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The Scene on Earth 6:1-20:15

The Tribulation 6:1-19:21

We come now to things that will occur here on the earth in the future-things that will happen after the Rapture of the Church. In the first three chapters of Revelation we travelled through two thousand years of the Church Age, considering the fulfillment of the prophecies to the seven churches of Asia. The message to Laodicea, the last church, corresponds to the years of intense spiritual battle that we are presently experiencing.

Then, in chapters four and five, we were taken to the heavenly throne room to experience a taste of the unimaginable glory and majesty of our God and His vast creation. It has been a fascinating journey so far. Like tourists on a long road trip, we need to stop for a while and check the map to understand the fascinating, and sometimes terrifying highway to the future that stretches out ahead of us.

To gain an overview of this future, we need to consider two biblical outlines of things to come. The first one is Jesus' message to His own Disciples about the End Times. The second description is the plot of the rest of this book: The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

We have already referred to Jesus' Olivet Discourse before (See Volume One, Appendix A - "Jesus' Own Outline of the Future"- also online at He taught that there were four phases of the End Times to come. Scripture references are from Matthew's Gospel, but Mark and Luke also record parts of this message.

Jesus' Own Outline of the Future

1-Beginning of Birth Pains

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. - Matthew 24:4-8

2-The Tribulation

9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. - Matthew 24:9-14

3-The Great Tribulation

15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.
23 "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 "Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. - Matthew 24:15-28

4-After the Tribulation

29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. - Matthew 24:29-31

Now it will also be helpful to compare this agenda for the future with The Book of Revelation-the later, and expanded, explanation of the End Times that He entrusted to John. This is a short version of the outline of the book. You can see the complete outline in Appendix E (online at There is also a chart of the book in Appendix F (online at

Outline of The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Introduction and Salutation 1:1-8
(The things which you have seen)

(The things which are)

(The things which will take place...)

1B. The Scene in Heaven 4:1-5:14
2B. The Scene on Earth 6:1-20:15
1C. The Tribulation 6:1-19:21
1D. Opening of the Seven Seals - 6:1-8:1
2D. Sounding of the Seven Trumpets - 8:2-11:19
3D. Important Considerations of the Period - 12:1-19:21
1E. The Role of Israel in The Tribulation - 12:1-17
1F. Birth of the Deliverer 12:1-6
2F. Battle with the Devil 12:7-17
2E.. The Reign of the Unholy Trinity During The Tribulation 13:1-18
1F. The Dragon (Satan) 13:2,4
2F. The Despot (Antichrist) 13:1-10
3F. The Deceiver (False Prophet) 13:11-18
3E. The Redemption of the 144000 During The Tribulation 14:1-5
4E. The Reports from Heaven During The Tribulation 14:6-13
5E. Reaping of Judgment During The Tribulation 14:14-19:21
1F. Judgment of Non-Believers 14:14-20
2F. Judgment of the Earth 15:1-16:21
3F. Judgment of Babylon 17:1-19:6
4F. Judgment at Armageddon 19:7-21
2C. The Millennium 20:1-15
3B. The Scene on the New Earth 21:1-22:21

Now that we have checked the Bible road map of the future, we are ready to begin our adventure through the Tribulation starting with the opening of the seals.

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