Is the book of Revelation written in chronological order of how the events would happen?

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Wendy:

Let’s get our next question up here. Cole Matlock is asking is the Book of Revelations written in chronological order of how the events will happen?

Tina:

Basically, Colematlock, I would say No, it’s not written chronologically, like I said, just like the Book of Daniel, like there’s Daniel two, which gives you an outline and then Daniel seven. It goes into further detail and it just keeps building. It repeats, it enlarges, and it gives different details, every single prophecy. And Daniel kind of repeats with a different detail.

Tina:

For basically, I would say different audience or different type of thing. Like in Daniel eight, it’s more of detail as far as how it relates to God’s people. And it has more sanctuary language, whereas chapter seven is just kind of like the nature of these nations and how they’re going to behave. And then like eleven is these big details, same thing with revelation. When you look at like I said, chapters two and three, it’s more the state of the Church, what’s going to happen in the Church?

Tina:

And then when it comes to the seven seals, it’s talking about historical events. It talks about the seven trumpets, it’s talking about bad things, basically judgments, exactly. And the seven last plagues, that’s all judgment. But that only happens at the end of time. So it’s different types of things that are happening and the Bible is repeating and enlarging. So no, it’s not chronological. It kind of goes back and repeats just so that you get an idea because history, there’s always a lot of things going on in the world at the same time.

Tina:

Like right now in the United States, we’re blessed. Things are pretty good. Thank God, we have freedom and we’re not in a state of terrible persecution in this country. But if you go to other countries, people are in danger of losing their lives for being a Christian. And it just depends where you’re at in the world and what’s kind of going on. So that’s just something to keep in mind just that. And there’s different people. There’s God’s people that are doing things right now. And then there’s the devil and his people that are doing things in the world right now.

Tina:

So the Bible is always kind of showing different aspects of what’s going on at the same time. You kind of see that. And you just need to look at the story of the Gospels. The four Gospels tell the same story of Jesus, but from different angles. So if you want to think of it that way, the Book of Revelation is showing different aspects of history that are both happening at the same time, but kind of going back and repeating. So no, it’s not chronological from chapter one to chapter 22.

Tina:

But there are when it goes through those the seven churches, the seven seals, the seven trumpets, those are chronological. But it’s not the churches then the seals. No, those can be happening at the same time.

Jay:

I like your comparison to the Gospels where the same thing is being repeated, reiterated or maybe from different perspectives, four different times. I was going to say the way I look at it is like the movie Magnolia. Did you see that? It’s from way back in the day, but it followed maybe seven different storylines, and it’s constantly cutting back and forth between different people, different perspectives. And you might have the same point in time, but then cut through it from seven different perspectives and then maybe go to another point in time.

Jay:

Cut through that seven different perspectives. So, yeah, revelation is always important to whenever you get into something that there’s seven of something identify. Okay, what’s this group? What is it focusing on? What is the common theme of these seven things? Because the number seven means completion or perfection or like the week. Why are there seven days in the week? Well, the 7th day is the completion of the week.

Tina:

And there’s nothing in nature to point to a seven day week. It’s just established by God at creation, and it stuck, and it’s never really been changed. I mean, I know the French revelation tried to change it to a ten day week, and they went back, but the world never accepted it. And I think that’s such a huge thing that points to, hey, the God of the Bible is our Creator, because there are things that occur that are only based on what God said and the systems that he implemented, like marriage and things like that.

Tina:

So, yes, I totally agree with you on that.


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