Over 20 years of study of the Book of Revelation has opened my eyes to the order of events in the Book of Revelation
Open the parables to understand Revelation
I will not repeat what has already been said in the first and second part on this subject. Threrefore, I hope you will read them if you haven't already. What I have mentioned before in the first and second articles has a direct correlation between a number of parables that Jesus mention during His ministery and the Book of Revelation that unlocks the order of events in the Book of Revelation. With that said there is a reverse order also in the two parables I'm going to talk about here. It must be clear the Kingdom of heaven is mentiioned in all of the parables in part 1 and part 2 on this subject and is further mention in the two parables I will talk about here. It's important to have a general understanding of what the Kingdom of heaven is. Which will take much effort and time than I have to explain it all here. But it ties into this whole end time events that will take place in the future and is directly related to the order of events in the Book of Revelation. The subject of the kingdom of heaven will be explained in part four or five of this series.
The Two Parables in the Olivet Prophesy.
What is commonly known as the Olivet Prophesy is a discription of what will happen in end time events and the return of Christ's second coming. I will not get into the entire details of the Olivet Prophesy, found in Matthew chapters 24 and 25, but I will cover the two parables contained within. The first parable begins at Matthew 25:1. This parable immeditely follows after Matthew chapter 24 in which Jesus had just explained to His disciples what will lead up to His return. He then goes on to mention the first parable in Matthew 25:1-13 NKJV which states:
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise and five were foolish 3 Those who were foolish took there lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slummbered and slept. 6 And at midnight a cry was heard; `Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!`7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the fools said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.` 9 But the wise answered, saying, `No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.` 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, Lord open to us!` 12 But he answered them and said, Àssuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day or the hour in which the Son od Man is coming".
Notice the beginning of the parable, because this will be important later, it states:
Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened
And why is it so important to mention the word delayed which is located in verse 5 of this parable? There is a good reason why the word "delayed" is mentioned in this parable. And I will explain why later.
Now, lets read the second parable in the Olivet Prophesy. Matthew 25:14-30 NKJV which states: 14 For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servents and delievered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two and to another one, to each according to his ability; and immediately went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who receievedtwo gained two more also. 18 But he who received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servents came and settled accounts with them. 20 So he who received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying; `Lord, you delievered to me five talents, look, I have gained five more talents besides them.`21 His llord said to him, `Well done my, good and faithful servent, youwere faithful over a few things, I will make youruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. 22 He also who had received two talents came and sais, `Lord, you delievered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them. 23 His lord said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servent; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of the lord. 24 Then he who had received one talent can and said; Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sowen, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.´ 25 And I was afraid, and went and had your talents in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.`26 But his lord answered and said to him; `You wicked and lazy servent, you knew that I reap where I have not sowen, and gathered where I have not scattered seed.´27 So you ought to have deposited my money in the with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.`19 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundence, but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.`30 And cast the unprofitable servent into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
At The Beginning of Both Parables.
Have you noticed the difference between the beginning of both parables I've just quoted above. Here is how the first parable starts out:
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to..."
Here is how the second parable starts out:
" For the kingdom of heaven is like..."
Why do they start out different? The first parable describes what the Kingdom of heaven shall be liken to in the future sense. The second parable discribes what the kingdom of heaven is like at this time or should I say at this age.
If you read carefully both parables it explains the return of Jesus Christ. But here's the catch, they are describing two seperate returns of Jesus Christ. Not the same return of Jesus Christ.
The first parable explains the last return of Christ. And the second (last ) parable discribed the first return of Christ.
It's best described like this:
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened" (mention first)
" For the kingdom of heaven is like" (mention last)
Now lets reverse the order of these two events:
"For the kingdom of heaven is like " (mention first)
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened " (mention last)
Can you now see how there is a direct link to Revelation 10: 9-10, Matthew 19:30 and Matthew 20:1-16.
Delay, Delayed and Delaying
The words delay, delayed and delaying can be found in only three places in the entire bible. The word delay is only mentioned in Revelation 10:6 NKJV, the word delayed is mentioned in Matthew 25:5 which is in the first parable mention above and the word delaying is mention in Matthew 24:48 NKJV ( which both delayed and delaying are found in the Olivet Prophesy). In each case these words are used to describe the final days and Christ's return.
Also, note the word delay in Revelation 10: 6 is just before the Bitter/Sweet and Sweet/Bitter in Revelation 10:9-10. Just as the word delaying in Matthew 24:48 is mentioned followed by the two Kingdom of heaven parable of Matthew 25:1-13 and Matthew 25: 14-30.
Why the Delay?
There is a simple answer to the; Why the delay? Because the second return of Christ mentioned in the second parable Matthew 25:14-30 must happen first. The first parable mentioning Christ's return will be his third and last return in Matthew 25:1-13 (Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened... this is why delayed is mentioned, it must happen last). Therefore, we have the delay.
There is far more information that needs explaining regarding the order of events in the Book of Revelation. In my next article I will explain the two parts of Revelation and why the kingdom of heaven parables play a part in both.
Blessings to all.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on September 02, 2021:
This is the third article of this series that I have completed the editing. I am sure that it will help in understanding the Book of Revelation in this five part series so far. I plan to write part 6 in the coming days. I hope you enjoy.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on July 08, 2021:
If you have questions regarding this article let me know.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on May 16, 2021:
I just edited this article to make some minor corrections. I hope you enjoy reading it.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on April 10, 2021:
Thanks for taking the time to read.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on March 14, 2021:
This is a very important subject. Please take the time to read. I hope you will take the time to read it and leave a comment if you wish.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on February 16, 2021:
Please take the time to read and comment if you wish.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on January 27, 2021:
Please take time to read part 3
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on January 19, 2021:
Please take time to read part 3 .
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on October 25, 2020:
I Just published part 4 which explains a lot more if you want to check it out. It provides more details. Also, many thanks for your coment here.
William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on October 25, 2020:
Wish you could have gone into more detail. I guess I´ll have to wait! Thanks, KC.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on October 20, 2020:
lifegate and MsDora
I just waned to let you both know that part 3 here is completed.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on October 17, 2020:
Thank you very much for your comment. It tells me that my efforts in these articles were not in vain. I hopeful it will cause others to study the parables of Christ and gain new insight to their meanings with regards to end time events. All of Christ's parables have great meaning and often times not what we initially thought.
Thanks again for yourr comment. As I stated before I hope to have part 4 out soon.
Many blessings to you Robert.
Robert Henry Ditmore MA MEd from MORRISON on October 17, 2020:
Nice article, KC! This is all so very interesting. It is obvious you have put much study and thought into this subject, this book, and the importance of parables. I have actually recently become more aware of the importance of all of Christ's parables. Always knew they were significant, but did nor really appreciate their relationship to prophecy until a month or so ago when a visiting evangelist preached on them; your work here just solidifies their significance. Looking forward to part 4!
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on October 15, 2020:
It may take a little longer to get part 4 out than I had planned. I will get it out as soon as possible. Thanks to all who have read and commented on part 1 and 2 so far.
Blessings to all.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on October 02, 2020:
I will have part 4 of this series completed within the next two weeks. Any comments or questions regarding this one, I will be more than happy to reply.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on September 29, 2020:
When you concider the evidence I have provided in this three part series of Unlocking the Order of Events in the Book of Revelaion, I realizes it totally goes against the grain of what many Theologians and end time clergies teach. But I deeply believe that I have provided enough evidence to, at least, question their views of their chronology of end time events in the Book of Revelation. It took me many years of study in the Book of Revelation, and other books of the bible, to come to the belief of end time events that I currently hold. I will continue to write more in this series that I believe will provide even more clear evidence of my understanding of the order or events in Revelation. If anyone has questions relating to anything I have writen in this three part series that I have provided so far then I will be more than happy to answer them.
Also, understanding the Kingdom of God (heaven) concept is vital to understanding end time events. Believe it or not it is the main point of the entire Book of Revelation. Which is why many parables spoken by Jesus start out with the words "The Kingdom of heaven is like". I need to make this very clear, the Kingdom of God (heaven) was the main focus of Jesus Christ's entire three and a half years of ministery.
Study the bible for yourself and let the Holy Spirit teach and guide you. And I welcome any comments you may have.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on September 28, 2020:
I'm glad to finally see this article Featured
Blessing to all HP readers.
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on September 27, 2020:
I do hope to have part 4 out in the next few weeks
KC McGee (author) from Where I belong on September 26, 2020:
Here is part 3 and I hope you enjoy it. I apologize for taking so long to get it out there.
Blessing to all.