The following is something I’ve been working on for a while; it represents my attempt to understand a very difficult book of poetic prophecy in a cohesive order and correlated to specific dates in these last days. Obviously, my interpretation is viewed through the filter of LDS doctrine. I feel that such study and observation is important because, to paraphrase the great Hugh Nibley, look at the name of our church–The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–our interest in the Second Coming is even emphasized in our name!
If you’re not LDS or interested in such things, well…it’s still a nice outline! : )
This is definitely a work in progress, and very subjective–my understanding is limited by study, resources, spiritual separation from God, and a rampaging video game habit when I was 15. Any corrective feedback would be welcome.
Proposed LDS chronology for the Book of Revelation
harmonized with additional prophecies of the Second Coming from other scriptures
“And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.” D&C 45:39
I.Pre-existence; Rev. 12:4, 7-10– War in heaven
II. @4000-3000 BC; Rev. 6:1-2– First seal, dispensation of Enoch
III. @3000-2000 BC; Rev. 6:3-4– Second seal, great global wickedness
IV. @2000-1000 BC; Rev. 6:5-6– Third seal, great famine
V.@1000 BC- 1 AD; Rev. 6:7-8– Fourth seal, great wars and death
VI. @ 1 AD- 1000 AD; Rev. 6:9-11– Fifth seal, persecution of early Christian martyrs
VII. 1st century AD; Rev. 12:1-3, 5-6, 11-17– Satan wars against early Christian saints; great apostasy for
about 1,260 (years).
VIII. (during the sixth seal) 1820- present; Rev. 7:1-3, 14:6-7– Angels help restore the gospel and warn
IX. 1820′s- present; Rev. 14:14-16– Righteous hear the gospel and are gathered in.
X. 1830- present; Rev. 7:4-8– 144,000 high priests (12,000 of each tribe) have calling & election made
2008–You are here?
XI.End of the sixth seal (current era, but in the future); Rev. 6:12-17– physical signs of the Second
Coming begin (see D&C 88:87-90):
A. 12– Earthquake (and pestilence and famine– JS-M 1:29; and fire and tempest– 2 Ne. 6:15)
B. 12– Sun darkened (see Joel 2:31 and D&C 29:14)
C. 12– Moon turns red as blood (JS-M 1:33)
D. 13– Stars fall from the sky (D&C 34:9)
E. 14– Heavens open
F. 14– Mountains and islands move
G. 15-17– Humanity fears
XII. Rev. 8:1- 9:21– Seventh seal opened (1/2 hour may equal 21 years); Angels sound 7 trumpets
(destructions to encourage repentance– D&C 77:12):
A. 8:9; 1st- Hail and fire burn 1/3 of all plants D&C 29:16
B. 8-9; 2nd- 1/3 of seas turn to blood
C. 10-11; 3rd- a great, fiery star falls from heaven
D. 12– 4th- 1/3 of heavens darkened
E. 9:1-12; 5th (first wo)- Satan makes his followers (“locusts”) physically torment humanity for
F. 13-21; 6th (second wo)- Final war kills 1/3 of humanity
1. After second wo; Rev. 11:1-14– 2 prophets (apostles or 1st pres.- BRM) minister in
Jerusalem for 3 1/2 years, death, resurrection after three days.
G. Rev. 11:15-19– 7th trumpet: 24 elders from John’s day, now in heaven, worship and prophesy.
XIII.Rev. 15:1-16:12– Seven vials (final plagues- third wo?) poured out during seventh trumpet (XII,
G), near beginning of 7th seal (XII).
A. 16:2; 1st- wicked afflicted with great sores– see Zechariah 14:12, D&C 29:19 for details
B. 3; 2nd- all seas become blood, all sea life dies.
C. 4-7; 3rd- rivers and fountains all become blood.
D. 8-9; 4th- heat scorches earth
E. 10-11; 5th- “darkness” (physical and/or spiritual) covers earth
F. 12; 6th- Euphrates river dries up
1. Rev. 16: 13-16– Battle of Armageddon begins (Ezekiel 38:8-22, Joel 3:9-14, Zechariah 14:2-5)
G. 17-21; 7th vial- greatest earthquake, continents unite, earth levels out, great hail (Hag. 2:6-7, D&C 49:23)
XIV. During Armageddon:
A. Rev. 19:1-10– Victory song sung in heaven
B. Rev. 19:11-16– Second Coming of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17– All righteous, living and dead, rise to meet Christ in the air; Jude 1:14-15– Christ comes with ten thousands of his saints; D&C 29:12-13–and with the Apostles, who will judge the world now; D&C 133:46-51– Christ shall declare his divinity and Atonement to the world; Zechariah 12:1-4, 14:4-5– Christ sets foot on Mt. of Olives during this war, it splits in two)
C. Rev. 19:17-21– Great final war is won (Zech. 12, 13– Jews recognize Christ, believe; Ezekiel 39:1-22– great devastation will take seven years to clean and repair), Satan and Antichrist cast into lake of fire.
XV. Rev. 14:8-13– Angels declare fall of Babylon
XVI. Rev. 14:17-20– Wicked destroyed (Malachi 3, 4, D&C 29:9– earth burned; 2 Peter 3:10, D&C 63:34– elements melt with fervent heat; D&C 29:21—great and abominable church cast down by devouring fire)
XVII. Rev. 18:1-24– Babylon is overthrown
XVIII. Rev. 20:1- 22:24– Satan bound, 1st resurrection, Christ reigns personally on earth for 1000 years (D&C 29:11),Satan loosed for “a little season” (1000 years? JFS; D&C 29:22), Satan and followers overcome and cast out eternally, final resurrection and judgment (D&C 29:26-28), new heaven and new earth come (D&C 29:23-25), New Jerusalem descends (Moses 7:63-64– Enoch’s Zion returns)
Items in Revelation with unsure or general places in timeline of last days
Rev. 10:1-11– John preaches gospel in last days (already begun among lost tribes; beginning or end of this mission unknown)
Rev. 13:1-10– Satan and (Rev. 13:11-18) Antichrist gain political power over earthly governments and economics in last days (begun establishment during and/or after VII; must be in place by XIII)
Rev. 14:1-5– Christ and 144,000 come to Zion (probably in Missouri– must occur between XII and XIV)
D&C 45:26-30—wars and rumors of wars, people say Christ delays his coming, love of men waxes cold, iniquity abounds
Other prophecies relevant to Revelation’s timeline of Second Coming with indeterminate placement
Daniel 7:9-14– Christ to convene with Latter-day Saints and Adam at Adam-Ondi-Ahman; between XI and XIII
Items in the Revelation of general description; do not fit in a timeline
1. Rev. 1-3– Introductory context and letters to contemporary congregations
2. Rev. 4:1-11– 24 elders of John’s day worship Christ in heaven in the future
3. Rev. 5:1-14– Lamb is worshipped in heaven
4. Rev. 7:9-17– Multitudes of exalted saints worship God in heaven
5. Rev. 17:1-18– Description of Babylon