The Order of the Book of Revelation
There is a definite flow in Revelation from beginning to end, but
like with the Bible as a whole, there are places where it jumps back and
forward in time. This study is a quick overview of what Revelation
covers and in what order. The Bible flows from Genesis to Revelation.
Genesis being the beginning and Revelation focusing on the end. The
books in between cover history through Noah, Abraham, Jacob, David, etc.
While the Bible flows from beginning of history to end of it, there are
many prophecies that jump us through time. The Book of Revelation works kind
of the same way, only focused more on the time from the beginning of the New
Testament church, quickly jumping to the time of the end before Christís
return and through to eternity.
cover the letters to the churches
Chuck Missler did a study on these letters
to the seven churches and I agree with him that they represent different
church ďagesĒ from Acts to today.
study is here.
Understand the great tribulation according to scripture first.
gives us a glimpse of heaven
Notice unlike the future view of the same throne room in
heaven of Revelation 7, there is no multitude here now. This
chapter is used by pre-tribulation harpazo proponents as a
reasoning for timing the harpazo before the seals. They apply
the ďcome up hereĒ as a call to the bride of Christ at the
harpazo rather than just what the scripture is saying, John was
called up to view what we see written for us about what he saw.
We see these same 4 beasts, 24 elders, seven spirits of God, and
the throne room in Revelation 7, only then there are multitudes
beyond counting standing there.
Revelation 5 introduces the scroll with
I go into this in more detail
Revelation 6 we see Christ begin to open those seals up to
the sixth seal
I believe the harpazo happens sometime around the
sixth seal and the result is in Revelation 7 where we see the multitudes in
heaven worshipping God. Iím Pre-wrath and
Revelation 7 is after the sixth seal
and we see the 144,000 sealed and a great multitude standing in heaven that
came out of
Notice there is a dual-view of events in this chapter. In
Revelation 7:1-8, we
have the firstfruits of the redeemed from the earth, the 144,000
Jews who remain on the Earth during the great tribulation with
Israel in the wilderness. They are given the seal of God on
their foreheads and that is the only protection against the
demon locusts at the
fifth trumpet. Remember Christ is the firstfruits of
them that slept and He was resurrected long before we are. So
too, the 144,000 firstfruits from the earth that go through the
great tribulation as a witness among the nation of Israel in the
wilderness. I personally believe from
Revelation 14ís description of them (Revelation 14:1-7) that they are all
Jewish boys coming of age and very devoted to God. They are the
firstfruits of those from the earth that went through the whole
great tribulation after the harpazo of the bride.
Then, Revelation 7:9-17 focuses on those multitudes in heaven,
the caught up bride. It says they are identified as ďthey which
came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and
made them white in the blood of the Lamb.Ē This doesnít
mean that the great tribulation is over, just that these are
those who came out of it. It then ends stating their place in
eternity as the wife of Christ, dwelling with Him and He
dwelling among them. This does not mean those who are
resurrected later and are part of the resurrection of the just
will not be in heaven. They just wonít be the bride of Christ.
This is apparent when we see later in
Revelation 19 that the
marriage of the Lamb is done before Christ returns in glory at
great tribulation is Satanís wrath on Godís
people (It began at the abomination of desolation
Matthew 24:15-22) and is
split into two focuses, we know the first 30 days are the
time of Jacobís trouble.
Revelation 12:7-16 The
remainder of the time is focused world-wide,
Revelation 12:17, but
initially it is on those in Judea. I believe
these that came out of great tribulation are the caught away
bride of Christ consisting of both Jew and Gentile. This passage doesnít specify
if theyíre caught away before or after the sixth seal, but I believe it happens
in conjunction with Israel being taken into the wilderness, Revelation 12:14,
and the sealing of the 144,000. I further believe this chapter is tied in with
Revelation 14 in seeing
the reaping from Him on the cloud.
How? Because the
seven angels arenít even given their seven trumpets until after the seventh
seal. I believe God wrote it like this to verify that the seals, trumpets, and
bowls are sequential in nature.
Revelation 9 continues the trumpets with the last three woe
This is where Apollyon appears from the
bottomless pit and the angels in the Euphrates are loosed to kill 1/3 of men.
donít know the details of and an interesting phrase that places the seventh
trumpet occurring over a period of days (plural). I believe within the
sounding of the seventh trumpet, the seven bowls are poured out in quick
succession and at the end, the seventh trumpet stops and Christ returns in
glory with His wife (us) to take the kingdoms. In this way, the kingdoms of
the world are the Lords at the seventh trumpet.
Revelation 11 begins by jumping back in
From Revelation 11 through Revelation
There it discusses the details of the rebuilt temple that will stand without the
outer court next to the dome of the rock. This must be done before the
abomination of desolation and therefore before any trumpets are
Also the two witnesses are
introduced. They prophesy for 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth. They are
described as two olive trees and two candlesticks standing
before the God of the Earth. Anyone who tries to kill them is
devoured by fire from their mouths. They have the power to
prevent rain, turn water to blood, and smite the earth with
plagues as often as they wish. They are killed by the beast that
ascends out of the bottomless pit and the location of their
testimony is Jerusalem. There are two beasts from scripture that
ascend from the bottomless pit:
speaks of Apollyon at the fifth trumpet being released with
his hordes of demon locusts and is called the king of the
locusts and angel of the bottomless pit. This is the second
further defines the beast of
among others. This is the beast that the woman is riding.
Verse 8 defines this beast as having been, but
is not, yet he will ascend out of the bottomless pit and
go into perdition.
Verses 9-11 then talk about the seven heads of
the beast where five are fallen, one is, and one is yet
to come to continue for a short space of time. This
seventh beast is also the eighth and goes into
I believe these are two different subjects being
discussed because the verse 8 beast is not there, yet
the 6th head of the beast from verse 8 is there. I
believe the heads represent the major kings over the
beast, which is the spirit behind it.
Apollo is a Greek/Roman god who was the
archer-god of medicine and healing, light (2 Corinthians
11:14), truth, archery and also a
bringer of death-dealing plague. I believe
this was one of the fallen angels behind the the
kingdoms through history represented in
Nebuchadnezzarís dream interpreted by Daniel
and also in
So given this information, I believe that it is Apollyon
that kills the two witnesses at the fifth trumpet when he is
loosed from the bottomless pit. The following chart
represents in red the timeframe I believe the two witnesses
will be holding their testimony.
The reasoning is that they will first deliver their
testimony to the Jews before the abomination of desolation.
Then at the abomination of desolation, all the Jews will be
killed or run to the mountains except these two. They will
remain in Jerusalem until the fifth trumpet, when Apollyon
will ascend from the bottomless pit and kill them both.
Since the torment of the demon locusts of the fifth trumpet
last for five months (150 days), this offsets the beginning
point of the two witnesses from any other 3Ĺ year period
mentioned in scripture.
The bodies of these two witnesses are left in the streets and
parties are held. This clearly shows that the children of
disobedience have taken over Jerusalem, it is being trampled for
42 months as prophesied. After 3Ĺ days they are resurrected and
caught up to heaven before everyoneís eyes. There follows an
earthquake and 1/10 of the city falls and 7,000 men are killed.
The rest are afraid and give glory to God. This is all part of
the second woe.
Revelation 11:15-19 ends with the sounding of the seventh trumpet
and voices in heaven declare that the kingdoms of this world are
become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ. Remember that
this trumpet blast lasts for days.
This is the third woe and I believe it contains all seven
of the last plagues, the seven bowls. The following chart shows
the succession I believe scripture dictates.
Revelation 12 gives us an overview over
a large span of history, the relationship between Satan, Israel, and the
This chapter does not follow a chronological pattern with its
surrounding chapters. It jumps through time covering identities
and an overall view of timing regarding the subjects of the
We see Israel introduced as the woman via the symbol interpretation
taken from Josephís dream in
Genesis 37:9-11 She then gives birth to
the man-child who is caught up to God. This covers the time from Christís
birth to His ascension. It then jumps forward to the war in heaven, in which
Lucifer is cast out of heaven permanently. (He is currently up there accusing
us before the throne) He realizes his time is short and thatís when the
abomination of desolation happens as he goes after
the woman, Israel.
This chapter further defines the great tribulation as being
split into two focuses, first the Jews in Judea and the reason
Christ warned those in Judea to run to the mountains at the
abomination of desolation,
Revelation 12:7-16, then
the remnant of Israel not protected in the wilderness and those
holding the testimony of Christ.
Revelation 13 introduces the beast and
This chapter isnít chronologically placed either, itís just giving us
more detail about the characters of this time period. Click the links for more
information on the
details of the beast and the
details of the false prophet. This comes together more
in the study of the
Revelation 14 is connected to the
time of Revelation 7, the 144,000 and the harpazo of the bride
This chapter jumps back to a time just before the wrath of
God as we will see. In this way, it is also outside of the
chronological path through the seals, trumpets and bowls, yet
tied to the time around the sixth seal by implication of the
events taking place and further to Revelation 7, between the
sixth seal and first trumpet, the beginning of
Revelation 14:1-5 is
specifically focused on the identity of the 144,000, which is
was also focused on.
Revelation 14:6,7 is an
angel with the everlasting gospel to preach to the whole earth
stating that the hour of his judgment is come and
to worship Him that made the heavens, earth, sea, and fountains
Revelation 14:8 another
angel stating Babylon is fallen. This could be a prophetic
statement or it could place this at the end of the antichristís
reign when Babylon is destroyed in one day.
Revelation 18 Because we
were just told by the previous angel that the hour of judgment
is come and Babylon is destroyed at the end in one day after the
judgments are over, I lean toward a prophetic statement or
Revelation 14:9-13 is a
third angel following the first two warning everyone not to take
the mark of the beast because anyone that does will drink of the
wrath of God. It is made clear this is a choice to separate
yourself from God eternally if you take the mark. It is
followed by an instruction that the ďpatienceĒ of the saints is
keeping the Commandments of God and faith in Yeshua. A voice then
follows from heaven blessing those who die in Christ from this point
on. This is a big indicator for me that these passages in Revelation
14 are actually occurring back in the Revelation 7 timeframe. That
is when the harpazo takes place and additionally that would also be
the point when the mark of the beast began being implemented.
Harvest from the earth
further supports the above belief that places the events of
Revelation 14 at the same timeframe of Revelation 7 when we see the sickle harvest where
one sits upon a cloud that is like the Son of man with a golden
crown and sharp sickle. Another angel comes out of the temple to
let him know it is time to reap. I find this particularly
interesting because only the Father knows the day or hour of
Matthew 24:36-39 |
Matthew 24:50-51 |
Mark 13:32-37 |
Matthew 25:1-13 |
Luke 12:41-48 These
scriptures also tie this timing to the sudden destruction of the
day of the Lord or the day of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
speaks of our gathering to Christ on the day of Christ and
around the timing of the
So an angel coming out of the temple where the Father
dwells to tell this one that looks like the Son of man to
reap because the harvest is ready seems to fit very well to
the gathering of the bride of Christ to Himself, who is on a
cloud, to meet Him in the air. John 14:1-3
A second angel having a sharp sickle, who has the power over fire,
is prompted by a call from an angel in the temple to gather the
clusters of the vine of the earth because the grapes are fully ripe.
I find it interesting that Godís wrath came once by water (flood)
and will come at the end by fire. ďAnd
the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the
vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of
the wrath of God.Ē This sounds a lot to me like
the beginning of the wrath of God after the gathering of the
harvest. This removes us before the wrath of God as well. We
are not gathered and cast into the great winepress of the wrath
of God, we are reaped from the earth by one who looks like the
Son of man on a cloud.
This whole chapter seems to me to jump back to the timeframe
of the 144,000 and the harpazo of the bride back in Revelation
7. It gives further insight to the coming judgment and the order
of gathering, first of the bride of Christ from the earth at the
harpazo, then to cast the rest into the time of the wrath of God
beginning the 1,000 year
day of the Lord.
2 Peter 3:8-10 |
Revelation 15 introduces the final
seven plagues which fill up the wrath of God
So Godís wrath wasnít over at
the trumpets, and now we focus back on the timeline of events for the seals,
trumpets and bowls, the seven last plagues.
Revelation 16 is the actual pouring out
of the seven bowls of Godís wrath
This chapter is all seven bowls being poured out. I believe
this supports the idea that these are poured out in quick
succession at the end during the third woe, the seventh trumpet.
Neither the seals or the trumpets were all contained in one
chapter and neither were written in such a quick succinct way.
Revelation 17 is the judgment of
Babylon and the whore on many waters
Here symbols are interpreted for us as
to who these characters are.
Revelation 18 details the destruction
This is the last event before Christís return in glory at
Armageddon in the next chapter. It is placed after the wrath of
God is poured out and before Christís return.
Revelation 19 begins with a look at the
marriage of the Lamb just before Christ returns in glory
It should be noted
that the marriage of the Lamb takes place before the wife, arrayed in fine
linen white and clean, is seen following Christ in that same attire on white
horses. This indicates that we must be caught away prior to that time in order
to attend the marriage of the Lamb. This is not the same as the
supper of the Lamb which will be on the earth after Christ returns in glory
where He will present His wife. This mirrors
ancient Jewish wedding customs. Upon Christís
return, He destroys the beast and false prophet (this marks the end of the
beasts 42 month reign starting at the abomination of desolation.
Revelation 13:5) Christ then destroys
the gathered armies at Armageddon.
Revelation 20 brings us to the sealing
of Satan in the bottomless pit after Christís return
It is after that we see
the first resurrection. This is the resurrection
of the just, which happens several times through history. You can read the
linked study for the Biblical proof of this and why this isnít the harpazo. We
also see a quick jump over the millennium implied because of Satanís release
and then the great white throne judgment.
This is where we get a little glimpse of the glory we will live in for
eternity and New Jerusalem, our home. Itís the conclusion and description of
some of the things we will see.
As you can see, overall there is a flow from beginning to end covering the
history from Acts until the new heavens and the new earth with a couple
chapters covering more detail or spans of time. The flow is definitely from
beginning to end just like it is over the whole Bible from Genesis to
Revelation. For a great verse-by-verse study of Revelation, check out
review of the book of Revelation.