The Prophecy Timeline in the Gospels

Comparison of the Gospels and Revelation

Matthew 24:4 -12

“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars…because lawlessness is increased most people’s love will grow cold.”

Revelation 6:1-11

The four horses of the Apocalypse, and the Martyrs.


Matthew 24:15-22

Therefore when you see the Abomination of desolation….

Revelation 10-13, 17 – 18

The saints are given into the hands of the Antichrist (Satan), and the beast.

Matthew 13:40-41; 24:29

the Angels sent out to remove the lawlessness from the kingdom of heaven; “the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall.”

Revelation 8- 9, 14 – 16, 19

The Angels are sent out to remove the lawlessness from the kingdom of heaven. The sun darkened, and moon not giving its light, and stars falling are described in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th trumpets.

Matthew 24:30-31

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear.

Revelation 1-5, 7, 20 -22

The LORD’s Day, and thereafter.

Matthew 13

Matt 13:24-30
Parable of the Harvest – the good and bad grow up until the time of the harvest, Matt 13:30; the harvest in Revelation 14:18 is described as a harvest of grapes.

Matt 13:31-32f
The Mustard Seed – the growth of the kingdom of heaven will be great. The birds of the air are described as the workers of Satan in verses 4 and 19. The phrase “birds of the air come and rest in its branches” is from Daniel 4:12 and describes the kingdom of the beast, the corrupted kingdom of heaven. The reason for that corruption is described in the next verse.

Matt 13:33
the leavened kingdom – Jesus described the false teachings of the Pharisees as leaven, see Matthew 16:6. Leaven represents the falsity in the Church. Paul told us that we eat the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” The unleavened flour represents “unleavened truth,” and the leavening of the flour represents the corruption of the truth.

a woman – the woman is undoubtedly the Great Harlot in Revelation.

three measures of meal – most commentators recognize that the expression “three measures,” by Jesus was not arbitrary, and that there must have been some specific reason for the number three. But, they are at a loss to determine what the reason for three is. Here, we need some careful thought.

The Greek expression here is “ἀλεύρου σάτα τρία” (flour, measures, three). The Greek word σάτα, sata, actually comes from the Hebrew word “seah” meaning “measure.” We find the same expression, “three measures of meal” in Genesis 18:6.  The word “seah” can also define a specific quantity of dry flour, but the primary meaning is simply “measures” or “measurements.”

The measurements of the true Church are the measurements of truth, these are the three measures of unleavened flour. In Ezekiel 43:10-11, we learn that these “measurements must be strictly adhered to.”

The Bible gives us three measures of doctrine that must be adhered to, in order to be saved.

  1. We must “know…the one true God” (John 17:3).
  2. We must “obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ,”  (2 Thessalonians 1:8). This includes the need to be baptized and remember Christ’s death “in like manner” to Christ, and the Apostles.
  3. We must do the will of God, and keep His commandments (Matthew 7:21).

The leavening of the true measurements came by Tertullian, in 190 AD. He was the father of Latin Christianity, whose number is 666 (lateinos). He corrupted the “three measurements” of truth.

  • He proposed the Trinity.
  • He discounted the need to baptize “in like manner,” in living water. The need to baptize “in like manner,” in living water, was recognized by Justin Martyr and the Church in 150 AD, as we can read in Justin Martyr’s first Apology.
  • He said that Sunday should the day of rest, and not Saturday.

Matt 13:34-35
He did not speak without a parable – see also Matt 13:11, the secrets of the kingdom are only for His disciples to understand.

Matt 13:36-39
the parable of the tares – the good and bad grow up together in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus warned us that there would be wolves among the sheep. The wolves, or robbers, described in John 10, are those who will pervert the Gospel, speaking “perverse things,” as Paul tells us in Acts 20:29-30.

Matt 13:40-41
the end of the age – this parable will be described in Rev 8, 14, 16, and 19 where we see the Angels who remove the lawlessness from the kingdom.

send forth His Angels – who we see in Rev 14.

Matt 13:42-43
furnace of fire – described in Rev 14:10.

shine forth as the sun – the Spirit of Christ, as the Body of Christ, will shine forth as the sun, see Rev 1:16; 10:1; 12:1.

Matthew 24/Mark 13/Luke 21

Jesus’ explanation of the end time events is in two parts, similar to Daniel’s visions. First He gives an overview, in Matthew 24:4-14, and then He gives a detailed explanation in verses 15-31. The detailed explanation begins with the appearance of the Antichrist, and takes us to the end of the world.

An Overview of the Events that precede Christ’s Return

Matt 24:1-2/ Mark 13:1-2/Luke 21:5-6
not one stone – from Daniel 9;26, this verse will introduce Daniel 9:27, as described in Matthew 24:15, and Mark 13:14. From here, we begin the comparison the destruction and restoration of the physical Jerusalem, to the spiritual Jerusalem, New Jerusalem. Both were given into the hands of the Gentiles, until they were finally restored.

Matt 24:3/Mark 13:2-4/Luke 21:7
what will be the sign? – Jesus answers this clearly in verses 15-29.

Matt 24:4-5/Mark 13:5-6/Luke 21:8
many will say “I am the Christ” – an entire line of Popes said “I am Christ on earth.”

Matt 24:6-8/Mark 13:7-8/Luke 21:9-11
wars, famines, earthquakes – see Rev 6:1-8, these are the plagues over a fourth of the earth, the four seals, the four horsemen.

Matt 24:9-13/Mark 13:9-12/Luke 21:12-19
then they will deliver you – Luke gives the opposite message to Matthew, and quotes Jesus saying: “but before all these things, they will lay hands on you and persecute you,” (Luke 21:12-19). We can’t really ascribe any significance to the statement: “then they will deliver,” to place it sometime after the wars, famines and earthquakes. Indeed, the persecution of the saints, had already begun in the Apostolic age. The detailed chronology of events begins in verse 15.

Matt 24:14/Mark 13:13/
this gospel will be preached…and then the end will come – the conclusion of the overview.

The Chronology of Events Preceding Christ’s Return

In Matthew 24:15-28, Mark 13:14-27, and Luke 21:20-27, Jesus describes the desolation and restoration of the Sanctified Church, “New Jerusalem.” His true disciples fly to “the mountains,” this is the flight of the Woman into the wilderness, described in Revelation 12. After the Sanctified Church has been restored (described in Revelation 8:4-5), seven trumpets will precede Jesus’ return. Jesus introduced these trumpets in Matthew 24:29, saying: “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light” (fourth trumpet), “and the stars will fall from the sky” (3rd and 5th trumpet).

Below we compare Christ’s message in the Gospels, with the Books of Daniel, and Revelation.

Matt 24:15/Mark 13:14Luke 21:20DanielRevelation
Therefore, when you see the Abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet – see explanations under Daniel.
standing in the holy place – Christ’s Church is desolated when the “man of sin” is revealed,” (2 Thessalonians 2:3); the Antichrist is “given a mouth,” and desolates the Church. The “place of his Sanctuary was cast to the ground,” Daniel 8:10. 
when you see Jerusalem surrounded by Armies you know her desolation is near– in Luke, especially in verse 24, we understand the desolation is spiritual. This is the desolation of New Jerusalem, by the forces of the Antichrist, Satan and his Angels. As Paul said: “the coming of the lawless one “is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders” (2 Thess 2:9).
The Antichrist exalted Himself as high as Christ, and the place of his sanctuary was cast to the ground (Daniel 8:9-12), this was the sin that caused the desolation of the Church, the departure of the Sanctifying Spirit. In Daniel 9:26, the Angel prophesied that this desolation would come by “the People of Ruler to come,” and by the forces of the Antichrist, his Angels (Daniel 8:9 11:31). This began the “time, times and half a time” 1290 days, (Daniel 12:9-12).
Revelation 11:2 describes the desolated Church: “do not measure the outer court for it has been given to the Gentiles, for they will trample the holy City for 42 months.” The saints are described as ‘two witnesses who prophecy wearing sackcloth for 1,260 days. Revelation 12, tells us the kingdom of God fled into the wilderness for “time, times and half a time.”
Matt 24:16-18/Mark 13:15-16Luke 21:21-22Revelation
those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains – on the physical level, Jesus refers to the siege of Jerusalem, but on the spiritual level, Jesus refers to the Woman, the kingdom of God, that flew into the wilderness to escape from the serpent.  (Revelation 12:6,14.
Let him who is on the housetop – the same expression is used also in Luke 17:31, where the appearance of Christ is described, but here in Matthew, we are describing the appearance of the Antichrist. In both cases, the warning is the same. We must give ourselves wholly to the attention of our salvation. This is explained in Luke 17:32, do not look back, as Lot’s wife did.
those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains – on the physical level, Jesus refers to the siege of Jerusalem, but on the spiritual level, Jesus refers to the Woman, the kingdom of God, that flew into the wilderness to escape from the serpent (Revelation 12:6,14.
The true Kingdom of God flew into the wilderness for time, times and half a time to be nourished away from the presence of the serpent (Revelation 12:6,14). No longer having the testimony of the Holy Spirit, the saints overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Rev 12:12;17).
Matt 24:19-20/Mark 13:17Luke 21:23Revelation
woe to those who are pregnant – referring to the spiritual birth of the children of the kingdom of heaven, described in Revelation 12: “the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children” (Rev 12:17)
woe to those who are pregnant – referring to the spiritual birth of the children of the kingdom of heaven, described in Revelation 12: “the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children” (Rev 12:17)
The true kingdom of heaven is described as a Woman in Revelation 12:1; the kingdom of the beast is described as a harlot in Revelation 17. Jesus warns of the fate of the true Woman and her, children, called “the elect Lady and her children” in 2 John 1:1.
Matt 24:21/Mark 13:19 Luke 21:24DanielRevelation
then there will be a great tribulation – this is the spiritual tribulation of the saints by the Antichrist, who cast the true Church to the ground; taking away the assurance of salvation that comes by receiving the Holy Spirit. An army was given over to Satan to oppose the daily sacrifice (Christ’s blood had formerly washed away sins at water baptism, by the authority of the Holy Spirit) (Daniel 8:10-12; John 20:21-23).
such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will – this was the tribulation of the Antichrist, Satan, against the saints. It was incredible from the view of the world because the “Church” inflicted great suffering upon the saints, through religious wars and burning at the stake.
and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations – from Daniel 11:33; fall by the edge of the sword described the wars of the Reformation period (Rev 13:9) and wars against the Arian states. Nations and gentiles are the same word in Greek. The true children of God will be taken into captivity in “mystery Babylon,” the spiritual captivity of false religion described in Revelation 17:5.
The Great Tribulation is firstly spiritual, as from Daniel 8:12, “an army was given was given over to the horn to oppose they daily sacrifice (of Christ’s blood)”; “arms from him shall come up” (Daniel 11:31). Daniel 11:33 tells us “they will fall by sword and by flame.” By religious war and the burning at the stake; which was the most common attack against the saints for many centuries.
In Revelation, the phrase “Great Tribulation” is only found in Revelation 7, where we see two groups of elect: those from New Jerusalem, the Sanctified Church, the 144,000, and those who “came out of the Great Tribulation,” who Satan accused “day and night,” because they did not have the testimony of the Holy Spirit. – as from Daniel 8:12, “an army was given to him to oppose the daily sacrifice.”
Matt 24:22/Mark 13:20Luke 21:24Revelation
unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved – by the true Gospel. Of course, many, many, people died through the Inquisition and the Reformation. But, more significantly, unless this period ended, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ could not be restored to bring salvation to the elect. But for the sake of the elect those days were cut short.
Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled – this is repeated in Rev 11:2, “they shall trample the Holy City underfoot for 42 months.” This is the New Jerusalem, the spiritual Holy City, that the Gentiles trampled underfoot.
In Revelation 14:6-7, the true “everlasting gospel” is preached by the Sanctified Church of the end days, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgement has come (John 16:8), who made the heaven and the earth and springs of living water.” (The “springs of living water” refer to the Spirit of truth that testifies to the Gospel. Compare to Revelation 10:6, which omits “springs of living water.” In Revelation 10:6, John introduces the Angel from Daniel 12:7, who brings the story of time, times and half a time in the hands of the beast.)
Matt 24:23-28/Mark 16:21-23
Then if anyone says to you, “Behold, here is the Christ”– referring to many false Christs, including the Popes who called themselves Christ on earth. Jesus warns the saints who await His return.
wherever the corpse is the vultures (eagles) will gather – His return will coincide with the Battle of Armageddon, as described in Isaiah 34:15-16; “the eagles/hawks (end time saints) will be gathered there”  – “and His Spirit (Word, in the Targum) has gathered them” (to be taken to heaven)
Matt 24:29/Mark 16:24Luke 21:25-26Revelation
immediately after the tribulation of those days– literally “straight from the tribulation of those days.” Jesus tells us that we will go directly from the Great Tribulation to the seven trumpets described below. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit, “fire from the altar” in Revelation 8:5; brings the assurance of salvation to the elect, and ends Satan’s tribulation.
the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall – in the 4th trumpet we find: “a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck…” (Revelation 8:12); and the stars falling are in the 3rd and 5th trumpets (Revelation 8:10, 9:1).

In summary, Jesus prophesied two events that must precede His return:

  1. The Great Tribulation from Satan, and
  2. The Seven Trumpets from God
there will be signs in the sun, moon and stars – as described by the seven trumpets.
in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves– some might think this is a prophecy of anxiety regarding climate change in the last days; but is more likely the crashing of the waves of the sea in the second trumpet, in Rev 8:8-9.
The tribulation for the saints ended with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, indicated in Revelation 8:5, “fire from the altar.” These began the seven trumpets.

The saints once again have the “guarantee” of salvation, “blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord from now on” (Eph 1:13; Rev 14:13).

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit brings the hour of God’s judgment (John 16:9, Rev 14:7), the wrath of Almighty God. The Holy Spirit is the fire that proceeds from the Ancient of Days, to destroy the kingdom of the beast, as described in Daniel 7:10 and Revelation 16:8-9.

Matt 24:30-31/Mark 16:25-27Luke 21:27DanielRevelation
the tribes of the earth will mourn -from Zechariah 12:10; Rev 1:7.
coming in the clouds – from Daniel 7:13.
shall gather His elect – from Isaiah 34:16.
then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds and great glory – from Daniel 7:13.
Daniel 7:13; 12:1-3.
Revelation 1:7, 11:15, 16:17, 20:9.
Matt 24:32/Mark 16:28Luke 21:29-30Revelation
when the branch has become tender and puts forth its leaves – the BRANCH refers to Christ throughout Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Zechariah. Some explain the putting forth of the leaves as the end time harvest. Some relate “the fig tree” to the end time salvation of Israel. In either case, we have arrived at the same time-period, introduced in verse 14: “this gospel…shall be preached in the whole world…and then the end will come.”
the message in Luke seems to take the emphasis away from the fig tree, but rather just focuses on the phenomenon of watching the signs as they appear, to know Christ’s coming.
Some relate the fig tree to the end time salvation of Israel, of 144,000, as explained in Revelation 7:1-8; and 14:1-5. The listing of the tribes of Israel in Revelation 7 suggests that Israel will be significant in the end time sanctified Church. This message is throughout the Old Testament prophets, and of course, undeniably in Romans 11:25-26.