In the prologue of this book we considered some of the disasters that have befallen
our world and some of which are hanging over our head like the sword of Damocles.
I made the statement that they were the result of rejection of the Creator, rejection
of His offer of Salvation and disobedience to Him and his written word. Many of
these disasters are directly stated in the Bible and others are implied. We can regard
certain aspects of moral decay as sin, but in fact they are the result of a greater
sin. The greater sin is rejection of God the Creator and salvation through Jesus,
from which the inevitable outcome are the kinds of effect we are witnessing. They
are evidence that God has rejected those who have rejected Him.
As with the analogy of the car that is never serviced, we have got away with this
for thousands of years, but the indications are that this time is drawing to a close.
I make this statement based on two observations. Firstly, the state of the world
today as we read about it in newspapers and see on the television. However, most
of the truth of what is really going on never appears in the main line media, which
is heavily sanitised and biased. You need to search the Internet to find true and
unbiased reporting and even then it is hard to know what is the actual truth, what
is perception and opinion and what is filtered. Secondly, the prophetic statements
made in the Bible concerning the End Times, that are being fulfilled right before
our eyes. The media is simply confirming that the Word of God is true.
Romans Chapter 1 states ‘The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all
the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain
to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal
power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been
made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified
him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish
hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged
the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and
animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their
hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another…. Furthermore,
since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them
over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled
with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy,
murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent,
arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous
decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do
these very things but also approve of those who practice them.’ (Romans 1:18-24,
This shows us that rejection of God leads to immorality and depravity, deserving
of death. It would also seem that approval is just as bad as practicing such acts.
We are seeing increasingly the approval and even legislation by governments permitting
all kinds of dubious lifestyles, which are major contributors to the breakdown of
society. When sin entered the world, not only the sinner, man, was affected, but
all of creation suffered. And as the sin of man increases it has an increasing disastrous
effect on the whole creation. ‘We know that the whole creation has been groaning
as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time’ (Romans 8:22)
Some of the outcomes are the direct result of man’s foolishness or lack of knowledge.
Had we known about the effects of liberating certain gases into the atmosphere decades
ago, we would have taken action, but now it is too late.
Deuteronomy 28:16-68 gives a terrible catalogue of misfortunes that will come upon
the nation that turns away from God. It includes stillbirths, scorching by the sun,
famines, oppression, confusion, robbery, madness, blindness, defeat, boils, tumours,
every kind of disease and disaster.
It is not so much that God sends these disasters as that, in turning away from Him
a nation exposes itself to all kinds of attack. When we refuse to come under His
protection, we open the door to malicious forces bent on our destruction.
Our planet is protected from asteroids and other space debris by the huge gravitational
forces of Mars and Jupiter. These large planets act as vacuum cleaners, sweeping
up most of the particles flying through space before they get into our gravitational
field. God designed the solar system for our protection and yet we take it for granted.
People often ask the question ‘Why can a God of love allow so much suffering? In
fact the question should be the other way around ‘How can it be that there is so
little suffering in such a hostile universe? With the number of forces that are at
work to destroy us, from asteroids to viruses, it is amazing that Man has survived
as long as he has. The reason is that God is constantly protecting us, but if we
consistently and deliberately refuse His love and protection, we expose ourselves
to danger. Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, the innocent as well as the guilty
So without the covering of God’s protection, the future does look very bleak. Take
a look at these examples of what we can expect to happen as described in the Bible:
‘The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with
scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you
perish. The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. The LORD
will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the
skies until you are destroyed’. (Deuteronomy 28:22-24)
‘The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they
trembled because he was angry.’ (Psalm 18:7)
‘There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and
fearful events and great signs from heaven.’ (Luke 21:11).
‘All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shrivelled
figs from the fig tree.’ (Isaiah 34:4)
‘Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon
will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies
will be shaken.' (Matthew 24:29)
As we discussed in the introduction to this book, we are experiencing these disturbances
in nature already and they can only get worse: ozone layer depletion and greenhouse
effect leading to global warming, extreme weather patterns with flooding and sea
levels rising; asteroids colliding with Earth; earthquakes and famine.
‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes
in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.’ (Mark 13:8)
‘There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in
anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from
terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will
be shaken.’ (Luke 21:25-26)
We can expect an increase in wars, ethnic cleansing, terrorism and fear.
‘And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and
the third part of the ships were destroyed. And the third angel sounded, and there
fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third
part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is
called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died
of the waters, because they were made bitter.’ (Revelation 8:9-11)
So pollution of land, sea, rivers and air as well as a scarcity of fresh clean water
is something to expect. Incidentally, the Russian word for wormwood is Chernobyl,
which is the name of the town in which a nuclear reactor exploded in 1986 rendering
the surrounding area uninhabitable for years.
‘The LORD will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land
you are entering to possess. The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, with
fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew,
which will plague you until you perish. The LORD will afflict you with the boils
of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be
cured. The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind.’
By disobeying God we can expect an increase in incurable diseases and hostile organisms
that do not respond to antibiotics as well as epidemics of infections like bird flu.
‘This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be
lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded,
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof: from such turn away.’ (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
‘Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after
their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers
fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were
of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world
that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth,
which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the
day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this
one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years
as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall
melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned
up.’ (2 Peter 3:3-10)
We are already seeing the results of moral decay leading to breakdown of marriage
and family. This leads to lack of discipline, increasing violent crime and lack of
respect for life.
These things are happening right now and the deterioration is for all to see, but
they will come to an end as the Lord will have to step in to take control.
The question is when will this happen?
Nobody knows that answer to that except God Himself. Why did it not happen a thousand
years ago, and how do we know it will not be a thousand years in the future? As we
have discussed, a thousand years is as a day to God.
However, many of the circumstances which are predicted in the end-times scenario
could not have taken place a thousand or even a hundred years ago. For example the
placement of the Jews in the land of Israel is key to the unfolding events and this
did not occur until 1948. Some of the prophecies indicate sophisticated technology
in warfare, communications and travel which only came about in the last century.
So the elements are all in place and the stage is set for the end to begin.
Let us now attempt to summarise the key points of the future events as we have discussed
Despite all of us hoping and even praying to the contrary, the state of the world
is going to continue to deteriorate over the coming years. Godlessness, immorality
and lawlessness will increase and prevail. Famine, disease, warfare, terrorism and
delinquency will be rife and will spiral out of control.
Many will become disillusioned. The love and faith even of many believers will grow
cold. Islam will increase in its scope and effectiveness to the point of taking over
governments. Christians and Jews will become persecuted minorities. Pressure to eliminate
the state of Israel will increase.
Nations will begin to unite against common enemies like global warming, world-wide
environmental catastrophes, famine and terrorism. The world will become ripe and
prepared for a global government and dictatorship.
At some time in the imminent future, the existing population of genuine followers
of Jesus will be transported from Earth into Heaven in an event called The Rapture.
At this point there will be no true believers left on Earth.
After this a great politician will emerge who will negotiate a peace treaty between
the Jews and the Arabs. This man, called the Anti-Christ will become more and more
dominant, to the degree that he will be worshipped as if he were God himself. He
will head up a single government that will rule the entire world, having total global
control of all trade and commerce. People will be forced to receive a mark, possibly
a computer chip or a badge of allegiance, on their forehead or right hand or arm,
in order to trade. Anyone refusing the mark will suffer intolerable persecution.
In particular, Jews for whom marking of the body is desecration and against their
law, will be among those refusing the mark. Jews will become very unpopular and be
herded into Israel. As persecution intensifies, the Jews will cry out to God and
He will respond to their plight. He will open their eyes to recognise that the Messiah
is Yeshua, the one they rejected. As a result of this, 12,000 Jews from each of the
tribes will become evangelists and begin to convert the world; 144,000 of them, with
great effect. (Revelation 7:4) There will be a revival of faith in Jesus such as
never seen before.
A great division will take place between those who align themselves with God and
the Jews, and those who are aligned with the Anti-Christ. The nations will gather
together against Israel with the purpose of finally eradicating the Jews and a great
war will develop, centred on Israel in the plain of Megiddo – the battle of Armageddon
(Revelation 16:16). As the nations converge in warfare, Israel will be in danger
of annihilation and they will have nowhere to turn for help. They will have been
abandoned by all other nations. They will cry out to God, who will respond to them
with support from the armies of Heaven. Jesus Christ heading up a vast spiritual
army will come to Earth and conquer and subdue Israel’s enemies. There will be a
terrible slaughter. It will take the Jews 7 months to clear up the dead after the
war. (Ezekiel 39:12)
During the conflict the Anti-Christ will be killed. Afterwards Satan and his demonic
hordes will be bound and thrown into an abyss for 1000 years. (Revelation 20:3)
Then Jesus will set up a Kingdom on Earth over which He will be King. He will choose
people to reign with Him to form a worldwide government that will rule with total
justice and goodness. There will be no sickness and people will live a very long
time. Vicious enemies, even in the animal world will live at peace. The world will
become the place God originally intended it to be for a full 1000 years, which we
call the Millennium.
This was seen in a vision by John as expressed in the Revelation in which he says,
‘And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and
I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the
word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had
received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned
with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the
thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is
he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power,
but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand
years.’ (Revelation 20:4-6)
It is a mystery as to the identity of the people who will reign with Him. A possibility
is that they will be people of His choosing from those who have already died or been
raptured, but now returning to earth in ‘heavenly bodies’, just like Jesus did after
the resurrection. John also saw resurrected souls of those that had been beheaded
for their testimony. It is significant that Islam still uses this method of execution,
which may be perpetrated during the Great Tribulation.
During the millennium there will be peace and harmony. Satan and the demonic forces
will be bound up in the abyss, so that mankind will have the opportunity to live
without satanic interference. The environment will be cleaned up overnight. Natural
enemies of the animal world will lie down together without fear (Isaiah 11:6). People
will live for hundreds of years in good health (Isaiah 65:20).
At the end of the millennium, the demonic hordes will be released from the abyss
for a short period. It is not clear why this should be. It could be a final unleashing
of judgement on the world as man, even without the influence of Satan will still
have a tendency towards evil. At the same time it would allow those who have previously
opted out of making a decision to have to choose between God and Satan right at the
end of time. John continues, ‘And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall
be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in
the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle:
the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of
the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and
fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived
them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false
prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.’ (Revelation
Satan will gather together many nations, including Gog and Magog, which many believe
to refer to the nations to the north of Israel. Together they will attack Israel
and Jerusalem, which is the seat of the Messianic government. At this point, God
himself intervenes, and finally puts an end to Satan and all of his followers casting
them into the lake of fire forever. This battle is often confused with Armageddon,
but my understanding is that Armageddon is a human war, whereas this final battle
will be largely spiritual, with fire from heaven destroying the demonic hordes and
After this, the earth and indeed the physical universe will have completed their
function. The Earth and everything in it will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10). The universe
will be rolled up like a scroll (Isaiah 34:4). Then all of mankind will be judged:
the living and the dead will stand before the judgement seat of Christ. Those that
are still in rebellion will be consigned to hell and those that belong to Christ
will be received into Heaven for all eternity.
Now some of this seems very unlikely and hard to take seriously. Many if not most
people will regard this last set of events we have been discussing as figurative
and symbolic. Conversely some may try to put physical interpretations on the spiritual:
fire from heaven could refer to nuclear warheads. The total destruction of the earth
and the universe is the ultimate end point of the law of entropy anyway. But is the
heat death of the universe something that is millions of years away or are there
just about 1000 years to go? The idea of the universe being rolled up like a scroll
aligns with the idea of the 4 dimensions being rolled or folded into the 5th dimension.
So whilst some of these events are expressed supernaturally, there is a sense in
which they are destined to happen and the question is when rather than if.
However, when we consider the foundations of our beliefs, the creation, virgin birth,
resurrection and the ascension, there is much that is beyond our normal experience.
As we become aware of these other dimensions, beyond our own 3 dimensions, our imagination
and belief are stretched to accept the miraculous and the supernatural by faith.
Instead of scepticism and wariness, we become filled with excitement and anticipation,
waiting by faith for the impossible to happen, like children open mouthed and wide-eyed
at a pantomime.
These other dimensions are not millions of miles away; they are simply a warp or
twist in the fabric of space and time right on our doorstep. God, Heaven and Angels
are not light years away; God is right next to us when we reach out to Him. Also
the spiritual kingdom with its principalities and demonic powers is right there in
parallel to our earth. If God decides the time has come to put an end to our scepticism
and unbelief by collapsing time and space and crossing the dimensional boundaries,
that is His prerogative.
He has gone to extreme lengths to make it easy for us to engage with Him to show
our true nature and where we stand regarding His covenants. Whether we will side
with God Himself, with goodness and justice and love or whether we turn against him
and align ourselves with the powers of darkness, is a decision we will all have to
make in this lifetime. Once we pass that threshold of what we call death, there is
no way back.
God has made a lot of promises in the Bible that were sealed by the shedding of blood.
The cost of that covenantal relationship was the very lifeblood of Jesus, who is
God manifested in human form, shed on mount Calvary. It does not come cheap. All
of these covenants have been or are in the process of being fulfilled. Whilst there
are a lot of scriptural foundations and arguments for the future events we have been
discussing, it is not possible to prove them until after the events take place, so
we either believe them by faith or not.