The Bible gives us future prophetic landmarks which will take place before Jesus returns. The Scriptures predict that a false religious authority or beast would arise (Revelation 13:1). This power did once rule the earth and was wounded. However, its “deadly wound was healed” (v. 3) and now “all the world marveled and followed the beast” (NKJV).
This beast power would join hands with a second beast-power and seek to enforce religious laws in order to crush out God’s people (v. 15–17). Check out the following link for more on the beast, his mark and his image.
Scripture foretold that a faithful remnant of Christ’s followers—those who “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12)—would be protected during the final plagues and calamities to fall on the earth (Revelation 16). Then the false religioueks system would collapse and Christ would come.
When Jesus comes, the greatest future prophetic landmark in history, would be that every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7). At that time, the righteous will be clothed with immortality (1 Corinthians 15:51–54). The unrighteous will cry for the rocks to fall upon them (Revelation 6:14–17). God’s people will be taken to heaven to reign for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4).
Then Satan will be loosed (v. 7) and lead the resurrected wicked in a futile attempt to attack and overthrow God and His people. After this, they will be judged and completely destroyed (v. 9) and, on the ashes of this purified planet, God will create a new earth (Revelation 21:1–3).
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