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Unlocking the Order of Events in the Book of Revelation Part 2

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Over 20 years of study of the Book of Revelation has opened my eyes to the order of events in the Book of Revelation

Keys are in the parables

I think most people who have read the bible would agree that out of the 66 books contained within the bible the most difficult one to understand is the Book of Revelation. About 90% of Revelation is prophecy. The Book of Revelation in and of itself would have no value without the other books in the bible to point us in the right direction to find answers. Therefore, we rely much on other books found in the Old and New Testament to guide us in our studies in Revelation. With that said, I will first focus my efforts to reveal a key that helps us unlock the order of events in the book of Revelation through one of the parables Jesus used in Matthew 20:1-16 commonly referred to as the Laborers in the Vineyard. But before I get into the parable itself allow me to provide a more modern day analogy of what this parable is about.


When you hear the term Day Ladorer it mean a person who is hired by the day. So the story goes like this. I'm standing in a area with a group of other individuals at 6 am in the morning, waiting for someone to come by and hire us for a day's work. An owner of a farm stops by and offers some of us work and at the end of the day will pay us each $80. Those of us hired agree to his term. During the course of the day as we are working we notice every few hours more hired laborers show up to work the field. Then the last group of hired laborers show up a 5 pm. They too work the field like the rest. At 6 pm work stops and we are all told to collet our wages for the day. Oddly, the laborers who work only an hour are at the front of the line to be paid. Those of us who worked 12 hours are at the end of the line. So what we see here are those hire first (6am) are paid last and those hired last are being paid first. The rumor runs down the pay line that the one's hired last received $ 80 dollars and they only worked an hour. So surely if I worked 12 hours then I can expect $ 960. But once I received my wages it turns out to be only $80, surely this is a mistake. I, like others who were hired with me complained and argued with the pay master. In the end it was a very SWEET deal for those who worked an hour, but for those who work all day it surely left us BITTER.

Now here is the parable of the Laborers in the Vinyard.

Matthew 20:1-16 NKJV: 1 For the KIngdom of heaven is like a land owner who went out early one morning to hire Laborers for his vinyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with his laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them to his vinyard. 3 He went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, You also go into the vinyard and whatevers right I will give you,. So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour and did likewise. 6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, "Why have you been standing here idle all day? 7 They said to him; Because no one has hired us. He said to them, You also go into the vinyard and whatevers right you will receive. 8 So when evening had come, the owner of the vinyard said to his steward, Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, the supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius. 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my ownthings? Or is your eye evil because I am good? 16 So the LAST will be FIRST and the FIRST, LAST. For many are called but few chosen.

This parable followed after Jesus was told His disciples their inheritence would be in Matthew 19:28-30.It was these verses that cause Jesus to give this parable.

Within this parable is a much deeper meaning. Remember how the parable begins.It starts out by says "For the Kingdom of haven is like and then went into the first will be last and a the last first.

Jesus had told His disciple that when He sits on His throne they too will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel even though the twelve tribes of Israel existed long before Jesus chose HIs disciple during His ministery. This is a prophecy of future events of what happens to the His disciples This means they must be first in order to judge the twelve tribes of Israel.

In Revelation we can see this process of first and last. For example the 144,000 from the children of Isael appear to be still on the earth who have yet to be sealed as revealed in Revelation 7:1-8. But if you continue in verse 9 it states; 9 After these things I looked and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of ALL nations, peoples, tribes and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with whiterobes, and with palm branches in their hand.

In verse 9, this multitude is clearly a resurrected group who seem to be in heaven. And yet on the earth is 144,000 from the twelve tribes of the children Israel who are waiting to receive their seal.

So, in short, the twelve disciples will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel who are still on the earth..

Then we see Revelation 10 :9-10 NKJV states the following: 9 So I went to the angel and said to him; " Give me the little book; And he said. Take and eat it, and it will make your stomach BITTER, but it will be SWEET as honey in your mouth.10 Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was SWEET as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became BITTER.

Immediately following these two verses, John is told to prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues and kings. And the result of his prophesying again is Revelation chapters 12 through 20:1-9

You will note that in Revelation the Seven Seals and Seven Trumpets are mentioned FIRST (bitter) and explains the events which will take place within chapters 6 through 11. But John is told at the end of chapter 10 to prophesy again So John's LAST (sweet) prophesy is Revelation 12 through 20:9

So it looks like this

First/Bitter Revelation chapters 6 through 11 the Seven Seals and Seven Trumpets

then

Last/Sweet Revelation chapters 12 through 20:9 the Seven Bowls

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First/Sweet Revelation chapters 12 through 20:9 the Seven Bowls

then

Last/Bitter Revelation chapters 6 through 11 the Seven Seals and Seven Trumpets


I hope what I have laid out so far to is not to difficult to understand. I've made it a simple as I can explain it. However, this is not the end of the story. There are other parables mention by Jesus in the book of Matthew that further supports my understanding of Revelation and the order of events in Revelation. In my next article (part 3) I will talk about and explain these another parables found in Matthew chapters 24 and 25 which is commonly referred to as the Olivet Prophecy which also support my understanding of the order of events in the Book of Revelation.


God bless to all.








Comments

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on September 30, 2020:

Robert,

Thank you for your comment. I'm glad you find this article very interesting and find it worthyenough to look further into the order of events I have laid out. Please let me know when time allows to point out areas where you agree or disagree with anything I have written here in this article or in the series that go with this one. Also where it could stand some improvements. While writing on this subject I try to keep any confusion to a minimum. As you may well know the Book of Revelation is difficult enough to understand as it is.

One question I have for you. How mush study have you placed in the Book of Revelation and have you ever heard of anyone lay out the order of events in Revelation as I have? I 'm asking because I haven't heard of anyone who has done so.

Many blessing Robert.

Robert Henry Ditmore MA MEd from MORRISON on September 30, 2020:

Very interesting KC! I took notes and will be looking at things in the order you have laid them out. Thank you for a very interesting perspective!

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on July 16, 2020:

I am now working on part 3 on the subject Unlocking the Order of Events in the Book of Revelation. I hope to have it completed by the end of this week or the beginning of the next.

Blessing to all.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on June 09, 2020:

Marcelo Carcach,

I hope my answer to your last question was clear. If you have any furture questions I'll be more than happy to answer the best I can. I hope to have my third article relating to the first and second out within the next ten days or so.

Many blessing to you.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on June 08, 2020:

Marcelo Carcach,

Again thank you for your comment and question.The Landowner was good regardless whether the one hour Laborers was paid their wage of a denarius first or last. The point to the question stated in the parable is not about the Landowner being good, but why their (the laborers hired first) eyes were evil. It was an issue of their heart. The Laborers who worked all day showed their bitterness toward the landowner.

This is why I've said throughout my articles, there is a far greater meaning of this parable.

Bitter/First are those hired the 1st hour. Sweet/Last are those hired the last hour. Then Sweet/First are paid far more than what they expected. The Bitter/Last are paid far less than what they were expecting.

This is why there is a direct correlation between this parable and And Revelation 10:9-10.

I hope the is much clearer now.

I look forward in keeping in touch also.

Many, many blessings to you.

Marcelo Carcach from Westminster, MD on June 08, 2020:

Thanks, KC McGee. In Matthew 20:15 the landowner asks, "Is your eye evil because I am good?" I think this statement is crucial for us understanding what the parable is about. What do you think of this statement? (And I look forward to keeping in touch too).

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on June 07, 2020:

Marcelo Carcach,

One other thing I wish to mention. Did you ever notice that in the parable it does not reveal how much wages were paid to those who were hired at the 3rd, 6th and 9th hour. The amount of wages they received is unknown. There where no complaints made about how much they received. The complaint is directed only at the ones hired at the 11th hour. No one ever mentions grace or goodness being shown to them. Did they receive a denarius too? The point here is it doesn't matter. They were not first or last. So I ask you,. where is the grace and goodness shown towards them?

The first last and the last first. That is the entire point of the parable. Not grace.

Again thank you.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on June 07, 2020:

Marcelo Carcach,

Again, thank you very much for your comment. Let's examine what you are saying. The landowner to showed his grace because he chose to pay the Laborers who work one hour a denarius (which is a days wage) that they were first to be paid. This shows the Landowner was being graceful. And that by paying them first this shows grace and goodness of the Landowner. This make no sense to me and I will explain why.

You are implying that grace is revealed in this parable because the Landowner chose to pay a denarius to the one hour laborers first. And because of that, it made the landowner good.

But it would not reveal grace in this parable if the one hour laborer had been paid last but still received a denarius. This would mean the Landowner would have been evil and not good. Even though the one hour Laborers received far more wage than they had expected.

This is basicly what you are implying. And this is why it makes no sense to me. And this is why I believe grace has nothing to do with this parable. But has everything to do with future events in Revelation. Because this parable has far more deeper meaning than many people realize. The First will be last and the last, first does have far greater meaning

Again, thank you for your comment. I look forward to them. Many blessings to you Marcelo.

Marcelo Carcach from Westminster, MD on June 06, 2020:

Thanks for your response, KC. I think that, although the workers are clearly earning their wages, grace is displayed in that the landowner chose to pay the last as much as he chose to pay the first. The reason why the last are first and the first last is that he chose the last ones to receive as much as the first. Why did he choose this? It is because he was good... so I think grace.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 06, 2020:

KC, thanks for your answer. Looking forward to the third part.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on June 06, 2020:

Marcelo Carcach,

In my reply to your most recent comment and question I failed to thank you for your comment and to answer your question.

I will answer your question by stating this. The begining of thae parable states this:

For the Kingdom of heaven is like.... The parable is explaining what the Kingdom of heaven is like, not just in this age, but also the age to come. We must remember the Kingdom of God has no beginning and no end. Remember, just before Jesus told this parable, He was telling His disciples that when He sits on His throne of glory, they too will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve trbes of Israel. In order for the twelve disciples to sit on twelve thrones they have to be resurrected FIRST. The twelve tribes of Israel that will be judged will be on the earth and resurrected Last. This will all happen while Christ rules on His throne in the Kingdom of heaven.

Again I thank you for your question and comment.

Many, many blessing to you.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on June 06, 2020:

Marcelo Carcach,

This parable is NOT about grace. If you notice in the parable the Laborers are EARNING their wage. Regardless of the amount they received.

You can never EARN grace in the Kingdom of God.

Marcelo Carcach from Westminster, MD on June 06, 2020:

In Matthew 20:16, we are told that the last will be first and the first last since (for) many are called but few are chosen. It seems to me that the purpose of this expression (the last will be first and the first last) is to explain how God's grace reverses our human expectations. In the same way, in Matthew 19:30, the Lord's rewards turn human expectations upside down. If this is the case, why would this principle affect the chronology of Revelation?

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on June 01, 2020:

lifegate, you're most welcome.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on June 01, 2020:

Thanks, KC.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on May 31, 2020:

lifegtae,

Thanks for your comment and question. You asked me if see a difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of heaven. This brief question requires from me an even longer answer. Also my answer is in two parts. In one sense the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of heaven is the same. In another sense it's two seperate Kingdoms, which I guess I need to explain this.

First let me give you an example of a Kingdom and rulership, which will help explain where I going with this.

When God created earth and man, He gave dominion (rulership) of all living things that moved on the earth. Adam, therefore, had Kingship over all livings things on the earth. But what Adam did not have was ownership of the earth and the things which are in it. Earth and everything therein still belongs to God.

First, I believe this same concept applies to the issue of the Kingdom of heaven and the Kingdom of God.

Jesus gave approximately 13 parable relating to the Kingdom of HEAVEN. Most of these Kingdom of heaven (is like) parables are found in Matthew Chapter 13.In one patricular parable Jesus states this about the KIngdom found in Matthew 13:41-43 NKJV: 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of HIS kingdom all things that offened, and those who pracice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth and the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

In this parable Jesus refers to two Kingdoms. The Son of Man's Kingdom and the Kingdom of the Father. This I believe is referring to the Kingdom of heaven in which Jesus has dominion (Rulership), but owned by our Father in heaven. And then those who will shine like the sun will became citizens in the Kingdom of God the Father.

Second, Jesus further said this in Matthew 28:18 NKJV: And Jesus came and spoke to them again, saying "ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN to Me in heaven and on earth.

Notice here Jesus never stated He was given OWNERSHIP of heaven and earth.

Then we have the following verse in 1 Corinthians 15:24 NKJV: 24 Then comes the end when He delievers the Kingdom TO God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and authority and power.

I believe it's at this point the Kingdom of heaven which Christ ruled over is handed over to God in a perfect state, which is what you would expect of a Kingdom of God.

lifegate I hope I answered your question. Thanks for asking

Many blessings.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 31, 2020:

Hi KC. An interesting read for sure. Just wondering, do you see a difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven, and if so, what is it? Thanks in advance.

Robert Sacchi on May 30, 2020:

You're welcome.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on May 30, 2020:

Ms. Dora

I hope my answer to your last question made sense. If not I'll try again.

Blessing.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on May 29, 2020:

Robert Sacchi,

Thanks again for the comment. Until you had asked I never gave much thought to literary styles contained within the bible, except that there are some poetic style writing in a few of the Old Testament books such as Psalm and Proverbs. Until you mentioned it I wasn't aware the Revelation had what your referred to as poetic imagery or that's how it's referred. Maybe it is something I may look at in the near future. I do think you for bringing it up.

Many blessing.

Robert Sacchi on May 29, 2020:

Thank you. I remember reading Revelation was written in a literary style of poetic imagery and the closest style we have today would be science fantasy.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on May 29, 2020:

Hi Ms Dora,

Thank you for your comment and question. Simplely, a number of the parable spoken by Jesus revals far more about the Book of Revelation than what I believe most people realize. I also believe their is greater insight to be found in parable spoken by Jesus that correlate directly with Revelation. The two parable found in Matthew 25:1-13 and 25:14-30, which is part of the Olivet Porphecy, which I plan to explain in Part 3 of my next article.

Many blessing Ms. Dora.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 29, 2020:

KC, I intend to follow your presentations on the Book of Revelation. Could you state precisely, say in one sentence, what is the key revealed in the parable you quoted? No pressure. Just wanting to understand it clearly.

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on May 28, 2020:

Robert Sacchi,

No I don't believe reverse writing was a literary style at the time. I do think when Jesus had spoken certain parables it was clear furture events were in mind.

There is a verse that stand out in Revelation 1: 22 NKJV which states: 11 I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.......

Many bless

Robert Sacchi on May 27, 2020:

Something to think about. Was writing in reverse order a literary style of the day?

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on May 27, 2020:

lifegate

I know you mentioned that you would continue following this subject. Now that I have this part 2 completed, if there is any one you know of or books writen that may prove or disprove anything I've writen in my first article or this part 2, I'm more than willing to look at it. Just point me to the individual(s) and/or books.

Many blessings

KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on May 27, 2020:

Part 2. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you my have.

Blessings to all