If I could convince people that the Millennial Kingdom led by Jesus begins on earth within twenty years, would they change anything in their life? Keep in mind, that the great trial for everyone living on earth even begins some seven years sooner. First, God will send His two witnesses to first tell the world the truth but the world will hate them and wish to kill them but any harm directed toward them will fall on their own head.
These two prophets of God will have the power to smite the nations as often as they wish (Rev 11:6). That being true, the reality than is that those not in Christ will experience the start of this great trial on earth within the next 10 to 15 years. The reason for the great trial is to deal with evil people who are following Satan and to remove all who are opposed to the rule of Jesus on earth. None that reject Jesus as Lord will enter the Millennial Kingdom that He will set up on earth.
There is no reason for true believers to be tried because they already are in the spiritual body of Christ. Their sins are covered by the blood Jesus shed for them at the cross. Therefore, those in Christ are taken to be with Christ before this great trial on earth even begins (1Th 4:15 through 5: 1-11 & Rev 3 10). If Jesus is ruling within twenty years, that means the Rapture is likely to occur within the next 10 to 15 years.
Some Bible prophecy teachers say that about half of the people in the world will be killed during the tribulation period. I think it is highly unlikely that half the population will survive. I believe at least two-thirds will be killed and it might be more than five-sixths.
We know that two-thirds in Israel are killed during the refining of Israel in their trial (Zec 13:9), so I think the Gentile nations that oppress Israel are likely to reap double on their own head as payback during the Great tribulation and the judgment of the nations.
If you read all that is said about the events on earth in Revelation, it is hard to see how billions of people can survive through it. The Old Testament scriptures also confirm that. In fact, if Jesus did not return to cut short the time of this destruction for the sake of His elect, no flesh would have survived on earth at all (Mt 24:22). Even after the tribulation of those days, there still remains the Sheep and Goat Judgment where Jesus determines who will enter the kingdom and who will be cut off by how they treated His Israelite brethren (Mt 25 31-46). That said, I do not think that there will be billions of mortal beings entering the Kingdom.
I have already written about why I surmise that Jesus will return in the 2030′s so I will not repeat that again here. You can read the articles.
What I would like to do is to point out the more recent obvious trends that continues to support most of what I said in those articles.
Iran is now one month away from making nuclear warheads anytime that she so chooses and Israel is getting mighty concerned about that. The Arabs are also concerned about a nuclear Iran starting a new empire by first taking over the fertile crescent.
Saudi Arabia is so angry at Obama for not taking action against Iran’s nuclear weapons program and for destabilizing Arab nations that they have made plans to acquire nukes from Pakistan. They say they might even give nukes to Egypt. Saudi Arabia paid for much of the Pakistan nuclear program so she is likely to have access to some of these weapons when she wants to take possession.
The Saudis are now financially supporting the military of Egypt because Egypt has enough population to oppose any Iranian takeover. Turkey also has the population numbers but she now seems to favor Iran rather than the Arabs (Iran and Turkey are not Arab nations). As long as the Twelfth Imam Mahdi cult is running Iran, it is not likely that Iran will change direction on its nuclear weapons development program. Therefore, most likely, either Israel will soon hit Iran’s nuclear facilities, or there will be a nuclear race in the Middle East. In either case, Katie-bar-the-door!
Nationalism is now rapidly rising in EU nations against the Muslim threat and because of high unemployment and the tax and austerity programs being forced on them by EU bureaucrats. I think the Beast/Antichrist will come from and lead a populist nationalistic movement in Europe much like his last forerunner (Hitler).
The Roman Catholic Church has a very strange Pope and even many Catholics think so. You can read about the possibilities in my article, Is Jesuit Pope Francis the Antichrist or the False Prophet?
Obama is undoubtedly a Communist whose ideology is rapidly leading America to its own destruction. By 2017 America will be over $20 trillion in debt. If the Interest rates rise to just that of normal times, the Interest alone will add another trillion to the national debt each year. This is not sustainable.
In addition, America’s electrical grid is very vulnerable to an EMP or cyber attack. When even the former Homeland Security Chief says the electrical grid will soon be attacked and fail, we ought to take that warning seriously. The death estimates for an extended grid down situation in the U.S. is 60 percent to 90 percent dead within one year. It looks like the U.S. could soon be out of the picture as a superpower and that certainly will seriously destabilize the rest of an already unstable world.
Russia is rebuilding its military while America’s military is being emasculated and defunded by the Obama administration. Vladimir Putin’s dream of building a new Russian Orthodox Empire and becoming its next Czar looks plausible. Russia will become a world power again and her Czar (Putin?) will fulfill the Gog role in Ezekiel 38 and 39.
China is rapidly becoming a superpower and the restraint of the U.S. in East Asia will soon be gone. China with its one child policy has caused a huge surplus of men in their country and the greatest number of these will be of fighting age by around 2030. They will be the backbone for the 200,000,000 man army coming from the East (Rev 9:16).
The great apostasy is spreading almost unrestrained in much of Christendom. Third wave Pentecostals claiming signs and wonders and mystical experiences have now gone mainstream and they have replaced any serious Bible study in much of the Evangelical Protestant world. Christianity is taught as the means for people to acquire material things or for gaining advantage over others.
Rather than trusting in God’s living Word, confession of faith within this rapidly spreading heretical movement means having faith in your own spoken words, or the words of their spiritual Guru, or the words that they conjured up in their own mind that they then tell people came from God.
Many calling themselves Evangelical Christians now follow heretical charismatic personalities instead of the Jesus of the Bible. Christianity is also becoming increasingly hostile toward Israel as Replacement Theology is taught by whole denominations.
Homosexual perversion is now spreading all over the world as normal acceptable lifestyles. Secular humanism “progressives” with the governments that their converts demand are in open rebellion against God’s laws. They enforce their own laws on others that oppose God’s laws and the God-given marriage covenant and family structure. Porn is now everywhere, drugs are everywhere, morality is mocked, and evil is said to be good. The name of Jesus and honoring the true God of creation is not allowed in “progressive” nations. However, anything else goes in “progressive” societies given over to a reprobate mind (Rom 1: 18-32). We ought to know what comes next, if we know the scriptures.
Think about it, twenty years is not that far in the future. In twenty years Jesus probably will be ruling in Jerusalem and everything leading up to the second coming will probably already be in the past. How then should people be living if they actually believed that Jesus is Lord and that He will be ruling in His Millennial Kingdom within 20 years?
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Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.