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Starting in Rev. 6:12 John sees what happens when Jesus opens the 6th seal of the little book only He is found worthy to open the seals of. Verses 12-13 should sound familiar to you considering what we just read in Matthew 24. They say, "...and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind."

Okay now compare those to what Jesus just told us would be the signs just before He comes for His elect in Mat 24. Verse 29 says "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not giver her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:" Sounds as if these verses are warning of the same events to me. Then couple these verses with the previous verses in both passages, in Rev. 6:11 when the 5th seal is opened we are told that Christians will be martyred prior to these signs, AND in Mat. 24:9 we are told Christians will be delivered up to be afflicted and killed and hated of all nations. I believe that God's Holy Spirit has revealed to me that this is a parrallel time line of events just before the rapture. Lets keep going.

Okay after the sun and moon are darkened and stars fall from the sky in the above passages Rev. 6:14-17 heaven departs as a scroll when it is rolled together, every mountain and island are moved out of their places, the kings of the earth, great men, rich men chief captains, mighty men, every bondsman and freeman hide themselves in the dens and rocks of the mountains and tell the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb "For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" So a couple of points here, the signs in the heavens are a prelude to Jesus' wrath of the earth everything that has happened so far is NOT yet the wrath of God which His people will not be subject to according to 1 Thes 5:9 which says, "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,".

Now compare this to what happens right after the sun and moon are darkened and the stars fall from heaven in Mat 24. Verse 30 says, "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Very similiar but of course Rev. has more details revealed. Of course next in verse 31 is when "He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the (or from out of the) four winds, from one end of heaven to the other,".
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