A Revelation View
     A Fourteen Year Tribulation?
     Time Line

     The following is a brief summary of chapters 4 through 22 of the book of Revelation with a number of observations and interpretations of my own offered. Not all events or verses are specifically mentioned in this view.
     Also, I'm not saying this view or interpretation is entirely correct. I may be wrong in some but I hope not all of the view presented. I think it is a very good view. If one is interested in the book of Revelation and a better understanding of it and one were to follow along in the book of Revelation as this view presented here is read I think it would be found to be edifying. This is a clear, straightforward approach that makes a lot of sense out of what I know before to me has been a very bewildering book.
     All scripture references or quotes are from the 1611 King James version of the Bible.

Chapters 4 and 5:
     These chapters depict a scene in heaven of the throne, cherubim, elders, angels, and the seven Spirits of God. The lamb takes a book out of the hand of the Father and all heaven and earth give praise. The door which was open to John the revelator will be open at this time for all creation to see through. When the tribulation period officially begins by the Lord taking the book out of the Father's hand and opening the first seal, those on earth will be aware of and witnessing it's commencement (Rev.5.13). Before the door is opened there will be lightning and thundering from the throne (Rev.4.5) to get the world's attention.
Chapter 6:
     Seal one: A white horse and a rider with a bow and a crown going forth conquering and to conquer. This is the peace and safety spoken of by Paul the apostle ("For when they shall say peace and safety then cometh sudden destruction..." 1 Thess.5.3.) What better exclamation point could the world add to this boast of peace and safety than to be able to say that all modern day weaponry has been effectually banned off the face of the earth?
     In Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 it mentions "all sorts of armor", but that speaks of defensive covering, not offensive weaponry, or even a catch-all phrase to include it. Since it seems that man is prone to use whatever weapons are at hand in warfare one might conclude that there are no modern day weapons available at the time of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 events. Why? Because they've been effectually banned. When? By the first seal or by the end of the first seal. So? Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 could take place at seal 2.
     Seal two: A red horse and a rider with a great sword and power to take peace from off the earth, that they should kill one another. Events of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 take place at this time as part of the second seal judgment.
     Seals three and four: A black horse and famine and then a pale horse with death and hell. Power has been given over the fourth part of the earth to kill with sword, hunger, death, and beasts of the earth (Rev.6.8)
     Seal five: Depicts under the altar of God the souls of those slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. By the end of the fifth seal God's church has been purged unto death.
(SEAL 6)
Chapter 7:
     Seal six: The surviving church, made up of Gentiles and 144,000 Jews, receive the seal of God upon their foreheads. From here on the church is protected from the judgments of the tribulation until God translates it at the seventh trumpet.
Chapter 8:
     Seal seven: Seven angels with seven trumpets.
     Trumpet one: Hail and fire mingled with blood and a third part of trees and all green grass is burnt up.
     Trumpet two: As it were a great mountain burning with fire is cast into the ocean and a third part of the sea becomes blood. A third part of all creatures in the sea die. A third part of ships are destroyed.
     Trumpet three: A great star called Wormwood falls from heaven upon the third part of rivers and upon the fountains of waters and the third part of waters become wormwood. Many men die of the waters because they are made bitter.
     Trumpet four: A third part of the sun, a third part of the moon, and a third part of the stars are smitten so as a third part of them are darkened and a third part of the day and a third part of the night shine not.
     Perhaps in the purging of God's church by the end of the fifth seal one third of that church (Jewish and Gentile believers) has perished and in remembrance of this trumpet judgments one through four involve portions of one third.
     Then an angel flies through the midst of heaven (the sky) cryng, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabiters of earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels which are yet to sound."

Chapter 9:
     Trumpet five: Apollyon is king over locusts ascending out of the bottomless pit. These locusts have tails with stings in them like scorpions; "...and their power is to hurt men five months. The shapes of the locusts are like unto horses prepared unto battle; on their heads are as it were crowns like gold, and their faces are as the faces of men. And they have hair as the hair of women, and their teeth are as the teeth of lions. And they have breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings is as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they are commanded to hurt not the grass of the earth, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God upon their foreheads."
     I take this chapter quite literally. These are atypical but real live locusts that come out of a bottomless pit. Astonishing creatures yet just as described. I've heard these days that even man is able, or soon able, to create who knows what kind of creatures through DNA manipulation; to clone; and even create human body parts. How much more so God can create such locusts as described in the fifth trumpet judgment.
     Since God protects his sealed church from the power of the locusts I would imagine that he is protecting it from harm from the time its' members received God's seal (at the sixth seal) right up to its' seventh trumpet translation.
     Trumpet six: Four angels which are bound in the river Euphrates are loosed, which are prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year for to slay the third part of men.
     The next verse states; "And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand (200 million): and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and out of their mouths issued fire, and smoke, and brimstone. By these was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt."
     I take this sixth trumpet quite literally, too. That is, these are live horses and horsemen, not some symbolic description of modern day tanks or mobile weapons. And they don't come from the east. This is not the sixth vial judgment where the Euphrates river is dried up to make way for the kings of the east. That comes later. This is part of the sixth trumpet judgment and the implication is that these 200 million horses and horsemen come up out of the river Euphrates. After all, if live locusts can come out of a bottomless pit so can 200 million horses and horsemen come out of the river Euphrates.
Chapters 10 and 11:
     The sixth trumpet continues: A little book is given to John the revelator for him to swallow. The little book is the covenant that the beast makes with Israel that is broken three and one-half years after it begins. As part of the covenant the Jews are allowed a temple in Jerusalem but the rest of the city is given to the Gentiles. As if in response to this covenant God sends his two witnesses to prophecy for three and one-half years and gives them power to smite any who would harm them and the power to bring plagues upon the earth. After the three and one-half years, when the two witnesses have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit makes war with them, overcomes, and kills them. After three and one-half days God revives them and receives them up into heaven. There is a great earthquake. The sixth trumpet judgment ends.
     The sixth trumpet judgment, then, lasts from the beginning of one year, one month, one day, and one hour of the great army that slays a third of men through three and one-half years of God's two witnesses, for a total of over four and one-half years.
     Trumpet seven: The seventh trumpet sounds, the church is translated, and this also marks the beginning of the great flood, the last three and one-half years of the tribulation.

     Chapter 12:
     The church is translated. A vision of a woman, a dragon, and a child caught up unto heaven. Though there be a symbolism here difficult to figure, one thing, that seems to fit the tenor of the whole book of Revelation, is that this vision is not a looking back to the days of Christ on earth and his birth at that time. Everything that is presented in the book of Revelation proceeds in a chronological order, or presents a preface to events as they are going to occur in an ongoing chronological order. As this vision occurs at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, the events of this vision actually take place at this time. On the basis of this reasoning, then, the birth of the child and its being caught up unto heaven cannot be a vision of the birth of Christ about 2000 years ago. The only reasonable possibility left is the translation of the church. Paul even uses the same expression in 1 Thessalonians 4.16-17,  "caught up unto heaven", when he spoke of the translation of the church at the last trump. Also, the seventh trumpet, the time of this vision, is the last of the seven trumpets. Paul said the translation of the church would take place at the "last trump" (1 Corinthians15.52).
     The woman then flees into the wilderness. The woman whose child was caught up unto heaven is the elect Israel which at the time of the seventh trumpet sounding has not yet believed unto salvation, else they would have been translated, too. Yet, being destined to believe, God will deliver her. After the seventh trumpet translation the beast breaks the covenant with Israel and Israel is surrounded by armies. Up to half of Israel perishes (Zechariah 14.1-2). The other half, the elect Israel, flees into the wilderness where God has prepared a place for them for the duration of the tribulation. Gentiles, who were also destined to believe in Christ but did not at the time of the seventh trumpet translation, provide refuge for the scattered, elect Israel. Though during this last three and one-half years of tribulation many Gentile believers will lose their lives for their faith, enough will survive to provide refuge for elect Israel and even carry them back to Israel after Armageddon.

Chapter 13:
     The beast rises up. Paul wrote in 2nd Thessalonians 2.3, "...and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.". And in 2nd Thessalonians 2.8, "And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:".
     Yet, if one were to examine closely Revelation chapter 13, one would find that the only thing that is worshiped in the worshiping of the beast is this seven headed creature and an image, not of a man, but of a seven headed creature. And nowhere in the book of the Revelation is the beast described as, or worshiped, as a man. How is this reconciled?
     In chapter 2 of the book of Daniel the beast is depicted as a man. This man is the representation of the four kingdoms of the Gentile age. Paul is depicting the beast, and his worship, as the man image of all four kingdoms as represented in the 2nd chapter of the book of Daniel. Whereas, the depiction of the beast in the book of Revelation is in the form of the seven headed creature, worshiped as such, and the image that is worshiped is the image of this seven headed creature, which had one of its heads wounded as it were unto death, yet survived. There will be no incarnated devil in the form of a man. It is this seven headed beast, and an image of this seven headed beast, that will be worshiped.
     The image of the beast is actually the representation of a devil. Specifically, the devil that is behind pagan idol republic. Only today he is not yet blatantly revealed as a god as he will be after the seventh trumpet translation of the church, with the names of blasphemy upon his heads (i.e., the republic of the U.S., the republic of France, the republic of Germany, the republic of England, etc.; or perhaps, the United Nations security council with its five permanent members and ten non-permanent members will come to have seven permanent members, and this body of nations with republican forms of government will be the seven heads and ten horns of the beast).
     Thus, even today, many people and many Christians are already worshiping the beast. But it is one thing to be caught up in an evil; it is quite another to be locked in and refuse to budge. God will try his children and he will try the world. 2nd Thessalonians 2.10-11 states, "Because they receive not the love of the truth God shall send them strong delusion..."
     A second beast (called the false prophet in Revelation chapter 16 verse 13 and chapter 19 verse 20) rises up out of the earth, having two horns like a lamb, and he speaks as a dragon. Since the sea, which the first beast rises out of, is the Gentile nations, as indicated by Revelation chapter 17 verse 15, the earth would indicate the nation Israel. And since the first beast is the particular devil that is behind pagan idol republic, likely this second beast, or false prophet, is the particular devil behind the republic of Israel.
     Ever hear the expression, "the spirit of democracy"?, or the expression, "the voice of democracy"? Well, the first beast and the second beast are spirits (devils) and they are given voices, too. So this second beast, the false prophet, speaks as a dragon (Revelation 13 verse 11). And what does he say? Something like; "Behold the first beast, and worship him! The world's messiah! And he brings to you a thousand years of peace!" If he is a false prophet what is he prophesying? A thousand years of peace with the beast would sound likely.
     Revelation chapter 13 verse 18 speaks of the number of the beast (666) as being the number of a man. This does not have to mean that the beast is a man having this number, but could merely signify that the development and use of this number is credited to a particular person. And that a wise man will recognize this number as the number of the seven headed beast.
     Also, just by way of an interesting thought, what is the decimal equivalent of two/thirds? It is .666. Perhaps it is not too far a stretch to reckon that 2/3rds of the world (and angels) end up siding with Satan and that then this is the spiritual significance of the number 666.

Chapter 14:
     An overview of the last three and one-half years of the tribulation. The Lamb and 144,000 redeemed from among men, as the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb, stand upon mount Zion and sing a new song before God.
     Then, an angel flies through the midst of heaven (the sky) preaching the everlasting Gospel to them on earth.
     Another angel follows proclaiming the demise of that great city Babylon.
     A third angel follows, warning that if any man worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead or hand, the same shall know the wrath and judgment of God. To heed this warning at this time is the patience of the saints: in this are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
     And then one like unto the Son of man reaps the harvest of the earth. This is where the beast causes many believers to pay for their faith with their lives during this last three and one-half years as the beast makes war with the saints (those who believed during this time) and overcomes them. These saints destined for heaven are a harvest unto the Lord.
     Another angel thrusts his sharp sickle into the earth. This is another harvesting. Only it is of the wicked, at the end of the tribulation, at Armageddon.

Chapter 15:
     Seven angels are each given a vial containing the last seven plagues. In them is filled up the wrath of God.

Chapter 16:
     The seven  angels pour out their vials.
     Vial one: A noisome and grievous sore falls upon the men which have the mark of the beast and upon them which worship his image.
     Vial two: The sea becomes as the blood of a dead man:and every living soul in the sea dies.
     Vial three: The rivers and fountains of waters become blood.
     Vial four: The sun scorches men with great heat and men blaspheme God.
     Vial five: The beast's kingdom is filled with darkness and they gnaw their tongues for pain and blaspheme God.
     Vial six: The water of the river Euphrates is dried up that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Three unclean spirits go forth to gather the nations for the battle of Armageddon.
     Vial seven: A great earthquake and the cities of the nations fall. A plague of great hail.

     Chapter 17:
     How Babylon shall be judged. The beast turns against Babylon. At the beginning of the last three and one-half years of the tribulation the seven headed and ten horned beast rose up and took power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations. At the time of this seventh vial, five kings (republics) have ruled, the sixth is in power, and the seventh has not yet taken power. When he comes he continues a short space. And the beast that was, and is not (had one of its' heads wounded as it were unto death), and yet is (yet lived), even he is the eighth king (republic), and is of the seven.
     This eighth king (republic), even the beast himself, together with the ten horns who receive power with the beast at this time, turn on Babylon (the city of the money men) and destroy her.

Chapter 18:
     Describes the fall of Babylon.

Chapter 19:
     Heaven rejoices at the fall of Babylon. Christ and his armies defeat the beast and his armies at Armageddon. Both the beast and the false prophet are cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Chapter 20:
     Satan is bound and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years.
     The first resurrection, consisting of the believers in Christ from creation to the translation and also those who lost their lives for their faith in Christ during the last three and one-half years of the tribulation, will live and reign with Christ for a thousand years.
     After 1000 years Satan is released and once again gathers the nations against the saints, but fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. The devil is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone.
     The great white throne judgment where the dead are judged. Since those of the first resurrection already have eternal life with God, this white throne judgment, being for the dead, must be for those who died without Christ before and during the millennium and those who died in Christ during the millennium.

Chapter 21:
     A new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and there is no more sea. The new Jerusalem is described.
     For the rest of eternity the Church (made up of all believers from creation to the translation at the seventh trumpet, and maybe those who died in Christ during the last three and one-half years of the tribulation (who were also part of the first resurrection) and possibly those who believed in Christ during the last three and one-half years of the tribulation and survived to Christ's coming) will inhabit the new Jerusalem with God himself and with Christ. Those who become Christ's during the millennium will inhabit the new earth.

Chapter 22:
     The river of life proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
     Jesus testifies to the surety of the Revelation prophecies and exhorts his church to believe them and be faithful.
     It goes seven seals, then seven trumpets, then seven vials. Seal one through trumpet four mentions no specific time periods. Trumpet five is five months. Trumpet six is roughly four years and seven months (one year, one month, one day, and one hour of a great army, then three and one-half years of the two witnesses). Trumpet seven, which encompasses the last seven vials, is three and one-half years. So, from trumpet five through Armageddon is roughly, if not exactly, eight and one-half years (five months, plus one year and one month, plus seven years). If one knew how long seal one through trumpet four took, one could figure the total time of the tribulation period. But it is not given.
     I would offer what I believe is some pretty good speculation. Could be wrong though. However; In the law it is written that if a thief be found he shall restore double. I believe that the evil today is on the threshold of being unstoppable, of going on forever. Yet, just before it does, God is going to stop it. It's God's earth after all and he is a jealous God. And like a thief being found, God, in the coming tribulation period, is going to be catching the evil trying to make off completely with his world. And like a thief being found, make it pay double. Hence, two seven year periods of tribulation.
     Both are broken up into two three and one-half year segments. Three and one-half years under seal one, where the world says peace and safety; the white horse of the apocalypse. Then seal two through the great army of the sixth trumpet is three and one-half years. So, it is three and one-half years of relative peace and safety followed by a much more difficult three and one-half years.
     Then comes the second seven years, which starts just after the great army, but still during the sixth trumpet judgment. This is the week (seven years) of the beast's covenant with Israel. The first three and one-half years of this second time period is the period of the two witnesses and concludes the sixth trumpet judgment. Then, at the seventh trumpet, the purged Church is translated and the abomination of desolation is set up in the temple in Israel as the last three and one-half years are the great flood of judgment from God that ends at Armageddon.
     So, it's like three and one-half years of relative peace and safety, then three and one-half years of trial. Then three and one-half years of the two witnesses then three and one-half years of a great flood of judgment with its' last seven vials.
     By way of note, this time allows for seven years of time from the defeat of Gog and Magog and their allies when they try to attack Israel (Ezekiel 38 and 39) at seal two until the set up of the abomination of desolation when Israel is once again attacked and the elect Israel flees into the wilderness. Because it mentions in Ezekiel 38 and 39 that Israel shall be gathering of the weapons of Gog and Magog and their allies and using them for fuel for seven years. I imagine that once Israel is again attacked at the time of the set up of the abomination of desolation it won't be able to gather those weapons for fuel very well. Or, perhaps by then they will simply have been burned up. But the three and one-half years from seal two (which includes Ezekiel 38 and 39) through the great army judgment plus the three and one-half years of the two witnesses makes for those seven years of the gathering of the weapons for fuel.


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