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“What’s going to happen next?” That’s one of the questions I get asked on a regular basis, especially when people find out I love to study, write and speak about the end times.


Jimmy Evans | IOM Contributing Author

 

The Bible doesn’t offer precise, day-to-day details of a timeline—for instance, it doesn’t tell us when the Russian invasion of Ukraine will end or specifically when the Antichrist will come to power.


But it does give us a broad timeline of the five major events of the end times, starting with the Rapture of the Church. These events are clearly described in Scripture, and I believe we will see this timeline come into focus very soon.


Here is God’s agenda for the future:


1. The Rapture and Resurrection of the Dead in Christ


This two-part move of God is the next major prophetic event that will happen in our world. In fact, the evidence is clear to me that it could happen at any moment, including potentially while you are reading these words! All the signs point to the return of Christ in the very near future.


The Rapture will be accompanied by the Resurrection of the righteous dead—those who have passed away in relationship to Jesus. Scripture speaks of the Rapture and Resurrection as separate events, but they will happen so closely together that I am including them as a single point in the timeline.


God will raise the righteous dead first, and a split second later, Jesus will gather living believers into His presence. Paul describes this in 1 Thessalonians:


For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.—1 Thessalonians 4:15–18

All of us—those who are living and our dead brothers and sisters in Christ—will have a grand reunion together with the Lord in the air. This event will set the rest of the timeline into motion.


2. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb and Glorious Return of Jesus