The Heavenly Courtroom
Daniel 7 records 2 judgments rendered by the Heavenly court. The book of Revelation records the second judgment. Thus we see a critical link that provides context and purpose to the book of Revelation. This link also provides chronological context to the book of Revelation. The worldwide cataclysmic events described in Revelation clearly apply to the destruction of Antichrist’s worldwide kingdom and do not fit into the second half of the 70th week of years that are focused on Israel.
Is The Book That Daniel Seals the Book That Jesus Unseals?
To expand the relationship between Daniel and Revelation a bit further, the book that Daniel sealed in Daniel 12:4 appears to be the same book that Jesus Christ takes and breaks the seven seals. Daniel was told to shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end (Daniel 12:4). When he asked: “how long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” he was told for 3.5 years until Antichrist scatters the power of the holy people (Daniel 12:6-7). In Revelation 5:1, Jesus opens a book that has been sealed. The “wonders” that Daniel referred to correspond to Revelation 11:1-13, 12:1-17, and 13:1-18. John refers to the woman in heaven and the great red dragon as “wonders” that last for 3.5 years.
The beast or Antichrist’s kingdom will be destroyed by Jesus Christ in 2 phases. The first is from heaven as He opens the book that was sealed, then Jesus returns and destroys the rest of Antichrist’s kingdom from earth, mostly in the Battle of Armageddon.
The destruction of the beast’s kingdom by fire is compared to the great flood in 2 Peter 3:5-7. The flood lasted about 1 year according to Genesis 7:11 and Genesis 8:13-14. The destruction of the beast’s kingdom takes at least 5 months (Revelation 9:10) and maybe up to 1 year (Isaiah 34:8). Isaiah 24:5-6 and Revelation 16:8 both describe people being scorched with fire. Joel 2:1-3, 11 describe God’s army that destroys with fire. The earth’s landscape will also be changed according to Isaiah 24:1, 19 and Revelation 6:14. But just as God restored the earth after the flood, so He will do after the fire.
Note that not only is the fourth kingdom destroyed, but all four kingdoms are destroyed by Jesus Christ and His eternal kingdom (Daniel 2:44).
Destroy the Beast’s Kingdom from Heaven
When the Heavenly court passes judgment to terminate the beasts’ kingdom, it sets in motion an incredible series of events to consume and destroy the beast’s kingdom as mentioned in Daniel 7:26. The first set of events originate in Heaven and include the four apocalyptic horsemen, the prelude to the first six trumpets, the first six trumpets, the first six vials, and the prelude to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Prelude to The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Just prior to Christ’s return we see the fall of Mystery Babylon and signs in the sun moon and stars. When Jesus Christ returns there will be no more opportunities for salvation so the great commission must be fulfilled prior to His return.
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The Old and New Testaments both foretell of the awesome day when Jesus Christ will return in great power and glory!
Destroy the Beast’s Kingdom from Earth
The Old and New Testaments often refer to this as the “Day of the Lord”.