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XXVII  Sequence for Seals, Trumpets and Bowls
XXVII  Sequence for Seals, Trumpets and Bowls
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How does God intend the reader of Revelation to arrange the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls? I offer an alternative to the usual system which equates the order-of-mention with the order-of-occurrence. I share my reasons for my departure from traditional views.

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  • XXVII Sequence for Seals, Trumpets and Bowls

    1. 1. XXX: TIMELINE FOR REVELATION f tion o c Produ OG A the sk op orksh W In which we sequence Seals, Trumpets and Bowls
    2. 2. Narratively speaking, the story of the Tribulation doesn’t so much unfold as it tum bles through Chapters 5-13. Think: a set of tra ilers for “Tribulation: The Movie” when y ou consider how the events and characters of the T ribulation appear in these 9 chapters. There’s dram a and tension galore but a reader can get a head ache trying to securely put the images in story o rder. Easiest thing to do? Assume the O RDER OF TELLING is the same as the ORD E R OF OCCURRENCE. Upon close inspection, I don’t thin k that this makes much sense for the Seals, Trump ets and Bowls.
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    4. 4. ou. that no one misleads y ee to it d and said to them, “S ad 4. And Jesus answere e Christ,’ and will misle ‘I am th e in My name, saying, re 5. “For many will com f wars. See that you a mors o hearing of wars and ru d. 7. many. 6. “You will be t that is not yet the en ce, bu se things must take pla and in not frightened, for tho dom against kingdom, nd king l rise against nation, a “For nation wil ese akes. 8. “But all th rthqu will be famines and ea various places there f birth pangs. ly the beginning o things are mere Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus uses the meta phor of birth pangs to describe the overal l experience of the 70t h Week. I take His ch oice of metaphor as inductive of the pac e of Tribulational e vents..
    5. 5. Birth pangs! One ‘pain’ after another, increasing in intensity and in frequency as time goes on! Expect to see this pattern in any proposed sequence of Seals, Trumpets and Bowls my attendant cooks up. Note: No animals were harmed in the creation of this slide. At least one was bemused if not somewhat annoyed.
    6. 6. I want to look at the characteristics of each of the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls separately. Perhaps these characteristics will recommend a sequence. Perhaps, the characteristics will reinforce the common belief that the ORDER OF TELLING should represent the ORDER OF OCCURRENCE. Perhaps another set of sequential relationships will recommend itself for our consideration.
    7. 7. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JUDGMENTS
    8. 8. The Seals: Revelation Ch apter 6 Order of Mention: 1. Conquest and empire building (6:1) 2. War and social unrest (6:2) 3. Famine and inflated currencies (6:5) 4. Plague and pestilence (6:7) 5. Persecution of the Church, martyrdom (6:9) 6. Great earthquake, blackened heavens, sky split apart and mountains and islands ‘flee’ at the presence of the Lamb! (Odd phrase!) Great day of His wrath has come! (6:12) 7. Silence in heaven for an hour (8:1)
    9. 9. Characteristics of the Seals Familiar, historical human woes writ large by the Hand and Will of God 1. Roots in the past-these miseries, in part, have always been our lot (but for #6 + 7). Humans cause or exacerbate the first five Seals! 2. One may assume a near global deployment of these judgments (not #7!) 3. Seemingly persist throughout the entirety of the 70th Week as a set of background conditions? Or are they merely preludes to Trumpet Judgments? 4. Represent catastrophic global consequences for familiar afflictions. 5. Highlight and declare man’s pivotal role in crafting his own misery!!! 6. Only Seals 6 + 7 have purely supernatural aspects, pointed durations and climactic finality to them. 7. Seals progress from the general and naturally familiar to the specific and spiritual/supernatural (Seals 1-4 ‘natural’; Seal 5 features the Church’s experience while 6 +7 focus us on the Return of Christ and the final, awefilled reaction of Heaven to the completion of all these things.)
    10. 10. Trumpet Judgments: Revelation Chapters 8-11 Trumpets in Succession: 1. 1/3 of earth burned up! (8:7) 2. 1/3 of sea turned to blood, 1/3 of its ships sunk and 1/3 sea life killed. (8:8) 3. 1/3 of fresh water turned bitter; many die. (8:10) 4. 1/3 of sun, moon and stars darkened (8:12) 5. Smoke from bottomless abyss darkens sun, pollutes air (9:1-12) 6. 1/3 population killed (9:13-21) 7. Thunder, lightening, earthquake and hail attend the God’s wrath, reign, reward and resurrection (9:15-19)
    11. 11. Characteristics of Trumpets Supernatural, staccato and severe 1. Exceptional, unexpected and thoroughly supernatural in content 2. One may assume a near global deployment of these Trumpets 3. They deploy as discrete, abrupt blows with lasting effects 4. Catastrophic consequences beyond any historical parallel 5. Focus mankind on God’s power, wrath and judgment, highlighting Satan’s impotence 6. Trumpet 5+6 have seemingly tight time frames 7. Trumpet 7 climactic and final in substance-God’s reign begins, His judgment of the dead begins (implying a necessarily previous resurrection)
    12. 12. The Bowls: Rev 16 The Bowls in Succession 1. Boils cover worshippers of the AntiChrist. 2. Entire sea turned to blood; rest of its life dies. 3. Rest of fresh water becomes blood. 4. Sun scorches men with fire. 5. Beast’s kingdom is darkened. 6. Euphrates dries up, preparing the way for invasion of the Holy Land. 7. Thunder, lightening, earthquake and 100-pound hailstones attend the final bowl’s outpouring. Every island flees and mountains disappear! (Where have I seen this phrase before? Hmmmm . . . .)
    13. 13. Characteristics of the Bowls Climactic and supernatural throughout 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Exceptional, unexpected and thoroughly supernatural in content Mixture of global and local effects (#’s 5+6 targeted to Middle East) Often complete process of destruction begun earlier by Trumpet blasts Catastrophic effects with severities beyond reckoning Focus mankind on God’s power, wrath and judgment; spotlight AntiChrist’s relative powerlessness Appear as a series of exclamation marks to the earlier plagues of Revelation Only time elements given are those necessary for the “kings of the east” (16:12) to mobilize their attack and for the “unclean spirits like frogs” (16:13) to do their work of gathering armies in response. Bowl 7 climactic and final in substance-mirrors 6th Seal and 7th Trumpet’s content: It is done! (16:17) The Lord Returneth!! Bowls progress from finishing the work of the Trumpets on a global scale to initiating the gathering of armies for Armageddon (16:12-16) and the subsequent display of effects that everywhere are said to accompany the Return of Christ the Lord! (See also Matthew 24:29-31)
    14. 14. SEQUENCE OF THE JUDGMENTS
    15. 15. Sequence of Judgments: Option 1 lling = Order of Deployment Order of Te gment deploys in succession Each jud PRO: then the elation reads! First the Seals and 1. Well, that’s how the text of Rev t. h Chapter 19, the Return of Chris it Trumpets, then the Bowls and, w worse –after all, Trumpet woes sharper, rved 2. ‘Birth Pangs’ metaphor well se pet woes. ues sharper and worse than Trum than Seal’s sorrows; Bowl plag hat the Seventh Seal? (Rev 8:1+2) T at 3. Doesn’t the first Trumpet blow not to be ion of succession so easily it’s hard passage carries the implicat influenced by it! s, y the as-written succession of Seal pl 4. We easily and traditionally ap ent: e individual judgment’s deploym of th Trumpets and Bowls to the order d so starts . . . stops . . . Seal 3 starts an Seal 1 starts . . . stops . . . Seal 2 h Bowl and the Return of Christ. forth to the 7t
    16. 16. Sequence of Judgmentsptionion 1 Sequence of Seals: O: Opt 1 Order of Telling = Order of Deployment Each judgment deploys in succession CON: 1. Applying the logic of As-Written Option, the operation of Seal 1 must END before Seal 2 BEGINS and so forth. Nobody thinks about THAT and when they do, such a scheme suddenly feels awkward and unlikely. 2. Seals 6 + 7 naturally suggest events of shortened and limited duration; the substances of Seals 1-5 have already infected human history CONCURRENTLY and easily seem likely to continue that way through the 70th Week, only with heightened intensity and scope. 3. The logic of the As-Written Option further suggests that the deployment of the Trumpets ENDS the operation of all the Seals. What? Suddenly there’s an end to war, famine and martyrdom part way through the 70th Week? No way!
    17. 17. Sequence of Judgments: Option 2 Sequential Starts; Simultaneous Operation PRO: in our 1. Allows order of telling a legitimate but not solitary role to play understanding later Seals 2. Allows Seals 1-5 a steady background influence upon which the and Trumpets and Bowls display themselves to chilling effect others 3. Fits the Birth Pangs metaphor–each new judgment piles onto the adding its intensity to previous woes, not replacing them. being Avoids the picture one individual Seal, Trumpet or Bowl judgment 4. replaced in lock step with the next and solitary judgment. erstanding 5. Gives context and substance a legitimate role to play in our und ls, 6. Suggests a logical and workable scheme for the succession of Sea ! Trumpets and Bowls: sequential starts, joint and ongoing operation
    18. 18. Sequence of Seals: Option 2 CON: Sequential Starts; Sim ultaneous Operation 1. It’s not what I’ve be en taught! 2. This scheme violate s . . . well, it doesn’t se em . . . IT’S NOT WH TAUGHT AND IT TAK AT I WAS ES TOO MUCH THOU GHT!!!
    19. 19. OK, so we get to make a choice. What pithy observation might tip the balance in favor of one or the other?
    20. 20. A Compa rison Ch art: I notice t hat the three Judgmen tal sets a with com ll end mon the mes/elem Let me s ents! how you what I m ean.
    21. 21. 6th Seal 1. Divine A. God’s wrath appears 2. Celestial A. Sun blackened B. Moon like blood C. Stars fall D. Sky split 2. Terrestrial A. Mountains move B. Islands move 3. Political A. Everybody hides from God’s wrath B. Pray for death 7th Trumpet 1. Divine A. Mystery of God Finished B. God’s wrath has come C. God reigns D. Time to judge dead, reward servants 2. Celestial A. Temple Opened B. Ark appears in temple of heaven 3. Terrestrial A. Thunder and Lightening B. Great hailstorm C. Earthquake 4. Political A. Nations enraged B. Destroyers destroyed 7th Bowl 1. Divine A. “It is done” declared from throne of heaven 2. Celestial 3. Terrestrial A. Thunder/ Lightening B. 100# hail C. Earthquake D. Islands, mountains flee 4. Political A. Babylon destroyed B. Men blaspheme God C. Cities of nations fall
    22. 22. Items of Note 1. COMMONALITIES: Even in this listed format, the commonalities at the end of the three judgmental series speak strongly to their being descriptions of the same event: The Return of Christ A. Each final event declares the time for God’s wrath to come/appear B. “ItTh is done” (16:17) matches with ‘The Mystery of God is e commo finished” (10:7) nalities a ud climactic display of common t the enupheavals depicted by C.jFullgme terrestrial d o ntal serie f tfleeing and he three each-hail, lightening, thunder, earthquakes, islands s speak s trongly t mountains disappearing end judg o the r menfatebethe rebellious announced theach D. The final and judgmental ts of in in ee POWER F U L COM of the sa MONAL ITIES: g descrip tions me even 2. DISTINCTIVES: Each majors in areas that another lightly touches. Note t: how the 6th Seal majors in the celestial while the 7th Trumpet majors on Th Bowl labors the Divine. The 7th e Retu on the judgmental and retributive aspects rn of Ch of Christ’s Return. rist. 3. Together, the three give a full orbed picture of the power and energy involved in Christ’s Return!
    23. 23. POWER F U L COM MONAL ITIES ACROSS DISTAN T PASSA GE S Each of t he final t hree jud shares su gmental bstantive series common Olivet D alities w iscourse ith the and Reve lation 19 colorful ’s descripti on of The Ret urn of C hrist.
    24. 24. Mark 13:24-27 1. Divine 2. Celestial A. Sign of Son of Man appears in sky B. Sun blackened C. Moon darkened D. Stars fall from heaven E. Powers of heavens shaken F. Great trumpet blown (Matt 24:31) G. Jesus returns 2. Terrestrial 3. Political A. All tribes of earth mourn B. Elect gathered from earth AND heaven Rev 19-20 1. Divine A. God’s reign declared (19:6) B. Marriage Supper of Lamb (19:7) C. Armies of heaven launched (19:11) D. Thrones for judgment set up (20:4) E. First resurrection (20:1-5) 2. Celestial A. Christ descends with heavenly armies (19:11-19) B. Sun blackened, sky splits, stars fall, moon like blood 3. Terrestrial A. Armageddon (19:11-19) 4. Political A. Slaughter of earthly armies (19:17-19) B. Everyone hides from God’s wrath Notice the many points of similarity between the elements in these Return of Christ passages and the elements in the final Seals-TrumpetsBowls listings.
    25. 25. Mark 13:24-27 M Rev 19-20 e 1. D ULTIPAivinod’s reign LG COM .E MO declared (19:6) A. Slaughter of earthly armies (19:17-19) B. Everyone hides from God’s wrath 1. Divine 2. Celestial A. Sign of Son of B. Marriage Supper of Lamb (19:7) Man appears in C. Armies of heaven sky launched (19:11) B. Sun blackened r This tt D. Thrones foset up n darkened pa C. Moo ern, alon ent Notice the many judgm D. Stars fall from ) (20:4g with the points of similarity options l heaven ogical d.rFirst resurrection As-Writthen ements E awba)cks between te el s of heavens E. Power (20:1-5 see the S , encoura these Return of shaken in ges eals,2. Cu estial el TrA.mpisttdescends mageso d e t an . Great trumpet F Chr e s an C stagg24:31) d Bowls hrist pass with heavenly blown (Matt ered st arts, b)mies (19:11-19) e avi ents in thhelemng a) the ar con G. Jesus returns cur d, B. Sun blackenerent rufinal Seals-Trumpets ns and ngs. 2. Terrestrial simultan splits, stars sky eo Bowls listi c) 3. Political u n en fall, moos like ds. A. All tribes of earth blood rn A graph w mou Ter ld 3. ourestrial look ct gathered B. Ele A. Armageddonlike t his: from earth AND (19:11-19) heaven 4. Political NALITIE AT THE END S
    26. 26. 70th Week 6th Seal Seals Trumpets 7th Trumpet Bowls Overall Arrangement of Seals, Trumpets and Bowls 7th Bowl
    27. 27. Items of Note 1. Thicker lines indicate general duration period for the deployment of some item. 2. SEALS: Thin lines leading into the time of the Seals indicate prior operation of that Seal’s content in our own historical times. 3. TRUMPETS: Thin line leading away from a Trumpet’s deployment line indicates lingering effect of that Trumpet’s deployment. 4. Seal 6, Trumpet and Bowl 7 are all simultaneous, each in its way narratively announcing the return of Christ, each in its way depicting an element of that return. (See following slides for fuller explanation.) 5. Seal 7 hangs out past the 70th Week: All heaven stands in silent, slackjawed amazement at the scope and intensity of God’s judgmental wrath and gracious provision. (Hab 2:13, Zech 2:20) 6. I placed the Trumpets generally after the mid-point of the 70th Week, that crisis point that starts the Great Tribulation, to use Jesus’ phrasing in the Olivet Discourse. Just a hunch. 7. The staggered start/simultaneous operation implications of this graph represent the graph’s single true significance; do not get too focused on details of a line’s duration or relative stopping point. (See #6 above as example.)
    28. 28. 70th Week Conclusion on Matters of Sequence 1. I trust I have made a clear (even if not quite convincing) case for my arrangement of Revelation’s Seals, Trumpets and Bowls. 6th Seal 2. Seals I maintain a faithfulness to the metaphor of the Birth Pangs from the Olivet Discourse. 3. I make use of the seemingly identical content of the 6th Seal, 7th Trumpet and 7th Bowl to place them with one another at the end of the 70th Week, declaring them to be, in fact, different depictions of Trumpets the very same event, the Return of Christ. 7th Trumpet 4. I make faithful and full use of the content and context of the 21 events in configuring their interrelationships. Bowls Overall Arrangement of Seals, Trumpets and Bowls 7th Bowl
    29. 29. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . s from the Pit lies the fount of all l that flow Satan. The Adversary. Behind al e striking does in the Revelation bears som murder and hatred. What he d in method to what the Adversary di d parallels in terms of motivation an face a b and the Saints of the End Times the time of Job, the Patriarch. Jo es their faithfulness under duress God mak similar challenge. In both cases, ped. st of His worthiness to be worship the te in! No wonder Satan thinks he can w Search the Table of Contents s In for Other Offering This Series Next: XXXI: Satan

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