Prophecy Outline - Book of Revelations
By your servant, Dan L Baxley
Always A Work in Progress -- your comments and corrections are appreciated -- please email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of this outline is to help those sincerely seeking a foundation upon which to judge the false teachings and false prophets attempting to rewrite the living words of YaHshua. John was given an outline of events to occur and by taking the key points -- in their order -- and trimming them down to just the facts revealed us, (letting know when there speculation) we can determine what is true and what is not. This is presented as a literal understanding and the symbolism found in this prophetic book is always explained by either John or the Angel of the Lord, or YaHshua Himself. When the explanation of a scene is not explained it is then to be taken "literally". Believe me, using His words, like a knife, you can cut away the false proclamations. His word is the light the believer needs to use reveal those things speaking from the darkness. I pray this is a help to you, as it has been for me.
Special Note from this author: When you look into these things -- keeping it as simple as possible -- we see much of the teachings of present day prophets and teachers is not grounded in fact, but is based on conjecture, wishful thinking, and sometimes outright deception. As an example: You do not see anything about a 7 year ministry of 144,000 Jews preaching the Gospel of the Christ to the world before nor after our Savior's return -- Evangelical, Dr. Sutton, of Lamb and Lion, is one example of this erroneous teaching. Nowhere do you see anything about the 144,000 preaching to anyone -- not in one single verse is this suggested -- but they (many Evangelicals) teach this. Another stark reality concerns the "rapture" doctrine as taught by these teachers like Tim Lahay, Chuck Missler, Chuck Smith, Grant Jeffery, Dave Hunt, Arno Froese, Peter Malgo, Norbert Lieth, Mark Hitchcock, Hal Lindsay, Peter and Paul Lalonde, and many, many others.
These men teach an "escape" doctrine, they call the "rapture" where good Christians will be whisk away to the Heaven of Heavens saved from all the trouble this World is going to suffer with the coming of the Beast and the Wrath of God to come upon those following the Beast. Are they all wrong? Yes, they are, they attempt to replace the "resurrection" doctrine, an elemental (basic) doctrine taught by the Apostles (Heb 6:1-2), with what they call the "RAPTURE". Within only a few short years they have managed to get the majority of Christians to call the "resurrection" the "rapture", a word replacement with a totally different meaning. With this "Rapture Doctrine" they work out a false hope of deliverance to those desiring an escape from what the prophetic word tells us is to come -- seeking to save their lives physically (Mat 16:25, Luke 9:24, Luke 17:33) they unwittingly fall into the deception of a false salvation, a false deliverance -- wanting to believe they will go to Heaven while the Earth is under the power of the Beast as other less faithful brothers and sisters suffer that "time of trouble", the tribulation.
This is wishful thinking and you will see this as you travel through this brief outline of prophetic events still to come. The only thing you can compare the "rapture" to is the "resurrection" that occurs at the return of our Savior and His arrival on Mount Moriah (Mount Zion Rev 14:1, Rev 7:3, Rev 15:2). But when you research the "resurrection" you find nothing about anyone one going the Heaven of Heavens where our Savior is now -- He is coming here, we are not going there. Get your Bible out, follow through this outline, and I think you will benefit immensely and see for yourself the false teachings and opinions and speculations that do not fit with the events -- this should all become obvious to you as you read it from the pages of your own Bible.
These men with high reputations among the Evangelical Christians have been wrong in the past and not a small thing either but something that was quickly swept under the rug, so to speak: Except for a couple, they were all telling the Church to get ready for the return of the Messiah in 2000 AD, because, as they interpreted days and times, the year 2000 was the 6,000 th year of God’s plan and when 2000 AD came and went some moved to 2001 AD but seeing their error most quickly forgot about it, a couple apologized but they all continue to be a force in the modern Church. Yes, all of them survived this act of falsehood and continue to teach today. Please take the time to read the following verses -- a small sample of truth and guidance found in your own Bible -- Deut 13:1-4; Deut 18:22; Mat 24:24; 2 Tim 4:3; 2 Pet 2:3; 2 Pet 2:14; 2 John 1:10; 2Tim 3:13; Eph 5:11, Eph 5:8 – and -- Romans 3:4
End Time Signs -- Seven Signs of The Seven Seals, Equal the Coming Wrath of the Lamb
#1 – White Horse -- Those who would conquer and seek to take the Kingdoms by force#2 – Red Horse -- War, continual war
#3 – Black Horse -- It will be a struggle to maintain food supply and everything will cost and many will suffer from fluctuating food supplies, yet oil and wine (alcohol) will be abundant.
#4 – Pale Horse -- a quarter of the world suffer war, violence, famine and pestelince -- all a resut of the first Four Horses having ravaged the Earth without break.
#5 – They (those dead in Christ) called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. (Rev 6:10-11) At that point and completion of the 5th Seal, all prior to the return of our Savior YaHshua, are to wait until others are killed as they were killed, a mass killing to take place later, in the future, but FIRST the Earth must go through the remaining Two Seals, #6 and #7. (This is a picture of those, up to this time, that have lived through the attempts by Satan to destroy the people of YaHshua. We read about those, in later groups, that will have overcome the Beast and his Mark, Rev 15:2)
(Mat 24:15-16) So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand--then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Daniel spoke of this time and there is an historical type and antitype in Daniel's writings and it is recognized that Antiochus Epiphanes IV in 168 BC desecrated the Temple with pig blood and set up an idol representing the god Zeus, (Hey-Zeus, as some pronounce the name Jesus today). This did happen, as described and proven from the historical records. So accurate, in fact, are the accounts recorded in Daniel that the critics of Scripture insist his writings had to have been written after the historical facts. Even if we were to allow the critics this fantasy it would not explain the most accurate 70th Week prophecy concerning the coming of our Lord to be precisely calculated as Daniel penned it (70th week - Daniel 8) and this would mean the author, writing after the real events of Daniel concerning Antiochus would then have had to know about the coming of the Savior and the exact date He would appear. This would mean the unknown author would have been inspired and seen the same visions. Even the critics are caught up in their own twisted minds. That aside, we see an antitype in Antiochus and not a complete fulfillment. For one thing, Antiochus did set up and idol in the time but the "abomination that causes desolation" YaHshua speaks of does not have to be in a Temple, no, He says, "...in the Holy Place", which could also be, "...on the Holy Place", meaning the Holy Mountain.
Reading the following verses from Matthew 24 we see that this event, so closely tied to the 5th Seal of Rev 6, which we just read earlier, as a time of great distress, even for the People and the Called of God and happens just before the 6th Seal.
(Mat 24:22) If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
(Mat 24:23) At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it.
Here, as believers, we are told or given the Key to know the right path and the right Messiah and Savior. We will not have to be told where He is for we will know and not have to be told. So, do not believe anyone that tells you they know where the Lord is, you, being His, will already know.
(Mat 24:27-28) For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass (BODY, that is of the Christ), there the vultures (that is the Eagles, meaning Believers, or you could say, the "chicks") will gather.
Due to the poor translation concerning verse 28 the vision of what happens at His return is blurred. Where ever the Body of the Messiah is so will all His be gathered to Him. Like a Hen gathering her chick. The context of the surround verses make this plain and the harsher words of the translators not understanding this gathering process have not translated that verse properly.
(Mat 24:29-30) Immediately after the distress of those days 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'
At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. (Will humanity really know what they are seeing, or just think that what the scientist have been saying all along, that the earth is doomed and will one day be hit by a giant space object or the sun will burn us up eventually? If mankind actually saw this Shaking and Stars falling and the Sign, wouldn't they fall to their knees and worship Him? They do not and will not, as this prophecy says, so while they see these things they do not see them as the Coming of YaHshua -- so they hide in caves and beg a quick death)
Now we are brought up to date and now we can see the 6th Seal -- The Abomination that CAUSES Desolation is the event that triggers our Lord's Heavenly and Earthly signs announcing His coming and this great Wrath of the Lamb putting a stop to what is going on at the Holy Place, the Place He has chosen to put His Name. This, as we shall see, will not be something that last but a few hours or a couple of days. This is a time that all Heaven has been waiting for, the Wrath of the Lamb and then, later, the Wrath of God the Father Himself and while the collection and resurrection of His called ones will be in a flash, before that event a lot has to happen -- The Wrath of the Lamb is only the Beginning of our Creator taking control and once more revealing Himself to mankind -- this will happen over a period of years -- even the last two Witnesses have a ministry of 3 1/2 years. Keeping this in mind we continue on to the 6th Seal.
#6 – Sun and Moon are Darkened -- Rev 6:12-17 (Begins the Son's Wrath -- the Wrath of the Lamb)
After the Tribulation of those days:
Heavenly Signs, looks like our surrounding universe is collapsing – Rev 6:12 - Mat 24:29 (?)- Isa 34:4
A Great Worldwide Earthquake follows – Islands and Mountains moved -- Rev 6:14 - Isa 24:19-23
Four Angels holding back the Four Winds -- Rev 7:1
The servants and saints of the Living God are marked with the Father’s Name to receive special protection – Rev 7:1-4; Rev 14:1; 2 Tim 2:19
#7 – Seventh Seal Contains The Seven Trumpets
Before the Trumpets Sound:
A period of silence IN HEAVEN– calculated to be approximately 21 years (1/2 hour, heavenly time, as a 1,000 years are as a day principle 2 Pet 3:8, Ps 90:4 ) - Rev 8:1
Fire thrown to the Earth, Thunders, Lightening, and another earthquake
Seven Trumpets are prepared to sound – Rev 8:6
Seven Trumpets of the 7 th Seal
Trumpet #1 – 1/3 of the Earth is burned up, 1/3 of trees, 1/3 of grasses – Rev 8:7
Trumpet #2 – Something, like a great burning mountain thrown into the Sea – Rev 8:8-9 (1/3 of everything in the sea dies - Asteroid?)
Trumpet #3 – A great star appearing like a torch falls, poisoning 1/3 of all fresh waters Rev 8:10 (Comet? called Wormwood)
Hurt only those without the Mark of God (Rev 7:3; 9:4; 14:)
Mankind tormented for 5 months but not killed
A king over those tormenting mankind - Appolyon (Grk), Abaddon (Heb): The Destroyer -- The Destroyer Angel
Three Woes were Anounced in the sounding of Tumpet #4 (verse Rev 8:13). Each of the Three Woes aligns with each of the last Three Trumpets -- beginning with Trumpet #5, then Woe #2 will be Trumpet #6 and Woe #3 will be the Final Trumpet #7.
Trumpet #6 – Woe #2 -Four Angels released From the River Euphrates - Rev 9:14
This vast army is as yet unidentified -- verse 17 describes something other worldly, or symbolic?
Mighty Angel - Seventh Angel about to Sound – in those days - Rev 10:7
Angel with the Little Book – Rev 10:1-2
John eats the little book, sweet and sourTwo Witnesses of YHWH able to shut the heavens – Rev 11:3-63 ½ year proclaiming YaHshua out of JerusalemTwo Witnesses killed and after 3 ½ days they come to life Rev 11:11Great Earthquake in Jerusalem
Second of Three Woes finished - Rev 11:14 -- and the Third Woe is coming Quickly? The Third Woe is also of Trumpet #7. The Three Woes, aligning with the last Three Trumpets, bring special attention to events that are totally unusual, not THINGS controlled by man, THINGS caused by special forces outside of mankinds ability to control or create.
Trumpet #7 – Woe #3 - Seventh Angel Sounds:
The Nations are angry that they should be judged while the prophets and servants and those that revere His Name receive reward – Rev 11:18
The Temple is opened in Heaven and The Ark of His Testimony is seen in Heaven – Rev 11:19
Revelation 12 and 13: These two chapters do not flow with the narrative of events leading up to the eventual Wrath of the Father, the 7 last Vials – the next series of events. These two chapters supply additional information concerning two bodies -- the first in Chapter 12 is about the Woman, Israel, and her offspring, those committed to following YaHshua, converts, dating from the very beginning (things that are - Rev 1:19).The second is Chapter 13 and this body is all about Beast government, the Mark, his mark, his number, and his name, and this name (identifying) of the Beast and False Prophet. This chapter giving details concerning them and the coming influence they are to have over the multitudes (things to come - Rev 1:19). These two chapters cut right into the middle of the narrative moving through the Trumpets and are not necessarily in order. Chapter 12 of Revelation concerns the casting of Satan and his demon angels to this earth, no longer having access to the Heaven of heavens and the context demonstrates this happened already, so, Satan is among us. The narrative gives a detailed account of Israel being dispersed and Satan chasing after her, and an "offspring" is mentioned and when we realize the first Christians were virtually all Jews and the undisputed Gentile influence did not appear until nearly 300 years after the destruction of the Temple.
Continuing Trumpet #7
YaHshua is seen Standing on Mount Zion with the 144,000 - Rev 14:1 (Zech 14:4; Acts 1:11-12; Isaiah 60:14-19)
We know His arrival is to be on Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4) -- here we see He is standing on Mt Zion (City of David) not the Mount of Olives. This verse says that is exactly where He is, yet we are also told that He collected His servants (resurrection?) and stands on the Mount of Olives, it splits in half, He then proceeds to Mount Zion (the City of David) which would still be across the valley created by the great quake that splits the Mount of Olives in half. Remember it is the throne of David He is going to reconstitute as He begins the restoration of Israel, along with a few other things, like destroying the adversaries of Israel, putting an end to all war and proclaiming the way of our Heavenly Father from Jerusalem -- the 1,000 year rule begins.
Standing with those marked with the Father’s Name. This marking took place before the Trumpets began to sound. We are told that the Mark is the Name of the Father and now, at this point we see those of the 144,000 standing with our Savior, along with a great multitude. When we go back to Rev 7:1 and reading down to verses 14 through 17 we see those marked also include those that have given up their lives for our Lord YaHshua – this is a different group from those counted in the 144,000 as these are Israelites still alive, in the flesh, at YaHshua’s return and resurrected, quickened -- born from flesh to Spirit beings destined to be with YaHshua as His constant companions -- these are separate from the great multitude of peoples from every language and land, the Gentile followers reborn (born again) into the Spirit. We are given a look forward into this time, a time that actually occurs at our Lord's return and the destruction of the Beast the False Prophet. We now have the the Wrath of the Father, the hour of His Judgment --
The hour of His Judgment has come – Rev 14:7
Wrath of God unleashed on those having received the Mark of the Beast’s Name – Rev 14:11
The Servants of the YaHshua have, along with the 144,000 pure Israelites, been marked with the Father's Name and are protected. It appears this Wrath of the Father is to follow as part of the 7th trumpet and at this point the "resurrection of the Saints" has also occurred -- however the timing -- the Saints are given special protection, sealed by His Name, from the "wrath" to follow. Marked with His Name, standing with YaHshua as the armies of the world are gathered and destroyed by His command, by His Word.
SEVEN LAST PLAGUES – The Wrath of God the Father (The 6th Seal and the Trumpets are the Wrath of the Lamb -- Rev 6:16-17) :
Seven Golden Vials Of His (The Father's) Wrath To be Poured Out -- Rev 15:7 – Rev 16:1
Vial #1 – An ulcerous sore plagues those having the mark of the Beast’s name.
Vial #2 – The sea become like blood and every living soul dies in it. Rev 16:3
Vial #3 – Fresh waters become as blood – Rev 16:4
Vial #4 –- Sun is Struck causing it to scorch men in extreme heat – Rev 16:8
Vial #5 – Seat of the Beast’s Government cover in extreme darkness – Rev 16:10
Vial #6 –River Euphrates dried up -- the way of the Kings of the East is prepared -- Rev 16:12
Three unclean spirits sent out – spirits of devils, working miracles, with the appearance of men but demons within -- one from the Dragon (Satan), one from the Beast and a third from the False Prophet, to gather the Kings of the Earth to Armageddon to make war - Rev 16:13-14 (This is speculation on my part, of course, reading between the lines, sort of, knowing it will be much more complicated than this). Read the Book of Joel, chapter 3, and see how this all seems to blend together.
(Joel 3:1) In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,(Joe 3:2) I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
(Joel 3:11) Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD (YHWH)!(Joel 3:12) Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I (YaHshua) will sit to judge all the nations on every side.(Joel 3:13) Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow-- so great is their wickedness!"
It is YaHshua that causes this to happen by His coming, His return -- It has already been determined -- they (nations) come to meet Him, to oppose Him, and to meet their end – Rev 16:16, Zech 12:9
We are Told to Watch for YaHshua, He is about to return at this Point in Time– Rev 16:15 -- do you see how this plays back and forth in the narrative? The outline advances but scenes are interjected along the way that are not in the sequence of the Trumpet, and not the Seven Vials to be poured out. We are told about the events in the resurrection of the To Witnesses (the Two Elijahs) and then a bit later the 144,000 are seen with our Savior and He is standing on Mount Olive, right across from the Temple Mount. But, in this chapter He has not come yet but is about to.
(Rev 16:13-16) And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. ("Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!") And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
This is just before the 7th vial is poured out so we can see by the context that previous events described were before and some after this last pouring out, but, by staying with the outline, with the narrative of what is to happen in order we can determine where the extra information, the details of events are to be placed. Let's explore this for just a moment.
There seems to be an overlapping of the pouring out of the Vials with the events of the 7th Trumpet? We see YaHshua having arrived at the sounding of the 7th Trumpet, but at the 6th Vial we are told to watch for He is coming. This may be an interjection of caution, not timed to this 6th Vial, but something to be applied during all of these events, from the Trumpets all the way back to the 6th Seal.
A Cautionary Warning -- not the actual timing of His return? This may be one of those things we will have to witness as it happens to know the fullness of this revelation. If, as it appears, being part of the 7th Trumpet, this would then place the "Seven Last Plagues" after His literal return and destruction of worldly forces that are gathered to face Him. This seems more plausible to me and would explain the protection afforded the 144,000 and the saints having already been collected and quickened with new Spiritual bodies now joined with the Messiah to witness the Seven Last Plagues poured out, coming from the Father Himself. The other scenario would be these plagues happen before His return in the clouds and this would then mean the marking of the Saints and of the 144,000 Israelites would be to specifically protect them through this period of punishing Babylon and their quickening would only be after YaHshua has literally returned and gathered them and all of those asleep in Him, to Himself. Either way, if we are alive in our flesh and blood bodies at this time we will witness which is correct. For now it actually does not matter which way it will play out because by this time the markings have happened. Those having chosen the mark of the Beast and those marked by order of our Heavenly Father, of those He calls His children, brothers and sisters of the Christ, YaHshua.
Vial #7 – It Is Done – Rev 16:17
Great Earthquake (another great Quake) like none ever experience on Earth.
Great City divided into three parts (Jerusalem, or Babylon? Rev 17:18).
Every mountain brought low, and every Island disappears -- as opposed to the opening of the 6th seal Worldwide Quake.
The cities of the Nations fall.
Great Hail Stones fall and mankind blaspheme the Creator (Typical of mankind, blaming their Creator for a just penalty).
Woe, Woe and Woe
Rev 18:10, 16, 19: End of the Three Woes?
Babylon thrown down, tormented?
Rev 19:11-16: The Vision of YaHshua’s arrival?
Rev 19:17-21: The vision of all those gathered to war against Him and their end.
These are visions (things to come) of the power of YaHshua as warrior and of those quickened (resurrected) with Him. This is not the timing of an event but a vision of how glorious it will be when YaHshua returns and judges the nations. Notice the context, from the start it is in the past tense, "… He has judged the Great Whore which did corrupt the Earth…" Rev 19:1-2. With this in mind we can see this account, this vision, is not something that happens after the Last Vial is poured out, but some-thing that had already happened. This is more detail into what may appear at the time He literally comes to Stand, first on the Mount of Olives and then (Zech 14:4), Mount Zion, at which time the Beast forces, and all of the forces of the nations are destroyed -- all those convinced by the three unclean emissaries to join with the Beast forces against the threat -- destroyed.
Chapters between 16 and 19 cover additional information concerning the Beast and the Great whore, the false religion with whom the kings of the Earth have joined themselves in an illicit union, throughout the ages -- a union that ultimately defies and denies YaHshua. This Woman seen riding the Beast and all of its Head (past rulers, past Beasts) demonstrate she is not an end time creation but is a force that has had influence in the world from the beginning of world powers. She is the great Whore of false religion, and she has many daughter that have gone out from her. There is Mother Babylon, then there is the Daughter of Babylon.
The world marvels at her beauty and the kings (Beasts) of Earth pay her homage bowing before her, allowing her to pull their reigns. The details of this historical and future religious whore is also represented, or connect to a "great city", a daughter of the original great city of Babylon. There are great cities of the world, Rome, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, San Francisco, and the world over, great cities, all styled the same – after the pattern of the original Babylon, grouping large populations of people, stacking them on top of one another and all for profit. Worshiping, virtually, the worship of their own hand and it does not matter which race of people you are, this is the pattern and in this pattern the true God and Savior is denied.
It is possible the events concerning the 7 VIALS are associated with, intermingled with the trumpets, as previously mention? But this may not be true at all because these are called, the Last Plagues (Rev 15:1) and from the full context appears to be completely separate events associated with the Last and final sounding of Trumpets, the 7th Trumpet. While we can speculate in one direction or another I prefer the interpretation of the latter. These Vials are the Wrath of the Father, and at this time the Temple in Heaven is shut up, no one is allow to enter while this takes place (to me it seems), the shutting up of the Heavenly Temple, demonstrates our Heavenly Father's sorrow for having to do this -- there is no pleasure in this action taken toward unrepentant man -- the Beast, the Whore and all those not found with His Mark, the Mark of His Name will suffer these last seven plagues.
We are told the Vials are the objects and the results of God the Father’s Wrath. When we skip back to Revelation 6:16-17, at the end of the 6 th Seal, we are shown a different "wrath" -- the Wrath of the Lamb. In this present vision and looking at the context we see the One sitting on the Throne is separate from the Lamb – this means these events described as the "Wrath" are different.
(Rev 6:16-17) They told the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of his wrath has come; and who is able to stand?"
(Rev 16:1) And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
The beginning of these events, found in the 6 th Seal, it is the announcement of His Wrath having come, the events described are only the beginning. It is my opinion the Vials are, indeed, the Wrath of our Heavenly Father, not the Lamb. We have the Wrath of the Lamb beginning, then later we have the Wrath of the Father expressed in the Vials being poured out and finishing the Wrath of the Lamb as part of the Last Trumpet.