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Events leading up to the "Day of the LORD"
Part 3
Harmony of Revelation and the Synoptic Gospels from Seals to Trumpets

    This study offers an overview of the events surrounding the opening of the Seven Seals with a continuing focus on the pattern of tribulation, then rescue (rapture), then wrath. Without jumping out of context the parallel passages in the chart below will bear witness to each other while following matching themes in the same order of progression. The ideal study would be with a number of people and Bibles open to Revelation, Matthew, Mark, Luke, etc.  Study left to right across the first row then drop down to the next row, study left to right and repeat. For a deeper understanding, the immediate context and *corresponding text from the whole Bible needs to be studied as well. For the extremely diligent, the grammatical/historical context needs to be considered. But not to scare you away :-) ... If you start with this abbreviated study, it should serve as a door opener for your understanding of this very important prophetic puzzle.

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Context: opening the first seal / spirit of antichrist
Revelation 6:1,2Matthew 24:1,2,3,4,5Mark 13:3,4,5,6Luke 21:8Revelation 13:1,2,3,4,5,6
Context: second seal - war - "do not be terrified" it's only the beginning of birth pangs
Revelation 6:3,4Matthew 24:6,7Mark 13:7,8Luke 21:9,10Revelation 13:7
Context: third seal / famine, terrors and earthquakes
Revelation 6:5,6Matthew 24:7Mark 13:8Luke 21:11
Context: fourth seal / death – perseverence and faith of the saints
Revelation 6:7,8Matthew 24:7,8Mark 13:8Luke 21:11Revelation 13:10
Context: fifth seal / intense persecution / mark of the beast / many will fall away from the faith
Revelation 6:9,10,11Matthew 24:9,10,11,12,13,14Mark 13:9,10,11,12,13Luke 21:12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20Revelation 13:11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18
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Context: sixth seal – great earthquake, celestial signs announcing Christ's coming to rescue
 His faithful ones and pour out His wrath against the ungodly
(sun and moon darkened, stars fall from the sky)
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Revelation 6:12,13,14Matthew 24:26,27,28,29Mark 13:24,25,27Luke 21:25,26
Context: The sixth seal / Celestial signs of Christ's coming for rescue and wrath
Revelation 6:15,16,17Matthew 24:29,30,31Mark 13:24,25,26Luke 21:25,26,27
Context: sixth seal - calm before the storm - "hurt not the earth... until we have sealed the [144,000]"
Revelation 7:1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Context: sixth seal - **RESCUE before wrath - "...These are they who come out of great tribulation..."
Rev 7:13,14Matthew 24:29,30,31Mark 13:27Luke 21:28
Context: seventh seal / 7 trumpets of God's wrath on the ungodly
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Rev 8:1,2,3,4    Rev 8:5 to Rev 11:14Revelation 11:15Luke 21:34,35,36Revelation 14:17,18W
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   *The phrase "Day of the LORD" appears 24 times explicitly throughout the Bible. Since the time of creation it is a focal point of God's intentions. It is a day of darkness and devastating wrath of God against the unrighteous and rescue for the righteous when Jesus Christ arrives to consolidate His kingdom on earth. It all comes into focus during a deep study of the seven seals and is further illustrated from Genesis to Revelation with many types and shadows.

As these parallels continue to stack up between many Bible passages,
the question must be asked once again: "why do all these Bible passages
harmonize with each other both in content and in matching order of events?"

   Revelation seems to be a hard puzzle to solve but as with any hard puzzle, if one starts with the pieces that are an obvious fit, the rest of the pieces will start falling into place. The most obvious fit to the end times puzzle are the celestial signs (sun and moon go dark and stars fall from the sky) that come into sharp focus between the sixth and seventh seal of Revelation and share many corresponding  parallels - especially from the book of Daniel at the mid-point of the 70th. week.
Compare Daniel 9:27 with Matthew 24:15 - 29 where the abomination of desolation signals intense persecution after which the celestial signs announce the arrival of Christ to rescue His elect. For a detailed teaching on this, see Jacob Prasch's Youtube eschatology series and pray the Holy Spirit will open your understanding.  Of course, some of the Revelation prophecies are yet to be unveiled but for those who are watching and waiting, all should be revealed.

**cf. Daniel 12:1

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