The following paragraphs are from the book The Quran: An Eternal Challenge by a very learned scholar, Muhammad Abdullah Draz.
We have all heard of the remarkable physical changes that were apparent on the Prophet’s face whenever he received a Quranic revelation from on high. It is from this point of departure that we should proceed to investigate the physical effects of revelation on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) because it is here that truth will be determined. Let us now consider the phenomenon: Was it conscious and deliberate even as a preparatory means to achieve a higher state of concentration? A glance at the components of the phenomenon suffices to show that the Prophet’s symptoms could never have been the result of affectation.
If we examine the matter deeper, we will find that the symptoms are in no way similar to the drowsiness we experience when we need to sleep. We also find it totally unlike any symptom of mental illness or fits and seizures, for these are normally accompanied by a pallid complexion, cold extremities, teeth chattering, involuntary exposure of body parts, and blackouts. Lesson Name Videos Audio Manuscript Extras File size 1. Recently I completed a project for the Bible Society where I wrote a 30 Day Devotional on the Book of Revelation.
I have spent the past decade or so writing about the fascinating details of the Book of Revelation.
My extreme hesitancy with embarking on this course has been spurred by my desire to ground my treatment of the Apocalypse in rigorous exegesis rather than merely dismissing it (in the way many do) and resort to reducing it merely to a Biblically disconnected allegory. From this passage of the Book of Revelation we see that it was calling its original audience to a greater devotion to Christ leading to an encouragement to endure hardship for Christ's glory. I have written a fuller explanation of the book of Revelation in my eBook- THE MOST EMBARRASSING BOOK IN THE BIBLE (click here to read a preview).
Regarded as one of the leading exponents of the Book of Revelation, Dr Andrew Corbett in this 4 Part series on the Book of Revelation (presented as a seminar) is now available as a 4 Audio CD set. In the Book of Revelation we are given multiple visions of saints in heaven dressed in white robes. This chart lists the appearances of the saints in heaven in the Book of Revelation and whether or not they are wearing white garments. Not only are white garments worn in heaven, the promise of these white garments is a frequent topic for saints still upon the earth. These passages re-enforce the imagery of the white clothes being a righteousness that is put on in heaven (and their link to the Book of Life). So the aspect of whether the saints are wearing their white robes or not is extremely important as we shall see as we examine each passage of the saints in heaven individually. As you can see according to this methodology the reference towards the end of Revelation in 19:1-10 actually occurs much earlier in the narrative than where it is placed in Revelation. When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. Both verses mention that Jesus has been crowned as King and is reigning and both passages refer to the Temple in Heaven being opened.
The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
IMO, evaluating all six passages leaves only one possible interpretation: the the Rapture is neither Pre-Trib. The numerous references to saints being given white robes and then putting them on while in heaven during the 70th Week of Daniel is direct proof that the Rapture happens prior to the end of the Week.
Joe Schimmel has some fantastic literature on the rapture on his podcast (Blessed Hope Chapel). In the case of revelation 6:9-11, you seem to build your case around the clothing, the subject of your article. As for the multitude of Revelation 19:1-10, it seems that they are referring to a past event, rather than a current one in regards to the white robes.
Finally, (thank you for the chance to dialogue – I am still in the process of learning) it seems you think the Marriage supper of the Lamb takes place in heaven. Isaiah 25:6, 7 informs us of a great feast (which I believe is the Marriage Supper) that the Lord prepares on the mountain, which is raised up in the last great earthquake found in Isaiah 2. As for the first, although I believe the majority of Revelation is chronological, it is obvious that many sections of Revelation are parenthetical. I’m in the process of doing an article on the Wedding Supper of the Lamb and will explain all of this further. A while back, I was watching a video on these passages that pointed out the verses from Revelation cited in this article, and was really amazed at how precise the texts are. I believe that words have meaning in the Scriptures, and certainly in the texts cited above; the language is very specific.
I think it is actually amazing to see this scene in heaven of the souls that have been martyred watching what is happening on earth.
Chris, You have hit on an important point, the destruction of the Temple in AD 70 must be followed at some point with the construction of a Holy Place for the Abomination to stand there. I understand the Western Wall was not part of the 2nd temple but simply a part of an outer wall that surrounded the mountain site. The concept of a future temple is complex for sure, and the location of the temple (in David’s city or on the Temple Mount) is even more complex. I find it interesting I was reading Matthew 24 :34 where it says this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Interestingly, Billy Graham’s daughter (Anne Graham Lotz) was born in 1948 so she is part of that first group. I, in fact, did do a research project on both the third temple and the millennial temple last summer. The Book of Revelation is one of those books in the Bible that you’ve probably tried to read once and never gone back to again. The aim was to give us a cinematic approach to John’s vision: capturing what John’s visions might have looked like, and John’s reactions to the visions. This book has breathtaking moments: for me, the angels of the seven churches, every glimpse of Jesus throughout the book, and basically all of the vision of the new creation were ‘wow’ moments. This is a good book to read as a companion to your normal Bible reading, and I’d recommend reading it with a good little commentary, such as Paul Barnett’s Apocalypse Now And Then. Illustrating those details makes for some really impressive artwork (I have one printed and framed on the wall of my office), but doesn’t necessarily help us gain a clearer understanding of the book of Revelation. Those who were present would see his face turn red and he would feel so hot that sweat drops would appear on his forehead. When we have a causal relationship between two different things wherein one is the direct consequence of the other, a proper investigation of the relationship will demonstrate the true cause of the effect. This becomes even more apparent when we consider the noises that could be heard near his face when he received revelation. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) experienced this condition in all situations, when he was seated, standing, walking or riding, morning and evening, and even when he was talking to others, whether friends or foes. The difference, as we have seen earlier, is that Muhammad's experience involved increased physical strength, a vibrant complexion, increased body warmth and resulted in light and knowledge.
In my eBook, I have given an explanation of the broad message of Revelation which has prompted thousands of readers around the world to write to me with expressions of gratitude. This is sometimes justified with the fanciful notion that a Biblical passage can legitimately have multiple interpretations.


A pearl is a creature which has experienced the pain of grit getting into where it is most sensitive. Written to a church under intense persecution these divinely inspired words wouldhave brought great comfort to its readers. The application from the Book of Revelation is that despite what appears to be an impotent Church struggling to serve an apparently impotent Christ, the Church is in reality made up of overcomers who lay down their lives gladly to promote Christ and His Gospel. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.
This is a tremendously important insight!! Let’s now look at each individual reference and what it says about Rapture timing.
They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer. We know it is the next chronological step however, because the saints are given their white garments but not yet wearing them. The saints appear to be in heaven in human bodies and appear to no longer be under the altar of God. Many commentators claim the armies of heaven referred to in verse 14 are angels not the Bride of Christ. How else are the saints given Resurrection bodies, come out from under the Altar of God, and able to “wear” the righteousness of Christ in heaven? For instance, the Olivet Discourse does not contain any references to the Trumpet judgments. I appreciate the diligence and truth you shared for the glory of the Lord, despite it being unpopular in many Christian circles. Most eschatological sites I visit are pre-trib and have very horrible and hateful words for those that say otherwise. Both the video you describe and the teaching of my friend Alan Kurschner are great resources. But you infer that what the souls under the altar are being told to wait for is the putting on of the robes. Isaiah 61 gives us a picture of the millennium and then in verse 10 it refers to the wedding garments in that context.
You have 2 main questions the first involves Revelation’s chronological order and the second involves the marriage supper of the Lamb. 2-3 because they are prophecies of how the church is to overcome in each year of the 70th Week.
The marriage of the Lamb happens on Tabernacles in heaven just 14 days later… The Marriage Supper of the Lamb happens immediately after.
That feast is after the Millennial Kingdom when Jesus has swallowed up death forever and wipes away tears. I spoke with Alan Kurschner on the phone yesterday about a question I had and this morning it occurred to me that Jesus told his desicples that the temple would be destroyed first That was the first thing he told them. I am not sure at this point why the temple stood out to me this morning, only that I thought it was important, Or maybe I should say a higher power pointed it out to me.
Since Paul died in ce 67 and the temple destroyed in ce 70, we know he is referring to the end times son of perdition. There are many reasons I longer support that view, the most important of all is that the Trumpets must last more than 5 months (5th Trumpet is 150 days).
I remember trying to read it for the first time when I was a young Christian, and getting thoroughly confused about all the images of beasts with multiple heads and horns, all of the angels with bowls, and weird creatures who might have been Jesus … but I was never really sure.
It’s based on a vision that the Apostle John had one day when he was in prison on the island of Patmos.
Originally produced as an iOS app, the aim of the project was to take a fresh translation of the Book of Revelation and pair it with some amazing artwork. Koelle described the production of this artwork as a big act of worship, and you can see that he’s paid a heck of a lot of attention to detail. The four creatures in chapter 4, with lots of wings and eyes and different animal bits all mean something.
Read it alongside your normal Bible, with commentary in hand, and you’ll be built up in your faith, encouraged to stand firm, and longing for our Lord Jesus to return. He would also become heavy to the extent that his thigh would press hard against the thigh of the person next to him.
If so, was it induced by normal conditions such as lethargy or drowsiness or an abnormal condition such as a mental disturbance? Moreover, if the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did indeed affect these physical experiences, he would have been able to resort to them at any time and produce any verse at will.
In fact, every piece of revelation produced compelling wisdom that is readily accepted by the human mind. I have laboured the precise manner in which the prophecies within the Book have been fulfilled and why this gives us the confidence that the remaining prophecies will similarly be fulfilled just as precisely.
One of the errors of the Ante-Nicene Church was their tendency to allegorise the Scriptures rather than exegete the Scriptures. But it is generally acknowledged in the field of Hermeneutics that one of the guiding principles is that the Bible has one intended meaning (which is the goal of interpretation) and multiple applications (which is the goal of devotionalism).
By starting with exegesis we have a greater likelihood of capturing the intended application of a text - and it strikes me that the Book of Revelation was intended to have some very obvious applications.
The oyster secretes a liquid which crystalises around the painful grit which eventually becomes the pearl. In so doing, the Kingdom of Christ is extended, prayers are offered and heard, miracles are graced, and the believer can die with infinite hope that their Lord will keep them for eternity and clothe them with a new body which can not be subject to pain, injury, sorrow, or sin.
I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
The wedding of the Lamb has taken place in heaven signified by the wearing of the garments. They are already in bodies (not disembodied souls like at the Fifth Seal) so we assume they are wearing white, but the text does not explicitly say so. As we have seen, the saints under the altar clearly show that the Rapture has not happened by the Fifth Seal. I am pre-wrath and also believe that the rapture occurs at the end of the 6th seal, just before the trumpet judgments begin.
If we are to believe that Jesus in Matthew 22 is giving us a picture of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, then we should have great difficulty believing that it takes place in heaven. I searched for a translation on the internet and the name Hashum came back, along with many others things. Therefore a temple of God must exist, at the holy place, and sacrifices and oblations be stopped? If the Rapture happens before the tribulation are they suggesting that a generation is 7 years? 1) the generation that saw Israel become a nation in 1948 or 2) the generation that sees all the events of the Olivet Discourse.
And a lot of our translations can depend on the preconcieved notions of our translators as to what they think it should mean rather than what it does mean.
And so it makes sense that artists through the ages have tried to represent parts of John’s vision. As a reader, you often feel like you are standing with John, watching his vision unfold, and seeing his fear, grief and anxiety, breaking through to joy at the end.


However, we know that on many occasions the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not receive revelation when he desperately needed it but only when God willed. But not until recently have turned my attention to treating the Book of Revelation as a source of deepening spiritual devotion to Christ.
To allegorise a text is to give meaning to words and elements within a story that almost certainly was not intended by the author. Of all the devotional commentators of the Bible, Matthew Henry is probably the most renowned. This method of drawing out a devotional application from a Biblical text is precisely what Pastoral Preachers dedicate their pulpits to. Jewels, the Apostle Paul tells us in First Corinthians 3:12 speaks of those works done for God which can endure the fire of testing.
With this knowledge we can endure momentary hardship during the brevity of this life on earth. They are given their white robes that they will wear after the Resurrection but are told to wait a little while longer to wear them. This indicates the Resurrection has taken place and the wedding of the Lamb is about to take place.
The palm branches are a symbol of the Feast of Tabernacles which is a possible date for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. Obviously only the first answer is correct; Jesus returns for his Bride at the seventh seal, a year prior to Armageddon.
The picture Jesus reveals to us includes guests from many places and even includes a guest that is unworthy to attend.
Some of those martyrs have been under that altar for a while, yet they are handed the white garments at the fifth seal. However, This is the name of a priest who stood to the left of Ezra as he read from the Law(Nehemiah 8).
One such artist is Chris Koelle, in this graphic novel adaptation of the Book of Revelation, he’s had a go at illustrating the whole thing! The imagery of war, persecution and judgment are confronting: this is not a comic book for kids!
At the same time, noises like the buzzing of bees would be heard near his face (these physical experiences are confirmed in an authentic hadith related by Bukhari, Muslim and others).
Contours of New Testament Biblical TheologyLessonForum Total File size Lesson Name Videos Audio Manuscript Extras File size 1. Our job as pastors is not merely to inform (explain what the text says), it is also to illumine (bring to light details not immediately obvious) and inspire (move hearers to apply the text to their walk with Christ through life). The original audience of The Book of Revelation were indeed being severely tested with persecution.
We can be assured that our greatest delights and deepest moments of fulfilment are yet to come in the life to come. The saints have not put on their white garments yet, however, but the wedding of the Lamb seems tied to the wearing of these garments.
IMO all the events of the Olivet Discourse are completed during the 70th Week of Daniel, so you are correct this would only be 7 years. These manifestations would eventually subside and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would relax and recite the Quranic verses he had received. It was always accompanied by strange noises that did not emanate from him or from anyone else when they go to sleep.
What makes Matthew Henry's comments so valuable is that he had a better than average exegetical understanding of the text he was sharing his devotional thoughts on.
God promises those who endure testing persecution and continue to serve God, that they will be honoured with admission into eternal bliss. This is probably because I am a believer that Revelation is chronological except for the obvious pauses for clarification. If the marriage Supper of the Lamb is taking place in heaven, who are these other invited guests and who is the one who is cast out? If this temple is destroyed first how can he then say for them to watch for the Abomination of desolation in the Holy place if it is destroyed first??? If God wished to provide instruction to the Jews, he would have put it in the Old Testament where they would read it!! The other value of his commentary is that it reveals how the Puritans approached the Text in the light of Papal apostasies. All Pre-Tribulation Rapture adherents believe the Rapture occurs prior to the opening of the Seven Sealed Scroll. By holding onto these precious jewels through continuing to serve God in the midst of trials and persecution we demonstrate that the grace of God is having its affect in our lives and we are to be reminded of God's glorious destiny for us: a city whose foundation is precious jewels. The pearls of Revelation 21's City, proclaim afresh to the believer that our of great pain and trial can come great glory. If this was true, the saints would be present (they will always be with the Lord after the Rapture based on 1 Thess. There will be a final feast as those in the Second Resurrection become the Bride of Christ and that is what Isa. Also this is proof I think that Jesus was not just talking to the Jewish people in this verse.
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Why would Jesus give them signs before his coming and not include events of world-wide magnitude? Matthew Henry the Exegete knew better than this, but Matthew Henry the Puritan Presbyterian Pastor was committed to the established idea that the Bible prophetically warned of the looming evils of the Papacy. The fact they are not speaks volumes about them not being in heaven yet and there not being a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. 14, we see the 144,000 on the Mount of Olives with Jesus only to see a few verses later the Angel proclaiming the eternal gospel which makes zero sense if this is after the second coming!!
The funny thing is it all happened after reading the section in reference to Rev 7 and you suggestion of the feast of tabernacles and the wedding supper.
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There are many other proofs but those three are simple and should do nicely in any discussion with a Pre-Trib.
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McGrath Leave a CommentIan Paul shared this chart a while back, suggesting that it provides evidence for the unity of Revelation. Is the Book of Revelation a unity, or can we detect multiple hands involved in its composition and editing?Stay in touch!



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