End Times

THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

We teach the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year tribulation (1 Th 1:9-10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:16; 5:23; Tit 2:13; Rev 3:10) to translate His Church from this earth (Jn 14:1-3; 1 Co 15:20-23,50-53; 1 Th 4:15-5:11; 2 Th 2:1-4; Rev 3:10) and, between this event and His glorious return with His saints, to reward believers according to their works (Is 40:9-10; 62:11; Mt 6:19-21; 1 Co 3:11-15; 2 Co 5:10; Rev 22:12).

THE TRIBULATION PERIOD

We teach that immediately following the removal of the Church from the earth the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world over a seven year period commonly referred to as the Tribulation (Jer 30:3-11; Da 9:27; 12:1; Mt 24:3-51; Mk 13:3-37; Lk 21:7-36; 2 Th 2:7-12; Rev 3:10; 4:1-22:6). This will also be a period of tremendous worldwide salvation (Rev 6:9-11; 7:4-8,9-17). This period is the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy (Da 9:24-27; Mt 24:15-31; 25:31-46; Mk 13:4-37; Lk. 21:7-36). These judgments will be climaxed by the return of Christ in great power and glory to the earth, accompanied by the redeemed from heaven, to rescue the Jewish people from her enemies (Ps 2:1-12; Is 11:1-16; 13:1-14:1; 27:12-13; 31:4-9; 40:1-11; 43:1-7; 49:22-26; 61:1-11; 62:1-63:6; 65:8-12; 66:10-24; Jer 23:1-8; 30:3-24; 31:1-40; 46:27-28; Eze 11:17-21; 20:33-44; 28:25-26; 34:11-31; Joel 1:15; 2:1-3:21; Ob 15-21; Mic 1:2-4; 2:12-13; 4:1-13; 5:1-15; Na 1:7-15; 2:1-13; Hab 3:8-15; Zep 1:14-18; 2:1-15; 3:1-20; Zec 2:1-13; 3:1-20: 8:1-23; 9:7-17; 10:1-12; 12:1-14; 13:1-9; 14:1-21; Mal 3:16-4:6; Mt 23:37-39; 24:27-31; 25:31-46; Mk 13:24-27; Lk. 21:25-27; 2 Th 1:5-10; 2:7-12; Jude 14-15; Rev 11:1-13; 12:1-6,13,17; 16:12-16; 19:11-21). At that time the Tribulation martyrs will also then be raised (Rev 20:4).

THE SECOND COMING AND THE MILLENNIAL REIGN

We teach that, after the Tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of David (2 Sa 7:8-16; Is 9:7; 16:5; Ps 2:1-12; 89:3-4,29,35-37; 132:11; Is 40:9-11; 42:13; Jer 23:5; 30:9; 33:14-21; Eze 34:11-31; 37:24-28; Hosea 3:5; Ob 15-21; Mt 25:31; Lk. 1:31-33; Acts 1:6-11; 2:29-30; Rev 19:11-16) and establish His Kingdom (Ps 2:1-12; Is 52:1-15; Dan 2:28-25; 7:1-27; Hos 3:4-5; Ob15-21; Mic 4:1-13; 5:1-15; 7:14-20; Zep 3:1-20; Zec 6:11-15; 8:1-13; 9:7-17; 14:1-21) for one thousand years on the earth (Rev 20:1-7). During this time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth (Eze 37:1-28; Da 7:17-22; 12:13; Rev 19:11-16; 20:4,6). This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan from the world (Da 7:17-27; Rev 19:20-20:7).

We teach that the Kingdom itself will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel (Is 27:1-13; 43:1-7; 52:1-15; 62:1-12; 65:17-25; Jer 3:11-18; Eze 34:11-31; 36:1-38; 37:1-28; Hos 2:14-23; 3:4-5; 14:4-7; Mic 2:12-13; 5:1-15; 7:14-20; Na 1:7-15; 2:1-13; Zep 2:1-15; Hag 2:2-9; Zec 6:11-15; 8:1-23; 9:7-17; 14:1-21; Mal 3:1-12; Acts 1:6; 3:17-26) to restore them to the land that they forfeited through their disobedience (Dt. 28:15-68; 30:1-8; Is 27:1-13; 31:4-7; 40:9-11; 52:1-15; 65:8-12; 66:10-24; Jer 3:14-18; 23:1-8; 30:3-24; 31:1-40; 32:36-44; Eze 11:17-21; 20:33-44; 28:25-26; 36:1-38; 39:25-29; Hos 2-14-23; 6:11; 11:8-11; Joel 3:1-21; Am 9:7-15; Ob 15-21; Mic 4:1-13; 7:14-20; Zep 3:1-20; Zec 2:1-13; 8:1-23; 9:7-17; 10:1-12; 12:1-14; 14:1-21; Mal 3:1-4). The result of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily set aside (Mt 21:33-45; 23:37-39; Ro 11:1-26), but will be saved through repentance and faith to enter into the land of blessing (Deut 4:30-31; Is 31:4-9; 52:1-15; 65:8-12; 66:10-24; Jer 31:31-34; 50:20; Eze 36:22-36; Hos 5:15; Am 5:18-24; Zep 3:1-20; Zec 2:1-3:10; 12:1-14; 13:1-9; 14:1-21; Ro 11:25-29; Rev 1:7; 11:13).

We teach that this time of our Lord’s reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, righteousness, and long life (Is 11; 65:17-25; Eze 36:33-38), and will be brought to an end with the release of Satan (Rev 20:7-10).

THE JUDGEMENT OF THE LOST

We teach that following the release of Satan after the thousand year reign of Christ (Rev 20:7), Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints and Jerusalem, at which time Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven (Eze 38:1-23; 39:1-24; Rev 20:9). Following this, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (Mt 25:41; Rev 20:10), whereupon God through Christ, who is the Judge of all men (Jn 5:22,27; Acts 10:42; 17:31; 2 Ti 4:1; Rev 22:12), will judge the great and small at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15).

We teach that this resurrection of the unsaved dead to judgment will be a physical resurrection, whereupon receiving their judgment (Da 12:2; Jn 5:28-29), they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in Hell, the Lake of Fire (Da 12:2; Mt 3:8-12; 5:21-22, 27-30; 8:11-12; 10:28; 13:30,40-42,49-50; 18:6-9; 23:15,33; 24:51; 25:41-46; Mk 9:42-48; 2 Th 1:6-9; Heb 6:1-2; Jude 7,13; Rev 14:9-11; 20:11-15).

ETERNITY

We teach that after the closing of the millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers (2 Th 1:9; Rev 20:7-15), the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved (2 Pe 3:7-12) and replaced with a new earth, wherein only righteousness dwells (Is 65:17-191 Co 6:9-10; Eph 5:5; Rev 20:15; 21:1-27; 22:1-21). Following this, the heavenly Jerusalem city will come down out of heaven (Rev 21:2,9-11) and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship with God and one another (Is 60:1-22; Jn 17:3; Rev 21-22). Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the Kingdom to God the Father (1 Co 15:24-28), that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever (1 Co 15:28).