will be too extreme for Israel causing them to retreat toward
Jerusalem where Israel will make her last attempt to endure the onslaught.
When Israel is facing their defeat from the world army, it is at this point that Jesus Christ will return to the earth with His saints to fight on behalf
of Israel at the Battle of Armageddon! (Revelation 19) During the Battle of Armageddon, the Seventh Vial will be poured out upon the earth which is when great hailstones will be rained down upon those armies that have come down to fight against Israel at Armageddon.
Before the Lord Jesus Christ begins His reign on earth with His saints, He will destroy the Antichrist's godless and socialist world government system that brought about the Mark of the Beast and relied on humanistic solutions for the world's
problems instead of God's solutions. The Lord will bring an end to all human governments and set up His own government, the Kingdom of God, to reign supreme for the next one thousand years and on into eternity! (Rev. 11:15, Daniel 7:9, Dan. 2:44) What a glorious
time that will be!
Another event to occur just prior to the reign of Christ is that both the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be cast into the Lake of Fire because of their deep sins and rebellion against God. (Rev. 19:20) Satan will
also be bound for the next one thousand years as we are told in Revelation 20:2. It will be such a wonderful time of perfect peace on earth when the Lord Jesus reigns. He will reign for one thousand years with His saints and the world will be governed according
to biblical principles.