1) Jesus addressed the sequence of events in the
Book of Revelation.
He divided the
sequence of events into three parts when He said, “Write the things which thou
hast seen (record past things), and the things which are (record present
things), and the things which shall be hereafter” (record future things ) (Rev. 1:19).
things which thou hast seen” are past things. John used past tense
terminology about himself – I was, I heard (Rev. 1:10); I turned, I saw (Rev.
1:12); I saw, I fell (Rev. 1:17); (Chapter one records John’s past vision of the
things which are” refers to present things – These are things that
existed in John’s day (Chapters Two and Three---The Church Age). The Church
began and existed while John was alive. But, in addition to this, they seven
Churches also represent seven periods during the Church Age because the things
that are written in the Book of Revelation are words of prophecy including
Chapters Two and Three (Rev. 1:3). God says the Book of Revelation is a book of
prophecy five times (Rev. 1:3, 22:7, 10, 18, 19). So the Church began while John
was alive, but it didn’t end when he died. It would continue on into the future.
things which shall be
hereafter” are future things. “Shall be” means in the future.
“Hereafter” means after the present things. The “Hereafter” things start at Rev.
4:1. John said, “After
this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first
voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which
said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be
hereafter” “The things
which must be hereafter” refers to the things that shall be; the things that
will happen after the present things or the things that will take place after
the Church Age.
2) The Church
Age will end with the Rapture and the future things will begin after the Rapture
(The future things or the things that “must be hereafter” start at Rev. 4:1).
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the
first voice which I heard was
as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said,
Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be
The Sound of
recording the seven letters to the seven Churches, John heard a voice “as it
were of a trumpet.” Jesus has a voice “as of a trumpet”
(Rev. 1:10). Jesus will “descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God” (I Thess. 4:16). The dead
will be raised “at the last trump” (I Cor. 15:52).
of the Church---The
voice will say, “Come up hither.” The Latin word “Rapere” is
translated several ways in the New Testament: “take it by force,” “catcheth
away,” “pluck them out,” “caught up” and “gather together.” Concerning Enoch,
God “took him.” Elijah “went up.” Jesus was “taken up.” Paul was “caught up.”
Paul said, the Church will be “caught up” to Jesus (I Thess. 4:17). Many,
including this writer, believe the Rapture takes place at Rev. 4:1 in the Book
Rapture, the Future Things will start---The
voice said, “I will show thee things which must be hereafter” (see
Rev. 1:19). The future things must happen after the voice as it were of a
trumpet says “Come up.” These future things will include the Tribulation Period,
the Second Coming, the Millennium, the New Heaven and New Earth, the New
Some Believe the Church will go to Heaven at Rev. 4:1---After using the word “Church” at least twenty times
in Revelation Chapters Two and Three, John suddenly stopped using it. He didn’t
mention the Church again until Revelation Chapter nineteen. He mentioned the
saints, a term that can also apply to Israel (Psa. 79:2). He mentioned the
Twenty-four Elders, a term that many believe applies to the Church, but the
Twenty-four Elders are in heaven. And some want to say the “elect” of Matthew 24:22,
24, 31 refer to the Church, but “elect” is
a term that can also refer to Israel (Isa. 45:4).
Reason Some Believe the Church will go to Heaven at Rev. 4:1---After saying, “He that hath an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches” (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6,
13, 22) seven times in Revelation Chapters Two and Three, Jesus said, “If any
man hath an ear, let him hear (Rev. 13:9). Jesus stopped saying, “what the
Spirit saith unto the Churches” and started speaking to anyone with ears. This
is one reason why some think the Church won’t be on earth between Rev. 4:1 and
Rev. 19:10. (Note: My “36 Pre-Trib Rapture Texts” are posted on the
3) The world
will be divided into ten regions and the ten kings or ten leaders will appear
before the Antichrist and Tribulation Period.
Horns, then the Antichrist, then the Covenant and Tribulation Period---The ten horns (kings, leaders) must
appear before the eleventh horn (the little horn, the Antichrist) can appear
(Dan. 7:8; Rev. 17:12). The Antichrist won’t be one of the ten he will be
diverse or different from the ten (Dan. 7:24). This means the ten horns (kings,
leaders) will appear before the Tribulation Period because the Tribulation
Period won’t begin until the Antichrist confirms the seven-year covenant with
many (Dan. 9:27). Also, the seven-year covenant will probably be drafted before
the Tribulation Period because the Antichrist “confirms” it (he doesn’t
originate it). When this eleventh or little horn confirms the covenant the
Tribulation Period will begin. This is sequence.
(probably one of the Two Witnesses) will appear before the Tribulation Period
Elijah, then the Tribulation
Period---God said, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
before the coming of the great
and dreadful day of the LORD” (Mal. 4:5). This will probably
be between the Rapture and the Antichrist’s confirmation of the seven-year
covenant. This is sequence.
5) The Two
Witnesses will appear during the first half of the Tribulation period (see point number 15 below).
The Two Witnesses and then the
Covenant will be Signed---If one of the Two Witnesses is Elijah,
his appearance will be before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the
Lord (Mal. 4:5). God said, “And
I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a
thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth” (Rev.
Witnesses will prophesy 1260 Days in The First Half of the Tribulation Period
not the Last Half---The
Two Witnesses can’t prophesy for 1260 days during the last 3 ½ years of the
Tribulation Period because they will be killed and their bodies will lie in the
street for 3 ½ days after they stop prophesying (Rev. 11:9). Jesus will come
back at the end of the Tribulation Period. It’s
not likely that the bodies of the Two Witnesses will lie in the street and
people will be celebrating their death 3 ½ days after the Second Coming of
Witnesses will Prophesy at the Temple Before the Jews Flee into the
Antichrist will defile the Temple and it will be made desolate at the middle of
the Tribulation Period (Dan. 9:27). When that happens Jesus told the Jews in Judea to flee into the wilderness (Matt. 24:15-16). The
Jews in Judea will flee into the wilderness 3 ½
years before the end of the Tribulation Period (Rev. 12:14).
likely that the Two Witnesses will disobey Jesus and stay in
when the other Jews flee into the wilderness.
Witnesses will Prophesy 1260 Days before the Antichrist can Harm Them---The Antichrist will be given power to
make war with the saints and overcome them during the last 3 ½ years of the
Tribulation Period (Rev. 13:5-8; Dan. 7:25). The Two Witnesses and the 144,000
have to prophesy before the Antichrist is given the power to harm the saints. If
they don’t, they are not numbered among the saints.
Chapter Five events will happen before the Chapter Six events.
Five, Jesus is holding the seven sealed scroll in His hand and the seals are
unbroken or unopened (Rev. 5:1-5). In Chapter Six, Jesus opens the first
six seals. This is sequence.
Antichrist will start his rise to power when the First Seal is broken.
The rise of the Antichrist to power is associated with the breaking of the
first seal (Rev. 6:1-2). This will be after the restrainer (Church and Holy
Spirit) are removed (II Thess. 2:6-10). This is another reason to believe the
Rapture is at Rev. 4:1. The Antichrist will sign the covenant as a prince not as
a king; as a little horn not as the biggest or greatest horn. This will be early
in his career when he is a prince rising to power in Europe.
Later, probably after he declares that he is God, he will establish his palace
on the holy mountain, also called the Temple Mount
may be chronology here because the Antichrist will go forth
conquering and to conquer when the first seal is broken. This may well
lead to the second seal which is the removal of peace from the earth. And
this may lead to the third, forth and fifth seals which result in the
death of many. At this time (beginning of the Tribulation Period), the
Antichrist will go forth to conquer. Later (in the second half of the
Tribulation Period), people will ask who can make war with him, he will have
power over the whole earth, and all the lost on earth will worship him (Rev.
144,000 will appear near the beginning of the Tribulation Period (not
necessarily between the first and second seal, but before the fifth seal and
before any of the Trumpet Judgments; see #13 below).
will appear, then the Fifth Seal Martyrs will be killed, and this will precede
the Trumpet Judgments---The
144,000 will be Jews from the twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4-8). God will use
Jews because the Church won’t be here. The Church will be in heaven. The 144,000
will be the firstfruits unto God or the first to be saved after
the Rapture (Rev. 14:4). The 144,000 must be sealed before the martyrs in the
fifth seal are saved or the martyrs would be the firstfruits not the 144,000
(Rev. 14:4). The 144,000 must be saved before the martyrs in the fifth seal are
saved in order to evangelize the martyrs. The 144,000 must be sealed before the
trumpet judgments begin because the sealing must happen before the earth, trees
and seas are hurt (Rev. 7:1-3), but the earth, trees and seas will be hurt by
the first three trumpet judgments (Rev. 8:1-11). This is sequence.
Construction will start on the Temple near the beginning
of the Tribulation Period.
must be Rebuilt Before the Middle of the Tribulation Period---The Temple has to be in place (except for
the outer court) before the middle of the Tribulation Period because the
Antichrist will stop the sacrifice and oblation at the middle of the Tribulation
Period and the Temple will be desolate (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 11:2). Some Jews
believe the Messiah will give them permission to rebuild Temple, but some Christians believe that it
will be the Antichrist. Some Christians also speculate that permission to
rebuild the Temple
will be included in the seven-year covenant (Jn. 5:43). The Temple has to
be in place (except for the outer court) before the middle of the Tribulation
Period because that’s when the Antichrist will stand in the Holy Place and some
of the Jews will flee into the wilderness (Matt. 24:15; Rev. 11:2). The
High Priest will sprinkle the blood of sacrificed animals in the Holy of Holies
before the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will stand in the Holy of
Holies at the middle of the Tribulation Period and the Holy of Holies will be
desolate during the last 3 ½ years (1260 days). This is sequence.
2 through 6 will take place in sequence.
Indicate Chronology or Sequence
(See comments on the 5th, 6th, and 7th trumpets
below which are the same as the 3 woes)---Chapter
indicates that Jesus will break the seals in sequence not all at the same time.
War (seal 2) leads to food shortages and famine (seal 3).
Food shortages and famine (seal 3) lead to hunger, malnutrition, disease and
death (seal 4). Each seal appears to trigger the
in Matthew Chapter 24 and Revelation Chapter 6 is the Same---Some writers equate seals 2 through 6 in the Book of Revelation to what Jesus
said about the end of the age and His Second Coming in the Olivet Discourse:
false Christs in Matt. 24:5 compares to the first seal in Rev. 6:1-2 (the
Antichrist); war in Matt. 24:6-7 compares to the second seal in Rev.
6:3-4 (the removal of peace); famine in Matt. 24:7 compares to the third seal
in Rev. 6:5-6 (famine and economic collapse); Pestilences in Matt. 24:7 compares
to the fourth seal in Rev. 6:7-8 (plagues); and earthquakes in Matt. 24:7
compares to the sixth seal in Rev. 6:12-13 (great earthquake). If these
writers are right, it’s important to remember that Jesus said the “end is not
yet” (Matt. 24:6) and He called these events the “beginning of sorrows (Matt.
24:8). The end will come 3 ½ years after the Jews flee into the
wilderness (Matt. 24:14-16; Rev. 12:14).
11) When the
sixth seal is broken world leaders will finally admit that the great day of his
(Jesus’) wrath has come (Rev. 6:12-17).
break the first five seals before He breaks the sixth seal---After the first five seals are broken,
world leaders will admit that the Tribulation Period has started. The day of
wrath is also the great day of the Lord and also the Tribulation Period. It is a
day when mighty men will cry bitterly (Zeph. 1:14-15).
translated “stars” can also be translated meteors. Most stars are bigger than
the earth. Not many, if any, stars could fall on the earth without decimating
it. “Stars” could refer to meteors or missiles.
departed as a scroll when it is rolled up” is an accurate description of what
nuclear weapons do. They drive the wind up and out. Then it rolls up and
collapses back in.
indication that Chapter Six is before Chapter Seven.
question is asked before it is answered---The last verse of Chapter Six reads, “For
the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
Chapter Seven mentions the 144,000 who are sealed by God. They will be
able to stand before the Lord (Rev. 14:1).
Seven is before Chapter Eight.
Noise---In Chapter Seven, the martyrs in
heaven are speaking in a loud voice (Rev. 7:10); the angels and others are
worshiping God and speaking (Rev. 7:11-12); one of the elders asks a question
(Rev. 7:13); John answers the question (Rev. 7:14). There is noise in heaven.
Seal will be followed by 30 minutes of silence and this will be before the Seven
Chapter Eight, the seventh seal is broken and there is silence in heaven for
about 30 minutes (Rev. 8:1). After the 30 minutes of silence ends, seven angels
will appear and they will be given trumpets (Rev. 8:2). The seventh seal is
opened before the seven trumpets are blown. This reveals sequence.
14) The first
four trumpets will be blown before the last three trumpets.
fourth angel blows the fourth trumpet an angel flies through heaven, “saying
with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of
the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels,
which are yet to sound” (Rev.
8:13)! The “other voices” of the
trumpet refers to the three “Woes” which are the same as the last three
trumpets. So the first four trumpets will be blown before the last three. This
15) The last
three trumpets will be blown in chronological order.
Trumpet will Sound Before the Sixth and Seventh---The fifth angel will blow the fifth trumpet (Rev.
9:1-12). Demon possessed locusts will be released to torment people for five
months. The Bible says, “One woe is
past; and, behold, there come
two woes more hereafter” (Rev. 9:12). “Two woes more hereafter” means the fifth trumpet (first woe) will
be over or past before the sixth and seventh trumpets sound (before the next two
woes). This is sequence.
Trumpet will Sound Before the Seventh Trumpet---The sixth angel will blow the sixth trumpet (Rev.
9:13-11:14). Multitudes will be killed, John will eat the little scroll, he will
measure the Temple,
the Two Witnesses will be killed, etc. The Bible says, “The
second woe is past; and,
behold, the third woe cometh
quickly” (Rev. 11:14). “Cometh” means
the third trumpet (third woe) is still future or later in the Tribulation
the death of the Two Witnesses and their 3 ½ years of ministry before the
seventh trumpet. This is sequence.
Trumpet will Sound After the Seven Seals (see item #13 above) and after the
First Six Trumpets---The
seventh angel will blow the seventh trumpet (Rev. 11:15-14:20). There will be
war in heaven and Satan will be kicked out (Rev. 12:7-9). A voice will say, “Therefore
rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.
Woe to the inhabiters of the
earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath,
because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Rev. 12:12).
This is the third woe. Satan will be kicked out of heaven and he will come down
to the earth after the fifth and sixth trumpets, after the Two Witnesses have
ministered and been killed, etc. Satan will intensify the persecution when he is
cast to the earth because he will know that his time is short. The
intensification of the persecution is one reason (just one reason) why prophecy
teachers call the second half of the Tribulation Period the Great Tribulation.
This is sequence.
16) Some of
the Jews (the Jews in Judea) will flee into the wilderness after the seventh
angel blows the seventh trumpet.
The Seal and Trumpet Judgments will be in the
First Half of the Tribulation Period---“And
when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman
which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings
of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where
she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the
serpent” (Rev. 12:13-14).
from #14 above that the first four trumpets will be blown before the last three
trumpets (Rev. 8:13). Remember from #15 above that the last three trumpets will
be blown in sequence. Remember from #15 above that Satan will be thrown to the
earth when the seventh trumpet sounds. Satan will intensify his persecution of
the Jews and some of those in Judea will flee
into the wilderness 1260 days before the end of the Tribulation Period (Rev.
12:13-14). Since they flee into the wilderness 1260 days before the end of the
Tribulation Period, this reveals that the seven seals and seven trumpets will be
in the first half of the Tribulation Period. Since Satan will be cast to the
earth before the woman (Israel)
flees into the wilderness, this means Satan will be cast to the earth before the
middle of the Tribulation Period. It also means that the seventh trumpet will
sound before the middle of the Tribulation Period. This is sequence.
17) This is
the middle of the Tribulation Period.
already been shown that the Antichrist will defile the Temple and some of the Jews will flee into the
wilderness at the middle of the Tribulation Period (Dan. 9:27: Matt. 24:15-16;
Rev. 12:14). When that happens, the Temple will be deserted and the animal
sacrifices will cease.
18) The three
John saw a
great wonder in heaven---a woman clothed with the sun, etc. travailing in birth,
and pained to be delivered (Rev. 12:1). John saw another
wonder in heaven---a great red dragon (Rev. 12:3). John saw another
sign in heaven---seven angels having the seven last plagues (Rev. 15:1).
19) The seven
vials (or bowls) will be after the seven seal and seven trumpet judgments.
I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having
the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of
God” (Rev. 15:1). “Last plagues” means
there won’t be anymore plagues after these plagues. “Last plagues” also means
that these plagues will be after the seal and trumpet judgments because the
first vial is one of the seven last plagues. The numbers indicate chronology or
sequence (See comments #10 and #15 on the 5th, 6th, and 7th
trumpets above---the three woes). This is sequence.
Second Coming will end the Tribulation Period.
It will be
seven years after the Antichrist confirms the covenant (Dan. 9:27). It will end
in the days of the ten kings (leaders, horns) because they will make war with
the Lamb and He will overcome them (Rev. 17:14). On the statue in
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream it will be in the days of the feat of Iron and Clay
(future) not in the legs of Iron (Past; not in 70 A.D.). (Dan. 2:1-44).
It will be
after the Marriage of the Lamb and the Church and after the Church has appeared
before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Rev. 19:7-10).
Antichrist and False Prophet will be seized and thrown into the
of Fire (Rev. 19:20).
take place at the Battle of Armageddon and Second Coming. And this means it will
before the Millennium (Rev. 19:11-21).
will be bound and chained and kept in the Bottomless Pit for 1,000 years (Rev.
be during the Millennium (see item #23 below).
23) When the
1,000 years are expired (more sequence), Satan will be released for a
short time (Rev. 20:7).
1,000 years are expired” means Satan will be released after the Millennium.
Satan’s short release, he will be seized and cast into the
of Fire (Rev. 20:10).
25) The lost
will be raised, brought before the Great White Throne, judged and cast into the Lake of Fire
heaven and earth will pass away and there will be a new heaven and new earth
passages indicate that there will be a new heaven and new earth (Isa. 65:17;
66:22; Psa. 102:25-26; Matt. 24:35; II Pet. 3:13; Rev. 20:11; 21-22).
Jerusalem will come down out of heaven to the New Earth and the Lamb will dwell
with His bride (Rev. 21 and 22).
Jerusalem is not heaven. New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven.
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