This Revelation Timeline Decoded page reviews what pastor Steven Anderson teaches about prophecy fulfillment.
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. Roger Jimenez and Steven Anderson’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. 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 Roger Jimenez and Steven Anderson 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.
Here’s a review of the ‘After the Tribulation Documentary Pastor Steven Anderson.’
In this video, Pastor Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church and Steven Anderson deny the pretrib rapture, but then give false, futuristic explanations of the 70th week of Daniel 9, Messiah’s Olivet Discourse and Messiah’s apocalyptic vision in Revelation.
As you can see with this screenshot, the basis of their Revelation fulfillment timeline is the supposed seven-year tribulation period, which is based on a futuristic 70th week of Daniel 9.
The concept of a 7-year tribulation is based on a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, but that is a deception to fool the end times saints. The 70th week of Daniel 9 prophecy foretold when Messiah would appear to carry out His ministry, and when (in the middle of the 70th week) He would confirm the everlasting covenant (that was mentioned in Daniel 9:4) with His blood as the Passover Lamb, to atone for our sins. It’s not about the end times or the antichrist.
The 70th week of Daniel is the only prophecy in the Bible that foretold exactly when Messiah would start His ministry and when He would die for our sins. When you understand the fulfillment, you have tangible proof to give to the world, that the Bible is true and that Messiah is deity.
The popular explanations for the fulfillment of Revelation are based on the concept of a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, an end-times seven-year tribulation period.
When you understand that the 70th week of Daniel 9 foretold the exact time that Messiah would carry out His ministry and die for our sins; then you know that it’s not about the antichrist.
We’ll all stand before our Righteous Judge to account for what we believe and teach about the most important prophecy in the Bible. I pray that you will read the explanations in this book about the 70th week of Daniel, compare it to Scripture, and discern it for yourself.
The primary passages that Roger Jimenez and Steven Anderson cite to debunk the pretrib rapture is Messiah’s Olivet Discourse.
They point to Matthew 24:29-31 and the corresponding passages in Mark 13 and Luke 21, but Messiah’s Olivet Discourse is not about the end-times or His return. It’s about the judgment of the Jewish nation for continuing in their rebellion against the Heavenly Father, for rejecting Messiah and delivering Him up to be killed and for persecuting His disciples.
The great tribulation in Matthew 24:29 points to the time of Jacob’s Trouble that took place for the unbelieving Jews during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD.
Roger Jimenez and Steven Anderson combine the passages about tribulation in Messiah’s Olivet Discourse and apocalyptic vision in Revelation, making them seem to point to one time in the future. But the truth is that they point to different times, which have already been fulfilled.
The context of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse is the desolation of the temple that He just came out of, in which He rebuked the Jewish leaders who were seeking to kill Him. He proclaimed that judgment would come upon them in that generation. We know that within a generation, the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD caused Jerusalem, the temple and the Jewish nation to be desolated. 1.1 million Jews died in and around Jerusalem from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, evisceration, crucifixion and by the Roman sword.
The darkening of the sun, moon and stars in verse 29; is pointing to the Jewish leadership system being removed from power.
How is it that these Pastors don’t understand the symbolic language of the heavenly bodies? The ‘sun, moon and stars’ are symbolic of earthly dignitaries, great political authorities and great lights in the political or religious heavens.
We know this because in Genesis 37:8-10, Joseph had a dream, ..”And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me. So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” It was symbolic of the power structure.
Here are examples which are clearly not about the literal sun, moon and stars.
Isaiah 13:10 is referring to the Babylonian leaders being removed from power by the Medo-Persians.
“For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.“
Isaiah 13:17 confirms this with, “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,”
Isaiah 34:3-5 foretold the destruction of the Edomites and other nations which were enemies.
“Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.”
Ezekiel 32:6-8 points to the Babylonians desolating Egypt, removing the Pharaoh (Sun) and his leaders (moon) from power.
“I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee. And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.”
Applying the symbols to Matthew 24:29, we can see that the Jewish leaders having their power structure removed, is clearly indicated. The High Priest (sun), Sanhedrin (moon) and priests (stars) were either killed or taken captive and sold as slaves; thus the Jewish leadership system was darkened.
The sign of the Son of man in verse 30 is pointing to Messiah coming in judgment of the Jewish nation. He used the mighty Roman army to desolate the temple, Jerusalem and the Jewish leadership system.
In Matthew 10:23, Messiah declared to His disciples that they would not have gone through the cities of Israel before He came in power:
“When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”
In Matthew 16:28, Messiah declared that some of His disciples would see Him come into His kingdom:
“Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.“
In Matthew 26:63-64, Messiah told the High Priest that he would see Him come in the clouds of heaven, meaning in judgment.
“And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
Should we not believe Messiah’s clear statement, that the High Priest would witness Him coming on the clouds of heaven, which matches the description in Matthew 24:30? He was telling the High Priest that though I look powerless now, you will witness my resurrection, as I fulfill the sign that I gave to you of rising after three days.
And that he would see Messiah come in great power and glory when the temple and city and Jews would be destroyed, because He rejected Him as Messiah and delivered Him up to be killed. Just as the High Priest was judging him and condemning him to die, so too did Messiah judge the High Priest and condemn him to die.
Either those verses are referring to Messiah’s second advent in the first century, which did not happen; Or it is referring to Him coming in power to desolate the Jews; Or Messiah is mistaken. That’s the only three options. Applying His statements to the end times takes them out of context, as He told His disciples and the High Priest that they would see these things happen.
Then just three verses later Messiah said in Matthew 24:34,
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
When Messiah makes a plain statement, we should not dismiss it, just because we don’t understand the fulfillment. He was clearly saying that all of the things that He just stated in the previous verses would be fulfilled in that generation.
To reinforce that, after berating the Jewish leaders and casting woes on them in Matthew 23, He said in verses 35-36, that they would be killed in their generation.
“That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.”
And within a Biblical generation of 40 years, history proves that in fact that the disciples and the High Priest, did see Him come in power and glory; when He caused the Roman army to desolate Jerusalem, the temple and the Jewish leadership system.
The angels gathering the elect in verse 31 is pointing to the saints being gathered together after the desolation of Jerusalem.
And the angels gathering the elect, is pointing to the leaders (aggelos) gathering the believing Jews together, as they had fled Judea to the mountains of Pella. After the Jewish-Roman War was over, they gathered an assembly of the saints, to determine who would return to Jerusalem to minister there, who would stay in Pella to continue that ministry, and who would go into the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel. It is not talking about Messiah’s return for His saints.
Matthew records that Messiah pointed to “this generation” ten times. In the final time, Messiah said, “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:34
The nine previous mentions are pointing to the Jews who opposed Messiah. Are we to believe that the tenth time that He described “this generation,” that He is pointing to the end times? No!
The context of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse is the desolation of the temple that He was just in when He rebuked the Jews and said, “Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation.”
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. But the Bible gives the proper definitions for the symbols.
We should 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.
Pastor Roger Jimenez and Steven Anderson point to a futuristic fulfillment of Revelation and a one-man antichrist.
They point to Darby and Scofield as promoting the pretrib rapture doctrine, but Roger and Steven miss that Darby and Scofield promoted false futuristic beliefs of the 70th week of Daniel 9, Olivet Discourse, Revelation and a one-man antichrist.
The Jesuits of Rome created these deceptions in the sixteenth century, to deflect blame away from the Pope, as the Protestant Reformers all rightly proclaimed that the office of the papacy, the Popes of Rome, fulfill Bible prophecy as the ‘little horn’ of Daniel 7, the ‘son of perdition’ of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the ‘antichrist beast’ of Revelation 13, who leads the ‘harlot’ church of Rome.
How are Pastors Roger Jimenez and Steven Anderson missing the witness of the saints who have gone before us? How are they ignoring that the Popes banned and burned the Scriptures and caused Catholics to kill tens of millions of saints during the Dark Ages and Inquisition?
How are they ignoring that the Popes rose to power out of the ten kingdoms of the fallen Roman Empire, that they proclaimed to be God, to be Jesus Christ in the flesh, to forgive sins and the provide salvation? How are they ignoring that the Popes proclaim that Mary was sinless and that she is the intercessor to the Father and the savior?
How are they ignoring that the Popes have misled billions of Catholics with a false Gospel of works through the sacraments? How are they ignoring that the Roman Church priests wear purple and scarlet and use the golden cup during their blasphemous Eucharist ceremony, fulfilling their role as the leader of the harlot Roman church which is called Mystery, Babylon the Great?
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have already been fulfilled during the last 1,900 years, as the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom have fought against Messiah and His saints. The pagan Roman Emperors tried to wipe out the early church, killing millions. The Roman Popes banned and burned the Scriptures and caused tens of millions of saints to be killed during the Dark Ages and the Inquisition. These are the things that Messiah is pointing to in His apocalyptic vision.
But the explanations of Pastor Roger Jimenez and Steven Anderson are effectively deflecting blame away from Rome.
Pastor Steven Anderson says that Revelation 1-11 and Revelation 12-22 are telling the same story.
That is not accurate, as Revelation has four chronological layers, all of which span from the first century until Messiah returns.
Here’s how the chapters of Revelation are layered.
In Revelation 12-13, Messiah gives sweeping overviews of three phases of the Roman beast kingdom (the pagan Roman Empire > that antichrist beast Popes of Rome > the false prophet Jesuit Superior General) that His followers have had to face from when John wrote the vision until He returns.
In Revelation 2-3, Messiah is speaking to seven church eras which have spanned from when John wrote the vision until Messiah returns.
The seven seals, the sealing of the 144,000, the seven trumpet judgments, the little book, the two witnesses, the seven bowl judgments, the battle of Armageddon, the New World Order, and Messiah returning in victory, overlay the historical timeline.
In Revelation 17-18, Messiah helps John see how Satan has reigned through seven phases (heads) of the pagan Roman Empire; how the antichrist beast Popes are the eighth head, who rose to power out of the fallen Roman Empire; the antichrist beast Popes harlot church, which teaches a false salvation message and has persecuted the saints; and how the Jesuits are using the Vatican to gather the world under their power.
I pray that Roger Jimenez and Steven Anderson find the truth about prophecy fulfillment, for they are declaring things which they will regret when they stand before Messiah.
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.