Matthew 24 and Revelation 6-19 Compared
by Larry Cockerham


Matthew 24 and Revelation 6-19 Compared

By Larry Cockerham

As we compare Scripture with Scripture we find that the general chronology of Revelation is not necessarily confined to this book alone. It has long been recognized that the prophetic forecast Jesus gave in Matthew 24 is similar in comparison with Revelation chapters 6-19. In fact, Matthew 24 is an expansion of Daniel 9:27, which describes Daniel's "seventieth week." Therefore, what Daniel described in one verse, Jesus expanded in the Olivet Discourse to one chapter, which John enlarged to fourteen chapters.

Revelation 6-19 is Matthew 24 which is an expansion of Daniel 9:27! This informs us that there is unity and divine providence working thoughout all Scripture. Revelation is not just an isolated Christian apocalypse, it is the consummation of all the prophecies throughout the Word of God. The seven year period of Revelation 6-19 is Daniel's "seventieth week" of seven years. The last half of three-and-one half years of Revelation corresponds to the three-and-one-half year period of Daniel 7:25. This period is called in Jeremiah 30:7 "Jacob's trouble." This period is forty-two months or twelve-hundred-and-sixty days long. Many refuse to see this simple explanation of prophecy.

When Matthew chapter 24 and Revelation chapters 6-19 are compared, we find many remarkable comparisons. There will be false christs (Matt. 24:4-5; Rev. 6:1-2), wars (Matt. 24:6; Rev. 6:3-4), famines (Matt. 24:7a; Rev. 6:5-6), death (Matt. 24:7b-8; Rev. 6:7-8), martyrs (Matt. 24:9; Rev. 6:9-11), worldwide chaos (Matt. 24:10-13; Rev. 6:12-17), and the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom preceded by the sealing of the 144,000 (Matt. 24:14; Rev. 7:1-8).

There will be the descecration of the Temple and its worship (Matt. 24:15; Rev. 13:1-10), while persecution by the Antichrist will cause Israel to flee into the wilderness (Matt. 24:16-20; Rev. 12:6, 12-17). There will be deception by the false prophet (Matt. 24:11-12; Rev. 13:11-18), with the Second Advent terminating the seven year period (Matt. 24:27-30; Rev. 19:11-21). Therefore, Matthew 24 is a prophetic forecast of the seven year period of Revelation chapters 6-19, sometimes called Daniel's "Seventieth Week" (Dan. 9:27).

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