Chapter 10 -
Understanding Revelation and the timeline of events
In order to understand the time line of events in Revelation, it is important to
understand how the book of Revelation is structured. Many people think
that it is a chronological record of events from start to finish and that the
entirety of Revelation is prophecy. In this chapter you will see that
there is an order but it's not chronological and we'll see that the first three
chapters are not prophetic. If we read Revelation with the assumption that
it's chronological, it is impossible to understand!
To prove this point, let's look at several places in Revelation that show how
John writes and explains some things in a circular type of way. Some of these
may seem frivolous, but some are major points. I'm including them all just to
show the style of writing used in this book.
Revelation 13:1-10 Tells us about the “beast” which is the Antichrist and the
One World Government he will be leading in the final 42 months (verse 5). The
dragon (who is Satan (Rev 12:9 and Rev 20:2)) gives him (the Antichrist) his
power, and “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him” (except for the
Saints). Then, in verse 12 John is telling us about the false prophet and how
that man “causes them that dwell on the earth” to worship him (the beast). He
does miracles and wonders like fire coming down from the sky to cause the people
to believe in him. John tells us one thing, and then goes back to explain
something else that was happening at the same time. It's not a chronological
account, but is somewhat circular in that he goes back to show what is going on
in the same time period.
Revelation 13 is showing us events that happen in the same time period (3.5
years) as some of Revelation 12 events and the same time period as Revelation 11
events. This is not some future 3.5 year time period. John explains a particular
time and events of a certain level of understanding or viewpoint in chapter 11,
then different events of the same time period in parts of chapter 12, and then
shows us different events from a different perspective of the same time period
in chapter 13.
At the 5th Trumpet (Rev 9:2) an angel opens the Bottomless Pit. Then
in Rev 11:7, the beast that ascends out of the Bottomless Pit kills the Two
Witnesses who prophesied for 1260 days (3.5 years), which is at the end of the
same 3.5 year period that Satan is cast to earth and the Antichrist is reigning
(Rev 12 and 13). Then in Rev 17:8 we see an explanation of the same beast (the
Antichrist/the Devil) who ascends out of the Bottomless Pit, and subsequent
explanation of where he gets his military power to take over the world. John has
told us about this in several places but it's definitely not a chronological
order. He goes back to explain things that he's already told us about in
Revelation 7:15-17 shows us the same declarations as Rev 21:3-4. The end of
things prophesied in Revelation is the beginning of eternity with God, and is
mentioned in both chapters, but is not a chronological timetable. God doesn't
conclude all things in chapter 7, and then all the events between chapters 7 and
21 happen after that. It's a statement about the same time period in both
In Revelation 8:2, John records 7 trumpets given to 7 angels. Then in Rev 8:3-5,
he explains a whole other angel with things that happen with that angel; and
then in Rev 8:6, he returns to the 7 angels with the 7 trumpets. He starts a
subject, then explains something else that is happening or has happened prior to
this, and then goes on with the subject he started on.
Revelation 15:1 states that John saw 7 angels having the 7 last plagues, filled
up with the wrath of God. But then in verses 6 and 7 we see the 7 angels come
out of the temple and are given the vials full of the wrath of God. John starts
the subject stating that they are there, goes to another vision of the saints in
heaven, and then returns to the angels and gives more information on how they
got the vials.
The 7th trumpet (Revelation 11), 7th vial (Revelation 16),
Revelation 7:15-17, Revelation 21:3-6, and Ezekiel 38-39 all show us the same
events. First of all, the statement, “It is done”, appears in Revelation 21:6,
Ezekiel 39:8, Revelation 16:17, and the same statements about it being “done”
and/or how the Kingdom of God is come and what it will be like when all is
finished are made in the 7th trumpet, Revelation 7, and Revelation
21. Revelation 15 also shows us those who have gotten the victory of the beast
(came out of great tribulation) just as Revelation 7; this is the same group of
people who are with God when it's all over.
The Seals, Trumpets and Vials ALL have something explained in between the 6th
and 7th. The Seals have the vision of the 144k and the multitude of
saints in heaven with the vision of Gods love, mercy and kindness after it's all
over. The Trumpets have the vision of the Seven Thunders, the Mystery of God
being finished, the little book, measuring of the Temple, the Two Witnesses. The
Vials have the gathering of the “kings” for the battle of Armageddon. These are
all things explained by John that are not in a consecutive time line, but are
explanations of things that have already happened or are happening at the same
time, and things that will be after the fact.
Revelation 16 starts the battle of Armageddon, but then chapters 17 and 18 are
devoted to explaining the Great Whore, then in chapter 19 he picks up the battle
of Armageddon again.
Revelation 16:12 states that the Euphrates river is dried up to make way for the
kings of the east, and then verses 13 and 14 state that the three spirits go out
to gather the kings of the whole world to battle. Which happens first? Or are
they happening at the same time?
Revelation 11:19 and 15:5 both state that the temple in heaven is opened. When
we study the events surrounding both statements, we see that it is not that the
temple is opened twice, but that we are seeing the same event written about in
In Revelation 14:20 the winepress of the wrath of God is trodden. Then in
Revelation 19:15 Jesus treads the winepress of the wrath of God. This is the
same event in both places. It's not something that happens in chapter 14 and
then again in chapter 19.
Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin
to sound... Rev 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh
quickly. The 7th Trumpet does not sound until after the 6th,
but we hear about it in Revelation 10 before the statement that the second woe
(6th trumpet) is past in Revelation 11. Definitely not a
When we understand how Revelation is written, we must also understand that we
can't make assumptions about the timing of something just because it may be
nestled between a couple other statements. Careful study can reveal much,
however, when we put it all together and compare with other areas of the bible
as well as Revelation.
Here's a few of the other books and chapters we'll be looking at: Zechariah 14,
Isaiah 18 – 19, Joel, Daniel, 1 Thess 4 & 5, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 17 and
21, Ezekiel 38 and 39.
In Revelation God gives us three different accounts of the end time. These
are given in the Seals, the Trumpets and the Vials. These accounts are all
different but have a common intersection point. Just as we have four
accounts of the life of Jesus Christ in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and
John, we have likewise been given different accounts of the end time events
through the Seals, Trumpets and Vials. We will be discussing the common
intersection point in this chapter as well as the other records of things that
are not part of the Seals, Trumpets and Vials.
In order to understand how these three accounts intersect, we're going to
carefully compare 5 scriptures. In these scriptures we do a comparison of
the 6th Seal, the 7th Trumpet and the 7th Vial. The events of the sixth
Seal in Revelation chapter 6, the seventh Trumpet in chapter 11 and the seventh
Vial in chapter 16 are all recording the same events! We will also see
that Matthew 24:29 and Ezekiel 38:18-22 are parallel accounts of the same.
Read each of the scriptures and take a look at the following chart:
Study the chart and compare what occurs in each scripture. Each of the
passages are describing the same events that occur immediately after the
Tribulation at the Battle of Armageddon (same as the Battle of Gog and Magog).
Notice that the Seal, Trumpet and Vial all have an earthquake and the wrath of
God is come upon the earth. Matthew shows the same events that also are
shown in the 6th Seal and the events in Matthew happen immediately after the
Tribulation, which is when the battle of Armageddon takes place. The
islands and mountains moving, the great hail, God's wrath and the earthquake
from Ezekiel are the same as the 7th Vial and except for the hail not mentioned
in the Seal, it's also the same. Likewise the 7th Trumpet has the same
events except for mountains moving. The battle of Gog in Ezekiel is the
same event as the battle of Armageddon.
The conclusion is obvious. All of these events happen at the same time but
they are described in several places in the bible. If this is true, then
Revelation is definitely not written in chronological order.
But, before we make any decisions, let's look at a few other things.
If we follow the 7 year chronological order theory does it make sense?
Does Babylon fall once or twice?
Revelation 14:8 and Revelation 18:2 both state that Babylon is fallen. If
it fell in chapter 14, and Revelation is chronological, did it get rebuilt
before chapter 18 so it could fall again? Did it fall twice or are there
simply two accounts of this event?
One Earthquake or five?
Revelation 6:12, Revelation 8:5, Revelation 11:13, Revelation 11:19, and
Revelation 16:18 all record an earthquake or a great earthquake. Is there
really 5 earthquakes or just one with several accounts of it?
Will there be great darkness twice?
Revelation 6:12 and Revelation 16:10
Will great hail fall twice?
Revelation 11:19 and Revelation 16:21
Will mountains and island move twice?
Revelation 6:14 and Revelation 16:20
When will the wrath of God be poured out?
Revelation 6:17, 11:18, 14:9-10, 14:19, 15:1, 16:1, and 19:5 all speak of the
wrath of God. In Revelation 6, 11, 14, 16 and 19 God's wrath is poured
out, and in chapters 14 and 15 God's wrath is presented as a future event.
Will the great day of God's wrath really be poured out 5 separate times?
And why would John, the writer of Revelation, present God's wrath as a future
event in the middle of the book?
No, it does not make sense that Revelation is a chronological record of events
from start to finish. We are being told about the end time and what to
expect in several different ways. The Seals are the long story (the
spirits have been around a long time), the Trumpets are the median story
(approximately the last 100 years), and the Vials are the very last and very
short story (all seven of the Vials are poured out at the end of the
Tribulation), all ending at the battle of Armageddon.
The Seals are discussed in
chapter 5 and
the Trumpets are discussed in
of this book There are many other things recorded in between and after the
Seals, Trumpets and Vials. We'll take a look at those, and then we'll put
it all together in a time line that we can follow to the last day.
Another thing that trips people up in different areas of the bible is that they
take the chapter divisions literally and even take the explanation headers
inserted by men literally, but the bible wasn't written with chapter numbers and
verse divisions! The chapter and verse numbers were added centuries ago
and was broken up in the way they thought it should be at that time. An
excellent example of a chapter beginning being in a very misleading place is
Revelation 8. Verse 1 is finishing up the vision of the seals, but then
verse 2 begins the vision of the trumpets. This leads people to believe
that the seventh seal somehow leads into the first trumpet. As you will
learn in this chapter; that is not the case!
Let's look at what John is seeing and when. Revelation begins with John on
the isle of Patmos, where he had been exiled, and he heard a voice. The
voice is that of Jesus Christ, as we see in verses 8, 11, 17 and 18. He is
the first and the last, and he that lives and was dead but is alive for
evermore. In verse 19 he tells John to write things he has seen, things
which are and things that are to come.
Rev 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and
the things which shall be hereafter;
The book of Revelation can be divided into these three distinct categories:
Things John has seen. In chapter one John records having seen Jesus Christ
Himself. The things seen and heard during this experience are the "things
which thou hast seen".
"Things which are" represent things that are in John's present world.
Chapters 2 and 3 are letters to the seven churches “which are in Asia”. These
churches existed at that time in Asia. Some people, assuming that the
entire book of Revelation is prophetic, have put forth a theory that the seven
churches must be church "ages" of the future. That is simply not true.
The truth is that the messages to the seven existing churches of that time are
the "things which are".
Revelation 4:1 begins the "things which shall be hereafter".
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 shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Some people teach that this scripture is a prophecy of the rapture, but there is
no scriptural basis for that at all. Revelation 4:1 simply begins the
"things which shall be hereafter" spoken of in Chapter 1 verse 19.
Chapters 1, 2 and 3 are the things which John has seen and the things which are.
Chapter 4 begins the prophetic parts of the book of Revelation.
The following section is going to go very quickly through the entire book of
Revelation. I am not going to go into great detail but we'll walk all the
way through the events revealed to John. Then I will put events together in a
time line in the next section.
The vision of Jesus Christ and the letters to the 7 churches “which are in
Asia”. These are churches that were actually in John's present time.
Verse 1:3 states that the “time is at hand”. In God's time, a thousand years to
God is as a day to us (Ps 90:4, 2 Pet 3:8). And, if the first Seal is opened
around 325 AD with the founding of the Catholic church, then a couple hundred
years after this was written is really “at hand” in God's time.
1:19 states that things “shall be hereafter”. Does this mean that it's going to
be a long time in the future, or shall start shortly after this was stated? It
certainly doesn't prove that it's going to be a long time.
3:3 says that if we don't watch, He will come as a thief and you'll be
surprised. If we succumb to false doctrine we aren't watching, in my opinion,
and we'll be surprised. When He comes for us individually with physical death,
before He returns for the whole world to see, we will be taken off-guard.
Chapter 4 – The view into Heaven
The four beasts in Heaven are not the same type of “beast” of the Antichrist and
his one world government. The original Greek word used here is different
than the word used to describe the one world government beast(s) where they are
a "nation" and the ruler of that nation, but here it is a "living thing".
Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10, and Is 6:2, shows us that the "beast" in this passage
is a Cherubim (a class of Angel).
Verse 11 says that all things were created for God's pleasure, which means we
are as well. God loves us and plans to spend eternity with us, for His good
pleasure. Revelation 7:14-17 and Revelation 21:1-7 show us that God will dwell
among us and there will be no pain or sorrow ever again. Life with God will be
more amazing than we can even imagine.
Matt 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field;
the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and
selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven
is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found
one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Matt 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to
them that ask him?
1 Cor 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither
have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them
that love him.
Chapters 5 through 7 – The Seals
Jesus is worthy to open the book because He redeemed us by His blood and there
is no other worthy to open it. He's the only man who is without sin. It's
interesting to note that Jesus, when He was here on the earth, was not a good
looking man or a man one would respect or give a second thought by looking at
Him. Isaiah 53 says, “Isa 53:2 ...he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we
shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised
and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as
it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” God
didn't want people to look up to Him because He was beautiful or had physical
Verse 5:8 talks about vials filled with the prayers of the saints which is the
same as Revelation 8:3-5, where it shows an angel with a censer and incense. The
odours in this passage have the same meaning/implication as the incense in
chapter 8. These two are similar in that the vision is shown to us at the start
the Seals (Rev 5) and the start of the Trumpets (Rev 8). In each case John
starts the vision of the Seals and Trumpets, but then describes another vision
both containing incense or odours with the prayers of the saints before he
continues on with the Seals and the Trumpets.
The first four seals are accompanied by the voice of one of each of the four
beasts depicted in Revelation chapter 4.
Notice that the first four seals are distinguishable from the last three in that
the four beasts utter their voice separately for each seal, and the first four
seals (horsemen) represent four spirits sent into the earth (Zech 6:1-8). Then
the fifth seal talks about the souls of them that were slain for the Word of
God, and the sixth and seventh are separate events as well. This same pattern
appears with the seven trumpets where the first four sound and then an angel
warns the people of the earth about the next three; “Rev 8:13 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!”
As stated above, the events documented between the sixth and seventh seals do
not represent a specific period of time that actually takes place after the
sixth seal and before the seventh. Instead, it is more likely that these are
events that have already happened during the opening of the seals and other
events that happen after all has been concluded. The great multitude is
described as “they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”. Then we see the depiction
I mentioned earlier where this is the same description as Revelation 21,
describing the beginning of eternity with God, after all things have been
finished. The 144 thousand sealed by God are also mentioned in the fifth trumpet
(Revelation 9:4), where we see that they are definitely sealed before the final
events (sixth seal, seventh trump, seventh vial) and shown to be with God,
standing on Mount Sion, after the tribulation in Revelation 14 where we see they
are the “first fruits unto God”. This picture we're seeing is definitely not in
a chronological time line, but it's showing us things that happened prior to the
sixth seal (the 144 thousand), but also things that do happen after the sixth
seal (the great multitude), and we already know that the sixth seal is the same
time frame as the seventh trumpet and seventh vial.
We have another record of the sealing of the 144 thousand in Ezekiel 9:4. In
Revelation 14 they are not defiled, have no guile in their mouth; and in Ezekiel
they sigh and cry for the abominations being done in Jerusalem.
Read Revelation 6:12-17, Zechariah 14, Joel, Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 17,
21. All of these prophetic passages are referring to the same period of time.
Matthew 24 explicitly tells us that it's immediately after the tribulation that
the sun is darkened, etc. Since we know that these events all coincide with the
same events of the Seventh Trumpet and Sixth Seal, etc., we can know absolutely
for sure that this record of the Seals is not chronological within the book of
Revelation and that these events are not something that happens prior to any of
the other events recorded in Revelation.
Revelation 8:1 - The last Seal is probably opened as the very last thing that
happens, immediately before the 1000 year reign of Christ.
The seals are discussed in detail in chapter 5 of this book.
Chapters 8 through 9 – The first six Trumpets
In 8:2 we see that 7 trumpets are given to 7 angels. Then, in verses 3 through
5, there is the description of another angel with a censer who stands at the
altar, offers the incense he is given (same as Rev 5:8), fills the censer with
fire from the altar and then casts it to earth, and there are voices,
thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. This depiction does not give us much
information and it's impossible to know how much time elapses during this
vision. It could be a short time, or it could be a very long time. However, the
events at the conclusion are similar to the events of the Seventh Trumpet and
the Seventh Vial. This leads to a logical conclusion that it is more likely
spanning a long period of time and ends at the return of Christ at the end of
the tribulation, as shown in Chart A in the first section of this chapter.
Then we move again to the 7 angels mentioned in verse 8:2, as they “prepare to
The first four trumpets have a similar theme.
A third part of trees and all grass are burnt up.
A third part of the sea becomes blood and a third part of the creatures in the
sea die and a third part of the ships are destroyed.
A third part of the rivers and fountains of water become wormwood and many men
A third part of the sun, moon and stars are darkened.
8:13 then warns that the next three trumpets will be very woeful to the
inhabiters of the earth.
Then we have the fifth trumpet where it's a very different detailed depiction of
the locusts with the power to hurt men and torment them for 5 months. The
bottomless pit is opened and the sun and air are darkened because of the smoke
from the pit, the locusts are told not to hurt those with the seal of God in
their foreheads, and the angel who opens the pit is called the “destroying
angel”, which is the meaning of the names “Abaddon” and “Apollyon”. The angel is
mentioned again in Revelation 20:1-3. Notice that the angel is given the key to
the bottomless pit in Revelation 9:1, opens the pit in 9:2, is named as the
“king” over the locusts in 9:11, then comes down from heaven again to bind Satan
in the bottomless pit for 1000 years in Revelation 20:1-3.
In Revelation 11:7 we see that the beast comes out of the bottomless pit,
becomes or possesses a man to become the Antichrist shown in Revelation 17:8-11,
kills the two witnesses at the end of the final 3.5 years (Rev 11:7), and then
in Revelation 20:1-3 we see that the “angel” who was given the key locks up the
devil in the bottomless pit for 1000 years.
Joel 2 also speaks of things described in the fifth trumpet! If you read the 2nd
chapter of Joel verses 1-11, you'll find very similar events described.
In these days, men will seek death... Revelation 10:7 says that “in the days of
the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound”. Revelation 9:6
says that “in those days shall men seek death”. In Joel, Revelation 6, 9, 11,
16, Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Ezekiel 38 we see that the people of earth will
seek death, will be angry, have great fear, will mourn, shake at the presence of
God and will blaspheme God. The timing of the events given us in prophecy
overlap in many places and sometimes span a long period of time.
The sixth trumpet sounds and a third part of men are killed, with the 4 angels
released and the army of 200 million.
Revelation 9:20-21 shows us that people will still not repent even after all
these things have come to pass. This is also the same declaration we see during
the Vials in Revelation 16:9 and 16:11.
Chapter 10 – The little book and the seven Thunders
The mighty angel has a little book and roars, and the seven Thunders sound but
John is told not to write what they said.
Then the angel swears by God that there will be time (delay) no longer, but that
the mystery of God will be finished in the days that the seventh trumpet begins
The mystery of God will be finished because Jesus Christ will be revealed to the
whole world at the Seventh Trumpet. There will no longer be any mystery.
Ezekiel 2:9 through 3:4 has a very similar description of a book eaten, which
has lamentations, mourning and woe written on it, which is sweet as honey, and
then the prophet is sent to prophesy.
Chapter 11 – The measuring of the Temple, the two Witnesses, and the last
John is given a rod to measure the temple and the altar. He's told to leave out
the outer court because gentiles will tread there and in Jerusalem (the holy
city) for forty two months (3.5 years). This passage, along with Daniel 9 and
11, and Joel talking about the sacrifice being taken away by the Antichrist, and
2 Thess 2:4 and Matt 24:15 showing that the Antichrist will stand in the holy
place, and sit in the temple of God showing himself to be god (the abomination
of desolation); support the theology that the temple will be rebuilt in
Jerusalem before the final 3.5 years.
God's two witnesses prophesy 1260 days (3.45 years) and cannot be killed during
Zec 4 has the same two olive trees (anointed ones) shown to us.
When they have finished their testimony, the beast from bottomless pit, which is
opened in the fifth trumpet, kills them; so we can know for sure that the 5th
trump has sounded before this event.
Daniel 11 and 12 show the Antichrist's reign and specifically states that there
will be 1290 days (3.53 years) from the time of the Abomination of Desolation
until the “end of these things”. And another specifically stating that there
will be “a time (one year), times (two years) and an half (half a year)” (3.5
years) till all things shall be finished. There will be a time of trouble (Dan
12:1) such as never was (the great tribulation), the people that know God will
be strong (Dan 11:32), some of those shall fall (Dan 11:35), but the wise shall
understand while the wicked will not (Dan 12:10). Blessed is he who waits until
1335 days (Dan 12:12). When we look at all the scriptures describing this period
of time, we see that the 3.5 years will be the time of the wrath of Satan, and
the last 45 or 75 days will be the wrath of God (the 7 Vials), sometime between
the 1260th day and the 1335th day.
In Revelation 13:5 we see that power is given to the Antichrist for 42 months
In Revelation 12 we see that the devil will be cast to earth, having great wrath
because he knows his time is short, and that it will be for 1260 days in v.6,
and a time, times and half a time in v.14, or 3.5 years.
This “time of trouble” that will last 3.5 years, is the time of the wrath of
Satan. The Vials, which are the wrath of God, will be poured out in the last 75
days, between the 1260th and 1335th days, possibly just in
the last 45 days. The 3.5 years of great tribulation will be for the saints of
God, not the world as a whole (Luke 17:26-30, 1 Thess 5:1-4, Rev 7:9-14).
Matthew 24:15-21 shows us that when we see this abomination of desolation that
then there shall be great tribulation, and then (Matt 24:29) immediately after
the tribulation we will see the sixth seal and the seventh trumpet and we will
be gathered to the Lord at that time. This also most likely begins the pouring
of the vials. The saints will NOT be here for the vials (the wrath of God)(1
Thess 1:10 and Rom 5:9). The wrath of God will be to “destroy them which destroy
the earth” (Rev 11:18).
The Seventh Trumpet sounds and God's wrath is poured out on the earth.
Gods wrath will be unleashed on the earth in several ways.
The sun, moon and stars will be darkened.
Rev 6:12, Zech 14, Joel, Matt 24:29, Mark 13:24-25
There will be great hailstones that weigh as much as a couple hundred pounds!
Rev 11:19, Rev 16:21, Ez 38:22
A very great earthquake, bigger than the earth has ever seen and will split the
Mount of Olives and go all the way to Europe and destroy Mystery Babylon (I
believe this is Rome).
Zech 14, Joel, Rev 6:12, Rev 11:19, Ez 38:19-20, Rev 16:18
Mountains and islands moved out of their places (from the huge earthquake).
Ez 38:19-20, Rev 16:20, Rev 6:14
Voices, thunders and lightnings. Heavens shaken.
Joel, Rev 6:14, Rev 11:19, Rev 16:18, Matt 24:29, Mark 13:25, Luke 17 and 21:26
The plagues of the vials; sores on men, water turned to blood, creatures die,
great heat, darkness.
Men will be angry, blaspheming God, trembling in fear and hiding from Gods
Joel, Rev 6:16, Rev 9:4, Rev 11:11-18, Matt 24:30, Luke 21:26, Rev 16:21, Ez
The seven trumpets are discussed in detail in chapter 6 of this book.
Chapter 12 – The woman and the dragon
This passage is a 2000 year prophecy. The woman in this passage is the
nation of Israel. The child born is Jesus Christ. The dragon (Satan,
as we see in Rev 12:9) tried to kill Jesus at the time of His birth but did not
succeed. There is a war in Heaven and the devil and his angels are cast
down to earth. Twice we are given a time frame of 3.5 years here where
Israel is "in her place", in the promised land, and is kept safe from the wrath
of Satan. This 3.5 years where the devil is thrown down to earth having
great wrath is the Great Tribulation.
The war in heaven looks to take place at the point of the abomination of
desolation, where the Antichrist takes power. In Daniel 12:1 Michael stands and
at that time there shall be the “time of trouble” mentioned earlier. In Rev 12
we see that Michael and his angels fight the dragon (Satan), and the devil loses
and is cast out of heaven; cast to the earth having great wrath. Both of these
depictions are the same event covering a 3.5 year period while the devil is on
the earth and the saints experience the great tribulation and time of trouble.
If we carefully study Rev 13, 16 and 17, along with Daniel 8, and 11, we can
learn a lot about where the power of the Antichrist comes from. It comes from
the devil himself. Very likely he is possessed by the devil.
Rev 13:2 – The beast (the antichrist and his one world government) gets his
power and his seat from Satan.
Rev 16:13-14 – Three spirits of devils go out from the dragon, the beast, and
the false prophet, working miracles to gather the kings of the earth to battle
against Jesus. We have three spirits, from the devil, the antichrist and the
false prophet. If the antichrist is possessed by Satan, it makes sense because
there are still two entities within a single body, making 3 spirits.
Rev 17:8-17 – The beast (the Antichrist / the Devil) that ascends out of the
bottomless pit, opened in the 5th trumpet, who kills the two
witnesses, is the antichrist. He “was, and is not”, “is the eighth, and is of
the seven”. This strange wording leads me to think that there is another
involved, like the devil possessing him, very possibly.
Daniel 11:37-39 – The Antichrist honors a “strange god”, but at the same time
does not regard any god because he magnifies himself above all, and will
actually claim to be God. Possessed by the devil?
Daniel 8:24 – The Antichrist's power shall be mighty, but not by his own power.
The devil, through the antichrist, makes war with the saints after he is cast to
the earth. (Rev 12:17, Rev 13:7, Daniel 8:24, Daniel 7:21, Daniel 11:33, Daniel
Chapter 13 – The one world government ruled by the antichrist and the false
prophet (the Great Tribulation)
Revelation 13 describes the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The four
beasts of Daniel 7 (lion, bear, leopard, and the 10 horned beast) become one beast (a single government and it's leader), ruled
by the Antichrist, and the dragon (Satan) gives the Antichrist his power for 42
months (3.5 years). The False Prophet causes the world to worship the
Antichrist and actually performs miracles in the sight of men.
2.8 years to gain power...
In Daniel 9:27 we see that “he”, the Antichrist, will confirm the covenant with
many for one week (a week of years, or 7 years). In the midst of the week he
will cause the sacrifice to cease and will place the abomination that makes it
(the temple) desolate, as known as the Abomination of Desolation.
He will be with many at the beginning of that week, confirming the Abrahamic
covenant; which means setting borders of Israel and settling the status of
Jerusalem as it's capital.
In Daniel 8:13-14 we see that it will be 2300 days for the “vision concerning
the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the
sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot” to happen. This part of the
vision is Daniel 8:9-12. 2300 days = 6.3 years. The interpretation of this part
of the vision is Daniel 8:23-26. What this means is that the Antichrist will
“wax great”, or “a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences,
shall stand up.” The Antichrist will see his moment and will begin gathering
power to himself. The “vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the
transgression of desolation” is the time period of the Antichrist's rise to
power and his rule of the world.
The Antichrist will be a part of a group that will “confirm the covenant” and we
won't necessarily know who he is at that point. That event begins the final
“week” of years from Daniel 9. Then about 8 months after the confirmation of the
covenant the Antichrist will “stand up” (Dan 8:23) and begin gaining the power
he needs to take over the world. At the half way point of the week of years, he
will be given power by the devil and will have the support of the false prophet
to actually claim to be God himself and take over the world. (Matthew 24:15,
Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31, and 2 Thess 2:4)
3.5 years of the persecuting the saints...
The Antichrist will persecute the saints of God, try to kill the two witnesses
(succeeding only at the end when God allows it), implement the “mark”, cause the
world to worship him, etc. (Daniel 7:21, Daniel 8:24-25, Daniel 11:33, Daniel
12:1 and 12:7, Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 17 and 21, Rev 11, Rev 12, Rev 13, Rev 14,
The false prophet will help him gain the world's awe...
The second beast in this chapter is the false prophet. (Rev 20:10, Rev 19:20) He
will cause the world to worship the Antichrist as God. He will perform miracles
in the eyes of men such as pulling fire from the sky. He will also cause an
image of the Antichrist to be made, make it able to speak, and cause any who
won't worship to be killed. This is possibly an electronic image like television
or on computers, but may not be.
Economic sanctions will be placed on any who won't worship the Antichrist and
take his mark. (Rev 13:16-17)
The Antichrist and the False Prophet are discussed in detail in chapter 7 of
Chapter 14 – The last warning and the reaping
The 144 thousand mentioned in Revelation 7 and again in the Fifth Trumpet (Rev
9:4) are depicted here with Jesus as the “first fruits” unto God. In a farmers
terms, the first fruits are the fruits of a crop which become ripe early in the
season and are gathered prior to the “mother load” harvest.
Three angels give a last warning to the inhabitants of the earth. The hour of
judgment is come. Babylon makes all nations drink of the wrath of her
fornication. Those who take the mark and worship the beast shall drink of the
wine of the wrath of God. This isn't a physical hour of time, it's a figurative
statement that a period of time has come. It's the time just before the wrath of
God. The “Mystery Babylon”, the “great whore” discussed in Revelation 17 and 18
is the same entity that the false prophet of Revelation 13 comes from and is the
force that causes the world to worship the Antichrist as God. As I state in
chapter 7 of this book, this entity appears to be the Vatican (the Roman
Catholic Church) and the false prophet is most likely the Pope. The Seventh Vial
in Revelation 16 shows us that this entity will be destroyed by the great
earthquake that rocks the world from Israel outward and destroys Rome.
The Lord reaps His harvest. The “Son of man” in Revelation 14:14 is the same as
the Revelation 1:13 “Son of man”. This is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one sitting
on the cloud, and reaps the earth of His elect. Then there is another angel who
thrusts in another sickle and casts the vine of the earth into the winepress of
the wrath of God. The saints of God will be spared the wrath of God (1 Thess
1:10, Romans 5:9) and gathered to Him just before the wrath of God is poured
out. The Great Tribulation will be tribulation only to the saints of God and
will be during the time of the wrath of Satan shown in Revelation 12, but this
passage helps us to understand that God's people will not have to endure the
wrath of God, but only those who do take the mark of the beast and worship the
In Revelation 19 we see the battle of Armageddon, with the saints in heaven with
Jesus, and the winepress of the wrath of God being tread by the Lord at that
time. This passage is showing us events of the same time period.
Joel 3:13 also talks about the reaping. Shown in Chart B above, we see that it's
the same event, which takes place immediately after the tribulation.
Chapter 15 and 16 – The seven Vials
The wrath of God is poured out on the earth. One thing to note is that the first
Vial (Revelation 16:2) states that the mark of the Beast has already been
implemented. This is a great point on the timing since we can know from this
scripture that none of the Vials are poured out until after the mark of the
Beast in the later part of the final seven years. We also know that some of the
Seals and some of the Trumpets have already come to pass. This is another point
that helps us to understand that the book of Revelation is not chronological
from start to finish.
Again, like both the Seals and the Trumpets, we see the beginning of the Vials
and then John tells of another vision. This time it is not the odours or vials
with the prayers of the saints, but now it is a sea of glass mingled with fire
and all the saints that had gotten the victory over the Antichrist and they are
singing a song praising God, stating: “all nations shall come and worship before
thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.” This song is about to come true,
just after the Vials are poured out, the Lord returns and sets up His kingdom on
It's very important to note that in Revelation 15:8 it states that no man will
be able to enter the Temple until the seven plagues are finished. I believe that
this means that no man can be saved while the wrath of God is being poured out.
I would hate to see anyone caught in this time who has not repented. But, as it
states in Revelation 16:9 and 11, people will not repent and will blaspheme God
during this time.
As stated in Revelation 15:1 and 16:1, the Vials are the wrath of God. We saw in
Revelation 12 that the last 3.5 years are the wrath of Satan while he is
confined to the earth. The wrath of Satan is the Great Tribulation where he
persecutes God's people. The wrath of God is vengeance on those who hate God.
The saints will be caught up in the air to meet the Lord in the air at the sound
of the Seventh Trumpet (1 Thess 4:16-17, 1 Cor 15:52), when it shall begin to
sound (Rev 10:7). The saints will not have to endure the wrath of God (1 Thess
1:10, Romans 5:9). Jesus will catch us up to meet Him in the air, and then shall
rain down His wrath upon the earth, and then He will finish His descent to
destroy those who destroy the earth (Rev 11:18) as we will see in Revelation 19.
Zech 14:1-4 shows us that the Lord will stand on the Mount of Olives and it will
cleave in half, which is the earthquake of Revelation 16:18. The whole world
will feel this earthquake. Zech 14 is another depiction of the battle of
Armageddon. He will have all His saints with Him and will fight the nations.
As discussed earlier, this period of time between the gathering of the saints
and the touching down on the Mount of Olives is probably the 75 to 45 days we
see between the 1260th or 1290th days, to the 1335th
God's two witnesses prophesy 1260 days (Rev 11:3), power is given to the
Antichrist for 42 months (Rev 13:5), the devil is cast to the earth having great
wrath for 3.5 years and the woman (Israel) is protected for 1260 days (Rev 12),
Daniel 11 and 12 show the Antichrist's reign and specifically states that there
will be 1290 days (Dan 12:11) from the time of the Abomination of Desolation
until the “end of these things”. And another specifically stating that there
will be “a time (one year), times (two years) and an half (half a year)” (3.5
years) till all things shall be finished. Blessed is he who waits until 1335
days (Dan 12:12). When we look at all the scriptures describing this period of
time, we see that the 3.5 years will be the time of the wrath of Satan, and
the last 45 or 75 days will be the wrath of God (the 7 Vials), sometime between
the 1260th day and the 1335th day.
The saints of God will be with the Lord, and will have the “marriage supper of
the Lamb” (Rev 19). When the Lord comes down and stands on the Mount of Olives
and destroys those coming against Israel, He will set up His kingdom at that
time. This is the 7th Vial where they are gathered at Armageddon to
battle against Israel. The same is recorded in Joel, Zech 14 and Ezekiel 38, as
shown in the charts above (both A and B).
The Vials are the wrath of God (Revelation 16:1).
A very nasty sore falls on those who have taken the mark of the beast and
The sea becomes blood and all creatures in the sea die.
The rivers and fountains of water become blood.
Men are scorched with great heat. This vial is poured upon the sun so it appears
that the “global warming” men say is happening will appear to really accelerate
at this time, and men will blaspheme God because of it.
The seat of the beast (probably the place where the Antichrist calls home, or
possibly the whole world since it says “his kingdom”) will be full of darkness
The Euphrates river is dried up to make way for the kings of the east to gather
at Armageddon. It's interesting to note that there are many dams on this river
and some very large ones that could be used to stop the flow of the river to
“dry it up” when the Antichrist leads the world against Israel. Russia and/or
Turkey, and Iran appear to be the major forces in this attack and will descend
on Israel from the north and east.
Three spirits of devils, working miracles, will go to gather the kings of the
earth to do battle.
The 7th Vial is the end. Ezekiel 39:8, Revelation 7:15-17 and
Revelation 21:3-6 all speak of this same time when it is “done”. The 7th
Trumpet sounds at this time as well and we see the earthquake that shakes the
whole world all the way to Rome (Mystery Babylon) as Jesus Himself touches down
on the mount of Olives (Zech 14). The kingdom of God is established at this time
and the 1000 year reign begins (Rev 20:1-7).
Chapters 17 and 18 – The judgment of the Great Whore and the fall of Babylon
Who is the Great Whore? This is discussed in
Chapter 7 of this book.
Revelation 17 and 18 are devoted to explaining the Great Whore and are not in a
sequential time line within Revelation.
Many people teach that chapter 18 is not talking about the same entity as
chapter 17, but if we compare the two we see that it indeed is the same. There
are quite a few references that say the same thing in both chapters.
Rev 17:8-14 gives us more information on the Antichrist and how he gets his
power from 10 kings (Same as Dan 7 (10 horns), Rev 13 (10 horns), and Dan 2 (10
toes)) to take over the world militarily when he gains his power in the middle
years of the final seven. This is the same beast that ascends out of the
bottomless pit when it is opened in the 5th Trumpet, and as shown in
Revelation 11:3 where he kills the two witnesses.
When the Antichrist gains his power and takes over the world, it may be in the
aftermath of the devastation of the 6th Trumpet war where the world
will be clamoring for peace and safety after 2 billion people die in that war.
But, we see in Revelation 17:17 that it is God who puts it in their hearts to
fulfill His will. I find this very interesting because there are a lot of people
who teach that God no longer takes part in the events of the world like He did
in the old testament, but we see that He is still very much in control.
Chapter 19 - The return of Jesus and the Battle of Armageddon
Jesus finishes His descent to earth after the marriage supper of the Lamb
and the pouring of the Vials,
destroys the armies of the nations at Armageddon, and throws the Antichrist and
the False Prophet into the lake of fire. Rev 19:11-21 is the actual battle of
Armageddon. This isn't much of a "battle" since it's simply a word spoken by
Jesus that destroys the enemy.
The "bride" in verses 7-9 also appearing in verse 14 show us that the saints are
the bride and that we follow Him to the battle. The symbology in Chapter
21 verses 2 and 9 appear to mean that the New Jerusalem will be the dwelling
place of the saints were it might be (speculation on my part) a kind of home
where we will dwell with God for eternity.
In Ez 39:17-20 and Rev 19:17-21 we see declarations that the fowl of the air and
beasts of the earth come to eat flesh of kings and mighty men. This is a good
point to show that the two events are the same event.
If we compare scripture where God returns:
Rev 11:14-19 (7th
trumpet); Rev 6:12-17 (6th
seal); Rev 16:17-21 (7th
The coming of the Lord will be a very big and calamitous event.
Wrath of God, great shaking or earthquake, etc.
Daniel 2, 7, 8, 11, 12
2:34-35 – The last world dominating power is the iron mingled with clay and will
be in power when Jesus returns.
7:8-12 – The four kings will be on the earth when Jesus returns.
8:25 – The Antichrist will cause craft to prosper, by peace will destroy many of
Gods people, will stand up to Christ when He returns, but shall be broken
11:21 through 12:1 – The antichrist will establish himself but shall come to his
end, and at that time there will be a time of trouble such as never was, and at
that time the people of God will be delivered.
Matthew 24:30, Mark 13, Luke 17:24
Immediately after the tribulation -
Sun, moon, stars darkened.
Wrath of God, great shaking or earthquake, etc.
Jesus will come with power and glory as the lightning comes from the east to the
west. The whole world will see him.
The angels will be sent with the sound of the trumpet and gather His elect.
2 Thess 2:1-8
The coming of the Lord and our gathering to Him will not come until the
Antichrist is revealed by the Abomination of Desolation.
The Lord will consume him with a word.
His coming will be bright.
1 Thess 4:16-17
He comes with clouds.
Every eye shall see him.
Marriage supper of the Lamb.
Battle of Armageddon.
Jesus treads the wine press of the wrath of God as depicted also in Rev 14:20.
The Antichrist and the False Prophet are cast into the lake of fire.
1 Thess 5:1-4, Luke 17:24-30
Lord will come as a thief in the night, but only to those in darkness.
They (those who are in darkness) will say, “Peace and safety”, and then sudden
destruction will come upon them.
Mount of Olives will cleave in half.
Lord will come with all saints.
All nations gathered against Jerusalem (Battle of Armageddon).
The Lord shall fight against the nations (Battle of Armageddon).
The Lord shall roar out of Zion.
Harvest is ripe, day of Lord at hand.
Wrath of God, great shaking or earthquake, etc.
All nations gathered in valley of Jehoshaphat to war (Battle of Armageddon).
Ez 38 - 39
Verses 38:15-16; The Lord will bring the nations against Israel as a cloud to
cover the land (Battle of Armageddon).
This is the day of the Lord.
Wrath of God, great shaking or earthquake, etc.
All of these scriptures tell us the same things:
When the Lord returns it will be as the lighting flashes across the sky. It will
be with a shout, with the sound of the trumpet, with power and glory. Every eye
shall see Him.
It will be a surprise to the world as the Antichrist is ruling a one world
government and proclaiming peace and safety, then the Lord will come.
When He comes, the saints will be gathered to Him in the air, in the clouds.
Then we will see the wrath of God poured out on the world.
Then He will descend on the nations gathered against Israel and will wipe them
out and destroy the Antichrist.
When He touches down on the Mount of Olives, there will be an earthquake bigger
than the world has ever seen.
He will set up His kingdom and put down the leading nations and destroy Islam,
the fourth beast of Daniel 7, the last ruling one world government that the
Antichrist is using to rule the world (the iron mingled with clay of Daniel 2).
It is done... Rev 21:6, Rev 16:17, Ez 39:8
Chapter 20 – The binding of Satan for 1000 years
An Angel from Heaven lays hold of Satan and binds him for 1000 years.
Those who did not worship the beast or take his mark and/or died for Jesus will
live and reign with Jesus on the earth for the 1000 years, but the rest of the
dead did not live again until the 1000 years were finished.
Another mention of Gog and Magog but definitely a different battle. And
again it's not much of a "battle" since once again God just destroys them out of
hand, with fire from Heaven. The devil is cast into the lake of fire
The dead are resurrected and judged according to their works.
Chapter 21 and 22 – New Heavens and a New Earth
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the
first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall
be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more
pain: for the former things are passed away.
God creates a new heaven and new earth and there will be no more sorrow or pain
of any kind! We will drink freely of the water of life and will dwell with
The measuring of New Jerusalem is also detailed in Ezekiel 40-42
The timeline: from the Seals to the Vials
The birth of the Roman Catholic church was approximately 325 AD. The Seals
are the long story (the spirits have been around a long time), the Trumpets are
the median story (approximately the last 100 years), and the Vials are the very
last and very short story (all seven of the Vials are poured out at the end of
the Tribulation), all ending at the battle of Armageddon and the return of Jesus
Christ. The seventh Seal ends the worldly governments and begins the
Kingdom of God and the 1000 year reign.
The first four Seals – Revelation 6:1-8
The first four Trumpets – Revelation 8:7-12
The Confirmation of the Covenant (a seven year peace agreement) - Daniel 9:27
Antichrist begins gaining his power to take over the world – Daniel 7, 8 and
Jerusalem compassed with armies and the desolation is nigh - Luke 21:20
The fifth and maybe sixth trumpet and the 144k sealed – Revelation 7 and 9
The fifth trumpet comes before the Abomination of Desolation, because as we see in Rev 17
it is the same beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit who gains the power
of the 10 kings to take over the world (Revelation 17), and the same beast that
ascends out of the bottomless pit who kills the two witnesses at the end of the
tribulation (Revelation 11), so it looks like it will happen some time before
the Abomination of Desolation while the Antichrist is gaining his power, and
it's possible that it could happen before the Confirmation of the Covenant.
The sixth trumpet could also happen before the Confirmation of the Covenant but
there's not as much evidence for this. It will almost
certainly happen before the Abomination of Desolation, however.
It looks like the 144 thousand are likely sealed before the Abomination of
Desolation as well. They are the “first fruits” and are redeemed before the
reaping of the saints (Revelation 14), and they are spoken of at the fifth
trumpet where the locusts are not allowed to hurt those that have the seal of
God in their forehead (Revelation 9).
Jewish temple rebuilt – Daniel 9 and 11, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, Matthew 24:15,
The Antichrist and the False Prophet team up, reviving the Holy Roman / Islamic
Ottoman Empire and creating the one world government of Revelation 13.
The False Prophet does miracles like pulling fire from the sky in the sight of
The False Prophet causes the world to worship the Antichrist.
The final 3.5 years begins.
The Antichrist breaks the seven year peace
agreement, becomes the Abomination of Desolation by claiming to be god, and will
stop the sacrifice from being performed at the temple -
Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31
and 2 Thess 2:4.
The devil is cast to the earth having great wrath - Revelation 12.
Daniel 12 “time of trouble” and Matthew 24 “tribulation” begins.
Israel protected 3.5 years (Revelation 12). Israel will be overrun but will not
The Two Witnesses begin their prophecy that will last 1260 days - Revelation 11.
The Antichrist reigns for 3.5 years – Revelation 13:5.
Causes craft to prosper - Daniel 8:25.
Implements the mark of the beast -
By peace shall destroy many – comes in the name of peace to gain his power –
they shall say, “peace and safety” - Daniel 8:25, 1 Thess 5:3.
The Antichrist kills the two witnesses – Revelation 11
The last warning – Revelation 14
Jesus returns in the clouds and reaps his own
– the rapture – Revelation 1:7, 1 Thess
4:16-17, Matthew 24:30, Mark 13, Luke 17:24, 2 Thess 2:1-8, Revelation 14.
The Battle of Armageddon and the wrath of God – The seven Vials – Revelation 15,
16 and 19.
Jesus touches down on the mount of Olives and
treads the winepress of the wrath of God. The earthquake splits the mount of
Olives and destroys Rome – Revelation 14, 19,
Revelation 6:12-17, Zechariah 14, Joel, Matthew 24,
Mark 13 and Luke 17, 21.
The seventh Trumpet / seventh Vial / sixth
Seal - Rev 11:14-19, Rev 6:12-17, Rev
The Antichrist and the False Prophet are thrown in the Lake of Fire – Rev 19.
The devil is bound for 1000 years – Rev 20.
It is done -
Rev 21:6, Rev 16:17, Ez 39:8.
The kingdom of God and the 1000 year reign begin – Rev 20.
After 1000 years Satan is loosed and again deceives the people of the earth and
comes against God only to be wiped out with fire from heaven – Rev 20.
Judgment day – Rev 20.
New heavens and new earth – Rev 21.
The chosen saints will dwell with Jesus forever – Rev 21.
The timeline: the final seven years