The time period covered by eschatology includes the the 70 sevens of Daniel’s 70 seven prophecy including the interlude between the 69th and 70th week(Dan.9:24-27), the 30-day Reclamation Period of the kingdom and the 45-day Restoration Period of the kingdom, the Millennium which is also called the New Heaven and the New Earth, the White throne judgement at the end of the Millennium and the Eternal State. In this article, we shall present an overview of the events that will occur in each of these time periods. We have already mentioned some of these events in some of our previous articles. Here we shall present a panoramic view of these events without going into the details of these events.
The 70 Sevens Of Daniel
This period defined by Daniel 9:24-27 began with the decree of Artaxerxes Longimanus to restore and rebuild Jerusalem given in Neh. 2:5. Sir Robert Anderson has conclusively proven that this period was given in 445 BC. It consists of 490 years. After the 69th seven, 483 year, the Messiah Jesus was cut off, that is crucified, but not for Himself. The Messiah Jesus was crucified in 32(3)AD. After the 69th seven is a gap of an indefinite period variously referred to as the Church Age, the Mysterion, The Gentile Interlude or the Timeless Period, the indeterminate intermediate period or simply the gap. Some events that occurred in this period include, the crucifixion of Jesus The Messiah in 32(3) AD, the destruction of the Jewish temple on Mount Moriah by the Roman general Titus in 70 AD and the subsequent scattering of Jews all over the world, the so called Diaspora, the holocaust, the re-establishment of Israel as an independent Jewish state in Palestine in 1948, and the unification of Jerusalem in 1967. We are still living in this gap of time. It shall end with the signing of a 7-year peace treaty between Israel and the Beast-antiChrist(Dan. 9:27). This peace treaty with the antiChrist is called the Covenant with Death by the prophet Isaiah(Isa. 28:1-19).
The 70th Seven of Daniel’s Seventy Sevens
This is the last seven years of Daniel’s 70 seven prophecy. As we have stated earlier, it shall begin when Israel signs a 7-year peace treaty with the Beast-antiChrist. It is also called the Tribulation Period by pretribs, because there will be a lot of trouble in those days. Pretribs also equate it with the wrath of God. It is generally divided into 2 halves of three and one-half years each. Jesus referred to the first three and one-half years as the beginning of sorrows(Matt.24:5-8).Within this period, the first three seals of Rev. 6:1-6 are broken.
When the fourth seal is broken, the Great Tribulation begins. The Great Tribulation is the wrath of Satan. In the middle of the 70th Seven of Daniel, there is war in the heavenlies between Satan, the supreme personality of evil, the archenemy of God and man, and his angels, and Michael, the archangel of God in charge of war, and the Angels of God under his command. Michael and his angels defeat Satan and His angels. He and his fallen demonic hordes are cast down to Earth from his abode in the dark void and starry heavens. He is very angry and full of wrath(Rev. 12:7-12). He possesses the Beast and gives him his power, seat and great authority(Rev. 13:2). When the Beast received power and authority from the Dragon who is the god of this age(2 Cor.4:4), he moves his headquarters from Europe to Jerusalem(Dan.11:45), defiles the rebuilt Jewish temple on the Temple Mount by erecting a statue of himself in the Holy of Holies of the temple and demands worship from all mortals(2 Thess.2:4).
The military operation in which the armies of the Beast surround Jerusalem at the midpoint of the 70th seven is called The Jerusalem Campaign(Matt.24:15). He will give his mark called 666 to every one who agrees to worship him so that they can buy and sell. The Beast-antiChrist cleverly anticipates this period, and would have stockpiled food, medicines, and other supplies. Those who refuse to worship him, mainly Jews and Christians and a few unbelivers who are noncomformist nuts will not be able to buy and sell and will be killed when discovered. This period is called The Great Tribulation or The time Of Jacob’s Trouble because of the great persecution of the Jews. Not only Jews are persecuted, but also Christians and any other person who refuses to worship the Beast-antiChrist.
Although the Beast is allotted three and one-half years, God will not just allow him to go on killing Jews and Christians and others who do not agree with him. And because the souls of His slain saints are crying to Him under the Golden Altar in the Holy Place of the Temple of God in Heaven, God interrupts the great persecution by the antiChrist with cosmic disturbances, but only after the number of their brethren who are to be killed by the Beast-antiChrist is complete(Rev. 6:9-11). Unless those days are cut short, no life shall be saved(Matt. 24:22). God amputates those days so that some believers will be raptured alive. Just before the Beast-antiChrist is paralyzed by the cosmic disturbance, he carries out a campaign called the Jehoshaphat campaign(Joel 3:1-2, 9-16).
The 6th seal of Rev. 6:12-17, is the sign in the sun, moon and stars. With the sixth seal God serves notice to the antiChrist and his followers He is about to punish them for their evils. But before God punishes the world for their evils, He seals the 144,000, 12,000 each from each of the twelve troubles of Israel(Rev. 7). Before this happens, God removes His true followers, his bond servants. These are true Christians not just any one who goes to church or says he or she is a believer in Jesus, The Christ.
The 7th seal has no judgement of its own but opens into the 7 trumpet judgements. On breaking the 7th seal, the large scroll is opened, and the content revealed. The period within which God pours out His wrath on the wicked earth-dwellers is called the Day Of The Lord, the Day of His Wrath, the Day of Christ or simply His wrath(Rev. 6:17). The Day of Christ has the positive connotation of deliverance for the Children of God, whilst the Day of The Lord, and the Day of His wrath has the negative connotation of punishment for the wicked earth-dwellers. Just as Satan’s wrath is against the children of God, God’s wrath is against the children of the Devil. God’s wrath is contained in the trumpet and bowl judgements(Rev. 8-9,16-20). These judgements are administered by the angels of God. The last three trumpets are the three woes. The fifth trumpet judgement lasts as long as five months and invokes severe judgment on the wicked earth-dwellers. It ends in the first woe. The 6th trumpet judgement marks the end of the 70th seven of Daniel’s but extends into the first few days of the 30-day reclamation period. With the close of the 70th seven, the allotted time of the Beast-antiChrist is over and so also the allotted time of the ministry of the two witnesses.
The following critical events are completed by the large scroll:
1) Daniel’s 70th seven is completed (Dan.9:24).
2) Israel’s transgression will be completed (Dan.9:35).
3) Israel’s sin will be ended (Dan.9:24).
4) Israel’s iniquity would be atoned for (Dan.9:24).
5) The times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled (Luk. 21:24).
6) The fullness of the Gentiles would have come in (Rom.11:25).
7) The first woe is completed (Rev. 9:12).
8) The 6th trumpet judgement is finished (Rev.11:13-19).
9) The three and one-half years ministry of the two witnesses is over.
10) The three and one-half years allotted to the Beast-antiChrist to persecute the saints is over (Rev.12:14).
Precisely on the last day of the 70th seven, or early on the first day of the 30-day reclamation period of the kingdom, the two witnesses are killed by the Beast-antiChrist in Jerusalem, which at this time will be the headquarters of the Beast-antiChrist. Their corpses are exposed to the elements, displayed publicly for all to see, to the joy and merriment of the wicked earth-dwellers.
The following critical events are initiated by the small scroll
1) The 30-day reclamation period begins(Dan.12:11).
2) Everlasting righteousness will be brought in to Israel(Dan.9:24).
3) To seal up the vision and the prophecy(Dan.9:24).
4) Death and resurrection of the two witnesses(Rev.11:7;11,12).
5) The second woe is completed(Rev.11:14).
6) The seventh trumpet is sounded(Rev.11:15).
7) Almighty God regains His rule over the Earth(Rev.11:17).
8) The last of God’s wrath begins(Rev.11:18; cf. 15:1).
Three and one-half days after their execution, the spirit of life from God enters into them, they rise from the dead and ascend into heaven to the consternation of their detractors. At that same hour, there shall be a great earthquake, the tenth part of the city of Jerusalem shall fall. And seven thousand men shall be killed in the earthquake. The remnants shall be frightened and give glory to the God of Heaven. This shall be the end of the second woe. The third woe corresponds with the 7th trumpet. In the days of the 7th trumpet when it shall begin to be blown, the mystery of God shall be finished as He has declared to His servants the prophets. The finishing of the mystery of God is the regrafting of the children of Israel, the natural branches, who were cut off in order that the Gentiles may be grafted onto the cultivated Olive tree. The Redeemer shall come from the heavenly Mount Zion to the earthly Mount Zion in Jerusalem, for the purpose of the salvation of the remnant of Israel to complete the spiritual kingdom of God(Is. 59:20; Rom. 11:26).
When the 7th trumpet is blown, God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earthly realm of His Universal Kingdom which was leased to the first man, Adam, God’s earthly representative. Adam sold out to Satan, who became the God of this age. The usurpation of Adams tenure of authority and rulership over the Earth shall expire at the end of the 6th millennium, which corresponds with the end of the 70th seven of Daniel’s 70-week prophecy. The rulership is restored to God through His earthly representative, the Last Adam, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus The Messiah who is the Seconnd Man.
“The first man is of earth, earthy, but the second man is the Lord from the heaven”(1 Cor.15:47).
We have proven that God the Father cannot rule the Earth directly because He has no physical body, He must do so through a representative, an Adam. Therefore Jesus must be physically present on Earth to reclaim God’s rule over the Earth. We have also proven that the kingdoms of the World, the kingdom of The Beast-antiChrist and his ten nation confederation and all the other nations, shall still be in existence when God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth, though the allotted time of the Beast-antiChrist to act shall be history(Dan.2:44-). When God Almighty regains His rulership over the Earth, there shall be jubilation in heaven because the time has come for God to reward His servants the prophets and all the saints, and to destroy those who destroy the Earth. But here on Earth, the nations shall react angrily, band together, despite their differences, to stop Him from taking over physical possession of the Earth. However, God shall permit them to gather together their armies for the final showdown at Armageddon. The waters of the Euphrates shall be dried up to make way for the Kings of the East(Rev.16:12).
Meanwhile, Jesus returns to Heaven, is married to his bride the raptured saints, holds the Bema seat judgement where the works of the saints are rewarded. On Earth, the seven bowl judgements which opened with the blowing of the seventh trumpet are quickly poured down on the wicked earth-dwellers. At the 6th bowl, it is done, and the 7th ends at Armageddon where the forces of the Beast-antiChrist and the nations are quickly annihilated. They are no match for the Almighty. The Beast-antiChrist and the false prophet are taken captive and cast alive into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. The armies of the nations are disposed of. Because of the great carnage, it will take Israel 7 months to bury the dead(Eze. 39:12), and seven years to burn the wreckages of warfare. The blood of the carnage shall reach up to the horse bridles and shall cover the distance of about 180 kilometres(Rev.14:20). The Dragon, Satan is incarcerated in the bottomless pit for a thousand years while the saints reign with Christ for the same period.
Events that occur in the 30-day Reclamation Period.
1) The death, resurrection and ascension of the two witnesses(Rev.11:7-14).
2) The mystery of God is completed(Rev.10:7).
3) The sounding of seventh trumpet(Rev.10:7).
4) God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth(Rev.11:15).
5) Remnants to Azel(Zech.14:5).
6) The defeat of the nations at Armageddon. The Beast and the false prophet are cast alive into the lake of fire(Rev.19:11-21).
These events occur here on Earth. But in heaven the Son of God is married to His Bride, the raptured saints and the Bema seat judgement at which God rewards His prophets and the saints.
The following events take place in the 45-day Restoration Period.
1) the restoration of Mount Zion (Is. 2:2; Mic.4:1; cp. Rev. 26:19,20).
2) The restoration of Israel to the promised land, final ingathering of the exiles(Is.43:1,3, 5,6; cf Is. 10:20-22).
3) Gentile survivors of the Day of the Lord’s Wrath are brought to Mount Zion (Is.66:16,18-19; Mic.7:10,16,17).
4) the restoration of the temple on Mount Zion( Zech. 6:12-13; Eze. 41:1;43:7; cp Is.4:2-4).
5) God’s rule over the Earth is restored to Jesus The Christ, the Most Holy, by God Almighty (Dan.9:24; 7:11-14).
During the millennium, Satan is bound, and Christ reigns over the whole Earth, sitting on His throne Room in the Millennial Temple on the restored Mount Zion which is contiguous with the New Jerusalem which comes down from Heaven. David reigns over Israel(Jer. 30:9; Ez. 37:24), and the saints reign over the nations.
The following events are completed on the first day of the millennium.
1) Satan bound and thrown in the the abyss (Rev. 29:1-3).
2) The sheep and goat judgement will occur (Matt. 25:3146).
3) The new heaven and the new earth will be created (Rev. 21:1).
4) The new Jerusalem will come down from heaven to the Earth over Mount Zion (Rev. 21:1).
At the sheep and goat judgement, the righteous Gentiles, the sheep are allowed to live. These are they who shall repopulate the Earth in the Millennium. Because these peoples are still in their natural mortal bodies, they are vulnerable to sin. But because of the removal of the sinful influence of Satan and demons, many shall live right. Men shall still be liable to death because of sin and the mortal body. Because of improved longevity, those who die at the of 100 years shall regarded as babies(Isa.65:17-25).
At the end of the millennium. Satan shall be freed from as it were on parole. Straightaway he goes to deceive the nations which are the four quarters of the Earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them to battle. They encompass the camp of the saints in Jerusalem, the Holy City. God is done with man’s intransigence and insubordination. They are consumed in the heavenly conflagration (Rev. 20:7-9). The Devil that deceived them is cast into the lake of fire and Suphur where the Beast-antiChrist and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Rev. 20:10).
The White Throne judgement and eternal state.
Those who lived and died during the millennium shall be raised and judged at the end of the millennium. Those whose names were not found in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire. Death itself and Hell shall be cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. After this shall be the Eternal State.