Bracing for the Beast

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Significant prophetic events are unfolding in Europe. You should be concerned. What's going to happen in the debt-ridden members of the Eurozone? Will the entire system collapse and come crashing down?

In hope, they look to Germany. But how will Germany react to political, economic and even religious pressure?

The question is: Will real leadership emerge to rescue Europe?

Bible prophecy does indicate what lies on the horizon for the European Union. This will affect your life and potentially your faith. But how? Can you escape what's to come?

Stay tuned to Beyond Today as we examine "Europe: Bracing for the Beast!"

Misguided leadership has always been an issue for mankind throughout time. It was an issue in most ancient times and it remains an issue today.

Bible prophecy tells us that the lack of strong leadership will open the door to a coming frightening power described as "the Beast." This menacing political leader will likely emerge on the world scene at a time of seemingly unsolvable crisis.

But how important is leadership? Several people we spoke to voiced their perspective and concerns about the importance of leaders today.

[Person 1] It is very important because everybody will follow what the leader does.

[Person 2] It absolutely is important. I mean you look at the state of our nation and what leadership is or what leadership is not. Leadership is about influence and it's up to all of us to be a good influence in what we are doing.

[Person 3] Without leaders who comes up with all the great ideas, right?

[Steve] Where do we turn to find the great ideas? Europe and the world face what seems to be an insurmountable debt crisis. Who can solve the problem? Today's world leaders hold meeting after meeting, conference after conference to discuss the issues. But the problems persist. It's like the carousel. It can only go in one direction - round and round and round.

So who'll solve the unemployment problem? What leader will step up to unravel the economic problems?

Europe faces potential bank failures and hyperinflation. The world economy could fall apart with massive unemployment. And the result? Social unrest, instability, conflict.

So imagine yourself. You're faced with no hope of a job. What if you had to worry whether there'd be food on the table? In that scenario, would you support someone who had more radical views and make extreme choices in hopes that the problems of those complex circumstances could be solved?

Could a leader really have a decisive effect? Could they even change the way that you think?

[Person 4] Yeah, they could yeah. I'd say they would.

[Person 3] They can change the way you think for the good or the way you think for the bad.

[Steve] So which will it be? For the good or for the bad? History tells us that despairing people make desperate choices. When Europe was challenged in the past, there were major consequences throughout the world.

Not all that long ago, Adolf Hitler acquired the power, the support and the heart of the people. As early as 1925 he ran for elected office backed by the Nazi party. In the good times of the 20s the voters soundly rejected him.

But, by the beginning of the Great Depression the economy plummeted. Because of the difficult times, the German people were more open to extreme tactics to deal with the severe economic troubles that were emerging.

By enticing the voters, Hitler convinced them that he and his party could solve their problems and restore Germany to its rightful place of power within Europe. So by a legitimate ballot of the people, Hitler became Chancellor of the German Republic in January 1933. With the power of charisma, persuasive flattery and alluring arguments, he came into authority peacefully.

But you know, that wasn't enough. Hitler quickly set out to take complete power. He was a master, a master at clever maneuvering, an expert at manipulating people and manipulating events. So under the appearance of protecting the people and the state, he slyly managed to suspend individual and civil liberties.

Incredibly, by March of that year, parliament actually gave up control of the budget. They gave up approval of the treaties and they gave up the power of legislation to Hitler and his cabinet. He became the undisputed Fuhrer, the absolute ruler, all within just 60 days from being first elected to office.

A despicable man was given honor, and respect and admiration. He seized the control of the German nation and within just a few short years, one of Europe's most cultured, most civilized nations used its resources to plunge the world into war and holocaust.

It sounds hauntingly similar to Daniel:11:21: "And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue."

But this could never happen today! Not in our modern political world. Wouldn't democracy ensure stability and hasn't history taught us the lesson? Could it happen again?

[Person 5] No I don't think to that scale. I don't think, I don't believe that it will ever get to that scale again.

[Person 1] It can be done anywhere in the world, anywhere.

[Person 6] Our nation and the world is actually coming together for the better.

[Person 7] Oooh, let's pray to God no. Oh I hope not. I hope never, ever again. You know, that's...never anyone like Hitler was, ever.

[Steve] Never again? But what might take place if your way of life were threatened with collapse? Could you put your hope, could you put your confidence in someone that promised to bring prosperity and to save your lifestyle?

The answer is yes! It could easily come about, and actually, it will happen. A persuasive leader will emerge on the world scene. The Bible calls him the Beast. And God compares him to a ferocious wild animal with sinister intent. And he's coming! He's coming on the world scene and has powerful help from unseen, evil spiritual forces.

Revelation 13 describes this imminent situation. The chapter begins by a description of that wild animal - an unusual beast - a government and its leader. It was a monster having seven heads and 10 horns each with a crown rising up out of a sea (verse 1). And on each of this beast's heads was a name that blasphemed God (verse 2) (Revelation13:1-2).

You see this Beast derives its power, its "great authority" (verse 2) from the dragon, who is identified in chapter 12 of Revelation as the devil and Satan (Revelation:12:8). So this wild animal, this Beast is not only a political empire - a kingdom - but also a cruel emperor who rules over it.

The 10 horns, they represent 10 kings who in order to help solve this world crisis, give their power and give their authority to the Beast (Revelation:17:12-13). So perhaps some event, some event that threatens world order, some predicament, some emergency will trigger this rise to power when no one else seems to have the solution.

This one supreme leader will be idolized; idolized as the chosen one. The ultimate leader, who can bring order among the nations and ensure global prosperity. In fact prophecy says in chapter 13, verse 7 that he is "given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation" - talk about allure. Talk about magnetism and charisma! The people will be in awe of him and worship and adore him (verses 4, 8). And no wonder! He is assisted by the "rulers of the darkness of this age." He will rise to god-like status.

You see God says that will happen. And looking back to Hitler, we know it happened back then and it can happen again. History records it. Bible prophecy predicts that it will.

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There is no doubt that the Bible is relevant for us today. The prophecy of the Beast of Revelation 13, it gives insight into world events that lie just ahead. Unlikely as it may seem, the day will soon come that, when circumstances that will come about will bring this ultimate dictator who will stand out with impressive ideas. He'll have remarkable talent and he'll lead a whole group of nations. Our present world order, it cannot continue indefinitely. A tyrant can and will gain control. It happened before and it will happen again but on an even larger scale:

[Person 1] And then all of a sudden that person says alright this is what you're gonna do. And you're not gonna vote on it. You're not gonna have any choice with it. This is how it's gonna go. So yes, you can have dictatorships. It just depends on how much power you have, and what type of power you have with the like army or military behind you; and if you have them behind you, you can do almost anything you want.

[Person 8] Yeah you can have somebody like that in the future - the Bible says that, if you believe that.

[Steve] You can believe that. There will be unprecedented captivating leadership that will astound the world. Revelation 13 verse 1. It states the apostle John "stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and 10 horns, and on his horns 10 crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name."

This is not just talking about some occurrence that happened in the first century. Did you know that this symbolism predicts a coming government power and it identifies Europe as an extension of the Roman Empire? Now here's the connection: The Roman emperors were called divus or sebastos. These were expressions that signified divinity because they claimed to be gods.

Now during Roman Empire, during Nero's reign, coins were minted with the phrase identifying him "Savior of the world."

At the time the book of Revelation was most likely written, the emperor was probably Domitian. He was addressed as Dominus et Deus noster which meant "Our Lord and God" (Suetonius, Domitian 13). You see accepting these titles is blasphemous because only God is divine. Only Jesus is Savior. This wicked, sacrilegious use of these names expose their attempt to claim for themselves the glory and the majesty that belong to God alone. And there's a future connection as well. You see the Roman Empire and its emperors, considered themselves to be a kind of savior to the world. Yet how did they govern? They ruled unjustly. They ruled with an iron first. They usurped godly authority and persecuted God's true Church.

The people of the empire worshipped the emperor. They wanted to be seen as loyal supporters of Rome. They passed the Roman dictator and praised him as Lord and deity because they were obligated to the empire for their prosperity, for their protection. So it also represents what's coming. It points to a future fulfillment.

You see in verse 3 it says, "And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast."

You see, this points to the Roman Empire being healed, and raising back to prominence in our time. Now we'll talk about this a little bit more when we talk with our panel just ahead.

So here in verse 4 it goes on and says, "So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?'"

So you see this end time dictator, what lies just ahead, will be no different than this terrible circumstance that will be fulfilled in the last days. This cult of the emperor that we saw the beginnings in Rome will be worshipped once again - this Beast power with blasphemous devotion. People will honor it and the world will be enamored with this new European Empire being reborn and being healed to a now astounding, world-ruling power. This restored Beast as a dictator and as a government will inspire awe throughout the world. So Hitler will pale by comparison.

You see there is a warning. There is a warning for all of us: Don't be fooled into worshipping the Beast along with the people of the world. You see instead, we must worship God.

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Now we've been discussing the Beast of Revelation 13 and its symbolism and reality. I'm joined right now by fellow hosts, Darris McNeely and Gary Petty. And so as we discuss this topic many may be concerned of this connection that we've made between the Beast in Revelation 13 and Europe. Now, why is it that we can make that assumption? Does Revelation 13 really point to Europe?

[Gary] Well, Steve what you have to do is you look at the Beast and Revelation 13, Revelation 17, they're building blocks and they don't start there. There's actually a template to build off of.

[Steve] So that's just not a standalone?

[Gary] That's right. That's not where you start. You start in Daniel 2 where we have a prophecy about four great kingdoms. And we've talked about that before on Beyond Today . But the fourth of those great kingdoms is the Roman Empire and when you get to Revelation, that's the last of those four of the great kingdoms. And that fourth one was going to be resurrected, revived in the future. So that's how you come to that conclusion about Europe.

[Steve] And in a way that's how that ties in with that wounded head...

[Gary] Yes.

[Steve]...that we talked about earlier.

[Darris] Yes, and there's really no other region of the world to look to but Europe for these prophecies and a fulfillment there, at least the core for the fulfillment to be there because the history of Christianity is wrapped up within Europe. As Gary mentions, Rome fell and out of that you had the entire preservation of Christendom coming in and developing out of revivals of that Roman Empire and connected with church history through the European experience. There was no other place or region in the world to look to in history and in time but on that continent for such an event to take place.

[Steve] So when you look at that connection between Europe and even that section that we read about worship...

[Darris] Yes

[Steve]…there's a commonality between those things that are in the past as well.

[Darris] Right, because those leaders of the various political restorations of this Roman system that developed through the centuries were always working in tandem with the church. In fact the leaders such as Charlemagne or Napoleon were crowned by the Pope at Rome. And so you have that system that was always working together there within Europe and there's just no question as to where to look.

[Steve] So there's no separating those two things. I think it's in, is it Revelation 17 where it talks about that woman riding the Beast. That there is this connection between religion and political power and you really can't separate it. It's not a separation of church and state when you look at that resurrected Roman Empire. '

[Gary] No in fact the present state in Europe where there is a separation of church and state which has come out of the Enlightenment is not the normal state for Europe. Throughout Europe - and you were talking about Charlemagne - it actually started with Charlemagne where the pope crowned him, and when you look at western civilization the right of kings, the divine right of kings to rule was given to them by the church. And for centuries and centuries that's where they got their power from was the kings and the church worked together. Now that's not the way it is now but that's the European roots and that's what's going to go back to in the future so that you have this bringing together again. The woman of course of Revelation 17 is symbolic of the church.

[Darris] Yeah Gary is right. What we see today is an anomaly because historically they were always working in tandem. In fact, the late Pope John Paul II tried in vain, but he did try, to get an inclusion into the preamble of the current European Union's constitution a reference to Europe's Christian roots. They would not put it in because they wished to keep the separation. But he lobbied very strongly to get that done because it is a historical reality.

[Steve] So, when you look at that, this is unusual. This is an unusual time that we live in but at the same time I think many would look at the historical situation that we're in now and say well, we're not going to go back to that. There can't be a dictatorship. We've learned the lessons of history, haven't we?

[Darris] That's true and again people who look at Europe today and it is a very secular continent, however the history and its connection with the church is very, very prevalent. You go to Europe, you see the cathedrals. You see, even enshrined in its museums especially in Vienna. In places, in some of the museums there, you will see the regalia of the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor right there and the cross and all of the regalia of that system. All in place, all laid out there within these museums right next to all of these churches and it's as if it's waiting to, in a sense be revived. And there is a continual reference to the roots of the European heritage being within the church and within Christianity. There have been calls for that to be returned and to be restored and never be forgotten. It's a strange situation to watch and see but it's as if it's there, dormant, waiting to be revived.

[Gary] Well if you look at what's happening in Europe, there's internal pressures economically, external pressures from Islam and other things. It's moving them away from Western civilization. There's going to come a point in the near future where they're going to be fighting for survival of their culture. And their culture is that the political system and the religious system are combined.

[Darris] You know I was in Vienna some months back. We were in a hotel room. I looked out my hotel window and I saw in a far distant hill a mosque. And between that mosque and where I was were a number of churches, old established churches of Vienna. And you see what he's describing there is this tension because you have competing ideologies there and that is at some point in the future going to begin to create a flashpoint out of which something is going to arise that people just do not comprehend today reading the newspapers. But reading the Bible, you can begin to understand is a reality and a potential.

[Steve] Now as you think about that, I mean some of these things we're talking about they're just absolutely frightening. What can a Christian do? What should we do as these things are coming? They are certainly prophesied. What should be our perspective on these things?

[Gary] First thing we need to realize is you prepare spiritually. It's your personal relationship with God, being close to God, being on our knees before God, and recognizing that we have to realize that this is a great deception. And if we're not prepared to understand what the Bible says about this, we will be deceived by this.

[Darris] You know in Revelation 12, the very last verse, I believe it's verse 17, it says of a time of persecution upon the people of God and the remnant of those people that those people will be identified by those as those who keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. The testimony of Jesus Christ, an understanding in the New Testament is very important but also the commandments of God are extremely important. And some of those commandments including the very key test sign commandment, the Sabbath, are going to be some of the signs that will identify God's people at that time and be a point of contention.

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Now remember, the book of Revelation, it doesn't have to be mysterious. It doesn't have to remain unexplained. Revelation, should be like its name says. God gave it in order to reveal things to us.

So the Beast of Revelation 13, we can realize that it symbolizes a time that's drawing nearer each day. The world will be taken over by a ruler that will take power, will force people to worship him. His government will bring terror on the world.

This empire and the false religious system that's going to be upon us, is coming! But we don't have to worry about the future if we trust in God. He tells us in Revelation:18:4 to "come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues."

So now is the time to be spiritually ready and make every effort to draw close to God. Then you can look forward to the time when the kingdoms of this world will be brought to an end and Jesus Christ will return and establish God's Kingdom of love and peace.

I'll be right back with a final comment right after this.

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Derek Strauss

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It is sobering to think that humanity will again be faced with a brutal dictator, empowered by the church. Will we ever learn our lesson?! Let's all watch Europe and the Middle East and stay close to God; we must be prepared for the hard times ahead.




DavidPrice

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I'm afraid you are misleading a lot of people by repeating what is a Protestant interpretation that identifies the Beast with Europe. The Bible makes no such claim. If you start with Daniel 2 and identify the five empires mentioned there (v45 iron, bronze, clay, silver, gold)that will rule out Europe and Germany as Germany and Europe had nothing to do with invading Israel. The others Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome did. They will all be present and active in the final empire. That rules out Germany. It means the final power -- south of Israel will embrace Iraq, Iran, Saudi, N Africa. If you identify the fourth empire with he Roman empire, you also have to eliminate Germany. Germany was NEVER part of the Roman empire.
If you crack open the history books and avoid reading Protestant pseudo-history based on Roman lies, you will find that the Roman Empire moved its capital to Constantinople and continued to 1453. (Check Norman Davis: Europe, p450 for example). Rome was legally subject to Constantinople till 1453 (see p446 where the Paleologos emperors were still in charge.) Constantine XI was killed and the Roman empire was then taken over by the Ottoman Turks who conquered Jerusalem. Turkey is a power to the NORTH of Israel, presently the major Islamic power.
Today, 17 August, is Quds day, initiated by Iranian Shi'ite dictator Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. It is now recognized by the Arabs and some billion Islamists. Every year -- for more than THIRTY years they cry DEATH TO ISRAEL! DEATH TO AMERICA! They want to eliminate not only Israel but western civilization. Do you believe them? Or do you believe Roman and Protestant lies? You might want to get the view of some other professing Christians who do not buy this Germany stuff because, for example, the USA has probably bigger debts than the EU, fascism rose out of the Versailles treaty reparation payments after World War One, and Germany is WEST of Israel. The Roman Empire mainly comprised the Mediterranean basin -- including what is now the area of the so-called Arab Spring (or Christian and Jewish Winter) in North Africa. I recommend you check out books and videos by Walid Shoebat who might enlighten you on a nonLutheran interpretation based on facts and IQ al Rassouli on the Koran, Haddith and Islam.
The Christian duty is to act as a Watchman -- not of Europe but of ISRAEL and especially JERUSALEM.




sojourner

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The LORD delivered Daniel and his friends during the Babylon kingdom.

He delivered mordecai,esther and the jews during the kingdom of Medo-Persians(during King Xerxtes)

Do you have records of how the LORD delivered His people during the kingdoms of Greece and Roman ?

I believe in every kingdom of the nations the LORD always has a small group of His servants and he works through them to show the nations that His Kingdom EXISTS AND IS REAL.




Gary Burke

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@David Price; I think the details of any future prophecy can be debated about until are all blue in the face, and the prophecy is fulfilled. What I see that is most important from this moving program is that we do realize that a future era of deception and persecution on God's people, and the world is coming.

There were some key concepts that were summarized from the presenters starting at 24 min. & 29sec. that would apply to any Christian in any era. These concepts would apply whether the Beast Power came from Germany, Turkey, or Guam.

What I find moving in this presentation( or any biblical prophecy), that I feel the presenters did a good job reminding us starting at the mentioned time were:
1.) prepare spiritually now while we can.
2.) Be close to God
3.) recognize the world is decieved
4.) Keep the commandments of God and the testimony
of Jesus Christ
5.) The time of Rev 13 is drawing ever nearer
6.) there is a false system coming

May God bless us all in our journey's now.

-Gary




KARS

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Good day gentlemen,
I can honestly say I did not graduate the top of my class. No Valedictorian or special cords on my graduation gown. Just the same, one day I told my spouse; 'I want to learn history.' So my spouse told me; "Let's start with King Nebucannezer's Dream." So, I began over a year ago to visit the local library to find all the resources I could. I began to read for months to our family. I am a slow reader and it has taken a long, long, time to finally be at the rise of the Roman Empire and the distruction of Jerusalem. I read it along with the Old Testament. It has been an eye opener and exciting adventure into history. No classroom setting, no stress and deadlines to meet with tests and essays. Just God our Father, spouse,family and books of study. Right now I am reading Polybius The Rise of the Roman Empire and Rome and Jerusalem The Clash of Ancient Civilations by Martin Goodman. I can honestly say the Holy Bible is coming to life for me. The names of places may have changed over the years and people may have migrated; but God our Father is the same yesterday, today and forever. He knows exactly where everyone has gone, what the true names of areas are and His will will be done no matter what we think or say. All in His good time the way He wants it. God our Father has always been in control. So like Gary said, we need to prepare ourselves spiritually and repent daily for a time will come when we may not be able to contact God by the Word of God. Will we be able to withstand the upcoming turmoil of Satan's world and it's calamities?




DavidPrice

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@Gary Burke If one does not want to be deceived by false churches or religions like Islam, one MUST be able to distinguish truth from lies. It is not about 'arguing until you are blue in the face'. Islam believes that Jesus was not crucified and therefore did not rise from the dead. The Roman Church believes it is the only church of God and that Peter created a monarchical system. The Roman church opposed Constantinople, propagating the false idea of the Roman empire of the West and that the pope was given the so-called Donation of Constantine. Anyone who cannot prove what is falsehood and lies is part of a deceived world. PROVE ALL THINGS. The Bible says that in ancient Israel false prophets were to be executed. True prophecy can be understood after the event. It shocks. It is a sign of God's power. Personal ideas or interpretations must be avoided. Humans can eliminate obvious errors of fact -- which is what I summarized above. Germany was never part of the Roman empire. We are told to WATCH JERUSALEM !!! Israel is surrounded by States aimed at its destruction. Hamas, a Muslim Brotherhood organization also in power in Egypt and militant N African Islamists are major threats. Fact




Rose Marie

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I have a question --- When you say the Scripture prophesies that God's Kingdom will be on earth - how do we know that the 7th Day Adventists are not correct in their interpretation of Revelations. They say the Millenium will be in Heaven and that after 1000 years the new heaven and earth will come down from Heaven. Please comment - or send me a personal email if you are willing. Thank you so much for all the information and teaching that you do. God Bless You! Thanks.




2balite

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Satan is really good at what he does as we have found out in 1995. Many of the elect were deceived then as many will be in the future. We will be on our knees more and more in the days ahead.




Greg Jandrt

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Why the concentration on Europe? Islamic Jihadists are working fervently to bring the Caliphate, the Beast that died with the Ottoman Empire, back to life. Look to the Islamic nations that surround Israel. The Caliphate shall play the greatest, and most terrorizing role, in endtimes eschatology.




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Hi Rose Marie,

Thank you for your question. You asked how we know that God’s Kingdom will be on earth rather than in heaven for the first thousand years. Some teach that the Millennium will be in heaven for a thousand years; then the new heaven and new earth will come down from heaven.
We do not criticize or condemn other religious groups for their teachings. We simply teach what God has revealed to us in His Word. We base our teachings on the Bible, and we will show you what the Scriptures say.
The Bible clearly indicates that Jesus Christ will return to this earth near Jerusalem, and will rule the nations from there. The book of Zechariah states, “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east” (Zechariah:14:4). Of course, angels also predicted that Jesus would return to the earth at that location. Luke wrote, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey” (Acts:1:11-12).
Jesus Christ will rule the earth from Jerusalem. The prophet Isaiah wrote,




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“Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah:2:3). This is clearly talking about a future time when Christ (the Lord) will be ruling this earth from Jerusalem. See The Millennial Reign of Christ (http://www.ucg.org/booklet/you-can-understand-bible-prophecy/millennial-... ).
He will rule this earth for a thousand years before God makes a new heaven and new earth. John wrote, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Revelation:20:6). Here we see that those in the first resurrection will reign with Christ. Zechariah said Christ will return to this earth, and Isaiah indicated that Christ will rule from Jerusalem.
The new heaven and the new earth will be created sometime after the thousand year reign of Christ on this earth. It will occur after the Great White Throne Judgment




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(see http://www.ucg.org/tags/great-white-throne-judgment/ ), and Satan’s final defeat. John wrote of the new heaven and new earth saying, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Revelation:21:4-5). Notice that the Bible says, there will be “no more death.” That is because after God’s final judgment on humanity, people will be either changed into spirit and given eternal life or their lives will end. The good news is that most people will eventually repent, follow God, and be given eternal life.




Ivan Veller

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Hello Rose Marie,

While another religious group teaches that the entire earth will remain uninhabited, Zechariah 14 teaches that after Christ's coming (v. 5), "the LORD will be king over all the earth" (v. 9 ESV), that Jerusalem "shall be inhabited" (v. 11), and that people from "all the nations" (v. 16) will live on "the earth" (v. 17 ESV).




Ivan Veller

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"Daniel saw the promise of a literal earth-dwelling kingdom...[']That all...nations...should serve Him...And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.'" http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today-program/doctrinal-beliefs/millennium-chr...




londonbrandon

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Most people will repent?

This is not what I read in Rev. 20

Either Israel is like the sands of the seashore or the multitudes that get annihilated after the millenial rule are like the sands of the seashore... or there is something I'm missing.

7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9




Lena VanAusdle

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@Londonbrandon, check out this article http://www.ucg.org/booklet/you-can-understand-bible-prophecy/beyond-mill...

"Once this test is over, Satan will never again be allowed to deceive anyone.

Now the greatest judgment of all must begin. As we read earlier, at Jesus Christ's return only His faithful saints will be resurrected. Prophecy reveals that "the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished" (Revelation:20:5
). Another resurrection will take place after the Millennium!

The enormity of this event is difficult to convey, and its significance is hard to imagine. What is to happen to the unsaved billions of people who have ever lived? What is this time of judgment all about?

Now is the time for all other people— all those who lived from Adam's time up to the generation living into the Millennium at Christ's return—to learn the truth of God and enjoy the same opportunity for salvation given to those whom God called during the Millennium. They will all be raised from the dead with a marvelous opportunity to know God for the first time!"

The release of Satan is a test, and some will fail, but but billions more will repent and be saved.




JFH

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First i like to thank God for every bad step and good step i took in my life! And i embrace Jesus wisdom and love! First Jesus does not embrace one religion nor currency or goverment. Theres three things that control man....in Jesus time it goes like this in order of power....temples....roman empire....currency, in our time, currency.....goverments....churches.. now this three things would be powerless if man did not excist. It would be roting buildings and life on earth other then man will live happy.(plants animals etc) now Jesus hes comeing back no diffrent in values as he was before.,make a long story short..three things Jesus fought.. temples (churches in our time) currency and the romain empire( goverments) now for what we read they down play the fight Jesus had with the empire. Why? its a system we are liveing in. Now Jesus died for our sins bur not the sins we know but the sins we dont know were comiting (living in the system that should nt be in) Jesus knew his battle against the beast would not happen then...cause of the world population was small.....Jesus needs more people being feed up with the system to fight it...which you look at our time we have enough population..



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