Q. Am I correct to believe that the first half of Daniels 70th week coincides with the opening of the seven seals and that the latter half sees the trumpet and bowl judgments? If so, how would it be possible for the man of sin and false prophet to meet their objectives as outlined in the 13th chapter of Revelation when the world is experiencing the devastating bowl judgments of the wrath of God? It’s my understanding that the time of God’s wrath is so severe as to drive men to hide in caves and that no flesh would survive had it not been cut short. Hardly the time to conduct international affairs. Where exactly in the time line of the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments does anti-Christ’s reign fall?
A. The first half of Daniel’s 70th Week includes both the seal and trumpet judgments. The anti-Christ will be around during this time but will be thought of as a world leader only. He’ll make his official entrance on the world scene as a supernatural being in Rev. 13 by standing in the Temple saying he’s God, and demanding their worship (2 Thes. 2:4, Rev. 13:8). This is called the abomination of desolation and will kick off the Great Tribulation (Daniel 9:27, Matt. 24:15-21) which is the 2nd half of Daniel’s 70th Week. The bowl judgments won’t begin until Rev. 16.
All of Daniel’s 70th Week will be a difficult time for the people on Earth, but these three series of judgments are progressive, with the seal judgments impacting 1/4th of the world (Rev. 6:8), the Trumpet judgments taking 1/3rd of what’s left (Rev. 9:18), and the bowl judgments becoming world wide (Rev. 16). So the full fury of God’s wrath won’t be felt until after the Great Tribulation has begun.