Friday, October 12, 2007

Is Revelation Chronological?

Question:
"I am curious, does it bother you that the persecution of Christians by the beast is presented in Revelation after the seventh trumpet? This means that we have to assume the vision is out of chronological order by that point?"

My answer:
I think it’s crazy talk to say that Revelation is in complete chronological order. A lot is, but there are all sorts of parenthetical sections that zoom in and focus on certain events within the 70th week. There are even portions that jump ahead or flash back. Searching to understand these things is never a waste of time unless one neglects the rest of scripture in order to do so. Timing issues within Revelation is not the first thing on our "to do" list when it comes to knowing God's word.

Here’s one example that shows why perfect chronology is not the correct answer when trying to put the puzzle of Revelation together. The account of the two witnesses is in chapter 11. It is said that they die in between the 6th and 7th trumpet. So, if one places the 3.5 year ministry of the two witnesses in the first half of the week they have to say that the time period of the bowls covers the entire second half of the week, which I’ve seen many claim.

I’m sure you’re very familiar with chapter 16 and the bowls, but if it’s not fresh in your mind, read through it and ask yourself this question. Could the beast be increasing in power as he does at the midpoint of the 70th Week if the bowls were being poured? Could he be dominating the world and roaming freely to pursue and kill large portions of people if it was during a 3.5 year bowl period? During the time-frame of the wrath from the bowls everyone will be covered with malignant sores (Rev. 16:2) and the sun will scorch men with fire (Rev. 16:8), to name a few obstacles. I say that it would be impossible for the period of the bowls to cover the entire second half of the 70th Week. The Antichrist just couldn’t do the job we know he will do.

Now, if Revelation is strictly chronological and the two witnesses in chapter eleven minister during the last 3.5 years (which they do—click here to see why), we see in Revelation 13:5 another 3.5 years (42 months) where Christians are persecuted! Is there a 3.5 year period of time after the second half of the week where Christians suffer? No. So we see that in order to claim that Revelation is strictly chronological many contradictions must be overlooked or ignored. If Revelation is completely chronological the two wits don’t fit anywhere!

5 comments:

Katherine Hall said...

I've created a new blog Dave. My first post is VERY long, but I would be grateful if you could read it some time and then give a comment.

Thanks.

Always enjoy your postings,
Kathy Hall

Katherine Hall said...

I corrected one oops on my post. I changed from "At the end of Daniel's 70th week" to "Just beyond Daniel's 70th week" Christ comes down out of heaven this time on a white horse. That is more accurate, correct?

Gone Fishin' said...

That would be MY conclusion. Glad to hear that you defected from the pre-trib camp within the last year!

Dave

Katherine Hall said...

Hi Dave,

Paul responded on my blog. Would you like to try to respond back? If you are too busy, I understand. I'm going to make the attempt but you are so much better at it. I never dreamt I would get so much activity right away.

Kathy

Katherine Hall said...

Do you have any idea how Kristen VanKampen found me?