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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 (1853-1930)

• 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.

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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