This is a study of the book of Revelation, as it relates to the 70th week of Daniel, or the last seven years of life on earth as we know it.
Daniel 9:24-27 prophecies seventy weeks of years, or 490 years, until the end of the age. The 70 weeks begins at the time of the royal decree to restore the temple and the wall at Jerusalem. The 70 weeks, however, are broken down into periods of 7 weeks, 62 weeks, and 1 week.
The first 7 weeks, or 49 years, is from the decree until the temple and wall were finally rebuilt. The 62 weeks, or 434 years, extended until the time the messiah would be crucified. But because of the way the prophecy is worded, there is an unspecified time period between the 69 weeks and the final 70th week. From the time of the crucifixion of Jesus, until now, we have been in that waiting period before the prophetic clock begins ticking off the last seven years. The majority of Revelation covers this seven year period, and especially the second half of the seven years.
Chapters 1-3 are introduction and messages to the seven churches. In chapter 4, John stands before the throne of God to be given revelation of Daniel’s 70th week. The events begin to unfold in chapter 5. There will be seven seals, followed by seven trumpets, and then followed by seven bowls of God’s wrath. The 70th week is followed by the millennial reign of Jesus. After that comes judgment day and a new heaven and earth.
The main reason people have trouble understanding the book of Revelation, is that we try to force-fit it to our preferred doctrines and our misunderstandings. An equally important fact is that, throughout the book of Revelation, are points where John stops, steps back, and explains something in further detail or from a different angle. This can be confusing as it seems to throw things out of chronological order. We simply cannot try to read Revelation, from front to back, like a novel. We must always pay attention and determine where John is in the sequence of things. It helps to study Matthew 24 alongside Revelation, as the words of Jesus in Matthew 24 are basically an overview of the end-time events we will study here.
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