Messiah’s apocalyptic vision is a war manual, which is layered and coded with symbols, to hide the message from the enemy.
Many people say that Revelation is chronological, and they are right; but it has four chronological layers whose fulfillment spans from when it was written until Jesus returns. When you read the chapters of Revelation it’s difficult to get the whole picture, but when the four layers are all overlapped onto the timeline, they all fit together and explain the apocalyptic vision.
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.
To view the Revelation layers image in high-resolution, and to save and print it out, click on this link or the image: Revelation Timeline Decoded summary image.
Remember that John wrote the Revelation while the Roman Empire was in power, so he couldn’t just come out and point to them in the apocalyptic vision.
To hide the message from the Romans, and from undiscerning people, he used the layers and symbols, which are explained in the studies.
John understood Daniel’s prophecy visions, and he built on them to reveal the apocalyptic vision, so to understand Revelation, you need to understand the prophecies in Daniel.
Here’s a video of a webinar teaching of mine that shows the basics of the Revelation fulfillment layers. It has an older version of the layers graphic, but the concepts are the same.
Here’s a link to the Revelation Timeline Decoded Study List.
David Nikao Wilcoxson