Prophetic Timelines

What Is the Timeline of Revelation? PLUS! My ‘two widow’s mites’ worth of discernment.

Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries

Ten ‘10’ Denotes God’s divine ‘COMPLETENESS’ as to things on EARTH. In Revelation 10, he is opening up the ancient scrolls and ‘little book’ of prophecy that Daniel was told to ‘SEAL UP’ and not write of what was spoken. He was prophetically being told additional things that would transpire or occur ‘in the end of days’ and during the 7 year ‘tribulation.

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the ‘time of the end’: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the ‘time of the end’.

‘Time of the End’:

Revelation ‘10’ And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

2 And he had in his hand a ‘little book open’(NWN; Daniels ‘little book’ is now being opened by God’s Great Angel of Prophecy) and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven ‘7’ thunders uttered their voices.

(NWN; I ‘discern’ that these are seven ‘7’ other great prophecy angels who are ‘confirming’ that NOW IS THE TIME to OPEN DANIEL’S ‘END TIME’ Book of Future Prophecy.’)

4 And when the seven ‘7’ thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven ‘7’ thunders uttered, and write them not.

5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

(NWN; The Great Prophecy Angel is proclaiming the ‘LAST DAYS or END TIMES’ have come, in no uncertain terms, and that NOW IS THE TIME to reveal prophecy related TO the Last Days or End Times and Tribulation.)

7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh ‘7’ angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

(NWN; Seven ‘7’ denotes God’s divine completion to his plan or purpose for this ‘7th’ prophecy angel to commence and complete prophecy related to the Last Days and End Times. Think of the Great Prophecy Angel as a ‘General’ and the ‘7th’ prophecy angel as a Major or Colonel or someone of rank who has been given authority to physically ‘begin something or start something.’)

8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open (NWN; notice that the ‘little book’ is OPEN) in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

(NWN; the prophecy angel(s) are HANDING the little book to physically alive men on the earth. In essence, they are handing or ‘transferring’ the ‘little book of prophecy’ to physical men ALIVE on the EARTH during the ‘End Times’ or ‘Last Days.’ God conveys prophecy to Angels who in turn are ‘messengers’ of God’s prophecy to mortal men alive. Angels, throughout the past 6,000 years have been ‘messengers’ for God to mankind.)

9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

(NWN; this is a ‘discernment’ on my part. ‘Take it and eat it’ is a spiritual ‘consumption’ of understanding the End Times and God’s related prophecies to go along with ‘signs of the times.’ It takes ‘7’ knowledge, wisdom, obedience, humility, persistence, prayer and the Holy Spirit’ to work prophecy in man’kind. This is a great and wonderful thing, just like a ‘7’ course meal. However, once the prophecies are apparent ‘consumed and understood’ they will be prone to make one sick to the stomach because of what they foretell. Just like eating a ’7’ course meal will likely make you feel like you could explode. God’s UNFILTERD WRATH poured on evil man’kind who refuse Him, and refuse His Son Jesus Christ and His eternal offer of salvation. Seeing prophecy happen and unfold is a wonderful and miraculous thing. Understanding the implications of seeing prophecy unfold, leaves one’s stomach bitter and sour because of the ‘gastrointestinal storm’ that is coming. Pass-the-antacid-pills, please.)

10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

(NWN; the prophecy angel was prophesying what would happen to anyone who attempted to reveal what was in the ‘little book.’ This verse ‘confirms’ that what was prophesied, did in fact occur and was experienced by those given the task of being Watchmen. This also ‘suggests’ that some men are ‘willingly’ allowing themselves to be Watchmen because they consciously love prophecy (God’s Word) and are completely open and receptive to it.)

11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

(NWN; since this is verse ‘11’ it suggests a WARNING(S). The purpose of prophecy is to inform, proclaim and WARN. It suggests that the Watchmen who proclaim the Word of God, will have their ‘7’ words, letters, videos, blogs, sermons, articles and books proclaim God’s WILL to those during the End Times / Last Days and Tribulation period. God has ALWAYS used Holy Angels and physical men (Moses, Elijah, Daniel, Enoch, and others) to speak on behalf of God. He will do this also through the Tribulation via; 1. Prophecy revealed to mankind via his ‘little book’ to Watchmen, 2. The ‘two witnesses’, ‘lampstands’ or candles who proclaims God’s light to the world for the first 3.5 years of the tribulation, 3. The various Angel warnings given to men to NOT TAKE THE MARK of the BEAST and lastly, 4. The 144,000 Jewish Evangelists who have the ‘seal of God’ in their foreheads (and NOT the mark of the Beast) who proclaim Jesus Christ’s offer of Salvation ONE LAST TIME, before the 7 year tribulation ends.)

Acts 2:17-21 And it shall come to pass ‘in the last days’, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids ‘in those days’

What Is the Timeline of Revelation? PLUS! My ‘two widow’s mites’ worth of discernment.

What matters most is trusting the main purpose of Revelation: that God will triumph in the end, and if we cling tight to faith and resist caving to the fear and temptations of evil, we can avoid God’s wrath and be part of His victory.

Jessica Brodie Contributing Writer 2021 30 Jun

The Book of Revelation is considered by many to be an odd book, often misunderstood and even discounted for its wild imagery and visionary scope. But it’s an important part of Scripture, containing many lessons, truths, and other nuggets of wisdom Christians should meditate upon.

Still, it’s sometimes confusing, almost dreamlike tone makes certain aspects hard to understand, such as the timeline.

What is the timeline of Revelation, and how can knowing this help us understand it better?

What Is the Book of Revelation About?

Most people describe the Book of Revelation as an apocalyptic vision of the end of the world. The 22 chapters are thought to be an account by the Apostle John, and they open with a number of visions in which Jesus appears to John and describes all that is to come — cosmic battles, forces of evil, angel armies, and more. John then goes up into heaven, where he is shown not only God’s throne but also a revelation about the future.

“The revelation from Jesus Christ,” the book begins, “which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw — that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Revelation 1:1-3, NIV)

Revelation was written around AD 90 or 95 to the seven churches in the Roman province of Asia to encourage them to stand strong and hold fast to their faith. It is considered to be “apocalyptic literature” and details a number of frightening predictions about the future, including four horsemen of the apocalypse who bring different disasters upon the earth.

What Is the Timeline of Revelation?

John’s account notes that he was on the island of Patmos when, “On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: ‘Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea’” (1:10-11).

Next comes John’s vision of Christ, who appears to him in a robe with eyes of blazing fire and holding seven stars in his right hand (1:14,16). Jesus urges John to write all of this.

The next two chapters offer words of warning, chastisement, encouragement, and wisdom to the seven churches in what is today Turkey.

Chapter Four begins with John seeing a door to heaven before him, and he is invited to come within so he can be shown the future. In heaven, John sees the magnificent throne of God with a host of astounding sights — glorious jewels, hybrid animal-human creatures, crowns and singing, rainbows, and flashes of lightning.

Next, John sees God on the throne holding a book or scroll of seven seals, and only the Lamb (Christ, the Messiah) is worthy to open it.

The seven seals are opened, then come seven trumpet judgments, and then come seven bowls of God’s wrath, all while a mighty heavenly battle is waging between the angels and devils.

Most of us can guess the end, if we don’t already know: God wins, evil is defeated, and God’s multitude all live forever and ever.

What Are the Seven Seals of Revelation?

The seals are then opened and revealed — the first four are the four horsemen of the apocalypse (white, red, black, and pale), the fifth shows those saints who have been slain, and the sixth offers a sinister, terrifying scene of the earth ravaged by earthquakes, falling stars, a black sun and a blood-red moon, and leveled mountains.

Then John sees the 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel who are “sealed” (7:4), as well as a “great multitude” (7:9), martyrs and those who suffer.

Finally, the seventh seal is opened, and there is “silence in heaven for about half an hour” (8:1), and then John witnesses seven angels with seven trumpets who extend seven cataclysmic judgments.

What Are the Seven Trumpet Judgments?

The judgments, also called “bowls,” are as follows: hail and fire mixed with blood, with a third of the earth burned up; then a mountain is thrown into the sea and a third of the sea turns to blood or is destroyed; the star, Wormwood, falls and poisons a third of the waters on earth; and a third of the sun, moon, and stars are destroyed.

Fifth comes a plague of locusts, and after this comes the sixth trumpet judgment: the release of the four angels, who bring death to a third of the earth through a mighty and horrific cavalry.

Before John finds out what is in the seven bowls of God’s wrath, he encounters an angel holding a “little scroll” (10:2). Seven thunders speak, but their voices are sealed up, and John is unable to record it. John is then instructed to eat the scroll, which he does.

Next, John measures the temple and is told the holy city (thought to be Jerusalem) will be trampled for 42 months, but God will send two witnesses who will prophesy for 1,260 days, warning the world about God’s wrath to come. These witnesses will be killed by a beast but will be resurrected by God in three and a half days (11:11).

Then the seventh trumpet blasts, and we are told, “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm” (11:19).

What Are the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath?

Next, John describes a great war in heaven. A giant red dragon battles with a pregnant woman and her child, who both are rescued by God. A vast battle ensues between the devil and God’s army, led by the archangel Michael and his angels, who triumph.

Two horrific beasts emerge, one from the sea and one from the earth, and many on earth are deceived and worship them, though John urges God’s people to stay faithful and trust God will win (13:9-10).

Then, Christ appears atop a mountain with His 144,000 “sealed” from all the tribes of Israel (14:1). Three angels fly about, glorifying God, and then the great “harvest” begins, when Christ and the angels swing their sickle. The grapes are gathered and thrown “into the great winepress of God’s wrath” (14:19).

Finally, the last seven plagues of God’s wrath are introduced. Seven angels carry “seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God” (15:7).

The seven bowls of God’s wrath are then poured out upon the earth: first painful sores, then the sea turns to blood, then rivers and springs become blood. From the fourth bowl comes the “sun scorch” plague as the sun sears people with intense heat. The fifth bowl brings darkness, and the sixth bowl brings the drying up of the Euphrates River.

The seventh brings the climax: a catastrophic earthquake, then the destruction of Babylon.

How Does Revelation End?

Next comes a massive celebration, or “hallelujah,” over Babylon’s fall, with God’s multitude singing and shouting in joy (19:1-6), and the glorious triumph of Christ over the enemy (19:19-21).

After the victory, John describes the “millennial kingdom,” the 1,000-year reign of Christ, and what follows, which is what he calls “a new heaven and a new earth” (21:1). Eden is restored and with it the river of life and tree of life (22:1-2).

The angel with John reminds him of the truth of this prophecy and the ultimate purpose of the vision: “to show his servants the things that must soon take place” (22:6).

The Book of Revelation concludes with the urgent reminder and warning that Christ will again return and that His followers must stay strong and faithful, so they do not experience the wrath of God.

Revelation can indeed be confusing — it’s not always clear whether it should be read chronologically, where the war in heaven is happening between the trumpet blasts and the subsequent pouring out of the bowls of God’s wrath, or figuratively as if the war is ongoing and the seven seals, blasts, and bowls occur in tandem with the other events.

We know that God is beyond time. God created time. As Revelation 22:13 asserts, God is “the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

What matters most is trusting the main purpose of Revelation: that God will triumph in the end, and if we cling tight to faith and resist caving to the fear and temptations of evil, we can avoid God’s wrath and be part of His victory.

Jessica Brodie is an award-winning Christian novelist, journalist, editor, blogger, and writing coach and the recipient of the 2018 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for her novel, The Memory Garden. She is also the editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, the oldest newspaper in Methodism. Learn more about her fiction and read her faith blog at jessicabrodie.com. She has a weekly YouTube devotional, too. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and more. She’s also produced a free eBook, A God-Centered Life: 10 Faith-Based Practices When You’re Feeling Anxious, Grumpy, or Stressed.

8 References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’ ‘8’ indicates that a new ‘era or epoch’ is arriving. Be it the rapture, the tribulation, the year of the Jews redemption or the year of the onset (2028/29) of the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ (2028/29-3028/29).

Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.

Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

 ‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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