What is going to happen in the end times? from Compelling Truth
Please note that CompellingTruth.org takes a pretribulation approach to eschatology. From that perspective, what follows is a description of end-times events.
Prophesies and descriptions of the end times are scattered throughout the Bible—from a Jewish scholar in a foreign court (Daniel), to Jesus in the book of Matthew, to the elderly semi-retired fisherman John (Revelation). Following is a very brief summary of what the Bible declares will happen in the end times. Ultimately, though, the Bible is God-breathed and every word of it is from Him (2 Timothy 3:16), including the prophecies regarding the end times.
The End Times – Before the Tribulation
Rapture—The Rapture is when Jesus returns to the sky and takes up the believers, dead and alive, so they will not have to suffer God’s wrath during the Tribulation. They are judged at the Bema Seat of Christ, rewarded for their good works, and given glorified bodies. The marriage supper of the Lamb will also take place. There are no precursors to the Rapture; it could happen at any time.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 3:11-4:5; Revelation 19:7-9
Break—After the Rapture is an indeterminate amount of time while the world prepares for the Tribulation.
The End Times – Tribulation—First 3.5 years
Antichrist—Also known as the beast (the first beast) and Daniel’s goat, he will be the ruler of one nation that takes over two more.
1 John 2:18; Revelation 13:1-9; 17:8-14; Daniel 7:8-26
Roman Empire—The Antichrist will become the ruler of a restored Roman Empire.
Harlot Church—An apostate church will come to power. It will be politically powerful and extremely wealthy. It will persecute believers. It will be centered in Rome, but ecumenical.
Seal Judgments—These are judgments of God that will be scattered over the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. They include the rise of the Antichrist, war, famine, pestilence, beasts, the persecution of believers, and natural disasters. They are compared to birth pangs in that they are unique, intense, don’t stop until completed, grow in intensity, and grow closer together. The seventh seal is silence for half an hour, and then the distribution of the seven trumpet judgments.