A Last Days (End Times) Timeline According to the Bible © 2011 A. J. MacDonald, Jr.
Explanation of timeline:
According to the Bible, at the first coming of Christ, Satan was cast down from heaven to the earth (see: Revelation 12:1-12). Jerusalem is overthrown (70 A. D.) and the temple destroyed (just as Christ predicted it would be, within that generation (Mark 13:30 = 40 years) by the Roman armies, which surrounded Jerusalem (i.e., “the abomination that makes desolate”, compare Luke 21:20 with Matthew 24:15). Upon the execution (by the Romans) of this final, official, covenantal rejection of Israel by Christ (see: Revelation 18:1-24 and Matthew 23:38) Satan is bound for 1,000 years (Greek: “a long time”; like us saying: “a gazillion years” see: Revelation 20:1-6) and the kingdom is taken away from Israel and given to the Gentiles, who will bring forth fruit (see: Matthew 21:43-44), until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled; Jerusalem is to be “trodden underfoot by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled (Luke 21:24). The time of the Gentiles is fulfilled only when the gospel has gone into (saturated) all the earth (see: Matthew 24:14 and Habakkuk 2:14) and the Gentiles have turned away from and rejected Christ. Then Satan will be loosed (“a little while” =40 years) in order to deceive all the Gentile nations and gather them together against the only “people of God” who remain on earth “the Jews” who, because they have faithfully kept their scriptures and traditions, await their soon-coming messiah (see: Romans 11) who will appear and destroy those nations that have been deceived to gather against God’s chosen ones, the heirs of the promise God made to Abraham (see: Genesis 12: 1-3 and Revelation 20:7-10). The dead will rise and the living will be changed (see: 2 Thessalonians 2) and will be judged at Christ’s return, which is the Final Judgment of the Last Day (see: Revelation 20:11-15). The old earth and heaven pass away and a new earth and heaven appear (see Revelation 21) renewed and reborn, much like a seed which is planted and dies before it grows and is reborn to become the plant it was ultimately meant to become (see Romans 8).
Some relevant conclusions:
1) Present-day Israel is NOT the “camp of the saints” the “nations of the world” gather against in the book of Revelation, neither is present-day Israel now awaiting God (alone) to destroy their enemies (i.e., “the nations of the world”), which gather against them, as the Bible says God himself does: “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:7-10, emphasis added). Present-day Israel (along with “Christian” America) is destroying Israel’s enemies now, today, NOT God. Israel’s enemies today, unlike Revelation 20, are not ALL the Gentile nations but only SOME of the Gentile nations (Palestinians/Muslims).
2) Satan is cast down to the earth at the first coming (birth) of Christ (see: Revelation 12). Satan is clearly the “accuser of the brethren” in the book of Job who goes to and fro both in heaven and on earth (see: Job 1) until he is cast down to the earth by Michael and his angels (see: Revelation 12). Satan is finally bound and cast into the bottomless pit so that he might deceive the nations no more (see: Revelation 20: 1-6). Christ, at his resurrection, defeated Satan and put him to an open shame (see: Colossians 2:8-15). Satan is loosed only for “a little while” (Greek: μικρὸν; “mikron”) so that he might deceive the nations once more and gather them together against God, Christ, and God’s chosen people (Jews who will believe in Christ).
3) Our mission, as Gentiles who follow Christ, is to “Christianize” the Gentile world and to provoke unbelieving Jews to envy, or jealousy (see: Romans 11:11).
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VIDEO – Jesus Of Nazareth (Blind Man) The end of this clip is powerful: “I came into the world to give sight to those who cannot see…and take away sight from those who can!” ~ Jesus (to the Jewish leaders of Israel)
See, too, my article: The 100 Year-Old Duping of American Evangelical Christianity – Christian Zionism