Does the Future Hold?
INTRODUCTION: Every Bible student is thrilled to be able
to read about events that are still future. Only in the
Bible is the future unfolded. In this lesson, we shall
consider some of these events in the order in which they
I. CHRIST'S COMING FOR HIS
SAINTS. (1 Thess. 4:13-18)
The next event to
occur is the coming of Christ to take His people home to
heaven. This is known as the Rapture. Christ will
descend from Heaven. The bodies of believers who have
died will be raised. Living believers will be caught up
together with them to meet the Lord in the air.
2. THE TRIBULATION. (Matthew 24:5-31)
After the Rapture, the earth will experience a period of
great suffering and sorrow known as the Tribulation. A
great evil ruler will arise known as Antichrist (meaning
against Christ). He will demand worship from the people.
It will be a time of such great suffering that unless
the days were shortened, no life would survive.
3. CHRIST'S COMING TO REIGN. (Malachi 4:1-3)
Toward the end of the Tribulation period, the Lord Jesus
Christ will come back to the earth in great power and
glory. He will destroy His enemies, including
Antichrist, and judge those nations which persecuted
faithful Jews. Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit
for 1000 years.
4. THE MILLENNIUM.
(Isaiah 32:1; 35:1-7; 65:17-25)
work of judgment has been completed, Christ will set up
His kingdom on the earth. Jerusalem will be His capital.
He will reign upon the earth for a thousand years. This
period is known as the millennium. It will be an era of
peace and happiness. The desert will blossom like the
rose. Men will live to very old ages.
THE JUDGMENT OF THE GREAT WHITE THRONE. (Rev. 20:11-15)
At the end of Christ's 1000-year reign, the Judgment of
the Great White Throne will take place. This is the
judgment of the wicked dead. No saved persons will be
involved. The graves will give up the bodies of
unbelievers, and Hades or hell will give up their souls.
They will then stand before Christ to be judged.
6. ETERNITY. (Rev. 21:1-8)
picture of the future is the eternal state. The earth as
we know it will have been destroyed by fire. Time, as we
know it, will have ceased.