timelines of prophesy
There are timelines attached to a great many of prophesy that are written in the bible. They must have some importance or these timelines would not have been included. Yet few people give them any consideration at all. As if they have no purpose or importance??
Lets review just a few of those prophesy as stated in the book of Revelation, Rev. 1:19. John is told to "Write the things which thou HAST seen, and the things which ARE, and the things which SHALL BE hereafter. To me, this seems to be saying that these visions which John writes about in the book of Revelation, are of things that John has seen, and are currently being see in the world at that time, and of things yet to happen. Understanding that the visions which John is going to have, are going to be about things in his past, present, and future; is necessary, if we are to make any sense of all of this. Rev 1:19 "... they cried “How long O Lord , holy and true, dost thy not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth” Rev 6:11 … it was said unto them, to wait yet for a “Little season” A Little season would be a specific period of time, whether these people knew at the time how long it was or not.
Some amount of time passes … “And then” in 6:12 the sixth seal was opened ..."And then is a term used quite often during the telling of Johns visions and we should pay close attention to this fact. These words should not be underestimated.
Rev 8:1 And when he opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about the space of half an hour. And then (After the ½ hour) the seven angels were given the seven trumpets …
For the purpose recognizing the chronological order being established, how long of a period of time this ½ hour represents is of little importance. What is important is that we recognize the separation of time between the completion of seal judgments, and the trumpet judgments commencing. The judgments being sent down to the earth with the opening of the seals would have to be a totally different set of events than those being described when the trumpets are sounded. This suggests a different time and a different place, and probably different people.
A timeline is being discussed and laid out before us. One event is described And THEN this will happen and then this will happen, and then it will last for an expressed period of time, AND THEN something else will be described as coming to pass at a specific time and/or lasting for a specific duration of time.
These references of time must have a specific value or they are of no importance, if they were of no importance, they would not have been mentioned in scripture. To devalue the importance of these many references of specific periods of time expressed within prophesy would nulify any importance of the prophesy themselves. Just think about that statement for a moment. If these references of time have no significance, why are they used so often. If we do not know when an event is going to take place, the fact that we know that it will happen becomes irrelevant.
Rev. 8:7 After the half hour has passed, THEN the first angel sounded and then (V. 8) the second sounded , and then the third angel sounded. (V.13) And then; I beheld, I heard an angel flying through heaven saying, “Woe, woe, woe unto the inhabitance of the earth, by reason of the other voices which are yet to sound.
I can not emphasize this enough, that prophesy themselves are crying out to be understood as being a sequential chain of events that will unfold in their proper order. This occurs through out prophesy. This fact can not be denied.
It stands to reason, that there must be some indication of a starting point for these and thens to have begun. I believe that this point in time when the "And Thens" first began being expressed is quite clear, but only if we are open to the possibility. I understand scripture to indicate that immediately upon the arrival of Jesus in heaven, after the crucifixion, he immediately took the book and began opening the seals thereof. But that is a different subject.
And then, when the fifth angel sounds, the bottomless pit was opened and there came out of the smoke, locust upon the earth and unto them was given power to hurt men, and it was commanded them that they hurt only those men that did not have the mark of God on their foreheads, That they should be tormented for five months.
9:12 One woe is PAST and behold there come two more woes more hereafter.
And (then ) the sixth angel sounded … and the sixth angel was told to loose the four angels who had been bound in the river Euphrates, for they had been prepared for to slay men for an hour, a day, month and year. Again a specific timeframe is laid down in which this event is to happen. These angels (whoever they are) will slay men for an hour, a day, month and year.
Now in chapter 10 the storyline suddenly takes an abrupt change of direction and subject matter. It seems to be doing something similar to what we often see happen in the movies. The story reaches a point that it becomes necessary to do a flashback in time in order to recapture pertinent information that had been previously passed over in the telling of the story. Too many details to all be included in the original telling of the story. This recovering of information is necessary in keeping the right perspective while staying within the confines necessary in establishing the timeline that this entire story is really centered upon.
Chapter ten tells of John being given a little book (filled with information) which he consumes. John is told that he is to prophesy AGAIN before many people from many nations and languages and kings. Few people are aware that shortly after John receives these visions, everyone that is imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos was released. After his release, John went back to preaching. The last records known to exist, shows that he lived for at least another fourteen years. There are no other records of John after this time. This particular prophesy described in chapter 10 was fulfilled during this 14 years!
After this vision described in chapter ten, John sees another vision. (C 11) The Lord gives power to his two witnesses that they should prophesy for 1260 days. A very specific period of time. We should not assume that this particular 1260 days begins at the same time as the 1260 days described in the next chapter, in which the woman which gave birth to the man child who is caught up into heaven, And Then she is said to have been carried away into the wilderness where they will feed her there or 1260 days. The fact that these two prophesy last for the same duration does not imply that they begin at the same time.
Now we come to the 13th chapter; The Beast that rises up out of the sea having seven heads and ten horns. This beast has commonly been understood to represent a false religious establishment. It is given 42 months to blaspheme the Lord.
At some time after the woman is carried away into the wilderness, the events described in chapter 13 takes place. At some time after she is carried away into the wilderness, a false religion will rise up out of the sea. Satan is said to give this Beast his power and his seat. This religion forces everyone, both small and great to worship it or suffer dire consequences. It is given power to blaspheme the Lord for 42 months.
“And THEN” we come to chapter 14. “And Then”, at some time after the beast is given the forty two months to blaspheme the Lord; Jesus is seen on the top of Mt Sion along with the 144,000 who were redeemed from among man. This chapter seems to be describing a harvesting of souls. Verse 14:13 states …Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.
This certainly sounds to me that this chapter is describing a resurrection and after this resurrection whenever anyone dies in the Lord, they follow to where Christ has gone.
I will remind you that this article is not intended to discuss the events being described as much as it is the timeframes in which these events are said to follow. I am attempting to show that these prophesy are self proclaiming to follow a chronological order.
“AND THEN” , after this harvesting, we see the seven angels having the last seven plagues.
And then the first went and poured out his vial upon the earth, and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men that had the mark of the Beast. There are a number of " And THENs” before the sixth angel pours out his vial upon the great river Euphrates, and we see the dragon, the beast and false prophet, each having three unclean spirits coming out of their mouths which go out into the earth to bring the kings of the earth together for that great battle of the Lord.
Let’s review that which John has seen in these visions.
The dragon attempts to destroy the woman which gave birth to the man child. And THEN she is carried away into the wilderness where she is fed for 1260 days. "And then" after some time passes, The Beast rises up out of the sea (Rev 13). Satan gives this beast his seat and his power. About this same time, God gives the beast 42 months to blaspheme the Lord. And THEN some time after this, Satan is bound in the bottomless pit. It is written that when he is released up out of the pit, (20:7 & 8) he then goes out to gather together the kings of the earth to battle. As we see, when the sixth vial is poured out, the Beast and False prophet are still here on earth, which would mean that the period of time that Satan is bound in the bottomless pit IS contained within the forty two months that was given to the beast to blaspheme the Lord. A thousand years are contained within the forty two months.
At this time when the unclean spirits go out to gather together the kings of the earth, The two witnesses depicted in chapter 14 haven't been killed yet. It would be reasonable to assume that if a thousand years are contained within 42 months of the Best that it would be true that a thousand years would also be contained within the 1260 days that the two witnesses are given to prophesy and have power to shut the heavens that it rain not in the days of their prophesy, and to smite the earth with all plagues as often as they will,
Once it is established that prophesy is said in scripture to be a chronological out pouring of events, we can then use our powers of analytical deduction in better understanding that which is actually written instead of blindly accepting any of the multitudes of false interpretations.
I am not arguing the validity of that which is written in the bible.
I am arguing against Interpreting that which is written in such a way as to adulterate the life out of the original meaning of what is written.