Scripture tells us what we may expect as the end times come. We do not believe America will play a major role. Israel will be attacked. The Antichrist will be revealed. The Jews build their Temple. We will have a cashless economy. Christians will be raptured. There will be a seven year period of the Abomination of Desolation. Armageddon will take place and a 200 million army will be defeated. Christ returns to rule for one-thousand years. We don’t know the date but we are told we can read the signs. So let’s look as some possibilities:

AMERICA’S REDUCED IMPORTANCE – We are told in the end times, Satan will be preparing for the Antichrist to rule the world. Politicians will be more concerned about their party and themselves than America. Presently, we are selecting a new president. It is possible that the GOP nominee will be Donald Trump. It is likely that Hillary Clinton will be indicted and Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee. Republican conservatives will refuse to vote for Trump and Sanders could win. Also, the Democrats take over the senate. America continues to borrow and defaults on its loans. America has a severe depression and is financially unable to remain a superpower and it necessitates an extremely reduced military force. Government will be unable financially to pay full benefits for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. (Mark 3:24 “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”)

ISRAEL IS ATTACKED – Russia becomes Syria’s protector and liberator based on an agreement to attack Israel to return the Golan Heights, territory Israel won from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. It contains billions of barrels of oil that Syria and Russia could receive hundreds of billions of dollars and divide. A number of nation, such as Iran and others will assist in the attack. Israel, with the help of God, wins and destroys these nation’s armies. Exodus 29:46 – “They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.” There are many Scriptures that say: “They will know that I am God.” People will know there is a God and many will continue to deny His existence.

REVEALING OF THE ANTICHRIST – A person from the Eurozone countries will make peace with Israel and Palestine for a period. Israel gets to build its Temple. After 3½ years, the Antichrist will stop animal sacrifices and announces that he is their messiah.

THE CASHLESS ECONOMY – All transactions would require a credit card or a debit card. We are almost there now. A number of European nations are close to being cashless. We will become a one-world government led by the Antichrist. Everyone will be required to have a number or a RFID chip implanted on their right hand or forehead. Without the mark, no one will be able to buy or sell or obtain a job without that mark. Anyone taking that implant or mark will be separated from Christian believers throughout eternity. It is possible those refusing the mark will be killed. The Russian, Joseph Stalin, killed 20 million of his countrymen and a Chinese leader, Mao Zedon, murdered 45 million for not accepting their policies.

THE RAPTURE OF CHIRSTIAN BELIEVERS – The Bible tells us in the end times there will be scoffers and unbelievers. No matter what the signs tell us and what the conditions might be, most will not be able to believe that the end is nearing. Old Testament history tells us that the people of Israel were often warned and would not believe that God would do as He said He would do. False prophets were continually telling the people that things were only going to get better. But they didn’t!!!

I Thessalonians 4:13–18 – “We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”

THE TRIBULATION – Jesus said one of the signs of the end times would be the great tribulation as described in Matthew 24:21-30. “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 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. Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[ will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.”

During this period of time there will be worldwide disasters, war, famine, pain and suffering and three quarters of those on earth will die prior to the Second Coming of Jesus.

THE WAR OF ARMAGEDDON – Revelation 16:16 “And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon.” Armageddon is a strategic place located near an international highway leading north from Egypt through Israel, along the coast and on to Baghdad. Over 200 battles have been fought in this area.

The Bible says that the final war will be against Israel. Christ will return to earth with His saints to deliver Israel and complete the unity of God’s people. It is believed to be a war that will destroy most of the earth and much of the world’s population will be killed. The armies of the Antichrist will be wiped out.

CHRIST WILL RULE FOR A THOUSAND YEARS – It is believed that when Christ comes back to rule, the saints who have died will come with Him. This includes the Old Testament saints and all saved in the Tribulation period. Non-believers who have died since Adam will not be raised to live in the 1000 years. But after that time, they will face the Judgment and the ‘Lake of Fire’. Those who have been saved will be judged by their deeds and their rewards will be given to each.

It is believed during the 1000 years, the first three curses will be as the ecology and environment will return to pre-flood conditions. After those years, the Bible tells us a new heaven and a new earth comes. Revelation 21:3–4 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Generation after generation will be born and the earth flourishes as it did in Eden before Satan tempted Adam and Eve. It shall be like heaven on earth. Scripture tells us this many times. At the end of the 1000 years, Satan is let out of his imprisonment in the Abyss and unbelievers will accept him and go with him to war against Christ seeking a better life or more material things. They will be so depraved that their final punishment is the ‘Lake of Fire’ along with Satan and all his followers. Then a new heaven and a new earth will appear after the 1000 years.

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