What is the “end times?"
The forty-year period of
time beginning with the destruction of Egypt as
prophesied in Ezekiel 29–30; also referred to the
last days or latter years. This period includes the
rapture (see below) and the invasion of Israel by
“the kingdom of the north” (Ezekiel 38–39), and ends
after the seven-year tribulation period.
How do you know we are living in this time?
We’re not quite there
yet. This period begins with a nuclear war in the
Middle East, as outlined generally in Psalm 83 and
specifically in other Old Testament chapters.
Why does the Bible say there will be a nuclear war
in the Middle East?
Psalm 83 describes this
war in general, whereas judgment on specific nations
is recorded in Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Obadiah
and other books in the Old Testament. After this
war, Israel will be established in her ancient land
with the original boundaries promised by God to
Abraham (Genesis 15:21).
Will Israel destroy the Aswan Dam with a nuclear
The Aswan Dam (“the
tower of Syene,” Ezekiel 29:10) is so massive that
it only can be destroyed with a nuclear weapon.
Ezekiel 29-30, 32 describes the resulting flood of
the Nile as well as the nuclear obliteration of
Egypt so that “No foot of man shall pass through it,
nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither
shall it be inhabited forty years” (Ezekiel 29:11).
Israel is the only nearby power having nuclear
What happens after this war?
The Bible indicates
there will be a period of complacency of unknown
length—perhaps several decades—culminating with the
rapture. Jesus spoke of this time as being like the
days of Noah, when men will be “eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage… And knew not until
the flood came, and took them all away” (Matthew
24:38-39). Israel also will blossom like a rose and
become like “the garden of Eden,” overflowing with
agricultural produce and livestock (Isaiah 51:3;
Ezekiel 36:35; Joel 2:23–24) during this period. The
rapture, which ends this period of complacency, will
take the entire world by surprise.
What is the rapture?
The rapture is the
sudden, invisible return of the Lord Jesus Christ
for his church. This will be accompanied by “a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the
trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds,
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be
with the Lord” (1
What happens after the rapture?
Besides chaos and total
world confusion, there will be an accounting of
which nations have lost the most people. The US by
far will have suffered the greatest loss, so much so
that other nations, led by Russia, will invade and
conquer what’s left of our nation (Isaiah 18).
What is the tribulation?
The tribulation is a
seven-year period of intense suffering on earth,
punctuated by nineteen direct judgments from God
upon the earth and its inhabitants. This period will
end with the physical, glorious return of the Lord
Jesus Christ to judge the nations, restore the
devastated earth, and reign as King of kings and
Lord of lords. This period comprises the last seven
years of the forty-year end-times period.
Who is the Antichrist and is it possible to identify
him right now?
The Antichrist is the
leader of the one-world government during the
tribulation. He will force everyone to worship
himself or else be killed. He is also called the
Assyrian (Isaiah 10:5–12), the beast, the man of
sin, and the son of perdition. The Bible indicates
he will be born in northern Iraq (or extreme eastern
Syria) and be from a Christian family. He will also
be of Greek ancestry, being descended from Seleucus
Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's four generals. Since the end
times is only a few years away, it is likely the
Antichrist already has been born.
What happens after Jesus returns at the second coming?
SHORT ANSWER: Jesus will
destroy the armies of the beast and begin his
1,000-year reign on earth. The Old Testament and
tribulation saints also will receive their immortal
bodies, rewards, thrones and authority, and will
reign with him.
LONG ANSWER: This is a
good question, although somewhat complicated to
answer. At the end of the tribulation, heaven will
be thrown open and everyone on earth will see the
Lord Jesus Christ returning on a white horse, with
his saints following him also on white horses.
Starting with a trumpet blast (Zechariah 9:14), the
Lord will slay the armies of the beast at the battle
of Armageddon with the word that “proceeded out of
his mouth” (Revelation 19:21) which physically
appears as a mighty cutting tornado(s), and
physically minces the bodies of men and beasts from
Bozrah in the south to Armageddon in the north, so
that the blood from them will reach in places “even
unto the horse bridles” (Revelation 14:20).
Presumably all other men on earth who have received
the mark of the beast also will be killed at this
time in the same manner. Then another trumpet blast occurs (Matthew
24:31), and the tribulation saints (who have the
seal of God on their forehead) will be raptured
(given their immortal bodies) and taken to be with
the Lord. Then, all remaining mortal men will be
gathered before the Lord to be judged at the
judgment of the nations. Those who helped his
tribulation saints—thereby indicating their
willingness to receive him also—will live into the
millennium and repopulate the restored earth; these
are “the sheep on his right hand” that Jesus
referred to in Matthew 25:33. The other people who
refused to help his tribulation saints will be cast
into hell. At this time the tribulation saints and
Old Testament saints will receive their eternal
rewards, and be given thrones and authority, so that
“they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand
years” (Revelation 20:4). Then, Jesus will restore
the earth to its antediluvian, garden of Eden
conditions, and assign boundaries to the nations and
saints to rule over them, which begins the
1,000-year reign of Christ on earth known as the