Order of things to Come
years are divided into the old covenant and the new covenant. The final seven is divided intothese two periods as well. The first 3 and1/2 years is a time of growth and the second a time of famine. The great tribulation is a picture of famine for the physical. It is the second 3 and ½years of the final seven. The 7000 years is divided similarly. The first half is a time of growth physically, the second a time of decline physically. In both second half periods the spiritual ishighlighted as the physical declines. This final seven years until is detailed in Daniel:
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in themidst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for theoverspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation,and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The “He” in this verse is a reference to the “Prince who shall come” in Dan. 9:26. This is the beast or antichrist. He comes on the scene to begin this final seven by confirming the covenantwith many of the Jews. You can see that this final seven is divided into two 3 and1/2 year periods. The covenant he confirms in the first 3 and ½ years is the Mosaic Law where templeworship is concerned and which is basically an agreement with the Jews to rebuild their temple.The second 3 and ½ year period is the great tribulation. This period ends with the Return of Christ. Revelation 6 also concerns this same time period in the first 6 seals of the 7 sealed scroll.The first seal is the beast coming on the scene and the 6th is the coming of Christ.
Revelation 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it werethe noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given untohim: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:12 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 becameas blood;
13 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.
Notice how the 6
seal parallels the events that immediately precede Jesus’ coming inMatthew.
Matthew 24:29 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:
30 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 theSon of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory