When Is The Book of Revelation?

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If you search this website you will find that I have elaborated on The Book of Revelation quite extensively and in future posts, I will delve more into this fascinating book. I am working on a book that will provide a detailed verse-by-verse explanation. My target date for completion is the Summer of 2018, 

I truly believe it will be eye-opening and change the way many have viewed The Book of Revelation. No one – and I mean, no one – is explaining The Book of Revelation in this manner.

In this article, I want to explain the ‘when’ of The Book of Revelation. 

Almost all of the information about The Book of Revelation – whether it is in a sermon, videos, articles – are discussions that place the prophetic events within it in our time period or within a time period called “The Last Days.” I am 100 percent that this is not the case.

The contents of The Book of Revelation (or more accurately, A Revelation by Jesus Christ That God Gave Him) have not had a start of fulfillment. I believe The Book of Revelation has nothing to do with our current time period or of one in the more immediate future. I believe that The Book of Revelation is a warning of what will occur in a future time period more than 1000 years ahead of us.

I believe Jesus told his disciples that nearly 2000 years ago and they understood him. Today, we have not come to have the same understanding that his disciples did back then.

At Matthew 24:3, Jesus’ disciples asked him a two-fold question. They asked …

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?

  1. When will the temple be destroyed?
  2. What will be the sign of his coming and the end of the age?

Many assume that the disciples were asking Jesus when will this current world end? That makes no sense. Why? Because the disciples would have been dead nearly 2000 years so being interested in when this current world would have no meaning to them. Plus, the time period in which they lived back then is much different than the one in which we live in now. So, why aren’t anyone thinking that the disciples were asking Jesus about the end of the time period in which they were living?  Because the question they asked was associated with his coming, which would future.

Also, the disciples asked for “a sign” (a single) event! Why would they do that? They would be long dead! So them seeing a sign would make no sense either. What they asked Jesus would only make sense if they knew they would be alive after having died. In other words, what they asked Jesus would only make sense if they would be resurrected at some point in the future when “the sign” would have application.

So what were the disciples really asking Jesus?

If one takes a close look at Matthew 24:3 they were asking him …

What is the sign that will signal his coming, that is, the beginning of a new age in which he is King and when will that age end? Yes! They were asking Jesus what is the sign that will signal the beginning of his kingdom and the ending of it. That is, the beginning of an age and the ending of it. This makes sense. It should not be rocket science to put oneself in the shoes of the disciples back then to understand why they were interested in the beginning of Jesus kingdom and the end of it. Why?

Because Christ promised a resurrection of all of mankind into that age (his kingdom) and his disciples were well aware of that promise.(John 5:28-29)

Christ’s Kingdom over the earth is still future, contrary to what many today believe. He is not King yet. However, when his Father in heaven gives him the crown to act with authority over the earth, all of the heavenly hosts will be present to witness that coronation. (More on this in a moment).

Christ’s Kingdom is a definite Kingdom, meaning that it has a beginning and an ending. It will last for 1000 years. (Revelation 20:7)

This is what Jesus disciples were asking him about. The sign of when that age begins and when it ends. Because when it ends, something incredible happens. What?

When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.

The Revelation By Jesus Christ That God Gave Him is a warning to the future world of restored mankind AFTER Christs Kingdom ends of the events that will occur after his Kingdom ends and Satan is released from his imprisonment upon that future world.

That is why Revelation 1:1 says …

… to show his servants what must soon take place.

Shortly take place? Well, the Apostle John wrote down what he saw and heard almost 2000 years ago. The last Apostle died nearly 2000 years ago. There was no circulated “Revelation” back then. So, from the vantage point of the time period back then, “to show his servants what must soon take place” would make no sense!

However, it would make sense if “to show his servants what must soon take place” was viewed from the standpoint of a future time period and understanding it to mean …

“to show his servants what must soon take place AFTER Christs kingdom ends and Satan is released from his prison upon that world of mankind.”

A great deception upon an entire “resurrected” world in the future will take place. Even those chosen as Kings with Christ will be deceived by this powerful angel!

The reason why Christ’s disciples would be interested in the end of Christs “age” is that they will be there. They will be on their own because Christ will no longer be King (his kingdom will have ended) and they themselves will have inherited the responsibility of administration over the earth in those future days. They are “The Kings of the Earth that we read about in The Book of Revelation.”

Even though they would have been taught by Christ, they are no match for Satan, the original Serpent.

There is much more and that “much more” is an incredible revelation of what will take place after the end of Christs future 1000-year kingdom ends.

At present, nothing in that book has had a start of fulfillment.

There is no Beast, no Image of the Beast, no False Prophet, no 144,000, no Scarlet-Colored Wild Beast, no 666, no war in heaven yet … nothing.

They have not arrived yet and will not arrive until Satan is first imprisoned, Christ’s kingdom runs its course of 1000 years and ends, and Satan ascends out of the Abyss. The things mentioned above Satan brings up with him.

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R. Jerome Harris

A Disciple of Christ in the strictest sense. I belong to no religious organization. I view Christ as my only Head, Master, Teacher, Owner, and Lord. (John 8:31-32, 1Cor 11:3) His God is my God and I champion his teachings above anything issuing out of ANY religious organization.

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  1. Seems to me the believers back in the 1st century were expecting the return of Messiah at any time, they did not have our vantage view and the whole compiled scriptures as we do today.
    You are right in that the disciples asked him 2 questions, the 1st was when was the temple going to be destroyed, and the 2nd was when was he going to come and take control of all nations or kingdoms and set up his own kingdom.
    They did not realise much time would pass before his answers as to his returning and putting down all rebellion would pass.
    Those resurrectioned in the 1st resurrection that rule and reign with Messiah can not be decieved by haSatan nor snookered or be caused to fall into temptation, they have overcome the world the flesh and haSatan and are rewarded with incorruptible bodies as our Masters and immortality, the 2nd death has no power over them, they are kings and priests with Messiah.

    • Perhaps some believer in Christ in the first century were expecting his return at “any time.” But I am not referring to all of the disciples, that is, the ones who “chose Christ” and to follow him. I am referring to Jesus’ closest companions; the ones that “Jesus chose” and taught: His Apostles (his first disciples or students).

      They knew better because Christ taught them. The questions they ask Jesus at Matthew 24:3 indicate that they understood that Christs return would be far into the future long after they were gone.

      They knew that they would die because they were taught that there would be a great resurrection from the dead and the voice that would call them out would be the voice of Christ. (John 5:28-29 and Acts 24:15)

      They knew that they would stand upon the earth again in the future – alive – in a restored and perfect society of people but with an adversary that has not been destroyed yet but only abyssed for 1000 years (incidentally, the same duration of Christs’ future kingdom over the earth. Rev 20:6-7)

      They knew that more had to occur before the end. So they ask Jesus the questions at Matthew 24:3: “…what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age.”

      What age were they asking about. Many assume that age back then. No! They were referring to the end of “Jesus’ age or end of his future 1000 year kingdom!” Jesus knew that this is what they were asking him because he goes on to detail many events but told them that those things were not to be connected to the end or his coming. (Matthew 24:6).

      He goes on to mention nation rising against nation (notice not plural, indicating two kingdoms existing on the earth in those future days), food shortages, and earthquakes. Jesus says these are the beginning of pangs of distress. Much more must occur. Again, he does not connect those things with the end. (Remember his disciples asked him what would be the sign of his coming and “the end.”)

      Then at Matthew 24:9, Jesus goes on to talk about tribulation and the killing of his faithful in those future days and – THIS IS THE TELLTALE – that his followers would be hated by ALL of the nations. Now, I ask, “Are ALL of Christ followers hated today by ALL of the nations of the world? No! So the time period spoken of here must be a FUTURE one where there will be a polarization where Christs followers will be hated by ALL of the “nations of people” on the earth in those future days and even put many of them to death because they will refuse bow down and support whatever Satan establishes on the earth when Christs 1000 year kingdom ends.

      Jesus goes on to state that salvation does not come until one has endured faithfully “to the end.” No one is “saved” right now because they have not been tested (as the end is far away). (Matthew 24:13)

      Jesus answers is disciples question at Matthew 24:30. Jesus tells them what that sign is and where it will be seen. Jesus did not give a series of events (as in signs), but gave one event (a sign) that would signal his return “the beginning of his age or kingdom over the earth).

      That sign would not be seen by any human eye because it does not occur on earth. They sign occurs in a place the human eye cannot see, in heaven. That sign will only be seen by those who reside in heaven, the angelic hosts to include Satan. That sign is the coronation of Jesus by his heavenly Father as king over the earth. It will be a glorious event and witnessed by all who live there.

      Will those resurrected first be misled by Satan? Yes! It is stated so at Revelation 17:12-17. Those resurrected first by Christ will serve as “kings and priest” physically on it for 1000 years (Rev 20:6). After Christs Kingdom ends, they are the ones who will “inherit the earth” and manage it.” It will be their kingdom, their inheritence. They will squander it. Revelation 17:12-17 shows that they will be misled and will “give their kingdom to the Wild Beast).

      Christ’s kingdom of 1000 years is a definite kingdom. Many people fail to think about what that means. When Christ’s kingdom ends, he gives it to the 144,000 that he resurrected FIRST. They inherit that kingdom. Many forget that Satan has not been destroyed yet.

      At the end of Christs 1000 year Kingdom, all that is left on the earth are 144,000 men who have inherited a kingdom and a “Great Crowd” who are subjected to them. Satan, when released, will go after them and mislead them and will win them over.

      The only thing that will cause them to realize that they were misled is the declaration of the Good News of the Kingdom by a single and solitary angel. (Rev 14:6) That “good new message” will not be entrusted to any human and it has not be given to the angel to declare. THIS IS WHERE SO MANY TODAY HAVE BEEN MISLED ABOUT. And it accounts for all of the confusion.

      The “Book of Revelation” (the only book that shows it is from God as Rev 1:1 says that it is “a revelation by Jesus Christ that GOD GAVE HIM …) is connected to what Jesus’ disciples asked him at Matthew 24:3. The Book of Revelation is an account of what will happen AFTER Christs 1000 year kingdom ENDS and Satan is RELEASED from the Abyss.

      The disciples knew that they would be alive in that future time period so it is natural that they wanted to know when Christ “age” would begin and when it would end. Because when it would end, the real trouble would begin, Satan is released.

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