Daniel's Prophecy Timeline &
Signs of the End Times
Signs of the end times, the tribulation timeline, and the end times timeline are topics that bring up many questions. God has never intended that His people be in darkness during end time events, nor ignorant about the Revelation timeline, the tribulation period or judgment of the ungodly. Regarding the timeline of the events of Daniel’s end times prophecy, Daniel was told that the words of his prophecy were closed up and sealed till the time of the end, when the wise will understand (Daniel 12:9-10). This is the time of the end! Therefore, the wise will understand end time events and the timeline of the tribulation period and Daniel’s prophecy.
Many people feel it is wrong to put a timeline on the tribulation period, Daniel’s prophetic end time events, or on signs of the end times. However, Jesus said, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:37). Noah knew! Why else did he prepare and enter the ark? Noah trusted God and prepared an ark, thereby saving his family (Gen. 7:1–24; Heb. 11:7; 2 Pet. 2:5). Seven days before the rainfall started, Noah was even told the exact judgment day of the ungodly (Gen. 7:4). In the days of Noah, the righteous knew the judgment day of the ungodly. Therefore, as it was in the days of Noah, the righteous will know! But the ungodly did not know until the flood came and took them all away (Matt. 24:39).
The Gospels include signs of the end times timeline; Revelation gives an end times timeline of the tribulation period; and many other books of the Bible make reference to the events of the end times or the tribulation timeline. Signs of the end times can be seen in many recent news broadcasts, and Daniel’s prophecy gives us an end times timeline that God told him the wise will understand. The many references to the timeline of the end times events can be confusing. However, author Carolyn M. Prince points out in the following excerpt from The Revelation Unlocked, that carefully combining these references in the correct order puts the end times timeline of the tribulation period in the proper perspective, making it easier to understand.