Revelation means seeing and understanding new things never before given. God promises a blessing for reading Revelation, therefore; it must be written in a way it can be understood…easily.
- Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Revelation is separated into three easily understood sections: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE in sequential order.
- Revelation 1:19 Write the things which you have seen (past), and the things which are (present), and the things which will take place after this (future).
- Chart below breaks down the chapters in sequential order by PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
It also breaks down FUTURE events into four sequential main prophetic events:
* The Rapture
* The Tribulation
* The Millennium
A New Heavens and a New Earth.
This sequential breakdown is one of the arguments for a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” for Believers who are called saints (but not always saintly).”
CHART: SEALS, TRUMPETS, AND BOWLS: (Showing how events run simultaneously).
The Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls ALL begin together and ALL end together with Earthquake, Thunder, Lightning, Hail and Noises all of which signify the RETURN OF JESUS at Armageddon.
Do not get “caught up” in the details of the chart, they are addressed within each chapter.
Just one more item …
In order to understand Revelation it is necessary to know just a little bit about the seven God-given Jewish Feasts given to the Jews as prophetic events. Jewish Feasts and rituals are separated into two types – the Spring Feasts and the Autumn Feasts as illustrated below by the Jewish Menorah:
The left of the center is the PAST: Passover, First Fruits, and the Wave Offering.
The center (middle) is Pentecost The PRESENT The transition from Law to Grace (when Moses received the Ten Commandments fifty days after leaving Egypt to the people receiving the Holy Spirit fifty days after the resurrection).
The FUTURE is to the right of center: Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Booths.
Notice the pattern of the rapture, tribulation, and return of Jesus according to the Jewish Feast of the Ten High Holy Days of Tishri 1 through Tishri 10.
These ten days run in succession on the Jewish Calendar.
Do the prophecies mentioned happen on the exact days of the Jewish Feasts, or are they just “patterns”?
There are considerations to make looking at the difference between the Rapture and Return wherein Jesus’ Return comes like a thief in the night (no one knows the day or hour) but the apostle Paul says “But you brethren (believers) are not in the darkness that you should be taken unaware (such as the rapture?).”
1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
- Note the seven year tribulation from Daniel’s 70 weeks is the last symbolic “week”. Daniel’s 70th week is seven “days/years”. The other 69 “weeks” are 483 historically fulfilled “years”.
BELOW: PROOF OF THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE TRIBULATION AND THE JEWISH FEASTS.
Daniel 12:12 proves the connection between the High Holy Days and the pattern of prophetic events by tying the middle of the tribulation to the Jewish Feast of Hanukah. See Below:
Note: Hanukah is not part of the menorah’s seven feasts since it was added later in Jewish history to cleanse the temple from the Syrian’s King’s atrocities, a foreshadow of the Antichrist.
Daniel 12:12 “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days (1,335 Days)” when Jesus has set up His kingdom on earth to celebrate His cleansing of man’s “temples” (bodies).