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Easy Sequences For Understanding the Book of Revelation

  1. The Church on Earth
  2. The Rapture
  3. The Church in Heaven
  4. The Tribulation Period
  5. The 30 Days of Daniel
  6. The 45 Days of Daniel
  7. Satan is Bound for 1000 Years
  8. The 1000 Year Reign of Christ
  9. Satan is Let Loose
  10. The Final Rebellion
  11. The End of the World
  12. The Judgment of the Lost of all Ages
  13. New Heaven(s) and a New Earth, and the New Jerusalem
  14. Eternity Begins
Definitions of the events listed above:
  1. We are at the end of the church Age, the Age of Grace (Rev. chapters 2 and 3). We're now in the Laodicean Period, which is the last one (period). It will last from about 1900 A.D. to the Rapture. After the Laodicean Period has been completed the Church will go to Heaven.

  2. The Rapture will take place in Revelation 4: 1 after Revelation chapter 3 has been fulfilled. The crowns of rewards are given out to the New Testament saints between Revelation 4: 1 and 4: 4 at the Judgment Seat of Christ. They are wearing the crowns that they have just received (Rev. 4: 4). (Note: The Old Testament saints will be judged and given rewards in Revelation 11: 18.).

  3. The Church (the four and twenty elders) is in Heaven in Revelation chapters 4 and 5. See "Who is Babylon in Revelation Chapters 17 and 18?" for the definitions concerning the wedding and marriage supper in Heaven (Rev. 19: 7 - 9).

  4. The tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel) will last 7 years. This is a week of years (7 years). See Daniel 9: 27.

  5. There will be an additional 30 days (Dan. 12: 11). The 7 vial judgments will take place during those days.

  6. There are an additional 45 days (Dan. 12: 12). The enemy soldiers will begin to move toward Armageddon (Rev. 16: 14, 16, 19: 19) at the beginning of those 45 days, and then they will go up to Jerusalem to fight the Jews/Israelites (Zech. 12). The War Against Jerusalem will already be in progress when Jesus returns to earth in the Second Coming of Christ. (See Joel 3: 1 - 2, 14, 16, Zech. 14: 2 - 3, 19: 19, 21. Read also Rev. 14: 20. The blood will flow from the city, Jerusalem.). Jesus will end this war when He comes back to earth. He will speak the Word and every enemy soldier will drop dead (Rev. 19: 21). The Second Coming will take place on the 45th day of Daniel's 45 days (Dan. 12: 12). Jesus will return in Revelation 19: 11. (See also 1: 7.). His feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives (Acts 1: 9 - 12, Zech. 14: 4 - 5).

    Note: The late Dr. Nathan Meyer believed that the Battle of Armageddon started in the valley of Jezreel and ended at Jerusalem. The enemy soldiers will gather together at Armageddon, but the main battle/war will be at Jerusalem. Dr. Meyer believed the Lord would come back to earth after the tribulation period and that the Battle of Armageddon would be in progress as Jesus returned to earth (Rev. 19: 11). By the way, Jesus' feet will stand on the Mount of Olives as soon as Revelation 19: 21 is completed.

  7. Satan is bound for 1000 years (Rev. 20: 1 - 3) so that he will not be able to deceive the nations/people.

  8. The tribulation saints, who did not die during the tribulation period, and so forth, will enter the kingdom (Matt. 25: 34), the 1000 year reign of Christ, and will repopulate the earth, and have families.

  9. After the 1000 years are over Satan will be let loose to deceive the nations (the people). See Revelation 20: 7 - 10.

  10. Satan and Man will rebel against God (Rev. 20: 9 - 10). There will not be a war here! However, a great multitude of people will follow Satan and they will go to Jerusalem. God will send fire down out of heaven and it will destroy the people (Rev. 20: 7 - 9). Every unsaved person is dead and in the heart of the earth, in Hades, at this point. Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20: 10, 19: 20).

  11. The heavens and the earth are totally destroyed (II Pet. 3: 7, 10, 12, Rev. 20: 11, 21: 1).

  12. Those who died without Christ (ungodly/unsaved) will be judged and thrown into the Lake of Fire (II Pet. 3: 7, Rev. 20: 11 - 15). This present earth is fleeing away, and no sin can get into the third heaven, the home of God; therefore, the Lake of Fire is in the second heaven (Rev. 21: 8).

  13. The Eternal State (Heaven) (Isa. 66: 22, II Pet. 3: 13, Rev. 21: 1, 2 - 27, 22: 1 - 5). God will create a new Heaven(s) and a brand new Earth (including the mass ball of Planet Earth). Hades is in the heart of the earth. God, I'm sure, will not leave Hades in the heart of the earth, or any remains of it. (Read Rev. 21: 27, KJV.).

  14. No definition.

A Partial Chronology/Sequence of the Book of Revelation

Revelation chapters 4 and 5 talk about the four and twenty elders. Those chapters tell us what those elders say and do. Chapter 5 also tells us about the little book/scroll that is sealed with 7 seals. These seals will begin to be opened one at a time in chapter 6, verse 1. Therefore, it is my belief that chapters 4, 5, and 6 are in chronological order. Revelation 4: 1 (the Rapture), and 4: 4 (the crowns of rewards), cannot be placed with Revelation 19: 11 where the Second Coming (Advent) of Christ takes place. The sequence of prophecy will not allow it. (You cannot place I Peter 5: 4 and II Timothy 4: 7 - 8 in Revelation 19 either.).

The Belief That There is No Rapture is Wrong

"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, (in the Rapture), and by our gathering together unto Him (Jesus)." (II Thes. 2: 1) (See I Thes. 4: 16 - 17, Rev. 4: 1.).

That gathering together takes place at the time of the Rapture, not when the Revelation/Second Coming happens.

Now, I want to tell you the difference between the Rapture and the Revelation/Second Coming.

  1. When the Rapture takes place the Christians will be caught up into the sky. They will be raptured. On the other hand, when the Revelation or Second Coming takes place no one goes up to meet Him (Jesus) in the air.
  2. When the Rapture happens the dead in Christ, that is, their souls and spirits, which are already with the Lord at that point, will return to their new glorified heavenly (resurrected) bodies. And, at the same time, the living saints (Christians) will also be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and then both groups will be caught up together with the Lord into the third Heaven. However, when the Revelation takes place, all the Christians, the Body of Christ, the Church, the Bride of Christ, which were raptured 7 years before the Revelation, will come back with Him (Jesus). The Christians (the saints) will already have those glorified bodies when Jesus returns in the Revelation/Second Coming. They will not get them at that point (in the Revelation). None of those things in I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18 will happen when the Revelation/Second Coming takes place. (See Zech. 14: 4 - 5, Acts 1: 8 - 12, Jude 1: 14, Rev. 5: 10.).
  3. When the Rapture happens, Jesus' feet will not touch planet earth. We go up to meet Him in the clouds, in the air (I Thes. 4: 16 - 17). When the Revelation/Second Coming takes place, however, His feet will touch the earth. (See Acts 1: 8 - 12, Zech. 14: 4 - 5, 9.).
  4. When the Rapture takes place there will be the sound of a trumpet (I Thes. 4: 16, I Cor. 15: 52). On the other hand, when the Revelation happens there is no trumpet involved. It is true that Jesus will send His angels to gather together all those who are alive and separate them, as the sheep from the goats (Matt. 24: 31, 25: 31 - 46). But that happens after the Lord comes and defeats those enemy soldiers from all nations (See Rev. 19: 21, Joel 3: 14, 16, Zech. 14: 3, 12.) and that trumpet is not blown as a direct result of the Lord Jesus' return in the Revelation/Second Coming.

Do you see? There is a big difference between those two events.

So, there is such an event called the Rapture when a few hundred million will be caught upward in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. His feet will not touch the earth at that point. Seven years later, however, His feet will touch (stand on) the earth.

Jesus will stand on the Mount of Olives when He returns from Heaven in the Revelation/Second Coming. His feet will touch the Mount of Olives.

The Events That Take Place in Heaven

  1. The Church shows up in Heaven (Rev. 4: 1).
  2. The four and twenty elders seated about the throne (Rev. 4: 4). (See also 3: 21.).
  3. The Judgment Seat of Christ. (It takes place somewhere between Rev. 4: 1 and 4: 4.). (Read also II Cor. 5: 10, I Cor. 3: 8, 11 - 17, James 1: 12, I Pet. 5: 4, II Tim. 4: 7 - 8.).
  4. The four and twenty elders (the Church, the Bride of Christ) with the "crown of rewards" on their heads (Rev. 4: 4, 22: 12).
  5. The book that was sealed with seven seals (Rev. 5: 1 - 9).
  6. The four and twenty elders (the Church) singing in Heaven (Rev. 5: 9 - 10).
  7. The things that happen in Revelation 5: 11 - 14. (The multitudes expressing their love and adoration toward the Lamb.).
  8. A great multitude shows up in Heaven (Rev. 7: 9 - 17). (This is not the Church. She is already in Heaven in chapters 4 and 5.).
  9. The great voices in Heaven, the rewards of the Old Testament saints which include the prophets (Rev. 11: 15 - 17, 18).
  10. The 144,000 in Heaven (Rev. 14: 1 - 5).
  11. The victory of the martyrs of Revelation 6: 9 - 11 (15: 1 - 4). (Read also Rev. 7: 9 - 17 and 20: 4.).
  12. Those things that are said in Revelation 19: 1 - 6. (The voice of many people praising the Lord God, etc..., also the four and twenty elders and the four beasts worshipping God, etc....).
  13. The wedding and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19: 7 - 9).
  14. Heaven is opened (Jesus Christ is riding His white horse down out of Heaven as He returns to earth.). (Read Rev. 19: 11 - 14.). (See also Zech. 14: 3 - 5.).

Those are some of the main things that happen in Heaven.

The Events That Happen on Earth

  1. The first 6 seals (Rev. 6: 1 - 17).
  2. The 144,000 Jews/Israelites are sealed (so that they cannot be hurt by the plagues). (See Rev. 7: 1 - 8.).
  3. The 7th seal (Rev. 8: 1 - 5).
  4. The first 6 trumpet judgments (Rev. 8: 6 - 13, 9: 1 - 21).
  5. The little book (Rev. 10: 1 - 11). (The words that the 7 thunders, angels, uttered were sealed up, and the mystery of God will be completed when the 7th angel begins to blow his trumpet, which will be the 7th trumpet judgment (Rev. 10: 4, 7, 11).
  6. The two witnesses (Rev. 11: 1 - 13). (They will prophesy during the last 3½ years of the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel.).
  7. The 7th trumpet judgment (Rev. 11: 15, 19).
  8. The prophecy concerning the woman (Rev. 12). (This is figurative for Israel, the Jews/Israelites.).
  9. The two beasts and the mark of the beast: 666 (Rev. 13: 1 - 13). (The two beasts are the Antichrist and the false prophet.).
  10. The three angels (Rev. 14: 6 - 13).
  11. The great gathering of the harvest and the great winepress of the wrath of God. (See Rev. 14: 17 - 20. Read also Joel 3: 13.).
  12. The 7 vial judgments (Rev. 16: 1 - 21).
  13. There will be a final one world church and the destruction of Babylon (Rome). (See Rev. chapters 17 and 18. Read also 13: 4, 8, Dan. 2 and 7.).
  14. The War Against Jerusalem (Rev. 19: 15 - 19, 21) (Read also Joel 3: 2, 9, 12 - 14, 16, Zech. 12, and 14: 2, 3, 4 - 5, 12, 14.).
  15. The Revelation/Second Coming of Jesus (Rev. 19: 11).
  16. The Day of the Lord (Rev. 19: 21) (See also Joel 3, Zech. 14.).

Who is Babylon in Revelation Chapters 17 and 18?

These things that are written below are the events that will happen after Babylon (Rome) falls, and after the 7th vial judgment. I will give their definitions also.

  1. The wedding: It will take place in Heaven. The wedding will take place before the marriage supper. Jesus, in some mysterious way, will marry His bride (Rev. 19: 7 - 9, 21: 9, 22: 17), the Church, the Bride of Christ (the New Testament saints).
  2. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb: It will take place after the wedding (Rev. 19: 7, 2).
  3. The honeymoon: We are going to return to planet earth. This will happen as Jesus, who is God, comes back to earth in the event called the Revelation/Second Coming (Rev. 19: 11). We will follow Him upon white horses (Rev. 19: 8, 14).
  4. The Revelation/Second Coming (Rev. 19: 11): This is the event that will happen as Jesus returns to earth and His feet touch down on the Mount of Olives and it splits in two (Zech. 14: 4 - 5). See also Acts 1: 8 - 12. The Mount of Olives is the place where Jesus' feet last stood on earth. His feet will again one day stand on that exact spot.
  5. The 1000 year reign of Christ: Jesus will reign on the throne of His father, David (Luke 1: 31 - 33, Isa. 9: 6 - 7), as the prophets foretold He would. Jesus will reign on earth for 1000 years (Read Rev. chapter 20.), and we will reign with Him (Rev. 5: 10). (See also Rev. 20: 6.).

So, Babylon will fall before those events happen.

Here Are the Things That Will Happen When Jesus Returns to Earth

Those events take place as follows:

  1. Jesus will be riding His white horse down out of the heavens (Rev. 19: 11, Acts 1: 8 - 12). This is the Revelation/Second Coming. The saints and the angels are coming with Him. (Read Zech. 14: 4 - 5, Rev. 19: 14, Matt. 16: 27, 24: 30 - 31, 25: 31.);
  2. An angel calls for the birds to come and eat the flesh of the men and horses. (See Rev. 19: 17 - 18. Read also Matt. 24: 28.);
  3. The beast (Antichrist), and the false prophet, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. (Read Rev. 19: 19 - 20. See also 20: 14 - 15, 21: 8.);
  4. The Day of the Lord will take place as it was described by Joel and Zechariah. (Read Joel 3, Zech. 14.). It will take place on the last day of the War Against Jerusalem. (All enemy soldiers will die. Read Zech. 14: 3, 12.). (See also Rev. 19: 11, 15, 19, 21.);
  5. Jesus' feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives and the Mount will split in two. (Read Zech. 14: 4 - 5, Acts 1: 8 - 12.);
  6. Then water will begin to flow from the temple area (Zech. 14: 8, Joel 3: 18), the day and night shall be continually light (Zech. 14: 6 - 7), and some of the land in Israel will be lifted up and become a plain. (Read Zech. 14: 10.);
  7. Then Jesus will judge all of those people who are alive and who are gathered before Him, both the saved and the unsaved. (See Matt. 16: 27, 24: 30 - 31, 25: 31 - 33, 34 - 40, 41 - 46.);
  8. The old devil, Satan, will be chained up for 1000 years so that he will not be able to deceive the nations until after the 1000 years are finished (completed). (Read Rev. 20: 1 - 3. See also verses 7 - 10.), and finally;
  9. The Millennium, the 1000 year reign of Christ, will begin (Matt. 25: 34) on the same day (Matt. 25: 31) that Jesus returns to earth (Rev. 19: 11). (See also Rev. 20.).

Those are some of the things (events) that will take place on the same day when Jesus comes back to earth in Revelation 19: 11.

The End of the World

Not all of II Peter 3 is placed at the end of the Millennium, the 1000 year reign of Christ, as some think. Verses 1 - 6, 8 - 9, and 11 have to be placed before the 1000 year reign of Christ and so do verses 14 - 18. Verses 7, 10, 12 and 13 of II Peter 3 are in connection with what will happen after the 1000 year reign of Christ. The heaven(s) and the earth are destroyed after the 1000 year reign of Christ when ungodly men are judged. This takes place at the same time when the Great White Throne Judgment is about to happen (Rev. 20: 11), but the scoffers are poking fun or denying Jesus' coming before the Millennium, the 1000 year reign of Christ. So keep this in mind when reading this because that will help you to understand this "day of the Lord" that Peter is describing. Peter starts out by talking about the scoffers who are poking fun at or denying Jesus' coming. Peter is also giving a warning to men, that men should repent and be saved, which applies to this side of the Millennium. Peter was not telling us that the Lord is going to come on or before the day of the Lord as some suggest. Peter's day of the Lord is the end of the world, the destruction of the heavens and the earth. The Second Coming of Christ (Rev. 19: 11) will have taken place 1000 years before this event (the day of the Lord). (See also "Is Peter Suggesting That Jesus Will Return On or Before the day of the Lord?".).


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