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The book of Revelation remains a mystery for a lot of Christians because they tend to write it off as being too hard to understand, or they believe it doesn't really apply to their life. Because of this, it remains shrouded in mystery for most Christians. The first few verses in chapter one tells us that those who read or hear the words of this prophecy and keep it will be blessed. So it is important to read it just as much as any other part of the Bible, especially since it deals with end time events leading up to the second coming of Christ. Many seem to think that the 7 seals, 7 trumpets, and 7 bowls are parallel or run concurrently because some of the events are very similar. Here's something to think about. Chapter six starts with the 7 seals. Notice that the opening of the 7th seal brings on the 7 trumpets. In other words, no trumpets can sound until the 7th seal is opened. Also, the 7 bowls are poured out only after the 7 trumpets have sounded. The 7 seals parallel the beginning of sorrows, what Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24. The 6th seal announces with great power from heaven displayed on earth that the day of the Lord and the great tribulation are about to begin. The 7th seal begins this dreaded period in history. There is silence in heaven. Then the trumpets begin to sound. The 7 trumpets are partial judgements. Most of them only effect 1/3 of the earth, or whatever their intended target is. Then finally, the 7 bowls are poured out. These are complete judgments. They effect 100% of their intended targets. They are poured out in full strength. These likely occur right after the great tribulation period. Daniel's 70th week, or 7 year tribulation period could be viewed like this: 7 Seals - Beginning of Sorrows - First 3.5 years 7 Trumpets - Great Tribulation - Last 3.5 years 7 Bowls - Just after the Great Tribulation- Before Christ physically touches the earth. So, yes, I believe generally it is written in chronological order. However, there are some portions (chapters) that seem to go back and add details to the overall timeline. I'm not saying there are not any flaws with my timeline, but I do believe the events are in chronological order because of the simple points I shared above.
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