The Revelation of Jesus Christ is about God's Restitution of all things; His reclamation, repair and renewal of His Creation:
A large part of this is God taking vengeance on an unbelieving world! In the beginning, His Salt was savory; However in the end, His Salt of the Earth has lost its savor and is therefore good for nothing. The Revelation is the finishing or completion of the Mystery of God and the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. God reclaims His possession from Satan, whom He gave control of as the "god" of this world at Christ's birth and makes His Creation as He originally intended before sin entered in the world and cursed it.
**Keep in mind, that there can be no absolute certainty that the correlations I make on these pages to current world events are 100% accurate. There are no prophets in existence since the completion of God's Written Word in the first century nor does the Lord give additional revelation to any person since then. Please see our study on I Corinthians for further information.
Since The Revelation is the completion of all things It is no mystery then that the number seven appears throughout the Revelation. Understand that and you will understand that most of the Revelation is about the last Seven Years of God's ruined Creation and His Reclamation and Restitution of It. The Revelation is completion which explains the frequent use of the number seven throughout this last Book of God's Word. The Revelation is the culmination of God's Work with His Creation before He starts anew.
Since it is the culmination of His Work and His Word we have no chance of understanding the Revelation without cross referencing EVERY JOT AND TITTLE with all the other Books of God's Word and WITHIN the Book of the Revelation Itself.
Accurate interpretation is dependent upon the realization that the Revelation provides both summary descriptions of events and later specific descriptions of the same events that unfold in the last Seven Years. One of the most significant examples of this is that the Seals which are summarized highlights of the last seven years before His Triumphant Return.
The events briefly described as the Seals are unloosed are not all separate events from the rest of Revelation. For instance: If the sixth seal devastates the entire planet as it is described to showing our Lord's Triumphant return as it clearly does than what is left to be destroyed afterwards? No friends, the seals are summarized highlights of the last 7 years.
The first 4 seals give allegorical highlights of the first 3.5 years of the tribulation, ending with the abomination in the Temple and the catching away of the saints. These first 4 Seals are summarized highlights of both our Lord's Prophecies in His Gospels and those in the Epistles such as 2 Thessalonians. These first 4 Seals highlight the beginnings of sorrows which is the tribulation of the saints whom must endure until their deaths for His Namesake. The 4th Seal summarizes also the Trumpet announcements of His Creation crumbling under the curse of sin which it has endured for 6000 years. The 5th and 6th Seals summarize the Great Tribulation of God's Wrath upon Israel and all those nations whom have housed the synagogue of Satan since their national rejection of the Messiah 2000 years ago. The 7th Seal unloosed begins the details of the rest of The Revelation.
The key to understanding is the Spirit’s guidance in discerning the difference and resisting the temptation to separate these events as unrelated to each other.
The Revelation is not presented by God in chronological order within it's chapters but is presented in many ways just as the Old Testament Prophetical Books and Our Lord's descriptions given in His Gospels were. Future events were given to those Prophets in mingled order with clues, hints and helps for interpretation. God gave the Apostle John the vision as a storyboard of what was, what is and what is to come. Some outlined or summarized and some in specific detail.
So, if the prophets and our Lord never presented the future events that will transpire on the earth in chronological order why would we expect His Revelation to be presented in chronological order?
What men mistake for sequence of events is actually and simply the order of the vision given John ONLY. Remember neither our Lord NOR the Prophets prophesied in chronological order, no mention is ever made that the Revelation is laid out in a time sequence. Our Lord's intent has always been for us to cross reference His Word to find the sequence of events.
Example: The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Note this passage in Revelation 17 above: Our Lord gives John this portion of his vision in the past, present and future all within one verse
The Day of the Lord begins the Sabbath Day of rest during the 7000 year “week” of creation.
"that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day".
To review, there are three last days of a thousand years each. They began running at the first coming. We are near the close of the two day period of 2,000 years, which apparently began running either at the start or end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the third day will begin soon, when Hosea prophesied God will revive us so we can live in His presence (the Millennial Kingdom).
This clearly demonstrates that the end days will see no revival from God; it is way too late for that and world has progressed into full rebellion against God. REVIVAL will come only after God's Wrath destroys the wicked at His Second Coming in Power and Glory.
This matches the pattern of the Seven Biblical Feasts (the times and seasons), to which the first and second coming align, the pattern of the seven days of creation (and 7,000-year duration of the Creation Story) and the pattern of the seven "day" week that always ends with the Sabbath. The Millennial Kingdom is the Sabbath Day or last 1000 years of Creation's 7,000-year duration.
With this in mind you should consider that the events in Revelation up until the Vials occur BOTH by satan's design through man and naturally based on God's Timetable and His foreknowledge. As the Creator of time and the soon Terminator of time one must logically reason that He is in no way bound by time, that He lives outside of time and can see everything that has and will happen everywhere at any time, all the time.
The point being is that God does not cause the tribulation to occur He just knows it will and He knows His Wrath is coming half way through it at the Abomination of Desolation because of His foreknowledge and life outside of time.
To illustrate: When He made Creation in 6 days and rested on the 7th, He knew the ending through foreknowledge and life outside of time. He saw the affects of sin on it and He knew it would crumble near the end of the 6th Millennia.
God is not subject to time because God made time for mankind. Think of a storyboard for a movie. If you make a storyboard, you can see all the the timelines in the movie that you've put on the board. You can jump between the middle timeline, the start and the end, and anywhere in-between as much as you want. You are not subject to the timeline that is in the storyboard. That is how God is in relation to time.
Instead of automatically categorizing all verses and passages as separate events....match them to each other and correlate them according to the rest of His Revelation and how it matches Old and New Testament prophecies.
Most who attempt interpretation of Revelation are crippled from the onset by men's "lenses" of interpretation. They cannot distinguish the forest (strategic view of Scripture) for the trees (individual passages in Revelation).
Look at it this way, are there really going to be nearly the same types of catastrophic events repeatedly or is God trying to give us clues that these are the same events out of order for us to seek His Face on? Some generalized and others passages far more specific BUT THEY ARE THE SAME EVENTS.
God’s warnings at the end of this Book are the two KEYS to obtaining a more accurate interpretation of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Our Lord provided us these warnings as steadfast RULES of true interpretation. Oddly, most teachers of prophecy ignore these warnings entirely.
In reality, these warnings were not heeded by the inventors and propagators of every known prophetical "system" of belief. Such as: Pre-Millennialism; Pre-Tribulationism; Mid-Tribulationism; Post-Tribulationism; Amillennialism; Historicism; Preterism, Etc.
These warnings were given by the Lord because of the myriad of false Christs; false teachings of Christ, denominations, nicolaitans (ruler-ship, mammon and merchandising) and “isms” that multiply and abound as the time gets closer. WHY? Because Satan knows the closer that the time of the end gets, the sooner his own judgment will be executed. He is intensifying his efforts to block Truth and Heaven from as many as he can using what he has always used, lies & deception. He will not enter into Heaven again and he intends to PREVENT as many people as possible from entering in:
Revelation 22: 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
The "systems" of belief or ism's mentioned above in this introduction are all the inventions of men comparing Spiritual with carnal and carnal with Spiritual. It is my firm belief that the warnings our Lord gives at the end of the Book of the Revelation are specifically targeting these "systems" which men have invented, promoted and made merchandise of. Most importantly which have "added unto" and "take away" from the Words of the Book of this Prophecy.
The studies which follow this introduction will strive to interpret the Book of Revelation by exposition comparing Spiritual with Spiritual and Scripture with Scripture. These will be Chapter by Chapter, passage by passage and line by line interpretations with the goal of exposing what God's truly means without regard to any man, any sect, any camp, any denomination and certainly any "system" of belief.
Isaiah 28: 9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
There will be no emotional defense of any "system" of belief in these studies. In fact, there will be little mention of any "system" of belief except when reproof is specifically provided and necessary. The only goal of these studies is to provide you the evidence of what may likely transpire in the near future. This evidence will be provided through indisputable passages and correlation of passages as well as hints and clear clues which God gives us throughout the Old and New Testaments without breaking their contexts in order to "add to" or "take away from" the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Keep in mind, that there will be no certainty provided by me. Any person who presents their interpretations of prophecy as certain or dogmatic are undoubtedly false teachers themselves.
The Lord provided us throughout the Old Testament and the NEW many mentions of the last days and we are to connect the dots using Scripture only and not the fables of men, comparing Spiritual only with Spiritual and never carnal, worldly or according to the writings of men. "Here a little, and there a little": The studies that follow are a Scriptural comparison of the Revelation to the Old Testament; The Revelation to the New Testament and the Revelation to the Revelation Itself without ANY outside input, commentary or plagiarized speculations of men.
2 Peter 1: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
I Corinthians 2:  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
You read the evidence provided, study it for yourselves and come to your own understanding by the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
The following Chapter studies are summarized on the Revelation Event Sequence page.
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