There is a series of events within the events of revelation, that seems to be eerily "out of place" with all other events. If revelation IS in chronolical order (which I believe it is), and we "Step back" from the Book of revelation, and Look at it, in its entirety, it becomes much easeir to see, that something Just isn't "right".
There are certian specific events that are prophesied to occur, that properly identifies When the day of the Lord is to begin. in Joel 3:12-15 we read.....
Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: FOR THERE WILL I SIT TO JUDGE ALL THE HEATHEN ROUND ABOUT PUT YE IN THE SICKLE FOR THE HARVEST IS RIPE; GET YE DOWN FOR THE PRESS IS FULL the fats overflow: for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision, for the day of the Lord is NEAR in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
According to this passage of Scripture in Joel Chapter three, the day of the Lord is "near" or about to begin, at the time we witness the thrusting in of the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. We don't witness the fulfillment of this until the 14th Chapter of revelation.
Rev. 14:17-19 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also haveing a sharp sickle, and another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire, and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickjle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19 And the angel thrust in the sickle into the earth, and gathered the wine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
It is quite simple to see that what was prophesied in Joel 3:12-15, is being fulfilled in the 14th chapter. The sickle is being thrust in, for the day of the Lord is NEAR or about to begin. But if THIS is the beginning of the true day of the Lord, Then what have we already witnessed Back in the Sixth seal of revelation?
Rev 6;12-17 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of Hair, and ther 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. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is is rolled together; and every mountian and Island were moved out of their places. 15 And the KINGS OF THE EARTH THE GREAT MEN, AND THE RICH MEN, AND THE CHIEF CAPTIANS AND THE MIGHTY MEN, and every bondman, and freeman hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountians; and (THEY) SAID TO THE MOUNTIANS AND ROCKS, "Fall on us and hide us 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?
If we Just "skim over" the events of the sixth seal, one would naturally conclude that what is occuring IS the day of the Lord. These people are crying for the mountians to fall on them to hide them from the "face" (strong's defines this term as "presence) of him that is sitting on the throne
. But there is a problem....a BIG problem..... How can THIS be the day of the Lord, when Joel 3 12-15 states it is "NEAR" when the sickle is thrust in, and this don't occur untill the 14th chapter of Revelation? Misunderstanding what truly IS occuring in the sixth seal, has lead to endless debate concerning the order of end time events. The events of the Sixth seal IS NOT the beginning of the day of the Lord. At the opening of the sixth seal we read, "the sun shall be turned to sackcloth, and the moon to blood" according to Joel 2:30-31 We read...
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire, and pillars of smoke. THE SUN SHALL BE TURNED INTO DARKENSS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD BEFORE THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD COMES.
This second passage of scripture in Joel, eastablishes, that the events of the sixth seal, occurs BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES. Why then are those who are hiding in the rocks proclaiming they are already experiencing it? How could this be the day of the Lord, when it doesn't begin untill the Sickle is thrust in, in the 14th chapter?
What we are witnessing in the sixth seal IS THE STRONG DELUSION
Consider WHO is stating that it is the day of the Lord......The great men, rich men, mighty men THEY HIDE FROM GOD
These are not believers!!!!! They know about the Lord, and the day of the Lord, but have rejected it!!!! This is the group of people back in Thessalonians, the Lord stated he would bring a strong delusion on!!!!!!!
remember, we are trying to establish a chronological order of events within revelation concerning the unbelieving world, and How the Lord interacts with them. If these people knew the Word of God, they would of known that when Christ returns he is riding on a white horse, not seen sitting on a throne!!!!!
It is this group of people, that are concluding that the "graet day of His wrath is come" This isn't Jesus, or John. or an Angel that is proclaiming the great day of the Lord Has come!!! it is a group of UNbelievers!!!!!
The reason the Lord stated he would bring this "strong delusion" on those that Love not the truth, was so they would believe "the lie". Do we see this occuring to this same group of people described Here in the sixth seal??
Rev. 13:16And he causeth all, both small (men) and great (men) rich (men) and poor (men) free (men) and bond (men) to recieve a mark in their right hand or in their forehead.
Who are these people we now see swearing allegience to the false messiah? It is the same group of People we witnessed in the sixth seal proclaiming that it is the day of thre Lord!!!!! "God shall send them strong delusion, that they believe a lie....... Are these folks "believing the Lie"? Absolutely!!! Because they have accepted the events of the sixth seal AS the day of the Lord, they Have now accepted the false Messiah as the REAL!!!!!
What happens next to this people that swear allegience to the false Messiah? According to II thess, God sends them strong delusion---->(rev 6:12-17)that they believe a lie (rev. 13:16) that they all might be damned..... Do we see these people being "damned" who have taken the mark of the antichrist?
Rev. rev 14"9-10 And the third angel followed them, saying with as loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image AND RECIEVE HIS MARK IN THEIR FOREHEAD, OR IN HIS HAND the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation...
We now see the complete fulfillment of what will happen to the unbelieving world, as prophesied in II thessalonians. God sends them strong Delusion. They see the face of Him sitting on the throne, they conclude they are experieincing the day of the Lord. This strong delusion drives then to believe the lie. The swear allegience to the false messiah, taking His mark, thinking that HE truly is THE TRUE RETURNED MESSIAH. We later see Judgement passed on those who have taken His mark, being danmed, have to face the vials of the wrath of God.
There cannot be two starts to the day of the Lord. It does appear however there IS!!! There are certian events that are prophesied to occur Prior to the reign of the false messiah, that is going to appear to many, to BE full Prophetic fulfillment, but Won't be.
To fully understand what is occuring in the sixth seal, pay very close attention to the individual events that are occuring within the sixth seal. We first witness an earthquake, the stars of heaven falls as "a fig tree is shaken of a mighty wind, and HER unripe figs are falling". Who is the Fig tree? Why are we witnessing UNRIPE figs falling? An unripe fig falls prematurely, or before the true harvest time. ALL the people of the earth Hide from the "face"(presence) of him that is sitting on the throne. There is a prophecy in the old testiment, that we witness all of these events occuring simultaineously. find it, and you will uiderstand WHY these people think they are experieincing ARMAGEDDON!!!!!!