These articles are not here to gratify idle speculation or to provide a supposed "timeline" for everything that is going to happen in the future. Such things are not the focus of the Bible, so it shouldn't be ours, either.
The Bible tells us that the end will come, and that we are to be expectant and ready - whether or not it comes in our lifetime. There may be events that seem to suggest that the end is near, but the presence (or absence) of such events is not to be the basis of our readiness. Instead, love, faithfulness and obedience should be the basis for our readiness.
Many of the conditions that will occur at the end have occurred before. The big difference will be the intensity of those events. This is one of the reasons that, down through the centuries, people have often thought the end had almost arrived. Yet is is also because of this, that we can benefit from the encouragements (and warnings) given to people in the end times, even if we aren't there yet.
The following articles look at some of the issues and concepts related to the end times. They are like small "snapshots" of a larger concept, and do not cover everything.
- See also: Studies in Revelation 1-3. Though these chapters deal with the "seven churches" before the end times, paying attention to what these chapters teach will prepare you for anything that may come in the future (whether or not the "end times" happen to arrive during your lifetime).
A summary of the events described in Matthew 24-25 (and a few verses in Matthew 23), Mark 13 and Luke 21, in outline form.
This is a verse-by-verse comparison of the Matthew/Mark/Luke passages about the end times. (The verses are arranged side-by-side, with no additional comments.) Each account has a slightly different focus, but they all fit together as one unified message.
There are some striking similarities between what Jesus says in the gospel accounts, and what John says in the book of Revelation. (Should we be surprised? Of course not!)
Israel has a very significant role in end-times prophecy, yet it's not because Israel deserves it. Rather, it is because God will keep the promises he made to their forefather, Abraham.
Various comments about the future judgments, how people will react to them. Also a few comments that should affect the way we live at the present time (before the judgments arrive).
Various Words and Concepts Related to the End Times
The phrase "Seven Spirits" occurs only in four passages in the Book of Revelation. This short article looks at the small amount of information available in those verses, in an attempt to better understand what the term refers to.
The word "antichrist" is found only in 1 John and 2 John, but the concept occurs several times in Scripture (in both Old and New Testaments). This study looks at these various passages, and explains the various ways that the word "antichrist" (or its equivalent) is used.
There are numerous misconceptions regarding the "Book of Life" and the other books that will be present at the Day of Judgment. This article attempts to look at the Old and New Testament references to these books, and the historical background (in the Old Testament) that helps us to understand their purpose. The article finishes with numerous observations and comments about these various books.
The primary value to this article isn't the answer to the question (whether the star is "good" or "bad"), but the additional issues that are mentioned, regarding the nature of prophecy itself.
The word "trumpet" occurs many times, in reference to end-time events. This is a word study, and focuses on the uses of the word "trumpet" in the New Testament.
In the book of Revelation, the concept of "name" occurs quite frequently, and for many reasons. A look at these verses is not only instructive of many things, but also shows the basic pattern of how the concept of "name" is used throughout the rest of the Scriptures.
This concept is used in several different ways. Numerous verses make reference to the rewards we will receive at the Day of Justice. This is a word study that examines this issue.
"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." (Revelation 22:12)
Our only appropriate response...
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Peter 3:14)