Mystery of God (Part 8 Rethinking the Revelation timeline)
Before I begin to put down Biblical reasons for believers to rethink the Revelation timeline I would like to give credit to Henry at Spirit of Discernment who has been fighting the good fight in defending our gospel. Henry has put forth great evidences that Jesus taught His disciples that he would come immediately after the tribulation.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
We can see His coming will proceed only momentarily the sounding of the trumpet call to gather His bride. Henry has laid out plain evidence that we will not escape the tribulation. He asserts that we will be raptured at the sixth seal.
I have been advocating we will be raptured at the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet just as scripture teaches.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Not simply do to the fact that this is the last trumpet of the seven trumpets do I say this is the timing of the rapture. I say this do to the finished work of our unfulfilled gospel, the mystery of God, which will without delay be accomplished as this last trumpet begins to sound.
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Please read the “Mystery of God” series of short post to follow the Biblical proof of what the mystery of God is and the timing of the rapture.
Since I have proven conclusively that our rapture completes our gospel as Jesus brings us our salvation, which occurs at the seventh trumpet, is Henry wrong for calling the rapture at the sixth seal? No he is not, after all we see the changes in the sun and moon at the sixth seal, just as Jesus said in Matthew 24:29-31. We also see the heavens shaken and nations mourn His coming because the great day of wrath has come.
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
So if Henry is right, that the rapture happens at the sixth seal, how can I be right that the rapture happens at the seventh trumpet?
The seventh seal begets the seven trumpets. The seven trumpets are part of the six seals, more specifically the sixth seal. Only the bowls or wrath stands separate from the seals. Not only is the seven trumpets birthed out of the seals and reflects the sixth seal. The description we have of the two witnesses and their ministry also overlaps the sixth seal and the seventh trumpet. Each overlap reaffirms the stated events with more detail added. But they are the same events.
What we have in the book of Revelation is the testimony of the seals, the trumpets and the two witnesses that we as Christians will go through the tribulation. The “come up here’ spoken to the two witnesses overlaps the Mystery of God, which overlaps the Lambs return and the saints who were redeemed out of the tribulation. It is like we are looking at a multi-layered transparency. If you want you can imagine it like a 3D picture, not a 2D linier picture.
 1 Corinthians 15:52
 Revelation 10:7
 Revelation 6:12-17