The M+G+R Foundation
Biblical prophecies on the
Return of Christ
The False Christ, versus Christ
The purpose of this document is to
provide the Elect (whether their Eyes and Ears are completely opened
yet or not) clear Biblical guidelines so that, with the Illumination of
the Holy Spirit of God, they may easily identify the False Christ. This
will minimize the chance that the Elect would fall into the grave error
of adoring satan.
We requested Mr. Lee Penn, author of False
Dawn, to prepare this document for the benefit of our readership
and he graciously accepted. We sincerely thank him and those who
assisted us in the completion and publication of this very critical
Christ has said that He will come again,
and throughout the New Testament, the Apostles testify to this.
However, Christ also warned that many false messiahs would come, and
the Apostle Paul warned against the "man of sin" who would lead the
people worldwide astray in a final spiritual deception.
The False Christ, when he appears, will
not come with the appearance of a raving madman, nor will his reign
begin with violence. He will be a counterfeit Christ, a seemingly
plausible substitute for the real Christ - one so well-disguised that
he could deceive "the very elect," if that were allowed by God. Hence
the need for a review of the prophecies in the Old and New Testaments
about the coming, first of the False Christ, then of Christ Himself. It
will be essential for spiritual survival to distinguish between the
two, and not to worship the False Christ.
Here, then, is an overview of Scriptural
prophecies (primarily from the New Testament) about the Return and the
Kingdom of Christ. (All Biblical quotations are from the Jerusalem
Bible, published in English in 1966.) 
prophecies on the Return of Christ
Christ has ascended to Heaven to
prepare a place for us.
- Christ, the only Son of God, has ascended to Heaven, to prepare a
place for His followers. Although Christ has gone to the Father, He
told His followers, "I am with you always; yes, to the end of time" (Matthew
28:20). When He returns, He will take the faithful with
Him, "so that where I am, you may be too" (John 14:3).
This was prophesied in the Old Testament
(Psalm 68:18; Proverbs 30:4; Isaiah 52:13) and
foretold by Jesus during His public ministry, as testified by the
Gospels (John 6:62; John 14:2-3; John 20:17) and
fulfilled in the sight of the Apostles (Mark 16:19; Luke
24:51; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 3:16; Ephesians 4:8-10).
Christ has sent the Holy Spirit as a
guide to all the faithful.
- Christ has sent the Holy Spirit to all believers, to act as a
Counselor and Comforter.
This was prophesied in the Old Testament
(Proverbs 1:23; Isaiah 44:3; Joel 3:1-3),
promised by Jesus to His Apostles during His ministry (Luke
24:49; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7-15; John 20:21-23)
and experienced by the Apostles from Pentecost onward (Acts
2:1-4; Acts 2:16-21; Acts 10:44-48; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14).
Note that this gift of the Holy Spirit
is for ALL believers. It is not limited to those in communion
with Rome, or to bishops as a group, or to the Bishop of Rome.
Christ is now seated at the right hand
of The Father, until the time for His return.
- Christ now sits at the right hand of The Father, until the time
comes for Him to come in clouds and glory to reign over the Earth and
to "put all his enemies under his feet" (1 Cor. 15:25).
This was prophesied in the Old Testament
(Psalm 110:1), promised by Christ during His
ministry (Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44),
proclaimed by Him when He was on trial for His life (Matthew
26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69), and confirmed as truth
afterward by the Apostles (Acts 2:33-36; Acts 7:55-56; 1
Corinthians 15:23-26; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews
1:3-5; Hebrews 1:13; Hebrews 10:12-13).
Christ will not need the help of
a Church hierarchy, or of a "new ecclesial movement," to establish His
The "last days" began with the first
coming of Christ.
- With the first coming of Christ, the "last days" have begun (Hebrews
1:2; 1 John 2:18).
During the age between Christ's
Ascension and His Return, there are to be natural and man-made sorrows
- but "the end will not be yet."
- Throughout the era before Christ's return, there are to be wars,
revolutions, plagues, famine, earthquakes and other natural disasters,
apostasy, social disintegration, and persecution of the faithful. 
Nevertheless, the "end will not be yet" (Matthew 24:6-8;
Mark 13:7-8; Luke 21:9-11).
False teachers - and apostate or
immoral followers - have been present in the Church from its start.
- False teachers, wolves in sheep's clothing, arose within the
Church during its very earliest days (Acts 20:29-30).
Indeed, "several antichrists" had "already appeared" when John wrote
his Epistle (1 John 2:18-19). Immorality,
hypocrisy, and a thirst for false teaching also existed within the
Church from the earliest times, such that the writers of the New
Testament had to warn their contemporaries against it (2
Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Timothy 4:3-5; Revelation 2:4-5; Revelation 2:14-15;
Revelation 2:20-23; Revelation 3:1-3; Revelation 3:15-18).
From the beginning, the true
followers of Christ have been persecuted.
- Jesus expected that there would be persecution of the faithful
throughout the era between His Ascension and His Return (Matthew
10:17-23; Matthew 10:25; Mark 13:9-13; Luke 21:12-19). The
writers of the Epistles testify that persecution began immediately
after Pentecost; Stephen was the first of the martyrs (Acts
As Christ prophesied, Jerusalem fell
to the pagans, the Temple was destroyed, and the Jews of Palestine were
dispersed as captives.
- Jesus prophesied that Jerusalem would fall to pagan armies, that
the Temple would be utterly destroyed, and that the Jewish people would
be sent as captives to "every pagan country" until "the age of the
pagans is completely over" (Matthew 23:38; Matthew 24:1-2;
Matthew 24:15-22; Mark 13:1-2; Mark 13:14-20; Luke 21:5-6; Luke 21:24).
All of this occurred, with the Roman defeat of the Jewish revolts in 70
and 133 AD.
Contrary to the beliefs of some
present-day fanatical Jews (and their equally fanatical Evangelical
Christian supporters), there is no indication from any New
Testament prophecy or exhortation that the Jewish Temple could be, or
ought to be, rebuilt, nor that the Jewish system of Temple sacrifices
can be, or should be, restored. 
Before the Return of Christ, the
Gospel will be preached to the whole world.
- Before the Return of Christ, the Gospel will be preached to the
whole world (Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10).
This may indicate that the Gospel was
preached to the whole of the "known world," throughout the Roman
Empire, before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD - but its true
eschatological meaning applies to the preaching of the Gospel to the
entire world before the end of the age (Revelation 14:6-7).
Before the Return of Christ, the
Gentiles will no longer rule Jerusalem.
- Before the Return of Christ, Jerusalem will no longer be
"trampled down by the pagans" (Luke 21:24).
Throughout the age until the Return of
Christ, the good and the evil will exist alongside each other.
- Until Christ returns, there will be both good and evil people (Daniel
12:10; Matthew 13:24-30; Matthew 13:37-42; Revelation 22:11).
The good will become better, and the evil will become worse, as the two
tendencies each reach their fullness at the end of the age.
Shortly before the Return of Christ,
there will be a global tribulation of unprecedented severity.
- Toward the end, the troubles facing mankind will be global, and
of unprecedented severity (Daniel 12:1; Zephaniah 1:2-3;
Zephaniah 1:14-18; Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19; Luke 21:22-23).
There will be:
- Conquerors and great wars (Revelation
6:2-4; Revelation 11:18; Revelation 16:12)
- Famine and pestilence (Revelation
6:5-8; Revelation 16:2)
- Natural disasters, including
earthquakes, ecological collapse, and a strike by a meteor or comet. (Revelation
8:7-11; Revelation 11:18; Revelation 16:3-4; Revelation 16:10;
- Massive death, due to acts of man
and of nature: (Revelation 6:8; Revelation 9:18)
- Discord within families, betrayal,
the growth of hatred, and the eclipse of love among "most men" (Matthew
10:21; Matthew 24:10; Matthew 24:12; Mark 13:12; Luke 21:16)
- A "great persecution" of the
faithful (Revelation 7:14)
- These disasters will be accompanied
by an increase in demonic activity (Revelation 9:1-11,
14-19; Revelation 12:12; Revelation 16:13, 16)
Despite the chastisements, most of
mankind will be unrepentant.
- Most of mankind, the great and the small alike, will be
impenitent and defiant in their sins and apostasy. They will flee God,
or curse Him, rather than return to Him (Revelation 6:15-17;
Revelation 9:20-21; Revelation 16:9; Revelation 16:10-11; Revelation
16:21). Rather than heeding true prophets, they will
celebrate their death (Revelation 11:9-10).
- "With the increase of lawlessness, love in most men will grow
cold" (Matthew 24:12). That trend will be a
marker of spiritual death, since love is the greatest of the spiritual
virtues (1 Corinthians 13:13), and without love,
all talents, knowledge, and deeds are "nothing at all" (1
The full power of evil on earth is
limited to "42 months": a brief time.
- For a brief time, the whole world will be in the power of the
devil and his servants, represented by the dragon, the beast, and the
false prophet (Revelation 13:1-18). Scripture
specifies a limited time for the full power of the devil (Revelation
12:12): "a time, two times, and half a time" (Daniel
12:7), 42 months (Revelation 11:2; Revelation
13:5), or "a year, and twice a year, and half a year" (Revelation
12:14), or 1,260 days (Revelation 11:3;
Symbolically, this represents a brief
time - but they may also refer to a time of (literally) 42 months and
1,260 days, respectively.
During most of the Tribulation, the
power of evil is opposed and limited by the Two Witnesses - until they
- The two witnesses chosen by God will testify for Christ, and
against the devil and his servants, for "those twelve hundred and sixty
days" (Revelation 11:3) - till their witness is
complete, and "the beast that comes out of the Abyss" (Revelation
11:7) kills them.
After a symbolic brief period, God will
resurrect the two, and take them up to Heaven - and those who see this
will tremble, and praise God. (Revelation 11:11-13).
This event is the sign to the people on
Earth that the power of their evil rulers will fail.
If the Tribulation were not shortened
by an act of God's mercy, none would survive.
- If those days were not to be cut short by God "for the sake of
those who are chosen," "no one would have survived" (Matthew
24:21-22; Mark 13:18-20). But as an act of mercy by God for
the elect, the duration of the worst trials will be cut short.
The Day of the Lord will come
suddenly, taking the faithless by surprise.
- The Day of the Lord (which may mean both the great tribulation
preceding the Return of Christ, as well as the Return of Christ) will
come suddenly, surprising those who are faithless and who have failed
to watch. (Matthew 24:37-41; Luke 21:34; 1 Thessalonians
5:1-3; Revelation 16:15). No one will be able to escape or
evade the turmoil of those times (Luke 21:35; 1
The Day of the Lord will commence in
times that seem "normal" enough that people are "eating, drinking,
taking wives, taking husbands," "buying and selling, planting and
building" - just as people did till the beginning of the Flood (Matthew
24:37-39), and as they were doing when Sodom was destroyed (Luke
The faithful are to be awake and
- The faithful, who have been warned, are to be awake, watchful,
and sober in discerning the signs of the times and looking for the
Return of Christ (Matthew 24:32-33; Matthew 24:42-44;
Matthew 25:1-13; Mark 13:29; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 12:35-40; Luke
12:42-46; Luke 21:28-31; Luke 21:34-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6).
It is because people do not know "either the day or the hour" that they
must "stay awake" (Matthew 24:44; Matthew 25:13).
The unbelievers and the evil-doers will
be caught by surprise and dismay at the Return; for them, the Day will
come as suddenly and disastrously as a thief (Matthew
24:48-51; Luke 21:34-35; Revelation 3:3). By contrast, the
faithful will expect the Day, and see it as the fulfillment of their
- The faithful are to arm themselves with the weapons of the
Spirit: faith, love, and hope (1 Thessalonians 5:7-8).
There is no indication, anywhere in the
New Testament, that believers should take physical arms against the
evil powers, or that they should gather and use such weapons in their
- In the time of the Apocalypse, when the faithful are warned, they
must act quickly in obedience to God (Matthew 24:16-20; Mark
13:14-18; Luke 17:31-32; Luke 21:21). They are not to look
back on their earthly possessions, or to take undue care for their
life; "anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone
who loses it will keep it safe" (Luke 17:33).
- When Christ comes again, He will "reward with salvation those who
are waiting for him" (Hebrews 9:28). "The man
who stands firm to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24:13;
Mark 13:13; Luke 21:17-19; Luke 21:36).
The faithful will be persecuted, but
will be supported by God through it.
- God will keep His faithful "safe and blameless" for His coming;
He has called them and will not fail them (1 Thessalonians
5:23-24; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 7:3; Revelation 12:6; Revelation
12:13-16). Nevertheless, for a time, the evil ones will
have the ability to "make war against the saints and conquer them" (Revelation
12:17; Revelation 13:7). The faithful will be "hated by all
the nations on account" of the Name of Christ (Matthew 24:9;
Mark 13:13; Luke 21:17).
Scripture promises spiritual safety and
preservation for the faithful in these times, not immunity from
persecution or, in some cases, physical harm.
- Tribulation tests, trains, and purifies the faithful, whom God
disciplines as sons (Proverbs 13:24; 2 Corinthians 4:17;
Hebrews 12:5-13; 1 Peter 1:6-7, 1 Peter 4:12-19; Revelation 3:19).
The time of suffering will be brief (1 Peter 5:10-11).
The faithful who endure to the end will be supported by God, and will
be saved (Matthew 10:22; Luke 21:19).
The great tribulation will be brief,
and the faithful will receive sufficient warning of it.
- The time of the great tribulation will be brief; once the events
of the Day of the Lord begin, they will unfold quickly (Matthew
24:32-34; Mark 13:28-30; Luke 21:32).
- The exact time, "that day and hour," of the Day of the Lord and
the Return of Christ, were then (at the time of Jesus' ministry) known
only to the Father (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32; Acts 1:6-7).
The followers of Christ will receive
enough warning to be able to await the Return with faith and hope. Even
as Noah and Lot were warned in sufficient time to escape destruction,
the faithful will also be warned.
Christ said, "before this generation has
passed away all these things will have taken place" (Matthew
24:34). Matthew 24 (and the similar passages in the other
Gospels) refers in part to the fall of Jerusalem and the Temple - which
did occur within 40 years, a Biblical generation, of Jesus' prophecy.
But these same passages also refer to the end of the age - and in this
context, indicate that the final events of the age will move swiftly to
their conclusion: in a generation or less.
At this time, false teachers will
abound, and few will keep the Faith.
- False teachers will abound at the end of the age, and mankind
will become increasingly immoral (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy
3:1-5; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). Faith will be scarce at the time
of Christ's return (Luke 18:8); apostasy will
abound (Matthew 24:10); love will have grown
cold (Matthew 24:12).
One of the false teachings of the last
times will be scornful rejection of the promise of Christ's return, due
to the delay in His Appearing (2 Peter 3:3-4).
- There will be false messiahs, those who say "I am the Christ,"
and they will "deceive many" (Matthew 24:4-5; Matthew 24:11;
Mark 13:5-6; Luke 21:8). The followers of these "false
Christs and false prophets" will seek recruits, and some of the false
teachers may even "produce great signs and portents, enough to deceive
even the chosen, if that were possible" (Matthew 24:23-26;
Mark 13:21-23; Luke 17:23).
- The "red dragon" will have "dragged a third of the stars from the
sky and dropped them to the earth" (Revelation 12:4)
- a symbol of hierarchs being pulled down into allegiance with satan,
just as Lucifer dragged down many rebellious angels when he himself
Judgment will begin with the
purification of the Church.
- Those who teach the faith will be judged more strictly than
others in the Church (James 3:1). Judgment will
"begin at the household of God" (1 Peter 4:17),
and will include the religious leaders of the time (Zephaniah
1:4-7; Zephaniah 3:1-8; Malachi 3:2-3; Matthew 3:7-10). So,
it appears that the first of the Tribulations will strike the Church -
and its hierarchs and ministers. Contrary to the Left Behind/Rapture
theology, the people of God will also be judged (Romans
There will be an individual
Antichrist, who arises from within the Church.
- The Antichrist will come - and he will be an individual, not a
system or an ideology. Lesser antichrists (those who acted like
Antichrist) had already come by John's time; they "came out of our own
number" - that is, from within the Church (1 John 2:18-19).
- By analogy, the same applies to the Antichrist: he will arise
from within the Church. Antichrist denies that Jesus is the Christ (1
John 2:22; 1 John 4:2-3; 2 John:7) by his deeds
rather than by his apparently soothing words. He will prepare the way
for the False Christ, rather than the true Christ.
The "Lost One" (the False Christ) will
enthrone himself in "God's sanctuary" and claim that he is God.
- The Enemy's way is now being prepared in secret; when "the one
who is holding it back" is removed, the Rebel will appear openly (2
- Christ's Return cannot happen until "the Great Revolt has taken
place, and the Rebel, the Lost One, has appeared" (2
Thessalonians 2:3). (The "Great Revolt" is also often
referred to as "the Great Apostasy.") The Enemy, the False Christ, will
come "in his own name," enthrone himself in God's sanctuary, and claim
"that he is God" (Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14; John 5:43; 2
Thessalonians 2:4). This is the culminating "abomination of
desolation." The False Christ will deny that Jesus is the Christ, but
will proclaim himself to be God and Christ, returned to earth (1
- The False Christ will (as allowed by God) work "all kinds of
miracles and a deceptive show of signs and portents," to deceive all
those who "refused to believe in the truth and chose wickedness
instead" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
Satan will come disguised as an "angel
of light" and his servants will "disguise themselves as the servants of
righteousness" (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). "These
people are counterfeit apostles, they are dishonest workmen disguised
as apostles of Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:13).
- The precursors and servants of the False Christ will not seem, at
first sight, to be wicked (Matthew 7:15). They
will appear to be pious and devout, strict and orthodox - but
the reality will be otherwise.  Their
fruit has been - and will be - evil, and Christ will not accept them or
the works they claim to have done in His Name (Matthew
At the end of the Tribulation, God
will destroy the evil political/religious/economic regime that has
ruled - and corrupted - the world.
- Just before the end of these times, an evil
political/religious/economic regime will have authority over the whole
world (Revelation 13:1-18; Revelation 17:1-18:3).
The ruler of this system will be worshiped by those whose names "have
not been written since the beginning of the world in the book of life" (Revelation
- God will suddenly destroy this regime (Zephaniah
1:8-13; Revelation 18:4-19:4), which is represented
symbolically by Sodom, Egypt, Jerusalem, "in which their Lord was
crucified" (Revelation 11:8), and Rome, which
has persecuted the saints. Destruction will come "within a single day" (Revelation
18:8), and will be permanent and total (Revelation
18:21; Revelation 19:3).
After the appointed number of Gentiles
have been converted, a remnant of Jews will acknowledge Christ as the
- Before the first resurrection of the dead, a faithful remnant of
Jews will believe Christ and follow Him (Romans 11:15;
Romans 11:25-32). This will come after the appointed number
of the Gentiles has believed in Christ.
By contrast, the False Christ will not
draw the Jews to himself; he will, if given sufficient time, persecute
them. He hates the Jews, for they were the original Chosen People, and
the first heirs of the Promise.
Just before the coming of Christ,
there will be frightening signs and wonders "in the heavens and on
- Immediately before the coming of Christ, there will be signs in
the heavens and on earth, during which "the sun will be turned into
darkness and the moon into blood" (Acts 2:19-20, referring
to Joel 3:4-5). This will come toward the end of the
Tribulation (Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24-25, Luke 21:25-26,
Revelation 6:12-14; Revelation 8:12).
Then, the sign of the Son of Man will
appear in the heavens, and all will see it.
- Immediately after these cosmic upheavals, the sign of the Son of
Man will appear in the heavens (Matthew 24:30),
and the people of the world will mourn as they look upon the one that
they have pierced. "Everyone will see him, even those who pierced him,
and all the races of the earth will mourn over him" (Revelation
The Son of Man will come "on the
clouds of heaven" with His angels.
- All will "see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory" (Daniel 7:13; Matthew 24:30; Matthew
26:63-64; Mark 13:26; Mark 14:61-62; Luke 9:26; Luke 17:24; Luke 21:27;
Luke 22:69-70; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 19:11-16),
accompanied by His angels (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 16:27;
John 1:51; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
Christ described the manner of His
coming again to His disciples when preaching during the week before His
Passion; He said the same to the Sanhedrin on the night that He was
arrested and put on trial for His life. It was this statement that led
the lawless assembly to find Him guilty of blasphemy.
- Christ ascended in a cloud (Acts 1:9), and
the angels told the assembled crowd of disciples that "this same Jesus
will come back in the same way as you have seen him go" into
the heavens (Acts 1:10-11).
- When Christ returns, it will be a sudden event that is evident to
everyone on earth at once (Matthew 24:27-28; Luke
At Christ's return, all created things
in the heavens and on the earth will be shaken and changed (Hebrews
The believers and unbelievers alike will
see Him. The faithful will rejoice, and the faithless will mourn. There
will be no need of TV cameras, nor public relations men, nor a "new
ecclesial movement," nor a new religious order bearing the sign of the
cross, nor any earthly technology, nor any political movement, nor any
ecclesiastical organization to make the Return known to all. Christ
will not be proclaimed at the Vatican by the person who claims to be
his vicar on earth. Nor will He announce Himself at a rebuilt Temple in
Jerusalem, or at any other shrine or holy site made by man.
By contrast, the False Christ would have
arisen from the earth to challenge the real Christ. Beforehand, the
Deceiver may attempt to fake his coming "in the clouds" with a
deceptive miracle, or he may explain - as the theosophist Alice Bailey
did, when describing the coming of the "World Teacher" - that "coming
in the clouds" is just a First Century way of describing travel by
airplane (Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy,
Christ will send His angels to gather
all of His elect, living and dead, from wherever they may be.
- Christ will send His angels with a trumpet blast to gather His
"chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matthew
24:31; Mark 13:27).
With the return of Christ, the
faithful dead will be resurrected.
- At Christ's return, the faithful dead, those who "belong to him,"
will be resurrected (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 6:14, 1
Corinthians 15:21-23). This is the "first resurrection" (Revelation
- The faithful dead will be raised imperishable, glorious,
powerful, and embodying the spirit (Daniel 12:3; 1
Corinthians 15:42-44). Their "weight of glory" will be
eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18), and they will
inherit "an everlasting home not made by human hands" (2
Corinthians 5:1-4). The faithful - those who have been
resurrected from the dead, and those who were alive at the time
of the Return - will "stay with the Lord for ever" (1
Thessalonians 4:17), and will be "rewarded" (Revelation
11:18), and will see God "as he really is" (1
If the system that He [God] created
would have allowed it, the moment Lucifer and other angels refused to
serve Him, God would have withdrawn the attributes granted to them and
thus, in effect, cancel their evil influence in this world.
Immediately after the resurrection of
the dead, the faithful who are alive will be transfigured. The
faithful, the living and the resurrected dead, will be taken up to the
heavens to meet Christ.
- Immediately after the resurrection of the dead, those who are
alive at the Return of Christ will be transfigured "in the twinkling of
an eye, when the last trumpet sounds" (1 Corinthians
15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18). This trumpet will be
sounded by an Archangel, who will issue a shout of command (1
- Those alive who are chosen by Christ to be with Him will be taken
up, suddenly, from amongst their families, neighbors, and co-workers (Matthew
24:37-41; Luke 17:34-35). This is when the wicked will be
"left behind" - not before the beginning of the Tribulation, but
at its climax. The writers of the Left Behind books are in
error; Christians will go through the Tribulation.
- The living, like the faithful who have previously died, will
receive imperishable and immortal bodies (Philippians
3:20-21). They, like the faithful (and now resurrected)
dead, "will be taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the
Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
There will be people alive at the
Return of Christ; the human race will not be made extinct due
to the events of the Tribulation.
- The Scriptures (in particular, Matthew 24:13; Matthew
24:39-41; Matthew 28:20; Mark 13:13; Luke 18:8; Luke 21:17-19; Luke
21:36; 1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:17)
are evidence that there will be people alive on Earth when
Christ returns. There will be no "extinction-level event"
before the Return, however grave the disasters of the Great Tribulation
However, few of those alive at the
Return of Christ will have kept the Faith.
- Few of those alive at the Return will have kept the Faith,
however (Luke 18:8).
The return of Christ from Heaven to
Earth will immediately follow the taking-up of the faithful.
- Christ's return, His coming down from Heaven, will immediately
follow the sounding of the trumpet, the resurrection of the faithful
dead, and the taking up of the living. (1 Thessalonians
At Christ's return, He will slay the
False Christ and put down His other foes.
- At Christ's return, He will kill the False Christ "with the
breath of his mouth" and will "annihilate him with his glorious
appearance at his coming" (Isaiah 11:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:8;
- The "beast was taken prisoner, together with the false prophet
who had worked miracles on the beast's behalf ... These two were thrown
alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur" (Revelation
Christ will destroy the False Christ and
cast his two evil lieutenants into the "fiery lake." These will be the
same people that the False Christ had raised up for the whole world to
- Christ will slay His other enemies (Isaiah 11:4-5;
Isaiah 61:2; Zephaniah 2:4-15; Zechariah 14:3; Zechariah 14:12-14;
Malachi 3:18-19; Revelation 19:17-21).
- Christ will rule for (symbolically) a thousand years (Revelations
20:2, 6) with an "iron scepter" (Psalm 2:8-9;
Psalm 110:5-6; Zechariah 14:16-19), exercising equity and
integrity, and judging on behalf of the oppressed (Malachi
The Kingdom of Christ will begin with
a wedding feast.
- The Kingdom of Christ will begin with a feast that Christ will
offer for His followers (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke
12:36-39; Luke 22:16; Luke 22:18; Revelation 19:6-9).
Humble, loving service - not power
politics - is the way to attain greatness in Christ's Kingdom.
- The way to greatness in the Kingdom is through humble, faithful,
and loving service, not through domination or manipulation (Matthew
20:25-28; Matthew 23:8-12; Matthew 24:45-51; Mark 9:33-35; Mark
10:42-45; Luke 22:24-27).
The faithful will assist in the
government of the Kingdom, judging the nations and acting as priests,
offering a "sacrifice of praise" to God.
- The faithful will act as priests and kings under Christ (Revelation
1:6); they will govern the nations (Revelation
2:26; Revelation 5:9-10; Revelation 20:4-6), and will offer
God a sacrifice of praise.
In the Kingdom, the faithful will
receive eternal blessings from God.
- The blessings for "those who prove victorious" (Revelation
2:7) will include:
- Christ will feed them "from the tree
of life set in God's paradise" (Revelation 2:7).
- "There is nothing to be afraid of in
the second death" (Revelation 2:11).
- Christ will give them "the hidden
manna and a white stone - a stone with a new name written on it, known
only to the man who receives it" (Revelation 2:17).
- Christ will "not blot their names
out of the book of life, but acknowledge their names in the presence of
my Father and the angels" (Revelation 3:5).
- Christ will make them "pillars in
the sanctuary" of God, and they will "stay there forever" (Revelation
- Christ promised, "Those who prove
victorious I will allow to share my throne" (Revelation 3:21).
- "They will never hunger or thirst
again; neither the sun nor scorching wind will ever plague them,
because the Lamb who is at the throne will be their shepherd and will
lead them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away all tears
from their eyes." (Revelation 7:16-17)
- Christ said, "I will give water from
the well of life free to anybody who is thirsty; it is the rightful
inheritance of the one who proves victorious; and I will be his God and
he a son to me." (Revelation 21:6-7)
After Christ comes, He will subdue all
His enemies, destroy death, and turn His Kingdom over to the Father.
- After Christ comes, He will subdue all His enemies, and destroy
death, the last enemy. Then He will turn over His kingdom to God the
Father. (Psalm 2:8-12; Psalm 89:26-29; Psalm 110:1; Psalm
110:5-7; Isaiah 45:23-25; Daniel 2:34-35; Daniel 2:44-45; 1 Corinthians
15:24-28; 1 Corinthians 15:54-55).
- Christ's kingdom will last forever (Luke 1:33; Hebrews
1:8). As King of Kings, He will reign over a time of
healing and peace, plenty and righteousness, justice and fidelity to
the true and living God (Psalm 45:6; Isaiah 9:5-7; Isaiah
61:1-4; Isaiah 65:19-25; Ezekiel 11:18-20; Daniel 7:13-14; Ezekiel
34:25-31; Ezekiel 37:24-28; Zephaniah 3:9-20; Malachi 3:11-12; Malachi
3:20). The natural world will be healed and made anew (Isaiah
11:6-9; Zechariah 14:6-9).
- The creation will be made new (Revelation 21:5),
and nature healed of the wounds inflicted by sin and evil (Romans
8:19-23). There will be a "new heavens and new earth" for
which the believers are now waiting (Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah
66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1), a "universal
restoration" (Acts 3:21).
- The new Jerusalem (Isaiah 65:18) will come
"down from God out of heaven" (Revelation 21:2; Revelation
21:10-26). The river of life will run through the city,
with the trees of life on its banks. The new city will have no temple,
"since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb themselves were the temple,
and the city did not need the sun or moon for light, since it was lit
by the radiant glory of God" (Revelation 21:22-23).
For the "thousand years" of Christ's
reign on Earth, Satan will be bound and confined to the Abyss, till his
release "for a short while" just before the end of the world.
- Christ will reign on earth for a long time - symbolically, a
thousand years (Revelation 20:2; Revelation 20:6).
- At the end of the Millennial era ,
Satan will be "released from his prison and will come out to deceive
all the nations in the four corners of the world" (Revelation
20:7-8). His armies will be massive, and will surround "the
camp of the saints," but "fire will come down from heaven and consume
them." Then Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, joining the beast
and the false prophet in eternal torment (Revelation 20:9-10).
After the final destruction of Satan,
there will be a universal resurrection of the dead. Christ will judge
all, the living and the dead.
- Christ will judge the living and the dead, according to their
works (Ezekiel 11:21; Matthew 12:36-37; Matthew 13:39-43;
Matthew 13:47-50; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 10:29-30; Mark 16:16; John
5:28-30; Romans 2:6-11; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 2:23; Revelation
- All will be judged - the living, the faithful dead, and the
- In this universal and final judgment, all secrets will be
revealed (Romans 2:16, 1 Corinthians 4:5).
Everyone's works will be tested by fire, to reveal their quality and
permanence - or lack thereof (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2
Thessalonians 1:8-10; 1 Peter 1:7).
The good will be with Christ forever
in Heaven, and the evil will go forever to Hell.
- The good will be with Christ forever, and the evil will be sent
away into the fires of Hell (Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2;
Matthew 3:12; Matthew 13:30; Matthew 13:49-50; Matthew 25:29-30;
Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 3:17; John 14:3; John 15:6).
- Hell is not empty. "Many" will go there (Matthew
7:13-14; Matthew 22:14), and among them is Judas Iscariot,
the betrayer of Christ (Matthew 26:23-25; Mark 14:21; Luke
22:21-22; John 6:70-71; John 17:12). This will be the
"second death," the "burning lake" (Revelation 20:15).
 Review Biblical
Literalism - Part I and Part II to better understand
the differences among different Biblical translations even within the
 Christ will have to return
precisely because it has been man who unleashed all that misery upon
itself, and if He does not intervene mankind would annihilate itself.
 Some believe that the
Ark of the Covenant, the sacred artifact last seen in the Temple before
the exile to Babylon, will be found during the End Times. (The
Ethiopian Orthodox Church claims to have the Ark in its possession, at
a church in Axum, Ethiopia.) But as St. John received a vision of the
Tribulation and the judgment of the earth, he saw "the sanctuary of God
in heaven opened, and the ark of the covenant could be seen inside it" (Revelation
11:19). According to John's vision, the Ark is in the Heavenly
temple now - and as Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox understand it,
the true Ark is the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. If a physical
artifact is brought forth with great fanfare on earth as the real Ark,
its finding could be one of the Deceiver's evil "signs and portents" (2
 The preceding points
indicate that the period before Christ's return will see neither a
social utopia nor the restoration of "Christendom." The prophet Daniel
warned that prior to the end of these times, "wickedness will go on
increasing" (Daniel 12:4).
In particular, and contrary to what is
stated by some Catholic prophecy writers who quote certain medieval
saints and modern visionaries, there is nothing in Scripture
that speaks of the "Holy Pope" and the "Great Monarch" establishing and
leading a beneficent, global, Church-led regime. It will be God who
purifies and renews His Church (Malachi 3:2-3), not a new
Inquisition, or a revived Knights Templar, or a "crackdown" Pope in the
style of St. Pius X. Only Christ Himself will bring the era of "one
flock, one shepherd" (John 10:16).
 Carefully note that
what is meant by "...this falsification of the kingdom to come
under the name of millenarianism..." is not the
real thousand years spoken of in Revelation 20:1-10.
What the Catechism is warning the
faithful about is the "falsification of the kingdom", that is,
when the False Christ, about whom we have written and warned the
faithful about, will try to convince people to work with him to achieve
the real thousand years of peace and prosperity. This "falsification of
the kingdom" would be "the 'intrinsically perverse' political form
of a secular messianism" that you may read below in Paragraph No.
676 and that we continually warn one and all about!
Published on Easter Week - 2007
Updated on August 22, 2013 - The
Queenship of Mary