Biblical Timeline from “the Appearing” to the Second Coming, Part 5 of 5
We shall now conclude this series by reviewing the Seal, Trumpet and Vial Judgments as well as the parenthetical narrations between these judgments. All transpire during the last half of the 70th Week of Years, the Great Tribulation. Further, they are not chronological, as we shall observe. For example, the First Seal Judgment begins the Great Tribulation with the world ruler wearing a victor’s crown—the Antichrist/Man-Beast who overcame death—coming to power, “conquering and to conquer.” The Sixth Seal Judgment occurs at the end of the Great Tribulation with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Seventh Seal is composed of the Seventh Trumpet Judgments which are more intense and severe than the first Six Seal Judgments. Further, it appears the first Six Trumpet Judgments occur closer to the end of the Great Tribulation, and the Seventh Trumpet Judgment is, like the Sixth Seal Judgment, the Second Coming of Messiah Jesus.
The following Six Vial Judgments contain “the wrath of God” (unlike the Seal and Trumpet Judgments) and must transpire within only a few days before the Second Coming of Christ. The Seventh Vial Judgment, like the Sixth Seal and Seventh Trumpet Judgments, is the Second Coming of Christ.
Indeed, it appears confusing, but the MIND that dictated this scenario reflects His Deity—the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ—for which reason we need the Holy Spirit to teach us all things (John 14:26) even though, by our position “in Christ,” we already know all things (I John 2:20). Further, holding “that which is perfect” (lit., “complete”) in our hands—the Word of God (I Corinthians 13:10), we now fully know the plan of God even has He fully knows us (I Corinthians 13:12). We shall now finish with a review of the Seal, Trumpet and Vial Judgments culminating in the grand and glorious Second Coming of the “King of kings and Lord of lords,” the Lord Jesus Christ!
However, before we review the Seven Seals to be opened by the Lord Jesus Christ, your editor holds to a position that the first four Seal openings are descriptive of one man—the Antichrist/Man-Beast. For as the Christ is described by the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, even so the Antichrist is described by the four Seals, the rider of a White horse, a Red horse, a Black horse and a Pale horse. The four Gospels describing the works of Messiah reflect the four faces of the four beasts (Revelation 4:6) who are the four cherubim (Ezekiel 1:1-14). Those four faces are of a lion—Gospel of Matthew; an ox—Gospel of Mark; a man—Gospel of Luke; and an eagle—Gospel of John. The first four Seals describing the works of Anti-Messiah are attended by the the same four beasts—the cherubim. At the opening of each of the four Seals, each of the four beasts declare: “Come and see.” The parallels between the Biblical descriptions of Christ and Antichrist are striking: both men—the most important and influential two men of world history—are each described by four separate accounts. Therefore, it is concluded that the first Four Seals opened by the Christ describe the powers and deeds of the Antichrist/Man-Beast. These powers are repeated in describing the powers of the Man-Beast (Revelation 13:2-18). Continuing from Part 4 of 5 we now commence.
13. The beginning of the Great Tribulation (the second half of the 70th Week of Years) is the opening of the First Seal Judgment. By the time of the opening of the Sixth Seal Judgment, the end of the Great Tribulation has occurred with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Revelation 6:12-17).
First Seal: White Horse Rider. The rider is the world ruler having a bow (but no arrows) and given a “crown” (lit., “stephanos”–victor’s crown). He sets out to conquer, overcoming all impediments to the ruling of all nations. He, like Christ, rides a White Horse (6:2); he, like Christ, wears a crown (6:2); he, like Christ, overcomes death (Revelation 13:3-5); he, like Christ, will rule the world (Revelation 13:7-8). This is The Antichrist/Roman Gentile Man-Beast having overcome death, who—at the time of the opening of this first Seal— will submit the world to his universal rule without firing a shot: his bow has no arrows. For by peace he shall destroy many (Daniel 8:25). He does not claim to be the Christ: he is against Christ, thus The Antichrist. This is why he will be the greatest blasphemer of God and His Christ in human history (Revelation 13:5-6; Daniel 7:8; 11:36).
It is to this end the Black Pope’s Council on Foreign Relations, situated in Roman Catholic New York City, was created in 1921 and to which dastardly and nefarious end the Council presently strains its every nerve. The CFR-logo (left) confirms its secret purpose: the rider is described as “UBIQUE,” one of Rome’s Latin words meaning “ubiquitous” or “everywhere.” Therefore, the CFR-logo depicts the Black Pope’s Universal Monarch of the World, the White Horse Rider of the First Seal Judgment.
Second Seal: Red Horse Rider. The Satan-possessed, human Antichrist, now portrayed as riding a Red Horse, is given a great sword. He will have power to take peace from the earth, as he is the one who has broken the “covenant” of peace (Daniel 9:27). He, aided by tens of millions of evil spirits and devils that have been expelled from the Third Heaven and confined to earth (Revelation 12:7-17), will through war and civil strife cause men to kill one another in the tens of millions.
Third Seal: Black Horse Rider. The risen-Pope turned Antichrist, is now portrayed as riding a Black Horse. He has been given a scale, “a pair of balances” measuring a portion of wheat or barley for a penny (lit., “a denarius”). In the first century, a denarius was a day’s wages, thus there will be no more White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Middle Class or savings upon which to live. The Pope’s Dark Ages has returned: there will be only the rich few and the poor, socialist-communized multitudes. Antichrist will control the world economic system and his law will be a day’s wages for a day’s food. No work, no food!
Fourth Seal: Pale Horse Rider. The Antichrist/Man-Beast is now portrayed in all his dreaded power to kill one quarter of the world’s population. He is given the name of “Death,” and “Hell” (lit., “hades”) accompanies him. This is the very same name given to the man with whom the leaders of Israel confirmed her covenant agreement that began the 70th Week of Years (Isaiah 28:15, 18)—”we have made a covenant with death.” His governmental policies will result in massive death by means of war (“sword”), famine (“hunger”), disease (“death”), and wild animals (“beasts of the earth”). These are the same four sore judgments having been used against Jerusalem in the past (Ezekiel 14:21). Now they will be used against the whole earth by Christ using Satan’s Man-Beast/Antichrist!
Fifth Seal: Murdered Tribulation Saints. Upon Christ opening this Seal, we behold a most moving scene. All the souls (for they have no physical bodies as of yet) of the people that were slain by the Antichrist/ Man-Beast during the Great Tribulation are seen under the altar in the Temple in Heaven. Having been slain for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus, they now cry out to the Lord for vengeance on those their murderers! The Lord exhorts them to rest until the fulfillment of the number of their fellow servants to be killed just as they had been killed—by beheading (Revelation 20:4).
Sixth Seal: Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The language is the exact same language as stated in the prophets! The end of the Great Tribulation has arrived—finally! The great earthquake (Haggai 2:6; Hebrews 12:26), the sun darkened (Matthew 24:29; Isaiah 24:23)), the moon turned red as blood (Joel 2:30-32; 3:15-16), the stars of heaven falling to the earth (Mark 13:25), the heaven departing as a scroll (Isaiah 34:4; 64:1)), and the terrifying derision of the captains and the kings having arrayed themselves against the LORD JEHOVAH and His Son, Messiah Jesus (Psalm 2:4)! The great day of the Wrath of the Lamb is come, the day of vengeance is in His heart and He now will repay His enemies with death (Isaiah 34:8; 42:13-14; 61:2)!
Before the Seventh Seal Judgment is opened there is the parenthesis of Revelation 7. Herein the 144,000 racially Hebrew/Jewish/Israelitic young men (for they are virgins undefiled with women—Revelation 14:4), 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes, are chosen to witness for Christ throughout the earth (7:1-8). The sealing of these 144,000 Hebrew/Jewish/Israelites is at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. As a result of their testimony a great Gentile multitude is saved out of “the Great Tribulation” (7:9-17), “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7).
14. The Seventh Seal Judgment is opened (Revelation 8:1) and is composed of the Seven Trumpet Judgments. The first Six Trumpet Judgments occur within the Great Tribulation. There is an ominous silence in Heaven for half an hour! (Revelation 8:2-9:21).
First Trumpet: Hail and Fire mingled with Blood will rain upon the earth. A similar judgment was put upon Egypt prior to the Exodus (Exodus 9:22-25). This Fire mingled with Hail and Blood will burn up one third of the earth’s trees and one third of the earth’s grass.
Second Trumpet: A huge mountain burning with fire, possibly a volcano, will be cast into the sea. One third of the sea—the world’s oceans—will be turned to blood. A similar judgment was put upon Egypt prior to the Exodus (Exodus 7:19-21). One third of all sea life will die and one third of all ships will be destroyed. The world commerce of the Antichrist/Man-Beast is now attacked.
Third Trumpet: A star called “Wormwood” falls from heaven and hits the earth. This burning, bright star poisons one third of all fresh water, namely one third of all rivers, lakes and springs, killing millions of men.
Fourth Trumpet: One third of the sun is darkened; one third of the moon is darkened; one third of the stars are darkened. There is one third less light during the day and one third less light from the moon and the stars at night.
Fifth Trumpet; First Woe: An angel descends from heaven to earth with a key to the bottomless pit. He opens the pit and demonic locusts are released into the atmosphere. They have the power to sting as do scorpions. With this power they torment men for five months, so great being the torture that men will seek to attempt suicide, but will be unable to do so. Only the surviving 144,000 Jews with the seal of God on their foreheads are exempted from the torture judgment.
Sixth Trumpet; Second Woe: The trumpet sounds towards the end of the Great Tribulation, four evil spirits at the Euphrates River in Iraq to be loosed resulting in a 200,000,000-man army killing one third of all men. This appears to be the first great slaughter by the massive army of “the kings of the east” later to invade Israel. Revelation 10:1-7 prepares for the Seventh Trumpet Judgment; Third Woe, for when it sounds, all writings of the Old Testament prophets will be fulfilled (Revelation 10:7) specifically in accordance with Daniel 9:24—”to bring in everlasting righteousness” for the surviving, repentant National Israel and earthly Jerusalem. John must then prophesy once again as the judgments are not yet finished and more details must be added (Revelation 10:8-11).
15. Before the Seventh Trumpet; Third Woe sounds, three issues are addressed (Revelation 11:1-14). The Third Hebrew Temple is measured then to be controlled by Gentile armies of the Man-Beast for 42 months—the last half of the 70th Week of Years. The ministry of the “two witnesses,” Moses and Elijah, is fully revealed, to transpire during the first half of the 70th Week of Years. Following the ascension of these “two prophets” into heaven, there is an earthquake in Jerusalem, the quake occurring at the beginning of the Great Tribulation—the last half of the 70th Week of years.
The Seventh Trumpet; Third Woe sounds, and like the previous Sixth Seal Judgment, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ commences—at the end of the Great Tribulation (11:15-19). (Note: the Seventh Trumpet Judgment (11:15) is not “the last trumpet” of I Corinthians 15:52. For the Church, the Body of Christ, has not been appointed to “the wrath” of the Seventh Trumpet Judgment, but to obtain the salvation and redemption of our physical bodies to be removed out of the earth at the “Glorious Appearing” of Christ—before the beginning of the 70th Week of Years.)
16. We now have a parenthesis between the Seventh Trumpet Judgment; Third Woe and the First Vial Judgment. That parenthesis is from Revelation 12:1 to 16:1–four chapters! The people and events described are as follows:
A. Chapter 12:1-17 involves “a woman clothed with the sun,” the nation of Israel giving birth to the man-child, Jesus the Christ (12:1-2; Isaiah 66:7); “a great red dragon, having “seven heads and ten horns,” Satan and the final phase of his “fourth beast” Roman World Empire under the Man-Beast. The fall of Satan prior to the creation of the present world is described (Luke 10:18; Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:12-15). In the midst of 12:4 there is another time gap of another 4000 years: Satan then seeks to kill the woman’s “man-child,” the Lord Jesus Christ (12:4-5) Who then (after His death, burial and resurrection) ascends to the Throne of God the Father (Psalms 110:1).
Another 2000-year time gap occurs between Jesus Christ ascending into Heaven and Israel’s flight into the wilderness at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Her prepared wilderness refuge is the ancient fortress City of Petra (“Sela”) in southern Jordan (Isaiah 16:1-5) for 42 months. Christ Himself speaks of this flight of the Jews living in Israel at the time they see the image (“the abomination”) of the Man-Beast (lit., “of the Desolator”) set up in the Third Hebrew Temple (“the holy place”) as spoken of by Daniel the Prophet (Matthew 24:15-21). Here, Michael the Archangel will protect Israel during this “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Daniel 12:1; Jeremiah 30:7).
B. Chapter 13:1-18 involves the rise of the “fourth beast” (Daniel 7:7) Roman World Empire in its final form having “seven heads and ten horns” (13:1-2) as does Satan, the “great red dragon” (Revelation 12:3). From this “fourth beast” arises seven Roman Caesar/Kings symbolized by the “seven heads” (Revelation 17:9-10). As previously covered, six of these kings have died; one is yet to come. That final Seventh Caesar/King, murdered and then risen from the dead is to be the Eighth King (17:10)—the First Man-Beast—who shall rule all nations for 42 months (13:3-10), the second half of the 70 Weeks of Years called The Great Tribulation.
The Second Man-Beast, having “two horns like a lamb” will arise to be “the false prophet” (Revelation 19:20) directing all worship to the First Man-Beast. The False Prophet will be a racial Hebrew/Jewish/Israelite; for as the Roman Gentile Man-Beast (symbolized by one of the “seven heads” of the “fourth beast”) arose out of the “sea” indicating Gentile nations, the “second beast” will be a racial Jew—the Hebrew/Jewish False Prophet—arising up out of “the earth,” it symbolizing the land of Israel with its 12 “tribes” (Revelation 1:7). At this point (the beginning of the Great Tribulation) the False Prophet mandates that all peoples be given a tattoo on their right hand or forehead. The high-tech tattoo will be of the name, mark or number of the Gentile Roman Antichrist/Man-Beast (13:16-18).
C. Chapter 14:1-20 is continuing the parenthesis between the Seventh Trumpet Judgment (11:15) and the First Vial Judgment (16:2). This chapter covers three events.
The First event is martyrdom of the 144,000 racial Jews seen on the Heavenly Mount Zion, the” firstfruits” of saved men out of the Great Tribulation (14:1-5). Since these witnesses have been murdered by Satan’s Man-Beast shortly after he tried to kill Israel fleeing into the wilderness (12:15-17), an angel is then sent to continue the preaching of “the everlasting gospel” throughout the earth.
Secondly, there follows three angels with three separate warnings: first, a warning of the judgment of God about to commence (for the next 42 months); secondly, the announcement that “Babylon,” that great city, has fallen, and since this announcement commences at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, the “Babylon” that has fallen is Rome (Revelation 17:18); and thirdly, an angel warns that if any worship the “image” of the First Beast Man-Beast, his image having been placed inside the Third Hebrew Temple by the Second Man-Beast/Jewish False Prophet, or if any take the “mark,” “number” or “name” of the First Man-Beast, they will be damned to suffer eternal torment with no rest, day or night. The Lake of Fire will be that torment forever! A note of encouragement is given to those believers on Christ who have 42 months to endure the divine judgments and Satan’s design to kill them all (14:11).
Thirdly, the final verses (14:13-20) announce the Second Coming of Christ arriving on a cloud to tread the “winepress” of his wrath as He destroys the armies having invaded His beloved nation of Israel (Joel 3:9-16).
17. Chapter 15:1-8 is also the continuation of the parenthesis stated above. First, it concerns those believers having been slain now in heaven on a “sea of glass” (15:2; 4:6). They were martyred, not having worshipped the the Antichrist/Man-Beast or taken his name, mark or number (15:1-4). Secondly, the Temple in Heaven is opened out of which come seven angels ready to execute “the wrath of God” through pouring out the seven last plagues on earth. These plagues are imposed by the Seven Vial Judgments, and transpire within a few days of the end of the Great Tribulation of 42 months (15:5-8). Had not this Great Tribulation been cut short to 42 months, no flesh would survive including all humanity (Matthew 24:22).
18. The Seven Vial Judgments now begin (Revelation 16:1-21) and are imposed very near the end of the Great Tribulation, again, within a few days of the end. These Seven Vial Judgments composing the Seven Last Plagues are called “the wrath of God” (Revelation 14:10; 15:7; 16:1). They are:
First Vial: Terrible sores break out on those who worshipped “the image” of the Gentile Man-Beast and took his mark. That image, erected inside the Third Hebrew Temple by Jewish False Prophet, was made visible to all the world via international communications satellites.
Second Vial: All salt-water oceans were turned to blood; all fish and living things in the sea—died!
Third Vial: All drinking waters of all rivers and wells were turned to blood. The earth’s inhabitants of the earth have been adjudged as murderers of the righteous prophets and saints (believers) and therefore are worthy to drink blood. The only available drinking water will have been bottled to be used by the armies gathering to fight the returning Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, at Armageddon.
Fourth Vial: The sun is increased in its heat thereby scorching men with great temperatures, possibly between 120-150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fifth Vial: The seat (throne) of the the Antichrist/Man-Beast and his kingdom (centered in the rebuilt City of Babylon according to Revelation 18) is made full of total darkness. A similar plague had been put upon Egypt prior to the Exodus (Exodus 10:21-23). The people within his kingdom also chew and gnaw their tongues, suffering unbearable physical pain due to scorching heat during the darkness while unable to drink any water.
Sixth Vial: The Euphrates River is dried up in preparation for the massive army of the kings of the east to march into the Valley of Megiddo in Israel. It is in this valley the slaughter of Armageddon will commence. This Vial Judgment is subsequent to the Sixth Trumpet Judgment (Revelation 9:14-19), where it appears this same army of the east has killed one third of men, that is, at least 2 billion people. Hindu India/Islamic Pakistan and Indonesia may well be three of the targets.
Seventh Vial: With the announcement from Heaven that the wrath of God and of the Lamb is “finished,” the greatest earthquake in history hits the earth. This is the same earthquake of Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12). The cities of the nations will fall, similar to the Pope’s CIA/NSA demolition of the World Trade Center on 911. The “great city,” Jerusalem, is divided into three parts, remembering that three days after the beginning of the Great Tribulation when Moses and Elijah are translated into heaven after their murder and revival, a tenth of Jerusalem fell and seven thousand men had perished (11:13). Jerusalem is in ruins, divided into three parts; the Third Hebrew Temple is most likely also in ruins and the Hebrew/Jewish/Israelites of Jerusalem are about to suffer the invasion and rape by merciless foreign armies from Europe, Russia and the Far East (Zechariah 14:2).
19. We now enter into another parenthesis of narration adding extra details having transpired (Revelation 17 and 18). These events include the destruction of “that great city” that politically ruled over the kings of the earth for the first half of the 70th Week of Years. That city was Rome housing the Sovereign State of Vatican City. It is out of this city that the Seven Kings arise, the last having been murdered and revived to live again, then to be the Eighth King, the Antichrist/Man-Beast. The Roman Gentile Man-Beast uses his European Ten Kings to destroy Rome (Chapter 17). The destruction of Rome has already been mentioned in Revelation 14:8.
Whereas Revelation 17 concerns the destruction of the literal City of Rome at the midpoint of the 70th Week of Years, Revelation 18 concerns the destruction of the literal City of Babylon at the end of the 70th Week of Years, immediately prior to Christ’s Second Coming. Whereas Rome was destroyed by Fire from the Ten Kings, Babylon will be destroyed by Fire from the Lord, never again to be rebuilt or inhabited. The destruction of the rebuilt City of Babylon, the commercial world capital, is a result of the Seventh Vial Judgment (16:19) imposed at the end of the Great Tribulation. That destruction is fully described in Revelation 18. The parenthesis of narration (Chapters 17 and 18) now closes.
20. At long last, the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the world of men, in time and space, to save the earth and humanity from complete annihilation (Revelation 19). There are hundreds of details about His return in the writings of the Old Testament Hebrew prophets as well as contained within the three synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke. Jesus Christ saves Judah first (Zechariah 12:7), and then destroys the armies of Africa in Bozrah (Isaiah 34:5-6) led by the king of the South (Isaiah 63:1-4), and finally destroys the armies of the world in the Valley of Megiddo (Joel 3:9-16; Rev. 16:16). Christ will then take 30 days (Daniel 12:11) to judge the Jewish and Gentile survivors of the Great Tribulation (Matthew 25), and then another 45 days to regenerate the earth (Matthew 19:28). He will divide the promised land to the surviving racial 12 tribes of Israel (Ezekiel 48) and then establish his earthly Throne of David upon which He will rule the world (Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33) for one thousand literal years (Revelation 20:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).
End of Part 5 of 5
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