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Tuesday, September 19 2017
The Return Of The Messiah: The Prophet's View Of The World Tomorrow
"Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet"
The prophet Daniel (see the Fact Finder question below) was one of the exiles of Judah in Babylon (see Biblical Eras: Babylon - Back To The Beginning), then in Babylon when it was conquered by Persia (Persia has been known as Iran since the 1920s; see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).
The LORD gave Daniel many of the most detailed end-time prophecies of the Holy Bible - including the return of the Messiah to establish the Kingdom of God everywhere on Earth. The rule of the world by fools and rebels will be over and gone forever (see The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive).
"2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. ... 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." (Daniel 2:35,44 KJV)
The prophets Isaiah (Isaiah 2:2-4) and Micah (Micah 4:1-3) were given to see and record the famous "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" because "For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." Those verses will be fulfilled immediately after the events recorded by Daniel in the verses documented above.
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-4 KJV)
Later, Paul the apostle was also given to see and record the same events as prophesied by Daniel, Isaiah and Micah. The "end" will come when the Messiah has restored Paradise to Earth (see Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?) - by annihilating all rebels and unrepentant, arrogant fools.
"15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet." (1 Corinthians 15:24-25 KJV)
The verses quoted above will be fulfilled during first 1,000 years after the Messiah's return. The first resurrection will happen on the day of the Messiah's return (see Trumpets: The Prophecy Of The Return Of Jesus Christ), as will the putting away of Satan (see The Christian Day Of Atonement: Past, Present and Future).
"20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
The second resurrection will happen at the end of the 1,000 years (see The Harvest Prophecies) - upon which they will have the means and opportunity to repent and truly obey the LORD just as those of the first resurrection had done. Satan will then be briefly released to test them, after which Satan and all refuse to steadfastly repent will be put away forever.
"20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 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. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Revelation 20:7-10 KJV)
Then, the final judgment and the worldwide flood of fire (see Who Were The People Born After Each Of The Three Worldwide Floods?) that will purify the Earth in preparation for the coming of God The Father to Earth (covered in the next chapters).
"20:11 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. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
Fact Finder: What did the prophet Daniel know and write about the return of the Messiah to rule the Earth?
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This Day In History, September 19
634: The Siege of Damascus (see also Damascus In History And Prophecy). The Rashidun Arabs (see also What Does The Bible Say About Arabs?) under Khalid ibn al-Walid captured Damascus from the Byzantine Empire (see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1356: During the Hundred Years War, the English under Prince Edward defeated French forces under John II at Poitiers. The French king was captured in the battle and released 4 years later.
1665: In London, England, the official death toll from the plague (see Leviticus 13: Bacteria) was reported to be 10,000 people per week.
1676: The colony of Jamestown was burned by the rebel forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon's Rebellion.
1783: After their first-in-history unmanned balloon flight 3 months earlier (see Who Was The First To Fly?), Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier of Versailles, France, launched the first balloon flight with "passengers" - a sheep, a rooster and a duck.
1870: During the Franco-Prussian War, the Prussians began their siege of Paris.
1881: U.S. President James Garfield died of a gunshot wound from his July 2 shooting.
1893: Women in New Zealand were given the right to vote.
1918: Near the end of the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), British General Edmund Allenby won a crucial battle over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Megiddo ("Armageddon") in what was then called northern "Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine?, Jordan's West Bank Invasion, Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1939: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator) began to incorporate much of Poland into Germany, move 600,000 Jews from there (and those in Germany as well) into a Polish rump called the "General Government", and ghetto all Jews within it at convenient points along the railways. This brought into the coming holocaust the huge German railway system, the Reichsbahn.
1952: The U.S. barred English actor Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country due to his political views. The comedian and Hollywood movie star later settled in Switzerland.
1957: The U.S. began conducting weapons of mass destruction tests at the underground nuclear bomb test facility in the Nevada desert (see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1971: William F. Albright died at age 81. The history professor and archaeologist wrote extensively of many places of Bible history. He also conducted research digs at numerous locations including Bethel and Gibeah in Israel and Petra in Jordan.
1978: The Solomon Islands became a member of the United Nations.
1985: An earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico City.
2006: Thai military forces staged a coup in Bangkok.