Revelation: Chapters 4 and 5 Timelines


Revelation 4:1-11 and Revelation 5:1-14 provide a new division in the book of Revelation that is about the throne of God. The activity in heaven is shown immediately after the rapture of the church. The graphic below has shifted the emphasis from Revelation 2:1-29 and Revelation 3:1-22 from the left side of the graph on the church age, to now zooming in on the post church age.

Being implied in the graph between the church age and the beginning of the seven years of tribulation, is a time interval showing two events. There are many events that may occur after the snatching away (rapture) of the New Testament church but before the tribulation, as shown on the tribulation saint's timelines. That particular page brings together several passages in Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation to illustrate a possible scenario for the events that may occur.

The graph below below will serve as the base chart for all the remaining timelines for the information in the book of Revelation this website will cover. This chart generalizes the earthly experience of the tribulation saints, the brown arrow, and the recorded events by John before the throne of God. The timeline illustrates on the far left of the graphic, the occurrence of three important events that the Body-of-Christ will experience on the day of Jesus Christ; being snatched away (raptured), then appearing before judgment seat of Christ, and then being presented to God the Father to participate in the events in Revelation 4:1-11 and Revelation 5:1-14. No length of time is implied by the size of the rectangles, only the possible sequence of the events relative to one another, and the beginning of the tribulation. Clicking the link you can see the base timeline that the remaining chapters of Revelation will be added to can be seen. The following timeline has the added harp icon to illustrate the events of the songs sung in Revelation 4:1-11 and Revelation 5:1-14.

The following graphic builds on the base chart, by adding two items that are discussed in Revelation 4:4, where John first describes the 24 Elders. It is shown on the graphic below as a green box with black text to the top left of the graphic. This represents the New Testament church, who are seen in the presence of God in His throne room, throughout the seven years of tribulation.

In addition, a second object shown on the graphic is a muscial instrument, a harp, which represents the praises and songs being directed to the throne of God by the 24 elders.

The next graphic shows a second harp on the top left. It also represent the song of the four creatures and the 24 elders being directed before the throne of God.