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Chronology of Revelation 9

Chapter 15

Okay, we’re closing in on the last few chapters of Revelation.

In the “Chronology of Revelation 9” we’ll be exploring Revelation chapter 15, a rather short blog compared to the previous eight relating to Revelation’s chronology.

One of the more interesting aspects of chapter 15, leastwise to me, is the specific declaration in verse 15:1 which states, “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.

I remember waking up one morning as I neared the end of writing “This Side of the Whirlwind” and wondering about the duration of God’s Wrath. So far, the Lord had not shown me anything specifying how long God’s Wrath would actually last?

I knew the Judgment portion of the Great Consummation was set for one year based on several areas in God’s Word, i.e. “…The day of the LORD’s vengeance, The year of Recompense…” (Isaiah 34:8 NKJV and Jeremiah 23:12) and several other related sections of scripture such as Isaiah 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come.

However, if the “Day of the Lord” spanned one-thousand years (2 Peter 3:1-13) and the “Wrath of God” or the Days of Vengeance took place during the Day of the Lord (Isaiah 13:6-13) surely the Lord had set a limit “scripturally speaking” on how long the Wrath of God should or would last?

So, as I took up my pen that day, and began praying for the the Lord’s hand in writing the book, the Lord directed me to Revelation 15 thereby providing a direct answer to a direct question (how long would the Wrath of God last?). Thanks Lord!

Excerpt from “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” chapter 19, pages 362-363.

Revelation

Chapter 15

During Revelation 15, John sees events in the heavenly realm through the eyes of the Holy Spirit. God reveals to John great and powerful signs, including a ceremony in the heavens with seven of the angelic host receiving the last seven plagues of judgment. Chapter 15 reflects the release of the last plagues, stressing in verse 1 how the last seven plagues will bring the Wrath of God to its final conclusion as it is poured out over the whole of the Whore of Babylon. The Wrath of God, spanning one year, includes the seven trumpets of judgment ordained to punish the wicked of humanity [1] and the seven plagues ordained to wreak havoc on the Whore of Babylon. The seven plagues are set to span a single day and designed to take place near the end of the Battle of Armageddon. It is possible, though somewhat doubtful, the one day of judgment mentioned in Revelation 18:8 represents the Day of the Lord, which will span more than one years. However, it is more likely the single day literally represents one day, a 24 hour period. Revelation 15 and Revelation 18:4–8 both contain references to preparations for the final days of God’s Wrath, including events related to the seven plagues. For more clarity on God’s Wrath, read This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse, chapter 14, “The Great Tribulation Versus the Wrath of God.”

15:4b

Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested” (Revelation 15:4 NKJV).

 

Once the Battle of Armageddon is over, all nations will pay homage to the Lord Jesus Christ. Willingly or not, the world will bow and worship the Son of God.[2]

15:5

John experiences a heavenly vision as he looks upon an open temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony. John was able to see the shekinah glory cloud of God in the vision.[3]

Chronology

Chapter 15 takes place ceremonially in the heavenly realm. What John then experiences is the release of the seven bowls of wrath or the seven plagues depicted in chapter 16. Though the events portrayed in chapters 15 and 16 will take place during the Wrath of God, which will occur during the Great Consummation, the chapter itself is seen by John during his life, in a vision, while he is in captivity on the isle of Patmos.

End of Excerpt

Well I hope you have enjoyed this blog.

According to my research and interaction with other Believers that little is understood about the timeline of Revelation. Between metaphorical and figurative interpretations established in most End Times teachings no one before now truly had an accurate timeline.

Well, this is no longer the case.

So as I wrote, enjoy!

Blessed be the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ!

[1] Isaiah 63:4; Jeremiah 11:23, 23:12; and Jeremiah 48:40–47.

[2] Romans 14:11 and Philippians 2:10–11.

[3] 2 Chronicles 5:13, “… Then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD.”

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