If we consider the signs in the Gospels (see end time 2. The Gospels), we are in the transition from ‘Beginning of woes of distress’ to ‘The great tribulation and persecution’, a period that is called ‘the last days’ in 2 Timothy 3:1-2:
WEB (2 Timothy 3:1-2) 1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, ….
Beginning of woes of distress:
False Christs, Wars, Famines, Infectious Diseases, Earthquakes.
The great tribulation and persecution:
Be slain, By all be hated, Many Christians will stumble, Will betray and hate, Lawlessness increases, Love will grow cold, Gospel preaching worldwide, The great tribulation, False Christs and false prophets who will do great signs, Many nations will search for God
The chosen approach is, to only make an overview of the signs of ‘The great tribulation and persecution’ in the last days. These signs will soon gain momentum since Christians especially in this time period have become massively apostate. The great tribulation and persecution will therefore take place shortly.
What the current status concerns, the last days, there are 3 clear starting points:
The massive apostate has already come (2 Thess. 2:3, Daniel 8:23)
The people have widely become greedy. (2 Tim. 3:1-2) See: end time 10. The rebellion
The 8th kingdom, the financial system, reigns. (Rev. 17:11) See: end time 11. The main themes
The seventh king, the American empire
The seventh head or crowned king, the American empire, must continue a little while “a short time” and then make room for the 8th kingdom, a financial system. (Rev.17: 10) (see also: world powers 3. The 7th King, the American Empire)
The 8th kingdom, a financial system
After the American empire, a new king comes, a world power, with no mention of crowns as public identification of the monarchy as with the previous kings. (compare Rev. 13:1 with Rev. 17:3) This last world power, the 8th kingdom, is not a power of a kingdom as before (it was, but it is not), but is a financial power and comes from the seven. (Rev. 17:11) (See: world powers 9. The woman and the scarlet-colored wild beast and world powers 10. The 8th kingdom, the 10 kings)
WEB (Revelation 17:11-12) 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he goes to destruction. 12 The ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour.
This eighth kingdom will, according to Revelation, receive the power to govern for 1 hour (a short period), who represents the 10 uncrowned kings, who have not yet received the kingdom.
Our study shows, that the central banks – particularly the Fed – are the 8th kingdom.
The last days are now gaining momentum because Christians have become massively apostate. (2 Thess. 2:3)
WEB (2 Thessalonians 2:3) 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction,
This important marker of the Christian departure is in our eyes already passed, first in Europe and then in the rest of the world.
Maybe in some parts like in Africa or Asia there is limited growth, but to set the Christian moral lifestyle centrally in life is in most countries really over.
The false prophet
Immediately after the apostate, the false prophet appears, who exalts himself as a God and demands exclusive devotion. (2Tess. 2:3,4)
WEB (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) …. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.
The false prophet does great signs
We have from Scripture a clear picture of how the false prophet will manifest himself, but we still can not identify him precisely because we have not yet seen the powerful signs that he will do.
WEB (Revelation 13:13-14) 13 He performs great signs, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in the sight of people. 14 He deceives my own people who dwell on the earth because of the signs he was granted to do in front of the beast; ….
The false prophet is the initiator for making the image
(see also world powers 7. An ‘image’ for the first wild beast)
The mark of the false prophet;
The false prophet exerts coercion on all people to accept the mark of him, his name or the number of his name and ensures that only people with the mark can buy or sell.
WEB (Revelation 13:16-17) 16 He causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slave, to be given marks on their right hands, or on their foreheads; 17 and that no one would be able to buy or to sell, unless he has that mark, the name of the beast or the number of his name.
This mark predicts unfortunately not much good, people with the mark will also undergo the wrath of God:
WEB (Revelation 14:9-10) 9 Another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a great voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead, or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, …..
The heavenly vision
After the inspection of the 7 municipalities, John is asked (in Rev. chapter 4) to ascend to heaven so that further heavenly vision can be shown to him:
WEB (Revelation 4:1) 1 After these things I looked and saw a door opened in heaven, and the first voice that I heard, like a trumpet speaking with me, was one saying, “Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this.”
The inclusion of the firstfruits, the prophets, in heaven
(See also: end time 7. Revelation, the harvest)
The birth of the child, the New Jerusalem, also relates to the resurrection of the prophets, they are also among the first fruits.
WEB (Hebrews 11:13-16) 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and embraced them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking after a country of their own. 15 If indeed they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had enough time to return. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
WEB (Revelation 4:4) 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones. On the thrones were twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white garments, with crowns of gold on their heads.
The fifth trumpet sounds, the first woe:
The angels, imprisoned in Tartarus, get the power for 5 months to torment the people who do not have the seal of God on the forehead. (Rev. 9:5-6) (See: end time 4. Revelation, the 7 trumpets)
They are presenting themselves with their crowns as of important descent, king’s sons, with their human faces they present themselves as understandable people and with their female hair they present themselves as sweetly as women. (Rev. 9:7-8)
In reality they possess fearsome teeth like lions and venomous tails like scorpions.
The sixth trumpet sounds, the second woe:
Four angels become loosened and make it possible that a very large group of riders can kill the third part of men. (Rev. 9:15)
The rest of the people did not repent of their works. (Rev. 9:20,21)
There is no postponement anymore. (Rev. 10:6)
Preaching by the 2 witnesses
The two witnesses will work for 1,260 days clothed in sackcloth. This means that their witness work entails a message, where repentance fits in.
The testimony of these two prophets will be a testimony to all nations, the last chance to repent and showing believe in the Heavenly Father and His Son:
WEB (Matthew 24:14) 14 This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
When the two witnesses have finished their testimony, the wild beast that ascends out of the abyss (the 8th kingdom) will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. (Rev. 11:7)
The seventh trumpet sounds, the third and final woe:
God’s kingdom has come.
The heavenly Father has begun to reign as king. (Rev. 11:15-17)
The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of God and his Messiah. The 24 elders give a summary to John of the rewards for people who are going to take place in the New Jerusalem: The reward for the prophets, the saints and those (young and old) who have respect for Your name. (Rev.11: 18)
The rapture of the saints in heaven
(See also: end time 7. Revelation, the harvest)
During the seventh trumpet, the 144,000 saints will receive an inclusion into heaven, caught up by the Lord:
WEB (1 Thessalonians 4:17) 17 then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.
WEB (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
The birth of the New Jerusalem
The heavenly Jerusalem, a heavenly organization of angels, is about to give birth. The birth of the ‘symbolic’ child is the New Jerusalem. (Rev. 12:1,2) (See: end time 5. Revelation, the pregnant woman)
Michael and his angels fight against Satan and overcome him. (Rev. 12:7)
Satan is hurled down to the earth, together with his angels. (Rev. 12:9)
Now Satan is hurled down, God’s kingdom may operate. (Rev. 12:10)
After Satan was hurled down to the earth, he first prosecutes the angels who also have tasks on earth and he is furious. (Rev. 12:12,13)
Then Satan prosecutes ‘the remaining seed’, the saints on earth. (Rev. 12:17)
The newborn child, a ‘symbolic’ male child, is a new heavenly organization that will rule all the nations with an iron rod. (Rev. 12:5)
This ‘ruling with a rod of iron’ refers to the way of ruling that will be very fundamentally. (Rev. 2:26-27)
The king of the south
The king of the south (not yet identified) will collide with the king of the north, with the US. (Daniel 11:40)
China has invested heavily in U.S. Treasuries. According to Bloomberg, the debt is more than $ 1000 billion.
If the dollar further dilutes or if the U.S. would not be able or doesn’t want to pay back the debt, then it could just happen that China becomes the king of the south.
The persecution of Christians
The US will, led by the 8th kingdom, persecute Christians.
WEB (Daniel 8:24) 24 …. and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do his pleasure; and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people.
WEB (Matthew 24:9) 9 Then they will deliver you up to oppression, and will kill you. You will be hated by all of the nations for my name’s sake.
The 8th kingdom will, together with the US, make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them, along with all faithful Christians.
WEB (Revelation 17:14) 14 These will war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings. They also will overcome who are with him, called and chosen and faithful.”
The destruction of whore, the (financial) idolatry in all its forms
Then follows a fierce struggle of the 10 kings together with the US against the whore and ‘her idolatry in all its forms’ will be destroyed:
WEB (Revelation 17:16-17) 16 The ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the prostitute, and will make her desolate, and will make her naked, and will eat her flesh, and will burn her utterly with fire. 17 For God has put in their hearts to do what he has in mind, and to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God should be accomplished.
The great war at Har-Mágedon
The kings of the earth (the NATO) are gathered unto the war of the great day of God the Almighty to Har-Mágedon:
WEB (Revelation 16:14-16) 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs; which go forth to the kings of the whole inhabited earth, to gather them together for the war of that great day of God, the Almighty. 15 “Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his clothes, so that he doesn’t walk naked, and they see his shame.” 16 He gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew, Megiddo.
Jesus makes war with his army in righteousness:
HerzSt (Revelation 19:11) 11 I saw the heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it is called Faithful and True. In righteousness he judges and makes war.
The inclusion of a great multitude in heaven
(See also: end time 7. Revelation, the harvest)
After the 6th scale, but before the seventh bowl is poured, the great multitude is included into heaven:
WEB (Revelation 16:12,15) 12 The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates. Its water was dried up, that the way might be made ready for the kings that come from the sunrise.
15 “Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his clothes, so that he doesn’t walk naked, and they see his shame.”
The great multitude will be servants in the temple
WEB (Revelation 7:15) 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.
Jesus begins to reign with the 144,000 saints
The saints sit down on their thrones and reign a thousand years as kings and priests together with Christ. (Rev. 20:4,6)
The conclusion of the system of things
The great tribulation will be a financial and economic oppression caused by the 8th kingdom, the central banks, who will prove to be a ruthless king.
Greed and power will be important reasons for this financial debacle.
Christians will be hated and persecuted, not in the least because they are not willing to accept the mark of the false prophet, under no circumstances.
This false prophet will require exclusive devotion.
Not being able to buy or sell, will test every Christian, and will show who will persevere in faith. Every Christian must therefore under tribulation show his faith and trust in the heavenly Father and the Lamb.
The heavenly Father will not allow His faithful people succumb under this oppression.
The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night and when they say that there is peace and security, their destruction will come. (1 Thess. 5:2-3)
Just before the attack on the great multitude is deployed by the US and 8th kingdom, Jesus will intervene with his army. (Daniel 11:45) (Daniel 8:23-25) (Rev. 17:12-14)
This is the war of the great day of God the Almighty at Har-Mágedon.
The false prophet and the 10 kings will be destroyed in this war. (Rev. 19:19-21)
Like the unrepentant men, – as the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars (Rev. 21:8) – for they who destroy the earth, will now be destroyed themselves. (Rev. 11:18)
The immediate end will be marked by natural disasters on such a scale that have never occurred before.(Luke 21:25-26) (Luke 17:26-29) (2 Peter 3:10) (Rev. 6:14)
Before natural disasters break loose in the last days, the great multitude will also have to obey “immediately and without hesitation” and leave as Noah and Lot did.
Satan is imprisoned in Tartarus. (Rev. 20:2)
Who endures to the end, and who remains the worship of the only Heavenly Father, those will be saved:
WEB (Acts 2:21) 21 It will be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
WEB (Matthew 24:13) 13 But he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.
What follows after 1000 years
The already deceased people will be resurrected again only after a thousand years. (Rev. 20:5)
They will be judged according to the book of life. Whose names are not written in the book of life, will be destroyed. (Rev. 20:11-15)
Satan will be released, will still deceive many and will then be destroyed. (Rev. 20:10)
The New Jerusalem descends from heaven, God is with the people, and will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and death will be no more. (Rev. 21:2-4)
With the resurrection of the deceased people and the descent of the New Jerusalem to earth, the prophecy will be fulfilled, that the meek shall inherit the earth. (Matt. 5:5)
WEB (Isaiah 11:4-9) 4 But with righteousness he will judge the poor, and decide with equity for the humble of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; And with the breath of his lips he will kill the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his waist. 6 The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow and the bear will graze. Their young ones will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child will play near a cobra’s hole, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. 9 They will not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; For the earth will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.