THE REALITY OF THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
Moreover, the simple assertions of the Scriptures should suffice as
to the reality of this other world (II Thess. 2:9). And it is indeed
an evil and somber empire! Whenever the Scriptures lift the veil, and
allow us a momentary glimpse into the Kingdom of Darkness, we behold
a malignant and evil community, but one perfect in order and government,
and one that thirsts for the subjugation of the human race. If it could,
it would doubtlessly annex all of our world to its own dominion. Indeed,
the heaven which surrounds our world swarms with evil spirits. And while
God has forbidden these spirits to communicate with man and has placed
a gulf between them and us, they, nonetheless, break through from time
to time - defying God - since they are not at present restrained by
force. And this is confirmed by the Scriptures, for we find countless
allusions to unlawful dealings between men and these spirits in the
Old Testament, while in the New Testament, witchcraft [which is the
unlawful relationship between men and the kingdom of Darkness] is treated
as one of the works of the flesh. (Gal. 5:20)
THE SPHERE AND ORGANIZATION OF SATAN'S EMPIRE
It is perhaps necessary at this point to describe, as succinctly as
possible, the arrangement of this evil empire - for unless we are made
at least somewhat aware of its organization, we cannot truly appreciate
the magnitude of the events which will transpire during the second half
of the Seventieth Week [The Great Tribulation] or comprehend the depths
of darkness into which the world will be plunged at this time.
It is commonly believed by many Christians that the abode of Satan
and his followers is in the depths of the earth. While this may indeed
ultimately be the case, it most certainly is not now. The Bible refers
to him as the Prince of this World. Moreover, in doing so, it indicates
that this title is not one that was usurped, but one that he holds legitimately
and which belongs to him by right, together with great power and dignity
- for how else does one explain the fact that the Lord Jesus Himself
not only spoke of our great adversary by this title, but plainly recognized
his delegated authority in that He did not dispute his right to the
disposal of the kingdoms of this world and their glory (Luke 4:6-8).
Moreover, how else can one understand the passage in Jude wherein Michael,
the Archangel of God, is seen rendering to Satan the respect due to
one superior in rank, even though that authority was then held in the
hands of one who had become so wicked:
"Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he
disputed about the body of Moses, durst (dared) not bring against him
a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee." (Jude 1:9)
THE FALLEN ANGELS
Also, Satan is called the Prince of the Power of the Air (Eph. 2:2).
The word here translated air would be better rendered Heavens. This
would seem to be the same as the heavenly places which the NASB, the
NKJV and the KJV version render "high places" (Eph. 6:12)
and which, as Paul indicates, swarm with the spiritual hosts of the
wicked. As Pember has written:
"What, then, is the nature of the power indicated by these titles
of Satan? To understand it we must glance at the general hints of Scripture
concerning spiritual agencies. For, though unseen and little suspected
by the rulers of earth, they are also spiritual powers (Eccls. 5:8),
all originally appointed by God, whether they be now loyal to Him or
not. Rank above rank these watchers stand, each passing on his account
to a superior until it reaches the Most high at the apex of the pyramid.
So in Zechariah's first vision, those whom the Lord had sent to walk
to and fro upon the earth are represented as delivering their report
to the Angel of the Lord, who then appeals to the Almighty Himself."
"And hence we read of thrones, dominions, principalities, powers
(Col. 1:16), archangels, and angels. Nor can we know much of Scripture
without discovering that vast numbers of these invisible beings, who
supervise the affairs of men and their world, are in open rebellion
against the Almighty; that there are principalities, powers, and world-rulers
of darkness, with whom, as Paul tells us, we have to wage a fearful
warfare (Eph. 6:12). These all render account to Satan, their Prince,
who, in his reports to the Most High, makes use of their intelligence
to accuse ourselves and our brethren before God day and night."
But there is something more which we must see - note carefully the
place where Satan accuses us "day and night!" It is not in
the depths of the earth, but in the heavens - and even more, before
the very throne of God Himself! (Rev. 12:10) This is substantiated in
the Book of Job:
"Now there was a day when the sons [angels] of God came to
present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them."
(Job 1:6) (cf. Job 2:1 and Rev. 12:10)
Satan is not in the depths of the earth, but rather he is continually
in heaven before the throne of God "day and night" accusing
us before the Father! And not only is our great antagonist in heaven,
but also his hosts - one third of the angels of heaven (Rev. 12:4).
If it was not for the Son, who also appears continually at the throne
as our great high priest (Heb. 8:1) with His own precious blood as an
offering for our sin, we would have surely perished as a race long ago.
From all this, we can easily comprehend that although Satan is a rebel,
he has not as yet been deprived of his titles, his power, and - this
is very important - his place in heaven; and this is as true of the
angels who joined him in his ancient rebellion as it is of Satan himself.
He is still the great "High One on High" (Isa. 24:21) who,
as Pember suggests, divides the world into provinces according to nationalities,
appointing powerful angels over each kingdom [such as the Prince
of Persia and the Prince of Grecia - see Daniel]. And so
we at last get some idea as to what Paul meant when he said that our
battle was not with "flesh and blood," but it was instead
with "principalities," with "powers," with the "world
rulers of this darkness," and with "spiritual hosts of wickedness
in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12).
And not only this, but man has another class of evil agents with which
to contend, and while this second class of Satan's ministers have not
the dominion and authority of the "high ones on high," they
are, nonetheless, countless in number and their potential for harm almost
as great - we speak here, of course, of the demons or "devils"
of the New Testament. Their home is not the heavens on high, but the
earth here below; and they do not share the attributes and power of
the angels, but are instead the disembodied spirits of those who trod
the earth in the flesh before the ruin described in the second verse
of Genesis, and who, at the time of that great destruction, were DISEMBODIED
by God, and left still under the power of their great leader in whose
sin they shared. [Please see Pember's classic work, Earth's Earliest
Ages for further study in these matters.]
As a result, these demons suffer a wearisome lack of ease, a wandering
unrest, arising from a sense of incompleteness because of their disembodied
state. They long to be clothed with flesh again, and so great is their
craving that if they can satisfy it in no other way, they will even
enter into the filthy bodies of swine (Matt. 8:31). Indeed, it is they,
and not the evil angels, who - in their uncontrollable and insatiable
desire to be clothed with flesh again - are responsible for the "possessions"
described by the Scriptures. They long to "feel" again, if
only pain, and this is the reason that many possessed persons inflict
pain on themselves, for it is not they, but the demons which have entered
them, who are responsible.
THE GULF BETWEEN THE TWO WORLDS
That the human race has not been totally subjected and submerged by
these evil dignities on high and by the demons here below is only because
of the gulf, perhaps the better word is the secular term "dimension,"
which God has fixed between them and us. For who could know the viciousness
of their sin, the depths of their immorality, the vile power of their
hateful lusts. And though they can appear as angles of light, they inhabit
the halls of darkness, and their home is the blackness of night forever.
THE DAYS OF NOAH
However, as we intimated above, this dimension has, from time to time,
been pierced and broken through. And when this has occurred, the result
to man has been one of unparalleled disaster and moral collapse; indeed,
it was precisely this that brought on the monstrous magnification of
wickedness and sexual depravity in the days of Noah which eventually
led to God's judgment in the Flood. This is detailed in some of the
darkest, most enigmatic passages of Scripture contained in the Bible
- and we do well to note them carefully. Genesis, chapter 6 says:
"Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face
of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God
[lit., "Elohim," meaning angels - in this case, wicked
angels] saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took
wives for themselves [i.e., had sexual intercourse with] whomever
they chose ... The Nephilim [lit., the fallen ones, meaning
the offspring of the sexual union between the daughters of men and
the angels of Satan] were on the earth in those days, and also afterward,
when the sons of God [angels] came into the daughters of men [i.e.,
had sexual intercourse with them], and they bore children to them.
Those were the mighty men who were of old [in Greek mythology], men
of renown ... Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great
on the earth [as a result of man's intercourse with the angels of
Satan], and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only
evil continually ... And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on
the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. And the Lord said, 'I
will blot out man whom ... for I am sorry that I have made them'."
Pember writes concerning this:
"Now , in speaking of the sin of some of these, Jude (Jude
6) tells us that, despising the position of dignity and responsibility
in which God had placed them, they voluntarily left their own home
[or, disrobed themselves of the spiritual body proper to them as beings
of heaven, and materialized for themselves an earth-body; for the
word used here in the only other place in the New Testament means
the heavenly body with which the believer longs to be clothed] in
the ... [heavens], prompted as it would seem by earthward desires
[for the daughters of men], and began to exercise an unlawful influence
over the human race [which led eventually to the great increase of
wickedness - far beyond what is even known today]. And, perhaps, as
a punishment, their [i.e. that special class of Satan's angels which
involved themselves in this specific crime] return [to heaven] was
Pember goes on to say:
"The children of these unlawful connections before the flood
were the renowned heroes of old: the subsequent repetition of the
crime doubtless gave rise to the countless legends of the Classics
[of Greek mythology], as well as in the ancient literature of other
languages, in which human families are traced to a half-divine origin."
So heinous was their crime in the sight of God [that is, the unlawful
sexual union between men and angels], that He destroyed man in the
Flood and dashed the angels responsible to the lowest pit - for Peter
tells us that after they [the angels] had sinned, God spared them
"... but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of
darkness, reserved for judgment ..." (II Peter 2:4)
Pember writes concerning this passage:
"... a more literal rendering (of this passage) would be ...
'For if God spared not angels when they sinned, but cast them down
to Tartarus, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be
reserved to judgment' ... Tartarus appears to be a place of
imprisonment more terrible than Hades ... In the Greek mythology,
Tartarus was a dark abode of woe, as far beneath Hades as Earth
is below Heaven (Homer II. viii. 16) - a description which fairly
corresponds to Peter's 'pits of darkness'. Very significant, too,
is the fact that it was thought to be the prison of Cronos (i.e.,
Kronos) and the rebel Titans [the beings who in Greek mythology
were responsible for exactly the same crime as described by Genesis
THE APPEARANCE OF THE FALLEN ANGELS
The foundations of human society before the Flood were destroyed by
the appearance of the fallen angels. The eruption of these beings upon
the earth led to the total corruption of the human race - so much so
that it was beyond remedy. The fallen angels had burst the bands that
had separated them from humanity. The gulf or dimension that God had
placed between men and angels had been bridged, and now these malignant
beings poured into the earth like a torrent into an empty lake bed.
Violence and bloodshed filled the earth. Slaughter and rampage were
everywhere. And if man had been sullied before by the taint of sin,
he descended now into a state of abject disgust and abhorrence a thousand
times worse than his condition before the poisonous infestation of his
world by these malicious beings.
There appears to be but one other occurrence of this sin after the
Flood: the assertion is made in Numbers 13:33 in reference to the sons
of Anak, who are said to have been Nephilim (the word translated
"giants" in the KJV in these verses is Nephilim). These
were the Canaanites who so frightened ten of the twelve spies that Moses
sent into Canaan after the Exodus to spy out the land; it seems to account
for God's command that the whole race of the Canaanites should be extirpated
or annihilated. The thought here is that the Canaanites should be removed
much like a doctor would excise or amputate a cancerous leg from a man
to preserve the rest of the body from the spread of the malignancy.
THE COMING REAPPEARANCE OF THE FALLEN ANGELS
Now, it has not been without cause that we have taken the time to delve
into these Biblical references with regard to the supernatural - for
as interesting as all of this is in and of itself, there is here a very
somber and earnest reason indeed. And that is this: the gulf that has
so long separated man from the fallen angels [and has preserved him
from the depths of sin to which his fathers fell before the Flood] will
be bridged once again, the bands broken, and the fallen angels - like
a flood that has burst its boundaries - will inundate the earth once
again as in the days of Noah. This then is the reason for the awful
"For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days
of Noah." (Matt. 24:37)
The cause, then, of the unfathomable evil, wickedness, violence, and
depraved sexual sin which will so devastatingly characterize the Great
Tribulation of the second half of the Seventieth Week will be the shattering
of the barrier which God has erected between man and the Kingdom of
Darkness. Pember writes:
"... the future ... [fall] of the angels of darkness to earth
will be the proximate cause of the GREAT REBELLION [i.e. the
GREAT TRIBULATION] which will call forth the Lord Jesus in
flaming fire to take vengeance." (Rev. 12:13).
THE MYSTERY OF THE SEVEN TRUMPETS
With all this in mind, let us now return to the mystery of the Seven
Trumpets. Note carefully the salient feature of the first four trumpets.
All the plagues have their origin in the heavens! Like a flood, these
beings - extraterrestrials, if you wish - pour onto the earth after
their expulsion from the heavens. And the result? The plagues of the
first four trumpets. The Bible compares their entrance into our atmosphere
The First Trumpet: hail and fire mingled with blood.
The Second Trumpet: a great mountain burning with fire cast
into the sea.
The Third Trumpet: a great burning star from heaven cast
onto the earth - and the name of the star is Wormwood.
The Fourth Trumpet: the sun, moon, and stars smitten.
Can anyone reasonably assume that literal stars will be cast onto the
earth? No, of course not. The stars are the fallen angels and relate
directly to Revelation 12:4, 12:8-9, and 12:12:
"And his [Satan's (i.e., the dragon's)] tail swept away a third
of the STARS (i.e., angels) of heaven, AND THREW THEM TO THE EARTH
... and there was no longer a place found for them [i. e., the Devil
and the fallen angels] in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown
down [cast out of heaven], the serpent of old who is called the devil
and Satan who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the
earth, and his angels were thrown down with him ... WOE TO THE
EARTH AND THE SEA, BECAUSE THE DEVIL HAS COME DOWN TO YOU, HAVING
GREAT WRATH, KNOWING THAT HE HAS ONLY A SHORT TIME."
There can be no doubt that the celestial bodies which are here seen
crashing onto the earth are fallen angels. This is not only substantiated
in the verse itself, but also by the prominence of the fraction: ONE-THIRD.
THIS FRACTION RELATES DIRECTLY TO THE FALLEN ANGELS - one-third
of whom rebelled against God and joined Satan in his insurrection (Rev.
12:4). [It should be noted here that God evidently set limits to the
insurrection, those limits being a third of His dominions and no more.]
And woe unto those who in their ignorance and stupidity
had looked to welcome these celestial beings, for " ... the name
of the star is called WORMWOOD ... " (Rev. 8:11) What does
this mean? Wormwood is hemlock, and is an extremely poisonous root.
It is bitter and evil tasting, and is used throughout the Scriptures
as a curse - especially in reference to SEXUAL SIN (Proverbs
5:4) and SPIRITUAL FORNICATION (Deut. 29:18, Jer. 9:15, 23:15,
Lam. 3:15, 19). Spiritual fornication and sexual sin - these are the
sins in which the fallen angels involved themselves and which brought
on the Flood (Genesis 6). And the judgment and curse of God against
them was great indeed:
"... wandering stars [ ... (these) angels who did not keep
their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in
eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day (Jude
6)], for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever."
And once again, as in the days before the Flood, they will involve
themselves in these same ancient sins - sexual intercourse with the
daughters of men [producing Nephilim]; and, again as before, they will
demand to be worshipped as gods [as they so demanded prior to the Flood
and as depicted in the stories of mythology of the Ancient World].
All this, of course, has special reference to the character of the
second half of the Seventieth Week wherein Satan in the guise of Antichrist
will enter the Temple of God, and demand to be worshipped as God:
"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless
the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed,
the son of destruction,
"who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or
object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God,
displaying himself as being God." (II Thess. 2:3-4)
What is the result to man in all of this? It will be the same as before
the flood, the sudden and violent increase of immorality, wickedness
and human depravity beyond all previous bounds [surpassing evidently
even the bounds set by the sin which produced the Flood], producing
bloodshed, rampage, savagery and tumult on an unheard of scale! - so
much so that:
"... except those days should be shortened, there should no
flesh be saved ..." (Matt. 24:22)
THE FIFTH TRUMPET
But wait, there is more, much more:
"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven
which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was
given to him.
"And he opened the bottomless pit; and smoke went up out of
the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air
were darkened by the smoke of the pit.
"And out of the smoke came forth locusts upon the earth; and
power was given them as the scorpions of the earth have power.
"And they were told that they should not hurt the grass of
the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who
do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
"And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment
for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion
when it stings a man.
"And in those days men will seek death and will not find it;
and they will long to die and death flees from them.
"And the appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared
for battle; and on their heads, as it were, crowns like gold, and
their faces were like the faces of men.
"And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth
were like the teeth of lions.
"And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the
sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses
rushing to battle.
"And they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their
tails is their power to hurt men for five months.
"They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name
in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon
(i.e., Apollos)." (Revelation 9:1-11)
These verses are rendered more intelligible in the Concordant Literal
Translation of the New Testament:
"And the fifth messenger trumpets. And I perceived a star fallen
into earth. And to him [the star or fallen angel] was given the key
of the well of SUBMERGED CHAOS. And he opens the well of the
submerged chaos, and fumes ascend out of the well as the smoke of a
large furnace, and the sound and the air are darkened by the fumes of
the well. And out of the fumes came out locusts into the earth, and
license was granted them as the scorpions of the earth have license.
And it was declared to them that they should not be injuring the grass
of the earth, not any green thing, nor any tree, except those of mankind
who have not the seal of God on their foreheads. And it was granted
to them, not that they should be killing them, but that they shall be
tormented five months; and their torment is as the torment of a scorpion,
whenever he should be striking a man. And in those days men will be
seeking death, AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL BE FINDING IT.
And they will be yearning to die, and death is fleeing from them. And
the likeness of the locusts are like horses ready for battle, and on
their heads are as it were wreaths like gold, and their faces are as
it were human faces. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their
teeth are as if they were lions. And they had cuirasses [body armor],
as it were cuirasses of iron, and the sound of their wings is as the
sound of many chariot horses racing into battle. And they have tails
like scorpions, and stings, and their license is to injure mankind five
months with their tails. They have a king over them - the messenger
of the submerged chaos. His Hebrew name is Abaddon, and in Greek
he has the name Apollyon (i.e., Apollos)."
Apollyon (Apollos - Rev. 9:11) in Greek mythology was the god
of the heavens [the sun]. This is precisely the same personage referred
to in verse 9:1:
" ... and I saw a star [fallen angel] from heaven which had
fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to
This is the same star that Revelation 8:9-11 refers to as "Wormwood
"... and a great star fell from heaven burning like a torch,
... and the name of the star is called Wormwood; ... (Rev. 8:9-10)."
It is also that great personage referred to in Revelation 12:9 as "...
the great dragon ... that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan
"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called
the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast
out into the earth ... And to him, was given the keys of the bottomless
pit, and he was given permission by God to free the hosts of hell
[the demons or disembodied spirits]."
They are told not to hurt the grass or the earth in any way. THIS
JUDGMENT IS ON THE SPIRIT OF MAN AND IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF THE ABOMINATION
OF DESOLATION; only those who have been sealed by God are to be
spared. Revelation 9:5 says that they are not permitted to kill anyone,
but to torment man for five months; and their torment is to be like
the sting of a scorpion. In those days men will seek death and not find
it - for the torment is spiritual and not physical! The prohibition
[or protection] of God has been lifted from man's spirit.
This is no "common" possession [such as occurs today in instances
of demon possession], THIS IS SPIRITUAL POSSESSION - TOTAL POSSESSION!
Man is possessed totally by the demons - body, soul, AND SPIRIT!!
They [men] are driven no longer by their own desires, but by the irresistible
force of Satan's denizens. There is no longer any choice for them. The
hater of humanity is now in total control - body, soul, and spirit.
The possession is complete. The domination of man by the hosts of hell
is now total.
These citizens of hell are described as horses prepared for battle
- their strength cannot be contended. They are bent on the destruction
of mankind. On their heads are crowns of gold [a counterfeit of the
Holy Spirit], and their faces are like the faces of men [i.e. the men
they possess]. They have hair like the hair of women [i.e., their hair
is long and unkempt - they have been whipped into a frenzy]. Their breastplates
are like iron and the sound of their wings is as the sound of countless
war chariots - they are invincible.
PART 6: THE END OF THE TRIBULATION
AND THE WRATH OF GOD
CONCERNING THE WRATH OF GOD
Now in all of this - i.e., the study of Daniel's Seventieth Week -
it is of the utmost importance to grasp this one fundamental fact: the
Judgment of God - His wrath - begins ONLY WITH THE SEVEN VIALS
which occur at the end of the Seventieth Week [and after the Seventh
Trump of God - at which time the resurrection and the rapture occur
(Matt. 24:29-31; I Thess. 4:16-17)]. The Scriptures are quite specific
as to this:
"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven
angels having the seven LAST plagues (i.e., the seven vials); FOR
IN THEM IS FILLED UP THE WRATH OF GOD.
"... And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the
seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having breasts
girded with golden ... [belts].
"And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels SEVEN
GOLDEN VIALS FULL OF THE WRATH OF GOD, who liveth for ever and
ever. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven
angels, Go your ways, and pour out the VIALS OF THE WRATH OF GOD
UPON THE EARTH." (Revelation 15:1, 6-7; 16:1)
The false perception of God's wrath as extending over the entire length
of the Seventieth Week leads, naturally enough, to the erroneous conclusion
that the church will be raptured BEFORE the Tribulation, because
the Church is not appointed to wrath. If this was the case, that is,
that the wrath of God extended over the entire length of the Seventieth
Week; then, no doubt, the Church would have to be raptured, because
it has been delivered from all such wrath. But this is not the case!
- the wrath of God [which is to be differentiated from the Tribulation
of the Saints] is contained only in the Seven Vials, which are to be
poured out at the END of the Seventieth Week.
THE SEVENTH TRUMPET
At the Seventh Trumpet, the following occurs:
The Resurrection and the Rapture.
The Temple in Heaven is opened. (Rev. 15:5)
Babylon is destroyed (Rev. 16:19).
The Lord comes to rule and reign. (Rev. 11:15-16)
THE SEVEN VIALS
The Seven Vials (Rev. 15:1-16:31) are:
The plague of boils. (the first vial)
The sea turned to blood. (the second vial)
The rivers turned to blood. (the third vial)
The earth scorched. (the fourth vial)
The earth covered by darkness. (the fifth vial)
The Euphrates dried up. (the sixth vial)
The rain of hail. (the seventh vial)
THE GREAT SUPPER
Now the Scriptures mention a mysterious number of days AFTER
the close of the Tribulation. The Bible says,
"And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken
away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall
be a thousand two hundred and ninety days (30 days after the close
of the Tribulation period). "Blessed is he that waiteth, and
cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days (75
days after the close of the Tribulation period and 45 days beyond
the 1,290th day). (Dan. 12:11-12)
Herein one finds contained the time frame for the "Supper of the
Great God" (the thirty day period after the close of the Tribulation
era), and the "Judgment of the Nations" (the forty-five days
after the end of the "Supper of the Great God").
The "Wrath of God" coupled with the Battle of Armageddon
will leave the earth polluted with death; so from the 1,260th day of
the last half of the Seventieth Week to the 1,290th day (30 days beyond
the close of the Seventieth Week), the Lord will cleanse the earth:
"And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with
a loud voice, Saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven,
Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the Great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and
the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that
sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small
and great."(Rev. 19:17-18)
THE JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS
From the 1,290th day to the 1,335th day (or from 30th day beyond the
close of the Seventieth Week to 75th day beyond) the nations will be
"But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all His angels
with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
"And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will
separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep
from the goats;
"And He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the
"Then the King shall say to those on His right, Come, you,
who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom (the Millennial
Kingdom) prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
"For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was
thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me
"Naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me;
I was in prison, and you came to Me.
"Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did
we see You hungry, and feed You, or in prison, and come to You?
"And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or
naked, and clothe You? "And did we see You sick, or in prison,
and come to You?
"And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you,
to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even
the least of them, you did it to Me.
"Then He will say to those on His left, Depart from Me, accursed
ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil
and his angels;
"For I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty
and you gave Me nothing to drink; "I was a stranger, and you
did not invite Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in
prison, and you did not visit Me.
"Then they themselves also will answer, saying, Lord, when
did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick,
or in prison, and did not take care of You?
"Then He will answer them, saying Truly I say to you, to the
extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did
not do it to Me.
"And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous
into eternal live." (Matthew 25:31-46)
Their fate is determined by their actions during the Great Tribulation.
If they stood by Christians and Jews during that period (much in the
same way that Corrie Ten Boom and her family stood by the Jews during
World War II), then they are allowed to enter the Millennium as "blessed
of the Father" (Matt. 25:34). This corresponds to Daniel's statement
in Dan. 12:12:
"And blessed are those who wait and remain until the 1,335th
After the 1,335th day, a new age is ushered in and the 1,000 year reign
of Christ begins.