At the same time, God had created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. They were given dominion over all the earth. They were to live in a paradise in the garden of Eden, never having to work or toil for anything. Everything was given to them and God loved them so. But Satan wanted to be the ruler of the world and to take away the rights of Adam and Eve to rule and reign. So he came to Eve in the garden in the form of a snake. God told Eve not to eat of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil. But the snake came to tempt Eve and tried to forge the same rebellion he was successful with in doing with 1/3rd of the angels prior. His goal however was to trick Eve into taking a bite of the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil.
He knew that when this happened, mankind would fall under a curse from God and would lose their rightful place to rule over the earth. As a result, the world became a place full of evil and sin. A place because of Satan's dominion was destined to be! His goal was to have revenge on God, to take over his throne and to destroy all that he had created and loved, that includes the earth and all of man kind! God will not intervene because it was the choice of humankind to rebel against God and as a result dominion of the earth was handed over to the enemy. So now because of this mistake, in falling from Grace, it has to be our individual choice whether we will chose to follow God or Satan.
Now because of this, the world was no longer a paradise, but a place of sickness and death, disease and wickedness! But even though Adam and Eve were tricked into handing over their Paradise to Satan to do with it what he wished, Jesus Christ had a plan to take it all back and one day restore it, but this war with Satan had to be dealt with first!
Since that time, Satan being as crafty as he is, has gone to God's throne in accusation of man kind, trying to get God to destroy all that he had created himself. But God so loved the world that he allowed Satan to test people in order to prove him wrong. That the people He created are not so wicked, that they will not all turn against their creator.
During the time of Noah, Satan was at his old tricks again, enticing people to wickedness, by worshiping other God's, trying to make God sorry for his creation. Although Satan was successful at almost wiping out the entire human race at that time, God looked down and saw that there was one righteous man. His name was Noah. He tested Noah by telling him to create this Ark, a very large boat that was big enough to hold all the animals needed to repopulate the earth! Noah going off of blind faith was obedient to God. He built this Ark despite persecution from others, even though it took him 120 years to do it and with never seeing a drop of rain. God was well pleased that there was someone among his creation that still chose to follow him no matter what.
As a result, He ended up destroying all the others, but chose to save Noah and his family and from him the human race was able to continue. After that he used a rainbow to make a promise to Noah that He will never again destroy the earth with water, however in the later years in his war against Satan, He will destroy the earth with fire!
Revelation 8:7-"And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first sounded and there came hail and fire, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up!
But Satan did not stop there, after the destruction of the earth during Noah's day. Throughout the years, he set out to destroy the human race one way or the other, once again. But God had a plan to save us! There came a time when he sent Jesus, His only begotten son to die on the cross for us! This very act was a major defeat for Satan! Because after Jesus died, he rose from the grave. He was the first fruit, meaning that when he entered heaven after death, he allowed all others who died and have been a follower of Christ to enter heaven as well. You see when he died for our sins, he paid the price of all that we did wrong in the eyes of God and Satan could no longer accuse us! He made us Holy and righteous, joint heirs with Jesus to the Kingdom of God! He said that now wherever He is we shall be also! And we will live with him forever in his paradise! What price do we have to pay to be a part of God's Kingdom? The good news is that the price was already paid when Jesus died on the cross. All we have to do is be willing to accept Jesus as the Lord and Savior of our life and turn from our sins, which are the works of Satan. This is good news, but that's not all! Jesus said that one day He will come again and when He does, He will take back dominion over the earth and Satan and all his followers will be thrown into the lake of fire forever! The earth will once again be a paradise as it was intended to be!
At the time when Jesus was on the earth, his disciples asked him when He would return and be their King. He said there will be signs of His coming! And in the other books written in the Bible there were prophets that foretold His coming and the things that will come to pass before the end would come! The end is when He would once again take dominion from the earth and Satan will be done away with once and for all! In the book of Matthew, which gives an account of the life and teachings of Jesus, He foretells in chapter 24: 4-14, the signs of His coming!
"Watch out that no one deceives you for many will come in my name claiming, I am the Christ and will deceive many! You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation and Kingdom against Kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then you will be handed over and be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
He also said there would be signs of His coming in the sun the moon and the stars. Matthew 24:29-"Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky and the heavenly bodies will be shaken."
Next Jesus goes on to warn about a time that is coming. A battle of all battles against Satan and his demons. A 7 year period where Satan will rise up and attempt to take over the very throne of God in the Land that God chose for his very own, the Land of Israel. During this 7 year tribulation, Satan will incarnate himself in the body of a man and will attempt to become a physical ruler over the entire earth as his ultimate goal. His final attempt to take away all that God created and to destroy it. The Bible says he will enter the Temple of God, set himself up as God claiming that he is God. He will deceive the masses in thinking that he is the Messiah, deceiving many into receiving his mark and the number of his name. The Bible warns that those who receive his mark will be separated from God forever and will be condemned to hell.
Revelation 14:9-12-"A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or hand, he too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur, in the presence of the Holy Angels and of the lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever. There is no rest day and night for those who worship the beast, and his image or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
The prophet Daniel in the Bible foretells the coming of the Antichrist, Satan incarnate, and how he intends on taking God's land and his attempt to set himself up as God in the Temple of God. Daniel 9:27-"He will confirm a covenant with many for one seven. (seven year peace agreement with Israel) In the middle of the seven, he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of the temple, he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him."
Matthew 24: 15-19-"So when you see standing in the Holy Place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel, let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of his house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in the winter or on the Sabbath."
During the time of tribulation, the Antichrist, Satan incarnate, will force everyone to receive his mark or be put to death. Revelation 13:16-17 "He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he receive the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name."
So as you can see here in the end of days, the Antichrist will befriend the Jewish people in order to allow them to build the temple. After the temple is built in about 3 1/2 years, He will do away with the Jews, claiming the land and the temple for his own. During the second half of the tribulation. God himself goes to war against the Antichrist which is Satan incarnate. God ultimately destroys the temple, the beast and his kingdom. His new temple comes down from heaven to replace the one that was destroyed.
Revelation 16:17-21" The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne saying, It is done!" Then there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible!"
Revelation 20:10-"And the devil who deceived them, was thrown into lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever."
Revelation 21:1-8-"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God himself will be with them and He will be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." he said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
But the best news of all is that Jesus also told us that before he comes again to rule and reign and take dominion back from over the earth, and even before the tribulation hour begins when people are made to chose between Satan and God, and be faced with death, having their head cut off for not accepting the mark of the beast, he made a promise to rescue those, to take those people who believe in him from the hour of trial that is to come. This time is foretold to be the most horrific time that will ever occur on the face of the earth. In Revelation chapter 3:10 He said; Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth."
So how do we know when Jesus will come to rescue those who believe in Him before the hour of trial begins? The answer is simple. God's wrath comes down and the 7 year tribulation begins when the Antichrist makes a move to take God's land.
Joel 3:2; I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of my inheritance Israel whom the have scattered among the nations, and they have divided up the land. 1 Thessalonians 5:3; For when they say "Peace and Safety! " Then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
These verses foretell that God's wrath will begin when they divide the land by means of a Peace Agreement as spoken about in the book of Daniel chapter 9. The seven year peace plan where he makes a 7 year covenant with many! Also there is more proof in the book of Revelation chapter 6 with the opening of the first seal. These are the seals of judgment and it starts with a rider on the white horse. This rider on the white horse, the Antichrist, comes in peaceably and presents himself as Christ himself. He imitates Christ in order to be accepted as the Messiah, to gain the trust of the Jewish people, to create a false peace and cause the peace agreement to be signed. With this agreement, he divides the land in order to create the peace between the Palestinians and Israel.
So the question is how close are we then to having this peace agreement signed? We are very close! The Bible says the prophecy must be fulfilled in order for the end to come. They are talking about a peace agreement and dividing the land at this very moment! The final 7 years are upon us and so is the rapture of the church.
If you want to follow Jesus and be saved from all that is to come, do it now as time is running out! Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and ask Him to be the Lord and Savior of your life. Turn away from Satan and his evil ways and you too shall be saved! And you will live forever with Jesus in His paradise. Jesus made it all possible. He died in such a horrific way as a sacrifice for us! So now the power is in your hands! There is no greater love than this! All you have to do is ask Jesus to save you, its a free gift, but do it today before its too late! He is calling on you to come to Him now, because once the tribulation begins you will have to pay with your life. That time is almost here when the age of grace is over and you don't want to be left behind to have to endure the persecution of the Antichrist. So make the decision to choose Christ today!