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Revelation 11:14

the second woe is past
The woes referred to here are the three woes which correlate with the last three trumpet judgments (Rev. Rev. 8:13+). These are more severe than the previous four trumpet judgments and target men rather than natural systems. The second woe refers to the judgments attending the sounding of the sixth trumpet. This verse provides a helpful indicator which correlates the events of Revelation Rev. 10:1+ and Rev. 11:1+ with the trumpet judgments which were underway in Revelation Rev. 8:1+ and Rev. 9:1+. Although the immediate effects of the second woe (the sixth trumpet judgment) come to a close with the ending of chapter Rev. 9:1+, we are here told that the events recorded in Revelation Rev. 10:1+ and Rev. 11:1+ transpire before the end of the second woe—that is during the times of the opening of the seven seals and the sounding of the first six trumpets. This confirms our observation that the “one thousand two hundred and sixty days” during which the two witnesses prophesy (Rev. Rev. 11:3+) coincides with the first half of The 70th Week of Daniel. See The 70th Week in Relation to the Book of Revelation.

the third woe is coming quickly
The third woe refers to the judgments attending the sounding of the seventh trumpet. This would seem to indicate that the sounding of the seventh trumpet follows the ministry of the two witnesses and their overthrow by the beast. The seventh trumpet must sound near the midpoint of the Tribulation or early in the second half. This would position all seven of the final bowl judgments in the last half of The 70th Week of Daniel. See The 70th Week in Relation to the Book of Revelation. Each of the final seal and trumpet judgments is set off from the previous six by an interlude during which additional information and perspective is provided and the greater severity of that which is to come is emphasized. Between the opening of the sixth and seventh seal, we are informed of the 144,000 sealed of Israel and the multitude coming out of the Great Tribulation (Rev. Rev. 7:1-17+). Between the sounding of the sixth and seventh trumpet, we are told of the mighty angel standing upon the earth, the book of prophesy eaten by John, the Tribulation Temple , and the ministry of the two witnesses (Rev. Rev. 10:1+-Rev. 11:13+).1

Notes

1 This pattern does not extend to the sixth and seventh bowl judgments which are consecutive and lack any discernible gap (Rev. Rev. 16:12-21+).

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