Chronology of Revelation 7
Revelation Chapters 12 and 13
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Excerpt taken from “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” chapter 19, pages 356-357.
Today we enter “The Land of the Giants!”
Revelation Chapter 12
Revelation 12 contains sections of scripture reflecting both halves of the seventieth week of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. Similar to the split-versing found in Daniel 9:26 and 27, the chapter splits both halves of the seventieth week within its verses. Verses one through six convey the first three and a half years of the covenant as established in the ministry of Jesus Christ. The Time of the Gentiles is covered between verses 7 and 12, followed by verses 13 through 17, which communicate the second three and a half years of the covenant covering the Great Consummation. Collectively the three sections encompass all seven years of the covenant of Jesus Christ. Chapter 12 articulates both the blessings and curses segments of Christ’s covenant while also communicating the covenant’s continuity.
Daniel 9:27 says,
… and he [Jesus] shall confirm the covenant [the covenant of Jesus Christ] with many [not everyone] for one week [seven years]: and in the midst of the week [three and a half years] he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, [veil of the Temple torn in two, first three and a half years expressed through, Christ’s ministry—split-versing takes place here—second three and a half years, represents the Great Consummation] and for the overspreading of abominations [The world reaches its full measure of sinfulness] he shall make it desolate, [bringing judgment upon humanity] even until the consummation, [completion of all visions and prophecies for the Church Age] and that determined [based on a predetermined timetable] shall be poured upon the desolate. [Judgment will fall on the unsaved and ruined of humanity.]
The three and a half years of Christ’s ministry are reflected in these verses.
Verses 7 through 9 convey the hostilities between God’s and Satan’s forces, which took place in the heavens before God cast Satan and his minions to the earth. When God could have sent Satan anywhere in the universe, He chose to send him and the fallen angels to earth. God purposed this outcome in order to fulfill His perfect plan for the Church Age.
Verses 10 through 12 illustrate God’s authority over Satan, causing him to serve His will during the Church Age. God has created an atmosphere here on earth and during the Church Age forcing each individual to choose between serving the Creator and serving and loving him- or herself. Satan is merely one tool developed to further God’s plan for humanity. Through God’s chosen method, the individual Christian can choose to rise above the turmoil and strife in this life in order to overcome the wiles of the Devil. The authority to overcome is achieved through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our individual testimonies. This truth is especially strong in those who value love and serve God more than their own lives.
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25 KJV).
The following verses speak to the three and a half years of the Great Consummation. The Body of Christ represents, “… the remnant of her (Israel’s) seed.” This term is derived from Revelation 12:17. During the first stage of God’s plan, the Lord will allow the Beast and his minions to drive away and scatter the Body of Christ into the wildernesses of the world. Following the Rapture, God will place His hand of protection over the nation of Israel until it is time for the Second Advent.
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent (Satan). And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. (Revelation 12:14–15 KJV)
Verses 1 through 9 cover the first three and a half years of the seventieth week of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. The first half of the week took place during Christ’s ministry. Verses 13 through 17 cover the second three and half years of the seventieth week of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. In verses 7 through 9, a war is taking place in the heavenly realm between the purposes of God and the degradations of Satan. The time frame in question refers to God casting Satan along with all the fallen angels out of His heavenly realm.
It is interesting how Revelation 11 relates to the camp of the Lord’s people while Revelation 13 conveys the enemy’s camp, those who have fallen from grace.
Revelation Chapter 13
Dealing with portions of the Beast’s reign, chapter 13 covers the entire three and a half years of the Great Consummation. Verses 1 through 9 present a metaphorical representation of the Beast’s rise to power, depicting the creature’s seven heads (seven kings and their kingdoms) and ten horns (ten current nations or global organizations), which will receive power from the Beast to shatter the power of God’s holy people. The events from this section of Revelation will play out during the last few years of the Latter Days, including the Great Consummation.
Revelation 13:10–18 covers the three and a half years of the Great Consummation; however, the verses reference the mission for the False Prophet and his introduction of the Abomination of Desolation and Mark of the Beast.
This entire chapter takes place during the three and a half years of the Great Consummation.
End of Excerpt
AS you may have noticed, chapter 12 covers both the first and second halves of the Seventieth Week of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27). The read on this specific subject is fascinating. Revelation chapter 12 is one of the few places within scripture which actually covers both 3½ year segments of the Seventieth Week. Enjoy traveling through time with the Word!
We’ll jump into chapter 14 when we return to “The Chronological Passageway!”
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 Isaiah 26:20–21, Zechariah 12:10, and Revelation 12:13–17.