About the End of the Age
There seems to be a pattern in history that reveals a very important historical event happening every 2,000 years. Approximately 6,000 years ago Adam and Eve were created. About 4,000 years ago God made a covenant with Abraham. 2,000 years ago Christ was born in Bethlehem. Perhaps we are approaching the time of Christ's Second Coming.
The Bible declares that no man knows the day nor the hour of his coming. Even Christ himself may not know. It seems to be a knowledge reserved for God the Father only. I'm sure there are strong reasons that God withholds that information from us and now we see through a murky glass but eventually we will understand.
There are a lot of parallel prophecies in Daniel and in The Revelation. After Daniel had seen his vision the angel spoke to him these words, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end." (Dan. 12:9) Daniel didn't understand his own writings. He prayed for understanding but the words were sealed until the end time.
As we progress toward the end of the age I believe our understanding of eschatological events becomes less mysterious. For instance, fifty years ago it was extremely hard to understand how the mark of the beast could possibly be implemented but now, in the age of computers and microchips it's much easier to understand that prophecy.
As a history teacher I teach my students that the root causes of all wars are political conflict, economic conflict and religious conflict. There is a diabolical scheme to eliminate these causes and bring a sort of utopia, or heaven to earth. If the nations of the world could be unified under a one world government, if the religions could merge into a sort of smorgasbord of total tolerance absent all confrontation and if we could form a one world economy we would at last live in peace and there would be no need or desire for God's heaven, we will have created our own.
Satan will use the anti-Christ and the false prophet to help usher in his one-world ideas. The anti-Christ is a person and he will one day present himself in the temple of Jerusalem where he will blasphemously declare himself a 'messiah type'. This 'abomination of desolation' will usher in a time of great tribulation. He will be released to make war on the saints for a period of time.
Christ will rapture his saints at some point and return as the greatest of all warriors to lead an army against the Satanic forces at Armageddon. The battle will be horrendous but Christ will emerge the victor and he will set up his kingdom on earth and reign without interruption for 1,000 years. For some mysterious reason Satan will be released for a short period but then the unholy trinity will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone forever and forever.
Christ's restoration of fallen man will be complete and those who are his followers will live in peace and happiness in heaven forevermore.