The book of Revelation is possibly the most well known of the prophetic books found in the Bible and conversely the most misunderstood. The metaphor and illustrative language leads the reader through a maze of apparently random occurrences. To the casual reader there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the book and many people come away with a head full of random facts with not even a clue about how to put these facts together. What is the Beast from the sea and how is it different from the beast from the land and the beast on which Mystery Babylon rides? Why is there such a division in the body of Christ as to whether Christians go to be with Jesus before the great tribulation or in the middle of it? What is the difference between the battle of Armageddon and the battle of Gog and Magog? Where in the book of Revelation do you find the term Antichrist or even Rapture? Let me give you a hint, these terms are not even found in the book of Revelation.
The Holy Spirit revealed to me right away, in a flash of insight, that there is a chronological order to the events found in the book of Revelation and that the sequence in which God gave the Revelation is the key to the correct understanding of the prophecies written therein. All of the other apocalyptic passages found in the Bible fit into the pattern given in the book of Revelation.
The primary contention that I have with a lot of the present-day teachings concerning the book of Revelation is not in the in the interpretation of the meanings of the visions that John saw. My contention is in the sequence of events that many teachers use, or rather that many teachers would take items out of the sequence that God gave them in order to forward their own pet doctrines.
The book of Revelation is very specific in its outline and the key to this outline is found in Revelation 1:19, “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;” First of all you have the things which have happened up to the point that John received the Revelation or “The things which thou hast seen”. Then the book of Revelation talks about the current events of John’s time. “The things which are”. And finally the book of Revelation records future events. “The things which shall be hereafter”.
Many teachers would believe that there is an unknowable space of time between the “Things which are” and “The things which must be hereafter”. This space of time also corresponds to the time between Daniel’s 69th seven and 70th seven. See the free online study. They teach that the seven seals are actually part of the great tribulation. Allow me to give you some reasons why I believe this is not true.
Jesus took the scroll from the hand of the Father at the time that he arrived in heaven and he immediately started opening the seals. When did this happen? It happened after John was taken to heaven to stand before the emerald throne. A voice told John that he was to see the things which must be “hereafter”. Let’s split the word “hereafter” into it’s two principle parts. “Here” means from this point and “after” means forward in time. This indicates that John was going to see the things which would happen starting in his days and moving forward in time. God never indicates to John that there will be a space of time not covered by the Revelation.
Since it is Jesus who opens the seals it cannot be part of the great tribulation. During the great tribulation God empowers angels to exercise His warnings and judgement on the world. Seven angels blow seven trumpet warnings and seven angels pour out the seven bowl plagues. The reasons Jesus opens the seals are because he only was found worthy and that they represent the happenings during the age of the Church.
The Tribulation is spoken of by Daniel as having two parts that equal seven years.
Daniel 9:27, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
The beast will sign a seven year covenant with Israel. For three and a half years that the beast is benevolent towards Israel during which time the seven trumpets are being blown. Then after three and a half years the beast from the sea breaks his covenant with Israel and the plagues are delivered upon the beast and his kingdom. The word “desolate” at the end of the above mentioned verse is also the word in the Greek for Desolator. The “Desolator” of course would be the beast from the sea.
If the seven seals were to be included in the great tribulation then the great tribulation would have three equal parts, not two.
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