Evidence from the Book of Revelation agrees with the Book of Daniel about the End Times
The Book of Revelation gives us an overview of world events from the time period of John the Apostle (Author) to the culmination of history as we know it. He is instructed to write down the revelation given to him by the Lord in three sections.
“Write the things which you have seen,
and the things which are,
and the things which will take place after this.”
The Things Which You Have Seen
He does this very graphically in chapter 1. Here we are introduced to the Lord of History. He is no longer the bearded, historical Jesus that John knew during the three years he walked with him. This is the Glorious King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and John is overwhelmed at His magnificence. Three things stand out about his vision of the Lord – He is Glorious, Passionate and in Fellowship with His Church.
- John describes the Lord Jesus with the same terms used by the prophet Daniel in the 7th Century B.C. as he speaks of the Ancient of Days. (Revelation 1:12-17, Daniel 7:9). These two prophetical books are very closely linked and both describe the End Times with precision and they are in total agreement concerning the Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- John speaks of the Lord’s Passion about His Church. He loves us, has washed us from our sins in His own blood, and made us kings and priests (1:5,6). When He speaks, it is with passion. His voice is loud “as the sound of many waters.” (1:10,15).
- Very notable is His relationship with His Church. He is right in the midst of His people. (1:12-20).
The Things Which Are
This is a reference to the Church Age and Chapters 2 and 3 deal with the state of the Church, not only in John’s time but throughout the ages. It is astounding how the characteristics of the Seven Churches mirror the exact state of the Church during the seven periods of Church history we have experienced to date.
- Ephesus, representing the Apostolic Church. AD 30-100.
- Smyrna, the Persecuted Church. AD 100-313.
- Pergamum, the State Church. AD 313-590.
- Thyatira, the Papal Church. AD 590-1515.
- Sardis, the Reformed Church. AD 1515-1790.
- Philadelphia, the Missionary Church. AD 1730 until the Rapture.
- Laodicea, the Apostate Church. AD 1900 until the Return of Christ with His Church.
Sadly, we notice that the final Church Age is nothing like the Glorious Lord. It is in fact the very opposite. Totally “un-Glorious” (except in her own opinion 3:14-20). lacking in passion for the Lord, and definitely not in relationship with Him. After chapter 3, there is no further reference to the True Church as being on earth. Chapter 4 opens with glorious worship in Heaven and the “things which must take place after this.” (Revelation 4:1)
The Things Which Shall Take Place After This
Daniel’s prophecy agrees with this scenario. He informs King Nebuchnezzar of Babylon that the statue he dreamed about represents five World Empires. The first is Babylon (head), the second the Medes & Persians (breast and arms), and the third Greece (thighs). He names them all in chapters 2 & 8 of his book, even though Greece at that time was not a dominant force. The fourth represented by the statue’s legs is an Iron Kingdom. History tells us that the Roman Empire followed Greece and was never defeated.
There is a long period (legs) before the fifth and final World Empire arises. The Church Age fits into this period. The last one is the Revived Roman Empire, seat of antiChrist (ten toes).
Daniel’s prophecies are mainly concerned with the end times – the things which shall take place after this – the reign of antiChrist. John’s prophecies contained in Revelation 6 onwards deal with the same scenario. The rider on the white horse introduces us to the antiChrist and the state of world affairs until Jesus returns in Power and Glory to the earth (Chapter 19 onwards).
These two prophetic books are in total agreement. They deal mainly with the seven last years of tribulation under the prophesied political and religious rulers. There is nothing written about the genuine believers in Jesus Christ being on earth during this time. The only time you see them in the Book of Revelation from Chapter 4 onwards, they are in Heaven… worshiping and glorifying God.
Those who insist the Church must go through the tribulation often lose sight of the fact that the years preceding antiChrist’s prophesied reign are extremely traumatic. True believers as well as Israel will be fiercely persecuted. War, famine, earthquakes, violence and economic collapse prepare the world for a “strong leader” who will usher in 3 1/2 years of “pseudo” peace, the counterfeit of Christ’s Millennial Reign. Halfway through the Tribulation, his true colours are revealed and then, literally, all hell breaks loose on the earth. Most of the Book of Revelation and prophecies of Daniel fit into this final 3 1/2 year period.
Daniel and John agree perfectly on the broad outline of future world events. The Rapture happens during tumultuous times, the first half of antiChrist’s reign is fairly peaceful with a global government, global religion and global economy in place, and the final half totally chaotic, ushering in the second phase of Christ’s Return to earth.
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Christians should be excited about the Lord’s Return, looking for it expectantly, and doing everything they can to win the lost… the only reason for His apparent delay.
“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God..”
— 2 Pet. 3:11,12
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9
Let’s ask ourselves these three questions as we approach the conclusion of the End Times:
- Am I reflecting His glory to my world?
- Am I in regular, consistent fellowship with His Church?
- Am I passionate about the Lord?
Intro: Seven Reasons I Believe in the Rapture of the Church
#1 Jesus Promised to Return for His Church
#2 The Early Church Expected His Return
#3 Throughout History the Church Has Expected His Return
#4 The Bible Teaches that the Church Age is Coming to a Close
#5 Seven Differences between the Rapture and Return of Christ to earth.
#6 Evidence from the Book of Revelation agrees with the Book of Daniel about the End Times.
#7 The Lord’s Promise to the Church is True.
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