Jewish prosperity in Europe, etc (seal 3)02000100070 yearsSeals TimelineJeremiah 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 jewishvirtuallibrary.org, 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 SevenDaniel 9:27Recent EventsDaniel 11:23-27Timeline Representation (after the 6th Seal)*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; 6-7aWhen 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 givenseven 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 ExplainedCondensed “one page” CommentaryI.S. militants are killing Christians every dayThe Way [UK] – August 10, 2014Quote: 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 textSeal 6 textclick to enlarge - see chart on the homepageComparison of Seven Churches(good and bad qualities)click to enlargeFor more on Israel’s restoration: The British Mandate(Daniel 11:20)Location of Seven Churchesclick to enlargeSeven ChurchesPast & 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 37 & 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. DeceptionsImportantto know.
Part 1: (running time: 24:35)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 (before 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 description of Jesus is different from from the gospels but we know its Him because of what He says to John. (Rev. 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. They can have a duel meaning; I don’t have a problem with that. However, that doesn’t mean that the rapture happens after church #7, just because John is taken to heaven after he finishes the letters. That’s just the second part of Jesus’ visit, when John is shown several visions. Note: When ‘old pre-tribs’ put the rapture in Revelation 4, it creates contradictions, which can’t be right because God’s word has no contradictions. For example, Revelation 5 clearly represents the crucifixion, when Jesus is the “slain Lamb” who becomes worthy to open the seals. The rapture can’t be in Revelation 4 because that would be before the crucifixion, which makes no sense. Secondly, the signs the sun, moon, and stars, during the rapture in Matthew 24:29, perfectly match the 6th Seal in Revelation 6. Those two distinctive groups of signs wouldn’t happen twice, during end times, so they must be the same event: the rapture. Third, the multitude from every nation appears in heaven in Revelation 7, not Revelation 4. ‘Old pre-tribs’ tried to get around that by saying that the elders in Rev 4 changed into the multitude in Revelation 7 but that makes no sense because the elders are still themselves in Rev 11:16 & Rev 19:4. In other words, the rapture is not after the 7th Church, as ‘old prib-tribs’ believed, but is actually the 6th Seal. Yet, that is still ‘pre-tribulation’ (new) because Seals 1-5 are in the past, which the ‘old pre-tribs’ didn’t understand. I mean no disrespect because God can withhold information until He wants the truth to be known, which is obviously now. As I said, this explanation of the Seals has two 70-year periods as proof. Thus, there’s no reason to hold onto the old pre-trib theory, which has contradictions and makes no sense. 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, which 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 a slain 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. Now, that doesn’t mean that Jesus is in the same vision twice because they are a series of 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. Revelation’s True Timeline(Revealed by the Seals)Introduction (Proof of ‘Pre-tribulation’ Rapture) As simply as I can put it, the Seals prove ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture because the 6th Seal perfectly matches the signs in the sun, moon, and stars, during the rapture, in Matthew 24:29. In other words, the 6th Seal is clearly the rapture, in Revelation. And, since many things take place after the 6th Seal, and before Armageddon, the rapture and 2nd coming simply can’t be the same thing because it’s impossible. Post-tribs try to get around the extra events by over-lapping the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls but that is just wrong because Rev 8 clearly indicates that the Trumpets can’t start until after the 7th Seal is over, which would naturally be after the 6th Seal. Some post-tribs try to say that all the Trumpets happen during the 7th Seal (half-hour of silence) but that can’t be right because 1. Trumpets can’t sound during a “silence.” 2. The silence is only a “half-hour” and the 5th Trumpet is 5-months alone. Simply put, the trumpet plagues in the Book of Revelation are not the same as the ‘trumpet call of God’ in 1st Thessalonian 4:16 because it’s impossible. Likewise, the Bowls can’t be overlapped because: First, the 1st Bowl mentions the ‘mark of the beast’, which happens in Rev 13, well after the Seals and the rapture. For example, the ‘mark of the beast’ wouldn’t happen before God puts His ‘own seal’ or mark on the 144,000, which happens in Revelation 7. Secondly, the 2nd Bowl must happen after the 2nd Trumpet because they both concern the sea turning to blood and the sea creatures dying (1/3 verses all). Since we already established that the Trumpets were after the Seals, then the Bowls must be after both, which means that the only logical solution for Revelation’s timeline is to have the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls in sequential order, just as they were written. Thus, the rapture, during the 6th Seal, can’t be the 2nd coming (Armageddon or the 7th Bowl) because many things must happen between those two events, sequentially. When you think about it, every post-trib over-laps the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, whether they admit it or not, which inevitably leaves some things from God’s end time prophecy, which is expressly forbidden by God. (Revelation 22:19) Therefore, don’t listen to them! Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, both fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14) The last part of this ‘pre-tribulation’ proof is that Seals 1-5 have already taken place during the last 2000 years (explained in detail below). In general, the 1st Seal was the ‘resurrection’ because it follows logically from the chapter 5 ‘crucifixion’. Plus, Jesus is clearly the rider on the white horse in Revelation 19:11 so it stands to reason that Jesus is on the white horse in Revelation 6 because it’s the same set of visions. The fact that He’s holding a bow instead of a sword is irrelevant because they are different events (resurrection vs. Armageddon). In the past, ‘old pre-tribs’ said that the 1st Seal was Satan (obviously wrong) but that was because they thought the Seals were some future wrath, but they’re not. They’re in the past. In fact, Seals 2-4 follow Jewish history after the crucifixion and resurrection, which serves to fill a 2000-year gap, concerning Jews in the Bible. Plus, there are two 70-year periods (concerning the Jews), within the Seals, which God obviously included for confirmation at the right time. Seal 5 is just a waiting period, which is where we are now, so nothing in Revelation is due before the rapture, which completes the ‘pre-tribulation’ proof. More explanation of ‘tribulation’ and the 1000-years By the way, in Rev 7:14, the multitude of Christians “who came out of the great tribulation” (past tense) could only “wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb” between the resurrection (Seal 1) and the rapture (Seal 6). Thus, the “great-tribulation” (Rev 7:14) is talking about the Seals, during the last 2000 years. The ‘tribulation’ that most people think of is actually talking about the Trumpets and Bowls, in Revelation, which take place over a 2300-day period, between the Abomination and Armageddon (Daniel 8:13-14) while Christians are enjoying the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, in heaven. Note: The Wedding Supper is only mentioned at its conclusion, in Revelation 19:7-9, when the bride has “made herself ready” (past tense) and commences to follow Jesus to earth for Armageddon and the start of the 1000-year reign. (Revelation 19:14) In other words, Christians who are raptured during the 6th Seal attend the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, for 2300-days, while people on earth suffer the Trumpets and Bowls. That’s the so-called ‘tribulation’. Thus, the Seals are called the ‘great-tribulation’ because of length, not severity (at least compared to the Trumpets and Bowls). After the Wedding Supper, we know that the ‘bride’ doesn’t stay in heaven because Rev 7:17 says that the Lamb will lead the multitude of Christians to “springs of living water” and the living water will flow out of Jerusalem (on earth), after Armageddon and the start of the 1000-years. (Zech 14:8-9) Additionally, you can tell that the “bride”, in Revelation 19:7-8, is the same as the “armies”, in Revelation 19:14, because they are wearing the same thing: “fine linen, white and clean.” That doesn’t mean that the bride (Christians) need to fight because Jesus destroys the nations of the beast with the ‘sword coming from His mouth’ (Rev 19:15), which is God’s Word, and that brings 100 lb. hailstones to crush the beast. (Revelation 16:21) Introduction re-written:2-17-2017