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1. 70 weeks of Daniel – A prophecy map

    Daniel reveals 70 “weeks” (70 x 7 = 490 years) of time from his day until God completes His plan for the Jews (Daniel 9:24-27). The events of the 1st 69 “weeks” (483 years) ended at Christ’s triumphal entry. Since the Jews rejected Christ, a gap occurred between the 69th and 70th week. This “church-age” gap is now almost 2,000 years. The final week (7 years, Daniel 9:26b, 27) will yet be fulfilled when God resumes His plan for Israel and judges the world (The 7-year Tribulation).

2. The Rapture

    Definition: Christ returns in the air to take believers to heaven at the end of the church age and before the Tribulation (living and dead believers are given new bodies).

    Key Passages: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 3:10

3. The Tribulation

    Definition: The Tribulation is a 7-year time of unequaled war and supernatural disaster during which the Antichrist asserts himself as the world ruler and God resumes His plan of bringing many Jews to salvation.

    Key Passages: Daniel 9:26b, 27; 11:36-45; 12:9-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; 2 Thessalonians :1-12; Matthew 24, 25; Ezekiel 38, 39; Revelation 4-18

4. Second Coming of Christ

    Definition: Christ returns to the earth, ending the Tribulation. He comes to judge the Antichrist and the world, and to rescue the many Jews who turn to Christ as Messiah.

    Key Passages: Zechariah 12, 14:1-15; Matthew 14:29-31; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19:11-21

5. The Millennium

    Definition: The Millennium is the 1,000 year period on earth following the Tribulation in which Christ rules and the Old Testament promises to Israel are fulfilled. At the end Satan is loosed to rebel once more (Revelation 20:7-9). He is judged, and then all unbelievers are finally judged (Great White Throne – Revelation 20:10-15).

    Key Passages: Old Testament prophecies of the kingdom (Isaiah 60-66 etc.) Revelation 20

6. The Eternal State

    Definition: The eternal condition of all believers as they enjoy the new heavens and new earth.

    Key Passages: Revelation 21:1-22:5

Further Reading:

    Leon J. Wood, The Bible and Future Events. Zondervan. 1973

Related Topics: Prophecy/Revelation