The Revelation Timeline Is a Layered War Manual
Jesus’ Apocalyptic Vision is a war manual, which is layered and coded with symbols, to hide the message from the enemy.
Many people say that Revelation is chronological, and they are right; but it has four chronological layers whose fulfillment spans from when it was written until Jesus returns.
When you read the chapters of Revelation it’s difficult to get the whole picture, but when the four layers are all overlapped onto the timeline, they all fit together and explain the apocalyptic vision.
Here’s how the chapters of Revelation are layered.
In Revelation 2-3, our Lord is speaking to seven church eras which have spanned from when John wrote the vision until Jesus returns, so the Seven Churches of Revelation study will show you how they have been fulfilled along the timeline.
In Revelation 12-13, our Lord gives sweeping overviews of three phases of the Rome beast (the Roman Empire > The Roman Catholic Church > The Jesuits of Rome) that His followers have had to face from when John wrote the vision until Jesus returns, so the details of those chapters will overlay the timeline.
In Revelation 17-18, our Lord helps John see how Satan has reigned through seven phases (heads) of the Roman beast; how the Roman Catholic Church is the eighth head, the Harlot of Babylon, the false Church; and how the Jesuits are using the Vatican to gather the world under their power, and then they will desolate the Harlot.
The seven Seals, the sealing of the 144,000, the seven Trumpet judgments, the Little Book, the Two Witnesses, the seven Bowl judgments, the Battle of Armageddon, the New World Order, and Jesus returning in victory, overlay the historical timeline.
Remember that John wrote the Revelation while the Roman Empire was in power, so he couldn’t just come out and point to them in the Apocalyptic visions.
To hide the message from the Romans, and from undiscerning people, he used the layers and symbols, which will be explained in the studies.
John understood Daniel’s prophecy visions, and he built on them to reveal the apocalyptic vision, so to understand Revelation, you need to understand the prophecies in Daniel.
Here is a video of a webinar teaching of mine that shows the basics of the Revelation fulfillment layers.
Here is a PDF of the Bible Prophecy Made Easy study that I reference in this video.
Here is a one page graphic that summarizes the fulfillment of Revelation. I recommend printing it out in landscape mode, so that it’s as big as possible, so you can reference it which watching the video.
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