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Chapter 4


The Book of Revelation and the Rapture

To understand the events in Revelation, one must first understand the repetitious literary format of the book. In that regard let us take a cursory macro look at the book and examine some of its passages. Revelation is the story of civilization with concentration on the end of the civilization that has existed since Noah, and the installation of a new order of things where righteousness rules.

Revelation is a repetitious book, based on revelation and enlargement. Its major theme is outlined with sequential sequencers, seals, trumpets, woes, etc. The story is repeated in whole or in part three or more times. Each theme is depicted from a different perspective or literary style, and contains new revelations and unique events, but also contains key common elements to allow the earnest student to synchronize and merge the collective events in each theme. Revelation chapters 4-11 is the telling and sequencing of the major events. Revelation 12 is sort of a recapitulation and a bridge between the major theme and the enlargement that follows and centers on Israel and the 144,000 first fruits of the rapture. Revelation 13-16 is a second telling and enlargement of the main theme, with different allegoric figures and additional information. Revelation 17 begins a third recapitulation, enlargement and emphasis. In the first telling the rapture occurs under the sixth seal; "pre-tribulationist" have been taught that it occurs under the fourth seal and this is deeply embedded in the collective consciousness of evangelicalismevangelicum, but we have already seen that is absolutely wrong! However, much more overwhelming evidence will be presented to prove conclusively that it is indeed not true and is in fact heretical..

The first theme is clear. It is the story of an allegorical scroll with seven seals representing this civilization. As each seal is broken a set of events are revealed. When the seventh seal is broken, there is a subset of seven trumpets to be sounded, and following each one a set of events. Finally there are three woes, one for each of the last three of the seven trumpets, which emphasize for emphasis those last three events, that correspond with the last three trumpets whose events are of and as a group, the very end of this world order.

The second telling, Revelation 13-16, begins with a detail of the dragon and the beast introduced previously, and reveals that the saints are still present, talks about the 144,000 firstfruits of the rapture being sealed and then depicts the rapture of the first fruits and then the church and alludes to the battle of Armageddon.

In the third telling, the rapture has just occurred at the beginning of Chapter 19, simultaneously with the destruction of the corrupt remains of the major religious institution on earth at the end of Chapter 18 [the Catholic Church Politic now without any saved souls following the rapture]. Check it out!

The major events of Revelation are the culminating events of 6,000 years of civilization. To avoid any misinterpretation by his children, God has seen to it that the major events are told over and over, each with a different literary style and/or from a different observation point; One from heaven, one from earth, another in a different format, one factual, one allegoric, another in metaphor. And they are interwoven so that one helps interpret the other, as we will see.

One of the first things to notice about Revelation and the rapture is how it will appear.

Rev 1:7 Look, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.
So shall it be! Amen.

This also corresponds with what Jesus said at Matt 24: 29-31: Matt 24:29-31

"Immediately after the distress of those days
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'


"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

In Revelation 4, after the message to the seven churches in Asia, John, the author of Revelation, is invited into heaven. It is at this point that "Pre-tribulation Rapturists" suppose the church is raptured. This scripture is as follows:   Revelation 4:1-11 (first iteration of end times events in allegory)

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in Heaven with someone sitting on it . . . [Notice that he is in the throne room of heaven, the head of government] Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. . . . In the center surrounding the throne were four living creatures. Then I saw . . . a scroll sealed with seven seals. [Notice the scroll is still sealed] Then I saw a Lamb. . . Then I heard the voice of many angels numbering thousands upon thousands . . . Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them singing. . . [Notice that the multitude in white robes is not present]. I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. . .

Now compare the preceding with the following:

Revelation 6:9:   When the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain . . . [Note that they are not around the throne, have not yet been dressed in white robes and have no crowns as do those of the rapture; Rev 7:1-9.]

Revelation 6:12: I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair,, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. . .

This corresponds with Joel 2&3, Daniel 12:11&12, Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24, Luke 21:25-28 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 and Rev 1:7 as precursors of the rapture; check it out now. Check each one.

Revelation 7:1: After this I saw four angels . . . holding back the four winds. Then I saw another angel having the seal of the living God. . . Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000. . . Remember this sequence: earthquake, sun black, moon blood red, meteor shower, then the sealing of the 144,000.

Revelation 7:9: After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice. . .

Note that this event followed the sealing of the 144,000 and note that they, the subject, are wearing white robes and are before the throne and with the "Lamb."   Now compare Rev 4:1-11 and Rev 7:1-9 back and forth and see clearly which one describes the rapture in your own mind. Do it now.

Now, clearly, this last paragraph, at Revelation 7:9, is where the rapture takes place. Here it is in harmony with the events of Joel 2&3, Daniel 12:11&12, Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24, Luke 21:25-28, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 and Rev 1:7 as precursors of the rapture and Revelation 14, which is a summary repeat of the end age events in allegory. Check it out now!. Notice the sequence of events again in the following, Revelation 14, with particular reference to the 144,000:   Notice the parallel with Revelation 7, but particularly note the new information in Revelation 14, i.e. speaking of the 144,000, "these are the firstfruits." They could not be the first fruits if the rapture had occurred earlier as "Pre-Tribulationist and dispensationalists" suppose!

Revelation 14:1; Second iteration of end time events; details of the rapture: (Notice at the beginning the "firstfruits" are not yet harvested:

Then I looked and there before me was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. . . They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb . . . Then I saw another angel flying in mid-air, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth. . . [The Church is still here]

A second angel followed and said "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, . . [The Church is still here]

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.. . . [The Church is still here]

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on . . ." [between abomination of desolation and rapture; 45 days. See Dan 12:11&12]

Verse 14: I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one "like a son of man" with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, "Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. [RAPTURE]

Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, "Take you sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe." The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath (the remaining 1215 days of the Day of God's Wrath). They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridle for a distance of 1,600 stadia. [The approximate length of Palestine (Israel), about 182 miles]

I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues . . .

Notice that the seven seals are separated from the seven trumpets, before and after the rapture, and the events before the rapture in Revelation 14 are separated from the seven plagues after the rapture. Notice that the 144,000 are the firstfruits and their rapture is immediately before the rapture of the church as depicted in both Revelation 7 and Revelation 14, notice that both chapters are God's number for completeness. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not . . . Notice that if the rapture took place at Revelation 4, as "pre-tribulation rapturist" erroneously proclaim, the rapture of the church would precede the rapture of the "firstfruits," as well as being in disharmony with Joel 2&3, Daniel 12:11&12, Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24, Luke 21:25-28, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 and Rev 1:7 as precursors of the rapture. Notice the true rapture at Revelation 7:

"After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: `Salvation belongs to our God, who sits of the throne, and to the Lamb.' All the angels were standing around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying: `Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!' Then one of elders asked me `These in white robes - who are they, and where did they come from?' I answered, `Sir, you know.' And he said, `These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, `they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'"

Keep in mind there is only one resurrection and rapture of the just and that is after the abomination of desolation (2 Thes 2:1-4) occurring after the end of the 7-year Coventant (Mideast Peace Treaty) of Dan 9:27, and in fact, as we have seen and we shall see, 45-days into the Period of Wrath (Dan 12:1 & vv 11-12) which they are raptured out of as described above. The resurrection of the lost is the only other resurrection and that doesn't occur until after the thousand years of millennial reign (Rev 20: 7-15).






"I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Isaiah 46:9-10).



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Table of Contents


NOTE:  The Chapter Titles and Subtitles are HyperLinks to the Web Page for that Chapter



  1. DanielsProphecy Home Page  "Major Error in Generally Held Biblical End-of-Age Prophetic Interpretations"  Foreword   (Back to Top)  (Specific Chapter Links are Provided on Each Web Page near the bottom)


  2. Chapter 1, "Pre-Trib Rapture Theory"


  3. Chapter 2, "Major Error in End-Of-Age Prophetic Interpretations"

  4. Chapter 3, "The Rapture of the Sanctified"


  5. Chapter 4, "The Book of Revelation and the Rapture"


  6. Chapter 5, "Summary of End-Times Events from Covenant to Rapture"


  7. To Be Determined (TBD)


  8. To Be Determined (TBD)


  9. To Be Determined (TBD)


  10. To Be Determined (TBD)



Hyperlinks to Other Websites of Interest:

  1. Documentary movie on the timing of the Rapture


  2. WatchmanBibleStudy.com/Articles/1948 Prophecies Fulfilled - 10 Prophecies fulfilled in 1948 when Israel became a nation again after its annialation in 70 A.D.


  3. The Word -- FREE Computerized Study Bible with exhaustive concordance, commentaries, etc.


  4. Near-Death Experiences


  5. www.templeinstitute.org - Reinstitution of Jewish Temple Worship




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