Revelation – Chapter 14

The 144,000

Verse 1 – Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.

The 144,000 will have the name of Jesus and the Father on their foreheads. The followers of the Antichrist will have the name of their father on their right hand or forehead.

Mount Zion of old, was captured by King David. He then built a city called the city of David, also called Jerusalem.

Verse 2 – And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpist playing their harps.

Verse 3 – And they sang as it were a new song before the throne before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.

Notice what takes place between verse 1 and verse 3. These 144,000 have been on the earth since the “Sixth Seal.” They have gone unharmed from the Antichrist or the False Prophet. Then they are gathered with Jesus on Mount Zion and suddenly John hears a roaring voice from heaven. These 144,000 are then in haven before the throne of God singing a song only they know. They survived the trials and testings of the Tribulation Period.

Verse 4 – These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed form among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.

These men did not stray from Christ’s will or teachings. They were purchased among men, bought with the blood of Jesus. Offered as firstfruits, were the first Jews saved during the Tribulation. Being virgins, both physically and spiritually makes sense.

Verse 5 – And in their mouths was found no guile, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

They will have nothing to do with the lies of the Antichrist, or the counterfeit doctrine of the False Prophet. They remain faithful and true to the  righteousness of Christ.

The Three Angels’ Announcements

Verse 6 – Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth – to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people –

Verse 7 – saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

This is the first time an angel is commissioned to preach the Gospel. But it will not be the Gospel of the “Grace of God,” nor the “Gospel of the Kingdom,” but a new Gospel, called “Everlasting Gospel.” The burden is “Judgment” not “Salvation,” and it will be “Good News’ to all those passing through the “fiery trials” of those days, for it will be the announcement that the “Hour of Judgment” is come for all those who do wickedly.

“Fear God;” Satan would have us believe that we are to be afraid of God, but this is incorrect to believers. To fear God means to have a holy respect for Him, believe He exists, and believe He reigns and will judge all mankind. This kind of fear is the beginning of wisdom and it pleases God.

Verse 8 – And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Babylon is known as the city of Satan because of its long history of idolatry, astrology, witchcraft, and other occult practices. It is the very place of false doctrines and religions.

Wine in the book of Acts is referred to as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. In this verse “the wine of wrath” is a reference to demonic possession.

This ancient city died out centuries ago., but during the Tribulation Period, this city will be rebuilt. The False Prophet will locate the headquarters of his false religion there. (Exactly where it will be located is not known.)

The word fallen is repeated twice to mean two separate falls or judgments. The false religious system will fall first when the Antichrist turns on it just after the mid-point of the Tribulation. The rebuilt city of Babylon will fall when it is burned to the ground in one hour near the end of the Tribulation Period.

Verse 9 – Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,

Verse 10 – “he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

So many people mock the belief of an eternal hell. Are they going to believe what the “world” says or are they going to believe the Word of God. Following the Antichrist and receiving his mark, will condemn all those who do, to an eternal fire and brimstone.

Verse 11 – “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness become totally meaningless if there is no retribution for rebellion and sin. If there is eternal life for the believer then there is also eternal punishment for the unbeliever.

Verse 12 – Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Verse 13 – Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

A time will come during the Tribulation Period when it will be better for the saved to die than to live. They will leave their pain and grief and rest in the presence of God and their works will follow them!

The Harvest Judgment

Verse 14 – And I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.

Don’t get confused, this is not he “harvest of the Church.” This is the Harvest of the Gentile Nations. It begins with the pouring out of “Vials” and ends with the battle of Armageddon.

Jesus is seated on a cloud. He has a gold crown on His head, signifying He is King of Kings! But there is a sickle in His hand which is never a good thing for harvesting good grain.

Verse 15 – And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

Verse 16 – So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Verse 17 – Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

Verse 18 – And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.”

And yet another angel comes forth – from the altar in the heavenly temple. In Revelation 8:3, we read that this is where the martyred saints were crying out, asking God when they would be avenged.

Since Jesus is the True Vine, it is likely the “earth’s vine” is reference to the Antichrist. This cluster of grapes is the fruit of those nations that followed the Antichrist.

Verse 19 – So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Verse 20 – And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.

When farmers go into their vineyards to harvest the grapes, they cast them into a winepress and squeeze the juice out of them. The same thing will happen to the wicked when this angel harvests the earth. They will be like grapes being squashed in a winepress.

This is really a war, a gathering of armies, bringing the whole world together to do battle. They will be assembled on the battlefield of Megiddo. This is called the battle of Armageddon.

Since the blood will rise to the horse bridles, we know that millions will be killed. This blood will expand 180 miles.

What is it that stops people from believing? The Bible says they loved darkness more than light. By the time this all takes place, the inhabitants will be so corrupt, that it will bring out the most ferocious wrath of God that the earth has ever seen.

We all have to ask ourselves; “Wouldn’t we rather avoid this Tribulation Period altogether and believe now before it’s too late?

 

 

 

 

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Revelation – Chapter 13

At the close of Chapter 10, John was told to eat a little book and to prophesy about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings. In Chapter 11, John wrote about the rebuilding of the Temple, the two witnesses, and the impact they will have on the world. In Chapter 12, he wrote about Satan being cast out of heaven, and how it will affect Israel and other believers in the world.

Now in Chapter 13, John will tell us about the two powerhouses of the Tribulation Period – the Antichrist which is the political powerhouse, and the False Prophet, which is the religious powerhouse. These two end-time dictators will merge church and state. The results will be disastrous for those left on earth.

Verse 1 – Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.

This sea that the beast rises from, will be the sea of wickedness after the Church is gone. He will be the “Antichrist.”

The ten horns are ten rulers who will reign with the Antichrist. The seven heads have a double meaning: (1) they are seven world governments, and (2) they are seven hills where the world religion will be located for a short time. The ten crowns are the ten divisions of the last world government. It will be divided into ten divisions with each division having its own ruler and set of false religions.

Verse 2 – Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him power, his throne, and great authority.

The Antichrist is not Satan. This beast is a world power which has been swift to shed blood: like a leopard leaping on it prey, tenacious and relentless as a bear, and all-devouring as a lion.

This beast, the Antichrist will be the incarnation of Satan. Whoever he is and whatever he does, his power comes from the pits of hell. He will form a “One World Government.”

Verse 3 – I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

One of his heads, seemed to be fatally wounded, is the Antichrist. He is not actually dead because he doesn’t have that power to be raised from the dead, only Jesus Christ has that power and the few He chooses to give it to. This beast will exhibit a counterfeit and imitation resurrection. This will be the great delusion, the big lie of the Great Tribulation Period.

We are told in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 that: “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they shall believe the lie.”

Verse 4 – So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

Satan has always wanted to be worshiped. His pride is at the root of being cast out of heaven. The occult will be in charge of this blind and corrupt world. The Antichrist will also desire to be worshiped. That will be fine with Satan because he’s the one giving the power to the Antichrist.

Matthew 15:14 – “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

Verse 5 – And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority for forty-two months.

Everything that the Antichrist has or does is given to him. He has no power of his own. This boasting and blasphemy will continue the rest of the three and one-half years that are left of the seven-year Tribulation.

Verse 6 – Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.

This antichrist slanders God, at the Church which is in heaven, and believers still on earth. Anything or anybody that has anything to do with God will send him into a rage!

Verse 7 – And it was granted him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.

This will be a worldwide hunt to destroy every believer. He will slaughter thousands so his Satanic religion can be established. Everyone must submit to him or be killed. Those that are killed for their faith in Christ will spend eternity with Him. Those who worship this beast are condemned to hell for all eternity.

Verse 8 – And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

This is the “Lamb’s Book of Life” that John was referring to. All those who have been born-again and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, have their names in this book.

Secularism is giving way to New Age mysticism as the do-it-yourself religion of our time. The gospel has been so watered down that now we have homosexuals, lesbians, and pedophiles running congregations. How sick is that? Well in end times it will be even worse!

Verse 9 – If anyone has an ear, let him hear.

Verse 10 – He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity, he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Here is what I think this verse means: In the Old Testament, it was an “eye for an eye.” In the New Testament, Galatians 6:7, it says a man reaps what he sows. During the Tribulation Period, if you kill, you will be killed. In other words” for the saints of this period, leave revenge to the Almighty. And that is where faith and patience comes in.

In today’s society, our murder laws have become too lenient. Not all murders are put to death. However, in the end-times, if a person kills another, God is going to do what society will not.

The Beast Out of the Earth

Verse 11 – Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

While the first beast (the Antichrist) emerged from the sea (unrest of the troubled nations) the second beast emerges from the earth – land symbolically, it usually refers to the land that belongs to Israel. So, this second beast just might very well be a Jew.

Verse 12 – And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

This beast is described as gentle as a lamb but speaks like a dragon. He will hold as much authority as the first beast. He also is the third member that makes up the un-holy trinity. He will use his authority to exalt the first beast, the Antichrist.

His deeds will betray his sweet sounding words. Instead of bringing unity, he will try to change everyone’s beliefs. He will attempt to merge religion and politics by promoting a one world religion and world government. Everyone will be ordered to worship the Antichrist and he will not hesitate to use force.

This man is the “False Prophet” who will perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect (read Matthew 24:24).

Verse 13 – He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

Verse 14 – And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

The Apostle Paul tells us, “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing (II Thessalonians 2:9, 10).

The image of the antichrist will be built in the Temple at the mid-point of the Tribulation. Jesus said, “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand – then those who are in Judea flee to the mountains” (Matthew 24:15, 16).

Verse 15 – He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast, should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

This is going to be worse than any horror movie! When the image begins to breathe, it will be a reminder that the Antichrist was once dead, but now alive.

This image will proclaim that all who do not worship it will die.

Everything that is spoken or done by someone who calls themselves a prophet, teacher of the gospel, or pastor, should be tested by the Scripture, and then you won’t be deceived.

Verse 16 – And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

Verse 17 – and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Verse 18 – Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

People will be allowed to select one of two different places for the mark. No one will be exempt. Those who have the mark can buy food and medicine, but those who don’t wont’ be able to buy anything. Merchants will need this mark to sell their goods also. Control over the necessities of life amounts to control over the people.

This will be a “cashless society,” having the ability to track all buying and selling.

This False Prophet will devise a perfect way to identify all the followers of Christ.

To calculate the number 666, we must realize many things have changed since John wrote Revelation. Our modern world has two sets of symbols – the alphabet and numbers. We have two systems. A letter is a letter and a number is a number. But the ancient world did not do this; they used a single set of symbols to represent both letters and numbers. Such a system is called an “alphanumeric system.” Every number is a letter, and every letter is a number.

Concerning why the Antichrist’s name will equal 666 is another matter of speculation. However, if you are born-again and are raptured with the Church, you won’t put too much thought into trying to figure out who the Antichrist will be.

This cryptic puzzle is not intended to point a finger at some unknown person.

 

 

 

 

 

Revelation – Chapter 12

At the close of Chapter 10, John was told to prophesy about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings. Chapter 11 began this prophecy which now continues into Chapter 12. Now we will learn more about Israel, Jesus, Satan, the archangel Michael, and the inhabitants of the earth.

The Woman

Verse 1 – Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.

The symbol in this first sign takes us back to the Old Testament to one of the dreams of Joseph (Genesis 37:9-11). Joseph’s father Jacob interpreted the dream like this: the sun represented himself (Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel), the moon represented his wife (Rachel), and the crown of twelve stars represented their twelve children (the 12 tribes of Israel). This family was the beginning of the nation of Israel.

The sun, moon, and the twelve stars are all associated with this woman in this chapter. She is clothed with the sun, symbol of Israel; the moon under her feet, Rachael; and a crown of garland of twelve stars, the 12 tribes  of Israel. This woman represents Israel, not the Church.

Verse 2 – Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain gave birth.

Before Christ’s birth, Israel was a captive nation to the Roman Empire. She had to submit to Roman leaders, pay Roman taxes, and obey Roman laws. She was a nation in travail. Before the Messiah was born, Israel had to go through many afflictions and judgments, birth pains.

The woman, then has to symbolize Israel because Christ was born of the seed of Israel.

Verse 3 – And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diamonds on his head.

The word “dragon” in classical Greek means “serpent.” This second sign in heaven is an enormous red dragon which is Satan (explained more in 12:9). He is great because of his great power, red, since he has killed multitudes; and a dragon due to his fierce nature.

He has seven heads, symbols of world governments; ten horns, powerful kings; and seven diamonds or crowns on his head representing seven divisions controlled by the ten powerful kings.

These seven heads will symbolize the seven Gentile world governments that Satan has led since the beginning of creation. He will also have ten horns, symbolizing the ten kings that will reign with him during the entire Tribulation Period.

These ten kings will rise to power. The Antichrist will come on the scene in a unified European Community.

The Antichrist will subdue three of those ten kings so that their power will ultimately be concentrated into seven crowns (or seven divisions) of the last world government.

A one world government controlled by Satan, will make what Adolf Hitler did during WWII look like a Sunday picnic.

Verse 4 – His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

These stars are angels that fell to earth. Satan’s mutiny was a tremendous rebellion against God, which involved millions of angels. Satan tried to stop the “seed of the woman” by Herod massacring innocent babies.

Verse 5 – And she bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. and her Child was caught up to God and to His throne.

No doubt that the Child born is Jesus, the Anointed One. Her Child was caught up, the ascension of Christ following His death and resurrection.

Notice that Jesus will not rule the nations with love but with a “rod of iron.” When Christ returns, those whom rebelled will be crushed with an iron scepter.

Verse 6 – Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

Here is the gap between the “Sixty-ninth” and “Seventieth Weeks” of Daniel’s “Seventy Weeks.” John jumps over this “gap:” from the Ascension of Christ to the casting out of Satan because he is not dealing in these Tribulation chapters with the Church, but with Israel, and wishes to continue without a break.

Here is further evidence that the “Woman” is not the virgin Mary, for she does not flee into Egypt , but into the wilderness, neither does she flee with her child, for He was caught up to the Throne of God; neither does she flee for her child’s protection, but her own.

Now, we are at the midpoint of the seven-year Tribulation Period. 1,260 days (three and one half years) have past. Now there are 1,260 more days before Christ’s Second Coming.

In Matthew 24:15, 16, Jesus taught that the Temple would be defiled by an image of the Antichrist. He told those who live in Judea to flee into the mountains when that happens.

The woman, Israel, will flee into the wilderness to a place that has already been prepared for her by God.

Most prophecy experts believe the area in the Jordan desert is called Petra. Petra is an abandon city that was carved into the rocks of the mountains centuries ago. It only has one entrance, so this will be a perfect place for the Jews to hide and barricade themselves in. They will hide there 1, 260 days, the last half of the Tribulation Period.

The War in Heaven

Verse 7 – And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,

Verse 8 – but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

Most Christians think this took place a long time ago, not so. Because this is mentioned immediately after the woman fleeing into the wilderness, this  is still referring to the mid-point of the Tribulation Period. We know this because of the following verses.

As soon as Israel flees, a great war will erupt in heaven. The archangel will fight against Satan and his angels, but Satan will lose. They will all be cast out of heaven.

At mid-point of the Tribulation is when the Antichrist makes his move to control the earth Simultaneously, Satan makes his move to control heaven.

Verse 9 – So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

When Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven and can no longer accuse the brethren, his concentration will be totally focused on the “woman”, Israel.

Verse 10 – Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

Today, Satan is the accuser of believers. He parades before the throne of God day and night pointing out the sins of God’s people. However, Christ is there too, defending us. Once Satan is cast out of heaven he will never be allowed in again, but woe to the inhabitants of the earth.

Verse 11 – “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to death.

Believers will have the power to overcome Satan during the Tribulation Period by: (1) trusting in the blood of the Lamb, because through the blood, atonement was made for our sins; (2) testifying to our faith, because if we acknowledge Jesus before men, he will acknowledge us before God; and (3) not fearing death, because a physical death is far better than an eternity in hell.

Verse 12 – “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

For those of you with a little age on you, can you ever remember a time when people were so blatant with their sin, even in the house of God? There is no shame anymore of the disgusting things people do. Well, during this Tribulation Period, for those who choose to live through it, it will be 100 times worse.

Verse 13 – Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.

Verse 14 – But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

Just as the Woman and the Dragon are symbols, Israel and Satan, so are the “Eagle’s Wings.” This pertains to a rapid and safe flight of Israel into the wilderness, where she will be nourished and kept safe for three and one half years.

This provision and protection of Israel during this time, will be supernatural as in the days of Moses when they were in the wilderness. God fed them with manna, a quail, provided water, and did not allow their clothes or sandals to wear out!

Verse 15 – So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that  he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

Some do not take this verse literally and mean it to refer to a great army that goes after Israel when she flees. However, I see no reason to not take it at face value for what is says. John knows what an army was and is, so if he wanted to say “army” he would have. “Water” is water!

Verse 16 – But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Creation is ultimately a witness for righteousness and truth. God is in full control of the earth and its fullness there of, so the earth opens and the flood disappears before it can reach God’s people. God swallowed the armies of Egypt when they were pursuing the Israelites after leaving Egypt, so why can’t He do it again?

Verse 17 – And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Unable to get to he woman (Israel), the devil (the dragon) turns aside to wage war against the Gentile saints. The Gentiles are called the rest of her offspring because they are Christs’ other sheep that are not in the Jewish fold.

Revelation – Chapter 11

The Two Witnesses

Verse 1 – Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.

In order for John to measure the temple on earth, that is presently not built, a third temple in Jerusalem is going to have to be built and this is proof that it will happen.

Verse 2 – “But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

Some architects and prophecy experts say the third temple can be built without disturbing the “Dome of the Rock” or the “Aqsa Mosque.” That means the Muslims and the Jews will have to share the Temple Mount.

John is told “not” to measure the outer court because it has been given to the Gentiles. (Muslims are Gentiles.)

They will trample on the holy city, Jerusalem, 42 months, the last three and one half years of the Tribulation Period.

The Islamic religion is dominated by fundamentalists who try to impose the beliefs of Muhammad on the rest of the world through force. Extremists believe in spreading their religion by conquest. The more radical members deny basic freedoms such as human rights, civil rights and women’s rights. They will kill people of other religions all under the name of Allah their god.

This is what they believe: Allah is the same god as the Christian’s God, although their god was a “moon-god” in Muhammad’s day. Not the same as Christian’s God. They believe Muhammad received revelations from God which made him a great prophet. (Bull) Muhammad wrote their holy book which is called the Koran (which is full of lies and hatred). They believe that the Koran is our God’s latest revelation and supersedes all other revelations.

Allah is not Jehovah. They believe Jesus was only a prophet not the Son of God or the Messiah that was crucified for the sins of the world.

They believe they are descendants of Abraham’s, so Ishmael, which is the true inheritors of God’s covenant, belongs to them,  not Isaac. And there lies the conflict that has taken place between the Jews and the Muslims for thousands of years.

Jerusalem is considered the Holy City by Christians, Jews and Muslims, but the reasons are very different. Christians believe it holy because of Jesus’ crucifixion and God says it is. Jews consider it holy because their Temple was located there. Muslims consider it holy because they say that is where Muhammad ascended into heaven there, which didn’t happen, I might add.

Verse 3 – “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Much speculation about who these two witnesses are have been argued over the years. I’m going to tell you who I think they are, and why.

One has power to shut heaven up from rain. I believe this is Elijah who was said by Malachi 4:5, 6, to come again before the “Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.” He will shut up the heavens for 42 months, or three and one half years, which is exactly the time they had no rain in the days of Ahab.

The other witness will have power over the waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with plagues as often as he will. The only one person mentioned in Scripture who had such power was Moses. I thought for a long time it might be Enoch, but more study has me convinced they are these two.

Verse 4 – These are to the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before God of the earth.

Each witness is represented by one olive tree and one lampstand. It is two symbols to represent one person.

The representation of the olive tress are found in Zechariah 4:3-6 – two olive trees stand by a lampstand and provide oil to the lampstand. This oil represents the Holy Spirit. These two witnesses will be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Zechariah 4:11-14 explains what the lampstands represent – the lampstands hold pots of burning oil that provide light. These two witnesses will provide light to a darkened world.

Verse 5 – And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. and if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.

Oh, there will be plenty who want these two dead. Keep in mind; people have went through all that was written before this chapter and still rejected Jesus; they are miserable and hate God now more than ever; they certainly don’t want the love of God preached by these two; and the Antichrist certainly doesn’t want them preaching, because some might follow God instead of him.

Some will come after them to kill them, but for the three and one-half years nothing that mankind can throw at them will harm them. Those who try will be consumed with fire that spews out of their mouths!

Verse 6 – They have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.

Can you imagine what he earth will look like with no rain for three and one-half years? We go two months with no rain and everything turns brown or dies. Then try to imagine every basin of water, every river, stream, ocean and sea, turning to blood, and then sickness and disease comes and runs from house to house. Who in their right mind want to live through that ? (But some will survive.)

Verse 7 – Now when they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.

When the two witnesses have finished their assignment of giving light, preaching warnings and salvation, then the “beast,” the Antichrist, will over-power them and kill them. This does not happen until God says they are finished preaching.

Verse 8 – And their bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

This “great city” is clearly identified as the city where Christ died – Jerusalem. Isaiah called this city Sodom because of its wickedness. Jerusalem will be full of sin again during the Tribulation Period. It will become even more so after the third temple is built. Worship of the Antichrist will flourish while worship of Jesus will be condemned. The two witnesses will lie in the street because no one will bother to bury them.

Verse 9 – Then those from the peoples, tribes tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three and a half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.

Up until the last couple of decades or so, would this have even been possible? Everyone around the world, at the same time, will see these two bodies laying in the street to rot and decay.

Verse 10 – And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

This will be the first “Anti-Christmas.”

Verse 11 – Now after the three and one-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

This incredible scene is beyond human comprehension. Television cameras will broadcast their deaths and pictures of their dead bodies will be seen by the whole world. Celebrating and gift-giving will be taking place all over the world. Then they stand to their feet. Great fear sets in for all those who watch. I’m sure there will be some “fake” explanation of what is taking place from the Antichrist.

Verse 12 – And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” and they ascend to heaven in a cloud and their enemies saw them.

When Jesus ascended into heaven many did not believer. When the Church is raptured, the world will not believe. Excuses will abound to save people from the harsh reality of the truth. But when these two witnesses ascend to heaven, many will no doubt change their minds about Jesus and the Rapture.

Verse 13 – In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand men were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God in heaven.

When Jesus died, the earth shook (Matthew 27:51, 52). When Jesus arose there was a violent earthquake (Matthew 28:2).

Verse 14 – The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

This earthquake in Jerusalem will mark the end of the second woe or the sixth trumpet. The seventh trumpet will sound soon and bring the third woe.

Seventh Trumpet

Verse 15 – Then the seventh angel sounded: and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

The seventh trumpet sounded, announcing the arrival of the King. There is no turning back. The coming judgments are no longer partial, but complete in their destruction. God is in control and He unleashes HI full wrath on the evil world that refuses to turn to Him. When this wrath begins, there is no turning back.

Verse 16 – And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,

Verse 17 – saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

From this point on Satan’s days will be drawing quickly to a close. Jesus will begin to exercise the authority over the nations that became His when He died on the cross. He will go forth to conquer the forces of evil and usher in the Millennium.

Verse 18 – The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.”

Angry nations against the gospel and whom it represents, can be seen even today around the world. Satan will unite the nations against Jesus and this great conflict will be called the Battle of Armageddon.

Everyone will be accountable to God for the deeds done in this life, no one escapes that.

Verse 19 – Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings an earthquake, and great hail.

Do you remember when God gave detailed instructions to Moses on  how the Temple was to be built? Moses had to follow the exact pattern of the one that exists in heaven. Now this temple in heaven is opened and the Ark of the Covenant is exposed. Also, keep in mind that there is a Mercy Seat on top of this Ark, where the blood of goats was sprinkled for the sins of God’s people.

Satan and the nations come against Israel, but God has and always will always show mercy to His people.

 

Revelation – Chapter 10

The Little Book

Verse 1 – And I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.

In the book of Revelation, angels are angels, not symbols of events, things, places, or persons.

Clothed with a cloud shows high dignity; a rainbow on his head, divine favor and a symbol of God’s covenant and mercy toward penitent sinners; his face shone like the sun might be the light of the gospel about to be diffused. The feet like pillars of fire might represent the faithful during the persecution of the saints fiery trials.

Verse 2 – And he had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,

Verse 3 – and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.

This mighty angel will carry a small open book in his hand. While he is holding it, he will plant his right foot on the sea and his left on dry land. This is a symbolic gesture that represents claim in the name of his King, because the earth is the Lord’s.

When this angel speaks it will be with a roar on behalf of the King of Kings. At the same time this angel speaks, a voice in heaven will roar like the seven thunders. The seven thunders is a symbol for the voice of God.

Verse 4 – Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.”

When God told John to seal up what He spoke, why should we speculate on what He said?

Verse 5 – And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his hand to heaven

Verse 6 – and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delayed no longer,

Just as a witness raises their right hand to take the oath to tell the truth, this angel will raise his hand to heaven to swear to tell God’s truth. His oath will emphasize the fact that he has the authority and power of God behind him.

“No more delay” will be the answer that the martyred saints have been waiting for . The time has come for God’s wrath and vengeance against the wicked.

Verse 7 – but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

Jesus has now opened all seven seals, and  six of the angels have sounded their trumpets. The last trumpet will bring the seven bowl judgments. But before the seventh angel blows his trumpet, a voice from heaven will declare, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as He announced to His servants the prophets.

The Bible identifies several mysteries. One of them is called the mystery of iniquity or the mystery of lawlessness. It is a mystery to us why God allowed Satan to cause the fall of mankind; a mystery why sin was allowed to do so much damage in the world; a mystery why He would allow His people to be martyred and persecuted in the Tribulation Period, and a mystery why He will allow the Antichrist and the False Prophet to reign. All of these mysteries will be answered when we reach heaven and are in His divine presence.

Verse 8 – Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and the earth.”

Verse 9 – And I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take it and eat it, and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.”

This eating of this little book is not new in Scripture. Jeremiah ate the Words of God and Ezekiel ate a scroll from God. This idea implies that the Word of God must be taken to heart.

The Bible will profit us little unless it becomes a part of us, so it must be brought inside. Learning the Word of God with its mysteries and plans can be enjoyable and exciting, but understanding the reality of its judgments is sickening for the lost. Preaching the prophetic truth is a bitter-sweet experience.

Verse 10 – And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was a sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

Verse 11 – And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, and tongues, and kings.

John was told to prophesy “about” many people, nations, tongues, and kings, not to deliver the prophecies to them. During the Tribulation Period, people will open these last chapters and read what John said about them!

 

 

Revelation – Chapter 9

Fifth Trumpet

Verse 1 – Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. And to him was given the key to the bottomless pit.

This star is an angel. He is not a “fallen angel,” nor Satan himself. God would not entrust the key to the “bottomless pit” to Satan, because it is the same angel in Revelation 20:1-3, that will bind Satan and cast him into the bottomless pit for a 1,000 years.

Verse 2 – And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.

Verse 3 – Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Just imagine a swarm of locusts, only these locusts are demons. They will have the ability to sting. These are fallen angels who joined Satan in his rebellion against God.

Verse 4 – They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green things, or any trees, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Lucifer was created by God and then became Satan. God is the Creator of all things, but He did not create these angels to be evil. He created these angels with a free will to either serve Him or not, and they chose to follow Lucifer and rebel against God. But notice who still commands them, Almighty God does, not Satan.

Verse 5 – And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. And their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man.

The Bible mentions, in the previous chapters, that the 144,000 Jews are the one s that are sealed, there may be others. However, these demons are not allowed to harm those with the seal of God on their forehead, only the ones not sealed.

The sting from a scorpion is very painful but not usually deadly. The venom affects the veins and nervous system. Normally the pain and discomfort last for several days. This pain from these demons lasts five months.

Verse 6 – In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

Can you imagine hurting so bad that you just want to die, but can’t? Or, can you imagine people choosing to go through this kind of torment rather than surrendering to Jesus?

Verse 7 – And the shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.

Verse 8 – They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions teeth.

Verse 9 – And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle.

Verse 10 – They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. And their power was to hurt men five months.

Now we have a full description of what these deadly creatures look like. First, there are not just a few, they are too many to count, a swarm, just as locusts. They have the body of a horse, only with wings, they fly. Their tails swish back and forth and have a powerful sting that releases venom when they strike. They have the face of a man only with razor-sharp teeth like a lion. And they wear a breastplate made of iron to protect them from any kind of harm.

Verse 11 – And they had a king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

Abaddon means destruction and Apollyon means destroyer. Most people underestimate the power of darkness. This king is one of the followers of Satan, he is not Satan. Keep in mind, Satan is at liberty on the earth and this king was confined with other demons.

Verse 12 – One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

Sixth Trumpet

Verse 13 – Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

This is the altar described in Chapter 8. It is where the angel mixes the incense with the prayers of the Tribulation Saints. The mixture rises to God and kindles His wrath. Then the sixth angel will stand and sound his trumpet, and a voice will be heard coming from the horns of the altar that will speak for martyred saints.

Verse 14 – saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

The Euphrates River first appears in Genesis. It was close to the Garden of Eden where Adam sinned and Cain slew Able. It is where the flood began, where the Tower of Babel stood, where Babylon was built, and where world government and world religion began. It has long been associated with astrology, idolatry, demon worship, witchcraft, and other sordid sins. It is also widely recognized as the boundary between East and West. The voice coming from the golden altar will tell the sixth angels to release these four angels that have been bound.

Verse 15 – So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.

So far, millions have disappeared through the Rapture; next one-fourth, or more than a billion people that are left on earth will die when the horse called death was released; others will die from war, natural disasters, and poison waters; now another one – a third will die when these four angels are released.

Verse 16 – Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million, and I heard the number of them.

These four angels lead these two hundred million horsemen. I don’t believe this cavalry will be composed of ordinary men and horses.

Verse 17 – And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone.

This is a supernatural army of demons, which is not uncommon in Scripture, 2 Kings 6:13-17. When Jesus returns He will be accompanied by the Armies of Heaven, and it stands to reason that Satan has his armies. As awful as this is, it will not cause people to repent.

These four angels will be released in the exact year, month, day, and hour predetermined by God.

Verse 18 – By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed – by the fire and the smoke and brimstone which came out of their mouths.

Verse 19 – For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.

Some think that John was describing tanks and a thermonuclear war. I think John described exactly what he saw; horses with lions heads and having serpents for tails with heads. Some like to speculate of why this army would be on horses. Keep in mind, these are not normal horses, they are demonic in nature, saved for the time of the Tribulation.

Verse 20 – But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;

Those remaining on earth at this time will refuse to repent and continue to reject Jesus. Demon worship (Satanism) and idolatry will be prominent.

Verse 21 – and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Demon worship and idolatry won’t be the only sins going full strength. There will be numerous murders, witchcraft being used, sexual immorality to a degree no one has ever seen, and people stealing, because there will be no respect for God’s law of any kind.

Do we not see all of these out in the open today, as if there is no law or God? I watched witches gather to place a curse on a nominee for the Supreme Court Justice. People have parades to flaunt their sexual immorality, with no regard for the coming judgment.

We think the world has gone”mad,” but its only a matter of time before the Church is out of here, and judgment will begin.

Revelation – Chapter 8

Seventh Seal

Verse 1 – When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Verse 2 – And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

The singing, praising, worshiping, all stop, and heaven is dead silent in anticipation of what is about to happen. These seven angels might be archangels. We only know of two, Michael and Gabriel.

Verse 3 – Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. And he was given much incense that he could offer it with prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

This golden censer is similar to the one used in the Old Testament (Exodus 30:7-9). It contained charcoal that was hot and the incense was poured on the coals, and the sweet-smelling smoke drifted upwards, symbolizing believers prayers ascending to God.

Verse 4 – And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angels’ hand.

These prayers of the saints very well could be the prayers for the saints that are still on the earth during the Tribulation Period. Keep in mind, all of heaven is watching.

Verse 5 – Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

Do you remember the prayers of the martyred saints from the Tribulation under the altar crying out for God to avenge them? I think these are those prayers. After the prayers have been consumed in the censer, the angel will take the empty censer, go back to the altar, fill it with fire, and hurl it down to the earth. God is about to avenge their deaths of the Tribulation Saints with fiery trials.

First Trumpet

Verse 6 – So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepare themselves to sound.

Verse 7 – The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

And this fulfills the prophet Joel’s prophecy in Joel 2:30, 31 – “And I will show wonders in the heaven and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. (Verse 31) The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.

When this happens, the loss of life will be horrendous, not to mention no grain for animals and no wood for housing.

With the massive loss of vegetation will come soil erosion, floods, mudslides. The atmosphere will fill with smoke making it hard to see or breathe.

Second Trumpet

Verse 8 – Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood;

Verse 9 – and a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

This “like a burning mountain,” is either a nuclear missile or a huge meteor. But whatever it is, it’s big, blazing hot, and caused a third of the sea to turn to blood.

Third Trumpet

Verse 10 – Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water,

Verse 11 – and the name of the star is Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

You would think by now after all that has happened, people would gladly turn to Christ for salvation. Nope! they are still rebellious. With one-third of fresh water tainted, extreme thirst will set in. Adults will survive without water for about three days while the sick and infants will not.

Fourth Trumpet

Verse 12 – Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened; a third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

How long this will continue is not said, but there is no question that a reduction in the earth’s sunlight will affect the weather. Crops, and life in general will be affected, multitudes will freeze to death.

Can there ever be any doubt of whom controls all of this. Some would rather curse God and die than to surrender to the One that can save!

Verse 13 – And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

Some believe it couldn’t get any worse, oh, but it does. Would anyone, if they knew what was written, want to go through any of this and think they could survive? Some will though, and some won’t .