The Chronological Overview

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Introduction

Solomon described New Jerusalem as the bride of Christ, who sought Him in the wilderness. Daniel said that Satan would desolate New Jerusalem for a time, times, and half a time through the power of the fourth beast. The apostle John said she flew into the wilderness away from the presence of the serpent and described the cleansing of the sanctuary by four living creatures, four horses, and four trumpets, which bring God’s wrath on the lawless. Four “hours” describe New Jerusalem, who comes out of the wilderness, and the judgment of the fourth beast of Daniel. After 2,300 days, or years, the Sanctuary is cleansed. The story begins when the woman gives birth to her first child, who is caught up to God and His throne.

The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Coming

The Hebrew word for “days” sometimes signifies years, and the Hebrew word for “weeks” (שבע) can also mean “sevens.”

Jeremiah prophesied that Israel would be taken captive in Babylon for seventy years. An angel was sent to tell Daniel that seventy weeks, or seventy sevens, were required for Israel to put an end to sin and iniquity. “From the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem,” recorded in Ezra 4 and 7, there would be sixty-nine sevens until the Messiah was anointed. This sixty-nine sevens, 483 years, brings us from 457 BC to the year 27, when Jesus was anointed. He was “about thirty years old,” according to Luke, “in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius,” who began to govern after October 23, AD 12.

The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Crucifixion

The Angel who was sent to Daniel prophesied the year of the Messiah’s coming, and the year of his crucifixion. He was anointed in the fall of AD 27, 69 weeks after the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. In the middle of the next week, after 3 ½ years, He was cut off. We know that Jesus was crucified on the Passover, on Thursday according to Luke. The record of the US Navy Observatory tells us the 14th of Nisan fell on a Wednesday in AD 31. But it was moved to Thursday in accordance with the Holiday rules. This fulfilled the Targum of Hosea 3:2, “I redeemed them by My Word, on the 15th of Nisan.” The Targum prophesied the year, month, and day of Jesus’ crucifixion!

He shall pollute the Sanctuary of Strength

Daniel said that Satan would “cast truth to the ground”—“an army would be given to him,” an army of demons. They would “pollute the sanctuary of strength [maoz].” The Hebrew word maoz only described the refuge of God, as in “God is my fortress.” In AD 180, Irenaeus gave the last testimony of believers receiving the Holy Spirit, which he said was evidenced by speaking in tongues. Shortly afterward, a false experience of tongues began, called Montanism. Their founders, Montanus and Maximilla, received “a mind-destroying spirit” that drove each to suicide. Their spokesman was Tertullian, the father of Latin Christianity and all significant deviations from apostolic doctrine. The apostle Paul said the coming of the lawless one would be with all signs and lying wonders.

The Abomination of Desolation

The angel in linen raised His hands and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for time, times, and half a time, until all was finished. This was rounded to 1290 days, forty-three months of thirty days on the Jewish lunar calendar, from the time that the abomination of desolation was established.

In 193, the bishop of Rome committed the sin that caused desolation when he exalted himself as high as Christ. He excommunicated the churches of Asia because they rejected his doctrine of Easter Sunday. The place of God’s sanctuary was cast down—the Spirit of Truth was taken away. The saints remained in Satan’s hand for exactly three and a half years, or 1278 days as years, until the Moravian Church broke free from his power in 1471.

The End was with a Flood

Daniel said that the end would be with a flood. This was described in Revelation 12: “The serpent poured out water like a river—that he might cause the woman to be swept away with the flood.” This flood was the Great Persecution of 303, prophesied in Revelation 2:10: “You will have tribulation ten days.” Bishop Eusebius, an eyewitness, said, “Houses of prayer were thrown down to the foundations, and divine scriptures committed to the flames—the body of one scourged with rods, another punished with rackings and scrapings.” In 313, the emperor repented. John said, “The Earth helped the woman” and “The dragon went off to make war” with her children. Satan used the power of Rome to enforce all his deceptions. The saints had entered “Mystery Babylon.”

The Vision of the Four Beasts

Daniel saw a vision of four beasts, representing four kingdoms: a lion, a bear, a leopard, and an exceedingly dreadful beast, which John called “a red dragon.” Daniel called these four kingdoms and four kings.

The first king was Nebuchadnezzar the Great. The next three kings were described in Daniel 8. The king of Persia who would be “great” was Cyrus the Great. The king of Greece who would be “very great” was Alexander the Great. And the little horn who would be “exceedingly great” was Satan. His kingdom that remains today is “Mystery Babylon the Great.” Daniel watched until this beast was slain. The others, he said, were prolonged for a time and a season—that is, a year and three months, 455 days, or years, until Rome conquered Greece.

The Image in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of an image with a head of gold, chest of silver, belly of bronze, legs of iron, and feet partly clay and partly iron. Daniel said that King Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold. In Daniel 7 and 8, the chest of silver was revealed to be Persia, the belly of bronze to be Greece, and the legs of iron to be Rome. The feet that were partly clay and partly iron had ten toes, called ten kingdoms. They “would not mix in the seed of men,” because they were separated by language and culture. In 1525, Machiavelli, an advisor to the Pope, described ten states from “the irruption of the Northern people on the Roman territories,” referring to Romania, Austria, Spain, Morocco, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Hungary, and Switzerland.

They Reigned with the Beast for One Hour

The ten toes in Daniel 2 were ten horns that came out of the fourth beast in Daniel 7—out of the Roman Empire. A little horn came up among them. It had two eyes and a mouth. This was the power of Satan that spoke through the bishop of Rome.

Beginning with Hildebrand in 1073, the popes exercised significant power over the states of Europe, even appointing their kings.

Jesus compared the time of a man to the twelve hours of daylight. The book of Revelation explained that the ten kings would reign as one hour with the beast. One hour represents about five hundred years— one-twelfth of the human clock of six thousand years.

The ten western kings reigned with the pope from the East-West Schism of 1054 until the sixteenth century.

The Number of the Beast

In the book of Revelation, the kingdoms against the saints were described as a beast of seven heads and ten horns. These were the four kingdoms explained by Daniel, preceded by Egypt and Assyria. John said the beast was “wounded by the sword and lived,” as the power of Rome continued through the pope and ten states of Europe, which became the seventh head. It was a kingdom of ten horns.

John said the name of the beast with the wound of the sword was the name of an “anthropos,” a race of men whose letters added up to 666. Every letter of the Greek alphabet is a number. In 180, Irenaeus wrote, “Lateinos has the number 666; and it is very probable, this being the name of the last kingdom.”

The Image of the Beast

In Revelation 13, John described two beasts. The first was like the combination of three animals: a lion, a leopard, and a bear. The second beast had the power to perform great signs. It caused those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the first beast that had the wound of the sword and lived, and it caused the image of the beast to speak and cause as many as would not worship the image to be killed.

The wound of the sword to the Roman Empire came by the Gothic War of 376 to 382. In 381, the Trinity doctrine was established—the image of a three-animal God, created by philosophers. It was enforced by capital punishment from Constantine and was ultimately responsible for fifty million deaths.

The Mark of the Beast

John said that the false prophet caused all men to receive a mark on their right hand or their forehead. The meaning was from Exodus 13:9: “It shall serve to you as a sign on your forehead and a reminder on your hand that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth.”

In Daniel 6, we learn about the law that could not be changed, but in Chapter 7, we are told that the beast will intend to change time and law. There could be no greater change of time and law than the changing of the Sabbath day. John said that no one could buy nor sell unless they received the mark; no one could do business on the Sabbath day unless they received the mark of the beast.

The Four Horses of the Apocalypse

John described four living creatures: a lion, the lion of Judah, representing the apostolic saints; an ox, the animal of sacrifice, representing the saints martyred for a time, times, and half a time; a man, just as Nebuchadnezzar was finally given the heart of man; and an eagle, representing the saints gathered up when Christ returns.

These creatures announce four horses given authority over a fourth of the earth: Europe.

One announced a white horse that brings pestilence and wild beasts. The second living creature announced a red horse, war, which began as Rome fell. The third living creature announced a black horse with scales, representing financial collapse, the first of which was the Medici Bank in 1494. The fourth living creature announced a green horse that brings death and Hades.

He shall come against the strongest of fortresses

The four horses given authority over a fourth of the earth were the four colors of Islam: white, red, black, and green. Just as the city on seven hills in Revelation 17 points to Rome, these four horses pointed to Islam.

Daniel prophesied the crusades of the pope, saying, “He shall come against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign God, which he shall acknowledge.” His opponent Muhammad preached that the three-person God of the pope was unbiblical. The fortresses of Islam were the strongest in the world.

Daniel said the pope “shall exalt himself above all gods” and “shall have no desire of women,” describing the pope’s celibacy. He “shall divide the land for gain.” The Catholic Church is the largest non-government landowner in the world.

The Two Witnesses

After the bishop of Rome exalted himself as high as Christ, the saints were given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time—rounded to 1,290 days, forty-three months of thirty days in Daniel 12:11. This ended in 1471, when the followers of Jan Huss broke free from the pope’s power.

The angel concluded the book of Daniel, saying, “Blessed is he who waits and comes to 1,335 days.” Exactly forty-five years later, in 1516, Martin Luther began his Reformation with his first public attack on the papacy.

Revelation 11 described the two witnesses and their churches as two olive trees and two lampstands: Jan Huss and Martin Luther dripped the oil of the Spirit of Christ in the Moravian and Lutheran churches that they established.

After 3 ½ Days, they stood on their Feet

The apostle John described the Catholic Church as a great harlot clothed in purple and scarlet—the colors of bishops, cardinals, and popes. John said the harlot was “drunk with the blood of the saints.”

In 1415, Jan Huss was burned at the stake. In 1467, the Moravian Hussites declared their independence from the pope and asked the Waldensian Bishop Stephan to ordain the new ministers. Stephan was burned at the stake on August 19, 1467 and the brethren were hunted like deer for three and a half years in the forests of Bohemia.

On February 22, 1471, Archbishop Jan Rokycana died, and King George Prodebrady died one month later. The persecution stopped, and the Moravian brethren were free.

John said that after three and a half days, they stood on their feet.

The First Resurrection

In Daniel 12, the angel prophesied that the power of the holy people would be shattered for time, times, and half a time, which he described as forty-three lunar months, 1,290 days.

In Chapter 8, an angel prophesied that the sanctuary would be cleansed after 2,300 days. These 2,300 days, subtracting 1,290 days, are 1,010 days—described in Revelation 20 as one thousand years when the martyrs “who had not worshiped the beast, or his image, or received his mark” resurrected to reign with Christ.

When the Moravian Hussites broke free from the papacy in 1471, they ended the time, times, and half a time and began the first resurrection. John said, “They went straight up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watched them.”

In that Hour, There Was a Great Earthquake

The book of Revelation describes four hours of about 500 years—that is, one-twelfth of the human clock of six thousand years. In the first hour, the ten kings of Europe reigned with the beast.

In the next hour, “There was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell, and seven thousand were killed.” The earth represents the people, and a quake is their war. The Reformation wars climaxed with the Thirty Year’s War, in which a third of Germany’s population died. In total, one-tenth of Europe’s population was killed. The seven thousand represent the saints who did not worship the beast, from the story of Elijah.

The third hour is now upon us: “The hour of God’s judgment.” The final hour is “the hour to reap the harvest.”

Not by Might, Nor by Power, but by My Spirit

Daniel described the power of Satan as a “little horn.” He said Satan would be great but not by his own power. He deceived the Romans to use their power against Christ and His disciples, and he deceived the bishop of Rome to exalt himself above Christ.

Daniel said he would be “broken without human means.”

In Daniel 2, a stone was “cut out from the rock without human hands.” This stone smashed the image seen by Nebuchadnezzar and grew into a great mountain that filled the whole earth. From Isaiah, we know that stone was Christ, and the great mountain was the mountain of the Lord’s House in the last days.

Zechariah said the saints would rebuild God’s temple, “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit.”

Silence in Heaven for About a Half an Hour

Seven seals reveal God’s wrath on the lawless. The first four seals were four horses that brought terror to a fourth of the earth: Europe, which was the extent of Christianity until the Reformation.

In the fifth seal, the martyrs who were killed by the beast cried out in heaven for God to send His wrath. They were told to rest until the fullness of their brethren were killed. Their deaths ended with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.

John said, “There was silence in heaven for about a half an hour,” or 250 years. Then, “Fire was poured out from the altar,” and there was “an earthquake.” In 1917, the Holy Spirit was poured out in China, which began “the hour of God’s judgment,” and China joined World War One.

The Temple Faced East

In the beginning of the twentieth century, many in the West were praying for the Holy Spirit, hoping to rebuild God’s temple.

But Ezekiel said the glory of God would come from the East. In Jesus’ day, Zechariah 6:12 read, “Behold, the man whose name is the East! He shall build the temple of the LORD.” Isaiah said that those whom Peter called “afar off” in Acts 2:39 were from “Sinim,” or China.

In Revelation 8, we read, “The prayers of the saints went up before God out of the angel’s hand … Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth.” That angel was Christ, and the fire was the same Holy Spirit that He poured out on the day of Pentecost.

The Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony was Opened

Before the glory of God could enter the temple, it had to be built with God’s instructions. In Acts 7, Stephen said, “Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen.” But God said, “Their doorpost was beside My doorpost, and there was a wall between Me and them.”

John said, “The temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened.”

The Church of the East rejected the image of the beast and obeyed five doctrines:
• the rest of the Sabbath day;
• baptism in the name of Jesus, in like manner;
• the washing of feet after baptism;
• holy communion;
• and receiving the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by the tongue emitting sound.

The First Trumpet

After the Holy Spirit was poured out, four trumpets brought four plagues to purify the kingdom of heaven. These were described as five bowls of wrath poured out on the kingdom of the beast. The kingdom of the beast represents the lawless in the kingdom of heaven.

The first trumpet was a plague of hail and fire. It caused sores on those who worshiped the image of the beast and received his mark in the first bowl of wrath. All the grass was burned because “all flesh is as grass,” and all received the mark of the beast. A third of the trees were burned, just as a third of the angels were found to be lawless. Jesus compared those in the kingdom of heaven to good trees and bad trees.

The Second Trumpet

When the second trumpet sounded, “A great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.” This was the end-time mountain of the Lord’s House, prophesied by Isaiah, burning with the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel described the Holy Spirit in the end-time Church as water that becomes deeper as one goes east. When it enters the Dead Sea, the previous ground of Christianity, it will be revived.

Hosea said, “After two days, He will revive us, and in the third day, He will raise us up.” A day with the Lord is a thousand years, and two thousand years brings us from the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit to 2031, about the time of the revival of the second trumpet.

The Third and Fourth Trumpets

The third and fourth trumpets complete the cleansing of the kingdom of heaven.

In the third trumpet, a star named “Wormwood” falls to the earth and poisons the rivers and springs of the kingdom of the beast. Rivers and springs are an analogy for the Spirit. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me … from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water” and “the water I give him will become in him a spring of living water.”

As the end-time Sanctified Church prospers, others will pray for the Holy Spirit, but they will receive the spirit of a demon.

The fourth trumpet completes the cleansing of the sanctuary. The final third of the kingdom of heaven is darkened, and those in kingdom of the beast gnaw their tongues in pain.

The Rider on the White Horse

The final hour is the hour to reap the harvest, as described in Revelation 14. In verse 20, the rider on the white horse, the end-time Sanctified Church, treads the great winepress of God’s wrath outside the city, and the blood reaches up to the horse’s bridles. The kingdom of heaven is cleansed after 2,300 days, or years, just as Daniel prophesied.

The meaning of the great winepress is explained in verse 10, where an angel says with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image … he will drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” The lawless drink the communion of Christ’s blood in an unworthy manner, as Paul described in 1 Corinthians 11. They drink the wine of God’s wrath.

Satan is Released to Deceive the Nations

When the kingdom of heaven is fully cleansed, Jesus’ prayer will be fulfilled. All His disciples will be one, and the world will know that God sent Him.

On that day, the people of the world will be without excuse, so God will send them a strong delusion because, as Paul said, “they did not receive the love of the truth to be saved.” Satan will be released from the abyss, and demons, like locusts, will torment those who do not have the seal of the living God. These locusts have a sting like that of a scorpion, causing men to long for death. For Paul said, “The sting of sin is death.” Men choose death rather than eternal life, and Satan gathers them together at the battle of Armageddon.

The Battle of Armageddon

John said the nations will gather at Armageddon. The meaning of this goes back to Zechariah 12: When Israel realizes that they have crucified their God, there will be great mourning, “like the mourning … in the valley of Megiddo,” which is Armageddon in Greek.

Paul said, “When the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, all Israel will be saved.”

In Revelation 7, four angels hold back the four winds of destruction until the angel from the east, the end-time Church, seals the bond servants of God, numbered as 144,000, or 12,000 from twelve tribes of Israel.

The battle of Armageddon is described with all the imagery of a human battle, including armies of two hundred million men, fire and brimstone, and hailstones of one hundred pounds, which can only be missiles.

The Lord’s Day

Zechariah said the Lord will open a pathway through the Mount of Olives when the nations attack Jerusalem—the saints will be taken away before the nations attack. In Revelation 16, before the battle begins, Jesus says, “Behold, I am coming as a thief.”

He will gather the elect from the four corners of the earth. Paul said that the dead in Christ will rise first, and we will all meet Him in the air. John said all the nations will weep and mourn, for every eye will see Him.

Those who have done good will rise to a resurrection of life, and those who do evil will rise to a resurrection of judgment. But all those whose names are written in the book of life will be saved.

A New Heaven and a New Earth

The apostle Peter said the earth will melt with a fervent heat. John described a new heaven and a new earth. There was no more sea, no need of salvation. In that Day, we shall all be changed. When we see Him, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

God promised that he who conquers will drink the spring of water of life without cost: “I will be his God, and he shall be My Son.”

The seventh trumpet completes God’s salvation plan. The number seven represents completeness. The book of Revelation describes seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls of wrath, seven churches, seven spirits, and seven blessings. The first and last blessing is for those who hear this prophecy and obey it.