The wrath of the Antichrist (42 months), the thrones of God and of Christ with their judgments while the heavens are standing open, and the wrath of God (44 1/2 months) in this sequence are the three major and all inclusive events surrounding the return of Christ.
The throne of God with the court of heaven and the judgment seat of Christ are the
predominate scenes. These scenes in the open heaven will be viewed from earth and by
all creation for hours, even days and longer. God will perform many miracles far
greater than He did on Pentecost when the church was baptized with the Holy Spirit and
each of the apostles spoke to people from nearly a dozen and a half nations who heard
them speak in their own language. Acts 2:8.
Christ will sit on His judgment seat "in the air," in mid-heaven, rewarding
the saints and denying the unfaithful saved in full view of all creation: those in
heaven, those on the earth, and those in hell, Rev 1:7; Mt 26:63-64; Mk 14:61-62. The
heavens will be standing open with the actions of the heavenly court being observed by
the whole universe. The judging and rewarding of the saints is the single big time
consuming factor. How long this will take is not revealed.
Initially, the heavens will be rolled back and the throne of God will appear,
presenting to a defiant humanity and the demon world a most terrifying picture of an
angry God whose wrath is about to burst forth upon them with indescribable fury, Dan
7:9-10; Rev 6:12-17. Though not discussed in this book, the marriage festivities of
Christ and the saints will be in process during the entire period of both the wrath of
the Antichrist and the wrath of God, Lk 12:36.
When the heavens are rolled back (Rev 6:12-17), thrones are put in place in
mid-heaven for the heavenly court, Dan 7:9-10. The court is then seated and the
official court activities begin. After the covenant books of God's precreation
counsel and purpose for the ages are opened, Christ is ushered in before the Father to
be crowned and receive the millennial kingdom in a glorious and festive, inaugural
ceremony, Dan 7:13-14. This ceremony will include an inaugural address by God who will
have the nations in excruciating derision as He chides them for their unbelief and
rebellion, Ps 2:1-6; 37:13; 59:8; Prov 1:24-33; Rev 6:12-17.
It is after this that Christ descends with His angels, having the disembodied spirits
of the saints with Him. While myriads of angels escort the disembodied spirits of the
saints on down to reunite them with their bodies, Christ will set up the throne of His
glory in mid-heaven with both thrones and court attendants in full view. Here in
mid-heaven is where Christ will judge and reward the saints as all creation looks on,
Mt 25:31-32; I Thess 2:19-20; 3:13; 5:23; I John 2:28; Lk 12:2-10; Mt 10:32-33; Mk 8:38
(Mt 16:27; Lk 9:26).
After Christ judges and rewards the saints, He will present them before the Father
unblamable and unrerpoveable in holiness for the Father's approval and pleasure, I
Thess 3:13; Rev 7:9-17; 14:1-5; 15:1-4; Mt 10:32-33; Rev 3:5; Mt 26:64; Mk 14:62. As
the marriage of the Lamb festivities are continuing in heaven, the seven angels will
prepare to pour out the seven vials of God's wrath, Rev 15 & 16. At the same
time Christ will prepare to descent with His glorified saints and His angels also to
execute God's wrath from Jerusalem, Jude 14-15; II Thess 1:7-9.
Christ will descend with His glorified saints and angels and set up His throne in
Jerusalem with the heavens still standing open. The angels and the saints will then be
observed ascending and descending between the throne of Christ in Jerusalem and the
throne of God in the opening heavens, John 1:51; Rev 7:15.
Though this is a rushed printing of this book with a chapter and a half unfinished
and still needing considerable proofing and revision, it is hoped each reader will find
the book helpful in his or her search for a better understanding of the many prophecies
surrounding Christ's return.
First printing: May 1994.