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Frequently Asked Questions - New Testament

FAQs - New Testament

We can’t tell exactly, because there isn’t sufficient data. All we can say is that it will begin after the Antichrist demands worship from the whole world, which may be anytime within the first half of the 7 years.

The mark of the beast will be one of the four means used to get everyone to worship the Antichrist. The first is the False Prophet (vv.11,12) The second is signs and wonders (by the false prophet v.13, and also by Antichrist - 2 Thes 2:9, and the counterfeit resurrection). The third is the threat of being killed by the image of the beast (v.15), and the fourth and most comprehensive means is through economic sanctions, i.e. the mark of the beast.

Rev 14:9,10 shows the connection between the worship of the beast and the mark of the beast – "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,…"

They won’t be in Hades. The only ones in Hades are those who die. There is no indication that all unbelievers will die at the battle of Armageddon. If all die, there will be no people on earth left for Christ to rule over! But Rev 19:15 says that when Christ comes to do battle "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."

Perhaps some may get the idea that the whole world will be annihilated from v.18 – "That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."

The word all here is not quantitative but qualitative, as can be seen in the rest of the sentence – both free and bond, both small and great – i.e. all kinds of men who come to make war with Christ. Another verse is Rev 19:21 – "And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." The remnant here does not refer to all unbelievers but to the kings of the earth and their armies that had gathered to fight Christ. The vast majority of the world will still be alive after Armageddon. There will also believers – e.g. the Jews who turn to Christ only when they see Him return to save them from the Antichrist. We can imagine that many non-Jews who may believe in Christ then, as well as during the millennium.

Despite Christ visibly ruling on earth there will still be unbelievers during the millennium. This is why Satan can still succeed in bringing the nations against Christ to launch one final rebellion (20:8). This final rebellion will be stopped by God, and then followed by the Great White Throne Judgment - 20:11,12 – "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God"

We notice that there is no mention of anyone who is still living after the end of the millennium. One way to explain this is that at the final rebellion, God will destroy not only the armies of the nations that come against Jerusalem, but also the whole world – cf. 20:9 – "And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them." And 2 Peter 3:10 – "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

 

The Bible gives no answer to this, and God’s ways are always higher than our ways. But perhaps we can venture to guess that it is for the purpose of showing the true colours of the unbelievers who live during the millennium. Their latent rebellious nature will not be expressed until Satan tempts them to express it. When their true colours are revealed, God will then be justified in bringing judgment upon them.

In Bible history, God allowed an evil spirit to trouble king Saul and bring about his downfall (1 Kings 16:14-23), and also allowed an evil spirit to tempt the wicked King Ahab to go to battle in order to have him killed on the battlefield.

martyrs are included among those who reign, but they are not all who reign. Those who reign are all the redeemed, since Rev 5:9,10 says "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." Confirmation is found in Daniel 7:18,27.

God is just, and He will show the unbeliever the cause of his damnation – because of his works, which fall short of the glory of God. Before the grace of God came, we too were all destined to face the great white throne judgment and the same damnation, since our works also fall short of the glory of God. But we praise God that He has shown grace to us by snatching us up to escape the great white throne judgment.

This is also a mystery to us that we will know one day. Perhaps in our new resurrected bodies we would be able to shuttle freely between the new heaven, the new earth and the New Jerusalem! Or perhaps we will all have our assigned places (depending on the rewards of the Bema judgment) – some in heaven and some on earth. The Holy city may be at the center, suspended between heaven and earth.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

November 19 & 26 - The End of the World

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10