The Christian bible describes three earth ages.
- Before the flood the fallen angels and their nephelim (half-human) offspring ruled humanity in sin.
- From the flood to the seven years of Daniel the fallen angels that had ruled on earth were imprisoned under or in Tartarus and the souls of the nephelim roamed the earth as demons. During the seven years of Daniel there is some kind of outbreak of that fallen kingdom. The rebellious angels in heaven are cast down to the earth, and the deeps are broken up, releasing the fallen ones bound there. The situation on earth finally erupts into the war of Ezek. 38,39 during which Gog leads a coalition against Israel and which is ended when Christ himself returns and breaks their power.Those who during the reign of the antichrist refuse to worship the beast or his image, and refuse his mark, will live and reign with Christ on earth for a thousand years.
- During the millennial reign, Satan is imprisoned but the remnants of Gog/Magog – the nephelim and/or human societies under their influence – are allowed to live as nations around the earth under a rule from Jerusalem by the Son of God, which is “like a rod of iron.” Then after 1,000 years Satan is loosed from his prison onto the earth one last time to deceive “the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” [Revelation 20:7-8]
Here are some words to live by, for those alive during the time of Daniel’s seven years:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:4-6)
As the tribulation referenced above approaches, the following verses from Zechariah have yet to be fulfilled. In them Jesus is described as closing the seven years by returning physically to the earth, conquering Israel’s enemies, and then remaining and ruling the nations from the seat of authority He establishes in Jerusalem.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and … all nations (will gather) against Jerusalem to battle. … Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations … . And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem … and the LORD my God shall come, [and] all the saints with thee. …
And the LORD shall be king over all the earth … and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
And it shall come to pass, [that] every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
And it shall be, [that] whoso will not come up of [all] the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that [have] no [rain]; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zech. 14:1-9,11,16-19)
This is the “millennial reign”: a world rule by Jesus Christ as a physical king living on earth and administering his government through those faithful to Him. During this time, not all peoples willingly worship Jesus Christ, but he rules over them by a rule of law to which they are forced to submit: a rule of iron. He will rule, but will not rule alone. His rule will be administered through the believers who prior to this time kept His works – kept the faith and did not deny Him – to the end. In the following verses from Revelation, John quotes the Lord Jesus Christ whom he saw in a vision.
He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
And I will give him the morning star. (Rev. 2:26-28)
The rule described above is the rule of the “manchild” by the “rod of iron” that is described in Revelation 12.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: …
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne. (Rev. 12:1,5)
(This sign was probably fulfilled on 9/30/2011)
In the following passage Christ is seen again, as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (v.16) returning with His army and waging a victorious military campaign against “the Beast” and his “false prophet”.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. …
And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. …
And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. …
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great.
The passage is clear that the “Beast” has set himself up as the enemy of God, not just as the enemy of Israel:
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (See also Rev. 19:11,13-15,17-21)
The armies “which were in heaven” that ride with Christ into battle include the manchild company. As Christ descends, Christians around the globe, both living and dead, will be snatched up into the air to meet Him (Matt. 24:30,31, 1 Thess 4:16,17). Many if not all will join the ranks of his army as they then descend together. When their feet hit the ground, these warriors will not be men and women clothed in mortal flesh as have been known on earth throughout the prior age. This is because what just transpired when they were caught up to meet Christ in the air was the “putting on of incorruption” at “the last trump” mentioned by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. This will be an army of saints arrayed in their true glory and clothed in celestial bodies (1 Cor 15:51-53).
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