We are convinced by Scripture and by reason that:

All humanity is living in the last days of this age. This age will end and a new age will come.

First, the Church will be Raptured, followed by seven years known as the Great Tribulation. Then, the Lord Jesus will come a second time for all to behold when He sets up His Millennial Reign on Earth. Following the thousand-year reign of Christ, He will set forth His Final Judgment, thus ushering in Eternity.

The Rapture – is the next great prophetic event to occur in the world (especially as it pertains to the Church). The Lord will come in the air, and at that time the dead in Christ will be raised, followed by living believers, to meet with Him and live eternally with Him (1 Thes. 4:16-181 Cor. 15:51-52John 14:1-3Rev. 3:10). It is at this point (when believers are raptured to be with Christ) that the Great Tribulation will begin for all those who remain. The Holy Spirit, who previously had been acting as a Restrainer for sin and evil, will be removed (2 Thes. 2:72 Cor. 4:4). Once the Church experiences the Rapture, those in it will not experience the Great Tribulation but at that time will stand before the Lord in judgment (bema) for the things done in the flesh. (2 Cor. 5:10, 1 Thes. 1:10, 1 Thes. 5:9). Until the Church experiences the Rapture, it will experience sufferings and persecution due to the truth of God on which it stands and its righteousness apart from the world (James 1:2-41 Peter 1:61 Peter 1:17).

The Great Tribulation – a seven-year (known as Daniel’s seventieth week) period of judgment upon the world as a result of rejecting His Son, which will be characterized by suffering and destruction (Rev. 14:7, Rev. 15:4, Rev. 8:13, Rev. 16:5, Mark 13:19, Daniel 9:24-27).  The lawless one, the man of sin, the Antichrist, will rise to power during this time and deceive and rule the world, appointing kings to rule through a ten-nation confederacy (Rev. 172 Thes. 2:3-101 John 2:18Daniel 9:24-27).

The Second Coming of Christ – Christ will return to the earth in body and full view of all following the Great Tribulation and will bind Satan and his Antichrist in hell. He will begin his millennial reign on earth while beginning his reign on the throne of David (Mat. 25:31).

The End of the Millennial Reign and the Judgment of Unbelievers – Following the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth, Satan, his Antichrist, and all his demons will be loosed from prison only to be ultimately defeated and judged by Christ, destined for an eternity in hell. At this time, all unbelievers will be judged for their unbelief of Christ and their evil deeds. Once deemed guilty, they too will be cast forever into endless hell, the Lake of Fire doomed to spend an eternity separated from God in judgment for a life lacking faith (Jude 14-15Matt. 25:412 Thess. 1:9Romans 2:1-9Rev. 20:7,10-15).

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