20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
Study 20 - The Eternal State
This study brings us to the last in this series and will centre our thinking around the glorious climax. God's ultimate. The apostle Peter declares in his second letter (3:13), "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Here we have the ultimate realisation of the blessed hope. Paradise lost is now regained.
As we see the out-working of God's prophetic plan, the next great event in the pre-millennial calendar will be the rapture - the removal of the church from the earth. We have seen that in the heavenlies there will take place for the believer the bema and the marriage ceremony, followed by the marriage celebration. While the church is feasting with the Lord, the devil will be having a rare time on earth during the fulfilment of Daniel's seventieth week, the period of seven years when Antichrist will make his covenant with the Jewish nation for that period. In the middle of the week of prophetic years he will violate his pledge, and then will commence the time of great tribulation, the time of Jacob's trouble, which will envelop the whole world and bring about the deification of Antichrist, the Man of Sin.