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A Helpful, Short Summary of Great Tribulation (from Jesus A.D. to about 200 AD) and Final Tribulation (just before the Second coming of Christ) in Revelation.
Gist: A Summary of the real book of Revelation and real total Bible to not fear tribulation
First, Don’t let the Scofield Followers Scare you.
A Summary of the book of Revelation to not fear tribulation, lose your head unless you are a martyr, and recall how in Revelation 7:7 listen to the Word of God—”After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on earth or sea or against any tree. I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to damage earth and sea, saying, ‘Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have marked the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads.’”
NOTE: Scofield followers on eschatology enjoy scaring you, especially their evangelists, into you delaying the final tribulation for one thousand years, for fear of the final tribulation, which they also falsely make into the great tribulation which in reality happened during the first two hundred years after Jesus. Do not listen unless you hear them start with what is consistent in the Bible from cover to cover, that is the DAY OF THE LORD AND Lord Jesus Christ. You as a Believer are sealed by the angel of the living God in Revelation 6 where all the destruction starts, and then by the destructions of the bowls when it passes from a percentage of destruction to total destruction, this total is only on the unbelievers and wicked nations.
Second, Keep your Revelation and Eschatology Bible in context of the total Bible.
The book of Revelation and Eschatology in general must be kept in the total context of the Bible. This part 1 of 8 studies begins with what Jesus taught in Matthew 24, also compares eschatology in the Old Testament with the book of Revelation. Also these 8 parts of the book of Revelation are the first chapters of the Learn Christ Commentaries, volume 2, entitled “Christ for Individuals” and covers as a unity the five books of the Apostle John. NOTE of caution: Beware when any teacher gives you a list of last things events without Scriptural support and proof for each one. Make them like Scripture says “Prove all things.” Even Dr. Jeffress, the world class debater, has the habit on eschatology just passing out eschatological facts, in theory, without giving each fact even one more Bible quotes. And another check on what you read is historical consistency. like it is obvious that the Great Tribulation was that in the first two centuries that God shortened for persecuted Christians.
NOTE: You can remember that God’s intention for the Great tribulation according to the Old Testament was to punish two thirds of Israel for the crucifixion of His Son with death and to run through the fire of persecution for purification a remnant of one third, while in the Final stages of the final tribulation, God’s plan is to eliminate everybody on earth except those believers that have been sealed.
Lest we also become like Jeffress and his cohort graduates and teachers of DTS, a hotbed of Scofieldism, more of theology and philosophy than real Bible, there should be Bible quotes here: (1) First on the Great Tribulation prediction of Zechariah 13:8,9, hear the Word of the LORD–
“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.
(2) on a Bible reference as to the final tribulation on the whole world, you will encouneter it shortly in this message from Revelation 6 verses 12 thru 17, and when you do notice how long the list is of all men left on earth.
On the other hand the Final Tribulation of Revelation you notice is only on one fourth, one third or some minority amount of the earth of physical destruction by God of the universe, not to be feared by those willing to accept the Bible on tribulation just before the Second Coming, including believers, as in Revelation an angel of God stops everything until a seal is placed on the head of all Believers.
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (First Thessalonians 5:21)
Third, Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances
Listen to the Word of God in Revelation chapter 6.
“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6 verses 12 thru 17)
The most consistent in the Bible phrase of eschatology is the Day of the LORD in the Old Testament and the day of the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament, the same day, of course, for period of time as elaborated on in the book of Revelation. Those with weird Scofield like interpretations of the book of Revelation and Last Things stay away from using that term because they can not stand the consistency of the Bible, generally are the type that desire to isolate the book of Revelation from the rest of the 66 books with weirdness. That great one day begins in Revelation 6:12-17 and continues in Revelation 7 and 8. And another phrase is also the key in the total Bible, it is the diminish of light from the sun, moon and stars with the crumbling of the old heavens and old earth. Where is that in the book of Revelation? In Revelation 11 with the sounding of the seventh trumpet, marking the end of all other kingdoms of this earth and all previous kingdoms are converted into the one forever kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, and from then on the total world government is on the shoulders of Jesus.
Fourth, Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed is Realized.
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’ And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.” Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thundering, an earthquake, and great hail.” (Revelation 11:15-19)
Fifth, Revelation 16:15 completing the wrath of God with the seven last plagues: (Hear the Word of God!)
Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.
In this final completion of the wrath of God, “day” is also mentioned, this time it is “that great day of God Almighty” in Revelation 16.
“For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:14)
these 7 bowls culminating in the seventh in which the whole earth is shaken are judgements on the unsaved
The resurrection of the souls that had been beheaded happened after one thousand years, not the souls who lost their head and bearing in a fictitious millennium. The rest of the not beheaded believers did not live again until the binding of Satan was completed as the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from other–
Six, The Martyred Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years
Hear the Word of the LORD.
“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Note that Jesus was careful to direct on earth that each of His apostles except Juda would die a martyrs death, so he could get them up to heaven the quickest and allow then to reign at Jerusalem, maybe over the whole kingdom as princes of government under Jesus.
Seventh, The Glory of the New Jerusalem
Listen to the Word of God in Revelation chapter 22.
“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 22:22-27)