I have read carefully your message about the concept of multiple scenarios. I don’t want to offend you, but I still cannot see distinct scenarios in Revelation. I don’t claim I understand all prophecy of Revelation (I am really blocked in the face of some trumpets!), but I have some insight in this Book, as I studied it for 25 years and even learned it by heart when I was younger. I really appreciate your efforts to exalt these prophecies, and I think God will bless you to do it even better. Maybe my objections or suggestions will help you some way. This is not a matter of competition. It’s about Truth, and we all are limited – I don’t claim exemption.
When I began to read your view about the two scenarios in Matthew 24, I was ready to agree, but after a new look the Bible text, I couldn’t see a clear distinction. The first scenario is a conditional prophecy (see v. 14.34), while the second one seems to be a hint to God’s foreknowledge of delay (implied in v. 48 and in ch. 25:1-30). But I can’t say they are irreconcilable, because even the strongest word in it (25:19), which says “after a long time”, versus “before this generation has passed away” (24:34), is (in the parable) within the same generation. Only our retrospective make us understand a heavier import of the phrase “long time”, but for Christ’s listeners, it couldn’t seem so long in the future. Peter is, probably, the only one to whom God revealed that the Advent would be not in the same generation, but in the second, or even later (2 Peter 3:1-3).
- «One prophecy is an exact, unmistakable delineation of future events; the other insists on your ignorance of the future and cautions you to be ready no matter what».
- «The first scenario (Rev 6) expresses the thought that an imminent return was possible for the Apostolic church.»
Furthermore, I cannot cut shorter the end of this literary section before the fulfillment of the 7th seal (Rev 8:1). It is obvious that we must read all the story through to the last seal, to be consistent. Think of it.
- «The second scenario (Rev 7-11) was the possible end of the world during the Millerite Movement in 1844. That possibility was also canceled as foretold in Scripture.»
- «We are now in the third and final scenario (Rev 12-18).»
According to my comments above, I cannot see distinct scenarios, so that I would not outline the Revelation on this criterion. We still need to distinguish the heart of the Revelation (Rev 12-14), from the Seven Plagues’ section (Rev 15-18/19), because the Seven Plagues are certainly a distinct vision, as it is with The 7 Seals or The 7 Trumpets.
- «The gospel commission is fulfilled in each [of the three scenarios].»
- «Both scenarios refer to the cessation of Christ’s priestly ministry in the heavenly sanctuary (8:5 /15:8).»
God bless your work and family !