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Revelation: Chapter 20 Timelines

Revelation 20, in just a few verses, provides great insight to significant events that occur over a long period of time.  These events are shown in the graphic below and do not necessarily indicate precisely the time of when the events occur along the timeline.  This non-linear view is due to the limitations in the size of the arrows, which make it difficult to show their near simultaneous occurrence.  The synoptic views of the events that occur sequentially are:

  • Satan is thrown into the bottomless pit for a 1,000 years.  This event actually occurs at the very beginning of the millennial reign of Christ, but the arrow indicating this event is located where it is on this chart because it is as close to the beginning of the millennium on the aggregate chart below as the physical limitations of the chart will allow without obscuring all of the other previous information
  • The next event is the millennial reign of Christ shown by the horizontal blue arrow.  The length of the arrow in comparison to the seven years of tribulation or the church age is not drawn to scale.  If it were, the church age arrow would be twice as long as the millennial part of the timeline, and the tribulation would appear as a very small sliver on the horizontal timeline.  This asymmetric display in the timeline is a reflection of the amount of attention that God has given to the events revealed to John, through Jesus Christ, and then to His angel, Revelation 1:1;  two chapters in Revelation describe the church age, then 15 chapters describe the seven years of tribulation, one chapter the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, and two chapters the beginning of the future eternity.
  • The next event shown on the graphic is the release of Satan at the end of the millennium.  After a short time Satan will lead a final rebellion against the Lord, and then he will be thrown into the lake of fire.  A separate red block is attached to this arrow head to illustrate that this rebellion is not just Satan, but also the innumerable multitude of those living on earth at the end of the millennium who join in Satan's rebellion against the Lord.  
  • Finally, we have the great white throne judgment represented by the black arrow.

The order of events are correctly shown in the graph, but the actual time of their occurrence is modified by the description above.

To illustrate the scope of scripture, the following timeline from Daniel 7 is repeated here to show the wholeness of scripture, and how it all fits together.  The importance of bringing this forward from Daniel is to show the vision concerning the bear.  Back in the discussion on Daniel 7, it was pointed out in the alternate view, that the bear represented Russia, and the three ribs represented the three times that it (Magog), would invade Israel.  The events described in Revelation 20,  occur at the end of the millennium and will be the third time.  The first two invasions of Magog would be in the events described in Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39, and in the final battle of Armageddon, where the armies would surround Jerusalem, Revelation 19.  This third and final event is depicted in the following figure in the blue box.  Inside the box is the green timeline showing the nation of Russia in present day, and how it would exist to cover the three invasions into Israel.  

The following is an aggregate timeline for the book of Revelation of all of the significant events described in Revelation chapter 1 through chapter 20.  

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last edited August 2014