Chronology before the second coming of Jesus Christ & the end of the age

Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 all list a sequence of events that will come to pass before the return of Jesus Christ and the end of the age, αἰών (aion).

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
– Matthew 24:3

1. False Christs.

  • Matthew 24:5
  • Mark 13:6
  • Luke 21:8

2. Wars and rumours of wars, involving nations and kingdoms.

  • Matthew 24:6-7
  • Mark 13:7-8
  • Luke 21:9-10

3. Earthquakes in diverse places, as well as famines and pestilences.

  • Matthew 24:7
  • Mark 13:8
  • Luke 21:11

4. Persecution of Jews, in various nations.

  • Matthew 24:9-13
  • Mark 13:9
  • Luke 21:12-19

5. False prophets.

  • Matthew 24:11

6. Two witnesses, in Jerusalem, who will preach the gospel to the world.

  • Matthew 24:14
  • Mark 13:10

7. Abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel.

  • Matthew 24:15
  • Mark 13:14

8. Invasion and siege of Israel, “the great tribulation”.

  • Matthew 24:16-22
  • Mark 13:15-20
  • Luke 21:20-24

9. More false Christs and false prophets.

  • Matthew 24:23-26
  • Mark 13:21-23

10. Signs in the sun, moon and stars.

  • Matthew 24:29
  • Mark 13:24-25
  • Luke 21:25-26

11. Jesus Christ comes in the clouds with great power and glory.

  • Matthew 24:30
  • Mark 13:26
  • Luke 21:27

Using that list as a starting point, the following is an expanded, more detailed list, taking into account information from other parts of the Bible as well. Some of this, such as the moment the Antichrist appears, are suppositions on my part. Also, the biblical references listed here are not comprehensive – because the sub-lists might then be too long and distracting.

1. False Christs.

  • Matthew 24:5
  • Mark 13:6
  • Luke 21:8

2. Wars and rumours of wars, involving nations and kingdoms, in particular China, Taiwan & Mystery Babylon.

  • Matthew 24:6-7
  • Mark 13:7-8
  • Luke 21:9-10
  • Isaiah 27:8
  • Isaiah 59:18-19

3. Earthquakes in diverse places, as well as famines and pestilences.

  • Matthew 24:7
  • Mark 13:8
  • Luke 21:11

4. The Assyrian, aka the Little Horn, aka the Antichrist.

  • Daniel 7:8
  • Daniel 8:9
  • Daniel 8:23-25
  • Daniel 11:36-45
  • Isaiah 14:25
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:3
  • Revelation 13:5-7

5. Persecution of Jews, in various nations.

  • Matthew 24:9-13
  • Mark 13:9
  • Luke 21:12-19
  • Revelation 12:13-16

6. False prophets.

  • Matthew 24:11

7. Two witnesses, in Jerusalem, who will preach the gospel to the world.

  • Matthew 24:14
  • Mark 13:10
  • Malachi 3:1-4
  • Malachi 4:5-6
  • Revelation 11:3-9
  • Revelation 14:6

8. Temple of God, and the oblation.

  • Malachi 3:4
  • Revelation 11:1-2

9. Abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel.

  • Matthew 24:15
  • Mark 13:14
  • Daniel 8:11-12
  • Daniel 9:27
  • Daniel 11:31
  • Daniel 12:11
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:4

10. Invasion and siege of Israel, “the great tribulation”.

  • Matthew 24:16-22
  • Mark 13:15-20
  • Luke 21:20-24
  • Daniel 11:40-41
  • Zechariah 12:2
  • Isaiah 10:24-25
  • Nahum 2:1-2

11. More false Christs and false prophets.

  • Matthew 24:23-26
  • Mark 13:21-23
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
  • Revelation 13:11-18

12. Mark of the beast and persecution of Christians.

  • Daniel 11:33-35
  • Revelation 12:17
  • Revelation 13:15-17
  • Revelation 18:24

13. 1st Trumpet and Vial, the wrath of God

  • Revelation 8:7
  • Revelation 16:2

14. 2nd Trumpet and Vial, the wrath of God

  • Revelation 8:8-9
  • Revelation 16:3

15. 3rd Trumpet and Vial, the wrath of God

  • Revelation 8:10-11
  • Revelation 16:4-7

16. 4th Trumpet and Vial, the wrath of God

  • Revelation 8:12
  • Revelation 16:8-9

17. 5th Trumpet and Vial, the wrath of God

  • Revelation 9:1-11
  • Revelation 16:10-11

18. 6th Trumpet and Vial, the wrath of God

  • Revelation 9:14-21
  • Revelation 16:12-16
  • Daniel 11:44
  • Ezekiel 25
  • Zechariah 12:5-11
  • Joel 2:1-20

19. Holy Spirit poured out upon the house of David.

  • Zechariah 12:10
  • Joel 2:28-29

20. Signs in the sun, moon and stars.

  • Matthew 24:29
  • Mark 13:24-25
  • Luke 21:25-26
  • Joel 2:31

21. 7th Trumpet and Vial, the wrath of God

  • Revelation 10:7
  • Revelation 16:17-21

21. Destruction of Mystery Babylon

  • Isaiah 13
  • Jeremiah 50:2-3
  • Revelation 14:8
  • Revelation 16:19
  • Revelation 18:8-23

21. The reaping, aka rapture

  • Matthew 24:29
  • Mark 13:27
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
  • Revelation 14:14-16

21. The winepress

  • Matthew 24:40-41
  • Luke 17:34-37
  • Revelation 14:18-20
  • Revelation 19:17-21

21. Jesus Christ comes in the clouds with great power and glory.

  • Matthew 24:30
  • Mark 13:26
  • Luke 21:27
  • Revelation 1:7-8
  • Revelation 19:11-16

All of the aforementioned will come to pass before the end of the age, αἰών (aion).

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.”
– Mark 13:32-34

“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
– Mark 13:37

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