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Our days are certainly exciting times when it comes to having our understanding opened to the book of Daniel and the the book of Revelation.  The reason for this is because the understanding of the last of the last days events would be closed until we enter those days (Daniel 9:24; 12:4).  We entered those days in 1948 when Israel became a nation for the first time in over two thousand years.  Since that time the prophetic brainstorming that has taken place moved into a fine tuning of our understanding of end  time events.  When Hal Lindsey wrote The Late Great Planet Earth in 1970, this popularized and ushered in our present age of prophetic understanding laying out a framework for understanding prophecy.  Since his book, there has been an explosion of interest and searching into end time events so that we are seeing a clearer picture of what God told the prophet Daniel and the Apostle John.  We are forty years from the time that Hal Lindsey wrote his book and much has taken place and understanding of end time events is much clearer.  In this article I want to look at the ordering of end time events as revealed from the book of Revelation.

THE TRI-WRATH DOCTRINE

The book of Revelation is the revealing of the events of the last of the last days when Antichrist is upon the earth.  It is a book written in chronological order with historical references after each section to give further understanding of the events revealed.  The ordering of each chapter is clear with the events of the seven trumpets coming after the events of the six seals and out of the seventh seal.  The events of the seven vials come after the events of the six trumpets and out of the seventh trumpet.  As we understand the chronological sequential ordering of the book of Revelation, we also see the unfolding of the tri-wrath doctrine.  This doctrine is the belief that there are three wraths that will be revealed before the return of Jesus and the rapture of the church:  the wrath of Antichrist, the wrath of Christ, and the wrath of God.

THE THREE WRATHS

The Wrath of Antichrist - This is that period when Antichrist is revealed and the great tribulation is unleashed upon God's people.  The great tribulation is not Christ's wrath upon the Antichrist's kingdom or God's wrath upon the earth and all people, but is the world-wide killing of God's people.  This period is unveiled in Revelation chapter six when the seals are opened.

The Wrath of Christ - This is that period when Christ's wrath will be released upon the Antichrist's kingdom.  This is neither the wrath of Antichrist or the wrath of God, but the wrath of Christ as the son of man/the son of God who is at this time still sitting at the right hand of God's throne and power.  This wrath will be poured out through God's people, even as Moses and Elijah' were the instruments for releasing God's judgments during their generation.  Revelation 6:15-17 is clear that this is the wrath of Christ when it says:  "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; (16)And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (17)For the great day of his [the Lamb's] wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"  This period is unveiled in Revelation 8-9 when the trumpet judgments are released.

The Wrath of God - This is that period when God's wrath is revealed and unleashed upon the earth.  Christ has now taken his seat upon the throne of God and also has taken upon himself his power as God.  Christ is no longer our merciful advocate, he is now our judge.  The wrath that is poured out is the "day and hour" that God's people will escape from through the rapture and is also the "Lord's day," "day of the Lord," and "day of wrath" spoken of in Scripture.  This period is unveiled in Revelation 16 when the vial judgments are poured out.  We know this is God's wrath and not the wrath of Christ or the Antichrist based upon Revelation 16:1: "And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth."  Revelation 14:7 is clear that these judgments are the day and hour of judgment that would come:  "Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."

THE ORDERING OF END TIME EVENTS

As we understand the tri-wrath doctrine as outlined in the book of Revelation, we then understand the ordering of end time events.  Here is the ordering of events revealed in Revelation:

WRATH OF ANTICHRIST WRATH OF CHRIST WRATH OF GOD IT IS FINISHED
  7TH SEAL 7TH TRUMPET 7TH VIAL
6 SEALS 6 TRUMPETS 6 VIALS ETERNAL LIFE/DEATH
ANTICHRIST ARRIVES GOD'S PEOPLE EMPOWERED GOD'S HOUR OF JUDGMENT ENTRANCE INTO ETERNITY
Antichrist Revealed 1/3 Trees & Grass Burned Up All People Break Out With Sores 1000 Year Millennium Reign
Wars Against God's People 1/3 Sea Turns to Blood All Salt Water Like Blood Great White Throne Judgment
Famines 1/3 Freshwater Undrinkable All Fresh Water Like Blood Eternal Life
1/4 People Killed 1/3 Sun, Moon, Stars Become Dark All People scorched by Sun Eternal Death
Martyrs in Heaven Locust Torments for 5 Months All Earth Covered With Darkness New Heaven & New Earth
Great Earthquake 1/3 people killed by 200Million Asian All Armies Come Against God New Jerusalem
       

FINAL THOUGHTS

One of the major difficulties in understanding when the wrath of God and the rapture will take place is because the overall ordering of events has not been understood.  Another look at the book of Revelation reveals a clear ordering and sequence of events.  Once this sequence is understood as revealed to the Apostle John by God, the events spoken of in the book of Daniel, Revelations, and Matthew fall easily into place.

For more information on the ordering of the book of Revelation, see the book

Until next time…

Be so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
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Published by ReturnAmerica.com
Copyright May 2011
Written by Steve Magill