The end of the world according to Daniel
Conquering the Assyrian Empire, the vast and mighty Babylonian army swept into world dominion, triumphant over the Assyrian armies who until that time held the world in its power.
Nebuchadnezzar was the Babylonian king who led his armies from his capital in Babylon, westward across the ‘Fertile Crescent’ and down into northern Israel, finally conquering the tribes of Judah and Benjamin at Jerusalem. From history, we know that this occurred during the years 606-586 BC.
Following their military traditions, they took the most intelligent captives back to their home to increase their international strength among the nations.
Among the captives were Daniel, [of royal descent] Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They trudged on this 1300 kilometre journey into Babylon. But this was to be a journey that changed the world … Study Book Included
The end of the world according to Ezekiel
Ezekiel was among the Israeli captives taken into captivity. He was one of the members of the Jerusalem priestly aristocracy carried off with the exiles to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem [2 Kings 24:14]. He lived among a colony of fellow sufferers in or near Tel-abib on the River Chebar, which probably formed an arm of the extensive Babylonian network of canals [Ezekiel 3:15] Five years after his deportation to Babylon, God called Ezekiel to be a prophet.
God appeared to Ezekiel in a storm cloud from the north, seated on a throne-chariot surrounded by cherubim [Ezekiel 1:1-28; 10:15] as a great cloud and a fire rolled together. The chariot was borne by the four living creatures in the form of men, with the countenances of a man; a lion; an ox and an eagle. What came of this encounter was a series of predictions that would affect the nation of Israel from his time to the end of the world… Study Book Included
SIGNS – The end of the world according to Jesus
Six hundred years had passed since the predictions of Daniel. He has interpreted the dream of a king and had his own personal revelations concerning the series of Gentile world powers that would arise over the following centuries.
If the Jews of His day had studied their Bibles they would have recognised that Jesus Christ fulfilled over 300 individual predictions concerning His first coming.
Now He would speak of the future by referring to four unfulfilled prophecies; eleven ‘signs’ that would indicate the nearness of His return; four major events that would occur at that time and seven parables to assist us to prepare for that momentous event. Jesus predicted history in advance – His prophecies are coming to pass today … Study Book Included
RAPTURE – The end of the world according to Paul
The apostle Paul wanted Christians to understand the realities concerning those who have died so that their grieving would be somewhat relieved by the reality of the Christian Faith. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were irrefutable facts – and so was the fact that Christ will return with those who have died. He comforts believers by assuring them that the Christians who are still alive will “certainly not precede those who have died into heaven” and states quite clearly that Jesus will descend from heaven with an authoritative shout accompanied by the voice of an archangel and a trumpet call.
The resting place of every deceased believer, whether it is on land or in the sea, will become the place where the body will come to life as it is miraculously united in resurrection power. Graves will be opened. These bodies of faithful Christians, who had previously passed away, will be reconstituted where they were buried. They will ascend into the air to meet Jesus. This will all occur in a moment – in the ‘twinkling of an eye.’ In 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 Paul declares “we will all be changed!” This is why Christians will appear to have simply vanished into thin air. Study Book Included
REVELATION – The end of the world according to John
In the book of Revelation, John sees the unfolding of the ‘end time’ events in vision and revelation. He is describing for us what he sees in the language and pictures of 2000 years ago. Although the events may be uniquely described in this way by him, it does not mean they are not literal in their fulfilment. They will happen!
John was exiled on Patmos and received a revelation concerning Jesus Christ. He saw the tribulation judgments occurring during Daniel’s “seventieth week” – a seven year period. He was instructed to write what he had seen, what is now and what would come to pass. He saw Jesus Christ in the midst of seven candlesticks and received a message for each of the congregations in Turkey – a prophetic message to the church world-wide. To them, he sent the book of Revelation. And its message reaches us today as its predictions are clearly outlined …. Study Book Included