BIBLE ANSWERS

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(This page last reviewed and updated  October, 2017) 

 On this page you will find the Bible Answers to questions about the coming time of Tribulation, the Last Days of Planet Earth and the Eternity to follow!

On Part 1 of this page you will find Bible Answers to your questions about the Last Days on planet earth, the Anti-Christ, the Great Tribulation, the Return of Christ, and God's judgments on our world.

 On Part 2 of this page you will find Bible answers to your questions about Eternity and how we will spend it.

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Part 1: The Last Days of Planet Earth - a time of Great Tribulation


What does the Bible tell us about the last days of planet earth? Our Planet earth will always be here. God created it, created us to inhabit it and from the end of the Book of Revelation we can see it will be inhabited with Christian worshipers forever.

Who is the Anti-Christ and why will people worship him? The Anti-Christ will be a popular world leader who will come on the stage to usher in the Great Tribulation. When he arrives the world will be in turmoil. There will be "wars and rumors of war" (Matthew 24:6, Mark:13:7). As a military man, this leader will wage war and then bring peace. He will first proclaim himself to be a defender and protector of Israel, but will shortly enter the temple and set himself up as a god to be worshiped. When a remnant of jews resist him, he will turn on Israel and begin to persecute the entire Jewish nation, attempting to drive them out of existence. He will set himself up in the rebuilt Jewish temple at Jerusalem as a god to be worshiped. At the end of the Great Tribulation he will be defeated by the armies of God, and sent into everlasting punishment.

When will the Great Tribulation begin and what will it be like?  God has not told us when the Great Tribulation will begin, however all the parts and pieces for the tribulation to begin have been in place ever since Christ returned to heaven.

Is the Anti-Christ here on earth today? Many have speculated that this leader or that leader is the Anti-Christ, but none have been so far. We know from the Book of Revelation that the Anti-Christ will come from the mid-east as a peace maker in a time of war. But, his motive is not peace but war to destroy Israel. 

Will the Church go through the "Great Tribulation"? There is much controversy and disagreement among honest, bible believing, Christians on this question. I personally believe the Bible teaches that all true christians will be "raptured" out of this earth, and lifted up bodily to meet Jesus Christ in the air (1 Thes 4:13-17) before the Great Tribulation begins. This is called the "pre-trib" rapture.  One support for this timetable is that there is no mention of the church in the Book of Revelation from the beginning of the tribulation in Rev 4:1, all the way through the Great Tribulation. The church is not mentioned again until Rev 19:14 when Christ, with his church, ride out from heaven to cast the beast and the false prophet into hell (the lake of fire), and to cast satan into the bottomless pit. How did the church get to heaven if they were not "raptured (taken up)" first? After that, in Rev 20:4, the church begins it's 1000 year reign with Christ here on earth.  This is what I believe, however, many of my good christian friends believe otherwise. Some believe christians will suffer through the first 3-1/2 years of the tribulation and have what is called a "mid-trib" view. Still others believe all the church which is still on earth when the Great Tribulation begins will have to go through the whole 7 years of tribuletion before they are "caught up" to be with our Lord in the air. This view is referred to as the "post-trib" view. I would not break fellowship with other Bible believers who have placed their trust in the sacrifice of Christ for their salvation, but, who themselves believe  Christians will go through all or part of the Tribulation.

But as for me and my house we are not planning to go thru any part of the Great Tribulation. You can if you want!

So, what does the Bible say about the 'Rapture of the Church'?   The term "Rapture" (commonly used by Christians for the phrase "caught up" used Paul) is not itself found in the Bible. It is a transliteration of the Greek word "Harpadzo" which means "to seize, to pluck up, to pull up or to take my force". What this refers to, however, is the revelation given to us by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with 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' (in the Greek "Harpadzo") together with them, in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.", has been called the rapture, and describes how the church of true believers, both those who have died and those still alive on earth at the time, will be miraculously "caught up" (raptured), that is, taken up in their physical body, to heaven by Jesus Christ, who has appeared to them as he calls them from the clouds above. It will be an amazing sight. I believe this will be done in fulfillment of God's promise that Christian believers will not be subject to the pain and suffering the rest of the world will go through in the Great Tribulation ("For we are not appointed unto the wrath of God" Rom 5:9, "For we shall not come into condemnation" Rom 8:1-4 ). As soon as the rapture occurs the Great Tribulation can begin, and not before.  

When will Jesus return? The Bible tells us that Jesus will return to this earth twice. He will return the first time to the heavens above the earth to "rapture", that is to "Catch Away" his church of true believers (1 Thes 4:17). He will return the second time with an army of saints to destroy the Anti-Christ and his armies at the Battle of Armageddon Rev 16:16 & Rev 19) . 

What Judgments still lie ahead?  The Bible speaks of several Judgments still ahead. There will be the Judgment of Christians for their works at the Beama Seat Judgment. Then, there will be the Judgment of the fallen angels, of Satan, of the False Prophet, of the Dragon, of the Anti-christ (Rev 20: 1-2)and finally there will be the judgmentof the lost at the Great White Throne (Rev 20:11-15). This judgment will be for  those folks that have lived, but never acknowledged their lost condition and never asked God to forgive them or trusted in the shed blood of Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for their sin. God's judgment, for all except the Christians who are saved, will be the same. An eternity of suffering without God.               

 

When will eternity begin, and what will it be like? Eternity will begin after the millenium and following the final defeat of Satan at the Battle of Armaggedon.  Eternity will be centered around the "New Heaven and New Earth" (Isaiah 65:17, Revelation 21:1-3). The New Earth will be inhabited my the faithful on earth at the Tribulation, while the New Heaven will be an eternal celestial city in heaven inhabited by the faithful who trusted Christ for their salvation during their life and who's spirit has gone on in death to be forever with God. 

 

 

Where will we spend eternity? If you have believed God's word, acknowledged your sin and trusted the shed blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your eternal salvation, you will spend eternity in heaven with God.  If you have not, if you are "doing it on your own", "living your life as best you can", "trying to do good", if you plan to make it to heaven "on your own" without relying on the sacrifice of Christ to take away the penalty of your sin, then God will say "depart from me, I never knew you" (       ), and you will spend eternity with the Rich Man of  Luke chapter 16, in outer darkness, where there is the weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt 13:41-42, Luke 13:24-28).       I love you, and  would never wish this upon you, or anyone else, but this is what the Word of God says.  God said it--I believe it--and that's good enough for me!

What is the "Great White Throne Judgment" and who will be there? As reported in the book of Revelation (Rev 1:19), God let John see into the future.  He saw the dead, small and great, standing before the great white throne of God.  "The books were opened, and they were judged for the things that were written in those books. And, whosoever was not found written in the 'Book of Life', was cast into the lake of fire, where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." (Mark 9:45-46 , Rev 19:20-21)  There will be no pleading.  There will be no cross examination of witnesses.  There will be no oral arguments.  Just death, and then the judgment, and then an eternity of pain and suffering. If you want to enjoy eternity with God in heaven, you better make sure your name is written in 'Book of Life'.   The Bible says, "Whosoever's name is not found written in the "Book of Life" shall be lost"  ( Rev 20:15 ) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Heb 10:31)      

Life on Earth Before Eternity Begins

 Before Eternity begins, this world will go through a time of great pain and suffering.  The Bible calls this time "The Great Tribulation". (Matt 24:21)
 As Christians, we are not looking to go through this time of world tribulation, chaos and pain. ( Rev 5:1-20:4)  Instead, we are looking forward to our eternity spent in heaven with God the Father, Jesus, and all the many saints. Our eternal life is not in our hands, we have put our trust and yes, our eternal life, in the finished work and the nail scarred hands of Jesus Christ. We can not work our way to heaven. Jesus has done that work for us, Praise God, and "It is finished".  

An old guy told me one time, "I have put all my eggs in one basket, and I have given that basket to Jesus Christ.  My eternal life is fully in his hands". Who is holding your basket?

What must occur to get from the world as we know it today into the eternity to come?  The Bible gives us a specific calendar of events that must occur between now and eternity.  In summary they are:

The Rapture of the Church (1 Thess 4:17). The rapture of the church ushers in the Great Tribulation by removing the last obstacle that is preventing the rise of the Anti-Christ (1 Thess 4:17), and the beginning of the Last Days and Great Tribulation.

The Great Tribulation begins. (Matthew 24:21) God's judgment of this earth for it's rebellion and sin against Him.

The rise of the Anti-Christ, the abomination of desolation, (Mark 13:14, Matthew 24:15). He will be a godless earthly ruler, who, assisted by the spiritual, demonic powers of "The Beast" and "The False Prophet", establishes his world reign.(1 John 2:22)

Wars and rumors of war. (Mark 13:7)

The "Scroll of Seven Seals" is opened - one seal at a time.(Rev 6:1)

The "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" ride out from heaven.(Rev 6:2)

The seven "Trumpet Woes" begin.(Rev 8:2)

The "Seven Bowls of Wrath" are poured out on the earth.  (16:1)

The "Anti-Christ", the "abominationof desolation" enlists the world's armies to fight against God.(Rev 20:8-9) 

Jesus Christ returns with his saints(Matthew 24:30). 

The army of the Anti-Christ is  defeated on the Plain of Jezreel, in a place called "Armageddon", by Jesus Christ and an army of Saints from heaven.(Rev 16:16 & 19:14-21)

The "Beast" & "False Prophet" are cast into hell, the Lake of Fire, for eternity.(Rev 19:20)

Satan - the force behind the Beast and the False Prophet - who has been roaming this world seeking whom he may devour (1Pet 5:8), is cast into "The Bottomless Pit" where he will stay imprisoned for 1000 years. (Rev20:1-3)

The Millennium begins (Rev 20:4-6) - heaven on earth - the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ here on earth.

The Millennium ends - and Satan is loosed from the 'Bottomless Pit'.(Rev 20:7)

Satan gathers together another army of un-believers. (Imagine that. Satan is able to deceive an army of people who have lived for 1,000 years under the direct leadership of God. Don't ever think Satan is not powerful.) They march against the city of Jerusalem.(Rev 20:8)

Satan and his new army are destroyed by the fire of God from heaven.(Rev 20:9)

Satan, along with the Beast and the False Prophet are cast into Hell, the "Lake of Fire" to live and suffer for etenity. (Rev 20:10) He is now finally gone forever.   Praise God's eternal and almighty name!!!

The "Great White Throne Judgment" begins (Rev 20:11-15).   "And the dead, small and great, are raised (from their graves) to stand before God.  And the books are opened, and another book is opened, which is called the 'Book of Life'. And, all the dead are judged out of those things which are written in the books, according to their works. And, whosoever was not found written in the 'Book of life', was cast into the Lake of Fire." 

Aside: It is important to note that only the lost appear before the Great White Throne of God for  Judgment.  It is here that they are judged for their sins, not their works. Christians do not appear before the Great White Throne of God for judgment because this is a judgment for sin and, as Christians, all of our sins were judged at the Cross of Christ.(John 5:24)    At the Great White Throne the lost will see their works burned up as so much "wood, hay and stubble"(1 Cor 3:12). 

The works of those who are saved will also be judged, and rewarded, but not here.The works of the saved, good works that advance the cause of Christ (which cause is the salvation of mankind), are discribed as "Gold, silver and precious stones"  They will last forever. Other works that are done, even by Christians, to satisfy their own ego and station in life are described as "wood, hay and stubble" and will be burned up. Christian works will be judged at the Beama Seat Judgment(Rom 14:10 & 2 Cor 5:10).  Here Christians will receive honors and awards that are bestowed on us by Jesus Christ. 

Please understand that works will not save anyone. Only the sacrifice and blood of Jesus Christ will save anyone (Eph 1:7, Heb 9:11-15). The Bible speaks of "the good works" of those who have trusted Christ for their personal salvation as reward for those who have been saved through their trust in the blood of Christ.  None of the "those things which are written in the books, according to their works" has any bearing on who goes to heaven and who goes to hell.  According to the Bible, the verdict of where you spend your eternity is NOT MADE as a result of YOUR WORKS-GOOD OR BAD-!!!  Our life in eternity is only dependent on ONE THING!!!  Whosoever's name is either written or not written in "The Book of Life"!!!   (Rev 20:15)  And, it is Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour who is able to write your name in the "Book of Life".

If you are not sure your name is written down in indelible ink, in the "Book of Life", I urge you get it written there today.  Tomorrow may be too late!!!

You can go to God right now.  Admit you have sinned and fallen short of God's plan for your life. (Rom 3:23)  In your heart confess to God that you have sinned and admit you can not save yourself (Ezek 18:20).  Thank God that he so loved you that he sent his only begotten son Jesus into this world to do for you what you could not do for yourself (John 3:16-18). Ask God to cover your sin with the blood of  Christ, and thou shalt be saved (John 5:24). Your name will immediately be written down in the Lamb's Book of Life, and heaven will be your address for eternity.  (Rev 20:12-15)  

  
How can I understand the Book of Revelation? The last Book of the Bible is the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  It gives us a preview of those things which will happen here on earth during the end times and reveals the heavenly character of Jesus Christ as he ministers today as Lord of Lords and King of Kings.  It reveals the details of Jesus' plan for his church throughout time and into the eternity to come.  There are several major divisions of this book, and several other references in the Bible giving us insight into the last days as depicted in the book of Revelation.

1.God's vision of the present day church. (Revelation 2:1 to Revelation 3:22)

2.The next major event in church history. (1 Thessalonians 4:16 & 17)

3. The sufferings and conditions on earth during the Great Tribulation. (Rev 6:1 thru 11:19)

4. The eternal destiny of those who joined Satan. ( Rev chapters 13 & 18 & Daniel chapter 7)

5. The eternal destiny of those who have rejected the gift of God. (Rev 20: 11-15)

6. The eternal destiny of Satan. (Rev 20:7-10)

7. The eternal destiny of those of us who have believed God and trusted Jesus Christ for our etenal salvation. (Rev 21 & 22)

Why did John fall down as dead?  We should be humbled as we read Rev 1:17.  Here is John (the beloved apostle) who, when he saw the risen Lord,  "fell at his feet as dead".  As did John, each of us will eventually come face to face with the risen Jesus Christ.  Some will meet him as judge and some will meet him as savior!  Either way he will be awesome. Saved or lost we will not be able to stand.   My heart goes out to those folks who meet him as their judge. Those of us who meet him as our savior will hear him say, "Welcome, beloved of my Father, come join me in paradise, prepared for you since the foundation of the world"(1 Pet 1:20, Lk 14:29, Mt 25:24).  For those who meet him as judge it will be to hear their sentence of eternal doom. Remember the unsaved will not be standing before God to determine guilt or innocence, but will be appearing before the eternal judge to receive their guilty sentence. (Rev 22:15) We are all guilty of sin in this life. Isaiah declared, "We all have sinned.  We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has gone our own way." (Isa 53:6)  We have all come short of the glory of God.   Many will stand before God to receive the just and guilty sentence for their sins, "Depart from me, I never knew you."(Lk 13:24-27, Matt 7:21-23 & 25:41)  But, for those of us who have put our  trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ,  for us, Jesus will step forward and tell God the judge, "Forgive them Father, take them into heaven with me, for I have already paid the sin debt death penalty for them". Those who have rejected Christ are also guilty, but they have no savior. They will stand alone before God, guilty of their sins and guilty of rejecting the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. Understand that our trial is not held in heaven. Our trial is here on earth in our daily life. The Bible says, "Choose you this day who you will serve". (Joshua 24:25) Standing before God is the place of judgment.  Here on earth is the place of choosing.  The bible confirms there is death and then the judgment.(Heb 9:27)  At the final judgment God will ask only, "What have you done with the sacrifice of my Son?"  Judgment will depend on your answer.  Judgment for reward will be at at the Beama seat judgment, but only for those who have trusted Christ.(Rev 7:9-12) "Blessed are they that do his commandments and may enter the gates into the eternal city." (Rev 22:14)  Judgment for eternal death will be before the Great White Throne of God for all those who have chosen not to trusted Jesus Christ. They must bear their own sins before God. (Rev 20:11-15)   Here they will receive their just sentence, "cast into the lake of fire that burns for ever and ever. This is the second death."  (Rev 20:14)  Yes, we shall all fall down before Jesus Christ, some in love and adoration, and some in fear and trembling. What group will you be in my friend?  

Who are the "four and twenty" elders John saw around the throne of God in Rev 4:4? They represent the church.  Note that they are already in heaven before the judgment of the earth  begins, thus supporting the belief that the church will not go through the Great Tribulation, having been raptured, that is taken away, from this earth before God's judgment falls.(1 Thes 4:13-17)

What is the scroll with seven seals in Rev 5:1?  This scroll represents the "Title Deed" to this earth. In the Roman times (which John lived) these "seven sealed" scrolls were commonly used for deeds.  So sealed as to prevent anyone from tampering with them. This scroll represents the Title for possession of this earth, and the only one who can possess it and open it is Jesus Christ. "Who is found worthy to take the scroll and open it?" (Rev 5:2)  Only Jesus himself. (Rev 5:7)  As the seals are opened we see the events on earth which will immediately proceed the return of Christ to take possession of his inheritance. The deed proclaims judgment against this earth and all of those left on earth after the rapture. These are those who would not believe God and trust Jesus Christ for their personal salvation. After the seals, after the plauges, after the 4 horsemen ride, the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev 11:15)  

What Does the Bible say about the End of Time?  The Bible does not say that there will be any "End of Time", however the Bible does have a lot to say about "The End Times". The world as we know it will indeed end but before it does all Hell will break loose.  God does not want us to be ignorant about the future, and the Bible tells us all about it. (to be continued)
What does the Bible say about our future?  The Bible is filled with facts about the  future that is before us yet today. God's pictures of the future are found not just in the Book of Revelation, but throughout all the Old and New Testaments.  Remember our God is the God of the future.  He has had his plan for mankind in place ever since he first created Adam and Eve.  When Satan lead Adam and Eve into sin, God told Satan that Christ would come and defeat him.  God's very first promise was given in Genesis 3:15, that Satan would torment Christ and cause him to suffer, but, through his death on the cross, Jesus Christ would utterly destroy Satan.(Genesis 3:15)  Our God is the God of the future, and he has used the prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and John to tell us about future events, the End Times on Earth and Eternity to follow

What is our next event on God's Schedule?The next heavenly event for this world will be God's Rapture of His Church! Then will come the great tribulation.Then the second coming of Jesus Christ to separate the sheep from the goats, and usher in the Millennium and His one thousand year reign here on earth.  After that, the Great White Throne Judgment, and finally, the last day of life as  we know it, and the first day of eternity.(May 21,2011 -To be continued)

Are Heaven and Hell real places? Yes! (To be continued)
 
 
After we die--then what? After we die then comes the judgment. (Heb 9:27)  (To be continued)
 
 
When will the Millennium begin? Right after the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet are cast into the lake of fire for eternity and Satan is cast into the bottomless pit to be inprisoned for 1,000 years. (2 Pet 2:9 & 3:7, Jude 9, Rev 20:1-2)  (To be continued
 
When will eternity begin? Following the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19-3, & 17-21), after Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire where he will stay forever. (Rev 20:10)  (To be continued)
 
 
When will Jesus Christ return? Jesus will return to begin the Millenium. (Rev 14:14 & 20:4) ( To be continued)
 
 
What is the Great Tribulation, when will it begin and will everyone then alive have to go thru it? The Great Tribulation will be a time of great pain and suffering brought upon this world because of sin.  It will not begin until after the "Rapture of the Church" (1 Thes 4:17) All who remain when it begins will have to go through it except that a group will be spared having to go through the last 3-1/2 years of it.  (To be continued)
 
  

 

Part 2:What can we know about Eternity?
Eternity is what the Bible is really all about!!!

When will eternity begin and what will it be like? The Bible tells us in the Book of Revelation that Jesus Christ will return to this earth at the end of the Millenium.  He will war against Satan, defeat him, cast him and all of his followers into the eternal lake of fire, where they will suffer a living death that will last for eternity.  At the same time, all those who have believed God and trusted Jesus Christ for their personal salvation, will be ushered into a life of eternal happiness with God.  This will be the beginning of an eternity that will never end. The Apostle Paul was lifted into heaven and when he returned he could not even put into words the overwhelming grandeur of it all. 
Where will I spend eternity?
Will I be alive for eternity as I am today?
When will Jesus return?  The Bible foretells that Jesus will return two more times to this earth, first for his church (1 Thes 4:17) and later to reign and execute judgment. (Rev 14:14 &19:11-16 & 20:4)
Did the Old Testament Saints know about Eternal Life and the events foretold in the Book of Revelation? Yes!!! God's forecast of the future is not just limited to the last book of the Bible.  God's plan for eternity was shared with many of his people as recorded in the Old Testament. Since God never changes, his plan for our eternity has not changed since Gen 1:1.  In Jesus' time, those who had read their bible and believed God, already knew of the coming eternity, the judgments and the future resurrection of their bodies.  Remember when Jesus went to comfort the women after Lazarus died?  He told them, "Thy brother shall rise again" (John 11:23-24)  The women said they already knew, from their own scriptures (the Old Testament) of the resurrection of the dead and their glorified bodies to come. Remember, they told Jesus, "We know there will be a resurrection for eternity, but our brother is dead now."  The prophet Daniel gave them (and us) vivid and detailed pictures of the Great Triblulation, the Anti-Christ and the Beast to come. God had told his people of these coming "End Times" throughout the Old Testament, with the fullest picture of things to come having been given to the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos. (Rev 1:9)
As we walk thru these pages together we will see, as did John, the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. (Rev 1:19)  Search the scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15 ) and  find your  future in the pages of God's word.

After I die - then what happens? The Bible says "After death there is the Judgment" (Heb 9:27) What Judgment is Paul talking about.  When will it happen? Right after we die or later?  If later, where will we be in the meantime?  Who will be at this "Judgment"? Who is the Judge? Can we plead our own case? What will be the evidence? What will be the sentence if we are found guilty? Will there be rewards? Punishments? What does the Bible say about all of this?
(to be continued)

What if I don't believe there is anything after this life?  Some folks will say, "I don't  believe in an 'After Life'.  I believe this is all there is.  After we are dead, that's the end. There is nothing else." Ok, you are entitled to your opinion, but, what if you are wrong? If the Bible has proved itself to be written by God, and if the God of the Bible says there is life after death, "after death comes the judgment"  (Heb. 9-27)  shouldn't we at least check it out? 

Who has the right answer? Like politics , everyone claims to have the right answer.  But, all of them are not right! Like everyone else you have a right to your own opinion, but what if you are wrong??? Once we are dead our destiny is fixed. The Bible says we have only one life and after that, then the judgment. You don't believe in life after death?  OK, but what if you are wrong?? What if  there is life after death, and you end up on the wrong side of God???  Can you afford to take that chance.  Why not make the decision today to open your heart and ask God to make his word real to you. For your own eternal safety make the effort to believe God's word. Don't take our word for it, go to God yourself and ask him to reveal to you the truth. I tell you from experience, God will hear your sincere call and will not let you down. I suggest he will encourage you to put your trust in the finished sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your own eternal life.  The Bible says that Jesus Christ paid your sin debt for you. Only He could do it, because only He was sinless. "I owed a debt I could not pay. He paid a debt He did not own."  This decision will give you a future of eternal happiness, rather than one of an eternal Hell? 

More Bible Answers about The End Times here on earth and the Eternity to come will be coming soon to this web page!
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