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Revelation SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

TIMELINE OF THE END TIMES

When we apply Revelation as literal, not figurative, it will lay out an obvious timeline. It gives us a scope and sequence of the end times.

 

The prophecies of the Old Testament support this timeline. Daniel’s prophecy intertwines with Revelation to make this very clear for the reader. More about this later.

 

 God is not limited like us; He sees the whole scope. He knows the end from the beginning. See more Prophecy, a solid foundation. 
 

NOT ONE, BUT A SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

The Biblical end time does not refer to a single event. Instead, it is the unfolding of a sequence of events which climax at Armageddon.
 
There is an interlude, the time of the Antichrist, and then comes seven years, which ends with the second coming of Christ at Armageddon.
 
 

BASIC OUTLINE

 
The most basic outline of the end times is what we read about in Revelation 1: what was, what is, and what is to come. See more Revelation 1.
 

DANIEL’S SEVENTIETH WEEK

Daniel lived during the exile when the Jews served the king of Babylon for seventy years, according to prophecy. See Jeremiah 25:11. Daniel was a man of numbers, and He took God on His word. Thus, he calculated there were three years left of the seventy years, and he prayed about it to God. What happened next is extraordinary: during Daniel’s prayer, he received a prophecy about future events. This prophecy is what Bible scholars call Daniel’s Seventieth Week.
 

69 WEEKS NOW, AND 70TH WEEK LATER

490 YEARS

Daniel 9:24: “Seventy sevens are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.”
 
Hebrew scholars explain that “seventy-sevens” is a seventy multiplied by sevens. Thus, we calculate 70 x 7 = 490. 
 
A “seven” is referred to as a week because of the seven days in it. But Daniel is not speaking of weeks but of years. We know this because of what follows later.
 

483 YEARS

Daniel 9:25: “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the King shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times.”
 
We have “the seven” (7) weeks. Then, we have “the threescore” (6) and “the two” (2) weeks. Thus, we calculate 7 + 62 = 69 weeks (7). This calculation brings us to 69 x 7 = 483 years. 
 
But wait, the prophecy given was for 490 years. We only have 483 years. These seven years are known as Daniel’s 70th week. It will happen in future.

Daniel's 70th Week

NOTE!

The Decree of Artaxerxes Longimanus was given on 14 March 445 BC. From that day until Jesus Christ rode on a donkey into Jerusalem, it was precisely 483 years (69 weeks). Sir Robert Anderson did the calculations in 1894. It was a considerable effort since he had to consider all variables, for, e.g. years was 360 days long, etc. 
 

MESSIAH’S CUT-OFF 

 
Daniel 9:26 “After threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself.”
 
Messiah’s cut-off refers to the crucifixion. Jesus still needs to complete His mission on earth; His mission was cut off after 483 years. The student of Revelation will be familiar by now with “parenthesis.” It is 2,000 years later, and God is waiting to complete His mission. 
 
“Not for himself” because God’s plan will not be changed, only postponed. Eventually, it will be complete. The completion of His mission is why there is a second coming of the Messiah to complete it.
 
 

MIDDLE OF THE 70TH WEEK

Daniel 9:27: “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate.”
 
Daniel’s seventieth week stretches over seven years. In the middle, after 3.5 years, the Antichrist goes into the Temple to cause the abomination of desolation. Jesus spoke about this event, too, confirming Daniel’s prophecy and our calculation of seven years in total.
 
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel the prophet.
 
NOTE!
The phrase “in the middle” indicates the middle of the seven years. It is after 3.5 years or 1,260 days if you use a 360 prophetic year. These numbers appear again and again in the Book of Revelation.
 

THE TRIBULATION

The tribulation is the second half of Daniel’s seventieth week. It starts in the middle of the seven years when the Antichrist goes into the Temple, and it lasts for 3.5 years — also referred to as 42 months or 1,260 days in Revelation.
 
 The Tribulation goes by names like “Jacob’s trouble”, “the Lord’s day”, and “that day.” It all speaks of Daniel’s seventieth week when God will pour His wrath on the earth. It ends with Armageddon.
 
NOTE!
I use the term “tribulation-period” to refer to the whole seven years because most people are unfamiliar with the word “Daniels 70th week.” Strictly speaking, “the tribulation” refers to the last 3.5 years only.
 
 

THE RAPTURE

The Rapture is God dealing with the Church. Right before the tribulation period, believers will be caught up in the air before God’s wrath is poured out. See more The Rapture.
 
NOTE!
Salt was a preservative in ancient times. The Rapture removes the salt of the earth, and what stays behind will become rapidly rotten. See Matthew 5:12-13.
 
 

MILLENNIUM

The Millennium is God putting in place the plan He had before He was cut off. A glorious time follows when Messiah will live with the Jewish people, and He will rule from Israel.
 
NOTE!
The millennium is the time Isaiah saw in a vision when he wrote: “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat… and a little child will lead them. See Isaiah 11:6.
 

NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH

After 1,000 years, we see a New Heaven and a New Earth.
 
THE END

BOOK OF REVELATION

Revelation, Scope and Sequence

Revelation, Introduction

Revelation 1

Revelation 2

Revelation 3

Revelation 4

Revelation 5

Revelation 6

Revelation 7

Revelation 8

Revelation 9

Revelation 10

Revelation 11

Revelation 12

Revelation 13

Revelation 14

SOURCES FROM THE WEB:

Missler, Chuck at koinonahouse.org

Korman, Baruch at  loveisrael.org

Barnett, John at dtbm.org

Ice, Thomas at pre-trib.org

Breaker, Robert at thecloudchurch.org

De Young, Jimmy at sermonaudio.com

BOOKS:

Johnson, Ken. Ancient Church Fathers.

Missler, Chuck. Daniel’s 70 Week’s: Profiles in Prophecy.

Hitchcock, Mark. 101 Answers to Questions About the Book of Revelation.