Chronology of Revelation 10
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Keep in mind, the chronology before you relates specifically to the timeline for the Second Half of Christ’s Covenant called the Great Consummation. The Great Consummation is the fulfillment of all visions and prophecies relating to the Curses or Judgment half of God’s covenant with humanity.
Revelation Chapter 16
Chapter 16 begins nearly one year after the Day of the Lord has begun with the opening of the seven bowls of wrath. As mentioned earlier in Revelation 14 and 15, the angels of the seven plagues will dole out their ghastly curses nearer the end of the Time of the Gentiles but after the Battle of Armageddon has begun. The angelic host will intentionally spread their deadly payloads over the young and old, rich and poor, wicked and infantile. Though exceedingly harsh, the final days of God’s Wrath will deliver a just punishment upon the Whore of Babylon, who fully deserves the entirety of her punishments and judgment. If there is a redeeming mercy in God’s judgment, it would be the fact the plagues are delivered over the course of just a single day. The seven bowls of wrath will deliver devastating plagues and destruction designed to thoroughly chastise the Great Whore and bring God’s Wrath to its conclusion. In this way, the Wrath of God will come to its fiery conclusion during the Battle of Armageddon as the seven plagues bring the final yet turbulent days of God’s judgment to an end.
Verses 1 through 13 cover the first six bowls of wrath. The combined text in Revelation 16:1 and 18:4–8 specifies each of the seven plagues is designed to render its punishment on the Great Whore during a single day.
“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth’” (Revelation 16:1 NKJV).
“Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her” (Revelation 18:8 NKJV).
Each of the seven angels successively go forth, pouring out their vials over the earth. It is important to recognize how judgment will not be prematurely imposed on the Whore of Babylon. Rather, God intentionally levies judgment on humanity only after millennia of warnings. The Creator’s warnings are so prolific humanity has developed entire religious systems and faith-based strictures charged with cautionary tales. There is little more the Creator could do to warn creation.
Revelation 16:5–8 conveys God’s just anger. Within these verses, an angel of the Lord acknowledges God’s righteous indignation as he cries out,
And I heard the angel of the waters saying: “You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be, because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.” And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. (Revelation 16:5–8 NKJV)
Even as humanity suffers this justifiable punishment from their Creator, the people of the earth refuse to acknowledge their Creator or His righteousness or make any attempt to repent. The verses in question are taking place near the final days of God’s Wrath. In verse 9, when a great heat scorches mankind, rather than repent and seek God’s mercy, humanity chooses to rebel and blaspheme God yet further. Humanity’s rebelliousness continues beyond verses 10 and 11 after God brings darkness upon the kingdom of the Beast. As God’s judgment continues, the people of the earth suffer sores and pains for their wickedness; yet, the people refuse to repent or seek God’s face. Finally, the people rebelliously blaspheme their Creator.
The complexity in verse 12 is explained in greater detail in chapter 11 of This Side of the Whirlwind; subsection “Two Federations Rise.” For the moment, suffice it to say, when the River Euphrates dries up, the Battle of Armageddon is nearly over. Revelation 16:12 takes place at approximately the same time as the Kings of the East are distracting the King of the North. At this juncture, the King of the North, the Beast, makes a fatal mistake; just prior to the end of the Battle of Armageddon, a strategically poor move causes the Beast to die on the frontier of Israel’s holy mountain. Scripture is unclear as to how the Beast actually dies, though it appears to coincide with Christ’s return at the Second Advent.
Verses 13 and 14 occur just prior to the Battle of Armageddon where three unclean and demonic spirits are disgorged from the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet. The demons are sent to the kings of the earth in order to gather their armies to the Battle of Armageddon. This infamous battle will likely be in full swing at Christ’s return (Jude 1:14-19).
“Behold, The Lord will come with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds…” (Jude 1:14–15a NKJV)
The phrase, “Behold I come as a thief in the night,” is only used three times throughout scripture. The three locations are as follows: Revelation 16:15, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:9, and 2 Peter 3:7–13. In 1 Thessalonians and 2 Peter, the phrase references the Second Coming of Christ and the beginning of the Day of the Lord. Revelation 16:15, however, references a later event that will take place at the end of God’s Wrath rather than the beginning. While this verse is most certainly an admonition to the saints of God to remain faithful and watchful, it is also a time stamp for the Day of the Lord and the end of the Wrath of God. Jesus comes for the Body of Christ at the Rapture and one year later with the Body of Christ during the Battle of Armageddon. The expression, “Behold, I am coming as a thief,” in Revelation 16:15 points to the end of God’s Wrath as Christ returns with the saints to end the Battle of Armageddon. The Wrath of God begins with Jesus coming for the Body of Christ and ends as Jesus comes with the Body of Christ as Israel’s Messiah.
Verses 13 and 14 present three demons sent out to gather Satan’s forces to the Battle of Armageddon while verse 16 references the mustering of those forces to a specific location, the battlefield of Armageddon. Even though verse 15 uses the phrase, “Behold I come as a thief in the night,” it does not point specifically to the Rapture. This statement is confirmed by surrounding events. Verse 15 is definitively sandwiched between the Battle of Armageddon references, indicating the time for the Battle of Armageddon and the subsequent Second Advent of Jesus Christ, which will be framed in verses 17 through 21.
“The seventh angel pours 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!’” (Revelation 16:17). Remember Revelation 15:1 indicates the Wrath of God is completed in the last seven plagues. At the end of the Battle of Armageddon, the Wrath of God will come to its final conclusion as the last seven plagues have been disseminated.
Nearly every verse in chapter 16 applies directly to a time just before the Battle of Armageddon. Verse 12 refers back to a time when the Beast will make a fatal mistake, causing his own destruction. The fall of Babylon also takes place either just before or during the Battle of Armageddon. With so many decisive markers, it is reasonable to time stamp chapter 16 at or near the beginning of the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Time of the Gentiles and during the Day of the Lord.
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 Revelation 15:1, “… seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.”
 See, section 11, subsection 2, “Federations Rise,” and Daniel 11:45.
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