The Blessed Hope

(Eschatology – doctrine of Last Things)

While we wait for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus - Titus 2:13

The Blessed Hope is our anchor in our Christian journey. This is our expected and glorious end. God’s promise to us is that one day we will’ rule and reign with Him’ (II Timothy 2:12a). Jesus has promised us …for I go to prepare a place for you, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. - John 14:2b, 3.

Let’s look at what events have to first take place to bring us to our expected and glorious end.

End Time Sequence

v  Rapture [Blessed Hope} ~ Christ coming FOR the Saints

o   I Thessalonians 4:13-17     I Corinthians 15:51-53      Hebrews 9:29

v  Tribulation ~ 7 year period

o   Daniel 9:27     Matthew 24:21      II Thessalonians. 21:12        Revelation 7:14

2nd Coming ~ Christ coming WITH the Saints

o   Revelation 19:11-21

o   Revelation 16:13-16; 17:14 ~ Battle of Armageddon

o   Revelation 19:20 ~ Beast & False Prophet thrown into Lake of Fire

o   Revelation 20:1-3 ~ Satan bound

Millennium ~ 1,000 year reign of Christ and His revealed Glory

o   Revelation 20:4, 5 ~ 1st resurrection

o   Revelation 20:3, 7, 10 ~ Satan loosed then cast in Lake of Fire forever

Great White Throne of Judgment ~ Rev 20:11-15

o   Book of Life

o   2nd resurrection

o   2nd death

 Holy City ~ Rev. 21 [New Heaven and New Earth]

o   New Jerusalem to rest on new earth

Christ will rule for eternity