Eschatology, which is also known as “end times” theology, is an area of biblical study that has captivated the masses for more than two millennia. Over time, various interpretations and theories have emerged surrounding Christ’s return and the end of the world as we know it. These ideas have been embedded in contemporary books and films, as believers look to entertainment — and current events — for clues surrounding what’s to come.
From the Rapture to the Tribulation and Antichrist, themes pertaining to biblical prophecy are plentiful and leave us with vivid images and concepts — many of which have been captured in feature films. Pure Flix streaming is currently featuring many popular films related to the end times, the Rapture and Tribulation. In addition, they have a free guide that features details on the end times and its importance to faith.
But what does the Bible really say about the end times? There are, in fact, many Bible verses about the end times that speak about the future return of Christ and the events and conditions that will one day come to fruition.
And while the Book of Revelation is the most well-known set of Bible verses about the end times, for most Christians when studying end times prophecy, it is far from the only place in scripture that describes what will unfold during the “last days.”
Here are 11 key Bible passages to take into consideration:
1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 (KJV)
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
MATTHEW 24:40-41 (KJV)
“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 (KJV)
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
MATTHEW 24:6 (KJV)
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
MARK 13:32 (KJV)
“But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”
MATTHEW 24:7 (KJV)
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
1 CORINTHIANS 15:52-54 (KJV)
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”
1 TIMOTHY 4:1 (KJV)
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
JOEL 2:28-32 (KJV)
“And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.”
MATTHEW 24:21 (KJV)
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
EZEKIEL 36:24 (KJV)
“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.”
These Bible verses about the end times only scratch the surface when it comes to biblical prophecies. When learning about eschatology, it is important that we always remember that no one knows the day nor the hour. We must also specifically remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:44 (KJV), “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
Also, if you’re looking for a quick explainer on the rapture, the tribulation and other concepts related to the biblical end times, consider downloading our free eBook, “End Times Movies and the Theology That Inspired Them.”
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Billy Hallowell is the author of The Armageddon Code and Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts. He is also the Director of Communications for Pure Flix. Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than a decade. His writings have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and on FoxNews.com, among other outlets. Hallowell has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York and an M.S. in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.