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A Chiastic Reconfiguration Of Revelation 4-22
Part 2: An Exegesis of Period 2 (The Second Coming c. 2000) and Period 3 (The last days c. 3000AD)

Kuruvilla Thomas
Bangalore (9/9/2019)



Part 1 Part 2

Introduction

Continued from Part 1, Part 2 is an exegesis of the passages that describe events at the start of Christ's Reign on Earth c 2000AD (Period 2) and the Last Days c. 3000AD (Period 3) based on a chiastic reconfiguration [1].


5. An exegesis of the reconfigured text continued from Part 1.

Considering the length of this passage, we will not go into a detailed analysis of the entire text but we will comment on a few passages where we feel we have something of interest to contribute.

5.3 A sign in heaven and The Beast's Short Reign(c 2000)(Ch 12:1-2,10-12, Ch 13)

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
10 “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

A sign in the heavens, which, we believe, takes the form of an unusual alignment of heavenly bodies, is followed by the announcement in heaven of the birth of the New Age: The Reign of the Messiah. Although this passage appears in chapter 12, this Chiastic reconfiguration has moved it to the start; it forms a suitable introductory verse to these passages that focus on the start and the end of the Messianic millennial reign.

Please see our paper on Revelation 12 [2] for a more detailed analysis of this extract.



Ch 13 ... And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads...The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast...And it was given authority over every ...nation. ... Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon... And it performed great signs... they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name....This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

This chapter is a short description of the reign of the beast. The rest of the passages pertaining to Period 2 primarily refer to the time before and after this reign.

The 3 primary actors introduced in this chapter are:

The "number of the beast" seems to be a name applied to the beast which is the 7-headed alliance of nations that rules the world. In vs. 18, the phrase translated as "the number of a man" may also be translated "the number of mankind". (In the spiritual world, The number 6 seems to apply to mankind as opposed to 7 which is the perfect number of God). The number 666 is a popular number in Satanic occult circles so it is hardly surprising that the beast is given the appellation 666. Worshipping this beast may involve doing the abominable things that Satan usually requires from his followers.


5.4 The events preceding Christ's Reign on earth(c 2000)(Ch 4,5,6:1-11, Ch 14:6 to Ch 20:10, Ch 22:10-15)

The Throne in heaven and the successful search for someone worthy to open the seals (Ch 4,5)

Ch 4 ...throne in heaven...twenty-four elders...the seven spirits of God...four living creatures... give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever...”


Ch 5 ...the Lion of the tribe of Judah ...is able to open the scroll and its seven seals...Then I saw a Lamb...Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain...to receive power and wealth and wisdom...


It is important to note that some of these vision of John are located at a particular future time and place and so in order to understand the vision we must identify where and when they happen. The vision of the scrolls in Ch. 4 and 5 seems to happen in the heavenly realm a little before the start of Christ's reign (c. 2000AD)

Why did John weep because no one was worthy to open the seals and to read the scroll if Jesus, through his death, had already won that right? Why search both heaven and earth when Jesus was present there? Why the mixed metaphor where Jesus is simultaneously called a Lion and Lamb?

We propose that the the Lion and the Lamb are two entities. The Lamb is the victorious Jesus while Lion is an entity with human frailties whose victory was not confirmed until the last moment. Both had to be victorious in order to open the seals.



The first 5 seals are opened (6:1-11)

Ch 6:1-11...first of the seven seals...a white horse!...and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest... the second seal...a fiery red one (horse). Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other...the third seal...a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand....“Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages...and do not damage the oil and the wine!”...the fourth seal, a pale horse! Its rider was named Death...power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth...the fifth seal...souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God...How long...until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”...they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, were killed...


The rider on the white horse appears to be an agent of God who sets out to conquer for Jesus. But the other three appear to be agents of Satan that are allowed to bring about war, scarcity, disease and death to a portion of the earth. These troubles brought on by the horsemen mirror the troubles referred to in the Olivet Discourse - Matthew 24:6-7. These first four seals appear to be opened just before the reign of the beast.



Three Angels make proclamations, The Earth is Harvested (Ch 14:6-20)

Ch 14:6-20 ...(An) angel...had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth...A second angel followed and said, “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great...A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury...Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on...“Take your sickle and reap,”...the earth was harvested...“Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine,”...The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath...


We can say that the Three Angels make these announcements at around the end of the reign of the beast because "Babylon is fallen" and because the "Angel proclaims the Gospel to all the earth" ( As we had seen in our parse of Matthew 24 [3], this spread of the Gospel happens at around the end of Satan's reign - see Matt. 24:14 ). The harvesting of the grapes appears to refer to the punishment of those who worship Satan.

The rest of the passages below pertaining to Period 2 are about the complete destruction of whatever remains of Satan's empire and the start of Christ's millennial reign.



Seven Angels with 7 Plagues (Ch 15, 16)

Ch 15 ...those who had been victorious over the beast...sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb ...seven angels with the seven plagues...seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God...


Although these bowls of God's wrath seem to produce the kind of cataclysmic events that belong to Period 3, we believe that they only affect those who have earned His wrath and not the whole world. Its effects seem to be localized to those geographies or to those peoples that worship the beast. These are the last plagues of Period 2 (c. 2000)



Ch 16 The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land...festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image...The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood...The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:..they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”...The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire...The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness...The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East...three impure spirits that looked like frogs...Look, I come like a thief!...Then they gathered the kings together to the place...Armageddon...The seventh angel poured out his bowl...“It is done!”...flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake...The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found...huge hailstones...


When the sixth angel pours out his bowl(vs 12-16), frog-like spirits are unleashed to prepare for war but it is unclear when this "battle at Armageddon on the great day of God Almighty" actually takes place. One possibility is that this refers to the Gog and Magog war of Rev. 20 which means that these spirits have a 1000 years to prepare for that final battle. The parenthetical verse 15 with the phrase "I come as a thief" also hints that this war belongs to Period 3

Babylon is destroyed when the seventh angel pours out his bowl. In verse 20, the fleeing islands and mountains may refer to peoples that hide from their torment and not to land masses literally moving.



The Great Whore (Ch 17)

We will comment more extensively on this Chapter 17 because it exposes several aspects of our world today that are not widely known.


17:1-2 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

The "Great Whore" is a city (Rev 17:19) and is most likely the Vatican or whatever may supersede it in the future. The Vatican professes to be a Christian institution while covertly being the seat of power from which Satan rules the world. (The Bible often uses the "whore" metaphor for those who worship other gods for temporal gain.). The Vatican controls the leadership of all nations ("sits by many waters") through covert intermediaries like: the Satanic bloodlines (Rothschild, Rockefeller,...), Religious organizations (Jesuits, World Council of Churches...), "Talmudic" Jews (aka. Pharisees, "Synagogue of Satan"), "think tanks" (Council on Foreign Relations, Chatham House...), secret societies (like the Freemasons), International organizations (UN, World Bank...), central banks (like the Federal Reserve), spy agencies(CIA, MI5...) etc. The Vatican appoints and controls the political leaders of all countries no matter what the type of government (democracy, communism, dictatorship...). Apart from politics, the Vatican controls and corrupts all fields of human endeavour (Religion, science, business, law, education, media, arts, entertainment etc.). The leaders of the world, all of whom get their power and wealth through the Vatican, must also be Satan worshippers and perform the necessary filthy acts of Satan worship ("the wine of her adulteries").


17:3-6 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery:
Babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.
6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.

The woman (the Vatican) is dressed in purple and scarlet because these colours are used in occult symbolism to signify royalty, power and wealth and these colours are widely used at the Vatican. The "cup of filth" refers to the abominable things that Satan requires as worship in exchange for wealth and power such as: human torture and sacrifice, sexual perversions (sodomy, ritual sex abuse...), perversion of all kinds (cannibalism, coprophagia...), humiliations, deceits, witchcraft, etc.

The woman is called "Mystery, Babylon" because of her strong, secret connections to ancient Babylon. The powerful people that control the world maintain that power through the esoteric knowledge or mystery religion that has been passed down through the Satanic "elite" from the time of Nimrod of Babylon. In addition, those at the highest rungs of power belong to ancient Satanic bloodlines that originate in Babylon, probably from the time of Nimrod.

The Vatican has been the cause of death of millions of saints ("drunk with the blood" in vs. 6), most famously through the inquisition, but also through other means: through wars, communism etc.


17:7-13 Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.


The time at which this section of the vision occurs appears to be some period after the Vatican (the woman) came into existence but before the arrival of the seventh and eighth kings; let's say that this vision occurs in 2000AD. (Although there was no "10-horned beast" in existence in 2000AD, we see from vs. 12 that,at the time of the vision, the kings have not yet received a kingdom )

The 7 heads of the beast represent 7 sequential or historical empires and they also represent the 7 contemporary nations ("7 mountains") that constitute the 8th beast.

What are the 7 sequential/historical empires? In the visions of Daniel (Daniel 2,7,8) we see four historical empires repeatedly featured: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. We surmise that the other historical empire that should be included is Egypt, the "King of the South" in Daniel 11, which merged into the other 4 empires around the time of the Medo-Persians or Greeks. Egypt is extremely important in the Satanic occult world for its bloodlines and for its esoteric knowledge. These 5 "kings" have fallen but the Satanic bloodlines that controlled these empires continue to rule the world through the Vatican and will, in the end, reign as the beast. The 6th empire is a secret empire controlled by the Vatican that rules the world at the time of the vision (say 2000AD); we will call it the "Holy Roman" Empire. Although it is a covert empire (it is not, yet is) it is the most powerful empire that has existed; it controls the world. The 7th "king" has not yet come but will rule for an extremely short time - maybe less that the 42 months that the beast reigns. (Note that although Daniel treats the empires from the time of Romans to the beast as one empire, here they are treated as 4 separate empires: Roman Empire, Holy Roman Empire, 7th "short-term" empire and the 7-headed Beast Empire.)

It appears that the Satanic forces that controlled the 7 "historic" empires are sent to the Abyss after their reign ends because they all re-emerge from the Abyss to form the 8th king: the 7-headed, 10-horned beast. The 7 heads represents an alliance of 7 contemporary nations and the 10 horns represent the 10 leaders ruling them. We see this same configuration of heads and horns in the heavens in Revelation 12 which might imply that the beast is a reflection of the organization of the Satanic fallen angels.

The Vatican will have absolute tyrannical control of the earth through the beast when it arrives on the scene. The beast appears to be the same many-horned beast we have seen earlier in Rev. 13, Daniel 7 and the foot of the statue of Daniel 2.


17:14-18 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

The kings that rule the beast will wage against against Jesus but Christ will prevail. In the end, God will use the beast to destroy the whore that controlled it.




The Fall of the Great Whore (Ch 18)

Ch 18 ...Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!...When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her...The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore - cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves....Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down...In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.

The list of merchandise in vs 12, 13 illustrates the luxurious lifestyle enjoyed by Babylon and those who were made wealthy through their allegiance to the Vatican. With the source of their power gone, the "kings" of the world, the wealthy and powerful, can longer buy these expensive goods. The last entry in the list, human beings sold as slaves, is tragic because it hints at all the terrifying cruelties that are inflicted powerless humans that are used for Satanic sacrifices.

The finality of Babylon's fall is repeatedly mentioned and celebrated because it represents the end of Satan's reign over mankind.



The Rider on the White Horse is victorious against the Beast (Ch 19)

Ch 19 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:...Hallelujah!... wedding of the Lamb has come...I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True...His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself...The armies of heaven were following him...Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”...king of kings and lord of lords...Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army...But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf...The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur...The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse...

After the fall of Babylon, Christ starts his millennial reign on earth. He is king of the new Israel but will also control the rest of the world with an "iron scepter" because evil and hostile people and nations will continue to exist outside the new Israel.(Rev 20:15). After Babylon is destroyed, the beast and the false prophet are thrown in the lake of fire.



The Dragon is hurled into the Abyss, The Saints Reign With Christ for A Thousand Years (Ch 20:1-10)

Ch 20:1-10 ...He(the angel) seized the dragon...who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss,...After that, he must be set free for a short time...those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God...came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years...This is the first resurrection...Gog and Magog...gather...for battle...But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil...was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown...

The kingdom of Israel on earth that Christ rules for a 1000 years will consist of the remnant of the original Israelites, faithful Christians grafted in from other nations, and those of the first resurrection who died for God. Satan is imprisoned in the Abyss during this time. He is allowed one last chance at mischief for a short time before being thrown permanently into the lake of fire.



Epilogue (Ch 22:10-15)

Ch 22:10-15 ...Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near... “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega...Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

The translation of vs. 10, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.", does not make sense in this context because, quite obviously, the book is sealed in many ways. It probably should be translated "When the words of prophecy of this scroll is unsealed, then the time is near." - which means the scroll will be unsealed around the time of Period 2.




5.5 The "End of the Age" or the last days (circa 3000AD) (Ch 6:12-Ch 11, Ch 14:1-5, Ch 20:11 to Ch 22:9)

We will do a cursory analysis of this section, Period 3, because it occurs in the distant future and our understanding of these events is limited by the lack of context.

The 6th Seal is Opened (Ch 6:12-17)

Ch 6:12-17 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black...the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth...The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place...the kings of the earth... hid in caves...They called to the mountains...“Fall on us and hide us...For the great day of their wrath has come...


We saw that the opening of the first 5 seals in Period 2 resulted in the release of the 4 horsemen but the opening of this 6th seal in this Period 3 has more cataclysmic consequences. There will be a calamitous event that makes the sun appear black and the moon red etc.. Note that the start of Period 3 here, Rev. 6:12-14, matches the start of Period 3 in our parse of Matthew 24[3] (see Matthew 24:29).

Based on our analysis of Matthew 24[3], we believe that most of the events described below in Period 3 happen after the rapture of the faithful.



The 144000 Sealed and the Great Multitude in White Robes (Ch 7)

Ch 7...“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”...the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel...After this I looked...a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation...standing before the throne...were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands...These are they who have come out of the great tribulation...Therefore,“they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple...


The reconstituted Israel consists of the original Israelites, the faithful of other nations and those of the first resurrection. The 144,000 are chosen from the new Israel's twelve tribes that appear to be more or less equal in size and importance.

The Great Multitude in White Robes seem to be the saints - those who have been raptured out before the great end-time tribulations. Vs 14 can be taken to mean "These are those who have escaped the great tribulation". Their troubles are over because they will soon reside in the new Jerusalem that descends from heaven.



The 7th Seal, Trumpets 1-6 and Cataclysmic events (Ch 8,9)

Ch 8 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour...golden censer...the prayers of God’s people...Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came ...flashes of lightning and an earthquake...Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them...The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood...A third of the earth was burned up...The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood...The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers...Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter...The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars...Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth...


Ch 9 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet...a star that had fallen from the sky...The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss...locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth...only (harm)those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads...to torture them for five months...people will seek death but will not find it...They had as king over them...Abaddon... The sixth angel sounded his trumpet...Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates...to kill a third of mankind.The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand...A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths...The rest of mankind...did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons...Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.


At the sounding of 6 of the 7 trumpets God unleashes calamitous end-times tribulations across the globe on those who have been left behind after the rapture. But the people refuse to give up their evil ways.



The Little Scroll and The 7 Thunders (Ch 10)

Ch 10 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven...his face was like the sun...He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand...he gave a loud shout ... When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke...Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down... Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”...I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey."...“You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”


The angel standing on sea and land with the raised right hand in vs. 5 seems to mirror the angel with the raised hands on the river bank in Daniel 12:5-7. From our chiastic parse of Daniel 11 and 12 [4] we had determined that the angel in Daniel 12 had predicted the approximate time of these last days.



The Two Witnesses (Ch 11:1-14)

Ch 11:1-14 ...measure the temple of God...But exclude the outer court... because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months...my two witnesses...will prophesy for 1,260 days...They are “the two olive trees”...If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies...They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain...and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague...the beast that comes up from the Abyss will...kill them...For three and a half days...people...will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them...because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
But after the three and a half days...they stood on their feet...At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed...The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.


The two witnesses make one last attempt at prophecy to turn the peoples hearts but the inhabitants of earth rejoice at their death instead. The beast that comes out of the Abyss to kill the witnesses is not the 7-headed beast of Period 2 because that beast had been thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20). Note that at some point during the reign of Christ, a new temple is built.



The sounding of the 7th Trumpet (Ch 11:15-19)

Ch 11:15-19 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet...“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,and he will reign for ever and ever.”...the twenty-four elders...saying: “...you have taken your great power and have begun to reign...The time has come for judging the dead...”
Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant...

At the sounding of the 7th trumpet the earthly reign of Christ ends and the heavenly, eternal reign of God and Christ begins.



The 144,000 Sing a New Song (Ch 14:1-5)

Ch 14:1-5 ...there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads...they sang a new song ...No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth....they remained virgins...They were... offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb...


The 144,000 chosen from Israel as firstfruits sing a new song to herald the reign of the Messiah.



The Final Judgement (Ch 20:11-15)

20:11-15 ...a great white throne... And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened...the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books...each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Those who are judged worthy, based on the record of their life in the "books", go to Christ's new heavenly kingdom; the rest are thrown into the lake of fire. Those who were resurrected during Christ's reign on earth because they gave up their lives for God will not face this final judgement and second death (Rev. 20:6).



A New Heaven and A New Earth (Ch 21, 22:1-5)

Ch 21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”...I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride...“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people...‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning...” ...I am the Alpha and the Omega...But the cowardly, the unbelieving...will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur... the second death...the bride, the wife of the Lamb...the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven...high wall with twelve gates...On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel...The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb...The city was laid out like a square... foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone...The great street of the city was of gold...the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple...The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it...Nothing impure will ever enter it...but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.



Ch 22:1-5 ...the river of the water of life, ...flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb...On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit... And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations...The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him...for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.


A Holy City, The New Jerusalem, descends from heaven. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will live in this brilliant new city for ever. God will once again be in the midst of mankind as He was in the Garden of Eden.



Epilogue (22:6-9)

Ch 22:6-9 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel...“Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you.. Worship God!”


Angelic dialogue can sometimes get confusing because they sometimes may talk as though they are the person they represent. For example, here in verse 6 The angel acts as a sort of narrator. In verse 7, he talks as though he were Christ and when John falls at his feet, he talks as himself. It is quite possible that angels also acquire some of the visual characteristics of the being they represent while maintaining some of their own. This is an important consideration because, for instance, when the angel says "I am the bright morning star", is he talking about Jesus or himself?



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References

[1] A Definition of Functional Chiasmus
[2] A Chiastic Reconfiguration Of Revelation 12
[3] A Chiastic Reconfiguration Of "The Olivet Discourse" in Matthew 24
[4] A Chiastic Reconfiguration Of Daniel 10-12. Part 2: Daniel 12.



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