One Thousand Years
In Revelation 20, we learn that the Martyrs will rise and reign with Christ for one thousand years. This “one thousand years” comes from the Book of Daniel.
It seems like some in the early Church already understood that the return of Christ was at least 1,000 years away. The Apostle Peter said, “do not let this one fact escape your notice, with the Lord, a day is as a thousand years . . . the Lord is not slow about His promise” (2 Peter 3:8-9).
In Daniel Chapter 12, an Angel described the corruption of the kingdom of heaven over time, times, and half a time. In verse 11, this was explained as 1,290 days. That is 43 months of 30 days on the Jewish lunar calendar, from the time that the abomination of desolation is set up.
In Chapter 8, an Angel described the sin that caused desolation. In verse 13, a holy one asked, “‘how long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, and the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?’
And he said to me, ‘for 2,300 days then the Sanctuary will be cleansed.’”
The corruption of 1,290 days, and the cleansing of the sanctuary after 2,300 days, are the two time periods described in the Book of Revelation.
These 2,300 days less the 1,290 days is 1,010 days, that is the one thousand years, when the Martyrs reign with Christ. Their blood speaks for the truth and cleanses the sanctuary.
The Prophet Zechariah described these 2,300 days, when he said, “Half of the City will go into captivity” (Zechariah 14:2). There were 160 “days” before the saints went into captivity and will be 150 days after the kingdom of heaven it is cleansed (Revelation 9:5). 1,290 days are in captivity. Half of the days are in captivity (1,290/2,610, 49%).
The Four Living Creatures
Daniel told us that the kingdom of heaven would be corrupted for time, times and half a time, 1,290 days, and cleansed after 2,300 days. These two time periods: the time, times and half a time, and the 1,000 years of cleansing help us understand the identity of the four living creatures in Revelation Chapter 4.
These four living creatures were first described by Ezekiel. He said, “wherever the Spirit wanted to go, they went . . .” (Ezekiel 1:12;20). These are the saints who “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.” They are full of truth, “full of eyes all around” (Ezekiel 1:18; Revelation 4:8). Zechariah called them the “four craftsmen” that terrified the four horns that scattered Judah (Zechariah 1:21), the four beasts of Daniel.
The first living creature was a Lion. Jesus was called the Lion of Judah, in Chapter 5. He represented the Apostolic saints.
The second living creature was an ox. An ox in the Old Testament was an animal for sacrifices. The ox represented the saints who were killed by the beast, for time, times and half a time. This began in the year 193.
The man is the third living creature. King Nebuchadnezzar became as a beast, until seven times passed over him, and then he was given the heart of a man. The man is the living creature who appears after the “time, times, and half a time” ended in 1471.
The final living creature is the eagle, in Greek “ah-et-os.” Isaiah told us that those who wait on the Lord, “will soar on wings as eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). These are the end time saints who are filled with the Holy Spirit. They fly in “midheaven” in Revelation 8:13, and 19:17. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said that the eagles will be gathered up when He returns (Matthew 24:28).
The Four Horses of the Apocalypse
God said He would send four destroyers against Jerusalem,
“I will send four kinds of destroyers against them,” declares the LORD, “the sword to kill and the dogs to drag away and the birds and the wild animals to devour and destroy” (Jeremiah 15:3, Ezekiel 14:21).
The Four Horses in Revelation 6 are four destroyers sent against the errant Kingdom of God.
The first was a white horse, representing the Angel of God, who brings pestilence, and wild beasts.
The second was a red horse who brings war. He is announced by the second living creature; the ox who was sacrificed for time, times, and half a time. There was no war until the time of the second living creature.
The time, times and half a time of the second living creature ended in 1471. The third living creature, a man, announces a black horse, and “scales that go out balance,” the economic collapse of the financial system. In 1494, the Italian Medeci bank, that invented our modern accounting system of debits and credits, became the first big bank to go out of balance.
The fourth and final horse is a green horse, representing death and hades. This fourth horse is announced by the last living creature, who represents the judgment day for the errant.
These four horses were “given authority over a fourth of the earth.” Europe was the fourth of the earth that represented Christianity until the sixteenth Century. It was all that was North and West of Jerusalem.
Europe’s greatest enemy was Islam. Its flags of white, red, black and green, were the four colors of the four horses, that terrorized Europe for 1,000 years. Daniel described the Pope’s fight against Islam, saying, “he will act against the strongest of fortresses” (Daniel 11:39). The fortresses of Islam were the strongest in the world, surrounded by double, and sometimes triple walls, and protected by ample moats.1
The Four Hours of Revelation
The Book of Revelation describes four “hours” of about 500 years, each representing 1/12 of the human clock of about 6,000 years.
The first hour is found in Chapter 17. John said that the Ten Kings, the Ten States of Europe reigned with the beast for “one hour.” This began with the East-West Schism of 1054 A.D., and ended in the Reformation, in the 16th Century. This hour is described three times in Chapter 18: “in one hour your judgment has come!”; “in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste”; “in one hour she has been laid waste.”
The second hour is found in Revelation 11. We are told that 1/10 of the Great City fell in an earthquake in that hour. An earth represents the people, and a quake is their shaking in war. In the Reformation, religious wars killed millions of people in Europe.
In Revelation 8:1, we are told that there was “silence in heaven for a half an hour. This was the silence of the martyrs, from the end of the Reformation wars in 1648, until the second outpouring of the Holy Spirit in 1917.
The third hour is “the Hour of God’s Judgment,” announced in Revelation 14:6. In this hour, the lawless are removed from the kingdom of heaven, before Jesus returns.
The fourth, and final hour, is the “hour to reap – the harvest” described in Revelation 14:15.
These four hours, the “time, times and half a time,” and the “1,000-year reign of Christ,” give us a great overview of the Book of Revelation.
The Seven Seals
The outpouring of God’s wrath on the lawless is described by seven seals in Revelation 6.
Each seal reveals God’s punishment on those who know what is right, but refuse to obey it.
The first four seals are four horses that are “given authority over a fourth of the earth.” Europe was the fourth of the earth that represented Christianity until the sixteenth Century.
The first two horses are wars and famines, which Jesus said would be the beginning of birth pangs. The third horse was the collapse of the financial system, which began with the Italian Medeci bank in 1494. The fourth horse was death and hades.
The fifth seal was the cry of the Martyrs who refused to worship the beast, and his image, or receive his mark. They were resurrected and reigned with Christ for one thousand years. They cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood . . . ?”
They were given a white robe and told to wait until the number of their fellow servants would be killed. The death of the Martyrs continued until the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.
The seventh seal reveals the hour of God’s judgment. This began in the year 1917, when the Holy Spirit was poured out. An hour in the Book of Revelation is about 500 years, 1/12 of the human clock of 6,000 years. Before the hour of judgment began, there was silence in heaven for about a half an hour. This brought us from the Peace of Westphalia to 1917.
The sixth seal is the Great Day of God’s wrath, that ends man’s existence on the earth. The sixth seal, trumpet and bowl of wrath, all describe the great and final battle of Armageddon.