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The Order of Events in Heaven and on Earth from the Cross to the Eternal State

from The Second Advent of the Lord Jesus... by John Ritchie

• The Past.

The Death of Christ on the Cross:
The Cross, the center of all God's counsels—Gen. 3:15; Isa. 53; Dan. 9:26; John 11:51-52.
The Resurrection of Christ—Matt. 28:1-10; 1 Cor. 15:20.
Christ's Ascension—Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9.
His Exaltation at the Right Hand of God—Phil. 2:9; Heb. 1:13; 12:2.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit—Acts 2:1 with John 14:26; 16:7.

• Characteristics of the Present Age.

The Jews cast off Nationally—Acts 7:51; Rom. 11:15.
The Gospel Preached among all Nations—Matt. 28:19; Rom. 16:26.

The Church called out from Jew and Gentile—Acts 15:14; Eph. 3:8.
One Body—Eph. 4:4; 5:30.
Christ the Head of the Church in Heaven—Eph. 1:22; 5:23.

The Church on Earth as God's House—1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 3:6.
The Church as Christ's Light-Bearer—Rev. 2-3.

Satan, Prince of this World—John 12:31; and God of this Age—2 Cor. 4:4.

Bodies of Saints in the Grave—Acts 8:2; 1 Cor. 15:44; their Unclothed Spirits with Christ, Acts 7:59; Phil. 1:23; 2 Cor. 5:8.
The Church waiting for Christ—Rev. 22:17; 1 Cor. 1:7.
Christendom ripening in Apostasy—2 Tim. 3:1-13.

• The Future:

The Personal Return and Parousia of the Son of God—John 14:3; Rev. 22:20.
The Hope of the Church—1 Cor. 1:7; Phil. 3:20; Tit. 2:13.
His Descent into the Air—1 Thess. 4:16; 2 Thess. 2:1.
The Dead in Christ Raised—1 Thess. 4:16; 1 Cor. 15:20, 52.
The Living Saints Changed and Caught Up Together to Meet the Lord—1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:17.
Received by Him—John 14:3
Gathered unto Him—2 Thess. 2:1.
They see Him as He is—1 John 3:2.
Presented faultless by Him—Jude 24
In the Father's House—John 14:2; 17:24. 

EVENTS IN THE HEAVENS,
After the Saints have been caught up, and before they Return to Earth with Christ.

The Judgment-Seat of Christ, and the Rewards of Service—Rom. 14:10; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:14; 4:5; Rev. 22:12.

Satan cast Forth from Heaven—Rev 12:7-9.

Judgments sent from Heaven upon Earth—The Seals, the Trumpets, and the Vials of Wrath—Rev. 6-17.

The Marriage of the Lamb—Rev 19:7; Eph. 5:25-27.

EVENTS IN THE WORLD,
After the Saints have been taken up out of it.

The Apostasy of Christendom—2 Thess. 2:3; 1 John 2:18; Rev. 3:16.
The Strong Delusion and the Lie Believed—2 Thess 2:11.
Antichrist Manifested and Received—2 Thess 2:3-10; John 5:43.

Judgments upon Christendom which becomes "Babylon the Great"—2 Thess 2; Rev. 6-8.
Return of a Jewish Remnant to Canaan—Joel 3; Zech. 13-14; Rom. 11:15-20.
They rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem and resume Jewish Worship there—Acts 15:16; Ezek. 43; Rom. 11:2.

The Gospel of the Kingdom Preached—Matt. 24:14; Rev. 11:1-7; Isa. 59:19.

The Beast, or Head of the Restored Roman Empire arises—Rev. 13:1-8; 17:11-17; Dan. 7:8-24, 9:27; 11:21-45.
Another Beast, the False Prophet appears—Rev. 13:11-18; 16:13-16; 19:20.
The Roman Empire Revived in Ten Kingdoms—Rev. 13:7.
Daniel's Seventieth Week begins—Dan. 9:27.

Antichrist makes a Covenant with the Jews, for one week, or Heptad of 7 years—Dan. 9:27; Isa. 28:15.
Two witnesses prophesy 3½ years, are killed, raised and received up to Heaven—Rev. 11:3-12; Zech. 4:11-14.
Satan cast into the Earth—Rev. 12:9.
The Covenant is broken by Antichrist—Dan. 9:27; 12:7.

Babylon the Great, her iniquity, her glory, and her doom at the hand of man, and her judgment from God—Rev. 17-18.

The Great Tribulation—Matt. 24:21-30; Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Rev. 13; 17.
The Martyred Remnant—Dan. 7:21-25; Rev. 13:7; 14:13; 15:2.
The Spared Remnant—Rev. 7:4, 14.

The Beast and his Armies gathered against Jerusalem—Zech. 14. 

•The Appearing of Christ.

His Manifestation in Glory—Tit. 2:13; Rev. 1:7.
With all His saints—Rev. 19:11-16; Col. 3:4.
To Earth—Zech. 14:4-9; Jude 14-15; 2 Thess. 1:7-10.

His Coming as Son of Man—Luke 21:27; Matt. 24:30.
Deliverer of Israel—Zech. 14:4 and Judges.

The Day of the Lord—1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Thess. 2:2-12; 2 Pet. 3:10; Mal. 4:1-2; Zech. 14:1-4; Joel 3:9-16; Isa. 2:12, 21; 13:9-13; 26:20—21; 63:1, 6.
Judgment Executed on Antichrist—2 Thess. 2:8.
Judgment Executed on the False Prophet—Rev 19:20.
Judgment of the Living Nations—Matt. 25:31-46; Joel 3:11.

Satan cast into the Bottomless Pit, and bound there for a Thousand Years—Rev. 20:3.

• The Millennium

Its Characteristics—Rev. 20:6; Acts 3:19-21; Rev. 21:9-27; 22:1-6; Zech. 14:5-9; Isa. 2; 11; 22:19-20; 25; Ezek. 36; Jer. 31:31-34.

The Conversion and Purging of the Jews in their Land—Zech. 12; 13; will precede it, also—

The Restoration and Gathering of the Ten Tribes of Israel to their Land, and their Re-union with Judah—Rom. 11:26; Isa. 11:11-12, 18; 66:19; Ezek. 20:33-49; 37:15-22; Deut. 30:1-5; Jer. 30:3; Hos 3:4-5.

The Earthly Zion, the Centre of Rule and Blessing—Ps. 69:35; 102:13.
Jerusalem, the Metropolis of the World—Jer. 33:16; Zech. 8:3-4; 12:6; 14:8-16; Joel 2:32; Isa. 2:3; 4:5; 54:11-17; 62; 66:19-24; Ezek. 48:30-35.

Christ Reigns as King—Jer. 3:17; Isa. 11:1-12; 32:1; Ps. 99; 100; 105; Zech. 14:4-16; Dan. 2:44; 7:13-14; Rev. 19:16; Ps. 72:8-16.

His Saints Reign with Him—Rev. 20:4; 1 Sam. 2:8.
The River of Blessing—Zech. 14:8; Ezek. 47.

Creation's Groan Ceases—Rom. 8:19-21; Isa. 40:6-9.

The Whole Earth at Rest—Rom. 8:21.
The Curse is Removed—Joel 2:23-27.

The New Jerusalem—The Bride, The Lamb's Wife—Rev. 21:9-27; 22:1-5 OVER the earth.

Satan Loosed—Rev. 20:7-8.
The Last Great Revolt of Man—Rev. 20:8.
Satan's Doom—Rev. 20:10.
The Final Doom of the Lost—Rev. 20:14-15.

The Present Heavens and Earth Pass Away—2 Pet. 3:2-10.
Judgment by Fire from Heaven—Rev.

The Great White Throne—Resurrection and Judgment of the Unjust—Rev. 20:11-15; 2 Tim. 4:1; John 5:25-29; Rom. 2:16.

The Eternal State—A New Heaven and a New Earth—Rev. 21:1-5; 2 Pet. 3:13; 1 Cor. 15:25.
The Final Condition of the Lost—Rev. 20:14; 21:8.

GOD ALL IN ALL.


Copied for WholesomeWords.org from The Second Advent of the Lord Jesus, with Subsequent Events in Heaven and on Earth by John Ritchie. 3rd ed., enl. Kilmarnock, Scotland: John Ritchie, [1917].

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