Chronological Issues In The Book Of Revelation -- By: Robert L. Dean Jr.

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 168:670 (Apr 2011)
Article: Chronological Issues In The Book Of Revelation
Author: Robert L. Dean Jr.


Chronological Issues In The Book Of Revelation

Robert L. Dean Jr.

Robert L. Dean is Pastor, West Houston Bible Church, Houston, Texas.

Those who hold to a futurist interpretation of Revelation 4-22 have one of three views on the cycles of judgments in the tribulation. Some scholars, including Lindsey and Walvoord, believe that all three series of judgments (seals, trumpets, bowls) will occur in the second half of the tribulation.1

Others hold that the seal judgments will occur in the first half of the tribulation and that the trumpet and bowl judgments will be in the second half.2 A third view, held by several expositors,3 is that the seal and trumpet judgments will be in the first half and the bowl judgments in the second half.

This article assumes a telescopic interpretation of the three series of seven judgments each. That is, the seventh seal judgment

includes and introduces the seven trumpet judgments, and the seventh trumpet judgment includes and introduces the seven bowl judgments.

Daniel 9 states that the Antichrist, “the prince who is to come” (v. 26), “will make a firm covenant with the many [Israel] for one week,” that is, for seven years.4 “But in the middle of the [seventieth] week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering” (v. 27). Stopping these Jewish sacrifices in the tribulation temple, the Antichrist will seat himself in the temple and will display himself as God (2 Thess. 2:4).

The seventieth week is divided into two equal halves of three and a half years each (or forty-two months or 1,260 days). These time designations are used several times in Daniel and Revelation (“1,260 days,” Rev. 11:3; 12:6), “a time, times, and half a time” (Dan. 7:25; 12:7; Rev. 12:14), a half week (Dan. 9:27), and forty-two months (Rev. 11:3; 13:5-7).

When the woman who represents Israel flees into the wilderness...

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