Is it true that Moses was the first of the ancient biblical prophets to speak about the end times?

A prophet in the Bible was someone who revealed God’s messages to others. Some, like Moses, heard directly from God and passed on the words through writing or speech. Some, like Joseph and Daniel, interpreted the dreams and/or visions of others. The messages could be prophecies of the future, messages for the listener, or warnings for others.

Noah was a prophet in that God spoke to him about the future and he preached judgment against others. Genesis 7:1–4; 8:16–17, 21–22; and 9:1–16 record times when God spoke to Noah directly about end times prophesy.

God spoke to Abraham several times. Many of their conversations were filled with instruction, but God also gave Abraham glimpses of the future, of Israels 400 year enslavement 400 years beforehand including the end times.

In Genesis 28:10–22, Jacob had his dream of the stairway to heaven and a reiteration of God’s promise to his father Abraham. In Genesis 49, Jacob gave an accurate prophecy of the future of his sons’ descendants. They predated Moses as prophets speaking of the end times.

The Bible has a lot to say about the end times. Nearly every book of the Bible contains prophecy regarding the end times. Taking all of these prophecies and organizing them can be difficult. Here is a summary of what the Bible declares will happen in the end times.

Christ will remove all born-again believers from the earth in an event known as the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54). At the judgment seat of Christ, these believers will be rewarded for good works and faithful service during their time on earth or will lose rewards, but not eternal life, for lack of service and obedience (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Antichrist (the beast) will come into power and will sign a covenant with Israel for seven years (Daniel 9:27). This seven-year period of time is known as the “tribulation.” During the tribulation, there will be terrible wars, famines, plagues, and natural disasters. God will be pouring out His wrath against sin, evil, and wickedness. The tribulation will include the appearance of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the seven seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments.

About halfway through the seven years, the Antichrist will break the peace covenant with Israel and make war against it. The Antichrist will commit “the abomination of desolation” and set up an image of himself to be worshipped in the Jerusalem temple (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10), which will have been rebuilt. The second half of the tribulation is known as “the great tribulation” (Revelation 7:14) and “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7).

At the end of the seven-year tribulation, the Antichrist will launch a final attack on Jerusalem, culminating in the battle of Armageddon. Jesus the Christ will return, destroy the Antichrist and his armies and cast the false prophet and antichrist into the lake of fire alive. (Revelation 19:11-21). An angel will then bind Satan in the bottomless pit for 1000 years and Christ will rule His earthly kingdom for this thousand-year period (Revelation 20:1-6).

At the end of the thousand years, Satan will be released, deceive the majority of the Christians who were with Christ for the 1000 year reign who will become his army, God Himself will defeat this army and Satan casting him into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10) for eternity. Christ then judges all unbelievers by turning them over to the judgment of God the Father (Revelation 20:10-15) at the great white throne judgment, casting them all into the lake of fire. God the Father will then usher in a new heaven and new earth and the New Jerusalem—then God the Father Himself will PHYSICALLY live with man on this new earth. There will be no more sin, sorrow, or death (Revelation 21–22).

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