THE BOOK OF REVELATION
The Revelation of Saint John the Divine
Let's begin this study on the book of Revelation by reading the first three verses, and then go back and take a closer look at each verse.
Rev. 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.
Rev. 1:2 “Who bare record of the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all the things he saw.”
Rev. 1:3 “Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
Before we begin dissecting these verses let's take a close look at the word “Revelation”. According to the American Heritage Dictionary the word “Revelation” means something revealed (past tense), or the act of revealing (present tense). It especially means a dramatic disclosure of something previously not known or realized.
Now in some translations the word “Apocalypse” is used in place of the word “Revelation”. And as you will see in a moment means the same thing as reveal. The word “reveal” can be broken down into two parts: RE- which means back, or back to a prior position or condition, and VEAL, which means veil or to cover. The word veil comes from weg in the appendix and means to weave a web, or curtain. Likewise the word Apocalypse can be broken down into two parts: APO- which means reversal, and CALYPSE- which means to cover or veil. So simply put both words mean to uncover, to unveil, to make known or to show.
When I think of a web or curtain I think of something shear that can be seen through, but not CLEARLY or easily seen through. A couple of scriptures came into my mind when I read the definition of the word reveal. The first verse I thought of was 1 Corinthians 13:12, which says,
“For now we see through a glass darkly (or in a riddle)...”
Then I thought of how things in the Old Testament are types and shadows of things to come. Even through a curtain a figure can be discerned if light is present. Also I thought of how Jesus spoke in parables to let every one hear the message of truth with their ear, but only those who were seeking truth would be able to hear and understand with their heart. God does not hide the truth from us, he simply places a veil over it so we will have to dig and search out the truth with the leading of the Holy Spirit. So let's begin this study in the book of Revelation with verse number one by breaking it down in shorter segments.
Rev. 1:1 "The Revelation of JESUS CHRIST, which God gave unto HIM..."
So then the question is this; Is the book of Revelation a revelation OF Jesus Christ as in the revealing of Jesus Christ, or does this mean that Almighty God gave a "REVELATION" to his Son Jesus? Perhaps BOTH are meant to be seen. To answer this question we need to know to whom the HIM is referring? In order to understand this verse or any verse for that matter you need to understand subject and pronoun use. What is being talked about and to whom is it directed?
Please notice that there are six pronouns used in this first verse and three subjects are being discussed. The first pronoun is HIM, so the question is, to whom is this pronoun referring? I believe this pronoun refers back to Jesus Christ, rather than John the divine, who wrote down this revelation that Almighty God gave to his Son Jesus. With this in mind here is what I believe this verse is saying thus far; Almighty God gave unto his Son Jesus Christ a Revelation. So then, now comes to mind the question of why? To answer this question let us read the next part of verse 1, which says,
Rev. 1:1 " ...to show unto HIS (his who? HIS) servants (God's servants) things which must shortly come to pass;..."
Here is what we have so far. God gave unto his Son Jesus Christ a revelation to SHOW unto us, God's servants. So what is this Revelation which Almighty God, the Father, gave to his Son Jesus Christ to give to us his servants? I believe it is several things. First of all, we see clearly from this verse that at least part of the revelation is the things which must shortly come to pass. But secondly I ALSO believe the phrase "the revelation OF Jesus Christ" refers to the revelation that Almighty God, the Father, has a Son and his name is Jesus. And thirdly I believe that the revelation is the revealing of Almighty God himself to mankind. We will look at all of these thoughts or interpretations a little closer in a moment, but first let's finish verse one.
Rev. 1:1 "...and he (again, he who?) sent and signified it (speaking of the Revelation that Almighty God gave to his Son Jesus) by his angel (who's angel? or who's MESSENGER seeing that the word angel also means messenger) unto his servant John?"
In this section of this verse I find two questions that need to be answered. The first question is who sent and signified the revelation? And the next question is by who's angel did he give this revelation to John? I believe the he who sent and signified the revelation is referring to Almighty God, the Father, and likewise the HIS angel is referring to the angel or the messenger of Almighty God the Father as well. With this in mind let's see what this verse is saying by paraphrasing in my own words.
"Almighty God the Father gave unto his Son a revelation to show unto his (God's) servants things that are going to take place shortly, and God sent and signified this revelation by sending his very own angel or MESSENGER, which I personally believe is referring to Almighty God's only begotten, Son Jesus Christ, to reveal or unveil the revelation that his God and Father gave to his Son to reveal or show unto John a servant of God."
Now the word "signified" here means to make known, a sign of. Jesus was a "sign" given to mankind to make known the Father. And the word "angel" is the Greek word "angelos", which means angel, or MESSENGER. This word can refer to a human messenger or a supernatural class of being that serve God. The American Heritage Dictionary defines messenger as one who is charged with transmitting a message. The word message means something sent, or to send, a communication.
Simply put, the word angel means messenger and messenger means angel. Jesus, the Son of God was Almighty God the Father's MESSENGER. They are virtually the same thing. So when you see the word angel replace it with the word messenger or one who is sent to communicate something. When I say that I believe the word "ANGEL" here is referring to Jesus I do NOT mean that Jesus is an angelic being. Clearly the word of God teaches us that the word of God took on the nature of man and not the nature of the angels and was given the name of Jesus, which we will take a closer look at in a moment.
The point that I want you to see is that in reality we are all angels or beings that serve God, who are sent by God to communicate the MESSAGE of God's love to the world. Jesus was sent by God to reveal who Almighty God the Father is. Jesus said if you have seen me then you have seen the Father. However, this is not all that God wants to reveal to us. God desires the world to know that he has a Son and more importantly that his Son's name is JESUS.
The name Jesus means YEHWEH SAVES or SAVIOR of YEHWEH. It also means the SALVATION of YEHWEH. You see, God desires that all men should come to the knowledge of the truth that Jesus is the only name given among men that men should be saved thereby. And God desire for all of mankind to know the truth that no man can come unto God the Father except they come through Jesus. So in essence the REVELATION of Jesus Christ is also the revealing to mankind that God has a Son and that God sent his very own only begotten Son into the world to redeem the world from sin. In others words, Almighty God himself has chosen to save mankind BY or THROUGH the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus the Christ or Jesus the ANOINTED one of Almighty God the Father.
Think of the word revelation as an announcement, an announcement of a Son. Luke 2:10 says,
“And the angel (messenger) said unto them, Fear not; for behold (look and see, in other words pay attention), I bring you good tidings (good news) of great joy, which shall be unto all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOR, which is Christ the Lord...”
God chose to save the world through his only begotten Son, and he wants to REVEAL, this truth to all of mankind, the Revelation OF Jesus Christ. But we ALSO see in this verse that God want to reveal to us THINGS that must SHORTLY come to pass. So then, from this phrase I see two questions, which are; What THINGS are going to be shown to us in this REVELATION of Jesus Christ, and What is meant by the phrase "SHORTLY come to pass?"
Now there are some Christians who teach what is called the preterist point of view which say that this phrase "must SHORTLY come to pass" means that the THINGS written in the book of Revelation have already taken place and that Jesus has already come in 70 AD, when the Roman army made Jerusalem desolate and destroyed the holy temple of God just as Jesus said in Matthew chapter 24. And then there are some Christians who teach that the second coming of Jesus is yet future. The word "preterist" simply means PAST in fulfillment and the word "futurist" means yet to be fulfilled in the future. And there are other Christians which are partial preterist, which believe some things have already been fulfilled but yet some things are yet to be fulfilled.
The preterist put a lot of emphasis upon this one word "SHORTLY" to support their line of reasoning that these things would be come to pass SOON, as in the lifetime of the apostles of Jesus.
The word "shortly" comes from two Greek words "EN" the Strong's number (1722) and "TACHOS" the Strong's number (5034). The Greek word "EN" as in, spatially means in, inside, at among, and with; and this same Greek word "EN" as in, logically means by means of, with, because of, and also this same Greek word "EN" as in, speaking of time means during or while. And the Greek word "TACHOS" means quickly, swiftly, momentarily, fast, shortly, and soon.
So to me, I see these combinations of Greek words that have been translation as "SHORTLY" as having different meanings. In other words, John could have been saying that these things must come to pass SOON and in, any day now, or John could have meant that when these things begin to come to pass then Jesus would be REVEALED from heaven quickly is a SHORT space of time. Please read 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 which teaches us that a portion of the second coming of Jesus will be in a MOMENT and in a TWINKLING of an eye or in other words, QUICKLY as in, SO FAST if you blinked you would miss it.
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption (in other words, in order for us to go into the kingdom of God we are going to need NEW spiritual bodies that do not die and decay like these flesh and blood bodies we now have, which is just one of many reason WHY I myself do NOT believe in the preterist point of view, because none of us actually have immortal bodies as yet. Therefore the second coming of Jesus is yet FUTURE).
51. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (meaning we shall not all die, or in other words, they will be BELIEVERS here on the earth that are alive when Jesus comes again. So then we shall not all die), but we shall ALL be CHANGED,
52. In a MOMENT, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be CHANGED. 53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal (or this flesh and blood body we now have that dies) must put on immortality (speaking of our obtaining ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come)."
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, the coming of our Lord coming "SHORTLY" to me is speaking of the QUICKNESS or RAPIDNESS of our CHANGE that take place when he comes. I want you to take a look at the end of the book of Revelation in chapter 22 that has almost the exact same wording as here in verse 1 of chapter 1. Please read Revelation 22:6,7 which says,
"And he ( referring to an angel or messenger, which I personally believe is Jesus) said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets (speaking of Almighty God) sent HIS angel (just like we saw in verse 1) to show unto HIS servants the things which must SHORTLY be done (As you can see we have almost the exact same wording as we just read in verse 1, but what I want to point out to you are the words of Jesus that immediately follow this statement of must SHORTLY be done or must SHORTLY come to pass).
7. Behold, I (referring to Jesus the one who is speaking these words to John, behold or take a close look as SEE or understand that I) come QUICKLY (as in, a MOMENT of time like the twinkling of and eye. Jesus said I come as LIGHTNING that flash from the east to the west): blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book."
I could go on and make an entire Bible study from this one verse of scripture showing you, the reader the errors of the reasoning of those who hole to the teachings of preterism, but that is not the purpose of this particular study of the book of Revelation a verse by verse study. So then for those who desire to have a deeper understanding of from the WHOLE word of God of WHY the view of the second coming of Jesus from the standpoint of the preterist is in error and therefore a false teaching, then please read the study called "WHAT IS PRETERISM?" But for now let's continue with verse two.
Rev.1:2 "Who bare record of the word of God, AND of the testimony of Jesus Christ, AND of all things that he saw."
Who is the "who" that bare record or wrote down what he saw as a record for US the servants of God? I believe that the who in this verse refers back to John in verse 1. Now I want to draw your attention to WHAT John bare record of. First he bore record of the WORD of God, or the WORDS spoken by Almighty God himself. Secondly he bore record of the TESTIMONY of Jesus or the words that Jesus testified to John. And thirdly he bore record of all of the things that he SAW. One of the things that I gleam from this verse is that Almighty God himself spoke to John, as well as, Jesus spoke to John. In other words, you will find that there were at least two who spoke to John in this book of Revelation. Later you will see that others spoke to John as well, but for now I want you to see that BOTH Almighty God the Father, AND his Son Jesus spoke to John in this book of revelation.
To gain the FULLNESS from God's word it is needful to discern the difference between Almighty God the Father and his Son Jesus. I know that most of us have been taught the doctrine of the trinity, which states that God is a triune being. The doctrine of the trinity states that there are three persons in the Godhead, but only ONE God, which the doctrine of the trinity goes on to state as being God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This doctrine also states that these three separate and distinct beings in the Godhead all are one and the same God. Therefore when we see the name Jesus in scripture we conclude that Jesus is God as in, Jesus is the ALMIGHTY God. In other words, the doctrine of the trinity states that these three persons are all God in that the are EQUAL in every way where none is greater than of less than the other.
However, I believe the Bible, speaking of the WHOLE word of God, teaches us something different than what the "DOCTRINE" of the trinity teaches us, but in order to see this truth you need to discern that there is a difference between Almighty God the Father and Jesus his Son. We will discuss this more in depth later on in this study as we come upon the verses that clearly show us a distinction between Almighty God the Father and his Son Jesus. If you would like to know more on this subject please read the study "THE DEITY OF JESUS AND THE TRINITY". Now please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I am NOT saying that I do not believe in the trinity, but rather I am saying I do not full AGREE with the entire man made "DOCTRINE" of the trinity, and trust me there is a bid difference. For now what I want you to see is that I do not believe that the word of TRUTH, the holy Bible teaches us that Jesus is THE ALMIGHTY God the FATHER. Even the man made "DOCTRINE" of the trinity teaches us that Jesus is NOT the FATHER and Almighty God the Father is NOT the SON. I want you to know that I do believe that Jesus is God, but I personally do NOT believe that Jesus is the ALMIGHTY God. Again this is a very deep and broad subject and I have written many studies on this topic if you would like to hear the WHOLE word of God on this matter, but for now let's continue with verse two, which again says,
" WHO (speaking of John) bare record of the WORD of GOD (referring to the words that Almighty God himself spoke to John) AND of the TESTIMONY of JESUS CHRIST (referring to that which was spoken to John by Jesus, the Christ), and all of the things that he (speaking of John) SAW."
The word "testimony" here means a declaration or affirmation of a fact or truth, and comes from the word "textis" which means witness. In verse 5 we find that Jesus Christ is the faithful WITNESS. Thirdly we see that John recorded all that he SAW. In summation verse two tells us that John recorded what he heard God Almighty himself say (who bare record of the WORD of GOD). Also we see that John heard another voice which he also bare record of, because of the conjunction AND for the TESTIMONY of Jesus Christ. Then finally we see John recording all that he SAW.
Rev. 1:3 Also tells us THREE things we must DO in ordered to be BLESSED.
"Blessed is he (who is the HE that is BLESSED? It is the he as in, WHOSOEVER) that READS AND HEARS (as in he who reads AND understands) the words of this prophecy, AND KEEPS those things which are written therein: for (or because) the time is at hand."
So then, in order for one to be blessed, he or she must first read the word of God for themselves or hear the word of God spoken to them by someone else, then secondly they must receive God's word, that is to say, they must HEAR God's word, as in, they must understand and believe the word of God that they have read or heard, then thirdly they must KEEP the word that is written, or act upon what they now believe.
In other words, we must without fail, be a doer of the word and not a hearer only deceiving our own self. We need to KEEP Gods word hidden in out hearts that we might not sin against him, for the time is at hand. What time? And what does the phase “is at hand” mean? I believe “the time” refers to the great and notable DAY of the Lord, the second coming of Jesus. And the phrase "is at hand" means that the day of the Lord is near or about to take place, so hear and understand and KEEP God's word in your heart.
Now some, like those who teach preterism, might say that I am contradicting myself by now saying that the coming of Jesus is NEAR or close at hand and earlier in this study I said that the word "shortly" means QUICKLY as is a moment of time so fast that if you blink you will miss it.
If you remember I said that this word that is translated as "SHORTLY" means both the Jesus is coming SOON and QUICKLY. The reader must keep in mind the God's word is like a jigsaw puzzle that has MORE than just ONE piece or one verse of scripture that paints the picture of what God is teaching us in his word. Very often in the studies that I write I will use the phrase the WHOLE word of God. And what I mean by this is that any verse when taken OUT of CONTEXT and viewed ALONE and APART for the WHOLE word of God may SEEM to say something that it is NOT TRULY saying. In other words, there are MANY pieces of the puzzle that must be put together PROPERLY in order to see the picture or the TRUTH that Almighty God has INTENDED for us to see.
With that being said I want to draw your attention to what God is teaching us in 2 Peter 3:8 which teaches us that our concept of TIME is NOT the SAME as it is to Almighty God.
"But, beloved, be NOT IGNORANT of this ONE THING (in other words this is VITALLY important that you UNDERSTAND), that ONE day is with the Lord AS a thousand years, and a thousand years AS one day."
So then, when Almighty God says in his WORD that these these must come to pass SHORTLY you must NOT be IGNORANT of the TRUTH that just a single day is as a THOUSAND YEARS to God and equally so a thousand years is as just ONE day. So do NOT be DECEIVED by those who place so must EMPHASIS on the SOON coming of our Lord which IS at hand or near to being fulfilled, but it is NOT NIGH even at the DOOR, because there are yet some SIGNS that need to be fulfilled first before we KNOW that SHORTLY Jesus will sound the trumpet and we which are alive and remain unto his coming shall be CHANGE in a MOMENT and a twinkling of an eye and be caught up to meet our Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. We will talk on this more later and for those who desire a deeper understanding on what I just said please read the studies called "THE GREAT TRIBULATION", "THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS" , "THE IMMINENT RETURN OF JESUS", and the any other related studies on the rapture of the church.
But for now let's continue this study by reading verses four, five and six of Revelation chapter 1.
Rev. 1:4 “JOHN to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Rev. 1:5 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us in his own blood,
Rev. 1:6 “ And has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
The first part of this verse, Rev.1:4 tells us that John is the one who is speaking or writing these words that he both heard and saw. And here in this verse we see that John of writing TO the seven churches which are IN ASIA. In other words, John is the narrator of what he has both heard and seen.
Rev. 4:1 "JOHN (who is writing or speaking these words that he both sees and hears) TO the seven churches, which are IN ASIA:..."
Remember in verse 2 we learned that John was recording from three sources, Almighty God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the things which John SAW. We also see in the first part of this verse that John is writing these words TO the SEVEN churches, which are IN ASIA. Now does this mean that without a doubt the this WORD of Almighty God has NOTHING whatsoever to do with US who are in the church or the body of Christ today? Absolutely NOT! Of course some who teach preterism will say that the Bible is NOT written to US personally, but rather the Bible teaches us about God. Do NOT be DECEIVED my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, for the word of TRUTH is in fact written to WHOSOEVER BELIEVES. You would not even be a believer if this holy Bible was not written to YOU. The TRUTH of the matter is that these words of Almighty God written in the book of Revelation are in, fact written to YOU and I, and to whomsoever BELIEVES. Yes, John was writing to the seven churches that were IN ASIA, but John is ALSO writing these very SAME words to US the church of TODAY as well, other wise you might as well throw the Bible away if you TRULY believe that it was written to ONLY these Christians of that day.
Now I also want you to notice in the latter part of verse 4 and the first part of verse 5 John records a greeting from three sources as well.
"Grace be unto you, and peace, from HIM (him who? HIM) which is. and which was, and which is to come;"
Who is the HIM which is, which was, and which is to come? Let's keep reading to find out.
"AND from the seven Spirits which are before HIS throne (which is referring back to the HIM who was, and is, and is to come THRONE. In other words, the HIM who sits upon the THRONE is the one who was, and who is, and who is to come);"
So again his who? Whose throne?. Again we must keep reading to find this out as well, because all we know for sure at this point is that it is the HIM who was, as is, and is to come that sits on the THRONE. Let us continue reading with verse 5, which says,
"AND from JESUS CHRIST, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten from the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood."
To sum it all up John sends greetings of grace and peace to the seven churches which are in Asia from number one; HIM which is, and which was, and which is to come; number two from the seven Spirits which are before HIS throne; and finally number three from Jesus Christ the Son of Almighty God. So then, from this verse we clearly see the trinity or more specifically the three DISTINCT persons of the Godhead. We see HIM that sits upon the THRONE, which we will learn later is THE ALMIGHTY God. We also see the seven Spirits, which are before the throne of Almighty God the Father, which I will explain later why there are SEVEN Spirits rather than ONE Spirit. And we also see that Jesus, the SON of Almighty God the Father. And it is ALL THREE who send this greeting to us, the church, by the way of John writing down what he both saw and heard.
This phase "which is, which was, and which is to come" or a similar phrase thereof is found five times in the book of Revelation. (Rev. 1:4, Rev. 1:8, Rev. 4:8, Rev. 11:17, Rev. 16:5) The first time this phrase is found is in Rev 1:4, which is the passage we just read. In this passage of scripture it appears at first to be referring to Jesus Christ as the one which is, which was, and which is to come. However, upon closer examination, I personally find without a doubt that all these phrases are referring to Almighty God the Father himself. I am sure that you will see this also as we continue this study in the book of Revelation verse by verse. Let's finish examining verse 6 and, then continue reading verses 7 and eight.
Verse 6 says,
"And has made us kings and priests unto God (speaking of Almighty God) and HIS Father (whose Father?): to HIM (to him who?) be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Verse 6 is speaking of Jesus Christ who has made us kings and priests unto his God and Father. Also notice that John, who is recording what he heard and saw emphasizes that God Almighty is the Father of Jesus Christ, so this truth must be of importance, because we see it over and over throughout the New Testament writings. In other words, I firmly do NOT agree with the false teaching of ONENESS or modalism, which teach that Jesus IS ALMIGHTY God the FATHER and Almighty God the FATHER IS Jesus. In other words, the man made ONENESS DOCTRINE teaches that there is only ONE God that manifests himself in three WAYS much like a human father is ALSO a SON, and BOTH father and son are the SAME person, but manifest himself differently. In other words, when he is acting as father he has authority as the father. But when he is acting as the son he is not acting as the father. Anyway another FALSE teaching simply because the TRUTH of this DISTINCTION between Almighty God and his SON Jesus is not properly be discern by those who teach these false doctrines of men.
Now if the distinction is kept between God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ is maintained throughout the scriptures many other truths will be revealed as well. But if this distinction is not discerned and maintained, then some truth will not be as easily to be seen. Please keep reading and you will see want I mean. I believe the HIM in this verse is referring to Almighty God the Father, rather than his Son Jesus Christ in the last part of verse 6 when it says,
"...to HIM be the glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Why do I say this? Well throughout the gospels Jesus always gave glory to his Father and never excepted glory to himself, so why start now? Also it will become clearer that Almighty God who sit upon the throne is the one who receives glory throughout the book of Revelation as we continue reading the entire context from which this verse is found and then compare it with the other references that contain this phrase
"...which is, which was, and which is to come."
So let's continue reading.
Rev. 1:7 "Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindred of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."
Rev. 1:8 " I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord, which is, which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
Here is this same phrase again. This is the second time we find this phrase "which is, which was, and which is to come", which this time we CLEARLY see that it is speaking of THE ALMIGHTY as the ONE who was, and is, and is to come. And again this phrase at first appears to be referring to Jesus, because in verse 7 the HIM, who they pierced is obviously speaking of Jesus, and also we know from other verses in the Bible that Jesus is coming again a second time with clouds of glory. Also when we see the words Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end we think of Jesus, because of what we have been previously TAUGHT.
However, if you will bear with me and hear the WHOLE matter you will CLEARLY see that this phrase, "which is, which was, and which is to come", that refers back to the one who is SPEAKING, which is the LORD, THE ALMIGHTY who says of himself, "I am Alpha and Omega" is NOT referring to Jesus the SON of the Almighty God the FATHER. Let us take these verses piece by piece and soon you will see what I am talking about.
Verse 7 says,
"Behold he comes with clouds;"
Who is the HE that is coming with clouds? Well I don't know about you, but I have always been taught that it is Jesus who is coming again with great clouds of glory. And certainly the next part of this verse supports this truth, because we know without a doubt that it was Jesus who was pierced with a sword in his side to see if he was already dead on the cross so that it would be fulfilled that none of his bones were broken. You see it was the custom of the Roman soldiers to break the legs of those being crucified to make absolutely sure that they were dead before they were taken down off the cross.
So obviously, some Christians make the assumption that since verse 7 is referring to Jesus, then verse 8 must ALSO be referring to Jesus. Therefore some Christians conclude that Jesus is THE ALMIGHTY God, and thus the FATHER, simply because of a FALSELY assuming that Jesus is the LORD that is speaking in this verse saying "I am the Alpha and the Omega. This is why it is important to keep the scriptures in the context from which they are found and read the ENTIRE context and then COMPARE scripture with other scripture. So then, let's keep reading verses 9 through15.
Rev. 1:9 "I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle of Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."
Rev. 1:10 " I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,"
Rev. 1:11 "Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and what you see, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodecia.
Rev. 1:12 "And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Rev. 1:13 "And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son on man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle."
Rev. 1:14 " His head and his hairs were white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Rev. 1:15 "And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters."
Here is one of the reason WHY I myself personally believe that verse 8 is referring to God Almighty rather than Jesus his Son, even though when on the surface it APPEARS to be referring to Jesus. And despite the fact that even in some red letter additions of the Bible these letters are in RED, which is supposed to indicate that Jesus is the one who is speaking. I will explain more on this later, but for now I want you to notice that in these verses (Rev. 1:9-15) that we just read that John heard from TWO distinct and DIFFERENT voices. The FIRST voice John heard was the voice God himself, that is to say the first voice is that of God the Father, THE ALMIGHTY God. And the SECOND voice that John heard was the voice of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of man, our brother and fellow servant who OBEY and KEPT the word of Almighty God the Father just like we are commanded to kept God's word.
Please notice in verse 10 that John hears a great voice BEHIND him. Also notice that this voice is described as a great voice as of a trumpet. Now notice that when John HEARD this first voice that was as a great voice as of a trumpet that John turned to SEE who the voice was coming from, but when John turned to SEE who was speaking he saw someone with a DIFFERENT voice, who later in this passage of scripture we clearly see as being Jesus the Son of Almighty God the Father.
Look at the last part of verse 15, which says,
" And HIS voice as the sound of many waters."
Notice that John makes a distinction between the TWO voices by calling this second voice HIS voice and then goes on to give us a DIFFERENT description of what this SECOND voice sound like, which is as the SOUND of many waters. This second voice can be clearly seen as the voice of the one who was like unto the SON of MAN in verse 13. Jesus referred to himself over 80 times as being the son of man. So this second voice is clearly the voice of Jesus Christ the Son of God, who is also called twice as many times as the Son of MAN than he is called the Son of God.
But who is the FIRST voice? I myself believe without a doubt that the first voice , which is a great voice as the sound of a trumpet, is in fact the voice of Almighty God himself, God the Father. And here is why I believe this.
Let's jump ahead to Rev. 4:1 for a moment to shed a little more light on WHY I personally believe John is recording TWO distinct and completely DIFFERENT voices from TWO distinct and completely different persons here in the book of Revelation.
Rev. 4:1 "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the FIRST VOICE which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, come up hither, and I will show you things which must be hereafter."
This voice described here in Rev. 4:1 is referred to as the FIRST voice that John heard implying that John had to hear at least one other voice, or a SECOND voice, because the mere meaning of the word FIRST demands that there be at least a SECOND if not a third and so forth. Also notice that John describes this FIRST voice in Rev. 4:1 the same exact way as in Rev.1:10, which is as a voice as it were of a TRUMPET. So then, to WHOM does this FIRST voice, as of a TRUMPET belong?
Well if you keep reading it will become blatantly CLEAR that this FIRST voice, as of a trumpet, is the voice of the Lord God THE ALMIGHTY that sits on the throne, which is, and which was, and which is to come and who say I the LORD am the Alpha and the Omega, and that that this FIRST voice is NOT the voice of Jesus the SON of Almighty God the Father. Read Rev. 4:2, Rev. 4:8,9. Rev. 5:1, and Rev. 5:6,7, and then put them all together. This is what is known as keeping this verse in question in the context of where it is found and then comparing scripture with scripture to see if the INTERPRETATION that you arrived at does not contradict the WHOLE word of God.
Rev. 4:2 "And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a THRONE was set in heaven, and ONE sat on the throne."
Who is the ONE that is sitting on the throne?
Rev. 4:8,9 "...Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give GLORY and honor and thanks to HIM that SAT on the THRONE, who lives for ever and ever."
Notice that this verse clearly states that it is the Lord God Almighty who is the one who is sitting on the throne. And again we see this same phrase "which was, and is, and is to come", who we now know is without a doubt speaking of the LORD GOD THE ALMIGHTY, who we also know spoke the words, "I am Alpha and Omega". But we do not KNOW without a doubt AS YET that this FIRST voice is NOT Jesus the Son of Almighty God.
However if we tie all these verses together along with the ones following, then we will CLEARLY see that Jesus is NOT ALMIGHTY God the FATHER, which again even the man made "DOCTRINE" of the trinity also plainly states that Jesus is NOT the FATHER and the FATHER is NOT the SON.
Rev. 5:1 " AND I saw in the right hand of HIM (speaking of Almighty God, the Father, himself) that sat upon the THRONE a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals."
Rev. 5:6,7 "And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a LAMB as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And HE (referring to the Lamb that was slain, Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God the Father) came and took the book out of the right hand of HIM (where the HIM here is speaking of Almighty God the Father himself) that sat upon the THRONE."
It seems apparent to me that if John who was told to record what he both heard and saw, then we ought to pay attention to what John wrote down. Also it seems to me that if John saw the importance of maintaining a CLEAR distinction between Almighty God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, then we too should as well keep them separate as two distinct beings and NOT by traditions and doctrine of men FALSELY teach the Jesus IS THE ALMIGHTY God the FATHER as done the FALSE doctrine of ONENESS or modalism. This is NOT just my opinion, because throughout the New Testament you will find that the early church maintained a clear distinction between God the Father and Jesus his Son. If you would like to study this topic more in-depth I have written a study devoted entirely to the "THE DEITY OF JESUS AND THE TRINITY" along with "JESUS THE SON OF MAN". But for now, so as not to get off too deep on another subject, let's go back and continue this verse by verse study on the book of Revelation. Let's pick it back up with Rev. 1:11, which says,
"Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you SEE, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea."
In my Bible the words of Jesus are written in RED, which I said earlier that in some translations and Bible the letters in RED are put there by the TRANSLATORS to indicate that Jesus is the one who is speaking. But as you have already seen by keeping the verse in question the context of where it is found and then comparing scripture with scripture it is made clear to us that the TRANSLATORS mad a MISTAKE in verse 8. We also see that verse 11 is written in RED, so therefore one might obviously conclude that because verse 11 is written in RED letters, then it MUST be Jesus who is speaking, because we were TAUGHT that the RED letters mean that Jesus is speaking according to the TRANSLATORS.
However, based on what we just learned we can clearly see from the SCRIPTURES, the one who is speaking in verse 11, is Almighty God the Father and NOT Jesus Christ as we were led to believe by the RED letters. So then, verse 11 is Almighty God himself telling John to write down in a book what he sees and then send it to the seven churches that are in Asia. Also in verse 11 we are given by name these seven churches. Now I myself personally believe that these are seven literal churches that were present in John's day. You can Google this yourself and see on a map of that time in history the name of these seven church which are in Asia, which is now known as Turkey on a modern map. I also personally believe that the characteristics that each of these seven churches possessed can be traced through different periods of history. And I also personally believe that some if not all of these characteristics of these seven churches which were in Asia are found to be present in the many different churches or the many different denominations of the church of today. We will study this more in-depth as we cover each of the seven churches.
In Rev.1:12 we see John turning to SEE the voice that that spoke with him that sounded as a great voice like a trumpet, but instead John SEES seven golden candlesticks. We don't have to speculate on what these seven golden candlesticks represent, because we are plainly told this in Rev.1:20
"...and the seven golden candlesticks which you saw ARE the seven churches."
In Rev. 1:13 we see one like unto the Son of man standing in the midst, that is to say, in the middle of, or among the seven golden candlesticks. The last part of verse 13 and in verses 14 and 15 we are given a description of this Son of man. You might find it interesting to compare this description with the one found in Danial 10:5,6. Again I myself personally believe this person John is describing is Jesus, the Son of man, the Son of God, and Daniel seems to be describing the SAME person as well. Let us read Daniel 10:5,6 first before we continue on with Revelation 1:14,15.
Daniel 10:5,6 "Then I (Daniel) lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain MAN clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
6. His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude."
In verse 15 we are told that John hears this OTHER voice which John distinguishes as being a DIFFERENT voice by using the words, " HIS voice". Now we have already determine was the SECOND voice that John heard and described as a voice of MANY WATERS. And we have also concluded that this voice is the voice of Jesus the Son of MAN. I am going to jump ahead in the book of Revelation again to show you that the word "WATERS" is sometimes used as a symbol meaning a MULTITUDE, which matches perfectly will this passage of scripture in the book of Daniel. Please read Revelation 17:15, which teaches us that many waters could be read as " a great multitude", which again I find interesting when I compare it with Daniel 10:6 "...and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude."
Rev. 17:15 "And he said unto me, The WATERS which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and MULTITUDES, and nations, and tongues."
So then, MANY WATERS wold be the same as MANY MULTITUDES or many people. Again before we get to far off the subject let's get back on track and continue this verse by verse study by reading Rev.1:16-20 and then take each verse one by one to discover what the word of God is teaching us.
Rev. 1:16 "And he had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword; and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength."
Rev. 1:17 "And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:"
Rev. 1:18 "I am he that lives, that was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and I have the keys of hell and of death."
Rev. 1:19 "Write these things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Rev. 1:20 "The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in MY right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels (messengers) of the seven churches; and the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches."
In verse 16 we see another clue that points to this SECOND voice as being Jesus. The phrase
"and out of HIS mouth went a sharp two edged sword."
Compare this verse 16 with Rev.19:15, which says,
"And out of HIS mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations..."
We know this verse is referring to Jesus because of verse 13 and verse 16 of Revelation chapter 19, which tell us this:
"And HE was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God."
Jesus is called the word of God in John 1:14. And Rev.19:16 goes on to say,
"And HE has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords."
The LAMB is called the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings in Rev. 17:14, which says,
"These shall make war with the LAMB, and the LAMB shall over come them: for HE (speaking of the LAMB that was slain) is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."
Now we know that the LAMB that was slain is speaking of Jesus, therefore we draw all these other conclusions by comparing scripture with scripture. With that being said let us get back to chapter 1. The opening phase in Rev.1:17 sounds a lot like Daniel 10:9, which I will place for you side by side, so that you can compare them together.
Rev. 1:17 "And when I saw HIM, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not:..."
Daniel 10:9-12 "Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.
10. And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
11. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto you, and stand upright: for unto you am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
12. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you did set your heart to understand , and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I am come for your words."
Now please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I am NOT saying that the one who TOUCHED Daniel is Jesus, because clearly the one who TOUCHED Jesus is and ANGELIC BEING that Michael one of the archangels came to helped this angel get through to answer Daniel's prayer. I just wanted to point out that sometimes it is very difficult to discern who is speaking and who is touching. I believe Daniel 10 verse 9 is Jesus who is speaking, but in verse ten Daniel says, and BEHOLD, which to me could indicate a different being into the picture as the one who TOUCHED Daniel. You see, how wrong ASSUMPTIONS can lead to FALSE doctrine such as the Jehovah's Witness and the Mormons FALSELY teaching that Jesus was an ANGELIC being that Almighty God sent to become the son of man.
Also in this verse 17 of Revelation chapter 1 Jesus says of himself,
"...I am the first and the last".
This could mean that Jesus is the FIRST and the LAST man to DIE for the sins of the people. I personally believe that Jesus is the FIRST and the LAST to be highly exalted to sit on the throne of Almighty God to rule and reign over the kingdom of God. Again this is a study in and of itself, but I do explain some of my thoughts in the studies relating to Jesus. But for now let us continue with the next verse in Revelation chapter 1.
In Rev. 1:18 we see that Jesus died and now is alive for evermore, and that he holds the keys of hell and death. In other words, the keys symbolize that Jesus possesses all authority over hell and death.
Rev. 1:18 "I am he that lives, that was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and I have the keys of hell and of death."
To ME, the one who is speaking is clearly Jesus who is the FIRSTBORN from the dead of many brethren. We know from other verses in the bible that Jesus went into the heart of the earth to preach the gospel to the dead of the Old Testament so that they could be SAVED by the ONLY NAME under heaven given among men whereby they MUST be SAVED. And here is Rev. 1:18 we see that while Jesus was down in the belly of the earth he conquered death and the grave and rose victoriously with the KEYS of hell and death.
In verse 19 we see Jesus telling John to write down everything that he has already seen up to this point, to write down every thing that is happening in the present, and to write down everything that he sees that will take place in the future.
Rev. 1:19 "Write these things which you have seen, AND the things which ARE, AND the things which SHALL BE hereafter;
In other words, there will be SOME things that are written in the book of Revelation which are ALREADY PAST history. AND there will be SOME things written that were PRESENT HISTORY in John's day. AND there will be many things in the book of Revelation that are YET FUTURE.
Then in verse 20 we see Jesus giving us the meaning of the symbols John saw earlier.
Rev. 1:20 "The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in MY right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars ARE the angels (or the messengers) of the seven churches; and the seven candlesticks which you saw ARE the seven churches."
As we read through the book of Revelation you will see other places were the Bible will interpret itself just as it has interpreted FOR us the MYSTERY of the seven stars BEING the angels or the messengers of the seven churches and the seven golden candle sticks BEING the seven churches. The angels or the messengers of the seven churches could be speaking of the Pastors and teaches that God has set in the churches to equip the saints for ministry. Or it could literally be speaking of Angelic beings that are assigned to be ministering spirits of those of us who are to be the heirs of salvation as we are told in Hebrews 1:13,14 which says,
"But to which of the ANGELS said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?
14. Are THEY (speaking of the ANGELIC beings) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
Or the angels could be each and every one of us as being MESSENGERS of the gospel of Jesus Christ, because as you will soon see each letter that Jon writes to each church opens speaking to that INDIVIDUAL church, but each letter always ends speaking to the CHURCHES as in ALL the seven churches as a WHOLE.
This concludes chapter one, which brings us to chapter 2 and chapter 3 of the book of Revelation where we find the letters that John wrote to the seven churches which are in Asia.
Here are some things that I have found that are common with all seven letters.
Let's go back to verse one of chapter two and take a closer look at each verse. I only feel comfortable sharing my opinion when I can back it up with others scriptures so you may find that I skip over a lot of things. So if you have any questions please feel free to stop me at any time and I will do my best to answer your questions as the Holy Spirit brings more things to light. You can email me with your question if you have any.
Rev. 2:1 " UNTO the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things says he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;"
In the book of Revelation the word SEVEN is used 54 times. The number 7 is identified with the meaning of perfection, completeness or maturity. If you would like to know more about the number 7, then please read the study called "THE AMAZING NUMBER 7". The question has been asked, "Is there more than one true church?" I believe that the body of Christ is ONE body with many members. Each member has their own function or purpose in the body just as each different denomination throughout history has had a part in the function of the body of Christ, which is basically to spread the gospel. So even though we are told of SEVEN churches I believe these seven churches are ONE in mind and purpose, just as there are MANY different churches in the world today, but we all basically have the same fundamental message that Jesus died for our sins and we are saved by BELIEVING this simple message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The wording RIGHT HAND shows us authority such as the right hand of God. Jesus is holding the seven stars in his right hand showing us that the seven churches are the authority of God in all the earth. And Jesus walking in the midst of the churches signifies that it is through Jesus, and in the NAME of Jesus that we have this authority. For a deeper understanding of this authority please read the studies entitled "IN THE NAME OF JESUS" and "THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER"
The phrase "seven golden candlesticks" can be compared to Zechariah 4:1-14. In this passage of scripture we see the seven golden candlesticks all connected as one. These verses are describing the candlestick that God gave specific instructions on how to make in Exodus 25:31-37. Verse 36 of Exodus tells us that this candlestick of seven lamps shall be ONE beaten work of PURE GOLD. The only way to get PURE gold is to try it in the fire seven times. In Zechariah 4:9,10 we see that these seven lamps of this candlestick of pure gold are the EYES of the Lord, which run to and fro in all the earth.
"The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.(Now I personally believe that this is a prophecy and a type or shadow of Jesus, because Jesus is the one who builds the house of God made without hands speaking of us the church being the temple of the living God. We also know that Jesus is the author and FINISHER of our faith)
10. For who has despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel WITH those SEVEN; they (speaking of us the church that with judge the angels and the wicked WITH Jesus) ARE the EYES of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth."
The church is the body of Christ. We are his hands, his feet, his voice, and his eyes. In other words, we, the church, are the seven EYES, which are the seven SPIRITS that are before the Lord that are spoken about in Revelation 1:4 where John send us greeting from the seven Spirits that are before the throne of God, and then is Revelation 5:6, which says,
"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven EYES, which ARE the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth (or which run to and fro in the whole earth)."
We the church are the BODY of Christ. We are in essence the hands feet EYES and mouth or voice for the Lord.
Rev. 2:2 "I know your WORKS, and your labor and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil; and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and has found them liars:
This verse tells us that Jesus knows our WORKS both good and bad. He begins by exhorting us with a word of praise, because we would not tolerate sin among us. Even those that claimed to be Christians who we found to be liars by judging the fruit that they bore we separated ourselves from them, so that the leaven would not leaven the whole lump. Now I want you to play close attention to how much EMPHASIS Jesus places on our WORKS and how we MUST without fail OVER COME if so be we desire to receive the reward that Jesus promises to ONLY those of us who OVER COME.
Rev. 2:3 "And has borne, and has patience, and for my name's sake has labored, and has NOT fainted.
To me this verse is saying sometimes we have to sit patiently and bear hearing things that we don't agree with, because we represent the name of Jesus, and to make a scene, so to speak, would be bringing shame to his name. So for his name's sake it is sometimes better to sit patiently and listen, but we are not to faint or compromise what we know to be the truth. One thing I have learned that once I share the TRUTH that God has revealed to me, I then let God do his work in the individual, because arguing and getting into strife seems to only cause division. I have found that the TRUTH will always rise up and shine forth in the end, even though sometimes at the beginning it is rejected at first. Be PATIENT and suffer the mocking for our Lord's name sake and do NOT faint in what you have been shown by the Holy Spirit to be the TRUTH.
Rev. 2:4 "Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love."
After first finding something positive to say about us Jesus then gives us a reprimand. Jesus warns us to be careful of leaving our first love. I personally believe that our first love is the enthusiasm and zeal we all possessed when we first came to know Jesus as our personal savior. This is something I find that I must continually stir up within myself. Love is the driving force behind all that we do. Paul said you can have all faith, even faith to move mountains, but without love you are nothing. The Bible tells us that even our faith works BY LOVE. Please read Galatians 5:6,which says,
"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but FAITH which WORKS BY LOVE."
We all need to examine our hearts to see if our motives are directed BY LOVE.
Rev. 2:5 "Remember therefore from whence you are fallen, and REPENT, and DO the first WORKS; OR ELSE I will come unto you quickly, and will REMOVE your candlestick out of his place, except you repent."
Every time we slip and fall into sin we need to repent immediately and do the first works. I don't know about you, but when I first came to know the Lord I was consumed with finding out what pleased God, and then I focused all my energy on doing that which God showed me to do. Walking free from sin was my primary focus. Thinking back I believe the first sin that God dealt with me about was that of lying. Being a man of integrity became my driving passion. Once integrity became my love and lying was no more a temptation like it used to be, then stealing, the lust of the flesh and anything that was not the truth began falling away, because I learn how to speak TRUTH in every are of my life. I spoke God's word to myself and the enemy even though the enemy kept trying to make me think that I was lying, because what I was speaking forth was not yet manifested in my life. My lifestyle began to change. People began to see a difference in me. I was a new creature. For a deeper understanding of what I mean by this please read the study entitled "THE POWER OF OUR WORDS!"
The point I am trying to make is that if there is sin in your life, REPENT. To repent means to make a complete turn around and go the other way. Please see the study "TRUE BIBLICAL REPENTANCE" for a deeper understanding on this subject of repentance. We can not take the word of God lightly! When Jesus returns for his church and he finds us to have sin in our lives he will REMOVE the candlestick from us and we will be cast into outer darkness. Take heed to the words Jesus spoke us, Depart from me you that WORK INIQUITY, or you who are living in SIN, because it will be like I never knew you if you have sin in your life when you die or when I come again in a moment and a twinkling of an eye!
Rev. 2:6 "But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate."
In other words, I will say this much for you that you hate the DEEDS of the Nicholaitans which I myself also hate. Now I don't remember where I heard this, but I heard that the Nicolaitians liked to lord over the people. That is to say, those in authority in the church would abuse their power and cause the LAITY, which are the ordinary people in the congregation, to serve them, rather than those in authority serving the people. Strong's exhaustive concordance defines Nicolaitians as followers of Nicolas. The word Nicolas means victor over the people. In other words, separating God's people into two classes, the ruling class known as the clergy, and the common people known as the laity. Something to think about. Jesus said I come not to be served, but rather to serve.
Rev. 2:7 "He that has an ear, let him HEAR (or play close attention to and truly understand) what the Spirit says unto the CHURCHES (plural meaning each and every one of us): To him that OVER COMES will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
I believe we not only need to hear what the Spirit is saying in these letters to the churches, which is to ALL believers, but we must also hear and obey that small still voice of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us, who leads and guides us into all truth and bears witness with our spirit the things that are true. We need to search the scriptures daily to find out for ourselves if what we are being taught by others is truly and soundly based upon the word of God. Also play very CLOSE ATTENTION to the promise that Jesus make to ONLY those of us in the church that OVER COME!. Jesus says to ONLY those of us who OVER COME that he will give to us ETERNAL LIFE. In other words, if you do NOT over come and you do NOT repent and you are NOT found to be that good and faithful servant that endures unto the END, then Jesus will NOT give you the right to eat of the tree of life. You will NOT inherit the promise of ETERNAL LIFE. Do NOT be DECEIVED bt the FALSE teaching of once saved always saved. For an exhaustive in-depth study in God's word that puts forth all the evidence on both sides of this highly controversial subject of the O.S.A.S. doctrine against the clear word of Almighty God that plainly teaches that the latter part of our salvation is CONDITIONAL upon our WORKS please read the study "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED THEN THEY ARE ALWAYS SAVED?" This brings us to the end of the letter to the church Ephesus.
Rev. 2:8 "And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things says the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;"
This phrase "The first and the last" is found seven times in the Bible (Rev. 1:11, Rev. 1:17, Rev. 2:8, Rev. 22:13, Isaiah 44:4, Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 48:12). And of these seven times three are found to be Jesus speaking and I myself personally believe the remaining four refer to Almighty God the Father. This one found in this passage is definitely referring to Jesus as the one who is speaking. This phrase, the first and the last, may be interpreted that Jesus existed before he was born of the virgin Mary and became flesh. We also see that Jesus died, but now Jesus is alive for evermore. I talk more in depth on this phrase, the first and the last, in the study on the deity of Jesus. Also this phase "the first and the last" refers to Jesus being the first man offer himself as a sacrifice to redeem mankind back to God and Jesus is the last man that will ever need to be offered as a sacrifice for mankind.
Rev. 2:9 "I know your WORKS, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan."
Jesus knows our WORKS and the things we suffer. He knows those who are in poverty, but he tells them that they are rich. Now there are two schools of thought here. It could be that Jesus was saying though you be poor in the eyes of the world you are rich in me. In other words, your circumstances do not determine your joy. Or Jesus could be saying, Let the redeemed say so. In other words, Jesus is saying I see your poverty BUT why? Can you not see that I have provided your every need, so why are you choosing to live in this state of poverty when I have made you rich. Again something to think about. There will be those that say they are Christians but whose actions prove otherwise. And there will be those that say they are Jews, but are followers of the god of this world, Satan.
Rev. 2:10 "Fear none of those things which you shall SUFFER; behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be you FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, and I will give you a crown of life."
Jesus exhorts us not to FEAR any of those things we may SUFFER. Now nobody really likes the idea that we will have to suffer some persecutions and such for believing in the one true God and sharing the gospel or this good news with others. Some of us may suffer prison and others death, but no matter what we suffer we must be found FAITHFUL unto death BEFORE we can be crowned with ETERNAL LIFE. The thing that I want to point out to you is that Jesus warns us to hold fast and be FAITHFUL unto DEATH, which tells me that there is going to be some pretty SEVERE SUFFERING for the sake of the gospel. And unless we remain faithful unto the end we will NOT obtain eternal life in the world to come. We cannot just read over verses like these and pretend they mean something else. The plain and simple TRUTH is that if we DENY that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for our sins and was raised from the dead, then Jesus will DENY us, For a deeper understanding of this please read the study "DOES the BIBLE TEACH that ONCE YOU ARE SAVED THEN YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?" . But for now let us continue with this study. The word crown in the Greek is "Stephanos", which means victory wreath, and is translated 7 times as Stephen. The word crown in all its forms is found 85 times in the Bible. The number 85 can be written as 5x17, where the number 17 is associated with victory and the number 5 is the number for grace. It is only through grace that is given to us from Almighty God through faith that we can attain victory over sin and receive eternal life in the world to come.
The question has been asked will we actually receive a literal golden crown to wear, or is it just a symbol showing that we have victory and authority over Satan? Either way I believe all the glory and honor will be given back to him that sits on the throne, Almighty God, the Father, himself. Revelation 4:10 says it this way,
"The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives for ever and ever, and CAST their CROWNS before the throne, saying,
11. You are worthy, O Lord, to receive GLORY and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created."
Now again these crowns may be literal crowns or they may be symbolic crowns, as in as we give glory honor and praise to Almighty God for the gift of eternal life we are in essence casting our crowns before him. The word of God teaches us that we who are found to be faithful will receive the CROWN of LIFE. Please read James 1:12, which teaches us that ONLY the ones who ENDURE temptation shall be BLESSED by receiving the CROWN of LIFE or ETERNAL LIFE.
"Blessed is the man that ENDURES temptation: for when he is tried , he shall receive the CROWN of LIFE, which the Lord has promised to them that LOVE him."
So then from this verse of scripture I myself personally do not necessarily see that the CROWN of life is a LITERAL physical crown that we will were. It may be, but I cannot say for sure one way or the other. Here is one more verse I found that may give us some more insight. Please read Revelation 2:10, which says,
"Fear none of those things which thou shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be you FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, and I will give you a CROWN of LIFE?
Still to ME, I see this CROWN be a representation for ETERNAL LIFE and NOT a literal CROWN. Here is one final verse that causes me to think along these lines. Please read Revelation chapter 3 and verse 10, which says,
"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your CROWN."
To ME, this verse if saying be SURE that no man DECEIVE you into losing your promise of ETERNAL LIFE. There are a couple of verses in Ezekiel chapter 21 that hint at the wicked having a crown right now in this world, which we can obviously see that the wicked are not wearing literal crowns. Then when the wickedness is come to full their crowns will be taken from them and given to the righteous and lowly at heart. Moving on to the next verse.
Rev. 2:11 "He that has an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit says unto the churches; He that OVER COMES shall NOT be hurt of the second death.
Again only he that OVERCOMES shall receive eternal life and be free from the power of the second death. This is vitally IMPORTANT, so please do NOT take this lightly, because IF a true born again Christian does NOT ENDURE unto the END by REMAINING FAITHFUL to God and his word, then THAT UNFAITHFUL Christian will NOT RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE in the end, but will be cast out into outer darkness to await the SECOND DEATH.
DO NOT be DECEIVED by the FALSE DOCTRINE of ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED!
Again please read the detailed Biblical SOUND in-depth study on this subject entitled "Does the BIBLE teach that ONCE a person is SAVED, then they are ALWAYS SAVED?"
Getting back to the subject at hand, so what exactly is the second death? We know from 1 Corinthians 15:26 that the last enemy to be destroyed is DEATH. And in Revelation chapter 20 we see that DEATH and HELL are cast in the lake of fire along with all those who were not found written in the book of life, and this is called the SECOND DEATH. Now I believe that at this point all of mankind, that is to say, all of HUMAN kind, that has DISOBEYED the word of God will be RESURRECTED from the dead to face JUDGMENT and will be been found GUILTY before Almighty God in their SIN. Then these WICKED of human kind will be DESTROYED in the lake of fire. In other words, all of the WICKED of human kind will NOT RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE, but rather will be DESTROYED in the lake of fire, which is the SECOND DEATH. Please read Revelation 20:6 first, then we will skip down to verse 14
"Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the SECOND DEATH has NO POWER, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."
So then, you DEFINITELY want to be one who takes part in the FIRST resurrection, which I will explain when we get to this verse later on in this study, but for now read verse14, which tells us that the SECOND DEATH is the lake of FIRE.
"And death and hell were cast into the LAKE of FIRE. THIS is the SECOND DEATH."
Now on the other hand it MAY be that all of the FALLEN ANGELS, who were ALREADY ETERNAL beings will SUFFER for all eternity in this lake of fire, because they are ALREADY ETERNAL beings. But again it may be that Satan the Devil and all the fallen angels will be DESTROYED as well in the lake of fire. Now one of the scripture verses that I myself kind of see that the fallen angel MAY, and I emphasis the word MAY suffer eternally in the lake of fire, because their are other verses that show us that Satan will be DESTROYED. Anyway here is Revelation 14:10, which says,
"The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out WITHOUT MIXTURE 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:"
Now the words, "WITHOUT MIXTURE" I believe SEPARATE the WRATH of God that is being poured out on the FALLEN ANGELS from the WRATH of God being poured out upon FALLEN MANKIND. YES fallen man will receive TORMENT with FIRE, but I do NOT believe this TORMENT will be a forever and ever TORMENT of SUFFERING in an ETERNAL FIRE of HELL as some Christians teach. Number one, because HELL and DEATH are cast INTO this lake of FIRE to be DESTROYED. YES, the JUDGMENT will be ETERNAL, in that, once the JUDGMENT is made there will be ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE of a REVERSAL. In other words, this judgment is FINAL and has no chance of an appeal. So in that respect, the JUDGMENT is ETERNAL. Another verse that I believe supports my belief is the very next verse Revelation 14:11 which says,
"And the SMOKE of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have NO REST day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.
Now to me it is clear that the SMOKE of their TORMENT of being DESTROYED in the lake of fire is what LASTS for all ETERNITY as a REMINDER for all those who REMAINED FAITHFUL to God never to REBEL against his commands. And the fact that they have or that they RECEIVE NO REST to me simple means that they do NOT RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE EVER. In other words, no matter how many days go by, they will NEVER EVER be given ETERNAL LIFE who worship the beast and his image and whosoever receives the mark of his name. Sorry, but at this time I do not have an in-depth study written out on this subject of HELL and the doctrine of ETERNAL TORMENT. But I believe that this man made DOCTRINE of eternal hell fire has caused many to leave the faith and many to never embrace the faith. I believe it is a FALSE DOCTRINE and I will address it in the near future if I am led to do so by the Holy Spirit. But for now, let us return to our verse by verse study in Revelation.
This brings us to the end of the letter to Smyrna and the beginning of the letter to Pergamos.
Rev. 2:12 "And to the angel of the church of Pergamos write; These things says he which has the sharp sword with two edges;"
Hebrews 4:12 says,
"For the WORD of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any TWO EDGED SWORD, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and morrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart."
Then in Rev. 19:15 we see Jesus riding a white horse and out of his mouth going a sharp sword. So putting these verses together we can concluded that the weapon of choice is the word of God going forth from our mouth. Jesus defeated the devil by the word of God saying, "It is written..." And we are to do the same.
Rev. 2:13 "I know your WORKS and where you dwell, even where Satan's seat is: and you HOLD FAST my name, and have NOT denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells."
The phase "even in those days" is one of the things that leads me to believe that characteristics of all seven churches can be found throughout every period of history. I have heard some speculate that Satan's seat is Rome. There is certainly a lot of evidence that SEEMS to point in this direction, but I personally do not have a rock solid opinion at this point. But what I do observe from this verse is that because of this church's location, which was in PERGAMUS, it must have been harder to serve the Lord and remain faithful, because Jesus tells us they remained faithful EVEN though they dwelt in the very place where Satan reigned. And they did not deny their faith in Jesus no matter how brutal things got, even when some were being martyred among them. This whole are where the seven church of Asia are located, which is now modern day Turkey, but was is those days the people worshiped idols and followed the Babylonian religion.
The name Antipas comes from two Greek words, "anti", which means against, and "pater", which means father or fathers. I will leave the speculation to you, but coming from a Roman Catholic background myself and INTO the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God I can see how some have conclude that ROME is Satan's seat, because of the title of "FATHER" that the clergy even from the priest up to the pope himself are called father. And ANTIPAS, which means AGAINST the FATHERS was MARTYR for his FAITHFULNESS to Jesus. Or is it just a COINCIDENCE that his NAME means AGAINST the FATHERS? Again I will leave the speculation to you, the reader. Moving on.
Rev. 2:14 " But I have a few things against you, because you have THERE THEM that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto IDOLS, and to commit fornication.
Rev,2:15 " So have you ALSO them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate."
Rev. 2:16 "REPENT; OR ELSE I will come unto you quickly, and will fight against THEM with the sword of my mouth."
So then, from verse 14 and 15 we can see that perhaps BOTH the Babylonian religion and idol worship were in this place or area where this church of Pergamus was located AND there may have been the ruling of the clergy OVER the laity or common believers as well. Here is what I gleam from these verses. Jesus says, I have a few things against you, and one of them is that there are SOME among you who hold to the doctrine or teachings of Balaam, who caused many to stumble and depart from my ways, by teaching them to eat things sacrificed to idols. Now in the early days when Constantine made Christianity to be the belief system for all the people under his reign even if they were pagan idol worshipers. Therefore obviously many who were in fact PAGANS where brought in AMONG the TRUE Christians and the TRUE Christians under the order of Constantine were forced to ACCEPT the PAGANS into their fold. Now obviously the church cannot convert all of these PAGANS overnight, so this little LEAVEN began to CORRUPT the TRUE CHURCH and many of the PAGAN rituals were ADOPTED into the CATHOLIC CHURCH and given new names that Christians could accept. In other words, a PAGAN festival would now be renamed as a feast day for a saint. Again this is a very broad subject and at this time I do not have a study written out and posted on my website as yet. Please be patient.
Jesus also said that they hold the doctrine or teachings of the NICOLAITANES, which as I said earlier was the teaching that SEPARATED the CLERGY from the lower class of people called the LAITY, which is EXACTLY what the Roman Catholic church system even to this day is based upon. This SEPARATION of classes of people where the CLERGY lords over the common people is very widely taught in this religious system of CATHOLICISM.
Then Jesus says, REPENT, or TURN AWAY FROM this or else I will come unto YOU quickly and will fight AGAINST THEM that do NOT REPENT.
For me personally I have come to see too many teachings and practices in the Roman Catholic church for me, myself to REMAIN under it's teachings, so I left the Catholic faith to embrace the teachings of the Holy Spirit, who leads and guide a true believer into ALL TRUTH.
Rev. 2:17 "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that OVER COMES will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and I will give to him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it."
The word MANNA means bread from heaven. Jesus once said to his disciples you do not know what bread I eat of. The disciples didn't understand. In other words, the bread that Jesus was eating was HIDDEN from them. You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, to simply do the WILL of the Father was all the food Jesus needed.
The word manna is found 19 times in the Bible. Fourteen times in the Old Testament and five times in the New Testament. The number 19 is the number associated with faith, which is one of my favorite numbers. The number 14 bears the meaning of salvation or FORGIVENESS of sins and the number 5 is the number for grace. We are saved (14) by grace (5) through faith (19). Jesus is also called the bread of life from heaven.
The word for stone in the Greek is "psephos" which is found only three times in the Bible, two of which are in this very verse translated as stone. The only other time this word is found it is translated as voice against. This word means vote, and white signifies innocence. So the white stone may signify a vote for innocence with our name written upon it. Or perhaps a name of a hidden sin that we have been forgiven and have now been found innocent that only we know about signifying that we all have a voice against us but we were made INNOCENT by the blood that Jesus shed for us. Just a thought.
Also the TREE of LIFE in the midst of the garden of God could bear this fruit called HIDDEN MANNA, because the TREE of LIFE was HIDDEN by the flaming swords of the angels and kept HIDDEN form mankind, until the day that we shall be found WORTHY to partake of the fruit of the TREE of LIFE. This brings us to the end of the letter to the church in Pergamos.
Rev. 2:18 " And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things says the Son of God, who has his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;"
The phrase "These things says the SON OF GOD", and the description of Jesus that follows leaves no doubt that Jesus the Son of God is the SECOND voice that John heard, and it is this voice of the SON of God telling John what to write to the seven churches which are in Asia.
Rev. 2:19 "I know your WORKS, and charity, and service, and faith, and your patience, and your WORKS; and the last to be more than the first.
Jesus said I know your WORKS.........And your WORKS. Service is a work. James said I will show you my faith by my WORKS. It takes WORK to have patience. And how many know that charity (or love) is hard WORK. It most certainly seems that Jesus was pleased with their WORKS. I want you to keep in MIND the importance of our WORKS and we will see where this will lead later on. .
Rev. 2:20 "Notwithstanding I have a few things AGAINST you, because you suffer that women Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols."
Rev. 2:21 "And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not."
Rev. 2:22 "Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they REPENTS of their DEEDS (or EVIL WORKS)."
Rev 2:23 "And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts: and I will give unto EVERY ONE of YOU according to your WORKS."
Rev. 2:24 " But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speaks; I will put upon you none other burden."
Rev. 2:25 "But that which you have already hold fast till I come.
Rev. 2:26 "And he that OVER COMES, and keeps my WORKS unto the end, to him will I give power to the nations:
Rev. 2:27 "And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of My Father.
Rev. 2:28 "And I will give him the morning star.
Rev. 2:29 "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches."
After giving this church a compliment Jesus says NOT WITH STANDING I have a few things AGAINST you. In other words, all your good works don't excuse what you neglected to do. I have a few things against you, BECAUSE you are suffering that women Jezebel that calls herself a prophetess to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols. One of the meanings of the word suffer in this instance is to TOLERATE EVIL. How much evil are we tolerating all around us?
In verses 21-24 I want to draw your attention to the pronoun use. Jesus begins by speaking to the church with a compliment soon followed by a rebuke. In this rebuke Jesus says I have a few things against YOU because YOU tolerate and allow this women Jezebel. Now notice the change in the pronoun use in the following verses.
"And I gave HER space to repent of HER fornication; and SHE repented not. Behold I will cast HER into a bed, and THEM (which may also include you, because you were complacent and did nothing to warn her of her sins, and thereby giving your consent, but definitely those) that commit adultery with HER into great tribulation, except THEY repent of THEIR deeds. And I will kill HER children with death."
Then in the last part of verse 23 the pronoun use changes back to YOU.
"...I will give unto every one of YOU according to YOUR works."
In verse 24 we see that God will not put on us more than we can bare.
"But unto YOU I say, and unto the REST in Thyratira as many as have NOT this doctrine, and have NOT known the depths of Satan, as THEY speak, I will put upon YOU none other burden."
In verses 25-29 we are told to hold fast to that which we already have. rule the nations with Jesus and he will give us the MORNING STAR.
"But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26. And he that OVER COMES, and KEEPS my WORKS unto the END, to him will I give power over the nations:
27. And he shall rule them (the nations) with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28. And I (Jesus) will give him (speaking of him that OVER COMES will Jesus give) the MORNING STAR.(keep in mind that Lucifer means the MORNING STAR)
29. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches"
And he that OVER COMES will be given the right to rule the nations. Jesus said in Matthew 24 that false prophets and false teachers would arise and if it were possible would deceive the very elect. Hold fast to the sound teaching that is thoroughly rooted in the word of God.
Jesus said here that he would give those of us that OVER COME the MORNING STAR. We read in Isaiah 14: that Lucifer is cast down to the sides of the pit, which to me, is where Satan is bound for 1000 years in the bottomless pit. In other words, Jesus cast down the enemy Satan to the pit and at the end of the 1000 years when Satan is loosed fro a short to he will deceive the nations one last time and then Satan will be judged by those of us who OVER COME him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
5. The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.
7. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
8. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since you are laid down, no feller is come up against us.
10. All they shall speak and say unto you, Are you also become weak as we? Are you become like unto us?
11. Your pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of your viols: the worm is spread under you, and the worms cover you.
13. For you hast said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15. Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16. They that see you shall narrowly look upon you, and consider you, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
1 Corinthians 6:2,3 teaches us that we who have over come will judge the world and the angels. In other words, we will judge Satan and the other fallen angels. The word Lucifer is translation from the Hebrew word "helel" and means shining one and MORNING STAR. So then then, for me, I see Jesus giving us who have OVER COME Satan the right to JUDGE Satan, the MORNING STAR, in the last day.
I don't know if it has any significance but the first three letters that were written to the first three churches in Asia all ended with "He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches," followed by "He that overcomes".... And the last four letters that were written to the last four churches in Asia end with "He that overcomes"....followed by "He that hath an ear".... This brings us to the end of the letter to the church of Thyratira and to chapter three of the book of Revelation.
Rev. 3:1 "AND unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things says he that has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know your WORKS, that you have a name that you live, and are dead."
Rev. 3:2 "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have NOT found your WORKS perfect before God."
Rev. 3:3 "Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you shall NOT watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you."
The phrase "You have a NAME that you live, and are dead" tells me that there are those that SAY that they are Christians, but are NOT, because of sin in their lives. In other words, just because a person bears the NAME CHRISTIAN does not necessarily mean that the are saved as in, they are in right relationship with God. Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:22,23
"MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them I never knew you: depart from me you workers of iniquity."
Rev. 3:2 warns us that we need to be watchful, which I believe not only means we need to judge ourselves less we be judged, but that we need to watch in prayer so that our inner man will be strengthened to overcome temptation. The more lax we become in our fellow shipping with the Father and the reading of his word the more vulnerable we become to the attacks of the enemy.
In Rev. 3:4 we find again a warning for us to watch.
"IF therefore you shall NOT watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you shall NOT KNOW what hour I will come upon you."
Jesus said in Matthew 24:36
"But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
I have always been taught that NO man can know the day or the hour that Jesus comes again as a thief in the night, and this verse in Matthew 24:36 was given to support this teaching. Now I agree with this teaching in part, in that no man knows the day or hour right NOW.
However, I don't believe this verse teaches that man can NEVER know the day or hour. Let me explain what I mean.
Take another look at Rev. 3:3 in a paraphrased version of mine that clearly shows that the OPPOSITE of what Jesus said in this verse is EQUALLY true, "Therefore IF you SHALL watch you SHALL KNOW what hour I will come and I will NOT come upon you as a thief."
Now let's go back to Matthew 24:36. The word "KNOW" here in this verse carries the idea of perceive. In other words, "... but of that day and hour no man has perceived as yet..."
In Habakkuk 2:3 we read,
"For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end IT (referring to to the vision) shall speak, (be made known) and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it, because it will come, and it will not tarry."
In other words, in the last day the vision will be made KNOWN to us. Then in the next chapter we read,
"O Lord, revive (keep alive) your work in the MIDST of years, in the MIDST of the years MAKE KNOWN; in wrath remember mercy."
The are more scriptures that point to the fact that one day we WILL KNOW the day of our Lord's return well before he comes again. But this is another study in and of itself. If you would like to know more on the topic of the rapture and the second coming of Jesus please read the study called "MORE ON THE RAPTURE: NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY NOR THE HOUR" or one of the many other studies I have on this topic. But for now let us continue on with this verse by verse study in the book of Revelation.
Rev. 3:4 "You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy."
Rev. 3:5 "He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."
Rev 3:6 "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches."
The letter to Sardis differs a little from the letters to the other churches in that Jesus gives a rebuke first and then follows with an exhortation. I find it interesting that Jesus said EVEN in Sardis their are a few names that have keep themselves from sin, and these who are found spotless without sin shall be clothed in righteousness because they are found to be worthy.
Jesus goes on to say in the next verse that whosoever shall overcome the temptations to sin and not deny my faith shall be saved. Their name shall not be BLOTTED OUT of the book of life, and Jesus will confess their name before his Father and his angel. Notice that it says the names of those who remain faithful shall NOT be BLOTTED OUT of the book of life. Tradition has taught us that when a person comes to know the Lord as their personal Savior that their names are written in the book of life at that point in time.
However, this scripture tells us when our names are actually written in the book of life. Here is what I believe. It is my opinion that when Jesus said to his Father when he was hanging on the cross, "It is finished" and then gave up the Ghost is when every man, woman and child on the earth was saved and their names were written in the book of life. It is also my opinion that every persons name will remain written in the book of life UNTIL they take their last breath and die, or Jesus comes again.
It is at precisely this exact moment in time that I believe their name is either left written in the book of life or it is BLOTTED OUT of the book of life based on whether or not they excepted the free gift of salvation or the rejected Jesus as their Savior, AND whether they are living RIGHTEOUSLY, that is without sin in their lives, OR they are living with unrepented sin in their life. Keep in mind that he that sins willfully crucifies Jesus a new himself, or in other words, rejects Jesus. Read Ezekiel 33:11-20. It is vital that you understand this, please read the study "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE WE ARE SAVED THEN WE ARE ALWAYS SAVED?" This brings us to the end of the letter to Sardis.
Rev. 3:7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadephia write; These things says he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;"
Rev. 3:8 "I know your WORKS: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have little strength, and have kept my word, and has not denied my name. Behold I will make them which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you."
Jesus said in John 10:7
"...Verily, verily (or truly, truly), I say unto you, I am the DOOR of the sheep."
In verses 1-5 of this same chapter in the gospel of John we find an interesting parable the may shed some light on what Jesus meant when he said,
"behold, I have set before you an open door and no man can shut it."
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father, but by him. Daniel teaches us that in the last days that there will be those that will try to persuade us that holding on to our faith and suffering even unto death is foolish, and not needful. They will say something like, "I have the "mark" and I am still a Christian, I simply just don't let the wrong people know that I still believe."
Jesus said, " they may call themselves Jews or Christians, but they are not. They are liars and are deceiving their own selves. Do not believe their lies I am the only true door that I have opened to you and have shut to them. They cannot close the door by taking your life." There can be a number of things these verses mean, but the one thing I know is what God has already said he is not going to go back and change it. Almighty God simply WILL NOT go back on his word. God is forever faithful to perform his word. For a deeper understanding on the subject please read the study called "THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD"
Rev. 3:10 "Because you have kept the word of my patience, I will also keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell on the earth."
Many that teach on prophecy teach that the hour of temptation referred to in this verse is speaking of the great tribulation period. However I believe the Jesus was referring to the WRATH of God when he said I will keep thee from the HOUR of temptation. Look at Rev. 18:1-24 which tells us of the rapture of the church and the pouring out of the wrath of God. The end of verse 19 says, "...for in ONE HOUR is she made desolate."
Rev. 3:11 "Behold, I come quickly; hold fast that which you have, that no man take your crown."
Jesus said in Matthew 24 that ONLY he that endures unto the END shall be saved. Many will grow cold in their walk with the Lord and cast away their faith in the last days. Jesus is admonishing us here to be patient and hold fast to our faith.
Rev. 3:12 "Him that OVER COMES will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God; and the name of the city of my God, which is the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name:"
Rev. 3:13 "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches."
This word pillar here is used only four times in the New Testament and means leader. This word also bears the meaning of one who is grounded and firmly fitted or established upon the truth. The church is also referred to as a pillar in 1 Timothy 3:15, which says,
"...that you may know how to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the CHURCH of the living God, the PILLAR and ground of the truth."
In Proverbs 9:1 we read,
"WISDOM (Jesus) has built her house, she has hewn out her SEVEN PILLARS (the seven churches which are in Asia);"
Now I want to draw your attention to the distinction found in this verse that is repeatedly made between Almighty God the Father and his Son Jesus. Remember it is Jesus who is the one talking to John and telling him what to write to the church at Philadelphia. Jesus says not one, but four different times in this same verse MY God. Jesus refers to his Father as HIS God four times in this one verse of scripture, which is after Jesus was raised from the dead, given eternal life by his God and Father and ascended up to heaven to be given the right to sit at the right hand of Almighty God on the throne of his God and Father.
It is my opinion and my belief that the church has missed out on the WHOLE truth of God' s word, because we have not totally discerned the difference between God Almighty and Jesus his only begotten Son. The church for the most part teaches the Jesus is Almighty God and there is no difference.
However, I do not believe that the WHOLE word of God teaches this. You will find many, many more references showing a clear distinction between Almighty God and his Son Jesus in the book of Revelation as well as throughout the entire Bible. This brings us to the end of the letter to the church at Philadelphia.
Rev. 3:14 "And unto the angel of the church of Laodiceans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;"
What I am about to expound upon next may strike a nerve with some, but I believe the truth is important and must be taught. That is why I have shared with you what God has shown me about the truth of the rapture of the church. Therefore if we have been taught incorrectly in one area, might not it also be possible that we have been taught other things that are in error? Things that may sound logical and may appear on the surface to be based upon the word of God, but when closely examined they are found NOT to be what the WHOLE word of God actually teaches.
Sometimes the truth is hard to receive at first, but if we look to God's word as our foundation ALONE, rather that the tradition of men, the TRUTH will become apparent. Please keep in the forefront of your mind Proverbs 18:13 and do not make a judgment until you have heard the entire matter, the WHOLE MATTER.
Again keep in mind that this is Jesus speaking when he calls himself the BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD. The phrase can be interpreted in two ways. One view is that Jesus was the BEGINNING of the creation of God in that Jesus was the WORD of God, which God spoke, and as soon as God spoke forth his Word, then things began to come into being. Or in others words, creation began by Almighty God speaking forth the WORD, keeping in mind that we have been taught from John 1:1-14 that Jesus is the WORD. So Jesus, as the Word, began creation or was the beginning of the creation of God, the Father. If you would like to know more on the subject of who is the creator please read the study called "DID JESUS CREATE ALL THINGS?"
Another way of looking at this phrase, Jesus was the BEGINNING of the creation of God is that Jesus, the Son of God is the FIRST CREATION of God. In other words, Jesus was the first thing God brought forth into existence. This view of course would require Jesus to have a BEGINNING, and therefore could not be God himself as some have taught, but NOT what the WHOLE word of God actually teaches.
Now I personally believe that BOTH views are correct, and can be firmly based upon the word of God, however I will only point out a few scriptures to clear the muddy water so to speak. If you would like to study this topic more in depth I have written a study devoted totally to this truth that Jesus is truly the Son of God, and NOT God as some have taught, please read "THE DEITY OF JESUS AND THE TRINITY" and "JESUS THE SON OF MAN"
Colossians 1:15-18 says,
"Who is the IMAGE of the invisible God, the FIRSTBORN of every creature:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have preeminence."
Notice that this verse says that Jesus is the FIRSTBORN of every creature, which I believe means that Jesus had a BEGINNING. In other words, Jesus was born or brought forth by God the Father. Jesus was the first begotten of the Father or as John 3:16 puts it Jesus is God's only BEGOTTEN Son. The word begotten means born. Also notice that Col 1:15 tells us that Jesus is the IMAGE of the invisible God. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word image as a reproduction of the appearance of someone or something.
Hebrews 1:3 says,
"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express IMAGE of his person, and upholds all things by the word of his power, when he by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:"
Here again Jesus is described as the IMAGE of God. Notice also the Jesus sat down on the right hand of his Father, Almighty God and Majesty on high. This tells me that the THRONE still belongs to God and that Jesus has been GIVEN authority to rule from his Father's throne.
1 Corinthians 15:24-24 tells us that Jesus will one day commit this authority of ruler ship BACK to his Father and his God and then Almighty God will be all in all once again. I am not making this up. This is what the word of God teaches. People say to me, I have never heard this before in my life. But it is all right there in the word of God. However, sometimes we must UNLEARN some things that we have been TAUGHT in order to be able to see the TRUTH. Read it for yourself.
"Then comes the end, (speaking the end of the 1000 years reign of Jesus) when he (Jesus) shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and authority and power.
For he (Jesus) must reign, till he (speaking of Almighty God, the Father) has put down all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
For he (Almighty God) has put all things under his feet (referring to Jesus). But when he (Almighty God) says all things are put under him (Jesus), it is manifest that he ( speaking of Almighty God) is excepted, which did put all things under him (Jesus).
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the SON ALSO HIMSELF be SUBJECT unto him (Almighty God the Father) that put all things under him, that GOD may be all in all."
Every thing that Jesus is, ever thing that Jesus has was GIVEN to him by HIS God and HIS Father, Almighty God. You see, Almighty God HIMSELF is the one who has highly exalted Jesus to be the name above every other name. I know most of us have been taught that doctrine of the trinity and that Jesus is God, but again I believe the word of God teaches us differently. So why not just teach what the plain word of God teaches, that Jesus is the SON of God. WHY complicate the clear word of God and say that Jesus IS Almighty God, when there is NO verse that CLEARLY and PLAIN states that Jesus IS the Almighty God. All the verses that are used to teach the man made DOCTRINE of the trinity are the INTERPRETATIONS of those who teach this doctrine that states that Jesus and God the Father are EQUAL in every way, where neither is GREATER than of less than the other. But CLEARLY and PLAINLY to WHOLE word of God teaches that Almighty God the Father is GREATER than his Son Jesus. Please read John 14:28, which says,
"You have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is GREATER than I."
Also we read in 1 Corinthians 8:6,7, which teaches us that there is but ONE God and then CLEARLY and PLAINLY shows us that this ONE God is the FATHER. Then this same verse teaches us that there is ONE Lord, and that this ONE Lord is Jesus the Christ, or Jesus the ANOINTED one of Almighty God. For you see the word CHRIST means the ANOINTED one of God or the one ANOINTED of God.
"But to us there is but ONE God, the FATHER, of whom are all things, and we in him; and ONE Lord JESUS CHRIST, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge;..."
No not every one is going to accept this truth right away, and some may never accept it, because of what tradition has taught us. Well as I said before if you what to study this topic more in depth read my study entitled "THERE IS BUT ONE GOD" But before we leave this verse I would like to share one more scripture from the Old Testament that I believe clearly teaches us that Jesus has a BEGINNING.
Proverbs 8:1-35 talks of wisdom and understanding, which are types of Jesus. This passage of scripture in written in the narrative with wisdom and understanding doing the speaking. In other words, the pronouns I, my, and me refer to Jesus, and the pronouns he and his refer to Almighty God, the Father.
With this in mind let's begin with Proverbs chapter 8, verse 21 and read through 30.
"That I (Jesus) may cause those that love me (Jesus) to inherit substance and I will fill their treasures.
The Lord (God the Father) possessed me (Jesus) in the BEGINNING of his way, before his works of old.
I (Jesus) was set up from everlasting, from the BEGINNING, or ever the earth was.
When there was no depths, I (Jesus) was BROUGHT FORTH (born, begotten of the Father, created); when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I (Jesus) BROUGHT FORTH:
While as yet he (Almighty God the Father) had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world, When he (Almighty God) prepared the heavens, I (Jesus) was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Then I (Jesus) was by him (God the Father) as one BROUGHT UP with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him...For whoso finds me (Jesus) finds life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord (Almighty God the Father)."
Jesus is the BEGINNING of all creation. Jesus was there at the BEGINNING of all creation. Jesus was the means, as the Word of Almighty God, that Almighty God the Father chose to use as the BEGINNING of all creation, or how Almighty God BEGAN creation. And Jesus, as the WORD, was the very FIRST thing that Almighty God the Father created or BROUGHT FORTH to be the BEGINNING of all creation. Let us continue with the next verse in Revelation chapter 3.
Rev. 3:15 "I know your WORKS, that you are neither hot nor cold: I would you were cold or hot.
Rev. 3:16 "So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue you out of my mouth."
Rev. 3:17 "Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:"
Rev. 3:18 "I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich, and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear, and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Rev. 3:19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."
Rev. 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
This passage of scripture could be speaking of Christians who are living in sin, but reasoning away their sin. Or this passage of scripture could be referring to the Jews who think they are already saved. Or this passage could be referring to those who are unsaved and don't think they need a Savior. In any case all three groups of people are being exhorted to repent and open the door of their heart and let Jesus come into their lives and save them. And then once they are placed back into right relationship with God, they are to KEEP SIN out of their lives in order to RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE in the end. I do not believe there is enough emphasis placed on the TRUTH that we must without fail live our lives without sin just as Jesus did in order to RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE. I encourage all my readers and seekers of the TRUTH to read the first twenty or so studies that I have written, which deal will being SAVED and RECEIVING ETERNAL LIFE. What most believers do not realize is that salvation is a PROCESS that only BEGINS with our accepting Jesus as our savior. This is ONLY the FIRST STEP in a LIFE LONG process of OBTAINING ETERNAL LIFE. We must all OVERCOME in order t be accounted WORTHY to RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE. I cannot stress this TRUTH enough, because many in the church believe that there is NOTHING that we need to DO after we have accepted Jesus as our savior.
However, this is NOT what the WHOLE word of God teaches us. So be not deceived by these doctrines of men. Read the word of God for YOURSELF!
Rev. 3:21 "To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev. 3:22 "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches."
Here again we see Jesus making a distinction between himself and God his Father. Notice Jesus says to us who OVERCOME are granted to sit WITH Jesus in his throne in the same manner that Jesus was granted to sit WITH his Father in his FATHER'S throne. The throne still belongs to Almighty God and is on temporary loan to his Son for a 1000 years. This brings us to the end of chapter three of the book of Revelation.
Rev. 4:1 "AFTER this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the FIRST voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show you things which must be hereafter."
Some teachers of the pre-tribulation view teach that this verse is a type of the rapture of the church. They emphasize the first two words, "AFTER THIS", and ask the question, "AFTER WHAT?" Then before you form an answer they answer the question for you by saying, "After the seven churches of course". Then they make the statement that you will not find the word "church" until the very last chapter of Revelation. They go on to explain that the reason you don't find the church mentioned in Revelation chapter 4 through chapter 21 is because the church is raptured in Rev 4:1. Then they quote part of this verse that says, "Come up hither". Then they say that after has taken p John is CAUGHT UP into heaven he is told these words, "And I will show you things which must be HEREAFTER". Then they ask another question, "HEREAFTER WHAT?" Again before you can answer they fill in the blank for you and say, "Why after the rapture of course". Then they quickly skim through the scene in heaven and go to the opening of the seven seals and begin expounding on the horrors of the great tribulation period.
Now a lot of what is stated in this paragraph you just read is based on the truth, but some false assumptions are being made, thereby misleading the reader to believe that this is what the Bible is saying.
Let me start by saying I agree totally that this verse is a type of the rapture of the church. It is the FIRST of seven such types of the rapture of the church that I have found in the book of Revelation. In other words, there are six more places in the book of Revelation alone were you can observe a type or shadow of the rapture of the church.
Secondly it is also true, but misleading, that the statement that the WORD "church" is not found in Revelation chapter 4 through chapter 21. Even though the word "church" is not found among the verses that describe the great tribulation period does not mean that the church does not go through the great tribulation.
Yes the word "church" may not be found, but phases like the patience of the SAINTS, they that have the testimony of Jesus are found; words like brethren, witnesses, and prophets are also found, which are ALL associated with the church and in fact ARE the CHURCH. So you can clearly see that the statement that the "church" is NOT found until the very last chapter of Revelation is NOT the truth of God's word, but rather has been twisted to say what the teachers of the PRE-tribulation point of view what you to see.
Now I am convinced that they themselves have been deceived by the enemy and they sincerely believe that what they are teaching is the truth. Remember we do not war against flesh and blood. I myself was once deceived by this teaching of the PRE-tribulation view. For a in-depth teaching on the TRUTH of the great tribulation please read the study "THE GREAT TRIBULATION".
Thirdly I would like to comment on the word HEREAFTER. Normally one would conclude that hereafter means after this or what follows next. However, if you look this word up in the Greek you will find something quite interesting.
There are six different Greek words that are translated to the English word hereafter. Some of these are a combination of two or more Greek words. For example in Mark 11:14 Jesus curses the fig tree and says,
"No man shall eat of thee HEREAFTER for ever."
The Greek word used here is "meketi" (3371), which means never again, no more, henceforward, henceforth, or hereafter. In other words, from this day forward no man would ever eat of that tree again. Now if this same Greek word was used in Revelation 4:1, then that which the pre-tribulation view teaches might possibly have some validity.
However, the word translated as hereafter in this particular verse in Revelation 4:1 is composed of two Greek words. The Strong's numbers are (3326+3778). The first Greek word is "meta", and the second Greek word is "houstos". Here is what Strong's Exhaustive Concordance defines "meta"; denoting accompaniment, amid, (association, succession) with which it is joined, follow, hence, hereafter. And "houstos", which means in this way (referring to what precedes and follows).
In other words, every thing that PRECEDES this word "hereafter" and every thing that FOLLOWS this word "hereafter" are directly connected and CANNOT be separated. Simply put they occur simultaneously.
So what does that mean exactly? It means that the entire book of Revelation from beginning to end is written about the CHURCH, even though the word "church" itself does not appear in chapters 4-21.
Rev. 4:2 "And immediately I was in the spirit: and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne."
Notice that it says immediately, which corresponds to 1 Corinthians 15 that tells us that we shall be changed in a MOMENT in a TWINKLING of an eye. The rapture, or more precisely our CHANGE will take place in a very brief moment of time. Also we see in this verse that there is ONE who sits on the throne. We will find in chapter five that the the ONE who is on the throne is Almighty God the Father, but for now let's move on to verse 3.
Rev. 4:3 " And he that sat was to look upon like as jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald."
No thought on this verse as yet, other than the word SAT signifies ruling or reigning. And the fact that the throne of God is extremely beautiful and surround by magnificent colors of LIGHT like the radiance of fine gemstones.
Rev. 4:4 " And round about the throne were four and twenty seats; and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold."
Again we see that ruler ship is indicted in this verse by the words sitting and crowns of gold. The white raiment signifies freedom from sin. It is my OPINION that this number of elders is divided into two groups of twelve each. I believe that the twelve apostles will occupy twelve seats, and the other twelve seats will be occupied by twelve elders, one each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Look at Rev. 21:9-14 where it talks about the CITY of God having TWELVE gates being the TWELVE tribes of Israel and the TWELVE foundations being the TWELVE apostles. So again we have TWELVE plus TWELVE or 24 parts of this CITY of God, called the new Jerusalem.
Rev. 4:5 " And out of the throne proceeded lightening and thundering and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
The seven lamps are the seven Spirits of Gods. Again, my opinion, but I believe the seven lamps to be the seven churches. It seems like a contradiction when we read SEVEN Spirits of God here in Revelation 4:5 and in we read there is one God, even the Father, one Lord, Jesus Christ, and one Spirit.
However, we know that there is only one body of Christ, which is the church. The body has many members, but is only ONE body. Even though the Bible states that there are SEVEN churches there in fact is only ONE church, if you follow what I am saying. Likewise there are many gifts and manifestations of the Spirit, but just ONE Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.
So in reality there is but ONE Holy Spirit of God, but he choose to work differently in each of us, where each of us are a representation of the seven churches. In other words, there are seven basic works of the Spirit of God and the church. For instance, some churches seem to focus on healing, while other churches seem to focus on evangelism, while other churches seem to focus on prophecy. These different areas of each church seem to be their calling so to speak, but there is in reality ONE church where we are all members with different purposes to fulfill.
Rev. 4:6 " And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal; and in the midst of throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind."
Rev. 4:7 " And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast was like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like flying eagle"
Rev. 4:8 " And the four beast had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day or night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Here again we see the phrase, " which was, and is, and is to come," which is referring to God the Father, the Lord God Almighty. This will become apparent when we read the next three verses in chapter 4 and get into charter 5. Now as far as who or what these four beast represent I have NO clue. Sometimes BEASTS in the Bible represent KINGDOMS, but I do not see how this would apply here in this situation. As we continue this study in God's word you will find a lot more of this figurative language, some of which we are GIVEN the meaning and other parts are left hidden for the time being. Be careful when people say, this MEANS that and they do not give you other scripture to support what they SAY a particular verse means. I always try to be sure and state that this is MY OPINION if I do not have sufficient SOUND BIBLICAL evidence to support what I am saying. I find no shame is saying, I simply do not know, if I simply do not know. I believe this is where some of our FALSE doctrine came about, because some OVER stated what was beyond what the CLEAR and PLAIN word of God is teaching. Moving on to verse 9.
Rev. 4:9 " And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne, who lives for ever and ever."
Who is it that sits on the throne that these four beasts cry Holy, holy, holy unto day and night? To me there is no question that it is Almighty God the Father, but for now I just want to draw your attention to the fact that he that sits upon the throne is the he which was, and is, and is to come.
Rev. 4:10 " The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat upon the throne, and worship him that lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying,
Rev. 4:11 " You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are created."
Again it is only speculation, but I believe that the twenty four elders are the twelve disciples of Jesus and the 12 leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel. Perhaps the twelves sons of Jacob. Perhaps the twelve patriarchs
Rev. 5:1 " And I saw in the right hand of him that sat upon the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals."
In this verse I just want to draw your attention to the fact that the he that sits upon the throne is holding a book in his right hand. This simple fact will positively identify the one who sits upon the throne , which was, and is, and is to come as God the Father, the Lord God Almighty.
Rev. 5:2 " And I saw a strong angel with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and loose the seals thereof?"
Rev. 5:3 " And no man in heaven, neither under the earth, as able to open the book, neither to look thereon."
Rev 5:4 " And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open the book, neither to look thereon."
Rev 5 :5 " And one of the elders says unto me, weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."
Who is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David? I believe this is speaking of Jesus. Please see Genesis chapter 49 where Jesus comes out of the linage of the tribe of Judah. Also read Revelation 22:16, which tells us that Jesus is of the ROOT of David.
"I JESUS have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the ROOT and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
Also the STRONG ANGEL or the STRONG MESSENGER in verse 2 may be Jesus HIMSELF saying with a loud voice, who is worthy to open the seals. Just a thought. Moving on to verse 6.
Rev. 5:6 " And behold, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth in the earth."
Who is the Lamb as it had been slain? Again I believe this is speaking of Jesus, because the Bible speaks of Jesus being the LAMB that was SLAIN from before the foundation of the world. Also notice that the seven lamps of fire are the seven Spirits of God and the seven eyes are also the seven Spirits of God, therefore the seven lamps are the seven eyes. And we are the EYES, hands, and feet of God in the earth.
Rev.5:7 " And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
Now this verse clearly identifies that Almighty God, the Father, is the one who sits upon the throne, which was, and is, and is to come. Notice that the Lamb, which is Jesus, came over and took the book out of the right hand of he who sits on the throne. I don't know about you, but I find that the Bible clearly shows us that Jesus and Almighty God are definitely two different and distinct persons if you will.
Rev. 5:8 " And when he (Jesus) had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are prayers of the saints."
Rev. 5:9 " And they sang a new, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;"
Rev, 5:10 " And you have made us unto our God kings and priest: and we shall reign on the earth."
Here we see that the VIALS full of odors are said to be the PRAYERS of the saints. This is one of the times we do not need to speculate, because we are PLAINLY told what this figurative language means. Also notice that we are redeemed unto God by the blood of the Lamb, which is Jesus the only begotten Son of God. What I am trying to show is that the Bible clearly keeps the distinction between God the Father and Jesus his Son, so why does the church as a whole lump them together and refer to Jesus as Almighty God? I am not trying to be little the doctrines of the church, but I am simply after the TRUTH, rather than tradition of men. I believe the TRUTH matters. It does not matter what this church or that denomination teaches, but rather what the WHOLE word of God teaches.
Now notice in verse 10 that we shall reign ON the earth. Again we are taught by the church in general that we will one day live in heaven for all eternity, but I do not believe the Bible teaches this, so why do we continue to teach what is contrary to the WHOLE word of God? The Bible clearly teaches that we shall reign ON THE EARTH. One day I will write out an in-depth study on heaven, but just know that it may not be like you have been taught. Read the word of God for yourself to find out if what you are being taught is the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God. You might be wondering why I always emphasize the WHOLE word of God, please read the study called the "WHOLE MATTER".
Rev. 5:11 " And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;"
John hears the voice of many angels around the throne of God. Now the number of the beasts or the elders in not mentioned in this verse, but there are four beasts and 24 elders also around the throne, because their number is mentioned again in verse fourteen, which we will look at in a moment. Now the number of the angles, which may also include the saints of God are ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, which I see as a number which cannot be number, or at least a very, very large number.
Rev. 5:12 " Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and wisdom, and honor, and glory, and blessing."
The thing that stands out most to me in this verse is the phrase "...the Lamb was slain TO RECEIVE power,...".
One has to think about this for awhile until it sinks in. WHY did the Son of the living God need to be SLAIN in order to RECEIVE power seeing he was the Son of God and ruled and reigned with the creator of all things and ALREADY had power, glory and blessings of the Father. Then the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance the FALL of mankind and the transferring of man's authority and power in the earth to Satan, who became the god of this world.
It became necessary for Jesus, the Lamb of God, to become a man of flesh and blood nature to redeem mankind back to God. Please read the study called "JESUS THE SON OF MAN" and also the study entitled "UNDERSTANDING WHY"
Rev. 5:13 "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever."
John was saying, I heard every creature say Blessing, and honor, and glory. and power to God the Father, who sit on the throne AND to the Lamb, the Son of God.
Romans 8:19-22 tells us of the whole creation GROANING and waiting with earnest expectation to be delivered from the corruption of Satan's kingdom. So we see in heaven a glimpse of the future liberty of all the creature of God.
Rev. 5:14 "And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshiped him that lives forever and ever."
The word "amen" mean truth, of a certainty, and is a confirmation of so be it. Now some teach from this verse that the four beasts and the 24 elders who fall down and worship HIM that lives forever and ever is referring to Jesus, but I maintain that they are worshiping Almighty God the Father who sits on the throne that lives for ever and ever. Please refer back to where we were first introduced to the four beasts and the 24 elders in Revelation 4:10 which says,
"The four and twenty elders fall down before him that SAT upon the throne, and worship him that lives forever and ever."
This brings us to charter six of the book of Revelation.
Rev. 6:1 "And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
Rev. 6:2 "And I saw, and behold, a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
First I want you to notice that the FIRST beast said to John, Come and see. And we know from Revelation 4: 7 that the first beast was like a LION. I am not sure if there is any significance of this, but the pattern follows for the opening of the first four seal, one of each of the FOUR beasts for each of the first FOUR seals.
Now as for the white horse and he that sat on him with a bow I will for now agree with others who speculate that this white horse represents a time of war. I will also add that the color WHITE usually represents RIGHTEOUS, so this war might be considered by some to be a RIGHTEOUS war, in that it is a war that is JUSTIFIED to be waged. Like a war to DEFEND an innocent people or nation. Or this war may be waged AGAINST the RIGHTEOUS and INNOCENT upon the earth. To me it is all speculation, but for sure the word "conquering" signifies a WAR of some kind.
I believe that the first six seals are opened during the time of great tribulation, which was spoken by Daniel and Jesus. If you remember Jesus tells us in Matthew chapter 24 that there would be wars and rumors of war. Jesus also tells us in that same chapter that he will COME AGAIN to rapture of the church immediately AFTER this time of great tribulation. Then the seventh seal will be opened, which is the wrath of God. For a complete and deeper understanding of the time of the rapture please read the study called "THE GREAT TRIBULATION".
Rev. 6:3 " And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
Rev. 6:4 " And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a sword."
Jesus also spoke of nation rising against nation, which some teach to mean nationalities against nationalities, or in other words racial wars or conflicts. The color RED could mean much bloodshed. Whatever the meaning of the red horse it is clear that PEACE will be taken from the earth.
Rev. 6:5 " And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand."
Rev. 6:6 " And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see you hurt not the oil and the wine."
This time John hears a voice coming from the midst of the four beast, which most likely is the voice of God the Father.
Jesus said that there would be famines during this time of tribulation, so the balances could represent the careful weighing and rationing of food for a price. We are also told by this voice NOT to hurt the oil or the wine. Now oil and wine is often a type of the Holy Spirit of God, so this may be a reference to the PROTECTION or the SEALING of the saints of God who are filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
Rev. 6:7 " And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast saying, Come and see.
Rev. 6:8 " And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto him over the forth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with the beasts of the earth.
I believe the rider of this horse is the antichrist himself, and power is given unto him to make war with the saints of God and slay many of them with the sword, because of the wording, and HELL followed WITH him. We are told elsewhere in Revelation that Satan is the one who gives power to the antichrist and the false prophet, which we will see later on in this study.
Rev. 6:9 " And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter of the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony for which they held:
Rev.6:10 "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, Holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Rev. 6:11 " And white robes were given unto every one of them: and it was said unto them that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that they should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."
I want you to notice two groups of people here, the fellow servants and the brethren. In verse nine we see that there were those that were slain for the WORD of God and those that were slain for the TESTIMONY of Jesus that they held, again signifying two groups. I will say more on this later, but as you read the rest of the book of Revelation I want you to be looking for these two different groups of people.
We also see in this verse that many more are killed because they believe in God.
Rev. 6:12 "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;"
Rev. 6:13 "And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig casts her figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind."
Rev. 6:14 "And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of there places.
Rev. 6:15 " And the kings of the earth, and great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev. 6:16 "And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev. 6:17 "For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
Let me begin by explaining verse 17 which says, for the great day of his WRATH is come, and who SHALL BE ABLE to stand? The opening of the sixth seal is showing us the SIGNS of the second coming of Jesus, which we will see just prior to the pouring out of God's WRATH upon the ungodly and disobedient.
Take a moment and read Revelation 6:12-14 again and take notice of the signs of the sun, moon, stars and the shaking of the earth.
Jesus tells of these SAME signs in Luke 21:25-28 and we see that they take place just prior to the second coming of the Lord.
"And there shall be SIGNS in the SUN, and in the MOON, and in the STARS, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring.
The hearts of men failing them for FEAR, and for looking after those things which ARE COMING on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
And then shall they SEE the Son of man COMING in a cloud with power and great glory.
And when you see these things BEGIN to come to pass, then lift up your hears; for your redemption draws nigh."
So all these SIGNS occur just before the RAPTURE of the church. These signs are the initial setting in motion of the WRATH of God. Please read the study entitled "THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS" for a deeper understanding of these signs and more.
First notice here that Jesus told us that mens hearts shall fail them, because of the things coming upon the earth. I believe that the HEART that Jesus is speaking of is BOTH the physical organ, the heart, where people are having "heart attacks" from fear, and also the spirit of man, the heart will fail or grow faint and Christians will lose there FAITH that their Lord is even coming back to save them. Read Luke 18:8,
"...Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he FIND FAITH on the earth."
Take heed child of God, these SIGNS right before Jesus comes back for the church are going to be so "earth shaking" very fearful things that will shake your very FAITH if you are nor aware that they must take place BEFORE Jesus comes again for the church. Those that teach the PRE-tribulation and MID-tribulation view lead Christians to believe that they are not going to be here when these signs occur, but the WHOLE word of God does NOT teach this. Please read all the studies relating to the great tribulation, the second coming of Jesus and "THE WRATH OF GOD VERSES THE GREAT TRIBULATION".
Now look at Revelation 6:15-17 which show the FEAR of mankind that dwells upon the earth, saying, let the rocks and mountains fall on us and HIDE us from the WRATH of God and the Lamb that is about to come upon us. Remember they shall SEE Jesus coming in a cloud of great glory, and they will also see they great vast army of saints and angels that Jesus has with him. Behold he comes with ten thousands of his saints. This is found in Jude 1:14,15.
This brings us to the seventh chapter of the book of Revelation. I want you to notice that ONLY the first six seals have been opened up to this point. The seventh and final seal has yet to be opened and will not be opened UNTIL the eighth chapter. So what happen BETWEEN the opening of the sixth seal and the opening of the seventh seal? This is what we will learn in chapter seven, so let us begin studying verse by verse of chapter seven.
Rev. 7:1 "And after these things I saw four angels standing upon the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree."
The first phrase says, and after THESE THINGS. What things? The things we were just told about, the SIGNS in the sun, the moon, the stars, and the great shaking of the earth. Then we see four angels HOLDING BACK the four winds so that they should not blow as yet. WHY? Keep reading.
Rev. 7:2 " And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea."
In this verse we see ANOTHER angel crying out loud, shouting if you will, wait, wait I have the seal of the living God.
Rev. 7:3 "Saying hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, TILL we have SEALED the servants of God in there foreheads.
Now there has been a lot of misinterpretations from this verse of scripture due to the false teaching of the PRE-tribulation point of view, which says that the servants of God is referring to the Christians who are being sealed. However the servants of God is speaking of the Jews, God's chosen people. Continue reading verses 4-8 and you will clearly see this TRUTH.
Rev. 7:4 " And I heard the number of them which were SEALED an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL."
Rev. 7:5 "Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev. 7:6 "Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev. 7:7 "Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev 7:8 "Of the tribe of Zabbulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand."
So twelve thousand from EACH of the twelve tribes of ISRAEL were SEALED as the servants of God for a total number of 144,000 sealed and protected from the coming WRATH of God that is about to BLOW upon the earth and the sea and the trees. Often times the "sea" represents the wicked, and the trees sometimes represent God's people. And the trees of the fields will clap their hands, somewhere in the Psalms I believe. Certainly the fig tree represents Israel. Just a thought.
Rev. 7:9 "After this I beheld, and lo, a GREAT MULTITUDE, which no man could number, of ALL the nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues, stood BEFORE the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with WHITE robes, and palms in their hands."
Rev. 7:10 "And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, which sits upon the throne, AND unto the Lamb."
Now who are this GREAT MULTITUDE of people going to be, which no man could number, that was comprised of people from every nation and tongue, who are NOW standing before the throne of God Almighty and before the Lamb of God also, Jesus, the Son of God, and who were all clothed in white robes? Keep reading and you will see.
Rev. 7:11 "And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beast, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God."
Rev. 7:12 "Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever, Amen."
Again the "angels" may be angels only or they may also include the saints of God, his "messenger", because the word angels means messengers. Any way they ALL worshiped God, the Father, because they all fell on their faces before the THRONE, and we have previously learned that it is Almighty God who sits upon the throne and the Lamb, or Jesus his Son is at his right hand.
Rev. 7:13 "And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, WHAT are these which are arrayed in white robes? And WHERE came they? (or where did they come from?)"
Rev. 7:14 "And I said unto him, Sir you know, and he said unto me, THESE are they which came OUT of great tribulation, and washed their robes, (kept sin out of their lives) and have made them white in the blood of the lamb."
So this great multitude which no man could number from ever nationality and tongue are the CHRISTIANS who went THROUGH the period of great tribulation and who were raptured IMMEDIATELY AFTER the time of great tribulation just as the WRATH of God is about to be poured out upon the earth and all the ungodly and disobedient to the gospel.
Now the 144,000 servants of God are sealed and protected from the wrath of God and they may or may not go into the "millennium" or the thousand year reign of Jesus in their mortal bodies. I am sort of on the fence on this one. Some verses lead me to believe that they will take part in the rapture of the church, but other verses lead me to believe that there has to be some REMNANT of God's chosen people Israel that go into the 1000 year reign of Jesus in their MORTAL bodies.
Any way we know for sure that the rapture of the church, those who have the testimony of Jesus who have kept sin out of their lives, and the SEALING or the marking and protecting of the 144,000 children of Israel, the servants of God both take place between the sixth and the seventh seals. In other words, all of chapter seven takes place between the sixth and the seventh. Keep this in mind as we read later about the seven trumpets and the seven vials, because you will again see a space or short span of time between the sixth and the seven trumpet as well as the sixth and the seven vial. Again the rapture occurs during this brief space of time, which gives us a clue that the seven seals, the seven trumpets and the seven vials are all one and the same events.
Let me explain this a little. Picture a map with a small circle around some very tiny print. Then over to the side we see an enlarged or MAGNIFIED area of this small circle. Then in this magnified area we see yet another circle that is enlarged even more so that we can see even more detail. This is the ways the book of Revelation is written. First we are told some things, then later on we are told some other things, which are in reality a more defined description of what we were already told plus some new information as well. And yet again a third time we are told even more information about the same events. Moving on to verse 15.
Rev. 7:15 "Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sits upon the throne shall dwell among them."
I want you to notice that God, the Father, the one that sits upon the throne shall DWELL AMONG us here ON the earth. Compare this verse with Revelation 5:10 and Revelation 21:3,4.
Rev 7:16 "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them , nor any heat."
Rev 7:17 "For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
There will be no more hunger or thirsting in the kingdom of God UPON the earth for the Lamb, Jesus, the Son of God will provide for all our needs and God HIMSELF will wipe away all our tears.
Let's jump ahead to Revelation charter 21 and read the 3rd and 4th verses.
Rev. 21:3,4 "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is WITH MEN, and he (Almighty God) with dwell WITH THEM, and they shall be his people, and God HIMSELF shall be with THEM, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and their shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall their be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
Now I know that this is different than what we have all been taught about going to heaven when we die and living with God for eternity. But rather the Bible teaches that there will be a new earth and we shall dwell UPON this new earth and Almighty God HIMSELF along with his Son, Jesus will come down out of heaven and dwell WITH man instead of the way around that we were all taught about going to heaven and live with God for all eternity.
This brings us to chapter 8
Rev. 8:1 "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour."
Finally the seventh seal is opened AFTER the rapture of the church has taken place and the 144,000 children of Israel are sealed. Then the WRATH of God is poured out in the seventh seal, which is so terrible that it produces SILENCE in all of heaven for the space of about half an hour. Now this may not seem that long, but when there is a burst of anger and the rooM grows silent even for a few seconds, even 30 seconds seems like an eternity. Now personally I do not believe that the wrath of God lasts for only a half an hour or even an hour, but rather I believe that this is a figure of speak that represent a relatively short space of time and then God will show his mercy on his creation and his people Israel.
Rev. 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Now others have taught that these seven trumpets are the wrath of God, but if you are patient you will see otherwise as we continue reading.
Rev. 8:3 "And another angel came and stood at the alter, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter which is before the throne."
Rev. 8:4 "And the smoke of the incense, which came up with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand."
We all know that the saints are the children of God and are therefore NOT appointed to the WRATH of God, so the FIRST SIX trumpets of the seven trumpets cannot possibly be the wrath of God, because we see here in this verse that the prayers of the saints are still coming up before God, meaning that the saints of God are still on the earth during the FIRST SIX trumpets. You will clearly see that the saints are still on the earth during the time of great tribulation during the sounding of the first six trumpets as well as the first six vials, or bowls. But for now let us continue with verse 5 of chapter 8.
Rev. 8:5 "And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the alter, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thundering, and lightning, and an earthquake."
To me this verse is saying that our prayers or more precisely our prophecies go forth and ascend up to God and then judgment is released or cast into the earth.
We will learn more about this in the eleventh chapter of Revelation.
Rev. 8:6 "And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared to sound."
I believe that each one of these seven angels are the seven angels of the seven churches. So in essence we the church are blowing the trumpets through our prayers and prophecies. Notice also that they PREPARED to sound. I believe that God is restoring the power and authority that the church once had in the beginning. The disciples once asked Jesus, shall we call lightning down from heaven and destroy them. These early disciples knew that they had the power to call down lightning from heaven and Jesus knew it also, which is why he rebuked them of not having the right spirit. To me Jesus was saying to them, NO, NO, NO, you must not do this, because using your authority in this way is a WRONG spirit.
Many believers today, have been mislead to believe that the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit have ceased and are no longer present in the church today, but they are sadly mistaken. We as Christians have been given all authority in the earth in the NAME of Jesus, but sadly many Christian have NOT this knowledge of the TRUTH. If you would like to learn more on this subject of our AUTHORITY in the earth please read the studies "THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER" and "JESUS THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES" and the "POWER OF OUR WORDS"
Rev. 8:7 "The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of the trees was burned up, and all the grass was burned up."
This could be a meteor shower. This could be a war with bombs falling from the sky. This could be volcanic eruptions. All of this is speculation. As the day draws closer it may be made clearer. Personally I believe it will be a combinations of all these things, and perhaps something quite unexpected, which I will share at a later time. It is like what Paul told the church at Corinth in
1 Corinthians chapter 2 and 3 about them not being able to bare at that particular time what the Lord had shown Paul by the Holy Spirit. Moving on to verse 8.
Rev. 8:8 "And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood."
This could be a volcano. This could be a meteor or comet, something from space. This could be nuclear war. Some have speculated that the OIL CRISIS of British Petroleum oil platform the exploded and BURNED in the SEA or the ocean looked like a MOUNTAIN BURNING and then the ocean waters TURNED a BLOOD RED in color as a result of the vast amount of OIL that spilled. And certainly over time I believe we will see a great part of the creatures in the ocean die from this oil spill. Now the ships were not actually destroyed, but many ocean going vessels were disabled and NOT able to conduct their usual jobs for quite awhile.
Rev. 8:9 "And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed."
Rev. 8:10 "And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
This great star could be a meteor or comet, some space debris. Or this could be symbolism for Satan falling from heaven, because the angels are sometimes symbolized as STARS. Keep in mind that in Revelation chapter 12 we are told of a war in heaven between Michael the archangel with his angels fighting against Satan and his angels. And during this war Satan and his angels will be cast out of the heavenlies into the earth. I will share more on this later on in this study.
Rev. 8:11 "And the name of the star is called wormword: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter."
I have often thought of something radioactive or chemical pollution making the waters bitter. I have heard that the nuclear reactor in Russia called Chernobal means WORMWOOD, so it is possible that a nuclear pollution may fit this prophecy. But again this is all speculation. Another possibility is that this is symbolism and the WATERS are many people who are made BITTER and full of HATE by this FALLEN angel that is cast out of heaven, and basically this multitude of people that are made bitter kill off the population as in a genocide like the holocaust of the Jews. I personally do not think this is the case for this particular verse, because in chapter 9 we will see another STAR fall from heaven, which I believe better fits the description of Satan.
Rev. 8:12 " And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and they shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
This could be the shortening of days spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24:22 which says,
"And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened."
Rev. 8:13 "And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst, saying with a loud voice WOE, WOE, WOE, to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels yet to sound!
In other words, things are going to get worse. The fifth trumpet will be the first woe, the sixth trumpet will be the second woe, and the seventh trumpet will be the third and final woe.
This brings us to chapter 9 of the book of Revelation
Rev. 9:1 "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit.
The word "star" is often used in the Bible to refer to an angel. And in this instance I believe it is referring to a fallen angel, Lucifer, better known as Satan, the devil, sometimes called the dragon and serpent. It has been taught that Satan is the ruler, lord, king, head or leader over all the other fallen angels and demons of the underworld and principalities in heaven. Later on in the book of Revelation we will see more about this war in heaven where Satan is cast down into the earth.
Remember the way this book is written, first we get a little glimpse and then it is magnified and we see a little more detail and then it is enlarged even more so we can see more detail.
Rev. 9:2 "And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit of a great furnace; and the sun and air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit."
This tells me that what ever it is that Satan lets out of the pit is a very large number, so much so that at the first they just appeared to be a cloud of smoke so thick and so dark that they darkened the sun and the air.
Rev. 9:3 "And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power."
Now John sees that out of this smoke or smoke like cloud comes something that looks like a locust, and he tells us that these locusts are given power much like the scorpions have power. So we can assume that these locusts carry some kind of venom or poison in them, or that they have the effect on people that have been stung by a scorpion.
Rev. 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but ONLY those men who have NOT the seal of God in their foreheads.
The characteristics of these locusts are are different than regular locusts in that they do not harm the grass or any green plant, not even the trees. But they are given power and commanded to only hurt men and women who do NOT have the seal of God in their forehead. We will discuss this a little later on in this study.
Rev. 9:5 "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man."
We are told that these scorpion like locusts will not kill the man or woman who does not have the seal of God, but rather that they will be tormented for five months. Some thoughts are that this plague lasts for five months and then the locusts just disappear, while some think that the sting of these locust will produce pain that will torment the body for five months. BOTH points of view could be correct, or neither may be correct. I have heard some teach that these locust are war machines like helicopters, because of the following verses.
Rev. 9:6 "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."
Here we see that the pain and torment from these locusts are so severe that men seek to die, but death does not come.
Rev. 9:7 "And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men."
Rev. 9:8 " And they had hair as the hair of a women, and there teeth were as the teeth of lions."
Rev. 9:9 "And they had breastplates as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to the battle."
Rev. 9:10 "And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt five months."
Rev. 9:11 "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has the name Apolyon."
All I can say for sure is that an angel fell from heaven to the earth and had the key or knowledge to open the bottomless pit, which I believe houses or holds devils and demons, and then releases what ever is in the bottomless pit upon the earth. They have a king over them, a leader, and his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, which means destruction, and in the Greek his name is Apolyon, which means DESTROYER. Which by the way Satan is also called the DESTROYER.
Rev. 9:12 "One WOE is past; and behold there comes two woes more hereafter.
So the first WOE is the blowing or sounding of the fifth trumpet. Now it is past and two more woes are to follow. The next or second woe will be the sixth trumpet and the third and final WOE will be the WRATH of God or the seventh and final or LAST trumpet. Remember the first six, then the space of time where the rapture occurs, then the seventh, the WRATH of God.
Rev. 9:13 "And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden alter which is before God."
Rev. 9:14 "Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Eurphates.
Rev. 9:15 "And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay a third part of men.
I want you to notice that these angels were PREPARED ahead of time for this plague, and the duration of this plague is to be 1 year, 1 month, 1 day, and 1 hour.
Rev. 9:16 "And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them."
Rev. 9:17 "And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke; and brimstone."
Rev. 9:18 "By these three was the third part of men killed, by fire, and by the smoke; and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths."
Rev. 9:19 "For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt."
Rev. 9:20 "And the rest of the men, which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, hear, nor walk:
Rev. 9:21 "Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorcery, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."
Now I do not know what this army of 2,000,000 is, but only that one third of mankind is killed and they still will not repent of their sins. If these descriptions are taken literally, then these verses seem to be describing a war.
One thing I do want you to notice is that BEFORE the seventh and final trumpet or the LAST TRUMPET shall sound we are told many more things in all of chapter 10 and in most of chapter 11. In other words, the first six trumpets are sounded and then something takes place before the seventh trumpet is sounded just like the seven seals where the first six are opened one right after another and then we saw the great multitude of saints who came OUT of GREAT TRIBULATION stand before the throne of God, THEN the seventh seal was opened.
This brings us to chapter 10.
Rev. 10:1 "And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:"
Rev. 10:2 "And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth,"
Rev. 10:3 "And he cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he cried, seven thunders uttered their voices."
Rev. 10:4 "And when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was ABOUT to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, SEAL UP those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not."
Rev. 10:5 "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven."
Rev. 10:6 "And swore by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
Now this may also be a place where the days are shortened for the elects sake that all of mankind will not be destroyed. In other words, IF the seven thunders were allowed to be written, then they would also have to be administered, because they would then be a part of prophecy. However, by forbiding John to write these seven thunders the days, as in the total number of days was shortened. Whereas back in Revelation 8:12 we saw that the days and nights were 1/3 less than normal. Or in other words instead of being 12 hours in a day and 12 hours in a night the days are shortened to have only 8 hours in a day and 8 hours in a night.
Now in order for this to happen the very orbit and or rotation of the earth would have to change.The Bible has quite a lot to say about this subject, so if you want to know more, please read the "THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS" .
Rev. 10:7 "BUT in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall BEGIN to sound, the MYSTERY of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants he prophets."
I want you to notice that the seventh trumpet, which is the LAST TRUMP is not being sounded just yet, but we are being told that WHEN this LAST TRUMP shall BEGIN to sound that the MYSTERY of God should be finished, completed, done, performed, or accomplished.
So what is this MYSTERY of God that John says we were told about? Open your Bible and turn to 1 Corinthians 15:51,52
"Behold ( look and see or see and understand) I show you a MYSTERY: we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, (when will we be changed?)
In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, AT the LAST TRUMP: (or at the exact moment then last [7th] trumpet shall sound) for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incoruptible, and we shall be changed."
You see, AT the time that the seventh and LAST trumpet is sounded, AT the LAST TRUMP, the MYSTERY of God shall be accomplish, performed, take place, or should be finished, precisely AT the time that the seventh trumpet BEGINS to sound. For a deeper understanding on this subject please read the study entitled "THE GREAT TRIBULATION" and "THE WRATH OF GOD VERSES THE GREAT TRIBULATION" .
Rev. 10:8 "And the voice which I heard from heaven spoke unto me again, and said, Go and take the book which is open in the hand of the angel which stands upon the sea and upon the earth."
Rev. 10:9 " And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make your belly bitter, but it shall be in your mouth sweet as honey."
I believe that the little book is the word of God or at least the part of God's word that he will reveal to believers in the last days. The word of God will be sweet to eat like honey. In other words, we will have a hunger and deep desire to read God's word, but the revelation that we receive from God will be bitter to us and hard to keep down. It will not be pleasant to digest. Also the word honey is used in connection to knowing how to REFUSE to do evil and to CHOOSE to do right. In other words, living our lives without sin.
Rev. 10:10 "And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter."
Rev. 10:11 "And he said unto me, you must prophesy again before many people, and nations, and tongues, and kings."
This revelation that the Holy Spirit of God teaches to us in the last days we must prophesy and teach to all people of all nations and even to the leaders of these nations. So this revelation that comes from God is not just for the church or our own private interpretation, but is also for the whole world. And many are not going to like it as we are told in chapter 11.
Rev. 11:1 "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the alter, and them that worship therein."
Rev. 11:2 "But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under fourty and two months."
Rev. 11:3 "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth."
Rev. 11:4 "These are the two olive tress, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth."
Rev. 11:5 "And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed."
Rev. 11:6 "These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all the plagues, as often as they will."
Rev. 11:7 "And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them."
Rev. 11:8 "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified."
Rev. 11:9 "And they of the people and kindred and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves."
Rev. 11:10 "And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth."
Rev. 11:11 "And after three and a half days the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev. 11:12"And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them."
Rev. 11:13 "And the same hour was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain seven thousand: and the remnant were frightened, and gave glory to the God of heaven."
Rev 11:14 "The second WOE is past; and, behold, the third WOE comes quickly."
So what just happened here in these verses beginning with the last verse of chapter 10 through verse 14 of chapter 11?
Here is what I believe. As I previously stated I believe the little book is the word of God, or at least the part of God's word that the Holy Spirit reveals to us to PROPHESY in the last days. The angel tells John after eating up or devouring the word of God, the little book that he is to prophesy again to many people of all tongues. I believe John here is representing all believers, so we therefore are the ONE of the TWO WITNESSES that chapter 11 tells us about.
The second witness of God in the earth other than the church is the Jewish nation. So the TWO WITNESSES are the CHURCH (true believer) and the JEWS (the 144,000 having the seal of God in the foreheads, who may be Messianic Jews, that is to say, Jews who have made Jesus their savior).
Now I know this goes against what most of us have been taught, so if you would like further proof from the word of God that these are in fact the two witnesses please read the study called "THE TWO WINESSNESS: WHO ARE THEY?"
I also want you to notice that the RAPTURE of the church takes place in verse 12 of chapter 11. The believers, Christians, all over the world are killed for their testimony and so are the Jews, because they warn or prophesy to the world, or to people everywhere and then these prophecies come to pass. And when these prophecies come to pass, then we are blamed for these plagues that we told them would come upon them if they did not REPENT and follow the Lord. They kill us for the testimony we speak to them. Then we are resurrected right before their eyes.
And at the very moment we are resurrection and changed we are caught up into heaven, then there is a great earthquake, which is just prior to the blowing of the seventh and LAST trump, or precisely AT the time that it is sounded the WRATH of God is poured out.
Rev. 11:15 "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
Rev. 11:16 "And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell on their faces, and worshiped God."
Rev. 11:17 "Saying, We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which are, which was, and are to come; because you have taken your great power, and have reigned."
Rev. 11:18 "And the nations were angry, and your WRATH is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and you should give reward unto your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them that destroy the earth."
Rev. 11:19 " And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thundering, and an earthquake, and great hail."
This great earthquake such as never has been before initiates the WRATH of God, the third WOE. This brings us to chapter 12 of the book of Revelation.
This brings us to chapter 12 of the book of Revelation.
Rev. 12:2. "And she being with child cried, travailing in birth , and pained to be delivered."
Rev. 12:4. "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born."
Rev. 12:5. "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne."
If you remember John was told by Jesus to write down things which has as already seen, the things which he is seeing presently and things which shall be in the future. In other words, some of what John writes to us in the book of Revelation are things which had already take place before John wrote them down, and part of chapter twelve is a clear example of John writing things that have already taken place. Here is what I mean by this. In Revelation 12:5 we can clearly see that this man child that is caught up into heaven is speaking of Jesus, which has ALREADY ascended into heaven to God's throne. With that being said let us look at verse 1 of Revelation chapter 12, which says,
So then, the question has been asked "WHO is the WOMAN being spoken of here in Revelation chapter twelve?" Well by reading the context we see that the woman brings forth a man child or a SON, who we clearly see as being Jesus. Therefore to ME, I clearly see the WOMAN as being ISRAEL, because Jesus comes from the linage of Israel.
The SUN in the book of Genesis is called the GREATER light and the MOON is called the LESSOR light. and we see the WOMAN being CLOTHED with the GREATER light. We also see that the LESSOR light is UNDER the feet of the WOMAN. So then WHO is this LESSOR light that is UNDER the feet of Israel? We will get to the answer of this question later on in this study. But for now I want you to notice that the WOMAN has upon her head a crown of TWELVE STARS.
Now if you will turn your Bibles to Genesis 37:9 and read where 11 STARS bow down to the TWELFTH STAR.
"And he (speaking of Joseph) dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren (speaking of his 11 brothers), and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the SUN and the MOON and the ELEVEN STARS made obeisance to me."
Many Bible scholars teach that Joseph is a TYPE of shadow of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that Jesus will come from the linage of Jacob, who was renamed ISRAEL. We also know that Jacob or ISRAEL had TWELVE sons who were divided into the TWELVE tribes of ISRAEL the nation. It is the tribe of JUDAH from which that Jesus will come forth. Please read Genesis chapter 49 verse 1, then skip down and read verses 8-12.
Genesis 49:8-12 "8. Judah, you are HE whom your brethren shall PRAISE: your hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; your father's children (speaking of the 11 STARS in the dream that Joseph had) shall BOW DOWN BEFORE you.
9. Judah is a lion's whelp (Rev. 5 calls Jesus the LAMB of God and the LION of JUDAH): from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
In other words, not ONLY Israel the WOMAN who is clothed with the GREATER light shall bow down to Jesus when he comes again, but the MOON or the LESSOR light will serve the woman ISRAEL when Jesus comes again. Now I believe that the MOON is speaking of those who are in fact of the linage of ISRAEL, but who did not receive the GREATER light. To ME the MOON represents the linage of ISHMAEL, who are the Arabic people, which for the most part follow the teaching of ISLAM. I personally believe that all those who follow the teaching of Islam will one day be UNDER the feet of Israel whom they will serve during the 1000 year reign of Jesus. We may get into this a little deeper later on in this study, but for now let us move on to verses 2-5 of Revelation chapter 12.
"And she (speaking of Israel of the linage of Jacob) being with child (speaking of Jesus) cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered (speaking of both the Old Testament where Israel was crying for a deliverer to save them from their oppressor AND is also speaking of Israel in the future where she will AGAIN cry out for her MESSIAH).
3. And there appeared ANOTHER wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon (The Bible interprets who this dragon is a few verses later so there is no argument that the dragon is that old serpent called the Devil and Satan), having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4. And his tail drew the third part of the STARS of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
The word "STARS" in the Bible is sometimes used to refer to the ANGELS in HEAVEN. Therefore in verse 4 we see that Satan drew one third of the angels from heaven to side with him in his REBELLION and take over of the very throne of Almighty God. For a deeper understanding of this please read the study "UNDERSTANDING WHY?" where I explain in detail this WAR that is being waged in heaven and WHY. but for now let us continue with Revelation 12:6-17, which says,
Rev. 12:7. "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,"
Rev. 12:10. "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down , which accused them before our God day and night."
Rev. 12:12. "Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the those who inhabit the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time."
Rev. 12:14. "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time , and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."
Rev. 12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
Now that you have an overview of what is taking place let us go back to verse 6 and break each verse down little by little.
Rev. 12:6. "And the woman (which we know is Israel) FLED into the wilderness, where she (or where Israel) has a place PREPARED of God, that THEY should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days."
In other words, there is a time that is yet future that Israel will FLEE into the wilderness where God has already PREPARED for her to be FEED by some people for 1260 days. A "SCORE" equals 20. Therefore three score would then equal 60 or 60 days in this instance.
So then, you have a thousand days plus two hundred days plus 60 days added together and you get 1260 days that Israel is FEED, which to me indicates that Israel is kept alive during this 1260 days in a place that has already been prepare by Almighty God in the WILDERNESS.
Now I have some thoughts as to where this wilderness is located and I have some thoughts as to WHO are the THEY that feed Israel for these 1260 days, which I will share later on in this study.
But for now I want to draw you attention to this period of 1260 days that is also describe in the Bible as 42 months, 3 1/2 years, a time, times, and dividing of time, and a time, times, and half a time.
Please read read James 5:17 where Elijah prayed and it rained not for 3 1/2 years.
Now compare this verse with Revelation 11:1-6, which teaches us that God will GIVE POWER to his two witnesses so that they can BOLDLY prophecy and give testimony of the one true and only Almighty God for 3 1/2 years and that it will NOT RAIN during the days of their testimony.
3. AND (or at this SAME time during this 42 month period of time) I will GIVE power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (which is the same exact 1260 days of 3 1/2 years that Satan will make WAR with the SAINTS), clothed in sackcloth.
6. These have POWER to SHUT heaven, that it RAIN NOT in the days of their prophecy (which is speaking of this 1260 days or 3 1/2 year period of time when Satan makes war with the saints and persecutes the WOMAN ISRAEL): and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will."
Now I want you read Revelation 13:5 where we see again this SAME 42 month or 1260 day or 3 1/2 year period of time.
We will tie all of these verse together as we continue this study of Revelation, but for now I want you to see this SAME 3/12 year period of time written to us in a more HIDDEN way as a TIME, TIMES and DIVIDING of TIME in the book of Daniel 7:23-25, which says,
"Thus he said, The fourth BEAST shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces (from this verse we are told by scripture that the word "BEAST" means KINGDOM in Bible prophecy).
25. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they (the SAINTS) shall be given into his hand until a TIME and TIMES and the DIVIDING of TIME."
Now if a TIME represents ONE YEAR and TIMES represents TWO YEARS and the DIVIDING of TIME or the dividing or ONE YEAR represents 6 months or ONE HALF of a YEAR, then we again see a 3 1/2 year period of time where the SAINTS are persecuted and killed during this period of time.
Now let us read further in Daniel 12:1-10, which teaches us that this SAME period of 3 1/2 years, 42 months, 1260 days, and a time, times and the dividing of time are all speaking of the time of GREAT tribulation that Jesus told us about in Matthew chapter 24.
"And at that TIME (speaking of that time when this 3 1/2 year period of great tribulation shall be upon the whole earth) shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a TIME of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered , every one that shall be found written in the book.
7. And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by him that lives for ever that it shall be for a TIME, TIMES, and AN HALF; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
10. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; BUT the WISE SHALL UNDERSTAND."
We read in both Matthew and Mark that about the abomination of desolation spoken by the prophet Daniel that those who read and UNDERSTAND then those who SEE this abomination of desolation who be in Judea should FLEE to the mountains. Let us read these words of Jesus in both Matthew and Mark first and then we will read this same account from the gospel of Luke where we will learn WHAT the abomination of desolation spoken by the prophet Daniel truly is according to the Bible as opposed to the speculations of men.
21. For THEN (at this time when we shall SEE the ABOMINATION of DESOLATION spoken of by the prophet Daniel) shall be GREAT tribulation (which shall last for 1260 days), such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
Now please read this same account from Mark 13:14-20 and notice that the right AFTER verse that speaks about the abomination of desolation we see a FLEEING of Israel into the mountains or wilderness.
"But when you shall SEE the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that reads understand,) THEN let them that be in Judea FLEE to the mountains:
So then we see almost the exact same wording in both Matthew and Mark. However, when we read this exact same account in
Luke 21:20-24 we do NOT see the words ABOMINATION of DESOLATION written immediately before the FLEEING of Israel into the mountains or wilderness. But instead of the words "ABOMINATION of DESOLATION spoken of the prophet Daniel" we see the words "WHEN you shall SEE Jerusalem SURROUNDED BY ARMIES" Then those who are in Israel or the area of Judea are to FLEE to the mountains.
"And WHEN you shall SEE Jerusalem compassed (or surrounded) with armies, then know that the DESOLATION thereof is nigh. (in other words, WHEN we SEE Jerusalem SURROUNDED by armies, the we are SEEING the ABOMINATION of DESOLATION spoken of by the prophet Daniel, because it is these ARMIES that shall make Jerusalem and all of Israel DESOLATE. So then WHEN we SEE that Jerusalem is about to be destroyed by the ARMIES that are surrounding her)
21. THEN let them which are in Judea FLEE to the mountains (where God has a place PREPARED for Israel to be feed and nourished for 1260 days fro SATAN who seeks to destroy or wipe Israel off the face of the earth); and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into.
Now let us go back to Revelation 12:7-12, which teaches us about a great WAR in HEAVEN between Almighty God and the ANGELS who REBELLED against God to try and over throw his throne.
Rev. 12:7 "And there was WAR IN HEAVEN: Michael and his angels fought AGAINST the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,"
Rev. 12:9 "And the GREAT DRAGON (who in verse 3 we saw had SEVEN heads and TEN horns) was cast out, that OLD SERPENT, called the Devil, and Satan (which is speaking of the that OLD SERPENT that was in the GARDEN of EDEN who DECEIVED Eve in to eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and therefore sin against God), which DECEIVES the whole world: he (speaking of Satan, the Devil) was CAST OUT into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
Before we move on to verse 10, I want you to read about this OLD SERPENT who DECEIVES the whole world who was in the garden of EDEN in Isaiah 14:1-17
2. And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they (speaking of the WOMAN, Israel clothed with the SUN or the GREATER light) shall RULE OVER their oppressors (speaking of those who follow the teachings of ISLAM, the MOON, that is under the feet of the WOMAN ISRAEL).
3. And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give you REST (speaking of the 1000 year reign of Jesus) from your sorrow, and from your fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
4. That you shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon (speaking of Satan who is the god or ruler of this present world of Babylon), and say, How has the OPPRESSOR ceased! The golden city ceased!
5. The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.
8. Yea, the fir trees (speaking of the righteous) rejoice at you (Satan), and the cedars of Lebanon (the righteous), saying, Since you are laid down, no feller is come up against us (or since from the time that YOU were BOUND in the bottomless pit there has no one come against us to cut us down or accuse us before God).
12. How are YOU fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you (Satan that old serpent the great re dragon) cut down to the ground (or cast out of the midst of the heavens down to the earth?), which didst weaken the nations (or which DECEIVES the whole world)!
14. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(this is speaking of the antichrist, this earthly king of Babylon in the LAST days, who receives his power from Satan the god or ruler of darkness of this present world.)
For a deeper understanding on this subject of Satan being cast out of the midst of heaven please read the studies called "UNDERSTANDING WHY? and "WHO IS LUCIFER?---IS LUCIFER SATAN?" But for now let us continue with verse 10 of Revelation chapter 12 which says,
Rev. 12:10. "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, NOW is come salvation, and STRENGTH, and the kingdom of our God, and the POWER of his Christ (or NOW that Satan and the ruling powers of darkness are CAST OUT of the MIDST of heaven there is given POWER and STRENGTH to the ANOINTED ones of Almighty God. Compare with charter 11 where the two witnesses the church ans the 144,000 or Israel are GIVEN POWER): for the ACCUSER of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."
In other words, the HINDER, the one who HINDERS the church by HINDERING the PRAYERS of the saints like we are taught in Daniel chapter 10. And also HINDERS the saints by TEMPTING us to be WEIGHTED down by SIN, therefore let us lay aside every weight that HINDERS us. For a deeper understanding of what I mean by Satan being the HINDER please read the study "WHO IS THE HINDER?" But for now let us move on to verse 11 of Revelation chapter 12.
Rev. 12:11. "And they (speaking of the faithful believers) over came him (speaking of WHOSOEVER will BELIEVE overcoming Satan) BY the blood of the Lamb, AND BY the word of their testimony; and they (speaking of the faithful believers) loved NOT their lives unto THE DEATH."
This is something every believer needs to prepare their heart to face in the days ahead. This life we live in this present world is but a vapor or a mere moment in time when prepared to ETERNITY. Therefore my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Be STRONG in the Lord and in the POWER of HIS MIGHT to be found FAITHFUL even unto death. For ONLY those who ENDURE unto the END shall be SAVED and receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come! Now verse 12, which says,
Rev. 12:12. "Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them (or KNOW and REJOICE those of you who are martyred during this time of GREAT tribulation for you shall be comforted and shall receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come). Woe (remember that there are three WOES given and this is speaking of the SECOND WOE) to the those who inhabit the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a SHORT TIME (speaking of the TIME that Satan is giving of 42 months or 1260 days or 3 1/2 years to make war with the saints)."
In other words, WOE or great warning to all who are on the earth during this time of great tribulation for Satan the Devil will have great wrath, because he knows that his TIME is short. For deeper understanding of Satan KNOWING that his TIME is short and WHEN this TIME may be, please read the study "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT THE YEAR 2012?". But for now let us continue this verse by verse study in the book of Revelation by reading verse 13-17 of chapter 12, which says,
Or when Satan was cast out of the heaven realm were he presently rules as the god of this world ans finds that he can no longer HINDER the prayers of the saints like he used to do as the principalities and powers of the air, then Satan goes and persecutes the woman which we know is Israel.
Rev. 12:14. "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she (the people of Israel who are in Judea) might FLY into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."
Now I personally believe that the TWO WINGS of a GREAT EAGLE represent the United States of America where many of the people in Israel who are wise enough to FLEE, when they SEE that Jerusalem is completely SURROUNDED by Muslim ARMIES, will be AIRLIFTED to the United States where they will be protected from Satan who is now given his power to a man known as the antichrist, who seeks to wipe Israel off the face of the earth during this TIMES, and TIME, and HALF a TIME or more clearly during this 3 1/2 years of GREAT tribulation by DECEIVING the Muslims who follow the teachings of ISLAM to kill the Christians and the Jews.
The word "water" in the Bible sometimes speaks of a multitude of people and the word "flood" often speaks of a means to destroy. Therefore Satan uses or DECEIVES a great multitude of people, namely the Muslims, to destroy Israel.
Rev. 12:16. "And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the FLOOD (again sometimes the word "flood" is used as a means to destroy and sometimes can refer to an army) which the dragon cast out of his mouth."
Please read Zechariah 14:3-5 which teaches us that when Jesus comes again his feet shall touch the mount of Olives and the mountain shall spit into two parts to create a valley for which Israel shall flee through. This could be as to how the earth helped the woman Israel from the flood of the Muslim army that seeks to destroy her in these last days.
4. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5. And you shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, you shall flee, like as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with you."
Or it may be that the earth helping the woman is speaking of other nations that will side with Israel to help fight the armies of those Muslim nations that are coming against Israel to destroy her.
Rev. 12:17. "And the dragon (which we KNOW is SATAN) was wroth with the WOMAN (who we know is ISRAEL), and went to make WAR with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, AND have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
In other words, those who are making WAR with the ISRAEL are of SATAN. Verse 17 is very clear that those who make WAR or PERSECUTE or KILL the Jews and the Christians are of SATAN. So then, it should be CLEAR to ALL, that those who follow ISLAM are of SATAN and therefore Muslims are the ENEMY of the one true and only Almighty God.
This brings us to the end of Revelation chapter 12. We will take a CLOSER look at what I just said about the Muslims who follow the teaching of ISLAM as being DECEIVED by SATAN to kill the Christians and the Jews and are therefore the ENEMY of the one true and only Almighty God who they sincerely THINK that they are serving. In other words, Muslims THINK that they are serving the true Almighty God by KILLING the Christians and the Jews, but is TRUTH they are serving SATAN the Devil. Please read John 16:2,3 where Jesus is speaking to us telling us that there will come a TIME when people will KILL us for our testimony of Jesus because they do NOT KNOW the one true and only Almighty God and his SON Jesus.
You see, those who do NOT know Jesus to be the SON of Almighty God the FATHER do NOT know the one TRUE and ONLY Almighty God his God and FATHER.
And Muslims DENY that Jesus is the SON of Almighty God AND they DENY that the one true and only Almighty God has a SON. Muslims ALSO DENY that Jesus DIED on the CROSS for our SINS. And since they DENT that Jesus was CRUCIFIED they ALSO do NOT believe that God raised Jesus fro the DEAD. In other words, Muslims do NOT believe the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. They may SAY that they do, but in TRUTH they do NOT, because they do NOT believe the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.
This brings us to the end of chapter 12 of the book of Revelation. Now let us begin Revelation chapter 13.
Rev. 2 "And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority."
Rev. 7 "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to over come them: and power was given him over all kindred, and tongues, and nations.
Rev. 9 "If any man have an ear, let him hear."
Now that we have an overview of what is taking place let us take one verse at a time and examine them more closely. Here is Revelation 13:1 again.
Rev. 13:1. "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a BEAST (which if you remember is a KINGDOM) rise up out of the SEA, having SEVEN heads and TEN horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy."
Now the word "SEA" in the Bible sometimes refers to the WICKED. Please read Isaiah 57:20, which teaches us that the WICKED are LIKE the SEA when it is troubled and stirs up a mess of mire and mud.
Remember that the word "WATERS" something refers to people. In other words, a multitude of WICKED people are like the SEA when it is not at rest but is raging to cast up mire and mud.
Now this BEAST come OUT of the SEA. Or this beast system is ruled by god of this world whom we know is Satan. We can CLEARLY see this TRUTH in verse 2 where the DRAGON, which we know is Satan GAVE this BEAST his power.
We also see that the BEAST has SEVEN heads, which we know from Revelation chapter 17: 9-12 is speaking of SEVEN different KINGDOMS that were in the past before John wrote the book of Revelation, the KINGDOM that was present in John's day and the KINGDOM that is yet in the FUTURE from the time when John wrote down what he saw and heard.
"The BEAST that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (this is speaking of Satan who is behind this BEAST or these SEVEN different KINGDOMS of this world, because Satan is the god of this present world)
10. And there are SEVEN KINGS (in other words these seven HEADS are seven different KINGDOMS that were are and yet are to be on the earth): FIVE are fallen (referring to Egypt, Assyria, or Nineveh, Babylon, Persia, and Greece),
and ONE IS,(referring to the SIXTH KINGDOM which was the Roman empire or kingdom that was present in John's day when he wrote the book of Revelation) and the OTHER is NOT YET COME (meaning in John's day the Roman empire was still in power and had not yet FALLEN, therefore this SEVENTH KINGDOM would not come into power until after the fall of the Roman empire); and when he comes (meaning when this SEVENTH KINGDOM comes into power), he must continue a short space (or in other words, this seventh kingdom would reign only a short time in comparison to the other six kingdoms).
11. And the BEAST that was, and is not, even he is the EIGHTH (meaning that Satan himself will give all his power to this last or EIGHTH KINGDOM), and is OF the SEVEN (which to ME means that this EIGHTH and last KNGDOM of Satan will come forth from the SEVENTH KINGDOM. But some say this last kingdom comes or rises up from out of one of these seven previous kingdoms and suggest that this eighth kingdom is a revival of the Roman empire. This MAY be the case. but I personally believe that this eight kingdoms rise up out of the SEVENTH kingdom, which I believe is speaking of the Ottoman Muslim empire.), and goes into perdition.
In other words, these TEN KINGS will UNITE with this final beast kingdom to form a kingdom that goes into PERDITION, which we know to be the ANTICHRIST kingdom. But before we get into this let us go back to Revelation 13:2, which says,
Rev. 13:2. "And the BEAST (speaking of this SEVENTH KINGDOM) which I saw was like unto a LEOPARD, and his feet were as the feet of a BEAR, and his mouth as the mouth of a LION: and the dragon (or Satan himself) gave him (speaking of this SEVENTH KINGDOM) his power, and his seat, and great authority."
In other words, whatever this eighth and final kingdom that is ruled by the god of this world will be given it's power and authority from Satan himself.
Also we see in verse 13 that there are FOUR kingdoms: one like a LION, another like a BEAR, and yet another like a LEOPARD, and the last kingdom like a BEAST. You can compare this Revelation 13:13 to Daniel 7:2-6, which says,
4. The first was like a LION, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
5. And behold another beast, a second, like to a BEAR, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
7. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a FOURTH BEAST, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had TEN HORNS."
I personally believe that these four beasts parallel both Daniels first vision of the statue described in Daniel 2: and Daniel's third vision described to us in Daniel chapter 8. In other words, all of Daniels vision are speaking of the SAME kingdoms. Also I believe that these visions of Daniel parallel with the visions of John in the book of Revelation. For now let me just say that I believe the LION represents the kingdom of Babylon, the BEAR represents the kingdom of Medo Persia, the LEOPARD represents the kingdom of Greece, and the fourth BEAST represent the Roman empire which has TEN HORNS and from among these ten horn rose up another little horn. Let us continue with Revelation 13:3, which teaches us that ONE of these SEVEN HEADS or that ONE of these SEVEN KINGDOMS received a WOUND unto death, but was later HEALED.
Particularly the world wondered after this KINGDOM that seemed to be dead but then REVIVED once again to become even stronger than before so that the world began to say who can make WAR with the BEAST. And this is what is happening today with the radical Muslims, people are saying how can anyone fight such crazy people who blow themselves up to kill others, and who will NOT STOP for anything because they SINCERELY BELIEVE they are fighty for the CAUSE of Allah. Who can make war with such a people without TOTAL and COMPLETE genocide of every last Muslim on the face of the earth. So this scripture is being FULFILLED today with this war on terrorism and the radical Muslims. This brings us to Revelation 13:4-10 which says,
Now this does not mean that they actually bowed down to Satan knowingly as do some Satan worshipers, but rather means that they are being DECEIVED by Satan to sincerely believe that they were worshiping the one true God of Abraham.
I personally believe that this BEAST is speaking of the
Muslim nations that are uniting but yet are still very divided just
like the toes of iron do not truly mix with clay. You see, only the
Muslim nations, who follow the teachings of ISLAM truly and sincerely
believe that they worship the one true God of Abraham, but yet they
are being DECEIVED by Satan, because they do NOT worship the one true
and only Almighty God according to his WORD in spirit and in TRUTH.
Other wise they would not KILL the Christians and the Jews for
following the teachings of the word of Almighty God, the Holy Bible. BEWARE my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord of this NEW movement called CHRISLAM which is the MERGING together of Christianity and the religion of ISLAM. Muslims and Christians do NOT worship the SAME God. Muslims worship Allah. and Christians worship Yehweh that some Christians pronounce as Jehovah or Yehoveh.
Please notice again this same 3 1/2 year period of time, and how this beast system BLASPHEMES the on true and only Almighty God.
I want you to please consider how ISLAM blasphemes that one true and only Almighty God by DENYING that Almighty God has a SON and that his SON Jesus DIED for their SINS.
Rev. 13:7. "And it was given unto him to make WAR with the saints, and to over come them: and power was given him over all kindred, and tongues, and nations"
Also not only notice that Islam kills Christians and the Jews, but also Muslims kill anyone who does NOT bow down to their god Allah. Now I am NOT saying the EVERY Muslim kills Christians and Jews for not embracing Islam, but the Quran does teach Muslims to fight those that oppose them.
Now those in the WORLD may be DECEIVED to bow down to this false god Allah, but those of us whose names are written in the book of life of the Lamb will NOT be deceived into bowing down to this false god Allah of Islam. For those of us who have are eyes OPEN we can clearly see how the world says that we all worship the SAME God meaning that the Christians Jews and the Muslims all worship the SAME God. But in TRUTH it is ONLY the Christians who truly believe that Jesus is the SON of Almighty God.
In other words, if you are WISE you will HEAR what I showing your from the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible and you will NOT bow down to this false god Allah of Islam. And if you are a Muslim you will reject Islam and become a Christian and true follower of the one true and only Almighty God. It is better to die as a Christian and faithful martyr of the Lord Jesus Christ the SON of Almighty God, than to live now by giving into the threats of Islam and later suffer the WRATH of Almighty God in the day of judgment.
Rev. 13:10 "He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."
This is the PATIENTS of the saints who are being killed for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ; the KNOWING that Almighty God will AVENGE our shed blood that we willing give for the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This brings us to the revealing of ANOTHER beast that causes mankind to worship the first beast. Please read Revelation 13:11-18, which says,
Rev. 13:12 "And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwells therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed."
Rev. 13:14 "And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
Rev. 13:15 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
Rev. 13:18. Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
Now let us go back to verse 11 and see what is being said.
First of all we see the words ANOTHER BEAST, which teaches us that there are TWO beasts that we are to watch for in the last days. Now the word "HORNS" sometimes represents
having authority. Please notice that this second beast has TWO seats
of authority and appears to be like a LAMB where the LAMB represents
true faith in the one true and only Almighty God. But also notice
that even though this second beast APPEARS to have their faith in the
one true and only Almighty God this beast SPEAKS as a DRAGON. In
other words, this second beast speaks LIES, because Satan is the
father of lies and there is no truth in him. Also in the prophesies of ISLAM they are looking for Jesus to come and teach the Christians and the Jews to follow Allah. In other words, the Jesus of Isa of ISLAM fits the description of this second BEAST with TWO horns as a LAMB. Jesus WARNS us that there would be FALSE Christs in the last days and this Jesus or Isa of ISLAM sounds like the one we should be looking for so as NOT to be DECEIVED by his FALSE miracles.
Rev. 13:12 "And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him (which I believe means that this second kingdom will occupy the same geographical area as the first beast), and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed."
Here we see that this second beast kingdom causes those who dwell upon the earth to WORSHIP this first beast kingdom that was wounded unto death but revived once again.
Rev. 13:13. "And he (speaking one leader of Islam who they say is Jesus, but in TRUTH he is the ANTICHRIST) does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,"
Rev. 13:14 "And DECEIVES them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the BEAST (referring to the Muslim kingdom who follow the teaching s of ISLAM); saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an IMAGE to the BEAST (or make an IMAGE to the false god of Allah of Islam), which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
You see, the religion of ISLAM and the ISLAMIC kingdom of the Ottoman empire fell not only by the PHYSICAL SWORD in war, but also by the SWORD of the Holy Spirit, which is the WORD of Almighty God, because it was the CRUSADES that brought ISLAM to an end for many years until this beast system REVIVED once again.
Now the Arabic people before Islam came to them were idol worshipers and therefore they had many IMAGES. Islam today bears the IMAGE of the CRESCENT MOON with the STAR. Islam also bows down to the Kaaba in Mecca. And Islam also place much emphasis on the IMAGE of the Arabic symbol that means in the name of Allah, which they wear on ARMBANDS and HEADBANDS.
Rev. 13:15 "And he (the antichrist) had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
There have been apparitions of an angel on top of the Kaaba in Mecca. It may be that something like this will take place and cause people to believe in Islam as the true religion. But is may be something as the image itself simple saying "In the name of Allah", because all new converts to Islam must speak these words on that Muslims wear on the arms and foreheads.
"Rev. 13:16. "And he (the antichrist, which Muslims will say is Jesus) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a MARK (or bismillah) in their right hand, or in their foreheads:"
Again this MARK of this beast system is what the Muslims call a bismillah, which is an IMAGE or Arabic symbols that say or speak, "In the name of Allah". And new Muslims converts are deceived into wearing this MARK of ISLAM on either their arm or their forehead.
Now in Muslim dominated countries if you are NOT a Muslims you must pay a very high TAX so that sooner of later if you want to eat you will become a Muslim or starve. In other words, the day will come when you must be numbered among those who are Muslims and bear the name of ISLAM if you want to buy or sell. You will have to see this for yourself by listening to the testimonies of those who came out of Muslim dominated countries. For a deeper understanding on this subject of ISLAM being the MARK of the beast please read the study "ISLAM IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST!" But for now let us take a closer look at a very popular verse in the book of Revelation.
Now the New Testament is originally written in Greek and the three Greek letters "CHI", "XI", and "SIGMA" that are only TRANSLATED as six hundred threescore and six or 666. In other words, John may have wrote these three Greek letters for what he SAW to resemble very closely these three Greek letters.
Let me explain what I mean by this. The first Greek letter that John wrote down for what he SAW is the Greek letter "CHI" which LOOKS like two cross swords, which is the symbol that is used by Islam. Muslims have this symbol of crossed swords everywhere. In other words, the symbol of cross swords in to a Muslim like the cross is to Christians.
The next Greek two letters are "XI" and "SIGMA" which resemble some Arabic letters that say or speak "In the name of Allah", which is called "bismillah" in the Aribic language. Remember that John wrote down what he SAW. In other words, John may have DRAWN these Arabic letters and later the scribes that copied these ancient documents may have mistook these DRAWINGS of John of the Arabic letters to be Greek letters, because they are very similar.
With that being said This verse may better be translated as, "Here is WISDOM. Let him that has UNDERSTANDING consider the MULTITUDE of this BEAST or this KINGDOM. For it is the MULTITUDE of a man (whom we know now as Mohammad who is the prophet of Islam). And his MULTITUDE is the crossed swords in the name of Allah."
For a deeper understanding of this subject of the MARK of the beast please watch a few videos that I have posted on my YouTube channel at AMATTEROFTRUTH. This brings us to he end of chapter 13. Let us now continue this study in God's word by taking a look at Revelation chapter 14 verse by verse.
We know that the LAMB is speaking of Jesus, but what and where is mount SION. Is the word "SION" the same as the word "ZION" that we read about in Old Testament some 153 times. According to Wikipedia the free online encyclopedia the Hebrew word that is translated as "ZION" is transliterated to the word "SION" in the New Testament and is often used as a synonym for Jerusalem. We read in 2 Samuel 5:6,7 where king David conquers the Jebusites that are inhabiting the city of JERUSALEM in that day before Jerusalem became the CITY of DAVID on that day.
"And the king (speaking of king David over Israel) and his men went to JERUSALEM unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except you take away the blind and the lame, you shalt not come in hither: thinking, David CANNOT come in hither. (in other words, these Jebusites were MOCKING David saying that he could not overtake their city fortress of Jerusalem even if it was inhabited by the blind and the lame.)
7. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of ZION: the SAME is the CITY of David."
So then, clearly ZION is synonymous with the CITY of JERUSALEM, which is also called the CITY of David. But is mount ZION synonymous with mount SION. With that being said, then this verse could be referring to the time when Jesus will come again and and STAND with his feet on the MOUNTAIN of Olives just to the east of Jerusalem. Please read Zechariah 14:3-5, which says,
4. And his FEET shall STAND in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5. And you (speaking of God's people Israel that are in Jerusalem and in Judea in that day) shall FLEE to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, you shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with you."
This still does not really tell us if mount ZION is one and the same mountain as mount SION. The word "ZION" is found 153 times in the King James Version of the Bible and all 153 times it is found only in the Old Testament. The word "SION" is found 9 times, two times in the Old Testament and 7 times in the New Testament.
So to ME, the verse in Deuteronomy sounds like Sion is a literal mountain and in Psalm 65 Sion sounds like a people. And in the New Testament Sion seems to be referring to a people. So to ME I see the Zion of the Old Testament as referring to CITY of Jerusalem as a people just as the CITY of God, the NEW Jerusalem is speaking of God's people more so than a literal place.
Isaiah chapter 62 teaches us that Zion and Jerusalem shall be called by a NEW NAME. And I believe this NEW name is the NEW Jerusalem.
The 144,000 that have the NAME of the Father in their FOREHEADS, to ME, are the SAME 144,000 that are SEALED in their FOREHEADS in Revelation 7:1-8 of the twelve tribes of Israel.
In Revelation chapter 7 we see a type of figure of the rapture of the church. So then, to ME I personally see that these 144,000 are being SEALED, as in, MARKED as God's people so that they will NOT be harmed from this point on. In chapter 11 we see that the TWO witnesses, which I said that I believe are the CHURCH and ISRAEL, are taken UP in the CLOUDS and every eye shall seem them. We know that ONLY those who believe in Jesus as their Messiah shall receive ETERNAL LIFE at the time of the rapture of the church. So then, we have three options. One option is that the 144,000 receive eternal life at this point in time when the two witness are taken up just like the CHURCH, which is one of the two witness, receives eternal life at this point in time. Or option two is ONLY the church receives eternal life at this point in time and the 144,000 of Israel are take up to be protected and kept alive while the wrath of God is being poured out, so that they 144,000 can go into the millennium in their mortal bodies. Or the 144,000 is a third "FIRSTFRUITS" unto Almighty God the Father, which we will explore shortly.
The voice of many waters is the voice of Jesus, which we learned in chapter 1. The voice of a great thunder is to ME most likely the voice of the angels or possibly the saints that are before the throne of God. The voice of those harping with harps could be the saints before the throne, the angels, or the 144,000 themselves.
Rev. 14:3 "And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."
The THEY here is obviously referring to the 144,000 only, because this verse goes on to say that NO man could learn this NEW song but the 144,000 sealed of the twelve tribes of Israel, which we clearly see are REDEEMED from the earth.
Rev. 14:4 "These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whither soever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb."
Here we see that these 144,000 are the FIRSTFRUITS unto Almighty God AND the Lamb. Now we read in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 that Jesus Christ is the FIRST FRUITS, and then we that belong to Jesus Christ AT his COMING shall also be FIRST FRUITS. So to me, we that are CHRIST'S or we who belong to Jesus Christ when he comes again will be FIRST FRUITS unto God and the Lamb. I do not know if one could demand that being the FIRST FRUITS unto God means receiving ETERNAL LIFE. To me it simply means we are the FIRST of something that has never been done before. I have some more thoughts on this that I may share later.
Simply means that they were found perfect before God.
Let us read Revelation 14, verses 6 and 7 together with emphasis placed on certain words.
6. "And I saw ANOTHER angel (or MESSENGER) FLY in the midst of heaven, having the EVERLASTING GOSPEL to preach unto THEM that dwell ON the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7. "SAYING with a loud voice, FEAR God, and give GLORY to him; for (or BECAUSE) the HOUR of his judgment IS COME: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."
Now either the job of preaching the gospel is now given the the ANGELS, or this word "angel", which simply means MESSENGER, is referring to the SAINTS who have just been CAUGHT UP to MEET Jesus in the AIR and are now with Jesus in the CLOUDS of great glory preaching not just the gospel but the EVERLASTING gospel to those who are LEFT of all the nations to REPENT and CALL upon the name of the Lord and be saved alive to go into God's kingdom to be taught of the Lord.
The word "HOUR" to ME, refers to the WRATH of Almighty God that is about to be poured out upon all the world and God is giving the world one last chance to repent and call upon the name of Jesus and be saved alive to go into the millennium in their mortal bodies to be taught of the Lord without being DECEIVED by Satan the Devil.
This tells me that the power behind this kingdom or great city Babylon has been toppled and is now fallen. In other words, Satan the god of this world is cast down and is about to be bound for a 1000 years in the bottomless pit, so that he can no longer tempt mankind. The feminine "SHE" as being a WOMAN seems to always refer to mankind, but in this case speaking of the wicked who have vexed the righteous like Lot was vexed by the wicked in his day.
Rev 14:10 "The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture 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:"
At first reading these verse may seem to sound like a warning being giving to a yet future temptation of taking the MARK of the beast, but after closely examining the context I believe it is speaking of those who have ALREADY taken the MARK of the beast.
Now keep in mind that this IS in fact a WARNING to us who are living NOW, but at this time WHEN this everlasting gospel goes forth it will be TOO LATE for those who do NOT HEED this warning NOW but go ahead and TAKE the MARK of the beast.
In other words, EVERY one who TAKES the MARK of the beast shall be cast into the lake of fire of the JUDGMENT of Almighty God. Therefore, I personally believe, that since there is NO REPENTING from the TAKING of this MARK of the beast, then this MARK of the beast must be something that a person WILLINGLY and KNOWINGLY takes even though they were DECEIVED by Satan the Devil.
I personally believe that this MARK of the beast is ISLAM, particularly when the Muslims who follow the teachings of Islam will come against Israel and the Christians and KILL or BEHEAD them, just because they will NOT bow down to their false god Allah.
Again this is MY own personal OPINION, but I have based it upon much sound Biblical evidence. considering all that the Bible has to say about this antichrist and antichrist system in the last days.
Notice that it says the SMOKE of their torment ascends up for ever and ever and NOT that they are actually TORMENTED for ever and ever. There are many verse that are leading me to believe that the doctrine of eternal TORTURE and TORMENT is NOT a SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. Perhaps more on this subject of SUFFERING in HELL FIRE for all ETERNITY at a later time.
Simply put endure unto the end and be FAITHFUL to KEEP the commandments of Almighty God and do NOT DENY Jesus as the SON of Almighty God and the one who DIED for your SINS.
Rev. 14:13 "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."
You have to keep in mind that this WAR at ARMAGEDDON is still raging while this everlasting gospel is being preached from the air. The CHURCH and the 144,000 of Israel are safe in the air with Jesus, but there are still a remnant of both Jews and a remnant of all the nations who are being faced with a decision that must be made quickly without much time to process on that is taking place. Those ON the earth are caught UNAWARE and are in the MIDST of the WRATH of Almighty God. Some are trying to HIDE to save their lives, but Jesus said those of seek to SAVE their lives shall LOSE out on ETERNAL LIFE. Therefore those who REPENT and turn to God by calling upon the name of Jesus the SON of Almighty God, even though they will be KILLED by the Muslims will be BLESSED because they DIED in the Lord BELIEVING in JESUS as their savior.
Rev 14:15 "And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for you to reap ; for the harvest of the earth is ripe."
Here in these three verses we see the writer John recapping the harvest of the righteous which has already taken place BEFORE the WRATH or HOUR of JUDGMENT is COME.
You have to remember that the book of Revelation is kind of like some movies that you may have watched where you are shown some things and then the movie jumps around back and forth until it makes you wonder at what point of the story you are at, until you realize that the film maker is just showing you more detail of what he has already shown you earlier.
Also NOTICE that the HARVEST of the earth take place AT the SAME time that the WRATH of God is poured out as we will plainly see in the verses that follow.
Rev. 14:18 "And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that 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."
Rev. 14:20 "And the wine press was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the wine press, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs."
So then, clearly from these four verses we see the WRATH of Almighty God being poured out. In verse 20 we see that the blood of the slain come up to the depth of the bridle of a horse for a space of 1,600 furlongs. Some Bible scholars tell us that this space in today's terms is 200 miles.
In other words, a furlong is a unit of length that is
equal to 220 yards or 660 feet or 201.168 meters. There are 8
furlongs in a one mile. So if you want the conversion in miles then
Now to ME, this does not necessarily mean an OCEAN of blood without the dead bodies, but rather that the dead bodies will be piled up in some places as high as the bridle of horses over this entire 200 mile area in this place called ARMAGEDDON.
This is to WARN us to let us know that you do NOT want to be there on the LOSING SIDE, which to ME, as I have already stated is on the side of the false god Allah. Jesus is coming back to FIGHT those NATIONS that fight AGAINST Israel. WAKE UP those of you who are Muslims and take HEED to the BOOK and the people of the book. Please read CLOSELY Psalm 83, which teaches us WHO the ten HORN of the beast truly are which shall seek to destroy Israel.
5. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against YOU (meaning that those who conspire AGAINST ISRAEL are in TRUTH conspiring AGAINST the one true and ONLY MOST HIGH Almighty God JEHOVAH. So then all you Muslims who follow the teachings of ISLAM these following ten tribes of people are speaking of those people, countries or nations that are dominantly Muslim in the world today):
8. Assur also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot. Selah.(can you not see my dear Muslims that Almighty God is WARNING you NOT to fight against his people ISRAEL and those that make the choice to go ahead and believe the MAN Muhammad OVER the very word of Almighty God himself shall be destroyed in the FIRE of God's JUDGMENT in the last days.)
9. Do unto them (in other words, God will do unto EDOM, the ISHMAELITES, those of MOAB or the MOABITES, the HAGARENES or the descendants of HAGAR, those of GEBAL, those of AMMON, the AMLEKITES, the PHILISTINES, those of TYRE, and those of ASSURE as God did to the) as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
11. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
This brings us to the end of revelation chapter 14, so let us now continue with chapter 15 of the book of Revelation.
Rev. 15:1. "And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God."
Rev 15:2. "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."
Rev. 15:3. "And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints."
Now let us go back and read Revelation 15:1 again and see what it is saying to us.
Rev. 15:1. "And I saw another sign (or wonder) in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels (or seven messengers, which I believe may represent the seven churches) having the seven LAST plagues; for in them (speaking of the seven LAST plagues) is FILLED UP the WRATH of God."
Now to ME, I see chapter 15 as being an OVERVIEW of the WRATH of God being poured out AFTER the CHURCH and the 144,000 are safe with Jesus.
But some see these seven LAST PLAGUES as the WRATH of God, whereas I myself see the first SIX VIALS taking place DURING the time of GREAT tribulation and ONLY the SEVENTH VIAL actually being the WRATH of God. I will explain what I mean by this when we get to Revelation chapter 16. And at the end of this study I will include ANOTHER INTERPRETATION of chapter 15 and the seven VIALS, but for now let us continue with the line of reasoning that ONLY the SEVEN and FINAL VIALS if the WRATH of God and the first SIX VIALS are poured out DURING the time of GREAT tribulation. I also want to point out that the seven LAST PLAGUES are also called the seven VIALS or the seven BOWLS in some translations of the Bible.
So then, here in verse 1 of chapter 15 we see that these seven LAST PLAGUES are FILLED UP with the WRATH of God. Now just reading this verse on the surface it certainly appears obvious that these seven last plagues are in fact the WRATH of God. And I myself went back and forth on how I would interpret this passage of scripture for quite some time. But when I could NOT reconcile Jesus coming yet AGAIN after he had ALREADY came I then concluded that I was MISSING something here in chapter 15.
This is when the thought came to me to LOOK UP the word "WRATH" to see if it could be translated as something different than WRATH and here is what I found. There are FOUR Greek words that are TRANSLATED as WRATH in the New Testament.
First we have the Greek word "PARORGISMOS", Strong's #(3950) and means "anger" and is used one time in the Bible translated as "wrath" in Ephesians 4:26 speaking of the wrath or anger of man not to let the sun go down on our wrath or anger.
Second we have the Greek word "PARORGIZO", Strong's #(3949) and means to anger, or to exasperate, and is translate one time as "anger" in Romans 10:19 and one time as to "provoke to wrath" in Ephesians 2:3 teaching us not to provoke or exasperate our children to anger or wrath. So then both of these words do not mean THE WRATH of God.
Thirdly we have the Greek word " THYMOS", Strong's #(2372) and means anger, fury, wrath, rage and a state of intense displeasure. The anger of God with the focus of righteous punishment. This word is translated 14 times as wrath, 2 times as fierceness, 1 time as indignation, and 1 time as wraths. And it is THIS word that is used in Revelation chapter 15 verse 1 and verse 7 and Revelation chapter 16 verse 1, which in MY OPINION has led some to FALSELY believe that ALL of the seven VIALS are THE WRATH of God, when in fact is may be that ONLY the SEVENTH VIAL is the actual WRATH of God. I will explain this further as we go along.
Fourthly we have the Greek word "ORGE", Strong's #(3709) and means wrath, anger, strong displeasure and hostility. This can range from human anger to the righteous anger of God toward sinful disobedience. It is translated 31 time as wrath, 3 times as anger, 1 time as indignation, and 1 time as vengeance.
Now out of these 31 times that this Greek word "ORGE" is translated as "WRATH" all but four are clear to me that it is speaking of THE WRATH of God. And out of the 14 times that the Greek word "THYMOS" is translated as "WRATH" it is ONLY in the book of Revelation that we see that this Greek word "THYMOS" having the possibility as meaning THE WRATH of God.
But again of these 8 times in the book of Revelation I myself see that we should not DEMAND that EVERY time we see this Greek word "THYMOS" that it should be translated as THE wrath of Almighty God. If so, then Revelation 16:19 MUST without fail be translated as "...the WRATH of his WRATH...", or the "THYMOS" of his "ORGE". Let us read this verse in CONTEXT so that you can CLEARLY see that this verse is definitely speaking of THE WRATH of Almighty God being poured out IN the SEVENTH VIAL. Please read Revelation 16:15-21, which clearly shows us the SECOND coming of Jesus as a THIEF, the GATHERING TOGETHER of the RIGHTEOUS and then the POURING out of the FIERCENESS of THE WRATH of God.
"15. Behold, I (Jesus) COME as a THIEF. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they (speaking of the angels that Jesus send to GATHER TOGETHER his faithful who are without sin) see his shame.
16. And he (speaking of Jesus by the means of sending his angels to do this job for him, Jesus) GATHERED them (speaking of ONLY the FAITHFUL believers who are without sin) TOGETHER into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(Remember and keep in mind that this SECOND coming of Jesus take place BETWEEN the pouring out of the SIXTH VIAL, where we see the armies gathering together for the battle of ARMAGEDDON, and the pouring out of the SEVENTH VIAL, which you will clearly see as THE WRATH of God.)
19. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the FIERCENESS (THYMOS, which some DEMAND be translated as WRATH) of his WRATH (ORGE).
21. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."
So you can see what I mean when I say that this Greek word "THYMOS" does not always mean THE WRATH of God as some DEMAND that it should. But IF we follow their DEMAND then we need to CHANGE verse 19 to read ...the WRATH (THYMOS) of his WRATH (ORGE), which to ME does nit make any sense whatsoever.
We need to keep in mind that MEN have TRANSLATED the original Hebrew and Greek Bible into English and they have made some errors here and there. Therefore we need to let the CONTEXT over rule when in doubt.
With that being said let us take another look at Revelation 15:1 with the Greek word "THYMOS" translated as "FIERCENESS" rather than the word "WRATH".
We will need to do this one more time in verse 7 when we get to is, but for now let us continue with Revelation 15:2, which says,
"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."
Here in this verse as well as in this whole chapter 15 we see and OVER VIEW of the CHURCH and the 144,000 AFTER they have been caught up before the throne of God. Then when we begin chapter 16 John will take us back in time again to the time of GREAT tribulation that is BEFORE the SECOND coming of Jesus. The whole book of Revelation is written in this style of writing, which is why so many people get so confused when trying to interpret what happens and when it happens.
We see that these saints have gotten VICTORY over the beast system by NOT worshiping the beast or his image or taking his mark. I am not sure what the sea of glass means, but if we take the word "SEA" to mean the WICKED as it sometimes does in the Bible and we take the word "GLASS" as something that is easily broken. And then we read the words of Jesus in Revelation 2:26-28 where Jesus gives us who OVER COME and get VICTORY over Satan the one behind the beast, the power to BREAK in PIECES the wicked like the vessels of a potter.
27. And he (speaking of us the church and the 144,000) shall RULE them (speaking of the WICKED) with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they (the WICKED) be BROKEN to shivers (like as GLASS is easily broken to shivers): even as I received of my Father.
Now I am not saying that this is what we standing on the sea of glass means, so if you have something let me know. Let us move on the Revelation 15:3, which says,
"And they ( referring to BOTH the CHURCH AND the 144,000 of ISRAEL, where Israel) sing the song of Moses the servant of God, AND the song of the Lamb (is sung by the CHURCH), saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty (giving praise to Almighty God the Father); just and true are your ways, you King of saints (giving praise to Jesus the Son of God)."
For ME, I always see Almighty God the FATHER as being separate from Jesus his SON all through the Bible. Now let us move on to verse 4.
Here I see that God's HOUR of JUDGMENT has ALREADY been made KNOWN or MANIFEST. In other words, God WRATH has ALREADY been poured out and the nations have SEEN the FIERCENESS of his WRATH so this is WHY the statement WHO shall NOT fear you O Lord. Surely now ALL the nations shall come and WORSHIP before you. Remember and keep in mind how the book of Revelation keeps jumping around showing us and overview, then going back to the beginning, the showing us the second coming and the wrath of God then starting all over again, back and forth all the way through the entire book.
Now let us move on and read Revelation 15 verses 5 through 8, which says,
This to me is like the SEALS being OPENED, which as you remember the first SIX SEALS are opened DURING the time of GREAT tribulation as I also believe these first SIX pf these seven LAST plagues or these first SIX VIALS are poured out are poured out during the time of great tribulation as well.
These seven angels could be the same seven angels of the seven churches. The pure white line represents righteousness. The breast girded reminds me of our breastplate of righteousness as our armor.
Rev. 15:7. "And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels SEVEN golden VIALS full of the WRATH of God (which remember the word that is TRANSLATED as wrath here is the Greek word "THYMOS", which should have been translated as full of the FIERCENESS of God), who lives for ever and ever."
Now this could mean that no man will enter into the kingdom of God during the 1000 year reign of Jesus until these seven last plagues are fulfilled.
This brings us to the end of chapter 15 and to the pouring out os the seven VIALS in chapter 16.
Rev. 16:2. "And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image."
Rev. 16:8. "And the fourth angel poured out
Rev. 16:11. "And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds."
Rev. 16:12. "And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
Rev. 16:17. "And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done."
Rev. 16:19. "And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Rev. 16:21. "And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."
Let us go back to Revelation 16:1 and see what this verse is telling us.
Rev. 16:1. "And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the WRATH (again this word that is TRANSLATION as the WRATH of God in the Greek word "THYMOS", which I believe should have been translated FIERCENESS) of God upon the earth."
Again I believe that the FIRST SIX VIALS are poured out DURING the time of GREAT tribulation and it is ONLY the SEVENTH VIAL that is actually THE WRATH of Almighty God. Let us take a look at verse 2 of chapter 16.
Rev. 16:2. "And the FIRST went, and poured out his VIAL upon the earth (sometimes the earth refer to mankind or people rather than dirt and soil); and there fell a noisome and grievous SORE upon the men (or upon the people both male and female) which had the MARK of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image."
Now even though the first six SEALS and the first six TRUMPETS and the first six VIALS are pour out DURING the time of GREAT tribulation this does NOT mean the seal number one is exactly the same as trumpet number on and vial number one and so on. However, you will see that the SIXTH TRUMPET and the SIXTH VIAL BOTH show us an ARMY and the great Euphrates River, which we will take a closer look at when we get there. Let us move on to verse 3.
Now while the BOOK of Revelation is NOT written in a chronological order I do believe that the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the seven vials will take place in the order that they are written. In other words, number 4 will NOT take place before number 2 and so forth.
So then, we will EXPECT to see the grievous SORE upon those who take the MARK of the beast BEFORE we see the SEA become as BLOOD. I say this because some are saying that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the fulfillment of the sea turning to blood and killing all the fish in the sea. Now there may be another oil spill in the future that may fulfill this prophecy, but I myself do not believe that the B.P. oil spill is the fulfillment unless of course their repair fails in the future and more oil spills out. Let us see what verse 4 has to say.
Rev. 16:4. "And the THIRD angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood."
One has to wonder if there is a connection with the plague of Egypt. This could be speaking of the waters becoming bitter or so polluted that they are no longer fit food drinking. Let us move on to verses 5 through 7 in Revelation chapter 16.
Rev 16:6. "For they (which I myself believe the they are referring to Muslims in the last days who) have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink; for they are worthy."
Rev. 16:7. "And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments."
No matter who the they are referring to the judgments that they receive are just and righteous. Let us take a look at verses 8 and 9.
In these verse I am seeing that Satan has so deceived mankind in the last days that man
has hardened their hearts so much that they will NOT repent no matter
how bad things get. Let us move on the verses 10 and 11. The Bible speaks of a great falling away or an apostasy in the last days and partly this means that a good part of mankind will say that there is NO God, and we can certainly see this today and it seems to be getting worse.
Rev. 16:10. "And the FIFTH angel poured out his vial upon the SEAT of the BEAST; and his kingdom was FULL of darkness; and THEY (Again I personally believe that the THEY here is speaking of the Muslim nations who follow the teaching of ISLAM as are seeking to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Those in the seat of the beast) gnawed their tongues for pain,"
Rev. 16:11. "And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their SORES,(I believe this is speaking to the plague of SORES that are poured out of those who worship the beast and have taken the MARK of the beast, who are the SEAT of the beast) and repented NOT of their deeds."
Let us now take a closer look at Revelation 16:12-14, which teaches us about the great ARMY that comes against Israel in the last days to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
Rev. 16:12. "And the SIXTH angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was DRIED UP (now let us ask the question of WHY? Why or for what reason was the water of the Euphrates river dried up?), THAT (or so that, or in order that) the WAY of the kings of the east might be PREPARED."
To ME, this speaks of all three of these entities are evil and are SPEAKING the SAME thing. The DRAGON we know is Satan who gives power to the BEAST, which as I said before I personally believe is speaking of the beast system of ISLAM. And then we have the FALSE prophet, which SPEAKS like a DRAGON but LOOKS like a LAMB on the outside, which to ME, this description fits perfectly with Islam.
Rev. 16:14. "For they (speaking of these three UNCLEAN spirits) ARE the spirits of devils, working miracles (remember in Revelation chapter 13 how the FALSE prophet works miracles to DECEIVE the world to worship the BEAST and his image and to take his MARK), which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them (For those who are WATCHING know that ISLAM is gone into ALL the world and seeks to DOMINATE the WHOLE world. We all know that is some place the Muslims use war and fighting to spread the religion of Islam. Now the kings here maybe the kings and leaders of all nations, but to ME, it definitely means the ten kings of the MUSLIM nations that will unite to make war with Israel in the last days.) to the battle of that GREAT DAY of God Almighty."
The GREAT DAY of God Almighty is speaking of the WRATH of God which is YET to come. I am quite sure that there will be a WAR in progress between Israel and the Muslim nations that surround her, when Jesus comes again. This is one of the REASON as to WHY Jesus comes again to FIGHT for his people ISRAEL. We will talk more on this latter, but for now I want you to notice how similar the pouring out of the SIXTH VIAL is to the blowing or the sounding of the SIXTH TRUMPET. Please turn your Bible to Revelation 9:12-21, which teaches us about a great army and a great war that is CONNECTED to the Euphrates river. Please keep in mind that BOTH the SIXTH TRUMPET and the SIXTH VIAL talk about the Euphrates river and a WAR or great BATTLE.
17. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
20. And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
To ME, this shows that the seven last plagues or the seven vials are not all the wrath of God, but rather it is ONLY the SEVENTH vial that is the WRATH of God. You see, to ME, I do not see God pouring out his wrath multiple times, therefore the opening of the seventh seal, the sounding of the seventh trumpet and the pouring out of the seventh vial are speaking of the SAME WRATH of God.
Let us move on the Revelation 16:15,16, which clearly shows us the SECOND coming of Jesus as a THIEF, but here in this passage of scripture we see Jesus GATHERING TOGETHER those who are WITHOUT SIN into a PLACE called ARMAGEDDON and NOT taking them back to heaven for 7 years as some FALSELY teach.
Rev. 16:15. "Behold, I (speaking of Jesus) come as a THIEF. Blessed is HE that WATCHES, and KEEPS his garments, lest (or for FEAR that) he walk naked (or for FEAR that he be found with SIN in his life when Jesus COMES again), and THEY (speaking of teh ANGELS that Jesus sends to GATHER TOGETHER his people) see his shame (or for fear that the angel see that he has SIN in his life and he be LEFT BEHIND to face the WRATH of Almighty God that is ABOUT to be poured out in the SEVENTH VIAL).
Rev. 16:16. "And he (speaking of Jesus by means of sending his angels) GATHERED THEM (speaking of the FAITHFUL believers who are living WITHOUT SIN) TOGETHER into a PLACE (and NOT take them up to heaven for 7 years to ESCAPE the time of GREAT tribulation as some FALSELY teach, but rather the faithful saints are gathered together in the a PLACE) called in the Hebrew tongue ARMAGEDDON."
Now these two verse to ME, definitely speak of the SECOND coming of Jesus where I MYSELF very CLEARLY see the GATHERING TOGETHER of the FAITHFUL who are found WITHOUT spot or blemish and who have KEPT their garments free from the stain of SIN. In other words, AT the TIME of this SECOND coming of Jesus as a THIEF to execute the WRATH of Almighty God in the pouring out os the NEXT VIAL, the SEVENTH VIAL we ALSO see the RAPTURE or the GATHERING TOGETHER of the faithful believers who are found to be WITHOUT SIN.
So to ME, this is WHY I personally do NOT see ALL of the seven vials as the WRATH of Almighty God. But as I said before I do see that God show MERCY during his WRATH and that at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus we do see once again the pouring out of God's WRATH as FIRE come down from heaven. Therefore I am OPEN to another INTERPRETATION of teh seven vials as being the WRATH f God pour out at the END of the 1000 year, which I will explain at the END of this verse by verse study, so as to hopefully not bring confusion. For NOW I am going with ONLY the SEVENTH vial being the WRATH of God, but I am NOT DOGMATIC on this issue just to make things clear.
Now let us continue with the remaining verses in chapter 16, which is the pouring out of the SEVENTH VIAL, that to ME, clearly shows the WRATH of Almighty God.
Please read Revelation 16:17-21.
Notice that at the TIME of the pouring out of the SEVENTH VIAL we see VOICES, THUNDERS, LIGHTNINGS, and a GREAT EARTHQUAKE such as has never been before with even more emphasis of how great an earthquake this is that occurs AT the time of the pouring out of this SEVENTH VIAL. Now let us compare scripture with scripture to see if we find any similar wording elsewhere in the Bible.
In Revelation 6:12-17 we see a GREAT earthquake that takes place AT the TIME of the WRATH of God when the SIXTH SEAL is opened. Then in Revelation 11:12-19 we read that in the SAME HOUR that the RAPTURE takes place there is a GREAT earthquake. Remember that I said the HOUR is speaking of the WRATH of God. So then right AFTER this CATCHING UP into the clouds in the same HOUR there is a GREAT earthquake and then we see the WRATH of God being poured out AT the sounding of the SEVENTH and LAST TRUMPET just like the WHOLE word of God teaches that this is the way that it will be.
"And they heard a great VOICE from heaven (a SHOUT) saying unto them, Come UP hither. And they ASCENDED UP to heaven in a CLOUD (or they were CAUGHT UP TOGETHER to meet Jesus is the AIR where Jesus was in the CLOUDS); and their enemies beheld them.
13. And the same HOUR was there a GREAT EARTHQUAKE, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were frightened, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
15. And the SEVENTH angel sounded (or the SEVENTH and LAST TRUMPET sounded, which remember the rapture take place AT the LAST TRUMPET); and there were GREAT VOICES in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.(So then, this is definitely speaking of the SECOND coming of Jesus right BEFORE the 1000 year reign of Jesus)
18. And the nations were angry (or the tribes of the earth mourned, or they hid themselves in the mountains and the dens), and you WRATH IS COME, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, AND that you should give reward unto your servants the prophets, and to the saints (speaking of the REWARD of ETERNAL LIFE given to those who take part in the FIRST RESURRECTION which takes place AT the LAST TRUMPET just like the word of God tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:51-54), and them that fear your name, small and great; AND should DESTROY them which destroy the earth.(you see, my dear brothers in the Lord, Jesus does NOT DESTROY the wicked in a PRE-tribulation rapture. Do NOT be DECEIVED by this FALSE PRE-tribulation teaching.)
19. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were LIGHTNINGS, and VOICES, and THUNDERING, and an EARTHQUAKE, and GREAT HAIL (just like we read in the pouring out of the SEVENTH VIAL, which tells ME that the SEVENTH SEAL, the SEVENTH TRUMPET and the SEVENTH VIAL are the WRATH of God, which therefore means that the FIRST SIX SEALS, the FIRST SIX TRUMPETS and the FIRST SIX VIALS are opened, sounded and poured out DURING the time of GREAT tribulation)."
Rev. 16:19. "And the great city (speaking of the entire world system where Satan is the god of this present world) was DIVIDED into THREE parts (where the THREE parts may be speaking of this GREAT EARTHQUAKE, but I also see the word "CITY" as speaking of PEOPLE. So this ALSO could mean that all the PEOPLE of the world are DIVIDED into THREE different GROUPS, which are the CHURCH, who receive ETERNAL LIFE at this point in time AT the SECOND coming of Jesus. Then the second group is the 144,000 who are also taken up to be protected but they do not receive eternal life at this time. And then we have the wicked and the DISOBEDIENT to the gospel who will suffer the WRATH of God. Now in this THIRD group of people there will be those who REPENT and those who do NOT repent and this third group will include both the remnant of the Jews and people of ALL nations including Muslims), and the CITIES of the NATIONS FELL (this is WHY I believe the great city Babylon is the ENTIRE world where Satan is the God of this present world, because all the many DIFFERENT CITIES of the entire world FELL when Babylon falls): and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the FIERCENESS (THYMOS) of his WRATH (ORGE)."
Remember we talked about this earlier how there is more that just one word in the original language that has been TRANSLATED as WRATH, which is why I have come to believe that this Greek word "TYHMOS" is CORRECTLY translated as "FIERCENESS here in this verse, but it is INCORRECTLY TRANSLATED as WRATH is Revelation 16:1, Revelation 15:1, and Revelation 15:7 where it should have been translated as FIERCENESS in these places as well.
So clearly from this verse we can see that the SEVENTH VIAL is THE WRATH of Almighty God, whereas the FIRST SIX VIALS are poured out DURING the time of GREAT tribulation, which is NOT THE WRATH of God.
Rev. 16:20. "And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."
This again compares to Revelation 6:14 where the sixth seal is opened and we see the WRATH of God ABOUT to be poured out and every island and mountain are moved out of their places. Also please read Nahum 1:1-8 which describes the mountain and hills melting at the presence of the Lord when he comes in his WRATH.
So we can see how the islands and the mountains flee away or are moved out of their places at the presence of the Lord when he come in the FIERCENESS of his WRATH,
Rev. 16:21. "And there fell upon men a GREAT HAIL (just like we see in the sounding of the SEVENTH TRUMPET) out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."
In the book of Job we are told about how God has laid up in heaven this treasure of great hail that is held in reserve for the WRATH of God. Please read Job 38:22,23 which tells us that these great hail stones are ICE.
This brings us to the end of chapter 16. So now let us take a look at Revelation chapter 17 to see what it has to tells us.
Rev. 17:1. "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters:
Rev. 17:4. "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:"
Rev. 17:8. "The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
Rev. 17:16. "And the ten horns which you saw upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Let us go back to verse 1 where we see that the angel will plainly SHOW us what several things MEAN so that we do not have to INTERPRET what they mean.
Rev. 17:1. "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will SHOW unto you the judgment of the GREAT WHORE that SITS upon MANY WATERS:"
Here in this verse the angel tells us that he will SHOW us what is going to happen to this GREAT whore that SITS upon MANY waters. For now I want to point out that we will be looking at TWO whores in this chapter and that it is this GREAT whore that HATE the other WHORE, other wise it get a bit confusing if you only see ONE whore being talked about. Let us move on to verse 2 which shows us that this great whore has caused the kings of the earth to commit fornication WITH her.
In other words, the inhabitants of the world were DECEIVED by her lies and joined in with what she was doing thinking it was alright to do. The idea of getting DRUNK to ME, speaks of being DECEIVED little by little. You do not get drunk by drinking just one glass of wine. And in the same way it takes many subtle lies before one is fully DECEIVED. Let us take a look at the next verse.
Rev. 17:3. "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a WOMAN SIT upon a scarlet colored BEAST, full of names of blasphemy, having SEVEN heads and TEN horns."
Now this is the same description of the BEAST in Revelation chapter 13, but we are given further details of a WOMAN that SITS upon this red colored BEAST. Now the color red may symbolize that this BEAST is covered in BLOOD. This is another interpretation of being DRUNK with WINE as in this woman has as if it were a love to KILL and shed BLOOD. We will see more about this later. It is not that one interpretation is wrong and the other is right, because sometimes two different interpretations may have a little truth and both interpretation together give us the true picture of what is being said. We will be plain told by the angel as to WHAT these seven heads and ten horns represent, so be patient. Now let us look at the next three verses together.
Rev. 17:4. "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a GOLDEN CUP in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:"
Please read Jeremiah 51:6-12, which describes Babylon as a GOLDEN CUP in the Lord's hand. So then, to ME, a cup is something that is a MEANS to accomplish a task. Remember Jesus asked God to take his CUP from him if there be another way to accomplish the task of saving mankind.
"Flee OUT of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul (in other words, all of Babylon will NOT be saved, but this does NOT mean that each INDIVIDUAL Muslim must suffer the WRATH of Almighty God just because he or she was raised to believe in Islam. God is crying out for you to COME OUT of ISLAM and save your soul in the day of judgment): be NOT cut off in HER iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense.
7. Babylon has been a GOLDEN CUP in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.(in other words, God will USE the Muslim nation to help TURN Israel back to him, but still want the Muslim to REPENT of their hatred toward God's people the Jews.)
8. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed (in other words, have compassion for the Muslims for they are being DECEIVED by Satan. Prayer for the Muslims that they will COME OUT of ISLAM and accept Jesus and their savior. Their are many Muslims coming to Jesus in these last days. But sadly their are some Christians who are DENYING the Lord Jesus and becoming Muslims.)
9. We would have healed Babylon, but she is NOT healed (meaning that not all of the Muslims will see the TRUTH and come to Jesus to be saved): forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reaches unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
11. Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple."
Let us move on to verse 5.
The Muslims have on the FOREHEADS a badge of SERVITUDE that say in the name of Allah, which to ME is an ABOMINATION, because this FALSE god Allah by the FALSE prophet Muhammad teaches Muslims to KILL the Christians and the Jews, which Almighty God is leading and drawing to himself.
Some say that this HARLOT is the Roman Catholic church, because of all the MARTYRS that have died by her hand in the dark ages. But this verse is speaking of the very time of the END. So unless the Catholic church starts killing both Christians and the Jews, then I myself have to rule out the Catholic church as being the fulfillment of this passage of scripture.
Now ISLAM on the other hand has killed many Christians in these later days and all the signs seem to point to the fact the Islam will only continue to grow and kill more and more of God's people as the days go by, so do NOT be DECEIVED by ISLAM.
Keep reading this study and you will see more and more evidence that ISLAM is the beast system that Satan give his power to in these last days.
Rev. 17:7. "And the angel said unto me, Wherefore did you marvel? I will TELL you the MYSTERY of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, which has the SEVEN heads and TEN horns."
Here we see that the angel will TELL us the MYSTERY of WHO this woman is that sits upon MANY WATERS. Let us continue this study in God's word by reading Revelation 17:8, which says,
Rev. 17:8. "The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into PERDITION (This tells us that the spirit behind this beast system is Satan, the Devil): and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were NOT written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
This tells ME, that in may be that we shall SEE this Old serpent called the Devil and Satan. But certainly the world BEHOLDS the religion of Islam and believes that the Muslims worship the SAME one true and only Almighty God that we as Christians worship. But WE who have our name written in the book of life are NOT DECEIVED by this LIE of the enemy Satan. The one true God would NOT chose a people and call the Gentiles to come to him and then turn around and raise up another people to have them KILL his people the Christians and the Jews. Let us continue with the next two verses in chapter 17.
Rev. 17:9. "And here is the mind which has WISDOM.(in other words, PAY ATTENTION for you are about to be TOLD who the BEAST IS.) The SEVEN heads ARE seven mountains (the word "MOUNTAIN" in the Bible sometimes refers to KINGDOM. This is confirmed in the very next verse where we see SEVEN KINGS), on which the woman sits."
Rev. 17:10. "AND there are SEVEN KINGS (which teaches us that these SEVEN HEADS ARE seven KINGDOMS): five are FALLEN (or FIVE of these KINGDOMS have already come and gone) , and ONE IS (or ONE of these KINGDOMS is or was present in John's day, which we know was the ROMAN empire), and the OTHER is NOT YET come (or the SEVENTH KINGDOM is not yet come. In other words, there would arise a SEVENTH KINGDOM AFTER the Roman empire FELL); and when he comes (or when this SEVENTH KINGDOM shall come), he must continue a short space."
Now this matches that which we were told in Revelation 13 only we were told it in a different way. We were told the ONE of these seven heads wound be WOUNDED with a SWORD and be killed. And this is exactly what has taken place with the ISLAMIC KINGDOM of the Ottoman empire, which rose in great power, but was "KILLED" or brought to an end with a PHYSICAL SWORD is WAR where the weapon of that day was a SWORD, and ALSO by the SWORD of the Spirit, which is the WORD of Almighty God. For you see it was the Christian crusade that brought this ISLAMIC BEAST kingdom to an end.
We are ALSO told in Revelation 13 that this HEAD that was killed with the SWORD would be HEALED or brought back to life. In other words this SEVENTH kingdom of ISLAM will once again rise to a great power, and this is EXACTLY what is happening in these last days. Lets us continue with the next verse.
In other words, Satan will give his power to this EIGHT KINGDOM, which we now know arise from the SEVENTH kingdom that was wounded by the sword and is now REVIVED and become strong once again. And when ISLAM becomes strong enough she will go into PERDITION. The word "PERDITION" means a condition that is come to to full in WICKEDNESS and will NOT TURN from this wickedness. This is what is meant when the Bible says and NONE are righteous and NONE SEEK after God, NO, NOT ONE! There will come a time when those who are follow the teachings of ISLAM that they will one day reach a point when they will NOT REPENT of their EVIL of KILLING God's people the Christians and the Jews, and God's WRATH must be poured out upon them as one last attempt for them to REPENT of their EVIL of worshiping the FALSE god Allah. Let us move on to the next three verses.
Rev. 17:14. "These shall make WAR with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall over come them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him (speaking of they that are with Jesus) are called, and chosen, and faithful."
Notice that the TEN HORN are ten KINGS. AND that these TEN kings of ten nations, or ten countries, or ten tribes of people make WAR with Jesus when he comes again. Now with this is in mind let us turn our bibles to Psalm 83 and read about TEN tribes of people that seek to wipe ISRAEL off the face of the earth just like the MUSLIM people want to do TODAY in this present time we are living in NOW. Yes it may only be the radical extreme Muslims, but just wait! This is PROPHECY being FULFILLED before our eyes my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord.
2. For, lo, YOUR ENEMIES make a tumult (Jesus said what you DO unto these little ones you DO unto ME): and they (speaking of these TEN MUSLIM nations or tribes) that HATE YOU (the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible teaches us that if we HATE our fellow man then we HATE God. In other words, if we LOVE NOT or fellow man, then we LOVE NOT God and the TRUTH is NOT in us) have lifted up the head.
4. They have SAID, Come, and let us CUT THEM OFF from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.(this is EXACTLY what the radical Muslims are SAYING in this PRESENT Time we are living)
5. For they have consulted together with one consent:(more and more we see the different Muslim countries uniting even though they have differences between each other. This describes the TEN toes of CLAY and IRON that do not thoroughly MIX well together.) they are confederate against you:
6. The tabernacles of #1 EDOM,(or the descendants of ESAU, the Edomites) and # 2 the ISHMAELITES;(The descendants of ISHMAEL, which the Arab Muslims proudly BOAST) #3 of Moab,(or the Moabites) and #4 the Hagarenes;(or the descendants of Hagar)
God desire that ALL men everywhere REPENT and turn to him by calling upon the NAME of his SON Jesus. But if they do not repent then Jesus will come again and FIGHT AGAINST those NATION the fight AGAINST ISRAEL.
Please read Zechariah 14:1-3 which teaches us that the Lord will use these ten Muslim nation to fight against Israel to bring his people Israel back to himself, but then will FIGHT AGAINST these ten Muslims nations that fight AGAINST Israel.
2. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall NOT be cut off from the city.
Now it may be that ISLAM will DECEIVE other nations to join her as she tries to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, but for SURE these TEN kings or these TEN Muslims tribes of countries that are descendents of these tribes will fight against Israel in these last days.
Let us move on to the next verse in Revelation chapter 17.
Rev. 17:15. "And he saith unto me, The WATERS which you saw, where the whore sits (speaking of the GREAT WHORE of Babylon sitting upon MANY WATERS), ARE peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
In other words, this great whore of Babylon rules or has control of MANY people, many multitudes of people of different nations and even different languages. Islam today has many under her power of DECEPTION in many different countries. Some say that Islam is growing faster than Christianity depending upon who you get your information. But no matter Islam is growing and SPREADING to all parts of the world. To ME, there is NO doubt the Islam IS the MARK of the BEAST. Please read the study: "ISLAM IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST!" for a deeper understanding on this subject, but for now let us continue with the next three verses.
Rev. 17:16. "And the ten horns which thou saw upon the beast, these (speaking of the great whore which sits upon the beast, which are ten kings, which we now know are ten Muslim kingdoms) shall hate the WHORE (which is ISRAEL that is also called a WHOLE, because she has REJECT Jesus as her Messiah), and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall EAT her FLESH (believe it or not there are some radical Muslims who eat the rare flesh of those they behead. These radical Muslims are "MAD". They cut their own flesh on their heads and let the blood run down their faces. They are filled with HATE for Israel and all who OPPOSE them. I am simple WARNING you NOT to be DECEIVED by this false religion of ISLAM. These ten nations of Islam will FIGHT AGAINST Jerusalem and Israel), and burn her with fire."
Islam does NOT believe that Jesus DIED on the cross and therefore does NOT believe that God raised his SON, Jesus from the dead. Islam does NOT believe that Jesus is the SON of Almighty God. This is ANTICHRIST according to the WORD of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, the WORD of Almighty God.
This brings us to the end of chapter 17, so let us move on to Revelation chapter 18.
Rev. 18:2. "And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
Rev. 18:3. "For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies."
Rev. 18:7. "How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Rev. 18:10. "Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is your judgment come."
Rev. 18:12. "The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,"
Rev 18:15. "The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,"
Rev. 18:19. "And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate."
Rev, 18:21. "And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all."
Rev 18:22. "And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in you;"
Rev. 18:23. "And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you: for you merchants were the great men of the earth; for by your sorcery were all nations deceived."
Rev. 18:24. "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
Chapter 18 is a picture of the entire world AFTER the RAPTURE of the church has taken place and the WRATH of God is being poured out. The tribes of the earth MOURN at the loss of all the cities being destroyed by this great WAR of Armageddon.
In other words, this great city Babylon is the entire world SYSTEM that is controlled by Satan the god of this present world.
Let us begins with verse one and see what this chapter teaches us.
I personally believe that this verse is speaking of Jesus at his SECOND coming. Keep in mind that the word "ANGEL" merely means MESSENGER and Jesus is God's MESSENGER to mankind.
This angel or messenger may be a mere angel such as Michael the archangel, because certainly we are told the Michael will stand up and fight for his people. No matter which way you choose to believe, to ME, it is certain that this whole chapter teaches us about the SECOND coming of Jesus, the RAPTURE of the church and the WRATH of Almighty God. Let us continue with verses 2 and 3.
Rev. 18:2. "And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and IS BECOME the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
Rev. 18:3. "For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies."
These two verses speak to me that the FULNESS of WICKEDNESS has come to it's FULLEST point. That every nation in the world has become so lustful of the things of the WORLD that they have NO PLACE for God in the heart and lives any more. The WORLD has been DECEIVED by the abundance of riches and delicacies of this world.
This is the RAPTURE of the church where God's people are being called OUT of the earth up to the clouds to meet Jesus in the AIR so the we shall ESCAPE the WRATH of Almighty God which is about to be poured out upon that great city Babylon, the entire world who are disobedient to the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.
Rev. 18:5. "For her sins (The sins of the entire world) have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities."
You see, when the FULNESS of the Gentiles be come to full and no more of the wicked will TURN to God, THEN Jesus will come again the catch up the RIGHTEOUS to himself and then pour out God WRATH upon the WICKED so that they may REPENT and turn to him. The Bible teaches us that SOME of the nations will call upon the name of the Lord and be LEFT alive to go into he millennium in the MORTAL bodies to be TAUGHT of the Lord.
Now let us continue with the nest few verse where we see US the CHURCH helping Jesus executing the WRATH of God upon those that persecuted and shed the blood of the saints. This is the marriage supper of the Lamb and God tells us to do DOUBLE what the world did to us.
Rev. 18:8. "Therefore shall her plagues come in ONE DAY (speaking of a 1000 year is as a day and a day is as a 1000 years. Keep in mind that God remembers MERCY in his WRATH so as not to total destroy all of mankind, but at the END of the 1000 year Satan is loosed for a little season and he goes and DECEIVES the nations one final time to fight against God and his people and God will send down FIRE from heaven the conclusion of his WRATH to make and END of wickedness), death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who JUDGES her (speaking of the entire world)."
It is interesting to note that in the King James verse of the Bible the word "WRATH is found exactly 198 times and the multiples of this number "198" are ALL DOUBLE digits. Observe: (11x18=198), (33x6=198), (66x3=198), and (99x2=198) where 11, 33, 66, and 99 are ALL DOUBLE digits. Also note that 1 in the number for God and if you take God OUT of the picture you are left with 33+66+99 which equals 198 or the WRATH of God.
Let us now continue with this study in God's word in this verse by verse study of the book of Revelation.
Those left alive in the WRATH of God will mourn at the lose of all the worldly material goods that have been destroyed in the WAR.
Rev. 18:10. "Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one HOUR ( this WRATH of God is referred to as the HOUR of JUDGMENT or the HOUR of TRIAL that shall TRY all the world as we read in Revelation 3:10) is your judgment come."
Rev. 18:11. "And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her (Jesus said the tribes of the earth shall MOURN when they see they WRATH of God coming upon them); for no man buys their merchandise any more:"
Rev. 18:12. "The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,"
Rev. 18:15. "The merchants of these things (all the ELITE that are HIDING in the dens and underground bunkers), which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,"
Let me pause here for a moment and WARN the ELITE that have conspired with Satan that even though you try to HIDE from the WRATH of God the word of TRUTH says that your covenant with death will be annulled. Please read Isaiah 28:15-23.
"Because you have said, We have made a COVENANT with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the over flowing scourge shall pass through, it shall NOT come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we HID ourselves:
21. For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange (or his ALIEN) work; and bring to pass his act, his strange (or his ALIEN) act.
For those of you who may not know there are reports of secret underground facilities that are designed to withstand an atomic war. There is a food and seed bunker for survivors. But the Bible teaches us that those who seek to save their own lives will lose their chance to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. Let us see what else happens.
Rev. 18:18. "And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!"
Rev. 18:19. "And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one HOUR is she made desolate."
Rev. 18:21. "And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all."
Rev. 18:22. "And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in you;
Rev. 18:23. "And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you (I see this as God's LAST and FINAL WARNING to REPENT. There will be NO MORE preaching of the gospel in this PRESENT world): for you merchants were the great men of the earth; for by your sorcery (DRUGS and PHARMACY) were all nations deceived."
Meaning that is every part of the world that blood of
the righteous has been shed. When the Bible say is ONE HOUR all this will take place it does not mean 60 minutes. The word "HOUR" here is figurative and describes the time that the WRATH of God is poured out. This is one of the ways that we can distinguish the DIFFERENCE between the time of GREAT tribulation form the WRATH of God. For a deeper understanding on this subject please read the study "WRATH of GOD VERSES the GREAT TRIBULATION".
This brings us to the end of chapter 18 and into chapter 19.
Rev. 19:6. "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thundering, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns."
Rev. 19:10. "And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
Rev. 19:11. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war."
Rev. 19:15. "And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
Rev. 19:17. "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
Rev. 19:18. "That you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."
Rev. 19:19. "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army."
Rev. 19:20. "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
Rev. 19:21. "And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
As I have said many times the book of Revelation keeps jumping around and here is chapter 19 we see this yet again. This chapter begins with the first five verses giving praise to God for judging the great whore Babylon. Then the scene changes back to the SECOND coming of Jesus in verse 6. Let us begin with verse 1 and I will show you what I mean.
Rev. 19:1. "And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in HEAVEN,(or before the throne) SAYING, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God:"
So clearly we see much PEOPLE in heaven, which we would assume are the SAINTS, because this verse says, and AFTER THESE things, speaking of what we just read in chapter 18 about the second coming of Jesus, the rapture of the church, and the wrath of God, then we see in heaven or before the throne a great multitude of PEOPLE.
Rev.19:2. "For true and righteous are his judgments: for he (Almighty God by his Son Jesus) HAS judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and HAS avenged the blood of his servants at her hand."
Which again we see is past tense as in, this WRATH of Gos has ALREADY been executed.
Again showing past tense. Bit I also want to point of the wording of HER SMOKE rose up for ever and ever. In other words, it does NOT say that the CRIES of her being TORTURED in the flames of fire of hell ascended up for all eternity as some falsely teach. Again I have not written a study on this subject of eternal hell fire, but it is on the list. I believe people should have ALL the evidence so that they can decide for themselves as to what the WHOLE word of God teaches. I can see how the man made doctrine of hell fire frightens people to follow the Lord, but I can ALSO see how this doctrine of eternal TORTURE pushes people AWAY from God as well. More on this later.
Rev. 19:4. "And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, SAYING, Amen (or yes we agree, even so you have judged rightly Lord God); Alleluia (praise you O Lord)."
Rev. 19:5. "And a voice came out of the throne (I believe this voice that came out from the throne is the voice of Jesus, because we know that Jesus was highly exalted to sit on the throne of Almighty God at his right hand. In other words, Almighty God did not give this right to any of the ANGELS), SAYING, Praise OUR God (the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible teaches us the Almighty God the Father is the God of Jesus as well as our God. In other words, Jesus himself is our FELLOW BROTHER, who was himself obedient to the commandments of Almighty God his God and Father), all you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great."
Let us now continue with verse 6 of Revelation chapter 19 where we see this CHANGE of going back and ADDING yet MORE detail to the SECOND coming of Jesus, which is curiously CALLED the MARRIAGE and the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB.
Rev. 19:6. "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude (speaking of the dead in CHRIST who have gone to be with the Lord in heaven under the alter. These are the SAINTS that God will bring WITH him when he comes), and as the voice of many waters (this is the voice of Jesus as we have already learned in chapter 1), and as the voice of mighty thundering (this voice I am assuming is the voice of the great army of angels that will come with Jesus to gather together all the faithful believers and take us to meet Jesus in the air over this place called Armageddon to fight against those nations that are fighting against Israel), saying, Alleluia (Praise the Lord God): for the Lord God omnipotent REIGNS (which of course is speaking of the one true and only Almighty God the Father who REIGNS over all)."
Now let us continue with the next verse to see the CHANGE from talking about AFTER the wrath has been executed to giving more details of the SECOND coming of Jesus.
Here we see that it is NOW TIME for the MARRIAGE of the Lamb to take place, which I want you to pay CLOSE attention is AT the TIME of the SECOND coming of Jesus when he comes with the ARMIES of heaven. Also notice that Jesus is coming for a bride that is WITHOUT SPOT of BLEMISH meaning that we, the church, are to be WATCHING and making our self READY by getting SIN out of our life. Remember in chapters 2 and 3 we talked about if we do NOT over come, then Jesus will come and pour out God's WRATH upon us. All through the scriptures we clearly see that the should that SIN shall DIE. The wages of SIN is DEATH. He that does NOT overcome shall have his name BLOTTED OUT of the book of life. ONLY he that ENDURES unto the END the SAME shall be SAVED. Take heed that no man TAKE your crown of ETERNAL LIFE. Are YOU READY to meet Jesus?
Rev. 19:8. "And to her (speaking of the church, the BRIDE of Christ that is living WITHOUT SIN) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of saints."
Here we see that the fine linen that is white and clean, the white robes is speaking of RIGHTEOUSNESS. We also can conclude from this that having SPOT or blemish means UNRIGHTEOUSNESS or SIN. Also being found NAKED means that a person has SIN in their life. It is ONLY the RIGHTEOUS who will be BLESSED to become the wife of the Lamb.
First of all I want you to notice that ONLY those who are CALLED to the MARRIAGE SUPPER shall be BLESSED. Also notice that this passage of scripture is speaking of the SECOND coming of Jesus and NOT speaking of the FALSE PRE-tribulation coming of Jesus.
Then I want you to notice that the HE that was speaking to John is the VOICE as MANY WATERS, which we learned in chapter 1 in the voice of Jesus. Revelation 19:6 opens with this voice of Jesus speaking to John and us the church and giving praise to Almighty God. In verse 7 we see this same voice speaking and telling us to give HIM praise, speaking of we should give praise to Almighty God. This is what OMNIPOTENT means, all powerful or Almighty. Then in verse 9 we see this same voice of Jesus speaking to John and us the church.
Now the reason that I bring this to your attention is the NEXT verse where John falls down to WORSHIP the one speaking to him and Jesus tell him NOT to worship him, but rather worship Almighty God.
Rev. 19:10. "And I fell at HIS feet to worship HIM. And he said unto me, See you do it NOT (WHY? Why did the angel or messenger tell John NOT to worship him?): I am your fellow servant, and of you BRETHREN that have the testimony of Jesus (Jesus is our fellow servant, Jesus is our fellow brethren, Jesus preached the gospel of believing in the Son of God. And also keep in mind that the NAME "Jesus" means the salvation of Yahweh or Yehweh saves. In other word this servant has the testimony that Yahweh or Almighty God saves or have the testimony that SALVATION come only from Yehweh the one true and only Almighty God): worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
To me it would seem odd for John, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and also being a Jew would KNOW not to fall down and WORSHIP and ANGELIC BEING. So to ME, I am seeing that John fell down to worship Jesus and Jesus told him NOT to worship him but worship God. We will see this AGAIN in Revelation 22:6-9, which we might as well take a look at now since we are on this subject.
"And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true (almost the exact same wording as in Rev 19:9 "These are true sayings of God"): and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel (or messenger) to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Again in verse 9 here we see almost the same exact words that the VOICE of many waters spoke to John and us the church in Revelation 19:10. Only this time this one speaking adds that he himself KEEPS the saying of this book. Now we know that Jesus KEPT the commandments of his God and Father and was OBEDIENT even unto death on the cross and for this reason Almighty God HIGHLY EXALTED his Son Jesus and gave him a name above every name and that one day EVERY knee shall bow and confess that name to the glory of Almighty God the Father.
Just something to think about. I want you to know that I give thanks to Jesus and praise the name of Jesus. I pray to Almighty God the Father in the name of Jesus and I take authority over the enemy in the name of Jesus. The Bible clearly teaches us that we are to HONOR the SON even as we HONER Almighty God the Father.
It just seems odd to me that John would bow down to and ANGEL to worship and ANGEL, but at the same time it seems odd to me that if this were in fact Jesus speaking to him and John bowed down to worship JESUS that Jesus would say to him do it NOT but rather worship Almighty God. Perhaps Jesus will not yet be worshiped by the angels until he comes again to rule an reign in the kingdom of his God and Father for 1000 years. Let us move on to Revelation 19:11, which says.
Rev. 19:11. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse (I personally do not believe that Jesus is going to be riding on a LITERAL horse when he comes again, but rather this white horse is symbolic of something else that I share with you is the study called " Does the BIBLE teach us about the YEAR 2012?"); and he (Jesus) that sat upon him (the white horse) was CALLED Faithful and True, (Jesus is called the FAITHFUL and TRUE WITNESS in Rev. 2) and in righteousness he does judge and make WAR."
Clearly this verse is speaking of the SECOND coming of Jesus, which a few verses earlier we were told if the MARRIAGE and the MARRIAGE SUPPER of Jesus. So then CLEARLY we see TWO things that take place AT the SECOND coming of Jesus. We see the MARRIAGE of Jesus of his bride, the CHURCH, and then we see immediately following the bride becoming the wife of Jesus the MARRIAGE SUPPER, which will be describe in more DETAIL in the latter half of this same chapter only it is called the SUPPER of the great God. Let us continue with the next two verses, which further identifies the one sitting on the white horse is Jesus.
Rev. 19:12. "His eyes were as a flame of fire (same description of Jesus as in Rev 1:14), and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew , but he himself. (possibly the name that every knee shall one day bow down and confess to the glory of Almighty God the Father)
Rev. 19:13. "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood (signifying two things; first that Jesus shed his blood for the sins of the world and secondly because Jesus will be covered with the blood of the wicked who will be slain in this WAR of Armageddon the great battle of God): and his NAME is called The Word of God."
And we know from John 1:1-15 that the WORD of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. Let us continue with verse 14 of Revelation chapter 19.
Rev. 19:14. "And the ARMIES (plural, which to ME, speaks of the army of mighty angels and the army of the SAINTS) which WERE IN heaven (speaking of the dead in Christ that have died through the years and have gone to be with the Lord in heaven who were kept under the alter till this time of the SECOND coming of Jesus who God will bring WITH him when he comes) followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
Again the white horses I do not believe are LITERAL horses and the white and clean linen is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the saints. I have a study on what I believe the white horse represent called "WHAT DOES the BIBLE teach us about the YEAR 2012?", which gives several scriptures on what Jesus coming in CLOUDS of great glory may mean. But for now let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 19:15. "And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations (this sharp sword could refer to the word of God, which is sharper that any two edged sword, because Jesus said that the WORD he spoke word JUDGE the world in the last day): and he shall rule them with a rod of IRON: and he treads the wine press of the FIERCENESS (THYMOS) and WRATH (ORGE) of Almighty God."
Compare this rod of IRON with Rev. 2:26,27, where we the church who OVER COME will BREAK in PIECES the NATIONS with the ROD of IRON that Jesus will give to us for OVER COMING SIN and not denying that Jesus is the SON of God who died for our sin by taking the MARK of the beast.
Jesus is exalted by Almighty God to be KING over all the kings of the earth. We the church are made to be kings and priests unto God and we will rule with Jesus over the nations that are left after this great WAR of Armageddon. Let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 19:17. "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the SUPPER of the great God;"
Rev. 19:18. "That YOU (speaking of US the CHURCH) may eat the flesh (or take part in executing the VENGEANCE of Almighty God) of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."
Now I believe that this SUPPER of the great God is speaking of the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the Lamb were WE, the CHURCH are FLYING in the AIR being gathered together by the angels to feast on the nations of the world giving them DOUBLE what the gave to us.
It has been said that the taste of vengeance is sweet. Now we do not actually eat the literal flesh, but we are with Jesus when he executes the WRATH and VENGEANCE of Almighty God.
Remember that when there were two in the field and one was taken and the disciples asked Jesus taken WHERE he he answered where the SLAIN ARE the EAGLES or the fowls that fly in the air will be GATHERED. In other words, when we are taken or caught up in the RAPTURE we will be gathered together and taken to Armageddon where we will then help execute the WRATH of Almighty God, which is called the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the Lamb or the SUPPER of the great God. Let us move on to the next verse.
Of course we know that the mighty angels are part of the ARMY, but there are several verses that show that we the CHURCH will be a part of the ARMY as well. Let us take a look at a passage of scripture in the Old Testament that I myself believe is describing this ARMY of SAINT at the SECOND coming of Jesus. Please read Joel 2:1-12, which shows us an ARMY executing the WRATH of God.
2. A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a GREAT PEOPLE and a strong; there has not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (speaking of the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus when Satan shall be loosed and there will be ANOTHER WAR of God and MAGOG)
3. A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them (speaking of this great PEOPLE).
8. Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall NOT be wounded (speaking to ME of ETERNAL LIFE, which we will have at this time).
9. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief (Jesus coming as a THIEF and we are WITH him at this point in time).
10. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:(all of these SIGNS are present at the SECOND coming of Jesus when he comes as a THIEF to execute the WRATH of Almighty God with the ARMIES of heaven, which we the CHURCH are a part)
11. And the LORD shall utter his VOICE before his ARMY (come gather together and EAT the flesh of those who PERSECUTED you. Give to them DOUBLE what they gave to you): for his camp is very great: for he (Jesus) is strong that executes his word (speaking of the word of Almighty God): for the DAY of the LORD is great and very terrible ; and who can abide it (speaking of the WRATH of Almighty God, which is executed by Jesus and his ARMY at the SECOND coming of Jesus)?"
Let us continue with the last two verse of Revelation chapter 19 verses 20 and 21.
Rev 19:20. "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
Now the BEAST I believe is BOTH the BEAST SATANIC RELIGIOUS SYSTEM of ISLAM and the MAHDI of Islam, who is a MAN that will unite Islam and the Muslim nations in these last days. And the FALSE prophet, we know appears to be of God having TWO horns or TWO seats of authority, but SPEAKS LIES like the DRAGON that Old serpent called the Devil and Satan.
However in the prophecy of ISLAM this PERSON, which the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, says is a FALSE prophet, in ISLAM he is said to be none other than Jesus himself come to straighten out the Christians and the Jews to worship Allah. In other words, the Jesus called Isa in ISLAM is the FALSE prophet in the Bible.
Also remember that Jesus told us that if it were possible that EVEN the very elect would be DECEIVED by these FALSE prophets and FALSE teaches. The Bible also teaches us that there will be a STRONG DELUSION and many shall fall away from the faith. Jesus said of this day shall I find FAITH on the earth when I come. This is WHY I and WARNING you NOT toe take the MAKE of the BEAST, which I am convinced is ISLAM.
This FALSE prophet will DECEIVE many by the MIRACLES that that he does by the power of SATAN.
So then, the MAHDI of Islam and the FALSE prophet which will masquerade as being Jesus but will be a FALSE Christ these two men will be cast into the lake of FIRE ALIVE.
Rev 19:21. "And the remnant were slain with the sword (speaking of the remnant of the wicked who do NOT repent and call upon the name of the Lord to be saved alive to go into the millennium to be taught of the Lord) of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
Now just because I believe that the fowls of the air are symbolically speaking of us the church it is also taught in the Old Testament that these fowls are also LITERAL birds of prey to LITERALLY clean up the mess of all the slain. Some may remember that during the first seven years there will be a crew of people of Israel who will be assigned the task of burning all the weapons of war and for seven months others will be burying all the dead bodies and even every single bone to cleanse the land.
Please read Ezekiel 39:8-23.
9. And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the hand staves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
10. So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, says the Lord GOD.
11. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of GRAVES in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
14. And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
17. And, you son of man, thus says the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh, and drink blood.
23. And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
This is why I believe that the SMOKE of their torment shall arise for ever and ever to be an everlasting reminder to all that SIN will not be tolerated from that day forward.
This brings us to the end of chapter 19 of the book of Revelation. So let us begin chapter 20 where we learn that Satan is BOUND in the bottomless pit for a 1000 years while Jesus and the SAINTS rule and reign over the remnant of Israel and those left of the nations.
Rev. 20:3. "And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled : and after that he must be loosed a little season."
Rev. 20:4. "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
Rev. 20:6. "Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."
Rev. 20:10. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Rev. 20:12. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
Rev. 20:15. "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Now there is a lot of information in this chapter 20 of the book of Revelation and it is this very chapter that the Holy Spirit used to OPEN my eyes to the TRUTH that the RAPTURE of the CHURCH would without fail take place AT the SECOND coming of Jesus just like he was trying to show me in Matthew chapter 24, but I kept coming back to MAN'S teaching of the FALSE PRE-tribulation rapture, which I sincerely believed at that time to be the truth of God's word. For those of you who may still be clinging to this false teaching of a PRE-tribulation rapture of the church in order to ESCAPE the time of GREAT tribulation I strongly IMPLORE you to take a CLOSER look at the WHOLE word of God and read all the studies that I have written with the leading of the Holy Spirit concerning the time that the rapture of the church will take place. Here is a list of these studies which you can read when you finish this verse by verse study in the book of Revelation.
But for now let us continue this verse by verse study of the book of Revelation by taking a look at the first three verses of Revelation chapter 20.
Rev. 20:3. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and SHUT HIM UP, and SET A SEAL UPON HIM, that he should DECEIVE the nations NO MORE, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and AFTER that he (Satan) MUST be loosed a little season."
First of all we see an angel with a GREAT chain which we conclude that he BINDS Satan with this GREAT chain. Then we see this angel CAST Satan who has been BOUND presumably with this GREAT chain into this BOTTOMLESS PIT. And then and top of all of this Satan is SHUT UP in this bottomless pit. and on top of all of that a SEAL in put upon Satan to make absolutely sure that he would REMAIN BOUND for these 1000 years so that he could in NO way escape in order to TEMPT and DECEIVE the nations UNTIL this 1000 year were finished. Then we read that Satan MUST be let loose for a short time or a little season AFTER this 1000 years is finished.
I want you to notice that Satan does NOT escape, NOR is Satan simply let loose, but rather the word of God says that Satan MUST be looses for a little season. And then we see that once Satan is set free an the end of the 1000 year that he goes about to DECEIVE the nations once again to make WAR with God's people.
Now if you do NOT ask WHY Satan MUST be loosed, then you are missing one of the biggest clues or pieces of the puzzle that teaches us WHY God allows evil to exist all these years. I explain the reason WHY in the study called "UNDERSTANDING WHY?", which I believe will help all who read it to help answer questions of WHY does God ALLOW evil. Why did not God just destroy Satan when he first rebelled? Why dis God create man a little LOWER than the angels only to later raise them up to rule OVER the angels?
You will want to read this study, but for now let us continue with the next few verses.
Rev. 20:4. "And I saw thrones, and THEY sat upon them, and JUDGMENT was given unto THEM: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had NOT worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and THEY lived and REIGNED (on these THRONES that John saw) WITH Christ a thousand years."
So here we see these dead SAINTS who have be BEHEADED during this time of GREAT tribulation, because they REFUSED to worship the false god Allah, they refused to worship the image of ISLAM, they refuse to wear the arm badge of head badge that says, in the name of Allah.
And because of their FAITHFULNESS of NOT denying their Lord and savior Jesus Christ the SON of Almighty God they LIVED and REIGNED WITH Jesus for a 1000 years.
Now the King James Version somethings says things a little backward than we talk today. Obviously the FIRST resurrection in the resurrection the takes place AT the SECOND coming of Jesus which we have been talking about for the last three chapters. Please notice that these SAINTS are the CHURCH who went through the time of GREAT tribulation, because this is WHEN the BEAST, his IMAGE, and his MARK will take place. Also notice that these who went THROUGH this time of GREAT tribulation were RESURRECTED in order to LIVE and REIGN with Jesus for these 1000 years.
Also notice that this is called the FIRST resurrection and that there will NOT be another resurrection UNTIL the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus and his SAINTS who went THROUGH the time of GREAT TRIBULATION, but did NOT take the MARK of the BEAST.
Also notice that the word of TRUTH says the REST of the dead, which emphatically states that there will be TWO and ONLY TWO resurrections that will take place. The FIRST resurrection which takes place AFTER the time of GREAT tribulation and the resurrection at the END of the 1000 years where the REST of the dead are raised.
This PROVES with out a doubt that it is IMPOSSIBLE for there to be a PRE-tribulation rapture of the church in order to ESCAPE the time of great tribulation, BECAUSE the is a RESURRECTION at the time of the RAPTURE and the FIRST resurrection does NOT take place until AFTER the time of GREAT tribulation because those who are beheaded or killed during the great tribulation are raised form the dead to LIVE and reign with Jesus for a 1000 years. Remember that the ONLY other resurrection to take place is AFTER the 1000 year are finished. I explain all of this in more detail in the study "THE GREAT TRIBULATION" for those of you who may be a little confused having heard this for the first time.
Rev. 20:6. "BLESSED and holy is he that has part in the FIRST resurrection: on such the SECOND death has NO power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."
In other words, the DEAD in CHRIST shall rise FIRST and receive their reward of ETERNAL LIFE and from that time on they shall be ETERNALLY SAVED and NO man can pluck them out of the Fathers hand. Please read the study "DOES the BIBLE teach that once a person is saved then they are always saved?" But for now let us continue with the next three verses.
Here we see that WHEN the 1000 years have been COMPLETE or have come to an END, THEN and ONLY then will Satan be loosed from the bottomless pit, which remember in verse 3 we learned that he MUST be turn loose. Now to ME, this verse PLAINLY teaches that this is a LITERAL 1000 years and NOT some indefinite period of time as some FALSELY teach, because we clearly see a definite END or EXPIRATION of this 1000 years.
So then, this is no small army that Satan is gathering together. To ME, this clearly shows us just HOW MUCH INFLUENCE that Satan has to DECEIVE. You have to keep in mind that these very same nations of people have live in peace WITHOUT WAR for 1000 years. Now when I say these same people I do not mean that the people have a LIFESPAN of 1000 years, but rather each GENERATION of people live in peace all totaling 1000 years. The book of Isaiah teaches us that each person would live out their FULL life of 100 years and die.
To me it looks as if Satan will go and deceive some if not many from EVERY nation of the world, and TWO names are mention, GOG and MAGOG. These two words when used together in the same verse of scripture are found in only two places in the Bible, here in Revelation 20:8 and in Ezekiel chapter 38, which says,
4. And I will turn you back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
Now to ME, it seems that GOG may very well be Satan the CHIEF PRINCE who is behind the people in the LAND of MAGOG that gather together with these other nations that are listed, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and Togarmah. Also I clearly see that there are TWO battles or WARS that are being fought in this chapter 28 of the book of Ezekiel. Verses 1 through 8 are referring to the battle of ARMAGEDDON. Then notice in the verse to follow that AFTER MANY DAYS, which to ME speaks of the 1000 year reign of Jesus there is ANOTHER battle fought by these SAME nations that fought in the first battle of Armageddon that was fought BEFORE the many days of 1000 years.
8. AFTER MANY DAYS (speaking of the 1000 years) YOU (speaking of GOG the CHIEF PRINCE or Satan) shalt be visited: in the latter years you shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them (to ME, this clearly is speaking of a land and a time that is WITHOUT WAR, which is the 1000 year reign of Jesus).
11. And you shall say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, (again speaking of a time of peace and no war, which to ME, is speaking of the 1000 year reign of Jesus)
12. To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn your hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
13.Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto you, Are you come to take a spoil? Have you gathered your company to take a prey? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
16. And you shall come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring you against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in you, O Gog, before their eyes.
Could this be referring to one of the very first prophesies that is found in Genesis 3:14,15?
"And the LORD God said unto the SERPENT (the DRAGON that Old SERPENT called the Devil and Satan or Lucifer the fallen angel), BECAUSE you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life:
15. And I will put enmity between YOU and the WOMAN (who will one day bring forth the nation of Israel), and between your seed and her seed; IT (speaking of the CHRIST the ANOINTING of Almighty God) shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
Now the enmity is speaking of Jesus the CHRIST or the anointed on of Almighty God who redeemed mankind back to God for WHOSOEVER of mankind that BELIEVE upon the name of the SON of God. And the HIS HEEL is speaking of Jesus and all who BELIEVE and follow his word.
Let us continue with the rest of Ezekiel chapter 38 and keep in mind that Satan is the god of this world and the great DECEIVER who is God's ENEMY.
19. For in my jealousy and in the FIRE of my WRATH (which we will see shortly in the remaining verses of Revelation chapter 20) have I spoken, Surely in that day (keeping in mind that one day is as a 1000 years and 1000 years is as one day. or BOTH BEFORE and AFTER the 1000 years) there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
20. So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
22. And I will plead against him (GOG in the land of MAGOG) with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an over flowing RAIN (and FIRE came down from heaven and DEVOURED them all), and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Let us continue with Revelation 20 verse 9.
Rev. 20:9. "And they (speaking of all these nations that are being DECEIVED and led by Satan the chief prince of the air) went upon the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the SAINTS about, and the beloved city (speaking of God's people): and FIRE came down from God out of heaven, and DEVOURED them."
Let us continue with the next verse in Revelation chapter 20.
Rev. 20:10. "And the DEVIL that DECEIVED them (all the nations) was cast into the LAKE of FIRE and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet ARE, and shall be TORMENTED day and night for ever and ever."
Now there are some that take this verse and teach a doctrine known by many Christians as ETERNAL HELL FIRE where it is taught that the wicked are ETERNALLY TORTURE in this everlasting FIRE of HELL that is never quenched.
But if you look CLOSELY at this verse there is MORE than just ONE way to INTERPRET it. You see the MAIN subject is the DEVIL or Satan being cast into the LAKE of ETERNAL FIRE where HE, that Old SERPENT called the DEVIL and SATAN shall be TORMENTED day and night for ever and ever.
Yes it is true that the beast and the false prophet were cast into this very same lake of fire 1000 years earlier, but it is NOT CLEARLY stated that these MEN who were DECEIVED by SATAN are ALSO be ETERNALLY TORMENTED in this lake of eternal fire.
It is true the the FIRE itself is ETERNAL and that the punishment of being cast into the fire is eternal in that there is NO changing of God's mind on his judgment. In other words, once a person is cast into the lake of fire and DEVOURED or destroyed, then there is NO more resurrection of the dead. For you will see in the following verses that even HELL and DEATH itself are cast into the lake of fire to be DESTROYED meaning that from this point forward there will be NO more DEATH. Let us continue with verse 11 of chapter 20 of the book of Revelation.
Speaking of the heavens and the earth melting with fervent heat spoken of in 2 Peter 3:7-13, which says,
10. But the DAY of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; IN the which (or at which time) the heavens shall PASS AWAY with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth ALSO and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
So then, at the END of the 1000 year reign when ALMIGHTY God HIMSELF shall come down out of heaven to finish his WRATH the heavens PASS AWAY with a great noise and the elements shall MELT with fervent heat and the earth itself shall be burn up.
But we know that according to God's promises that Almighty God will create a NEW heavens and a NEW earth where we shall dwell righteously before him for all eternity. Let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 20:12. "And I saw the DEAD, small and great, STAND before God (which is speaking of the SECOND and only other resurrection at the END of the 1000 years where the REST of the dead are brought back to LIFE to be JUDGED. Now keep in mind that DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus many multitudes of people DIED, because the lifespan of a person was 100 years. And also keep in mind that among these many multitude of people who die during this 1000 years were many RIGHTEOUS people who were FAITHFUL to God during their life time that they lived during this 1000 year reign of Jesus. In other words, in this SECOND resurrection where the REST of the dead are brought back to life to be JUDGED there will be BOTH the RIGHTEOUS and the WICKED who will be raised from the dead to STAND before this WHITE THRONE judgment seat of Almighty God himself); and the books were opened: and ANOTHER book was opened, which IS the book of life: and the dead (BOTH the RIGHTEOUS and the WICKED) were JUDGED out of those things which were written in the BOOKS (plural), ACCORDING to their WORKS. (now we who took part in the FIRST resurrection have ALREADY been judged and we have already received our reward of ETERNAL LIFE and the SECOND DEATH has NO power over US. Therefore this white throne judgment has nothing to do with us the CHURCH who were found FAITHFUL at the second coming of Jesus)"
Let us continue with the next verse where we see the REST of the dead being raised from the dead to be JUDGED according to their WORKS. Now the WICKED here are referring to the WICKED for Adam all the way through this final battle of the wicked fighting against God at the END of this thousand year reign of Jesus. You see, in the FIRST resurrection it is ONLY the dead who are found to be FAITHFUL IN Christ Jesus who shall be given ETERNAL LIFE to live and reign with Jesus for 1000 year and then be given the right to enter the ages to come which has not entered into the minds of them that LOVE God the things that God has PREPARE for them. Let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 20:13. "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death AND hell delivered up the dead which were in THEM: and they (BOTH the RIGHTEOUS and the WICKED who are raised form the dead at this time) were judged every man ACCORDING to their WORKS."
Again you will want to WATCH and be READY to take part in the FIRST resurrection, because it is NOT certain that you will be given the opportunity to go into the 1000 year reign of Jesus. God looks upon your HEART and he KNOWS what it in it so be NOT DECEIVED by the LIES of Satan thinking you will have a SECOND chance if you repent at his coming. Get SIN out of your life NOW and be READY for the SECOND coming of Jesus. Please see the study "HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE GREAT TRIBULATION" but for now let us continue this verse by verse study of the book of Revelation.
Here we clearly see that BOTH death AND hell are cast into the lake of FIRE, which we see IS the SECOND DEATH.
Now we know that DEATH is the last ENEMY of God to be DESTROYED and since HELL is cast into this eternal lake of fire as well then to ME, I see HELL being DESTROYED as well. So to ME there can be NO eternal HELL FIRE as some falsely teach. Yes there is and ETERNAL LAKE of FIRE, but HELL itself is cast into it to be DESTROYED just like DEATH is DESTROYED.
Rev. 20:15. "And whosoever was NOT found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Again I MYSELF see that whosoever is cast into the LAKE of FIRE which IS the SECOND DEATH are DESTROYED just like DEATH is DESTROYED.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:13,14 that broad is the way that leads to DESTRUCTION and it is only the narrow way that leads to eternal life.
So strive to be found faithful so that you will take part in the rapture of the church to receive ETERNAL LIFE so that the SECOND DEATH has NO power over YOU.
To ME, it seems that WHY would we need to be GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE if we were ALREADY eternal beings. In other words, ONLY the RIGHTEOUS will be GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE, therefore to ME all the WICKED will be DESTROYED in the lake of fire and only the SMOKE of their torment will ascend forever and ever.
Psalm 145:20 says that God will PRESERVE or give eternal life to those who LOVE him, but shall DESTROY all the wicked.
The word of TRUTH teaches us is 1 Corinthians 15:26 that the last ENEMY to be DESTROYED is DEATH.
We also know that the wages of sin is DEATH and the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE. So then a person either reaps ETERNAL LIFE or the reap DEATH. And to ME, if they reap DEATH and DEATH if eventually DESTROYED that there will be NO MORE DEATH, which would then mean that there will never again be a SEPARATION form God because DEATH which is a separation form God is DESTROYED in the lake of fire. Again I have not written a study on the man made doctrine of eternal hell fire of eternal TORTURE of the wicked in flames of fire, but as I said before it is on this list.
This brings us to the end of Revelation Chapter 20. So let us now read chapter 21 and see what if has to say.
Rev. 21:3. "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God."
Rev.21:4. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
Rev. 21:8. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable , and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Rev.21:9. "And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife."
Rev.21:11. "Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;"
Rev. 21:14. "And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
Rev. 21:16. "And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed , twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal."
Rev. 21:19. "And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;"
Rev. 21:27. "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
Now that we have read the whole chapter let us go back to verse 1 and see what each verse is saying to us.
Now we know that at this point in time that all the WICKED have been DESTROYED and the sometimes the word "SEA" is used to refer to the WICKED. So then, to ME, I see this as meaning that in the NEW heaven and the NEW earth that there will be NO more WICKED. To ME, there is a lot of beauty in the SEA and marvels that man has yet to explore, so I do not see why the NEW heaven and the NEW earth will not have and OCEANS or SEAS. But if you desire to take this to mean there will LITERALLY be NO more OCEANS or SEAS, then we will differ on the way we INTERPRET this particular verse of scripture.
Let us see what else John sees in the next verse.
So then, John sees two things. First John see the NEW heaven and the NEW earth, the John sees the holy CITY, NEW Jerusalem COMING DOWN out of heaven, which we I suppose are to assume is the NEW heaven, because the FIRST heaven PASSED AWAY. Also I suppose it is the NEW earth that the CITY, the NEW Jerusalem is coming DOWN to rest upon. Let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 21:3. "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold (or look and see), the TABERNACLE of God is WITH men, and he (speaking of Almighty God the Father himself) will DWELL WITH them, and they shall be his people, and God HIMSELF shall be WITH them, and be their God."
Keep in mind that Jesus, the SON of Almighty God has been dwelling WITH mankind for the past 1000 years. So to ME, I see this as meaning exactly what is says, that GOD, speaking of the one true and only ALMIGHTY God HIMSELF will come DOWN to the NEW earth with his TABERNACLE and DWELL WITH us.
Now I know that many of us were taught that we would all live in HEAVEN for all eternity, but clearly to ME I see that the word of TRUTH teaches us that Almighty God will COME DOWN and live WITH US here on the NEW earth that he creates for us. Let us move on to the next verse.
Rev. 21:4. "And God (speaking of Almighty God himself) shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be NO MORE DEATH, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the FORMER things are PASSED AWAY."
Now some have argued that the earth will abide FOREVER and that it shall NEVER PASS AWAY, but rather God CHANGES the surface of the earth like a GARMENT. Please read Isaiah 51:5,6, which says,
6. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth BENEATH: for the heavens shall VANISH AWAY like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a GARMENT, and they that dwell therein shall DIE in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished."
Now please read Psalm 102:18-28, which teaches us that in the DAY of God WRATH he will look down from heaven as see the prisoners that are awaiting death or martyrdom and will save his people and CHANGE them as a garment.
19. For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth (sometimes when the Bible speak of the "EARTH" it is speaking of the people and not the planet itself);
26. They (speaking of the heavens and the earth) shall PERISH, but you shall endure: yea, all of THEM (either those prisoners appointed to die or the heavens and the earth) shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shall you change THEM, and THEY (either the saints of God or the heavens and the earth, or BOTH the saints and the earth, but most certainly the SAINTS) shall be CHANGED:
You see when God judges the EARTH he is NOT judging the physical planet, but rather God is judging the PEOPLE. So then this verse could very well men the PEOPLE who are prisoners appointed to death shall be CHANGED as a garment rather than the physical earth being change. Now I myself am NOT dogmatic either way. The main point is that we will live one a NEW earth with Almighty God dwelling with us. Let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 21:5. "And he that sat upon the throne (which everywhere in the book of Revelation is always speaking of Almighty God the Father that sits upon the THRONE) said, Behold, I make all things NEW. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."
Let us continue with verse 6 of Revelation chapter 21.
Rev. 21:6. "And he (Almighty God the Father) said unto me, It is DONE. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely."
Now keep in mind that those who were found FAITHFUL in the CHURCH at the SECOND coming of Jesus have ALREADY been GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE. So then, the water of live here is for those who were found to be RIGHTEOUS during the 1000 year reign of Jesus. But this verse also could be going BACK to the beginning and is speaking of BOTH the saints BEFORE the 1000 years which is us the church AND those who are found to be righteous during the 1000 year reign who will take part in the second resurrection where the REST of the dead are raised and judged at the white throne judgment. Let us move on to the next verse.
Certainly this speaks of ALL the saints. I myself believe that in the end ALL the RIGHTEOUS will have eternal life and go on into the ages to come to enjoy what God has prepared for those of us who LOVE him. Lets us see what the next verse tells us.
Rev. 21:8. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL liars, shall have their PART in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Those who are FEARFUL and who DENY Jesus will have their PART in the LAKE of FIRE on the day of JUDGMENT.
Those who do NOT BELIEVE that Jesus is the SON of Almighty God will have their PART in the LAKE of FIRE of JUDGMENT.
Those who are ABOMINABLE such as a man laying sexually with another man, or a woman laying sexually with another woman shall have their PART in the LAKE of FIRE on the day of JUDGMENT.
Those who are MURDERS or in other words, those who HATE their fellow man shall have their PART in the LAKE of FIRE of JUDGMENT.
Those who commit ADULTERY or FORNICATION including the GAYS and the LESBIANS shall have their PART in the LAKE of FIRE in the day of JUDGMENT.
Those who abuse DRUGS and use witchcraft shall have their PART in the LAKE of FIRE on the day of JUDGMENT.
Those who worship and pray to IDOLS and FALSE gods like Allah shall have their PART in the LAKE of FIRE on the day of JUDGMENT.
And it should be noted that ALL liars even those little LIES shall be JUDGED and those who do NOT REPENT shall have their PART in the LAKE of FIRE on the day of JUDGMENT.
Let us move on to the next two verses in Revelation chapter 21.
Rev. 21:9. "And there came unto me ONE of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will SHOW you the BRIDE, the Lamb's WIFE."
So then, from these two verse we see that the great CITY the NEW Jerusalem IS the BRIDE and WIFE of Jesus Christ. You see the word "CITY" sometimes means PEOPLE rather than a physical city structure that is built for people to live in.
Also notice that this CITY or the BRIDE of Christ is DESCENDING OUT of heaven and we saw earlier in verse 1 and 2 that this take places at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus. Also notice that the TABERNACLE of God DESCENDS down to the NEW earth at this time.
Now to ME, I am seeing this TABERNACLE of God or this NEW Jerusalem being a PHYSICAL dwelling place where the SAINTS taken up in the RAPTURE of the church will dwell and rule and reign from during this 1000 year reign of Jesus. Please read the study "DOES the BIBLE teach us about the YEAR 2012?" for a deeper understanding of what I mean by this. But for now let us move on to the next 4 verses.
Which I believe are 12 of the 24 elders who sit on
thrones, and the other 12 elders are heads of the 12 tribes of
Israel. So then, to ME I see this CITY called the NEW Jerusalem being
BOTH the CHURCH and ISRAEL but also being a PHYSICAL dwelling place
as well. Now for the next verse.
Rev. 21:15. "And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure (perhaps a very high standard of measurement. Jesus said I have not found your works PERFECT and WARNS us to REPENT) the CITY, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof."
Please read Revelation 3:2-5, which to me set a very high standard for what God expects of us.
3. Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and REPENT. If therefore you shalt NOT watch, I will come on you as a THIEF, and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you.
Let us continue with the next two verses.
Rev. 21:16. "And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are EQUAL."
Some say this physical city is a CUBE and other believe it to be a PYRAMID shape with a square base having the same height as each side of it's base.
A very strange statement. So is it according to the
measure of a MAN or the measure of the ANGEL? Or was John saying to us that this angel looks like a man, because later on we see John falling down and worshiping at the feet of a angel, which for me I see as being Jesus? I do not really know what John means by this verse. Let us continue this study by
taking a look at the next ten verses, which describe this city.
The CITY was PURE GOLD yet it is LIKE CLEAR GLASS. This could mean the city is like crystal with a golden color.
Rev. 21:19. "And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;"
Rev. 21:20. "The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst."
Each foundation has a name of an apostle and is made of a precious
stone, where each foundation has a different precious stone. We are living stones built upon a sure foundation. We are
God's jewels. Or this could be literal and this literal city is built on twelve foundations of precious stones. I personally see the city as BOTH literal and figurative. And I do not believe we can take everything as being LITERAL, but at the same time I do not believe we should take everything as being figurative.
The twelve gates are twelve pearls. I think of pearls being white of opaque and round or spherical. I can visualize a round gate with light come out, because we are told that the gates remain open. And if you have a gate, a portal, or an entrance then you would expect a walkway or a street to lead you through the cities interior. Again GOLD as transparent or CLEAR glass. These things are hard to visualize, but if you have every walk on a floor made of glass you can perhaps see how this might be. There are some who interpret this city of New Jerusalem completely as symbolic because of it's immense size, but for myself nothing is impossible with God and who is to say that this NEW earth will be the same size as the first earth?
No need for a temple, because Almighty God and his Son Jesus are PRESENT dwelling in this city or tabernacle of God.
God is LIGHT, so no need for the sun of moon in the city of God, because Almighty God and his Son Jesus will be the light and the glory of their light will shine down on the earth.
This can mean that only the saved who have eternal life are allow to walk within the city. Or this may mean that the glory and the light of the city shines down to give light to those saved alive on the earth. And the kings of the earth bring their treasures into the city and leave them at the gate of the city.
Rev. 21:25. "And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there."
The gates themselves are not shut, but no flesh shall enter INTO the kingdom of God. Or this can mean that every one has eternal life at this point and every one can could and go in and out day or night.
When I read verse like this I see the time being during the 1000 years, because those left if the nations will bring sacrifices up from year to year. Also the treasure and riches of the unjust are laid up for the just.
Rev. 21:27. "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
Now this may mean that ONLY the SAINTS who ALREADY have received ETERNAL LIFE may enter into the city. Or this may mean that only the RIGHTEOUS will receive ETERNAL LIFE and be aloud to ENTER the city.
This brings us to the end of revelation chapter 21. Let us begin chapter 22.
Water in the Bible sometimes is symbolic of the Holy Spirit of God. We read about a well springing up giving life. we read about rivers of living water. The emphasis I suppose should be on the PURITY of the water. The word "PURE" means single without mixture. God is PURE. His words are PURE words. There is NO darkness is God.
Another thing I want you to notice is that the THRONE is now shared with Almighty God the Father and his Son Jesus. Is is called the throne of God AND of the Lamb.
Rev. 22:2. "In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
In the midst of the flow of the river AND on either side of the river there was a TREE of life. Now when I read this I visualize a huge tree that the trunk of the tree spans not only the wide of the river but goes past the width of the river to be only both banks of the river as if the river flowed out of the tree of LIFE.
Notice that this tree of life has leaves and bears fruit. And not just one kind of fruit, but TWELVE different kinds of fruit. To ME, it appears that one kind of fruit will be for one specific MONTH of the year. And then this tree will bear a different fruit for the NEXT month of the year. And so forth until there is a specific fruit for each and every month of the year, where there are TWELVE months in the year. To ME, this clearly shows that the 1000 years is a LITERAL 1000 years. We may not be able to distinguish the day from the night, but it seems certain that we will know when the MONTH changes. So to ME, there does seem to be TIME, but I do not think we will be so conscious of time as much as many of us are now in this present world. And this may be only during this 1000 years. Once every one of the RIGHTEOUS have received ETERNAL LIFE, then TIME may cease to exist as we know it. On can only guess.
Also notice that the leaves are for HEALING. To ME this means that in the beginning of this 1000 year reign there will be people from all nations who have REPENTED of their sins in order to ENTER into the kingdom of God on this WAR torn planet that needs to be CLEANSED. There will be much hurt, pain and bitterness. A lot of "BAGGAGE" in you will that is brought into the kingdom of God that must be HEALED over time even to the third and fourth generation.
So symbolically we as the church who are IN this CITY of God are these leaves that descend from this city to minister the word of God to the people on the first earth to bring HEALING to them.
I do NOT see the need for healing of PHYSICAL sicknesses and diseases because of the next verse, which teaches us that there will be NO MORE CURSE.
Now this may mean no more sickness and disease in the city itself, but I personally believe that there will be no more sickness and disease on the earth either during this 1000 years.
The forehead may represent the brain, perhaps even the frontal lobe of the brains where communication is processed. This may mean that God is forever on our minds and in our thoughts, because now we behold the FACE of God. Or in may mean that we have a visible mark in our foreheads showing we are God's children.
When is says that there will be no night THERE it seems to be saying that there will be no DARKNESS withing the CITY of God. As far as outside the city we are told about OUTER DARKNESS. But we are also told that the nation shall walk IN the LIGHT of this city. So if it is taken literal then on the earth the sun may still be darkened and the only light will be from this city the NEW Jerusalem.
Certainly for those of us who are living IN this city of God will have NO CURSE and behold the face of God and be blessed beyond our thinking. But to ME, those outside the city who remain on the earth, still speaking of the FIRST earth, there is much work that needs to be done to CLEANSE all the CORRUPTION that was created by Satan before he was bound.
So to ME, this is just another reason why we should strive and persevere all the more to be found worthy to take part in the FIRST resurrection and be given ETERNAL LIFE so that we will be living IN the CITY.
Rev. 22:6. "And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done."
Now the subject changes to this angel or messenger talking with John and to ME I see John saying that the Lord God has sent him as an angel or MESSENGER to show US the CHURCH the things that must shortly be done.
Or this angel that is to say this MESSENGER is Jesus who was sent by Almighty God with this REVELATION from God to give to John and US the church, which to ME make more sense, because in the very next verse it definitely appears to be Jesus himself speaking that he is coming quickly.
In the previous verse we read that Jesus must show us thing that must SHORTY be done, then in the very NEXT verse Jesus tells us that he is coming QUICKLY. Now to ME, I am see that this ONE thing that Jesus MUST WARN us about is that WHEN he comes his coming for US will be QUICKLY as in, in an MOMENT or a TWINKLING of an eye of time. We talked a little about this in chapter 1. The Greek words that are used in BOTH Revelation 1: and here in Revelation 21:6 that is TRANSLATION as SHORTY are Strong's number 1722 plus another Greek word Strong's number 5034. These SAME Greek words are ALSO used in Acts 12:7 and Acts 22:18 and are translated as QUICKLY.
Here in this verse the word "QUICKLY" is the Greek word 5036 which is the same root word as Strong's number 5034. In other words, what I believe Jesus is saying that his COMING will be QUICKLY as in a MOMENT and in a TWINKLING of an eye.
And WHEN we begin to see the SIGNS of his coming then know that the time is at hand and these rest of these things that we are told about will shortly come to pass. But you have to keep in mind that John was told to write down what he heard and what he saw, which SOME of the things John wrote were ALREADY in the PAST when in wrote them, such as Jesus being born and being caught up into heaven in Revelation chapter 12.
In other words SOME of the things John wrote was for his day and other things happened throughout history but some things are specifically for the future and would take many hundreds of years to be fulfilled. So we cannot be so DOGMATIC to DEMAND that shortly means very very SOON and THEREFORE everything John wrote was for the early church and has nothing to do with us today.
To ME, it is certain that Jesus is WARNING us that when he comes he will come in and instant, in a moment of time so fast that there will be NO TIME to REPENT so you had better be READY at all time lest you be found naked or with SIN in your life and you be LEFT behind to suffer the WRATH of God.
As we keep reading this rest of this chapter you wills see what I mean by this.
Now to ME I personally do NOT see John falling down and worshiping an ANGEL. Remember that very odd statement that John made in Revelation 21 about the "ANGEL" or messenger that measured the temple and John said it is the measure of a MAN, that is, of an ANGEL. Well to ME, it may have been that John SAW what look like a MAN, as is one like the Son of man. So to ME, I see this as John falling down to worship Jesus because Jesus just said to him behold I come QUICKLY. So John fell down at HIS feet to worship Jesus.
Yes it says "ANGEL" but keep in mind that the word angel simply means messenger and does not always demand that this messenger be an angelic being that is NOT a man. Also keep in mind that John was one of the apostles of Jesus and a Jew which I personally believe would NOT KNOWINGLY fall down an worship and ANGELIC being. But I do believe that John would fall down and worship his Lord and savior Jesus Christ. So then, with that being said let us take a look at what this angel or messenger said to John when Johns fell down to worship him.
Rev. 22:9. "Then said he unto me, See you do it NOT (in other words, do NOT worship ME): for (or BECAUSE) I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God."
So it seems to ME, that Jesus is instructing John as us the church to worship Almighty God the Father rather than himself.
We certainly know that we are NOT toe worship ANGELS. It may be that this was an angelic being but I do not see where angelic beings are of the BRETHREN. To me it is for certain that angel are NOT men. They may appear or manifest in human form but they are NOT of the BRETHREN in that they have a nature of a MAN.
But on the other hand Jesus was a partaker of HUMAN NATURE and became a MAN like unto us. So again, to ME, I see this a JESUS saying to John do NOT worship me but rather worship Almighty God.
Now for me personally I HONOR Jesus. The Bible teaches us that we are to HONOR Jesus EVEN AS we HONOR the FATHER. I give Jesus THANKS for what he has done for us. I PRAISE the NAME of Jesus. I PRAY in the NAME of Jesus to the Father. I GLORIFY Jesus. I MAGNIFY the NAME of Jesus. I stand in the AUTHORITY of the NAME of Jesus and command Satan to leave and get behind me. But is all of this WORSHIP. If it is worship, then I worship Jesus even as I worship Almighty God the Father.
So then what did Jesus mean by these words? Well to me I see that Almighty God highly exalted his Son Jesus and gave him a NAME that is above every name and that one day EVERY tongue shall confess that NAME and every knee shall BOW DOWN to that NAME.
Please read Philippians 2:5-11 and you will see that this verse says that every knee shall bow to the NAME that Almighty God has given to his Son Jesus.
6. Who (Speaking of Jesus being the WORD of God before the WORD was MADE flesh and dwelt among men), being in the FORM of God (where God is a SPIRIT and the WORD is SPIRIT and truth), thought it not robbery to be equal with God (which in other translations says that Jesus never once thought to make himself equal with God. It never even entered his mind):
7. But made himself of no reputation (Jesus always gave all the glory to his God and Father Almighty God saying that he himself could do nothing, but the Father that dwelt in him through his holy Spirit did the works. For IN him DWELT the fulness of Almighty God BODILY or in the human body of Jesus dwelt the Holy Spirit of Almighty God the Father just as this SAME Holy Spirit of Almighty God dwells IN US.), and took upon him the form of a servant, and was MADE in the likeness of MEN:
10. That at the NAME of Jesus (which means YHWH saves or the salvation of YHWH) every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (it has always been God PLAN that HE HIMSELF be our SALVATION. And that we be HIS work, And the MEANS by which Almighty God chose to be our SALVATION was to have a SON who would be a MAN who would DO his ALL his WILL even to the point of giving his life for his FELLOW man so that Almighty God could REDEEM or buy back what his ENEMY had stolen from him. And his SON Jesus did just that. God's SON whom he NAMED Jesus, the SALVATION of YHWH or the SALVATION that I Almighty God has provided for you has given his very own life to reconcile you back to me)
So then, whenever we HONOR, PRAISE of give GLORY to the NAME of Jesus we are giving GLORY to Almighty God the Father. The word of TRUTH teaches us that must must have BOTH the FATHER and the SON. So therefore I personally cannot believe those that teach that Jesus IS ALMIGHTY God the FATHER. The Bible teaches us that there are many THEOS or gods, but to US there is but ONE God EVEN the FATHER and ONE Lord Jesus Christ. I find that Jesus is and always will be UNDER and SUBJECT to his God and Father the one true and ONLY ALMIGHTY God.
Yes I believe that Jesus is God in that his God and Father HIGHLY EXALTED his Son to sit on his throne and rule as God. The Bible teaches that Jesus shall be called the God of all the earth. But to ME there is only ONE ALMIGHTY and MOST HIGH God which is the FATHER.
To ME, it is IMPORTANT to see that Jesus was ANOINTED with the Holy Spirit of Almighty God and this is HOW Jesus LIVED his life WITHOUT SIN and this is HOW Jesus did the many mighty miracles of healing that he did THROUGH the Holy Spirit of Almighty God DWELLING IN him, just like this SAME Holt Spirit DWELLS IN US the church, the BODY of Jesus Christ.
So then, when you truly SEE and BELIEVE this, then you will begin DOING the WORKS that Jesus did. You can read all the studies that I wrote concerning this subject of Jesus but for now let us move on to the next verse.
In other words, the words of this book of REVELATION are UNVEILED and NOT sealed so that we are to UNDERSTAND what is being spoke to us.
Rev. 22:11. " He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
What I see here is that at that precise MOMENT when Jesus come QUICKLY that those who are found to be WITH SIN in the lives will NOT be a partaker of ETERNAL LIFE, and ONLY those of us who are found to be WITHOUT SIN shall be accounted WORTHY to receive their reward of ETERNAL LIFE.
Do NOT be DECEIVED by the FALSE doctrine of once saved always saved. Jesus warns us to watch and be ready that no man TAKE our crown of ETERNAL LIFE. read the studies that I have on this subject about holiness and works and grace and salvation. Be like the men of Berea and search the TRUTH out for YOURSELF to be absolutely sure that what your are being taught is the WHOLE word of God. This is LIFE and DEATH we are talking about hear so are you going to TRUST you LIFE to the teachings of MEN? Get into the word of God and SEARCH the word daily to find out the TRUTH of God word for YOURSELF.
Rev. 22:12. "And, behold, I come quickly; and my REWARD (speaking of the promise of ETERNAL LIFE for those who are found FAITHFUL and without sin) is with me, to give every man ACCORDING as his WORK shall be."
Salvation is a TWO step PROCESS. First we are RECONCILED back to God as his GIFT to us and there is NOTHING that we DO except simply BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus Christ to receive this FIRST PART of salvation which is to be made righteous and be brought back into tight relationship with God. This is what the word SAVE means.
The second step of salvation which is to OBTAIN our REWARD of ETERNAL LIFE by walking in OBEDIENCE to God's word. In other words, if we do not CONTINUE to follow Jesus and go back into our old lifestyle of SIN and do not repent and we DIE in that lifestyle of SIN, then we would have believed in VAIN and we will NOT receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.
So then, NO WORKS for the FIRST part and YES WORKS for the second part. But even then these works we do we do NOT do in our OWN strength but by FAITH in God's promises to help and strengthen us to over come the enemy. Let us move on to the next verse.
This is the only place in the Bible where Jesus speaks these words "I am Alpha and Omega", which means the beginning and the ending, the first and the last.
And those that teach the ONENESS doctrine quote this verse quite often as showing proof that Jesus IS the FATHER. But just because Jesus says these words, "I am Alpha and Omega", does this really PROVE beyond any shadow of a doubt that Jesus, the SON of Almighty God, IS Almighty God the FATHER as in ONE and the SAME being but sometimes manifests as the Son and sometimes manifested as the FATHER.
Remember Jesus said I speak NOT of MYSELF, but as I HEAR what the FATHER says that I speak. Look what Jesus says in the very next verse about keeping the commandment of Almighty God the Father by saying blessed he is who keeps HIS commandments.
Please notice that Jesus did NOT say blessed is he that keeps MY commandments. To ME, IF Jesus was saying that he was Almighty God the FATHER when he said "I am Alpha and Omega" then why did he not go on in the next verse and say blessed is he who keeps MY commandments if he was TRULY saying that he is the one true and only ALMIGHTY God who is the FATHER?
Rev. 22:14. "Blessed are they that do HIS commandments (WHY? Why will we be blessed by keeping the commandments of Almighty God?), THAT (or in ORDER THAT) they (speaking of ONLY those that are found worthy by KEEPING the commandments of Almighty God) may have RIGHT to the tree of LIFE, and may ENTER in through the gates into the CITY."
Now even if you believe that Jesus IS the FATHER I am not here to DOGMATICALLY say that Jesus is NOT the FATHER. The may point of this verse is that you see the VOTAL importance of OBEDIENCE to God's word so that you will be found FAITHFUL in the end in order to RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.
I only point out these DIFFERENCES between Almighty God the FATHR and his SON Jesus so that you can see the Jesus did the WORKS that he did THROUGH the POWER of the Holy Spirit and NOT in his OWN strength. Let us continue with the next verse.
Most of us are pretty good with the so called BID sins, but sometimes do not keep in mind and always remember that even LYING can keep us from receiving our reward of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come if we are not aware of all the excuses we make when the Holy Spirit is trying to get us NOT to lie.
Rev. 22:16. "I Jesus have sent mine angel (speaking of John as being a MESSENGER) to testify unto you these things in the CHURCHES. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
Here Jesus calls himself the bright and morning star and in Revelation 2: 25-28 tells us that he who over comes will he give the morning star.
Now the CONTEXT here of everything else that were are GIVEN for over coming is POWER over the ENEMY, or those that persecuted and trouble us. So to ME I see the "morning star" here in Revelation 2: 25-28 as speaking of Satan, the morning star. Some disagree, because Jesus say that he is the bright and morning star and they argue that there can not be TWO morning stars referring to two different beings.
We all know that Satan is a counterfeit so why is it so hard to see that he would have a name or title very similar to Jesus. The word for star is the same in both verse, however the word for morning is different. Both words mean early in the morning, but they have different root words. The root word for Jesus mean upright and the root word for Satan means before. Remember we are told that Nimrod was a mighty hunter BEFORE the Lord meaning he was full of pride.
In other words, after reading of all the judgments and plagues and great tribulation and persecution of the saints we are to say EVEN SO COME Lord Jesus. And we are to proclaim to all that are thirsty to COME and take of the water of life freely.
Rev. 22:18. "For I testify unto every man that HEARS the words of the prophecy of THIS book, If any man shall ADD unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:"
Now to me this verse has a couple of meanings. First of all I do not believe that we are to ADD of take away from any book of the Bible, but this verse here specifically states THIS book of prophecy. So to ME I believe Jesus is referring to the book of Revelation here about adding or taking away. But ALSO I see that this verse could mean that any other REVELATION that come AFTER this book is NOT to be ADDED to the word of Almighty God. For example:
When the Mormons ADD the revelations from the angel Moroni to ADD the book of Moroni to the Holy Bible, then they are in danger of receiving the plagues written in this book!
When the Muslims ADD the revelations of Muhammad by including the Quran as ADDED authority to the Holy Bible, then they shall suffer the plagues written in this book!
Even the Jehovah's Witnesses when they place the writings of the Watch Tower Society above the Holy Bible by telling their people that they cannot understand the Bible without these writings of the Watch Tower, then they are in danger of receiving the plagues written in this book.
This goes for the Roman Catholic church as well when they ADD church TRADITION as being EQUAL to the Holy Bible, they too are in danger of receiving the plagues of this book.
We only need the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible to show us the way to eternal life. All these ADDED things only confuse and hinder people from seeing the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
So put away all these ADDED so called "REVELATIONS" that CHANGE the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. Let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 22:19. "And if any man shall TAKE AWAY from the words of the book of THIS prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
Again I believe that this is specifically speaking about taking away from the book of Revelation. But I have my own personal OPINION about some of these modern translations and how they leave out sometime whole verses of scripture. Let me give you just one example to make you AWARE that there are some pretty major CHANGES being made ever so subtly over the years.
Please read Romans 8:1 from the King James Version of the Bible and then I you can read this SAME verse from any modern translation such as the N.I.V. the New International Version and see for yourself that these newer translation are not merely changing a few words to help make the Bible to be easier to read and understand.
Romans 8:1 ( King James Version K.J.V.)
Romans 8:1 (New International Version N.I.V.)
You see my dear brothers and sister in the Lord, these newer translations have LEFT OUT or have TAKEN AWAY the last half of this verse, which to ME is a pretty important message from God to leave out or to TAKE AWAY, because it is ONLY those who WALK in OBEDIENCE to the Holy Spirit and NOT after their OWN lust of their FLESH that will have NO CONDEMNATION because they REMAIN IN CHRIST Jesus by their OBEDIENCE to the word.
To ME this OPENS the door to FALSE doctrine of DEVILS because some are taking verses like this and teaching that NO MATTER WHAT you DO you can NEVER LOSE your salvation once you accept Jesus as your savior, because the moment you accept Jesus as your savior you are IN Christ Jesus and THEREFORE there is NOW NO CONDEMNATION to those who are IN Christ Jesus. I will leave it at this before I write a whole other study. Let us continue with the next verse.
After John hears these words he replies AMEN or so be it. EVEN SO, COME, Lord Jesus. In other words, no one is looking froward to this time of great tribulation, but we know that it must be so. Therefore we are to embrace these days ahead and know that God is our HELP and safe harbor during these days ahead. Please read the study "HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE GREAT TRIBULATION". One last verse and we are finished with the book of Revelation.
Rev. 22:21. "The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
This word GRACE means FAVOR. God gives us FAVOR and BLESSINGS and PROTECTION and PEACE and JOY even in the midst of suffering. Please read the studies "YOU CAN HAVE JOY IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING" , which I renamed as "MUST CHRISTIANS SUFFER" and "WHAT THE TRUE MEANING OF GRACE"
This brings us to the end of this verse by verse study in the book of Revelation.
Thanks for reading I pray that your understanding of the SECOND coming of Jesus has been aided by this study in God's word. May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
As I promised I have included ANOTHER interpretation of the seven VIALS or seven bowls depending on what translation you may be reading. You can read it now or return to my home page to read a different study by clicking on the link below or any other link you came across in this study.
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ANOTHER interpretation of the seven vials being THE WRATH of God.
Now I believe and teach in the above study that the FIRST SIX SEALS and the FIRST SIX TRUMPETS, AND the FIRST SIX VIALS or bowls or first six LAST plagues were ALL speaking of the time of GREAT tribulation. While ONLY the SEVENTH SEAL, the SEVENTH TRUMPET, and the SEVENTH VIAL are THE WRATH of God.
But some teach that the seven VIALS or seven bowls are THE WRATH of God, meaning that ALL SEVEN vials or bowls are THE WRATH of God and NONE of these LAST SEVEN plagues have anything to do with the time of GREAT tribulation.
So I suppose ANOTHER way to INTERPRET Revelation chapters 15 and 16 would be that these seven LAST plagues actually take place AFTER the SECOND coming of Jesus when Jesus comes to RAPTURE or catch up the church and the 144,000 to be with him while the WRATH of God is being poured out upon the world.
I can see this as a possibility, but I do not see HOW we can account for Jesus coming yet AGAIN to gather together his saints in Revelation 16:15,16, unless we having Jesus SECOND coming being DIVIDED into TWO parts, the first part where Jesus comes in the AIR which will be before the 1000 years and we will reign with Jesus in the AIR for 1000 years. Then AFTER then 1000 years when Satan is loosed God will FINISH pouring out the REST or the LSAT HALF of his WRATH to make an end of sins and the wicked once and for all time.
I can see this happening, but to ME, this INTERPRETATION of the seven VIALS being THE WRATH of God would then mean that Jesus' SECOND coming would be before the 1000 year reign of Jesus and THEN Jesus would return AGAIN AFTER the 1000 year reign, which does makes sense to me, but it is more complicated to explain. And again it is an INTERPRETATION and not really clear.
If it was not for this one point I can see how one would INTERPRET the seven VIALS as the WRATH of God. I have had this thought myself, but I go more with the interpretation of the first six vials being the great tribulation and ONLY the seventh vial being the WRATH of God. Now I could be wrong in my interpretation of the FIRST SIX VIALS taking place DURING the time of GREAT tribulation and the SEVENTH VIAL being the WRATH of God, so I think it worth while to at least try to explain ANOTHER interpretation of the seven last plagues or the seven VIALS. This is why I am including this OTHER interpretation at the end of this verse by verse study of Revelation. EITHER way those who are found FAITHFUL at the SECOND coming of Jesus will be given ETERNAL LIFE and the SECOND DEATH will have NO power over us, so in truth it really does not matter all that much to ME. But for those who it may matter here goes another explanation of Revelation 15 and 16 where we read about the seven last plagues called the seven vials of bowls.
Now this may take awhile to explain what I mean by this so please be patient with me. First of all I want you to notice the wording of LAST plagues. Well is Zechariah we are told that those who do not come up and worship the Lord from year to year DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus, then they will NOT have rain on their crops. And if they continue to do this the next year, then they will suffer the PLAGUE of God.
Please read Zechariah 14:9-21, which describes the LAST PLAGUE of Almighty God.
"And the LORD shall be KING over all the earth (in verses 1-8 we see the SECOND coming of Jesus and here in verse 9 we see Jesus as the KING over all the earth ruling in reigning for 1000 years): in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.(in other words, there will be no more idol worship or the worshiping of false gods.)
10. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it (speaking of Jerusalem) shall be LIFTED UP, and inhabited in HER PLACE (this could be meaning the rebuilding of Jerusalem or perhaps this may mean the city of God the New Jerusalem LIFTED UP above where the earthly city of Jerusalem was before it was made desolate), from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's wine presses.
11. And men shall dwell in IT, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be SAFELY inhabited (to ME, I see that during this 1000 year reign of Jesus there will be NO more WAR or even small battles, but people will dwell safely. This verse specifically says Jerusalem, and I believe it could be because the city of Jerusalem was just destroyed but not all the people of Jerusalem).
12 And THIS shall be the PLAGUE wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought AGAINST Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(to ME, this sound a lot like a nuclear explosion. We see another description of this PLAGUE of God WRATH given to us in Revelation 6: in the opening of the sixth seal where the heavens roll back as a scroll and every mountain and island were move out of their places. This is why I say this may be the NEW Jerusalem that is in her place lifted up above where Jerusalem used to be, because Jerusalem is made desolate in the last days. But again this could meant that Jerusalem is rebuilt and then inhabited.)
13. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
14. And Judah (I believe this is speaking of Jesus the lion of the tribe of Judah) also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.(I believe this is speaking of the all the treasure of the unjust or the world are laid up for the just or the righteous. So fulfilling the parable what good is it if a man shall gain the whole world and LOSE his SOUL.)
15. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as THIS PLAGUE.(in other words, unlike the days of Noah where many of the animals where saved on the ark this time all the animals in this are of Jerusalem will be vaporized just like all the men of war)
16. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is LEFT of ALL the NATIONS which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
17. And it shall be, that whoso will NOT come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon THEM (speaking of those who are DISOBEDIENT and who do NOT go up from year to year to worship the Lord) shall be NO rain.
18. And if the family of Egypt (the family of Egypt is sometimes symbolic of the world. There may be a deeper meaning also.) go NOT up, and come NOT, that have NO rain; there shall be the PLAGUE, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come NOT up to keep the feast of tabernacles. (First of all I want you to notice that ALL of the seven feasts of the Lord have been fulfilled EXCEPT this ONE last feast, the feast of TABENACLES, which will be fulfilled at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus. Also the rest of this verse to ME, speaks of the first offense receiving a punishment of NO rain and IF they CONTINUE to be disobedient the next year and come not up AGAIN, then there will be NO MORE CHANCE of forgiveness and they will be destroyed by the LAST PLAGUE of Almighty God at the END of this 1000 year reign of Jesus.)
19. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of ALL nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.(again to me this speaks of the FINAL part of God's WRATH being poured out at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus when Satan is loosed for a little season and goes out and DECEIVES the NATIONS to fight against the CITY of God and God's people one final time)
20. In that day (speaking of the 1000 year reign of Jesus) shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
21. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts."
So then, to ME, I am seeing these seven LAST PLAGUES as being poured out AT the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus. In other words, the first six of these last seven plagues are poured out when Satan is loose at the END of the 1000 year and when the people of the nations that are being DECEIVED do not repent, then FIRE from God comes down during the SEVENTH VIAL as being the LAST HALF of God's WRATH.
Now the reason WHY I say the last HALF of God's WRATH is because we know that God will show MERCY during the pouring out of his WRATH upon his people Israel so that they be NOT utterly destroyed AT the SECOND coming of Jesus before this 1000 year reign of Jesus. Also in Revelation 8:1 we see that when the SEVENTH SEAL is opened that there is SILENCE in heaven for the SPACE of HALF and HOUR.
Now to ME, I see the HOUR of God's judgment as being the WRATH of God. We can see this in several passages of scripture. We just read about the HOUR of God's judgment in chapter 14. Please read Revelation 14:6,7 again.
Again to ME, the HOUR of God's judgment is the WRATH of Almighty God. So then HALF and HOUR would be HALF of God's WRATH being poured out AT the SECOND coming of Jesus and the LAST HALF of God's WRATH will be poured out at the END of the 1000 year reign, thus being the LAST of the seven LAST plagues, or the seven VIALS or the seven bowls.
We are told of TWO WARS or BATTLES. The first is the battle of ARMAGEDDON, which is fought AT the SECOND coming of Jesus. And the FINAL battle is fought at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus.
So to ME, IF these seven last plagues or the seven VIALS are the WRATH of God, the to ME they ALL must be poured out at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus in order to account for Jesus coming as a THIEF in BETWEEN the SIXTH vial and the SEVENTH vial.
I can see this happening, but in order for it to make any sense to ME, then when Jesus come AT his SECOND coming he REMAINS in the AIR for 1000 years and then at the END of the 1000 years there is ANOTHER GATHERING TOGETHER of the saints, who are taken to the SAME place called ARMAGEDDON to help execute the final last HALF of the WRATH of God.
You can see why I say it is COMPLICATED to explain. This is why I prefer the first interpretation that I gave to you in the main part of this study and just include this interpretation as just another way to explain the seven last plagues without questioning the Bible scholars who wrote the translations of the Bible into the English language. So Christians really get upset when you question the different translation of the Bible into English so when I say that I personally believe that the word "WRATH" should have been translated as "FIERCENESS", then some think that I am changing the Bible to fit what I want it to say. And this is simply nit true. I am just offer you my many hours of prayer and study and trying to give you ALL the evidence so that you can draw your OWN conclusions.
Again EITHER way you want to INTERPRET the seven VIALS or bowls the END result will still be the same when it come to concerning US the CHURCH because we are NOT appoint to the WRATH of Almighty God.
Thanks again for reading and I pray that you have come away more enlighten as to what to expect in these last days when Jesus will come again.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,