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Rev. 21:9-14

5/23/10 V. 9, One of the plague angels, possibly the same one who showed John the counterfeit woman in Rev 17, now shows him the bride of Christ. The angel carries him away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and shows him the Holy City.

I don’t know if there’s any connection but I’m reminded of the last temptation of Jesus when Satan took him to a high mountain and showed him all the nations of the world in their glory. Jesus had resisted the temptation to accomplish something like what John was now seeing, but Satan was offering him an easier way, without the suffering of the cross.

But Jesus had resisted Satan’s temptation and now this was happening in the real way: the Holy City filled with the people of God, ready for sin to be eradicated, and life to be re-created anew.

John describes the city as best he can using the limited language of humanity. He saw the city in terms that he would recognize. To try to build a picture of what the city actually looks like would be impossible from this description.

The number 12 is mentioned again and again with significance. The 12 gates can be translated the “the 12 gates are 12 angels.” On the gates are written the names of the tribes of Israel. One only enters the Holy City by belonging to Israel in Jesus. The wall also has 12 foundations with the apostle’s names written on them.

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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:1-3

5/16/10 The sequence of events continues chronologically. The world is in its former state and John sees an angel coming to perform some actions which are symbolic of what will really happen someday.

The angel holds a key and a chain representing God’s power to release and restrain the powers of evil at will. He seizes the dragon and throws him into the abyss and lock and seals it over him.

While pictured as a hole in the ground with a lid on it and a chain actually binding Satan, these elements represent the fact that Satan is restricted to earth–the abyss without form and void.

This passage has Is 24 in view. At the second coming the earth is decimated, the wicked mourn and die, the righteous rejoice. The earth is in shambles. For a thousand years the devil cannot deceive anyone because there is no one to deceive. After the thousand years it will be necessary to release him for a short time. Why would it be necessary? Because there is still a little more to be revealed about God in the actions of Satan after the thousand years.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 19:17-21

5/11/10 John sees an angel standing in the sun, which may be Jesus or a separate herald. The one who looks like the sun is Jesus, so this angel may be standing hear him or it may be him. This angel stands “constantly” in the sun. He called out to the birds to come to the feast, which is the alternative to the wedding feast of the Lamb. At this feast there is to be total destruction.

This call to the birds is an ancient language of personal combat. See, for instance, David and Goliath’s verbal sparring where they threaten to feed each other to the birds.

Next John sees the beast, the same beast as Rev 17 probably, and the kings of the earth. The other beast, the sea beast who is also the prostitute Babylon, has, by this point in the story, been destroyed by the scarlet beast. Now, the people see Jesus and the armies of heaven and they know they are doomed. They assemble to fight for their lives, but they are easily captured by Jesus.

The allusions here are to Eze 39 where it says that Topheth has been prepared. That was the place of human sacrifices offered to Molech. So Jesus, by the word or sword of his mouth, creates a lake of fire and burns them, and those not included in this fire are struck down by his glory and his word.

In the end, after all of the plages have devastated the planet and taken it nearly to complete ruin, this fire now finish it it off. The world is once again an abyss without form and void like it was in the beginning.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 19:7-10

5/9/10 The universe is right to celebrate. Evil conspired against this event, but it has come. It is the wedding of the Lamb and his bride who has been made ready. His bride is the New Jerusalem, which is in contrast to Babylon. Babylon symbolizes the apostate church, Jerusalem symbolizes the true church of Christ.

The people of God and the kingdom of earth are all involved in this wedding/coronation. God’s people are ready. They have been purified in the fire of suffering as Jesus was. They have dressed themselves in the righteousness of Christ living in them and working through them. They have been transformed in heart and deed.

Later when the New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven prepared as a bride, it is the people of God returning to the kingdom of earth as Jesus claims it as his own and sets us up as rulers, as Adam had been originally.

John was commanded to write this down, “Blessed are those called to the wedding banquet.” It’s a forgone conclusion. There is no question about the outcome of this controversy. God’s word is never void. He is never wrong.

John, overwhelmed, responds to this part of the vision in a way he has not responded so far in everything he has seen. He falls down to worship, but the angel must stop him saying that he is only a bond servant like John. We labor together with angels.

“Worship God.” That is what all this has been about: worship. The testimony of Jesus is defined here. It’s not a testimony about Jesus in just any terms, but specifically in prophetic terms.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:20-24

5/7/10 The people of God are commanded to rejoice. Babylon is being judged as she has judged, and with the measure she used it will be measured to her. Specifically mentioned are apostles and prophets among the saints. They especially have suffered at the cruelty of Babylon’s false religion.

Then a strong angel threw a huge boulder into the sea and said, “In this way will Babylon be thrown down.” This was a common technique the prophets used to illustrate their predictions. Babylon won’t just fade away, it will crash and burn quickly.

The next verses poetically describe her desolation. There are many allusions to the OT here, especially Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel’s descriptions of Babylon’s fall. And the reason given for all of this is that she is a deceiver, that she lied to the world, and that she has on her hands the blood of God’s people.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:1-3

5/1/10 Anther angel, the first of the three angels, come down from heaven. Angels are messengers and the three angels represent God’s people bringing this message to the world that Babylon will fall. It is stated as a forgone conclusion even though Babylon has yet to exist in its end-time form.

This angel has great authority and the earth is illumined by his glory. When the message began to be preached it started a movement. This and the next angel unite with the first and the third of the three angels of Rev 14. They are now confirming the warning brought by God’s people. It is time for Babylon to disappear. She has become wholly corrupt. There is nothing good in her. The entire world has followed her willingly and have benefited from her.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:15-18

4/30/10 The angel said to John, “the waters that you saw…” But  what he actually saw was a desert, a woman, and a scarlet beast that she was sitting on. So the waters are the scarlet beast, which are people’s, crowds, nations, languages of the earth. Apostate religion, Babylon, is ruling the earth’s nations (v. 11).

The ten horns, which are ten kings that have not yet received their kingdom, will somehow come to hate the prostitute. The OT story of Amnon raping his sister then hating her is an interesting background. And Ezekiel 16 is very much in view, that the judgments of God fall on the prostitute via the nations of the earth. They strip her, devour her, burn her with fire.

The only time that the punishment for prostitution was burning instead of stoning in the OT was in the case that the prostitute was the daughter of a priest.

V. 17 makes it clear that God engineers this situation just as he did all of his mighty acts. He put unity in their hearts to accomplish his purposes. These powers don’t normally get along. Satan has to unite them, but his kingdom isn’t one of unity. Nevertheless, God makes that happen so that his own purpose will be accomplished.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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