Today I will share some detail about how I currently view the chronology of Revelation chapter 6 to chapter 16 as I continue to work on a series of articles related to several Bible prophecy topics.
I presently think that the events described in Revelation 6:1 to Revelation 11:19 largely will occur in chronological order. I also think the events described in Revelation 12:1 to Revelation 16:21 largely will occur in chronological order. However, I do not think that Revelation 12:1 to Revelation 16:21 advances the chronology after Revelation 11:19.
I think the events described in Revelation 12:1 to Revelation 16:21 will cover different aspects of the general time period described in Revelation 6:1 to Revelation 11:19. I think that both segments conclude by covering the same event: the pouring of the seventh vial judgment after the sounding of the seventh trumpet.
- We can see the close parallel between one of the events following the sounding of the seventh trumpet described in Revelation 11:19 and the events following the pouring of the seventh vial judgment described in Revelation 16:17-21. The seventh trumpet and the seventh vial judgment both describe voices, lightning, thundering, an earthquake, and a plague of hailstones.
7th Vial Judgment
Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Rev 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Rev 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
It is hard for me to go into further detail about how I see Revelation 6:1-11:19 and Revelation 12:1-16:21 beyond what I’ve said at this present time since I have yet to complete writing about topics which utilize verses from both segments. I hope to be able to elaborate more on this when I am ready to present more in detail…