This Revelation Timeline Decoded post reviews a video by Dalton Thomas of FAI STUDIOS, called THE BOOK OF REVELATION // SESSION 1: An Introduction to the Book of Revelation.
Video description: Dalton Thomas provides an introduction for the new MARANATHA Global Bible Study on The Book of Revelation.
Let me start by saying that the historical fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9 from 27-34 AD, Messiah’s Olivet Discourse which describes events leading to the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, and most of prophecies in Revelation during the last 1,900 years; validates the authority of Scripture and the deity of Messiah. Dalton’s futuristic explanations serve to hide those proofs.
The Protestant Reformers and great theologians of the 16th-19th centuries all taught the historical fulfillment of prophecy. It’s only during the few centuries that the futuristic deceptions have taken hold as the enemy has deceived even the very elect.
The concept of a future 70th week of Daniel 9, in which a one-man antichrist appears and most of Revelation is fulfilled, is a deception from the enemy. I know that sounds crazy since most people teach these concepts, but the enemy has worked hard to mislead the end-times saints so that even the very elect are deceived. I pray that you will seek truth, not to defend a belief.
Please understand that I declare these things not because I think that I know it all, and I’m not saying that everything that Dalton Thomas teaches is false. He seems to be very sincere in his beliefs and His love for Messiah. What I’m showing is that what he teaches about prophecy fulfillment is false, because it’s based on the futuristic model that was created by the enemy to deceive the end-times saints.
I don’t proclaim this for my sake, because this isn’t about me. You can dismiss what I’m saying and defend your beliefs, but now you’re accountable and I’ve fulfilled my role as the watchman blowing the trumpet.
Dalton Thomas says that the name of the book is not the revealing of the end times, not the revealing of the events of the last days.
That’s the truth, because most of the prophecies in Revelation are not about the last days of the end times. Most of Revelation has already been fulfilled during the last 1,900 years, as Satan has used the leaders of the Roman beast kingdom to fight against Messiah and His saints.
Dalton Thomas believes that we live in the generation that will see the prophecies in Revelation unfold.
We are in the midst of the sixth bowl judgment, in which Messiah declared, “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Revelation 16:15
We are blessed to live in the generation which may see the fulfillment of the rest of the sixth bowl and the seventh bowl, the judgment of the harlot, the saints reigning in power over the earth, and Messiah’s return.
But Dalton is misleading people by proclaiming that most of Revelation is yet future.
Dalton Thomas points to the generation who sees these things, their redemption draws night, pointing to Matthew 24.
Since Dalton doesn’t understand that the prophecies in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 were fulfilled in the first century, in that generation of wicked Jews as Messiah declared; he mistakenly applies them to the future.
All of the things that Messiah described from Matthew 23:36 to Matthew 24:33 were fulfilled by 70 AD when the Romans desolated Jerusalem, the temple, and the Jewish nation.The enemy has deceived people about the symbolism of the sun, moon, and stars being darkened; Messiah coming in power and glory; and the elect being gathered into the kingdom. But the Bible gives the proper definitions for the symbols.
We need to take Messiah at His Word and look at how the things that He described were about the Jewish nation, for their punishment of continuing their rebellion against the Father, for delivering Messiah up to be killed, and for persecuting His disciples.
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Dalton Thomas believes that Revelation can be understood.
Yet he assigns it all of the future, so he doesn’t understand it. It’s really quite amazing to listen to someone say that they’ve been blessed by understanding Revelation, but then they explanations are off target.
Dalton Thomas read Revelation 1:3 but misses that it says that the time at hand.
He points to the blessing in the verse, which ignores Messiah’s declaration, that the time is at hand.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Revelation 1:1 says that they must shortly come to pass.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass.
Messiah is declaring that the prophecies in Revelation will start to be fulfilled shortly after it was written. And we can see that in the first seal, which is about the Roman Empire during it’s greatest time of conquests. And it was about Messiah and His saints going to conquer the Roman Empire with the mighty Gospel.
I don’t apprehend how Dalton Thomas is so off on his prophecy fulfillment explanations, but it makes me sad that he is misleading so many people. He seems very sincere and obviously is passionate about Messiah. I pray that he learns the truth so that he has oil in his lamp.
Messiah’s apocalyptic vision is a war manual, designed to hide the explanation from those who should not understand it. It uses symbolic words that are defined in the Old Testament to point to a literal fulfillment. If you read Revelation only from a literal perspective, the interpretation is hidden.
Understanding the vision is like taking a Biblical final exam. If you’ve read the whole Word, you will have seen the symbolism that Messiah uses and can apply it to the fulfillment.
If you read Revelation as one chronological narrative, the prophecies seem out of sequence. That’s because it has four chronological layers, each of which spans from when it was written until Messiah returns.
This book explains the prophecies of Revelation on a timeline to help you see how the four chronological layers interact with each other, so that you can comprehend the whole vision.
You will learn how to identify who fulfills the role of the son of perdition, the antichrist beast, the false prophet, and the harlot called ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great.’ You will understand the proper context of the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments; the little book of Revelation 10, and the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
Whether you’re a novice at Bible prophecy or someone who has studied it extensively, I provide an explanation that is easy to understand yet has the depth of verse by verse explanations to provide you the evidence you need to prove it out.