prophecies on the Return of Christ
False Christ, versus Christ
purpose of this document is to provide the Elect (whether their Eyes
and Ears are completely opened yet or not) clear Biblical guidelines so
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.
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 document.
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
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.
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
has ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for us.
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
When He returns, He will take the faithful with Him, “so that where I
am, you may be too” (John
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).
has sent the Holy Spirit as a guide to all the faithful.
has sent the Holy Spirit to all believers, to act as a Counselor and
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).
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.
is now seated at the right hand of The Father, until the time for His
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
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).
not need the help of a Church hierarchy, or of a “new ecclesial
movement,” to establish His reign.
“last days” began with the first coming of Christ.
the first coming of Christ, the “last days” have begun (Hebrews
1:2; 1 John 2:18).
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.”
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).
teachers – and apostate or immoral followers – have been present in the
Church from its start.
teachers, wolves in sheep's clothing, arose within the Church during
its very earliest days (Acts
Indeed, “several antichrists” had “already appeared” when John wrote
his Epistle (1
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).
the beginning, the true followers of Christ have been
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
Christ prophesied, Jerusalem fell to the pagans, the Temple was
destroyed, and the Jews of Palestine were dispersed as captives.
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
(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.
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.
the Return of Christ, the Gospel will be preached to the whole world.
the Return of Christ, the Gospel will be preached to the whole world (Matthew
24:14; Mark 13:10).
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
the Return of Christ, the Gentiles will no longer rule Jerusalem.
the Return of Christ, Jerusalem will no longer be “trampled down by the
the age until the Return of Christ, the good and the evil will exist
alongside each other.
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.
before the Return of Christ, there will be a global tribulation of
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;
There will be:
and great wars
(Revelation 6:2-4; Revelation 11:18; Revelation 16:12)
6:5-8; Revelation 16:2)
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;
death, due to acts of man and of nature: (Revelation
6:8; Revelation 9:18)
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)
persecution” of the faithful (Revelation
disasters will be accompanied by an increase in demonic activity (Revelation
9:1-11, 14-19; Revelation 12:12; Revelation 16:13, 16)
the chastisements, most of mankind will be unrepentant.
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;
Rather than heeding true prophets, they will celebrate their death (Revelation
the increase of lawlessness, love in most men will grow cold” (Matthew
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
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
Scripture specifies a limited time for the full power of the devil (Revelation
time, two times, and half a time” (Daniel
11:2; Revelation 13:5), or
“a year, and twice a year, and half a year”
(Revelation 12:14), or
(Revelation 11:3; Revelation 12:6).
this represents a brief time – but they may also refer to a time of
(literally) 42 months and 1,260 days, respectively.
most of the Tribulation, the power of evil is opposed and limited by
the Two Witnesses – until they are killed.
two witnesses chosen by God will testify for Christ, and against the
devil and his servants, for “those twelve hundred and sixty days” (Revelation
till their witness is complete, and “the beast that comes out of the
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
This event is
the sign to the people on Earth that the power of their evil rulers
the Tribulation were not shortened by an act of God’s mercy, none would
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.
Day of the Lord will come suddenly, taking the faithless by
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
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 Thessalonians 5:1-3).
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
faithful are to be awake and watchful.
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
It is because people do not know “either the day or the hour” that they
must “stay awake” (Matthew
24:44; Matthew 25:13).
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
(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 hopes.
faithful are to arm themselves with the weapons of the Spirit: faith,
love, and hope (1
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 own defense.
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”
Christ comes again, He will “reward with salvation those who are
waiting for him” (Hebrews
“The man who stands firm to the end will be saved”
(Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13; Luke 21:17-19; Luke 21:36).
faithful will be persecuted, but will be supported by God through it.
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).
promises spiritual safety and preservation for the faithful in these
times, not immunity from persecution or, in some cases, physical harm.
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
The faithful who endure to the end will be supported by God, and will be saved (Matthew
10:22; Luke 21:19).
great tribulation will be brief, and the faithful will receive
sufficient warning of it.
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).
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).
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.
“before this generation has passed away all these things will have
taken place” (Matthew
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.
this time, false teachers will abound, and few will keep the Faith.
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
apostasy will abound (Matthew
love will have grown cold (Matthew
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
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”
24:23-26; Mark 13:21-23; Luke 17:23).
“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 fell.
will begin with the purification of the Church.
who teach the faith will be judged more strictly than others in the
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
will be an individual Antichrist, who arises from within the Church.
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
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.
“Lost One” (the False Christ) will enthrone himself in “God’s
sanctuary” and claim that he is God.
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
Return cannot happen until “the Great Revolt has taken place, and the
Rebel, the Lost One, has appeared” (2
(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
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
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
come disguised as an “angel of light” and his servants will “disguise
themselves as the servants of righteousness” (2
“These people are counterfeit apostles, they are dishonest workmen
disguised as apostles of Christ” (2
precursors and servants of the False Christ will not seem, at first
sight, to be wicked (Matthew
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
the end of the Tribulation, God will destroy the evil
political/religious/economic regime that has ruled – and corrupted –
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
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
Rome, which has persecuted the saints. Destruction will come
“within a single day” (Revelation
will be permanent and total (Revelation
18:21; Revelation 19:3).
the appointed number of Gentiles have been converted, a remnant of Jews
will acknowledge Christ as the Messiah.
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
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.
before the coming of Christ, there will be frightening signs and
wonders “in the heavens and on earth.”
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
the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens, and all will see
after these cosmic upheavals, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in
the heavens (Matthew
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
Son of Man will come “on the clouds of heaven” with His angels.
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
accompanied by His angels (Zechariah
14:5; Matthew 16:27; John 1:51; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
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.
ascended in a cloud (Acts
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
Christ returns, it will be a sudden event that is evident to everyone
on earth at once (Matthew
24:27-28; Luke 17:37).
return, all created things in the heavens and on the earth will be
shaken and changed (Hebrews
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.
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, pp. 576-577).
will send His angels to gather all of His elect, living and dead, from
wherever they may be.
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).
the return of Christ, the faithful dead will be resurrected.
Christ’s return, the faithful dead, those who “belong to him,” will be
8:11; 1 Corinthians 6:14, 1 Corinthians 15:21-23).
This is the “first resurrection” (Revelation
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
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.
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.
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
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
of the Left Behind books are in error; Christians will
go through the Tribulation.
living, like the faithful who have previously died, will receive
imperishable and immortal bodies (Philippians
They, like the faithful (and now resurrected) dead, “will be
taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the
will be people alive at the Return of Christ; the human race will
not be made extinct due to the events of the Tribulation.
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 will
few of those alive at the Return of Christ will have kept the Faith.
of those alive at the Return will have kept the Faith, however (Luke
return of Christ from Heaven to Earth will immediately follow the
taking-up of the faithful.
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
Christ’s return, He will slay the False Christ and put down His other foes.
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; Revelation 19:15).
“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
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 honor.
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).
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
Kingdom of Christ will begin with a wedding feast.
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).
loving service – not power politics – is the way to attain greatness in
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).
faithful will assist in the government of the Kingdom, judging the
nations and acting as priests, offering a “sacrifice of praise” to God.
faithful will act as priests and kings under Christ (Revelation
they will govern the nations (Revelation
2:26; Revelation 5:9-10; Revelation 20:4-6), and
will offer God a sacrifice of praise.
the Kingdom, the faithful will receive eternal blessings from God.
blessings for “those who prove victorious” (Revelation
feed them “from the tree of life set in God’s paradise” (Revelation
nothing to be afraid of in the second death” (Revelation
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
“not blot their names out of the book of life, but acknowledge their
names in the presence of my Father and the angels” (Revelation
make them “pillars in the sanctuary” of God, and they will “stay there
promised, “Those who prove victorious I will allow to share my throne” (Revelation
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
“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
After Christ comes, He will subdue all His enemies, destroy
death, and turn His Kingdom over to the Father.
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
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
11:6-9; Zechariah 14:6-9).
creation will be made new (Revelation
nature healed of the wounds inflicted by sin and evil (Romans
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
new Jerusalem (Isaiah
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
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.
will reign on earth for a long time – symbolically, a thousand years (Revelation
20:2; Revelation 20:6).
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
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
the final destruction of Satan, there will be a universal resurrection
of the dead. Christ will judge all, the living and the dead.
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 20:11-15).
will be judged – the living, the faithful dead, and the wicked
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).
good will be with Christ forever in Heaven, and the evil will go
forever to Hell.
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).
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
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 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
 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 Thessalonians 2:9).
 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).
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).
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
with him to achieve the real thousand years of peace and prosperity.
"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
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