Stage 8: 2000 AD to The End
Various events are highlighted in Chart 8 above for emphasis and further review. Those highlighted in bold red will be examined in more detail in the following pages. Below Chart 8 is an overview of the Biblical timeline from Alpha to Omega (drawn from the ESV Study Bible with some modification) with the events outlined in Chart 8 summarized at the right side of the outline. Click on Overview chart for printable version with commentary.
The Close of Stage 7
The proclaimed kingdom
Human civilizations continue to rise and fall throughout the globe while the Great Commission progresses, seeking with variable success to penetrate each one with its message of the emerging Kingdom of God. While the number of those who count themselves to be Christians continues to grow, opposition to the King and His Kingdom mounts, leading to a time of increasing conflict and great tribulation on the earth.
The perfected Kingdom
Jesus the King returns to Earth. All God’s enemies are banished; ultimately sin is eradicated and all its consequences dealt with finally and fully. God renews Heaven and Earth. God’s people live in His presence and under the blessings of His rule in His perfect paradise (Revelation 21.1-4, 22.1-5). God’s Kingdom has come in all its glory!
Look below and you’ll notice Up and Down buttons in the middle. Using these buttons you can navigate directly through our timelines. For each timeline we will take a detailed tour using the middle buttons to investigate historical events and people noted in bold red on the current chart (the preferred route, especially for your early visits to our website). Our Chart 8 tour will allow us to look more closely at our current condition and the Biblical prospects for the future including possible large-scale awakenings of faith, the development of progressively worsening tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ, the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom, and the New Heavens and New Earth.