BIBLE INTRO PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE BOOK OF REVELATION

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Part II has been set aside specifically for those who need in-depth information on the Tribulation which may or may not matter to others.

Missing this information does not take away from understanding the book of Revelation.

If interested, pick and choose that which you, the reader would wish to delve into.


THE TRIBULATION LASTS FOR 2,520 DAYS, OR 84 MONTHS OR 7 YEARS ON THE JEWISH PROPHETIC CALENDAR

  • 3 is the number of Divine Perfection. The Three Vantage Points: Seals, Trumpets, Bowls
  • 7 is the number of Spiritual Perfection. Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets, Seven Bowls.
  • 10 is the number of Foundational Accountability Perfection. Ten Horns, Ten Kings, Ten Toes.
  • 12 is the number of Governmental Perfection. Twelve Tribes, Twelve in each tribe sealed, and Twelve Gates

3 x 7 x 10 x 12 = 2,520 days: to bring the Jews to the recognition of their Messiah.

2,520 is the number of God’s Chronological Perfection
The exact number of days of the seven tribulation on the Jewish Calendar

Who can write a book like this?

See Topic: Numbers Meanings and Symbolism



DEFINITION OF THE TRIBULATION

  • Literally; A threshing floor where wheat is separated from chaff, also, a visitation,(symbolically a visitation of judgment from God).
  • Metaphorically; To take a child to the wood shed and give him a “thrashing”.
  • Symbolically; The root Hebrew terms mean “narrow” (Num. 22:26) or “compressed” (Job 41:15). As such it conveys the idea of a “severe constriction,” “narrowing” or “pressing together” to the point of crushing (Matt. 7:14; Mark 3:9) wherein Satan acts like a boa constrictor to crush his adversaries.

THE SYMBOLISM IN THE TRIBULATION – marinated in symbolism: So, lets learn the symbolism below.

  • A Bow: (the rider on the white horse)
    Literally – Hebrew for a covenant, oath, treaty
    Symbolically – the seven year peace treaty the Antichrist makes with Israel
    • – Revelation 6:2
  • Clouds: A heavenly group of angels and/or saints.
    • – Revelation 1:7
  • Gold:
    Literally: that which is pure, separate, eternal, beautiful, brilliant, of extreme value, and heavenly (gold literally is not of this planet but comes from outer space.)
    Symbolically: Anything sacred is like gold
    • – Revelation 3:18; 17:4; 18:16; 21:18; 21:21
  • Fire: Judgement as in refining
    • – Rev 19:20, Revelation 20:9-10, Revelation 20:14-15, Revelation 21:8.
  • Locusts: an invasive army
    • – Revelation 9:1-12 (The 5th trumpet and the 1st woe)
  • Flood: an invasive army overflowing its boundaries
    • – Revelation 12:15-16
  • Frogs: Three evil spirits of Babylon, Egypt, and Sodom (The Antichrist Beast rules from Jerusalem under three influential spirits – Babylon (a global – government, religion-idolatry, and monetary system), Egypt (held in the captivity of worldliness), and Sodom (debauchery).
    • – Revelation 16:13
  • Harlot: The city of Jerusalem. She is ruled by a global world government. The Antichrist Beast rules from Jerusalem under three influential spirits – Babylon (a global – government, religion-idolatry, and monetary system), Egypt (held in the captivity of worldliness), and Sodom (debauchery).
    • – Revelation 17:1, Revelation 17:5, Revelation 17:15-16, Revelation 19:2.
  • Kings of the East: Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, possibly including China
    • – Revelation 16:12
  • Lions: Tanks
    • – Revelation 9:17
  • The Male Child: Jesus (Greek) Yeshua (Hebrew)
    • – Revelation 12:1
  • the Moon: Gentiles- Revelation 12:1
  • Sea: A Sea of People who metaphorically is compared to the waters as multitudes of people move like the waves of the sea and flow like the rivulets of river water, ever changing with culture, boiling under pressure, and clashing like a storm in wars. – Revelation 13:1, Revelation 17:15
  • Sun: The head, symbolic of God the Father as the head of all mankind and Jacob as the head of the twelve Jewish tribes
  • Twelve stars: the twelve Jewish tribes of Israel (Jacob)
    • – Revelation 12:1
  • the Woman: symbolically, the nation Israel (literally the virgin Mary)
    • – Revelation 12:1

  • Seals: Mysteries
  • Trumpets: Warnings and Proclamations
  • Bowls: Plagues

WHO’S WHO

  • Seven headed Dragon/Beast: Satan, an invisible spiritual entity whose purpose is to replace God with himself. The seven heads are seven gentile kingdoms who will have ruled over the Jews under the influence of Satan. Five have fallen, one is, and one is yet to come (the Antichrist during the seven year tribulation). At the present, the Holy Roman Empire is still the present with the Pope as the titular head.
    • – Revelation 12:3, Revelation 13:1, Revelation 17:3, Revelation 17:7, Revelation 17:9.
The Dragon, Satan
  • The Antichrist Beast: A visible political figure. Symbolically, a beast that looks like Satan’s dragon but instead of seven heads, he has only one head. He is the last head on Satan the dragon’s head, the one yet to come. Like Satan he is also called “the Beast”.
    • Revelation 13:3

  • The False Prophet Beast: A visible religious figure who works in tandem with the Antichrist Beast that looks like a lamb but speaks with the words of the dragon. The False Prophet is the Beast from the earth, idolatry.

These three, like the Trinity, act as “one” in an unholy trinity; Satan the beast, Antichrist the beast, and False Prophet the beast. They are one in their sinister character, mind, and purpose as a mimic of the Godhead.


WHY DOES THE DRAGON HAVE SEVEN HEADS?

  • The Seven Heads are seven gentile kingdoms who have (Past), Does (Present) and will (Future) rule over the Jews under the influence of Satan.
  • Their Seven Crowns are seven kings over each of the kingdoms.

WHAT ABOUT THE TEN HORNS?

  • All ten horns are on the last head of the dragon during the kingdom of the Antichrist.
  • These ten horns are ten kings who give their power to the Antichrist.
  • The Antichrist is the singular head over the last kingdom on earth as well as he who wears the singular crown of that kingdom.
  • The ten kings who give their power to the Antichrist plus the Antichrist total eleven crowns.

HOW DO WE KNOW THE TRIBULATION WILL LAST SEVEN YEARS?

  • BY COMPARISONS:
    • JACOB’S TROUBLES
      • – The tribulation is called the time of Jacob’s Troubles, a famine lasting for seven years. Gen 31
    • THE PEACE TREATY
      • – The peace treaty the Antichrist signs with Israel is for seven years. This peace treaty will be the event triggering the beginning of the tribulation and it will be broken after three and a half years.
        Daniel 9:27
    • DANIEL’S 70 WEEKS
      • – God gave Daniel a timeline specifying “from the rebuilding of the city walls to the anointing of the Messiah (the Second Coming) would be 70 weeks.” Those 70 weeks are analogous to 490 years. The last “week”, the 70th week of tribulation, consists of the last 7 of those 490 years.
        Daniel 9
    • LEAH’S WEDDING “WEEK”
      • – Leah’s wedding “week” is equivalent to Daniel’s “week”. See Jacob’s two wives in which a wedding feast lasts a “week”. Rachel was in affliction for seven days, symbolizing the Jews while Leah was in heaven for seven days symbolizing the Bride of Christ. Laban told Jacob to finish Leah’s wedding “week” and then Jacob could have Rachel also. See Topic: Jacob’s two wives.
        Genesis 29:7
    • GOG AND MAGOG
      • – After the first war of God and Magog, their armaments are burned for seven years (during the tribulation).
        Ezekiel 39:9
  • BY VERSES: PART ONE –
    • FIRST HALF PLUS SECOND HALF OF THE TRIBULATION EQUALS SEVEN YEARS: BY DAYS
      • Revelation 11:3 counts the number of days for the first half of the tribulation and Revelation 12:6 counts the days for the second half of the tribulation. These days add up to 3-1/2 years each by the Hebrew calendar for a total of 7 years
        • Rev 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” (in the middle of the tribulation they are killed)
        • Revelation 12:6 (In the middle of the tribulation the Antichrist breaks the peace treaty) Then the woman (Israeli Jews) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

          1,260 days plus 1,260 days equals 2,520 days divided by 360 days/year (Hebrew calendar) = 7 years
  • BY VERSES: PART TWO –
    • SECOND HALF OF THE TRIBULATION ONLY: BY MONTHS
      • Two other references are given in Revelation for the second half of the tribulation when the Antichrist breaks his peace treaty. Scripture gives the number of months: 42 months which equal 3-1/2 years.
        • Revelation 11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty two months.
        • Revelation 13:5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
  • BY VERSES: PART THREE –
    • BY TIMES: Times” is 2 years, “Time” is 1 year, “Half a Time” is 1/2 year.

      Comparing Daniel and Revelation: Daniel 9:27 says that the beast (the Antichrist) will make a covenant for seven years, but in the middle of this week (3-1/2 years into the tribulation), he will break the covenant, putting a stop to sacrifice. Revelation 13 explains that the beast will place an image of himself in the temple and require the world to worship him. Revelation 13.5 says that this will go on for 42 months, which is 3-1/2 years. Since Daniel 9:27 says that this will happen in the the middle of the week, and Revelation 14.5 says that beast will do this for a period of 42 months, it is easy to see that the total length of time is 84 months or seven years.

      Revelation uses the term “times, time and half a time” to refer to “two years, one year, and a half a year,” which also equals 3-1/2 years. All these events take place during the second half of the tribulation.
    • The Antichrist is indwelt by Satan when Satan is thrown out of heaven in the middle of the tribulation.
      • Daniel 7:25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time (one year) and times (two years) and half a time (1/2 year).
      • Daniel 12:7 Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.

NAMES OF THE TRIBULATION

Tribulation means “thrashing”; It as though God is taking the Jews and an unbelieving mankind to the woodshed and giving them a thrashing. Thrashing is also known as “threshing”; the process of separating useful grains of wheat from their useless stalks. During the time of this spiritual harvest there will be a separation of useless weeds and useful wheat.

When King David purchased the land of Jerusalem, it was a “threshing floor” for wheat.

The Wheat Gets Beat and the Chaff Gets Trashed

Matthew 3:12
His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The Wheat and the Chaff

Threshing is associated with the harvest. God has His own “harvest” of souls. The main harvest occurred with the rapture. The “wheat that gets beat” are those who were “left behind” but have become believers because of the affliction of the tribulation while the chaff are those who continue in their rebellion against God.

The Tribulation is a time of alarm, affliction, adversity and angst, bewilderment, boiling, beheading, and butchery, devastation, destruction, doom and desperation, turmoil, trouble, toil, and terror.

When wheat gets beat it is “separated”. To be separated in Hebrew means to “Make Holy”.

  • One example using the word holy: Exodus 20:8-9 Remember (to separate) the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:
    Holy (qāḏaš) Strong’s h6942: to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate.
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