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Jewish prosperity      in Europe, etc  (seal 3) 0 2000 1000 70 years Seals Timeline Jeremiah 16: 14-15 "However, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when men will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.'  For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers.   *Note: Jeremiah made that prophecy long before they were ever banished. Fulfillment of God’s prophecy to Jeremiah:  Seal 1 is clearly the “resurrection”, when Jesus went from being the “slain Lamb” in chap. 5 to the “Rider on the white horse”.  Notice that chapter 5 never refers to Jesus as changing from the slain Lamb to anything else but common sense and Rev. 1:14 tells you that He did.  “He was given a crown and rode out as a conqueror, bent on conquest.”  Jesus has been conquering Satan ever since by fulfilling every Word of God (Matt. 5:18), including the Seals.         One prophecy that had to be fulfilled was the banishment and restoration of Israel (above), which was perfectly described in the next three seals.  Essentially, God scattered the Jews, kept them safe, and restored them, just as He said He would.     Seal 2 “took peace from the earth and made men slay each other”, which refers to the Jewish revolts against the Romans, from 66-136 AD.  Notice that the revolts lasted exactly 70-years, which occurs similarly in the next two seals.     The first revolt resulted in the destruction of the second Jewish Temple, in 70 AD, which Jesus prophesied would happen in Matthew 24:1-2.  Ironically, it was destroyed on the same lunar date, Tisha B’Av, or ninth day of Av, as the first Temple, in 586 BC.  Something like that is too uncanny to be a coincidence.  Tisha B’Av remains a day of mourning for the Jews.  Yet, the Temple’s destruction did not complete everything in the Bible, as one group of Christians want to believe.  It was the first sign in Matthew 24, not the last.        Besides, the third revolt was just as significant as the first revolt for several reasons.  It was led by a false messiah, Bar Kokhba, so it helped distinguish between Christianity and Judaism because the followers of Jesus did not support Bar Kokhba.  He vowed to restore Israel but his final loss resulted in death, slavery, or banishment from Jerusalem for all Jews.  They were not allowed to own property in Palestine for over 17 centuries.  It was not until the 4th century that the Roman Emperor, Constantine, allowed them to enter Jerusalem, once a year, on Tisha B’Av, to lament their temples’ destructions.  That is a stark contrast from the Babylonian exile, which only displaced 4600-people, according to Jeremiah 52:30 The Persians also allowed them to return, just decades later.  By far, without the third revolt, the restoration of Israel, as described by Jeremiah, would not have been possible.    Seal 3 is a vague reference to “a quart of wheat for a day’s wages, three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and don’t forget the oil and the wine.”  The meaning of this seal eluded me the longest because I figured it was some kind of famine from the dark ages.  However, it never actually mentions hunger or death.  On the contrary, it could be construed as a shrewd business deal when food was scarce.  People stereotype the Jews as being shrewd in business but according to Rabbi Levi Brackman (2008), Jews make up < 0.5% of the world population but they make up 20% of the “Forbes 400 richest people in the world”.  I think the third seal was God’s protection, throughout the centuries, in the form of prosperity and business sense so the Jews could regain the Promised Land.        That’s not absurd when you consider how the Jews regained a foothold in Palestine.  They didn’t fight or use unscrupulous tactics; they bought the land fair and legally.  It was made possible by the Ottoman Land Code of 1858, which required Palestine residents to register their land for tax purposes and other control measures.  Many residents ignored the law because they did not want to pay taxes or serve in the army.  After a while, the land was claimed by rich Arabs who knew the legal system, paid the taxes, but never actually lived in Palestine.  That gave the Jews access to buy the land from the registered owners.  The first purchase was a multi-family settlement near Jaffa, called Petach Tikva, in 1878.  Politicians took notice and urged Arabs not to sell to Jews.  That caused prices to escalate, up to ten times the fair value, but the Jews still had the resources to pay, thanks to previous ‘prosperity and business sense’.  Exactly 70-years after the first purchase, in 1948, Israel was declared a nation, but just like the 2nd seal, I don’t think the timing was any accident. Seal 4 helped Israel regain their sovereignty, also, but they paid with their lives rather than money.  Seal 4 brought “Death and Hades”.  They were given power over a forth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, plague, and wild beasts of the earth.  According to estimates in the Nuremburg trials, taken from, about six million Jews (1.5 million children) were killed between 1933 and 1945.  If you subtract the children, it equals exactly one-forth of the estimated Jews at that time, (18 million).  Additionally, all the various methods can be accounted for because the Jews were shot, starved, and gassed to death.  If they were fortunate enough to escape, many hid in the mountains and forests where they became susceptible to wild animals.  Although it was a tragedy, it sped up Jewish migration to Palestine and gave them a vote of sympathy in the United Nations.  I’m not insinuating that God desired to kill that many Jews but He certainly predicted it.  Given the timing (from seal 3) and the significance of fulfilling God’s prophecy, I have no doubt that the forth seal was the Holocaust.  Seal 5 is just a ‘waiting period’ while a number of martyrs, destined to give their lives to spread the testimony of God, is completed.  That corresponds to the same waiting period in Matthew 24:14 (when the gospel is spread to every nation).  Christians are still being killed in certain countries (left) but one could argue that satellite television and internet have, at least, carried the gospel to every ‘nation’. (The Bible doesn’t say every ‘person’.)  Effectively, the 5th Seal is ‘over’ when the 6th Seal ‘takes place’ because the ‘rapture’ will ‘end’ the waiting period.  Seal 6 is obviously the Rapture because the signs in the sun, moon, and stars are identical to Jesus’ appearance in the clouds (to gather His elect) in Matthew 24.  Regardless of anything else, that fact cannot be changed because it’s in the Bible. In other words, it’s ridiculous to think that these two passages are two separate events. Click verses for text also. How does the rest of Matthew 24 compare with the Seals?    Not only does the Rapture match the 6th Seal, but all the signs in Matthew 24 match all the Seals Note: This chart is also found on the Matthew 24 page because it makes up the left side.    Daniel 11 - through history  (*only two other interpretations to choose from) Other related pages: Possible timing: The 70th Seven Daniel 9:27 Recent Events Daniel 11:23-27 Timeline Representation after the 6th Seal (chart is from the homepage)   *The 7th Seal is a “half-hour of silence” before the trumpet plagues (Revelation 8:1-6)
Seal 7 is not mentioned until after the Christians are safely in heaven (Rev. 8:1), below. Earthquake during the 6th Seal       Yes, there’s an earthquake during the sixth seal, which is omitted from Matthew 24, but it makes perfect sense, besides the tsunami causing people to run for the mountains.  That’s because there’s an earthquake in the ‘middle’ of tribulation (when the two witnesses ascend) and another at the ‘end’ of tribulation (during Armageddon).  Thus, an earthquake at the ‘start’ of tribulation (during the rapture) just completes the set. (see below) Revelation 8:1-2; 6-7a When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.  And I saw the seven angels who stand before God and to them were given seven trumpets. ... (6) Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. The first angel sounded his trumpet … close     On the surface, it might appear that the 7th Seal is just a ‘period of silence’ but notice that it delays the trumpet plagues for ‘about half an hour’.  The first two trumpet plagues harm the land, sea, and trees Coincidently, when God ‘seals’ the 144,000 Jews in Rev. 7, He delays the angels from harming the land, sea, and trees (same thing).  Therefore, it makes perfect sense that the ‘delay’, in chapter 7, was pre-planned as the ‘7th Seal’, in chapter 8.  Anyway, since the multitude from every nation are in heaven between the 6th and 7th Seals, they have to be there before the Trumpet plagues start.   The ‘abomination’ is the last sign but don’t wait to see it    In Matthew 24:15, Jews are instructed to run for the mountains when they see the abomination and people are hiding in the mountains, after the 6th Seal (Rev 6), who actually see Jesus in the sky.  It’s fairly obvious that the rapture happens very quickly after the abomination is set up.  However, don’t try to wait until you see it happen to be saved because there won’t be time.  The Jews who run to the mountains will be doing so naturally, because the abomination will cause the earthquake from the 6th Seal, which will likely be off the coast and cause a Tsunami, so people will have to run for higher ground whether they recognize what the abomination is or not.  That’s one reason I say, “Don’t wait to see it.”  Daniel 11 Explained  Condensed “one page” Commentary I.S. militants are killing Christians every day The Way [UK] – August 10, 2014 Quote: Its people were shot and some – already dead – were ‘crucified’, a final humiliation and an outrage against the individual, and the faith they had refused to abandon. Seal 1 text (click) Seal 2 text (click) Seal 3 text (click) Seal 4 text (click) Seal 5 text Seal 6 text click to enlarge Revelation Timeline after the Sixth Seal with Wedding Supper and Tribulation Comparison of Seven Churches (good and bad qualities) click to enlarge For more on Israel’s restoration: The British Mandate (Daniel 11:20) Location of Seven Churches click to enlarge Comparison of Seven Churches in Revelation (good and bad qualities) Location of seven churches in Revelation Seven Churches Past & Present Church Prophecy (Rev. 2-3) More Information: ‘Trumpet Call’ vs. the ‘Trumpet plagues’ more on Revelation: The Seven Churches (Rev. 2-3) Post-Rapture Timeline Pages: (Daniel 11 combined with Revelation 8-19) [Note: 2, 3. & 4 are ‘extra’ info] 1. Tribulation ‘Initial’ Events (Daniel 11: 32-35) 2. Rise of Antichrist (Daniel 11:36) 5. Tribulation ‘Middle’ Events (Daniel 11: 40-43) 6. Tribulation ‘Final’ Events     (Daniel 11: 44-45) 3. Who is the Beast? (Daniel 11: 37-38)  4. Kingdom of the Beast (Daniel 11:39) 8. Battle with gog & magog    (Ezekiel 38 & Revelation 20) 7. Jesus’ 1000-Year Reign (Revelation 20) Conclusion:      True, the concept of pre-tribulation has not been around forever but “the Word of God is living and active”. (Heb. 4:12a)  “Revelation” has certainly been around but no one understood it correctly.  We know that God can conceal information for long periods of time because He ‘sealed’ Daniel 11 ‘until the time of the end’.      Honestly, with the 4th seal happening in the 1940’s and the 3rd seal being so vague, I don’t see how anyone could have interpreted it correctly, before WWII.  Yet, people are clinging to a concept of ‘end times’ or Revelation that is hundreds-of-years old (if they have an opinion at all).  Just remember, God pours new wine into new wineskins.  Yet, some churches or denominations are more concerned about preserving their ‘religion’ or ‘doctrine’ than seeking the real Truth.  Sure, people should be cautious and check the scriptures, like the Bereans, but not be stubborn and blind like the Pharisees.  Like I’ve said, with the correct interpretation of the Seals, Revelation’s timeline flows straight through with no gaps, no manipulations, and no omissions.  The question is: If Revelation’s timeline makes perfect sense without manipulation, why would anyone want to change God’s prophecy?  Note: Perhaps you did, in the past, because there was no correct option but don’t stick with a flawed theory out of loyalty or pride, now.  On the contrary, be like the Bereans.  Luke wrote, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11) Exposing Post-Trib. Deceptions Important to know.
Part 1: (running time: 24:35)   Chart of Revelation by chapters - explained in video chart from video (click to enlarge) Video of Revelation ... by chapters   I made this video back in the fall of 2013, as a response to a post-trib video that I saw, which criticized pre-tribs.  (Yet, they skipped most of Revelation in their explanation.)    Thus, I made this video to show that my explanation of ‘pre-tribulation’ includes all of Revelation and provides a logical timeline, no overlapping necessary.  Part 1 happened to end where my summary of Revelation ended.  Click here for part 2.   Note: 25 minutes is extremely fast for a summary of Revelation. Home (back to introduction) Page available for printing on PDF. Page available for printing on PDF. Brief Summary of Revelation 1 - 5 (leading to the Seals in Revelation 6)     Revelation 1 is just an introduction where John explains his location and exactly what he experienced when he received the Revelation.  Basically, Jesus appears to John and tells him to write down what he sees.  The general appearance of Jesus is different from the gospels but we know its Him because of what He says to John. (Revelation 1: 13-18)     Revelation 2-3 are seven letters that Jesus tells John to write, to the Seven Churches As you can see from the map (left), they were seven real churches in seven real cities.  They also contained details that were specific to each church at that particular time.  Yet, as you can tell by the ‘comparison’ chart (left), they also sound like characteristics of the Church as a whole, from beginning to end.  In other words, they can have a duel meaning; I don’t have a problem with that.  Yet, that doesn’t mean that the rapture happens after church #7.  John is just transformed to heaven (Rev 4) because he has finished the letters and he’s ready to see the series of visions, which is the second part of Jesus’ visit.     Revelation 4 is simply the start of many visions that John is shown.  It starts with a description of heaven, including the throne, elders, creatures, and what they’re doing.      Revelation 5 introduces the scroll with seven ‘seals’, which no one could open until the Lion of Judah or Root of David (Jesus) triumphed and became worthy to open the Seals.  However, when John looked, he saw a “Lamb, looking as if it had been slain”, clearly representing the crucifixion (when Jesus triumphed) but contrasting what the Pharisees thought the Messiah should be.  Note: The crucifixion would be out of place if the rapture was in chapter 4.      Revelation 6 starts the Seals, which are being broken by the Lamb.  Of course, Jesus is represented by the Lamb but He obviously didn’t stay in that condition; He was resurrected!  That’s why He is also represented by the Rider on the white horse, who is given a crown and rode out as a conqueror, in the first Seal.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that Jesus is in the same vision twice because they are different visions that represent different things at different times.  In other words, the real Jesus was in chapter 1 and the visions are just a ‘representation’.  Just the same, notice that when the first four Seals are broken, which involve horses, a different ‘living creature’ tells John to “come” so he’s not seeing every vision at the same time.  Proof of the Rapture (Simplest explanation yet) The Seals of Revelation (Revelation’s True Timeline) Introduction   The important thing to remember with Revelation’s timeline is that the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls must be sequential and cannot be overlapped because that creates contradictions, not to mention violates common sense.  On the other hand, some things in Revelation do happen at the same time, particularly during the Trumpet plagues, during the first 3.5 years after the rapture.  Actually, the basic timeline is not that complicated; let me explain.   Basically, Revelation chapters 8-11 cover the Trumpet plagues and the two witnesses, which last for 1260 days (or 42 months), after the rapture.  There’s evidence of this because the Trumpet plagues start in chapter 8 but the 7th trumpet sounds when the two witnesses ascend to heaven in chapter 11.  The two witnesses are only mentioned in chapter 11 but they prophesy for 1260 days, which means they had to start right after the rapture, when the Trumpet plagues started.  Thus, those two series of events happen at the same time.    Likewise, Revelation chapters 12-13 go together to tell the story of Satan, who gets thrown out of heaven and unleashes his fury on earth by giving the ‘beast’ his power and authority.  The 10-horned beast is allowed to execute that authority for 42 months (Rev 13:5), which is the same 42 months that the two witnesses prophesy, after the rapture, during the Trumpet plagues.  The two stories are written separately because they don’t merge until near the end of the 42 months, when the 10-horned beast invades Israel (Rev 13:7), attacking and killing the two witnesses (Rev 11:7), which is at the end of their 1260-day testimony.  Thus, you can tell that chapters 12-13 take place simultaneously with the two witnesses, who prophesy during the Trumpet plagues, which start after the rapture.  So, it makes perfect sense for the Revelation 12 sign, which begins the story of Satan and the beast, to happen near the rapture and nothing is out of order.  The rest of the story   For the record, at the end of the 42 months, the beast changes to 2-horns (Rev 13:11), at which time the false prophet appears and enacts the mark of the beast (Rev 13:16).  Israel will be included because the two witnesses will no longer be around to protect them.  At least 144,000 selected Jews (Rev 7) will be martyred for refusing to accept the mark (Rev 14) but they will become priests during the 1000 years (Rev 20).  After the beheading of the 144,000, which only takes a couple of months (until day-1335 Daniel 12:12), the Bowl plagues will start, which complete God’s wrath.  The 7th and final Bowl is Armageddon  (Rev 16), after which Jesus will re-consecrate the sanctuary (day-2300 Daniel 8:14) and start His 1000-year reign on earth (Rev 20).    Thus, everything fits together and makes perfect sense, without any contradictions, as long as the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls are left sequential, as they are written.  By the way, that also proves ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture because the multitude of Christians are in heaven in Revelation 7, between the 6th and 7th Seals.  It’s ‘pre-tribulation’ because Seals 1-5 are done (explained below) and the rapture is next to happen in Revelation.  The 6th Seal (Rev 6:12) matches the rapture in Matthew 24:29-31 (illustration directly below) and the Trumpet plagues can’t start until the 7th Seal is done (Rev 8).  That alone proves ‘pre-tribulation’ because many things happen after the 6th Seal (after the multitude arrives in heaven), which can’t happen instantly (as explained above), and can’t be over-lapped or ignored, no matter what post-tribulationists try to say.                                     See “Proof of Rapture” for more details.