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June 21, 2012
Will Jesus Share His Kingdom With the Antichrist?
Now, there is no way that Jesus is going to allow the Antichrist and his kingdom to coexist and reign at the same time He is reigning in His kingdom. I am telling you the Lord's kingdom, the Millennium, will begin on the same day that He comes back to earth in Revelation 19: 11. (See also Matt. 25: 31, 34.).
The kingdom of the Antichrist is centered in Babylon (Rome). This is the seat/throne of the beast/Antichrist (Rev. 13: 2, 16: 10). Babylon is divided in three parts during the 7th vial judgment.
At that same time, or immediately after the 7th vial, it will be burnt with fire. Its destruction will happen before Revelation chapter 19 begins, and before Jesus returns to earth in Revelation 19: 11. If Christ were to come back to reign in Revelation 11: 15, as some think, His kingdom and the Antichrist's kingdom would be coexisting (and reigning together) at the same time, and that cannot be. Jesus' millennial reign will begin on the same day that He returns to earth. If Jesus were to return in Revelation 11: 15 (15 - 17) as some think, the 7 vial judgments would then take place during His reign. But the Bible tells us that this will be a wonderful period. The Antichrist's kingdom will be destroyed (Dan. 2: 42, Rev. 16: 10, 17: 12, 17) when Jesus comes back to earth (Rev. 19: 11), after the 7 vial judgments. (Read "No Vial Judgments After Jesus Returns to Earth".).
It is my belief that the Antichrist's kingdom is the same as the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar's and Daniel's dreams, which are 10 countries/nations called the kingdom ("no kingdom yet", "their kingdom", It is a single kingdom.) in Daniel 2: 42 (Rev. 17: 12, 17), which will have 10 kings or rulers. (Read Rev. 17: 12 - 14.). Rome (Babylon) will be the headquarters of the beast (Antichrist) and his kingdom. (See Rev. 13: 2, 16: 10, 18.).
It is true that Daniel 2: 44 mentions "And in the days of these kings...", and this verse also states, "...all these kingdoms...", which is also plural. However, I believe those verses are referring to those 10 horns, 10 kings, 10 toes, or 10 nations that will rise out of that fourth kingdom, not the kingdom itself that is mentioned in Daniel 2: 42, and Revelation 17: 12, 17, which is a part of the old Roman Empire (Dan. 2: 40). Note that Daniel 2: 41 and 42 mention the feet and toes that are a part of Nebuchadnezzar's vision. This was an image that had 10 toes. Those toes are partly iron and partly clay. The fourth kingdom was divided in two as the two legs of the image, western and eastern Roman Empire, Rome and Constantinople, but the old Roman Empire itself is being divided into 10 toes, 10 kingdoms, or 10 nations. Daniel chapter 7 is the same prophecy, but with different details. (See Dan. 7: 7 - 8, 12, 23 - 24.).
There were four kingdoms: Babylon, Mede Persia, Greece, and Roman. The Roman Empire was the fourth kingdom.
"And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these,..." (Dan. 2: 40)
That would be the territories where those previous kingdoms were: Babylon, Mede Persia, Greece; wherever the Romans went they confiscated the land. The "...all these..." cannot be referring to those 10 kings, 10 horns, 10 nations, for they were not yet in existence.
"...shall it (Rome) break in pieces and bruise."
The Roman Empire was first divided into two, as the legs of the image (Daniel 2: 31, 34). Later, the land of what was the Roman Empire would be divided into many nations/countries or kingdoms.
"...but there shall be in it of the strength of iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay."
"And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they (those 10 horns, 10 kings, or
nations) shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they
shall not cleave (stick, band together) one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
When Jesus returns to earth, the kingdom of 10 nations/countries mentioned in Daniel 2: 42 will be destroyed, but the land itself will become a part of Jesus' kingdom, as will the whole earth.
In the book of Revelation chapter 17 we have the same prophecy.
"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have
received no kingdom as yet (as of the time John wrote his book); but receive power
as kings one hour (a brief time in history) with the beast
"And the ten horns which thou sawest..., these shall hate
the whore (Rev. 18: 8, 10), and shall make her desolate..., and burn
her with fire."
The main thing that I want you to know out of those chapters and verses is that some of them mention "the kingdom", "no kingdom", and "their kingdom", which is singular. Those verses also tell us that their kingdom was given unto the beast (Antichrist). So, I believe this kingdom will become the kingdom of the Antichrist, which is made up of 10 nations or countries. His kingdom will be filled with darkness during the 5th vial judgment (Rev. 16: 10).
Now those who believe in the pre-wrath theory think that Jesus will come back in Revelation 11: 15 - 17 at the time of the 7th trumpet judgment, and then the 7 vial judgments happen. However, Jesus does not come back before the 7 vial judgments, but, instead, 45 days after they have taken place. (See Dan. 12: 12.).
By the way, those 30 days and 45 days, of which Daniel refers in chapter 12 verses 11 and 12, will not take place after Jesus' returns to earth. They will happen before He returns. (Read "No Vial Judgments After Jesus Returns to Earth". It will tell you why the Lord cannot come back in Revelation 11: 15; the 7 vial judgment cannot happen after He returns; and where they will take place.). Jesus will return in Revelation 19: 11, on the 45th day of Daniel's 45 days. Jesus will destroy the enemy soldiers as He returns to earth. Then Matthew 25: 31 - 33, 34 - 40, 41 - 46 will take place. This will happen on that same day Jesus comes back to earth.
When Jesus returns to earth (Rev. 19: 11) the Antichrist and the false prophet (Rev. 19: 20) will be taken and thrown into a lake of fire sometime after the 7 vial judgments have finished. (See "Here Are the Things That Will Happen When Jesus Returns to Earth".). The Antichrist's kingdom will be destroyed at the same time that Jesus returns in the Revelation/Second Coming (Dan. 2: 44, Rev. 19: 11). However, the pre-wrath book says that Jesus will return in Revelation 11: 15 (15 - 17). This is at the time of the 7th trumpet judgment, which will happen before the 7 vial judgments. In that case the Antichrist's kingdom would not be destroyed after the 7 vial judgments. Babylon would still be here when Jesus begins His reign, for Babylon is divided into three parts during the 7th vial judgment, and is burnt with fire at that same time or immediately after it. So I am saying, if Jesus' return to earth does happen in Revelation 11: 15 (15 - 17) at the 7th trumpet judgment as the pre-wrath book suggests it does, the 7 vial judgments will take place during Jesus' reign, and the Antichrist's kingdom will still be here on earth during Jesus' millennial reign also, and that cannot be. The Lord will not share His kingdom with some one else.
Jesus will not share His kingdom with Satan, who is the devil. Nor will He share it with the Antichrist, who is the devil's christ. When Jesus comes back to earth in Revelation 19: 11 (Read also Acts 1: 11, Zech. 14: 4 - 5.) the Antichrist and his prophet, the false prophet, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire as mentioned in Revelation 19: 19 - 20. (See also Rev. 20: 10, 14 - 15, 21: 8.). This will happen after the 7 vial judgments are completed, and not before that. See also "No Vial Judgments After Jesus Returns to Earth" and "The Revelation/Second Coming of Christ".
At the time when the 7th angel sounds (this is the 7th trumpet judgment) "...there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 11: 15).
Note in the above verse that the word "kingdoms" is used in the plural in two different places. The kingdom that Jesus will occupy during the 1000 years of His reign is referred to as a single kingdom, not kingdoms. (See also Dan. 2: 44.). Jesus does not return to earth in Revelation 11: 15. That He does in Revelation 19: 11 (Acts 1: 11, Zech. 14: 4 - 5). Notice in the above verse that it says, "...and He shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 11: 15) Jesus can and will reign in Heaven, as well as He will reign here on earth. Just because that statement is made does not give one the right to say or think that this means He returns and reigns at that point in Revelation 11: 15 (15 - 17). (Read here to get the sequence of the 5th and 6th seals and here for the seventh trumpet judgment.).
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