A Chronological Synopsis of the End of the World According to God�s Holy Word; The Bible.
William Frederick, M.Div.
Author of The Coming Epiphany
What does the Bible�the only sure source of prophecy�say about the end times? This is something everyone should know; yet many have a serious lack of understanding in this area. In order to help others understand what will eventually, and maybe sooner than you think, transpire on the earth I have put together a synopsis of the major prophetic events listed in scripture.
Before I present the synopsis let me tell you the criteria by which I arrived at this synopsis and the information in my book.
There are many books on the market that deal with biblical prophecy. Why is this book different? Why listen to me? Who am I to say what is right or wrong? Should you listen to me because I have been involved in preaching and teaching God�s Word on a daily basis for the last 20 years, or because I have memorized and meditated on scripture every day for the last 23 years, or because I have a Master of Divinity degree from a conservative fundamental Christian university, or because I have fasted and prayed over this book? No, even though credentials have their place, you should not listen to anyone because they have �credentials.� You should only listen to me or any Bible teacher or preacher because what they say agrees with the Word of God. We all have the responsibility before God to go to the scriptures ourselves and see if what we are being taught agrees with all of scripture just like the Bereans did. �These [Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so� (Acts 17:11).
Scripture and scripture alone is the standard by which everything must be judged. Unfortunately, many approach end-times scriptures with a predetermined theological mindset and then try to make scripture fit into their theology. What sets this book apart from all the rest is that it attempts to approach the topic with all of scripture, and scripture alone, as its basis. A theological belief is then formed on the basis of what all of the scriptures dictate.
In this book scripture will be interpreted according to the following principle: �When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.� In other words, scripture will be interpreted literally unless it is evident that a symbolic interpretation is warranted by the text. Theological systems will then be evaluated in light of what the Bible says and not the other way around, as many books on this topic do.
Many end-times books also are based solely or partly on various extra-biblical ancient and modern-day prophecies. It is apparent that many of these prophecies are man-made or even demonic in origin, and even though they may contain some truth, they do not contain all truth and thus cannot be trusted. The only sure foundation that we have for faith and doctrine is the Word of God. When this book uses extra-biblical sources, it is only to support a point that has already been made from the scriptures.
In this book, I will endeavor to present what the whole of scripture says with regard to prophetic events and not necessarily what any theological system dictates. I ask that you would prayerfully compare what I present with scripture. If I have been accurate in presenting the truth of God�s Word�and these pages represent the truth of what is to come�then all of scripture will agree with what I am stating. And in all of your prophetic study, whether through this book or any other, let me remind you of one of God�s wonderful promises: �If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering� (James 1:5�6). I pray that this book will be a blessing to you.
A proper understanding of biblical prophecy is extremely important and is essential to the life of the believer (or unbeliever, for that matter). Without it, regardless of your spiritual background, you could be caught off guard and be unprepared for what is going to take place on the earth in the near future. Should this occur, you would most likely place yourself in spiritual and or physical jeopardy. If the rapture occurs and you are left behind, you will most likely suffer a terrible fate. Thus, I beseech you to take very seriously the information presented in this book, for it will be of such profound importance that I liken it to the importance of Christopher Columbus saying that the world is round.
A SYNOPSIS OF THE END
1. Last 7 years begins. (Dan 9:27)
2. Seal 1: Explosion, conquering political and or religious force begins to take over the world. (Rev 6:1,2)
3. Seal 2: World War III. (Rev 6: 3,4)
4. Seal 3: World wide economic collapse, famine. (Rev 6:5,6)
5. Seal 4: Plagues, death, � of world�s population dies. (Rev 6:7,8)
6. Antichrist performs abomination of desolation. (2 Thes 2:1-4)
7. Ministry of 2 witnesses begins. (Rev 11:1-15)
8. Antichrist takes over the world. (Rev 13:5-9)
9. Seal 5: Worldwide persecution of Jews and Christians. (Rev 6: 9-11)
10. �Seal 6: Signs of the sun, moon, and stars, worldwide earthquake, appearance of Christ in the sky, Christians raptured, wrath of God begins. (Rev 6:12-17)
11. America (end times Babylon) destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. (Rev 17:16-18:24)
12. �Sealing of the 144,000 (Rev 7)
13. �Seal 7: 7 Trumpet judgments. (Rev 8:1-6)
14. �Trumpet 1: Horrific hail and fire, 1/3 of plants burned up. (Rev 8:7)
15. �Trumpet 2: Meteorite/Volcano explodes in the ocean, 1/3 ships and sea life destroyed. (Rev 8:8,9)
16. �Trumpet 3: Comet explodes on the earth, 1/3 of fresh water poisoned, many men die. (Rev 8:10,11)
17. �Trumpet 4: 1/3 of sunlight removed. (Rev 8:12)
18. �Trumpet 5: First woe�Demon locusts, men tortured. (Rev 8:13-9:12)
19. �Trumpet 6: Second woe�Demon army, 1/3 of men die. (Rev 9:13-21)
20. �Ministry of 2 witnesses ended. (Rev 11:1-13)
21. �Trumpet 7: Third woe�7 Vial Judgments. (Rev 11:14-19)
22. �Vial 1: Boils on men. (Rev 16:1,2)
23. �Vial 2: Sea turned to blood. (Rev 16:3)
24. �Vial 3: Freshwater turned to blood. (Rev 16:4-7)
25. �Vial 4: Great heat. (Rev 16:8,9)
26. �Vial 5: Darkness. (Rev 16:10,11)
27. �Vial 6: Euphrates dries up. (Rev 16:12-16)
28. �Vial 7: The Lord Jesus Christ and His saints return to the earth and defeat the antichrist and his armies at Armageddon with 100-pound hailstones. Great earthquake, every island and mountain destroyed, America the Babylon sinks under the ocean. (Rev 16:17-21, Rev 18:21, Jer 51:42)
29. �Jesus is anointed as King of the World and the Millennium begins! (Rev 19)
In the synopsis above you will notice that I have placed the rapture to occur after the sixth seal is opened. This may go against your thinking, for most Christians have been taught and believe that the rapture will occur before the first seal. However I can prove to you that indeed the rapture will not occur until after the sixth seal is opened. I present a formal logic proof of this fact in The Coming Epiphany Here is a quick confirmation of this fact taken from my book.
You can find confirmation of the fact that the rapture will not occur until after the sixth seal is opened in many places in scripture. Look, for example, at Rev. 6:12�17:
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 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. 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. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? [italics mine]
Take note of the italicized portion and ask yourself why the people cry, �Hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne?� Simply, the text tells us that they want to hide because they have seen the face of God. They want to hide because Jesus has come to the clouds and is visible for all to see, and the rapture has occurred; and men are scared to death because the Day of the Lord�the great day of His wrath�has come upon them.
In other words, they had an epiphany! Yes, when Christ comes to the clouds for his bride, He will be visible for all to see just as He foretold �Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.� (Mt 26:64). And upon seeing Christ, those who are not raptured will experience an epiphany. That is, they will have �a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something.� They will realize that Jesus is God and they have been wrong in following the antichrist. As a result, they will cry out; �hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.�
This passage confirms that Christ will come after the opening of the sixth seal and will rapture His church. Then the wrath of God will be poured out upon mankind. Remember our definition of the Day of the Lord? It is primarily a day of wrath. After the rapture, the wrath of God will begin. The use of the aorist tense in the phrase �For the great day of his wrath is come� confirms that the great Day of His wrath�the Day of the Lord�has started after the opening of this seal and the occurrence of the rapture, and also confirms that the Day of the Lord/Christ referred to by Paul was in reference to the rapture.
The Coming Epiphany; A Guide to Understanding End Times Bible Prophecy.