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Rev. 20:7-10

5/18/10 The background allusion here is Eze 38-39. The thousand years are done. Satan has been imprisoned on the decimated earth with no one to deceive because the wicked died at the glory of the Second Coming and the righteous went to heaven. The holy city coming down isn’t described until the next chapter, but this scene takes place after the holy city has descended from heaven.

Satan is released by a resurrection of all the wicked who have lived since the beginning. Fhe forces of Gog in Ezekiel are listed and they are all traceable back to Noah. So Satan deceives the nations (four corners of the earth) convincing them that they can take the city for themselves.

There is an innumerable host of them and they surround the city. It would have to be a great number in order to surround a city that is possibly 1,500 miles per side, or maybe 300 miles. Still, either way, it’s big.

When the New Jerusalem descends it creates a vast plain. This is where the wicked gather and God rains down fire upon them. This is hell. They are devoured, literally “ate down.” They will be like stubble, says Malachi. The devil himself will receive his punishment and the earth will be purified of all evil and made ready for re-creation.

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Posted by on July 23, 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. 18:14-19

5/6/10 The fruit (results) you have desired, which would likely be unopposed rule, is now obviously not going to happen. Once the saints were eradicated her authority and power would have been complete, and she gets very close to accomplishing her purposes. But something happens. The world will at once come to hate her and at the same time mourn over her destruction, for she was their last hope. They take up a figurative lament as they think of all they have lost by her destruction.

As they watch her crumble they do not assist her for they brought about her destruction. And according to v. 17 it happens in one hour, also stated earlier as one day, signifying a short time rather than a specific time.

The phrase “threw dust on their heads” recalls some Old Testament images, for instance Joshua 7 is the story of the defeat of Israel by Ai when Israel rebelled against God. It also recalls Job’s three friends mourning Job’s losses. The were “confused” friends. Also Lamentations uses similar imagery.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:11-13

5/5/10 The merchants of the earth and their trade goods may be literal, but given the symbolic nature of Revelation it seems preferable to see this more from a spiritual standpoint, although literal riches would certainly be a part of such an organization.

The nations of the earth weep and mourn over Babylon because no one buys her cargoes any longer. What has Babylon being dealing in? Religion. No one is accepting her teachings, doctrine, falsehoods, any more. The list given of literal trade goods probably isn’t intended to be broken down for specific symbolic value. Instead what we’re seeing is an overall comprehensive idea of the magnitude of Babylon’s spiritual deceptions. It is all stuff that looks good but in the end turns out to be of no value at all. It ends up treating both body and soul of men as worthless.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 18:9-10

5/4/10 So when her destruction comes it will come quickly and dramatically. One of the allusions is to Eze 26-27, which describes the fall of Tyre. It’s a pattern for the fall of Babylon. Tyre was a small city-state with tremendous influence because of her trade. The world benefited greatly from her business and the people admired and followed her. But when her destruction comes and she is burned, the nations of the earth who had joined her in this adulterous affair, will mourn her destruction. It’s clear that it’s the nations who actually bring about her destruction, but they aren’t pleased with what they had to do.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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